Exclusive – John Stones transfer request was inevitable, claims Charlie Adam

first_imgStoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes it was only a matter of time before John Stones handed in a transfer request at Everton.The England defender asked to leave Goodison Park on Tuesday as he tries to force a move through to Premier League champions Chelsea. Stones has been heavily linked with a switch to Stamford Bridge this summer and Everton have reportedly rejected three bids for the 21-year-old.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Adam sympathised with the situation Stones finds himself in.“It was inevitable, if he wants it to happen, it’s the next stage,” said Adam.“He’s played 50 games for Everton but you don’t get Chelsea coming to your door very often. He wants to play at the top level and in the Champions League.“Everton’s a good club, with great fans and Bill [Kenwright] has done a great job, but it’s an impossible job not to turn Chelsea down.“When Chelsea come for him again, it’ll probably happen within the next week.”last_img read more

Families devastated as valuable service announces closure

first_imgThe Donegal-based ParentStop charity has announced that it has been forced to end services due to a lack of funding.The charity, which was established 14 years ago, will end its services at the end of 2019.ParentStop provides a wide range of services including co-parenting support, and providing support with financial, health and bullying issues. In 2018, the group assisted over 400 families across Donegal. But as vital funding sources fell through in 2018 and funding delays hit the charity this year, the board has reached crisis point.The voluntary board, which employs five part-time staff, said the decision to cease services was not taken lightly.In a statement, ParentStop Manager Patricia Lee said: “Keeping the charity running has been a constant struggle. Having explored all options ParentStop is no longer in a position to remain open or to continue to offer the most appropriate level of service to parents, their families and children.”Ms Lee told clients and supporters: “On behalf of all the team at ParentStop please know that we deeply appreciate what a privilege it has been to be invited into your lives and thank you for your belief, support and personal investment.” Reacting to the news, families who benefitted from the services have said it is a ‘devastating loss to children, parents and families in Donegal’. Other people have commended the professional and exceptional efforts of staff at ParentStop, which they say will be greatly missed.Families devastated as valuable service announces closure was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:charityclosureParentstoplast_img read more

Firearms frustrations

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is the first deer season in several, thanks to being skunked so far using a compound bow, in which I have been able to participate in the firearms opportunity. For harvesting a buck, anyway. It’s been interesting having the capability to shoulder a gun and consider taking a deer beyond 30 yards, which is as far as I am comfortable take a shot with my bow. A gun broadens the horizons, so to speak, while offering different challenges.For example, I have two guns from which to choose to hunt deer: a semi-auto shotgun and an in-line muzzleloader. Choosing which one to use on any given hunt is easy, for all the wrong reasons: I have hardly been successful with either one. In fact, in two decades of using a muzzleloaders from borrowed beater percussion models to my present cutting edge, scoped, in-line, I have yet to even cut hair on a deer with a front-loaded projectile. And only close friends know how many slugs it took for me to harvest my only shotgun-slayed buck.The advantage of using a modern the muzzleloader is its range: some blackpowder enthusiasts drop deer at 200 yards with the modern-day smoke-poles. On the downside, you are limited to a single shot. At least before a reloading process that few deer are going to stand for.A shotgun such as mine may be loaded with three slugs and shot as fast as you can pull the trigger. The problem there is the range and accuracy are not close to what the muzzleloader can offer — at least in my hands. A slug barrel and modern sabots help both, but my shotgun is a left handed model for which no fully rifled barrel is available. So, based on my sighting-in efforts and the shot groups they reveal, I limit my efforts with the Remington toward deer at 50 yards or fewer.Based on that data, I choose to use the three-shot option of the shotgun when walking through thick cover such as that offered by CRP acreage, where I expect to jump a deer at close quarters and may need multiple trigger pulls to place the lead where I want it. When hunting from a stand or in open country, where I anticipate shots at standing deer at distances beyond 50 yards, I select the scoped, single-shot Thompson/Center.If it were only so easy. Every time I have had the shotgun in hand while walking in the thick stuff, the bucks have jumped out of my set range, run a ways, and stopped at about 75 yards to turn broadside to see what spooked them — offering a clear shot were I armed with the far-reaching muzzleloader. When I take the blackpowder rifle with its reach into the same stand of CRP, the bucks (yes, during the gun week opener two did the same thing in the same patch of thick grass and thistle ten minutes apart) wait until I am practically on top them before jumping and running non-stop into the next county.The same scenarios took place the last time I had a tag to fill and tried both firearms on separate occasions. It’s as though the deer know which gun I’m toting and what evasive maneuver will be required to frustrate my efforts on any given one-man deer drive.Will that stop me? Nope. It’s fun as heck and every time I get back to the truck and hang my license and deer tag on the rear view mirror I smile and remind myself that I get to do it all over again the next day.And I get to do so thanks to folks like Jim Stewart, John Wing, and the Baker and Whitney families who grant me and my family access to their land.Speaking of whitetail hunting… Youths harvest a bounty of deerOhio’s young hunters braved less than ideal weather conditions last month and checked 4,958 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season held Nov. 18 and 19, down a bit from last year’s youth gun season when 5,930 white-tailed deer were checked. The youth deer-gun season is one of four special youth-only hunting seasons designed to offer a dedicated hunting experience for young hunters, including opportunities for small game, wild turkey and waterfowl. Find complete details in the 2017-2018 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.Youth hunters can commemorate their hunt with a First Harvest certificate, available at wildohio.gov. Participants can upload a photo and type in their information to personalize the certificate. Hunters can also share photos by clicking on the Photo Gallery tab online. For summaries of past deer seasons, youth and otherwise, visit wildohio.gov/deerharvest.last_img read more

Best chief ministers poll: Karnataka CM S.M. Krishna tops charts consistently

first_imgClick here to EnlargePoll January 2002Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image. Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because,Click here to EnlargePoll January 2002 Pluses: A suave administrator and a firm believer in teamwork, his modern outlook, openness and accessibility have helped put the sheen back on Karnataka’s image.Minuses: Considered too soft and sometimes indecisive. Still has to execute all that he has promised. Could face difficulties because Karnataka’s finances are in a mess.Call it Krishna and the art of political consciousness. For he has a Zen like approach to his job – a calm and a detachment that are reassuring. He doesn’t sound embarrassed about admitting that he enjoys the good things of life.Popularity IndicatorThe Congress party’s overall popularity may have shrunk in the past six months but three of its chief ministers head the popularity charts in the states. A.K. Antony and Digvijay Singh are the laggards. For the BJP, its relatively new chief ministers, like Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh, have done well, as has its Punjab ally Parkash Singh Badal. But there is a problem with other allies, notably O.P Chautala. The Haryana chief minister competes with Tamil Nadu’s O. Paneerselvam and Bihar’s Rabri Devi for the status of unpopular chief ministers.It may not be politically correct to do so especially when you head a state whose 53 million people have a per capita income less than the national average.His sartorial sense is regal and his official bio-data even lists designing men’s clothes as his hobby. He jots down notes with his blue Mont Blanc and has discarded the dowdy Ambassador car for a pearly white Hyundai Sonata.advertisementIn Karnataka he is known as the “Western Gowda” in contrast to a predecessor who went on to become prime minister and made a fetish of his earthy roots.In two years and four months as chief minister, Somanahalli Malaiah Krishna continues to lead with elegance, clarity and efficiency that have for the second successive year seen him being rated as India’s best chief minister by the INDIA TODAY-ORG-MARG poll.What is his secret? According to Krishna, it is his ability to blend orthodoxy and conservatism with modernism. It means being a quintessential Congressman in white kurtas while dealing with party politics and sporting Saville Row suits and a Dallas accent-he studied law in Texas-to woo foreign investors.Click here to EnlargeWhat Krishna certainly has done is bring Karnataka back in focus as the state of the future-an image that had slipped in the 1990s as a succession of chief ministers (one an unabashed tippler)-whittled away its prosperity.Industry big daddies such as Infosys Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy praise him for his “accessibility and openness to implement new ideas”. Software whiz Ashok Soota, CII’s president-designate, terms him the “feelgood” chief minister.Not one for getting embroiled in the nitty-gritty, Krishna sets targets and expect his colleagues to deliver. He also has set his priorities right, pushing for roads, jobs and houses for townsmen, irrigation schemes for farmers and drinking water for the poor.But Karnataka’s finances continue to be a mess, something he will have to answer for. He will turn 70 soon-the Old Turk he says derisively-but with tennis and yoga as pastimes Krishna appears fit to complete the remaining half of his term with panache.last_img read more

BCCI to decide on shifting England tour game from BKC ground on Wednesday

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to take a decision on Wednesday on the request made by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to shift England’s second tour game from the BKC Ground to DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai.”I’m meeting the BCCI chief (N Srinivasan) tomorrow (to discuss the matter). I’m confident the Board would agree to the change in venue,” said MCA president Ravi Savant today.Savant continued to maintain his stand that the ground at the Bandra-Kurla COmplex (BKC) lacked facilities for holding such an important game, scheduled from November 3-5. “The BKC ground does not have facilities like toilets for the spectators. There are no catering facilities around the ground. And the fence is not tall or strong enough to prevent the crowd from jumping on to the ground,” he said.The Mumbai police, too, are sceptical about the security in and around the place, Sawant said adding that provisional bookings have been done at hotels in Navi Mumbai to accommodate the players.England are scheduled to reach Mumbai on October 29 and will prepare for the four-Test series — considered a grudge rubber by India after their 0-4 rout in the last away series last year — by playing three warm-up tour games — two in Mumbai and the third in Ahmedabad, venue of the opening match of the rubber.England’s tour opener is scheduled from October 30 to November 1 at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium and the third game is to be held on a ground, just outside the Sardar Patel Stadium at Motera from November 8-11.advertisementThe opening Test is scheduled at the Motera main stadium from November 15-19 with the subsequent Tests scheduled in Mumbai, Kolkata (Dec 5-9) and Nagpur (Dec 13-17).England would play two T20 Internationals against India on December 20 (Pune) and December 22 (Mumbai) prior to departing home for the Christmas and New Year break, before returning to play in a five-match ODI series in January 2013.last_img read more