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07Nov/19

International flavour at 2014 X-Blades National Touch League

first_imgYou can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksWorld Cup 2015 By BEN HARRISWith a little over 400 days until the 2015 Federation of International Touch World Cup, preparations for the sport’s premier event have been stepped up.The 2014 X-Blades National Touch League is an opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their skills before the April 29 to May 3, 2015 event at Coffs Harbour.Players try to impress Australian selectors, referees want to get notice and international teams look for an edge.Two of the visiting nations that will feature at the World Cup are Japan and Papua New Guinea (PNG).The international sides are playing at this week’s NTL championships to get experience and to prepare themselves the best way possible.Both countries have sent a couple of teams to Coffs Harbour this week to play.Japan has sides in the mixed open, men’s T-League and two teams in the women’s T-League divisions.PNG teams are playing in the men’s and women’s T-League competitions.It has been a learning curve for both countries but that is what this endeavour to the NTL was all about.“We are preparing for the World Cup next year and the NTL is at the same field, the same place and the same stadium [as the World Cup],” Japanese mixed open’s coach Satoru Ozawa.“Most of the players in the Japanese team don’t have any international experience so this is about getting that experience.”The mixed team have yet to win a game while it is more promising in the T-League competition.Japan has won three matches in the men’s and women’s T-League divisions.PNG has also found success in the young division with the men’s side beating South Queensland Sharks (B), Victoria and South West Queensland Swans.The women’s team have pushed their rivals all the way.For developing touch football nations like Japan and PNG, Ozawa said it was hard at times.“In Japan, we have no mixed competition at all so they don’t have any experience,” Ozawa said of his team.“Everyone is excited. Of course we want to win more games.“I want to challenge teams.”last_img read more

28Oct/19

a month agoChelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James will face Grimbsy

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard: Hudson-Odoi, James will face Grimbsyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi will make his first-team return in the League Cup on Wednesday against Grimsby Town.This follows his recovery from an Achilles injury.The England international was forced off during the draw against Burnley in April and underwent successful surgery days later. The winger will feature alongside Reece James, who is yet to make a competitive appearance for Chelsea’s senior side following a season on loan at Wigan.Asked about the duo, manager Frank Lampard told Chelsea’s official website: “They’ll be involved on Wednesday night.”We need to look at players that haven’t been playing so much. We will pay Grimsby due to respect but it certainly is minutes for certain players that haven’t been there.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28Oct/19

21 days agoChelsea boss Frank Lampard: Fikayo Tomori my project player

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: Fikayo Tomori my project playerby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says his “project” player Fikayo Tomori has long justified his faith in him.The centre-back joined Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Ross Barkley as the four Chelsea Lions in Gareth Southgate’s England squad this week. “I put trust in him early in the season – I think that was obvious with the way the pre-season went with the centre-backs,” said Lampard. “At the moment, he has really delivered and long may that continue. I think there is a lot more to come still.“Last year as Derby he was fantastic. But you don’t know until you put players in. Against Sheffield United at home was a game where I thought he deserved his opportunity for his training.”Those are the rules here. You have to train at a level. Then he gave me a big problem because he played so well and he has continued to do that. Yes, he is a project in a way but a nice one because everything you want him to do, he stands up and delivers.” last_img read more

30Sep/19

Jason Day Deserves An Ovation But Give The Field A Golf Clap

Heading into last weekend’s PGA Championship, Australia’s Jason Day had cracked the top five in nearly a third of the major championships he’d entered. He finished in the top 10 nearly half of the time. But he’d never hoisted one of those shiny trophies they give the tournament winner. That changed Sunday, when Day won the PGA Championship, breaking the record for lowest to-par score (-20) in a major.Yet Day’s record-shattering performance also highlights just how easy it was to go under par at the majors this season. While Day’s week at the PGA ranks No. 1 according to cumulative strokes below par, it’s nowhere near the best in modern history1Which, for the purposes of this article, began in 1958 — the first year the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format. if we examine it using our familiar z-score system, which measures each performance relative to the field (by how many standard deviations a player’s score was below the field average, for players who made the cut).Z-scores reward not only excellence relative to par, but also dominance in comparison to one’s peers on the same course at the same time. And Day’s competitors also shot very well when held up to Whistling Straits’ par-72 standard: The average of players who made the cut was 3.6 strokes under par, which ranks fifth-lowest of any major tournament since 1958. That number explains the big disconnect between Day’s amazing to-par score and his middling (by major-winning standards) z-score:Last weekend’s low-scoring PGA Championship also capped off a season of great performances by the field in majors. July’s British Open featured the lowest to-par scoring average (-5.6) of any major since 1958, and April’s Masters Tournament (-2.4) ranked 11th-lowest. Combined, this year’s quartet of majors saw the lowest scoring average (relative to par) of any season since 1958, and the only time in that span that the average cut-maker across all majors in a season was under par.The majors in 2014 ranked second-lowest, so we’re seeing an unprecedented spate of low-scoring performances in recent seasons, though it’s not clear what’s driving the trend. We can turn to the usual sources of speculation: technological improvements outstripping course designs, a (subconscious?) movement toward friendlier scoring conditions to improve golf as a television product, an incredible font of young talent emerging in the wake of Tiger Woods’s heyday, etc.Whatever the cause, it’s leading to players like Day going low on the game’s biggest stage, even if their performances aren’t historically great relative to their peers.He didn’t win the PGA Championship, but Jordan Spieth is still having one of golf’s greatest seasons. read more

18Sep/19

Neuer From now on we only have finals

first_imgCaptain Manuel Neuer insists that Germany must consider their two remaining group games in the World Cup as “finals” from now onThe reigning champions suffered a disastrous start to the defence of their crown when they lost 1-0 to Mexico on Sunday with a Hirving Lozano first-half goal proving to be the difference at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Germany will be under an extreme amount of pressure to defeat Sweden this weekend in Sochi in order to avoid a shocking early exit at Russia.Neuer, who recovered in time from a broken foot, to take his place as Joachim Low’s number one goalkeeper for the World Cup insists that the team must take each game now as seriously as a final.“From now on, we only have finals. The players have to show what they can do but I am convinced that we can do it,” said Neuer, according to Punchng.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…The 32-year-old is refusing to get overly concerned by the situation and believes that the best remedy is to turn their full focus on to Sweden now.“Complaining about what happened doesn’t change anything, we all know that,” he said.“We have to try to put this behind us as quickly as possible.”Germany are hoping to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to successfully defend their world title.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Emery doesnt rule out another Arsenal signing

first_imgWhile he is satisfied with the players he has in his new squad, Unai Emery is refusing to rule out signing any new recruits ahead of his maiden campaign in charge of ArsenalThe Spaniard has big shoes to fill this season after being chosen to replace Arsene Wenger as the new manager of Arsenal this summer and Emery has wasted no time in making his mark at the Emirates.The 46-year-old has acquired five new players for Arsenal in the current transfer window in the likes of goalkeeper Bernd Leno, defenders Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stefan Lichtsteiner and midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.The Gunners are currently in Singapore ahead of their preseason tour, that will see them face Atletico Madrid on Thursday in their first match of the International Champions Cup (ICC).But, with an opening fixture against Manchester City awaiting them in the Premier League in just over two weeks, Emery is refusing to rule out adding some more talent to his squad.“I am very happy with how the club is working and we are working every day on how we can improve,” he said, as stated on the Independent.“I am with the players and those who have arrived this week, I am very happy with and I said at the last press conference that if there is an opportunity to try to sign one player, then we are looking.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Thursday: @Atleti ?? Saturday: @PSG_inside ??Time to up the intensity ? pic.twitter.com/y1L05JgWXn— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 25, 2018Closing the transfer window on August 9 will mark a change in the Premier League after all the competing clubs voted in favour of it.“For us, the decision to close the transfer market on August 9 is good because we start the Premier League and it is better to close the window when the competition starts.“They haven’t done it in Spain, or Italy or Germany, but for us I think it is good.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Robben loves his time at Bayern Munich

first_imgDutch superstar Arjen Robben is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and is hungry for titlesArjen Robben is one of the legendary players in Bayern Munich.The Dutch footballer is celebrating ten years with the German Bundesliga club and talked to the club’s official website to talk about his legacy.“I don’t think I expected to be here for so long – but then again, yes. I’m always a realist, and I know the world of football moves fast,” he said.“It could have been very different.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s not as easy as many people say it is,” Robben said about the club’s chances to win the Bundesliga.“We have to go full throttle to clinch the title. It’ll be another fight this season, but we’re ready. I’m glad it’s starting up again.”??⚽ pic.twitter.com/HRGYYSkpjh— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) October 14, 2016last_img read more

18Sep/19

The Best Thibaut Courtois rules the goalkeeping world

first_imgThe now Real Madrid goalkeeper won the award thanks to his fantastic performances while playing with Premier League club Chelsea last seasonBelgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made tons of noise during the summer, after being transferred from English Premier League club Chelsea to Spanish La Liga side Real Madrid.The 26-years-old played with the Blues from 2011 to 2018, with a three-year-loan to Atletico Madrid.But during the summer he was transferred to Real Madrid, where he has just appeared in three occasions under the goal.Nonetheless, his great performances in North London made him deserve The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award today.He beat Hugo Lloris from Tottenham Hotspur and Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…This is the first time the Belgian has won the award and might help him kick-start his career in the Spanish La Liga tournament.The Best FIFA Goalkeeper: 2017: Gianluigi Buffon – Juventus 2018: Thibaut Courtois – ChelseaCongratulations, Thibaut Courtois 👐Winner of #TheBest FIFA Goalkeeper 2018 🏆#FIFAFootballAwards pic.twitter.com/N1XVG9uYTf— #TheBest (@FIFAcom) September 24, 2018last_img read more

18Sep/19

Zaniolo excited about his football career

first_imgThe 19-year-old has debuted for Roma against Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and recently he was called to the national teamNicolo Zaniolo debuted with Italian Lega Serie A club Roma in a UEFA Champions League match against Real Madrid this season.His good performances have also made him shine and was called to the Italy national team too.And the 19-year-old is very excited about this.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I expected a lot less to happen than what actually did. I would like to continue on this path. My debut at the Bernabeu against Real Madrid for the Champions League was crazy, I could not describe it,” he told Gianluca Di Marzio.“My legs were trembling, thank goodness De Rossi was there to give me a hand. Once on the pitch, however, I only thought about playing football.”“I did not expect the call-up to the Italian National Team. I was in front of the TV when I found out. I called my father and we went to Coverciano,” he commented.“I hope that in the future I will succeed, I played with champions like Chiellini and Bonucci and I tried to learn as much as I could although I had little time available. Mancini told me that he believes in me very much and that now he will show me how much I’m worth.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Gattuso on Suso and Milans team for Olympiacos

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has dropped a hint on Suso’s fitness concerns and game plan ahead of the Europa League decider against Olympiacos.Milan can go through with a draw or even a defeat, depending on goal difference but Gattuso is cautious of his approach for the tie“This is a fundamental game for the club and all of us. We’ll be in a fiery atmosphere, but that disappears once you take to the field. We’ve got to focus on the game on a technical and tactical manner, not just psychological,” said the Coach in his Press conference published on Football Italia.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I have to use my experience and pass that on to the players for how they should face the game. Every player is different and has his own characteristics, so not everyone needs the grit I put into matches.“Olympiacos is one of the best sides in Europe when it comes to possession and we mustn’t underestimate the match. We can’t just play in the old-fashioned Italian style of defend and counter. I want to see some character and for us to take control.“It’s important to point out that Olympiacos play good football, they’re not just heart and nothing else. If we look at their players, they’ve got more international experience than us. We cannot underestimate them.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Possible Champions League draw for English teams

first_imgWith all English teams set to feature in the draw for the Champions League last 16, there is a huge possibility they could face some tricky ties considering their group stage positions.Man City finished as group winners despite an opening day defeat at home to Lyon, while Liverpool, Spurs, and United could only settle for the second spot.While the three second-place finishers will be delighted to move onto the next stage, they might not be as happy when they learn their fate in the last 16 draws on December 17.UEFA rules state that teams who played in the same group cannot be drawn against each other, and neither can teams from the same country.With that in mind, these are the potential opponents for the Premier League teams in the upcoming draw.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Man City’s potential last 16 opponents: Roma, Ajax, Schalke, Atletico MadridMan United’s potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto.Spurs’ potential last 16 opponents: PSG, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus.Liverpool’s potential last 16 opponents: Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto, Juventus, Barcelona.last_img read more

18Sep/19

Wijnaldum Liverpool will fight on till the end

first_imgGeorginio Wijnaldum has urged his teammates to fight on despite the blip they suffered at the Etihad Stadium.The Reds unbeaten run came to an end after Man City beat them 2-1 on Thursday night as goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane gave the hosts three points.Firmino’s equaliser wasn’t enough to salvage a point for Klopp’s men but Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum believes the loss will not dent their title aspirations.“I think we did enough to get a point and we could have won it also,” Wijnaldum told Liverpoolfc.com after the final whistle at Etihad Stadium.“We were quite unlucky with the chances but we also could lose it – like we have now. We just have to keep the confidence and try to win the next game.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“They cleared well and we hit the post. They also had two or three chances so it could have gone either way; we could have won, drawn or lost. At the end, we were unlucky and they won the game.”“We knew before it would be a hard game and we would have to give everything to win the game,” said the Netherlands international.“A few games this season we were lucky we have scored goals, and tonight we were quite unlucky with the chances that we had. That’s football.“Sometimes you have games where you score a lot and score with every chance that you get – and sometimes you don’t. What we have to do now is to keep our confidence and win the next game.”last_img read more

18Sep/19

Robert Huth retires from football

first_imgFormer Leicester City defender Robert Huth has announced his retirement from football after reports linking him with a move to Derby County.While responding to claims that he’s set to join Frank Lampard’s Derby County on an 18-month deal, Huth also revealed that has retired from playing football.Three-time Premier League winner 🏆@robert_huth has announced his retirement from football.More: https://t.co/4jMeUvdmLO pic.twitter.com/Q3l66opxGO— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 11, 2019Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.According to Sky Sports, the 34-year-old replied to the Twitter report saying: “This literally couldn’t be less true,” Huth said. “I’ve retired! (I just haven’t done an interview and cried about it).”Huth had quite a successful career playing only in England, as he represented Chelsea, Middlesbrough, Stoke, and Leicester.The defender came up through the Youth system at Chelsea and won two Premier League titles at Stamford Bridge during Jose Mourinho’s first spell in charge.He made 42 appearances for Chelsea and scored no goals, and left in 2016 to join Middlesbrough.The German center back would later Stoke City after three years at the Riverside Stadium and was part of Leicester’s squad that won the Premier League title against all odds in 2016.last_img read more

17Sep/19

TURKS CAICOS TO TOUGHEN UP ON ILLEGALS

first_img TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closure TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:governor peter beckingham, haiti, illegal migrants, memorandum of understanding, MOU, pnp administration, premier, turks and caicos Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Nov 2014 – A measure similar to what the Bahamas Ministry of Foreign Affairs instituted for immigrants is coming for the Turks and Caicos. Announced last week by the Premier during what he dubbed, his mid-term address the nation’s leader commended the work of the coastal radar and pledged his administration’s commitment to building its capacity within the new budget year… but he also said for illegals already living in the Turks and Caicos, there is a plan. QUOTE. Regularizing those here justifiably and documenting those which are not in the country on legal status is a stride the PNP Administration is prepared to activate. Law enforcers said the nation’s leader are already being prepared. During a recent trip into Haiti, HE Peter Beckingham, the Governor also promised the Haitian government to aide in a registration of its citizens in The Turks and Caicos. The words of the MOU between the two countries have been agreed to now, it is just left for the documents to be signed. Turks and Caicos islanders among those from the outside watching the situation with bated breath as The Bahamas on November 1st took a stern stance on illegal migrants; while the move has brought backlash… it has seen hundreds of non-documented migrants rounded up, deported and has received acclaim from Bahamian citizens. Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haitilast_img read more

17Sep/19

Forbes murder trial pushed to Sept

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Related Items:attorney Arthur Hamilton, Christopher Forbes, murder, trial Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, TCI July 18, 2017 — While murder-accused Christopher Forbes seeks additional counsel, his trial has been pushed back to September, 2017. Forbes, 33, is charged with two heinous murders which shocked the nation last year. The victims, two young Dominican women, Yuneiry Veras and Sonrineida Moreno Arias, were killed in April and July respectively. Both women’s bodies were found in bushes in remote areas of Providenciales. Forbes is currently represented by attorney Arthur Hamilton and the trial was set to begin July 13. However, Forbes is seeking a QC in addition to Hamilton and to facilitate this, the case has been postponed to September. Forbes is a Bahamian, TCI Belonger who worked as a bouncer at the time of the murders.#MagneticMediaNews#ForbesMurderTrial Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019 Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Freeport Man Killed in ‘The Ghetto’, Homicide Count Now At 100last_img read more

17Sep/19

Sheriffs Deputy injured in twovehicle crash in Vista

first_img KUSI Newsroom August 27, 2018 VISTA (KUSI) – A two-vehicle crash sent three people to a hospital, including a sheriff’s deputy, authorities said Monday.The crash occurred shortly after 3:10 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of East Vista Way and East Bobier Drive, San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. Hernan Gonzalez said.A deputy dispatched to investigate reports of a stabbing in the area of Laguna Lane and Arcadia Avenue was traveling northbound on East Vista Way in a patrol SUV with emergency lights and siren activated, Gonzalez said.The deputy entered the intersection of East Vista Way and East Bobier Drive when a 53-year-old man driving a 2017 Lexus SUV entered the intersection from westbound East Bobier Drive and the vehicles collided, Gonzalez said.The deputy was transported to Palomar Medical Center to be evaluated and treated for minor injuries, Gonzalez said.The Lexus driver and a 51-year-old woman riding in the Lexus were transported to Palomar Medical Center with complaints of pain, Gonzalez said.Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be factors in the collision, Gonzalez said.The sheriff’s Vista traffic division was investigating the collision. Posted: August 27, 2018 Sheriff’s Deputy injured in two-vehicle crash in Vistacenter_img KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:24 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

02Sep/19

Full Show An Update On The Reservoirs And Advice For Filing Flood

first_imgOn Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: As the cleanup and recovery effort from Harvey continues, there’s still a lot of water in area reservoirs. We check in on the status of our over-taxed flood system in Greater Houston. Also this hour: We bring you advice on how to file an insurance claim in the aftermath of flooding. And Tilman Fertitta is buying the Rockets for $2.2 billion.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

02Sep/19

Homeowners Join Lawsuit Against Crosby Chemical Plant That Burned After Hurricane Harvey

first_imgPlaintiffs are seeking more than $1 million in damages, the suit says.Bureau Veritas declined to comment Wednesday afternoon. Arkema said earlier this month that it would “vigorously defend a lawsuit that we believe is gravely mistaken.”Officials have compared smoke from the thousands of pounds of burning organic peroxides to what emerges from a campfire or barbecue and maintained that it was a “non-toxic irritant.” The Environmental Protection Agency said earlier this month that “surface level water runoff results were less than the screening levels that would warrant further investigation” and air testing “found no exceedances” of required levels.But the lawsuit criticizes company executives for “repeatedly [denying] that the chemicals were toxic or harmful in any manner … Plaintiffs relied upon these representations and suffered serious bodily injuries as a result,” the suit says.The fires started in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, whose floodwaters took out the plant’s primary and backup sources of power. Without refrigeration, organic peroxides in the plant began to degrade, culminating in a series of explosions beginning Aug. 31 and continuing over the next several days.Residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the plant were evacuated for a week while the chemicals burned. When they returned to their homes, they were advised to wear protective clothing and drink bottled water. Chemical Safety BoardThe Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas is covered in debris after a series of chemical fires that occurred as a result of floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.Eleven plaintiffs and a new defendant were added Wednesday to a lawsuit against Arkema Inc., an international chemical company whose plant near Houston spewed clouds of smoke from a series of chemical fires earlier this month after it was inundated by six feet of floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.The updated lawsuit alleges that Arkema and the new defendant, Bureau Veritas — an air quality monitoring company that Arkema contracted to conduct testing in the vicinity of the plant — failed to properly advise first responders and neighbors about the dangers of fumes from the fires, which spewed black smoke high above the plant in Crosby. The lawsuit, originally filed Sept. 7 with seven first responders listed as plaintiffs, has since swelled to include six additional first responders as well as a slate of area homeowners who claim that in addition to property damage related to the fires, they suffered “upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, itchy, burning eyes, tight, burning throats and the like — illnesses and injuries that did not exist prior to the explosions and fires at the Arkema facility and illnesses resulting from and exacerbated by the explosions and fire at the Arkema facility.”Medical personnel and police officers called to the first fire in the early hours of Aug. 31 “began to fall ill in the middle of the road,” and were “doubled over vomiting, unable to breathe,” the lawsuit claims. Sharelast_img read more

01Sep/19

Campbell Pens Book Giving Hope To Family Caregivers

first_imgBy MARK F. GRAY, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comChallenges in caring for loved ones with special needs can cause pressure on those who must make their lives comfortable in later years.  The needs to be met are both practical and emotional and often put strains on family relationships.Author Teraleen Campbell understands the pressure that goes with caring for an indigent family member in their final years.  As an only child she faced the task of caring for her mother as an only child for the last six years of her mother’s life.As her mother’s caregiver, author Teraleen Campbell used her own experiences as inspiration for the book “Carefree to Caregiver,” which has been published for National Caregivers Month. (Courtesy Photo)In her book from “Carefree to Caregiver,” Campbell discusses what caregivers face when trying to comfort loved ones who need full time attention and the affect it can have on their lives.  She uses her experiences from the time caring for her mother as a way to tell help shed light on facing the challenges of her responsibility and to provide counseling to those who may be approaching this critical juncture in their lives.“It can be a difficult road when you’re trying to take care of a parent or a spouse when they can no longer do for themselves,” Campbell told the AFRO.  “When the normal routine of life is lost, and you have to assume that responsibility it can be overwhelming”.Family caregivers are the unsung heroes of this generation. With baby boomers living longer – even with health challenges – their support has become vital in handling the personal matters that accompany those twilight years.Instead of framing the narrative in a desperate light, she puts her challenges in an inspirational form that paints a picture of optimism and gives the reader hope.  The book is formatted as 31-day devotional book. Each daily passage provides an inspirational reading in addition to a prayer and space for journaling.Being a caregiver is not limited to providing medical care. It also includes working with medical staff to ensure that quality care is provided.  Additionally, there are often legal and financial considerations.In most cases, caregivers feel unprepared for the level of responsibilities that they must assume. Long term caregiving can lead to burn out, especially if the caregiver has not adjusted their life to successfully balance their new role.“I realized the importance of taking some time to focus on me and what I was dealing with, in addition to processing what was happening in my life. I became mindful that if I wasn’t healthy, I couldn’t adequately care for my mother. “According to data from AARP, 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child for at least 12 months. Nearly one in six working adults have responsibilities of providing care for a family member. Additionally, 69% of working caregivers caring for a family member or friend report having to rearrange their work schedule, decrease their hours, or take an unpaid leave in order to meet their caregiving responsibilities. These situations can adversely affect the mental and physical health of the very caregivers who are providing support for others.Campbell, who is also a minister at Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., noticed as she was putting her stories to paper that there were not many books that addressed the African American community’s perils when facing becoming caregivers.  She hopes that this book will help to make it easier for those families to address the issues to prepare them for the hard decisions they will face, should they become caregivers.“In our community people don’t want to discuss transitional lifestyle decisions,” Campbell adds.  “Its tough handling things by yourself and hopefully this book will be of comfort and support”.last_img read more

28Aug/19

Traffic chaos on A500 as car bursts into flames moments after crash

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being advised to avoid the A500 after a car burst into flames just moments after the road cleared following an earlier crash. Firefighters, from Sandyford and Hanley, are in attendance at the scene on the northbound carriageway near Tunstall. An earlier crash, also on the northbound carriageway, had caused congestion to back up around four miles towards Sideway roundabout. The dual carriageway fully reopened by 3.25pm, but fire crews were called to the latest incident just 10 minutes later. Read MoreDrug dealer jailed for eight years after £300,000 stash of crack cocaine found hidden in Stoke-on-Trent woodland   A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We were called at 3.36pm to the A500 north near the Tunstall turnoff following reports of a saloon car on fire. “Crews from Sandyford and Hanley are in attendance and are using breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze. “The car was well alight on arrival and a fair amount smoke is billowing across the road.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more