Qatar sends field hospitals to Lebanon

first_imgQatar began flying field hospitals and medical aid to Beirut Wednesday, AFP correspondents saw, to ease pressure on Lebanon’s strained medical system after the previous day’s devastating explosions.Crews at Qatar’s Al-Udeid airbase loaded collapsible beds, generators and burn sheets onto an Emiri Air Force C17 cargo plane, which subsequently took off for Lebanon.It was one of four due to fly from the Gulf to the Mediterranean country Wednesday. Officers estimated at least 7,000 pounds (3,175 kilograms) of aid would be flown on the inaugural flight, with two hospital units equipped with up to 550 beds due in Beirut by day’s end.Tens of thousands of people were left homeless and thousands more crammed into Beirut’s overwhelmed hospitals for treatment following Tuesday’s catastrophic incident.Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said on Tuesday that he spoke to Lebanese President Michel Aoun in the wake of the explosions at Beirut’s port and offered the medical aid.Qatar was ready “to provide immediate support following the explosion at the port,” he tweeted. Workers placed personal protective equipment kits on the seats of crew bound for Rafic Hariri airport in Beirut, which was already in the midst of a medical crisis amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases.”If there’s news about humanitarian stuff, there’s a high probability we’ll be on one of the flights,” said one of the pilots on the first of the aid relays to Lebanon from behind the controls of the Globemaster aircraft.Around him crew and loadmasters secured the frames that will form the field hospitals that Lebanese media reported will be erected at strategic points around the capital Beirut.Pilots at Al-Udeid, the largest airstrip in the Middle East and also the United States’ biggest airbase in the region, have been involved in COVID-19 relief flights in recent months.Gas-rich Qatar has sent extensive medical aid to its allies including China and Italy throughout the coronavirus pandemic as it uses its logistical clout and deep pockets to cement diplomatic ties.Commanding officers “started calling last night, giving orders to prepare. It’s not a normal flight, but it’s part of the job,” said a second pilot on the first flight to leave. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Fruity cider: the new cool?

first_imgSheppy’s Low-Alcohol Classic CiderLaunched: July 2018Premium cider brand Sheppy’s introduced its first low-alcohol SKU last month in response to growing consumer demand for low and no-alcohol options. Created to replicate the flavour of the brand’s traditional cider range with a 0.5% abv, the bottles (rsp: £1.30/500ml) are currently only available online, though the brand has stated it will announce a nationwide listing with a major retailer in September. One thing white cider did have in its favour was that it was cheap. But in Scotland, the introduction of Minimal Unit Pricing (MUP) last May put an end to all that. The 50p per unit policy, designed to discourage binge drinking and alcohol-related illnesses, saw average cider prices jump by 17.8% in the week of its introduction (Brand View, 52 w/e 3 May 2018). A four pack of 330ml cans of K cider, for example, rose from £4.25 to £5.28 at Tesco in the space of a week (Brand View, 25 April 2018 vs 2 May 2018).Now perceptions of white cider as reasonably priced are dropping away across the nation (despite no legislation-led change to price points south of the border). Only 28% of people thought it was cheap in our Harris Interactive survey, and 14% of 18 to 24-year-olds even thought it was expensive. And as Wales gets set to implement MUP in summer 2019 and England faces calls to follow suit, white cider may not be able to rely on price as a selling point for long.Fruity cider, on the other hand, is tapping all the right trends. With brands such as Kopparberg retailing for £2.20 per bottle, it may not be cheap. But it’s Instagrammable (you need only look at the accounts of Kopparberg, Old Mout and Thatcher’s for proof) and two thirds believe it has a good taste and is refreshing. As many as 43% of 18 to 24-year-olds think it’s cool to boot.According to Heineken marketing director Toby Lancaster, these cool credentials have hinged on its diverse range of flavours. “There’s a growing trend of consumers looking to try something different and experiment with flavour profiles,” he says. “We’re seeing a lot of consumers looking to experiment particularly with familiar flavours that have a twist of the unknown.”Indeed, new flavours were a key purchase driver for 22% of fruity cider shoppers in our Harris Interactive research. “These consumers are looking for a refreshing, tasty product in place of blander propositions that have dominated drinking occasions in the past,” explains Kopparberg marketing manager Rob Salvesen. Which shows why consumers are willing to try such unusual flavours as kiwi & lime or passionfruit & apple (see below). The Garden Cider Co BlueberryLaunched: June 2018Made by hand from locally donated fruit, Surrey-based brand The Garden Cider Co launched its new Blueberry flavour across on and off-trade in June. The 500ml bottles (rsp: £3.50) join the brand’s existing seven-strong range of craft ciders, including Elderflower, Dry Hop and Wild Strawberry, each selected for their prevalence in English gardens. Remember when Club 18-30 holidays were cool? For the nineties lad, nothing screamed ‘mad fer it’ more than hitting Faliraki with an overbearing club rep to rack up some painful sunburn (and memories). Today, cool has an altogether different meaning. For the social media generation, it turns out larging it in Magaluf doesn’t scream ‘photo op’. And so Club 18-30 met its official demise this year, pointing to the rise in millennials “wanting to have fancy and cool pictures on Instagram”.What does all this have to do with cider? Well, white cider has many parallels with said Club 18-30. At one point, it was the bevvy of choice for cash-strapped young people looking for a fun night out with their mates. Except it’s not cool anymore (or Instagrammable). And so white cider is in decline, suffering a 2.8% slump in both value and volume over the past year, according to the Westons 2018 Cider Report. Even residing sector champion Frosty Jack’s saw sales slip 3.6% on volumes down 6.3% [Nielsen w/e 21 April 2018].Watch: Young people don’t think white cider is cool  All this is the result of one big image problem. Consumer research from Bestway earlier this year concluded 93% of shoppers had a negative perception of the term ‘white cider’, prompting the wholesaler to rename its White Ace to simply Ace in April. This negative perception was equally evident in the Harris Interactive research. Only a fifth thought it was cool (this figure wasn’t much higher among trend-led 18 to 24-year-olds) and 32% thought it had a great taste. Compare that with the positive perceptions around fruity cider (see below), and you can see why sales are going in that direction. By contrast, its more photogenic rival, fruity cider, is booming. The Westons 2018 Cider Report found it now represents a third of all cider sales. Impressive stuff, considering that figure was as low as 1% in 2008. So what’s getting consumers all excited about fruity cider as opposed to the white stuff? Is there any opportunity for this market to grow further? And can white cider learn any lessons from its fruity friend’s success?Younger people in particular are lapping up fruity cider, according to our exclusive poll of over 600 cider drinkers by Harris Interactive. Nearly half of the total sample (48%) consume it in either bottled or canned form. Among 18 to 24-year-olds, this figure rises to 60%. By contrast, only 16% of this demographic drink bottled white and 31% drink canned white. It’s a discouraging finding among what was white cider’s core market.center_img Kopparberg Cranberry LightLaunched: June 2018Kopparberg’s latest low-calorie option Cranberry Light (rsp: £1.87) rolled out exclusively to Morrisons in June, containing 83 calories per 250ml can. The range, which also includes Raspberry Light (85 calories per 250ml) and Summer Fruits Light (83 calories per 250ml), is set to expand further in 2019.  Kiwi and lime won’t seem experimental for long, though. So to keep up this excitement, brands are continually bringing out new flavours. Stowford Press took aim at younger female drinkers in April with the on-trade launch of a Mixed Berries cider, which is set to hit the retailers later this year. Brand manager Holly Chadwick says the strategy is succeeding in attracting new, younger shoppers. “In the off-trade alone, 25.7 million fruit pints are now being drunk. It’s clear to see that fruit ciders are broadening consumer interest in the wider category,” she says.She believes the momentum of fruity cider isn’t set to slow any time soon. “There’s been substantial interest in fruity cider nationwide, and we expect it to account for just under 50% of all cider sold within the next five years.”White cider clearly can’t compete with all this flavour innovation. But fruity brands are now capitalising on other trends that could serve as lessons for the wider cider category.One trend that caught the eye of Old Mout was the growth in demand for low and no-alcohol products, which have typically targeted the younger generation. “We’ve seen a 20% value increase in ‘no and low’ cider and a rise in consumers who are looking to live better,” says marketing director Toby Lancaster. This prompted the brand to launch its first alcohol-free product – a berries and cherry cider – in April. The NPD aims to provide “a perfect alternative for the health-conscious consumer looking for something alcohol free without compromising on taste, as well as offering a new option for drinkers to enjoy exotic fruit cider during existing cider occasions.” Kopparberg is also targeting health-conscious drinkers, albeit in a different way. The brand expanded its low calories Light range to encompass new Cranberry variant in June, containing 83 calories per 250ml can and joining existing SKUs Summer Fruits Light and Raspberry Light. “As consumers become more health conscious and responsible, cider makers need to ensure that they are prepared by diversifying their portfolios to address these trends and ensure they have appropriate pack formats available to meet these needs,” says Salvesen.Then there has been some savvy marketing activity that targets young people through festivals. Kopparberg brought back its limited edition five-litre KopparKeg for the third time this May with the aim of infiltrating more festival and sharing occasions. Magners has ensured its Original and Dark Fruit cider, launched in December last year following the success of Strongbow Dark Fruits, will be available across 11 festivals this summer through a new partnership with festival operator Global. “We’ve also introduced bespoke Magners Cider Gardens at a number of the festivals,” says group marketing manager Janette Murray. “The Cider Gardens have so far proven to be a focal point of the festival arenas and we’ve even treated attendees to special DJ sets from The Cribs and Mystery Jets.”Speaking of the original dark fruit pioneer, perhaps no cider brand has hit the millennial nail on the head like Strongbow this year. As well as officially sponsoring three music festivals, the brand is currently working on its pilot TV Show ‘Re-Freshers Week, presented by Strongbow’ set to launch on MTV in September, and has paired up with social media entertainment company LadBible for Dark Fruit’s first individual above the line campaign. “We’re lucky enough to have some extremely dedicated fans, who have gone as far as to create Dark Fruit ice cream and even get tattoos based on the brand,” says Lancaster. “With the help of LadBible, we’ll be bringing a campaign inspired by their acts of appreciation to a town near you soon.”White cider brands may have a long way to go before millennials start getting their logos inked on their skin, but they may just be able to learn some lessons from fruity cider. Otherwise the likes of Frosty Jack’s are likely to be left out in the cold.Creative Challengeno nameoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC (originaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 705width 940orientation 1camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop CC ( White cider isn’t the only alcohol with an image problem. Having long been seen as fattening, beer is often a ‘no-no’ for the health-conscious drinker. Yet in much the same way that a small glass of red wine can provide beneficial antioxidants, studies have linked moderate beer consumption with a decreased risk of heart disease and even stronger bones. We challenged brand design agency PB Creative to come up with a beer for the health-conscious drinker. Here’s what they came up with. “For too long, beer has been associated with football louts and protruding bellies,” says creative director Lloyd Moffat. Enter Hop Heart, the premium lager that’s good for your heart.“Hop Heart is all about changing the perceptions of beer and highlighting its health benefits,” explains Moffat. “Not many people realise that beer is fundamentally made from just four natural ingredients, and contains high levels of vitamin B6, which helps decrease the risk of heart disease.”The three-strong range, supported through a multi-channel campaign including social media, healthy living and lifestyle magazines, is available in Copper, Golden and Green hop ale variants (abv 4%).“We wanted the brand to be simple and effective in its delivery of communication,” says Moffat. “The hop/heart icon was born from the desire to sum up the health benefits of the product within a single icon, and plays on the ‘I heart NY’ strapline. It’s clear to anyone looking at a Hop Heart can that it’s made using the finest natural ingredients, and that it’s good for your heart.”With an rsp of £5.99 per six-pack, the range is aimed “primarily at those seeking a healthier lifestyle who don’t mind spending a little more on products that are naturally good for them,” continues Moffat. As well as reinforcing the message that “everything is good in moderation”, Hop Heart’s 330ml recyclable can format also delivers the “metallic finish required for a premium lager”.The latest cider innovationsHere’s a quick look at the latest cider launches hoping to quench Brit’s thirst for health, craft and premium drinks. Angioletti RiservaLaunched: May 2018The self-proclaimed ‘only real Italian cider in the UK’ hit the shelves of more than 400 Morrisons stores back in May, hoping to entice cider shoppers looking to trade up on their standard tipple. Made using 100% Italian apples, the 6.8% premium craft cider is produced and bottled in Trentino (rsp: £2/500ml), and follows the brand’s Angioletti Secco, which launched in Tesco a month before.last_img read more

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Hamptons style well suited to the Gold Coast

first_img30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters.A HUGE crowd flocked to the first inspection of a new Hamptons build on the Gold Coast on the weekend.“We were absolutely inundated with people,” Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal said.“We had over 30 inspections in half an hour with multiple inquiries on realestate.com.au and plenty of phone inquiries.” 30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters. 30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters.Ms Walsh said the Hamptons style was the drawcard for 30 Michel Drive.“The two builders helped me as the real estate agent by doing an exceptional quality build,” she said.“I had no negative comments on the weekend, everyone was just blown away by the home.”She said the Hamptons look was a style that had been embraced by Australians.“I just think generally people like to decorate in a Hamptons fashion,” she said.“It’s beachy and relaxed and it’s what people want — it really suits the Gold Coast lifestyle.“Whether you’re a teenager or you’re 100, everyone seems to really love that style of home.Ms Walsh said there wasn’t enough of these types of homes on the Gold Coast to meet demand. 30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters. 30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters.The four-bedroom freestanding villa at 30 Michel Drive, Currumbin Waters features open-plan living and dining areas and a covered outdoor deck overlooking a pool.The home has been styled to channel a modern Hamptons look with high ceilings, wooden floors, plantation shutters and pendant lights.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agolast_img read more

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Become an instant landlord

first_imgThe complex is located at Palm Beach.The whole complex has been styled with $377,112 worth of furniture and electrical appliances. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels1080p1080pHD720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen$5m Gold Coast apartment block00:51FOR the price of a single serve of fish and chips, you could become the instant landlord of an entire Gold Coast unit block, and rake in a potential income of $238,000 a year.And there’s no need for a deposit, you don’t need to organise any conveyancing or even a building and pest inspection and you can move in before Christmas Day with the dining table already set for lunch. It has been styled by Kelly Finnis, interior designer at Noble House Design.RSL Art Union General Manager Tracey Bishop said a ticket in the $5 million Golden Treasure prize was a great Secret Santa gift, although it was also a gift people should buy for themselves.“The Rudland’s Reach apartment complex at Palm Beach, is named in honour of veteran Sergeant Peter Rudland, who served Australia through numerous deployments,” Ms Bishop said.“He sustained multiple injuries in a Black Hawk helicopter crash which claimed the lives of three Australian Commandos and one US soldier.”Tickets are available atrslartunion.com.au or by calling 1300 775 888. How is that for a view!The latest RSL Art Union prize home is a $5 million Gold Coast apartment block, with the winner to be drawn on December 21 — the ultimate early Christmas present.Included in the first prize is six fully furnished units — a four-bedroom, fourth floor penthouse and five luxury apartments, plus all legal fees, the first year’s water and rates costs, a $2000 travel voucher and the registration and on road costs for two Audis — a Q3 Sport and an A3 Cabriolet.center_img RSL Art Union – A $5 million Gold Coast apartment block of six fully furnished units is up for grabs, with the winner drawn on December 21.And it could all be yours for just $10.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoInside one of the apartments — and that view!Located just 200m from the beach, facilities include a communal pool and BBQ area, lift access to every floor with ducted airconditioning throughout, a secure garage with 12 car spaces, plus two public visitor spaces. And it could be yours for Christmas.Each ticket sold in the RSL Art Union goes toward providing aid to veterans from recent conflicts, as well as those on the long journey to recovery from past deployments, in the form counselling, financial support, accommodation, rehabilitation and much more.last_img read more

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Novatek’s Q1 gas production, sales up

first_imgLNG World News Staff Yamal LNG (Image courtesy of Novatek)Novatek, the operator of the giant Yamal LNG project in the Russian Arctic, reported on Tuesday a rise of 2.2 percent in its gas production in the first quarter of this year.Russia’s largest non-state natural gas producer said in its preliminary report it produced 16.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) in the period under review, as compared to 16.1 bcm in the first quarter of 2017.The company’s hydrocarbons production totaled 132.5 million barrels of oil equivalent (boe) in the first quarter of 2018, up by 1.5 percent from 2017.Preliminary natural gas sales volumes, including LNG, totaled 20.26 bcm, which was 8 percent higher on year.The LNG sales volumes on international markets in the first quarter 2018 amounted to 0.96 bcm, Novatek said.To remind, Novatek started shipping LNG from its giant Yamal plant in December 2017. The three-train Yamal LNG plant is designed to produce about 16.5 million tonnes per year.Currently, only the first liquefaction train is in operation with the second one expected to enter service this year and the third unit in 2019.last_img read more

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Man City are the least efficient team in Premier League – report

first_img Despite the poor results City are still dominating most games and that’s what makes them the least efficient team in the league, according to CIES Observatory. The Swiss data analysts base their algorithm on possession, shots taken and where the shots are taken from and have revealed that City should be earning 2.45 points per game and are only earning 2.09. Liverpool meanwhile are the most efficient side with 0.66 more points per game than they ‘should’ have, meaning if both teams were playing at ‘zero’ efficiency then City would be topping the table. To date the Reds’ only dropped points came at Old Trafford against rivals Manchester United and even then they were 1-0 down until a late Adam Lallana goal, showing their determination. City on the other hand have absolutely dominated in games where they’ve dropped points. Against Crystal Palace earlier this month they had 73% possession and 25 shots but drew 2-2, despite Palace having just five shots. That result was also indicative of why Palace are third in the list, behind just Liverpool and Newcastle United, another side doing well to bat above their average. Newcastle beat Chelsea despite having just 30% of possession. Read Also: Ex-Man City winger Henri Ogunby joins Burnley Manchester United fans might despair to find that their club are also one of the most inefficient teams in the league but they wouldn’t actually be any higher up the table. They have the fifth best points per game ratio in the league currently and despite them having a -0.26 efficiency difference they’d still only have the fifth best points per game ratio if everything was even. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team would have 1.74 points per game at zero efficiency but would still be behind City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leicester City if they were all at zero too. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Manchester City should have .36 points more per game in the Premier League this season, making them the least efficient team with their possession and chances in England’s top tier this season. Pep Guardiola’s men aren’t having a good defence of the title they won last season and are 16 points behind leaders Liverpool, having lost five times and drawn three. There has been several occasions this season when Jurgen Klopp’s team have looked like they would drop points but the mark of their brilliance this season is that they’ve kept going and picked up wins where they’d have usually drawn.last_img read more

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Osgood community leader leaves a lasting legacy

first_imgOsgood, IN—The town of Osgood is mourning the loss of a community leader.  Shawn Negangard passed away on Sunday, October 5th.  He was born, raised,  as well as vested in his hometown. Shawn began his career at Manderley Health Care and would work every aspect of the nursing home industry over the next 40 plus years. He loved and supported all the residents of his Manderley family.  He was determined to provide the residents and their families the best possible care. However, a major part of his life was controlled by “The Tone.”Shawn was a dedicated 40 plus year member of the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department, holding the roles of Chief, Assistant Chief, Captain, Fire Prevention Officer, as well as a member of the Board of Directors. Shawn was a founding member of Task Unit 1 and spent over 25 years helping others there.Shawn was a member of the Jac-Cen-Del School Board during the time of construction of the new grade school in 1990.  He served as a member of the Osgood Jaycees, Board of Directors of Rescue 69, Osgood Town Board Member, President of the Board for Buckeye Village, along with numerous committees over the years.Shawn will be deeply missed by wife Gay, sons; Shawn (Molly) and Kyle (Ashley Brown) of Osgood, daughter Taneha of Osgood, mother Phyllis of Osgood, granddaughters Avery, Brynn, Zoe, and Alexis, sisters; Judith (Edward) Boutwell of Carmel and Jane (Bill) Obermeyer of Greensburg, along with employees, residents, community members, and friends.  Funeral Service information can be found by clicking here.  He is under the care of Neals Funeral Home.  Shawn’s wishes were for his family to host a party to celebrate and his services include a celebration of life reception immediately following the services, on Friday evening at St Florian in Osgood with dinner and cocktails being served that is open to anyone that knew Shawn.  Memorials can be given to the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department’s new truck purchase.last_img read more

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PBC Schools Introduce New Menu Items, Free Breakfast for All

first_imgThe days of bad cafeteria food may be coming to an end.The Palm Beach County School District is set to introduce new items on their menu, and some students had a chance to taste test the offerings before their big debut on the first day of school.The new items include chicken parmesan sandwiches, crispy mandarin chicken salads, seasoned red beans, fiesta omelets, and falafel.Allison Monbleau, the District’s Director of School Food Service, says that her team is also working with local farmers so that when items get picked, they get to a distributor and then to the schools that same week. She adds, “They’re getting fresh corn cobbettes, fresh green beans, strawberries; we try to do that throughout the whole school year so at least once a week we have something on the menu.”This year, the district is also expanding the dinner program, which offers a five component meal at some schools before students go home for the night.Free breakfast is also available for all students, regardless of financial need.The first day back to school in Palm Beach County is Monday August 12.last_img read more

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AP source: NBA Board of Governors approves 22-team format in major step to league restarting its virus-delayed season

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — AP source: NBA Board of Governors approves 22-team format in major step to league restarting its virus-delayed season.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 June 4, 2020 AP source: NBA Board of Governors approves 22-team format in major step to league restarting its virus-delayed seasoncenter_img Associated Press last_img

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Kane scores late double to give Spurs win over Villa

first_imgBy Martyn Herman(REUTERS) – Harry Kane got straight into the groove with two late goals as Tottenham Hotspur recovered from an early setback to beat promoted Aston Villa 3-1 at home, yesterday.Villa, back in the top flight after three seasons away, looked set to mark their return in style as they hung on tenaciously to John McGinn’s ninth-minute opener. But Tottenham’s record-signing Tanguy Ndombele fired home a debut goal in the 73rd minute to break Villa’s resistance. With Villa visibly tiring, captain Jack Grealish conceded possession on the edge of his area in the 86th minute and when the ball fell to Kane he made no mistake. Kane rubbed salt into Villa’s wounds with a classy finish in the 90th minute as Tottenham, playing their first opening fixture at home for eight seasons, took the points. Spurs had dominated possession but it was only when playmaker Christian Eriksen, who could still be on the move before the transfer windows close in Spain, Italy and Germany, replaced Harry Winks did Villa really start to creak. “We came out in the second half with a high tempo, pressed well,” Kane said. “When Tanguy (Ndombele) got his goal it was full throttle until the end. “Thankfully, a couple of chances fell to me.” Villa signed 12 players for a total of £130 million ($156 million) in the transfer window as they seek to establish themselves back with elite. But it was Scottish striker McGinn, a regular in last season’s side who were promoted via the playoffs, who sparked delirium in the away end. Latching on to a long ball by Tyrone Mings, he calmly fired past Hugo Lloris as covering defender Danny Rose slipped. Tottenham huffed and puffed and were far too slow in possession as Villa coped admirably before the break. Kane headed over just before the interval but Tottenham’s frustration was clear as they trudged off at halftime. Tottenham laid siege to the Villa goal and the equaliser finally arrived in the 73rd minute. Villa keeper Tom Heaton made a great save to deny Davinson Sanchez but when the ball was fed back to Ndombele by Lucas Moura he picked out the corner of the goal. Eriksenn tested Heaton with a free kick but Villa could not get out of their own area. Grealish was caught in possession by Erik Lamela and the Argentine’s scuffed shot fell kindly for Kane who made no mistake. Sissoko then found Kane who beat Heaton with a clinical finish. “It was a difficult first half,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “The first 45 minutes wasn’t the best. But in the second half we started to create more chances, but it was still difficult because they defended so deep.” Despite the dejection at the end, Villa will take heart from their display. “When you keep giving it away and have to chase it become a hard game,” Villa boss Smith said. “We got a dream start but there is no doubt the better team won on the day.”last_img read more

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