Fair policy reform delivers funding for community infrastructure

first_imgFair policy reform delivers funding for community infrastructure McGowan Government responds to concerns and delivers a contemporary policy with new planning guidelines for community infrastructure funding with policy officially gazetted today Reform delivers a consistent, fair system for development sector and local government New policy offers greater transparency on costs, timing and delivery A long-standing mechanism for funding community infrastructure has been updated to bring more consistency, transparency and fairness to the system.Financial contributions from developers is one of the ways local governments fund new roads, paths and cycleways; water supply, sewerage and drainage connections; parks, open spaces, and community facilities for new and existing communities.State Planning Policy 3.6 – Infrastructure Contributions requires development contribution plans that detail how and when such infrastructure is costed and delivered.Following extensive consultation with the development sector and local government, the McGowan Government has made changes to the policy to address concerns with a lack of consistency and transparency in the system.The policy changes include:Clarifying what is considered community infrastructure, and what can be included in a development contribution plan; Requiring a development contribution plan to be advertised concurrently with, or within six months of, structure plan approval; Providing greater transparency of estimated costs through a detailed expenditure report – detailing priority and timing for the delivery of local amenities – which will be advertised for public consultation with a proposed development contribution plan; Publication of an annual report by local governments outlining delivery of community infrastructure against approved development contribution plans; Introducing a three-year transition period to amend existing development contribution plans without a nominated lifespan or review period to address priorities for the delivery of community infrastructure. The new policy also introduces a cap on contributions for community infrastructure – a maximum of $5,000 per dwelling – to limit any impacts on housing affordability.Subject to further consultation with industry and local government, and amendments to the Planning and Development (Local Planning Scheme) Regulations 2015, a right of independent review for developers will also be introduced via the State Administrative Tribunal.The policy is available online at https://www.dplh.wa.gov.au/spp3-6 As stated by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti:“Western Australians want access to good quality community facilities and local amenities in their local neighbourhoods.“Whether that’s a park around the corner with a playground for the kids to visit after school and a place to exercise the dogs, good cycle paths or a recreation centre, we want to ensure these facilities are considered when the community is being planned.“This policy establishes a fairer, more consistent and transparent approach to how community infrastructure is funded, providing clear guidance to both the development sector and local government on their roles and responsibilities.“We also want greater accountability and transparency about these funds.“The development contribution scheme gives local government a significant revenue stream from landowners – it’s only right that there is greater transparency and accountability.“Building new communities is a shared responsibility between the private sector, State and local government and these reforms go some way to deliver better outcomes.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordability, Australia, building, community, exercise, Government, housing affordability, industry, infrastructure, Minister, outcomes, planning, public consultation, quality, revenue, Western Australialast_img read more

Seven-Year-Old Among 13 Killed in Weekend Shootings in Chicago

first_imgThe 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the head while standing on the sidewalk at her grandmother’s house during a Fourth of July party around 7 p.m. in the Austin neighborhood, police said. Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting where a 7-year-old girl and a man were fatally shot in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. At least a dozen people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Scores of people were shot and wounded. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP) The mayor added: “As a city, we must wrap our arms around our youth so they understand there’s a future for them that isn’t wrapped up in gun violence.” Suspects got out of a car and began shooting, police said. No one has been arrested. CHICAGO (AP) – At least 13 people, including a 7-year-old girl at a family party and a teenage boy, were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. At least 59 others were shot and wounded. A 32-year-old man was injured in the shooting and was in fair condition. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing police, said that seven of those injured in shootings were minors. Four others were injured; one was in critical condition and the other three were in fair condition, Ahern said. The four attackers fled the scene. No one was arrested. “Tonight, a 7-year-old girl in Austin joined a list of teenagers and children whose hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Twitter late Saturday. At least 59 others shot and wounded In response to violence that has occurred since Memorial Day weekend, police said they would have 1,200 extra officers on the streets for this holiday weekend. Chicago police officers investigate the scene of a deadly shooting where a 7-year-old girl and a man were fatally shot in Chicago on Sunday, July 5, 2020. At least a dozen people were killed in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, police said. Scores of people were shot and wounded. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP) The shootings this weekend that killed young people followed tragedy the weekend before when victims included a 1-year-old boy riding in a car with his mother and a 10-year-old girl who was inside her home when a bullet fired a block away pierced a window and struck her in the head as she sat on a couch. In one shooting, just before midnight Saturday, four males opened fire on a large gathering in the street in the Englewood neighborhood, police spokesman Tom Ahern said. Two males died at the scene and two more, including a 14-year-old boy, died at a hospital, Ahern said. All contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Four pediatricians leave Franklin County, blame Medicaid

first_imgby Erin Mansfield vtdigger.org(link is external) Four pediatricians say they’re packing up and leaving Franklin County because the Medicaid programs that insure about half of the community’s children aren’t paying them enough. Two of the doctors work in St Albans for Franklin County Pediatrics, which will close down completely. Another is leaving Mousetrap Pediatrics in St Albans, and the fourth left Mousetrap earlier in the year and hasn’t been replaced. The American Academy of Pediatrics of Vermont, which is loosely affiliated with the American Medical Association, says that will leave the parents of 6,000 children “scrambling for primary health care” among the northern Vermont county’s seven remaining pediatricians.“Everybody’s going to work together and try to make sure that these kids get the care that they need when they need it,” said Dr. Barbara Frankowski, the president of the Vermont chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.At her day job, Frankowski works as a pediatrician at the UVM Children’s Hospital in Burlington. The hospital has the same financial structure as the UVM Medical Center, and her pay is shielded from reimbursement rate changes.She said practices in her area would gladly take Franklin County patients, but she said driving south from St. Albans to Burlington is not a realistic solution because some families can’t afford transportation and others may find it difficult to drive down with crying, sick kids in the car.Most children in Franklin County use Medicaid, the combination state and federal program that historically reimburses doctors and hospitals at a lower rate than the federal Medicare program, which itself reimburses at a lower rate than private insurance companies do.About 70,000 children in Vermont are on some type of Medicaid, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access. Nearly 63,000 of those kids qualify for Medicaid because their parents have low incomes.When the Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid to more lower-middle income people, the law also bumped up reimbursement rates, largely to family doctors and pediatricians who serve many enrollees. The higher rates lasted from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014 and have not gone back up in Vermont.Dr. John DiMichele, who works at Mousetrap Pediatrics in St. Albans is leaving to take a job in North Carolina, owned by an out-of-state hospital system, where he will be an employee with a salary instead of a part-owner whose income is based on reimbursements.“I’ve worked in Mousetrap for 16 years,” DiMichele said. I know my families very very well. I actually enjoy what I do. It’s actually a very very difficult decision to make.”At Mousetrap, 69 percent of DiMichele’s patients in Vermont paid with Medicaid, and he said his income went down about 40 percent this year when reimbursements went down under the Affordable Care Act. The bills stayed the same, he said.“I think had the Legislature maintained level funding over the past couple years, we wouldn’t be having this discussion,” DiMichele said. “It’s that simple.”Dr. Kristen Connolly, who will leave when Franklin County Pediatrics closes, wrote her concerns a letter to Al Gobeille, the chair of Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates hospital budgets and spearheads health care reform.“I firmly believe that action needs to be taken, and soon, or this trend will continue throughout the state,” the letter said. She asked the board, Gov. Peter Shumlin, and the Legislature to figure out how to reverse the 20-percent rate cut to Medicaid reimbursements.Gobeille said in an interview that the Shumlin administration tried to keep Medicaid reimbursement rates steady with a 0.7-percent payroll tax, but that failed in the 2015 legislative session. He said the Green Mountain Care Board should do an entire “rate review” for Medicaid in the near future.Allan Ramsay, a family doctor who sits on the Green Mountain Care Board, said reimbursement rates for primary care are one of the things that keep him up at night, but there is no data saying doctors are leaving the whole state.“This issue of pediatricians leaving because of a payment model that is not working for them—we don’t want that to be a harbinger of health care reform in the future, in any way,” Ramsay said. “We can’t let that happen.”last_img read more

New Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon for newbies and experienced triathletes…

first_img Related USA Triathlon (USAT) has unveiled plans for what is being billed as ‘the world’s first entirely online swim, bike and run event’, the Time to Tri Virtual Triathlon, which will run from Friday, November 1, through Sunday, December 1.The online challenge, housed at virtual-tri.com from November 1, gives aspiring triathletes the chance to experience the sport for the first time in an approachable format. At the same time, it offers experienced multisport athletes a virtual racing and training opportunity.Registration is free, and participants who add-on a US$35 donation to the USA Triathlon Foundation will receive a Virtual Triathlon T-shirt and finisher’s medal.All finishers, regardless of whether they select the USA Triathlon Foundation upgrade, will receive a US$20 gift card to roka.com upon completion of the challenge.Registration is currently open at virtual-tri.com. Athletes can sign up prior to the start of the challenge or at any point during the four-week period.The event is a component of Time to Tri, an industry-wide initiative within the triathlon industry to grow the sport by proactively recruiting and supporting athletes as they train for and complete their first race. The three-year initiative, a strategic joint effort between USA Triathlon and IRONMAN, was unveiled in early 2018.“In order to grow our triathlon community, we need to meet prospective triathletes at the very start of their journey and make their introduction to the sport as seamless as possible,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “The virtual triathlon does exactly that – enabling participants to swim, bike and run on their own time and in whatever format works best for them. If we can create a positive first experience, we know we will inspire many athletes to sign up for a local race as the next step.”During the four-week-long event, participants will be challenged to complete the swim, bike and run distances for a sprint- or Olympic-distance triathlon. Athletes can complete all three disciplines on the same day, or complete one discipline at a time over the course of several days or weeks.Swim, bike and run workouts can be synced to the platform automatically via most GPS-enabled workout devices, smartphone apps and smartwatches – including Garmin, Apple Watch, FitBit, Misfit, Polar, Strava, Suunto, Google Fit, RunKeeper, Apple Health and MapMyFitness. Manual uploads are also permitted.First-time triathletes are encouraged to complete the sprint-distance triathlon, which is focused on participation rather than competition and consists of a 500m swim, 12.5 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. The Olympic-distance event consists of a 1,500m swim, 25 mile bike and 6.2 mile run, and will feature live leaderboards and rankings of participants nationwide throughout the month.The Olympic-distance event will also include a club competition, with scoring based on total distance completed. Athletes will be able to sign up under their club’s name upon registration.Athletes can upload workouts to the platform, powered by FitRankings, at any time over the four weeks. Participants will be listed as finishers as long as they complete their selected race distance by the end of the challenge on December 1. Workouts may be completed outdoors or indoors: pool swims, spin bikes and stationary bikes, bike trainers and treadmills are all acceptable.“FitRankings strives to be a leader in virtual racing technology, and we are excited to partner with USA Triathlon to create new virtual racing opportunities for USA Triathlon members and the larger triathlon community,” said Patrick Hitchins, CEO and Founder of FitRankings.“We know the triathlon community is on the cutting edge of technology using many different wearables and apps to train and race, so this partnership is a natural fit.”teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/Virtual-Triathlonwww.usatriathlonfoundation.orglast_img read more

City council election in Roeland Park features 3 contested races

first_imgFour of the eight seats on the Roeland Park city council are up for election in November. Three of them have drawn contested elections. Here’s a look at the candidates.Ward 2Leonard Tocco and Benjamin Dickens are vying for the Ward 2 seat. Tim Janssen, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.A resident of Roeland Park for six years, Dickens is in his first run for public office. If elected, he plans to push for business development and economic growth.“For the past six years, I’ve heard people in leadership say that they want to bring in new business, developers and entrepreneurs, but I haven’t seen any activity on that,” Dickens said. “So after six years, I’ve decided there are newer people on council that I know are like-minded, and with my help I think we could actually push that forward instead of just talking about it for another six years.”He also hopes new businesses can provide relief for residents on fixed incomes because they will provide an increase in sales tax revenues.Dickens has worked in human resources since 2006, focusing mostly on employee relations. He lives with his partner of 12 years.A lifelong resident of Roeland Park, Tocco is making his second run for council; he ran two years ago. If elected, he wants to prioritize building community in the city, noting the city has already been recognized for being “a city for all.” He wants to continue that.“Being a lifelong resident, I’ve seen the changes that the city has gone through,” Tocco said. “I truly have a lifelong commitment to the city. The city has always been important to me, and I honestly feel that building a community where every resident is valued is truly important.”He also wants to strive for government transparency, a pragmatic approach to public service and a culture of allowing all voices to be heard.Tocco works in cybersecurity for a local utility company. He lives with his wife, Julie Tocco.Ward 3In Ward 3, political newcomers Trisha Brauer and Galen Hansen are both in their first run for council. Erin Thompson, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.In her first run for council, Brauer’s main priority is the development of quality businesses in the city, especially as a small business owner. A 15-year resident of Roeland Park, Brauer left the marketing world to start her own business in 2010 as a benefit auctioneer.“We have a lot of resources available that I don’t feel like we’re capitalizing on quite well,” Brauer said. “And I feel that our community could really benefit from drawing and attracting in small businesses. As a small business owner, that is something that’s always been very important to me, and the timing was right in my life to be able to run for city council.”Brauer lives with her husband, Hayden Brauer, and their two dogs, Herky and Mark.If elected, Hansen said he plans to bring to the council his experiences from a 30-year career in finance and accounting. He thinks the council needs to improve on accountability to residents.“I don’t think that the city council, especially in the last two years, acts as though they are representing the people,” Hansen said. “It’s more kind of a rulership, the governing body, they don’t seem to listen to the people. And I want to try to help to instill an attitude that we’re all basically shareholders, similar to how people would be shareholders in a company.”He also wants to see the city be more open in communication and use financial resources “wisely.” He lives near R Park and said he’s especially concerned with those recent changes, as well as the process with the Roe 2020 project.Hansen has been a Roeland Park resident for nearly two decades.Ward 4Political newcomers A.J. Cameron and Michael Rebne are vying for the Ward 4 seat on the city council. Michael Poppa, who currently fills the seat, is not running for re-election.A resident of Roeland Park since 1986, Cameron has a professional background in sales. He said a friend encouraged him to seek public office. He especially wants to focus on addressing personal property taxes, possibly reducing the mill levy and ensuring the tax burden does not rely so heavily on property owners.“The system seems to cook in an increase, and I’m concerned because some people are wanting to take out a $1.5 million to $2 million loan when we have some money,” Cameron said. “I figure somewhere down the road, there’s going to be a correction or worse in the economy, and I don’t want to see personal property owners saddled with expenditures that they have to pay on and then the city has to raise even higher taxes on the mill levy.“I don’t think people are being represented. I think they’re expected to pick up whatever the city council wants to spend money.”Cameron said the recession in 2008 brought this issue to his attention.A public school teacher for 15 years in Kansas City on both sides of the border, Rebne also has a background in business finance. He said he’s always appreciated the quality of city services and the city’s investment in parks, green space, public artwork and the outdoor aquatic center and community center.“I just feel like Roeland Park has a real strong core sense of equality and justice as well,” Rebne said. “I wanted to run to both continue the investment in those great city services that we have here and also make sure that we continue to build on the progress we’ve made in passing and supporting things like the nondiscrimination ordinance within our city limits.”Rebne said he wants to continue the tradition of providing city services “thoughtfully and responsibly,” especially considering the future of the city.Rebne has lived in Roeland Park for about a decade with his wife, Kristi Meyer, their two children, and their cat, Cheetah.last_img read more

Nome Harbor Maintenance Dredging on the Table

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, is planning to conduct a two-year maintenance dredging project in Nome Harbor.Under the proposed project, the selected contractor will be responsible for pre- and post-dredge surveys, annual maintenance dredging, and near shore placement of the dredged material.According to the Corps, the initial proposal for the 2018-2020 Nome Harbor Maintenance Dredging project calls for the removal of 4,000 cubic yards (CY) of sediment from the inner entrance channel where depths vary from -22 feet mean lower low water (MLLW) to -10 feet MLLW.USACE also reported that options for dredging an estimated 10,000 CY in the outer entrance channel (-22 feet MLLW), 15,000 CY in the sediment trap (-22 feet MLLW), and 5,000 CY in the harbor basin (-10 feet MLLW) may be included in the bid.The work period for the 2019 and 2020 dredging works will be early May to late July, depending on the “ice out” conditions.The estimated award date of this contract is 4 December 2017.[mappress mapid=”23959″]last_img read more


first_img‘CONSULTAS’ are a Donegal based company who specialise in financial services. In this week’s feature Niall Kavanagh and Tom McDonagh have given another fascinating insight into the word of economics, this time focusing on the implications on over borrowing and investing in property during the boom years.Below, Niall and Tom disregard the confusing terminology used in the world of finance into lay-man’s terms in order for us to all understand the current economic and banking situation in Ireland. All the talk over the last 7 to 8 years has been focused on private dwelling mortgages with little or no mention of any investments in property or businesses, which has been funded by way of bank borrowings.In times of financial crisis it is important to concentrate on the most important assets and prioritise your family home, which is a necessity rather than a luxury.That said, very little has been achieved over the last 5 years to sort out family home debt with over a 100,000 mortgages still in arrears or availing of temporary measures, on the expectation that individual’s financial position would improve.Now we hear that the Irish mortgage holders pays an average of 2% over their European counterparts which equates to €4,000 a year on a mortgage of €200,000, because of this it is difficult to believe that realistic attempts have been done by Government and Banks to deal with this increasingly alarming situation. It is very disappointing to hear that the natives of a country that implemented a number of necessary austerity measures continue to pay more than our fellow citizens in Europe.Despite all this it remains vitally important that borrowers engage and cooperate to secure a sustainable and affordable solution to mortgage arrears.The next big issue on the horizon is buy to let and SME business debt, a number of comments have emanated from a number of acknowledged economists in relation the levels of arrears in both of these sectors.For some reason little or no comment has emerged from political or banking sources.Many individuals invested in buy to let properties across Ireland considering property as good as a pension and source of additional income in retirement. Unfortunately many of the purchases were overpriced and in some cases funded by 100% mortgages or equity releases on private dwelling loans. High numbers of these investments have failed as a result of decreasing rental yields, changes to government taxation and pressure from banks to repay the debt. As a result, significant numbers of buy to let mortgages are in arrears or have been extended on interest only arrangements, which serve no purpose in many instances other than to postpone the inevitable. Interest only repayment structures is a short-term measure to defer a sale or the appointment of a receiver to a property pending the uplift in the value of the asset, in most cases this arrangement serves the Bank more than the borrower. SME debt has snowballed over the last 10 years with many business people investing heavily in their enterprises to expand and modernize their operations.Sectors like the car trade and supermarkets have seen significant investment in property assets funded by Bank borrowings, in many cases the development costs were significant but were justified by a strong belief that the additional trade would cancel out the large outlay. Again this belief was misplaced and trade, which may have performed well due to the novelty aspect eventually, petered out to previous levels resulting in many businesses operating at historical levels with double the debt.Finally the biggest catastrophe for a number of unfortunate business people was the investment in property using the strength or equity of a successful profitable business to secure the funding. In some cases these failed investments or being supported by good business, which is now hemorrhaging due to this non-business related debt overhang. The correct course of action is to separate the investment from the core profitable business to allow the enterprise survive and support jobs and the economy, unfortunately some financial creditors look for a return of capital from all sources available regardless of the impact on the business.Consultas Financial Services is a Business Consultancy and Financial Services Company owned and managed by finance experts Niall Kavanagh and Tom McDonagh.  Consultas Financial Services Limited is currently the only company authorised to carry out Debt Management Services in County Donegal.Both directors are experienced financial services professionals having occupied Senior Management positions in AIB, Bank of Ireland & Ulster Bank.Niall & Tom are Qualified Financial Advisors and are authorised to provide the following financial services, SME Business Consultancy, Independent Business Review & Analysis, Business Restructuring & Turnaround Specialists, Owner Manager Support Start Up Enterprises Business, Expansion, Raising Finance, Bank Relationship, Management Review, Bank Fees & Transaction Costs.Debt Management & Mediation Review, Personal & Business Debt, Advice on Debt Restructures, Negotiate with Financial Institutions, Provide Solutions to Debt Issues, Personal Insolvency & Bankruptcy Options.Consultas Financial Services Limited Registered Office Minchluaine, Golf Course Road Letterkenny, Co Donegal Tel: 01-5543904 Fax :01-5543906 Web: www.consultas.ie [email protected] Financial Services Limited is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.Niall Kavanagh of Consultas is authorised by the Insolvency Service of Ireland to carry on practice as a Personal Insolvency Practitioner.CONSULTAS OFFER EXPERT ADVICE TO THOSE OF US WHO HAVE OVER BORROWED was last modified: June 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_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

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

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