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Zuma says South Africa Ready 50 Days Before World Cup Kick-Off

first_imgBy Dialogo April 23, 2010 South African President Jacob Zuma says his country is ready for the football World Cup, and predicts a memorable event. He was speaking during ceremonies 50 days before the tournament kicks-off on June 11. President Jacob Zuma told a crowd of fans in the central city of Kimberly that the football World Cup will allow South Africa to tell the story of a continent alive with possibilities, whose population embraces people from other nations and cultures. “This is the single, greatest opportunity we have ever had to showcase our diversity and potential to the world,” said President Zuma. Mr. Zuma said his government had spent nearly $5 billion on bolstering infrastructure for the World Cup and this would benefit the country for years to come. He said the preparations already have had a significant impact on the South African economy. Officials hope the World Cup will create 60,000 permanent new jobs and add nearly one billion dollars to economic production. Mr. Zuma said now is the time for all South Africans to take ownership of the event and create the conditions for its success. “We are ready in every respect and I believe that our warmth, our South African-ness is going to be displayed,” said Mr. Zuma. “We are going to be a nation that will behave, that will show the world that we are ready to host and that Africa is ready.” With seven weeks to go until kick-off, construction has been completed on all of the 10 stadiums that will host World Cup matches. The new terminal at Johannesburg’s international airport was inaugurated Tuesday and a new airport at the southeastern city of Durban, is to be inaugurated in two weeks. South African security forces say they have been carrying out crowd control and anti-terrorism training and measures have been put in place to protect visiting teams, foreign dignitaries and fans. Police officials have assigned 40,000 officers specifically to World Cup events and say they have spent $180 million on new equipment.last_img read more

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Can Government Clean Up Funky Lake Ronkonkoma?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The summers when 20th century celebrities such as Greta Garbo and Jackie Gleason frequented the beach resorts that hugged the shores of Lake Ronkonkoma are long gone. Now the pavilions have vanished, the shores are contaminated with trash, and the polluted water often poses a health threat. Twice in July swimming was banned because of high levels of bacteria.Considering its present condition, it’s hard to imagine that Lake Ronkonkoma ever drew thousands of people. Today it’s earned a reputation as a symbol of environmental neglect because an assortment of municipalities are either unwilling or unable to cut through the bureaucratic tangle of red tape that surrounds Long Island’s largest freshwater body.The policy failures resonate far beyond its shores. Between historic poor land-use decisions that placed unsewered homes around the lake leeching nitrogen into the water and unresolved municipal hand-wringing over how to best address the area’s economic blight, its ongoing plight serves as a microcosm of LI’s larger regional challenges.Thanks to the Island’s many layers of governance and a distinct lack of coordination among them, our environment suffers. Our wastewater woes continue unabated, traffic congestion goes unaddressed, and unwise development choices continue. Fragmentation is the enemy of regional cohesion and planning.Recently Suffolk County Legis. Leslie Kennedy (R-Nesconset), whose legislative district includes Lake Ronkonkoma, explained the complex situation to CBS reporter Jennifer McLogan.“The bottom of the lake is owned by the Town of Islip, and some of the shore,” Kennedy said. “The Town of Smithtown has a small portion, the Town of Brookhaven has a portion, and the County of Suffolk has a portion.”This municipal mix has led to inaction—a concept all too familiar to Long Islanders—when it comes to dealing with the debris and pollution that plague the lake.After featuring Lake Ronkonkoma in her upbeat historic retrospective, News 12 Long Island’s Danielle Campbell learned first-hand how the once charmed area of her youth had suffered after years of neglect.“My grandparents lived a block from the lake for more than 30 years,” Campbell recently told the Press. “I always knew the lake was in trouble. When I saw the burnt-out book store crumbling down into the lake’s shoreline, I knew something had to change.”Last September, the Book House, a book shop dating back to the early 1920s, burned to the ground after being shuttered for almost a decade. Its charred rubble spread from the shoreline into the water. According to Campbell, the county finally intends to address the issue this fall. But the question remains: Why did it take so long?To Campbell, Lake Ronkonkoma occupies the intersection of public funding and bureaucratic indifference.“Unfortunately, Lake Ronkonkoma is under the jurisdiction of four municipalities,” Campbell said. “Because of this, [the] responsibilities, goals and vision for the lake and its surrounding area are fragmented and unclear.”As a result, this mostly working-class area has been neglected for far too long.“It is hard to imagine other Suffolk County waterfront communities such as Stony Brook or Brightwaters facing a similar fate of dumped trash, piles of construction debris, broken glass, hypodermic needles and a water quality that at most times is deemed toxic,” she noted.She may be onto something. The Setauket Mill Pond in Frank Melville Park was choked and clogged with invasive weeds until a dedicated effort got underway that involved the park’s trust foundation, local residents, the local civic organization, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Town of Brookhaven. Together, they took concrete steps to forge a plan and address the issue.Meanwhile, Lake Ronkonkoma remains dirty and its beaches are strewn with litter. But this is a problem with a long history. Its water quality began deteriorating after World War II, when residences without sewers started multiplying around its shore.Since all lakes and streams on Long Island are fed by groundwater, Lake Ronkonkoma’s low water table has caused trouble for its homeowners, whose houses shouldn’t have been built there in the first place—a fact that residents and their realtors still seem to be largely unaware of. It’s led to headaches for those who had to fill their basements with cement to prevent flooding and to leaky cesspools discharging nitrogen into the lake. Local woes have grown while official responses have stagnated.In fact, the most actively involved branch of government in Lake Ronkonkoma seems to be the Suffolk Health Department, which is constantly banning swimming due to elevated bacteria levels after every heavy rainfall. A quick search on Google shows just how badly the water quality degrades after these runoffs.According to Campbell, an inter-municipal task force formed four years ago to address the lake’s woes, but they never met once. But change could finally be coming. Only recently, after residents came together and formed called the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group, did this task force schedule a meeting for September.The flurry of activity and publicity is welcome. Meanwhile, the DEC must join with Suffolk County to curb the runoff that chokes the lake with bacteria and curb the nitrogen loadings, and the lake’s municipal partners must coordinate their efforts to clean up the debris and improve the area’s quality of life.Lake Ronkonkoma will never replace the Hamptons. But if our local governments can’t clean up a two-mile long lakefront, how can we trust them to protect our drinking water or preserve our open space?Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s esteemed master planner. More of his views can be found on TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

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With the synergy of the public and private sector in Pazin, united in creating a new tourist offer

first_imgAll interested stakeholders from the area of ​​the City of Pazin and the narrower part of the Central Istria Tourist Board gathered in Pazin to work together to determine what makes Pazin unique. Workshops were held with the aim of designing a four-day tourist itinerary, and this is the next step in the implementation of the I-Archeo.S project.Namely, in January this year, the European project I-Archeo.S started. worth 1.176.243 euros, which includes six partners, the Abruzzo region, Teatro Marche from Ancona and Teatro Pubblico Pugliese from Italy and the City of Pazin, the Poreč Public Open University and the City of Crikvenica from Croatia. All six partners committed to work on the valorization of natural and cultural heritage and sustainable economic development by June 2019, when the project is implemented, with the aim of creating a concrete, innovative and sustainable tourist product, all outside the tourist season.The workshops were attended by all interested stakeholders from the area of ​​the city of Pazin from various cultural and tourist sectors, both public and private, who applied for the Public Invitation. During the two-day workshops, the workshops aimed to introduce the stakeholders to the I-Archeo.S project and to start designing a four-day thematic itinerary as well as forming a public-private cluster.At the beginning, the participants were introduced to the strategic guidelines for the development of tourism in Central Istria and the analysis of territories: special features of the territory, benchmarking and existing offers. On the first day, in addition to presenting the offer of stakeholders, they discussed the numerous, but still insufficiently recognized advantages of Pazin and how to make the best use of them. The second day for the workshop participants included the task of devising several topics for a tourist itinerary, which was then analyzed. The formation of the cluster and the design of the thematic itinerary will be worked on until the next workshop, which will be held in July and during which cooperation agreements will be signed.The new tourism product will be presented to tour operators in February 2019 to get acquainted with their content as well as the mobile application that will be realized within the project and which will serve as a form of promotion of Pazin tourism and a new itinerary. At the next workshop, to be held from 9 to 11 July, stakeholders will define the final thematic tourism itinerary. All those interested in participating can still get involved by responding to the invitation that will be published on the website of the City of Pazin.Get involved, because only with the synergy of the public and private sector can we achieve success, and they are well aware of that in Istria.last_img read more

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Survey: 23% of Croats are seriously planning a holiday in Croatia

first_imgThe results of the regular MasterIndex survey published today, conducted for Mastercard by the Improve agency, show that a third of Croatians are planning a holiday in the country. Cover photo: Pixabay.com However, the corona crisis and the uncertainty it brings have also affected the fact that only 23% of respondents are seriously planning a holiday in Croatia, which is as much as 33% less than last year. The coronavirus pandemic negatively affected the online purchase of airline tickets, tickets for cultural events, and travel arrangements, which approximately two-thirds of respondents bought less than usual, as expected. However, almost a third of respondents (31%) are planning a summer vacation in the country, but they are not entirely sure whether they will realize it.  The MasterIndex online survey on the habits of using financial services in Croatia and attitudes towards payment cards was conducted in April 2020 for Mastercard by the market research agency Improve, on a sample of 1.046 users of banking services in Croatia aged 18 to 55.  As the main reasons for not planning a vacation in the Adriatic, respondents point out financial insecurity (30%), the fact that they live on the coast (25%) and the impact of the pandemic (28%) – whether they do not believe in its end by early summer (17%) or in turn because they feel safer at home and try to reduce the risk of infection (11%).last_img read more

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Property expert Andrew Winter reveals his biggest selling no-nos

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:22Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:22 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter’s Spring Selling Tips01:23HE’S the man who can sell the unsellable home.But even property expert Andrew Winter admits he’s made mistakes that may have cost him a sale.So, with spring selling season in full swing, who better to ask how to not put buyers off when it comes to getting a house ready for sale than the host of Love It Or List It Australia and Selling Houses Australia. Here are his top five selling no-nos:TOP FIVE SELLING NO-NOS1. THE DIRTY TOILETRemember to clean the toilet. Picture: GettyIn his 25 years as a real estate agent, Mr Winter has been inside thousands of homes and seen just about all the selling mistakes you can think of.But he said what continued to shock him was how many homeowners were prepared to try to sell a property without simply cleaning it.Some of the biggest buyer turn-offs included an unclean toilet, dirty laundry and unmade beds, Mr Winter said.“In fact anything dirty!”2. PERSONAL TOUCHESThought about adding your own flavour to the home before showing it off to someone else?A few pieces of statement art, perhaps, or that water feature you’ve been wanting to buy for the living room.Maybe hold off.“Very strong colours, certain design features that only you will like … you have to tone it all down because some things can actually put buyers off,” Mr Winter said.3. A BAD FIRST IMPRESSIONMr Winter said it was important the first point of contact in a home was fit to make a good first impression.If the paint is peeling off your front gate, paint it.If your security intercom is dirty and cracked, clean it or have it replaced.Otherwise, Mr Winter warns it could send out “all the wrong signals” to potential buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago4. PESKY PETSMake sure potential buyers don’t see any mess created by your pets. Picture: GettyRemember it’s not just yourself you have to clean up after, but your pets too!“In the garden, the dogs can leave their messages,” Mr Winter said.“The cat’s litter tray, and even nasty odours — all can come from your pets, so don’t forget the pesky pet!”5. BEING UNPREPAREDRemember you’re not the only one trying to sell a home.Spring selling season is the most competitive time of year for buyers and sellers, with more homes to choose from.Mr Winter said it paid to know who your competition was and get ahead of them.“Know what you’re up against,” he said.“That way you can fight against the other listings and come out a winner.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling & buying tips with Andrew Winter01:18last_img read more

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Medsafe investigating claims on cannabis billboard

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 December 2019Family First Comment: “A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.”Exactly.Read our summarywww.SayNopeToDope.org.nz/medicinalMedsafe is “looking into” New Zealand’s first cannabis advertising campaign.The Advertising Standards Authority received several complaints this week after a billboard advertising cannabis as medicine was erected on Auckland’s Anzac Ave.Helius Therapeutics, a licensed medicinal cannabis company, launched the billboards following last week’s legalisation of medicinal cannabis manufacture, to “rebrand” cannabis.A spokesman for Medsafe, the regulator for medicines and medical devices,​ said it was not correct to say that all cannabis is medicine.“Sativex is the only cannabinoid product approved by Medsafe in New Zealand…Medsafe is aware of this campaign and is looking into it.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/109435600/medsafe-investigating-claims-on-cannabis-billboardlast_img read more

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Duterte: Water firms liable for graft, plunder

first_imgPresident Duterte made the statement as the Department of Justice announced that it is working to revise the concession agreements with Maynilad and Manila Water after they found several “onerous” provisions in the deals. MANILA – President Rodrigo Dutertewanted to talk with the people behind the controversial 1997 water concessionagreements as he insisted on not paying the Maynilad and Manila Water. “Hindi ito maareglo hangga’t hindi ko makausap ‘yung mga (water) concessionaire,” says President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO The President also claimed that the water companies have cheated the public of trillions of pesos for passing corporate income tax payments to the consumers and for their failure to establish wastewater treatment facilities “Kaya sabi ko, paano mo aregluhin ‘yan ngayon? They say na, “aregluhin natin.” How? How will I compromise? It’s plunder. That is the classic economic plunder. How can now I tell the people as President: Adre, p***, aregluhin na lang natin ‘to. Tell me. Tell me those f****… Tell me kung papaano ko sabihin sa tao?” he added.center_img “Trillion ‘to, sobra. The fact alone that all these years we were paying a fee para sa water treatment but it’s never came into being all these years. Then corporate income tax was passed on to the Filipino people,” Duterte said. “Kayagusto ko silang makausap. Hindi itomaareglo hangga’t hindi ko makausap ‘yungmga concessionaires,” the President said in a speech at the Malacañang onMonday evening. The President last week threatened to pursue economic sabotage charges against the water distributors as he claimed that Filipinos were being “milked by billions.”/PNlast_img read more

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Education vs. Fun

first_imgAll people my age can remember getting out of 7th period class to go to an athletic contest.  We also can remember, if not weekly, at least bi-monthly pep sessions.  It seems that all of us graduated on time and most of us did quite well as we went on to further our education.  However, today somebody has decided that not one minute of any school day can be used for anything other than academic instruction.  I would be willing to bet that the majority of the schools, especially those over 500 students, have not had a pep session in years.  I keep reading that club activities will have to meet before the school day or after the school day and the sponsors will have to volunteer their time to lead them.  I guess we learn nothing from history on how to keep a student alert, focused, and interested in education.  What is the old saying?–“all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy”.  I doubt if a 30-minute pep session on a Friday afternoon ever kept a student out of college.  Someone sitting at a desk in a state education department is pondering why students commit suicide at a higher rate now than what they used to.  I think I know one answer–all pressure and no fun!last_img read more

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Another Kansas special, another sweep for Grabouski

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (April 1-2) – Another early-season special in Kansas ended with Jordan Grabouski headed home to Nebraska with two more Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature wins and a pair of $1,000 checks.Grabouski swept Friday and Saturday feature events at Salina Speedway’s DirtFest, leading start to finish in 25-lap headliners both nights.“We have drawn good and the car has been really good,” said Grabouski, also the winner both nights at RPM Speedway’s Sunflower Classic the weekend before. ”We’ve had a lot of fun the last couple weekends. Hopefully we can keep that up.”Grabouski drew the outside row two start on opening night and the inside row two start on Saturday. Both features saw long green flag runs with Grabouski scored first every time around.Tyler Frye chased the leader into lapped traffic in the Friday show but couldn’t make up ground and settled for second.Corey Burch was third Friday and a distant second Saturday, when Justin Gregg completed the top three.Kyle Vanover won both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features and Daniel Gottschalk swept Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod mains.Stock Car runners-up were Angel Munoz on Friday and Casey Woken on Saturday. Austin Carter took third both nights.Zach McKinnon was second and Nelson Vollbrecht third in both SportMod shows.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners were Shannon Anderson and Jesse VanLaningham.VanLaningham was second and Shay Simoneau third behind the 14th starting Anderson on opening night. Cody Williams and Dana Brandt completed Saturday’s top three.One hundred-plus race teams competed at DirtFest.April 1 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Tyler Frye; 3. Corey Burch; 4. Jason Wolla; 5. Beau Davis; 6. Steven Bowers Jr.; 7. Joe Cleveland; 8. Justin Medler; 9. Shane Hiatt; 10. Jeremy Sorenson; 11. Brian Knoell; 12. Justin Gregg; 13. Kurtis Pihl; 14. Corey Lagroon; 15. Trevor Baker; 16. Mike Petersilie; 17. Jesse Richter; 18. Jerry Phillips; 19. Travis Olheiser; 20. Danny Morrison Jr.Stock Cars – 1. Kyle Vanover; 2. Angel Munoz; 3. Austin Carter; 4. Nolan Remus; 5. Jason Rogers; 6. Tyler Muirhead; 7. Casey Woken; 8. Jeremy Swanson; 9. Scot Granzella; 10. Dustin Newlin; 11. Rob Stenvold; 12. Tanner Thiel; 13. Tanner Portenier; 14. Craig Miller; 15. Keith Mattox; 16. Geoff Jermark; 17. Jerry Phillips; 18. Terry Blessing; 19. Chris Cates; 20. Cory Dumpert.Northern SportMods – 1. Daniel Gottschalk; 2. Zach McKinnon; 3. Nelson Vollbrecht; 4. Tim Echevarria; 5. Ryan Moser; 6. Tyler Watts; 7. Bryan Rigsby; 8. Kelly Henderson; 9. Brian Davidson; 10. Fred Traskowsky; 11. Kolton Vogel; 12. Brock Beeter; 13. Shane Meeks; 14. Chris Humphries; 15. Derek Smith; 16. Skylar Tuxhorn; 17. Kamren Gruber.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson; 2. Jesse VanLaningham; 3. Shay Simoneau; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Jason Cleveland; 6. Dana Brandt; 7. Mike Traskowsky; 8. Brady Bencken; 9. John Steele; 10. Dennis Berry; 11. Caleb Davis; 12. Elliott May; 13. Nicole Woods; 14. Travis Blythe; 15. Cody Williams; 16. Kurt Hansen; 17. Luke Wassom; 18. Tommy Fose.April 2 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Burch; 3. Gregg; 4. David Murray Jr.; 5. Wolla; 6. Bowers; 7. Hiatt; 8. Frye; 9. Medler; 10. Cleveland; 11. Knoell; 12. Phillips; 13. Morrison; 14. Richter; 15. Pihl; 16. Olheiser; 17. Sorenson; 18. Josh Blumer; 19. Lagroon; 20. Tim Watts.Stock Cars – 1. Vanover; 2. Woken; 3. Carter; 4. Swanson; 5. Rogers; 6. Portenier; 7. Phillips; 8. Muirhead; 9. Shaylon Holloway; 10. Mattox; 11. Newlin; 12. Stenvold; 13. Thiel; 14. Cates; 15. Erik Tipsword; 16. Mike Burian; 17. Jason Schoenberger; 18. Blessing; 19. Scott Miller; 20. Steve Durham; 21. Craig Miller.Northern SportMods – 1. Gottschalk; 2. McKinnon; 3. Vollbrecht; 4. Echevarria; 5. Moser; 6. Traskowsky; 7. Meeks; 8. Rigsby; 9. Davidson; 10. Dusty Blake; 11. Kelly Henderson; 12. Cameron Meyer; 13. Humphries; 14. Smith; 15. Gruber; 17. Vogel; 18. Wade Wagenblast; 19. Cody Olsen; 20. Beeter; 21. Tyler Watts.Hobby Stocks – 1. VanLaningham; 2. Williams; 3. Brandt; 4. Simoneau; 5. Traskowsky; 6. Hansen; 7. Tyrel Smith; 8. Fose; 9. Cleveland; 10. Tony Slothower; 11. Bencken; 12. Blythe; 13. Pete Beaumont; 14. Steele; 15. Woods; 16. May; 17. Berry; 18. Davis.last_img read more

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Fonte hails “massive” win

first_img Saints’ astonishing start to the campaign recently came to a shuddering halt, with the embarrassing midweek Capital One Cup exit to third-tier Sheffield United making it five successive defeats in all competitions. It would not have been a surprise if the club’s worst losing streak of the 21st century had continued on Saturday given the string of injuries and suspensions they had to contend with against Everton. “Once and for all I think we have to prove we can compete against these big teams “We’ll prepare ourselves first for Crystal Palace – that’s the most important – and then we’ll think about the others, but we want to prove we’re at the same level.” Saints certainly looked back to their early-season form against Everton, who welcome Stoke to Goodison Park on Boxing Day – a match in which Steven Naismith knows the players need to make amends. “Fortunately for us the games are going to come thick and fast now,” he told evertontv. “We’ve got the chance to rectify it in less than a week which is good. “Then after that we have two more games in the space of a week so we will definitely be ready for Stoke on Boxing Day where hopefully we can change the result from Saturday and push on.” Press Association However, Ronald Koeman’s side rallied impressively and ran out comprehensive 3-0 winners at St Mary’s, where efforts from Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida added to Romelu Lukaku’s first-half own goal. “It’s massive after the results that we’ve been having,” Saints captain Fonte said. “Not so much the performances, because I thought that we deserved more in a couple of games, but the fact is we had zero points in four games. “So, to have a performance like we had, and get the clean sheet – three points, three goals – just puts us on the right track to go on a good run again.” The win had extra importance as it was Southampton’s first point, never mind all three, against a team that finished above them last season. Defeats to Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United fed those suggesting that Saints could not cut it against the top teams and were only flying high due to a kind fixture schedule. The win against Everton, who finished fifth last term, is therefore an important marker, especially with home matches against Chelsea and Arsenal following the Boxing Day trip to Crystal Palace. “They are great games, again,” Fonte, suspended for the trip to old haunt Selhurst Park, said. Jose Fonte is determined to prove Southampton are a match for the Premier League’s best after securing a “massive” victory against Everton.last_img read more

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