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Danish roundup: Skandia Denmark, PensionDanmark, MP Pension

first_imgThe unit-link product Skandia Basic similarly ended the quarter with higher returns than those posted in the first quarter – 2.5% to 4.4% versus 0.7% and 1.3% – but underperformed the benchmark in the second quarter.“This is because the reference index is denominated in US dollars, which rose significantly in value during the period,” Skandia Denmark said.Because of this, the Basic portfolio – although it was hedged against currency risk versus US dollars – lost ground against the reference index, it said.Skandia said its investment department had decided to overweight equities in the portfolio compared with bonds because financial markets had been hit in the second quarter by a series of measures from central banks to ease credit.But with Danish mortgage bonds making up the bulk of Skandia Denmark’s fixed income portfolio, fixed income returns had been boosted by a further reduction in interest rates, as well as the European Central Bank’s lending programme to the financial sector at the end of the quarter.“On top of this,” it added, “as a result of positive tendencies in emerging markets, we increased our exposure to government bonds from these countries.”In other news, PensionDanmark is investing DKK175m (€23.5m) in a commercial property in Copenhagen already let to a government agency.It is buying the asset from MP Pension, the Danish labour-market pension fund for academics run by Unipension.The building in the Østerbro district of the Danish capital is currently leased by the Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet), and contains 14,273sqm of space.Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark’s chief executive, said: “We see this as a good real estate investment in an attractive location close to the S-train (urban rail network) and the coming metro station on the Cityring.”He said the pension fund had a very solid tenant in the Danish Working Environment Authority – and therefore the state – so the investment would give scheme members a good and stable return.PensionDanmark said, since it sold its entire residential property portfolio in June, it now had just under DKK10bn in overall real estate investments.In the next few years, the fund said it expected to make new investments in residential as well as commercial property of DKK2bn a year.At the moment, PensionDanmark is the developer of six large commercial construction projects, either alone or in cooperation with other investors.These include the Alfa Laval headquarters in Ålborg, Semco Maritime in Esbjerg, Nordea Bank Danmark in Ørestaden, NCC in Gladsaxe and, soon, MTH in Søborg, as well as the new psychiatric hospital in Vejle.Its next big residential project will be the construction on Islands Brygge in Copenhagen, which will include 550 new homes. Investment returns on unit-link pension products at Skandia Denmark undercut benchmarks in the second quarter of 2014, prompting the unit of Nordic financial group Skandia to sell shares in US companies.Reporting some results for the April to June period, Skandia Denmark said its Skandia Match unit-link pensions product had produced between 2.9% and 3.8%, up from the 2.6% to 3.1% range reported for the first quarter but lower than the reference index.The company said: “A significant reason for this are the falls partly on the Japanese stock market but particularly on the US market at the start of the quarter.“Skandia’s investment department has since reduced the exposure to both small and large US companies.”last_img read more

LD returns 8.7% in 2014 on Danish equities, US investment growth

first_imgDenmark’s LD pension fund reported an investment return of 8.7% for 2014, and said strong returns on Danish shares and US investments in general had pushed profits higher.The return compares with 8.8% for the previous year.LD director Dorrit Vanglo said: “This is a really good result that we are very pleased with — seen both in the light of modest growth in the economy and the very low level of inflation.”While rising prices on the Danish equities market helped drive overall investment returns higher, the fall in interest rates over the year had increased profits on both general bonds and corporate bonds, LD said. “We have had positive returns in all funds, and when we look outside the country’s borders, it was particularly investments in the US that gave good results,” said Vanglo.She predicted that it would be the US that pulled the world economy forward in 2015 as well.At the same time, the stronger dollar meant goods produced in Europe would be relatively cheaper, thus making European business more competitive, she said.Assets under management rose by DKK1.2bn (€161m) in 2014 to end the year at DKK54.6bn, after payments made to members of DKK2.5bn.LD is a non-contributory pension scheme based on cost-of-living allowances granted to workers in 1980, and as such it receives no new contribution inflows.Vanglo said LD’s costs were being kept to an absolute minimum.“There are just 15 staff at LD and we have tight control over our suppliers, under which costs fall when overall assets and the number of members fall,” she said.For more on LD’s investment startegy, see investment editor Martin Steward’s interview with Dorrit Vanglolast_img read more

Investors must ‘move beyond talking’ on climate risk disclosure – AODP

first_imgHe added that the writing was on the wall regarding transparency, and that leaders in the field were already fully disclosing all risks associated with climate change.“It’s time to accept the inevitable and embrace this change,” Poulter said.The warning came as the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority warned that pension funds should not underestimate their fiduciary duty to consider the financial risks of climate change.In a report aimed at the insurance industry and launched by Bank of England governor Mark Carney, it outlined lawsuits brought in the US against pension trustees for failing to consider the financial risks associated with the “structural decline” of the coal industry.In a speech at Lloyd’s of London on Tuesday, Carney referenced the US lawsuits.“Cases like Arch Coal and Peabody Energy – where it is alleged the directors of corporate pension schemes failed in their fiduciary duties by not considering financial risks driven at least in part by climate change – illustrate the potential for long-tail risks to be significant, uncertain and non-linear.“These risks will only increase as the science and evidence of climate change hardens.”The AODP and ClientEarth previously warned that pension funds falling behind on climate-risk mitigation risked breaching their fiduciary duty. Institutional investors have been urged to back the “inevitable” shift towards even greater climate-risk transparency to protect investments against climate change risks.The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) said it was time for investors to “move beyond the talking” when it came to tackling the risk associated with climate change.Its chief executive Julian Poulter added that those leading the organisation’s index on climate-risk disclosure had proven investments could be protected “against a carbon crash and still make money”.“It’s time to focus attention on those laggards who are digging their heels in – some for ideological reasons and some out of negligence,” he said. last_img read more

Warwickshire in talks to join £9bn East Riding LGPS pool​

first_imgIn a report to Warwickshire’s investment sub-committee, treasury and pension fund manager Mathew Dawson argued in favour of closer cooperation with the three funds, as Warwickshire would have a “strong voice” in the management of the proposed pool.Dawson added that the partnership had shown an understanding of Warwickshire’s existing asset allocation, “particularly in the alternatives space”, citing its current approach to private equity and hedge funds.As of March 2015, Warwickshire had £79.7m, or 4.9% of assets, invested in a Blackstone Group-managed hedge fund mandate, and a further £31.1m of an agreed £60m private equity mandate invested with HarbourVest.Dawson noted that Warwickshire agreed to submit a joint response with the three funds after John Appleton, local councillor and chair of the investment sub-committee, met with his counterpart at Surrey County Council, two days after the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) outlined criteria for asset pools.The joint response, due to be submitted to DCLG by 19 February, marks the first step in proposed asset pools gaining government approval.However, Dawson told IPE that, despite the joint submission, Warwickshire would continue talking to other potential asset pools.He stressed that the committee had, for now, only signed off a joint submission for the February consultation but not for the final consultation due next July.Warwickshire was one of two funds previously involved in a £6.5bn joint procurement exercise for passive equity and fixed income not to join the West Midlands pool.The second fund, the £3.1bn Leicestershire County Council Pension Fund, told IPE it was still discussing which pooling arrangement to pursue.A spokeswoman said its pensions committee would consider the available options in late January, allowing it to submit its initial proposal for the mid-February deadline set by DCLG.She added: “Until any decision has been made, we cannot comment further.” Warwickshire’s local authority fund may join the £9bn (€12.3bn) asset pool backed by East Riding, Surrey and Cumbria after deciding the partnership best understood its approach to alternatives.The £1.6bn local government pension scheme (LGPS) said it also met with West Midlands Pension Fund about joining its asset pool, which has attracted the backing of eight funds to date, worth an estimated £35bn.However, Warwickshire opted for the partnership with East Riding as the “most appropriate” solution currently availableIt has agreed to a joint submission with the three participating funds to make the case for the asset pool, now boosted to £10.5bn.last_img read more

Syntrus Achmea wins Shell pension fund administration contract

first_imgLast week, Tom van der Spek, director of old-age provision at Syntrus, said the company would now focus on corporate and occupational pension funds, as well as on the new general pension fund (APF) of insurer Centraal Beheer, which is part of Achmea Group.Shell and Syntrus have been co-operating since 1 July 2013, when the oil company closed its defined benefit scheme SSPF to new entrants, who had to start saving in a new defined contribution scheme, SNPS.Since then, Syntrus has managed pensions administration for SNPS, while SSPF kept its own pensions bureau SPN as its provider.Janwillem Bouma, director of both schemes, said Syntrus would also deliver bespoke pension management for SSPF’s participants against low costs.He added that pensions communication “had to comply with the most recent digital standards”.Van der Spek said Shell’s choice had reinforced Syntrus’s position as a “market leader for company pension funds”.In other news, Hibin, the €761m sector scheme for the building materials industry, which is to leave Syntrus, has said it will start carrying out its pensions administration in-house.According to Gijs Alferink, the scheme’s chairman, the new arrangement will allow Hibin to save €400,000 in costs and VAT annually.He said the decision to leave Syntrus had been taken last summer due to a desire to cut costs, as well as growing dissatisfaction with the service provided. Hibin has 13,200 participants and pensioners affiliated with 850 employers. Shell’s closed €26bn pension fund in the Netherlands (SSPF) is to outsource pensions administration for its 40,000 participants to Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer.The new contract, effective from 1 January 2018, will also include all communication with participants.The announcement comes soon after Syntrus disclosed that it would stop providing services to industry-wide pension funds, as its new IT system struggled to cope with their disparate arrangements.At present, industry-wide schemes account for about two-thirds of Syntrus’s business.last_img read more

Further three-year delay on derivatives clearing for pension funds

first_imgEuropean pension funds have received a further three-year exemption from derivatives clearing rules in a move the European Commission claims will save them “up to €1.6bn”.Pension schemes will not be expected to comply with requirements to trade derivatives through clearing houses until 2020, the commission announced yesterday as it unveiled amendments to the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR).In its proposed amendments, the commission said “no viable technical solution facilitating the participation of [pension schemes] in central clearing has emerged to date”.The delay will give central clearing houses, pension schemes, and other players more time to come up with solutions, the European Commission said. However, Valdis Dombrovskis, vice-president responsible for financial stability, financial services, and the capital markets union, said central clearing for pension funds remained “a clear goal”.He added that the delay would help pension schemes “avoid estimated losses of up to €1.6bn”.The decision marks the third time the European Commission has delayed bringing pension funds into EMIR’s scope. It originally pushed back the deadline by two years to August this year, before adding another year to this revised timetable.A spokesman for PensionsEurope, the continent-wide trade body, said: “The prolongation of the exemption is good news for pension funds. We appreciate that the European Commission has taken seriously into consideration the undue financial burden that would have resulted from [the] clearing obligation when only cash can be used as collateral. Now we need to use these extra years of exemption to find good permanent solutions.”James Walsh, policy lead for EU and international at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, welcomed the exemption.“This extension recognises that the market has not yet developed a practicable solution for clearing by pension schemes,” he said. “While this development removes the worrying prospect of compulsory clearing from August 2018, it does not present a solution to the underlying problem. Derivatives are an essential tool for pension funds, who use them to hedge their risks and ensure they can pay pensioners.”In a speech announcing the EMIR amendments, Dombrovskis also outlined regulatory effects on non-EU-based central clearing houses, a particularly important issue with the UK’s impending exit from the EU. London is a key hub of derivatives trading in Europe, with the commission estimating that as much as 75% of euro-denominated interest rate derivatives are traded in the UK capital.Dombrovskis said the European Commission was considering whether to require clearing houses “of key systemic importance” to be domiciled within the EU. Alternatively, the commission could request “enhanced supervisory powers” over clearing houses in non-EU countries.He added that detailed discussions on this issue would begin soon, with a view to proposing legislation in June.In addition to the exemption for pension funds, the commission also announced a streamlining of reporting requirements to alleviate the burden on smaller players in the derivatives markets, particularly non-financial companies.last_img read more

Norway launches reviews of oil fund on management, private equity

first_imgThe ministry has a policy of regularly conducting broad reviews of the GPFG in the run up its annual report, which it presents to parliament around the end of March.As part of the review, the ministry will also commission two consultancy reports on management costs and responsible management activities in other large funds. McKinsey and Inflection Point Capital Management are to put these reports together.The ministry said it had also sent letters in June to Norges Bank asking for advice and assessments on these topics.The management review group includes Magnus Dahlquist, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, and Bernt Arne Ødegaard, professor at the University of Stavanger.Dahlquist is also research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London and at Network for Studies on Pensions, Ageing and Retirement in the Netherlands. Both he and Ødegaard have previously served on expert groups advising Norges Bank.The private equity group includes Trond Døskeland, associate professor at the Norwegian School of Economics, and Per Strömberg, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Norway’s ministry of finance has appointed two expert groups to review aspects of how its NOK7.7trn (€823bn) sovereign wealth fund invests.One group will look at the management of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), analysing the performance of its active management. It will make a recommendation regarding whether the size of the fund’s relative risk budget – or expected tracking error limit – should be adjusted.The second group is to assess whether the fund should be allowed to invest in unlisted equities. Although Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) – part of the central bank Norges Bank and the fund’s manager – is already allowed to invest in unlisted real estate and in unlisted companies where that company intends to seek a listing, it cannot generally invest in private equity. The management review group is to submit its report by January 2018, the finance ministry said, while the private equity group has a December 2017 deadline for its report.last_img read more

Swiss pension supervisor ‘overstepped authority’ with audit proposal

first_imgIn 2015 OAK carried out a comprehensive survey of the quality of external audit reports and found a high error rate. It subsequently issued a draft directive laying down requirements for auditors, which the cabinet noted was strongly criticised by associations and authorities.The government was subsequently commissioned to check whether OAK’s directive was in line with its legal authority and to potentially consider adjustments. Today’s report is the outcome of that review process.It reaching its conclusions the government also had the input of an opinion from an independent expert, Thomas Gächter of the University of Zurich, although it effectively disagreed with his view that OAK should be denied any authority to give instructions to auditors.If the supervisor were only permitted to issue recommendations, it would ultimately not be able to fulfil its task of making sure that the occupational pension system as a whole was functioning reliably, according to the government.However, the statutory authority to issue directives only applied to those that were needed for quality assurance, it noted in its report. It did not extend to issuing stipulations relating to the admission of auditors, which was the responsibility of the federal audit supervisor.The audit authority has previously warned about weaknesses in the auditing of the country’s pension funds. The Swiss federal pensions regulator “exceeded its legal authority” when it proposed requirements that related to the admission of external auditors of occupational pension funds, according to the country’s government.Although the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK BV) was allowed to issue certain technical instructions to pension fund auditors as part of its statutory mandate, the introduction of a special permit for examining pension funds was a matter for lawmakers, the federal council said in a report published today.However, it was in agreement with the OAK that there were issues that need to be addressed with regard to the auditing of occupational pension funds, as previously outlined by the regulator.The cabinet had therefore instructed the federal department for internal affairs to weigh possible legislative steps, including whether the federal audit supervisory authority should be assigned sole responsibility for admitting and supervising auditors of occupational pension funds.last_img read more

Chart of the Week: DC overtakes DB in top seven pension markets

first_imgDB and DC assets (%)Chart MakerIn the Netherlands, the proportion of DC assets remained at 6%, the same as in the 2017 report. DC assets in the UK decreased from 19% to 18% last year, largely as a result of a recalculation by the country’s Office for National Statistics.Total assetsDC capital grew by 7.6% a year on average over the past 20 years, while DB assets averaged just 3.2% a year.Combined pension assets of the world’s 22 largest markets dropped 3.3% to €35.6trn last year, the report said.Dutch assets fell from €1.42trn to €1.35trn, while the UK’s combined assets declined from €3.11trn to €2.53trn.Although Dutch pension assets as a proportion of GDP fell from 193.8% to 167%, this was still the highest ratio of the 22 surveyed countries.The UK saw its pension assets relative to GDP decrease from 121.3% to 101.7% last year, while Switzerland’s ratio was 126%.At €21.9trn, the US was the largest of the surveyed pension markets.Asset allocationThe study also showed that the Netherlands, the UK and Japan had an above-average allocation to bonds.Dutch and UK fixed income investments amounted to 54% and 53% of assets, respectively, while Japan’s bond allocation was 60%.Swiss pension funds had the highest exposure to alternatives, with 31%.Top seven markets’ averageasset allocation (%)Chart MakerCommenting the study results last year, Jacco Heemskerk, Willis Towers Watson’s head of investment in the Netherlands, argued that the conservative investment policy of Dutch pensions funds was eroding the purchasing power of their participants. Defined contribution (DC) pension funds have more assets than defined benefit (DB) funds across the world’s seven biggest pension markets, according to Willis Towers Watson’s Thinking Ahead Institute.The institute’s Global Pension Assets Study analysed data from 22 of the largest pension markets. The top seven – Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK and the US – accounted for 91% of assets covered by the report.Across those seven countries, DC assets were estimated to be “slightly over 50%” of total pension assets, the Thinking Ahead Institute reported – although this was primarily as a result of the dominance of DC in the US, the world’s biggest pension market by assets.Australia and the US were predominantly DC markets, but Japan and Canada were “showing an increasing allocation towards DC”, the institute said.last_img read more

Gold Coast home of former Queensland politician sells for $3 million

first_img2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.THE Gold Coast home of a former Queensland politician has changed hands in a multimillion-dollar deal.A local buyer splashed $3 million on the Sanctuary Cove mansion, which was built almost a decade ago by the late Ivan Gibbs and his wife Doris.Mr Gibbs, who died in 2011 aged 83, was a cabinet minister for 10 years and a National Party MP in the Queensland parliament from 1974 to 1989.He represented the Gold Coast seat of Albert, which for many years was one of Australia’s fastest-growing areas. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.Kollosche Prestige Agents managing director Jordan Williams handled the sale of the Arnold Palmer Drive property.He said the buyer was an architect and had plans to “spruce” the four-bedroom, five-bathroom home up.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“I think they’re going to do a pretty impressive renovation on it,” Mr Williams said.“I’m excited to see the end product when they’ve done.” IS THIS ONE OF THE COAST’S QUICKEST SALES? ONE IN FOUR HOMEOWNERS WOULD FAIL NEW MORTGAGE TESTS The single-level house is 843sq m and on a 2484sq m double block.Mr Williams said its size was the selling point for the buyers.“Normally you have 100sq homes (about 929.03sq m) over three to four levels,” he said.The property had been listed under another agency several times between April last year and February this year before Mr Williams took over the marketing. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.center_img 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 2227-2228 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove.“I only had it on the market for a couple of months,” he said.“Both parties are over the moon.”Mr and Mrs Gibbs’ son, Andrew, told The Bulletin in May that while the home held a special place in the family, it was much too big for his mother.He said they built it with entertaining in mind.“They’ve always had a lot of people around for dinner so it was always about that,” Mr Gibbs said.It was also important for his father to have a large study.“He spent a lot of time in the office and on the phone – he was involved in lots of charities too,” Mr Gibbs said.last_img read more

Highgate Hill inner-city jungle hideaway

first_imgLook out on the surrounding gully from the moment you wake up.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMs Burkett said the house consisted of three different pavilions across two levels.“It has a lot of glass in addition to there being outdoor spaces, so when you’re inside you still have that connection to the outside,” Ms Burkett said. The house uses timber and glass to maintain a connection with the outdoors.When asked if she had undertaken any renovation of the property, Ms Burkett said they completed a project annually but always with the integrity of the original design at the front of their minds.“We’ve been very passionate about conserving and maintaining it,” she said.“Every year we’ve taken on a project but always respecting the design, because in our view, that’s the true value of the house.” This is the perfect place to get some inspiration for your latest project.Ms Burkett said the library was her favourite area in the home.“My favourite is the library area.“One of its walls slides open and you can look down the gully toward the river and at night, you can see the lights shining on the river.” The house at 1 Derby St, Highgate Hill, is for sale.NESTLED in a lush slice of inner-city land, this architectural wonder is the ultimate hideaway.The house at 1 Derby St, Highgate Hill, was commissioned by its original owners and designed by architects Andresen and O’Gorman.center_img Is there anything more relaxing than curling up by the fire with a book?Greta Burkett bought the house a decade ago and the privacy of the property was a major drawcard.“It’s very close to the city but when you walk into the property, you feel as though you could be miles away,” Ms Burkett said. The bathrooms follow the theme.She said she will fondly remember time spent with family and friends at the house, as well as becoming a part of the close-knit community, who were keen to conserve the nature around them.“All of the neighbours have been wonderful, we’ve formed really lovely friendships with all of them.“They’re all passionate about the gully as well.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Beachside units for $30,000 offer investment opportunity twenty minutes from Townsville

first_img READ MORE Tropical treehouse with plenty of character CoreLogic data has found the median indicative gross rental yield for units in the suburb is 8.8 per cent, which is the highest in Townsville. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Elders agent Leah James, who is marketing the units, said she thought the rental yield in Nelly Bay was so high because of its proximity to the ferry terminal. “Because it’s got the ferry terminal there, it’s the most convenient location for people to be,” Ms James said. “People want to stay close by so it’s easy for them the next morning and they’re happy to pay more to be there.”Ms James said the units were a fantastic opportunity for people wanting to use the location frequently as holiday accommodation and rent it out for short term periods. “The best opportunity is for locals who want to use it on a regular basis,” Ms James said. “You can rent them for up to three months long term, otherwise short term holiday letting. “The units are located within a resort which offers on-site management, restaurant facilities, a pool, tennis court, and other facilities.”Nelly Bay is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Townsville, making it ideal for weekend trips away. This unit is on the market for $30,000 in Townsville’s highest rental yield suburb.BOASTING the highest indicative gross rental yield in Townsville, Magnetic Island’s Nelly Bay is a holiday paradise for tourists and Townsville locals. Three units in the suburb are currently on the market for $30,000, revealing an opportunity for investors to reap the rewards of short term letting. READ MORE CBD units are the cheapest they’ve been in over a decadelast_img read more

Dated Gold Coast house skyrockets almost $2 million past reserve at competitive auction

first_imgIt was sold by the children of the late Ray and Joan Stuart, who owned a local newsagent. Mr Stuart was a former Rotary club president and died in 2006. His wife died earlier this year. The four-bedroom property is on an 810sq m double block with views of the ocean and Burleigh Heads National Park on three sides. The buyers plan to knockdown the property and build a family home.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoKollosche director Michael Kollosche, who sold the property alongside Eoghan Murphy, said there were 54 bids placed in just 25 minutes. “It’s a trophy asset and very unique as it was the first time to market in over 57 years,” he said. “Most of the buyers looking at it were looking at it as a home site to demolish and build a new home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:15Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:15 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: The value of a view01:16 Mr Kollosche said the sellers — siblings Duncan, Philip and Julie — were extremely happy with the result. “They are elated to get well above their reserve price and know it’s going to end up with a home a family will enjoy,” he said. “Their preference was not to see a big development there.” The impressive views were a big selling point. The four-bedroom house had a reserve of $3.5 million.The two-level house at 1 Short St had 178 groups inquire, with 18 registered bidders at the auction on the weekend. An opening bid of $1 million was placed before the price was quickly push passed reserve. The hammer fell $1.875 million above the vendors price expectations. MORE NEWS: Imagine living a fairytale A quaint house at 1 Short St, Burleigh Heads, has sold under the hammer for $5.375 million.A DATED Burleigh Heads house has fetched almost $2 million more than expected, selling for a whopping $5.375 million at auction.The property was the legacy of a newsagent’s early-morning paper deliveries 55 years ago and changed hands for the first time in its history. A prominent Gold Coast fashion couple Wez and Eirin Bryett, who founded women’s clothing boutique and fashion line Princess Polly, splashed millions to knock the property down and build a modern masterpiece for their family. RELATED: Burleigh Heads home listed for sale, 55 years after it was built by the local newsagent MORE NEWS: How this home moved suburbs last_img read more

Prime restaurant site could be Byron’s next destination eatery

first_img MORE: RSL winner puts entire building on the market Grand mansion is Benowa’s best kept secret The view towards Byron Bay from 784 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell.With a Pacific Ocean backdrop and vistas from Byron Bay lighthouse to Mount Chincogan, the views from 784 Coolamon Scenic Drive, Coorabell site are spectacular.“It has all the potential to be Byron’s next destination restaurant,” said marketing agent Nick Dunn, of McGrath Byron Bay.“Restaurants like Harvest at Newrybar and The Farm near Byron have become destinations in themselves.“Being such a key location and a key view, the owner felt it would be a great attribute for the community for people to be able to go up there and dine.” A restaurant and residences have been approved for the site.Celebrity chefs hankering for a side of Byron beach lifestyle could be in the running to take on the project which requires a “substantial investment”. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We have approached a few … Shannon Bennett is up here and even someone like Neil Perry who is retired,” Mr Dunn said. It took three years for approval to be obtained for the restaurant along with plans for two residences joined by an entertaining area with resort-style pool. Mega mansion: The Caribbean meets Gold Coast glamour The stunning hinterland vistas would complement the fine dining experience.Byron Shire Council approved the plans despite opposition from some residents citing concerns over traffic and claims the development would diminish the experience of going to nearby Scarrabelotti’s Lookout, long regarded as the best vantage point in the area.“The restaurant is DA approved so if someone buys the property they can build that restaurant tomorrow,” Mr Dunn said. “You could holiday let the properties and operate the restaurant or amend the DA to put one big magnificent home there as well.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenIs it a good time to list?02:31WANTED: Celebrity chef with deep pockets and lifestyle aspirations to establish Byron Shire’s next destination restaurant.A prime 4.5ha site in the Byron Bay hinterland with approval for a 40-seat fine dining restaurant has hit the market with a $4.25 million price tag.last_img read more

Two Arrested from Oil-Spill Cleanup Ship in Greece

first_imgThe captain and 1st engineer of a vessel involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in Greece have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, Greek Merchant Ministry said.Namely, the Lassea vessel has been contracted to help clean the oil that spilled following the sinking of the oil tanker Agia Zoni II off the Port of Piraeus on September 10. The vessel had 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil on board.The duo was arrested after significant quantities of fuel were found and seized from the vessel without proper documentation.The Piraeus Port Authority, which is in charge of the preliminary investigation, seized the vessel while the arrested are to be brought before the Prosecutor of Piraeus, the ministry said.The oil spill recovery efforts have been vehemently criticized as inadequate and delayed, with opposition parties asking for a resignation from the country’s Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.The minister refuted the allegations, saying that immediate mobilization of relevant assets was made to curb the spill.With regard to safety threats posed by the 1972-built Agia Zoni II, the minister said that the ship, according to the owner, passed all security checks before the incident.It is estimated that the oil recovery efforts might last for another month.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

AIDA Cruises starts LNG fueling ops in Mediterranean ports

first_imgAIDAperla (Image courtesy of Aida Cruises)AIDA Cruises, a Carnival Corporation company, said it will start regular operations to supply its LNG-powered AIDAperla with liquefied natural gas during the vessel’s stay in three Mediterranean ports.Following successful tests, the cruise company will start the LNG bunkering operations in the Spanish port of Barcelona, France’s Marseille and Civitavecchia in Italy.AIDA Cruises said in a statement it was also in talks with Palma de Mallorca in Spain.On average, a cruise ship spends around 40 percent of its operating time in a port. Thanks to its dual-fuel engine, the AIDAperla can produce the required energy from LNG during the ship’s port berth, AIDA noted in the statement.The LNG supply in the port takes place via a truck-to-ship method.AIDAprima LNG bunkering in the port of HamburgAIDAperla is the sister vessel to LNG-powered AIDAprima that was delivered last year.AIDAprima, the company’s first vessel in the LNG-powered series has already been provided with LNG in all five ports of her Northern Europe cruises since May 2016. AIDAperla is the second cruise ship that is able to produce onboard power from LNG while docked.In April last year, Aida Cruises signed an LNG supply deal with Shell for its two vessels, with Shell becoming Aida Cruises’ exclusive strategic partner in all ports that provide LNG bunkering.Worth mentioning, AIDA Cruises is also awaiting the delivery of two fully LNG-powered cruise ships which will able to run on LNG in port and at sea as well.AIDAnova, currently being built at the Neptun Werft in Rostock is expected to be delivered in the fall of 2018 while its sister ship will reinforce the AIDA fleet in the spring of 2021. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

U.S. Coast Guard helps offshore supply vessel in need

first_imgPhoto courtesy U.S. Coast Guard District 8U.S. Coast Guard crews assisted a 145-foot offshore supply vessel taking on water, near Cameron, Louisiana, early on Monday morning.At 12:00 a.m., the crew of the Candy Fleet-owned Candy Store vessel contacted Sector Houston-Galveston watch-standers to report the vessel was taking on water and in need of assistance.A Station Lake Charles 29-foot response boat-small boat crew was launched. Once on scene, the crew of the RB-S passed two dewatering pumps to the vessel and remained on scene throughout the night with the Candy Store.Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to fuel discharge around the partially submerged vessel.last_img read more

Woodside’s GWF-2 project delivers first gas 6 months ahead of schedule

first_imgAustralian oil and gas company Woodside has informed that gas production has started from its Greater Western Flank Phase 2 (GWF-2) Project, offshore W. Australia.Goodwyn Platform / Image by WoodsideWoodside sanctioned the GWF-2 development in December 2015, earmarking $2 billion for the development located in Commonwealth waters approximately 135 km north-west of Dampier.The GWF-2 will develop 1.6 trillion cubic feet of raw gas (2P 100% project basis) from the combined Keast, Dockrell, Sculptor, Rankin, Lady Nora and Pemberton fields using subsea infrastructure and a 35 km, 16” pipeline connecting to the existing Goodwyn A platform.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman on Thursday said the project has been delivered $630 million below the expected cost of approximately $2.0 billion and six months ahead of schedule.“The project team has done an outstanding job executing and delivering GWF-2, which represents the next phase in gas supply to the NWS Goodwyn A platform, extending the life of the Karratha Gas Plant and contributing to Woodside achieving our targeted production of 100 MMboe in 2020. This success has been achieved by combining the two GWF-2 drilling campaigns, accelerating project work packages and collaborating closely with our contractors.“The capabilities demonstrated on the GWF-2 Project will be carried forward as we embark on our next phase of growth, including our proposed developments of the Scarborough and Browse offshore gas resources.“The Scarborough and Browse projects are part of our vision for the Burrup Hub, which would unlock the future value of the Karratha Gas Plant and Pluto LNG,” he said.The NWS Project participants are: Woodside Energy Ltd (Operator, 16.67%); BHP Billiton Petroleum (North West Shelf) Pty Ltd (16.67%); BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Chevron Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%); Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Pty Ltd (16.67%); and Shell Australia Pty Ltd (16.67%).last_img read more

NOC Leads New Project to Explore Deep-Seafloor Minerals

first_imgA new project has been announced to reduce the potential environmental impact of future mining by making exploration for deep-seafloor mineral deposits much more effective. ‘Project ULTRA’ has been funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC), and will be led by Professor Bramley Murton at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).Deep-seafloor mineral deposits can provide vital new metals for emerging technologies, including those that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many deposits were formed by hot springs on the seafloor and the vast majority of these now lie under a blanket of marine sediment. The big question facing geologists is whether these buried mineral deposits still contain valuable metals – have the minerals dissolved since they formed thousands of years ago beneath the Earth’s crust, or become even more concentrated?‘Project ULTRA’ will address these questions using a robotic drilling rig to drill the deposits – this will also generate the first three dimensional image of the deposits, using scientific instruments on the surrounding seafloor to listen to vibrations from the drill as it bores through the seafloor. The boreholes will then be sealed and returned to a year later, when fluids will be tapped-off from the plugs to test for reactions deep inside the deposit, NOC explained.The rock core taken by the drill, and these fluid samples, will reveal the composition and structure of these types of mineral deposit, their sub-seafloor fluid pathways, alteration of the host rock, and the preservation processes of their ore minerals.By using this information to identify where the most valuable metals are located in the deposit, Project ULTRA will help ensure any future exploitation would be able to minimize the disturbance to the seafloor and its surrounding environment.This project forms part of the NOC’s ongoing research into seafloor resources and is a collaboration with the British Geological Survey (BGS), the Universities of Southampton, Cardiff and Leeds, Memorial University in Canada, as well as Oxford Museum, GEOMAR, Nautilus Minerals, VNIIOkeangeologia from Russia, and SMD.last_img read more

Hard Times for Uljanik, Jan De Nul Wants Money Back

first_imgJan De Nul Group is demanding the repayment of all installments paid to Croatia’s troubled Uljanik Shipyard, plus interest, after they cancelled an order for Newbuilding 500 – a cutter suction dredger.The Shipbuilding Contract for Hull 500 was signed two years ago between Uljanik d.d. and Dredging and Maritime Management SA (DMM) Luxembourg, the company in ownership of Jan de Nul Group.On April 19, the client said that it would seek the repayment of its advance payments for the vessel that was to have been built by the shipyard, Uljanik said in a statement via the Zagreb Stock Exchange.“Upon the negotiations which lasted few months among the Buyer, institutions of Republic of Croatia and Uljanik d.d. which aimed that instead repayment of advance payments the vessel be completed in Uljanik Shipyard or alternatively in foreign shipyard, the Buyer made final decision by which he requests repayment of advance payments increased for the interest,” the statement said.According to the subject, Shipbuilding Contract Uljanik d.d. is obliged in period of seven days from receipt of the request in headquarters of the company to effect repayment of advance payments increased for interest whereby the part of advance payments has been secured by state guarantees.The interested parties will continue to work on finding a solution to reduce the harm the latest developments are expected to cause to the state and the shipyard.last_img read more

JDR to supply cables for wind project to power oil and gas platforms

first_imgHywind Tampen JDR Cable Systems, part of the TFKable Group, has signed a contract with Equinor for the Hywind Tampen offshore wind farm development located off Norway. Image: JDRJDR said on Thursday that it would design and manufacture eleven 66kV dynamic inter-array cables and two static export cables, each equipped with a JDR designed breakaway system and a range of cable accessories for delivery in 2022.The 2.5 km long 66kV dynamic array cables will connect to the eleven turbines in a loop, and the two static 12.9km and 16km export cables will be used to connect the loop to the Snorre A and Gullfaks A platforms.Hywind Tampen will be the first worldwide project to power oil and gas platforms – Gullfaks A, B, C and Snorre A and B – using floating offshore wind, which is more technically challenging and less mature technology than traditional fixed-foundation offshore wind.The project will consist of 11 wind turbines developed by Equinor. The turbines will have a total capacity of 88 MW, capable of meeting about 35 percent of the annual power demand of the Snorre and Gullfaks oil and gas platforms.Also, the floating wind project is in water depths of 300 meters, much deeper than any previous floating wind project.Robert Weeks, sales manager at JDR, said: “Floating wind is still in its infancy compared to fixed-foundation offshore wind, but has the potential to revolutionize how we generate power for deepwater platforms and on coastlines which only have access to deeper waters.”The power cores for the cables will be manufactured by JDR’s parent company TFKable at its Bydgoszcz factory in Poland. All the cables and accessories will be assembled at JDR’s facilities in Hartlepool UK. Equinor, along with its partners in the Snorre and Gullfaks fields, submitted a development plan of supplying power from floating offshore wind to the fields via the Hywind Tampen wind farm back in October.In the same month, Snorre and Gullfaks partners made a final investment decision for the Hywind development.The Hywind investments will total almost NOK 5 billion (around $550 million). Norwegian authorities through Enova have made a funding commitment of up to NOK 2.3 billion for the project. In addition, the Business Sector’s NOx Fund decided to support the project by up to NOK 566 million.Following the development plan submission, Equinor in late October signed contracts totaling around NOK 3.3 billion ($357.6M) for the Hywind development.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Sovcomflot withdraws Vyacheslav Tikhonov redelivery with Polarcus

first_imgRussian company, Sovcomflot, has withdrawn redelivery notice for Vyacheslav Tikhonov seismic vessel with Polarcus. The vessel, originally named Polarcus Selma, has been on a long-term charter with Sovcomflot since delivery from the yard in 2011. The Vyacheslav Tikhonov is a high ice class 8 streamer vessel suited for 3D XArray exploration requiring cable separations of 160 to 200 meters. It was built to the Ulstein SX133 design and incorporated the Ulstein X-Bow hull. Polarcus will not receive charter hire from 31 May 2020 until startup of a new project anticipated to start in Q3 2020. In December of last year the companies agreed to postpone the redelivery of the vessel until the completion of work which Sovcomflot secured in Asia. The redelivery was expected in Q2 2020, but Sovcomflot decided to withdraw notice of redelivery in light of further project opportunities, after it completed the project in Asia. Redelivery of the vessel is now expected to be following completion of the new project, or alternatively, on short notice if no project is awarded for the vessel in the summer season, the company noted. last_img read more

Norwegian oil output in July above NPD prediction

first_imgThe totalpetroleum production for the first seven months in 2020 is about 134.8 millionSm3 oil equivalents (MSm3 o.e.), broken down as follows: about 57.6 MSm3 o.e.of oil, about 10.9 MSm3 o.e. of NGL and condensate and about 66.2 MSm3 o.e. ofgas for sale. Oil production in July is 0.8 per cent higher than the NPD’s forecast, and 0.1 per cent below the forecast so far this year. Averagedaily liquids production in July was: 1,739,000 barrels of oil, 296,000 barrelsof NGL, and 27,000 barrels of condensate. It is worthnoting that, the Norwegian Government decided to implement a cut in Norwegianoil production 29 April 2020. The production figures for oil in July includedthis cut of 134,000 barrels per day. The cut will apply for the entire secondhalf of 2020. The NPD saidthat the oil production forecasts have been updated in the Government’sproposed Revised National Budget for 2020. The updatewas presented on 12 May and takes the authorities’ oil production regulationinto account, as well as the delayed start-up of fields under development andoil production in the first quarter.center_img According tothe directorate’s report on Monday, preliminary production figures for July2020 show an average daily production of 2,062,000 barrels of oil, NGL, andcondensate. Source: NPD Norwegian oil production in July has risen above predictions made by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) after June’s numbers were below expectations. The totalvolume is 7.3 MSm3 o.e. higher than in 2019.last_img read more

Tougher law to protect children hailed

first_imgStuff.co.nz 7 Dec 2011Child advocates are hailing new laws giving sweeping powers to prosecute all those turning a blind eye to assaults on the very young. The Crimes Amendment Act (No3) becomes law on March 19 and will allow police to charge everyone in a household with failing to protect a child. The maximum sentence is 10 years’ jail. The new law comes as a result of the public outcry following the murder of the Kahui twins for which no-one has been held responsible after a jury acquitted the twins’ father. However, the extended family’s infamous “code of silence” was typical of such cases, pediatricians say. In Taranaki, a serious assault of a 14-month-old, who suffered a fractured skull, was dropped last month for lack of evidence.Starship children’s hospital paediatrician Patrick Kelly welcomes the law which allows everyone in a house where the abuse took place to be charged. The message is that they should have protected the abused child. “If you can’t determine which of the adults in the house did it you charge all of them – or none of them.” However, the law change should have gone further, he said. The code of silence within families was an issue throughout the world. In Britain, the same “failing to protect” law was implemented but went further to limit the right to silence. “The UK has shown it’s possible to modify the law. For some reason New Zealand did not follow through with changing the right to silence.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/6097019/Tougher-law-to-protect-children-hailedlast_img read more

Prostitutes arrested in Christchurch

first_imgNZ Herald 17 Jan 2012Complaints about noise and disorder from street prostitutes, their associates and clients have seen police swoop in to arrest 14 people in Christchurch. Police said the weekend operation on Manchester St was a response to residents concerns about disorder in an area used by sex workers. Acting Central Area commander Inspector Al Stewart said most of the people arrested had outstanding warrants, while some were charged over behavioural offences or dishonesty. He said the operation was about combating disorderly behaviour rather than cracking down on prostitution.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10779282last_img read more

Plan to shake up sex industry

first_imgStuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes –  including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industrylast_img read more

Christchurch teens increasingly violent towards parents

first_imgNewstalk ZB 14 May 2013Christchurch teenagers are said to be increasingly violent towards their parents – and the earthquakes are being blamed.Staff at the Womens Refuge have noticed an increase in mainly male teenagers domestically abusing their family members – and it seems mothers are the first to cop it.Additional staff have had to be recruited due to increased demands like this at the refuge.Spokeswoman Julie McCloy says the increase has been over the past two years.“Perhaps what we’ve seen is just that accumulation of stress and maybe see young people who have grown up in a difficult or abusive environment and you add that extra stress to it, they don’t know how to handle their emotions.”Ms McCloy says it’s a worrying trend.“Over probably about 25 percent of the police reports we get there’ll be incidents where a young person is involved as a perpetrator of violence so that’s significant.”She says the youngest they’ve seen was 14-years-old.They’re not expecting the boom to drop off anytime soon.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/wellington/news/regch/1804940486-worrying-trend-amongst-christchurch-teenslast_img read more

Hospices against euthanasia, MPs told

first_imgNewsHub 21 September 2016Hospices have told told Parliament’s health select committee that they oppose changing the law to allow voluntary euthanasia.The committee is listening to public opinion on voluntary euthanasia and will report its conclusions to Parliament in response to a petition asking for a law change.On Wednesday Andrew Leys, chief executive of Hospice Southland, said his team was extremely concerned about a possible law change.He told the committee hospice workers often faced questions about euthanasia from patients.“The vast majority move beyond the point of wanting euthanasia,” he said.“My team is concerned that voluntary euthanasia could lead to less support for people to help them cope with their circumstances.”Mary Potter Hospice director Brian Ensor said hospices would have to be kept entirely seperate from any assisted dying.“The last days of living should be made as comfortable as possible, and it may involve sedation,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/hospices-against-euthanasia-mps-told-2016092115last_img read more

Is drug legalisation worse than the status quo?

first_imgStuff co.nz 15 March 2019Family First Comment:  Excellent article. A reality check! “Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that. Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market. Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals.”#PeopleBeforeProfitsOPINION: Never let a bunch of anti-capitalists design a legal market for cannabis.Their consuming hatred of Big Marijuana and the profit motive would create such an ineffectual legal market that the gangs will still supply most of the marijuana along with offers of free samples of harder drugs that even voters will work out how awful the legal model is and vote it down at the coming referendum.The Greens and the Drug Foundation not only want to decriminalise marijuana, they want to legalise it with government controls on who can supply,  and checks on quality. They seem to want to limit access to social supply and consumer co-ops so that Big Marijuana is kept out of the market. No for-profit supply seems to be their ideal.The Greens seem to want to imitate the monumental screwup in Canada. Not only did Canada forget to legalise production before supply, so they ran out of inventory within a week, but each province decided for itself how marijuana was to be legally sold.One province chose a government monopoly. Others allowed private retailers but they had to have a clean record and pay tens of thousands of dollars in annual registration fees.Most of the current marijuana dealers in Canada did not qualify and already had an established network of customers so they stayed in business offering tax-free marijuana. American states also continue to have black markets in marijuana.What the Greens will set up is a legal supply that is hopeless at competing with existing gang suppliers. The legal shops will be so far away from schools and other sensitive locations, open 9-to-5 in a remote warehouse district, paying a living wage that they will end up asking for a bailout from Shane Jones’ Regional Growth Fund because they attracted so few customers.Gangs will continue to supply 24/7 home delivery tax-free with free samples of harder drugs. But it will be worse than that.Replacing the war on drugs with a war on marijuana tax cheats will mean gangs will continue to supply most of the market tax-free, including to teenagers with offers of harder drugs but the police will have less incentive to chase down what is now a grey market rather than a black market.Do not underestimate the entrepreneurial ingenuity of criminals. Some UN bureaucrats had a cunning plan; occasionally hold a lawful sale of previously confiscated ivory to collapse the price of poached ivory and drive the poachers out of business.Elephant poaching soared because criminals worked out that they could pass off their illegal ivory as legally acquired and sell it to people who otherwise would not buy it, much less show it off to their friends because it was illegally obtained. A large market in counterfeit legal ivory developed in China and other places off the back of an earnest attempt to collapse the price of illegal ivory.I’m a recovering libertarian. I support decriminalisation because if adults want to get high, more fool them as long as they do not harm others. But I know that argument will never sell at a referendum.The reason dope-smoking-on-Saturday-night successful middle-class parents oppose decriminalisation is that when they are feuding with their kids over bad grades, they still want to tell them that marijuana is illegal. They want that argument in their back pocket because they know that, unlike themselves, more than a few mates drifted off into a cloud of dope at university and failed.They want every possible persuasive tactic available to them to stop their kids going the same way.The best argument for decriminalisation that will work at a referendum is that it pushes gangs out of the supply chain so kids will not be offered samples of harder drugs. That pragmatic argument and better-quality control could win a majority.Right now, the maximum penalty is three months for possession of marijuana. Three were sent to prison last year for possession of marijuana as their lead offence for their sentencing. Another 15 were sent to prison for possession of harder drugs, which carries a maximum of six months. A good guess is most were gang members on the receiving end of well-deserved police harassment.As the illegal trade is offering samples of harder drugs and supplying teenagers, the rationale for suppressing the illegal trade is stronger. Penalties for illegal supply and even marijuana possession through an illegal supplier might have to increase after legalisation.Colorado quickly found it had to regulate marijuana packaging strictly because little kids thought edible marijuana was a lolly and ended up at the emergency department.If advocates of legalisation want a legal market that drives the gangs out of marijuana supply, the Greens and others on the Left will have to swallow a big dead rat and embrace capitalism.Big Marijuana might end up developing an app that ensures that adults and only adults buy marijuana delivered by Uber Eats. Marijuana legalisation will be full of the unexpected.* Jim Rose blogs at Utopiayouarestandinginit.comhttps://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/111279052/is-drug-legalisation-worse-than-the-status-quoKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Armed men dressed in Military gear raid Ghana’s Opposition Party HQ

first_imgAn armed gang clad in military uniform reportedly raided the headquarters of Ghana’s main opposition party, the New Patriotic Party,  on Monday in an attack that may likely raise political tension just one year before the country holds its presidential elections.The NPP said that around 15 men using military and police vehicles vandalized its offices in a downtown neighborhood at around 0100 and confiscated computer equipment.Talking to Reuters, police spokesperson Cephas Arthur said that it was not yet clear who conducted the break-in, suggesting it was a “civilian raid” rather than one carried out by the security forces.Next year’s elections will see incumbent President John Mahama battle it out against Nana Akufo-Addo, whom he narrowly defeated in 2012.Mahama’s national Democratic Congress party endorsed him as its candidate on Monday.NPP’s Communications Director Nana Akomea released a statement on the raid saying that the party did not know who conducted it.He said that three party officials were made to surrender their phones before being shoved into a security post and locked up. A couple of minutes later, the men dressed in military uniform ordered them out.“They (the armed men) produced a sack and proceeded to pour the contents out on the floor. The contents included four AK-47s and four machetes which the military uniformed men claimed to have found on the compound,” it said.last_img read more

Guyanese and Jamaicans need visas to visit St Maarten

first_img Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Guyanese and Jamaicans need visas to visit St Maarten by: – March 18, 2011 by Global News StaffPHILIPSBURG, St Maarten — Guyanese and Jamaicans will now have to get visas before they can visit the Dutch territory of St Maarten.The announcement was made by St Maarten’s prime minister, Sarah Williams, who also has the portfolio of national security.Williams made the announcement on a radio programme “People’s Voice” and said that the ministry of justice has already been instructed to enforce the visa requirement.Nationals of Haiti and Dominican Republic also require visas to enter St Maarten.Guyanese and Jamaicans also need entry certificates to enter Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and other British Overseas Territories.For the past two decades a large number of Jamaicans and Guyanese have been living and working in St Maarten and the British Virgin Islands.Source: Caribbean News Now!Photo Credit: SXM Info.com Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 51 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Soursop Fruit 100 Fold Stronger At Killing Cancer Than Chemotherapy

first_img Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Soursop Fruit 100 Fold Stronger At Killing Cancer Than Chemotherapy by: – March 17, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 50 Views   no discussions The fruit’s extracts from Annona muricata tree selectively inhibit the growth of human breast cancer cells.The Soursop is a flowering, evergreen tree native to tropical regions of the world. It also contains a long, prickly green fruit which happens to kill cancer up to 10,000 times more effectively than strong chemotherapy drugs, all without the nasty side effects and withour harming healthy cells.According to Cancer Research UK, Annona muricata is an active principle in an herbal remedy marketed under the brand name Triamazon. The licensing for this product in the UK is not accepted due to its enormous healing effects on the body and potential loss of profits for competing pharmaceutical cancer drugs.This tree is low and is called graviola in Brazil, guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name “soursop” in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks and sherbets. Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders. Deep within the Amazon Rainforest, this tree grows wild and could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to: * Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss * Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections * Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment * Boost your energy and improve your outlook on lifeThe source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America’s largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970’s. What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing…Extracts from the tree were shown to:* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. * The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug! * What’s more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched–so why haven’t you heard anything about it?The drug industry began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to synthesize two of the Graviola tree’s most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they’d be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits–or even make back the millions it poured into research.As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!Preventdisease.comlast_img read more

Cuba condemns US sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company

first_imgMap of Cuba. Photo credit: infoplease.comHAVANA, Cuba — The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued an official declaration strongly condemning recent sanctions imposed by the government of the United States against Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA.The declaration, published by Juventud Rebelde newspaper on Sunday, read: “Cuba’s government and people express their solidarity with President Hugo Chavez and with the Venezuelan people, and fully support a resolution passed by the National Assembly of Venezuela on this issue.”The declaration claimed that, with these sanctions, the United States has violated international law and implemented unilateral and extraterritorial regulations.The note from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs added that the economic aspect of these punitive measures is not the essential issue but the risk that, with this decision, Washington might be trying to provoke new conflicts in the region as part of its efforts to divide Latin America and the Caribbean.“By attacking Venezuela, you’re also attacking Cuba,” the text noted.PDVSA is one of seven companies penalized by the US for providing gasoline and other refined petroleum products to Iran in violation of a US law that aims to pressure Tehran into dropping its nuclear program. The State Department said PDVSA supplied Iran with “at least two cargoes” of a blending component used to improve gasoline.The sanctions bar PDVSA from seeking US government contracts, obtaining US export licenses, and from obtaining financing from the Export-Import Bank of the US, but leave untouched the flow of an estimated 1.2 million barrels a day of Venezuelan crude oil to the US.PDVSA’s refining business in the US, represented mainly by Citgo Petroleum, will also be unaffected.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! Share Share NewsRegional Cuba condemns US sanctions against Venezuelan state oil company by: – May 31, 2011center_img Tweet 39 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry

first_imgPhoto credit: roc-taiwan.orgTAIPEI, Taiwan (CNA) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will be the 125th country or region to grant visa-free entry or landing visas to Taiwan passport holders, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Taipei said on Wednesday. The details and when the privilege will take effect, however, will be announced after negotiations with the BVI government, the MOFA said in a press statement. The statement noted that the visa-waiver program will follow the one adopted by the British government in March 2009. The BVI is the sixth British overseas territory — after Bermuda, Gibraltar, Turks and Caicos, St Helena, and Falkland Islands — to establish such an agreement with Taiwan, it said. The visa-free entry scheme should boost bilateral ties, increase cultural exchanges and encourage tourism, it added. Although the BVI consists of a small population of 25,000, its tourism and financial service industries have made it one of the most thriving economic areas in the Caribbean, according to the MOFA. By Nancy LiuCaribbean News Now Share Share Share NewsRegional British Virgin Islands to grant Taiwan visa-free entry by: – January 5, 2012center_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! ** Tourism Awareness Month 2012 Climax***The Discover Dominica Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association culminated a successful Tourism Awareness Month in May. From all reports the activties undertaken throughout the month were very well excuted; and would therefore like to extend a heart –felt gratitude to the many sponsors for their invaluable contribution in making this year’s Tourism Awareness Month a major success. The intended purpose of the month of activities were to raise awareness, inform, educate, promote and entertain the general public on the role and importance of the tourism industry to the people and economy of Dominica. It is our hope that Tourism Awarnes Month 2013 will be even bigger and better.**Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2012**From general public reports and Prime Minister Skerrit’s glowing media review a fantastic full jazz weekend happened! Patrons of all jazz events enjoyed the best music and ambience the Commonwealth of Dominica had to offer! The 3rd edition of Jazz n’ Creole gave patrons the chance of an extended full week-end offering Creole and Jazz at several venues across the island. Jazz ‘n Creole is a production of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and worked with several tourism entities to create more fringe benefits enjoyed by visitors and guests on the island.Events ran from Thursday through Sunday. DOMINICA’s Jazz n Creole has become a key event on the tourism’s office calendar of event and is meant to attract jazz lovers from our nearest neighbours in the French islands and our friends from the Caribbean islands. The crowd doubled and families young and old came together to enjoy the great ambience of the picturesque and magnificent looking Cabrits, Fort Shirley, reveling in the fun and thrill of vibrant jazz music. From all reports the enchantment of Creole and Jazz fusion music went down like local honey this 2012 and the experience of top class musicians over the four days of events will be a heart memory. See you in 2013!**Access Strategy Plan for Dominica**Mr. Ian Bertand, air access consultant and his team conducted part two of the Access Strategy Plan for Dominica at the Fort Young Hotel on May 29th.The working session inlcluded particpation from the Discover Dominica Authority staff and other key private sector stakeholders. Having agreed to an overall approach, this session sought to finalize the marketing strategies which needed to be employed to support the overall objective of increasing visitor revenues to EC$350 million by 2015 and getting visitor numbers back to 2007 figures.This session particularly focused on the air access issues and what the Dominica needs to do from a marketing standpoint in partnership with other destinations as well as to attract airlines. Dominica to be promoted at a Mall Exhibition in MartiniqueDiscover Dominica Authority will promote visits to Dominica at the La Galleria Mall in Martinique from June 7 – 9, 2012. The mall exhibition is being organized to encourage more visitors from Martinique to travel to Dominica for summer vacation. Participating hotels at the mall exhibition are Fort Young Hotel, La Flamboyant Hotel, Anchorage Hotel and Sunset Bay Club. **Discover Dominica Authority launches Staycation 2012**Ten tourism companies will participate in Staycation 2012. Fort Young Hotel, Hibiscus Valley Inn, Anchorage Hotel, Comfortel de Champ, Rosalie Beach Resort, Seacliff Cottages, Comfort Cottages, Picard Beach Cottages, Portsmouth Hotel and Rejens Hotel will offer special rates to Dominican residents from June 1 – September 30. Rainforest Riding which offers horseback riding will also offer special rates to locals. The Staycation programme is geared at increasing local hotel occupancy during what is traditionally the slow period, by encouraging locals to get to know Dominica and patronize local tourism service providers. **Dominica to be featured in 2013 edition of French guidebook**Dominica will be featured in the 2013 edition of the French guidebook le Petit Futé. Petit Futé journalist Johann Chabert visited Dominica from May 24 – 31 to obtain information which will be used to update the Dominica segment of the guidebook. While in Dominica, Mr. Chabert visited a number of properties which will be featured in the guide book as well as various sites and attractions. He also attended the Jazz ‘n Creole festival and hiked segment one of the Waitukubuli National Trail. **Discover Dominica Authority host US journalist**Discover Dominica Authority hosted journalist Brooke Morton from May 20-26, 2012. Brooke was on assignment for the US publication Destination Weddings & Honeymoon. This was an opportunity for Dominica to be featured as a Weddings & Honeymoon destination to the 100,000 readers and 639,000 monthly page viewers. Visits were made to wedding locations throughout the island which would provide visitors of the possible wedding options on the island for their destination weddings.With the new amended Marriage Act which now allows visitors to be married on the island in 24hrs, the process is now hassle free and allows persons to obtain their marriage license even on a weekend. This will assist the visitors in choosing the destination of choice without having too many concerns on the process involved.Brooke also writes for other publications such as Sport Diver, Scuba Diving, Islands and Caribbean Travel & Life magazines. This advantage allows for the destination to be featured in a variety of publications, increasing the awareness of the island and the value of the trip. While on island Brooke also got the opportunity to dive, whale watch and hike.Press Release Share Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday June 01, 2012 by: – June 8, 2012 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Ex-Liverpool player quarantined after hugging Coronavirus patient

first_img Kahlenberg, who played 47 matches for Denmark between 2003 and 2014 and also played for clubs Auxerre and VfL Wolfsburg before retiring in 2017, tested positive on Thursday and has been in quarantine, Brondby said in a statement. The statement said Kahlenberg, who played for Denmark at the 2010 World Cup, was infected during a visit to Amsterdam. Brondby said 13 employees had been put in isolation, including the general manager Ole Palma, defender Joel Kabongo and assistant coach Martin Retov. Lyngby said three players, who were in physical contact with Kahlenberg on Sunday, had been put in isolation. Both teams have league games this weekend. The Danish FA said that all matches will go ahead as planned this coming weekend, but that it is monitoring the situation. read also: ​Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL ban pre-match handshakes The clubs said they are working with the Danish Patient Authority to track down players, fans and members of staff who were in contact with Kahlenberg during Sunday’s match. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ajax have told assistant coach Christian Poulsen and two other members of training staff to stay away from the club because of fears they might be infected with the coronavirus. Poulsen won’t be on Ajax’s bench this weekend The trio must stay at home until next Friday after Poulsen came in contact with former Danish international Thomas Kahlenberg, who has since been diagnosed with the virus. Kahlenberg was celebrating Poulsen’s 40th birthday in the Netherlands last Sunday. The other two are exercise physiologist Alessandro Schoenmaker and an unnamed physiotherapist who were also at the party. “They have no symptoms and if it stays that way they will return to work next week,” an Ajax spokesman told Dutch media. Poulsen, the former Juventus and Liverpool midfielder, will not be able to take his place on the bench alongside coach Erik ten Hag when Ajax travel to Heerenveen at the weekend. Players from Danish Super League clubs Brondby and Lyngby are in isolation after they met and hugged Kahlenberg, who has since tested positive for coronavirus, at a match last weekend. Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

World Athletics to rule on Russia ahead of Olympics

first_imgYevgeny Yurchenko is the new head of the Russian athletics federation Loading… World Athletics is to decide Thursday whether to start the procedure of reinstating the new-look Russian athletics federation, as well as initiating the process to allow Russian athletes who test clean to compete under a neutral banner at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. High jumper Mariya Lasitskene has attacked Russia’s handling of the doping crisis Russia has been suspended by World Athletics (then known as the IAAF) since 2015 over repeated doping scandals – a ban upheld 12 times – and has been fighting for readmission. The last report by World Athletics’ Task Force, in November, led to its decision-making Council suspending the process of reinstating RUSAF over charges against its officials that they obstructed an anti-doping investigation. The Council also put a freeze on the system of allowing Russian athletes to compete as “Authorised Neutral Athletes”. Those decisions prompted wholesale change at RUSAF, which has a newly-appointed head in Yevgeny Yurchenko.Advertisement Coe, Yurchenko said, “will initiate the process of issuing to Russian athletes neutral status permits for their participation in international tournaments”, with RUSAF’s membership reinstatement with World Athletics “set to be launched”.That promises to be good news for three-time high-jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene, who has been vocal in her criticism of the former RUSAF regime for its handling of the scandal.Lasitskene, pole vault world champion Angelica Sidorova and men’s 110m metres hurdles star Sergey Shubenkov held a meeting with Coe last week, reportedly on relaunching the so-called “ANA scheme”, which allows eligible Russian athletes to compete as neutrals at events.Moscow’s case has been made more complicated after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in December imposed a four-year ban from all international sporting competitions on Russia over what it considers a state-sponsored programme of doping, a suspension the country took to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS, the world’s highest sporting court, will now have to decide whether to confirm the WADA ban, or listen to Russia’s case against the sanction. A ruling is not expected before May, with the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to start on July 24, in just 134 days.The International Olympic Committee said CAS had to make a clear-cut decision, with no room for “any kind of interpretation”, over whether Russia was to be banned not just from Tokyo, but also the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar. Read Also: English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors todayIn Monaco, the World Athletics council will also discuss the effects of the spread of the coronavirus, with several members, including those from outbreak hotspots China and Italy, taking part remotely by teleconference because of travel restrictions in their countries.The COVID-19 outbreak has already caused the world indoor championships in Nanjing, China, due to be held this month, to be delayed by a year, and the world half-marathon champs in Gdynia, Poland, to be re-scheduled from March 29 to October 17.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWorld’s Most Beautiful Ceilings That Will Take Your Breath AwayWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were Kids7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World15 Celebs Whose Careers Were Thwarted After One Simple MistakeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? In one of his first conciliatory moves in the stand-off, Yurchenko sent two letters to World Athletics, the first “concerning our cooperation and in regard to scandalous situations, which had left an impact on our relations for many years”. Yurchenko said he had agreed with accusations made by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) against RUSAF on the wrongdoings in the case of high jumper Danil Lysenko, in which “forged documents and false explanations” were provided as an alibi to his whereabouts, as required by anti-doping rules. In January, the AIU, the independent anti-doping watchdog for track and field, recommended World Athletics maintain the exclusion of RUSAF and the freeze on Russian athletes competing under a neutral flag unless it failed to provide evidence in the Lysenko case, which had proved to be a tipping point. – Negative consequences – Yurchenko, who also apologised for the negative consequences from the Lysenko case, said his second letter was sent to World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe.last_img read more

Anjorin to ink new Chelsea contract

first_img “It was like he had been beamed back down to earth as a complete player overnight! “After that, he was always the standout player; people knew him before he even knew how to spell his name. He is a goalscoring midfielder in the Frank Lampard mould. Lampard was one of his idols, but so were Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane. “He has a high level of technical ability, great finishing quality and a great passing range. We felt that the Chelsea environment was perfect for Tino. “It has really stretched him. The training has always been harder than the matches, he’s highly competitive and he just wants to get on the pitch and beat his opponent.” Having progressed through Blues’ academy, Anjorin was part of the Under-18s side which won an unprecedented quadruple in 2018, with only the UEFA Youth League alluding him of the major trophies available to young players in England. The Poole-born teenager made his first team bow in late September against Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup while his first Premier League appearance came on Sunday as he stepped off the bench for the closing stages of the 4-0 win over Everton. Though he was overshadowed by the performance of Gilmour, it was clear that Anjorin will not struggle in senior football given his frame, though – like Loftus-Cheek – it has played a role in him picking up more injuries than he would have liked in his early career. He also needs to work on building up both his speed and acceleration when running if he is to take the next step and become a regular first-team footballer at the top level. Whether he makes that step at Chelsea or elsewhere, however, is up in the air somewhat. With the Blues looking to tie down a number of their prodigious young talents, the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have all signed new contracts over the past 12 months. Anjorin, however, has not been able to agree terms, and as such is now just over three months away from entering the final year of his current deal. Talks have been ongoing regarding a renewal for some time, with the Blues having previously been confident pen would be put to paper sooner rather than later. Their interest in Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham, who is being heavily linked with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund, has further slowed matters, and there is some concern another of the club’s brightest prospects may follow in the footsteps of Tariq Lamptey – who joined Brighton in January – and leave. Read Also:Teen star Gilmour vows to keep proving worth at Chelsea Chelsea must now fight to show Anjorin that he is in the right place to further his development, and handing the England youth international more first-team opportunities will likely help. But should they fail to tie him down then there is set to be a long list of suitors for one of the most impressive teenage footballers the Premier League currently has to offer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tino Anjorin is set to sign a five-year extension with Chelsea. Tino Anjorin The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton as a late substitute. And The Sun says Anjorin is poised for a new contract, despite still having remaining on his current deal. The Blues have already locked down youngsters Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Marc Guehi to long-term deals. Anjorin joined the West London club as a six-year-old. Few academies are getting a better showcase this season than Chelsea’s. Whether by choice or forced by the club’s transfer ban, Frank Lampard has turned to numerous homegrown talents in a bid to maintain the Blues’ status among the European elite. The latest to earn their opportunity was Billy Gilmour, whose star turns in midfield against both Liverpool and Everton in front of live television audiences in the UK should ensure that he becomes a household name sooner rather than later. Gilmour, of course, does not have the same history as some of Chelsea’s other young players in terms of his upbringing, with the Scot having been brought to west London from Rangers in 2017. Tino Anjorin joined Chelsea at Under-7s level, and has worked his way through the various age groups to now be on the cusp of earning a regular berth in Lampard’s first-team squad. A physically imposing presence who has been compared to Ruben Loftus-Cheek due to his stature, 18-year-old Anjorin has been the shining light in Chelsea’s youth team this season, contributing 11 goals and six assists thus far. Born to a football-obsessed family of Nigerian heritage, Anjorin was christened Faustino to pay homage to former Newcastle and Colombia forward Faustino Asprilla. It is a tradition that has run through the family, with his younger brother named Zico after the Brazilian legend. His father, Sheriff, has played the lead role in overseeing his development and revealed that he has been overpowering opponents from a very early age. “When he was three-and-a-half, he went and joined in a training session with six-year-olds,” Anjorin senior told Goal. “He was dribbling better and shooting with more power than those older than him. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Balogun wants English football season concluded

first_img Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… Wigan’s Leon Balogun has called for the 2019-20 English League season to be concluded. Brighton defender Leon Balogun (middle) Several leagues across the world are currently on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed thousands of lives. If football in England is cancelled like that of Belgium, the Latics could escape demotion from the Championship because of their current position on the log. Even at that, the defender whose Latics side sits just two places outside the relegation zone doesn’t want the whole season to be scrapped considering the number of matches remaining. “Well, looking at Wigan at the moment, probably everybody would be kind of happy in terms of why we are not getting relegated,” Balogun told Nigerian comedian Funny Bone during a live Instagram chat.Advertisementcenter_img “But at the same time, it’s like I feel like I want to continue because there are still like nine or 10 games to go and it would be wrong to stop it. “On the other hand, it feels super weird. I think some teams and most of the teams would need a little pre-season to get ready for the games. “All of us try to stay in shape but obviously, it’s not the same like you are on the pitch training, I can go out for as many times as possible, but I will never have the same match fitness that I gain from training and playing, you know.” read also:Leon Balogun: My Super Eagles’ recall special In his quest to enjoy more action and reignite his career, the 31-year-old defender completed a loan switch to the DW Stadium outfit on Transfer Deadline Day from Brighton and Hove Albion. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

PMA chief resigns after cadet’s hazing death

first_imgPMA Superintendent Lieutenant Genenral Ronnie Evangelista MANILA – The head of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) has quit from his post following the suspected hazing death of Cadet 4th Class Darwin Dormitorio last week. “In the military tradition of command responsibility, it is now the proper time for me, as the head of this institution, together with the commandant of the Corps of Cadets to relinquish our respective positions,” Evangelista said. “We welcome this development as a right step towards upholding the integrity of the PMA as the country’s premier military institution and recognize the same as a form of genuine delicadeza on the part of Lieutenant General Evangelista,” Panelo said in a statement. “I did not leave my post in the midst of crisis. I faced the problems squarely and we have finished the investigation. As I resign from my post, it is now up to the proper authority to decide on the finality of the case. That for me is the definition of command responsibility,” he added. PMA Superintendent Lieutenant Genenral Ronnie Evangelista on Tuesday announced his resignation, a day after saying that only President Rodrigo Duterte can order him to quit. Aside from Evangelista, also resigning is the commandant of the Corps of Cadets Brigadier General Bartolome Vicente Bacarro.center_img While he awaits orders for his replacement, Evangelista will prepare the separation papers of four senior cadets allegedly responsible for beating up Dormitorio. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo, who earlier asked for Evangelista’s resignation, has commended the latter for his move, which was a “right step” to preserving the integrity of the state’s premier military school. Dormitorio died on Sept. 18 from cardiac arrest secondary to internal injuries due to supposed hazing within the campus. Two other cadets were rushed in different hospital after complaining for abdominal pain. The Palace spokesperson has also assured Dormitorio’s family that there will be “no whitewash” in the ongoing investigation./PNlast_img read more

Antique short film to represent WV in national tilt

first_imgThe voting period for the short filmstarted last Oct. 7 and will end noontime of Oct 22.(With a report from PNA/PN) She called for the support of thepublic as the four-minute, 30 seconds film will compete with entries from otherregions. SAN JOSE, Antique – The movie “Be theChange” of the Antique National School (ANS) students will represent WesternVisayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on theSustainable Consumption category of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). DTI provincial information officerLynna Joy Cardinal said the film, produced by ANS Grade 11 students underadviser Christine Cepeda, won the DTI regional competition last Sept. 23. Lynna Joy Cardinal, information officer of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), says the movie “Be the Change” of the Antique National School students will represent Western Visayas to the national Consumer Welfare Month short film competition on the Sustainable Consumption category of the DTI. ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY/PNA As part of the competition, thestudents and their adviser will face the judges for an interview on Oct. 23 inManila. “The awarding will be held on Oct. 24 at the Philippine InternationalConvention Center in Pasay City,” she added. “The short film deals with the storythat through small things we do like properly disposing our wastes, we cancontribute to the preservation of our environment,” Cardinal said on Friday. Felisa Beriong, officer-in-charge ofthe Department of Education Office of the Schools Division Superintendent inthe province, issued a memorandum last Oct. 14, calling for the support on theshort film. “Fifteen percent of the total score inthe competition will depend on the number of ‘Likes’ of the video from (thesocial media) page so that we are really asking for the support of theconsumers,” Cardinal said.last_img read more

Duterte only suffered muscle spasms, advised to rest – Go

first_img“May mga medisina na dapat… At kailangan po magpahinga ang Pangulo.He was advised to rest. Rest, rest kailangantalaga,” said Go. MANILA –President Rodrigo Duterte was advised by his doctors to take a rest in the nextfew days following his motorcycle accident in the grounds of Malañang lastweek, his former aide Sen. Christopher “Bong” Go said. Go added thatafter undergoing an MRI scan early Wednesday morning, doctors found that thePresident experienced muscle spasms when he complained of back pains . In a Facebook live taken by Go on Tuesday evening, President Duterte said that he felt the pain while getting up from bed to brush his teeth during his shortened Japan visit. “Ako na po ang mag a-assure sa inyo, nothing to worry, purely musclespasms po ‘yun at kailangan lang po niyang pahinga ng ating Pangulo,” he added. Go, however,refused to name the hospital where the President was checked President Rodrigo Duterte is seen clutching on a cane while he is in Japan to join world leaders in witnessing the enthronement ceremony for Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on Tuesday. PCOO “Ang kinabahala namin at first kung tinamaan ang kanyang spine since itwas unbearable pain nga po angnararamdaman niya kahapon. Perosalamat po sa Panginoon at wala naman pong dapat ikabahala at tiningnan talagang doctor habang ginagawa yungMRI,” Go said. Duterte complained of pain in his hips after falling from a motorcycle ride inside the Malacanang Palace last week but insisted that he will continue riding. “Alam mo, about four days ago, sumpemplang ako sa motorcycle. Pag nag mo-motor ka, once or twice sa buhay mo, makatikim ka talaga ng semplang,” President Duterte said. “Lahat ng mga nagmomotor sumesemplang. Kagaya sa akin, ang ano lang, parang hindi ko matiis… ‘Yung sa belt banda, mga three inches medyo masakit talaga,” he added./PNlast_img read more

Congress push back approval of final 2020 budget

first_img Earlier this month, President Duterte urged the Senate and the House to pass the national budget by December to avoid what happen to this year’s budget, which was four months delayed. Lawmakers are pushing back their target date for the approval of the final version of the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 by at least one day after senators asked for more time to review the fiscal plan. “If there were no hitches, the Senate can ratify the bicameral version of the 2020 national budget on Wednesday or even on Tuesday,” Sotto added. MANILA – The Senate and the House of Representatives is about to beat President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadline of submitting the ratified version of the 2020 national budget by December. Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III also said they eye approving the final version of the budget on Wednesday at the latest “if [there are] no hitches.” Senate Finance committee chairman Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara  said Monday that about 90 percent of the conflicting provisions of the two chambers of the Congress in next year’s budget were reconciled. “We are approximately 90 to 95% reconciled with the House,” Angara said. “Sen. [Panfilo] Lacson’s proposals like placing some limits on administrative costs and having the possibility of greater local projects have also been adopted in some form in the budget provisions.”   Duterte was only able to sign the 2019 budget into law in April after the Senate and House took time to transmit the signed enrolled copy of the bill over disagreements on lawmakers’ insertions./PN According to Angara, the Senate and House contingents for the bicameral conference committee on next year’s national budget are about to meet again on Tuesday to iron out the remaining disagreeing provisions.last_img read more

Thai king orders new traffic rules to curb congestion

first_imgA Thai traffic police officer stops vehicles as King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s convoy passes near the Grand Palace, ahead of the King’s coronation, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 2, 2019. REUTERS/SOE ZEYA TUN/FILE PHOTO BANGKOK – Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered police tostop completely blocking roads in Bangkok for royal motorcades, a governmentspokesperson said. Bangkok is one of the most congested major cities in the world, ranking11th on United States-based traffic analytics firm INRIX’s Global TrafficScorecard in 2017.(Reuters) Thai police will instead block off only a part of the roads for themotorcade, said spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on her social media post.  “His Majesty the King is concerned his royal travel or that of theroyal family’s could affect Thai people’s commute,” said a voice-over in avideo that outlines the new rules.last_img read more

Death toll rises to 20 from New Zealand volcano eruption

Survivors of the 47 people, mostlytourists, who were on or near the volcano when it erupted on Dec. 9., are stillbeing treated in hospitals in both countries for severe burns. An aerial view of the Whakaari, also known as White Island volcano, in New Zealand on Dec. 12, 2019. REUTERS/JORGE SILVA The two individuals were HaydenMarshall-Inman of New Zealand and Winona Langford of Australia, police said. WELLINGTON – The death toll rose to 20on Thursday from a volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island last month,as two people still missing were officially confirmed dead. From the official tally of 20 deaths,18 people have died in New Zealand and two in hospitals in Australia. Official inquiries into the eruptionand New Zealand’s response will take up to a year, Prime Minister JacindaArdern said.(Reuters) read more

Espenido in Du30 narco list? Fake news – Palace

first_img“We really do not know the reason. Basta kami kun may order, ga-follow lang kami,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, regionalpolice information officer. It was issued some two weeks afterEspenido described Bacolod City as “shabulized”. The Duterte administration has beengoing after Rappler since last year. It filed 11 cases against the online newssite, its chief executive officer Maria Ressa and its reporters. Rapplerdescribed this as a “clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment…andan attempt to silence journalists.” The Palace spokesperson, however,admitted having no idea about the narco list. But presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said, “Espenido in the narco list? Sinonaglagay doon? Galing pala sa Rappler. ‘Paggaling sa Rappler eh questionable.” Combined photo of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido (left) and Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. He was the police chief of Albuera,Leyte when the town’s then mayor Rolando Espinosa, a detained drug suspect, wasshot dead inside his jail cell in 2016 in a police operation to serve a searchwarrant. “I am saying that if it’s coming fromRappler, which is known for spreading fake news, medyo I will have to confirm whether it is true or not,” saidPanelo. “Hindiko alam kung kasali o hindi but (what) I amtelling you is we have to validate that,” Panelo said. “We will check kung totoo o hindi. Iva-validate natin ang veracity ng report.” Espenido became the face of theDuterte administration’s war against illegal drugs following two operationsthat led to the death of two prominent suspected drug personalities. Citing two police generals as sources,online news website Rappler reported yesterday that Espenido was in thePresident’s narco list.center_img The relief order from the PhilippineNational Police (PNP) national headquarters was dated Feb. 5 yet but wasreceived by the PRO-6 only on Feb. 7. For its part, the Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6) stressed having no knowledge of the reasons behind Espenido’ssudden relief from the BCPO. The order came from the PNP chiefhimself, Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. He reassigned Espenido to hisoffice in Camp Crame on floating status./PN Espenido was pulled out from BacolodCity Friday last week, four months after he was assigned to the BCPO by Dutertehimself. Espenido, aside from being the deputydirector for operations of the BCPO, also headed the Bacolod City DrugEnforcement Unit.  “When we received the relief order, weimmediately informed the BCPO director. The order did not state the reason,”said Malong. “Panayang huli ng pulis…Marami palang drugs,” said Espenido. As police chief in Ozamiz City in2017, Espenido led a series of drug operations that resulted to the death ofMayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 15 others also linked to illegal drugs. MANILA – Malacañang dismissed as “fakenews” the report that Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, former deputydirector for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), was in thedrug watch list of President Rodrigo Duterte.last_img read more

Taste Boracay’s ‘love potion’

first_imgIngredients for “Loveanog” weresourced from the organic farm being maintained by the cooperative here, saidSegovia. Lambanog is a uniquely Filipinodistilled palm liquor made from coconut or nipapalm sap. It is derived from tuba(palm toddy) that has been aged for at least 48 hours. It originates from Luzonand is commonly described as “coconut vodka” due to its clear to milky whitecolor and high alcohol content. In the past year, the BIPC receivedsupport from the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor andEmployment and Philippine Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), among others./PN “The Loveanog has been fermented andmade through the help of a chemist from the University of the Philippines,”Segovia said. Initially, BIPC tried making tuba. “However, after our exploration ofthe product, we decided to use lambanog,” Segovia said.  BIPC has hundreds of women members whoare mostly residents of this resort island. “Loveanog” has three flavors: blueternate infuse, gumamela. “When one drinks it, he or she willfeel chill and have an petite to eat more. The fermented wine has no hangovereffect,” she added. Producing “Loveanog” gave marginalizedBoracay women an alternative source of income, said Segovia. BORACAY – The Boracay Island ProducersCooperative (BIPC) has concocted a beverage that it promotes as a “love potion”potent enough to make women fall in love. Desiree Segovia, BIPC president, saidtheir “Loveanog” is a fermented wine made from coconut and juices of tropicalflowers such as hibiscus and blue ternate.last_img read more

Familiaran: No more home quarantine

first_imgAccording to Familiaran, local authorities can’t be assured if those patients are really observing the proper protocols of home quarantine. There will be a greater chance that a patient may infect other members of the family, he added. BACOLOD City – Home quarantine will no longer be allowed for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive patients in this city.  He said Mayor Evelio Leonardia is set to issue an executive order for this in the coming days. Familiaran added the local government also intends to transfer all close contacts of an infected patient spending quarantine in their homes to isolation facilities in the city. He, however, did not divulge the total number of COVID-19 patients and close contacts undergoing home quarantine.center_img The Department of Health allows patients deemed asymptomatic or with mild symptoms to quarantine at home, provided that they have their own room and bath and are monitored by barangay health workers./PN Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, also the co-chair of IATF-EID, said the dangerous thing about home quarantine is that COVID-19 is contagious. “All positive cases, whether asymptomatic or mild, should be placed in isolation facilities,” Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, who chairs the City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, reiterated. Citing the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus inside the same household, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) recently discouraged home quarantine for mild COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

Cruz Again Visits Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ted Cruz has made multiple trip is a few days to the Hoosier State.Cruz was in Plainfield and Lebanon asking for votes.He also challenged front runner Donald Trump to an Indiana debate.No word on whether Trump will accept.last_img

Oma Kilburn, 92

first_imgOma  Kilburn, 92, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. She was born March 2, 1924 in Jackson, Kentucky, daughter of the late Berry and Susan (Cornett) Gilbert.Oma was a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church.  She was a quilter, liked to cook and garden, and loved her flowers.  She was a past Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, and director of many plays at Ludlow Hill Baptist Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.She is survived by her 2 sons, Michael Eli (Pam) Kilburn of Patriot, IN, Myron Dean (Cheryl) Kilburn of Dillsboro, IN; 2 daughters, Pat (Don) Starker of Dillsboro, IN, Betty (Michael) Johnson of Jasper, IN; 18 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and 12 great great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents, Berry and Susan Gilbert; loving husband, Elihue Kilburn; 8 brothers, Henry, Melvin, Earnest, Elders, Walter, Herbert, Kenis “Junior”, Robert; and 2 sisters, Flossie and a baby sister.Family and friends will be received on Friday, August 26, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Friday, August 26, 2016 at 1 pm, with Pastor Darrell Sparks and Lanny Wyatt officiating.Interment will follow in the Hogan Hill Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Dearborn Baptist Church.Visit us at www.fitchdenney.comlast_img read more

Power Dominates IndyCar GP

first_imgScott Dixon (2nd) congratulates Will Power (1st).Speedway, Ind. — Will Power kept the momentum from yesterday’s pole-winning qualifying time going all day long to win today’s IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The fourth annual event saw zero caution laps and only four lead changes, all between Will Power and Helio Castroneves. The fastest lap of the race was turned by Joseph Newgarden on lap 68 at 126.539 mph. That didn’t help the young American perform as well as his teammates, though. He drove the only Team Penske entry failing to crack the top ten.2017 IndyCar Grand Prix Winner, Will Power.Following Power across the finish line were Scott Dixon, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, bringing three different teams to the podium.  The pair broke up a Penske Party at the front of the pack, with Simon Pagenaud and Helio rounding out the top 5.Having won the GP pole, and the race itself, Power has now won two of the four biggest prizes in the Month of May at Indianapolis. He now sets his sights on the famed two-and-half mile oval and the 101st running of The Indianapolis 500.Ryan Hunter-Reay, 3rd.Scott Dixon, 2nd.Look for more photos from the 2017 IndyCar Grand Prix on the WRBI Facebook page.last_img read more

Celtic Revival

first_imgBrad Stevens, who became a famous coach by taking the Butler Bulldogs to two NCAA finals, is now the head coach of the Boston Celtics.  I was skeptical about whether he could make the transition to the pro ranks because of his mild-mannered appearance as a college coach.  His fierce competitiveness has brought the Celtics back to the forefront; however, his team lost in the Eastern finals to the Cavaliers this year.The Celtics are predicted to dominate the Eastern Conference the next few years because they have many first-round draft picks.  Danny Ainge, their general manager, has made some schrewd trades to stockpile all of these top draft picks.  With Brad Stevens leading the team and a core of young players, they will challenge Cleveland and LeBron James next year.  I am not a pro fan per se, but I am a Brad Stevens backer.last_img read more

August 1, 2017 Police Blotter

first_imgAugust 1, 2017 Police Blotter080117 Batesville police Blotter080117 Decatur County EMS Report080117 Decatur County Fire Report080117 Decatur County Jail Report080117 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

Deal reached in Versailles counterfeiting case

first_imgVersailles, In. — Ripley County Superior Court Judge Jeffery Sharp has sentenced a Versailles man to two-and-a-half years probation in connection with four counts of felony counterfeiting.Court documents indicate Daniel Craig, 32, purchased fake bills at a flea market and tried to color them to make look authentic. Craig then used the $100 bills at Versailles-area businesses before he was charged in the spring of 2017.On October 4 Craig reached a deal with the prosecutor to plead guilty to one charge and three other counts were dropped. He was also given credit for 54 days served.last_img read more

Lady AquaTrojans Win Tri-Meet At Milan

first_imgThe Girl’s Swimming and Diving season is off to a fast start for the EC AquaTrojans.  East Central traveled to Milan to face the Indians and the Raiders from South Ripley.  East Central came away with two wins.  The score was EC 99, Milan 53, South Ripley 18.Individual winners include: Mackenzie Schantz-200 Freestyle, 500 Free; Grace Crane-200 IM, 100 Free; Alexis deLong-100 Butterfly, 100 backstroke.EC won all 3 relays to bring home the victory.Both male and female AquaTrojan teams are in action on November 28 hosting their EIAC rival, Greensburg Pirates at 5:30pm.Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more

Duke Energy supports youth literacy

first_imgThe Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address needs vital to the health of our communities. Annually, the foundation funds approximately $2 million in charitable grants in Indiana. The Foundation’s investment priorities include K-to-career education, environment and community impact.Schools receiving Duke Energy 2018 summer reading program grants include: Plainfield, In. — Again this year, the Duke Energy Foundation is investing approximately $400,000 in Indiana youth statewide to improve literacy, including helping maintain and improve reading levels over the summer.“A child’s ability to read at grade level is one of the strongest indicators of whether that child will succeed in school and in life,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy state president for Indiana. “We are committed to supporting these summer reading programs that can give students the confidence they need to learn and grow.”In addition to school-year programs and reading summits, 18 Indiana schools are receiving grants ranging from approximately $6,000 to more than $25,000 for wide-ranging summer reading initiatives. (List of schools below.) The programs largely target students prior to third grade. Some examples include:Monroe County Community Schools – An immersive summer remedial reading program for struggling readers completing first and second grades. The program will also provide an intensive summer reading camp for identified at-risk children to keep them moving forward in their skills.Kokomo School Corporation – Will establish a four-week literacy camp for first- and second-grade students who are reading below grade level. The targeted students will receive a summer reading bag that includes 10 books and a “think sheet” for each book.Facts on reading and educationAccording to The Literacy Project:20 percent of Americans read below the level needed to earn a living wage50 percent of American adults cannot read a book written at the eighth-grade levelSix out of 10 American households do not buy a single book in an entire year85 percent of juvenile offenders have problems reading Clarksville Community School Corporation                              $16,000Crawford County Community School Corporation                   $19,500Decatur Community Schools                                                    $14,150Eastwood Elementary School                                                  $6,200Foundation of Monroe County Community Schools                 $23,655Greater Clark County Schools                                                 $19,150Hamilton Heights School Corporation                                      $25,257Kokomo School Corporation                                                    $24,722Lafayette School Corporation                                                   $23,824MSD Martinsville Schools                                                        $22,896Milan Community Schools Corporation                                    $19,187MSD of North Posey County                                                    $25,000New Castle Community School Corporation                            $8,205North Knox School Corporation                                               $25,000North Lawrence Community Schools                                       $14,776Salem Community Schools Corporation                                  $18,560South Vermillion Community Schools                                      $25,000Vigo County School Corporation                                              $24,394last_img read more

July 14, 2018 Police Blotter

first_imgJuly 14, 2018 Police Blotter071418 Decatur County Jail Report071418 Decatur County EMS Report071418 Decatur County Fire Report071418 Decatur County Law Report071418 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img

Eagles Middle School CC Results At Rising Sun

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a three-way meet at Rising Sun with Shawe on Thursday (9/13) at the Ohio County Fairgrounds. The JCD girls’ team finished 3rd and the JCD boys’ team finished 2nd in the meet.Sept13@Rising SunCourtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.last_img

Bulldogs Win EIAC Battle Against Spartans

first_imgThe Bulldogs traveled to face the Connersville Spartans in their final conference match winning 1-0. The Dogs were eager to get onto the field and compete for a final win of the season before facing sectionals. Batesville possessed well throughout the first half and did a good job defensively keeping chances down for the opponent. Nate Slavin was there to make the saves needed to keep them scoreless. Just seconds left in the first half JJ Kuisel took a corner kick which deflected out towards the 18 within the scramble of players and then Miles Bowser took a shot low and wide out of the keepers reach. First half ended 1-0 and the second half ended without any additional goals. Batesville wins 1-0. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Preparations underway for Franklin County Bridge #144 work

first_imgBrookville, In. — Officials in Franklin County say the estimated 20-percent city-share of the cost to repair the Fairfield Causeway Bridge will be about $320,000.The total cost of the project will be about $1.6 million. The state will pick up about $1 million and a third party will pay to relocate the waterlines running through the bridge.The bridge was built in 1972 and was determined to be fair to satisfactory following the most recent documented state inspection in October of 2016.last_img read more

32nd Annual Live Nativity at St. Anthony Church this weekend

first_imgMorris, In. — St. Anthony Church in Morris will host the 32nd Annual Live Nativity on Friday and Saturday (December 7, 8) from 5-9pm.The show features a live manger scene, live animals, local church and school choirs performing both indoor and outdoor on both nights.Sweet treats and hot beverages will be served.  All are welcome to this free event.  4773 Church Rd., Morris, INlast_img

Juve midfielder put Man Utd, Everton on alert

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket While Ancelotti is noted to rd appears the likelier scenario, with Juventus’ long-standing interest in Utd talisman Paul Pogba a possible bargaining chip. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently revealed be the driving force behind the Toffees’ approach, a move to Old Trafford thoughts about a potential Pogba-Bruno Fernandes creative axis, yet rumours of a Pogba exit continue to persist in the media. read also:Juventus plot £125m package to re-sign sign Pogba with Ramsey, Rabiot included The Metro article notes that Rabiot – valued at around the £26.5m mark – could feasibly be used as a makeweight in any deal to take Pogba back to the Bianconeri. The sticking point of Rabiot’s £120,000-per-week salary is duly noted in the article, though this would be entirely offset plus interest if Pogba were to move the other way. Meanwhile, Man Utd have joined Chelsea in their efforts to pinch a free agent signing away from Jose Mourinho and Tottenham’s grasp. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Juventus midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, has put Manchester  United and Everton on alert after the latest report stated the Frenchman is ‘open’ to a Premier League move. Rabiot, 25, switched Ligue 1 for Serie A last summer after nine years with Paris Saint-Germain. Despite his undoubted talents, the France international struggled to adapt to the Italian game and has been marginalised to the tune of just 14 starts across all competitions in his debut season in Turin. Man Utd recently registered their interest in the player, with the club reportedly hoping his potential acquisition would allow him to replace an ageing Jose Mourinho signing still with the team. Now, British newspaper the Metro (who cite Italian publication Corriere di Torino) have added fuel to the fire by stating ‘Rabiot would be open’ to a Premier League switch. The Red Devils, as well as Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton, are both name-checked as potential suitors, while Rabiot’s agent and mother, Veronique, is revealed to be ‘sounding out potential options.’Advertisementlast_img read more

Ronaldo: ‘Thank you, Gigi’

first_imgRonaldo has thanked Luigi Simoni for ‘teaching me more than you could ever imagine’ after the former Inter boss passed away on Friday. Promoted Content10 Body Features That Are Extremely Rare But Very RemarkableThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitThe 10 Biggest Historical Mysteries That Can’t Be Solved10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Ronaldo enjoyed the best season of his Inter career under Simoni in 1997-98, scoring 34 goals in all competitions and winning the UEFA Cup. “Gigi Simoni wasn’t just a coach for me,” he wrote on Instagram. “If I think of him today, I think of him as a wise and good man, who didn’t force you to do things. Instead, he explained to you why those things were important.Advertisement Loading… “I think of a teacher, like in this photo we took at Christmas: he was the conductor and we were the orchestra. read also:‘Replacing Ronaldo is impossible, nobody can do it’ “That’s how I remember him, with that smile, his calm voice, his precious advice. We could and should have won more, but we won together, the thing he always preached to us. “Thank you boss, you taught me more than you could ever imagine.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘No solution today’ for Tokyo Olympics as Bach announces re-election bid

first_imgBach also came under fire for reinstating the Russian National Olympic Committee after the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics despite failed drugs tests there.He is credited, however, with having put in place the Olympic Agenda 2020, reforms aimed at cutting costs and streamlining bidding processes to better attract potential host cities.But the German lawyer and businessman could well have his biggest challenge ahead of him, in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, with Beijing scheduled to host the 2022 Winter Olympics just six months after the proposed Tokyo Games.The IOC Session also saw Sebastian Coe, the head of World Athletics, voted in as an IOC member after being turned down several times.Coe, the two-time Olympic 1,500 metres champion for Britain who became head of track and field’s world governing body in 2015, was blocked from membership as recently as December over a conflict of interest.But Coe changed his role at the marketing company he is currently running as managing director to a passive position, thus paving the way to IOC membership.Coe’s belated entry into the IOC club is significant because he has been mentioned as a potential future president of the Olympic movement.“Thank you to all of you who voted for our sport, our federation today,” said Coe. Bach said the scenario of holding the Games without spectators was one that had been examined, although he stressed that he was opposed to the idea. “It’s one of the scenarios we have to look in to because the debate has to do with travel restrictions and quarantine. “It’s too early to tell (if there will be no spectators). It’s not what we want. We want stadia full of enthusiastic fans.” Tokyo 2020 organisers said Friday they had secured all the venues needed to hold the Olympics next summer, clearing a major hurdle to hosting the event. They added that refunds for ticketholders unable to attend the rescheduled games will begin in late 2020. – Influential – Bach was elected an IOC member at the age of 37 and went on to play a series of influential roles within the organisation before being elected its ninth president. Under his reign as IOC chief, Bach has had to grapple with several political challenges, and has notably overseen the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2016 Rio Summer Games, both perceived as the most troublesome in recent years. He has also been a key player in the ongoing Russian doping saga, although the IOC came in for criticism from some quarters for not issuing Moscow with a blanket ban over its state-sponsored doping system. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Loading… Read Also: Lampard cautions Chelsea stars to forget revenge talk against Man Utd“I look forward, our whole sport looks forward, to working even more closely with all of you in reforming and building all sports because at this time, of all times, the need for community in elite sport to thrive and flourish is probably never more important.”As Coe signed his IOC oath, Bach let slip a telling greeting: “Finally, welcome!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Thomas Bach said Friday he will stand in 2021 for a second term as president of the International Olympic Committee, admitting however there is “no solution today” to the challenges posed by coronavirus to the postponed Tokyo Games. The 66-year-old German was elected for an eight-year term as Olympic chief in September 2013, taking over from Belgian Jacques Rogge. Bach will be eligible for a second and final four-year term. Speaking at an IOC Session held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bach said: “If you, the IOC members, want, I am ready to run for a second term as IOC president and to continue to serve you and this Olympic movement we all love so much for another four years.” The IOC presidential elections are slated to take place in Athens in June 2021. Bach, who won gold for West Germany in the foil fencing team event at the 1976 Olympics, claimed a large number of IOC members had recently approached him asking if he would seek re-election. “I am grateful and deeply touched by the many words of encouragement and confidence,” Bach said. Turning to the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed in March until July 2021, Bach expressed hope that they could be “a unique milestone for the entire world”. “They will be the first worldwide gathering after coronavirus.” But Bach warned that the unprecedented health situation meant multiple scenarios were being considered in planning the format for Tokyo. “There is no solution today, it is too much (to be) expected,” he said. Thomas Bach said he wanted Olympic venues like the National Stadium in Tokyo to be full of spectatorslast_img read more

Messi sees no future at Barcelona

first_imgLionel Messi has reportedly told new boss Ronald Koeman that he does not see his future at Barcelona. Catalan radio RAC1 claims Messi dropped the bombshell during crunch talks with Koeman just one day after the Dutchman’s arrival. Messi apparently ended his summer holiday early for the heart-to-heart on Thursday. And the legendary forward added that he sees himself more “out of the club than in it.” Messi has long thought to be unhappy at Barcelona following turmoil on and off the pitch. Their meek surrender of LaLiga to Real Madrid coupled with an embarrassing Champions League exit against Bayern Munich saw both boss Quique Setien and director of football Eric Abidal axed.Advertisement Loading… Messi has just one year left on his Catalan contract. And even though Barca president Josep Bartomeu said on Tuesday that he will be staying put, Messi is thought to be giving serious consideration to leaving. Manchester City are reportedly interested as Pep Guardiola ponders a stunning Premier League reunion. read also:Bayern star Davis: I wanted Messi’s shirt but he was a little upset But Europa League finalists Inter Milan are the favourites to sign Messi should he leave. It’s no secret that Barcelona are keen on Lautaro Martinez and could be tempted to do a deal following Messi’s reported revelation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

No Juventus switch for Barcelona striker

first_img Loading… Luis Suarez will not be joining Juventus this summer, despite having been closely linked with the club for the past month, reports from Spain suggest.The 33-year-old was reportedly an option for the Bianconeri following the termination of Gonzalo Higuain’s contract and his subsequent move to Inter Miami.Speaking earlier today, Barcelona sporting director Ramon Planes seemed to suggest that Suarez was expected to leave the Blaugrana as the club were in the process of signing a new striker.RAC1 journalist Gerard Romero now writes (see below) that Suarez has effectively ruled out a move to Turin, largely due to issues over his passport. Read Also: Barca star faces fitness race ahead of new seasonAccording to Romero, Suarez cannot obtain dual nationality in time to participate in the group stages of the new seasons Champions League fixtures.Despite this, Suarez has options from other clubs and is still looking to leave Barcelona this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Interesting Facts About GoT Star Maisie WilliamsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Barcelona, Suarez part ways, nears Atletico switch

first_img The Juventus option has faded away but  the Uruguayan could even stay in La Liga Santander as Atletico Madrid are on the verge of completing a two-year deal, with Diego Simeone determined to secure his long term target. Alvaro Morata is close to leaving the club for Juventus on a season long loan deal worth €10m. Loading… Luis Suarez has reached an agreement with Barcelona to leave the club this summer, but the Uruguayan is on the verge of completing a switch to Atletico Madrid. The former Liverpool forward departs one year before the expiry of his contract and is renouncing part of the salary that was still due to him. This is according to RAC1, who are reporting that Luis Suarez is now a free agent and studying the offers he has on the table. His departure should be made official before long.Advertisement Read Also: Koeman tracks Ajax star as his first Barca signing In the immediate future, Ronaldo Koeman didn’t want Suarez in this 2020/21 squad and now Barcelona will save part of the striker’s wages, although they won’t be able to bring in a transfer fee. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffeelast_img read more

Gustin tops Modified main, Embrey gets 100th win at Hamilton County Speedway’s Hubbard Memorial

first_imgBy Ryan BergesonWEBSTER CITY, Iowa (Sept. 28) – Richie Gustin took home the biggest check while Randy Embrey reached a big career win mark Saturday at Hamilton County Speedway’s inaugural Dave Hubbard Me­morial. Gustin capitalized on his pole start and led all 20 laps of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event, earning $1,500 for his efforts. Ryan Ruter raced to second from the ninth starting posi­tion but could not reel in Gustin.Tyler Droste raced to a third place finish from the sixth row and Jason Murray finished fourth from the fifth row. Gustin was already on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Charging to the front of the field from his fifth row start, Embrey won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career, earning $750. David Rieks, Bill Bonnett and John Watson finished out the top four. Continuing his torrid September, Carter VanDenBerg added the $1,000 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers to his resume. Matt Lettow and VanDenBerg battled up front for several laps before VanDenBerg got the upper hand. Curtis Van Der Wal cruised to the second position but could not reel in the leader. Vanden­berg pocketed the winning prize followed by Van Der Wal, Brett Lowry and Matt Hoeft. Merv Chandler powered to the front of the field in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. He domi­nated a 13-car field and was first to the $200 checkered flag, followed by John Whalen, Joseph DeBoer and Nate Evans. In all, 184 drivers packed the pits at Hamilton County for the final night of racing this season and thanks to numerous and generous donations from sponsors, the purse for the event totaled nearly $40,000. Former speedway regular Dave Hubbard, who died last spring, was remembered. Todd Cooney’s IMCA Late Model featured a paint scheme to honor “Racer 5.” The door skins, quarter panels and roof were auctioned off during intermission and all proceeds went to the Hubbard family. Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Ryan Ruter; 3. Tyler Droste; 4. Jacob Murray; 5. Mark Elliott; 6. Cayden Carter; 7. Ronn Lauritzen; 8. Greg Elliott; 9. Randy Havlik; 10. Levi Nielsen; 11. Scott Hogan; 12. Dakota Hayden; 13. Scott Williams; 14. Mark Schulte; 15. David Brown; 16. Bill Davis Jr.; 17. Russ Dickerson; 18. Shane Monson; 19. Devin Havlik; 20. Jim Cole; 21. Jeff Waterman; 22. Jimmy Gustin; 23. Scott Olson; 24. Zach Less. Hobby Stocks – 1. Randy Embrey; 2. David Rieks; 3. Bill Bonnett; 4. John Watson; 5. Austin Wolfgram; 6. Ty Griffith; 7. Craig Graham; 8. Cody Nielsen; 9. Mike Hughes; 10. Matt Mundt; 11. August Bach; 12. Jeremy Morriss; 13. Cory Roe; 14. Dustin Tapp; 15. Nate Bonin; 16. Matt White; 17. T.J. Mortenson; 18. Andrew Burg; 19. Seth Janssen; 20. Ruben Stanbrough; 21. Shaun Wirtz; 22. Adam Strunk; 23. Myles Michehl; 24. Jacob Keiser.Northern SportMods – 1. Carter VanDenBerg; 2. Curtis Van Der Wal; 3. Brett Lowry; 4. Matt Hoeft; 5. Matt Lettow; 6. Jared VanDeest; 7. Bob Sutherland; 8. Jeremy Embrey; 9. Sam Wieben; 10. Nick West; 11. Nate Hughes; 12. Duane Van Deest; 13. Tony Johnson; 14. Bill Hildreth; 15. Coty Albers; 16. Paul Price; 17. Tim Judd; 18. Taylor Musselman; 19. Nick Roberts; 20. Johna­than Logue; 21. Nick Meyer; 22. Brad Iverson; 23. Brandon Leeman; 24. Jerid Ratzke. Sport Compacts – 1. Merv Chandler; 2. John Whalen; 3. Joseph DeBoer; 4. Nate Evans; 5. Duane Ferguson; 6. Adam Strunk; 7. Dustin Haggard; 8. Tommy Beekman; 9. Adam Gates; 10. Kalan Guthrie; 11. Mike Nehring; 12. Cody Cleghorn; 13. Stephanie Nielson.last_img read more

Marriott dominant in Dakota Tour IMCA Modified win at Williston

first_imgWILLISTON, N.D. (July 12) – Another big Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified event ended with Hunter Marriott holding the big check.Marriott led all 25 laps of Tuesday’s Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour main event at Williston Basin Speedway and earned $2,200. He pulled away from the rest of the pack following the initial start and again after the only caution of the contest, on lap 10.Lucas Schott was a distant second while 2014 tour champion Jeff Taylor used multiple lines in racing from 10th starting to third.Jason Grimes started 17th and finished fourth; rounding out the top five was Jason Wolla.Marriott was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Seventy-four Modified drivers from a dozen states and Canada were entered at Williston. Eight states and Saskatchewan were represented in the main event.Joren Boyce, a former Modified tour champion, passed Matt Speckman on the fourth circuit and led to the end of the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Three cautions slowed the early going but the race stayed green the last 17 laps. Boyce beat Speckman across the stripe by a car length. Andrew Altenburg was third.Features at Williston were the first held in the 27th annual tour, following rainouts at Jamestown Speedway, Nodak Speedway and Estevan Motor Speedway.The tour is at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson on Wednesday, July 13. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps follow the 6:30 p.m. drivers’ meeting and racing starts at 7 p.m.Dacotah Speedway at Mandan hosts both the Thursday, July 14 tour date and the Friday, July 15 $10,001 to win Legendary special for IMCA Modifieds.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 3. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 4. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 5. Jason Wolla, Ray; 6. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; 7. Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; 8. Tom Berry Jr., Boone, Iowa; 9. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 10. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 11. Tyson Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 12. Troy Heupel, Williston; 13. Chris Schroeder, Williston; 14. Travis Hagen, Williston; 15. Kyle Brown, State Center, Iowa; 16. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 17. David Brown, Kellogg, Iowa; 18. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 19. Mike Hansen, Dickinson; 20. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa; 21. Josh Wolla, Minot; 22. Chris Bragg, Springtown, Texas; 23. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 24. Mike Hagen, Williston; 25. John Flory, Williston; 26. Jamall Wold, Arnegard; 27. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt, Iowa; 28. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 29. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa.Heat winners were Hank Berry, Schott, Hatlestad, Bragg, Alvarado, Marriott, Jason Wolla and Tom Berry Jr.1st “B” feature (top five) – 1. Schroeder; 2. Laney; 3. Grimes; 4. Ruter; 5. David Brown. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Taylor; 2. Heupel; 3. Josh Wolla; 4. Hagen; 5. Wold. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Dotson; 2. Turnbull; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Mari; 5. Pfeifer. 4th “B” feature – 1. Thornton; 2. Hansen; 3. Hagen; 4. Scholpp; 5. Flory.Provisional – Noteboom.Stock Cars – 1. Joren Boyce, Minot; 2. Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; 3. Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; 4. Chris Hortness, Estevan, Sask.; 5. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 6. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 7. Chris Ellis, Stanley; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston; 9. Jake Nelson, Williston; 10. Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; 11. Joe Flory, Williston; 12. Rob Stenvold, Minot; 13. Brock Beeter, Minot; 14. Bill Jones, Lignite; 15. Jordan Durward, Grand Forks; 16. Dave Swallers, Williston; 17. Michael Vennes, Minot; 18. Derrick Linghor, Williston; 19. Mike Gotch, Regina, Sask.; 20. Scott Yale, Minot; 21. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 22. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 23. Tim Sorenson, Williston; 24. Blaine Durward, Trenton.Heat winners were Boyce, Altenburg, Hortness and Speckman. “B” feature winners were Zevenbergen and Dalton Flory.last_img read more

Thursday Order of Events

first_imgTRACK PREP 5 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) MODIFIED “A2” (25 laps) TRACK PREP 2 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps) 4 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps) LATE MODEL DASH FOR CASH (10 laps) TRACK PREP LATE MODEL DASH FOR CASH (10 laps) LATE MODEL HOT LAPS 2 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps) STOCK CAR “A1” (25 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP(Wednesday Modified Top 8 Qualifiers to Fan Zone) TRACK PREP (Wednesday Stock Car Top 8 Qualifiers in Fan Zone) 2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps) TRACK PREP 2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps) MODIFIED “A1” (25 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Wednesday Stock Car Top 8 Qualifiers in Fan Zone) TRACK PREP (Casey’s Late Model redraw in Fan Zone) STOCK CAR “A2” (25 laps) TRACK PREP 5 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) 4 – MODIFIED B’s (8 laps),LATE MODEL HOT LAPS LATE MODEL “A” (50 laps) TRACK PREP 4 – LATE MODEL HEATS (10 laps) 2 – LATE MODEL B’s (12 laps) 5 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP(Wednesday Modified Top 8 Qualifiers to Fan Zone) TRACK PREP 2 – LATE MODEL B’s (12 laps) 2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps) 2 – STOCK CAR B’s (8 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps) STOCK CAR “A2” (25 laps) 10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) STOCK CAR “A1” (25 laps) TRACK PREP MODIFIED “A1” (25 laps) TRACK PREP TRACK PREP 10 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) 4 – LATE MODEL HEATS (10 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Casey’s Late Model redraw in Fan Zone) 5 – STOCK CAR HEATS (8 laps) LATE MODEL “A” (50 laps) MODIFIED “A2” (25 laps) 10 – MODIFIED HEATS (8 laps)last_img read more

Season championship chase begins Friday at U.S. 36

first_imgPit gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the grandstand gates opening at 6 p.m. Hot laps begin at 7:30 p.m. and racing will start at 8 p.m. Four sanctioned divisions will begin championship battles. Opening night will feature the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.  OSBORN, Mo. – US 36 Raceway is set to open the season this Friday, April 5 with the start of the season championship chase.  U.S. 36 has used the offseason to make numerous improvements to the race track. This season U.S. 36 will use transponders to score each race, while also making live timing and scoring available to race fans and crews via the MyRacePass app. Follow US 36 Raceway on social media @US36raceway on Twitter, @us36raceway on Instagram and like us in Facebook at US 36 Raceway Dirt Track. US 36 Raceway can be found online at http://www.us36racewaydirttrack.com/ for news, results, points, tickets and more. Pit passes for the event are $35. General admission is $15, senior and military is $12, children 7-12 are $5 and children six years old and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased online through MyRacePass at https://market.myracepass.com/store/tickets/?store=17636.  US 36 Raceway is located at 9850 MO-33, Osborn, Mo.last_img read more

IMCA Modified, Hobby, Northern SportMod rookies vie for Friesen Performance crates

first_imgRookie competitors in each of those divisions must display two Friesen Performance decals on their race car to be eligible. Engine awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in No­vember. The Sutton, Neb., dealership again gives a 604 crate engine to the na­tional Modified rookie of the year and 602 crate engines to both national Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod rookies of the year. 2019 crate engine recipients were John Oliver Jr., Modified; Kaden Reynolds, Hobby Stock; and Cade Richards, Northern SportMod. “The Friesen Performance program has become a staple with our first-year drivers, and one that has been a primary incentive for drivers to move up and challenge themselves in a new division,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The satisfaction of presenting these engines at our national banquet is very rewarding.” More information is available by calling 402 630-4894 or by visiting the Friesen Performance Face­book page at https://www.facebook.com/Friesencratenation/.center_img SUTTON, Neb. – Friesen Performance continues one of IMCA’s most popular award programs for first-year drivers, giving crate engines to top rookies in three divisions for a seventh consecu­tive season.  “It has been really fun getting to work with a few of the recipients of this fantastic award,” said Chad Smith. “They have come in to do some dyno testing and tuning on the actual engine they won. It is very rewarding to see the appreciation they have for it and their desire to continue to get better. “  Friesen sells and ships GM crate engines to IMCA customers across the country and is an author­ized crate engine repair facility for IMCA. Along with selling and servicing new and pre-owned vehicles, Friesen has one of the largest parts departments in the country and specializes in power train, discontinued parts and all Chevrolet Performance parts.last_img read more

James H. Jasper

first_imgJames Harmon Jasper, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday February 24, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born September 9, 1937 in Somerset, KY, son of the late Edward Jasper and Ada (Cook) Jasper. James served with the Kentucky National Guard.James worked as head of maintenance with Cooks Screen with over 42 years of service.He enjoyed yard work, gardening, camping and horse shoes. James loved to hunt and fish, but his favorite thing was playing with his grandkids.James is survived by his loving spouse of 60 years, Imogene Jasper (Adams), daughters, Brenda (Mack) Johnson of Aurora, IN, Charlotte (Ron) Gascon of Milan, IN, Diana (Tony) Womack of Moores Hill, IN, Bonnie (Mark) Pennington of Moores Hill, IN; three siblings, Ron (Brenda) Jasper of Attica, IN, Don (Peggy) Jasper of Attica, IN, Barbara Shelley of Waynesburg, KY.; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great, great-grandchild; .He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Ada; siblings, George, Roy, Paul & Jessie Jasper, and Dorothy McKinnley.Friends will be received Thursday, February 28, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Hogan Township Fire Department. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Morris Volunteer Firemen’s Breakfast

first_imgMorris, In. —The Morris Volunteer Firemen’s Breakfast will be held Sunday, March 10 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in Schad Hall. Free will donations will be used to purchase equipment for the department.last_img

Area Baseball Sectional Scores (5-22)

first_imgArea Baseball Sectional ScoresWednesday  (5-22)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ Jac-Cen-Del.Oldenburg  8     Jac-Cen-Del  2Hauser  7     North Decatur  5Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South Ripley.Austin  8     Switzerland County  2Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South Dearborn.Greensburg  8     Lawrenceburg  5Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ East Central.Bloomington South  1     Bloomington North 0Columbus East  1     Shelbyville  0last_img

Lady Cardinals Sweep Lady Mohawks

first_imgThe 7th Grade Lady Cardinal defeated the Waldron Mohawk in 2 exciting sets. 25-24, 25-24. The Cardinals came out strong with 5 strong serves from Rachel Suttmann. After that, the Cardinals had to work hard on the court to push this first set to the end. The second set started off slow until Jaelyn Owens served 6 straight points. The girls covered the court well to stay close with the Mohawks to pull out the win. Rachel Suttmann led the team with 10 points followed by Jaelyn Owens 8 points, Ashley Hunter 3 points, Cora Roth 2 points and Kalli Obermeyer 1 point. Sophia Hohenstein played the net solid with several tips. Lucy Abplanalp and Cora Roth both had a kill to lead the offense. The St. Louis 8th Grade Volleyball team topped the 8th grade Waldron Mohawks 25-18, 25-14. The Cardinals started off slow in the first set falling behind 6 points quickly. The Cards kept their composure to battle back 1 point at a time. Once they battle back to the top in the first set, the girls stayed on top even through the second set. Lilly Schebler led the team with 10 points. Kate Weber contributed 8 points, Isabelle Wonnell 6 points, Catherine Streator 5 points, Rhea Miller 3 points and Ella Moster and Claire Saner 1 point each. The back row defense by Ingrid Tuveson, Maggie Beiser and Ava Owens passed the ball well to help set up the offense. Catherine Streator commanded the net with 8 hits, Isabelle Wonnell 7 hits and Kate Weber 6 hits.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jennifer Meer.last_img read more

Lady Pirates Come Up Short Against Lady Spartans

first_imgLady Pirates fall to Connersville in the last conference game, 2-1.With 18 minutes of determination from both teams, Greensburg was first to score. Emily Rosales had a long shot right at the 18 mark that found the Spartans keeper way out of the goal. The Spartans did not wait long to respond. After the next six minutes of play, Connersville would be on top 2-1. The second half would be a hard-fought battle to see who could claim the next point. The Lady Pirates rallied in the final minutes and another long shot from Rasales would put hope in the air but the ball did not settle in the net leaving the final score was 2-1 with the Spartans claiming the victory.Greensburg keeper Ella Lowe had another impressive performance. Lowe saw 20 shots and managed to keep all but 2 off the scoreboard. Alaina Nobbe also managed to have two saves on goal to help the cause.This brings the Lady Pirates record to 1-10-3. Their next competition is Saturday (10/5) at Triton Central. Next week the Lady Pirates host sectionals. The draw sets up a competition between the Greensburg and Indianapolis Shortridge. They meet on the second day of sectional action at 7 p.m. on Thursday (10/10).Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.last_img read more

Stanley W. Shaw, 81

first_imgStanley W. Shaw, 81 of Greensburg, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at Majestic Care Nursing Home in North Vernon. Stanley was born on June 12, 1938 in Barren County, Kentucky, the son of Morris and Evelyn (Barrick) Shaw. He graduated from Glasgow High School in Kentucky in 1957 and then served in the US Army until 1962. After his time in the military he went to Kentucky Wesleyan College and later Emory University in Atlanta where he obtained a degree in Religion and Philosophy in 1966. On July 13, 1968 he married Marillyn R. Willeford and she survives.Other survivors include his sister – Brenda (Lonnie) Jaggers of Glasgow, KY; his sister-in-law – Donna Shaw; two nieces – Sherry Bishop and Dena Hall and his nephew – Mike Shaw. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Timothy Shaw and two brothers Billie Ray Shaw and Clifton Shaw.Stanley was the pastor of the Letts United Methodist Church for 19 years.Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, October 28, 2019 at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home from 10am until the start of the funeral service at 11am with Rev. Chris Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Decatur County Special Olympics. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill helps launch Jail Chemical Addiction Program to serve Scott County

first_imgScottsburg, IN—Joined by local officials, Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Wednesday that Scott County in southern Indiana will receive a $60,000 grant from the Indiana Drug Enforcement Association for the purpose of starting a Jail Chemical Addiction Program (JCAP). The award is made possible through seed funding from the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, which also helps administer the grant process.Through JCAPs, inmates with substance abuse issues are enrolled into quality long-term treatment programs that begin during incarceration and continue upon the inmates’ release.last_img read more

Batesville reminds residents of what not to flush

first_imgBATESVILLE — The City of Batesville is reminding residents of what not to flush during the COVID-19 crisis. Items such as napkins, paper towels, facial tissues, baby wipes, diapers, gauze/band aids and feminine hygiene products should be disposed of in a waste basket. “These non-flushable products could cause clogs, backups, pipe damage, in toilets and septic systems. The cost to repair these damages are the homeowners responsibility,” according to the flyer. Residents who want more information should call the Batesville Wastewater Treatment Plant at (812) 934-5338.last_img read more

Franklin County 4-H auction raises over $51,000

first_imgBrookville, IN —The add-ons for the 2020 Franklin County 4-H online premium livestock auction raised an additional $37,275 for its 4-H Livestock members. This brings the unofficial total to $51,714 on 112 lots according to Franklin County Purdue Extension office.last_img

Injured Pogba replaced by Arsenal’s Guendouzi in France squad

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Midfielder Paul Pogba was replaced by Matteo Guendouzi in the France squad to face Albania and Andorra in Euro 2020 Group H qualifiers after picking up an ankle injury. The disclosure was made on Monday by the French Federation Federation. The Manchester United player’s absence earns Arsenal’s 20-year-old Guendouzi his first call-up by coach Didier Deschamps. World champions France host Albania on Saturday and Andorra three days later.| Les Bleus are top of Group H with nine points from four games.Tags: Albaniadidier deschampsManchester UnitedMatteo GuendouziPaul Pogbalast_img read more

Joshua spars with two fighters for rematch

first_imgRelatedPostsNo Content Available Anthony Joshua is sparring with two fighters in his training camp to replicate the strengths of Andy Ruiz Jr ahead of the rematch.Anthony Joshua lost his IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in June and the British boxer is now preparing to take on the Mexican-American in a rematch on December 7.Ruiz produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing when he knocked down Joshua four times during the fight, before stopping the Brit in the seventh round.The Mexican-American’s speed and punch volume overwhelmed Joshua and as part of his preparations for the rematch, the Brit has brought in two fighters to replicate the strengths of Ruiz during his training sessions.As reported by talkSPORT, Joshua has recruited the help of Timothy Moten.The American is currently undefeated with two KOs from his five wins.And Joshua’s camp hopes he will benefit from sparring with the short and stocky boxing style the American has.They have also brought in Albon Pervizaj, who they hope can replicate the devastating hand speed Ruiz displayed at Madison Square Gardens.Pervizaj, who is 12-0, with nine KOs, is a young German heavyweight and Joshua hopes he can use the sparring with the two fighters to help him create a better plan come fight night.Joshua is now undertaking a 12-week long training camp to focus on preparing himself for the career-defining bout against Ruiz.The rematch will take place in Saudi Arabia in December in a purpose-built venue.The Diriyah Arena, which will be a three-sided venue, is expected to have a capacity of 15,000.And Joshua has admitted he will also be changing his approach for the fight and will no longer be trying to stay relaxed before a bout.“I need to start taking this approach to my fights where I’m a bit more lively,” said Joshua. “I know I’m capable of it.“There is too much at stake. If I go in there where I’m switched on, a time like the Ruiz fight where I am so relaxed, that might be the difference.”While Ruiz has declared he will be going into the clash looking to end Joshua’s career.“I took it to AJ in the Big Apple,” said Ruiz. “And I’m looking forward to ending his career in the desert.” Tags: Timothy Motenlast_img read more

Solskjaer thumps up ‘natural striker’ Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised January signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo after Manchester United eased through to the last 16 of the Europa League. United dismissed Belgian opponents Club Brugge 5-0 at Old Trafford to win 6-1 on aggregate. Fernandes pulled the strings in the first half, scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot after a spectacular handball from defender Simon Deli, who was sent off. The Portuguese then played a crucial role in the second for Ighalo before Scott McTominay, making a welcome return to the starting line-up after injury, grabbed a third before half-time. Two late goals from Fred emphasised United’s superiority, and Solskjaer was understandably buoyant as he reflected on the performance. “I’m very happy tonight. Obviously we’re in a moment now that we rotate a bit, players are getting games, but, when you score goals and play like this, you’re going to get more confidence,” the Norwegian said. “It was brilliant to see the start  of the game, I thought they had the right intent, created loads of chances, and, when they go down to 10 men, of course the game was more or less over.” Fernandes has had a huge impact since his move from Sporting Lisbon, while Ighalo was given a first start since his surprise loan signing from Shanghai Shenhua and responded with a strong display. “Bruno coming in obviously makes a big, big difference,” said Solskjaer. “You can see he’s got a hand in all the three first goals. What a pass, what a goal Odion’s goal was. “I’m very happy with the contribution of Odion as well up front, doing what he does. He’s a target man, we can play up to him, he’ll hold it, he’s got Juan [Mata] and Bruno next to him and you’ve got runners then. “I think as a fellow striker I know how important that first goal is. He’s been close a couple of times, you can see he sniffs goals. He wants to be there where it sometimes hurts. That goal, he’s sharp in his head. That’s a natural striker.”— Tags: Bruno FernandesClub BruggeManchester UnitedNatural strikerOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolskjaerScott McTominaylast_img read more

Bayern Munich praise Messi ahead of tricky UEFA Champions League duel

first_imgBayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has expressed his big admiration for FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi ahead of their 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League duel.The Argentina captain is playing against the Bavarians in a match which could however condemn the Catalans to a season without titles. The sides meet in a one-legged quarter-final on Friday.“I have a lot of respect for this player. He has something that possibly no one else on this planet has. He can decide a game on his own,” Rummenigge told reporters.The former German captain added: “He’s a player that you have to watch closely and from whom you also have to take some of the fun out of the game.“He’s a player who wants to have fun with football. If you take a little of that fun away from him by trying to take him out of the game tactically, then there is a good chance for Bayern Munich.”Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona have each won the elite event five times. They are the only ex-champions in the eight-team field for the Lisbon mini-tournament, which was to open later Wednesday and runs until August 23.Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka said the only way to stop Messi is “collectively.”“Everyone knows what a gifted footballer he is. He is capable of finding many solutions also in tight situations. We will have to fight back as a team,” Goretzka said.“Whether you can actually take away his fun in the game, I don’t know.”Messi has not much fun this season as Barca had to settle for second in the league behind arch rivals Real Madrid and they also did not make it to the Spanish Cup final. “Everything has been bad since January,” Messi said, adding that Barca had been “an inconsistent, bad team.”Barca appear more dependent on the now 33-year-old than ever before, as shown in the 3-1 last 16 win over Napoli where he scored one goal and set up another.Neither Ernesto Valverde and his successor Quique Setien have been accepted as a leading coach by the club’s stars.There is also unrest at the top of the club around the upcoming presidential elections.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Expensive signings over recent years such as Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho have struggled, and Antoine Griezmann is also yet to show his full potential at Barca.That leaves only Messi, who has been at the centre of transfer gossip that he could leave for Inter Milan next year.He now wants to win the event he has scored 115 goals in for the fifth time.“Anything is possible with this Messi,” a sports newspaper said.dpa/NAN.Tags: Bayern MunichFC BarcelonaKarl-Heinz RummeniggeLionel MessiUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Mancini: Owners unhappy at title defence

first_img Press Association Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini accepts the club’s owners are not happy with the champions’ faltering Barclays Premier League title defence. The Italian went on: “After you lose you can’t be happy for 24 hours but after that you need to think about the future. We have a good relationship. At this moment they aren’t happy because when you lose you can’t be happy but I think they are happy with our job over the three years.” Mancini reacted angrily to his side’s performance at Southampton and was heavily critical of the players. He now expects a reaction as Leeds visit. He said: “I think that the players know they didn’t do their job at Southampton and sometimes it is important they take the responsibility. I think that we have some players that can do better than this year but I am sure I have a good team and at the end of it we will win something. “It will be different because it’s the FA Cup but it won’t change for us because results are always important and there is always pressure. The players will respond, I’m sure about this.” As for the title race, Mancini claims it is not in his nature to concede defeat. He believes that if the deficit can be cut before City travel to Old Trafford on April 8, further league success remains possible. Mancini said: “I think that is a difficult moment because we lost seven points in three games but in football sometimes it is strange. When you think it is finished, three or four games can change everything. While we have the points available to win, we should believe in ourselves. “We play the derby in April and from now until then we have six games and we need to look at what happens in the next six games. If we reduce the gap before the derby… but it’s not important to look at the table. It’s important to win, win, win.” center_img But the Italian does not fear for his job and expects his players to respond to last weekend’s damaging loss at Southampton and keep fighting to retain the crown. Rivals Manchester United now lead City by 12 points at the top of the table and, with just 12 games remaining, the FA Cup appears to be Mancini’s most realistic route to silverware. But Mancini, who regularly speaks to chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, feels he and the club’s hierarchy are looking forward confidently. The 48-year-old said: “I speak with Khaldoon every week. He is like me. When we lose he has my mentality, he is upset and disappointed but this is normal and it’s correct in football.” last_img read more

Lambert heaps praise on Benteke

first_img Press Association Benteke, an £8million summer signing from Genk, chalked up his 16th goal of the campaign during the weekend win at Reading to lift Villa out of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. The last Villa player to reach the 20-goal mark was Juan Pablo Angel during the 2003-04 season and Benteke has nine games remaining in which to reach that milestone. Lambert said: “If he gets 20 goals, then he’s doing something good for us. The big guy, over the course of the whole season, has been excellent for someone just 22 years of age.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hailed the impact of striker Christian Benteke, who is bidding to become the first player in nearly a decade to score 20 goals in a season for the club.center_img He added: “I don’t need to say much to Christian. He is a young guy still learning but his performances have been exceptional. He has been massive to us and also scores goals for a very talented Belgium side. “For his age, he has played so many big games already, internationals, and it looks like Belgium will qualify for the World Cup. The lad knows big-time football but whatever you can do to help him, then you will speak to him.” If successful, Benteke would become only the eighth Villa player since their First Division title winning season in 1980-81 to reach the 20-goal mark. Peter Withe achieved it three times in four seasons between 1980 and 1984 and strike partner Gary Shaw managed the same feat twice in the same period. Simon Stainrod (1985-86) and Alan McInally (1988-89) were followed by two players who twice struck 20 goals in former England skipper David Platt (1989-90, 1990-91) and Dwight Yorke (1995-96, 1996-97). Colombian international Angel clocked up 23 goals during 2003-04. Another Villa striker in record-signing Darren Bent is stepping up his attempts to return to fitness after an ankle problem. Lambert said: “Darren is doing all right but is not quite ready. He is doing a bit of running which is better than he has been for the last few weeks. We will see how he is this week with his rehab.” last_img read more

Dejagah ruled out for season

first_img Jol is waiting to discover whether Cameroon international midfielder Eyong Enoh will be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa. Enoh limped off in Fulham’s defeat at Newcastle last week and Jol said: “We will do an assesment tomorrow. He could probably play but we are not sure yet.” Fulham head to Villa Park with Jol believing the club need one more win to guarantee their top flight place for next season. The Lilywhites face a Villa side battling for their own survival, with Paul Lambert’s men just two points above the relegation zone. “I feel we need another win because you never know. Realistically we are fine but if everyone else starts winning in the last six or seven matches then you could have a problem,” Jol said. “Hopefully we will get a couple of results in the next week or so. Overall we have done well away from home. There have maybe been too many draws and even at Newcastle we could have done better. It is disappointing to concede in the 93rd minute. “They [Villa] have got quality. They have (Christian) Beneteke, (Gabriel) Agbonlahor, even (Darren) Bent on the bench. If you look at their results, especially at home, they are OK.” Injured Fulham midfielder Ashkan Dejagah will miss the rest of the Barclays Premier League season, manager Martin Jol has confirmed. Dejagah requires an operation to repair ankle ligament damage suffered when he collided with an advertising hoarding in Fulham’s 3-2 victory over QPR on April 1. The Iranian will go under the knife next week and he will not play again this campaign. “Ashkan Dejagah needs an operation on his ankle ligament. That will be next week and I think he will be out for the rest of the season,” Jol said. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Suarez will not face police action

first_img Officers from the Surrey force, on behalf of their north-west colleagues, attended Chelsea’s Cobham training ground on Sunday night to speak to the Serbia international. However, Ivanovic did not report any physical injury and told police he did not want to pursue the matter. Merseyside Police have confirmed no action will be taken against Liverpool striker Luis Suarez following his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. “Merseyside Police can confirm that, following an incident at the Liverpool v Chelsea game yesterday, officers have spoken to Branislav Ivanovic in person,” a statement from Merseyside Police read. “He had no apparent physical injuries and did not wish to make a complaint. “This is now a matter for the Football Association.” Football’s governing body is currently reviewing the incident, which happened in the 2-2 draw at Anfield. The club have fined Suarez, who asked for the money to be donated to the Hillsborough Families Support Group, but have no plans to sell the Uruguay international in the wake of the controversy. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Belgium edge past Northern Ireland

first_imgNorthern Ireland Under-21s were downed 1-0 by a solitary first-half goal in their Euro 2015 qualifier in Belgium. After a slow start, Northern Ireland drew a couple of saves from Belgium goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski, Carl Winchester and Josh Carson both trying their luck. The hosts settled after that with Paul-Jose Mpoku, Thorgan Hazard and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco coming into the game more but failing to work Connor Devlin. Indeed, the next shot on target came from Oldham midfielder Winchester after 42 minutes but he could not beat Kaminski. Instead, Belgium scored with their first real attempt on goal, Batshuayi firing home from Laurens De Bock’s assist moments before the interval. Dagenham’s Sean Shields replaced Kirk Millar at half-time, the first of three replacements alongside Jamie Reid and Paul McElroy, but Northern Ireland could not find an equaliser. James Gray saw his 56th-minute free-kick saved and soon after Batshuayi hit the woodwork. There were chances at either end for a second goal but it did not materialise, and with three minutes of added time on the clock Donnelly picked up a second yellow card. Press Associationcenter_img Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi grabbed the only goal of the game just before the interval to maintain his side’s 100 per cent record, while Fulham’s Liam Donnelly was sent off in injury time. Stephen Robinson’s side have now lost both of their Group Nine clashes but this represents a significant improvement on May’s 3-0 reverse in Cyprus. last_img read more

Jose unhappy with West Ham’s tactics

first_img “He was laughing,” Mourinho added. “His objective was won: come here and take a point. It was not to come here and play good football or to try to win or to feel part of the quality of the Premier League. “He takes the point. After that he’s a happy man and I’m a sad guy.” Despite injuries to Joey O’Brien (dislocated shoulder) and Mohamed Diame (knee), Allardyce was in jovial mood afterwards. Allardyce said: “He can’t take it, can he? He can’t take it because we’ve outwitted him. He just can’t cope. “He can tell me all he wants, I don’t give a s****. “I love to see Chelsea players moaning at the referee, trying to intimidate him, Jose jumping up and down saying we play crap football. “It’s brilliant when you get a result against him. Hard luck, Jose.” Allardyce lauded his players for implementing his tactics in a result he believes was on a par with the 3-0 win at Tottenham earlier in the season. The Hammers boss added: “This one probably equals (Tottenham) because of the position we’re in and the problems we’ve had recently. “It was all about frustrating a team that’s got world-class players and not to come here and lie down. “Tactically we got it right in two areas particularly: one was in stopping (Eden) Hazard, Oscar and Willian and (Samuel) Eto’o scoring goals; and the other one was stopping them scoring from set plays. We did a fantastic job.” Mourinho hopes West Ham avoid relegation. He added: “With this two points that they took from us I hope the point they got means something for them.” Mourinho refused to criticise his players, who could have done with someone of the guile of Juan Mata, now at Manchester United. “With my players, I’m happy,” Mourinho said. “My team tried everything. Their goalkeeper saved a lot, but they also had other players without gloves who saved a lot. “They played with five defenders; they looked more goalkeepers than defenders.” Mourinho resisted the urge to criticise the officials, who ruled out a stoppage-time Eto’o strike, having already blown for a foul amid a confusing conclusion which also saw Adrian save from Frank Lampard. O’Brien might also have been sent off for an earlier tackle on Willian. Mourinho, who questioned why only four minutes were added on, said: “I don’t want the people at home to feel that, because we didn’t win, I want to speak about the referee’s mistake.” Chelsea next play a City side who beat Tottenham to go top of the Premier League. “For me it’s not a surprise,” Mourinho added. “We go there next Monday and the result at this moment is 0-0. Are they favourites? Yes. Are they even favourites to score again four, five, six goals? Yes. “But the result is 0-0 and we go there to compete and to play.” The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ said: “It’s very difficult to play a football match where only one team wants to play. It’s very difficult. “A football match is about two teams playing and this match was only one team playing and another team not playing. “I told Big Sam and I repeat my words: they need points and, because they need points, to come here and play the way they did, is it acceptable? Maybe, yes. “I cannot be too critical, because if I was in his position I don’t know if I would do the same. Maybe. “At the same time I told also this is not Premier League, this is not the best league in the world, this is football from the 19th century.” Chelsea tried everything to unlock the Hammers defence and when they did they found goalkeeper Adrian in supreme form. Mourinho added: “The only (other) thing I could bring was a Black and Decker (tool) to destroy the wall.” Mourinho pointed to time-wasting and aimless long balls to illustrate his point, which he had made to Hammers boss Allardyce after the game. The Blues fell three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City, who beat West Ham 9-0 in the two-legged Capital One Cup semi-final, after a resolute display from Sam Allardyce’s men. Mourinho outlined his unhappiness with the Hammers’ tactics afterwards. Press Association Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho accused West Ham of playing “football from the 19th century” after being left frustrated by a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

We’re getting right balance – Dyche

first_img “We take that side of things seriously, the development of players no matter what their age is, and if they choose to run with our ideas and our thinking, it’s been pretty positive so far the outcome that they’ve got, which of course affects the team in a positive manner. “We’re looking to work with all the players, no matter what age. We want them to improve, we want them to engage and be aligned with what we do. “It’s important as a team we are totally aligned on the outcome, and that is delivering good performances in order to get wins.” The partnership between strikers Vokes and Ings was key to Burnley’s promotion last season, the pair netting 41 league goals between them. Ings will be looking to pick up where he left off on Monday but Vokes must wait until later in the season for his chance after rupturing a cruciate ligament in March. “He’s still a while away yet but he’s doing really, really well,” Dyche said. “There’s no timescale – we wouldn’t do that to a player with that type of injury. He’s been out on the grass, very light training. Not with us, with the physios, but he’s going well and he’s in good spirits. “He’s a great character. He’s someone who’s done fantastically well and will do again.” Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopes he has the right balance in his squad to succeed in the Barclays Premier League. With a small budget, Dyche’s options are limited anyway, but the former Watford boss is also determined to keep the squad dynamic that proved so important last season. Midfielders Matt Taylor and Steven Reid have added a lot of top-flight experience, while strikers Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell, winger Michael Kightly and goalkeeper Matt Gilks have also come in. Dyche said: “We want to find a balanced group in Burnley’s world, both financially and what we think is right for the group and how we operate. I think we’ve done that so far and we are looking to add further. “Obviously the two main lads with experience we’ve brought in are Steven Reid and Matty Taylor. “They’re still active, they’ve made it clear they are by getting games under their belt in recent seasons, but they also have that real depth of Premier League knowledge about going around the country and playing at all the Premier League stadiums and I think that’s important because it gives that balance to the group.” Jutkiewicz, 25, is already on his ninth professional club having joined the Clarets from Middlesbrough last month. He impressed on loan at Bolton last term and was Burnley’s star turn in pre-season, scoring six goals in as many games. “He’s open-minded, big Juke, and we like that,” Dyche said. “(Sam) Vokes proved last year how open-minded he was and (Danny) Ings, the way we work and the way we operate. The Clarets play their first match back in the top flight on Monday when Chelsea visit Turf Moor. Dyche has so far resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to the squad that finished second in the Championship, adding only six players to what was already a small group. Press Associationlast_img read more

Republic aided by Aiden’s double

first_img McGeady turned in arguably the best performance of his international career on a night when he collected his 70th cap, and he undoubtedly made the difference between two well-matched sides in a game which see-sawed throughout. Victory extended the Republic’s 100 per cent record against Georgia to six games and will send them into next month’s double-header against minnows Gibraltar and group favourites Germany brimming with confidence. By contrast, Temuri Ketsbaia’s men face the prospect of having to lift themselves for a tough trip to Scotland with their account empty. O’Neill surprised a few by naming Hull midfielder Stephen Quinn in the centre of his midfield five, with Stoke striker Jon Walters lining up on the right and McGeady occupying the left-wing berth earmarked for James McClean before he was ruled out by injury. Central defender Solomon Kverkvelia had to hack away a first-minute Walters cross at full-stretch, and Guram Kashia had to be equally alert 18 minutes later after McGeady had tricked his way past wing-back Ucha Lobzhanidze and sent a teasing ball into the middle. Georgia gradually eased their way into the game and after David Forde, preferred in goal to 38-year-old Shay Given, had managed to get just enough on Nikoloz Gelashvili’s rasping drive, Lobzhanidze came close to connecting with Kverkvelia’s flick-on at the far post. But they fell behind within seconds when, after Walters climbed into an aerial challenge, Robbie Keane allowed the ball to run to James McCarthy and he drew his man before sliding McGeady in to finish with ease. O’Neill and assistant Roy Keane leapt from the bench in celebration – but their joy was to be short-lived. Press Association The Republic looked likely to have to settle for a point at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi after Tornike Okriashvili’s piledriver had cancelled out McGeady 24th-minute opener. But with time running down, the Everton winger – who worked under O’Neill during his time as Celtic manager – curled home a 90th-minute winner which ensured Ireland headed back to Dublin with the opening night win upon which they had set their hearts. Skipper Jaba Kankava saw a 34th-minute strike deflected just wide but Georgia were level within four minutes when Okriashvili picked up possession on the right and after turning away from John O’Shea – the only survivor from Ireland’s last visit to the city in 2003 – and then Stephen Ward, thumped a dipping effort over Forde and into the net. I Georgia returned determined to regain the momentum with which they had ended the first half and committed men to the search for an early lead. Robbie Keane hacked away an Okriashvili effort in the 52nd minute, then Forde too had to be on his toes to clutch Jano Ananidze’s low cross to his chest seconds later with Gelashvili looming. But it was opposite number Roin Kvashvadze, a half-time replacement for Giorgi Loria, who threw himself desperately to his left as McGeady curled a shot inches wide from a well-worked 57th-minute free-kick. Keane scuffed a volley harmlessly out of play at the far post, before McGeady cut inside and forced Kvashvadze to pluck the ball from underneath his crossbar. However, as the game entered the closing stages, it was the Georgians who were building up a head of steam, and O’Neill responded with 14 minutes remaining by replacing Quinn and Keane with Robbie Brady and Shane Long in a bid to add new vigour to his attack. In the meantime, McGeady had squandered yet another opportunity when he lashed at a dropping ball on the edge of the penalty area, slicing it wide when greater composure might have served him better. However, he made no mistake when presented with another chance with seconds of normal time remaining, accepting Seamus Coleman’s pass before stepping on to his left foot and curled home a precious winner. Aiden McGeady launched Martin O’Neill’s competitive reign as Republic of Ireland boss in style with a match-winning Euro 2016 qualifier double in Georgia. last_img read more

Ogier closes in on title

first_imgSebastien Ogier moved a step closer to defending his World Rally title on Sunday as Volkswagen secured the manufacturers’ title with a podium clean sweep at Rally Australia. It was Ogier’s 22nd career win – his sixth of the season – and extended his advantage over team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala to 51 points with three rounds of the championship remaining. The 30-year-old Frenchman headed into the final day with an 11.8-seconds advantage and won SS16 and SS18 to hold off Latvala by 6.8secs in New South Wales, with Andreas Mikkelsen completing the top three a further 1min 11.2secs adrift. Ogier, who could clinch the crown at his home rally in the Alsace region of France next month, acknowledged his win had not been as comprehensive as he managed last year but said he was just happy to have got the job done. “This year it wasn’t possible to have that. Jari-Matti was strong but today I knew that without mistakes I would be okay,” he said on www.wrc.com. “I tried to stay concentrated, pushing when it was clean and being more cautious in the tricky parts. It wasn’t a big winning margin, but enough to win the rally and another crucial step towards winning the title.” Latvala had held a narrow lead after Saturday morning’s opening loop, but was left to rue his tyre choice on Saturday afternoon when the forecast rain failed to materialise, and appeared resigned to missing out on the title after Ogier’s latest victory. “It has been a great fight, a really great fight. I enjoyed it a lot,” the 29-year-old Finn said. “But of course I am annoyed about Saturday’s wrong tyre choice – that is where I lost it. “Overall, though, a good event – these are the sort of results I need to have if I am going to win the title myself one day.” Norway’s Mikkelsen edged Northern Irishman Kris Meeke (Citroen DS3) for third place, with Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen ( Ford Fiesta RS) fifth and New Zealander Hayden Paddon (Hyundai i20) a career-best sixth. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

FAI gives backing to Delaney

first_imgThe Football Association of Ireland has handed chief executive John Delaney a vote of confidence in the wake of controversy surrounding him singing an Irish republican ballad. President Tony Fitzgerald said the FAI is “happy to bring the matter to a close” after Delaney apologised. Delaney found himself in hot water after a video surfaced online of him singing ‘Joe McDonnell’, a song about a provisional IRA member who died in prison in 1981. “I am not somebody who supports violence at all. ”When you sing a song like that, you don’t believe in every word that is in the song. I sing a large number of songs, maybe five or six different ones. It’s normally done in a private way when there is a sing-song. It’s a typically Irish thing we do. We sing songs amongst our group and you expect it to be kept to the group. ”In fact over a large number of years I have been working closely on cross-border initiatives in football to break down barriers. I am just not a violent person. My grandfather fought in the Civil War and he also fought in the War of Independence. I have always said I have a nationalist background. ”Unfortunately, on occasions people use camera phones in a sly way and try to tape it – people who are not in your company – and they try to make it something bigger than it is. ”What I will say is that if the song offends anybody, of course I’m sorry. It is not in my nature to want to offend people. It was something I have sung or had sang in my presence in the past.” Delaney went on to say that the Ireland team have often joined in singing of similar songs going back to Jack Charlton’s time in charge, such as ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ which is about another IRA member. He added: ”I’ll give you an example. ‘Sean South from Garryowen’ has been sung on the Irish team bus for years, from the Jack Charlton era, right up to the current era. ”If people want to tape these things in what I would call a sly way, and then try to make them public, it is wrong. But I do accept that if I have upset anybody here, I’m sorry. ”Many of us have a nationalist background but are non-violent and sing songs but don’t believe in all of the lyrics.” Press Association But Fitzgerald backed Delaney to see out his recently-extended contract that now runs until 2020, effectively scotching any talk of the CEO departing his post. “Following recent coverage of the cyber bullying of his partner Emma and the fact that John has publicly apologised if he offended anyone for singing the nationalist song in question, we are happy to bring the matter to a close,” said Fitzgerald in an FAI statement. “The Board is more than pleased with the way John Delaney is running the Association. He has done an enormous amount for Irish football. In the past year alone the winning of EURO 2020 bid for Dublin adds to a number of very important developments he has helped oversee during his tenure. “We recently awarded him a contract extension to 2020 and he is fully deserving of that.” The timing of the video of Delaney’s singing proved highly embarrassing to the FAI, with the Republic of Ireland taking on England in Dublin in June. England boss Roy Hodgson was also forced to apologise after fans sang ‘No Surrender’ during their match against Scotland at Celtic Park. Delaney apologised on Tuesday, but also defended himself against the heaviest criticism he had received. Delaney told RTE 2fm: ”First of all, ‘Joe McDonnell’ is a song that has been sung in my presence and I have chipped in on a number of occasions in the past. last_img read more

Balotelli is ordinary – Taarabt

first_img The accusations came on a day when Inter Milan played down prospects of the striker leaving Liverpool to join them in January. Inter vice-president Javier Zanetti takes a different view to Taarabt – labelling Balotelli “a great player” – but the Italians believe recruiting the 24-year-old during the winter could be unrealistic. A return to the San Siro would see Balotelli reunited with Roberto Mancini, who coached Balotelli at Inter and Manchester City. Mancini, who took the reins at Inter last month for a second spell in charge, revealed after Monday’s 2-0 triumph at Chievo that he was keen to bolster his attack. “In certain roles in attack we are lacking,” Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport. “The club are aware of this but in January it will not be easy.” Balotelli came through the ranks at Inter before being sold to Manchester City in 2010. He joined Liverpool in a £16million move from AC Milan but as well as lacking form, he has missed a number of games with a groin injury and was recently charged by the Football Association over a controversial posting on Instagram. Balotelli has accepted the charge in relation to making racist and anti-Semitic comments on social media but has offered mitigation for his actions. He posted an image of computer game character Super Mario on Instagram which included the words ”jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”. Balotelli has struggled since moving to Anfield at the end of the summer transfer window and Inter are keen to strengthen their attacking line. However Zanetti told Sky Italia: “A Balotelli return? We all know Mario is a great player but I think it’s difficult because he only just arrived at Liverpool. “In any case, after our game against Lazio (on December 21) we will hold meetings to see what we can do and what is needed in terms of the (transfer) market.” Balotelli has scored only two goals in his 14 appearances for Liverpool, and QPR playmaker Taarabt, who played with him while on loan at AC Milan last season, does not see the Italy international as a top quality forward. Speaking to Italian TV channel Sky Italia, Taarabt said: “Balotelli? Everyone told me he was amazing and I played with him and I can say he is strong but he didn’t seem to me as though he was world class. “He is an ordinary player, not a phenomenon.” Taarabt added: “He is someone who has a strong shot but he doesn’t play for the team. And if he does, he doesn’t score as is the case right now at Liverpool. “He’s had so many chances, from (Manchester) City to Milan, and he’s thrown them away.” Mario Balotelli has been branded “ordinary” and a player who has repeatedly wasted great career opportunities by former team-mate Adel Taarabt. Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce hits back at Senegal

first_img Sakho’s appearance for West Ham infuriated many inside the Senegal camp, with Alain Giresse’s side crashing out at the group stage following Tuesday’s defeat to Algeria. The former Metz striker came in for criticism from fans on Twitter and Giresse also questioned how Sakho could possibly have been deemed fit enough to turn out for West Ham. But Allardyce defended the decision after the win at Ashton Gate, revealing Sakho travelled by limousine instead of with the rest of the squad and insists he does not expect his top goalscorer to be banned until the end of the African Cup of Nations, as has been suggested. “I’m not worried at all he could be facing a ban whatsoever,” he said. “We’ve stuck to every rule and regulation in the book by the FA, by FIFA and by UEFA. We have not breached any rules and regulations whatsoever and I have to say I’m extremely disappointed by Senegal’s reaction. “He (Sakho) is coping fine because he has got enough to burn his bridges with, they (Senegal) are falling out with us. “If anything we should be falling out with them but we are not, we are keeping it at a very professional level, like we always do and like I said we have done everything in the rules to comply with what is happening.” Allardyce also confirmed Sakho will travel to Anfield for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League encounter against Liverpool in the same manner he made the trip to Bristol, but his compatriot Kouyate may not be available for selection against the Reds following a late return. The Hammers striker came off the bench to score the only goal in their FA Cup fourth-round victory over Bristol City on Sunday, despite having been ruled out of Senegal’s African Cup of Nations squad with a back injury. And the relationship between club and country could also be soured further after Allardyce said he had struggled to communicate with midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate about his return to east London. The midfielder had linked up with Senegal but Allardyce and West Ham had struggled to contact the former Anderlecht man and arrange his journey home – with Kouyate now expected back later on Thursday. “The other player that we had available has been difficult to find over the last 48 hours,” Allardyce continued. “We know where he is but we have had trouble finding him. If you speak to other managers in the Premier League, if they are honest like I am they will tell you the same story. “We are expecting him back today after chasing him down for the last 48 hours. He could play against Liverpool.” Allardyce played down reports linking both Sakho and fellow summer recruit Enner Valencia with a move to London rivals Chelsea and insists he will not be looking to bring in any other forwards during the January transfer window. “By email, text or phone? How have they sounded us out?,” the 60-year-old replied when asked about reported contact from Chelsea. “The only way it has been sounded out is through the media, certainly not through club to club.” “With us having Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho, Carlton Cole and Enner Valencia we have more than enough front men to cope with the demand for the rest of the season. In the summer we’ll reassess our aims and the squad but for now we’re fine with the four options we’ve got.” Although a new striker may not be on his shopping list, Allardyce again said he would like to complete a move for Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher. The 30-year-old Scot has been told he can leave Old Trafford on a free transfer and Allardyce remains interested, whilst also confirming a deal is close for Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie – although he would not link up with West Ham until the summer. “It is still a possibility. It’s not dead yet, so it still could happen,” Allardyce said of a move for Fletcher. “You have to be patient sometimes. We’re not desperate, as we’ve got several good options in midfield but we want to add to that if we can.” Press Association Sam Allardyce has continued a bitter war of words with Senegal football officials and insists West Ham did nothing wrong in playing Diafra Sakho last weekend.last_img read more

McShane hails Phelan’s impact

first_img The club’s longest-serving player appeared to be heading for a January exit after being sent to train with the Under-21s by Bruce for undisclosed disciplinary reasons, but relations have thawed and McShane has ousted Curtis Davies from the side. He admits he expected to leave and is delighted to be back in favour. “Football, it’s mad, it’s a crazy game sometimes,” he said. “I thought I’d played my last game for Hull. I was prepared to leave in the transfer window. “But I didn’t want to go, no way, it felt wrong to think about going, and now it’s great to be back playing, especially in a couple of good games with some big results.” The flipside of Hull’s renewed optimism is starkly evident at Villa, who dropped into the bottom three after finding no response to goals from Nikica Jelavic and full debutant Dame N’Doye. Villa are winless in 10 league outings and have scored just once in their last eight. They turned in a timid display at the KC Stadium and were warned by boss Paul Lambert afterwards that they were now playing for their top-flight careers. Right-back Alan Hutton is hoping that descending into the drop zone can jolt the squad to life. “It’s very difficult to take, Hull was a big game for us so to be beaten 2-0 is hard,” the Scot told Press Association Sport. “You’re always aware of the table and maybe slipping into the bottom three is the kick in the backside we need. “We have been playing well but not getting results and we need to change that quickly. “We all know we have to do our bit to get the goals, it’s a team game and we’ll take that on the chin as a team. “There’s pressure on every game now because we need to get going.” Press Association Phelan began work as Steve Bruce’s right-hand man just a week ago but his arrival has coincided with an immediate upturn in form for the Tigers. Having spent the majority of his coaching career hunting silverware alongside Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, Hull’s relegation battle represented unfamiliar territory for Phelan. But he has thrown himself into the task and the initial results, a surprise 1-1 draw at Manchester City at the weekend followed by Tuesday’s crucial 2-0 win over Aston Villa, have helped Hull climb out of the bottom three. And Phelan’s early impact has not gone unnoticed among the players. “Mike’s been really good already, we’ve just been saying in the dressing room he’s going to win the first assistant manager of the month!” defender Paul McShane told Press Association Sport. “He’s done very well, the sessions we’ve had with him have been really good. “He’s brought something new and different to the group and training has been intense. “It’s been tough but the lads are really putting it all in during training and that’s showing out on the pitch. “It’s been a great few days because if we didn’t back up what we did at City it would have been a waste. But we’ve built on that result and got the three points at home.” McShane’s return to action has been another common theme in Hull’s last two performances. Hull’s players have an ointed newly-arrived Mike Phelan as the Barclays Premier League’s first “assistant manager of the month”. last_img read more

Wenger not worried about Walcott

first_img Walcott missed the best part of a year following a knee injury which wrecked his 2014 World Cup dream, and since then has seen his return hampered by a niggling inflamed groin problem. The 26-year-old has found himself on the fringes of the Arsenal side in recent weeks, often used as an impact player from the bench. Asked if he felt the fallout from his performance with England could hamper his confidence, Wenger replied: “Theo wants to do well, he is sensitive and I am a bit concerned about the damage that (Italy) game can have on his mind.” The Arsenal boss continued: “Theo’s strength is the quality of his movements, he wants to go to get on the end of things, he is not a guy who provides. “It was complicated game for the (England) strikers because Italy defended with three centre-backs, two players in front of the two centre-backs and England played all in there so there was no room, no space. “I don’t think it was the intention of Roy Hodgson to play him there (as a number 10). It is maybe Rooney took the initiative during the game to play higher up and tell Theo to drop back. “I haven’t seen Roy Hodgson in the game standing up to say ‘Walcott, you come and play in midfield and Rooney you go up front’. That is an initiative they took on the pitch.” Wenger, though, has no doubts Walcott will soon be up to full speed once again. “Theo is not fragile mentally, he is strong mentally, but he is disappointed because when you come back you always think you are ready,” added the Arsenal boss, who hopes to extend the player’s contract. “I don’t worry about Theo because he is not completely there yet and I told you that a few times he has been out for a year with a very bad injury and he is coming back.” While he may have full belief in Walcott’s abilities, Wenger concedes players can suffer from a crisis in confidence. “Being exposed like that (to the media spotlight with England), people have a harsh judgement on him that is not deserved because he does well. For me, he is on course to come back, but he is not completely there,” the Arsenal manager continued. “Theo needs patience, he is at the moment not in his best mood. “He is not a fragile type. He has big confidence in himself and he has gone through some difficult periods in his life and he has always come out with strength. “At the moment he is frustrated, but that is normal.” Wenger expects Walcott to bounce back quickly, and could throw him straight into the side against Liverpool on Saturday. “I think he is strong enough. I will see what state of mind he is in,” said the Gunners boss. “We always have a word, if it is a positive experience or a negative experience, you ask how did it go. We always speak about the last game.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Theo Walcott’s frustrating night with England in Turin will not leave the forward’s confidence “damaged” over the closing weeks of the season. Press Association Walcott produced a low key display after being handed an opportunity to start up front with Roy Hodgson’s side for the friendly in Turin on Tuesday night. After struggling to receive any real quality service, Walcott later dropped back into the number 10 role behind captain Wayne Rooney and eventually was substituted by Everton’s Ross Barkley early in the second half. last_img read more

Bournemouth sign former Inter Milan midfielder Alessandro Cannataro

first_img He will join the club’s under-21 squad after spending the past two weeks on trial, during which he featured in three games. The former Inter Milan midfielder, who also had a trial with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester, will join fellow recent signings Filippo Costa, also of Italy, and Argentine Tomas Andrade in the under-21s. Bournemouth have signed Italy youth international Alessandro Cannataro on a one-year contract, subject to international clearance. “The way of playing and of training (in England) would be perfect for me,” Cannataro said last month. “They always give 100 per cent, always concentrated and give their best in every match. This is what suits me best.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more