Tweet 7 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Share NewsRegional Caribbean, Latin American leaders meet in Venezuela by: – December 2, 2011 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will host the two-day summit that begins in the capital today and is being attended by representatives of the bloc’s 33 member states.CARACAS, Venezuela, Friday December 2, 2011 – Regional leaders are attending the third major summit of the Latin American and Caribbean grouping – CELAC – that will discuss energy independence and a common energy policy among other issues.Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will host the two-day summit that begins in the capital today and is being attended by representatives of the bloc’s 33 member states.The leaders will also hold talks on the world economic crisis, as well as independence from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.Officials are hoping to formally establish the bloc tomorrow with the signing of the Caracas Declaration.The United States and Canada have been excluded from the grouping, which some believe to be a possible alternative to the Organization of American States (OAS).Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro insists that CELAC does not seek to replace arrangements such as PetroCaribe, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).Instead, he said it would act as “the mother organization that gathers them together and allows for the diversity of organisms and proposals and ways of thinking can be developed and consolidated”.Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa said he intends to propose the creation of a Human Rights Commission to serve as an alternative to the OAS’s Inter-American Human Rights Commission.Caribbean 360 News
The treaty caps the nuclear warheads of the US and Russia – the two Cold War-era superpowers. The system used to conduct last week’s test is the same one that Space Command raised concerns about earlier this year, when it maneuvered near a US government satellite. US Space Command “has evidence” that Moscow “conducted a non-destructive test of a space-based anti-satellite weapon” on July 15, it said in a statement. It is the latest example of Russian satellites behaving in a manner “inconsistent with their stated mission,” the US Space Command said. Planet Earth. NASA “Clearly this is unacceptable,” tweeted US nuclear disarmament negotiator Marshall Billingslea, adding that it would be a “major issue” discussed next week in Vienna, where he is in talks on a successor to the New START treaty. THE United States accused Russia on Thursday of test-firing an anti-satellite weapon in space, warning that the threat against Washington’s systems was “real, serious and increasing.” The statement also came as China launched a rover to Mars on Thursday, a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space. (AFP)
Marjorie L. Bedel, age 87 of Oldenburg, died Saturday, November 25, 2017 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born May 2, 1930 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Louise (Nee: Pulskamp) and Theodore Tebbe. She married Thomas M. Bedel July 30, 1947 at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg and he preceded her in death on January 12, 1995. She worked 17 years for the Srs. of St. Francis Convent in the housekeeping department.Marge liked working in her garden and always kept a meticulous yard. Other interests included working crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, countless hours of playing solitaire and the long winter months were spent putting together jigsaw puzzles and the harder the better. She was a long time member of the church bereavement committee as well as a Girl Scout leader.Family was important to her and she dearly loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Kids, both big and small, would help themselves to the candy bowl which was always filled with M&M’s. An excellent baker, her family spoke about her delicious treats and that she always had cookies, a pie or a cake on the counter. Apparently the cookies were a little harder to come by. Marge would make them ahead and freeze them, only to find out they would disappear from the freezer. Her kids just smiled and shrugged.Marge is survived by daughters Ginny (Paul) Selkirk of Oldenburg, Bev Unger of Westport, Indiana; sons Steve (Jean) Bedel of Oldenburg, Randy (Shonda) Bedel of Oldenburg; brother Loren Tebbe of Greensburg; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by son Thomas G. Bedel and brothers Cyril, Orville, Herschel, Wilmer and Gerald Tebbe.Visitation is Thursday, November 30th, from 9 – 11 a.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church with Rev. Carl Langenderfer O.F.M. and Rev. Humbert Moster O.F.M. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Holy Family Capital Improvement Fund or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.
MANDAN, N.D. – When they give out the next tourism awards in North Dakota, the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour should be a shoo-in.Drivers from 18 states and two Canadian provinces competed over the course of the July 8-13 tour, the biggest geographical representation in its 28-year history.“The exposure we get from IMCA and IMCATV has been very good. It really gets the word out,” said Tour Director John Gartner. “We had quite a few Texas drivers this year. They like being able to race every night for six straight nights.”“Some of our guys go down South and race in the winter so a lot of them were already friends,” he added. “We really enjoy when those drivers come up here.”Hunter Marriott and Elijah Zevenbergen both won three features in repeating as tour champions in the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions, respectively.One hundred and twenty-five different Modified drivers competed over the course of the tour, 42 of them at all six events. Twenty-two of the 55 Stock Car drivers in the point standings raced each night.Track records were set on opening night at Jamestown Speedway with 100 Modified and 41 Stock Car entries.When the tour completed its run to Nodak Speedway, Canada’s Estevan Motor Speedway, Williston Basin Speedway, Southwest Speedway and Dacotah Speedway, an average of 85 Modifieds and 36 Stock Cars had competed each night.“The level of competition in this tour is incredible. There were a lot of good cars sitting on trailers when the main events started,” Gartner observed. “There were a lot of good ‘B’ mains, I’ll tell you.”Spencer Wilson, Johnny Scott and Aaron Turnbull each won Modified features while one-time Stock Car feature winners were Aaron Olson, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Joe Flory.Dates for the 2018 tour will be set in December.“We’ve got lots of plans in the works now,” Gartner said. “We appreciate IMCA’s support and believe that next year’s tour will be even bigger and better. We like what we’ve got here. It’s a good series.”Kupper Chevrolet provides point funds of $2,000 for the top 10 Modified and $1,000 for the top 10 Stock Car drivers. Numerous contingency awards will be given by IMCA and local sponsors as well.Top 10 Modified standings – 1. Hunter Marriott, 227; 2. Johnny Scott, 215; 3. Jordan Grabouski, 203; 4. Jason Wolla, 196; 5. Justin O’Brien, 185; 6. Jeff Taylor, 175; 7. Joel Rust, 167; 8. Jesse Hoeft. 165; 9. Ricky Thornton Jr., 157; 10. Billy Kendall, 150.Top 10 Stock Car standings – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, 233; 2. Dalton Flory, 216; 3. Joe Flory, 203; 4. Kyle Pfeifer, 202; 5. Curt Lund, 184; 6. Jake Nelson, 184; 7. Chad Sterling, 177; 8. Austin Daae, 173; 9. Angel Munoz, 172; 10. Jeremy Swanson, 170.
“I think if it goes much further then it will change the way the game is perceived.” Mackay is preparing the Bluebirds for their maiden Premier League campaign, and is working to further strengthen his squad before the end of the summer transfer window. The Scot has already broken the club’s transfer record twice this summer with the acquisitions of striker Andreas Cornelius and England defender Steven Caulker. But Toulouse’s French international midfielder Etienne Capoue will not be his third big-money signing. Cardiff had a bid of around £9.5million accepted by the Ligue 1 club, and even agreed personal terms with the 25-year-old, but Capoue is set to move to top-flight rivals Tottenham instead. Mackay said: ”We had a bid accepted but it looks as if he has decided, as far as I am aware, to go to Tottenham. It looks like it will go that way.” It will be used for the first time in Sunday’s Community Shield match between Manchester United and Wigan. Given the fine margins that can exist between success and failure or survival and relegation in the top flight, Mackay will be happy to have the system in use when his Bluebirds kick off their Premier League campaign at West Ham next weekend. “It will only come up once every five or 10 games, but when it does it will help make those decisions clearer,” he said. “Three points can make the difference between staying up or going down and if modern technology can help then it should happen. “One of the most important factors of football is scoring goals and it won’t slow the game down that much.” But Mackay does not want to see the introduction of technology in further areas of the game. “I think if you start bringing it in to other parts of the game then it will and it will change the spectacle,” he said. “I don’t think goal-line technology will slow the game down too much and goals are a massive part of football. Malky Mackay has given his backing to the introduction of goal-line technology, but the Cardiff boss does not want to see similar initiatives used in other areas of the game. The Hawkeye system will be used throughout the Barclays Premier League season in an effort to put an end to controversies such as Roy Carroll getting away with dropping the ball into his own goal against Tottenham in 2005, and Reading’s ‘ghost goal’ against Watford in 2008. Hawkeye uses 14 cameras and will send a signal to the referee’s watch and ear-piece indicating that the ball has crossed the line. Press Association
Northern Ireland showed England they have little to fear from a Uruguay side lacking Luis Suarez as they battled to an honourable 1-0 defeat in Montevideo. With 78 places separating the teams in the FIFA rankings and Michael O’Neill’s side far from full strength, La Celeste were expected to roll the visitors over with ease en route to the World Cup. Instead, they edged the contest – and pocketed the little known Copa Antel trophy – thanks to a solitary second-half strike from substitute Christian Stuani as Northern Ireland stood firm against their opponents’ weight of possession. Edinson Cavani is a star in his own right at Paris St Germain and Diego Forlan is a proven goalscorer but neither man could replicate the kind of magic Suarez brings to so many occasions. On this evidence, England would fancy themselves to keep both shackled when they meet in Brazil next month. Either might still have scored had Roy Carroll not produced a wonderful double save in the 32nd minute and the veteran keeper played a big part in keeping the score down. But there were impressive showings across the board for O’Neill’s men, with Doncaster’s Luke McCullough among those to emerge with credit on a tough debut assignment. The game settled quickly into a pattern, Uruguay seeing plenty of the ball and rolling it up and down looking for Northern Ireland to lose their shape. It was an offer the visitors were not eager to accept and O’Neill’s men kept tight and marked close. McCullough, thrust in at the age of just 20 and not yet a regular at Doncaster, had a nervy moment early on when he slipped attempting to turn Christian Rodriguez but otherwise heads were calm. Southampton’s Gaston Ramirez, who had blazed over under pressure from Chris Baird in the 13th minute, was first to threaten the stalemate, powering past a couple of green shirts before dragging a low shot wide of the far post. Northern Ireland were hardly set up to counter with numbers and when Niall McGinn did get the chance to make a break he was halted abruptly by Diego Lugano’s sliding tackle. Walter Gargano betrayed a little impatience as the half progressed at the same pace, chancing his arm with a hopeful 30-yarder then going in the referee’s book for a late challenge on Sammy Clingan. Uruguay upped the ante in the 15 minutes before the break but could not make the breakthrough. Sebastian Coates might have done better when he rose highest to meet Forlan’s corner, but it was Carroll who did most to preserve the scoreline. When Oliver Norwood’s loose pass left his side short at the back, Cavani looked certain to score with a placed shot towards the bottom corner. But Carroll’s full-length dive pushed it into the right channel, where Forlan was waiting to pounce. His follow-up was destined to creep inside the post from a tight angle, but Carroll raced back and clawed to safety. It cost the 36-year-old a nasty collision with the woodwork but it was a price well worth paying. He stood firm again when Cavani unfurled an elegant scissor-kick, though an offside flag would have saved Northern Ireland anyway. Carroll almost saw his good work undone on the stroke of half-time when he lost sight of a swerving shot from Forlan, but an instinctive right glove spared his blushes. Uruguay replaced Coates and Forlan with Jose Gimenez and Stuani and it was the latter who grabbed the opener after 62 minutes. There had been warning signs, the busy Corry Evans and Clingan both booked attempting to firefight in the middle of the park. The goal came when Rodriguez skipped towards the byline and cut back towards Cavani. He took a heavy first touch but made amends by finding Stuani at the near post, where he poked home ahead of Baird. The goal settled Uruguay as they began to hold court further up the pitch, though a string of substitutions provided regular breaks in play. Amongst the changes, Dundee United’s Paul Paton and Liverpool’s Ryan McLaughlin became the second and third debutants of the night for Northern Ireland. McLaughlin, a right-back by trade, was deployed in an unusually advanced role and had one half-chance at glory which he skied. Abel Hernandez came closer than most to turning possession into a second goal, glancing just wide from eight yards after a perfectly-timed run, but the margin was a fair one for both sides. Press Association
“It’s not ‘oh, we’ll see what happens’ any more – the people expect now, a good Southampton team on Saturday. “And that’s more pressure, that’s more pressure for everybody.” Koeman brought his former Feyenoord striker Pelle to St Mary’s in one of his early transfer moves on the south coast. The 29-year-old has struck four times in seven league appearances, his acrobatic volley in the 2-1 win over QPR bound to contend for the goal of the season prize. Pelle claimed the winner as Italy edged past Malta 1-0 in midweek, before now landing the player of the month gong. Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet has hailed John O’Shea’s leadership skills after watching him make his own way as a captain rather than adopting the Roy Keane approach. The 33-year-old central defender signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday as the Black Cats tied up the immediate future of a man who has become central to their ongoing project. Poyet was thrilled to have secured the services of a model professional, whose upbringing at Manchester United helped to hone the personality traits which have seen him establish himself as the management’s representative on the pitch. The Uruguayan said: “It’s the whole thing, definitely the influence of Manchester United because he was there playing with top players, and I am sure he took things from different characters. “He cannot imitate – he cannot be his previous captain, Roy Keane – but he can imitate other ones. It’s just to learn and put what you are into the job. “He does it naturally, I can tell you, there are no issues.” O’Shea, who features in Keane’s updated autobiography The Second Half with the Republic of Ireland and Aston Villa assistant manager jokingly claiming he helped to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford by playing like “a clown” against the then Sporting Lisbon youngster in a pre-season friendly, capped a perfect few days by putting pen to paper on Wearside. The contract announcement came less than 48 hours after he marked his 100th cap for Ireland by scoring a late equaliser against world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen, illustrating the range of qualities Poyet values so highly. Asked if O’Shea is the perfect role model for his younger players, the head coach said: “I’ll tell you what, it’s easy that answer because yes, it’s true. “He’s always there, he’s always on time, he is always fit – or most of the time – he looks after himself, he represents the club well, the players. That’s why he is the captain.” O’Shea’s midweek heroics will be a distant memory on Saturday when he leads the Black Cats out at Southampton looking for follow up a first league victory of the season at home to Stoke with a second at Southampton. Steven Fletcher’s double – his first goals since December 28 last year – helped to secure a 3-1 win over the Potters and end a miserable injury-plagued spell for the Scotland international. Poyet will be without full-back Billy Jones, who suffered a muscle injury last week, and Santiago Vergini, who won his second cap for Argentina in midweek, is likely to deputise. Graziano Pelle has capped the week where he scored on his Italy debut by being named Premier League player of the month too, in a double reward for Saints’ impressive early season form. New boss Koeman has shaken off widespread pre-season jitters to guide Southampton to third in the league, all after a summer clear-out with top stars following manager Mauricio Pochettino out of St Mary’s. The former Holland defender has warned against complacency, admitting top-flight rivals are now “awake” to his side’s threat. “Maybe everybody was a little bit afraid, didn’t expect the way we would play in the beginning,” said Koeman, ahead of Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Sunderland. “But all the changes in the team, we had to bring in a lot of new players, and then the team was working well. “Maybe the people were surprised about that and maybe that’s the reason that I’ve won this prize. “The rest of the teams are now not surprised about our way of playing, they are not surprised about our qualities. “Maybe they are more prepared to play against us than in the beginning. “Maybe Liverpool were surprised in the first match of the season, but after that, everybody knows that still Southampton has a very good team and can beat every team in the Premier League. “So I told my players we must start again this week – all our opponents are awake now, and it’s not easy. Ronald Koeman believes Southampton can no longer trade on the element of surprise after landing September’s Premier League manager of the month award. Press Association
Southampton’s incredible start to the season continued against Stoke as Sadio Mane’s strike propelled them back to second in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association In truth, had it not been for poor finishing, Ronald Koeman’s men would have won by a much grander scoreline. The Potters struggled to contain the attacking triumvirate of Mane, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, with the latter setting up Morgan Schneiderlin to rattle the crossbar. Saints were denied by the goal-frame again soon after when a Pelle strike came back off the post, although Mane superbly turned home the rebound – the summer signing’s first goal for the club, having seen last week’s eighth against Sunderland harshly stripped off him. Pelle saw a header come off the bar early in a much tighter second half, in which English football’s tightest defence held out for another clean sheet against a Stoke side they will face again in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. Koeman’s men will travel to the Potteries buoyed by another victory – a result which had looked likely from the outset. Mane was the only change to the side that faced Sunderland and made a lively start, with Pelle just unable to turn home his cross-shot at the far post. Steven Davis also had an effort as Saints looked to make an early breakthrough, but it was far from one-way traffic and Fraser Forster was relieved to see a sloppy clearance deflect wide off Steven Nzonzi. Former Southampton striker Peter Crouch directed over the Frenchman’s cross as the visitors continued to press, with Victor Moses showing good skill to wriggle past several defenders before being crowded out. At the other end, Saints’ own African winger was causing havoc, with Mane giving Phil Bardsley a torrid time. Pelle could only direct into the side-netting when the Senegal international beat the right-back to the byline, although he made amends by denying Mane a goalscoring opportunity after the Italy international shot wide under pressure. Tadic’s fine pass set up that chance on what was proving another impressive display for Saints, which he would have capped with another goal was it not for a fine, low save by Asmir Begovic. The Serbian, fresh from providing a record-equalling four assists last week, then laid off for Schneiderlin, who rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box as Saints looked for an opener which arrived in the 33rd minute. Pelle saw an impressive swivelled shot come back off the post, but Mane did brilliantly to fire home the rebound off the underside of the bar Try as they might, Saints were unable to find a second before half-time, from which they returned strongly as Pelle again hit the woodwork with a powerful header from a Tadic cross. Mark Hughes brought on Mame Biram Diouf for Charlie Adam in a bid to alter the dimension of the game and, while it forced Saints into more mistakes, they were struggling to create clear-cut chances. The hosts, too, were also now struggling to break down their opponents, although were still managing to get the odd shot away. Playmaker Tadic shook off a back complaint to swivel in the box and roll an effort wide in the 66th minute, before turning provider with a corner which Pelle could only direct across the face of goal. It was another wasted opportunity, leaving the hosts susceptible to a late Stoke comeback. Diouf’s introduction had given City more of an attacking threat and, after having penalty appeals waved away, he came close to latching onto a raking Bardsley cross. It was a let-off Saints were thankful for. Defending in numbers during the closing stages, they breathed a deep sigh of relief when substitute Marko Arnautovic struck wide in stoppage time as they held out for another win. It was never going to be a repeat of the 8-0 annihilation dished out to Sunderland, but another fine team display saw Saints celebrating a fourth consecutive win at St Mary’s. Mane’s first-half strike proved the difference as Stoke were seen off 1-0, making this a better start than the 1983/84 season when Southampton finished the campaign second.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to go all out for the FA Cup this season, rather than rest players in pursuit of European qualification from the Barclays Premier League. West Ham visit League One high-fliers Bristol City in the fourth round on Sunday and Allardyce insists he will be fielding his strongest team available. “The FA Cup is very important to us and given our position in the league is very secure, we don’t have to consider resting players for Premier League results,” Allardyce said. “We hadn’t had a win in four in the Premier League before Hull and now we’ve won the game it gives us a great opportunity to focus on Bristol City and make sure we get through to the fifth round. “We’ve come through the hardest period of all which is Christmas and new year and we’re also steering clear of injuries so we have an opportunity to go forward in both the Premier League and the FA Cup this season.” West Ham’s excellent campaign so far owes much to their summer signings, with the likes of Diafra Sakho, Enner Valencia and Morgan Amalfitano all contributing to the team’s push for the European spots. Amalfitano came off the bench to score the third goal against Hull and Allardyce admits the summer transfer window was the best he has overseen in his management career. “There’s one thing you realise as a manager – recruitment is everything,” Allardyce said. “It’s everything in the world of football for a manager. “If you recruit well you get better players, those players take things on board quicker, you get better results and you become a better manager. “Our recruitment has been fantastic. “To have so many players make such a difference, it’s the best I’ve ever had in my entire career.” West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold issued a 10-point plan for the next five years on Monday, including a promise to bring “more world-class players” to the club. “Our aim is to bring in more world-class players that can play in the ‘West Ham Way’,” read a statement on the official club website. “We have broken the club’s transfer record twice in the last three years and we will continue to make significant funds available to strengthen the playing squad this summer as we build a team that will befit our new home. “We will also endeavour to hang onto our best players as, too often in the past, previous Boards have sold our most promising players.” One player who does, however, look set to leave is defender Winston Reid, whose contract expires at the end of the season and is yet to sign a new deal. Reid was left out of the starting line-up against the Tigers on Sunday but Allardyce insisted the 26-year-old’s omission had nothing to do with his future. Allardyce said: “He’s just recovered from injury and James Collins and James Tomkins were magnificent against Everton on Tuesday.” A 3-0 victory over Hull on Sunday means West Ham are seventh in the table and have twice as many points as they did this time last year, when the Hammers were languishing in the relegation places. Allardyce prioritised survival 12 months ago and was widely criticised when a second-string line-up was dumped out of the FA Cup third round after a 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Nottingham Forest. Press Association
Parthiv Patel and Moeen Alli found the boundaries and added 27 for the first wicket. It was a stupendous direct-hit from Rohit that sent Moeen packing at a score of 13. Thereafter, Virat Kohli took charge and upped the run-rate, taking on premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. But the pacer made amends and dismissed Kohli after he scored 46 from 32 with six awe-inspiring boundaries.After Virat’s dismissal, the onus was on AB de Villiers to shepherd the team home. The former Proteas batsman strained a little against Mayank Markande, but got into his own and accomplished his half-century in 31 balls. In the last two overs, RCB needed 22 runs and ABD got his team ever so close to the target, but unfortunately, his valiant efforts of 70 runs from 41 balls went in vain.Virat Kohli expressed his disappointment in the post-match presentation, but was that enough? Probably will never be. Mumbai Indians registers the first victory of the season in a most dramatic way. Royal Challengers lost two games consecutively. Virat Kohli becomes the second player to score 5000 IPL runs. New Delhi: If one had to sum up the two sides in two words, it could probably be done saying ‘lucky’ and ‘unlucky’ for Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. The blunder from on-field umpire S Ravi, made Mumbai Indians win their first win of the tournament as they upstaged Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy, Bangalore. The Challengers didn’t hesitate to field first after winning the toss and the visiting team put up a significant score of 187 on the board. The openers- Rohit Sharma and de Kock – complied an opening stand of 54 runs from 39 balls. Yuzvendra Chahal cleaned up the latter for 23 to break the stand. Rohit threatened with a 33-ball 48, but his prized wicket was taken by Umesh Yadav.Suryakumar Yadav didn’t flatter to deceive and he contributed with a useful 38 from 24 with four fours and one six. However, it was Yuvraj Singh, who gave the crowd a lot to cheer for with a knock of 23 from 12. The southpaw smacked three sixes in a row off Chahal, who ended up with an impressive four-wicket haul. Hardik Pandya chipped in with 32 from 14 deliveries to propel the visitor’s score. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.