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Strontium isotope stratigraphy and age model for CRP-2/2A, Victoria Land basin, Antarctica

first_imgStrontium isotope stratigraphy was used to date 16 discrete horizons within the CRP-2/2A drillhole. Reworked Quaternary (<1.7 Ma) and possible Pliocene (31 Ma) deposits below this boundary were cut by multiple erosion surfaces of uncertain duration. Strontium isotope ages are combined with 40Ar/39Ar dates,diatom and calcareous nannofossil datums and a palaeomagnetic polarity zonation, to produce an age model for the core.last_img

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EDITORIAL: COUNCIL MAY BE BACK TO ITS OLD WAY OF DOING BUSINESS

first_imgOver the last several years we have been warning our readers that the city employee Healthcare funds are almost depleted because of the out of control spending practices of City Council and Mayor Winnecke.On Monday City Council drew down $2.2 million dollars to pay towards $7.3 million dollars of city employees Healthcare debt as of November 30, 2016.It looks like the City Council may be back to its old ways of doing business when 1st Ward Councilman and Finance Chairman Dan McGinn (R) requested that Council “suspend the rules” so they could grant approval of a $2.2  million dollars advancement to reduce the negative balance owed to the city employee heath care bills for this year.Earlier this year 1st Ward Councilman and Finance Chairman Dan McGinn, proposed to reduce our Homestead Tax Credit by 2% and claimed it would only would cost about $16 per household.  McGinn claimed if Council didn’t approve his request the City would be faced with the prospect of laying off firemen and policemen down the road.  Council President Missy Mosby and Vice President Jonathan Weaver also agreed with McGinn’s “political spin’ by saying this needs to be done in order keep our first responders Employee Healthcare premiums intact without raising their insurance rates and premiums this coming year.   All we can say to McGinn, Mosby and Weaver is “how did that work out”?It’s important to point out that holding our first responders benefits package hostage has always been a favorite political trick of our current spend-thrift City Council and Mayor from the day they took office.During the last election City Council candidates made promises to the voters that they would be transparent and accountable.  These promises have been broken many times since they have taken office.  It looks like its up to us to force the Mayor and his puppet Council members to be more transparent and accountable.We were convinced we were electing a vigilant group of new comers that would keep us informed about every governmental issue that effects us.  So far that doesn’t seem to be the fact.  During the last election all we heard from them were they are going to be a “The Taxpayers Watchdogs.”  They’re now turning out to be the Mayors and City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr. “lap Dogs.”  For well over two years we have been telling our readers that the City of Evansville finances are not in the best of shape regardless of what Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr and a few City Council members have been telling us . We now predict that in 2017 the City of Evansville will be facing one of the biggest budget crisis in many years. In fact 2017 shall prove to be the biggest “Snegal” year ever.Its now time for the taxpayers of this community to a put a stop to some of the useless capital projects that provide lucrative contracts to political donors of the Mayor and select City Council members.  Henceforth, its up to us to see that they do the right things in spite of themselves. It’s time for us to see that our basic services don’t suffer anymore because of the adding of pointless feel good and political patronage projects..We hope to see you at a future City Council meeting speaking your mind or standing in front of the Civic Center participating in a peaceful protest against the out of control spending habits of our City Council.Bottom line, our elected officials created this mess and now its time for us to force them to clean it up!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Merchants Bancshares announces 2009 second quarter results

first_imgMerchants Bancshares, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBVT), the parent company of Merchants Bank, today announced net income of $2.06 million and $4.97 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.34 and $0.82, for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009, respectively. This compares with net income of $2.88 million and $5.54 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.47 and $0.91, for the second quarter and first half of the previous year, respectively. The return on average assets for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009 was 0.61% and 0.74%, respectively, compared to 0.90% and 0.89% for the same periods in 2008. The return on average equity for the quarter and six months ended June 30, 2009 was 9.87% and 12.14%, respectively, compared to 15.26% and 14.54% for the same periods in 2008. Merchants declared a dividend on July 16, 2009, of 28 cents per share payable August 13, 2009, to shareholders of record as of July 30, 2009.There were several specific events that negatively impacted Merchants earnings for the second quarter of 2009. Merchants recorded a $625 thousand expense related to the FDIC’s special assessment on all banks during the quarter. Additionally, Merchants recorded a $2.00 million loan loss provision during the second quarter of 2009, bringing the total provision expense to $2.90 million for the first six months of this year; compared to $50 thousand for the second quarter of 2008, and $350 thousand for the first six months of 2008. The higher provision expense during 2009 was primarily a result of increases in nonperforming and classified loans and net charge-offs. Lastly, as a result of strong deposit growth during the quarter, Merchants was able to pre-pay $18 million of relatively expensive FHLB debt, and incurred a $304 thousand prepayment penalty as a result. Merchants estimates that it will earn back this prepayment penalty in approximately six months.”We experienced strong growth in both loans and deposits, net interest income continues to set new records for us, and we feel we are well positioned for a solid second half of the year,” said Michael R. Tuttle, Merchants’ President and CEO. “Our performance for the second quarter was negatively impacted by previously mentioned events as well as some deterioration in asset quality.”Merchants’ net interest income for the second quarter of 2009 was $12.38 million, an 18.0% increase over the same period in 2008; Merchants’ net interest income for the first half of 2009 was $24.72 million, a 22.8% increase over the same period last year. Merchants’ net interest margin for the second quarter of 2009 was 3.81%, a 33 basis point increase over the same period in 2008. The increase in net interest income and net interest margin was primarily a result of strong growth in both loans and deposits, and a result of funding costs falling more rapidly than asset repricing. Merchants’ net interest margin compressed by four basis points on a linked-quarter basis. This compression was a result of strong deposit growth and investment portfolio cash flows which outpaced loan demand. Increased deposits and investment portfolio cash flows that were not redeployed into the loan portfolio were used in part to pay down FHLB advances as mentioned previously. The balance was invested short term at current low interest rates, contributing to the four basis points decrease in the margin.Merchants’ quarterly average loans were $895.98 million, an increase of 17.5% over the second quarter of 2008 average of $762.76 million, and were $30.02 million, or 3.47% higher on a linked-quarter basis. Loans ended the second quarter of 2009 at $896.09 million, a 5.8% increase over December 31, 2008 ending balances of $847.13 million. The increase since December 31, 2008 is made up of residential and commercial mortgages, and commercial loans. Tuttle commented, “Loan growth was strong during the first half of 2009, but slowed down substantially during the most recent quarter. The continuing deep recession has served to depress loan demand and limit the pool of strong credit prospects. Strong residential refinancing demand has continued, but at a slower pace than the first quarter.”Quarter end loans balances were as follows:(In thousands) June 30, 2009 March 31, 2009 December 31, 2008————– ————- ————– ————Commercial, financial and agricultural $135,031 $140,866 $129,032Real estate loans – residential 436,423 423,161 395,834Real estate loans – commercial 291,321 279,041 273,526Real estate loans – construction 24,555 40,478 40,357Installment loans 7,834 7,545 7,670All other loans 923 1,488 708————— — —– —Total loans $896,087 $892,579 $847,127=========== ======== ======== ========Merchants’ investment portfolio totaled $374.30 million at June 30, 2009, a decrease of $57.31 million from December 31, 2008 ending balances of $431.61 million. This decrease is a result of Merchants decision to use most of the cash flows from the investment portfolio to fund loan growth. Investments purchased during the last year have consisted exclusively of government agency bonds. With the exception of six bonds with a current aggregate book value of $10.38 million, all securities in Merchants’ investment portfolio were either Agency guaranteed or rated AAA by all rating agencies at June 30, 2009. Merchants has no corporate debt exposure in its investment portfolio and does not own any perpetual preferred stock in FHLMC or FNMA, nor any interests in pooled trust preferred securities.Quarterly average deposits were $1.00 billion, an increase of 8.6%, over second quarter 2008 average balances of $921.88 million. Deposits ended the quarter at $1.02 billion, an increase of 9.1% over year-end 2008 balances of $930.80 million. Approximately $17.28 million of the new deposit growth is attributable to Merchants’ new government banking group. Merchants hired two experienced government banking officers during 2008, who provide depository, lending and other banking services to municipalities, school districts and other governmental authorities or agencies in Merchants’ service area.Merchants’ capital levels remain strong at June 30, 2009 with a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 7.41% and a tangible capital ratio of 6.25%. Merchants will seek to maximize its use of capital through an emphasis on continued growth of its core franchise, while limiting additional leverage through a continued shift of its asset and liability mix.Merchants recorded a $2.00 million provision for credit losses during the second quarter of 2009 and $2.90 million year-to-date, compared to $50 thousand and $350 thousand for the second quarter and first six months of 2008, respectively. The increase in the provision during the second quarter of this year is primarily a result of increased levels of non-performing and classified loans, combined with increased net charge-offs, continued economic uncertainty and strong loan growth over the first six months of 2009. Merchants net charge-offs for the first six months of this year were $979 thousand compared to net recoveries of $65 thousand for the same period in 2008. Nonperforming loans increased $2.00 million to $13.65 million at June 30, 2009 from $11.64 million at December 31, 2008. Management made progress in collection efforts for loans in non-accrual status at December 31, 2008, which were reduced by approximately 13%. However, this progress was more than offset by management’s decision to place a number of additional commercial relationships into non-accruing status during the first half of 2009. The allowance for loan losses at June 30, 2009 was $10.60 million; 1.18% of total loans and 78% of nonperforming loans at June 30, 2009. “We are closely monitoring the operating performance of our customers, and actively managing credit risk,” Tuttle commented. “We expect that this will continue to be a major point of focus for the balance of 2009 and into 2010. To date we have seen limited evidence of any improvement in the economy. “Noninterest income, excluding gains/losses on investment securities, increased slightly to $2.41 million for the second quarter of 2009 from $2.31 million for the second quarter of 2008, and to $4.54 million for the first half of 2009, from $4.47 million for the first half of last year. Trust Company income decreased during 2009. Although Merchants has experienced increases in overall trust relationships, these increases have not generated enough additional revenue to offset lost revenue due to market value declines in the current volatile environment. Merchants experienced slight increases in its net overdraft income for the second quarter of 2009 compared to last year, which made up for decreases in this fee category in the first quarter of 2009. On a year to date basis, service charges on deposits for 2009 are slightly higher than 2008.Total noninterest expenses increased $1.39 million, or 15.5%, to $10.34 million for the second quarter of 2009 from $8.95 million for the second quarter of 2008, and by $2.81 million, or 16.4% to $19.88 million for the first half of 2009 from $17.07 million for the same period last year. The largest increase was in Merchants’ expenses related to FDIC insurance which have increased by $1.21 million year to date. As mentioned previously, Merchants recorded a $625 thousand estimated expense related to the FDIC’s special assessment during the quarter. Additionally, Merchants’ year-to-date FDIC insurance expense, excluding the special assessment, increased $581 thousand to $631 thousand from $50 thousand for the first half of 2009 compared to 2008. Merchants also prepaid $18 million in FHLB debt during the quarter, resulting in a $304 thousand prepayment penalty which is included in Other Expenses. Salaries and Wages decreased slightly for the second quarter of 2009 compared to 2008, but have increased for the first half of this year compared to last year. The year to date increase is a result of normal pay increases combined with additional staff that Merchants hired in the corporate banking, executive and trust areas over the course of 2008. The decrease for the second quarter is the result of lower anticipated incentive payouts for 2009 compared to 2008. Employee benefits have also increased for 2009. The largest year over year increases were in health insurance costs and pension plan expenses.Mr. Michael Tuttle, Merchants’ President and Chief Executive Officer; and Ms. Janet Spitler, Merchants’ Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call to discuss these earnings results at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, July 31, 2009. Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (888) 423-3273; the title of the call is Earnings Release Conference Call for Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Participants are asked to call a few minutes prior to register. A replay will be available until noon on Friday, August 7, 2009. The U.S. replay dial-in telephone number is (800) 475-6701. The international replay telephone number is (320) 365-3844. The replay access code for both replay telephone numbers is 967738.Merchants Bank was established in 1849 in Burlington, Vermont. Its continuing mission is to provide Vermonters with a statewide community bank that combines a strong technology platform with a genuine appreciation for local markets. Merchants Bank delivers this commitment through a branch-based system that includes: 34 community bank offices and 42 ATMs throughout Vermont; local branch presidents and personal bankers dedicated to high-quality customer service; free online banking, phone banking, and electronic bill payment services; high-value depositing programs that feature Free Checking for Life®, Cash Rewards Checking, Rewards Checking for Business, business cash management, money market accounts, health savings accounts, certificates of deposit, Flexible CD, IRAs, and overdraft assurance; feature-rich loan programs including mortgages, home equity credit, vehicle loans, personal and small business loans and lines of credit; and merchant card processing. Merchants Bank offers a strong set of commercial and government banking solutions, delivered by experienced banking officers in markets throughout the state. These teams provide customized financing for medium-to-large companies, non-profits, cities, towns, and school districts. Please visit www.mbvt.com(link is external) for access to Merchants Bank information, programs, and services. Merchants’ stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market system under the symbol MBVT. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.Some of the statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts. The forward-looking statements reflect Merchants’ current views about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties, assumptions and changes in circumstances that may cause Merchants’ actual results to differ significantly from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements should not be relied on since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are, in some cases, beyond Merchants’ control and which could materially affect actual results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include changes in general economic conditions in Vermont, changes in interest rates, changes in competitive product and pricing pressures among financial institutions within Merchants’ markets, and changes in the financial condition of Merchants’ borrowers. The forward-looking statements contained herein represent Merchants’ judgment as of the date of this report, and Merchants cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements. For further information, please refer to Merchants’ reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Merchants Bancshares, Inc. Financial Highlights (unaudited) (Dollars in thousands except share and per share data) 06/30/09 12/31/08 06/30/08 12/31/07 ——– ——– ——– ——–Balance Sheets – Period EndTotal assets $1,355,583 $1,341,210 $1,292,325 $1,170,743Loans 896,087 847,127 774,194 731,508Allowance for loan losses (“ALL”) 10,605 8,894 8,439 8,002Net loans 885,482 838,233 765,755 723,506Securities available for sale 372,876 429,872 441,834 361,512Securities held to maturity 1,425 1,737 3,445 4,078Federal Home Loan Bank (“FHLB”) stock 8,630 8,523 6,748 5,114Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 260 111 6,110 20,100Other assets 86,910 62,734 68,433 56,433Deposits 1,015,398 930,797 945,644 867,437Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 83,787 124,408 82,168 98,917Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 54,000 74,000 41,500Other long-term debt 83,129 118,643 86,640 62,117Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 13,900 13,046 9,602 4,846Shareholders’ equity 84,750 79,697 73,652 75,307Balance Sheets – Quarter-to-Date AveragesTotal assets $1,353,776 $1,320,845 $1,277,824 $1,169,811Loans 895,981 825,395 762,761 730,688Allowance for loan losses 9,985 8,596 8,423 7,840Net loans 885,996 816,799 754,338 722,848Securities available for sale and FHLB stock 385,715 436,712 441,916 340,598Securities held to maturity 1,511 2,187 3,618 4,247Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 23,082 2,420 7,627 38,227Other assets 57,472 62,727 70,325 63,891Deposits 1,000,914 946,534 921,884 874,406Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 83,949 96,736 89,785 94,785Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 54,000 71,143 35,646Other long-term debt 96,223 117,996 82,682 60,811Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 14,474 9,845 16,094 10,780Shareholders’ equity 83,597 75,115 75,617 72,764Interest earning assets 1,306,289 1,266,714 1,215,922 1,113,760Interest bearing liabilities 1,149,207 1,110,612 1,073,468 958,669Ratios and Supplemental Information – Period EndBook value per share $14.65 $13.89 $12.81 $13.05Book value per share (1) $13.90 $13.15 $12.15 $12.35Tier I leverage ratio 7.41% 7.42% 7.43% 8.14%Tangible capital ratio (2) 6.25% 5.94% 5.70% 6.42%Period end common shares outstanding (1) 6,098,608 6,061,182 6,061,570 6,096,737Credit Quality – Period EndNonperforming loans (“NPLs”) $13,650 $11,643 $5,335 $9,231Nonperforming assets (“NPAs”) $14,452 $12,445 $5,335 $9,706NPLs as a percent of total loans 1.52% 1.37% 0.69% 1.26%NPAs as a percent of total assets 1.07% 0.93% 0.41% 0.83%ALL as a percent of NPLs 78% 76% 158% 87%ALL as a percent of total loans 1.18% 1.05% 1.09% 1.09%(1) This book value and period end common shares outstanding includes 314,520; 323,754; 311,638 and 325,789 Rabbi Trust shares for the periods noted above, respectively. (2) The tangible capital ratio is a non-GAAP financial measure which we believe provides investors with information that is useful in understanding our financial performance. For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2009 2008 —- —-Balance Sheets – Year to-Date AveragesTotal assets $1,348,751 $1,240,145Loans 881,054 750,187Allowance for loan losses 9,613 8,275Net loans 871,441 741,912Securities available for sale and FHLB stock 404,312 408,193Securities held to maturity 1,589 3,778Federal funds sold and other short-term investments 14,127 17,131Other assets 57,282 69,131Deposits 974,844 900,365Securities sold under agreement to repurchase and other short-term debt 98,654 88,995Securities sold under agreement to repurchase, long-term 54,000 60,621Other long-term debt 105,099 78,667Junior subordinated debentures issued to unconsolidated subsidiary trust 20,619 20,619Other liabilities 13,650 14,665Shareholders’ equity 81,885 76,213Interest earning assets 1,301,082 1,179,289Interest bearing liabilities 1,144,919 1,034,444 For the Three Months For the Six Months Ended Ended June 30, June 30, 2009 2008 2009 2008 —- —- —- —-Operating ResultsInterest incomeInterest and fees on loans $11,944 $11,373 $23,712 $22,939Interest and dividends on investments 4,769 5,569 10,036 10,452Total interest and dividend income 16,713 16,942 33,748 33,391Interest expenseDeposits 2,680 4,378 5,516 8,894Short-term borrowings 47 415 132 1,053Long-term debt 1,611 1,659 3,384 3,316Total interest expense 4,338 6,452 9,032 13,263Net interest income 12,375 10,490 24,716 20,128Provision for credit losses 2,000 50 2,900 350Net interest income after provision for credit losses 10,375 10,440 21,816 19,778Noninterest incomeTrust Company income 413 473 814 978Service charges on deposits 1,489 1,356 2,727 2,647(Loss) gain on investment securities — — (205) 82Equity in losses of real estate limited partnerships, net (461) (461) (924) (924)Other noninterest income 965 937 1,923 1,765Total noninterest income 2,406 2,305 4,335 4,548Noninterest expenseSalaries and wages 3,200 3,255 6,625 6,352Employee benefits 1,334 936 2,594 1,868Occupancy and equipment expenses 1,563 1,491 3,202 3,043Legal and professional fees 657 696 1,346 1,279Marketing expenses 438 592 779 996State franchise taxes 302 278 600 550FDIC Insurance 942 25 1,256 50Other noninterest expense 1,899 1,677 3,475 2,936Total noninterest expense 10,335 8,950 19,877 17,074Income before provision for income taxes 2,446 3,795 6,274 7,252Provision for income taxes 383 911 1,305 1,711Net income $2,063 $2,884 $4,969 $5,541Ratios and Supplemental Information Weighted average common shares outstanding 6,094,912 6,069,476 6,081,497 6,077,131Weighted average diluted shares outstanding 6,097,571 6,081,387 6,084,156 6,089,041Basic earnings per common share $0.34 $0.48 $0.82 $0.91Diluted earnings per common share $0.34 $0.47 $0.82 $0.91Return on average assets 0.61% 0.90% 0.74% 0.89%Return on average shareholders’ equity 9.87% 15.26% 12.14% 14.54%Net interest rate spread 3.63% 3.19% 3.65% 3.12%Net interest margin 3.81% 3.48% 3.84% 3.44%Net (charge-offs) recoveries to Average Loans -0.07% 0.01% -0.11% 0.01%Net (charge-offs) recoveries ($631) $55 ($979) $65Efficiency ratio (1) 65.14% 64.79% 63.43% 64.24%(1) The efficiency ratio excludes amortization of intangibles, equity in losses of real estate limited partnerships, OREO expenses, gain/loss on sales of securities, state franchise taxes, and any significant nonrecurring items. Note: As of June 30, 2009, the Bank had off-balance sheet liabilities inthe form of standby letters of credit to customers in the amount of$4.27 million. SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., July 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

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Hector Bellerin produces exquisite assist for Arsenal U23s to stake claim for start against Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 28 Sep 2019 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Hector Bellerin produces exquisite assist for Arsenal U23s to stake claim for start against Manchester United Emery played down the possibility of Bellerin starting against United on Monday following Arsenal’s thumping win over Forest.Asked about Bellerin’s fitness, Emery said: ‘He wanted to play 90. He said “I’m ready” and wanted to play.‘I think no [he won’t be ready to start against Manchester United].‘Maybe in his mind yes. We need to listen to the doctor.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesRob Holding also made his comeback against Forest and Emery was delighted with the defender’s performance.‘It is perfect to have more options at centre back,’ the Spaniard said.‘His spirit, his positive minutes. Every day in training he helps us to have more performances like a team.‘He needed to take minutes and confidence. It was a perfect match. He was a little tired at the end, he’s happy.’Should Emery risk Bellerin against United?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Frank Lampard confirms Jorginho has replaced Ross Barkley as Chelsea penalty taker Hector Bellerin provided a lovely assist for the U23s ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery may be tempted to risk Hector Bellerin against Manchester United after the right-back completed 90 minutes and produced an exquisite assist for the Under-23 side in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool.Bellerin made his return from a serious knee injury in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest last week and assisted Joe Willock just moments after coming on in the second half at the Emirates.Emery has since revealed that Bellerin was desperate to start against Forest, but Arsenal have learned from previous mistakes and are reluctant to rush their injured players back into action too early.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, on Saturday, Bellerin got his wish as he started and finished a game for the first time in around nine months for the U23 side at Meadow Park.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBellerin will have been disappointed as Arsenal conceded twice in quick succession towards the end of the first half, with Curtis Jones scoring both goals for Liverpool.Nathan Tormey dragged the Gunners back into the game in the 41st minute before Bellerin produced arguably the moment of the game to set up Folarin Balogun for Arsenal’s equaliser.The Spaniard skipped past the opposition full-back with a delicate flick before putting the ball on a plate the highly-rated Arsenal forward at the back post.Bellerins assist today, he’s back bruvvvv💉💉💉 pic.twitter.com/lGh3nwXil4— 🅿️1⃣ (@P1AFC) September 28, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Police offices across WV destroy faded uniforms

first_imgPamuspusan said the order was also inline with the “Tamang Bihis” directive of the Philippine National Police (PNP).Policemen must always wear the correct uniform and ensure that this is clean andwell-maintained, he stressed. The director said this is part of theongoing internal cleansing in the PNP. The destruction ensured that theuniforms would not be used by civilians who are prohibited by law from wearingpolice or military outfits, explained Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,Western Visayas police director. In Camp Delgado during the ceremonial disposal of worn out uniforms, atotal of 221 uniforms were destroyed. The director observed during hisinspections of police offices across Western Visayas that some of his men’suniforms were already old and faded. “If we want to go further in ourinternal cleansing, we should start with disciplining our personnel.  Our internal cleansing is not just getting ridof erring police personnel or scalawags. It also covers how our personnel carrythemselves as police officers and this includes their uniforms, even thecleanliness of their offices,” said Pamuspusan.  “Our uniform reflects the level ofdiscipline that we have,” said Police Colonel Remus Zacharias Canieso, deputyregional director for administration of the Police Regional Office 6./PNcenter_img Each police officer is now receivingP14,000 uniform allowance every year. ILOILO City – City and provincialpolice offices across Region 6 simultaneously destroyed hundreds of old, fadedand worn out police uniforms yesterday morning. Pamuspusan said he wanted them to lookdignified in public and earn the people’s respect, and this necessitated, too,the wearing of clean, presentable uniforms. All police stations were recentlyordered to gather the old and faded uniforms of their men and send these totheir respective city or provincial police offices for shredding. GOODBYE, OLD UNIFORMS. Police officials shred old, faded and worn out police uniforms in Camp Delgado, headquarters of the Police Regional Office 6 in Iloilo City. The destruction yesterday, Oc. 28, 2019, ensured that the uniforms would not be used by civilians who are prohibited by law from wearing police or military outfits. PRO 6last_img read more

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Uranna sets sail for Punchestown

first_img Steve Massey, spokesman for owners Supreme Racing Club, said: “We were delighted with her run last time out at Fairyhouse. “She travelled really well and just made a mistake at the third-last. She stayed on really well and just missed out on finishing third. “She is entered in the Grade One two-and-a-half-mile and three-mile novice events, while there is also a mares’ novice hurdle race she could go to. “One thing for sure is that she will definitely run at Punchestown – it is just a case at this stage of seeing what else is entered. “She’s in really good form and the better ground will see her improve again.” Likely to join Uranna at the meeting will be the lightly-raced Ask Vic, who is being aimed at the valuable Setanta Sports Handicap Hurdle on May 2. The five-year old was last seen in action when pulling up behind stablemate Black Hercules in a Grade Three at Cork in December. Massey said: “Ask Vic has been a little star for us. Press Association The Willie Mullins-trained mare currently holds a handful of entries at the five-day meeting, which begins on April 28. Having won a Listed event on her penultimate outing, the seven-year old performed with credit when pitched into top-level company for the first time, finishing fourth behind Bitofapuzzle at Fairyhouse. Uranna is expected to improve for the return to a quicker a surface when she lines up at the Punchestown Festival. “She didn’t handle the heavy ground at Cork but before that she was beaten less than a length by Martello Tower, who has since gone on to win the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival. “She needs a few to come out of the race but I am sure she will get a run. “It will be a tough race, but she’ll be on a nice weight and goes well fresh. “The faster ground will suit her a lot better.” last_img read more

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Disney grants dying man’s wish to see final Star Wars film

first_imgDisney is granting a dying man his request to see the final Star Wars film before it’s released in theaters.A British hospice requested on behalf of one of its patients, saying time was not on his side.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is scheduled to be released on December 20th in the UK.The man wanted to see the ninth and final film in the main canon story with his son before he dies.Disney CEO Bob Iger responded, saying they would be happy to share the movie with the patient and his family.Rise of Skywalker will be released on December 19th in the US.last_img read more

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LEADING OFF: Cole goes for 21st in row, Tigers’ Mize debuts

first_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US A look at what’s happening around the majors on WednesdayACE SEEKS BLACKJACKYankees ace Gerrit Cole can set an AL record by winning his 21st consecutive regular season start when New York hosts the AL East rival Rays. Cole’s 20-game run matches Roger Clemens for the best in AL history, and Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell holds the major league record at 24. Cole hasn’t lost a decision in the regular season since May 22, 2019, against the White Sox while with Houston.FRESH STRIPESThe Tigers will debut another prized pitching prospect when Casey Mize starts against the White Sox. A night after left-hander Tarik Skubal allowed four runs in two innings in his first big league appearance, Mize will try to do better. The right-hander was the first overall pick in the 2018 draft and helped form a dominant rotation at Double-A Erie with Skubal last year.NEW TEAM, NEW STARTMatt Harvey is set to make his debut for the Kansas City Royals, trying to resurrect a career that’s been filled with starts and stops for the former All-Star.The 31-year-old Harvey is scheduled to start the second game of a seven-inning doubleheader against Cincinnati at Kauffman Stadium. Once dominant with the Mets, Harvey did well enough for the Reds in 2018, but was 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA for the Angels last year.Harvey pitched in the minors for Oakland late last season and signed with the Royals last month.“It’s not strange. It’s more exciting than anything,” said Harvey, who pitched against the Royals for the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series.The Reds have been out of action since a player returned a positive test Friday night. They had home games against Pittsburgh called off Saturday and Sunday, then had Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City postponed and rescheduled as part of this doubleheader.STREAKINGCorey Seager and the Dodgers have won seven in a row and own the best record in the majors at 18-7. They sent the Mariners to their seventh straight loss, 2-1 Tuesday. The teams went straight from Dodger Stadium, where it was 102 degrees for the first pitch, to the airport for the two-hour flight to Seattle, where Los Angeles sends Julio Urías (2-0, 2.53) against Taijuan Walker (1-2, 4.05 ERA). … Alex Bregman and the Astros have won a season-high six straight after beating Colorado 2-1 at Muinute Maid Park. The clubs now open a series at Coors Field when Houston’s Framber Valdez (1-2, 1.90) opposes Ryan Castellani (0-0, 1.04).Image credits: AP center_img FOLLOW US First Published: 19th August, 2020 08:12 IST Last Updated: 19th August, 2020 08:12 IST LEADING OFF: Cole Goes For 21st In Row, Tigers’ Mize Debuts Yankees ace Gerrit Cole can set an AL record by winning his 21st consecutive regular season start when New York hosts the AL East rival Rays Written Bylast_img read more

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Mason City Community School District to start school year with hybrid of in-person, online learning

first_imgMASON CITY — The Mason City School Board Monday night approved a “Return to Learn” plan that includes a hybrid of in-person and online learning to start the school year.Superintendent Dave Versteeg says with the high numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county recently, the school year will start with a four-day week with smaller groups of students. “This is still how many days out from school, we feel like hybrid is the right direction to go to get everybody back safely and manage that, and then grow it from there. Our goal is to have 100% of the kids at school 100% of the time as fast as possible. We think starting smaller groups and managing that will get us to that point faster, than in our situation, again our situation is different than other schools, bringing everybody back all at once.”Versteeg says if things go well in the first couple of weeks with no COVID issues, the district can start moving toward possibly moving to more in-person time for students.  “If we can have a couple of really good weeks where nobody sick, we don’t have any outbreaks in school, then I think we could think about what the next step might be.”Versteeg says plans for in-person or on-line classes can vary from day to day, just like when decisions have to be made currently with snow days.  “Really we monitor this on a daily basis. We’ve got other considerations for absenteeism among students or staff that may work just like a winter snowstorm that we may have to make a change in the particular building just in case based on the availability of staff on a particular day.”Versteeg says face coverings will be required for students and staff.   “We’re asking people to bring their own that they are most comfortable with, but we will provide face coverings and/or face shields and whatever other appropriate PPE would be necessary for a particular staff assignment. But at a minimum, face coverings and face shields will be provided and we will do face coverings for students if they cannot provide their own.”The first day of school is scheduled for August 24th.Review the “Return to Learn” plan by clicking here MCCSD – Board of Education Meeting from Mason City Community Schools on Vimeo.last_img read more

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