Ireland’s actuaries are recommending that the government make private pensions mandatory for all workers, rather than introduce a UK-style system of automatic enrolment. The Society of Actuaries in Ireland said a compulsory pension system should be developed over the next five years as a way of increasing pensions coverage and making sure individuals have enough in retirement. Bringing in auto-enrolment is potentially wasteful, if the government later goes down the mandatory route anyway, it said. The recommendation is among the conclusions from a working party on pensions policy set up by the society in March 2013. The aim was to join the debate on whether a mandatory system was better than other methods, such as auto-enrolment, to complement the state pension. The society said it knew auto-enrolment might seem more palatable than a mandatory system in the current economic environment in Ireland. “However, in our view, a mandatory system is superior to an auto-enrolment regime for a number of reasons,” it said. A mandatory regime was a more effective way of increasing private pensions coverage than auto-enrolment, it said, citing international experience. Also, a mandatory system should be easier to run since there will be no opt-out and opt-in issues, it said. “Establishing the more complex system of auto-enrolment and subsequently introducing the mandatory regime could potentially be a waste of resources,” it added. Because it would take at least five years to bring a mandatory scheme into operation, the society said there was a need to move ahead quickly with decision-making and planning. Last April, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said in a review of Ireland’s pension system that making it compulsory for private workers to establish a pension was the cheapest and most effective approach to increasing coverage of private pensions. It said Ireland and New Zealand were the only OECD countries that did not have a mandatory earnings-related pillar to complement the state pension at basic level.
Alan Rubenstein, chief executive of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, has joined the supervisory board of Robeco, according to the Dutch asset manager.Rubenstein, who joined the lifeboat scheme in 2009 after two years as head of Lehman Brothers’ Pensions Advisory Group, will chair Robeco’s investment committee and also sit on its audit and risk committee while retaining his role at the PPF.He has previously worked at Scottish Widows, BZW Asset Management and Lucas Varity Fund Management.He spent eight years at Morgan Stanley, working as its European head of pensions, before departing for Lehman Brothers two years before the bank collapsed. He was then hired in 2009 to replace Partha Dasgupta, the PPF’s second chief executive, but prior to his appointment also acted as vice-chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, chairing the association’s investment council.In his time at the PPF, Rubenstein has put in place a plan for the lifeboat fund to be self-sufficient by 2030, worked with the NAPF to launch the Pensions Infrastructure Platform and is currently working on a new pensions insolvency model, replacing the current one based on Dun and Bradstreet scores.
Partners Group has bought a real estate portfolio in Finland and Sweden for €300m at a discount on the secondary market.The Swiss private market investment manager acquired the retail and office properties from investors in a fund managed by Nordic investment manager Niam.The 380,000sqm portfolio, built up in 2006-07, comprised the remaining assets in Niam Fund III.The fund will be wound up, but Niam will continue to manage the properties with Partners Group. Fund manager Urban Ehrling said he was leaving Niam following the transaction.Partners Group said it “provided an off-market solution, allowing an exit for investors and time to maximise the value creation potential of all remaining assets over the next 3-5 years”.Fabian Neuenschwander, vice-president in real estate secondaries, said: “The Finnish and Swedish real estate markets will continue to perform well in the coming years, and we see this transaction as a unique opportunity for our clients to benefit from this development.”As part of the deal, done in June and July, Partners Group was involved in negotiating the refinancing of all the portfolio’s existing debt facilities, as well as the buyout of minority shareholders and joint-venture partners.It was also involved in preparing a mezzanine facility in the capital structure of one of the investments at preferential terms.Niam said it would work with Partners Group over the next few years to execute a strategy for generating value in the properties.Pekka Salakka, senior director at Niam, said: “Niam is very familiar with these properties because we have been successfully operating these assets since the build-up of the portfolio.”Partners Group has made a number of transactions on the secondary market in recent years.Last month it said it bought 31 investors out of the $1bn (€776m) troubled Chinese property fund Trophy Property Development.
National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) Corporation chief executive Tim Jones is to stand down at the end of the year after eight years in charge of the auto-enrolment vehicle.Jones was appointed in October 2007 as head of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), the government body charged with delivering NEST – an auto-enrolment master trust with a public service obligation to accept all employers.PADA was renamed NEST in the build-up to auto-enrolment, and its only chief executive will now leave to develop a digital financial product in a throwback to his career prior to joining the organisation.Jones said the development of the digital product had been an ambition and that he hoped his long notice period demonstrated his commitment to the master trust’s success. Before joining NEST, Jones was head of retail banking at NatWest and chief executive of Modex, Purseus and Simpay – banking and mobile payment financial software firms.As chief executive, he was key in delivering the trust that opened its doors to new members as auto-enrolment began in October 2012.NEST now has close to 2m members with more than £330m (€446m) in assets.The organisation said it was commencing its recruitment drive for a successor immediately and hoped to have someone in place by the time Jones stepped down.Otto Thoresen, the recently appointed chairman at NEST, praised Jones for his “fantastic” work in leading the body.“He has successfully taken NEST from the early stages of development through to the first key stages of delivery and established NEST as an integral part of auto-enrolment in the process,” he said.Thoresen was appointed chair of the trust after Lawrence Churchill stepped down earlier this month after five years in the role, overseeing the launch of auto-enrolment alongside Jones.
The UK High Court has ruled in favour of The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in the first judicial review of the latter’s approach in relation to automatic enrolment.The case concerned the position the TPR took in relation to peripatetic workers, such as seafarers and airline pilots.It was brought by Fleet Maritime Services (Bermuda) (FMSB), a company that employs seafarers who work on ships owned by Carnival, such as P&O Cruises and Cunard.In July 2014, TPR effectively ordered FMSB to auto-enrol qualifying employees, setting out its approach and guidance in a compliance notice to the company. FMSB challenged this with TPR, but, in September 2014, the regulator affirmed its decision, prompting the employer to seek a judicial review of the decision.FMSB argued that many of its UK staff were not covered by the Pensions Act 2008, as they worked in international waters and could not be said to “ordinarily work in the UK”. TPR argued that the location of the workers’ base was the primary consideration and not their contracts.Shortly before Christmas, the UK High Court ruled that the regulator’s approach on peripatetic workers was correct and concluded that the “base test” and not the “contract test” was the most appropriate test to apply when establishing where such a worker “ordinarily works”.TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb welcomed the judgment, also noting that the judge made clear that “decisions of the regulator based on the assessment of particular facts are not ordinarily suitable for judicial review”.The High Court ruled in favour of the company in relation to those workers who regularly begin and end tours of duty in non-UK ports.
DG FISMA, Legal & General Group, ARC Pensions Law, Sackers, Pensions Management Institute, RWC Partners, OssiamDG FISMA – Jonathan Hill has resigned as European commissioner for financial stability in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Hill said he had agreed his departure as commissioner for financial stability, financial services and the Capital Markets Union with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, in discussions several weeks ago. Valdis Dombrovskis, a Commission vice-president for the euro, has assumed responsibility for Hill’s portfolio.Legal & General Group – Sir John Kingman has been appointed group chairman. He succeeds Rudy Markham, who has served as interim chairman since John Stewart’s retirement from the board on 1 June. Kingman has had an extensive Whitehall career, culminating as second permanent secretary of HM Treasury. He was also chief executive at UK Financial Investments, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Northern Rock.RWC Partners – Peter Clarke is to join the board as a non-executive director. Clarke serves on the boards of Lombard Odier and AXA UK, and he is chairman of Lancashire Holdings. He has had a career spanning more than 30 years, including six years as chief executive at Man GLG. ARC Pensions Law – The pensions law firm has appointed Anna Copestake as a senior associate, joining from Sackers. Kevin Le Grand has been appointed as a consultant. Le Grand, who is president of the Pensions Management Institute, has been working part-time as a consultant since October and now joins on a permanent basis.Ossiam – Johann Nicolle joined the smart-beta fund manager and Natixis Global Asset Management affiliate as portfolio manager and quantitative analyst in April.
At the end of December, total assets under management for the occupational pensions sector stood at €35.4bn, a reduction of 0.3% over the past year. The number of participants in the occupational system remained stable at just over 2m.For Spanish pension funds as a whole, the continuing shift away from domestic assets accelerated towards the year-end: they formed 57.2% of portfolios at end-December 2016, compared with 62.5% at end-September.Non-domestic holdings grew from 22.8% at end-September 2016 to 26.3% three months later.There was a similar shift from fixed income to equities during the final quarter of the year, although a large factor was the relative outperformance of equities over the period.Fixed income investments made up 54.3% of portfolios at the end of the year, down 3.3 percentage points since end-September. This compares with 27.2% invested in equities, an increase of 3.5 percentage points over September.Of this, 9.6% is in Spanish shares, with 17.6% in non-domestic shares.However, the biggest single component of pension fund portfolios – 29.4% – is still invested in Spanish government bonds, with a further 16.2% in dometic corporate bonds.David Cienfuegos, head of investment for Spain at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Clearly the trend is towards lower returns, and given the current state of the global economy, we believe it will be lower for longer.” He said the best-performing assets during 2016 for the firm’s Spanish pension fund clients had been the more illiquid ones such as private equity, infrastructure, and private debt. Clients using larger managers with global exposure also saw a boost to returns.Cienfuegos added: “More traditional asset classes had a difficult year, and in equities there were concerns about China’s slowdown, although the rally in the last few weeks of 2016 helped performance.”According to Cienfuegos, there is now a divide within Spanish occupational pension funds between those that have stayed within traditional asset classes, and those that have diversified into assets such as alternative credit and private markets.“We are now starting to see divergences in performance,” he said. “Those funds – generally the larger ones – who have done their homework and are diversifying into alternatives had returns around 4-5% in 2016, rather than the industry average of 2.7%.”Cienfuegos said that one of the main concerns in terms of risk management for his firm’s clients was currency exposure within global mandates, especially in US dollars.He said: “The cost of hedging has increased dramatically because of the divergence between US dollar and euro interest rates, with the difference of about 1.5% on any US dollar exposure.”Cienfuegos said large pension funds are now reviewing their currency hedging policies and considering how they can hedge without the increased cost.Meanwhile, preliminary estimates from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS) gave a more upbeat picture of performance, with a 3.6% investment return for Spanish pension funds over the 2016 calendar year.The PIPS covers a large sample of pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.Over the calendar year, within the sample universe equities outperformed fixed income by a wide margin. Non-euro-zone equities did best with a return of 14%, while euro-zone equities made 4.1%. Fixed income returned 2.8%.However, the month of December had seen an upsurge in euro-zone performance, with a 7.9% return for euro-zone equities, compared with 2.2% for non-euro-zone equities. Spain’s occupational pension funds made average returns of 2.74% over the 2016 calendar year, according to the country’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO).This compares with a 3.48% return for the 12 months to end-September, and is also lower than the 2.88% for calendar 2015.However, INVERCO pointed out that this performance was achieved in spite of the periods of uncertainty that dominated the markets throughout the year. Equities performed well towards the end of 2016, the association added.Average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds were 4.28% for the three years to 31 December 2016, and 5.76% for the five years to that date.
Lucerne, SwitzerlandMeanwhile, a joint study by researchers from Lucerne University’s Institute of Financial Services and the University of Basel’s Faculty of Economic Sciences confirmed the problem of cross-financing in the second pillar.“Today’s focus on secure pensions at a high level and the short-term obligations for interest rates and funding levels connected to it, which no longer match market environments, have to be questioned,” authors Yvonne Seiler Zimmermann and Heinz Zimmermann wrote.They emphasised that Pensionskassen “have to be able to invest in risky assets over the long term” to achieve higher returns.A second paper, by Swiss consultancy C-alm, also highlighted the potential of the second pillar but warned about too much flexibility for members, such as providing a free choice of Pensionskasse for individuals, which has been frequently discussed.The researchers argued that such “measures for liberalisation are breaking with the concept of an intergenerational risk pool”.They said this “would undermine a risk compensation and with it the possibility to take investment risks”.C-alm pointed out that risk taking and risk compensation needed an “appropriate level of collectivity and long-term perspective”.Both studies (in German) can be downloaded from the Asip, the Swiss pensions trade body.See the June edition of IPE for a country report focused on Switzerland. Pension promises made in the past cannot be adjusted under Swiss law, meaning older pensioners’ benefits are calculated using a higher Umwandlungssatz, or conversion rate. This rate determines how much of an individual’s total accrued pension they can receive every year.Newer pensioners receive considerably lower pensions from the second pillar and active members’ assets have to be used to fulfil all these promises.“Overall it can be noted that the systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with the changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments,” Pierre Triponez, president of the OAK, noted in his foreword to the supervisor’s annual report.He said there was need for action from the authorities on new legislation, especially after the pension reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 failed to get public approval last year in a national referendum.In its analysis of the financial situation of Swiss Pensionskassen, the OAK also noted that the long-term minimum interest rate granted stood at 2.75% – down from 2.97% in 2016. The technische Zins – the return assumed when calculating contributions – was lower at around 2.25% on average.The OAK expected more Pensionskassen to make adjustments to their parameters.Studies back up regulator’s fear Switzerland’s second-pillar pension funds are being forced to use assets accrued by people still working to pay current retirees’ pensions, according to the country’s pension regulator.“Systemic risks in the second pillar continue to increase with changes in the economic, financial and demographic environments”Pierre Triponez, president, OAKAround CHF7bn (€5.9bn) a year – roughly 1% of the total capital in the Swiss second pillar – must be taken from active members’ assets to pay for current benefits in Swiss Pensionskassen, the Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) said in its 2017 report.“This annual reallocation has reached critical levels,” the OAK warned.
A 30% cap on foreign currency exposure has hit Austrian Pensionskassen investment returns in recent years, according to consultancy Mercer.“The cap has limited the domestic pension funds considerably and lost them chances for additional returns,” said Michaela Plank, retirement expert at Mercer Austria.In a low interest rate environment in developed markets it was particularly important for institutional investors to seek returns in other areas of the world, she added.All existing investment caps for Austrian funds will be lifted when the country implements the EU’s IORP II directive, now scheduled for October. The necessary revisions to the Austrian law governing pension funds – known as PKG – was due to pass through parliament before summer but a technicality means it will have to wait till October.However, the Austrian pension fund association FVPK told journalists this week that the amendments, including the abolition of quantitative investment caps, would be agreed on by a majority. Andreas Zakostelsky, FVPKCredit: Franz HelmreichAndreas Zakostelsky, chairman of the FVPK, confirmed that the two coalition parties in the government, the conservative ÖVP and the far-right FPÖ, were “in full agreement” on the package.Regarding other amendments demanded by the IORP II, Austria had “almost no need for amendments”, he added. Most of the EU directive’s standards for transparency, information, governance and risk management are already part of the domestic legal framework.Mercer’s Plank also emphasised that Austrian pension funds already had the risk management in place to be given free rein regarding their investment allocations.Under the proposed amendment to the PKG, every pension fund would have to set down its own allocation guidelines, which would then be approved by the financial market supervisor FMA.Regarding reforms, however, the FVPK was much more excited about next year as the government promised a major tax overhaul. This is expected to include incentives for companies to set up pension plans and an improved tax treatment of additional member contributions.“The time is ripe for a balanced three-pillar pension system,” said Zakostelsky.He said the government had been “pleasantly clear” in its commitment to this goal when it published its agenda last year.So far, however, the coalition was more focused on other topics including Austria holding the rotating EU presidency until December.
Publica, Switzerland’s largest pension fund, has appointed Doris Bianchi as its new director, effective 1 November. She succeeds Dieter Stohler, who will leave the scheme on 30 September.Bianchi, who holds a doctorate in law, is currently personal adviser to Alain Berset, head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA). The department oversees mainly OASI (state pension) and health services matters.In her current role, Bianchi supports the head of the FDHA especially on issues relating to health policy and statistics.Prior to joining the Home Affairs Department, Bianchi was the executive secretary of the Swiss Trade Union Federation (SGB), where she was responsible for social security issues since 2011. She is an expert in the Swiss second pillar pension system, the occupational pensions, or zweite Säule. She chaired the board of the replacement occupational pension scheme Stiftung Auffangeinrichtung BVG, or Fondation Institution Suppletive LPP , and the security fund.The Kassenkommission, the highest institution at Publica with supervisory authority over the management team, is convinced that Bianchi is the right pick for the success of the pension fund, it said in a statement.Publica is an independent pension institution operating under public-law fund managing the assets of 20 Swiss public pension schemes – 13 of which are open and seven closed – which comes close to CHF41bn (€38bn) as of December 31, 2019. IIn a previous interview with IPE, the head of asset management at Publica, Stefan Beiner, said the fund was working on three timeframes depicting different scenarios to navigate the COVID-19 crisis.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
The Siemens Benefits Scheme has completed a £530m (€578m) buy-in transaction with Legal & General, securing the benefits of more than 2,000 UK retirees.The deal is the pension fund’s second such pension risk transfer transaction, but the first with Legal & General.The insurer, which announced the deal today, said the pension scheme had chosen an umbrella contract to allow for potential future transactions to be completed quickly and easily, when the time and market conditions are right.It also said the trustees ran an agile and flexible process, which allowed them to take advantage of favourable pricing opportunities in the market, and to move quickly to meet their objectives. Joanna Matthews, chair of the trustees, said: “Through careful planning, we were able to overcome the logistical and investment challenges posed by COVID-19 and complete this transaction at this time on very favourable terms. This is a fantastic outcome and I would like to thank all involved in the process.”The trustees were advised on the transaction by Aon and Sackers. Legal advice was provided to Legal & General by Eversheds.Karen Gainsford, principal consultant at Aon, said the scheme’s “nimble governance” was key to the firm having been able to secure attractive terms “so efficiently”.“It’s a great example of what will be needed throughout the remainder of 2020, as schemes seek to secure benefits in what is set to become a busy market once again,” she said.Legal & General has been working with the Siemens Benefits scheme for many years, and Legal & General Investment Management Limited helped to set up the liability-driven investment portfolio in 2008.Siemens’ deal is the latest in a series of bulk annuity transactions to be announced recently. Rothesay Life last week announced it had closed a £930m buy-in with Littlewoods Pensions Scheme last month, and a day later Legal & General Assurance Society disclosed a £70m buy-in with ICI Pension Fund.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
The beach is no doubt the star but the home makes the experience so much more luxurious. This was the hottest house in QLD this week at 9-11 Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach.LUXURIOUS Hamptons-style dream homes were the most viewed in Queensland this week, and they’re achingly beautiful. A jawdropping home that would not be out of place anywhere in the Hamptons was the most viewed home in the state this week, according to data from realestate.com.au. Heart palpitations anyone? Dubbed “the Gold Coast’s most admired beachfront home”, the property will make your heart race, but has unfortunately already gone under contract.That doesn’t seem to have stopped househunters and house dreamers from wanting to take a peek though, with the property continuing to see strong interest. Dramatic use of white in the kitchen. Stunning architecture. Little touches matter, like a small chandelier in the powder room. 473 London Road, Belmont Qld 4153 “This is the ultimate all year round entertainer’s home. Upon entering through the grand weatherboard frontage, the interior continues with timeless elements, polished ironbark timber floors, VJ walls, soaring ceilings, all combining to create a feeling of tranquillity and solitude,” was how they listed it. The home was built over a double block of 810 sqm, with the star of the show no doubt the location. The luxurious home and its breathtaking views give visitors a feeling of “absolute luxury”, according to agent Tony Velissariou of Tony V. The home’s easy elegance is breathtaking, with the owner John Potter having insisted on the design making the most of the very expensive beachfront location.It has five master bedrooms, a basement with parking for eight cars, a fully airconditioned gym, wine cellar, lift, and even a boxing ring and a 22 lap pool. “Visionary houses make it abundantly clear that architecture is not dead,” was how he listed it.The new home has design features like a sunken lounge, beautifully crafted stairwell, voids and vaulted ceilings. The property has six bedrooms, five bathrooms and a powder room, a climate controlled wine cellar, five car garage and 1,000 sqm under its roof. 44 O’Connell Parade, Wellington Point Qld 4160 Another Hamptons’ inspired home — this one in the waterfront suburb of Wellington Point — was the third hottest this week. The home has “commanding views over Moreton Bay” according to agents June Cranage and Ian Marshall of Ray White Wellington Point.The four bedroom, three bathroom, three car space home at 44 O’Connell Parade was on an elevated 1,241 sqm block with the upper areas designed to frame views across to the islands. Like a tropical dream. The second most viewed property this week was in Brisbane at 473 London Road, Belmont — a street notorious for making buyers swoon.This one was described as “architectural brilliance” by agent Michael Clarke of Ray White Bulimba who’s marketing the property for sale by tender, closing September 1 at 5pm. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The property has an in-ground pool. butler’s pantry, video intercom, double Tri-steel shed, outdoor fire pit and even a laundry chute. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK
The property is listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales.The Courier-Mail named Keighran as one of Queensland’s most inspirational people in 2016. Keighran was inspired by his grandfather, a World War II veteran, to join the army at just 17. He served his country for 11 years and was awarded the Victoria Cross in 2012 for action in Afghanistan in 2010.Today he is a consultant with Channel 7 and a Brand Ambassador with Australian Defence Apparel (ADA). The kitchen comes complete with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop.The couple purchased the home in 2014 for $590,000, according to CoreLogic and have it listed for sale with Pat Barrett of Barrett Property Sales for offers over $650,000. Owned by Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighan and his wife Kathryn, the low-set four-bedroom home is only eight years old.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoAnother zone ideal for relaxing is the airconditioned master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite featuring a double shower wit frameless glass and a his-and-her vanity.They haven’t skimped on the kitchen fit-out, with pendent lighting, stone benchtops, ample storage, including a double door pantry and stainless steel appliances, including twin drawer dishwasher and gas cooktop. One of the standout features is an outdoor entertaining area with pool, water feature and Bali-inspired pool cabana.The home ticks a lot of sustainability boxes, with three x 1500 litre water tanks and pumps and solar power.Other features at the fully fenced property include security screens and doors, remote access double lockup garage, separate laundry and NBN ready. Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, takes a phone photo of fellow VC recipient Corporal Daniel Keighran and wife Kathryn at Walker’s Ridge. Picture: David Caird.AUSSIE war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran and his wife Kathryn have listed their four-bedroom Nudgee home for sale. Aussie war hero and Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran. Photo: Claudia Baxter.One of its standout features is the rear relaxation zone, featuring a tiled and covered outdoor entertaining area and Bali-inspired cabana overlooking the pool and its feature waterfall.
Owners Toni and Chris Kennedy proudly display a sign that reads “Bonnie Doon” at the entrance to their Macadie Way home.It’s a nod to the 1997 Australian comedy-drama about the Kerrigan family’s fight to save their home from the compulsory acquisition of developers who wanted to expand the neighbouring airport. The owners say it’s their own slice of serenity.After more than a decade living on the 3.42ha property, the couple have decided to sell it so they can move closer to the water.It is listed on the market with a $2.895 million asking price.Mrs Kennedy said they bought it because her husband wanted space at home for his horses.Over the years, they have chipped away at renovating the three-bedroom, two bathroom house, which even has a “pool room”.“It was over 10 years, we just did bits and pieces as we could afford it,” Mrs Kennedy said.It is much more modern than the film’s holiday home but Mrs Kennedy said it was still a family home. The Gold Coast’s “Bonnie Doon” home at 73 Macadie Way, Merrimac.“WE’RE goin’ to Bonnie Doon”. It’s slightly bigger and much more modern than the holiday home made famous in Australian cult classic The Castle but this Gold Coast property promises the same sense of serenity. There’s plenty of land for horses. Imagine waking up to this every day.The family also had a holiday house in Bonnie Doon, Victoria, where they regularly went to enjoy the “serenity”.“How’s the serenity,” Darryl Kerrigan, played by Michael Caton, famously said in the movie.Mrs Kennedy said Bonnie Doon was where the family went to “be really happy”, and their beloved Merrimac home made them feel the same.“It was all about the serenity – that’s what this place is,” Mrs Kennedy said.“That’s our Bonnie Doon.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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It has three bedrooms. “The most important thing about that place is that it’s a family home,” she said.“It’s a beautiful home to live in – it’s light, bright, airy and comfortable.“My husband is broken hearted about leaving it behind, he loves the land as much as I love the water.”She said they were going to miss it.***TOP 10 QUOTES FROM THE CASTLE “Tell him he’s dreaming” – Translation: What to tell the bloke from the Trading Post asking way too much for jousting sticks or ergonomic chairs. “We’re going to Bonnie Doon. We’re going to Bonnie Doon” – Translation: The repetitive song you should sing when driving to Bonnie Doon. “How’s the serenity? So much serenity” – Translation: What to say when you’re feeling calm and content. Or you just like saying the word serenity. “Dale dug a hole. Tell ‘em Dale” – Translation: Dale dug a hole. His dad was pretty proud. “Suffer in your jocks” – Translation: A scornful phrase to tell another person after victory. E.g. Perfect for saying to the opposing counsel after winning a court case. “It’s not a house. It’s a home” – Translation: When a property is built with more than bricks and mortar – it’s built with memories and love. “It’s the vibe of it. It’s the Constitution. It’s Mabo. It’s justice. It’s law. It’s the vibe an ah, no that’s it. It’s the vibe. I rest my case” – Translation: How not to win a court case. “What doyou call this?” “Chicken” – Translation: The excited phrase to say at the start of every meal, regardless of what’s in front of you. “Dad reckoned that fishing was 10% brain and 95% muscle. And the rest was just good luck” – Translation: Pretty self-explanatory. If you don’t get it, maybe you’re missing out on the 10% brains part. “This is going straight to the pool room” – Translation: I’m so chuffed with this thoughtful present, I’m putting it on display for all to see.(Source: Screen Australia) *** ”How’s the serenity?”
Hiding behind this walled petition in the ensuite is the shower cubicle.“There is no glass anywhere, no shower screen, it is very easy to keep clean,” Mrs Moroney said.“And we only discovered that after living here.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe property is being sold by Burton & Ryan Property Agents — Grange and private inspections are welcome.The two-storey house on a 405sq m block originally attracted them because of its generous-sized bedrooms and proximity to the city and airport. But we think the walk-in wardrobe is the most impressive room in the house.Downstairs there is a large island bench in the kitchen, with a glass window instead of a splashback to open side views of the garden, as well as the rear view across the patio to the inground pool and hedges beyond. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES The master bedroom is large at 5.2m x 3.8m.Their son was 17 and daughter 20 when they moved here, and the upstairs bedroom configuration has helped give everyone personal space.There is a sitting area leading to the master bedroom at one end of the house, and at the other end, two bedrooms open out to a retreat with access to the front balcony. This is the only five-bedroom house for sale in Kedron at the moment.IT’S only 7km to the Brisbane CBD and almost a quarter of the population is preparing to return to school tomorrow, but this Brisbane suburb currently has only one five-bedroom house for sale.Kedron is a professional hub in Brisbane whose population grew 8.6 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census periods. In the last 10 years, the number of five-bedroom houses to sell each year has ranged from three to 18 according to CoreLogic property data and so far this year, five five-bedroom house have sold.But on realestate.com.au there is only one five-bedroom house currently for sale in Kedron, and that makes 42 Moree St, Kedron a rare but very valuable proposition for families wanting a spacious home in this part of the city.For Julie and Sean Moroney and their two children, space and cleverly designed bathrooms have been standout features.And if they decide to build when they move to Melbourne, recreating the bathrooms they have come to love over the past four years will be a top priority. The open-plan living area which continues out to the patio.“I’m in the kitchen now with my laptop set up on the bench, this is a place I always come to, I might be reading the paper or on the laptop.“We’ve got four bar stools here but you can fit another one in.”
They’re only a short walk to the beach. Both properties have been owned by a local dentist for 25 years. MORE NEWS: Top five properties made for horse lovers Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoOne property is a house and the other is a duplex. They have a combined footprint of 810sq m. Professionals John Henderson Real Estate partner Luke Henderson was marketing the sites with Matt Maguire.He said the properties with a combined 810sq m footprint offered a rare opportunity to buy in the exclusive beachside suburb.“For those people wishing to build a substantial family home with room for a backyard or a swimming pool in Mermaid Beach, the opportunities to secure a suitable site are few and far between,” said Mr Henderson.“And with these particular properties, the appeal is even greater because they sit exceptionally close to the beach.” Both Mermaid Beach properties at 7 and 9 William St have hit the market, offering house hunters a rare opportunity in the area.HOUSE hunters and investors are being offered a rare opportunity to snap up two neighbouring Mermaid Beach properties metres from the sand and surf.The duplex and shack at 7 and 9 William St have hit the market with the option of buying them together or separately.Gold Coast dentist Barry Young has owned the residences for 25 and 21 years respectively and decided it was time to sell them as part of a restructure of his investments. They will go under the hammer together but can also be purchased separately. All three residences are rented out for more than $300 a week each.The duplex at No. 7 includes a three-bedroom unit, which is rented for $330 a week, and a two-bedroom unit, which is rented at $310 a week.The trendy beach shack at No. 9 has three bedrooms and is rented for $440 a week.Both sites will go under the hammer at the agency’s Spring Auction Spectacular on September 10 at the Mermaid Beach Bowls Club. Mr Henderson said they would initially go to auction together but could be purchased separately. MORE NEWS: Extravagant castle going under the hammer
Israel’s Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, both subsidiaries of Delek Group, have completed the previously announced merger.The two companies on Wednesday received a merger certificate from the Registrar of Partnerships, thus fulfilling all the preconditions for the merger to take place.The companies have said the aim of the merger is “simplifying the holding structure.”Following the merger, the merged entity will continue operating under the Delek Drilling name, while Avner, formed in 1991, will cease to exist.Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration, prior to the merger, have held stakes in large Israeli gas fields – the producing Tamar, and Leviathan – Israel’s largest gas discovery, and Aphrodite in Cyprus.According to Reuters, the newly merged company will start trading next week, and will have a market value of $4.4 billion.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Oil company Lundin Norway has declared its third option to extend the existing contract of the Ocean Rig-owned semi-submersible rig, Leiv Eiriksson. In addition, Ocean Rig has granted Lundin two additional options to drill further wells in the future, the driller said on Monday.As a result of these developments, the rig now has firm employment until at least the end of September of 2017 and should Lundin exercise its additional seven one-well options, currently un-declared, the rig could be employed until the first quarter of 2019, the rig owner noted.The total expected revenue backlog, including all the optional wells, is expected to be $85 million.George Economou, Chairman and CEO of Ocean Rig, commented: “We are grateful for the support of our major customer in Norway and subject to the successful restructuring look forward to extending this relationship in the long-term.”To remind, the driller at the end of March filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in a United States court amid a prolonged downturn in the offshore drilling market.Earlier on Monday, Lundin was granted a drilling permit for another Alta appraisal well to be drilled with the Leiv Eiriksson rig.The 2001-built semi-sub has been working for Lundin offshore Norway since last year. Before the contract started, the rig prepared for Barents Sea operations at Westcon Yards in Ølen, Norway.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Oil and gas operators in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico are securing their offshore facilities and evacuating non-essential personnel due to Tropical Depression 16. BP said in an update on Wednesday it was closely monitoring Tropical Depression 16 to ensure the safety of its personnel and operations in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.“With forecasts indicating the system likely to strengthen as it moves to the north, we are now taking additional steps to respond,” the the oil major said.BP has begun securing offshore facilities and evacuating non-essential personnel from the Thunder Horse and Na Kika platforms and the Seadrill-owned West Vela drilling rig in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.Located 150 miles southeast of New Orleans and in 6,050 feet of water, the Thunder Horse platform was designed to process up to 250,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. This is the third time in less than a month for this offshore platform to be evacuated. Namely, the Thunder Horse platform was also evacuated in early September due to Hurricane Irma and then later that month after a power outage.Before Irma, a number of oil and gas operators were forced to secure their facilities and evacuate offshore staff in August due to Hurricane Harvey.Servicing multiple fields, the Na Kika platform is located 140 miles southeast of New Orleans in 6,340 feet of water. It was designed to process up to 130,000 barrels of oil and 550 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.“Safety is our top priority and we will continue to monitor weather conditions closely to determine next steps,” BP concluded. No impact on Shell’s production Shell also said on Wednesday it was monitoring Tropical Depression 16. “As a precautionary measure, we are minimizing the number of people working offshore at our assets in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and are taking steps to safely secure our facilities in preparation for potentially severe weather. There are currently no impacts to our production or drilling operations,” Shell added.“Shell works closely a leading weather forecasting organization to model where a storm system is most likely heading and how strong it will be so we can take necessary and effective steps to keep our people, the environment and our assets safe,” said Phil Smith, Shell’s Manager for Emergency Management in the Americas.According to information at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) on Thursday, Tropical Depression #16 is forecast to become a tropical storm later on Thursday.In its 48-hour outlook on Thursday, the NHC said: “At 200 AM EDT (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Depression Sixteen was located near latitude 13.0 North, longitude 83.0 West. The depression is moving toward the northwest near 6 mph (9 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue this morning. A north- northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is forecast to begin later today and continue through late Friday.”“On the forecast track, the center of the depression should move across northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras later today and then over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday. The center is expected to approach the coast of the Yucatan peninsula late Friday. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 km/h) with higher gusts. The depression is forecast to strengthen to a tropical storm before it moves inland over northeastern Nicaragua. Additional strengthening is likely over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Thursday night and Friday.”Offshore Energy Today Staff
The Hague-based LNG giant Shell said on Wednesday that it will sell its stake in the Bongkot gas field and adjoining acreage offshore Thailand to PTT Exploration & Production (PTTEP) for $750 million before tax.The transaction is expected to complete in the second quarter of 2018, Shell said in its statement.“Shell’s decision to divest remains driven by our strategy to sell non-core assets in order to re-shape Shell into a simpler, more resilient and focused company. This sale takes Shell a step closer to its divestment target of $30 billion,” it said.The agreement is for Shell’s stake in Blocks 15, 16 and 17 and Block G12/48. Following the completion of this transaction, PTTEP’s stake in Bongkot will increase to 66.6667%, with the remaining 33.3333% owned by Total. PTTEP is the current operator of Bongkot.
Magseis has expanded its global operations and relocated its head office to Lysaker, Norway, effective April 09, 2018.Per Christian Grytnes, acting CEO said: “The new offices enable all Magseis Oslo based staff to work from the same premises. We are expanding our global operations and the new headquarters will support efficient implementation of Magseis growth plans.”In addition, the company has recruited CFO and SVP Sales & Marketing who have now started with Magseis.Tom Henrik Sundby, CFO has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and management positions. He came from the position as finance director of BerGenBio.Previously, he was based in Dubai, UAE, where he held the position as CFO of Polarcus for 8 years.Sundby holds a Master of Business Administration degree with Honours both from BI Norwegian Business School and ESCP, France.Furthermore, Andrè Bjørvik, SVP Sales & Marketing, with 15 years of seismic industry experience, primarily within sales and marketing, has joined the team. He has for the last 10 years worked in PGS, where he has been leading the Europe sales division while based in Oslo and London.Bjørvik holds a Master in Geology from University of Oslo.
Unmanned Survey Solutions’ new Accession Class unmanned surface vessels (USVs) have been given the green light following the funding from Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).The Accession Class USV is built for use in offshore operations, particularly offshore wind farm seabed mapping, offshore wind farm turbine inspections using a UAV launched and recovered from a USV, enforcement activities by Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, environmental mapping on intertidal areas and monitoring of marine mammals.James Williams, director at USS said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re delighted to receive support from the Marine-i Marine Challenge Fund to be able to develop our own offshore renewables class vessel. We’re now looking forward to working with project partners to finalize the Accession Class USV specifications.”The 4.5 meters Accession Class USV will be a robust marine autonomous multi-role USV with integrated airborne drone capabilities, the company said.It will work as a force multiplier with a mother vessel and will integrate a variety of payloads including the launch and recovery of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
MMT said it has secured 10 new subsea survey and inspection projects within the offshore wind, renewable energy and oil and gas industry.The contracts, won in the past two months, are for old and new clients such as Siccar Point Energy, Equinor, Perenco, SSE, Örsted, Vattenfall, GreenLink Interconnector, National Grid, Wintershall and BP Trinidad.Some of the contracts are in joint collaboration with MMT’s Norwegian partner Reach Subsea.The Swedish subsea survey specialist noted it will deliver its survey solution Surveyor Interceptor ROV in several projects this summer and autumn.
UK’s Subsea 7 has been awarded two contracts by BP for the Azeri Central East (ACE) project in the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli (ACG) field in the Caspian Sea offshore Azerbaijan in a water depth of approximately 140 meters.The Central Azeri PlatformSubsea 7 said on Monday that the two contracts together represent a sizable contract award, which means the value is between $50 million and $150 million.The work scopes comprise engineering and fabrication of subsea structures, engineering, transport and installation of spools, the launching of a 16,200 tonne jacket and the float-over of an 18,500 tonne topside.The company said that the contracts would be executed in consortium with BOS Shelf, which would be responsible for the fabrication, logistics and facilities support. Engineering work will start immediately from Subsea 7’s office in France and offshore execution is expected to take place in 2021 and 2022.Gilles Lafaye, Subsea 7’s Vice President Africa Region, said: “This project reflects our long-term relationship and early engagement with BP Exploration and builds on our Life of Field activities in Azerbaijan.”It is worth reminding that BP awarded key contracts for the the ACE project in the Azerbaijan’s sector of the Caspian Sea earlier in September.The consortium consisting of BOS Shelf LLC and Star Gulf FZCO was awarded a contract for the fabrication of the jacket for the ACE platform and skirt piles. The value of this contract is around $260 million. The scope of work includes shop and erection engineering, rolling of tubulars, fabrication and assembly of the jacket and skirt piles, commissioning of installation systems, load-out and sea-fastening of the facility.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) said it has provided 200 days of operational expertise in the region to date in 2019.The projects have included several work scopes for Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering (WJH) at offshore windfarm sites in Taiwan.JFSE’s Twin R2000 spread has been mobilised for more than 300 days in the past two years, supporting WJH’s efforts on major Taiwanese energy projects.Bruce Lee, director at WJH, said: “JFSE has become a trusted partner in our work. We have a very collaborative relationship developing solutions which streamline the excavation element of our projects.”These projects have included trenching and deburying cables at Formosa 1, near Miaoli on the west coast of Taiwan – a 130MW windfarm that is the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, JFSE’s SP6000 and LARS system has provided trench maintenance and remedial post trenching services at a remote site in Papua, Indonesia as part of a major project to increase the total capacity at a gas liquefaction plant. The team recently returned to the site and is currently providing operational supporting to assist the client with another work scope.JFSE’s T8000 is preparing three areas of seabed for jacket leg installation in Malaysia and will soon be mobilising to assist with a pipeline repair project elsewhere in the region.More than 200 operational days in Asia Pacific are already contracted for the remainder of 2019 across a number of project sites.Richard Beattie, regional director at JFSE said:“The Asia Pacific market is enjoying a strong period with the extension of oil and gas sites and the growth of the renewables industry. We have been working in this region for many years and have tools based in multiple strategic locations so are well-placed to respond to the needs of new and existing clients.”
NZ Herald 28 May 2012Two MPs from opposing parties, National’s Nikki Kaye and the Greens’ Kevin Hague, have joined forces to develop a bill that would legalise adoption by gay couples. The National Party’s northern regional conference in Auckland at the weekend passed a remit in closed session supporting adoption by couples in a civil union. The party’s national conference in July is expected to debate a gay adoption remit, although such a matter would be a conscience vote in Parliament. It is possible that the Government could pick up the work Ms Kaye and Mr Hague are doing on adoption and surrogacy laws as a Government measure, while making some of the controversial issues a conscience vote. Prime Minister John Key told the Herald yesterday the passage of the remit reflected the changing face of the National Party.….The two MPs are drafting legislation to amend the Care of Children Bill 2004 based on a previous Law Commission report that looked at guardianship and adoption. The measure should be ready in a few months, Ms Kaye said, and would be a private member’s bill in her name or Mr Hague’s. It was a complex piece of work and there would be about 40 policy decisions. Some would be controversial, including the age of adoption, adoption by same-sex couples, adoption by single people, Maori adoption practices and issues relating to surrogacy. Labour list MP Jacinda Ardern has a bill in the private members’ bill ballot that would require the Law Commission to rewrite the law to allow gay couples to adopt.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10808932Gay adoptions not a priority – PMNZ Herald 28 May 2012Prime Minister John Key said it wasn’t a top priority for the Government to promote a Bill legalising adoption by gay couples. Mr Key said he would vote for any Bill to progress to the Select Committee stage but would not confirm if he would vote for the bill to move further. “My own personal opinion is the issue of gay adoption is not hugely significant issue and it’s not because it doesn’t matter to those couples who might want to adopt children, but the truth is less than 200 non-family adoptions take place in New Zealand at the moment.” He said in the current economic climate it was not a priority for the Government.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10809120
The politicians told us the anti-smacking law was not about banning smacking, yet CYF choose a different approach. Did the politicians mislead us, or are CYF a law unto themselves? Perhaps both apply.WATCH this 5-minute clip and judge for yourself! “They came to me for help… It’s devastating to be put in this place that I can’t have my own grandchildren.” Hannah (Grandmother) This fifth short clip is this week’s example of “10 Good Reasons to Change the Anti-Smacking Law.” It’s the evidence that politicians and the media don’t want you to see. It’s the evidence John Key asked for – but won’t watch. So take a couple of minutes to watch and judge for yourself. To see ALL the evidence, go to our updated and new look website www.protectgoodparents.org.nz . You can view the full documentaries “Mum on a Mission” (2014) and “My Mummy’s A Criminal” (2011).It’s time we held the politicians to account on a failed law which is doing more harm than good. It’s time the politicians listened to YOU! WHERE DO THE POLITICAL PARTIES STAND?Go to www.valueyourvote.org.nz
MercatorNet 1 July 2015A New Zealand organisation promoting the natural family has won a decision from the country’s High Court that its political activities do not necessarily disqualify it as a charity.Justice Collins ruled that Family First NZ’s advocacy of the traditional family makes it similar to “organisations that have advocated for the ‘mental and moral improvement’ of society” – that is, one of the classic types of charitable activity.Family First was granted charitable status by the then Charities Commission in May 2007 but was served notice of deregistration by the Charities Board, which replaced the commission, in September 2012 during the run-up to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in April 2013.In fact, the Charities Board confirmed its decision to deregister Family First just two days before the gay marriage law was passed. The juxtaposition of events made it very clear that the family group’s public campaign to preserve traditional marriage was the deciding factor in the Board’s decision.Today’s decision from the Supreme Court allows an appeal by FFNZ against its deregistration, and orders the Charities Board to reconsider its move against the group. It follows a similar appeal won by Greenpeace NZ last August after the Charities Board ruled its purposes, like those of the family advocates, primarily “political” rather than “charitable”.However, a majority of the Supreme Court in the Greenpeace case ruled that an organisation with charitable purposes could also have political purposes, depending on the objectives being advocated and the means used to promote those objectives.Greenpeace and Family First make unusual bedfellows but taken together their appeals amount to a breakthrough for many charitable groups, as FFNZ national director Bob McCoskrie pointed out:“This decision is a victory for the many charitable groups – both registered, deregistered and wanting to be registered – who advocate for their causes, beliefs, and supporters and often have to engage in political activity, not always through choice but through necessity. It is a victory for open robust debate on issues that affect families.”(Among the currently registered are groups that opposed FFNZ during the gay marriage debate – without incurring the displeasure of the Charities Board.)In his decision Justice Collins said that the Charities Board should take into account the Greenpeace ruling – and his own – when deciding FFNZ’s status, and should not be influenced by whether or not board members actually like the family group’s views (as, clearly, they do not): In this respect, I believe there is force to the submissions of Mr McKenzie QC, counsel for Family First. He argued that Family First’s purposes of advocating its conception of the traditional family is analogous to organisations that have advocated for the “mental and moral improvement” of society. In recognising the strength of Mr McKenzie’s submission, I am not suggesting the Charities Board must accept Family First’s purposes are for the benefit of the public when it reconsiders Family First’s case.I am saying, however, that the analogical analysis which the Charities Board must undertake should be informed by examining whether Family First’s activities are objectively directed at promoting the moral improvement of society. This exercise should not be conflated with a subjective assessment of the merits of Family First’s views. Members of the Charities Board may personally disagree with the views of Family First, but at the same time recognise there is a legitimate analogy between its role and those organisations that have been recognised as charities. Such an approach would be consistent with the obligation on members of the Charities Board to act with honesty, integrity and in good faith.45The refusal of the Charities Board to review their decision against Family First straight after the Greenpeace case seems to indicate something other than good faith.“It is disappointing that it took a Judge to remind the Charities Board to recognise the precedent set in the Greenpeace case. When the Greenpeace case was decided, we asked the Charities Board to reconsider their decision to deregister us, but they refused to. This has cost both Family First and the taxpayer thousands of dollars in legal fees,” says Mr McCoskrie.“When a group who promotes the natural family as a fundamental social unit is deemed of ‘no public benefit’, you know a country is in deep trouble. The original decision to deregister Family First during the recent marriage debate was a highly politicised one.” http://www.mercatornet.com/conjugality/view/family-advocacy-can-be-political-and-charitable-rules-new-zealand-jud/16438
Radio NZ News 14 July 2015Nearly 12 percent of general practitioners surveyed by the magazine New Zealand Doctor say they have helped a terminally ill person die.But the New Zealand Medical Association says the survey does not reflect doctors’ views.Thirteen of the 110 GPs who responded to the survey by New Zealand Doctor and IMS FaxHealth said they had intervened to help a terminally ill and suffering patient to die.Nearly 41 percent of survey respondents said they had been asked to help end a patient’s life by relatives.There was a fairly even split on questions about whether doctors should help terminally ill people to die, and on whether a law change was needed.New Zealand Medical Association chair Stephen Child told Nine to Noon the survey did not represent the views of doctors on euthanasia.http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/278712/survey-doesn’t-show-doctors’-views-nzma
Doctors helping patients die as assisted death debate rolls onStuff co.nz 13 July 2015More than one in ten doctors have helped a patient die despite potentially breaking the law, a survey suggests.In a fax poll of general practitioners, conducted by magazine New Zealand Doctor and IMS Health, nearly 12 per cent of respondents said they had helped a patient die. About two out of five doctors also said they had been asked to help a patient die, although most had refused.The poll, reported in New Zealand Doctor was based on the responses from 110 doctors, which means about 13 doctors admitted to helping a patient die.It comes after terminally ill Wellington lawyer Seales’ high-profile court battle to seek legal clarification for doctors, allowing them to help terminally ill patients die at a time of their choosing without risking prosecution. Seales died of a brain tumour on June 5, living long enough to be told the judge in the case, Justice David Collins, had decided it was still against the law for doctors to help their patients to die.But the issue remains strongly contested and the poll suggested the medical community also remains divided. Of those surveyed, 45.5 per cent believed the law needed to change to legally protect doctors who helped terminally ill patients die, compared to 44.5 per cent who did not.Some doctors responding to the survey said even if they weren’t helping patients die, pain relief could effectively have the same outcome.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/70184652/Doctors-helping-patients-die-as-assisted-death-debate-rolls-on
Child & Family blog.com May 2016Family First Comment: “Mothers with children conceived by multiple partners were more likely to be depressed both around the birth of the child and two years later…“Depression around the birth of the child correlated with the degree of involvement of the biological father.Women with children by multiple partners are more likely to experience stress and depression compared with mothers whose children share the same father.Paula Fomby at the University of Michigan looked at 3,366 families included in the Fragile Families Child and Wellbeing Study. The families included children who were born between 1998 and 2000 in a number of US cities.Fomby compared mothers who went on to have another child by a new partner within the next three years with mothers who had another child with the same partner or who had no further children.Mothers with multiple partners were likely to receive less social support and less child support from the biological father. Children were likely to have less contact with their biological fathers, and the relationship between the mother and the biological fathers was likely to be poorer.Mothers with children conceived by multiple partners were more likely to be depressed both around the birth of the child and two years later. A mother of a three-year-old with another child by a different partner was 43% more likely to have had a major depressive episode in the past year compared to women who had no further children.Fomby found that depression around the birth of the child correlated with the degree of involvement of the biological father. Two years later, the main correlation was with what Fomby calls “boundary ambiguity” in the family, such as the presence of the new partner’s earlier children in the household and family activities involving both biological and step-father at the same time.READ MORE: https://childandfamilyblog.com/women-multiple-partners/
NewsTalk ZB 9 May 2016Family First Comment: And legalising euthanasia would simply make it worse.We’re being told not to forget about the older community in a bid to prevent elderly suicide.Elderly suicide is set to be discussed at a mental health conference attended by psychiatrists from New Zealand and Australia today.Spokesperson for counselling service Relationship Matters Steve Taylor said elderly people often go into care and get visits from family once every couple of weeks.He said this can make them feel lonely, helpless and without purpose.“The more that a person loses their sense of hope and purpose then the less will they have to actually be able to contribute or go on living.”He said when people grow older some people assume they don’t have much use anymore.“They have a lot to contribute, particularly to the younger generation, and I think one of the key things we could do is have a situation where we could actually talk to a lot of people and say what is it that you would like to offer, what is that you would like to contribute and how can we help you do that.”READ MORE: http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/national/elderly-suicide-on-metal-health-conference-agenda/
NZ Herald 5 May 2019Family First Comment: Well said by John Roughan“By the time we come to the referendum we might be seeing what the “health approach” to methamphetamine and other drugs really means. It means implied approval, causing increased use and public liability for addiction. At that point we might decide the criminal law gives the best, cheapest and healthiest message after all.”#saynopetodopeCampaigners for legalising marijuana used to be amiable libertarians who asked for nothing more than the right to grow or buy their drug of choice and the freedom to smoke it without risk of prosecution as drinkers of alcohol can do.Anyone who thinks that is all they will be voting for at a referendum next year is going to be surprised when the Government announces some details of what is proposed, possibly today.The people who have been leading the campaign to legalise marijuana in recent years are definitely not libertarians. They probably don’t even smoke pot or anything else.They are puritans who regard all pleasurable drugs as a problem demanding tighter regulation and much more health treatment.The reason they give for wanting to decriminalise marijuana is that they believe the criminal law has failed to stamp it out and merely discouraged users from seeking the treatment they need.But just quietly, they are also excited by the prospect of designing a regulatory regime that may be applied to all drugs, especially alcohol. A “model drug law” it was called in a report produced by the NZ Drug Foundation for the 2017 election.It will be interesting to see how much of that report’s proposals have been adopted in the regime the Government will put to the referendum. One News has had a tip that a minimum purchasing age of 20 will be set for legalised marijuana.That, of course, was the age public health professors urged Parliament to set for alcohol when they attempted to reduce its availability in 2010. They have never accepted that defeat and will try again at some stage with a new Parliament.The Drug Foundation’s “model law” for marijuana goes much further than any restrictions the public health professors proposed to the previous Government for alcohol. Licensed outlets would be more strictly limited and be “as uninteresting as possible”.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12227735
Stuff co.nz 19 November 2019Family First Comment: There is plenty of help available for people who want to transition – but precious little for those who then change their minds. There is so little acknowledgement that not everyone who transitions remains aligned with the opposite sex that Keira cannot easily undo her gender recognition certificate, which leaves her as legally male; she would have to apply for another one to transition back to her birth sex. “There’s a lack of interest in detransitioner studies and outcomes and data, because it doesn’t really suit the people pushing this ideology to know about the bad outcomes.”Keira attended the Gender Identity Development Service at London’s Tavistock and Portman Trust, the only NHS facility for transgender young people.She says that when she was 16, after just three appointments, she was referred to an endocrinologist for puberty-blockers. Prescribed to “press pause” on puberty for children distressed by their developing bodies, the hormones do, however, carry health risks, including to bone density and cognitive development.For Keira, who had already started puberty, the effect was to halt future development and stop her periods. She then moved on to cross-sex hormones – testosterone for women transitioning, oestrogen for males – and appointments at the adult clinic at Charing Cross Hospital in London.Her voice deepened, she developed body hair and grew a beard. At the age of 21, she had her breasts removed. After realising her mistake, Keira had her last testosterone injection at the start of this year – yet she is still having to shave and is routinely mistaken for a man.It is not just a permanently lowered voice that is the legacy of Keira’s foray into gender reassignment, however. “I am so angry and I can’t see that going away,” she says. “Nothing was explored that may have better explained the way I felt about myself than that it must have meant I was born in the wrong body.”She describes an unhappy childhood, deeply affected by her parents’ divorce and her mother’s alcoholism, leading her to retreat into a world where being a boy felt like it offered escape.Now, she says, “I feel sick, I feel like I’ve been lied to. There’s no evidence for the treatments I’ve had, and they didn’t make me feel any better. It was maturity that did that.”Her view is echoed by Sue Evans, a psychoanalyst who used to work at the Tavistock and is now crowdfunding to bring a test case against the trust to establish that children cannot give their informed consent to what she describes as radical, experimental treatment.Evans will be speaking about her case at the Detransition Advocacy Network’s first event in Manchester at the end of the month. However, there is as yet no data on the number of people unhappy in their new gender, or those who are seeking to detransition.“I’m about the science, the research and evidence-based good practice in medicine,” says Evans. “And it just doesn’t exist when it comes to how we treat trans patients.“This has been moved out of the medical domain and has become political and ideological,” she adds. “But the problem is it absolutely is a medical issue, because you’re about to launch people on a pathway that chemically and medically interferes with the basis of their body, who they are and their identity.”There is plenty of help available for people who want to transition – but precious little for those who then change their minds.There is so little acknowledgement that not everyone who transitions remains aligned with the opposite sex that Keira cannot easily undo her gender recognition certificate, which leaves her as legally male; she would have to apply for another one to transition back to her birth sex.“There’s a lack of interest in detransitioner studies and outcomes and data, because it doesn’t really suit the people pushing this ideology to know about the bad outcomes,” says Evans.“Part of the trans message is, you’re the consumer, you make a choice about your gender and we will curate a body for you to fit in with your requirements,” she continues. “Detransitioners are the rejects who go into the seconds shop. They’re not the good examples from the production line of bodies that transition. In a sense, they’re the damaged goods no one wants to acknowledge.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/117553613/detransitioners-girls-who-became-boys-who-want-to-be-girls-again?fbclid=IwAR0hJua3FsJaxcmyGN3S-w4MLWKY7EG5k_FoVSExvIeVtwJJz3nkL2X-mEM
Sharing is caring! Share It is believed the bean sprouts were produced in GermanyNew data released in Germany strongly suggests that locally produced bean sprouts were, as suspected, the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.“It’s the bean sprouts,” said Reinhard Burger, head of Germany’s centre for disease control.Officials initially blamed the E. coli, which has killed 29 people, on imported cucumbers, then bean sprouts.In another development, Russia agreed to lift its ban on imports of EU fresh vegetables in return for guarantees.The Russian ban had compounded a crisis for EU vegetable-growers, with Spanish cucumber producers wrongly blamed for the contamination.Mr Burger, who heads the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters on Friday that even though no tests of the sprouts from a farm in Lower Saxony had come back positive, the epidemiological investigation of the pattern of the outbreak had produced enough evidence to draw the conclusion.The institute, he added, was lifting its warning against eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce, but keeping it in place for the sprouts.Some 3,000 people have been taken ill with the German outbreak of E. coli, which involves a previously unknown strain of the bacterium.Sufferers may develop haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) where bacteria attack the kidneys and nervous system, giving them fits and often forcing them on to dialysis.‘Hot lead’“People who ate sprouts were nine times more likely to have bloody diarrhoea than those who did not,” Mr Burger said.Germany’s top disease control official said the origin of the contamination was still believed to be the small organic farm in Lower Saxony which first came under suspicion at the weekend.“The links are ever clearer – it’s a hot lead,” he told reporters in Berlin, at a joint news conference with the heads of Germany’s federal institute for risk assessment and federal office for consumer protection.He said it was possible that all tainted sprouts had now either been consumed or thrown away, but he warned the crisis was not yet over.“There will be new cases coming up,” he said.“Thousands of tests carried out on tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce have proved negative,” he added.Lower Saxony agriculture minister Gert Lindemann said earlier this week that experts had found no traces of the E. coli bacterium strain at the Bienenbuettel farm but he did not rule it out as the source of the contamination.In an interview to be published in next week’s edition of Focus magazine, Mr Lindemann said some 60 of the people taken ill had eaten sprouts from the farm, which employs about 15 people.Contamination might have been caused by contaminated seeds or “poor hygiene”, he added.Ban to be liftedThe agreement to lift the Russian ban was announced after talks between top EU officials including the Commission chief, Jose Manuel Barroso, and Russian counterparts in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.“We are ready to resume the shipments under guarantees of the EU authorities,” President Dmitry Medvedev told reporters.Russia’s top food safety officer, Gennady Onishchenko, said Russia would lift its prohibition after receiving food safety guarantees from the European Commission.Mr Barroso said the EU would send a form for issuing food safety certificates to Russia in the next few days.According to the Commission, the total value of EU exports of fresh vegetables to Russia is 600m euros (£530m; $870m) a year, a quarter of the total exported.Spain, France, Germany and Poland are the biggest exporters.BBC News Share Tweet HealthLifestyle German tests link bean sprouts to deadly E. coli by: – June 10, 2011 27 Views no discussions Share
Share EntertainmentLifestyleLocalNews DHTA Launches Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook by: – January 17, 2020 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share 181 Views no discussions Adventurers and tourists will soon have a local tour guide right at their fingertips in the form of a new webpage from the Dominica Hotel Tourism Association.On Friday, Jan 17th the DHTA launched its ‘Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook’, a digital platform which enables the DHTA and stakeholders to share the Dominica experience with users.At the launch, president of the DHTA, Marvlyn James conveyed the uniqueness of the feature saying “It will be more of a guide book to make it easier for users to navigate and find information when planning vacations and things to do when on island.”She listed, “where to stay, culinary experiences, adventure, festivals, culture.”James says the portal will provide, “up-to-date information on how to get to Dominica from different source markets… It is very difficult to get to Dominica and a lot of travelers do not know what hubs to use.”Meanwhile, stakeholders who are interested in having their businesses listed on the online guidebook are able to register with the DHTA.The Experience Dominica Digital Destination Handbook will be made available by the end of March.DHTA Digital Guidebook
Share Sharing is caring! NewsSports West Indies squads for T20 & ODIs announced by: – May 30, 2011 Share Tweet ST JOHN’S, Antigua — The West Indies Cricket Board’s Selection Committee has named the following West Indies squads for the Digicel Pearls Twenty20 and the First and Second Digicel Pearls ODIs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.West Indies Squad for the Digicel Pearls Twenty20:Darren Sammy – CaptainChristopher BarnwellDevendra BishooDarren BravoAndre FletcherDanza HyattAshley NurseRavi RampaulAndre RussellMarlon SamuelsKrishmar SantokieLendl SimmonsWest Indies Squad for the 1st and 2nd Digicel Pearls ODIs:Darren Sammy – CaptainDwayne Bravo – Vice CaptainCarlton BaughDevendra BishooDarren BravoKirk EdwardsAnthony MartinKieron PollardRavi RampaulAndre RussellMarlon SamuelsRamnaresh SarwanLendl SimmonsSelection notes:1. Kemar Roach is being rested for the Trinidad leg of the West Indies v India Series 2011. It is expected that other players with heavy workloads will also be rested and rotated from time to time throughout the West Indies v India Series 2011 and moving forward.2. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are not eligible to represent the West Indies in T20 format as they did not take part in the last edition of the Caribbean Twenty20. (The WICB Selection Criteria outline that for a player to be eligible for selection to the West Indies team he must participate in the corresponding format of the game at the regional level.)3. Although he has been allowed to return to low intensity cricket in Trinidad, Adrian Barath is still undergoing rehabilitation and an assessment will be done during the Trinidad leg of the West Indies v India Series 2011. A decision on his return to international cricket will be taken following the assessment and it is hoped he will be available for the Digicel Test Series – West Indies v India.4. Chris Gayle will not be considered for selection to the West Indies team before an intended meeting with himself, the Selection Committee, the WICB Management and the West Indies Team Management. The Selection Committee views this meeting as necessary as a result of Gayle’s comments in a widely publicized radio interview in Jamaica.5. The Selection Committee is of the view that Jerome Taylor is required to play a full season of regional cricket in order to prove his fitness to compete adequately at the international level before being considered for selection.Caribbean News Now 29 Views no discussions Share
Share 16 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Anthony Scotland. (File photo)The Environmental Coordinating Unit wants shop keepers and food establishments to development a Rodent Control Program to eradicate the cases of Leptospirosis on the island.Chief Environmental Health Officer Anthony Scotland says 34 cases of Leptospirosis have been recorded so far for this year. “They should always design their shops to prevent rodents. The rats always find a way into these premises. Sugar and flour should be stored in sealed containers. During the night they should protect the sugar and flour containers. If the rodent problems persist, then the shopkeepers need to bait the rat. They must be killed. They also need to manage their scrap in an effort to starve the rats,” Scotland noted.Scotland is also advising persons to connect their waste water line unto the sewage system.“When the scrap goes into the public drain, food is being provided for the rats and also other animals,” he explained.Meantime, Anthony says a program to reduce the rodent population at Dominica’s Sea Ports is ongoing.“We have done rodent control programs in Portsmouth. Woodbridge Bay was the major hub, we have started a program at Longhouse and we are baiting and trying to protect the food that’s coming into the ports,” he said.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Calls for shopkeepers to develop Rodent Control Program by: – September 23, 2011 Share
Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Joanne Joseph receives hearing aids from Rotary Club and Ross University by: – September 27, 2011 29 Views no discussions Share Image via: hearingaids123.com. (not actual hearing aids donated)Hearing impaired Joanne Joseph is now better able to communicate with others, thanks to a generous donation of hearing aids from the Rotary Club of Dominica and Dr. Susan Kelley of the Ross University School of Medicine.The presentation was made at the Alpha Center in Goodwill this morning.President of the Dominica Rotary Club Ms Marvlyn Birmingham said Joseph has been waiting for more than a year to get hearing aids.“Today I am very pleased to present this set of hearing aides to Joanne. She has been asking about them every time I see her and I am so happy to be able to hand them over to her today,’ she told the small ceremony.Meantime Birmingham said the Rotary Club of Dominica has pursued many projects that impact the lives of people in Dominica.“For eighteen years the club has provided eye care in partnership with the Volunteer Optometry Services for Humanity popularity referred to as the VOSH team,” she said.According to Birmingham, the Rotary Club is also associated with a diabetic foot care training programme for health professionals.“The training is of three days duration and is expected to begin on October 24, 2011. This will be the first of two courses facilitated by international, regional and local personnel. An advance course will follow one year later but the ensuing months between the two courses will be spent in performing set clinical works and data gathering.’ she said.Dominica Vibes News
Ahead of that match, she said: “Of course, I will be supporting Italy on Tuesday. read also:Astana v Man Utd: Lingard ends goal drought after 307 days “Especially this year as we are not playing in the World Cup. My favourite player for Italy is Patrick Cutrone. I am friends with him. “For England it’s Jesse Lingard, and he is a friend of mine as well. “I hope to bring good luck with my lucky bum to my team, even though England have a great team. “And if the luck is not on our side, I wish for the goal to be scored by Jesse. “Jesse is a really good guy, down to earth and amazingly talented at what he does.” Meanwhile, Lingard’s ex Jena Frumes has shown him what he’s missing this month with a series of incredible bikini snaps. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Playboy model, Laura Bragato, has revealed pal Jesse Lingard has been texting her while in lockdown. Loading… Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had LeftPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Manchester United could reap the rewards of the midfielder’s antics as her bum is believed to be a good luck charm. The England ace has been keeping in touch with the stunning Italian model while he is stuck in self-isolation. Speaking to the Daily Star from her home in Italy, she said: “I spoke to Jesse yesterday, and he is staying home like the rest of us. “He is safe. In Italy we are all on lockdown, it’s been one month and I really hope everything is going to start again here. “I am taking care of myself, let the stress go, I do my beauty routine every day, I watch movies and cook good Italian food, that’s all. “When it’s over, I can’t wait to travel. I want to spend my summer in Spain and London.” Bragato claimed in 2018 that her “lucky bum” would help Italy beat England – but the matched ended 1-1.
“Probably, the IFFI could have a jointventure or undertaking with an organization already accredited,” Peñaredondosuggested. * community-based and sectoral-based,with project development and implementation track record of at least one year IDFI got Treñas’ ire in January thisyear for not inviting him to the festival. It was learned yesterday that IDFI wasseeking to renew its accreditation with the city government. The SP, however,was yet to act on its application. During the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s(SP) deliberation yesterday on IFFI’s application for accreditation, citycouncilors agreed to defer taking action after Councilor Eduardo Peñaredondopointed out that the foundation may not be able to meet the accreditationguidelines. But Peñaredondo may have misunderstoodDILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72, a former Commission on Audit (COA) Region6 official told Panay News. Also,the former official added, “If the city government wanted to release funds tothe participating public schools, then it has to observe the guidelinesprovided in COA Circular No. 94-013.” * reliability, as evidenced by thepreparation of annual reports and conduct of annual meetings duly certified bythe board secretary of the organization ILOILO City – A day after announcingthat the city government would be allotting a P25-million assistance to theIloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI) that has been tapped to handle the2020 edition of Dinagyang Festival, Mayor Jerry Treñas said yesterday nogovernment fund would be released to the foundation. After learning of the SP’s decision todefer taking action on IFFI’s accreditation, Treñas said, “The foundation willnot receive any funds from the city.” Accordingto the former COA official, “the applicable guidelines insofar as accreditationof nongovernment organizations, but necessarilyto be done by sanggunian, is COA CircularNo. 2007-01 as reiterated in COA Circular No. 2012-001.” “Itbears stressing that according to Item 2.3 (of the memo), its issuance intendedto cover accreditation for purpose of representation in the local specialbodies, not for joint venture implementation of projects,” according to theformer COA official who asked not to be identified. Treñas, however, said he wouldcontinue coordinating with the IFFI so that the Local Government Code and DILGrequirements would be met. In a previous interview, Treñas saidthat as an official of the city (he was the congressman then), he should havebeen invited and that the festival should have been spared from politics. Hewas then running against the incumbent mayor, Jose Espinosa III. The Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation, Inc.(IDFI) used to be the city government’s partner in organizing the annualDinagyang but in June this year Treñas announced a new foundation would beformed to manage the festival starting this January 2020. Item2.3 of the memo read: “This Memorandum Circular shall only involve theaccreditation process for civil society organizations for purpose ofrepresentation in the local special bodies.” The IFFI was organized only in Julythis year and its officers were inducted by Treñas only this Monday, Sept. 16,on the same day the mayor announced a P25-million city government assistance tothe foundation. It was during Treñas’ term as mayorfrom 2001 to 2010 that the private sector – the IDFI for that matter – wastapped asofficial managing partner of the citygovernment and the Parish of San Jose de Placer for the Dinagyang. DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-72released on May 22, 2019 listed the requirements for local governmentaccreditation of civil society organizations. Two of these were: Iloilo Festivals Foundation, Inc. (IFFI). IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “The IFFI is a new organization. It isimpossible to accredit it at this time. We would all be held liable forviolating the Local Government Code and the DILG memo circular,” Peñaredondowarned fellow councilors. Peñaredondo,meanwhile, stressed that IFFI could continueoperating and “help the city of Iloilo in whatever undertaking through amemorandum of agreement, but as far as funding this organization, it isprohibited.” The city government will releaseDinagyang money directly to the participating schools and festival-relatedactivities. The city mayor apparently overlooked arequirement set by the Local Government Code and Department of Interiorand Local Government (DILG). No fund could be released to civil societyorganizations not accredited by the local government unit. In deciding to drop IDFI, Treñas saidthere were people in the foundation he could no longer work with. He also said the IDFI had no ownershipor exclusive right over the staging of Dinagyang “kay ti iya ina sang pumoluyo sang syudad.” According to Peñaredondo, the IFFIlacked track record (at least one year) and financial records required by theLocal Government Code and DILG. During the Dinagyang 2020 launching onMonday, the IFFI bared 11 festival-related activities: Iloilo Dinagyang ArtFestival (Jan. 18 to 25), Ilonggo Food Festival (Jan. 23 to 26), Miss Iloilo2020 (Jan. 24), Tambor Trumpa Martsa Musika (Jan. 24), fluvial and solemnfoot procession (Jan. 24), Floats Parade of Lights (Jan. 24), fireworksdisplay (Jan. 24), Dinagyang sa Calle Real (Jan. 25), Festive Parade SponsorsMardi Gras (Jan. 25), religious sadsad (Jan.25), and Dinagyang 360° (Jan. 26)./PN
BACOLOD City – Police arrested adrunken man for possessing an unlicensed gun in Barangay Mansilingan. Police officers seized an improvisedfirearm and a shell of a 12-gauge shotgun from Planilla. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of Police Station 7./PN He was identified as 34-year-old AlanPlanilla of Barangay Vista Alegre, a police report showed. According to police investigation,Planilla started a commotion around 10 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Domiguez said then that POGOs operating in the country have unpaid taxes that already amounted to P21.62 billion. The Chief Executive initially ordered POGOs to settle their liabilities in 24 hours but changed it to three days during his television interview on Friday night. “They are now ordered to register with the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) and kumuha ng tag number,” Duterte said in an interview with the CNN Philippines. Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators was conceptualized to enable the government to capture a greater share of the growing, yet previously unregulated, online gaming pie. ABS-CBN NEWS “You better settle that utang or else gawin ko kayong pugo,” he added. “Huwag ninyong lokohin ang Pilipino kasi ang Pilipino hindi loko-loko.” Upon the order of Finance secretary Carlos Dominguez to shut down POGOs with tax liabilities, the BIR started its crackdown on POGOs last September. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has given the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) a three-day ultimatum to settle their tax liabilities. Latest BIR data showed that a total of P1.63 billion in witholding taxes was collected from POGOs and service providers from January to August this year. The bureau collected around P579 million in 2018 and P175 million in 2017./PN
November’s gangland attack on a remote stretch of road in northernSonora state killed three mothers and six children when their vehicles cameunder heavy gunfire then were torched. Two rival gangs, factions of the Sinaloa and Juarez cartels, are knownto fight over lucrative cross-border smuggling routes in the area. La Mora, like other northern Mexican settlements where relatives of thelarge families live, was founded decades ago by breakaway Mormon leaders whofled the US, seeking a safe haven for their beliefs.(Reuters) Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures as he speaks during his visit to the Mexican-American Mormon community in La Mora, Sonora, Mexico on Jan. 12. REUTERS/CARLOS JASSO President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador promised to keep relativesappraised of the investigation into the ambush carried out by cartel gunmen twomonths ago. LA MORA – Mexico’s president pledged on Sunday that those behind amassacre that killed nine members of a United States (US)-Mexican family ofMormon origin will be punished.
TEHRAN – Iran announced Tuesday itsfirst arrests over the accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger jet,as protesters vented their anger over the catastrophic blunder for a fourthconsecutive day. Nearly two weeks after the US killed atop Iranian commander in Iraq, tensions with the West increased further as EUcountries on Tuesday launched an arbitration process charging Tehran withfailing to observe commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal, prompting Iran to warnof unspecified “consequences”. Iranian students gather for a demonstration over the downing of a Ukrainian airliner at Tehran University on Tuesday, in a fourth day of protests in the capital. AFP The Ukraine International Airlines planewas brought down by a missile shortly after takeoff on Wednesday, killing all176 passengers and crew on board. (AFP)
SAN JOSE, Antique – All is set for thetwo-day medical mission at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASMGH)here slated Jan. 30 to 31. The Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose, Antique is ready for a two-day medical mission slated Jan. 30 to 31. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO PETINGLAY He said on the eve of the medicalmission, three doctors from the JRRMMC have arrived in the province to attendto the patients. Provincial information officer GalileoMagbanua on Wednesday said 12 patients would undergo major surgery while 28others are set for minor surgery. “Patients who will undergo majorsurgery have been admitted at the ASMGH already for their necessarypre-operation procedures,” Magbanua added. The “One-Time, Big-Time” medicalmission will be conducted by the joint medical team from the Jose R. ReyesMemorial Medical Center (JRRMMC) and the ASMGH. Aside from those who would undergomajor and minor surgeries, 11 other patients will undergo cataract operationwhile 70 others need dental assistance. “The dental patients will also begiven their needed dentures for free,” Magbanua said. Around 10 to 20 doctors from theJRRMMC were expected to arrive for this “One-Time, Big-Time” medical missionfor sick and indigent Antiqueños. “The three advance party doctors arespecializing in pediatrics, pathology and radiology,” Magbanua added. The free medical mission was organizedby Gov. Rhodora Cadiao and Lone District Rep. Loren Legarda. Cadiao said through this medicalmission, Antiqueños who could not normally afford to pay for their medicalbills could avail of the services of specialists for free.(With a report from PNA/PN)
A personnel of the Pavia Emergency Responders check the body temperature of motorists using a thermal scanner at a checkpoint in Barangay Ungka, Pavia, Iloilo last night. Iloilo province is under a “general community quarantine” against the novel coronavirus. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * DOH Region 6 would form atechnical working group to look into the improvised materials as alternativefor PPE ILOILO City – Beginning April 1Panay Island will be under an island-wide quarantine in an effort to shield itfrom the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As of yesterday, Panay Island andthe rest of Western Visayas remained free from COVID-19, reported theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6. The nearby island province ofGuimaras will also be quarantined. The Panay-wide quarantine untilApril 14 was agreed during yesterday’s emergency meeting of the RegionalDisaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) here headed by DirectorJose Roberto Nuñez of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Region 6. The unified rules and regulationsfor the border restrictions would be released before April 1, said Nuñez. * for the police to take thelead in patrolling borders and identified strategic areas But people should still observeprecautionary measures such as social distancing, among others, stressed Nuñez. For the meantime, each provincialgovernment would be observing the restrictions they imposed beginning yesterdayuntil March 31, said Nuñez. It was agreed that the people ofIloilo City and Guimaras could freely cross the Iloilo Straight but thatGuimaras should close its backdoor to block the entry of people from NegrosIsland. (There was one positive COVID-19 case in Negros Oriental; the patientdied on Sunday.) Also present at the meetingyesterday were NEDA-6 director Ro-Ann Bacal, Department of Interior and LocalGovernment regional director Ariel Iglesia, Department of Tourism regionaldirector Helen Catalbas, and Police Regional Office-6 director RenePamuspusan./PN Hopefully, he said, this periodwould be enough for persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the provinces to havebeen cleared. Also agreed yesterday were thefollowing: Yesterday’s RDRRMC meeting at theNational Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Region 6 office was attendedby governors Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo, Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, SamuelGumarin of Guimaras, FlorencioMiraflores of Aklan, and Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas who pushed for theharmonization of the border restrictions. To effectively do this, theprovincial governments of Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, and Capiz agreed to harmonizethe border restrictions they separately imposed beginning yesterday. * OCD Region 6 would request the3rd Infantry Division of Philippine Army for air assistance in transportingpersonal protective equipment (PPE) from the DOH central office to Region 6 Goods should also be able to movefreely within Panay and across Guimaras subject to quarantine inspections. * for the Philippine PortsAuthority to verify with its central office regarding the travel goods withoutcontainer vans Capiz’s Gov. Esteban EvanContreras was not able to attend the meeting. He was observing self-quarantinefollowing a trip to Manila on March 11. He sent a representative to themeeting. BY IME SORNITO and GLENDA TAYONA * for OCD to take the lead indisseminating information on border restrictions / community quarantine * for provincial disaster riskreduction and management offices to directly coordinate with the policeprovincial offices for checkpoints/patrol along borders of provinces and localgovernment units Harmonizing the rules aims to easethe inconvenience that the restrictions would bring on people, especially thosecrossing provincial boarders due to work and business, among others.
A Lieutenant and a soldier died during the fiercefirefight while another expired while being evacuated. Military choppers weresent to evacuate the wounded soldiers who are now recuperating in a hospital inthis capital city. Their names were still withheld as of this writing. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigadecommander, said troops of the 94th Infantry Battalion were closing in on theNPA terrorists, following reports of extortion activities in the said village,when an improvised explosive device detonated, inflicting immediate casualtiesamong the soldiers, followed by a firefight. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families ofour hero-soldiers who died fighting for the peace in Negros Island,” saidPasaporte. BACOLOD City – Three soldiers were killed and fourothers were wounded in an encounter with suspected News People’s Army (NPA)rebels yesterday morning in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, NegrosOccidental. He added that the Army will heighten its operationsto capture the NPA terrorists and stop them from sowing fear in thecommunities./PN “The soldiers are still pursuing the NPAs who wereseen dragging their dead and wounded comrades,” said Pasaporte, adding thetroops were deployed in the area to conductsecurity patrol during the distribution of the government’s social ameliorationprogram.
“This assertion is remarkably erroneous, lacks objectivity and scant in factual basis. Simply, a false narrative,” Andanar said. “NTC’s (National Telecommunications Commission) cease and desist order is an independent and impartial decision.”“Let us be reminded that President Duterte has accepted the apology of ABS-CBN Corporation and this thereby undermines any assumption that the President was behind NTC’s decision,” he added.ABS-CBN’s shutdown on Tuesday evening made international headlines as rights groups, lawmakers, and the general public decried the shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic.President Duterte had repeatedly threatened to block the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise, which expired on May 4, over unaired political advertisements during the 2016 elections.Late last year, President Duterte even urged the owners of ABS-CBN to just sell the company. But the Chief Executive accepted ABS-CBN’s apology over the issue of his unaired ad last February.“This is not an issue of press freedom but an issue regarding legislative franchise. Democracy, and the free press and free speech that come with it, is very much alive in the country and effectively protected,” Andanar said.“The mandate of a broadcast franchise issuance and renewal is within the authority of the Congress, and not solely of the President, who only signs the law to be executory,” he added.“Decision regarding the legislative franchise of ABS-CBN falls within the purview and wisdom of Congress and ABS-CBN has the right to pursue any and exhaust all legal remedies it deems necessary to resolve the matter,” he further said.Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, meanwhile, said that President Duterte cannot interfere with the matter since NTC is attached to the Department of Information and Communications Technology, it is a quasi-judicial body that functions independently.“Kung ang Presidente po ay makikialam diyan sa NTC, ‘yan po ay krimen. Ito po ay paglabag doon sa code of conduct for local officials at labag din ito sa anti-graft,” he added./PN MANILA – Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday slammed international media reports that allegedly connecting ABS-CBN’s status to the President Rodrigo Duterte’s threats against the company.
Based on the data from the Department of Education (DepEd), around 58% of elementary schools, 80% of junior high schools and 72% of senior high schools are connected to the internet. “Out of the almost 62 thousand schools nationwide, merong 47 thousand na public schools. Now, there are about 42 thousand barangays nationwide. So bawat barangay merong public school at kung pwede nating patayuan ng cell site at wifi-based station sa bawat public school, sagip na natin ang buong Pilipinas dahil buong barangay ay makakabitan natin ng cell site,” said Gatchalian. GATCHALIAN. GMA The ideal distance for a school to the closest cell site should not be more than three kilometers to get a good internet connection. Gatchalian described his proposal as “hitting two birds with one stone” as the installation of cell sites would ensure internet access nationwide and at the same time improve the country’s education system. “Kung meron sana tayong sapat na imprastraktura, meron tayong internet, meron tayong mga gadgets, hindi magiging problema ‘yung pagtuturo sa mga estudyante, lalo na ngayong kailangan nating mag-shift sa distance learning,” he further said. “Ang proposal natin sa telecommunication companies ay gamitin ang lupa ng ating mga public school,” he added. “In the long run, these cell sites would save the country’s public schools billions of pesos to pay for internet connection,” Gatchalian said. “Bridging the digital divide will help the country’s education system to innovate and ensure that no learner is left behind.” “Moving forward, kahit wala nang COVID-19, importante ring pagsikapan nating maabot ang bawat isang kabahayan gamit ang internet, at mabigyan natin ang mga bata ng kagamitan, mga gadgets, para magamit nila sa pag-aaral,” he added./PN Based on a mapping of public schools and cell site towers by Project BASS or Bandwidth and Signal Statistics, 44 percent or 20,398 public schools were found to be located more than six kilometers away from the nearest cell site, which means they have either very poor or no access to the internet. Manila – Senator Sherwin Gatchalian has urged the telecommunication companies to install cell sites in every public school as the country prepares for distance learning due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
They were facing charges for violation of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, and RA 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, according to Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, officer-in-charge of CIDG-Bacolod City Field Unit. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Earlier this month, the CIDG-Bacolod also charged 11 officials of Barangay Mandalagan before the City Prosecutor’s Office for similar violations./PN BACOLOD City – The village captain of Mansilingan and nine other officials face criminal charges related to the distribution of the emergency cash assistance under the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). He believed that charges against him were “politically motivated.” Last week, four complainants – Roy Jesus Giua, Benggie Debuyan, Marites Castillo, and Maria Cecilia Tan – lodged a joint affidavit before Assistant City Prosecutor Allan Vir Gumahin. Four complainants reported to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)-Bacolod City Field Unit alleging that the selection of SAP beneficiaries in Barangay Mansilingan was manipulated to favor certain relatives and close associates of the respondents. The barangay captain explained that all beneficiaries underwent proper screening, and even sought the help of the city’s Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD) to assign DSWD personnel to screen the beneficiaries. Charged before the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office by the CIDG were Barangay Captain Rodolfo Pico, barangay secretary Edward Menesis, purok presidents Julius Villaflor and Victorious Christally Valenzuela, purok kagawads Gina Gilbor, Amelita Mondejar, Gregorio Beniten, Lourdes Palma and Anabelle Javier, and Mercedes Rory Capunong. Pico, for his part, denied the allegations. He pointed out that he only followed protocols issued of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Batesville 7th Grade defeated Brookville Middle School 33-25.Trey Heidlage led all scores with 11 points while Sam Haskamp and Cooper Williams addd 4, and 6 others added 2 points. Austin Siefert was the team leader with 2 assists. Tyler Myers and Cooper Williams led the team with 5 rebounds while Sam Haskamp added 4. Lane Oesterling led the team with 4 steals with Heidlage and Williams adding 3 each. Oesterling also led the team with 2 deflections while Alex Westerfeld also added 2.BMS will be in action Monday night @ Greensburg.The 8th grade Bulldogs lost a very close game last night against the Franklin County Travel Team by a score of 41-39.1st Q – 16-8 FC; 2nd Q – 25-18 FC; 3rd Q. – 33-33.Isaac Barker led the team with 23 points. Lane Westerfeld had a solid game with 7 points and Luke Schroeder did well with 6 points.The Dogs had good effort and considering the (3) missed practices due to bad weather, we were competitive against a more physical, stronger Franklin County team.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Eric Feller and Terry Giesting.The Saint Louis 7th Grade Basketball team was defeated by Sunman Dearborn by the score of 37-17. The Cardinals played well but were simply over-matched by the size and strength of Sunman Dearborn.Robert Raver led the Cardinals in scoring, steals, and blocked shots while Kevin Salatin led Saint Louis in rebounding.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team returned to action Thursday night for the first in almost two weeks. It was 8th Grade Night as the Cardinals played Sunman-Dearborn in their final home game of the season. The Trojans proved too much for St. Louis, however, defeating the Cardinals 52-21.Stuart Lamping and Chandler Meyers led the team offensively, scoring 11 and 8 points respectively. Jack Kellerman added some steals and played well defensively. Gavin Koester came off the bench and hustled defensively, forcing 3 turnovers against S-D.The Cardinals play their final regular season game on Tuesday, 1/14 vs. St. Nicholas (game will be played at Milan Elementary).Submitted by STL Coaches Dale Amrhein and Jon Temple.
INDIANAPOLIS — As local farm workers prepare for this year’s harvest, the Indiana Department of Labor reminds employers and employees about grain handling facility hazards and how to prevent occupational injuries and fatalities.On July 10, 2014 a 9-year-old boy died after falling into a grain bin in Lancaster, Wis., underscoring the dangerous conditions of grain facilities. In June 2013 a Hoosier farm worker in LaPorte County was killed in a grain bin accident.Grain bins across the U.S. have killed more than 180 people and injured more than 675 since 1980. Grain dust is highly flammable and is the number one cause of grain bin explosions.“The safety of our farm workers is of paramount importance to our Indiana agriculture industry,” said Commissioner Rick J. Ruble. “Grain handling facilities are extremely dangerous, and workers must recognize the dangers and take all necessary precautions.”Employees working in or near grain handling facilities should never work alone because they are exposed to significant occupational safety and health hazards including falls, electrocution, engulfment, auger entanglement and dust explosions. Working with a partner ensures help is always nearby.Additionally, employers and employees can reduce the likelihood of worker injury, illness or death by taking the following precautions:Prevent falls: Provide all employees with a body harness and lifeline, or a boatswains chair, and ensure it is properly secured before entering a grain bin. Prevent dust explosions: Prior to entry, test the air within a bin or silo for the presence of combustible and toxic gases and make sure there is sufficient oxygen for safe entry.Employers and employees are strongly encouraged to learn about safe grain handling procedures and take the necessary precautions. To learn more about safe grain handling practices click here. Prevent electrocution and auger entanglement: Before grain bin or silo entry, shut down and lock out all equipment power sources. Station an observer outside the bin or silo to continuously monitor and track the employee inside the bin. Prevent engulfment: Prohibit employees from walking-down the grain or using similar practices to make the grain flow. Prohibit entry into bins or silos underneath a bridging condition or where there is a build-up of grain products on side walls that could shift and bury a worker.
The other night we drove by the Intermediate School and saw many Pee Wee football players practicing. Some of these young athletes are so small I doubt if they can see across the desks they sit at in school. When you look at these tiny mites, the debate begins over how young contact sports should start.Many experts, including former professional football players, believe contact football should not begin until an athlete is at least 12 years old. Their theory is that these young bodies are not equipped to take the hits that contact sports can give them. We all know that growth of these kids is not uniform, so putting an age on teams can result in physical mismatches. These experts believe weight should determine how a league is set up.The other side of the debate states that the earlier you start an athlete in a sport, the better you can teach the proper techniques. This is the theory on which Batesville’s Pee Wee League is based. Coaches have been removed in the passed who failed to follow this policy. I probably lean toward starting about age 10 when an athlete is at least in the 4th grade. Maybe I’m wrong and maybe I’m right. There is no cut and dried answer.
(Photo: Greensburg Daily News)GREENSBURG – A 27-year-old man is accused of assaulting a woman and young child inside of a Greensburg hotel room.Greensburg Daily News reports Bryce D. Wesseler was charged Friday with felony domestic battery, criminal confinement and battery on a child.Police say they picked up Wesseler after he left the Quality Inn & Suites in Greensburg around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.The female victim told investigating officers that she went into the hotel bathroom to gather personal belongings and he wouldn’t let her leave, leading to a verbal argument.It eventually turned physical when she expressed desire to leave the hotel room.Wesseler allegedly threw her on the floor and used his hand to muffle her cries for help, police said.A 4-year-old child was trying to help the woman when Wesseler shoved the adolescent into a wall.The child, who suffered swelling and redness in the forehead, told a hotel employee, “he [Wesseler] is always mean to us,” the newspaper reports.A guest at the hotel overheard the incident and told an employee. The hotel worker said she got to the room and saw a naked man on top of a woman allegedly holding her down and choking her. The employee then called police.Wesseler left the hotel wearing only a pair of jeans and was later found and arrested by police.He had scratches on his head from the altercation but did not seek treatment. According to the newspaper, he was breathalyzed and registered .10 percent.A trial date has been set for late January and court documents reveal Wesseler is not allowed to have contact with the victims in the case.
We are about to embark on another World Series. How many of you in April picked Kansa City and San Francisco to be the two combatants? I know I did not. What a feel good story to see the Royals in the Series for the first time in almost 30 years. San Francisco will be trying to win their third series in the last 6 years. It should be exciting if nothing else.I think I will root for the Royals just because they will be the underdog. I normally root for the national League but the Royals are hard to root against. Having won eight games in a row and most of them by one run or in extra innings certainly classifies them as the cardiac kids. Some experts say they are so young that they really don’t know any better. I would disagree and say they are playing loose and as long as it lasts, ride the tide.San Francisco is much more of an experienced team and have several players with a lot of Series experience. They were not as dominating in their route to the Series but they defeated the teams that were supposed to win and thus are on the brink of another Series title. Just sit back, watch the games, and root for your favorite team.
The Batesville Bulldogs Varsity fall 8-4 to East Central.Batesville vs. East Central Varsity Softball (4-15)Meg Liter collected three hits, but the Batesville Bulldogs Varsity still fell to East Central 8-4 in seven innings on Wednesday.Two of the Batesville Bulldogs Varsity’s runs were scored thanks to timely hitting by Liter. She homered in the first inning and singled in the second and fifth innings.East Central was sparked by #20 and #2, who teamed up for four hits and seven RBIs.The Batesville Bulldogs Varsity jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. A solo home run by Liter started the inning off.East Central tied the game in the third on a sacrifice fly by #13 that scored #10.East Central never surrendered the lead after the fourth inning, scoring two runs on a two-run single by #2.The JV game ended up tied 8-8.BHS vs. EC JV Softball (4-15)Weather permitting we will host Franklin County tonight with a 5:30pm varsity start time.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
The ORVC Weekly Report for March 23-April 11.Athletes of the Week.Baseball: Ethan Adams-JCD.Softball: Alix DeDreu-RS.Golf: Bryce Murray-RS.Girls Track: Whitney Chapman-RS and Savannah Reuds-SW.Boys Track: Derrick Eldridge and Jake Uhlmansiek-RS.ORVC Report (March 23-April 11)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
As the 2016 Olympics came to an end, I wanted to focus on some good things, some bad things, and one ugly incident. There were many super performances by the world’s greatest athletes. I have already written about swimming and gymnastics, so today I want to focus on track and field.Usain Bolt is definitely the world’s fastest human. Some people ask why he is so quick. He is 6’5″ with fast leg turnover and an attitude that allows him to relax and not worry so he gets the maximum out of his body. Ashton Eaton again proved he is the world’s greatest athlete by winning another gold in the decathlon. The American 100m hurdlers got the first sweep in the history of women’s running events.Unfortunately, Ryan Lochte and his rowdy friends showed the world how some athletes think they can get by with their fame and/or their money. They seem to think those two things will keep them out of trouble. At the age of 32 Lochte has earned a great living from his swimming prowess. As you probably saw, he already has a publicist and a lawyer available at his beck and call. Let’s hope that the real Olympics for the Americans is not remembered for this incident alone.
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — If you are driving through Ripley County this weekend, the Indiana State Police will be setting up a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Ripley County.If you come upon it, remember to have your license and registration ready to present to the troopers.Drivers will only be stopped briefly so troopers can determine if further investigation is necessary.
The 2017 Ripley County Basketball Tourney meeting was held at South Ripley. A drawing was held to determine the opening round games.The Girls Tourney will be taking place at Milan High School staring with the opening round games on Tuesday, January 3rd and the finale with the consolation and championship games on Friday, January 6th.The Boys Tourney will be taking place at South Ripley High School staring with the opening round games on Wednesday, January 4th and the finale with the consolation and championship games on Saturday, January 7th.Game one tip-off for each night will be at 6 PM. The second game will follow at around 7:30.Game one of the opening round of both sessions will be South Ripley vs. Jac-Cen-Del with Milan and Batesville to follow.Tickets for The Ripley County Basketball Tourney can be purchased at each of the high schools. Check with the Athletic Departments on when the tickets will go on sale.WRBI is your station for The Ripley County Basketball Tourney coverage. Countdown To Tip-off will be at 5:30 each night.
Our town lost a longtime citizen and friend, “Sammy” Harold Brown, age 71, who was called home late Tuesday, April 25. He was born in Edmonton, Kentucky, the son of the late James and Evelyn (Jessee) Brown on December 20, 1945. In his early years, he grew up in Kentucky, and around 6th grade the family moved to Indiana. He attended Sand Creek and then onto Versailles, graduating from there.After high school he became employed at Batesville Casket Company. He worked his entire career there, giving 45 years. As life began to move on, he met the love of his life Deborah Ann Forwalt at the former Dunbar and Bultman restaurant, and he married her on November 20, 1971 and built a family with her over the last 45 plus years. They built a home in between Napoleon and Batesville and raised 4 boys and 1 daughter. Since retirement he and Debbie had built a new home in the town of Osgood. To say life was busy and blessed would be an understatement; his love for his children and grandchildren was very strong. His heart ached last summer with the passing of his son Bret, a tremendous loss.His involvement in different organizations was a commitment he had made; he was a proud member of the Osgood Legion, Eagles of Aurora, and American Legion Riders of Ripley County. He had a strong faith and attended Cedar Creek Community Church.Sam fought sickness for the last 5 years, but in February of 2016 began his toughest fight. No one here can say he lost the fight, merely it was his time. His greatest enjoyment of fun was riding his motorcycle! Sam loved to tease and aggravate all of his grandchildren; they were the greatest gifts he ever received!He was preceded in death by his parents, son Bret, and sister Betty Brown. He is survived by wife Debbie of Osgood, sons Chad Edward and Mark Alan (Vanessa) both of Osgood, son Brad Lee of Columbus, daughter April McQueen of Versailles, brother J. C. (Carolyn) Brown of Osgood, and sister Becky (Ron) Sutton of Holton, along with 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. A visitation will be at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. The funeral service will also be at Neal’s Funeral Home on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 11 a.m., with doors opening at 9 a.m., followed by burial at New Marion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials are made out to the New Marion Cemetery in care of the funeral home. Services entrusted to Neal’s Funeral Home. www.nealsfuneralhome.net
Brookville, Ind. —Franklin Count y High School student Shelby Kolb has been recognized for her leadership, excellence in academics and agricultural work experience. She recently received the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award and the 2017 Franklin County High School Agricultural Achievement Award.Kolb has served as the FFA chapter president, vice president and District XII president and historian. She is also one of 23 candidates to serve as a state=level FFA officer.The Franklin County FFA and Agriculture Education educates, inspires and prepares students for agricultural careers.
Greensburg, In. — Milan native, bluegrass singer, entertainer and founding member of the highly-influential Boys From Indiana has died. Reports indicate he suffered a stroke earlier this year and was in a medical facility in Greensburg.Throughout the run of the Boys From Indiana, Aubrey Holt was among the most recognized and admired vocalists in bluegrass. From the 1970s until the early ’90s, The Boys were staples at bluegrass events in the central US with more than a dozen popular recordings on King, Old Heritage, and Rebel Records. Other prominent members had included Holt’s uncle Harley Gabbard on banjo, Paul “Moon” Mullins on fiddle, Noah Crase on banjo, and Jerry Holt on bass.In 2014 Holt was inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Hall of Greats.
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Seymour, In. — Do you enjoy talking transportation?Do you keep a sharp eye on transportation-related trends and innovations? Do you have thoughts and ideas you’d like to share with Indiana’s transportation agency about the future of transportation in our state? If so, the Indiana Department of Transportation would like to invite you to an informative open house session, where transportation-related topics will be informally discussed through old fashioned, one-on-one conversations.INDOT seeks to have a conversation with Indiana communities regarding the current status and future development of transportation in Indiana, and our programs and initiatives. As a conversation starter, we invite the public to meet for “Transportation Talk”, an informal open house. INDOT team members will be available to talk about their respective programs while addressing questions from the public and soliciting input. INDOT will host six “Transportation Talk” events in June at locations throughout west-central, southeastern and east central Indiana. JOIN THE CONVERSATION “Transportation Talk” Open HouseCome to Columbus East High School located at 230 South Marr Road on Wednesday evening, June 20, Session takes place between 5 and 7 p.m.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi Seals, who passed away on September 20, 1960; two sons, Paul Edward in 1943 and David in 1944; one great-grandchild, Triston Seals, as well as two brothers, Ernest “Bud” Tipton of Carlisle, OH and Herbert Tipton of Fairborn, OH. Addie loved her flowers and was winner of the monthly garden spot twice. She also loved decorating for Christmas. Addie loved her children, grandkids and great-grandkids, and she was loved by all them. Addie had 9 grandchildren, Arron (Bobbi Jo) Reynolds of Peppertown, Daron (Kelly) Reynolds of Laramie, WY, David (Kris) Reynolds of Hamburg, Brian Seals of Liberty, Gina (Randy Schuck) Robinson of Liberty, Mike (Lea) Seals of Brookville, Justin Seals of Brookville, Holly (Ryan) Meyer of Harrison, OH, and Andrew Seals of Cedar Grove. Also surviving are 11 great-grandchildren, Patrick Seals, Jessica Seals, David Kyle Reynolds, Kathleen Reynolds, Megan Schuck, Travis Schuck, Kennedy K. Seals, Jack Seals, Colin Seals, Naomi Seals and Alina Seals. Addie Mae (Seals) Johnson, at the age of 95 went home to be with the Lord on August 9, 2018. She was born in Estill County Kentucky, a daughter to George and Patsy (Barnes) Tipton on September 11, 1922. Addie retired from Philco Ford after 17 years of service. Those surviving who will cherish Addie’s memories are her children, Allen “Butch” and Alice of Liberty; Virgia (Reynolds) and Ray Effing of Batesville; Gary L. and Janet of Brookville, and Denny and Maureen of Cedar Grove. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 from 9 until 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street Brookville. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. As much as Addie loved her flowers, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to the Brookville VFW in honor of Addie, who was a member of the ladies auxiliary for many years. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Addie Mae Seals Johnson.
Michael Dale Heger, 62, Greensburg, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, September 7, 2018 at his home in Greensburg. Born August 19, 1956 in Decatur County, Indiana, he was the son of Dale & Betty (Hull) Heger. He was a graduate of Jac Cen Del High School 1974. He spent most of his career as an Real Estate Appraiser in southeastern Indiana having done 1000’s of properties in the area. Well known for his attention to detail on appraisals and would go to great length to include all information in his reports. He loved traveling, nature and camping. Mike was a partner in the development of Cottonwood Lake in Decatur County. Mike enjoyed mechanics, specifically muscle cars and Jeeps. He was a long time member of NHRA Drag Racing having raced at the US Nationals in Indianapolis and attended each year since. Mike was a stalwart conservative patriot with enthusiasm for political debates. He was married to Rhonda (Beard) Heger on October 29, 1982 and she survives. He is survived by his daughter Emily (Aaron Mentz) and mother Betty Heger. Mike’s siblings include brothers; James Heger, Larry and Melinda (Haunert) Heger and sister Pam (Bob) Nobbe. He is also survived by his grandson Boone Michael Mentz. He was preceded in death by his father Dale. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Millhousen. Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of Southcentral Indiana. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
Versailles, In. — Versailles resident, Duane Meadows, 45, has been charged with child molesting in Ripley County.Indiana State Police detectives say Meadows allegedly touched two children beginning in October of 2017.Meadows is being held, a jury trial has been scheduled for February of 2019.
Meanwhile Italian Serie A side, Napoli have also joined the race for his signature as they hope to start rebuilding their squad. Victor Osimhen of Lille OSC in action during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Valencia CF and Lille OSC at Estadio Mestalla on November 05, 2019 in Valencia, Spain. Read Also: Barcelona stars linked with Newcastle amid new owners At the last count, Osimhen has attracted interest from top European clubs including Liverpool, Real Madrid, Arsenal, and FC Barcelona in the summer. The 2019 AFCON bronze medalist has also scored four times in eight appearances for Nigeria’s Super Eagles since making his debut in 2017. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen has reportedly emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Italian Serie A side, SSC Napoli. Osimhen Reports coming out of the Premier League suggest Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the player’s progress and have watched him closer when they faced Lille Metropole in UEFA Champions League game this season. The 21-year-old Osimhen has been in impressive form for his French club this campaign scoring 18 times and registering six assists in 38 appearances in all competitions, despite arriving at the club last summer. Addidtional report from French paper Le 10 Sport, claim Chelsea are ready to follow up their interest in the player submitting a bid in the region of 55 million pounds for the striker in the coming weeks.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Surprising Ways Drones Could Be Used In The FutureMost Appreciated First Ladies In The History Of America
“In 1968, for example, at the Mexico Olympic Games, a Nigerian, according to some people the best Nigerian player of all time, Teslim Thunder Balogun, coached the Green Eagles that played against the greatest football nation on earth at the time, Brazil, to a pulsating, well-earned 2-2 draw. That’s over half a Century ago! The surviving members of the 1973 All-Africa Games Green Eagles that won the Gold medal can testify that, the brain behind that victory was another great former ex-international player, Captain and then assistant coach of the team, Mr. Dan Anyiam, a very intelligent, eloquent, well-trained and educated coach. The exploits of Stephen Keshi of recent years as a coach are unmatched by any coach local or foreign in our entire history. Are these not Nigerians? “If we had continued in the trajectory of using the best trained Nigerians as our national coaches, inviting foreign coaches without pedigree to handle their national team in concession to their ‘superiority’ would not arise in 2020. Gernot Rohr has done his bit and collected his wages. Every month he was paid $50,000 Dollars? Who earns that kind of money for the amount of work he did in the years of his stay in Nigeria? It is ludicrous. What did he really do? Did he win any international trophies for Nigeria? Did he impact the Nigerian league and domestic players in any way? Did he train any Nigerian coaches to be able to take over from him? The longest time he stayed with the national team for any stretch was a maximum of four weeks, twice in the 4 years of his expiring contract – before and during the World Cup in 2018, and before AFCON in 2019. Every other time all he did was assemble players from Europe two days to a match, selected his lineup for the match and returned to his paid ‘vacation’. Which Nigerian coach worth any salt cannot do what he did for Nigeria? Is that what anyone should earn $50,000 Dollars a month for? Even the scouting for Nigerian-born players in Europe that constitute a large percentage of his team presently is done by a hardworking Nigerian man, Tunde Adelakun, we are told. Now with Covid-19 and its economic consequences, no one should even be thinking of expending unavailable foreign exchange for a job Nigerians can handle and that does not require rocket science, period. To suggest a wage-cut is even annoying. Was the size of his wage the reason for his failure? We are entering a new phase in the ongoing War of global Civilizations. No African should promote color or racial superiority in African football. No Nigerian dares do so at this point. read also:Odegbami: Nigeria May Never See Another Rashidi Yekini So, I choose to be foolish. I shall thank Gernot Rohr for all the good services he has rendered and release him. I shall get one of our own qualified sons, and sink or swim with him into that emerging new world order beyond Covid-19.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The former Green Eagles and Shooting Stars Football Club striker stated in his column that Nigerians should not see Rohr as the best option for the national team job, saying the country is blessed with qualified coaches to perform the magic. “I shall disregard what the promoters of Gernot Rohr are saying that no Nigerian coach is qualified enough to handle the national football team of the country even after the German had failed in his years as the manager to deliver on the soft mandates given to him. To think this way is disrespectful and denigrating to all Black people. To imagine that the German is now willing to accept new conditions deliberately designed for him to reject, means there is more to the whole matter than meets the eye, or he knows the value of the Super Eagles’ job more than his Nigerian bosses do. Is it because he loves the country more than Nigerians? Who really loves the Nigerian? Covid-19 pandemic has become an eye-opener. “I choose to be foolish on the matter of Gernot Rohr. Let him go ‘jeje’ with his ‘superior’ knowledge of football and serve elsewhere. “We forget our history and the capacity of Nigerians to succeed. Nigeria’s football legend, Chief Olusegun Odegbami, has urged Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, not to renew the contract of Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr. Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksJason Statham Bought And Sold A Multi-Million Dollar House10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganCelebs Who Are Turning 50 This YearEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You
Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever12 Countries With Higest Technology In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists Baffled8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth The mysterious and potentially all-embracing “other” spending category is said to have accounted for $10.9 million (£8.6 million/€9.6 million) – again, a hefty sum. It seems possible that some of the federation’s legal costs might be bracketed in this item, but this can be no more than speculation at this point. The report also suggests that the body’s revenues may have climbed to some $55 million (£43.4 million/€48.7 million) last year, which was, to repeat, a World Championship year. To speculate further, these leaked figures suggest that World Athletics’ revenues over a full Olympic cycle may amount to something in the order of $200 million (£157 million/€177 million). It received $40 million (£31.5 million/€35.4 million) as its share of the broadcasting revenues generated by the Rio 2016 Olympics, down from $45.2 million (£35.6 million/€40 million) for London 2012. This in turn suggests that the subsidy World Athletics receives from the International Olympic Committee in exchange for the sport’s contribution to the Olympic programme amounts to somewhere in the vicinity of 20 per cent of quadrennial revenues. read also:World Athletics set 2030 target to become carbon neutral The leaked figures put the athletics body’s end-2018 reserves at $45.2 million – high enough to indicate that it probably retains a reasonable cushion to help see it through the present coronavirus crisis, notwithstanding the Tokyo 2020 postponement. World Athletics provided a lengthy statement to The Sports Examiner, but told insidethegames it could not comment on the figures themselves. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 In 2018, the organisation’s revenues are put at $47.5 million (£37.4 million/€42 million), compared with expenses of $66.8 million (£52.7 million/€59.1 million), to leave an apparent deficit of $19.3 million (£15.2 million/€17 million). In 2017, revenues were said to have amounted to $40.5 million (£31.9 million/€35.8 million) and expenses of $60.1 million (£47.4 million/€53.2 million), an apparent deficit of $19.6 million (£15.4 million/€17.3 million). The figures were obtained by The Sports Examiner, which reports having received a phone call from an unidentified individual claiming to have knowledge of financial information provided to delegates at the Congress in Doha that preceded last year’s World Athletics Championships. Following the recent publication of accounts by the International Modern Pentathlon Union, World Athletics is believed to have been the only remaining Summer Olympic International Sports Federation (IF) for which essentially no financial information was in the public domain. An official of what was then the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) told insidethegames in 2015 that: “The IAAF since its move from London in 1984 is established under the laws of Monaco – see Article One of our constitution – and is not obliged and has never published its audited accounts beyond its national members.” The new report gives a breakdown of 2018 expenses. Administration was said to have accounted for $17.3 million (£13.6 million/€15.3 million) of the $66.8 million (£52.7 million/€59.1 million) total, with events absorbing $16.7 million (£13.1 million/€14.7 million), federation support $10.4 million (£8.2 million/€9 million), development just over $3 million (£2.3 million/€2.6 million) and communications $1.3 million (£1 million/€1.1 million). Costs associated with the Athletics Integrity Unit were put at a substantial $7.1 million (£5.6 million/€6.2 million). Loading… Figures detailing the financial performance of World Athletics have at long last emerged, showing that the body made hefty deficits in both 2017 and 2018.
Crystal Palace star, Andros Townsend, has hailed Eberechi Eze as an ‘incredible talent’ following his impressive displays since he joined the Eagles. The 22-year-old was handed his full debut as Roy Hodgson’s men bowed out 11-10 on penalties to Bournemouth in the English League Cup on Tuesday evening. Eze played all minutes, converted his penalty kick during the shootout after the score stood at 0-0 at full time, nevertheless, Palace bowed to Jason Tindall’s side at Dean Court. And Townsend who featured for 20 minutes having replaced Nya Kirby claimed the Anglo-Nigerian has all the raw tools to rise to the very top of the sport. “It’s no secret we didn’t score enough goals last season, so obviously you have to bring players in,” the 29-year-old winger told the club website. “Ebs is an incredible talent, and what he has shown so far is that he will be one for the future. Great business and it freshens up our attack.” The England international also reflected on his team’s defeat while looking forward to Saturday’s fixture against Manchester United. “It was a difficult one [to take],” he admitted. “The standard of penalties was incredible.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song Ever7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Most Praised Historical Movies11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top “And obviously we knew someone had to be the villain and someone had to be the hero, and unfortunately Wayne Hennessey was brilliant in the game, but he and Luka missed a penalty. “I was actually the one who missed against Colchester in the cup last season, so I know exactly how those boys are feeling. “You just want the ground to swallow you up. But it’s part and parcel of football and we’ve got a big game on Saturday and if we win on Saturday [then] this is all forgotten about.” Eze joined the Selhurst Park giants on a five-year deal worth £17 million after consistently featuring for QPR as they finished 13th in the Championship. read also:Aftermath of pay cut revelation: Heartland tells Ezenwa to shut up He has featured for England U20 and the U21 teams but he is still eligible to play for the Nigeria national team if he chooses. The 22-year-old, who has been a target for the Super Eagles, has previously revealed he is yet to decide on his international future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Advertisement Read Also: Barca secure slim win over Elche to claim Joan Gamper Trophy“We are calm and happy with what we have. There is no rush.”Pirlo’s first competitive game in charge comes on Monday when Juventus face Sampdoria in Serie A, the Turin giants launching their quest to secure a 10th consecutive Scudetto.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Andrea Pirlo confirmed it is “unlikely” Luis Suarez will join Juventus from Barcelona but vowed the Serie A champions remain in the hunt for a new striker. Although there is much about Suarez that appeals to Juventus, the process of securing an Italian passport for a player who turns 34 in January is a complication that Pirlo addressed on Saturday. Suarez needs that citizenship to be eligible for a move, given the Bianconeri have filled their quota of non-EU players, and he is reportedly eligible to apply because of his wife’s family background. Loading… Promoted ContentWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTop 10 Must-Know Facts About Ivanka Trump2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 6 Weirdest Things You Can Learn On WikiHow The prospect of Suarez teaming up with former Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus would have been tantalising, with Pirlo having allowed Gonzalo Higuain to join Inter Miami. But Juventus have questions over how long the passport process for Suarez might take, and Pirlo said, quoted in Corriere dello Sport: “It is difficult because looking at the times for the passport… it is unlikely he will be our centre-forward.” Suarez has been left out of Barcelona’s squad for the Joan Gamper Trophy match against Elche, with incoming coach Ronald Koeman looking keen to offload him. Speaking in a news conference, Juventus head coach Pirlo said: “We are all waiting for the central striker. The transfer market is long.
“We went home that night excited about a lot of things. That race gave us a great head start going into this year and things couldn’t have worked out better for us,” said Dripps, a long-time IMCA Modified driver. “Benton County Speedway is the first track I ever watched a race at. It’s the first track I ever raced at (in a pro stock, in 1992) and it’s the first track where I won a race. It’s always been special to me.” They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September. Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. “We’ve been talking with a lot of drivers,” he continued. “We’re excited about the season and the specials we have coming up.” Site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979, Benton County Speedway has now sanctioned the Modifieds and Stock Cars since 2001, Hobby Stocks since 2002, Northern SportMods since 2005 and Late Models since 2017. Nicknamed The Bullring, the quarter-mile dirt oval hosts the April 2 Frostbuster special before the first regular Sunday night show on April 19. Special events for each IMCA division are scheduled throughout the season. The Dirt Knights Tour returns on Memorial Day, Kids With Cancer Night on May 31 and the Urbana 5 Memorial on July 2. In addition to the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run weekly through IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season championship night on Aug. 23. “I’ve done a lot of different racing and IMCA has the best rules package for competitiveness and cost effectiveness,” Dripps said. “Beyond a doubt, IMCA is the best sanction for weekly racing.” VINTON, Iowa – The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020. “This is an action track. We want to give drivers the best surface to race on and we’ve invested in the best equipment to do that,” said Dripps. “We built a new backstretch road, we’re buying a new PA system for the pits and installing a new scoring loop system.”
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (July 18) – A back and forth battle between Gary Hill and Mark Wermling ended after a caution late in Friday’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Electric City Speedway.The two had won heat races earlier in the evening and every indication was that their race to the main event checkers was going to be a nailbiter. The yellow waved on lap 18 and as the field came to the restart, Wermling broke and he came to a stop on the front stretch. After the ensuing restart, Hill shot ahead and there was no looking back.
VINTON, Iowa (Feb. 8) – IMCA’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour will have a new title sponsor when the series opens on Memorial Day at Benton County Speedway.Arnold Motor Supply has signed on as sponsor of the eighth annual Modified tour and will provide a portion of $5,650 point funds to be paid each of the next three seasons. The champion takes home $1,000 along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill, valued at $700, courtesy of Arnold Motor Supply, the Spencer-based auto parts supplier.Nine dates, all paying a minimum of $1,000 to win and $150 to start, are on the 2017 schedule and are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.The Monday, May 29 event marks the sixth occasion the tour has opened at Vinton, where the first-ever IMCA Modified event was held in 1979.The Miller Lite 30 date June 6 at Marshalltown Speedway and the June 13 show at West Liberty Raceway are part of midweek doubleheaders with the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models.Hancock County Speedway at Britt hosts the June 27 Salute to Veterans program. The tour is at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on July 19 and then at Knoxville Raceway along with Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for the July 20 Dirt Duel.Next up is the county fair show at Dubuque Speedway on July 25. Concluding the series are dates Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.Joel Rust, Justin Kay, Corey Dripps and Hunter Marriott were all double winners over the course of the 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour but it was Chris Abelson who saw the long tows from his home in Sioux City pay off with the series championship.Abelson became the seventh different HDT champion in as many seasons.There will be no change in procedures for the upcoming tour and entry fee at all events remains $50.“We have never experienced a repeat champion and went quite a few races without a repeat winner before last season,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “The quality and competitiveness of the Modified division in the State of Iowa is obvious in the number of different Hawkeye Dirt Tour champions and feature winners.”“Having Arnold Motor Supply, which has a store or machine shop in nearly every town on the schedule, as title sponsor will help market the tour to racers and race fans,” he added.Top 10 point fund amounts will be paid in their entirety to drivers with perfect tour attendance and also include $900 for second, $800 for third, $700 for fourth, $600 for fifth, $500 for sixth, $400 for seventh, $300 for eighth, $250 for ninth and $200 for 10th. The tour champion must also attend the national banquet in November to receive their full point fund share and grill.2017 Arnold Motor Supply IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule – Monday, May 29 at Benton County Speedway, Vinton; Tuesday, June 6 at Marshalltown Speedway; Tuesday, June 13 at West Liberty Raceway; Tuesday, June 27 at Hancock County Speedway, Britt; Wednesday, July 19 at Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa; Thursday, July 20 at Knoxville Raceway; Tuesday, July 25 at Dubuque Speedway; Monday, Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway, Spencer; Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway, Alta.
Shaw was runner-up in the 2019 Manufacturers’ Cup Contest while winning the Western Region crown. The regional champion earns $2,500, with $1,250 for second, $625 for third, $325 for fourth and $300 for fifth. Sixth through 10th place finishers each receive $200. Drivers must display two Shaw Race Cars decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares. The Batesville, Ark., builder will be a regional sponsor for a ninth consecutive season and IMCA sponsor for the 13th year. The Western Region includes tracks in Arizona, California, western Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, northern New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. Shaw Race Cars, owned by Scott and Marlene Mosley in partnership with long-time IMCA Modified driver Jeff Taylor, provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in 2020 point standings for the region. “We are excited to continue sponsoring IMCA’s Western Region for Modifieds,” said Marlene Mosley. “We look forward to a great 2020 racing season.” “Although we celebrated the retirement of Larry Shaw at our recent national awards banquet, the Shaw name rolls on in support of the Modified Western Region,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Drivers will see a new design to include in wraps or on decals for their race cars in 2020 but the same commitment to the region defines the Shaw brand.” BATESVILLE, Ark. – A familiar name in the chassis building business has renewed title sponsorship of IMCA’s Western Region for Modifieds. More information about Shaw chassis and services is available by calling 870 251-2966, at the www.larryshaw.com website and on Facebook.
Wyatt Howard, Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Austin Kiefer, Cody Laney, Jeff Larson, Josh Long, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Zach Madrid, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott, Chris Mills, Clay Money and Bob Moore. Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Jake O’Neil, Brad Pounds, Tom Quint, Dereck Rhoden, Kyle Rohleder, Anthony Roth, Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Jim Sandusky, Robby Sawyer and Marlyn Seidler. IMCA Arizona Dirt Track Tour and Winter Challenge winners Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Jason Noll and Ricky Thornton Jr. all were already vote eligible. VINTON, Iowa – Three IMCA Modified events in as many nights in Texas put new candidates on the ballot for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Jeff Aikey, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca, Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Steven Bowers Jr., Cayden Carter, Kellen Chadwick, Cory Craver, Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss, Ethan Dotson and P.J. Egbert. Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, John Gober, David Goode Jr., Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski, Kevin Green, Richie Gustin, Clay Hale and Bobby Hogge IV. Jesse Sobbing topped the Saturday night Ice Breaker main event at Abilene Speedway before rookie Jon White Jr. and Jason Wolla were winners at Heart O’ Texas Speedway and Grayson County Speedway, respectively. The 80 drivers on the All-Star ballot now include: And Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Brandon Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Andy Strait, Shawn Strand, Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil, Jon White Jr., R.C. Whitwell and Jason Wolla.
Washington D.C. — North Country Smokehouse, a Claremont, N.H. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,601 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product has a gluten free claim represented on the front of the label; however, the product contains gluten in the form of wheat. Wheat, which is an allergen, is also listed in the product’s list of ingredients.The ready-to-eat pork banger sausage items were produced on February 13, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]12-oz. vacuum-sealed packages containing 4 pieces of “NORTH COUNTRY SMOKEHOUSE NATURAL IRISH BRAND BANGER SAUSAGE” and a use by date of 04/15/19 represented on the packaging.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5390A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution and retail locations nationwide.The problem was discovered on March 11, 2019 when the firm notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers or both. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Alicia Baker, brand manager for North Country Smokehouse at (603) 543-0234 Ext.214.
Congratulations to everyone that qualified and participated at the indoor state meet at IU in Bloomington on Saturday evening. To make the cut of being one of the top 24 in the state is a feet in itself.We had many personal record performances and our girls 4 x 800 relay team got themselves on the podium and a medal as they placed 8th. The team was made up of Liz Loichinger, Trysta Vierling, Maria Lopez and Katie Olsen. Way to go ladies! There were also several close to the podium placement and they were Stephanie Nobbe in the high jump placing 10th (8’0″), the girls 4000m Distance Medley Relay of Trysta Vierling, Carley Pride, Katie Olsen and Liz Loichinger placing 9th by less then .3 of a second and the girls 4 x 400m relay of Stephanie Nobbe, Liz Loichinger, Katie Olsen and Carley Pride placing 11th. Others competing were Carley Pride in the high jump, Katie Bedel in shot put, Ean Loichinger in the 3200m run, the boys 4 x 800 team of Kavin Saravanan, Will Nuhring, Daren Smith and JJ Kuisel, and the boys 4 x 400 relay team of Kavin Saravanan, Chase Hamilton, Tyler Meyers and JJ Kuisel.Those running personal records for the day were:4 x 800 splits: Trysta Vielring, Liz Loichinger, Maria Lopez, Katie Olsen, Kavin Saravanan, Will Nuhring, Daren Smith4 x 400 splits: Kavin Saravanan, Carley PrideGreat job to all competing with some of the best in the state! Proud showing for the Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
Gordon F. Fitzwater, age 78 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019. Born April 13, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Jewell (Meyer) Fitzwater.Gordan was an Over the Road truck Driver for many years, member of Cincinnati Central Turners and avid golfer.Survived by his partner Ada Ryan of Cincinnati, Ohio. Father of Monica (Neal) Meece, Marlene Fitzwater, Gordon (Elizabeth) Fitzwater II, Christopher Fitzwater, Shirley (Jimmy) Burdette, Sean (Katie) Fitzwater and Kyle (Amanda) Fitzwater. Grandfather of 21 and great grandfather of six. Brother of Roberta Yeager, Marcia (Tom) Luckett, Remilda Peyton, Barbara (Richard) Jones and Tammy Chinn.Preceded in death by his mother Jewell Fitzwater, granddaughter Rachel Meece, great granddaughter Maddison Korb and brother Dennis Fitzwater.Visitation will be held Friday, May 3, 2019 from 5:00 P.M. until time of services at 7:00 P.M. with Pastor Joe Barker officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio.Memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society 2808 Reading Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45206 c/o the funeral home.
Batesville, In. — Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service for the United States.Many cities have laid claim to have begun Memorial Day, though President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo N.Y. as the birthplace of Memorial Day in May 1966.While there is some dispute as to the origin of the day, the first was observed on May 30, 1868, under proclamation by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. The first official observation involved placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.By 1890, it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 up to 1971 when the National Holiday Act of 1971, designated the last Monday in May to be Memorial Day.
Frances McIntosh, 95, of Moores Hill passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Frances was born Tuesday, October 9, 1923, in Gray Hawk, Kentucky, the daughter of Henry and Matilda (Smith) Peters. She married Edward McIntosh on March 31, 1939, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1996. She was a former member of Moores Hill Church of Christ. She was the former owner/operator of McIntosh Grocery Store in Moores Hill and former member of Moores Hill Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening, bowling, bingo and was an avid Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. Frances is survived by sons: James (Pat) McIntosh of Decorah, Iowa, Kenneth (Cheryl) McIntosh of Rising Sun and Deron McIntosh of Dillsboro; daughter Sandy Hollitt of Milan; daughter-in-law Connie McIntosh; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren and sister May Quinn of Louisville, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Edward, sons: Jerry and Ron, 1 brother, 1 sister, son-in-law Peter and 1 step-sister. A service celebrating her life will be held 11 AM Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 5 – 7 PM Wednesday, August 14 also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Frances to Moores Hill Life Squad. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester Street, Box 156, Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812)744-3280. You may go to www.sibbettmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.
Versailles, IN—DNR’s Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology (DHPA) has awarded 15 federal grants for historic preservation and archaeology in Indiana communities. The grants, totaling more than $454,000, provide a match of more than $524,000 in local and private funds, for a total projected investment of $978,441. The funds come from the National Park Service, a part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, which distributes federal funds to the states through the Historic Preservation Fund Program. Since 1974, the state has awarded more than $18 million to Indiana communities through this program. DHPA helps strengthen Indiana’s historical and cultural heritage through annual federal grants it administers to local communities and not-for-profit groups that these organizations put toward preservation projects.Grants awarded are:Evansville: The City of Evansville will receive a $9,097 matching grant to reassess the known historic resources in the Evansville Downtown Historic District and Multiple Resource Area (MRA). Both areas have a total of about 152 contributing resources. Some properties were not considered historic at the time the historic district and MRA were created, so identifying and assessing resources from 1944-1968 is also necessary. The goal is to update the 25-year-old data on historic and cultural resources in Evansville’s downtown. The result would be to convert Downtown Evansville’s MRA into a Multiple Property Documentation Form (MPDF) in order to meet current National Register documentation standards. Evansville: The City of Evansville will also receive a $5,213 matching grant to assist with a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the Hebron Meadows Historic District. The development represents a mid-century neighborhood and will be listed under the new MPDF on Post-War Housing. The subdivision was the product of Wilbur Harrell and realtor-builder Isabella Sullivan. The neighborhood became home to many upper-middle-class Jewish residents in the 1950s and 1960s, and many of them coordinated with leading architects in Evansville. The nomination, in addition to being Evansville’s first mid-century district, will also explore the role Sullivan played as one of the most active women in real estate at the time, as well as the socioeconomic context of the neighborhood as it relates to the Jewish community. The district will include approximately 100 contributing properties. For more information on both Evansville grants, contact Jim Toner at 812-435-6030.Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne will receive a $3,405 matching grant to assist with a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the Forest Park-Driving Park Historic District. It is a streetcar suburban plat that was initiated in 1906 and extended in 1913 by the plat for Driving Park. The 1910 and 1913 additions conformed to the City Beautiful recommendation of the Robinson and Kessler plans for Fort Wayne. Both Forest Park and Driving Park were developments undertaken by Louis Cudes, who developed several other Fort Wayne neighborhoods now listed in the National Register. Houses are primarily in the American Foursquare, Craftsman, and Colonial Revival styles, with a few Gabled Ells and Gable Front examples. This a large district and will include approximately 485 contributing properties. Fort Wayne: The City of Fort Wayne will receive a $5,965 matching grant to assist with a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places of the Harrison Hill Historic District. Platted in 1915, Harrison Hill is a planned residential development by Frank Hilgeman and Albert Shaaf. The layout features a broad, landscaped boulevard; wide, curving streets designed for motor traffic; playground and park areas; paved streets and sidewalks; and both brick and iron entry markers. There is a wide variety of early 20th century styles from modest bungalows to large Colonial and Tudor Revival style homes on the boulevard. The district will include approximately 220 contributing properties. The project also includes the design and printing of a brochure on the Lakeside Historic District. The brochure will follow the design of the city’s series of publications about it’s National Register Historic Districts and will contain a history of the district, local history and architecture, a locator map, and a focus on approximately 45 featured properties. For more information on both Fort Wayne grants, contact Don Orban at 260-427-2160.Henry County: Ball State University will receive a $49,999 grant to conduct an archaeological survey of Summit Lake State Park. The park is owned by the DNR and consists of 2,680 acres, including the 800-acre Summit Lake and the 120-acre Zeigler Woods Nature Preserve. The project will conduct a Phase Ia investigation of unsurveyed areas, including a geophysical survey of two possible mounds and a shovel test pit survey of approximately 30 acres surrounding each mound (a total of about 60 acres), which is approximately 2.2% of the SLSP. The objective is to document the prehistoric and historic cultural resources, to assist the park and preserve with future resource management planning, and determine potential eligibility for the National Register. Henry County: Ball State University will receive a $49,999 grant to conduct the second phase of an archaeological survey of the Wilbur Wright Fish & Wildlife Area, which consists of 1,070 acres of Blue River Valley floodplains and associated uplands and is currently used as a fishing and hunting area. It is also the former site of the New Castle State Hospital and encompasses several major prehistoric sites, which have been investigated extensively in the past. However, portions of the Wilbur Wright FWA remain unsurveyed. This project will conduct a Phase Ia shovel test pit survey of about 52 acres of fallow agricultural land west of the Big Blue River. In 2018 about 8 acres of the field was surveyed, and artifacts recovered are indicative of sustained habitation in the area. The Fiscal Year 2019 project will complete the investigation of the area, which will help define the true nature and location of the reported site and determine potential eligibility for the National Register. For more information on both Henry County grants, contact Chris Thompson at 765-285-5328.Indianapolis: The McGowan Hall Knights of Columbus will receive $38,790 to replace the roof of McGowan Hall, which was built in 1922. The hall has served many community functions and purposes throughout its history, such as USO dances during World War II, theater and music performances, community meetings and presentations, social service and support group meetings, fundraiser events, and private rental use. The project will stabilize the worst portions of the roof: the sections over the Grand Hall mezzanine and the Grand Hall entry vestibule. For more information, contact Robert Newport at 317-476-5793. Jeffersonville: The LifeSpring Health Systems organization will receive $29,622 to rehabilitate the windows of the ca. 1870 Sarkisian House, which is used as a group home for men with mental health or substance use disorders. The building is a gabled Italianate style home with tall, narrow windows, several of which have decorative arched hoods on the front elevation. The project will rehabilitate 41 windows and custom build eight storm windows for the archtop. For more information, contact Elizabeth Stafford at 812-206-1361.Lafayette: Trinity United Methodist Church will receive a $50,000 grant to stabilize and rehabilitate the exterior masonry of the 1872 building. Mortar joint erosion has threatened the stability of brick units. In addition to repointing the masonry, some brick units that are missing or damaged will need to be replaced. The church has undertaken masonry rehabilitation on the east, south, and west elevations. The HPF grant will assist specifically with the north elevation, where water infiltration is creating some damage to the interior of the building. For more information, contact Stephen Ash at 765-427-7007.Newburgh: The Town of Newburgh will receive a $34,025 grant to rehabilitate Preservation Hall, formerly known as Old Newburgh Presbyterian Church, built in 1851. The hall currently houses the Newburgh Museum and is used by Historic Newburgh, Inc., the Newburgh Community Theater, and is available for event rental by other organizations or individuals. The town has a conditions assessment and rehabilitation plan for the building. The scope of the grant includes foundation, masonry, woodwork, and HVAC rehabilitation and repair. For more information, contact Christy Powell at 812-853-1720.Peru: The Miami Nation of Indians will receive a $50,000 grant to assist in replacing the roof of the former Peru High School’s gymnasium, Tig Arena, which now serves as the Miami Nation’s headquarters. Roof leaks in the gymnasium wing threaten the structure and severe leaks where the gym roof meets the classroom building allow water into the lower level of the classroom wing where the tribe maintains its archives. By replacing the roof and halting the water infiltration, the tribe can begin to pursue other interior repairs that are needed to allow the tribe to continue to operate its food bank, emergency shelter, and tribal operations, and to finish it’s Native American museum and records archive. For more information, contact Keith Layman at 260-410-5530.Plymouth: The Marshall County Commissioners will receive $25,000 to produce an engineering study and drawings for the Marshall County Courthouse. The 1872 courthouse was designed by Chicago architect Gordon Randal and features a limestone base, brick walls, and a hipped roof with a central tower. The project will provide an overall building assessment to include masonry, windows, and doors, and to provide specific plans for the restoration of the tower. The assessment will also examine the options for implementing a fire suppression system. For more information, contact Mike Delp at 574-930-4552.Ripley County: Ball State University will receive a grant of $49,999 to continue a Phase Ia survey of approximately 80 acres around historic homestead sites identified within Versailles State Park. A previous survey recorded 49 sites, and this project will attempt to verify the location of 21 more sites. Along with their associated historical records, these sites tell the story of the early planned settlement as well as early statehood. This targeted archaeological survey will help uncover the remains of daily home life at these sites. The park would like to use the information to develop more engaging interpretation around these resources, create a series of significance statements and primary interpretive themes, and determine potential eligibility for the National Register. For more information, contact Chris Thompson at 765-285-5328.Rensselaer: The Jasper-Newton Foundation will receive a $50,000 grant to rehabilitate 63 historic windows, replace one double-hung window, and preserve all the window frame units in the Rensselaer Carnegie Library. The building was built in 1904 and opened in 1905. The library is now known as the Carnegie Center and provides gallery space for artists of all ages, as well as community meeting space for training, events, and networking opportunities. For more information, contact Brienne Hooker, Jasper-Newton Foundation, at 219-866-2228.Saint Mary of the Woods: Saint Mary of the Woods College will receive a $28,200 grant to assist with rehabilitation of the main entrance gate for the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Sisters of Providence campuses. The college was founded in 1840 as an academy for the education of women. The main entrance gate was built in 1918 and is one of the early landscape features in a plan that expanded and enhanced the campus. It’s a prominent and highly recognizable landmark made of brick and limestone, with walls that curve inward toward the metal picket-style pair of gates. For more information, contact Susan Dolle at 812-535-5275.To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.
Alan Lee Hess Jr. age 66 of Bright, Indiana passed away in his home Tuesday, May 27, 2020. Born June 17, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois the son of Alan and Martha (Zawadzki) Hess Sr.Alan, a graduate of Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan, attended Michigan Institute of Technology and married Kathy Jo Westrich November 26, 1976 at Bright Methodist Church in Bright, Indiana. He is a member of Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church in Bright, Indiana. Alan worked as a computer machinist for the aircraft industry. He enjoyed car shows and photography.Alan is survived by his wife, Kathy Jo Hess, his children Marsha (Joe) Schmeltzer and Brad (Rebecca) Hess. Grandfather of Grayson Schmeltzer, Daisy Hess and Otto Schmeltzer. Brother of Debra Hess. Survived by his sisters-in-law Vella Kay (Wayne) Reiman, Donna Westrich, brothers-in-law Ken (Sandy) Westrich, Mark (Nancy) Westrich, Dave Hartman. Also survived by his Auntie’s Frances and Cele along with many loving nieces and nephews.Alan is preceded in death by his parents Alan and Martha Hess Sr. and his brother in law Mike Westrich and sister-in-law Pam Hartman.Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. until time of memorial service at 12:00 P. M. at Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church 25365 State Line Rd. Lawrenceburg, Indiana.Memorials may be donated to Bright Fire department and/or Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church c/o the funeral Home Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway St. Harrison, Ohio 45030.
RelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Manchester City ace Riyad Mahrez is reportedly furious after heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder flirted with his ex-model wife Rita in a nightclub.Friends say the pair were “chatting intently” at Wilder’s VIP table in the trendy Manchester nightspot, popular among big-spending footballers and WAGS.“They were chatting intently, laughing and joking. You could see there was chemistry there and a real connection,” a source told The Sun. “But because of where it was, a lot of people noticed how well they seemed to be getting along.“It’s a club full of footballers and Wags, which even some of Riyad’s team-mates go to. Rita was actually on a night out with Riyad’s sisters who she really gets on with.“And they did not appear to be happy with what was going on. One even seemed to go and get Rita, to take her away from Deontay, who was of course trying to keep her with him.”Reports of the pair’s encounter at LIv’s nightclub quickly made their way back to the Algerian winger, who is a Muslim non-drinker who eschews the typical footballer lifestyle.Sources said he was “devastated” to hear how Wilder, the WBC champ and father-of-eight who is known for his freakish punching power, seemed to hit it off with Rita so quickly.According to the source, Wilder spotted Rita from across the club and had one of his entourage invite her over to the table to meet him.She knew who he was but wasn’t starstruck and soon the pair were enjoying an in depth conversation, in full view of Mahrez’s teammates and other revellers. “Word soon got back to Riyad about what had happened. He knew about it by early the next morning. Riyad was shocked and a bit upset about it — and he couldn’t get his head around what was going on,” the source added.Rita – who married Mahrez, 28, in a secret but lavish ceremony in August 2015 – met the Wilder at the club in late August.The following day, Wilder, who scored a controversial draw against Manchester’s Tyson Fury in December, was spotted with Manchester United captain Paul Pogba.Mahrez became City’s record signer in July 2018 when they splashed £60 million on the Leicester City talisman, who helped the midlands club win their first PL title.He has two young children with Rita, after meeting her on London’s Oxford Street.Rita, from Kent, has 372,000 Instagram followers, including Wilder. She follows just 50 people on Instagram – including Wilder.Wilder, who is 6ft 7ins, is from Tuscaloon, Alabama, is engaged to US model Telli Swift – star of TV show WAGS Atlanta. She is the mother of one of his children.Undefeated Wilder has won 41 professional bouts and is set to rematch Fury next year. Tags: Deontay WilderMan CityManchester City
RelatedPosts Joe Aribo scoops Young Player, Goal of the season awards Saka: I’ll remember this week forever Arsenal sweat on Bukayo Saka new deal Scotland have not called up left back Kieran Tierney for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, after his Premier League club Arsenal requested that the national team leave him out, manager Steve Clarke said on Tuesday.Tierney, the most expensive player to be recruited from the Scottish Premiership when Arsenal signed him in August for £25 million, made his debut for the London club in September after recovering from double hernia surgery.The 22-year-old has made six appearances in all competitions this season but was withdrawn towards the end of last weekend’s 1-1 league draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Scotland boss Clarke said the nature of his issue was a “question for Arsenal” to answer.“Kieran’s got an ongoing issue that Arsenal are keen to address in the next international break.“Arsenal asked us not to select him. It’s a little bit frustrating. It’s obviously frustrating for Kieran as well but we’ve got good cover in that position.Looking ahead to Wednesday’s Europa League clash against Portuguese side Vitoria, Arsenal said on their website that they had “no first team squad players unavailable due to injury”.Clarke told a news conference ahead of Scotland’s qualifiers against Cyprus on Nov. 16 and Kazakhstan three days later, that Liverpool’s Andy Robertson is expected to start at left back for Scotland.“I have to focus on the players that come.“My job is to try and build a squad… that’s 100% committed, ready to come here and do their best for the country,” he added.Belgium and Russia have already qualified from Scotland’s group but Clarke’s side, who sit fourth in Group I, can still qualify for the finals through the playoffs. Tags: Kieran TierneyScotland
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Tino Anjorin has agreed a new long-term deal to keep him at Chelsea until 2025, but it will not be signed until the country’s coronavirus lockdown is lifted. The 18-year-old winger made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 4-0 rout of Everton, the final Premier League game before the season was halted. That vote of confidence from Frank Lampard was a significant boost and talks over personal terms had progressed in the past couple of weeks. Anjorin, who has just over a year remaining on his current deal, will be the ninth academy player to agree new terms this season. First-team regulars Mason Mount, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and the fit-again Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all agreed extensions on top of recent debutants Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja and third-choice goalkeeper Jamie Cumming. Leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham remains in talks over a new deal that has dragged on for several months, while the club remain engaged in negotiations with a number of other players. Willian, Pedro, Willy Caballero and Olivier Giroud are all out of contract at the end of June.Tags: CoronavirusEvertonFikayo TomoriFrank LampardTino Anjorin
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 COVID-19 vaccine will not be available before mid-2021 – German minister Powerlifting legend Lucy Ejike on Friday said she was physically fit and in top form before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.Ejike told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, following the long period of inactivity due to the coronavirus pandemic, that she was however yet to resume her gym sessions. The three-times Paralympics gold medalist said she has been training at home since the lockdown to keep fit.“I have been training at home since the lockdown and now that the lockdown is relaxed, I am still training at home and yet to resume gym sessions,” she said.Ejike however said she did not want to push herself into any vigorous training at the moment.She said: “I don’t want to do that because I have not been training consistently due to the COVID-19.“But I still know that this length of inactivity will not deter me. “In a few months time, I will get back to my peak.”The 42-year-old said she was at her best form before the lockdown in preparation for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games.Ejike, who won a gold medal in the women’s up-to-61kg category at the World Para-Powerlifting World Cup in Abuja in February, said she was reserving her energy for the Tokyo Games.“That is where I am looking forward to breaking more records,” she said.The Paralympic Games earlier scheduled to begin in August 2020 has been postponed to August 2021 in Tokyo due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NAN.Tags: CoronavirusLucy EjikeTokyo Paralympics
Paolo Di Canio dedicated a stunning derby victory at Newcastle to his late mother after Sunderland enhanced their prospects of Barclays Premier League survival. The 44-year-old Italian celebrated on his knees as the Black Cats romped to a 3-0 win at St James’ Park, their first in enemy territory in 13 years and just their second anywhere in 17 attempts. A priceless triumph ended a run of nine league games without a victory and lifted the club three points clear of the relegation zone with five matches left to play. Asked if that was how he had dreamt the first derby encounter of his reign would be, Di Canio said: “Can I tell you something? Sometimes, some special things have to remain inside yourself. It’s not good to share with others because it’s very deep inside yourself. But I believe in this thing. Before the kick-off, I saw the face of my mama smiling.” The Italian went on: “Exactly yesterday (Saturday), it was one year since she passed away. Exactly one year ago, there was the same situation. I was in the dug-out the day after she passed away and we won the game – I was at Swindon – and today, it has happened again. “For this, I have to thank not only my mama, otherwise my dad – he is next to her, but today, he is going to be upset. But dad, mama was special today, so my dedication goes to her today, to my mam.” Sunderland took the lead with 27 minutes gone when the hugely impressive Stephane Sessegnon dispatched a low, skidding drive past Tim Krul. With 16 minutes remaining Adam Johnson fired past substitute goalkeeper Rob Elliot from distance, and David Vaughan added the icing to the cake with a superb 82nd-minute strike. Di Canio added: “The big rivalry we have got in this area is very famous around the world, so to get the three points away from home against Newcastle was fantastic. But now we have to drop back and put both feet on the floor. For the result in the area, it is a massive step, but in terms of the table, it’s a small step. “We are on 34 [points] now, we are not safe, but it’s obvious that it was a fantastic result for everybody.” Opposite number Alan Pardew was understandably subdued after a game which saw his side fail to claim a fifth successive home league victory in spectacular style. He said: “We will have to wear it, probably next year as well. That’s what happens when you lose one of these games. We are under no illusions as to the responsibility we have to our fans, and we have let them down 100 per cent.” Press Association
Robin van Persie has no intention of resting on his single Premier League title winners’ medal. It might be the end of an era at Old Trafford following the exit of Sir Alex Ferguson but Van Persie is intending it to be the start of a new one under David Moyes, adding: “That is the idea of all the lads. It is a great feeling to achieve it. We can enjoy it. It only gives you the taste for more. Hopefully next season we can win the double.” Pictures of the Arsenal outfit he left behind celebrating another top four finish underline the fundamental difference Van Persie felt at his old club. For he wanted something more than just a tilt at the Champions League. “I do think it is important for a player to win medals,” he said. “You play football to win. If you add up all those wins it has to end up in a big trophy.” Moyes was at Carrington for the first time on Monday morning. Until he heads on holiday at the end of the month, the 50-year-old will effectively be doing two jobs as there are still issues to tie up at Everton, who have yet to appoint the Scot’s successor. Moyes travelled to Unite’d’s training ground with Ferguson and popular United kit manager Albert Morgan to meet some members of staff for the first time. Although he does not officially start work until July 1, realistically, that start date is impractical as United head on tour on July 10 and return to pre-season training before then. Michael Carrick is excited about the arrival of Moyes, saying: “As players we are embracing the challenge. For so long we have had the stability of knowing what to expect. We could turn up for pre-season and know how we would be preparing. “There are going to be certain things that are new. But many will stay the same of course because there is a structure there and there is not a lot wrong. We are all looking forward to it. We are looking forward to the new manager coming in, working with him, improving as a squad and taking the club forward.” Press Association By his own admission, the Dutchman had grown increasingly frustrated at his failure to add to the FA Cup he lifted with Arsenal at Manchester United’s expense in 2005. It was one of the major reasons why the 29-year-old opted to make the £24million move to Old Trafford last summer. The switch has paid off handsomely, with Van Persie landing both the championship and the Golden Boot for the second season running, but the former Arsenal man told MUTV: “I am not thinking I have my medal and this is it. It tastes beautiful. But I know how it feels now and I want more.”
Liverpool have announced the addition of a friendly against Norwegian side Valerenga to their pre-season programme. The Reds will travel to Oslo for the fixture on August 7. Liverpool are already playing in Indonesia, Australia and Thailand on their pre-season tour in July and also hosting Olympiacos for Steven Gerrard’s testimonial at Anfield on August 3. Press Association
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher expects to miss the start of the new Barclays Premier League season as he continues his rehabilitation from a bowel operation. The Scotland captain took nine months out to see if his symptoms settled down before returning last September, and seemed to be making rapid progress. However, after appearing in three games out of four at the end of November, he was restricted to two very brief substitute appearances – the last of which came in the 4-3 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. “I’ve had it for five years but really struggled to control it for the last three years,” he said. “It’s had a big impact on my day-to-day life, never mind trying to play football. “Medication wasn’t helping me but surgery was the only solution if I wanted to have not only a future playing football but even a quality of life going forward. Fletcher added: “It’s all going well. I am still under the hands of the medical team just now, and the surgeon who is looking after me. Everything is going to plan so far and I am not that far away now. “I am doing exercise on my own. I’ve not been given the green light to join in contact in football training but I am doing my own running and physical activities and feel great. “Hopefully, in the next few weeks I am going to get the green light to join in and to start making the comeback, which is looking very good.” Press Association The 29-year-old has been battling ulcerative colitis for the past five years and underwent surgery in January as part of a “planned procedure”. Asked on BBC Radio Five when he would be back in action, Fletcher replied: “Hopefully, not too long after the start of the season. I think I will just miss the beginning of the season.”
Press Association Cardiff owner Vincent Tan had stated he was confident of reaching an agreement after holding talks with Hammam, and a deal has now been struck. It is believed Cardiff agreed to pay a one-off lump sum and a schedule of further, smaller payments. Tan said: “I am grateful and indebted to Sam Hammam, Michael Isaac and Michael Filiou for their part in this resolution, which brings to a close a lengthy period of uncertainty. “This settlement allows us to look to a new era of financial stability, which should be celebrated by all connected to Cardiff City. “I am delighted, primarily for the supporters of this great club that we can put this matter firmly behind us and plan for our future with confidence.” Hammam will become an honorary life president of the club, while his representative Filiou has taken a place on the board. “This resolution will rightly be regarded as a proud and historic occasion for all associated with Cardiff City Football Club,” said Hammam. “Now that an amicable agreement has been reached, thanks in most part to the vision of Tan Sri Vincent Tan and the important role of Michael Isaac and Michael Filiou, the club can now focus on the exciting Premier League season ahead, while building for the future with optimism.” Tan claimed last week that once an agreement with Langston was secured he would look to convert the substantial amount he is owed by the club into equity in order to ensure Cardiff become debt free. The debt to Swiss-based financial company Langston, of whom former Bluebirds chief Sam Hammam is a representative, was taken out in 2004 and was believed to be worth £24million. Cardiff’s most recent financial figures showed the club were £83million in debt. Cardiff have reached an “amicable resolution” with creditors Langston Corporation over the club’s longstanding debt.
At the press conference to announce his multi-million pound deal with Nike in January, Rory McIlroy was keen to stress major titles mattered more to him than money. Such honesty made for great headlines, but is it great for McIlroy? “Sometimes (I wish I wasn’t so honest) but it’s just me,” he said. “I am not going to sit up here and pour my heart out but I will tell you how I am thinking and what’s on my mind. If I get asked a reasonable question I will give a reasonable answer.” The answer to McIlroy’s problems on the course may prove harder to find, but the Ryder Cup star is hoping a few enjoyable rounds with friends back home in Northern Ireland last week, coupled with the advice of putting coach Dave Stockton, will set him on the right track. He insists his game was in worse shape at this time last year before a fifth-place finish in Akron kickstarted a stunning second half of the season. And he believes competing at Firestone is the perfect preparation for what lies ahead at Oak Hill, venue for the 1995 Ryder Cup and the scene of Shaun Micheel’s US PGA triumph in 2003. “They are both old-fashioned, traditional golf courses,” McIlroy said. “The fairways at Oak Hill have a little more bend to them, you have to shape a lots of shots at Oak Hill; here a lot of them are straight out in front but the greens are similar, quite small and sloping and the par threes at both courses are strong holes. “I’ve heard the rough is up at Oak Hill from when I was there six weeks ago so I’m looking forward to seeing what that’s like.” “At the end of 2013, if I have not won another major I will be disappointed.” Two months after expressing those thoughts, McIlroy was replaced as world number one by Tiger Woods and now finds himself third in the rankings behind Phil Mickelson. And unless he retains his US PGA title next week at Oak Hill, that disappointment of not winning a major championship in 2013 will hit home too. The bookmakers have the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland as a 28/1 seventh favourite to lift the Wanamaker Trophy again and it is hard to argue with those odds. In fact it could easily be argued they are not generous enough. McIlroy won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots at Kiawah Island, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. But he has recorded only one top-five finish in a turbulent 2013 that saw him damage his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending one of his new clubs out of shape during the final round of the US Open. In the majors he has managed just one round under 70 – a closing 69 in the US Masters – and is a collective 28 over par after missing the cut in the Open Championship after rounds of 79 and 75. That opening round at Muirfield led McIlroy to offer a withering assessment of his own performance, labelling it “brain dead” and claiming he sometimes felt “like I’m walking around out there and I’m unconscious”. “I don’t play golf for the money, I am well past that,” McIlroy said in Abu Dhabi after signing a deal reported to be worth around £150million over 10 years. “I’m a major champion and world number one, which I have always dreamed of being, and feel this is a company that can help me sustain that and win even more major titles. Press Association
Giovanni Trapattoni has put his faith in Richard Dunne and James McClean as his reign as Ireland boss approaches a defining moment. Anthony Pilkington had been tipped to make a debut on the left, while striker Simon Cox was considered as an option, but it was 24-year-old McClean, discarded by Sunderland over the summer, who eventually got the nod after impressing in the corresponding fixture in Stockholm, a 0-0 draw in March. Trapattoni said: “He played well, he is also physically strong and this game is a tough game – it will be a technical, but also a physical game against Sweden. They are strong physically. “At first, I thought about playing with four strikers, but then I thought three strikers is already enough, and because also during the game the other options could be very important. “During the game, I can also choose to have other tactical opportunities. That is the reason.” Dunne’s return will add experience and know-how to a defence which has repeatedly laid the foundation for Ireland’s better results under Trapattoni. The manager still needed assurances over the decision to select a man who because of injury played only 25 minutes of football last season – and that came in June. Discussing Dunne, now at QPR, Trapattoni said: “I said at the last conference, I have to think very well about Richard because firstly, it was a long injury and secondly, he was without a club. “I said also I would follow him because his fitness would be important, and I have seen him very well with the same personality. Press Association The 74-year-old Italian had indicated earlier this week that 33-year-old stalwart Dunne would return to the heart of his defence for Friday night’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden for the first time in a competitive game since the Euro 2012 finals. But he sprang a surprise when he named his starting XI and included Wigan winger McClean in it as the injured Aiden McGeady’s replacement. “I have seen him play very well in games and for me, he is the same Richard as he was before the injury.” Skipper Robbie Keane, who has spent much of his international career at the opposite end of the pitch to his fellow Dubliner, was delighted to see him back in harness. Keane said: “He’s a massive presence. He’s my mate and I know how frustrating it has been for him for such a long time, to be out since the Euros, basically. “I know how excited he is now to be back in the fold and desperate to play in a competitive game. “He’s had a good start to his new team with QPR, so he feels fit and he feels sharp. He’s a massive, massive player for us. “He has a massive presence when he plays for us and any player who comes up against Richard Dunne knows that they are in for a tough night.” Sweden’s visit to the Aviva Stadium and the trip to Austria which follows four days later will go a long way towards deciding the destiny of Ireland’s qualification hopes, and perhaps Trapattoni’s continued presence in his job. However, it is a challenge the veteran manager is relishing. He said: “We are very conscious that in the next two games against Sweden and Austria, we are playing for our participation in the World Cup. “I have watched the [last] match against Sweden and I am convinced that we have a good chance to win this game, because in Stockholm we played very well. “Now we need to repeat the same performance with full commitment. Only with this can we think about achieving qualification, because after the game against Austria we can have greater morale.”
Press Association A House of Lords report was published on Tuesday which recommended the two clubs work together and even suggests the League One side be granted occasional use of the stadium, something they have long been pushing for. It adds another layer to what has been a seemingly interminable saga over who would move into the stadium and one that twisted this way and that for years before negotiations ended in March this year with the LLDC signing off West Ham as anchor tenants. The agreement saw the Barclays Premier League club take on a 99-year lease, with the stadium to be transformed into a 60,000-seater venue in time for the 2016-17 season. While Orient chairman Barry Hearn wants there to be three-way talks between the two clubs and the LLDC, for West Ham any discussions should be just between the League One club and the LLDC which owns and manages the stadium. “Looking forward, our focus is solely on creating a stunning new home for the club and its supporters in 2016, alongside a long-term legacy for the community of east London,” a spokesman for the Premier League club said. “What goes on with other interested parties is very much a matter for (Leyton Orient) and the LLDC and not West Ham United. “We welcome the committee’s comments and are happy the House of Lords have recognised that West Ham United’s selection will ensure the stadium reaches its full legacy potential.” Orient welcomed the report and on their website a statement from Hearn read: “I agree with the House of Lords recommendation – ourselves, West Ham and the LLDC should sit down and work this out together once and for all. “Leyton Orient is a local club which undertakes a huge amount of community work in one of the poorest areas in London. “It has been said that Orient did not bid enough to cover its costs of using the stadium, but we were bidding within our means and against ourselves – we do not know what the LLDC want from us because they will not tell us. “So we ask them again, publicly, to say what we have to pay to share the stadium, a national asset which is on our doorstep. “We are writing to the LLDC seeking a meeting so that we can have an open and transparent discussion about what part we can play in the future use of the Olympic Stadium.” A spokesman for the LLDC was not immediately available for comment. West Ham believe Leyton Orient need to hold discussions directly with the London Legacy Development Corporation without involving them if they are to come to a satisfactory solution over the Olympic Stadium.
Aston Villa ended their losing run but there was little respite for under-fire manager Paul Lambert as they ground out a 1-1 draw with Swansea. Press Association It was a meeting of two out-of-form teams, with Villa having lost their previous four matches while Swansea were without a win in five. The hosts scored in the first half at Villa Park for the first time this Barclays Premier League season through Gabriel Agbonlahor in the seventh minute but Swansea piled on the pressure and got their reward when Roland Lamah equalised eight minutes before half-time. The Welsh side dominated the second half but were unable to find a winner. Swansea boss Michael Laudrup made seven changes from the defeat by Chelsea on Boxing Day, while Villa had midfielder Ashley Westwood back after suspension. The hosts had left the field to jeers after losing at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday but they began positively, pressing high up the pitch and wasting no time breaking forward. They got their reward in the seventh minute as Andreas Weimann picked up the ball on the right and played in Agbonlahor, who exploited dreadful positioning by the Swansea defence and found himself all alone on the edge of the penalty area. The striker hesitated but then showed good composure to place the ball under Gerhard Tremmel. It was just what Villa needed, but as the half wore on Swansea became more and more dominant. Their first chance came in the 17th minute when Pablo Hernandez cut inside and tested Brad Guzan, who initially spilled the ball but quickly gathered it. Three minutes later the visitors should have been level but Ben Davies headed the ball into the ground and over the bar from six yards when he was picked out by Jonathan De Guzman’s corner. Villa threatened sporadically but their periods of possession were fleeting and the pressure continued to grow at the other end. The visiting fans celebrated erroneously when Antonio Luna’s poor clearance fell to De Guzman on the edge of the area and he flashed a shot just wide. But two minutes later Swansea were level, Jonjo Shelvey picking out the lively Hernandez on the left and his cross was headed in at the back post by Lamah. Guzan got an arm to the header but could not keep it out. The home fans again expressed their disgruntlement at the half-time whistle, and the pattern continued at the start of the second half. Guzan was called into action again in the 52nd minute, tipping over De Guzman’s free-kick, before Wilfried Bony fired well over the bar. Shelvey was the next to try his luck but his shot was blocked five yards out by Luna and Bony was unable to get to the rebound. The worry for the visitors was they were not testing Guzan nearly enough and there was always the danger that Villa could hit them on the break. Agbonlahor at least tried a shot at goal for the hosts in the 71st minute but it was from 25 yards and flew well over the bar. A goal appeared much more likely at the other end, and Villa did well to block Bony’s dangerous shot before Shelvey’s cross just evaded two Swansea players. Lambert sent on Karim El Ahmadi, Libor Kozak and Marc Albrighton in a bid to give Villa more attacking impetus but they were struggling to string two passes together. Fabian Delph, one bright spot for Villa this season, tested Tremmel with a well-struck shot but it was straight at the Swansea keeper. That turned out to be the final chance and there were again boos as referee Roger East blew the final whistle.
He feels City can achieve an astonishing feat, as long as they do not become fixated by the idea. He said: “It’s possible for them to win all four. They will go for it and want to win it. “When you get into that position the thing is you don’t talk too much about it at all, because you are in such a great frame of mind. “You get into the rhythm of playing a game and performing, winning and playing and performing and winning. “That was what we felt for the last five months of 1999. It was just game after game after game. We rotated and didn’t have to make too many changes. “We had won so many games and Peter Schmeichel’s penalty save (in the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal) was a key moment because Arsenal would have won the double. “That’s the margins in football.” Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes owner Vincent Tan can help the club become a Premier League force. Malaysian businessman Tan has caused controversy by changing the club’s kit from blue to red and sacking manager Malky Mackay after a series of disagreements. But Tan claims to have ploughed more than £120million of his own money into the club and has already backed Solskjaer in the transfer market with the acquisitions of Magnus Wolff Eikrem and Mats Moller Daehli. There were also three club-record signings during the summer and Solskjaer is confident Tan can help the Bluebirds become a top-10 side, and re-iterated he will have control over all football matters. Solskjaer, whose side dropped into the relegation zone after defeat to West Ham last weekend, said: “The owner is a winner and he wants all of his businesses to be successful. Now he trusts me to make the football decisions. “In the short term it is important that we stay in the Premier League, but then again he has reassured me that we are looking to strengthen if the right people are available. “It is not like I have X amount of money. It is my job to find value for money and put it to him. He has been very open for discussion. “It is a great football club and a top 10-place is the medium and long-term aim, and who knows what can happen in the long, long term?” On Saturday, Solskjaer takes his side to the Etihad Stadium to face a Manchester City side with 10 wins from 10 at home in the league and 99 goals scored in all competitions so far this season. The Citizens remain in contention for a trophy quadruple. Solskjaer famously helped Manchester United to the treble in 1999, scoring the winner against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Press Association
“We’re absolutely delighted, it was a great victory after a well deserved point on Wednesday night,” Nolan told whufc.com. “It’s just marred by an incident, but hopefully that’ll get overturned and we can just get on with it and look forward to what’s going to be another tough game away to Aston Villa. “Andy was gutted because he wanted to get minutes too, which is important for him, and he’s honest enough to say it’s definitely not a red. You sort of know when someone’s done something wrong and I sort of knew he hadn’t. “He was very surprised, it was difficult, but we showed tremendous character to grind the result out.” Carroll was long touted as the Hammers’ saviour by Allardyce and his understanding with Nolan – the pair were also team-mates at Newcastle – was evident for all to see on the striker’s third start of the season following a heel injury. “Everyone’s forgotten what it’s like because we haven’t been able to do it on a regular basis for a long time,” Nolan added. “We knew that the more and more he got his fitness up, we had that in us. “We’ve been working hard on the training pitch together just to make sure that we get it right, and we reaped the rewards.” Carroll twice provided the assists for Nolan to score – doubling his tally for the season – in the Hammers’ first home win in the Premier League since November 30. Hammers manager Sam Allardyce confirmed after the 2-0 win that the club would appeal against Carroll’s dismissal for an altercation with Swansea defender Chico Flores which leaves the England striker facing a three-match ban. Defender Winston Reid returned as a substitute after being out since November following ankle surgery and Nolan believes things are looking up for the Hammers. He added: “We have just got to make sure we keep a clean bill of health now and if we do you’ll see performances like (against Swansea) throughout the rest of the season. “Saturday proved that with a mostly-fit squad, we will get results. Hopefully now, touch wood, you’ll see us moving onwards and upwards.” In a wide-open relegation battle, eight points separate the bottom 11 teams, with Swansea in mid-table but just two points better off than the Hammers, who occupy the final place in the relegation zone. Michael Laudrup’s men ended an eight-match winless sequence by beating Fulham before falling to defeat at Upton Park. After the loss, Laudrup was keeping his emotions in check. “For me it’s always the same,” he added. “We cannot go up or down just because of one result, one way or another. “Last year there were a lot of teams involved, maybe not 11, but seven or eight until the last five or six games. “The only difference compared to last season is that there’s not one or two teams already stuck down there, eight, 10 points behind the rest, like we saw with Reading and QPR. “It makes it more – I don’t like the word interesting, because we’re part of it – but at least for the neutral spectator it’s interesting.” West Ham captain Kevin Nolan hopes Andy Carroll’s red card will be rescinded so the pair can swiftly resume the partnership which earned victory over Swansea on Saturday. Press Association
Richardson, though, sees no issue with whatever is asked by Fulham’s third manager of the season – so long as it produces the end result. “There were rumours going on about extra training, extra this and that, but I’ve found him spot on,” Richardson said in an interview with Sky Sports Soccer Saturday show. “I like to be worked hard to make me a better player and get my fitness up. “At the moment, we are bottom of the league, so whatever it takes to get out of that situation we are willing to do. “He has achieved so much as a player and a manager, so when he talks you listen to him.” Richardson added: “He has drummed that into us, to work harder as a team. “Individually, it is sometimes not enough and we realise we need to be together as a team and that is the only way we are going to get out of it.” Richardson, 29, was part of the West Brom side which pulled off a remarkable survival bid on the final day of the 2004/05 season. Midfielder Kieran Richardson maintains new Fulham manager Felix Magath can have his players “do whatever it takes” to keep the club in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association The former Manchester United midfielder sees no reason why Fulham cannot emulate that achievement as they prepare for Saturday’s west London derby against Chelsea at Craven Cottage. “We can do it and we all believe we can do it,” he said. “We are four points out of it at the moment, that is nothing too crazy, but as each game goes by, the chances get further away, so you need to pick up the points. “Teams on 28 points and below are still amongst it, all we have got to do is focus on Fulham and the next game.” The Cottagers are bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety after Saturday’s 1-1 draw at West Brom, which was Magath’s first game in charge since replacing Rene Meulensteen. German Magath brings with him a reputation of being a strict disciplinarian with tough training regimes, but ones which helped him win the Bundesliga title three times with two different clubs.
Without a win in four matches and with the vultures circling overhead, the last thing the under-fire Spurs boss needed was to be behind to Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana strikes after 28 minutes. However, the north Londoners did not wilt under the pressure and drew parity at White Hart Lane thanks to Christian Eriksen goals either side of half-time. “I wanted to play a high-tempo game and press them high up the field and I didn’t think we had the energy to do it. “It was quite evident and I think the European midweek games take their toll. We always seem to finish very well but we don’t start the games very well. “Against a good side like Southampton, you’re going to get punished and 2-0 down after 28 minutes I was dreading coming to the press conference, chaps, I have to tell you.” Kyle Naughton was guilty of gifting the visitors their two goals, yet left the field to high praise from Sherwood after providing the assist for Eriksen’s first goal and the guts he showed in kicking on. “I want to give credit to Kyle Naughton today and I’ve told him there anyone can mistakes and obviously he made two there,” said the Spurs boss, who fumed at the lack of character shown in the recent drubbing at Chelsea. “But I tell you what everyone can’t do is stand tall and put yourself on offer in the second half of the game. “Too often, not only Tottenham players but players around the country, people go hiding, they want to come off. “He didn’t want to come off, he wanted to put things right and think he did that in the second half. I give him massive credit for that and he will only grow from that.” Southampton counterpart Mauricio Pochettino was surprisingly calm in the post-match press conference given his side had thrown away a two-goal lead in defeat, with his only complaint the performance of referee Anthony Taylor and his officials. “It was not that we started well, I thought we had a very good game overall,” the Argentinian said. “We were 2-0 up and controlling it, especially in the first half. “Their first goal came from a clear foul on Dejan Lovren so that should not have been allowed to stand. “Then came the equaliser, an injury to Nathaniel Clyne as well and it was a heavy punishment for the way that we played today. “I thought that we deserved more but there were some refereeing decisions that did not go our way today and, despite that, I thought we did very well against a very good Tottenham side.” Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood was full of admiration for his players after they staged a remarkable comeback victory against Southampton. There was more to come, though, as substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson lashed home from distance in stoppage time to make it 3-2, leading his manager to dash down the touchline in celebration. “It was a massive, massive win for us,” Sherwood said. “We know we have a tough period ahead. “On paper, they look easier games after the Liverpool one, but they’re the harder ones. “When people come here with expectancy, let me tell you, it is harder to come from 2-0 down at home than 2-0 away from home. Unless you’ve played the game, you won’t understand. “There is an expectancy but it takes real guts, character and spirit to do that and we showed that today. Brilliant.” Eriksen revealed after the match that a half-time “speech” buoyed the players on and it sounds like Sherwood may have used a few expletives to gee his side up. “I can’t tell you everything – it wasn’t pretty,” Sherwood said. “It wasn’t ranting and raving, it was considered and it was measured what I had to say to them. Press Association
The striker has bagged just two Barclays Premier League goals this term after returning from a ruptured Achilles in October. Villa host Chelsea on Saturday having failed to score in 10 hours and 12 minutes in the league – since Benteke netted against Manchester United in December. “I’m pretty sure he is probably getting advice from every quarter, I have spoken to him and I’m sure his parents, agent and all those sort of people have. “He is a young guy and has only been in this country for three years. The big thing was the impact he made here at the beginning of his career. It was so big and the spotlight was on him so when he hits a drop it’s more noticeable. “We have to protect him as well and watch him. He will come back stronger, I have no doubt whatsoever. “If he can get back to the heights where he was before he can be unplayable.” Christian Benteke has been watching video nasties after Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert revealed they have gone back to basics to revive his season. Press Association But the striker has struggled since and has been studying videos with the Villa coaching staff of where he can improve in a bid to rescue his form. Lambert said: “He has looked at them himself, it’s not something which has gone unnoticed by anyone. We look at them and show him things. It will make him stronger. “He is not naive, he knows what’s going on. The big thing is to help him and help the team get him back to where he was. “He could well be (watching videos at home), but we have sat with him as staff and showed him things he can improve on.” Villa tried to sign Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert on deadline day, only for the 32-year-old to stay at Anfield. Villa boss Lambert is unlikely to rest Benteke against Chelsea but was keen to bring another striker in to ease the burden. “If I bought another striker in the window I could play with two up front and take the spotlight off him,” he said. “He knows himself things aren’t going his way but the club, his team-mates and staff will try everything they can do to help him.
Dedigout ran out a convincing winner of the Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle at Navan after drama at the final flight in the Grade Two contest. Bryan Cooper always looked comfortable on the Tony Martin-trained 6-4 favourite, who was coming off the back of a victory in the Galmoy Hurdle, and all looked to be going to plan when he hit the front after jumping the third-last flight. But Briar Hill was switched to put in a powerful challenge under Ruby Walsh and had just hit top gear when he fell at the last, allowing Dedigout to ease away from Zaidpour to score by two and a half lengths, with Gerdago running a fine race in third. Press Association Martin said: “He jumped well coming back to this trip. He always had the pace and the ground helped his stamina come into play. “Ruby was a bit unlucky and who knows what would have happened if he’d stood up, I thought we had a little left and it would have been interesting to see.” Dedigout was trimmed to 20-1 from 25-1 for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham with Paddy Power, who cut Briar Hill to 16-1 from 25-1. Boylesports left Dedigout unchanged at 20-1. However, Martin warned: “Hopefully our fellow is OK in the morning, and there will have to be at least yielding in the ground wherever he goes. We’ll get him home and see where we go from there.” Cooper told At The Races: “Tony’s done a great job getting him back. He loves that soft ground, it’s a big help to him. He’s doing nothing wrong so far “I was in front sooner than I wanted and I wasn’t doing much in front. I’d be hoping if my lad got into a battle he’d come out the other side. Ruby was maybe travelling the better, but I always thought I had plenty up my sleeve. “There’s another one in him, no doubt, but we’ll be very careful where we go. It will want to be good, even ground wherever he does go.” The victory was part of a treble for owners Gigginstown House Stud, who also scored with Very Wood and Cogryhill.
Simon Easterby has rejected Wales coach Shaun Edwards’ claims that Ireland play “very dangerous” rugby by employing the choke tackle. Forwards coach Easterby refused to be drawn into a war of words with Wales assistant Edwards over Ireland’s frequent and telling use of a tackle designed to hold the opponent off the ground. Former rugby league star Edwards has branded the choke tackle “a blight on the game that encourages high tackling”, but Easterby denied Ireland take any risks on safety with their approach. Press Association The tactic has been hugely successful for Ireland, who put it to good use to beat Wales in Dublin en route to claiming the 2014 Six Nations title. Ireland host England in Dublin on Sunday, before taking on Wales in Cardiff on March 14. Edwards addressed the media regarding perceived and purposeful obstruction dummy lines run by England players ahead of Wales’ clash with Stuart Lancaster’s side at the start of the tournament. The former Wasps coach has weighed into another wider rugby issue, suggesting the choke tackle puts player safety to the test. Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton produced two pivotal turnovers from choke tackles on France’s express train centre Mathieu Bastareaud in his side’s 18-11 victory on February 14. The 29-year-old suffered a black eye and several eyebrow stitches from two clashes of heads with France’s bullish midfielder, but refused to stray from the tactic. While Easterby defended Joe Schmidt’s side’s right to continue to play within the game’s current laws, the former Ireland flanker was not about to let any rebuttal turn personal. The former British and Irish Lion instead turned his attention to the battle for Ireland’s loosehead prop berth, admitting a selection conundrum between Jack McGrath and Cian Healy. Fit-again Healy was released for Leinster action at the weekend after coming off the bench in Ireland’s victory over France. The British Lions front-rower is finally back up to speed after more than three months of hamstring trouble, and Easterby admitted he is ready to start if selected ahead of McGrath. “We’re lucky really that we’ve got Cian coming back to full fitness and up to speed on what we’re doing,” said Easterby. “He’s been out of the game for three months, he’s probably made a really quick recovery from that injury and he’s come back in unbelievable shape. “But we also have a player in Jack who has been phenomenal, and his numbers are high in everything that he does. “And we now have a great position in the loosehead that we do have two quality players in there we can call upon. “It’s a good position to be in, it’s not every position that we have that in. “Cian is definitely fit, yeah. “Listen it’s a nice position to be in, you’ve got Jack who has played a lot of rugby for us and done really well for a young man in a very attritional position.” Pressed on the issue and asked if Ireland play dangerous rugby, Easterby replied: “No.” The former Scarlets coach was however determined not to cloud the build-up to Sunday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations clash with England by discussing the merits of the choke tackle at length. “He’s entitled to his opinion, but I don’t want to comment on that,” said Easterby of Edwards’ comments. “It’s a type of tackle that teams are using, just like a chop tackle is, just like an assist tackle, but I would prefer not to comment on what Shaun Edwards has said, because that’s outside of this environment and I don’t want to be commenting on that. “We’ve got to play within the law, and as long as we’re disciplined and play within the law, then that’s all we can ask of the players, and that’s what we’ll coach time and time again. “I really don’t have an opinion on what he said.” Ireland defence coach Les Kiss pioneered the choke tackle in 2011, to capitalise on a technicality of maul laws. The defending team attempts to hold the attacking player off the ground and hold the ball in the resulting maul – when play stagnates, the defending team win the put-in at the scrum and a turnover.
Harrington, who won this tournament 10 years ago, carded a second-round 66 which took him to seven under par overall, one shot ahead of American Patrick Reed. The second round was completed on Saturday, after bad weather and light had forced an early end on Friday, but the day’s play was then ended 50 minutes into the third round due to lightning in the area as well as heavy wind and rain. When play does get back under way on Sunday, Harrington will be hoping to keep the momentum going. He has not been victorious on the PGA or European Tour since winning the last of his third majors – the US PGA Championship – in 2008, after which he decided to re-model his swing. The Irishman is now 297th in the world but was as low as 371 last year before he won on the Asian Tour’s Bank BRI Indonesia Open in December to give himself a boost. “I think I’m in a good place that I can deliver more performances like this,” he said on the PGA Tour website. “I feel like there’s good days ahead, so, you know, I’m not thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got to do it and it will be a long time before it comes around again.’ I feel I’m in a good place with my game and I feel I give myself plenty of opportunities like this going forward.” Harrington, who has missed four cuts in his last five PGA Tour matches, ended his round with bogeys at his final two holes but is still ahead of Reed, who shot a 67 on Friday. England’s Ian Poulter put himself firmly in contention with a round of 64, which included an eagle, five birdies and just the one bogey, moving him up to joint third alongside Brendan Steele. Poulter’s compatriot Luke Donald is one shot further back, while Russell Knox of Scotland is on three under overall. Rory McIlroy’s early exit was confirmed, with the world number one missing the cut by three shots after his seven over par score. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington took the halfway lead at the Honda Classic, which will be completed on Monday after the weather caused more delays at PGA National. Press Association
The Sussex batsman was twice dropped, while he edged his first ball just short of slip, but was otherwise imperious as he hit nine fours and three sixes. He joined in a third-wicket partnership of 138 with Andy Balbirnie, who was only three runs away from following Joyce to three figures after he was run out during the late-over scramble. Ireland took 108 from the final 10 overs to reach their highest ODI score, surpassing the 329 for seven they racked up during their famous World Cup win over England in Bangalore four years ago. When Zimbabwe then crashed to 74 for four in reply Ireland were in total control only for Taylor and Williams to turn the momentum of the match in a 149-run stand. Taylor reached his century from 79 balls and Ireland’s attack was looking toothless until Cusack produced a slower ball to fool the Zimbabwe skipper into spooning a catch to mid-on. Williams kept the scoreboard ticking over and had reduced the task to a manageable 32 from 20 balls when Mooney’s controversial catch was claimed. It was a critical moment and while Mupariwa made Ireland sweat, as he hit Kevin O’Brien for back-to-back fours and then a six, Cusack cleaned up the tail in a thrilling finale. The third umpire was called to judge the catch, although Williams did not remain on the field of play after he instead opted to take the word of Mooney that he had taken the catch inside the rope. There was still drama to follow as number 10 Tawanda Mupariwa slapped 19 from the penultimate over, delivered by Kevin O’Brien, to leave Zimbabwe needing seven from the last six balls. However, Alex Cusack held his nerve as he claimed the final two wickets, first getting Regis Chakabva to drag on before Mupariwa skied a catch William Porterfield gratefully accepted. While Joyce’s 112 earned him the man-of-the-match award Cusack’s four for 32 was just as invaluable, especially after he removed Zimbabwe skipper Brendon Taylor for 121. Victory was Ireland’s second over a full-member nation at the tournament after they opened their campaign with a win over West Indies. They will, however, most likely need to pull off one more shock in their final two pool games against India and Pakistan. Pakistan’s surprise win over South Africa earlier in the day did Ireland few favours and their clash in Adelaide on March 15 looms as a potential decider. Joyce became the fourth Ireland player to score a World Cup century although he was given a helping hand by a sloppy Zimbabwe fielding display. Press Association Ed Joyce’s third one-day international century helped Ireland post 331 for eight – their highest ever score at a World Cup – but Zimbabwe looked like running down the record chase until a debatable John Mooney catch. Replays appeared to show Mooney had stepped on the rope when he held on to remove Sean Williams, who was four short of a century and seemingly in control of the pursuit. Ireland clung on to claim a controversial five-run win over Zimbabwe to keep their bid to reach the World Cup quarter-finals on track.
Press Association The 25-year-old Bournemouth midfielder, who was playing non-league football for Woking five years ago, completed a remarkable journey when he was sent on as a 63rd-minute replacement for Glenn Whelan in Sunday’s 0-0 friendly draw with England at the Aviva Stadium. In the process, he found himself lining up against the likes of Wayne Rooney, Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, something he will do on a regular basis next season after helping the Cherries to promotion from the Sky Bet Championship. Arter will now hope to force his way into Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s plans for Saturday’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland, although he is taking nothing for granted as he attempts to ease himself on to the international stage. He said: “I haven’t even really thought about it yet. My main focus is to take each day as it comes. I am still very inexperienced at this level and any part that the manager wants me to play, I’m more than happy to do. “But I haven’t really looked that far forward yet.” Harry Arter enjoyed an early taste of what life in the Barclays Premier League will be like as he was handed his senior debut for the Republic of Ireland. Arter admitted he has rarely faced the prospect of such an exciting summer and is relishing what lies ahead. He said: “When the season ended, it was getting ready for this, really. I knew I might have a slight chance of being called up and when I did, it was to get focused on this. “I haven’t really thought too much about next season and the teams we will be playing against, but once this trip is done, it will be something to focus on with a lot of excitement and get ready for that. “International-level games are different, but these are the players I’m going to be playing against next year, so it was nice to test myself against them and experience it. “It was nice to test myself early on against these sort of players. From afar, you realise how good they are and it’s good to come up against them and test yourself and realise what you are in for next year.” Arter might have announced his arrival in style within minutes when he broke into space and unleashed a long-range shot which flew just wide of Joe Hart’s goal. He said: “I could have flicked Longy (Shane Long) in, but at the time, I felt like I had to have a shot and the manager said, ‘Well done’ for getting into those sort of positions after the game. “It was good to finally get a game and it was a moment I’m sure I will look back on in weeks and months and years to come with a lot of pride. It was a good day.”
O’Neill’s men came close to going top of Group F as they heaped on the pressure in the final moments of the 0-0 stalemate at Windsor Park. Only visiting goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu prevented them taking all three points, denying Jonny Evans just before the break before saving from Kyle Lafferty and Oliver Norwood in the dying minutes. Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill believes his side have all but guaranteed themselves a Euro 2016 play-off place after drawing with Romania. “I felt it was probably the tensest game yet, there was tension there from the outset,” he said. “Both teams stifled each other: we pressed them very well and they did likewise to us. It became a game neither side wanted to lose. “Both teams were determined not to be beaten and the games may well continue in that fashion. They will all probably be decided by finest of margins from now on.” Press Association A share of the spoils still leaves them with 13 points, two ahead of Hungary in third and seven in front of the Faroe Islands, who have stunned Greece twice to sit fourth. O’Neill still has his heart set on automatic qualification but believes the play-off that comes with third spot is effectively in the bag. “With a little more care in the box or a little more precision with the finishing we could have won the game but this is a big point,” said O’Neill. “It cements our place in the top three I think and that leaves it all to play for when we face the Faroes and Hungary in September. “I’ve said all along 18 points is the target and this is another point towards that. What is great is that we’re still only one point behind Romania. “We’ve managed to get points on board early, winning difficult games in Greece and Hungary and we’ve followed that with seven points from nine at home. “We saw here close to our strongest team going head to head with the side that is widely recognised as strongest in the group and I don’t think there was anything between the sides at all.” O’Neill believes this top-of-the-table clash was the most nervy he has experienced in the campaign – with the rivals constantly weighing up the risk and reward of pushing for victory – but expects plenty more of the same in the next four fixtures.