Santander opens £1.23m fund to support local charities in the UK

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first_imgSantander opens £1.23m fund to support local charities in the UK Howard Lake | 15 October 2012 | News  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Funding About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Nominations can be made by charities as well as Santander customers and staff. There are no closing dates and entries will be “regularly considered” by a panel of staff drawn from across the region. Successful charities will be notified within two months of submitting their nomination.Alan Eagle, Santander Foundation Manager, said: “We have been delighted by the response to Community Plus across the South West. There is a real appetite for small grants to help build local projects so we have decided to bring forward the launch of the nationwide scheme, which was originally scheduled for next year.“Through the Santander Foundation we make hundreds of donations every year to good causes around the UK for education and financial capability projects. This new fund has been set up to support a broader range of initiatives, along with a quick and simple application process specifically designed for small charities.” Following last month’s successful pilot scheme of a £250,000 fund for local charities in the South West of England, the Santander Foundation has launched a £1.23 million fund to support local charities helping disadvantaged people across the UK.Santander Community Plus will provide grants of up to £5,000. It is open to small local charities or local projects of national charities with the funding available to cover salaries, equipment or materials. It is open only to charities registered in the UK.How to applyApplications can be made by visiting any one of Santander’s 1,300 branches and completing a short nomination form, which can then be dropped off in the special Community Plus postbox in the branch. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

OCC: Delinquencies Down, Mortgage Performance Up for Eight National Banks

Posted On May 31 2021 by

first_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago March 29, 2015 1,145 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Delinquent Mortgages First-Lien Mortgages Foreclosures OCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Related Articles Delinquent Mortgages First-Lien Mortgages Foreclosures OCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 2015-03-29 Brian Honea Previous: Freddie Mac Announces Sale of Deeply Delinquent Loans Totaling $985 Million in UPB Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 3/30/2015 OCC: Delinquencies Down, Mortgage Performance Up for Eight National Banks About Author: Brian Honea Eight national banks saw the performance of their first-lien mortgages improve in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the delinquency rate on those mortgages and the foreclosure activity continued to decline, according to a quarterly report on mortgage performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released Friday.The eight banks examined in the OCC Mortgage Metrics Report, Fourth Quarter 2014 were Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, HSBC, OneWest Bank, PNC, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo. The mortgages covered in the report comprised about 45 percent of all outstanding residential mortgages in the United States – about 23.1 million mortgages with principal balances totaling about $3.9 trillion as of December 31, 2014.According to the report, 93.2 percent of first-lien mortgages in the portfolios of those banks were current and performing at the end of the fourth quarter, up from 93.0 percent in Q3 and 91.8 percent from Q4 2013. Delinquent mortgage loans that were 30 to 59 days past due made up 2.4 percent of the loans at the eight banks in Q4, according to the OCC report, which was a decline of 9.4 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. The percentage of seriously delinquent mortgage loans, which are those 60 days or more past due or held by borrowers in bankruptcy whose payments are 30 days or more past due, was 3.1 percent in Q4 – a decline of 0.9 percent from the previous quarter and 12.2 percent year-over-year, according to the OCC.Foreclosure inventory, which is the number of properties in some state of foreclosure, dropped by 39.7 percent year-over-year in Q4 down to 315,022 (1.4 percent of mortgages). Foreclosure starts, or the number of foreclosures initiated by servicers, fell year-over-year by 39.4 percent down to 75,395. Completed foreclosures, which are a true representation of the number of homes lost to foreclosure, declined by 35.3 percent down to 39,331 during the quarter.The number of home retention actions implemented by servicers in the fourth quarter outpaced home forfeiture actions by a ratio of nearly four to one. Home retention actions, which included modifications, trial period plans, and shorter-term payment plans, totaled 195,577 in Q4 (a year-over-year decline of 19.5 percent) compared to 49,749 home forfeiture actions (completed foreclosures, short sales, and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure).More than 88 percent of modifications in Q4 reduced monthly principal and interest payments; 52 percent of those reduced payments by more than 20 percent. The average monthly payment reduction for modifications was $243; for mods completed under the government’s Home Affordable Modification program (HAMP) averaged a higher monthly payment reduction ($274).Out of the 3.65 million modifications implemented by servicers from January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2014, 55 percent of them (about 2.01 million) were active at the end of Q4; the other 45 percent had exited the portfolio through either payment of the loan in full or involuntary liquidation, or through the transferring of the loan to a servicer that did not report its loans as part of the portfolio. About 68.8 percent of the active modifications were current at the end of Q4 2014; about one-quarter (25.8 percent) were current, and 5.4 percent of the active modifications were in the process of foreclosure as of the end of Q4. 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Residents of University Village join together to ‘Save the Village’

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first_imgIt wouldn’t be fair.This mantra is the reasoning John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University, gave to residents of The University Village for Notre Dame’s plans to shut the Village down in June of 2018. Chris Collins University Village, which provides graduate students and their families with housing, will be officially shut down in June of 2018. In response to this announcement, the ‘Save the Village’ movement has petitioned for alternate family housing.The University Village is subsidized, on-campus housing provided for married graduate students and their families. The community has existed for more than 70 years, and for many of the residents, attending graduate school at Notre Dame with their families by their sides would not be possible without the Village.In response to the University’s plans to shut down the Village, residents have started a Save the Village campaign, which has included the circulation of a petition to provide an alternative form of family housing, demonstrations to get word of their situation out to other members of the Notre Dame community and meetings with University administrators.These residents believe the history, affordable cost, supportive community and diversity of the Village are vital benefits that would be lost if the University were to follow through with its current plan.The historyAccording to the Save the Notre Dame Village website, The University Village evolved out of Vetville, a place for veteran families to live after World War II. In the 1960s, University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh created the Village to replace Vetville and build Hesburgh Library in its original location.Graduate student Tyler Gardner, a current Village resident, said Hesburgh made sure to provide replacement housing for the community that was being relocated before moving residents and knocking down the old buildings — something the University is not doing this time around.“That’s the Hesburgh way,” Gardner said. “If you knock down the Village, kick people out of the Village and then try to restart it … you killed something. A 70-year tradition died.”For some members of the Notre Dame community, a connection to the Village spans generations.Brian Collier, a supervisor for the Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE), said he remembers visiting his grandmother while she was a resident of University Village in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite being a white woman, Collier’s grandmother identified as Korean after being born and raised in Korea. When her husband began his graduate program at the University, Collier said, his grandmother gravitated toward University Village because she felt more at home among its diverse population.“She moved to South Bend and she immediately began looking for the Korean population, and that Korean population — at that time, there was a pretty decent-size Korean population living in the Village, the University Village,” Collier said. “It was super international.”Collier said his grandmother helped to implement Village traditions that are still in place today.“Those people babysit for each other while others are in class, they pass toys down from one group to the next — this is something my grandmother helped facilitate, too,” he said.Graduate student Crystal Spring, who lives in the Village with her husband — also a graduate student — and baby and wrote a letter to the editor describing the Save the Village Movement, spent five years of her childhood living in the Village while her father completed his physics doctorate program at Notre Dame after immigrating to the United States from Korea.“We didn’t know anything really about how to find housing or what resources were even available,” Spring said. “And so the University hooked us up with University Village, the graduate family housing, and we lived in the building D for five years — all five years of his PhD.”When she and her husband were deciding where to live as graduate students with a child, Spring said, she remembered her family’s positive experience with the Village.“I don’t think we would have survived without that community and without the resources and without the proximity that the University Village had to campus,” she said. “And coming full-circle for me, after doing the ACE program at Notre Dame I got married to my husband who also did ACE, and we are both grad students here. And when we found out that I was pregnant as grad students, we decided that we couldn’t live in the apartment that we were currently living in — one, because it was far from campus, and two, because it didn’t seem very safe.”Experiencing the Village as both a child and a parent has made her appreciate the resources it has to offer even more, Spring said.“As a kid I just thought that this was a normal community,” she said. “I thought everyone had access to this kind of support and be able to have a safe place to go trick-or-treating. After having lived in a lot different cities and as an adult, I know that that’s actually a very rare experience. And as a parent at the Village, I really appreciate everything that’s there specifically to support families.”Rose Dougherty, the wife of an architecture graduate student who lives in the Village, said the history of the Village made a big impact in the Save the Village movement.“We’ve had so much fun looking back at the history,” Dougherty said. “How Fr. Hesburgh started it, how much he clearly loved it and it’s been going for over 70 years and it has been so important to so many families. Just when you read back some of the quotes and the experiences over the years that these families have had, it’s such a great thing.”The community With the University’s deadline for the relocation of Village residents looming, Notre Dame administrators announced Sept. 13 that undergraduates will be required to live on campus for six semesters in order to emphasize and build community.Using this logic, Gardner said it does not make sense to disrupt a “thriving” community in the Village.“What I’ve understood is the main reason for [the six-semester requirement] is not to gain the money that it would cost all of [the undergraduates] to live here, but the main reason for that is to increase campus community life,” Gardner said. “Not everybody’s excited about that. You have on the flip side a community that has been thriving since the 40s, yet you’re going to say ‘I’m sorry, there’s no longer space for you.’ So people that are getting kicked off of campus that are dying to stay.”Spring, who lived on campus for all four years of her undergraduate experience at Notre Dame, said her time at the Village has been even more essential for her than her time in an undergraduate residence hall.“The logic that they are giving to back up the decision about the Village is just completely antithetical to the undergrad situation,” she said. “And having experienced both of those communities — the dorm community and the Village community — I think the Village community has been a lot more essential to my thriving as a student at Notre Dame. Dorm culture is great, and the Village is great for a lot of the same reasons. … All the reasons why Notre Dame could fathom to have this be a mandate — the six-semester thing — are also reasons that people love the Village and need the Village.”Village resident Sarah O’Brien, whose husband is a graduate student, said the Village community closely relates to that of a dorm community.“It’s very similar to an undergrad dorm in how tight-knit it is,” she said. “Since my freshman dorm experience I have not experienced something like this where everyone’s in a similar life stage. All of a sudden you just instantly belong to a place like you do in an undergrad dorm, and the fact that they get that value because they’re trying to keep students on campus … doesn’t make sense at all.”Naomi Burton, another Village resident whose husband is a graduate student, said she does not know how she would have made it through the transition to life at Notre Dame without the support of the Village community.“The first year we were here was really hard,” Burton said. “I was pregnant, we had two kids, it was Rob’s first semester at school and the winter was long. And my friend was across the hall, and we would just spend time at each other’s houses every day, all the time. Or we’d send our kids over and I’d take a nap and it was like this life-saving friend that helped me get through that first year of being sick and everything else.”The isolation parents feel as a result of their spouses constantly studying and working is offset by the support they find in the Village, Dougherty said.“Being a stay-at-home mom can be very isolating,” she said. “And the fact that we have this communal green and playground in the back of all of our buildings — we can go out and all the other mothers come out there throughout the day and we’re just chatting — is just great. I loved it. So that’s probably been the biggest reason for our very positive experience here at Notre Dame. … I’m going to be really sad when we have to leave because I’ll have to start all over making friends, and that’s difficult.”If Notre Dame is truly interested in prioritizing community, Burton said, administrators should work to save a community that has consistently been one of the University’s strongest.“One of the former residents said routinely The University Village would come in as the highest-ranked residence hall as far as community and the sense of loving that and needing that for years,” Burton said. “ … The actual housing buildings have lot of issues, but the community — everybody’s always said we love this.”Spring said she and her family wouldn’t be as dedicated to Notre Dame without their experience in the Village.“I’m going for my third degree from this university, and I just know that if we just lived in some random apartment complex that was not a part of the University, that was not in a firm community, that we would not have retained those ties to the University,” Spring said. “That we wouldn’t have had a sense of loyalty to the University that they had given us a home. As a child, that community spirit was instilled in me mainly through University Village, not through my dad’s degree or department or anything like that.”The internationalizationAccording to the movement’s website, the Village’s population is made up of over 60 percent international families. The Village’s affordable housing, proximity to campus and tight-knit community is essential for grad students who travel across the world to study at Notre Dame, O’Brien said.“Because I knew moving in that it was going to be torn down I was just like, OK, yeah,” she said. “And it wasn’t until I heard the experience of international families that I was like wait a second — how is the University doing this? How are they just destroying this when it’s such a lifesaver for especially international families?”Collier said this internationalization of the Village has been a staple of the community for as long as he can remember.“They cooked meals together, they were like a little model U.N.,” he said. “And we lose something as a Notre Dame community when we lose this internationalization of the Village.”This internationalization is a major benefit for families whose kids might not otherwise be exposed to different cultures in South Bend, O’Brien said.“In our building there’s a family from Columbia across the hall, Saudi Arabia upstairs, Lebanon, Nepal,” she said. “So my kids are playing with kids from all around the world. We’re never going to get this experience again, this is amazing.”Aside from the diverse cultures blending together, Spring said the Village community helps provide for needs that international families wouldn’t be able to meet without its support.“Especially for international families who don’t have cars, the whole neighbor community thing is essential,” she said. “One of our downstairs neighbors right now, they came from Argentina just a couple of months ago, and within a few days of moving their son got croup … and our other neighbor was able to drive them [to the hospital]. Without that they probably would’ve had to call for an ambulance, which would’ve incurred a lot of medical fees that they just couldn’t afford.”Even benefits such as residents who don’t speak English being able to learn the language at a more manageable pace would be lost without the Village community, Gardner said.“A big part of this, too, is that while a graduate student might be versed in English, a lot of times their spouses aren’t,” he said. “But what they find in the Village is a community where a lot of spouses aren’t. And they have English classes … where they’re able to learn English. They also have Spanish classes where they’re able to come and teach Spanish to their other community [members].”Without the Village, Burton said, some international families will even be separated for the remainder of a graduate student’s program.“Since we started saying ‘save the Village,’ trying to move that direction, we’ve heard stories from international families that are just heart-wrenching,” she said. “One [student] said ‘I’ll have to go get a roommate and send my wife and child back to Uganda because we won’t be able to afford to live here.’”The movementOne of the criticisms of the Save the Village movement is that the University announced it would close the Village in the summer of 2014, but the movement to save it did not start until this fall. Dougherty said the lack of action in the past few years was due to a lack of information and a belief that there would be a replacement ready for residents as there was when Vetville was transformed into the Village.“It really was because they gave us very little information, but they led us to believe that they were going to offer us something else on campus … for affordable rates,” she said. “And as we were coming up on our last year and we still have not had any information given to us [since the 2014 announcement] then we went and started asking what’s the plan for us.”A WNDU article announcing plans for an $82 million commercial investment further spurred action, O’Brien said.“WDNU’s article came out about the plans, the $82 million retail plans for the Village,” she said. “So that kind of coincided and it was like, what? We need more information. So we gathered a group … and then from there, a few days later we got the petition started and going.”O’Brien said publicity for the movement picked up after the petition gained 2,500 signatures in about three to five days.“That led to a meeting with Heather Rakoczy Russell and Karen Kennedy,” she said. “And in that week where the petition had been circulating, we got WNDU to come and do a little piece on us and the South Bend Tribune wrote an article that was published that Friday. We met with Heather and Karen on Wednesday that week, and right after the WNDU came out John Affleck-Graves sent us an email saying [he’d] meet with [us].”When the residents met with Affleck-Graves, Burton said, he told them there is land for a replacement Village and plans to build it, but the cost of construction is too high for the University to justify building it.“When we talked to John Affleck-Graves about it, he didn’t say that a donor couldn’t be found, but they just haven’t tried that route,” she said. “So they have a place where it could be built, they have people who are willing to build it but it’s kind of this [question of] does the University have any duty to married families?”Affleck-Graves did not immediately respond to a request for comments.The argument that building housing specifically for families wouldn’t be fair to unmarried graduate students also doesn’t justify not building because of the different needs for students with families, O’Brien said.“That argument just doesn’t hold up,” she said. “A married student can’t have a roommate. And if they have kids, they have dependents to support on whatever stipend they’re getting or no stipend. … If you think about it for more than like 10 seconds you’re like, wait, that’s just common sense that a family would need a lower rate to be able to afford to be a student here.”Gardner pointed out that most resources the University offers do not apply to every member of the community.“Any resource that the campus provides doesn’t meet everybody’s needs,” he said. “ … If you think about any resource, it doesn’t meet all of the demands of the University’s population, but it meets a substantial demand that it’s willing to offer that service.”One example Burton offered is counseling specifically for married students.“They offer marriage counseling,” she said. “So they understand that there’s certain things that are unique to married families. Counseling is very helpful, but not 100 percent of the married population uses that, only a small part. But it’s still very important to have that service available to those who need it.”Burton said many residents believe the true reason for the University’s current plans is the revenue it would generate from a commercial endeavor — revenue the University does not gain from the Village.“It really is just the profitability,” Burton said. “We just think that as a university they’re not just a business. They’re a university — and a Catholic university at that — and so sure, families aren’t profit-making, but they have a duty to families to have affordable housing.”Spring said the University’s reluctance to provide for families shows “a very clear prioritization of commercial profits over its mission.”“The rents that we pay cover the maintenance of the buildings — the buildings are all paid for,” she said. “So the University is not losing money by having the Village as it stands right now. The problem for them is that it’s not making them money … but the University just keeps seeking these revenue-building endeavors. So in addition to not investing in family housing, they’re seeking commercial profits.”This is in conflict with the University’s mission, Spring said, because it goes against Catholic teachings.“I think it’s absolutely a pro-life issue,” she said. “The Catholic Church emphasizes that the parents are the primary educators of the child, etc., and so the mission of supporting those parents and supporting those families should be central to the University. And it [is] in a lot of ways already … but having a pro-life stance on something like abortion and not having a pro-life stance in terms of providing affordable family housing, that’s just completely contradictory.”Faculty members within the University are taking the Save the Village movement seriously, Gardner said.“We have internal support,” he said. “It’s not something where it’s just like, ‘Oh, these graduate students are complaining.’ No, a lot of people that have been around the University for a lot of years recognize the great resource that the Village provides and the great community that’s there. And I think that it’s been a tool in getting great graduate students here, and I think it’s been a tool in campus life.”Without this tool, O’Brien said, top potential graduate students with families might reject Notre Dame in favor of one of the many other universities that still offer graduate family housing — such as Stanford and Michigan.“They would lose out on key-contributing top grad students who are looking at different places and need to bring their families,” she said. “If there’s no good option for them, they’re not going to choose Notre Dame. If they really want top research coming out they need to have great grad students and they need to put some money towards that.”The main goal of the movement is to acquire an extension of the leases at the Village before relocating the community to a replacement location they are asking the University to invest in, Dougherty said.“At this point, essentially, housing for married students is not in the 50- or 100-year plan that Notre Dame has,” she said. “And John Affleck-Graves said that, and he said basically if we don’t provide housing for all graduate students we can’t provide housing for just some. We just think — and there are enough people who agree — we need to convince them that it is something that ought to be in their 50- or 100-year plan.”Ultimately, Gardner said, keeping the tradition of the Village’s strong community intact is the most important result that could come of this movement.“The reason for the extension is to keep the community intact,” he said. “Because if you close graduate housing for families right now and you close the community, you lose something. … It’s really difficult to start a community from scratch, so as a result you need to keep this community and just relocate it.”Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of signatures the petition received. The Observer regrets this error.Tags: affordable housing, graduate students, on-campus housing, Save the Village, student housing, University Villagelast_img read more

Lora Lee Gayer, Survivor’s Josh Canfield & More Join Doctor Zhivago Cast

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first_imgLora Lee Gayer is set to have her heart broken on the Great White Way eight shows a week come the spring! The Follies alum will play Doctor Zhivago’s devoted wife Tonia Gromeko in the new musical; current Survivor star Josh Canfield, Jacqueline Antaramian (Soul Doctor) and Jamie Jackson (The Last Ship) have also boarded the cast. Directed by Des McAnuff, the production will star the previously announced Tam Mutu, Kelli Barrett, Tom Hewitt and Paul Nolan and will begin previews on March 27, 2015. Opening night is set for April 21 at the Broadway Theatre.Rounding out the company will be Heather Botts, Wendi Bergamini, Melody Butiu, Julian Cihi, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Bradley Dean, Michael Brian Dunn, Drew Foster, Kira Guloien, Robert Hager, Ericka Hunter, Denis Lambert, David McDonald, Joseph Medeiros, Pilar Millhollen, Gary Milner, Spencer Moses, Julius Sermonia, Jacob L. Smith and Jesse Wildman.The tuner features a book by Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, the romance is set during the final days of Czarist Russia and follows Zhivago (Mutu), a political idealist, physician and poet. His life is tossed by the tides of history as he is torn between a life with his devoted wife, Tonia Gromeko (Gayer) and the passionate and mysterious Lara Guishar (Barrett). Zhivago is not alone in his yearnings for Lara, competing for her affections with the young revolutionary Pasha Antipov (Nolan) and the aristocrat Viktor Komarovsky (Hewitt). Doctor Zhivago Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015 Star Files View Comments Lora Lee Gayerlast_img read more

PODCAST: Kristen Tatlock on avoiding social media compliance pitfalls

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first_imgWhile social media opens many doors, it can also raise serious compliance hurdles.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, Kristen Tatlock, senior compliance manager for Credit Union Service Network, looks at common mistakes credit unions make when using social media, how social media risks are evolving, and some social media do’s and don’ts.“Advertising rules are an area that has failed to evolve as quickly as technology has,” Tatlock says. “At the pace which social media platforms are being developed and as credit unions expand the platforms they use, it’s going to provide exposure for potential violations.“Not only will credit unions need to understand the rules and regulations for advertising their products and services via social media,” she continues, “they have to be aware of the specific rules, regulations, and terms of service that each platform has.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Salah-less Egypt lose to Greece in World Cup warm-up

Posted On Aug 13 2020 by

first_imgIt was the second solitary goal victory within five days for the Carthage Eagles after an own-goal brought success over Iran, another Russia-bound nation.Ayoub el Kaabi, the nine-goal star of the recent African Nations Championship for home-based footballers, opened the scoring as Morocco overcame Uzbekistan 2-0 in Casablanca.Victory for the Atlas Lions followed a win over Serbia in Turin and maintained impressive recent form under French coach Herve Renard.After surprisingly winning in Poland, Nigeria disappointed when falling 2-0 to Serbia in London, where Aleksandar Mitrovic bagged a brace.“We are a work in progress,” admitted Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr after a match controlled by the Serbs, who will not be going to the World Cup.Senegal drew 0-0 with Bosnia and Herzogovina in French city Le Havre having also drawn with Uzbekistan in another World Cup warm-up.In a match not involving World Cup qualifiers, Tanzania mocked the FIFA world rankings by beating the Democratic Republic of Congo 2-0 in Dar es Salaam.Mbwana Samatta and Shiza Kichuya scored for the Taifa Stars, who are 107 places below the Leopards.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Liverpool goal machine Mohamed Salah sat on the bench as Egypt barely created a chance when losing 1-0 to Greece Tuesday on a mixed night for African World Cup hopefuls.Tunisia and Morocco won for the second time during the FIFA international window, but Senegal drew again and Nigeria lost after winning last weekend.Reigning African Footballer of the Year Salah has scored 36 goals in 41 appearance for Liverpool this season — 11 less than the record held by Ian Rush.But Egypt coach Hector Cuper deemed the striker surplus to requirements in Swiss city Zurich and his decision backfired as the Pharaohs were outplayed.The lone goal came after 29 minutes when Nikos Karelis soared unmarked to nod a cross into the net.Greece dominated the second half against the seven-time African champions, who are back at the World Cup after a 28-year absence.Salah scored last Friday against Portugal before Egypt conceded two stoppage-time goals to Cristiano Ronaldo and lost 2-1 against the European champions.Tunisia, returning to the global showpiece after missing the last two tournaments, edged fellow qualifiers Costa Rica 1-0 in French city Nice.Wahbi Khazri, on loan to Ligue 1 outfit Rennes from English second-tier strugglers Sunderland, scored the winner nine minutes before half-time.last_img read more

Oly Town Artesians Earn 10-8 Victory over Wenatchee Fire

Posted On Aug 6 2020 by

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansMatt Stalnik’s hat trick and a pair of goals from both Greg Wolfe and Nate Salveson led the Oly Town Artesians to the first win in franchise history, a 10-8 victory over the Wenatchee Fire on Saturday night at Olympia Indoor Soccer.In a brutal first fifteen minutes that saw four blue cards issued to the two teams, Matt Stalnik started the scoring for the Artesians midway through the first quarter with a power play goal on an assist by Luke Chouinard. Minutes later, on another power play, the Wenatchee Fire got on the board thanks to a Josh Alvarez goal with 5:15 left in the quarter. The two teams went to the first break knotted up at one.But the floodgates opened in a wild second quarter that saw 10 goals scored. Stalnik started it off again with a screamer that found the back of the net with just 50 second gone in the period. But Wenatchee would take their only lead of the game behind goals by Matthew Stafanko at the 13:30 mark and another goal by Alvarez with 12:20 left in the quarter.Down 3-2, the Artesians went on a four goal run to take the lead for good. Nate Salveson started the run with a goal off of a free kick with 10:37 left in the second quarter. Greg Wolfe scored at the 7:40 mark and less than a minute later, Martin Ramirez got on the scoresheet to put the Artesians up 5-3. Wolfe scored again on a pass off the boards from Salveson to extend the Artesians lead to 6-4.Juan Barboza scored a power play goal for the Fire at the 2:13 mark of the second and then Oly and Wenatchee traded goals in the final minute, the first an Artesians goal by Salveson. Alex Espinoza finally finished off a crazy second quarter with 23 seconds left and Oly went to the locker room with a 7-5 lead.Once again, Stalnik started the scoring with a goal in the first minute of the period off an assist by Ramirez to put the Artesians up 8-4. Wenatchee answered back with a goal by Yonathan Rodriguez with 11 minutes left in the third but Mike Rancipher and Brady Espinoza each tallied the only other goals of the quarter and Oly took a 10-6 lead into the fourth quarter.Goals by Mauricio Perez and Hernan Menoza got the Fire to within two at 10-8 with eight minutes left but Artesians goalkeeper Mauricio Sanchez made amazing save after amazing save the rest of the way and Oly held on, 10-8, for their first ever franchise victory. Sanchez finished the night with 23 saves and was fantastic between the pipes despite the eight goals against.The Artesians moved to 1-1-0 (3 points) while the Wenatchee Fire dropped to 1-1-1 (4 points). Oly Town takes their first road trip of the season when they visit the Arlington Aviators on Saturday, December 13th while Wenatchee plays host to first place Tacoma.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Blair D’Andrea Alumni Tourney

Posted On Aug 3 2020 by

first_imgContributions to the fund can be made at any Royal Bank Canada branch or electronically with email money transfer via [email protected] contact [email protected] more information or inquiries. The Grads from the 2004-05 may have won the tourney, but the big winners during the 2nd Annual Blair D’Andrea Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Boxing Day was the memorial fund as the event raised more than $1,000.The second annual event, attracting 45 players, raised more than $1,400 for the Blair D’Andrea Alumni Scholarship Society fund supporting post-secondary athletes and grassroots basketball development in the West Kootenays. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to give a big round of applause for all the Bombers grads, who came together during the Christmas holiday season to share a few laughs and raise money in support for their former coach, and name the lads Team of the Week.last_img read more