EXCLUSIVE: Gareth Bale tells friends he wants to join Manchester United


first_imgUnited are ready to offer £60m in an attempt to take him to Old Trafford, and Tottenham last night refused to comment on whether an official bid had been made.Spurs are desperate to keep hold of their star player, and chairman Daniel Levy has made it clear he would reject all advances for the player.But Starsport understands the brilliant winger is interested in a move to the Premier League champions.And that could put him at odds with his club if United step up their bid to land their man.Levy is insistent he does not want to sell a top star again to a Premier League rival, and the Old Trafford giants in particular.He is still smarting over the reaction from fans to the transfer of striker Dimitar Berbatov to United for £30m in 2008. Although it netted the London club a £19m profit, supporters were seething over what they saw as a lack of ambition from Levy.Real Madrid have been longtime admirers of Bale and it had been thought the Welshman would give Spurs another season, then look at going to the Bernabeu.But the 23-year-old, who scored 26 goals for his club last season, is attracted by the prospect of joining United now, giving him Champions League football, which he won’t have for a second season in a row with Spurs.Levy is reported ready to double Bale’s wages to £150,000-a-week in a bid to keep him happy at White Hart Lane.It remains to be seen whether the unassuming Bale will be prepared to mount a campaign to get away from the club. But if United keep increasing their offer, it could be Levy will be forced to let Bale go.last_img read more

Beverly Elaine (Brown) Yunker: Oct. 13, 1958 – March 30, 2013


first_imgTo share a memory or leave a condolence please visit www.schaeffermortuary.info Beverly YunkerBeverly Elaine (Brown) Yunker was called to be with her angels Saturday, March 30, 2013.She was born in Wichita October 13, 1958 to Winton and Betty (Bogle) Brown.Beverly was an unselfish loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many. We will all miss her very much.Beverly worked for many years in the maintenance department at the Sumner Regional Medical Center where she was always proving she was just as capable and hard working as one of the guys. She was always somebody you could count on if you needed help, especially when it came to keeping flowers alive when all seemed hopeless, or getting the family together for Sunday meals which always meant taking leftovers home.Beverly was preceded in death by her parents Winton and Betty (Bogle) Brown.She is survived by her children Brandon Yunker of Wellington KS, Amber (Levi) Burden of Wellington KS, and Garrett Yunker of Wichita KS; granddaughters Brooklyn and Callie Burden of Wellington;  Brothers Bryan (Sandra) Brown of Rago KS, Brad (Sandy) Brown of Arkansas city KS; Sisters Brenda Beach of Topeka KS, Bonnie (Kelly) Gibson of McPherson; step-brother Stan (Julie) Reynolds of Neodesha.Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Caldwell City Cemetery, Caldwell, Kansas. Visitation with family present will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Schaeffer Mortuary. Memorials may be given to the Sumner Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. Arrangements by Schaeffer Mortuary, 6 N. Main, Caldwell.last_img read more

Fort Dodge prison officer beaten after rushing to cell fire


first_imgFORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Corrections says an officer was injured after being attacked by an inmate.The department says in a news release Monday that an inmate assaulted the officer about 10:15 p.m. Sunday at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility.The officer had gone to a cell where inmates had started a fire. After the officer opened the cell door, the inmate began beating and kicking the officer.Another officer used a chemical spray to subdue the inmate and staffers used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire.The officer was treated at the prison. The inmate didn’t appear to be injured.The department says the incident is under investigation.The facility is a medium-security prison designed to hold 1,400 inmates.last_img read more

Rice scores first Hammers goal to defeat Arsenal


first_imgAnd it appeared Arnautovic was waving goodbye to the home fans in a London Stadium record of over 59,000 when substituted in the 71st minute.“We will see what happens in the next days,” said Manuel Pellegrini, the West Ham manager.“It is an issue that the club must see what is the best for the player, for the club and for everyone.”Former Arsenal favourite Samir Nasri started against his old club as the midfielder made his Premier League debut for the Hammers.Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi returned from injury for Arsenal but there was no place in their squad for Mesut Ozil.The match was goalless at the interval following near-misses by Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi and Hammers playmaker Felipe Anderson.That all changed in the 48th minute courtesy of Rice, a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.Granit Xhaka’s poor clearing header fell to Anderson, whose ball came to Rice via a neat lay-off from Nasri and Rice’s first-time shot gave Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno little chance.Arsenal pressed for an equaliser but the Hammers survived three minutes of stoppage time as they held on for victory.Share on: WhatsApp Rice and Noble delighted by Arsenal win and ‘special momentLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Declan Rice’s first West Ham goal secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal in a capital city derby clash at the London Stadium.The victory in Saturday’s early kick-off saw the Hammers move up to eighth in the Premier League table, on 31 points, ahead of the bulk of the weekend’s fixtures.Teenage midfielder Rice gave himself an early present for his 20th birthday on Monday by scoring the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half.“I can’t put it into the words,” an elated Rice told Sky Sports. “The lads are always on at me to take the shot on more.”– ‘Special talent’ –West Ham captain Mark Noble was almost as pleased as Rice himself, adding: “I am delighted for this young man to score the goal…He is a special talent and keeps working hard.”Defeat dented Arsenal’s bid to break into the top four, with the Gunners still adrift of Chelsea — their next opponents — in the race for a Champions League place.“It is difficult to win if you don’t score,” said Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny, after a defeat that meant the Gunners had won just one of their last seven away Premier League matches.The defender, looking ahead to next weekend’s clash with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, said: “It is a home game against an opponent in the top four. We know what we need to do. We need to prepare all week for this important team.”West Ham named Marko Arnautovic in their starting line-up despite the Austrian forward’s brother and agent saying Thursday he wanted to move to the Chinese Super League.last_img read more

Six in the Stix Mountain Biking Festival this weekend


first_img After young riders show their stuff, Sunday will test mountain bikers with their skills and endurance over a 6 hour period of cross-country riding on the 13 km loop in the Cranbrook Community Forest.Organizer Cooper advises mountain bikers to “enjoy the smooth & subtle uphills that gain 365m of elevation throughout the entire loop, and to remain focused during the swoopy & fast flat and downhill sections of the endless single-tracks”.Participants can choose to tackle the six hour event as an individual rider or as part of a relay team of two or do the new lap Stix suited for recreational riders.Registration cut-off is Thursday, September 17.Story source originated at The Nelson Daily More than 100 kids and youth are expected to be part of the action at the Sixth annual Six in the Stix Mountain Biking Festival September 19-12 near Cranbrook.Riders from Alberta and the Kootenays will participate in one of three races as a way of celebrating participation, health, fitness and the simple joy of riding a bicycle.Riders 2-14 years old can choose one of the following challenges: riding 15 minutes around & over obstacles around a paved course, and riding either up to a maximum of 30 minutes or 60 minutes on the trails of a 1.4 km loop in the Cranbrook Community Forest above the College of the Rockies.For the 15-min. Stix, geared for athletes 3-6 years old, riders may show off their favorite stride bike, 4-wheel bike or standard 2-wheel bicycle. As for the 30 min. & 60 min. trail options, race organizer Charlie Cooper provides this description: “The trails just above the College are mostly double-track and very smooth, but there’s also a fun section of single-track called Roller Coaster that will have riders twist & turn their way downhill as fast as they want back to the finish. It’s a loop with just a little bit of climbing and lots of room for riders to pass each other.”Riders of all abilities are invited to attend this exciting event, and organizers have kept the entry fee at only $10. Each rider will enjoy a well-organized race, receive a goodie bag and be able to restore their energy levels at the Stix Shack after crossing the finish line.Registration is available online until Friday night, September 18 at www.rmevents.com and limited race day registration will be accepted at the event. Check-in & late registration will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday and races will begin at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Darwin Debate Strategy: Declare Victory


first_imgThe easiest way to win a debate is to simply disallow your opponent, and then declare victory by forfeit.  Is that what supporters of Darwin are doing to their critics?The winner is: Darwin:  PhysOrg reported favorably on a book by Mano Singham (Case Western Reserve University) that declares victory against creationism and intelligent design: e.g., “The Dover case, says Singham, also brings the curtain down on the long history of religious groups trying to breach the wall between church and state.”  Neither Singham nor PhysOrg allowed the other side time to rebut this and other claims.  No, despite the fact that the Discovery Institute wrote a detailed rebuttal to this conception of what happened at Dover, and has repeatedly answered such claims on its Evolution News and Views web page, the title states as a matter of fact, “Science wins fight over evolution in schools, says Case Western Reserve University author.”  The article gives him the victory lap at the end, too: “For now the battle between religion and Darwin has been won by science, says Singham.”Inherit the Wind won’t die:  Despite numerous misrepresentations of the Scopes Trial, the play Inherit the Wind still makes the rounds.  It’s playing in London.  Celeste Biever mushed over the play in New Scientist and reflected on its bittersweet lessons about how science trumps religion, but how sad it is that so many well-meaning people can’t let go of their faith.  In her article Biever recounted an event from the Dover trial that never happened.  She claimed Michael Behe said astrology would count as science and the courtroom erupted in laughter.  Behe has answered this claim with clarification that Biever was misunderstanding his statement and that the laughter was at a different time about a different matter (check Uncommon Descent archives).  Of course, his side of the story was not allowed into the article.Selective book reviews:  Lawrence D. Hurst reviewed two pro-evolution books for Nature.1  His article shows a photo of Dawkins proudly holding a copy of his book The Greatest Show on Earth.  To Hurst, the only controversy between the pugilistic Richard Dawkins and the gentlemanly Carl Zimmer was which approach is most likely to be effective in smashing creationists over the head.  “So which is the better strategy for explaining the difference between fact and fantasy: that of the quiet American or that of the British Rottweiler?  Zimmer makes the facts palatable but Dawkins reminds us that some people persist in their beliefs even if they are profoundly contradicted by observation and logic,” Hurst declared.  Sounds like he supports the Dawkins approach.It has been a fairly well-known phenomenon that a faceless army of anti-I.D. editors scours Wikipedia daily to maintain their lies about intelligent design supporters.  This is true for other controversial figures like Rush Limbaugh, too.  Some I.D. scientists have corrected factual errors on pages about themselves, only to find their corrections overwritten almost immediately with the same lies.  Wikipedia maintains no method of accountability for editors and no method for targets of these lies to get them corrected.  Because of this, no one should consider Wikipedia a reliable source for information – particularly on controversial topics like evolution and intelligent design.1.  Lawrence D. Hurst, “Showcasing the evidence for evolution,” Nature 461, 596 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461596a.The Darwinists are not above telling outright lies in pushing their views in the media.  “Our enterprise has established facts and we should have the confidence to say so.  Evolution is one such fact,” says Hurst, conveniently equivocating over the word evolution.  Celeste Biever lies about Behe but calls Darwin “the man who has contributed more than any other to our understanding of where humanity came from” (a majority might give that honor to Jesus Christ).  Singham repeatedly portrays critics of Darwin as violating separation of church and state.  These three examples of Darwin debating tactics (e.g., one-sided presentations) are riddled with simplistic either-or fallacies, glittering generalities, outright lies and half-truths.  In a real debate they could not get away with it.  They do what is typical of leftists and radicals: shut the other side up, and declare victory.  Wasn’t that tactic famously displayed in certain totalitarian dystopias over the last century?  We report both sides and give you original sources so that you can judge for yourself.  In other words, we respect your freedom and the dignity of your individual intellect.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA’s dollar millionaires on the rise


first_img10 July 2006South Africa’s number of dollar millionaires rose by nearly 16% last year, joining three other countries with the fastest-growing population of the super-rich in the world.According to the 10th annual World Wealth Report released by US-based investment groups Merrill Lynch and Capgemini last month, global millionaire numbers totalled 8.7-million in 2005, an increase of 6.5% on the previous year.“South Africa’s 15.9% growth of dollar millionaires in 2005 was phenomenal … well above the global rate of 6.5,” Capgemini spokesperson Patrick McLaughlin told the Sunday Times. According to the report, the country now has a total of 42 883 millionaires.The report defines millionaires – “high net worth individuals”, or HNWIs – as those holding more than US$1-million in financial assets, excluding their primary residence.“The HNWI population grew most dramatically in South Korea, rising 21.3%; India rising 19.3%; Russia, where it rose 17.4%; and South Africa, where it grew by 15.9%,” the report says.“Overall HNWI wealth during the period grew by 8.5%, to US$33.3-trillion in financial holdings. These financial gains were particularly strong in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East, where emerging markets continue to play a moderate game of ‘catch up’ with major markets.”The top-performing countries in terms of increased numbers of millionaires from 2004 to 2005 (Image: Merrill Lynch)The report attributes South Africa’s gain in part to the phenomenal growth on the JSE, Johannesburg’s stock exchange.“Emerging and developing capital markets outpaced most mature stock markets,” the report says. “Markets such as India, South Korea, Poland and South Africa all returned better than 40%.”The JSE All Share Index was the third-best performing in the world, with a 43% return in 2005, slightly under the 43.1% recorded by Poland’s WIG20. The top performer was the South Korean Kospi, with a 54% return, while other emerging market exchanges lagged behind, with India at 42.3%, Mexico at 37.8% and Brazil 27.7%.In terms of general market value, the report says, “South Korea, Denmark, South Africa and Japan were among the best-performing markets in 2005, providing green pastures for HNWIs to cultivate their wealth”.Africa as a whole saw the highest growth in HNWI numbers, at 11.7%, reflecting growing prosperity across the continent. The Middle East had 9.8% new millionaires, Latin America 9.7%, the Asia-Pacific region 7.3%, North America 6.9% and Europe 4.5%. The actual wealth of Africa’s high net worth individuals rose by 14.5%, the second-highest increase, after the Middle East, in the world.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The Home Stretch: When Retirement is Near


first_imgBy Carol ChurchTo many of us, retirement may still look very distant—almost like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. When you’re getting up and working every morning and still have years to go, it can seem like that day is never going to arrive!Yet as that planned leave date finally approaches, people may start feeling a little nervous or even panicked about the many changes to come. One major concern is likely to be financial preparation—or, possibly, the lack thereof.If this is on your mind or the minds of those you work with, here are some reminders and things to consider when entering that “home stretch”: the last 6 months to two years before retirement. While these concerns will not apply to everyone, and every situation is different, these basic reminders may help.Make a budgetThose retiring within the near future should start thinking about likely monthly expenditures and how they line up with what they have saved and expect to receive in pensions, Social Security, investment earnings, and so on. Lifestyle in retirement will be a big consideration. How often do they want to travel? What will they be doing with leisure time? Can they cook more, or will they be eating out more? How will clothing and gas costs change?Wipe out debtIf there’s any debt to be paid off, especially high-interest debt, this is the time to get it done. This may require penny-pinching now, but it will be worth it later.Reduce financial obligationsMost retirees will be living on less after the transition. This is a good time to take a hard look at bills and obligations and consider what one can begin to cut out. Done now, it won’t feel like so much of a shock later.Decide when to take Social SecurityThe majority of Social Security retirees opt to start receiving benefits as early as possible (currently, age 62)—before “full” retirement age. But if they wait till 67 to 70, monthly benefits will be significantly greater. This is the best choice for many, especially those who think they will live a long life or are still earning any income (since SS benefits can be taxed depending on how much you are making). However, others will want or need to take the benefits earlier.Consider downsizing your homeSpeaking of debt, this is one major way to eliminate it. While selling a home is a major decision, it can certainly put money in one’s pocket, reduce financial obligations, and simplify life. Downsizing to one car is also a possible for some couples.Make catch-up contributions to retirement savings funds, if neededJoin the upcoming webinar Catch-Up Retirement Savings Strategies June 8 at 11 a.m. ET.  Photospin/PS ProductionsThose over the age of 50 have the right to make additional “catch-up” contributions (over and above the usual tax year limit) to traditional and Roth IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs and SIMPLE 401Ks (generally held by the self-employed), and 401K and 403B plans. They should not assume that this isn’t worth it…. retirement can be very long. Get more information from the IRS here.Rebalance investmentsFor those who haven’t looked much at their investments in a while, now is certainly the time—but it’s important not to get too nervous. It’s still key to accumulate more wealth for the years to come, which will entail some continued risk. This may be a very important time to consult a certified financial planner.Consider whether or not part-time work or freelancing might be the right choiceIf a budget shortfall looks like a possibility (and even if it doesn’t), it may be worth thinking about paid work of some kind. Today’s “gig economy” offers many interesting choices. This can be a time to explore options that weren’t a possibility before.Don’t panic or give upEven those who feel significantly behind shouldn’t feel they have to “work till they drop” or that there’s no point in even trying to catch up. Progress is possible, especially when combining increased saving with decreased spending. If generalized “you need X sum for retirement” estimates create feelings of panic, keep in mind that depending on lifestyle and expenses, they may not be accurate.Spend time thinking about goals…and not just the financial onesAs retirement approaches, it’s definitely time to take stock of goals, dreams, and desires, while also keeping in mind that feelings may change. (For instance, some discover that they don’t like “taking it easy” as much as they thought they would.) Retirement is an emotional adjustment, not just a practical one.Join our 3-day learning event June 6-8 to learn about retirement resources, planning and enjoying the post-working years. More information available here.last_img read more

Belgian GP: Lewis Hamilton needs to step up in his 200th race


first_imgLewis Hamilton will start the 200th grand prix of his Formula One career in Belgium this weekend but the triple world champion has smaller but more significant numbers on his mind.Refreshed from an August break in the Caribbean, including a trip to Cuba in his role as UNICEF ambassador, the Mercedes driver is 14 points behind championship leader Sebastian Vettel as he revs up for the second half of the season.A fifth victory of 2017 for the Briton would put the pressure back on Ferrari’s Vettel and Hamilton can celebrate another milestone by bagging pole position on Saturday at the long and fast Spa-Francorchamps circuit.Reuters PhotoThat would see Hamilton, who sportingly relinquished third place to team mate Valtteri Bottas in Hungary before the summer shutdown, match the record of 68 poles set by Michael Schumacher with Ferrari in 2006.Mercedes have won the last two Belgian Grands Prix, with now-retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg triumphant from pole last year after Hamilton won in 2015.Nobody will be taking anything for granted, however, after Ferrari’s one-two win in Budapest at the end of July.”On paper, people will assume that Spa should suit our car because it is a circuit where aerodynamic efficiency is extremely important,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said.”But assumptions are dangerous — we have seen too many times already this season that the form book can be rewritten from one weekend to the next. So we will be making no assumptions.”Reuters PhotoHamilton has won twice before at Spa, as has Vettel, but the track — a classic blast from the past — has not been particularly kind to him.advertisementIn 2008, when he won his first title, the Briton was demoted from first to third after the race for cutting a chicane, with then Ferrari rival Felipe Massa savouring victory instead.Spa can often be a lottery, with its capricious weather, and rain could be a boon for Red Bull’s Belgian-born Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, who can count on plenty of local support in what amounts to a home race.”I just love the track and it’ll be nice seeing so many orange (Dutch) fans in the grandstands,” he said.”Spa is my favourite track of the year. You have to get everything right but when you get a good lap it’s very rewarding.”Belgium could also be good for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who arrives with a new contract for 2018 in his pocket.The fearless Finnish ‘Iceman’ has won four times at Spa but will need to be beyond the reach of Ferrari ‘team orders’ if he is to do it again.”For sure there are some circuits that fit us better,” Raikkonen, whose last Belgian win in 2009 was also Ferrari’s most recent at Spa, said in Hungary.”The Mercedes has better horsepower but it depends on so many things.”If you purely look now, you would say it’s not going to be as easy for us as here (Hungary) but obviously we try to improve and we are going to do our best.”Sunday’s race, the 50th world championship Grand Prix held at Spa, will also see a Belgian competing — McLaren rookie Stoffel Vandoorne — for the first time since Jerome d’Ambrosio in 2012.last_img read more

Video: A Jameis Winston Overthrow At FSU’s Pro Day Resulted In Some People Getting Knocked Out On The Sideline


first_imgJameis Winston participates in Florida State's pro day.Jameis Winston, the probable No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, is currently showing off his abilities at Florida State’s pro day in Tallahassee. He’s reportedly going to throw between 90-110 passes. One of those passes really got away from him, leading to a pretty big collision on the sideline at the Semionles’ indoor facility. Check it out: Keep your head on a swivel, camera guy.last_img