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AXA Indonesia, the local arm of French multinational insurer AXA, has completed the merger of two general insurance subsidiaries in refocusing its business strategy.The company said in a statement on Tuesday that PT Asuransi AXA Indonesia’s (AGI) business permit had been officially revoked by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) on Feb. 17 following the company’s merger into PT Mandiri AXA General Insurance (MAGI). With the merger, AXA Indonesia now operates four subsidiaries, two of which provide health insurance, while one provides asset management services.“Returning AGI’s business permit is the final administrative step in the merger of MAGI and AGI,” said MAGI compliance director Benny Waworuntu, adding that the merger would allow the company to “improve services and reach more customers.” The restructuring is part of AXA Indonesia’s plan to focus resources on “areas of opportunity” in the domestic general insurance market such as health insurance, lifestyle protection and marine cargo protection.The OJK approved the AXA Indonesia merger in a letter dated Nov. 28 last year and the companies began merging operations in December 2019. The company noted that all existing AGI policies would remain valid until their respective expiration dates. Topics :
Advertisement Eddie Nketiah scored in Arsenal’s win over Everton on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Eddie Nketiah says there is no hostility between Arsenal’s strikers as competition for places up front for the Gunners heats up.Nketiah has returned to the Emirates after spending the first half of the season on loan at Championship side Leeds and has started the last two Premier League games, scoring in the 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday.The 20-year-old has lead the attack, with the trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe behind him, meaning Alexandre Lacazette and Gabriel Martinelli have missed out on starting berths.The Gunners have scored seven goals in the two matches Nketiah has started, and won them both, so it seems that manager Mikel Arteta will stick to this formula in the league.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe young forward says that 28-year-old Lacazette has not had his nose put out of joint by being benched, in fact their relationship is a healthy one as they battle for places in Arteta’s starting XI.‘Obviously he is a mature lad and a great player,’ Nketiah said of Lacazette. ‘He always tries to encourage me.‘He has been a young player in my position so he knows what it is like. There are no hostilities, he’s just always looking to help and improve and it shows the maturity he has.‘He has had a great career so all I can do is take the advice he gives me and try and implement it in my game and do what I do best.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Feb 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Eddie Nketiah insists there are no hostilities after replacing Alexandre Lacazette in the Arsenal team Alexandre Lacazette scored on his last start for the club, against Olympiakos (Picture: Getty Images)Things are certainly looking up for the Gunners under Arteta as the side are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, winning four of their last five.They return to Europa League action on Thursday night, hosting Olympiakos in the second leg of their round of 32 tie, after Lacazette scored the only goal of the first leg in Greece.Nketiah has hailed the atmosphere at the club, especially among the forward line, with everyone trying to help each other improve.‘They’re really good guys off the field and obviously top strikers,’ said Nketiah of his Arsenal team-mates.‘I just try to focus on myself and learn from them, see the things they do well and try to take from it and improve. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’re always willing to give advice and talk to me whenever I need it. It’s great to have two great strikers to learn from. ‘I’m just trying to improve every day and listen to the people around me, my family and coaches, really improve, take each day as it comes and get better.’The narrow win over Everton on Sunday saw the Gunners rise to ninth in the table and keep their hopes of a Champions League place alive.Due to Manchester City’s ban from the competition, it is likely that fifth place will book a spot in next season’s Champions League and Arsenal are now just four points behind that position, where Manchester United currently reside.MORE: Thierry Henry reveals his Arsenal ‘dream’ and why he gets ‘tired’ watching LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal will do ‘as much as they can’ to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay, admits Mikel Arteta Comment
. The kitchen features a volcanic lava bench.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoIf only the walls could talk.“The seller wanted to take the property to auction, and it sold prior,” said Mrs Hickey.“He wanted to move his asset portfolio so this was the right time to sell the property, he never actually stayed there.”The seller reportedly bought the residence about a year ago on a golfing weekend from its previous owner, a celebrity doctor, who was responsible for luring the star tenants.But those days are now over.“The buyers are a local family, and they are moving in,” Mrs Hickey said.“They are going to make a few changes to the property, add on a couple of garages.”As it is, the two-level property’s features include a magnesium pool, tropical landscaped gardens, master suite with private balcony, and 24-hour security. CELEB GETAWAY: 6256 Spyglass Hill, Hope Island has sold for $2.86 million.IT’s been a rock star residence but now the proverbial red carpet is being rolled up for more family-friendly occupants.The Sanctuary Cove mansion on Spyglass Hill has been an escape for a multitude of stars, from the Jolie-Pitts before their split, to Pink, Harry Styles, Dave Grohl, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp. STAR POWER: Some of the celebs who stayed at the Sanctuary Cove residence.“It was a very popular house for celebrities to stay in because it’s very private, it’s on 2000sq m, no one can see into the house,” said Wendy Hickey of Hope Island Resort Realty, who marketed the property with husband Warren Hickey. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom luxury home sold for $2.86 million, slashed from the $3.5 million its wealthy Chinese seller originally wanted. It’s completely private from prying eyes.“Because it’s in a gated community in Sanctuary Cove, the open homes were quite challenging, we had to be aware of open home,” said Mrs Hickey.The sale comes after a change in marketing agents — the property was first listed in April this year.It was on the market for about 40 days with the Hickeys before it sold.The couple handled the highest sale on the Gold Coast this year — a “secret home” at Hope Island changed hands for $16.75 million. The property is one of Sanctuary Cove’s two largest blocks.
Tweet 141 Views one comment Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Soufriere family sentenced to 15 years by: – March 23, 2012 (L-R) Lauretta Xavier, Herbert Xavier and Manuella WilliamsHigh Court Judge Brian Cottle has sentenced a Soufriere family to serve an imprisonment term of 15 years for murdering their brother.Herbert Xavier, Lauretta Xavier and Manuella Williams of Soufriere were found guilty on March 9th, 2012 of killing Harrison Williams on 24th September, 2010.Dawn Yearwood Stuart who represented 35 year old Lauretta Xavier said in mitigation for her client that she was “satisfied” with the social inquiry report ordered by the courts.She asked the court to consider that Loretta had a 13 year old daughter and at the time of the incident was living with her father.She said “through the report it is clear that Loretta had no problem with her deceased brother Harrison”.According to Stuart, her client had “no previous convictions and had maintained her innocence in the face of the findings of a jury of her peers”.She said that one person interviewed in the report said that “the trio had to pay for killing their brother” because on the day they were charged “Loretta and Manuela were seen leaving the court waving to onlookers and showed no remorse”.Her client Loretta however said their actions were taken “out of context” she said that was their way of letting their family know “they were ok”.Stuart ended her mitigation by requesting from the Court judgment with mercy for Loretta.Wayne Norde mitigated on behalf of 32 year old Herbert Xavier begged the court for “leniency” asking the court to temper justice with mercy and not impose a lengthy custodial sentence on his client who is the father of “two young children”.He said his client was “not the aggressor on the night of the incident, a first time offender and was considered a nice and quiet person prior to the incident”.Norde further informed the court that Xavier was willing to “take part in any rehabilitation programs offered by the court or prison”.He ended his mitigation by asking that the sentence given to his client will give him a chance “to be in his children life”.Ronald Charles and Dawn Yearwood- Stuart mitigated on behalf of 43 year old Manuela Williams, mother of 5.They said their client was a “first time offender” who had a “very close relationship” with her deceased brother and has “maintained her innocence in the face of a guilty verdict”.They said Manuela “appears to be the only person who is suffering openly”.Stuart quoted her client saying “I cannot believe I going to prison for something I didn’t do. I never hit my brother Harrison but his wife was blaming me for his death”.Both Charles and Stuart begged the court not to impose a lengthy sentence and take the time spent in custody into consideration. “Give Manuela a chance that she can leave prison while she still young,” Charles said.Before sentencing Justice Brian Cottle noted that he is required to consider the facts, circumstances, character and record of the convicted person.Cottle pointed out that in the case of Herbert Xavier the jury had to review the pathologist report which stated that Williams received multiple injuries, which were “difficult to sustain the position that he acted out of self defense”.He said “the version does not agree with the facts. It is clear that there were three against the deceased. It is clear that at that point blows were inflicted and the force used was sufficient to cause the wood to break and cause broken ribs”.Cottle noted that he would take into account the fact that “the deceased was the one to produce the wood that night and entered into the yard of the convicts. But the Jury found that the reaction of the convicts went too far”.He said he would also take into account the fact that “all three convicts had a clean police record and also the social inquiry report which suggests responsibility of the breakup of the family should rest on the wife of the deceased”.Justice Cottle said; the defendants “never expressed remorse for their brother’s death up to this stage” and the court “must say to citizens that acts of violence which causes death to other citizens should not be taken lightly”.They were all sentenced to 15 years minus the 17 months already spent in prison.Cottle explained that he did not find “no good reason” to impose a different sentence as he considered that they were equally and jointly responsible for the death. Dominica Vibes News
ILOILO City – A woman was nabbed for issuingbouncing checks in Barangay Jalandoni Estate-Lapuz, La Paz district. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell ofthe La Paz police station, facing charges for violation of Batas Pambansa 22,the law penalizing the making or drawing and issuance of a check withoutsufficient fund or credit.Thecourt recommended a bail bond worth P2,000 for Aquino’s temporary liberty./PN The 40-year-old Sharon Aquino of BarangayJereos, La Paz was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 10:40a.m. on Sept. 16, a police report showed.
NHL-PLAYOFFS-BRUINS-LIGHTNINGHedman’s goal gives Lightning 3-2 win over Bruins in 2nd OTTORONTO (AP) — Victor Hedman scored with 5:50 left in the second overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins and their fourth berth in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals in six seasons on Monday night.Hedman beat goaltender Jaroslav Halak from the left circle, finishing a barrage that saw the Lightning outshoot Bruins 7-1 in the second OT. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0 in overtime games in this year’s playoffs.NHL-WIRE FRAUD SENTENCE — The Oakland Athletics have acquired Mike Minor in a trade with the Texas Rangers, adding another piece to their rotation. Minor has struggled this year, going 0-5 with a 5.60 ERA with Texas, but he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts last season. — Toronto has acquired left-hander Robbie Ray in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, giving the Blue Jays a former All-Star who has struggled so far in 2020. The Diamondbacks got lefty Travis Bergen in the deal. Toronto also received cash considerations as part of the trade. — The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired right-hander David Phelps from the Milwaukee Brewers before Monday’s trade deadline.Phelps is the fourth reliever to join the Phillies in a trade in 10 days. They got Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox and David Hale from the Yankees on Aug. 21. —The San Francisco Giants acquired left-hander Anthony Banda from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash, adding depth to their bullpen. Banda went 1-0 with a 10.29 ERA in four outings with one save over seven innings for the Rays before being designated for assignment. —The Chicago Cubs acquired veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin and two left-handed relievers in three trades. The NL Central leaders sent minor league infielder Zack Short to Detroit for Maybin, who is batting .244 with a homer and two RBIs in 14 games this year. The Cubs got Chafin and a cash consideration from Arizona for a player to be named or cash. Osich was acquired in a deal with Boston for a player to be named or cash. — Marketa Vondrousova, the 2019 French Open runner-up and who is seeded 12th in New York, beat Greet Minnen 6-1, 6-4.In Open news:— A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that seven players have been put in what one described as a “bubble in the bubble” as the U.S. Open starts because they were in contact with Benoit Paire. He is the French player who was dropped from the field after testing positive for the coronavirus. In other first day Open action:— Coco Gauff is out of the U.S. Open on Day 1.Anastasija Sevastova knocked off the 16-year-old Gauff in three sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4. It was Gauff’s earliest exit from a Grand Slam tournament in four appearances. — — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova has advanced in straight sets. liskova surged ahead of Anhelina Kalinina 4-1 in the opening set, lost three games in a row, then took the last eight for a 6-4, 6-0 victory. —Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber is sticking around longer at Flushing Meadows than she did a year ago. Kerber eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in a nearly empty Louis Armstrong Stadium.— No. 9 seed Diego Schwartzman blew a two-set lead and was knocked out in the first round. He led 2-0 but appeared to have problems with cramps as he lost to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that took nearly 4 hours. —The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded right-hander Ross Stripling to the Toronto Blue Jays for two players to be named. The Blue Jays have dramatically bolstered their pitching staff at the deadline with the additions of Stripling, Robbie Ray and Taijuan Walker. Stripling is 3-1 with a 5.61 ERA in seven starts this season for Los Angeles. —The New York Mets acquired infielder Todd Frazier and catcher Robinson Chirinos from the Texas Rangers. Texas receives two players to be named. New York also receives cash in the deal involving Chirinos. The Mets also acquired Baltimore right-hander Miguel Castro for minor league left-hander Kevin Smith and a player to be named or cash. New York is bringing Frazier back after he hit 39 home runs for the Mets over two seasons in 2018 and 2019. He hit .241 with two homers in 31 games for Texas this year.—The Colorado Rockies added outfield depth by acquiring Kevin Pillar from Boston in a trade-deadline deal. The Red Sox received a player to be named or cash and international amateur signing bonus pool space as part of the deal. MLB-ATHLETICS-MARINERSMore games postponed for testing —José Iglesias and Bryan Holaday had RBI doubles in the 11th inning for Baltimore, and Iglesias threw out the potential tying run at home plate as the Orioles salvaged a 4-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. Iglesias’ leadoff hit, to deep left-center field, scored Anthony Santander, who started the inning at second base. Holaday then doubled to right field to drive in Iglesias. Both hits came off Toronto reliever Anthony Bass. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI single in the 11th to draw Toronto closer, but was thrown out at the plate.MLB-TRADESClevinger, Minor among players movingUNDATED (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with the Cleveland Indians, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball’s trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named for Cleveland for a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges. In other trade activity ahead of the deadline: Update on the latest sports NEW YORK (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a tiebreaking RBI single during Miami’s four-run sixth inning against Jacob deGrom, and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 5-3. Garrett Cooper and Brian Anderson homered for Miami, which had dropped four in a row. Trevor Rogers pitched five effective innings for his first major league win, and Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his seventh save. Marlins second baseman Jonathan Villar made a diving catch in shallow center to rob the Mets of a run in the fifth, and then was replaced by a pinch hitter in the sixth. In other Monday action:— Luis Robert hit a tying homer in the seventh inning and the go-ahead double in the ninth, and the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the skidding Minnesota Twins 8-5. The White Sox are in sole possession of first place in the AL Central for the first time this season, ahead of Cleveland and Minnesota. —Tyler Glasnow flummoxed the Yankees for six innings, Ji-Man Choi and Kevin Kiermaier homered off Gerrit Cole, and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their mastery of New York with a 5-3 victory. The AL East leaders improved to 7-1 against the Yankees this season and stretched their division cushion to 4 1/2 games. —Max Fried improved to 6-0, Austin Riley had a bases-loaded triple and the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 6-3. Adam Duvall belted a homer over the Green Monster and Nick Markakis had three hits and drove in two runs for Atlanta. Alex Verdugo had three doubles for the Red Sox.—Orlando Arcia’s pinch-hit single with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as the Milwaukee Brewers slipped past the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Monday night. Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in his first appearance since walking five of the six batters he faced while trying to close out Saturday night’s game. Hader has yet to give up a hit this season. —Maikel Franco and Bubba Starling had RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals rallied to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 in the first game of a three-game series. It was the Royals’ first win this season when trailing after seven innings. Scott Barlow picked up the win in relief for Kansas City. — Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit his first career grand slam, helping Dakota Hudson to his first win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Cincinnati Reds 7-5. Hudson finished with a season-high seven strikeouts and no walks. The Cardinals won their second straight after dropping four in a row. The Reds have lost three of four after winning three straight.—Spencer Howard threw five effective innings, Rhys (rees) Hoskins homered and drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 Monday night. Juan Soto hit a pair of two-run homers and Michael Taylor and Trea Turner also went deep for the defending World Series champions, who fell to 12-20. —Three people have filed a lawsuit against New York Giants cornerback DeAndre Baker, claiming that he robbed them at gunpoint during a May cookout in Florida. The civil lawsuit filed in Broward County, Florida, seeks $100,000 in damages. Baker was charged Aug. 7 with four counts of robbery with a firearm. Prosecutors previously said Seattle Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar, who also was arrested in May, won’t be prosecuted because of insufficient evidence. TENNIS-US OPENDjokovic wins easilyNEW YORK (AP) — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) breezed past Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at the U.S. Open.Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium. Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette. It’s a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin’s tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. If Fournette clears waivers, he would become a free agent. He is due $4.17 million in salary in 2020 if someone claims him. — The Houston Texans have signed inside linebacker Zach Cunningham to a four-year, $58 million contract extension. The Texans announced the signing on Monday. The 25-year-old Cunningham was a second-round pick in 2017 and ranked second in the NFL last season with a career-high 137 tackles. —The San Francisco 49ers have placed starting middle linebacker Fred Warner on the reserve/COVID-19 list less than two weeks before the start of the season. The list is used for players who either test positive for the coronavirus or have been in close contact with an infected person. —Pittsburgh outside linebacker Bud Dupree and the Steelers failed to reach an agreement on a contract extension during the offseason, meaning Dupree will likely become a free agent next spring. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Dupree in March after he had a career-high 11 1/2 sacks in 2019. —The Las Vegas Raiders have released veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara. Amukamara was signed as a free agent to provide a veteran presence in the secondary. He started 99 games over nine seasons with the Giants, Jacksonville and Chicago but had been surpassed in practice by rookie Damon Arnette. Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78 WASHINGTON (AP) — The sports world is reacting to the death of former Georgetown coach John Thompson. He was a Hall of Famer and the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing played center for Thompson on the Hoyas’ national championship team in 1984. He called Thompson a “father figure, confidant and role model’ and said his legacy will be ”everlasting.” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim lauded Thompson as a role model for a lot of coaches, Black and white. Thompson’s family announced his death Monday but disclosed no details. He was 78.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLPlayers association chief wants daily testing August 31, 2020 NBA-MOST IMPROVED PLAYER-INGRAMPelicans’ Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved playerNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second-overall in 2016.Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a block-buster trade that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged a team-leading and career-best 23.8 points per game while hitting 46.3% of his shots. He also became an NBA All-Star for the first time. Ingram received 42 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and earned 326 total points. HIngram credits former Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry for his success. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-BUCKSButler scores 40, Heat top Bucks 115-104 for 1-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career-high 40 points, Goran Dragic added 27 and the Miami Heat clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-104 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Monday night. Bam Adebayo had 12 points, 17 rebounds and six assists for the fifth-seeded Heat, who are 3-1 overall against the top-seeded Bucks this season. Khris Middleton scored 28 points for Milwaukee, which also dropped Game 1 of its first-round series against Orlando. Brook Lopez had 24 points on 8 for 10 shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks. Man who admitted embezzling millions sentenced to prisonCHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois accountant who pleaded guilty to embezzling millions of dollars from a trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and others to finance a luxurious lifestyle was sentenced Monday to 16½ years in prison. Three former Chicago Blackhawks players were among those scammed.Sultan Issa admitted earlier this year that Art Institute trustee Roger L. Weston wasn’t his only victim. Issa, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud in January, said he also stole millions from individual investors, including $500,000 from a widow who trusted him to invest funds from her late husband’s estate. Most of the individual investors who lost money in Issa’s scams were not identified in court records.MLB-SCHEDULE-MARLINS-METSRojas gets key hit in Marlins’ win UNDATED (AP) — NFL Players Association President J.C. Tretter is pushing for daily COVID-19 testing during the regular season.The NFL has been conducting daily testing for players throughout training camp and plans to do so through Saturday. Tretter, the starting center for the Cleveland Browns, posted on the union website. “We will continue to rely on scientific data to inform our approach for combating this virus. As the science evolves, we will evolve with it.”The league has reported few positive cases in the past month, though it did have 77 false positives a week ago that resulted from contamination at the testing lab.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICEEnd zones to carry social justice messages Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other. As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps. Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality. Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups. In other NFL news:— The NFL has taken over the independent investigation into workplace conduct within the Washington Football Team. Owner Dan Snyder said he and his wife, Tanya, suggested to Commissioner Roger Goodell the NFL assume full oversight of the review. The Washington Post reported last month about 15 female former employees saying they were sexually harassed during their time with the team. SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced that the first two games of Oakland’s series at Seattle have been postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing. This, after a member of the Athletics’ organization tested positive for the coronavirus. The positive test already caused the postponement of Oakland’s game Sunday against the Houston Astros. Now games against the Mariners on Tuesday and Wednesday are being put off. The A’s are also scheduled to play at Seattle on Thursday.In other MLB news:— Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jesse Winker and manager David Bell were both suspended one game for their roles in a bench-clearing incident Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Chicago coach Mike Borzello was also suspended one game. Winker, Bell and Borzello were also fined, and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto received a fine as well. Winker, Votto, COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-JOHN THOMPSON
“Assessing the likelihood of smoke-induced interruptions is a bit like how we treat heat and rain,” tournament director Craig Tiley said.“The health of players, fans and staff is a priority at all times.”Visibility in Melbourne, which hosts the opening Grand Slam of the year this month, is less than 1km (0.62 miles) in some parts of the city and surrounding areas, according to Victoria’s Bureau of Meteorology.The air quality index in the city reached 213 on Monday, with a reading above 200 considered “very unhealthy”.Qualifying for the Australian Open begins on Tuesday, 14 January, with the main draw starting on 20 January.“We have experts who analyse all available live data as specific to our sites as possible and consult regularly with tournament officials and, in the case of heat and smoke, medical experts,” Tiley added.“We have access to real-time monitoring of air quality at all of our venues and are working closely with medical personnel and local experts onsite to ensure we have the best possible information available to make any decisions regarding whether play should be halted at any point.”There have been no smoke-related interruptions so far at the ATP Cup, which is taking place in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, but this week’s Canberra challenger event was relocated more than 450km away to Bendigo and some football and basketball matches have been cancelled.Nick Kyrgios, Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty have been among the tennis players who have pledged financial support to the relief fund.Australian Open organisers also announced plans to raise money, including staging an “AO Rally for Relief” with a group of leading players and a music event.“The inordinate loss of people, wildlife, stock, homes, schools and businesses is going to require an extraordinarily widespread effort to get these families and communities back on their feet,” Tiley said. “Our aim is for tennis to play a significant role where we can to help that recovery.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram BUSHFIRES FALLOUTAustralian Open matches could be suspended if air quality is too bad, organisers said after Melbourne reached “very unhealthy” levels amid bushfires.Fires in Australia have killed at least 24 people since September and millions of hectares of land have been scorched.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — Today’s Pets of the Week featured a lively bunch named Rolo, Pixie, and Gummy Bear.Rolo is very personable and social. He loves to play and looking for the perfect home to match his energy. Rolo is approximately one-years old.Then we have Pixie who has loads of energy but is a bit indecisive and can easily be swayed. Pixie is a pretty mix of black and white and is two-months old.Lastly we have a sight you haven’t seen in a while which is a puppy named Gummy Bear. He loves great conversation and has the cutest white paw in the front. Gummy Bear just wants to play, play some more and be loved. He is approximately one-years old.If you’re interested in adopting. you can visit huronhumanesocietyinc.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Public Schools names interim superintendentNext Local veterinarian nominated for prestigious national award
Didier Drogba hopes to mark his return to Chelsea with a Galatasaray victory on Tuesday night when he plans to keep his emotions in check. The 36-year-old, whose final act after eight years as a Chelsea player was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win over Bayern Munich, returns to his old stomping ground with the UEFA Champions League last-16 tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg.The Côte d’Ivoire striker admitted he would feel mixed emotions when he was asked if he would celebrate the winning goal at Stamford Bridge, if he scores it. “With all the respect that I have for this club, for the fans and for the players, I might not celebrate, but if we win I’ll be happy,” said Drogba, who was speaking at Stamford Bridge.”I’m really happy to come back and to see some familiar faces. It’s a big game. The Champions League is a big competition and it means a lot for my team. I’ll find a way to play. It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.”Now I belong to Galatasaray. I need to be professional. Of course there will be emotions. Like the first leg to see my ex-team-mates and also the Chelsea fans in the stadium was special. But then there was the game and the game as you could see was tough, was good, with high intensity. I think it’s going to be the same tomorrow.”Prior to the draw in December, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hoped for his side to be reunited with Drogba, who netted 157 goals in 341 appearances before leaving for a spell in Shanghai. Mourinho, who signed Drogba for Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, was given a rousing ovation when he made his return to the Blues dugout in August after a near six-year absence and hopes the Ivorian will experience similar acclaim. It’s very difficult to play against Chelsea, but it’s not going to be difficult for me to put myself into the competition mode.Didier Drogba, Galatsaray striker, on returning to face his old club It is anticipated he will, after his decisive interventions in Munich left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all Chelsea fans as they became the first London club to lift the European Cup. “To leave Chelsea on a high like I did, if I could do it I would do it again the same way,” Drogba added.”But then I always say that I believe in destiny and if I ever wanted to play again for this team, I think it could’ve happened a long time ago. As it didn’t there’s no problem with that. I’m really happy at Galatasaray. I’m focusing on this game tomorrow, because for me it’s an important one and I want it to be the best one.” Mourinho returned to Chelsea with Inter Milan en route to winning the 2010 Champions League and Drogba has no qualms with ending the Blues’ participation in the 2014 edition. “I have nothing to prove to this club,” he added. “Everything I had to prove I think I did it with Chelsea. I come here with another team. I just want to win the game, I just want to qualify. There’s nothing personal against Chelsea, there will never be.”Drogba has expressed a desire to remain in football when he calls time on his career. Asked if he would like that to be at Chelsea, after reports surfaced earlier this year that Mourinho had offered him a coaching role, he said: “Of course, but just not now. I still want to play.”Drogba is the main protagonist of a contest which pits Mourinho against his predecessor as Inter boss, the former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Mancini steered City to the 2012 Premier League title – City’s first championship in 44 years – and is relishing his return to England. “I did a really good job with Manchester City,” Mancini said. “I’m very happy to play this game, first of all because it’s here in London and after because it’s Champions League.”A win or a score draw of 2-2 or more would see Galatasaray progress, with Mancini comparing the scenario to the end of Group B, when a 1-0 win over Juventus saw them advance at the Italians’ expense. “We did a miracle in the group because it was really diffcult to go through in that group,” Mancini added. “Chelsea have a small advantage. I don’t know if it will be enough to score one goal. Tomorrow we will see what happens.”The Italian said he would accept Mourinho’s offer, made in Istanbul, of a post-match dinner, on one condition. Mancini added: “If we win, sure. And I’ll pay.”