Shocking scenes in France as Lyon players attacked on pitch during warm-up

first_img4 It is the second time in a week that Lyon have been plagued by fan trouble, with supporters spilling onto the pitch in the Europa League game against Besiktas. 4 4 4 Memphis Depay and Mathieu Gorgelin appeared to be the targets, with the team retreating to the changing room. Full-back Jérémy Berthod explained to OLTV, the club’s TV channel, that some supporters kicked footballs into goalkeeper Gorgelin’s net, with either he or Memphis Depay trying to get rid of them before trouble flared.“The players and staff are very shocked,” he said, explaining that nobody wanted to return to the pitch.However, a decision was made to get the game underway and, as the players made their way back out, they were cheered. BeIN Sports footage actually catches a man trying to attack Memphis Depay & punches thrown at a Lyon goalkeeper. pic.twitter.com/NeL0nn1tY5— Get French Football (@GFFN) April 16, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js There was chaos ahead of Bastia v Lyon in France’s Ligue 1 https://twitter.com/GFFN/status/853625261199380480//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js There were shocking scenes in France when Lyon players were attacked by a section of Bastia fans as they warmed up on the pitch ahead of their Ligue 1 game in Corsica.last_img read more

Supreme Court spares cross

first_imgTony Galvin of San Diego said he understood the principle of separation of church and state but called the cross “a special case.” “It’s been here for a long time,” he said. “It’s part of San Diego’s fabric and it really should stay as is.” Three years ago, the Supreme Court refused to get involved in the dispute between Paulson and the city. Kennedy granted the stay to the city and the cross’ supporters without comment pending a further order from him or the entire court. It was unclear Monday how long the stay would remain in effect or whether the Supreme Court would ultimately deny the appeals by the city and the cross’ supporters.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Phil Thalheimer, chairman of the war memorial group, said the ruling “borders on divine intervention.” “We were jumping up and down,” he said. “For this to happen on July 3 – the day before our Independence Day, which is about freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression – it couldn’t have happened better.” U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, said the stay was “the right decision.” Hunter, along with Mayor Jerry Sanders, asked President George W. Bush in May to exercise his power of eminent domain and take over the half-acre cross site atop Mount Soledad. The cross, on a scenic hilltop perch in the upscale La Jolla area, was contested in 1989 by Philip Paulson, a Vietnam veteran and atheist. The ruling drew mixed reviews from a smattering of tourists and visitors to the cross. SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put on hold an order to remove a monumental cross that sits on public land, giving hope to supporters just weeks before the cross was to be taken down. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, acting for the high court, issued a stay of a lower court order to remove the 29-foot cross by Aug. 1, buying time for the city of San Diego and other cross supporters to continue their fight in state and federal appellate courts. The city argued that the cross was part of a broader memorial that was important to the community. San Diegans for the Mount Soledad National War Memorial joined the city’s appeal, saying they wanted to avoid the “destruction of this national treasure.” In May, U.S. District Court Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. declared that the cross, a symbol of Christianity, was an unconstitutional endorsement of one religion over another. Thompson ordered the city to take down the cross or pay daily fines of $5,000 starting Aug. 2. last_img read more

Jose Garay kicks way to semipros

first_imgThe Rattlers have two players with professional experience: midfielder Gustavo Lomeli, who played in Mexico, and forward Hady Mendoza, who played in Guatemala. “It’s really exciting. The PDL is a step closer to playing at the professional level,” said former Lancaster High defensive standout Leo Arabia, who also made the cut. The Rattlers will begin training-camp team practices Aug. 21. They have another tryout scheduled for the early part of 2007 and will try out individual players on a case-by-case basis, team owner Gerald Brunner said. “We’re very pleased with what I saw out there – with their ambition and talent, especially in that heat,” Brunner said. “We’re very excited about what this may bring for the team.” Lancaster Rattlers Goalies: Sam Campanelli (Highland), Ian Lovers (Quartz Hill), John Vedin (Palmdale), Zach Brunner (Lancaster). Defenders: Leo Arabia (Lancaster), Brandon Howell (Lancaster), Montana Dennis (Lancaster), Josh Hernandez (Paraclete), Tony Larson (Littlerock), Randell Davis (Quartz Hill), Salvador Gonzalez, Russell Welbourn (Quartz Hill), Tim Knittle (Palmdale), Casey Jenison (Quartz Hill), Dustin Miranda (Lancaster). Midfielders: Kevin Muenguia (Littlerock), Luis Bojorquez (Antelope Valley), Jamie Hernandez (Palmdale), Chayoth Chantakamo, Mathew Hiss (Palmdale), Julio Robles, Lino Montes De Oco, Rey Garcia, Cody Jenison (Quartz Hill), Gustavo Lomeli, George Medina, Juan Ruiz (Palmdale). Forwards: Mauricio Harrie (Highland), Hady Mendoza, Jose Gomez, Jose Garay (Palmdale), Jose Sanchez, Mathayo Huma (Lancaster), Victor Otieno (Antelope Valley).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“My plans were just to go to (college),” Garay said. “I never really thought I’d get this kind of opportunity out of high school so fast.” Garay, a league MVP and first-team All-Daily News selection, will soon head to Kansas Wesleyan, where he will play as a freshman. The PDL is structured to accommodate collegians’ academic and soccer schedules, and its semipro status protects players’ eligibility. The Rattlers are the Antelope Valley’s first PDL franchise. “I’m proud of myself to be able to say I’m playing for the team that’s representing the Antelope Valley,” Garay said. “There’s a lot of great players out here, and to be one of the chosen few is definitely an honor.” Garay was among about 80 players – most of them with local ties – who participated in the grueling four-day tryouts. The tryouts were cut from four to three hours because of the scorching heat, with temperatures well into triple digits all four days. LANCASTER – Jose Garay is just months removed from leading Palmdale High to a Golden League title in his senior year. He is now a step closer to playing professionally. Garay was among 33 players selected for the Lancaster Rattlers training-camp team. The Rattlers, a Premier Development League soccer team under the Major League Soccer umbrella, will start their inaugural season in April 2007. last_img read more

Bush promises government will be vigilant against terrorist attacks

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. – President Bush said today that a plot to blow up multiple flights between Britain and the United States shows “this nation is at war with Islamic fascists.” “This country is safer than it was prior to 9-11,” Bush said from the airport tarmac here where he was appearing at events focused on the economy. “We’ve taken a lot of measures to protect the American people but obviously we’re not completely safe. … It is a mistake to believe there is no threat to the United States of America.” The president laid the blame for the foiled attack squarely on al-Qaida-type terrorism. “This nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation,” he said, his remarks carried live on television. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles Bush’s spokesman had earlier declared “it is safe to travel.” The president urged Americans to be patient with the many inconveniences that will result from the increased threat level that the plot prompted him to approve. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Buying first home a challenge

first_img“It’s not expected to improve over the balance of this year even if the median price stays put and rates … come down a little bit,” he added. It takes about a half-percentage-point change in the adjustable rate to move the index up or down a point or two, depending on the market, he said. And first-time buyers typically purchase homes that cost 85 percent of the prevailing median price. As has been the pattern, the high desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, remained the most affordable in the state. Santa Barbara was the least affordable region in the state, at 14 percent. Of 13 counties captured in the index, only one, Contra Costa, saw affordability improve – and that was from 30 percent to 31 percent. The report also showed that: In Los Angeles County, affordability has cratered 53.1 percent from the beginning of 2003 and is down 29.6 percent from a year ago. Affordability in Ventura County is down 57.4 percent from the start of the tracking period and 11.5 percent annually. High desert affordability fell 50 percent from the start and is off 22 percent from a year ago. Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., agrees that this is a more accurate way to gauge affordability. But it paints the same kind of market snapshot as the old version, which was retired in January. “The news is still depressing,” Kyser said. “And he’s right in saying that affordability is not going to improve. It’s going to be tough to deliver entry-level housing in Los Angeles and Orange counties.” greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rising prices and interest rates during the second quarter combined to drive down housing affordability across California to a record low for first-time buyers, a trade association said Thursday. Just 23 percent of the state’s first-time buyers could afford a home priced at the median of $482,000, according to a new version of the Housing Affordability Index compiled by the California Association of Realtors. The figure is seven percentage points under last year’s second-quarter level. This is the first affordability index – showing the percentage of households that can afford the median in their community – using methodology that is supposed to better reflect current market conditions. The index is more than 20 years old and needed to be modified because of changes in the mortgage-finance arena. More products are available, and the underwriting criteria are different now. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesFor example, the first-time buyer index is based in part on a 10 percent down payment, with the purchase financed by an adjustable-rate loan. The association analyzed first-time purchases going back over about 15 years and found that most involved an adjustable-rate loan, said Robert Kleinhenz, the association’s deputy chief economist. The old index included both first-time and repeat buyers, used a 30-year loan, 20 percent down payment and the assumption that no more than 30 percent of household income would service the mortgage. The association applied its new formula to each quarter dating back to the beginning of 2003. At that time, affordability across California was 49 percent, and it has plunged by 53.1 percent since then. A low level of affordability was expected because the median price hit a record high in the second quarter and adjustable rates increased, Kleinhenz said. last_img read more

Bardot barks back

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Brigitte Bardot has condemned a new Geneva law requiring all dogs to be muzzled in public parks, adopted this week after a pit bull attacked a toddler. “I don’t think a Yorkshire terrier or a lapdog constitute any great danger to the population,” Bardot, a former French film star known for her animal rights activism, said in a statement published Friday in the daily Tribune de Geneve newspaper. “Unfortunately it’s always the dogs paying the price for their masters’ ignorance, irresponsibility and bad behavior,” said Bardot, 71. The new law, announced Monday, came after an 18-month-old boy was attacked by a pit bull in one of the city’s parks, leaving the child badly disfigured. It applies to all the city’s 30,000 dogs. Owners face fines if they are found in breach of the new law. “If I owned a dog in Geneva I would simply ignore the ruling,” said Swiss animal rights campaigner Franz Weber, who has worked with Bardot to protect baby seals from Canadian hunters. “To muzzle an animal amounts to mistreating it. It loses its dignity and its pride.”last_img read more

On the road to recovery

first_imgWHITTIER – Mona Garcia couldn’t lie to herself anymore. After years of living life as a “functional alcoholic,” something snapped inside when her mother died suddenly 10 years ago from a heart attack. Garcia said that life-altering event not only set into motion her recovery but also the recoveries of countless others. Garcia, 46, founded LUNA Recovery, a drug and alcohol outpatient program, two years ago to empower individuals and families who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. “I was functioning, or so I thought,” Garcia said Thursday. “I had a job, money in the bank and what I thought was a good relationship with my family.” But her mother’s death forced her to reevaluate. She entered rehab and therapy. On Sept. 26, Garcia will celebrate 10 years of sobriety, she said. Like recovery from addiction, keeping LUNA’s doors open has been a struggle. But in February, the program received a final conditional use permit from the city and was designated a certified drug and alcohol program by the state. Garcia decided it was time to officially welcome the community to view the facility at 12813 Philadelphia St., so she held a grand opening Thursday that featured artwork that adults and adolescents in the program have produced as part of their rehabilitation. One of those pieces of art is by client Rachel Botell, 24, who will be celebrating a year of sobriety from drugs and alcohol Oct. 7. Like most of the clients, Botell was referred to LUNA. But individuals are welcome and payment is on an ability-to-pay basis, Garcia said. Botell’s piece of art is a photograph of the pink rose bush outside of the Whittier First Day Coalition’s Transitional Living shelter, a group home where she lives in Whittier. The roses represent how she is trying to view herself and how she lives. “I want to show how they grow to the best of their ability,” Botell said. “Not all of them bloom the same way and some have thorns. Not everything is perfect.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Museum of wax founder Singh dies

first_imgThe lifelong entrepreneur was born in Punjab, India, in 1922, and his family moved to Canada when he was 3. He was living in Victoria, B.C., operating saw mills and an amusement park, when first visited Hollywood in 1964.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Spoony Singh, who once said he founded the world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum to give tourists who couldn’t find any real celebrities in Hollywood the next best thing, has died at age 83. Singh died Wednesday at his Malibu home of congestive heart failure, his family announced Friday He was visiting California in 1964 when he spent a day popping into Hollywood hotspots in search of famous faces. The closest he came to finding any was seeing the stars’ footprints in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. “So, I thought, let’s bring the stars back to Hollywood Boulevard. Let’s allow people to get close and look into the eyes of their favorite entertainers,” he recalled years later. “Believe me, I didn’t know if it would even work.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system When he opened his museum down the street from Grauman’s on Feb. 26, 1965, people were lined up for half a mile waiting to get in. The nearly 200 famous figures change over the years as individual celebrities’ fame tends to ebb and flow. Marilyn Monroe, however, has remained a perennial favorite. To save costs, celebrities’ sculpted heads and hands are placed on fiberglass bodies, allowing the heads of the fading celebrities to be removed and stored in anticipation of the day they might make a comeback. Over the years, visitors have also noticed that souvenir hunters will sometimes abscond with wax celebrity fingers, leading some critics to complain of an air of cheesiness at the museum. The criticism never bothered Singh. “Look, I know other museums are more stately and artistic,” he said in 1970. “But on Hollywood Boulevard, dignity kind of gets lost in the shuffle.” Singh turned over the museum’s day-to-day operations to family members in 1990, but remained active in the business, guiding development of the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum, which opened in 1991, and another Hollywood Wax Museum, which opened in Branson, Mo., in 1996. last_img read more

Judge backs father over circumcision

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system CHICAGO – A judge in a case closely watched by those who oppose circumcision sided Tuesday with a divorced man who did not want his 9-year-old son to undergo the procedure. Circuit Judge Jordan Kaplan said that circumcision is “an extraordinary medical procedure” for a 9-year-old and that the boy can decide for himself when he turns 18. The boy’s father sued to block the operation in a dispute with his ex-wife. The couple’s 2003 divorce decree gave the father the right to be consulted before the boy underwent any “extraordinary” nonemergency procedure. The father said he believed surgical removal of the boy’s foreskin could cause long-term physical and psychological harm. The child’s mother wanted the procedure to prevent recurring infections. She testified that the boy had suffered five bouts of painful inflammation and had begged her to help him. center_img Religious beliefs did not figure in the ruling as neither parent is Jewish. The Associated Press is not identifying the suburban parents to protect the boy’s privacy. Most U.S. newborn boys are circumcised. But a growing number of parents are opting against the surgery. The percentage of male babies circumcised has fallen from an estimated 90 percent in 1970 to about 60 percent today. In a 1999 policy statement that was reaffirmed this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics said there are “potential medical benefits” to circumcision, including a reduction in risk of urinary tract infections.last_img read more

Do we even need Morata? Fans believe Blues have plan to make this player crucial

first_imgMichy Batshuayi hasn’t let a disappointing debut campaign at Chelsea get him down.While the Blues have been working hard behind the scenes to wrap up a deal for Alvaro Morata – the player expected to lead their attack – the Belgium international has been making his mark on the pitch in pre-season.His latest performance included a brace in a 3-0 win over Arsenal, as he continues to suggest Morata might face a tough battle to cement a lone starting spot up top.What is certain is how impressed Blues supporters have been by Batshuayi, so far, this summer. See their verdict on him below. 1 Michy Batshuayi celebrates scoring against Arsenal in a pre-season win last_img read more

‘Atletico is my home and I’m here’ – Diego Costa expresses delight at return

first_img1 Diego Costa spoke of his delight at being able to return “home” to Atletico Madrid as he arrived in Spain to put the finishing touches on his move from Chelsea. The two clubs announced on Thursday they had reached an agreement for the transfer of the 28-year-old Spain striker back to Atletico, with the fee reported to be in the region of £58million.Costa, who made no secret of his desire to return to the Rojiblancos during his three years at Stamford Bridge, on Friday afternoon landed in Madrid from Sao Paulo to undergo a medical with Diego Simeone’s side and finalise his contract.The Brazil-born forward will not be able to play for Atletico until January due to their transfer ban, but he is nevertheless thrilled to have been granted his wish to re-join the club with whom he won the Spanish title in 2014.In quotes reported by Marca, Costa told reporters at Barajas airport: “I’m very happy, It’s taken a lot of time but it has a happy ending. Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and train. I’m looking forward to giving my best as always, and hopefully things go well.“It always makes you a little nervous when time is passing by, but (Atletico chief executive) Miguel Angel Gil has made a great effort and I’m grateful to him, like everybody at the club. I’m very happy and will try to show my thanks in some way.”Costa scored 59 goals in 120 appearances for Chelsea after joining them from Atletico for £32million in 2014, helping the Blues win two Premier League titles in the process.However, things turned sour this year with the relationship between the striker and Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte damaged in January when Costa reportedly had his head turned by a big money offer from the Chinese Super League, which soon evaporated.Relations between Costa and Chelsea deteriorated further over the summer with the player – having initially been granted granted an additional summer break after being told he could leave the club – ending up in exile in Brazil.Costa, who had two years left on his contract with the Premier League champions, said of his acrimonious Stamford Bridge exit: “It’s not the way I wanted it leave, ever. I have special affection for the people at Chelsea. I’m not a person who is going to smear the image. They know the person I am.“I wanted to return (to Atletico). I’m not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a team that was great. Atletico is my home and I’m here.” Having not taken part in pre-season training with Chelsea, Costa’s is unlikely to be at peak fitness but he said: “I’m not as bad as some say and here we have El Profe Ortega (Atletico’s fitness coach Oscar Ortega) who is going to have me in shape. The scales don’t scare me, his training sessions scare me!” Diego Costa’s transfer to Atletico Madrid is close last_img read more

New contract in offing for Hamburg sensation as Manchester City circle

first_img Tatsuya Ito in action for Hamburg 1 Hamburg are ready to offer Tatsuya Ito a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from Inter Milan and Manchester City.The 20-year-old has been tipped for a big future and he has impressed at times this season.The winger’s performances have caught the eye of Inter Milan and Manchester City and both clubs have been linked with approaches in January.Hamburg have no desire to sell Ito and, according to Sport Bild, they are ready to offer him a new contract.The German club hope fresh terms will convince the Japanese star to stay put rather than leaving in January.Ito has been with Hamburg since July 2015 when he joined the club’s youth academy.last_img read more

Shrewsbury Town to become first English club to introduce safe standing

first_imgShrewsbury Town will become the first football club in England and Wales to introduce a safe standing area in their stadium after hitting their crowdfunding target of £65,000.The Shrews launched the online fund-raising campaign this summer and will now proceed with their plan to install nearly 600 rail seats at their New Meadow home this season.Thanks to nearly 1,000 contributions from fans of clubs around the country and a £10,000 contribution from online betting firm FansBest, Shrewsbury can now apply for a licence to introduce a standing section.Football grounds in England’s top two divisions have been all-seater by law since Lord Justice Taylor’s report into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives.But as Shrewsbury have not played above England’s third tier since the legislation was brought in, they can become the first club in England and Wales to put a standing section in a previously all-seater stadium.In a statement, Shrewsbury’s chief executive Brian Caldwell said: “We are delighted that Shrewsbury Town will be the flagship club in addressing this issue, which is so important to so many fans.“We will now continue the process to introduce rail seating in the Salop Leisure Stand and we hope to have supporters watching home games from the safe-standing area before the end of the season.”Citing the successful introduction of 3,000 rail seats at Celtic Park last season, safe-standing campaigner Jon Darch said: “Celtic have shown that it works in Scotland.“Now Shrewsbury are going to show that it will work in otherwise all-seater grounds in England and Wales, too.”Fans have been calling for a relaxation of the all-seater requirement for years and a major hurdle was cleared this summer when Liverpool fans voted in favour of rail seats at Anfield.But the government, backed by senior figures at the Premier League, remains to be convinced, although the top flight is currently consulting with its clubs.Widely used in Germany, rail seats are flipped up and locked in place when fans are using them as standing areas, and there is a safety barrier that separates each row to prevent surges. To help with crowd control, fans are assigned a space that corresponds to the seat number. 1last_img read more

Chelsea 3-1 Newcastle United: Blues stars rated and slated

first_img 14 14 14 Andreas Christensen – 8 – A rock at the heart of Chelsea’s defence, Christensen was also unfortunate not to score having gone close with a couple of efforts. 14 Eden Hazard – 9 – Hazard is playing some of his best ever football at the moment. He is mesmerising whenever he has the ball, and is finally scoring goals on a consistent basis. 14 Victor Moses – 8 – Back in the Chelsea team and back making an impact. He impressed on the right flank, and sent in the cross from which Morata scored Chelsea’s second goal. Substitute: Gary Cahill – NA 14 14 Cesc Fabregas – 8 – With Drinkwater and Kante providing the energy in midfield, Fabregas was afforded the time and space to dictate play. He played some truly glorious passes and was central to all the Blues’ attacking moves Cesar Azpilicueta – 8 – Another impressive performance from the ever-reliable defender. Also made an impact in the final third with his excellent cross leading to Chelsea’s first goal. 14 14 14 14 Thibaut Courtois – 6 – click the right arrow to see the remaining Chelsea player ratings – Could do little about Newcastle’s opening goal, though he maybe should have held on to the ball in the build-up rather than letting it run free in the area. Was rarely troubled in the later stages, but played the ball out of defence well. Antonio Rudiger – 7 – Made a shaky start to the game, but composed himself after Newcastle opened the scoring. Assured enough at the back from that moment onwards. Danny Drinkwater – 8 – Drinkwater was superb in Chelsea’s midfield, getting himself all over the pitch to win the ball back and get attacks going. He also displayed a level of technical excellence many doubted he possessed. Substitute: Willian – 6 – Made some lovely contributions to Chelsea’s attack when introduced, though none of them amounted to anything. N’Golo Kante – 7 – Typically solid in the middle of the park, consistently breaking up play whenever Newcastle managed to hold possession for an extended period of time. Alvaro Morata – 8 – Made sure Newcastle’s defenders could never rest by putting in a lively performance in the final third. He scored a well-earned headed goal, and was unfortunate not to add to his tally. 14 14 The Premier League weekend got underway on Saturday afternoon, with Chelsea beating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.The Blues made light work of their Tyneside opponents, and the 3-1 scoreline did not do justice to just how impressive Antonio Conte’s side were.Still, they started slowly, and it was Newcastle who opened the scoring through Dwight Gayle.But Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata struck for the hosts to put them ahead before the break, and Hazard added Chelsea’s third from the penalty spot after the restart.So, how did Conte’s men perform in west London? Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Chelsea player ratings… 14 Marcos Alonso – 6 – Was unfortunate that his clearance fell to Gayle in the run-up to Newcastle’s opening goal, but defended well enough aside from that error. He also combined well with Drinkwater and Hazard in the final third. Substitute: Timeoue Bakayoko – 6 – Added some extra steel and energy to Chelsea’s midfield, though by the time he was brought on Newcastle were well beaten. last_img read more

Coutinho and Mane star as Liverpool thrash Spartak Moscow in Champions League

first_img1 Coutinho scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in a game where he started as captain A scintillating display of football from Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ saw Jurgen Klopp’s side blaze their way into the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.A first Reds hat-trick for Philippe Coutinho stole the show but the quality of all the goals – particularly Sadio Mane’s volley for the fourth – proved once again when this team click into gear they are irrepressible.Needing only a draw to progress the Reds, who last time out blew a three-goal half-time lead to draw against Sevilla, left no room for doubt with the damage done by Coutinho (two) and Roberto Firmino inside 20 minutes.Mane produced a superb volley and tumbling tap-in to sandwich Coutinho’s deflected shot for his treble – the first by a Liverpool player in the Champions League since Yossi Benayoun in 2007 – before top scorer Mohamed Salah scored his 18th of the season late on.Finishing as Group E winners means avoiding the likes of Paris St Germain – the only team to outscore them in the pool stage – Barcelona and Roma.However, with Bayern Munich and Juventus potential last-16 opponents, the hard work has yet to begin but reaching the knockout phase for the first time since 2009 is a significant milestone after two previous failed attempts.Liverpool’s fastest Champions League goal at Anfield after just three minutes and 51 seconds meant there were none of the nerves of Olympiacos, almost 13 years to the day, when Steven Gerrard set the Reds on their way to a fifth European Cup with his screamer in front of the Kop.Coutinho’s cross was sailing well over Salah until Georgi Dzhikiya pulled the Egyptian down for the softest of penalties.Liverpool’s captain for the night Coutinho scored his first penalty for the club which was not in a shoot-out and the systematic dismantling of Spartak began.Mane, Salah and Firmino combined with the Brazil international having the vision to delay his cut-back for Coutinho to run in for his 50th Liverpool goal.Anfield screamed for another penalty when Mane’s cross hit the arm of Serdar Tasci but Firmino rammed home the loose ball before referee Szymon Marciniak had a chance to make a decision.It was his sixth goal in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage, and the fourth time this season Liverpool had scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes of a European game.Mane (twice) and Coutinho scored after the break but still the hosts were not sated and after substitute Daniel Sturridge missed from close range, Salah took the Reds’ tally for the campaign to 23, comfortably beating their previous best of 18 in 2007-08 and second only to the tournament record set this season by Paris St Germain (25).Liverpool have now scored 32 goals in a nine-match unbeaten run since losing to Tottenham in late October and next host rivals Everton and their new manager Sam Allardyce on Sunday.last_img read more

Swansea 0-2 Tottenham: Spurs stars rated and slated

first_img 14 14 14 14 14 SUB – Moussa Sissoko – 6 – Helped Spurs see out the win when Swansea were pushing hard for an equaliser in the closing stages. Tottenham moved within four points of the top four after beating Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in an edgy encounter.Goals from Fernando Llorente and Dele Alli ensured Spurs won the first of their two games-in-hand over Liverpool, who currently sit fourth.The result marks a third successive victory for Mauricio Pochettino’s side as they attempt to reel in Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.But how did Spurs perform against the Swans at the Liberty Stadium?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Tottenham player ratings… Dele Alli – 8 – The midfielder is slowly returning to his best form. Alli appeared to be Spurs’ go-to man on a night where silky play was largely out of the question. Did brilliantly to score the rebound from his initial saved effort. 14 Jan Vertonghen – 7 – Showed a surprising turn of pace to control the likes of Dyer and Ayew. Fortunate not to score an own goal after the ball ricocheted off his back from a Swansea corner kick. 14 Hugo Lloris – 7 – Denied Narsingh with his legs after the Swansea winger broke away as part of a counter-attack. Somehow avoided taking Ayew down in the box when a penalty seemed inevitable. Eric Dier – 6 – Enjoyed a comfortable evening before being moved to centre back. Battled admirably and produced a number of key clearing headers to quell the host’s building momentum. 14 Davinson Sanchez – 6 – Lucky not to be sent off after a wild challenge on Olsson having already been booked. Substituted shortly after as a precaution. 14 SUB – Victor Wanyama – 6 – Stepped off the bench to make his first Premier League appearance since August having recovered from a knee injury. Made one crucial clearance. Erik Lamela – 6 – A mixed performance from the Argentinian international. Linked up well at times but appeared a little lightweight on a night where full commitment was an obligation. SUB – Harry Kane – 7 – Searching ball released Alli for Spurs’s second but did little else after coming off the bench. Will be expected to start against West Ham on Thursday. Son Heung-min – 7 – Like many of his teammates, Son was hindered by the less than ideal conditions at the Liberty Stadium. Came close to doubling Spurs’ lead with a measured volley that edged past Fabianski’s far post. Kieran Trippier – 6 – Got forward well on occasions and was given a tough time by Swansea’s wingers. Not given the opportunity to deliver his usual supply of quality crosses. 14 Fernando Llorente – 7 – Headed Spurs in front from an offside position after connecting with Eriksen’s free-kick delivery. Should have scored a second from a similar opportunity but directed his effort over the bar. 14 14 Christian Eriksen – 6 – Teed up Llorente to head home the opening goal from a set-piece delivery. Flickered in and out of the game but was largely subdued. 14 14 Ben Davies – 5 – Struggled to deal with Swansea’s attackers on his return to the Liberty Stadium. Beaten too easily by Narsingh on a number of occasions in a shaky performance. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger calls on Mesut Ozil to ‘lead’ after signing new Arsenal deal

first_img1 The German World Cup winner extended his contract for a further three years Arsene Wenger has called on Mesut Ozil to be the leader of his new Arsenal generation.With Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud all departing for pastures new during the January transfer window, Ozil bucked the trend by signing a new three-year deal.The German World Cup winner is reportedly being paid £350,000-a-week at the Emirates Stadium – a record wage for an Arsenal player.He is expected to line up with Henrikh Mkhitaryan – who joined from Manchester United in a swap deal for Sanchez – and summer signing Alexandre Lacazette when Everton visit on Saturday.There could also be space in the side for club-record acquisition Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who came in on deadline day from Borussia Dortmund.Aubameyang is more likely to start on the bench given his recent arrival and a bout of illness but Wenger – despite seeing his top goalscorers from the past five seasons depart – maintains an embarrassment of attacking riches.Now the Frenchman wants to see Ozil, signed from Real Madrid for a fee now eclipsed by both Lacazette and Aubameyang, take control of the group.“Many predicted that he will not commit and not sign for us,” Wenger said of Ozil signing a new deal.“When you look at the transfer market today, the fact that you can keep a player of that calibre is of course good news.“The fact that he committed for a longer period shows as well that he will have to do that as well on the pitch and lead the team.“It means he will be the technical leader of the team. Physically he is much stronger than people think. His distances are quite good. He can run. He is not a tackler. When he is angry he can.”Ozil could have left for free in the summer as his previous deal expired but, unlike Sanchez who was in the same position, he has stayed put.Despite a seemingly huge leap in what Arsenal will now pay in wages, Wenger believes Ozil was the “cheapest” option as he would have had to spend a big fee, and a large wage, to sign a suitable replacement if the 29-year-old walked away for nothing.“When you let a player go you have to buy somebody of the same calibre and if you add the transfer needed and the wages will be similar,” he added.“On top of that we have to pay a transfer. So overall I think Mesut for us was the cheapest option. On the other side all of our players are well paid. Very well paid. To feel sorry for them – I’m not sure that it’s the most objective assessment.”last_img read more

Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool players fastest to Premier League landmark

first_img 12 12 2. Harry Kane needed 141 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 12 11. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink needed 200 games to score 100 Premier League goals 12 12 4. Thierry Henry needed 160 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 10. Robin van Persie needed 197 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 12 6. Robbie Fowler needed 175 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 7. Les Ferdinand needed 178 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 12 Last weekend saw the Premier League ‘100 club’ recruit its newest member when Harry Kane’s last-minute penalty against Liverpool saw Tottenham rescue a point at Anfield. The goal kept Spurs’ hopes of securing Champions League football but the striker also wrote himself into Premier League history in the process. Kane’s goal was his 100th in the Premier League, meaning he now joins the ever-expanding group of players who have achieved that feat. He did it in just 141 matches for Tottenham which is a very impressive ratio, but was Kane the quickest to do it?Click the right arrow above to see the top twelve Premier League players to reach the milestone and in how many games it took them to do it… 8. Michael Owen needed 185 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 12 3. Sergio Aguero needed 147 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 5. Ian Wright needed 173 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 12 12 12. Didier Drogba took 220 games to score 100 Premier League goals 12 12 =8. Andy Cole needed 185 matches to score 100 Premier League goals 1. Alan Shearer needed 124 matches to score 100 Premier League goalslast_img read more

Book Vegas tickets from Hope Airport

first_imgBURBANK – It’s Sin City with wings, and it has landed at Bob Hope Airport. A private jet ferrying comedian Carrot Top, feather-clad showgirls and circus acrobats touched down on the tarmac earlier this week to promote the opening of an airport concierge desk for Las Vegas-bound travelers. “That’s was a fun flight,” the comedian said as he filed through the Million Air charter plane terminal with his entourage of entertainers. “They’ll never let us get through the airport like this.” From the booth outside Gate A4 in Terminal A, visitors can book show tickets and restaurant reservations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Vegas has landed at Bob Hope Airport,” said Howard Lefkowitz, president of the city travel site Vegas.com, which will operate the booth. The desk will operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Lefkowitz said about 30 similar concierge desks have been deployed in Southern Nevada, and more are planned for airports across the United States in the coming months. “We want to be where the customers want to be met,” he said. “Once they get through security and their vacation begins in their own minds, … they can book tickets.” Lefkowitz said Bob Hope Airport is the fifth- or sixth-largest gateway for Las Vegas visitors, with 15 flights from the airport daily. The visit from Carrot Top – known for his trademark mop of red curls – and acrobats from the Cirque Du Soleil show “Ka” came as the nation’s airports tightened security after authorities in London foiled an alleged terrorist plot to detonate liquid explosives on U.S.-bound flights. Lefkowitz said it was a diversion from a troubled day – “an opportunity to look at something more festive.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NASA center holds an essay contest

first_imgEDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Youngsters can win a NASA flight jacket and other prizes in a national history competition for students in grades five through 12 sponsored by NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. NASA Dryden’s education office is celebrating the center’s 60th anniversary with a poster and essay contest. Participants select a research project, a person who made a significant contribution, or a technical advancement in NASA Dryden’s history, then write an essay and design a poster. Sample topics may be found at: www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/history/index.html. Students in grade five through eight are required to submit a typed essay of between 1,000 and 1,200 words, while submissions from grades nine through 12 should range from 1,500 to 1,750 words. The essays will be judged on creativity, focus and grammar. First prize winners for each age group will receive a NASA flight jacket, a mahogany model of a NASA aircraft and an autographed photo of a NASA research pilot. Second place winners will receive a NASA flight jacket and autographed photo of a research pilot. Third place prizes are a mahogany model and an autographed photo. For additional information, call Kimberly Irizarry at (661) 276-3563 or log on to www1.dfrc.nasa.gov/Education.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe project posters may be a painting, drawing, collage or other art form. They should be submitted on a 20-by-30-inch foam board. The flat or 3-D artwork will be judged on creativity, neatness, originality and focus on subject. Entries may be delivered to the NASA Aerospace Exploration Gallery, 38256 Sierra Highway, Suite A, Palmdale Civic Center on Oct. 24 or 25 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Entries may also be mailed to the NASA Dryden 60th Anniversary Poster Contest, Attn: Kimberly Irizarry, 38256 Sierra Highway, Suite A, Palmdale, CA 93550, and be received by Oct. 25. Preliminary judging will take place on Oct. 26 and 27. Dryden employees will select first, second and third prizes on Oct. 31. last_img read more

Watch: See the goals as Finn Harps lose to Sligo Rovers in derby

first_imgFINN HARPS crashed to a disappointing defeat at Sligo Rovers last night – as a first-half purple patch did the damage at The Showgrounds.Niall Watson, Ronan Murray and Sam Warde netted for the Bit O’Red in an eight-minute spell to sink Harps.Harry Ascroft struck late for Harps, who are five points ahead of UCD in the battle for survival after the Students drew 0-0 at St Patrick’s Athletic. Sligo Rovers took the points after a 3-1 victory over Finn Harps at the Showgrounds #RTESoccer pic.twitter.com/bEphAcSHiG— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) September 13, 2019 Watch: See the goals as Finn Harps lose to Sligo Rovers in derby was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 League of Ireland Premier Divisionfinn harpsHarry AscroftSligo Roverslast_img read more

Golds galore for Viking Fit at IPL World Championships

first_imgVIKING FIT competitors had superb success yesterday at the IPL World Championships in Limerick.In all, Viking Fit representatives won six medals, including five gold, at set two new world records.Top of the pile was Edyta Piechowicz, who won two gold medals at the 2018 European Single Lift Championships. Piechowicz claimed three gold medals and broke two world records yesterday.Team-mate Caroline Dolan, who has been on the rise in the powerlifting ranks of late, also claimed a gold medal.Angeline Collins-Driver was another gold medalist, while Maria MacShane returned a bronze medal.Golds galore for Viking Fit at IPL World Championships was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Angeline Collins-DriverCaroline DolanEdyta PiechowiczIPL World ChampionshipsLimerickMaria Mac ShaneStranorlarViking Fitlast_img read more

Hegarty goal shoots Four Masters U21s to victory in Kilcar

first_imgCIAN Hegarty hit the goal midway through the second half as Four Masters overcame Kilcar in the U21 ‘A’ Championship.Kilcar 0-7 Four Masters 1-8In a tit-for-tat encounter in Towney, the teams were level five times, Hegarty struck gold in the 46th minute. There was nothing to separate the teams until then.Oran Doogan scored all of the Kilcar points while Matthew McKenna had scores three first-half points for Four Masters.Shay Travers’ brace was also crucial for Four Masters with teams all square at 0-5 apiece at the break.Doogan fired over in added time to draw the game, while Four Masters were indebted to a superb Eamonn Jordan save during the opening half. Oisin Reid and Travers inched Four Masters in front and when Hegarty riffled home the goal, it was Four Masters’ day.Scorers – Kilcar: Oran Doogan (5f) 0-7Four Masters: Matthew McKenna 0-4f, Shay Travers (1f) 0-3, Cian Hegarty 1-0, Oisin Reid 0-1Hegarty goal shoots Four Masters U21s to victory in Kilcar was last modified: October 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Under-21 Football ChampionshipCian Hegartyfour masterskilcarMatthew McKennaOran Dooganlast_img read more

Lightening Naomh Conaill fly from the traps to see off Clontibret and book Ulster Club SFC place

first_imgIF THERE’S AN author around Glenties way, there’s a story still being penned by the footballers of Naomh Conaill as their latest chapter saw victory over Clontibret in the Ulster Club SFC semi-final, writes Alan Foley.Naomh Conaill 0-12 Clontibret 0-9Six points from Eoghan McGettigan and an all-round superior performance means Naomh Conaill have the chance to keep the Ulster SFC in the north-west. Tomorrow, Kilcoo from Down and Fermanagh’s Derrygonnelly meet in the second semi-final. It’s the second time the club from Davy Brennan Memorial Park have reached the provincial showpiece, with the previous occasion being the loss to Crossmaglen Rangers in the coldest of cold winters back in 2010.Conor McManus was kept to two of his six that weren’t frees and Naomh Conaill conceded just five from play, whilst showing their own offence qualities in the chill of Omagh’s Healy Park.It was almost an explosive start, as within a minute, Brendan McDyer went right at the Clontibret defence and his shot for goal clipped the base of the post and went wide.Another man who began on fire was McGettigan. He posted three points from his advanced position inside of the first 10 minutes, two frees and a fine effort from play where he showed his strength to give Conor Boyle the necessary nudge. With McGettigan getting the nod ahead of the statuesque Kieran Gallagher, you got the impression that the Glenties-based team wouldn’t be overdoing the aerial route. They didn’t.Conor McManus had levelled for Clontibret. That, though, was merely a brief quelling of the tide as Naomh Conaill continued their excellent start based on strong running and each time they ripped forward there were options everywhere.McDyer got his score, then Kevin McGettigan popped over a fabulous effort from the shadow of the main stand and Leo McLoone, who ran right at the heart of the Clontibret defence, made it 0-6 to 0-1 in 17 minutes.Losing AJ Gallagher to a black card was a blow to Naomh Conaill and McManus scored two frees to make it 0-6 to 0-3. Naomh Conaill’s economy wilted towards the end of the first half, kicking four wides in succession.However, a close-ranger from Eoghan McGettigan just as the clock trickled from black to red did provide a settler and a 0-7 to 0-3 lead at the break. Martin Regan’s team had come through a marathon series in the Donegal SFC final having eventually overcome last year’s provincial champions Gaoth Dobhair in a second reply thanks to a last minute John O’Malley point.Less than 96 hours after Ciaran Thompson lifted the Dr Maguire, Naomh Conaill were at Breffni Park where there was a dust-blowing victory over Castlerahan from Cavan. Regan had shown a versatility in team selection, substitutes used and tactical implementation to keep opponents guessing.Whatever notions about an instant replay in part two were shown in two incidents. Firstly McManus, who was wriggling gamely to create space for a shot was turned over and then, at the other end, Ciaran Thompson scored a peach of a point in his left foot to make it 0-8 to 0-3.McManus, five minutes into part two, added his fourth point Naomh Conaill would’ve probably taken that, having conceded just once from play in the opening 35 minutes and nobody bar McManus getting their name chalked on the board. Francis Hughes on 38 minutes did score for Clontibret, as did McManus from a free three minutes later, to take their arrears down to two at 0-8 to 0-6. Ciaran Thompson’s long-range free was splendid and with his teammates willing to put their head on the blocks all over the field – no more so than McLoone – it looked good for Naomh Conaill as things entered the final quarter. Eoghan McGettigan popped over another  precise score to make it 0-10 to 0-6.Dessie Moan pointed after a McManus effort had been wide when shoulders were shrugged. Naomh Conaill managed to keep Clontibret at arm’s length as Eoghan McGettigan scored his sixth and Ciaran Thompson his third from successive frees for an 0-12 to 0-7 advantage with five to play.McManus’s free pulled back a point, although with three to go it seemed as though it was more than a point that the Monaghan champions needed. Darragh Hughes, second after coming on, also pointed and it was down to three.Naomh Conaill, certainly deserving of their lead, just had to be wary of a sucker-punch. Their possession maintenance peeled off most of the three minutes of injury time and when Killian Lavelle lumped a Hail Mary into the square, it was Marty Boyle who answered the Naomh Conaill prayers to batten down the ball.And that was that. The next chapter will be penned in two weeks’ time. Naomh Conaill probably hope that 2019 will never end.Naomh Conaill:Stephen McGrath; Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí, AJ Gallagher, Kevin McGettigan (0-1); Ethan O’Donnell, Anthony Thompson, Ultan Doherty;  Ciaran Thompson (0-3, 2f), Leo McLoone (0-1); Eunan Doherty, Eoin Waide, Marty Boyle; Eunan Doherty; Charles McGuinness, Eoghan McGettigan (0-6, 3f). Subs: Kieran Gallagher for AJ Gallagher (23, black card), Dermot Molloy for McDyer (54), Stephen Molloy for McGuinness (55), Darragh Gallagher for E Doherty (60+1)Clontibret:Darren McDonnell; Conor Doyle, Conor Boyle, Liam Savage; Jack Gormley, Dessie Mone (0-1), Colum Greenan; Francis Hughes (0-1), Killian Lavelle; David Savage, Michael P O’Dowd, Brian Greenan; Pauric Boyle, Vinny Corey, Conor McManus (0-6, 5f). Subs: Ryan McGuigan for D Savage (23), Dean McDonnell for McGuigan (50), Kieran Grennan for Boyle (54), Darragh Hughes (0-1) for F Hughes (60).Referee:Noel Mooney (Cavan)Lightening Naomh Conaill fly from the traps to see off Clontibret and book Ulster Club SFC place was last modified: November 17th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:2019 Ulster Club SFCNaomh Conailllast_img read more

DONEGAL PATIENTS BECOME FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW COMMUNITY CANCER CARE PROGRAMME

first_imgThe Director  of  the  National  Cancer  Control  Programme  has congratulated  the  Donegal  Public  Health  Nurses  who  have  become  the  first nursing group to graduate from the new Community Oncology Education Programme.The nurses will become the first nurses nationally to deliver a specific range of cancer services to patients in their own homes.Acknowledging the important role of nurses in the delivery of cancer services, Dr Susan O’Reilly said she  was  impressed  by  the  depth  of  knowledge  and  experience  of  oncology  nurses  in Ireland – drawing comparisons with international experience and noting that Irish nurses were on a par with the best in the world. Expressing  her  delight  in  making  her  first  formal  visit  to  the  NCCP  satellite  cancer  unit  in Letterkenny,  Dr  O’Reilly  stressed  the  important  link  between  the  designated  cancer  centres and the communities they serve.For the NCCP, this new community oncology education programme is a key component in the development of cancer services in the community.According to Dr Marie Laffoy, Community Oncology  Advisor  with  the  NCCP – “We  know  that  most  patients,  where  possible,  prefer  to receive treatment at home. Where it is safe and appropriate for this to occur we are working to make that happen.“A major objective of the HSE is to integrate health care between the community and hospital services.  HSE  structures  have  been  reconfigured  in  an  effort  to  achieve  this  priority.  This way of working will enable the best possible coordination of patient care, whereby all health personnel who treat a patient, work together to ensure the best possible patent outcome. “It  is  a  priority  for  the  HSE  to  maximise  its  available  resources  to  the  advantage  of  patient care  and  outcomes.  This  includes  the  conversion  of  inpatient  work  to  day  case  work;  a focus  on  reducing  patient  length  of  stay  in  acute  hospitals;  the  implementation  of  hospital avoidance strategies and the provision of more services in community settings thus reducing the dependency on inpatient beds.”The NCCP is working in partnership with the HSE Office for Nursing and Midwifery Services, acute  hospitals,  primary  care  and  community  care  settings  to  deliver  a  safe  and  seamless medical  oncology  service  to  adult  oncology  patients.  Some  oncology  patient  care  can  be safely provided in the community setting.Dr  Laffoy  added:  “The  Community  Oncology  Nursing  Programme  is  an  excellent  example of  how  patient  care  can  be  integrated  between  hospital  specialist  services  and  community health  services.  It  aims  to  promote  best  practice  in  caring  for  cancer  patients  in  the community.”It  further  aims  to  ensure  that  service  delivery  is  seamless,  that  legislative  and  regulatory  requirements  are  met  and  that  employees  and  line  managers  understand  their  roles  and responsibilities.It  intends  to  facilitate  effective  nurse  education  and  training  to  ensure  competency,  act  as educational  tool  and  further  act  as  a  basis  for  audit  and  evaluation.  The  service  can  be delivered  by  community  nurses  who  have  successfully  completed  the  NCCP  Community Oncology Education Programme. Dr Laffoy concluded: “In choosing Letterkenny as the pilot site we knew we had the skills and experience of individuals like Janice Richmond (Advanced Nurse Practitioner, LGH) Dr Karen Duffy (Consultant Medical Oncologist) Dr Anne Flood (Director of Nursing LGH) Eileen Quinn (Director  of  Public  Health  Nursing,  Donegal)  who  along  with  the  support  of  management including  Sean  Murphy  (General  Manager  LGH)  and  John  Hayes  (Local  Health  Manager)  successfully collaborated to develop this pilot programme that has now expanded the skills of the nurses which in turn benefits their patients.”Many Donegal patients undergoing active oncology treatments travel to their treating cancer unit – Letterkenny – several times for blood sampling, medication management and care, and  management of central venous access devices  (these  are devices that  are fitted  to patients through  which  chemotherapy  drugs  are  administered).Once  fitted  these  lines  have  to  be maintained and managed, with patients routinely returning to the hospital and in some cases this involves patients travelling long distances.This  new  programme  has  been  devised  to  provide  nurses  with  the  appropriate  skills  to safely  assess  and  manage  a  patient  at  home,  reducing  the  number  of  hospital  visits  for interventions. Patients  are  identified  as  suitable  for  community  nursing  intervention  by  the  Consultant  Medical  Oncologist  (in  Letterkenny  General  Hospital  this  is  Dr  Karen  Duffy)  and are referred by the specialist cancer team.If a patient is symptomatic or requires a medical assessment while undergoing active cancer treatments  and  being  cared  for  in  the  community,  they  are  referred  either   immediately  or urgently back to their local treating cancer centre.Developed  on  a  pilot  basis  in  Letterkenny,  the  programme  was  initiated  last  September with  nine  Donegal  Public  Health  Nurse  participants.   The  six  month  programme  included classroom  based  theory,  the  development  of  clinical  skills  under  supervision  and  the subsequent application in the community.While the PHNs who participated in the course are already qualified and skilled, the cancer education programme has enabled them to expand the range of services they can bring to their clients.The nurses who completed the course are already managing the home care of LGH cancer patients.  Once deemed suitable for such home care, patients are maintained under the care of the Consultant Medical Oncologist at LGH while undergoing active chemotherapy care but managed in the community by the PHN.Dr  Anne  Flood,  Director  of  Nursing  at  LGH  said  that the nurses had enhanced their overall knowledge and information base around cancer care, services and had  enhanced  their  knowledge  and  links  into  the  satellite  centre  at  LGH  as  well  as  gaining greater insight into the working of all designated cancer centres.She  noted:   “The  choice  of  LGH  at  which  to  base  this  initial  pilot  and  the  manner  in  which it  has  allowed  us  work  with  our  community  colleagues  has  been  extremely  worthwhile.  We are  pleased  that  Letterkenny  was  chosen  and  delighted  that  Donegal  patients  are  the  first nationally to benefit. For the hospital it will reduce the number of times this patient group will have to return and in turn it will mean that extra patients can be seen as a result.”Nationally,  the  new  course  was  developed  with  the  HSE  Office  of  the  Director  of  Nursing Services  and  supported  by  the  National  Strategic  Nurse  Reference  Group.  Dr  Laffoy paid  particular  tribute  to  Ms  Mary  Wynne  Interim  Area  Director,  Nursing  and  Midwifery  Planning  and  Development,  Dublin  North  East   for  her  commitment  to  the  project  and  her important role in its development.The  programme  underpins  the  comprehensive  and  skilful  work  already  being  carried  out  by the  PHNs  and  all  community  based  nurses  in  the  county.  These  nurses  are  committed  to providing  a  very  diverse  and  skilful  range  of  services  and  in  expanding  and  developing  the level of care they provide, they are better placed to serve the needs of their clients. Nurses will quickly identify any issues that arise for their patients and determine whether the patient requires a visit to hospital or can continue to be managed at home.The  course  will  now  be  offered  across  the  country  in  association  with  the  eight  designated cancer centres and will ultimately benefit hundreds of cancer patients nationally.DONEGAL PATIENTS BECOME FIRST TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW COMMUNITY CANCER CARE PROGRAMME was last modified: March 15th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Perpetual fraud

first_imgThat’s why it is so important that each and every one of us makes sure our friends, family and co-workers knows that it’s up to them to stop the council’s abuse of its power. Vote against political cynicism. Vote no on Measure R on Nov. 7.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEASURE R – members of the Los Angeles City Council’s deceitful ploy to give themselves four more years on the public dole – will go before voters Nov. 7, even though it’s likely to be ruled unconstitutional. For this you can thank the 2nd District Court of Appeal, the City Council and yourself – because it’s your tax dollars that keep this cynical scheme alive. Since its inception, it’s been obvious that Measure R violates the California Constitution’s requirement that ballot measures be limited to a single issue. But the council’s members knew voters would reject giving them three four-year terms instead of two, so they combined their term-limits plan with a package of so-called “ethics reforms” that in fact do nothing to clean up City Hall. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The council is now raising huge bundles of cash from developers, contractors, unions and other insiders who live handsomely on the favorable treatment they get at City Hall. The council’s members believe they found a clever political strategy to trick the public. And they’ve hired high-priced private lawyers at taxpayer expense to try to get around the state constitution’s single-issue requirement for ballot measures. The first judge to hear the case ruled not only that the measure was unconstitutional, but also deceitfully worded. So the council took its case to the appellate court, which left in the dishonest wording and left the measure on the ballot – without actually ruling on the constitutional issues. The court’s action is an insult to voters. There’s nothing urgent about this measure; there’s not even an honest argument that can be made in its favor. With all its ill-gotten campaign funds, the council will try to blow smoke over voters’ eyes, but how can anyone mount an effective opposition when the measure itself is already the subject of a legal fight? last_img read more

Ott out of LAUSD talks

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Shannon Murphy, spokeswoman for Los Angeles Unified, said the search process is ongoing. There was extensive outreach during the spring and summer after Romer announced he would retire this fall. Ott joined the 17,225-student Rowland Unified School District in July 2005 after working as a senior deputy superintendent under Romer for Los Angeles Unified for five years. “I expect to continue in the \ district, and with the school board and toward the priorities we set,” she said, adding she signed a four-year contract with the district and expects to fulfill that. Rowland Unified Board President Heidi Gallegos said she is flattered the superintendent was nominated for such a significant position. ROWLAND HEIGHTS – The top executive for Rowland Unified School District said she declined a nomination to serve as Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent. Superintendent Maria Ott interviewed with the Los Angeles school board before deciding to withdraw her name from a pool of candidates vying for the position held by Roy Romer, who will be retiring. “I was honored to be asked, but I am very focused on Rowland and the work we are doing here,” she said Wednesday. Ott declined to say when she withdrew her name or other details, including when she was nominated or when she interviewed. Los Angeles Unified officials would not confirm the number of people interviewed for the position. “She is highly regarded in the education community, and given her caliber, it is not a surprise that she was nominated,” Gallegos said. “Her decline of the position demonstrates the reaffirmation to the students, the board and the district.” Ott would not say whether she has future plans to serve as the superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified. “I don’t even want to speculate,” Ott said. “My focus right now is on the district.” jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hispanics angered over letter

first_imgIn a letter Tuesday to state Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the letters “racist” and “despicable,” and argued that the perpetrators should be tried for a hate crime. Lockyer spokesman Nathan Barankin said the letter was “something we are investigating aggressively right now.” He said the sender could be charged with a felony and receive up to three years in state prison. The FBI’s criminal division in Los Angeles obtained a copy of the letter Tuesday and was reviewing it, said Special Agent Kenneth Smith, a bureau spokesman. The note’s letterhead resembles that of the California Coalition for Immigration Reform, an anti-illegal-immigration group based in Huntington Beach, and contained the signature Sergio Ramirez. The group’s founder, Barbara Coe, told the Los Angeles Times she did not know anyone named Sergio Ramirez, adding she did not authorize the letter and was unaware of anyone in her group who did. Over the past several days, Coe said, she has taken dozens of calls from Orange County Hispanics who received a letter. State and federal officials are investigating a letter received by some Southern California Hispanics that says it is a crime for immigrants to vote and tells them they could be jailed or deported if they go to the polls next month. “It’s a very malicious and degrading letter. It’s to pull Latinos down and make them afraid,” said Benny Diaz, who is running for the City Council in Garden Grove. He said his wife and five other people he knows had received the letter. The letter, written in Spanish, tells recipients: “You are advised that if your residence in this country is illegal or you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that could result in jail time.” The truth is that immigrants who become naturalized citizens can legally register to vote. It “puts a shadow on our credibility, that we would target certain people who might be citizens of our country,” she said. She did not immediately return calls Tuesday from The Associated Press. The letter contained several grammatical errors and reads like a literal translation from English to Spanish, suggesting that it was not written by a native Spanish speaker. “Why send something like this?” said state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles. “The intention is clearly to spread fear and intimidation, and ultimately suppress a vote that is critical in the elections.” John Trasvina, interim president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, suggested that the letter might have a backlash effect. “A lot of people will get angered by this and say, `No you can’t take away my right to vote,”‘ said Trasvina.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Maybe an educator?

first_img– Harriet Jones Northridge Christian-intolerant Re “L.A. County seal has its day in court” (Oct. 18): It is interesting that the state makes an issue over the cross on the county seal because of religion, but isn’t saying anything over the fish, which is also a religious symbol in Christianity, or the cow, which is a symbol to the Hindu religion, or even the central figure on the seal, which is a goddess to the ancient Greeks. How hypocritical is this? Not to mention that this is true “intolerance” toward Christianity, which this nation was founded upon, but the government denies. – Jonathan Reynolds Reseda Video-game skills Re “Video games aid job seekers” (Oct. 18): It was a refreshing expos on how education can be improved. And, the great news is that these technologies and game formats are in schools throughout the world. Programs like Scholastic’s FASTT Math, READ 180 and ReadAbout are helping children gain and maintain critical math and literacy skills. Students are motivated with games and rewards, and are very willing to put forth Herculean effort. The efficiency with which they learn and practice important skills is revolutionary. And we all reap the benefits with students who are competent and performing on grade level. Companies like Scholastic Education are to be commended for their vision and enterprise in improving teaching and learning. – Colleen Driscoll Solomon Tujunga Blaming alcohol When are alcoholics going to take responsibility for their actions? And when are people going to stop blaming alcohol for their bad actions? It’s the cop-out: Find a way to blame something else rather than themselves. Foley blames alcohol for his pedophilia; Gibson blames alcohol and what he terms unfair criticism of his “The Passion of the Christ” for his ranting against Jews. Do these people really expect these lame excuses for their unacceptable behavior to register with people watching their self-indulgent, thoughtless actions? Evidentially so, or at least their spin doctors hope some of it might stick. – Claudia Reame Valley Glen Looking at the plot Re “Don’t waste another day on LAUSD fight” (Their Opinions, Oct. 16): At present, the school board fulfilled a task that was its obligation – to select a new superintendent – and it did just that. Our mayor and his longtime crony (Assembly) Speaker Fabian Nu¤ez are acting like petulant children. When we look at this plot for the mayor to have a leadership role in the school district, some of us wonder what his ultimate goals are. Maybe the pollution of Santa Monica Bay or the California highway system or a million more trees. They see and state the problems of our school district, but the answers are still over the horizon. The mayor’s job is pretty well defined and the LAUSD is a completely separate entity. The people of our city had no say in this political maneuver. Let’s see how it goes after Jan. 1, 2007. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Majority tyranny It seems virtually certain that Proposition 86 will pass in November. It is a good example of the “tyranny of the majority” that our Founding Fathers worried about. The initiative process is the ideal vehicle for the majority to tyrannize minorities. “It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.” – Federalist Papers, No. 51. – John Aherne Panorama City Not up to winning As much as I dislike the thought of another Arnold term as governor, I am afraid that is what we will be facing. The reason? Phil Angelides does not have what it takes to win this election. It is too bad that Democrats did not see the light when there was a much better candidate in Steve Westly, since he not only has his own money, he is a stronger personality. Perhaps if his family had been in the spotlight, there would have been a different outcome. He was also more in line with current issues such as abortion, environmental matters, etc. – Lynette Grismore Arleta Sucking us dry I am sick and tired of Democrats and liberals constantly demanding more money from us in the form of bond issues in almost every election year. It seems that they and others (politicians) think by throwing money at a problem, it will simply be corrected and fixed. Our city and county governments are sitting on billions of our tax dollars already and they want even more from us. Why do they continually keep throwing bond issues out to the public in an attempt to circumvent Proposition 13 that was passed so many years ago when the public revolted against our politicians and their inability to spend wisely? I think it is time again to revolt. We need to put forth a proposition that would forbid any further bond issues for five years … That is one I am sure would pass. – Joseph Dillon Chatsworth Protecting us? I wrote to my congressman, Brad Sherman, and asked why he and most Democrats voted against the Federal Election Integrity Act, which requires voters to show a photo identity card to vote in a federal election. In addition, I asked why he voted against The Secure Fence Act, the Illegal Immigration Law Enforcement Act and the Community Protection Act, which were established to protect our citizens. It seems to me that the main responsibility of our elected officials is to do everything necessary to protect us from terrorist and criminal activity and to make sure that only citizens vote in our elections. It’s been over two weeks and he hasn’t answered my questions. – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Andy Rooney moment I am having an Andy Rooney moment: Have you ever noticed how all politicians, like our governor, are so busy all of a sudden, signing everything put in front of them? You think it’s because voting time is near? And do you wonder why L.A.’s mayor is doing all of those photo ops and traveling all over instead of playing mayor, that he’s building up to run for something else, and didn’t really want to be mayor? And how the borders are wide open and no one is doing anything about it, saying there’s plenty of room in the U.S.? How many more people can we hold? – Joan Olear Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “L.A. meets schools chief” (Oct. 13): I have a great idea! Why don’t we get an educator who has actually taught in the classroom to head our schools? Of course, that’s too simple. I think we need a new school board while we are at it. For a school district that used to lead the country and has been in so much peril for so many years, it makes too much sense for those in charge to try to figure out we need an educator to lead. It’s just another reason for people to send their children to private schools. – Kathy Dudley Northridge A little respect Re “LAUSD’s Brewer enlists community help in Valley visit” (Oct. 18): I agree with David Brewer, our new superintendent for the school district, that we need to get the parents involved. I like his thinking, but I will also go a step further and try to instill in students to have respect for themselves, and they will in turn have respect for others. We should possibly have signs plastered around, saying “respect thyself.” With this, we may not have so many drive-by shootings, etc. last_img read more

Guardiola dismisses suggestion Walker’s tweet could motivate Liverpool players

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 1 “I cannot help that. I’m not sure what that says about us, it says a bit more about the other person. I never celebrated another team dropping points or losing a game. For me, that’s not allowed.“It’s sport, you have to do your own thing and try to show your best performance.“For supporters, it’s a bit different. For people involved, I don’t understand it. But how can I criticise if I don’t understand it?”City could close the gap on Liverpool to two points if they beat Arsenal on Sunday, a day before the Reds travel to West Ham. Pep Guardiola has played down the significance of a tweet from Kyle Walker which mocked Manchester City’s title rivals Liverpool this week.Following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leicester on Wednesday, the City defender tweeted a picture of Leicester defender Harry Maguire with the caption: “So basically they thought they were gonna go seven points ahead…” BEST OF Latest football news Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? gameday cracker Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The social media post was quickly deleted and City boss Guardiola was not fussed about it.He said: “I’m not concerned about the social media of the players, what they tweet or Instagram, or other social media. I cannot control it.”Guardiola dismissed a suggestion the tweet could provide extra motivation for Liverpool who, after City lost at relegation-threatened Newcastle on Tuesday, extended their lead at the top of the table to five points.The Spaniard added: “I don’t think so.“The motivation to win games from ourselves and the opponents always increases not for one tweet or another.“The opponents always do many things against us and nothing happens. Motivation is our game, that’s what we have to do.”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to criticise Walker, but could not understand why a footballer would taunt a rival. REVEALED RANKED center_img The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 huge blow Kyle Walker poked fun at Liverpool after their stalemate with Leicester latest Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won SORRY predicted whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion last_img read more

‘No way’ Gareth Southgate will quit England before Euro 2020

first_img Gareth Southgate replaced Sam Allardyce Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Southgate said he would not have taken the job at United with such an exciting year on the horizon.“Well, first and foremost, I love the job I’m in,” Southgate said when that link to United was mentioned.“I’m proud to be England manager. We’ve got a second semi-final coming this summer and a Euros at home – well, I say at home, the group stage is at home – so there is no way I’d be walking away from this.“After those Euros, people might want me or might not want me, here or somewhere else. REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Gareth Southgate insists he would not walk away from England before Euro 2020.Southgate led England to the World Cup semi-finals last year and has got them to the Nations League finals, which are this summer. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions BEST OF 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED “You can’t look too far ahead in football. You’re quite right, I’m contracted to 2022 – or whenever that World Cup will finish! I don’t look any further than that.“I’m sure at some point in my life, I’ll want to go back to club football because people will say, ‘oh well he did OK as an international manager, but he didn’t work as a club manager’.“How could you when you step out the dressing room? What do you know, really, two years into your coaching career?“I think at this point, at some stage in the distant future, I would want to do that, but I actually don’t know, because there might be something else more important in my life and I might be doing something completely different, I think it’s too hard. Getty Images 3 “I’ve never quite understood in this game, people who have a coaching plan or a plan of where they want to go because I didn’t expect to be manager of Middlesbrough two days before I got offered it.“I didn’t expect to be England senior manager six hours before I was offered it.“How do you ever plot and predict where you stand and where you sit in the pecking order of jobs that might or might not be available?“I think I just enjoy the role I’m in and try and fulfil that to the best of my ability.” Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Southgate has flourished with the national side Gareth Southgate has a contract with England until 2022 REVEALED The 48-year-old has flourished with the national side since replacing Sam Allardyce in September 2016, following his abrupt exit.This success saw him linked with the Manchester United job earlier this year after Jose Mourinho was sacked.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to get the job on a full time basis after impressing at Old Trafford. ADVICE 3last_img read more

Arsenal legend heaps praise on Ozil and Auabameyang after Rennes victory

first_img Unai Emery has revitalised Ozil and Aubameyang according to Smith Alan Smith heaped praise on Arsenal manager Unai Emery for the development of Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gunners made it six English clubs in the quarter-finals of European competition as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Rennes in their Europa League clash. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY MOST READ IN FOOTBALL 3 tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Conversely, Mesut Ozil has struggled at times in the past year.After an early World Cup exit with Germany, the midfielder then retired from international duty after receiving abuse.At club level, his relationship with the new Gunners boss has seemed strained at times and the 30-year-old has been dropped completely from the squad.But now, Smith believes Emery’s methods are finally getting across to Ozil. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion latest 3 “Slowly but surely, Unai Emery is getting his methods across,” he added.“The players are buying into that, Mesut Ozil looks a different player now without the ball.“Without the ball he’s not switching off, he’s putting in a shift for the team.” Smith scored 86 goals in 264 games for the Gunners center_img The Arsenal duo celebrate after the Rennes victory “He’s one of those strikers that’s always in that position in the box and the six yard box as he was last night to tap home.“He’s got a nose for goal.“He’s enjoying life in London it looks like he’s developed a really good friendship with Alexandre Lacazette – both on and off the pitch.“He looks a happy player, and a happy player is normally a good one, a successful one.” Having lost 3-1 in north-west France last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a brace and Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored just his second Arsenal goal to secure a 3-0 victory on Thursday.The Gabon international, who produced a crazy ‘Black Panther’ celebration at the Emirates, has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season.Blessed with predatory instincts and blistering pace, former Arsenal striker Smith believes Aubameyang is showcasing his talents and enjoying his football under Emery.He revealed on talkSPORT 2: “It’s quite surprising really that he hadn’t come to England before now, we’ve known all about his poaching ability, his ability to rack up the goals in seasons and he is doing it once again. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 gameday cracker huge blow whoops Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury SORRY revealed Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 3 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

How many academy graduates every Premier League club named in squads in 2018/19

first_img REPLY Getty Images Tottenham – 8 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season no dice Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Tom Davies continues to develop at Goodison Park and could be called upon if they fail to sign Andre Gomes permanently ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ The Premier League seems awash with young talent at the moment with clubs around the country favouring starlets over veterans.Leicester City are just one side doing this and with some promising end of season displays you wonder if they can mount a top six challenge, if they hold onto the likes of Ben Chilwell. shining Southampton – 6 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Matt Targett was on target against Bournemouth in late April 10 Getty Images 10 Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 10 gameday cracker Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Sean Longstaff looks like being a fine player for the Magpies Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Crystal Palace – 4 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonFulham – 4 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonBournemouth – 4 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Phil Foden came up trumps when called upon and got a vital game-winning goal against Tottenham late in the season Jesse Lingard will need to produce consistent performances if he is to remain at Old Trafford beyond next season Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST Chilwell is one of the first names on the Leicester team sheet 10 10 Getty Images 10center_img Getty Images LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES REVEALED Getty Images Jack Simpson was a regular for the Cherries towards the end of the season and did well for Eddie Howe Watford – 0 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonCardiff – 0 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonManchester City – 1 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Trent Alexander-Arnold has been superb for the Reds all season long Getty Images Wolves – 3 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonChelsea – 4 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Hudson-Odoi was pushing hard for a regular starting role until his campaign was ended by injury 10 huge blow Oliver Skipp ended up being in 21 matchday squad for Spurs this season Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 10 tense Getty Images Getty Images 10 Getty Images West Ham – 5 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonManchester United – 6 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Newcastle – 6 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season More often than not, rather than bloat their side with short-term signings on big wages, clubs like Newcastle United are putting their faith into players such as academy product Sean Longstaff.But which Premier League sides names the most graduates in matchday squads this season?The folks over at TheSportsman.com did all the maths and worked out which club made the most of their academies last season, and you can find out the results below. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 10 deals Arsenal – 3 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonLeicester – 3 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonLiverpool – 3 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this season Getty Images Burnley – 1 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonHuddersfield – 1 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonBrighton – 2 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonEverton – 2 academy graduates involved in Premier League squads this seasonlast_img read more

West Ham reportedly have Arnautovic replacement lined up – not Gomez or Rondon

first_img boost LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest West Ham have been linked with West Brom striker Salomon Rondon but his arrival may not be enough for Manuel Pellegrini.And Italian journalist Nicolo Schira has suggested the Premier League club could make a move for Torino frontman Andrea Belotti.Schira claims the east London club are considering offering him a five-year contract with a bid in the region of £35m to Torino being lined up. JIBE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:56Loaded: 8.49%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, 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.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 Rate1xFullscreen West Ham ‘doing the best thing’ by selling ‘nightmare’ Arnautovic 2 Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder LATEST punished Arnautovic will ‘go to China and never be heard of again’, says Ray Parlour A journalist for Gazzetta dello Sport believes West Ham will try and sign Belotti Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa deals center_img Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Belotti, 25, scored 15 goals in 37 Serie A matches last season. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TROPHY Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January West Ham have cut their losses with Arnautovic Adrian Durham thinks that West Ham could push into the top four next season in the Premier League Arnautovic could face Jose Mourinho, with the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss also being linked with a move to the Chinese Super League after being pictured with the richest man in China.The Hammers have been heavily linked with Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez, however, Sky Sports claim that the £45million demand for Gomez could be a sticking point.It is understood West Ham have improved their offer but it’s not as high as £45m just yet.Furthermore, Gomez could be leaning more towards a move to Valencia, who qualified for next season’s Champions League. REVEALED 2 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star West Ham could make a move for Italy international Andrea Belotti as a result of Marko Arnautovic’s imminent departure.Arnautovic, 30, is on the verge of completing a move to China and the Hammers have also let striker Andy Carroll leave the club. getty images – getty getty last_img read more

Is this Chelsea’s best-case scenario in the Champions League draw?

first_img AFP OR LICENSORS 4 4 Benfica are by far the easiest team to face from Pot 2 4 revealed Frank Lampard has a special relationship with the Champions League and the new Chelsea manager will be hoping this continues now he has moved into the dugout.In 2012, the former England international lifted the famous trophy in Germany after managing to beat Bayern Munich in their own back yard.In order to repeat that feat, Lampard will be well aware his young side will need an extra slice of luck when the group stages are sorted out on Thursday evening. Key detailsTeams from the same country cannot be drawn together.Teams will be split into four seeding pots with Pot 1 consisting of the holders (Liverpool), the Europa League winners (Chelsea) and the champions of the six highest-ranked nations.Pots 2, 3 and 4 are determined by the club’s coefficient ranking, according to UEFA. Getty Images – Getty Much like Benfica, Club Brugge lost two of their best players this summer. Wesley became Aston Villa’s club-record signing, while Arnaut Danjuma also moved to the Premier League to join Bournemouth.The Belgian side hold a slim advantage over LASK in their Champions League Play-off and are expected to progress through to Pot 3.Simon Mignolet could well be returning to England to face off against familiar foes.Pot 4 – Slavia Prague PAYBACK ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Getty Images – Getty Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEEDINGS scrap LATEST Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion NGolo Kante tangles with Jan Boril in the Europa League tie at Stamford Bridge last season center_img Pot 1LiverpoolChelseaBarcelonaBayern MunichJuventusManchester CityParis Saint-GermainZenitPot 2Real MadridAtletico MadridBorussia DortmundNapoliShakhtar DonetskTottenhamAjaxBenficaPot 3LyonBayer LeverkusenSalzburgOlympiacosClub BruggeValenciaInter MilanDinamo ZagrebPot 4Lokomotiv MoscowGenkGalatasarayRB LeipzigSlavia PragueRed Star BelgradeAtalantaLille SORRY Getty – Contributor Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea’s best case scenario?Pot 2 – Benfica Considering Pot 2 of the Champions League this year contains the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, drawing Benfica would be probably Chelsea’s best hope.The Portuguese giants have parted with their most lucrative and influential player in wonderkid Joao Felix who joined Atletico.Lisbon is also relatively easy destination to get to from west London, meaning Lampard is unlikely to struggle with jet lag or squad rotation too greatly.Pot 3 – Club Brugge MOST POPULAR FOOTBALL STORIES Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Frank Lampard will be hoping to repeat his heroics from 2012 now he is manager of Chelsea The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Club Brugge are set to be bolstered by the signing of Victor Wanyama from Spurs latest When and where is the draw?The group stage draw will take place in Monaco on Thursday, 29 August at 5pm GMT.How can I watch the draw?The draw will be streamed live through UEFA’s official website and will also be available to watch live on BT Sport.You can also tune into Drivetime from 5pm to listen to live reaction on talkSPORT by following this link. 4 gameday cracker Chelsea will already be familiar with many of the Slavia Prague players, having faced them in the Europa League last season.The Blues won 5-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final tie and would surely fancy their chances in the Champions League this time around.The Czech side hold a 1-0 lead over CFR Cluj and will be hoping to make it to the top table of European football.You can follow the Champions League draw live on talkSPORT.com from 5pm on Thursday, August 29last_img read more

Liverpool ace insists he will still be ‘a winner’ even if Messi claims Ballon d’Or

first_img Getty Images – Getty on target latest appointed Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi is favourite to take the prize for a record sixth time, Liverpool’s inspirational defender Van Dijk is expected to provide strong competition.Netherlands international Van Dijk, a cornerstone of Liverpool’s Champions League success last season and UEFA Player of the Year, came second to Messi in the voting for FIFA World Player of the Year in September.Van Dijk, 28, said: “I am going to have a look at what it is about. I am going to be there for a reason and there are no losers on the evening. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Van Dijk believes he is still a winner even if he falls short of winning the Ballon d’Or Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son rookie error Van Dijk has been key to Liverpool’s success statement PEP TALK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti stalemate Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has insisted he will still be a ‘winner’ even if he feels falls short of claiming the Ballon d’Or.In a glittering ceremony in Paris on Monday evening, the winner of this year’s prestigious individual award will be announced. “I am very proud to be in that bracket, to be in there for the way I performed with the team last year and also with the country.“It is just something to be proud of because not a lot of players go there and are up for these kind of things.“There’s going to be a winner but there are no losers. We will see what happens.”The 30 nominees for the Ballon d’Or were announced in October.Van Dijk was one of seven Liverpool players on the shortlist along with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and forwards Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Manchester City had five players nominated in Sergio Aguero, Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez with Tottenham duo Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min also featuring.Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the list, as did former Chelsea star, now of Real Madrid, Eden Hazard. Cristiano Ronaldo – like Messi, also a five-time winner – was again nominated.England pair Lucy Bronze and Ellen White were on the shortlist for the women’s award. LATEST Getty Images – Getty Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff update targets 2 The awards ceremony comes at an awkward time for the Premier League ahead of a midweek round of fixtures.Leaders Liverpool are back in action as they host neighbours Everton in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday.The Reds have opened up a big lead at the top but Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Brighton was a nervy affair and the team have now gone 12 games without keeping a clean sheet in all competitions.Van Dijk said: “It annoys me and it is a negative, to be fair. As a defence we know we can do a lot better than we do, especially with the clean sheets.“But if we are winning games then we shouldn’t look too much at it.“We are in a good situation points-wise but we know we can do, maybe, that extra 10 per cent still.”last_img read more

Peterhead boss McInally hoping to capitalise on Rangers distractions

first_img“Look at all the teams in this competition to start with. If you’d have told us we’d be in the final to play Rangers then, we’d have laughed at you.“Teams like Falkirk, Hibs and St Mirren were in the top league a few years ago and still have good teams. We went to Falkirk, who are going great guns this year, and scored five goals there, so we’ve deserved it.“It’s great that clubs like Peterhead get a chance to reach a cup final because League cups and Scottish Cups are a bit different.”The Blue Toon have supporters travelling not just the A90 but also the Atlantic for their moment in the Hampden spotlight and Smith added: “You can go to Easter Road, McDiarmid Park, Almondvale for a final and limit yourself to 20,000 fans. I’d rather play at a full capacity.“We might only have one percent of the gate but our percent will try to make as much noise as the rest because they’ve watched their team away at Berwick, away at Stranraer and they never thought they’d see a day like this — it’s almost as if we’re winners before we’ve started, but we’ll give it a right good go because we’re not just here to make up the numbers.” “The mentality of the Rangers players will be much the same as what’s happened to us over the last couple of weeks.“I could see my players drifting away to this game two or three weeks ago, and you’re not telling me that they haven’t drifted away to a week on Sunday against Celtic, because it is a fantastic day for them.”The Blue Toon though, are not there simply to play second fiddle to Rangers or make up the numbers, even though more than 45,000 fans are expected to be backing the SPFL Championship winners inside Hampden, with a pocket of 2,000 representing the fishing town from the north-east.Peterhead have come through tough ties at Brechin, Falkirk and even at the National Stadium against Queen’s Park. Goalkeeper Graeme Smith says those victories, and a home win over Stenhousemuir, show the Blue Toon are worthy finalists. Jim McInally hopes next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi-final with Celtic will be on Rangers players minds and will benefit his side in Sunday’s Petrofac Cup final.The Blue Toon manager admitted he noticed his own side’s shift of focus affecting their recent performances in League One, and he believes his side can take advantage of Rangers’ impending schedule.As Sunday’s Hampden showpiece has loomed large, McInally’s side have fallen to consecutive defeats for the first time this season.“We need to ask questions of them,” said the Peterhead boss. “Ask, will they want to risk injury with what is coming up? last_img read more

Six vital contests ahead of Sunday’s Old Firm clash at Hampden

first_imgBoth players are considered somewhat spiritual figures for their respective teams, with Halliday a boyhood Rangers fan. Motivation won’t be an issue for either player, with their energy and drive key to the identity of both teams.Halliday carries more of a goal threat than Brown, notching nine times over the course of the season. He operates farther up the pitch than his Celtic counterpart – there are stylistic differences between the two – but in terms of their fundamental qualities Brown and Halliday are comparable. SNS Roberts has been a shining light for the Scottish champions in recent weeks, providing balance to Ronny Deila’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system. After the failed experiment with Colin Kazim-Richards on the wing against Kilmarnock, the on-loan Manchester City man announced himself with a double against Hearts.Able to play down the flanks but also comfortable in central areas, the young Englishman has made a real impression for the Hoops and he will come up against Lee Wallace.In the Championship the Rangers captain has room to bomb forward and play as a second winger with Barrie McKay. However at Hampden he will have to stay focused on the defensive side of his game.Wallace will be expected to lead by example and ensure the Rangers back four remain disciplined throughout against Celtic’s attacking four. SNS GroupJames Tavernier has been something of a sensation for the Ibrox club this season, netting 14 times over the course of the campaign. His stunning volley in the Petrofac Training Cup final on Sunday provided one of the moments of the season so far.However, as undoubtedly good as Tavernier is on the attack there have been questions asked of him defensively. Opposition sides know there is significant space to be exploited in behind the 24-year-old and Celtic – unlike many Championship teams – have the weapons to make the most of that.Gary Mackay-Steven will most likely start on the left flank for the Hoops, with the 25-year-old finally finding form recently after a difficult season – scoring three goals in his last six appearances. He has the pace and slipperiness to give Tavernier problems, as does Kieran Tierney, who like his Rangers counterpart is better at going forwards than backwards. SNS GroupDefensively, there are a lot of ifs and buts concerning Ronny Deila’s selection for Sunday’s Old Firm clash, with most of them regarding the fitness of Erik Sviatchenko. The Dane has become a first team figure for the Hoops since joining in January, but might not make it for this weekend (although Deila insists he has a chance). Should Sviatchenko fail to make the starting lineup then Charlie Mulgrew could take on Miller. There is also doubt over who will play up front for Rangers, with Martyn Waghorn missing the last two months of action through injury. He too could still make Sunday’s match at Hampden, but if he doesn’t Kenny Miller will carry Rangers’ goalscoring burden.Miller has proved invaluable to the Ibrox club in Waghorn’s absence, scoring five goals in his last six appearances as Rangers clinched the Championship title and Petrofac Training Cup. At 36 it was questioned whether the veteran striker would be able to adapt to the methods of Warburton, but he has more than contributed to the Ibrox club’s season. He could make his biggest contribution yet on Sunday. SNS After failing to get a look in under Ally McCoist, Barrie McKay has been transformed since the arrival of Mark Warburton as boss.A virtual ever-present this term, a lot of Rangers play goes through the exciting winger and he has had a direct impact on 30% of Rangers’ league goals (as per Rangers Report). With the focus on exploiting space on the flanks, through wingers and full-backs, McKay will have to lift his recent performances after suffering a slight dip over the past month.The 21-year-old’s contribution will be vital for the Championship winners due to the absence of Harry Forrester through injury.Mikael Lustig will be tasked with keeping the Scotland U21 international quiet and his dependable and resolute nature makes this a thrilling contest. Vastly experienced with 50 caps for Sweden, Lustig has taken on and succeeded against illustrious opponents such as Neymar in the Champions League.This duel between youth and experience could have a major bearing on the outcome of the match. This Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final will see rivals Rangers and Celtic come up against each other, with a place in the competition’s final on the line. But there’s more than just that at stake in the event of an Old Firm derby. This is about rivalry, bragging rights and everything else in between. Both teams sit atop their respective leagues, with Rangers already crowned Championship winners and Celtic on course for a fifth-successive top flight title.But where will Sunday’s match at Hampden Park be won and lost? We take a look at the key battles. SNS Group Celtic’s number nine is enjoying the season of his life as he closes in on 40 domestic goals for the campaign. A double against Motherwell brought his total to 37 in 48 matches and there’s no doubt he will lead the line for the Scottish champions.Plenty of questions have been asked over Rangers’ defensive record and the back four is likely to face their toughest examination yet. Danny Wilson is likely to square up against Griffiths and he may require some help from Dominic Ball to keep the Scotland international at bay.Both Jason Cummings and Michael O’Halloran have caused real problems for Wilson this term and he is likely to need help from Dominic Ball, should the on-loan Spurs man remain in his defensive midfield role. SNS GroupWith so much at stake and passions running high, derby matches can often descend into midfield slugfests. Celtic skipper Brown and ‘Gers midfielder Halliday are likely to be at the heart of the action, providing the platform for their team’s creative players to flourish.last_img read more

Gordon Reid wins dramatic Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles final

first_imgGordon Reid and his partner Alfie Hewett won the Wimbledon wheelchair men’s doubles title in dramatic fashion on Saturday.The home favourites and second seeds got the better of French players Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer, winning 4-6 6-1 7-6 (8/6) on Court 17.Reid, who also plays in the inaugural men’s singles final on Sunday, and Hewett had put themselves in a strong position at 5-2 in front in the deciding set, but almost let the match slip away.Both British players dropped serve, and the momentum looked to be all with top seeds Houdet and Peifer heading into the tie-break. But 24-year-old Reid and Hewett, 18, just about kept their nerve to get over the winning line.Serving at match point, leading 6-4 in front in the tie-break, Hewett initially made a mess of his ball toss and then horribly miscued with his first serve, which bounced on his side of the net and hopped over.He gathered sufficient composure to land the second ball in court, but then flung a forehand into the net.When Hewett netted again it was 6-6. But he redeemed himself by firing a big forehand winner for a mini-break of the Peifer serve, and when Houdet sliced Reid’s serve into the net the British pair embraced in celebration.last_img read more

Lee Casciaro: My mate will cover my shift so I can face Celtic

first_imgLincoln Red Imps striker Lee Casciaro will rely on a friend to cover his shift as his side gear up to face Celtic in their Champions League qualifier second leg.The Gibraltan international stunned Celtic on Tuesday night when he wriggled through the defence to score the biggest goal in his club’s history and seal a historic win for the Imps in the process.However, like many of his teammates, Casciaro is only a part-time footballer and earns a living most days as a policeman for the Ministry of Defence.And with the return fixture at Celtic Park scheduled for July 20, the goal hero will have to ask a friend to help him out in his day job. “I’m off until Saturday, but then I work Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.” Casciaro told STV. “But we are leaving on Monday, so one of my mates is coming in to do my shift.“We help each other out. It’s my main job here, working for the Ministry of Defence police for the past 14 years, and so we help each other because its a small community and everybody knows everyone.”last_img read more

Naismith: There’s real competition for Scotland places

first_imgSteven Naismith has said there’s tough competition for places in the Scotland team to face Slovenia and the Canada friendly is the perfect testing ground.The Scotland player was speaking as the national team prepared for a must-win World Cup qualifier on Sunday against the Slovenes with a friendly at Easter Road against the Canadians on Wednesday night.Manager Gordon Strachan has named four new faces in his squad, which includes team regular Naismith, an attacking midfielder who now plays at English Championship side Norwich.Celtic attacking midfielder Stuart Armstrong, Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, Leeds defender Liam Cooper and Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser have all been added to the squad. “That’s what it is for players who have just come in and have maybe not had much game time for the manager recently.“And, again, for the players that have been playing, it’s for them to say ‘I should be in the team for Sunday’.“Obviously some of the results in the campaign haven’t been what we wanted so I don’t think anybody is sitting here saying ‘I am playing on Sunday, I know I’m in the team because I have been good enough’.” Naismith says the new players’ hunger to show their worth and the regulars’ determination to keep their places means everyone is pushing to stake a claim.“The new guys in the squad, if they play, they will see it as an opportunity to say ‘I’m here to stay’,” Naismith told the Official Scotland Podcast.“Guys like myself, who have not played many games recently for the national team, I’ve got to make sure the manager sees that I’m still worthy of being in the squad.“It goes back to competition for places, if you’re not performing you are not going to be in this squad eventually.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Simunovic in demand, Oxford’s Lindsay bid

first_imgJozo Simunovic is in demand again.The Celtic centre-back was the centre of one of last year’s strangest transfer tales when he was in Italy to finalise a move to Torino, only to see the deal collapse at the last minute. After fighting his way back into contention under Brendan Rodgers and establishing himself as an important figure in the treble-winning side, he’s now drawn new admirers and boasts a bigger price tag.The Croatian isn’t the only one of Celtic’s stars from last season who’s attracting attention.  Patrick Roberts could be leaving Manchester City and while Celtic are sure to be part of any conversation about his next destination, newly promoted Huddersfield want the winger to join their Premier League adventure.Partick Thistle may be losing one of their key players with Oxford United making a move for the talented Liam Lindsay but the Jags have made a signing, bringing Blair Spittal to the club.And what would have been one of the most surprising deals of the summer doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Charlie Adam will not be moving to Dundee.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Celtic Bryan link, world record Mbappe bid

first_imgThe SPFL fixtures may be published this morning but there’s still plenty of time for clubs to make changes before they get down to competitive business.Celtic have already been linked with a few defenders during the window and there’s a new name to add to the list. Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan has plenty of admirers and the Scottish champions are said to be one of those sides.While one defender is talked about in terms of a move to Scotland, another has agreed to leave. Partick Thistle’s talented stopper Liam Lindsay has signed for Barnsley.One of the window’s longer-running stories has come to an end. Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera have their work permits and have signed their Rangers deals. Beyond our borders, it’s all gone a bit crazy. PSG are ready to smash the world transfer record to land Kylian Mbappe and Juventus are involved in a dispute over a fleet of tractors.last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Hibs want £4m, McPhee’s Hearts decision

first_imgThere is some good news for the Gorgie club with American goalkeeper Kevin Silva set to sign after impressing on trial.Elsewhere, speculation about Oli McBurnie joining Rangers can be set aside after he signed a new Swansea deal.And down south, Manchester United have been linked with Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld, while Barcelona have made another move to sign Willian. Every summer needs a transfer saga and this year John McGinn looks to be the chosen one to dominate headlines.Celtic have had two bids rejected as they attempt to land the Scotland midfielder but Hibernian are determined not to let him go unless their valuation is met.Now, it’s emerged that the Easter Road want around £4m if they are to part with their main man and there are English sides reportedly ready to make a move. And with a heft sell-on clause due to them if a deal goes through, St Mirren are interested observers.While Hibs fans wait for news on a player, Hearts fans will learn shortly if the club is to lose highly-rated coach Austin McPhee. He has reportedly been offered a small fortune to manage in India but has yet to make up his mind about quitting Hearts for Pune City.last_img read more

Murray withdraws from Washington Open and Rodgers Cup

first_imgAndy Murray will miss the upcoming Rodgers Cup in Toronto after the Scot pulled out of his Washington Open quarter-final on Friday.Murray was due to play Alex de Minaur in the last eight in the American capital but withdrew from the match after only finishing his last-16 win at 03:02 local time earlier the same day.The 31-year-old broke down in tears after prevailing in a gruelling contest against Romanian Marius Copil.With limited recovery time, Murray opted out of his tie with de Minaur and has also confirmed he will skip the Rodgers Cup to continue his recovery. Instead, the Scot says he will focus on preparing for the Cincinnati Masters, which starts on 13 August, in a bid to fine-tune his game ahead of the US Open.He said: “I’m exhausted after playing so much over the past four days, having not competed on the hard courts for 18 months.“I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come back from a long-term injury.”Speaking after beating Copil, Murray added: “My body doesn’t feel great right now. Finishing matches at three in the morning isn’t good for anyone involved in the event – players, TV, fans, anyone. “When you’re expected to come back and perform the next day, I think that’s unreasonable.”last_img read more

Rangers boss Gerrard ‘jealous’ of Jack’s midfield display

first_imgRangers conceded a late equaliser to end their run of clean sheets but Gerrard believes his new-look defence have proven themselves formidable.He added: “There’s going to be times when your backs are against the wall but that’s the reason we’ve brought in leaders like Allan McGregor, when you need him to be big, he’s big.“The two centre-halves have been outstanding.“Now people are fearing us and know we’re not a soft touch. Not many teams will come here who are as good as them.” Gerrard said: “Ryan Jack, I’m jealous of his performance as a midfielder, I thought it was stunning.“I’d watched him from the outside and was aware of his big move and how it had come about but it’s not until you get up close to players that you see what they’re about.“I think I’ve got a good type on my hands, a player who cares and is willing to go out on the pitch and do exactly what’s asked of him.“He made one minor mistake in 90 minutes, this is a kid who’s missed six months at the back end of last season so I’m delighted with Ryan’s performance.” Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said he was jealous of Ryan Jack’s “stunning” midfield display in the 1-1 draw with Osijek.The Light Blues progressed to set up a third-round Europa League qualifying tie with Maribor after preserving their first leg lead at Ibrox.Gerrard was considered amongst Europe’s top midfield performers during the height of his playing days for Liverpool.Now watching on from the sidelines, he was full of praise for Jack’s showing in the centre of the park for his new charges.last_img read more

Robinson: Ill-disciplined Main let Motherwell down

first_imgBut Main angered his manager in the 71st minute when he fouled Stephen O’Donnell with a flailing arm before pushing the Killie right-back in the face. Referee Steven McLean showed him a yellow card for each offence.Robinson said: “Curtis Main let us down completely, I’m really cross about his lack of discipline. He probably should have been sent off for his first offence so I’ve absolutely no complaints about the decision.”On the injuries, Robinson said: “Losing three boys in the space of five minutes was something I’ve never experienced before but they say you never stop learning in management.“I have to give credit to the boys who were on the pitch because they gave me absolutely everything. Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson told Curtis Main he had let the club down after the striker was sent off in the 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock.Robinson saw three of his centre-backs taken to hospital during the Ladbrokes Premiership game before Main’s two bookings in quick succession dented the hosts’ hopes of responding to Jordan Jones’ first-half strike.Robinson felt Jones’ winner was a “mis-hit cross” and did not use the injuries to Charles Dunne, Carl McHugh and Christian Mbulu as an excuse.Dunne and McHugh clashed heads in the 11th minute and substitute Mbulu was replaced in the 28th minute after going off with an eye problem. “Richard Tait went to centre-back and it was one of the best performances I’ve seen from a Motherwell player. That’s proper desire. He was top class. He won more headers than anyone else on the pitch.“Of course we’re not happy about losing the game – and we lost it to a mis-hit cross.“There was nothing in the game. Did we create enough? Maybe not but we were brave and we tried to move the ball about.”Robinson faces a challenging team selection for Saturday’s Lanarkshire derby at Hamilton. As well as the defensive problems, striker Ryan Bowman was absent after the club received a bid from an unnamed team.Robinson said: “Christian Mbulu potentially has a detached retina while the other two boys are concussed – and Carl has a history of that, of course.“Peter Hartley’s out with a calf problem and I’ve no idea whether he’ll be able to make it for Saturday. We may have an offer for Ryan Bowman, it came in very late in the day so we felt it was in everyone’s best interests that he wasn’t involved.”Jones disputed Robinson’s assessment of his goal after his ball from the left flank sailed into the far corner, but Killie boss Steve Clarke did not care.“Jordan said he saw the keeper a little bit off his line and curled it to the back post,” Clarke said.“Jordan will tell you it was a shot but it doesn’t really matter whether it was a shot or a cross, it was a good delivery into the box and it’s gone in the back of the net and got us three points.“The only disappointment for me was that we didn’t capitalise on the chances that we created second half. We should have made it a much more comfortable afternoon for the old manager sitting on the bench.”last_img read more

ISP Stop in Jackson County nets Meth, Duke meter.

first_imgOn Tuesday just after 9:30 p.m. Indiana State Trooper Seth Davidson was patrolling on State Road 250 in Jackson County when he noticed two vehicles parked on County Road 300 South just off State Road 250.Trooper Davidson says there are no homes in that area, so he went to investigate. When he approached the area one of the vehicle a Dodge Ram pickup turned on its lights and pulled away. The trooper followed and noticed the truck had an expired license plate. Trooper Davidson traffic stop and found the driver 30-year-old Joseph Evans, of Seymour, had a suspended driver’s license and he had a false registration for the vehicle.During a search of the vehicle, Davidson found a large amount of meth, drug paraphernalia and a stolen Duke Energy electric meter.Evans was arrested on charges of possession of meth over 3 grams and drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property.Davidson encourages all citizens to report suspicious vehicles as those calls often result in drug arrests.last_img read more

State Police Museum Open This Weekend

first_imgLooking for something different to do this weekend? Stop by the Indiana State Police Museum this Saturday, February 20th. The museum will be open to the public from 12pm to 4pm and has free admission. The Indiana State Police Museum is located at 8660 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 – near the Post Road and 21st Street intersection. Come and see police cars dating back to the 1930s, an original 1937 Indian Motorcycle used by Indiana State Police troopers, and learn about the history of the Indiana State Police dating back to the Dillinger days.last_img read more

Hoosiers Warned of Blowing Snow, Urged to Monitor Weather Forecasts

first_imgThe National Weather Service is predicting heavy snow on Wednesday through Thursday and has declared a Winter Storm Watch for 27 northern and western Indiana counties. The rest of the state will see varying levels of snow and wintry mix.Monitor weather forecastsThe Indiana Department of Transportation urges drivers to monitor evolving weather forecasts as there is still some uncertainty as to the location and amount of snowfall.INDOT maintenance supervisors will closely monitor temperatures and storm radar to deploy yellow salt trucks just before rain transitions to snow, sleet and ice on state highways. Trained employees are on call to plow interstates, U.S. highways and state routes around the clock with alternating shifts of 12 hours or more. Each plow route takes 2-3 hours to complete with salt assisting in melting between passes.High winds, snow squallsWeather forecasts are predicting winds gusting up to 40 mph and potential snow squalls, especially across northern Indiana, on Wednesday night into Thursday. Blowing snow reduces visibility and increases the chance for multi-vehicle crashes.Drivers who encounter such storms should immediately take the following steps to improve safety:Before you depart, fully clear off your front and rear windshields and side mirrors.Choose direct routes instead of longer trips on higher-speed roads and highways.Take your foot off the gas and turn off cruise control, especially on high-speed highways. No one should be traveling at interstate speeds during winter weather. Law enforcement will be writing citations for drivers going faster than conditions merit and putting others in harm’s way.Use your low-beam lamps if your vehicle is equipped.Increase following distance so you can barely see the taillights of any vehicles in front of you.Turn on emergency flashers if you are stopped or traveling slower than other vehicles.If you need to stop, try to exit or turn off the main highway. If you must stop on the shoulders, pull as far away from the travel lanes as possible.Regularly fill your gas tank and charge your mobile phone.Apply anti-lock brakes firmly. Pump brakes that are not anti-lock.Do not overcorrect with steering.Know before you goThere are several state resources that drivers can access to “know before you go”:Counties post travel advisories as new information is available to http://in.gov/dhs/traveladvisoryor the Indiana Travel Advisory app for iPhone or Android.INDOT maintenance staff report color-coded winter driving conditions on INDOT’s TrafficWise map at http://indot.carsprogram.org. Road conditions are defined as: (1) Gray: Good, the road is clear (2) Blue: Fair, speed is reduced due to isolated patches of snow and ice, and (3) Violet: Difficult or hazardous, speed is reduced due to snow and/or ice covered pavementDial INDOT’s hotline toll-free at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.Find your regional INDOT district on Facebook and Twitter at http://in.gov/indot/3074.htm.last_img read more

Carron Marie Weston age 72

first_imgFuneral services will be held Monday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8PM and Monday from 9AM-time of service. Carron Marie Weston age 72 of Salem passed away Thursday, May 12 at Salem Crossing.Carron was born November 19, 1943 in Salem the daughter of James Merle and Opal Mae Medlock Pollock.  She was a retired employee of Bata Shoe Company and Philadelphia House.  She was a member of the former Salem Bowling League.  She was a member of Christian Heritage Chapel.She is survived by her daughters:  Pamela Wells and Penny Weston both of Salem, two sisters:  Judith Lincks (Bill) of Salem and Joyce Anderson of New Albany, 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, 2 nieces and 1 nephew.   She was preceded in death by a daughter:  Sherrie Miller, a sister:  Geraldine Jones and her parents.last_img read more

Indiana State Police Hiring Criminal Intelligence Analyst II

first_imgThe Indiana State Police is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested applicants must be able to maintain concentration on numerous tasks in a busy environment and be able to remain seated for extended periods of time. Applicants must be able to remain calm in emergency situations and will be required to work multiple or rotating shifts, on a 24/7/365 basis, requiring weekends and/or holidays. The Indiana State Police is looking to hire a Criminal Intelligence Analyst II position to serve within the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center.The successful applicants would serve as a civilian employee of the Indiana State Police whose primary responsibility is to perform all analytical tasks on criminal intelligence in order to support law enforcement functions relating to all Crimes, all Hazards mission of the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center, as described in Executive Order 13-22.Minimum requirements for this position are a high school graduate or possess the equivalent GED. Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field; or a minimum of ten years prior law enforcement in intelligence analysis, or equivalent military experience in intelligence analysis, or a combination of law enforcement and military experience. Must be able to obtain and maintain a minimum of “Secret” level security clearance from the US government (federal). Must be able to evaluate information from various reports. Must be able to perform background intelligence checks for various agencies. Must be able to subject information to correlation and analysis in order to discern patterns, recurring events, identities and activities of suspected criminal groups and their members. Must be able to examine raw data in order to assemble it into a focused collection of information to be used for investigative leads or court proceedings. For more information contact Brandon Lowe at the Indiana State Police Human Resources Division, 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis IN. 46204. (317) 232-8238.center_img The hire salary for this position is $49,010. To be considered for this position the applicant should apply online at www.careers.in.gov. Applications will be accepted until midnight April 22, 2017.last_img read more

Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 8.9.17

first_imgJ A I L M A N A G E M E N TArrest Report for Courts08/08/2017 thru 08/09/2017Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail AgencyCause No. Code(s) Description(s)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 0535 01/25/1998 *********** M LAWRENCE C 383.00GRUBB,JADEN 47D02-1701-CM-11 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BLOOMINGTON State: INClass: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 08/08/2017 0912 07/29/1956 *********** F BEDFORD PD 345.00 SUP IIDIAMOND,GAYNELL 47D02-1202-CM-125 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: SUPERIOR COURT II Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: COOK CO. IL State: ILClass:Release Date/Time: 08/08/2017-1400____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 1331 12/17/1992 *********** F LAWRENCE C 5,005.00ABEL,CHEYENNA J BATTERY U/1 BATTERY U/14 YEARS O Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: INClass: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 1417 01/01/1959 *********** F LAWRENCE C 0.00JOHNSON,STEPHANIE L 00000000138 COURT COMMITMENT Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: City: FORT WAYNE State: INClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 1520 10/29/1975 *********** F BEDFORD PD 0.00FOUNTAIN,KRISTY M ON-SITE CHARGE 00000000097 INVASION OF PRIVACY Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: BEDFORD State: INClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 1655 11/03/1979 *********** M LCPD 0.00WARWICK,LADUKE A 47D01-1612-CM-1508 00000000079 FAILURE TO APPEAR CR Court: Date/Time: -000047D01-1612-CM-1508 00000000201 PETITION TO REVOKE Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: FREEMONT State: OHClass:____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 1910 09/03/1979 *********** F MITCHELL P 755.00DECKARD,KESHA A ON-SITE 00000000182 POSSESSION OF METHAM Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: City: LAWRENCE CO. State: INClass: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/08/2017 2240 04/22/1988 *********** M LAWRENCE C 505.00BISHOP,ROBERT ON-SITE 00000000005 DRIVING WHILE SUSPEN Court: Date/Time: -0000Run: 9-AUG-2017 8:51 LAWRENCE COUNTY Page: 2JBS15 – Run By: FODDRILL,KYLEAGENCY: 00 J A I L M A N A G E M E N TArrest Report for Courts08/08/2017 thru 08/09/2017Book Date Time DOB SSN Charge Charge Sex Arr Ag Bail Bail AgencyCause No. Code(s) Description(s)____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: SOUTH BEND State: INClass: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/09/2017 0155 07/27/1981 *********** M MITCHELL P 505.00POURNER,JOHN T III ON-SITE 00000000005 DRIVING WHILE SUSPEN Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: SACRAMENTO State: CAClass: MISDEMEANOR____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/09/2017 0155 08/06/1984 *********** F MITCHELL P 755.00WRIGHT,SAMANTHA M ON-SITE 00000000182 POSSESSION OF METHAM Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Birth Place Country: City: BEDFORD State: INClass: FELONY____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________08/09/2017 0200 04/28/1961 *********** M MITCHELL P 755.00COBB,RICHARD K ON-SITE 00000000182 POSSESSION OF METHAM Court: Date/Time: -0000ON-SITE 00000000118 POSS MARIJUANA U/30 Court: Date/Time: -0000ON-SITE 00000000128 POSS OF PARAPHERNALI Court: Date/Time: -0000ON-SITE 00000000129 MAINTAINING COMMON N Court: Date/Time: -0000Citizen? Yes Birth Place Country: US City: LAW CO State: INClass: FELONYlast_img read more

Erratic Driver Arrested for Operating While Intoxicated; Three Children Unrestrained in the Van

first_imgWhile talking with the driver, Porche Sanders, age 35 of Chicago, IL, Trooper Drudge began to suspect that Sanders may be intoxicated and he also noticed three children in the back of the van without child seats or seatbelts on. Following an investigation for operating while intoxicated, Sanders was ultimately arrested on preliminary charges of: Operating While Intoxicated Endangerment, A-Misdemeanor, Operating While Intoxicated, C-Misdemeanor, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, A-Misdemeanor. Sanders was then transported to the St. Joseph County Jail. What started as a call from a concerned motorist on the Indiana Toll Road ultimately led to the arrest of a Chicago woman for operating while intoxicated and more. On August 10th at approximately 9:40 p.m. troopers on the Indiana Toll Road received a call from a concerned motorist about a Pontiac minivan that was driving erratically on the Indiana Toll Road in St. Joseph County.A short time later Trooper Matthew Drudge located this van and subsequently stopped it for several traffic violations eastbound at the 75 mile marker.  This is located two miles west of the South Bend/Notre Dame exit.last_img read more

Four Officers Named in Police Involved Shooting

first_imgThe Indiana State Police has released the names of four police officers who were involved in an incident that took place in Dyer on August 10, 2017.  The officers involved are as follows:1) Victor Zamora, 37, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, 13 years of service2)  Luke Schreiber, 41, St. John Police Department, 10 years of service (18 total) 3)  Jacob Patzschke, 25, St. John Police Department, 1 year of service (3 total)4)  Daniel Kolodziej, 31, Dyer Police Department, 1 year of service (5 total)The officers remain on paid administrative leave per their respective departments policies.This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Upon completion of the investigation, the results will be turned over to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for review. On August 10, 2017, at approximately 5:38 a.m., officers with the Dyer Police Department, St. John Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car in the area of 9300 Sheffield Ave. in Dyer.  During the initial pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a pedestrian in Saulk Village and continued to flee.  Indiana officers were able to locate the vehicle in Indiana and pursued the vehicle north into the gas station at the intersection of 81st and Hart Street where it struck another white vehicle before coming to rest on Hart Street, north of 81st Ave.  What occurred between the suspect and the officers is under investigation, but the interaction resulted in multiple shots being fired.  The suspect died at the scene.  The suspect has been identified as Mark P. Coffey, 33, of South Chicago Heights, IL.  Coffey had an active warrant for Battery/Robbery and was considered to be armed and dangerous.  Coffey also had an ankle monitoring bracelet on his person issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the Northwest Indiana Major Crime Task Force.  The Indiana State Police Crime Scene investigators processed the scene.last_img read more

Youth Worker Cafe in Corydon Nov. 8

first_imgExperts say grit – the character trait that encompasses persistence, determination and resilience – is a stronger predictor of college success than a student’s SAT score, IQ or high school GPA. Another big part of a student’s success, both academically and in other areas of life, is having what’s known as a growth mindset. That includes the ability to embrace challenges, learn from criticism and find lessons in others’ successes.The Indiana Youth Institute, Boys and Girls Clubs of Crawford and Harrison counties, and Purdue Extension Harrison County are teaming up to host a free event for educators, youth workers, community leaders, parents and other caring adults to learn more about how to help foster those character traits in young people.This Youth Worker Café will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, November 8 at the Purdue Extension Harrison County office located at 247 Atwood Street in Corydon. Tracy Butler, IYI’s director of college and career counseling, will speak to attendees about how to discover important concepts like grit and a growth mindset. Butler will share practical ideas for cultivating these character traits among young people and the impact doing so can have on their futures.As part of IYI’s Youth Worker Café program, the forum and lunch are free, but reservations are required. RSVP at www.iyi.org/calendar. If you have trouble with the link, please contact IYI Statewide Outreach Manager Debbie Jones via email at djones@iyi.org. For more information about the café, contact IYI’s Southwest Outreach Manager Joe Shrode at jshrode@iyi.org.Youth Worker Cafés are designed to bring together local youth workers to build relationships and inspire collaborations that will benefit children. Attendees may bring business cards and program information to share, and may arrive 15 minutes early or stay 15 minutes for networking.last_img read more

Holiday Hours for Salem Trash Pickup

first_imgThe City of Salem garbage schedule for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s will be as follows. Each route will be delayed a day.  Monday will be picked up Tuesday, Tuesday will be picked up Wednesday, Wednesday will be picked up Thursday and Thursday will be picked up Friday.  The City of Salem recycling schedule for New Year’s will be as follows. Monday, Jan. 1st will be picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 2nd.  All other days will be on regular schedule.last_img

Holiday Message from Jackson County Sheriff Rick Meyer

first_imgHome for the HolidaysAs the holiday season approaches, I want to personally take this time to acknowledge our staff and thank them for their important contribution to this office and our community. I want to thank each and every one of our deputies and civilian staff for their hard work and encourage you to do the same when you see them.Their hard work and dedication to our office and our community is something we are all very thankful for – not just during the holiday season, but all year-round. I would also like to acknowledge our community for their tremendous support and efforts in helping make our County a safer place to live and raise a family. We appreciate your input and assistance and are happy to know our website is an important information resource to so many of you.Many of you will be driving to go home for the holidays. Please keep the following safety tips in mind while you travel:– Buckle your seatbelt always.– Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment.– Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, changing music stations, and digging for items in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble. Instead, pull over and take a break.– Be courteous – because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short – remain calm and courteous – don’t let other drivers ruin your holidaysHave a safe and happy holiday season.Sheriff Rick Meyerlast_img read more

Sports Scores For Wednesday November 13th

first_imgState volleyball continued with Class 1A, 2A, and 3A. Western, Unity, and Gehlen were all in action Wednesday.Class 3A#8 Union 15-20-26-25-15 #1 Davenport Assumption 25-25-24-21-9#2 Kuemper Catholic 25-25-22-30, #7 Unity Christian 18-23-25-28Box Score#3 Red Oak 26-25-25, #6 Nevada 24-15-19#5 Mount Vernon 25-23-21-29-15 ,#4 West Liberty 13-25-25-27-11Class 2A#1 Western Christian 25-25-25, # 8 Hudson 19-20-17 Box Score#2 Beckman Catholic 25-25-25, #7 Van Buren County 18-11-14#6 Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 25-25-25, #3 Wilton 23-20-17#4 Osage 25-25-25 #5 Grundy Center 17-14-16Class 1A#1 Sidney 25-25-25, #8 Springville 15-17-11#7 Holy Trinity Catholic 25-25-19-25, #2 Council Bluffs St. Albert 16-23-25-15#6 Wapsie Valley 25-25-16-25, #3 Janesville 23-19-25-14#5 North Tama 25-25-26, #4 Gehlen Catholic 20-22-24Box ScoreGPAC Volleyball Tournament Semifinals#8 College of Saint Mary 3, #4 Midland 0#2 Jamestown 3, #3 Concordia 2GPAC Women’s BasketballJamestown 73, Valley City State University 60(16) Hastings 107, Doane 55(19) Morningside 80. College of Saint Mary 52(5) Dordt 88, (7) Dakota Wesleyan 86GPAC Men’s Basketball(16) Jamestown 85, Valley City State University 75Hastings 78, Doane 68(7) Dakota Wesleyan 79,  (25) Dordt 78last_img read more

‘We’re working hard to make Brexit work for Donegal’ by Minister Joe McHugh

first_imgMinister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh has said the Government is working hard to make Brexit work for Donegal.In this piece for Donegal Daily, he explains how the Government understands the unique place Donegal has in the ongoing negotiations between Ireland and Britain.In the wake of the meeting between An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and British Prime Minister, Theresa May, I am in no doubt of the enormity of the Brexit situation and its potential implications for Donegal. The Irish Government has a very clear understanding the nature and scale of the challenge presented by Brexit challenge.Ireland began preparations for a potential Brexit two years ago, well before the UK’s referendum and since last June, this preparation has steadily intensified.As a TD for Donegal I have had a significant input into this process.As a result of all the work, we start 2017 with a clear and calm focus. Brexit itself may be complex but my objective is simple – to secure the best deal we can for Donegal, for Ireland and our people in the context of a wider EU-UK agreement. Ireland’s priorities remain unchanged: our economic and trading arrangements, the Peace Process including border issues, the common travel area, and the future of the European Union.We have a sound understanding of our priorities, namely: protecting our economy; safeguarding the Good Friday Agreement; maintaining the Common Travel Area with the UK; and mapping a positive direction for the EU with Ireland at its heart.This last point is key.The island of Ireland – and Donegal in particular – are in a unique situation in many respects, foremost among them our Peace Process and the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement.As a Government, we are working to ensure that the prosperity and security that peace has brought is protected and that the legally binding provisions of the Good Friday Agreement are respected. As a co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, we will continue to work with the British Government and the political parties to fulfill the promise of that Agreement and to advance political stability, reconciliation and economic prosperity in the North. The Taoiseach is leading the Irish response domestically and internationally.We have held more than 60 meetings with individual Member States and more are planned.This work is still challenging as it remains unclear at the moment what kind of relationship the UK wants to have.Here in Donegal we know the relationship we want with our neighbours in Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh The negotiations ahead will be complex and multi-layered.We have focused on explaining the unique situation we have with Northern Ireland, the crucial issue of preserving an “invisible” border, and our historically strong trade, cultural, societal and family links with the UK.The government is conscious that a challenging and inevitably difficult process lies ahead. The Government’s preparation has been extensive, and all possible “models” of Brexit have been taken into account. We have sought views far and wide, at events such as the All-island Civic Dialogue.The Civic Dialogue has already held 12 sectoral events subsequent to the initial plenary session on 2 November; and as announced yesterday I will attend the next plenary session which will be held on the 17 February, hosted by the Taoiseach and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan.Other, smaller sessions have taken place on a sectoral basis, and there has been consistent engagement by Ministers at various Brexit-themed Chamber of Commerce, academic and other events throughout the country. Consequently, the Government has a very clear picture of the key national issues that need to be addressed in the period ahead and the authority of our position has been strengthened.As Ireland will sit on the EU side of the table for the negotiations, it is vital that our national priorities are heard and understood in the capitals of Europe. This is an all-Government effort, our officials and diplomats regularly engage in detailed discussions with the Commission on issues of concern to Ireland. At the European Council table in Brussels, where the most significant political decisions are taken, the Taoiseach is a strong, well-regarded, and experienced voice.Prudent planning required us to begin planning quietly for a different outcome. The day the result was announced we were in a position to launch a framework contingency plan that spanned right across government. And our detailed analysis has deepened significantly since the result. Economically, our trade relationship with the UK is very significant and sees over €1bn a week traded between our two countries. The future of that trading relationship depends on the nature of the exit the UK seeks from the EU. It is worth remembering though that our exports to the rest of the EU are worth more than double those to the UK. There can be no question of punishing the UK – and thereby punishing our neighbours in the North – and we would resist any such approach.In framing Budget 2017 we were very conscious of this issue. Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland were given significant additional resources to support Irish jobs and Irish business in dealing with the challenges ahead. A package of measures to assist the agrifood sector was announced. An extension of benefits to the self-employed was also provided for. The 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector was maintained. The Government recognises the need to plan prudently for the challenges ahead, a rainy day fund and new debt-GDP target of 45 per cent by the mid-part of the next decade.The Government has no illusions as to the scale of the potential risks and challenges for the Irish economy, but we are also very aware of the potential economic opportunities that may arise for Ireland, especially relating to mobile investment.As one of the EU 27, Ireland will be negotiating from a position of strength – fully committed to the future of a better, reformed European Union.To be clear and unequivocal: Ireland wants a close and positive relationship with the UK once they leave, but not at the expense of us remaining at the heart of the EU and its Single Market – which has been the cornerstone of much of our economic progress. Since joining in 1973, as an overall proportion of our trade we’ve doubled our exports to EU member states, while per capita gross income in this country has increased by a factor of 21.If Ireland’s interests are to be protected, and if Donegal’s interests are to be protected, we are looking for the most satisfactory outcome for all parties concerned whether you live or work in Lifford or Strabane, Buncrana or Derry.‘We’re working hard to make Brexit work for Donegal’ by Minister Joe McHugh was last modified: February 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Watch: Brilliant first day of highlights of Joule Donegal International Rally

first_imgWhat a brilliant first day it has been at the Joule Donegal International Rally.Huge crowds have come out on the first day and with the weather set to get even better, the course is set to be even busier tomorrow.Thankfully there have been no reports of any major accidents with Gardai appealing to followers to listen to the advice of marshalls. And to the race.Donagh Kelly and Conor Foley lead the way over Manus Kelly and Donal Gallagher by just 12.3 seconds with Garry Jennings and Rory Kennedy just 23 seconds off the lead.In the National, Kevin Eaves and William Lynch lead Damien Gallagher and Mac Walsh with Declan Gallagher and John McCarthy in third place with just 49.9 seconds separating the top eight positions. In Group N, Aidan Wray and Kieran McGrath lead Cathan McCourt and Stephen O’Hanlon with Wiliam Mavitty in third place.We have compiled a short highlights package from today’s first day.Simply click on the video to view.And don’t forget to click in live to Donegal Daily from 9.30am tomorrow (SAT) morning for more exclusive coverage of the event.Watch: Brilliant first day of highlights of Joule Donegal International Rally was last modified: June 17th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:highlightsJoule Donegal International Rallywatchlast_img read more

Líonra Leitir Ceanainn to host family picnic morning in park

first_imgLíonra Leitir Ceanainn was established in March 2017 to promote Irish language and culture in Letterkenny.The group host events such as ciorcal comhrá and pop up gaeltachts.Tomorrow between 10am and noon they will be hosting an event in Letterkenny Town Park with sport, facepainting, and other great fun and games. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic. Bigí linn! Seans bualadh le muintir na Gaeilge agus an teanga a úsáid.Líonra Leitir Ceanainn to host family picnic morning in park was last modified: June 23rd, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Líonra Leitir Ceanainnpicnic in the parklast_img read more

Dramatic win for Sligo Rugby Club in Bangor

first_imgResults AIL Division 2CSaturday, January 21Bangor 16 Sligo 22Boyne 7 Kanturk 19Midleton 7 Tullamore 25Rainey 20 Bruff 17Seapoint 10 Navan 42 MATCH REPORTSligo continue to impress!Sligo 22Bangor 16Following the mid season Christmas break, Sligo resumed their Ulster Bank League campaign with a trip north to Bangor for the reverse fixture of their last match before the mid season interval. Sligo secured a big win in the previous encounter but travelled to Upritchard Park knowing a they would face a severe challenge from a Bangor outfit eager for revenge.On a crisp,dry,sunny winter afternoon Bangor kicked off playing into the freshening breeze and immediately put Sligo under pressure in their own 22. Some good play at the breakdown earned a relieving penalty for Sligo but the relief was short-lived as following the resulting lineout Bangor turned the ball over and attacked the Sligo defence. The home pressure was rewarded when outhalf Jason Morgan stepped inside the Sligo defence and raced to the line to touch down 15 metres from the left touch line. The conversion attempt fell short to put the score at 5-0 in favour of the home side.Sligo responded and worked their way back into the game. The front row of Mark Keegan, Shane O’Hehir and Jamie Bowes were solid at scrum time and the back row of Diarmuid O’Dowd-Hill, the returning Matt Davey and Simon Coulter were busy at the breakdown. Sligo’s patience and pressure was rewarded on 27 minutes. A five metre scrum to the right of the Bangor posts was wheeled slightly left which gave the excellent Ryan Feehily the opportunity to dart through the defence and touch down under the posts. Jack Keegan’s conversion pushed Sligo into a two-point lead at the interval.Sligo hit again following the resumption with a Shane O’Hehir touchdown following an excellent maul from a close in lineout.Bangor kept in touch with a Morgan penalty before picking up their second try with twenty minutes remaining.The home side now had their tails up and their pressure forced Sligo into the concession of the lead on the 70th minute with another Morgan penalty.Sligo restarted and with some strong running from Daire Byrne worked their way back into the Bangor half. Sligo continued to press but the Bangor defence remained intact. With time running out, man of the match Ryan Feehily broke from a ruck just inside the Bangor 19-metre line and raced through, avoiding three would-be tacklers, to touch down at the right post. Keegan’s conversion was the final act of an excellent competitive encounter.Sligo now sit comfortably in third place in Division 2C. Next Saturday Seapoint provide the opposition with a 2.30pm kick-off in Hamilton park. Having defeated Seapoint in the away fixture prior to the mid-season break Sligo will be hoping to repeat the dose on home soil next weekend.Sligo: Jack Keegan, Calum Goddard, Mark Rooney, Daire Byrne, Conor Kerins, Mike Wells, Ryan Feehily, Jamie Bowes, Shane O’Hehir, Mark Rooney, Ciaran Cassidy, Shane Boyle (Capt) Simon Coulter, Matt Davey, Diarmuid O’Dowd-Hill. Replacements: Enda Gavin, Ross O’Boyle, Craig Adams, Jake Sexton, Michael McMorrow Sligo Rugby Club came from a point down to secure a dramatic win in Division 2C of the All-Ireland League at Upritchard Park in Bangor on Saturday.Ryan Feehily’s last-minute try was converted by Jack Keegan to turn a 16-15 deficit into a 22-16 win.It was Feehily’s second try of the game, while Keegan kicked a total of seven points from two conversions and a penalty.Shane O’Hehir also scored a try for Sligo, a week after making his debut for the Connacht Eagles team in the British & Irish Cup.Sligo led 7-5 at half-time.Next up for Sligo is a home game against Seapoint at Hamilton Park at 2.30pm next Saturday, January 28.Seapoint lost heavily at home to Navan, 42-10, at the weekend.last_img read more

Sligo-Leitrim management committee re-elected at AGM

first_imgRobert Kennedy PRO & Joint Treasurer E-mail:  rdkennedy@eircom.net  Teresa McCabe Joint Treasurer e-mail teresamccabe51@yahoo.com Chairman’s Address to Clubs AGM 23rd May 2017.Welcome:On behalf of the league management committee it once again gives me great pleasure to welcome our affiliates and Guests here to our Annual General Meeting. The league continues to be successful and this highlights the efforts by the clubs who continue to endeavour to provide quality football for their players. All our clubs are well administered and grounds are kept in as good as condition as possible. The clubs again enjoyed the benefit of quality breaks in all-local domestic competitions. The all-weather facilities at Cleveragh and the IT Sligo and Astro at Sligo Rovers have been of great benefit to many of the clubs that availed of them.Carbury FC started of their winning campaign on the 21st August 2016 by lifting the Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup against newly promoted Ballymote Celtic in a great curtain raiser to the new season. I now extend congratulations to Carbury FC on winning the Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super League and Runners up Boyle Celtic.Congratulations to Ballygawley Celtic on lifting the Andrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier Title and runners up to be decided on the 4th June between MCR FC and Arrow Harps.Congratulations to Real Tubber on lifting the Cleary Landscapes and Pitch Maintenance Division Title and Runners Up Gurteen Celtic again great to see the game at such a high level in South Sligo.Congratulation’s to Merville United on winning The Robert Cawley Memorial Cup and Runners Up MCR FC in a great final played at the Ray Mac Sharry Complex on Sunday the 7th May.The Radisson Blu Sligo W B Yeats Cup Semi Final will be contested for tomorrow night 24th May between Ballisodare United and Manor Rangers with the winners meeting Carbury FC on the 3rd June in the Final.The North-West Hospice Shield Final takes place next Saturday night with a great game in store between MCR FC and Real Tubber KO here at 7.30pm in the Ray Mac Sharry Park.The North-West Hospice Cup Final takes place of Saturday night 10th June with the final game of the season between Manor Rangers and Ballisodare United KO here at 7.45pm at the Showgrounds Sligo.CommitteeI would like now to acknowledge here tonight and thank each of my fellow committee members for their service throughout the season Ms Teresa Mc Cabe Robert Kennedy John Loftus and our secretary Noel M Kennedy. I would also like to acknowledge the service ice given to the league by Martin Kane who resigned from the football administration of things on the 17th October 2016.Clubs:In thanking my own committee, I also acknowledge and thank all the clubs, their Committees Managers Players Sponsors and supporters for their efforts and support throughout a difficult seasonReferees.The Sligo Branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society has played a major role in bringing this season to a successful conclusion.   Their hard-working secretary Seamus Devaney and his officers have pulled out all the stops once again in our League and Cup fixtures. Paul Deering our FAI Referees assessor has insured that the level of standards set over the years are adhered too and I thanks Paul for his dedicated service both as a referee and now the officially appointed FAI Irish Soccer Referees Society Assessor. Congratulations also to Paul Kilcoyne on his appoint as Referee to the FAI Junior Cup Final at the Aviva Stadium Dublin.Youth Committee:I also would like to acknowledge the work been carried out by the Youth Committee and I wish them well in the coming season.Oscar Traynor:I would like to acknowledge and thank Manager John Loftus his Staff Lee Marshall, Michael Mc Tiernan, Glen Shannon Physio and players for their efforts and also a big thank you to the clubs that supported and provided players for the Oscar Traynor squad.In closing on behalf of the committee I wish each and every one of you an enjoyable break and look forward to working with all in the 2017/2018 season. Joe Cleary Chairman & Registrar E-mail clearylandscapes@hotmail.com Important Dates:Connacht Cup & Shield:The CFA T P Brennan Cup & Shield will be played on Sunday next 28th May at Eamon Deacy Park Galway. Three Galway Clubs and Ballinasloe Town will contest the games.Thursday 22ndJune Connacht Football Association AGM Saturday July Football Association of Ireland Kilkenny1st Meeting of clubs 2016/2017 Season Thursday 27th July 2017 at 8pm Venue Great Southern Hotel Sligo Registration forms on the Night:Kick –Off New Season Weekend of the 26th – 27th August 2017.Frank Kennedy Memorial Cup Saturday 19th August Ballygawley Celtic v Carbury FC E j’s Appreciation Awards to club Members for services to their clubs.*Stephen Healy Ballisodare United*Richard Kennedy Boyle Celtic*Michael O Connor Ballygawley Celtic*Gerard Henry Real Tubber FC. Next season we hope to bring on FAI Live net for registrations this will enhance the present method and all leagues will have to use this system within the next 2 seasons so we are hopefully ahead in this department. CommitteeI would here tonight to thank each of the committee for their service throughout the season Chairman, registrar and head groundsman Joe Cleary Teresa McCabe Robert Kennedy and John Loftus without these dedicated people it would be impossible to run the league efficiently. I also acknowledged the work and dedication of Martin Kane who retired from the committee and Connacht Football Association on the 17th October 2016.Clubs:I wish to thanks to Each and Every one of You because I know how hard you work for this game of ours. The level of professionalism and the courtesy extended to me personally by all the club this season was again outstanding. It is indeed a pleasure to serve and work with such people and I acknowledge the wonderful work done by the officers and committees of all our clubs.We also have to acknowledge the massive effort put in by some clubs who for various reasons had to surrender membership of the league I hope that will soon be back with us.Oscar Traynor:The league competed in the Oscar Traynor competition this season and sincere thanks goes to John Loftus manager assistant Lee Marshall Michael Mc Tiernan Glen Shannon Physio’s and the dedicated players that wore the shirt. The league was delighted with the support from Seamus Devaney Paul Deering and their colleagues who assisted in every way possible with fixtures. I thank all the players who rallied and supported the representative squad each and every one of them were excellent. Last year at this AGM I asked all club managers to review the level of fitness of their players. We had no representation in the latter stages of any provincial or national competition last season. The old cliché that the tables don’t lie was particular poignant in this regard. The league has an abundance of talented players but this needs to be fined tuned. This I feel was answered in spades and in particular by Boyle Celtic who reached the Semi Finals on the FAI Junior Cup and Connacht Cup as well as making the 1st Rounds of the FAI Senior Cup. We had Conor Griffin Calry Bohs representing us in the Regions Cup with distinction and lifting the Sligo Champions Sports award for his endeavours. We now have Conor along with Niall Brennan and Danny Browne of Boyle Celtic in the final panel of Thirty for Regions Cup in Turkey this July we wish each of them every success and trust they make the last twenty.We also have Manor Rangers and Boyle Celtic in the running for the FAI club of the year so again many positives from this season.Sligo Rovers FC:Thanks also to the Sligo Rovers; Secretary Brendan Lacken Chairman and committee for their support and a particular thank you to John Russell RDO who does a superb job and is available to clubs for coaching advise. John has taken some time out and we wish him well and Ryan Casey who will be filling in for John is well known to us all and we welcome him here.Youth Committee:The league also acknowledges the work been done at Youth level by the management committee and their affiliates in particular Paul Hynes secretary, Benny Mc Laughlin Terry Hayes Michael Mulvaney Stephen Mc Coy John Healy to mention but a few for their great work and support.I would like to thank personally the CEO of the Football Association of Ireland John Delaney and all his staff for the great support within the gameLeague Sponsors:The league would like to acknowledge the League sponsors for their valued support this season; special thanks go to the following:Kevin & Catherine Mc Glynn Great Southern Hotel Sligo Super LeagueAndrew Mullen Sligo Pallets Premier League.Joe Cleary and Family Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division One.Cups: The Robert Cawley Memorial Cup many thanks to our sponsors The Cawley Family and Michael & Marie O Donnell of Winterwood Furniture & Fitted Kitchens for their sponsorship.Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Ballincar Sligo sponsors Seamus Preston and all his staff at the Radisson Blu for the W B Yeats Cup.North West Hospice Shield & Cup: Bernadette Mc Garvey and all the brilliant Staff at and volunteers at North West Hospice.Eamon & Mark Cunningham Ej’s Menswear sponsor of our Leading Scorer Awards Super League (25) Leading Dylan Edwards Carbury FC & Seamus Ryder Premier League (27) Daniel Willis Arrow Harps, Cleary Landscapes & Pitch Maintenance Division: (10) Stephen Feeney Dromore VillaThe leading scorers will each receive a suit from Eamonn Cunningham and his Staff at Ej’s menswear and I congratulate the recipients of these great prizes well earned. Noel M Kennedy Secretary / Administrator Office 07191 44404 noelmkennedysligo@gmail.comcenter_img League address by Secretary Noel Kennedy to Clubs AGM 23rd May 2017Welcome:On behalf of the league it gives me great pleasure to welcome our affiliates and Guests here tonight.May I firstly concur with all the sentiments as expressed by my chairman Joe Cleary and indeed congratulate all the winners in the respective Leagues & Cups.In welcoming all our affiliates may I also express our sincere thanks to the members of the Sligo branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society their Secretary Seamus Devaney his chairman John Barry and treasurer Ronnie Melly I thank them and all their members for their great efforts throughout the season. I acknowledge and thank the FAI Referee Observer for Sligo; Paul Deering I wish Paul well in his endeavours May I also take this opportunity to congratulate Paul Kilcoyne on his appoint as referee of the FAI Junior Cup Final this season what a great honour for Paul, his family, the Branch and the League.Thanks, and appreciation to Eamon & Mark Cunningham and Staff at Ej’s Menswear Grattan Street Sligo for their superb sponsorship. The league also wish Mark Health and Happiness in his new Role as a Husband.The league is indebted to the accounting firm of David Cummins Accountants 1 Markievicz Road Sligo and we are delighted to have David with us tonight and also acknowledge his great support of the league and his generosity in training facilities for our Oscar Traynor representative side. Media Coverage:All our games over the season receives excellent coverage in the Media to all involved at Darragh Cox and all at Ocean FM Emma Gallagher Carl Brennan & all the staff at the Sligo Champion, Liam Maloney Michael Mc Gurn & Staff at the Sligo Weekender, John Connolly at The Leitrim Observer. Eamon Scott Evening Herald we thank you all for your coverage of our affiliates that is vital not only to the clubs and our players but also our sponsors I would hope that for next season the league would continue to receive this excellent coverage and to continue to include League Tables and Photo’s.Special Thanks.To Joe Keyes our solicitor of Kilfeather Keyes High Street Sligo who looked after the legal end of matters for us Joe is great friend and supporter of the Junior League.Special Thanks to my friends behind the scenes at Mac Sharry Park Tommy Logan and Family who look after all our Heating and Water problems Ivor Parke Decorators who insures the place is kept in the best of order as well as the many others who assist us in so many ways. The management committee of the Sligo-Leitrim District Soccer League was this week re-elected for the 2017-2018 season.John Loftus, who replaced the long-serving Martin Kane as vice-chairman of the league in October of last year, will remain as vice-chairman, with Joe Cleary once again elected chairman at the annual general meeting in the Southern Hotel on Tuesday night.Robert Kennedy and Teresa McCabe will remain as joint-treasurers, while Noel Kennedy remains the league secretary and administrator.The first meeting for clubs ahead of the 2017-2018 season will take place on Thursday, July 27, and the league will kick-off on the last weekend in August.President Ray Mac Sharry Joe ClearyChairman23rd May 2017. John Loftus Vice Chairman E – mail: loftusfamily@gmail.com Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen my apologies if I omitted anything or one it is totally unintentional and on behalf of my Chairman Joe Cleary Teresa Mc Cabe fellow officers John Loftus Robert Kennedy and I myself I wish you all a most enjoyable summer break and I hope we can collectively come back refreshed to continue to improve this great game that gives so much pleasure to so many.Noel M KennedySecretary23th May 2017.last_img read more

Sligo and Derry minors to clash in Ballybofey

first_imgSligo’s All-Ireland Minor Football Championship quarter-final will take place in Ballybofey’s Mac Cumhaill Park.The game against Ulster champions Derry will throw-in at 2pm on Saturday, August 5.David Cummins’s Sligo side lost out to Galway in the Connacht final earlier this month, while the Derrymen defeated Cavan in the Ulster final in Clones.Galway will face Cavan in one of the other three quarter-finals, with that game due to take place in Carrick-on-Shannon’s Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada at the same time as the Sligo-Derry game.last_img read more

OT leader Cathal keeps on target after emotional week

first_imgDonegal’s own Operation Transformation leader Cathal Gallagher fought tears during his weigh-in after a tough week on the RTE lifestyle programme.The Ballyshannon paramedic stuck to his goals to successfully reach his target weight loss of 4lbs. After shedding 16lbs last week, Cathal is well on his way to a healthy new start.Cathal, who has been inspiring entire communities to get active and eat well, earned high admiration from the OT experts which brought him to tears during Wednesday night’s weigh in. Fitness expert Karl Henry and the team were eager to tell Cathal how proud they were of his journey so far, particularly after a tough week. With the support of his wife Agi, Cathal acknowledged that he was finally ‘stepping up’ to the challenge.This week’s episode challenged the leaders to focus on food and cooking. Expert dietitian Aoife Hearne travelled to Donegal to visit Cathal, Agi and their 2 year-old daughter Maja and check on their food plan. The visit led to tearful moments as Agi opened up on not wanting to see Maja go down the same unhealthy route as Cathal, whose weight had risen to over 26stone after an accident.Cathal, who is the heaviest leader to ever appear on the show, is now inspiring countless other men and women to change their diet and exercise habits.He has a dedicated page on the Operation Transformation website to share his workout and food plans for others to follow: ot.rte.ie/leaders/cathal-gallagherv2 OT leader Cathal keeps on target after emotional week was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CKHA to team up with Bluewater Health on course

first_imgTo help provide a hands-on learning experience, the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Bluewater Health are teaming up on a collaboratively created critical-care education course.The course is geared to the requirements of today’s intensive care unit registered nurses and includes lectures, simulations, case studies and skills shadowing.“Not only are nurses receiving the fundamentals, they are provided hands-on experience through case studies in a simulation lab,” said Shane Helgerman, the health alliance’s program director of critical care, in a release.Staff were previously sent to out-of-town workshops and online courses to acquire the necessary skills for working in the ICU, with these courses potentially requiring nearly a year to complete.This led the two area hospitals to develop an in-house program to encourage nursing staff to consider a career in the ICU.The course is facilitated by professional practice nurses, a registered respiratory therapist and a stroke co-ordinator, with support from the Neurosurgery Education and Outreach Network.Classes are evenly split between the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Bluewater Health to ensure staff at both organizations have easy access.“We hope that by offering the critical-care education course, nurses will feel more confident to consider a position in the ICU knowing they will receive the fundamentals of critical care,” said Lisa Regan, the Bluewater Health program director for critical care.The inaugural session ran in June, with a total of eight participating nurses, and all had “overwhelming positive reviews” for the course, the release stated.The two hospitals plan to repeat the session this fall and are partnering with Lambton College to optimize hands-on learning with the school’s state-of-the-art simulation lab.tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Civil lawsuit begins over 2004 Pelee Island plane crash that killed 10

first_imgAlso killed were the pilot, Wayne Price of Richmond Hill, and his fiancee Jamie Levine of Los Angeles.An investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada determined that the pilot Price was under stress and sleep-deprived when he decided to take off in a plane that was overloaded with a number of husky men, hunting dogs and luggage and “contaminated” with ice.The plane, 576 kilograms over the maximum allowable takeoff weight, took off at 4:40 p.m. for the short flight to Windsor Airport. It crashed into the ice of Lake Erie a few minutes later.In 2014, on the crash’s 10th anniversary, Ronald Spencler’s widow, Diane Spencler, spoke with Postmedia about the tragic crash and its aftermath.“Each year on the anniversary of that sad event, I silently acknowledge my husband Ron and the tremendous loss my son and I have suffered,” Spencler said.“I have moved forward with my life since that unfortunate time, but I haven’t forgotten the impact his passing had on us as a family.” The eight passengers killed, along with the pilot and his fiancee, in a January 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island. A jury in a civil trial is expected to start hearing evidence next week about a 2004 plane crash off Pelee Island that killed 10 people in one of the worst air disasters in Southwestern Ontario history.The family of Bob Brisco, one of the victims, filed the civil lawsuit against Georgian Express Ltd.There are also multiple individuals named as defendants in the lawsuit as well as the Owen Sound Transportation Company Ltd.A six-person jury, with two alternates, was selected Tuesday at the Chatham courthouse. Jurors are expected to begin hearing evidence Monday, with the trial expected to last 2 1/2 weeks.A court official declined Tuesday to provide Postmedia News with the statement of claim filed by Brisco’s family, saying its release could potentially bias jury members before evidence is presented in the civil trial. The same official also cited pre-trial motions presently being argued as another reason for not releasing the document.Brisco, 46, was with friends on a hunting trip with four other men from the Kingsville area when the Cessna Caravan crashed Jan. 17, 2004.Ronald Spencler, 53, and Walter Sadowski, 48, both of Windsor; Fred Freitas, 38, and Larry Janik, 48, of Kingsville; Brisco, 46, and brothers Ted Reeve, 53, and Tom Reeve, 49, of Chatham; and Dr. Jim Allen, 51, of Mitchell’s Bay were also aboard Georgian Express Flight 126.last_img read more

Solid turnout for snowy Remembrance Day service

first_imgThe large crowd at the cenotaph in downtown Chatham didn’t let the weather stop them from remembering the fallen on Monday.An estimated 1,000 people, including many schoolchildren, stood quietly for the Remembrance Day ceremony, one of several that took place throughout the municipality.Tom Mountain, chairperson of the event, said he was “quite surprised” by the number, adding he was happy to see such am “excellent turnout.”With the snow falling, the Chatham-Kent police honour guard, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 642 Pipe Band, and a group of legion members, veterans and dignitaries marched down King Street West.Local elementary students performed the music and sang a version of John McCrae’s poem, In Flanders Fields.At the ceremony’s conclusion – after all the wreaths were laid – the gathering was invited to place poppies on the cenotaph.Mountain admitted it can be challenging for musicians to play in such conditions but said he was impressed by the day’s performances..However, a scheduled fly-over by four planes had to be cancelled because of the weather.Next year, Mountain said there is a special ceremony in the works to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. It will take place at Maple Leaf Cemetery.Monday’s event also marked the end of the third annual Christ Church C-K Remembers vigil, which featured residents and groups standing at the cenotaph in shifts since last week.Ron Hunter, one of the organizers, said about 50 people of all ages took part.“We had really good turnout from service groups and individuals,” he said.Hunter added that organizers will try to get the word out about the vigil earlier next year to fill additional time slots.“We see people who are committed to it,” he said. “Whether it would be (people with) family members who were in the war and suffered, but also a lot of those people who recognize the fact we can’t forget about this kind of stuff.”tterfloth@postmedia.comTwitter.com/DailyNewsTTlast_img read more

Great Smoky Mountains Association Announces Release of Cemeteries of the Smokies

first_imgFrom solitary, unmarked burials to church graveyards crowded with more than a hundred monuments, cemeteries of Great Smoky Mountains National Park are enduring historic treasures. And within the cemeteries distributed throughout the park, each somber monument offers insight into the hardships, personalities, economics and beliefs of the people who called the Smokies home.For Cemeteries of the Smokies author Gail Palmer of Maryville, TN, this book represents a historical passion project spanning two decades. This long-anticipated landmark work, published by Great Smoky Mountains Association in the style of a guidebook, features directions to all 152 known cemeteries within the park boundary and provides in-depth histories of each site alongside a complete listing of burials and dates, kinship links and epitaphs. No other known resource so thoroughly collects this depth of information in one place, displayed with color photographs, detailed lists, charts and an index of local family names.“While finishing my doctoral degree in cultural studies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, I decided I wanted to write a book about the Smokies,” Palmer said. “I knew many of the cemeteries were hidden away from view in beautiful locations, sometimes only a few steps from a roadway or well-traveled trail.”At first, Palmer said, she believed she’d write a simple guidebook. She soon learned, however, that there were many more cemeteries than she ever imagined and there’d be nothing ‘simple’ about documenting all of them.“Even more importantly, I discovered fascinating and heartwarming stories about individuals who had lived and died in areas that are now a part of the national park, including members of my mother’s family,” she continued. “With much help from many people and many hours spent searching archival material, interviewing descendants and locating cemeteries, I began seeing the people of the Smokies, their dreams and their sorrows, more clearly.”Since the park’s creation, officials have noted a significant interest in the topic of cemeteries and ancestry, especially among local people attempting to trace their ancestry to the park. Rangers have answered hundreds of questions from visitors who ran across these historic sites while hiking.Cemeteries of the Smokies is divided into two sections: East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. On the Tennessee side of the Smokies, 77 known cemeteries are inside the park, with 2,726 graves; in North Carolina, there are 75 known cemeteries with 2,011 graves.“The park’s cemeteries and this book reveal so much about the lives of those hardy mountain families who called the Great Smoky Mountains home. The family ties, the community ties, fatih, economics, the heart-breaking frequency of infant mortality and the long, happy lives of so many others are all revealed,” said Steve Kemp, editor and publisher of Cemeteries of the Smokies. As a long-time GSMA staffer, Kemp’s involvement with the book’s development has also spanned many years. “There is no better source for historical research than our cemeteries, where the past truly is carved in stone. This book is for anyone who has ever happened upon a small cemetery in the back of beyond on a Smoky Mountain road or trail and wondered about the lives of those buried within.”In the Smokies, the preservation and decoration of family cemeteries is a time-honored tradition. Most mountain families still make regular pilgrimages to the resting places of their loved ones to host reunions and reflect on happy memories of their elders. For them, land in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is sacred. This book allows the reader to learn about the land, its people and their histories. More than that, it provides guidance to those who want to visit some of the places mentioned in the book, even the cemeteries that are not on most visitors’ agendas.“Cemeteries of the Smokies has been the longest project I have worked on,” GSMA Senior Publications Specialist Joey Heath said of her work on the book. “It took several years to complete, and every detail was researched, checked and checked again. We strived to create the most comprehensive book we could, and I believe we were successful. I am not saying the book is perfect, but we were diligent, and I hope readers will be pleased.”For Heath, the most interesting and important information contained in the book is that of the residents and their histories. “What makes Cemeteries of the Smokies so fascinating is not the precise details of a cemetery or who is buried there, but the lives and traditions of the mountain folk who lived here. The strength and resilience of mountain people defined them,” she said. GSMA will host a number of Cemeteries of the Smokies book signings with the author throughout the season. The first will be Saturday, Nov. 25, from 2-4 p.m. at GSMNP’s Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tenn.; followed on Sunday, Nov. 26, at Cades Cove Visitor Center, also in GSMNP, beginning at 10 a.m. The author will also be participating in a speaker series at Blount County Library in Maryville, Tenn., Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Additional locations and dates are being planned and will be announced soon.Great Smoky Mountains Association’s publications are designed to enhance greater public understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of the national park. A national park partner, GSMA has provided more than $36 million to support the park’s educational, scientific and historical programs since its inception 65 years ago.Support for the association is achieved primarily from sales of educational publications and from annual membership dues. Those who wish to enrich their national park experience are encouraged to become GSMA members.last_img read more

Liberty Tree Tavern: An All-American Favorite

first_imgShare This!Table service restaurants in Magic Kingdom can be wildly inconsistent in terms of quality–many people describe the “not quite as good as Olive Garden” standard of Tony’s Town Square, but many people delight in the food at Be Our Guest (while choking down the price tag). Although Crystal Palace is an all-you-can-eat buffet, you do pay a premium for the character part of the meal. Factoring in a desire for good food, good quality, and a reasonable price point (especially for all you can eat), it is easy to see why Liberty Tree Tavern is a family favorite. (And that’s without mentioning ooey gooey toffee cake!)Liberty Tree Tavern is located, no surprise, in Liberty Square. To keep with the theme of the area and the restaurant, it is located in what looks like a colonial-style tavern. Reservations are recommended–even on the relatively quiet weekday that we visited, they were turning people away before noon due to no availability. Once you get inside, there is a small waiting area with seating, and a kids’ table off to the side with an oversized game of checkers and some coloring sheets. One neat aspect of the restaurant is that they ask you where you are from, and call out your name with the colony (if you’re part of the original 13) or territory/country (for everyone else) when it is time to be seated. At that point, they encourage everyone to applaud. I’ve been in there when the place is packed, and it can be a lot of fun. When it’s mostly empty, it feels a little awkward. (Self-conscious introverts, unite in your own personal bubbles of safety.)Another aspect to note is that the dining rooms are in elevated areas from the entrance, so there are stairs to climb to get to your table. For those who need assistance, a small wheelchair lift is available.Each of the dining rooms has a colonial persona theme. For our visit, we were seated in the Ben Franklin room, complete with portrait, fire department helmet, and printing press.For lunch, Liberty Tree Tavern offers two sections to the menu. The first is the a la carte section, which has a modest assortment of foods. Truth told, I’d skip most of these entrees–you’re better served by getting the pot roast as part of the platter (more on that in a moment), and for the fish and chips, just go across the way to Columbia Harbour House to save some money. The only two items that might be of appeal, especially if you’re trying to go vegetarian, are the Colony Salad (which I’ve had and do enjoy for a lighter meal) and the Freedom Pasta (which can be made as a vegetarian dish).Realistically, the best option on the menu, and what people really go to this place for, is the all-you-can-eat family-style platter. This is a general crowd pleaser for your meat and potatoes crew, and for people who want something akin to a home-cooked meal while they are on vacation. My daughter was considering ordering either the turkey or the mac ‘n’ cheese from the kids’ menu, but for a bit more, she got both of those, plus salad and dessert. When the serving was brought out, it looked like enough for two adults, so if you’ve got a big eater in the kids’ price range, this can be a very cost-effective meal.The meal is brought out in three courses. The first course is the house salad, which contains a lettuce mix, onions tomatoes, and cucumbers. Because my daughter doesn’t like sauces, I asked for the dressing on the side, and I was very glad that I did. The house dressing is a “colonial dressing”, which ends up being painfully sweet and slightly tangy. I enjoyed putting a small amount of dressing on my salad, but anything more than a drizzle would have been too sweet for my tastes. The salad itself was crisp and fresh, and a great way to start the meal.Also brought out with the meal were rolls with butter. Yes, I know this is a way to get you to fill up with bread so you don’t eat more of the higher-cost items in the platter, but the rolls were very good.The next course that was brought out was the platter itself, with a plate of meats and several bowls of side dishes. On the main platter (clockwise from upper left) was sliced turkey, cranberry-orange sauce, roast pork, and pot roast, with dressing in the center. By far, our favorite was the turkey, which was moist and flavorful. The pot roast was also very tender, but didn’t have the “pot roast flavor” (the taste of roasted vegetables) unless you scooped some of the sauce from underneath. The roast pork was quite tasty, but was impossible to pry apart with the provided tongs. I finally was able to break it apart and get some onto my plate, but it was a challenge. The cranberry-orange sauce wasn’t my favorite–I prefer the tart taste of regular ol’ cranberries. Between that and the salad dressing, I have to think they were trying to numb my tastebuds to sugar so I could survive dessert. And, there was dressing. If you like Stove Top Stuffing, this is your thing. If you’re looking for something better, just skip it.Also brought onto the table was mac ‘n’ cheese and mashed potatoes with gravy (on the side). At one time Liberty Tree Tavern was sponsored by Stouffer’s, and I’m wondering if they have dropped the sponsorship. The mac ‘n’ cheese was certainly my idea of house-made (as advertised), because in my house we often make the box of Kraft Deluxe Mac ‘n’ Cheese, which is what this tasted like. If you’re looking for lots of cheese to dip that bread into, you won’t find it here. But it’s not bad mac ‘n’ cheese–and it works for the comfort food vibe. But if you’re watching your carbs (and I can’t believe I’m saying this), skip the mac ‘n’ cheese and pile on the mashed potatoes. I’ve severely cut back my potato consumption this year, and so I planned to only try a forkful of the mashed potatoes. That was the plan–until I tried them. No instant potatoes here, and the flavor and texture was just right. Even though there’s bits of potato skin in it, which made my daughter want to skip it altogether, she gave the flavor her seal of approval. With the turkey gravy on top–delish! Call me shocked that the turkey and potatoes, items that more often than not are the blandest foods around, were the highlight of the meal.The seasonal vegetables were fresh green beans. Overall, they were okay (fresh instead of frozen and cooked al dente), but Disney food execs…can I talk to you for just a moment? Please stop putting black pepper on all of your vegetables. If people want pepper on their vegetables, that’s why there’s a pepper shaker next to the salt shaker on the table (or, for added service, have your servers come out and offer fresh-cracked pepper tableside). It didn’t improve the flavor of the green beans, and the little flecks all over the beans meant that several kids in the dining room wouldn’t try them. Thanks!There is no doubt that this restaurant saves the best for last. The Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake may be one of the finest desserts in Magic Kingdom. (Take that, Grey Stuff!) First, the presentation is adorable–it comes in a small frying pan serving dish. The dish itself is not heated, however, making it safe to put on the table near kids and adults who will be reaching for it right away and making the ice cream melt slower. At the bottom of the “cake” is basically something akin to a thick slice of toffee-chip cookie. Then you smother that in an unholy amount of vanilla ice cream, chocolate, caramel, and a hearty dose of Heath bar-like topping. It’s sticky, it’s rich, and it is the epitome of comfort food dessert. This dessert doesn’t disappoint. I’ve known people to get a reservation late in the evening just to order it. Yes, it’s that good.Overall, Liberty Tree Tavern provides a solid meal at a reasonable price for all-you-can eat. There’s more hits than misses on the platter of foods, and there is something for just about everyone. Discounts (DVC, AP, Tables in Wonderland) are available, and reservations are recommended.Have you eaten at Liberty Tree Tavern? Do you dream of Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake? Let us know your views in the comments.last_img read more

Lily’s Best (Summer) Week Ever: Disney Cruise Line

first_imgThis is my last article of the summer. In a couple weeks, I’ll be going back to school. So I want to say thank you to some people. Thank you to Ms. Laurel for letting me write about my summer. Thank you also to my mom and dad for taking me places. Thank you to everybody reading this and for all the nice comments. I hope your summer has been as fun as mine. And I’ll see you real soon! Share This!Hi, it’s Lily again. I’ve got an exciting surprise this week for the grand finale for my best summer week ever. I went on a cruise. I went on a Disney cruise. I went on an 11-night cruise on the Disney Fantasy! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I traveled with my parents and two of my grandparents (my mom’s parents).We got on board and had lunch at Enchanted Garden. Then we went up to the room on deck 9. This is the view from my balcony. We were parked next to a Carnival ship.The sail away party was inside because it was raining outside and people might slip. It’s interesting to watch the sail away party inside. It was very crowded.After we left, it stopped raining, and there was a rainbow!On this cruise, there were four sea days, and I went to the AquaLab on some of them. The AquaLab is a lab run by Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The water is leaking from different parts of the lab. You can even “run” the AquaDuck. It’s a LOT of fun and you get VERY wet.My grandparents and dad went to an animation class. We learned how to make a scene using animation, and we learned how to draw Winnie the Pooh.I spent a lot of time in the kids’ club. There are many different rooms and areas. The first side is the Club, and the other side is the Lab. In the Club, there is Andy’s Room, an indoor playground. There’s Pixie Hollow, which is a craft room. Then, there is the Star Wars room, which has a lot of electronics. You can fly your own ship. This is a picture of me in the Marvel room. It’s based off of a Marvel school. I am playing with one of the magic portals that Doctor Strange uses. On the Lab side, there is a craft studio, an animation studio, Pirate’s Cove (which is a place where you can sit down and relax and play on iPads), and the media lounge (where you can sit down and watch movies). There is also a gaming area in between the Club and the Lab with cafeteria tables and board games.This is me with my grandma and grandpa. We are making our own passports for arts and crafts time.I decided to get a treat before formal night dinner. We went to Sweet on You, an ice cream and sweets shop. There is ice cream, gelato, candy, and more, but I got two macarons. My favorite was the vanilla one. The chocolate was too much.This is the atrium on deck 3. There are balconies on decks 4 and 5. I was dancing to the music playing before we had dinner. The atrium is beautiful!One of my favorite things to do on a sea day is the Mickey 200. The Mickey 200 is where you carve a potato and a carrot to make a race car. Then, we race the race cars on a ramp. Most of the race cars break at the end. I like doing it. This time, my race car didn’t break. I did not win, though. It definitely won the award for sturdiest if they had a prize for that.Our first port was Aruba. As you can see, it’s One Happy Island!On Aruba we went on a port adventure. At our first stop, we saw this unique-colored lizard.At our next stop, I ordered a pastechi. It is a pastry filled with different ingredients. The one I got was a pastechi filled with cheese. I liked it.Then we went on a boat and a submarine. We saw a shipwreck from the submarine.We also saw lots of fish. They were eating stuff that was on the submarine.In the evenings, there were different featured shows. This show is a magic show. People were allowed to get up and examine the trunk for the magic show to make sure there was no fake lock, opening, or anything. We also wrote our names on it to see if it got switched out during the act. It was pretty incredible.We got to celebrate the 4th of July at sea. It was going to be a late night, so I got a chocolate coffee from Vista Cafe. It made me so I could stay up late and it was taaasty! There was a fireworks show and dance party for the 4th of July.The fireworks were amazing!Our next port was Barbados. This is a picture of one of the homes in Barbados and some land on the beach.We went to Orchid World. There were many different types of flowers. But my favorite thing was the turtle fountain in one of the greenhouses. I love my turtles!Next we went to Martinique. A thing different about Martinique is they speak French there. My daddy knows a little bit of French, and that’s the most in our family. We were able to manage, though. We walked to the Fort St. Louis. We didn’t get to tour it because tours left every hour and we came at 9:15. It would be another 45 minutes before we could get a tour. Instead, we walked around the outside. It’s a decent sized fort.We stopped for ice cream because it was hot out. I got the chocolate ice cream. We think it was dark chocolate. It was very rich but good!This is the towel animal we got on Pirate Night. We think it was supposed to be Davy Jones. I’ve seen all the Pirates movies except the most recent one. I saw them on other Disney cruises. You can watch them on TV on demand in the stateroom.In St. Kitts, we wandered around the town. This is a picture of a fountain in one of the local parks.At night after we left St. Kitts, we saw a lot of lights. It was an island. It looked a lot like a star formation, though. Those lights are going up a hill on the island.We ordered a All Hands on Deck–a cheese platter–from room service. My favorite was the cheddar (the orange cheese).On a sea day, my dad entered Chip-It Golf. Goofy and Max decided to play too. My daddy scored some points, but then lost them all on the double point ball. But he scored better than Goofy! (Only Max scored a few points for the Goofy and Max team.)We met up with one of my dad’s sisters when we stopped in Puerto Rico. We walked up to the fort, and saw an iguana.We also saw a crab!On our last sea day, we did hide and seek with the ship’s officers. They made themselves dress up as different people. Our cruise director, Trent, dressed up as Diane from Merchandise. She took over the announcements one time, too. It was very funny.There were all kinds of special shows on this cruise. Some of the theater people and Christina who does bingo did a show where you had to guess whether they were telling the truth or a lie about very funny words. Christina’s dress was made of bingo cards! She said one of them was a winning one.Our final stop was Disney’s Private Island, Castaway Cay. One of the things we did was the family whale dig. Mickey decided to show up, too.I went swimming in the ocean and I was looking for fish. I found a lot of fish. Some were near the beach. They were pretty big. There was one lady in the water who was afraid of the fish. But I’m not afraid of fish!last_img read more

International Parks Wrap-up – July 2018

first_imgShare This!Is everyone excited for the July International Parks Wrap-up?! Clearly, I’m still excited from my recent travels to Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo Disney Resort! It was a grand adventure that started off with a delayed luggage disaster and ended with a lovely anniversary dinner in Tokyo DisneySea. (FYI, if you’re letting your spouse actually put your packed items into the suitcases, remind them to split everything up between the bags 50/50. Not all of your stuff in one and theirs in another. Because when one bag gets delayed, one of you will be borrowing the other’s underwear. I digress…)I will preface this report by saying that there isn’t an enormous amount of news. We’re smack in the middle of the summer season, meaning that most of the special offerings kicked into gear last month and we’ve covered them in past reports. For those parks in particular, I’ll throw in a tidbit or two from my own adventures! (Unfortunately I don’t have any photos to share yet – I’m actually uploading them all to my computer right now, and it is taking a serious chunk of time!)Shanghai DisneylandThis September Shanghai Disney Resort is holding it’s first-ever Disney Inspiration Run! On September 15 – 16 you’ll find three courses traversing the magical lands of Shanghai Disney and ending alongside Wishing Star Lake. As to be expected with a Disney run, you’ll find characters along the route, along with music and entertainment. Registration is open now through August 10.The medals for the first Shanghai Disney run are spectacular! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Now for my special side note – I reported back in May that Shanghai Disney Resort guests are now able to enter the park early, and through a special entrance in Disneytown. This. Is. Amazing. Seriously, I cannot begin to fathom how much stress and annoyance we avoided by entering the park early through the easy, peasy line in Disneytown. It was downright magical.Hong Kong DisneylandOnward and upward to the quaint Hong Kong Disneyland! The biggest news from any international park this month is the introduction of Duffy’s new friend, Cookie! We just missed her debut by a few days, but her prints were all over Main Street, U.S.A. Cookie is a precocious pup who loves to bake, and her friendship with Duffy started over an accidental mixing of her waffles and his cotton candy. She is the first friend of the Duffy pack to debut at Hong Kong Disneyland, and she’s meeting guests in her signature chef’s hat.Cookie is an adorable addition to the Duffy gang! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Hong Kong Disneyland also features race news this month, with their 10K Weekend returning November 3 – 4. The races are themed to The Incredibles, Monsters University, Toy Story, and Mickey & Friends. Registration for this event is open now through August 28.In spite of all the construction taking place in Hong Kong Disneyland right now, my husband and I absolutely adored the resort. It was easy to manage, the lines were practically nothing, and the laid-back experience was a welcome relief after Shanghai and the bag debacle. We will most definitely be returning to Hong Kong Disneyland in the future, and I can’t recommend it enough. (And we spent an entire day in the park in tropical storm conditions!)Tokyo Disney ResortJust like with Hong Kong Disneyland, our trip to Tokyo just barely missed the premiere of new happenings at Tokyo Disney Resort! After we traveled back to the states, Tokyo Disney released their new nighttime spectacular and two new stage shows.“Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” is a nighttime show featuring fountains, projections, and pyrotechnics. During the daylight hours, you can catch “Let’s Party Gras!” at Theatre Orleans in Tokyo Disneyland. Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, Max, Clarice, and the Three Caballeros show off their moves in this Mardi Gras-themed extravaganza. Over at Tokyo DisneySea, Mickey and his friends have encounters with New York City’s street performers and the bright lights of Broadway in “Hello, New York!” Be sure to catch these three new entertainment options on your own travels to Tokyo Disney Resort.Make sure you catch, “Hello, New York!” when you’re in DisneySea! (Photo courtesy of Disney.)It is harder to narrow it down to just one thing to share about Tokyo Disney. Tokyo feels like home. My husband and I met when we were stationed in Japan together, and being back, experiencing the Japanese culture, was the most spectacular way to spend our 10-year anniversary.When you’re there, embrace the experience. Our trip was right in the middle of Tanabata days, and when we went to Magellan’s at DisneySea for our anniversary dinner, we both dressed for the occasion. I wore a yukata (summer kimono) and my husband wore a jenbei. There are no words for how wonderful that evening was (even if it took me an hour to get properly dressed!), and I wouldn’t change anything about it. (Just remember, if you choose to participate in a cultural custom such as this, do it respectfully.)Disneyland ParisI have only the tiniest tidbit of news out of Disneyland Paris, and that is the release of the medals for the upcoming Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, taking place September 20 – 23. Unfortunately, Paris was not on my itinerary for this trip, so I don’t have any special tips or things of note to share!If anything would ever get me to run for fun, it’d be the Disneyland Paris medals! (Nothing will ever get me to run for fun.) (Photo courtesy of Disney.)Are you planning on visiting any of the international parks? Have you been in the past? Is there anything in particular you want to know about my recent travels? Please comment and share your thoughts and experiences on the Disney Parks throughout the world!last_img read more

Minnie and Me in Floral Dresses

first_imgShare This!Remember last week when we told you about this cute new floral dress?Well, little did we know that just a few days later we’d find a plush Minnie Mouse wearing the same outfit. The pattern is ever so slightly different. The human version has little images of Minnie and Mickey on it, but the plush version is missing that detail. I guess Minnie wearing Minnie would be an inception level of meta that would make the theme park universe implode.Both the human dress and the toy are adorable, but their simultaneous availability in the parks is ever so slightly odd. If the dress were sized for children, this would be an A+++ combo, but the fact that the dress is an adult-sized items sold at an adult-sized price gives me pause.What do you think about the dress/match?Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

10 Lessons I Learned About Reputation Management at Digital Summit Detroit

first_imgTrain your staff on how to respond to your customers.Invest in your social customer care team. Hire credible people and provide guidelines. Share reputation goals for your organization with your employees.Companies should share reputation goals with employees to turn them into ambassadors @andybeal #DSDET15— Amy Messano (@AmyMessano) September 23, 2015 Just because you can brag about it, doesn’t mean you should. In 2013, Emma Way tweeted about hitting a bicylist with her automobile and knocking him off his bike. The local police discovered the tweet; a few months later Way was found guilty on two counts related to the incident. Just because you can brag about it doesn’t mean you should @AndyBeal #DSDET15 pic.twitter.com/5faTkUnnKo— Ryan Jones (@RyanJones) September 23, 2015 Your behavior reflects on your business. Be on your best behavior.If someone asked if you knew who Walter Palmer was, would you know? How about if someone asked if you knew about the dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Africa in 2015? That was Palmer. News of Palmer killing the prized lion in Zimbabwe went worldwide, with people using the hashtag #WalterPalmer to share their anger. His personal big-game killing behavior negatively affected his dental business, which closed for several weeks. Palmer returned to work at his dental practice earlier this month.Your reputation is always being judged…your company and personal reputation aren’t two separate things anymore #DSDET15— Franco (@FrancoPRGroup) September 23, 2015 Use the right account.When an unusual tweet was posted to the American Red Cross account, the organization acted quickly to resolve the issue. The backstory: Gloria Huang planned to post the tweet to her personal account, but due to her inexperience with Hootsuite, the tweet was posted to the organization account. The American Red Cross averted a crisis with a light-hearted tweet, Huang apologized from her personal Twitter account, and the Red Cross converted the incident into a donation opportunity. Know your audience. Understand how your customer base will respond locally as well as globally.Go where your customers go. While you may have decided to focus on two or three channels, monitor other channels. If a customer complains on a channel you don’t use, you want to respond. Rep Roadkill: Go where your audience is. Address complaints on that forum – do not ignore! @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015Tip: Take the conversation offline. Set up a unique email address for the channel (twitter_service@yourcompany.com) for handling communication. Be careful with any automation you use.Be aware of every item that is scheduled (where an editorial calendar comes in handy). Be restrictive. Just because something is popular, don’t jump on it.Notice a popular hashtag on Twitter and want to share something about it on your social media channel? Does it fit into your strategy? Think twice before acting. Big lies will eventually be revealed. Be truthful, don’t embellish things.For years, NBC News anchor Brian Williams told a story about being in a helicopter in Iraq that was hit by a grenade.Not exactly the whole truth. Turns out, Williams was in a helicopter in Iraq, but not in one that was hit by a grenade.Williams was put on a six-month leave early this year. He returned to the MSNBC network earlier this month to cover Pope Francis’s visit to the United States.Rep Roadkill: Don’t rewrite history to put yourself somewhere you weren’t. Big lies are eventually revealed. @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015 This week, I joined hundreds of digital professionals, content strategists, social media experts, user experience practitioners, and email marketers at the two-day Digital Summit Detroit conference. One of my favorite talks was Andy Beal’s lunchtime keynote on reputation management. As a reputation management expert, he’s seen his share of good and bad examples of companies managing their reputation. Beal, chief executive officer of Trackr and author of Repped: 30 Days to a Better Online Reputation, shared his insights and highlighted examples of social media gone wrong.In addition, Beal shared examples of companies doing a good job managing their reputation and offered tips for dealing with a crisis situation.I heard stories about a rogue tweet, poorly timed social media updates, and organizations taking a bad situation and turning it around into something amazing. Here’s what I learned:There’s no difference between your personal reputation and business reputation.Despite all the Twitter bios with “tweets are my own and don’t represent my company”, you only have one online reputation. You only have one reputation, says @andybeal. There’s no difference between personal and business reputation. #DSDET15— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) September 23, 2015center_img We Have a Crisis, Now What?It’s going to happen. A tweet or story on one of your social media channels that’s poorly timed, incorrectly posted, or doesn’t include the right information. What do you do during a crisis? Beal recommends:Be sincereBe transparentBe consistentApologize and explain what caused it to happen. Demonstrate you put changes in place so it doesn’t happen again. Q: What advice would you give #VW? #dieselgate A: Own it. Admit it. Be Sincere. Be transparent. Be consistent w follow up @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Lori (@1224Lori) September 23, 2015 If having a reputation crisis you need to be sincere, transparent and consistent in your messaging – @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Mike McClure (@mikekmcclure) September 23, 2015 Win back customers by accepting your fault!!! They will tell 20 others @AndyBeal #DSDET15— Jas Sidhu (@jas_AppD) September 23, 2015Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedTakeaways from WordCamp Detroit 2018Last weekend I had the pleasure of joining over 120 WordPress users—bloggers, writers, designers, business owners, digital marketers, developers, and user experience specialists—at the WordCamp Detroit 2018 conference to learn and talk about WordPress. It was wonderful to attend a conference where I didn’t have to travel, other than to…In “Conference”September 2013 User Experience and Web Professionals EventsAlong with friends and colleagues, my friend Nick DeNardis has been after me for years to create a calendar of local events. Given my interests, I hear about and attend several UX, web design and development, social media and entrepreneur events each week. Which I tell Nick about after the…In “Calendar”September 2014 User Experience and Web Professional EventsIf you’re a web professional, you know it’s a challenge to keep your skills up to date, learn about new methods, and network with colleagues. It takes time to find interesting local events. And if you’re new to the area, where do you start? I’ve taken some of the work…In “Calendar”last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Women’s March Ann Arbor

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedMarch 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”March 2017 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”World Information Architecture Day Ann Arbor Returns on February 23Back for its eighth year, World Information Architecture (IA) Day Ann Arbor is the annual one-day conference created by the Information Architecture Institute and produced by local volunteers. Organized by School of Information students at the University of Michigan, this year’s event with the theme “Design for Difference” will be…In “Conference” Women’s March Ann Arbor marchers gather at the University of Michigan DiagAlong with thousands of other men, women, and children (MLive reported 11,000 people attended), I joined the Women’s March in Ann Arbor yesterday to march in support of women’s rights, affordable health care, and civil rights.I was proud to be part of a march that joined hundreds of Women’s Marches around the world, on every continent including Antarctica. Unexpectedly warm weather in the 50’s greeted marchers as they gathered in Ann Arbor, Michigan near the Federal Building before the start of the march.At the march and rally, I met young and old: college students, parents, grandparents, and children from Ann Arbor, St. Clair Shores, Dearborn, Ypsilanti, and Chelsea.We chatted about our reasons for being at the march: to join in solidarity to show the world, no matter our race, gender, religion, or sexuality, we will fight for women’s rights and civil rights.Despite thousands of people gathered at the corner of 5th and Liberty before the march, I was absolutely surprised to run into my friend Deb Nystrom near the Federal Building who used her artistic talents to create a sign to carry during the march.The handmade signs, uplifting conversations with fellow marchers as we walked to the University of Michigan Diag, and the speeches at the rally encouraging everyone to get involved left me with a positive, hopeful feeling as I left the march.It was wonderful to see the photos from my friends posted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook as they joined marches around the world. Check them out online by searching for the womensmarch hashtag.Here are a few more of my photos from the march.last_img read more

Takeaways from Demystifying Eye Tracking for UX Research

first_imgAt today’s User Experience Professionals Association webinar, Laura Rivera shared her lessons learned from eye tracking research. Rivera is a user experience (UX) researcher at Facebook and has been instrumental in getting their eye tracking capabilities fine-tuned for mobile. Here are my takeaways from her presentation. Why You Should Use Eye TrackingWhile there are many other UX research methodologies, eye tracking helps your answer questions by directly measuring someone’s behavior. For example, how would you know if a user is looking at a specific area without eye tracking?The think aloud method would never reveal it.Eye tracking allows you to discover:Where is someone looking?How long did they look at it?Did the fixate on it?Did they read itEye Tracking Can Be IntimidatingWhen UX researchers consider eye tracking, their first thought is that it’s intimidating. And that’s how Rivera first thought of it. It takes considerable time to conduct the research and then do rigorous time-intensive analysis.But Rivera pointed out that you can use eye tracking in a qualitative manner, which is less time-consuming and less difficult. Lessons Learned From Eye TrackingDo your homework.Talk with other researchers who’ve conducting eye tracking research. Review eye tracking resources, including Eye Tracking in User Experience Design by Jennifer Romano, Andrew Schall and Eye Tracking the User Experience by Aga Bojko.Consider the equipment and software you’ll be using.Check out the different options for eye tracking (Rivera has used Tobii for her research). Consider what you will use for desktop vs mobile eye tracking. Choose your study wisely.Consider your questions, the platform you’re testing on, and areas of interest. You’ll also need to decide when not to conduct eye tracking.Give yourself enough time to conduct eye tracking.It takes time to set up eye tracking. You’ll need to test the equipment,software, to ensure everything is working as expected. Conduct a pilot run. Allow extra time for analysis. Here’s an example of an eye tracking schedule over a two week period. In the first week, on Monday: finalize research plan; on Tuesday: set up/conduct pilot session; on Wednesday: test analyses/revise as needed; on Thursday and Friday: conduct sessions.In the second week, on Monday through Wednesday: conduct analysis; on Thursday and Friday: report findings. Make backup plans.Have extra participants (for your pilot and regular sessions). Create a backup usability protocol, in case your equipment or application doesn’t work. Livestream your sessions to stakeholders. Ask someone on your team to score participants for you (really helpful to better understand if the participant saw the message, read the message, acted on the message, include any meaningful notes)Consider logistics.Use a stationary chair, not a rolling chair (rolling chairs make it difficult to calibrate someone’s eyes, and then the participant moves the chair back). Consider a divider screen, if you think the participant will look at you during the session. Plan ahead.Don’t panic if something doesn’t go as expected. Have a backup plan in place. The webinar will be posted, with captions, in about a week. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedEye Tracking: How Your Eyes Move on a Website [Infographic]Given the two eye tracking events in the Detroit area today (this morning’s demo and tonight’s presentation), I thought you might enjoy the eye tracking 101 infographic created for Crazy Egg by Simple Grain highlighting analysis results and design tips to improve website user experience. Key Takeaways 69% of users’…In “User experience”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: July 14, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to design for touch, find out about the accessibility of the future WordPress editor, discover new features coming to Google Forms, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: July 21, 2017In this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn how to make your videos accessible, discover how to implement webmentions, get an inside look of the WordPress Theme Review Team, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

Spencer softball blanks Loyal/Granton

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterLOYAL — Macie Weber struck out seven and earned the win with a four-hit shutout as the Spencer softball team defeated Loyal/Granton 7-0 on Tuesday at Loyal High School.Colleen Arnold and Brooke Kettleborough each had two hits for the Rockets, who took advantage of six walks and three Loyal errors to grab the road win and improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division.Loyal/Granton is now 1-3 overall and in the conference.“Tonight I thought our defense was our strength,” Spencer coach Jason Gorst said. “Courtney Buss and Lexi Baehr both got dirty to make diving stops at second and first base. Brooke Kettleborough played very well in centerfield as well.”Spencer plays at Colby on Thursday at 5 p.m.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Rockets 7, Greyhounds 0Spencer 110 300 2 – 7 7 0Loyal/Granton 000 000 0 – 0 4 3WP: Macie Weber. LP: M. Reinwand.SO: Weber 7; Reinwand 2. BB: Weber 2; Reinwand 6.Top hitters: S, Brooke Kettleborough 2×4; Colleen Arnold 2×3, 2B, RBI.Records: Spencer 6-2, 4-0 Cloverbelt East; Loyal/Granton 1-3 overall and Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterA number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.Spencer’s Hebert earns all-WIAC honorsKyleigh Hebert, a 2012 Spencer High School graduate, recently earned a high honor following her senior season for the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team.Hebert averaged 11.2 points per game, which ranked eighth in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and was named to the first team of the all-WIAC squad.Hebert averaged a conference-best 4 assists per game and was second in the WIAC with 2.4 steals per game for the Blue Devils, who finished 10-16 overall and 4-10 in the conference.Kummer wraps up freshman season at Cardinal StrichEllie Kummer, a 2015 Marshfield High School graduate, recently finished her freshman season on the Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) women’s basketball team.Kummer played in 15 of the Wolf Pack’s 33 games, averaging 5.2 minutes and 1.3 points per game.Kummer, who graduated from Marshfield as the 11th leading scorer in program history, was part of a Cardinal Stritch team that finished 25-8 overall, 15-3 in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament.Kummer played three minutes and did not score in the Wolf Pack’s 82-52 win over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) in the first round of the tournament and did not play in their 84-65 loss to No. 1-ranked Morningside (Iowa) in the second round.Varsho starting for UW-Milwaukee baseballDaulton Varsho, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, is off to a great start for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team.As of April 7, the sophomore catcher was hitting .374 (40-for-107) and led the team with four home runs, 19 RBIs, three triples, and 24 runs scored as the Panthers got off to an 11-13 start and a 4-1 mark in the Horizon League.Varsho went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the Panthers’ 6-5 win over Valparaiso on April 3.The Panthers were scheduled to host Wright State for a pair of Horizon League games on Friday and Saturday.last_img read more

Marshfield volleyball dominates Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers improve to 5-3 in ValleyBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — With matches looming against the top two teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference on Saturday, the Marshfield volleyball team wanted to make sure it took care of the business at hand Thursday.The Tigers started all three games strong and went on to beat Wisconsin Rapids 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 in a WVC match Oct. 6 at Marshfield High School.Marshfield is now 5-3 heading into the second conference tournament on Saturday at D.C. Everest. The Tigers will play first-place Everest and second-place Merrill as they look to make a push up the standings with only one week remaining in the regular season.Marshfield senior Stephanie Rhodes had eight kills in the victory, pushing her career total to 1,001, a milestone that coach Dawn Sadowska said was well-earned.“She’s been on varsity since she was a freshman, and year after year she’s been getting better,” Sadowska said. “We’ve asked more and more of her. She’s such a versatile hitter, and this year her blocking has been better than it ever has been for us.”Anna Ripp, who passed the 2,000-assist mark in her career last week, started the first game by serving six points in a row — three were aces — to push Marshfield out to a quick 7-1 lead.The Tigers finished just as strong, scoring the final eight points of the set, the final point coming on a Jamila Ougayour kill.Ripp had two aces to help Marshfield build a 5-0 lead to start Game 2 and served eight-straight points to begin the third set as the Tigers ran out to a 9-0 advantage. Marshfield was never challenged in either game.Ripp finished with 28 assists and six service aces, Alexa Aumann had a team-high 11 kills, and Maureen Cassidy had 15 digs to top Marshfield. The Tigers finished with 11 service aces overall.“Our plan was to serve aggressive, and we’ve been working on trying to run things faster,” Sadowska said. “I said every free ball, ‘We have to go quick because that’s our plan for this weekend,’ and they did a really good job of that.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Pospyhalla’s late 3 pushes Columbus Catholic girls basketball past Gilman

first_imgDons improve to 7-2By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Natalie Pospyhalla’s 3-pointer with less than five seconds left lifted the Columbus Catholic girls basketball team to a thrilling 42-40 victory over Gilman in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball game Thursday night at Columbus Catholic High School.Columbus led 26-21 at halftime before Gilman started the second half with a 12-2 run to take the lead.The lead changed hands several times throughout the second half.A 3-pointer from Morgan Albrecht gave Columbus a 37-36 lead with 3:30 to go, and each team exchanged baskets before a pair of turnovers set up the final possession.Albrecht finished with a game-high 17 points, and Marissa Immerfall added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Dons (7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt Conference East Division). Pospyhalla chipped in nine points, including the game-winner, and six rebounds.Cooper Sherfield led Gilman (2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East) with 14 points.Columbus plays at Greenwood on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Dons 42, Pirates 40Gilman 21 19 – 40Columbus Catholic 26 16 – 42GILMAN (40): Camryn Skabroud 1-8 0-0 3, Taylor Hendricks 1-8 1-2 3, Amanda Wisocky 0-4 0-2 0, Grace Grunseth 5-10 1-2 11, Kayla Chause 3-6 0-0 6, Cooper Sherfield 6-13 2-5 14, RaeAnn Heier 1-3 1-1 3. FG: 17-52. FT: 5-12. 3-pointers: 1-17 (Skabroud 1-8, Grunseth 0-3, Hendricks 0-6). Rebounds: 22 (Sherfield 6). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 11. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5, 1-5 Cloverbelt East.COLUMBUS CATHOLIC (42): Morgan Albrecht 7-13 1-4 17, Hailey Roehl 0-1 1-2 1, Baylie Neider 0-8 1-2 1, Maren Seefluth 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Baierl 0-6 2-2 2, Natalie Pospyhalla 3-10 0-0 9, Marissa Immerfall 6-10 0-0 12. FG: 16-48. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: 5-18 (Pospyhalla 3-9, Albrecht 2-5, Neider 0-4). Rebounds: 32 (Immerfall 8). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2, 4-1 Cloverbelt East.last_img read more

Auburndale boys basketball cruises past Northland Lutheran

first_imgFive Apaches score in double figuresBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMOSINEE — Luke Olson scored 17 points to lead five Auburndale players in double figures, and the Apaches cruised to a 77-40 victory over Northland Lutheran on Thursday night at Northland Lutheran High School.Olsen made 6 of 9 shots from the field and all five of his free throws to top Auburndale (5-5, 3-2 Marawood Conference South Division).Cameron Ertl added 13 points, Caleb Weinfurter and Colton Wright each had 12 points, and Cale Jacoby added 10 for the Apaches. Ertl also had a team-high seven rebounds.Auburndale poured in 43 points in a productive first half to take an 18-point lead at the break. The Apaches held Northland Lutheran (1-6, 0-3 Marawood South) to 15 points in the second half to remain in control.Auburndale returns to action Tuesday at Wausau Newman Catholic.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 77, Wildcats 40Northland Lutheran 25 15 – 40Auburndale 43 34 – 77NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (40): Statistics not provided. Record: 1-6, 0-3 Marawood South.AUBURNDALE (77): Cooper Weinfurter 2-5 1-2 6, Luke Olsen 6-9 5-5 17, Logan Willfahrt 1-1 0-0 3, Cason Schmutzer 0-2 0-0 0, Caleb Weinfurter 3-11 4-4 12, Collin Hawkins 1-4 2-2 4, Carter Wilcott 0-1 0-2 0, Colten Yeske 0-2 0-0 0, Cameron Ertl 5-8 3-4 13, Cale Jacoby 4-6 2-2 10, Colton Wright 5-10 0-0 12. FG: 27-59. FT: 17-21. 3-pointers: 6-20 (Wright 2-6, Ca. Weinfurter 2-6, Willfahrt 1-1, Co. Weinfurter 1-3, Schmutzer 0-1, Ertl 0-1, Olsen 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Ertl 7). Record: 5-5, 3-2 Marawood South.last_img read more

First European Tour win for Otto

first_img12 May 2008After seven wins on South African soil Hennie Otto finally broke his European Tour duck by scoring an outstanding victory in the Italian Open at the Castello di Tolcinasco Golf and Country Club in Milan on Sunday.Towards the end of March, Otto had narrowly missed out on his first European Tour win; he took a five-shot lead he took into the final round of the Madeira Islands Open, but ended up in a playoff against Alastair Forsyth, which the Scot won.Stunning formOn Sunday, the circumstances were similar to six weeks earlier in Portugal; Otto enjoyed a four-shot lead heading into the final round.He had been superb through the first three rounds; after opening with a seven-under-par 65, he turned in a strong 66, followed by a scintillating nine-under 63 in the third round for a stunning three-round total of 22-under-par 194. That left him only one shot behind the European Tour record for three rounds, jointly shared by South Africa’s Ernie Els and David Howell of England.Given his form in the first three rounds, it was a solid bet that Otto would take victory. It duly came, but it didn’t come easily.Early on, it looked as if the South African would cruise to victory after he increased his lead to five shots by sinking birdies on three of the first five holes. England’s Oliver Wilson was on the charge, however, and put Otto under pressure.Wilson on the chargeAfter his opening birdie blitz, Otto played six holes to par, but then dropped a shot on the twelfth. Wilson, meanwhile, was four-under through the front nine and then nailed four birdies in succession from the eleventh to the fourteenth.The Englishman settled for par on the last four holes to finish with a fine eight-under-par 64 and a total of 264.After dropping a shot at the twelfth, Otto immediately pulled one back with a birdie on the thirteenth. In much the same manner as Wilson, he played to par the rest of the way to complete his round in three-under-par 69 for a 25-under total of 263.His total was the lowest in the Italian Open since it was added to the European Tour, bettering the 265 recorded by Francesco Molinari in 2006. It was also the lowest winning total so far on the Tour this season.Useful experienceAfterwards, reflecting on his win, the 31-year-old from Boksburg said his disappointment at the Madeira Islands Open helped him stay focused when he saw his lead slipping away. In the end, he played a superb drive on the final hole, with one foot in a bunker, onto the green, to ensure he captured his maiden title in Europe.He felt his putting had let him down in Portugal. This time around, he said, his putting, especially from distance, is what won him the tournament.Otto’s winnings totalled €283 330, which when converted to rands is in excess of R3.33-million. As importantly as the winning purse, his victory earned him an exemption on the European Tour until the end of 2010; it is a bonus that is hard to put a price on.World rankingOtto entered the Italian Open ranked 154th in the world. After his win he is now ranked 76th, a massive rise of 78 places. His is one of nine South Africans ranked within the top 100.Ernie Els tops the list, in third, followed by Rory Sabbatini, in fourteenth, and US Masters champion Trevor Immelman in sixteenth. Retief Goosen is in 30th place, Richard Sterne is ranked 39th, and Tim Clark 45th. Louis Oosthuizen follows, in 74th spot, with Otto two places behind him, and Charl Schwartzel in 85th place.Italian Open LeaderboardHennie Otto (RSA) 263 (-25)Oliver Wilson (Eng) 264 (-24)Robert Karlsson (Swe) 265 (-23)Philip Archer (Eng) 267 (-21)Marcel Siem (Ger) 267 (-21) South AfricansDavid Frost (RSA) 276 (-12)Charl Schwartzel (RSA) 280 (-8) Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Young reporters go mobile

first_imgAfrica’s stories are to be told byyoung reporters equipped with the latestmobile technology. (Image: stock.xchng) Zintle Sithole and Lukhona Lufuta.(Image: AfriGadget)Janine ErasmusAfrigadget, the acclaimed website that showcases African ingenuity, has launched a new initiative known as the Grassroots Reporting Project, which will train young reporters across the continent and equip them with mobile technology, with the aim of getting more African stories out into the world.The initiative identifies potential young journalists and trains and equips them for on-the-ground reporting. Using the advantages of new technology such as laptops, mobile phones, and digital and video cameras, reporters can capture stories in real time and submit their material electronically.So far there are plans to get the initiative off the ground in 10 African countries, including South Africa, using an initial combination of mobile phones and laptop computers. Individuals will be identified by an AfriGadget editor, who will also travel to the country in question to personally train and equip the new reporters.The group for the pilot stage of the project has been selected, and is based in Khayelitsha, a township in the Western Cape. Two of the young South Africans are Lukhona Lufuta and Zintle Sithole, both in Grade 12 and both currently taking part in a leadership program run by the Centre of Science and Technology, an initiative based in Khayelitsha that gives specialised tuition in science, IT and maths.The group is guided by experienced local bloggers not only in how to track down their stories about ingenious happenings in and around Cape Town, but also in how to tell those stories.“I plan to make the best of every opportunity that has been granted to me at Afrigadget,” said Sithole. “This is going to be a great avenue for us youngsters to realise the beauty of our countries and to show us that we can do more!”Lufuta commented, “My initial reaction to the Afrigadget project was one of tremendous interest, as I am keen on all things technological and consider this a great means to show the world exactly what Africa can do, and what our people are about and also the ways in which we think and live. It is now my chance to showcase a different slightly positive side to Africa, using mobile technology, regardless of what people think they know about us from the BBC or CNN news media.”Africans telling African storiesAllowing Africans to tell stories of Africa is a concept that is becoming increasingly important, with the realisation that foreign media are prone to painting an all-too-bleak portrait of a beautiful and vibrant continent.“Economic growth is sturdy; bourses are cracking and for each despot there is a democrat, perhaps many more,” writes respected Mail & Guardian editor Ferial Haffajee in an August 2008 blog entry. “The flipside of our continent’s story has not been told this year as it has not properly been told, arguably ever.”Haffajee was reporting on the A24 news agency launched in September 2008 by Kenyan journalist Salim Amin. “Africa can only be covered by Africans,” says Amin, “beyond the starving children with flies in their eyes, beyond executions and genocide. Ours is a new and balanced agenda.”Distinctive reportingAfriGadget was singled out by Time magazine as one of its top 50 websites for 2008. “There’s a lot of international development news that doesn’t make it onto CNN. So bookmark AfriGadget, It isn’t updated every day (and sometimes not even once a week), but it offers such distinctive reporting that you won’t want to miss a single post,” says Time.The Afrigadget initiative is driven by a committed team of bloggers, reporters and readers who contribute stories from their own communities, showing the rest of the world how Africans make do with the resources they have, however limited those may be, to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.Stories are required to meet certain criteria, and must focus on one or more of the following characteristics:Ingenious innovation that is new, or a re-direction of existing technology in a new way;Interesting in that the story captures the imagination of others and inspires them to see solutions in uncommon ways;Practical ideas that solve problems in a demonstrable way;Entrepreneurs who are inventing new products or solutions.Fascinating stories of innovation featured recently on AfriGadget include a home-built GSM/GPS animal collar to track the movements of elephants and other animals in Kenya, a rope bridge invented to help rare Angolan colobus monkeys cross African roads without getting killed, a mobile phone-based anti-theft device invented by an 18-year-old self-taught Kenyan inventor, and bio-diesel plants run in rural villages.Other intriguing stories feature a group of conservationists in the eastern Congo who are making briquettes from organic wastes and thereby saving the forests from being cut down by charcoal producers, and young Malawian William Kamkwamba, whose remarkable home-built energy-producing windmill was recently exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The young inventor also made it onto the hallowed pages of the Wall Street Journal.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesAfrican inventions site honouredSouth African inventionsAfrica’s new voiceUseful linksAfriGadgetChicago Museum of Science and IndustryWilliam Kamkwamba at the Chicago Museum of Science and IndustryThe Wall Street Journal Kamkwamba articleTime’s top 50 websites for 200last_img read more

Football star bags Mandela award

first_imgRenowned football player ClarenceSeedorf with his Legacy Champions award. Seedorf says the moments he spent withNelson Mandela will remain with himforever.(Images: Lauren Mulligan for NelsonMandela Foundation The Dutch-Surinamese player is regardedas one of the best in the world.(Image: Clarence Seedorf officalwebsite)Khanyi MagubaneRenowned Dutch football player Clarence Seedorf has joined A-list personalities in becoming the latest celebrity to be named one of the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Legacy Champions.The sporting legend jetted into South Africa in early June to receive the award for his humanitarian work through his charity organisation Champions for Children.The organisation is set to open a Champions Playground, a multi-functional sports complex for children in Cape Town.The sports centre will be built in Manenberg and is to be inaugurated during the 2010 Fifa World Cup.The project is a joint venture between Seedorf’s organisation, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Italian university Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and the University of the Western Cape.During his short visit Seedorf met with former president Nelson Mandela on 5 June, which according to his online blog, was a special moment in his life, “It was a very special day today. For my whole life I have been inspired by his life and work. It is an honour for me to have become a Legacy Champion.”In addressing the media following the meeting between Seedorf and Mandela, Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive officer Achmat Dangor said he was proud that the soccer legend is now part of the foundation.“Clarence Seedorf can count himself among those who will help ensure that this organisation, founded by Mr Mandela himself in 1999, will become financially independent, ensuring that it continues to promote Madiba’s vision, values and work.”Seedorf joins high profile Legacy Champions members including former US president Bill Clinton, mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, minister of human settlements and former businessman Tokyo Sexwale and tycoon David Rockefeller.Using fame for good workThe name Clarence Seedorf is synonymous with prestigious football clubs around the world such as Ajax Amsterdam, the notable Italian team AC Milan, Spain’s Real Madrid and top English club Chelsea.He started playing football in the early 1990s, but his big break came in 1994 when he became the youngest player to join the Ajax Amsterdam first team at the tender age of 16.Since then, the 33-year-old’s meteoric rise in the football fraternity has been nothing less than stellar.Regarded as one of the top players in the world, Seedorf’s trophy collection includes four Champions League winner’s medals, two Fifa Club World Cup trophies and a Union of European Football Associations (Uefa) Super Cup.He is the only player in history to have won the Uefa Champions League with three different football clubs.In the Dutch leagues, he has four domestic league titles, and three domestic super cups.According to the football star’s website, no Dutch player in history has won more silverware than Seedorf.To add to his accolades, at the 10th annual Uefa Club Football Awards in 2007, Clarence was recognised as Europe’s best midfielder. The same year, he was awarded a Torretta award for best European athlete.Aside from his sporting achievements, Seedorf is perhaps most regarded for his humanitarian work.Growing up in the small former Dutch colony Suriname, the smallest country in South America, Seedorf grew up with a dream of becoming a football player, despite being told that he couldn’t because of his weak lungs.According to his official blog, he learned at an early age what it meant to hope and dream, and that he wanted to share this with others. “From my days as a child, watching famine strangle Ethiopia, I made a promise to myself to do whatever I could to help those, and others, when I was old enough, and had the means to do so.”Preserving the legacy of Nelson MandelaAccording to its website, the Nelson Mandela Foundation “contributes to the making of a just society by promoting the vision, values and work of its founder and convening dialogue around critical social issues.”In 2006, the foundation, with the help of the Centre of Memory and Dialogue, adopted a two-pronged strategy.The memory programme will deal with documenting the life and times of Mandela, through its records and documentation unit.It locates scattered material on Mandela, with the objective of ensuring that all resources linked to Mandela are presented in a way that preserves his memory.The dialogue programme will deal with developing and sustaining a dialogue platform, in line with its founder’s legacy.The centre of dialogue will encourage South Africans to speak to each other in a manner where every person’s voice is heard, regardless of their background, race, or political affiliation.As part of its dialogue series, the Nelson Mandela lecture is held annually at the foundation.This year, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner professor Muhammad Yunus delivered the seventh lecture on 27 May.He delivered the lecture on the topic “Investment in the marginalised as a way of creating wealth and combating poverty.”Prof Yunus is a distinguished scholar and businessman and the founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in the 1970s. The bank now operates in more than 100 countries.He has received over 70 major international awards for his work and has 29 honorary degrees under his belt.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.com  Useful linksNelson Mandela FoundationClarence Seedorf official websiteChampions for ChildrenRepublic of Surinamelast_img read more

South African soccer fans 7

first_imgSoccer fans at a match between Manchester United and South Africa’s Kaizer Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria. Manchester United won.Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Volunteers help fans find their seats.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image Photo: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more

Nedbank achieves carbon neutrality

first_imgPhase Two of Nedbank’s head office is a certified green building. The Rukinga community has benefitedfrom Nedbank’s purchase of carbon credits. (Images: Nedbank) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elizabeth FlorencioNedbank Group Communications+27 11 295 7260 or +27 83 636 7002RELATED ARTICLES • Nedbank goes carbon neutral • Plastic-bag billboard a world first • Bank honours local heroes • Capitec gets nod from SwissJanine ErasmusSouth African banking group Nedbank announced in July 2010 that it has achieved carbon neutrality – becoming the first bank in Africa to do so.The group’s chief executive Mike Brown made the announcement at the Nedbank head office in Sandton, in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs.“This achievement sees us following through on the commitment we made in September 2009 to completely offset our carbon footprint,” said Brown. “As our group executive of enterprise, governance and compliance, Selby Baqwa, likes to say: there is no Planet B.”Nedbank is now green not only in corporate colour, but also in deed. Brown said that it made sound business sense to go green, but was also very much the right thing to do.“As a large business we have to strike a balance between economic, social, cultural and environmental issues,” he said. “An overt focus on one area can be successful only in the short term. In order to achieve sustainable returns, all of Nedbank’s interdependent parts must be in balance.”The mammoth achievement involved not only the group head office, but all the regional buildings as well as some 500 branches and kiosks across the country. It also took the support of 90% of the staff, who were equipped with the knowledge and tools to make a difference at the office, and then to apply the concept in their own homes.Phase Two of Nedbank’s head office, now complete, is the first four-star green-rated commercial building in the country. It’s been certified by the Green Building Council of South Africa and operates 30% more efficiently than a normal building.Positive impact on communitiesThe Nedbank group made the commitment to go green as many as 25 years ago, determined to make a positive impact on the communities it serves and set an example for its customers and suppliers in the process.Brown believes that the bank’s integrated approach was the key to achieving a zero carbon footprint.“We didn’t achieve it merely by going out and buying up carbon credits, but by a genuine and substantial reduction in our carbon footprint. We started by measuring our impact on the environment – this process was initiated back in 2007 – and now we have a robust measuring system in place.”To ensure integrity in the measuring process and set up the required framework, the bank’s carbon neutral task team worked closely with the local chapter of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Brown said.“The support from the bank’s leadership is particularly encouraging,” said Richard Worthington of the WWF, “and it has contributed to the bank’s success in its green endeavours. Business and industry in South Africa is generally not doing well in this sphere, and we appreciate Nedbank’s role in setting the pace for others to follow.”Once an accurate measurement had been recorded and then verified by Ernst & Young, a target was set in terms of behaviour change; more efficient operation; and cutting down on paper, electricity, water, travel and waste.“Once we had achieved those reductions that we’d committed to, we offset the remaining unavoidable greenhouse gas emissions, around 213 000 tons, with carbon credits.”After much research, the bank settled on the sustainable Rukinga project in Kenya to obtain its carbon credits. Rukinga is Africa’s first large-scale gold level-accredited Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation initiative.“We took great care in choosing our beneficiary,” said Brown. “We analysed projects involving biodiversity, renewable energy, and the reduction of deforestation. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a suitable project in South Africa, but other projects have sprung up in the meantime and in the future we’ll be able to secure a more diverse portfolio here at home and elsewhere in Africa.”The Rukinga initiative, situated on 75 000 acres of land in the Kasigau Corridor, focuses on reducing deforestation and degradation of wildlife habitats, eliminating about 3.5-million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, and providing residents with a conservation-related income.The community has benefited richly from its Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance-approved programme, receiving 18 new classrooms, a boost to its citrus industry, and better healthcare. A large amount of land was reclaimed for wildlife and numerous jobs were created.A journey of many stepsNedbank’s achievement of carbon neutrality took many steps, both big and small. It involved the extensive use of compact fluorescent lamps and motion-controlled lighting, turning off appliances when not in use, encouraging employees to use the stairs and not the lifts, using biodegradable cleaning materials, and installing water filters on taps instead of supplying bottled water.In addition, the bank only uses environment-friendly paper and recycles as much as it can. In 2009 it recycled 124 tons of paper and 34 tons of other waste.“The electricity we saved during 2009 could power 317 houses,” said Brown.Video- and teleconferencing helped to cut down on travel costs, resulting in a 30% reduction in the number of flights taken by Nedbank employees during 2009 and a 34% reduction in car rental.“We are also flexible with working hours and don’t mind if our people want to work from home from time to time – this has saved about 3.5-million kilometres of travel.”In total, said Brown, the bank saved R28-million (US$3.7-million) during 2009. This figure contrasts favourably with the R2-million ($264 398) spent on putting the measuring and monitoring system into place, and the R12-million ($1.6-million) spent on carbon credits.“This is not the end,” said Brown. “Rather, it marks the beginning of an ongoing process in greenhouse gas reduction. We aim to address the issue of water conservation in South Africa, as this is a key sustainability issue for us.”Nedbank is also already working on a number of innovative green retail products for its clients. The bank intends to use its leadership position to encourage all corporates in South Africa to operate in a responsible manner and play their part in mitigating climate change.last_img read more

One step closer to digital broadcasting

first_imgThe migration from analogue to digital signal was first agreed to at the International Telecommunication Union, a United Nations agency for telecommunication. Global shift to digital As part of the scheme, the government plans to subsidise 70%, or around R400, of the expected R700 cost of a set-top box. The council comprises Mamokgethi Setati (chairperson), Ruddy Rashama (deputy chairperson), Nomvuyiso Batyi, Dingane Dube, Calvo Mawela, Karen Willenberg, Zubair Munshi, Sabelo Silinga, Richard Paulton, Cawekazi Mahlati, Llewellyn Jones, Julia Hope, Masodi Xaba, Hlukanisa Zitha and Rosey Sekese. In August 2008, then Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced that the government would introduce a scheme for ownership support to help households that could not afford to buy set-top boxes. Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda this week named the 15 members of the Digital Dzonga Advisory Council, which will advise on and oversee the broadcasting migration process. According to the Department of Communications, the 15 members were drawn from 51 nominations submitted by the public. The council to oversee South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been appointed. The country’s analogue signal will be switched off on 1 November 2011, after which South Africans will require either digital-compliant TV sets or converters for their existing sets in order to watch television. After 1 November 2011, the analogue signal will be switched off, and viewers will need a set-top box to convert the digital signal for their analogue television sets. However, digital-compliant television sets, which do not require set-top boxes, will also be available by then.center_img The current period of “dual-illumination”, in which television will be broadcast via both analogue and digital signals, runs until 1 November 2011. The members represent a wide variety of backgrounds, ranging from regulatory, signal distribution, legal, broadcasting, labour, consumer groups and the government. Subsidies for poorer households 25 August 2010 The union took a decision that protection for analogue signals would cease in 2015. Member states were given timelines per region to comply with the decision. Africa forms part of region 1, together with Europe and the Middle East. Matsepe-Casaburri said the advantages of digital broadcasting far outweighed the estimated cost of such a subsidy. These include access to more channels, including focused educational channels, and direct access to new services, such as e-government services. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

MTN to up African music offering

first_img“With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. 23 June 2011 “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Vast catalogue of African music He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. CCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. Growing demand for digital content Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

‘Confidence-building’ Budget welcomed

first_img23 February 2012Business has welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s 2012 Budget, saying it rightly emphasized the need for a collaborative effort from all South Africans in working towards a growing, inclusive, job-rich economy against the backdrop of a weak global economic outlook.Business Unity South Africa (Busa) described the Budget as credible, broadly balanced and confidence-building, saying it was pleased with the central priority the Budget placed on the expanded infrastructure programme.“This initiative should not only aid in building modern infrastructure, but will also reduce poverty, create decent work and expand employment opportunities,” Busa said in a statement on Thursday.Need to be globally competitiveBusa was further pleased with the emphasis on the need for South Africa to be globally competitive, further tax relief for small business and micro-enterprises, and a simplified tax regime for SMMEs.It said the small and emerging business sector had the greatest potential for job creation.“We welcome as business additional allocations of R55.9-billion over the next three years and an additional R9.5-billion for an economic support package.“We also welcome the 43 major infrastructure projects and further detail on how they will be funded. In this vein, we look forward to the infrastructure summit which the President is planning to convene soon,” said Busa.Sars commended for raising R739-billionThe Banking Association of South Africa commended the South African Revenue Service for raising R739-billion under difficult economic conditions. “The national Budget has, for the first time, passed R1-trillion, highlighting the significant expenditure by government,” it said.The association said Gordhan had demonstrated visionary, honest and practical leadership.In his speech, Gordhan commented on the high banking costs in South Africa. The association said that, while increasing competition in the sector was leading to a more efficient sector with lower costs, had to be noted that South Africa had high broadband costs, costs of protecting cash and significant compliance costs.It said it was working with National Treasury in this regard.Dividends tax rate increase ‘a shock’Des Kruger, Director: Tax at Webber Wentzel law firm said that the increase in the dividends tax rate had come as a shock, given that all previous announcements and the law as it stands at present indicated a 10% rate.“The proposed 50% increase in the dividends tax rate to 15% so late in the day will no doubt cause considerable administration burdens on those companies and regulated intermediaries that have to account for the tax,” said Kruger.He added that foreigners owning property in South Africa would be adversely affected by the increase in inclusion capital gains tax (CGT) rates, because non-residents are required to pay CGT on the disposal of any immovable property owned by them in South Africa.However, Kruger did welcome the proposal to allow a deduction for interest incurred on the acquisition of shares to be deductible in certain circumstances.PKF chartered accountants and business advisers was surprised by the unexpected increase in the rate at which the new Dividends Tax was being levied at 15% – when 10% had been anticipated – and the increase in the rate of capital gains tax (CGT) from 10% to 13.3% for individuals, from 14% to 18.6% for companies and from 20% to 26.7% for trusts.‘High-income earners targeted’Eugene du Plessis, director of tax at the company said the Budget had hit the high net worth individual (HNWI) sector.“They are targeting the HNWI with measures that can only affect the wealthy, and by removing legitimate means of reducing their tax burden,” Du Plessis said.“While this is being viewed as ‘a more equitable means of spreading the load’, targeting the high proportion of their income that HNWIs earn from passive investments, in reality it is making South Africa such a high-tax country for the wealthy that there is little incentive for them to live here as opposed to more developed countries.”The coalition of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and the South African Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition (Sangoco) said it welcomed that government spending would be increased to 32% of GDP in 2012/13.State ‘must learn to spend its allocations better’However, the coalition said, it was concerned at the capacity in national departments, provincial governments and local municipalities to spend the allocated amounts in a manner that will boost the industrial capacity of the economy and create decent jobs.The coalition, referred to as the People’s Budget Campaign (PBC), said it was concerned that the Budget deficit would decrease to 3% of GDP by 2014.“The unpredictability of the current economic crisis in Europe will continue to impact our economy negatively,” the PBC said. “It is therefore important for government to avoid decreasing the budget deficit over the MTEF and thus prevent our economy from deteriorating into a second-round recession.“Cutting deficit spending is simply not a sound economic measure given the global economic crisis and the triple crisis we continue to face at home.”While the coalition welcomed the allocation of infrastructure spend to the tune of R3.2-trillion over the three-year period, it said it must be complimented by the need to increase the capacity of the state to appropriately spend the allocated amounts.“We welcome the proposed establishment of the municipal infrastructure support agency that will enhance infrastructure development capacity of the rural municipalities.”The coalition said it rejected the proposed adjustments in tariffs by the minister regarding e-tolling in Gauteng to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.“The PBC rejects the continued reliance on user pay principle in the development of road infrastructure. We do not support e-tolling and call for a reliable, safe, affordable and integrated transport system,” it said, noting the acknowledgement made by Gordhan that the e-tolling system will have a negative impact on the road users in the province and workers in particular.The coalition said it was appalled that some learners were still being taught in mud houses, and demanded the elimination of them in the financial year. The Budget also failed to reduce teacher-learner ratios in the rural and township schools, it said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Late goal sees Bafana top Afcon group

first_img27 January 2013 MidfieldIn the midfield, Dean Furman toiled manfully, while May Mahlangu showed some classy touches, which included a stunning goal. However, they had to endure an up-and-down, roller-coaster ride of a contest before a late goal secured South Africa top spot in Group A of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) and a place in the quarterfinals. Barada took on Khune from range early on. His low, skimming shot was on target, but Khune saved comfortably to his left. Khune then went down, suffering from cramp, drawing out the tension as the Bafana Bafana fans waited anxiously for the final whistle. Confirmation was received that Cape Verde had won. They were guaranteed a quarterfinals place in their first Afcon finals tournament. The Lions of the Atlas had certainly settled sooner than South Africa and were taking the game to the tournament hosts. A short while later Chafni brought Serero down on the edge of the Moroccan box with a tackle that could have earned him a second yellow card. The referee, however, did not reach for his pocket. Phala’s free kick flew disappointingly high over goal. For a while, though, it appeared their dream of Afcon success would end at the final group stage hurdle. Four minutes of stoppage time were added on as the contest hit its 90th minute. Out in the middle of the pitch, Mahlangu lay in pain on the ground. He looked to have pulled a muscle. Kagisho Dikgacoi ran on in his place. Despite being down by a goal after the first half-hour, South Africa were still on course for the quarterfinals as the second place finishers in the group, with the game between Cape Verde and Angola level at nil-nil in Port Elizabeth. A decent attack opened up a shot for Bernard Parker, but it was was deflected and slowed down, allowing the goalkeeper to gather the ball before it crossed the line. A speedy counter-attack from Rantie after Bafana had defended a corner almost opened up the Moroccan defence, but they ultimately conceded a corner, which Bafana failed to make good use of. GoalShortly after that, in the 10th minute, the men in red went a goal up from a corner. Khune missed with an attempt at a punch and central defender Issam El Adoua rose high above Siyabonga Sangweni to header home from very close range. With half-time approaching, Bafana Bafana began to push Morocco back and managed to work their way deep into the North Africans’ territory without finding a testing finish for goalkeeper Nadir Lamyaghri as the Moroccan central defence stood strong, led by Benatia. South Africa, though, looked more composed on the ball than they had earlier been. Morocco were back on top of the standings, South Africa down to second, Cape Verde up to third and Angola down to fourth. Phala then went down in the Moroccan box two minutes later, but there was minimal contact by the defender and he was lucky not to be shown a yellow card after a very delayed reaction to the challenge. Chafni brought down Serero and was booked. Furious, he remonstrated with the Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama. Replays suggested he might have had a case. Phala’s free kick curled just over the South African forwards, but it turned into a difficult save for Lamyaghri, who was forced to turn it around his post. On the back footThe North Africans managed the first shot on goal in the third minute from a corner and a minute later Itumeleng Khune had to react quickly to prevent Youssef El-Arabi from getting onto the end of a ball into the South African area. Khune parried the shot on the edge of the box and then took the ball comfortably when it spun back into the area. Thuso Phala ran hard at the Moroccan defenders throughout the match, while Bernard Parker got through a ton of work. In the end, though, it was an all-round team performance that saw South Africa through to the next stage of the tournament. Rain was falling and plenty of niggling tackles made for a stop, start affair as the referee had to blow for a free kick time after time. Slowly, though, the match found its rhythm Tokelo Rantie turned Mehdi Benatia easily in the eighth minute and powered his way into the area. The defender tugged on his shirt, but didn’t make enough of an impact to award for a penalty to be awarded against Morocco as Rantie went down in the box. SubstitutionFive minutes into the half, coach Gordon Igesund opted to replace Katlego Mphela, who had been very quiet, with Thulani Serero, taking off a target man for a more skilful player. Chafni then beat Dean Furman in the South African box, but Parker darted in to nip the ball away from his feet. At the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Cape Verde took the lead from Angola. They were up to second. What it meant was a goal by Morocco would knock South Africa out of the tournament. Decent shotParker then got away South Africa’s first decent effort from the left, but his aim was slightly off and the ball passed harmlessly across the face of goal. At the back, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune did as much as anyone to keep the hosts in the tournament with a string of excellent saves, while central defender Siyabonga Sangweni turned goal scorer again. Wonderful saveA minute before the break, however, Chafni was put through on goal, forcing Khune to come a good 15 metres out of his box to challenge. Chafni tried to nutmeg the South African net-minder, but Khune dropped onto his knees and onto the ball and then cleared for the sideline. Khune testedChahir Belghazouani almost made it 2-0 to Morocco when Khune spilt his shot, but the ball passed around the outside of Bafana’s left-hand post. El Adoua managed a powerful header, but was wide of the mark. Ominously for the home supporters, South Africa were clearly struggling at set piece time.center_img Angola goalThe tension in the game was clear to see when Anele Ngongcga was yellow carded for a bad tackle and players from both teams converged on the referee. At about the same time, news of a goal to Angola came through. Still, the advantage belonged to the tournament hosts, who owned the tie-breaker, having defeated the Angolans. Phala managed a teasing cross along the ground, but Moroccan goalkeeper Lamyaghri met it at the left hand post as no one from South Africa made a run. Hearts in mouthsThe hearts of the home fans were in their mouths, though, when Sangweni made a mistake at the back and Al Arabi raced through to challenge Khune. The goalkeeper rushed off his line and deflected the striker’s attempt at a chip with a fine effort to keep South Africa in the game. South African fans celebrated while Morocco’s players sat disconsolately on the pitch, their dream over. They had brought a lot to the game, but had come away with nothing in the end. The South Africa team’s nerves were on show early in the contest, but driven on by the home support, they improved as the match progressed and they were eventually rewarded with a hard-earned, entertaining 2-2 draw. Khumalo then needed to make a difficult clearance from a free kick swung into the six-yard box after Thuso Phala had committed a foul out on the Moroccans’ left flank. The home side fought back and Kamel Chafni brought May Mahlangu down as the Sweden-based midfielder made a run deep into the North Africans’ territory. From their first set piece opportunity, South Africa made a right mess of it and Morocco counter-attacked. With 15 minutes remaining, Morocco were forced to adjust their style of play, needing to score another goal to advance. South Africa, though, defended resolutely and the clock ticked down to 10 minutes to play. Good cornerPhala delivered a good corner from the left, but Sangweni, at the far post, was unable to make good contact with the ball and a goal kick resulted. Final whistleFinally the whistle to end the match arrived. Igesund bounced onto the pitch, fists clenched, punching the air. Bafana Bafana were through. The Moroccan goalkeeper then required treatment on an elbow, which underlined Morocco’s tactic of slowing the contest down as 25 minutes to play showed on the clock. Already there had been a few other time wasting incidents and South African skipper Bongani Khumalo drew the ref’s attention to it. On the sideline, Bafana coach Gordon Igesund exhorted his men to get forward and take the game to the Lions of the Atlas. South African goalIn the 71st minute, his team responded. Picking up the ball on the left, just outside the Moroccan box after playing a one-two with Rantie, May Mahlangu curled a beautifully judged shot beyond Lamyaghri into the goalie’s top left hand corner. Mahlangu had little time to react before he was swamped by a sea of yellow and green clad players. The crowd celebrated and the noise level lifted. The goal meant Bafana Bafana were now top of the group again, with Angola up to second and set to also reach the quarterfinals. Morocco were down to third and Cape Verde remained fourth. Morocco led at the break. They had dominated the early going, but Bafana Bafana looked better as the half progressed. A tension-filled second half was on the cards and so it played out. Before play restarted, South African captain Bongani Khumalo pulled his men together in a circle on the pitch, urging them to find a reply to the Moroccans’ goal. Abdelilah Hafidi, who had come on only minutes earlier was shown a yellow card after fouling Serero and then kicking the ball way. South Africa’s push for an equaliser continued, much in the same form as they had pressed before the half-time whistle. Parker picked up a yellow card in the 74th minute, just before Phala floated in another free kick, which forced a diving punch out of the goalkeeper. A short while later, Parker made way for his Kaizer Chiefs’ team-mate Reneilwe Letsholonyane. A free kick in the 52nd minute, from just outside the Moroccan box was taken by Phala, forcing a diving one-handed save from the goalkeeper as the ball headed for Lamyaghri’s top right hand corner. Bafana responded with a shot from Serero, but Lamyaghri got his body behind the ball and dropped down to field it. With just over an hour played, the group standings remained unchanged. If the scores in the two games remained the same, Morocco would top the group with South Africa in second, Angola in third and Cape Verde in fourth. After nine early fouls between the teams, Belghazouani became the first player booked in the 28th minute. LevelWith only four minutes of regulation time remaining, the crowd came back to life as central defender Sangweni netted for a second match in succession. Showing the composure of a good striker, he controlled the ball and then curled a lovely, low shot wide into the goalkeeper’s bottom left hand corner. The South African players rushed to embrace him. Now South Africa topped the group. After a strong team performance in their win over Angola, the expectations of Bafana Bafana’ supporters were high ahead of their last Group A match in Durban on Sunday night. Morocco aheadNews then came through that Cape Verde had leveled in Port Elizabeth. Moments later, South Africa conceded a goal. El Arabi created space on the left and when the ball was cut back deep, Hafidi chested it down and beat Khune to his left to make it Morocco 2, South Africa 1. The crowd went quiet. The Lions of the Atlas looked assured on the ball, having more time to find their own men than they were affording Bafana Bafana when the men in yellow had it. The Bafana Bafana players surrounded Igesund, making a circle, before breaking up to turn to the fans and signal their thanks for their support. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ivy League school joins UCT to fight HIV

first_img6 November 2013 The University of Cape Town has teamed up with US Ivy League school Brown University to develop a new cadre of HIV social scientists who can provide sustainable, interdisciplinary solutions to HIV/Aids in South Africa, where one in six adults has HIV. Around 6.2-million South Africans live with the disease – the world’s largest HIV-positive population. The project, named “Partnership for the Next Generation of HIV Social Science in South Africa”, will see the social sciences playing a greater role in the response to HIV. It will be run in UCT and Brown’s public health schools, and will be funded by the National Institute of Health at a cost of US$1.9-million over five years. The co-principal investigator from UCT is senior researcher Dr Christopher Colvin, an anthropologist in the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research (CIDER) in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine. Colvin’s work integrates social science perspectives into public health research on HIV/Aids, gender, community health workers and health activism. “The social science and public health responses to HIV have both been tremendously important, and many at UCT are at the forefront of this research,” says Colvin. “However, these responses have often developed in parallel, rather than in close collaboration. This grant aims to integrate the social sciences into the core of our public health teaching and research on HIV in the school.” Brown’s participation will be led by South African-born Professor Mark Lurie, who has studied sub-Saharan Africa’s HIV epidemic for more than a decade.Opportunity “The new grant is a wonderful opportunity for Brown to contribute to training the next generation of South African social scientists, whose work is aimed at better understanding and preventing HIV infection in the country with the most severe epidemic,” says Lurie. The partnership will contribute to curricular development, training and professional development through collaborations with HIV-focused social and behavioural scientists at Brown. Outside of the classroom, it will also create opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary and innovative research in HIV social science, particularly at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. Edited version of a story first published in UCT’s Monday Monthly. Published here with kind permission.last_img read more

Ubank gives school shoes to students

first_imgSouth African financial services company Ubank is distributing 3 000 pairs of school shoes to learners from seven schools from the Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo and North West provinces as part of it’s ‘Back to School’ campaign, with the latest recipients being Matlhaleng Secondary School and Kgorathuto High School.Matlhaleng Secondary School is situated in the township of Kanana, outside Klerksdorp in the North West province, and Kgorathuto High School in situated in the township of Botshabelo, out side Bloemfontein in the Free State province.“One of the pillars supporting Ubank’s business strategy is community development – investing in the communities in which we operate, forms a critical part of how we do business and our constant effort has been to help uplift the lives not only of our customers, but also their families,” says Ubank chief executive officer Luthando Vutula.Ubank has prioritised sustainable educational programmes in partnership with various district offices of the Department of Education (Image: Ubank)According to Vutula, Ubank has prioritised sustainable educational programmes in partnership with various district offices of the Department of Education and also assisting schools in improving their facilities.“Every child deserves not just books and good facilities to study, but also proper uniforms and clothing that is protective,” said Vutula. “We focused our efforts on helping out the learners of Matlhaleng Secondary School because this is one of the most challenged schools in the area.“We are extremely pleased that through our efforts the school is being able to overcome at least one of the challenges to ensure an improved learning experience.”The campaign to increase the number of shoes to be raised is ongoing with North WestFM and has to date raised a further 2 000 pairs.ADOPT A SCHOOLAs part of the its ongoing corporate social investment initiatives, Ubank adopted Kgorathuto High School in September 2013, when the bank’s Bloemfontein branch was opened.Thereafter Ubank assisted the school in overcoming their most pressing issues, including the repairing of ceilings in 10 classrooms, maintaining ablution facilities for learners, painting three classrooms and providing school uniforms for 100 learners at the school.“Ubank has always believed in maintaining the relationships that were started, and this was the reason why the team focused on Kgorathuto High School as one of the schools that benefited from our ‘Back to School’ campaign,” said Ubank chief operations officer Bungane Radebe. “Shoes were one of the only elements that we were not able to help the learners with last year, and now we have fulfilled this need as well.”last_img read more

Thousands expected at Zuma’s inauguration

first_img15 May 2014Thousands of people, including current and former heads of state and eminent persons, are expected to attend the inauguration of Jacob Zuma as South African President on Saturday, 24 May, Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane told journalists in Pretoria on Thursday.The inauguration will be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Government expects thousands of people to show up for the ceremony, with 4 500 people to be accommodated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre, including Members of Parliament, current and former heads of state and various eminent persons.Chabane would not be drawn in on which names were on the VIP guest list. “Confirmations of attendance will be provided in due course, as guests are still responding to invitations,” he said.The remaining guests will be accommodated on the Southern Lawns of the Union Buildings, while other members of the public will be able to follow proceedings on live television, radio broadcasts and public viewing areas at 47 sites across the country.On the question of developments in the platinum belt possibly overshadowing the inauguration, Chabane said the government remained hopeful for a solution to the labour dispute, which started 16 weeks ago. “It’s our hope that the role players … will continue to search for a solution to the problem and also that parties conduct themselves in a manner that will encourage peace and stability and avoid intimidation.”In response to another question, Chabane said the cost implications of the inauguration ceremony would be “far less” than those of previous presidential inaugurations.Ahead of the inauguration, the National Assembly will convene its first sitting of the new term next Wednesday, when members of Parliament will be sworn in. This will be followed by the swearing in of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the President of the Republic.By the time the inauguration takes place, the nine provinces will have elected their Premiers and provincial delegates to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), which will have its first sitting on 22 May.Chabane said the government once again thanked the nation for contributing to the success of the 2014 general elections, emphasizing that it would now be “work as usual for the national executive, in terms of the Constitution.“We look forward to the coming milestones being as well-managed as the election process itself, and hope that South Africans will derive new hope, optimism and energy for an even better future.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Doubts expressed on new MH370 “third entity” theory

first_imgDoubts have been expressed by one of the leading experts into the disappearance of MH370 into claims of a “third entity” being responsible for the plane’s fate.Ghyslain Wattrelos, who lost family members, traveling on MH370, has claimed the possibility that a “third entity” could be involved.French authorities continuing with their investigation have suggested new theories to explore. According to an AP story “in particular, the investigators found “inconsistencies” in the Malaysian investigation’s official report, and the presence of “curious” passengers,  whom “we should continue to investigate”.See our comprehensive MH370 coverage“Among them is a Malaysian traveler with a troubling profile: he was seated under the Satcom module, and proved to be an expert in aeronautics, according to Ghyslain Wattrelos and his lawyer,” the AP report said.The French plan to visit Boeing and the FBI, after an earlier trip in September last year was canceled over what is termed after US authorities allegedly opposed the trip.The suggestion is that this third person may have hacked into the satcom unit to disguise the plane’s flight path.Responding to the allegations in the AP story Victor Iannello, one of the most respected independent experts into the disappearance of MH370 said in his blog “it’s not clear what additional information the French investigators expect to obtain while in the US. Boeing has cooperated with the Annex 13 investigation team and is unlikely to provide private French investigators with data that has not already been made public. Meanwhile, the FBI is unlikely to release information on matters related to ongoing or past investigations.”Mr Iannello goes onto say that the mysterious “third entity” referred to by Mr Wattrelos that might be selling software capable of maliciously altering SATCOM data is also unknown, although there are a handful of companies in the US and Canada that supply hardware and software for designing, building, and testing parts of the Inmarsat network.“Independent investigators that are studying this mystery are at an impasse. Although the overwhelming consensus is that MH370 did indeed crash in the Southern Indian Ocean, the considerable efforts of official and private investigators have not succeeded in locating the debris field on the seabed. The data we have, notably the satellite data, is imprecise, so additional data is needed to reconstruct the trajectory of the plane.”Leading oceanographers suggest that the debris field lies just outside the area that has been searched to date.Mr. Iannello adds that “there is always the chance that during Mr. Wattrelos’ visit to the US, some new evidence or insights will be uncovered that help us to better understand the disappearance and to find the plane.”However, he says “more likely, the existence of helpful new information will be found in Malaysia.”Another article published in the L’Essor, which is the unofficial and self-described French journal for the military police says that the investigators of the research section (SR) of the Gendarmerie Air Transport (GTA) are waiting for the green light from US authorities to travel to the United States related to the MH370 case.The article says “the SR of the GTA is responsible for the judicial inquiry, opened in France, on the death of 239 people, including four French, aboard the Boeing 777 which disappeared on March 8, 2014, after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing.”It adds that “the gendarmes work within the framework of an international rogatory commission launched in October 2017 by the French justice. A trip to the United States, scheduled for September, had to be canceled and French investigators are waiting for the green light from the US authorities.”“The investigators want to check overseas if a US company sells software capable of reprogramming or even hacking the Satcom. This system is used by airlines to transmit messages about the state of the aircraft in flight and its communications,” says L’EssorMr. Iannello comments further saying “this story, if true, suggests that the French judiciary system, and in turn the military police that are assigned to the case, are seriously considering whether the Inmarsat data was corrupted by a malicious intrusion into the SATCOM onboard MH370. Considering that the Inmarsat data is consistent with the aircraft crashing in the SIO near the 7th arc and that the timing and location of the recovered parts from the aircraft also suggest that the aircraft crashed in the SIO, to doubt the Inmarsat data implies doubting the veracity of the recovered parts. This is the first time a government investigative body is known to be seriously considering a hack of the SATCOM combined with the planting of debris.”“To say the least, most private investigators believe there are more productive avenues to pursue. However, an honest, competent investigation of any type is to be welcomed, and there is always the chance some new evidence or insights will be uncovered that help us to better understand the disappearance and to find the plane.”last_img read more

Can We DO That?! FMLA Q & A

first_imgAlso known as the Friday and Monday Leave Act, these are just a few names affectionately (not) given to the acronym for the Family and Medical Leave Act. Know some others? Click here to share and I’ll publish them in next month’s newsletter.  So why does the FMLA continue to be so challenging for covered employers? To begin with, just consider the definition of a covered employer. It’s not just simply an employer with 50 or more employees, nor an employer with 50 or more employees for 20 or more weeks.  A covered employer is one that has employed “50 or more employees for each working day during 20 or more calendar work weeks in the current or the preceding calendar year.”  So if an employer met that definition through May 2013 but then had a reduction in force and has employed less than 50 employees since then, that employer would still be an FMLA covered employer through December 31, 2014. On the flip side, when an employer hires its 50th employee it will have at least 20 work weeks to come into compliance with the FMLA, if not more, depending upon when in the calendar year that 50th employee was hired.In the last month I’ve received a number of FMLA-related questions. Since one person asked, I suspect these may resonate for others.Q: Does an employee who is on FMLA for the birth of his or her child have the right to take leave intermittently or is this at the discretion of the employer?A: If the leave is not medically required, such as to care for a child newly born with a disability or adverse medical condition then the employer may require the employee to take the leave all at once.  Section 825.120(b) of the regulations reads in part, “An eligible employee may use intermittent or reduced scheduled leave after the birth to be with a healthy newborn child only if the employer agrees.”Q: If an employee’s FMLA leave starts before the employee is eligible but continues after the employee becomes eligible what portion of the leave, if any, is FMLA covered?A: It may depend upon whether the employee is ineligible when the leave began because of the length of service requirement (total of 12 months) or hours worked requirement (1,250). Section 825.110(b)(3) provides, ” If an employee is maintained on the payroll for any part of the week including any periods of paid or unpaid leave (sick, vacation) during which other benefits or compensation are provided by the employer (e.g., workers’ compensation, group health plan benefits, etc.) the week counts as a week of employment. Section 825.110(d) of the regulations provides, “An employee may be on ‘non-FMLA leave’ at the time he or she meets the eligibility requirements, and in that event, any portion of the leave taken for an FMLA qualifying reason after the employee meets the eligibility requirement would be ‘FMLA leave.’ ”Q: If an employee is taking intermittent FMLA leave that is disruptive to business operations can I temporarily transfer the employee to another position?  If so, do I have to pay the employee the same rate of pay if the temporary position pays less? A: Yes, you may temporarily transfer the employee to another position.  You must also continue to pay the employee his or her regular rate of pay. Q: What if an employee also needs light duty in addition to intermittent or reduced schedule leave, must an employer provide light duty? A: We often see issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which covers employers with 15 or more employees overlap and run concurrent with FMLA issues.  The answer to this question would be “Yes” under the ADA so long as the light duty position was a “reasonable” accommodation. The FMLA regulations provide no express, affirmative obligation on the part of the employer to create or provide a light duty role.  If one is available, however and your employee works the light duty job the time spent working in the light duty job is not counted as part of the employee’s FMLA leave, even thought the employee is technically absent from or not performing his or her regular job.Some other issues addressed by the courts in recent months have included:Can an employer require an employee to submit to a fitness for duty exam before returning to work from FMLA leave? (the answer might surprise you)If an employee is otherwise eligible but does not want an absence to be counted as FMLA covered leave can the employer require the employee to use FMLA leave?If the employer fails to provide the employee with the required Notice of Eligibility and Rights or the Designation notice to what penalties, damages or fines might the employer be subject?  Want the answers to the above and more?  Join FiveL Company’s June 25th webcast, “FMLA In the News: What’s Hot and What’s Not.” Click here for more information. Want to hear more?  Attend related sessions at SHRM’s 2014 Annual Conference & Exposition with me and Eric B. Meyer.last_img read more

3D Interfaces on the Web – Useful or Novelty?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Related Posts 3D interfaces have been around since the Web began – and more than one dot com fell bythe wayside partly because of an over-reaching 3D interface (cough, boo.com). Indeed aswe noted inDecember, virtual shopping malls are still alive and kicking. But is 3D of any use onthe Web, or is it just another cool novelty feature?3D does have some real world use and there are 3D software companies emerging that areproving very profitable. As Glen (comment #4) pointed out in our Decemberpost, 3D has its place in enabling in-depth views of products. In fact a New Zealandcompany is making waves doing just that. RightHemisphere sells Product Graphics Management software, that allows people to viewproducts in either 2D or 3D. This has many uses, from marketing to education to productdocumentation. Also Right Hemisphere technology is used in Adobe Acrobat, for 3Dtechnical documents.Example of Right Hemisphere 3D usage3D is undoubtedly proving useful and popular with Second Life and other virtual worlds. Also Robb(comment #8) in our December post pointed to the MOJI Intelligent Messenger – which features 3Dartificial life forms, within an Instant Messenger that combines AI and computationallinguistics. With game playing or social communications, 3D could prove to be a winningfeature – because if done right it enhances the user experience. 3D photos and photo effects also seems to bea nice value add. The jury is still out on virtualshopping malls though, although they may actually work inside an existing 3D world suchas Second Life. As Emergence Media noted in response to our December post, 3B has built a virtual mall in Second Life –featuring affiliate stores by the likes of Amazon.com, eBay, Old Navy, Delia’s andBarnes & Nobles. 3B was a company that caught my eyeat the Web 2.0 Summit last November. At that time it was promoting its use as a socialnetworking tool, which is kind of what Second Life is anyway.What about other practical uses of 3D, such as 3DDigg (which just makes me dizzy) or in search, as noted today by Google Blogoscoped.Web statistics software VisitorVille 3D is another one. While allof these are undoubtedly cool, it’s questionable whether they add much in the way ofpractical value. Having said that, Microsoft is exploring 3D interfaces as itsnext generation of search. In November, I had a chat with Microsoft executives SteveBerkowitz and Christopher Payne about their new 3Dversion of Virtual Earth. As I noted then,Microsoft is positioning Virtual Earth as “the beginning of the 3D Web” – a quote fromSteve Lawler (General Manager, Virtual Earth Business Unit) during the launch of VirtualEarth.ConclusionSo all in all, right now 3D interfaces seem best suited to virtual worlds like SecondLife – and things that complement that (like 3B’s shopping inside SL). But 3D undoubtedlyhas its uses in product management, as Right Hemisphere is proving. Also I think 3D hasits place as a value add for communications and photos. Where 3D is not quite ready forprime time is with general browsing things like search, shopping on the Web, and serviceslike Digg. I have a feeling the time will come when those things are commonplace, butcould be a few more years yet. What do you think? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Apps Premier Edition Launches – One Small Step Towards Google Office

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web#Web Office The big news tonight is that Google has released a premier edition of its Google Apps package (previously known as Google Apps For Your Domain). I’ve been following the Web Office trend for a long time and, like everyone, have been particularly obsessed with Google’s gradual progression towards a Web Office suite. Tonight is another step towards fully challenging Microsoft Office, but there is still a ways to go. More on that in a minute, but first a quick overview of what’s in Google Apps Premier.The new ‘suite’ includes the existing Google Apps tools – Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Page Creator and Start Page. New to the package is Google Docs & Spreadsheets, a significant edition considering that word processing and spreadsheets are mainstays of Microsoft Office. A comparison between the free edition and premier is here. Also new of note is APIs “to integrate with your existing infrastructure” and ability to integrate with 3rd party applications and services. ‘Best of breed’ web apps is another theme we obsess over here at Read/WriteWeb – so APIs and 3rd party features will go a long way towards making Google Office an attraction for external developers and startups. Google wants to be the center of the Web Office ecosystem, a very wise strategy.CNET has a good summary of the other changes:“The new Google Apps Premier Edition costs $50 per user account a year. It includes around-the-clock telephone support, and 10GB of storage per user compared with 2GB. The new edition also includes a guarantee of 99.9 percent uptime for Gmail and application programming interfaces that businesses can use to migrate data, enable single sign-on and do other integration. A free version targeted at educational institutions, Google Apps Education Edition, offers the same features as the premier edition except for the storage size. There is also Google Apps Standard Edition, which is free, but lacks the features of the premier edition.”Over at Techcrunch, Marshall Kirkpatrick waxes philosophical (for some reason I had Orson Welles’ voice in my head as I read the following):“Beyond competition and concerns, tonight is a good time to recognize the incredible force of innovation that Google is as well. Its nearly full-service suite of sophisticated, integrated online services is something of historic proportion. Google‚Äôs technological brilliance is only beginning to be recognized. What do I mean by that? I mean that with its powerful algorithms to analyze and contextualize information, combined with its growing catalogue of information to analyze – Google is an epoch defining company. Send the world‚Äôs business communication through Google and the machine gets a whole lot smarter.”For now, I’m a bit more cautious about this news. I see it more as just another step for Google towards a full Office suite. There’s still no presentations app, CRM…. or JotSpot for that matter! Google Apps is still a fairly loose package of web-based office apps, not as integrated as it could be yet. The strength of a Web Office suite is collaboration and other web native functionality – whereas desktop office suites have much more sophisticated functionality. There’s also the small matter of offline functionality (which is starting to appear in web apps, but slowly) and whether businesses want to host their office with an external party like Google.But the gap is definitely closing, no doubt about it, between Google and Microsoft in office software. I’m waiting with interest on Google’s next step – which I’m guessing will involve more integration between their apps, a la something like Basecamp or Central Desktop. I’m also waiting to see some of the new web native features that JotSpot (a Google acquisition last year) had, plus of course missing apps like presentations.Previous R/WW Web Office/Google coverageGoogle Office: Image GalleryHow Google’s Gmail / Docs & Spreadsheets Integration Directly Targets MicrosoftMicrosoft vs Google Heats Uplast_img read more

Facebook Lexicon Launches – Google Trends for Facebook

first_imgRelated Posts …and a comparable trend map from Google Trends: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Facebook has just launched a neat new trend mapping tool, called Lexicon. Similar to Google Trends, it allows you to create a trend graph for different words and (two-word) phrases on Facebook Walls. It has a surprisingly slick UI too, with the scroll bar enabling you to zoom in and out to get different views of the trend line. You can compare up to 5 different trends by separating words/phrases with a comma. Although Lexicon compares favorably to Google Trends, it has some flaws. In our tests it had trouble with low frequency words (like “semantic”) and also it choked on “web 2.0” (“Invalid term: web 2.0. Check that each term is a single word or two-word phrase, and that each term uses only alphanumeric characters”). Also, to compare apples to apples, Google Trends has a wider range of data – including breakdowns by region, city and language.Here is an example of Lexicon:center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market richard macmanus In announcing this new service, Facebook was careful to emphasize that no privacy violations have occured:“We have a cluster of computers that count the number of occurrences of every term (for example, “juno”) across profile, group and event Walls every day. The system strips out all personally identifiable information so that there is no way to track a mention back to a specific person. No human at Facebook ever reads these Wall posts, and Lexicon does not look at personal messages, invitations, or any other private user-to-user communications.”Overall, it’s good to see Facebook mining some of the vast data that they have – but not stepping on sensitive privacy toes while doing so.last_img read more

Semantic Web Gang: Wikipedia for Data

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Podcasts#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts This month’s Semantic Web Gang podcast, syndicated on ReadWriteTalk and featuring RWW’s Alex Iskold, is up now. The main topic is Bret Taylor’s idea of a Wikipedia for Data, which RWW covered here. The gang (which btw is like a quieter and more polite version of the Gillmor Gang!) looks at the role that semantic technologies should play in connecting diverse pieces of data together within and between organisations. The discussion also explores the possibility of a disconnect between academic and commercial Semantic Web.The regular members are joined by special guest Georgi Kobilarov from the Free University of Berlin. This podcast was recorded just before the recent World Wide Web Conference in Beijing.For more information, please view the show notes.Note: Bret is also the founder of FriendFeed and was interviewed with his co-founder on ReadWriteTalk.  Standard Podcast [46:18m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Downloadcenter_img richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Flash 10 for Mobile Devices

first_imgAdobe and ARM today announced that they are joining forces to bring Adobe Flash Player 10 and Adobe AIR to ARM powered devices in a move that Adobe hopes will lower power consumption for mobile devices running Flash and AIR content, and make it easier for users to play video on a variety of devices.According to the statement, the partnership stems from the Open Screen Project, Adobe’s industry-wide initiative set to address challenges of Web browsing on a broad range of screens.The joint technology will target the ARMv6 and ARMv7 architectures used in ARM11 processors as well as the upcoming Cortex-A series processors.ARM believes that the resulting technology will run on “billions of devices from our partners, such as pocket-sized mobile devices, mobile computing platforms, set-top boxes, digital TVs and automotive infotainment,” said vice president of marketing, Ian Drew in the statement. “The combination of Adobe Flash and ARM’s low-power processor IP and Mali GPU will ensure a fantastic Internet experience for consumers on the world’s leading 32-bit architecture.”Getting Flash on mobiles in an efficient manner has been a goal of Adobe for some time. The majority of mobile phones that can use Flash at the moment use Flash Lite, the cut down version of the technology, and one that is limited in what it can play. Although the technology is not expected to be available until the second half of 2009, Adobe will demonstrate Flash Player 10 during the Adobe MAX developer conference this week in San Francisco. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting lidija davis A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#Adobe#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

Kevin Rose Apologizes for Sexist Joke on Diggnation

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web Digg founder Kevin Rose issued an apology this morning for statements he made on the latest edition of his video podcast Diggnation. Just after the 4 minute mark in the show Rose and co-host Alex Albrecht were making jokes about men getting into physical fights with women and Rose made a statement that a particular act of violence was appropriate as an act of retribution in some circumstances.An excerpted transcript and the text of Rose’s apology sent to us by email when we inquired this morning are below.Rose said the following on Diggnation:“there is only one time you can strike [a woman -] if she kicks you in the balls, you have the ability and the right, to punch her in the teat – it’s just like that – it’s kinda like tit for tat [Albrecht talks then Kevin again] It hurts them, it does too – or take a scissors to the teat” (Kevin makes cutting action with hand)The part of the statement about cutting was offensive, juvenile and inappropriate, even in jest. It’s sadistic and the double standard that society applies should be clear: if a woman went on Diggnation and talked about how it’s ok to cut men’s genitals with scissors that would be a very big deal to a lot of people. It was also ironic given that Digg and Rose in particular had banned a number of Digg users last month for making offensive, sexist comments on a Digg post about an article in FastCompany by Saabira Chaudhuri about women in technology.Rose sent the following reply this morning in response to our inquiry about the incident.“I’d like to apologize for some comments I made in the latest episode of Diggnation, which came off as insensitive on the topic of violence towards women. Alex and I have always viewed Diggnation as an outlet to push the limits in a comedic fashion. Obviously, violence against women is serious and something we don’t advocate in any way.”Why It’s Not OK to Say Things Like ThisWe’re glad Rose has publicly apologized for the inappropriate statement and hope that he’ll act as a good role model for the many young people who watch his show. Violence against women is endemic around the world and the kind of violence that Rose joked about goes beyond self-defense and enters into the realm of all-too-real tragedy for many people. Pop-culture humor making light of such violence contributes to a cultural climate in which some people mistakenly consider this type or related behavior acceptable. No one is perfect but when some lines are crossed it’s important to discuss why such statements are inappropriate. We hope that Rose and Digg can continue working to make Digg, and the increasingly large part of the world that it influences, a better place. Anyone who reads the comments on the site regularly knows that both Digg and the world we live in have a long way to go. Censorship isn’t necessarily the answer, but discussion, apologies when needed and not saying stupid things in the first place are probably big parts the best solution. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Asset Protection Veteran Mike Limauro Joins Alchemy

first_imgAlchemy Systems has announced that retail industry veteran Mike Limauro has joined the company as vice president of asset protection, risk and safety programs. Limauro will work closely with Alchemy clients around the world as they evaluate and enhance their own safety and asset protection programs.“Mike has a great track record at leading retailers in combining creative thinking and new technologies to drive profit expansion and improve safety programs,” said Jeff Eastman, CEO of Alchemy Systems. “Mike has been directing loss prevention programs for more than 20 years at grocery chains, big box retailers, and upscale department stores and will be instrumental in assisting our retail clients to take their asset protection and risk management programs to the next level.”“Having been a client for many years, I’ve seen first-hand how Alchemy solutions can improve customer service, raise employee engagement scores, and drive profitability,” said Limauro.- Sponsor – Prior to Alchemy, Limauro was vice president of asset protection at Weis Markets, where he was responsible for loss prevention, safety, risk management, insurance, food safety and quality control. He has also held senior loss prevention leadership positions at Kmart and SuperValu. He is on the board of directors for the Loss Prevention Foundation and the editorial board for Innovative Retail Technologies magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

LNL Systems Receives National Recognition as Motorola’s Number One Two-Way Radio Partner

first_imgLNL Systems recently announced its status as Motorola’s top two-way radio partner for 2016. The Motorola partnership has allowed LNL Systems to expand their product portfolio, reportedly offering customers a set of powerful and innovative communications solutions.Key FactsIn 2016, LNL Systems sold more business class two-way radios than any other Motorola reseller.LNL has been a Motorola partner for over eight years, focused on the retail industry.LNL has developed a retail Internet of Things (IoT) platform that integrates seamlessly with the Motorola business class radios.Mark Barnes, chief executive officer of LNL, is thrilled about the opportunity to integrate two-way radio technology with LNL’s IoT platform, “We are excited about the long-term relationship between LNL Systems and Motorola. Motorola is a leader in the industry and continues to develop innovative products enabling our retail customers to be more productive and efficient. By integrating the two-way radios with our SmartHub platform, store associates can now be alerted when a customer needs assistance, resulting in a better customer experience and increased conversion.”“Recognized around the world for their expertise, Motorola is known for their success in delivering innovative solutions to help their customers make critical decisions, allowing companies to streamline their processes and improve overall results.”- Sponsor – Eric Kriete, director of sales and marketing at MEI (Motorola market development distributor), believes there are several key factors involved when it comes to being recognized in this space, “LNL Systems continues to grow the market for two-way radios based on their knowledge of Motorola products and superb customer service. They have the ability to handle large deployments and service the products after the sale which is critical for large, national accounts.”This recognition spans North America and Canada. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Erik Buttlar Promoted to Vice President of Asset Protection at Best Buy

first_imgErik Buttlar has been promoted to vice president of asset protection at Best Buy. Buttlar began his career with Best Buy since 1990, serving as a store manager and regional media manager before becoming a director supporting merchandising, inventory, and loss prevention in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. In 2007, he was promoted to senior director of asset protection, a position he held up to his most recent promotion to vice president of asset protection.Buttlar is a strong supporter of the loss prevention/asset protection community and currently serves on the editorial board for LP Magazine.Congratulations Erik!- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Solutions Snapshot: PPS – Product Protection Solutions

first_imgSolution providers offer a wide spectrum of mission-critical products and services designed to help meet the rising demands of the asset protection function and the retail business in general. We use these resources to increase efficiencies, improve performance, enhance productivity, support safety, lower costs, and discourage theft.By the same respect, our vendors can offer much more than simply providing mission-critical products and services. They have become an extension of our team and partners in the success of our department, our program and our company. They work with us to find solutions to both the simple and complex challenges we face on a daily basis. These relationships have become an essential factor in the success of today’s loss prevention programs, and it is more important than ever that we effectively manage all aspects of our vendor relationships—from selecting the right vendor to achieving optimal results that best meet our business objectives.Product Protection Solutions (PPS), a veteran and family-owned solution provider, provides both consultative services and physical loss prevention technologies to support customer needs in the application of AM, RF, and RFID technologies throughout the loss prevention, electronic article surveillance, and supply chain arenas. With more than 60 years of combined EAS, Logistics and Finance experience, PPS is a formidable ally to have. By offering effective solutions that address a wide range of loss prevention measures from multi-purpose to individual custom applications, PPS is focused on enabling retailers to keep more of what matters, creating a better shopping experience for customers, and driving overall profitability through increased sales and reduced loss.- Sponsor – True partnership requires a commitment beyond simply selling products. Ultimately, a true solution provider must evolve throughout the relationship with their clients, striving to better understand an organization’s specific needs, wants, and requirements. By sharing this vision, PPS is poised to better support the culture of the organization, current business needs, and future business trends as the loss prevention landscape changes.With the introduction of the Keepsafe™ series, PPS continues to demonstrate its focus on deploying enhanced security products. The Keepsafe™ series has demonstrated reduced shrinkage against both amateur and professional shoplifters targeting retail spaces by maintaining its security where other standard and super applications have failed. Keepsafe™ products include:Hard Tags and Detachers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Tags provide high-level theft protection for everything from delicate intimates to durable sporting goods. While beneficial for use in any traditional hard tags application, the Keepsafe™ Hard Tags are especially effective where standard or super locks are being defeated or removed, and are available in AM, RF, and RFID technologies. H-Tags are only detachable using the Keepsafe ™ H-Tag Detacher and cannot be removed with traditional standard or super detachers.Beverage Protection: The PPS Keepsafe™ Beverage Protection is the ideal solution for protecting bottled beverages and other similar bottled items. The multi-purpose Protection are available as collar tags, caps and full bottle coverage. The reusable Beverage Protection allow for full product visibility, while providing the highest level of anti-theft protection.Safers: The PPS Keepsafe™ Safers provide high-level theft protection for everything from health and beauty aids to razors and small electronics. The reusable safers house products in a transparent case, allowing retailers to openly showcase products while reducing shrinkage from theft. PPS has also developed a micro-safer series that is ideal for small cosmetics that typically cannot be effectively protected. PPS Keepsafe™ Safers are made with the highest quality of polycarbonate which makes them highly resistant to scratching and discoloration unlike traditional safers, keepers and vaults currently on the market.Alarm Series: The PPS Keepsafe™ Alarm Series is designed to provide additional layers of security for high-shrink, not easily protected products that require more than the traditional application of safers and tags. Each device integrates with existing RF or AM EAS systems and provides 1, 2, or 3-alarm protection. The Alarm Series offers the added benefit of knowing when and where someone is attempting to defeat your security solutions and steal your products.Specialty Tags and Devices: PPS offers a full range of tags and labels in AM, RF, and RFID. PPS also offers an RF Field Tester that can be used to evaluate non-alarming RF deactivator pads and antennas. PPS is focused on providing solutions that specifically address our partners pain points. Whether this requires modification of an existing solution, or development of a new one, PPS is committed to Protecting Products, Preventing Loss, and Securing your Bottom Line.The global reach of the retail world drives us to stay current in all aspects of the business. It takes a diverse and collective effort to accomplish our goals and objectives, expanding our knowledge and our resources when necessary in order to accomplish critical tasks and improve results. We must carry the ability to continually upgrade our knowledge and skill sets, building a professional plan that drives us forward to meet the changing needs of our current position—and the one after that.We encourage you to take the steps to learn more about our solution provider partners and improve your awareness regarding the products and services available to support the loss prevention industry. The time spent reviewing these brief summaries can add new perspective to the products and services that help shape our industry, and long-term value to your career development.For more information on our industry solution providers, visit LP Magazine’s Business Directory. 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