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Idina Menzel Reveals Blast-From-the-Past Poster From Her Wedding Singer Days

first_img View Comments Idina Menzel Broadway supernova Idina Menzel has obviously been digging through her family’s attic in Long Island, because she just tweeted an amazing blast-from-the-past photo from her wedding singer days. The Rent and Wicked alum is sporting some fantastic pink eyeshadow, feathered bangs, giant rhinestone earrings, and wait…is that blue eyeliner? Yes. Yes, it is. We’re hoping the Frozen fave will belt hits like “Let It Go,” “Take Me Or Leave Me” and “Defying Gravity” at her one-night-only concert at Jones Beach Ampitheatre on July 17—and we’ve got our fingers crossed she’ll be wearing this exact getup. Don’t let us down, Idina!center_img Star Fileslast_img

Venezuela’s Relations With Iran Unclear In Event of Chávez’s Death

first_img Chávez a frequent visitor to Tehran In recent years, Bolivia has also become a strong ally of both Venezuela and Iran. Last May, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi visited the Andean nation to inaugurate the new College for Defense of the Bolivarian Alternative of the Americas (ALBA), an economic trading bloc founded by Chávez and former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. Last June, Ahmadinejad paid his third visit to Bolivia since the two established diplomatic relations in 2007, signing a $1.1 billion memo of understanding in the fields of agriculture, hydrocarbons, petrochemicals and health care. Morales has visited Tehran twice, once in 2008 and again in 2010. Ilan Berman, vice-president of the American Foreign Policy Council, said Iran has sent between 50 and 300 members of its Islamic Revolutionary Guard to Bolivia to serve as trainers at the school. “Iran’s involvement in the ALBA school serves as a microcosm of the Iranian-Bolivian relationship writ large,” Berman warned. “Indeed, regional experts now estimate that Bolivia could end up becoming as significant as Venezuela in Iran, both as a source of strategic resources for its widening nuclear program and as a hub for the Iranian regime’s expanding asymmetric activities in the Americas.” Ecuador’s Correa a ‘brother and friend’ of Iran Analyst: Drastic change in Venezuela ‘unlikely’ Since assuming the presidency in 1999, Chávez himself has made nine trips to Iran. His government has signed more than 200 agreements with Ahmadinejad, including joint ventures in a plastics mold factory, a binational bank and a $1 billion binational fund, as well as a deal to train 200 Iranians as petroleum technicians. In addition, Iran has invested in an automobile manufacturing plant in Valencia, as well as a tractor factory in Ciudad Bolívar; published reports also speak of Iranian contracts to build apartments for low-income residents of Caracas. And in 2007, the two countries established regular flights between Caracas and Tehran on Conviasa Airlines. Jaime Daremblum, Costa Rica’s former ambassador to the United States and now director of Latin American programs at the Hudson Institute, agrees with Bottome. “Iran plays an important role in Veneuzela, and the people who are close to the regime share that relationship,” he said. “A very drastic change would have to occur in the Venezuelan government, and I don’t see that happening for the time being. The chavistas, even without Chávez, will probably continue for some time.” He added: “If Chávez were to die and the regime continues, I don’t anticipate any change vis-à-vis the other countries,” he said. “Besides, the relationship Iran has with the other Latin American countries is not dependent upon its relationship with Venezuela.” For years, the growing friendship between Chávez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has worried observers in the United States and Latin America because both leaders have used the oil wealth of their countries to spread an anti-Western and specifically an anti-Israel message. In late December, President Barack Obama signed into law the Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act — which obliges the State Department to develop a strategy within 180 days “to address Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity” in the region. Under President Hugo Chávez, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has aligned itself politically with the Islamic Republic of Iran, among the world’s most conservative Muslim nations. Chávez, 58, has also spearheaded Iran’s growing friendship with allies Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Yet with the cancer-stricken president in a hospital in Havana, it’s unclear whether Iran will continue to have much influence in Latin America in the long term. For now, at least, “it will be more of the same,” Venezuelan analyst Robert Bottome, publisher of VenEconomy Weekly, told Dialogo n a phone interview from Caracas. “Everybody’s talking about the different factions competing for power, and in a year or more, that could make a lot of difference,” said Bottome, referring to Chávez’s hand-picked successor, Vice President Nicolás Maduro, and Diosdado Cabello, chief of Venezuela’s National Assembly. “But in the short term, all these guys have a tremendous interest in maintaining the status quo.” Bottome added that “objectively speaking, Venezuela is getting nothing. But if you assume we’re one of the countries that opposes the imperialists, then the alliance with Iran makes a lot of sense. Why would they want to change the relationship with Iran? It’s very productive for both of them.” On Jan. 10 — the day Chávez was supposed to be sworn in for a fourth six-year term as president — tens of thousands of his supporters staged a symbolic inauguration ceremony, their spirits boosted by the presence of three Latin American heads of state: Bolivia’s Evo Morales, Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega and Uruguay’s José Mujica. One of those other countries is Ecuador, which Ahmadinejad visited in January 2012, five years after his first tour of the region. During last year’s trip, he flashed the V-for-victory sign to admirers while riding through the streets of Quito in a convertible. At a news conference, Ahmadinejad called President Rafael Correa “a brother and a friend.” Later, the two leaders signed an agreement to deepen bilateral economic and financial cooperation. Iran opened an embassy in Quito in 2009 and is investing in several projects including hydroelectric dams. Ecuador, in turn, has received trade preferences for agricultural exports to Iran, while Tehran has promised up to provide its new friend with up to $400 million in petroleum derivatives. “The commercial benefit of the relationship with Iran has been small,” said Juan Carlos Donoso, a political science professor at Quito’s San Francisco University. “I don’t think it justifies muddying Ecuador’s name before the international community.” Besides the symbolism of defying the West, cozying up to Iran is part of Ecuador’s drive to open new markets, Donoso said. Although the United States remains Ecuador’s main commercial partner, China has become a major investor here, while the Quito government also is reaching out to Russia and other non-traditional trading partners. It also urges the Department of Homeland Security to step up surveillance at U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico “to prevent operatives from Iran, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, its Quds Force, Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization from entering the United States.” In addition, the new law outlines a multiagency action plan to provide security in those countries, along with a “counterterrorism and counter-radicalization plan” to isolate Iran and its allies. Iran now has 11 embassies in the region, up from five in 2005, and 17 cultural centers; besides Venezuela, it has particularly strong ties with Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua. Bolivia warms up to Iran too By Dialogo January 14, 2013last_img read more

Why the way you’re handling conflict makes you look weak

first_img 50SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Holly Buchanan Holly Buchanan is the author of Selling Financial Services to Women – What Men Need to Know and Even Women Will Be Surprised to Learn. She is the co-author of The … Web: www.SellingFinancialServicesToWomen.com Details One of the top ways leaders lose respect is by poorly handling conflict.  How you handle yourself in a conflict situation is so important because it is not the easy interactions that define who you are as a leader, it is the difficult ones.  Let’s say there is a conflict at work.  Someone is disagreeing with you.  How do you handle it?  Do you appear in control or out of control?  Do you appear secure or insecure?  Do you appear calm or emotional?  Do you appear strong or do you appear weak?  Now, from the title of the article, you’re probably thinking if you don’t stand up for yourself, or if you give in or if you let the other person “win” during a conflict at work, you appear weak.  Actually, the opposite is true.   Sounds counterintuitive doesn’t it.  But here’s why.In conflict, our instinct is to push against….to say, “You’re wrong!”In situations where someone disagrees with us, our natural response is to push against that person.  To prove that they are wrong.  Here are some examples:Opponent:  You’re too old to run for political office.Candidate:  I’m NOT too old to run for political office.Person 1:  It’s going to take 50 years before we see a real positive change. Person 2:  It’s not going to take 50 years to see a real positive change.Person 1:  What if we train our employees and they leave? That’s a waste of money.Person 2:   That’s not a waste of money.Bully:  You run like a girlGirl:  I do not!Pushing against is a reasonable and natural instinct.  Wanting to prove that the other person is wrong is a reasonable natural instinct.  And it makes you look weak.By pushing against you can appear aggressive, defensive and/or insecureWhen you push against, you think you appear strong, but often you look either aggressive or defensive.  What triggers someone to feel the need to be aggressive?  Insecurity.  What causes someone to be defensive?  Insecurity.  When you are being physically attacked these instincts can serve you well.  But we’re talking about interactions with co-workers, not muggers.  It may feel like these people are attacking you personally, but to achieve your goals, “going with” their argument may yield better results.   I hear you saying, “But what if they ARE wrong!”  When you start from the premise of “you’re wrong” you are no longer on that person’s side.  You are each focused on proving how the other person is wrong.  This makes win/win solutions nearly impossible.  It also makes the other person feel attacked rather than understood.  So what can you do to NOT appear aggressive, defensive or insecure (aka weak)?The power of going with vs. pushing against your opponentInstead of pushing against, go with your opponent.   Opponent:   Ronald Reagan is too old to be president.Ronald Reagan:  I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience.Instead of pushing against being too old, Regan acknowledge he was older than the other candidate, but turned it into a positive, rather than a negative attribute.Person 1:  It’s going to take 50 years to see real positive change.Person 2:  It could.  I think it may be closer to 25 years before we see real positive change.When you push back and say “it won’t be 50 years” you set yourself up on opposite sides. By going with, or agreeing with the main point “we won’t see a real positive change” you are on the same side of the issue, simply talking about the timeline vs. arguing over the validity of the main premise. Person 1: What if we train our employees and they leave? That would be a waste of money.Person 2:  What if we don’t train them and they stay?You went with their argument “it’s a waste of money to train our employees.” But then followed it to a logical conclusion.        Bully:   You run like a girl.Girl:  And if you ran a little faster, you could, too.This is an incredibly powerful technique for dealing with bullies. Bullies are itching for a fight.  When you “go with” their argument, you throw them off balance.  They are expecting you to be defensive.  Instead you own the “insult” then flip it on its head to turn it into a positive.  This sends a message of security vs. insecurity.  For those of you who are still thinking, “But if I give in or let them have their way, I am surrendering!   And that’s going to make me look weak.”   This is NOT surrender.  When you surrender, you give the other person control.  In this case you are maintaining control of the interaction at all times.  In conflict, going with vs. pushing against is a way to mindfully influence a situation, rather than mindlessly react to it.    And THAT is the sign of strong leader.P.S. For those of you who recognize the philosophy of Aikido here, you are correct.  We’ll have much more on that coming soon.  last_img read more

Nordea’s Anders Schelde jumps to Denmark’s MP Pension

first_imgAnders Schelde, the CIO of Nordea Life & Pension in Denmark, has been appointed as the new CIO of MP Pension, the labour-market pension fund for academic public sector staff.He is set to take up the new post on 1 November.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive of MP Pension, said Schelde had achieved tremendous results for Nordea Life & Pension.“Under Anders, we will continue to focus on creating a high level of return on a responsible basis for the pleasure and benefit of our members,” Munch Holst said. Schelde will take over the CIO role from MP Pension’s previous head of investments Niels Erik Petersen, whose departure after 10 years at the pension fund was announced in April.Schelde said: “I am pleased to be part of a developing organisation with skilled co-workers, a clear strategy and a strong focus on responsible investment.”At MP Pension, Schelde will be in charge of investing the fund’s total pension assets of DKK106bn (€14.3bn), according to 2016 end-of-year figures. Nordea Life & Pensions Denmark had total assets of DKK227bn at the end of last December, and is part of the larger Nordea Life & Pensions group in the Nordics.“Many large organisations have energy and muscle they can use, but in a smaller organisation you can see the light as soon as you press the button,” Schelde said, quoted by Danish news site FinansWatch.The effect of one’s work was seen immediately, he said.“That is the great thing about being in a smaller organisation,” Munch Holst added, also quoted by FinansWatch.MP Pension recently became independent, after years of cooperation with the Architects’ Pension Fund and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics and Veterinary Surgeons under the Unipension common pensions management umbrella came to an end in December 2015.last_img read more

Former MEP says ‘fatally flawed’ FRC should be shut down

first_imgA leading critic of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has called for the audit and corporate governance watchdog to be shut down. Sharon Bowles, a member of the UK parliament’s upper chamber and former MEP, told IPE: “The FRC is fatally flawed in the way it was set up and has been operating, and distance needs to be put between that culture and the future regulator.“This is most likely to be effective if the FRC is wound up and a comprehensive, fully accountable companies regulator set up that is not based on trade association relationships and which follows fully all the principles of public life.”Her intervention in the debate over the future of the FRC came as the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) invited the public to submit evidence to its inquiry over the regulator’s future. Bowles’ comments added to growing support for a major shake-up at the watchdog. In March, the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum said the FRC should be wound up.Sir John Kingman, who is leading the inquiry, said: “The FRC’s work is critical to financial markets, the economy and public confidence. Trust, quality and credibility are the questions at the heart of [the] consultation.“The review wants to hear the widest possible range of views on how the regulatory system can best deliver for the future.”Among the areas covered by the inquiry are the FRC’s legal status, its relationship with government and its handling of conflicts of interest.Interested parties have until 6 August to make their views known.Under-pressure regulatorThe FRC has come under fire in recent years over claims that it was too close to the audit profession that it regulates, and that it had failed to take timely action regarding high-profile corporate collapses.During a parliamentary hearing into the collapse of services group Carillion in January, politicians accused the regulator of being “toothless”, “useless” and “ineffective”.FRC chief executive Stephen Haddrill argued in the regulator’s defence that it needed greater powers in order to address the perceived shortcomings.The Kingman inquiry has been taking evidence from interested parties since April, but in its latest call for evidence opened its doors to the wider public for input. Bowles said she had already met Sir John to give evidence and had urged him during their meeting to take more views into account.As for the likely outcome of the review, she added: “It is too soon to know how the Kingman review will go but the questions are comprehensive.”She also warned against shying away from wide-ranging reform of the watchdog.“When solutions are asked for, there is always the risk of the status quo being preserved because there is no single solution – even if the status quo is by no means given majority support,” Bowles said.Last month, Sir John unveiled the membership of an 11-member panel of experts and accounting insiders to assist him during the review process.An FRC spokesperson told IPE: “We welcome this independent review of the FRC’s governance, impact and powers. It is an opportunity to assess our past and our future.“The board is determined to meet public expectations and support UK business in attracting global investment for the long term.“We hope interested stakeholders will respond to Sir John Kingman’s call for evidence.”last_img read more

Readers’ Picks of the Week (October 2-6, 2017)

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Cannabis: scientists call for action amid mental health concerns

first_imgThe Guardian 15 April 2016Family First Comment: A UK government spokesperson said its position on cannabis was clear. “We must prevent drug use in our communities and help people who are dependent to recover, while ensuring our drugs laws are enforced. There is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can damage people’s mental and physical health, and harms communities.”   Nicely summed up.The risks of heavy cannabis for mental health are serious enough to warrant global public health campaigns, according to international drugs experts who said young people were particularly vulnerable.The warning from scientists in the UK, US, Europe and Australia reflects a growing consensus that frequent use of the drug can increase the risk of psychosis in vulnerable people, and comes as the UN prepares to convene a special session on the global drugs problem for the first time since 1998. The meeting in New York next week aims to unify countries in their efforts to tackle issues around illicit drug use.While the vast majority of people who smoke cannabis will not develop psychotic disorders, those who do can have their lives ruined. Psychosis is defined by hallucinations, delusions and irrational behaviour, and while most patients recover from the episodes, some go on to develop schizophrenia. The risk is higher among patients who continue with heavy cannabis use.Public health warnings over cannabis have been extremely limited because the drug is illegal in most countries, and there are uncertainties over whether it really contributes to mental illness. But many researchers now believe the evidence for harm is strong enough to issue clear warnings.“It’s not sensible to wait for absolute proof that cannabis is a component cause of psychosis,” said Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at King’s College London. “There’s already ample evidence to warrant public education around the risks of heavy use of cannabis, particularly the high-potency varieties. For many reasons, we should have public warnings.”The researchers are keen not to exaggerate the risks. In the language of the business, cannabis alone is neither necessary nor sufficient to cause psychosis. But the drug inflicts a clear burden on the vulnerable. Estimates suggest that deterring heavy use of cannabis could prevent 8-24% of psychosis cases handled by treatment centres, depending on the area. In London alone, where the most common form of cannabis is high-potency skunk, avoiding heavy use could avert many hundreds of cases of psychosis every year.In the US, cannabis is becoming stronger and more popular. Over the past 20 years, the strength of cannabis seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration has increased from 4%-12% THC. Meanwhile, the number of users rose from 14.5 million to 22.2 million in the seven years to 2014.Coinciding with the upwards trend, young people’s perceptions of the risks of cannabis have fallen, a consequence perhaps of the public discussion over legalisation and fewer restrictions for medicinal uses, according to the US government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (Nida).“It is important to educate the public about this now,” said Nora Volkow, director of Nida. “Kids who start using drugs in their teen years may never know their full potential. This is also true in relation to the risk for psychosis. The risk is significantly higher for people who begin using marijuana during adolescence. And unfortunately at this point, most people don’t know their genetic risk for psychosis or addiction.”….In Australia, a 2013 study found nearly half of the cannabis confiscated on the streets contained more than 15% THC. Prof Wayne Hall, director of the Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research at the University of Queensland, said that while most people can use cannabis without putting themselves at risk of psychosis, there is still a need for public education.….In the 1960s, cannabis in the Netherlands had less than 3% THC, but today high potency strains average 20%. Jim van Os, professor of psychiatry at Maastricht University medical centre, said public health messages are now justified. He believes people should be deterred from using cannabis before the age of 18, warned off the stronger forms, and urged not to use cannabis alone or to cope with life’s problems.… A government spokesperson said its position on cannabis was clear. “We must prevent drug use in our communities and help people who are dependent to recover, while ensuring our drugs laws are enforced. There is clear scientific and medical evidence that cannabis is a harmful drug which can damage people’s mental and physical health, and harms communities.”READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/15/cannabis-scientists-call-for-action-amid-mental-health-concerns?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Otherlast_img read more

Vaping is ‘a real danger’ and needs regulation

first_imgRadio NZ News 14 September 2019Family First Comment: And the truth is starting to finally come out – and remember that Big Marijuana loves vaping….“Although research funded by electronic cigarette manufacturers and the tobacco industry had found no harmful effects, independent studies had consistently found harmful health effects, he said…  While some agencies had said e-cigarettes were 95 percent safer than normal cigarettes, Prof McKee said this figure had “no credibility whatsoever”. The World Health Organisation had “extreme concerns” about e-cigarettes, as did many other health organisations around the world.”E-cigarette flavours “are particularly hazardous” so limiting their sale in New Zealand is an important step, a European public health expert says.Professor Martin McKee’s comments on RNZ’s Saturday Morning come after six deaths in the United States were linked with respiratory and lung conditions caused by vaping. The US government is planning to ban the sale of flavoured electronic cigarettes.The New Zealand government is considering banning all flavours of vaping liquids except tobacco, menthol and mint to reduce the appeal of e-cigarettes to young people.“If New Zealand is going to limit the flavourings that would be an important step,” Prof McKee said.“The flavourings are particularly hazardous.“Other people have used the word ‘reckless’ to describe the promotion of these products until we have a much better understanding of their safety profile.”Prof McKee said using electronic cigarettes caused disruption of the lining of arteries and this could be associated with increased risks of heart disease, blood clots and strokes.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/398790/vaping-is-a-real-danger-and-needs-regulationKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Weekend Local Sports Results

first_imgAfter a busy opening week of 2020-2021, Volleyball season the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles hosted cross-county rivals, South Ripley Raiders. The Eagles came out and after a back and forth game took the first set 25-19. The second set was also competitive with South Ripley taking it 25-22. JCD came back to win the third and fourth sets with identical scores of 25-22. Lady Eagles Coach Cat Schmeltz: “I am incredibly proud of how this group played every single point in this match. Even when they got behind a few points they never gave up. The confidence that we have lacked in past seasons is becoming a huge benefit to us this season”Hitting:Desiree Sparks 24/25 5 kills; McKenzy Gray 9/11 4 kills; Julia Meyer 14/16 4 kills.Setting/Assist:Emma Newhart 43/43 12 assists; Katelyn Wagner 43/43 7 assists.Serving:Shaylee Volz 20/20 5 aces; McKenzy Gray 18/19 3 aces.Serve Receive:Sundress Cullen 31/32Digs:Shaylee Volz 21; Andrea Cullen 20; Emma Newhart 14.The Batesville Boys Soccer team traveled to Franklin County high school for a Saturday Morning match-winning 15-0.The Bulldogs controlled the field and made combination passes to find their way to the goal 10 times in the first half. JJ Kuisel, Kent Meyers, Ian Powers, Eli Pierson, and Cody Sims all put up goals on the scoreboard. The second half the starters set the tone in possession and switched for the younger players to finish off the half. Second-half goals came from junior Eli Pierson and then-freshman Sebbie Trainor, Owen Powers, and Noah Pierson. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.The Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to Union County to secure their third win of the season 1-0. Both teams defenses kept the game at 0-0 until late in the second half.Greensburg Keeper Ella Lowe managed to keep the 9 on-target shots from Union County out of the net. The only point of the game came from one of Lowe’s punts out of the goal, setting up Kaly Haycock for a pass-through Union County’s defensive line to Emily Rosales who settled the ball in their opponent’s goal.Greensburg Lady Pirates travel to Batesville to match up against a local rival on Thursday at 5 p.m. This latest win brings their record to 3-1.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished 5th in the 14-team Connersville Invitational on Saturday at Willowbrook GC.  Team Scores. Franklin County 372, Zionsville 374, Richmond 377, Noblesville 379, Batesville 380, Fishers 392, Park Tudor 396, Yorktown 397, Connersville 399, Lawrenceburg 441, Union County 458, Centerville 482, Jennings County 488, North Decatur 533. Emma Weiler continues her domination in local invitational winning by nine strokes with a school-record even-par round of 72 Other scores for Batesville were Josie Meyer 88, Rhea Miller, and Madelyn Pohlman with 110, and Tori Harpring 114.   Batesville next plays at Hillcrest Monday evening against South Dearborn.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer. The North Decatur Lady Chargers placed 14th overall with a team score of 533.ND Individual Scores. Katy Kinker – Front: 61 – Back: 64 – Total – 125; Laronda Schwartz – Front: 68 – Back: 65 – Total – 133; Kenda Sieg – Front: 67 – Back: 69 – Total – 136; Rilie Sieg – Front: 70 – Back: 69 – Total – 139.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.The Franklin County lady Wildcats Golf finished in 2nd place at the Connersville Invite with a score of 372. The Wildcats continued to play well in the tough 14 team field.  FC Scores. Gracie Graf – 87; Camryn Brewer – 96; Nicole Mears – 86 (Career Low); Crystal Calihan – 103; Kelsie Brackney – 107.The Golf team will be back in action Tuesday vs East Central.Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.The Batesville Lady Bulldogs traveled to Shelbyville High Saturday and suffered their first defeat of the season. It was just not our day. Hopefully, we got all of that out of our system as we start the week of playing for conference games.   JV lost 25-253 and 25- 21.  Top servers were Belle Westerfeld 11/11, Kennedy Westrick 8/8, and Kaylie Raver 7/7. Kaylie led the tell in kills with 4.   Varsity lost 25-13, 25-16, 25-17.   Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil.  The East Central Lady Trojans Volleyball team traveled to Southport to Battle The Lady Cardinals. What would normally be their annual invitational, turned into a single JV/Varsity match-up this year. While our JV fought hard to the final point, they fell to the Cardinals 2-0. Varsity won with the scores of 16-25, 25-20, 25-17, & 30-28. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info‘We started off slow and very unimpressive. We handed Southport the win with 22 errors in that set alone. After regrouping and working together as a team, we managed to come back and win the next three sets. It turned into a great match. It was fun to watch and be a small part of. Both teams put up a strong fight and refused to give up. The effort and grit we showed definitely carried us through in crunch time.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.  Varsity is 2-1 on the season. Next up: all three teams are at Rushville on Tuesday.The North Decatur Lady Chargers placed 9th out of 14 teams at Western Boone.Lady Chargers. Gracie Osting 43 25:22; Jenna Walton 49 25:36; Paige Reisman 60 26:26; Ellie Cox DNR; Hannah Allen 117 33; Lauren Holloway 113 31:15; Paige Wessler 125 34:52; Philomenia Niese 144 39:45; Addie Gauck 103 30:14.The North Decatur Chargers participated in a meet at Borden.Chargers. Aiden O’Dell 116 22:04; Charlie Kramer DNR; Lance Nobbe 169 23:54; Caleb Bowels 150 23:04; Adam Mack 153 23:13; Owen Geis 149 23:03; Ryan Hancock 177 24:54; Chris Gauck 201 27:21; Cameron Medsker 207; 28:26; Collin Bryant 214 30:35; Brandan Gearhart DNR; Jack Cathey 197 27:13; Ethan Neimeyer DNR.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Kyle Nobbe.The Franklin County Varsity Lady Cats fell to Connersville in 4 sets Saturday afternoon  23-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-18.‘We fought hard in set 1 after being down 5-12 and came back to take that set. The next 3 sets were played out neck in neck with Connersville taking all 3. ‘Wildcats Coach Jill Mergenthal.’Kylie Lea had 4 ace serves and 8 digs. Kassidy Schell had 1 ace serve, 10 kills, 9 digs and 10 assists. Kacie Williams had 1 ace serve, 5 digs and 9 assists. Alex Gillman had 1 ace serve and 2 digs. Kim had 1 kill and digs. Jenna Bruns had 3 kills, 1 block, and 4 digs. Saige Mergenthal had 4 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Meredith Hoff had 2 kills, 2 blocks and 1 dig. Kim Settles had 15 digs. Rae Ertel had 1 dig.The JV Lady Cats hosted Connersville Saturday afternoon and won in 2 sets 25-17, 25-18. Hadlee Hornsby had 2 kills and 1 ace serve. Kiersten Schell had 4 kills, 1ace serve and 1 block. Laney Smith had 2 blocks. Stephanie Billman had 4 ace serves and 5 assists. Lauren Stacy had 2 kills and 1 ace serve. Brooke Bruns had 1 kill. Macy Crain had 2 blocks. Michaela Ferman had 4 ace serves and 3 assists. We will be back on the court at home against Batesville on Tuesday, Aug.25th.We will host Batesville this Tuesday, August 25th with JV starting at 5 pm and Varsity to follow. (Schedule change) – FC Freshman game against Batesville will be played Thursday, Sept. 3rd at 5 pm. Come out Tuesday and show your support for the Lady Cats!!!last_img read more

Premier League: There won’t be relegation without concluding season — Brighton owner

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ There is unlikely to be any relegation from the English Premier League if the season ends with no more play possible because of the Coronavirus outbreak, Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom has told British media. Premier League clubs met on Friday to discuss possible models for finishing the season but all options remained hypothetical after the UK Government extended lockdown restrictions for another three weeks. Brighton were two points clear of the relegation zone with nine matches remaining when the league was brought to a halt on March 13. If the season ended with no more play possible, Liverpool would claim the title and Norwich City, Aston Villa and Bournemouth would be for the drop. Relegation means a financial hit somewhere in the region of $100 million and Bloom thought it unlikely that the required 70 per cent of clubs would vote to send the three teams down. “It would be very difficult to relegate somebody, particularly from the Premier League, if the season hasn’t played out,” Bloom said. “You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification, but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the per cent needed for teams to get relegated.” With some teams having more matches remaining than others, another proposal is that a club’s final position be decided by the average number of points they have won per game. Bloom thought that option even less likely to succeed. “I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” he said. “I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brighton & Hove AlbionCoronavirusLockdownPremier LeagueUnited Kingdom Governmentlast_img read more