Staff gathered on the newsroom floor atAustralian Associated Press’ headquarters in Sydney were told a drop-off insubscribers in the face of free online content meant the company was “nolonger viable.” “This decision’s been made withvery heavy hearts. It’s been made on an economic and financial basis,”chief executive Bruce Davidson said following the announcement. The newswire will close at the end ofJune while its subediting business Pagemasters is set to close at the end ofAugust. (AFP) Staff at Australian Associated Press’ headquarters were told a drop-off in subscribers in the face of free online content meant the company was “no longer viable”. AFP CANBERRA – Australia’s only nationalnewswire will be shuttered after 85 years of operation, with around 180 stafftold Tuesday their jobs will end in June.
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As fans gear up for Super Bowl festivities, local law enforcement are preparing to make their presence felt in an effort to curb drunk driving.Commuters in Batesville and the surrounding area can expect to see a few more cruisers on the road this weekend.Batesville Police are joining other agencies in a statewide collaboration to keep roadways safe throughout the weekend. The 3-day crackdown begins Friday and will run through the early morning hours Monday.“This enforcement effort is about showing a strong and visible police presence aimed at deterring dangerous behaviors and getting drunk drivers off the street,” said Batesville Police Lt. Doug Wolfer.For many football fans, the Super Bowl is a celebration for their favorite team making it the championship. However, due to increased rate of alcohol consumption this event inspires, the weekend of the Super Bowl can also be a very dangerous time on Indiana roadways.Batesville Police recommend the following steps to have a safe enjoyable Super Bowl celebration:Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your keys at home.If you’re impaired, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local police.And remember, if you know someone who is about to drive a car while impaired, take the keys and help that person make arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.
Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is set to miss their Champions League game against Real Madrid next month, Pep Guardiola has confirmed. The Argentinian will miss the remainder of the Premier League campaign with a knee injury but there had been hopes he would return for the second leg of the Round of 16 clash. The 32-year-old was forced off just before half-time of City’s five-goal victory over Burnley in the Premier League last month following a forceful challenge from opposing defender Ben Mee. The meniscus damage has a standard recovery period of between four and six weeks, meaning that a timetable of returning for the European game appeared feasible. Guardiola was asked directly if Aguero would be available for the tie, as cited by Goal.com: “I told you many times no. No.” Loading… Read Also: La Liga: Real Madrid in sight of title after beating Alaves City lead 2-1 from the first leg of the tie played in the Spanish capital back in February and it has confirmed that the return leg will be played at the Etihad in Manchester. Should Aguero miss out against Madrid, Gabriel Jesus – who scored in the first leg – is likely to deputise. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
EAGLE, Neb. – Drivers and fans from coast to coast and north of the border will converge Sept. 3-6 at Eagle Raceway for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Nationals.More than 100 entries, from 17 states and Canada, are in hand now for the third annual event. The Sunday finale sends the winner home with $2,000 and a year’s worth of bragging rights.The field of 27 will start three wide. All other main event qualifiers earn a minimum of $1,000; Friday and Saturday qualifying features pay $700 to win and the top prize in Saturday’s Jake Ita Memorial is $1,000.Pre-tech runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and will be followed by an open practice on Thursday. The front three rows qualify and Ita Memorial heats are on Friday. Rows four, five and six qualify on Saturday, rows seven, eight and nine on Sunday.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The pits open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Saturday. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 6:30 p.m.A party in the pits, complete with live music, follows both shows.Gates open at 3 p.m. and a driver autograph session is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. The first 1,000 fans through when the front gate opens at 4:30 p.m. receive a free light-up driver introduction ceremony wand. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing is at 6:30 p.m.Miss Eagle Raceway will be crowned during intermission.Pre-tech for Sprints is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the Saturday card; Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and Mach-1 Sport Compacts run on Sunday.Pit passes are $25 each night. Adult spectator admission is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under get in free all three nights.More information is available at the www.eagleraceway.com website or by calling 402 781-2243.By state and province, drivers now entered for the Sept. 3-6 Sprint Car Nationals include:California – Tony Everhart, El Cajon; *Jesse Mack, Visalia; and Blake Robertson, Visalia.Colorado – Jake Bubak, Arvada; and Jackie Thacker, Crested Butte.Indiana – Ethan Fleetwood, Smithville.Iowa – Nate Eakin, Lake Park; Mike Johnston, Des Moines; Joe Miller, Vail; Blain Petersen, Essex; Chris Roseland, Carter Lake; *Colin Smith, Sheldon; Tyler Thompson, Des Moines; and Ben Woods, Newton.Kansas – Zach Blurton, Quinter; Luke Cranston, Ness City; Brian Herbert, Dodge City; Jeff Radcliffe, Hill City; and Taylor Velasquez, Liberal.Louisiana – Dustin Gates, Haughton; and Jock Thacker, Hineston.Minnesota – Brandon Allen, St. Peter; Bruce Allen, Mankato; Dalyn Cody, Prior Lake; Ron Guentzel, St. Peter; Victoria Knutson, Monticello; Dustin Sargent, Cleveland; Kyle Sargent, St. Peter; *Jeremy Schultz, Hutchinson; *Trevor Serbus, Olivia; and *Michael Stien, Ceylon.Nebraska – Gene Ackland, Lincoln; T.J. Artz, Lincoln; Shayle Bade, Lincoln; Jason Becker, Seward; Tom Belsky, North Platte; *Clint Benson, Papillion; *Mike Boston, Lincoln; Lee Bowes, Lincoln; Nick Bryan, Lincoln; *Dwight Carter, Lincoln; Toby Chapman, Hickman; Jason Danley, Lincoln; Joey Danley Lincoln; Keith Dragoo, Lincoln; Tyler Drueke, Eagle; Tim Fricke, Lincoln; Bill Garrow, Lincoln; *Trevor Grossenbacher, Hickman; *Adam Gullion, Lincoln; Brandon Horton, Omaha; Ryan King, Bennet; Ron Love, Lincoln; *Doug Lovegrove, Waverly; *Jason Martin, Lincoln; Mark Pace, Lincoln; Boyd Peterson, Ithaca; *Shon Pointer, Grand Island; Matt Richards, Lincoln; Terry Richards, Denton; Dan Satriano, Papillion; Richard Weers, Lincoln; Chase Weiler, Lincoln; and Nate Weiler, Omaha.North Carolina – *Daren Bolac, Moyock.North Dakota – *Trevor Mell, Harwood.Oklahoma – Gary Kelley, Ardmore; *Chris Kelly, Oklahoma City; and *Andy Shouse, Mustang.Pennsylvania – Rod Ort, Lewisberry.Saskatchewan – Bart Kendel, Turtleford.South Dakota – *Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg; Jerald Harris, Harrisonburg; and Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls.Tennessee – *Sean Hosey, Clarksville.Texas – *Chase Brewer, Springtown; Jeff Day, Greenville; Jeff Day Jr., Greenville; Michael Day, Greenville; *Tucker Doughty, Heath; *Claud Estes, Godley; Colby Estes, Godley; D.J. Estes, Godley; Matt Etzelmiller, Keller; *Ryan Hall, Midlothian; Jerry Hammock, Ennis; *Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse; *Regan Hawkins, Whitehouse; *Jason Howell, Azle; Lindell Jenkins, Greenville; Mark *Klis, Waxahachie; Charlie McDonald, Jefferson; Justin Melton, Flower Mound; Michelle Melton, Flower Mound; Eric Reichwaldt, Plattsmouth; *John Ricketts, Burleson; *Logan Scherb, Decatur; Russell Shoulders, Forney; *Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills; Chipper Wood, Kennedale; and *Dustin Woods, Forney.Virginia – *Jerald Harris, Harrisonburg; *Tom Humphries, Waynesboro; Brian Lawson, Orange; Troy Severin, Ashland; *Charlie Ware, Hallieford; and Glenn Worrell, Powhattan.Wisconsin – Andrew Westphal, Fond du Lac.* Eligible to qualify for the Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions.
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Barcelona for the signing of midfielder Oriol Romeu.Romeu, 19, made his Barca debut at the end of last season but is not in boss Pep Guardiola’s long-term plans at the Nou Camp.The player has been given permission to discuss personal terms with Chelsea, who have been interested in him for some time.AdChoices广告Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas was particularly keen to sign a midfielder given that Michael Essien will be sidelined for around six months with a knee problem.“It is an area of the squad we are struggling with because of Michael”s injury, and Oriol is a player with a bright future,” said Villas-Boas.“He is one of the most promising young players in that position, so hopefully we can agree personal terms and hopefully he will pass a medical.”Romeu is currently with Spain’s squad at the Under-20 World Cup.
Related Stories Trevor Cooney shines and Michael Gbinije shrinks in Syracuse’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaGrade Syracuse’s performance against UNC and vote for the player of the gameSyracuse community reacts to loss against North CarolinaWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaDajuan Coleman plays season-high 27 minutes in loss to Tar Heels Nothing was different for Boeheim, a man that has coached 1,315 games but joked he’s coached 100 fewer, a subtle jab at the NCAA vacating wins. And for Syracuse, despite the hype and hoopla of a game that set Saturday night apart, it was a similar late collapse that put SU in its deepest conference hole in 19 years.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just want to win, period, at this point,” Michael Gbinije said. “Having these back-to-back losses, it’s not a fun environment to be in. It hits us … We talk about it a lot.”Syracuse and North Carolina traded leads 16 times on Saturday. It was the Tar Heels that had started out with a 27-20 lead. When the Orange had scored, the crowd reacted to each like it was a game-winning shot. But 14 minutes in, UNC was on a 10-0 run, powered by eight points in the paint.Trevor Cooney created space by fading away on a corner 3 to start the SU response. Then he hit a pull-up jumper. And even though his long-range jumper missed, an offensive rebound from Dajuan Coleman and a 3-pointer by Malachi Richardson erased SU’s six-minute and 13-second scoring drought.At the next dead ball, Cooney, who finished with 27 points, flexed his arms at his sides. It was like this every time UNC made its run. The Tar Heels went up 44-38 early in the second half. But Richardson stared down Theo Pinson after the UNC guard tripped trying to defend his perfect 3-pointer.It was pure emotion and adrenaline that kept Syracuse afloat, players said after the game. And it seemed to be never-ending.“We wanted to win this game bad,” forward Tyler Roberson said. “… We really needed this one.”North Carolina owned the paint, though, and it owned the high post. That led to easy points, including six Tar Heel dunks, each seemingly more thunderous than the last. The Tar Heels broke down Syracuse for 12 makes in each of its final 13 attempts from the field.The Orange had cut the lead to six points on a Gbinije three-point play and Tyler Lydon had made a body-diving block in transition on Marcus Paige. But a Justin Jackson layup proved it only delayed the inevitable.Syracuse had answered every run. It played, at times better than the better team. But just like Syracuse has seen a second-half lead slip away in each of its first three conference losses, it happened again to finish the fourth.With 1:13 to play, Boeheim sat in his chair, his hand rotating between a place to rest his chin and a tool to scratch the back of his ear. The same fans that greeted him with undying devotion had begun streaming out before the night was complete.He got up with five seconds left, and waited for the result to be official before walking to shake Roy Williams’ hand, the victor on a night defined by his return.“A long way to go,” Boeheim said, unprompted, before he left his press conference. “We’ll be fine.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 9, 2016 at 10:12 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @SamBlum3 Jim Boeheim acknowledged a crowd of 26,811 with a brief and seemingly forced wave. The pitch of their roar had overtaken a public address announcer that was able to introduce his name for the first time in 32 days. It was the beginning of a night that was — whether he liked it or not — dedicated to him.“Same as always,” Boeheim said, before repeating himself. “… It’s not something new for me.”Syracuse played an inspired game in front its 40-year head coach who returned from a nine-game suspension. It outrebounded a team that outrebounds its opponents by 10 a game. It took a six-point, second-half lead on a team that, on paper, may have been better at every position. The Carrier Dome felt a high that it hadn’t at any previous point this season, but it was a “same as always” result and storyline for the Orange (10-7, 0-4 Atlantic Coast), dropping its fourth consecutive conference game in an 84-73 loss to No. 6 North Carolina (15-2, 4-0).MORE COVERAGEDajuan Coleman plays season-high 27 minutes in loss to Tar HeelsWhat we learned from Syracuse basketball’s 84-73 loss to No. 6 North CarolinaTrevor Cooney shines and Michael Gbinije shrinks in loss to UNC
The Leinster versus Connacht fixtures remain as scheduled for this Saturday with the hurling taking place in Nenagh at 2.45 and the football taking place in Parnell Park at 6. The hurling match will take place at Semple Stadium at 1.45pm and the provinces will clash in the football semi in Parnell Park, Dublin, at 2 o’clock.The fixtures have moved due to the funeral of Ulster GAA Secretary Danny Murphy on Saturday.The CCCC will meet on Sunday evening to determine the dates and times for the Interprovincial Finals.
TOTTENHAM ejected a 13-year-old Burnley fan from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son.The young supporter was seen by stewards appearing to have been discriminating against the South Korean during Jose Mourinho’s side’s 5-0 win over the Clarets.1 Tottenham have launched an investigation after a 13-year-old allegedly racially abused Son Heung-minCredit: AFP or licensorsDuring the game, Son had scored one of the goals of the season after running the length of the field to slot past Nick Pope.It is unknown whether the alleged racial incident happened before or after the 27-year-old’s strike, with both Spurs and Burnley confirming that they are seeking more information.In a statement released on their website, Sean Dyche’s side wrote: “Burnley Football Club is aware of an incident during the Tottenham Hotspur v Burnley game on Saturday, December 7.”During the Premier League game, a 13-year-old Burnley supporter was ejected from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following an alleged racist gesture towards Spurs player Heung-Min Son.”The minor, who was accompanied by a guardian, is now under investigation by the Metropolitan Police, with help from Lancashire Police and the two clubs.”In the meantime, Burnley Football Club will be contacting the teenager and his family, with a view to an enforced educational programme, run in conjunction with Kick It Out and Burnley FC in the Community.”Burnley Football Club would like to reiterate its zero-tolerance policy towards discrimination of any kind.”The sickening abuse was part of a shameful weekend in English football, when a fan was arrested following an episode in the Manchester Derby.A disturbing video posted on social media showed Anthony Burke appearing to make monkey gestures towards United midfielder Fred during the Red Devils’ 2-1 victory over rivals City at the Etihad.The 26-year-old was also pelted with missiles as a bottle of water and several lighters were hurled from the stands, with one object striking the midfielder on the back.The FA are investigating both incidents, while City have released a statement vowing to issue lifetime bans to any supporters found guilty of racist behaviour.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBurke, meanwhile, insisted he was innoncent, writing on Facebook: “Listen, I’m only [a] racist c*** because I had a screenshot that made me look it.”However, I ain’t racist, watch the match half of it was me with me putting my hands in my pants. I know the true.”Greater Manchester Police confirmed a man has been detained although they offered no further details.José Mourinho compares Son wonder-goal vs Burnley to legendary Ronaldo Nazário strike for Barcelona
WCB murderBy Andrew CarmichaelPolice in Berbice have launched a manhunt for the husband of Chandrawattie Williams, also called “Geeta”, whose body was found in her home on Tuesday evening by her 13-year-old son.Dead: Chandrawattie Williams, called “Geeta”Reports are Williams’ body was found at about 18:00h with suspected stab wounds in her Bath Squatting Area, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) home.The dead woman’s brother Dharampaul Mohan on Wednesday told Guyana Times that his 13-year-old nephew received a phone call from his father who reportedly told him to go to the house and turn on the lights. It was then that he made the discovery.Having found his mother’s body, the teen raised an alarm and subsequently saw his father approaching him with a cutlass in his hand. According to Mohan, his nephew ran over to his aunt’s house to seek refuge.According to Mohan, the father then went into hiding. “The body already swell up so we don’t know if it is a day before or two days before she died.”Another relative told this publication that Williams’ husband on several occasions threatened to give her poison to kill her. “He tell she that so much time he beating she and she aint deading and that he gon beat she and then give she poison.”Neighbours said that the woman endured the abusive relationship for almost 20 years.Court records show that Ugan Kumal Williams, also called “Shahrukh Khan” has been charged with assault of Chandrawattie Williams with the most recent charges being implemented last week. However, when the matters were called in court, his wife had declined to give evidence.The suspect had been before the court for allegedly for burning the house they once shared.Chandrawattie’s mother, Baijmattie Mohan, said she was always fearful that her daughter would be killed by her husband.According to the 63-year-old woman, on many occasions her daughter would go to her home for refuge but after a few days, she would return to her husband.Back in July, Chandrawattie spent one month with her mother after two of her fingers were fractured and one broken by her husband.The grieving mother said on numerous occasions, she pleaded with her daughter to end the relationship. Villagers said they last saw the suspect on Tuesday evening in the village.Police are continuing the hunt for the suspect.
MLA for Peace River South and Candidate for the riding, Blair Lekstrom introduced the Premier to the crowd. Campbell’s northern tour will continue Thursday in Fort St. John, as the Premier is joining Peace River North Candidate Pat Pimm at a noon-hour BBQ at the Curling Club.- Advertisement – Over a hundred supporters turned out to greet Campbell’s arrival in the Mile Zero City. Gordon Campbell greets supporters outside the Dawson Creek Liberal Rally on Wednesday Night – Brent Hodson/Energeticcity.caBC Liberal Leader and Premier Gordon Campbell made a campaign stop at a rally Wednesday night in Dawson Creek. Campbell’s appearance in Dawson Creek did not come with any specific announcements or promises targeted at the Northern part of the province.