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Meijer takes lead in getting Indiana teachers vaccinated

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 8, 2021 0 157 Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSurvey: Patient anxieties about paying for healthcare growingNext articleDaytime highs climb into the 60’s this week Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) Meijer is partnering with the Indiana State Teachers Association on plans for a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Indiana stores this week.Meijer says it will hold a dozen clinics and give 10,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to pre-registered teachers and school staff in grades pre-K to 12 by the end of the week.Teachers and staff will be asked to verify their school affiliation and have proper ID when pre-registering through Meijer’s vaccine registration process.Teachers can also register by texting “ISTA” to 75049.Meijer in Goshen is partnering with with Elkhart, Concord and Baugo community Schools to provide vaccinations for teachers.Faculty and staff can get the vaccine from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9, in the Activities Center at Concord High School.Over the last few weeks, Meijer has given more than 25,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses at stores in Indiana. Google+ Meijer takes lead in getting Indiana teachers vaccinatedlast_img read more

Former President Jimmy Carter, TV host David Letterman visit campus for Work Project Opening Ceremony

first_imgTom Naatz | The Observer Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter joined a variety of speakers Sunday at Notre Dame‘s Purcell Pavilion for the opening ceremony of a work project that will build multiple houses in St. Joseph County.Ultimately, Letterman called Habitat for Humanity, the global nonprofit housing organization and gathered some friends and travelled to New Orleans to start building and rebuilding houses.Letterman, the longtime late night talkshow host whose appearance at Notre Dame‘s Purcell Pavilion was not previously announced, introduced former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, at the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. This annual Habitat for Humanity program, which includes participation and sponsorship from the former first couple, focuses on building houses in a geographic area one week out of the year. The 2018 iteration will be taking place in St. Joseph County this week and Notre Dame hosted the opening ceremonies.Jim Williams, the president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity’s St. Joseph County chapter, lauded the historic moment the program represents.“This truly is a historic moment for our community,“ Williams said. “It’s a momentous occasion. And for all of you to show up here on a Sunday evening and join us for this occasion, I can’t tell you how much that means to us.”According to a press release provided at the event, the Carters will help a group of volunteers and future homeowners build 22 “new, affordable homes” this week in Mishawaka. When lumped in with additional construction projects throughout the year, 41 homes will be “built, renovated, or repaired” in both South Bend and Mishawaka.Speakers at the event included Williams, University President Fr. John Jenkins, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford, Benito Salazar, a local man who lives with his family in a Habitat for Humanity constructed home, Letterman and the Carters.Jenkins offered a blessing for the Work Project. In his remarks beforehand, he noted President Carter’s connection with the former University President Fr. Ted Hesburgh.“You worked with him on so many different projects — on peace-building, on human rights, on avoiding mass-starvation [and on] Cambodia with you, Mrs. Carter,” Jenkins said. I know that Fr. Ted is looking down on us and smiling. So happy we are here.”Several speakers lauded LeRoy Troyer, a local architect who has played a large role in Habitat for Humanity by serving on the organization’s board and serving as President Carter’s “house leader” on every Carter Work Project since 1986. A tribute video lauded Troyer’s dedication to Habitat for Humanity.“The Carter Work Project can be anywhere in the world,” the video said. “It only happens once a year. But it’s here, in St. Joseph County, in large part thanks to LeRoy Troyer. Ask 100 people to show you what love looks like. They’ll all point to LeRoy Troyer. Thank you, LeRoy, and may God bless you.”During his remarks, Reckford said he noticed the sense of community that springs up at every individual build site. Reckford also said he was impressed with the sturdy construction of Habitat for Humanity homes, saying a Habitat constructed neighborhood in Haiti held up remarkably well when Hurricane Sandy hit the island in 2012. He also discussed the scarcity of affordable housing throughout the world.“A big reason we do this is to bring attention to the fact that right now in the U.S. we have an affordable housing crisis,” Reckford said. “And it’s even worse in the rest of the world. There is nowhere in the United States where a full-time, minimum wage employee can afford a one-bedroom apartment on less than a third of his or her income.”Reckford thanked the Carters for their work to alleviate the problem of affordable housing.“President and Mrs. Carter’s involvement in Indiana is going to bring attention to not just the need in this community and state but to the need nationally and globally,” he said. “And they have been such extraordinary witnesses and such extraordinary ambassadors to bring attention to that need.”The next speaker, Salazar, said he and his wife were struggling to find an affordable housing option for their growing family when they heard about Habitat, applied and ultimately were accepted. They, along with their future neighbors, have been laying the groundwork for the project in a program Habitat for Humanity likes to refer to as “sweat equity.” Their future home is being constructed as part of the Carter Work Project.“Knowing that my children can grow in a home that their mother and father have worked so hard for means so much,” Salazar said. “We shall have the space to grow and play, we shall be putting money into a home that we can eventually own and say, ‘It is ours.’ We shall have a new beginning.”Finally, Letterman introduced the Carters. After relating the story of his first involvement with the organization after Katrina, he discussed all of the subsequent work he’s done with it, most recently in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He thanked President Carter and Rosalynn for their work.“In my life, I have always struggled and envied people who have figured out a way to make a difference in the world,” Letterman said. “People who know how, as we like to say it, ‘move the needle.’ I would not have known to call Habitat for Humanity if it wasn’t for President Carter and Rosalynn. It’s because of these two people that my friends and I were able to find a way to help in a very, very small way.”In brief closing remarks, the Carters each thanked the people who make the Carter Work Project possible and extolled the value of helping others.The former president noted the large number of people who have volunteered with the Carter Work Project since its inception 35 years ago.“One of the most important statistics that Habitat had … for us this year was we built 4,200-and-something houses in 14 countries,” President Carter said. “But the main thing was 100,000 volunteers have worked with us on our different projects, beginning with 42 in the first time in New York.”President Carter said Troyer was the best volunteer they have ever had. Offering further tribute to Troyer, he said the architect always reminds him of the faith-based dimensions of the work.“He has a remarkable way of inspiring us to keep on working, but he always has an ability to inject into it the purpose of Habitat. And that is to carry out the mandate of our savior Jesus Christ,” he said.Rosalynn discussed briefly her friendship with Fr. Hesburgh, noting they had worked together to help Cambodian refugees.“Well, this is so great to be back at Notre Dame, from which I have an honorary degree,” Rosalynn said. “When Jimmy was president, there were refugees in Thailand coming from Cambodia, I think. I went to see them, and when I got home I had a phone call from Fr. Ted saying, ‘Let’s raise money and help those refugees.’ And of course, I was thrilled. And we raised a lot of money and became very close friends with Fr. Ted.”The former first lady closed the ceremony by thanking those in attendance.“I want to recognize all of you — everybody who has worked to make this project a great success, and the homeowners and everybody,” Rosalynn said. “But I also want to thank the donors because Habitat for Humanity always needs donors. This would not be possible tonight if had not been for the donors. All of you who worked ahead of time, all of you who are going to be working again, and everybody else who supports Habitat. I know you are going to be supporting with contributions, right? And now you know what a wonderful organization it is. And so I thank you from the bottom of my heart and look forward to working with you, who are going to be at the camp site, tomorrow.”Tags: 2018 Carter Work Project, David Letterman, Fr. John Jenkins, habitat for humanity, Jimmy Carter, Mishawaka, Rosalynn Carter, South Bend, St. Joseph County In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David Letterman had a problem.Letterman was watching news coverage of the disaster that had just afflicted New Orleans and the entirety of the Gulf Coast, and he desperately wanted to help out; his only problem was he wasn’t sure how he could do it.“As you see, [there‘s] 24-hour coverage of disasters and horrible things that happen to humans around the globe, and if you’re hooked up properly, you’re drawn to that,” Letterman said. “You want to do something but you don’t know what it is you want to do. And this is the dynamic that occurred while watching the storm Katrina ravage New Orleans, Louisiana.”last_img read more

Karl Meltzer Breaks Appalachian Trail Speed Record By 9.5 Hours

first_imgScott Jurek’s Appalachian Trail record barely lasted a year before Karl Meltzer broke it. On Sunday, Meltzer topped Springer Mountain, Georgia, to complete the trail in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes, eclipsing Jurek’s previous record by just 9.5 hours.The 2,189-mile trail from Georgia to Maine along the spine of the rugged Appalachians takes most thru-hikers six months to complete. Meltzer, who was won more 100-mile races than any other person on the planet, finished in a month and a half.But it was close. Meltzer had to run 83 miles in the final day and skip sleep to break the record. Jurek’s margin was even closer; he edged the previous record by only three hours.Karl Meltzer receives a hug from the previous record holder, Scott Jurek, after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Karl Meltzer receives a hug from the previous record holder, Scott Jurek, after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Jurek and Meltzer are two of the world’s most celebrated ultra runners. They are also good friends who have been supportive of each other’s previous record attempts.Jurek helped crew for Meltzer, just as Meltzer had done for him last year.  During Meltzer’s final week, Jurek, his wife Jenny, and their four-month-old toddler Raven, met up with Meltzer in north Georgia and provided food and logistics.But unlike Jurek, Meltzer did not adhere to a vegan diet along the way. Meltzer opted instead for lots of candy and Red Bull. At the finish on Springer Mountain in north Georgia, he celebrated with pepperoni pizza and a beer.Karl Meltzer adds the last info to his logbook after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Karl Meltzer adds the last info to his logbook after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Karl Meltzer poses for a portrait after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.Karl Meltzer poses for a portrait after breaking the record for running the length of the Appalachian Trail on 18 September, 2016.This was Meltzer’s third attempt at the A.T. speed record. He missed the record by seven days in 2008, and in 2014, he dropped off the trail with 600 miles to go due to injuries and trench foot.Meltzer is 48 years old. Jurek was 41 when he set the record last year. The previous record holder, Asheville’s Jennifer Pharr Davis, was 28, when she set the overall record in 2011. She still holds the fastest female record for the Appalachian Trail, and Meltzer’s new record is only 12 hours ahead of hers.Jurek set the previous record on a northbound traverse the A.T. Both Meltzer and Pharr Davis traveled southbound.Read Jennifer Pharr Davis’s exclusive account of her record-setting run here.last_img read more

Destination Karlovac is entering the second year of the IQM project

first_imgcof In the past year, over 50 tourist entities from the area of ​​the city of Karlovac joined the project, and each of them was individually audited, after which they received guidelines for further work. Also, measurements of the quality of online reputation of each facility and the entire destination . An increase in online reputation Compared to the beginning of the measurement after the first year of the project, the rating of the online reputation of the destination Karlovac increased by 4,9% and now amounts to 90,1%, which is an extremely high rating which we are very satisfied with, point out the Tourist Board of Karlovac. During the greatest crisis and isolation during April and May, 10 online coordination was held with all stakeholder groups (attractions, accommodation, caterers, agencies, family farms), and cooperation and networking of Karlovac’s offer and preparation of IQM destination tourist card as one of activities of this project which met with a very good response from all stakeholders.center_img The Tourist Board of the City of Karlovac has completed the first year of the project Integrated Quality Management in the destination (IQM Destination Karlovac), which was selected by the Tourism Development Strategy of the City of Karlovac as the best possible model of tourism development in Karlovac. The common positioning of Karlovac is defined as promoting the city in the park and desirable destinations to visit after the crown, with emphasis on the social distance that is easy to achieve in Karlovac due to the predisposition it has – the city is rich in parks, greenery, rivers. “Systematic encouragement and implementation of quality management in the destination continues. We are entering the second year of the project satisfied with what we have achieved. We could not expect the crisis that happened to us, but we have adapted the planned activities to the new situation and our stakeholders are satisfied with the project, which we need now more than ever. It is our obligation to continue with the started activities because we see concrete results in the field, which is proven by the growth of the overall rating of the online reputation of our destination.”Said Marina Burić, director of the Karlovac Tourist Board.last_img read more

Gilberto Silva names the three Invincibles who would improve current Arsenal team the most

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 26 Apr 2020 4:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link200Shares Gilberto Silva names the three Invincibles who would improve current Arsenal team the most The Invincibles might well all walk into the current Arsenal team (Picture: Getty Images)Gilberto Silva was given the task of choosing a teammate from the Invincibles season to improve the current Arsenal team and he felt like he couldn’t pick less than three.The Brazilian was part of the legendary Arsenal team that went the entire 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten, playing with some of the greatest names in the club’s history.The Gunners are not quite the force they were 17 years ago, sitting ninth in the Premier League table while football is on pause due to the coronavirus crisis.There could be an argument for every single one of the Invincibles line-up to get into the current Arsenal side, but when narrowing down his list to three – or actually four including himself – Gilberto went with a defender, a midfielder and a striker,AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I choose three, because that’s the way I see it,’ the Brazilian told beIN Sports.‘Sol Campbell would be number one, maybe Gilberto Silva or Patrick Vieira, one of those two, and Thierry Henry.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGilberto has made comparisons between recent Arsenal teams and the Invincibles earlier this year, and surprised many by picking out Mohamed Elneny as someone who fit the profile of the classic midfield of 2002-03.‘In the last few years, the situation has been difficult at Arsenal,’ Silva told France Football.‘They have very similar players in midfield, with profiles that resemble each other and not really players of the profile of Patrick Vieira, or even my profile.‘The only individual who resembled [us], that could have been Mohamed Elneny, but he didn’t play. But they have not really had those types of players to cover the defensive midfield position.’MORE: Jack Wilshere reveals the bizarre story of how he signed for ArsenalMORE: Borussia Dortmund eyeing shock move for Arsenal star Bukayo SakaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

‘Last chance’ to change UK DB sector, says DWP

first_imgThe UK government’s forthcoming white paper on defined benefit (DB) pension reform could be the “last chance” to make large-scale changes to the sector, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Charlotte Clark, director of private pensions and stewardship at the DWP, said her team was aiming to publish the document by the end of February 2018.Speaking at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s annual conference today, Clark said the paper would not lead directly to legislation but instead would aim to set out a “direction of travel” for changes to the DB system.“One of the things I impress upon myself and my team is that I think this is probably our last chance to make changes to the DB sector,” Clark said. L-R: Frank Johnson, PLSA DB Council; Charlotte Clark, DWP; Chris Hogg, Royal Mail Pensions Trustees; Lesley Titcomb, TPRClark and fellow panellists Chris Hogg, outgoing CEO of Royal Mail Pension Trustees, and Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of the Pensions Regulator, all echoed the government’s stance that there was no widespread crisis in the DB pension sector, despite public scrutiny of several high-profile schemes.Earlier this year in response to the DWP’s paper, the PLSA argued that two groups of schemes deemed to have the weakest sponsor covenants had only a 50% chance of reaching fully funded status in the next 30 years. The weakest group had only a 32% chance. These schemes accounted for three million members, the PLSA said. “Ten years from now, any white paper on DB is going to be quite a different beast. [We are] taking the time and really thinking through the issues, not just those we’re facing now, but what we believe this sector will look like in 10 years time and beyond. What are the things we can do to secure members’ benefits and ensure the sector is sustainable going forward? That is where our focus is.”The paper will build on a wide-ranging report released by the DWP under the previous pensions secretary, Richard Harrington. The report explored ideas and challenges for scheme consolidation, changes to indexation, and how to make it easier for stressed employers to restructure their schemes.last_img read more

IDSP: Dare urges athletes to keep hope alive

first_img Loading… “Sports fosters peace and unity, it breaks all human barriers and promotes healthy living. As we seek to overcome this pandemic, let us encourage those that have caught the virus to be strong and resolute. Together we shall overcome. I encourage every Nigerian not to allow their spirit to be dampened, but use the occasion of the International Day of Sports and Peace to spread the message of peace through sports.” He added: “Despite the sobering moment, the world will always celebrate the advent of the modern Olympics which coincides with World Sports Day. Sports can be used to drive change, unite the world and keep hope alive even in challenging times like this. We must not be discouraged or disillusioned, but sustain the fight against the spread of the virus. When we have conquered, we shall celebrate through the vehicle of sports. My message is that we must not give up.”The United Nations had on August 23rd proclaimed April 6th of every year as the International Day of Sports and Peace in commemoration of the opening date of the modern Olympics which started in Athens in 1896. This yearis being celebrated without the usual fanfare due to the COVID-19 scourge. read also:Crown FC Appreciate Sunday Dare for Repairing Stadium PavilionThe United Nations has urged everyone to mark the occasion with increased awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic and how to stay safe. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHow Most Popular Food In The World Came To Be Dare said: “On this historic day of the celebration of the United Nations International Day of Sports Development and Peace which is celebrated soberly due to the COVID-19 scourge, I urge all our sportsmen and women to remain steadfast, strong and to keep hope alive. As athletes, you remain the beacon of hope to unite Nigerians to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Sports and Peace. “We must use sports to foster peace, unity and lend support to those that are down. As sportsmen and women, you must take up the symbolic role of lifting the spirit of our fellow countrymen and women. Despite the experience the world is going through, we must not allow our spirit of unity, love, care for each other to wane. In our little corners, let us celebrate by getting active through exercises in our homes, a walk in the park and encouraging each other to stay safe. When we stay together, we win together. In the spirit of sportsmanship, we must never give up the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This fleeting, sober moment for sports, business, the social , and economic meltdown will pass and we shall emerge victoriously.”Dare then affirmed that the role of sports in global unity is crucial. “Sports remains the most powerful tool that unites the world during peace and war, and this experience would only strengthen our resolve to win always,” the minister said. Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare has urged Nigerian athletes to keep hope alive on the occasion of the International Day of Sports for Development and Peace despite the COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Batesville High School students inducted into NHS

first_imgBatesville, In. — Twenty-seven Batesville High School juniors and seniors were recently inducted into National Honors Society. The National Honors Society is a student-lead organization that encourages character, leadership and community service.The organization currently has sixteen senior members and recently welcomed twenty-seven new junior and senior members at its 2017 induction ceremony. The new inductees are: Lily Abplanalp, Beatrice Amberger, Alli Andrews, Adam Bedel, Sydney Bowman, Sophie Brown, Ashlyn Czerniak, Kendall Dickman, Nathaniel Dunbar, Nathan Eckstein, Jenna Ertel, Mark Samuel Giesting, Kelly Gole, Daniel Gutzwiller, Samuel Haskamp, Robert C. Heidlage III, Katherine Poltrack, Robert Raver, George Ritter, Avery Elizabeth Roell, Chloe Shaw, Corinne Stone, Grace Tonges, Elizabeth Waechter, Maggie Walsman, Melanie Werner, and Ian Yorn. Senior members include: Morgan Kramer, Joseph Choi, Christopher Laymon, Hannah Simpson, Audra Brewer, Ben Craft, Landry Current, Sam Doll, Emma Gausman, Quinten Gowdy, Madeline Greene, Coleman Jennewein, Carly Lents, Cody Perdue, Maddie Pierson, and Angela Weisenbach.Members of the group must maintain at least a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average, complete at least 20 hours of community service and participate in activities sponsored by the organization. Some of their annual projects include an ugly Christmas Sweater contest, Send-a-Kiss for Valentine’s Day and a Spring Ice Cream Social.last_img read more

No cause for alarm – Nolan

first_img Nolan wants them to make the step up in the coming games and he also hopes free agent Carlton Cole will play his part if he persuades manager Sam Allardyce to give him a short-term contract. “When your major signing cost £15million and he’s not playing, it’s going to affect you, but it’s down to the lads to step up to the plate,” Nolan added. “Mo [Maiga] has had a few chances on Saturday and he probably could have done better with a couple, but it wasn’t to be. “At the end of the day, we’ve just got to keep fighting and creating the chances and one of them will go in. “Mladen Petric is getting up to full speed with us and we’ve got Carlton Cole who is going to join in with us soon in training. “Hopefully we’ll start creating more and better chances and converting them.” West Ham have not put a date on Carroll’s return from an Achilles injury, but the striker has been keeping fans updated with his treatment through an online diary that charts his work with Belgian physio Lieven Maesschalck. Carroll praised West Ham fans for the support they have given him during his rehab. “I just want to say a big thanks to all our fans that are sending me good luck and supportive messages,” Carroll wrote in his latest diary entry. “It means a lot and I am looking to be back as soon as I can to do my bit for the team.” Kevin Nolan has told his West Ham team-mates they must not panic despite their poor start to the season. To make matters worse, fixtures against Tottenham and Manchester City are just around the corner, but the Hammers captain is not a concerned man. “We can’t afford to panic,” midfielder Nolan told West Ham’s website. “We understand the position we’re in. I’ve been in this type of position at this stage of the season before. “At the minute, things are just not falling for us and refereeing decisions are absolutely killing us. “Tottenham are in a great run of form but it’s a local derby and we’re going to go there with nothing to lose and have a good go at them. “Hopefully it’ll be the start of the little run that we need.” Carroll’s absence was felt more than ever during last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Hull, where the Hammers lacked penetration in the final third. All West Ham’s goals have come from midfield with Modibo Maiga, Mladen Petric and Ricardo Vaz Te all failing to find the net in the Barclays Premier League. West Ham finished 10th last season but they have struggled so far this term, winning just one of their opening six fixtures. The absence of injured striker Andy Carroll has hit the east London club hard as they have only been able to find the net five times. Press Associationlast_img read more

Delph: I’m not motivated by money

first_img And he insisted he wanted to pay back both the club and chairman Randy Lerner for their support and would not have been tempted to leave by extra cash. “It wouldn’t have sat right with me to leave the club, especially on a free, after the faith everyone involved in the club have shown me. For me, that’s just the way I am,” he said. “Going on a free I would have been better off but I’m a kid from Bradford, brought up on a council estate. I am not motivated by money, I look after my family. “Most people in my situation would be looking to move on. “I was never pushed. Conversations were going on for a while and I just needed to take my time. “For me it was more about repaying the faith in the chairman. “I feel like I’ve give 100 per cent week in, week out. “The chairman has been great. If you can imagine being a young boy and you’re injured and the guy who has invested in me is calling me and giving me a text. You can imagine what that meant to me.” Fabian Delph has revealed he would never have left Aston Villa on a free transfer and values loyalty over money. Delph has made 116 appearances, scoring six goals, since signing from Leeds for £6million in 2009 and is a key man for manager Paul Lambert. He had been linked with a move to Liverpool but insisted he did not speak to any other clubs as his mind was made up to stay at Villa Park. “I’m quite a straightforward person. I would never try to get into something like that,” said the 25-year-old. “We have agents for that. I told him to leave me alone as I want to focus on my football and get myself fit. “He did as he was told. He’s a great guy and a great friend. If I have a bit of respect from someone I seem to get that easy bond with someone. I’ve told him what my thoughts are. “I knew probably about a week into it (two months of talks) I wanted to stay here.” The midfielder has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal at the club and insisted he always saw his future at Villa. Delph suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in 2010 but has since become an England international, making his debut against Norway last year. Press Associationlast_img read more