By Dialogo March 03, 2009 Is this the same guy that broke his leg when playing for Villareal (while celebrating a goal during one of the soccer drills during the practice? Martín Palermo, “the goal optimist,” a title given to him several years ago by coach Carlos Bianchi, who coached him while Boca Juniors achieved most of the titles and championships in their history, is Boca’s highest scorer in the last 78 years. On Sunday, he scored the 195th goal wearing Boca Juniors’ blue-and-yellow shirt against Huracán (3-1), surpassing Francisco “Pancho” Varallo, who has held the club record of 194 since Argentine soccer was professionalized in 1931. Significantly, the “optimist” label was given to him by the 13th-ranked goal-scorer in the world; that’s why it is Bianchi, Boca’s current coach, whom Palermo honors by scoring goals at the age of 35. ”Bianchi’s phrase, which has become famous, is appropriate. I am a born optimist. In any circumstance, I believe I am going to score a goal. Always,” the forward player stated. Palermo scored 195 goals for Boca a year after being named by FIFA as the best header player in the world, after a survey carried out by his web site among Spanish-speaking fans. And his optimism leads him to dream of more goals in the fifteen encounters left in the Argentine “Torneo Clausura 2009″ tournament, and in the matches coming up in the second phase of Copa Libertadores. The main goal-scorer currently active not only in his country, but also in “La Bombonera” stadium with more than 100 goals, is still scoring goals for Boca Juniors, and by all indications he will not wear a different team shirt before the end of his career. As has happened many times in his career, two years ago the player received more criticism than praise, and in order to silence his critics he set another record by scoring four goals in one match. Until then, on four occasions he had scored three goals in one match. But on that March evening in 2007, playing against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata (his lifelong rival, since he still had some ill will because he used to be a player for Estudiantes de La Plata), he scored a ‘hat trick’ in eight minutes, between minutes 6 and 14, and scored another one in minute 73 to finish the match 5-1. Palermo has overcome numerous phases fraught with mistakes and criticism, such as his short stint with the Argentine team when he failed three penalties against Colombia during the 1999 Copa América, in the Paraguayan town of Luque. He has also suffered from three significant injuries during his career. The first one took place in November of that year, when he tore the ligaments of his right knee and was benched for six months. The second one occurred when he was playing in Villareal in November 2001, when after scoring a goal against Levante in the Copa del Rey, a concrete wall collapsed on him and fractured his right ankle. The last one took place about six months ago, when he tore the ligaments of his right knee again. Before that, in 2006, he went downhill when his son died six hours after he was born. His most spectacular performance was in 2006 against Independiente de Avellaneda, with a goal shot from 61 meters away from goalkeeper Oscar Ustari, currently playing for Spanish Getafe, who could not stop it. Palermo has been league champion for Boca Juniors on six occasions, and seven times in international tournaments: Copa Libertadores (2), Copa Intercontinental, Copa Sudamericana (2), and Recopa Sudamericana (2). In 1997, he scored his first goal for the blue-and-yellow team against Banfield, after he was transferred to the most popular soccer team in Argentina from Estudiantes de La Plata, where he had scored 34 goals since his debut in Primera División in 1992. Among the most curious goals scored by this soccer player, who is nicknamed “el loco” (the madman) in his country, and who played for the Spanish teams of Villarreal, Betis, and Alavés between 2000 and 2004, we find a penalty kicked with both feet due to a slip, against Platense in the 1999 Torneo Clausura. His masterpiece came nine years ago in Japan, where he scored two goals in the first six minutes of the game at the tournament Copa Intercontinental against Real Madrid (2-1). To his 195 goals scored with the Boca Juniors Palermo adds 34 with Estudiantes, three with the Argentine football team, 21 with the Villarreal, one with Betis, and three with Alavés.
Vevay, IN -ON Tuesday an Ohio man died in a motorcycle crash after fleeing from law enforcement in Switzerland County, Indiana.Shortly before 9:00 pm last night, the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office received a call stating a possible intoxicated person was leaving the Belterra Casino on a motorcycle. The vehicle was reported to be traveling westbound on State Road 156 towards Vevay, Indiana. Officers with the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and Vevay Police Department soon located the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the motorcycle after traffic violations were observed.The 2000 Honda motorcycle, being driven by Richard Alan Owens, 53, Hillsboro, Ohio, fled from the officers westbound on State Road 56 towards Jefferson County. The officers soon lost sight of the motorcycle and slowed their speed. Soon after losing sight of the vehicle, the officers located the motorcycle crashed along State Road 56 near Green Valley Road which is at the Switzerland/Jefferson County line. Owens was found nearby after he had been thrown from the motorcycle during the crash. The officers attempted to render first aid to Owens however he was unable to be revived.Owens sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.The Indiana State Police-Versailles Crash Reconstruction Team responded to conduct the investigation into the crash.The investigation is ongoing. Toxicology results are pending at this time.
US oil giant ExxonMobil has contracted the services of leading global industrial aviation services provider Bristow Group Inc out of the United Kingdom to deliver helicopter offshore crew change and search-and-rescue (SAR) services to support its operations in Guyana.Senior Manager for Business Development at Bristow, Kade Monlezun, said the five-year deal, which is a renewal of an existing contract, commenced on January 1, 2018.“We are honoured to continue to serve ExxonMobil in this region, and appreciate their continued confidence in Bristow… This contract is the result of our team’s proven dedication to delivering exceptional aviation solutions,” Monlezun is quoted as saying by offshoreenergytoday.comIn December, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. delivered its first fully configured S-76D(TM) helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76(TM) commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. (PRNewsFoto/Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.)2Bristow will operate three existing Leonardo AW139 helicopters from its base of operation at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport at Ogle, East Coast Demerara, located in Guyana’s Atlantic coast.“The contract is strategically important for Bristow, as the company continues to pursue additional growth opportunities in the region,” said Monlezun. Our greatest strength is our ability to be flexible and offer tailored, cost-effective solutions. We are more competitive and more responsive than ever before, and our clients are rewarding us for it,” Monlezun said.Bristow also provides aircraft support services to Government and civil organizations worldwide. It has operations in the North Sea, Nigeria, the US Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia and Trinidad.Bristow provides SAR services to the private sector worldwide, and to the public sector for all of the UK on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.ExxonMobil is operator of the giant Stabroek block offshore Guyana, which contains the Liza oil discovery. The oil company is working to develop this discovery with plans to bring the first phase of the Liza field online in March 2020. Exxon is also already thinking about phase two of the Liza development, which would include an FPSO and subsea systems larger than the ones for phase one.Exxon is working to select the concept for the development of the nearby Payara discovery off Guyana.