Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Flag of Barbados. Image via: flagsofnet.comBRIDGETOWN, Barbados — Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC) will be featured in the Vanguard documentary ‘Under the knife abroad’, which airs on Monday 14 November 9:00pm PST/8:00pm CT on Current TV. The documentary looks at the future of US healthcare and how many Americans are forced to leave their homes for affordable treatment outside of the US. BFC is a JCI accredited centre of excellence for IVF treatment and is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of reproductive medicine with success rates as high as 71% for women under 35. These success rates are attributed to the cutting edge technology employed by the medical team combined with the relaxing option of undergoing treatment on the Caribbean island of Barbados, which is only 3 hours from Miami and 4 hours from New York with daily direct flights. With treatment costs less than half at BFC of what US couples are paying for IVF at home. The airing of the documentary also coincides with the launch of The Fertility App, available from the App store, which has been developed by BFC to support every woman who has made the life changing decision to start a family covering everything from ovulation through to a positive pregnancy test. Dr Juliet Skinner, head clinician at BFC said. “We pride ourselves on offering our patients the latest in technology to help them conceive, and are delighted to be able to share our knowledge with women across the globe via The Fertility App.” Infertility affects one in six couples worldwide, and if a couple tries to conceive for more than 12 months without success then they need to seek medical advice. The app has been designed to help women conceive with an ovulation calculator, which is connected to the calendar. This then syncs with the users device to send them alerts and reminders. The user can add appointments and medications and there is a full medical glossary explaining all the medical terms associated with both male and female fertility. There is also a full description of pre conception supplements and medications and their effects on the body when trying to conceive. BFC have also compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from their patients and there is a healthy lifestyle section to improve a couple’s chance of success. Within the Fertility App there is the opportunity to connect with BFC on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates from the medical team, they can also watch videos on the BFC YouTube channel and connect with other people trying for a baby in the patient support forum. If a couple have had no success after 12 months and need medical assistance they can also connect directly with the BFC medical team from within the app and request a consultation with Dr Skinner or go directly to the BFC website for more information. Caribbean News Now 15 Views no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Barbados leads the way in fertility healthcare for US patients by: – November 11, 2011
Share 163 Views no discussions Share Pope FrancisWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Pope Francis will bring his message of peace and compassion to politically gridlocked Washington in September when he becomes the first pontiff to address the US Congress, lawmakers said Thursday.Francis, who is also expected to meet President Barack Obama, will speak before members of the Senate and House of Representatives on September 24 after finally accepting an invitation extended in March last year.“That day his holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session of Congress,” House Speaker John Boehner told reporters.“We are humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”The 78-year-old leader of the world’s Roman Catholics confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States in September to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.He will also address the United Nations in New York.“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis to the United States later this year,” Obama, who was received by the pontiff at the Vatican last March, said at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.The pope is hugely popular in the United States, with a Pew poll in December showing 78 percent of Americans have a favourable view of Francis.House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who like Boehner is Catholic, said lawmakers were “honoured and overjoyed that Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in the Americas, has accepted our invitation.”The Argentina-born pope has “inspired a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace,” she added.US lawmakers could do with some timely peace-building.Republicans and Democrats have feuded over immigration, a Canada-US oil pipeline and national security funding virtually from the moment the new Congress convened in January.And Obama’s $4 trillion budget request for fiscal year 2016, defended by Democrats, has been dismissed by Republican opponents as a tax-and-spend wish list that will never pass Congress.“On a happier note, a bit of good news,” Boehner said as he announced the pope’s visit, moments after highlighting the congressional gridlock.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looked forward to hearing Pope Francis’s “call to love our neighbours,” while praising the pontiff’s “engaging and compelling style”.The pope is a popular figure on Capitol Hill, where nearly one in three lawmakers is Catholic.“In a place too often torn by political division, his words are certain to enrich and enlighten,” senior Senate Democrat Dick Durbin said.Francis has touched on issues like climate change that remain deeply divisive in Congress, where many Republicans hesitate to openly accept scientific assessments that human activity has led to global warming.Francis announced last month, as he returned to Rome from a week-long trip to Asia, that he will make his first visit to Africa later this year, with stops in Uganda and Central African Republic.He is also scheduled to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July.The outspoken Francis caused a stir last month when he told reporters on the papal plane that Catholics should not breed “like rabbits”.He rowed back from the remarks days later, describing large families as a “gift from God”. Sharing is caring! Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope to make historic US Congress address on Sept 24 by: Associated Free Press – February 6, 2015 Tweet
BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT apologises for delays and cancellations by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 8, 2016 Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 228 Views no discussions Share ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Regional carrier LIAT, has apologised to customers for flight delays and cancellations in recent days.“I would like to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience many of you have been experiencing as a result of flight delays and or cancellations over the past few days,” said the airline’s CEO, David Evans.He said while LIAT has been addressing several operational and crewing issues the management has not been notified of any sickout or industrial action by any Union.Evans said the airline is seeking to resolve “all matters and restore stability to our flight schedule”.Earlier this week several passengers returning home after the Christmas holidays experienced flight delays.In response, LIAT’s head of Corporate Communications Desmond Brown issued a statement on Monday in which he also said the company had not been notified of any sick-out or industrial action by cabin crew members.“However we have observed that a higher number of our cabin crew have reported sick but our Operations Control Centre is making adjustments to manage this and any other operational issues arising as is their function and role,” he then said.Brown added that LIAT had been in communication with the cabin crews’ union and was “naturally concerned” for the health and welfare of its workers.
NewsSports Results of Wednesday’s games in the Lime National Basketball League played at the Massacre Hard Court. by: – July 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! This game was restarted with 3:05 left to go in the 3rd Quarter after rain had interrupted play during its originally scheduled date of June 23rd. Down 11 points at the beginning of the restart in the 3rd quarter, the Pros stormed back into the game, eventually tying the game then taking a 56 to 53 lead. The final 2 minutes of the game saw three lead changes, with the Prowlers gaining the upper hand after the Pros missed 2 crucial technical freethrows then turning the ball over on their following possession when they had a 58 to 56 lead. On the Prowlers next possession, National Team Player Junior Isles made a strong drive to the basket to tie the game at 58 points. After failing to convert on their next possession, the Pros were forced to foul Junior Isles who calmly sunk both free throws to win the game for his team 60 points to 58. Top scoring for the Prowlers were Junior Isles with a game high 18 points, Ronald Bruno with 12 points, and Matthias Douglas with 11 points while Ramal Carbon scored 15 points, Ernand Lavernier scored 9 points, and Craig Angol scored 8 points for the Pros in a losing effort.Games continue tonight with the following 2 games being played in Massacre:Game 1-7.00pm – Massacre Black Hawks vs. T.F Grand Fond Ball TricksReferees – S. Stowe and H. JulianGame 2- 9.00pm – Pichelin Pistons vs. Ian Douglas PatriotsReferees – A. Morris and D. BurtonDamien SorhaindoDABA Treasurer Game 1 7pm: Kubuli/Vitamalt Division 1 – Morne Prosper Ballers vs Malta India MarauderzIn what turned out to be a keenly contested game, the winless Maraurderz produced a valiant effort to obtain their highest score of the season, 69 points. However, this was not enough to overcome the fast breaking Ballers team who capitalized on several turnovers by the Marauderz down the stretch to win the game by the final score of 83 points to 69. Top scorers for the Ballers were Lyndel Mayers with 18 points, Emile Cadeau with 16 points, and Ursan Mitchell with 15 points while Michael Lee had a game high 24 points and Augustus Juliana scored 16 points, and Lemuel Williams scored 9 points for the Marauderz in a losing effort. Game 2 9pm: Domlec Premier Division – TR Prowlers vs. Dragon Stoute Pros Tweet Share Share 27 Views no discussions
Share LocalNews A Laudat man fined $3500 for possession of Cannabis and possession with intent to supply Cannabis by: – August 25, 2011 Tweet Share Maxim Raffoul. Photo credit: FacebookMaxim Raffoul of Laudat, Abraham Wilks of St. Kitts and Wilanda Luke of St. Joseph were this morning jointly charged on charges of possession of Cannabis and possession of Cannabis with the intent to supply, at the Magistrate’s Court in Roseau.The Defendant Maxim Raffoul pleaded guilty to all three charges while the others; Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, pleaded not guilty.According to the facts of the case presented to the Court by the Police Prosecutor Corporal Innocent Toussaint, Sergeant B of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force executed a search warrant at the residence of thirty-two year old Maxim Raffoul in Laudat at 5:30am on the 24th of August, in which a clear plastic bag containing what appeared to be Cannabis was found on the table in the dining room, two branches of what also appeared to be Cannabis hanging in a closet in the bedroom, and another clear plastic container with what appeared to be Cannabis on the refrigerator. The Defendant was questioned regarding the contents of the search warrant and informed the police that it was Cannabis which belonged to him. The evidence and the three accused were taken to the Police Headquarters in Roseau.Defense Counsel Kondwani Williams in making a plea in mitigation for the defendant informed the Court that his client is a businessman who is otherwise a very productive member of society. He conducts an agricultural farm, is in the entertainment business and found himself in very unfortunate circumstances.Mr. Williams also described the Defendant as someone who is productive and creates employment for other people.He further requested that the Court temper justice with mercy as the Defendant indicated to the police officer where the alleged drugs was located, and that he also had time to reflect and reconsider his actions.Magistrate Evelina Baptiste sentenced Mr Raffoul to pay the sum of $2500.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face six months imprisonment. On the charge of Cannabis with the intent to supply, and $1000.00 to be paid by January 31st, 2012 or in default face four months imprisonment on the charge of possession of Cannabis. Both sentences are to run concurrently.Prosecutor Toussaint did not present any evidence against Abraham Wilks and Wilanda Luke, therefore Magistrate Baptiste informed them that the matters which were filed against them has been dismissed for want of prosecution.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 251 Views 2 comments
Share Tweet LocalNews Seven attorneys admitted to the Bar in Dominica by: – October 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 1177 Views 2 comments Share Arthlyn NestySeven attorneys; Arthlyn Nesty, Joshua Francis, Ronald Charles, Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock, Nuraiyah Sebastien, Ernette Kangal of St. Lucia and Rene Butcher of Barbados, were this morning admitted to the Bar at a special sitting of the High Court of Justice.At this morning’s sitting the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina, Attorney General Mr Levi Peter and former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer all described this special sitting of the High Court to admit seven attorneys to the Bar as very historic.Joshua FrancisThe Attorney General of Dominica Mr Levi Peter told the attorneys that they are “all embarking upon a challenging but rewarding career” but that they should note that the challenges are “counter-balanced by the rewards”.Mr Peter encouraged the newly admitted attorneys to involve themselves in some pro bono work and assist the Dominica Legal Aid Clinic.Ronald Charles“I would encourage those of you who have been called today to consider the possibility of lending your services in more pro bono work. I would certainly encourage you to dedicate at least a small portion of your time and energy to engage in pro bono work. The Legal Aid Clinic will be very glad for your assistance.”In admonishing the attorneys Mr Peter noted ethics and professionalism as personal characteristics which do not require legislation.Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock“Turning now to the issue of ethics and professionalism; these do not require legislation. They require personal discipline, responsibility and integrity, you either have them or you do not. Nobody, least of all a lawyer, needs a law to enable them to know that it is wrong to steal a client’s money or property. All lawyers know full well that they must not steal or otherwise inappropriately interfere with the money or the property or clients. You have been called today I am sure that without there being in place any law specifically addressed towards lawyers, you know the integrity that you should bring to the profession that you have now entered.”Nuraiyah SebastienMr. Peter further admonished the attorneys not to allow “greed and hubris to lead you astray” making reference to Proverbs 16: 18 as a guideline as well as the tenants of the noble profession of law. President of the Dominica Bar Association and Solicitor General Wynant Adrien-Roberts also offered words of admonition to the newly admitted members of the Bar to take pride in their work and balance their work with a healthy lifestyle, remembering not to abandon their family members or friends.Rene Butcher“I encourage you above all to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and social activities. It is crucial for all of us to sustain a healthy lifestyle and strong ties with our family and friends. The law is a jealous lover and you may find yourself so enamored that you lose touch with the other important aspects of your life. I have every confidence though, that you will meet this challenge brilliantly.”Former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer told the attorneys that they should not be perturbed by the talk in the public sphere that there are too many lawyers, as “the world needs more lawyers than it is willing to accept”.Ernette KangalHe also instructed them to bear in mind the oaths which they just took to uphold the Constitution of Dominica; the supreme law of the land.All seven of the newly admitted attorneys recognized and thanked God, family members and friends for their success; two of whom were very emotional in expressing gratitude to their mothers. They also expressed great pleasure in joining what they referred to as this “noble profession” and promised to uphold its reputation.Dominica Vibes News
Tourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas.The Tourism Sector Development program supported by the European Union has injected about five million dollars into the Dominican economy.That’s the word coming from Tourism Ian Douglas who says that government has been placing emphasis on community and rural tourism.He said under that program, eleven new and existing community tourism groups were strengthened through human resource development, infrastructural development and marketing.According to Douglas, infrastructural work on the construction of new tourism facilities was undertaken at the new Indian River in Portsmouth, at Wotten Waven, Layou and Bellevue Chopin.“In addition assistance was also provided for the establishment of the Dominica Community Tourism Association and that has been formed. It is up and running and the stakeholders in that sector are enthusiastic and they want to serve as a voice for community tourism in Dominica,” he explained. Meantime Tourism officials here could be meeting with stakeholders of St Martin to discuss ways the islands could forge closer links in the industry.Douglas said St Martin could be a major gateway to Dominica.He said while the two countries are competing against each other, collaboration is essential.Douglas made the remarks while addressing the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Associations 40th Annual General Meeting recently.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 17 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share LocalNews Tourism Development Program injects five million into Dominica’s economy-Ian Douglas by: – October 24, 2011
Tweet 7 Views no discussions Share Share Banana plant infected with black sigatoka. Image via: ipm.iastate.eduAgriculture Minister Matthew Walter says government is continuing to take steps to prevent the Black Sigatoka, leaf spot disease from entering the country.The agriculture minister told parliament today that if preventative measures are not taken it could cost a significant amount of money to control. “We in Dominica need to take into consideration the financial situation globally and the monies that we would be using to control and manage Black Sigatoka can be used otherwise. This is why it is imperative. The people of Dominica need to understand the seriousness of that threat,” he said.He said persons travelling to countries where Black Sigatoka is present, must take the necessary step to sanitize themselves before they come back to Dominica.“The disease is airborne. It can be caught by your clothes and then we can see the infestation of this which we do not want to welcome here at all,” he said.Meantime Walter said government continues to invest heavily into the agriculture sector.“We have always given agriculture priority. We realize the significance of agriculture and Dominica has always been the country that provides the rest of the region with food,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Government is continuing to take steps to prevent the Black Sigatoka by: – October 27, 2011
Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Photo credit: worldatlas.comPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — Last week, the Turks and Caicos Islands government served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party (PNP) seeking the recovery of the land upon which the PNP headquarters building is constructed, together with damages, including an order to pull down and destroy the structure. The claim arises from the PNP’s alleged trespass following its construction of its headquarters on Airport Road, Providenciales, on Crown land to which, the government claims, it had, and has no title. According to a government press release on Tuesday, after construction of its headquarters in 2005/6, the PNP subsequently appointed a management agent, Provident Management Services Ltd, to manage the property. During the last elected administration prior to the imposition of direct rule by Britain, Provident is said to have sub-leased six offices in the headquarters to PNP MPs for a total of $465,083.61 over approximately three years, which was paid by the government. The government seeks the return of that sum, to which Provident was not entitled together with other damages.The government said it is seeking a number of remedies for the alleged trespass:• damages for the PNP’s trespass on the land, based on a reasonable annual rent until possession of the land is returned to the Crown;• the repayment of the $465,083.61;• an order that the headquarters are pulled down and destroyed;• damages for returning the land to its former state; and• interest and costsAttorney General Huw Shepheard commented: “When the current administration first became aware last year that the PNP’s headquarters had been built on Crown land to which the PNP had no title, my Chambers wrote to the PNP setting out the claim that the government had. It had been our hope that matters could be settled amicably without the need for proceedings. Unfortunately, discussions with the PNP have not been successful. In those circumstances, the government has been left with no choice but to bring these proceedings for trespass and damages to recover this plot of Crown land and what is properly owed to the government”. Carlos Simons QC, attorney for the PNP, said in response that he does not consider that the government has as yet “served civil proceedings on the Progressive National Party” as the press statement asserts. “I believe that their method of service does not meet the requirements of TCI procedural law and until the mistake is corrected, the party has no formal notice of the proceedings and does not have to respond. That issue has been brought to the attention of the Attorney General’s Chambers, but might in the end require the attention of the Court,” he said.Simons went on to say that the trespass claim is entirely misconceived. “The party has been in open possession of the Airport Road property since at least 2005 with the full knowledge of the leaders of every government department concerned with dealings in Crown land and with their acquiescence, if not consent,” he explained.Simons also rejected the assertion that Provident Management Services Ltd sub-leased six offices in the headquarters building to PNP MPs, but instead leased the offices to the government, with those leases being signed off on behalf of the government by the head of department having control of the relevant vote. Furthermore, he said, those leases were identical to leases entered into by the government in Grand Turk, South Caicos and North and Middle Caicos for the constituency offices of Members of Parliament, including constituency offices for PDM [Peoples Democratic Movement] Members of Parliament. “That assertion is therefore false,” Simons reiterated.He also said that the PNP has never disputed the government’s right to a reasonable annual rent, nor payment of the market value of the land. “That is therefore a non-issue,” he said.As regards the claim for damages for trespass, Simons asserted that any reasonable person would agree that the land has been developed and improved rather than injured. “I would also be surprised if anyone, regardless of their political allegiance would agree that pulling down and destroying a perfectly good building makes any kind of sense,” he said.Simons said he had been instructed to invite the attorney general and the governor to return to the negotiation table and make a good faith attempt to reach a reasonable settlement of these issues.In any case, he said, the PNP is committed to rigorously defending and defeating these spurious claims brought by the interim government, purportedly on behalf of the people.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 29 Views no discussions NewsRegional Turks and Caicos government threatens to demolish political party headquarters by: – March 21, 2012
Share Share Sharing is caring! Share 40 Views no discussions NewsRegional Seeking justice for Haiti’s rape victims by: – April 28, 2012 Tweet CNN Hero: Malya Villard-AppolonPort-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN) — Three days after a massive earthquake threw Haiti into chaos, Alvana was homeless, along with her two children.But her nightmare was just beginning.“I was gang-raped while I was sleeping in the middle of the street,” she said. “And I got pregnant.”Alvana did not know her attackers. Depressed and unsure of what to do next, she was directed by a friend to a clinic run by KOFAVIV, a Creole acronym that translates into the Commission of Women Victims for Victims.“By the time I got to them, my belly was already big,” she said. “But they took care of me.”Alvana was given food, water, housing and prenatal care. She decided to keep her daughter, even though the psychological pain could be difficult — and still is, two years later.“It’s terrible,” said Alvana, 33. “I love my daughter … (but) I look at myself and see that I have a child that is a product of a gang rape.”Her story is, unfortunately, all too common in Haiti, said Malya Villard-Appolon, one of KOFAVIV’s co-founders.“After (the earthquake), the situation was inhumane and degrading,” Villard-Appolon said. “There was no security in the (displacement) camps. There was no food; there was no work. And now there is a rampant problem.”Accurate numbers are difficult, if not impossible, to find in the aftermath of such devastation, but KOFAVIV and other groups say they have seen a definite increase in rape cases after the January 2010 earthquake.“Victims became more vulnerable due to a range of things,” said Brian Concannon Jr., director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti. “They lost their houses; there were no locked doors anymore. People lost family members who were a source of protection.”Terrible living conditions, including a shortage of food and water, contribute to the problem as well, said Charity Tooze, a senior communications officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Washington office.“The conditions are so dehumanizing,” Tooze said. “Over months and months, it increases all forms of violence, including sexual violence.”There has also been a lack of prosecution in the country. In the first two years after the quake, not one person in Haiti has been convicted of rape, according to the UNHCR.“The big problem is, you can’t find justice,” said Villard-Appolon, 52.Even before the quake, she says, rape was an issue in Haiti, historically underreported because of social stigma, retaliation from perpetrators and a lack of legal support. That is what led her and Marie Eramithe Delva to start KOFAVIV in 2004. Since the group’s inception, it has helped more than 4,000 rape survivors find safety, psychological support and/or legal aid.“We tell people to come out of silence,” she said. “Do not be afraid to say that you have been victimized.”Villard-Appolon knows what it’s like to be a victim of sexual violence. She has been raped twice, and her husband died as a result of beatings he endured trying to save her from being raped. In 2010, her 14-year-old daughter was raped in a displacement camp.“I can’t describe to you how I felt when I heard about that, because I was a victim,” she said. “I started asking myself what kind of generation I came from. Am I cursed?”She escorted her daughter to two police stations and received no assistance, she said, just a lot of talk. One police officer told her that “girls are so promiscuous” and indicated that many young girls are asking for sex.But she carries on, “fighting with hope that I know there will be a change,” she said. Internationally, she has testified before the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling for increased security within the displacement camps and asking that women’s groups be included in decision-making processes.“I was a victim, and I did not find justice. But know I will get it for other women,” she told CNN.When the earthquake hit Haiti, KOFAVIV’s founders watched their clinic and their offices collapse along with their homes.Villard-Appolon lived in the dangerous Champ de Mars displacement camp for half a year. There, she said, she watched as conditions deteriorated.“It was all kinds of people who ended up in one area,” she said. “The jails were not destroyed, but their doors were opened, and all prisoners went free. Many of them … were armed, and they were notorious murderers.”One criminal held Villard-Appolon at gunpoint, demanding money. The police never showed up, she said, but she managed to escape after a group of supporters arrived to fight.Villard-Appolon said many single women had to leave their children with strangers in order to search for food, water or work. In some cases, the children were raped. The youngest victim, she says, was a 17-month-old.“I spent six months witnessing it,” she said. “Babies are not spared; adults are not spared; mothers are not spared; sisters are not spared.”Despite the escalating violence and the loss of its clinic, KOFAVIV regrouped to help victims in Haiti’s “tent city” camps, where about 500,000 people still live today. The group has 66 female outreach agents and 25 male security guards who work within the camps, organizing nighttime community watch groups and providing whistles and flashlights to women. All of them have been affected by gender-based violence, whether personally or through a family member or loved one, Villard-Appolon said.KOFAVIV also relies on more than 1,000 members to help share their stories, support the victims and urge them to come forward and fight for justice.It usually starts by accompanying the victims to the hospital within 72 hours of being raped. Once they undergo a test, they receive the medical certificate they must have to begin legal proceedings.“After that, we assign a lawyer to her,” Villard-Appolon said. There is no cost to the victims, and they receive support from KOFAVIV through the trial.Villard-Appolon says she is determined to keep fighting for a brighter future, even though justice has been elusive.“My dream is that we will get to a place where we stop talking about the number of rape cases,” she said. “We will stop talking about Haiti as a country where people are committing violence against others. One day, we have to be able to say that we have a country with people who respect each other.”By Allie Torgan, CNN
Superstar duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar have reportedly clashed with Paris Saint-Germain’s leadership, casting further doubt over their futures at the club amid speculation linking them with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, respectively. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot Loading… The two forwards reportedly have the same issue at PSG, with the French club seemingly not prepared to release them for the 2020 Olympic Games. According to L’Equipe, Les Parisiens have sent a letter to the French Football Federation stating their opposition to Mbappe being called up for the Olympics, while Neymar is expected to get similar treatment. Both players, though, are keen to take part in the tournament in Japan, where they could be drawn against South Africa’s U23 national team. The Olympics is not considered an official FIFA tournament, which allows clubs to oppose the release of their players. The main issue stems from the fact that both Mbappe and Neymar seemingly want to play in two international tournaments in the off-season after the 2019/20 club campaign ends. Read Also: Video: Ndidi, Vardy opt for boxing gloves ahead of fight for top four place In Mbappe’s case, that would be the 2020 UEFA European Championship plus the Olympics, while Neymar wants to take part in the 2020 Copa America as well as the tournament in Tokyo. This is the latest in what is becoming an increasingly strained relationship between Mbappe and PSG, with some of the club’s fans getting more and more frustrated with the 21-year-old’s antics of late. Real and Barca are said to be watching the situation from afar, and are reportedly prepared to offer PSG’s two superstars an escape route. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
The proposed Anti-Terrorism Law, which is now pending at the Senate, aims to amend the Human Security Act to provide teeth to fighting terrorism. The bill proposes to criminalize the following acts: 1. For any person to travel or attempt to travel to a state other than his/her state of residence or nationality, for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training; 2. For any person to organize or facilitate the travel of individuals who travel to a state other than their states of residence or nationality for the purpose of perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts, or providing or receiving terrorist training, including acts of recruitment; and 3. For any person residing abroad who comes to the Philippines to participate in perpetrating, planning, training, or preparing for, or participating in terrorist acts or provide support for or facilitate terrorist training here or abroad. The latest martial law extension in Mindanao is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019; unless President Duterte will asks for another extension and Congress approves it./PN “The DND (Department of National Defense) and Interior secretary [Eduardo Año] said they will recommend the lifting of martial law in the entire Mindanao if [the bill] is signed by PRRD (President Rodrigo Duterte),” Sotto said. “Majority will support.” Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he has discussed the plan for passing the measure by the first week of November with Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon and Senator Panfilo Lacson and majority of the senators have agreed as well. President Duterte placed the entire island of Mindanao under martial law in May 2017 over Marawi siege. He has since asked Congress to extend it three times. Manila – Senators are planning to prevent another extension of the martial law declaration in the entire island of Mindanao by passing the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act.
Photo by Ian Paul Cordero/PN For next year, the PRO-6 expects morefirearms, patrol cars and motorcycles from the national police headquarters asthe PNP steps up its capability enhancement program, said Malong. The motorcycles would be released toprovinces and municipalities that have police mobility issues. For new police recruits currentlyundergoing training in Bacolod City, Malong said, the national headquarterswould be procuring short and long firearms The motorcycles and machines wereworth over P3 million. After their six-month training, theywould be assigned to the Mobile Force Battalion with others posted in municipalmobile forces. ILOILO City – The Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6) received 42 brand new motorcycles and five5.56-millimeter light machine guns from the Philippine National Police’s (PNP)national headquarters. “We need to strengthen our mobileforces. They are augmentation forces ready to bolster municipal policestations,” said Malong./PN The light machine guns, on the otherhand, would be for mobile police units and police stations in rebel-threatenedareas. “The high-powered firearms andmotorcycles should help us respond quickly to requests for police assistance,”according to PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong duringthe turnover on Nov. 11 in Camp Delgado, the PRO-6 headquarters here. In August this year, around 400all-male police recruits took their oath as members of the PNP.
PHOTO BY HAMTIC MPS SAN JOSE, Antique – A farmer was killed while two others were wounded in aroad crash in Barangay Piapi 3, Hamtic, Antique. Marcelino, Nelly and Sercidillo wererushed to the Angel Salazar Memorial Hospital here where Marcelino died afteran hour of receiving medical treatment. PHOTO BY HAMTIC MPS Wounded were 52-year-old Nelly Copiasand 65-year-old Jose Sercidillo, the police added. Yusores, meanwhile, was detained inthe lockup cell of the municipal police station, facing charges./PN The 59-year-old resident MarcelinoCopias died of head injuries, police said. According to police investigators,Marcelino, Nelly and Sercidillo were walking when a tricycle driven by27-year-old Reynan Yusores of Barangay Solong, Sibalom, Antique crashed againstthem around 9:20 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Sipalay City is among the 17 subnationalgovernments from around the globe that committed to achieving these goals. BACOLOD City – The city of Sipalay inNegros Occidental has accepted the challenge of accelerating 17 SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in the recent 10th World UrbanForum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Lizares is looking forward tocollaborating with new partners from WUF. Sipalay City mayor Maria Gina Lizares (2nd from bottom right), along with other subnational governments from around the globe during the 10th World Urban Forum held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. LEAGUE OF CITIES OF THE PHILIPPINES It was Sipalay City mayor Maria GinaLizares that signed the commitment along with the local chief executives ofBarcelona (Spain), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium),Acapulco de Juares (Mexico), Rostov-on-don (Russia), Betio (Kiribati) andBauang (Philippines), among others last Feb. 8-13. According to the mayor, the17 SDGs are incorporated in the executive agenda of Sipalay City for 2019-2022. According to Penny Abeywardena,Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, the VLR is away for local governments to exchange best practices and accelerate the SDGs byway of strategic engagement within their own communities. “With this, we will implement programsand lobby legislations anchored on combatting climate change and inequality inall forms,” Lizares said. “With this newfound opportunity, we canutilize and localize best practices from other cities across the globe whileshowcasing our efforts as a humble city, the Philippines as well,” Lizares said.(With a report from PIA/PN) The VLR is a three-step, non-bindingagreement that urges signatories to identify how existing local strategiesalign with the 17 SDGs. It is also a tool for local governments of all sizes toshowcase achievements and challenges in achieving the said goals. The 17 subnational governments are thenew signatories to the New York City Voluntary Local Review (VLR) – a processinitiated by the US city in 2018 that enables those who take part to exploreways to address global crises unfolding in their communities. “This is Sipalay’s contribution to solvethe UN-identified global issues by addressing those existing in the localcommunities. With the indicators alreadyset in the SDGs, the city government can easily measure the impact and thesuccess of its local programs, legislations and partnerships,” she added.
On Thursday, Lacson claimed that severalCabinet officials have apprehensions and reservations about Duterte’s move toscrap the 1998 military deal and were worried about the possible repercussionsof the abrogation. “Basically, that’s the message. I mean,consistent naman si Pangulo diyan eh. We will pursue an independent foreignpolicy where we are friends to everyone and enemies to none. And I think whenthe President gave that statement, I think all he’s saying is that hindi tayopwede mag side sa kahit sino,” he added. “All members of the Cabinet support thePresident’s foreign policy,” Panelo said. The VFA, which was signed in February1998, allows the entry of US troops sans passport and visa regulations so theycan participate in joint military drills in the Philippines./PN Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles,for his part, said that Lacson’s statement was mere “speculation.” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Paneloissued this statement to dispute the claim of Senator Panfilo Lacson thatDuterte’s revocation of VFA was not fully backed by all Cabinet members. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says all members of the Cabinet support President Rodrigo Duterte’s foreign policy, contrary to the claim of Sen. Panfilo Lacson. ABS-CBN NEWS “Let me assure, everybody, that when thePresident makes a decision, all, the entire Cabinet will support him there. Andthat includes VFA,” Nograles said. MANILA – Theentire Cabinet supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s move interminating the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) between the Philippines andUnited States, Malacañang said.
KALIBO, Aklan –The Department of Social and Welfare Development released an amount of P390,336,000 under the social amelioration program in this province. It is now being distributed by its 17 local government units. DSWD regional director Ma. EvelynMacapobre urged the LGUs to conduct door-to-door payout of cash assistance tofamilies. Here is the breakdown of the amountreleased by the DSWD to municipalities in this province:* Altavas – P15,822,000* Balete – P17,448,000* Banga – P29,292,000* Batan – P19,908,000* Buruanga – P13,284,000* Ibajay – P32,436,000* Kalibo – P64,518,000* Lezo – P11,202,000* Libacao – P11,496,000* Madalag – P7,848,000* Makato – P16,495,000* Malay – P41,532,000* Nabas – P25,704,000* New Washington – P30,504,000* Numancia – P24,678,000* Tangalan – P13,776,000 According to Macapobre, only thequalified families will primarily benefit from the emergency subsidy allowanceof P6,000 from the national government as mandated by Republic Act No. 11469,or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. Macapobre, meanwhile, lauded the localgovernment units despite enormous challenges during these times for their rolesin the distribution of the SAP funds to their respective low-income familiesand poorest people affected by enhanced community quarantine. She also appealed for the cooperationand understanding of the public for smooth distribution of subsidies tohousehold-beneficiaries. “Nakikinig ang gobyerno sa hinaing sa apela ng ating mga kababayan.Nagpapasalamat tayo sa ating mga partner LGUs, Philippine Army at kapulisan sa tulong nila upang makaabotang tulong sa mga pamilya,” she said.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The cash aid is for the 65,056 qualifiedfamily-beneficiaries in Aklan affected by the coronavirus disease 2019pandemic.
“We need quarantine centers like thisto ensure proper social distancing. We are expecting more OFW arrivals,” saidTreñas. Friday last week, April 17, 15personnel of the Philippine Army’s 552nd Engineer Construction Battalion and53rd Engineering Brigade came over to help prepare the hospital as quarantinefacility. Returning overseas Filipino workers(OFWs, land-based or sea-based) will also be quarantined in this facility. St. Therese-MTCC Hospital canaccommodate up to 45 persons for quarantine. ILOILO City – St. Therese-MTCC Hospitalis being readied as this city’s quarantine facility for mild and asymptomaticcases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. ILOILO CITY GOVERNMENT The City Health Office will manage thequarantine facility. The city government will shoulder the electricity and theneeds of persons to be quarantined, said Treñas. Fifty-one of these OFWs were residentsof this city./PN He also said he would be askingprivate doctors to help the facility. Treñas said her sister-in-law, Ma.Teresa Sebastian-Sarabia, offered her hospital as quarantine facility. A few weeks ago, the Office of CivilDefense (OCD) Region 6 designated John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime Universityin Arevalo district as quarantine facility for some 150 Ilonggo OFWs strandedin Metro Manila.
Hunters in Indiana can expect another productive deer season in 2013, but probably not as productive as last year’s record setter.Hoosier deer hunters in 2012 harvested 136,248 deer. Hunters have gotten a record number of deer in four of the last five seasons, a trend that DNR deer research biologist Chad Stewart doesn’t expect to continue in 2013.“It wouldn’t surprise me if it was down a little this year,” Stewart said. “But I don’t expect the harvest numbers to fall off a cliff. There will still be plenty of deer out there.”The main reason Stewart thinks a decrease in the harvest might happen is because hunters in 2012 harvested a record number of does. As a result, reproduction was likely down this year.Stewart emphasized that reducing the deer population to a more balanced level has been the DNR’s goal in recent years. Changes to hunting regulations that went into effect in 2012 were geared toward that goal. The changes included extending archery season, allowing crossbows for all archery hunters and creating a “license bundle” that saved hunters money.The 2013 license bundles give the additional option of harvesting either two antlerless deer and a buck or three antlerless deer.Archery season starts October 1. Firearms season starts Nov.ember 16.
The community dog park at Liberty Park has been a success so far, according to parks commissioner.Officials hope a community dog park in Batesville will be here to stay by next year.The city installed a trial-based dog park on the east side of the tennis courts at Liberty Park in August, after the proposed area was relocated from South and Depot Streets.“The dog park was used heavily, and the city received very positive feedback on the park.” said Parks Commissioner Mike Baumer.The city hopes to have a permanent dog park installed by next spring if funding is available.“If a permanent dog park is added, it will be made bigger,” reported Baumer.He indicated that he would like to have the drainage issue resolved before the dog park would open.Baumer added, “The trial based dog park at Liberty Park will be closed for the winter, on or after November 18.”
Glen W. Smith, age 50 of Batesville, died Saturday, May 21, 2016. Born December 10, 1965 in Madison, Indiana, he is the son of Della (Nee: Watts) and William Smith. He married Judy Amberger September 8, 1990 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church. He was a driver for UPS 28 years and a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local #135.Glen didn’t know a stranger. He was a people person who brought out the best in others. He treated everyone with respect and would always have a compliment for women. Judy teased that he fancied himself a ladies’ man. He loved having people at the house and entertaining. According to his family, Glen liked to golf, go dancing, was a Colts fan, listen to hard rock music and a cold Busch Light now and again wasn’t a bad thing. He also enjoyed working on cars as well and buying and selling them. Many will remember his distinctive laugh and the countless events he fried chicken for.Glen is survived by wife Judy; sons Alex and Trevor of Batesville; mother Della Smith; sister and brother in law Belinda and Bob Harris; brothers and sister in laws Michael and Cathy Smith, Kenneth and Andi Smith and Philip and Jennifer Smith, all of Friendship, Indiana. He is preceded in death by his father.Visitation is Wednesday, May 25th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26th, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church with Rev. Shaun Whittington officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Corinne’s Believer’s Scholarship Fund or the Friendship Fire Department.
It is the birthday of our nation. Traditionally, this has always been a day to enjoy picnics and watch baseball. Thank heavens some things still follow tradition. Although if you find anyone playing a double header today, it will be because of necessity and not a planned event.With million dollar contracts and agents, baseball players truly like the idea of independence. When they were making little money, they played whatever management said. Now it is written in baseball rules that you can only play so many games in so many days. As you can tell, I am not exactly in favor of this.Don’t let the fact that your favorite team will only play one game today, because the 4th of July is about freedom and family. Have a great day with your family!
Those surviving who will cherish Ivan’s memory include his daughters, Becky (Gene) Stewart, and Robin White, both of Brookville; grandchildren, Lisa (Mike) McCullough, Matt (Kelly) Stewart, Ashley (Isiah) Dozier, Kristin (Alex) Smith, and 11 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bud White. Memorial donations may be directed to the Mustangers 4-H Horse and Pony Club or the Operation Endowment in care of Franklin County Community Foundation. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ivan White. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Ivan White of Brookville, was born on November 25, 1920 in Blooming Grove, Indiana, the son of Russell and Hazel Geiling White. He married June Miller on December 12, 1942 and she preceded him in death on July 19, 2008. Ivan was a retired businessman and partner with his brother, Stanley “Bud” White in White Livestock. He was a former member of the Board of Directors at McCullough Hyde Hospital and People’s Trust Company where he also served as chairman. Ivan retired young and was able to enjoy many activities with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. On July 15, 2016, at the age of 95, he passed away at Brookville Healthcare.
Area Boys And Girls Basketball Scores.Friday (12-2)Boys Scores.South Dearborn 53 Jac-Cen-Del 28East Central 51 Milan 36Oldenburg 55 Edinburgh 39South Decatur 55 North Decatur 54SW Hanover 63 Shawe Memorial 17Connersville 45 Rushville 15Triton Central 63 Waldron 55Eastern Hancock 60 SW Shelby 33Morristown 76 Indy Lutheran 59Girls Scores.Franklin County 60 Shelbyville 43South Ripley 67 Rising Sun 27Milan 59 Seton Catholic 28Hauser 55 Indy Lutheran 35Triton Central 62 Waldron 28Shawe Memorial 52 SW Hanover 32
The 7th Grade Batesville Basketball Team ended their season Tuesday night by falling to South Dearborn in overtime by a score of 40-37.Leading is scoring for Batesville was Core Werner with 11 points. Following him was Travis Lecher with 9, Cooper Wilhelm with 6, and Ean Loichinger with 4. Rounding out the scoring were Eli Pierson with 4 and Zach Wade with 2.The 8th grade won another barn burner last night against Milan 34-29.Leading the way for the dogs was Team defense!! We caused several turnovers and had some big blocks that led directly to transition points. Mason Barker, Trey Peters, and Calvin Sherwood led the way in scoring all with 7. RJ Powell added 4 and had a great presence on the floor on both ends. Jaden Peetz added 3 big free throws. Austin Cornn, Alex Seifert, and Ethan Brewer all added 2.We are in action again Thursday night at Jac-Cen-Del for the final of the SEI tournament against Sunman-Dearborn. Go Bulldogs!!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.
Batesville, In. — In order to help fund the class trip to Washington, D.C., beginning Friday, November 10th, the 8th grade class at Batesville Middle School will be selling $10.00 gift certificates to local restaurants.The following businesses will be supporting the students in their efforts to raise money towards their Washington, D.C. trip in May. Gift certificates are available to the following restaurants: Cricket Ridge Restaurant, Classic Pizza, Lil’ Charlie’s, Fireside Inn (Enochsburg), Pearl Street Pub, The Brau Haus, Ertel Cellars Winery, Pizza Haus, Pizza King of Batesville and Greensburg, Randy’s Roadhouse, Skyline Chili of Batesville, The Hobo Hut, Ison’s Family Pizza, The Big Four Café, and Wagner’s Village Inn of Oldenburg.Contact any 8th grade student or stop by the middle school before Tuesday, November 28th for certificates.
Charles E. Duncan, 81, Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at his residence. Born, September 23, 1936 in Decatur County, Indiana, he was the son of Robert F. and Lula (DePew) Duncan. Charles worked for over 25 years as a driver for USF Holland. He was a member of the Wyaloosing Creek Golf Course, Westport American Legion, and was past president of the Eagles Lodge in Greensburg. Charles loved spending time outdoors, cutting wood and brush, all types of animals, hunting, and gardening. He was married Marybelle Owens on August 11, 1961 in Dearborn County and she survives. He is also survived by one son in law, Tommy Barkdull, Greensburg and two grandchildren, Tyler and Courtney Barkdull. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Denise Barkdull; five brothers, James, William Evert, Arnold, Albert, and Earl Duncan; two sisters, Roberta Richards and Imagene Duncan. Visitation will be held on Monday from 2 to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Graveside Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Rodney Cemetery with Rev. Glen Seaman officiating. Memorials may be made to your favorite animal shelter. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Indianapolis, In. — Members of the Indiana Debate Commission are looking for questions from voters to submit to Republican Indiana U.S. Senate candidates.At press time, Luke Messer and Mike Braun have confirmed attendance. Todd Rokita has declined because he says debates organized by “conservative and Republican organizations” are his preference.Questions can be submitted through this link.
On Senior Night, Franklin County honored Megan Routh, Lauren Klei, Katarina Sacksteder, and Grace Moster. To make Senior Night even better, they came out with a 5-0 victory over conference opponent South Dearborn. All players were able to play efficiently and pick up wins.Scores#1 Singles Lilli Stewart (FC) beat Madison Fentress (SD) 6-1, 6-2#2 Singles Megan Routh (FC) beat Sydney Yoe (SD) 6-0, 6-0#3 Singles Lauren Klei (FC) beat Ashley Stevenson (SD) 6-1, 6-1#1 Doubles Grace Moster and Katarina Sacksteder (FC) beat Brooklyn Cromer and Emily Seward (SD) 6-2, 6-2#2 Doubles Maggie Brack and Taylor McCreary (FC) beat Lacey Horn and Danielle Martini (SD) 6-0, 6-0Franklin County is now 16-0 on the season. They will travel to Milan to take on the Indians on Tuesday, May 8, starting at 5 PM.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Braydon Ertel.
Cambridge, Ma. — A mysterious cigar-shaped object spotted tumbling through our solar system last year may have been an alien spacecraft sent to investigate Earth, astronomers from Harvard University have suggested.The object, nicknamed ‘Oumuamua, meaning “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past” in Hawaiian, was first discovered in October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii.Since its discovery, scientists have been at odds to explain its unusual features and precise origins, with researchers first calling it a comet and then an asteroid, before finally deeming it the first of its kind: a new class of “interstellar objects.”Now, a new paper by researchers at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics raises the possibility that the elongated dark-red object, which is 10 times as long as it is wide and traveling at speeds of 196,000 mph, might have an “artificial origin.”“‘Oumuamua may be a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization,” they wrote in the paper, which has been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.The theory is based on the object’s “excess acceleration,” or its unexpected boost in speed as it traveled through and ultimately out of our solar system in January 2018.“Considering an artificial origin, one possibility is that ‘Oumuamua is a light sail, floating in interstellar space as a debris from an advanced technological equipment,” wrote the paper’s authors, suggesting that the object could be propelled by solar radiation.The paper, written by Abraham Loeb, professor and chair of astronomy, and Shmuel Bialy, a postdoctoral scholar, at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, points out that comparable light-sails already exist on earth.“Light-sails with similar dimensions have been designed and constructed by our own civilization, including the IKAROS project and the Starshot Initiative. The light-sail technology might be abundantly used for transportation of cargos between planets or between stars.”In the paper, the pair theorize that the object’s high speed and its unusual trajectory could be the result of it no longer being operational.“This would account for the various anomalies of ‘Oumuamua, such as the unusual geometry inferred from its light-curve, its low thermal emission, suggesting high reflectivity, and its deviation from a Keplerian orbit without any sign of a cometary tail or spin-up torques.”‘Oumuamua is the first object ever seen in our solar system that is known to have originated elsewhere.At first, astronomers thought the rapidly moving faint light was a regular comet or an asteroid that had originated in our solar system.Comets, in particular, are known to speed-up due to a process known as “outgassing,” in which the sun heats up the surface of the icy comet, releasing melted gas. But ‘Oumuamua didn’t have a “coma,” the atmosphere and dust that surrounds comets as they melt.Multiple telescopes focused on the object for three nights to determine what it was before it moved out of sight.“We are fortunate that our sky survey telescope was looking in the right place at the right time to capture this historic moment,” NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson said in a statement last year.“This serendipitous discovery is bonus science enabled by NASA’s efforts to find, track and characterize near-Earth objects that could potentially pose a threat to our planet.” CNN Wire Report
Read Also: Haaland sends Ronaldo, Messi’s goal stats to archives Sevilla captain Ever Banega was forced to issue an apology after being photographed breaking current guidelines with three teammates this weekend. Tebas hinted the players could face punishment over their actions, with Sevilla expected to release a statement in the coming days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Tebas indicated all plans remain provisional, with a return to full training at all clubs in the top two divisions a priority before the end of May. The 57-year old also reminded players of the need adhere to social distancing and isolation as part of a phased return. Tebas admitted this weekend’s announcement from Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez on the league’s resumption caught him by surprise, but stated preparations are already underway. He also confirmed clubs will be asked to be flexible on scheduling in the coming weeks, with kick off dates and times based on recommendations from evolving government health advice. “La Liga will resume on the weekend of June 12. But the first game may be played on June 11′” he told an interview with Movistar, reported via Marca. “Our intention is to start on June 11, with Sevilla v Real Betis the first game in a 10pm kick off. “During the week we will play late at night, with three schedules at a weekend.”Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs La Liga president Javier Tebas is confident the league can return on June 11, with a Thursday night Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.
IRVINE, Calif. – Nine sets of pistons and more than $9,000 worth of product certificates will be awarded to IMCA drivers racing built engines again this season by JE Pistons.Champions in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, as well as national IMCA Late Model and IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car champions all receive pistons from the Irvine, Calif., manufacturer.Product certificates valued at $400, $300, $200 and $150, respectively, will be awarded to eligible second through fifth place drivers in regional Modified and Stock Car, and national Late Model and Sprint Car standings.“Everyone at JE is a proud supporter of the IMCA and circle track racing,” said Director of Marketing Sean Crawford. “We’re happy to support the racers and help keep their engines running strong and on the race track.”Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.JE Pistons returned to the IMCA marketing partner ranks last season.“We are in our sixth season overall partnering with JE Pistons and it is a pleasure to work with aftermarket engine parts manufacturers who continue to support IMCA racers,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Modified drivers racing a claim engine, and all drivers in the other divisions have a shot at high quality sets of pistons through this program and we hope they support JE at every opportunity.”Information about JE-manufactured pistons and piston kits is available by calling 714 898-9763, on Facebook and at the www.jepistons.com website.
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 1,117; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,083; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., and Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, both 1,039; 5. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,032; 6. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 1,012; 7. Rob Slott, New Waverly, Texas, 944; 8. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 876; 9. Scott R. Smith, Davenport, Neb., 864; 10. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 860; 11. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, 828; 12. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 825; 13. Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Arkansas, 822; 14. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 820; 15. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 809; 16. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 807; 17. Jaden Fryer, Freeport, Ill., 787; 18. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 775; 19. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 772; 20. Bricen James, Albany, Oregon, 760.IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 764; 2. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 750; 3. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 733; 4. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, 660; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 632; 6. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 546; 7. Eric Sanders, Sherrard, Ill., 514; 8. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 490; 9. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 483; 10. Joe Ross, Thomson, Ill., 464; 11. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 407; 12. Tim Simpson, Iowa City, Iowa, 397; 13. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 396; 14. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 389; 15. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 387; 16. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill., 384; 17. Shawn Cooney, Bondurant, Iowa, 381; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa, 349; 19. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa, 343; 20. Gary Webb, Blue Grass, Iowa, 336.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 681; 2. Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas, 660; 3. Matt Richards, Lincoln, Neb., 642; 4. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 546; 5. Austin Mundie, Carrollton, Texas, 520; 6. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 501; 7. Casey Burkham, Combine, Texas, 470; 8. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 465; 9. Tucker Doughty, Sunnyvale, Texas, 444; 10. Andy Shouse, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan., both 442; 12. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 427; 13. Jason Martin, Lincoln, Neb., 425; 14. Steve McMackin, Greenville, Texas, 417; 15. C.J. Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 407; 16. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 396; 17. Kyle A. Ganoe, Thompsontown, Pa., 394; 18. Toby Chapman, Panama, Neb., 380; 19. Grant Duinkerken, Riverdale, Calif., and Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., both 376.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mark Adams, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,064; 2. John Oliver Jr., Danville, Iowa, 1,056; 3. Bryce Pritchett, Combine, Texas, 1,001; 4. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 984; 5. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 981; 6. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 907; 7. Troy Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 888; 8. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 872; 9. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 787; 10. Shelby Williams, Bonham, Texas, and Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, both 778; 12. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm, Iowa, 746; 13. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 718; 14. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 709; 15. Scooter Dulin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 701; 16. Calvin Lange, Humboldt, Iowa, 693; 17. Colin Heim, Hoxie, Kan., 684; 18. Joe O’Bryan, Round Rock, Texas, 670; 19. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, and Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., both 665.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten, Independence, Iowa, 1,070; 2. Tathan Burkhart, Hays, Kan., 954; 3. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 850; 4. Justin Wacha, Vinton, Iowa, 848; 5. Jeff Ware, Columbus, Neb., 835; 6. Cody Williams, Minneapolis, Kan., 814; 7. Adam Goff, Minot, N.D., 725; 8. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 724; 9. Bryce Sommerfeld, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 691; 10. Roy Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 683; 11. Allyn Myers, Berwyn, Neb., 675; 12. Luke Wassom, Broken Bow, Neb., 664; 13. Cameron Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb., 661; 14. Dylan Nelson, Adel, Iowa, 652; 15. Adam Ayers, Adair, Iowa, 651; 16. Tim Gonska, Brainerd, Minn., 637; 17. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 632; 18. Jeremiah Andrews, Union, Iowa, 620; 19. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 617; 20. Shay Simoneau, Damar, Kan., 613.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz., 1,142; 2. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 1,122; 3. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,113; 4. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa, 1,075; 5. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb., 999; 6. Brandon Setser, Davenport, Iowa, 994; 7. Austin Howes, Memphis, Mo., 976; 8. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa, 926; 9. Mark Harrison, Coolidge, Ariz., 909; 10. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 892; 11. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa, 867; 12. Dakota Sproul, Hays, Kan., 859; 13. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 849; 14. Ryan King, Tama, Iowa, 830; 15. Johnathon D. Logue, Boone, Iowa, 816; 16. Tyler Watts, Beloit, Kan., 815; 17. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 781; 18. Colby Fett, Algona, Iowa, 761; 19. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 750; 20. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 745.Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods – 1. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 1,128; 2. Rodney White, Ector, Texas, 1,109; 3. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 1,058; 4. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,042; 5. Trevor Raney, Sherman, Texas, 1,040; 6. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,023; 7. Kyle Wilkins, Italy, Texas, 923; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 888; 9. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 658; 10. Ryan Thomas, Lubbock, Texas, 655; 11. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 652; 12. James McCreery, Midlothian, Texas, 639; 13. Hayden Wade, Waco, Texas, 635; 14. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 631; 15. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 565; 16. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 556; 17. Nick Clinkenbeard, Weatherford, Texas, 554; 18. Scot Raney, Sherman, Texas, 549; 19. Kamera McDonald, Keller, Texas, 547; 20. J. P. Vasquez Jr., Lubbock, Texas, 542.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 983; 2. Howard Watson, Weatherford, Texas, 954; 3. Bubba Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 924; 4. Scott Newbury, Rhome, Texas, 903; 5. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 746; 6. Curtis Miller, Lewis, Iowa, 743; 7. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 717; 8. Andrew Harris, South Sioux City, Neb., 688; 9. Barry Taft, Argyle, Iowa, 681; 10. Jakob Schwien, Russell, Kan., 625; 11. Harold Clifton, Stephenville, Texas, 623; 12. Clifton Whisenant, Proctor, Texas, 620; 13. Brian Bagent, Killeen, Texas, 619; 14. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 614; 15. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 594; 16. Terry Tritt, York, Neb., 581; 17. Alex Dostal, Glencoe, Minn., 579; 18. Kaytee DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 568; 19. Joshua Young, Beatrice, Neb., 551; 20. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 543.
PERRIS, Calif. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday, July 21.The 30-lapper awards IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, California State and track points.As well as the increased purse, numerous contingencies have been added to the night:Corona-based Eibach Springs will award a $125 gift certificate to the driver who finishes one position out of the redraw spot in each heat race. The certificates will allow the holder to get one Eibach platinum (premium) spring or two Eibach standard springs.“Eibach is really excited to be a partner with our favorite local dirt track once again,” Eibach Sales Manager David Cardey said. “Don Kazarian and crew have done a great job growing the car counts at Perris the past few years so it only makes sense for us to try and help their efforts. We wanted to support some of the teams that may not have a front running budget, so we will be giving out certificates to the first driver not finishing in a redraw spot in each heat race.”Given by heat race sponsors will be $100 of Sunoco Fuel from Lake Mathews Feed & Ranch Supplies; a $100 gift certificate good toward any machine work from Wayne’s Engine Rebuilders; and a $50 gift certificate and a pack of Racing Optics Tear Offs from Racing Plus Inc. (another sponsor has been lined up in the event a fourth heat is held). The highest finishing open motor driver receives a $250 gift certificate from CP Carrillo; if an open motor wins the main event, CP Carrillo will give the winner a set of pistons.The $100 longest tow award is from Racer Radio.Tickets will be available online, by calling 1-800-595-4849 and at the gate.
FARLEY, Iowa (Aug. 27) – Three IMCA divisions see on-track action at Farley Speedway’s 41st annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic presented by Casey’s General Store Aug. 30-Sept. 1.The IMCA Modified feature pays $3,000 to win and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $1,200 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $1,000.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State points will be awarded. Entry fee and two-day tow is $100 for Modifieds, $50 for Northern SportMods and $40 for Stock Cars.Qualifying for the Stock Cars and an open practice session for the Modifieds and SportMods begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.Friday action also gets underway with at 6:30 pm and will feature the double heat race format in both Modified and SportMod divisions. Fast dashes will also be run.On Saturday, Sept. 1, racing starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include last-chance qualifiers and main events. The annual Yankee charity auction will be held that afternoon.More information about the Yankee, presented by the Runde Auto Group, is available on the www.Farleyspeedwaypromotions.com website and on Facebook. Free camping will be available on the grounds.
Mike Alleman grabbed the early lead but just as the leaders were moving into heavy traffic, a lap seven caution bunched the field. On the restart, Duke, who had moved from sixth starting position into third, shot to the front. Nick Sweigart, Jake Frye and Alleman rounded out the top five. Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Doug Dodson; 3. Nick Sweigart; 4. Jake Frye; 5. Mike Alleman; 6. Zachery Newlin; 7. Tyler Cochran; 8. Drew Ritchey; 9. John Fiore; 10. Devin Adams; 11. Kyle Ganoe; 12. John Walp; 13. Brad Mellott; 14. Cale Reigle; 15. Colton Hoover; 16. Terry Schaeffer; 17. Donnie Hendershot; 18. Keith Prutzman; 19. Dave Wickham; 20. Jim Kennedy; 21. Dave Graber; 22. Ryan Lynn. SPRING RUN, Pa. (April 13) – Ken Duke Jr. preserved his 2019 Pennsylvania Sprint Series winning streak Saturday night, winning the 20-lap feature race at Path Valley Speedway more than four tenth’s of a second over Doug Dodson. The longest green-flag run of the night followed a lap nine restart and Duke made it through traffic well enough to keep his challengers at bay. Terry Schaeffer got into the turn three wall with two laps remaining, but on the restart, Duke chose the middle lane and held off the outside-running Dodson for the win. The second-place finish was also the season’s best for Dodson, a PASS rookie with extensive experience in other sprint car divisions and super sportsman. This year’s large PASS/IMCA rookie class includes several drivers who are rookies in name only: Keith Prutzman has been racing for more than four decades. On Saturday night, April 20, PASS returns to BAPS Motor Speedway to complete a feature called due to rain on April 7 after one lap had been completed. A full show of heats and another 20-lap feature will be run as well. On Friday, April 26, PASS will join the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series for a co-sanctioned event at Clinton County Motor Speedway, and it will return to Port Royal Speedway on April 27. The Selinsgrove racer has now captured all three IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car features run so far, but this was hardly an easy win. With 21 of the 22 sprinters on hand making the call for the feature, traffic was an incessant issue on the wide Path Valley quarter mile.
Memorial contributions can be directed to the St. Nicholas Heritage Project for their new school or for Masses. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Clifford Kamphaus. Those surviving who will cherish Cliff’s memory include his wife of 64 years, Nancy; children, Jim (Nancy Bennett), Karen, Tom (Marea Trabel), Jerry (Connie Lorenz), Susan (Chris) Murray, and Amy (Kevin) Fox; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Kamphaus, sister Joan Ash, and granddaughter, Jenna. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 9 until 11 a.m. with Rosary beginning at 9 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.Fr. Shaun Whittington will officiate A Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 at St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Clifford will be laid to rest in the church cemetery with full military honors. Clifford G. Kamphaus, Jr., of Sunman was born on October, 4 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio a son to Clifford G. and Anna T. (Kues) Kamphaus, Sr. He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Cliff then married Nancy (Long) on May 8, 1954 in Cincinnati and together they raised six children. He worked as a power supervisor at CG & E for over 30 years. Cliff was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Sunman Fish & Game and the Batesville Eagles. He loved fishing, playing cards and riding his gator. On Monday, January 28, 2019 at the age of 85, Clifford passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation is Monday, March 4, 2019 from 4 until 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville and again on Tuesday at Scipio United Baptist Church from 10 until 11 a.m. David Smith will officiate services at 11 a.m. at the church and burial will follow in Mt. Carmel cemetery. He was born June 30, 1947 to Willard and Jeanette “Irene” Norman. He had two brothers, Willie and Donnie Norman – both surviving, and two sisters, Alma Hill – surviving, and Mable who preceded him in death. On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, Merle Edward Norman woke up being held by Jesus, and was reunited with the love of his life. Merle was retired from Sperry Rubber and Plastic. He was an avid fisherman and could literally build anything. He was a devote Christian and loyal member of the Scipio Baptist Church. Anyone who knew Merle, adored him. He will be sincerely missed by his three daughters, Tammy (Danny) Garrison, Lisa (James) Henson, and Anita Norman; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several friends, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his “little lady” Rose Etta Norman; infant granddaughter, Ciera Rose Griffin; sisters-in-law, Ulene Quinlan, Bonnie Barrett and Carolyn Cummins, and brother-in-law, Nelson Barrett. Memorial contributions can be directed to Scipio United Baptist Church. To leave memories or sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Merle Norman.
Timothy J. “Tim” Bitter, of Brookville, was born in Winter Haven, Florida on February 14, 1952, a son to Ervin J. and Dorothy Wurth Bitter. He served his country with the Army National Guard of Ohio and later worked at Emery Industries in Cincinnati and Owens-Corning of Brookville. He was a member of the Harrison and Fairfield gun clubs and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and gardening. On Sunday, April 7, 2019 at the age of 67, Tim passed away at his residence.Those surviving who will cherish Tim’s memory include his siblings, Barbara (Lou) Jungkunz of Cincinnati, Shirley Klems of Cincinnati, Lois Ann (Roy) Verderber of Dunsford, VA, Nancy Blum of Cincinnati, Mary Lou Uthus of Keysville, VA, Ervin “Jim” (Rita) Bitter of Leesburg, FL, Judy (Bob) Dubose of Cincinnati, and John (Peggy) Bitter of Orlando, FL. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his nephew, Roy Verderber, and two brothers-in-law, Larry Klems and Bob Blum.Friends may visit with the family from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Burial with military honors provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77, Brookville American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.Memorial donations can be directed to FC CAN. To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for the family of Tim Bitter.
Versailles, IN—Firefighters from Versailles Fire Rescue responded to a report of a trailer fire at Brownings Campground early Wednesday morning.They say the fire was contained to one room of the trailer. Milan Volunteer Fire Department was also dispatched for automatic mutual aid but was disregarded due to the quick containment of the fire. The Red Cross was contacted to assist the family.
TOWN OF OSGOOD CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)TAMARA (TAMMY) WILHOIT JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, 80th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (VOTE for 1)RYAN J. KING RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2 (VOTE for 1)ROBERT GARCIABARRY LAUBERCHRIS SCHMALTZTOM MENCHHOFER UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SIXTH DISTRICT (VOTE for 1) RIPLEY COUNTY TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATESPRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES (VOTE for 1)MICHAEL BENNETTJOE BIDENMICHAEL BLOOMBERGPETE BUTTIGIEGTULSI GABBARDAMY KLOBUCHARBERNIE SANDERSTOM STEYERELIZABETH WARRENANDREW YANG TOWN OF OSGOOD COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)CHRISTOPHER L. KUHN RIPLEY COUNTY TREASURER (VOTE for 1)LISA VESTALCATHY VOLZ INDIANA STATE SENATOR – DISTRICT 42 (VOTE for 1)JEAN LEISING RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)KATIE BAILEYANDREW DECKERPEGGY A. EHLERSKELLY VOLLET MIKE CAMPBELLGREG PENCE RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 3 (VOTE for 1)ROGER GULLIONJAMES (KENDALL) HANKINSKEITH SCOTT GOVERNOR of the STATE of INDIANA (VOTE for 1)ERIC HOLCOMBBRIAN ROTH RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – 3 (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN OF VERSAILLES COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY RECORDER (VOTE for 1)MARY ANN McCOYKERI (McDONALD) JOHNSONSARA L. PATTERSON UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE – SIXTH DISTRICT (VOTE for 1)GEORGE T. HOLLANDJEANNINE LEE LAKEBARRY WELSH TOWN of HOLTON COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)PAUL HUGHESAMBER MAYPHYLLIS NIGHBERTANDREW J. STRATTON Ripley County Polling Locations:Adams 1st Precinct-Fire House in MorrisAdams 2nd Precinct- American Legion in SunmanAdams 3rd Precinct-Batesville Middle School New GymnasiumBrown 1st and 2nd Precinct-St Paul Lutheran Church in OleanCenter 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Precinct-Osgood Town HallDelaware 1st Precinct- New Delaware Fire StationFranklin 1st and 2nd Precinct- St. Paul Lutheran Fellowship Hall –Stumpke’s CornerFranklin 3rd Precinct- St. Charles Catholic Church in MilanJackson 1st Precinct- Community Citizens in NapoleonJohnson 1st, 2ns, and 3rd Precinct- Versailles Baptist ChurchLaughery 1st Precinct- Batesville Memorial Public LibraryLaughery Ward 1-Precinct 1 and Ward 2- Precinct 1- Batesville Middle School New GymnasiumLaughery Ward 3-Precinct 1- Batesville Memorial Public Library Otter Creek 1st and 2nd Precinct- Town Hall in HoltonShelby 1st Precinct- Shelby Christian Church, VersaillesWashington 1st Precinct- Elrod Washington Baptist ChurchWashington 2nd Precinct- St. Charles Church in Milan RIPLEY COUNTY RECORDER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 55 (VOTE for 1)CINDY ZIEMKE Candidates:2020 PRIMARY ELECTION REPUBLICAN CANDIDATESPRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES (VOTE for 1)DONALD J. TRUMPBILL WELD INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE – DISTRICT 67 (VOTE for 1)RANDY FRYE RIPLEY COUNTY CLERK (VOTE for 1)GINGER J. BRADFORD TOWN of HOLTON COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 3)NO CANDIDATE DELEGATES to STATE CONVENTIONNO CANDIDATE JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (VOTE for 1)JEFF SHARP DELEGATES to STATE CONVENTIONGINGER J. BRADFORDWILLIAM H. BRADFORDPEGGY A. EHLERSTHELMA A. LAWSDIANE MACEKMARY ANN McCOYJOHN MOTON RIPLEY COUNTY CORONER (VOTE for 1)JASON BAILEY RIPLEY COUNTY CORONER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN of HOLTON CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)ANGELA (ANGI) FARRELL TOWN OF OSGOOD CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE TOWN of HOLTON CLERK TREASURER (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE REPUBLICAN PRECINCT COMMITTEEMENCAROL SIEBERT – ADAMS 3ROBERT VESTAL – BROWN 1BRENDA WETZLER – CENTER 1MARY ANN McCOY – CENTER 2WILLIAM WARREN – CENTER 3PAUL C. HARDY – DELAWARELOUIS MARTINI – FRANKLIN 1LINDA C. BAKER – FRANKLIN 2THELMA A. LAWS – FRANKLIN 3CAROL A. EVANS – JOHSON 1GINGER J. BRADFORD – JOHNSON 2MARILYN GAUSMAN – LAUGHERY 1JOHN R. MOTON – LAUGHERY 3-1AMANDA BRUNNER – SHELBYJON M. NICHOLS – WASHINGTON 2 TOWN OF VERSAILLES COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)ROXANNE MEYER TOWN OF OSGOOD COUNCIL – AT LARGE (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY CLERK (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE JUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATEJUDGE of RIPLEY COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, 80th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE RIPLEY COUNTY COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2 (VOTE for 1)NO CANDIDATE
Statewide — Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) today announced 40 Indiana Main Street programs will receive a portion of $200,000 through Taking Care of Main Street. This is a new program providing operational support for Indiana Main Street organizations impacted by COVID-19.The goal of this program is to support Indiana Main Street organizations that provide leadership and services to the businesses and members, using the Main Street Approach, with special attention to organizations that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Eligible expenses could include salaries, administrative fees, space/equipment rental, or staff development and training. Below is a summary of how the Main Street organizations from Southeastern Indiana plan to use the $5,000 funding they each received: Madison Main Street Program plans to update the Madison Main Street web page with a new space for business materials, event and workshop plans and registrations, grant information and applications, real estate listings, sponsor and donor recognition, interactive maps for business locations and inventory, community press releases and staff and business training.Main Street Brookville Inc. will use the funding to coordinate programming and provide technical assistance to help transition to an online platform by helping build a business’s website integrated with merchant services. In addition, grant funds will be used to help sustain operational costs.Main Street Greensburg will use the money to fund the salary of a new part-time assistant.Main Street Shelbyville will use their funding to bridge a gap left by the loss of sponsorships, memberships, and event income. The funding will help with continued promotion and facilitation of programming such as COVID-19 survival webinar with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Downtown Highlights series, and for the administration of the downtown grant programs.
RelatedPosts Akwa Ibom indigene sends SOS to DG DSS Businessman drags EFCC to court, demands N20m damages for rights violation Electoral malpractice: Three varsity dons indicted, three INEC officials sacked Glasgow Rangers midfielder, Joseph Aribo, has expressed delight over Super Eagles 2-1 win over Benin Republic in the AFCON 2021 qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.Aribo starred for the first time in front of the home fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium having featured in Ukraine and Brazil friendlies.The elated player, however, took to his Twitter handle to thank the home fans for the support.According to him: “Good win in our first AFCON 2021 qualifying game! Always an honour putting on the shirt. Thanks for your amazing support!”Aribo, 23, shined during his first competitive outing on Wednesday evening as he completed the entire 90 minutes against the Squirrels Benin and Nigeria fans applauded the Rangers ace.Steven Gerrard’s summer signing started in the middle of the park alongside Leicester City superstar Wilfried Ndidi, protecting the back four and feeding Everton ace Alex Iwobi in the number 10 role. The trio combined to dominate possession.Tags: Akwa Ibom State
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Live stream Premier League, La Liga, Serie A on Showmax Pro this weekend Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Lazio beat Juventus 3-1, their second win over the Turin giants in little more than two weeks, to win the Italian Supercup on Sunday, the annual meeting between the Coppa Italia winners and Serie A champions. Second-half goals from Senad Lulic and Danilo Cataldi won the match which was being played in Saudi Arabia for the second year running. Lazio also beat Juventus 3-1 in Serie A on December 7, handing their opponents their first defeat under coach Maurizio Sarri. Lazio, the Coppa Italia victors, went ahead after 17 minutes when Sergei Milinkovic-Savic laid the ball off for Luis Alberto to fire into the net. Paulo Dybala levelled for the Serie A champions at the end of the first-half from a rebound after Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was parried by Thomas Strakosha. Juventus seemed to be in control in the second half and Ronaldo was close with a shot which went just over but they were caught out when Marco Parolo’s cross flew across the face of goal and Lulic volleyed in at the far post in the 73rd minute. Juventus had midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur sent off in stoppage time and Cataldi curled the resulting free kick into the net with the last action of the game. The Supercup final is often played abroad and has also been hosted in China, the United States, Libya and Qatar.Tags: Italian Super CupJuventusLazioSaudi ArabiaSerie A
RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Customs intercepts suspect with 2,886 ATM cards concealed in noodles carton Bereaved Super Eagles’ striker, Victor Osimhen, has jetted out of France to reunite with his family in Nigeria.Osimhen, according to a family source, is expected to arrive the private wing of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos by 4pm. The Lille of France star’s father, Patrick, died on Saturday after a brief illness.The deceased is survived by the footballer, who is the last born of a family of seven children.The family has yet to announce burial arrangements for the late septuagenarian who hailed from Uromi in Edo State.Tags: Lille FCMurtala Muhammed International AirportPatrick OsimhenVictor Osimhen
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Defender Matthijs de Ligt has undergone surgery in his shoulder and faces a recovery period of about three months, Italian champions Juventus said on Wednesday.The Dutch national had his shoulder stabilised in a Rome clinic on his 21st birthday, after he had played with pain in the joint in the last part of the season. Juventus will miss him for the first two months of the league, which starts on September 19.The Turin club bought de Ligt from Ajax last year for 75 million euros ($88.4 million).After a period of adjustment, he became a mainstay for the Bianconeri, closing the season with 29 league appearances and four goals.The Bianconeri also bid farewell to French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a 2018 world champion who leaves Turin after three seasons.The 33-year-old is expected to sign with a club of the North American Major League Soccer. dpa/NAN.Tags: Blaise MatuidiJuventusMatthijs de Ligt
RelatedPosts Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Mayweather mocks McGregor Conor McGregor retires from UFC Conor McGregor is waiting for the results of “key physical tests” and “the examination of film evidence” before learning whether he will be re-arrested over alleged sexual assault and indecent exposure.The Ultimate Fighting Championship star was taken into police custody on the French holiday island of Corsica last Friday, following a complaint from a young woman. She has claimed the 32-year-old Irishman assaulted her and showed off his manhood following a heavy drinking session in the upmarket port town of Calvi on September 6.Teofimo Lopez discuses the highly-anticipated upcoming fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, who is the favourite and his strategy in the ring.McGregor was released on Saturday without charge, but the criminal case is still active and he could be summoned before a magistrate later this week.“Key physical tests were carried out on the suspect, but the results will not be known until after the weekend,” an investigating source said.“These tests are of a routine nature following incidents like this, but they take time, to make sure there is no doubt about them. “It is also possible that the incident being complained about was filmed. It took place in a very busy place, where fixed cameras are situated everywhere.“Lots of holidaymakers would also have been filming and taking pictures on their phones, so they also need to be spoken to.”Tests for alcohol and drugs are common when suspects are arrested by police in France, especially following accusations of assault.Formal allegations were made against McGregor to police last Thursday, by an as-yet unnamed complainant, believed to be the woman victim.This led to police raiding McGregor’s £3 million yacht, which was named locally as the “Dave Ocean”, the next day. McGregor made his way to the local Tramariccia Gendarmerie by bike on Friday, surrounded by bodyguards, and was then grilled by an examining magistrate and judicial police.“The suspect was arrested and placed in custody by the judicial authorities,” said a spokesman for the Bastia prosecutor. “He was released on Saturday.”Tags: Conor McGregorCorsicaUltimate Fighting Championship
Like the other 63 players in the Accenture Match Play Championship, Poulter was back at Dove Mountain near Tucson for the resumption of a first round halted by the wintry conditions. Less than four hours’ play was possible and 10 games – including those of top seeds Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald – did not even tee off. “This weather is officially ridiculous,” McIlroy, who plays Shane Lowry in one of two all-Irish clashes, said on Twitter. The other one between Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington had only just started when the suspension came and McDowell commented: “Holy coldness. I’ve only ever played in an event with conditions like this once.” It was the West of Ireland Championship in “about 1998”. Poulter, winner in 2010 and perhaps the most feared match play golfer around after his deeds at the Ryder Cup, was going well. He stood three up on Scot Stephen Gallacher, who three-putted the short sixth and conceded the eighth and 10th. “What’s the problem? Let’s play,” Poulter joked on Twitter. “The caddies have officially just had a snowball fight. Never seen anything like it.” He then posted a picture of “at least two inches of snow” on his courtesy car. Lee Westwood was two up on Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello after five and Justin Rose two up at the turn on South Korean KJ Choi, although he had been four up after five. Welshman Jamie Donaldson, winner of last month’s Abu Dhabi Championship, had to take a penalty drop after his opening drive and bogeyed five of the first seven holes to be three down to Thorbjorn Olesen, but Bristol’s Chris Wood, who won his first European Tour title a week later in Qatar, was level with Masters champion Bubba Watson after six. Closest to winning was Sergio Garcia, whose first shot on his return will be a 12-foot putt to beat Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee on the 16th green. The forecast was for the snow to have cleared away overnight, but there was the possibility of early frost and that would delay things further. Ian Poulter has never seen anything like it – caddies having a snowball fight in the Arizona desert. Press Association
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could return to action in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier in Macedonia on Friday. City’s defensive linchpin has not played since suffering a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26 but club boss Roberto Mancini said last week he hoped Kompany would be able to face to Newcastle in their next Barclays Premier League game on March 30. In the meantime the 26-year-old has been summoned for international duty and is being assessed ahead of his country’s Group D double-header against Macedonia in Skopje, on Friday, and Brussels next Tuesday. Belgium assistant coach Vidal Borkelmans told Sky Sports News: “Vincent is very important, he is captain of the team. “We are quite happy he has been here. We will see. We will make about Wednesday a point whether he plays or not. “He must listen to the body. He must say, ‘I am okay’ and then it is a decision of the coach what he does, yes or no.” Press Association
“There is incredible depth. We could put two first teams out with 11 internationals in each. It has been a phenomenal season. We are a long way ahead in the Premier League and whilst I wouldn’t describe the way we got knocked out of the Champions League as luck things could have gone differently in that game. “We have a young squad and each of those are a year older. We are very comfortable with the make up of team and squad.” Nevertheless, Ferguson will continue to be linked with a series of star players, most recently Robert Lewandowski and Ramadel Falcao, whilst newly crowned FWA Player of the Year Gareth Bale is another United admire. The Red Devils can certainly feel bullish about attracting the top talent when it is considered their year-on-year turnover for the first nine months has risen 13.1 per cent to £278.1million. Of that, commercial income is now £114.5million, an increase of 27.9 per cent. It underlines just how strong United have become in that area of their business, and it doesn’t include the new £120million, eight-year deal with AON, which includes naming rights to their Carrington training complex and sponsorship of their training kit and overseas tours. Broadcast and matchday sectors show a 21.7 per cent and 34 per cent increase on the corresponding three months, whilst gross debt stands at £367.6million, still a vast sum, a decrease of 15.9 per cent since June 30 last year. However, total operating expenses for the third quarter increased 18.6 per cent year-on-year to £79million. That has been put down partly to the arrival of new signings, including Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa, new contracts for the likes of Danny Welbeck and the growing commercial arm which means the club now have in excess of 800 staff. Press Association Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is not anticipating “a major retooling” of Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad this summer. Woodward was speaking to outline United’s third quarter results, which once again show an impressive rise in their commercial income. And with Ferguson admitting he was giving his squad rebuilding idea some thought, it has been anticipated further big name signings would be made. However, after winning the Premier League title this term with four games to spare, Woodward is not sure that is strictly necessary. “I wouldn’t expect there to be a major retooling of the squad,” said Woodward.
He added: “I feel the people there love me and in life you have to look for that. Life is beautiful and short and you must look for what you think is best for you.” Mourinho managed Chelsea between 2004 and 2007 and led them to back-to-back Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006. The 50-year-old looks set to replace former interim manager Rafael Benitez, who left the club are leading them to a third-place finish and the Europa League trophy. Mourinho’s appointment may be imminent but the Premier League was forced to issue an apology to Chelsea after their own website jumped the gun on the announcement. An article, headlined ‘Jose Mourinho makes Chelsea return’, was published on Sunday with Monday’s date on it but has since been removed from the premierleague.com website. A spokesman for the Premier League confirmed the article had been published in error. ”It was a publishing error. We took it down as soon as we were notified of it, and we’ve spoken to and apologised to Chelsea. We have no prior knowledge of any movement or any announcement (regarding Mourinho).” The article’s sub-header read ‘Portuguese coach back at Stamford Bridge after signing a XX-year contract’, and the Premier League indicated it was an article which was being prepared in anticipation of a possible announcement. The Premier League is trying to ascertain whether the publication of the article was the result of a system failure or human error. Mourinho’s era as Real Madrid boss ended on Saturday night with a 4-2 win over Osasuna in the Primera Division, with the Portuguese having already confirmed he would leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season. Before he left Spain, Mourinho spoke to TV football show Punto Pelota about his future plans, and said: “I’m going to London on Monday and at the end of the week I will be the manager of Chelsea.” Jose Mourinho has said that he will be the new Chelsea manager by the end of the week. Press Association
Leeds light-flyweight Jack Bateson continued to impress in his first major international tournament with a unanimous points victory over Romania’s Ovidiu Berceanu. And Scotland’s Charlie Flynn is also through to his first major quarter-final after an equally emphatic victory over Serban Miroslav of the Czech Republic. Bateson and Flynn join fellow Britons Andrew Selby, Sam Maxwell and Joe Joyce, who negotiated their respective paths to the last eight on Monday. Five British and five Irish boxers will fight for guaranteed medals on Wednesday after another successful day at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk. Belfast’s double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes marched into the last eight of the light-flyweight division with a unanimous win over gutsy Welshman Ashley Williams. Olympic silver medallist and bantamweight top seed John Joe Nevin is also through after impressing in a 3-0 win over Selcuk Exer of Turkey. On a good day for Ireland, middleweight Jason Quigley and heavyweight Tommy McCarthy also moved through with points wins over Austria’s Arbi Chakaev and Finland’s Tomi Honka respectively. They join Ireland team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, who booked his place in the bantamweight quarter-finals on Monday. There was disappointment for Sunderland heavyweight Warren Baister, who was outpointed by Russia’s Aleksei Egorov, Birmingham bantamweight Gamal Yafai, who lost a split decision to Armenian Aram Avagyan, and middleweight Antony Fowler who lost to fourth-seeded German Stefan Haertel. Scotland pair Aston Brown and Joe Ham also bowed out with defeats to Romania’s Bogdan Juratoni and Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin respectively. The only Irishman to exit on Tuesday was London Olympian Adam Nolan, who fell to a unanimous points loss in his welterweight clash with Ukrainian Boghdan Shelestyuk. Press Association
Alan Kelly has tipped Robbie Keane to go on to win 150 caps for Ireland. Kelly added: “You have to have that desire and enthusiasm. Everybody said about him travelling over all the way for the England game and getting away from the Galaxy just because he wants to play in the games. That’s infectious, to me anyway, and hopefully it is to the rest of the lads.” Kelly is well placed to assess Keane’s contribution since he made his senior international debut as a teenager in March 1998. He was still a member of the squad at the time and admitted the Dubliner’s precocious talent was obvious from the off as they went head-to-head on the training pitch. Kelly said: “I think I was in the squad when he first came in, and subsequently I have seen him rise all the way through from where he started to the iconic status he has now. “His awareness, his perception, the ability he has to find space – the ability to create time and space on a football pitch is what marks the great players out, and Robbie is undoubtedly up there. I remember having many duels – which I lost on regular occasions – in these games you see out there. “You’d think you had closed every angle down and you’d think you’d stopped the goal, and ‘boom’, back of the net and he’s wheeling away and smiling at you and saying ‘Better luck next time’.” Manager Giovanni Trapattoni will hope to be able to rely on Keane’s eye for a goal once again as the Faroes arrive in Dublin for a game Ireland simply must win if they are to stand any chance of emerging from Group C. Press Association The 32-year-old striker will set a new national record when he leads his country out for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands, his 126th senior appearance. Keane extended his goalscoring tally to 56 in Sunday’s 4-0 friendly victory over Georgia, and goalkeeping coach Kelly has no doubts that there is more to come. Asked if the Ireland captain could go on to reach 150 caps, he said: “Why not? Look at him, he’s running around like a spring chicken. I wish I had his knees.”
The Spain striker has struggled to justify his £50million price tag since moving to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool in 2011 but finished last season in decent goalscoring form under interim coach Rafael Benitez and helped the club win the Europa League title. Since the end of the campaign Torres, who recognises he has not done as well as he would have hoped with the Blues, has been linked with Barcelona but the 29-year-old insists he sees his future at Chelsea and is looking forward to speaking with Mourinho about his plans. Fernando Torres has reiterated his commitment to Chelsea and is hoping he has a role to play under “demanding” new Blues coach Jose Mourinho. Speaking on Spanish radio show Al Primer Toque, Torres said: “I am the first to admit that a lot more was expected of me, even I expected more of myself. Now I have the added pressure of Mourinho and that’s a challenge for any player. “Chelsea is the club I’m at and where I want to be, I want to keep winning trophies there. “I am dealing with the situation in a normal way, every summer there are rumours about new coaches and new players. Mourinho is a very demanding coach but he always guarantees success, and I trust that he has a plan for me.” Torres, who is currently on international duty with Spain at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, was also quizzed about supposed interest from Barcelona. The former Atletico Madrid hitman said: “I have known (Barca president Sandro) Rosell for a very long time. We have a close relationship but that’s it. “I’m focusing on the Confederations Cup for now and immediately after I will focus on Chelsea again. I want to speak with Mourinho first and then prepare myself for the coming season.” Press Association
Born in Montreuil, Roberge began his career at Guingamp before moving to Paris St-Germain. The 6ft 1in defender spent two years in Greece with Aris before sealing his move to Maritimo in 2010. He made 32 appearances for the club last season. Roberge follows youngsters Duncan Watmore and David Moberg Karlsson into the club with Di Canio making wholesale changes in both the senior and development ranks. Basle midfielder Cabral became the second man to formally sign for Sunderland on Monday. The 24-year-old midfielder, full name Adilson Tavares Varela, followed Roberge into the Stadium of Light after his contract ran down. Cape Verde-born Switzerland Under-21 international Cabral, a defensive midfielder who can also play at the back, has signed a three-year deal. Modibo Diakite completed a trio of arrivals at Sunderland after sealing his switch from Lazio. The out-of-contract 26-year-old French central defender has signed a three-year deal and will help to plug the gap left by the departing Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon. Press Association The 25-year-old Frenchman became the latest man to join Paolo Di Canio’s Wearside revolution after his contract with the Madeira club expired. Roberge, who has signed a three-year deal, played in both Maritimo’s Europa League group games against the Black Cats’ derby rivals Newcastle last season. Maritimo defender Valentin Roberge has completed his move to Sunderland.
“It’s early stages but it keeps the momentum going and in the next couple of weeks we have one of the best strikers in the world coming back. “You can’t look too much at it (being top). But you’d rather be there than be at the bottom and what it does is that the more you are up there the more aggression and will and desire you have to stay there. “It’s only four games in, but we’ve had four tough games and we have only lost once in the last 16 odd games so we are getting a level of consistency and that was the biggest thing for me. “Coming here there was no consistency in the performance and now we are just churning out wins and if we can’t win we are drawing games with resilient performances like in the last 25 minutes here. “But I believe we will get better and more fluent as the season goes on so we are happy to be there and it gives us the fight to stay there.” For Swansea, the meeting with Liverpool kicked off a testing week which includes a Europa League trip to Valencia and Sunday’s league visit to Crystal Palace. But Rodgers believes his former club can cope with the demands of fighting in four separate competitions. He said: “It is a tough ask but the one thing I’d say Swansea have which we did not have last year is a strong squad. Monday’s 2-2 draw with Swansea, dominated by Jonjo Shelvey as the former Liverpool midfielder had a hand in all four goals, sent the Reds back to the summit of the standings by a single point as the Merseysiders continue the fine run of form they put together towards the end of last term. Few are expecting the Anfield side to launch a fully-fledged title assault, but Rodgers believes they have shown they can keep themselves in the picture with Uruguay international Suarez returning from his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic later this month. Press Association “Our squad was very thin last year and we were trying to operate on four fronts. You look through this squad and there is a strong squad here and some of the players have been here for a while and others that are new in. “The Europa League certainly tests your squad. It will be a tough game against Valencia but I am sure Michael will want to do well in the competition, but then they come back and have got another tough game at the weekend. “But I am sure they will cope. They have got a good squad and I hope they do well.” Swans boss Michael Laudrup is well aware of the demands his team face, but felt their performance against Liverpool was an encouraging start to a congested run of fixtures. He said: “The second half was our best performance so far this season. It was very important for us to produce that as it is the first of seven games in less than three weeks. “We have the four Premier League games, two in the Europa League and a Capital One Cup game as well. So to start like this with a good result against a good team and an excellent performance is great for us to build on.” Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side are capable of maintaining their challenge at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, particularly with Luis Suarez close to a return to action.
Clarke sees it all as innocent fun and hopes it will have a positive effect on morale ahead of two crucial games. The Baggies, now just two points above the relegation zone, travel to Cardiff on Saturday before hosting Hull the following week. Clarke said: “It was good for the players to get away. It was a difficult week. They went away, got themselves together and had a good time. “They have to relax and enjoy themselves. If anyone says they weren’t hurting after three defeats in a week – they were. “They have been hurting, the same as everyone has been hurting. Everyone hurts when you lose. To try to make an issue of going out and trying to have a night out is wrong.” The party had been pre-planned but some fans have been critical that it was allowed to proceed after the Norwich result. Clarke, however, insists it is not sending out the wrong signals. He said: “I don’t understand that it would look bad. They had two days off and they wanted to go and spend some time together – no problem.” Clarke was asked specifically about the striking images of Long busking which reached the media but he batted off any suggestion they might portray the club or player in a bad light. The Scot, speaking at a pre-match press conference, said: “I have heard Shane sing and he is a very good singer, very talented. Maybe Boaz didn’t help him! “Shane’s good on the guitar. As well as being a very talented footballer he is a very talented musician as well. “It was good, I don’t have a big issue. You get a lot of bad headlines surrounding football, but I don’t think that was a bad headline at all.” West Brom have won just one of their last nine league games but Clarke has been pleased with the attitude shown since the players returned to training this week. He said: “It’s only on the back of one bad week – unfortunately there were three games in that week, so we lost the three games. “It was a difficult week for us, it was painful, we didn’t enjoy it, nobody likes getting beat. “Training this week has been good, the response from the players has been excellent.” Striker Victor Anichebe could be doubtful for Saturday’s game after missing the club’s latest training session through illness. Clarke allowed his squad to travel to Dublin for a night out after Saturday’s loss to Norwich, which was their third Barclays Premier League defeat in the space of a week. The trip made the news as striker Shane Long, playing a guitar, and goalkeeper Boaz Myhill were pictured busking in the streets of the Irish capital. West Brom boss Steve Clarke has defended his players’ right to enjoy a Christmas party, despite the team’s poor form. Press Association
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope of Daniel Sturridge playing some part in the Merseyside derby. Press Association The England striker has been sorely missed by the Reds since sustaining a thigh injury on international duty earlier this month but is inching ever closer to a comeback. In his absence Rodgers’ side have lost to Aston Villa and West Ham, snuck a last-gasp win over Ludogorets in the Champions League and required penalties to see off Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. The 19-year-old forward, whose contract at Anfield runs until 2017, is one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League and has had an impressive start to the season but his manager is not losing sleep over the reported interest. “It shows that he’s playing exceptionally well,” said Rodgers. “I think you could probably link Raheem with every club in the world at the moment. He’s a fantastic young talent. “I’ve nothing really to add to it. There’s obviously lots of speculation every day about players coming and going here at Liverpool. “He’s a wonderful boy who’s developing very, very well here. I think him and his representatives and the people close to him know how comfortable he is here and I’m sure at some point in the future, whatever contract we’re looking to work with will be sorted, but he’s still got three years left and there’s no rush from my perspective.” They would dearly love to unleash the 25-year-old against their neighbours at Anfield but although Rodgers was upbeat about his recovery, an appearance this weekend appears to be based on hope as much as expectation. “We’ll be very happy to have him back and we hope that can be this weekend,” said the Northern Irishman. “We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re going to give every chance to. “He (Sturridge) is a player who’s out on the field working. Him and a number of others we’ll just assess nearer the time. But if he doesn’t make it he won’t be far off after that. “He’s someone that responds well to treatment. Obviously it’s gone well but there are still a couple of days to go before the game. The most important thing is he’s near to fitness. “He certainly won’t be match-fit, he hasn’t played for a few weeks, but it’ll be great to have him back because he’s a wonderful player for us. “He’s a great reference for our team at the top of the field, his pace and movement and quality, which we saw the last time he played against Tottenham.” Another of Rodgers’ talented young England stars, Raheem Sterling, has been linked this week with Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Tullow Tank, the 7-4 favourite, never got into a challenging position and could finish only fifth. Mullins, who completed a treble on a decidedly mixed afternoon, said: “He jumped well and for his second time over fences was very clever. He keeps doing more than I think he’s able to do. “He’s much more comfortable over fences. I’d be thinking of the RSA, or the JLT, at the moment. I wouldn’t be looking to go back in trip with him at this stage.” Winning owner Michael O’Leary added: “He did it well. We ran three to give them more experience and they all ran very well. “I think Real Steel is the horse to take out of it, given he goes left-handed he must have given away half a furlong. Bryan said Valseur Lido had plenty left in the tank even at the end. “We’re very fortunate and hopefully we’ll keep them all fit and well on to Christmas and make a plan after that.” Gigginstown rounded off a treble when Identity Thief (25-1) made a winning debut in the Follow Meath GAA On Twitter Fundraiser (Pro/Am) Flat Race under amateur Davy Roche. “He’s always worked nicely at home, but our horses normally need their first run. Davy said he was very green, but he picked up well,” said trainer Henry de Bromhead. “I will talk to the O’Learys to see where we go next. He has already worked well in a few schoolings over hurdles.” Giving owners Gigginstown House Stud and jockey Bryan Cooper a Grade One double after the earlier victory of Lieutenant Colonel, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old dispensed with the opposition in tremendous style. The 7-2 chance made smooth progress to lead after the second-last and forged clear to win by eight lengths from the always-prominent Apache Stronghold, while long-time leader Real Steel kept on admirably for third after jumping out to the left several times. Press Association Valseur Lido emerged an emphatic winner of what looked a highly competitive renewal of the Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse.
“A few years ago he was up and coming and linked with some big clubs, but for whatever reasons things did not quite pan out,” Monk said. “He’s had quite a few changes of manager – sometimes your face fits and sometimes it doesn’t – and maybe managers so far have not drawn things out of him. “This could be the chance to show what he’s got and prove a point to himself and to us. “Technically and physically he’s a very good player and one I feel will suit us, but he’s going to have to come in and earn it. “He needs to get his head down and get up to speed in training, but I know he’s looking forward to trying to test himself in this league.” Monk had been keen to add firepower to his squad with Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony away in January and the start of February at the African Cup of Nations and possibly missing as many as six Swansea games. Bony’s absence would have left Bafetimbi Gomis as the only senior striker in the Swansea squad during that new year period but for the recruitment of Oliveira who, Monk confirmed, could sign on a more permanent basis next summer. Monk also again stressed that Gomis, whose start in the 1-0 win at Hull on Saturday was only his third since his summer move from Lyon, will not be leaving in the January transfer window amid reported interest from Crystal Palace and Newcastle. “When Bony goes, Bafe will be given the chance and it’s his shirt to lose,” Monk said. “Then it’s up to Nelson to earn his chance, not just for now but for the future too. “It’s a good chance for him to prove himself and who knows then what will happen in the future. “If things go well here it’s something we will look at, but I’m not looking that far ahead as right now it’s about him earning the right to be involved with this squad.” Eighth-placed Swansea welcome Aston Villa to the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day for their only home fixture of the festive period, with Liverpool and QPR to follow. But Monk insists it will be business as usual with the players training on Christmas Day before returning home to their families. “It’s not too much of a problem but is nice to be at home,” Monk said. “We will train in the morning but they are used to that. It’s part of the job but the players are educated about nutrition and will stick to their diets. “They will enjoy it with their families, but they know they have a big game the next day. They are adults and you trust them to do the right things. “We have to approach it like a normal game even though it is this time of the year. It’s a very important game for us, we have stressed that to the players and they have to be ready.” Swansea manager Garry Monk believes Nelson Oliveira will suit the club’s style of play after handing the Portugal striker the chance to spark his career. Press Association The 14-times capped Oliveira played for Portugal at Euro 2012 but he has made only one appearance for Benfica this term and after loan spells at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain and French club Rennes in the last two years he will join Swansea on January 1 until the end of the season. Yet only two years ago the 23-year-old Oliveira was being linked with a £24million move to Manchester United while Chelsea and Manchester City both reportedly made repeated checks on a player who has represented his country at every age grade from Under-16s to senior level.
For the second weekend running Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon rescued Crystal Palace to secure a significant victory at Burnley. Press Association The former Newcastle manager has got two of his attacking players scoring and, if he manages the same trick with on-loan Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo, who made his debut, he can expect to see his side climb even further away from the relegation zone than the four points they now are. It will be a different story for Burnley, just a point above the bottom three, if they continue to pass up such opportunities as this. They have not won back-to-back home league games since April when they were in the Championship and defeat ended a three-match unbeaten spell in the league. Tennis season seemed a long way off in snowy Lancashire, but two disputed line calls were involved in Burnley, extending their own Premier League record by naming an unchanged side for the eighth consecutive match, taking a 2-0 lead. Kieran Trippier’s corner may have been taken from outside the quadrant, but that would not have contributed to Joe Ledley’s inability to mark Mee, who lost his man to head home at the far post from barely a yard out. The second was more hotly contested as Joel Ward tried to shepherd Mee’s clearance into touch only for Scott Arfield to muscle the full-back out of the way, keep the ball in play – despite Palace protestations – and slide a pass inside for Ings to charge through the middle and slot past Julian Speroni. Pardew’s decision to swap over his wingers paid off when Wilfried Zaha’s pace helped him beat two markers and, although James McArthur’s effort was blocked by the seemingly omnipresent Mee, the rebound was drilled home by Gayle. It was Palace’s first away goal in 453 minutes, since Mile Jedinak’s effort at Swansea on November 29. The pair both scored in the come-from-behind win over Tottenham seven days ago and repeated the feat at Turf Moor as the Eagles recovered from being 2-0 down after 16 minutes to seal a 3-2 success. Burnley appeared to be coasting after Ben Mee and Danny Ings struck in quick succession, but they were pegged back before Gayle’s second three minutes from time extended Alan Pardew’s unbeaten run since he took over at Selhurst Park. Zaha was enjoying more success the right, but Sanogo, despite holding up the ball well, was given few opportunities, with his best coming from the last action of the first half with a header hooked over by Arfield. Burnley’s inactivity for Palace’s equaliser three minutes after the interval was inexcusable, however. Puncheon picked up the ball just inside the opposition half, but was allowed to turn and run 25 yards unchallenged and he took full advantage to beat Tom Heaton with a low shot just inside the goalkeeper’s right-hand post. The momentum was all with the visitors now and, although Michael Keane’s volley was cleared off the line by McArthur, substitute Glenn Murray hit a post before Heaton was beaten by Gayle’s angled shot late on.
Aston Villa are back in the running to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair. Press Association The club have resumed talks with City over a possible move for the Etihad misfit, Press Association Sport understands. Villa manager Paul Lambert said last week any deal for Sinclair was dead but it has now been revived, with a loan the most likely outcome. Sinclair has made just three starts since signing for City from Swansea in 2012 and 19 appearances in total. He has played only four games this season – a total of 25 minutes – and has not featured for Manuel Pellegrini this year. Sinclair spent last season on loan at West Brom, where he made 11 appearances and failed to make an impact at The Hawthorns. The former Chelsea trainee would become Villa’s second signing of the transfer window after Carles Gil joined from Valencia earlier this month. Villa, who go to Arsenal on Sunday, are in desperate need of goals, having scored just 11 in the Barclays Premier League this season, and want to bring in more creative players in January.
He added: “I’ll always be eternally grateful for the opportunity given to me by Cricket Ireland, and in particular CEO Warren Deutrom, and it’s been a great partnership over the past eight years. “I’ve made some wonderful friends in that time, which has been among the happiest periods in my life. “It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to coach my home team. “They’re going through a difficult period at the moment, but I’m confident I can help to improve their fortunes.” West Indies overcame their sticky start to the ongoing World Cup to reach the quarter-finals, in which they face co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday. Ireland captain William Porterfield, meanwhile, voiced his thanks to Simmons. “Phil has been superb for the team and Irish cricket throughout his time in charge. We’ve all improved and grown as cricketers thanks to his efforts,” he said. “He’s been a towering presence not just in Irish cricket, but across the world – where he is held in such high regard. “While it’s sad to be losing him at this time, everyone in the squad understands his reasons for wanting to coach his home country. “We wish him and his family all the very best in the future.” Deutrom added: “Everyone will miss Phil Simmons. “You don’t live in a country for eight years and not leave behind close ties and friendships. “His warmth and strength of values endeared him to everyone here – while his loyalty is unquestioned, as evident from one of the longest-ever coaching tenures in international cricket. “As Phil has contributed to us, so we are proud to have helped him develop his career to the point that he can now pursue his dream of coaching his home team. “He leaves with nothing other than our very best wishes. “Now our goal is simple, to find a replacement for Phil who will take us to our stated vision of playing Test cricket by 2019.” West Indies, who have been coached on an interim basis by Stuart Williams in New Zealand and Australia, have welcomed Simmons back in a statement on their website. West Indies Cricket Board chief executive Michael Muirhead said: ” We are thrilled with the appointment of Phil and we believe he is the right individual for our team and our region at this time, so we want to welcome him back home. “His independence of character and his resolve to stand up for what he believes in were also strong qualities that convinced us that Phil was best suited to usher the West Indies team into a new era of success.” Simmons won 26 West Indies Test caps and 143 in one-day Internationals between 1987 and 1999. West Indies have endured a difficult past few months, including a player dispute which led to a mid-tour abandonment of their trip to India last year and then Ottis Gibson’s departure as coach. But Simmons added: “West Indies have a tremendous history and prestige in the game, and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be head coach. “There is an abundance of young talent coming through the ranks, and to be able to assist with the development of the future playing talent in the West Indies is fantastic. I can’t wait to begin. “We are determined to give the supporters the brand of cricket and the level of success that we are all looking to achieve.” Former Test batsman Simmons, 51, is to leave the same post with Ireland and will be in charge of the Windies when England arrive for their tour of the Caribbean next month. Cricket Ireland confirmed Simmons’ departure on Friday. Phil Simmons is to become the new coach of his native West Indies as soon as the World Cup is over. Trinidadian Simmons has been Ireland coach for eight years, during which they have been the pre-eminent force among the associate nations and have qualified for every International Cricket Council global tournament. Under Simmons, Ireland have pulled off World Cup victories over England in 2011 and West Indies themselves just last month. They will face England again in a one-off one-day international in May, at the conclusion of their opponents’ Test tour of the Windies. Simmons said: “I’ve had eight wonderful years as Ireland’s head coach, and will always cherish the memories of those great days we’ve shared. “The players and staff at Cricket Ireland have been simply magnificent. The wins in the World Cups over full members were all special, as we showed the world just what Irish cricket is capable of. “The Irish and West Indians are very similar in their nature and outlook on life and sport. “They welcomed me into their country, and I engaged with their sporting heritage and culture – and I’m a richer, better person for it.” Ireland, who face a tough battle to qualify for the next World Cup in England in 2019 after ICC’s decision to streamline the tournament to 10 teams, will immediately begin their search for a successor to Simmons. Press Association
Former England captain Rio Ferdinand has brought his near 20-year playing career to an end following his recent release from QPR. Manchester United then paid £29.1million for his services in July 2002, a world-record fee for a defender, and it was at Old Trafford where he became regarded as one of the finest centre-halves in the world. Ferdinand, who formed an excellent partnership alongside Nemanja Vidic for many years at United, believes that would not have been possible without the help of Sir Alex Ferguson. “Winning trophies over my 13 years at Manchester United allowed me to achieve everything that I desired in football. From a young child to today, that was all I cared about,” he said. “None of that would have been possible, without the genius of one man, Sir Alex Ferguson. His greatest accomplishment in my eyes will always be how he developed us as men, not just as footballers. He will in my opinion, always be the greatest manager in British football history.” There were low moments too. He was given an eight-month suspension at club and international level from January 2004 for missing a drugs test, meaning he missed the rest of the season and that year’s European Championship. He did play in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups but an injury ruled out an appearance in South Africa in 2010, a few months after he was named captain of the side. He announced his international retirement in May 2013 having endured an acrimonious previous 12 months that included being left out of the Euro 2012 squad, leading to rumours of an ill-tempered relationship with John Terry, who at the time was awaiting trial for racially abusing Ferdinand’s brother Rio. After making over 300 appearances with the Red Devils, he linked up with Harry Redknapp again last summer, but it was not be a fitting farewell as QPR were relegated from the top-flight. Saturday’s announcement prompted several former Manchester United and England team-mates to pay tribute. Paul Scholes said: “He was a great player, without a doubt the best centre-half I ever played with.” Michael Owen concurred, saying: “What a player he was, absolute Rolls Royce.” Gary Neville also added his praise on Twitter, saying: “Congratulations to @rioferdy5 on his great career. Best I played with and best pairings I’ve seen with Vida/JT. Covered me very well too!” Jonny Evans, who played alongside Ferdinand on many occasions at Old Trafford, told Press Association Sport: “He was the modern day centre-back that everyone looked to. Training every day and playing with him, he was someone I tried to replicate in my own game. “I had the opportunity to play alongside Rio for a lot of years and he was someone who had the ability to make the game seem so easy. “Anyone who’s played with him would tell you that. “He transmitted that to the rest of the team and he was a great character in the dressing room. “More than anything he was a winner and a leader. His trophy record reflects that” The 36-year-old, who played 81 times for England, was quietly released along with several other players on Wednesday by the recently relegated Rangers and he has decided against finding another club. In a statement, he said: “After 18 years as a professional footballer, I now feel it’s the right time for me to retire from the game that I love. “As a 12-year-old boy, kicking around a football on the Friary Estate in Peckham, I never dreamt that I would play for my boyhood club West Ham, captain Leeds United, win the Champions League with Manchester United, or re-join my first manager Harry Redknapp at Queens Park Rangers. “I will always regard the 81 times that I played for England, with immense pride. These are all treasured memories that will last a lifetime. “I’d like to thank and pay tribute to my wife Rebecca and my family, including my mother and father, for their sacrifices, their encouragement and their advice throughout my career. “And finally, I’d like to thank all the fans from all the clubs – for without them professional football would not exist. I will miss each and every one of you on my Saturday afternoons.” Ferdinand made over 100 appearances for the Hammers in four years, while he was also given his England bow at the age of 19 while still at Upton Park. He built his reputation as a lithe defender capable of starting attacks from the backline, which convinced Leeds to splash out a then British record £18million in November 2000 on the Londoner, who went on to captain the side in the 2001/02 season. Ferdinand made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in May 1996 with West Ham before going on to complete big money moves to Leeds and Manchester United, with whom he won six Premier League titles and the FA Cup and Champions League once. He switched to QPR last year after failing to win a new deal at Old Trafford, but the central defender struggled to hold down a regular first-team place and was absent for the closing stages of the season after his wife Rebecca Ellison died following a battle with cancer on May 1. 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Dele Alli marked his first Tottenham run-out with a goal as Brentford were overcome 2-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday. The midfielder converted the second spot-kick of the match in stoppage-time, with Shaq Coulthirst having scored the first before Jermaine Udumaga pulled one back at the death. Toby Alderweireld also played his first match for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid, starting the match alongside fellow new boys Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier. Press Association Signed from MK Dons in February, the 19-year-old was spent the remainder of last season on loan at his home-town club, helping them secure automatic promotion from League One. It meant Alli’s first appearance for Spurs only arrived on Wednesday, when his penalty helped overcome the Championship Bees 2-1 at Hotspur Way.
Fans from Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed their frustration at the north London rivals’ lack of activity during the summer transfer window. Press Association “Arsenal are in a very strong financial position and it is of course disappointing that the transfer window has closed with just the signing of Petr Cech,” it statement read. “Arsenal have built a strong squad and just one or two more good additions would have strengthened the chances of winning a first title in 11 years. “No one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger.” The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust is angry that Spurs missed out on West Brom striker Saido Berahino despite repeated bids, leaving the club with Harry Kane as their only available forward. “We think a credible explanation from the board to address the genuine concerns of supporters, many of whom have backed the current board consistently, is now required,” it said in a statement. “We welcome the good signings that have been made, but are concerned at the gaps that still exist and the pressure this places on the manager and the team.” Arsenal’s solitary signing has been goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea for £10million, making them the only club from a major European league not to recruit an outfield player this summer. The Arsenal Supporters’ Trust believes the club has missed a good opportunity to strengthen their challenge for the Barclays Premier League title.
Mino Raiola reportedly told a French radio station they had been given Martinez’s blessing for Lukaku to leave at the right price amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain. But the Spaniard was unwilling to go into the issue, saying: ” I’m not here to try to do the job of agent. “I’m not going to entertain any sort of rumours and speculation. I have to do that during the transfer window, against my wishes, so as you can understand I’m quite happy now not to go into any comments.” Club-record signing Lukaku, 22, has made a good start to the season after an up-and-down first campaign as a permanent Everton player, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances. Martinez said: “With Romelu, it has been a joy to see him growing and developing from a very young age. “He’s had a very important role with us and now I feel he’s in the perfect moment to kick on and even take more responsibility on the pitch. “All that matters to everyone at Everton is Romelu can keep fulfilling that role, keep enjoying his football and being very important for the team.” Martinez was speaking at his pre-match press conference, the day after Everton bade an emotional farewell to Howard Kendall. Thousands of fans and Everton figures past and present attended Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and Goodison Park to pay tribute to the 69-year-old, who died earlier this month. Martinez hopes the memories of Kendall’s glory years can inspire his players as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Sunderland on Sunday. Press Association The Everton boss said: “I thought it was an incredible event. We were all so proud and touched by the incredible reaction and the support that everyone showed around Howard’s career, Howard’s footprint at our football club, and then obviously to pay the respects to an incredible legend and an Everton giant. “There are great moments to sit back a little bit as a player, and everyone who has the privilege to represent Everton at this time has a unique source of inspiration. “You’re looking back at those big seasons, big moments full of emotion. Clearly for the players and everyone it’s the perfect inspiration to go forward.” Seamus Coleman is a major doubt for the match because of a stomach bug but his fellow full-back Leighton Baines is nearing a return after almost six months out. The 30-year-old has undergone two ankle operations but was set to return to full training on Friday along with midfielder Muhamed Besic, who has made only one Premier League appearance this season. Gareth Barry is back in contention following suspension, with Martinez set to revert to a more familiar line-up after ringing the changes for the Capital One Cup win over Norwich in midweek. Roberto Martinez talked up Romelu Lukaku’s importance to Everton following claims from his agent that the Toffees would sell if the right offer came in.
“I don’t have a total (in mind) but I think the improvements you see – four goals last season and four goals already this season,” Bolasie said. “You don’t just build a player overnight, everything has to come gradually. “I don’t think people really expect it. I wasn’t really in the box last season but this season I am in the box a lot more, I am picking up little scraps and so far I have got goals off scraps. “I think it’s all down to the gaffer and what he does in training and you can see it in the boys.” After the disappointing loss to Sunderland on Monday, Palace were keen to move on and give something back to the supporters. “It was a great result for the team,” Bolasie said. “It was good to bounce back from Monday’s result. “Today is obviously encouraging for us and we will move on straight away to focus on Everton next week. “In football, I think it is how you bounce back and you could say the attackers on Monday were a bit disappointed. The south London side thrashed Newcastle on Saturday, with the 5-1 win seeing the Eagles rise to seventh in the Barclays Premier League table. Bolasie netted twice in the comprehensive win, taking him to four overall – the same tally he managed over the whole of the 2014/15 campaign. Press Association “Today more than made up for Monday, but the game is gone today and we have to look forward to Everton. “It’s done a lot for confidence and we play Everton next week, who are another team who we normally have good games against, but every season is different so that will be another tough game for sure.” Bakary Sako is out of the clash with a hamstring injury and Wilfried Zaha is suspended, but Bolasie is not concerned about the strength in depth. “It’s tough right now but hopefully someone like Chungy (Lee Chung-yong) can come in and step up to the plate and that’s the reason why we have such a good squad. “You think of the players who have been left out, like Frazer Campbell, Jordan Mutch, so there are still players who can come in and do a good job.” Yannick Bolasie is delighted to have already equalled his last season’s goal tally and believes Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew deserves all the credit.
(Deerfield Beach, FL) — A high school football star’s death in Broward County is being ruled a suicide by train and is prompting his friends to confront mental illness. A candlelight vigil was held last night at Deerfield Beach High School for 17-year-old Bryce Gowdy, a wide-receiver prospect headed to Georgia Tech who committed suicide this week by standing in the path of a freight train in Broward County. His death came just days before Gowdy was to leave for college at Georgia Tech, which had given him a football scholarship. A DBHS teammate tells NBC 6 mental illness is very serious, and it’s hard for others to understand what someone might be going through. The death of a Florida teen football star fatally struck by a freight train has been ruled a suicide, officials said.Gowdy’s mom, Shibbon Winelle, said in a video posted to her Facebook page the teen had been “talking in circles” and asking “a lot of questions about spirituality and life” in the days before his death.She said both she and her son battled their own personal “demons,” alluding to mental health struggles.“I said, ‘Bryce, you have to dig within and fight these demons that you’re fighting,’” Winelle said.“I told him I wasn’t strong enough to help him right now, and I have my own demons that I was trying to fight.”She said the family had recently become homeless and she last saw him when she asked him to get her favorite blanket from the car.He never returned, and hours later his body was found near train tracks in Deerfield Beach.Georgia Teach mourned Gowdy’s death in a tweet posted by the team’s coach, Geoff Collins.“Our entire Georgia Tech football family is devastated by the news of Bryce’s passing,” Collins wrote.“Bryce was an outstanding young man with a very bright future. He was a great friend to many, including many of our current and incoming team members. … Bryce and his family will always be a part of the Georgia Tech football family.”
Meanwhile, Gov. DeSantis said during a briefing Saturday that said almost 1,200 tests were administered at the Memorial Health drive-thru testing site in Broward County.He also announced new testing sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, and TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.Out of those who have been diagnosed with the virus to date, those with serious conditions have typically been over the age of 60. However the majority of the infected are under the age of 60, the governor added.As of Saturday evening, there are 763 confirmed cases in Florida, and 12 deaths. South Florida remains the epicenter, with 56 cases in Palm Beach County, 164 in Broward County, and 169 in Miami-Dade County. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to implement a statewide “stay at home” order in response to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.Read her full statement below:“I want to recognize the difficult choices the Governor has had to make in this public health crisis. No Governor in recent history would have expected to have to make a decision like California, New York, or Illinois have made in the past 72 hours. Shutting down one of the nation’s largest states is a decision that will have an economic impact – but it is a decision that will save lives. Based on the data, we know we are a week behind California’s vast increase in COVID-19 cases. The individuals and businesses I’ve spoken with are growing more anxious by the day. As the nation’s third largest state, we need to go further, and we cannot afford to lose another week.”She continues:“I am asking the Governor to consider implementing a statewide “stay-at-home” order, closing all non-essential businesses for a reasonable timeframe, after which time the situation could be reassessed. A piecemeal approach of closing certain communities and businesses risks sowing further confusion. I encourage the Governor to take this decisive action today to save lives and preserve Florida’s economy for our shared future. I will stand by the Governor should he make this difficult decision, and I implore him to do so now.”I want to recognize the difficult choices @GovRonDeSantis has made during this #coronavirus crisis.Data shows Florida is a week behind California in #COVID19 cases. So, I’m asking the Governor to issue a statewide “stay-at-home” order.This difficult decision will save lives.— Commissioner Nikki Fried (@NikkiFriedFL) March 21, 2020
Police arrested a Florida girls high school coach for secretly recording videos of a topless female student on his cellphone.The St. Augustine Record reports 38-year-old Darrell Andrew Crews coached a girls flag football team at St. Augustine High School. He was caught secretly recording a student who was changing clothes after school.According to the arrest report, Crews sent the victim the nude photos Saturday. Crews told her someone anonymously forwarded the photo to his personal email. However, after recognizing something from the background the victim said she knew when the photo was taken. She told deputies it was just before her 18th birthday.When officials questioned Crews, he confessed to taking the photo and said it was a screenshot of videos he secretly recorded.The schools district recommended his termination.Crews was booked into county jail Sunday on a charge of video voyeurism. He has been released on a $1,500 bond Monday afternoon.
Miami-Dade County health officials late last week confirmed four more local cases of West Nile virus, bringing the county’s total to 18 residents.The Miami Herald reports that the county’s mosquito-control chief believes this summer’s resurgence of West Nile most likely reflects the heavy rains that cause mosquito populations to increase.For that reason, Miami-Dade is now under a mosquito-borne-illness alert.Officials announced that county’s first two cases of West Nile virus in May, and said both cases in county residents and occurred through local transmission.On June 11, health officials reported two additional cases, followed by 10 more on June 25.According to the health department, West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.There are no vaccines to prevent it or medications to treat it at this time.
This upcoming lobster mini-season is in danger of being canceled after authorities in the Keys wrote a letter to Governor Ron DeSantis urging him to prevent the event from happening.The village of Islamorada sent the letter to the governor stating their fear that the season would send an influx of visitors to the area while the number of COVID cases continue to rise.While Islamorada wants the event canceled in their area, Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker says that they do not plan to cancel mini-season in Palm Beach.Baker says she feels it is safe to continue because charter dive boats have been mandated to operate at half capacity.
Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Bio HARRINGTON — Righthanders Tashia Daley and Lona Sargent combined to pitch a one-hitter as the Tigers downed the Narraguagus Knights 12-0 in five innings Monday.Sargent doubled and singled twice, Katelyn Hodgkins doubled and singled and Morgan Whitten had a pair of singles for the Tigers. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 BAR HARBOR — The Trojans baseball team looked as though it was going to stage a late-game comeback against the Foxcoft Academy Ponies on May 11 at Mount Desert Island High School. With two outs and bases loaded, a Foxcroft error sent the tying MDI run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning, but after an umpire consultation, the call was reversed sending MDI runner Jasper Cousins back to third base. One quick out later and the game ended 6-5 in the Ponies’ favor. A series of errors by second baseman Willie Clark in the third inning gave the Ponies a jumpstart, putting the team in the lead 4-1.The Trojans worked their way back into the game by the bottom of the fourth, taking Foxcroft’s lead down to two points, 5-3. Both teams went three and out in the next two innings. In the top of the sixth, the Ponies tacked one more run on a dropped grounder.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThen the Trojans hopes were raised and dashed by a swirl of events. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. admin Latest Posts Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014
ELLSWORTH — Harbor House Community Service Center in Southwest Harbor invites the girls’ and boys’ junior high and high school basketball teams to register for the 24th annual Great Harbor Shoot-Out basketball tournament.The tournament, a fundraiser for Harbor House, has become the largest post-season basketball tournament in Maine, with close to 90 teams participating last year from all around the state.The tournament will take place at area gymnasiums on Mount Desert Island and in Trenton and Ellsworth from Friday, March 18, through Sunday, March 20. There will be four divisions for junior high and high school girls’ and boys’ teams to play in during the three-day tournament.Volunteers are needed to help with the various event activities, such as selling tickets at the door, running the clocks and selling concessions.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor more information on the Great Harbor Shoot-Out, contact event director Diana Novella at 244-3713 or [email protected] can be mailed to Harbor House at P.O. Box 836, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
Latest Posts Bio Clued in – May 29, 2019 Unitarian ordination scheduled for June 1 – May 23, 2019 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text HANCOCK — Thirty-five runners turned out on a sultry Saturday morning for the newly revived “Lobster Classic” road races organized by the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds from the race will go toward the purchase of a new fire truck.Two contests — one a 5-kilometer run, the other 10.2 miles — coursed from the town office down the Point Road and back. The 5K participants did a 180 at the 1.55-mile mark and raced back to the town office; 10.2 milers ran all the way past the Crocker House to the Point, turned left and followed the shoreline to Post Office Road, which they took to regain the Point Road and the return trip.Jonathan Aretakis of Pembroke, a previous winner, took first in the long race with a time of 1 hour, 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Alison Manchester of Rochester, N.Y., led the 5K pack with a time of 21:54. Latest posts by Stephen Fay (see all) Stephen FayManaging Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanStephen Fay, managing editor of The Ellsworth American since 1996, is a third-generation Californian. Starting out as a news reporter in 1974, he has been an editor since 1976, working in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont before settling in Ellsworth with his wife and two daughters. [email protected] Franklin man seriously injured in motorcycle crash – May 26, 2019
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Nambor Club won the Golaghat chapter of Assam Premier Club Championship as they defeated Amulapotty by 55 runs at Golaghat Stadium today.Electing to bat first, Nambor were bundled out for just 138 runs, but their bowlers, specially Nipumoni Kumar who took 6 wickets, restricted the opponent at 83 in 24th over.Brief Score: Nambor Club 138/10 in 34.2 overs (Raja Saikia 37, Sibsankar Roy 23, Antorikh Kashyap 5/23) beat Amulapotty 83/10 in 23.3 overs (Bedanta Saikia 24, Nipumoni Kumar 6/16).From Udalguri: Saurav Mousum Dihingia hit a century as Dhemaji Cricket Club beat Udalguri Lions Club by 92 runs in a Zonal level match here. Brief Score: Dhemaji CC 241/6 in 40 overs (Saurav Mousum Dihingia 101no, Manab Buragohain 63) beat Udalguri Lions Club 149/10 in 35.4 overs (Gurprit Singh 29, Kunal Das 28, Manab Buragohain 3/34, Rajesh Prasad 3/34, Joseph Buragohain 3/36).From Tezpur: Nakari Club of Lakhimpur thrashed Biswanath Blue Warrior by 42 runs in the North Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Nakari Club 200/10 in 39.1 overs (Sunzow Brahma 50, Jitumoni Kalita 34, Roktim Bonia 35, Altaf Ali 2/14) beat Biswanath Blue Warrior 158/10 in 30.4 overs (Dibash Hazarika 35, Jogeswar Bhumij 33, Amlan Talukdar 4/53).From Bongaigaon: Bongaigaon Cricket Coaching Centre won by 5 wickets against Tribeni Sangha in the Lowar Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Tribeni Sangha 116/10 in 35.5 overs (Pradip Sarkar 4/19) lost to Bongaigaon CCC 120/5 in 25.3 overs (Bishal Roy 49, Subhadeep Chakraborty 33, Deepjyoti Adhikary 4/39).From Kokrajhar: United Sports Association outplayed Deshbanshu Club by 8 wickets in the Lowar Assam Zonal level match. Brief Score: Deshbanshu Club 97/10 in 23.4 overs (Kishor Choudhury 3/11, Sujit Deury 3/14) lost to United SA 100/2 in 12.1 overs (Prantar Sarma 36no).From Sivasagar: CCD registered 9-wicket win over Phoenix CCC in the District level match at Outdoor stadium. Brief Score: Phoenix CCC 93/10 in 27 overs (Phanindra Sonowal 3/23) lost to CCD 95/1 in 13.2 overs (Yasir Ali 42no, Siddhart Doshi 28no.Also read: Local Sports
New Delhi: Joginder Sharma, the former India fast bowler who famously bowled the decisive last over of the 2007 World T20 final in which India beat Pakistan, has been involved in the battle against coronavirus. Joginder joined the police force in his home state of Haryana after retiring from the game Deputy Superintendent of Police in the state.Pictures of him at work in the streets with masks and gloves on were tweeted by him and a number of other people over the past few days. On Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) paid tribute to Joginder.In his post-cricket career as a policeman, India’s Joginder Sharma is among those doing their bit amid a global health crisis,” said the ICC in its tweet.Joginder had a short international career of four ODIs and four T20Is but was immortalised when he took the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq, who looked set to win the match for Pakistan, and India won the inaugural World T20 title. He played 77 matches in his first class career in which he took 297 wickets. IANSAlso Read: International Cricket Council (ICC) approves accounts for 2019 World CupAlso Watch: Coronavirus update: Buddhist Monastery in Naharkatika take extra prevention measures
THE Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) National Schools Basketball Festival (NSBF) U-19 quarterfinals showcased the best of the U-19 talent on the local circuit.There were three games played on the night, one blowout, one close encounter and one nail-biter that proved to be the game everyone was waiting to witness the entire tournament.In the first game of the night, Kwakwani Secondary made light work of Mackenzie High blowing them out of the water to show why they were defending champions winning 61-28. Led by the triple threat of national guards in Troy David, Stanton Rose and Damair Gladstone who had 10, 12 and 11 points respectively, the team cruised to victory. Kemmol Benjamin, Dillon Wallace and Jamal Gilkes registered 9, 7 and 6 points in the win also. For the outmatched Mackenzie side, Tim Veshon scored 8 points with Daniel Anthony supporting him with 7 points.The second encounter saw Linden Technical Institute spoiling the coming-out party for Jaleel Duke and his President’s College side in a game that finished 47-33. Led by Akinni Wilson’s 13, LTI continued their tradition of advancing to the final rounds to compete for a title. From the outset, President’s College, pushing the tempo and looking very threatening, while doing so behind Duke’s quick scoring.However, the tide soon changed as the Linden side started to lock down on defence and convert on offence. For Akinni, it was balanced scoring with an inside-out approach – whatever the defence gave him he took. He was supported by Tahquille Johnson’s 9. On the President’s College side, Jaleel Duke posted 14 points in the losing effort with Anton Fileen contributing 11.Sherland Gillis at line to close out the win for NAMS (Daniel Haynes photos)The final game of the night was definitely the one fans paid their money to see. New Amsterdam Multilateral Secondary (NAMS) took on St Rose’s High and won in a game that went into overtime and finished 36-29.From the tip, both teams seemed evenly matched, trading baskets after the initial feel-out process was over. It was not just a battle of big men and point guards, but a battle of coaches, with Rose’s Courtenay Taylor and NAMS Willon Cameron having both coached alongside each other at the National level.The battle of the ‘bigs’ that was expected turned out to be the mitigating factor with NAMS’ Neil Wills, and Sherland Gillis contributing 10 points each for their side, with points coming at crucial moments. For Rose’s it was the duo of Akil Vaughn and Leon Ross who held the offensive giant Wills to such a low total.Gillis was the X Factor for the NAMS side, and he seemed to find himself making the right basketball plays at the right moments. The first being a steal with seconds to go in the game leading to him being fouled and able to put away the game at the free throw line after Rose’s took the lead with a minute to go.For Rose’s it was Shamar Huntley whose 15 points stood out in the losing effort. There was much to be taken away from the game as in the overtime period the three-point shooting of Rose’s went awry. There were missed calls on both ends and the foul game ultimately contributed to the game’s outcome.Akinni Vaugn making a move for two of his points.Gillis was once again put at the line and made them count for the win. Coach Willon Cameron on how the win came to be stated “It was wanting it at all times, we fight and that’s what we’re about.”AN emotional coach Taylor also gave his input stating, “It was always going to be a competitive game given the fact both teams are similar in their make-up and how they play.”“The teams know each other as well through the friendship developed over the years but what played the separator in the teams was the officiating,” continued Taylor.The semi-final rounds tip off today and promise much more action. The tournament is sponsored by Digicel, Banks DIH Limited and Beharry Group of Companies.
By Martyn HermanLONDON,(Reuters)-Chelsea’s points tally after 10 games shows they are twice as good as they were at this stage of last season’s Premier League campaign, which considering the form of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa is hardly surprising.They were both on target yesterday as Chelsea outclassed Southampton 2-0 to move into fourth spot with 22 points — just one behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.The poor form and questionable appetite of both Costa and Hazard was blamed partly for Chelsea’s dire start to last season that ultimately cost manager Jose Mourinho his job.However, the duo who helped fire Chelsea to the 2014-15 title are thriving once again in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.Hazard’s opener after six minutes meant he has scored in three consecutive Premier League games and has five for the season. This time last year he had failed to register and did not score his first league goal until April.Likewise, Costa, looking again like the marauding bruiser who ran defences ragged when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge rather than the disinterested figure he cut early last season, already has eight league goals to his credit.It took him until January to reach that total last season and he had managed just two in the league when Mourinho was sacked.His second-half effort, a curling shot from 25 metres, was sublime but it was his work rate across the pitch that rubbed off on the Spain international’s team mates.“When you see Eden and Diego, and Pedro, working very hard during the game, you are happy,” Conte said of his front three.“They are strikers and usually it’s a bit difficult for the strikers to work for the team, but their commitment and work-rate is fantastic.”Chelsea’s defending too has been unrecognisable this season. They have conceded nine goals compared to the 19 they had already leaked after 10 games under Mourinho a year ago.Even with skipper John Terry fit to return yesterday, Brazilian David Luiz was again preferred alongside Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta and did not put a foot out of place.“I’m very happy after this performance. I saw great commitment, work rate — with the ball and without it. For the fourth game we keep a clean sheet, it’s fantastic,” Conte said.“It’s early for us to speak about title contenders. We have to work very hard to continue. We can improve a lot. We must improve.”
New Delhi: Former Australian legendary leggie Shane Warne thinks that Indian spinner Ravinchandran Ashwin did not give enough flight while bowling to the English batsmen on the Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Warne believes that Ashwin bowled too fast and was too hard on his action.Aussie legend Shane Warne took to the micro-blogging platform Twitter to share his thoughts on Ashwin and said that anything above the 275-run mark will be difficult for the visitors.ALSO READ: England vs India, Day 3: Top 5 talking points from Southampton Test“Test match very evenly balanced in Southampton – anything more than chasing 275 will be difficult for India. My thoughts on Ashwin – he’s fighting the expectations that were on him as the pitch is turning – hence he’s rushing his action along with bowling consistently too fast!!,” Warne wrote.Aussie legend Shane Warne took to the micro-blogging platform Twitter to share his thoughts on Ashwin and said that anything above the 275-run mark will be difficult for the visitors. “Test match very evenly balanced in Southampton – anything more than chasing 275 will be difficult for India. My thoughts on Ashwin – he’s fighting the expectations that were on him as the pitch is turning – hence he’s rushing his action along with bowling consistently too fast!!,” Warne wrote.Ashwin did not take notes from England’s Moeen Ali, who took a fifer to down the Indian batting order by consistently hitting the rough patch on the pitch and hence the difference in wickets between both Ashwin and Ali.WATCH: Dwayne Bravo’s 0, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, against St Kitts and NevisThe Tamil Nadu spinner was heavily criticised by the fans on social media for experimenting with too many variations.Ashwin only picked up the wicket of English all-rounder Ben Stokes as he did not look sharp on the Day 3 of the fourth Test between England and India.On the end of Day 3 of the Southampton Test, England’s scoreboard displayed 260/8 and were leading by 233 runs with Sam Curran on the crease.Hosts England lead the series 2-1 after winning the first two Test matches. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: In the press conference before the Indian cricket team departed for their two-month long tour to Australia, skipper Virat Kohli said something interesting regarding sledging. Kohli said India would reciprocate in a certain way if Australia started their tactic of sledging but he is alright in playing in an environment where there is no hostility. Contests involving India and Australia have involved intense sledging battles in the last couple of series, most notably from 2008 which witnessed the infamous ‘Monkeygate’ affair involving Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh in the Sydney Test. The 2014/15 series also involved a couple of tense affairs.Read More | Lower order batting contributions key for success in Australia: Kohli“When it comes to getting engaged in an argument on the field, I have been completely okay playing without an altercation. I have enough belief in my abilities. Those were very immature things I used to feed on when I was younger. We were always the one giving it back, we never started this thing. If it does not start, we are happy to focus on our game. If they are playing in a certain way, we will reciprocate in that way. In our minds, we must be competitive and not let our energies drop,” Kohli had said.Read More | Kapil’s bravery, a Jumbo haul and Agarkar’s historic feat in AustraliaHowever, the statement has not found enough traction in the Australian media, with several media outlets taking a dig at Kohli for the statement. Mitchell Johnson, the former Australia pacer who retired from international cricket in November 2015, took a sly dig at Kohli. The left-arm pacer responded to a story put out by Fox Sports Australia and stated, “I look forward to no Virat send-offs.” 🤣 I look forward to no Virat send offs 🤥— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) November 15, 2018Intense Johnson-Kohli rivalryJohnson and Kohli had a few incidents during the 2014/15 series which Australia won 2-0. In the Adelaide Test, Johnson hit Kohli on the badge of his helmet with a bouncer, but the Indian skipper recovered to smash centuries in both innings of the Test. In the Melbourne Test, Johnson flung a ball at Kohli which hit him on the leg and that set off a chain of events where the batsman was indulged in a verbal duel with Johnson.Read More | Kohli on sledging vs Australia: We gave it back, never started itFollowing the end of the Test series, India and Australia squared off in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup where the left-arm pacer had the last laugh. In the knock-out clash in Sydney, Kohli (1) top-edged a pull shot off Johnson to be caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.India will begin their tour of Australia with three Twenty20 Internationals, followed by four Tests and three ODIs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: That Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the “greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game”. Kohli, the world’s no.1 Test and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20 International series. Kohli’s India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds.“To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India,” Clarke, himself a former World Cup-winning captain, told PTI in an interview. Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds.An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the 30-year-old Indian’s passion is unmatchable. “You have to respect Virat’s passion to win games for his country. Yes, he has aggression but no one can question his commitment, how much he has achieved. He is the greatest in ODIs,” Clarke said.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s India in Australia: Five memorable moments from historic tourWhile Kohli’s craft continues to evoke awe, his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s current form has the cricketing world divided. Dhoni’s style of batsmanship in ODIs, no longer as aggressive as it used to be, has been a matter of concern but for Clarke, the 37-year-old former India captain should be left alone to play his game.“MS knows how to react to any given situation. He has played 300 plus ODIs so he knows how to go about his job,” Clarke said.But would Dhoni have been as effective as he was in the third ODI against Australia if the target would have been 330 instead of 230?“I think he would have played differently. It was 230 and he had a particular strategy and it would have been different if the target would have been bigger,” he said.“Look at his approach in the second game in Adelaide and the third game in Melbourne. It was different,” Clarke said.Asked what should be Dhoni’s batting position in the World Cup, Clarke said, “Any position 4, 5 or 6. He is good enough to bat at any position and I believe Virat will use him accordingly.”Clarke, however, made it clear that the currently suspended Hardik Pandya would play an important role for India going into the World Cup in England. Pandya faces, as of now, an uncertain future owing to his much-condemned sexist remarks on a TV show.“A talented player like Hardik is very necessary for the balance of the side. He can win games alone with his batting and I am confident he will be in that World Cup squad,” Clarke sounded confident. While he didn’t speak about the Pandya-KL Rahul controversy but Clarke looked at the bigger picture about professional sportspersons being role models. He stressed on the aspect of “respect”.Asked if a lot of money is making youngsters go haywire in their conduct, Clarke gave his insight. “How much money you have earned is irrelevant because most important thing is to earn and give respect. I think it all starts with how you have been brought up.Also Read | Let Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul play while inquiry is on: BCCI president CK Khanna“Respecting every individual is very important. It starts with respecting elders regardless of profession,” Clarke, who has been a chip of the old bloc when it comes to traditions, said. But former batting mainstay also spoke about the need to not make one “mistake” the focus of somebody’s career.“Professional sportspersons are role models, recognized and they have a responsibility. Having said that, everyone makes mistakes and one needs to move on and learn from them,” said Clarke, who played 115 Tests and 245 ODIs for Australia.Asked if India are favourites to win the World Cup, Clarke said, “Certainly one of the favourites with the kind of bowling talent India have at the moment. The batting was always strong and they also have wonderful young spinners. What has impressed Clarke is the fact that India doesn’t have any “apparent weakness in the bowling department”.“Jasprit Bumrah is a skillful bowler who is improving every day. He continues to get better with his seam, swing, and pace. He is the best death bowler in ODI cricket at the moment,” said Clarke.However, the cricket analyst in him also feels that England will be a very difficult team to beat at home. “England is a very good ODI side and will be hard to beat at home. Also, I would like Australia to be in the mix. Australia will get better when the frontline pacers including Nathan Coulter Nile come back,” explained Clarke.Talking about Australian cricket, Clarke is hopeful that things will change for the better very soon if there is good leadership (not captaincy). “There is plenty of talent in Australian cricket. We have good young players playing Sheffield Shield. They still believe Test cricket is the pinnacle,” he said. But he offered a word of caution too. A lot of hard work is needed and good leadership, which can select the right guys, back them and give them time to perform,” he said.
New Delhi: The Indian football team’s spirited showings in recent times seem to be having a ripple effect with the position of the men’s coach attracting over 250 applications, an unprecedented number that also includes some well-known names from Europe.The post has been left vacant since Stephen Constantine resigned following the Indian team’s failure to make the knockouts of the AFC Asian Cup after coming close to doing so.Contrary to speculations doing the rounds, All India Football Federation (AIFF) sources categorically denied that they are not exactly looking to recruit a high-profile name. In the recent past, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das had also said that they would appoint a coach based on the team’s requirements and not get carried away by big names.The list of applicants also includes coaches from the Indian Super League and I-League.”The big names doing the rounds need not necessarily fulfil the criteria of the AIFF. Early next week the concerned committee will make a short-list and the candidates would then be interviewed by the technical committee, and based on its recommendations, the executive committee would make the appointment from among the final list,” a well-placed AIFF source said.Established names doing the rounds are Italian Giovanni De Biasi, Hakan Ericson of Sweden, France’s Raymond Domnech and England’s Sam Allardyce.While these are undoubtedly big names, the AIFF has also received applications from people who do not have the credentials and licence.The deadline for applying for the top job ended on March 29.Among others, Bengaluru FC’s highly successful former coach Albert Roca has also emerged as the frontrunner for the job, with many national team players favouring his appointment.Under Roca, Bengaluru FC played four finals in his two seasons in charge – making the final of the AFC Cup in 2016, the Federation Cup in 2017 and the ISL and Super Cup in 2018.The team won the Federation Cup and the Super Cup, but missed out on the AFC Cup and the ISL titles. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: After years of defiance, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has finally come under the ambit of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). This is a massive development when it comes to doping and sports administration in the country. The BCCI has now become a National Sports Federation in the process despite being financially autonomous. Sports Secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya, who along with NADA DG Navin Agarwal met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri along with the Board’s GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim here on Friday, said that the Board has given in writing that it would adhere to the anti-doping policy of NADA.The BCCI was vehemently opposed to signing up with NADA, claiming that it is an autonomous body, not a National Sports Federation as it does not rely on government funding. BCCI’s primary concern was the contentious ‘Whereabouts Clause’ with regards to Out of Competition Testing, something that all star India players have been wary of as they considered it an invasion of their privacy.However, Sports secretary Radheshyam Jhulaniya said, “All cricketers will now be tested by NADA. The BCCI raised three issues before us about the quality of the dope testing kits, competence of pathologists and sample collection. We assured them that whatever facilities they want, we will provide but there will be some charge for it. But that higher facility will be equal for all NSFs. BCCI is no different from others. They have to follow the law of the land,” Jhulaniya said.After the meeting, Johri said they had to follow the law of the land. “We have raised a lot of concerns, we have listed them out and they have agreed to address all these. Whoever is in existence the law of the land is there. So, you and I can’t choose at what time to follow the law of the land,” Johri said.With the BCCI officially coming under the NADA ambit, the possibility of agreeing to RTI is becoming more and more real. The Indian Board will now face more pressure to come under RTI Act as per government norms. However, Johri side-stepped the issue, saying RTI was not in the meeting and it will be discussed at a later meeting. BCCI had raised concerns about whereabouts clause.BCCI has finally come under NADA.All cricketers will now be tested by NADA. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Kochi: Nigerian striker Bartholomew Ogbeche struck a brace to help Kerala Blasters beat ATK 2-1 in the opening match of the Indian Super League season six in Kochi on Sunday. Carl McHugh scored ATK’s 100th goal of the ISL in only the sixth minute of the game but the home side, egged on by a vociferous crowd of more than 35,000, hit back with two goals from their new signing Ogbeche to begin their campaign on a winning note. Ogbeche struck in the 30th (through a penalty) and 45th minutes in front of a packed home crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The result saw Kerala get the better of ATK in their ISL opener once again, having recorded a 2-0 win last season in Kolkata. The game got off to an electrifying start with the visitors stunning the packed crowd early in the game. ATK capitalised on a free-kick given for a foul on Jayesh Rane by Jeakson Singh. The set-piece into the box was cushioned back for McHugh by Agustin Garcia Iniguez at the far post. The Irishman went on to slam a brilliant first-time volley with his left foot that gave Bilal Khan in the Kerala goal no chance whatsoever. With the wind in their sails from an early goal, ATK continued to press Kerala relentlessly and created several chances to double their lead, the best of which came in the 22nd minute. Roy Krishna embarked on a sizzling run from the midfield, going past a couple of Kerala defenders into the box, but opted to slide it for Javier Hernandez rather than shoot himself and the ball trickled away. A rattled Kerala were handed a lifeline into the game when ATK winger Michael Soosairaj went down in the box under Sergio Cidoncha’s challenge. But the referee waved away the protests and Kerala won a corner from the ensuing counter-attack. That set-piece would produce the equaliser for Kerala. Ogbeche saw his looping header from the far post come back off the upright, only for Pronay Halder to pull down Jairo Rodriguez who was about to slot it in. The referee awarded the spot kick and Ogbeche made no mistake in beating Arindam Bhattacharja to lift the spirits of the home supporters. The Men in Yellow started to enjoy more time on the ball following the equaliser and stormed into the lead just before half-time. Pronay failed to clear a low cross from Prasanth Karuthadathkuni and the loose ball was driven in smartly by a lurking Ogbeche. Kerala continued their ascendancy at the start of the second half as well, keeping the ball well and forcing errors from ATK. However, Krishna continued to threaten the Kerala defence, although his finishing let the visitors down. In the 69th minute, the Fijian was sent through on goal but a sliding tackle from Jairo meant the chance went begging. Shortly after, Krishna saw another shot from close range blocked away by substitute Mario Arques.But Eelco Schattorie’s home side held their nerves and created a few chances of their own. Ultimately, they saw off the game quite comfortably to start their campaign on a winning note. Also Read | Indian Super League To Replace I-League As Top-Tier Football Tournament In IndiaEarlier, FDSL chairperson Nita Ambani declared the beginning of the season in the presence of ATK co-owner and BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly. Bollywood stars Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani performed in the opening ceremony along with the internationally acclaimed Indian dance group Kings United just before the start of the match. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
New Delhi: The Indian cricket team put on a dominant performance in the Test series against South Africa. Rohit Sharma capitalised on his new life as an opener by smashing twin centuries in Vizag and a maiden double ton in Ranchi. Virat Kohli notched up his highest individual score in the Pune Test while centuries from Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane made the Indian batting intimidating. Crucial contributions from Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja ensured South Africa never took 20 wickets in all the three Tests. Ravi Shastri, the head coach of the Indian cricket team, has likened his team’s batsmen to a Ferrari car.”Our batting is pretty much like a Ferrari taking off. Ajinkya Rahane was always there. He just needed to rediscover himself. When you need to open in Tests, you might get out in the first 10 balls. But Rohit did well to hang in there for the first two hours. And things changed after lunch for him to take advantage of that. The job satisfaction that an opener gets is wonderful. You have a captain who leads with example and gets a double hundred. You have Pujara chipping in, you have Rahane scoring the runs in the middle order,” Shastri said. Focus on taking 20 wicketsShastri’s compliment for the batsmen, though, did not take away the core focus of the Indian cricket team which was to take 20 wickets irrespective of the conditions. The pitches in the current series against South Africa helped both the pacers and the spinners, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja complimented well by Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.”We had a wish that we could take pitch out of the equation. ‘Bhaad me gaya pitch’ (to hell with the pitches). Whether it’s Johannesburg or Melbourne or Mumbai, we want to take the pitch out of the equation. We always wanted to take 20 wickets irrespective of where we were playing. We are just focussed on taking 20 wickets. Normally, in India you have two players hogging the limelight. But here you have 6 or 7 chipping in,” Shastri said.Also Read | Will Talk To Virat Kohli Like A BCCI President Does: Sourav GangulyShastri complimented Shahbaz Nadeem, the debutant who made a good impression in the Ranchi Test. Nadeem’s first wicket of Temba Bavuma was hailed by former India spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi and his four wickets in the match was an impressive return after slogging away in the past decade in domestic cricket. “Extremely impressed with Nadeem. He comes over the top and has a great wrist position. The guy has put in the yards at the domestic level and am glad he finally had his chance at his home ground. He had no nerves and bowled three maidens on the trot,” Shastri said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCal Poly (7-16, 4-5) vs. Cal State Northridge (10-15, 5-4)Matadome, Northridge, California; Thursday, 10 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cal State Northridge seeks revenge on Cal Poly after dropping the first matchup in San Luis Obispo. The teams last played each other on Jan. 11, when the Mustangs shot 52.7 percent from the field while limiting Cal State Northridge’s shooters to just 35.8 percent en route to a 74-56 victory. Cal Poly looks to sweep CSUN BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Cal State Northridge’s Lamine Diane has averaged 22.3 points and 8.9 rebounds while Terrell Gomez has put up 20.2 points. For the Mustangs, Junior Ballard has averaged 13 points while Tuukka Jaakkola has put up 7.9 points.CLAMPING DOWN: The Matadors have given up only 72 points per game across nine conference games, an improvement from the 84.1 per game they gave up in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JUNIOR: Ballard has connected on 37.1 percent of the 89 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 11 of 25 over the last five games. He’s also made 73.6 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Cal Poly is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 69 points and 7-2 when scoring at least 69.UNBEATEN WHEN: Cal Poly is a perfect 6-0 when it scores at least 74 points. The Mustangs are 1-16 when scoring any fewer than 74.DID YOU KNOW: Cal State Northridge is rated first among Big West teams with an average of 74.5 points per game. Associated Press February 12, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
He is the eighth NHL coach to lose his job this season and the sixth fired for performance reasons. That matches the most for one season in NHL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Assistant Dean Evason was named the Wild’s interim coach. Minnesota is 27-23-7 and three points out of a playoff position in the Western Conference with 25 games left to play.Boudreau was in his fourth season with the Wild. He previously coached the Washington Capitals and Anaheim Ducks.In other NHL news:— The St. Louis Blues say Jay Bouwmeester (BOH’-mees-tur) had surgery Friday to insert a defibrillator to restore his heart’s normal rhythm. The Blues defenseman collapsed on the bench during a game in Anaheim this week. Doctors quickly used a defibrillator to restore his heart beat and he regained consciousness before going to a hospital on Tuesday night. General manager Doug Armstrong says the procedure was performed at the UC Irvine Medical Center. Once Bouwmeester is cleared to return to St. Louis, he’ll be monitored by doctors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University. February 14, 2020 Tickets will be priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each — combinations of numbers that like the date, 2/24, represent the No. 24 worn by Bryant and the No. 2 worn by Gianna on her girls basketball team.Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, the Lakers said.Ticket registration was to extend from 11 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Monday through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system. On Tuesday, registered fans will receive emails with non-transferable personal access codes that will allow them to participate in the public sale on Wednesday morning.In a move apparently intended to prevent a repeat of the massive crowds that flocked to Staples after Bryant’s death, the Lakers said the memorial will not be shown on exterior video screens at the arena or the adjacent L.A. Live entertainment area.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN 7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down UnderADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory on Friday by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women’s Australian Open.Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, tied with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff.Jillian Hollis, was in third place, one stroke behind. Defending champion Nelly Korda was six strokes behind. Five-time champion Karrie Webb, whose lead-up to the tournament was hampered by a virus, missed the cut after a second consecutive 74.Because of the virus outbreak in China, the Women’s Australian Open will be the last LPGA tournament for a month after the cancellation of three scheduled events in Thailand, Singapore and China. Coates was asked by a reporter if he was 100% confident that the Tokyo Olympics would go on as scheduled and open on July 24. He replied, “Yes.” Signed as a rookie free agent in 2014, Hurst played in all 16 regular-season games for the Ravens last season, with two starts at left tackle. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for an NFL-record 3,296 yards rushing in 2019.The 28-year-old Hurst signed a four-year contract in March 2018. He didn’t miss a game over his first four seasons before being inactive for six games in 2018 with a back injury.KOBE BRYANT MEMORIALTicketing plan for Kobe Bryant public memorial releasedLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers announced Friday that fans seeking to attend the Feb. 24 memorial for Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, at Staples Center must register to purchase tickets and there will be no outside overflow areas. In other MLB news:— All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year. Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request. Hader earned $687,600 last year. He had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game. Seven players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 21.— The Cleveland Indians are already dealing with adversity before taking the field for their first full-squad workout. Starting pitcher Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) injured his left knee during a workout in Arizona and will have surgery. The team says he tore cartilage on Wednesday. A timetable for his return will be set after the operation. Clevinger won 13 games last season. The Indians are counting on him to have a larger role after two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was traded this winter— The Atlanta Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training. The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had surgery in October on his right elbow. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday.— Washington Nationals general Mike Rizzo is not satisfied with the way the Houston Astros attempted to apologize for their sign-stealing scandal. Rizzo’s Nationals beat the Astros in last season’s World Series and were prepared in case Houston tried any funny stuff. Rizzo said people from other teams in baseball reached out to the Nationals to offer advice before they faced the Astros in the Fall Classic. Rizzo said the Astros cheated to win the 2017 World Series and he would like to hear members of Houston’s organization use the word “cheated” to describe what they did. MLB-SALARY RAISE-MINOR LEAGUERSAP Exclusive: MLB raises salaries for minor leaguers in 2021NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press.Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from federal minimum wage laws, MLB opted to give those players a wage increase between 38% and 72%. The bump was discussed at last week’s owners meetings and confirmed in the memo from Morgan Sword, executive vice president of baseball economics and operations.Players at rookie and short-season levels will see their minimum weekly pay raised from $290 to $400, and players at Class A will go from $290 to $500. Double-A will jump from $350 to $600, and Triple-A from $502 to $700. Update on the latest sports Minor leaguers are paid only during the five-month season and don’t receive wages during the offseason or spring training.NFL-RAVENS-HURST SUSPENDEDRavens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED useOWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to his team’s active roster on the Monday following the team’s fourth game. TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSNo ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presenceTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan, where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak.John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, and Tokyo Olympic organizers took questions at a news conference on Friday to wrap up a two-day visit that was dominated by the virus issue. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-NEWSMinnesota fires BoudreauUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Bruce Boudreau. — The Buffalo Sabres have placed defenseman Zach Bogosian on waivers. The move comes months after Bogosian asked to be traded and opens a spot on Buffalo’s blue line for young players like Lawrence Pilut. Bogosian has five points in 19 games this season. The 29-year-old has been in and out of the lineup with hip injuries. Bogosian is in the final year of his contract and counts $5.14 million against the salary cap. He would be assigned to Rochester of the American Hockey League if he clears waivers. Bogosian has 53 goals and 141 assists in 636 regular-season games with the Atlanta Thrashers, Winnipeg Jets and Sabres.MLB-NEWSHaniger has second surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger isn’t likely to take the field anytime soon following his second surgery in less than a month. The Mariners say the 2018 All-Star had a lower back procedure Thursday that followed core surgery in January.Both are related to a ruptured testicle sustained in a game last June, an injury believed to have occurred when he fouled off a pitch and the ball hit him in the groin area. In working his way back, Haniger felt back pain and never played again last season. Associated Press
___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDuquesne (20-8, 10-6) vs. VCU (18-11, 8-8)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two junior forwards will be on display as Marcus Weathers and Duquesne will take on Marcus Santos-Silva and VCU. Weathers has scored 20 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 13 over his last five games. Santos-Silva is averaging 11.4 points over the last five games. Weathers, Duquesne visit VCU March 2, 2020 FEARLESS FRESHMEN: VCU’s Santos-Silva, Nah’Shon Hyland and Issac Vann have collectively accounted for 40 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 43 percent of all Rams points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Sincere Carry has had his hand in 45 percent of all Duquesne field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 18 field goals and 21 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: The Rams are 14-0 when they make eight or more 3-pointers and 4-11 when they fall shy of that mark. The Dukes are 16-0 when they hold opponents to 69 points or fewer and 4-8 whenever opponents exceed 69 points.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Rams have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Dukes. VCU has an assist on 37 of 66 field goals (56.1 percent) across its past three matchups while Duquesne has assists on 48 of 87 field goals (55.2 percent) during its past three games.STINGY DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Associated Press
Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Nebraska Omaha (16-15, 9-7) vs. No. 4 seed Oral Roberts (16-13, 9-7)Summit League Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sunday, 6 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Nebraska Omaha is set to square off against Oral Roberts in the quarterfinals of the Summit League tourney. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 12, when the Golden Eagles created 12 Nebraska Omaha turnovers and turned the ball over just five times en route to the three-point victory. Oral Roberts faces Nebraska Omaha in Summit League quarters BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Matt Pile and KJ Robinson have led the Mavericks. Pile is averaging 11.9 points and 9.7 rebounds while Robinson is putting up 14.7 points per game. The Golden Eagles have been led by seniors Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Deondre Burns. Nzekwesi has averaged 15.7 points and 9.4 rebounds while Burns has put up 15.3 points and 4.1 assists per game.MIGHTY MATT: In 31 appearances this season, Nebraska Omaha’s Pile has shot 57.8 percent.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Oral Roberts is 0-6 when its offense scores 68 points or fewer. Nebraska Omaha is a perfect 8-0 when it holds opponents to 67 or fewer points.UNBEATEN WHEN: The Golden Eagles are 6-0 when they hold opposing teams to 66 points or fewer and 10-13 when opponents exceed 66 points. The Mavericks are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 67 points or fewer and 8-15 when opponents exceed 67 points.DID YOU KNOW: The Oral Roberts offense has scored 80.6 points per game this season, ranking the Golden Eagles eighth among Division 1 teams. The Nebraska Omaha defense has allowed 76.8 points per game to opponents (ranked 284th).___ March 7, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
April 5, 2020 Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey was born in Milwaukee without four fingers on his right hand and without toes on his right foot. He kicked straight on with a flat-front shoe that drew protests from some who saw the specially made kicking shoe as an unfair advantage.Dempsey spent 11 seasons in the NFL. His first two seasons, 1969 and 1970, were with New Orleans. The next four were with Philadelphia, then two with the Los Angeles Rams, one with the Houston Oilers and the final two with Buffalo. He retired after the 1979 season and moved back to New Orleans.His daughter says Dempsey died late Saturday while struggling with complications from the coronavirus. Ashley Dempsey said Sunday that her father has resided in an assisted living home for several years after being diagnosed with dementia. She said he tested positive for the virus a little more than a week ago.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-TOM DEMPSEYEx-NFL kicker, Saints hero Tom Dempsey dies at 73NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, who played in the NFL despite being born without toes on his kicking foot, has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 73.
THE best four teams in the Petra-organised Limacol/GT Beer Round-Robin/Knockout football tournament will be on show this evening at the GFC ground. In the first affair, an all-Georgetown battle, Western Tigers will have their hands full when they take on the unpredictable Santos FC.Following their run in this year’s tournament, the Tigers have shown time and time again that they are not just talking the talk, they are walking the walk.They boast a record-winning streak so far of four, and their ability to get in even behind the sturdiest of defences will be put to the test this evening. Their hopes of moving on hinge primarily on players like Andrew Murray Jr. Devon Millington, Randolph Wagner, Jamal Pedro and Linden Picketts.Conversely, there is the obvious under-dog feeling that must be on Santos FC mind, considering the fact that they have been steadily improving throughout. Their star men include O’Kenie Fraser, Keith Caines, Job Caesar and Orin Yarde and their fans are hoping that they can overturn what many feel may be an easy game.Meanwhile, the two early games are no bench-warmers either with Police having to play Linden’s Winners Connection (WC).The leadership of Dwain Jacobs has proved to be sound so far for the boys in blue and while the unit may take a while to get into their groove most teams would like to avoid them due to their ability to take it to another level.Persons cannot count out Quincy Holder as well, one of the better players in the side to secure game-changing results whenever the conditions are right.WC, on the other hand, are a known physical team who will no doubt let Police know early that they are in for a tough 90 minutes and after Sunday night’s performance, Rene Gibbons has shown that all he needs is half a chance to make that difference.Kick-off time is 18:30hrs.
GUYANESE motor racer Calvin Ming was among some drivers as the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, powered by Mazda, wrapped up two days of testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway South Florida Racecourse, yesterday. At the end of yesterday’s session, Ming’s best time was 1:25.006 seconds, just 0.44 seconds off the session’s fastest time around the 2.21-mile facility, 1:24.562 by Oliver Askew in the Cape Motorsports car.Rinus Veekay (Newman Wachs Racing) was second with a time of 1:24.61, followed by the team Pelfry duo of Robert Megennis (1:24.67) and Kaylen Frederick (1:24.71) and then Calvin.On day two, Veekay posted the fastest time, 1:24.99 with Askew 0.1 second off the pace, Victor Franzoni (ArmsUp Motorsports), Andre Castro (Newman Wachs Racing), Kory Enders (Force Racing) and then Ming. The gap to Veekay and Ming was .4 seconds.Speaking to Chronicle Sport, the driver said, “It was a good two-day test. I got some more practice with the car and I’m happy with the progress we’ve made so far.Rounds one and two take place from March 10-12 in St Petersburg Florida at the Streets of St Petersburg Circuit, a 1.8-mile course encompassing 14 corners of varying degreesTwenty-one cars are expected to take the grid. (Stephan Sookram)
… Overseas-based to join in MayTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday announced the encampment of 25 national female football players, who were called to a five-day camp in New Amsterdam, in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Caribbean Cup scheduled for May 24-28.A release from the Federation stated that this is the first time since the new Executive has been at the helm of football administration in Guyana that the female national team will participate in the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup and this speaks to the renewed focus of the new administration towards women’s football development in Guyana.The players, selected via the GFF’s Technical Development programme, include those from Linden, Berbice, Rupununi, West Demerara and Georgetown. All of the players were also part of the recently concluded inaugural Women’s Development League.This is the first of two camps for the team, commonly referred to as ‘Lady Jags’, and features two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and eight forwards from the following member associations – Georgetown – 10, West Demerara – 5, Berbice –1, Upper Demerara – 3 and Rupununi – 6.The second camp, scheduled for May 12-22, will include overseas-based players following which the squad will be announced.Encampment for the ‘Lady Jags’ is managed by head coach designate and Technical Development Officer, Akilah Castello assisted by recently-appointed GFF’s Women’s Development Officer, Trisha Munroe.The encamped squad: Ruth George, Nataile Nedd (GK), Anastacia Horsham, Keshauna McRae, Rebekah Nurse, Ronecia Lewis, Odessa Romeo, Collette Hope, Ameka Semple, Jillian Hawker (Defenders), Terryka Joseph, Lakeisha Pearson, Siacy Adams, Tiandi Smith, Shamika Marcus, Vanissa Sacapieo, Roshanna Grandison (Midfielders), Sasha James, Anulissa Johnson, Chante Leacock, Sherrilyn Kingston, Samantha Roberts, Helen Domingo, Sonia Griffith and Shennel Daniels (Forwards).
… Bowlers propel T&T to victory over Leeward IslandsBy Michelangelo JacobusDEFENDING champions Barbados made it two wins out of two games with Hayley Matthews once again turning in an impressive performance with bat and ball. Trinidad and Tobago also continued their winning ways as the Colonial Medical Insurance Women’s Super50 tournament continued yesterday.At Guyana National Stadium, Windward Islands won the toss and sent in Barbados to bat, a decision which backfired, as the Bajan batters unleashed a dominant performance to rack up 334-3 before bowling out Windward for 93 to win by 241 runs.Opening the batting Matthews plundered 91 (113 deliveries) before she was caught and bowled by Qiana Joseph, Matthews’ knock included 13 boundaries and a maximum. She was supported by Kycia Knight who made 81 (106 deliveries, (8×4) before being bowled by Pearl Etienne.However, Deandra Dottin and Kyshona Knight destroyed the hapless Windward attack to carry their side to a mammoth total.Dottin was especially harsh in her top score of 94 not out from 50 deliveries which included 15 boundaries and two maximums while King held her end to finish unbeaten on 23 from 19 deliveries (2×4).In response, Windward Islands’ resistance was futile with the Bajan bowlers all putting in valuable contributions; Shamilia Connell was the pick of the bowlers ending with figures of 3-36 (10 overs) with Matthews chipping in with 2-19 (6 overs) while Shanika Bruce and Shakera Selman also took two wickets each.Afy Fletcher was the top scorer for the Windward Islands with 24, before retiring hurt. The next best contribution came from Akeira Peters who made 19.Meanwhile, playing at Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground, T&T faced the Leeward Islands. The latter won the toss and took first strike but could manage only a paltry 76 with the T&T bowlers needing just 25.1 overs to skittle them out.Most of the wickets were shared between Leandra Ramdeen and Karishma Ramharack, the former snaring four wickets for just 12 runs off 6.1 overs while Ramharack offered valuable support with figures of 3-23 (7 overs) with Aneesa Mohamed claiming two scalps at 15 runs off five overs.The only batter to reach double figures was Shebani Bhaskar who managed 26 before she was run-out. The next best score came from Saneldo Willet with nine runs.Needing just 77 for victory, T&T’s chase was buoyed by opener Felicia Walters who was unbeaten on 32. However T&T lost four wickets in a mini-collapse with first-game hero Reniece Boyce holding her wicket to see her side home, T&T won by four wickets as they ended with 79-4 off 17 overs.The Windward Islands bowlers shared a wicket apiece with Jenisen Richards being the most economical (1-11-4 overs).
(REUTERS) – Former seamer Darren Gough has been appointed as England’s fast bowling consultant for the warm-up period leading into November’s two-test tour of New Zealand, the country’s cricket board (ECB) said on Wednesday.Gough claimed 229 wickets in 58 Tests for England between 1994 and 2003.“I’m delighted to have Darren on board,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said in a statement.“I have known him a long time and his vast knowledge and experience at international level will drive our bowling unit forward leading into the two-match test series. He will be excellent around the group and will settle in quickly.”England are without a bowling coach after Silverwood was promoted to head coach’s role earlier this month.Gough, a former Yorkshire team mate of Silverwood, will join the test squad in Auckland on Nov. 5 and will work with the pace attack for two weeks before the first test in Mount Maunganui which begins on Nov. 21.“It is a tremendous honour to be asked by Chris Silverwood and Ashley Giles to be involved in this elite environment,” Gough said.“I will gain a lot from the experience and to work at this level will benefit me as a coach for the long-term.”
OVER three dozen records were broken when the Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPLF) held its Senior National Powerlifting Championships on Sunday at the Saint Stanislaus College in the capital city. Although a large number of participants excelled at the championships, Romario Gonsalves and Tineisha Toney were adjudged best lifters.The national competitor, Toney, who competed in the 63kg weight class, was able to accumulate 340.5 total points, which was converted to 592.24 International Powerlifting points. In total, the 19-year-old squatted 125.0kg, bench pressed 65.5kg and deadlifted 150.0kg. Toney’s bench press (144.403 lbs.) was one of the national records broken.The 21-year-old Gonsalves tallied 602.5 points (741.91 IPF points) after he squatted 222.5kg, bench pressed 120.0kg (a new record) and deadlifted 260.0kg to win the Junior Raw and Open Raw categories of his weight division.Although a whopping 37 records were broken, a 700 lbs. (317.5kg) deadlift mark by former Caribbean Championships gold medal winner, Vijai Rahim, was one of the standout performances. The talented 27-year-old finished first in the 74kg Men’s Open EQ after squatting 287kg and bench pressing 182.5 kg for a total points of 787.5kg. Rahim’s bench press and total points were also national records.There were numerous other standouts at the championships, and several of the lifters were able to register a clean sweep of performances. Leading the charge in the female division was 45-year-old Jacquelyn Toney, who won the 84kg Women’s Open Raw division with records in her squat (140.0kg), bench press (62.5kg), deadlift (147.5kg) and her overall total of (350.0kg). Toney also won the Open Raw division in the same weight class.There were two other women’s divisions. The 72kg Women’s Open Raw, which was won by Chitra John and the 84+kg Women’s Open Raw, which was won by Esther Maycock.The men had the bulk of the record-breaking performances and several of the established names were able to excel. Jermy Indarjit, who won the 66kg class of the Men’s Sb-Jr Raw division, powered his way to records in the squat (172.5kg), the bench press (85.0), the deadlift 227.5kg and the overall total of 485.0kg.Forty-year-old Nigel Phillips, who claimed two first place trophies (a win in the 93kg Men’s Open EQ and the 93kg Men’s Master 1 EQ) led the record count with six. He registered a record in the Men’s Master 1 EQ with a squat of 287.5kg, a bench press of 190kg in the same division, a deadlift of 247.5kg and a total of 725.0kg. In the Men’s Open, his 190kg bench press was also a record, so too was his total of 725kg.Martin Webster, 52, also registered multiple records. His five new marks were attained in the 93kg weight class. In the Men’s Master 2 EQ, he squatted 202.5kg, while he bench pressed 130kg, deadlifted 202.5kg and totalled 535.0kg. The Buddy’s Gym representative also registered a new record in the Men’s Open EQ for his 535.0kg total.Ramzam Mohamed ended the day with four new records with a clean sweep of the 120kg Men’s Junior EQ division. He squatted 295kg, bench pressed 165kg, deadlifted 255kg and finished with a total of 715.0kg.Dominic Tyrrell finished with three records in the 74kg Men’s Junior Raw. The 19-year-old got a record in the squat (207.5kg), the deadlift (272.5kg) and the total in the division (607.5kg).Meanwhile, Franklyn Brisport-Luke (66kg Men’s Open EQ and Men’s Masters 2 EQ) and Farouk Abdool (120kg Men’s Open EQ and Men’s Master 1 EQ) both registered two wins each at the championships.
BERLIN, Germany (Reuters) – Eintracht Frankfurt changed their team shirt to display “#blacklivesmatter” on the front for their German Cup semi-final at Bayern Munich yesterday to take a stand against racism, the club said.Athletes across the world have joined in support of protests triggered by the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in U.S. police custody last month.“Tonight: Make your mark. Black heart. Every day: Listen. Understand. Question. Stand. Speak up. Fight for tolerance and diversity. Overcome racism,” Frankfurt said.The white shirt displayed the line in black letters, larger than the name of the team’s sponsor.Several Bundesliga clubs and players have shown their support for the protests by going down on one knee ahead of league games in recent weeks.Major sports have also moved to allow protests following Floyd’s death on May 25, including world soccer’s ruling body FIFA and the American National Football League (NFL).
(REUTERS) – Two of Brazil’s top soccer clubs, Botafogo and Fluminense, said yesterday they would defy an order from their federation to resume playing competitively this week, as the country’s daily coronavirus death toll hovers around 1 000.The Rio de Janeiro state football federation proposed that the state championship, one of several state-wide tournaments that take place in Brazil before the national leagues begin in the second half of the year, restart on June 18, pending state government approval.Botafogo president Nelson Mufarrej called the ruling “disconnected from reality”, and both clubs said they planned legal action on health and safety grounds to avoid having to resume playing so soon.“Unfortunately, the majority of clubs understand that this is the time to play games again, in spite of the chaotic scenes we’re living through right now,” Mufarrej said in a statement. “We’re against it.”Brazil’s documented deaths from the pandemic stand at just below 44 000, more than any country in the world except the United States, and that toll has been rising by around 1 000 per day for the past week.City rival Fluminense’s chairman Mario Bittencourt said his players, inactive since action was halted in mid-March, were also not ready to play competitively again.“The pandemic persists,” Bittencourt said. “The dates set for our games (22nd and 24th) are unacceptable from the point of view of the health of our players and we won’t be taking the field, and we will look to take action in the sporting court to do what is right.”Botafogo and Fluminense have been asked to play in the first round of rescheduled games. All four of the state’s top teams, which also include Flamengo and Vasco da Gama, are down to play a game between June 18 and 22.
(REUTERS) – England players will wear training shirts bearing the names of key workers before the start of the first test against the West Indies next month to honour their service during the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s cricket board said on Monday.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said people whose names will feature on the shirts have been nominated by their local cricket clubs and include teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and carers.The first Test is scheduled to begin in Southampton on July 8, with the last two matches at Old Trafford, as international cricket returns following its suspension in March.“As we get back to playing the game we love, we want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went into bat for their country under the toughest circumstances,” England skipper Joe Root said in a statement.“It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honour. We’ll wear their names with pride.”The ECB said the series would be called the #raisethebat test series in honour of key workers.“It has been a long and challenging journey to cricket’s return and while this pales in comparison to what the country has faced, we hope the #raisethebat test series will bring some enjoyment… to people’s lives,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.The novel coronavirus has infected more than 304,300 people in the United Kingdom, causing more than 42,600 deaths.
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – UEFA’s claim that Manchester City “disguised equity funding” from their owners was “unsubstantiated” but the club showed “blatant disregard” to the Financial Fair Play investigation, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said yesterday.The CAS panel that heard Premier League City’s appeal published their full reasoning for overturning the English club’s two-year ban from European football earlier this month.The decision allows City to compete in next season’s elite Champions League competition. Sport’s highest court also reduced the fine for City’s failure to cooperate with UEFA to 10 million euros ($11.72 million) from 30 million euros.European soccer’s governing body UEFA ruled in February that City had committed serious FFP breaches and failed to cooperate with its investigation.The FFP regulations are designed to stop clubs running up big losses through spending on players. They also ensure sponsorship deals are based on their real market value and are genuine commercial agreements and not ways for owners to pump cash into a club to get around the rules. UEFA opened an investigation into City in March 2019 after the publication of ‘Football Leaks’ documents led to allegations that the club’s Abu Dhabi owners inflated sponsorship agreements to comply with the FFP requirements.The leaked documents included club emails which referred to money being “routed” through sponsors. CAS ruled that the leaked documents could be used as evidence but noted that they did not prove the existence of any actual transactions that broke UEFA’s rules and no evidence was produced that such payments were carried out.The court also pointed out that the leaked emails were distributed internally and not sent to sponsors or other parts of the club’s United Arab Emirates-based owners.The panel also said that some of UEFA’s charges related to material that was over five years old and was therefore time-barred according to UEFA’s own rules. City did not supply UEFA’s investigation with the original emails related to the leaked documents but CAS also noted that UEFA did not “pursue” that evidence before the hearing.“UEFA’s approach in this regard is understood, because it was faced with a dilemma between trying to obtain additional evidence and having an award issued before the start of the 2020-2021 UEFA club competitions season,” said the CAS panel.Explaining the decision to overturn the ban, CAS said that the charge of “dishonest concealment of equity”, which was unproven, was more serious than the failure to cooperate with UEFA’s investigation.“The majority of the panel therefore does not consider it appropriate to impose any ban … for MCFC’s failure to cooperate with the investigations alone,” the judgment concluded.
“As you know, part of our understanding with the new coach is that he will be on ground to work and follow up on our players in the domestic league. During negotiations with him, we agreed that since we have a crop of the NPFL players embarking on the LaLiga tour, it will be necessary for him to look in on them during the friendlies.“So, we are expecting him, after playing Valencia on Wednesday (yesterday) to join us on Friday, when we proceed to play Malaga in the Carranza Cup competition,” Green said.Throwing more light on the plan, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) and 2nd Vice President of the NFF, Shehu Dikko, pointed out that it makes a lot of sense for the Super Eagles coach to join in on the LaLiga tour.“The head coach of the Super Eagles, Salisu Yusuf, whom he will work with is here. Other coaches who have been involved in the Super a Eagles are here. The back room staff of the Super Eagles whom he will work with are here. Then, the crop of the NPFL players who may form the core of our home-based team is here, so this tour presents the coach a hands-on platform to begin to interact and plan with his team, to hit the ground running.“It makes great sense for him to be here. Interestingly, he lives in Bordeaux, France which is just few hours from Spain,” Dikko said.“For the players, the presence of the new coach will serve as a motivation. It is remarkable that the Super Eagles coach is resuming work with them even before meeting with the foreign based professionals. That shows that they are important and that the coach is giving a level playing ground for all players who aspire to get into the Super Eagles.”Meanwhile, gate takings from last night’s friendly between Valencia and NPFL All Stars will be donated to the victims of a major forest fire that ravaged the little town of Alzira.The fires destroyed over 3000 hectares of the Valencia province which also includes Alzira.“We have been made to understand that the Alzira Stadium was chosen for our match against Valencia to assist the victims of the forest fire that affected the town of Alzira in June,” disclosed NPFL All-Star Team Manager, Ameobi Ezeaku.“The ticket sales from this match will be donated to the victims of the fire.”The Enugu Rangers team manager said the trip to Spain has been an eye-opening experience.“The experience has been wonderful for both the players and officials,” told AfricanFootball.comShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The newly engaged Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Gernod Rohr, is expected to begin work this week with a visit to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All Star team currently on a playing tour of the Spanish LaLiga.Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Chris Green, informed npfl.ng that Rohr is expected to join the All-Star team in Spain on Friday, August 12 when they play Malaga FC in the opening of the Carranza World Club Tournament.
“We feel very honoured that these corporate organisations and individuals, see our efforts in bettering lives as a worthy cause to invest in. And, as we have done over the years, we will be accountable and resolute, in ensuring resources are prudently utilised in changing more lives” he said. Since DOAMF was founded over seven years ago, about 66,000 lives have been touched of which 12,000 were reached in 2016 alone.“We get to do all these from the funds raised from the golf event, and that is why we value every measure of support we get from corporate organisations, groups and individuals” Bassey added.“We intend to use the cocktail event in the evening of the tournament day to also interact with all our partners and donors and to appreciate those that are keeping the Foundation’s charitable works afloat.”The sponsors include, PricewaterhouseCoopers, ,Diamond Bank Plc, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank, Arik Air, ExxonMobil, SEPLAT Petroleum, Air France, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa & D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), Southern Sun, Debonair Group, Mixta Africa Heritage Bank, Standard Alliance Insurance, Four Points by Sheraton, Seven Up Bottling, Victoria Crown Plaza,, ,Ikoyi Club 1938, and several others. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As the February 4, 2017 date for the finals of the seventh edition of the Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial Foundation Charity Golf Tournament draws close, organisers of the event have informed stakeholders that a number of corporate organisations have thrown their weight behind the event.The event is scheduled for the Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos. The final, notable for its unique tournament day experience, will feature about 180 players in the draw. Participants are expected to feature in an 18-hole stroke-play contest, with winners to be rewarded later in the evening at a prize giving cocktail event.According the coordinator of the DOAMF Charity Golf Tournament, Pat Bassey, the different levels of support offered by the sponsors and individuals will go a long way in helping the Foundation increase its reach and touch more lives.
Interestingly, when he was alive, General Shagaya was fond of telling the story of how he prevailed on Omoluwa to be a member of the IBB Golf Club Board of Trustees.Shagaya mentioned that he picked on Omoluwa so there could be a sweet mix between the young and all other elderly members in the clubâ€™s Board of Trustees.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A prominent member of the Board of Trustees of the IBB Golf Club in Abuja, Sir Lucky Omoluwa, has said that the passing of General John Shagaya (rtd) in a car crash last Sunday came to him as a rude shock.Omoluwa who received the sad news at the time he was about to preside over presentation of prizes at the last IBB Ladies Open believes the shocking demise of Shagaya would leave a yawning gap in the nation, especially the IBB Golf Club he helped build.Omoluwa also said that: â€œWithout Shagaya there could not have been the IBB Golf Club. The man served the club diligently and selflessly. I donâ€™t think we should allow all that to go away because the man is no longer around. We must immortalise him. I can only pray that God will grant him eternal rest. He was a good manâ€.
Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco has urged his side to believe in a “miracle” to overturn a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona and advance to the Champions League semifinals this evening.“We have to believe in something important and go for it with great love and passion. They will play their best to confirm the result but we can also produce a miracle,” Di Francesco told a pre-match press conference.“It’s difficult, but we have to believe. We stopped (Lionel) Messi (in the first leg) and we have to try to do it again tomorrow.” Edin Dzeko scored a valuable away goal after own goals from Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas in the Camp Nou, but the Italians need a remarkable comeback at the Stadio Olimpico to advance to final four for the first time since 1984.Barcelona star Lionel Messi returns to the Stadio Olimpico where his stunning header sealed the Champions League title in 2009 against Manchester United.The Argentine â€“ back from a hamstring problem and subdued in the first leg â€“ warmed up with a hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Leganes Saturday as Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history.“I don’t see it as being tied up in any way,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde ahead of the return.Messi and teammate Andres Iniesta are poised for a milestone of 100 Champions League appearances together. Iniesta is a veteran of 129 Champions League games, and Messi, 124.Roma have slipped to fourth in Serie A after a 2-0 home defeat to Fiorentina, making it three games without a win, and a seventh home defeat. Di Francesco’s side will be looking to avoid equalling the club’s record of eight home defeats in all competitions going back 70 years. “Maybe Barcelona away are not the same team as at the Camp Nou, we will try to close down Messi wherever he is on the pitch,” said the Roma coach. Roma have kept a clean sheet in all of their European games at home this season while the Catalan giants have struggled to get goals away in the Champions League, setting the scene for a low-key scoring affair in the Stadio Olimpico.From a possible sacrifice for his cash-strapped club in January, Edin Dzeko again proved his worth to Roma with his 19th goal of the season in the first leg.After the 32-year-old’s proposed move to Chelsea fell through in the winter transfer window, Dzeko helped the club’s balance sheet by securing Roma’s place in the last eight of Europe’s lucrative elite competition.And the former Manchester City striker showed his class and his talents by getting a goal back against the Spanish league leaders.Andres Iniesta could be playing his final games for Barcelona as he has said he will make a decision on whether to accept an offer to move to China before the end of April.Iniesta, 33, penned a new contract at Camp Nou earlier this season but the terms of the deal allow him to leave at the end of each season.The midfielder, who remains an important part of Valverde’s side, has said: “I will decide before April 30. There are still a few weeks left. There are two options: stay at Barcelona or go to China.”Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is still not fully fit as he comes back after breaking his toe against Chelsea last month with Philippe Coutinho not eligible to play and Lucas Digne injured. Roma’s Radja Nainggolan has recovered from injury while Di Francesco has said Turkish forward Cengiz Under is fit again and will feature in the second leg. “The home crowd can be our weapon,” warned Di Francesco.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Tottenham inflicted Maurizio Sarri’s first competitive defeat as Chelsea boss to leapfrog their London rivals into third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Wembley that barely reflected Spurs’ dominance.Dele Alli and Harry Kane put the hosts 2-0 in front inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min’s brilliant individual run and finish early in the second-half hauled Mauricio Pochettino’s side back to within five points of league leaders Manchester City.Olivier Giroud pulled back a late consolation for Chelsea, who slipped eight points off the leaders with a dreadful display that left Sarri visibly frustrated. By contrast, Spurs couldn’t have started a huge week in better form with a do-or-die Champions League clash with Inter Milan and the North London derby against Arsenal to come.Chelsea were unbeaten in their first 18 games in all competitions under Sarri, but were blown away by a combination of Spurs’ flying start and some questionable defending.The world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also failed to cover himself in glory for both of Spurs opening goals.Alli got ahead of his marker to flick home Christian Eriksen’s free-kick despite the £71 million Kepa getting a hand to the English international’s header.Eight minutes later Kane was given acres of room to stride forward and take aim from outside the area, but again Kepa could have done better as the Spaniard stood motionless while the ball nestled in the net low to his right.Chelsea felt aggrieved as they could have had a penalty seconds before Kane’s goal when Juan Foyth appeared to trip Eden Hazard inside the area.Alvaro Morata was then denied at point-blank range by Hugo Lloris as the visitors briefly threatened to get back into the game. But they remained a shambles at the back and were lucky not to be put to the sword more comprehensively after the break.Spurs’ solitary second-half goal was delivered in style by Son as he accelerated past Jorginho and David Luiz before slotting his 50th goal for the club into the far corner.Kane then somehow fired over with the goal at his mercy and Alli also skewed a great chance off target as Sarri bellowed at his side to regain some composure.The Italian managed to make a difference with the introduction of Ross Barkley, Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud from the bench. And it was Giroud who grabbed Chelsea’s consolation five minutes from time when he powered home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross at the back post.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Son and Kane got a goal each in a dominant Spurs performance
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said yesterday he has “no doubt” midfielder Paul Pogba will stay at the club this summer.The France World Cup winner missed United’s final pre-season game, a penalty-shootout win over AC Milan in the International Champions Cup.But Solskjaer said Pogba, who did not travel to Cardiff for the match, was not risked due to a back strain. “I wasn’t expecting him to travel,” he said. “I spoke to him after training and he didn’t feel right. It’s not an injury, it’s just some pain. I wasn’t going to risk anything.”Reports claimed Pogba failed to make the trip to Cardiff in an attempt to force a move to Real Madrid.Solskjaer also confirmed the £80m signing of Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire is set to be announced “very soon”.In addition to Pogba, Romelu Lukaku was also missing as United drew 2-2 at the Principality Stadium.Lukaku’s absence throughout pre-season has also been attributed to injury, but the Belgium striker’s future has been the subject of speculation all summer, with Inter Milan and Juventus reportedly interested.United led through Marcus Rashford, before former Liverpool midfielder Suso and Samu Castillejo put Milan in front. Jesse Lingard levelled up to take the game to spot-kicks. And Welshman Daniel James scored the winning penalty in the Principality Stadium.United start their Premier League campaign at home against Chelsea next Sunday.Victory for United against Milan means they have won all six of their pre-season matches, albeit with this one requiring a penalty shootout, which finished 5-4.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram