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Dexter’s Lauren Velez to Replace Elizabeth Rodriguez in The Happiest Song Plays Last Before Previews Begin

first_imgCasting shakeup! Dexter favorite Lauren Velez will assume the role of Yaz in the forthcoming Second Stage production of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays Last, replacing previously announced star Elizabeth Rodriguez (The Motherf*cker with the Hat). Directed by Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Happiest Song Plays Last begins performances February 11, with an official opening night set for March 3 at off-Broadway’s Tony Kiser Theatre. In addition to Velez, The Happiest Song Plays Last also stars Anthony Chisholm, Dariush Kashani, Tony Plana, Armando Riesco and Annapurna Sriram. The final play of Hudes’ Elliot trilogy, The Happiest Song Plays Last tells the story of cousins Elliot (Riesco) and Yaz (Velez), who discover the joy in coming home again and the comfort of family, both by blood and by love. When Elliot gets a lucky break in the film business, Yaz takes on the role of familial and neighborhood matriarch, nourishing those that pass through her door. Featuring the sounds of traditional Puerto Rican folk music, The Happiest Song Plays Last is the story of a year in Elliot and Yaz’s life. Velez previously appeared off-Broadway in Intimate Apparel and in the national tour of Dreamgirls. She also understudied the role of the Witch in Broadway’s Into the Woods. She played Captain Maria LaGuerta for seven seasons on TV’s Dexter. Her additional film and TV credits include Oz, New York Undercover, I Like It Like That and City Hall. Fun fact: Velez’s twin sister Loraine, also a Broadway alum, has appeared in Rent and Dreamgirls. The Happiest Song Plays Lastcenter_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 23, 2014last_img read more

Haiti Soil Lab

first_imgThe new soil-testing lab at the Zanmi Agricol Learning Center Fritz Lafontant in Corporant, Haiti isn’t sophisticated. But it works, and that’s enough to change the lives of many Haitian farmers. Recently, University of Georgia soil scientists David Kissel and Leticia Sonon traveled to Corporant, located in the country’s Central Plateau region, to install the new soil-testing lab. They gave lectures on the importance of soil testing and trained a handful of teachers and other officials on how to manage and operate the laboratory. “This is the beginning of farmers being able to assess the fertility of Haitian soils and determine how much and which fertilizers their crops need,” said Kissel, who is director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The lab, created by a partnership between the college and Atlanta-based nonprofit League of Hope, opened at the end of June as the only working soil lab in Haiti. Kissel identified the soil lab as a need in the country when he traveled to Haiti on a fact-finding tour in 2010. He and Sonon, the coordinator for the college’s Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Lab, identified practical testing methods appropriate for Haiti’s soils and conditions. They installed low-cost instruments that are compact, tough and inexpensive to operate. The new lab is basically a scaled-down version of the CAES Extension soil-testing lab in Athens, GA. It took Sonon and Kissel about a year to design the steamlined lab and develop procedures that would work in Haiti. The information provided by the soil tests performed in the lab — including nutrient contents and pH levels — can help farmers choose the most appropriate crop varieties for their fields and fertilizers. The goal is to provide Haitian farmers with the information they need to increase their crop yields and feed their families. The lab — with its cement floors, folding work tables and rugged, energy efficient equipment — is located inside a new trade school that has opened to serve the Central Plateau region in the northeastern corner of the island. In addition to electrical, plumbing and carpentry training, the school will offer agricultural and environmental stewardship courses to farmers. The lab technicians who were trained by Sonon and Kissel will serve as part-time agricultural advisers to local farmers. They will run the lab, teach others to use the equipment and start demonstration test plots to show Haitian farmers that their yields can be increased with the right soil additives and fertilizers. “The idea was for us to go down and train the teachers, and the teachers would train their students, who could then spread the word about the lab,” Kissel said.Soil testing was a critical part of the success of American agriculture throughout the 20th century and one of the most common services provided by Extension agents across the U.S. Haitian farmers produce only 40 percent of the food the country needs. Food supplies in Haiti have never been abundant, but they have gotten worse since the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the infrastructure around Port-au-Prince. This one soil lab is not going to solve that problem, but it’s a big step towards increasing the ability of Haitian farmers to feed their country, Sonon said.last_img read more

Comfort Staff Exchanges Medical Strategies with Colombian Counterparts

first_imgBy U.S. Southern Command September 12, 2019 Medical staff assigned to U.S. Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) met with Colombian military and civilian medical personnel to collaborate during subject matter expert exchanges (SMEE) at Battalion Córdoba military base, August 20, and University Hospital Julio Méndez Barreneche, August 26.More than 90 medical personnel attended the discussions that aimed to increase cooperation between both the U.S. and the Colombian military and health care professionals.“The intent is to ensure that we are an enduring partner with these nations and to build up interoperability, so that we can continue to work together in the future,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Connie Johnson, officer in charge of the Comfort preventive medicine unit.The SMEEs focused on a variety of practices that included measures the Comfort medical professionals take to protect the health of service members and maintain mission readiness.“It’s an event of supreme importance because the U.S. military is teaching us many ways to prevent epidemic illnesses that all under-developed countries, like Colombia, have to confront,” said Colombian Army Lieutenant Colonel Janeth Rosero Reyes, Colombian army director of general medicine at Battalion Córdoba.U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Gwendolyn Mulholland, a nurse, and Hospitalman Juni Roscado, both assigned to hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH20), discuss their nursery experience during a subject matter expert exchange with Colombian nurses at the University Hospital Julio Méndez Barreneche. (Photo: U.S. Army Specialist Jacob Gleich)Other important topics discussed included sanitation standards at medical sites and the importance of clean water.“These exchanges end up having a much larger effect than just on the people who are attending,” said U.S. Navy Commander Ken Sausen, psychologist assigned to Comfort. “Those people pass on that information to their students and to other providers, perhaps to other generations of providers, which then has a much longer and stronger effect.”During another SMEE, U.S. Navy nurses discussed their process for training within their community. This included evaluating their use of devices such as IV pumps, methods of infection prevention, and how well they communicate to other medical caregivers or patients. “This SMEE presentation is focusing on different clinical skills that we find valuable to train our new nurses and corpsmen when they first show up to their facility, and they’re just learning how to get started,” said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Lauren Shuetz, a nurse assigned to Comfort. “We discussed some of those skills. Then we evaluated people on those skills and their ability to perform after their initial orientation.”Comfort’s mission stop is accomplished through the efforts of medical and non-medical personnel. The Comfort team is comprised of military and civilian personnel from the U.S. and partner nations, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru, along with several U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, creating a dynamic team capable of delivering a variety of services.This marks Comfort’s seventh deployment to the region since 2007. At each of the upcoming missions, the embarked medical teams will provide care aboard Comfort and at two land-based medical sites, helping to relieve pressure on national medical systems caused partly by the increase in Venezuelan migrants.last_img read more

October 1, 2003 News and Notes

first_imgOctober 1, 2003 News and Notes October 1, 2003 Regular News Ronald Ravikoff, of Zuckerman Spaeder, LLP, was elected president of the University of Miami Citizens Board. He will also serve as the board’s representative to the university’s board of trustees. Norma Stanley, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented Principles of Estate Planning to a group of Regions Bank clients. She has also begun her second Rollins Educational Series with her presentation of Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003. In addition, Stanley, along with Richard Dellinger, an associate of the firm, presented Hot Topics in the Financial and Estate Planning Arenas for a group of preferred Morgan Stanley clients. Allison R. Day, a partner with Genovese Joblove & Battista, has been elected president of the Florida Network of IWIRC, the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Zach Bancroft, an associate of Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented a seminar for property managers on lease defaults and related issues. James W. McIlrath, of GrayHarris, was elected chair of the Business Law Committee of the Orange County Bar Association. Richard Davidson, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, presented Aspects of the Purchase Agreement at a seminar titled Buying and Selling a Florida Business in Orlando. Todd Foster, of Cohen, Jayson & Foster, P.A., Tampa, spoke at the First Amendment Lawyers Association’s annual meeting in Montreal, on the topic of First Amendment issues in high profile criminal cases. Eli A. Franks, an associate of Rosenthal & Weissman, has been appointed to the Treasure Coast Food Bank, where he will serve a three-year membership. James F. Johnston, of GrayHarris, was appointed to the board of directors of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce. Miranda Fitzgerald, a partner with Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, spoke at the Environmental Permitting Summer School, sponsored by the Florida Chamber of Commerce in Marco Island. She was a member of the panel teaching the Growth Management and Development of Regional Impact Update course. Kevin M. Levy, of Gunster Yoakley, has been appointed to the steering committee for the Committee of 100 Campaign for Kids, which raises funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Sarah Stith, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors for Dress for Success, which provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women entering the workforce. David L. Deehl, of Deehl & Carlson, P.A., Coral Gables, was appointed chair of the ABA TIPS Trial Techniques Committee for 2003-04. Rebecca O’Dell Townsend, of Haas, Dutton, Blackburn, Lewis & Longley, P.L., Tampa, spoke as a member of a panel on emerging issues in tort litigation at the 2003 Florida Defense Lawyers Association annual meeting in Key Biscayne. Her topic was Recent Trends in Tort Litigation. She was also appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council. Jennie S. Malloy, of Malloy & Malloy, P.A., Miami, was a guest on the “Money Sense” radio program on 82.9 FM in South Florida, and addressed issues relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights, and securing protection of and marketing inventions, ideas, etc. David L. Smith, of GrayHarris, has become the board chair of the Florida Chapter of the ALS Association, which is dedicated to fighting Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Scott E. Mitchell, of Gunster Yoakley, was a featured speaker at a ceremony during which Miami-Dade County and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed an agreement to dredge the Miami River. As co-chair of the Miami River Commission’s Dredging Working Group, he outlined the grass roots involvement of the effort, the environmental and financial challenges to be overcome, and the community excitement regarding the project. David M. Seifer, of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A., has been appointed vice chair of the United Way’s Young Leaders Society for 2003-04. Jonathan E. Cole, partner of Edwards & Angell, has been appointed to the steering committee for VisionBROWARD, a community economic development partnership formed to update the vision for the county’s economic future. Matthew Coglianese, of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, Miami, was a featured speaker on a panel titled Toxic Tort Law Update at The Florida Bar’s annual update of the environmental and land use section. He covered several toxic tort issues and discussed the rise in the number of toxic mold-related claims and the impact of the fungi on human health and property. Joel A. Bello, assistant board attorney for the School Board of Miami-Dade County, spoke on the topic of special education law at a gathering of school administrators in Miami. Peter Antonacci, of GrayHarris, was reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Commission on Ethics for 2003-05. Kenneth A. Gordon, a partner of Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum, LLP, was selected to participate in the Leadership Broward Class XXII 2003-04 program by Leadership Broward Foundation, Inc. John Fulton, Jr., of Malloy & Malloy, P.A., Miami, received the Honorable Marvin H. Gillman Small Claims Clinic Award from the Dade County Bar Association and Put Something Back, a joint pro bono project of the Dade County Bar Association and the 11th Judicial Circuit. Gerald A. Rosenthal, of Rosenthal & Weissman, West Palm Beach, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Florida Workers’ Advocates organization at the Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute’s Annual Conference, held in Orlando. Morris G. “Skip” Miller, partner of Adorno & Yoss, P.A., West Palm Beach, has been elected chair of the board of directors of the Marinelife Center of Juno Beach. Scott R. Rost, of Doran, Wolfe, Rost & Ansay, Daytona Beach, presented remarks on control and liability issues faced by small American corporations at the Corporate Governance Conference in Salzburg, Austria, sponsored by the Center for International Legal Studies. Daniel P. Mitchell, of GrayHarris, has been selected to join the International Association of Defense Counsel. Oscar A. Sanchez, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, addressed the incoming Fall 2003 law class at the University of Florida Levin College of Law’s orientation. J. Brock McClane and Michael A. Tessitore, shareholders of McClane Tessitore, have published an article titled “Florida Civil Law Notaries: A Practical New Tool for Doing Business with Latin America,” in the Summer 2003 edition of the Stetson Law Review. Jules Cohen, of Akerman Senterfitt, has been honored by the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association with its outstanding professionalism award and the proclamation of August 19, 2003, as Jules Cohen Day. The award will be known as the C.F.B.L.A. Jules Cohen Professionalism Award. Lee W. Marcus, of Unger, Acree, Weinstein, Marcus, Merrill, Kast & Metz, P.L., Orlando, spoke in Orlando and West Palm Beach in seminars titled Bad Faith Claims in Florida, on the topics of elements of bad faith and ethics. Robert L. Parks, partner of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, has been appointed to serve on the executive committee and board of directors of the Everglades Foundation, Inc. Jeffery A. Smith, an assistant state attorney and juvenile prosecutor for Citrus County, was recently elected as chair of the Fifth Circuit Juvenile Justice Board, for the five included counties. Michael Goldstein, of Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, moderated a workshop on pollution prevention, Brownfields, Environmental Justice, and Public Health, at the Florida Pollution Prevention Roundtable Annual Conference held in Orlando. Paul Steven Singerman, of Berger Singerman, gave a presentation to the joint meeting of the Creditors’ Rights and Business Litigation subcommittees of the Business Law Section of the ABA, at the section’s annual meeting held in San Francisco. His presentation was titled Can an Asset Protection Plan Survive in Bankruptcy?. David W. Singer, of Hollywood, has been elected secretary of the American Cancer Society’s Broward Unit Board of Directors for the 2003-04 term. Michael A. Haggard, of Haggard, Parks, Haggard & Bologna, P.A., Coral Gables, has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. In addition, he won the academy’s Legislative Leadership “Shoe Leather” award and its “Golden Eagle” award. Joseph H. Saunders, of Saunders & Walker, P.A., Pinellas Park, was elected to the office of secretary of the executive committee of the board of directors of Operation PAR, Inc., a nonprofit addiction and mental health facility operating in Pinellas and Manatee counties. He has also been reelected for a third term as president of the board of directors of Alpha, “A Beginning,” Inc. a nonprofit residential program for homeless pregnant women and new mothers and their children in St. Petersburg. Thomas R. Bopp, of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been elected to the board of directors of the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Rafael Gonzalez, of Barrs, Williamson, Stolberg, Townsend & Gonzalez, P.A., Tampa, was reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Rehabilitation Council, which assists the Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in helping Floridians with disabilities obtain employment. Roland Gomez, of Miami Lakes, has been recognized by Miami Lakes Mayor Wayne Slaton for his dedication, service, and leadership to the community’s youth sports programs. In recognition, the mayor proclaimed July 16, 2003, as Roland H. Gomez Day. William J. Flynn III, a shareholder of Fowler White Boggs Banker, has been selected to participate in the 2003-04 class of Leadership Florida. Steven Jaffe, shareholder in Aronovitz Trial Lawyers, Miami, presented Arbitration vs. Litigation in class action litigated matters during The Florida Bar Annual Convention in Orlando. In addition, he has been accepted into the Broward County Chapter of the Inns of Court.last_img read more

Trump tax plan poses no threat to credit unions – yet

first_imgPresident Trump’s tax proposal, released Wednesday, so far poses no direct threat to the tax exemption that benefits credit unions.But the principles the administration released are general and merely represent the starting point for a debate over tax policy.And as Congress searches for ways to offset tax cuts, it may look to so-called tax expenditures—provisions of the tax law that benefit specific industries, including credit unions.The Trump principles does include a proposal to “eliminate tax breaks for special interests,” but provide no specific proposals to do so.And the administration said that throughout the month of May, administration officials will meet with stakeholders and will continue to meet with members of Congress to craft a tax plan that can pass both chambers. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Resort-style Gold Coast house a hidden treasure with its own flying fox

first_img MORE NEWS: Imagine living in a house that starred in a TV show The property has had an impressive two-year renovation. The Osman’s transformed it into the ultimate family entertainer.Owner Priscilla Osman, who lives at the house with her husband and their four children, said they had just finished a two-year renovation where nothing was left untouched. “We fully renovated the house to make it suit our requirements, we are big entertainers,” she said. “The hub of the home is the kitchen island bench where everyone gathers. “The pool is like an extension of the house, right in front of the kitchen so it’s great to watch the children having a fantastic time.” The tranquil bushland forms an picturesque backdrop. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 There’s plenty of fun to be had at 18 Camphorlaurel Court, Tallebudgera Valley.FAMILIES will be zipping into a fun-filled adventure at this hidden Gold Coast treasure. The stylish Tallebudgera Valley house is a haven of fun thanks to is bushland setting and impressive backyard.There’s a resort-style infinity pool with adjoining deck that has outlooks of the tranquil surrounds, plus a creek that runs through the back of the property and a firepit nearby to get the camping experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.To top it all off, there’s a flying fox that will zip its riders over the creek to the back of the property. MORE NEWS: Coast’s most popular house revealedcenter_img Ms Osman said the five-bedroom house was the ultimate family home. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“Our house is all about family,” she said. “From the moment I stepped onto the land, I instantly fell in love with it, it had a nice spiritual vibe. “The artwork is the trees and children playing, you can see them from every part if the home.” The house has five-bedrooms and three bathrooms.She said the best part of the property was it got the kids outside in nature, whether they were climbing trees, fishing in the creek, yabbying, catching eels, swimming or looking at the fireflies down in the bushland.“We are leaving because our boys have become surf fanatics and we have decided to move closer to the beach because of their passion for surfing,” Ms Osman said. “It’s really sad to leave because we love this house.” The property at 18 Camphorlaurel Court is on the market through LJ Hooker Burleigh Heads agents John Fischer and Danny O’Donnell with an expressions of interest campaign.last_img read more

UEFA proposal: Elite clubs to play every three days to finish Champions League

first_img The knock-on effect would mean the group stages of next season’s competitions would not start until 20 October, a month after they usually begin. Holders Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have been knocked out of the Champions League, but Manchester City await their second leg match with Real Madrid and Chelsea are yet to face the trip to Bayern Munich at the last 16 stage. City stunned Real Madrid to win 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in their first leg match, while Chelsea have only a slither of hope of reaching the quarter-finals after losing 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, no Europa League second legs have been played so Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers await news of how the tournament will progress. read also:Valencia drag Spanish FA to UEFA over European spots proposal The Red Devils already have one foot in the last eight after thrashing LASK Linz 5-0 in the first leg of their last 16 tie, while Wolves ’ hopes hang in the balance after the spoils were shared in a 1-1 draw at Olympiacos. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 European football’s governing body insists that finishing domestic leagues is the priority – but they are drawing up plans to complete this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions Europe’s elite clubs may need to play matches every three days to ensure the Champions League and Europa League finish in August. Governing body UEFA will meet in the next few days to agree to a plan so that both competitions – currently at the last 16 stage – can be completed after domestic leagues have finished. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin will chair the meetings via video link after telling all 55 associate members that domestic leagues are the priority in terms of completing the season. One idea to be discussed would see the semi-finals and finals of the two competitions played over five days in Istanbul and Gdansk – the venues for the Champions League final and Europa League final respectively. This plan would see the Champions League final played on 29 August and the Europa League final played three days later.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Best Cars Of All TimeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Actors And Actresses Whose Careers Were Boosted By Soap OperasA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

City ‘just another game’ to Lambert

first_imgPaul Lambert will not risk falling “flat on his face” by attaching extra meaning to Aston Villa’s clash with his former club Norwich. “It’s just another game,” he said ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. “If you go down that road of prioritising what game is more important than another I think you end up flat on your face. It’s just another game for me. “I’ve been involved in too many of them now. The first one (is different), maybe, going back to Carrow Road when you don’t know what people are thinking. But I’ve had a few now and it’s just a game that we’ll go and try to win.” Lambert added: “I think circumstances dictate certain things. I had a great three years there. I had a group of lads who were so close to each other and so good together and performed incredibly. “You inherit a group of lads, start to change one or two and it became stronger and stronger. The crowd and the lads bought into it and we got promotion twice, which was great. “I had a great group of guys there who were 100% right on it and became so close. The dressing room was so tight with each other. Nothing ever got leaked out or broke the bond, really. “If you ask me who achieved the success at Norwich, it was the players. My staff and I were a little component in it. “But the players are the ones who deserve the credit for doing what they did.” The Scot left Carrow Road acrimoniously in 2012 to take over at Villa Park and has repeatedly insisted he wants to put that period firmly in the past. Lambert, who is unbeaten against his former club with three wins and a draw in all competitions, insists he bears “no grudge” against the Canaries hierarchy. Lambert insists the bitter nature of his departure is no longer an issue. “I never look back on it,” he said. “It’s gone. What happened happened and I don’t hold any grudge with Norwich City. It’s not something I think about anymore. It’s gone.” Russell Martin feels Norwich have shown they “mean business” in the battle to stay up and will be out to produce another big result. The Canaries put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with a much-needed 1-0 win over Tottenham at Carrow Road, which eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton following an alarming run of form. And defender Martin is confident finally getting the rewards for hard work can act as a catalyst for the end-of-season run-in. “In the past few weeks we have not got what we deserved, so to finally get a result against a team like Spurs is a big result for us,” Martin said on Canaries Player. “Hopefully that can give people the belief that we mean business, especially at this time of the season.” With Villa being managed by former Norwich boss Lambert, there is always an extra edge to the fixture. Martin, who is now the club captain, feels it is about time the Canaries finally got one over the man who guided them up from League One back into the Premier League. “We should have won at Villa Park last season and the Capital One Cup game at our place for 60 minutes there was only one team in it and it all fell to pieces somehow,” Martin said. “This season was the one when I felt we had chances and played well, like Cardiff City at home, and the only difference was Villa nicked a goal. “We know they have that threat on the counter so that is one to be wary of. “It is about us. We will try and dictate and play at the tempo and with the style we want.” Norwich are waiting on diagnosis from Leroy Fer’s hamstring injury, so fit-again midfielder Jonny Howson could come into contention, along with Wes Hoolahan, who was the subject of a January bid from Villa. Former Norwich captain Grant Holt, meanwhile, could face his old club, whom he left Norfolk for Wigan last summer, before heading to Villa on loan in January. Scotland international Martin, though, would relish the opportunity of facing his former team-mate, who has been used mostly as a substitute by Lambert. “It will be good to have a catch up and to see him, but he plays for Aston Villa and I play for Norwich so during the game that friendship means nothing,” Martin said at a press conference. “I am sure he will try the verbals beforehand and I would expect nothing less, but I would like to think I have better banter than him.” Martin added: “It will certainly be different playing against him, but we need to stop him doing what he does best and what he produced on numerous occasions for us. “I wouldn’t have any problem if I had to mark him at a set piece. “If there is a chance for him to smash me and vice versa we’d both enjoy that, but I don’t want him to score, or anyone for that matter, whether it’s (Christian) Benteke or (Gabriel) Agbonlahor. I want us to keep a clean sheet and win the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Officials Search for Man Caught in Rip Current Near Fort Pierce

first_imgSeveral agencies are searching for a man who was reportedly swept out to sea late on Saturday afternoon after being caught in a rip current at Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.According to 27-year-old Anthony Gram’s family, he saved his 11-year-old and 13-year-old stepchildren from the rip current just before disappearing.The Coast Guard adds that Gram was last seen wearing dark navy blue or black shorts..@USCG, @MyFWC, @PSLPolice are searching for a man in the water near Fort Pierce State Park, Florida. Anthony Graham, age 27, is an African-American man last seen wearing dark, navy blue or black shorts. If you have any information, please call 786-367-7649. pic.twitter.com/ZxkvczT0nR— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) February 16, 2020 Rescue crews from the Coast Guard, Port St. Lucie Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission are searching the water.Anyone with information about Gram’s whereabouts is being urged to call the Coast Guard at (786) 367-7649.last_img read more

T&T 4×400 gold medal team awarded country’s second highest honour

first_imgTRINIDAD and Tobago’s history-making 4x400m relay team were, on Sunday, awarded the Chaconia Gold Medal, that country’s second highest national honour at the annual awards ceremony at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port of Spain.The team of Lalonde Gordon, Machel Cedenio, Jereem Richards and Jarrin Solomon as well as substitute Renny Quow set a world-leading and new national record of 2:58.12 to defeat the United States and win gold at the IAAF World Championships in London in August.It was the first time that T&T were winning a mile relay gold medal at a major championship. The athletes who were not present at Sunday’s ceremony will be presented with their medals at a date to be announced.President of the National Administration of Athletic Associations (NAAA) Ephraim Serrette said while being proud of the achievement, it was a bittersweet day for the association.Just recently, Trinidad and Tobago’s Michelle Lee Ahye, who was a sprint finalist at the IAAF World Championships, lamented the fact that the women’s team that won a bronze medal at the 2015 championships in Beijing, but plans were being made to honour the gold medal winning men’s team in London this past summer.This has left the NAAA president conflicted.“It is always good that they recognised our national athletes’ performances, but sometimes it’s bittersweet because at this time we are still trying to sort out this national sports policy and dealing with the issues of support and reward,” he said.“So you have athletes with issues, lack of support and financial reward and then you’re being honoured at this level, so for the federation I am very happy that at this time they are trying to sort out the issues dealing with funding and reward. Once that is done there will be nobody up in arms about what you get, who gets what.”T&T Sports Minister Darryl Smith assured SportsMax.tv that the national sports policyaddressing those issues would be ready by later this year.“We are now doing a new sports policy that includes athletes funding, the rewarding of athletes, grassroots programmes, sports tourism,” Smith had said last month.“The draft policy has been completed and we are in the final stages of which that policy will be taken to Cabinet to be approved. Once it is approved we will have a new policy that can deal with all these things.”last_img read more