Wednesday people roundup

first_imgNOW: Pensions – The multi-employer trust has appointed Gill McClelland as national partnership manager in the field sales team covering Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the pensions industry, gained with Aegon and Legal & General, where she undertook a variety of sales and management roles.Nikko Asset Management – Alex Shaw has been appointed head of EMEA sales and marketing, a newly created position. He joins from Cambridge Strategy, and previously was managing director for the EMEA at Arden Asset Management. Before then, he held senior positions at GAM and Mercury Asset Management.PineBridge Investments – The global multi-asset class manager has appointed Mandy Adamou as senior vice-president responsible for Global Consultant Relations. She joins from Amundi Asset Management, where she managed its global consultancy business. Before then, she worked at Aegon Asset Management, Wellington Management and Morley Fund Management.Ownership Capital – Amsterdam-based investment management firm has appointed Peter Veldman as COO. He joins from Cyrte Investment, a subsidiary of Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he was COO. Before then, he worked at ABN AMRO Asset Management, and an internal auditor at the Dutch regulator.EDHEC-Risk Institute – The institute has appointed two new members to its international advisory board. The new members are Brad Holzberger, CIO at QSuper, and Yuan Zhou, chief strategy officer at China Investment Corporation (CIC).Old Mutual Global Investors – Paul Emerton has been appointed head of UK stewardship and governance. He has nearly 25 years’ experience advising pension funds and fund managers on shareholder engagement. He joins from Schroders, where he was head of governance.Montae – Pensions adviser Montae has appointed Margriet Adema as partner for governance. She has been working at Montae as a senior consultant for governance and pension contracts since March 2010.CCL – The international regulatory consultancy has appointed Alan Leale-Green, previously Aberdeen Asset Management’s global head of compliance-front office risk, as managing director of its UK operation. OFT, SPF, Kyrkans Pensionskassa, NOW: Pensions, Nikko Asset Management, PineBridge Investments, Ownership Capital, EDHEC-Risk Institute, Old Mutual Global Investors, Montae, CCLOFT – The UK Office of Fair Trade (OFT), an independent public body charged with monitoring markets, has created a project board to oversee the audit of legacy insurance defined contribution schemes. Carol Sergeant will independently chair the board, joined by Ed Smith from the OFT. Regulatory bodies, The Department for Work & Pensions, The Pensions Regulator and the Financial Conduct Authority are represented by Bridget Micklem, interim head of private pensions, Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director for DC, and Nick Poyntz-Wright, director of pensions. Accompanying them are National Association of Pension Funds and Association of British Insurers chief executives Joanne Segars and Otto Thoresen. In addition, chief executive Michelle Cracknell will represent public service body The Pensions Advisory Service, while David Hare joins from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Doug Taylor, a consultant and member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, also joins.SPF – Kees Linse has stepped down as independent chairman of the €12.6bn railways pension fund SPF after taking up the job on 1 July 2013. He said chairing the SPF took more time than he had available. Linse is chairman of the supervisory board at the €90bn asset manager MN and the technological research institute TNO, as well as a member of the supervisory board of Akzo Nobel and MRC Global. SPF said deputy chairman Gerard Groten had taken over Linse’s tasks temporarily. Kyrkans Pensionskassa – Anders Granberg, chief executive of the Swedish church pension fund, Kyrkans Pensionskassa, is stepping down from his role in June. He will continue working for the church in a different capacity in a different department that includes the IT and real-estate functions. The recruitment for a successor is underway at the SEK12bn (€1.3bn) fund.last_img read more

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Long-standing head of Ireland’s construction workers fund to retire

first_imgHe told IPE his replacement, Anne Keogh, had started at the scheme at the beginning of July, and that he was in the process of handing over his responsibilities.Prior to joining CIF Pension Administration Services, Keogh was pensions manager at Aer Lingus, which has recently concluded negotations with the underfunded Irish Airlies Superannuation Scheme.She spent 20 years at the airline before departing last month and told IPE: ”I greatly enjoyed working at Aer Lingus and all the opportunities I had there, but I am delighted to be starting my new role.”I am looking forward to the challenges and continuing Pat’s great work within the ever-changing pensions landscape.”Ferguson said he hoped to join some new trustee boards as an independent trustee following his official retirement.“I would like to keep my hand in and give what contribution I can to the industry that reared me,” he said.“I have worked since I was 16, so it’s time now to take a rest.”He added that he had a “fairly large garden that needs to be controlled”.Ferguson said he was very happy about the condition in which he was leaving CWPS.“Administration and board-wise, the set-up couldn’t be much better than it is now,” he said. “We’ve good governance all round.”He said the fund had recently overhauled its structure, leading to his appointment as head of the trustee secretariat.The move away from the chief executive role reflects the fact the CWPS is not the trustee’s sole responsibility – instead being part and parcel of a wider benefit system – a retirement system for construction executives, one for self-employed builders and the sick-pay fund for the industry.Ferguson was upbeat about the industry’s future.“The construction industry is on the mend,” he said. “We’ve seen our numbers fall quite dramatically, and, hopefully, the scheme will now start to grow again.”However, he said the challenge facing the fund in future would be a requirement to compete for members in the open market – following a ruling in May last year that found the 1946 law underpinning Ireland’s registered employment agreements, the country’s collective bargaining arrangements, were unconstitutional. As a result, membership in the CWPS is no longer mandatory for the sector’s employees. Pat Ferguson, long-standing head of Ireland’s €1.3bn Construction Workers Pension Scheme (CWPS), is to retire in October.Ferguson, until recently chief executive of the scheme and currently head of the trustee secretariat, said he would be standing down prior to his 65th birthday.Active in the construction industry for more than three decades, he started at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) in 1981 and assumed responsibility for pension arrangements in 1986.He has been with the predecessor to CWPS since 2000.last_img read more

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UK Interserve scheme agrees £300m buy-in with Aviva

first_imgInterserve, a FTSE 250 company, previously used a portfolio of private finance initiatives (PFIs) as contingent assets to address a deficit within the defined benefit scheme, part of which were sold to the Pensions Infrastructure Platform in April.The buy-in was completed after a competitive tender process, with consultancy LCP and Sacker & Partners acting as advisor to the trustee.Trapnell added: “This transaction represents a significant risk reduction step for the Interserve Pension Scheme, reducing funding volatility and providing additional protection for all our members’ benefits.”Emma Watkins, partner at LCP added that the use of a “tried and tested” buy-in procedure allowed terms and pricing to be negotiated within four months of the trustee formally approaching insurers.Aviva’s director of bulk purchase annuities Nick Johnson said the firm was increasingly seeing mid-size bulk annuity agreements “being dealt with in a streamlined way, similar to smaller deals”.In April, in the wake of a UK government decision to scrap forced annuitisation of individual defined contribution pension pots, IPE reported that Aviva would be more aggressively pursuing bulk annuity deals.The deal follows the announcement of two larger transactions yesterday, with the Western United Group Pension Scheme agreeing a £280m de-risking deal with Rothesay Life and the PGL Pension Scheme agreeing a £900m longevity swap.The UK regulator earlier this week also settled a long-running dispute with the estate of Lehman Brothers, agreeing to a £184m settlement that would allow the underfunded scheme to pursue a buyout. The Interserve Pension Scheme has completed a £300m (€375m) buy-in of its pensioner liabilities, with Aviva insuring the risk.The deal will cover around 35% of the fund’s liabilities, according to a joint statement from the sponsor and insurance company, with chairman of the trustee David Trapnell praising the “significant” reduction in risk achieved.At £300m and the insurer’s largest bulk contract since 2008, the deal highlights Aviva’s turnaround within the bulk annuity space and exceeds its desired limit of individual arrangements.Despite previously being a large market player, it set a £50m cap on individual deals, before raising this to £200m in the wake of this year’s Budget.last_img read more

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Slovenia’s Triglav makes bid for pension fund manager

first_imgZavarovalnica Triglav, Slovenia’s biggest insurance company, has announced it intends to make a takeover bid for Skupna pokojninska družba, a major pensions provider within the country.Skupna deals exclusively in supplementary voluntary pension insurance, and manages €218m in assets on behalf of its 61,000 policyholders, giving it a 21% market share in Slovenia.            Triglav already holds 30% of Skupna’s shares.The other major shareholders are NLB Ljubljana – part of Slovenia’s largest international financial group – with 28%, and Gorenjska banka with 26%. The latter has agreed to sell its shares to Triglav under set conditions.Andrej Slapar, president of Triglav’s management board, said: “Our updated strategy focuses on the development of pension insurance products.“In view of demographic trends, we expect that, over time, the need for people to ensure their pension security will increase.“This means pension insurance will become more important in Slovenia and other countries.”Slapar added: “More active participation in the management of Skupna, as reflected by our takeover intention, is another step towards putting this strategy in place.”Last January, the Triglav Group, of which Zavarovalnica Triglav is the holding company, published its business strategy, amended to take into account the changing macroeconomic environment. The Triglav Group is planning further growth and development in key markets throughout Southeast Europe, to achieve a minimum 10% market share in all its foreign markets.The terms of the Skupna takeover must be published by 30 November.Slovenian brokerage Ilirika is acting as broker to the takeover.last_img read more

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USS agrees to survey membership on investment beliefs

first_imgSuch consultations could allow for trustees to divest certain stocks or sectors, if they had evidence that beneficiaries support such a decision.ShareAction’s chief executive Catherine Howarth welcomed the university scheme’s decision.“It’s a victory for pension scheme members speaking up about their views, that USS has listened to their concerns and agreed to conduct a survey of members’ views on non-financial factors,” she said.“We look forward to working with the scheme to make sure the survey works for everyone, and hopefully this sets a precedent for the broader industry.”USS, currently consulting on changes to its benefits, has agreed to conduct the survey once all parties have agreed to the fund’s new structure.When the campaign launched in late October, Tim Colbourn, a faculty member of the University College London’s Institute for Global Health and a USS member, argued that many so-called ethical investment decisions were also financial ones, pointing at the risk of fossil fuel companies being overvalued.The scheme could not be reached for comment.However, upon the campaign’s launch, a spokeswoman for USS noted its work in building understanding of the risk of climate change, and pushing for the development of a regulatory framework that allows the development of a low-carbon economy.For more on the impact of scheme beneficiaries lobbying pension providers, see the current issue of IPE The Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is to survey beneficiaries about its approach to investment in a breakthrough for a membership campaign that urged divestment from “morally unacceptable” companies.The ‘Listen to USS!’ campaign, organised by responsible investment NGO ShareAction, met with senior members of the £44bn (€55.5bn) scheme last week, delivering a petition signed by more than 3,200 members.The meeting between trustees and members of its executive board, including chief executive Bill Galvin and co-head of responsible investment Daniel Summerfield, resulted in an agreement to survey members on their views of non-financial investment matters.A Law Commission report on fiduciary duties, published earlier this year, ruled that trustees would be able to take account of non-financial investment matters – such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns – if they consulted with the membership.last_img read more

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Dutch pension fund SC Johnson to join insurer after liquidation

first_imgFred Eindhoven, the scheme’s chairman, said the pension fund intended to transfer its pension plans to an insurer.In 2006, the pension fund paid Aegon a lump sum for the liabilities of all pensioners and deferred participants, with the insurer annually adding the net surplus returns of more than 4%, according to the scheme’s annual report.At the same time, the pension fund placed pensions accrual for its workers in a defined contribution plan with Zwitserleven.The contract, which expires at year-end, provides for at least a pension-asset growth of 3%.In its newsletter, the scheme’s board explained that the Zwitserleven contract offered hardly any chance of surplus returns or indexation, following the insurer’s decision in 2011 to fully re-allocate its investments to low-risk assets.“As a result of low interest rates, annuities at retirement will be much lower than in the past,” warned Eindhoven.He pointed out that the results of the Aegon scheme were much better, and even had the potential of inflation compensation.Last year, however, the pension fund had to come to a compromise with Aegon, which wanted to reduce the tariffs for future indexation unilaterally, according to the chairman.The Pensioenfonds SC Johnson has 940 participants and pensioners. The €112m Dutch pension fund of SC Johnson has announced it will liquidate itself over the course of next year, when it intends to transfer its two pension plans to an insurer.In its newsletter, the pension fund for the manufacturer of household cleaning products said it postponed its initial plan to liquidate on 1 January, as its sponsor asked for more time to assess the consequences of the decision.The pension fund said the players involved wanted full clarity about each of their roles, to achieve maximum support when the scheme is no longer implementing its fully re-insured pension plans with Aegon and Zwitserleven, respectively.It added that the employer would pay any surplus costs caused by the delay.last_img read more

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AMF CIO warns to prepare for lower-return environment

first_imgThe 2016 return was up from 5.3% the year before. AMF said its five-year average return rose to 8.5%.During last year, AMF put aside SEK20.3bn in higher yield guarantees for customers with its collectively agreed labour-market pension SAF-LO.Even after this move to strengthen guarantees, AMF’s solvency level of 190% was still the highest among comparable companies, it said, giving room for manoeuvre within asset management.AMF said a high solvency level allowed it to invest in social infrastructure assets and real estate, which it had increasingly done in recent years to improve risk diversification and cope with low interest rates.The solvency level has fallen from 211% at the end of 2015.Premium income for AMF’s traditional pensions insurance fell slightly to SEK16.01bn in 2016 from SEK16.24bn in 2015.At group level, AMF’s total assets under management rose to SEK563bn at the end of December 2016, from SEK527bn a year before.AMF has around 4m members and is jointly owned by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv) and the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, LO. AMF, the SEK562bn (€59.4bn) Swedish occupational pension scheme, has warned members to lower expectations even as it posted a 7.3% gain for 2016.Marcus Blomberg, acting CIO at AMF, said: “Our investments in real estate and infrastructure continued to give very strong returns in 2016, and the return on equities was also really good.“That said, there is still reason to emphasise that we are apparently moving towards a lower-yield environment.”Even though AMF had a long-term investment horizon and a strong financial position to help mitigate the expected downturn, it was not reasonable to expect the levels of return that had been achieved recently to be maintained over time, Blomberg warned.last_img read more

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UK roundup: PLSA launches diversity campaign

first_imgThe Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has kicked off a year of diversity campaigns with the launch of ”Breaking The Mirror Image”, a collection of essays on the subject.The pension fund trade body wants to encourage greater diversity on trustee boards, having found that 83% of trustees are male.Speaking at an event this morning in London, PLSA chair Lesley Williams said the association will initially focus on gender, but that she intends to extend the association’s work into other forms of diversity. The work will continue beyond the initial 12-month period, Williams added. It will include a series of training sessions and other activities, as Williams told IPE last month.Contributors to the 44-page book include NEST CEO Helen Dean, Investment Association chair Helena Morrissey, Railpen CEO Chris Hitchen, and Pensions Regulator chief executive Lesley Titcomb. Richard Harrington, the UK government’s pensions minister, welcomed the initiative, adding: “A balanced workforce is good for businesses, their workplace culture and for investors. Firms with a good gender balance in senior positions and across teams perform better, and therefore attract the best talent.”Williams said: “Our campaign begins by looking at gender diversity, but there are many elements to consider if we want truly representative and diverse trustee boards – gender, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, and social class.”Titcomb added: “Good governance is the foundation of a well-run pension scheme, and diverse trustee boards can help deliver this.”Elsewhere, workers for the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) have struck a deal on a new defined contribution pension scheme after lengthy discussions with their employer.Prospect, a union, said it had negotiated higher employer contributions to the scheme of between 11% and 13%, depending on the employee’s contribution.Workers took strike action in November in protest at the closure of their defined benefit pension fund.Prospect negotiator Richard Tabbner said employees had secured “significant improvements” to the pension arrangements, but added that it was “extremely disappointing that industrial action was needed”.“The result should not be interpreted as members being satisfied with the outcome,” Tabbner added. “The closure of the defined benefit scheme broke clear promises that had been made to AWE employees in the past and members are rightly angry about that. The result simply shows that members felt the final proposals were the best that could be achieved at this stage.”        Meawhile, the Cancer Research UK Pension Scheme has sealed a £250m (€292m) buy-in with Canada Life.The transaction was a continuation of the defined benefit scheme’s de-risking programme, according to a statement on the deal from advisers LCP. In the past three years the scheme has reduced its equity exposure and invested in assets that “broadly in line with the measurement of the pension obligations”.Kenneth Hardman, partner in LCP’s insurance de-risking team, said Canada Life’s backing of the buy-in had established the insurer in the “mid-range” market for de-risking, providing competition and further capacity.Ian Kenyon, chief financial officer at Cancer Research UK, said said the deal “both improves the funding position of the pension scheme and reduces the risk of contributions needing to increase in the future”.“This is another action which serves to reduce the charity’s cost base to concentrate spending on research,” he added.The combined shortfall across all private sector defined benefit funds rose slightly during February to £270bn, according to an estimate from JLT Employee Benefits. The average funding level remained at 85%, however, as assets also rose.PricewaterhouseCoopers also released its monthly DB funding estimate. Its Skyval index estimated that UK pension schemes had a combined deficit of £370bn at the end of February, up by £50bn in a month.last_img read more

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Accounting roundup: Reporting reforms and post-Brexit rules

first_imgIASB member Ann Tarca said: “I think it is more productive to be focused on EBIT or similar subtotal, which many preparers already do. I think we can deal with the management performance measure in the notes somewhere… I don’t think it needs to be on the face of the income statement.”The board’s discussions are currently at an early stage. Staff plan to bring proposals to a future meeting to see how their thinking could be adapted to a complex financial institution.Staff have acknowledged that if any EBIT-like line item is too restrictive to accommodate a management performance subtotal, it might be necessary to relegate any management performance measure to a separate reconciliation or the notes.The focus in the latest staff papers has shifted from references to pure EBIT subtotal to a description of “profit before financing and income tax”.Meanwhile, the IASB has also recognised the need for a separate investing category in companies’ income statements.Under this proposal, defined benefit (DB) scheme sponsors would classify any interest on a surplus to this new category.’Material information’ definition under reviewThe body that advises the European Union on accounting matters, EFRAG, has published a draft comment letter in support of an IASB draft statement on materiality.In a webcast to introduce the proposals, IASB member Francoise Flores said: “The definition of materiality is easy to understand but difficult to apply. It is a totally company-specific notion that requires the exercise of judgement tailored to a company’s circumstances.”In the context of financial reporting, material information is data that is either significant or relevant.Flores added: “Currently, there is little if any guidance in IFRS on how to make materiality judgements. This lack of guidance can be regarded as partly responsible for IFRS disclosure requirements not being sufficiently challenged in practice from a materiality perspective and rather being used as a checklist.”The IASB’s practice statement is non-mandatory. Interested parties have until 5 January 2018 to comment on the EFRAG draft.UK ‘should maintain international standards’ post-BrexitThe Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has warned that the UK has failed to give sufficient thought to the implications of its vote to leave the EU.In a policy discussion paper on the implications of Brexit for financial reporting, the institute said it supported a UK-specific endorsement mechanism for new international standards.The report’s authors argued: “[A] new national mechanism could function more smoothly and far more quickly than the EU’s, and indeed this should be regarded as a key prize available to the UK from the change in endorsement arrangements.”The paper also considered the option of accepting all international financial reporting standards (IFRS) as issued by the IASB with no modifications, as well as continuing to participate in the EU’s current endorsement mechanism.Finally, the ICAEW also called for the UK to join the IFRS Foundation’s Monitoring Board and the Accounting Standards Advisory Forum.Under the rules governing membership of the two bodies, there is no current basis for UK membership of either body.IPE has learned that UK government officials are considering separate proposals for a UK endorsement mechanism – possibly modelled on the Australian model. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has instructed its staff to prioritise the development of new type of financial performance measure to be included in IFRS statements.The board expressed a preference for a measure based on earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) over parallel plans to include a management-defined measure of performance.The IASB also signalled a preference for a modified version of EBIT over any off-the-shelf definition. The decisions came during the board’s latest discussions on its Primary Financial Statements project.last_img read more

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Ambachtsheer urges pension investors to quit tobacco investing

first_imgTobacco caused “widespread suffering” and related investments therefore carried “undue reputational risk” if ethical issues associated with tobacco were not tackled, Ambachtsheer said.“Please take a moment to imagine a front page headline announcing your fund is an investor in organisations involved in all this,” he said. “In my view, it adds up to considerable reputational risk for your fund.”On the Record: How important is a pension fund’s reputation?“In today’s society, growing emphasis is placed on corporate image and brand. There is also a greater demand for responsibility. We see that responsibility strengthens our reputation, supports our business and allows us to distinguish ourselves.”– Vappu Aura, marketing and communications director at Ilmarinen, €38.3bn Finnish pensions insurerRead September’s ‘On the Record’ for more on how pension funds think about their reputation.It is not just large institutional investors that have abandoned tobacco, with smaller UK local government pension schemes having made moves in this direction, too. Ambachtsheer said that in addition to ethical arguments, there was a financial case to be made against tobacco investments. These carried “undue financial risk in exposing investors to a continuously increasing volume of legislative/regulatory and litigation actions”, he said. The case against tobacco exposure had become increasingly accepted by institutional investors around the world, according to Ambachtsheer.If pension organisations had not yet turned away from tobacco, they should ask themselves why not, he said. Investing in tobacco is unethical and financially risky, and any pension funds with exposure should seriously consider divesting, according to Keith Ambachtsheer.In his view, investing in tobacco amounted to a breach of pension investors’ fiduciary obligation, he said. This was a duty to ensure investment decisions pass “reasonable ‘ethics’ tests” and “reasonable ‘no undue risk’ tests”.“I have come to the view that tobacco investments fail both tests,” the renowned pensions expert said in his latest monthly newsletter as CEO of KPA Advisory Services.Tobacco investments were not ethical, Ambachtsheer said, because they amounted to an endorsement of a product that is the number one cause of preventable deaths in the world today, and is known to impede the achievement of 13 of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The industry has also made use of child labour, according to the International Labour Organisation. Keith Ambachtsheer at the 2015 IPE Conference & Awards“Possibly, it is because no-one to date has placed the ‘tobacco-free’ action item on the organisational decision agenda,” he said. “After all, the manufacture and sale of cigarettes is not illegal, and investment returns have been good. Further, making investment decisions with ethical connotations can be awkward.“It is my hope that this letter will trigger the appearance of tobacco investing on your organisation’s decision agenda soon. The case for divestment is growing stronger year by year.”    Earlier this year, France’s pension reserve fund and Australian asset manager AMP Capital decided against investing in tobacco on grounds that overlapped with some of those outlined above.At the time, AMP Capital CEO Adam Tindall said the firm was “not prepared to deliver investment returns to customers at any cost to society”. Fonds de reserve pour les retraites, meanwhile, referred to tobacco consumption as “a scourge”.French insurer AXA Group last year announced it was divesting from the tobacco inudstry. The case was clear, said its CEO Thomas Buberl:  “The human cost of tobacco is tragic – its economic cost is huge.” The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) last year decided to uphold a long-standing ban on tobacco investments despite a study prepared for its board that showed divestment had cost the pension fund some $3bn (€2.5bn) in missed gains. Its board also voted to extend the ban to externally managed portfolios and affiliated funds.last_img read more

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Dutch recreation scheme seeks growth through voluntary additions

first_imgThe €660m mandatory pension fund for the recreation sector (Recreatie) said it would seek growth through taking in recreation companies that aren’t not subject to mandatory participation.Eiko de Vries, the scheme’s chairman, said that his pension fund could be of interest to the approximately 1,300 businesses that were currently exempt from a mandatory affiliation.De Vries: “The sector is still expanding. We see amusement and safari parks invest in residential recreation in particular to keep visitors for longer, while, on the other hand, combinations of swimming pools, sport centres and amusement arcades are being set up.“As a consequence, part of the staff is sometimes subject to our mandatory pension plan. To an employer, it would be much more practical if all workers were served by the same pensions provider.” As examples, he cited large amusement parks and wellness centres. “Sometimes, if a park also rents out holiday homes, part of their staff are already participants in the pension fund.”In these cases, the scheme could also start offering defined contribution (DC) or collective DC arrangements, in addition to its current defined benefit plan, De Vries explained.At the moment, Pensioenfonds Recreatie has 1,280 affilated employers. As its 18,500-strong membership is relatively young, it receives €40m of contributions annually.The chairman explained that the scheme’s expansion plan was triggered by the fact that it had to negotiate with two different employer organisations, which had produced two different collective labour agreements (CAOs).“This had made us aware that the social partners of workers and employers also had the option of seeking another pensions provider,” De Vries said.Co-operation or a merger with another industry-wide scheme was not an option acceptable for the social partners: they insisted on continuing their own pension fund, seeing sufficient growth potential to keep it viable.The chairman of Recreatie pointed out that the scheme’s growth plan required an active approach of employers, “with resolute and less viscous decision-making”.He stressed that expansion would also benefit current participants, as it could decrease costs, improve the service level and would be good for continuity as well.In his opinion, the plan was not at odds with the policy of the outgoing government aimed at preventing mandatory sector schemes further expanding their domain of influence.“There is sufficient coherence between our mandatory industry-wide pension fund and the companies that join voluntarily,” he argued.last_img read more

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Dutch pension scheme backs BlackRock ESG launch with €50m

first_imgMathijs van Gool, director of the pension fund, said: “We wanted to introduce a measurable ESG policy for all our equity investments. Another requirement was that the costs should not be higher than with current products.“The risk of ESG selection is that too many preferences could result in the exclusion of too many sectors… The risk is that the fund may miss out on returns in the long run.“We want to invest according to ESG criteria, but not in that way. That is why we have chosen the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact as our tenets. They concern principles in the areas of human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption, that all 180 UN countries agreed on.”The UN Global Compact Principles, which have also been signed by many companies, have been translated into measurable criteria. BlackRock is one of the signatories.BlackRock has outsourced stock selection to the American-Swedish firm ISS Ethix, which monitors companies for violations of the UN Global Compact Principles.The original fund invests in around 360 out of 660 companies from the broad MSCI index for Europe excluding the UK. These companies are selected by BlackRock on the basis of quantitative analysis.“The fund has been outperforming the benchmark for years”, Van Gool said. “On average the return is one percentage point higher than the benchmark.”Back-testing of the ESG strategy showed there was “no significant difference”, Van Gool added. “Despite the ESG screening, the costs for the new fund remain the same, which the social partners consider of great importance.”For the time being, only a European ESG version of this fund has been launched. BlackRock is investigating how the same approach would affect the US strategy, Van Gool said, as there were likely to be more companies excluded. BlackRock has launched an environmental, social and governance (ESG) focused version of a semi-active European equity fund, at the request of Dutch pension fund SCA.The fund excludes companies that do not comply with the 10 UN Global Compact Principles.The €450m SCA pension fund has invested around €50m into the ESG fund. Another pension fund has joined in, but its name has not been revealed.SCA, the Dutch scheme of Swedish multinational firm Essity (which owns brand such as Tempo, Libresse, Tena and Cushelle), was already invested in European and US equities through BlackRock products. Most of the rest of its portflio is run by fiduciary manager MN.last_img read more

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People moves: Caisse des Dépôts appoints new head of pensions [updated]

first_imgKPS – Kring van Pensioenspecialisten, the Dutch society for pension industry professionals, has named Hedwig Peters as its new chairman. She took over from Tim Zuiderman at the end of January. She has been a board member of KPS for some time and has been treasurer since 2014. Peters has worked as a portfolio manager and fiduciary manager at various insurers and asset managers. At the moment, Peters is an independent director and has a supervisory role with various pension funds.Van Lanschot Kempen – Leni Boeren joined the executive board of the financial group on 5 February, with responsibility for asset management. She has also been named chair of the management of Kempen & Co. Boeren succeeds Paul Gerla, who recently resigned for medical reasons. She previously worked for Robeco and was chairman of DUFAS, the Dutch fund and asset management association. Boeren is currently a member of the supervisory board of Air France-KLM and Tata Steel Nederland.HSBC Global Asset Management – Sebastien Faucher has been hired as head of passive fixed income in the asset manager’s investment team, a newly created role. Faucher joins from Legal & General Investment Management, where he was head of index fixed income. From 2006 to 2008, Faucher was an investment manager at SSgA Global Fixed Income. Xafinity Punter Southall – The UK pensions consultancy has appointed Patrick McCoy as head of investment. He was previously head of investment advisory at KPMG, and before that spent 10 years at Aon. He will lead the firm’s investment consulting team and reports to Paul Cuff, co-CEO. McCoy left KPMG in early 2016 having been caught up in a tax scandal, but charges against him were dropped last year.Redington – The UK investment consultancy has hired Natalie Flood and Jonathan Parker for its defined contribution (DC) business. Flood joins from Willis Towers Watson, where she led successful projects with high profile DC schemes. Parker had been running his own consulting firm since 2016 but before that he held senior positions across the asset management, insurance and consulting industries. This included spells at Dimensional Fund Advisors, Barclays, Zurich Life and Willis Towers Watson. Redington launched its DC and savings consulting arm in 2015. Candriam – Tanja Bender is to join the asset manager in Frankfurt as senior client relationship manager and will help Candriam build its business with German distributors and institutional investors. Bender was most recently co-country head at Métropole Gestion, with responsibility for business developent for Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Before that she worked at Oppenheim Asset Management, Crédit Suisse Asset Management and Commerzbank. BlueBay Asset Management – Polina Kurdyavko is to be sole head of the specialist fixed income manager’s emerging market debt team, assuming the new role in July. She is currently co-head with David Dowsett, who will move away from day-to-day investing to become a strategic adviser on emerging markets for the firm. Kurdyavko joined BlueBay in July 2005 from UBS where she was a credit analyst. She started her career in a macro research boutique in Russia. Dowsett has been with BlueBay since 2002, having joined from Deutsche Asset Management. Asset Management One International – The international arm of the Asian asset manager has appointed Serge Kasai as executive director, head of relationship management and senior product manager for EMEA. He joined the firm in 2014 (then known as DIAM Co) as a global product specialist. He previously held positions at Nomura, Nippon Life Insurance Group, Nissay Information Technology in Tokyo and Nissay Deutsche Asset Management Europe in Singapore. Caisse des Dépôts, Aon Hewitt, KPS, Van Lanschot Kempen, HSBC GAM, Xafinity Punter Southall, Redington, Candriam, BlueBay, Asset Management OneCaisse des Dépôts – The French state-owned public-interest financial institution has appointed Michel Yahiel as director for the group’s pensions and social protection division, which administers 48 retirement schemes and “solidarity” funds covering 20% of retirees in France.A high-ranking civil servant, Yahiel was most recently a commissioner general at France Stratégie, a think tank attached to the prime minister’s office. Since 2012 he has been social adviser to the French president. Previous public roles have included being delegate general for the Association of French Regions from 2010 to 2012, and director of economic development and employment for Paris.  Aon Hewitt Netherlands – Frank Driessen will take over as CEO of Aon Hewitt Netherlands from 1 April. At the moment Driessen is chief commercial officer and chief actuary at the firm. He has been in management positions at Aon since 2001 and previously worked at SPF Beheer and AkzoNobel. Driessen succeeds Pascal Hogenboom, who is leaving the company.last_img read more

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Views as far as Q1 from Daisy Hill home

first_imgThe bathroom has a spa bath.He said there was no ideal buyer for the property, with everyone from families to developers potentially making the most of the 1328sq m block.“A family could live in it, or maybe someone that likes a project or wants to do it up,” Mr Apps said.“It’s quite a large block of land so a developer could see value in it, or maybe someone who likes the land and wants to build a mansion on it.” Mr Apps enjoys looking over the pool and to views beyond.Mr Apps said they had completed a full renovation of the pool, and he liked to spend time outside enjoying the views.“Just looking out around the pool and out to the views is great,” Mr Apps said. The room in the centre of the house has skylights.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019At the heart of the home is a room the Apps have used as a rumpus, enjoying the feature skylights.“We’ve got quite a large room in the middle of the house that has ceiling windows,” Mr Apps said.“We’ve got a pool table in there and it’s probably one of my favourite rooms.” The living room is at the rear of the home.Spread across a single level, the mint coloured home has four bedrooms, the master and second bedroom with ensuites. The home at 475 Springwood Rd, Daisy Hill, is up for sale.ON a clear day Queensland’s tallest building can be seen from the backyard of this Logan home.The views from the 475 Springwood Rd home is what sold it to Simon and Kathleen Apps, who bought it 18 years ago.“Every time someone comes to the front door, you open it and you can see straight through the house to the view,” Mr Apps said.“It looks straight out to Mt Tamborine, and on a good day you can see Q1 and Runaway Bay.“People who are seeing it for the first time think its spectacular.” The master suite is large.The couple have sinced moved to the country, enjoying a tree change. “My wife and I were raised on farms, so that’s the direction we wanted to go.” The floorplan of 475 Springwood Rd, Daisy Hill.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 10:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -10:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenJune, 2018: Liz Tilley talks prestige property10:02last_img read more

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Construction on the Gold Coast’s Koko Broadbeach tower set to start this month

first_imgConstruction is due to start on Morris Property Group’s Koko development at Broadbeach this month.CONSTRUCTION of Broadbeach’s newest residential apartment building will kick off this month.Koko Broadbeach, which is being developed by Morris Property Group, will tower 31 storeys above its beachside site at 12-14 Elizabeth Ave.Knight Frank head of project marketing Chris Litfin said demolishing the site’s existing building was the first step.“Demolition is about to take place,” he said.Renders of Morris Property Group’s Koko development at Broadbeach.Renders of Morris Property Group’s Koko development at Broadbeach.The proposed development has been on display in the existing building, which Mr Litfin said would be moved once construction started.“It’s a pop up display in the building next door,” he said.“We just need a location that’s near the site where people can pop in.“But the bulldozer is the best display you can have.”THE COAST’S CHEAPEST HOUSESDISPLAY HOME MORE MANSION-LIKE THAN HOUSESo far, Mr Litfin said 35 of the development’s 99 luxury apartments had sold.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“They’ve been going at basically one a week since the development (was launched),” he said.He said the steady flow of sales gave the developer confidence to push forward with construction.Renders of Morris Property Group’s Koko development at Broadbeach.Renders of Morris Property Group’s Koko development at Broadbeach.The development will include 94 two-bedroom apartments and five three-bedroom half-floor sub-penthouses.Prices start from $629,900.It will also have a range of residential facilities, including pool areas, including one for lap swimming, lounges, gym facilities, private outdoor entertainment areas and gardens.It will be a short walk to Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Star Casino and is only 250m from the beach.The building is expected to be finished by late 2020.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

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Travis Schultz’s property dreams revealed

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMy current home is in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast. It’s blessed with a magic northerly view and is walking distance to the township. Being set on 1.61ha, offers a delightful treescape and privacy such that you wouldn’t know that you were still living in suburbia. FIRST HOME Travis Schultz, principal of Travis Schultz Law at home in his wine cellar.Queenslanders love real estate and talking about their homes.High profile personal injury lawyer, Travis Schultz, principal of Travis Schultz Law with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, reveals his property dreams. My first home was at run down two storey renovator that was without doubt the worst house on the best street.It was a real stretch for me to buy a canal home at the time, but I knew I wanted to be on the water. CURRENT HOME RELATED: To describe it as being in a state of “disrepair” would be overly charitable to the dwelling. It had been tenanted and the pool could have been mistaken for a swamp. I felt as though I needed to update my tetanus shots before I walked in the front door! It was, however, a great location and the best I could afford at the time. DREAM QUEENSLAND HOME >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<center_img FANTASY HOME My dream home would probably be a shack somewhere right on the beachfront with a view of the water. Maybe somewhere in the Whitsundays? Ironman Matt Bevilacqua’s life at Broadbeach Waters If money was no object, I’d love nothing more than owning a chateau somewhere in Bordeaux or the Languedoc, but there’s probably a dozen places I’d like to locate my holiday home! Building new? Curves are on trend MORE: How to beat Brisbane’s median by $200klast_img read more

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Bulimba Queenslander catches attention of locals

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe dining room looks out to the backyard.The two-level house has a classic Queenslander theme upstairs, with VJ walls, polished timber floorboards and picture rails, and downstairs is a more modern feel, with coffered ceilings and open-plan spaces.This combination is part of what drew Ms Matthews to the home in the first place.“I have owned three different places in Sydney, the last two were extremely modern … so this to me was a real contrast to have a bit of old world and a bit of new world,” Ms Matthews said. Upstairs are VJ walls and picture rails.Ms Matthews is relocating.“If I could pick up the house and take it — I would.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 There is an L-shaped plunge pool.Ms Matthews said the house had been perfect for when her three sons or her mother came to visit, but believes it would also be suited to a family.“It’s very family orientated,” she said.“It’s got a beautifully sized L-shaped plunge pool, and a huge open-plan family and kitchen area.“It’s also got a butler’s pantry which is really handy for when you don’t want clutter in view — you can just put it in the pantry and sort it out later.” Downstairs is a modern, open-plan living, dining and kitchen area.“Since I’ve moved in I’ve had three people that left letters in my mailbox asking what colour I had painted the house,” Ms Matthews said.“It’s a dark grey outside and it’s obviously a colour that attracts people.“I didn’t paint it so I didn’t know the colour but I found a spare tin of paint that was left behind that helped the people.” People wrote letters about the colour of the house.THIS Bulimba house was so eye catching that several people left letters in the mailbox about a particular aspect of it.Kerrie Matthews moved from Sydney and into the house two-and-a-half years ago and has since received several inquiries about the colour of the property.last_img read more

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Rates set to hit record low 0.75pc

first_imgCoreLogic chief economist Tim Lawless expected housing values to continue to recover, listings to grow and sales activity to trend higher.But he said, “credit availability remains the wildcard in a material bounce back in turnover”.“Although credit policies have become a little looser, gaining loan approval remains a challenge for many borrowers, despite the lowest mortgage rates since the 1950s.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The:RBA board monetary policy decision will be announced at 2.30pm AEST.CBA Economics expected the cut “because labour market slack is increasing” and because of currency issues.“Our previous research indicates AUD could jump by 0.4 per cent if the RBA does not cut,” a CBA Global Markets Research statement said. “We are wary of this risk given last week’s small spike in NZD following the RBNZ’s decision to keep the cash rate steady and deliver a neutral statement.”Financial markets were already pricing in a cut, with “the ASX 30 Day Interbank Cash Rate Futures October 2019 contract trading at 99.190, indicating a 78 per cent expectation of an interest rate decrease to 0.75 per cent”, according to the ASX Rate Indicator. Number of homes sold for profit set to rise MORE: New top sale notched for coast 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. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58center_img House prices have begun rising across major capital cities Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane despite the slowest monthly credit growth on record.Latest housing credit figures showed growth was “the slowest in the history of the data set”, rising 0.2 per cent in August to 3.1 per cent higher over the year. Owner‑occupier credit was up by 0.3 per cent in August and 4.7 per cent for the past year, while investor credit went backwards for the second consecutive month, down 0.1 per cent/month.Final dwelling price index results for September were also due Tuesday, but the CoreLogic Daily Value Index was yesterday showing a 0.63 per cent rise for the quarter so far out of Brisbane, 3.39 per cent out of Sydney and 3.52 per cent for Melbourne, with the five capital city aggregate up 2.28 per cent in the quarter.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The fear is that if the RBA doesn’t cut rates Tuesday, the Aussie dollar could rise.The Reserve Bank is set to cut the official interest rate to a historic low 0.75 per cent Tuesday after data showing two cuts mid-year failed to spark a bounce and as house prices start to rise.Experts predict the RBA board will move on a 0.25 percentage point cut to the official cash rate target, pushed by weakening job market figures and to stave off any rises in the Australian dollar (AUD). Emotions run high as 1890s home soldlast_img read more

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TV star Deborah Hutton helps couple score dream beach house in Byron Bay

first_img The iconic Byron Bay lighthouse was a big drawcard. Picture: Foxtel/Find Me a Beach House.“I love the sound of the beach. This is like old Byron Bay. It’s the old true beach house,” he said.The two bedroom, two bathroom house they inspected had a spiral staircase, and room for major improvement, according to the couple.“I like having a beach in the backyard, I like being able to say that,” he said. “We’re going to be in this house a long time, our kids are going to grow up here.”Mrs Goldberg agreed: “It’s our forever home.”The couple were planning on rebuilding on the site.The price was $3.2m, which was $100,000 less than the Goldbergs expected it might cost.“To have a beach in your backyard, to me it’s priceless,” Mr Goldberg said. “I would like to rebuild. I think it’s about position and to have this, the sound, the beach, the beautiful lighthouse in the distance, this is Byron Bay for me. This is for a lifetime.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Michael and Jade Goldberg and their two children were set on finding a beach house in Byron Bay. Picture: Foxtel/Find Me a Beach House.It was billed as being a hunt in prestigious Byron Bay close to the Queensland-New South Wales border.The couple has sold their business which allowed them to live the dream and retire early.“They love travelling around Australia in their Winnebago camper van and Michael also rides motorbikes so an important consideration when looking for their dream beach house is enough space to accommodate the numerous vehicles.”Their wishlist was that their new home be a “coastal oasis with access to the beach” in Byron Bay.A builder by trade, Mr Goldberg was keen to enjoy early retirement, spending time watching the children grow. The huge first house. Picture: Foxtel/Find Me a Beach House.Ms Hutton, who hosts the show, took the couple to an enormous house first up: A six bedroom, four bathroom getaway, located 10 minutes from the beach.“You can hang out in the kitchen, you’ve got that area there, you can see the kids in the pool, and the beach is a five to six minute private walk away,” Ms Hutton told the couple.Mrs Goldberg was impressed: “What a way to start the day, surrounded by green, the sounds of the birds.”Priced well below their kitty at $3.4m, it was a big house that was relatively modern with views. Former Miss World Australia buys Brisbane investment Gabba project lures investors The second home was brand new. Picture: Foxtel/Find Me a Beach House.The second home was “brand new, contemporary luxury” with the couple the first ever to be given an inspection of the property.The four bedroom, two bathroom house was 11 minutes from heart of Byron Bay and also had beach access.Ms Hutton said “the level of detail in here is quite extraordinary” with American oak countertops, brass handles, a parents’ retreat, and media room.While Mrs Goldberg had visions of herself cooking and entertaining in the kitchen, her husband loved that the kids would have their own space for movie nights.“I’m scared to ask how much,” he said. “Looking at the workmanship and everything that’s been put in, $5-6m easy.”Ms Hutton said the property was $5.4m, about $400,000 over their budget but designed to give them an idea of what was possible in the area. The third property had two houses on it and ready for upgrade, but right on the beach. Picture: Foxtel/Find Me a Beach House.The third property was a surprise winner though: Two houses that were much smaller than the others and older and in need of renovation — but with a clear deal clincher, the beach in its backyard.“It’s all about surprises today,“ Ms Hutton said. “This parcel of land was tightly held for 20 years, two houses, one in front of the other, walk straight through there and you’re right on top of the beach.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agocenter_img Foxtel’s brand-new property series Find Me a Beach House sees host Deborah Hutton tasked with finding everyday Australians their perfect beach house. Picture: Supplied.A young family of four with a whopping budget got the property of their dreams after television star Deborah Hutton took them under her wing.The Goldberg family — Michael and Jade and their two children — were the big spenders with a $5 million budget in the third episode of the first season of TV show Find Me a Beach House, on Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel. MORE: Spring swing underway in Brisbane 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. 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The front house was rented out and earning $50,000 a year.“You could rent it out, have two pavilions, crush it all start and again, it’s tightly held, these places do not come up often,” she told the pair.Mr Goldberg seemed sold already instantly by the sound of the water.last_img read more

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Why these owners love that their Gold Coast home is not the norm

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46A RUSTY appearance with the walls and sliding wooden doors that have been torched to them to create a one-off look.This luxurious Southport house in Yacht St is not your typical Gold Coast residence and owners Donna and Mark Fuhrmann love that it is “a bit different”. There is something to see at every turn.“I don’t go looking for things, I just find things that will suit the space,” she said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“I needed something that was going to stand up to lots of boys and still be appealing.“I don’t think it looks too masculine even though I do have a house full of men.”The backyard deck, complete with wine barrels and climbing vines, rates as the family’s favourite place to relax and entertain.“When I’m in the kitchen I can just hear them laughing or talking to their dad. It’s the happiest place to be out there,” she said. 18 Yacht St, Southport is not your average Gold Coast house. Inside the standout residence. Unwind on the back deck..“The light shade at the front door is made up of old barbed wire,” she said.“It sounds ridiculous but it’s a wire circle that someone made for me.“That will be a hard thing to leave as they made it and I love it.”Sliding timber doors are another quirky feature, having a distressed look. The doors were branded with a cattle stamp and were even burnt to create the one-off look.Brick wallpaper, pendants, fairy lights, hanging plants, industrial-style chandeliers and a concrete-look kitchen also bring the house to life. There’s plenty of space for the whole family here. “I like things that are not typical of everything around me,” Mrs Fuhrmann said.“As soon as you walk in you just want to sit and have a drink and have a look around.”The couple bought the property in 2016 and have enjoyed living there with their three sons – Tom, 20, Joe, 19, and Max, 18.When they first walked in, the house was “plain, shiny and very Gold Coast”, but over the past four and a half years Mrs Fuhrmann has put her own stamp on the property. “I could feel an element that was not so much industrial but a little bit rustic could come out of it,” Mrs Fuhrmann said.From the street, paint that gives a rustic look sets the tone but it is the attention to detail that really creates the atmosphere. The pool area.The property is on the market through an expressions of interest campaign by Cole Residential’s Nicole Bricknell and Ray White Prestige’s Robert Graham.“This is a fantastic six-bedroom home in the The Southport School (TSS) and Regatta Beach precinct,” Ms Bricknell said.“The home is designed for entertaining as the family often find their house full of boys on the weekend.”last_img read more

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France’s GTT nets LNG tanks order from Daewoo

first_imgFor illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of GTT)France’s GTT said it had received an order from the Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering for the design of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanks.The tanks will be installed onboard two new 173,400-cbm LNG carriers to be built by Daewoo’s shipyard in Geoje on behalf of an unnamed European shipowner, according to a GTT statement.The LNG carriers are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2020.The vessels’ LNG tanks will be fitted with the NO96 GW technology, GTT added.The French company did not reveal the value of the deal.last_img read more

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OPITO to recognize safety leaders at annual awards ceremony

first_imgGlobal standards and workforce development organization OPITO will recognize the leaders in safety training and skills development within the oil and gas sector at this year’s OPITO Global Awards.OPITO said that the Global Awards would be held on November 7 during the organization’s annual safety and competency conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The international event, which focuses entirely on safety and competency in the oil and gas industry, is expected to attract more than 400 delegates and 20 exhibitors.The organization is taking nominations across four categories in line with the 2018 conference theme, ‘Skilled for Safety.’ According to OPITO, the awards will honor individuals and companies committed to ensuring their workforce remains safe and competent for the globally recognized OPITO standards.The Leadership Award and the Emerging Leader Award will see people being recognized for inspiring others as well as developing programmes to improve safety and competency within their workplace.Businesses able to demonstrate their commitment to personal safety through training, people development and the use of OPITO standards can be entered into the Skilled for Safety Champion or Digital Champion categories.OPITO CEO, John McDonald, said: “Each year we look forward to seeing how the workforce and companies have approached their commitments to training personnel to the OPITO standards and hearing their stories of cultural change or increased safety targets being met, or often exceeded.“The annual OPITO Global Awards at our flagship international conference will provide an ideal platform to shine a light on the companies and individuals who best demonstrate these achievements, and crucially provide a chance for further discussion on how together, the energy industry can make safety practices consistently excellent wherever they are around the world.”The categories are open and the deadline for submitting entries is Friday, September 7.The OPITO Global event will see an additional technical forum available on November 8 as an optional subsequent day session.It is expected that around 150 delegates from OPITO’s global network of approved training companies, as well as industry practitioners, will attend the technical forum to discuss the details of delivering the high quality of standards that OPITO sets for the sector around the world.last_img read more

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Large-Scale Salvage Operation of MSC Zoe’s Fallen Containers Starts

first_imgThe large-scale salvage operation of spilled containers from MSC’s ultra large containership, MSC Zoe, has officially begun with first vessels heading for the North Sea.Dutch public works and water management department Rijkswaterstaat said in the latest update that two large salvage vessels and one smaller one would be deployed to the operation.The first large ship arrived in IJmuiden, a port city located at the mouth of the North Sea Canal, on Thursday morning, January 10, and is expected to go to the area today. The smaller ship is also on the way, according to Rijkswaterstaat.Under the salvage plan, the priority is to make the Ems river mouth, near the German coast, fully available for shipping. The next step would be recovery of containers from the navigation channel north of the Dutch Wadden Islands. As informed, a second large ship is scheduled to join the operation over the weekend weather permitting.So far, seven containers have been salvaged, and over 40 are yet to be located.Meanwhile, sonar-equipped vessels from Dutch maritime authorities and Ardent, the salvage company, hired by MSC, continue searching for the missing containers. Rijkswaterstaat said it was in charge of determining the  priorities under which the salvage of the containers takes place, taking into account ecological and safety factors.A total of 291 containers were thrown overboard by bad weather from MSC Zoe on January 2, according to the latest deck inspection data.Overall, relevant authorities and MSC have located 238 containers, with the majority being spread over a length of 23 miles above the Dutch municipalities Terschelling, Schiermonnikoog and east of this line.Work on collecting the washed up debris from spilled containers across German and Dutch beaches remains underway. A total 1,220 metric tons of debris have been collected since the incident, according to MSC.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Aker BP hits pay in North Sea well

first_imgNorwegian oil company Aker BP has made an oil and gas discovery northwest of the Bøyla field in the North Sea offshore Norway. Scarabeo 8 drilling rig; Author: SP MacAker BP, the operator of production license 869, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 24/9-14 S and a horizontal appraisal well, 24/9-14 A in the Froskelår Main prospect, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) said on Tuesday.Appraisal well 24/9-14 A was drilled 2650 meters northeast of wildcat well 24/9-14 S. The wells were drilled about 4 kilometers northwest of the Bøyla field and 225 kilometers west of Stavanger.The objective of wildcat well 24/9-14 S was to prove petroleum and the reservoir potential in reservoir rocks (injectites) in the Eocene (Intra Hordaland group sandstones). The objective of well 24/9-14 A was to investigate the lateral extent, as well as the reservoir potential of the injectites.Wildcat well 24/9-14 S encountered a total gas column of 30 meters, and a total oil column of 38 meters in the Hordaland group in sandstone layers (injectites) totaling 35 meters, mainly with very good to excellent reservoir properties. The sandstones are interpreted as being remobilised sand from the Heimdal and Hermod formations in the Palaeocene which are injected into the overlying Hordaland group. The gas/oil contact was observed in the well. The oil/water contact was not observed, as the logs showed oil down to the situation.Appraisal well 24/9-14 A, which was drilled horizontally, encountered several gas-bearing and oil-bearing injectite zones totalling 540 meters, with many sandstone layers with variable reservoir properties, mainly from good up to excellent. Here too, the sandstone layers are interpreted as being injected sands in the Hordaland group with variable quality and thickness. The gas/oil and oil/water contacts are as in the wildcat well. According to the NPD, preliminary estimates place the size of the discovery between 10 and 21 million standard cubic meters (Sm3) of recoverable oil equivalents. The nearby 24/9-3 (Gamma) oil discovery can be viewed as being a part of this discovery. Part of the discovery may extend over to the UK sector. The licensees will consider tying the discovery into existing infrastructure in the Alvheim area.The wells were not formation-tested, but extensive volumes of data have been acquired and samples have been taken. These are the first and second exploration wells in production license 869, which was awarded in APA 2016.The 24/9-14 S well was drilled to respective vertical and measured depths of 2097 and 2252 meters below sea level, and was terminated in the Sele formation in the Palaeocene. The 24/9-14 A well was drilled horizontally in the Hordaland group in the Eocene to respective vertical and measured depths of 1847 and 4398 meters below sea level.Water depth at the site is 120 meters. The wells have been permanently plugged and abandoned.The wells 24/9-14 S and 24/9-14 A were drilled by the Saipem-owned Scarabeo 8 drilling rig, which will now drill a combined wildcat and test production well, 24/9-15 S, in production license 340, where Aker BP is the operator.Evy Glørstad-Clark, SVP Exploration in Aker BP, commented: “The exploration success at Froskelår Main is an encouraging result of a long -term strategy to unlock the exploration potential in the Alvheim area. This strategy has involved extensive data acquisition and detailed technical analysis.“In parallel, we have been expanding our acreage position in the area through licensing rounds and business development activities. The Froskelår Main discovery represents a significant addition to the resource base in the Alvheim area. The discovery also illustrates the significant resource potential yet to be uncovered on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.” Tying into existing infrastructure last_img read more

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New Fortress Energy breaks ground for San Juan micro fuel-handling facility

first_imgNew York City-based New Fortress Energy (NFE) has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a micro fuel-handling facility in San Juan.The micro fuel-handling facility, which has been under development for more than a year, will provide natural gas to the San Juan power plant.The facility will also conduct truck loading operations that will deliver LNG to industrial companies and microgrids, New Fortress Energy said in a brief statement through its social media.To remind, New Fortress Energy’s Puerto Rico unit NFEnergía signed a deal with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) for the supply of natural gas and conversion of Units 5 and 6 of the San Juan power plant earlier this month.PREPA estimates that the conversion of these units from diesel to natural gas will generate an estimated $750 million in fuel cost savings over five years for PREPA and significantly reduce emissions.The conversion of San Juan Units 5 and 6 and the development of the micro fuel handling facility are anticipated to be complete by mid-2019.last_img read more

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Highlights of the Week

first_imgSubsea World News has put together a recap of the most interesting articles from the previous week (April 15 – April 21). 50Hertz Connects Arkona and Wikinger to Its Transmission Grid Nord Stream 2 Submits New Application in Denmark Vallourec to Support TechnipFMC on Mero 1center_img Vattenfall Taps Seaway 7 for Hollandse Kust Zuid Job Tennet Makes Borssele Cable Touchdownlast_img

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GLDD Back in Action at Virginia Beach

first_imgGreat Lakes Dredge & Dock LLC has restarted sand-placement operations along the Virginia Beach oceanfront.According to the Army Corps’ Norfolk District, the contractor is pumping sand at 57th Street with construction advancing north toward 70th Street.USACE also added that this week, 57th to 65th streets are scheduled for construction.Upon completion of the northernmost location, operations are slated to flip and proceed south, converging with the currently renourished beach at 49th Street.During the Virginia Beach Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project, GLDD will place around 1.4 million cubic yards of sand on the beach, widening and raising it to 9 feet above sea-level.Virginia Beach’s hurricane and storm-damage reduction system was originally completed in 2001, and this is the second beach-replenishment contract since initial construction.The first occurred in 2012, when crews placed 1.25 million cubic yards of sand on the beach.last_img read more

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Gay marriage given the green light for weddings in churches

first_imgThe Telegraph 7 December 2012 Gay couples would be allowed to marry in churches under plans due to be unveiled by the Government next week.The decision represents a major u-turn on the position set out in a formal Government consultation earlier this year which proposed a blanket ban.It raises the prospect of a major battle between church and state over the issue as well as a massive backbench rebellion with at least 130 Conservatives set to vote against the proposals.The plans will be announced by the Culture Secretary Maria Miller next week and a detailed bill is expected to be put before Parliament next month.That could see the redefinition of marriage sped through the Commons before the summer.The shift in policy came after Government lawyers came up with plans for “multiple lock” legal protections for churches, mosques and synagogues which do not want to marry gay couples on grounds of belief.David Cameron said: “I’m a massive supporter of marriage and I don’t want gay people to be excluded from a great institution.”But let me be absolutely one hundred per cent clear, if there is any church or any synagogue or any mosque that doesn’t want to have a gay marriage it will not, absolutely must not, be forced to hold it.”That is absolutely clear in the legislation.“Also let me make clear, this is a free vote for Members of Parliament but personally I will be supporting it.”Opponents believe that no safeguard will be able to protect them from a legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights, which would force them to marry gay couples.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9729773/Gay-marriage-given-the-green-light-for-weddings-in-churches.htmllast_img read more

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Parties would change three-strikes law

first_imgStuff.co.nz 1 May 2013Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party all say they would repeal or alter the three-strikes legislation after the issuing of a second strike to Hastings man Elijah Whaanga. Whaanga, 21, was sentenced to two years’ jail and issued with his second strike by Judge Tony Adeane in the Napier District Court on April 18 after pleading guilty to two charges of aggravated robbery. The offences involved Whaanga and an accomplice attacking victims on two occasions last August. In one, Whaanga took a skateboard, hat and cigarette lighter from the victim after trying unsuccessfully to remove the victim’s jacket. The second involved Whaanga kicking the victim in his leg and taking his hat and cellphone. Aggravated robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years’ prison, can involve a robbery that causes the victim grievous bodily harm, robbery while armed with an offensive weapon, or robbery with an accomplice. Whaanga, who now has 20 convictions as an adult, was given his first strike in 2010 for a violent aggravated robbery for which he was jointly charged. He must now serve his sentence of two years without parole. If he is issued with a third strike, a judge must impose the maximum penalty without parole unless the court believes that would be manifestly unjust.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8616330/Parties-would-change-three-strikes-lawlast_img read more

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Miley Cyrus and the ‘pornification’ of America

first_imgJohn W Whitehead – The Rutherford Institute“In a market that sells high heels for babies and thongs for tweens, it doesn’t take a genius to see that sex, if not porn, has invaded our lives. Whether we welcome it or not, television brings it into our living rooms and the Web brings it into our bedrooms.” – Jessica Bennett, “The Pornification of a Generation” There’s a strange irony to the fact that on the same week of the 93rd anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a milestone achievement for the women’s suffrage movement which resulted in women finally being able to vote, the headlines are dominated by the antics of pop star Miley Cyrus, who used this year’s MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) as a forum for twerking, gyrating, stripping and other sexually defiant acts. Curiously enough, apart from concerns about Cyrus’ questionable taste in dance moves, no one else seems to find this convergence the least bit jarring or incongruent. Welcome to the pornification of American culture, served up MTV-style.….One reporter noted that 20-year-old Cyrus’ performance at the Video Music Awards, which started with the former Disney teen idol doing a burlesque routine with oversized teddy bears and ended with her using a foam finger to imitate having sex with herself and the audience, “left Gaga in the dust with her gratuitous show of both skin and gesturing this year.” It’s a sorry coming-of-age declaration from a girl who, for most of her life, has been America’s little darling, the star of Disney’s Hannah Montana and a self-avowed Christian who reportedly wore a purity ring as a testament to her virginity.…”Pop culture and porn culture have become part of the same seamless continuum,” explains theatre historian and University of Illinois professor Mardia Bishop. “As these images become pervasive in popular culture, they become normalized… and… accepted.” This foray into porn culture – the increasing acceptability and pervasiveness of sexualized imagery in mainstream media – is where pop culture takes a dark turn.http://mychristiandaily.com/index.php/feature/7442-miley-cyrus-and-the-pornification-of-americalast_img read more

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First wedding in Cardboard Cathedral

first_imgStuff.co.nz 11 November 2013After a five-year engagement and months of busking to raise funds, a Lyttelton couple have become the first to be wed in the Transitional Cathedral.Jill Jefferies and James Dobinson, who both have Down syndrome, married on Saturday before about 100 well-wishers, family and friends. The couple had busked at the Lyttelton Farmers Market to raise money for the wedding, with Dobinson playing keyboard while Jefferies danced.Mother-of-the-bride Margaret Jefferies said the busking money was a nice bonus with family, friends and the Lyttelton Time Bank all playing roles in helping create the couple’s wedding.“For them, it’s a pinnacle of what they have always wanted to do,” she said. “It went really well. I’m thrilled.”Jefferies said her daughter met Dobinson about eight years ago when they became flatmates. Love blossomed.For the past five years the couple had lived by themselves.http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/9385941/First-wedding-in-Cardboard-Cathedrallast_img read more

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Single parent kids suffer more health issues – study

first_imgNZ Herald 28 April 2015Children who live with just one parent after a family break-up suffer from more problems such as headaches, stomach aches, feelings of tension and sadness than those whose parents share custody, research has found.A study carried out in Sweden compared how children were affected by living with both parents, only one parent, mostly one parent, or by dividing their time between both in joint custody – and found that children in the latter category suffered from fewer psychosomatic problems than those living mostly or only with one parent.Youngsters living with both parents in a nuclear family set-up had the lowest score of all on the Psychosomatic Problems scale – which also measured issues such as children’s concentration, difficulties with sleeping, dizziness and loss of appetite.The proportion of children who said they “often” or “always” had the different symptoms assessed on the scale was highest among those who lived with just one parent.Overall, girls reported more psychosomatic problems than boys.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11439880last_img read more

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Deaths among young an unintended consequence of euthanasia movement: mother

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 13 July 2015Twenty-six-year-old Lucas Taylor took his own life by taking Nembutal more than three years ago, but he still gets Exit International’s email newsletter.After his death in 2012 his mother Judith went through his emails looking for answers and found he had been a paid up member of the organisation.Mrs Taylor said he used knowledge gained on Exit International’s forums to obtain the drug from Peru. He was not suffering from a terminal illness – although Mrs Taylor said he may have believed he was ill – and later used the drug to take his own life in Germany.She said the deaths among younger people were an “unintended consequence” of the voluntary euthanasia movement putting out information online on suicide methods.“Coroners and authorities should be sitting up taking notice of this,” she said of the data on the number of deaths from Nembutal. “This is an international business.”New data from the national coronial information system shows 120 people died by taking Nembutal – dubbed the “peaceful pill” – between July 2000 and December 2012.http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/deaths-among-young-an-unintended-consequence-of-euthenasia-movement-mother-20150713-gia7e5last_img read more

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5 reasons marijuana is not medicine

first_img The drug’s chemistry must be known and reproducible. Evidence of a standardized product, consistency, ultra-high purity, fixed dose and a measured shelf life are required by the FDA. The chemistry of “dispensary marijuana” is not standardized. Smoked, vaporized or ingested marijuana may deliver inconsistent amounts of active chemicals. Levels of the main psychoactive constituent, THC, can vary from 1 to 80 percent. Cannabidiol (known as CBD) produces effects opposite to THC, yet THC-to-CBD ratios are unregulated. There must be adequate safety studies. “Dispensary marijuana” cannot be studied or used safely under medical supervision if the substance is not standardized. And while clinical research on long-term side effects has not been reported, drawing from recreational users we know that marijuana impairs or degrades brain function, and intoxicating levels interfere with learning, memory, cognition and driving. Long-term use is associated with addiction to marijuana or other drugs, loss of motivation, reduced IQ, psychosis, anxiety, excessive vomiting, sleep problems and reduced lifespan. Without a standardized product and long-term studies, the safety of indefinite use of marijuana remains unknown. There must be adequate and well-controlled studies proving efficacy. Twelve meta-analyses of clinical trials scrutinizing smoked marijuana and cannabinoids conclude that there is no or insufficient evidence for the use of smoked marijuana for specific medical conditions. There are no studies of raw marijuana that include high-quality, unbiased, blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled or long-duration trials. The drug must be accepted by well-qualified experts. Medical associations generally call for more cannabinoid research but do not endorse smoked marijuana as a medicine. The American Medical Association: “Cannabis is a dangerous drug and as such is a public health concern”; the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: “Medicalization” of smoked marijuana has distorted the perception of the known risks and purposed benefits of this drug;” the American Psychiatric Association: “No current scientific evidence that marijuana is in any way beneficial for treatment of any psychiatric disorder … the approval process should go through the FDA.”Scientific evidence must be widely available. The evidence for approval of medical conditions in state ballot and legislative initiatives did not conform to rigorous, objective clinical trials nor was it widely available for scrutiny.Marijuana fails to meet any of these five criteria for accepted medical use in the United States. At present, it belongs in Schedule I.Is Schedule I drug a roadblock to marijuana research? Not really. The major roadblock to five proposed studies at the California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research was not the Schedule I label, but the scarcity of patients willing to enroll in five major clinical trials. The process for marijuana research could be streamlined by Drug Enforcement Administration oversight and expansion of marijuana production, and a special sub-category of Schedule I could further reduce paperwork. But moving marijuana to Schedule II “to promote research” is conceivably unethical, as marijuana would then be designated a safe and effective medicine in the absence of high-quality evidence.Should we dismiss heartfelt appeals from people suffering various diseases, knowing that a host of chronic, debilitating ailments are inadequately managed? Human stories should not be ignored, and rigorous, creative solutions can be formulated in response. However, the “marijuana mess” and its “new realities” were created not by the federal government but by political processes designed to circumvent the FDA, the only federal agency that safeguards our nation’s medicines. If the more than $100 million spent on ballot and legislative initiatives instead had been used for quality clinical trials, our nation would know much more about the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. Instead, “dispensary marijuana” is evolving into a human experiment without informed consent.We revere the brain more than other body part because it is the repository of our humanity. When a brain disease strikes, it can fundamentally transform an individual. We schedule and restrict psychoactive drugs because they can negatively affect the human brain and behavior. Of brain diseases, substance use disorders are among the most lamentable forms of human anguish. They are also among the most preventable.https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/04/29/5-reasons-marijuana-is-not-medicine/ Washington Post 29 April 2016Family First Comment: A very interesting point – “If the more than $100 million spent on ballot and legislative initiatives instead had been used for quality clinical trials, our nation would know much more about the therapeutic potential of cannabinoids. Instead, “dispensary marijuana” is evolving into a human experiment without informed consent.”Yes, political pressure has replaced common sense and solid research on the marijuana issue.Data from 2015 indicate that 30 percent of current cannabis users harbor a use disorder — more Americans are dependent on cannabis than on any other illicit drug. Yet marijuana advocates have relentlessly pressured the federal government to shift marijuana from Schedule I — the most restrictive category of drug — to another schedule or to de-schedule it completely. Their rationale? “States have already approved medical marijuana”; “rescheduling will open the floodgates for research”; and “many people claim that marijuana alone alleviates their symptoms.”Yet unlike drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration, “dispensary marijuana” has no quality control, no standardized composition or dosage for specific medical conditions. It has no prescribing information or no high-quality studies of effectiveness or long-term safety. While the FDA is not averse to approving cannabinoids as medicines and has approved two cannabinoid medications, the decision to keep marijuana in Schedule I was reaffirmed in a 2015 federal court ruling. That ruling was correct.To reside in Schedules II-V and be approved for diagnosing, mitigating, treating or curing a specific medical condition, a substance or botanical must proceed through a rigorous FDA scientific process proving safety and efficacy. Not one form of “dispensary marijuana” with a wide range of THC levels — butane hash oil, smokables, vapors, edibles, liquids — has gone through this rigorous process for a single medical condition (let alone 20 to 40 conditions).To approve a medicine, the FDA requires five criteria to be fulfilled:last_img read more

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Think cannabis is harmless? So did I. But I know better now

first_imgNational Post 30 January 2019Family First Comment: ..On a typical Saturday night, two friends and I were cooking dinner. A friend offered me half a medical marijuana gummy. She took the other half. About 45 minutes later, I started to feel strange. It’s hard to explain how. I had had bad experiences with weed before. This felt similar; like I knew something very bad was about to happen. I decided to go home. I, still, to this day, don’t know what actually happened that night and what didn’t. I was totally disconnected from reality. I was hallucinating, dreaming while awake. Welcome to a weed overdose, friends — a drug-induced psychosis….I’m telling this story because I think it’s important for people to realize that although cannabis has a reputation as being safe and benign, that’s not always the case. As my psychiatrist likes to remind me: people’s minds and bodies are different, and have varying reactions to drugs, to alcohol, to stress.Last year, shortly before cannabis was legalized, StarMetro Vancouver reported that in 2017, 567 people were admitted to emergency rooms at St. Paul’s, Vancouver General, Surrey Memorial and Kelowna General hospitals for cannabis overdoses or related mental and behavioural issues.I was one of them.This isn’t easy to write about. I’m well aware that this will be part of my story forever, for anyone to look up online. Still, people need to know the risks.In mid-2017, on a typical Saturday night, two friends and I were cooking dinner. A friend offered me half a medical marijuana gummy. She took the other half. About 45 minutes later, I started to feel strange. It’s hard to explain how. I had had bad experiences with weed before. This felt similar; like I knew something very bad was about to happen.I decided to go home. I, still, to this day, don’t know what actually happened that night and what didn’t. I was totally disconnected from reality. I was hallucinating, dreaming while awake. Welcome to a weed overdose, friends — a drug-induced psychosis.I remember walking down the street, not being able to swallow. Falling down. Laying face-first on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver yelling at people driving and walking by that I was dying. I remember the paramedics kicking me out of the ambulance. I remember dead people being wheeled past me in the emergency room at St. Paul’s. But I’m not entirely sure if any of these things happened.READ MORE: https://nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-think-cannabis-is-harmless-i-used-to-too-i-know-better-nowlast_img read more

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Woman confronts ‘Dr Death’ at Perth euthanasia forum

first_img9 News 13 August 2019Family First Comment: Her father was in his 60s when he took his life two years ago, after seeking advice from Mr Nitschke’s Exit International group that advocates legalising voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. She said her father was suffering from depression, but he had no terminal illness.“Apologise for what happened to my father,” she said. “The information you put out kills people who are not in a rational state of mind to make that decision… There are young people who have died, people with depression. It’s wrong, it’s totally irresponsible, he’s a doctor, it’s wrong.” Known only as Candice, the woman then walked to the front of the forum and confronted Mr Nitschke up close. Backers of the man dubbed Dr Death, converged on the woman and demanded she leave. “Apologise for what happened to my father,” she said. “The information you put out kills people who are not in a rational state of mind to make that decision.” She said her father was suffering from depression, but he had no terminal illness.READ MORE: https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-news-woman-confronts-euthanasia-advocate-philip-nitschke-dr-death/0b6919cf-4f7d-4234-956b-86bc0c208097center_img A pro-euthanasia forum in Perth has turned ugly after a young woman tried to direct questions to controversial former doctor Philip Nitschke. “There are young people who have died, people with depression,” she argued back. “It’s wrong, it’s totally irresponsible, he’s a doctor, it’s wrong.” Candice then explained to the media that her father was in his 60s when he took his life two years ago, after seeking advice from Mr Nitschke’s Exit International group that advocates legalising voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide.last_img read more

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Suicide rates in Europe ‘linked’ to financial crisis

first_img Share Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Suicide rates in Europe ‘linked’ to financial crisis by: – July 8, 2011 By Nick TriggleHealth correspondent, BBC NewsExperts looked at suicide problems in 10 European countriesThe financial crisis “almost certainly” led to an increase in suicides across Europe, health experts say.The analysis by US and UK researchers found a rise in suicides was recorded among working age people from 2007 to 2009 in nine of the 10 nations studied.The increases varied between 5% and 17% for under 65s after a period of falling suicide rates, The Lancet reported.Researchers said investment in welfare systems was the key to keeping rates down.In particular, they argued supporting people back into work or having programmes to stop them losing their jobs in the first place was more important than giving them benefits.The team used World Health Organization data to compare rates in the 10 countries, including the UK.‘Complete turnaround’During the period, there was a rise in unemployment by a third.Only Austria saw suicide rates fall. This was put down to the country being less exposed to the financial crisis than the others.Of the risers, Finland fared best while Greece had the worst record. The UK saw a rise of 10% to 6.75 suicides per 100,000 people.Dr David Stuckler, one of the researchers, said: “There was a complete turnaround. Suicides were falling before the recession, then started rising in nearly all European countries studied. Almost certainly these rises are linked to the financial crisis.”And he added it was also possible there would be other health consequences from the economic problems as the impact on heart disease and cancer rates was not likely to be seen for many years.‘Major risk factors’However, the researchers also found that road deaths fell during the period – a trend which was put down to the falls in vehicle use that tend to be seen during difficult economic times.The report comes after a BBC investigation earlier this year found there had been a rise in anti-depressant prescribing during the financial crisis.Prescriptions for drugs such as Prozac rose by more than 40% over the past four years with GPs saying more and more people were coming to them with money worries.Andy Bell, deputy chief executive of the Centre for Mental Health, said: “We know that unemployment and the fear of unemployment are major risk factors for poor mental health.“This research shows how important it is that we treat the mental health of people who are not just out of work but also in work but fear losing their jobs as a major public health issue”.center_img 21 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Dominican Students in China Advised to Stay Put

first_img Sharing is caring! CoronavirusInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Dominican Students in China Advised to Stay Put by: – January 30, 2020 85 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share The Ministry of Health is assuring the nation that Dominican students in China are safe and have been advised to remain there for their continued safety.This decision, according t0 Honorable Minister for Health and Wellness, Dr. Irving McIntyre appears to be the “safest” to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus.Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that cause diseases in mammals and birds. In humans, the viruses cause respiratory infections which are typically mild including the common cold but rarer forms like SARS and MERS can be lethal.He told the press on Wednesday that students are cooperative and in good spirits.“Since the outbreak everyone has been advised to wear face masks and as a result there has been a shortage. All nationals are safe and because there is 14-day incubation period…it is not advisable for anyone to leave Wuhan at the moment,” he reported.The ministry says emergency funds were sent to students to purchase water and supplies.Eighty-four Dominicans are pursuing studies in China, 15 of which are based in Wuhan- the epicenter of the outbreak.While there has not yet been any case of the virus among Dominican students, there is also a 14-day incubation period.The Minister assures that there is daily communication between students and the Ministry of Education.Dr McIntyre gave reasons for advising the students to stay in China.“There must be a receiving country- the USA, France, Germany, London Holland- to put these students through quarantine, second, a special charter with the nationals departing China under international travel guidelines for prevention and control, and thirdly, assuming there are nationals who may test positive, that receiving country must have the infrastructure to deal with the cure or treatment of the virus.”He also added, “This can be a very costly exercise.”Dr McIntyre continues to assure however that “All nationals are safe” and that the Dominican students are “in good spirits, and fully understand the risk of leaving. The have been very vigilant. There is no need to panic.”The ministries of health, education and tourism were a part of Wednesday’s event.He says the Government of the People’s Republic of China has given every assurance that “this pandemic will be brought under control in a few weeks.”The Ministry of Heath is currently discussing the possibility of sending additional masks, especially for Dominican students in Wuhan as face masks must be changed frequently after use.last_img read more

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Libya: Coalition launches attacks

first_img Share News Libya: Coalition launches attacks by: – March 19, 2011 The UK, the US and France have begun attacking Libya as enforcement of the UN-mandated no-fly zone gets under way.UK Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that British planes are in action over Libya.French planes flew reconnaissance missions and destroyed Libyan vehicles earlier on Saturday.US media say the US has fired Cruise missiles on Libya from a warship.Western planes bombed targets in the capital, Tripoli, said the AFP news agency, quoting witnesses and state TV.A British submarine has fired a number of missiles at Libyan air defence targets, the Ministry of Defence said.Prime Minister David Cameron said that launching military action against Libya was “necessary, legal and right”.Libyan state TV reported that what it called the “crusader enemy” had bombed civilian areas of Tripoli, as well as fuel storage tanks supplying the western city of Misrata.Sources in Tripoli told BBC Arabic that the attacks on the city had so far targeted the eastern areas of Sawani, Airport Road, and Ghasheer. These are all areas believed to host military bases.Source: BBC News Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Manhunt for 2 missing Yampiece residents continues

first_imgLeon “Dopie” JosephThe Dominica Police Force is continuing their search for two young men who were abducted on Saturday 10th March, 2012 in Yampiece, Stockfarm.Leon “Dopie” Joseph and Deon Hakim Alfred were last seen about 9pm on Saturday 10th March, 2012 and reported to the Criminal Investigations Department as missing by their relatives on Sunday 11th March, 2012.According to a release issued by the police, the men were last seen boarding vehicle registration # PS 295 at YamPiece on Saturday.Joseph was last seen wearing “a black short pant with white and brown horizontal and vertical lines, a black windbreaker coat and a pair of black and white Nike slippers,” while Alfred was last seen wearing “a black hooded long sleeve shirt and a pair of short blue Jeans pants”.Meanwhile three men are assisting the police with their investigations.Description of Leon “Dopie” JosephSex: MaleNationality: DominicanAge: 28 years (D.O.B.: 9th February 1984)Complexion: FairHeight: 5ft 5insBuild: AverageHair: BlackEyebrow: BushyForehead: RecedingNose: BulbousFace: OvalMouth:NormalLips: NormalChin: RoundDeon Hakim Alfred Description of Deon Hakim Alfred Sex: MaleNationality: DominicanAge: 20 years (D.O.B.: 2nd March 1992)Complexion: FairHeight: 5ft 4insBuild: AverageHair:Plaits (Black)Eyebrow: BushyForehead: RoundNose: FlaringFace:RoundMouth: NormalLips: ThickChin: RoundThe police is urging the public to assist them with any information relating to the whereabouts of the missing persons.Police wants anyone with information to contact the Criminal Investigations Department or the nearest police station immediately.Dominica Vibes News will continue to follow this story and bring you developments as they occur.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Manhunt for 2 missing Yampiece residents continues by: – March 16, 2012 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Remembering Mike Douglas

first_img Share Share 46 Views   no discussions Photo credit: thedominican.netA man known for his scintillating oratory, rescuing Ross University, rebuilding the Labour Party and championing the struggles of the poor and downtrodden.The milestone of the 20th anniversary of his death (April, 30th 2012), is an opportunity to reflect on the life of Mike Douglas, a man who will long be remembered for his scintillating oratory; his role in rescuing Ross University; his struggles for the poor and downtrodden and his mission to revitalize the forces of Labour following the Freedom party landslide of 1980. Mike was a faithful son, father and national hero. His efforts would have gone nowhere, but for the rock solid love and nurturing of his wife, Olive “Nurse” Douglas who served the poor and the sick with great compassion and skill, while her husband exercised a brand of mesmerizing political wizardry. Though political life can be bruising on any family construct, he loved all his children and gave them the best he had: an example of a Dominican patriot.Mike Douglas was the most brilliant debater of his generation. The book In Search of Eden by Gabriel Christian and Irvin Andre sums it up best: “Mike’s oratory exuded the persuasive logic of [his father] R.B. Douglas; the irrepressible wit of John Showline; the bravado of A.B. Hector; the assertiveness of John Royer and the nonchalance of Isaiah John.” His superb oratory was most in evidence in parliament during the 1980-85 period when -singlehandedly and fearlessly – he took the fight to the Freedom Party Government when the Labour party was at its weakest. Mike was also a brilliant platform speaker. His presentations combined serious issues with humour in English and Creole. In the campaign for the 1975 General Election, Mike taunted the opposition: “We shall confound their politics, frustrate their dirty tricks and give them endless licks.” Mike served with distinction in cabinet, promoting the sale of Dominica’s citrus to the UK, with his “Grapefruit the Great Fruit” campaign. A graduate in production engineering during his sojourn in the UK, and a competent technocrat, his stints in the Ministries of Agriculture, Communications and Works and Finance were well regarded. Following his dismissal as a Minister in the Patrick John Government in 1978, he held 40 meetings across Dominica where he exposed the corrupt and dishonest activities of the Patrick John/Leo Austin dictatorship and the lack of democracy within the Labour Party and cabinet. Mike was also at the forefront of the campaign to force the John Government to cancel the Free Port Agreement, an arrangement that wouldhave created a state within a state with the investors having their own police force, port facilities and utility arrangements. Having served with honour in the Royal Air Force in trouble spots such as Cyprus and Aden, he brought his wisdom to the table during the tumult following the bloody events of May 29, 1979. His stalwart support for a constitutional settlement to the crisis via the Committee of National Salvation ensured that the rule of law, not brute force, became the mark of governance in Dominica. His diplomacy after that divisive crisis was such that he was able to weld the Dominican left into the fold of the old Labour Party. He championed the struggles of the working class of Dominica and was on the side of banana famers, lighter men, women banana carriers, students, the homeless and the unemployed. He continued the relationship with Cuba, started by the Popular Independence Committees of Rosie Douglas, and so allowed for the scholarship programme with that country to flourish.Though an opponent of the Freedom Party administration of Eugenia Charles, he urged the disclosure by AlgieMaffie of the 1981 Operation Red Dog mercenary plot. That scheme to invade Dominica and topple the island’s government by US Nazi Party and KKK sympathizers was thwarted. But for the wise intervention of Mike, Rosie and Maffie, many Dominicans would have lost their lives.Championing the vision of a reconstituted Dominica Labour Party from the mid-1980s, Mike diligently laid the structure for a disciplined party with a strong focus on good governance and transparency. He believed that Dominicans should control the natural resources of the state; that every Dominican should own a piece of the “rock.” In his last interview, though stricken with cancer, he called on Dominicans with these words: “Pa quitayyoporDomnikhodnou!“[Don’t let them take Dominica from us]. The Labour Party’s present constitution which describes the Labour party as a Democratic Socialist organization was largely the work of Mike. He identified a committed team of players who worked tirelessly towards the eventual goal of victory at the polls, achieved finally in January, 2000. Mike unambiguously outlined the foreign policy position of the Labour party. At the party’s convention in 1986 he quoted from his party’s constitution which states that the party will “follow an independent policy of non-alignment and resist becoming a satellite of other nations.” Referring to the United States, Britain, Cuba and the Soviet Union, Mike concluded: “But we shall not become a toy of any one of them or a puppet of anyone of them.”Mike passionately believed that every Dominican, irrespective of their background should be given the opportunity to succeed and promoted the socio-economic fairness concept “All Shall Eat”. In an address to labourities at Portsmouth in 1986, he said: “Not some shall eat but ‘All Shall Eat’.”Though he lost two general elections as leader of the Labour party, in 1985 and 1990, in the town of Portsmouth, Mike was unbeatable. He first won the Portsmouth seat in the March 1975 General Elections. He famously beat Charles Savarin in three consecutive general elections with increased majorities at each election. It was Mike Douglas who very early saw the economic potential of Ross University. He rescued the struggling institution at Castaways and persuaded Robert Ross to move the School to Portsmouth. Leading figures in the Freedom Party Government including the Minister for Health and senior medical professionals in Dominica did not see Ross University at that time as a legitimate medical institution.Mike was instrumental in making it possible for Ross University to establish itself at Picard. In his contribution to the debate on the 1980-1981 Budget Address, Mike stated: “Ross University spells economic development to the people of Portsmouth.” Today Ross University is the largest offshore medical school in the world employing several hundred Dominicans. The role of Mike in securing land in Chance for housing expansion in the Town of Portsmouth must also be revisited. It was Mike as a Minister of Government who ensured that 35 acres of land at Sugar Loaf Estate was acquired.Mike encouraged poor landless people to move into Chance. An abiding memory of Mike Douglas was when he stood in front of bulldozers and the police to prevent the removal of homeless persons who he had encouraged to squat on state lands in Chance from being evicted.In the end the Freedom Party government retreated. This was to mark the beginning of the mass movement of people into Chance. Mike Douglas was part of the multi-party negotiating team that travelled to London in 1977 to hold discussions on crafting the post-independence constitution for Dominica. Along with Rosie and the Popular Independence Committees, he supported and campaigned for political independence for Dominica. On this the 20th anniversary of his death, the contribution of Mike Douglas should command our attention. Apart from his tangible achievements, Mike also possessed very important qualities. He was a man of self-confidence, keen intellect, and the team ethic. He was also humble enough to listen to the man on the ground. He was accessible and kind. He abhorred arrogance and accepted constructive criticism. His brand of political activism shunned personal hatred, blind allegiance to party over country, or the cult of political idolatry. When asked what he wanted his legacy to be, he said: “to make Dominica a place where every man and woman possesses the tools to earn a decent living.”His style of leadership and the value system he espoused should be elevated to the forefront of discussion and debate. His being made for a better Dominica; his service was not in vain. May we always remember him. By Sean R Douglas LocalNews Remembering Mike Douglas by: – April 30, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

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New AID Bank Chairman outlines plans for the bank

first_img Share 40 Views   2 comments Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! LocalNews New AID Bank Chairman outlines plans for the bank by: – May 15, 2012 Martin Charles. Photo credit: GIS NewsThe Dominica Agricultural Industrial and Development Bank (DAIDB) is seeking to stick to a five year strategic plan which was recently outlined by the bank, according to newly appointed Chairman of the Aid bank Martin Charles. Mr. Charles who served as Deputy Director of the bank since March 2010 on April 19 took up his new position succeeding Ambrose Sylvester who served as Chairman of the AID Bank board of Directors from 2006 to April 18, 2012.The new Chairman of the AID Bank in an interview with the Government Information Service said his first order of business for the bank will be to meet with members of the board of directors to review where the bank is and to determine a way forward.“First of all the bank has a five year strategic plan which was approved by Cabinet. We have set a path for the bank for the next five years. We have had our shortcomings in that we have not reached all the targets that we intended to arrive at but the board of directors are going to meet so that we can review where we at and try to tighten up on certain areas to see how best we can achieve the mission and vision of the bank.”The bank official said the success of the bank is not dependant on who the chairman is but rather is a collective effort of the board of Directors and the management and staff of the bank, supported by the major shareholder which is the Government of Dominica.Charles disclosed that during his tenure the bank will undertake new initiatives which will continue to position the bank as a model development bank in the Caribbean.“We have started to that end already. For a matter of fact we have some institutions for example the Bank of St.Lucia, they are really looking at the AID Bank as a model.” Charles said the AID bank has been able to be a shining example to other banks in a number of areas.“Some of the things that we have been able to do over the past years have caused our asset base to grow to such a significant amount that these other banks realize that something is happening at AID bank worth emulating”.In moving forward Charles expressed concern that the bank is still having difficulty in accessing cheap financing.“We have partnered with the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and recently Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social de Venezuela (BANDES) and we are looking to see how we could have our relationship extended”. Charles said the relationship with Dominica’s indigenous bank is solid. “We have already established a relationship with the National Bank of Dominica where the bank is engaged in joint financing. We would like to broaden that scope of that agreement whereby we can undertake some bigger projects”.The new chairman is looking forward to the bank being able to impact more on Dominica’s economic development.“We want to ensure that the productive sector is looked at more thoroughly because the bank has a mandate whereby we are supposed to help influence the economic development of the country”.Charles is suggesting that much more can be done. “I believe we can do much more than we are doing in terms of getting into the various communities, assisting the small businesses be it cooperatives. I know the National Development Foundation of Dominica (NDFD) is doing some of it, but on a bigger scale we believe that there is a role in each community for AID bank to impact on the lives of the people of Dominica”.The bank according to its new Chairman is currently in the process of holding discussions with the export import bank of China regarding a new line of credit.“Because of the bilateral relations between Dominica and China, we will be pursuing some line of credit from EXIM bank of China where loans can be made available to institutions through the Government. With that we are looking to see how we can bring some macro and micro projects to the country”.The Board of Directors comprises individuals who are selected by the Shareholders of the bank.The other members of the AID bank board of Directors re- appointed to serve another term are: Elford Henry, Hubert Joseph, Leon Leblanc, Rueben Thomas, Colbert Pinard and Denise Charles.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Servicelast_img read more

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UEFA report lays bare growing wealth gap in European football

first_img However, Deloitte’s report also showed that the Spanish champions generate almost six times the revenue of the fifth-biggest earning La Liga club, thanks to the success of their commercial operations. Even within the “Big Five” leagues, the Premier League is far ahead of the rest – it’s combined revenue of 5.4 billion euros in 2018 compares with 3.2 billion euros in the second-ranked German Bundesliga. France’s Ligue 1 is fifth with 1.7 billion euros of combined revenue in 2018, but champions PSG’s income alone reached almost a third of that figure. The report comes following a year in which radical changes to the format of the UEFA Champions League have been proposed by the European Club Association, and less than two months after Real president Florentino Perez became president of the new World Club Football Association. It has been reported that the WCFA has held talks with private equity partners over the formation of a global league. Read Also: UEFA removed Chelsea star from Team of the Year to fit in Ronaldo However, Ceferin added: “The report also shows that European club football is strong, united and resilient, and I am certain that European football can and will overcome these challenges and others just as successfully as it dealt with the threat of spiralling losses in the recent past.” The increased profits contrast with 2011, before UEFA’s introduction of the current Financial Fair Play system, when clubs reported an overall loss of 1.7 billion euros. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOThis 1982 Movie Is Better Than Any Other Blockbuster Up Today6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon! Europe’s top-division clubs generated a combined profit for the second successive year in 2018, but the gap between the wealthiest sides and the rest continues to grow, according to a new report published by UEFA. The annual “benchmarking” report from European football’s governing body calculates that the combined profit of the 700 top-tier clubs across the continent was 140 million euros ($156 million) with total revenues up to 21 billion euros, an increase of one billion euros. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin admits that a new report “highlights a number of threats” to European football However, 75 percent of all revenues were generated by the so-called “Big Five” leagues of England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. In addition, more than half of all top-division revenues for 2019 will be generated by just the top 30 clubs, according to preliminary reporting for the year. That underlines the power wielded by the continent’s very biggest sides, notably England’s so-called “Big Six” and the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain. However, UEFA also highlight concerns about growing polarisation, both between the biggest leagues and the rest and between leading clubs in smaller leagues and those below them. “Despite a general improvement over time, TV distributions within many leagues are heavily skewed in favour of the biggest/most successful clubs, thereby widening the revenue gap between the big clubs and the others,” the report says. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said in the foreword to the report: “The report highlights a number of threats to continued European football stability and success. “These include the risks of globalisation-fuelled revenue polarisation, of a fragmenting media landscape, and of cases of over-dependence on transfer activity revenue.” The latest Deloitte Football Money League, published this week, ranked Barcelona the top club for 2018⁄19, ahead of Madrid, becoming the first to break the 800 million-euro barrier in revenue.last_img read more

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‘Mikel is great but Okocha is Eagles’ all-time best’

first_img Loading… Ex-Super Eagles  midfielder Austin Okocha was the maestro of his generation and an exceptional footballer who dazzled everybody including his own teammates.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Read Also: Ighalo deserves new Man United deal – Arsenal legendInterestingly, Okocha earned 74 caps for Nigeria in an international career that spanned almost two decades.He won the 1994 AFCON with the Super Eagles and went on to captain the team to a couple of editions.In 2019 Okocha was inducted into the Nigeria Football hall of fame. ‘Jay Jay’ as he was fondly called by7 fans and admirers iconized the number 10 jersey as the commander on the pitch at any time and his impact in Nigerian football sets him apart as the best football of all time. Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? According to his former Super Eagles teammate, Daniel Amokachi, Jay Jay was exceptional.‘There are several eras in our football and several people will have their favorites from the list of great players like Mathematical Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amesiamaka, Mudashiru Lawal, Jay-Jay Okocha and Mikel Obi,’ Amokachi explained.‘But, if you were talking about winning laurel, certainly Mikel Obi is the greatest because he won everything you could win as a player; the Champions League, Europa, and the 2013 AFCON.‘So, naturally, Mikel will be the greatest Nigerian player ever, but for me, the best of all time is Jay-Jay Okocha, period.’last_img read more

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Real Madrid reject Man City interest in Raphael Varane

first_img The French international was linked with a possible exit from the Santiago Bernabeu last summer. Read Also: Former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid boss dies at 71However, Los Blancos are likely to reject any interest in Varane, who has a bumper €500M release clause included his contract at the club.The only potential route for future transfer negotiations could appear if Varane opts not to sign a new deal with the La Liga side, with his current contract set to expire in 2022.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Most Outstanding Female Racers Who Made History In Sports10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time? However, boss Zinedine Zidane convinced the 26-year old to remain in the Spanish capital, as a key part of his future team plans.The former Lens centre back has been ever present for Zidane so far in 2019-20, alongside club captain Sergio Ramos.But despite appearing content to remain in Spain, reports from Mundo Deportivo claim Pep Guardiola is monitoring his situation.center_img Loading… La Liga giants Real Madrid have reportedly rejected any potential interest from Manchester City in defender Raphael Varane.Advertisementlast_img read more

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IRR of ‘Bawas Bastos’ law signed

first_imgMANILA – The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of a new law that imposes stiffer penalties on a range of acts from catcalling, sexist slurs, stalking, and cyberstalking were signed on Monday. The new law places cursing, catcalling, wolf-whistling, leering, taunting, misogynistic and sexist slurs, persistent telling of sexual jokes, and use of sexual names, among others, as gender-based streets and public spaces sexual harassment. Senator Risa Hontiveros, the author of the law in the Senate, said in a speech that the Safe Spaces Act, or the Bawal Bastos Law is a game-changer measure that will end gender-based harassment and violence in public places. Officials from concerned government agencies and women’s organizations sign the implementing rules and regulations of the Safe Spaces Act or the “Bawal Bastos” law on Oct. 28, 2019. Photo by Daphne Galvez/ INQUIRER.net The specified acts may be punishable from community service of 12 hours up to arresto menor or 11 to 30 days imprisonment for the third offense./PNcenter_img Among those who signed the IRR were the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Education, and Commission on Human Rights. “Isa itong makasaysayang araw. Sa wakas, may IRR na ang Bawal Bastos Law. Bilang na ang mga araw ng mga ‘boy bastos’ at lahat ng sino man na gagawa ng gender-based public harassment,” added Hontiveros.  “The IRR underwent an intense review by government agencies, advocacy groups and members of the academe,” she added. “This will promote positive policy, behavioral and cultural changes.”last_img read more

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Himamaylan local found dead

first_imgHe was 48-year-old Reylin Macna ofBarangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, a police report showed.    BACOLOD City – A man was found dead inBarangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. Macna was last seen having a drinkingsession with Estelito Garcia and Ronald Rivera around 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. On the morning of Nov. 23, Macna wasfound lifeless by his companions. They rushed the victim to a hospital wherethe attending physician declared him “dead on arrival.”    Officers of the Himamaylan City policestation have yet to rule out foul play in the incident./PNlast_img read more

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Dela Rosa confirms US visa ‘cancelled’

Dela Rosa said the cancellation might belinked to his supposed involvement in the extrajudicial killings (EJK)allegedly perpetuated by police under Duterte’s intensified campaign againstnarcotics. In its letter, the US embassy neithergave a date nor reason when and why the visa was canceled, he said. In December 2019, news websitePolitiko.com reported that Dela Rosa, who spearheaded President RodrigoDuterte’s bloody war on drugs during his stint as police chief, has been bannedfrom entering the United States. The US, however, has yet to release anofficial list that identifies De Lima’s jailers. Several senators, including SenatePresident Vicente Sotto III, dismissed the ban on De Lima’s jailers as fakenews, but Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the provision in theUS budget was legitimate. De Lima has refuted the allegations andcalled her detention as politically motivated. (ABS-CBN News/PN) “No reason was stated,” he said. “Basta mag-apply lang daw ako ulit kung gusto ko kasi the present visa wascancelled.” De Lima, one of Duterte’s most vocalcritics, was detained in February 2017 due to her alleged ties with theproduction and sale of illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary under herwatch as Justice secretary. “What is 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation na matagal ng sinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya,” says Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. ABS-CBN NEWS “Bakarelated na diyan [sa EJK],” he said, noting that he firstreceived the tip about his visa before Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s Las Vegas boxingbout in July 2019, long before US senators mentioned that jailers of Philippineopposition Senator Leila de Lima will be barred from entering the US territory. “We received their official answerthe day before my birthday, January 20. What a good birthday gift,” Dela Rosatold Senate reporters on Wednesday. MANILA – Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosaconfirmed that the United States canceled his visa after he inquired about itsstatus last week. read more

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NegOcc guv warns small-scale miners not to abuse permit

first_img“I want to be forthright with you, ourpermit holders. Please bear in mind that the permit given to you is aprivilege, a privilege to use and enjoy our resources, not a license to abuseour finite natural reserves,” Lacson reiterated in his message to theparticipants of the Governor’s Permit Holders’ Forum and Dialogue held at theNegros Residences here Friday. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson has reminded small-scale miners inNegros Occidental that the permit issued to them by the provincial governmentis a privilege that should not be abused. Regional Director Raul Laput of theDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau –Western Visayas discussed his agency’s relevant policy issuances. (With a report from PNA/PN) Lacson said it is time that both thegovernment and the private sector demonstrate that economic growth andprotection of the environment can go together and not be in conflict with eachother. During the forum, the permitholders/stakeholders were informed of the province’s policy direction for theyear 2020 and were also asked to provide inputs on how to improve the permitprocessing and regulations in line with the need to promote responsible miningpractices among mining practitioners in Negros Occidental. Amisola discussed the innovative changesthat have been adopted and the future development strategies to improve theservices related to applying for Governor’s Permit. Lacson commended the ProvincialEnvironment Management Office, headed by lawyer Danilo Amisola, for organizingthe forum and dialogue. “I want to give you my full trust andconfidence, that you will use the grant given to you responsibly and conscientiously,and it is my ardent hope that such trust will always be preserved andrespected,” he added. The governor also acknowledged thepermit holders who have complied with the required fees in full. Some 200 participants, led by NegrosOccidental Miners Permittees Association, Inc. vice president Allan JosephArceo, attended the whole-day gathering, which served as a venue to discuss andaddress pressing issues concerning the sand and gravel and mineral use in theprovince and to strengthen the collaborative participation between governmentagencies and permit holders. “I want to be forthright with you, our permit holders. The permit given to you is a privilege, not a license to abuse our finite natural reserves,” says Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental. NEGROS OCCIDENTAL PIOlast_img read more

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Bill To Benefit School Safety Signed Into Law

first_imgState Representative Randy Frye co-sponsored a bill that further protects Hoosier students.Legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) regarding school safety was signed into law Monday by Governor Pence.During the 2013 legislation session, the Indiana General Assembly created the Secured School Safety Board to approve grant applications to hire a school resource officer.With the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 85, the Secured School Safety Board will now be able to provide a matching grant to increase training opportunities for school resource officers as well.“By allowing schools greater flexibility to adequately train their school resource officers, we are ensuring that these men and women are as prepared as they can be in the case of an emergency,” said Rep. Frye. “As a parent and grandparent, I hope and pray that that never happens here in Indiana, but it is still imperative that we be prepared.”SEA 85 also makes changes to the requirements necessary to be a school resource officer. Officers are now required to be employed by a law enforcement agency, appointed as a police officer or special deputy or employed as a school corporation police officer.“I am pleased to see this legislation signed into law, and I am even more proud to not only have been a part of it but also to be part of a legislative body that puts such significant emphasis on securing our state’s schools,” said Rep. Frye. “As of November 2013, the SSSB had awarded $4.1 million in grant funds to 100 school corporations. This is a significant investment in our children’s safety.”SEA 85 will go into effect on July 1, 2014.last_img read more

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Local State Track Participants

first_imgGood Luck to the following area track athletes who will be competing at Indiana University this weekend.  The girls will run tonight and the boys will follow tomorrow at the IU facility.Running for the Batesville Lady Bulldogs will be Ginny Westerfeld in the 100m and 200m dashes.  Kim Tidman will compete in the long jump, and she will team up with Ginny and Michaela Westerfeld and Sophie Meadows to run the 4 x 100m relay.There will be 2 young ladies competing for Oldenburg Academy at this same meet.  They are Kristen Ricke in the 300m hurdles and Meredith Maier in the 800m run.  Competing in the 400m dash for Milan will be Grace Herzog.Cade Knueven of East Central will be running both  the 100m and 200m dashes at the boys state meet on Saturday.  East Central also has a young man, Nathan Corn, competing in the pole vault.Good luck to all of these area athletes as they complete the 2014 track season!last_img read more

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Indiana Lawmaker Reacts To Presidential Address

first_imgSenator Dan Coats (R-Ind)WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama’s speech about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):“The president’s speech was a sharp, welcome reversal to his previous comments on foreign policy. He has finally grasped the true nature of the threat that ISIL poses, and his response to begin the process of taking down this so-called caliphate is welcome news.“The president incorporated in his speech many of the elements I have called for and that are necessary to achieve success. One is pursuing ISIL forces wherever they are, rather than his previous policy of using force only in Iraq. Also, the president’s call for coalition building is essential, but it is critical that moderate Muslim states play a significant role in this effort.“The president’s plan seemed to limit ground forces to the Iraqi Army and Syrian Free Army, both of which have not shown that they can match up to ISIL. The key here is to be resolute in doing what is necessary to defeat to ISIL. The president’s reference to using the same strategy we are using in Yemen and Somalia must be put in the context of the limited success we are having in these countries.“The American people need to understand that if we are to be successful, we are in for a long and protracted effort that will require a resolute commitment from the United States. The region and the world are looking to America and to President Obama for leadership.”last_img read more

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Mrs. Gladys (Hugeback) Turner

first_imgMrs. Gladys (Hugeback) Turner, age 96, of Vevay, Indiana, Gladys entered this life on October 29, 1919, in Madison, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Benjamin John and Margaret (Bott) Hugeback. Gladys was a 1938 graduate of Madison High School in Madison, Indiana. Gladys was united in marriage on December 24, 1949, to the late, Wilfred S. Turner and to this union arrived two daughters, Sandra and Carolyn to bless their home. Wilfred and Gladys shared nearly 39 years of marriage together until he passed away on July 9, 1988. Gladys was employed at the Hillside Hotel in Madison, Indiana for 13 years. She was a member of the Saint Peter Lutheran Church in Bear Branch, Indiana. Gladys was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed farming with her husband. Gladys passed away at 5:15 am, Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, Indiana.Gladys will be dearly missed by her several nieces & nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Benjamin John and Margaret (Bott) Hugeback; her husband: Wilfred S. Turner, died July 9, 1988; her daughters: Sandra Kay Turner, died in 1956 and Carolyn A. Turner, died August 31, 2011; her sister: Margaret B. Barnes and her brothers: Bernard and Harold “Bud” Hugeback.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Pamela Thiede, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Peter Lutheran Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Capture Greenfield-Central Tourney Championship

first_imgMarla Throckmorton’s three doubles produced all 4 runs (2 RBIs – 2 runs scored) for FC in a comeback win vs Milan in game one of the Greenfield-Central invite. Brooke Otto had three singles (1 run scored) and Lauryn Dessauer added 2. Hannah Hornsby drove in 1 as well. On the mound, Kamryn McCool fanned five, surrendering 2 earned on 5 hits, 0 walks, and 2 hit-battsmen. For Milan, Abby Yelton tripled and singled, Alex Dixon had 2 singles and Alexa Burton added a single.Kendall McCool struck out 5 and surrendered 1 unearned run in a 2-1 win v Mt. Vernon in game two of the Greenfield-Central invite. Madison Brenner and Kamryn McCool drove in the lone FC runs with RBI singles. Autumn McDaniel also recorded a hit for the Cats. Kamryn McCool earned her second save of the season striking out 5 of the 6 batters faced.Early offense and sound defense lead Franklin County to a 7-0 win in the Greenfield-Central Invite Championship over Seymour. Brenner’s lead off double was followed by three straight singles (Otto, McCool, & Throckmorton) allowing the guest Cats to jump out to a 3-0 lead. McCool and the FC defense would hold the Seymour bats at bay…allowing just two base runners…both who were left at first base.last_img read more

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Teaching Young Golfers

first_imgA lot of my golfing friends have indicated that the number of golfers and the condition of golf courses has dropped in recent years.  How do we get young athletes to play golf?  I think the answer is Junior Golf Camps.I believe these camps should be available at all types of golf courses whether they be private or public. The price should be reasonable so that we do not eliminate young people who may not be able to afford fancy camps.The camp should include 2 distinct parts.  One part of the camp should teach the skills required to play the game, and part two should be the etiquette of playing golf.  This would include what to wear, how to act, and proper care of the fairways and greens after taking a shot.  Like any sport–the younger you begin the more likely they will enjoy the experience.last_img read more

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Miss Jean Katherine Dettenwanger

first_imgMiss Jean Katherine Dettenwanger, age 75, of Bear Branch, Indiana, entered this life on October 3, 1942, in Cairo, Illinois, the loving daughter of the late, George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger. She was raised in New Carlisle, Ohio and was a 1960 graduate of the Catholic Central High School in Springfield, Ohio. In 1964, Jean received her Bachelor’s Degree from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1967 from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean was a former Teacher for St. Jude Elementary School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jean retired from the Cincinnati Public Schools in 1997, after 33 years of service. She was a member of the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church in Vevay, Indiana. Jean was proud of building her log cabin in 1977. Jean enjoyed arts and crafts, reading and sailing on Lake Erie. Jean passed away at 7:53 a.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at the Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Jean is survived by her brothers, George Dettenwanger and his wife: Carol of Fairfield, OH and Father Dennis Dettenwanger of Cincinnati, OH; her sister, Judith Ebbeler of Cincinnati, OH and her several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephewsShe was preceded in death by her parents, George Francis and Jean Katherine (Patton) Dettenwanger.Funeral Mass will be conducted Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 2:00 pm, by Father Dennis Dettenwanger at the Most Sorrowful Mother of God Catholic Church, 513 North Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Friends may call 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dearborn County Hospital. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Ernie Clemons, 94

first_imgErnie Clemons, 94, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.Born, May 9, 1923 in Decatur County, Indiana, he was the son of Ernest and Clara (Humig) Clemons.Ernie was a member of the Knights of St. John in Greensburg and a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He delivered Meals on Wheels for several years and he was a Hospice Volunteer.He served in the Army with Company C of the 1874th Engineer Aviation Battalion in WW II.He was part of the liberation of the Philippines and he received 2 bronze stars for his service.He was married to Betty Blighton on December 25, 1942 and she preceded him in death on December 3, 1993.He is survived by one son, Jeff (Barb) Clemons, Indianapolis; one daughter, Marty (Tom) Ogden, Greensburg; two grandchildren, Ann Baker and Scott Ogden; five great grandchildren, Harper, Elena, Sean, Andy and Allison..He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; daughter, Susan Dawson; brothers, Charles, Otto and Allie Walke; sisters, Bertha Wagner, Blanche Walke; grandchild, Erin J. Dawson.Family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg for a rosary service.  Visitation will follow until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment with military honors will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg.Memorials may be made to the Meals on Wheels or to the St. Mary’s Catholic Church Building Fund.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

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Charges filed in Aurora double homicide

first_imgAurora, In. — The son and grandson and his girlfriend have been charged with the murders of Walter Bryant, 76 and Faith Craig, 58, both of Aurora.Police found their bodies on the evening of January 19 while performing a welfare check. Both had stab wounds and Bryant suffered blunt force trauma to the head.Son and grandson of the victims, Cody Wayne Booth, 28, and his girlfriend, Margie Lynn Thompson, 47, have been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of robbery causing serious bodily injury and two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery.Booth and Thompson were found the following day driving Bryant’s car in Pulaski County Kentucky.Booth was also wanted for a parole violation from Kentucky.last_img read more

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Robert P. Cantley

first_imgRobert P. Cantley, 63,of Aurora, Indiana, passed away January 31, 2018.He was born January 23, 1955 in Charleston, WV, son of the late Ross and Pauline Cantley.Bobby worked as a butcher forman for Tri State Beef with over 15 years of service.Bobby enjoyed fishing and football. He was always tinkering on projects, he was a fix it guy. He loved his Yorkie dogs Mikie and Popo. Bobby loved time with his family and he will be greatly missed by all.Surviving are his wife of over 30 years, Evelyn Jo Cantley of Aurora, IN; sons, Robert Lee Cantley of New Albany, IN, Bobby Lee (Missy Hiltenbeitel) Cantley of Versailles, IN, Daniel Lee Johnson of Aurora, IN; step sons, Jeff (Rannae) Johnson of Cincinnati, OH, Joey Johnson of Cincinnati, OH, Daniel Johnson of Cincinnati, OH; siblings, Tommy (late Diane) Cantley of Charleston, WV, Ross (Mary Ann) Cantley Jr. of Charleston, WV, Nancy (Christopher) Kincaid of Marmet, WV, Robin (Corey) Cantley of Charleston, WV; grandchildren, Tierra, Shane, Alayna, Bobby, Danielle and Camerone Cantley, Brittany, Tristen, Amber, Kayla, Joey, Jared and Devon Johnson; 13 greatchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Billy W. Cantley and Jimmy Cantley.Friends will be received Friday, February 2, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Batesville uses Belterra funds for Vets recognition program

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville common council approved a Belterra grant for a “Veteran’s Banner Program” similar to the “Portals of the Past” program. The program will be available this year and is free to the family of any service member.Director of community development Steven Harmeyer explains there will be a total of 55 banners situated in a walking pattern in downtown. The banners will be displayed between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day and in some cases for multiple seasons.Applications will be reviewed by a nomination committee on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information email [email protected] or call 812-933-6116.-0-last_img read more

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Twisters And Shiners Battle To Tie

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters and The Rising Sun Shiners battle to a 1-1 tie.Twisters Gariott Scott scored in period 1 at 27:18 knocking in ball in front of goal after nice shot by Lucas McFee caught the side post. The Twisters had 21 shots with 9 on goal, 6 fouls, 8 corners, 1 hand ball. Chris Hautman had 5 saves with Adam Huber having 2 saves on defense.Rising Sun scored in period 2 at 36:43 by Landon Cole just inside the 18. The Shiners had 11 shots with 8 on goal, 3 fouls, 3 corners, 1 hand balls and their keeper had 6 saves with 2 other saves by their defense.OA had a match against Rising Sun On Monday night.  OA led at the half 1-0 but gave up a goal in the second Half to end in a tie.    Both  teams had their chances to score but good defense on both sides came up big and turned away their opportunities.“The Shiners played 5 in the box which slowed our attack down some but we still managed 21 shots and 8 corners.  We have to do a better job of finishing with that many chances. Give a lot of credit to the Shiners Keeper he stopped shot after shot.”Next game Tuesday at Franklin Co.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Ken Getz.last_img read more

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Donations sought for ‘Operation Christmas Child’

first_imgBrookville, In. — Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brookville invites the public to make a donation to “Operation Christmas Child.”“National Collection Week” is November 12 through 19. Items can be dropped off at the church on November 12 through 14 from 9 a.m. to noon, November 15 through 17 3 to 6 p.m., November 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. and November 19 from 8 to 10 a.m.last_img

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Ronaldo talks tough after returning to Juventus training

first_img Ronaldo, who kept fans in the loop regarding his training during lockdown, has less than a month to get himself back to peak fitness, with Serie A bosses aiming to restart the 2019/20 campaign by June 13. He posted a picture on Twitter after a hard day’s work at the training ground and offered some sage words for his followers. “When we become patient and consistent, we find the way to get through the difficulties,” Ronaldo wrote on Twitter. Ronaldo is hoping to lead Juventus to their ninth consecutive Serie A title amid a fierce battle with Lazio at the top of the table. The Old Lady hold a one-point lead over their Rome-based rivals. Cristiano Ronaldo was back in Juventus training on Tuesday He could be off when the campaign does conclude, however, with PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi revealing his admiration for the Portuguese superstar. Al-Khelaifi said: “[Ronaldo] remains motivated by this desire to improve every day and he always pushes his limits. “I admire this relentless will, he is a great example for all athletes of the future. “Thinking back to all the players who have joined us since the beginning of our ambition with PSG… “I could still highlight the time of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for his character, his leadership, his charisma and his ability to get things done. “He was always reliable, and when the situation demanded something from him, he knew how to stand up to the challenges of the moment. Cristiano Ronaldo was out on Juventus’ training pitch Read Also: Video: Awoniyi nets first goal for Mainz in Bundesliga clash “Although [David Beckham] he was only at PSG for a short time, he had a transformative effect on our club too. “His investment in training, his concern for applying every detail at every moment, his determination to succeed, his taste for teamwork and his natural aura were extremely precious assets.” Ronaldo is under contract with Juventus for another two years. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo has issued a message to fans after returning to training with Juventus on Tuesday. The 35-year-old emerged from a two-week quarantine period to take part in practice with his team-mates for the first time since returning from Madeira where he spent lockdown Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone12 Countries Whose Technological Progress AmazesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

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I can never fight Mike Tyson, says Joshua

first_img Tyson is the name that Anthony Joshua cannot get away from. Yet this time, it is not just the hot topic of a unification fight with Tyson Fury. But when you ask the man currently in possession of three of the four major world title belts if he would fight Iron Mike, there is no bluster, no trash talk from AJ — just respect. Asked if he would step in the ring with the 53-year-old, he smiles and says: “With all due respect I wouldn’t. “Even if I fought Iron Mike and beat him, I think I’d be the only one cheering. People would boo. He is a legend. He is the greatest boxer of the modern era. “There are only two recognised champions the world knows of, Ali and Mike Tyson — the most recognised faces in the world when it comes to boxing.” Respect is a key word in an all-encompassing Sun interview with the British superstar and heavyweight champion. Mike Tyson is the embodiment of the killing machine, he hits the pads for 15 seconds and the whole world goes crazy… would you be shocked if Beckham came back? You would. But for boxers it’s all they know. Many boxing fans have labelled American Tyson crazy to talk of a return. But AJ, 30, added: “I see it like this — how old is David Beckham, 44, 45? “If you see him in ten years kicking a ball, doing 100 kick-ups, around-the-world and hitting the crossbar and then an overhead volley into the top corner, people would love it. read also:At 30, Joshua still searching for love as he struggles to date “But because Mike Tyson is the embodiment of like, the killing machine, he hits the pads for 15 seconds and the whole world goes crazy, it is normal. “It is what Tyson knows. But for him to fight… would you be shocked if Beckham came back? You would. But for boxers it’s all they know.” AJ revealed yesterday in his exclusive Sun interview about idolising Tyson as a young man and that watching his videos and shadow boxing in the garden is all the focus he needs. That incredible self-motivation has taken him to the top and he is the one now idolised by young boxers. He continued: “It’s an intrinsic motivation and that’s one thing that I’ve got personally. “I don’t really need to be told, ‘Wake up at nine o’clock’, I’m already awake. “It’s just one of those things, I don’t know, if you told me to do something, I’m just the character that’ll make sure it’s done to its best capabilities. “That’s what my mum said to me, ‘You need boxing back’. I’m an active boy. “Always been that kid. Out in the morning. Just an active person.” As a heavyweight fighter in a ring with fearsome competitors, he knew a loss could come, even with 22 previous professional wins, 21 of those by knockout. That it came against the Mexican fighter with a love for Snickers and a frame that showed it, is not something AJ dwells upon. I am a normal person that happens to box so what I always said to myself is I’m never gonna make boxing all of who I am. So even though it’s a very significant part of my life, when boxing departs one day, I’m not going to crumble with it and I’m gonna be relevant.I always have plans to develop myself as a businessman. Over the next eight years I’m gonna make a transition, not only as a boxer, but a well respected individual, well respected businessman and also someone who’s like a philanthropist where you’re talking about giving back, about different causes.I will have my point where I’ll stand for more than just boxing because at the minute, nobody really cares if I do give back to certain communities. All they wanna know is when am I knocking out Tyson Fury, so I understand that.I have to start thinking of making these last years of transition as well as staying on the top of my game. He avenged that defeat with a smart points victory in their December rematch and now with a record of 23 wins in 24 fights, the WBA, IBF and WBO title holder is looking forward, not back. For Joshua, looking forward is pushing to be the undisputed champion and he made no secret of his desire to fight WBC king Fury. Deontay Wilder, who has a contracted third fight with Fury after the Brit’s stunning win in February avenged their 2018 draw, is also an option for the Watford hero. That is assuming he beats Kubrat Pulev in the next mandatory challenge, not that Joshua would take that victory for granted. He said: “Who would I prefer? It would be the current champ, Tyson Fury, every day of the week. It used to be Wilder and now it is Fury.” And no trash talk here, either, just respect as he added: “And I don’t want to be in that position where I am talking down Tyson Fury. “He is a great person and he has done great things in boxing but until the day we fight that is where it ends and I don’t have anything else to say about him. I’m ticking over. It’s my lifestyle. That’s what I did when I was 18. Instead of going to college, I went to the school of boxing. “I really want the belt and that is where I stand with Tyson Fury.” Joshua’s fight against Pulev was due to be at Tottenham’s state of the art new stadium on June 20. That was KO’d by the coronavirus pandemic and talks are underway for getting that fight on as soon as possible — even if it’s in front of a small audience at another venue. That would be odd for a man who has become a superstar, fills arenas and specialises in getting fans off their feet, as he did in beating the likes of Klitschko, Alex Povetkin, Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam. All ring fans hope the Fury superfight follows Pulev and AJ knows what that would mean to the boxing-loving British public. He said: “In terms of boxing coming back, if I was to fight it would probably be November, December. “But if not, the big fight next year with me and Tyson — it’ll be like a big announcement after all the issues that the country’s faced, with the undisputed champion of the world.” Joshua knows getting fights on now, especially with the difficulties that are presented with staging huge bouts, is not the No 1 priority. And yesterday in his first Sun interview he spoke of his praise for NHS workers and his support for our Who Cares Wins awards, backing the country’s unsung heroes. On the potential Pulev fight later this year, he added: “In boxing there’s no all year round TV rights. It’s just if a fight comes up they speak with Sky, BT, other broadcasters and they have to promote the fight just for that date. “So I’m not too sure how financially they’re going to hire a venue, ring, stage and lights, doctors. And it’s such an international sport where you need a Spanish referee, a German doctor, and you don’t know how those countries are based around coronavirus at the minute.” After giving a fascinating insight into his life as a dad and a sportsman in lockdown yesterday, Joshua is not bored… yet. He said: “I’m ticking over. It’s my lifestyle. That’s what I did when I was 18. Instead of going to college, I went to the school of boxing. I learnt how to fight. “Just hit the bags, skip and it’s the first time in my whole boxing career where I’ve been left alone. “Normally I’ve got someone in my ear, telling me what to do, how to do it, and I’ve actually really enjoyed being in that gym on my own. It’s been a blessing.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…center_img World champion, Anthony Joshua, has said he can never accept to box former heavyweight king, Iron Mike Tyson.last_img read more

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Dybala doubtful to face Lyon in Champions League clash

first_imgPaulo Dybala remains doubtful for Juventus’ UEFA Champions League clash with Lyon today, but Maurizio Sarri is buoyant about Cristiano Ronaldo’s condition. Juventus head into the clash a goal down from the first leg and Sarri know’s it won’t be easy to overcome a tough Lyon side. “We need a great performance, certainly. Lyon have evolved and become far more solid since moving to three at the back, playing with density in midfield and also pace on the counter.Advertisement “We can only hope this won’t last too long, as it is also difficult for the players to always be without fans.“Dybala? It’s still in the hands of the medics, although I saw he did something on the pitch in training. We’ll see what he can do tomorrow morning, then talk to him and the doctors about what he’s able to do.“Cristiano Ronaldo is training well, I saw him score an absolutely stunning goal in training yesterday. He’s had many games in a short period of time, so quite rightly had a couple of days to rest, then resumed training with intensity and vigour. I think he’s approaching this appointment the right way.“Cuadrado? There are both options. I think Juan will start, but we haven’t yet decided if he’ll be in the defence or the attack.“Gonzalo Higuain and Miralem Pjanic are in my view growing. After a difficult period, Higuain managed to get some minutes under his belt and is therefore improving. Pjanic was tired physically and psychologically, but after a period of rest, he seems much sharper now.“Last season for me at Juventus? No, and I think this question is essentially calling our directors amateurs, which I don’t think they are. They will have made their evaluation based on the entire season as a whole, so if they’ve already decided to get a new coach, tomorrow won’t make any difference, nor will a victory.“It’s an important match, but it’s also important to win the Scudetto and so we’ve had plenty of those already this season. It would be important to be part of Europe’s elite by reaching the Final Eight tournament in Portugal, so we care about it, but that makes it an important match, not anything else.Read Also: Simy Nwankwo backs Osimhen to shine at Napoli“I am agnostic, in that I don’t read or listen to any of it. We are very happy to have won perhaps the most difficult Serie A season in the history of the league, due to the many issues that were around it.“Juventus is a club accustomed to winning and therefore people can be a little blasé about it, but that is absolutely wrong in my opinion, because victory should always be treated as a wonderful and extraordinary event.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “With the first leg result too, it’s a very tough game we need to approach with calm and focus,” said the coach in his press conference. “Unfortunately, losing the first leg means we are forced to play a game that most suits their approach to the counter-attack. Memphis Depay is an important player to get back, so it’s very difficult, but still entirely possible. “It’s impossible to play without pressure tomorrow, so what we need is sharpness, which is slightly different. We played the first leg with a crowd, the second behind closed doors, but these are the conditions we all have to deal with. It’s always a little sad to play without a crowd, but even more so in the Champions League, the best club competition in the world. Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful MutationsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

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‘Represent Your State’ theme for annual Super Nationals best looking car contest

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – With drivers coming from coast to coast and border to border to be part of the 34th annual event, a Represent Your State theme was only logical for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Best-looking Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods with a Represent Your State theme will be selected during the Sept. 5-10 Super Nationals.Voting will be conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 6 in the Fan Zone south of the main grandstand at Boone Speedway for the Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Modified and Stock Car best looking car entries will pull onto the front stretch and be determined by fan acclamation during pre-race ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 10.Two hundred dollar awards courtesy of Golden Empire Towing go to bestlooking Modified and Northern SportMod entries while winners in each division receive trophies. All entries receive mini-doors.Drivers in all four divisions, as well as the Late Models, Southern SportMods and Sport Compacts bringing themed cars to Boone receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors, marking its 22nd year as title sponsor of Super Nationals.“I am really looking forward to some of the home-state designs from our competitors this season. We saw some creative and very identifiable themes at the Duel In The Desert last fall and certainly look for more of the same in Boone,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “I know drivers really take pride in where they are from and this is a great way to put that on display in front of the largest crowd in dirt track racing.”last_img read more

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IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through July 24

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,181; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, and Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, both 1,169; 4. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,159; 5. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,148; 6. Cory Sample, Winne­mucca, Nev., 1,132; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, and Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, both 1,129; 9. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 1,116; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,107; 11. Glen Hib­bard, Euless, Texas, 1,106; 12. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 1,099; 13. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,091; 14. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, and Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, both 1,089; 16. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 1,081; 17. Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa, 1,073; 18. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,055; 19. Cody Burke, Salinas, Calif., 1,050; 20. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,047. IMCA Late Models – 1. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 799; 2. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 791; 3. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 765; 4. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 738; 5. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 731; 6. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 728; 7. Curt Schroeder, Ames, Iowa, 718; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 714; 9. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 690; 10. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 685; 11. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 684; 12. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 681; 13. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 651; 14. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 650; 15. Brunson Behning, Davenport, Iowa, 610; 16. Mike Murphy Jr., Colona, Ill., 601; 17. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 589; 18. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 585; 19. Craig Jacobs, Urbandale, Iowa, 570; 20. LeRoy Brenner, Aledo, Ill., 552. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 745; 2. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 744; 3. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 739; 4. Chase Brewer, Spring­town, Texas, 737; 5. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 671; 6. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 664; 7. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 640; 8. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 616; 9. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 587; 10. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 578; 11. D.J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, and Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, both 557; 13. Justin Fifield, Mes­quite, Texas, 538; 14. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 489; 15. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 482; 16. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 458; 17. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 444; 18. Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 429; 19. Doug Lovegrove, Waverly, Neb., 428; 20. Matt Moro, Polk City, Iowa, 415.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Michael W. Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,189; 2. Matt Guillaume, Has­let, Texas, 1,172; 3. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,170; 4. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,159; 5. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, both 1,151; 7. Rod Snellen­berger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,150; 8. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,144; 9. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,141; 10. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, and Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, both 1,129; 12. Jay Schmidt Jr., Tama, Iowa, 1,128; 13. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,109; 14. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,104; 15. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 1,089; 16. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,085; 17. James Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa, 1,084; 18. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,083; 19. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,080; 20. Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., 1,078. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,179; 2. Cody Niel­sen, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,159; 3. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,142; 4. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,138; 5. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,135; 6. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 1,134; 7. Tif­fany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,133; 8. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,126; 9. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 1,120; 10. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,106; 11. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 1,100; 12. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 1,078; 13. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,046; 14. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 1,043; 15. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,026; 16. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,023; 17. Colton Pfeifer, Stockton, Kan., 1,021; 18. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,019; 19. Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, 1,017; 20. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,007.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,165; 2. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,136; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,119; 4. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 1,053; 5. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,043; 6. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 1,005; 7. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,002; 8. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 985; 9. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 969; 10. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 940; 11. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 936; 12. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 905; 13. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 857; 14. Michael Newhard, Royse City, Texas, 855; 15. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 850; 16. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 845; 17. Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, 843; 18. James Holder, China Spring, Texas, 834; 19. Timothy Cummings, Joshua, Texas, 833; 20. Julie Boettler, Farmington, N.M., 828.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,162; 2. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,160; 3. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,156; 4. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,151; 5. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 1,146; 6. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 1,136; 7. Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, 1,133; 8. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,124; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,120; 10. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 1,115; 11. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., and Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., both 1,108; 13. Shane Swanson, Forest City, Iowa, 1,104; 14. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, and Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., both 1,100; 16. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,098; 17. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,097; 18. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, and Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., both 1,071; 20. Bryan Herrick, Curtis, Neb., 1,055.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,199; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,177; 3. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,140; 4. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 1,129; 5. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,121; 6. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,118; 7. Tyler Thomp­son, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,111; 8. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 1,101; 9. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 1,099; 10. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,084; 11. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,045; 12. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,043; 13. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,013; 14. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,002; 15. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 928; 16. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 888; 17. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Ill., 877; 18. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 870; 19. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, Minn., 827; 20. Caine Mahlberg, Dunlap, Iowa, 807.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 376; 2. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 368; 3. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 366; 4. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 283; 5. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 258; 6. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 216; 7. Johnny Beding­field, Bakersfield, Calif., 200; 8. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 199; 9. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 194; 10. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., 191; 11. Toby Randolph, Nipomo, Calif., 139; 12. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 132; 13. Alex Williams, Pahrump, Nev., 130; 14. George Brad­burry, Pahrump, Nev., 125; 15. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 105; 16. Donald W. Riley, Pahrump, Nev., 99; 17. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 98; 18. Daniel Vlaszof, Las Vegas, Nev., 72; 19. Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., 71; 20. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., 64.30last_img read more

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Jaz Products contingency awards program rewards drivers in all eight IMCA divisions

first_imgSANTA PAULA, Calif. ­– Jaz Products awards more than $14,000 worth of product certificates again in 2017, its 22nd year as an IMCA sponsor.Drivers in all eight sanctioned divisions receive shares of that generous program, to be based on na­tional or regional point stand­ings.Part of the national decal program for IMCA Modifieds, Jaz awards certifi­cates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 to the top five drivers in points for each of the five regions.Modified drivers must display two Jaz decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligi­ble for awards.Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers based on national point stand­ings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.“Jaz Products is proud to be a continued supporter of IMCA racers over the years and is happy to offer contingency awards to show appreciation for their efforts,” said Sales Manager Bradley Jewett. “Jaz would like to wish the racers the best of luck in the 2017 racing season.”All certificates will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the first week of December.Information about Jaz-manufactured seats, fuel cells, seat belts and other safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories as well as race car plumbing is available by calling 800 525-8133, at the www.jazproducts.com web­site and on Facebook.“The renewal of the Jaz program is always a top priority and one that gives as much back to IMCA racers as any out there,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re proud to announce their sponsorship once again and look forward to a great season.”last_img read more

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Performance Bodies adds more awards for IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Performance Bodies expands its already substantial IMCA program this season, with additional awards for Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers.The Cedar Falls, Iowa, high performance au­tomotive parts distributor and race car body manufacturer gives more than $25,000 in product awards and gift cards to drivers in seven sanctioned divisions in its 36th year as an IMCA sponsor.“Performance Bodies is proud to be a sponsor of IMCA for over 36 years. We are honored to be involved with a program that gives back to the drivers,” Performance Bodies owner Scott Braun said. “We look forward to many more years of partnership with IMCA and the racing community.”A MD3 Mod valance and rocker panel kit or spruce-up special now goes to second through seventh place drivers in point standings and second, third and fourth place finishers in rookie standings in each of the five Modified regions; and second through sixth place finishers in national points and runners-up in rookie of the year standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod divisions.Top 10 finishers and now 15th and 20th place drivers in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and national rookies of the year in IMCA Late Model, Stock Car and now Hobby Stock divisions earn nosepiece and headlight decal kits.Top five drivers in the Deery Brothers Summer Series receive an MD3 Late Model nose, a pair of molded dirt fenders, headlight kit and valance package. Gift cards for $100, $50 and $50, respectively, go to the top three drivers in national Mach-1 Sport Compact point standings.Performance Bodies returns to national decal programs for both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions and drivers in both divisions must display two Performance Bodies decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Performance Bodies also continues to sponsor the rookie of the year programs for Late Models and Stock Cars. The deadline for submitting rookie of the year applications is Aug. 1.All awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Performance Bodies products is available at the www.performancebodies.com website, on Facebook or by calling 800 722-4641.“Performance Bodies recently unveiled a new logo for 2018 and while the branding has changed, the same shipping and customer service guarantees remain and are what set Performance Bodies apart,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We are excited to be able to offer additional drivers the opportunity to cash in on the Performance Bodies program and are ready for an outstanding season.”last_img read more

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Ryan capitalizes on late restart to win Quad City Deery

first_imgElston was forced to retire following a multi-car tangle on lap eight and Harris shot to the front before Kay drove to the infield. Justin Kay, Brian Harris and Curt Martin also did stints at the front, with polesitter Kay holding off high side challenges from Tommy Elston and leading the first nine of 30 laps.  The $2,000 checkers were Ryan’s IMCA Late Model tour career third, and first since August of 2016. Cole took runner-up honors in his first career series start while point leader Andy Eckrich was third. Matt Ryan made his move to the front following a late restart to win Sunday’s Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series main event at Quad City Speedway. (IMCA Photo) Harris was slowed by a flat tire and surrendered the lead to Martin on lap 20. Martin appeared to survive a rough restart on lap 21 but soon had a flat of his own, falling back as Cole, Eckrich and Ryan motored by.  Cole’s turn in the lead lasted seven laps. Ryan found the higher side to his liking following that late restart and charged ahead. Rookie contender Lake Knutti and Joel Callahan were fourth and fifth, re­spectively.  Ryan’s most recent series win had come at Dubuque Speedway. He was also the winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing at East Moline.center_img Ryan passed Brandt Cole following a late restart and led the last two circuits in winning Sunday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Quad City Speedway. Next up on the tour schedule is the $2,000 to win Sunday, Aug. 18 event at Quincy Raceway. That race will be the 497th in Deery Series history.  EAST MOLINE, Ill. (Aug. 11) – Matt Ryan didn’t lead the most laps, just the most important ones.  Ryan, the fifth different winner in six Deery events so far this season, had started 12th. Eckrich came from 13th, Callahan from 16th. Feature results – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa; 2. Brandt Cole, Rock Falls; 3. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa; 4. Lake Knutti, Lanark; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa; 6. Dalton Simonsen, Fair­fax, Iowa; 7. Mike Guldenpfennig, Muscatine, Iowa; 8. Eric Sanders, Sherrard; 9. David Norton, Colona; 10. Curt Martin, Independence; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa; 12. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa; 13. Brian Harris, Davenport, Iowa; 14. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa; 15. Tegan Evans, Clinton, Iowa; 16. Shaune Lewis, Kewanee; 17. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 18. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron; 19. Terry Neal, Ely, Iowa; 20. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa; 21. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, Iowa; 22. B.J. Jackson, Clinton, Iowa.last_img read more

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Revenue allocation row: What next for Governors

first_imgNdiritu further blamed Treasury and the Controller of budget for their failure to disburse 50% of the equitable share to Counties to enable them run their operations.Also Read  PSC to challenge Maraga’s advice to dissolve Parliament over gender ruleMutua was the first Governor to heed to the directive from the Council saying Machakos County Government will shut down its operations in accordance with the instructions.“As it stands right now, Machakos County will not be in a position to pay salaries of staff, including health workers due to lack of money from the exchequer. The slowdown of the economy due to COVID-19 has meant that the revenue we collect has been heavily affected.” He said.Mutua further urged the Senate to stop the bickering saying the law is clear that should there be a stalemate on the revenue sharing formula, the existing one should take effect until the impasse is solved.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  Senators however dismissed the directive to shut down Counties and withdraw services saying the Council of Governors Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya has no basis in law to issue such a directive.The legislators warning Governors against implementing the directive from the Council saying they will be held personally liable of any death occasioned by the withdrawal of health services.A point of law that seems to resonate with Constitutional Lawyer Ashford Mugwuku who says the Council of governors has no authority under the law to issue such a directive saying it points to a lack of leadership in the Council.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentMugwuku accused Oparanya of behaving like a trade unionist by taking advantage of the stalemate in the Senate to issue unconstitutional orders.The constitutional lawyer says devolution is meant to benefit the people and ordering a withdrawal of services to those it is designed to help goes against the tenets of the concept.He says the Senate has failed as an institution even as he urged the Government not to use the revenue sharing formula to settle political scores.According to Mugwuku, the Government should release funds to Counties based on  the current formula, or even disburse 50% of the equitable share in accordance with the Supreme Court advisory opinion. He said the blame lies squarely with the Senate for its failure to agree on a formula as well as to pass the County Allocation of Revenue bill 2020 based on the existing formula.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has endorsed the Council of Governors’ move to shut down services delegated to devolved units accusing institutions such as the Senate of failing in their respective mandates.Muriithi joins other governors including Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to threaten to withdraw key services as advised by the Council of Governors until the impasse on the 3rd basis revenue sharing formula is resolved.Muriithi says while services in the Counties will be affected by the decision, county administrations will endeavor to prioritize critical and lifesaving services.last_img read more

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Argonauts Stand in Fourth at Regionals; Galloway Tied for First

first_img May 8, 2007MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – After an impressive regular season and a Gulf South Conference championship, West Florida struggled in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament on Monday. West Florida shot a nine-over 297 to stand in fourth place after the first day of competition. The event is being held at the Robert Trent Jones at the Shoals Fighting Joe Course.Host school North Alabama has the early lead after shooting a first round, two-over 290. Florida Southern is two strokes back at four over, while Barry is in third place after a first round eight-over.Matthew Galloway (Valrico, Fla.) is one of three golfers tied for the lead. Galloway shot a one-under 71 on Monday to tie for the first round lead with Barry’s Hernan Borja and North Alabama’s Jonathan Henderson. Leonardo Di Marino (Laferrere, Argentina) is also in the top 10 after shooting a one-over 73.Also for West Florida, David Lingmerth (Tranas, Sweden) is tied for 17th after a three-over 75. Matthew Berzovich (Longwood, Fla.) shot a six-over 78 to place for a tie in 37th, while Federico Damus (Posadas, Argentina) is in a tie for 43rd after shooting an 11-over 83.Second round action continues on TuesdayPrint Friendly Version Argonauts Stand in Fourth at Regionals; Galloway Tied for First Sharelast_img read more

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OA senior earns ‘Stamps Leadership Scholars’ honor

first_imgWest Lafayette, In. —– The newest class of Stamps Scholars has been announced, with representation at nearly 40 universities nation-wide. Sarah Preston from Oldenburg Academy has been named one of the incoming Stamps Scholars at Purdue. She will also be a member of the Purdue Honors College.The Stamps Leadership Scholars Program covers a student’s full cost of attendance (tuition, room, and board) and connects students with a national network of dedicated peers. Funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation, the award also gives scholars access to an academic enrichment fund of up to $10,000 to finance activities such as academic conferences, study abroad experiences or internships.Eligible students are automatically considered for Stamps award upon applying to Purdue. Stamps Scholars demonstrate academic merit, strong leadership potential and exceptional character. The Stamps Foundation welcomes and supports students from all backgrounds and areas of study. The Stamps Scholarship program was created by Penny and Roe Stamps, originally at the University of Michigan and Georgia Tech. It has since grown to award multi-year merit scholarships across the United States.Preston plans to study Health Sciences/Pre-Medicine while attending Purdue University. Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple commented, “we are so proud of Sarah and this outstanding accomplishment – Sarah works hard and truly demonstrates academic merit, strong leadership and exceptional character that will allow her to excel. We are excited to see her future dreams become a reality!” Preston will graduate from Oldenburg Academy on June 2, 2019.last_img read more

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‘Girl’s Night Out’ planned at the Wallhill Farm

Batesville, In. — The Wallhill Farm will host a “Girl’s Night Out Painting Party” tonight at 5:30 p.m. Artists will be on hand to teach the group how to paint a “Dandelion Explosion.”Admission includes a light dinner, dessert, one adult beverage, tax and gratuity is included.For more information call 812-934-3600.To sign up click here.

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Mark William Hendrix

first_imgMark William Hendrix, age 67 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Monday October 28, 2019 at The Waters of Batesville.  The son of Russell and Viola (nee: Drake) Hendrix was born on September 4, 1952 in Connersville, Indiana.Mark worked as a crane operator for a construction company for many years.He is survived by his daughter Barbara Rowe of Sunman and son Mark R. Hendrix of Batesville; grandchildren, Dustin and Nicolas Rowe; and great-grandchild, Mason Rowe.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Jan R. Hendrix and his sister Laura B. Hendrix.His wishes were to be cremated. There will be a private graveside service on Monday November 4, 2019 at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.Online condolences can be made at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

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ORVC Weekly Report (December 9-14)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (December 9-14)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Elloe Foley – Southwestern and Cionna Bailey – MilanBoys Basketball: Peyton Wert – Milan and Damian Breeck – Switzerland CountyORVC Report(December 9-14)2019Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

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Brenda L. Jones

first_imgBrenda L. Jones, 74, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away Friday January 3, 2020 in Rising Sun, Indiana.She was born February 19, 1945 in Barbourville, KY, daughter of the late Albert Carl Partin, Sr. and Emma Jean (Bays) Brown.She loved to crochet, knit and was an avid reader. Brenda enjoyed YouTube, coffee, and camping. She loved nature. She loved her dogs, Simon, Bella and Sammy Boy. Family was very important to Brenda and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.Brenda is survived by her children, Randy Jones of Rising Sun, IN, Bryan (Marcia) Jones of Lawrenceburg, IN and Deanna Jones of Lawrenceburg, IN; grandchildren, Cullen Jones, Seante’ Jones, Ashley Jones, Alex Jones, Leah Craft, Carly Utter; siblings, Carl (Vi) Partin, Jr. of Taylor Mill, KY, Gary (Nancy) Partin of Florence, IN, Dale (Lee) Partin of West Harrison, IN, Pam (Kurt) Lyttle of Rising Sun, IN, Sandy Partin of Lawrenceburg, IN, Lori (Paul) Haneberg of Lawrenceburg, IN.She was preceded in death by parents and her step father, Marvin Brown.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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Lucy Lunsford

first_imgLucy Lunsford, 73, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Milan passed away Friday, April 3, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Batavia, Ohio.  Lucy was born Thursday, July 11, 1946 in Knox County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late William and Annie Mae (Mills) Bright.  She married Robert Lunsford and he preceded her in death.  Lucy was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and worked for Steelcraft Corporation Manufacture in Blue Ash, Ohio.  She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and cooking.Lucy is survived by her daughter Brenda (Mike) Stout of Batavia, Ohio; brother Clifford Bright of Blue Ash, Ohio; and sister Lorraine Scarborough of Mt. Carmel, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, son Jesse Gamble, three sisters, and four brothers.There will be no services.  Memorials may be given in honor of Lucy to the Ripley County Life Squad.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

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Ronaldo buys £6m mini estate

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Cristiano Ronaldo has added another mansion to his array of properties and this time it is in his country home Lisbon with reports claiming that the new house cost a staggering £6 million from the Juve star’s money pouch. The Portuguese star was reported to have acquired the real estate mansion in July 2018 after beating two other millionaires who were also in the bidding for the luxury apartment. According to a local report, the mini-estate is located in Avenida de Liberdade area of Lisbon and it incredibly boasts 288 square metres, with 3,100 square feet. With eye-catching features including a spa and indoor swimming pool, the £6 million-worth luxury apartment also has an exciting gym, latest electro domestics and three large bedrooms. The privacy-giving apartment was reportedly built 10 years ago when the Juventus star was at Manchester United. And because of its proximity to the neighbourhood where Ronaldo began his football career as a young ambitious footballer in Portugal, the site was said to have become a tourist place for local footballers. The former Real Madrid star added the luxury empire to his collection of landed properties with the hope of using it as a place of retirement after he stops playing professional football.Tags: Cristiano RonaldoJuventuslast_img read more

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Angry Man U fans attack Ed Woodward’s mansion

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace A mob of furious Manchester United fans attacked the home of Ed Woodward on Tuesday night, as anger towards the club’s executive vice-chairman took a sinister turn. In appalling scenes that drew condemnation from United, shocking footage emerged of a gang of around 20 hooded supporters throwing flares and a smoke bomb at Woodward’s £2 million Cheshire mansion. Some of the group are believed to be members of United’s notorious “Men In Black”. The incident is believed to have happened around 8pm on Tuesday night. Woodward and his wife, Isabelle, and their young twins were not at home at the time. Greater Manchester Police are investigating. United issued a strongly worded statement in which they condemned the behaviour and said they would work in conjunction with the police to identify the culprits. As well as potential prosecution, anyone found responsible would be banned for life by the club. “Manchester United Football Club have tonight been made aware of the incident outside the home of one of our employees,” the club statement read. “We know that the football world will unite behind us as we work with Greater Manchester Police to identify the perpetrators of this unwarranted attack. Anybody found guilty of a criminal offence, or found to be trespassing on this property, will be banned for life by the club and may face prosecution. “Fans expressing opinion is one thing, criminal damage and intent to endanger life is another. There is simply no excuse for this.” Woodward and the Glazer family, United’s maligned owners, have been the target of sustained abuse from supporters at games in recent weeks over their running of the club. But that verbal abuse – which has included a series of foul mouthed chants and threats to kill Woodward and the Glazers – took a more violent, threatening turn. The gang congregated outside Woodward’s house in a quiet village near Knutsford and rang an intercom on the large gates at the entrance of the property. When no one answered, the thugs graffitied the property by spraying red paint before launching smoke bombs into the grounds and throwing a series of flares. It remains to be seen if United react by beefing up Woodward’s security on match days and in general but his wife is known to have been left upset and shaken by some of the abuse her husband has been receiving. Woodward is understood to have received death threats in the past. Gary Lineker, the former England striker and a friend of Woodward, responded to the sickening footage on social media by condemning the disgraceful scenes. The attack came shortly after United finally achieved a breakthrough in their protracted negotiations with Sporting Lisbon for Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes and 24 hours before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are due to face Manchester City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final. Woodward had been coming under growing pressure from fans to make a signing given United’s injury problems and the lack of quality cover in midfield and attack. But despite widespread unhappiness at Woodward’s handling of the club, many fans joined in the chorus of condemnation for the attack. It was not the first time angry United fans have targeted homes, though. In October 2010, a mob of 30 fans turned up at Wayne Rooney’s former mansion in Prestbury, Cheshire after then England striker had spoken of his desire to quit Old Trafford. Rooney was warned not to sign for rivals Manchester City and soon after he signed an improved contract to stay with United. Woodward – who is the highest paid director in the Premier League with an annual salary of £3.16 million – was targeted before United’s game at home to Liverpool in October when fans chartered a plane over Old Trafford trailing a banner which read: “Ed still failing – Woodward out!”Tags: Ed WoodwardManchester Unitedlast_img read more

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Nigeria’s professional football player tests positive to Coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Nigeria’s King Udoh has become the first professional football player to be diagnosed with Coronavirus in Italy. The Italian-Nigerian footballer plays for Pianese, a Tuscan club playing in Serie C (third division). The information was given by daily newspapers La Naziones and La Gazzetta dello Sport before being widely relayed on social media networks. The 22-year-old footballer, who is currently in the infectious disease department of La Scotte hospital in Siena, is in good condition. This player had placed himself in quarantine during the last weekend, after feeling feverish. He was scheduled to play for his team on Sunday against Juventus’ 23-year-old team (1-0 loss), but ultimately did not take part in the game. Although not approaching opposing players, Juventus decided to take certain measures to observe its players. As for the entire Pianese team, it is now in quarantine as a precaution. Italy is the European country most affected by the epidemic.Tags: JuventusKing UdohLa Gazzetta dello SportLa NazionesLa Scotte hospitalPianeselast_img read more

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NTA, HotSports partner on National Sports Festival broadcast

first_imgRelatedPosts Senate Queries NTA over 11 years non-profitable venture with StarTimes DSS invites 10 APC leaders for ‘important meeting’ Shaibu raises alarm: Oshiomhole plotting to assassinate some top individuals in Edo As sports enthusiasts anticipate the 20th National Sports Festival, tagged: “Edo 2020,” the Nigeria Television Authority and its marketing partner, HotSports have announced live transmission of the games. The live transmission on NTA network services will spice up the festival, which opens in Benin City on March 22 and runs till April 1. Edo 2020 will feature 32 sports, including 27 compulsory events, and have 11,000 athletes competing for laurels at 17 venues. According to the President/CEO of HotSports Nigeria Limited, Taye Ige, marketing windows that interested brands could explore include three-hour live transmission of each of the opening and closing ceremonies, two-hour daily live transmission, live transmission of the football and athletics finals as well as a well packaged one-hour daily highlights. “The National Sports Festival is our national asset, and this being an Olympic year, we must all rally behind our athletes to deliver great results and be ready to win medals in Tokyo 2020,” Ige said. NTA and HotSports have become reputable for bringing the best of sporting moments to Nigerians in the comfort of their homes and relaxation spots. They both delivered all the matches of last year’s Africa Cup of Nations live from Egypt as well as the qualifiers for the next edition. The two partners, in conjunction with African International Television, also broadcast the international friendly between Nigeria and Brazil last October. The trio are set to conclude live transmission of the remaining four matches of the Super Eagles for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled to hold in Cameroon next January.Tags: Benin CityHotSports Nigeria LimitedNational Sports FestivalntaTaye Igelast_img read more

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Pulis frustrated with goal-shy Potters

first_img The result at the Britannia Stadium brought a three-game losing streak to an end for the Potters, but Pulis was frustrated that the hosts – who have only 27 goals to their name from their 30 top-flight matches this term – had not been able to find the net. Asked if he was worried about the side’s lack of goals, Pulis said: “Yes, very much so. The final third at times has been the problem, but it is something we have to get on with.” Stoke manager Tony Pulis admitted that their lack of goals is becoming a major concern to him following his side’s 0-0 home Barclays Premier League draw with West Brom. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “We got into some fantastic positions and that final ball, or the movement, didn’t lead to the goal we need. That was disappointing. “I thought it was a very competitive game without many chances in it. “At the end Kenwyne has probably had the best chance of the game and unfortunately for us, he has ended up hitting it straight at (goalkeeper Ben) Foster. “When things are going for you, that would have nestled in the corner. But it has got us off 33 points, which has been a millstone around our neck – and fingers crossed, now in our last eight games we can push on.” Albion boss Steve Clarke – whose team remain eighth – gave a blunt assessment of the encounter, summing it up by saying: “Poor game, good point. “It was a game of very few chances and probably very little entertainment for the people watching. It is a good point away from home. We want to try to improve our away record and although we always like to try to win games, sometimes it is not possible. “This is a difficult place to come and we knew it would be a tough game and one of few chances, which is how it turned out to be. The clean sheet for us is important – it is always important to defend well, especially away from home. We will take it as a good point.” last_img read more

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Gerrard key to Rodgers’ Reds

first_img With a year left on his current deal beyond this season, speculation has already started as to the possibility of Reds skipper Gerrard signing up to a further extension. Rodgers refused to disclose whether talks have already started with Gerrard about a new contract, stating it is “private between Steven, I and the club”. Rodgers has, however, made it clear he wants Gerrard – who turns 33 at the end of next month – to stay on at Anfield. With Gerrard now approaching 15 years’ service as a professional with Liverpool, Rodgers said: “He’s 32 years and super fit at the moment. He’s played every minute of every (Premier League) game.” Brendan Rodgers is determined to keep Steven Gerrard at Liverpool for the rest of his career as he believes the mercurial midfielder can remain one of Europe’s top players for another five years. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “We’ve worked very hard on his individual plan to make him as fit as he possibly can be, and the rest has been down to him really. “It’s about his responsibility on the field, how he manages himself off it. He’s been first class, and as a captain he’s been brilliant this year. “So he’s 32, 33 in May, and I still see another three to five years left in him yet as long as everything holds up with his body, which this year has been nigh-on perfect. So that (a new contract) is something we will sort out in due course.” Rodgers has no doubts he can envisage Gerrard playing at the highest level through to the age of 37 or 38. “Why not?” said Rodgers. “He’s a brilliant professional. Look at the likes of (Javier) Zanetti at Inter Milan (currently 39) and (Andrea) Pirlo (currently 33) who are still talked about as top European players. “Steven currently is that at the moment, and I can see him being that for the next number of years. As I’ve said, he’s had a fantastic season this season up until now and he wants to finish it strongly. “His priority is always Liverpool, which is real humbleness from the guy. He is more worried about the football club than himself. I, as a manager, want to make sure he stays here because he’s very, very important for what I want to do.” last_img read more

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Mourinho denies Moyes ‘mind games’

first_img Mourinho said: “If to say that my colleague in Man United is a great coach, he deserves success, he deserves time to work, he didn’t win trophies at Everton because it’s difficult to win trophies there… If to speak good about him is to play mind games, what do you say if I speak bad about him? “The best thing is not to speak, and if I don’t speak nobody says nothing.” Like Moyes, Mourinho believes it is better to sign players early in the transfer window. But, unlike United, Chelsea have already recruited Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer this summer. “He’s right,” Mourinho said. “The sooner you have the players, the better. “You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time for that.” The Portuguese warned Chelsea’s Premier League rivals of the dangers of doing late business in the transfer window, which this season closes on September 2. “Many clubs are waiting to the last moment to make their decisions,” Mourinho said. “The problem is that those decisions affect not just one or two clubs, but a lot of them. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has refuted the suggestion he is playing mind games with Manchester United counterpart David Moyes. Press Association “The one who sells has to go and buy, then they have to buy to replace, so no club is safe. “Until the last minute somebody can go there and steal a player. I don’t mean steal a player, but steal the balance that a manager has when he’s working with a team. “In that aspect, we are lucky because we don’t have players to sell, so none of my players is leaving under any circumstances. “That’s good for me, but many teams will be until the last moment under pressure, without knowing how the squad is going to be.” It was put to Mourinho on his arrival in Jakarta, where Chelsea on Thursday play an All-Star XI, that his compliments towards Moyes were a calculated act designed to destabilise the Barclays Premier League champions. Mourinho’s sole remaining transfer target is a Manchester United player and Chelsea last week had a bid for Wayne Rooney rejected by United, who say the striker is not for sale. last_img read more

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Arteta blow for Gunners

“(Thomas) Vermaelen is out, (Nacho) Monreal is out and Arteta will be out for this game tomorrow as well. That is the three main injuries we have at the moment. Monreal is not far from coming back. Arteta and Vermaelen are a bit longer,” Wenger said. “It could be as long (as six weeks for Arteta), but honestly we don’t know yet. We have to check the severity with the doctor. I haven’t talked to the doctor.” The Gunners have yet to land a high-profile signing this summer, with France Under-21 striker Yaya Sanogo, on a free transfer from Auxerre, the only new arrival so far as the protracted pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez drags on. Given Wenger has also jettisoned several fringe players this summer to free up the wage bill, Arsenal could find themselves somewhat stretched in terms of numbers ahead of their crucial Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce. Wenger added: “I don’t disagree that we are a bit light at the moment. There are 18 days to go until the end of the transfer market and we are of course looking to strengthen our squad.” Arsenal failed to land Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer, and it appears they will need to up their bid for Suarez to closer to£50million to have any hope of move the negotiations on. Wenger refused to be further drawn on the saga. He said: “Look, I don’t want to come out on any specific name because that would not be right. Usually in the press, you are well informed. Arsenal have been dealt a blow with the news that Mikel Arteta could be out for up to six weeks with a thigh injury. The full extent of the Spanish midfielder’s problem is still to be discovered, but Gunners manager Arsene Wenger did at least receive a boost regarding the fitness of Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey ahead of their Barclays Premier League opener at home to Aston Villa. Walcott limped out of England’s 3-2 friendly win over Scotland with a knee injury while Ramsey did not feature for Wales at home to the Republic of Ireland due to an ankle problem. “Ideally you would want it to be quicker, but to finalise any transfer you need the agreement of three parties. You can see from our main rivals that it is not easy. “At us, Chelsea, Man United, it is difficult to find the quality players to strengthen the team and the squad who are available at the moment, but there are a shortage of top, top, top players who are available. “We look more for quality than for numbers. The first request is to have the quality to play for Arsenal Football Club. Yes, we would like two or three players, if possible more, but we will not compromise on the quality of the players. “I understand every frustration, you have so many frustrated people, but what is important is the quality of what you do on the pitch, so let’s not create a crisis from nothing. “We just played a good game last week (to beat Manchester City 3-1 in Helsinki), so let’s transfer that to the next game and not start to convince everybody that the quality of the team that starts tomorrow will be linked with the number of players we buy between today and tomorrow. “The quality of the team will be linked with the performance of every player who plays tomorrow.” Press Association read more

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Gambler Fergie reaped rewards

first_img But, in a series of interviews with Harvard Business School professor Anita Elberse in 2012 that have just been published, Ferguson indicated such triumphs did not occur by accident. “I am a gambler – a risk taker – and you can see that in how we played in the late stages of matches,” said Ferguson, who it has been announced is to receive the honorary freedom of Trafford borough.. “If we were down with 15 minutes to go, I was ready to take more risks. “I was perfectly happy to lose 3-1 if it meant we’d given ourselves a good chance to draw or win. “So in those last 15 minutes, we’d go for it. We’d put in an extra attacking player and worry less about defence. “We knew that if we ended up winning 3-2, it would be a fantastic feeling. “And if we lost 3-1, we’d been losing anyway.” In a unique insight into his managerial philosophy, the 71-year-old, who retired in May having won a remarkable 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies within a record haul of silverware, admitted it was unlikely any manager would benefit from being allowed four years to win his first trophy, as he was in 1986. So often did United score in the latter stages of matches it was almost a surprise when they did not manage it. The epic 1999 Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich, when United scored twice in stoppage time to turn the game on its head, was the most obvious example. Ferguson also stressed the need for any manager to maintain control of the dressing room, something he managed to do at United, often at the cost of the biggest names. “There are occasions when you have to ask yourself whether certain players are affecting the dressing room atmosphere, the performance of the team, and your control of the players and staff,” he said. “If they are, you have to cut the cord. “There is absolutely no other way. “It doesn’t matter if the person is the best player in the world. “Some English clubs have changed managers so many times that it creates power for the players in the dressing room. That is very dangerous.” The last observation would seem to point at Chelsea, although they have been United’s closest challengers for the past decade. In addition, Ferguson claimed one of the best decisions he ever made about his own managerial style was during his time at Aberdeen, when he decided to take a more hands-off attitude towards training, unlike his United successor David Moyes. Sir Alex Ferguson believes it is his natural gambler’s instinct that led to so many late wins for Manchester United down the years. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Moses still has eyes on the score

first_img “We can score more goals because we have got two prolific strikers,” Moses told LFC TV. “We can score two or three goals in every game because we have got enough quality players to do that. “We’ve been doing well so far, we just want to keep working hard in training and the games to score as many as we can. “We’ve got enough quality players to win games this season. Everyone is working hard together as a team. That’s what we need. We’ve got a good keeper as well, who has been helping us. “We just hope everyone is fit for every game that we play. Hopefully we can win as many games as we can to stay in the top four.” Moses has found himself playing both out wide and centrally behind the striker under manager Brendan Rodgers. Having lost his place in the starting line-up the forward, named Nigerian player of the year this week, is happy to play wherever and whenever he can. “Wherever the manager is willing to play me, I’m excited to play there,” he added. “I can play out wide, as a striker or anywhere up front, as long as the manager puts me in there to play. I’m ready to do the job for the team. “I’m enjoying it here, it’s a massive club. We’re doing well at the moment; we just want to keep the momentum going. “I want to keep working hard in training and doing what I’m good at, which is working hard for the team.” That is even more significant considering Liverpool have only league matches to play until the FA Cup begins for them in January. “I just want to score goals. I wanted to score around 20 goals this season,” said the 22-year-old, whose best scoring run was last season when he got 12 while playing league, European and Africa Cup of Nations matches. “We’ve still got lots of games to go so hopefully I can get up to that target. “I think I’ve got the ability to do that so I’m looking forward to every game. “When I first came, I was starting. Now, the manager has got a different view and he wants to mix things around a little bit. “I just have to be patient until my time comes. I’ll kick on from there and help the team.” Liverpool, as a side, are averaging two goals per game with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge having registered nine apiece already. However, the pair cannot be expected to shoulder the burden on their own and contributions need to come from elsewhere within the team. The Nigeria international scored on his debut for the Reds against Swansea in September soon after completing his temporary move from Chelsea. He has not scored again in a further eight games and with his last three appearances coming as a substitute he needs to get himself back in the side if he is to have a chance of getting close to his projected goal tally. On-loan Liverpool forward Victor Moses set himself an ambitious 20-goal target for the current season and he is still hopeful he can come close to delivering. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Saints end unbeaten Leinster record

first_imgLeinster surrendered their unbeaten record in this season’s Heineken Cup as Northampton Saints won a low-scoring but absorbing contest at the Aviva Stadium. Press Association But Northampton – bottling the hurt caused by their collapse at Franklin’s Gardens – landed an early blow with North’s sixth-minute try and should have been further in front than 7-3 at the break. North, Samu Manoa and Tom Wood helped the territorially-dominant Saints boss the physical stakes, turning the tables on the Irish province who were error-strewn during the first 40 minutes. An Ian Madigan penalty in the 11th minute put four points between the sides, with the visitors’ scrum- half Lee Dickson held up over the try-line and his half-back partner Stephen Myler missing a late shot at the posts. Leinster resumed on the front foot with Madigan reducing the arrears to a single point. Myler and Madigan exchanged penalties in the final quarter before Northampton held their nerve superbly at the finish, as Kahn Fotuali’I dropped a goal and winger Elliott ran in an intercept score in injury time. The result, which brought back memories of Northampton’s round 5 win at Ravenhill last December, keeps Saints in the pool reckoning and leaves Leinster licking their wounds approaching Christmas – something they had to do 12 months ago when beaten at home by Clermont Auvergne. Both sides were forced into late switches with a dead leg ruling out former European Player of the Year Sean O’Brien. Shane Jennings joined the Leinster back row, while Dom Waldouck’s absence in the Northampton back-line saw North pair up with Luther Burrell in the centre for the first time. Northampton had the first glimpse of the whitewash, springing teenage winger Tom Collins free from a solid scrum and Rob Kearney cynically bringing him down as they chased a kick. Saints went for the line-out option and after second row Lawes was held up, Dickson and Burrell combined to release North for a close range try converted by Myler. Luke Fitzgerald wriggled into space to set up field position for Leinster, with Madigan getting them off the mark in the 11th minute. But dropped balls and misjudged kicks made for a sloppy start from the hosts. Leinster were forced on the defensive again as Wood wielded influence at the breakdown, before Brian O’Driscoll was invited forward by a short Jack McGrath pass. Saints continued to force the issue though, with North intercepting a Fitzgerald pass and a dogged drive from the forwards almost led to a pushover try for busy scrum-half Dickson – Mike Ross held him up. Rob Kearney, who was particularly busy in defence, tried to lift Matt O’Connor’s men with two terrific touch-finding kicks – but the Northampton line-out was well-oiled with Christian Day in stellar form. Myler misjudged a last-minute kick from the left hand side, failing to reward an advancing scrum, and Saints had to weather a Leinster storm in the opening minutes of the second half. McGrath and Fitzgerald had Leinster within a metre of the try-line, Northampton’s defence holding firm until Madigan put the minimum between the sides. Saints went in search of a second try, winning consecutive penalties inside the 22 as they continued to back their line-out. An important tackle by Jennings on Manoa forced a relieving knock on. A weaving run from the electric Fitzgerald brought Leinster downfield and as play continued to break up, North’s deft hands released Ken Pisi for a raid into the 22 and Elliott was just unable to collect the final pass. Three points from the boot of Myler were a decent reward for Saints’ unrelenting endeavour. Leinster then bludgeoned into scoring range with captain Jamie Heaslip and Gordon D’Arcy carrying well. The province’s hard graft earned a central penalty which Madigan dispatched with eight nerve-jangling minutes left. Northampton displayed their resilience again when replacement scrum-half Fotuali’i clipped home his drop-goal, making up for a wayward 52-metre penalty from Meyler. Leinster piled forward in the dying minutes, their forwards scrambling to make the try-line. Northampton’s defence almost gave way amid intense pressure, but a Heaslip fumble in the 22 allowed Elliott to gather and race away for the clinching score. Tries from George North and Jamie Elliott bookended this fifth round clash, as Jim Mallinder’s men recovered resoundingly from last week’s 40-point hammering from the Irish province. Leinster had the opportunity to move 10 points clear at the top of Pool One, drawing a 47,370-strong crowd to the home of Irish rugby. last_img read more

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Oviedo undergoes successful surgery

first_img “He fractured his tibia and his fibula and they were displaced, so we weren’t able to put them back into place until Monday. “He had surgery (on Monday) night when a rod was put through his tibia, which means he will come back stronger than before. “It was a clean break and that means that there are no pieces of bone. “Sometimes when there are small fragments of bone in the area, it can be difficult to deal with. “But these are clean breaks, so they will put the bones back into position and it will heal well from there. “We will be working hard to get him back as quickly as we can.” Everton defender Bryan Oviedo has undergone a successful operation on the double fracture to his left leg. The Costa Rica international broke his tibia and fibula during Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round victory at Stevenage. “Bryan’s surgery was a big success and he is in a comfortable and stable condition,” the club’s head of medical services Danny Donachie told evertonfc.com. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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United wages higher than Chelsea

first_img In 2004, the Roman Abramovich-owned club were reckoned to be the biggest payers in world football as Chelsea spent heavily to challenge United’s dominance. Ten years on, and Manchester City are now easily the biggest payers in the Premier League, and Chelsea’s accounts lodged with Companies House show that they are now in third spot in the ‘wages league’ below United as well. Chelsea’s wage bill in 2012/13 was £176million compared to £182million for Manchester United in the same season, while Manchester City’s was £233million. Chelsea’s salary bill for the season also includes £4million paid during the course of the year to former manager Roberto Di Matteo – the accounts say the sum is for “termination payments and compensation in relation to changes in the first-team management structure”. The increasingly-prudent approach to wages at Chelsea reflects the club’s commitment to complying with UEFA’s financial fair play rules, where clubs in European competition can only record losses of 45million euros (£37.5m) during the first two-year accounting period. Chelsea have also benefited from signing the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Juan Mata before they were established superstars demanding huge salaries, which also has taken the pressure off the wage bill. Wages at the Stamford Bridge club actually fell overall in 2011/12, and the rise last season was around three per cent compared to an 11.6% increase at United. In terms of UEFA’s spending rules, Chelsea Football Club Ltd’s accounts state: “The introduction of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations from the 2011/12 season provides a significant challenge. “The football club needs to continue to balance success on the field together with the financial imperatives of this new regime.” The latest figure are in stark contrast to 10 years ago when Deloitte’s annual football finance review estimated Chelsea’s wage bill of £115million in 2003/04 as “almost certainly the highest in world football”. In that year, Roman Abramovich’s first full season of ownership of Chelsea, the club registered a 110 per cent increase in wages. Chelsea’s wage bill has been overtaken by Manchester United’s for the first time in more than a decade, it can be revealed. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Chelsea agree deal for Costa

first_img Press Association The Spain international had long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and now the Blues have confirmed they have met the buy-out clause for the 25-year-old. “Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause for the Spanish international,” read a statement on the club’s official website. Brazil-born Costa netted 35 goals for Atletico last season as they won the Spanish title and reached the Champions League final, where they lost in extra-time to Real Madrid. The 25-year-old emerged as the leading summer transfer target for Blues manager Jose Mourinho, who was determined to add some firepower to a squad which came up just short behind Manchester City and Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League and were knocked out of Europe in the semi-finals by Atletico. It is believed the transfer fee will be in the region of £32million. Defender Ashley Cole has left Chelsea this summer at the end of his contract, along with England midfielder Frank Lampard. However, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas was signed from Barcelona on June 12, the day before Spain crashed to a 5-1 defeat to Holland in their opening World Cup match in Brazil. Earlier on Tuesday, Chelsea announced goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer had signed a new one-year contract. The former Australia international, 41, headed to Stamford Bridge last summer on a free transfer from west London neighbours Fulham to offer back-up to Petr Cech and went on to make 12 appearances – including the semi-final against Atletico after injury to the Chelsea number one. In a statement on Tuesday night, Atletico said Costa had sought a move to Chelsea but the club had insisted on receiving his full buy-out clause. “Diego Costa communicated at the end of last season his will to be transferred to Chelsea and today the two clubs have reached an agreement for which the London club must pay the full amount set as the buy-out clause in the contract between the player and the club,” the statement said. center_img Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. last_img read more

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Dudgeon signs on dotted line

first_imgHull left-back Joe Dudgeon has signed a new one-year contract at the KC Stadium, the club have announced. “It was good to get those games in and I’ve been building on that through the off season. Hopefully now I have a good foundation for pre-season and I can kick on from here. “It’s all about focussing on the future now. You can’t keep thinking about the past. You can learn from it but you have to move on. “This is a fresh start now and I want to show everybody that I still want to be here and I want to play.” Press Associationcenter_img Dudgeon, who joined the Tigers in 2011 from Manchester United, is looking to get his career back on track having made only two first-team appearances – both in last season’s Capital One Cup – in the past 18 months due to a knee problem. “I managed to get fit for the last couple of months of last season and I got a few behind-closed-doors (games) under my belt,” the 23-year-old told www.hullcitytigers.com. last_img read more

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Powers excited by twin Cup assault

first_imgPaddy Power is not making a call between his mother Sabena’s two runners in Saturday’s Darley July Cup. Paddy Power said: “Slade Power is very straightforward and in great form. “Presuming that he gets there safe and sound, that straightforwardness will help as you can put him anywhere in the race and he is adaptable and the great thing is he goes on any ground. “Sole is a bit more tricky as the less rain there is, the better it is. But we’re very lucky to be going there with two live chances and it’s fingers crossed.” Asked which of the two he prefers, he said: “The ideal result is definitely a dead-heat! “But the one-two either way around will do just fine and I will be doing all my usual reverse forecasts. “I honestly don’t know which to opt for – but one thing is for sure, I will be roaring ‘Come on Power!’ during the race.” John Gosden has warned Gregorian will only take his chance if the ground is soft. The five-year-old has yet to run over the big-race distance of six furlongs and has done all his winning from seven furlongs to an extended mile. The bookmaking family will take both their Royal Ascot-winning sprinters to Newmarket at the weekend, with the younger Slade Power shorter in the market as he attained his first Group One win over six furlongs in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Veteran Sole Power, who carries the first colours, is a five-furlong specialist and retained his King’s Stand title last month. His latest success came on the July Course in the Group Three Criterion Stakes over seven furlongs when heavy rain turned the going to soft. “He’s happy over a stiff six, he’s happy over seven and that’s probably his best trip,” the Newmarket trainer told Racing UK. “If we did get the ground we got for the Criterion then he would run. If we get normal summer ground, fast ground, he won’t run and we’d wait. He’s ground dependant. “Gerald Mosse said last year not to be frightened of sprinting with his horse when he rode him in France. “He’s been a great old horse. He was unlucky in the French Guineas, he was knocked over in the French Derby. He’s won his Group Twos and his Group Threes. If the heavens opened he would run.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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New boys score but Magpies draw

first_img Press Association The acquisition from Brighton netted a first-half brace and, although Keiran Agard reduced the deficit, Danny Drinkwater sealed the win. A Craig Dawson own goal saw West Brom go down to a 3-2 defeat at Port Vale. Kemar Roofe opened the scoring for the Baggies but Ben Williamson and Tom Pope turned the game on its head before Bradley Garmston made it 2-2. The drama was not over, though, as Dawson’s miscued header five minutes from time fooled Boaz Myhill and handed Vale victory. Summer signing Lukas Jutkiewicz scored his fourth and fifth pre-season goals for Burnley but he could not hand the Clarets a win as goals from Alex Lopez and Nolito secured a 2-2 draw for Primera Division side Celta Vigo at Turf Moor. In the day’s other friendlies, goals from Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin handed QPR a 2-0 win over Athlone Town, while Alan Hutton scored the only goal as Aston Villa beat Walsall 1-0. Summer signings Emmanuel Riviere and Remy Cabella both got on the scoresheet for Newcastle as the Magpies drew 2-2 with Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.center_img Riviere netted his third goal of the pre-season campaign in the 16th minute but Radoslaw Majewski and Jon Stead had the home side in front before Cabella grabbed an equaliser. Leonardo Ulloa opened his account for Leicester in a 3-1 win over Rotherham. last_img read more

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Rodgers full of praise for Sterling

first_img Liverpool harboured frustrations Hodgson revealed Sterling had complained of tiredness ahead of the Estonia clash, that England eventually won 1-0. Hodgson attended Sunday’s Loftus Road thriller, but left 10 minutes before the end – and the entire calamitous climax. Former Swansea boss Rodgers said he did not know whether England using Sterling sparingly in the last fortnight boosted his performance at QPR. Rodgers said there was no need for him or Sterling to meet up with Hodgson on Sunday. “I haven’t thought on that a lot to be honest, there has been a whole series of things said and written about an unfortunate incident,” said Rodgers. “But we have to move on from that. “I was actually quite busy believe it or not today, so I haven’t had the chance (to speak to Hodgson). “The kid’s played the game and now he’s having a shower – so I don’t think he’ll see him – not unless Roy’s having a shower! “We always talk, there’s no fallout, there’s no nothing. “I’m not a barrier for England, if anything I’m a big supporter of the home nations and every country. I like to think I develop players that will hopefully develop national teams. “So there’s no issue, Roy and I speak and communicate well, we’ll always find time to speak. “He’s a good man: I will always be here to support and help them.” Rangers boss Redknapp was left to lament his impressive side’s shocking luck – and launch a passionate defence of his Loftus Road tenure. The former Tottenham manager said he has no interest in speculation linking the likes of Tim Sherwood to replacing him at the west London club’s helm. “I couldn’t give a monkey’s about speculation, if you think I’m bothered, really, about silly people keeping writing rubbish,” said Redknapp. “I don’t even buy newspapers. “The only time I hear is if some idiot comes up to me and says ‘ooh, have you seen the paper today Harry?’ And I say ‘I don’t know, I don’t read it’. “I’m not interested: they can write what they want. “You only do what you can do, your best, that’s what you can do in life. “If it ain’t good enough, it’s up to other people to make their mind up. “I don’t go home and worry about speculation, I’m 68 nearly. “What am I worried about? I’m not 35 with five kids trying to pay a mortgage. “I do my best every day, I come in early, every morning I’m at the training ground early and I leave late at night. “I love my job, and I do my best: I can’t do any more and there ain’t no one could do any better here at the moment than me, I don’t think. “I hear other names mentioned, but they couldn’t do any better than what I can do, that’s for sure.” Brendan Rodgers hailed Raheem Sterling’s “courage and cleverness” in providing the perfect riposte to “unfortunate” criticism of his England omission as Liverpool tiptoed to a 3-2 victory at QPR. Sterling shook off controversy over claims he complained of tiredness in the build-up to England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia to mastermind Liverpool’s patchy Loftus Road win. Liverpool boss Rodgers said he has “no issue” with Roy Hodgson, pledging full support for England in spite of club frustrations over the Sterling revelations. Sterling forced Steven Caulker to turn the ball into his own net in the fourth minute of added time as the Reds gazumped luckless QPR to root Harry Redknapp’s men to the foot of the Premier League. Richard Dunne’s own goal gifted Liverpool the lead against the run of play, Eduardo Vargas twice equalised in the game’s frenetic dying stages either side of Philippe Coutinho’s strike, but Caulker’s error denied Rangers a deserved point. “I thought his cleverness and brightness led to the first goal,” said Rodgers of Sterling. “The best players come alive when the game goes dead, whether it’s a throw-in or in the game. “Some players look for a rest or try to get organised, but the bright players come alive. “He spotted it, played it early: it was a great run from Glen Johnson to invite the quick ball, and obviously a great cross that the defender turned in. “And the breakaways for the other two, they are just all about his speed, his technique, his courage to carry the ball, run with the ball. “It was great courage and cleverness from him today.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Best a doubt for Springboks clash

first_img Head coach Joe Schmidt will be desperate for Ulster hooker Best to be fit for Saturday’s Springboks clash in Dublin given Ireland’s raft of front-row injuries. Best went through “modified work” in training on Monday, with his progress to be monitored throughout the week. Ireland must face the big-scrummaging Springboks without props Cian Healy, Marty Moore and Nathan White, while tighthead Mike Ross is still fighting for fitness after groin trouble. “Rory Best has a tight calf that will be monitored all week,” said Kearney. “He will go through modified work today (Monday) and will be monitored as the week goes on. “It’s probably a little bit more difficult to say with Rory, but he will do modified work and be monitored closely. “Mike Ross went through some running and multi-directional work as well as static team work on Friday, and will be introduced to full training over the next few days. “He will be closely monitored but the prognosis is positive and we are reasonably confident he will be available for selection.” Johnny Sexton is expected to train fully all week despite suffering “tightness in his thigh”, with Kearney confirming Racing Metro agreed to limit his French Top 14 action to 40 minutes at the weekend. Gordon D’Arcy, Rob Kearney and Jack McGrath are all expected back in full training this week, while Stuart Olding and Tommy Bowe have come successfully through concussion protocols and will be available too. Ireland team manager Michael Kearney has admitted it is “difficult to say” whether Rory Best will face South Africa after picking up a calf problem. “We don’t have a concern over Johnny, he will be expected to play full part in the sessions over the week,” said Kearney. “It had been prearranged that he would come off at the weekend, he was always going to play a limited part in the Racing game.” Meanwhile, British and Irish Lions scrum-half Conor Murray urged centres Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne not to become “bogged down” by following Brian O’Driscoll into Ireland’s 13 shirt. Kiwi boss Schmidt has confirmed Connacht’s Henshaw and Ulster’s Payne will battle it out to replace the now-retired O’Driscoll at outside centre. Team manager Kearney said there had been no IRFU talk of retiring the 13 shirt in a USA sport-style gesture of respect to O’Driscoll. Munster half-back Murray then backed Henshaw and Payne to relish the challenge of putting their own stamp on the Ireland back-line O’Driscoll so dominated for 15 years. “There’s been much talk of it, we had all that chat last year throughout the whole season, the long farewell,” said Murray. “We’re pretty much used to that now and there are opportunities for lads to fill into that famous jersey. “There will be pressure on them, but they’re going to have to be their own men, and not be too bogged down by the title of that jersey. “It’s something the public will talk about but within our squad we know the players we’ve got and what we’re trying to do. “So we’re not going to dwell on that too much. “I think they see it as an opportunity, they are two really good players and they bring a lot of different things to the table. “They will be hugely influential if they do get a chance in there. “They are going well in training, swapping in and out, so it’s up to Joe who he gives the shirt to, but whoever gets it, I’m sure they’ll do a great job.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mertesacker demands improvement

first_imgPer Mertesacker says Arsenal must heed the lessons of back-to-back collapses against Anderlecht and Swansea and start playing “serious football” to get their season back on track. But Mertesacker said Arsenal can remedy their problems if they learn their lessons quickly and turn 60-minute performances into 90-minute displays. “We played our game for 60 minutes with patience, seriously, and they didn’t have a proper chance,” Mertesacker said. “Then we scored and we thought we didn’t need to keep possession or patience, and then we struggled. “That was our fault and we did the same against Anderlecht. We have to think about it quickly. “We have good ideas on how we can extend the good 60 minutes into 90 minutes. “It’s absolutely necessary in the next couple of weeks. We struggled a bit but we have great potential and you can see that. “Now we have some time to think about the few issues that cause trouble because we made mistakes in areas we have to avoid.” It was groundhog day for Arsenal and their supporters at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon following Alexis Sanchez’s 63rd minute goal – the Chilean’s 12th of the season and sixth in his last four games – looked like claiming three Barclays Premier League points. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetimbi Gomis struck late on to give Swansea a 2-1 victory and leave Arsene Wenger’s side with another hangover just five days after they had wasted a 3-0 Champions League lead against Anderlecht to draw 3-3 at the Emirates Stadium. German defender Mertesacker said Arsenal’s second Premier League defeat of the season was a result of letting their standards slip for the second time in the space of a week. “The game was completely in our hands, especially in the second half when we scored,” Mertesacker told the official club website. “Then we have to play serious football and not lose the ball but they got us on the break, and that’s completely unbelievable in our situation. “We have to play simple, even if we are 1-0 up – even more then. We played through the middle but we need to keep possession and keep patient, something that we did all the way through until the 60th minute and we had the game in our hands completely. “That’s what I mean by serious football. “When you get such a result (like against Anderlecht) normally you come back quickly and after such a setback normally we bounce back immediately. “But that was not the game and we have to take the (international) break now really seriously and work hard on the issues.” Arsenal’s defeat dropped them to sixth place and Wenger admitted after the Liberty loss that no-one in the Premier League is capable of challenging leaders Chelsea for the title right now. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Coventry beaten again

first_imgCoventry slipped to their sixth successive defeat after a 3-1 defeat to Belfast. Elsewhere, Matthew Myers, Doug Clarkson, Joey Haddad, Joey Martin and Andrew Hotham were all on-target as the Cardiff Devils crushed the Fife Flyers 5-0. After a goalless first two periods, the game exploded into life when Cody Brookwell opened the scoring, with Darryl Lloyd doubling the Giants’ lead soon after. Although the Blaze pulled one back through Justin DaCosta, David Phillips sealed victory for the Northern Irish side soon after. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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