African great Drogba retires from football

first_imgDrogba played club football in six different countries in total, with the majority of his success coming in France and England.He won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2006-07 and 2009-10, netting 104 times in the English top flight in total, and also scored a dramatic late equaliser when Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the Champions League final six years ago.Drogba’s last game was Phoenix’s 1-0 loss to Louisville City in the USL Cup final on November 8.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Drogba celebrates with ChelseaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Ivory Coast and Chelsea great Didier Drogba announced his retirement on Wednesday after a 20-year career.The 40-year-old scored 164 goals in 381 appearances for Chelsea, winning four Premier League titles, four FA Cups and the 2012 Champions League, while he is also Ivory Coast’s all-time record goalscorer with 65.Drogba most recently played for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.“I wanna thank all the players, managers, teams and fans that I have met and made this journey one of a kind,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter.“If anyone tells you your dreams are too big, just say thank you and work harder and smarter to turn them into a reality.”last_img read more

Gough named in GB&I Jacques Leglise team

first_img Conor Gough, the new Boys’ Amateur Champion, is one of five England players in the nine-strong GB&I team for the Jacques Leglise Trophy against the Continent of Europe.Gough, who also won the McGregor Trophy this season, will be joined by: Carris Trophy winner Barclay Brown, who captains the side, Max Hopkins, Joe Pagdin and Robin Williams. All five were in England’s winning team at the recent Boys’ Home internationals.The match takes place at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on 31 August and 1 September. GB&I last won the trophy in 2014, followed by a tied match in 2015. The Continent of Europe have won the last two encounters.Full team:Barclay Brown (17) (Captain), Hallamshire, EnglandArchie Davies (17), Carlisle, WalesConor Gough (15), Stoke Park, EnglandMax Hopkins (15), Bishops Stortford, EnglandTom McKibben (15), Holywood, IrelandConnor McKinney (16), Joondalup, ScotlandJoseph Pagdin (16), Lake Nona, EnglandMark Power (18), Kilkenny, IrelandRobin Williams (16), Peterborough Milton, England 21 Aug 2018 Gough named in GB&I Jacques Leglise team Tags: GB&I, Jacques Leglise Trophy Reserves:1 Harry Goddard (17) Hanbury Manor, England2 Harrison Arnold (18) Castle Royle, EnglandFor scoring and reports from the matches please visit Image of Conor Gough holing the winning putt at the McGrgeor Trophy, copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

Lacey City Council Recruiting Youth Representatives to Advisory Boards

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of LaceyThe Lacey City Council is currently seeking applicants to serve as youth representatives on the Parks Board, Historical Commission, and Library Board. This is a great opportunity for students to participate in the government process while serving their community.Eligible candidates should be 16-18 years of age, enrolled as a Junior or Senior in a public, private, or home school within the North Thurston Public School District, and be a resident of Lacey or the urban growth area.The term of office is for one year from September to September and is limited to one term. The youth representative will be appointed by the Mayor.Interested volunteers can contact Jenny Bauersfeld at (360) 413-4387, or by email at [email protected] Applications are available in the Career Center of any NTPS high school, and can also be downloaded from the City’s website at by clicking here.last_img read more

Pill Pedalers ride the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge to help in the fight against MS

first_imgHowever, due to road construction on Highway 6, the route has been modified.The new route means the ride begins in Nelson travels to Salmo before returning back to Rotary Lakeside Park for the traditional Save-On-Foods Celebration Dinner.Sunday, riders leave Lakeside Park, head over the Big Orange Bridge on Highway 3A for Proctor and back to Nelson.When the Pill Pedalers take to the road next week, they’ll have a special person in mind.“Andrew’s father, Eugene, recently passed away after a 30-year fight against MS, so it is a cause that is close to our hearts,” von Diebitsch explains.“As healthcare providers, we also want to ride to support our clients and others in our community struggling with MS.”“The fight is always easier when you know you have people on your side,” she said.Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems.Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs and services that enable those affected by MS.To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS. “This tour is run by the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society and the money raised supports the programs and services offered in West Kootenay and Boundary areas to people living with MS and their caregivers,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator.von Diebitsch said the Pill Pedlars consist of co-worker, family and friends, some who have never ridden road bikes before.“We are fortunate enough to be able to (ride),” von Diebitsch said.“We are a team, at work, at home and in the fight to END MS!”For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or [email protected] There are individuals participating in the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge ride to conquer MS (Multiple sclerosis) and there are teams.The latter generally pools friends, co-workers and family together for encouragement during the long 154-kilometer journey, but also to raise funds necessary to allow research to find that elusive cure.The Pill Pedalers is one such team, that also garners Mallard’s Source for sports Team of the Week status.Most of the Pill Pedalers have never ridden road bikes before.So overcoming the enormous distance, no matter if the trek is split up over two days is a daunting task to say the least.However, the Pill Pedalers are all in for the August 22-23 test if it means one person may benefit from the funds raised.“We thought it would be a fun opportunity to raise awareness of MS, while taking on a great physical challenge as a team,” said team spokesperson Ayla von DiebitschThe team of Teressa Hodsall, von Diebitsch, Bill McDonnell, Jennifer McDonnell, Andrew Hoffert and the youngest team member, Lucas McDonnell-Hoffert, von Diebitsch said, was inspired by Dr. Jim Noiles, a local physician in Nelson.Noiles is one of the major fundraisers for the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge.“Every year he does an amazing job at fundraising and since we are beside him in the clinic, he easily inspires those around him,” von Diebitsch said.The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge usually takes participants from New Denver to Nelson and Nelson to New Denver via Kaslo.last_img read more


first_imgAttention all NTL referees:Here you will find a gear order and levy payment form for the Opens and Seniors 2006 NTL.Please note: Payments MUST NOT be made until you have received your official letter of acceptance from Touch Football Australia.TFA will send out acceptance letters by mid January, with levy payments needing to be finalised by January 30th. With TFA recently introducing a new logo, the gear order form has the option to purchase either gear with the new logo, or gear with the old logo at a slightly reduced price. Click here to view the gear order and levy payment form: NTL GEAR ORDER 7 LEVY PAYMENT FORMAny enquiries contact Rachel on [email protected] or (02) 6285 2703.last_img read more

South West Queensland Victorious

first_imgSouth West Queensland have taken out the first Grand Final played at the X-Blades National Touch League today, defeating the South Queensland Sharks 2-1.The first half in the Women’s 35’s was a tight encounter, with both teams unable to score at all. The second half started better, with the Sharks scoring in the second minute, through Anna Fuiava.Just one minute later the game was all tied up with SWQ’s Karen Hegedus scoring. The Queensland derby continued to be close, with neither team being able to break the defence. SWQ did manage, however, in the 12th minute, through Anita Hagarty.That was the final score of the match, handing South West Queensland the first title of the 2009 NTL.Congratulations to the team.last_img read more

RBI report on development of secondary market for corporate loans likely by

first_imgNew Delhi: The Reserve Bank is expected to come out with a report next month on facilitating development of secondary market for corporate loans.The central bank had set up a task force to suggest policy and regulatory interventions required for development of secondary market in corporate loans, including loan transaction platform for stressed assets.The secondary loan market in India is largely restricted to sale to asset reconstruction companies and ad hoc sale to other lenders including banks, but there is no formalised mechanism to deepen the market. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs part of efforts to further deepen the capital market, the central bank is also likely to release another report on housing finance securitisation by August-end.Sources said both these reports are expected by the end of the next month. India’s mortgage securitisation market is primarily dominated by direct assignments among a limited set of participants on account of various structural factors, impacting both the demand and the supply side, as well as certain prudential, legal, tax and accounting issues. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn terms of size, all the major segments of the capital market — G-Securities, State Development Loans (SDL), corporate bond and equities have experienced consistent growth during the past few decades.In May, the RBI had constituted two committees, one on the development of housing finance securitisation market and the other on development of secondary market for corporate loans.The panel on corporate loans issue has been asked to suggested policies required for facilitating the development of a secondary market in corporate loans, including loan transaction platform for stressed assets. It will suggest steps for creation of a loan contract registry, its ownership structure and related protocols such as the standardisation of loan information, independent validation and data access.The committee has been asked to assess the state of housing finance securitisation markets in India.It was also asked to study the best international practices as well as lessons learnt from the global financial crisis and propose measures to further develop these markets in India by identifying critical steps required.This report too is expected to be released by the central bank next month.As part of initiatives to develop Indian capital markets further, the RBI released a draft report of internal working group on review of the timings of various markets the central bank regulates and the associated payment and settlement infrastructure.Stakeholders comments have been sought on the report by August 1.The RBI regulates various markets like money, government securities (G-Sec), foreign exchange (Forex) and derivatives on interest rate, currency and credit.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks inch higher in early trading

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are inching higher in early trading on Wall Street as fourth-quarter company earnings reports start to roll in.Delta Air Lines and First Republic Bank both rose early Tuesday after reporting results that were better than analysts were expecting. Delta climbed 2.8 per cent and First Republic gained 7.3 per cent.Netflix jumped 4.8 per cent after announcing higher pricing for its video-streaming plans.Sherwin-Williams slumped 5.2 per cent after the maker of paints and industrial coatings said it had a weak quarter.The S&P 500 rose 10 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,593.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 35 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,949. The Nasdaq added 60 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6,966.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.69 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Only BCCI can answer why I didnt play IPL last year

first_imgJaipur: The BCCI had acted voluntarily while banning Steve Smith and David Warner from last edition of IPL on ball tampering charges and the former Australian captain said that only the Indian board can answer why it panned out that way. Cricket Australia’s one year ban was from international cricket and the duo were well within their rights to a play domestic T20 league like IPL but the richest cricket board in the world decided to impose their own sanctions. Smith, whose one-year ban ends on March 29 will be available for Rajasthan Royals’ first game on March 25 but it will depend on the condition of his elbow. “I am available for all the matches and BCCI has to answer that why I was not allowed to play earlier,” Smith took a dig at the BCCI during a promotional event on Friday. Speaking after the jersey launch ceremony, Smith said that he was looking forward for the tournament. “It is exciting to be back on field and I am looking forward to the tournament,” he said during an announcement. With his international ban set to end on March 29, Smith will be eyeing good IPL in order to make it to the World Cup squad.last_img read more