Stevanovic for Essien talks

first_imgGhana boss Goran Stevanovic will meet Chelsea star Michael Essien soon to trash out a return to the national team the Black Stars.The Serbian is planning a meeting with the midfielder this weekend or first thing next week to convince the player he still has a major role to play in national team.Essien has not played for the Black Stars since a forty-five minute appearance at the 2010 Nations Cup.The GFA claimed he was set for a return to the Stars for the Nations Cup qualifier against Congo in March but asked by on a recent visit to Accra if that March return date was still on, the player only said: “I have not said anything but I am still going to come back. Once I am fit and confident I will always come back.”Stevanovic though wants to sort that out quickly. He told in an exclusive one-on-one chat that he will do everything possible to have him back in the side. “I will try, I will make everything possible to have Essien back in the team,” he said.He has now backed that with the planned trip to England later this week. Stevanovic has already drafted Sulley Muntatri back in the Ghana side after his continuous omission under ex-boss Milovan Rajevac.In addition to his Michael Essien mission, Rajevac will make the trip to Sunderland for a meeting with scorer Asamoah Gyan.The Sunderland striker is suspend for Ghana’s next three competitive games but Stevanovic is keen to assure him he is still a major part of his plans.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

Republican legislators: Facts and myths surrounding the economic condition of Kansas

first_imgClaim: The State Budget is in troubleFact:  Many of the people making this claim should look in the mirror as the State ending the fiscal year prior to the Governor taking office with a negative $27 million ending balance.  Thankfully, the ending balances and reserves bounced back to the point of $709 million for fiscal year 2013.  The Governor and the Legislature understood the importance of the strong fiscal position as we knew the tax cuts would decrease State revenue and that it would take some time for the economy to turn around.  We also know that we have some work to do in regards to the State Budget.It was announced a few weeks ago that the State budget office had found $101 million in efficiencies from five different projects that do not include a reduction in services or staff and that there are other similar projects underway. These kinds of efficiencies along with a growing economy will be how our State will respond to the challenges ahead.Sen. Ty Masterson Chair, Senate Ways and Means CommitteeRep. Gene Suellentrop Chair, House Appropriations Committee Follow us on Twitter. The following is a guest editorial written by two Kansas State Legislators, requested to be published by State Representative Kyle Hoffman of the 116th District. “I completely endorse what they are saying,” Hoffman said. Kyle HoffmanWe have read with interest over the past few months as misinformation has been provided on the Governor and Legislature’s education and fiscal record.  As Chairs of the House and Senate Budget Committees, we would like to address a few of these false claims. Claim: Governor Brownback made the “largest cut to schools in state history.”Fact:  In the previous Administration, funding was propped up by $200 million of federal stimulus money. That federal money went away in Governor Brownback’s first budget, but he has increased State funding by over $270 million since that time.  As a result, Kansas spends more now per student than ever before on K-12 students.  Even when taking the increased investment to KPERS out of the equation, Kansas still spends more now per student than ever before. Claim: The Kansas economy is lagging the nation.Fact:  The income tax cuts were intended to stimulate economic growth, primarily through cutting the income tax for small businesses to zero as they employ the overwhelming majority of Kansans.  The tax cuts have had a positive effect on small businesses.    Small business income has grown by 26% and has one of the highest growth rates in the country.  This small business income has led to growth in jobs and wages.  Kansas has the 2nd highest growth rate in the country of job gains by new and expanding businesses since 2013.  Hourly and weekly earnings and wage growth has been higher than 3% for July and August of 2014 when compared to July and August of 2013, easily surpassing our neighboring states. Private sector job growth is 54% higher since 2011 than it was from 1991 to 2010.   In the last available quarter (4th quarter of 2013), Kansas saw a large increase in real GDP.  Rate of growth surpassed the national average and almost all states in its designated region.   All of these indicators point to a strong economy moving forward. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (5) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago… Without Snyder’s knowledge or consent. What a slime. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago… Facts and math are hard. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 301 weeks ago Your response to claim #2 is False. It is true that more than 15,000 new businesses were incorporated in 2013, the first year of the governor’s tax plan. But Brownback ignores that more than 16,000 businesses were either dissolved or forfeited because of failure to pay fees. About 4,500 of these businesses were reinstated, putting the total increase in businesses at 3,600, less than the year before. However, all of these numbers are inflated, because some of the new businsses are also old businesses. The governor’s tax plan enabled certain types of businesses, such as limited liability corporations and S corporations, to pay no income tax, so many businesses that had other types of incorporation dissolved and then reformed as LLCs or S corporations. The Kauffman Foundation, looking at the number of new businesses created for every 100,000 people, ranked Kansas as 45th among all states in new business formation. Read more here:… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Mel · 301 weeks ago Just another Brownback yes man……….. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Credence · 301 weeks ago We have already experienced the liberal economic experiment, which is increased taxes, more spending, low economic growth and exodus of businesses and citizens. Why do people think we can tax ourselves into prosperity? Paul Davis is in favor of higher taxes leading to more spending. How does this improve our economic situation? This article provides facts from people who actually know what our financial condition is at the state level. Spinning the facts to by those with their own personal agendas does not change the fact that Kansas is better economically today than we were under Kathleen Sebelius and we have an opportunity to improve what Brownback has started. Going back to the days of taxing and spending will not provide a secure economic future. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Trio selected for Nations Cup team

first_img29 Feb 2012 Trio selected for Nations Cup team The trio of Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren will represent England in the Nations Cup event at this week’s Spanish amateur championship. Trio selected for Nations Cup team The event, at the El Valle golf resort, starts on Wednesday, 29 February, with two days of strokeplay qualifying, when the players’ scores also count for the Nations Cup. The top 32 players in qualifying will go forward to the matchplay knockout stages with the final played on Sunday, 4 March. Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) and Charley Hull (Woburn) are both England internationals and members of the GB&I Curtis Cup squad. Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) is an England girl international. Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Steelers face Ravens in Sunday Night showdown

first_imgAGONY OF DEFEAT—Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson reacts on the sidelines after dropping a pass in the end zone during overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. on Sun., Nov. 28. Pittsburgh won in overtime 19-16. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens pulled off hard fought victories to set up this weeks’ first place showdown in the AFC North. The game will feature two of the best defenses in the NFL headed by linebackers Ray Lewis for the Ravens and James Harrison for the Steelers. It should be a hard hitting no nonsense battle between two great defenses and average offenses. The game will probably not be decided until the final minutes, which has been the case for most Steelers games this season. “The message is simple for us: We haven’t lost at home, so let’s defend that,” Lewis said. “We take care of that; everything else takes care of itself. From our side and their side, there is no talking that has to be done. We’ve been playing each other a long time and now it comes down to one of those showdown games.”In what should have been a sure defeat the Steelers pulled off the 19-16 overtime victory Sunday in Buffalo when receiver Stevie Johnson dropped a sure touchdown that would have won the game for the 2-9 Bills.“I had the game in my hands and I dropped it,” Johnson said. “Humbled. Humbled.” Then, growing emotional, Johnson added: “I’ll never get over it. Ever.”The Steelers have been one of the luckiest teams in football, pulling off several wins after doing all they could to lose.“I had my helmet on and I was going to the locker room,” defensive tackle Casey Hampton said, when he saw Johnson 2 yards in the end zone, having sneaked in behind defensive backs Ike Taylor and Ryan Clark.“You’re talking about a guy who’s been extremely hot,” Clark said of Johnson. “Luckily for us, he didn’t (catch it).”New kicker Shaun Suisham was four for four in field goals, including the game winning 41-yard field goal to win the game in overtime.The Steelers went back to the run against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league as Rashard Mendenhall carried the ball 36 times for 151 yards and Isaac Redman also looked impressive on short third down situations as he had 25 yards on 5 carries.After jumping off to a 13-0 first half lead, the Steelers only scored three points in the second half as the Bills were able to come back and tie it in regulation 16-16, as they fell back into their old habits of having to settle for field goals instead of taking the ball in the end zone.With Buffalo double teaming Mike Wallace, Hines Ward had an outstanding game catching 7 passes for 107 yards. Wallace was held to just 3 catches for 33 yards well below his league leading yards per catch average.The Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pretty much in the same manner. They jumped off to a big lead only to have the Bucs come back to make it a game 17-10.Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger’s production has been very similar this season and remained close in the two victories last weekend. Flacco was 25 of 35 for 289 yards and two touchdowns. Roethlisberger was 20 of 33 for 246 yards. Even though Ray Rice was held to 85 yards on 20 carries he has been a major force for the Ravens this season. But with the acquisition of Anquan Boldin at wide receiver joining the always reliable Derrick Mason, who had 8 catches for 87 yards against the Bucs, T. J. Houshmandzadeh, and tight end Todd Heap, the Ravens have a much more balanced attack. With the Steelers still being the best team in football against the run, look for Flacco to use these new weapons in the air to attack the Steelers secondary.The Bills had a two-game win streak snapped against the Steelers.“We fought so hard out there, yet again, it’s one of those overtime heartbreakers,” said quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who finished 23 of 45 for 265. “There’s not much to say than the guys in that locker room, including me, are really hurting over that one.”Once again the Steelers were heavily penalized—10 times for 107 yards—including five offensive holding penalties, three against guard Chris Kemoeatu.“We can’t make those mistakes as an offense,” Roethlisberger said.The Ravens (8-3) improved to 5-0 at home and remained tied atop the AFC North with Pittsburgh. Baltimore will be striving for its franchise-record ninth straight home win Sunday night.“I don’t think you ever want to diminish this victory,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s one we really need to get where we’re going. It’s a game that bridged us into December. It gives us an opportunity to accomplish some things. We’re playing the biggest game of the year.”Flacco connected with Todd Heap for a 65-yard score and hit Mason for a 10-yard touchdown during a three-minute span of the second quarter to stake Baltimore to a 17-3 halftime lead. Flacco now has 53 career TD passes, surpassing Vinny Testaverde (51) for most in Ravens history. Flacco had a 76-yard touchdown throw to Rice called back because of a block in the back by Boldin.“I thought we were in control. We were never really threatened until the end of the game,” Flacco said. “We had to do a good job there and put the game away.”The wins by the Steelers and Ravens also kept them one game behind the New England Patriots and New York Jets for the best record in the AFC.last_img read more

Gluck backstops Rebels to 1-0 shutout of Leafs, Bruins surprise defending KIJHL champs at home

first_imgThe two 2012 Murdoch Division Finalists once again assumed similar spots atop the standings following opening week in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.The Beaver Valley Nitehawks and Castlegar Rebels completed the weekend each with three points.However, both teams took different routes to the top of the standings.Castlegar rode the 28-save performance of Jordan Gluck to shutout the visiting Nelson Leafs 1-0 Saturday in the Sunflower City.Meanwhile, the Hawks, after pounding the Grand Forks Border Bruins 5-0 Friday in the Boundary City, saw the Bears rise up Saturday to steal a 3-2 overtime win in Fruitvale.Chris Osellame scored a power play marker three minutes into the first overtime period to give the Bruins the win on opening week.Last season Grand Forks took weeks to taste victory.Gluck shines in front of home crowd Jordan Gluck looked to be in midseason form as the Scarsdale, NY, native foiled the Leafs everytime the Green and White made a threat to the net.Gluck’s heroics allowed Quinn Klimchuk to score the game’s only goal midway through the third period.Nelson out shot the Rebels 28-23 in the game.Cody Boeckman took the loss in goal for Nelson.Better start already for BruinsAfter finishing last season with one win in 51 games and only four points the Grand Forks are already on pace to destroy those numbers.Trailing 2-1 late in the game, Kublai Barlas tied the game before Osellame sent the home Beaver Valley crowd home disappointed with the overtime winner.Robert Dunsmir kept the visitors in the game stopping 44 of 46 shots as the Hawks peppered the Grand Forks netminder for most of the game.Friday Beaver Valley looked every bit like the defending KIJHL champs as the Hawks shutout the Bruins in Grand Forks.last_img read more