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first_imgWhile Morrison can not be ousted as party leader after changes to Liberal party rules following Turnbull’s fall, he will not want poor polling to impact his legislative agenda before the next election that must be held before 2022.Morrison came under fire from voters in December when it was revealed he was on a family holiday in Hawaii as the country’s bushfire crisis escalated.When two fire fighters were killed, forcing him to return, his initial inaction and later refusal to link the fires with climate change drew criticism that he lacked leadership at a time of national crisis. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Tuesday front parliament for the first time in three months as he seeks to repair his standing with voters angry by his response to the country’s bushfire crisis and a scandal over sports funding.Morrison secured re-election in May 2019, defying polls that had indicated voters would punish his conservative government for ousting its former leader Malcolm Turnbull in 2018.Less than nine months after what he described as his “miracle” re-election, Morrison is now unpopular with voters and under pressure from opposition Labor lawmakers. The prolonged bushfire season has killed 33 people and an estimated 1 billion native animals since September. About 2,500 homes have been destroyed and more than 11.7 million hectares of tinder-dry bushland have been razed.Public anger at Morrison and his government has also been fuelled by an independent audit of public spending which found the government used a A$100 million ($68.4 million) sport development fund to target votes in marginal electorates ahead of the last election.The Australian National Audit Office said 400 projects received funding, with more than 70 percent done without any endorsement by the governing body for sport in Australia.When the report was first released Morrison refused to discipline the former sports minister who approved the funding, drawing more voter criticism.Bridget McKenzie, the deputy leader of the Nationals – the junior member of Morrison’s conservative coalition – on Sunday resigned after she was ruled to have breached ministerial rules when as sports minister she approved a A$36,000 grant for a shooting club where she was a member.Topics :center_img This photo illustration taken on May 19, 2019 show Sunday newspapers in Melbourne displaying the victory of Australia’s coalition government after they clung to power in a general election they were expected to lose. Australia’s ruling conservative coalition defied expectations to retain power in national elections on May 18, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to declare: (AFP/William West)”The Labor party will be like a mosquito on a nudist beach, they are so many fleshy issues for them to bite into,” said John Hewson, former leader of the Liberal Party, now headed by Morrison.”They will go after him on issues of climate and he’s defence of the sports funding. He will be under huge pressure.”A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper on Monday showed Morrison’s approval rating was at its lowest level since he assumed office, while his government is trailing the Labor party by a margin of 52% to 48%.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil is one of three players Arsenal players who have reportedly refused to accept a 12.5% pay cut (Picture: Getty)Former Rangers striker Ally McCoist believes Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by one of his Arsenal teammates following reports that the club’s highest earner has refused to take a 12.5% pay cut. Arsenal chiefs have been embroiled in tense negotiations with the playing staff and head coach Mikel Arteta over the course of the last 10 days, with the club attempting to find ways of offsetting the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday the club announced that the majority of its playing and coaching staff had accepted a cut, on the condition that any losses incurred would be repaid should Arsenal qualify for next season’s Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementSubsequent reports emerged, however, citing Ozil as one of three players who had refused to accept a salary deduction. The 31-year-old earns a reported £350,000-a-week but is said to have wanted to defer a sizable portion of his wages.ADVERTISEMENTOzil has been roundly criticised for his decision, but former Scotland international McCoist believes the Arsenal playmaker has been deliberately hung out to dry and fears the leak only serves to highlight the lack of unity in the dressing room. Mesut Ozil signed his most recent Arsenal contract extension in February 2018 which was worth £350,000-a-week (Picture: Instagram)He told talkSPORT: ‘It tells you about the quality of teammate you’re dealing with because you’ve effectively got a snitch. And no matter what you think about Mesut Ozil, it’s completely out of order that a private conversation over a wage reduction has been made public.‘It’s been made public for a reason, to make him look bad. Taking the issue of a wage reduction to one side, straight away he’s got a problem with someone in that dressing room or somebody at that club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I’ve read so many good things about Mesut Ozil and what he’s done for charities all over the place. I think it says more about what’s going on inside Arsenal at this moment in time. ‘Could you imagine a story like that coming out of Liverpool or Man City at this moment in time regarding one of their players? It just wouldn’t because they are solid as a unit, solid as a team and I think it tells you more about Arsenal and his standing in the dressing room that someone has tried to damage him.’MORE: Piers Morgan ‘sickened’ by Mesut Ozil refusing to take a pay cut and slams Arsenal starMORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil refuses to take pay cut on £350,000-a-week wagesRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 8:46 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been deliberately damaged by an Arsenal snitch, claims Ally McCoistlast_img read more

first_img8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs. Picture: from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe four-bedroom house had plenty of people interested in it according to marketing agent, Phillip Harrigan of Ray White New Farm.Bidding started at $800,000 with six bidders actively taking part until it went over $1 million.Mr Harrigan said it then came down to two bidders, one from Sydney and the other a local buyer, with the house selling to the local buyer. 8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs. Picture: said potential buyers loved the design and finishes of the house and the master bedroom was like a one-bedroom unit it was so large. 8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs. Picture: 100 people inspected this house when it went on the market and eight bidders registered to try and buy it at auction.The house at 8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs ended up selling under the hammer for $1.105 million. 8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs. Picture: was the first time the home on a 1200sq m had been offered for sale in more than 17 years.It had an elevated sky-deck with sail, a lap pool and landscaped gardens. 8 Tokely Court, Murrumba Downs. Picture: read more

first_imgNBIM’s policy document adds: “We expect companies to address sustainable water management in a manner meaningful to their business models and wish to support them in their efforts to manage the risks and pursue the opportunities.”It said all incentive structures should be designed in such a way as to integrate sustainability concerns into the running of businesses to best support its long-term profitability.The manager also called for the introduction of a shadow price on water to help companies monitor the financial risks associated with shortages, as well as systems to promote third-party expert advice on water management.Echoing recent calls by asset owners over company transparency on climate change lobbying, NBIM said companies should have policies on engaging with governments and regulators, and be “transparent about associated spending and activities”.Investors worth $2.6trn (€2.3trn) recently called on food companies to better assess the water risks associated with its own production and supply chains.NBIM also recently urged companies to pay greater attention to matters of energy efficiency, including the disclosure of renewable energy consumption quotas. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has urged companies to be transparent on lobbying surrounding water management and risks.Companies should also promote best practice of water usage and consider putting in place a mechanism that allows third parties to consult with them directly on matters of water management, according to a revised paper released by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM).The manager for Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global, long active in the area of water management and a supporter of charity CDP on the matter, also urged companies to engage directly with local communities about water reclamation.It argued that companies seeking to tackle the challenges associated with water shortages could gain a strategic advantage.last_img read more

first_imgCongressman Frank Pallone, Jr. has announced additional beach replenishment projects in Long Branch, Sea Bright, and Monmouth Beach.In the announcement, Pallone said that additional federal dollars will allow for expanded work in these Monmouth County towns.“I’m pleased to announce these additional replenishment projects that will be critical to our beaches and communities in Coastal Monmouth,” Congressman Pallone said. “Restoration projects like beach replenishment ensure our beautiful beaches will remain safe and enjoyable for residents and tourists for years to come. I would like to thank Colonel Asbery and the Army Corps staff for their dedication to this important work.”USACE plans to do the work on the expanded projects in the fall of 2020 through spring 2021.In Long Branch, sand will be placed in the northern part of Long Branch from south Broadway to Joline Avenue.The additional replenishment projects in Sea Bright will begin at the southernmost border of Sea Bright near Sunrise Way and continue north to Island View Way. Another replenishment project will begin at Trade Winds Lane north to Sea Bright Borough Hall.In Monmouth Beach, the additional beach replenishment project begins in the area around Cottage Road and continues to Monmouth Beach’s northern border.The Congressman noted that the Army Corps should complete the original beach replenishment projects awarded last year in the Monmouth County Shore towns before the summer.“The original project for Monmouth Beach from the Monmouth Beach Bathing Pavilion near Valentine Street north to Cottage Road was completed in January. The original Sea Bright project from Island View Way north to Tradewinds Lane was completed in February. The project in Long Branch originally awarded last year is expected to start and be completed between April and June 2020. This includes the area in West End from Howland Avenue south to Sycamore Avenue in Elberon,” Pallone said.Following Superstorm Sandy, Congressman Pallone requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency allocate emergency funding to address immediate needs of impacted homeowners and businesses, as well as repair breached dunes and damaged beaches to protect New Jersey’s coastal areas from future flooding. As a result, the beaches from Sea Bright south to Manasquan were filled, which was the largest beach replenishment project ever undertaken by the Army Corps.last_img read more

Milan Honored At Butler On Sunday

September 24, 2020 | mrhtxubs | No Comments

first_imgThe 1954 Milan High School State Championship team will be honored on February 23 during the Butler v. Providence men’s game to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the “Milan Miracle”. The tip-off is at 6pm.The team will be honored on the same court at Hinkle Fieldhouse (then Butler Fieldhouse) where they claimed the championship in a classic David vs. Goliath tilt that thrilled an entire state and served as the inspiration for the iconic sports movie “Hoosiers”.The day has also been designated as “Milan Community Day”, and residents of the area are encouraged to join the celebration. Discounted tickets can be purchased online at: fan bus will be available at no charge for Milan and area residents who want to go to the game. It will leave from the Milan High School parking lot at 3pm. To reserve a spot on the bus, call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau (812) 689-7431 by noon Friday.Milan team members currently scheduled to attend are:Bobby PlumpRay CraftRollin CutterRoger SchroderGene WhiteMary Lou Wood—Coach Marvin Wood’s wifeJinky Craft—cheerleaderTeam members will be available to greet the public during halftime of the game.Three of the team members, Plump, Craft and Cutter, all went on to play for Butler University under the legendary coach Tony Hinkle. On January 26, it was announced that a $50,000 gift from a combined 13 donors to the Hinkle Fieldhouse Campaign, would be named the “Bobby Plump Ramp” to commemorate his career both as a Milan and Butler player.last_img read more

Connersville Files For Financial Emergency

September 24, 2020 | mrhtxubs | No Comments

first_imgA Fayette County mayor has filed a declaration to allow for budget cuts and elimination of city worker overtime.A local city is struggling financially and may not have enough money in the general fund to cover payroll and expenses by May 1.Connersville Mayor Leonard Urban attributes the economic decline to the closure of the Visteon Plant in 2008, which once employed over 5,000 people, and also the statewide property tax caps in 2009.A financial emergency was filed this week which allows the mayor to make immediate budget cuts and restructure some union contracts. The city has eliminated city worker overtime, purchasing, and limited gas and diesel purchases as the city faces a possible $350,000 deficit.The city has lost more than $3 million in revenue since 2008. The mayor has not yet cut any city jobs.last_img read more

Middle School SEI Tourney Semi-Finals Results

September 23, 2020 | mrhtxubs | No Comments

first_imgThe 7th Grade Batesville Bulldogs made the comeback of the year Tuesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Dogs could not get anything going in the first half and went into halftime down 15-6.  The third quarter wasn’t any better and and Batesville entered it down 23 to 13.  In the fourth quarter, sparked by some strong defensive play by Deacon Hamilton, the Bulldogs turned it on and outscored St. Louis 24-6 to win the game 37 to 29.  Coming on strong offensively was Conner Drake with 15 points, Jack Grunkemeyer and Chris Tillman with 8 each and rounding out the scoring was Brendan Heiser, Deacon Hamilton, and Sam Johnson adding 2 each.  The Dogs will play Thursday in the championship game at St. Louis at 5:30.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The St. Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated the Jac Cen Del Eagles tonight in the second round of the SEI tournament by a score of 40-19. The Cardinals will now play in the SEI Championship on Thursday night at the St. Louis Activity Center. The 7th grade Championship will start at 5:30 pm and the 8th grade Championship will tip off immediately afterwards. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img read more

first_imgAttorney General William Barr is threatening to not testify before the House Judiciary Committee this Thursday, as he and Congressional Democrats clash over the proposed format for questioning him about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation.In response, New York Democratic Representative Jerrold Sadler, who serves as committee chairman, says, “The witness is not going to tell the committee how to conduct its hearing, period.” Sadler also told CNN that if Barr does not appear, “then we will have to subpoena him, and we will have to use whatever means we can to enforce the subpoena.”White House attorneys have already hinted that they plan to tell former White House counsel Donald McGahn II and other former officials to not comply with subpoenas from their testimonies. Last week, the Treasury Department allowed a deadline set by House Democrats to submit President Trump’s tax returns to pass.According to Norman Ornstein, a Congressional expert at the American Enterprise Institute, “This is part of this massive resistance by the Trump administration. It’s basically a middle finger to Congress and its powers, and we’re going to see what Congress does about it.”Nadler wants to allow each committee member to question Barr for five minutes. He also proposes a second round of questioning for both sides, and wants their attorneys to be present.A senior Justice Department official says Barr agree to appear before Congress but not its staff, and that he should therefore only be questioned by members of Congress.In addition, his plan calls for the committee to discuss the redacted sections of the special counsel’s report in a closed session, something to which Barr and the Justice Department object.Daniel Schwarz, Nadler’s spokesman, says, “It would be a shame if Barr refused to show, but it is important that there be a chance to ask follow-up questions, and members should not be prohibited from asking about redacted sections, which means we would need to go into executive session in order for Barr to be able to answer in a secure setting.”Questioning by staff members has previously been allowed during impeachment inquiries into presidents Nixon and Clinton, as well as in the investigation into the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2016.last_img read more

first_imgLeague president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day but the federation had been against the idea.The federation says it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans.The league says it will appeal the judge’s decision. It says it jeopardizes the soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.___Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Spanish soccer federation OKs Monday games Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the Spanish league’s official request to play on those days.center_img The league says players are now able to train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”Play has been suspended in the world’s richest league since March 13.The league says “discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the season.”Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups with social distancing maintained.___ May 27, 2020 The final Asian qualifying place for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to be decided in February.The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games were announced.The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.The 12-team women’s tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.___last_img read more