The programme will see Pantheon invest in primary buyout, growth equity and venture capital across developed and emerging markets, as well as secondary co-investment.BVK and Pantheon’s relationship dates back several years.The pension fund, which has its own in-house management team, lists Pantheon as one of its core managers, following a rationalisation of external resource in 2013.Elsewhere, multi-manager SEI has given Neuberger Berman a $220m (€161m) mandate for emerging market debt.Neuberger Berman is the latest manager to join SEI’s SGMF Emerging Markets Debt Fund, joining Investec Asset Management and Stone Harbour Investment Partners.It replaces Ashmore Investment Management.Finally, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has chosen software provider Misys to manage its trading and risk activities for fixed income and liability-driven investments.LGIM selected Misys Sophis VALUE software and will use it to address its enterprise portfolio and risk management requirements. The Wiltshire Pension Fund has awarded a £140m (€170m) multi-asset, global emerging market mandate to Investec Asset Management.The mandate will mainly focus on equities and bonds.The pension fund said Investec was chosen ahead of 16 other managers.In other news, Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), Germany’s largest public pension fund, has entered an agreement with Pantheon for a new global private equity investment strategy.
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“When will the EU learn to think longer term, and in the interest of the majority, and not the minority,” Smith said to delegates at the organisation’s annual Investment Conference in Edinburgh.Smith also said the NAPF remained concerned over the numerous European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) consultations on solvency requirements for pension schemes expected this year.However, he claimed victory for the NAPF over the delayed introduction of these requirements.“We are also concerned about the risk evaluation for pensions, and a mandatory, EU-wide, two-page benefit statement for members,” he said, referring to the level of prescription seen in the latest version of the European Commission’s IORP II Directive.“The European Commission keeps coming up with ideas that fail to address the real issues,” he said.Smith also argued that the increase in de-risking seen from UK defined benefit schemes was increasing demand for long-duration index-linked government bonds.Over the last five years, he pointed out, UK schemes have increased fixed income allocations from roughly 20% of portfolios to approximately 45%, despite low yields.“We need governments to issue more long-term index-linked debt,” he said. ”The demand is there, and it needs to be matched in supply.”The UK is to auction a 38-year, index-linked Gilt towards the end of this month.Smith also said, with an increasing number of schemes uprating pensions by the consumer prices index (CPI), the lobby group had entered discussions with the government and the Debt Management Office (DMO) over CPI-linked UK Gilts.Discussion over the concept of CPI-linked bonds has been ongoing for some time.However, speaking at an NAPF event in November, DMO chief executive Robert Stheeman said, while it would never rule out CPI-linked issuance, demand from pension funds was still “too sticky” for it to be cost effective for the UK government. The chair of the UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has criticised the regulatory bodies of the European Union, accusing them of having the wrong priorities.The lobby group’s chair, Ruston Smith, who took up his position in October last year, said a number of propositions out of Brussels and Frankfurt continued to be a source of real concern for the organisation.He said the NAPF, alongside the asset management industry and the UK government, would continue their fight against the controversial financial transaction tax (FTT), whilst conceding Brussels seemed determined to push ahead.This comes after the EU11, the name given to the 11 member states pushing for the introduction of the FTT, ramped up their attempts for implementation.
The €98bn asset manager F&C is to be taken over by BMO Europe, a subsidiary of the Canada-based Bank of Montreal, which intends to improve its foothold in Europe through the acquisition. On Monday, the shareholders of the Scottish asset manager voted in favour of a cash takeover for 120 pence (€1.44) a share, resulting in a total amount of £708m (€848m), F&C confirmed.According to Richard Wilson, F&C’s chief executive, BMO has emphasised that “it doesn’t expect that the deal will result in any material changes to F&C’s investment processes or investment team”. “The acquisition creates a global advantage for our clients and represents a unique opportunity in terms of products, and geographical and cultural fit of two growth-focused asset management businesses,” he said. “F&C gains the strength of BMO’s strong balance sheet and diversified business lines, and we envisage the growth, with BMO, of a successful worldwide asset management business.”Ben Kramer, executive director at F&C Netherlands, added that both companies were complementary in terms of geographic activities, clients and offered products and services.“The takeover is aimed at growth, and not primarily at cost-cutting through synergy,” he said.F&C’s activities will become embedded in the organisation of BMO Financial Group, a €384bn financial services provider active in Canada and the US.Currently, the asset management activities of BMO Europa are limited to London-based Lloyd George Asset Management and Pyrford International.The acquisition is to be completed after a court hearing scheduled for 7 May.At the end of 2013, F&C reported assets under management of €98bn, down from €114bn in 2012, and with more than 80% of its AUM stemming from European institutional clients.In other news, Standard Life Investments (SLI) has confirmed its £390m acquisition of Ignis Asset Management, as consolidation in the market continues apace.Confirmation of talks between SLI and Ignis’s parent, Phoenix Group, surfaced earlier this week.The deal, which is to be funded through parent insurer, Standard Life’s internal cash resource, will also see an arrangement between SLI and Phoenix for asset management.Through a strategic alliance with Phoenix Group, SLI will now also provide services to Phoenix’s Life Company subsidiaries, including the potential to manage future books of assets that Phoenix may acquire.The acquisition of Ignis, which has around £69bn in AUM, will achieve around £50m in cost savings after intergration, SLI said.Keith Skeoch, chief executive at SLI, said: “Continuity of investment performance and commitment to client service and relationship management remain our key priorities.“Migration and integration of Ignis will take place in a controlled manner under unified management from day one.”Chris Samuel, chief executive at Ignis, added: “SLI will inherit a strong range of products and investment capabilities and a group of talented individuals who will be an asset to the merged business.”
The European Parliament has approved the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) after MEPs made a number of amendments to the proposal.Although the Budgets and Economic Monetary Affairs committees approved the EFSI, a cornerstone of the €315bn ‘Juncker Plan’, MEPs thwarted European Commission plans to cut back on other budgets to fund the vehicle.The Commission had hoped to reduce research and transport investment budgets to fund the EFSI’s guarantee fund, a buffer fund to help reduce the risk of losses to external investors.However, MEPs added legislation that called for budgets to be protected, as well as for the guarantee fund to be alternatively financed and gradually filled until it reaches €8bn size by 2022. Budgets Committee chair Jean Arthuis, a French MEP from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats in Europe (ALDE) party, said the Commission and Council’s proposal to finance the ‘Juncker Plan’ by cutting other “genuinely European”, trans-national projects was regrettable.“At a time when all member states recognise the need to relaunch investment in Europe, I invite them to directly provision the guarantee, as a token of trust and confidence,” he said. “Today, the Parliament was ambitious and creative. We hope the Council will follow suit, for the collective interest of Europe.”One amendment proposes that the ESFI’s guarantees to third-party investors should be “irrevocable and unconditional”, in order to reassure contributors.Other amendments included ensuring projects financed by the ESFI had a higher risk profile than those available to the European Investment Bank (EIB), thereby making them ineligible for direct EU budget or EIB finance.Further amendments included changes to the investment committee structure and voting rights, as well as ensuring the Parliament retains oversight of the fund.The Commission unveiled the European investment plan in November last year.It will see a €16bn contribution from the EU budget and €5bn from the EIB, with the ESFI issuing bonds to external investors, leveraging the fund to €315bn.Parliament passed the resolution and the mandate to negotiate with the Commission, which will begin on Thursday.The co-rapporteurs were José Manuel Fernandes, a Portuguese MEP from the European People’s Party, and Udo Bullmann, a German MEP for the Social Democrats.The amended agreement will now be voted on in June.European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen welcomed the parliamentary vote and said the plan could now enter its final stages.The former Finnish prime minister said arrangements were already being made to ensure EFSI funds were flowing into projects by September.“The Commission will assist the co-legislators during the trilogue negotiations to agree on a compromise text that ensures the EFSI is based on sound, stable and predictable foundations,” he said.
Nippon Life Insurance Company is to hold a 5% stake in DWS once the asset manager is listed, Deutsche Bank said today.DWS and Nippon Life have also agreed a strategic partnership, which will include a contribution of assets under management to DWS, opportunities for distribution, and joint product development for an initial period of five years.A representative of the Japanese insurer will also be a member of DWS’s supervisory board.Nicolas Moreau, member of the management board of Deutsche Bank and CEO of DWS, said: “Our strategic alliance is consistent with, and will help accelerate, our focus on growing in the Asia region.” The plans were announced in a statement about the terms of listing DWS, which Deutsche Bank last month confirmed it would proceed with. DWS is the new brand for the asset manager, to be rolled out after the IPO.The bank today said it would sell 20% of DWS shares, with the possibility of increasing this to up to 25% in the event of particularly strong demand.The shares are to be offered at between €30 to €36 per share. Based on that price range, DWS’s market capitalisation would be between €6bn to €7.2bn.Commission ‘disappoints’ with CMU plans for investment funds European Commission (EC) plans to amend private equity and venture capital laws could make it harder for private equity fund managers to raise cross-border capital from EU investors, according to trade body Invest Europe.It said the Commission had proposed amendments that would prevent fund managers from sharing draft marketing materials with investors, which would impede their ability to negotiate a deal.“The Commission’s latest proposal goes against its good intentions for a Capital Markets Union that improves cross-border capital flows,” said Michael Collins, CEO of Invest Europe.The Commission today presented a package of proposals aimed at completing the Capital Markets Union (CMU) project. The sustainable finance action plan it presented on Thursday also came under the heading of the CMU, along with fintech proposals also revealed last week.Today the Commission presented three sets of proposals, one of which was for rules designed to eliminate barriers to the cross-border distribution of investment funds in the EU. Some of these rules were intended to facilitate pre-marketing activities by asset managers but Invest Europe was concerned the proposed wording could have the opposite effect.In seeking to come up with harmonised definition of pre-marketing for different types of funds, the Commission had not taken due account of the way in which private equity operated compared with other alternative funds or retail funds, Invest Europe said. Draft marketing materials were “an important part of the ongoing dialogue between fund managers and investors, including pension funds and insurers”, said Invest Europe’s CEO. The EC said easier cross-border distribution was expected to speed up growth of a single EU market for investment funds and boost competition between asset managers. Its proposal consists of a regulation and a directive, and “is designed to improve transparency, remove overly complex and burdensome requirements and harmonise diverging national rules,” it said. The German fund management association, BVI, said the Commission’s proposal was “disappointing” and created new obstacles rather than eliminating existing ones. BVI’s statement focused on provisions relating to the conditions a manager could de-register a fund in a given national market. Thomas Richter, CEO of BVI, said: “Instead of removing barriers to cross-border distribution the Commission would rather assign new powers to the European Securities and Markets Authority and scale back the powers of national supervisory authorities.”Costing the EC sustainable finance planAsset managers could face increased execution risk and higher costs as a consequence of EU legislation clarifying their duties with regard to sustainability, according to Moody’s.The rating agency was commenting on the EC’s sustainable finance action plan, which was unveiled last week.Asset managers would need greater environmental, social and governance (ESG) expertise if they were required to incorporate ESG considerations in every investment decision they made, the credit ratings agency said.“Finding consistent, high-quality data to guide ESG investing is a particular challenge, given a lack of universally accepted ESG definitions and standard reporting guidelines,” said Moody’s analysts.“As sustainability is not binary by nature, and its criteria are mostly qualitative, it is complex and costly to track, analyse and report. Firms that either lack this capability, or possess it only in rudimentary form, will need to acquire it or build it up internally.”Envisaged enhanced disclosure requirements would also entail additional costs as asset managers would need to explain how they take ESG factors into consideration and update their product offering and prospectuses accordingly. They would also need to expand internal systems to track compliance, because non-compliance could lead to fines.
“In particular younger colleagues, who have a long accrual period ahead of them, may ultimately lose out on a couple of hundred euros annually,” he argued.Alexander Kuipers, spokesman for Aegon, explained that the insurer had decided on a full merger with Optas for economic reasons.“The pension fund is dying out because no policyholders are joining,” he said.He added that the benefit for the port workers would be that their pensions would become part of a “much stronger pensions environment”.Kuipers, however, confirmed that the fiscal status of Optas Pensioenen would change and that the merger – scheduled for 1 January – could affect the returns on the workers’ pension assets.He emphasised that benefits would remain guaranteed, and that Aegon had offered a one-off contribution of €1.5m “as a gesture” to the pensions pot.Stam said this was not sufficient. History of conflict The Dutch trade union for port workers (FNV Havens) has called on 14,000 of its members to lobby the regulator over a planned merger between their pensions insurer Optas Pensioenen and its parent company Aegon.The union said it wanted to force Aegon to offer compensation for the loss of an entitlement to reclaim dividend tax.As the legal successor of the industry-wide pension fund PVH, Optas can reclaim dividend tax in a number of countries. However, this income source would disappear if Optas became part of Aegon Life.According to union trustee Niek Stam, the 14,000 Optas policyholders among its members feared missing out on between €550,000 and €700,000 annually from their current pensions pot of around €720m. Port of RotterdamThe port workers have a long history of conflict with Aegon, which acquired Optas Pensioenen from Optas Foundation in 2007 in a €1.5bn transaction. The commercial life insurer and pensions provider was established by PVH in 1998, with PVH subsequently merging with Optas.As part of the €1.5bn transaction Aegon obtained €770m of reserved assets which, in the opinion of the port workers, were meant for the improvement of their pensions.However, as there was no legal document to prove this, the port workers and the Optas Foundation settled in 2010, resulting in Optas paying €500m into the workers’ pensions pot. Aegon followed with an €188m contribution in 2015.The remaining €1bn stayed with Optas – in the meantime renamed as Ammodo – a foundation focusing on “financially supporting projects for arts and science”.The port workers accused Aegon of targeting the reserved assets and alleged that the insurer had acted “unethically”.In a position paper on the Optas issue at the time, Aegon highlighted that the reserved assets were for the purpose of “operating an insurance business related to the port and transport sector and related companies” and that the assets acted as “security for honouring the liabilities of an insurance company”.The insurer added that “the reserved assets did not carry claims or liabilities towards the insured or others” and that “there was no obligation to spend this part of the assets”.
Information about investments’ impact on society and the environment should be included in UK pension dashboards, a government-commissioned impact investing group has said.The Implementation Taskforce for social impact investing said the government could encourage engagement with their retirement savings – one of the intentions behind the dashboard – by telling consumers about aspects of their investments “to which they can easily relate and about which they care”.The suggestion was made by the body charged with following up on recommendations for “growing a culture of social impact investing” in the UK. These were made by an independent advisory group set up by the UK government in December 2016. Elizabeth Corley, former CEO of Allianz Global Investors, chaired the advisory group and was also asked to lead the “implementation taskforce”.In its response to the government’s consultation on the pension dashboards – which aim to collate individuals’ pension data in one place – the taskforce said there was a growing body of evidence showing that savers cared about the impact their money had on society and the environment. “We… think that communicating the real life relevance of people’s investments and their impact on society and the environment is a key way to encourage savers to engage with their savings and therefore should in time be included in the pensions dashboard,” it said. Elizabeth Corley, head of the UK’s social impact investing Implementation Taskforce“Once the technology has bedded in and the pensions and investment industry has had time to gather and feed in the appropriate data… steps should be taken to communicate impact to savers.”According to a recent report, most corporates do not provide information that allows investors to understand their impacts on society and the environment.Separately, academics and investors involved in another project, the Cambridge Impact Framework, have said that the data to properly assess the social and environmental impact of investment funds is missing. Using limited existing data, they developed a framework to help the investment industry assess funds against outcomes linked to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Supporters of the impact investing implementation taskforce include NEST Corporation, the government-initiated auto-enrolment provider, and the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association.
“At the same time, we get a significantly better information platform, which will give members a better overview of their pensions.”A spokeswoman for Sampension confirmed to IPE that the customers’ existing pension savings would be transferred to the pension fund, but declined to give a value of the assets.This does mean, however, a large increase in Sampension’s public sector membership. It catered for 50,000 public sector workers, not including the second tranche of army staff. In total, the pension fund administrator had around 278,000 members at the end of 2018.Sampension chief executive Hasse Jørgensen said his firm had been chosen for its competencies including low costs, high returns, efficient service and good advice. Sampension has won the contract to provide pension services to around 11,000 part-time Danish military pension scheme members from rival Nordea.The labour-market pension provider and the soldiers’ trade union the Army Constables and Corporals Association (HKKF) announced the deal, citing Sampension’s capacity to provide advice to individuals as well as the superiority of its data platform as reasons for the win.Pensions for the 11,000 new customers will come under Sampension’s administration and investment management from 1 January 2020, alongside 2,000 long-term employed constables and corporals who joined the scheme from Velliv (formerly known as Nordea Liv & Pension Danmark) on 1 January this year.Johnny Thomsen, chairman of the board of directors of the HKKF Funds, said: “One of the really decisive reasons why we have chosen Sampension is that the agreement gives us access to a competent corps of advisers who can help our members with pension issues.
Yngve Slyngstad, outgoing chief executive officer of NBIMNBIM said its response to the dialogue’s consultation had called for consolidation of reporting standards.The investment manager also said in the report that it had stepped up its game in the field of responsible investment.“As we head into a new decade, we are working more systematically, we are prioritising more effectively, and we are asking better questions,” said chief corporate governance officer Carine Smith Ihenacho.In 2019, she said NBIM had expanded its evaluation of corporate reporting, and over time had seen companies improve their disclosure. “In 2019, we contacted a further 134 companies with poor reporting,” she said.Asked last year by the Norwegian finance ministry to review and describe its work on climate risk, NBIM replied in December that although data on companies’ carbon emissions and climate risks were critical for its portfolio analysis, the quality of corporate reporting was still inconsistent.In a section of its 2019 responsiblity report on how NBIM funds research to inform its investment strategy, the Oslo-based manager said two of the studies supported by Norges Bank’s Norwegian Finance Initiative (NFI) had revealed that markets were failing to reflect the impact of climate change.One of the studies in a research project led by professor Harrison Hong at Columbia University found that projections showing rising sea levels did not have much effect on property prices.Another study found that homes exposed to extreme weather sold for more in areas where inhabitants rejected the notion of anthropogenic climate change than in areas where inhabitants did not.“Taken together, these findings suggest that capital markets do not fully price climate risk,” NBIM said in the report. Norway’s NOK10trn (€969bn) oil fund is raising its voice about the need for better ESG corporate reporting, giving top billing in its newly-released annual responsibility report to an issue it has spoken out on before.Publishing the 104-page report, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) stated that: “Boards must ensure that companies regularly report relevant, quantitative and comparable information on environmental, social and governance issues.”Yngve Slyngstad, outgoing chief executive officer of NBIM – the central bank department that runs the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – said that in recent years his staff had asked companies to go from words to numbers in their sustainability reporting.“We wish to see more relevant and comparable reporting from companies, so that we, as an investor, can analyse the companies’ exposure to sustainability risks,” said Slyngstad, whose successor has not yet been announced. The fact that there were so many different standards for sustainability reporting was problematic both for companies and for investors, NBIM said in the 2019 responsibility report.“This reporting often requires considerable resources from companies, and different approaches and definitions mean that investors cannot yet use it in the same way as accounting data,” it said.For this reason, NBIM said it was supporting the Corporate Reporting Dialogue – a platform launched five years ago by the International Integrated Reporting Council – which was working on mapping and comparing different frameworks with a particular emphasis on climate disclosure.
This house at 21 Sinclair Drive, Ellen Grove, is on the market priced at $210,000-plus.Mr Lawless said the tighter credit environment was having an impact, as were affordability issues, reduced foreign investment and a rise in housing supply.Five of the eight capital cities recorded a fall in dwelling values over the month, including Brisbane (-0.2 per cent), Sydney (-0.3 per cent) and Melbourne (-0.6 per cent), though Brisbane was still in positive territory for the quarter (0.1 per cent) and annually (0.9 per cent) while the other two biggest capitals went backwards. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK 5 Cotswold Court, Rochedale, sold for $300,000 last week.“The trend towards more robust housing market conditions for affordable properties can be seen geographically as well, with the top ten capital city subregions, based on an annual capital gain, generally located in more affordable areas such as Hobart, the outskirts of Melbourne and parts of Brisbane and Adelaide,” he said.”Stronger market conditions across Australia’s more affordable areas are likely attributable to a rise of first home buyers in the market as well as changing credit policies focused on reducing exposure to high debt-to-income ratios. Win for buyers as units set to boom More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago Westpac triggers first rate rise for all homeowners A two-bedroom apartment at 4/68 Hassall Street, Corinda sold for $270,500. CoreLogic expects the more affordable end of the market to see strong growth.AFFORDABLE properties are set to spark a rise in demand in Brisbane with both lenders and buyers expected to turn more of their attention here, latest research has found. Nationally, the most inexpensive quarter of the market was the only segment to rise across the country over the past 12 months, according to industry research firm CoreLogic.CoreLogic research head Tim Lawless said the most inexpensive quarter of the market saw values rise 0.6 per cent in the past year, while the upper quarter logged a 5.4 per cent fall and the middle segments fell 0.5 per cent over the year. “In the higher value cities like Sydney and Melbourne, we’re seeing typical dwelling prices remain more than eight times higher than median household incomes, suggesting tighter credit conditions for borrowers with a high debt-to-income ratio will likely impact on demand more in these cities over others.”The comments come as the latest CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index saw national dwelling values fall for the eleventh consecutive month, dropping 0.3 per cent as the housing market continues its correction. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25
22/129 Mystic Ave, Balgal Beach, (circled), an 809sq m block of residential land, is on the market for $49,000.LOWEST MEDIAN PRICES IN THE COUNTRY:$25,000 Balgal Beach (Townsville, QLD) 11 units sold$30,000 Curlwaa (Wentworth, NSW) 18 houses soldMore 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 2020$30,000 Mount Magnet (Mount Magnet, WA) 11 houses sold$33,000 Morawa (Morawa, WA) 11 houses sold$35,000 Cunnamulla (Paroo, QLD) 13 houses sold(Source: CoreLogic)Ms Neilson also has the cheapest house currently listed in the suburb, located at 14 Tracey Street, priced in the “high $100,000s”.The two bedroom, single bathroom house was admittedly an “open plan shed-home”, which Ms Neilson said was “certified for accommodation by Townsville City Council”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58“So yes — you can live in it. This gives you the amazing opportunity to either live there while you build your dream home, or keep your long term tenant there for some extra income. Or move in yourself.”With the beach down the road and the home airconditioned with carport and outdoor entertainment space, she listed it as “just a great spot to love living life”.14 Tracey St, Balgal Beach — a two bedroom house — is on the market for the high $100,000s.14 Tracey St, Balgal Beach, is an “open plan shed-home”.Stunning views stretching from the hills to the ocean.Among services in the Balgal Beach and nearby Rollingstone area was the Mystic Sands Golf and Bowling Club, high academic achieving school Rollingstone Primary, a modern playground and barbecue in a beachside park, a public boat ramp, Rollingstone Hotel, a medical centre and pharmacy, Fisherman’s Landing licensed kiosk, RSL, Lions and fishing clubs, Paluma rainforest, beaches, fishing, Crystal Creek waterfalls and freshwater creeks, a BP service station and a general store and post office.The CoreLogic data does not count suburbs where less than 10 properties sold within the year.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER Balgal Beach, located north of Townsville, is the cheapest place to buy a property in the entire country.The cheapest suburb in Australia is by the beach on Queensland’s east coast, new sales data has found.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenBeachside boxes you need in your life00:37Latest CoreLogic Market Trends data released this week showed the lowest median price of any suburb in the country last year was a $25,000 — recorded by Balgal Beach, north of Townsville. The figure was the median of 11 unit sales in the suburb in 2018.The CoreLogic data came off all suburbs in the country that recorded more than 10 property sales in the year to December 2018.Current listings on realestate.com.au show that the cheapest block of land in Balgal Beach right now was $49,000 for 809sq m at 22/129 Mystic Avenue.MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS:Broncos young guns’ big buyShack up with a coastal beautyHow a 1940s cottage transformedOpen space in demandServices at Balgal Beach include a modern playground and barbecue in a beachside park.The area also has bowling club.Robyn Neilson of My Property Agent described it as “one of the cheapest fully serviced blocks in Balgal Beach” with a motivated vendor who “requires immediate sale”.The block was close to the beach and a short walk to Mystic Sands Golf Resort.Around 1,500 people live in the Balgal Beach area, including Ms Neilson, who said she “wouldn’t live anywhere else”.“It didn’t flood. There are just magnificent sandy beaches and you can see the ocean from the Townsville mainland and Magnetic Island all the way up to Hinchinbrook Island, and you’ve got the beautiful rainforest mountains to the west as well.”Located 35 minutes to Townsville, the area attracts a lot of people who work in the army, the hospital and James Cook University as well as a lot of country and New South Wales retirees.
French container shipping giant CMA CGM Group and specialised reefer transporter SEATRADE Group have joined forces on the creation of a new vessel sharing agreement.The deal would incorporate the services known by CMA CGM as PAD and by Seatrade as MERIDIAN, which will link Northern Europe, the East Coast of the United States, Central America, the Pacific Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and the Caribbean on a weekly basis.This new service brings together CMA CGM, SEATRADE and MARFRET and improves their frequency and port coverage.The weekly service will have the following rotation: Zeebrugge, London Gateway, Rotterdam, Dunkerque, Le Havre; New York, Savannah; Kingston, Cartagena; Papeete, Noumea; Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne; Nelson, Napier, Tauranga; Pisco, Paita; Kingston, Philadelphia and Zeebrugge.CMA CGM said that the new line will be the only one in the market to offer such coverage on a weekly basis.It will provide a direct and weekly service to Papeete and Noumea from Northern Europe and the East Coast of the United States, and the only fast, direct, dedicated reefer service from New Zealand to the United States and Europe.The company added that the service, which is set to improve the supply of transport between Australia and the United States, will feature 13 ships with a nominal capacity between 2200 and 2500 TEUs.The launch of the service is scheduled in October 2017, subject to validation by the competent authorities.
Lauritzen Kosan, part of Danish shipping company J. Lauritzen, has reflagged two of its ships to Denmark for the first time since 2003.The ships in question are the 8,053 cbm Helena Kosan and the 3,666 cbm Linda Kosan.As informed, the registers of the two vessels have been changed to the Danish International Register of Shipping (DIS) as they begin a period time charter which will require an EU flag.“The reflagging of these two gas carriers to Denmark is driven by commercial arguments, and it goes to show that the Danish flag is now very close to being as competitive as Malta, Singapore and the Isle of Man. There are still some challenges, but we very much appreciate the clear pro-business signals currently being sent by the Danish political system,” Mads P. Zacho, CEO of J. Lauritzen, commented.“We very much appreciate the efforts made by the Maritime Strategy Team initiated by the Danish government, which gave its recommendations in April 2017. The subsequent proposals put forward by a broad coalition in parliament with new and significant measures to increase the competitiveness of the Danish flag have clearly had an impact, shown by the reflagging of our two gas carriers to DIS,” Zacho added.Currently, Lauritzen Kosan’s fleet is comprised of 31 gas carriers.
KW Designed Solutions has secured a further order from Balmoral Offshore Engineering for the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of six manual chock closure pressure vessels. The vessels are rated with an operating pressure of 690 bar and with a bore size of Ø500mm x 2500mm depth. Two of the vessels feature additional temperature control capabilities of up to 50°C, KW explained.These vessels should further improve the capacity of the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre accompanying a number of other vessels already installed, of which seven were previously supplied by KW Designed Solutions.“KW Designed Solutions are extremely pleased to be continuing their support of the Balmoral business and especially the development of the Balmoral Subsea Test Centre,” the company said.
Oil major BP and Enpro Subsea have executed a global frame agreement aimed at providing an enhanced subsea architecture and smart standardization using Enpro’s patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology.Enpro Subsea said on Tuesday it had supplied the FAM technology to BP on the Kepler K3 project in the Gulf of Mexico, enabling project specific technologies to be added to BP’s standard subsea trees and manifolds, reducing project costs and schedule, to support BP in achieving sanction to first oil in less than 12 months.According to Enpro, the patented Flow Access Module (FAM) technology enables fast track, capital efficient subsea tiebacks. It essentially creates an enhanced production ‘USB port’ within the jumper envelope. This allows the operator to use standard subsea trees and manifolds, with FAM and distributed manifold system providing life of field flexibility within the system design, delivering ‘Smart Standardization’ and the capability to maximize the ultimate recovery from subsea wells.On the K3 project, BP used FAM to install multi-phase metering, water cut metering and sand detection at the Xmas tree end of a 3.2km single spur tieback in addition to hydrate remediation and flow assurance hydraulic intervention module adjacent to the manifold, removing the cost, risk and schedule associated with modifying standard hardware or adopting the dual flow loop alternative.Following the success of the Kepler K3 project, Enpro and BP are now collaborating on follow up FAM projects, including BP’s Ariel 6 which is due to be installed later in 2019.Ian Donald, managing director of Enpro Subsea said: “We appreciate the opportunity to support the BP team in providing innovative field development solutions which encapsulate the benefits of standard subsea hardware and FAM flexibility to reduce cost, risk and time to first oil. We believe Enpro’s enhanced production technologies are fully aligned with BP’s strategy of improving operating performance of existing and new assets with capital efficient solutions.”
No new reports of impacted wildlife have been reported from the Hibernia platform oil spill offshore Newfoundland.A photo of the Hibernia slick shared on July 18 by CNLOPBIn a Wednesday update, HMDC, a platform operating Exxon-led consortium, said it was continuing response efforts following the 12,000-liter oil spill in the Atlantic Ocean on July 17.HMDC added that two vessels in the field were supporting response efforts while four third-party wildlife observers were continuing to monitor for wildlife from vessels and overflights with no new reports of impacted wildlife. To remind, Offshore Energy Today reported that five oiled birds had been spotted until July 29.In a later update, HMDC said that a sixth oiled bird, a Storm Petrel, was discovered on the platform on the morning of July 30. The bird did not survive.Observations from surveillance flights, satellite imagery, and the vessels over the past several days indicate concentrations of oil have decreased to the point that mechanical recovery and dispersion operations are no longer possible.According to the consortium, other response efforts will continue as needed. These include vessel and flight surveillance, satellite images, and tracker buoys to monitor for any presence of hydrocarbons.Demobilization of vessels continues, and production from the Hibernia platform remains shut-in while HMDC continues its investigation.Spotted 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.
Stuff.co.nz 13 November 2012After hearing of a distraught schoolgirl forced to marry by her parents, Auckland-based National MP Jackie Blue knew she couldn’t stand by and do nothing. One hundred teenagers nationally, including 50 in Auckland, who marry each year would require a court’s permission to walk down the aisle under Blue’s proposed amendment to the Marriage Act. Marriage under the age of 16 years is illegal in New Zealand, but 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with parental consent. About 600 Aucklanders from the latter group gained consent to marry in the 10 years from 2001, making up 60 per cent of the national teenage marriage figures, according to Statistics New Zealand. Four out of five of those were female. Blue, who is the National list MP for Mt Roskill, said only a small number of teenage nuptials would be marriages forced upon girls for cultural reasons. “The majority are probably quite legitimate, but the majority of those minors are young girls. I can’t not do anything. If it saves one young girl it’s going to be worth it.” No data exists on how many people have been forced to marry as affected women are often hidden from the glare of social services. But while researching the issue Blue heard of a recent incident. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7939564/MP-acts-against-forced-marriage
“It really worries me how narrow the definition of normal is becoming. We used to accept a wide range of behaviour from two-year-olds and talked about the terrible-twos. “Now a lack of concentration is a conduct disorder. Parents are scared their children are not going to function at school so they accept these labels.”The percentage of children with diagnosed mental health conditions jumped from 1.8% to 3.2% since 2007-08. Increasing numbers of children with anxiety, such as phobias, drove the increase, according to the Ministry of Health report.More than 15,500 children are diagnosed with anxiety, up from 2800 children five years ago.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/number-anxious-kids-skyrockets-5312650 ONE News 6 Jan 2013The rate of children diagnosed by a doctor with mental health conditions has almost doubled over the past five years.A suicide prevention advocate has slammed the results as bad science and says the definition of a “normal child” has narrowed too far.However, child psychology experts say the increasing rate could be a symptom of a more anxiety-driven society and improvements in the diagnosis of youngsters.About 25,000 children have been diagnosed with behavioural and emotional problems, with anxiety the fastest growing condition, according to the Ministry of Health’s latest children’s health report.Anxiety, ADHD and depression are the three most common disorders in children, and boys are twice as likely to be diagnosed with mental health problems.Casper chief executive Maria Bradshaw said she was horrified to hear of babies now being diagnosed as depressed.She founded suicide prevention group Casper after her teenage son took his life just two weeks after being prescribed prozac for depression.
MovieGuide.org August 2014This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. It appears that poverty won that war.Jesus said you will always have the poor with you. He also said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat….to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”In Christ’s day, Samaritans were half-breeds who were hated. To be called a Samaritan was an ethnic slur. Yet one day, Jesus told a parable where the hero was a good Samaritan. Jump forward to our day, and the term Samaritan is synonymous with a do-gooder.In 1964, LBJ initiated the War on Poverty to help millions of Americans “escape from squalor and misery and unemployment rolls where other citizens help to carry them.”It sounds good. In fact, a book written in 1968 by a prominent evangelical said: “For the Christian the ‘war on poverty’ is not a political option. It is a lifelong battle based on the mandate of Jesus Christ, who loved the poor.”In one sense, that quote is correct on the face of it. However, in the direct political sense, it is far from correct. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. Who should help the poor? The church, the family, the individual? Yes. The government? No.Rather than alleviate poverty in America, the War on Poverty helped increase it in the long run.https://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/50-years-war-poverty.html#.U-q-D_4cSUk
LifeSiteNews 3 November 2014If you want your children to be educated and wealthy, assure they grow up with two married parents, a new study says.“Growing up with both parents (in an intact family) is strongly associated with more education, work, and income among today’s young men and women,” says a new report on U.S. wage stagnation.For decades, policymakers and pundits have said that Americans’ wages have slowed or even stagnated. However, according to a new report from the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI), married heads of households have done much better than their unmarried counterparts.Family structure is one of the most important factors in whether a person will be educated, wealthy, and married, AEI found.Looking at 33 years of economic data, the report notes that married heads of households saw their incomes increase from approximately $63,000 per year in 1979 to $85,000 per year by 2012.Conversely, unmarried heads of households saw their incomes rise from $28,000 per year in 1979 to just $32,000 in 2012.https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/children-raised-by-married-parents-are-wealthier-more-educated-than-their-p
3News 2 September 2015Last week Story investigated a Putaruru charity making loads of money from dairy farming. But it’s not the only big money-making enterprise that says it’s a charity so doesn’t pay tax.There are two sides to the story – the big guys you probably don’t even know are a charity, then the little guys being told they’re not charitable enough.Community Housing Aotearoa (CHA) is building houses for people who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy their own homes.“Tens of thousands of people who might be renting, who might live in something that’s old, cold and mouldy and charging them a lot – look, they really want to have their own place,” says CHA director Scott Figenshow.It sounds laudable, but one of the charities paying for the project might not be a charity for much longer. Its status is under review. It’s not looking good; a similar housing charity in Queenstown has already been deregistered.Apparently providing a home for a family isn’t work a charity should be doing.But the housing charities aren’t alone.“There was a charity in Palmerston North that was operating a food bank,” says lawyer Susan Barker. “Their registration was challenged because they couldn’t prove that the people who were coming to the food bank were poor.”Ms Barker says the people regulating charities are being too harsh. They’re deciding some of these organisations aren’t doing enough or any public good.She reckons of 27,000 registered charities, 5100 have been stripped of their status in the past three years. The most famous examples are Greenpeace and Family First – both of whom argued their way back.“One in five charities are being deregistered. That is enormous because deregistration is supposed to be used only in the most extreme circumstances; it’s the most extreme sanction for a charity.”http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/story/small-scale-charities-struggle-to-keep-status-2015090218#axzz3ke3nVyCD
Radio NZ News 21 December 2015An Auckland same-sex de facto couple has won an historic court ruling allowing them to apply to jointly adopt children.A High Court judge has agreed the phrase “two spouses” used in the 1955 Adoption Act should include same-sex de facto couples, not just those who are legally married.Lawyer Stewart Dalley said it ends the couple’s struggle, which started three years ago, initially before the Human Rights Commission, after a failed bid to jointly adopt their infant daughters.The ruling set a clear precedent for other same-sex couples, he said.“In the judgement, it clearly states that there is no justification for same-sex de facto couples, whether they’re male or female, not to be granted eligibility status to apply to jointly adopt children.”The adoption process was generally a two-step process, with applicants first needing to meet eligibility criteria, which used to be that they needed to be married – to jointly adopt – or be single, Mr Dalley said.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/292701/victory-for-same-sex-couples-wanting-to-adoptKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
NZ Herald 17 August 2016Family First Comment: As we highlighted…“The Drug Foundation’s poll finds much less support (30 per cent) for legalising or decriminalising commercial sales of cannabis for any purpose and, oddly, even less support (20 per cent) for allowing small amounts to be grown and sold or given away to friends. Most of us, it seems, want any liberalisation of cannabis to ensure it strictly remains a personal and private activity for those who want it, not a substance for social sharing or commercial promotion.”But how do you regulate that? Remember synthetic cannabis? A disaster! The Prime Minister is unmoved by a poll for the Drug Foundation showing most New Zealanders now support legalising, or at least decriminalising, cannabis. His reluctance is understandable. The last time the Government went down this road, with synthetic cannabis, it got its fingers burned.It is easy to agree, as 64 per cent of those polled did, that possession for personal use should not be a crime. It is almost as easy to agree with the 52 per cent who would decriminalise its cultivation for personal use. But if the purpose is to save police time, it would probably do the reverse. How would police know a person found in possession of cannabis, or cultivating it, had no more than an amount permitted for personal use? And if cannabis was merely decriminalised, remaining illegal, what are police supposed to do about it? Their job is easier when crime is clearly defined.But ease of law enforcement is not the decisive consideration. The law should regulate drugs to the extent necessary to minimise the harm they can do.The case for relaxing the law against cannabis has been helped of late by cancer patients who find it an effective pain reliever. Unsurprisingly, more than 80 per cent of those polled agree cannabis should be permitted for pain relief but, again, changing the law is the easy part. How are people in pain going to be supplied? Must they all grow their own?The Drug Foundation’s poll finds much less support (30 per cent) for legalising or decriminalising commercial sales of cannabis for any purpose and, oddly, even less support (20 per cent) for allowing small amounts to be grown and sold or given away to friends. Most of us, it seems, want any liberalisation of cannabis to ensure it strictly remains a personal and private activity for those who want it, not a substance for social sharing or commercial promotion. But if it is going to be available for medical use it will need some sort of organised production and distribution.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11695124
18 May 2017The Department of Internal Affairs is maintaining its position that lobby group Family First isn’t a charity. But founder Bob McCoskrie tells us why it is.http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/thepanel/audio/201844172/family-first-not-a-charityAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.
NBC 2 5 December 2017Family First Comment: “This relationship was found to be especially strong among young people between the ages of 12 and 17. Nearly a third of traditional cigarette smokers in this age group said they also used cannabis day in and day out, the researchers say. In fact, young smokers were more than 50 times more likely to use cannabis daily than their nonsmoking peers.” www.SayNopeToDope.nz Smoking cigarettes and daily use of cannabis are strongly linked in the United States, research says. Smokers, overall, are seven times more likely to use pot daily than non-smokers, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.This relationship was found to be especially strong among young people between the ages of 12 and 17. Nearly a third of traditional cigarette smokers in this age group said they also used cannabis day in and day out, the researchers say. In fact, young smokers were more than 50 times more likely to use cannabis daily than their nonsmoking peers.Comparing the overall number of daily cannabis users in 2002 and 2014, the researchers saw another trend.“More people are smoking cannabis on a daily basis,” said Renee Goodwin, the lead investigator and an adjunct associate professor at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She said all the groups examined — smokers, former smokers and nonsmokers in the US — showed increasing rates of daily cannabis use.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana is the most commonly used “illicit” drug, used by about 22.2 million Americans. (The institute classifies marijuana as an illicit drug despite legislation in a few states that permits recreational use of this drug.) More men than women use the drug, a gender gap that widened even further between 2007 and 2014.READ MORE: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/36993719/smokers-are-7-times-more-likely-to-use-marijuana-daily-study-says
NZ Herald 8 January 2019Family First Comment: “Acting Minister of Customs Iain Lees-Galloway said the government was strongly committed to stopping the flow of illicit drugs across our borders and reducing the harm caused by illegal substances in our communities.”Good. Don’t legalise then.www.VoteNo.nzJust over $4000 worth of drugs has been seized by Customs from ships in the Port of Tauranga since 2009, compared with more than $400 million seized through the Ports of Auckland.Since 2009, Customs has seized drugs with a street value of $488.9 million through the Ports of Auckland compared to just $4083 through the Port of Tauranga.The data obtained by the Bay of Plenty Times from Customs under the Official Information Act did not include 46kg of cocaine seized at the Port of Tauranga in November last year, as it was a joint operation with police.Methamphetamine accounted for $276.6m worth of drugs seized at Ports of Auckland compared to $2260 worth of ecstasy at Port of Tauranga that was found earlier this year.Customs communications and events director Simon Lambourne said most drug seizures in Auckland were at the port, at the airport, or through international mail.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12148585&ref=twitterKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Ethiopians are calling on the newly elected Ethiopia government to reduce poverty levels and create jobs as they start another five year term,EPRDF, and its allies won every single parliamentary seat in the May elections.CCTV’s Girum Chala reports.
Share Tweet LifestyleRelationships Woman calls guy she likes 65,000 times. That’s a touch much. by: – September 10, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 25 Views no discussions Share A 42-year-old Dutch woman has been charged with stalking after cell phone records showed she called an unidentified guy more than 65,000 times over the course of a year. Worse than that, she’s also been charged with not playing it cool.Before you think “Wait, over a year? I’ve probably called a guy that much,”— which you may not have thought, but I sure did— this brought me comfort: “To reach 65,000 calls, the woman had to have called 178 times a day,” reports ABC News. “That’s nearly eight calls an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or one phone call every eight minutes, without ever stopping.”What’s worse, according to the 62-year-old guy she’s accused of stalking, they weren’t even dating. In court, in The Hague (you know, the place where they also bring international war crimes to trial), the woman claimed her call cycle was totally normal and their relationship warranted it. Oh dear. If the alleged compulsive caller is reading this post, I have good news and bad news. The bad news first: it’s probably not going to work out with this guy after all. Now the good news: this kind of stuff happens a lot. Here, this makes usually makes me feel better…by Piper Weiss,Shine Staff
InternationalLifestylePrintTravel Russian pilots kidnapped in Darfur by: BBC News – February 3, 2015 146 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! Share UN Mission in Darfur patrolling the troubled Sudan region. 12 January 2015The UN sent peacekeepers to Darfur in 2007Two Russians working for UTair airline have been kidnapped in Sudan’s Darfur region, Russian officials say.UTair has a contract to fly aircraft for the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (Unamid) which has been in Darfur since 2007.It said two of its employees had been taken in the town of Zalingei on 29 January.Darfur has been the scene of a deadly conflict between the government and three rebel movements since 2003.The Russian embassy in Khartoum confirmed the men had been captured.“A Unamid minibus was blocked by six cars. The passengers were forced to get off the minibus at gunpoint and led off in an unknown direction,” UTair said in a statement, adding that the hostage-takers had not yet made any demands.“Unidentified militants kidnapped two Russian pilots in Zalingei, capital city of Central Darfur state, as they were on board a bus in the city,” Unamid spokesman Ashraf Eissa told The Anadolu Agency.A UTair helicopter with the UN mission in neighbouring South Sudan was shot down last year and three of its crew were killed.
Share HealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Cuban nurses will bring relief but DNA concerned by: – May 3, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share 396 Views no discussions Share Tweet President of the Dominica Nurses Association, Rosie Felix (file photo)An announcement of twenty Cuban nurses to complement the Princess Margaret Hospital’s nursing staff will bring some relief but President of the Dominica Nurses Association is concerned that it might create additional challenges.The association has been advocating for increased staff to address a shortage of nurses due to migration, better working conditions and better pay on behalf of its membership.Health Minister Dr Kenneth Darroux and acting principal nursing officer, Terrilia Ravalliere announced at a press conference on Tuesday 1 May 2018 that the Cuban nurses will arrive here shortly.“It’s not the first time the ministry is bring Cuban nurses to Dominica but what I will want the Dominican Nursing Council to ensure is that these nurses are proficient in English,” President of the Dominica Nurses Association, Rosie Felix told Vibes News on Wednesday 2 May.The nurses’ ability to communicate in English is critical, Mrs. Felix explained, as otherwise “our patients will suffer, the health system will surer, the quality of care will be compromised”.“Anytime you have a relationship with someone and the persons don’t understand each other because of a language barrier, you’re gonna have problems, you’re gonna have increased risk for medication error, [since] all our drugs are labeled in English,” Mrs. Felix explained.The Ministry of Health and Social Services has requested five midwives, five community health nurses, two intensive care nurses, two accident and emergency nurses, as well as six registered nurses from the Cuban Government.Mrs. Felix said while the additional nurses will bring some relief, if they are unable to speak English, this will create a stressful situation for nurses who would be forced to supervise what they are doing with respect to administering prescriptions, among other duties.“Can you imagine being a patient and a Spanish speaking doctor or nurse is speaking to you? How do you understand,” Mrs. Felix questioned.She emphasized that “I’m not against Cuban nurses” as they have assisted with training Dominican nurses in the past, and that all nurses are “welcome” here irrespective of where they hail from.“I hope the Ministry of Health and our Dominica Nursing Council who is there for licensing of nurses and for the safety of public would take that into consideration. I’m sure it would be immediate relief but we don’t want relief that brings trouble,” Mrs. Felix said.
Share 11 Views no discussions LocalNews MV Silver Explorer to make inaugural call to Dominica by: – October 13, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Image via: shipspotting.comRoseau, Dominica, October 13th 2011 – Dominica is pleased to welcome the MV Silver Explorer at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, on Thursday October 13th 2011. This will be the ship’s only call for the cruise season 2011/2012. MV Silver Explorer is part of the Silver Seas Cruise Line, carries a maximum capacity of 158 passengers, and 117 crew members. It has a gross tonnage of 6,072, and is 354 feet in length. The ship’s port of registry is Portsmouth, United Kingdom, and is scheduled to call into Montserrat prior to Dominica. It will then sail to Bequia, St. Vincent. A brief welcome ceremony will be held on board the ship on Thursday October 13th 2011, at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth, at 10:00am. Dominica expects one (1) more new call for this cruise season, 193 calls in total, and 297,299 passengers. The 2011/2012 cruise season will run through April 2012. Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism urge all stakeholders to play their respective roles in ensuring that the overall guest experience is positive and enhanced during the ship’s visit.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority
Share Share Tweet LocalNews UWP members walk out of Parliament by: – October 25, 2011 288 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Hon Ronald Green and Ezekiel Bazil walking out of ParliamentThe Opposition United Workers Party led by their leader Mr Ronald Green has walked out of Parliament minutes after Mr Daniel Lugay was sworn in as senator when the Second Session of the Eighth Parliament commenced at the House of Assembly this morning.The members namely; Hector John, Ronald Green, Edison James, Norris Prevost, Ezekiel Bazil, Ronald Isidore and Daniel Lugay walked out of Parliament claiming that they will continue to do so until the government heeds their call for electoral reform.The United Workers Party has been boycotting Parliament since the 2009 general elections as they claim it was fraudulent and illegal. They also filed several election petitions challenging the elections but have since withdrawn most of them. In their petitions the UWP alleges the DLP’s win of 18 out of 21 constituencies was accomplished by bribery and unfairness.Those constituencies were the St Joseph constituency involving UWP’s John Abraham and DLP’s Kelver Darroux; the Roseau South seat involving UWP’s Bobby Frederick and DLP’s Ambrose George; the Salybia constituency involving UWP’s Claudius Sanford and DLP’s Ashton Graneau. The seat of Parliamentary Representative of the Vieille Case constituency Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit was also challenged by UWP’s Maynard Joseph and as well as the seat of the UWP’s leader Ronald Green challenging DLP’s Petter St. Jean. Three of the petitions were struck off while the latter two were maintained. Hon. Hector John in conversation with Senator Ronald Isidore outside the Parliament building on Tuesday.However High Court Judge Gertel Thom ruled that a trial should be held to determine whether Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Education Minister Petter Saint Jean possessed dual citizenship on Nomination Day of the last general election in 2009 and therefore were not duly elected.Court was adjourned sine die, meaning without a date on October 3rd, 2011 after both sides presented their arguments and witnesses to the Court however Justice Thom reserved her judgment and promised that her decision would be rendered before 31st December, 2011.Most members of the party refused to comment to reporters after they walked out of Parliament claiming that they would discuss their concerns at a press conference on Wednesday.Newly sworn in senator Daniel Lugay explained an incident in which his brother who had resided out of Dominica for several years was bribed to vote for the Dominica Labour Party.“Here it is that I shared in the Parliament that my brother in 2009 came in to vote illegally. He called me ahead of the elections and he said to me “Danny I want to come down to campaign for you” so I told him on a matter of principle; you have been out of Dominica for more than ten years living in the states on a matter of principle, “Peter no, I would really like your help” as a matter of fact he introduced me to politics, he was a member of the Young Freedom Movement”.Senator Daniel Lugay speaking to reporters outside of Parliament“On the day of elections I saw him in Dominica, I said “Peter what are you doing in Dominica?” He said, “Boy”, I asked “how did you vote?” he said almost drunk, “Boy I vote my conscience.” Flown into Dominica a veteran politician; Julius Timothy, why does Julius Timothy need to bring in people he going up against a rookie and I meet other people in Antigua who came in. So I am saying that Peter came in illegally and vote, my very own brother. On Saturday I spoke with him he almost cried he told me his wife gave him so much pressure, when he called his best friend to explain to him what he had done to his brother, his best friend told him he would have invited him home and he would poison him. I would never do that to my brother; I made up with my brother, I ate with him on Saturday.”Mr Lugay alleges that the entire 2009 election was fraudulent and that they will continue to protest until the issue of electoral reform is addressed.“What I am saying is that the whole election was fraudulent; there was no doubt that I would have had a better chance, I lost by 117 votes because of that illegal act of bribery and bringing in voters. I suffered tremendously there were folks I met in Antigua who gave me their names I have them in my wallet at home who came in to vote by the Labour Party. We’re saying until we can get this issue sorted out of electoral reform our protest will continue,” he said.He concluded that the protests will take various forms as the leadership decides.Meantime President of the United Workers Party Mr Edison James informed reporters of a press conference at the party office on Wednesday at which time he promised to “give you all the information you want, you will be able to ask us any question you want”.Dominica Vibes News
Sharing is caring! CD’s cost EC$50.00 and are available at CLC Bookstore, Eezee Pharmacy, Bullseye PharmacyA group of young people from the Trinity Baptist Church have seen the fruits of their labour of love with the launching of their first gospel CD “Glorious One”.Ebenezer Praise is described as a “gift based ministry” was formed in 2004 with the mission of “communicating the heart of God to others, honouring God, reach the lost and touch lives through praise and worship”.The CD which comprises of 10 original songs of various genres including Worship, Reggae, Rock and Zouk-Cadence was born out of a vision which their pastor Randy C Rodney received and challenged the group to take on.Worship Director and leader of the group Mrs. Kerry Ann White-Lewis At the launching of the CD at the Garraway Hotel on Thursday, Worship Director and leader of the group Kerry Ann White-Lewis noted that she is “humbled and satisfied” at the launching of the CD, said members of the group were asked to write songs based on Psalm 96:1 “Sing unto the Lord a new song”.“I am humbled today because God used ordinary, imperfect young people to do an extraordinary thing through good team cohesiveness and tough leadership, through shelving fears and opening one’s heart to the working of the Holy Spirit, long hours and sacrifice, rebuke and restraint in a society where young people showcase a generation of misplaced values; Glorious One was born”.White-Lewis further highlighted what the CD represents to the group and church during challenging times resulting from public ridicule and membership problems.“The songs on this CD all represent who God was for us Trinity; our refuge when we were a church without walls and without a home of our own, our friend when we were ridiculed by critics and our peace when we were tearing at the seams by our own members. It signifies who God is for us now; the foundation of a thriving church, the fuel for members growing passionately in the word of God, developing spiritually and physically and the motivation while we are principled and faith-based and it is evidence of who God will always be – the glorious one”. Composer of 50% of songs featured on “Glorious One” Jerlene Junkere She is also satisfied however, that “God will bring the project to fruition” despite the “fierce competition” which it might face on the market.Jerlene Junkere who composed 50% of the songs on the album and a member of Ebenezer Praise told the launching that every song was written to “lift the name of Jesus”.Junkere said, although songs are written for a plethora of reasons and on various topics she believes that the “best reason” for composing a song should be to “glorify God” and is hopeful that “whoever listens to the songs will be encouraged”.Meanwhile Caleb Rodney another member of the group who contributed in composing and musically explained that working on the project enabled the members to experience personal growth.“It created an avenue whereby persons could improve and utilize their own talents not just singing and playing but in marketing, in planning, accounting and even in encouraging one another which were all essential in arriving to this very moment here today”.Caleb Rodney -“the album is exploding with variety” According to him, persons who listen to the songs featured on the CD are “guaranteed” that their “spirits and souls” will be uplift.Pastor of the Trinity Baptist Church, Randy C Rodney described the launching of the project as a “proud moment” for him and the Church family as it “exclaims that good can come from Nazareth”. The CD’s cost EC$50.00 and are available at CLC Bookstore, Eezee Pharmacy, Bullseye Pharmacy, members of Trinity Baptist Church and Ebenezer Praise.They are also available in Saint Maarten, Anguilla and Antigua and will be available on the internet for purchase shortly.Dominica Vibes News Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Ebenezer Praise Ministry launches “Glorious One” CD by: – April 12, 2012 Tweet Share Share 490 Views one comment
Birmingham are set to turn down Manchester United’s £25m bid for teenage sensation Jude Bellingham. Loading… And their latest offer is believed to be around £25m plus add-ons for one of the brightest prospects in English football. Read Also:Southampton sign striker Adams from Birmingham However, 90min report that Birmingham will rebuff any bid from the Red Devils this month as they are desperate to keep hold of their prized 16-year-old possession. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The England youth international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this month. United have reportedly tabled a number of bids in recent weeks to try and lure the midfielder up the M6.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably MissedAwesome And Unusual Staircases From All Over The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Time14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better
Loading… Former England coach, Sam Allardyce, can see Pep Guardiola quitting Manchester City for Juventus. “Then he has three seasons there and comes to Manchester City. “He’s had some great years at Manchester City now and Italy is another challenge. “So he looks like it’s a bit of,’I need to go to Italy and challenge myself there and show them what I can do in that country’. “Which is massive in football terms, like it is in Germany and England and Spain, so that challenge for him runs along a line a bit like what Jose Mourinho has done. “Portugal, Chelsea, Milan, Madrid and now Jose is back where most like to be, in the Premier League. Read Also:Allardyce defends Pickford after street fight “It’ll be sad to lose Guardiola because he has brought so much to the Premier League in his time and we’re all better off for him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Allardyce has launched the Sam Allardyce Podcast on YouTube and in episode one he discusses the Italian giant’s interest in Manchester City’s manager. Asked if Juve will be able to lure Guardiola, Big Sam said: “I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona. “He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been through the playing days and coaching behind the scenes with the youngsters, and then the top job, and then he wins the Champions League, La Liga on a regular basis and then goes: ‘Boosh! I’m having a year off.’ “He decided Germany was the next adventure and what was impressive about Pep was that he could speak German. “That year he took off he taught himself how to speak German, so when he first went he knew how to communicate, which is very important if you go abroad.Advertisement Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World
Read Also: NBA warns players over interactions with fans “Now we know where we stand, and even if the confinement to our rooms continues, everyone will manage to find occupations, distractions, activities…” Cyclists, team staff and some media were put under lockdown at hotels in Abu Dhabi where they underwent screening, with most cleared to leave over the past few days. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The two French cycling teams kept in the United Arab Emirates following the outbreak of coronavirus that ended the UAE Tour, will be quarantined for 10 more days, team officials said on Wednesday. Cofidis riders will be quarantined in UAE for 10 days following the outbreak of coronavirus that ended a race there “We have just learned that we are officially quarantined, in theory until March 14,” Thierry Vittu, the president of Cofidis’ competition team, posted on Facebook. The 12-member Groupama squad, which includes four riders, is also remaining under quarantine, a spokeswoman told AFP. There was no immediate comment from the other two teams which were in lockdown, UAE Team and Russian-backed Gazprom. The UAE Tour was abandoned last Thursday after two Italian staff members with one of the teams tested positive for the disease. On Tuesday the UAE announced six more related cases, saying that two Russians, two Italians, one German and a Colombian had been infected.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… On Monday, Vittu had tweeted that the team was being “held hostage”. On Wednesday he said the news of a definite date was welcome. “Of course the deadline is far away (although it’s only 10 days) but in a way, it’s a kind of relief,” he said. “What has been difficult to live with so far has been the absence of a deadline and the constant expectation of a close outcome that never came.
Loading… Goals from Anthony Martial and substitute Scott McTominay saw United complete the double over City. The win took them to fifth on 45 points, just three points behind Chelsea in the league table behind. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of ChinaWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Odion Ighalo is still on cloud nine, celebrating his first Manchester derby at Old Trafford. Ighalo was replaced by Bruno Fernandes with two minutes remaining in the game which United won 2-0. It was his seventh appearance for United since joining them on loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. “My first Manchester derby what a day.God is the Greatest,” Ighalo wrote on his verified Twitter handle.Advertisement
Manchester United are circling around Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eyes a sensational £50million swoop.Advertisement The Old Trafford chief is hoping to take advantage of the Arsenal striker’s contract running out and launch an audacious bid. Loading… Read Also: Sacked Arsenal boss on Fiorentina shortlistOn the other hand, they are also determined to avoid a repeat of the scenario of two years ago, when Arsenal were panicked into awarding Mesut Ozil a £350,000-a-week deal.The German playmaker, as well as Bukayo Saka, Shkodran Mustafi and Reiss Nelson, are all out of contract in 2021.But there is not the same urgency to agree terms with those players as there is with club captain Aubameyang.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersThe 9 Best Robots In Movie HistoryTop 6 Iconic Supercar MoviesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Gunners officials have accepted the fact Aubameyang will not sign a new deal and would prefer to cash in than lose him for nothing.The Gabon striker, 30, has just over one year left on his current contract and can leave for a free in the summer of 2021, while being able to negotiate pre-contract terms in January.Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu had wanted their £56million top-scorer to commit his long-term future to the club.But now they may be tempted to recoup nearly all of what they paid for him in January 2018 after Man Utd registered an interest.Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are two other European giants preparing to swoop – and they can both offer Champions League football, a big reason Aubameyang has stalled on a deal.Ever since losing Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere for nothing in the last few seasons, Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham insisted they would never put themselves in a similar situation.
The rapport between the two men remains strong a decade later, and Matrix discussed Mou in an Instagram Live chat with Sebastien Frey. “Mourinho was a shield, a friend, a father and a brother. He’d tear us to shreds, too, really gave us a dressing down. He knew the right buttons to press and you saw the results. “I basically stopped playing football with him, as the rapport we had was one of trust and respect. I knew that I might only need to play one game, but he’d respect me just as much. “Consistency was the most important thing and he was consistent. He did what he said he would. People say I was angry with the one that followed him (Rafa Benitez), but we didn’t get along because he wasn’t consistent. “It’s difficult to follow Mourinho, but Leonardo was really intelligent in that he basically copied and pasted what Mou had done. Once he arrived, we recovered 19 points from Milan, and if we hadn’t lost the derby in April, we would’ve overtaken them.” Under Mourinho in 2009-10, Inter won the Scudetto, Champions League and Coppa Italia. Loading… Marco Materazzi describes Inter’s Treble-winning coach Jose Mourinho as “a shield, a friend, a father, and a brother. He’d tear us to shreds, too.” “We had such a strong team in his first season, but then brought in Lucio, Samuel Eto’o, Diego Milito and Thiago Motta. There were 25 players and it didn’t matter who played, we were the same team. “Eto’o is a brother and I will thank him for the rest of my life. He promised me the Champions League and he kept that promise.” Materazzi also revealed a much earlier story from worse times for the Nerazzurri, the 4-2 defeat to Lazio that lost them the Scudetto on the final day in May 2002. Inter had been leading twice only to lose with a couple of howlers from Vratislav Gresko. “That is the match I’d want to play all over again. We were leaving the stadium, getting on the team bus, when Gresko asked why everyone was angry. Gigi Di Biagio couldn’t believe it, what was he saying? read also:Mourinho’s transfer plans in tatters amid coronavirus crisis “It turns out this was the third time it had happened to Gresko. In one season, he’d lost the title, Champions League Final and German Supercup.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value
The clearing of the streets complies with the Department of theInterior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued by Interior secretaryEduardo Año. BACOLOD City – Sidewalk vendorsin the downtown area affected by road clearing operations will receivefinancial assistance of P5,000 each from the city government. “It is still our desire to help them to the maximum extent possible. Weare prepared to assist them on a short, medium and long-term basis,” he added. Vendors at Libertad South Market who occupied the Amelia-MercedesStreets for many years returned to their spaces in the Libertad Market Annex. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said on Thursday the vendors have been relocatedfrom the downtown area to the Vendors Plaza and the city hopes to provideassistance as they transition to another place of business. Initially, around 400 vendors were moved from the downtown area to themarket at the reclamation area, but Leonardia said he has asked for an officiallist to determine who can receive the financial assistance. CLEARING OF CANALS. Men from the Department of Public Services, City Legal Office-Enforcement Team, and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office conduct the de-clogging of canals and drainage systems at the Vendors Plaza in Bacolod City on Wednesday (September 12, 2019). Hundreds of vendors affected by the road clearing in the downtown area are being moved to the market facility in the reclamation area. Bacolod City PIO Last month, nearly 170 vendors occupying Burgos and Daniel RamosStreets have been removed and transferred inside the Burgos North Public Marketwhile 95 fish vendors selling on Ballesteros Street in the downtown area were movedto the Central Market. Aside from this, City Administrator Juan Orola Jr. also coordinatedwith the Department of Labor and Employment to identify which of the agency’sprogram can be availed by affected sidewalk vendors. The city government will use fund from its Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office share, he added. In his order dated July 29, Año gave mayors 60 days “to exercise theirpowers essential to reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends,and in the process rid them of illegal structures and constructions.”(With areport from PNA/PN)
* No person operating any motorvehicle shall allow more passengers or more freight or cargo in his vehiclethan its registered carrying capacity. * No person operating a motor vehicleshall allow any passenger to ride on the cover or top of such vehicle. Itmeans the maximum load that a vehicle may carry depends primarily on thevehicle’s maximum allowable gross vehicle weight. The law tolerates load thatexceeds less than five percent of the vehicle’s maximum allowable gross weight. Otayde said LTO-6 teams and deputizedpolicemen would be enforcing the prohibitions. Two sections of the law forbidoverloading – Section 32 (Exceeding Registered Capacity, Issuance ofConductor’s License, Validity and Fee) and Section 51 (Hitching to a Vehicle). The specific prohibitions are thefollowing: Therate of the motor vehicle user’s charge depends on the type of the vehicle thatis specified under Republic Act 8794 through a schedule of rates. So as not to overload, Otayde said,drivers must follow the authorized seating or cargo capacity of their vehicles. However, Otayde said, a JointAdministrative Order issued in June 2014 by LTO and the Department ofTransportation increased the fine to at least P6,000 to discourage violators. RISKY RIDE. The law is crystal clear: No person shall hang on to, or ride on, the outside or the rear end of any vehicle, and no person on a bicycle, roller skate or other similar device, shall hold fast to or hitch on to any moving vehicle. Also, no driver shall knowingly permit anyone to hitch on to or ride the outside or rear end of his vehicle. Violators face a still fine of at least P6,000, according to the Land Transportation Office. Photo shows an overloaded New Lucena, Iloilo public utility jeepney in Barangay Cabilauan, New Lucena, Iloilo. IAN PAUL CORDERO * No driver shall allow any person toride on the running board, step board, or mudguard of his motor vehicle for anypurpose while the vehicle is in motion. According to LTO-6 spokesperson RizaOtayde, their central office reiterated an order for the strict enforcement ofthe prohibition, noting the increasing road mishaps due to overloading. Itreads: “(c) Penalty for Overloading: The Land Transportation Office or itsdeputized officer shall require the owner of a truck or trailer which is loadedin excess of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) to pay a penaltyin the amount equivalent to 25 percent of the MVUC applicable to the vehicle atthe time of infringement, provided that the penalty shall be waived forloadings exceeding the GVW by a tolerance of less than five percent, and thatno vehicle shall be permitted to proceed on the roadway if either a dual-wheelaxle load exceeds 13,500 kg or the vehicle load exceeds 150 percent of themaximum allowable GVW.” Section 6(Penalty forOverloading) reads: “An amountequivalent to 25 percent of the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) shall beimposed on trucks and trailers for loading beyond their prescribed grossvehicle weight: provided,That no axle load shall exceed 13,5000kgs.” “Indinaton mapaktan basi maaksidente kag may mautas nga kabuhi bangod lang sapagpanghingalit naton, so dapat magsunod kita sa laye,” stressedOtayde. Another law that prohibits overloadingis Republic Act 8794 (An Act Imposing aMotor Vehicle User’s Charge on Owners of All Types of Motor Vehicles and forOther Purposes). This law ensuresthe adequate maintenance of national and provincial roads. ILOILO – Overloaded vehicles will beapprehended, announced the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Region 6.Overloading of passengers and cargo is prohibited by Republic Act 4136 (LandTransportation and Traffic Code). * No person shall hang on to, or rideon, the outside or the rear end of any vehicle, and no person on a bicycle,roller skate or other similar device, shall hold fast to or hitch on to anymoving vehicle, and no driver shall knowingly permit any person to hang on toor ride, the outside or rear end of his vehicle or allow any person on abicycle, roller skate or other similar device to hold fast or hitch to hisvehicle. TheImplementing Rules and Regulations of this law states in detail the penalty forthe use of overloaded vehicles. The prohibition covers privatevehicles, public utility jeepneys, motorcycles, tricycles, multicabs, pickups,cargo trucks, etc. Butshould the vehicle’s weight exceed the specified tolerance level, the owner ofthe truck shall be liable for a penalty equivalent to 25 percent of the motorvehicle user’s charge applicable to the vehicle at the time of infringement. Under the Land Transportation andTraffic Code, violation of Section 32 has a fine not exceeding P100, whileviolation of Section 51 has a fine of not less than P25 nor more than P50. Asidefrom imposing a fine for overloading vehicles, the law provides that vehicleswith dual-wheel axle load exceeding 13,500 kg and those vehicles whose loadexceeds 150 percent of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight shall not bepermitted to traverse roadways./PN
Filipino kids play a common street game in the country. The Regional Sub-Committee for the Welfare of Children in Western Visayas recently recognized the outstanding performance of local government units in the region in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year 2018. PINTEREST.COM As finalists, they will compete withother LGUs in the country for the coveted PACFMC which President RodrigoDuterte will personally award to the winners in Malacañang. ILOILO City – The RegionalSub-Committee for the Welfare of Children (RSCWC) in Western Visayas recentlyrecognized the outstanding performance of local government units (LGUs) in theregion in the implementation of child-friendly programs and services in year2018. For Capiz, ranked first was Sapiantown, followed by Dumarao, Sigma, Tapaz, Roxas City, and Cuartero. The municipality of Buenavistagarnered first place in the province of Guimaras, followed by Sibunag, and SanLorenzo. The municipality of Hinoba-an capturedthe top spot for the province of Negros Occidental followed by the cities ofSilay, Victorias, Himamaylan, Bago City, San Enrique, Candoni, andPulupundan. Mayor Liecel Mondejar-Sevillecongratulated local chief executives and members of the Local Council for theProtection of Children who were conferred with the seal. The top LGUs for Antique were:Barbaza, Libertad, San Jose, Sibalom, Anini-y, Culasi, and Pandan. Leading the awardees this year are theIloilo City and the municipality of Sapian in Capiz, who were hailed asnational finalists for the Presidential Award for the Child-FriendlyMunicipalities and Cities (PACFMC) under the highly-urbanized city and 4th to6th class income municipality categories, respectively. Both LGUs garnered the highest scoresin their respective categories in the 2018 Child-Friendly Local GovernanceAudit (CFLGA) conducted by the Regional Inter-Agency Monitoring Task Force andqualified for the PACFMC. They were evaluated by the National Awards Committeelast July. For Iloilo, Anilao and Barotac Nuevotowns took first place rating, followed by Banate, Cabatuan, Passi City, SanRafael, Iloilo City, Ajuy, Bingawan, Mina, Guimbal, Lemery, Leon, Miag-ao, andSta. Barbara. A total of 129 LGUs in the region wereconferred with the seal after they passed the 2018 CFLGA. Aside from the plaque of recognition,LGU awardees also took home their Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governance. Local chief executives andrepresentatives of LGU awardees received their plaque of recognition frommembers of RSCWC-6 led by Regional Director Engr. Ariel Iglesia of theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government-6 and Director III EvangelineFelecio of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-6 during theRegional Awarding and Conferment of the Seal of Child-Friendly Local Governanceheld in this city. A former member of the SangguniangPanlalawigan of Iloilo, Seville enacted the Code of Parental Responsibilitythat strengthened parental responsibility over children where parents will bepenalized for the offenses committed by their children.(With a report from PIA/PN) For Aklan province, the top performingLGUs were: Malinao, Banga, Ibajay, Buruanga, New Washington, Madalag, Makato,Tangalan, Batan, and Malay. “But more than the awards, and theincentives, we cherish the honor of being able to lead a municipality/city thathas keen regard for children. We are happy about having made sure our childrenare safe within the bounds of our localities,” said Seville. Also cited during the event were thetop five outstanding LGUs in each of the six provinces in the region asindicated in the result of the 2018 CFLGA.
BACOLOD City – Charged with child abuse,a school teacher was arrested in Barangay 2, La Carlota City, NegrosOccidental. Soluta’s apprehension was staged on thestrength of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Cyclamen Jison-Fernandez ofRegional Trial Court Branch 63 in La Carlota City dated Nov. 14, 2019. The court recommended a P200,000 bailbond for Fernandez’s temporary liberty./PN The 55-year-old Annie Soluta of BarangayRobles, La Castellana was nabbed caught around 10:40 a.m. on Dec. 3, a policereport showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the La Carlota City police station.
Aside from Allera, five alleged visitorsto the drug den were also caught during the operation on Jan. 12. They were AndrueJames Capio; Maricar Allera; Roy Mendoza; Elvira Egonia and Lolito Abayata. Authorities identified the alleged drugden maintainer as Mora Allera, who was tagged as a “high-value” target. Authorities seized these sachets of suspected and drug paraphernalia in a sting operation in Barangay 5, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. PDEA REGION 6 During the raid, operatives of the PhilippineDrug Enforcement Agency (PDEA)-Negros Occidental, PDEA Regional SpecialEnforcement Team and PDEA-Antique were able to confiscate suspected shabuweighing about 10 grams valued at around P68,000. BACOLOD City – An alleged operator of a drugden and five individuals in a sting operation in Barangay 5, San Carlos City,Negros Occidental. The suspects were detained in the lockupfacility of the San Carlos City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed againstthem. (PDEA Region 6/PN)
Boracay, the country’s top touristdestination, was closed for six months of massive rehabilitation beginningApril 2018; it reopened on October of that year. Tourism establishments are “badly hit”by the pandemic, said Elena Brugger, chapter president of the PhilippineChamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)-Boracay. Business in Boracay Island issuffering due to the COVID-19 threat. Malay’s Mayor Froliba Bautista saidtourist arrivals have gone down by 40 percent. Just this March 3, the Malay LGUreiterated that Boracay Island – and the whole municipality for that matter –remained free from COVID-19. Those social media posts were “fakeinformation”, stressed the municipal government of Malay. The 172,695 tourists in Januarydropped to 103,834 in the following month, Bautista said. For several years now, the island’stop visitors are South Koreans. However, the government recently imposed apartial ban on tourists from the northern part of South Korea that has been hitby COVID-19. Had the visit pushed through, it wouldhave been the President’s first trip to Boracay since the island reopened totourists in October 2018. To show that the Philippines remaineda safe place to visit despite COVID-19, President Rodrigo Duterte had plannedto kick off his tour of the country’s top tourist spots in Boracay Island onMarch 12. But the Palace announced its cancellation on March 11. The Malay LGU urged the public torefrain from sharing false and unverified information on social media. The Philippines stands to lose anestimated of P42.9 billion in tourism receipts this first quarter of 2020 dueto the COVID-19 scare. (With a reportfrom the Philippine News Agency/PN) “The effect economically is not goodbecause no people, no business,” she said. ILOILO City – There is no truth tosocial media posts that Boracay Island would be closed once again but this timedue to the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), according to thelocal government unit (LGU) of Malay, Aklan. Prior to Boracay’s rehabilitation,Duterte likened the island to a cesspool.
MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is not manipulating the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country even with the agency’s new form of reporting, according to Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire.“Ang DOH ay naging transparent from the very start with our data. We have our system,” Vergeire said during Monday’s press briefing. “There are still about 6,000 backlogs of reported cases for validation,” she said. “Ang DOH ay naging transparent from the very start with our data. We have our system,” says Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Ma. Rosario Vergeire. Amid criticisms on how the DOH is recording the cases, Vergeire bared that some 6,800 COVID-19 test results have yet to be validated. ABS-CBN NEWS Vegeire reiterated the increase in the number of cases is brought about by the department’s “increasing validation capacity.”“We are now able to validate more cases so that we can tag them as confirmed and meron ho tayong ‘fresh’ and ‘late’ cases. ‘Yung ‘fresh’ cases po, ito po ‘yung mga kasong na-detect natin for the past three days,” Vergeire said.The DOH recently started classifying new cases as either “fresh” or “late” cases. Fresh cases are those whose test results were released within three days before reporting by the DOH, while late cases are those whose results were released more than three days before reporting.The Health department said it changed its reporting method out of concerns that the numbers may further cause fear among the public.Vergeire’s comment came after Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon casted doubt on the DOH after it changed its method of reporting COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.“We demand full transparency. With the DOH changing the manner of reporting the data after more than two months, we cannot help but suspect that it is hiding something. Honesty is the best policy here,” Drilon said in a message.“Manipulating the data will not bring us anywhere. The experiences all over the world show that a great deal of transparency spells a huge difference in winning the battle against this pandemic,” he added./PN Amid criticisms on how the DOH is recording the cases, Vergeire bared that some 6,800 COVID-19 test results have yet to be validated.
“Sa mga lugar na talagang mas malaking banta ang COVID-19, eh huwag ninyo naman pong i-violate iyong ating quarantine rules gaya ng social distancing. Puwede po magprotesta online, hindi po natin sinusupil iyan,” Roque said. MANILA – Since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is still far from over, Malacañang has urged groups and individuals who are planning to stage protest on June 12 to do it online. Several groups and individuals have expressed their desire to hold rally on June 12 when the Philippines commemorates its 122nd independence as they contest the controversial Anti-Terrorism Bill. Roque also explained that the arrest of eight protestors in the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu who are opposed to the Anti-Terrorism Bill was just a precautionary measure due to the high case of COVID-19 infection there. Based on the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH), Cebu City is the city with the highest number of COVID-19 cases at nearly 3,000. “Mataas pa po ang kaso sa Cebu, in fact, kayo pa po ang pinakamataas na kaso diyan sa Cebu sa buong Pilipinas,” the Palace spokesperson said. Roque said that although Cebu is currently under less stringent general community quarantine until June 15, the original proposal was to classify it under a modified enhanced community quarantine./PN Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said protesters can resort to online rally, just as what was did by several groups on Labor Day (May 1). In this file photo dated Dec. 10, 2019, members of progressive groups hold a protest calling for the release of imprisoned activists in front of the Manila Police headquarters. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque urged protesters to resort to online rally since the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 is still far from over. ABS-CBN NEWS
Committee on Transportation chairman Councilor Dindo Ramos, for his part, said the Sangguniang Panlungsod has approved a measure allowing pillion riding during this quarantine period but for immediate family members only. Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico said the order, which took effect on July 20, cannot be carried out here if they have not yet received the implementing rules and regulations (IRR). According to the national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, the driver and pillion rider must be a couple (either married or live-in partners). Pico explained that the IRR is very important as it provides the order’s proper guidelines. BACOLOD City – Authorities in this city have yet to implement Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) new order on motorcycle pillion riding.The new regulation requires the installation on motorcycles of either a prototype plastic shield as proposed by Bohol governor Arthur Yap or a barrier designed by motorcycle ride-hailing platform Angkas. This July 9, 2020 file photo shows a back riding couple. The government’s task force on the coronavirus disease earlier allowed pillion rides for couples as long as there are protective barriers installed on the motorcycle. PNA/ROBERT OSWALD ALFILER Shields are being required for the protection of both the drivers and back-riders from contracting SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of coronavirus disease 2019. Ramos claimed that the barrier is not necessary for the driver and back-rider as it might put their lives in danger./PN
“Its facade and structural design are according to the design made by the national headquarters,” she added. Tibiao’s station is also the fourth typical fire house to be constructed in this province. The three others are in Tobias Fornier, San Remigio and this capital town. Fire officers in Tibiao, Antique prepare for the inauguration of their newly-completed station in Barangay Malabor on Wednesday. The fire house is already the 15th one in the province. SFO2 ALFRED ROME According to Pagunsan, Senior Fire Officer 1 Alfredo N. Ortiaga Jr. will serve as the officer-in-charge of the newly-completed building. The fire officers used a small space at the municipal hall before they got their own building.“The fire station is already the 15th one in this province,” Pagunsan, a Fire Officer 2, said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The municipality of Tibiao in this province inaugurated its newly-completed fire station in Barangay Malabor yesterday. BFP regional director Senior Superintendent Jerry Candido spearheaded the inauguration of the new station. The P2.3-million funding for the building was provided by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) national office, said the agency’s provincial information officer Vilmarie Pagunsan on July 28. Hamtic, Anini-y and Caluya, on the other hand, are currently the only three of the 18 municipalities in this province without fire stations. (With a report from PNA/PN)
The SLS 7th grade basketball team defeated St. Michaels of Brookville Tuesday night 39-10.Nathan Eckstein led the Cardinals in scoring along with Aidan Hornbach and Gus Kellerman contributing good all-around play coming off the bench.The Cardinals are 10-0 on the season and play Laurel this Thursday, December 5 at SLS.Submitted by STL Coach Dale Amrhein.The 8th grade St. Louis Cardinal basketball team rebounded from a tough loss Monday night and played much better against St. Michael’s on Tuesday.Despite losing 34-24, the Cardinals put forth a much better effort.Trailing by just four points at halftime, the boys fell behind further and entered the fourth quarter down 20-14. Sparked by Baird Tuveson’s 5 fourth quarter points, the Cardinals jumped back to take a 3 point lead with less than 2 minutes remaining. St. Michael’s ultimately regained the lead after hitting all 7 free throw attempts in the final quarter.Tuveson finished the night with a season high 11 points, hitting 3 three point baskets. Chandler Meyers added 7 points.The Cardinals finish the week on Thursday vs. Laurel.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.
Indiana State Police divers demonstrate the proper way to exit a vehicle that has crashed into the water.With another inch to half inch of rain expected Friday, flooding continues to be a threat to local commuters.Officials in Franklin County say many local roads are flooded in certain areas including St. Mary’s Road west of Levee Road which is closed. Other counties in the region have reported water covered roads.Area drivers are encouraged to review safety tips courtesy of the Indiana State Police:•Always carry a cell phone and charger.•Pay attention to local media reports and heed warnings issued by the National Weather Service.•Never drive around barricades at water crossings.•Be especially careful at night and early morning as it can be difficult to see water and it’s depth across the roadway.•Reduce your speed in rain and NEVER enter flowing water. Driving through water creates less tire contact with the road surface (hydroplaning) and increases your chance of crashing.•Driving through water affects your brakes reducing their effectiveness until they dry out.•If you end up in water, immediately abandon your vehicle, exit through a window and climb on top of your car. Call 9-1-1 from there and wait for help to arrive. Ride the top like a boat, as vehicles will often float for several minutes.•Be aware that road erosion can occur anytime there is running or standing water on a roadway.•Remember it only takes six inches of water to reach the bottoms of most car doors and one foot of water to float most vehicles.If you find yourself stranded in water, act fast. Get yourself and everyone in your vehicle out of their seatbelt and out a window onto the roof of the car.Remember; call 9-1-1 after you reach the top of your vehicle. Indiana State Police divers advise to only swim for it if you absolutely have to, and don’t swim against the current.Make sure you’re a survivor, not a victim.
Congratulations to former Batesville Track State Champion and Notre Dame junior Chris Giesting on being named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference’s Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the Year.Giesting Named 2014 ACC Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year – UNDCourtesy of Batesville Basketball Coach Aaron Garrett and www.und.com.
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams ran in a 4 school meet at Madison Shawe on Wednesday (9/24). The Eagles finished first in both races.JCD 4-Way Meet @ Shawe (9-25)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
The Batesville Cross Country team traveled to Indianapolis this weekend to race in a very competitive Invitational at Ben Davis High School.There were over 20 teams there with over 1/4 of them ranked in the top 20. It was almost perfect weather for running and Batesville took advantage of it as 13 of the 21 Bulldogs that competed ran a personal best. Both teams finished in a very respectable 13th place for the men and 12th place for the women.Top runners for the men were Caleb Moster and Connor Bell finishing in the top 30 and breaking the 17:00 barrier. Caleb crossed the finish line in 26th place at a speed of 16:50 and Connor right behind him in 30th place at 16:53. Both of these are overall personal bests. Also scoring for the dogs were Quinten Gowdy, 75th and Jackson Wooldridge, 116th both running a personal record and Elliott Main, 117th.On the ladies side, Mary Poltrack led the way in 46th place with a time of 20:27. Coming in second for the dogs and running a personal best by over 45 seconds was Emma Gausman crossing the line at 58th place with a time of 20:44. Following Emma was Maria Wessel in 74th place, closely followed by Audrey Weigel in 76th place and beating her personal record by almost a minute. Sarah Poltrackfinished the scoring for the ladies in 90th place. Other Bulldogs running personal bests for the day were: Derek Nobbe, Will Sittloh (by over a 1.5 minutes), Madeleine Robben, Audrey Maupin, (by about a 1:15) Cheyenne Laker (by 1:30), Carley Fitzpatrick(by over a minute) and Kate Poltrack (by an incredible 3:05)!Batesville travels to Jennings County Tuesday to compete in their invitational at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
P. “Mitch” Bergman, 56 of Milan of Milan passed away Wednesday January 20, 2016 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. Mitch was born Thursday September 17, 1959 in Lawrenceburg the son of Ken and Ginny (Asche) Bergman. Mitch was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. He worked at the Gap in Florence, KY for 15 years. Mitch enjoyed watching sports especially IU basketball and the Colts. Mitch loved spending time with his family and friends.Mitch is survived by son: Dakota Bergman of Cincinnati, Step-son: Robbie (Kelly) LaFollette of Aurora, Step-daughter: Cara (George) Hackney of Milan, Parents: Ken and Ginny Bergman of Milan, Brothers: Doug (Jackie) Bergman, Chris (Lora) Bergman, Steven (Wendy) Bergman all of Milan, Sisters: Kendra Roberts of Dillsboro, Melissa (Jeff) Ollman of Milan. 5 Grandchildren: Brayden Cutter, Carson, Eli, Tyler Hackney, James Scott LaFollette, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife: Debbie Bergman March of 2015.Funeral services will be at 12:00PM Saturday January 23, 2016 at Hope Baptist Church 15593 US 50 Dillsboro, IN 47018, with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Visitation will be 10AM until time of service. Memorials may be made to the Family. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243 Milan, IN 47031. (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message
The Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis team defeated Lawrenceburg 4-1 on Thursday to move to 7-0 on the season and 6-0 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Julia Hunter was defeated by Madeline McMullen 2-6, 6-4, 2-6#2 Singles- Alana Pinckley defeated Amber Rickets 6-4 ,6-2#3 Singles- Rachael Rose defeated Averi McMullen 6-2, 6-7(4), 6-1#1 Doubles- Karsen Worthington and Macy Simon defeated Macy Morgan and Josie Denton 6-2, 6-1#2 Doubles- Audrey Weigel and Anna Kick defeated Mirsten Mollaun and Amandalin Hensley 6-2, 6-1All 18 JV players for Batesville saw action against Lawrenceburg, playing 13 total matches and winning 12. Winners in singles were Jenna Harmeyer, Hanna Pirch, Jenna Ertel, Kate Poltrack, Bea Amberger. Doubles winners were Mary Elkins/Grace Heppner, Chandni Patel/Jenna Harmeyer, Baylee Rohlfing/Maggie Schwettman, Corinne Stone/Sophie Brown, Audrey Amberger/Janvi Patel, and Tori Kurtz/Allie Shane. Caitlyn Broering Maggie Walsman played a great match but came up short losing 7-5 in the tiebreak. The JV is also a perfect 7-0 on the season.Both teams will travel to South Dearborn to wrap up EIAC play Friday at 4:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.
The Jennings County Panthers eek out a close 172-175 win over The Batesville Bulldogs in Boys Varsity Golf action.Batesville’s Current Overall Record: 23-17. EIAC Record (Duals/Tri/Quad Meets Only): 3-1Next Event: May 10th vs. South Dearborn and East Central at South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Boys Golf Coach Ben Siefert.
Johnny Wilson, better known as “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson” was the 1946 Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. The Anderson High School graduate was barely 6 foot tall but he had amazing jumping skills. Recently Anderson honored him with a statue in front of the high school. Johnny is the oldest, living Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana. The 88-year old was one of the first to break the color barrier of “whites only” in basketball.Johnny led Anderson to a state basketball title by scoring 30 of his team’s 67 points in their victory over Ft. Wayne Central in the championship. He wanted to play basketball at IU, but they had no blacks at that time, so he went to nearby Anderson College. I was only 7, so I only heard about Johnny Wilson in later years.Wilson is a good friend of Carl Erskine, another Anderson legend, who played baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Both are still living. Recently, Johnny Wilson played golf with Glen Butte at the Legends Golf Course in Franklin.Part of this information came from an article in the Indianapolis Star.
Paul David Gilb, 69, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2016.Paul was born February 26, 1947 in Batesville, Indiana to William and Juliana Gilb.Paul had the distinction of being the first baby that Dr. Leslie Baker delivered. He attended St. John Lutheran School and was also confirmed in the faith. He was a 1966 graduate of Aurora High School. Paul enlisted and served in the US Navy aboard the USS Rankin, (proudly discharged). In 1967 Paul married the love of his life, Betty Sue Gulley Gilb. Three sons were born of this union, David “Scott” Gilb, Christopher Lee (Candy) Gilb and Ryan Benjamin “Ben” Gilb. He has 3 grandsons, Cory Scott Gilb, Alexander Lee “Zander” Gilb and Gavin Zackary Gilb, as well as one great grandson, Carson Michael Paul Gilb. Paul also loved his 1935 Husdon Terraplane “Terra” and his 2 pugs, Mac & Molly.Paul worked at Kroger’s during high school and then had a career at CG&E (Duke Energy) where he retired from in 2001 as an I&C Supervisor. After his retirement, Paul proudly started his own company, Paul & Sons Trucking, Inc. VSRA was a big part of Paul’s life as well as all the friends. Paul was also very proud to be the VSRA Ind. Rep. There are so many friends Paul made; he loved his brothers and sisters, Pat, Paula, Prill and Philip; Paula Kay was his stem cell donor, we are forever humbled by her donation. They were with us every step, much love to all, Sue, Scott, Chris and Ben.Friends will be received Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Monday at 11:00 am at the St. John Lutheran Church, 220 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN. 47001.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the PAWS or Hope Lodge in Cincinnati (Cancer). 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.com
Claude Isaacs, Jr., 89, of Correct passed away at 9:20pm Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at the Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood. He was born at Lebanon in Marion County, Kentucky on July 23, 1927 the son of Claud Sr. and Emily Clark Isaacs. He was married to Lois Smith on June 26, 1950 and she preceded him in death on September 22, 2002. Survivors include three sons Greg (Mary) Hilton of New Marion, Daniel (Teresa) Isaacs of Versailles, and Grant Isaacs of Greensburg; five daughters Claudia Isaacs of Swanton, Ohio, Glenna Baugh of Correct, Sandra (Bill) Fletcher of Dupont, Melanie (Bill) Hoffman of Adams, and Ellen (Jerry) Lowe of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister Judy Cutler of Lebanon. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his brothers George, Eugene, and Charles Isaacs, and his sisters Lydia Higdon, Sarah Spaulding, and Nancy Agan. Mr. Isaacs was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII where he served as a supply technician with the 851st, rising to the rank of Corporal. For service to his country Claud received the WWII Victory Medal. In civilian life he owned and operated Claud’s Body Shop in Correct for over 40 years. In his younger years he had worked at Chevrolet and also at Top and Body both in Indianapolis. He also worked at Abe’s Body Shop in Madison and for Henry Pulley in Versailles. Claud was an avid bird hunter and also belonged to the Brush Creek Conservation Club at Butlerville where he enjoyed trap shooting. He competed in the national trap shoot at Vandalia, Ohio and was once featured on ESPN. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 4th at 2pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Tim Heim of the Shelby Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be Friday from 5pm to 8pm. Memorials may be given to Rescue 69 in care of the funeral home.
Special Olympics Ripley Ohio Dearborn held their annual Sports Achievement Banquet on Saturday, August 12, at The Kenneth L. Diver American Legion Post #337-Sunman. Athletes, coaches, unified partners, volunteers, and contributors were honored during the ceremonies.ROD Delegation Coordinator Greg Townsend recognized the area athletes that were selected to participate in the 2018 Special Olympic US Games at Seattle, Washington in June 2018. The athletes are Charlie Wilson-Swimming, David Paul-Weightlifting, and Alex and Abby Kieffer-Unified Bowling. Greg also gave recognition to Chris Perdue on his success at The X-Games in Colorado and The SO World Games in Austria where he captured the Gold Medal in Snowboarding – Advanced Giant Slalom.Special plaques were presented to Country 103.9 WRBI, Register Publications, St. John’s Lutheran Church-Hubbel’s Corner, Sign A Rama-Lawrenceburg, and WSCH for appreciation to continued support for Special Olympics.Mary Laub was presented a 5-year pin and Brenda Hendrickson a 10-year pin for their involvement with Special Olympics.The 2066-17 Spirit of Special Olympics Award Winners.Butterfly Award (Athletes Personal Growth)-Jenny Wilson, Aaron Russell, A. J. Williams, Braeden McCleary, and Emily Holt.Family of the Year-The Matt Westerman Family.Volunteer of the Year-Mary Hinkle.Co-Coaches of the Year-Jimmy Laub and Justin Uhlman.Athlete of the Year-Chris Perdue.Congratulations to all of the award winners. WRBI is a proud media sponsor for Special Olympics.
Clarence J. Vogelgesang, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away September 24, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born April 17, 1929 in Yorkville, IN, son of the late Urban and Marie (Hornbach) Vogelgesang.He worked for Seagram’s Distillery, retiring after over 46 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where he sang in the church choir for years. Clarence proudly served our country in the US Air Force. He also served as chaplain for the local Honor Guard Military funeral detail. He was a member and served on the board of the DAV in Indianapolis, and was a member of the Aurora VFW. Clarence was very active in the Antique Tractor Club, where he demonstrated an apple cider press. He and Alice also served a great bean soup along with the cider. In his earlier years, he volunteered at the Hogan Township Fire Department. Clarence loved to garden, but his favorite time was spent with his family. .Surviving are children, Angela (Sam) Bentle of Aurora, IN, Ivan (Rhonda) Vogelgesang of West Lafayette, IN, Joyce (Don) Cavin of Hillsborough, NC, Dan (Kelly) Vogelgesang of Breman, IN, Gary (Debbie) Vogelgesang of New Albany, OH, and Mark (Gena) Vogelgesang of Noblesville, IN; siblings, Norma Banschbach of Greendale, IN, Leo (Edna) Vogelgesang of Cincinnati., OH, Betty Chrisman of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Kyle, Laura, Keith, Tyler, Anthony, Dana, Payton, Nathan, Owen, Gavin and Avery; Great Grandchildren, Gabby and Charlie.He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Alice (Connolly) Vogelgesang, siblings, Jim Vogelgesang and Lois Doerflein.Friends will be received Friday, September 29, 2017, 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s at 11:00 am following visitation.Internment will follow in the St. Martin’s Cemetery, Yorkville, Indiana. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Korean War Veterans (KWVA) Scholarship Fund or Hogan Twp Fire Dept.. 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.com
Officer SieverdingBatesville, In. — Batesville police officer Stephen Sieverding recently graduated with honors from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.Sieverding ended with the second highest grade point average out of 130 academy students. The 15-week course features topics on criminal and traffic law, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, physical tactics, EMS awareness and human behavior.He will complete his training with Batesville Police Department Field Training Officers Danny Hamilton, Travis Cook, and Ryan Metcalf. Upon completion of his FTO training, he will serve as a patrol officer.
Oldenburg, In. — Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to announce a leadership challenge gift totaling $750,000 to its Build. Inspire. Lead Campaign from the John A. Hillenbrand and William and Martha Hillenbrand Foundations. Gus Hillenbrand, President of the Foundations states: “The John A. Hillenbrand and William and Martha Hillenbrand Foundations are privileged to contribute to the outstanding educational and moral principles that Oldenburg Academy has furthered throughout the years.”OA’s vision for this campaign is to continue to advance its mission of offering the highest quality, comprehensive, college preparatory Catholic co-education they have provided for over 165 years. Details of the capital projects will be announced in the new year.In recognition of this generous gift, OA President Diane Laake responds: “This is a gift that honors the past, acknowledges our present and believes in our future. We are so grateful to these Foundations for their confidence in and support of this great school.”This is the second leadership gift OA has received for their campaign. The Sisters of St. Francis – Oldenburg affirmed their support of the Academy by formally deeding the Academic Building and Auditorium to OA. “This gift secures our future and enables us to advance our strategic plans” states President Laake.
Ripley County, In. — The Ripley County sheriff’s Department says a Brownstown man was injured in a Saturday morning motorcycle crash on U.S. 50 just west of U.S. 421.Based on witness accounts, deputies say Donald Sons, 65, was westbound when he appeared to brake while rounding a corner. The bike went down on the right side.Sons was transported to Margaret Mary Health for treatment of nonlife-threatening injuries.
Greensburg, in. — Due to a culvert failure, Decatur County Road 280 East will be closed between County Roads 100 South and 421 South. The closure is expected to last about one week.
(Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)Indianapolis, In. — President Donald Trump will speak during the final session of the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Saturday afternoon.The National FFA Convention draws about 65,000 people to Indianapolis and creates about $40 million in economic impact.The event is closed to the public.
Loading… Mbappe also won the golden boot last year, scoring 33 times in 29 league games as PSG romped to the title. His goal-scoring exploits have seen him heavily linked with Real Madrid, and Cesc Fabregas is among those who thinks the 21-year-old World Cup winner would be a perfect fit at Santiago Bernabeu. Fabregas said: “He is a very hungry boy who wants to be the best. Because of his style of play, he would fit in very well at a team like Real Madrid.” Premier League leaders Liverpool are also one of the clubs connected with a move for Mbappe, however former Reds forward John Barnes is unsure that the French international would be a good fit at Anfield. read also:Ligue 1: Mbappe pips Yedder to golden boot after season’s cancellation He said: “They’ll need to sign another forward at some point in case one of the front three leaves but it will have to fit what Klopp wants. Kylian Mbappe is fantastic on the ball but would he do the other stuff? I’d suggest if you’re a 21-year-old superstar, your attitude isn’t going to change.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Kylian Mbappe has been confirmed as the Ligue 1 golden boot winner for 2019-20 following the decision to end the season. Last week, league officials decided to bring the campaign to a close prematurely after French authorities decreed there would be no sporting events until September due to the coronavirus pandemic. Paris Saint-Germain were declared champions on a points-per-game basis, having been leading the top flight by 12 points from Marseille when the competition was suspended. Mbappe was the joint-leading goalscorer in the division on 18 goals, level with Monaco striker, Wissam Ben Yedder. However, Ligue 1 confirmed via its official website on Thursday that Mbappe will be recognised as the season’s top scorer as all his goals came from open play, while three of Ben Yedder’s were penalties. Mbappe’s goals-per-game ratio was also superior, his 18 coming in 20 games, while Ben Yedder scored his in 25. Lyon forward Moussa Dembele finished third in the standings on 16 goals, while Mbappe’s teammate Angel Di Maria was confirmed as Ligue 1’s top creative player with 14 assists.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFrom Enemies To Friends: 10 TV Characters Who Became Close12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them
The United States has been ripped apart following the death of 46-year-old African American man George Floyd. He died after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while restraining him. Chauvin has been charged with second degree murder while the other three officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder. It has led to huge protests throughout the US and several cities across the world, with the Black Lives Matter organisation leading calls for reform. Now Jordan, who is known by most as basketball’s greatest ever player, has announced he is investing in the fight against racism. His manager and spokeswoman Estee Portnoy tweeted out the statement regarding the donation that will be spread out over the next ten years. It read: “Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community. Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. “We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. “The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.” “It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. “Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same. Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people. “Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organisations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.” read also:‘Messi is ahead of Michael Jordan, Ronaldo, Diego Maradona’ Mr Floyd was being detained on May 25 outside a store in Minneapolis where an employee had reported to police a man matching his description tried to pay for cigarettes with a counterfeit bill. In the video he had can heard begging “please, please, please, I can’t breathe”, which has sparked international protests about mistreatment of black people by police. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Basketball legend, Michael Jordan, has donated $100million to the fight against racism. Loading…
“I was delighted, for what I have been through. read also:Inter Milan delay offering Emiliano Viviano contract “Obviously you have to deal with frustration and lack of game-time, but I always believed that I could do it, and I had done it – but I still think that’s not enough. Obviously you need to beat Chelsea to complete what you have been fighting for. “I have been fighting 10 years to win trophies, not just to reach a final.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez, believes he would be successful at the club. The Argentine has been at the club for ten years and did not always enjoy success. But he has received his first-team chance under Mikel Arteta and has grabbed it with both hands. “I was emotional,” said the Argentine keeper of his team’s semi-final win over Manchester City in the FA Cup. “Not because we beat City, but more because of how much I have been fighting to play in a final with the club I love.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithMeet The Happiest Shiba Inu On Instagram!You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading…
Super Falcons and Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala has become one of African football’s biggest women stars even though her family tried to prevent her playing.Advertisement Asisat Oshoala scored as Nigeria beat South Korea for their only victory at the2019 Women’s World Cup in France Loading… “Superzee”, as she is known to team-mates, started playing at school and in the street before joining her first club, FC Robo Queens.“What caught my eye was how fit and athletic she is. She will go on to be my top striker as we had a very good midfield to pass the ball to her to race to goal,” club founder Emmanuel Osahon, who spotted her at a tournament in Lagos, told AFP.“I am not surprised by how far she has since gone in her career because she’s very disciplined, focused and ambitious.”She started as a defensive midfielder and was nicknamed ‘Seedorf’ after the former Dutch midfielder, Clarence Seedorf.She played for Rivers Angels, Nigeria’s leading women’s football club but began to attract attention in Europe when she played as a striker at the 2014 women’s Under-20 World Cup and finished as top scorer.Oshoala joined Liverpool in 2015.“I had other offers, but as I only speak English, I chose this option,” she said.After one injury-hit season on Merseyside, she moved to Arsenal and in 2017 accepted an offer from Dalian in China, before joining Barcelona at the start of 2019.“It was a magical moment,” said Oshoala who displays her appetite for change with her hair.“If I see a colour I like, I dye my hair,” she told the Barcelona web site. “It’s orange at the moment, but next week it could be red, pink or yellow. Not for any special reason, simply because I like a change.” Promoted Content7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Places On Our Planet Where The Most People LiveUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 20198 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To Date9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Asisat Oshoala was voted the women’s African footballer of the year for a third time in 2017 and shared the stage with the top three in the men’s categoryRed Also: Barca to enforce pay cuts on players who refuse to leaveShe has set up the Asisat Oshoala Foundation in Lagos which works on a wide range of sporting, educational, social and medical initiatives for young women footballers, with financial support from her sponsor Nike.“We only work with girls because boys have enough opportunities anyway,” she said. “It is hard for girls in Africa to play football and other sports.”She has also helped her family, buying her mother a house in the old part of Lagos. Perhaps the arguments of the past have been forgotten. On Friday, the 25-year-old Nigerian will attempt to propel Barcelona toward a second straight Champions League final when they take on Atletico Madrid in a one-off quarter-final behind closed doors in Bilbao.Last May, she came off the bench in Budapest with Barcelona already four down to Lyon and hit a last-minute consolation goal to become the first African woman to score in a European Cup final.“I am proud to have scored Barca’s first ever goal in a European final but was also sad about the result,” she told the Barcelona web site in an interview published on August 16.She was voted Africa’s best woman player in 2019. The fourth time she has won the award.Yet her family wanted Oshoala to give up before she had really started in Ikorodu, a poor and overpopulated neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lagos.“My parents were against Asisat pursuing a career in a man’s sport particularly because she’s a girl and we are devout Muslims, but she refused to give up her dream,” her older brother Abdulbasic told AFP, praising her “tenacity”.Oshoala told the club web site about the opposition.“I must admit it caused a lot of arguments with my mother, but I got my way,” she said.Her parents were shopkeepers. She was one of seven children from her father’s two wives.“It’s normal in my country,” she said. “In a Muslim society a man can have more than one wife. I think it’s quite natural because that’s the way it has always been for me.”
Former United States President, Barrack Obama, has thrown his weight behind the on-going strike at the NBA. Obama praised the Milwaukee Bucks for “standing up for what they believe in” following the team’s decision to boycott their NBA playoff game in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the team’s home state of Wisconsin. There has been no NBA basketball since Wednesday, With three playoff games on the schedule, NBA players have decided to strike. The move comes after Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, WI, was shot seven times in the back by police after trying to break up a fight. The Kenosha police officers, who do not wear body cameras, shot Blake in front of his three children. Blake is now reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. As a result, protesters in Kenosha are demanding justice and accountability. The NBA players said they wanted to use their platform to influence social justice before heading to the bubble, and now they are doing it. This is a day that will go down in history. The Milwaukee Bucks put the movement into motion. The Bucks were scheduled to play the first game of the day against the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Minutes before the game was supposed to tip-off, the Bucks informed officials they would not be taking the court. The Magic stood with Milwaukee, saying they wouldn’t accept a victory from the Bucks via forfeit. The league has now announced that the three games have been postponed and will be rescheduled. The NBA can put a make-up date on the calendar, but it won’t matter if the players are committed to striking in protest of police brutality. There was some speculation that players could take a stand on Wednesday, but no one was sure what it would look like. Before Bucks players made their decision, members of the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors sounded off on how the shooting of Blake was impacting them. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder players announced they wouldn’t play either not even an hour after the Bucks’ decision. Players from the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers made the same decision shortly after. The league reportedly did not see a player strike coming. The NBA anticipated all of the games on Wednesday would go on as scheduled in the hours leading up to Bucks-Magic, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Loading… Promoted Content8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?
Loading… Instead of playing the game, their squad were granted time off but the club has now been left to deal with a cluster of coronavirus cases which raise questions about why the French league decided to postpone PSG’s match in Lens, only for so many of their players to travel abroad on holiday during a pandemic.PSG are also due to entertain bitter rivals Marseille on September 13, three days after the new date for the Lens match.The existing, strict French league (LFP) rules stipulate that collective team training sessions must be cancelled if a club has at least four positive tests over an eight-day period, with match postponements possible.And the six players, who will now be placed in isolation, will not be allowed to even train with their teammates for eight days under the existing health guidelines.In recent weeks, several Ligue 1 clubs have reported positive tests, including Strasbourg, Lyon, Marseille, Rennes, Nantes and Montpellier.Marseille’s game against Saint-Etienne on August 21, which was set to be the season opener, was postponed because of a cluster of cases.Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021However, the LFP is set to introduce an amended protocol which would ensure teams would be able to play games as long as 20 players — including at least one goalkeeper — provided negative tests.The last French season was ended early, with 10 rounds of matches left unplayed, because of the health crisis, although PSG were named champions as they led the league at the time.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Their identities were confirmed to AFP by a medical source close to the playing staff who requested anonymity for reasons of doctor-patient confidentiality. Sports daily L’Equipe reported that Brazilian defender Marquinhos, Argentine striker Mauro Icardi and goalkeeper Keylor Navas — who were also in Ibiza — were the new positive cases. Another PSG player, midfielder Ander Herrera, is also known to have been in Ibiza. PSG are due to play their first game of the new Ligue 1 season away at Lens next Thursday, September 10, but there are increasing doubts as to whether that match will now go ahead. The Lens game was initially due to go ahead last Saturday, but was controversially postponed to give the PSG squad a break after their run to the Champions League final in Lisbon on August 23, in which they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. That was despite PSG — by far France’s richest club — having played just five competitive games in the preceding six months. Paris Saint-Germain confirmed “three new positive cases” of Covid-19 in their squad on Thursday, a day after Neymar and two teammates were revealed to have contracted the virus, casting serious doubt over the start of their Ligue 1 campaign. “The latest Sars CoV2 tests carried out on the Paris Saint-Germain playing staff have confirmed that there are three new positive cases,” the French champions said in a tweet, taking the total number of cases in their squad to six. Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes were the first three to test positive, all after a recent holiday on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth
VINTON, Iowa – A regional champion and 20 of the 25 newly-named IMCA Modified state champions are new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Josh McGaha’s title in the Razor Chassis South Central Region made him vote eligible for the 2019 event.Recently crowned state champions joining him will be Jeffrey Abbey in Oklahoma, Drew Armstrong in Arkansas, Chaz Baca in Arizona, Jerry Bailey in Idaho, Eric Barnes in Illinois, Brandon Conkwright in Kansas, Brian Cross in Colorado, Colin Deming in New Mexico, Shane DeVolder in California, Zach Dockter in North Dakota, Bricen James in Oregon, Brekken Kleinschmidt in Wisconsin, Rodney Morgan in New York, Joey Price in Montana, James Roete in Florida, Kelly Shryock in Iowa, Rob Slott in Texas, Kelly Smith in Utah, Andy Strait in Nevada and Shadren Turner in Missouri.Already on the ballot were Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Minnesota State champion Brandon Beckendorf; Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Wyoming State champion Zane DeVilbiss; Jet Racing Central Region and Nebraska State champion Jordan Grabouski; Dirt Works Eastern Region and Michigan State champion A.J. Ward; and South Dakota State champion Bob Moore.Jason Hughes put his name on the All-Star ballot by winning the Duel in the Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Jason Wolla, already on the ballot, won the Fall Classic at Heart O’ Texas Speedway.The 76 drivers now on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for 2019 include:Jeffrey Abbey, Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Jerry Bailey, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Eddie Belec, Brad Calhoun, Cayden Carter, Brandon Conkwright, Brian Cross and Jon DeBenedetti.Nick DeCarlo, Colin Deming, Jesse Dennis, Zane DeVilbiss, Shane DeVolder, Myron DeYoung, Zach Dockter, Scott Foreman, Jaden Fryer, Josh Gilman, Jordan Grabouski, Richie Gustin, Michael Hale, Scott Hogan and Bobby Hogge IV.Darrell Hughes, Jason Hughes, Bricen James, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Eddie Kirchoff, Brekken Kleinschmidt, Oliver Kollofski, Dennis LaVeine, Tyler Limoges, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Hunter Marriott, Rich Michael Jr. and Trevor Miller.Clay Money, Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Guy Norton, Kyle Olberding, Toby Patchen, Tyler Peterson, Joey Price, Clint Reichenbach, Ryan Roath, James Roete, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter and Cory Sample.Robby Sawyer, Johnny Scott, D.J. Shannon, Kelly Shryock, James Slawson, Rob Slott, Kelly Smith, Alex Stanford, Andy Strait, Kyle Strickler, Ricky Thornton Jr., Shadren Turner, Dominic Ursetta, A.J. Ward, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.
By Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. – Sunset Speedway Park is excited to get back into action this Saturday, June 7 for the fourth race program of 2014. Also for this event is Carload Special, which gets a carload, truckload, RV-load, etc. of fans into the races for only $25. Classes in action include the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Women’s and 4-Bee’s.Doug Lockwood and Bubba Foster are the only two drivers to have won in the IMCA Modifieds so far in 2014. John Ireland leads the table in victories in Street Stock competition with two over Earl Claypool Jr.’s one. Trevor LaBarge picked up a huge victory in the first Pure Stock race of the year last weekend. Travis Koch, Stan Asanovic, and John Gartner have all been 2014 victors in the 4-Bee ranks after three races and this Saturday will be the first race of the season for the Women’s division. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gate opens at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military with appropriate ID and juniors ages 13-17, $5 for youth ages 6-12 and free for five and under.A family pass (two adults and up to four youth) sells for $35.
Werkmeister is first, last at Super Nationals XXXIIBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Regardless of how tonight’s main event action plays out, Casey Werkmeister will go home to North Platte, Neb., with a pair of IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s distinctions. First in his Friday night Stock Car qualifying feature, Werkmeister was also the 866th entry to compete during the Sept. 1-6 Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. That car count total is the second highest in event history, just eight fewer than the record set in 2012 *Pre-race ceremonies, including determination of best-looking Modified and Stock Car entries with the ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith Speedway Motors tribute theme, begin at 1 p.m. Fifteen last-chance heats for the Modifieds will be followed by the 25-lap last-chance feature for the Stock Cars. The top six finishers in that event advance to the back two rows of tonight’s big dance.A trio of 12-lap last-chance races each add three cars to the back of the Modified main event field, with the 10-lap Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks, the 10-lap BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods, the 10-lap Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars and the 12-lap Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds next. The greatest show on dirt concludes with 30-lap Hobby Stock, SportMod and Stock Car events, and ultimately the 40-lap Modified headliner. * By popular fan acclamation, Calera, Okla.’s William Gould was judged the Modified winner of the best looking car contest.Les Lundquist of Sioux City was the winner in the Stock Car division. Both drivers received trophies. * Rich Lewerke of Mason City had the high card and will start on the pole this afternoon in the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds. Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas, will start outside the front row.Lining up third through 12th in the 12-lap, $1,000 to win event are Mason Big Eagle of Manor, Sask., 2001 race winner John Logue of Boone, Eric Dailey of Armstrong, Todd Shute of Des Moines, William Gould of Calera, Okla., Mike Petersilie of Hoisington, Kan., defending race winner Dustin Smith of Lake City, Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood, Levi Nielsen of Mason City and Mike Van Genderen of Newton.* Displaying the high card in the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions draw was Dan Mackenthun of Hamburg, Minn. Starting to his immediate right will be 2008 Sunoco RoC winner Kevin Opheim of Mason City. Completing the third through 10th positions in the 10-lap, $500 to win race will be Scott Pippert of Elberon, Todd Reitzler of Grinnell, Matt Guillaume of Haslet, Texas, Nathan Wood of Sigourney, 2004 winner Mike Nichols of Harlan, Devin Smith of Lake City, Michael Jaennette of Newton and Travis VanStraten of Hortonville, Wis.***Kyle Strickler won again, this time in an afternoon game of roshambo with fellow Friday Modified qualifying feature winner Johnny Whitman to decide the outside front row starting spot.Tyler Droste, Hunter Marriott, Adam Larson, Jeremy Mills, Adam Johnson and Jason Cummins line up third through eighth. * Another driver extending his Super Nationals win streak alive was Casey Werkmeister, who bested a young representative for Justin Temeyer in roshambo to determine the outside front row start in tonight’s Stock Car main event. Next in line will be Rick Mahlberg, John Heinz, Michael Jaennette, Jake Masters, Stefan Sybesma and Scott Pippert.* Werkmeister has to share credit for his qualifying with cousin and crew chief Wade Hill. The freshman football coach at North Platte High School, Werkmeister watched his club blank Hastings 42-0 Thursday night before starting the trip to Boone. He got to the track Friday morning, won both his heat and the qualifying feature, then rock-paper-scissored his way to a front row start. “I wasn’t even going to come but Wade said ‘We’ve got one day, we can do it,’” said Werkmeister. “I think I’ll have as good a shot as the next guy to win the main event. Everything is lining up. Maybe it’ll keep going.”
NEWBERRYTOWN, Pa. (April 11) – It was opening night for the Pennsylvania Sprint Series at Susquehanna Speedway Park on Saturday and Steve Storrie picked up the win in the 20-lap feature for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars.Zach Newlin grabbed the early lead from the pole. On the second circuit, Storrie scooted by Newlin and set the pace en route to the victory by leading the final 19 laps.Newlin tried every part of the track to try to regain the lead but had to settle for second place at the end. Colby Dice finished strong in third. Ken Duke and Randy Kaylor were fourth and fifth, respectively.Dice and Storrie won their respective heat races.Feature results – 1. Steve Storrie; 2. Zach Newlin; 3, Colby Dice; 4. Ken Duke; 5. Randy Kaylor; 6. Sean Kirkpatrick; 7. Billy Ney; 8. Donnie Hendershot; 9. Tyler Lebo; 10. Jaremi Hanson; 11. Cory Thornton; 12. Drew Ritchey; 13. Brandt Cook; 14. John Bordlemay; 15. Terry Schaeffer; 16. Jay Krout; 17. Cody Hockenberry; 18. Erin Statler; 19. Mark Watkins; 20. Scott Ellerman.
JACKSON, Minn. – Jackson Motorplex and Park Jefferson Speedway are pleased to announce the Big Buck Bonus for IMCA Modifieds this Memorial Day weekend.Both tracks will offer $1,000 to win IMCA Modified Fast Shaft All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers this weekend. Any driver who can sweep both nights of racing will earn a Big Buck Bonus of $1,000 on top of their winnings, making their weekend haul a very nice $3,000 paycheck.Starting first on Friday night, May 26 at the famed Jackson Motorplex half-mile, the IMCA Modifieds will take to the newly-renovated oval for the Danny Williams Memorial race. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps scheduled for 7:30 p.m.The following night, drivers head over to South Dakota to Park Jefferson Speedway north of Sioux City for The Clash, where the 3/8-mile oval will see drivers compete for a second $1,000 pay day. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m.Jackson Motorplex is located adjacent to the Jackson County Fairgrounds off Interstate 90 in Jackson, Minn. The track website is www.jacksonmotorplex.com.Park Jefferson Speedway is located 10 miles north of Sioux City, Iowa between Sioux City and Jefferson, S.D., off Interstate 29. The track website is www.parkjeff.com.For more information on this weekend’s racing, contact Jackson’s Doug Johnson at 605 359-4955 or Park Jefferson’s Rod Olson at 712 267-3278.
OSBORN, Mo. (Oct. 23) – Today (Wednesday) is the final day to take advantage of early pre-entry for the first ever Missouri IMCA Nationals on Oct. 25-26. The event at US 36 Raceway features IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods and is sponsored by Westfall GMC, Timberline Trading, NAPA Auto Racing and Boller Motorsports. Friday is practice night and racing will take place on Saturday. The pit gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, hot laps are at 1 p.m. and racing starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission and children 12 and younger are free. More information on the event is available at http://www.us36racewaydirttrack.com/driverinfo/. Drivers can pre-enter here: https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=17636. Modified and Sprint Car pre-entry is $60 and Stock Car and Sport Mod pre-entry is $50. After today’s deadline passes, entry increases to $100. Jet Racing has also provided several gift certificates to be awarded on race day.
PORTLAND, Ind. – Moser Engineering awards more than $10,000 worth of product certificates again this season, to drivers in five IMCA divisions. Runners-up in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds and both regions for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars receive $300 product certificates while second place finishers in standings for the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions and in national standings for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods get $200 certificates. One hundred dollar certificates go to drivers in those divisions competing at 80 designated specials. Awards based on point standings will be presented during the national banquet in November while special events awards given by the Portland, Ind., rear end components manufacturer and 17-year sponsor will mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received. Information about Moser products is available at the www.moserengineering.com website, on Facebook and by calling 260 726-6689. “As long-time sponsors in many forms of motorsports, we have always held the IMCA as one of those special groups that just gets what is important to the grassroots racers,” stated Moser Engineering Marketing Director Jeff Anderson. “So it goes without saying we are proud to continue our sponsorship with IMCA in 2020.” “Moser has been with IMCA and our racers for a long time, notably for making axles and rear ends ideal for IMCA competition,” commented Kevin Yoder, IMCA marketing director. “We are grateful for their support again in 2020.”
More information is also available by calling 515 450-4909 and on Facebook. “Tire Demon is always adding new elements to their program and the addition of the tire saver tools is a great example of that,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We have a variety of end-of-the-year drawings that will be a great springboard into the following season.” KELLEY, Iowa – Tire Demon by Love Tap adds to an already impressive IMCA special events program with new post-season awards in 2020. Also new to the Tire Demon program in 2020 is a base machine, wash tub and brush to be presented to the Late Model champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Tire Demon, owned by former SportMod driver Tim Love, begins its fifth season of sponsorship and latest two-year pact with IMCA, and again gives $500 certificates to designated place finishers at 30 specials for Modifieds and at 15 designated specials for Stock Cars and for SportMods. Those certificates are to be applied toward the purchase of a tire prep stand and will be mailed after official race results are received at the IMCA home office. The Modified champion again receives a Tire Demon machine, the Stock Car and Northern SportMod champions both tire scythes. A drawing will determine three winners of right rear tire saver tools given by the Kelley, Iowa, manufacturer to IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers.
Jennings County, In. — Police in Jennings County say a 58-year-old male was found dead living in a tent near State Road 750 and County Road 400 West Thursday. Reports indicate the individual had been living outside for about one year.Officials say anyone with knowledge of someone living without electricity, or in the elements should contact authorities or a relief organization.
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Plainfield, In. — Duke Energy announced today it is awarding $3.2 million in grants to support 131 innovative K-12 education programs across the communities served by the company. Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky will share more than $700,000.“Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair chance at academic success,” said Cari Boyce, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The grants we are making today are focused on providing equal opportunity for all students to have the strong educational basis that has proven to be a key determinant to future success.”The 2019 Powerful Communities grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation with support from Piedmont Natural Gas, aim to close the achievement gap that often separates low-income students from their peers by funding programs that prevent summer reading loss and out-of-school programs.“Funding provided by Duke Energy helps to support the YMCA Camp Readers Program,” states Joanna Castle, district vice president of the Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA. “Our goal is to serve 500 children in Citrus County Y Summer Camps through Camp Readers, which provides a minimum of 30 minutes per day, five days a week of purposeful reading activities throughout the summer at camp.”Grants also support energy, engineering and environmental education programs to equip students with the skills needed for successful careers in the energy sector.“Florence 1 Schools is very excited to partner with Duke Energy to provide the Clean Energy curriculum to our students,” said Chris Rogers, Director of STEM Education for Florence District 1 in South Carolina. “This four-course curriculum will expose our students to real-world problem solving. Our students will work with Duke Energy engineers to develop a better understanding of the work they could possibly do if they decide to pursue that career path.”The grants are part of Duke Energy’s new Powerful Communities philanthropic program, which award strategic charitable grants to nonprofit organizations working to build powerful communities by bolstering education, developing the future workforce of the energy sector and conserving and protecting our environment.In 2018, Duke Energy Foundation invested more than $31 million to support communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.A complete list of the 131 grant recipients and summaries by state can be found here:North Carolina – $1,345,727 to support 46 projectsSouth Carolina – $485,000 to support 13 projectsFlorida – $669,000 to support 21 projectsOhio and Kentucky – $264,168 to support 21 projectsIndiana – $448,250 to support 30 projects
Vevay, IN—SWITZERLAND COUNTY, Ind.— S.R. 250 will close in Switzerland County on or after Wednesday, June 19, weather permitting, for approximately three weeks for box culvert replacement. The road will be closed five miles east of S.R. 129, between Township Line Road and Scudder Road.S.R. 250 was originally scheduled to close June 17 but has been delayed due to weather.The project was awarded to Olco Inc. for $220,000 in December 2018.The official state detour for the closure is S.R. 56 and S.R. 129.
Columbus, IN—The Columbus Police Department is seeking information on the identity of a man who reportedly stole a car and struck an unoccupied CPD patrol vehicle before fleeing the scene of the crash early Thursday morning.Just before 7 am, CPD officers responded to a report of a suspicious person knocking on the doors of homes on Brookside Court. A CPD officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood a short time later and when the driver of the vehicle stepped out to speak with the officer, his unidentified passenger quickly got into the driver’s seat and took off in the sliver Volkswagen Jetta. The suspect crashed into an unoccupied CPD patrol vehicle moments later before exiting the subdivision.Officers observed the stolen Volkswagen a short time later and noted that the vehicle was traveling recklessly and the car had extensive front end damage. The officers observed that the driver of the stolen car was traveling at a high rate of speed without working headlights as it continued north on Jonesville Road towards the road construction area near SR 46 and SR 11. Due to the heavy morning traffic, the officers opted to terminate the vehicle pursuit.Anyone with information on the location of the stolen vehicle and the identity of the driver is urged to contact the Columbus Police Department at (812) 376-2600. Tips and information can be submitted anonymously
Christine Cummings, 63, of North Vernon passed away Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Columbus Regional Health in Columbus, Indiana. Christine was born Saturday, September 22, 1956 in Milan, the daughter of Richard and Alma (Addison) Cornett. She worked 15 years in the health care business for Muscatatuck. She enjoyed puzzle books, socializing, tv, painting, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.Christine is survived by her father Richard and step-mother Janie Cornett of Crothersville, IN; sons: David Allen Gerbig of Seymour and Terrance Knight of Indianapolis; daughter Amanda Knight of Indianapolis; brothers: Richard (Kay) Cornett of North Vernon, Steven Cornett of Kentucky, Timothy (Shannon) Cornett of North Vernon, and Robert (Pam) Cornett of Crothersville, IN; sister Cynthia Drake of Hayden, IN; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her mother Alma; sons Matthew Cornett and Benjamin Gerbig; and husband David Allen Gerbig.A service celebrating her life will be held 6 PM Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 4 – 6 PM Tuesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Christine to the donor’s choice. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141. Please reach out to the family through our website at www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message or memory of Christine for the family.
Brookville, IN—DAIRY FEMALE SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION HOLSTEIN: Luke StengerRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION HOLSTEIN: Luke StengerJunior Champion: Amber Galyen (Holstein-Maggie)Senior Champion: Luke Stenger (Holstein – Cookies and Cream)Senior Reserve Champion: Luke Stenger (Holstein-Rosetta)STARTER CALF SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STARTER CALF: Kasey CondoRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STARTER CALF: Pete VolkChampion Light Weight: Laura SchwegmanReserve Champion Light Weight: Lawrence SchwegmanChampion Medium Weight: Pete VolkReserve Champion Medium Weight: Jonathan WeaverChampion Heavy Weight: Kasey CondoDAIRY STEER SHOW RESULTS:GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STEER: Nate FrondorfRESERVE GRAND CHAMPION DAIRY STEER: Pete VolkChampion Light Weight: Kasey CondoChampion Medium Weight: Nate FrondorfReserve Champion Medium Weight: Pete VolkChampion Heavy Weight: Nate Frondorf
David Charles Lowery, of Metamora, was born on June 30, 1947 in Ohio, a son to Charles and Hazel Brumley Lowery. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving his country with the United States Marines. David married his high school sweetheart, Wanda Wilson on June 15, 1968 in Metamora and together they raised two children; Troy and Lacy Lowery, and Kim and Darin Mathews. He worked at Ford in Connersville for 39 years. David loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids and also enjoyed fishing and golfing. On Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the age of 73, he passed away after a short illness at University of Cincinnati Hospital. David will be greatly missed by both his family and church family.Besides his wife and children, he is survived by grandchildren, Courtney McGuire, Charity(Bretly) Jett, Jasmine (Andy) Patton, Trey (Allison) Lowery, Chandler (Victoria) Mathews, Abigayle Lowery and Richard Lowery; great-grandchildren, Audri, Makeena, Alexandria, Braxton, Maddox, Grayson and Bowdrie, and siblings, Danny (Kathy) Lowery, Janet (Russell) Palmer, Sandy (Bill) Treadway, and Rita (Frank) Rogers. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Lowery and father-in-law, Albert (Buck) Wilson.Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, August 30, 2020 from 2 until 6 p.m. at Metamora Church of God. The funeral service will be held on Monday at 12 noon also at the church and burial will follow in Trinity Full Gospel Church cemetery.To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of David Lowery.
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Man City vs. Leicester City Venue: Etihad Stadium Kick off: 6:30PMManchester City welcome high-flying Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium this evening in a match which pits third against second in the Premier League table. The champions trail their visitors by four points after 17 games of the season, while both teams will be looking to take the opportunity to close the gap on runaway leaders Liverpool. While this fixture always looked like a tasty way to head into Christmas for both sides, at the start of the season few would have expected it to have the significance it does now. Man City know that even a victory would not be enough to leapfrog Leicester in the table, and that victory is by no means guaranteed considering how impressive Brendan Rodgers’s side have been. The Foxes have won more games, lost half as many and conceded eight fewer goals than Saturday’s hosts so far this season, while they also boast the division’s best goal difference ahead of even Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s side will still go into the match as favourites, particularly having steadied the ship with three successive wins since their derby defeat to Manchester United, but there are plenty of warning signs for the champions. Perhaps the main one is that their four defeats this season have all come against teams who punished them with pace on the counter-attack, something Leicester and Premier League top-scorer Jamie Vardy are perfectly equipped to do too. Even League One outfit Oxford United caused them problems in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, registering more shots on target than Man City and ending up on the end of a 3-1 defeat which flattered the holders. City’s reward for that victory is a Manchester derby semi-final, giving them an opportunity to avenge the 2-1 defeat to their local rivals in what was their last home game. A final against Leicester could be on the cards, but first Man City must overcome the Foxes in the league if they are to avoid back-to-back top-flight home defeats for the first time since February 2016 and claim successive league wins for the first time since the start of November. Last weekend’s Kevin De Bruyne-inspired win over Arsenal provided Man City with their only clean sheet in their last 12 outings across all competitions, but they have not kept one in front of their own fans since October while Leicester have scored in each of their last 15 games. Guardiola’s side have already dropped as many points as they did throughout the whole of last season and know that they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they retain hope of catching Liverpool in the title race, making Saturday’s showdown a must-win contest for them. Man City’s first task is catching Leicester, of course, but for both teams this match represents a rare opportunity to close the gap on Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp’s side currently away at the Club World Cup. A win for Leicester would reduce their deficit back down to seven points and also set them up perfectly for their huge Boxing Day clash with the league leaders, who are becoming increasingly affected by injury problems through their busy December schedule. It could be that the Foxes are only four points adrift by the time they play their final match of the year against West Ham United next weekend, then, although to do so would mean back-to-back wins over last season’s top two in a Christmas double-header which is just about as hard as they could wish for. Regardless of what does happen in those two games, 2019 has been a great year for Leicester, who at this stage last season sat 12th with 22 points and 21 goals under the unpopular Claude Puel. Fast-forward a year and the Foxes are 10 places, 17 points and 19 goals better off while playing the type of football the fans were desperate to see, leading to Rodgers already signing a new long-term contract with the club. Indeed, Rodgers has been so impressive that he has been linked with the Man City post should Guardiola leave at the end of the season, and a victory at the Etihad – where the hosts have already lost twice this season – would do his chances of landing that job no harm at all. Leicester have every reason to be confident of picking up the victory too, having won a club-record eight league games in a row prior to last weekend’s disappointing draw at home to Norwich City. Progress in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night got them back to winning ways, albeit via a penalty shootout after letting a two-goal lead slip against Everton, meaning that they have now won 16 of their last 19 games across all competitions. Leicester’s away winning streak remains intact too, now six in a row across all competitions, although their only two league defeats this season have come on the road at Manchester United and Liverpool. Even so, the Foxes have picked up as many away points this season as Man City have at home, so the visitors will be confident of more than holding their own on Saturday. Man City possible XI: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Fernandinho, Mendy, De Bruyne, Rodri, D Silva, Bernardo, Jesus, Sterling. Leicester possible XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Chilwell, Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicester CityManchester CityPep Guardiola
RelatedPosts Rangers postpone resumption SWAN begs Gov. Uzodinma to save Heartland FC from extinction Rangers Ifeanyi George gets burial date Norbert Okolie, the Media Officer of Rangers International FC of Enugu, says the club will subdue Heartland FC of Owerri in their Sunday’s encounter. Rangers will face Heartland FC in an oriental derby in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League match day 12 at the Okigwe Township Stadium. Okolie told the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday that “victory is the only language in the club at the moment”. “Rangers needed to have the test of victory once more in the ongoing NPFL because the club has gone seven matches in the league without a win. ”We need to start winning matches and it will be a thing of joy if we start it with an oriental derby in Okigwe,” he said. The club’s spokesman said that the Flying Antelopes were back and good to get a victory in the match, adding that all departments of the team were now good to go. “The players are brimming with confidence and have gone through a lot of transformation under the tutelage of a technically sound coach as Salisu Yusuf,” he said. He said that the team was doing well but that the results were not forthcoming. “We are doing well in terms of performance but the results have refused to come but things are beginning to change. “The goals are now coming, so the players will deliver the good in Okigwe to begin the year 2020 in a positive way,” he said. He said that the club’s recent draw against Nuoadhibuo FC of Mauritania in the CAF Confederation Cup encounter showed there had been a lot of improvement. “We have improved in the defence, there is easy transition now from the back line to the striking force,” Okolie said. NAN reports that Rangers have played seven matches without a win and now occupied the 20th position on the log with six points after eight matches.Tags: Heartland FCNorbert OkolieRangers International FC
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo scoops Young Player, Goal of the season awards Ambrose pens Livington 18-month deal Ambrose set for Scotland return Efe Ambrose is delighted to join a club who share his philosophy in life after ending a frustrating spell by signing for Livingston. The former Hibernian and Celtic defender has signed an 18-month contract after spending more than six months without a club. The Nigeria international had been back in his homeland keeping his fitness up with his local club since leaving Derby last summer. Now he could face Hibernian on Saturday more than a year after his last competitive game came in an Edinburgh derby against Hearts on December 29, 2018. The 31-year-old had kept in touch with former Easter Road teammate Marvin Bartley and secured his help in sealing a return to Scotland. Ambrose said: “Marvin told me it was a great club and a great move for him and he said so many nice things about the club that I was really interested. “I watched the Scottish league a lot back in Africa and I told Marvin I wanted to move back to Scotland and could he help out. He spoke to the coaches and said they were interested. “I never thought they would be interested because I hadn’t played for six months. I have been training morning and evening back at home with my local team and they trusted me with that. I am not coming in for a pre-season, I am ready to go. “Unfortunately I could not come in January because of paperwork. My agent tried to do everything possible but they couldn’t get it done and I thought I had missed out when they signed another centre-back. “I thought it was another door shut and I was frustrated. I kept calling Marvin and he told me not to worry and I kept believing and praying. Last week everything turned round. “Even a day without football is not OK. I have the passion and drive to play football. I have been playing in Africa but I want to be playing in a competitive league. “I had another couple of offers but nothing concrete. So it was difficult, just hoping. “Then Livingston came in. I have watched them play and have seen the ambition of the club. “This is an opportunity for me to come back to the league and see what I can do to help Livingston do what they want to achieve this season – which is the top six and after that fight for the European spots. “Nothing is impossible in football. I always believe you can achieve anything you put your mind to, and I believe this club has that mindset too.” Ambrose invoked a clause in his contract to leave Hibs last January and join Derby but he failed to get into Frank Lampard’s team. “It wasn’t a disappointment because it was just three months,” he said. “It’s difficult in that position to break in because the team was doing well. “But what I got from there – the players, the coaching staff, the training – was massive and I enjoyed my time there. I never regretted the move.”Tags: Efe AmbroseMarvin BartleyScotland
RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Following the recurring thigh injury he sustained during the African Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis at the weekend, Africa’s best ranked player, Aruna Quadri, has been ruled out of action for three weeks. This has also forced him to withdraw from the ongoing ITTF World Tour, tagged: “Qatar Open,” holding in Doha. In Tunis, the medical team of the tournament confirmed that the Nigerian had a recurring thigh injury, which he was nursing before the tournament, but further examination in Lisbon, Portugal later revealed that he suffered another hamstring injury in Tunis. The ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup runner’s up has been advised to rest while undergoing treatment. Quadri was closed to picking his tickets from the continental qualifiers in Tunis last week, but he had to withdraw from playing his last match against Tunisia’s Adam Hmam to hand the Tunisian the last ticket to Tokyo. After beating Togo’s Djouji Fanny 4-0 in the first group match, it was during the second group match against Senegal’s Ibrahima Diaw that Quadri cupped the injury, but he managed to finish the game, which went 4-2 in favour of the Senegalese. But based on doctor’s advice, Quadri had to withdraw from playing the last group match, which would have secured him a place in the Olympic Games. From all indications, it is clear that the Nigerian can still pick his spot at Tokyo based on his world rating as the 18th best player in the world. However, the Oyo State-born 2014 ITTF World Player of the Year expressed appreciation to fans across the world for their concern when he sustained he withdrew from the Olympic Qualifiers in Tunis. He said: “I want to thank my family and fans across the world for their support during this trying time. Most importantly the Tunisia Table Tennis Federation (TTTF) for their prompt response when I sustained the injury. The three weeks will help me to recover and I hope to be back for Sporting in the semifinal of the ETTU Cup early next month. Thank you and I will continue to make you proud and always give my 100 percent every time.”Tags: aruna quadriDohaITTF World TourQatar Open
RelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Denmark hold England to draw Batshuayi double helps Belgium to massive win over Iceland Raheem Sterling’s last minute penalty salvaged England from another embarrassing result against Iceland as Gareth Southgate’s men survived going down to 10 men and Birkir Bjarnason also missing a late spot-kick to start their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 win in Reykjavik on Saturday.Four years on from one of English football’s most embarrassing nights in losing 2-1 to Iceland at Euro 2016, the Three Lions were far from the free-scoring force that romped through Euro 2020 qualifying in their first match for 10 months. Harry Kane had an early goal wrongly ruled out for offside before Kyle Walker was sent-off for two bookable offences 20 minutes from time.All of Iceland’s good defensive work was undone in the 89th minute when Sverrir Ingason was also harshly dismissed for a second booking when he blocked Sterling’s shot with his arm.With Kane having been replaced by Mason Greenwood, Sterling took responsibility from spot, but the drama did not end there.Straight from kick-off, Joe Gomez was adjudged to have bundled over Holmbert Fridjonsson inside the area, but Bjamason blazed the resulting penalty over.Southgate’s men continued to enjoy the vast majority of possession in the second period, but the closest they came to breaking the deadlock before the dramatic finale was when Iceland’s Kari Arnason flicked Kieran Trippier’s free-kick onto his own post. Moments later Walker’s ill-judged lunge to break up an Icelandic counter-attack left his side a man down.A breakthrough did not look like coming until Sterling collected an overhit corner and the ball struck Ingason’s arm in his attempt to block the shot.Sterling coolly rolled his penalty straight down the middle and how Bjarnason wish he had showed the same composure as his wild finish let England off the hook.Tags: EnglandRaheem SterlingUEFA Nations League
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains his side will not be making any special plans to try to shackle Gareth Bale in Sunday’s north London derby at White Hart Lane. Bale cracked in a superb last-minute strike to secure a 3-2 win at West Ham on Monday night, which moved Spurs up to third in the Barclays Premier League. The Welshman – once scouted by Arsenal when a youngster at Southampton – is being heralded as one of the best in Europe, up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Wenger, though, insists his team must concentrate on delivering a performance themselves rather than worry about what Bale might do. He said: “We don’t plan for anybody. It is always the same – focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent.” Wenger added: “There is nobody special that you least like to face. All players have different qualities. “What is important when you are a manager is that you are focused, that hasn’t changed over the last 15 years, you always make sure your team is at its best, prepares well and focuses on playing the football that we love. What is important before a game like that is just to focus on our game and forget all the rest.” Despite their recent disappointments against Blackburn in the FA Cup and losing at home to Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash, Arsenal have found some form in the Premier League, where they are unbeaten in five games winning the past three. Should Arsenal – who are now just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea – secure victory on enemy territory this weekend, the gap on Spurs would be reduced to just one point. “It is an interesting game because there is something at stake,” said Wenger. “We are confident and we are on a good run in the Premier League. If you look at our record, it is very good in recent games, so we will just focus on our strengths, that is it. “Sunday is a very important game because it’s in the final part of the Premier League season, the outcome will give a big boost to the team who wins it. This is a derby and [will be] a very intense game, as usual, it is always very tight, always a big fight. If you look at our record in the last 15 or 16 years, it is very good. Of course we want to continue to maintain that record.” Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna (knee) on Sunday, while midfielder Abou Diaby is rated as 50/50 with a calf problem. Press Association
Full-back Lee Byrne dubbed it ‘the toughest game of our season’ after Clermont Auvergne fought their way past Munster and into their first ever Heineken Cup final. Clermont had to produce a character-building final 10 minutes to resist Munster’s late rally and finish as 16-10 winners of an absorbing semi-final clash in Montpellier. Delighted with Clermont’s progress to the Aviva Stadium final on Saturday, May 18, their Welsh back Byrne said: “It is a dream come true to finally reach a Heineken Cup final. It was the toughest game we’ve had all season and you’ve got to hold your hands up to Munster for that. They wore the famous red jersey with real pride.” He added: “We fully deserved to come through with the win. We had a few opportunities (to score a second try), but the ball didn’t stick. We got a bit nervy, but hopefully we will come back stronger for the final. “Whoever we face it will be another very tough challenge. We will do our homework and come out firing,” he added, with Saracens and Toulon meeting in the second semi-final on Sunday at Twickenham. Ronan O’Gara, the record points scorer and most-capped player in Heineken Cup history, would not be drawn afterwards on whether this was his final outing at this level. The Munster out-half had kicked the visitors in to an early lead and it was his perfectly weighted grubber kick that teed up Hurley for the only try of the second half. The raw emotion was etched on the 36-year-old’s face after the final whistle as the Irish province bowed out at the penultimate stage. “Defeat is extremely hard to take after you have put so much into a game like that. But it is winner takes all in a semi-final,” said O’Gara. Press Association
The retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson after 26 years at Old Trafford seems likely to set in motion a series of managerial changes, the first of which is expected to see Moyes arrive from the Toffees. Hughes, who has not managed since being sacked by QPR in November, stopped short of directly throwing his hat into the ring for a vacancy that is not yet open. Hughes, who played for Everton between 2000 and 2002, told Sky Sports News: “It’s not happened yet but it’s obvious if one manager leaves there is an opportunity for other managers who are currently out of work, which includes myself. It (Everton) is a great club, a club I had the fortune to play for and I really enjoyed my time there.” Press Association He added: “Whoever gets that opportunity it is a really big club and really big shoes to fill. “It’s an opportunity for somebody, and I back myself for most jobs in the Premier League. “It’s a big job, there’s only 20 jobs available and everybody wants to work in the Premier League.” Mark Hughes refused to rule himself out of a return to Everton, should David Moyes become Manchester United’s new manager.
Spurs have resumed pre-season training with their Wales international still very much part of the squad, despite continued rumours of a £30million move to Real Madrid. The north London club are reportedly set to offer Bale – who won last season’s PFA Player of the Year and FWA Footballer of the Year accolades – a new, lucrative £130,000 week contract. Andre Villas-Boas signed Paulinho and Dawson feels more improvements can show Bale that Spurs can deliver his ambitions. “We all know how good Gaz was last year, he was world class and of course we have got plenty of other world-class players, so we have to make sure we keep hold of them all,” Dawson said at the launch of Spurs’ new Under Armour kit. Press Association “Gaz will be the first to admit he cannot do it without the rest of the team. He thoroughly deserved winning both awards last season, it was a great honour for him, he was amazing. But if we keep bringing players in, it is only going to make us better as a squad, that is what we want to do. “We have a fantastic squad with a great manager and good staff – everyone at the whole club is hungry to do well. Every player wants to be in the Champions League, we have just made a great signing and improvement is the key, bringing in players like Paulinho is only going to make the club better. “With the squad we have, if we keep improving that, it is going to take us to the next level.” Dawson added: “You want to keep your best players and also keep improving. We have already improved (the squad), I am sure we will continue to look to do that over the summer. As players, we will take that onto the pitch and then hopefully this time next year we can start talking about being in the Champions League again. “We have to go out there and perform to make sure we are in there again, because it is only ourselves to blame if we are not.” For much of last season, Spurs looked well set to qualify for the Champions League again, only to falter over the final few weeks as rivals Arsenal rallied to snatch fourth and with it secure a two-legged play-off berth in August for another crack at elite level European football. Dawson, though, sees no reason why Spurs should not feel confident for 2013-14. “The new season will start with a fresh campaign, and it is one we are looking forward to, when hopefully we will be able to achieve being back in the Champions League again,” he said. “We will keep fighting and have made some new signings, we all want to achieve things, so we are going in the right direction.” Captain Michael Dawson maintains Gareth Bale would be the first to admit he could not have achieved anything without the support of his Tottenham team-mates, as the club look to take it to “the next level” in the 2013-14 season.
Tottenham’s Paulinho faces a month on the sidelines after sustaining ankle ligament damage in a challenge with Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam, who has denied suggestions of a personal vendetta against the north Londoners. During his time with Blackpool, Liverpool and Stoke, the 28-year-old has previously clashed with Gareth Bale on two occasions and once with Scott Parker. Tottenham’s anger at yet another incident was clear in a statement on Paulinho’s condition released on Tuesday morning, unusually highlighting the perpetrator’s role in the incident. “Following a MRI scan, the club can confirm that Paulinho has sustained significant ligament damage to his right ankle after a heavy challenge from Charlie Adam during Sunday’s win against Stoke City,” read a statement on the club’s official website, tottenhamhotspur.com. “The Brazil international was forced off as a result of the injury and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks.” Tottenham are reportedly considering making a formal complaint about the Scotland international, who came close to moving to White Hart Lane from Blackpool in January 2011. Adam has since become a hate figure with Spurs fans and was booed onto the pitch on Sunday, but rejected the notion of having an issue with Tottenham. “Just for the record and to the people tweeting me abuse saying so, I don’t and never have had anything against @SpursOfficial,” he tweeted via his account, @Charlie26Adam. “And I would never intend to injure a fellow professional.” Adam first caught Bale during his time at Blackpool in a Premier League game in May 2011. The Welshman was ruled out for three months with ankle ligament damage. Press Association They clashed again during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Spurs in the United States in 2012, after which Bale described Adam as a “coward”. Adam was also sent off after collecting a second yellow card for a foul on Parker during Spurs’ 4-0 win over Liverpool in September 2011. The Stoke midfielder’s challenge on Paulinho also led Spurs and Brazil team-mate Sandro to wade into the debate, if only in tongue-and-cheek style. The 24-year-old posted “Charlie Adams – THE BEAST IS WATCHING YOU!!!” via his Twitter account, with a link to a photo of him staring ominously into a camera. The Brazil midfielder, who impressed in his first start under new Spurs manager Tim Sherwood, was forced off 62 minutes into Sunday’s 3-0 win after being clattered by the Stoke man. Adam avoided a booking for the challenge but not the anger of Tottenham fans and staff, as this was the fourth time he has been involved in a high-profile incident against Spurs.
Press Association The German – a Bundesliga winner with Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg – replaced Rene Meulensteen last week with the remit of lifting Fulham out of the bottom three with only 12 league games remaining. Ahead of Saturday’s game against West Brom, Fulham are four points shy of 17th place and safety, but Magath is optimistic they can secure their top-flight future through hard work. New Fulham manager Felix Magath is sure the Cottagers will avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League. He told Sky Sports News: “In the next months we will have a lot of work to avoid relegation but in the first days here the work we’ve achieved has been very good. “I’m sure we will avoid relegation with this team as the players are willing to avoid relegation. “We have a good atmosphere at the club when we all work together. “We are able to avoid relegation and that’s now the most important thing. “Now we have to concentrate on the next 12 games, especially on the game on Saturday against West Brom.” Magath had been out of work since leaving Wolfsburg for the second time in October 2012 and expressed limited sympathy for Meulensteen and his assistant manager Ray Wilkins and first-team technical director Alan Curbishley, who have all left Craven Cottage. “I was sacked a few times also, I know the situation and I’m sorry for each coach,” he added. “But we have here a situation where the management waited a long time. “I think if you want to change something you have to do it now. It was late to change the team and change the atmosphere to have a chance to stay in the league. “It doesn’t look like it worked well enough so I don’t care about the reason for the manager before (why he was sacked). I don’t know what he had done, I don’t care. “I take over my duties and look forward to doing the best I can.”
With Barclays Premier League survival the target for both sides on show in Norfolk it was Hughton’s Canaries who deservedly ran out 2-0 winners with Robert Snodgrass opening the scoring after 20 minutes. Alexander Tettey added the second with a contender for goal of the season while Marcos Alonso was sent off late on for a second yellow card. John O’Shea headed clear a cross but the dropping ball was hit on the volley by Tettey and it flashed past Mannone and into the far corner. Poyet’s reaction to falling two goals behind was to make a pair of tactical substitutions before the break, hauling off Ki Sung-yeung and Jack Colback and replacing them with Seb Larsson and Lee Cattermole. Fabio Borini finally forced a save out of John Ruddy as he shot across the England international, who easily kept hold of the low drive – but that was the best the visitors could muster from a woeful first-half display. Poyet sent his players out early for the second half with his words of irritation likely to still be ringing in their ears as the game got back under way. But it was Norwich who continued where they had left off as Van Wolfswinkel’s downward header from a Wes Hoolahan cross was tipped over by Mannone moments after the restart. Brown tested Ruddy shortly afterwards as the Black Cats looked to stage an unlikely comeback, with their first real telling period of domination following. Norwich soon stemmed the tide and the game suffered a lull in proceedings as the hosts looked to close the game out without incident. Hoolahan came close to adding a third after a neat interchange with substitute Gary Hooper but Mannone held his shot, with Snodgrass firing a free-kick inches over the crossbar with seven minutes remaining. Alonso, who had already been cautioned for a foul on Snodgrass, was shown a second yellow card by referee Phil Dowd in injury time. Substitute Nathan Redmond came close at the death but it would have only added the gloss to an important win for Norwich. The Norwich players once again seemed to play for their manager, who has come under pressure in recent weeks. Victories over West Ham, Crystal Palace and Hull came at times earlier in the campaign when the strain on Hughton was at its highest and this win certainly ranks in that category. The victory moves Norwich up to 13th and, more importantly, seven points clear of the relegation zone while Gus Poyet has a job on his hands to keep Sunderland afloat. The hosts were on top from the off, forcing a number of set-pieces which all failed to test Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal, with the Italian not forced into action until Jonny Howson’s drive was hit straight into his arms. The former Arsenal goalkeeper could do nothing about Snodgrass’ opener after a mix-up in the Black Cats’ defence. Wes Brown failed to clear a low cross and the ball fell kindly at the feet of Johan Elmander, who calmly slotted a pass for Snodgrass to steer past Mannone and put the Canaries ahead. Howson came close to adding a second five minutes later as the hosts continued to completely dominate, this time arrowing an effort towards the corner only to see Mannone deny him once more. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, without a goal since the opening day draw against Everton, should have poked home a chance when Elmander’s low drive across goal found the Dutchman but he could not get enough contact on the ball to turn it home from six yards out. The second goal did not take too long to arrive and when it did it was straight out of the top drawer. Chris Hughton’s Norwich side always seem to deliver the goods when their manager’s position is under threat and that proved the case once again as they outclassed 10-man Sunderland at Carrow Road. Press Association
Press Association Matic re-joined Chelsea in January from Benfica, who he joined as a make weight in the deal which brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge three years earlier. Chelsea showed their faith in Mourinho’s choice and had to swallow their pride to re-sign the Serbia midfielder, who teamed up with Luiz to great effect in Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of Arsenal. Chelsea scored twice in the opening seven minutes against the hapless Gunners and struck a third from the penalty spot after the visitors were reduced to 10 men. Mourinho’s critics suggest the Portuguese would usually have applied a ‘handbrake’ then, preserving the lead and shutting out the game. Instead, the Blues went for the jugular, and Mourinho answered those who question his pragmatic approach with his biggest win as Chelsea boss in counterpart Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge. “I don’t understand where it comes from,” the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid boss added. “If you say that my teams have a lot of clean-sheets, I say yes. But to have a lot of clean-sheets doesn’t mean you are a defensive team. “It means you defend well. My teams normally score goals. “I have the record of goals in the Spanish League and Italian League. “I have the record points tally in every league I was in. “I had players winning golden boots and being top scorer in the country, even in Europe.” It all makes one wonder how Chelsea would be faring if they had a prolific goalscorer, something Mourinho hopes to add this summer. He said: “If you can have that and add it to the good squad we have and the team we’re building, it will be a plus and give us a chance to be stronger and win more matches.” Matic broke up play and provided clinical passes, including for fellow January arrival Mohammed Salah to score his first Chelsea goal which completed the rout. “It is difficult (for him) to lose the ball,” Mourinho said. “But at the same time he is not the kind of guy to play any square passes. “He can do so and keep possession, but he can see the movement forward, look at the passing into space. “He is very clean. He recovers a lot of balls in a clean way, he doesn’t make fouls in dangerous positions. “I like him a lot because of his stability. He is a very stable player for someone who is still so young, only 25.” The arrival of Matic for a reported fee of £21million – considerably more than his valuation when he left – was offset by the big-money departures of Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata. Matic is ineligible in Europe, having represented Benfica already in the competition, so is limited to Premier League appearances, where his influence is already bearing fruit. Jose Mourinho lauded the influence of Nemanja Matic in Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge.
The Northern Irishman has been majestic all week and while he could not match his back-to-back 66s on Saturday, this round was arguably more impressive because of the way he responded to the challenge. When American Rickie Fowler birdied the 12th – picking up his sixth shot of the day – he drew level with McIlroy on 12 under. “It helps that I’ve been in this position before and I’ve been able to get the job done. “I think whenever you have such a big lead you really can’t think about anyone else but yourself. “You have to think about how you’re going to control your emotions, control whatever thoughts you have and focus on what you need to do.” His focus could not be questioned midway through his third round when it seemed his cloak of invincibility was slipping. “I knew Rickie was playing well in front and then I saw on 12 he got to within one of me and then I bogeyed the hole and it was tied,” he said. “But I never panicked. I didn’t feel uncomfortable. I knew I had some holes coming up I could take advantage of and make some birdies. “I was just very patient and waited for my chances and I was able to convert those. “I was conscious that Rickie was getting a little closer or Sergio (Garcia) but it was nice to be able to come up with the goods when I needed them the last few holes.” Ten years ago McIlroy’s dad Gerry and three friends each placed a £100 bet at odds of 500-1 that his son would become Open champion by the age of 25 but not even they could have expected that would mean he would be three-quarters of the way to a career grand slam. That is what is being talked about now though. “It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year,” said McIlroy. “Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow to get to three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25 (only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have done it). “I’d be in pretty illustrious company. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the Grand Slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head. “It would be way too much to think about. First things first, just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.” Within four holes the gap was extended to five after McIlroy eagled the 16th and another eagle at the last edged the gap wider even taking into account Fowler’s birdie there moments earlier. The chasing pack may have little hope of catching the 25-year-old, who is looking to secure the third leg of a career grand slam having already won the US Open and US PGA, but he will not be complacent. “I’ve won from seven back this year (at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth just four days after splitting from fiancee Caroline Wozniacki) so I know how leads can go very quickly and I’m not taking anything for granted,” he said. “If the guys in front of me had finished a little better, finished the way I did, then my lead wouldn’t have been as much as it was. “Instead of a six-shot lead it could have been a one or two-shot lead. “A lot can happen and I’ve been on the right side of it and I’ve been on the wrong side of it, that’s why you can’t let yourself think about winning, you’ve just got to completely stay in the present and that’s what I’m going to try to do for all 18 holes tomorrow.” McIlroy looked happy and relaxed during his post-round press conference and while the Claret Jug is effectively his to lose those sort of thoughts are not entering his head. “This is the third night in a row that I’ll sleep on the lead. I feel very comfortable leading the tournament,” added the Northern Irishman, who pledged to maintain his routine of going to the gym, eating and then settling down to watch a film. Open Championship leader Rory McIlroy is taking nothing for granted despite a third-round 68 giving him a six-shot cushion heading into the final day. Press Association
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha on a season-long loan deal, both clubs have announced. Zaha returns to Palace after just two appearances for United, despite costing the Old Trafford club £15million in January 2013. The 21-year-old becomes new Palace boss Neil Warnock’s first signing in his second stint in the Selhurst Park hotseat. Press Association Palace said in a statement on their website: “Crystal Palace are delighted to confirm that winger Wilfried Zaha has re-joined the club on loan from Manchester United. “The two-cap England international has agreed a deal that will see him spend the entire 2014/15 season at Selhurst Park.”
Press Association Steve Tandy’s men led 10-8 at the break with Hassler replying to an earlier Gerhard van den Heever try. A Keatley penalty edged the hosts in front but they failed to profit from Rynier Bernardo’s sin-binning. Instead, Keatley had to cancel out a Biggar penalty and two more sure-footed strikes from the Ospreys fly-half steered the PRO12 leaders to their fourth straight win. Munster pressed early on but got no change from 12 attacking phases and full-back Dan Evans’ superb kick out of his 22 gained Ospreys some valuable territory. However, Munster’s solid set-piece game launched them downfield again and after the forwards battered up to the try-line, Keatley swung a peach of a pass out for returning winger Van den Heever to score in the left corner. The try went unconverted and Ospreys were not long in replying, with flanker Justin Tipuric, who was involved twice in the attack, popping a beautiful pass for Hassler to go over unopposed out wide on the right. Biggar nailed the difficult conversion and despite losing the influential Tipuric to a head injury in the 25th minute, the Welsh region continued to carry the bigger ball-carrying threat with Biggar and Webb lively throughout. Munster were finding some joy on Van den Heever’s wing and the South African was hauled down short during a promising break, while a block by Josh Matavesi ruled out a second try for Hassler. A line-out infringement allowed Biggar to fire a 46-metre penalty through the uprights, before Keatley responded before the interval when punishing Dan Baker for taking out Murray at a ruck. The pair outshone their Munster counterparts, first-time captain Conor Murray and Ian Keatley, with the visiting pack also getting a very good return from their scrum. Biggar was unerring with the boot, landing four penalties and converting Jeff Hassler’s 15th-minute try, while scrum-half Webb’s influence as a distributor and tactician saw him deservedly win the man-of-the-match award. As the drizzle came down for the start of the second half, Keatley drilled an early penalty over to move Munster ahead for the second time. The hosts looked to have gained a key advantage when Bernardo was guilty of pulling down a Munster line-out in the 47th minute, but Keatley disappointed with a poor strike off the kicking tee. Biggar and Keatley exchanged penalties as Ospreys coped well with their sudden numerical disadvantage, and the home crowd’s sense of frustration grew. As Munster’s scrum began to buckle, Van den Heever was pinged for holding on in the tackle and another accurate kick from Biggar put his side into a 14-13 lead. Ospreys’ control of the breakdown was particularly evident as they set up another scoring chance for Biggar in the 69th minute and he delivered once again. Some clever tactical kicking from Biggar and Webb kept Ospreys in the right areas of the pitch and although CJ Stander and replacement Jack O’Donoghue sparked a furious late rally from Munster, they could not avoid a second defeat of the season at Thomond Park. Half-backs Dan Biggar and Rhys Webb led Ospreys to a hard-earned 19-14 Guinness PRO12 victory over Munster at Thomond Park.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has refused to rule out a move for Steven Gerrard if the former England captain fails to agree new terms with Liverpool. Gerrard’s existing contract with the Reds ends in June but Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers remains confident the 34-year-old will stay on at Anfield beyond the end of the current season. City have already demonstrated their willingness to put their trust in veteran players this season with the short-term loan signing of another former England midfielder, 36-year-old Frank Lampard, and Blues boss Pellegrini believes Gerrard still has plenty to offer in the years ahead. Pellegrini told several national newspapers: “I don’t ever rate players on their age. It depends on the money they cost and the number of years they have (on their contract). “But, like Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard is a top player and he can continue at a high level for a couple more years.” Rodgers was asked about Gerrard’s future following the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle on Saturday. He said: ‘It’s quite straightforward. I had a meeting with Steven’s representative explaining the situation. I very much want him to be a part of what we are doing here. ”He’s been a brilliant captain for me. I relayed that to the ownership. I’m sure he will go away with that and hopefully his representative will organise a deal. “Steven is very much part of what I’m doing here. He’s a unique player, a unique talent.” Gerrard made his senior debut for Liverpool in November 1998 having first been spotted by the club as a nine-year-old playing for local side Whiston Juniors. Press Association
“I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes, because the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest. “It’s match fitness [he needs]. It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured. I had to adapt to the needs of the selection [squad].” Van Gaal was hugely relieved after a scan last week on a potential knee injury for Rooney showed there was no problem – the striker has become the key player for the Dutch manager after he chose him as his captain following the club’s pre-season tour to the USA. “Very good!” beamed Van Gaal, when asked about Rooney. “He will play.” He added: “We were in the USA when I decided to make him captain and not for one day have I regretted that. For me the most important thing is that he is captain of our team.” Van Gaal said he was impressed at the team spirit that has developed, highlighted by the Christmas party organised last week by Rooney. “It was fantastic,” van Gaal told MUTV. “Usually, I don’t use words like this, but I think it showed the cohesion in our group from both the players and staff. My wife and I enjoyed it very much. “The squad is very important, and that’s why the timing of our Christmas party was fantastic – it showed the togetherness in the squad. I think we are in a good position.” The match at St Mary’s is being built up as a battle between warring Dutch coaches van Gaal and Koeman, who fell out when they worked together at Ajax in 2004. The pair have refused to discuss their relationship but they appear to have buried the hatchet. According to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, at a recent League Managers’ Association meetings Van Gaal complimented Koeman on his work, told him: “You have a good team,” and clapped him on the shoulder. Van Gaal said Falcao’s lack of match fitness means he can only play for 20 minutes or so in the fast pace of the Premier League, and that the demands of the squad mean he has to continue in that role as cover for other strikers rather than work on his fitness. Falcao is likely to be on the bench again at Southampton on Monday and asked if the striker was happy with that role, Van Gaal replied: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy – do you understand that? I am here because of that. Press Association Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he is “not interested” in whether striker Radamel Falcao is happy to settle for a substitute’s role and insisted the Colombian is not fit enough to last a full match.
Sunderland would have pushed on considerably further had the key decisions in Saturday’s game gone their way, but ultimately had to settle for a 13th league draw of the season and the seventh stalemate which left them in 16th place and three points clear of the drop zone. Referee Mike Jones’ decision to book rather than send off defender Joleon Lescott for a fifth-minute foul on Danny Graham, which was spotted by assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, irked Poyet more than the pair’s ruling that Adam Johnson was offside after he had appeared to put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time. The Uruguayan said: “I have watched it 20 times – he stopped and yes, it’s onside. It’s a tough one. I understand that referees are human beings and the linesman from 40 yards, the ball is flying and when he looks, Jonno is two yards behind, the perfect run. He can give the offside. “I’ll take that one. It hurts because it was a goal, but I’ll take it. But the first one, no. The first one was a straightforward red card, and I don’t think there’s any doubt.” West Brom extended their run under Tony Pulis to just one defeat in nine games in all competitions, although by the manager’s own admission, they were not at their best and even Saido Berahino failed to impress in front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson. Pulis said: “Saido has been fantastic for us, but he took a knock early on in the game and he struggled with his ankle. But we wanted to keep him on because he has been playing so well for us. “He can do things, special things, so we kept him on there. He is also a young lad who has to learn when things are not going well for him, he has to work hard for the rest of the team. He has done that and I am very, very pleased. “Although we didn’t play very well and he has had better days, his effort and commitment were first-class.” Press Association He said: “If that’s what people want to say, that’s fine. I believe I bring something to the team – I think I could bring something to most teams. “I’d like to think I help players on the pitch, that’s a key asset for me. I like to think I drive players on and get more out of them. “That’s one of my strong attributes and if that’s been missed, it’s been missed. But I’d like to think I am back now and I want to push on and I want to finish the season strongly.” Cattermole’s return could hardly be more timely for Poyet after back-to-back 2-0 defeats by league rivals QPR and League One Bradford in the FA Cup fifth round had cast a pall over Wearside. The former Middlesbrough and Wigan man could only look on helplessly as a chance to go one better than last season’s Capital One Cup final appearance went begging, but he will not allow himself or his team-mates to dwell upon a missed opportunity. He said: “It killed me watching the Bradford game. I was really disappointed on the back of last season and being so close to winning the Capital One Cup. “That was something I really felt we could go and push on and get a good draw. It would have kept our season really alive, it would have kept a real buzz. “But now we have got to push on and put every bit of focus on the league because it’s such a tough division and it’s proving to be really hard work.” The 26-year-old midfielder returned after a 10-game injury lay-off to provide fresh impetus as the Black Cats were controversially denied a much-needed Barclays Premier League victory over West Brom on Saturday with many commentators citing his absence as one of the key factors in a worrying run of form. Cattermole modestly side-stepped suggestions that his unavailability because of groin and knee injuries had impacted so heavily on Gus Poyet’s team, but vowed to bring his characteristic vigour to the mission to ease the club up the table, which started with a frustrating 0-0 draw against the Baggies. Lee Cattermole is ready to be the driving force behind a Sunderland resurgence as he attempts to spark another successful survival fight.
Advocaat, who has spent much of his managerial career competing for trophies, told SAFSee: “I would still prefer to play at the other side of the league because this is still a little bit frustrating in that we have to fight so hard to stay in. “We thought that with six points, we had enough, and now we have 10 points and we still need three points, so hopefully we can do that on Saturday.” That would provide a successful conclusion to a second remarkable escape in as many seasons, and Advocaat admits he is at a loss to explain why the club has struggled in recent campaigns. He said: “It’s a great club with a great stadium, the facilities at the training ground are brilliant, so in that way you can see that this club deserves more than the bottom, where they have been the last four years.” Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is hoping to finally complete his survival mission on Saturday after twice having to re-assess his top-flight safety target. The 67-year-old Dutchman arrived on Wearside in March believing six or seven points from the remaining nine games of the campaign might be enough to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League. However, Saturday’s 2-0 win at Everton took his tally to 10 points from six games and the Black Cats are still not mathematically safe heading into this weekend’s showdown with form team Leicester. Press Association
Fiddes said: “He went to the Curragh and everyone was happy. We’ve just been taking our time with him since sending him to Eddie’s. There’s no rush, as there are so many races at home and abroad for him later in the year. “I think he’s definitely getting to the right place now and hopefully he’ll head for the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot. I think he’ll probably need another racecourse gallop between now and then. “Having said that, if he wasn’t cherry ripe, we wouldn’t send him to Ascot just for a day out. He’s a very good horse and we’ll look after him. “He’s only a five-year-old, he was a very good three-year-old and was knocking on the door in Group Ones last year. “I think we’ll have an exciting year with him.” Moviesta is on course for a Royal Ascot return following a racecourse gallop at the Curragh on Sunday. Not beaten far in the Nunthorpe at York and the Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp last season, the five-year-old has recently moved from Bryan Smart’s yard to join sprint king Eddie Lynam. Part-owner Ritchie Fiddes is hoping to see his charge line up in next month’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes if he continues to please his trainer in the next few weeks. Press Association