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Prep Sports Schedule: 4/4

first_img Tags: Baseball/Boys Soccer/Delta/Grand/Gunnison/Juab/Millard/North Sanpete/North Sevier/Richfield/Softball/South Sevier/Wasatch Academy FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys SoccerRegion 17Waterford 8 Wasatch Academy 0SoftballRegion 15Richfield 15 Grand 14Grand 16 Richfield 15Non-RegionMillard 14 Delta 1BaseballNon-RegionJuab 15 Millard 3Gunnison 11 North Sanpete 1 April 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Schedule: 4/4 Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 1/11/21

first_img Beau Lund January 12, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 1/11/21 Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Monday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONMilwaukee 121, Orlando 99Charlotte 109, New York 88Washington 128, Phoenix 107Memphis 101, Cleveland 91Atlanta 112, Philadelphia 94Portland 112, Toronto 111Sacramento 127, Indiana 122New Orleans at Dallas (Postponed)TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLUConn 60, DePaul 53Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jadestone to acquire SapuraOMV’s Peninsular Malaysia assets

first_img Jadestone to acquire SapuraOMV’s Peninsular Malaysia assets. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Jadestone Energy plc (AIM:JSE) (the “Company” or “Jadestone” or including subsidiaries, the “Group”), an independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia Pacific region, is pleased to announce that it has executed a sale and purchase agreement (the “Agreement”) with SapuraOMV Upstream Sdn. Bhd. (“SapuraOMV”, or the “Seller”), to acquire SapuraOMV’s interest in Peninsular Malaysia (the “Assets”), for a total initial headline cash consideration of US$9 million, to be funded from the Company’s cash resources, and certain subsequent contingent payments (the “Acquisition”).Highlights• Establishes a new operating presence for Jadestone in Malaysia;• Adds immediate cash flow from around 6,000 barrels oil equivalent per day of low operating cost production, on a net working interest basis, of which over 90% is oil;• Increases the Company’s 2P reserves by 34%, adding 12.5 million barrels oil equivalent of net working interest 2P reserves, based on the Company’s best estimate 2P reserves production profile;• Provides upside potential through reservoir optimisation opportunities, additional infill wells and cost efficiencies, and is thus an excellent fit with Jadestone’s capabilities and field operating philosophy;• Supports Jadestone’s sustainability principles by creating extended employment for local nationals and providing locally-sourced energy without expanding the infrastructure footprint; and• As per the Production Sharing Contracts (the “PSCs”), the Company is to undertake the abandonment of facilities and wells at the end of the contract period or production, whichever is earlier. The abandonment of facilities is funded through a cess fund arrangement, accumulated during the production phase, while the abandonment of the wells will be cost recovered via petroleum operations.Overview of the AssetsThe Company will acquire interests in four licences, two of which will be operated by the Company.  These include a 70% operated interest in the PM329 PSC, containing the East Piatu field, and a 60% operated interest in the PM323 PSC, which contains the East Belumut, West Belumut and Chermingat fields.  Jadestone estimates accessing 12.5 million barrels oil equivalent of net working interest 2P reserves based on the Company’s best estimate 2P reserves profile, which includes further development activities.  All fields are in production, and have been developed by way of fixed wellhead and central processing platforms, which deliver oil to the onshore Terengganu Crude Oil Terminal (“TCOT”). Adding the Assets to Jadestone’s portfolio is expected to be accretive to Group average cash costs, based on Jadestone’s estimate of the Assets’ current costs.In addition, the Assets include a 50% non-operated working interest in the PM318 and AAKBNLP PSCs, which are operated by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. (“PETRONAS Carigali”).Upside PotentialJadestone envisages scope to add incremental value in the near term through both reservoir optimisation and production enhancement activities across both operated licences.  Gas re-injection is expected to be a key part of reservoir optimisation, while production enhancement will initially be focused on restoring idle wells to production.There is also significant potential for further incremental development activities on the assets.  The focus will initially be on infill drilling in the East Belumut field, where Jadestone sees the potential for several infill campaigns over the next few years.  East Belumut has a medium heavy oil, which is similar to the Stag field, and as we have experienced, the main driver to increase recovery factors is through tightening of the well pattern.  There are also some targeted opportunities in East Piatu and West Belumut, which will be evaluated in parallel with the East Belumut potential.In all instances, Jadestone will assess such investment opportunities based on rigorous economic and technical evaluation, and within the context of all other investment opportunities in its portfolio.Jadestone is also pleased to have an opportunity to develop a working partnership with PETRONAS Carigali in respect of the non-operated assets, PM318 and the AAKBNLP PSCs, and to support the operator’s ongoing pursuit of value through the blocks’ various producing fields.  Jadestone recognises PETRONAS Carigali’s recent success on production enhancement and is looking forward to continuing this effort, as well as evaluating the options for increasing recovery factors in these reservoirs.Paul Blakeley, President and CEO commented:“I am delighted to add these Peninsular Malaysia assets to the Jadestone portfolio.  We have always viewed Malaysia as a highly prospective jurisdiction for upstream investment, and have been looking for the right entry opportunity.  We see this Acquisition as a high margin tuck-in, which meets our investment criteria, and sets the stage for us to establish operating credentials in-country while we continue pursuing more materiality and growth through our acquisition and development led strategy.“We are very pleased to work with SapuraOMV on this transaction.  Both companies are focusing their portfolios on core strengths – SapuraOMV on discovered gas resources, and Jadestone on near-term cash generating producing assets, such as the East Piatu, West Belumut and East Belumut fields.  They are a perfect fit with our strategy, and further bolster our ability to generate quick cycle returns for shareholders.“By our estimate, the Acquisition will add 12.5 million barrels oil equivalent of 2P reserves, increasing total Group reserves by over 30%.  Production will increase by 50% over the mid point of our 2021 guidance, and with the immediate add of cashflow from a high-value stream of 6,000 barrels oil equivalent per day, we are forecasting rapid payback, and therefore believe the Acquisition will be value accretive to the business within the year.“We are excited by the potential for follow-on investment as well, and see significant running room, particularly in the East Belumut field, and will explore the option to conduct further infill drilling in the near term.  As always, the potential to add value through follow-on investment is a key part of our acquisition criteria, and features alongside our usual priorities to drive cost efficiency wherever possible, and strive for continuous improvement in how we operate.”Overview of the AcquisitionThe transaction is structured as a purchase of all share capital in the Seller’s indirect subsidiary company, SapuraOMV Upstream (PM) Inc.  For the year ended 31 December 2020, SapuraOMV Upstream (PM) Inc reported profits before taxation of $12.0 million. The Acquisition has a total initial headline cash consideration of US$9 million, based on an economic effective date of 1 January 2021, meaning the Company will ultimately receive all economic benefits from the Assets accruing from that date.  Further consideration of up to US$6 million is payable to the Seller upon certain upside scenarios, which are tied to potential full year oil price outcomes in 2021 and 2022.The Acquisition will be funded from the Company’s on-hand cash resources, and is not expected to compromise the Company’s ability to fund the remainder of its planned capital spending in 2021, dividends, or closing of other acquisitions, namely the New Zealand Maari acquisition.All offshore and supply base personnel engaged on the Assets are expected to continue in those positions as employees of Jadestone and the Company intends to expand its onshore team in Malaysia, in support of the Assets, with a primary focus on building a workforce of local Malaysian nationals.Completion of the Acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including waiver of PETRONAS Carigali’s pre-emption rights and PETRONAS approval.  The Company anticipates closing the transaction in 2021.MalaysiaMalaysia is a prolific hydrocarbon jurisdiction in the Asia Pacific region, and the Malay Basin is a familiar province for much of the Jadestone team through both its ongoing development planning for the Nam Du and U Minh gas fields in the Malay/Tho Chu basin of Vietnam, and through past involvement in legacy assets in this area.  Jadestone already has a significant presence in Malaysia, being home to the Company’s centre of technical excellence since inception, and home to key corporate functions supporting the business.Malaysia offers stable fiscal terms as part of its production sharing contract fiscal regime, and through its upstream regulator, PETRONAS, provides clear guidance and direction regarding upstream activities. Source: Company Press Release Establishes a new operating presence for Jadestone in Malaysialast_img read more

Oxford study finds immune memory of coronavirus in patient T cells

first_imgProfessor Dong, who led the study, said: “By studying the T cell immune response in depth and breadth, we will begin to build a better understanding of why some individuals develop milder disease, and how we might be able to prevent or treat infections.” Professor Paul Moss of the University of Birmingham, who leads the UK Coronavirus Immunology Consortium, added: “This paper is highly important in the fight against SARS-CoV-2. The team demonstrate that cellular immune responses develop in most people after infection and are particularly strong in those with more severe disease. This provides the foundation for new approaches to assess immunity and also for optimisation of vaccine design”. Study co-lead Professor Graham Ogg, Interim Director of the Medical Research Council Human Immunology Unit, said: “We found that individuals with mild COVID-19 had a different pattern of T cell response when compared to those with more severe infection; this could help provide insights to the nature of immune protection.” He continued that “the research demonstrates the power of bringing together many clinicians and scientists to address a global challenge, and we are extremely grateful to all of those involved, especially the research participants.” He added that “T cells may also be longer lasting than antibodies, and so could offer alternative methods to diagnose whether someone has had a past COVID-19 infection, after antibody levels have waned.” Oxford University researchers have found that infection with coronavirus leads to a significant T cell response. This includes T cell ‘memory’ to “potentially fight future infections”. This paper, published in Nature Immunology, is based on the work of the Medical Research Council Human Immunology Unit and the Oxford Institute of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.center_img It was already clear that infection with coronavirus leads to a B cell antibody response, but previous research had been less perceptive regarding whether coronavirus prompts the production of virus-specific T cells. Antibodies destroy the inciting agents – viruses and bacteria – while T cells latch onto cells in the body which are already diseased. This includes virus-infected cells. The team’s next steps include investigating how long T cellimmune memory lasts and whether this has implications for new diagnostic testsand future treatments. Other scientists across the country were enthused by the new paper. Professor Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London, the Immunology Lead for UK ISARIC, said: “It is exciting to see the speed with which UK scientists can generate such novel findings and the spirit of collaboration that underpins it. T cells are important in clearing the virus and recognise parts of SARS-CoV-2 that are not seen by antibody. The role that they play in disease is not yet fully revealed, but this study provides the tools for studies to be done. This landmark study opens many new areas of work”. Image Credit to National Institute of Allergy andInfectious Diseases / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC-BY-2.0.last_img read more

HAPPENINGS AT THE VANDERBURGH COUNTY GOP

first_img    Time: 5:30 PM State Senator Jim Tomes, District 49 State Senator Vaneta Becker, District 50 State Representative Matt Hostettler, District 64State Representative Wendy McNamara, District 76State Representative Holli Sullivan, District 78    EVSC Board of School Trustees Meeting- Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville              Time: 5:30 PM County Commissioners  County Council Meeting-   Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 January 8, 2020 First day to file a Declaration of Candidacy for 2020 Primary December 10 (3:00 pm) January 31, 2020Congress of Counties Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville Time: 11:30 AMLocation: GOP Headquarters815 John Street, EvansvilleMeetings are open to all Vanderburgh County Precinct Committeemen December 14 (10:00 am)Bill of Rights Celebration  For more information visit December 16 (5:30 pm)City Council Meeting Location: Room 301, Civic Center Complex                1 NW Martin Luther King Blvd, Evansville  County Commission Meeting- Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019   Date: December 9, 2019 Click to watch President Trump Deliver Remarks to the TroopsRead Remarks by President Trump to Troops at Bagram Airfield | Bagram, Afghanistan   December 9 (5:30 pm)EVSC Board of Trustees Meeting VCRP Central Committee Meeting – Wednesday, December 11, 2019    Time: 3:30 PM Central Committee:Wayne Parke, ChairmanMary Jo Kaiser, Political DirectorDottie Thomas, Vice ChairmanLon Walters, Secretary Kevin Harrison, Editorcenter_img Wednesday, January 8, 2020 is the first day a declaration of candidacy for major political party primary nomination (or election as a Republican Party precinct committeeman, or state convention delegate of either major party at the primary) may be filed. It is also the first day a major party primary candidate for President or Governor may file a petition of nomination with a county voter registration office for verification of petition signatures. Refer to the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division’s Candidate Information web page for candidate forms and additional information.Candidates for precinct committeeman must be a Qualified Elector of the precinct and a Qualified Primary Republican (or obtain authorization from the County Chairman). Candidates for precinct committeeman must file a CAN-37 form with the county clerk between Wednesday January 8, 2020 and noon Friday, February 7, 2020.  Form CAN-37  can be found on the Secretary of State Election Division’s Candidate Information web page.Republican State Convention Delegate Candidates must be a resident of the Election District and a Qualified Primary Republican. A declaration of candidacy for election as a state convention delegate (form CAN-37) must be filed with the county election board no earlier than January 8, 2020 and no later than noon February 7, 2020. All delegates will be assessed a $100 fee payable to the Indiana Republican State Committee to help defer State Convention costs.Contact VCRP Political Director Mary Jo Kaiser at [email protected] or 812-425-8207 for more information. Time: 3:00 PM Farley Smith, Treasurer  Location: Board Room, EVSC Administration Building                  951 Walnut St., Evansville  For more information visitCity Council (Click Above )  City Council Meeting-   Date: Monday, December 16, 2019 scvasvasvasv County Council Meeting News and Upcoming Events for December 3, 2019 January 18, 2020 VCRP Monthly Breakfast December VCRP Breakfast CANCELLEDThe VCRP will not hold a Breakfast Meeting for the month of December.The next scheduled Breakfast will be Saturday January 18, 2020.   Mark Your calendar                CLICK on event for more information scvasvasvasv President Trump Spends Thanksgiving with  the Troops- scvasvasvasv County Commission Meeting The 2020 Congress of Counties is a two-day training conference for Republican Party leaders, candidates and grassroots activists. This year’s Congress of Counties is scheduled for January 31 – February 1 in downtown Indianapolis at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Registration will be $100 per person. The full conference line-up — including break-out training sessions and special events — will be announced soon!  For more information and to register click HERE. First day of declaration of candidacy for 2020 Primary Election is Wednesday, January 8, 2020  For more information visitCounty Council Stay in touch with GOP state legislators representing our area by clicking the links below. December 4 (3:30 pm) FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Return of House Flipping Eases Affordable Housing Crunch in Some States

first_imgReturn of House Flipping Eases Affordable Housing Crunch in Some StatesOctober 18, 2016 By Tim HendersonA “For Sale” sign hangs in front of a home in Atlanta. As the construction of affordable single-family houses fails to keep up with demand, the number of houses being flipped is increasing.© AP Photo/John BazemoreThe number of flipped houses is at a six-year high. But while such rapid turnover helped fuel the housing crisis a decade ago, advocates and analysts say the current wave is helping to ease a shortage of affordable housing in some parts of the country.The resurgence of flipping, or selling a house less than a year after buying it, comes as the construction of affordable single-family houses fails to keep up with demand, as builders concentrate on multi-family housing.In some states like Florida and Nevada, which have large stocks of cheap, foreclosed houses, flipping is boosting the housing supply for homeowners and for investors who want to rent out the properties. The renovated homes are helping to bring downtrodden neighborhoods back to life, while making homeownership possible for some first-time and low-income buyers.“This flipping activity could be seen as a social good if it’s bringing houses up to standards and putting them back on the market,” said Steven Swidler, an Auburn University professor who has studied flipping.But he also warned that flipping can help drive up already-rising housing prices. “In other areas,” he said, “it could be putting it beyond the price points for affordable housing for some people. It’s all about location, location, location.”A total of 51,434 single-family homes and condos were flipped in the second quarter of 2016, up 14 percent from the previous quarter and the highest number since 2010, according to data from ATTOM Data Solutions. The number of flippers, including individuals, amateur investors and businesses, reached 39,775, the highest level in nine years.In Tampa, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee, and Visalia, in California’s San Joaquin Valley, one in 10 homes sold in the quarter was flipped. Florida, Tennessee and Nevada are the states with the highest rates of flipping, with 7 percent or more of homes sold within a year. And in many of those places, the homes being flipped are selling well below the rest of the market, a sign that they are helping to fill a shortage of affordable housing.Nationwide, 5.5 percent of single-family homes and condos were flipped, a small increase over the second quarter of 2015, but still well below the peak in 2006, when 9 percent of sales were flips.In some high-priced places such as New York City, housing advocates complain that flippers are reducing the supply of affordable housing and driving out low-income residents and sometimes the middle class.But in other areas of the nation — parts of Florida that have been plagued with foreclosures, for instance —flipping can be part of the process of getting affordable housing back on the market, said Hector Sandoval, a University of Florida economist who has studied flipping in the state.“Bringing these houses back to the market is good in general for the neighborhoods where they are located,” said Sandoval. “It increases the supply, which means prices can’t go too high, and they should be affordable, at least for the middle class.”Meeting DemandIn Nevada, today’s flippers have found a niche fixing up foreclosed or abandoned housing that may need much work and then selling it to investors who are willing to recoup profits slowly by renting, said Swidler, the Auburn University professor who analyzed the way home flipping in Las Vegas contributed to the housing meltdown of the last decade by driving up prices.About 7 percent of sales in the state were flips in the second quarter of 2016, and the rate is about the same in Las Vegas. But today’s flippers are not the same as those who helped drive a speculative frenzy 10 years ago.“Conditions are different now. You can’t just buy a house and expect to make a profit,” Swidler said. “In many cases [flippers] have to go in there and replace wiring, put in new refrigerators. Some of these places had holes in the walls. It took extensive work to renovate them.”More amateurs and individual investors are flipping houses, drawn by reality television shows and a burgeoning housing market, said Daren Blomquist, senior vice president at ATTOM.Nationally, home prices have been rising since 2012, and the increases are even steeper in some areas with high levels of house flipping, like Tampa and Nashville. But with housing prices rising faster than incomes in many parts of the nation, rehabbing foreclosed houses has the potential to return affordable housing at a time that it’s urgently needed.In Florida, flipping has been revived by a steady supply of foreclosed housing and a demand for affordable housing that’s making once-marginal neighborhoods near Tampa more appealing to buyers of renovated homes, said Christopher McCarty, director of the state Bureau of Economic and Business Research.Rising rents also are encouraging small investors to buy renovated houses and rent them out, McCarty said, especially along the state’s central I-4 Corridor from Tampa to Orlando.House prices have grown more than 19 percent in the Tampa area since 2015, to $209,000, the largest increase in Florida. The median purchase price for a flipped house was $93,000 and the median selling price was $150,000, according to ATTOM’s report.Peter Lee, a real estate agent and investor in Tampa, said unemployed carpenters and other construction workers sidelined by the housing bust and slowdown in new construction have found a new line of work renovating homes in the area.The buyers might be landlords looking for rentals, first time buyers or retirees from the Midwest, he said, all of whom find the prices affordable. “You’re giving them a shiny renovated house for $100,000. They’re in heaven.”Tennessee has the second-highest rate of house flipping, at 7.2 percent. House prices have gone up nearly 20 percent in Memphis in the last year, and nearly 7 percent in Nashville. The typical flipped house in Nashville was bought for $114,500 and sold for $175,900, well below the area’s median home price of $258,000.Rae Sovereign, an affordable housing activist in East Nashville, said the city is facing an affordability crisis as developers tear down houses to build new rentals. But flippers have played a generally positive role, she said, fixing up battered and sometimes foreclosed homes.“I don’t have a problem with people who want to fix up a house for a profit but still make it affordable,” she said.Rae said a flipper bought her house for about $40,000, gutted it and rebuilt the interior, then sold it to her for $131,000 six years ago. Today she thinks it’s worth about $235,000.For Sale sign in AtlantaThe resurgence of flipping is not helping to ease the affordability crisis everywhere.A study earlier this year by New York City’s Center for NYC Neighborhoods, a public-private partnership that promotes affordable housing, found that affordable housing was becoming harder to find in parts of Queens and Brooklyn where hundreds of homes were flipped last year.On average, Brooklyn homes bought by flippers in recent years were affordable for families making $75,000 a year — near the typical income for the borough. But by the time they were sold, only families making $150,000 could afford the same house.“Flipping reduces the quantity of affordable homeownership opportunities on the market by moving homes to significantly higher price points,” the study concluded. Typical profits were more than $500,000 per sale in Bushwick, Brooklyn.Typical flipping profits topped $110,000 in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, California, as well as New York, according to ATTOM’s data. The largest flipping profits were in the District of Columbia, where the typical flip netted $209,750.Prices rose so quickly in the District of Columbia that the district housing authority evicted some low-income tenants and sold their apartments to finance other renovations. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser promised last year to investigate whether the city’s own flipping practices were hurting her efforts to preserve affordable housing.Curbing AbusesSome states, including Idaho, Virginia and Washington, have laws that require house-flippers to register as contractors. In Washington, either the seller of a flipped house or a contractor hired to fix it up must be registered and have a $12,000 bond.“This way the buyer has some recourse if there’s a fire from bad wiring or sewage in the dishwasher because of the plumbing. Those things happened,” said Shari Purves-Reiter of Washington state’s Department of Labor & Industries.In Idaho, a contractor license is required to do rehab work on a house unless it’s the homeowner’s “primary or secondary residence.” There are enforcement problems because of that wording, said Bill Hatch, a spokesman for the state Division of Building Safety.When flippers are questioned, “they invariably come up with something like ‘Oh, this is my secondary home,’” Hatch said. The best inspectors can do is to cite repeat offenders, he said.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wendel To Present 2021 Tentative Budget To Legislature Wednesday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE — A tentative county budget reflecting the impact and realities of COVID-19 will be presented Wednesday to the County Legislature by Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel.“I look forward to presenting my first tentative budget as County Executive,” said Wendel. “The presentation will reflect the efforts made by the COVID-19 Finance team, department heads and county employees to help keep this year’s budget in line and to better prepare us for next year.”After Wendel presents his budget, county legislators will begin their review of it by meeting with department heads and determining if any additional modifications are needed. They will then need to pass a final budget for 2021 on or before December 1.Copies of the 2021 Tentative Budget Presentation and the Chautauqua County 2021 Tentative Budget will be available online by Sept. 30. The presentation will be available on the County Executive’s website at chqgov.com/county-executive/County-Executive and the tentative budget will be available on the Finance Department’s website at chqgov.com/finance/Finance . Wendel will provide his 2021 tentative budget to the county legislature during the full legislature meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/.For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at (716) 753-4211.last_img read more

First Man Standing: Stand-up Paddleboarder Crosses the Atlantic

first_imgChris Bertish became the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean on his own, unassisted and unsupported, on a standup paddleboard.Bertish departed from Agadir, Morocco, on December 6 and traveled 4,500 nautical miles to English Harbor, Antigua where he arrived on March 9. He paddled an equivalent to a marathon a day for a total of 93 days.Bertish used a specially crafted 20ft long, 1,360-pound vessel that has a tiny cabin and is solar powered.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB9Fxj1K5aAWhile completing the world’s first solo trek across the ocean, he also set the world record for furthest distance traveled solo, unsupported, and unassisted in a single day (71.96 miles). The South African water sports pro has been in the spotlight before, surfing some of the biggest waves ever recorded, and he also notched the fastest time to cross the English Channel on a commercial stand-up paddleboard.Bertish is working with charities such as Signature of Hope, Lunchbox Foundation, and Operation Smile. His goal is to build at least five schools in South Africa, to feed and educate thousands of children, and to aid surgeons to perform cleft-lip and palate operations. He has raised $412,000 so far.last_img read more

Palermo Becomes Boca Juniors’ Highest-Scoring Player in 80 Years

first_imgBy 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.‎last_img read more

Faehner to lead the Young Lawyers Division

first_imgFaehner to lead the Young Lawyers Division Faehner to lead the Young Lawyers Division Assistant EditorWhen he takes the helm of the Young Lawyers Division, Michael J. Faehner hopes to plot a new course for young lawyers, in part by raising the issue of forgiveness on student loans and refocusing on quality of life issues.Faehner, 33, was voted into office by the YLD Board of Governors in January and will serve as president-elect in 2003-04 under incoming YLD President Mark Romance. Faehner, senior associate of McFarland, Gould, Lyons, Sullivan & Hogan, P.A., in Clearwater, will lead the YLD for the 2004-05 Bar year.Romance said that he and Faehner have been working closely and have discussed “quality of life issues for young lawyers and lawyers everywhere.”“I would like to raise awareness in law firms, especially the larger ones, that there are other ways to accommodate young lawyers,” said Faehner.Faehner plans on doing this through day of service programs and by developing a better rapport with the community.“We are very lucky to have Michael Faehner,” said Romance. “He has been called ‘the hardest working lawyer’ by people like Terry Russell.”Despite such praise, Faehner remains modest. “I am honored to have run and won, and I look forward to working with the Bar,” said Faehner.Don’t mistake modesty for a lack of confidence though. Faehner has an agenda that includes furthering some already established goals of what he sees as a very successful and important division of the Bar.“I want to continue the great job the YLD has done in supporting its affiliates,” said Faehner, who also acknowledged the diversity efforts of the division.Faehner went on to say that he wanted to focus on one of the more immediate issues facing young lawyers just out of law school — forgiveness on student loans. Faehner made the point that with loans to pay back many young lawyers are forced to forego public service, and insists this needs to change.“I want to give young lawyers an opportunity to take public service,” said Faehner. “It’s time somebody took a stand on that.”Encouraging young lawyers to become involved with local bar associations and in their communities, Faehner looks forward to his term as president with enthusiasm.“You never know what the project of the day will be, ” said Faehner of the YLD, the largest division of the Florida Bar, with over 18,000 members.Faehner graduated with multiple honors from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1994 and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1991. Faehner is not married and finds solace in going solo.“I am happily single. I have the dubious distinction of being named one of Clearwater’s most eligible bachelors,” said Faehner. April 1, 2003 Daniel Staesser Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more