A CHRISTMAS STORY BY GEORGE LUMLEY

first_imgTHE CHRISTMAS STORYLet’s Fix That Tax Sale: 5th in a series by Georg LumleyIt is that time of year to be thankful and giving. A time for sacrifice and charity. Personally, those are things that should be considered incorporated into our daily lives and that of our local government all year; however, that does not seem to be the case with the Tax Sale process, even when it would save the government money which could then be used for other worthy endeavors, like providing food and shelter.Hopefully you have read my previous myth busting and informative articles about the Tax Sale Process. Although the city is claiming that that no one wants these lots and the city must land bank them and maintain them at a tremendous burden on local resources, this series has shown that people in the neighborhoods do want the properties and are willing to maintain the properties and pay taxes on the properties. Special interest and an idea that the PEOPLE who live in the less affluent neighborhoods are NOT SUITABLE to own an adjacent lot, seem to be getting in the way.This Christmas story is about a homeowner, Donna, who lives in the Jacobsville neighborhood. Like most homeowners she was not able to take advantage of one of the well-kept tax sale secrets. Some, like County Councilman Ed Bassemeier and a few others, bought tax sale properties adjacent to their properties directly from the County Commissioners for as little as $1.00 before the Auction process. This homeowner, like most, did not know neighboring properties would be sold before the sign appeared just weeks before the auction. Some who inquired early were told by the Commissioner’s office they had to go to the sale and bid. Like most people wanting these lots, Donna ended up at the sale bidding against the world of speculators.Hundreds of people showed up at the tax sale to buy properties. Many were there to buy the lot or the house next door. Others were looking for bargains or to speculate that if they bought a lot for $100.00 or so they could possibly sell it to the neighboring land owner for $1,000. I have found many such transactions.Because I was there to learn about the process, I mingled among the crowd and listened closely. A little old lady who looked to be over 70 was working the crowd with the same story over and over. She started down the rows of chairs whispering her situation to a few people at a time and then moving down the row. By the time she reached my small group, remember I was uncomfortably sandwiched between a preacher and a lawyer. I had heard her story several times but I listened intently. The preacher and I assured her we would help. She expressed her thanks and moved on.Over and over she was telling the bidders that she wanted a particular lot beside her house and she was asking people not to run the price up on her. She hoped to buy the lot for $5. She explained to everyone that would listen that the city had torn down the neighboring house and left the lot to grow weeds, mice and snakes. Because her windows and doors face this lot, she had taken the initiative to level it out, plant grass seed and had maintained it as her yard for 3 years. She explained that the lot was too small to build on and the other neighbor did not want it. It was easy to detect that the lady had limited resources but dearly wanted the lot next to the house she owned.Her lot was listed as the 140th parcel to sell. This would be after all the houses and most of the lots had sold. As with most auctions, the crowd dwindled as buyers made the specific purchase they came after and then left. I was breathing easier and had a little more room as the attorney to my right was gone and I took advantage of his seat to distance myself from the preacher. When they came to the group of ten properties that included her desired lot, the lady, Donna, and a friend were pretty much sitting in an open space with no other bidders close by.The auction process used is not simply putting one piece of property up for auction but instead presents ten at one time and then sells “choice” pick of the available properties. The winning bidder can pick their choice or choices of properties from the ten at that price per property. After the winning bidder makes their choice or choices, the “choice” pick of the remaining properties is sold again. Donna was definitely excited when the ten properties that included her pick came up on the screen. There was much anticipation as the properties sold one by one, but she did not bid. There appeared to be a little confusion, but each time her property was not picked she shuffled with excitement. The first pick sold for $1600. Second pick went for $375. Third for $130. Then the price settled at $100 for the next six lots.With only Donna’s property left on the screen, the auctioneer tried to open the bid at $500. Donna quickly spoke out “5 dollars, 5 dollars, 5 dollars”. Not getting the five hundred, the Auctioneer moved to 250, 100, and finally accepted Donna’s $5 as a starting place. There seemed to be a pause and then the auctioneer accepted a $10 bid. Donna quickly looked around to see who was bidding against her. It was someone in the far corner on the other side of the room who apparently had not gotten the message. Donna was distraught as her friend raised Donna’s arm holding the bidders paddle to indicate Donna would take the next bid. I do not think Donna had a clue of what the bid and ask were, as she just held the paddle up saying: yes, yes, yes.I doubt that Donna was even aware she had placed the $100 bid price; but, when it went over $100 her friend pulled down Donna’s arm holding the bidder’s number and shared the disappointment that Donna could not afford, on this day, to purchase the lot next to her house. Most likely, only Donna had a love, desire, and true purpose for the lot’s use. Donna was more than willing to own, maintain, and pay taxes on this lot. As Donna wiped the tears from her face, the bidding continued.With Donna out of the bidding, leaving the bidder in the corner holding the high bid, another bidder toward the center entered the bidding with $115, $135, and then the final bid of $155. Maybe not much money for you, but for people on fixed incomes with possible extended family to care for, it can seem like a fortune, especially during the holidays.The audience was a little quieter after this particular sale. Most were aware of Donna’s situation and wishing her the best of luck. There was more than a little disappointment felt throughout the room. Most everyone had wanted to see Donna get her lot for $5.00.As the auctioneer shouted sold and looked to the buyer for his bidder’s number the buyer rose slightly from his seat and shouted in a loud voice across the room to Donna: “See me after the auction and I will sell you that lot for $5.00.” There was a sigh of relief and joy throughout the audience just short of applause. Donna gestured with elation and blew kisses toward the benefactor. The auctioneer said “isn’t that nice” and the auction roared on.What a great Christmas story that can be repeated time and time again with a little help from our local government. Why not let people, like Donna, know that they could buy this lot for as little as $1 from the County Commissioners, using the same process as County Councilman Ed Bassemeier, rather than go to the auction?Why is the city proposing to keep all these lots from the people in the neighborhoods by transferring them to a land control organization called the Brownfields? I am sure special interest will be able to get lots they want, but why not let people in the neighborhoods – who want to own these lots, maintain these lots, and pay taxes on these lots – buy these lots at reasonable prices before gifting them to the Brownfields who will decide who meets their standards and mark up the cost?Why would you have a land bank holding the lots at a cost of up to $1,000 a year when you could sell or give them as Christmas gifts to people in the neighborhoods who would own them, maintain them and pay taxes on them? The money saved could then be used for other worthy causes like providing food and shelter.Some people just don’t seem to believe in Christmas.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New deer harvest website available for hunters

first_imgStatewide—Indiana DNR has launched a new website allowing deer hunters to access white-tailed deer harvest data as it is accumulated by the state. During the check-in process, hunters report the county of harvest, sex of deer harvested, type of land the deer was harvested on, and type of equipment used to harvest deer. This data can now be accessed and viewed by individuals using an interactive website. Visitors to the website can compare individual or multiple counties across the past five years. Results can even be limited to specific types of equipment or deer seasons.Hunters have asked for more detailed harvest data and comparisons between years, and this new website is a direct result of that feedback to DNR.  Harvest data is updated daily.Click here for the website.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Portugal-Uruguay clash more than Ronaldo vs Suarez, says Alves

first_imgNew Delhi: Portugal defender Bruno Alves said Saturday’s FIFA World Cup last-16 match-up between Portugal and Uruguay will be more than a clash between Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s superstar Luis Suarez.The Euro winners will face Uruguay in Sochi for a berth in the quarter-finals after finishing as the runners-up in Group B behind 2010 World Cup winners Spain. “I don’t think it will be a duel between Suarez and Ronaldo,” Alves said on Thursday. “It’s a match between the two teams, Portugal and Uruguay, and we’ll do everything we can to win.”Uruguay won all three matches in their group, beating hosts Russia 3-0 in their last group game, and are the only team yet to concede a goal at FIFA’s flagship event.Portuguese skipper Ronaldo has scored four of Portugal’s five goals in the tournament so far, while Barcelona star Suarez struck against Saudi Arabia and Russia.”At this stage we still believe we have room for improvement,” Alves said.”I think we will win, but you can’t forget you can only win if you play well and I think we’ll play well.”The 36-year-old Rangers centre-back is participating at his third World Cup, although Alves is yet to make an appearance in Russia.  “I feel that we’re always highly motivated. I think all of us have come here to play and when our moment comes we will be ready for it to help Portugal win,” he said. “I think this Portugal team is ready for everything. We’ve shown we have the chance to win and if we keep it up this way I think we’ll be successful. There are difficult games in store for us though.”The Seleccao das Quinas survived a late scare against Iran on Monday, as Ronaldo missed a penalty and was extremely fortunate to escape a red card for an elbow.Portugal have not lost a competitive match with Ronaldo at their helm since the 2014 World Cup, but were beaten on penalties by Chile at last year’s Confederations Cup.”Everybody can see that in this World Cup there are no easy games,” Alves said. “Germany’s fate made it clear what can happen to any strong team.”Uruguay are hopeful Jose Maria Gimenez will return from injury to resume his centre-back partnership with Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Godin. For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Team India manager questions Anushka Sharma’s stay with Virat Kohli

first_imgSunil Dev said that wife’s are ok but girlfriends accompanying cricketers on tours is against Indian cultureThe debate of wives and girlfriends (WAGs) accompanying cricketers on foreign tours has taken a different twist after Team India’s manager Sunil Dev questioned actress Anushka Sharma’s stay with boyfriend Virat Kohli during the India vs England Test series.Once termed as the most eligible bachelor of Team India, under-performing Virat Kohli has now come under severe criticism for his Test failure — 134 runs in 5 matches. Many fans and some quarters of BCCI have blamed Anushka Sharma’s presence behind the vice-captain’s poor form with the bat in a series, which India lost 1-3.BCCI’s decision to allow the Bollywood actress to stay with the cricketer has snowballed into a controversy after Dev just stopped short of saying that wife’s are ok but girlfriends on tours was against the culture of the country.”I didn’t know who gave this permission and from where it was supposed to be taken. Whether this was been done before or not I am not aware of it. But I will definitely speak to the BCCI about what I feel and submit my report,” Dev told ‘Times Now’.Asked whether girlfriends travelling with the players on tour was against Indian culture, Dev said: As you said yes I agree with you. But I won’t make any comment until I meet Board members.”I am bound with a contract with the Board.”Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have been grabbing headlines ever since they were first spotted together during the tour of New Zealand. During the England series, the couple were back in the news when it was reported that the actress was staying in the same hotel as Virat Kohli with permission from the BCCI.advertisementlast_img read more

Cochlear implant

first_imgInformationA cochlear implant is a small electronic device that helps people hear. It can be used for people who are deaf or very hard of hearing. A cochlear implant is not the same thing as a hearing aid. The device is surgically implanted and works in a different way.There are many different types of cochlear implants. However, they made up of several similar parts. One part is implanted into the bone around the ear (temporal bone) using surgery. It is made up of a receiver-stimulator. This part of the device accepts, decodes, and then sends an electrical signal to the brain.The second part of the cochlear implant is outside the ear. It is made up of a microphone/receiver, a speech processor, and an antenna. This part of the device receives the sound, changes the sound into an electrical signal, and sends it to the inside part of the implant.WHO USES A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?Cochlear implants allow deaf people to receive and process sounds and speech. To some degree, these devices allow deaf people to “hear.” It is important to note that these devices do not restore normal hearing. They are tools that allow sound and speech to be processed and sent to the brain.Both children and adults can be candidates for cochlear implants. They may have been born deaf or became deaf after learning to speak. Children as young as 1 year old are now candidates for this surgery. The basis for selection may vary slightly from adults to children. The basic guidelines are:advertisementThe person should be completely or almost completely deaf in both ears, and get very little help from hearing aids. Anyone who can hear well enough with hearing aids is not a good candidate for cochlear implants.The patient needs to be highly motivated. After the cochlear implant is placed, the person must learn how to use the device.The patient needs to know what kind of hearing improvement should be expected after surgery. The device does not restore or create “normal” hearing.Children need to be enrolled in programs that help them learn how to process sound.Before being considered for the implant, the patient must have an exam by an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor (otolaryngologist). Patients will also need specific types of hearing tests that are done with their hearing aids on. This may include a CT scan or MRI scan of the brain and the middle and inner ear.Patients (especially children) may need psychological evaluation to determine if they are good candidates.HOW IT WORKSIn a normal ear, sounds are transmitted through the air, causing the eardrum and then the middle ear bones to vibrate. This sends a wave of vibrations into the inner ear (cochlea). These waves are then converted by the cochlea into electrical signals, which are sent along the auditory nerve to the brain.A deaf person does not have a functioning inner ear. A cochlear implant attempts to replace the function of the inner ear by turning sound into electrical energy. This energy can then be used to stimulate the cochlear nerve (the nerve for hearing), sending “sound” signals to the brain.Most cochlear implantshave similar parts.Sound is picked up by a microphone worn near the ear. This sound is sent to a speech processor usually connected to the microphone and worn behind the ear.The sound is analyzed and converted into electrical signals, which are sent to a surgically implanted receiver behind the ear.The receiver sends the signal through a wire into the inner ear. From there, the electrical impulses are sent to the brain.HOW IT IS IMPLANTEDDuring the surgery:You will be asleep and pain free during this surgery.A surgical cut is made behind the ear. You may need some of your hair shaved behind your ear. A microscope and bone drill are used to open the bone behind the ear (mastoid bone) to allow the inside part of the implant to be inserted.The electrode array is passed into the inner ear (cochlea).The receiver is placed into a pocket created behind the ear. The pocket helps keep it in place, and makes sure it is close enough to the skin to allow electrical information to be sent from the device. A “well” may be drilled into the bone behind the ear so the implant is less likely to move under the skin.After surgery:There will be stitches behind the ear.You may be able to feel the receiver as a bump behind the ear.Any shaved hair should grow back.The outside part of the device will be placed 1to 4 weeks after surgery to give the opening time to heal.RISKS OF SURGERYadvertisementMost of the time, a cochlear implant is a safe surgery. However, all surgeries pose some risks. Common risks include:Wound healing problemsSkin breakdown over the implanted deviceInfection near implant siteThese are problems are rare now that the surgery can be done through only a small cut.Less common complications include:Damage to the nerve that moves the face on the side of the operationLeakage of the fluid around the brain (cerebrospinal fluid)Infection of the fluid around the brain (meningitis)Temporary dizziness (vertigo)Failure of the device to workAbnormal tasteRECOVERY AFTER SURGERYFollowing your operation:You may be admitted to the hospital to be watched overnight. (Many hospitals now let patientsgo home the day of surgery.)Your health care provider will give you pain medicines. You may also get antibiotics to prevent infection.Many surgeons place a large dressing over the operated ear. The dressing is removed the day after surgery.A week or more after surgery, the outside part of the cochlear implant is secured to the receiver-stimulator that was implanted behind the ear. It is only at this point that you will be able to use the device.The implantwill beattached to the outside processor when the surgeryis healed. You will begin to work with specialists to learn to “hear” and process sound using the cochlear implant. These specialists may include:AudiologistsSpeech therapistsEar, nose, and throat doctors (otolaryngologists)Working with the specialists after surgery is a key part of the process. You will need to make a joint effort with your health care team to get the most benefit from the implant.OUTLOOKResults with cochlear implants vary widely. How well you do depends on:The condition of the hearing nerve before surgeryYour mental abilitiesThe device being usedThe length of time you were deafThe surgerySome patients can learn to communicate on the telephone. Others can only recognize sound. Getting themost results can take up to several years. You need to be motivated. Patients are often enrolled in hearing and speech rehabilitation programs.LIVING WITH AN IMPLANTOnce you have healed, you may need to make some changes.Most activities are OK. However, some health care providers recommend avoiding full-contact sports. This isto lessen the chance of trauma to the implanted device.Most patients with cochlear implants cannot get MRI scans, because the implant is made of metal.ReferencesBalkany TJ, Brown KD, Gantz BJ. Cochlear implantation: Medical and surgical considerations. In: Flint PW, Haughey BH, Lund LJ, et al, eds. Cummings Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 159.Brown KD, Balkany TJ. Benefits of bilateral cochlear implantation: a review. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2007;15:315-318.Papsin BC, Gordon KA. Cochlear implants for children with severe-to-profound hearing loss. N Engl J Med. 2007;357:2380-2387.advertisementSparreboom M, van Schoonhoven J, van Zanten BG, et al. The effectiveness of bilateral cochlear implants for severe-to-profound deafness in children: a systematic review. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Sep;31(7):1062-71.Review Date:5/21/2013Reviewed By:Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Associate Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

LEVEL 4 REFEREES PRESENTERS

first_imgEvery now and again people achieve remarkable things in our sport, but very rarely do they receive recognition for their achievements. Over the past few weeks four people have gained their level 4 referee presenter status, Chris Harapa, Erene Devall, Scott Dews and Michael Rush. On the database of referee presenters there are only 100 people who have ever achieved this level and this award. Because of their remarkable achievement, we decided to take some time to focus on them and their involvement as Touch referees. Recently I asked each of them some questions about their involvement with Touch, what they love, what’s tough and what they see as the future of refereeing… CHRIS HARAPA: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I first started refereeing about 1990 down at the Domain lunchtime competition in Sydney as a duty ref, before a friend suggested that I take it more seriously as I was a better ref than a player. I joined South Sydney Referees the following year and they helped me get my level 1. I had lots of help then because some of the best refs then officiated at Souths; Adam Foley, Gary Mournehis, Richard Lawry, Mark Sinclair (all level 6’s & still involved in the sport). I stopped refereeing 3 years ago due to nerve damage in my back and am currently a member of the NSW Referees Panel. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? The speed & intensity of the game as well as the different standards across the park. Referees also devote a lot of time and money to the sport and this makes it hard for them and their families. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? When I refereed it was the great camaraderie and friendships that will last a lifetime. Even now as a panel member, the buzz and excitement of a tournament and seeing everyone puts a smile on my face. Also the challenge of improving, attaining higher badge levels and getting better quality games. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? I had no choice in giving up refereeing because I was forced to give it away, but when the Director of Referees, Ian Matthew invited me to assist the panel for the first time, I jumped at the chance to stay involved and give something back. Presenting and coaching is all part of the job, and I love it. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? As a referee, I attained my Level 4 State badge. As a referees’ coach, I am now a level 3 and hope one day to get that L4 at a national tournament. As a presenter, L4 as you now know. I’m also a level 1 player coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Achieving my L4 state badge and getting that blue blazer. An unbelievable semi final game at the State Cup in 1996 between the two best Womens’ sides at the time, Easts v Cronulla which went down to 3 on 3 and helped me get my level 4 badge. Also, you can’t beat our Referees’ Grading Night when you see the smile on a referee’s face when they receive their blue blazer and you helped them get there! 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? All my fellow referees through the years, the NSW Referees Panel, Ian Matthew (Director), my daughter Leah who is an inspiration (I got her involved from the age of 9 and she still loves playing now at 20), my son and best mate Dan, and my wife Megan as she is the one that encourages me and helps me to stay in Touch. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I can see a bright future ahead. Being associated with so many people that are happy to give up their time and energy as well as a genuine love for what they do, we will only get better in what we do. We are continually developing improving and delivering our courses on a regular basis as well as providing our senior and experienced referees a means to becoming coaches & presenters to help in the development of our junior, female & emerging referees. ERENE DEVALL: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I started in Kiama, NSW playing in 1980 and started refereeing as a L1 in 1983 (a life time ago) 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Its not difficult it just has lots of challenges. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The people you meet from all walks of life 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? When I started going through the levels as a referee. I have always been someone that likes to give something back – quite a few people helped me along the way – now its my turn. I also get a buzz out of seeing the people you help achieve their goals too. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? L4 Referee (retired when I became pregnant with my first child) L4 Coach and now L4 Presenter 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Coaching a great friend of mine through the system from L1 through to L6 referee and being present when he received his L6 at NTL. Too many highlights to mention one in particular – there have been so many. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? My husband has been the one to support and encourage me to achieve as I have, however, on the Touch Scene there are four people that have had the greatest influence on my career – Greg West, Ian Matthew, Lou Tomkins and Steve Fisher – they are part of the reason I stay involved. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? I would like to see refereeing promoted as a sport within a sport – you either hate it or love it, there is no middle ground. I think that it does take a special type of person to become a Touch Referee. Within my career, thankfully, the highs definitely outweigh the lows. SCOTT DEWS: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I have been refereeing since the early 90’s, I became more involved & committed when I watched my wife playing rep Touch and realised I could ref at that level. I did my first tournament in ’94. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? During my time when I stopped playing and concentrated on refereeing full time, the park players in open grades basically ran the games, until I gained their respect. Now the only difficult ones are the long term players, who still need the older rules to recover (Mainly women). 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? To me being able to be involved in high level Touch games e.g.; Mens open NTL, Mens 20’s World Cup) is all the motivation I need. 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? We need a level 1 coaching qualification to gain our state level badges, it was something I enjoyed, passing on information and assistance to developing referees.(My career now is adult training). 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? I gained my level 6 at NTL’s ’03 and from that and State of Origin I was invited to referee at the Youth World Cup in ’05. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? Gaining the level 6 and then refereeing at the Youth World Cup in 2005. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? Ian Mathew and his panel have most definitely influenced my career. Ken Golden from this panel more than others, as he was the one that made me realise, I was the only one who could control my career as a referee. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? There is now a new system for referees to follow which will bring more female and younger referees into Touch, this can only make it stronger. MICHAEL RUSH: 1) When did you first start Touch refereeing and how long have you been refereeing? I’ve been refereeing since 1991. 2) What makes refereeing difficult? Players not knowing the key rules & the minority who think its open season on refs on the field. 3) What do you enjoy about refereeing? The constant challenge during the game. You’re more involved in the game than as a player – or maybe that was just a problem with my playing! 4) When did you become interested in other aspects, such as referee presenting/coaching/observing? As part of the refs team at a local venue, you find that after a while you have the opportunity to offer support to new refs. Getting injured and not being able to ref as much also played a key role for me later on. 5) What levels have you achieved in these areas? Level 4 Presenter, Level 3 Referee Coach. 6) What has been the highlight of your career? Any great memorable moments? The memorable moments are when one of the refs you know achieves a goal (a Badge, or a level of game); but also when you see someone new come through and start to show interest in refereeing. 7) Who has been a positive influence for you? One of our Refs Directors here, when I started refereeing, got me interested in sticking with refereeing and having a look at the coordinating and coaching side. More recently getting to work with some of the senior referee coaches. Also, the refs you organise courses and coaching for – a lot of really dedicated people. 8) What do you see in the future for Touch refereeing in Australia? Very positive things. The arm of the sport continues to develop in terms of technical support offered. Refereeing offers a great challenge. The Presenters and Coaching qualifications offer the opportunity to set and achieve goals during and after your on-field career. Once again Touch Football Australia would like to take the opportunity to thank these referees for their contribution to refereeing and the development of our current and future Touch referees at all levels of the sport. We would also like to congratulate them on their own personal achievements and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

10 months agoZola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilson

first_imgZola confirms Chelsea watching Bournemouth striker Wilsonby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGianfranco Zola has confirmed Chelsea’s interest in Callum Wilson.The Bournemouth striker has scored nine goals across all competitions this season, with reports stating the Blues were contemplating a move for the 26-year-old.And speaking before Chelsea take on Bournemouth in the EFL Cup quarterfinal, Zola said the club were interested in the England international.”I’m sure that there are a lot of players that are linked with us,” the Blues assistant said.”Certainly Callum Wilson is doing very well for his club and he is of interest, not just for us, but for many.”He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like him because he’s quick, but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality.”But I don’t want to go too much into it. He’s doing very well. I’m pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery: We can only make loan signings

first_imgArsenal boss Emery: We can only make loan signingsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery has confirmed the club will only sign loan players this month. The Gunners want to bring Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez to the Emirates, but are reluctant to part with a fee for the 25-year-old. And Emery has confirmed the club are only looking for temporary signings.”We cannot sign anyone permanently,” Emery said ahead of the Gunners’ game against West Ham on Saturday. “Only loan players this January.”Asked specifically about Suarez, Emery added: “I do not know his situation.”But I know the club is working for the possibility of players who can help us with this condition (on loan).” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Regional District lifts some evacuation alerts for Old Fort

first_imgThose properties are:7711 Old Fort Road7587 Old Fort Road9913 240 Road7131 265 Road7219 265 Road9808 240 Road9840 240 Road9860 240 Road9878 240 Road9914 240 Road9936 240 Road9940 240 RoadHere is a map of all the properties that remain under an evacuation order or an evacuation alert.A map of the current evacuation orders and alerts as of October 29, 2018Westrek Geotechnical said last week some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community is finished.  The final geotechnical report on the slide should be completed by the middle of this week.  The report was supposed to be finished last week, but a large amount of new data from the Province was given to Westrek on Wednesday.Once the PRRD receives the geotechnical report, the report will then be sent for a peer and legal reviews.  From there, the PRRD will determine the next steps for residents of the Old Fort. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has lifted the evacuation alert for twelve properties near the Old Fort and lifted the evacuation order for one property.The majority of the evacuation order remains in place, but as of 3 p.m. Monday, the PRRD has downgraded the evacuation order to an alert for the property at 9819 240 road.  The property is located above the slide.The evacuation alert for twelve properties, listed below, was also lifted Monday afternoon.last_img read more

Anger more harmful for older adults

first_imgAnger is more harmful than sadness for older adults and may lead to health complications – potentially increased inflammation which is associated with chronic illnesses like heart disease, arthritis and cancer, say researchers. The recently conducted research shows that anger can lead to the development of chronic illnesses whereas sadness did not. “Sadness may help older seniors adjust to challenges such as age-related physical and cognitive declines because it can help them disengage from goals that are no longer attainable”, said study lead author Meaghan A Barlow from the Concordia University in the US. For the study, the researchers analysed data from 226 older adults ages 59 to 93 from Montreal, Canada and grouped participants as being in early old age (59 to 79 years old) or advanced old age (80 years or older). During the study, participants completed questionnaires about how angry or sad they felt. The research examined whether anger and sadness contributed to inflammation. “We found that experiencing anger daily was related to higher levels of inflammation and chronic illness for people aged 80 or above, but not for younger seniors,” added the research co-author Carsten Wrosch. The researchers suggest that education and therapy might help older adults reduce anger by regulating their emotions or by offering better coping strategies to manage the inevitable changes that accompany ageing.last_img read more