24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details Last month, I wrote an article about when to hire a consultant. There’s no doubt that bringing on a consultant is a big decision, but knowing when to fire one can be even more important. Generally, consultants fulfill skill gaps or solve specific problems for your credit union. Unfortunately, they can tend to hang on too long and be difficult to get rid of. Just like an employee, you may become emotionally attached, causing more harm to your organization if you keep a consultant around past their point of usefulness. Here are some key indicators that it’s time to fire your consultant.No longer getting value – This is #1 for a reason. Unlike an employee who should be invested and developed to create key skills and resources for the company – I expect consultants to constantly be adding value, pushing the limits, and driving us to fully be engaged in their discipline. When all the ideas are coming from me, then it is a key sign that it is time to move on.Don’t fit with Corporate Culture – If you are like me, you may not hold a consultant to the same corporate culture standards as you do other employees. This can work out fine, but it can turn into a real issue if a consultant completely violates your cultural principals. When your employees or teammates see you allowing team members (consultant or not) to violate key values, it can implicitly devalue the core tenants of your business and erode trust and morale among the team. So, if your consultant blatantly goes against what you and your company believe, it’s time to cut bait.Disruptive to other goals or team – Sometimes consultants need to be disruptive. They can often provide key momentum builders, energy and excitement around ideas and concepts. At the same time, they can hog resources and stifle other priorities. It is essential to monitor employees stress and the impact of consultants to make sure they aren’t being overly disruptive to the broader goals of the credit union.You have developed in-house expertise – One of the key goals before and during the consulting engagement should be for the consultant (i.e. the expert) to pass on knowledge, frameworks, resources and other skills to key employees. Always have a deliberate plan to create playbooks, tools and trainings so that when the consultant leaves, you haven’t lost the expertise. Once you establish the proper documentation and processes AND have in-house employees dedicated to fulfilling the tasks originally assigned to the consultant, you have successfully absorbed all you needed from the engagement and are likely ready to part ways. Breaching security – We are all in the business of protecting member data. Consultants that don’t get that and don’t interact with our data and our teams with the same confidentiality level we expect from our employees should be dismissed. Feedback is ignored – Giving feedback to consultants can be challenging on both sides. Often you have hired a consultant for a specific expertise. Sometimes their guidance is tough to digest and implement and sometimes it just will not work as prescribed. In those cases, having a frank and honest dialogue with the consultant is critical. If that still doesn’t change or improve the situation, then it may be time to go a different direction.Of course there are lots of other reasons to fire a consultant. If after reading this you think it is time, I might suggest the following ways to approach the situation.First, arrange for a time to sit down with your consultant and be direct. Then use one of the following approaches:Contract Timing – The contract has ended and it is time to go in a different direction. It’s us not you. In Sourcing – We have decided to bring on a full-time person. Your work has been amazing – but we just think we need a permanent member of our team.Performance – Unfortunately you have missed a number of key deliverables, consequently we think it’s time to try something else.Financial – Our budget priorities have changed and we know longer have the budget for this initiative. It can be uncomfortable to fire a consultant, but using the markers mentioned above and assessing the situation independently from your feelings will help you do what is best for your credit union. After all, consultants aren’t meant to work with you forever.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Leo CapobiancoDimitrios Haritos and Michael Cardinuto were in the woods off Mount Misery Road in West Hills late one cool September night in 2007 when suddenly, a blue-green ball of light flew at them.The two members of Long Island Paranormal Investigators (LIPI), a local ghost-hunting group, instinctively dropped to the ground, as they recalled in a recent interview. Tales of Native Americans warning settlers of evil spirits there, rumors of a haunted cemetery, and a ghostly police officer—just to name a few—have been passed down through the years, according to Weird New York, a book of local legends. LIPI’s investigators visited the infamous site repeatedly to conduct tests and concluded that it is indeed haunted.“It looked like somebody threw a ball at us,” said Haritos, 33, a captain of LIPI’s Ronkonkoma-based investigative team who works as a medical biller by day. “It was like a blueish greenish ball of light that came at us. Me and him hit the dirt. We thought something was thrown at us.”Mount Misery, of course, isn’t the only place said to be haunted on Long Island. Nor is LIPI the only locally based group exploring hauntings in homes and businesses. Hicksville-based Gotham Paranormal Research Society (GPRS), Fearless Long Island Ghost Hunting Team, LI-based Shadows of the Paranormal, Eastern Suffolk Paranormal, Long Island Paranormal Research Association, Ghost Hunters of Long Island and the Long Island Ghost Hunting and Tracking Society are also searching for proof of a world that lies beyond what we can normally comprehend. Yet while Hollywood and television’s depiction of ghost-hunting and paranormal investigations continue to rise in popularity, these genuine Ghostbusters are adamant that art pales, comparatively, in its imitation of life—or the afterlife, in their case.RELATED STORY: Long Island Haunts: 13 Creepiest Haunted Places on Long IslandOutside LI, more than 3,600 active teams are conducting research in the paranormal field nationwide, according to Paranormal Societies, which bills itself as an online directory of these organizations. Popular cable shows such as Ghost Hunters, which has followed a paranormal team on their investigations on Syfy since 2004, have also fueled interest.“Every time there’s a new paranormal show on TV or a new season of a popular show begins, the calls start coming in,” said Angela Artuso, director of GPRS. “For example, the new Ghostbusters reboot has been released, and the calls are already starting just due to the movie alone.”Besides callers requesting investigations into paranormal phenomena, some want to join the hunt. But joining a paranormal investigation team isn’t easy. Many teams require applicants to get background checks, pass exams, and undergo training on specialized equipment.LIPI ensures that its new recruits understand the different types of spirits they may encounter, how to identify false evidence, and how to analyze videos, audio recordings, and photos.“Is this a full-time job? Yes. We just don’t get paid,” said Cardinuto, 36, the co-founder and lead investigator of LIPI, whose day job is being a caretaker at Able Community. He and his group conduct about 40 investigations annually.Both he and Haritos said they were drawn to this type of research from an early age. Cardinuto recalled a handheld video game that turned itself on after his grandfather died. It had no batteries in it. Even spookier, Haritos said as a child he saw a ghost pilot walk by his bedroom and disappear in his bathroom.“We ended up running over and talking to our mom about what happened there and she took us to the library at town hall to get the history on the house,” Haritos recalled. “We ended up finding out that the house was a summer home for an actress back in the ’40s, and her boyfriend or fiance was a pilot and his plane had crashed around the time me and my brother had seen the spirit walk through our house. It was really crazy.”Haritos later started doing paranormal investigations with a group in Massachusetts. Then he took what he learned back to Long Island. Cardinuto got his start in one of LI’s creepiest haunts.“We were all just hanging out one day playing hockey, and I dared two of my guys to go into Kings Park Psych Center. Sure enough they did, and they heard loud banging, and had no idea what it was,” Cardinuto recounted. “We started investigating after that and bought some equipment. I didn’t think I was going to capture anything.“I thought a lot of the urban legends were just made up,” he continued. “Once we started investigating, that’s when things started to happen, and I started to believe more and more. I’m very skeptical about going into locations, but there’s a lot of things that have happened through the years that I just can’t explain.”Dimitrios Haritos, a member of Long Island Paranormal Investigators, said a ball of light flew at him on Mt. Misery Road (LIPI photo).STRANGER THINGSMany paranormal investigators devote much of their free time to research, and they’ve made personal sacrifices. They’ve invested thousands of dollars into assembling teams, buying equipment and paying for travel expenses. These paranormal investigators often do not consider this as a hobby—it’s their lifestyle.“I literally gave up everything for this organization,” said Cardinuto. “I’ve given up jobs where I could be making over $85,000 a year. It wouldn’t work with the schedule here, so I said, ‘Nope, this is what I do.’ I don’t get paid for it, but money is not everything to me.”Most paranormal investigation teams do not charge businesses and homes for investigations. These investigators only have their passion to motivate them in their research.But paranormal investigation can be dangerous, such as when teams visit historic buildings that are falling apart or have exposed wiring. Before going in, the team will check if it’s safe to visit. They often consult with local historical societies to learn about the locations that they want to investigate, as well as get permission to enter the premises.RELATED STORY: They Believe The same rule applies to investigations in businesses and private homes. Investigators do not know what they’re walking into or what kind of people they’ll encounter, so teams often give potential clients a questionnaire to fill out, as well as conduct an interview before sending a crew along.“We had a man one time who contacted us and said he only wanted the tiniest investigators, and he only wanted women,” Angela said. “And we were like, ‘That’s not happening.’”The questionnaire also helps the team point the client in a direction where non-ghostly problems can be solved. For example, the preliminary inquiry may reveal that the client should see a medical doctor for mental illness, call Child Protective Services, or get law enforcement involved.“We had one that wanted us to investigate him,” said Angela. “He would cover himself in aluminum foil and be totally naked. He said, ‘C’mon, I’ll show you. You have to investigate. I sit in my house all day covered in foil so they can’t get me.’ We deal with a lot.”Other than environmental threats and odd clientele, paranormal investigators are also faced with another and sometimes greater danger: the paranormal itself.Long Island Paranormal Investigators’ are real-life ghost hunters. (LIPI photo)RETURN TO MOUNT MISERYFive LIPI investigators returned to the Mount Misery woods to conduct another probe in September 2013. While the group walked down the path, they sensed they were being watched. They heard growling and caught a whiff of something that worried them.“One of the characteristics of a demonic haunting is you’ll smell a rotten-egg smell,” LIPI’s Cardinuto said. That was the odor in the woods that day.The group recorded odd sounds on their audio equipment while their feelings of being unwelcome grew. They decided to pack it in early, as a tension in the air made them feel unsafe. Then, one of the investigators saw something scatter across the ground. She went in for a closer look and asked the others if they could see it too. But no one else could—at first.Haritos said he stared hard at the ground where she pointed. Slowly the creature materialized and came into focus. It was a creature with an alligator-like body, a pig-like snout and horns. Its sunken-in red eyes glared back at Haritos.“As soon as I made contact, and I focused in, I got this really intense feeling of ‘You need to leave now,’” he said.Immediately the group grabbed their stuff and walked back to their cars. Cardinuto and Haritos stayed behind to serve as a barrier between the team and whatever might be pursuing them. On their way to the entrance, the group heard another growl. Cardinuto and Haritos’ knees gave out as if something had run into them from behind. But when they looked down, nothing was there.Once the investigators reached the woods’ entrance, they pulled out a Prayer to Saint Michael card and begin to recite the words meant to ward off evil spirits. The group finished their prayer and paused. The woods had become oddly quiet.“As we turn around to leave, we literally audibly hear a woman laugh at both of us,” said Haritos.RELATED STORY: 5 Real-Life ‘Stranger Things’-Montauk, Long Island ParallelsThe team returned to their offices, where Cardinuto sat the two witnesses on different ends of the room. Up until this point, Haritos and the other member of the team had not discussed what they had seen with each other, or with the rest of the group. Cardinuto separately asked each one to draw what they saw.“Their drawings matched,” said Cardinuto. “I’d say about 95 percent.”After they found that the two witnesses’ accounts matched, the team looked through their demonology database and found a match. They prefer not to repeat the creature’s name, for fear of inadvertently summoning it. But six days after that incident, the team returned to the same area and conducted what would be the last investigation LIPI has ever done at Mount Misery.The team went deeper into the woods, expecting to find more paranormal evidence. They kept smelling the rotten odor, catching odd sounds on their audio equipment, and felt a presence watching them. After several hours, the group decided to leave.While they were walking back down the path, Cardinuto said he looked back and saw five figures standing in a row staring at the group. He described the figures as wearing brown cloaks but having no facial features. Inside of each hood was a black void that seemed to swallow any light.The LIPI team quickly left. They have never returned to Mount Misery.“You have to respect what you see and what you feel,” Cardinuto said. “I’m not going back in there because you never know when you push too far and it decides, ‘You know what? I’m going to push back.’ What happens at that point?” HOLLYWOOD VS. REALITYJust like members of law enforcement, real-life paranormal investigators caution against looking to TV and movies for an accurate depiction of what their jobs are like.“What you see on TV, I would say probably about 90 percent of it is fake,” said Cardinuto.Other local paranormal investigators also suspect that reality TV shows about the field exaggerate their findings, most likely to boost ratings.“It’s more about entertainment value, and they take a lot of liberties,” said Bill Artuso of GPRS, an accountant from Brooklyn when he’s not hunting ghosts alongside his wife, Angela.As he and other investigators put it, the media’s exaggeration warps the audience’s perception of what paranormal encounters are really like, and often stirs up a lot of paranoia.“Some of these shows come on and immediately want to say that the house has a demon,” explained Angela Artuso. “People watch that and they’re petrified. We get calls going, ‘I think we have five demons in our home.’ We have to sit there and explain that you are watching TV and it’s a show.”Television isn’t the only culprit. Books and movies that claim to be based on true stories have been found to stretch the truth as well. Perhaps the most infamous example is The Amityville Horror, which has spawned a long list of books and documentaries seeking to prove or disprove the stories of flying pigs, bleeding walls and other hauntings that were made and remade into one of Hollywood’s most enduring horror movies, and put that Long Island community on the paranormal map forever.RELATED STORY: Amityville Horror Survivor Breaks Silence“You have to remember that what you’re seeing in a movie may be based on a true story, but there is always going to be that element of Hollywood attached to it that sometimes even the families don’t even know are going to be thrown in,” Angela said.Not all movies are guilty of this manipulation, local paranormal investigators said. LIPI recalled that the writers of the original Ghostbusters movie did their research. Some of the equipment that the characters have in the movie is used in the field, and some of the science that the characters discuss can theoretically work, according to LIPI’s investigators.“When they’re on top of the Temple of Gozer and you see Egon say, ‘These readings are off the charts!’ they show a little gray box,” said Haritos. “That’s an IM 17 Geiger Counter. We use them in the field today.”The Geiger Counter is an instrument that detects any ionizing radiation, such as alpha particles, beta particles, and gamma rays. Many believe that when a spirit manifests itself, it gives off Radiation and Electromagnetic Frequencies. EMF meters are also used.“They use sound meters, and they talk about how if a ghost has a constant ionization rate,” Haritos continued. “With the Psychokinetic Energy Meter, if you can depict what range of ions a ghost would exist in, using protons you could grab it like a lasso. So the science is sound. We’re just not there yet with the technology.”The PKE meter is a fictional device in Ghostbusters that, in the movie, detects any ghosts in the surrounding area.Dan Aykroyd, who played Ray Stantz in the original Ghostbusters, also grew up in a spiritual home. His parents believed in the paranormal and would host séances in their home. His father, Peter Aykroyd, published a book called A History of Ghosts: The True Story of Séances, Mediums, Ghosts, and Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd used a lot of his firsthand experience and incorporated it into the film.“Dan Aykroyd did his homework,” said Haritos. “He is a true believer in all things paranormal. He talks about UFOs that he’s witnessed and all of this other stuff.”For more than 10 seasons, Ghost Hunters has given a reasonably accurate depiction of how paranormal teams conduct their investigations. The group who stars in the show, The Atlantic Paranormal Society (TAPS), was in operation for 14 years before the show even launched.“They were a team way before the show even came out, and they’ll still be a team way after the show stops,” said Cardinuto. “They’re a great group of people.”TAPS has 130 teams nationally and worldwide. GPRS is a member of the network, which continues to grow. These paranormal investigation teams on LI and beyond have collected countless photos as well as audio and video evidence over the years they’ve been out in the field.Perhaps if more people accepted that there may be things in the world that they don’t understand, these groups may yet prove the existence of a parallel world. But the question remains, when there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call?RELATED STORY: Inside Plum Island: Mysteries, Myths & Monsters Explained read more
GemLife Pacific Paradise.A new multimillion-dollar over-50s lifestyle resort on the Sunshine Coast has recognised the changing lifestyle demands of older Australians. GemLife Pacific Paradise, by Australian retirement resort developer, GemLife, will include 96 premium homes, set within a secure, gated community with extensive, first-class recreational and sporting facilities. One of the homes at GemLife Pacific Paradise.To be built on 4.4ha of prime land on the Sunshine Coast, the development features larger-than-standard size homes, high ceilings, and upgraded, luxury fittings and finishes. In keeping with GemLife’s other over-50s resorts, the Pacific Paradise development is designed to support active, engaged living in a resort-style environment, providing high quality, low-maintenance homes for empty-nesters or Australians looking to downsize.GemLife CEO and director Adrian Puljich said he had set out to transform over-50s living with an innovative approach.“Wellbeing and vibrant living are a priority. Our resorts deliver an exceptional blend of first-class recreational and leisure facilities for active and social lifestyles, together with meticulously designed, modern and stylish homes,” Mr Puljich said.“We want homeowners to have maximum opportunities to connect and enjoy a quality lifestyle. Our country clubs, which form the heart of our communities, play a big part of this.”The GemLife Pacific Paradise country club will be modelled on GemLife’s award-winning clubhouses on Bribie Island and Highfields, near Toowoomba. What a place to relax and unwind at GemLife Pacific Paradise.It will accommodate an extensive range of recreational facilities including an outdoor yoga studio, pool with spa, fully equipped gym, sauna, ten-pin bowling alley, tennis, bocce and pickleball courts, a gold class-style cinema, art and craft studio, music room, wine room, and bar and coffee lounge.While the Sunshine Coast is the second most popular destination for interstate migration, driven by its mild subtropical climate, relaxed lifestyle and comparatively affordable housing, the area continues to be popular within the state too, with its coastal centres favoured by empty-nesters and retirees.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago CHARITY HOME FETCHES ALMOST $1M AT AUCTION MORE QLD NEWS: GemLife Pacific Paradise is a new Sunshine Coast development.According to GemLife, Pacific Paradise buyers are coming from in and around the Sunshine Coast region, Brisbane area and the Gold Coast.GemLife Pacific Paradise has eight home designs, each with multiple facade and colour- scheme options. All homes have three bedrooms with seamless indoor-outdoor living and feature top-of-the-range appliances, integrated surround-sound systems, security alarm systems and energy-efficient inclusions such as solar PV panels.Unlike other providers in the industry, GemLife does not charge entry or exit fees, providing financial transparency and certainty for home buyers. Homeowners also retain 100 per cent of capital gain. DESIGN AN $8M PENTHOUSE Follow Reshni Ratnam on Instagram read more
Satellite communications provider NSSLGlobal has signed a three-year contract with offshore support vessel provider Wind Energy Marine.The contract comprises the deployment of NSSLGlobal’s FusionIP VSAT terminal alongside its Oceanic Dynamics system aboard Wind Energy Marine’s new crew transfer vessels (CTVs) operating on the Nordsee One offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.Paul Rutherford, Service Engineering Director at NSSLGlobal, said: “Wind Energy Marine has been building its presence in the market and we’re delighted it has decided to invest in our solutions to further strengthen its growth. A three-year contract is a real demonstration of its commitment to our technology, and we’re excited to be able to implement a combination of two NSSLGlobal flagship solutions that will ensure seamless network coverage and efficient vessel performance.”FusionIP will automatically switch between VSAT and cellular connectivity, whilst the Oceanic Dynamics suite will centralise vessel performance, and assess the impact and “push on forces” reported on offshore structures.Oceanic Dynamics will provide Wind Marine Energy with the ability to monitor engine data, route information and GPS position, fuel efficiency, seasickness and whole body vibration HSE analysis, as well as passenger comfort and wellbeing analysis. It will allow vessels to contextualise cost efficiencies and ensure total onboard awareness with the help of a CCTV suite. The new system will also allow Wind Energy Marine to maximise on cost savings by improving efficiencies, NSSLGlobal said.Andrew Bagshaw, Managing Director at Wind Marine Energy, said: “NSSLGlobal has demonstrated the expertise, experience and superior quality of solutions which we were looking for to support our growth in the maritime marketplace. Oceanic Dynamics will be indispensable in terms of ensuring efficiency and consistent quality of our services, whilst the FusionIP terminal will allow us to stay fully connected to our shipping network at all times. The team at NSSLGlobal has also been extremely hands-on throughout the installation process, which was completed without a hitch.” read more
Malaysian vessel operator EA Technique has lost a case against the compatriot engineering and construction firm Malaysia Marine Heavy Engineering (MMHE) and has been ordered to pay over $21.7 million.Illustration only: The North Malay Basin project location / Image by HessThe dispute stemmed from the two companies’ 2015 deal related to the EA Technique’s contract with Hess for the supply of an FSO vessel for its North Malay Basin project.In February 2015, EA Technique entered into an engineering, procurement, construction installation and commissioning contract with Hess to deliver a floating storage and offloading facility for deployment in the North Malay Basin, located approximately 150 km North East off the shore of Kota Bharu in the state of Kelantan.EA Technique then signed a deal with MMHE for where MMHE committed to carrying out the demolition, refurbishment, and conversion of a donor vessel into the FSO facility.As per the previous statements by EA Technique and MMHE disputes arose relating to invoices for additional work orders related to the FSO contract leading to the two companies laying claims against each other.While MMHE claimed it had not been paid for additional work carried out, EA Technique claimed it had overpaid for the original contract.MMHE on Wednesday said that on 27 May 2019, the Adjudicator allowed MMHE’s claim in the sum of $21,6 million “including goods and services tax of 6% to be paid [ by EA Technique] by 28 June 2019 with interest of 1.5% per month from 5 October 2018 until full and final settlement.”“EATech is also directed to pay all costs of the adjudication including MMHE’s cost. Further, EATech’s cross-claim and set off for the sum of USD87,200.00 was allowed whereas the remaining cross-claims were dismissed,” MMHE said.In a separate statement, EA Technique said: “The adjudication decision is not expected to have any potential business or operational impact on the company. At this juncture, the Adjudication Sum to be paid by the Company to MMHE has sufficiently been provided for in the Company’s accounts. The Company is in the midst of reviewing the Adjudication Decision to determine whether there are clear and unequivocal errors in the Adjudication Decision.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. read more
If you have followed the Big Ten basketball season, you know that there is no longer a home (and home) schedule. When there were only 10 teams, you played the other 9 at home and on the road each year. Now you play all 13 teams once and 5 of them twice adding up to 18 games. I don’t know how they determine the schedule, but it certainly is not even.Some of the schools played Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, and Purdue twice while others faced these top teams only once. This will make quite a difference when the seeding for the Big Ten Tourney comes out. Supposedly, it is the Big Ten Tourney that eventually determines your NCAA seed. I don’t know what the solution for this is. No one wants to play 26 league games nor do they want to play just 13. If I had my say, the Big Ten would have stayed an actual 10 team league. Everybody in Indiana wants to see Purdue and IU play home and home. read more
Metamora, IN — While the shops and restaurants are still open in quaint Metamora, officials have announced that the annual Canal Days event that brings 1000’s of shoppers from all over, is canceled for 2020. Vendors who rent from Historic Metamora Inc., Duck Creek, and Gateway Park should receive notice and will be contacted by the appropriate organization. Vendors who rent from private property owners need to reach out to them individually.
RelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Awoniyi regains consciousness in hospital Taiwo Awoniyi hospitalised over head injury Mainz manager, Rouven Schroder, has confirmed his club are in talks with Liverpool over keeping Taiwo Awoniyi at Opel Arena.The 22-year-old joined last summer and initially struggled for game time. However, the Nigerian has experienced something of a resurgence since the Bundesliga resumed, playing every game and scoring in the 2-2 draw at Koln, his first for the club and of the season.He has also completed 90 minutes in Mainz’s last two league outings, the most recent a shock 2-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt.“I am very, very positive about him,” Schroder told Bild. “Taiwo never let himself down, always had his head up and the absolute will to improve was never negative. It is a symbol of how team sport works.“We are in an exchange with Liverpool, that is an open position. We are now waiting for the last games. Then we’ll see what the next steps are.”Awoniyi’s loan contract ends on June 30, with the Bundesliga wrapping up three days earlier. He joined Liverpool in 2015 after shining for Nigeria at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and the 2015 African Under-20 Championship in Senegal.His move to Anfield has been complicated by the failure to get a work permit, which led him to loan spells at FSV Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Royal Excel Mouscron and Gent.His two stints at Mouscron were the most successful with a combined 21 goals and 10 assists in 47 appearances.Awoniyi is pleased with his progress, which he hopes the coaching staff at Anfield are noticing.“Coming here is just to make myself better. Even without playing for a while, coming in on Sunday just really shows I’ve really improved since coming to Germany. That’s the goal with being on loan,” he said previously on Liverpool’s official website. “I don’t think I’m the same player as I was in the last few years. I personally have seen improvement in my game and I believe most Liverpool coaches have seen that as well.“I just have to be prepared to improve myself and work on my weak points as well. When I’m back at LFC, I hope they will see that.”Tags: MainzRouven SchroderTaiwo Awoniyi read more
By Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — The Ontario Cricket Association (OCA) Under-19 final, featuring hosts Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) and Ottawa Valley Cricket Council (OVCC) turned out to be a lop-sided affair at the Ashtonbee Cricket ground last Sunday, with SCA recording a whopping 213-run victory over their counterparts in the 40-over contest.Led by a remarkable all-round performance by Trushil Patel, who slammed a brilliant 74 and returned to capture five for 11, SCA made light work of OVCC who harboured thoughts of taking back the winning trophy to their hometown.Winning the toss and opting to take first strike, SCA reached a challenging 277 for eight in 38 overs when time expired. OVCC were required to chase 292 for an improbable win after and an additional 14 penalty runs were added to the original total. They succumbed to 79 all out in 27.5 overs, much to the disappointment of the spectators.MVP Trushil Patel receives one of his three trophies from SCA president Shiv Persaud.OVCC’s reply started disastrously when their skipper Jack Batstone was brilliantly run-out in the first over via a direct throw from Patel at short mid-off. Batstone, who also opened the bowling and also kept wicket, didn’t face a ball.The captain’s dismissal was followed by a steady procession as OVCC never recovered. The all-round attack of SCA kept them in check while picking up wickets regularly.Patel, in particular, mixed his medium pacers with clever slow deliveries, as several of the OVCC batsmen were befuddled by his variations. In the end, he finished with five for 11 from six overs while left-arm spinner Thuvaragaan Pathmeswaran supported with two for three from four overs. Suvansh Chhabra (17) was the top-scorer for OVCC.Earlier, SCA were given a rollicking start of 114 off 93 balls by openers Towfeeq Ahmed (58) and skipper Jordan Pirali (41) as OVCC paid the price for letting both batsmen off.Ahmed, the more attacking of the two, struck six fours and a six in his 58-ball knock while Pirali’s innings included four fours. The two set the stage for Patel who clobbered seven fours and a solitary six from just 56 balls as he raced to 74.Vihan Samararawickrama ended with four for 49 from six overs but the pick of the bowlers was off-spinner Cole Batstone with three for 38 from his allotment of eight overs.At the presentation ceremony which followed, Patel swept all the individual prizes for his team — Best Bowler, Best Batsman and Most Valuable Player for the winning side while Cole Batstone was awarded the Best Bowler and MVP and Suvansh Chhabra took the prize for the Best Batsman on the losing side. Members and officials of the winning team were also recipients of medals.The match was graced by the presence of Federal Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, Salma Zahid, who pointed out that she is an avid cricket fan, recalling when her country of birth had won the World Cup under captain Imran Khan. She also urged the players to continue the path they had started and promised help in the furtherance of the sport.OCA acting president Melvin John also congratulated both teams on their participation while saying both the SCA and OVCC should be very proud of their achievements. John also thanked sponsors Centennial College Alumni Association and Habib Canadian Bank for making the game a big success. His company, Power Play Sports also contributed as well as Mazz Mark Auto and Paul Peter Insurit Group Pan Express Travel and Shaeen and Tikka Kabab.SCA president Shiv Persaud also lauded the sponsors, players, OCA and members of his executive for the roles they played in making the game a reality. Persaud challenged the players to build on their starts while at the same time have fun and be disciplined while engaged in the sunshine game.Centennial College’s Dana Gour and Naveed Ul-Hassan of Habib Bank were also on hand to witness the day’s play.The SCA team was managed by Vish Jadunauth with Deo Samaroo as his assistant while Danny Singh served as coach and Yunus Motara as assistant. Gerard Fernandez coached the OVCC side with Darlene Batstone as the team coordinator. read more
DELHI Daredevils set the lowest first-innings total in Indian Premier League history as they were bowled out for 67 in a 10-wicket battering at the hands of Kings XI Punjab.The Daredevils had won just two of their opening seven matches and produced a dismal performance with the bat in Mohali.Sandeep Sharma starred with the ball for Kings XI as he took 4-20 to help rip through Delhi’s order, Varun Aaron (2-3) and Axar Patel (2-22) also performing excellently.Corey Anderson (18) top-scored for Delhi, who had just three players in double figures.His New Zealand compatriot Martin Guptill led the Kings XI response, putting on 50 from just 27 deliveries as he and Hashim Amla (16) were unbeaten en route to a fourth win of the campaign.Sandeep removed Delhi openers Sam Billings (0) and Sanju Samson (5) for the loss of just five runs inside three overs.He then had Shreyas Iyer caught and bowled for six and Karun Nair (11), Rishabh Pant (3) and Chris Morris (2) quickly followed to leave Delhi’s innings in tatters.Anderson offered some vague form of resistance but Sandeep’s final victim – Kagiso Rabada (11) – and Nair were the only other batsman to go beyond 10.Guptill ensured Kings XI’s reply lasted only 7.5 overs, blasting three maximums and six fours to cap a dominant performance.(Omnisport). read more