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Iran wary of Lebanon change after blast

first_imgIran is watching developments in Lebanon closely, wary of losing any of its hard-won influence after a deadly mega-blast in Beirut sparked angry demands for reforms to its delicately balanced system.One week on from the chemical explosion that wreaked destruction across swathes of the Lebanese capital, the strategic eastern Mediterranean country is still reeling.Lebanese have taken to the streets over the disaster that claimed at least 158 lives and injured 6,000, with many calling for heads to roll and for major changes. Topics : In another tribute, Azadi Tower, the symbol of the Iranian capital, was lit up in the colors of the Lebanese flag.The day after the explosion, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the people of Lebanon to show “patience”.Khamenei sought to assure them that Iran would support Lebanon in the face of this “painful tragedy”. ‘Light the wick’ Iran’s top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif also expressed his country’s support for the “resilient” people of Lebanon.”As always, Iran is fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary. Stay strong, Lebanon,” the foreign minister tweeted soon after the monster blast.Politically multi-confessional Lebanon is dominated by former warlords from its 1975-1990 civil war.Shiite Iran wields huge influence through Hezbollah.So when French President Emmanuel Macron called for major reforms to Lebanon, he was met with criticism in the Islamic republic.”I think Mr. Macron’s views were interventionist, although the historical background of relations between Lebanon and France should also be taken into account,” said Ali Esmailzadeh, a student in Tehran.”I think these words are to light the wick of the fire of unrest in this country, which seems to have started since last night,” he told AFP, referring to violent protests in Beirut on Saturday night.Macron’s call, issued during a visit to Beirut in the wake of the blast, saw Iran’s ultra-conservative newspaper Kayhan accuse him of trying to “weaken the Lebanese resistance”.The daily branded a French-hosted conference at which international donors pledged 250 million euros in aid to Lebanon on Sunday as a “bluff”.Iran did not take part in the forum, but Tehran said Monday it has sent 95 tons of medical supplies to Lebanon and will continue to send more humanitarian aid.”If they are honest, they should lift sanctions against the Lebanese government and people,” Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said, referring to the United States.center_img ‘Complicated for Iran’ For Kayhan’s editor-in-chief Hossein Shariatmadari, “Macron’s changes” meant “the elimination of Hezbollah” and the “rescue of the Israeli regime” — Iran’s main regional foe.”In the name of Israel, Macron has sent a message to the Lebanese people that if they continue to resist and support Hezbollah, they will face another catastrophic event of this type,” Shariatmadari told AFP on the phone.Analysts have expressed doubts about Iran’s ability to provide significant financial assistance to Lebanon as a result of its own economic woes.Iran’s economy has been battered since its arch enemy the United States unilaterally withdrew from a nuclear deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions.Since February, Iran has also struggled to contain the Middle East’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus, which the government says has killed more than 18,600 and infected nearly 329,000.Pro-reform journalist Ahmad Zeidabadi said that “in such a situation, Iran’s hands are tied, unable to do much” to help Beirut’s reconstruction.”If Tehran had the financial means, we know what it would do, as it did during the [Israel-Hezbollah] war in 2006 when Iran compensated for heavy losses suffered at the time” in Lebanon, he told AFP.On that occasion, however, the government of then Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “had a lot of money by selling oil at a high price”, he added.Zeidabadi said this time Iran would be better off working together with European countries that are coordinating the reconstruction effort.”This requires a change in behavior and vision for the regional positions of the Islamic republic… The situation as a whole is very complicated for Iran”. Late Monday, Prime Minister Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government, spelling even deeper turmoil ahead.While some protesters have chanted slogans against Lebanon’s powerful Iran-backed Shiite movement Hezbollah, most vented their fury against a wider ruling class whose corruption, incompetence and negligence they say caused the August 4 tragedy.In Tehran, student members of Iran’s Basij militia gathered in front of the Lebanese embassy, lighting candles and waving the flags of the disaster-hit country and Hezbollah.Many Iranians posted photos online of Beirut’s devastated port accompanied by poems for the city by Syrian writer Nizar Kabbani, who is hugely popular in the Islamic republic.last_img read more

Massive 76 bids placed to secure Wishart property

first_imgInside the house at 20 Mayfair Close, Wishart.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“Bidding went quickly to $935,00 and stalled,” Mr Comino said.“Then we called it on the market and bidding went crazy all the way up to $1.056 million and then it was sold.“Two families battled it out from $935,000 right until the end.”Mr Comino said there were 76 bids placed on 20 Mayfair Close at the auction, with the house selling $156,000 more than the reserve price. The house at 20 Mayfair Close, Wishart, sold for $1.056 million.THE market is holding strong at Wishart, with this house skyrocketing past reserve at a recent auction.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Kosma Comino said six registered bidders fought it out for the five-bedroom house at the “most amazing auction”, with bidding opening at $800,000. The bedroom is large and has airconditioning.The house was last sold in 2013 for $850,000.The $1.056 million sale price was $331,000 more than the suburb median house sale price, which according to CoreLogic data was $725,000.Wishart has experienced 34.3 per cent increase in the median house sale price in the past five years to August, with 123 houses sold in the last 12 months.In that time, 35 units were sold, with a median sale price of $405,000.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45last_img read more

Property Taxes Due By Nov. 10

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. – Fall property taxes are due Monday, November 10.Tax statements can be mailed to the county treasurer’s office and must be postmarked on or before the deadline date. A late payment could result in a 10 percent penalty.The Ripley County Treasurers Office has extended hours of 8-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6 and 7. The office will also be open until 6 p.m. on November 10.Addresses for those mailing property taxes:Treasurer of Ripley CountyPO Box 176Versailles, In 47042Franklin County Treasurer1010 Franklin Ave.Brookville, In 47012Decatur County Treasurer150 Courthouse Square, Suite 138Greensburg, Indiana 47240Dearborn County Treasurer215- B W High St.Lawrenceburg, In 47025last_img

Faith Marie Craig

first_imgFaith Marie Craig, 59, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in Aurora, Indiana.She was born March 11, 1958 in Batesville, IN, daughter of the late Walter Bryant and Betty Bryant.She worked in Administration for Children’s Hospital.She was a member of the Cleves Civic Center. Faith used to attend the Grace Church of the Valley. She loved to paint and do crafts as well as travel. Her chi hua hua dog “Billy” was her fur baby.Surviving are husband, Daniel Craig of Lawrenceburg, IN; son, Cody Booth.She was preceded in death by her parents.Friends will be received Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at theFuneral Home, at 2:00 pm.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Funeral Expenses. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Valencia interested in loan move for Chelsea goalkeeper

first_imgIt is said by the report that any deal is likely to include a purchase option for the Spanish club, although it is not clear if this would be compulsory or not.It follows a similar report in El Mundo Deportivo last month, which said Los Che have identified the Spain international as a replacement for Jasper Cillessen – who has been linked with a summer exit.In what could be a chain of transfers, Chelsea may move for Ajax shot-stopper Andre Onana and allow their club record signing to depart on a loan deal, while Cillessen may join Ajax.Kepa, 25, replaced Thibaut Courtois as the club’s number one – with the Belgian international instead moving to Real Madrid – following his €80m move from Athletic Club Bilbao in 2018 and has established himself as the team’s number one shot-stopper.However, Willy Caballero, 38, replaced Kepa between the sticks for Frank Lampard’s side during a run of matches in February including crucial games against Leicester, Manchester United, Tottenham and Bayern Munich.The Spaniard has been reinstated in Chelsea’s side but long-term doubts remain on his form and future at the club.Read Also: Liverpool will struggle to match Man Utd dominance, says SolskjaerKepa has often been selected as the Spanish national team goalkeeper ahead of David De Gea but his fallout at Stamford Bridge may harm his chances.The goalkeeper is said to be prioritising minutes next season ahead of the 2021 European Championships and now wants to leave London.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Valencia are considering signing Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on a two-year loan deal, as outlined by Marca.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Martin wins finale to clinch Nebraska Sprint Series crown

first_imgSprint Series of Nebraska Champion Jason Martin. (Photo by Joe Orth)LINCOLN, Neb. – Jason Martin couldn’t have picked a better night to win his first Sprint Series of Nebraska feature of the season.Martin became the sixth different winner in as many IMCA EMI RaceSaver tour events on championship night at U.S. 30 Speedway. The victory made him the series champion by all of one point over Joey Danley.“We never really set out to race for points. We race for wins,” said Martin, from Lincoln and a 20-year veteran of the winged division. “U.S. 30 is a track where I’ve been successful at in the past. It just fits my driving style but we had so many rainouts in the series and a lot of them (four) were at Columbus.”Despite the rainouts and the resulting pro-rated bonus points, Martin was fourth in the national standings. He had five feature wins, including specials at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway and Dodge City Raceway Park, along with 12 top five finishes.His 26 starts came at tracks in four states.“I like to travel and we’ve had good luck with traveling series in the past,” Martin said. The 305s work out good for our budget, traveling expenses, everything.”Closer to home, he was a two-time feature winner at Eagle Raceway. Martin was third in the Sprint Nationals main event and topped the $1,000 to win Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions during the Labor Day Weekend special.“Eagle is fun to go to. Sprint Cars are an ultra competitive class there with more and more cars every year. It’s a fun place to race,” Martin said. “Eagle and Columbus are my two favorite places to race in Nebraska.”Starts: 6Wins: 1Additional Top Fives: 4HIS CREW: Kaleb Gaines, wife Amber and sons Chase and Reece, and car owner Brad Ball.HIS SPONSORS: Trucks Plus and Midwest Linings, both of Omaha; Speedway Motors, EMI, Allstar Dent & Detail and Deuces Wild Powder Coating, all of Lincoln; Competition Suspension of Brownsburg, Ind.; Myer’s Racing Engines of Ness City, Kan.; and family and friends.last_img read more

New Hammers deal for Jaaskelainen

first_img The Finland stopper lost his outright first-choice status to the Spaniard as the Hammers dug their way out of a potential relegation battle to finish 13th in the Barclays Premier League. Manager Sam Allardyce brought Jaaskelainen to the Premier League with Bolton in 1997, and snapped him up again in 2012. West Ham bosses have retained Allardyce as manager despite a clear directive for more free-flowing attacking football next season. Former Tottenham and England striker Teddy Sheringham has joined the club as attack coach, and Allardyce is aiming to drive the Hammers to a more balanced campaign next term. Jaaskelainen knows it will be vital for West Ham to secure early victories to improve on this season’s effort. “It was a bit disappointing as in the early part things didn’t really work out because we didn’t really score enough goals and then we got injury problems,” he said. “If you look at it, we finished 13th, having had a difficult season, so it’s not the end of the world. We have to make sure we’re ready for this coming season. “In our first season back in the Premier League, we started well, but this time we didn’t get those points on the board early on and that’s what created the pressure and all the injuries just made it worse. “We have to make sure we’re ready for this coming season so we can start well.” Press Association Jussi Jaaskelainen will renew his battle with Adrian for West Ham’s starting goalkeeper berth next term after signing a new one-year deal with the Hammers. Allardyce captured Adrian from Real Betis last summer though, with the 27-year-old often dislodging Jaaskelainen in his first Upton Park campaign. Jaaskelainen could have sought a nailed-on starting role elsewhere, but decided instead to commit to a third season with the Hammers. “I’m delighted to sign for another season and I’m really looking forward to it,” said the 56-cap Finland international. “Hopefully I can put in a proper challenge to get a starting place again. Physically, I feel good now and I felt good last season so I hope I can carry on from there and play football. “You never know what is going to happen next season, but the only thing in my mind is to get myself ready to play. “I am looking forward so that when that next chance comes, I will be in the right shape and right frame of mind to take it. “That’s all I’m thinking about now. Obviously we all know that, whoever is in the squad, we all want to fight for that starting place, so let’s see. We’re all looking forward to next season. “I want to try my best and I’m going to give it a proper go to play well, so the first thing I have to do is look after myself to make sure I’m in good shape and a good frame of mind.” last_img read more


first_img BRENDAN RODGERS The Northern Irishman would be a hugely popular choice with the Swansea faithful as he took the club into the Barclays Premier League in 2011 before joining Liverpool the following year. He came close to winning the title at Liverpool in the 2012-13 season, but left the club in October after more than three years at Anfield. Rodgers is currently out of work, but has spoken of his desire to get back into management and he knows the set-up at the Liberty Stadium well and has emerged as the early favourite with bookmakers. DAVID MOYES Moyes spent over a decade at Everton where he won universal praise and the League Managers’ Association annual award three times. But his time at Manchester United turned sour and he left 10 months after being appointed Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, while a Spanish sojourn at Real Sociedad lasted just under a year. The Scot has said he will consider his next position carefully, but his record on Merseyside – and before that at Preston – still makes him an attractive proposition. MARK WARBURTON The current Rangers manager has a Sky Bet League One promotion on his CV at Brentford in 2014 and guided the London club into the Championship play-offs the following season before a difference over the management structure at Griffin Park with Bees owner Matthew Benham saw him leave and eventually head north. Warburton is on course to lead the Gers back to the Scottish top flight and could be on Swansea’s radar, although when recently linked with Fulham the 53-year-old strongly rejected the notion he would consider leaving Rangers. GRAEME JONES The former Swansea number two has been linked with the top job at the Liberty in the past. He followed Roberto Martinez to Wigan and Everton, where his work on the training ground has impressed. Jones is known to get on well with members of the Swansea hierarchy and at 45 years of age the time could be right for him to step out of Martinez’s shadow and make the move from assistant manager to being the boss. ROBERTO DI MATTEO Di Matteo has a Champions League winners’ medal from his eight-month spell at Chelsea in 2012, while he was most recently at German giants Schalke before leaving in May. The former Italy international cut his managerial teeth at MK Dons and then West Brom, while his success on a smaller budget will not have gone unnoticed with the power-brokers at Swansea. Press Association Swansea are on the hunt for a new manager after parting ways with Garry Monk on Wednesday. center_img Monk, once considered a candidate for the England post, was axed by the South Wales club having presided over just one victory since August, with Swansea sitting 15th in the Barclays Premier League, but only one point above the relegation zone. Here, Press Association Sport assesses some of the names the Swans could consider to be Monk’s replacement. last_img read more

What WI need

first_imgTOO often we in the Caribbean believe that we are not good enough; something is not working and needs to be fixed; something is missing; and something special needs to be added to make us worthwhile.The key to our success already lies inside us but these limiting beliefs hide it and conceal the wealth within. The following story is very instructive.A young man had a clay statue that was in his family for generations and he always wished it were gold instead. When he earned some money he had the statue covered with gold and it looked just the way he wanted. But after a while the gold plating started to flake off in spots, so he had it gold-plated again. As time went by, he spent his resources maintaining the gold façade on the statue.Darren Sammy and Rudi Webster have a word, Barbados, June 26, 2011 ©Getty ImagesOne day when his grandfather visited him, he showed the old man the statue, but he was a bit embarrassed because clay was showing through in some places. The old man who knew the statue well, took a moist cloth and started to rub it. After removing some of the clay he said, “Many years ago the statue must have fallen to the ground and got covered with mud. You wouldn’t have known that; but look here.”As he continued to remove the clay, a bright yellow colour shone through. “Underneath the clay, your statue has been solid gold from the beginning. You didn’t have to put more gold on it. From now on all you have to do to show the gold is remove any clay or dirt that settles on the statue.”Like the clay on the gold statue, negative self-images, low self-beliefs, self-doubts, and fear of failure hide the talent within players, undermine their concentration and sabotage their performance. Playing better is often more about correcting or removing these things than learning new skills, techniques and tactics. Clive Lloyd and Frank Worrell did just that. They helped the players to tap into the talent or ‘gold’ within themselves, and this enabled them to free up and express their natural ability.Their teams were physically and technically talented, but they knew that success would have been limited had they not dealt with those inner obstacles. In those days self-coaching and peer coaching were the only coaching available to the players. This coaching created self-awareness, self-reliance and self- responsibility.Since the introduction of professional coaching, West Indies cricket has been in an ever-increasing failure spiral. West Indies cricket is now at or near the bottom of the ICC’s Test and ODI rankings. It cannot sink any lower. The team failed to qualify for the last Champions Trophy and might miss the next World Cup if it does not do well against the weaker teams in the qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe next year. How embarrassing would that be?In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of head coaches and specialist coaches, but the team’s poor performance continues. In the Caribbean there are now more cricket coaches than there has ever been, yet the need for good coaching has never been greater. The importance and relevance of good coaching are universally accepted, but the negative and damaging effects of over-coaching and substandard coaching are not.Like the young man in the story above, our coaches have perpetuated the mistake of repeatedly gold-plating the clay instead of removing it to find the solid gold inside the players, as Worrell and Lloyd did. The good coach recognizes that internal obstacles are often more daunting than the external ones. Coaching is about unlocking the player’s potential. It is helping him to learn rather than to teach or instruct him.But for most coaches, it is more difficult to give up instructing than it is to learn to coach.Some coaches spend an inordinate amount of time on fitness and technique and in the process neglect the important mental factors that determine how well or how poorly those skills are chosen and executed. An African saying states that when a man falls, look at where he slips, not where he falls. The same applies to sport. When a player makes a technical error, look for the precipitating cause. It is usually found in the mind, not the body.Today’s coaches are more clever and better educated about the game, but many of them lack the wisdom that will bring them success. When things go wrong they tend to blame the players instead of doing an honest self-examination to find out why they are unable to unlock the potential of their players. The good coaches use feedback from failures to question, fine tune, change, or improve their priorities and approaches.Sir Garfield Sobers, the world’s greatest cricketer, was a very wise player. He once said, “If I had a free hand in coaching, I would initially spend most of my time teaching the basics of the game. Thereafter, I would devote an equal amount of time teaching the players how to identify and handle the many different situations they will face during the game.I feel that this combination gives the player the best preparation and the best chance to do well.”To this wise advice, I would add the enhancement of each player’s self-image, self-belief, self-motivation and self-discipline. Once the player gets the basics right, his performance will revolve around his self-image and self-belief. In the end, the depth of the player’s self-motivation and self-discipline determines the level of his success.Revival of West Indies would be easier if the coaches follow some of the advice above, place learning above instructing, give up some of their control, promote commitment by engaging the players in self-analysis and in the design of tactics and strategy, and encourage the players to focus on self-coaching, peer coaching, self-reliance and self-responsibility. That was part of the modus operandi of Worrell and Lloyd.Rudi V. Websterlast_img read more