Shannon opens new route to Frankfurt

first_img TAGSLufthansaShannon airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Email Print Advertisement Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins WhatsApp Twitter Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” center_img BusinessNewsShannon opens new route to FrankfurtBy Editor – May 1, 2017 1236 Facebook Previous articleSmallone, the quare oneNext articleWoman dies in Limerick house fire Editor One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport Shannon AirportShannon Airport was in celebratory mode at the weekend as one of the world’s best known airlines, Lufthansa, commenced flights for the first time from the airport with its new Frankfurt service.The service to the financial capital of continental Europe took to the skies on Saturday afternoon and will operate weekly until the end of October.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Frankfurt service will be a significant boost for tourism in the Shannon region, outbound business and tourism options, as well as offering one-stop connectivity to around 200 destinations worldwide.Welcoming the start of the service Andreas Köster, Senior Director Sales UK, Ireland and Iceland Lufthansa Group said: “Shannon, as the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, is the entry point for one of the most spectacular tourism regions in the world and there’s a strong demand in Germany for what’s on offer here.  The service is already proving to be an attractive travel option for people travelling to Ireland from around the Lufthansa global network.“We also expect it to be a popular outbound service. Frankfurt has a lot to offer as a tourism destination and also offers a smooth connection between our Frankfurt hub and some major intercontinental destinations such as Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo or Singapore.Speaking at the launch of the new service, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy said:  “This is a big moment in many respects for this region. Frankfurt is a great destination to have on our schedule as it’s one of the world’s leading financial and business centres and a strong tourism city also, with a rich culture and history as well as a recognised culinary capital.“On top of that it also now connects Shannon with another of Europe’s leading hubs, which gives passengers who want to fly from Shannon even greater options for connecting with destinations around the world. One of the biggest benefits will be for tourism here as Germany is Ireland’s third largest tourism market and there’s a particularly strong demand in the German market for the tourism offering on this half of the country.”For details on this new service visit www.lufthansa.com  Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuildinglast_img read more

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Smart new appointment to drive digital transformation of Limerick

first_imgBusinessLimerickNewsSmart new appointment to drive digital transformation of LimerickBy Meghann Scully – February 13, 2021 930 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Facebook Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleWATCH: Conor Murray knows Ireland will have to be at their best to beat FranceNext articleUL Hospitals Group staff vaccinations roll out continues Meghann Scully TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Email Printcenter_img Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LIMERICK City and County Council has announced the appointment of a new Head of Digital Strategy, who will drive the implementation of the Smart Limerick strategy, coordinating EU projects, support the broadband rollout and the development of the Council’s digital plans.Alan Dooley is a graduate of the University of Limerick and has lived in Limerick since coming to college here in 1993. He has almost 25 years’ experience in the IT industry, spending most of the last two decades leading global software engineering teams from the USA, to Ireland, to India and the Philippines for Pramerica Ireland, as subsidiary of Prudential Financial, a Fortune 50 company and subsequently Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) via a company acquisition.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Alan’s principal areas of responsibility will be Smart Limerick, which is a strategy for the development of a smart, sustainable region where digital technologies improve quality of life, empower communities, and enable economic growth.He will also be responsible for the planning and development of digital infrastructure, digital innovation and services for Limerick using the Limerick.ie platform to expand and develop the provision of services to the people of Limerick.His department is also involved in the rollout of broadband across the city and county and in the development and co-ordination of EU funding proposals.Commenting on his new role Alan said: “I am very excited about joining the Smart Limerick team. I truly believe that Limerick is a city and region that can soar over the coming years – economically, culturally, with climate change, the services it provides to the community and much, much more. The fact that Limerick is a smart, sustainable region and that it strives to leave nobody behind, is a big attraction for me.”Alan has remotely lead teams for almost two decades, up to and including all of his teams being fully remote since early 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.“I am acutely aware of the myriad of challenges remote working brings at a personal level. The isolation can be difficult, impacting on your mental health, balancing home schooling, your work life and your personal life. Delivering services like broadband, which is intrinsic to our day-to-day life, to better enable remote working is something I really look forward to”, he added.Caroline Curley, Director of National and Regional Shared Services at Limerick City and County Council said: “The Head of Digital Strategy is a senior position within my directorate, and I am looking forward to working with Alan and his team in delivering for the people of Limerick and the employees of the Council.”A keen cyclist, Alan has participated in six Tour de Munster’s, raising funds for Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Some of his other passions include playing the traditional Irish flute and singing and he has performed with the Voices of Limerick and the Munster Rugby Supporters Club Choir. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick WhatsApp Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

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Existing Home Sales: Owners Aren’t Budging

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Existing Home Sales: Owners Aren’t Budging Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Facing Challenges in Financial Services Next: Senators Unveil Task Force to Combat Zombie Properties Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago October 26, 2017 1,461 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img data HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-26 Dean Terrell Tagged with: data HOUSING mortgage Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Existing Home Sales: Owners Aren’t Budging About Author: Dean Terrell Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago According to Ten-X’s Residential Real Estate Nowcast, existing home sales have dropped in October. Based on the seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), between 5.2 and 5.49 million sales are expected in October with the targeted number being 5.35 million. This is down 0.8 percent compared to the National Realtors Association (NAR) reported sales in September.”The lack of available inventory is having a major impact on existing home sales, and there’s not much hope for improvement in the foreseeable future,” said Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga. “New home construction is still lagging behind demand, about one third of current homeowners don’t have enough equity to put their homes on the market, and there appears to be a psychological barrier coming into play, where homeowners aren’t willing to sell their home because they’re afraid there’s nothing for them to buy. Over time these issues will be resolved, but in the meanwhile, it’s hard to see sales numbers improving significantly.”In September, Ten-X projected total-existing home sales to be around 5.39 million when seasonally adjusted. This was later confirmed by the NAR’s release on existing home sales. This is a 0.7 percent increase compared to August, but still 1.5 percent lower compared to September 2016. In August 2017, Ten-X also predicted a sturdy gain in existing home prices, later confirmed by the NAR. The median existing-home price in September increased 4.2 percent from to $245,100. This marks the 67th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains. Ten-X predicts annual strides will continue with median existing-home prices landing between $231,897 and $256,308 with a target price point of $244,103. This is down 0.4 percent from September but up 5.1 percent from last year.”Demand for homes remains solid due to a robust labor market and low mortgage rates,” according to Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. “However, extremely low inventory of homes for sale is a major factor constraining sales and driving up prices, diminishing affordability. High student debt, relatively tight underwriting conditions, and the potential for higher interest rates could further constrain a considerable segment of home buyers.”The full report can be viewed here.      Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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CRS report looks at worker participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details As Congress sets its sights on tax reform, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) has prepared a new report that focuses on worker participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans. The report provides data on the percentage of U.S. workers who have access to and participate in employer-sponsored pension plans. It is certain to pique Congress’ interest, as it scrutinizes the effectiveness of tax-advantaged savings plans as part of overall tax reform.The CRS report, prepared for members of Congress, is conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and uses data from the National Compensation Survey (NCS), which looks at employer costs for employee compensation and the availability of employee benefits among U.S. workers. The report looks at access to and participation in both defined benefit and defined contribution plans. In recent decades, defined contribution plans have become the dominant employer-sponsored retirement plan in the private sector. The CRS report highlights how this shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans affects worker participation in employer-sponsored pension plans. In a defined benefit plan, plan participants receive monthly payments during retirement that are based on a formula that typically uses a combination of length of service, contribution rate, and final years’ salary. In a defined contribution plan—such as a 401(k) or 403(b) plan—plan participants contribute a percentage of their salary to an individual account—often with an employer matching contribution—and receive payments during retirement based on the value of their individual account. Unlike a defined benefit plan, in a defined contribution plan, the onus is on the plan participant to contribute to her plan and to direct the plan investments from the options offered by the plan sponsor.The CRS report found that—while not all workers have access to an employer-sponsored pension plan—the percentage of workers who participate in a plan to which they have access differs between defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Among workers who have access to a defined benefit plan, 85 percent participate in the plan. Among workers with access to a defined contribution plan, only 69 percent participate in the plan.There are a number of reasons for lower participation rates among workers with defined contribution plans. Unless the plan has an automatic enrollment feature—workers are automatically enrolled in the plan at a default contribution rate unless they opt out—many workers simply fail to enroll in the plan. And because defined contribution plans are generally funded by contributions from workers, some workers may be unwilling to forgo current income to fund their future retirement. Unfortunately, this means that those workers also forgo any employer matching contributions to the plan, effectively leaving “free money” on the table.A number of other factors also affect participation, including access to an employer-sponsored pension plan. Access to an employer-sponsored pension plan is usually greater for full-time workers, state and local public-sector workers, workers in higher paying occupations, and those employed by larger firms. The CRS report found that these factors significantly affect participation. Key report findings include the following.Participation in employer-sponsored pension plans is greater for full-time workers than part-time workers. Among private-sector workers, 65 percent of full-time workers participate in a pension plan compared to 22 percent of part-time workers. And among state and local public-sector workers, 89 percent of full-time workers participate in a pension plan compared to 34 percent of part-time workers.Participation in employer-sponsored pension plans is greater for state and local public-sector workers than for private-sector workers. For state and local pubic-sector workers, 81 percent of workers participate in the plan, whereas only 54 percent of private-sector workers participate. And unlike private-sector workers, most state and local public-sector workers are more likely to participate in a defined benefit plan rather than a defined contribution plan.Participation in employer-sponsored pension plans is greater for workers in higher paying occupations. Among private-sector workers, 76 percent of workers in occupations with the highest 25 percent of average wages participate in the plan, compared to 22 percent of private-sector workers in occupations with the lowest 25 percent of average wages.Participation in employer-sponsored pension plans is greater for workers employed by larger firms. For example, 76 percent of private-sector workers employed by firms with 500 or more employees participate in the plan, whereas only 33 percent of private-sector workers employed by firms with fewer than 50 employees participate in the plan.This lower participation rate is significant from a public policy standpoint, as the number of Fortune 500 companies sponsoring an open conventional defined benefit plan fell from 50 percent in 1998 to 5 percent in 2015, according to an analysis by Willis Towers Watson. And because part-time workers, lower-paid workers, and workers employed by smaller firms are less likely to have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, the public policy implications of their lower participation is likely to be scrutinized by Congress as they assess the overall effectiveness of current tax-advantaged savings policies as part of comprehensive tax reform.Congress has held hearings and proposed approaches to increase retirement savings in the past, but no major federal legislation has been enacted since 2006. Even if Congress does not act now, states are increasingly looking at ways to cover workers who may not have access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Five states have enacted legislation to provide a state-based automatic IRA program for workers not covered by an employer-sponsored retirement plan. And legislation has been introduced in more than two dozen other states to set up or study options for state-based retirement savings programs for workers not covered by employer-sponsored retirement plans.last_img read more

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‘High-value’ drug suspect arrested

first_imgFive sachets of suspected shabu valuedat around P5,000 were seized from 33-year-old Louel Bautista of Barangay 7,Victorias City, a police report showed.  Aside from suspected shabu, a P165cash was also recovered from him. Police impounded his tricycle, too.  BACOLOD CITY – Police arrested a“high-value” drug suspect in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 5, VictoriasCity, Negros Occidental. Bautista was nabbed after he soldsuspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer around 11:40 a.m. onWednesday, the report added. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Victorias City police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

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National Rebuilding Day 2014 Brings the Community Together, Helping Each Other

first_imgSubmitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountySee all those people?  They are your neighbors!  They are just some of the folks who spent a recent Saturday working on the maintenance needs of some very special homeowners in Thurston County.  As part of Rebuilding Day 2014 there were over 150 volunteers who worked on the homes of nine individuals and families – all of whom were incredibly grateful.  It was a fabulous day and the rain held off just long enough to complete all the necessary repairs – whew!With morning pastries provided by Momma Bear’s Bakery in Yelm, and a welcome from each of the House Captains, the six different work groups set about getting their chores checked off the proverbial list:  power wash driveways, decks and patios; pull weeds, cut back overgrown bushes and rambling ivy, plant new flowers, spread mulch, and water; replace windows that let in lots of cold air and water; clean out and repair gutters; install grab bars; repair drippy faucets; install new doors; paint; and lots more.Eight of the projects were located in Lacey (including a mobile home park where four homeowners received services), so we were delighted to have a visit from Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt from the Lacey City Council.Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet and a homeowner on National Rebuildling Day.She toured several of the projects, met with the homeowners and came away impressed with the work of so many volunteers and donors.  Mayor Pete Kmet of Tumwater rolled up his sleeves to work with the volunteers at Cheryl’s home.  Though she has an Olympia address, her home is closer to services in Tumwater, so it was particularly noteworthy that he was so generous with his time with RTTC that day.  Thanks to Ms. Pratt and Mr. Kmet, both of whom are clearly interested in the efforts of their citizenry to make their towns and homes healthier and safer.Olympia Federal Savings (and their significant financial support), United Roofing (and their 12 roofers!), the very capable services of Hometown Property Management, and Lacey Gateway Rotary members (and their strong backs) were the movers and shakers behind the biggest project this year: Shirley’s home.  After her husband died three years ago, this 76 year old lady lost interest in most everything and didn’t have the ability to take care of much of it in any event.With the assistance of about 45 volunteers, her home was transformed and in the end was a stunning example of how much good can be done in a day!  With a completely new roof, numerous smaller projects completed around the home and extensive landscape maintenance, her home is in a truly beautiful setting; and most importantly she feels like it’s something that she can maintain now that it is all under control.Special thanks go to Western Cedar Supply/PABCO for the roof supplies, to Ken Kirkland for his House Captain leadership, and to Dirty Dave’s for a terrific lunch. Susan, a 70 year old woman now living alone, received services from the Lacey Presbyterian Church (a team of about 32 men and women who have been with us on Rebuilding Day for several years now; thank you, volunteers, and to the Church for their continued financial support of RTTC!).  Big thanks also go to Rob Hodgeman, the House Captain, and to Subway for the donated box lunches that kept the volunteers going through the afternoon.Cathy Johnson, owner of Dandelion Gardens, sprucing up old planters on National Rebuilding Day.The project at Crestwood Park in Lacey had an energetic crew from the YouthBuild Construction Trades program (New Market Skills Center in Tumwater) who teamed with an equally hard working larger group from KAYO/KGY Radio.  This was definitely a case of age and experience, mixed with eagerness and wonder – surely the best of all combinations!  All three homeowners (Curt, Vietnam vet; Drema, a 71 year old lady living alone; and Ivan, who is disabled) were all absolutely thrilled with the work done on their homes and the differences were significant!  The team of volunteers also replaced the security bollards at the entrance of the park that were taken out in a car accident earlier this year.  Coordinating all these efforts was the Sater family (Lane, Tonya and all five of their children, each of whom contributed to the successes of the day).  In addition, T & S Cleaning (Ted and Shirley were both there); Chris from Gillaspie’s Tree Service; and Casa Mia and their pizzas all contributed to a job well done.  And since then, we’ve received calls from others in the park who would like assistance.Failing windows can cause lots of angst for any homeowner, but imagine if you did not have the funds to do anything about it.  That was the position 67 year old Cheryl was in, so with the enthusiasm of HomeStreet Bank employee Chris Hutchison and the major financial backing of the same institution, along with the construction skills of Nick Bevans (Bevans Construction) and John Hays (Puget Construction), she was the very happy recipient of five (yep, 5!) new windows!  In addition, Mayor Kmet was a member of this crew and Pizza Hut donated lunch for everyone.And finally there were the Robyn and Cameo projects.  Both are relatively young women (Robyn with certain disabilities and Cameo a single mom with three kids) with leaking, safety, and security repairs – important to address to keep the homes in good and safe condition as both intend to live in their homes for years to come.  Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia was not only instrumental in providing work crews for both projects but also provided the expertise of James Powers (Assistant Manager of Lowe’s on Martin Way) as the House Captain for both projects.  Subway and Jimmy John’s provided lunches for participants.In addition to all these outstanding companies and volunteers, there were several more who absolutely need recognition for their contributions, which were connected to more than one project:  Cathy Johnson of Dandelion Gardens worked on two projects and was instrumental in the coordination and design of both projects;  Mary Carskadon and Jackie Ashley enhanced everyone’s lunches by providing cookies and chips to each site; Cutter’s Point Coffee provided warming coffee for several of the sites; and Rob’s Excavation and NW Cascade provided port-a-potties for each work site.And where would we be without Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia? Not in the position we’re in, that’s for sure.  They’ve been working with us for months to make sure that all materials we needed were pulled and delivered at exactly the right time; that all their employees were trained in how to deal with us and the coordination of materials; and their financial support has been huge.Here’s a huge THANK YOU to our Executive Director, Raechel Kilcup, for all of her hard work and dedication to coordinating all of these projects as well as to all volunteers and participants who made Rebuilding Day 2014 the success that it was!Altogether, we served 32 homes in our county during the month of April, utilized over 400 volunteers, and for every $1 donated we were able to turn it into $13 of service to these homeowners. Typically, $1 is turned into $4.  We are extremely proud of the work done and thankful for the support of our community. Facebook98Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Saying Yes to Small Things is Saying No to Bigger Things

first_imgWhen you say “yes” to small things, “you are saying “no” to your biggest priorities.When you say “yes” to distractions, you are saying “no” to focus. The time you spend on distractions is time that is better invested in your greatest priorities. Maybe you say “yes” to distractions because you haven’t done enough work to know what deserves your time and attention. Or maybe you haven’t gone “all in” on going “all in.”When you say “yes” to the tasks that aren’t really your work, you are saying “no” to more purposeful, more meaningful work. Saying “yes” to the inbox almost always means saying “no” to the work that produces the outcomes you need. Saying “yes” to cleaning your desk means saying “no” to spending that time with your clients or dream clients.Saying “yes” to television means saying “no” to spending time developing yourself both personally and professionally. Saying “yes” to distraction and escapism is a “no” to improving the single asset you own free and clear, and the source of all your results.Without a solid set of priorities, a set of tasks that need to be completed each day to move you closer to your goals, and time blocked to complete them, it is easy to drift. Idle hands aren’t the devil’s workshop; an empty calendar is.Saying “yes” to all kinds of distractions and more trivial work can very easily crowd out your real priorities.If you value your exceedingly limited time, you will protect it. If you want to accomplish your goals, reach your full potential, and make a difference, then you will say “no” to the countless small things to protect your time for the things to which you need to say “yes.”Every “yes” requires one hundred “no’s.” If you say “yes,” make sure you aren’t saying “no” to something more important.last_img read more

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Tams, Falcons tear foes apart

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Read Next Ron Dennison finished with 16 points to lead the Tamaraws. But more than his offensive outburst, the Cebuano guard’s tough defense on his former high school teammate, Paul Desiderio, caught the eye of Racela, whose charges improved to 4-2 for solo third behind unbeaten Ateneo (6-0) and La Salle (4-1).In the second game, Adamson continued its winning ways with a 79-60 demolition of a listless University of the East squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Falcons raced to a double-digit advantage early behind Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti and never looked back as they picked up their third win in five outings.The win came as the Falcons are preparing for their toughest stretch of the season—againstUP on Wednesday and FEU on Saturday. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It wasn’t until the final period when the Fighting Maroons found their rhythm, closing in at 48-58 thanks to a layup by rookie Juan Gomez de Liano. But Dennison quickly snuffed out the momentum with seven points in a 16-0 run that put away the Maroons.FIRST GAME: FEU 78 – UP 59FEU 78—Dennison 16, Escoto 12, Orizu 8, Inigo 7, Parker 7, Comboy 6, Cani 5, Tuffin 4, Ebona 4, Ramirez 4, Tolentino 3, Stockton 2, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0.UP 59—Ouattara 17, Gomez de Liano Ju 16, Desiderio 9, Dario 8, Manzo 4, Lim 3, Webb 2, Gomez de Liano Ja 0, Vito 0, Ricafort 0, Jaboneta 0, Lao 0, Prado 0.Quarters: 18-14, 40-24, 56-43, 78-59 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Grand Slam turns into a Grand Slump “It’s going to be a a brutal week for us, we’ll be playing three games until Saturday,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, who dealt the team of his older brother, Derrick, a fifth straight defeat.“This can help us in our coming games, especially the game against UP. The last two games will be crucial on our part to end the [first round] above .500.”A week after exploding for a career-best 30 points in the stunning win over defending champion La Salle, Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting. The Maroons hit just four triples, 12 less than in last week’s win.“It’s huge when you have someone like Ron Dennison who can stop a player like Desiderio,” said Racela in Filipino. “But of course it wasn’t just Dennison against Desiderio, it was the whole FEU team against Desiderio.”“It was a defensive game for us,” said Racela. “We limited a team below 60 points for the first time this season. The focus was to limit them and I think we caught them on an off-night since most of the shots they were making against La Salle weren’t going in against us.”ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern U’s rookie coach Olsen Racela finally got the consistency he wanted from his Tamaraws on the defensive end.With FEU putting emphasis on shutting down University of the Philippines’ shooters who waxed hot a week ago, the Tamaraws notched a third straight win at the expense of the Fighting Maroons, 78-59, Sunday in UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Rodriguez Real Madrid’s third most expensive signing

first_imgColombian international James Rodriguez has agreed to a six-year-contract which will see him earn around six million euros a year and keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.The Spanish giants on Tuesday confirmed Rodriguez’s signing from French outfit AS Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of 75-80 million euros, reports Xinhua.The transfer makes James the third most expensive signing in the club’s history after Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and his former club described the transfer as “one of the most important deals in history”.James is another marquee signing for Real Madrid after he won the “Golden Boot” as the top scorer in the recent World Cup held in Brazil. He netted six times, despite Colombia being knocked out of the competition in the quarter-finals and his goal in the round-of-16 against Uruguay was voted the best goal of the tournament.His arrival follows that of German international Tony Kroos, after the arrival of the World Cup winner was confirmed by Real Madrid last week.Real Madrid are also close to signing Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, another player who excelled in Brazil with the European Champions expected to meet the Costa Rican international’s buyout clause of 10 million euros.Levante president, Francisco Catalan commented that the team from the capital would have to pay the full 10 million euros of Navas’ buyout clause.”The value of the clause is what it is and we have already said no to various offers after what happened in the World Cup and it would not be logical for us to change our posture just because it is Real Madrid,” said Catalan.advertisementNavas’ arrival at Real Madrid would open the door for either Diego Lopez or Spain international Iker Casillas to depart from the club before the end of the transfer window in August. Real Madrid have already seen midfielder Casimiro move to Porto while young striker Alvaro Morata has joined Italian champions Juventus.Meanwhile FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez returned to training Monday as the Spanish press reports that the 34-year-old will remain with the club for another season after speculation he could end his career playing in either the USA or Qatar.last_img read more

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