first_imgMikel Arteta heaps praise on David Luiz after training for one day before Community Shield win Comment Advertisement Coral BarrySaturday 29 Aug 2020 9:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18.9kShares Advertisement Arsenal beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta was full of praise for David Luiz after revealing the defender trained for just one day before Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield.Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties, with Luiz starting at the heart of defence despite only linking up with the first team days before the game.Arteta lavished praise on his entire squad for keeping Liverpool at bay and singled out Luiz for his contribution.‘You never get used to it, I am so happy,’ Arteta said after the victory.ADVERTISEMENT‘I knew the challenge we were facing today against this incredible opponent. ‘David [Luiz], for example, trained one day just before the final, he was able to play 90 minutes. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘So thank you very much to the players for the effort and the performance. Luiz played 90 minutes (Picture: Getty)‘The courage of the team [impressed me], how aggressive we were without the ball, how well we made the decisions to break the pressure of Liverpool and put some issues against them in the back line that they have, and I am pleased [because] I knew in the second half we were going to suffer.‘We didn’t have the legs, we’ve been training for two weeks, but in the penalties again I think the boys had a lot of courage to put them right.‘I think in the last ten minutes we took the ball, we played in the final third, we were able to dominate, we created two good chances to win it as well, but I’m really pleased with how they competed. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Hopefully they can get used to it. It generates belief. ‘We have a lot of things to improve still, but to be able to compete against these sorts of teams in a final like this, it makes me really proud. ‘Let’s try to improve again.’MORE: Martin Keown blasts Mikel Arteta over decision to sell Arsenal duo Ainsley Maitland-Niles & Emiliano MartinezMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Ainsley Maitland-Niles speak out on their Arsenal futuresFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgPanama-flagged bulker MV Ever Judger has been seized by the East Kalimantan police in connection with the ongoing investigation into the massive oil spill and related fire that claimed the lives of five people on March 31.“We decided to seize the ship for a thorough investigation of the oil spill that harmed Balikpapan Bay for 21 days,” East Kalimantan Police investigation chief Yustan Alpiani is quoted as saying by Indonesian Bernar News.The ship’s captain and its 20 crew members have banned from leaving Indonesia until the investigation is concluded, the Jakarta Post said.As informed, the ship is tied up to a dock in Semayang Port waters.The anchor of 82,000 dwt bulk carrier has been identified as the likely cause of the rupture of an undersea pipe belonging to a local refinery owned by Pertamina, Indonesian Navy’s hydrographic office found, which resulted in the release of a massive amount of crude oil spreading across 26 kilometers. According to a report from Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, the incident affected around 34 hectares Mangrove ecosystem and caused health problems to the people in the area.Ever Judger was the only vessel in the waters of Balikpapan Bay, according to the vessel’s AIS data, at the time of the incident. The ship’s anchor is believed to have dragged the pipe some 300 feet from its original position. Judging on the evidence found so far the anchor did damage the pipeline and a forensic reconstruction of the events is yet to be completed based on the found remains of the pipe to conclude the case.Pertamina has since been engaged with local authorities on containing the spill. The company is said to be waiting for the results of the investigation and is likely to consider legal action against the culprit once officially determined.Nevertheless, local organizations have criticised Indonesia authorities for their failure to establish early warning systems to foreign vessels to avoid such occurrences, urging the security around such pipelines be improved.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Twitter/Juniansyahlast_img read more

first_imgEvening Report 4 October 2016Family First Comment: This is a fascinating read by an investigative reporter….“In my editorial titled: Be Aware and Beware of What You Demand – A Case Against State-Backed Euthanasia, I reflect back to the mid-1990s to an investigation I wrote that exposed how the government was to enforce exclusion criteria designed to prevent people from accessing life-saving but expensive treatments. If you were blind, intellectually disabled, had a history of mental illness, anti-social behaviour, a criminal conviction – you would be excluded from having renal dialysis. The experience of reporting this confirmed my resolve against state-backed-euthanasia. Here’s why… “ my editorial titled: Be Aware and Beware of What You Demand – A Case Against State-Backed Euthanasia, I reflect back to the mid-1990s to an investigation I wrote that exposed how the government was to enforce exclusion criteria designed to prevent people from accessing life-saving but expensive treatments. If you were blind, intellectually disabled, had a history of mental illness, anti-social behaviour, a criminal conviction – you would be excluded from having renal dialysis. The experience of reporting this confirmed my resolve against state-backed-euthanasia. Here’s why…Back in the mid 1990s Jenny Shipley (then Minister of Health in the Bolger National Government) established a governmental body called the Core Health Services Committee (CHSC) which was chaired by former broadcaster Sharon Crosbie. The CHSC was known to exist, but no one paid much attention to it, and also getting information out of it was problematic as it would cite commercial confidentiality as a reason for withholding information. So a lot of its work went under the radar.Back then, National had created a commercial model that replaced health boards with Regional Funding Authorities (RHAs) and hospitals became Crown Health Enterprises. It wasn’t until 2000, that the new Helen Clark-led Labour-Alliance Government disestablished the RHAs and CHEs and reestablished publicly elected health boards, and, hospitals became public hospitals once again.But back in the early to mid-1990s the Core Health Services Committee was accountable directly to the Minister of Health, Jenny Shipley, and was tasked with creating health funding frameworks, protocols, criteria that the then RHAs would rely upon when deciding what health services the government would pay Crown Health Enterprises (CHEs) for – when providing health ‘services’ to ‘clients’ (patients).The Core Health Services Committee was tasked to evaluate a way of reducing the cost-burden on the Government for health services and come up with a set of criteria that CHEs and doctors would have to abide by when deciding which ‘clients’ (patients) would get treatment and, importantly, who would not.In August 1994, I became aware that the Core Health Services Committee had been evaluating the most costly procedures, including renal dialysis treatment for people with end-stage renal failure. I was told by sources that the CHSC had drafted a document that included a framework for how expensive treatments would be handled, and that the Minister of Health had approved the plan.Generally, there are two types of criteria:inclusion – (meaning patients that met certain criteria would be eligible for treatment)exclusion – (meaning those that could be labeled as possessing or exhibiting specific criteria would exclude then from being offered treatment.READ MORE: read more

first_imgLeeds United are making a shock bid for Hull City goal machine Jarrod Bowen. Promoted Content8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee12 Movies That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Interesting Unknown Facts Of Sasha Obama6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See15 Photos Of Amazingly Beautiful Mutations7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesTop 10 Nations That Are Most Difficult To InvadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney Princesses10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging The Tigers want around £20 million for Bowen but there have been no takers at the price. His contract runs out in the summer but they can exercise a clause to keep him  for a further year. Read Also:PSG owners closing in on Leeds United takeover Bowen is also fancied by Newcastle but Steve Bruce has yet to commit to a bid. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Championship high fliers are willing to pay a £3 million loan fee for wide man Bowen and a further stunning £15 million if they go up. The offer will give Hull a dilemma as it almost matches their asking price if their rivals make it to the Premier League.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

first_imgKevin Dean Reynolds of Batesville passed away on the evening of January 11th at the age of 63, surrounded by his loving family at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Born on December 29, 1953, he is the son of Buford and Rose Reynolds, and the eldest of three brothers.Kevin was a lovable, quirky man who brightened every room he entered. His love of laughter was only rivaled by his love of family and sports. Kevin was a constant supporter of his two children and four grandchildren, especially when it came to sports and hobbies, and his positivity and encouragement often extended to other Batesville community youth as well. On the field, as in everyday life, Kevin was always on the sidelines cheering people on.A self-made man and small business owner, Kevin’s work ethic and pride in a job well done was inspirational. He championed the virtues of hard work, integrity and sacrifice. Kevin lived by a simple code: a man provides for his family. This didn’t only mean financially, but rather living a life of service dedicated to those who relied upon him for all manner of support. Kevin always put the needs of others above his own. He always believed in the good of others, even if they couldn’t see it for themselves. He believed in second chances, always reaching out with a helping hand, and never wanted anything in return. A firm believer in organ donation, Kevin is even now helping others to live a better life, and he would have been comforted in this knowledge.Aside from family, some of his interests included fishing and an encyclopedic knowledge of boxing, college football and the original Star Trek TV series. Kevin greatly admired the determination and perseverance of athletes, and many of the life lessons he passed on to others were framed in this manner.Kevin didn’t look at the world in the same way as most people. He never had an ego or cared about ostentation. He was a complex man with deceivingly simple tastes, and there was always a method to his madness. The world is a far less colorful and interesting place without him.He is survived by his wife Michele Reynolds, his son Jason Shamblin and wife Lindsay of Washington, DC, his daughter Shalan Krekeler and husband Jeff of New Point, his brother Kirk Reynolds, wife Beverly and their children Jordan and Sidney of Dayton, Ohio, his brother Barry Reynolds, wife Sheryl and their children Brooke and Taylor of Carmel, Indiana, and his four grandchildren Ashlan, Damien, Alexander and Payton. He is preceded in death by his parents. An exceptional husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, he will be sorely missed.Kevin’s wishes were to be cremated and a benefit dinner honoring Kevin is currently being planned with details to be announced in the Herald Tribune and WRBI in the near future.  All proceeds of this dinner will go to the various Batesville youth sports organizations to assist with equipment, uniforms, and more.Donations may also be made to a charity of your choice in Kevin’s name.Meyers Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

first_imgEnid M. (Griffiths) Lyford, 98 of Milan and formerly of England passed away at her home on Saturday June 16, 2018.  Enid was born March 5, 1920 in Riseley, England the daughter of Fredrick and Charlotte (Dickens) Griffiths.  She was married to Edward George Lyford who preceded her in death in 1966.  Enid worked for the government and also was an apprentice recruiter for the RAE. She was a member of the Women’s Institute and British Legion.  She enjoyed gardening and her family. Enid is survived by her daughters: Wendy Billings of Chilhowie, VA; Lesley Holbert of Milan. brother: Desmond Griffiths of Woolstone Milton Keynes, England; sister: Jean Pople Paulet of Somerset, England. 4 Grandchildren: Dale and Glen Holbert, Lesley Roark and Paul Dembaugh. 6 Great-Grandchildren, 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband;  son: Timothy Lyford in 2013; 1 Grandson: Larry Dembaugh Jr. Services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association or Multiple Sclerosis.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home of Milan is entrusted with arrangements; P.O. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031. You may go to to leave an online condolence for the family.last_img read more

first_imgVersailles, In. — Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties (SOIN-ROD) is holding a breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 14th from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the South Ripley Elementary School. Proceeds from the breakfast will support Special Olympics athletes competing in the 2019 Summer Games at Indiana State University in Terra Haute this June.The cost is a free-will offering. Pancakes, sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy, scrambled eggs, pastries, orange juice, milk and coffee will be served. This is the fifth year the local program of Special Olympics has held the fundraiser. New to the event is an Easter egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. for children under the age of twelve and a visit by the Easter Bunny.Special Olympics athletes have already began training for Summer Games in the sports of bowling, bocce, powerlifting, swimming, track and field and volleyball. This year, approximately 90 athletes are planning to compete at the Games. Athletes attending will spend three days in the Indiana State University dormitories and compete against athletes across the state.It’s important to note that Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties does not receive any federal or state funds and soley relies on the generosity of its supporters, fundraisers and grants. The federal funds earmarked for Special Olympics that were threaten to be removed for the federal education budget last month, are funds used for Special Olympics school programs across the U.S., such as the Champions Together school program in Indiana.For more information, visit read more

first_imgsays Michael BenjaminIF I could turn back the hands of time; even amidst the sombre lyrics of that R Kelly’s rendition, the stark reality is that what has happened in the past must be relegated to the past. However, there is nothing wrong with a peek over the shoulder, even surreptitiously, as one attempts to chart a course forward for the fistic sport of boxing which has brought tremendous glory to the’ land of many waters’.And so it is that boxing pundits of the late seventies, early eighties, or even further back, will glance over their shoulders with a great degree of nostalgia at the great fights of those eras that has left an indelible mark in their psyches.Boxing falls under two umbrellas: the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) oversees activities of the amateurs while the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) is the guardian of the professional pugilists. Despite operating under distinct rules and regulations, each entity supports the other and on many occasions, the heads of those bodies may see the need for collaborative efforts in achieving particular goals.Evidence of this was apparent when the executives of the GBBC initiated the Guyana Fight Nights (GFN); a tournament that involved both amateur and professional bouts.The organisers were, however, instructed by the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) to observe a thirty minute break between the professional and amateur segments to reflect the distinction of applications and rules.The general idea of the GFN initiative was to provide frequent activity for local boxers while ensuring that they remained active and, more importantly, received a small purse to liquidate obvious expenses. It seemed as though President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool, who conceptualised the GFN initiative, had hit the nail on the head, as the idea seemed to have been producing dividends.Boxers were able to use the initiative as a launching pad to greater achievements and indeed improved on their Caribbean, and by extension, world rankings. Many of our pugilists won Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) titles while others clinched Fecabox accolades.These fighters included Clive Atwell, Kwesi Jones, Dexter Gonsalves, Elton Dharry and a host of others. Clive Atwell had managed to secure a world title fight largely from his activities in the GFN programme.Recently, activities have dwindled and what was once a monthly event could not be sustained for varying reasons, the chief being inadequate corporate support.As such, the card extended to once every few months and recently, there has been little or no activity; the final card occurring earlier this year at the Giftland Office Max. Even then, the organisers were forced to be innovative and introduced MMA Boxing to titillate fans’ interest.Maybe, the success story of GFN might have been the vast improvement of the amateur sector. This group was able to reclaim its dominance at the Caribbean level and turned in valiant performances further afield. Yes, our boxers have totally dominated the Caribbean Development Tournament in Barbados where the entire 14 mansquad have distinguished themselves as true champions. Keevin Allicock then followed up his good showing in Barbados with a silver medal at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Nassau, Bahamas.Even as this article is being penned, he is preparing to return to Barbados to compete in a Goodwill tournament involving several other Caricom member states.The uninitiated might want to applaud the significant strides made by the boxers and some may even nurture hopes that our boxers are receiving adequate exposure and support to achieve the feat of breaking that aged old Olympics gold medal jinx.However, those in the know will obviously realise that the small handouts given to our boxers are totally inadequate to realistically convert to an Olympic gold medal achievement. Our administrators cannot be so naïve to think that such pitiful efforts could do the trick of achieving that coveted gold medal.Local history is replete with boxers of phenomenal skill who have literally devastated their Caribbean, and to some extent, their Latin American counterparts, but faltered at the Olympics line.Those were the days, in the late seventies and early eighties when our amateur pugilists matched wits and skills with their Cuban counterparts. It must be noted that around that time our boxers were most productive, winning Commonwealth and Latin American accolades.As a matter of fact, it was during that era that Guyana managed to clinch what is still the only Olympic medal, a bronze at the hands of Michael Parris at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.Since then, local pugilists have maintained their Caribbean dominance but somehow have failed to even make the grade at the Olympic qualifiers.Meanwhile, our nemesis: Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, and Jamaica, have all laid claims to the prestigious accolade. Guyana, by extension, can only boast of a Parris’ 23 years achievement.I started off this article by quoting R Kelly and while such nostalgia may prove to be wasted, one cannot but picture such stalwarts as Darius Forde, the late John Brummell and Winston Richards, the Houstner brothers– Allan and Dereck, and the myriad of warriors of yesteryear, whose blood have stained the canvas but valiantly trudged on to achieve major accolades for this country; it was them that had left a rich legacy for their contemporaries.While a few of those of the latter group are showing distinct signs that goes beyond the Caribbean, they continue to falter at the Olympics. The overriding solution is simple; the need for adequate strategies, systems and funds cannot be over emphasised.last_img read more

first_img“It is a great day for my team. Not many people gave us the chance to reach the semifinals,” Broos told the media.“We played against a strong Senegal team. We fought very hard and resisted several attacks by the opponent.“Luck was on our side too. I congratulate my very young team. They really deserve to be in the semis,” he continued.“Fourteen (14) of my team are playing in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and our ambition has always been to go far.”In his reaction, Senegal Head Coach, Aliou Cisse, described the exit of the Teranga Lions as not an easy one.“The elimination is not easy for us. It is hard for us and the country who were expecting so much from us,” Cisse told the media.“I feel sorry for the players who wanted to write their own piece of history.”“It is a big disappointment for me and the entire team. I’m the first person to feel their pain. It is very hard for us in the dressing room but we can raise our heads high,” he continued.“The Cameroonian defence was compact from the start till the end. We created several opportunities but they resisted all our attacks.”“We were not collective up front and missed a lot of chances. What we missed today was the fact that some players failed to realise that they cannot do it alone,” he concluded. Cameroon Head Coach, Hugo Broos, felt that his charges deserved to beat Senegal in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final clash on Saturday night.The Indomitable Lions went into the encounter at the Stade de Franceville in the Gabonese city of Franceville as the underdogs against the much-fancied Lions of Teranga.However, Cameroon emerged 5-4 winners over Senegal on penalties following a goalless draw in regulation time and extra-time. Broos’ men will now participate in the semi-finals. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgWith March now here, the NCAA tournament bracket has become a little more predictable.Some teams are locks, some are NIT-bound or out of postseason play completely, and every other team is on the infamous bubble, hoping it won’t be popped before selection time.Come selection time, there’s always the debate nationwide of how many bids each conference will receive and who is the most deserving.While the only certain thing come selection time are the automatic bids for every conference and that Penn will probably be the first team in, considering the Ivy League is the only conference without a tournament, Hoops America will attempt to make the tournament brackets a little more clear.ACCLocks: Boston College, Duke, N.C. State, North CarolinaOut: Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, ClemsonOn the Bubble: Maryland, Florida State, Virginia, MiamiThe ACC’s bubble teams have a slim chance of getting into the tournament with the down year it’s having — at least compared to years in the past. Florida State may be in the best position after a big win over Maryland, and games against Duke and North Carolina to end its schedule. The conference tournament will be huge for these teams trying to drift into the tourney on a bubble.Big EastLocks: Connecticut, Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Georgetown, MarquetteOut: South Florida, DePaul, Rutgers, Providence, Louisville, St. John’s, Notre DameOn the Bubble: Syracuse, Cincinnati, Seton HallNow with 16 teams, the Big East’s NCAA tournament selection situation will be interesting. Sure, the committee says it doesn’t select the teams conference by conference, but, regardless, how many bids the Big East receives will be a hot topic. Syracuse and Cincinnati will probably sneak in, giving the conference eight teams. However, Notre Dame’s case is interesting. Even though the Fighting Irish are near the bottom of the standing, they have been in every game and only lost each by a slim margin. If they make some noise in the Big East tournament, Notre Dame could seemingly make a case to possibly sneak in as a low seed.Big TenLocks: Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois, WisconsinOut: Purdue, Northwestern, Penn StateOn the Bubble: Michigan, Indiana, MinnesotaWith a big win over Michigan State this past weekend, Indiana helped its tournament hopes the most. Throughout the disappointing losses and Mike Davis controversy this season, the Hoosiers find themselves back in the tournament mix. As for the other teams, Michigan most likely is in while you can’t spell “Minnesota” without “N-I-T.”Big XIILocks: Texas, Kansas, OklahomaOut: Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas StateOn the Bubble: Colorado, Texas A&M, NebraskaTexas A&M and Nebraska’s tournament resumes aren’t looking too strong, and Colorado’s bubble is close to being popped after a huge loss to Nebraska and tough games at Kansas and Iowa State left on the schedule. Pac-10Locks: UCLA, WashingtonOut: Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon, USC, StanfordOn the Bubble: Arizona, CaliforniaThe Pac-10 is maybe the most disappointing conference by far this season. UCLA has really taken advantage of Stanford and Arizona’s mishaps and is the only respectable tournament team from this conference. Washington hasn’t exactly been stellar, but Brandon Roy has been able to put the Huskies on his back thus far. Closing out the season at home, Arizona should be able to assure itself a tournament spot, and Cal will probably make it as well, provided they pick up a win or two in the Pac-10 tournament.Southeastern ConferenceLocks: Florida, LSU, TennesseeOut: Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Mississippi State, AuburnOn the Bubble: Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, VanderbiltThe SEC has had a so-so year this season. Tennessee and LSU have really come through behind some young players, but Florida has fallen as of late after starting the season at 17-0. It appears as if Kentucky will be in the tournament, and Arkansas has a slight edge on Alabama after coming back from 18 to beat the Crimson Tide last week. As for Vanderbilt, the Commodores really need to make some noise in the SEC tournament to have a shot.Conference USALocks: MemphisOut: Central Florida, Rice, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU, Marshall, Southern Miss, East CarolinaOn the Bubble: UAB, Houston, UTEPConference USA took a big hit by losing Louisville, Cincinnati, DePaul and Marquette to the Big East, but even those four teams aren’t exactly having stellar seasons. Memphis is a lock, no doubt, and will most likely be one of the No. 1 seeds. Houston has a good shot of receiving a tournament bid with wins over then-No. 25 LSU and No. 13 Arizona. UAB and UTEP might be able to sneak in, but neither have a big win or an outstanding season to warrant a solid chance.At-large teamsLocks: Gonzaga, George Washington, Wichita State, George MasonOn the Bubble: Nevada, UW-Milwaukee, Bucknell, the whole Missouri Valley Conference, among othersThe locks from the non-major conferences are pretty obvious, and Nevada is probably a good bet to be in, as well. UW-Milwaukee should be in, but if it doesn’t win the Horizon League, it could get a little questionable. How many teams the Missouri Valley Conference gets in the tournament will be something to watch for — the conference may get up to five with Wichita State for sure and Missouri State, Creighton, Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa all with good chances. That would be potentially more teams than the ACC, Pac-10, Big XII and Conference USA each have.last_img read more