Proposal could see Champions League final on Aug. 29: BBC

first_imgTopics : European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) is working on a proposal that could see the remainder of the Champions League condensed into a week-long mini-tournament with the final taking place on Aug. 29 in Istanbul, the BBC has reported.Football, as with most sports around the world, has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic, with all major European leagues suspended and the Champions League stalled in the middle of its round of 16.UEFA wants the Europa League final to be held in Gdansk on Aug. 26 and the Champions League final played three days later, the report said. UEFA is considering two options, one of which is to hold the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals across two legs in July and August. This would only be possible if domestic leagues restarted in June.The second option is to play the remaining Champions League ties as one-off fixtures after the end of the domestic seasons and could see the remainder of the competition played out over the course of a week.Both options would be discussed at UEFA’s Executive Committee meeting next Thursday, the report added.The Champions League final was originally scheduled to take place in Istanbul on May 30 and the Europa League final was due to be held in Gdansk three days earlier.last_img read more

How to beat the banks at their own game: use this home loan cheat sheet

first_imgHome loans are likely to be harder to get in 2018 due to tighter lending restrictions.4. MORTGAGE STRESS TO AFFECT MORE HOUSEHOLDSDigital Finance Analytics reports that mortgage stress affects more than 921,000 households nationwide. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis could climb to more than one million by the end of 2018.DFA attributes the problem to rising living costs, slow wage growth, and larger mortgages (due to rising home prices). THE ICONIC QUEENSLANDER IN DANGER 5. MORE BORROWERS TO DITCH THE BIG FOUR BANKSMore borrowers are likely to refinance their home loans away from the big four banks this year. This trend was demonstrated last year using data from HashChing which showed the greatest exodus (37 per cent of national borrowers with the big four banks) from Commonwealth Bank. With smaller lenders offering variable rate home loans as low as 3.56 per cent, it might be time to jump ship. The Reserve Bank of Australia is expected to raise the official cash rate this year. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.2. FIXED RATE DEALS IN FOCUSThere will be a greater mix of very low “special” rates to try and attract first time buyers and owner-occupied refinanced business. Many lenders will focus on fixed rate deals, taking account of lower funding rates, but this may change later in the year in line with a strong likelihood that the Reserve Bank will lift the official cash rate. BUY BY THE BEACH 3. MORTGAGE LENDING STANDARDS TO TIGHTEN FURTHERFirst home buyers will need to stump up a bigger deposit to get into the market, according to Digital Finance Analytics principal Martin North.“As a result, I expect more first time buyers will get help from the “Bank of Mum and Dad”, which can be worth as much as $88,000,” he said. Property prices are expected to continue to cool nationally in 2018. Image: AAP/Glenn Hunt.8. MORTGAGE BROKERS TO CONTINUE TO SETTLE MOST MORTGAGESThe latest industry data shows Australian mortgage brokers settled 55.7 per cent of all residential mortgages during the September 2017 quarter, which is up from 53.6 per cent in the same quarter last year. While upcoming changes to mortgage broker commission structures will result in lower lending volumes, brokers will still maintain significant share and their overall footprint will likely continue to increase. It might be time to ditch the big four banks in 2018. Photo: AFP/Peter Parks.6. PROPERTY PRICES TO CONTINUE TO COOLTougher lending restrictions on investors and interest-only loans has increased housing supply, leading to a slowdown in property prices in Sydney and Melbourne. The national median house price index fell to 0.3 per cent in December, according to CoreLogic data, and this trend is expected to continue in 2018. New residential construction is likely to stay strong, as recent building approvals flow through, but there will be a fall in the number of high-rise units released to the market — especially in Melbourne and Brisbane. BRISBANE SET FOR FIRST $20M HOME SALE 7. THERE WILL BE MORE FIRST HOME BUYERS Softening property prices, greater housing supply and government grants/stamp duty concessions (in states such as NSW, Victoria and Queensland) will see more first home buyers enter the market in 2018. In the first week of the year, HashChing noticed a considerable uptick in web traffic, with a 12 per cent increase in home loan inquiries from first home buyers compared to the same time last year. What you need to know to beat the banks when it comes to your home loan in 2018.WITH interest rates expected to head north this year — and the banks to follow suit — you’ll need to know to beat them at their own game.Online mortgage marketplace HashChing and independent consultancy Digital Finance Analytics have shared their top eight mortgage predictions for 2018.Here’s your very own home loan cheat sheet:1. MORTGAGE INTEREST RATES TO KEEP RISINGIf you’re looking to buy a home or refinance your mortgage, aim to get it finalised sooner rather than later because the consensus among HashChing brokers is that the major banks will continue to nudge interest rates higher. HashChing broker George Kozah said the average home loan standard variable interest rate of 5.08 per cent (according to could rise about 75 basis points to 5.83 per cent by the end of the year.Most economists also expect the Reserve Bank to lift the official cash rate from its record low of 1.5 per cent in the second half of this year. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE last_img read more

PensionsEurope launches reports on DB and DC design

first_imgThe majority of new pension design ideas use elements from the development of defined contribution (DC) plans, but defined benefit (DB) plan features still have a role to play in “future proof” pension design, according to PensionsEurope. The argument was the premise of one of two reports that the European pensions trade association launched last week.“PensionsEurope is a thought leader in Europe and we have designed these two reports to stimulate discussion and debate around defined benefit and defined contribution pensions,” said Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope.“Good outcomes need to be at the heart the industry and we are confident that the thinking outlined in these publications will help the industry to develop going forward.” The DB-focused report – “Towards a New Design for Workplace Pensions” – discussed the use of DB pension design to strengthen workplace solutions in Europe in the midst of a shift towards DC schemes.“Looking into the strengths and weaknesses of, threats to, and opportunities for DB pension provision, one could conclude that future-proof workplace pensions should not entirely move away from a pure DB system to a pure DC system,” said PensionsEurope. “Rather it makes sense to maintain the strong elements of DB and to combine them with strong elements in the DC world to find a balance between the two extremes.”Introducing the report, Bouma described it as a manual for a new design for DB workplace pensions, aimed at member states and stakeholders “reflecting on or introducing or reforming already existing workplace pension systems”.The other PensionsEurope report – “Principles for Securing Good Outcomes for Members of Defined Contribution Plans Throughout Europe” – covered elements such as plan design, communications, administration, investments, costs and charges, and decumulation.“In light of the increasing reliance on workplace DC pension plans throughout Europe, it is essential that individuals have confidence that workplace pension plans operate in their interests, are robust, well-run and offer value for money,” said PensionsEurope.The reports can be found here.last_img read more

Model gay adoptive ‘fathers’ sexually abused 6-year-old for years

first_imgLifesiteNews 3 July 2013Police in Australia have described as “depraved” the case of a six-year-old boy who was sexually abused by his adoptive homosexual “fathers” and other men who were part of an international child-porn syndicate known as the Boy Lovers network. Authorities in Australia and the US worked together to arrest and charge the men after it emerged that the boy had been offered to men in Australia, the US, France and Germany for sexual exploitation and the production of child pornography from a very young age. Last week one of the men, an American named Mark J. Newton, 42, was jailed in the U.S. for 40 years and ordered to pay $400,000 in restitution to the child, while the other, Peter Truong, 36, from New Zealand, awaits sentencing in his home country.…. Adam was handed over to Newton and Truong five days after his birth in 2005. Australian media covered Adam’s arrival home, describing the two men as happy, loving fathers. In a case of bitter irony, in one article Mark told a reporter that authorities had questioned he and Peter at length when they first brought Adam to Australia, and that he was sure that they were under suspicion of pedophilia. But, he said, “We’re a family just like any other family.” On July 14, 2010, when Adam was 5 years old, ABC Far North Queensland broadcast a story titled “Two dads are better than one” which stated that “becoming parents was hard work for gay couple Pete and Mark, but they’d do it all over again if they had to.” dads are better than oneABC 14 July 2010… What followed was two and a half years of bureaucracy before the child received permanent Australian residency and another year before he got citizenship. On arrival in Australia customs quizzed Mark and Pete for hours. Police were also sent around to their house on a Sunday morning to investigate. “When people see two guys together, you know it’s like, ‘Where’s his mother?’ We’ve had a lot of people ask that,” Pete said. “I think that even if one of us was a woman, we wouldn’t have had the same suspicions and problems that we went through.” Thinking back to the police visit, Pete said the police seemed to want reassurance that the situation was ‘right’. They checked if the couple had equipment to raise a child like a bed, clothes and bottles. Mark said he’s sure that they were under suspicion of paedophilia. But despite the difficulties, he said the couple would do it again with no hesitation. “We’re a family just like any other family,” he said with pride. read more

DSWMC wants public to respect the smart bins

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions LocalNews DSWMC wants public to respect the smart bins by: – February 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share DSWMC Public Relations Officer, Jeno Jacob.A month after the launching of the “Adopt –A-Block” initiative in Roseau the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation (DSWMC) is making a special appeal to citizens to respect the smart bins and refrain from damaging them.The initiative gives businesses within the City the opportunity to take ownership of the various “blocks” around the city which they believe will enable business owners to feel a sense of pride for their respective blocks; thereby ensuring its cleanliness and general upkeep with the understanding that cleanliness also translates into good business.To date, several businesses have supported the initiative and a total of 60 smart bins have placed within the City; however Public Relations Officer of DSWMC, Jeno Jacob has reported that one of the bins has been vandalized.Smart Bin outside the All Saints University in Roseau“The Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation is seeking support from the general public to protect the Adopt-A-Block bins in the City of Roseau especially during the Carnival season. Over the weekend one of the litter bins sponsored by Jays Bookstore on Independence Street in Lagon was set ablaze.”Jacob is asking the public to “respect the bins to claim them as their own” as they have been erected as part of the initiative in ensuring a cleaner City of Roseau.He further warns that the smart bins should be used to disposing of litter such as snack wrappings and not tree cuttings or dead animals.“We’re also asking them not to throw cigarette butts in them, grass, tree cuttings, dead animals etcetera.These smart bins are only for litter such as snack wrappings, cans, tins, bottles and such items.” He complimented and thanked the business owners who have supported the initiative thus far and cautioned people “who are bent on destroying the bins and are saying to them that if they are caught they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Lady Lions JV Softball Team Roars Past Lady Dogs

first_imgThe Rushville Lady Lions swept The JV Batesville Lady Bulldogs 15-5 and 20-8 in a Softball Doubleheader.Batesville vs. Rushville JV Baseball Game 1 (5-9)Batesville vs. Rushville JV Softball Game 2 (5-9)The Lady Bulldogs JV Team’s next game will be on Tuesday (5-13) at East Central to battle The Lady Trojans.Submitted by Batesville Coaches Jody Thomas and Mike Ploeger with Max Preps.last_img

Bengal Start

first_imgThe Bengals are off to a 3-0 start and will face New England in their next game.  This game should give the fans a good idea on whether the Bengals can compete for the Super Bowl this year.  They have already defeated the Ravens on the road, and a win over the Patriots would go a long way to erasing some of the disappointments that the fans have endured in past years.This years Bengal team is very consistent in all aspects of the game.  They can pass the ball, run the ball, and their special teams are very good.  The new offensive and defensive coordinators are off to great starts in their positions just like the team is.The continuity with Marvin Lewis at the helm appears to be paying dividends as this Bengal team hasn’t shown the mental lapses that have plagued the Bengals in past years.  After Sunday we should have a good idea on how this season is going to play out.last_img read more

Coleen Shirley Crowell

first_imgColeen Shirley Crowell, of Napoleon, passed away peacefully at her home on December 15, 2017 with her family by her side. Shirley was born in Shingle Branch, Kentucky (Knott County) on January 4, 1941, the daughter of the late Arthur and Rachel (White) Collins. She moved to the Batesville area at the age of four.Shirley attended the Batesville school system for 11 years and moved to Napoleon for her senior year and graduated from Napoleon High School in 1959. She met her husband Gene in her senior year of high school. Gene still refers to her as the prettiest girl in their class.She married Gene Crowell at St. John’s Lutheran Church on April 23, 1960 and her husband of 57 years still survives at home. They were blessed with three children; Tony, Tami and Tricia.Shirley was a homemaker and an excellent cook and thoroughly enjoyed her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy! Her heart was always full of love with an ear ready to listen and a hand willing to help others. She was a giving person who always put the needs of others before her own. She loved Christmas time, always making a big deal out of it for her family, from decorating, cooking and buying many presents. Perhaps it is only fitting that she received her greatest gift of all at this time of the year….Being in Heaven with her Lord! She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.Along with Gene, those surviving who will cherish Shirley’s memory include her daughter, Tami Burress and her husband Don of Madison, Indiana; and daughter, Tricia O’Donovan and her husband Ryan of Cambridge, Minnesota; four grandchildren, Adam (Kasey) Burress, Derek (Andrea) Burress, Ashley (Shawn) Karle, Erica (Luke) Baumgartner, Rachel and Will O’Donovan, four great grandchildren, Karly and Sophie Burress, Jackson Karle, Chase Baumgartner and one brother, Algar Collins of Delaware, Indiana and many nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tony Crowell on April 27, 2001; three brothers, Elwood, Clarence and Mark Collins.Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Neal’s Funeral Home. The funeral will be Monday, December 18, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napoleon. She will lie in state at the church from 10:30 am until the funeral at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Napoleon. The family has requested that memorials go to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in care of the funeral home.Services entrusted to Neal’s Funeral Home. www.nealsfuneral There’s still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the Neal’s Funeral Home from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on December 17, 2017.last_img read more

131 IMCA Modified drivers on ballot for Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (July 22) – One hundred and thirty-one IMCA Modified drivers are on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Twenty-eight of the 30 starters in the Sept. 8 race at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway will be elected in a pair of polling sessions.Three drivers from each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds will be elected during polling from July 24-27; 13 more will be elected from an at-large pool be­tween July 31 and Aug. 3.All voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page. Completing the starting grid for the 30-lapper will be All-Star candidates with the top national point to­tal and the most 40-point feature wins as of Aug. 31 competing at Super Nationals.By home region, the 131 drivers qualified for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot in­clude:Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Randy Artz, Chaz Baca, Tanner Black, Randy Brown, Cody Burke, John Campos, Mark Carrell, Kellen Chadwick, Rick Childress Jr., Chris Clark, Duane Cleveland, Casey Delp, Ethan Dotson, Logan Drake, Chase Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, Eddie Kirchoff, Danny Lauer, Ryan McDaniel, Jeremy Meirhofer, Joel Myers, Jeff Olschowka, Cory Sample, Robby Sawyer, Brian Schultz, Paul Stone, Wade Taylor, Ricky Thornton Jr., Nick Trenchard, Jesse Williamson, Collen Winebarger and Justen Yeager.Razor Chassis South Central Region – Dean Abbey, Chase Allen, Dean Deming, Neal Flowers, William Gould, Kevin Green, Matt Guillaume, Brandon Hood, Josh McGaha, Kevin Sustaire, Eric Tomlinson and Fred Wojtek.Jet Racing Central Region – Drew Armstrong, Eddie Belec, Steven Bowers Jr., Brady Coen, Tate Cole, Curtis Cook, Darron Fuqua, Ryan Gaylord, Jordan Grabouski, Justin Gregg, John Han­sen, Daryl Hay, Corey Lagroon, Hunter McDonald, Hunter Marriott, Clay Money, Aaron Monie, Jeremy Payne, Anthony Roth, Johnny Scott, Jeff Taylor, Jesse Taylor, Cole Traugott and Justin Zeitner.Side Biter Chassis North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Austin Arneson, Eric Barnes, Josh Beaulieu, Jarrett Brown, Kyle Brown, Cayden Carter, John Corell, Troy Cordes, Mark Dahl, Eric Dailey, Russ Dickerson, Tracy Domagala, Corey Dripps, Tyler Droste, Darin Duffy, Greg Durbin, Patrick Flannagan, Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin, Mike Hansen, Mat Hollerich, Jeff James, Mike Jergens, Justin Kay, Billy Kendall, Kurt Kile, Benji LaCrosse, Eric Martini, Colt Mather, Bob Moore, Brian Mullen, Jay Noteboom, Tad Reutzel, Rob Rose, Joel Rust, Ryan Ruter, Lucas Schott, Mark Schulte, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Jesse Sobbing, Ricky Stephan, Aaron Turnbull, Tim Ward, Jeff Waterman, Mike Wedelstadt, Spencer Wilson, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Chance Allen, Jason Barnhill, Matt Cole, Myron DeYoung, Keith Jack Lamphere, Rich Michael Jr., Chaz Pray, Kyle Rutkoski, Kyle Strickler, A.J. Ward and Will Ward.last_img read more

St. Nick’s Trojans Sweep St. Larry’s Panthers

first_imgThe St. Nicholas Trojans 5th and 6th Grade Boys’ Basketball teams hosted the St. Lawrence Panthers in their last home game of the season Thursday evening.  The 5th rade Trojans were victorious over the Panthers 33-24.  The 6th Grade Trojans narrowly escaped with a win by a score of 28-25. Courtesy of Trojans Coach David Hoff.last_img