Vermont Neighborhood’ designated in Winooski to assist housing development

first_imgWinooski s downtown has been designated a Vermont Neighborhood under a housing bill passed last year, making it eligible for benefits designed to aid in the development of lower-cost housing.The designation of the Vermont Neighborhood, approved by the Vermont Downtown Board last week, will be particularly helpful for a proposed transitional housing project for homeless veterans, according to Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn, who chairs the Downtown Board. The veterans project would have been subject to the state Land Gains Tax, which was created decades ago to discourage land speculation in rural areas, Dorn said. One of the benefits of Vermont Neighborhood designation will be to exempt developments like this one from that tax.The new 30-unit project, a joint venture of the Committee on Temporary Shelter and Housing Vermont, will include transitional and permanent housing and will be built on a vacant industrial infill site on West Canal Street.In March, Governor Jim Douglas presented a $746,000 Community Development Block Grant to the City of Winooski for the project. The Vermont Neighborhood designation is one more step in the redevelopment of our downtown, Winooski Mayor Michael O Brien said.  It s another way to assist in the upgrade of our housing stock and to help keep housing affordable for our citizens.  This particular project is a plus, because Winooski is always seeking ways to help our returning veterans.  The Vermont Neighborhoods law, proposed by Douglas and approved by lawmakers last year, was designed to support and encourage new housing development within or contiguous to Designated Downtowns and Villages. We were delighted to see Winooski take advantage of this program and encourage mixed-income housing within walking distance to jobs and services, said Noelle MacKay, Executive Director of Smart Growth Vermont. The Vermont Neighborhood Program is designed to streamline and provide predictability in the development process in areas where there is existing infrastructure primarily in our downtowns.  We hope other communities follow Winooski s lead.Among the other benefits that Vermont Neighborhood designation brings is exemption from Act 250, the state s development control law, for housing units that meet Vermont Housing Finance Agency affordability requirements.In other business, the Downtown Board approved Village Center Designations for Castleton Village and Castleton Corners, and for Warren s Village Center, bringing the total number of designated downtowns and village centers to 23 and 88, respectively.The board also approved Colchester s Growth Center designation at Severance Corners, making that area eligible for development incentives.For more information please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/VermontNeighborhoods.htm(link is external)last_img read more

Brazilian Army Soldiers and Police Improve Security with Operation Curaretinga

first_imgBy Dialogo December 23, 2014 Security mission also provided health and dental services to civilians To fight illegal logging, the Army relies on information provided by the Comprehensive Amazônia Protection System (SIPAM). Satellite images provided by SIPAM allow troops to locate and respond to regions where illegal groups are engaging in deforestation. The Soldiers, along with nearly 100 police officers and civilian representatives from various government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), participated in the operation through patrols established in northern Brazil to combat drug trafficking, arms smuggling, environmental crimes and other criminal schemes. In one instance on November 17, at a highway checkpoint in southern Amazonas, Soldiers and officers with the Amazonas State Military Police arrested a group of men who were allegedly transporting 43.5 kg of marijuana in a vehicle. A day later at the same checkpoint, troops and police seized 5 kilograms of cocaine base that someone was trying to transport inside a vehicle. The Civil Police of Porto Velho are investigating both cases. Violence associated with drug and weapons trafficking often poses a threat to those who live along the border, but the successes of Operation Curaretinga have helped locals rest easier. The searches conducted by Soldiers and police officers at security checkpoints have repeatedly led to arrests and seizures of smuggled drugs and arms. Fighting drug trafficking In one instance on November 17, at a highway checkpoint in southern Amazonas, Soldiers and officers with the Amazonas State Military Police arrested a group of men who were allegedly transporting 43.5 kg of marijuana in a vehicle. A day later at the same checkpoint, troops and police seized 5 kilograms of cocaine base that someone was trying to transport inside a vehicle. The Civil Police of Porto Velho are investigating both cases. “During the weekend of December 13 and 14, together with the Rondônia Court of Justice, we brought itinerant notaries public to nearby communities, where they performed several weddings,” Col. Mattos said. “This action even involved our musicians.” The Soldiers, along with nearly 100 police officers and civilian representatives from various government institutions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), participated in the operation through patrols established in northern Brazil to combat drug trafficking, arms smuggling, environmental crimes and other criminal schemes. On another instance on November 23, two men ambushed troops from the 17th Brigade as they conducted a foot patrol in the community of Boa Vista. Fortunately, no Soldiers were injured, and they managed to pursue their assailants into the bush. One suspect, a Brazilian national, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring with the attackers. Even as they work to protect the population from the violence of drug and weapons traffickers, participants in Operation Curaretinga also maintained vigil over the environment, fighting illegal loggers and animal traffickers. To fight illegal logging, the Army relies on information provided by the Comprehensive Amazônia Protection System (SIPAM). Satellite images provided by SIPAM allow troops to locate and respond to regions where illegal groups are engaging in deforestation. From November 19-30, about 1,000 troops from the Brazilian Army’s 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade completed the most recent iteration of Operation Curaretinga, a series of security patrols along nearly 3,000 kilometers of the Brazilian-Bolivian border. “These searches are very important and the local population has responded well, and cooperated by providing information, because we bring a sense of security to these people. Sometimes, the Army is the only institution that reaches out to them,” said Col. Mattos. “Our Brigade is always patrolling the borders. We conduct large-scale operations, such as Curare, and smaller ones, like Curaretinga,” said Colonel Robson Monteiro Mattos, Operations Officer for the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade. Security officials also seized weapons at multiple checkpoints: two pistols and a shotgun on BR-364, a major roadway linking São Paulo with northern Brazil, and two more shotguns in Acre. During the latter incident, law enforcement officers transported three suspects found in possession of the weapons to the municipality of Rodrigues Alves, where judicial authorities issued arrest warrants for illegal possession of firearms. Security officials also seized weapons at multiple checkpoints: two pistols and a shotgun on BR-364, a major roadway linking São Paulo with northern Brazil, and two more shotguns in Acre. During the latter incident, law enforcement officers transported three suspects found in possession of the weapons to the municipality of Rodrigues Alves, where judicial authorities issued arrest warrants for illegal possession of firearms. “These searches are very important and the local population has responded well, and cooperated by providing information, because we bring a sense of security to these people. Sometimes, the Army is the only institution that reaches out to them,” said Col. Mattos. “During the weekend of December 13 and 14, together with the Rondônia Court of Justice, we brought itinerant notaries public to nearby communities, where they performed several weddings,” Col. Mattos said. “This action even involved our musicians.” Sensors help locate deforested areas Near the municipality of Guajará-Mirim, for example, Soldiers and police seized 381 logs of illegally extracted timber valued at $79,749. They also arrested several suspects in connection with the seizure, and given an Order of Seizure and Destruction from the Brazilian Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources Institute (Ibama), demolished the timber. “Our Brigade is always patrolling the borders. We conduct large-scale operations, such as Curare, and smaller ones, like Curaretinga,” said Colonel Robson Monteiro Mattos, Operations Officer for the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade. Fighting drug trafficking Violence associated with drug and weapons trafficking often poses a threat to those who live along the border, but the successes of Operation Curaretinga have helped locals rest easier. The searches conducted by Soldiers and police officers at security checkpoints have repeatedly led to arrests and seizures of smuggled drugs and arms. From November 19-30, about 1,000 troops from the Brazilian Army’s 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade completed the most recent iteration of Operation Curaretinga, a series of security patrols along nearly 3,000 kilometers of the Brazilian-Bolivian border. Security mission also provided health and dental services to civilians Sensors help locate deforested areas Even as they work to protect the population from the violence of drug and weapons traffickers, participants in Operation Curaretinga also maintained vigil over the environment, fighting illegal loggers and animal traffickers. On another instance on November 23, two men ambushed troops from the 17th Brigade as they conducted a foot patrol in the community of Boa Vista. Fortunately, no Soldiers were injured, and they managed to pursue their assailants into the bush. One suspect, a Brazilian national, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring with the attackers. Near the municipality of Guajará-Mirim, for example, Soldiers and police seized 381 logs of illegally extracted timber valued at $79,749. They also arrested several suspects in connection with the seizure, and given an Order of Seizure and Destruction from the Brazilian Environmental and Renewable Natural Resources Institute (Ibama), demolished the timber. Soldiers used pre-existing structures to provide medical and dental treatment, or in their absence built field facilities on the spot. They also took the opportunity to provide health lectures, as well as talks about patriotism. On top of working in favor of the environment, Operation Curaretinga also provided medical and dental services for the civilian population. Participants even helped some locals get married. On top of working in favor of the environment, Operation Curaretinga also provided medical and dental services for the civilian population. Participants even helped some locals get married. Soldiers used pre-existing structures to provide medical and dental treatment, or in their absence built field facilities on the spot. They also took the opportunity to provide health lectures, as well as talks about patriotism.last_img read more

MINUSTAH Commander Says That Coordinated Action for Help in Haiti Has Greatly Improved since the 2010 Earthquake

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo October 13, 2016 During the earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince in January 2010, then-Colonel Ajax Porto Pinheiro commanded the Brazilian Battalion (BRABAT), which is part of the military contingent for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Almost seven years later, Lieutenant General Ajax, currently MINUSTAH force commander, found himself literally in the eye of the storm again: Hurricane Matthew.The Category 4 meteorological phenomenon hit the southern coast of the Caribbean country with wind speeds greater than 140 miles/h, destroyed thousands of homes, knocked down trees and bridges, in addition to leaving more than 470 dead so far, according to local authorities.With more than 25 years of national and international military experience, including having been military observer for the United Nations Observation Mission in El Salvador in 1992 and the United Nations Observation Group for Central America in 1991, among others, Lt. Gen. Ajax spoke to Diálogo about the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and the efforts being developed by military troops from MINUSTAH to alleviate the pain and suffering of the Haitian people.Diálogo: You were there at two of the biggest tragedies to hit Haiti, the 2010 earthquake and now Hurricane Matthew in 2016. What changed in terms of managing the humanitarian aid received in both of the tragedies, especially in terms of coordinating between various agencies, non-governmental organizations, U.S. Armed Forces, and MINUSTAH?Lieutenant General Ajax Porto Pinheiro: The coordination now is more effective for two main reasons. Although the time was short, the hurricane was forecast, so it gave us time to put a structure in place to begin coordinating prior to the tragedy. It is different than the earthquake, which was not predicted. During the earthquake, the United Nations (UN) leadership was killed with the collapse of the Christopher building. In this instance, thank God, all personnel are here [in Port-au-Prince], able to execute their functions. So, the leaders of the UN, civilian and military, that were present at the time the hurricane hit, already knew what was going to happen. We anticipated the outcome, so I would say those are the two big differences and they involve greater coordination now. This doesn’t mean that everything works without problems. There were still failures in communication; the requests for support and security for convoys were a little disorganized. But we were able to adjust. Today [October 11th], the biggest convoy since this event occurred, is being sent, including 25 trucks with supplies that are headed for Les Cayes. It left at 5:00 a.m., with a company of our marines to provide security, because it is a very large and valuable convoy, meaning it is a target for attacks.Diálogo: Do you mean that if there wasn’t protection, the cargo could be stolen, leaving only the truck to arrive at the destination?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Unfortunately, yes. Transporting a convoy of supplies with three trailers and 25 trucks, like that, from here to the south of Haiti, which is more than 150 miles away through winding roads that make access difficult, is something like a boat transporting blood in an ocean full of sharks. It never makes it to the final destination. So it is necessary to have security. There are gangs that attack along the way; they know that now is the time for supplies to pass through the area. If they see two trucks with NGO plates on the road, they know that there is a large supply of food and water on its way, so they are going to attack. Another problem is the population along the road, and at the destination, who are already impatient and going to want to have it all, which it is the objective. The goal is to arrive and distribute humanitarian aid to everyone.Diálogo: Did the dialogue with the U.S. Armed Forces improve during these past years?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Yes. Tremendously. It has been excellent. I have continuous contact with [Rear] Admiral Cedric Pringle [U.S. Navy commander of Joint Task Force Matthew] and personnel at U.S. Southern Command. They [U.S. military personnel] are transporting the supplies via Chinook, Super Stallion, and Black Hawk helicopters. They leave from here and take humanitarian aid to Jeremie, one of the hardest hit capitals, as well as to locations further away, where there is not access by road.Diálogo: How many men from the MINUSTAH contingent were deployed to the most affected areas?Lt. Gen. Ajax: We have approximately 600 personnel there, and part stayed here, because we have to attend to our routine, like patrolling the neighborhood of Cité Soleil. Additionally, we have a reaction force, a company that is ready to move at any moment.Diálogo: How and who made the decision to deploy 100 Brazilian Marines to the region that would be most affected by the hurricane, days before the storm hit?Lt. Gen. Ajax: It was ours [MINUSTAH Joint Staff]. The initial decision to deploy them to Les Cayes was mine, so they could be there, waiting for the hurricane to pass, and then head towards Jeremie, because we knew that, historically, every time you have a tropical storm, the link between Jeremie and Les Cayes is interrupted. We already had that information, that is why I wanted them to be ready in Les Cayes. But the Joint Staff advised me not to do so because Les Cayes was some 13 miles from where the eye of the storm would be, significantly increasing the risk of being hit for our troops. The engineering equipment (large machines) would get hit by the strong winds, and they would have been destroyed. In the beginning, I did not agree with what my Joint Staff advised as I thought that the troops should go to Les Cayes however, later I was convinced to deploy them to a nearby location, to Miragoâne. In addition to being 35 miles from the eye of the hurricane, my staff assured me Miragoâne would be protected by the mountains on the opposite side of the hurricane’s projected path. It is inside the Gonave bay.Diálogo: In retrospect, after the hurricane hit, do you think that this was the best decision?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Yes. I was convinced, and I ended up deploying the troops to the closest location possible. That was a decision freed us to get to the desired destination faster. In the end, Les Cayes was hit hardest. The base, the UN troops, police personnel that were stationed there, a Bangladesh platoon, all suffered greatly, including many damaged vehicles. I think they lost 10 vehicles. The UN has an advanced civilian base there that was damaged, and if our troops had gone to that location, we would have suffered great losses. So the decision of heading to Miragoâne was the best one. Between Miragoâne and the capital, Port-au-Prince, there is a city named Petit-Goâve. There, a bridge was completely destroyed by the hurricane.Diálogo: How were the troops able to arrive there?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Given the decision that we had made, we were ahead. The cities are located in sequence: Port-au-Prince, Petit-Goave, Miragoâne, and Les Cayes. We were in Miragoâne. Then, the bridge fell, but it was behind us, so the troops gained 24 hours, in addition to the time it would take to deploy to Miragoâne. So, the troops were free to move forward and arrive in Les Cayes a lot faster. Once there, they worked on the roads for three days – the Marines and the engineers – to remove debris from the landslides. It was because of our decision that they were able to arrive on Friday (October 7th), at about 11 a.m., and open the route for trucks to get through with humanitarian aid.Diálogo: Is the bridge that was destroyed critical in that region?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Yes, exactly. We are working in conjunction with a local company that was contracted by the Haitian government, and with the U.S. military. As the water levels lowered, we were able to open access, a short cut, below, good enough for the four-wheel drive trucks to get through. There is the need for a half-mile-long metal bridge there, and I believe the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be responsible for building it. That is one of the viable solutions, but it won’t be immediate. It is going to take some time. Meanwhile, to maintain the flow, we are working on improving access because the riverbed is rocky. You can get through, but only if it is not raining. If it rains a lot there, it is going to interrupt the project.Diálogo: Regarding the other Latin American military contingents that comprise MINUSTAH, which ones are participating in the disaster relief efforts?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Our troops in Haiti are based in 10 military units. Two are in the country’s north. The Chile Battalion, CHIBAT, is located in Cap-Haïtien with 440 men; the combined dual-flag Uruguayan-Peruvian Battalion, URUPERBAT, is located closer to the Dominican Republic, near Fort-Liberté, with 410 men. The sum of the two is equivalent to the Brazilian Battalion (BRABAT). These troops are in the north. They are not being utilized right now because the occupied area that was affected by the hurricane is in the southwest peninsula, which is exactly BRABAT’s area of responsibility. That is why the Brazilian troops are there. Because, if the hurricane had hit the north of the country too, and was exactly what we expected at first, those Chilean and Peruvian troops would also have been committed to this mission. All of the others are at our headquarters [Port-au-Prince]. Here, we have eight bases: BRABAT and the Brazilian engineering company, with 970 total men; a very well equipped Paraguayan engineering company with 80 men; a company that is the equivalent to the military police (MP), from Guatemala; a Filipino company, which provides support at the Camp Delta; and Long Base HQs, where the UN civilian leadership is based. It is a service company that provides support to the operation and administration of the UN. Also, the Argentine field hospital that continues to function is there, as well as two aviation units: one from Chile, CHIAVIATION, with two 1H-1H helicopters, and a Bangladeshi aviation unit with three helicopters and the capacity to transport 23 men. We have five helicopters.Diálogo: Was the Argentine hospital moved to the area hardest hit by Matthew?Lt. Gen Ajax: It is going to be moved effective October 11th. The intention was to have sent their equipment there already. The whole hospital is not going because its mission is to support UN civilian and military personnel, and they have very good direct service here. For example, on Sunday, [October 12th], we had an Uruguayan soldier and a Brazilian soldier come in with fractures. An accident occurred on the road to the hurricane area. The Uruguayan soldier returned from the north in bad shape, with an exposed fracture, and was treated at the Argentine hospital. So, they have to stay here. We are going to send their equipment to the disaster area, but before that happens, there needs to be a structure in place so personnel is able to perform minor surgeries and provide first aid for our troops and the UN civilians. The Argentine hospital only has 67 people to do everything. Despite that, we have to send part of the Argentine hospital to the most affected region, because we are expecting an increase in widespread cholera in the area, as well as dengue and zika. Our troops are on the action front, and they will be affected, principally by dengue and zika. As for cholera, we are able to maintain sanitary conditions for the troops. There is less probability of contamination, but with dengue, zika, and other airborne diseases it is almost impossible to protect 100 percent of the troops. That is why we are deploying some hospital personnel to the area.Diálogo: According to the current UN mandate, MINUSTAH was scheduled to end now, in October. Do you think that, the presence of the foreign troops in Haiti will be extended due to the hurricane?Lt. Gen. Ajax: Hervé Ladsous, UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, came here on June 30th and we briefed him on the situation in Haiti, including security, the future of Haitian National Police, and political stability. On August 31st, the UN Secretary General Ban-ki-moon, recommended that the Security Council extend the mission mandate, scheduled to end this coming Saturday, October 15th, for six more months, that is, until April 15, 2017. The UN has yet to make a decision, but I believe it will be extended for six more months.last_img read more

4 things to do after a job interview

first_imgWhen interviewing for a job, it’s important to prepare so you can knock the interview out of the park. But what about afterwards? Should you just sit by the phone and wait for it to ring? Of course not. Here are 4 things you should do after the interview is over.Get good contact info: When leaving an interview, ask for business cards or email addresses of those who interviewed you. Ask if there is a timeline for making a decision on the position and find out who you should follow up with.Write down everything you can think of: As soon as you get a chance, write down your thoughts in as much as detail as possible. How did you feel about the interview? Was there a good vibe in the office? What was your impression of the people that you met? Use this information as you go through the process.Email your interviewers: Within 24 hours, make sure to send emails to your interviewers and thank them for their time and consideration. Use this message as an opportunity to remind the company why you are the right person for the job.Keep looking: No matter how good you feel about an interview, or how much you want the job, don’t quit looking for other positions. There’s no guarantee you’ll get the first job you want, so you don’t have time to sit around and wait on a job offer. 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

PODCAST: Celebrating greatness

first_imgIn this episode of the CUNA News podcast, Crystal Long and Diana Dykstra, winners of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Herb Wegner Memorial Award for Individual Achievement, share their feelings on winning the award and the paths they followed to earn them such a distinguished honor.Crystal Long is president/CEO of GECU in El Paso, Texas. Under her leadership, GECU has made a commitment to community development and enabled  many El Paso residents achieve economic prosperity.She is also a dedicated advocate for the credit union movement who puts her staff and members first. Long started her career with GECU as a file clerk at age 19. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

Matthews Subaru donates to Broome County Humane Society

first_imgIn a press release statement, Matthews Subaru General Manager Mike VanBrunt said, Dealers were given the opportunity to apply for a 5th local charity and Matthews Subaru chose the Broome County Humane Society for a sixth year in a row. With this year’s donation of $17,017, Matthews has now donated a total of $110, 319. (WBNG)- Matthews Subaru has donate over $17,000 through the ‘Share the Love’ initiative. The check was from their ‘Share the Love’ intitative that went from November 2019 through January 2020 and let customers donate $250, for every new Subaru sold, to either Make-A-Wish, National Parks Foundation, Wheels of America and ASPCA.center_img “We appreciate the great work the BC Humane Society does. With Subaru’s being ‘Dog Tested-Dog Approved’, it’s a natural partnership and our customers love that they can be a part of a solution to find homes for these animals. In the end it’s our customers who make this possible and we are very thankful!” According to a press release, on Wednesday they presented a check to the Broome County Humane Society to help take care of the facility and animals.last_img read more

‘I came from nothing’ – Djokovic says tough childhood made him a fighter

first_img“Going back to that, reminding myself where I came from always inspires me, motivates me to push even harder. “That’s probably one of the reasons why I managed to find that extra gear or necessary mental strength to overcome challenges when they present themselves.”The match against Thiem was one of those occasions.’I was a bit shocked’ He looked in trouble after losing the second and third sets, with his energy levels down and a trainer telling him he was dehydrated.”I definitely did not feel good. I didn’t know what the next moment brings. I was trying to keep myself alive mentally as well, and emotionally,” he said.”I was a bit shocked that I did feel that way because everything was fine before the match. For the first two sets, everything was okay. But it’s something that you have to accept that you’re going through. “Those kind of circumstances really kind of force me to let things go and to really try to be in the moment and fight my way back.”Victory ensured Djokovic will once again be world number one when the new rankings are released on Monday, displacing Nadal. Federer remains third with Thiem moving up a place to a career-high fourth.It also moved him alongside Nadal (12 at the French Open) and Federer (eight at Wimbledon) as only the third man ever to win eight or more titles at the same Slam.Djokovic said winning Major titles was the reason he kept playing tennis.”Obviously at this stage of my career, Grand Slams are the ones I value the most. They are the ones I prioritise,” he said. “Before the season starts I try to set my form, shape for these events where I can be at my prime tennis, mental and physical abilities. “Grand Slams are one of the main reasons why I am still competing and still playing full season.”Topics : All-conquering Novak Djokovic Sunday said a turbulent childhood where he had to queue for milk and bread in war-torn Serbia made him hungry for success, after he fought back from the brink to win his eighth Australian Open.The 32-year-old needed to dig deep to rally from two sets to one down for the first time in a Grand Slam final and battle past fifth-seeded Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.His eighth victory in eight finals at Melbourne Park handed him a 17th Major to move within three of Roger Federer’s all-time 20. Asked how he managed to keep winning in pressure situations, Djokovic said it stemmed from his early life.”My upbringing was in Serbia during several wars during the ’90s, difficult time, embargo in our country where we had to wait in line for bread, milk, water, some basic things in life,” he said. “These kind of things make you stronger and hungrier for success I think in whatever you choose to do. “That probably has been my foundation, the very fact that I came from literally nothing and difficult life circumstances together with my family and with my people. last_img read more

Saints shock sorry City

first_img Jason Puncheon slotted home after just seven minutes and it was 2-0 after Rickie Lambert’s fierce drive squirmed through Hart’s grasp, allowing Steven Davis to bundle home. Edin Dzeko reduced the deficit as half-time approached but Barry then passed into his own goal unchallenged to put Saints on course for a first win since Mauricio Pochettino replaced Nigel Adkins at the helm. Saints dominated the proceedings early on and, after Barry was dispossessed, Puncheon burst down the right flank and played through the unmarked Jay Rodriguez. Hart managed to deny the winger but the ball fell kindly for Puncheon, who slotted home calmly in front of the Northam End. City were struggling to deal with Southampton’s attacking intent in an opening 15 minutes in which a tame Sergio Aguero effort was all they had to show for their efforts. They eventually began to settle but were soon rocked by a second Southampton goal in the 22nd minute. Lambert collected the ball on the right and played a neat one-two with Puncheon, before cutting back and firing a shot that Hart let slip through from his midriff, allowing Davis to poke home. Pablo Zabaleta floated ball to the back post just evaded Aguero as City looked for a goal, which came six minutes before half-time. Dzeko got himself in the way of terrible Saints corner, before bursting up the field and tucking home a Zabaleta cross. It was harsh on the hosts, who felt hard done by in stoppage-time when Rodriguez was brought to ground in the area by Yaya Toure, captaining the side on his return from the African Nations Cup. Referee Martin Atkinson awarded a corner instead of a spot-kick much to the home fans’ frustrations – but they were celebrating soon after the restart. After Puncheon hammered over moments into the second half, the winger could then not quite latch onto a Lambert pullback, which Barry inexplicably passed into his own goal. Inexplicable mistakes by Joe Hart and Gareth Barry gave Manchester City’s Barclays Premier League title hopes a potentially decisive blow as Southampton secured a 3-1 win at St Mary’s.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rohit expects ‘different ball game’ against reinforced Australia

first_imgNEW DELHI,  (Reuters) – Locking horns with a reinforced Australia will be a “different ball game” if India get a chance to contest the series Down Under later this year, opener Rohit Sharma said on Wednesday.Exactly when the tour will go ahead is still up in the air as the coronavirus pandemic has brought professional cricket to a halt globally, but that uncertainty has not stopped Rohit from looking forward to what he expects to be a close contest.“It will be a great series,” Rohit told India Today news channel.India won a Test series in Australia for the first time on the 2018-19 tour, prevailing over the depleted hosts who missed Steve Smith and David Warner through ball-tampering bans.With the batting mainstays back in the side, revenge will be on Australia’s mind when India return this summer.“Australia, in their own backyard and with those two guys, it will be a different ball game, I know that,” said Rohit.“As a team, we are also playing our best cricket right now… If it happens, it’ll be a great series to be part of.”Cricket Australia is yet to announce dates and venues of the Tests which will take place after the Twenty20 World Cup.However, the pandemic has also raised doubts about whether the Twenty20 World Cup can be contested as scheduled from Oct. 18 to Nov. 15 in Australia.Whenever the Australia v India series does go ahead, it will be particularly important to Rohit as he has revived his long-format career by reinventing himself as a Test opener.Rohit missed the Test series in New Zealand after suffering a calf injury in February and knows he must perform in the next away series to prove his credentials.“I was quite looking forward to playing in the challenging conditions in New Zealand but unfortunately the injury happened at the wrong time,” said the limited-overs stalwart.“I can’t wait to go in Australia and test myself.”Rohit hoped his fellow players, currently in lockdown in their homes, would get adequate time to shake off the rust.“Especially for me, because I was injured before all this happened. I have a lot of work to do before I start playing.“My fitness test was just around the corner when lockdown happened. So the first thing for me would be to pass the fitness test and then obviously, hit some balls because it’s been a while.last_img read more

President Trump Makes Palm Beach Permanent Residence

first_imgTrump notes that New Yorkers have treated him poorly. Citing negativity from city and state political leaders in his previous permanent residence of New York as the reason he has been driven out. But, Trump admits he will always have a special place in his heart for his birthplace. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo responded to the news, saying “It’s not like Trump paid taxes here anyway.” Cuomo added “Good riddance” and “He’s all yours, Florida.” (Washington, DC) — Apparently, Palm Beach is the place to be for the President who is giving up city life. President Trump has officially made Palm Beach his new permanent residence. The President announced on Twitter he hated having to make the decision, but said it “will be best for all concerned.” last_img