Yemen rebels free 290 detainees

first_imgA Yemeni detainee is greeted by his relative and friends after his release from a prison controlled by Houthi rebels, in Sanaa, Yemen on Sept. 30, 2019. AP The International Committee of the RedCross said the Iran-aligned rebels, known as Houthis, freed 290 detainees. SANAA – Yemen’s rebels on Mondayreleased scores of detainees they had rounded up and held for years inrebel-controlled territory, a development that raised hopes of reviving stalledpeace talks between the warring sides.center_img Franz Rauchenstein, the ICRC’s chief inYemen, said the Red Cross facilitated the release following a request from theHouthis. He expressed hope this would open the door to “further releases tobring comfort to families awaiting reunification with their loved ones.” (AP)last_img read more

No coordination, no docking of OFW ships; OWWA hit for neglecting OFWs

first_imgThe 266 OFWs were residents of the following: * Iloilo City – 35 The OFWs from this city, provinces of Iloilo and Guimaras were temporarily quarantined at a hotel here. Only OFWs not infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, would be allowed to return to the region, he stressed. * Guimaras – five * Antique – 18 For his part, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. urged OWWA to make sure all Ilonggo OFWs from Manila are negative of COVID-19 before transporting them to Western Visayas. ILOILO City – Ships transporting repatriated overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will be turned away if the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has not coordinated with the city government, said Mayor Jerry Treñas. * Bacolod City – 24 On the other hand, OFWs from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental were dropped by Bacolod before the ship proceeded to Iloilo City./PN “Ang lain sa inyo kay plano-plano kamo, pag-abot sang problema itudlo ninyo sa amon,” said Treñas. OWWA did not have enough personnel, admitted its officer-in-charge, Connie Binarao.center_img * Aklan – 37 * Capiz – 12 Meals of the OFWs who were quarantined at a hotel here were delayed, and there was no regular checking of their health condition, such as their temperature. (Fever is one of the symptoms of COVID-19.) * Negros Occidental – 27. During Saturday’s meeting of the regional inter-agency task force on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Treñas skinned OWWA Region 6 for neglecting the Ilonggo OFWs whom the latter transported to Iloilo City from Manila on April 29. * Iloilo – 68 Last week, OWWA transported to Western Visayas 266 OFWs (mostly seafarers) stranded in Metro Manila. Five of them (four from this city and one from Guimaras) turned out to be positive for COVID-19 when their specimens were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center. Those from Aklan, Capiz and Antique were fetched by their respective provincial governments for quarantine in their hometowns. Office of Civil Defense Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez also reminded OWWA it was the latter’s responsibility to shoulder the food and accommodation of the repatriated OFWs. The Maritime Industry Authority, on the other hand, must make sure repatriated OFWs have travel authority, Nuñez added.last_img read more

Betty Koester

first_imgMary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Koester, age 93 of Batesville, Indiana passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016 at St. Andrews Health Campus.  The daughter of Walter & Mae (Ruleman) Borchelt was born on June 1, 1923 in Franklin County, Indiana just west of Batesville.Betty married Melvin Koester on October 4, 1941 on her parents’ Farm in Ripley County.  Together they raised 6 children.  He preceded her on October 19, 1988.    They were members of St. John United Church of Christ in Batesville, IN.She is survived by her children Rev. Lois Happe (Rev. Marjorie Mollar) of Storrs, CT, Barbara Foster (Rev.  Joseph R.) of Batesville,IN,  Linda Gavaldon of Long Beach, CA, Peg Mertz (Brent) of Lenhartsville, PA, Jim Koester (Barb) of Batesville, IN, and Joyce Jackson of Indianapolis, IN along with 14 grand children, 11 great grandchildren and brothers Alvin Borchelt of Indianapolis, IN and Dan Borchelt of Sunman, IN.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Lucille Williams, brother Bill Borchelt, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.Visitation will be Monday, August 15, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, with Funeral Services on Tuesday, 10:00am  at St. John United Church of Christ,(Huntersville) Batesville, IN.  Rev. Linda & Dennis  Frische-Mouri officiating.  Burial will follow in St. John Cemetery, Batesville, IN. Memorials may be given to St. John United Church of Christ kitchen fund or Heffer International c/o  Meyers Funeral Home p.o. box 202 Batesville, In. 47006last_img read more

Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Weekend of Conference Games

first_img April 20, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – After posting a 4-0 record at last weekend’s rain-shortened Gulf South Conference Crossover, West Florida is back in the race for a berth in the post-season tournament. This weekend, West Florida will host West Georgia and West Alabama in the final home stand of the season. Saturday’s double header will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m. start for Sunday’s double header.West Florida (27-20, 7-7 GSC) is currently in fifth place in the GSC East Division. West Georgia (30-26, 10-8 GSC) is one game ahead of the Argonauts in fourth place. The top four teams in the GSC East and West divisions advance to the GSC Tournament next month in Southaven, Miss.West Florida defeated three of the top four teams last week at the GSC Crossover in Decatur, Ala. Whitney Gay (Cantonment, Fla./Tate HS) hit two home runs in West Florida’s 6-5 win over Delta State. Later that night, Emily Burge (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) tossed her third career no-hitter in a 5-0 win over Christian Brothers. The following day, Gay homered again in a 10-3 win over GSC West frontrunner Arkansas-Monticello. Nicky VanCamp (Davenport, Iowa/Kirkwood CC) smacked a walk-off home run in West Florida’s 4-2 win over Southern Arkansas in Friday’s finale. For her offensive performance, Gay was named the GSC East Division Player of the Week.Ashlee Simpson (Decatur, Ala./Jefferson State CC) leads the Argonauts with a .333 batting average. VanCamp is hitting .455 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 14 conference games. After starting 1-5 against conference opponents, Burge has won her last three conference starts while striking out 34.Kim Weaver, Jessie Wise and Adrienne Clay are all hitting over .300 this season for West Georgia. Kate Thompson is the ace of the Wolves staff with a 15-9 record, a 2.32 earned run average and 143 strikeouts. West Alabama will face nationally-ranked Valdosta State on Saturday before playing West Florida on Sunday.Both games will be broadcast on Stretch Internet and the “live stats” feature will be available for both double headers. Go to the softball page on to follow the game. On Sunday, Simpson and Valerie Staub (East Brunswick, N.J./Wallace-Dothan CC) will be honored on Senior Day with a ceremony in-between the games of the double headerPrint Friendly Version Share Argonauts Prepare for Crucial Weekend of Conference Gameslast_img read more

Schmidt: Injury won’t worry Ireland

first_img Munster duo Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan enhanced their World Cup prospects with fine showings as both ended 29 months without Test rugby in a comfortable victory over Wales in Cardiff. Ireland start their Pool D World Cup campaign against Canada in Cardiff on September 19 and with Schmidt’s first serious squad cull on the cards, that tie inches ever more into overall consciousness. “I don’t think they’re ever completely out of the picture, because there can be injuries and there can be illnesses,” said Schmidt. “Selection gets harder and harder if guys keep putting their hands up, and that’s part of the selection conundrum that does make it a headache, but it’s the headache we want to be honest. “We don’t want something to be clear and obvious because someone hasn’t performed: we want to make decisions because two or three players have competed for the same spot.” Ireland’s stars will not be “spooked” by the hip injury that threatens to end Tommy O’Donnell’s World Cup chances, according to Joe Schmidt. Munster flanker O’Donnell required oxygen on the Millennium Stadium field after suffering a nasty blow in the closing stages of Ireland’s 35-21 World Cup warm-up win over Wales. The 28-year-old should learn his fate in the next few days, but his chances of finding fitness in time for the World Cup could be slim. Head coach Schmidt has not given up hope on O’Donnell, and insisted Ireland’s players will not fear injury across a month of warm-up clashes. “I don’t think any player gets distracted or spooked by injuries,” said Schmidt. “They know, they’ve been playing the game long enough. “I think if you’re spooked or distracted by something, then you’re more at risk, so I think they’ll just forge ahead.” Schmidt will cut his squad this week as the August 31 deadline to name his final World Cup 31 edges ever closer. Ireland face Scotland in Dublin on Saturday, by which time their training squad could be as many as seven men lighter. Ireland’s Kiwi boss anticipates several difficult conversations this week – but vowed that anyone omitted at this stage would not be completely in the cold. While it would be unlikely for anyone leaving the Ireland squad in the week to force their way back into the final World Cup squad, Schmidt is adamant that remains plausible. Press Associationlast_img read more

England appoint Chelsea coach Steve Holland as assistant on permanent basis

first_imgSteve Holland has been named England assistant manager on a permanent basis after an interim spell in the job.The 46-year-old, who is currently Chelsea’s assistant first-team coach, will work with England for the games against Germany and Lithuania in March.He will leave his role with the Premier League club in the summer to join Gareth Southgate’s team full-time.“If we want to be successful then we have to employ the best people and for me, Steve is the best,” said Southgate.Holland has worked as Southgate’s assistant since 2013 – first with England Under-21s and more recently with the senior squad, following Sam Allardyce’s departure as boss in September.“We have worked very closely for three years and I have upmost respect for the way that he works, his professionalism and the detail of his preparation,” added Southgate, who was made permanent England manager in November.“I’d like to thank Chelsea for allowing Steve to join up with us over the last three years.“It’s great that Steve is able to work with us on the March camp but getting him on a full-time basis is very important and I was more than prepared to wait until May for that to happen.”Holland, who managed Crewe from 2007 to 2008, joined Chelsea in 2011. He was part of the Blues’ backroom team for their Champions League and FA Cup double in 2012, the Europa League win in 2013 and the Premier League and League Cup double in 2015.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney rejoins boyhood club Everton

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, (Reuters)-Manchester United’s former England soccer captain Wayne Rooney on Sunday rejoined his boyhood club Everton on a two-year deal after 13 trophy-laden years at Old Trafford.The 31-year-old, who has moved to Goodison Park for an undisclosed fee, spoke of his excitement at returning to a club where he began his career after coming through the youth ranks.“(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle,” Rooney said. “I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”Rooney exploded on to the Premier League scene when he netted a stunning winner for Everton against Arsenal aged 16 and he moved to United two years later for a fee reported by British media to be 25 million pounds ($32.23 million).Scoring a hat-trick on his United debut against Fenerbahce in the Champions League, Rooney went on to play more than 550 games for the club, netting 253 goals to become their all-time leading scorer, eclipsing the great Bobby Charlton’s record.ENGLAND DEBUTRooney’s England debut came under Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson, aged 17, and he became the country’s all-time top scorer with 53 goals and the most capped outfield player with 119 appearances.At United he won the Champions League, five Premier League titles and the FA Cup and was Footballer of the Year in 2010.But last season he cut a disconsolate figure at times when he was no longer an automatic selection under manager Jose Mourinho and lost his place in the England squad.“It is no secret that I have long been an admirer of Wayne,” Mourinho said on United’s website ( “He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club and will remain in the history books for many years to come.“It is never easy to see a great player playing less football than he would like and I could not stand in his way when he asked to go back to Everton.”REAL CONTRIBUTIONEverton manager Ronald Koeman believes Rooney can make a real contribution to the Merseyside club next season.last_img read more

Man United must grasp the nettle and axe de Gea, says Keane

first_img(REUTERS) – Manchester United must get a better goalkeeper than David de Gea if they want to challenge for the Premier League title, former captain Roy Keane has said.Calls for de Gea to be dropped have grown since his mistakes in the FA Cup semi-final saw United beaten by Chelsea, and he spilled the ball again during Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Leicester City but recovered to deny Jamie Vardy.Keane said he had “never been a big fan” of the Spaniard. “He makes far too many mistakes, big mistakes that cost United big points,” Keane told Sky Sports.“… If United want to challenge for league titles, they need a better goalkeeper. They need a change, they’ve done it before. I don’t know what the big song and dance is about a goalkeeper, United have been doing it for years. “Strikers are dropped or sold, same with midfielders, but for some reason with goalkeepers they think we have to stick with the goalkeeper for a bit longer than others because of something they did two or three years ago.”Keane pointed to how champions Liverpool had loaned German shot-stopper Loris Karius to Besiktas and paid a then world-record fee for Brazilian Alisson.“We’ve seen Liverpool get onto another level when they improved the goalkeeper,” Keane added.  “What’s the big deal? If he (de Gea) isn’t doing it, he’s making mistakes, then make a change. “There are good goalkeepers out there.”last_img read more

USC endowment suffers small decline in 2016

first_imgThough the University’s $6 billion fundraising campaign is just $300 million shy of its seven-year goal, a report released Monday showed that USC’s endowment fell by 2 percent in 2016.According to L.A. Biz, a study conducted by the American City Business Journal reported a decline at USC from $4.71 billion in 2015 to $4.61 billion in 2016. The study analyzed 25 private, non-profit schools with large investment portfolios, specifically universities with endowments of $1 billion or more at the beginning of the 2016 fiscal year. The 2016 fiscal year ended for most universities on June 30, though some institutions have yet to publish their most recent data. USC, however, was not alone. Every university analyzed — except for Boston University — saw a decline in their endowment. According to the report, the cumulative loss of these particular endowments were 4 percent of their value, or $5.3 billion. Southern Methodist University reported the greatest percentage loss at 8 percent, dropping from $1.55 billion to $1.42 billion.The findings indicate this may be the worst year for private colleges since 2009, when the decline was a much greater 16 percent loss following the Great Recession. Fredd Puddester, the chief financial officer at Williams College, told L.A. Biz the drops could be attributed to a “particularly ugly year” in equity markets. The University has undergone a $6 billion fundraising campaign since 2011. The campaign aims to, among other things, raise funds specifically to increase the endowment. $5.7 billion has been raised from donations by 312,403 alumni, parents and faculty to date, according to the campaign’s official website. Of the money currently raised, $1.4 billion will be devoted to endowing faculty positions and research endowments, and $359 million will be devoted toward endowed student scholarships and fellowships.last_img read more

Munster’s European hopes dashed

first_imgMunster’s European Champions Cup hopes of a place in the knockout stages have been dashed.It’s been a disastrous afternoon for the province in their Pool 1 away game to Saracen.Chris Ashton got two of the Saracens three tries in a 33-10 win at Allianz Park. Owen Farrell also kicked 18 points for the home side.Denis Hurley got Munster’s only try with 11 minutes remaining.It was a must win game for Munster they went down to Sarries, who fell just short of a four try bonus point.last_img read more

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