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“We are deeply sorry to hear about the death of Lukman Niode, who was one of our prominent athletes in the swimming field,” Gatot said on Friday.Lukman was a gold medalists at the 1983 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore and participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, the United States. Following his retirement from the sport, he became an official at the National Sports Council (KONI).According to Gatot, Lukman’s wife had requested to bury him in the Jeruk Purut public cemetery (TPU) in South Jakarta.“I have already delivered the request to the minister and he agreed to help. The final decision depends on the hospital,” Gatot added.KONI head Marciano Norman expressed his condolences. “Indonesia has lost one of its greatest swimming athletes who changed our history thanks to his excellent achievements,” Marciano said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Friday. (dpk)Topics : However, kompas.com reported that he had tested positive for COVID-19.“He underwent a swab test at the hospital on Wednesday and the result came out positive, even though previous two tests [at a different hospital] showed negative results,” Lukman’s brother Idrus Niode said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.He added that his family was wondering where Lukman had contracted the disease as he showed no symptoms.Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto confirmed the death of the former athlete. Olympian swimmer Lukman Niode passed away in Pelni Hospital, Jakarta, at 12:58 p.m. on Friday at the age of 56.Lukman had been treated at Pelni Hospital since Wednesday because of a pulmonary nodule.
Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 189 Views no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve Recruits Wardens by: – October 17, 2019 Share Soufriere Marine Reserve. Photo credit: Alice DalyrampleAs tourist season opens, the Soufriere/Scotts Head Marine Reserve is ready to recruit wardens to safeguard the island’s natural resources in the south.President of the Association for the Soufriere Scotts Head Marine Reserve, Heston Charles says the organisation also is interested in improving the lives of the area residents.Charles says a meeting is planned for Friday, October 18th for all prospects.“Presently we are ensuring that we have trained wardens so that we have people to maintain the reserved area. We want to encourage young men and women who are interested in marine life and want to get that experience to attend that meeting,” he detailed.The meeting takes place at the St. Marks Cooperative Office in Scotts Head from 11am.Charles spoke of a jetty for Scotts Head saying, “Work should begin sometime in November. The company is coming Dominica to begin the preliminary work.”Yacht moorings will also be installed in Scotts Head “that will bring traffic into the community and generate income for the residents of Soufriere.
Simone Evans, 93, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday February 6, 2020 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born July 24, 1926 in Dijon, France, daughter of the late Emile Meo and Juliette (Moissenot) Meo.Simone worked as a Line worker for Seagrams Distillery, retiring after over 40 years of service.She attended Life Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, crocheting and she liked to work on her home. Simone loved to cook, and always wanted family around. She was an animal lover, and she really loved her dogs, especially Sofie.Simone is survived by her children, Jocelyn (Larry) Seymour of Florence, IN, Monique (Gene) Houze of Aurora, IN, Michael Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Mark (Jerrie) Shinkle of Aurora, IN, Michelle (Bill) McClurg of Aurora, IN; step-children, Sheryl (Art) Kammeyer of Cincinnati, OH, Jeff Evans of Moores Hill, IN; special family members, Casie Rohrback and Sue (Charles) Walston; grandchildren, Melissa Weaver, Shawn Walston, Krista Walston, Scott Houze, Chris Houze, Matthew Houze, Jessica Allen, Aric Shinkle, Kathy Goins, Nicholas McClurg, Makayla McClurg, Adam Kammeyer and Kim Cox; 13 great-grandchildren and one more on the way.She was preceded in death by her parents, Emile and Juliette; her husband, Norbert Raymond Evans and infant son, William, one sister and two brothers.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 am with Brother Kenny Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to PAWS, American Cancer Society or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Giovanni Trapattoni brushed aside speculation surrounding his future as he prepared for a potentially pivotal game in his reign as Ireland manager. In the shorter term, Trapattoni’s only focus will be to extend Ireland’s World Cup mission into next month, something which could prove almost impossible whatever happens in Vienna if Sweden, who won 2-1 in Dublin on Friday evening, repeat the feat in Kazakhstan. The former Italy boss admits qualification from the current position will be difficult, and appears to have re-calibrated his targets in recent days by insisting that finishing in third place in the group would represent an achievement. However, the immediate challenge for his players is to prove that the progress they made during the first four years of his tenure was real and not simply a figment of his imagination. He said: “I have said to the players, we must play for our shirt, for our country and that what you have done until now was not a dream. “In the first half against Sweden I saw a very good team, and our attitude, our balance, our mentality is this. “In the second half, we lost our enthusiasm. But yesterday I saw again a team with enthusiasm with our capacity, our strength, and I think tomorrow we can do well, as in the past. “We are aware it’s very important for both teams. We know the only objective is to win. “Only with this result can we keep our hopes alive, but we still have three matches to play and anything can happen. “What happened to us over 90 minutes against Sweden can happen to other teams. Anything can happen.” If it has anything to do with his most ardent critics, the axe will fall sooner than that, but the veteran Italian will go kicking and screaming and insisting the foundations are in place for future success. Asked if the ongoing discussion over his position had proved a distraction, he said: “Absolutely not. I continue my job. “After this, if I was [Football Association of Ireland chief executive] John Delaney, I would say, ‘Giovanni, continue because Giovanni has done a great job in these five years’. “First was [the World Cup play-off in] France – and you know what happened. We changed again and we achieved [qualification for] the Euros, and we changed again. “In the Euros, we played against Spain and Italy, who finished first and second. “When I assess what we have done until now, we have to continue to do it. I promised change and promised to discover new players, young players, and the players have changed. “I would like to have this new team at a club because I would have the possibility to work every day, every week with this team. “I am sure I could develop this team, their quality and their experience very much.” The 74-year-old is well aware that the nation’s hopes of World Cup qualification could be over by the time the final whistle sounds at the Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Tuesday night as both Ireland and Austria desperately attempt to clutch on to the coat tails of Group C rivals Sweden in the race for second place. Trapattoni has accepted his time at the helm is drawing to a close, although he has every intention of fulfilling his contract, which is due to expire in June next year. Press Association
“Your life can’t be dictated by that. You are either the right man for the job, for the long-term plan, or you’re not.” Victory eased QPR out of the relegation zone on goal difference and to within two points of the Black Cats, whose head coach Gus Poyet was in sombre mood after seeing his players response to the home crowd’s exhortations after the break, but in a fashion which was not pleasing to his eye. He said: “Typical us. When we are in a good situation, we always make a step back, so it’s something we need to correct because it is happening too many times. “It happened last year – I am talking only about my time here – and it’s happened again this year. Every time we do something all right, then next step is worse. “The players are trying – you could not ask for more. The second half was as much effort as I have ever seen on this pitch. “I don’t know if it’s football – I’m sorry about that – I don’t define that as football, I define that as a desperate team running about just trying to be nice with the fans. “We need to change. I think it’s time to sit down, everybody, reflect on football, listen, learn and then maybe we can make a bigger step forward. “If we keep trying to sort out problems just asking the team to do things we are not capable of doing, then we are going to have this situation for years, with me, without me, with the next manager and with the next five managers. “It’s time. I’d like to be the one to change things, but I cannot see it happening in a short period of time.” Just hours before Rangers kicked off at Sunderland, chairman Tony Fernandes used his Twitter account to reveal that he was closing in on a “dream” appointment as Harry Redknapp’s replacement. However, if the news had reached the dressing room, it did not break the players’ concentration as they surged to a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light, not only their first win on the road but their first points at the 12th attempt. Press Association Ramsey said: “I’m not on Twitter because I’m old and I don’t know how to work it. But most youngsters are on it, aren’t they? The players are young, aren’t they, and they are on it. It’s just part of their social media life, isn’t it? “Sometimes everybody knows something and no-one is talking about it. It was one of those. I’m sure they must have talked about it amongst themselves, but no-one really let it get in the way of anything today.” As Ramsey’s players went about their business, Michael Laudrup’s odds of taking over the hot-seat plummeted, although the club’s head of development later insisted he did not know what was happening behind the scenes. He said: “I haven’t been given a brief, to be honest with you. I know there was speculation before and I know everyone is going to ask me about that. “I know there was speculation before the game, but what we tried to do was keep ourselves focussed for the job at hand, and we were successful in that assignment tonight.” Rangers prevailed as a result of Leroy Fer’s 17th-minute header and Bobby Zamora’s thunderous finish in first-half injury time, although keeper Rob Green had to pull off two fine reaction saves to deny Connor Wickham and Jermain Defoe. Asked if he felt he himself deserved the job on a permanent basis as a result, Ramsey said with a smile: “I thought I deserved it before this! “At the end of the day, I have said it before, your life can’t be defined by 90 minutes or a fantastic swivel shot that Bobby scored. Caretaker QPR boss Chris Ramsey insisted fevered speculation over the vacant manager’s job did not prove a distraction as he guided them to their first Barclays Premier League away win of the season.
Remi Garde takes the reins at Aston Villa looking to arrest a run of seven consecutive defeats, which has left the club anchored to the bottom of the table, four points from safety. Here, Press Association Sport looks at other lengthy losing runs in the Premier League. Sunderland, 20 matches, 18/1/2003-10/9/05 Villa have a long way to go to match the worst run, with Sunderland the not-so-proud record holder. The Black Cats suffered 15 consecutive defeats at the end of the 2002/03 season, which not surprisingly resulted in relegation. They were back two seasons later only to lose five more games at the start of the 2005/06 season before finally stopping the sequence with a draw against West Brom. Sunderland, nine matches, 15/10/05-10/12/05 After three matches without defeat, including a victory over local rivals Middlesbrough, Sunderland endured another miserable losing run that lasted nine matches and two months. They won only three games all season and were relegated again having accumulated just 15 points. Newcastle, eight matches, 4/3/15-2/5/15 Newcastle were in serious danger of being relegated last season after failing to pick up a point in eight consecutive matches between the beginning of March and the beginning of May. Like with Sunderland, a draw with West Brom stopped the rot and victory over West Ham on the final day ensured they finished four points clear of the bottom three. Ipswich, eight matches, 28/2/95 and 15/4/95 Ipswich had already had a run of five straight defeats during a miserable season but the nadir came between February and April, when they lost eight in a row. The sequence included their famous 9-0 defeat by Manchester United, the only time any team has lost a Premier League match by nine goals. Derby, seven matches, 28/10/07-15/12/07 Derby finished the 2007/08 season with only 11 points, the lowest total in Premier League history. They managed just one victory all season, against Newcastle, and lost seven straight matches between October and December, scoring only one goal. The Rams ended the campaign with six consecutive losses. Press Association
He said: “It’s always the Premier League. We are in the bottom three and that makes our status in the Premier League the most important thing – and this is the club priority, this is the priority from Ellis Short downwards. “The emphasis at this football club, at every football club I have been at and every owner I have worked for says we have to stay and we have to be in the Premier League for next season. “That’s always the first priority, notwithstanding we all love the FA Cup, we’d all love to do exceptionally well in it. But look, if you win the FA Cup, like Wigan did and who now find themselves in League One having been relegated after winning that FA Cup… This club cannot afford that.” Sunderland, of course, have won the FA Cup twice, most famously in 1973 when as a second division outfit, they defeated Don Revie’s Leeds at Wembley in memorable fashion. Allardyce was a teenager looking on from afar at the time, but he understands the affection in which the competition is held on Wearside as a result. He said: “Everybody has enjoyed the FA Cup at some stage or other and everybody would like to get to the final and experience that. “This club has been there and is remembered very much for Jim Montgomery’s couple of saves all those years ago and Bob Stokoe’s run on the pitch. I can remember that vividly myself and it had nothing to do with me, I just watched it on the television. “We are all in love with the FA Cup, but unfortunately priorities change in football and our priority is the Premier League.” Allardyce will ring the changes as he attempts to manage the competing demands of a week which will involve around 1,800 miles of travel as well as the games, although he insists only one youngster – the clever money is on keeper Jordan Pickford following his return from a loan spell at Sky Bet Championship Preston – will start against the Gunners. Sam Allardyce will embark upon a new FA Cup campaign insisting Barclays Premier League survival must be Sunderland’s overwhelming priority. The 61-year-old, a vocal advocate for the introduction of a winter break in English football, has made his feelings abundantly clear over a fixture list which sees the Black Cats face league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the third round on Saturday before trips to Swansea and Tottenham, all inside eight days. Allardyce is a traditionalist whose love for the FA Cup is unquestionable, but having been handed the task of preserving the club’s top-flight status by owner Ellis Short in October, that remains his focus. Press Association
THE thrilling Men’s final was a fitting farewell to the 2019 Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships, as matches concluded on Sunday night at the National Gymnasium.The top-ranked PEPSI Hikers with a zero-goal handicap faced YMCA OFHC Top Form with a 5-goal advantage. The surprise of the match came three minutes after the start when entertaining Top Form midfielder Omar Hopkinson completed a skilful individual move into the back of the Hikers goal. Hikers would now have six goals to overcome.Top Form held firm but tournament top scorer Aroydy Branford scored in the 13th minute with a penalty corner missile to open Hikers’ account.With no further goals scored in the 20-minute first half and the score at 6-1 to Top Form, Hikers had their work cut out for them. Captain Robert France with a nifty deflection and midfielder Jamarj Assanah launched the comeback with goals in the 25th and 29th minutes. Newcomer Louis Adams, however, completed a left-side Top Form attack with a first-time shot into the open goal, immediately following Assanah’s goal to move the scores to 7-3.Men’s Champions, YMCA OFHC Top FormWith ten minutes remaining, and needing four goals to tie the score, Hikers replaced goalkeeper Hoyte with an additional field player and piled pressure on the Top Form defence. Branford scored a second penalty corner and a field goal in the following four minutes with the ploy working superbly well for the Hikers.Captain Robert France brought Hikers within one in the final minute of play, but despite their hurry, time expired leaving Top Form to celebrate the 7-6 victory.Paul D’Andrade of YMCA OFHC Top Form was adjudged the best goalkeeper of the men’s division while Aroydy Branford of PEPSI Hikers, with 35 goals, received the Most Goals award.The women’s final saw the unbeaten Spartans enjoy a 5-goal handicap to GBTI GCC Tigers’ 3.The pressure was on Tigers to score against what had been a solid Spartans defence, led by captain Makeda Harding. The breakthrough came just five minutes into play for Tigers, through the most unassuming manner.Sandy Roopnarine, who had been having a quiet tournament so far, pounced on a loose ball in the scoring circle and evaded goalkeeper Jessica Mittelholzer with a shot past her for the Tigers’ opener.Marzana Fiedtkou, who had put in an MVP performance throughout the tournament, scored next for Tigers with a 7th minute penalty corner, which was her first of three goals in the match.With Tigers already having made up the deficit by the 7th minute, Spartans threw caution to the wind and pressed Tigers defence from the restart.While Spartans’ effort created several chances, goalkeeper Natalie Hing was up to the challenge on each occasion and kept Spartans scoreless.Fiedtkou was the next to impact the game with a 22nd minute goal off a counterattack. Roopnarine, Shebiki Baptiste and Fiedtkou each scored once more to put the game well beyond the reach of Spartans for a final score of 9-5.Jessica Mittelholzer of Bingo Spartans was selected as Best Goalkeeper of the tournament while Marzana Fiedtkou’s 20 goals gave her the Top Goalscorer Award.
The final stretch of USC’s season begins with perhaps the team’s toughest remaining test when the Trojans travel to face No. 18 Arizona on Saturday.The Wildcats, despite coming off a lopsided loss to Stanford last week, will challenge the Trojans on both sides of the ball.Quarterback Nick Foles is the Pac-10’s most efficient passer at 71.8 percent, almost 10 percent higher than second-place Steven Threet from Arizona State. The Wildcats rely on a short, quick passing game at a pace that is only surpassed by Oregon.Arizona’s defense is no slouch either. Opposing offenses average 17.4 points against the Wildcats. The Trojans are averaging 36.4 yards a game this season, good for third behind Oregon and Stanford.Foles’ primary target is 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver Juron Criner. With 58 catches for 884 yards, Criner is leading the conference in receptions, making Foles and Criner arguably the best tandem in the Pac-10.The Trojans know that any hopes of slowing down Arizona begin by stopping its passing attack.Senior USC cornerback Shareece Wright said the key is to play with confidence against Arizona’s talented receiving corps, which also includes David Douglas and David Roberts.“They’re a good group of receivers,” Wright said. “Probably the best that we’re going to see all year so you have to play with a lot of confidence and stay on top.”USC coach Lane Kiffin spoke about Criner’s skill in practice on Wednesday.“He’s just special with the ball in his hands,” Kiffin said. “He’s just one of those unique guys.”Criner caught the game-winning touchdown against the Trojans in the Coliseum last year. During the game, former USC defensive back Josh Pinkard tore his ACL for the third time, which left Pinkard sitting on the couch come draft time.“Personally, for Josh, I’m going to make sure that [Criner doesn’t score the game-winning touchdown] again this year,” Wright said. “I’ll make sure I do my best to defend that guy.”On the other side of the ball, not only does Arizona lead the conference in scoring defense but it is also top in defending the run. The Wildcats yield just 2.9 yards per carry and 102.7 yards per game, not to mention they have only allowed eight rushing touchdowns in nine games.“We just have to be physical,” redshirt junior tailback Marc Tyler said. “Their defensive line pretty much anchors their defense and we’ve got to get those guys out the way.”—Kiffin said as of Wednesday he did not yet know who would start at running back against Arizona.Freshman Dillon Baxter made his first career start against Arizona State last week, but when asked if Baxter would start Saturday, Kiffin said he didn’t know.It will likely depend on Tyler’s health. Tyler was helped off the field near the end of the Arizona State game after suffering a sprained ankle.Tyler’s practice activity remained limited on Wednesday, after not practicing Tuesday. The junior said he is not quite at full strength, but the ankle is not bothering him.As for tailback Allen Bradford’s role in the rotation, Kiffin said the senior has to take care of his injuries and also hold onto the ball before he works his way back in.“It’s the most important thing we talk about and do here, is take care of the ball,” Kiffin said.—Sophomore safety Jawanza Starling and redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Matt Kalil did not practice on Wednesday. Along with Tyler, freshman wide receiver Robert Woods was limited but his status was improving.“This is the best Robert’s looked this week,” Kiffin said.Kiffin said there is an obvious dropoff when either Woods or senior receiver Ronald Johnson are less than 100 percent.“It’s imperative to have [Woods] in our offense, to have the two speed guys out there,” Kiffin said.