The Shirt’ unveiling to take place Friday

first_imgEvery year, Notre Dame fans wait with bated breath to see what The Shirt, their uniform on football Saturdays, will look like. The wait is over Friday when The Shirt will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Junior Lauren Couey, The Shirt unveiling coordinator, said many student groups will perform at the event, including Project Fresh, the band, cheerleaders, the bagpipe band and the Glee Club, among others. Former football players will also appear at the event, Couey said. “Robert Hughes, Golden Tate and Allen Pinkett, who will also be our MC for the day, [are coming],” she said. “Having former players will be pretty exciting, along with [Irish coach Brian] Kelly and the [current] players.” Couey said the event will also feature games and food. “There will be inflatables for kids, a corn hole toss tournament, trivia with prizes and free food,” she said. “Jimmy John’s and Hot Box have donated food, so we are pretty excited about that.” Senior Paul Baranay, vice president of The Shirt Committee, said this year’s unveiling will showcase the charitable aspect of The Shirt. Couey said Fr. Tom Doyle, vice-president for student affairs, will appear at the event for the first time to speak about the late Sr. Jean Lenz, one of the founders of The Shirt. Baranay said the event will highlight not only The Shirt’s design but also the charitable efforts made possible by proceeds from The Shirt. According to The Shirt Project website, the profits from The Shirt support student groups on campus and establish memorial awards for particular Notre Dame students. Baranay said the final design has been in place since early February, and while he cannot explicitly reveal anything about The Shirt, he said the format of the event gives a hint. “One thing I can say is that there is a reason we are focusing on players this year,” he said. “[This season] is the 125th anniversary of the football program, and that will be worked into the unveiling as well.” Couey said she is excited to see who turns out for the event. “Since I’ve been setting everything up, doing all the little pieces, it is hard for me to even picture it all together to see it actually all come together,” Couey said. “Seeing everyone there and the excitement is what I am really looking forward [to].” Baranay said he is excited for the student groups to perform. “I’m most excited to see the students and the community turn out. It is always a huge event,” he said.  “As for the program itself, I am actually most excited about the student groups because they are the ones that benefit from The Shirt so it is always great to see them perform.”,Every year, Notre Dame fans wait with bated breath to see what The Shirt, their uniform on football Saturdays, will look like. The wait is over Friday when The Shirt will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Junior Lauren Couey, The Shirt unveiling coordinator, said many student groups will perform at the event, including Project Fresh, the band, cheerleaders, the bagpipe band and the Glee Club, among others. Former football players will also appear at the event, Couey said. “Robert Hughes, Golden Tate and Allen Pinkett, who will also be our MC for the day, [are coming],” she said. “Having former players will be pretty exciting, along with [Irish coach Brian] Kelly and the [current] players.” Couey said the event will also feature games and food. “There will be inflatables for kids, a corn hole toss tournament, trivia with prizes and free food,” she said. “Jimmy John’s and Hot Box have donated food, so we are pretty excited about that.” Senior Paul Baranay, vice president of The Shirt Committee, said this year’s unveiling will showcase the charitable aspect of The Shirt. Couey said Fr. Tom Doyle, vice-president for student affairs, will appear at the event for the first time to speak about the late Sr. Jean Lenz, one of the founders of The Shirt. Baranay said the event will highlight not only The Shirt’s design but also the charitable efforts made possible by proceeds from The Shirt. According to The Shirt Project website, the profits from The Shirt support student groups on campus and establish memorial awards for particular Notre Dame students. Baranay said the final design has been in place since early February, and while he cannot explicitly reveal anything about The Shirt, he said the format of the event gives a hint. “One thing I can say is that there is a reason we are focusing on players this year,” he said. “[This season] is the 125th anniversary of the football program, and that will be worked into the unveiling as well.” Couey said she is excited to see who turns out for the event. “Since I’ve been setting everything up, doing all the little pieces, it is hard for me to even picture it all together to see it actually all come together,” Couey said. “Seeing everyone there and the excitement is what I am really looking forward [to].” Baranay said he is excited for the student groups to perform. “I’m most excited to see the students and the community turn out. It is always a huge event,” he said.  “As for the program itself, I am actually most excited about the student groups because they are the ones that benefit from The Shirt so it is always great to see them perform.”last_img read more


Are you ready for more flexibility, more guidance?

first_imgOn Thursday, the NCUA finalized regulations eliminating the 5% aggregate limit on fixed assets for federal credit unions.  It also established a single time period of six years from the date of a property’s purchase for an FCU to at least partially occupy the premises.  These changes would have been important enough on their own, but there is even more going on here than meets the eye.When NCUA first proposed doing away with its fixed asset rules for FCUs, it proposed replacing them with a requirement that credit unions implement a fixed asset management program (FAM).  Commenters , including the Association, welcomed NCUA’s willingness to do away with the nettlesome fixed asset cap but expressed concern that the FAM requirement would end up being almost as burdensome to credit unions as the existing regulation.In an example of the impact that comment letters can have, particularly when a three-member board is divided, NCUA eventually agreed to not only do away with the fixed asset cap but to eliminate the FAM requirement.  This might sound like incredibly dry stuff, but it is yet another indication that NCUA is fundamentally re-examining its regulatory approach away from prescription towards greater flexibility in complying with safety and soundness mandates.  The preamble states that the amendments reflect the Board’s recognition  that it should give credit unions relief from a prescriptive  limit on fixed assets but it stressed that investments in fixed assets  “are, and will continue to be, subject to supervisory review.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Southampton will top Premier League table with win over Newcastle – How long since your club was top? | Football News

first_imgCHELSEAImage:Chelsea last topped the table more than two years ago, during Maurizio Sarri’s first months in charge Here, we count down each club’s waiting time in reverse order… Kick off 8:00pm 15. Chelsea (two years, one month, 16 days)Last topped table: Friday, 21 September 2018 4. Burnley (47 years, two months, six days)Last topped table: Friday, 31 August 1973 NEWCASTLE 19. Everton (seven days)Last topped table: Friday, 30 October 2020 2. Wolves (58 years, one month, one day)Last topped table: Friday, 5 October 1962 SOUTHAMPTON - Southampton striker Alan Shearer pictured during a First Division match in 1988. (Photo Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images) Image:Southampton have the opportunity to soar to the top of these rankings on Friday if they beat Newcastle, having last topped the table 32 years ago in 1988 – the year Alan Shearer made his debut for the club – Advertisement – 9. West Ham (14 years, two months, 15 days)Last topped table: Tuesday, 22 August 2006 Last topped table: Friday, 18 September 2020 LEICESTER during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Image:It has been barely a month since Leicester held top spot and four years since their against-the-odds title-winning season WOLVES - Frank WignallImage:Frank Wignall playing for Wolves in 1962 WEST BROM Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal's third goalImage:Arsenal are the only other team to have topped the Premier League this season Southampton will lead England’s top division for the first time in 32 years if they beat Newcastle this Friday, live on Sky Sports – but which current Premier League club has waited the longest to top the table?The Saints last reached the summit of England’s top division in 1988, the same year Alan Shearer made his debut for the south-coast side. So is that the longest wait for current top-flight clubs?- Advertisement – MAN UTD during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.Image:Luke Shaw was among the goals as Manchester United beat Leicester on the opening day to top the table back in August 2018 – they have not reclaimed that standing since 11. Aston Villa (nine years, two months, 17 days)Last topped table: Saturday, 20 August 2011 17. Arsenal (49 days)- Advertisement – 18. Leicester City (35 days)Last topped table: Friday, 2 October 2020 20. Liverpool (0 days) EVERTONImage:Merseyside rivals Everton commanded the summit until seven days ago 5. West Brom (41 years, nine months, four days)Last topped table: Friday, 2 February 1979center_img 8. Leeds United (18 years, two months, 11 days)Last topped table: Monday, 26 August 2002 13. Tottenham (six years, two months, eight days)Last topped table: Friday, 29 August 2014 10. Newcastle (13 years, two months, 24 days)Last topped table: Monday, 13 August 2007 BURNLEY - circa 1973: A line up of the Burnley Football team from left to right: Back Row : Nulty, Ingram, Collins, Nodle Centre : Newton, Thompson, Stevenson, Waldron, Hawkin Front : Docherty, Flethcher, Dobson, Casper, and Leyton JamesImage:Circa 1973: A line-up of the Burnley team from left to right. Back Row: Nulty, Ingram, Collins, Noble. Centre: Newton, Thompson, Stevenson, Waldron, Hankin. Front : Docherty, Fletcher, Dobson, Casper, James WEST HAM SHEFF UTD - Tony CurrieImage:Tony Currie was banging in the goals for Sheffield United when they last topped the league back in 1971 LEEDSImage:Leeds returned to the top flight after 16 years in the lower tiers this season – but it has been more than 18 years since they last held the summit 7. Southampton (32 years, one month, 21 days)Last topped table: Friday, 16 September 1988 Last topped table: Friday, 10 August 2018 FULHAMImage:Steve Sidwell helped Fulham last reach the Premier League summit back in 2012 MAN CITYImage:Would you believe it? It has been over a year since Manchester city hit league-topping heights 16. Man City (one year, two months, 21 days)Last topped table: Friday, 16 August 2019 CRYSTAL PALACE 6. Crystal Palace (41 years, one month, one day)Last topped table: Friday, 5 October 1979 Friday 6th November 8:00pm 14. Man Utd (two years, two months, 27 days)- Advertisement – TOTTENHAMImage:There is a considerable jump in waiting time at this stage of the rankings, with Spurs last achieving top spot more than six years ago LIVERPOOLImage:Reigning champions Liverpool are the only team without some form of wait, sitting top of the league on Friday 3. Sheffield Utd (49 years, 29 days)Last topped table: Friday, 8 October 1971 12. Fulham (eight years, two months, 16 days)Last topped table: Tuesday, 21 August 2012 1. Brighton (still waiting)Last topped table: Never BRIGHTONImage:And so the wait continues for Brighton… Aston Villa of Blackburn during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on August 20, 2011 in Birmingham, England.Image:It is approaching a decade since Aston Villa last topped the tablelast_img read more


NIH starts clinical trial of H5N1 DNA vaccine

first_imgJan 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials have announced the launch of the first clinical trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made from a piece of the virus’s DNA rather than from the whole virus, an approach that may facilitate faster vaccine production.The trial began Dec 21 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the NIH reported in a news release yesterday. The vaccine was designed by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH.Conventional flu vaccines use viruses that are grown in chicken eggs and administered in weakened or killed form, the NIH noted. DNA vaccines, in contrast, contain only parts of the virus’s genetic material. “Once inside the body, the DNA instructs human cells to make proteins that act as a vaccine against the virus,” the agency said.The experimental vaccine uses a modified version of the hemagglutinin gene from a recent strain of the deadly H5N1 virus, the NIH reported. It was made in the Vaccine Pilot Plant at the NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC).VRC Director Gary Nabel, MD, PhD, said the vaccine uses DNA from a 2005 strain of H5N1 from Indonesia. The vaccine is produced by growing bacteria that have been engineered to make the viral DNA, he told CIDRAP News.The NIH said the DNA vaccine was brought “from the research bench into clinical trials in less than 6 months.”The trial will involve 45 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60. Thirty volunteers will receive three vaccine injections over 2 months and will be followed for a year, while 15 will receive placebo injections.Researchers will measure the volunteers’ immune response to the vaccine, compare its potency with that of more traditional vaccines, and assess its safety, the NIH said.Nabel said the new technique has the potential to speed up flu vaccine production, but he stressed that investigators first must show that the vaccine is immunogenic and safe.He said a batch of the bacteria can be grown in a matter of days, and purification and quality-control steps add a few weeks to the process of making the vaccine. “From start to finish it’s probably a couple of months,” he said, as compared with about 6 to 8 months for the conventional process of growing the vaccine virus in chicken eggs.Approximately the same timeline would apply in using the technique to make a vaccine for a new H5N1 strain, according to Nabel. “You can make new prototypes within days, and then it’s just a matter of getting it into the fermentation and production process,” he said. “Literally it can be just a matter of a couple months to get to a small phase 1 trial.”But he stopped short of suggesting what it would take to scale up production to millions of doses. “Clearly there would be somewhat of a learning curve,” he said. “We need to determine whether the DNA vaccine can work and can generate a sufficient amount of the right type of immunity to protect against influenza infections. That’s really the purpose of the trial.”If the vaccine performs well in trials and if the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain within the next couple of years, the vaccine could possibly be of some use in combating it, Nabel said.He said DNA vaccines generate some level of cellular immune response, whereas traditional flu vaccines generate only a humoral immune (neutralizing antibody) response. When responding to an emerging pandemic virus, for which no precisely matched vaccine would be immediately available, the cellular immunity conferred by a DNA vaccine might be of some help, he said.Nabel said another possibility is that the DNA vaccine, if it succeeds in clinical trials, could be used in combination with a traditional inactivated vaccine, assuming the traditional vaccine was at least modestly immunogenic. The DNA vaccine could be given first, followed by the traditional vaccine as a booster. (The federal government has a small stockpile of a traditional egg-based vaccine for H5N1, which has generated modest immune responses in trials.)The DNA vaccine contains no infectious material, and the virus was not present during any part of the manufacturing process, Julie E. Martin, DO, leader of the study, said in the news release.Nabel and his colleagues have previously shown the efficacy of DNA flu vaccines in lab animals, including animals exposed to H5N1 viruses and the H1N1 virus that caused the 1918 pandemic, the NIH said. The vaccine now being tested is similar to other DNA vaccines in development, including vaccines for HIV, Ebola, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and West Nile virus.”Development of this vaccine technology has the potential to improve our production capacity for vaccines to prevent seasonal influenza and other diseases,” NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, commented in the news release.Nabel said the NIH vaccine is not the same as the H5N1 DNA vaccine being developed by Vical Inc. of San Diego, though the vaccines are analogous. The NIH has been supporting Vical’s research with grants.See also:Jan 3 NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2007/Pages/FluDNAVax.aspxOct 20, 2006, CIDRAP News story “DNA vaccine protects mice from 1918 flu virus”Jun 7, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Firm gets funds for work on avian flu DNA vaccine”last_img read more


FlixBus and HŽPP: Synergy into the future of sustainable travel

first_imgIn recent years, FlixBus has developed the largest international network of bus lines with over 400.000 daily connections in 30 countries. In cooperation with HŽ Putnički prijevoz, this global network includes an additional 70 destinations from Central Croatia with almost 170 daily departures. This step into the future was confirmed by the first cooperation of the European leader in passenger transport by bus and national rail passenger transport. FlixBus and HŽŽP have networked their advantages and as of today, European destinations such as Vienna, Rome, Paris or Prague are closer to destinations such as Bjelovar, Sisak, Zabok or Koprivnica. Rail transport is the most environmentally friendly and sustainable in the long run. Accordingly, HŽ Putnički prijevoz directs its development policy towards business and social goals based on the principles of sustainable development. By adapting to the challenges of mobility and increasing the quality of the service, the HŽPP promotes integrated transport which improves the mobility of the population in order to improve the quality of life of citizens. “From the very beginning, the mission of FlixBus has been to provide everyone with a comfortable and easy journey. Connecting different transport models in a smart way is crucial in carrying out this mission. Cooperation with HŽPP is the next step in the future of integrated travel and the possibility of easy travel for all, pointed out Ante Grbeša, director for FlixBus CEE South region. As integrated transport takes an increasingly important place in the future of sustainable driving and becomes an alternative to the use of passenger cars, more and more transport providers see the future in joint cooperation. Thanks to this collaboration, passengers can now plan their journey to the most desirable European destinations by combining train and bus rides. Those who travel by train from or to Zagreb from Sisak, Bjelovar, Križevci, Koprivnica, Zabok, Krapina and Karlovac and all places through which the train passes can travel directly to 10 European countries with a joint ticket of both carriers such as Germany, Italy or France with a short transfer. from train to bus. Available combined destinations and tickets can be found today on the free mobile application and website of FlixBus and the box office of the Sisak railway station. ˝Introduction of integrated regular transport creates added value and citizens will be able to use one ticket for transport by train and bus, and this transport offer is part of a positive European practice and we believe that we will soon offer it in other major cities. The use of public transport relieves the burden on city roads, so I hope that citizens will be satisfied with this service and use car transport less. “, pointed out Željko Ukić, President of the Management Board of HŽPP.last_img read more


Church of England Pensions Board appoints chief executive

first_imgThe Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) has appointed John Ball as its new chief executive, starting on 1 July.Ball’s appointment follows the unexpected death of former CEPB chief executive Bernadette Kenny last October.Jonathan Spencer, chair of the CEPB, said: “John brings a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of the need and challenges faced by many of our key partners, having worked as CEO for one of the Church’s largest and most diverse dioceses.”Ball is currently chief executive and secretary for the diocese of Chelmsford, having joined in 2011. The diocese covers the church’s work in east London and the county of Essex. He gained a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford before joining London Underground, part of Transport for London. He spent 11 years with the transport organisation, where he became head of strategy and asset management.The CEPB provides pensions for clergy and church workers and its schemes have over 38,000 members.It made a record investment return of 21.2% for the 2016 calendar year on a portfolio currently worth £2.4bn (€2.7bn). Assets are split between return-seeking (80%) and liability-matching (20%) pools.As at 31 December 2017, equities made up 67% of the CEPB’s total portfolio, real estate 10%, fixed income 9% and infrastructure 6%.Pierre Jameson, chief investment officer at CEPB, recently spoke to IPE about the church’s investment strategy.last_img read more


Jeepneys, taxis back on roads May 18; Follow transport health safety rules – PSTMO

first_imgPeople can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. The modern jeepneys, on the other hand, would all be allowed to operate. The minimum fare is P11 plus P1.80 for every succeeding kilometer. * Drivers should refuse passengers not wearing facemasks. TRANSPORT HEALTH SAFETY PROTOCOLS ILOILO City – Monday next week, May 18, public utility jeepneys and taxis would be allowed to resume their operation, announced the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO). * Drivers must have disinfectants (sanitizers/alcohol) for the disinfection of their units. This fare adjustment had the nod of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Land Transportation Office in the region during a meeting yesterday, said Conlu. For automobile taxis, it is going to be a maximum of three passengers – one in the front seat and two in the back seats. According to Conlu, the following must be followed at all times to avoid spreading SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): * Inspection stops would be set up by the PSTMO. All jeepneys and taxis must stop in these spots for inspection. * Drivers and passengers must wear facemasks at all times. For taxis, the fare should still be based on the meter reading. But not all jeepneys. As to the jeepney fare, said Conlu, it would be P9 for the first four kilometers and an additional P1.50 for every succeeding kilometer so as not to unduly burden jeepney drivers and operators due to their reduced number of passengers. * Drivers must sanitize their hands after receiving passengers’ fares. Only 25 percent of the total number of old model / traditional jeepneys (per jeepney route) would be allowed, according to PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu, while for taxis all units would be allowed. * Social distancing must be observed by passengers. * Each jeepney’s passenger load must only be 50 percent of its normal capacity. Regarding private vehicles, their drivers and passengers must wear facemask and have disinfectants. * Drivers must have money bins where fares are stored. Also, each jeepney unit would only be allowed to load up to 50 percent of its total passenger capacity so that social distancing could be observed. Drivers violating these protocols risk being charged with reckless driving, according to Conlu. * Each passenger must first pay the driver before boarding the jeepney. Conlu also said provincial jeepneys should be only up to transport terminals and that the 30 units of Vallacar Transit’s Ceres buses would continue to ply the city’s streets. The PSTMO chief, however, assured jeepney associations there would be adjustments as to the number of jeepneys allowed to operate as may be needed. * For taxis, there must be a plastic divider between the driver and passengers. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PNlast_img read more


BHS student named Lilly Endowment recipient

first_imgRipley County, In. — The Ripley County Community Foundation proudly announced George Ritter as Ripley County’s 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. George will receive full tuition for 4 years and a $900 per year book stipend to the Indiana College or University of his choice.George Ritter is the son of Jade and Elizabeth Ritter and is a senior at Batesville High School. Although he does not know which college he wishes to attend yet, he plans on going into chemical engineering. Along with being a top student at his high school, George participates in National Honor Society, Drama Club, is a member of the Track and Field team, serves as a tutor and participates in the St. Louis Mission Team.The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is one of the most competitive and prestigious scholarships offered by the Ripley County Community Foundation. Candidates are evaluated on grades, extra-curricular activities, test scores, community involvement, and must write multiple essays to give the committee a better understanding of the student. The selection committee is composed of Ripley County residents representing all areas of the county. During the evaluation process, the committee is not given names of the applicants or the schools they attend and during the final interviews, the student is only introduced by their first name.  This provides for as much objectivity as possible. Once the Ripley County Community Foundation scholarship committee had chosen and interviewed the finalists, the candidate’s applications were sent to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.Each of the four finalists will receive a Ripley County Community Scholarship in the sum of $2,000 in their freshman year and a Grateful Families Scholarship and a Jane Deiwert Scholarship in their Sophmore year.  The four finalists are: Alyssa Brinkman, Trey Heidlage, Sarah Preston, and Chloe Shaw.Alyssa Brinkman is the daughter of Jane and Daniel Brinkman and is a senior at Milan High School. Alyssa is her class president, valedictorian, and participates in swimming and beauty pageants. Trey Heidlage is the son of Julia and Robert Heidlage and is a senior at Batesville High School. Trey is Co-Captain of the Varsity Basketball team, a member of student council, and an active member of his church. Sarah Preston is the daughter of Beth and Robert Preston and is a senior at Oldenburg Academy. Sarah is National Honor Society President, Captain of the Varsity tennis team, a member Academy Singers, and a member of The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Chloe Shaw is the daughter of Amy and Steve Shaw and is a senior at Batesville High School. Chloe is Treasurer of the Key Club, a Math Center Peer Tutor, a member of the Dance Team, and a member of Senior Leadership Committee.The Ripley County Community Foundation congratulates George Ritter and the four Ripley County Community Scholars for their hard work and achievements.last_img read more


Adam effort enough in Canaries defeat

first_imgCharlie Adam ended a five-month goal drought to give Stoke back-to-back victories for the first time since December and leave the club on the brink of safety after a 1-0 victory over Norwich. Arguably the best moment of the game for Norwich came early on as Snodgrass, Grant Holt and Kei Kamara all combined to tee up Bradley Johnson for an edge-of-the-area left-foot shot that again cleared the woodwork. After Peter Crouch back flicked a deep cross into the heart of the area from Adam on 15 minutes, Stoke’s best chance of the opening half followed eight minutes later. Again Adam was the supplier, this time with another corner that was struck on the volley by Cameron Jerome from eight yards out and into a crowd of players in front of him. There were muted cries of handball, but it was not a Norwich arm that was in the way, instead that of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi. The half-time whistle could not come quick enough, but then at least the second period was spiced up after just 50 seconds. It was typical route one stuff from Stoke as a long ball pumped forward from Robert Huth found the head of Crouch for a knockdown into the area. As Jerome blocked off Sebastien Bassong’s attempt to clear, Adam stole in for a simple left-foot shot underneath Mark Bunn from seven yards. The Canaries should have been dead and buried in the 63rd minute but for a miss-of-the-season from Crouch who failed to connect from four yards out with a low ball into the six-yard box from Adam. Comically, six minutes from time Crouch missed another sitter from eight yards after Bunn had blocked a stinging drive from Nzonzi. The gangly striker could afford a smile, but only just as in injury time Kamara planted a header inches over from a long throw in what was City’s only meaningful second-half attempt as Stoke deserved the win. Adam’s first goal since November 24 was enough to further ease the Potters’ relegation fears following last weekend’s 2-0 win at QPR. Although Stoke have now hit the 40-point mark long heralded by boss Tony Pulis as enough to guarantee safety, mathematically they cannot count their chickens just yet. As for Norwich, six points clear of the bottom three, they too will still be looking over their shoulders, particularly with a vital game now looming large next Saturday against Aston Villa. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Record punishment for Suarez

first_imgLuis Suarez has been banned from playing for any team, including Liverpool, for four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini after FIFA announced a record punishment for the striker. FIFA confirmed the news at its daily briefing in Rio de Janeiro. The player has also been fined 100,000 Swiss francs (just under £66,000). Suarez and the Uruguay FA are able to appeal against the sanctions, but even if the appeal is lodged and the process is under way he will not be able to play in any matches, starting with Uruguay’s last-16 fixture against Colombia in Rio on Saturday. The ban on “any kind of football-related activity” means Suarez would not even be able to train with Liverpool or enter any stadium. FIFA has confirmed, however, that it will not prevent the player being transferred should Liverpool decide to sell Suarez, last season’s player of the year and the Premier League’s top scorer. It is the third time Suarez has been sanctioned for biting opponents – the two previous offences occurred in club football where he was banned for seven matches and 10 matches respectively. The latest sanctions should total 21 matches (nine for Uruguay and 12 for Liverpool) so it means he will have faced a total ban of 38 matches for the three incidents – none of which saw a red card shown. Claudio Sulser, the chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee, said the panel had taken into account all the factors in the case. Sulser said: “Such behaviour cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. “The disciplinary committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Mr Suarez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the code.” The sanctions, which include a nine-match international suspension, will have a devastating effect on Liverpool’s plans as it will keep the striker out of football until the end of October – potentially 12 club matches. The Uruguay forward will play no further part in the World Cup in Brazil after his attack on Chiellini during his side’s final group game on Tuesday, a 1-0 Uruguay win which saw them progress at Italy’s expense. Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre said the club would review the full report before making any further comment. Ayre said: “Liverpool Football Club will wait until we have seen and had time to review the FIFA Disciplinary committee report before making any further comment.” The sanctions are a record ban imposed on a player for an offence at a World Cup of an on-the-pitch nature – previously it was Italy’s Mauro Tassotti who was banned for eight matches for breaking Luis Enrique’s nose with an elbow in 1994. A statement from FIFA announcing the sanctions read: : “The player Luis Suarez is to be suspended for nine official matches. “The player Luis Suarez is banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four months. “A stadium ban is pronounced against the player Luis Suarez in accordance with article 21 of the FIFA disciplinary code as follows: the player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium during the period of the ban. “The player Luis Suarez is prohibited from entering the confines of any stadium in which the representative team of Uruguay is playing while he has to serve the nine-match suspension. “The player Luis Suarez is ordered to pay a fine in the amount of 100,000 Swiss Francs.” Brazil’s former World Cup winner Ronaldo said Suarez had to pay the price for his misdemeanour. He told a news conference in Rio: “I know that bites hurt – my young kids used to bite me and I’d punish them – in my home punishment is called the dark room with big bad wolf and for an adult I guess that’s the same thing with a four-month ban.” Britain’s FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, from Northern Ireland, told Press Association Sport: “I think the punishment handed out by FIFA to Luis Suarez is fully justified. “Hopefully he will realise now that behaviour of this type will not be tolerated under any circumstances.” Uruguay FA president Wilmar Valdez said the association would appeal against the Suarez sanctions. Speaking outside the FIFA hotel in Rio, he told reporters: “We are preparing our appeal now, we have three days to do it. “It is an excessive decision and there was not enough evidence and I have seen more aggressive incidents recently. “It is a severe punishment. I don’t know exactly which arguments they used but it is a tough punishment for Suarez. “It’s feels like Uruguay has been thrown out of the World Cup. We all know what Suarez means to Uruguay and to football around the world – not having Suarez would be a loss to any team.” Valdez also insisted there was no possibility of Uruguay boycotting their last 16 match against Colombia on Saturday. He told Press Association Sport: “No, that is not a possibility. Uruguay continues playing at this World Cup. We have good players who can come in.” He added that Suarez will return to Uruguay, saying: “Luis in the next few hours will travel to Montevideo to be with the rest of his family to recover.” Press Associationlast_img read more