Winning Take-Five Lottery Ticket Sold In Lakewood

first_imgLAKEWOOD – A winning Take-Five lottery ticket worth more than $14,000 was sold in Lakewood.The New York Lottery says the ticket was purchased on Monday at the Lakewood Convenience Store on Fairmount Avenue.The ticket is worth $14,460.50.Three other winning tickets were sold in Brooklyn, Hopewell Junction, and Rosedale. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Governor Douglas Expands Food Assistance Eligibility

first_imgGovernor Douglas Expands Food Assistance EligibilityUp to 30,000 More Vermont Households May be Eligible for BenefitsBurlington, Vt. (September 10, 2008) – To help struggling households and seniors on fixed incomes address rising fuel and food costs, Governor Jim Douglas and Lt. Governor Brian Dubie today unveiled a new initiative to expand Food Stamp Program (FSP) eligibility to as many as 30,000 additional households in Vermont.The plan is the most recent addition to the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership-a collaboration of public and private partners charged by the Governor with marshaling every available resource to help Vermonters address the rising cost of fuel and food. The partnership is co-chaired by Lt. Governor Dubie.”Vermonters are feeling the pressures of the national economic slowdown in many ways, and low-income Vermonters and seniors on a fixed income are particularly stressed by the high costs of transportation, home heating fuel, and food,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Through the efforts of my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration, the Legislature and our community partners are dedicated to ensuring that no Vermonter goes cold or hungry this winter, or any winter. This expansion of the Food Stamp Program will assure that more Vermont children and families receive financial assistance to purchase high quality, nutritious food during this challenging time.”Governor Douglas said the expansion of the FSP eligibility includes two key provisions: (1) raising the current household income limit of 130% of the federal poverty level (FPL) up to 185% FPL; and (2) eliminating the current asset test to determine eligibility for affected households. The current asset rules limit eligibility by imposing resource limits which serve as a disincentive for lower income households to build savings for emergencies, home improvements, or vehicle repairs – all of which support self-sufficiency.The federal income limit of 130 percent FPL makes many low-income Vermonters ineligible for food assistance, even though they may have high expenses. Raising the income test to 185 percent of FPL aligns the food stamp program gross income test with that of many other benefits programs such as Farm to Family, Reduced School Meals, Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, and VHAP for parents and caretaker relatives with dependent children in their households.”We’re very excited about this proposal, which gives thousands more Vermont families access to food assistance,” said Department of Children and Families Commissioner Steve Dale. “At present, there are over 28,000 households with over 57,000 individuals receiving food stamps in Vermont. This expansion could allow up to 30,000 more households to access food stamps, or ancillary benefits such as telephone Lifeline and Link Up credits, and free school meals for their children.”During state fiscal year 2008, Vermont households received nearly $60 million in food stamp program benefits. The new program expansion could mean up to an additional $12 million per year in direct food assistance to low-income Vermont families, with an average benefit in the region of $90 per month.”This expansion is extremely important for the 19,000 children in Vermont who are hungry right now,” added Dorigen Keeney, Director of Public Policy and Research for the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, an organization which has advocated for this eligibility expansion. “Further, this expansion of the food stamp program will help alleviate the food crisis that many more children may otherwise face this winter.”The Governor and key Fuel and Food Partnership stakeholders will collaborate to create an outreach plan to connect with Vermonters who may be eligible for this expanded program and to work out details necessary to ensure the program’s success. The Department for Children and Families, which administers the federal FSP, plans to put the expanded program eligibility into effect on January 1, 2009.ABOUT THE FUEL AND FOOD PARTNERSHIPEvery Vermont family is facing the realities of soaring fuel costs-but Vermont is fighting back. That is why I launched a comprehensive and collaborative program-the Vermont Fuel and Food Partnership-to help Vermonters address increasing home heating, gasoline and food costs by marshalling every available resource in our state,” said Governor Douglas. “Solving these problems requires an effort that goes beyond government alone and we’re fortunate to have a strong network of community-based organizations and programs to help Vermonters when times get tough. Coupled with the programs and service available from local, state and federal governments and our other private and non-profit partners, we can address this challenge and succeed.”The Fuel and Food Partnership brings together all of the creativity, compassion, information and resources in Vermont to ensure that we make the most of every dollar and that no Vermonter is left in the cold. It will provide Vermonters, through a single entry, access to every available option and empowers them with the knowledge they need to lower their energy bills and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.”I established this task force, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brian Dubie, to focus every effort and every resource Vermont can bring to bear to help manage the effects of higher energy costs on Vermont families,” the Governor added. “These are difficult times for working families, but Vermont has faced these kinds of challenges before, and is a national example of how deep community roots and a strong commitment to seeking new solutions can resolve even the most difficult challenges. I know that the strength and determination of Vermonters will lead us past these difficult times and leave us with a state that is stronger and more energy independent than ever before.”For more information, visit: is external)last_img read more

Trump Resistance: Emerging Democrat Group Eyes Peter King’s Seat

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, millions of women across the country took to the streets. Hundreds donned “Pussy Hats” and waved signs proclaiming “My body, my choice” as they marched in record numbers—in Washington, D.C., Boston, Portland and New York, among other cities.In the nation’s capital, people demonstrated in such sheer numbers that hordes of protesters had to diverge from the designated path to the White House, just to keep their legs moving.The Women’s March in Washington has been credited as the awakening of the anti-Trump resistance. Since then, cities across the country have been the scene of intense rallies as incensed Americans decry such policies as Trump’s travel ban targeting mostly Muslims, deportations, controversial Cabinet selections and environmental issues.Besides protest, grassroots groups have emerged in the wake of the election in opposition to the new administration’s policies and with the hope of keeping pressure on elected officials, perhaps even drumming up enough support to inspire a serious challenge against entrenched incumbents. One such group whose efforts has paid immediate dividends is New York’s 2nd District Democrats, named after the congressional district spanning parts of four Long Island towns: Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Islip, and Babylon. New York’s 2nd is represented by Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), whose district was remapped in 2013. The district boasts nearly a half-million eligible voters, with Democrats holding a slim majority over Republicans.New York’s 2nd District Democrats is barely a month old, but in a short time it organized an anti-Muslim ban rally outside King’s office on Feb. 3 that drew several hundred people. They’ve held “Thank You” events outside the Melville offices of Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, the legislative body’s minority leader, and Kirsten Gillibrand, and distributed online daily “Action Alerts” regarding the latest hotly debated issue. Notably, the nascent group’s organizers got King to agree to a sit down to address pressing concerns, including his pointed admonishment of protesters outside a Republican retreat in Philadelphia.Peter King Muslim Ban Protest from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.Long Island, despite its sizeable population (one million fewer than the city of Los Angeles) is unlikely to ever be confused with major metropolitan areas in terms of on-the-ground political activism. But in the short time since Trump’s election, a coalition of like-minded progressive organizations has mobilized on social media, arranged meetings and training sessions, and hit the streets. The unifying force behind this surprising resistance: President Trump.“The democrats are stepping up. They needed to step up more in the past, but I think they’re stepping up now because, all of a sudden, there are groups across the country—and it’s not just on Long Island, it’s everywhere—people are furious,” said Liuba Grechen Shirley, the founder of New York 2nd District Democrats. “Three million more people voted for Hillary [Clinton] but because of the electoral college system, we’re stuck with Donald Trump. But those three million people are now getting active. And they’re reaching out to their networks, they’re starting groups, and they’re organizing.”Like many Democrats reeling after Trump’s shocking victory, Grechen Shirley, 35, of Amityville, was devastated by the result. She said she was depressed in the aftermath of the election and needed to find an outlet. She went online, consulted the Indivisible website, which created a “practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda,” and scrutinized its database to find groups on the local level involved in the Trump resistance. The screen was blank.So, she did what many others have since that fateful November day: created her own grassroots organization online. Her first get-together at a local Starbucks drew nearly two dozen people, more than she expected. In the month since, New York’s 2nd District Democrats has more than 600 members and counting.The group’s short-term goals are modest: Establish a routine of hosting monthly meetings, coordinate volunteers and continue to spread the word. Their long-term goals are much more ambitious: mobilize and re-energize a Democratic base that became complacent during the Obama years, resist Trump, and perhaps most enterprising, flip the district.Removing King from office could prove exceedingly difficult. The 13-term congressman has been in office for a quarter-century and has held high-ranking committee positions. King boasts national recognition and can regularly be found making the rounds on the Sunday morning political TV circuit and pontificating on national security matters. Despite Democrats holding an edge in registered voters on the island and in his district, King has repeatedly won re-election with considerable ease.Last November, the unapologetic Republican handily defeated his opponent, Democrat DuWayne Gregory, presiding officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. King’s 25-percent margin was made even more impressive considering Gregory is a known commodity in Long Island political circles. Gregory’s unsuccessful bid came during a presidential election, which typically draws substantially more voters to the polls than mid-terms, the next being 2018. It begs the question: Is King untouchable?“Uprooting Peter King might be one of the most difficult political tasks that any candidate or opposition party could face,” Larry Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, told the Press. “Although he has taken controversial positions that have alienated some groups, he has had an uncanny ability to draw voters from across partisan and ideological divides.”King is “especially strong with white working-class and middle-class voters who dominated in his district,” Levy added. “Union workers who often support Democrats have crossed over for him in large numbers because he is seen as a guy with working-class roots and a professional who also is willing to work with people from the other party on things like [Hurricane] Sandy recovery and rebuilding after 9/11. He is, to paraphrase Trump, ‘One tough political hombre.’”Still, Grechen Shirley is undeterred. She mentions the district’s Democratic majority and the 18,000 registered Independents whose votes may be up for grabs. She’s also optimistic that New York’s 2nd District Democrats will continue to ride a wave of momentum, which, ironically, has been buoyed by Trump’s inability to shake the drama surrounding Russia’s alleged role in interfering in the election and policies Democrats find objectionable.“It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” Grechen Shirley said. “I know that we’re all dedicated enough because this is a horrifying time in American history to see Donald Trump doing what he’s doing in the office of the presidency. He’s undermining the judiciary, he’s undermining the press, he’s undermining the constitution, and this man is our president. It’s not acceptable. It’s awful. So, I’m not slightly concerned about keeping up the momentum.”Talk to other members and you’ll uncover similar enthusiasm for political activism—which some argue may not have manifested if Clinton had been victorious.Katie Twomey, a social worker who lives in Nassau County but declined to say which town because of the nature of her work, sees potential Republican seats up for grabs. She mentioned how the recent indictments of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and since-resigned Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto could shift upcoming elections in the left’s favor.“There’s a lot of opportunities for people who feel very disaffected by what’s going on,” Twomey said.Twomey has always been politically minded, she said. What’s most heartening for her and other local politicos is the participation of previously apathetic Long Islanders.Protestors rallied outside Rep. Peter King’s Massapequa Park office Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 in opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban and other initiatives. (Long Island Press / Rashed Mian)Kayla Cooper, 28, of Amityville, a social worker, is one such person. She was disconnected politically during the Obama era. Trump’s victory changed all that.“The best thing to come out of this election is I am more engaged politically,” she told the Press.Cooper’s entrance into the political sphere goes beyond criticizing Trump. She’s become more interested in bills being debated in Congress and is also focusing on local politics.Trump’s win was a “shock to the system,” she said. But joining New York’s 2nd District Democrats has “definitely been cathartic for me.”The anti-Trump movement is not only for America’s youth, but they have been credited with breathing life into the so-called “Resistance.”“I’ve been involved since Vietnam and so on,” said Burt Koza, 70, of Copiague, another member of Grechen Shirley’s group. “It’s nice to see this same feeling that I think I had when I was in college, and shortly after college, coming alive again. I see the spirit that we had back in those days in these young people.”Koza found New York’s 2nd District Democrats on Facebook. (“I play around on Facebook a lot cause I’m a retired guy,” said the former Catholic school teacher.)Koza, a Suffolk County Democrat Committeeman and member of the Babylon Town Zoning Board, was impressed by the turnout at the King protest and a sister Women’s March in Port Jefferson.“It’s good to see it’s happening across the country,” he said.Koza volunteered for Gregory’s campaign against King, and said he wishes more people came out to support the congressional nominee.Like Grechen Shirley, he believes Democrats can channel the energy they’ve created into persistent political action.“I think it’s tough to keep it going, but luckily we have a man in Washington that keeps doing things that gets it moving again—he’s his own worst enemy,” Koza said. “Every day there’s something new. Those people that are upset about [Trump] are upset by what he did that day. That’s keeping it going, in a strange sort of way.”Featured Photo: Rep. Peter King (Christopher Twarowski/Long Island Press)last_img read more

Google mulls licensing deals with news media: industry sources

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal reported earlier Friday Google was considering deals for a “premium” news product.The California tech giant has remained steadfast about not paying for news article links displayed in search results and is not changing that position, people familiar with the matter told AFP.It has argued that it drives traffic to news websites and thereby helps those publishers get ad revenues.Google’s News Initiative works with publishers to encourage readership and paid subscriptions to their offerings.Facebook, which has been hit with similar criticism, last year launched a dedicated “news tab” with professionally-produced content — a move by the social network to promote journalism and shed its reputation as a platform for misinformation.Facebook was expected to pay some of the news organizations, reportedly millions of dollars in some cases.The move by Google comes amid pressure to comply with a European copyright directive on content in search results.Google said last year it would not pay European media outlets for using their articles, pictures and videos in its searches in France, the first country to ratify the copyright directive, raising the prospect of legal action against the internet titan.The tech giant said it would only display content in its search engine results and on Google News from media groups who had given their permission for it to be used for free. Topics : Google is in discussions on deals to pay media organizations for content, a move aimed at blunting criticism that it unfairly profits from copyrighted news, according to people familiar with the talks.Negotiations between the internet giant and news outlets were said to be in the early stages, with most of the publishers located in France and other parts of Europe.Paying for news would diverge from the Alphabet-owned internet titan’s practice of freely mining the internet for material it displays in search results.center_img A licensing deal would likely be welcomed by news organizations that contend Google derives profits from ads alongside their news articles, including “snippets” in search results.Contacted by AFP Friday, Google indicated it is seeking new ways to help publishers.”We want to help people find quality journalism — it’s important to informed democracy and helps support a sustainable news industry,” Google vice president of news Richard Gingras said in a statement.”We care deeply about this and are talking with partners and looking at more ways to expand our ongoing work with publishers, building on programs like our Google News Initiative.”last_img read more

Indonesian women’s premier soccer league Liga 1 Putri to kickoff in April: PSSI

first_imgTopics : “We want to promote women’s soccer [in Indonesia]; therefore, we hold this competition every year,” Iriawan said.The first season of Liga 1 Putri was held last year, with 10 teams participating in the competition: Arema FC of Malang, Bali United, PSM of Makassar, Persipura of Jayapura, Persebaya of Surabaya, Persib of Bandung, PSIS of Semarang, PSS Sleman, Persija Jakarta and PS Tira Persikabo of Bogor.Persib came out the winner of last year’s season. The last time Indonesia had a women’s league was in the 1990s, when the soccer association had Liga Utama Wanita (Women’s Premier League), also known as Galanita. There was no official replacement for Galanita until the 2019 revival, as PSSI only organized a few sporadic competitions for short-term purposes.Apart from the league, PSSI is also looking to hold the national Pertiwi Cup in 2020, targeting 20 teams to participate at the provincial and national level.The national women’s soccer team will participate in the 2020 ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship and several friendly matches with other countries. (gis) The latest season of Indonesian women’s premier soccer league Liga 1 Putri will commence in April at the latest, as stated by the Soccer Association of Indonesia’s (PSSI) chief.“We will hold competition in the next one or two months. We will discuss [ preparations] first,” PSSI chairman M. Iriawan said in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara.He added that the association expected the league to help improve women’s soccer in international competitions.last_img read more

Remarks by Governor Wolf at the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania Annual Business Luncheon

first_imgRemarks by Governor Wolf at the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania Annual Business Luncheon December 03, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img African American Affairs,  Economy,  Equality,  Remarks Omni William Penn HotelPittsburgh, PATRANSCRIPT:Thank you for having me here today. Your concerns are absolutely important to me and to every Pennsylvanian who wants a strong economy.You want to promote opportunities for all. So do I.You want to break down barriers in our economy. So do I.You want a level playing field. So do I.Above all, you want a good job for everyone. So do I.The point is that you and I both know that fairness and inclusion matter to all these things. We need an economy that holds out the promise of a good job for everyone. We cannot succeed if that promise – that possibility – is not real for everyone. A society that is unfair to some is unfair to all. If we want a healthy economy, if we want strong neighborhoods, if we want good families, we must be fair to each other.There are many things we need to do to create that kind of Pennsylvania. In my administration, I am committed to making sure that state government better reflects the diversity of our citizens – in who we hire and who we do business with.I have made sure my administration is more diverse than my predecessors, including prominent African American executives – including my General Counsel, State Police Commissioner, Secretary of Corrections, Inspector General and Deputy Chief of Staff.But among the things we need to do, the most important is that we need a fair economy – a level playing field where everyone is encouraged to participate, to take risk, to work hard, to learn new skills, and to invest those talents. And that’s what I want to talk about today.This idea of fairness is important because without fairness none of the things we care about actually works. Our economy doesn’t work optimally if some people are shut out of the market’s opportunities, nor do our communities or our families. In the broadest possible sense I’m doing everything I can to promote fairness in Pennsylvania.I am doing this by investing in education for all children in all communities.I am doing this by trying to make the communities of Pennsylvania better by addressing the huge fiscal – and tax – disparities that separate too many of those communities and that consign too many of them to permanent decline.I’m doing this by trying to follow William Penn’s proud tradition of tolerance and respect by making Pennsylvania a great place to live and work for all people regardless of the color of their skin, their gender, the religion they profess, or the person they love.And I’m trying to make our economy fairer by supporting policies that do just that.For example: stronger non-discrimination laws, a higher minimum wage, more accessible voting processes, a long overdue implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and an executive order aimed at improving the participation of small and diverse businesses in state government contracting, among other things.Pennsylvania is the right place to address these issues. We have grappled with these eternal issues since our founding and we continue to wrestle with them today. That’s as it should be in a democracy that values freedom, equal opportunity, and self-reliance. It’s also as it should be in a democracy that is eternally trying to improve itself.Fairness is at the heart of any effort to promote the values all healthy democracies hold dear and it’s at the heart of any successful society.Fairness is not only right; it’s also smart. Here’s why.Our economy doesn’t work if some people feel the deck is stacked against them. Our free market economy runs on fairness. It depends on all participants feeling they have an even shot at gaining a return from the work they do, the effort they expend, or the risks they take.A tilted playing field dampens competition and it makes the game less interesting. It also makes an economy less dynamic and less productive. We can’t put up with that. Our economy cannot operate on all cylinders if all the cylinders are not allowed to operate.And what’s true of our economy is also true of our communities. Our communities can’t work if some of its members feel shut out. Healthy communities rely on broadly shared feelings of inclusion. Healthy communities are cohesive communities, where everybody feels a part – young and old, rich and poor, women and men.Pittsburgh won’t work as a strong community if all of its members are not permitted to contribute to it. Communities that make only a few people feel welcome are not really welcoming places at all, and communities that are not welcoming are not healthy.Finally, families depend on fairness. Happy families are fair families. Challenges and crises are equitably borne, so are good times. Families cannot be strong if the benefits of being part of that family are not fairly shared, or if certain members of the family are excluded from the events and experiences that together define that family.All these things matter, but we need more than just good intentions if we’re going to produce the culture of fairness we need to succeed as a society.Let’s start with our tax code. Taxes have to be: adequate, competitive, and fair. In Pennsylvania we don’t do too well here. First, we are not able to adequately fund the public goods a healthy economy needs. Second, the tax system that is in some ways so inadequate is also too high – especially when it comes to businesses.Our Corporate Net Income (CNI) tax rate is the highest in the nation at 9.99%. This is a disgrace. It needs to be much lower. I proposed cutting it in half.Our property tax system is also a disgrace. On average, it is low, but the fiscal disparities between communities has led to some very high – almost punitive – rates in some areas. We need property tax relief in the form of a higher share of education funding coming from the state. Reducing these two taxes would have a big impact on Pennsylvania’s business climate.Finally, we need to make sure the tax system is fair. We need to make sure our tax burden is spread equitably across all classes of taxpayer.Thus, while we need to reduce the CNIT, we also need to eliminate the loopholes that distort it. The current CNIT loopholes tend to reward entrenched interests at the expense of new – often innovative – businesses. We need to maintain our flat – and low – personal income tax (PIT). And once again we need to eliminate the huge fiscal disparities that exist between – sometimes adjacent – communities.This often results in excessive tax rates in some places. This variation in tax rates can produce rates that are too high, but it can also create a sense of unfairness that undermines the legitimacy of both the tax system and the political regime that sponsors it. We can also do more to make Pennsylvania fairer by making sure the way we invest state economic development dollars is fair.DCED must make sure its programs support the need for fairness. Programs like the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Program (PIDA) that are aimed at encouraging small business growth have to be organized fairly. We need to make sure that starting a business is something everyone can dream of.The point is that, Pennsylvania can do much to make it more attractive to business entrepreneurs looking for a congenial spot to locate.We have so many good qualities: our location, our workforce, two world-class cities, a noble history, great universities and colleges, great natural beauty.We need to make sure the public policies we produce complement – rather than contradict – those huge innate competitive advantages. And making Pennsylvania fairer is central to making it better. Let’s keep working together to make Pennsylvania better and stronger by making it fairer.Thanks again for having me here, and thanks for doing what you do.###Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

12 year old fire victim released from ICU

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The apartment fire in downtown Batesville Monday resulted in a minor being flown to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis due to smoke inhalation.On Thursday, the City of Batesville was informed that Jose Saldana, age 12, has been taken off of a ventilator, transferred out of the ICU, and his condition is improving.Family members are hopeful Jose will be released from the hospital Friday.Jose’s aunt, Amanda Cline, said, “What we need the most from the community is prayers, not just for our family but for all those impacted by the apartment fire.”A local community member has generously provided long-term housing for the family.The City continues its victim relief fund to benefit the nine families displaced by the fire.Monetary donations can be delivered to the Memorial Building, 132 S. Main Street, Batesville.last_img read more

Pulev may step aside for Joshua, Fury clash

first_imgKubrat Pulev has hinted that he would be prepared to accept step-aside money if Anthony Joshua wants to skip their mandatory bout and lock horns with Tyson Fury next instead.Joshua was originally due to face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev on June 20, only for their clash at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to be postponed as a result of the global coronavirus crisis. It is not the first time the Bulgarian has hit a stumbling block in his bid to dethrone AJ, with injury forcing him to pull out of their first proposed meeting back in 2017.And now reports suggested that the Brit is looking to leave Pulev in the cold once more to set up and undisputed heavyweight battle with Fury.Ever since the Gypsy King snatched the WBC crown from Deontay Wilder in February, talk of a showdown with unified champion Joshua – which would crown a first undisputed king of the division in two decades – has been rife.Yet for that dream match-up to materialise both Pulev and Wilder, who has already triggered his rematch clause with Fury, would need to step aside and clear the path for an undisputed bout.Wilder’s camp have already made it clear the Bronze Bomber has no intention of doing so, but Pulev says he would consider stepping aside if the offer is right. “We have signed contracts for that fight and everything is ready,” the 38-year-old told BoxingScene.“We worked on this contract for maybe two months and it was not so easy. But now we have this contract and I am ready.“I don’t want to wait. I want the title fight with Anthony Joshua and I will beat him really good and get the second knockout against him.“I am the mandatory challenger and these are the rules. It doesn’t matter who wants to box him or who he wants to box. Anthony Joshua has to box me.”However, he then added: “I am ready for this fight against Joshua, so I don’t know. Nobody knows. I want this fight. “When somebody comes to me and tells me something and offers me something, maybe. I don’t know, but I want this fight.“I am ready for this fight and I believe this fight will happen this year.“I’ve waited a long time for this fight with Anthony Joshua. I am the longtime mandatory for this fight, but I am open for talking, no problem.“But I want this fight. That’s it.”RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Tags: Anthony JoshuaCoronavirusKubrat PulevTottenham HotspurTyson Furylast_img read more

Walsh salutes peerless Mullins

first_img “He’s an incredible trainer and he brought Simenon down for the Melbourne Cup a few years ago and finished fourth, he is more renowned as a jumps trainer but he can mix it with the Flat as well. “At the moment, he has probably assembled the best team of horses that he has ever had, so it is a great place to be working at and he is a great man to work for.” The peerless County Carlow handler carried all before him last season but Walsh is adamant there might be even more to come. “I have worked with him for 20 years,” the jockey told Ruby Walsh believes Willie Mullins could have “assembled the best team of horses that he has ever had”.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Unbeaten Leicester hit back for Stoke draw

first_img The Foxes went into this game second in the table and with their boss Claudio Ranieri having promised to buy them pizza if they kept the first clean sheet of their impressive campaign. They showed little appetite for that in a poor first-half performance before once again producing a comeback to salvage something from the game – just as they have done in their last three league fixtures. Stoke, meanwhile, must reflect on a great opportunity missed to get a monkey off their back as they remain winless and in the relegation zone. They had settled into the game quickly and went 1-0 up when Marko Arnautovic deftly turned away from Ritchie De Laet on the left flank, cut inside and delivered a wonderful through ball for Bojan. The Spaniard stroked home his first goal of the season gleefully, his celebration showing his relief at being back on the scoresheet after the nightmare he has endured since sustaining a serious knee injury in January. Soon after, Stoke had another goal. Ex-Potters man Robert Huth allowed Jack Butland’s long kick upfield to bounce past him and Morgan then made a complete hash of an attempt to play the ball back to his goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. Walters, who had dashed past Huth, seized on the loose ball and side-footed in – a moment for him to savour, coming on his return to the matchday squad after a second bid for him from Norwich was rejected. Stoke were almost in again as Walters and Marco van Ginkel just failed to touch in a Geoff Cameron cross, before Butland produced a great save to turn N’Golo Kante’s shot around the post. High-flying Leicester maintained their unbeaten start to the season as a second-half fightback secured them a 2-2 draw at Stoke, denying the Potters their first 2015-16 Barclays Premier League win. Things suddenly became less comfortable for Stoke shortly after the restart as Arnautovic bundled over Danny Drinkwater and Mahrez fired in the resulting penalty, his fifth goal of the season. The in-form Butland then pulled off another fine stop to keep out Vardy’s shot before Xherdan Shaqiri fired across Schmeichel’s goal. Vardy then drew things level with his fourth goal of the season, holding off Erik Pieters and scuffing a shot beyond Butland. Stoke threatened again as Cameron headed wide and Schmiechel kept out a Shaqiri free-kick. Vardy then almost won it at the death but his shot went narrowly wide. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Is this really happening again? Leicester 2 down at halftime are back on level terms.” – Gary Lineker, as always, is left surprised by Leicester, one way or another. PLAYER RATINGS Stoke Jack Butland: 8 (out of 10) Glen Johnson: 6 Erik Pieters: 6 Geoff Cameron: 6 Marc Wilson: 6 Glenn Whelan: 6 Marco van Ginkel: 6 Marko Arnautovic: 6 Xherdan Shaqiri: 6 Bojan Krkic: 7 Jonathan Walters: 6 Subs Peter Crouch: 6 Stephen Ireland: 6 Peter Odemwingie: 6 Leicester Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Ritchie De Laet: 6 Robert Huth: 6 Wes Morgan: 6 Jeff Schlupp: 6 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 6 Gokhan Inler: 5 Riyad Mahrez: 7 Jamie Vardy: 8 Shinji Okazaki: 6 Subs Marc Albrighton: 6 Leonardo Ulloa: 6 Andy King: 6 STAR PLAYER Jamie Vardy: The England forward continues to impress. Was a key man in Leicester’s second-half comeback, and almost added to his equaliser with a late winner, shooting just wide. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Bojan Krkic: Hands on head and smiling broadly, the playmaker had a look of pure joy – mixed with a fair degree of relief – as he celebrated after scoring. Will be hoping his injury problems are now well and truly behind him. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Stoke boss Mark Hughes appeared furious at his team not getting a free-kick in the build-up to Leicester’s leveller, but will surely be most livid at the Potters throwing away the opportunity to chalk up their first league win of 2015-16. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri, while pleased to come away with a point and keep the momentum going, may be annoyed that again his men had to come from behind to get a result. A consolation on that front is that he will not have to act on his pre-match promise of buying his players pizza if they kept a clean sheet. MOAN OF THE MATCH Leicester are yet to register a shut-out this term and had the added incentive going into this contest of the reward of food – but you would not know it judging by the way Robert Huth, a former Stoke player no less, and Foxes captain Wes Morgan conducted themselves in the build-up to Stoke’s second goal. Sloppy. WHO’S UP NEXT Fulham v Stoke (Capital One Cup, September 22) Leicester v West Ham (Capital One Cup, September 22) The hosts had been firmly in control, taking the lead in the 13th minute when the fit-again Bojan Krkic – making his first league start in eight months – slotted home, before Jonathan Walters pounced on a Wes Morgan error to make it 2-0 seven minutes later. But Leicester reduced the deficit in the 51st minute through Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Jamie Vardy then notched the equaliser in the 69th. Press Associationlast_img read more