Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSince December, it has been consistently reported that the facility proposed for the town of Glen by the Canadian sewage waste-to-fertilizer company Lystek would result in the addition of 10 to 20 trucks per day to our community’s local traffic.I have lived just west of the Riverside Drive/Route 5S intersection for 40-plus years, and “only” 10 to 20 trucks a day has me concerned for the safety on that intersection.One concern is the potential for more accidents. Heavily loaded trucks heading to the facility in the Glen Canal View Business Park will make an uphill turn very slowly onto a 55 mph state highway, Route 5S. Cars coming from the east can’t see the trucks until they crest the top of the hill. At that point, they are traveling the speed limit, which would make it very difficult to avoid an accident.Another major concern is that these trucks will be hauling untreated sewage sludge – which by Lystek’s own documentation can contain significant pathogens, contaminants and heavy metals that would then be reduced or diluted to “lower than the legal limits.” Also, per Lystek’s own documentation, a number of these trucks use only simple tarps to cover the “material.”Conservatively, “10 trucks a day, five days a week” calculates to 5,200 passes annually (there and back) – half of them being trucks loaded with sewage sludge. If you use their full estimates of 20 trucks per day, at 365 days, it becomes 14,600 truck passes. Keeping count, that’s 2,600 to 7,300 sewage sludge-filled trucks arriving and departing the Business Park each year. That’s a different picture from “only” 10 to 20 trucks!George Galeazza FultonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Feds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to family
She regretted that critics had disregarded the fact that the presentations consisted of several slides interconnected with each other and that each slide was further explained through verbal narration. The video presentation titled “E-Class: Preventing Sexual Violence” was uploaded through the UI student affairs directorate’s official YouTube channel as part of PKKMB UI, which ran from Sept. 7 to 11. The e-class presentation slides – narrated by Diana Teresa Pakasi from UI’s Gender and Sexuality Studies – explained that a sexual act was considered an act of violence if consent was not given by all parties involved. One presentation slide explained that pressuring someone into sexual activity by using fear or intimidation would fall under sexual violence, the narrator explained. The University of Indonesia (UI) has clarified and rebuffed criticism against the consensual sex subject taught in this year’s freshman orientation program (PKKMB UI), saying it was taught under the context of sexual harassment and not to promote casual sex.“What has been circulating around was a single slide titled sexual consent and it has been linked to other concepts of sexual activities. […] In fact, the subject given was about sexual violence and the purpose is to build awareness among students so that they can avoid and prevent sexual violence from happening,” UI’s secretary, Agustin Kusumayati, said during a virtual media briefing on Wednesday.She argued that the subject part of the university’s response to rampant sexual abuse cases within the campus. Read also: UI under fire for emphasizing consensual sex in sex-ed orientation videoThe slide also suggested that consent should be given clearly and could not be determined through certain types of clothing, behavior or language. Furthermore, silence is not agreement. Previously, one particular slide circulating on social media was criticized by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Almuzzamil Yusuf, who argued that UI’s “endorsement” of consensual sex could only lead to the prevalence of “casual sex” among the youth and, therefore, jeopardize the country’s moral and religious principles.“[UI] feels that the Western notion of consensual sex is not a form of sexual violence. I don’t think it’s an appropriate subject to teach to students,” he said through a video posted on his Instagram account four days ago, claiming that it also violated Article 31 of the 1945 Constitution by undermining one’s faith and piety.“The slide is indeed explaining consent but it was under the context of sexual violence,” Agustin, who also serves as a lecturer in the university’s public health department, rebutted.“For example, we can talk about contraception pills under the context of health reproduction. But, if we don’t consider the context, a subject like contraception pills could be undermined into a campaign for casual sex as well.”Nevertheless, Agustin said the university was committed to promoting values that were in line with the country’s moral principles. “I can’t say whether UI will continue to disseminate information about sexual consent to its students. But the context, purpose and values need to be clarified first upon talking about sexual consent,” she said.Topics :
“Our survey shows pension schemes have given a great deal of thought to the impact of Brexit on their operations and are well prepared”James Walsh, head of member engagement, PLSAJames Walsh, head of member engagement, PLSA, said: “Our survey shows pension schemes have given a great deal of thought to the impact of Brexit on their operations and are well prepared.“When we talk to our members, [their views] mostly cluster around how much they think Brexit is likely to impact their sponsoring employer, rather than the operations of the scheme itself.”Walsh explained that this varied markedly, depending on the nature of the business.He said: “For example, some pension schemes with sponsors in the retail sector are worried that hold-ups at the ports could disrupt business and weaken the company, but others tell us their sponsors are confident that their supply chains will remain robust or that their business is entirely based in the UK and will remain stable.”Further readingHow Europe’s pension sectors are preparing for BrexitIPE asked regulators and industry bodies in EU member states how they have been preparing for the UK’s scheduled departure from the bloc on 31 October UK pension schemes are well-prepared for the potential impact of Brexit, the country’s main pension trade body has said on the basis of its latest survey on the topic.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) today said that over half (55%) of the pension schemes responding to its latest survey had now taken specific action to mitigate risks associated with the UK’s departure from the EU. A similar survey carried out a year ago found that just 28% had done so by then.The latest survey indicated a considerable increase in the share of workplace pension fund trustee boards that had discussed the potential impact of Brexit on their scheme: 88% of respondents, up from 63% in 2018.Other results were that 63% of those surveyed have formally assessed Brexit risks, up from 26% in the preivous survey, and 75% have discussed the potential impact on their sponsoring employer, compared with 61% previously. The survey was carried out between the end of August and the beginning of September and covered 71 pension schemes, both defined benefit and defined contribution funds.Last year, 45% of pension schemes surveyed thought Brexit would have a negative impact on the value of their assets while this year the figure had fallen to 33%.According to the PLSA research, the top six actions pension schemes surveyed have taken to mitigate Brexit risks are:* Reviewed asset allocation;* Changed asset allocation;* Reviewed the employer covenant;* Reviewed currency hedging strategy;* Reviewed hedging strategy of non-currency risks;* Commissioned extra advice from professional advisers.Covenant concernsBut pension managers and trustees expressed some concerns about how Brexit could affect their sponsoring employer’s ability to support the scheme, with 45% saying that leaving the EU will have a negative impact on their employer covenant.One in five schemes (20%) said Brexit would result in additional administrative costs and complexity for their schemes, although 43% were more relaxed, disagreeing that costs would be affected.
Multi-level living to suit modern families. THE BACHELOR’S QLD CRASH PAD FROM KENMORE, WITH LOVE SHIPPING CONTAINERS TRANSFORM COTTAGE “That pocket there is really popular with doctors because it’s a really good connection point between a number of hospitals. The house itself pays a lot of respect to the old home. There’s a lot of old recycled timber pieces as part of it, like the old pine floorboards as balustrading on rails. It’s a really, really cool home.” 105 Hawdon St, Windsor, has a 90 years of history behind it.“For nearly ninety years, this cottage has been patiently waiting for a family ready to create their dream home,” was how Ms Harris described it.“Overlooking an imposing pair of gateposts at the foot of desirable Windsor’s historical Eildon Hill Reserve”, the single-level cottage was just 6km from the Brisbane CBD, with panoramic views, original features including VJ boards, sash windows, fretwork and ceiling roses.” 6 Christella Court, Kenmore Hills, goes to auction at 9am on Saturday.Buyers looking for inner-city chic will be hard pressed to go past a New Farm designer home this Saturday, which agent Tom Lyne of Ray White — New Farm said was an “architectural entertainer”.The four bedroom, three bathroom, double car space home at 100 James Street, New Farm, has seen “good interest” from families and locals. The home is ready for updating but also move-in ready for those wanting to live in it for a bit before deciding how best to make the most of the site.“Land of these dimensions rarely becomes available in the inner northern suburbs.”The home will be open for inspection at 11am on Saturday with the auction kicking off at 11.30am. CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF BRISBANE HOMES GOING TO AUCTION THIS WEEKEND Clean lines in the kitchen.Snezana Harris of Place Ascot has one of the rarest homes going to auction this weekend — the original Eildon Hill Gatekeeper’s House which sits on a large 1,368 sqm block with views across the district.“We’ve had good interest,” she told The Courier-Mail. It’s a unique property. It’s got lovely views and a great location.”The 90-year-old cottage at 105 Hawdon Street, Windsor ticks the right boxes for anyone looking for a historic home with potential to grow. The pool has its own level space, great for a party.Agent Michelle McLeod of McLeod Partners — Brisbane described the home at 6 Christella Court, Kenmore Hills as having a “stunning showpiece kitchen”.“Chefs and those who love to experiment in the kitchen will appreciate the high quality stone benches and splashbacks with gas cooking and two-pac cabinetry. The kitchen enjoys the sensational outlook to the hills and also has direct access to the blue saltwater pool which oozes serenity.”She has the property listed for auction at 9am on Saturday — though the home will be open for viewing for half an hour before that at 8.30am Inner-city chic at 100 James St, New Farm.“There’s nothing comparable to this on the market there right now,” Mr Lyne said. “The level of design and layout works perfectly for a family. “We do think we will have several bidders there on the weekend. It’s a beautifully finished home.”Mr Lyne, who’s marketing the home with colleague Mr Lancashire, has the home open for a half an hour inspection at 10.30am on Saturday before it goes under the hammer at 11am. What a view to look at while doing the dishes.The modern two up-two up design has split the bedrooms into wings though the home was described as having “flair and versatility”.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoBig decks and walls of glass to capture views across the hillside plus an extra kitchenette that can allow for self-contained living make this a home that can grow with changing family needs. 105 Ryan St, West End, was designed by Conrad Gargett Riddle — the same firm behind the Queensland Children’s Hospital/Lady Cilento Hospital.Agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm who’s marketing the property with colleague Jahkoda Ferguson said interest in the home was strong because homes hardly came up for sale there.“There hasn’t been a huge amount of riverfront properties come up here. There’s a cluster of about 25 homes and nothing’s been sold (here) since 2014. It’s very, very, very tightly held,” he said. Brisbane has 71 homes going under the hammer this weekend including this stunner at 100 James Street, New Farm.BRISBANE will see 71 homes go under this hammer this weekend including a waterfront stunner in one of the most tightly held areas of the city.The city’s up-market hot spots are expected to see some action with several architectural dream homes coming to market — in some cases for the first time in decades — loaded with advantages like riverfrontage, hipster locations, an abundance of greenery, views or history.A buzz has already been created around 105 Ryan Street, West End, an absolute riverfront “masterpiece” designed by Conrad Gargett Riddel — located across the river from university suburb St Lucia, yet on the same peninsula as the high-energy restaurant and entertainment precinct surrounding Southbank. The Brisbane River at the bottom of the block with St Lucia across the water.“It’s going really, really well. There should be anywhere between three to four registered bidders.”The home will be open for inspection at 2pm on Saturday with the action proper at 2.30pm on site.Among the homes kicking off the day’s auctions will be a four bedroom, three bathroom, double car space split level property amid the greenery at Kenmore Hills. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Most of the company’s corporate and administration functions are working remotely wherever possible, with engineering and fabrication activities in Hamriyah and Sharjah moderately affected by lockdown and social distancing measures in the UAE so far. Further, the measures translate into an approximately $23 million reduction in overheads for 2020, of which over 90% relates to cash overheads. Lamprell expects these measures to save approximately $10 million in 2020. Where operationally feasible, Lamprell has also placed staff on reduced working hours for those that are under-utilised and used other measures such as unpaid leave. The measures are associated with significant headcount and allowance reductions, most of which have already been implemented. These include reduced fees, salaries and allowances for the board, senior management, and all professional staff by 25% for the next six months. As such, all works, including the two IMI rigs and the Moray East project, continue with the first jackets delivered to the client on time and on budget. However, Lamprell believes it is too early to make a comprehensive and final assessment of the impact of the virus on business, and it is inevitable that there will be some impact on productivity and increased costs. The Hamriyah yard is Lamprell’s largest facility and continues to operate, offering various expansion opportunities should the group require additional space. These actions allow the group to gradually grow fabrication volumes whilst significantly improving efficiency and reducing its cost base. Further to the earlier overhead cost savings, and in order to conserve cash and protect the business during this period of unprecedented market conditions, Lamprell has taken additional actions. Christopher McDonald, CEO of Lamprell said: “We are operating in a period of unprecedented global uncertainty, focusing on the safety and sustainability of our operations and the health and wellbeing of our employees. Amidst industry-wide insecurity and distress, we continue to deliver our projects safely and reliably and we remain focused on strict financial discipline to sustain a healthy balance sheet and progress our strategy”. Given the macro environment uncertainty, Lamprell is withdrawing its previously announced FY2020 revenue guidance. Its 2019 year-end backlog stands at $470.1 million with approximately $275 million scheduled to run off in 2020. In an update on Tuesday, Lamprell said that having reviewed its current operational footprint against medium-term fabrication requirements, the company has made the decision to consolidate its operations within one yard for the time being. Lamprell has started negotiations with other IMI shareholders regarding the deferral of the next instalment of its strategic capital expenditure in the Saudi maritime yard currently scheduled for this year. Reduced salaries & layoffs Offshore construction specialist Lamprell is implementing a program aimed at achieving a significant reduction in the group amid a global health crisis. As a result, Lamprell has mothballed one facility with plans to close another one upon completion of current projects. Subject to audit, the restructuring will result in a non-cash impairment charge of Intangible and Immovable assets in Sharjah of approximately $13.2 million in the 2019 financial statements. In 2020 there will be an estimated one-off charge of $7.5 million which relates to the demolition costs in Sharjah and staff termination costs. Redundancies have also been implemented where there is no medium-term horizon for staff to be used. “We are also planning for low levels of critical-only capital expenditure at our facilities, with a total value below $10 million in 2020”, Lamprell said. According to the company, these steps will help preserve its cash and maximise liquidity in a period of low revenue and slow pace of major contract awards. As such, the Jebel Ali facility has been mothballed from January 2020. The Sharjah facility currently hosts some of the work on the Moray East project and will be closed upon its completion later this year. Bidding activity continues in both of end markets of oil & gas and renewables but the company is seeing signs of deceleration and delays in some awards. Signs of activity delays The group is now debt-free as its facility was fully repaid in March 2020. As of 31 March 2020, the group’s cash balances stood at $77 million, of which $35 million is restricted. Challenges in the traditional term debt segment persist as a result of market-wide impact of the COVID-19 crisis and Lamprell is assessing alternative project funding options.
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 671; 2. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 632; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 586; 4. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 569; 5. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 535; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 508; 7. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., 503; 8. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 464; 9. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 457; 10. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 448; 11. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 432; 12. Spencer Wilson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 411; 13. Brandon Hood, McGregor, Texas, 376; 14. Cody Shoemaker, Decatur, Texas, 367; 15. David Goode Sr., Copperas Cove, Texas, 351; 16. Jeremy Thornton, Tucson, Ariz., 340; 17. Scott Sluka, Casa Grande, Ariz., 334; 18. Robert Scrivner, Waco, Texas, 331; 19. Jeff Hoegh, New Caney, Texas, 327; 20. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz., 319.IMCA Late Models – 1. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 73; 2. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, and Jeff Tharp, Sherrill, Iowa, each 65; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa, and Scott Fitzpatrick, Cedar Falls, Iowa, each 64; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, and Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb., both 63; 10. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, and Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, both 62; 12. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 60; 13. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin, Iowa, 59; 14. Nick Marolf, Wilton, Iowa, 57; 15. Curt Martin, Independence, Iowa, 53; 16. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 51; 17. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 50; 18. Jay Johnson (93), West Burlington, Iowa, 46; 19. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 44; 20. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 38.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 364; 2. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 325; 3. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 294; 4. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 262; 5. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 219; 6. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 218; 7. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, and Jesse “Chip” Graham, Lewisville, Texas, both 192; 9. Blake Baccus, Crandall, Texas, 191; 10. Britney Bryant, Granbury, Texas, 181; 11. Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas, 177; 12. Weston Gorham, Colleyville, Texas, 163; 13. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 161; 14. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 159; 15. Tyler Reeser, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, 157; 16. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pennsylvania, Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, and Corby Scherb, Decatur, Texas, each 155; 20. D. J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 152.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 675; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 653; 3. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 490; 4. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 452; 5. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 432; 6. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 426; 7. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 417; 8. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, and Tommy Phillips, Abilene, Texas, both 406; 10. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas, 395; 11. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., 384; 12. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 365; 13. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 353; 14. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 336; 15. Dillon Smith, Hewitt, Texas, 315; 16. Jay Bransom, Burleson, Texas, and Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., both 310; 18. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 309; 19. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 301; 20. Ryan Powers, Crowley, Texas, 289.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 378; 2. Dean Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 365; 3. Jason Beshears, Somerton, Ariz., 361; 4. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 359; 5. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 293; 6. Jason “Jay” Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., 284; 7. Shawn Miles, Midland, Texas, 282; 8. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 280; 9. Damian Snyder, Copperas Cove, Texas, 279; 10. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., and Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., both 256; 12. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 251; 13. Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, 246; 14. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 230; 15. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., 226; 16. Brady Bencken, Oakley, Kan., 223; 17. Joseph Peterson, Mesa, Ariz., 219; 18. Ashley E. Hunt, Yuma, Ariz., 206; 19. David Kendall, Peoria, Ariz., 202; 20. Mike Erwin, Yuma, Ariz., 197.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 666; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 625; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 610; 4. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 459; 5. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 429; 6. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 400; 7. James Guyton, Moody, Texas, 370; 8. Jeff Toler, Decatur, Texas, 369; 9. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 359; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 358; 11. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 355; 12. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 312; 13. Casey Brunson, Lott, Texas, 302; 14. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 287; 15. Ronnie Allison, Dallas, Texas, 283; 16. Don Painter, Austin, Texas, 276; 17. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 260; 18. Tyler Bragg, Springtown, Texas, 257; 19. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, and Daniel Cavanagh, Hudson Oaks, Texas, both 243.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 792; 2. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 508; 3. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 491; 4. Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz., 479; 5. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 433; 6. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 401; 7. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 399; 8. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev., 366; 9. Dale Irby, Buckeye, Ariz., 362; 10. David Harrington, Peoria, Ariz., 353; 11. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 337; 12. Ron Poe, Phoenix, Ariz., 333; 13. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 311; 14. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 309; 15. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 299; 16. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 262; 17. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif., and Joshua Cordova, Somerton, Ariz., both 255; 19. Joe Webb, Yuma, Ariz., 253; 20. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif., 250.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 364; 2. Danny Baggerly, Rio Vista, Texas, 360; 3. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 311; 4. Dakota Dees, Weatherford, Texas, 299; 5. Brandon Segura, Weatherford, Texas, 279; 6. James T. Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 261; 7. Mike Jacobs, Weatherford, Texas, 244; 8. Matthew Barnard, Weatherford, Texas, 221; 9. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 202; 10. Carl Boatright, Azle, Texas, 180; 11. Brandon Wise, Hays, Kan., 179; 12. Matthew Covey, Midlothian, Texas, 176; 13. James Lochabay, Azle, Texas, and Robert Rutledge, Azle, Texas, both 172; 15. David Norquest, York, Neb., 155; 16. Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, 147; 17. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 144; 18. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 143; 19. Brooke Russell, Hays, Kan., 135; 20. Darwin “Bubba” Brown Jr., Jackson, Minn., 118.
The Milan Indians 7th Grade Boys Basketball team posted a 37-16 victory over The St. Lawrence Panthers.The 8th Grade team also captured victory 43-22.Courtesy of Indians Coach Ethan Voss.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is adamant he is not under pressure despite his club’s slow slide into this season’s relegation scrap. He went on: “We’re at home this week, so we’ll have the supporters behind us, and the players know if they put in a shift they will have the backing of 28,000 people really getting behind them.” But given the fickle nature of club chairmen up and down the country, with managers losing their jobs at an alarming rate this year, Pulis knows there is no guarantee for himself, even if Stoke stay up. “You sometimes despair at what goes on, but then you should never be surprised at what happens in football,” added Pulis. “I’ve a great chairman (Peter Coates), this is a great football club, I’ve been here a long time, earned a lot of respect from everybody here, and I want to stay.” All Pulis demands from the fans is they get behind the players rather turning any anger on him. “Our supporters have made the Britannia the place it is and I know they will carry on doing that because they love their club so much,” said Pulis. “What they think of me does not matter now. It’s what they think of their team that counts.” With the worst goalscoring record in the Premier League – 27 goals from 31 matches – it is abundantly clear where Stoke’s problems lie. With seven games remaining, Pulis has called on all his players to be more ruthless in front of goal if the club are to survive. He said: “I’m frustrated at our lack of goals, but it happens. “I’ve been in this game long enough and you have good and bad times, times when you play well and don’t get the results you deserve, and others when you play badly and pick up results. It’s swings and roundabouts. The important thing is for everybody to keep their feet on the ground, keep focused, keep doing their best.” Approaching seven years in charge, Pulis is facing flak from the fans following a miserable run that has seen them win just one of the last 15 matches in all competitions. Although still 13th in the top flight, City find themselves only four points above a relegation zone topped by Aston Villa who they face at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday. Another defeat would not only thrust Stoke firmly into the thick of the battle to beat the drop, but also place Pulis in the firing line with supporters who have become disenchanted with his management. Asked if he felt under any pressure of late, Pulis replied: “No. If anything I’m working my socks off to make sure the players don’t feel the pressure.” Press Association
Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Manchester City have the strongest squad in the Barclays Premier League – if the likes of Vincent Kompany can stay fit. Playmaker Samir Nasri, who is expected to be out until the spring after a tendon operation, is now the only major absentee. Pellegrini is pleased enough with his side’s position – third in the table and still in three other competitions – despite inconsistent form. But he knows well enough the imminent return of Kompany – after the latest in a series of muscle problems – gives his team a big lift. The Chilean said: “Vincent is the captain of the team – you cannot be the captain of an important team if you are not an important player. You have performance, you must be a leader, you have personality, you have a lot of different things. “We need Vincent, but this team doesn’t depend on one player. It seems that we have a crisis but we don’t have a crisis. We are in all the competitions and we did that without a lot of important players. “But, of course, with all the players fit and playing every game, we are the strongest team. “Vincent has had a long recovery. We hope that he will not have more problems in the future. It is very difficult to know if he will have them or not but we are going to be optimistic and hope we can have the captain for the rest of the season.” Pellegrini goes into the game against Sunderland against the backdrop of continued speculation about his future. Pep Guardiola has long been linked with the City manager’s post and this has increased considerably in recent days after the much-coveted Catalan announced he would be leaving Bayern Munich in the summer. Kompany, the influential defender and captain, is poised to return for the Boxing Day visit of Sunderland after eight games out with a calf injury. That comes soon after star striker Sergio Aguero overcame a heel problem and, with Pablo Zabaleta and Fernando also back in the frame, what was recently a worryingly long injury list is easing. Pellegrini claims this does not bother him. He says he can do little about what the club’s hierarchy think and is focusing only on the team, knowing that winning a second Premier League title will do his standing no harm. Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the 62-year-old said: “You continue trying to have my answers about the future. How can I tell you how another person will think about the situation? It’s very difficult, it’s impossible. What I know is that for me, it is very good to win the title. “I am just thinking about winning against Sunderland. For me, it doesn’t matter if I continue or not. “It’s very important to win. You demonstrate what kind of manager you are, and after that you can have another club that maybe they win the title and are sacked. It’s a matter that for me is not important really.” Press Association
According to the Mueller Report, which was released in its entirety on Thursday, the FBI believes that Russian military intelligence officials hacked into a county election system somewhere in our state leading up to the 2016 election. However, the affected county is not specified.The report states, “We understand the FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government. The (special counsel’s) office did not independently verify that belief and, as explained above, did not undertake the investigative steps that would have been necessary to do so.”Officials with the Florida Department of State say they have contacted the FBI in an effort to find out more information about the hacking.The Department issued a statement that reads, “Upon learning of the new information released in the Mueller report, the Department immediately reached out to the FBI to inquire which county may have been accessed, and they declined to share this information with us.”Wendy Sartory Link, Palm Beach County’s supervisor of elections, said her department was not hacked, comments that then-Supervisor Susan Bucher also made last year.Link says, “I’m not aware of anything. I’m told that, had it been us, our office would have been notified. We didn’t have any problems here, I’m told.”According to the Florida Department of State, “In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notified the Department that Florida was unsuccessfully targeted by hackers in 2016. Since 2016, when elections were designated as critical infrastructure, state and local election officials in Florida have invested millions of dollars in election security. These investments, coupled with our strong partnerships with federal and state agencies, has made Florida one of the leading states in the country on election cyber security.” In addition, “In 2018, former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a letter to the Florida secretary of state that, ‘We have not seen new or ongoing compromises of state or local election infrastructure in Florida.’”Read Redacted Mueller Report Here