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Wenger plays down Mourinho hoodoo

first_img Chelsea boss Mourinho has accused Arsenal of trying to buy their way to the Premier League title, claiming totting up the Gunners’ spending over the last two years leads to a “surprise”. Wenger attempted to downplay the pair’s simmering feud ahead of Sunday’s meeting, but conceded the contest is bound to carry a level of spice. “You know, it will not be a friendly, because it is just like that – and it is good like that,” said Wenger. “That’s part of our game now – you have to accept that every game is judged as though it’s definite. “But you know in real life it is not like that. “The tribunal is out there and we’ll draw conclusions from Sunday, but no matter if it’s positive or negative we have to continue on our way and focus on ourselves.” Asked if his winless personal record against Mourinho was any concern, Wenger replied: “No, not at all.” Wenger then moved quickly to shoot down the line of inquiry, laughing off suggestions his relationship with Mourinho is far colder than his previous rivalry with ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Press Association Wenger accepted there would be few pleasantries when Arsenal face Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday. The Gunners’ French manager is prepared for the “tribunal” of public scrutiny he believes follows every big clash in English football, vowing not to alter his Premier League plans win or lose this weekend. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he remains unfazed by his inability to register a single victory over Jose Mourinho in 13 attempts. “I’ll leave your love story with him to continue without interfering,” joked Wenger, light-heartedly suggesting the media favour Mourinho. “I wouldn’t like to interfere in that.” When challenged that Mourinho believes it is Arsenal who receive preferential treatment, Wenger replied: “So it’s all about love.” Returning to the weight carried by Sunday’s Community Shield, Wenger continued: “It’s a game that is important, but it’s still preparation. “We want to win it but overall I think we can just give that little bit more confidence before we go into the season if we do well.” New recruit Petr Cech is expected to start in goal on Sunday in a quick-fire showdown with former club Chelsea. Wenger backed the 33-year-old for a lengthy stint at the Emirates. “He has an intimidating presence, that is for sure,” said Wenger. “In goal, he makes the goal look smaller, and that’s the kind of charisma he has. “But he has big size as well. “He has a good combination between quality, agility and size, and he has always looked built for English football. “And he’s a very bright boy as well. “I think his move is a bit like Van der Saar at that age, moving from Fulham to Manchester United and he still had five or six years with United. “So I don’t see why Petr should not have a few years. “He’s very serious, trains well, so there’s no big problem.” last_img read more

Mike Hopkins officially named head coach-designate by Syracuse

first_img Published on June 25, 2015 at 3:06 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins has been named head coach-designate for the men’s basketball program by Chancellor Kent Syverud, the university announced in a release Thursday.The announcement comes after the university announced in March that head coach Jim Boeheim intends to retire in three seasons. If that plan is seen through, Hopkins is now officially pegged to replace Boeheim after the 2017-18 season.Hopkins played in Syracuse’s backcourt from 1989 to 1993, and joined Boeheim’s staff as an assistant coach in 1995. It has long been assumed that Hopkins would take over for Boeheim once the long-tenured coach retired, with public endorsements from Boeheim and former SU Director of Athletics Daryl Gross, among others.“I believe Mike Hopkins will be a great coach,” Boeheim said in a press conference in March, “and I fervently hope that he is the coach here. But that’s something the chancellor will decide with the board of trustees, like they decide every major issue that happens at Syracuse University.”It has been six days since Syracuse named Mark Coyle the 10th director of athletics in school history. In the release, Coyle says that he “fully” supports Syverud’s decision to name Hopkins head coach-designate.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m honored, humbled and grateful for this special opportunity,” said Hopkins in Syracuse’s official release. “Very few people are afforded the privilege to coach at their alma mater. I want to thank Chancellor Syverud, the Board of Trustees and Jim Boeheim for entrusting me with this great program.“Coach Boeheim has created one of the most preeminent college basketball programs in the country, one that is committed to a standard of excellence and consistency.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Daniel Graetzer launches Carousel seeking to deliver ‘superior customer-driven experiences’

first_img Codere records 10X losses seeking vital lifeline  May 28, 2020 In 2019 the industry welcomes new incumbent Carousel Group, an ambitious start-up seeking to deliver fresh dynamics, thinking and propositions within multiple regulated sports betting markets.Based out of Madrid Spain, Carousel is led by Founder and CEO Daniel Graetzer, a seasoned executive in industry commercial development and venture financing.This morning, an ambitious Carousel announces that it is in the final preparations of launching its first two online betting properties SportsBetting.com and RaceBook.com.SportsBetting.com is positioned as the ‘ultimate destination’ to bet on global sports while RaceBook.com is a dedicated platform for racing enthusiasts.The brands will target Europe and LATAM markets having secured a Malta MGA licence, with Graetzer further confirming that Carousel pursues further UK, Swedish and US opportunities for growth.“2018 was a huge year for us as we prepared the business for launch. We closed a second capital raise, acquired two strong domain names and ended the year with the acquisition of our technology platform, but now the real fun starts” Graetzer details on Carousel’s 2019 ambitions“We’ve assembled a team of highly experienced and competent leaders in our Madrid headquarters and combined with our recent acquisitions we are aiming to deliver a superior customer-driven experience to markets all over the world”. Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Share Optimised communications help Wiraya deliver 15% reactivation boost June 3, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Upcoming legislative session will have plenty of hot button issues

first_imgTrimmer would like to work to create better education, a fair tax policy and to promote real economic growth.“The Governor’s policies have caused an increase in property taxes, sales taxes, and a reduction in deductions middle income and poor people can claim. Most of us are paying more in taxes so a few, who can most afford it, nothing,” Trimmer said. “These policies have not helped our economy but made it the lowest performing economy in our region and the U.S.”Follow us on Twitter. by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The state’s legislative session formally kicked off Tuesday with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s State of the State speech. While closing a shortfall in the budget will be the year’s most pressing issue, there are other hot button issues that have local legislators’ attention.Sam BrownbackState Representative Kyle Hoffman (R-Coldwater) is on the state Appropriation’s Committee. Those members got the first look at a study that shows the state how it can save $2 billion over the next five years. It is a 200-page book and he has not had time to read, but he has seen a presentation of the highlights.One thing that is controversial is the idea that school districts could use up their contingency fund, or reserves, instead of getting more money from the state.Kyle HoffmanHoffman said some school districts have a lot and some have very little in reserves, so he thinks having a benchmark or a certain level, might be the best idea.He said the financial shortfall in the budget is not as big as last year, and if some of the things from the study are implemented, they might be able to close it.“There are things in business, you do obvious things, but in government that is harder,” he said.Ed TrimmerEd Trimmer, (D-Winfield) said the total budget deficit is more than $200 million and bonding programs and transferring money to other programs are being used to try to cover it.“This is borrowing money with interest to pay a debt you cannot cover. You still have the debt, but also the interest. It will bankrupt future generations,” he said.State Sen. Steve Abrams, who was once on the State Board of Education board, said he would like to see an education finance bill passed this year, one that gets the state away from block grants.Trimmer also wants to work on education, but said schools are receiving $550 less per pupil than when the governor took office. He said the governor is including taxes raised at the local level in its figures and then claiming to have increased spending. He said it is not honest and just a change in accounting.Another fairly controversial thing is that the state put a “lid” on local property taxes as it closed the session last year, and it has been reintroduced this year. The lid would require cities to get voter approval to raise property taxes in many cases. It is set to go into effect in 2018, but last night Gov. Brownback said he wants to see it happen faster.Hoffman said it just makes the cities go through more of a process, and this was in place in the 1990s but was removed at some point.He said it was passed quickly last year, so it is being brought up again this year to make sure they are not hurting cities in any way.Steve AbramsAbrams said he does not think the issue is local control as much as it is “helping people keep their own money in their own pocket.”Trimmer said this bill takes decision making out of the hands of county commissioners who are also elected officials.House Bill 2440, the Family and Personal Protection Act, has also been brought up again this year. This restricts cities in their ability to ban guns inside public buildings. The state passed this last year even though most cities and counties were against it.Judges are still allowed to ban guns in the courtroom, and this year’s version allows counties a little more leeway. Currently, if cities want to ban guns in public buildings they have to install expensive electronic scanning equipment to make sure the area is safe. The new version would allow them to do this only for part of a building, such as a courtroom.Another controversial issue this year is likely to be the expansion of Medicaid, which would give the state a lot of federal money under the Affordable Care Act. This is one thing the study recommended and many rural hospitals are asking for it, saying it would help keep them going as they struggle to survive.Hoffman does not believe it will pass this year.He said Medicaid was designed for the most vulnerable people. The expansion of it would increase the number and cost the state more money. He noted that the Feds have already cut medicare, and he thinks the state would not get that much money after balancing those two things.While he thinks it would help rural hospitals, he thinks the state would end up getting stuck with the bill. 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Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 238 weeks ago Approx. 15% less is coming out of my check for state income tax now, as compared to 3 years ago. Sorry but that makes me happy. Maybe his intent is to force local communities to feel a little pressure? Normally, when an individual feels financial pressure, you make changes. You don’t beg for more money. People tend to forget that all the moeny the government spends, come out of OUR pockets. You want more money from the state, then you need to PAY MORE. Understand? No thank you, I say! The local levels need to tighten their belts and quit begging for cash. Make changes that save money. Think outside the box. Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg jones · 238 weeks ago And while Brownback and his far right buddies are in power, more and more poor people will die due to the lack of health insurance. More and more small towns will close their hospitals. Sad that it has turned into this. Once the the party of Lincoln and Eisenhower has turn into the party of greed, hate and lies. I still can’t understand why God would look in favor of anybody that preaches his works but act’s like the Antichrist. Sad ain’t it? Report Reply 4 replies · active 238 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jim · 238 weeks ago This article is confusing to keep track of who said what. Can it be rewritten? Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nobody important · 238 weeks ago Smoke and mirrors! He takes money from Kpers, Highway fund, and from Kansas Turnpike, then puts it other places so he can say the state not in bad shape. Brownback is nothing but a dishonest politician. Nothing more, nothing less! Our country will be in the same shape soon. We’ve had eight years to come up with a few presidential candidates, and the best we can come up with is Trump and Hillary?? I think we are in trouble!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Jim · 238 weeks ago I can not wait till Trump gets in office. One thing is for sure we will see change and punishment will be severe for those that have pulled the wool over the eyes of Americans the last 8 years. Report Reply 2 replies · active 238 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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WWE WrestleMania 18 match grades: Hulk Hogan and The Rock have a match for the ages

first_imgPrior to this, a WWE heavyweight championship bout had been the WrestleMania headliner 15 of 17 times. Things should have remained at that number because the feeling on this bout would have been different. Triple H hitting the Pedigree to become the undisputed champion should have been a monumental moment and one we still talk about to this day. Instead, it’s merely an afterthought to Rock-Hogan.Grade: B With WWE presenting its biggest annual event of the year, WrestleMania 36, on Sunday, April 5, Sporting News is going to be recapping and doling out match grades on the anniversaries of pro wrestling’s biggest event.Here are match grades and recaps, courtesy of SN’s Steven Muehlhausen.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearWWE Wrestlemania 18 main card match gradesLord William Regal vs. Rob Van Dam for the Intercontinental titleMuehlhausen: A match few people talk about on this historic show. This was the first WrestleMania appearance for Regal and Van Dam. The crowd was really into Van Dam, as they were into it from the time his entrance music hit. A solid affair that saw Van Dam win the belt for the first time when he hit the Five-Star Frog Splash. The air on that move as announcer Jim Ross said was like Michael Jordan in his prime. Their styles didn’t mesh well, though, as Regal was more mat-based, while Van Dam brought pure athleticism, but the crowd carried them to a passable contest.Grade: CDiamond Dallas Page vs. Christian for the European championshipMuehlhausen: One would think on paper that it wouldn’t be too good considering Page was in his 40s, and Christian was still in his 20s. Instead, they delivered a solid bout from start to finish. Page proved he could hang with the young guns of WWE. The moves were crisp and told a solid story. After attempting to nail the Diamond Cutter on several occasions, Page finally hit the move to retain the belt. It wasn’t too much longer for Page, though, as he retired shortly after. At least he got his WrestleMania moment. Grade: B-Goldust vs. Maven for the Hardcore championshipMuehlhausen: A lot of rough action inside the ring that saw Goldust having to struggle to get anything out of the rookie and winner of the first “Tough Enough” show. Spike Dudley ended up winning the belt when Goldust got tossed to the outside, brought his own referee inside the squared circle to a fallen Maven, and a new champion was crowned. Dudley immediately left the ring with Goldust, Maven, and Crash Holly chasing him through the crowd.They wound up backstage, where everyone was trying to get to Dudley. He appeared to escape the chaos when Hurricane Helms came out of nowhere, attacked Dudley from behind and scored the pin and title. After a series of title changes throughout the event, Maven wound up remaining the champion.Grade: D-Kurt Angle vs. KaneMuehlhausen: Wrestling fans recognize Angle as one of the all-time greats and this match is one of the reasons why. Kane isn’t regarded in the same caliber of workers, but Angle made him look like a million bucks here.The match started slow but picked up over the final 10 minutes. Kane looked to have it won after hitting a chokeslam, but Angle put a hand on the rope at the very last moment. Angle reversed it to rake Kane’s mask and Angle Slam for a two-count. Angle tried to make Kane submit to the Anklelock, but Kane made it to the rope. Kane then hit Angle with a head kick.Kane tried for a clothesline from the top rope, but Angle sprung up, ran to the top, and executed a belly-to-back suplex. He tried for another chokeslam, and Angle reversed it for an attempted pinfall. Angle had to scramble to get his feet on the ropes. He finally did and scored the pin. Grade: B-Ric Flair vs. The Undertaker in a no-disqualication matchMuehlhausen: At this point, Flair was looking to find himself after losing his confidence as a performer in the final days of WCW as the company folded in March 2001 with the early part of his return to WWE in November 2001. The Undertaker was in a new phase of his career with the “American Bad Ass” gimmick, where he’d ride a motorcycle down to the ring and had a crew-cut. The match was a lot of smoke and mirrors, which ended up playing to each other’s strengths and got the crowd into the action more.The Undertaker tried for his Last Ride powerbomb, but Flair blocked it. The Undertaker switched course and stuffed the former 16-time world heavyweight champion with his patented Tombstone piledriver to go to 10-0 at WrestleMania.Grade: B+Booker T vs. EdgeMuehlhausen: Watching Edge come out, you could see he was going to be a major superstar. He got a great reaction and carried himself like a future world champion during his ring walk.The match was OK, nothing too special. Both guys tried their hardest after having to follow Flair and The Undertaker, but couldn’t get any momentum. Edge won after a spear and then an Impaler DDT for the pin. Not Edge’s most significant moment, but it was his first singles win at WrestleMania, which was a sign of things to come.Grade: C-“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Scott HallMuehlhausen: You see the names and think, ‘Wow, this could be great.’ However, Austin was unhappy with his standing in the company and Hall was going through a litany of personal problems, including a battle with alcohol addiction. Walking to the ring, it was pretty obvious Austin would have rather been anywhere else than Toronto.Hall wasn’t at the top of his game either and it just made everything a cluster. Austin looked to have the match won with the Stone Cold Stunner, but fellow NWO member Kevin Nash interfered on a couple of occasions to try and help Hall win the contest. Nash was escorted from ringside after attacking two referees. Hall shoved Austin into the exposed turnbuckle, hit a Stone Cold Stunner of his own to try to beat Austin with his own maneuver, but Austin kicked out at two. Moments later, Austin pushed Hall into the same exposed turnbuckle and connected on two Stunners for the win in a forgettable affair.The match ended up being Austin’s final win at the landmark event.Grade: CBilly and Chuck vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The APA vs. The Hardy Boys for the Tag Team titlesMuehlhausen: The four-team elimination bout came down to Billy and Chuck against The Hardy Boyz. The referee was on the outside when Billy hit Jeff Hardy with the tag title belt for Chuck to cover him to remain champions. All eight guys worked hard, but it was one of those matches in which you could go to the bathroom or get a snack. There was no story behind it and the match just thrown together, so it gave fans no reason to be interested.Grade: C-Hulk Hogan vs. The RockMuehlhausen: By no stretch of the imagination was this the greatest technical match of all time. But that isn’t the only ingredient for an instant classic in pro wrestling. It’s about two people in the ring and the crowd inside the arena. Hulk Hogan — one of the most iconic characters in pro wrestling history. The Rock — one of the most popular superstars ever and, along with Austin, a catalyst of the “Attitude Era,” having gone on to become an even bigger Hollywood superstar. On their walks to the ring, the crowd gave Hogan an enormous reaction with The Rock not too far behind. Hogan and Rock hadn’t even touched yet and were face-to-face in the middle of the squared circle when the fans were on their feet, taking pictures and cheering wildly. Anything both guys did, the fans reacted loudly by cheering for Hogan and The Rock getting a mixed reaction. After The Rock executed a Rock Bottom, Hogan got up and “Hulked Up” to a thunderous ovation. Hogan connected on his customary punches, followed by the big boot and leg drop. Rock kicked out to the shock of everyone. Hogan attempted the leg drop again but missed. The Rock executed a couple of Rock Bottoms, punctuated things with the People’s Elbow for the one, two, three, and an end to a classic that hardcore and casual pro wrestling fans still remember 18 years later. One for the ages. Grade: A+Jazz vs. Lita vs. Trish Stratus for the Women’s titleMuehlhausen: All three women were put in a tight spot here coming off the epic Rock vs. Hogan match. There was nothing wrong with it on a pure wrestling standpoint, but no one cared. People were coming off the high of the previous match and trying to gear up for the main event. Jazz retained the title when she hit an incredible Fishermen’s Suplex on Lita from the top rope.Grade: C-Chris Jericho vs. Triple H for the Undisputed Heavyweight championshipMuehlhausen: You had to feel terrible for Jericho and Triple H. They were tasked with putting on a memorable WrestleMania-worthy main event. But that happened two matches beforehand. Both guys worked extremely hard, but the crowd just couldn’t get it into. It wasn’t like the match was terrible because it was pretty good. The circumstances just didn’t play in their favor. Tuesday is the 18-year anniversary of WrestleMania 18 from the arena formerly known as Skydome in Toronto (currently Rogers Centre). The main event of the show pit Chris Jericho against Triple H for the undisputed heavyweight championship. But the only thing pro wrestling fans — young and old — remember is the iconic battle featuring The Rock and Hulk Hogan. last_img read more

Nick Saban says players safer at Alabama: ‘I want to play for the players’ sake’

first_img“Look, players are a lot safer with us than they are running around at home,” Saban told ESPN. “We have around a 2 percent positive ratio on our team since the Fourth of July. It’s a lot higher than that in society. We act like these guys can’t get this unless they play football. They can get it anywhere, whether they’re in a bar or just hanging out.”MORE: Latest updates, news on Big Ten, SEC & other Power 5 conference decisionsSaban admitted that bringing students back to campus in the fall could potentially create some “challenges” to contain the virus, but didn’t understand the need to rush to a decision regarding the 2020 season (the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences are reportedly considering voting on how to proceed as early as Tuesday). With over a month left until the start of the proposed 2020 Southeastern Conference schedule — Sept. 26 — Saban preached patience over making a hasty decision.Saban told ESPN that Alabama has not only tested its players at the beginning of each week, but also brought in an epidemiologist to talk to his team every two weeks. Moreover, he said the team tests anybody who has symptoms, and that the team has offered an open testing site where players can receive tests as often as they want.”It’s going to be a challenge when the other students get on campus, and I get that,” Saban said. “But we really don’t know what that entails until it happens. It’s a big reason we pushed the season back (in the SEC), to assess that, which is the prudent way to do it.”But our guys aren’t going to catch (COVID-19) on the football field. They’re going to catch it on campus. The argument then should probably be, ‘We shouldn’t be having school.’ That’s the argument. Why is it, ‘We shouldn’t be playing football?’ Why has that become the argument?”Saban’s opinions echoed those from several prominent figures in college football, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. Two of Alabama’s star players also expressed support of a 2020 season: offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and running back Najee Harris, who was one of several Power 5 players to join together the #WeAreUnited and #WeWantToPlay movements on Twitter.As part of the statement shared by Harris and others Sunday night requesting to compete this year, players asked for a path toward creating a Players Association, something most college programs have strongly opposed because it might lead to student-athletes gaining paid employee rights. Should that be a sticking point for players in their decision to return to the field, it could potentially sour administrators on the idea of football this fall.#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/6kTPmMTR8s— Najee Harris (@ohthatsNajee22) August 10, 2020MORE: Listing notable college football players opting out of the 2020 seasonSaid Leatherwood: “There’s a lot of noise and bad stuff out there about playing football with the virus going on, but I haven’t really seen anything about what the players want,” Leatherwood told ESPN. “We’ve been grinding all summer, and you don’t want it to be all for nothing.”Harris, for his part, said he would be willing to sign a waiver that he would not sue the University of Alabama if he caught COVID-19. Alabama coach Nick Saban has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for college football to be played in the fall. And, like so many others, he is arguing football players would be safer at school than if they were to remain at home.Saban said as much in a Monday interview with ESPN, saying he wanted to ‘play for the players’ sake’ in 2020, adding that Alabama has had a low percentage of positive tests regarding the coronavirus since July 4. “Coach Saban listens to his players and wants to hear from us first,” Najee Harris said. “He told us that none of this is about him, but it’s about us. He wants to hear our concerns, and we made it clear that we want to play and feel like Alabama is doing everything they can to make sure we can play safely.”While Saban certainly has tremendous pull on college football, it remains to be seen whether his opinion will be enough to sway decision-makers in other conferences. Reports suggest that the SEC and Atlantic Coast Conference are aligned in their desire to play a fall season, as opposed to the Pac-12 and Big Ten. The Big 12 has not yet made any decisions regarding the 2020 season.Even among the Big Ten, a looming decision to cancel the season is not unanimous; Dan Patrick reported on Monday that Iowa and Nebraska were the lone dissenters in voting to cancel the 2020 season, though a Big Ten spokesman later said no decision has been made as of yet. Regardless, Nebraska coach Scott Frost has publicly commented that Nebraska would be willing to look at “other options” if the Big Ten were to cancel its season.last_img read more

Woman won’t explain why she threw her 11-year-old son off balcony

first_imgPolice say a Minnesota mother has admitted to throwing her 11-year-old son off of a balcony of their fourth-floor apartment but hasn’t told officers why she did it. Woman accused of throwing 11-year-old son off balcony Police arrested Itayvia Lloyd,33, and charged her with two counts of assault on a police officer in an apparent attack as she was taken to be booked at the Ramsey County jail.Officials are yet to charge Lloyd in the Monday attack on her son.The 11-year-old boy was severely injured, police say he had at least one broken leg, a fractured jaw and head injuries.last_img read more

Homes First! Property Manager Receives Top Honors

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Homes First! Homes First! property manager Ron Stewart was honored as Maintenance Personnel of the Year.Ron Stewart, property manager for Homes First!, has been honored as “Maintenance Personnel of the Year” by the Affordable Housing Management Association in a ceremony at their annual convention in Tacoma today. Homes First! is a local non-profit organization that has managed and leased affordable rental housing in Thurston County for 25 years.“Ron is a highly capable property manager and is skilled at caring for both our homes and our tenants,” says Trudy Soucoup, executive director for Homes First!. “He doesn’t hesitate to enter crawlspaces or climb ladders when the day calls for it. In his years with Homes First! he has done everything from changing batteries in a smoke detector to completing a full accessible remodel for an older tenant.”Stewart has been with Homes First! since 2001 when he joined the staff as maintenance personnel. Since that time, he has applied his skills to rehabilitate more than a dozen older homes that the organization has purchased to rent to tenants. In August 2014, he was promoted to his current position of property manager.“Ron supports our mission and he truly believes that everyone deserves a great and affordable home with hope for a better life,” continues Soucoup who says the organization now owns and manages 28 properties with 80 units and has served over 3,000 people. “He recommends cost-effective solutions to maintenance and construction problems while treating all of the tenants with respect.  Homes First! is fortunate to have had his dedication to excellence for so many years.”The Affordable Housing Management Association (AHMA) that presented the award is the local chapter of the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA) that represents managers and owners of more than one million assisted housing units throughout the U.S.last_img read more

Hurricanes dominate Jaguares in Buenos Aires

first_imgThe five tries were enough to secure a bonus point as the 2016 champions left their hosts with a third-straight loss – their worst start in three seasons in the competition.Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett, making his first start after coming off the bench in the 21-19 loss to the Bulls in South Africa last weekend, converted three tries while his replacement Jackson Garden-Bachop slotted a penalty.Winger Ben Lam and centre Ngani Laumape scored first half tries but flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kept the Argentine side within sight, his third penalty in the 47th minute edging them within three points after the visitors had led 12-6 at halftime.Centre Matt Proctor put a damper on any hopes the Jaguares had of turning the match their way with the third try after 53 minutes, however, in another show of pace and power by the visiting backs.Julian Savea charged through several tackles on the right wing and passed inside to scrumhalf TJ Perenara whose pass was knocked backwards by his opposite number Gonzalo Bertranou only for the ball to bounce kindly for Proctor to carry over.Hurricanes prop Ben May was in the sin bin for a foul tackle when Vince Aso scored the fourth try and fellow replacement Blade Thomson completed the romp with one minute left.The Jaguares sustained the first two of their three losses in South Africa but there are mitigating circumstances in that they are still getting used to a new coach in Mario Ledesma and a tougher streamlined tournament.They held their own in the scrum and had a good defensive line but failed to sustain attacks through a good number of phases and tackled poorly in open play.The Hurricanes will want to iron out the mistakes and ill-discipline which a better Jaguares side might have been able to capitalise on, but they have served notice they are again a force to be reckoned with this year.They return to New Zealand to face the Canterbury Crusaders next weekend while the Jaguares, who are part of the sole remaining South African conference, host Australia’s NSW Waratahs in another cross-conference match.last_img read more

Hat-trick on his mind

first_imgWestern Bureau: Scoring a hat-trick in today’s daCosta Cup final is uppermost in the mind of Dinthill Technical’s striker Rodave Murray. “Winning the title with this team would be an amazing feeling, but scoring a hat-trick in the final, plus winning, would be extraordinary. That is what I am focusing on at the moment,” declared Murray ahead of today’s showdown with St Elizabeth Technical (STETHS). Such is the confidence of Dinthill’s most prolific goalscorer this year, having netted 27 times so far. Murray has been their most dependable player and is noted for his high skill level. Aware of STETHS threat He said he is aware of the threat STETHS pose to them lifting the title after a 34-year wait, adding that it’s a final worth seeing, as his team is hungry and desirous of proving themselves worthy champions. The wily 18 year-old forward has been a real threat to opponents all season, as his close controlling and dribbling skills make it a difficult task for defenders to stop him. “I love to lead by example, so I work hard for the team, and with my goals, we are able to reach the final. Now (that) we are here, we are hoping to enjoy the moment, play good football and score to win,” Murray said.last_img read more