first_img 28 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyle Pentecost by: – June 11, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: obygrace.orgPentecost is the feast that brings the celebration of Easter to a close. What has drawn to a close, of course, is the liturgy of Easter, not the reality.  Every day remains an Easter day, just as every day is a Good Friday, a Christmas day, and a day of Resurrection. Every day Jesus is born or dies or rises or makes us feel the power of the Spirit. Today our focus is on the Spirit, on the promise that we will never lack courage and strength for our lives and our witness.Where do we need strength today? Where do we need sustenance to keep going? Catholics, we are told, are decreasing in number in country after country in the West. How we understand and respond to this development will vary from place to place, but everywhere there are challenges to be faced and responsibilities to be taken up.It’s clear today that society is no longer self-evidently religious. When I was growing up, faith had a sort of cushion in society. That is no longer the case. Today believers are out there on their own. How do we keep our faith?  How do we equip ourselves for loyalty?Faith today requires a deep, private commitment of one’s own.  One of the changes in the new Missal translation will be the change from ‘We Believe’ in the Creed to ‘I believe.’ That change could not have come at a more appropriate time. ‘We believe’ is a statement of sociology, not a statement of faith.  No one can believe for anyone else. Everyone has to say, for himself or herself, ‘I believe.’How do you keep that faith, how do you stay in touch with your soul?  You are sustained by conscious dialogue with God, by prayer, in other words. Faith would find it difficult to survive otherwise.Prayer is more than saying prayers – we know that, of course –  though if saying prayers is all that you can do at times, that is all you should do.  Prayer today includes with the Bible calls “pondering.” You will recall that it is the word associated with Mary on the presentation of Jesus in the temple. When she heard Simeon’s prophecy, she kept those things in her heart, we are told, and ‘pondered’ them.Pondering is not analyzing or thinking seriously about something.  Pondering is holding something – an issue, a question, or a dilemma – inside of one’s soul, complete with all the tension it involves.  When Mary stands under the Cross of Jesus and watches him die, and there is nothing she can do to save him or even protest his innocence, she is pondering. She is carrying a great tension she is helpless to resolve and must simply live with.One sees the same in the life of Jesus. What was the experience in the garden except that of carrying tension? There’s a necessary connection between sweating blood and keeping faith, keeping commitments sometimes, keeping our own integrity.And what’s the point of it all?  At one level, carrying tensions without wanting easy or premature resolution is a way that we let God be God. In matters we cannot solve, we have to wait until a solution comes to us. Think of Mary, for instance, waiting, doing nothing but waiting, between the crucifixion and the resurrection.Equally important is the fact that pondering represents a process of gestation, the period it takes for important values to be born. ‘Pondering’ the mysteries of life before God, pondering its dilemmas, tragedies, and contradictions, is what changes hurt to forgiveness, anger to compassion, and hatred to love.This we see clearly in the life of Jesus. He was hated; he hated no one; he met with anger; he did not respond with anger; he encountered jealousy and envy; he never passed it on to others. Instead he carried it long enough in himself till he was able to transform it all into forgiveness, compassion and love. Only someone who had carried tension in that way could say: Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.We give birth to values the world desperately needs by pondering, by accepting the pain of the world’s contradictions, its beauty and ugliness, its kindness and evil, respect and dismissal, all the way inside, till we give birth to countervailing values.That is what the Spirit helps us to do today, I think. It gives us courage to meet great challenges, not only with outreach and intramural programs of different kinds, but also with the strength to ‘ponder,’ to await – and facilitate – positive resolution for all our pressing dilemmas.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

DOH records 22 firecracker injuries ahead of New Year

first_img“If ever naman ay nakahanda na ang mga gagamitin sa pang-opera sa mga biktima ng paputok,” the Healthsecretary added./PN “Kungmay community fireworks display, maaarina lamang po itong saksihan… O mag-streetparty na lang,” he added. This worker fills carton tubes with gunpowder in Bulacan as they make fireworks to fill orders a few days before New Year’s celebration. The number of individuals who were reportedly injured while using firecrackers has climbed to 22, the Department of Health reported Friday. ABS-CBN NEWS “Thankfully, wala naman nasawi at walanamang nakaroon ng ingestion ngpaputok. Wala rin tayong straight bullet incident,” Duque said. MANILA – With a few days left before theNew Year’s celebration starts, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 22firecracker-related injuries. According to data from DOH, the injuriesreported as of Dec. 26 were from Regions 1, 2, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, 5, 6, 7,11, 12, and the National Capital Region. The department said most of the victimswere males in the 14 cases involved. The ages of victims ranged from four to 60years old. “Maaaringgumamit ng ibang pampa-ingay sapagsalubong sa Bagong Taon gaya ngtorotot, kaldero,” Duque said in an interview with DZBB. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III urgedthe public to turn to safer noisemakers to welcome the New Year asfirecracker-related injuries started to pile up. DOH also noted that the firecrackersthat wounded the victims were Boga, Luces, 5-star, Baby Rocket, Bamboo Canon,Fountain, Kalburo, Kwitis, Mini Bomb, Piccolo, Whistle Bomb, and an unknownfirecracker. Based on the latest tally by the DOH,the recorded firecracker-related injuries is lower by 35% than the 34 listed inthe same period last year.last_img read more

Unique format adds to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals draw

first_imgEAGLE, Neb. – While the list of drivers already pre-entered continues to grow, promoter Roger Hadan is busy multi-tasking two weeks before the start of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nation­als.Early entries for the fifth annual event neared 120 as teams from 13 states are entered in the Aug. 31-Sept. 3 event at Eagle Raceway.“We’ve got the cars. Now we’re focusing more on the fans,” Hadan said. “Sprint Nation­als is unique with a full night of racing every night where every car has the opportunity to run for money and its three-wide start on Sunday.”The main event pays $2,500 to win and a minimum $1,250 to start, plus a generous number of contingency awards.“As far as the event itself, Mother Nature, the number of laps on the track and trying to keep the track racy will all be factors,” Hadan said. “Then our next step will be to figure out what to do to make the event even bigger.”Entries in hand now are from California, Colorado, Iowa, Indi­ana, Kansas, Minnesota, Ne­braska, North Carolina, Okla­homa, Pennsylvania, South Da­kota, Texas and Virginia.The starting field of 27 will be determined through qualifying on Sept. 1 and 2 and in last-chance qualifying on Sept. 3.Friday and Saturday qualify­ing features both pay $700 to win while Saturday’s Jake Ita Memo­rial pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.The “B” feature purse spon­sored by IMCATV is $1,000 for the first non-qualifier (10th place finisher) and $500 to start.All other non-qualifiers re­ceive a minimum of $250 for Sunday with added non-qualifier sponsorship money. Non-qualifi­ers are guaranteed at least $450 for the entire weekend as long as they take a green flag each night.New this year is the require­ment that drivers must have com­peted in a minimum of three IMCA RaceSaver events in 2017 to be eligible for Sprint Nation­als.Pit passes are $25 each night.Adult grandstand admission is $13 on Friday, $15 on Satur­day and $18 on Sunday.A three-day grandstand pass is $35 and can be purchased by calling the Eagle Raceway office at 402 238-2595.Sprint Nationals begins with an open house and practice on Thursday, Aug. 31. The event is presented by Precise Racing Prod­ucts and NMC Cat Rental Store.Information about the event format is posted at the website.last_img read more

UCL: Valencia delay Chelsea’s Last 16 hope

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea saw safe passage to the Champions League knockout stages slip agonisingly away as Daniel Wass’ fluke stole Valencia a 2-2 draw at the Mestalla.England striker Tammy Abraham was substituted after a nasty-looking fall on a night where the Blues thought Christian Pulisic’s nudged finish would sneak them into the European top tier’s last 16.Abraham suffered a suspected internal injury after falling awkwardly on his hip, no doubt adding to boss Frank Lampard’s frustrations as Valencia gained the greater boost in Group H from the draw.Mateo Kovacic fired his first Chelsea goal on his 71st Blues appearance, cancelling out Carlos Soler’s opener.Jorginho was lucky to escape a second yellow card and a dismissal for the foul on Jose Gaya that gifted Valencia a second-half penalty. Captain Dani Parejo stepped up for the spot-kick only to see Kepa Arrizabalaga pull off a fine save.Maxi Gomez missed a hat-trick of first-half sitters as Valencia paid the price for shocking profligacy, but just when Chelsea started to home in on victory up popped Wass.The Denmark midfielder’s lofted cross drifted away from his intended target but instead over Kepa and into the net, stealing Valencia a draw to thwart Chelsea at the last.Rodrigo’s glaring miss at the death could even have sealed Valencia’s place in the last 16, but a compelling, gritty game somehow ended even.Victory here would have sent Chelsea into the knockout phase with a group game to spare, but now the Blues must wait to secure their passage into the last-16.Gomez should have had a first-half hat-trick, but was left instead to boot the advertising hoardings in frustration.At least he did not fail to connect with those touchline boards, because he struggled to hit anything else.Chelsea started brightly with Willian and Abraham both unable to convert teasing crosses from James.But once Valencia settled, the middle third of the half turned into Gomez’s profligacy show.Parejo sent Rodrigo racing down the inside right and his delicious cross left Gomez salivating on a far-post tap-in. The charitable description would be that he tripped, but in truth he kicked his feet together and the ball trickled past an open goal and to safety.The Uruguay star at least connected with a header, but could not steer it away from Kepa, and when the Chelsea stopper deflected his point-blank effort he was left to kick out at the only thing left within range, those advertising boards.Chelsea came again, Abraham firing wide from another James cross and then seeing a fine snap shot tipped over the bar by Jasper Cillessen after Kante’s cute flick.Winger Soler broke the deadlock when Kepa could not keep out his flicked finish despite reaching the effort with enough of a palm to feel frustrated not to complete the save.But in a flash and out of the blue Chelsea were level, back on terms in less than a minute. Kovacic controlled well on the edge of the area and drilled home a fine, accurate finish.The former Real Madrid man then jumped straight from breaking his Blues duck to almost doubling his club tally, only to see his close-range effort rebuffed after Pulisic had played him in on the left.Abraham was carried from the field on a stretcher to end the half, with Michy Batshuayi on in his stead after the interval.The personnel change did not disrupt Chelsea’s attacking flow however and Lampard’s men quickly stole the lead.Pulisic turned in Zouma’s knock down, squeezing the ball under Cillessen. The assistant referee raised his offside flag, but after a lengthy VAR check the goal was awarded.Valencia rallied and Rodrigo fluffed an attempted lob after Kepa and Christensen were caught in a muddle, with the failed effort a big reprieve for both.Jorginho was lucky to escape a second booking and red card when conceding a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Gaya, leaving the hosts incensed that the Brazil star remained on the field.Home skipper Parejo stepped up for the spot kick, only to see Kepa pull off a stunning save.Just as Chelsea thought they could see out the pivotal victory, Wass launched a cross into the area that hung so high as to drift over Kepa and into the net.The stunned visitors toiled away in search of a late winner but to no avail, and Rodrigo even had time to fluff another far-post tap-in.Tags: ChelseaChristian PulisicTammy AbrahamUCLValencialast_img read more

Everest, TSC, Police and GNIC through to Noble House Seafoods semi-finals

first_imgAFTER two days of intense battle in the Georgetown Cricket Association’s (GCA) Noble House Seafoods second division two-day cricket, Everest, TSC, Police and GNIC have all qualified for the semi-final stage of the tournament.At Camp Ayanganna, opener Ovid Richardson scored back-to-back hundreds to propel GNIC to the next round.Richardson followed up his first-innings top score of 121, with an even 100 before he retired hurt.Batting first, GNIC made 325-9 declared in their first innings before they skittled out GDF for 71. Off-spinner Gajanand Suknanan spearheaded GNIC’s attack with 5-28. GNIC did not enforce the follow-on, and reached 223-8 declared.Richardson was supported by Premchand Sookdeo, who made 61. Spinners Randy Lindore and Dennis Legay were the pick of GDF’s bowlers with three and two victims respectively.At Everest, the hosts made 387, with Khemraj Ramdeen hitting a top score of 98. Linden Lyght and Dennis Squires snared three wickets each, while Sherfane Rutherford took two wickets.DCC in reply reached 213-9. Sachin Singh made 48, while West Indies U-19 player Tevin Imlach scored 39 and Raymond Perez 38. Saheed Mohamed and Dwayne Adams collected four wickets each for Everest.At MYO, Transport Sports Club (TSC) completed an outright victory over Muslim Youth Organistion (MYO). Batting first TSC made 266. The hosts were then bowled out for 51.However, with a first-innings lead of 215, TSC enforced the follow-on, and MYO batting failed again, as they were skittled out for 107 in 15.4 overs. Off-spinner Joshua Wilson took 7-24.Across at Eve Leary, the lawmen arrested Malteenoes Sports Club (MSC) after a brilliant century (146) by all-rounder Steven Harris. Resuming on 68-1 the hosts rallied to 360 all out. Apart from Harris’ century, Paul Tyndall and Jason McCalmont chipped in with 44 each.Shaquille Moseley (3-65) and Kellon Carmichael (2-64) were the most successful bowlers for MSC. Batting a second time MSC reached 43-3.GNIC will clash with Everest in semifinal one, while Police and TSC will do battle in the other semi-final clash.last_img read more

Louisville makes 1st appearance as ACC team at media day

first_img Published on October 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Comments CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A little after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Wayne Blackshear and Montrezl Harrell walked into the Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day print interview room in their matching red Louisville polo shirtsIt was the first time that the Cardinals — who played in the American Athletic Conference last season and the Big East before that — surfaced at an Atlantic Coast Conference event as a part of the conference. The two players found familiar faces right away.Blackshear started jokingly trash talking with Pittsburgh’s Cameron Wright and Harrell gave Panthers guard James Robinson a big hug. Then the representatives from the former Big East programs chatted in the second floor of The Westin Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, taking a break from a day spent previewing the second year in which former Big East teams will influence the ACC’s on-court product.“They play physical, and their vibe is pressure defense and the physicality is kind of different,” Adam Smith, a junior guard at Virginia, said at media day. “I think that kind of picked up the other ACC teams that were already here. Everyone is playing physical now and I think Louisville is going to add to that.”With Maryland moving to the Big Ten and Louisville set to play its first ACC season in 2014-15, the conference now has four teams — including Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame — that were part of the Big East basketball conference two years ago. The ACC now features four Hall of Fame coaches, as Louisville’s Rick Pitino joins Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe consensus from players that saw the Orange, Panthers and Fighting Irish transition last season is that they brought a “grind-it-out” style of play and more physicality.The teams that have played against the Cardinals expect that trend to continue.“Some of the toughest games that I’ve been in in my college career have been against Louisville,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. “They’re tough with the pressure they put on and it’s tough to play against, you can ask any one that has.” … They’re a great program, they are very, very well coached, and that’s what they’re going to bring to the conference. Just another great team and another great program.”After winning the Big East championship and national championship in 2012-13, Louisville won the AAC championship last year, finishing 15-3 in conference and 31-6 overall.The Cardinals’ season ended with a Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament and they return Blackshear, Harrell, Chris Jones and Terry Rozier, among others, for their first year of competition in the ACC.Louisville’s former conference foes were scattered about the final regular-season ACC standings last year — Syracuse finishing second, Pittsburgh fifth and Notre Dame 13th.“I don’t think we’re taking much of a look at that,” Blackshear said. “The Big East was a tough conference, I played in the Big East and Montrezl obviously did too, we know how it is and this reminds us of the Big East with all the powerhouse teams and good teams. We really know what’s ahead of us.”For the Orange, Louisville joining the ACC offers a long-awaited shot at revenge.The last time the two teams met was in the 2013 Big East tournament final, when the Cardinals erased a 16-point lead to eventually win by 17.SU hosts the Cardinals on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome and it will be one of the many times that Big East roots clash on the ACC landscape this year.Said Cooney: “It will be great for them to come back to the Dome, I know our fans don’t like Louisville that much.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

John Pettit – Playtech BGT: Unifying individual strengths, dynamics & intelligence

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 John Pettit – Playtech BGTUnifying all of its sports betting assets under the Playtech BGT Sports division, leading industry technology provider Playtech aims to bring market innovation through the optimal convergence of its joint products, services and user engagement mechanisms.John Pettit Managing Director of Playtech BGT UK, Ireland, Australia & Asia details to SBC readers his firm’s serious intent at challenging the sports betting industry’s set norms and standardised values. _________________SBC: Hi John, thanks for the interview. The Playtech BGT Sports division was officially formed last November. As a sports betting technology supplier what new dynamics and capabilities will your team bring to market?John Pettit: With BGT established as the leading supplier of self-service betting terminals to retail, and Playtech at the forefront of digital gaming, complemented with the expertise acquired from our colleagues at Mobenga and Geneity, we are able to leverage our combined resources to develop a stronger product offering across the board. By bringing these exceptional teams together, we are capable of building market-leading solutions to operators which account for more than just the sum of our parts.We are a valuable component of Playtech’s future vision, and we are delighted to utilise the group’s proficiency in the digital sector to enhance existing products and develop future ones. The recently-launched BetTracker product, which continues to digitises the retail betting experience, is just the beginning of this process.SBC: Coming into 2017, Playtech CEO Mor Weizer has highlighted that Playtech will be outright leader in industry ‘convergence’ capabilities. How will the Playtech BGT Sports division help achieve this corporate goal? JP: Playtech BGT Sports is the perfect example of Mor’s vision for Playtech. Uniting our individual strengths and knowledge, we have worked together to create BetTracker, our revolutionary product which brings digital betting into the retail space.The betting shop environment has evolved over the last few years with the emergence of functional SSBT technology, but this will take it to the next level, providing an omni-channel approach for both registered and anonymous customers, both of which we believe is key to future convergence.Through digitising customers in-shop and taking them onto a mobile platform, we can open new avenues to users while providing a better, more flexible experience, driving incremental revenues for our operators in the process.Ladbrokes said SSBT’s accounted for around 10% of retail staking in last year’s Q3s, and combined with impressive margins at around the 25 percent mark, which accounts for a significantly higher share of gross win. It places us firmly at the head of the move towards revenue-driven convergence.SBC: From a sports betting supplier perspective, how are the dynamics between client and supplier changing? What new values and competencies do betting operators want from their system suppliers and their services? JP: One of our key strengths within the UK is that we work with all of the major retail operators. As the market develops, we are best-placed to develop products in-line with the latest trends and changing technologies. Because we have a direct relationship with the operators on the front line, we can draw on their unique insights.It is in the interests of both supplier and operator to work together to develop new products that provide a possible customer experience. This is why we actively seek a more integrated partnership with operators and work on a revenue-sharing basis so we are both invested in the success of the products.SBC: Playtech governance has stated that it now wants to focus on ‘lock-in’ technology provisions for its customers. How will this broad and complex concept be applied to Playtech BGT Sports’ sports betting provisions? JP: Although our strength remains in being able to offer an unbranched code base, developing products that can be rolled out across operators in various territories, the configuration allows us to customise these products to operators’ particular needs. We also work with individual operators to create products that leverage their own IP, such as Coral’s Connect card and Paddy Power’s Cash CardThe trend in recent years, particularly among the larger operators, has been for products that differentiate them from competitors, and while it is valuable to be able to widely distribute products based on a unbranched code, it is this range of configuration options that facilitates swift but differentiated developments.SBC: As a betting stakeholder, which new technologies and consumer habits do you feel will lead to new industry dynamics being formed? What should the industry be preparing for?JP: If you look at broader retail trends, the move has been towards self-service, while counters are disappearing as assisted service takes its place. We are developing a range of products built upon the same back-end that gives customers a far wider choice of exactly how they interact within shops.We are looking to build on the front-end experience and this is happening. Some of our current products on include the terminal, a fixed till, a mobile till and the recently-launched BetTracker app, all integrated with the same back-end sportsbook platform, so one backend can generate product improvement across the board.Customers are demanding that service is brought to them and so we see the shop floor as the starting point to ensure betting is as straightforward and accessible, just as it is online. The only way for the betting shop to thrive going forward is to be absolutely focused on service.SBC:  Finally, at an early stage for the Playtech BGT Sports division, can you outline the firm’s short and long term goals for its sports betting services?JP: We want to continue to digitise the retail experience. This process started around ten years ago in the UK with the launch of SSBTs. BetTracker is an important next step as we give the customer the advantages of a digital platform but within the retail environment.It is important for operators to understand that our aim is not to limit sports betting to the terminal, but instead to generate incremental revenues for operators, via some market-leading products while improving choice and ease for the customer.To this end, in-play betting is an area that is expanding very quickly. It is still relatively new for retail and something that couldn’t be effectively provided over the counter. Furthermore, because of the way BGT software interacts with players, we generate a margin of around 18% on in-play stakes, which is significantly higher than competitors both online and in retail.With almost 30,000 terminals rolled out globally, we are also in a position to leverage this estate to gain exclusive, best-in-class content, and we are always looking at entering new partnerships, as we did recently with an arrangement with the Racing Post in December. This is the first of a number of key partnerships, uniquely positioning us to drive a true revolution in retail betting._________________________John Pettit –  Managing Director –  Playtech BGT Sports’ UK, Ireland, Asia& Australia _____________________________Sports Betting Innovation & Technology will be discussed and debated at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (3-5 May London Stamford Bridge) click the below tab for full conference details…. 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Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman: Fight date, time, PPV price, odds, full card

first_imgEight division world champion, and one of the sport’s top stars, Manny Pacquiao challenges WBA (super) welterweight champion Keith Thurman on July 20 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in what has the potential to be the fight of the year.Pacquiao (61-7-2, 39 KOs), the WBA (regular) welterweight champion, fought in January and dominated Adrien Broner to win by a lopsided decision. The senator from the Philippines showed up to the Errol Spence Jr.-Mikey Garcia fight in March and even stepped inside the ring at the request of Spence, who was pushing for a fight with the legend.  But, the 40-year-old Pacquiao decided to shift his focus to Thurman, instead.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I chose Keith Thurman because he’s undefeated and I want to prove that at age 40 I can still beat a great fighter like Keith,” Pacquaio said at a press conference to formally announce the fight.Thurman (29-0, one no-contest, 22 KOs) made a triumphant return to the ring after a 22-month layoff due to injuries, one week after Pacquiao beat Broner, and defeated a game Josesito Lopez by unanimous decision. “Pacquiao wants a challenge, and I’m very grateful to be sharing a ring with a legend,” Thurman also said at the presser. “If you understand boxing history, you know that times change. I believe boxing is in a new era. Come July 20, Pacquiao will disappear. He’ll always be remembered in the sport, but I’m doing to Manny Pacquiao, what he did to Oscar De La Hoya.”Thurman presents the most stringent test to date for Pacquiao since he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr., back in May 2015.Can “One Time” prove to the world how great he is and show the Flipino icon that there’s a new era upon us? Or does “Pac-Man” defy “Father Time” and prove he still has plenty to offer at the age of 40?When is the Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman fight?Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman commences on Saturday, July 20. The main card begins at 9 p.m. ET, while Pacquiao and Thurman are expected to make the walk to the ring for the main event at around 11:30 p.m. How to watch Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith ThurmanThe Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight can be seen on Fox Sports PPV. The price of the pay-per-view has not yet been announced.Where is the Pacquiao vs. Thurman fight?Manny Pacquiao and Keith Thurman will fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao competes at the venue for the 15th time, while Thurman fights there for the fifth time.Manny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman betting oddsAccording to, Keith Thurman opened as a -150 favorite, which means you’ll need to bet $150 to win $100. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is a +133 underdog, meaning if you bet $100, you could win $133.Manny Pacquiao record and bioName: Manny PacquiaoNationality: FlipinoBorn: December 17, 1978Height:  5-5 ½Reach: 67″  Total fights: 70Record:  61-7-2 with 39 knockoutsKeith Thurman record and bioName: Keith ThurmanNationality:  AmericanBorn: November 23, 1988Height: 5-7 ½ Reach:  69″Total fights: 29Record: 28-0 with one no contest and 23 knockoutsManny Pacquiao vs. Keith Thurman fight cardMatchupClassBeltManny Pacquiao vs. Keith ThurmanWelterweightWBA (Super)Caleb Plant vs. Mike LeeSuper MiddleweightIBFSergey Lipinets vs. John Molina Jr.Welterweight…last_img read more

Wellington Council votes 5-1 to purchase new irrigation system for golf course

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — By a 5-1 vote, the Wellington City Council approved the purchase of a $226,000 Professional Turf Products/TORO irrigation system which replaces the existing system at the Wellington Municipal Golf Course.The council gave the approval without designating a revenue source for the new expense. Wellington City Mayor Shelley Hansel said city staff will determine a source of funding in the near future.The irrigation system replaces an operating irrigation system that was purchased in 1993 that is no longer functional, said Derek Harrison, Wellington Golf Manager.“They have told us at minimum it will take 12 weeks before they can deliver, install and get the new system operable,” Harrison said. “It’s almost February now. To not be able to water already through April already puts us behind the eight ball.Harrison said typically March is a critical time for turf management in which fairways are aerated, the greens are sanded and fertilizers are applied. Harrison said despite the purchase, golf maintenance workers may still need to manually water with a Gator during fertilization because the spring months are so critical for fertilization — before it turns hots and the nights are no longer cool.The vote came after a 35-minute discussion during a special meeting held at the council chambers. No one from the audience had the opportunity to speak.Wellington Council member Jim Valentine, who cast the lone dissenting vote, asked Harrison if he honestly believed the golf course would close without a new irrigation system.Harrison responded that if anyone was to drive to the golf course today, there would be at least 30 cars with Sedgwick County license plates.“If we don’t provide a quality product, yes they will go elsewhere,” Harrison said. “Wichita is already saturated with too many golf courses. We would like to keep the number of Wichita golfers we now have.”Council member Jan Korte suggested that the council should table taking a vote until they can figure out where they could get the funding.Wellington Chief Financial Officer Shane Shield said currently there is nothing in the budget concerning this project. He did suggest that the $150,000 that was pledged to the building of a new golf clubhouse could be used for the irrigation system. Of those funds, $30,000 have already been used.Korte asked Harrison if he was willing to use that money instead for the irrigation system.Harrison said without an irrigation system there would be no need for a clubhouse because there would be no grass to play. He did say the clubhouse upgrades were to bring the building up to ADA standards.The discussion shifted into a more philosophical debate on how much funding the city should allocate toward the golf course.Valentine said the city should 1) put it on an election ballot to see how much money should be designated for golf course purposes or 2) shift into making the golf course completely privatized.Council member Vince Wetta said he is a golfer but if the conditions of the course were to deteriorate he would look elsewhere to golf.“There are a lot of little communities that have dinky golf courses,” Wetta said. “We call those golf courses cow pastures. I don’t want to see our course turn into a cow pasture.”Harrison provided the council with the benefits of putting in a new irrigation system. He said the new system would implement watering only during weather related cycles. It could detect days when water is needed and when it doesn’t. He said the old system relied strictly on timing which meant if the sprinklers were scheduled to go off at 2 a.m. they would despite there being a torrential downfall of rain at the moment.“A lot of water can be saved with this new system,” Harrison said.There was also discussion on how much treated water is used on the course. Two of the four wells on the golf course are currently functioning, Harrison said.————In other action, the council:•Went into two 30-minute executive sessions for the discussion of real estate acquisitions.•Appointed Jennifer Heersche to the Wellington Planning Commission replacing WPC chairman Diane Page, who died earlier this month.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (42) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down jason · 236 weeks ago Yep that will be the tax payers. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 236 weeks ago unbelievable! A city that is in need of street repair, empty business buildings down town and you spend money that is not even in the budget on a luxury for a few rich playboys? Just another nail in the coffin. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down turkeyleg jones · 236 weeks ago If Mr Wetta thinks it is such a good deal, why doesn’t he and the rest of the golfers that use it pay for it. Raise the money themselves instead of the taxpayers. Just more of “let’s buy it now and worry about how we are going to pay for it later”. A quarter of a million could fix a lot of things Wellington actually needs. A place for a few people to chase around a little white ball and drink beer is not one of them. I can see why Wellington is going down. “CHARGE IT!” Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +24 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 236 weeks ago Now let’s see if I get this right: The city gripes all the time about the hospital needing support to make it’s utility payments, even though the city actually owns the hospital, same as it owns the traffic signals, city building, water plant and so on. Several months ago the city approved 75,000 to pave a parking lot at Worden Park, so a select few people who actually use said venue a few months out of the year wouldn’t get mud on their cars. And now the city council approves 225,000 for an irrigation system for the gold course, and doesn’t even have a plan to fund it. Our city streets, not to mention the water mains are in such dis-repair it’s not even funny. We just enacted probably the largest fee increase in lord knows how long, the school district is howling like a pack of wolves for more funding. I think there’s something wrong with this picture. What ever happened to planning a budget that the city can afford and then sticking to it. How many excess vehicles and equipment does the city have setting around that could be sold and taken off the insurance premium? I’m sure there are several other things that we could look at to reduce expenses. Report Reply 1 reply · active 236 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down jeff · 236 weeks ago What is the problem with these public servants? Reprehensible disregard for the resident, the taxpayer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Jim Bob · 236 weeks ago I hope all of these investments we have been a part of start paying off soon, I do not know how much longer my budget can take it. I am already under water and trying to figure out just where the last tax raise was going to come from. Sure wish the recovery people are talking about comes my way soon. Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Wellington first. · 236 weeks ago This is great news! The course will look so good, it will bring in so much more money…… Report Reply 1 reply · active 236 weeks ago +22 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 236 weeks ago One word: How How in the world is this justifiable? Totally agree with Jim, this should have been brought to a public vote!!!! Between Worden Park parking lot and this, wow is all I can think. “The council gave the approval without designating a revenue source for the new expense.” Impeach all who voted yes!!! We need to worry about US instead of the 30 cars from Sedgwick county. Seriously!!! Use your heads city council.!.!.! Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Not smiling · 236 weeks ago I don’t fly, but I am paying for an airport expansion…. I don’t need pavement at the end of a dirt road, Worden Park…. I don’t golf, but I get to see a new sprinkler system water the highway…. (I want to see the ROI for this) 9% sales tax already…. Swimming pool that loses money… um perhaps raise the entrance fee???? I couldn’t afford to water my lawn, due to the utility rate, but heck I guess I can go to the golf course if I want to see live grass. Maybe the mysterious “fuel factor” on my utility bill is helping these city servants make ridiculous decisions. Thanks Jim, for the only common sense vote, twice! Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Fedup215 78p · 236 weeks ago The city council is out of control. They have their own agenda and to hell with the citizens of this town. With the exception of Mr. Valentine none of them seem to have our best interest in mind. If we don’t get the new irrigation system Vince Wetta is going somewhere else to golf? Bye bye and don’t let the door hit you. I don’t think I can take you another month let alone another two years. How do we start the impeachment process? Let’s get it going and going now or this is going to be a ghost town in no time. And why was this meeting held yesterday without the public knowing about it? What was so important it couldn’t take place at a regular meeting? And why would you vote for something you don’t even have the money for? Report Reply 0 replies · active 236 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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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Cheptegei on new shortlist for Athlete of 2019 award

first_imgUganda’s Joshua Cheptegei holds the national flag after winning the Men’s 10,000m final at the 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships at the Khalifa International stadium in Doha on October 6, 2019. PHOTO AFPKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei is one of five finalists picked for the Male World Athlete of the Year 2019 award.With just 12 days to go until the World Athletics Awards 2019, the names of the five finalists for the Male World Athlete of the Year 2019 were confirmed today.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday 23 November.There was a three-way voting process to determine the finalists. The World Athletics Council and the World Athletics Family cast their votes by email, while fans voted online via our social media platforms. The Council’s vote counted for 50% of the result, while the Athletics Family’s votes and the public votes each counted for 25% of the final result.The finalists are:Joshua Cheptegei (UGA)– won world cross-country title in Aarhus– won world 10,000m title in a world-leading 26:48.36– won Diamond League 5000m title Sam Kendricks (USA)– won world pole vault title– cleared a world-leading 6.06m to win the US title– won 12 of his 17 outdoor competitions, including the Diamond League finalEliud Kipchoge (KEN)– won London Marathon in a course record of 2:02:37– ran 1:59:40.2 for 42.195km in ViennaNoah Lyles (USA)– won world 200m and 4x100m titles– ran a world-leading 19.50 in Lausanne to move to fourth on the world all-time list– won Diamond League titles at 100m and 200mKarsten Warholm (NOR)– won the world 400m hurdles title– undefeated indoors and outdoors at all distances, including at the Diamond League final and the European Indoor Championships– clocked world-leading 46.92, the second-fastest time in history*****SOURCE: IAAFShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more