Johnson City woman gets opportunity to honor husband months after his death

first_imgGina says for her, the day was all about finally having the opportunity to properly honor her husband. “Because of COVID we weren’t able to have a funeral, so this is the first time we’re honoring him for the incredible person he was and all that he accomplished in the 27 years he lived. Today is a day to honor him, play some soccer, and have a good time,” she says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A local family found a unique way to remember a Johnson City man after COVID-19 prevented them from being able to have a traditional funeral. Scott Ritter of Johnson City passed away earlier this year, leaving behind his wife, Gina. Gina is an avid soccer player, so the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex decided to hold a benefit to help her cover expenses. The tournament was followed by a reception at Fountain’s Tavern.last_img read more

LGBT Pride activists protest in Paris against racial injustice

first_imgA pared-down LGBT Pride march drew thousands of people to the streets of Paris on Saturday, without the colorful trucks blasting out techno music but with powerful slogans demanding racial equality and protesting against police violence.The French capital’s official Pride parade was postponed to November because of the coronavirus epidemic, but organizers decided to hold a march they said should be more politically driven and support the “Black Lives Matter” movement.”Because of COVID, the normal Pride parade had to be cancelled, but we managed to organize a Pride that is more political,” a drag king and illustrator who gave her name as Saint Eugene told Reuters TV. Read also: Spanish village makes its own rainbow after council’s gay pride flag bannedMarchers, who chanted slogans such as “Everyone hates the police”, made their way peacefully from the Moulin Rouge cabaret in the Pigalle neighborhood to Place de la Republique on the city’s Right Bank, many of them wearing face masks.Some waved “Black Lives Matter” placards in support of protests ignited by the death of George Floyd, a Black man whose death in police custody in Minneapolis in the United States triggered worldwide protests.More than 200 LGBT rights marches have been postponed or cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus, according to the European Pride Organizers Association, which estimates that up to 22 million people attend at least one Pride in Europe every year.”It’s not just a month of Pride, we have to fight every day, it’s a battle every day, to get across a message around the world,” said teacher Ahmed Madkouri. Topics :last_img read more

Women of Troy host last home matches

first_imgUSC’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team will have an opportunity to redeem itself  this weekend after suffering back-to-back losses at No. 12 Cal and No. 4 Stanford.Break the chain · Freshman Zoë Katz has lost her last four singles matches, but hopes to get back to her winning ways this weekend. The Los Angeles native is currently ranked No. 101 in the nation. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanBoth the Bears (14-4, 7-0 Pac-12) and the Cardinal (14-1, 6-1) swept the Women of Troy (14-6, 5-2), dealing USC its first two conference losses of the season and spoiling the team’s chances at replicating its undefeated Pac-12 mark from last year.With the losses, the Women of Troy fell into a fourth-place tie in the conference standings, two matches behind Cal and a match behind No. 2 UCLA and Stanford.USC is now gearing up for its last home stand of the season, as No. 19 Arizona State comes to town on Friday and No. 25 Arizona visits USC on Saturday. All three teams are tied with a 5-2 mark in conference play.The 19th-ranked Sun Devils are coming off of a 4-0 win over Colorado and a 4-2 win over Utah last weekend. Arizona State boasts two nationally-ranked singles players in No. 49 Desirae Krawczyk and No. 68 Stephanie Vlad. In addition, Krawczyk and Kassidy Jump comprise the 85th-ranked doubles team in the nation.Arizona will also come to Los Angeles having recently topped Utah, 7-0, and Colorado, 5-2. Much like their rival Sun Devils, the Wildcats have two players ranked in singles: No. 60 Lacey Smith and No. 61 Lauren Marker. Arizona has no ranked doubles teams.Meanwhile, USC boasts four ranked players in singles. Junior Sabrina Santamaria is ranked No. 17 in the nation, but she sustained an ACL injury in March that sidelined her for the remainder of the season.Junior Zoë Scandalis, who has taken over Santamaria’s spot on USC’s top singles court, is next at No. 26. Junior Giuliana Olmos is ranked 76th in the nation, and freshman Zoë Katz rounds out the group at No. 101.Ranked doubles teams for the Women of Troy include the tandem of Olmos and Scandalis, who land at No. 6. The team of Katz and senior Brynn Boren, meanwhile, currently sits at No. 13. Santamaria and senior Kaitlyn Christian, the defending national champions in doubles, come in at No. 25.If history repeats itself, USC’s chances of dispatching the Arizona schools and climbing back into the Pac-12 contender race are solid. Last year, the Women of Troy took home two resounding wins on a road trip to the Grand Canyon State defeating the Sun Devils 7-0 and the Wildcats 6-1. USC was led in those matches by Olmos and Santamaria, who each captured two straight set wins in singles. Still, given the loss of Santamaria to injury and the team’s poor play last weekend, this year’s matches should be more competitive.Interestingly, another good omen for the Women of Troy could be their current two-game losing streak. The two previous times this season that the team lost back-to-back matches, it went on to rattle off five straight wins.USC’s next two games mark its second-to-last weekend of Pac-12 play. On April 18, the team travels to face UCLA, looking for revenge after having fallen to the Bruins twice this season already (once in the ITA National Team Indoor Tournament by a 4-0 score and again last month, 5-2). A week later, both teams will travel to the Pac-12 championships in Ojai, Calif.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair challenges €55 million tax whammy

first_img Related Articles Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has confirmed that it will appeal its €55 million European tax charge imposed by the authorities of Germany and Greece.The first charge of €40 million relates to Germany’s Hessen Fiscal Court rejecting PPB’s 2012 Betfair Exchange tax assessment.The Hessen Court supports the German tax authority’s backdated review of Betfair Exchange transactions and wagering, demanding that PPB governance pay a €40 million cash charge plus accrued interest.PPB’s European tax predicament is followed by Greek authorities demanding that PaddyPower.com pay €15 million in legacy tax charges accumulated during the period of 2012-2014, in which PPB’s online betting subsidiary was operating under the provisions of a Greek interim license.PPB governance has moved to discredit the Greek €15 million tax charge, stating that the figure is significant multiple X times higher than revenues and earnings generated by Paddy Power Greek operations during the period in question.Furthermore, the FTSE betting group states that it settled its all Greek arrears and tax liabilities in 2019.With regards to Germany, PPB’s legal counsel has put forward an appeal with Hessen Court, further stating that German authorities need to clarify certain provisions of the €40 million cash charge. Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Takeovers that changed Premier League history

first_imgMan City became ‘noisy neighbours’ of Man Utd after Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group takeover.London, United Kingdom | AFP | Newcastle United’s sale to a Saudi-backed consortium appears to be close to completion — a deal that could turn the long-time underachievers into a major Premier League power.The potential £300 million ($370 million) takeover will reportedly see Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund take a controlling stake in the club in northeast England.AFP Sport looks at three other English clubs who enjoyed a meteoric rise after lucrative takeovers:Man City become ‘noisy neighbours’When Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group completed their £210 million takeover in September 2008, Mark Hughes was City’s manager, Brazilian Jo was their leading striker and Stephen Ireland was being touted as the team’s future star.Stuck in the shadow of Manchester United for decades, City had ended the previous season with an 8-1 defeat at Middlesbrough and were so hard up that Vincent Kompany said the dressing room toilet at their training ground did not even have a door.It is safe to say a lot has changed in the past 12 years.The turnaround from also-rans to the “noisy neighbours” of Alex Ferguson’s nightmares began just hours after the takeover with the shock signing of Brazilian star Robinho — the first in a long list of mega-money transfers that speeded City’s meteoric rise.City won the 2011 FA Cup and a year later Sergio Aguero snatched the title from United with his stoppage-time winner against QPR on the last day of the season.Big spending on stars such as Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ensured City remained the team to beat and they secured another Premier League title in 2014.Pep Guardiola’s appointment in 2016 lifted them onto an even higher level and they won the Premier League in record-breaking style in 2018.Clinching an unprecedented domestic treble in 2019 established Guardiola’s group as one of the greatest teams in Premier League history.Chelsea’s Russian revolutionRoman Abramovich changed the face of the Premier League with his Russian revolution at Stamford Bridge.Abramovich’s £140 million takeover in 2003 triggered a seismic shift in power in the Premier League. Manchester United and Arsenal were England’s pre-eminent forces, but all that changed when, as Gunners vice-chairman David Dein noted with much regret, Abramovich “parked his Russian tanks on our lawn and fired £50 notes at us”.Abramovich’s cash landed Jose Mourinho in 2004 and funded his wunderkind manager’s assault on the Premier League establishment.Mourinho won the title in his first season, ending Chelsea’s 50-year wait to be crowned kings of English football, and followed that feat by retaining the trophy 12 months later.Carlo Ancelotti delivered more Premier League glory in 2010 and Mourinho returned to win his third title in 2015 before Antonio Conte landed the fifth English title of the Abramovich era in 2017.Having fallen in love with football while watching a Champions League match between Manchester United and Real Madrid, Abramovich’s holy grail was to lead Chelsea to their first triumph in Europe’s elite club competition.His wish came true in 2012 when Chelsea defied the odds to beat Bayern Munich in the final in the German team’s own Allianz Arena.Blackburn dreamFulfilling a childhood dream, Jack Walker’s vast investment transformed unglamorous Blackburn from a relic of the past into English champions.Blackburn were in the lower reaches of the second tier when Walker became the club’s majority owner after selling his steel business to British Steel for a reported £360 million.Walker was the local boy made good, who came back to revive the team he supported as a youngster.Blackburn had not won a major trophy since the 1928 FA Cup, but Walker lured Kenny Dalglish as manager in 1991 and together they put Ewood Park back on the map.Rovers were promoted in 1992 and Walker’s lavish spending made them a Premier League force.They flexed their muscles by splashing a then English record £3.6 million to sign Southampton striker Alan Shearer, beating Manchester United in the race.In 1995, Shearer’s goals helped Blackburn win the title for the first time in 81 years.It was the culmination of Walker’s ambitious dream, but they could not sustain that success and were relegated in 1999, a year before their benefactor’s death.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Like daughter, like mother a winner!

first_img When the name M MacLaren pops up on a leaderboard it usually refers to 20-year-old England international Meghan. Today, though, the honours belonged to her mother, Mary.The Wellingborough player won the women’s scratch prize at the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Newark, where her gross score rewarded her with a total of 60 points.Mary, a four handicapper, an Ireland senior international and a past Northamptonshire county champion, commented: “It’s my first win in one of these senior events, so I’m delighted. I had to take a photograph of the leaderboard! I’m used to seeing another M MacLaren up there!”Mary had special thanks, though, for her younger daughter, 15-year-old Rebecca, “who dragged me out to practice on Monday evening. I am sure that helped me,” she said.Mary added: “One of the benefits of turning 50 is coming to play in these fantastic senior events. They’re good fun and still competitive, but it’s a more friendly competition!”The ladies’ handicap prize was won by Pauline Olliver of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire who scored 71 stableford points – and won by a point from Mary MacLaren.“It’s been absolutely lovely. In the first round I had a good front nine and then rather lost it. Today I had another good front nine and managed to hang on. I’m thrilled – and I’ve taken 0.9 off my handicap!” she said.“The course was lovely and I’ve done some exploring. I brought my National Trust card with me and visited Belton House, just outside Grantham, which was stunning. Since I’ve been playing in these events my geography of England has improved enormously!  That’s another bonus.”The men’s scratch prize went to Newark’s course manager Graeme MacDonald who was hard at work before the competition and then back on his tractor afterwards, preparing for the weekend’s play, which includes a mixed open on Sunday.Graeme, who had 60 points, is playing his first year of senior golf, is representing Nottinghamshire seniors and played in the recent English senior amateur championship. He was pleased with the presentation of the course today and, although he had local knowledge, he didn’t enjoy any inside information. “England Golf chose the pin positions,” he said.The handicap winner was David Bull of Erewash Valley in Derbyshire, who amassed 77 points and was five clear of the runner-up.David, a past captain of Ilkeston Borough, also in Derbyshire, is a regular at England Golf captains’ events – but this was his first senior tournament. He used to play in the Newark Open but said: “I haven’t played the course for about five years, so it was nice to go back there and have some memories.”“The greens were very true and I had tremendous success with my putter.”Picture (from left): Graeme MacDonald, Mary MacLaren, Pauline Olliver and David Bull. 11 Jul 2014 Like daughter, like mother a winner! last_img read more