Germany allows backdated changes to discount-rate calculations

first_imgThe German government has come to a long-awaited decision regarding discount rates, or Rechnungszins, used to calculate pension liabilities under local accounting standard HGB.It extended the period from which the rate can be calculated from the previous seven years to the previous 10, to include pre-crisis years with higher interest rates.It has also given companies the option to apply the new HGB provision to their 2015 annual reports.The new regulations, however, include a ban on increasing dividend payouts that could be afforded as liabilities go down. According to consultancy Mercer, the amendments to the calculation period will set the discount rate at 4.1% for 2016 instead of 3.37%.The consultancy, however, argued that “companies are not profiting” from this new regulation.It deemed the new regulation “a bad compromise” that would “considerably increase stress among those preparing balance sheets”.It pointed out that the extension of the calculation period was “considerably weaker” than the industry expected, as the original draft contained an extension of 15 years, while the government had been considering a 12-year extension for some time.Mercer warned that companies would now have to make two parallel calculations applying discount rates calculated on a seven-year period and on a 10-year period.Over the last 12 months, many industry representatives have called on the government to come to a decision on the issue, in light of the low-interest-rate environment.In November, pension fund association aba published calculations estimating that the discount rate companies can apply to their pension buffers would fall below 3% by 2017 from currently just over 4%, if no action were taken.This, in turn, would have meant companies with on-balance-sheet pension obligations would have had to pay an additional €35bn-45bn in total annually over the next three years to offset this decrease.last_img read more

Nigerian Dredging Summit Takes Place in Abuja

first_imgThe 12th Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition is set to take place from September 24 – 28, 2018, in the Rockview Hotel in Abuja.Nigerian seaport operations have made tremendous strides in recent years although the main challenge now includes adaptations for pre-eminence amongst rival West Africa ports.Since 2017, problems arising from traffic gridlock at Apapa – the major port gateway city of Nigeria – have beset the promising future of Nigeria’s maritime trade.If not well-handled, this could truncate the natural position of Nigerian ports, in the long-run, as the preferred ports for the huge Nigerian market, in favor of competitors such as ports in Cotonou, Lome, Tema and Abidjan.This problem is the main theme of the 12th Nigerian Dredging Summit and Exhibition.last_img

Solskjaer tells Ighalo, others what to do against Leicester on final day

first_imgManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo and teammates not to settle for the point that would guarantee their progress to the Champions League next season when the Red Devils travel to Leicester. United sit third in the Premier League table deading into the final day of the season, but defeat at the King Power on Sunday would see them fall to fifth should Chelsea avoid losing at home to Wolves. “We’ve given ourselves a good chance of being in the Champions League next year but we can’t go into a game thinking about what the outcome can be,” Solskjaer said on Friday. “We’ve just got to go and perform and perform at a high enough level and standard so we can get a result. “We want to go there and dominate the game. We wanted to get this position to be able to go to Leicester and having to beat them and we’re not going to change our approach. We want to go there and try and win the game.”Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Of The Most Powerful Women Across The GlobeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowThe Rarest And Most Valuable Card In The Whole WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Read Also: Premier League start date for 2020-21 season revealed“Mentally I think we’ve shown more robustness, resilience, when we’ve lost the first goal in games, for example, but we’ve also shown the heights when everything’s flowing, which you can’t expect every time.“I’m delighted with how the development looks.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Solskjaer’s men have overturned an eight-point deficit to Leicester in eight games since English football’s return from a three-month hiatus, but have looked low on energy in recent games as they crashed out of the FA Cup to Chelsea last weekend and were held 1-1 at home by West Ham on Wednesday. However, the Norwegian insists he is still delighted with the progress that has been made this season with his side on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league stretching back to January. “We’re going to go into it with a strong frame of mind. It’s not job done, we have got to this point and we have one more game in this season,” added Solskjaer. “That’s this season, this is a journey for this team. This is one extra step on the journey for this team, which we’ve come a long way. Loading… last_img read more

Super Eagles target talks tough after Premier League debt

first_imgSuper Eagles target Eberechi Eze says he is ready to provide Crystal Palace’s spark after making his Premier League debut in the win over Southampton on Saturday . The Nigerian-born England U21s midfielder – who was introduced from the bench at Selhurst Park to make his first appearance in the top flight – is the most expensive signing Palace have made during Roy Hodgson’s tenure and has been brought in to add some creativity and flair to last season’s second lowest goalscorers. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Eze is quite the creative talent on the ball, and showed as much when his late introduction lifted Palace for a late flurry of chances after Wilfried Zaha’s first half goal had given them a one goal lead. Hodgson, though, likes his charges to be disciplined and hardworking off the ball – something the midfielder has been working on since his time at QPR. “I’m expecting him to kick on even further from the run of the seasons he has had with QPR,” said Hodgson. “He’s been a real star in the Championship – everyone has recognised this, and we were not the only that looked at him and thought, this young man is going to be a very good player and we would like to sign him, for our team. Read Also: Ronaldo engagement ring for Georgina tops footballers’ list “I’m expecting him to work hard and continue to progresses career and show the same level of ability in the Premier League that he has shown in the Championship. “He’s a confident young man, because he does have a lot of ability. And I thought that was pretty obvious today even in that 15 minutes. It was a tough ask to come on then. If he had made a bad mistake which would have cost us an equalising goal, people would have pointed that out. He was very diligent in his defensive work, but he knows and I know that if he is going to be able to produce the level of diligence and understanding that people like Andros and Jeff [Schlupp] have done after three years work with us, we have got to do some work with him as well.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… At 22 it is some task, but one Eze is relishing. “Yeah of course, it is a great privilege to be at a club like this and be at such a level and be in such a team,” he said when asked if the pressure was something he would enjoy. “There are some really good players here. It is a great platform to show what I can do and prove myself in the big leagues. “The intensity is obviously a bit higher and you can tell that people think a lot quicker. It was more about adapting to that and doing my best to cope.”last_img read more

Super Nationals pre-entries already up over last year

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 15) – Pre-entries for the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s are running ahead of numbers for last year’s event. More impressively, the increase from two years ago is now a robust 25 percent. At of the end of the business day on Thursday, 333 drivers had completed the early registration process. That’s up from the same date each of the last two years. By division, 2014’s early entries include 129 Modifieds, 69 Stock Cars, 54 Hobby Stocks, 68 Northern SportMods, two Late Models and 11 Sport Compacts. Super Nationals is Sept. 1-6 at Boone Speedway. Another 132 drivers have already reserved pit stalls. In all, pre-registered and confirmed drivers hail from 26 states and Canada.The latest lists of drivers registered and confirmed to compete at the 32nd annual event, by division, now include:Modified Pre-Entries Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas; Coty Albers, Wellsburg; Mike Albertsen, Audubon; Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; Jamie Anderson, Mason City; Jacob Anson, Albion, Neb.; Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark.; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Bob Aspenleiter, North Platte, Neb.; Robert Avery, Des Moines; Brody Bowser, Stanton, Mich.; Tre­vor Baker, Beatrice, Neb.; and Shawn Bearce, Sioux City. Brandon Blochlinger, Concordia, Kan.; Joren Boyce, Minot, N.D.; Brian Calhoon, Beloit, Kan.; Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; Eric Center, Mesa, Ariz.; Rob Charapata, Oconto, Wis.; Jim Cole, Sioux City; Sam Cox, Flower Mound, Texas; Tony Cox, Boone; Kent Croskey, Polk City; Eric Dailey, Armstrong; Scott Davis, Madrid; and Russ Dickerson, Boone;Randy Dolberg, Mills, Wyo.; Jeff Dolphin, Britt; J.P. Dowell, Killeen, Texas; Scott Drake, Joplin, Mo.; Tyler Droste, Waterloo; Darin Duffy, Urbana; Brian Efkamp, Ankeny; Greg Elliott, Webster City; Shannon Farrar, Downsville, La.; Cole Ferguson, Dexter; Chris Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y.; Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Jerry Frydrych, Austin, Texas; Josh Gilman, Earlham; Wayne Graybeal, Springfield, Mo.; Mark Griffin, Canton, Pa.; Clay Hale, Cameron, Mo.; Garry Hall, Roches­ter, Minn.; Larry Hall, Rochester, Minn.; Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn.; Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls; Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; Shane Hiatt, Rising City, Neb.; Jared Hoefelman, Colum­bus, Neb.; and Scott Hogan, Vinton; Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif.; Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski, Wis.; Wayne Johnson, Minot, N.D.; Paul Jones Jr., Cas­per, Wyo.; Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas; Matthew Kiner, Aurora, Neb.; Ed Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wyo.; Dustin Kraklio, Durant; Corey Lagroon, Salina, Kan.; Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; Cody Leonard, Sinton, Texas; and Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Nicholas Link, Rolla, Kan.; John Logue, Boone; Trent Loverude, New Ulm, Minn.; Jim Lynch, Bloomfield; Tyler Madigan, Peosta; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Mike McCarthy, Hutto, Texas; Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; Matthew Meinecke, Madrid; Chad Melton, Springtown, Texas; Dan Menk, Franklin, Minn.; Jeremy Mills, Garner; and Jason Morehouse, Evansdale; Levi Nielsen, Mason City; Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; Scott Olson, Blairsburg; Mike Petersilie, Hoisington, Kan.; Bill Pittaway, Corpus Christi, Texas; Ron Pope, Mason City; Chad Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif.; David Pries, Medaryville, Ind.; Tyler Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Craig Reetz, Dunlap; and Buck Reid, Sheridan, Ark.; Jesse Richter, Great Bend, Kan.; Duane Rogers, Imperial, Calif.; Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Jason Schneiders, Sioux City; Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; J.J. Scott, Iowa City; Clay Sellard, Ellis, Kan.; Todd Shute, Des Moines; Tom Silver, Glenwood, Minn.; Dustin Smith, Lake City; and Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas; Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; Caleb Stone, Hobbs, N.M.; Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.; Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; Greg Taylor, Sioux City; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Jim Thies, Mapleton; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; and Aa­ron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Mike Van Genderen, Newton; Mike Wadel, Garden City, Kan.; A.J. Ward, Ionia, Mich.; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; Ryan Watnem, Humboldt; Mike Weikert Jr., Muscatine; Kirk Westring, Columbus, Neb.; Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas; Austin Wonch, Stanton, Mich.; Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo.; and Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo. Others Confirmed Chris Abelson, Sioux City; Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; J.D. Auringer, Waterloo; Robert Avery, Des Moines; Melvin Bailey, Mayetta, Kan.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; David Brown, Kellogg; Kyle Brown, Kellogg; Joel Bushore, Boone; Kaleb Carey, Osceola, Neb.; Alec Childs, Lovelock, Nev.; and Jeremy Chris­tians, Horicon, Wis.; Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; Kenny Cross, Salina, Kan.; Ja­son Cummins, New Richland, Minn.; Tim Czarneski, Denmark, Wis.; Bill Davis Jr., Des Moines; Travis Dickes, Columbus, Neb.; Jake Durbin, Perry; Eric Elliott, Boone; Mark Elliott, Webster City; Chad Estes, Troy, Texas; and Cody Gearhart, Turpin, Okla.; Joe German, Aberdeen, Wash.; David Goode, Copperas Cove, Texas; William Gould, Calera, Okla.; Cody Graham, Mesa, Ariz.; Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; Richie Gustin, Gilman; Randy Havlik, Madrid; Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D.; Racer Hulin, Laurel; Darren Huntley, Ogden; Mike Jergens, Plover; Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis.; and Beau Kaplan, Boone; Brian Knoell, Falun, Kan.; K.C. Kubichek, Winnemucca, Nev.; Kevin Larkins, Greenwood, Neb.; Adam Larson, Ankeny; Rich Lewerke, Garner; Kelly Lyons, Boone; Jay Marks, Bakersfield, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Jason Mur­ray, Hartford; Jay Noteboom, Hinton; Justin O’Brien, West Union; and Terrance Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Josh Ruby, Lakota; Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; Kelly Shryock, Fertile; Jared Siefert, Luxemburg, Wis.; Scott Simatovich, State Center; Jason Snyder, Dunkerton; Tony Snyder, Readlyn; Clint Wendel, Mason City; Chad Wernette, Sheridan, Mich.; Randy Wilson, Wichita, Kan.; and J.J. Wise, Gar­ner. Stock Car Pre-EntriesDerrick Agee, Huntsville, Mo.; Andy Altenburg, Truman, Minn.; Gary Bass, Des Moines; Norm Belew, Granger; Brian Blessington, Breda; Jesse Brown, Nashua; Tom Brumlic, Denmark, Wis.; Ronnie Christopher, Forney, Texas; Blake Cole, Nashua; Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; Larry Crocheck, Boone; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Michael Dancer, North Platte, Neb.; and Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M.; David Easterday, Riverdale, Neb.; Cody Frerichs, Bristow; John Frydrych, Austin, Texas; Cory Gansen, Clear Lake; Derek Green, Granada, Minn.; Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; Dan Hanselman, Algona; Markiss Harcrow, Waco, Texas; John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; Ty Hill, Dallas Center; Robert Hoing, Overton, Neb.; Jeff Holstein, New Ulm, Minn.; Michael Jaennette, Newton; and Casey Jones, Sioux City; Ned Kalis, Wells, Minn.; Michael Lang, Lamesa, Texas; Jordan Lathram, Hobbs, N.M.; Stoney Leonard, Ladora; Jake Ludeking, Decorah; Les Lundquist, Sioux City; Carbie McClearen, Seminole, Texas; J.P. Minnehan, Churdan; Perry Misner, Garden City, Kan.; Dana Morgan, Kearney, Neb.; Damon Murty, Chelsea; Mike Nich­ols, Harlan; and Jesse Olson, Mayer, Minn.; Chad Palmer, Renwick; Shane Paris, Muscatine; Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; Corey Piffer, Indianola; Scott Pippert, Elberon; Travis Prochaska, Iowa Falls; Chris Pruitt, Stuart; Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; Tony Schlei, Union Grove, Wis.; Allan Schmidt, Holstein; Jay Schmidt, Tama; David Smith, Lake City; Devin Smith, Lake City; and Donavon Smith, Lake City;Gene Stigall, Winston, Mo.; Robert Stofer, Jefferson; Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas; Justin Temeyer, Independence; Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Heath Tulp, Belmond; Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; Roger Verdoorn, Sibley; Don Vis, Marshalltown; Matthew West, Kellerton; Jeff Whiting, Gothenburg, Neb.; Mike Wiemann, Webster City; Brett Woznicki, Minot, N.D.; and Jody York, Lubbock, Texas.Others ConfirmedJason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas; Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas; Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; Eric Brown, Boone; Nathan Burke, Minot, N.D.; Cory Bush­nell, Madrid; Craig Carlson, Madrid; Norman Chesmore, Rowley; Chad Estes, Troy, Texas; Jerry Gifford, Boone; Wayne Gifford, Boone; and Mike Goldsberry, Runnells;William Gould, Calera, Okla.; Lonnie Hodges, Boone; Jake Masters, Graettinger; Aaron Matthias, Fairbank; Larry Portis, Nora Springs; Bill Richards, Audubon; Cody Scray, Horicon, Wis.; Paul Shepherd, Marengo; Toby Smith, Oskaloosa; Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; Dave Wickman, Emmetsburg; Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; and Pat Wilson, Harker Heights, Texas.Hobby Stock Pre-EntriesZachary Ankrum, Sioux City; Tim Barber, Story City; Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; Nate Bonin, Iowa Falls; Andrew Borchardt, Plymouth; Matt Brown, Dysart; Andrew Burg, Adel; Travis Burger, Ne­braska City, Neb.; Andrew Claus, Spencer; Shane Collins, Thayer, Kan.; and Eric Gillette, Slayton, Minn.; Ryan Grochala, Pleasant Hill; Tony Harazin, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Austin Hauswirth, Havelock; Jamie Herring, Killeen, Texas; Andy Hick, Adel; Derek Hodges, Des Moines; Andy Hoffman, Sioux City; Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake; Trevor Holm, Edgerton, Minn.; Shane Honl, Winthrop, Minn.; and Trevor Hudson, Copperas Cove, Texas; Benji Irvine, Stanley; Darin Johnson, Dickens; Jacob Keiser, Marengo; Mike Kennedy, Goodland, Kan.; Jim Kimmel, Norfolk, Neb.; Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M.; Chad LeGere, Des Moines; Austin Luellen, Min­burn; and Dustin Lynch, Boone; Ross Marshall, Johnston; Derek Moede, Casco, Wis.; Justin Nehring, Storm Lake; Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas; Gary Pesicka, Burt; Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; David Rieks, Eldora; Mark Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; Malik Sampson, Worthington, Minn.; Josh Saunders, Newton; and Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D.; Jason See, Albia; Richard Shields Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas; Jay Sidles, Emmetsburg; Matt Smith, Des Moines; Russ Specht, Hastings, Neb.; Ray Stock Jr., Ankeny; Jesse Totten, Schleswig; Dusty Van Horn, Atlantic; Jesse VanLaningham, Beatrice, Neb.; John Watson, Des Moines; and Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger. Others ConfirmedAdam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb.; Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; Travis Coop, Portis, Kan.; G.W. Fuller, Tescott, Kan.; Dustin Graham, Boone; Jer­emy Hoskinson, Norfolk, Neb.; Matt Hudspeth, Granger; Brent Jochum, Norfolk, Neb.; Bryan Keeney, Nevada; Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb.; Joe Myers, Woodward; Kyle Parizek, Belle Plaine; Brent Schlake, Blue Springs, Neb.; and Jacob Waldron, Beatrice, Neb.Northern SportMod Pre-Entries Shawn Albers, Wellsburg; Josh Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; Mike Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; Coby Bangasser, Allison; Kaid Calhoon, Beloit, Kan.; Austin Carter, Beloit, Kan.; Trevor Chaplin, Iowa Falls; Levi Chipp, Latimer; Caleb Dennis, Meadville, Mo.; Arron Duvall, Trenton, Mo.; and Bruce Ege­land, Marshall, Minn.; Colby Fett, Algona; Joe Feyen, Plattsmouth, Neb.; Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; Brendon Frye, Taft, Calif.; Nate Ginest, Great Bend, Kan.; Kruz Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Kyle Griffith, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jared Hansen, Audubon; Colby Heishman, Brooklyn; Curt Hilmer, Dysart; and Jerry Hoffman, Oronogo, Mo.;Mark Hunziger, Oregon, Mo.; Kevin Hurst, Janesville; Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan.; Brian Konz, LeMars; Jeremiah LaDue, Trenton, N.D.; Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; Tom Lathrop, Ottumwa; Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; Jonathon Logue, Boone; Tim Love, Kelley; Clint Luellen, Minburn; and Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.;Matt Marquardt, Tekamah, Neb.; Matthew McCahen, Waterloo; Tina McGowan, Bakersfield, Calif.; Justin Medler, Minot, N.D.; Cameron Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; Nick Meyer, Whittemore; Brian Miller, Grand Junction; Brandon Morris, Cedar Rapids; Taylor Musselman, Norwalk; Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; Matt Petrzelka, Norway; and Bryan Rigsby, Topeka, Kan.; Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; Darin Roepke, LeMars; Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; Darin Rothfus, Jefferson; Chase Rudolf, Prole; Tim Rupp, Cherokee; Austin Schrage, Cresco; Brian Schrage, Cresco; Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; Doug Smith, Lanesboro; and Tyler Soppe, Sherrill; Mike Stark, West Des Moines; Lynn Starry, Excelsior Springs, Mo.; Chad Ten Napel, Sioux City; Harvey Vande Weerd, Alton; Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa; Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; Sam Wieben, Dysart; Brandon Williams, Des Moines; Tim Zeman, Muscatine; and Alex Zwanziger, Nashua. Others Confirmed Tyler Afrank, Norfolk, Neb.; Lynn Brockett, Ogden; Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; Brian Eppert, Ogden; Kamren Gruber, Great Bend, Kan.; Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; Austin Kaplan, Ankeny; James Lewis, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Tara Longnecker, Woodward; Ty Luellen, Minburn; and Jake McBirnie, Boone;Robert Moore, Maxwell; Steve Moore, Springfield, Mo.; Anthony Onstot, Norwalk; Lukas Onstot, Nor­walk; Kurtis Pihl, Lindsborg, Kan.; Rick Ringgenberg, Kelley; Cory Rose, Boone; Trent Roth, Columbus, Neb.; Jacob Salisbury, Waterloo; Ken Walker, Springfield, Mo.; and Bill Wear, Des Moines. Late Model Pre-entries Scott Fitzpatrick, Urbandale; and Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill. Others Confirmed Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; Joel Callahan, Dubuque; Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; Andy Eckrich, Oxford; Justin Kay Wheatland; Jason Rauen, Farley; and Matt Ryan, Davenport. Sport Compact Pre-Entries Austin Becerra, Carthage, Ill.; Jake Benischek, Durant; Luke Benischek, Durant; Skip Brown, Omaha, Neb.; David Christensen, Ashland, Neb.; Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb.; Lori Harvey, Boone; Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb.; William Michel, Muscatine; Scott Porter, Madison Lake, Minn.; and Sarah Totten, Schleswig.last_img read more

Russell Westbrook

first_imgWhile watching one of the late-night talk shows, I learned of a unique public relations ploy.  Russell Westbrook has started giving away his athletic shoes after he completes an NBA basketball game.  The Oklahoma City Thunder star said he does this to interest the young people in following athletics.At the end of each game, he takes his shoes off and randomly chooses someone in the stands to give them to after he autographs them.  He does not do it for his own publicity, but to see the reactions on their faces.  He hopes that this small act of kindness will steer the young person into a productive pathway.  He also hopes the kindness will become contagious.We meed more Russell Westbrooks in pro athletics!last_img

Liverpool hope to avoid sanctions

first_img Press Association UEFA’s FFP rules dictate that losses must be restricted to £35.4million over a two-year window so ending the 2013-14 season in the black – thanks to a combination of the bumper new Premier League TV deal, commercial income increases and cost-cutting – will be a huge boost to efforts to avoid sanctions. The Merseyside club will also aim to write off a big chunk of losses as allowable stadium expenditure – the 2011-12 accounts reported that £49.6million was associated with Liverpool’s stadium costs, £35million coming from former co-owner Tom Hick’s aborted plan to build a new stadium on Stanley Park which current owners Fenway Sports Group had to scrap. UEFA announced that Liverpool, Monaco, Roma, Besiktas, Inter Milan, Krasnodar and Sporting Lisbon are all being subjected to investigations relating to “potential break-even breaches’. Rodgers said: “It’s obviously something that will be dealt with by the directors. It’s something we’re comfortable with because we’re great advocates of financial fair play. It’s ongoing with the club.” UEFA will not withhold any Champions League or Europa League money from those clubs, but prize money has been held back from five clubs – Bursaspor, CFR Cluj, Astra Giurgiu, Buducnost Podgorica and Ekranas – as a result of “over-due payables” – non-payments to other clubs, players and/or tax authortities. A UEFA statement read: “The CFCB (club financial control body) has opened formal investigations into seven clubs as they disclosed a break-even deficit on the basis of their financial reporting periods ending in 2012 and 2013. ”These clubs will need to submit additional monitoring information during October and November upon the deadlines set by the CFCB, subsequent to which an additional communication shall be made and conservatory measures may be imposed.” Manchester City and Paris St Germain were the clubs hit hardest by UEFA last season for breaching FFP rules – they were each fined £49million and handed restrictions on transfer spending and a reduction in Champions League squad size. UEFA has announced that Liverpool are one of seven clubs who did not play in European competition last season who are under investigation for potential FFP breaches. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said the club were “comfortable” with UEFA’s action and it is understood the 2013-14 figures will show a profit when they are formally announced in the spring. That is a significant turnaround given that Liverpool made a loss of £49.8million for the 2012-13 season, and £40.5million for the 10-month period before that. Liverpool are expected to turn a near-£50million loss reported in 2013 into a profit last season – figures that the club are confident will mean they avoid any sanctions from UEFA for financial fair play (FFP) rule breaches. UEFA said the impact of FFP was showing positive results. The statement continued: “The introduction of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations has already had a very positive impact on the scale of overdue payables, as they have decreased from 57 million euros in June 2011 to eight million euros in June 2014. “In addition, aggregate losses reported by Europe’s first-division clubs in the 2013 financial year have gone down to 800 million euros from a record-reported deficit of 1.7 billion euros in 2011.” last_img read more

BCB, RHTYSC MS make donation to Cricket Development in West Berbice.

first_img“AS president of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), I have a policy that every sub-area would benefit equally, whether they voted for my administration or not. “The goal is to make sure that every talent is properly developed, so that overall structure of Berbice cricket is strong. All five sub-areas – West Berbice, Upper Corentyne, Central/Lower Corentyne, New Amsterdam/Canje and Berbice River – would continue to benefit from the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) as long as I am president,”Those were the words of BCB president Hilbert Foster as he handed over a donation of ten scorebooks, a cricket law book and one hundred youth development booklets, valued at over $100 000, to the West Berbice Cricket Association (WBCA).Foster, who was re-elected to the BCB presidency in December, 2019 by a 31-0 vote, disclosed that cricketers, clubs, schools and sub-associations have benefited from millions of dollars’ worth of items over the last two and a half years.The donated items included stumps, cricket gear, cricket balls, coaching equipment, scorebooks, weather coats, trophies, cricket uniforms, medals, educational materials, school bags, bicycles.Noting that the majority of clubs struggle to keep their heads above water due to the high cost of playing the game, Foster recommitted the BCB to assisting as much as possible.The scorebooks would be distributed to the active clubs in the Sub-Association while the hundred youth development booklets would be given to clubs that have junior cricket teams.The MCC Laws of Cricket would be the property of the WBCA, to assist the Association in the development of the game. Under Foster’s leadership, the BCB has invested heavily in the development of the game in West Berbice.Several cricket tournaments have been organised by the board for clubs in the sub-associations while they have also played in over 40 tournaments countywide. Clubs in the sub-association have also received balls, stumps, water pitchers, bicycles, educational posters etc. The BCB has also assisted in the hosting of several cricket academies in the area.last_img read more

‘Misconceptions and falsehoods’

first_img…WADA formally responds to US report demanding reformMONTREAL, Canada (AFP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) formally responded to a US Government report that recommended lawmakers be given power to withhold funding from the global drugs watchdog in the absence of governance reforms.In a letter to James W Carroll, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), WADA President Witold Banka reiterated the agency’s “disappointment” at what WADA says are factual inaccuracies in the report as well as a lack of consultation as it was compiled.“Given that, during our 12 June telephone meeting, we discussed a renewed spirit of cooperation, I would have expected your office to have consulted us on the report or, at the very least, to have verified the factual veracity of the allegations being made against WADA,” Banka wrote.“Instead, in the days before publication, you informed us of the impending report and asked us to verify three paragraphs by a certain deadline; and when we did so in good faith, you chose not to incorporate our clarifications.“As the saying goes, ‘why let the truth get in the way of a good story?’ “Banka attached a summary of WADA’s views on the report, reiterating the agency’s view that it was littered with “multiple inaccuracies, misconceptions and falsehoods”.The ONDCP study released this week questioned whether the United States was receiving value for money for its contribution of US$2.7 million per year to WADA.It urges reforms to include independent athlete and anti-doping representatives on WADA committees and decision-making bodies.It also called for WADA leadership to be “free from undue influence by sports organisations with a direct financial interest in WADA decisions”.WADA noted that governance reforms have already been undertaken, with the approval of US representatives.Reforms already implemented include formation of a nomination committee to ensure independent, appropriately skilled people are recruited for senior governance roles, and stipulation that seats on all standing committees be reserved for both athlete and national anti-doping organisation representatives.Term limits have been set for members of the WADA board, executive committee and standing committees.“I remain convinced that the US Government has an important role to play in protecting clean sport,” Banka wrote, “and it is my sincere hope that, going forward, we can work collaboratively rather than WADA having to defend itself against unfounded attacks via the media – which do absolutely nothing to advance the global anti-doping programme for athletes worldwide.”last_img read more

Tipp ladies looking to make it four wins in a row

first_imgThis is the Tipperary XV selected to face the Royals:1 Lauren Fitzpatrick, Ballymacarbry2 Siobhan Condon, Aherlow3 Emma Buckley, Cahir4 Elaine Kelly, Cappawhite5 Brid Condon, Aherlow6 Samantha Lambert, Ardfinnan7 Elaine Fitzpatrick, Templemore8 Jennifer Grant, Brian Borus9 Gillan O’Brien, Moyle Rovers10 Roisin McGrath,Moyle Rovers11 Aisling McCarthy, Cahir 12 Orla O’Dwyer, Boherlahan13 Catherina Walsh, Moycarkey Borris14 Patricia Hickey, Brian Borus15 Aishling Moloney, Cahir Shane Ronayne’s side are looking to make it four wins out of four in Division 3 of the Lidl National.Their opponents this afternoon at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town are fellow high-flyers Meath.Throw-in is at 2.30pm – there’ll be regular updates on Tipp FM.last_img