“I am very pleased that we have been able to find a solution to ensure that Wigtown has banking facilities throughout the Book Festival.“During this busy time for the area it is important that businesses and visitors have access to banking facilities.“The Wigtown Book Festival is a fantastic event which brings people from far and wide to the region to enjoy the culture, arts, crafts, food and drink that are on offer.” In a meeting with a representative of Bank of Scotland, Finlay received assurances that the town would be serviced by a fully accessible mobile branch. Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP, Finlay Carson said: However, there had been concerns raised that with the branch due to close in the middle of the book festival, the town would be left with no banking facilities for the remainder of the festival, leaving visitors and local businesses with no alternative. Today, after pressing the bank to find a solution, it has been confirmed that the mobile branch will step in to ensure that the town is fully serviced with banking facilities throughout the festival. The news comes after it was announced that the Bank of Scotland branch in Wigtown would close later this year, leaving the town with no bank. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInLocal MSP Finlay Carson has secured banking facilities for the Wigtown Book Festival.
Share Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 20 Views 3 comments LocalNews Union to meet with Public Works staff by: – March 9, 2013 General Secretary of the Dominica Public Service Union, Thomas LetangThe management of the Public Works Corporation has failed to meet a March 8th deadline to pay outstanding salaries to its staff. The deadline was issued by the union representing the staff, the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU).The Corporation has not paid its staff since January month end as they are reportedly experiencing cash flow problems, its manager Eddie Henry has said.“We were not able to meet the deadline,” Mr. Henry told Dominica Vibes News on Friday afternoon.The Union’s general-secretary Thomas Letang issued the deadline on Thursday March 7th as staff is owed salaries for two fortnights and one month.“The fact is the staff has not been paid, I inquired before I left yesterday afternoon. I will be returning on the weekend and will meet with the staff on Monday,” Mr. Letang said on Saturday, March 9th. Mr. Letang, Thursday described the situation as “unacceptable”, as it is creating “additional hardships on the employees” with regards to late fee penalties.However, Mr. Henry has said that part of the problem is that the Corporation does not receive payments for services rendered in a timely fashion.“We are constantly offering our services but the remuneration for payment of these services does not follow in a timely fashion, so it then prevents us from remaining current with many of our obligations, sometimes including salary and wages,” Mr. Henry said.The Corporation was on Friday in discussion with the Ministry of Finance and the Treasury to see how the payment could be fast-tracked.The government is the Corporation’s biggest clients, as it was created to undertake public works and falls under the Ministry of Public Works portfolio.The employees last protested in November 2011 over late salary payments.Dominica Vibes News
“We did not win a game in the Jones Cup but the fact that we were there for the first time meant we gained experience,” said Aquino during his appearance at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Amelie Hotel Manila. The Ilonggos failed to capitalized on an early advantage when it battled Ceres-Negros on July 10 at the PFF National Training Center in Carmona, Cavite to suffer a 2-1 defeat. The Gilas Pilipinas had very little time to train ahead of its Jones Cup debut. The team lost to New Zealand, Japan, Chinese-Taipei A, South Korea and Chinese-Taipei B. THE GILAS Pilipinas women’s basketball teamremains positive despite dropping all of its five matches in the 2019 Women’sJones Cup in New Taipei City in Taiwan recently. Ceres-Negros, on the other hand, will be entering the match as the fresher team coming from over a week of break. Its last match was still on July 22 — a 2-0 win over Green Archers United FC./PN Since then, however, the Noel Marcaida-mentored Kaya Iloilo tallied back-to-back victories, including a 5-0 domination over Mendiola FC 1991 a week ago to regain a share of top spot. The Philippine squad is bound to compete in the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup in Bangalore, India from Sept. 22 to 29. Then, next in line is the 30th SEA Games which the Philippines is hosting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11. *** National team head coach Patrick Aquino saidthey opt to look at the bigger picture as they prepare for forthcominginternational competitions, including the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Kaya Futbol Club-Iloilo seeks revenge when itfaces regional rival Ceres-Negros FC in the 2019 Philippines Football Leaguetonight at the Aboitiz Pitch in Lipa, Batangas.The match is slated at 7 p.m. Aquino, a five-time champion with National University in the UAAP women’s basketball tournaments. said he watched his team compete in the Jones Cup knowing there was so much to improve on. “We did not have the chemistry and the fluidity. The talent was there. It’s just that the other teams had chemistry,” Aquino said. “We will be a much better team heading to the SEA Games. I hope we can deliver.” Kaya-Iloilo hopes to regain the solo edge in the standings. It is currently tied with defending champions Ceres-Negros on top with 22 points each. “We had a tough time because it was the first time for our players, including the Fil-Americans, to play together. It was a short tournament. Our players had a tough time communicating inside the court,” he added. “We will be working on how to manage Ceres’ comfort on the ball. We need to manage the discipline and shape when we don’t have the ball,” Marcaida said. “If you give them enough space, they will really operate and create chances.”
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The President made his position known in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.He said “the away victory was not only tonic for Nigeria at a time like this, but also a confidence booster that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is well and alive.’’He said it was a sign of good things to come and urged the team not to rest on its oars until it eventually qualified for the global soccer fiesta. “This is but the first step in a long journey.However, that step has been well taken. An away victory at this level, in which the stakes are quite high, is remarkable.“The ultimate is to qualify for Russia 2018 and fly Nigeria’s flag alongside those of other giant soccer playing nations.I look forward to that,’’ he said President Buhari urged the team and their handlers to always keep their eyes on the ball to achieve victory in their subsequent matches.
Related TopicsCSU BasketballCSU Men’s BasketballCSU VikingsNCAA Vince McKee CLEVELAND– Fresh off of a shocking run to the Horizon League Tournament championship game, the CSU Men’s Basketball team is on the move again– this time to ItalyThe trip will take place Aug. 12-21. The Vikings will be allowed 10 practices to prepare for the game they will play in while in Italy. They held their first practice on Monday night.A full itinerary of the trip is listed below courtesy of Greg Murphy of the Media Communications team:The Vikings will fly overnight to Milan on Aug. 12, landing in Italy the morning of Aug. 13.The team will spend Aug. 13-14 in Treviso before heading to Florence from Aug. 15-17 where the Vikings will play their first two games, facing the Italy All Stars on Aug. 15 at 6:30 pm (12:30 pm ET) and the Tuscan All Stars on Aug. 17 at 8:30 pm (2:30 pm ET). The trip concludes in Rome from Aug. 18-20 with the final game of the tour against Stella Azzurra Roma on Aug. 19 at 6:30 pm (12:30 pm ET).In addition to the three games, the group is scheduled to take a Gondola Ride through Venice, visit Mercato San Lorenzo, take a bike tour of Florence, receive a guided tour of the Colosseum and visit The Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel.CSU will fly back to the United States the morning of Aug. 21 and arrive back later that nightGood luck to the guys, and on behalf of NEOSI, we wish you nothing but the safest of travels!
Rugby League Canberra Raiders are working to lock down Josh Papalii – one of the best value big men in the game – for life as 20-year-old centre Matt Timoko starts his own NRL career off the bench against Canterbury. Papalii is already contracted until the end of 2022 but has been in talks around a two-year extension believed to be worth more than $700,000 a season. Tying the Queensland Origin and Kangaroos prop down until 2024 would keep Papalii in lime green until past his 32nd birthday. Given his peer-voted status as one of the game’s best front-rowers – ranking behind only Manly’s Addin Fonua-Blake in NRL.com’s 2020 Players’ Poll – Papalii represents serious value for money for Stuart. Contemporaries including Andrew Fifita, David Klemmer, Jordan McLean and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are understood to earn more than Papalii. On a value for money basis only the likes of Fonua-Blake, Rooster Siosiua Taukeiaho, who earns around the same $700,000-mark as Papalii, and Brisbane tyro Payne Haas’s $3 million-plus, six-year deal, are in the same league as the Raiders enforcer. But Papalii is more than content raising his young family in the ACT and being the bedrock of Canberra’s premiership tilt, a scenario the club want to set in stone for the rest of his career. “At the end of his career we want him to be a one-club player,” Stuart said on Tuesday, having already dubbed him a Raiders great in waiting after a stunning display against the Gold Coast. “I talked very glowingly about him after the game on the weekend and I don’t take that back. “He’s one of our favourites here and I see him as a big part of our club going forward for a number of years and hopefully being in the community and always being that Raider, that favourite son. “I’m very fortunate being able to coach a player such as Josh.” Meanwhile, the Raiders will be without recent recruit Corey Harawira-Naera for Sunday’s clash with his old Bulldogs side, opening up a spot on Stuart’s bench. – NRL.com
New Delhi: After 11 years, India will be embarking on a full tour of New Zealand. Virat Kohli’s side will play five Twenty20 Internationals, three ODIs and two Tests starting from January 24 and ending on March 3. The five Twenty20 Internationals will be an important build-up for the upcoming World T20 which will be played in Australia in October 2020 and India will be gunning for a second slice of revenge. In 2014, India were hammered 4-0 in the ODIs and the Test series was won 1-0 by New Zealand. In 2019, India took revenge by beating New Zealand 4-1 in the ODIs but lost the T20I series 1-2. With the selection of the Indian cricket team taking place in Mumbai on Sunday, the side looks more or less settled but there could be some major additions to the team.The major inclusion in the side could be Hardik Pandya, who has been sidelined ever since the South Africa series with a back stress fracture. Pandya could be a vital addition in the limited-overs side as he could offer depth and options to Virat Kohli with both bat and ball. In addition to Pandya, the selectors might be tempted to pick either a 16-man squad or 17-man squad looking at how the Indian bench strength performed during the series against West Indies, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Shivam Dube was impressive in the series against West Indies and he could be the back-up all-rounder in case Pandya is rested.With Mohammed Shami rested for Sri Lanka, he could automatically slot in and be the third seamer in the side for the T20Is and ODIs, which could unluckily mean Shardul Thakur is on the benches.A Settled SquadWith some members of the Indian cricket team already embarking to New Zealand for the A tour, it will be interesting to see whether the selectors tinker with the side and make wholesome changes or they keep the core of the side settled.Hardik Pandya’s return will boost Virat Kohli’s team composition and give the side depth and options. (Image credit: Getty Images)While the T20 squad that played against Sri Lanka in the just-concluded series all but picks itself, Pandya, who is already in New Zealand with the A team, is expected to be included once he proves his fitness in the first couple of List A games against New Zealand, apart from two warm-up one dayers. With India A’s three List A games only ending on January 26, Hardik might be included by the time the January 29 third T20 International comes calling.Also Read | Virat Kohli Emphatically States He Does Not Favour Four-Day Tests”About Hardik, it’s only about checking out if he is fully fit for international cricket or not. He is very integral to India’s World T20 plans,” a senior BCCI official, privy to selection matters, told PTI on the condition of anonymity. It will be interesting to note if the ODI team is an extension of the T20 squad. The weakest link in the ODI team is Kedar Jadhav, who has managed to hold onto his 50 over slot amid pressure to replace him. In New Zealand, Jadhav’s technical frailties could be exposed and his lack of overs in recent times makes him a case for exclusion.Probable T20I SquadRohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Sanju Samson, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar YadavProbable ODI squadRohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Manish Pandey, Shubman Gill, Shardul ThakurProbable Test squadMayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Italy striker, Mario Balotelli wants to play with Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Milan as he makes a brave and bold assessment of his future.“I want to play with ‘Ibra’,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.Balotelli played with the hitman at Inter, and, having been at San Siro to watch his former team-mate in action in Sunday’s derby win over Inter, he wants to be part of the action.“I hope it happens. I want to play with Ibrahimovic. It doesn’t matter for which club,” he added.Balotelli wined and dined with Milan CEO Adriano Galliani on Sunday night and reports suggest they discussed a future there despite denials from agent Mino Raiola on Tuesday.Italy clash with Romania on Wednesday night and Balotelli is expected to start. He has inherited the number 10 jersey in Antonio Cassano’s absence.Source: Goal.com
Tony Olson (center) was national champion in IMCA’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. He is pictured with Speedway Motors President Clay Smith at left and IMCA President Brett Root at right. Speedway Motors is title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Tony Olson didn’t leave himself a lot of room for improvement when he won 27 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features and three local track titles last season.But he raised the bar even higher in 2016 with his career first IMCA national championship.“It’s kind of crazy how everything worked out,” said Olson, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Last year we were a couple points short but we learned a lot. This year we started figuring some more things out and had about the same number of wins at mid-season. The points race was close and it stayed that way ‘til the end of the year.”Olson won 29 features and repeated as champion at Benton County Speedway, Davenport Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway as well as the Allstar Performance Iowa State king en route to the national title.Eight different drivers led the national points race over the course of 2016. Olson enjoyed a two-week stay in the top spot of the standings in July and captured the national prize when bonus points from Davenport and Indee were figured in.“I really enjoy all the tracks I race at. Independence might be my favorite because my driving style fits real well there,” he said. “We got 20-25 cars a night at my weekly tracks and I like that. I race with a ton of my friends weekly and that makes it a lot of fun.”Olson had started racing at the age of 14 in the thunder mod class, the predecessor to the SportMods, at Vinton. He moved to the sanctioned division in 2006 and to the full-fledged Modified in 2008.“We liked the class and had some success (seven feature wins) but this was before the crate era in the Modifieds,” he explained. “We went through five or six engines and it became an expense thing. We went back to the SportMod so we could run a crate engine.”Olson ended as runner-up to Tyler Frye in last year’s national points race. He won 10 features at both Benton County and Independence, and took another nine checkers at Davenport this season.Two of his biggest paydays came just three days apart in mid-June, the $2,000 to win SportMod Challenge and the $1,400 to win Iowa Donor Network Urbana 5 Night special.Olson won his last five starts, and nine of his final 12 outings, and has 82 victories during his Northern SportMod career.“This season was pretty incredible,” said Olson, who shared the credit for all his accomplishments during the IMCA awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb. “I have the best crew in the world. They’re the most knowledgeable people and they worked their butts off for me.”Starts: 55Wins: 29Additional Top Fives: 21 HIS CREW: Parents Randy and Cindy, uncle Dave, girlfriend Bryanna Behning and Randy Behrends.HIS SPONSORS: Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Wehrs Machine and Racing Products of Bangor, Wis.; Cassill Motors, FYP Properties, Local Vizion, Sam’s Pizza and Texas Road House, all of Cedar Rapids; Precision Performance Shocks of Oxford; Shellsburg Car Wash; Mattress Firm of Iowa; Next Level Graphics DeZigns of Imperial, Mo.; and Superior Steering Wheel of Pharr, Texas.