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Santi Cazorla more talented than Steven Gerrard, reveals former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle Sinama-Pongolle never managed to measure up to the standards at Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘In training or in games, when Santi got the ball magic happened.’Liverpool signed Sinama-Pongolle as a teenager amid much fanfare, but the Frenchman never managed to fulfil his potential at Anfield.Sinama-Pongolle would be sold in 2006, but was part of Liverpool’s now famous 2004/2005 Champions League squad.After coming off the bench to play a crucial role in Liverpool’s comeback against Olympiakos in their last group stage game, Sinama-Pongolle would miss out on a spot in the squad that took on AC Milan in the final.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySinama-Pongolle then explained how his return to Liverpool following their epic comeback in Istanbul was a huge let-down.‘It’s the only thing about my time at Liverpool that leaves a bad taste,’ he recalled. ‘The organisation after Istanbul was an absolute disgrace. ‘The day after, those of us who weren’t in the squad for the final were put on a separate flight so the wives and girlfriends could go back on the main plane with the team. Advertisement Coral BarryTuesday 5 May 2020 10:16 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link339Shares Advertisement Comment Cazorla and Gerrard faced each other in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Florent Sinama-Pongolle branded Steven Gerrard the most ‘complete’ footballer he ever played with, but insists Santi Cazorla was more talented than the Liverpool legend.Cazorla, who is still playing at Villarreal, would become a household name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger and remains a massively popular figure in football.Gerrard has gone down as one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and Sinama-Pongolle played alongside ‘Captain Fantastic’ during some of his best years.‘Certainly the most complete player,’ Sinama-Pongolle told the Athletic about Gerrard. ADVERTISEMENT‘As a man, as a footballer, in terms of mentality, as a leader, yes he had everything. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But in terms of just talent, in my opinion I played with more talented players. Sergio Aguero at Atletico (Madrid) was amazing. ‘Genius — every time he got the ball. I played with Santi Cazorla at Huelva and he was just “wow”. One of the best. Sinama-Pongolle was on the podium for Liverpool’s Istanbul triumph (Picture: Getty)‘Our flight arrived a bit later but the bus around the city didn’t wait for us. ‘They claimed that there were so many people on the streets of Liverpool that the police needed it to start. It was unfair. ‘They should have waited for the squad players. When I got back to Liverpool, I just went home and cried like crazy.‘The night before everything was great. It was so exciting. I should have been on that bus. I was really sad about how the club handled that.’Who is the more talented player?Cazorla0%Gerrard0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Patrice Evra reveals death threats from jailed Liverpool fans after Luis Suarez racist abuseMORE: John Barnes suggests Kylian Mbappe’s ‘attitude’ makes him the wrong fit for LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.
However, some political parties have indicated that they do not want to force pensions on self-employed workers.Van As added that the scheme would also target employers to join BpfBouw’s voluntary pension plan for workers with salaries of over €60,000.However, the director emphasised that BpfBouw didn’t want to position itself as a “magnet scheme”, as most large sector-related pension funds had already merged into it.“And the remaining candidates joining, including the scheme for the wood-trading industry, would be difficult because of differences in coverage ratio as well as pension arrangements,” he added. BpfBouw, the €56bn Dutch pension fund for the country’s building industry, wants to boost its membership by attracting self-employed workers as soon as the Netherlands’ new pension model is agreed.In the scheme’s annual report for 2017, David van As, the scheme’s director, said that the pension fund aimed to attract tens of thousands of self-employed workers – known in the Netherlands as zzp’ers.The Dutch government and pensions industry have been debating how to provide retirement savings options for zzp’ers for some time.The country’s unions, including the largest, FNV, have demanded that pension provision for this group of workers is included in the new pension framework currently being discussed. BpfBouw wants to build up its membership by appealing to self-employed “zzp’ers”Currency hedge aids 6.6% investment return Meanwhile, the building sector scheme attributed one-third of its 6.6% annual result to its currency hedging strategy.In its annual report, BpfBouw said that its full hedge of the currency risks on its exposure to government bonds and hedge funds – as well as an 80% cover of the main currencies in its securities portfolio – had generated 3.4%.It had subsequently decided to reduce its dollar hedge from 64% to 61%.In contrast, it lost 1.2% on its interest rate hedge for its liabilities following interest rate rises, which had led to a decision to raise the interest rate cover from 40% to 45%.Last year, BpfBouw extended its stake in green bonds from €298m to €662m and decided to increase its holdings of care-related property from €24m at 2015-end to €500m by 2020. It also said that it wanted to have 12,000 solar panels installed on its real estate by then.The building scheme also credited the performance of its equity holdings for its return, with an overall result from equity of 10.9%. Emerging markets generated 22.9%, while property delivered 10%.BpfBouw’s infrastructure holdings yielded 4.7% as a reult of a positive revaluation of several projects.In contrast, the pension fund lost 0.9% on its 42% fixed income portfolio, despite gains from government bonds (0.8%) and inflation-linked bonds (1.4%). Credit and emerging market debt lost 2.9% and 1.1%, respectively.Hedge funds (-7.6%), opportunities, including copyrights (-11.7%) and commodities (-5.9%) also ended up in the red.In the annual report, the scheme’s board also lamented growing pressure from new legislation and the increasing amount of work it had to deal with from regulators.Because of increasing European regulation, the board said it feared an “unnecessary stacking of supervision and monitoring”.BpfBouw reported administration costs of €100 per participant and asset management costs of 0.62%, adding that it had spent more than 0.14% on transactions.At year-end, the building scheme had 775,600 participants in total, of whom 139,130 were active members and 249,060 were pensioners.At March-end, funding of BpfBouw stood at 116.7%, the best funding ratio of the Netherlands’ top five biggest schemes.
Dominion Post 16 Feb 2012Decisions by school boards to permanently exclude pupils should be subject to greater control, the ombudsman says. The Children’s Commission, meanwhile, is calling for a review of the school exclusion system and warning that trustees are condemning children to failure. Ombudsman David McGee said school boards made far-reaching decisions about suspensions, expulsions and exclusions that had major impacts on pupils’ lives. The system had serious deficiencies and limited rights of appeal, he said. External agencies needed more input and greater power of review over trustees’ decisions. About 1470 pupils were permanently excluded or expelled from schools last year.….Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills said elected trustees often made questionable decisions to permanently remove pupils but there was no appeals process for families. “It’s a system designed to fail. You’ve got lay people with little training or support making very important decisions with no national system to ensure consistency. The consequences of the decision are profound. Many children are not able to be enrolled in another school and that condemns that child often to a life of failure.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/6426120/Call-for-curbs-on-school-exclusions
Daily Caller 26 June 2015Churches could lose their tax-exempt status with the IRS if they refuse to recognize the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts warned in his dissenting opinion.He cited a comment made months ago by the U.S. government’s top lawyer on the same-sex marriage case.“Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage — when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples,” Roberts wrote.“Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. See Tr. of Oral Arg. on Question 1, at 36–38. There is little doubt that these and similar questions will soon be before this Court. Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority today.”During oral arguments in April, Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General Donald Verrilli whether schools that teach that marriage is between one man and one woman would face treatment similar to pro-segregation schools during the civil rights era.“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Verrilli replied. “I don’t deny that.”http://dailycaller.com/2015/06/26/roberts-warns-churches-could-lose-tax-exempt-status-for-opposing-gay-marriage/Now’s the Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious InstitutionsTime 28 June 2015Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.”But I don’t think Sen. Lee is crazy. In the 1983 Bob Jones University case, the court ruled that a school could lose tax-exempt status if its policies violated “fundamental national public policy.” So far, the Bob Jones reasoning hasn’t been extended to other kinds of discrimination, but someday it could be. I’m a gay-rights supporter who was elated by Friday’s Supreme Court decision — but I honor Sen. Lee’s fears.I don’t, however, like his solution. And he’s not going to like mine. Rather than try to rescue tax-exempt status for organizations that dissent from settled public policy on matters of race or sexuality, we need to take a more radical step. It’s time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt statuses.http://time.com/3939143/nows-the-time-to-end-tax-exemptions-for-religious-institutions/?xid=emailshare
New York Times 25 July 2016Family First Comment: Shocking! “A study published on Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally…. During that period, marijuana-related child poison control cases in Colorado rose 34 percent each year, compared with a 19 percent annual increase in other states.”To a child on the prowl for sweets, that brownie, cookie or bear-shaped candy left on the kitchen counter is just asking to be gobbled up. But in states that have legalized marijuana for recreational use, notably Colorado, that child may end up with more than a sugar high.A study published on Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics says that in Colorado the rates of marijuana exposure in young children, many of them toddlers, have increased 150 percent since 2014, when recreational marijuana products, like sweets, went on the market legally.When children get their hands on the goodies they can become lethargic or agitated, vomit and lose balance, triggering a hospital visit or a frightened call to a poison center. A handful of patients were admitted to intensive care units and intubated.Rates had started climbing in 2009, when the federal government said it would not prosecute users and suppliers who conformed to Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Those patients often ingested their prescription marijuana through baked goods.When voters decided in 2012 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, researchers anticipated that rates of accidental exposure in children would rise.“But we were not prepared for the dramatic increase,” said the senior author of the study, Dr. Genie E. Roosevelt, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health Medical Center.The number of cases in the study, drawn from Colorado’s poison control data and from one children’s hospital, is modest. Between 2009 and 2015, there were 163 cases documented by the poison control center and 81 patients evaluated at one hospital for pediatric marijuana exposure.Even so, Dr. Roosevelt said, “While these ingestions are not common, the effects are significant and preventable.” Some cases, she said, could result from secondhand smoke inhalation. The documentation of cause is still evolving.During that period, marijuana-related child poison control cases in Colorado rose 34 percent each year, compared with a 19 percent annual increase in other states.READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/26/health/marijuana-edibles-are-getting-into-colorado-childrens-hands-study-says.html?_r=1
* Sara District Hospital in Sara Quiñon has health tips to peoplevisiting cemeteries – visit early to avoid the scorching heat of the sun andovercrowding; bring heat/rain protective gear such as umbrellas or hats; bringbottled water for hydration and food to satisfy hunger. * Dr. Ricardo S. Provido MemorialDistrict Hospital in Calinog * Rep. Pedro G. Trono MemorialDistrict Hospital in Guimbal * Aleosan District Hospital inAlimodian The 12 provincial government-runhospitals are the following: * Ramon D. Duremdes District Hospitalin Dumangas Quiñon also said people could seekhelp from medical teams stationed in cemeteries./PN * Barotac Viejo District Hospital inBarotac Viejo * Ramon Tabiana Memorial DistrictHospital in Cabatuan * Federico Roman Tirador Sr. MemorialDistrict Hospital in Janiuay * Iloilo Provincial Hospital inPototan * Jesus M. Colmenares MemorialDistrict Hospital in Balasan * Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido MemorialDistrict Hospital in Lambunao The hospitals were put on alertyesterday. Quiñon said all hospital personnel are “on call” and days-off couldeven be cancelled if necessary such as if there is a “mass casualty incident.” ILOILO – The 12 provincialgovernment-run hospitals here are ready for medical emergencies this No. 1 and2. “We are ready, holiday or no holiday,”stressed Dr. Francisco Ronel Quiñon, officer-in-charge of the provincialgovernment’s Hospital Management Office (HMO). * Don Valerio Palmares Sr. MemorialDistrict Hospital in Passi City
Area runners Jeff Binzen (from left), Ross Brewer, Jerry Meadows and Jeff Kuhlman participated with Team Batesville in 2011. (Image: Team Batesville Facebook)Registration is now ongoing for the 2014 Team Batesville challenge in both the OneAmerica Indianapolis Mini-Marathon and Cincinnati Flying Pig events powered by P&G.“We are happy to announce Team Batesville will be represented in both events,” said Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen.Team Batesville membership provides runners with weekly newsletters, training advice, group training opportunities and local packet pick-up for both events.The OneAmerica Indianapolis Mini Marathon on Sat. May 3 covers 13.1 miles through Indianapolis and Speedway Indiana and includes one lap around the race track. Interested participants may register online at [OneAmerica Indianapolis Mini Marathon website].Indy Mini Registration made out to Batesville Community Education Foundation and return to Batesville High School c/o Andy Allen.A price increase will occur after November 30.The Cincinnati Flying Pig event powered by P&G on Sat. May 3 and Sunday May 4 encompass man individual and team events over various distances. Interested participants must register at [the Flying Pig website]. To register, use the code TEAMBVILLE to be included with packet pickup.Those competing in the “Flying Pig” who wish to be a part of Team Batesville need to complete the first page of the 2013 Team Batesville registration form and return to Batesville High School c/o Andy Allen or electronically at email@example.com“This is year four of Team Batesville and we are excited to announce many changes and new opportunities,” Allen noted.Additional inquiries can be directed to Andy Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becky Walter at Becky.Walter@mmch.org“We look forward to reuniting with our returning members and welcome all new members,” said Allen.Team Batesville also accepts members from surrounding communities.
RelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Chelsea vs. Tottenham Venue: Stamford Bridge Kick off: 1:30PMChelsea play host to Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon needing to avoid defeat to remain in fourth place in the Premier League table. When Chelsea picked up 10 points from five Premier League fixtures either side of the turn of the year, it appeared likely that Frank Lampard and his side would continue on an upward trajectory during the second half of the campaign. However, after four matches without success, the Blues find themselves at risk of losing fourth spot, while there is only a five-point gap between the West Londoners and ninth-placed Everton. The gradually decreasing margin for error means that the pressure is now on Lampard, who will also have one eye on the upcoming Champions League double-header with Bayern Munich. As he has already acknowledged, Lampard again had to point to Chelsea’s failure to take their chances against Manchester United on Monday night – a game where his team were arguably on the wrong end of several refereeing and VAR decisions. Nevertheless, Michy Batshuayi was unable to take his opportunity in the absence of the injured Tammy Abraham, who Lampard will be hoping is ready to return from an ankle injury this weekend. Nevertheless, Chelsea also have significant problems at the other end of the pitch, with seven goals being conceded in their last four top-flight contests, including two from set pieces. Shipping goals from dead-ball situations hurt Lampard and his team earlier in the campaign, and there are signs that the indecisiveness which plagued them during the early months have returned. Keeping just one clean sheet in eight league matches leaves Lampard to contemplate reverting to a back three – a strategy which proved to be successful against Spurs two months ago. That said, the element of surprise has disappeared regarding Lampard’s traits as a manager, putting the Englishman in a position where he must evolve if he wishes to have the longevity of his opposite number and former mentor. Jose Mourinho has been left delighted with the recent performances of his team, who have collected 10 points from their most recent four matches in the Premier League. However, Son Heung-min’s broken arm has the potential to derail Spurs’ efforts in their two priority competitions, especially with Harry Kane still two months away from a return. With a gap of under 65 hours between Wednesday’s defeat to RB Leipzig and Saturday’s encounter, Mourinho has been quick to allude to the short turnaround at a time when some of his star men are short of fitness. That will undoubtedly play a part when it comes to Mourinho’s team selection at the weekend, with any player who did not complete the 90 minutes likely to feature in the Portuguese’s starting lineup. Dele Alli was not shy in expressing his frustration when being hauled off against Leipzig, but the playmaker may have been substituted with Mourinho open to using the England international as his frontline striker at Stamford Bridge. Thoughts over a drastic switch of position for Alli will have made been easier by Spurs’ struggles in the final third against Leipzig, a team who may have taken tips from how Chelsea defeated Spurs on away territory in December. As well as an excellent showing from goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, the main plus point from Wednesday night was the performance of Gedson Fernandes, who acted as a necessary link between a defence constantly on the back foot and a makeshift attack. Whether the 21-year-old will be deemed ready for his first Premier League start this weekend remains to be seen, but Spurs fans will be encouraged by the Benfica loanee’s display on the European stage. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Zouma, Rudiger, Tomori, James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso, Willian, Mount, Abraham. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Tanganga, Dier, Ndombele, Fernandes, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Alli.Tags: ChelseaFrank LampardJose MourinhoTottenham Hotspur
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: South Point School won by 5 wickets against Oakland School in the 1st Royals Cup U-16 Inter School Tournament at the Latasil ground here today. Brief scores: Oakland School 155 (26 Overs), Shahid Ali 29, Akash Bhagor 25, Sachin Hazara 23, Ziyad Zaman 4/33, Pritam Pran Kalita 2/34, Dhruv Raj Borah 2/44. South Point School 159/5, Arnab Borah 40, Sanjay kr Singh 39 (no), Shahid Ali Hirok Kalita 2/39.Also read: Sports News