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Ireland joins Stoke injury list

first_img “When you face your former club you want to show everyone there is life still in you and you are doing well at other places. “I was certainly like that as a player, and Stephen will be no different. “It’s disappointing he’s out, but he will be back in a couple of weeks. It’s nothing too serious.” Hughes, meanwhile, has confirmed he is closing in on signing a new contract with the Potters. “We’ve had further discussions and got down to the detail of it,” said Hughes. “They’re ongoing, with a willingness on both sides to get something done sooner rather than later, certainly from (my) point of view. “So yes, there’s progress and it’s going well.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes faces Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City without another star name he has hailed as “a game changer”. Marko Arnautovic, who missed the clash with the Magpies, is also a doubt with an ankle injury. Hughes, though, knows former Manchester City star Ireland’s loss will be felt as he said: “It’s a blow for him as well as the team. “He’d come in and made an impact, which tempered the loss of Bojan because there was a bit of doom and gloom obviously. “Unfortunately injuries have been the story of his season because he was our best performer in pre-season and he looked like he was going to start very strong. “He was playing well, but unfortunately went out through injury, and then he came back in, did okay, but was then out again. “It’s a shame for him because he has that vision and creativity you need at Premier League level. “You need game-changers and players who will make a difference and Stephen is one of those.” Hughes knows Ireland will be particularly disappointed not to take on City on Wednesday, adding: “You always want to do well against your former club, whatever level you’re at. Hughes’ injury woes are mounting as midfielder Stephen Ireland faces around a fortnight on the sidelines with a hamstring problem that forced him off late in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle. Ireland is joined on the sidelines by Marc Wilson (groin), another casualty from the trip to St James’ Park, along with captain Ryan Shawcross (back), Erik Pieters (hernia), and long-term duo Bojan Krkic and Peter Odemwingie (both knee). Press Associationlast_img read more

Bermuda on track to host CARIFTA Games despite coronavirus threat

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – President of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA) Donna Raynor says next month’s CARIFTA Games, set to attract more than 600 athletes from 27 Caribbean countries, should not be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading across the globe.The virus has reached non-English-speaking Caribbean countries, with a few cases in the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, scheduled for July 24 to August 9, is under threat due to the spread of COVID-19 globally.But as Bermuda prepares to host the 49th CARIFTA Games – the fifth time the island will be the location for the event – Raynor said she did not expect the COVID-19 situation would disrupt the staging.“As of now, all systems are set for CARIFTA, the countries are having their final trials … and we’re all moving ahead as if it is going to take place,” she told the Royal Gazette newspaper.Raynor added that the matter was addressed at a recent meeting of the local organising committee (LOC).“Fortunately for us, most of the athletes are coming in from the Caribbean and flying in on charters, not flying through the United States …. We’re just really keeping our fingers crossed that we can get through the next couple of weeks and that CARIFTA is on,” Raynor said, adding that she was hoping none of the countries would pull out of the April 10-13 games.“I just want to have the event; we’ve put a lot of work into it and are ready to go. Hopefully we can get CARIFTA off the ground.”The BNAA will this weekend host a two-day trial meet at the National Sports Centre which is the venue for the CARIFTA Games. It will be the final opportunity for local athletes to reach qualifying standards ahead of the March 16 deadline.The Games, held under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC), features 150 separate events.Meantime, the International Triathlon Union has confirmed that the April 18-19 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda will go ahead as planned.The Bermuda event is the next on the seven-series circuit that will culminate in the World Championships and Grand Finals in Edmonton, Canada in August.last_img read more

Conte Wants Perfection Barca

first_imgUEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEIt’s nearly 16 months since FC Barcelona last faced English opposition in the UEFA Champions League match and a lot has changed at the Spanish giants since their emphatic 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in November 2016.Tonight, when Stamford Bridge hugs the limelight in one of the two matches today, Antonio Conte strongly believes that Chelsea must play the “perfect game” to beat a formidable Barcelona in the crucial in first leg of last-16 tie. The Premier League champions have recovered from a poor run of form, winning consecutive matches over West Bromwich Albion in the league and Hull City in the FA Cup, but Conte is not getting carried away.“On one hand you know this team is one of the best in the world – maybe they are favourites to win this competition,” Conte told British media last night.“On the other hand we must be excited because we have a great opportunity to play a massive game against a really strong team and to show which is our level.“.We have to try to have the perfect game, the perfect game to try to make the best decisions. For this type of team… they have fantastic characteristics with the ball. But they can have weaknesses without the ball and we have to try and exploit this.”Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi has never scored in eight matches against Chelsea and Conte is eager for his team to maintain that record.Chelsea last defeated the Spanish side in 2012 as the London outfit marched to their first Champions League title, and midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in 2014, is confident that Conte’s side can repeat the feat.“They try to put the first pressure very, very high – (they) always work towards the ball,” Fabregas said.“If we can (get) past this first phase of their pressure, then we have the content to do that, and not put ourselves under too much pressure, then I think we can hurt them because they will leave a lot of spaces at the back.“Hopefully we can give a good image of what we can do and do a good performance.”Chelsea next travel to second-placed Manchester United in the league on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hallandale Beach CRA Creates $500,000 Stimulus Program to Assist Local Small…

first_imgBusiness Employment Bridge LoanThe Business Employment Bridge Loan is a forgivable bridge loan designed to work in conjunction with other federal and state programs in order to provide a direct cash incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Under this program, businesses are encouraged to rehire those that they may have previously laid off. The program is an acknowledgement of the challenges that many businesses have with accessing funds at the federal and state levels due to the extremely high amounts of applications that are being received by agencies associated with those entities. Businesses that apply for and receive the funds, are required to prove that they have applied for various Federal and State loans. Additionally, the CRA has added an innovated component to the loan which requires those receiving the loan to pay a living wage to their employees, and, if the business happens to be a restaurant, food that would normally be thrown away at the end of the night must now be donated to a local shelter or food pantry as a part of the CRA’s Zero Food Waste program. The Coronavirus Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Loan Program is comprised of two separate loans, the Business Employment Bridge Loan Program with loan amounts up to $50,000, and the Emergency Business Cash Infusion Program with amounts up to $15,000.  Both loans are available only to those businesses located within the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). In accordance with Florida Statute 163 Part III, the loans are not available to businesses outside of the CRA. The goal of the program is to provide businesses located within the CRA area with immediate financial relief to avoid temporary or worse, permanent closure.  The HBCRA Board will vote this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to approve the Coronavirus Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Loan Program. According to Dr. Jeremy Earle, the Executive Director of the CRA, as well as an Assistant City Manager, “the CRA is taking an innovated step in ensuring that, not only will a local business receive the financial help that they need during these challenging times, but that the employee is also paid a fair wage.  Additionally, the CRA wants to ensure that, where it can influence the process, restaurants that would typically throw food away at the end of the evening would now be required to donate that food to a shelter or pantry as a part of the CRA’s Zero Food Waste Initiative. The initiative will help to feed the increasing numbers of those who are facing food insecurity.” Emergency Business Cash Infusion LoanThe Emergency Business Cash Infusion Loan is a partially forgivable bridge loan, designed to work in conjunction with other federal and state programs in order to provide a direct cash incentive for small businesses to help them through this challenging period associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.The program is an acknowledgement of the challenges that many businesses have with accessing funds at the federal and state levels due to the extremely high amounts of applications that are being received by agencies associated with those entities. The Loan program provides funds up to $15,000 and is available to be qualified for-profit small businesses including, sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies, that as of March 9, 2020, had been in business within the CRA for at least one year. Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with between 2 to 100 employees.The loan has a maturity of 18 months at an interest rate of 0%. Only one loan may be made to eligible businesses. The interest rate will be interest-free for a period of 18 months if payments are made on time. The loan may be forgiven for businesses who apply for loans less than $5,000 The program provides a bridge loan of up to $50,000, and is available to be qualified for-profit small businesses including, sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies, that as of March 9, 2020, had been in business within the CRA for at least one year.Qualified small business applicants must be an employer business with between 2 to 100 employees. The loan has a maturity of two years at an interest rate of 0%. Only one loan may be made to eligible businesses. The interest rate will be interest-free for a period of two years.  The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. Personal guarantees are required. Coronavirus Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Loan Program details: Hallandale Beach, FL – The Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (HBCRA) has created an innovated $500,000 stimulus program to assist local small businesses in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.The Coronavirus Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Loan Program was created to address the extremely challenging times associated with the Coronavirus, including the closure of local businesses and the layoff of countless numbers of employees. With the specter of a collapse of our local economy in mind, and a possible increase in slum and blighted conditions, the HBCRA has developed these programs which are designed to work in conjunction with state and federal business disaster recovery programs that have been developed, approved and implemented over the past month. Application Period: April 15th, 2020 through September 30, 2020 contingent on the availability of funds.For more information on the Coronavirus Small Business Sustainability and Recovery Loan Program visit cohbcra.org or contact the HBCRA COVID-19 Hotline at 954-787-2055last_img read more

Finally! Lehmann Reveals What He Did After He Was Sent Off In The Champions…

first_imgFormer Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has finally disclosed what he did in the aftermath of his sending off during the North London side’s 2-1 loss to Spanish giants Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League (UCL) final.Lehmann was given his marching orders in the 18th minute and that eventually had a huge impact on Arsenal’s output as their 10 men failed to hold on against Frank Rijkaard despite taking the lead through Sol Campbell.The former Germany international goalkeeper revealed details of what he did after his sending off in his new autobiography ‘The Madness is on the Pitch’. Lehmann wrote:“Four minutes past nine, the infamous moment had come: Ronaldinho played his pass, Eto’o began to run, Lehmann grasped, [referee Terje] Hauge blew his whistle.“Following the dismissal, I slunk into the dressing room to put on a clean shirt. What was I to do now? For a few minutes, I sat around, irresolute, before climbing up the steps to the stands.“I bumped into Sir Alex Ferguson, who stared at me wide-eyed, as if he had seen Lucifer himself. ‘Bad luck,’ I said with a shrug, continuing on my way.“When I had eventually found a seat, I was joined by Lasse and Mats [his children], who had been sitting with my wife and brother. I pulled them onto my lap and finally began to tear up.“There is no apt description nor any solace for this moment, in which all aims, hopes and ambition of the previous months disappear in a black hole of disappointment.“I suspected I would never again be part of a Champions League final but did not let the thought get to me at all.” he further added.RelatedArsenal Confirms Jens Lehmann ReturnJuly 18, 2017In “England””Scared” Gattuso On The Brink After Napoli Lose 3rd Straight GameJanuary 19, 2020In “Italy”BREAKING: Petr Cech Announces RetirementJanuary 15, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Doctors ‘happy’ with Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary’s heart procedure, Dan Quinn says

first_img Falcons rookie Kaleb McGary to have heart procedure 49ers, Nick Bosa agree to rookie contract No matter the timeline, McGary is expected to make a full recovery.“This won’t affect his ability to play football long-term,” Shephal Doshi, a California heart specialist, told the Journal-Constitution, which noted that there’s a discrepancy about how many times McGary has had the heart procedure.The Falcons say this is his third such procedure, but the Seattle Times reported in 2016 that the ablation he underwent in January of that year was his third.  McGary left practice Tuesday with what the team would describe only as an “illness.” NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falcons Falcons rookie right tackle Kaleb McGary’s doctors are pleased with the heart procedure they performed on him, but the “Falcons don’t have or won’t share the timetable for McGary’s recovery,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.”Number one, the doctors were certainly happy about the procedure,” coach Dan Quinn said late Thursday night, after the Falcons’ 14-10 Hall of Fame Game loss to the Broncos in Canton, Ohio. “We’ll have some more updates as we go along. But for the first part of it, they were happy.” According to the Journal-Constitution, several medical experts have projected that McGary will need six to eight weeks to recover from a cardiac ablation, but he could return more quickly depending on how much of his heart was repaired and the use of blood thinners.An ablation is a procedure to scar or destroy tissue in the heart that is allowing incorrect electrical signals to cause abnormal heart rhythm, according to the Mayo Clinic. Related News The Falcons then announced that the first-round draft pick from the University of Washington would have an ablation procedure Wednesday. The Falcons denied the Journal-Constitution’s request to interview their team cardiologist.last_img read more

MLB would ‘benefit’ from mercy rule, Yankees manager Aaron Boone says

first_img“It is not fun to obviously put a position player in that situation,’’ Boone said. “For Ford and some of the guys it is fun, but sitting in my chair, you worry about hurting someone, and sitting there getting kicked in the mouth is no fun. I am sure there is something to that question.’’ There is no mercy rule in MLB, but New York’s Aaron Boone thinks one being implemented might be a good thing.The Yankees manager shared his thoughts on the idea Friday when addressing the 19-5 loss his team suffered at the hands of the Indians on Thursday. “It’s not fun to have to put in a position player”Aaron Boone discusses a mercy rule and how it could prevent injuries/bad situations during blowouts pic.twitter.com/EB6woa1GbN— Yankees Videos (@snyyankees) August 16, 2019“I think there would be a benefit to that,’’ Boone said. “You would probably eliminate a lot of the unwritten rules, people running or swinging. It would be like, if you get to this point after seven innings or whatever, there might be something to that and worth exploring.’’Some of Boone’s frustration stems from the fact he had to use DH Mike Ford on the mound for two innings against Cleveland. He’d rather avoid position players pitching. Related News Luke Voit injury update: Yankees first baseman (hernia) shares target return windowcenter_img New York is comfortably leading the AL East with an 82-42 record. It has a 10 1/2 game lead on the second-place Rays. The Yankees have the best record in baseball (alongside the 82-42 Dodgers) and likely have plenty of meaningful baseball ahead. They’ll have to settle with no mercy rule for at least the rest of 2019 though. Fernando Tatis Jr. injury update: Padres’ star rookie (back) likely done for season, manager sayslast_img read more

Red Sox ace Chris Sale avoids Tommy John surgery

first_img#RedSox Medical Update on Chris Sale: pic.twitter.com/E8pWMw5y8f— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 19, 2019Sale has had a rough season and has posted a 6-11 record and a career-high 4.40 ERA. He’s allowed 24 home runs in 147 1/3 innings, which is a far cry from his 2018 campaign. Even though he was hurt last season with a shoulder injury, he still had a 2.11 ERA and helped lead the Red Sox to the World Series. Related News Sale will be shut down from throwing for “a period” of time and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, which could end his season.  Chris Sale received some mixed news about his injured arm.The Red Sox pitcher likely won’t need Tommy John surgery after he visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion. But, he was diagnosed with inflammation in his left elbow and underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection, the team announced Monday.  MLB wrap: Zack Greinke gets 200th career win as Astros top A’s Yankees adopt Brett Gardner’s dugout antics for new celebration The injury comes months after Sale signed an extension that starts in 2020, which is for five years and worth $145 million. He will be paid a base salary of $15 million this season.Ryan Brasier was recalled to fill Sale’s spot on the 25-man roster. Braves’ Ronald Acuna reacts to being pulled from game for not hustlinglast_img read more

Groundbreaking today for Mason City multi-purpose arena

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City mayor Bill Schickel says everybody is invited later today for the groundbreaking ceremony for the multi-purpose arena that’s part of the River City Renaissance project in downtown Mason City.   “After five years of preparation, five years of work, the groundbreaking and construction kickoff for the River City Renaissance project takes place at noon today, and you’re invited to join in.”The arena is being placed in the former JC Penney location in Southbridge Mall and it’s part of the $38 million Iowa Reinvestment Act project that also includes the addition of a convention center complex to Music Man Square, a hotel in the eastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall, as well as a performing arts pavilion on the mall’s north side.Schickel says the construction of the arena will create a number of jobs. “This is going to create 200 construction jobs and 100 permanent jobs, and it’s expected to add about $9 million in worker earnings in Mason City.”Schickel says preliminary drawings by ICON Architectural Group of the proposed arena as well as of the hotel that’s part of the project will be presented to the public at today’s event.  “It incorporates the Prairie School look that we asked for in keeping with our heritage in Mason City.”Dean Snyder Construction of Clear Lake has already started some work as part of the first phase of the arena project, which includes things like electrical and mechanical demolition, exterior wall and interior partition demolition, and earthwork and mass excavation.Today’s groundbreaking event will start at noon, with people attending being asked to use the north entrance off of the corner of 1st and South Washington.last_img read more

Rumson Man Arrested For Daytime Burglary In Fair Haven

first_imgFAIR HAVEN— Police arrested a Rumson man and charged with an assortment of offenses arising from an alleged daytime burglary on Monday.Police arrested David Wilt, 20, at his Evergreen Drive, Rumson home on Monday afternoon charging him with burglary, theft, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, forgery and receiving stolen property, according to Fair Haven Detective Sergeant Jessie Dykstra.Wilt, Dykstra charged, had entered the Hance Avenue home of a medical doctor when he was confronted by someone in the home and made his escape.Wilt allegedly fled the scene in his truck, colliding with a vehicle parked in the residence’s driveway making his way home. The witness had called police giving them a description of Wilt, his vehicle and the license plate number, Dykstra said.When police arrived at Wilt’s home at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wilt was allegedly in possession of prescription medication and a prescription pad, the detective said.Along with the criminal offenses, police issued Wilt motor vehicle summons for leaving the scene of an accident, according to Dykstra.Wilt was released on $7,500 bail, police said.last_img read more