Toni Kroos’ agent denies transfer to Real Madrid

first_imgVolker Struth, the agent of Toni Kroos, has denied the Bayern Munich midfielder has an agreement with Real Madrid, as reported by ‘Marca’ on Monday morning. 30/06/2014 “The signing of the German midfielder, who only has one year to run on his contract, will cost around €25-30million,” they reported. “Toni is currently playing at the World Cup, that is his main priority at the moment. Until that finishes, there will be nothing new to report.” “There is no agreement with Real Madrid, nor with any other club,” he responded to the story about the 24-year-old. Upd. at 23:37 DPA So far, nothing concrete has materialised from any club’s negotiations with the Bavarians regarding Kroos. The player recently said he would make a decision on his future after the Germany’s participation in Brazil comes to an end. CEST They also asserted that “the agreement between Real Madrid and Kroos is complete”, saying he will sign for five seasons and earn a salary of €5million for each year. According to Marca though, Madrid and Bayern have already closed an agreement:last_img read more

Cash boost for growth

first_imgCardinia council will benefit from $50 million allocated in the Victorian budget to improving Melbourne’s outer suburbs. The Interface Fund…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Eagles soared behind team chemistry, seniors

first_img Middletown South’s girls basketball team had another great season to remember, going 19-6 against a brutal schedule and reaching the NJSIAA Group III Central Jersey finals before losing to Neptune for the second straight year, 48-29. But it was the leadership and determination of senior captains Kerry Healy and Kelly Scheurer that set the tone for a program that has gone 77-25 the last four years combined. “I like these seniors who came through the program,” said Tom Brennan, who has coached there the past 14 seasons. “They’ve been there from when we started this run that included a division championship in 2006-07, and being part of our legacy of reaching the sectional semifinals for the past four years.” Junior guard Meghan McGuinness, another captain, led the team in scoring at 16 points per game. Kerri Kinsella, a junior who was the tallest starter at 5-8, had the second best scoring average at 8.5 points per game (ppg), and junior point guard Kelly Haspeth showed poise with the ball in rounding out the lineup, scoring 11 against Neptune’s high-pressure defense that turned around the sectional championship game. But it was the leadership of seniors and best friends Healy and Scheurer that got the team through the challenging times. “I think it was just great team chemistry,” said Healy. “It kept us believing in each other.” And no one showed greater faith than Scheurer, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Middletown North midway through her junior season. “I was on the sidelines and had to be a leader [there],” she said. “I didn’t know if I would come back and then I got so much support.” Not only did Scheurer come back, but she also drew the toughest defensive assignment on the team this season, consistently playing against taller players and often the best player on the opposing team. “I just got stronger,” said Scheurer. “This year, I put my body on the line. I think everyone saw I was little but I still have the forward’s mentality. I knew I could have the forward’s mentality. I knew I could body up against bigger girls and that someone on the team would have my back.” “She’s a 5-foot-4 [inch] forward, a special kid who just willed things to happen,” said Brennan. “I knew she was a little overmatched physically and athletically but it was her desire. She shut down bigger players, which allowed our other players to get to the outside on defense.” It impressed Scheurer’s best friend, Healy, who often had her back, as she put it. “I think she was playing great against girls bigger and stronger and she did whatever she could to help the team,” said Healy. Healy likewise impressed her coach who said she “has a motor, an enormous passion getting after a loose ball.” Both players felt the team likewise achieved more than was expected against tough odds, finishing second in the division behind Colts Neck. A victory over Rumson- Fair Haven for the second straight year again was a turning point and showed last year’s surprising victory over Rumson was no fluke, they said. “I think we went above everybody’s expectations,” said Scheurer. “People did not expect us to beat Rumson again.” People other than the Eagles according to Healy. “I don’t think what we did this season was surprising,” said Healy. “We just made it fun and kept going. A lot of people doubted us.” With five losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10 in the state polls at the time, Middletown South certainly proved itself and Brennan attributed the success to the team’s being “pretty steady defensively” all season, holding Neptune to its season-low points as well as holding Holmdel to its season low in a 37-29 victory in the state section semifinals. “I was proud of our team even though we didn’t score much,” said Brennan. “We hunkered down on the defensive side of the ball.” And there is a bright future with only one other senior graduating off this team in guard Nicole Trapasso. Three freshmen also were in the rotation, including guards Carissa Gray and Kiera Gannon, who measured 5-8, and forward Jackie Dlhui, who is 5-9. “The freshmen were more like juniors but they were not used to playing so many minutes,” said Brennan. “They hit the wall for that like many young players do and broke through it and played better at the end.” If the young players can show the determination of the graduating seniors like Scheurer, Middletown South can continue to enjoy successfully long seasons. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Staff Writer last_img read more

Hula belt Rent-A-Tent by 42 runs

first_imgThe Hula boys batted first and batted out the full 20 overs posting  a target of 142.A top order batting collapse left them reeling at 6/45 from some superb bowling from John Igo (3/27) and Vagi Frank (3/20).But an unbeaten 45 runs from Lope Va’a steadied the ship for Hula.Va’a was assisted by a handy 24 runs from Wari Kapa.The boys from Rent-A-Tent found themselves in dire straights at 5/66 after their top order batsmen failed to impress.Jake Kapa was the standout batter scoring 20 runs.In the end, Rent-A-Tent were all bowled out for a 100 after 16.2 overs.Wari Kapa did the damage for Hula taking 3/33.In other matches, Taurama was too strong beating Alukuni by six wickets.Finals for the T20 competition will get underway in September.last_img

President urges dispensation of mercy by new Parole Board

first_imgPresident David Granger has urged a new five-member Advisory Council of the Prerogative of Mercy to usePresident David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams with the new members of the Boardtheir culture, values and religious persuasion to exercise compassion to incarcerated persons.The President offered the admonition Wednesday afternoon, after swearing in the five members of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy board at the Ministry of the Presidency.The Council, guided by the Constitution, will be allowed the opportunity to grant pardon to a convicted prisoner, conditionally or otherwise, or grant a respite of the execution of the punishment imposed. The Council is to advise the President on such matters.According to President David Granger, Guyana currently needs a quality of mercy that will transform the political culture from what he said has become a “dog eat dog” way of life.“In Guyana, we need that quality of mercy. We need to transform the political culture. We need to be more compassionate and more merciful. Because if you have a President that is not compassionate and is not capable of extending mercy, what sort of country do you want our children to grow up?He said the simple ceremony was a representation of the kind of Country Guyanese must live in and the types of relationship each citizen must haveHe thanked the group for coming forward, urging them to be fearless despite the inevitable criticisms.“You must be prepared to bring your culture, your values, your religious faith, your beliefs, your spirit of compassion into the functioning of this Advisory Council. Let those values permeate society. Let the youngsters in school understand that they can be friendly with teachers. Let political parties know that they do not have to be fighting with each other.”The five-member team includes Carl Hanoman, Justice Duke Pollard, Yvonne Heywood Benn, Merle Mendonca and Justice James Patterson.Article 188 of the Constitution empowers the President to grant to convicted persons a State pardon – the very act establishes an Advisory Council on the prerogative which is expected to advise the President.The Prerogative of Mercy is exercised in instances of petition, usually from a convicted person or persons acting on their behalf.last_img read more

FDA: No cold meds for young children

first_imgWASHINGTON – Very young children simply should not take some commonly used cold and cough medicines, federal health officials say in recommending that the “consult your physician” advice to parents on the labels be dropped. The preliminary recommendation, from Food and Drug Administration safety officials, would apply to decongestant use in children under 2, and antihistamines in those younger than 6, according to agency documents released Friday. The more than 350 pages of documents are part of a broad and ongoing FDA examination of whether the roughly 800 medicines, many popular and widely used, are safe and effective in treating children’s colds and coughs. FDA advisers are to take up the issue during an Oct. 18-19 meeting. The FDA has not made a final decision on any label changes. Action is likely, pending a recommendation from outside experts. The review came in response to a recently filed petition by Baltimore city officials, who charged that many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies can harm toddlers and preschoolers. Those officials, joined by the American Academy of Pediatrics, cite evidence that suggests the drugs are not only risky but also don’t work in the very young. “The basic question is, why should a product be so relentlessly marketed when it’s not safe or effective?” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Baltimore’s health commissioner. “It does not make sense, in the absence of information, to say `consult a physician,’ because they do not have superhuman powers. They cannot make a product safe or effective.” The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, which represents makers of over-the-counter medicines, backs the recommendation that the cold and cough treatments not be used in children younger than 2. Separately, for antihistamines, the group recommends adding a warning that the drugs not be used to sedate young children, president Linda Suydam said. An FDA review of side-effect records filed with the agency between 1969 and September 2006, found 54 reports of deaths in children associated with decongestant medicines made with pseudoephedrine, phenylephrine or ephedrine. It also found 69 reports of deaths associated with antihistamine medicines containing diphenhydramine, brompheniramine or chlorpheniramine. Most of the deaths were children younger than 2. The Baltimore petition came on the heels of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that found more than 1,500 toddlers and babies wound up in emergency rooms over a two-year period because of the drugs. Also on Friday, the FDA gave drug companies until Oct. 31 to stop making and selling any unapproved prescription medicines labeled for use by children younger than 6 that contain the painkiller and cough suppressant hydrocodone. The move is part of a broader effort to remove from sale an estimated 200 unapproved prescription cough medicines made with the narcotic.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Which nine Arsenal players will be representing their country at Euro 2016?

first_img Granit Xhaka – Switzerland – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Hector Bellerin – Spain – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Mesut Ozil – Germany – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Olivier Giroud – France – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Some of Arsenal’s star players will have a busy summer representing their countries in various tournaments. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and David Ospina are playing in the Copa America tournament with Chile and Colombia respectively and then there is the Euros. With a team of international stars, the 2015/16 Premier League runners up have NINE players in France for this summer’s tournament. They will be representing the likes of England, France, Spain, Czech Republic and Germany. So who are those Gunners hoping to impress for their country this summer?Click the arrow above, right, to see the full list of the nine Arsenal players competing at this summer’s European Championship. 9 Jack Wilshere – England – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 9 9 9 Laurent Koscielny – France – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… 9 Tomas Rosicky – Czech Republic 9 Petr Cech – Czech Republic – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… Aaron Ramsey – Wales – Click the right arrow to see which Arsenal stars are playing at Euro 2016… last_img read more

Twitter goes into meltdown after VAR drama in Liverpool v West Brom FA Cup tie

first_img1 Pawson has a look for himself to see whether he should give Liverpool a penalty Will VAR help end all the drama and debate in football? No chance!Liverpool’s 3-2 loss in their FA Cup tie with West Brom will be remembered for a very long time and it’s not because of the result. The new assistant referee system has been designed with the purpose of giving the matchday referees the ability to look at key incidents again and put a contentious decision right. However, referee Craig Pawson had to consult it on a number of occasions during a crazy first-half. It seemed like just another game at the start. Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool an early lead before two goals from Jay Rodriguez put Alan Pardew’s side 2-1 up after eleven minutes.Then the drama started. Craig Dawson seemingly put West Brom 3-1 up after heading past Simon Mignolet from a corner, however, Pawson called on VAR before disallowing the goal as Gareth Barry was stood in an offside postion in front of the keeper. Moments later, VAR was required again when Mohamed Salah hit the deck. The appeals caused Pawson to walk over to the screen to see a replay of the incident and he duly gave Liverpool a chance to get back in the game after replays showed Jake Livermore pulled the Egyptian down. Three minutes later, Firmino missed the resulting penalty, and then the Baggies extended their lead just before the break. VAR was consulted again believe it or not but the goal was given. Salah pulled one back but Liverpool were unable to get an equaliser in a second-half that was really quite mundane compared to the first. The whole affair left many in the crowd very confused and the debate on VAR is now set to intensify. Plenty have had their say on the game and the importance of VAR. Scroll down to see some of the best tweets below…last_img read more

10-year-old says do chores to help world

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We know there’s an imagination in there trying to get out,” Kevin told me that night 11 years ago. “We’re hoping that when Matt sees the person signing at story time, he’ll understand and let that imagination run free.” Matt’s 16 now. And that year he spent at weekly sign-language story times did help his parents find that key, the Moores say today. “It definitely helped Matt start to connect the dots and get that imagination out,” Kevin said. Kevin and Pat were talking about that long-ago experience after dinner a few months ago while 10-year-old Madison played nearby with her brother. Madison listened to every word as her parents went on to talk about the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, which works to find the myriad causes of severe birth defects, and which is holding its biennial conference in Los Angeles next year. There were just the three of them in 1995 – Kevin and Pat Moore, with 5-year-old Matt – sitting in the children’s section of Northridge Library and waiting for story time to begin. Madison hadn’t been born yet, but Pat could feel the baby inside kicking – again. Their daughter was going to be a real fighter, she joked to Kevin. It was the first night the Los Angeles Public Library system was offering a story time in sign language so kids like Matt, who was born deaf and was learning to sign, could be included. The night was important for the Moores. They were looking for a key to help unlock some of the mysteries inside their young son’s mind. Dozens of renowned doctors and experts will be there sharing their research and findings. It was too bad, the Moores said, that so many parents from around the country would be unable to attend because they couldn’t afford the trip. Even with the best medical insurance, the Moores knew, families with children suffering from severe birth defects often live hand to mouth. “I want to help,” Madison interrupted. “I’ll open a lemonade stand or have a carwash for them.” Her parents smiled. That’s nice, honey, they told her. You keep at it. The $10 or $20 she could make at that lemonade stand would help. But the little girl with the big imagination did the math and figured it out for herself: 20 bucks doesn’t go very far. A few days later, she walked into the kitchen and hit her parents with a brainstorm. “When I’m home, you let me earn extra money doing chores,” Madison said. “What if hundreds or even thousands of kids did chores for their parents and neighbors for charity?” The little ones could help set the table, clear the dishes and get the mail. The older ones could take care of pets, wash the car, vacuum or mow the neighbor’s lawn. You get enough kids doing enough chores, and who knows how many families you could fly to L.A. or help in some other charity? “Kevin and I just looked at each other, smiled and nodded,” Pat said. “She was right. It could work.” So, that’s what Madison and her mom were doing last Saturday at the Granada Hills street fair – standing in front of the Rotary Club of Granada Hills booth, handing out fliers and talking to parents and kids about a great idea. It made a lot of sense to dozens of parents who stopped to talk. It also made sense to Cleveland and Miller High in Reseda, where Matt is a student, to sign on to Chores-4-Charity as a service learning project. It made sense to several local churches and charities, and to dozens of people who have already checked out Madison’s Web site – And, finally, it made sense to the Los Angeles Public Library system, which has invited the Moores to distribute and post their fliers at all branches citywide. It turns out that Pat Moore was right 11 years ago while she sat with her husband and son in the children’s section of Northridge Library and waited for story time to begin in sign language. Her daughter was going to be a real fighter. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everton join race for Eder Militao with Man United and Real Madrid also interested

first_imgEverton have joined Manchester United and Real Madrid in the race for Porto defender Eder Militao, according to reports.The right-back has been a revelation in defence for the Portuguese side this term since joining from Sao Paulo in the summer for just £4million. TOP WORK Latest Transfer News Militao’s size and speed has seen him rise to be one of the most highly-rated defenders in Europe.He is currently in the WhoScored Primeira Liga team of the season, averaging a 7.5/10 rating for a Porto side that tops the division.What’s more attractive about the Brazilian is his versatility, as he can play as a wing-back, an orthodox right-back, a central defender and a defensive midfielder. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Everton have joined the race for Militao Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST 3 IN DEMAND moving on Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? He now has a £42.5million release clause and according to Brazilian outlet UOL, the Toffees have now joined Manchester United in the race for his signature.Marco Silva has doubts over the ability of Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny and could make an offer this month.European champions Real Madrid are also keen for his services but Militao desires a move to the Premier League.The player also wants assurances of his playing time and knows it would be hard to cement a starting place in Los Blancos boss Santi Solari’s set-up.The Goodison Park hierarchy face a hard task in persuading him to join them over Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s resurgent United. 3center_img targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star three-way race Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer targets REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Militao can play in a number of positions Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Militao after scoring in the Champions League for Porto RANKED 3 Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ last_img read more