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Lallana set for Liverpool move

first_imgAdam Lallana looks set to follow Luke Shaw out of Southampton, with a move to Liverpool understood to be close. Teenage left-back Shaw completed his £25million-plus move to Manchester United on Friday morning and Press Association Sport understands he could swiftly be followed out of St Mary’s by his former captain. Lallana is believed to be in Liverpool for a medical ahead of a move to the Reds, who earlier this month raided Southampton for forward Rickie Lambert. Press Association Brendan Rodgers’ side saw several offers rejected for the England international this summer, but now appear to have struck a deal with Saints. It is understood the deal could go through as early as Friday, with Lallana due to have medical tests at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground in the afternoon. The move would end the midfielder’s 14-year association with Southampton, who he joined from Bournemouth in September 2000 aged 12. That deal included a 25 per cent sell-on clause, meaning the Cherries are set for a cash windfall from the reported £25m move. The England midfielder was identified as Rodgers’ primary target for the summer window and the club tried to get a deal done before the World Cup. However, because of the turmoil at St Mary’s after the departure of boss Mauricio Pochettino, the Saints were not prepared to let any players leave until they had appointed a replacement. Lambert was allowed to move as Southampton classed that as a special case with the striker returning to his boyhood club. With Ronald Koeman now in place at the south-coast club and Lallana returning home from Brazil after England’s disappointing tournament, things have progressed quickly. Lallana will become Liverpool’s third signing of the summer after Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can, who will officially join the club on July 1. Despite comments from Sevilla sporting director Monchi on Thursday suggesting a deal for left-back Alberto Moreno was dead, Liverpool still retain a hope of signing the defender as it is an area they desperately need to strengthen. The two sides were “miles apart” in their valuations with the Spanish club holding out for £20m for the 21-year-old and Liverpool only willing to offer about £16m. Moreno has distanced himself from a move but – with Rodgers needing reinforcements in order to be able to challenge both domestically and in the Champions League next season – there remains a chance the transfer could be revived. “I never said that I wanted to leave the team,” Moreno told Spanish newspaper ABC de Sevilla. “I am happy here, Sevilla is the club of my life. There are many rumours but I only know that on July 7 I report back for training again. “I am enjoying my holidays. We had a hard year and if I spent the summer thinking about these things (transfer speculation) then I can’t rest. “I am calm and my father and my agent will take care of my future.” Liverpool also retain an interest in Bayern Munich’s Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, although the capture of Lallana may see Rodgers look elsewhere for other options. With striker Luis Suarez facing a four-month ban after his biting incident at the World Cup, Rodgers could look at Lille’s 19-year-old Belgium forward Divock Origi. Lallana’s exit is another blow for Saints as he was the last of three players included in England’s World Cup squad remaining at the club. Southampton have also this summer seen Pochettino depart for Tottenham, although the appointment of high-profile Koeman allayed concerns at St Mary’s. Furthermore, executive director Les Reed pledged before appointing the Dutchman that money from transfers would be ploughed back into the squad. “We will only make decisions based on what’s right and best for the club, so if we do sell players then it’s guaranteed that any revenues we make will be reinvested in the team,” he said. “There’s a logistical job to be done there because we do want to bring players in and improve the team so it’s important that, whatever happens, when we do kick off on August 16 that we have improved the team and the depth and strength of the squad with the players that have come in, even if players may have gone out. “However, our intention is to keep all of our core players – I wouldn’t want people to think I’ve just opened the door for transfers, that’s not the case.” It is fair to say, though, that Liverpool flexed their muscle by bringing Lambert and now Lallana to Anfield. Reports suggest the Reds may not stop there with there, either, with Southampton’s Croatia defender Dejan Lovren also reported to be on their radar. last_img read more

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Guyana Women out of Pan American Indoor Hockey ‘medal round’

first_imgAFTER losing 6-3 to Trinidad and Tobago and going down 7-1 to title front-runners USA, Guyana Women will not feature in the ‘medal’ round of this year’s Pan American Indoor Hockey Championship, currently on at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.Having won the lone game of the tournament over Barbados (5-1), Guyana were hoping to keep the momentum on day four of the event, but, luck, was not on their side.Trinidad and Tobago picked up their first win of the tournament, having outplayed Guyana in the second half of the game. Arielle Williams and Krizia Layne had scored back-to-back for Trinidadians, but Guyana equalised through Nicole Eastman and Marzana Fiedtkou.Fiedtkou, two minutes after her first, scored her second of the game to push Guyana in the lead (3-2) at the stroke of halftime.However, in the second half Trinidad dominated possession and found the goal off the sticks of Layne, Blair Wynne (two goals) and Alanna Lewis.In their second game of the evening, which was also their final of the ‘pool’, Guyana were overwhelmed 7-1 by the Americans, who, with one game left to play, are primed to feature in tomorrow’s final.Ali Campbell slotted home four goals, while Mary Beth Barham had a double and Sammy Popper contributed the other goal for the USA Women. Fiedtkou scored Guyana’s only goal in the loss.The USA are the only undefeated team in the Women’s Pool of the tournament, and they also scored the most goals (31) with a +25 goal difference – the most among the seven teams.Today’s final pool games will determine tomorrow’s finalists.last_img read more

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Liverpool, C-NS runners star at Manhattan Invitational

first_imgOnce more, cross country runners from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse went up against elite fields when they traveled to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx for last Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational.Each of the Liverpool teams was in the main event, the Eastern States Championships, with Jenna Schulz  leading the girls to a third-place finish and the boys Warriors picking up a solid eighth-place finish.Schulz found herself among several local runners – in fact, of the top 11 in the girls Eastern States race, seven were from Section III. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Among them, Schulz got sixth place in exactly 14 minutes, 19 seconds, the winning time of 13:33.2 posted by North Rockland star Katelyn Tuohy as Fayetteville-Manlius’ Claire Walters (13:45.9) and Tully’s Brooke Rauber (13:52.1).Team-wise, Liverpool, with 165 points, trailed only F-M (64 points) and Bolles, from Jacksonville, Florida, who had 122 points.Behind Schulz, Sydney Carlson gained 22nd place in 15:28.1, while Gabby McCarthy was 37th in 16:03.9. Eighth-grader Addyson Graham got 48th place in 16:15.3 as Eva Woodworth (16:19.4) was 52nd. Kara Nash (16:50.0) and Kaleigh Buck (17:12.2) also ran well. In the boys Eastern States race, Liverpool was 12th out of 20 teams with 365 points, this despite a pair of top-25 individual efforts from Carter Rodriguez, who was 17th in 12:54.4, and Jake McGowan, who was 24th in 13:08.1.Every other Warriors runner finished outside the top 100, Ryan Hagan doing the best of them as he posted 14:07.6, seven spots ahead of Charlie Praschunus (14:12.0), with Ethan Glashauser (14:20.9) beating out Ryan Fennelly (14:25.2) and Miguel Gonzalez posting 15:14.7.Meanwhile, C-NS was victorious in the girls Varsity C race, earning 43 points, well clear of the 72 points from runner-up Walter Johnson (Maryland) as Baldwinsville finished sixth.Leading the way, Kate Putman needed a time of 14:51.5 to finish second behind Walter Johnson’s Jenna Goldberg (14:31.0), while Marissa Navarra made her way to sixth place in 15:51.1.Allison Newton got ninth place in 16:02.8 as Hannah Reichard was 12th in 16:10.2 and Gabby Putman was 14th in 16:13.8. Morgan Kingdeski had a 17th-place clocking of 16:28.6 and Abbee Norris (17:03.0) was 32nd.The C-NS boys had to settle for an eighth-place finish in the 26-team Varsity C race, paced by Matt LeClair, who made his way to 24th place in a clocking of 13:42.8.R.J. Davis finished 48th in 13:58 flat, with Josh Koeppe 54th in 14:07.1 and Evan Romano needing 14:12.6 to grab 60th place. Zach Bergman, in a time of 14:24.9, was ahead of Jacob Schmid (14:44.9) and Evan Breitbeck (14:52.4).C-NS and Liverpool both sends runners to this Wednesday’s Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Baldwinsville. Tags: C-NScross countryliverpoollast_img read more

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Sumner Newscow forum: The Wellington City Council race (part 2)

first_imgYunker — Water rationing is an option. Placing lawn watering restrictions on those that use city water to operate their sprinkler systems is a small step but we would need to consider other options.Fatema YunkerPlacing a ban on companies wanting to use water for oil fracking is a must. We can’t afford to consume water in an irresponsible way. Before we moved into town we owned land off of Dalton road. The company performing the work on this road appeared to be using water from Deer Creek. This is something I am strongly against. Woodrow — The way I see it, we can drill new wells, buy it from other sources, limit water use or do a rain dance, the success or failure of which, according to Will Rogers, depends on timing.Kim WoodrowI see no problem using ‘gray water’  in fracking, but I don’t think we should sell them potable water. Gretchen MooreMoore — We as citizens should be concerned with the water shortage and should conserve water at every opportunity that we can.  Maybe not water our lawns everyday but maybe on a schedule.  No, I don’t believe we should use our water supply for oil fracking. Green — Bringing big business, or industry, to town is a game of incentives.  It’s very competitive between potential cities and states.It’s very hard for us to compete.  I feel we need to keep trying, but also focus our attention on bringing smaller, mom and pop businesses to town.  We have relied far too long on the standard methods of promoting our city and we’re not seeing the positive results that I know are obtainable.City hall needs to recognize that we are the best advocates for our city and market ourselves accordingly.  Wellington has a fabulous downtown area, we have fantastic turnpike access and most of all this town is filled with a large number of small businesses owners who could provide great insight into the issue.  As mayor I will definitely involve these untapped resources!  During my time on the city council I have fully supported alternate ways to grow our community and economy and will continue to do so.Hatfield — Showing the businesses that our community is expanding and advancing with the times. That we’re not afraid of change and being open to them.Moore — To have more business into come our city is to utilize the I-35 corridor with signs to show what Wellington has to offer in terms of business.  An option is to offer some incentives to the new business whether that is tax incentives (reduction in taxes – possibly).  There are several buildings downtown that are remodeled and sitting empty maybe offer the building owner some incentives to have the rent at a lower rate to bring business into downtown.  Offering utilities at a reduced rate could be another option.Palmer — In appropriate situations, I believe that incentives and tax breaks are appropriate. More importantly though, there needs to be a consistency in the leadership of our community in its communication to businesses seeking expansion in small town America. We have excellent, trained workers. We have a commitment to traditional family values. We are committed to the success of our community and likewise we will be loyal to those businesses that give us that chance.Sears — To attract business to the city, Welling should do what bigger cities do.  Give tax and utility breaks for a specific amount of time.Valentine — Word of mouth to people in other towns when you visit there. Play your city up for what it has to offer not what it does not have to offer. Be positive.Woodrow — See my answer on number 3 which states: “From what I’ve been told, it has, in the past, been difficult to open a new business in Wellington. If we are to become prosperous again, we will have to entice new businesses and make it inviting for them to come here by offering incentives. Perhaps in the form of temporary tax and utility breaks,  and/or reduced land fees. I know this may seem less than agreeable, but in the long run, I think Wellington will come out ahead.Another possibility would be to ask the people who have built successful businesses in Wellington, perhaps form a committee to explore new ideas.”Yunker — One area is the people and the values implicit to the community as a whole. In today’s world businesses look for tax breaks but it goes beyond that factor. Wellington has a high percentage of single parent families with young children below the poverty line and we continue to allow low-income housing to be built. Do not misunderstand my statement, I believe a community should take care of those that need assistance.My family needed the aid of low-income housing when I was a child but continuing to build low-income housing and not have a diverse job market is not helping those that need help and it does nothing for the City of Wellington to appeal to outside companies to set up shop in our community. Jerry SearsSears — If the City is going to grow and sustain itself, we will need a sustainable supply of water.  Drilling more wells might be the answer.  Do not allow water use for oil fracking when water is in short supply. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 280 weeks ago It’s sad that the two running for mayor AND council, copy and pasted their responses to the questions that were also asked of them in the “mayor forum”. Maybe if one of them wins both mayor and council, they can have both seats, since their answers are the same for each position. Report Reply 8 replies · active 279 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 279 weeks ago Yesterday there was a comment about a city council candidate who filed bankruptcy and was charged with insurance fraud…Then the comment was removed. Why? It’s true. Report Reply 3 replies · active 279 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down WellCitizen · 279 weeks ago If you google ‘Kip Etter Arizona’ you will find his bankruptcy filing. Would that be the documentation you require, Tracy? Also, I’ve heard that Tracy has obtained the attendance records for the City Council men/women. Tracy, please post the attendance records so that the voting public can be informed. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Larry · 279 weeks ago So those on the city council now and in the past that have never had a bankruptcy filing have spent the tax payers money wisely and never made a mistake. I would think we should get more information first before making a judgment. Good thing Donald Trump isn’t running for the council. Report Reply 0 replies · active 279 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Mark HatfieldHatfield — Lawn watering restrictions. Maybe even a update to the current reservoir to fix the tributary feeding it. And yes depending on the water situation fracking could be a viable solution for this towns financial needs. Part 2 of two-part seriesby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following is second part of the Sumner Newscow Candidates Forum for the Wellington City Council. This will be for questions five through eight. The first four questions are featured here.  Candidates who are running for both mayor and city council will be have duplicate answers for both races.The candidates running for council include: Cindy Antonich, Kevin Dodds, Kip Etter, Kelly Green, Mark Hatfield, Gretchen Moore, Stanton Palmer, John Alan Saunders, Jerry Sears, Jim Valentine, Kim Woodrow, and Fatema Yunker.Three of the 12 candidates will win a city council seat.The forum answers provided below will be presented in alphabetical order of the candidates last name. We did not receive answers from candidate Saunders.Remember the city election is April 7, next Tuesday. Forums for the Wellington school board and the Wellington City Mayor race can be found elsewhere as well.5. Because of the recent drought, water has become an issue for the city of Wellington and across south-central Kansas. Outside mother nature, what should the city do to make sure there is ample water for its citizens in the next 10 years? Do you believe the city of Wellington should allow water for oil fracking? Cindy AntonichAntonich — Water is certainly a big concern for our quality of life. I don’t agree with the premise that raising the water rates is a solution for the lack of water in Wellington. Researching grey water for certain things is a viable option. Education on grey water usage, zero scaping, and what we can all do to save as much water as possible could prove beneficial to everyone. Even wells draw from the water table. This is without a doubt a problem that will take time and education.As far as allowing water to go for fracking, I am very much against that. Bad idea all the way around.Kevin DoddsDodds —  Because of the recent drought, water has become an issue for the city of Wellington and across south-central Kansas. Outside mother nature, what should the city do to make sure there is ample water for its citizens in the next 10 years? Do you believe the city of Wellington should allow water for oil fracking?Much in the way the council members should be diligent stewards of the community’s tax dollars, I believe that they should also be diligent stewards of our natural resources. I do not believe that potable water or water that is suitable for irrigation should be used for fracking. It seems to me that it would be counterproductive to our community to do so.Kip EtterEtter — Drought and water issues in Kansas.  I wish someone had a magic wand and could fix it, however that is not the case. We cannot just stick our heads in the sand, it will not go away and it will become a larger more complicated issue that our children will have to deal with.  The current drought, ample, viable, clean water supplies for Wellington, oil fracking and how they all interact with one another are all subjects that I would need more information on.  I feel it would be best handled on a case by case basis, with input from not only industry professionals, The City’s staff, experts in the field(s) and also the public.  We are after all talking about one of the most vital necessities to our very existence.  This is a very important subject that cannot be taken lightly.Kelly GreenGreen — In 2014, I led the city council in forming a water conservation committee to address Wellington’s water issues.  Phase One is a rebate and product program that helps residents purchase or receive products to reduce their water consumption.  Phase Two is a program to provide educational materials to our elementary children.These things are great… but only a small part of what we need to do as a city to insure a healthy, abundant water supply.  We need an aggressive water line replacement program, we need to maintain our lakes and wells, and we also need to brainstorm ideas for gray water usage.  We need to study ways to hold and preserve water run-off from heavy rains.  Data shows that the annual frequency for heavy rains is increasing, even though our total amount of annual rainfall is not.  The same way a citizen uses a rain barrel, the city should study methods of collecting this run-off.In 2012 the amount of water used for fracking in Kansas equaled less than 1 percent of the total water used.  This is a very small amount, but we must also consider that the water used is not reusable.It’s too dirty to be used for anything other than drilling.  I’m not ready to say we should ban the sale of water to the oil companies but I believe our policy needs to continually adjust to reflect the changes in our current state of water in Wellington.  I have attended the Governor’s Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas the past two years and will continue to be informed on water issues affecting not only us, but our state. 8. Can you tell voters why they should elect you as the mayor or a city council member of Wellington? Antonich — I care about the quality of life for the taxpayers and citizens of Wellington. I have been a city council member before and have a strong voice for the people. I am not afraid to ask tough questions. There is one, and only one thing to remember. The city council members work for the people. You can tell them no.Dodds — I believe that the people of Wellington should elect me to the city council if they want someone who is dedicated to making informed decisions. By that, I mean that I am not a “go along to get along” kind of person. I will investigate all sides of every issue before I commit myself to taking a position. I will listen to the citizens of our community and do my best to act upon their concerns.I will strive to be their representative on the council. I would appreciate the opportunity to sit on the city council and I will give my solemn word that I will do everything in my power to keep our city moving forward into the future, diligently looking for opportunities for our city to grow and become more prosperous.Etter — I feel that I bring a unique prospective to the table, Wellington is my home.  It’s where my wife and I chose to “plant our roots” and raise our children.  However, I did leave and was gone from Wellington almost 15 years before returning home.  During that time I was exposed to numerous cultures, experiences and ideas that allowed me to broaden my perspective and see the way things are done in other countries, states, cities and communities.Wellington is what it is today because of the people that live here and choose to call it home just as my wife and I do.  I’m not asking for your vote so I can completely change the face of Wellington.  I’m asking for your vote so I can help build upon the history of our great hometown.  Just as my wife and I did as well as four generations of my family before me did, I want Wellington to be the place that my children and grandchildren choose to call home or come back home to raise their children.There is nothing that any of us can do about the past; no matter how hard we try it cannot be changed. We can only learn from it amd make lemonade out of the lemons that we have occasionally been dealt.I am asking for your vote.  However, I am going to ask more than that from you.  I ask that if you’re not registered to vote, please do so and that if you are, please take the time to cast your vote regardless of the candidate.  There are an unimaginable amount of souls that paid the ultimate price.  Families that have suffered the losses of their loved ones.  There are countless other brave young men and women that are currently putting or have laid their lives on the line, with their services to our great country giving us this opportunity and right.  Your voice does count! GOD BLESS AMERICA!Green — Because I can provide the type of new leadership our community needs to thrive.  I am a hands-on person, I won’t be just another smiling face nor am I looking for self-promotion.I have proven that I will work hard for the city of Wellington and not delegate the difficult or time-consuming tasks to others.  Furthermore, I’m not looking to use the position of mayor as a stepping stone to a political career or to pad my resume.I’m in this race because I can be in the game every day, focused and dedicated toward creating solutions that better our lives… that better our community.  Wellington is in a situation where we need to realize we can’t continue along the same path and expect different results.  A different path is right before us, great changes are happening, good things are coming.  Let’s take that path!  I’d appreciate your vote on April 7.Hatfield — Me and my wife are business owners of the largest vaper shop in the state. and have done it all with a strong desire to help people stop using regular tobacco products. And if elected I will work just as hard to make this a even greater place to live in. And a community we can all be proud of.Moore — If I get elected for city council I will listen to the public with their concerns and take all aspects into account for the best interest of the citizens and the city.  The city needs to be run as a business and should consider all possibilities of running in the black and not in the red.Palmer — A vote for Stanton Palmer is a vote for a progressive leader who respects the traditions of Wellington. A vote for Stanton Palmer is a vote for a hard working father, loving grandfather and committed husband. With all of these roles I have in life — I want the best for my family and the best for my community. A vote for me is a vote for a concerned citizen stepping up for all of the families and individuals in our great community.Sears — Voters should elect me to City Council because I have no personal agenda.  I want to hear what the citizens of Wellington want and do my best to make that happen.Valentine — Don’t vote for me if you think this is a popularity contest.Vote for me because you know, not think, I can do the best job of representing all of us. You are important to me, everyone of you. What you want is what I want – a better life. A more constructive life for all of us.Woodrow — I believe I can be an asset to this city. As in the first question, I stated that I was an industrial engineer, the true definition of industrial engineer is someone who fixes things that are broken. I believe that I can be instrumental in fixing the problems of this city.Yunker — I feel the structure and my answers to two of the above questions cover this question. Simply put; it is time for a change.Follow us on Twitter.center_img Antonich — I will go back to the downtown revitalization idea. The City needs to work with people to create a healthy attitude about starting a business in Wellington. When a person wants to start a business in Wellington, the City Council should be ready to direct the City Manager to assess the problems a person will encounter in starting a business, and work with, not against, a possible new business owner. Valentine — We need to try and conserve a little more. Trust in God it will rain when it is ready and not one minute before.As far as the issue of water versus fracking: well you can drink water, but you can’t drink oil.Jim Valentine Dodds — As I stated in an earlier question, Wellington needs to become more competitive with other cities when it comes to offering incentives to businesses that are interested in our community.As a city, we need to team up with the chamber of commerce and find ways to promote our city in such a manner that it will spark interest with entrepreneurs who may be looking for somewhere to expand their business or open a new business. We need to actively seek opportunities and not sit back and hope that opportunities present themselves. Etter — Attracting Businesses to Wellington… this is something that is so very important to Wellington.  As I stated in question #3, we must not overlook or forget about our current businesses as we look ahead trying to attract new employers to our City.  I believe that diversification is something that we need to strive for in Wellington.  We have a heavy aircraft and agriculture influence, so we need to look at other things that can build upon those current strengths while also adding diversity.We have a great highly skilled workforce but have many facilities that are sitting empty or are currently operating at less than optimal capacity or production.  Couple that with 2 railroad lines that pass through Wellington (one with a terminal), two U.S. highways, I-35, The Kansas Star Casino located within 15 miles, an airport that has a runway that has been lengthened , a new police and fire station, a great aquatics center, superior golf course, a new recreation center that’s in its finishing stages, the newly renovated Memorial Auditorium, Worden Park, along with a school district that just recently passed a bond to help with some much needed renovations and repairs to its facilities.I see Wellington as a prime location for small to medium sized businesses that are looking to relocate or start up a new operation.  However, Wellington is not going to just pop up on a Google search when these entrepreneurs and/or business executives are looking for a location.  We must set up a strategic plan to recruit these businesses to Wellington; possibly a committee of individuals from not only the City Council, but also including the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sumner County Commissioners, representation from USD 353, as well as others passionate about the growth of our community. 7. Do you feel our utility rates are too high or are they in line with other communities? Antonich — They are too high. We don’t have the tax base of other communities.Dodds — As a resident, I am always of the mind that our utilities are too high. However, I am not looking to relocate due our utility rates. Since Wellington has become part of an electric cooperative, I am curious to know if there is a recurring study to determine if this is still a less expensive option for our electrical service as opposed to generating our own electricity. These are the type of questions that I will be asking if I am elected to the city council. I will always look for ways for the citizens of Wellington to save money.Etter — Utility Rates in Wellington… utility Rates are high in Wellington and that it is something that needs to be looked at.  On the surface this question seems very straight forward and basic, but it is not.  Why are they at the current rate they are?  What are the customers getting for those rates? Can the current rates be lowered? Are there areas where the city could become more efficient, thus allowing for a rate reduction?Would we as an entire community be in a better position overall to consider having an outside entity takeover our current electrical department and/or sanitation department? What is the current status of our infrastructure?  These are just a few of the questions that must be considered & researched before it can be answered.    Often times elected officials are privy to information in which the public is not.  Those elected officials must make tough decisions with input from the citizens but also with knowledge of said information.  I don’t feel that myself or anyone else can or should answer this question without all of the information available.In my opinion, to do so would be a disservice to the community.  That being said, I do believe that lower utility rates is an area we can focus on and that would be a positive change, ultimately making Wellington a more attractive community for families & business looking for a new home in addition to those of us currently living here.Green — I’d love to tell you that our utility bills are out of line, but the data provided to me shows that Wellington is comparable to other towns.  What I can tell you is this:  I will not approve any rate increase unless I am 100 percent convinced it is warranted.  I am not against raising rates, but I am against raising rates to cover for poor budgeting skills.  Rate increases should be the final option, not an easy solution.Hatfield — They are in line with a few other communities I have researched.Moore — Utility rates in themselves are not high the part that makes the utilities high is the energy cost charges.  That is where the utilities are high.  As far as what makes up the “energy cost” we as citizens do not know and maybe offer an explanation as to why, maybe this would help to explain why the electric is so high.  If you look on your bill you will see where you get charge for the electric service cost which is a decent amount then right below that is the Energy cost and a lot of the time it is about double the electric service cost.  So it appears to be a double charge for energy.   An option to look into is wind energy for the city.Palmer — Yes I do. The city utilities continue to increase without justification, other than the city needs to make up for shortfalls in other areas. A person doesn’t get a raise simply because they need more money – it must be justified – improvement of services, changes in services, increases in efficiencies that will project a savings in the future. None of the present  increases have been justified to the community.Sears — Are our utilities too high compared to other communities?  I honestly can’t answer that because I have not compared the rates.  If elected I will listen to the opinions of the people I serve on that account.Valentine — I get really tied of comparing us to other cities. I find that as an excuse not an answer. Yes, I feel they are too high and I am trying to get to the bottom of the problem.Someone has forgot the word transparency. What’s this about a rebate? Minds have slipped or closed. I will bring this up at a forum.Woodrow — I seem to remember seeing  a chart showing that we were in the upper end of the scale, but that was a while ago and I don’t know where we are now.Yunker — If you look at the national averages by state, Kansas is slightly higher for the West North Central area. I feel Wellington’s utilities are in line for the most part with other communities. I can accept our cost for utilities (KS averaged at 12.13 cents per Kilowatts-hour) when you compare other states like Connecticut that is at 19.59 cents per Kilowatt-hour or Hawaii at 37.34 cents per Kilowatt-hour. 6. What is the best route to attracting business to the city of Wellington?  Palmer — The availability of drinking water has become a major problem for many cities across the country. Wellington is no different.I do not believe that anyone knows the one solution that will work.Stanton PalmerHowever, exploring the drilling of new water wells, educating citizens on water conservation and creative ways to recycle water, as well as, modernizing fixtures are several immediate ways the water issue can be improved. I do not believe it is appropriate to allow oil fracking to utilize city water without regulation or accountability.last_img read more

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Mack slips past Eureka

first_imgIf McKinleyville’s nearly three-week long stretch of no games causes the club to incur any rust, it didn’t show.And now the Panthers are a win away from their first outright Big 5 Conference championship since 2011.The McKinleyville High softball team, behind a complete-game performance from pitcher McKenzie Gonsalves and a few-too-many errors on behalf of Eureka, picked up a 7-4 win at home on Wednesday.The win assures McKinleyville — now 10-0 in conference — a share of the Big 5 crown, a …last_img

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And the April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Is…

first_img SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”Write a Comment – Nominees for the February Geocacher of the MonthMarch 19, 2014In “Community”North American Edition of Geocacher of the Month: Comment NowMay 19, 2014In “Community” If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, simply fill out this webform. You’ll need to include the following information:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the Month. These descriptions can be written in any language.Please inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Danie ViljoenDanie Viljoen, April 2016 Geocacher of the Month Share with your Friends:More Since beginning geocaching in 2008, geocacher Danie Viljoen has been an active member of the southern African geocaching community. After reading an article about geocaching and finding an excellent geocache near his house, he was hooked. And, Danie says, the game fit well into his personal interests. “As an engineer, the technical aspects of geocaching appealed to me.”There were less than 3000 geocaches in South Africa at the time.Danie finds GC11H2Z, and a view overlooking the Blyde River Canyon“I remember attending a technical event shortly after I started caching, where somebody said that there are 3 aspects of caching: finding caches, hiding caches and solving puzzles. Although I like all three of these, I want to add a fourth (my favourite) – generating statistics on finds, hides, locations, etc. I publish these on the local (South African) geocaching forum.”Geocacher Carbon Hunter adds: “[Danie’s] biggest contribution to geocaching, both locally and globally, has been his consistent and interesting inputs into the statistics of geocaching across Africa. His inputs on the forums are legendary and he was also used by Geoaware to develop statistics for the global Earthcache program on their 10th anniversary. This has provided unique insights to our game and added a lot of value to many people he is unlikely to ever meet.”Danie finds the cache…and a muggle nearby.When asked what the best geocache he’s ever found was, Danie shared a story about a geocaching expedition very few others can say they’ve had.“There are so many [geocaches] that stand out. I’ll answer with my most memorable cache: GC1KNCX – JohanChristel. I found this cache in 2009 and it has remained unfound since then! To get to the cache required quite a long walk in a reserve on a farm (7 km, 4 miles). The owner warned me that one of their leopards recently had cubs, so I was quite nervous during this walk (I was alone). On my way back I stopped to rest and to take a photo of a calf, and the next thing I heard was a bellowing bull, which chased me all the way down the mountain! Remarkable how that energized me.”We can only imagine.Thank you Danie for your outstanding contributions to the Geocaching community!last_img read more

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TwitAlbums: Private, Collaborative Content Sharing Via Twitter

first_imgUsers can then choose others to collaborate with them on the album. A tweet is sent inviting the collaborators to the album, and they are prompted to sign in via OAuth when they click the tweet in the link. This immediate request for account access without an explanation of the app might be a bit disconcerting for some, however. If an uninvited Twitter user clicks the link, they are given an “invite only” notice and denied access to the content.Collaborators can add content, leave comments and invite other users, depending on the permissions set by the original album creator. Finally, it’s interesting to note that the app’s creators have built in a mechanism for modest financial returns. Each uploaded file costs the user a single onsite credit, called a TwitSeed. Accounts come with 50 TwitSeeds, and more can be purchased in bundles of 100 for $1, 500 for $4, or 1000 for $8.One thing we don’t like is that the app pushes a ton of link- and hashtag-studded notifications into the user’s Twitter stream. As with other apps that gain access via OAuth, from the infamous Spymaster to the successful TinyChat, this is a very fine line that most users would appreciate the app not cross. Generally speaking, users won’t have a problem with a single tweet or two, but a constant stream of app-related messages when the user is active on the site can only end badly. Worst of all, we don’t see a way to opt out of these notifications, so we’ve had to delete these tweets manually, which does nothing to mitigate the swarm of updates for our friends using Twitter clients such as Tweetdeck. Particularly since the content is set up to be private, it doesn’t make sense to broadcast tweets about each user’s on-site activity.We think this app would work well for younger users, social media addicts and long-distance friends, especially if the above-mentioned issues are addressed. What do you folks think so far; does TwitAlbums have what it takes to become a widely used Twitter application? Would you use it, and what would you use it for? Let us know in the comments. jolie odell The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Have you ever wanted to share a set of memories with some of your Twitter friends, keeping the content private while still allowing for collaboration between certain folks?It’s not anything we thought we wanted, either, but after playing with TwitAlbums, we find the concept charming. Here’s how it works: Using Twitter’s OAuth function, users log in and create collections or “albums” containing multimedia content and text comments. They can invite whatever users they like to join them in adding files, and only the users they invite can see the content or comments. Best of all it looks like this little app already has a monetization strategy in place.The concept is inherently charming. Users create an album with a single click. They can then proceed to upload movies, pictures and audio files. We’d like to see options for adding more file types, such as web pages, text files and more. Tags:#twitter#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

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Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020

first_img“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more

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Women ruling the world in every field

first_imgRITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali,RITU MENON, 54PublisherRitu Menon, PublisherThe glass ceiling lies in shards in the publishing world. Twenty-five years ago publisher Ritu Menon cofounded Kali for Women, India’s first feminist publishing press, with Urvashi Butalia. They wanted “a forum that gave women a voice”. Currently, Menon heads Women’s Unlimited, an associate of Kali that discovers and publishes women writers from all over South Asia. “Women’s writing has greater visibility today. Even though a bias against women remains, within the literary circle things have definitely changed,” says Menon. Her tryst with literature began well before her days as a literature student at Miranda House. Keeping true to her cause, Menon is now co-authoring (with Kalpana Kannabiran) a book on violence against women, From Mathura to Manorama.SARIKA SEHRAWAT, 28RallyistSarika Sherawat, RallyistHer first rally was the sub-Himalayan car rally in 2002 where she came ninth out of 14 contestants. Fully charged, Sarika Sehrawat drove on. In 2005, this Venkateshwara College and Fore School of Management graduate topped the women’s category in both the Maruti Suzuki Desert Rally and the gruelling Raid de Himalaya Rally. A member of the JK Tyre woman’s rally team, Sehrawat is currently preparing for her upcoming wedding as well as the Raid de Himalayan rally due in October. “I’ve won the rally for the past two years and am aiming for a hat trick,” she says. Sehrawat has come a long way from the time when she had to persuade her family to let her rally. Today, her brother acts as her manager. Operating in a male-dominated arena, she has faced her share of woman-bashing. “There have been times when people have said that it is easy for me to get sponsors because I am a woman,” she says, “but I’ve worked hard to get where I am today.” Will marriage put on the brakes? “No. My fiance is a car modifier and we intend to run a sports management company that will focus on organising and popularising motor sports in India,” she says. Thumbs up to this professional union.DR DEEPIKA DEKA, 50Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSadvertisementDr. Deepika Deka, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, AIIMSDr Deepika Deka’s warm smile can put the most anxious mother-to-be at ease. As a gynaecology and obstetrics professor at AIIMS, she has not only witnessed hundreds of births, it is her job to ensure that the babies emerge healthy and safe. Deka’s specialisation is maternal foetal medicine, which involves providing care for both mother and foetus in complicated pregnancies. From saving the life of a healthy foetus by sacrificing its abnormal twin to using very fine needles to operate inside the womb, her high-risk cases force Deka to think out of the box constantly. “I have been performing this type of surgery since 1989 and every case poses a new challenge. Being a woman and mother, I understand the stress that goes with pregnancy and being able to help women during this time fills me with pride,” says the good doctor.TRIPTA KHURANA, 57Chief Architect, DMRCTripta Khurana, Chief Architect, DMRCFor someone who had to be cajoled to study architecture, Tripta Khurana’s career has shaped up nicely. As the chief architect of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, Khurana leads a team of eight in planning metro stops, ensuring smooth passenger flow and beautifying the stations. At the moment, the team is busy finalising the layout of the 60 new stations that will come up across the NCR. Khurana got her architecture degree from the School of Planning and Architecture in 1970 and went to work at Himachal University and the CPWD. Thirst for more knowledge saw her return to SPA in 1992 for a postgrad in Urban Design. The Metro deputation in 1998 wasn’t planned but very welcome. There’s a palpable excitement in the architect’s voice as she says, “When the first section of the Metro opened and the train whistled, there was a huge sense of pleasure that our efforts had materialised.”ANJUM CHOPRA, 29CricketerAnjum Chopra, CricketerShe is the best-known face of Indian women’s cricket, a former captain and a long-standing pillar of the national side. Anjum Chopra made her debut for the Indian women’s team in 1995 and after more than a decade of international cricket behind her, wants to be best known for her stylish left-handed batting and competitive spirit. She has played in 12 Tests and 101 ODIs (incidentally, the highest notched up by an Indian woman player), including two World Cups. She was also part of the Indian team that made it to the final of the 2005 Women’s World Cup. Along with stalwarts like Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami, Chopra was a key member of the Indian team which scored its first-ever Test series win in England in 2006. For her standout performances, Chopra was one of the nominees for the ICC’s first-ever Women Player of the Year award. She became better known to vast swathes of the general public as a cricket expert on television commenting on the men’s game, her insightful views coming as a welcome change from the role normally given to women on cricket broadcasts: as clothes hangers or eye candy.SAMITA RATHOR, 35CartoonistadvertisementSamita Rathor, CartoonistOne of the few female cartoonists in the country, Samita Rathor’s powerful cartoons don’t just bring on a smile, they also force people to stop and think. An artistic bent of mind inherited from her mother Minu (who used to run theatre workshops) and a workshop by cartoonist Ponnappa led Rathor to take up freelance cartooning. Says this co-founder of the group Cartoonists Unanimous, “Animals are the pet subjects of my creations. I also like to work with social and environment issues.” Last November saw her showcasing 20 of her animal-themed works at an exhibition organised by the World Wildlife Fund in Delhi. Besides being an editorial cartoonist for niche magazines like Education World and Civil Society, Rathor has illustrated a humorous book, Things that make me go hmmm.ALIA GULATI, 28DJAlia Gulati, DJThe tables are turning all right. Spinning a new groove theory in the lounge circuit is disc jockey Alia Gulati. After moving to Delhi four years ago from London, Gulati pursued photography before switching to full-time DJing. “I knew I would indulge in music at some point in my life,” she says. Bringing an element of novelty to the game as a woman DJ, Gulati knows that she has to strive to survive in a profession that is generally considered a male monopoly. “I play music that I like listening to,” she says belting out clubby music with a house beat or world music with an electro lounge mix. Influenced by black music and funk, Gulati prefers music that “is not too produced and not with too much noise.” She played at Nashaa before it was sealed. Now she spins at the new resto-lounge Tabula Rasa, a perfect breeding ground for suave clubbers and gourmets who like their music as the main course.NALINI THAKUR, 54Conservation ArchitectNalini Thakur, Conservation ArchitectDelhi can become a world heritage city. As one of the fantastic historic cities in the world, it is on par with Rome.” Heartening. More so when the comments come from conservation architect Nalini Thakur. Ever since she moved from Madras to Delhi in 1970 to study architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, Thakur has been working to protect and conserve heritage sites and enlighten people about their heritage. Associated with the SPA for years, first as a student and then working in various departments, Thakur has worked on several conservation projects such as INTACH’s Delhi Chapter on re-discovering Mehrauli, the concept of archaeological parks like Champaner-Pavagadh in Vadodara and Manipur’s Kangla Fort. Today, as a professor with SPA’s department of Architectural Conservation, she feels, “As long as there is heritage, there is work.” And there’s a long road ahead.TANIA SACHDEV, 20Chess PlayeradvertisementTania Sachdev, Chess PlayerTania Sachdev is a typical college student. The 20-year-old hangs out on Orkut, indulges in endless phone calls, loves to shop and goes to the movies. In between, she does her “Venky College” English literature tutorials. Yet Sachdev is not quite your girl next door. As the national chess champion and a Woman Grandmaster ranked 14th in the under-20 age group, she needs to juggle her time better than her peers. Ever since she won the Commonwealth age-group title as a seven-year-old, she has done up to 10 months of annual globetrotting. She won five age-group titles at the 1994 British Championships. At 12, she won the national title, at 16 she was Asian Junior champion. At 18, she became a WGM. Though chess swallows most of her time, she intends to do her MBA. And, yes, she does nurture ambitions to move further up the rankings ladder.WOMEN GUARDS, 25-35Vision Security GroupWomen Guards, Vision Security GroupWhen women take charge of security, you know times have changed. All over the city, in hospitals, in BPOs and even outside the homes of the rich and famous, there are young women in blue standing guard. These women are part of the 500-strong force of women employed with 24 Secure, a new wing of the eight-year-old security company, Vision Security. Says Kiran Tiwari, who supervises the women guards at Fortis, “It is a great feeling to know that you help someone feel secure.” Tiwari’s team member Seema Sinha, 30, has a bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit from Patna University. She says, “No one here is uneducated. We are all qualified women who are proud to serve here.” Some powerpuff girls these.MRINALINI MUKHERJEE, 56SculptorMrinalini Mukherjee, SculptorDaughter of Santiniketan artists Benode Behari and Leela Mukherjee and educated in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda and the Royal College of Art, London, Mrinalini Mukherjee is considered one of India’s most exciting sculptors. Be it her rope-knitted sculptures of the past or her more recent ceramics and bronze castings, Mukherjee’s creative concerns are inspired by nature and organic forms. Her work displays a sensual delicacy that has captivated artists and collectors from Delhi to London.GAGAN GILL, 38PoetGagan Gill, PoetHindi poet and writer Gagan Gill wishes to secure “long periods of silence in her everyday life” that she considers necessary to be “truly connected to words”. Gill has worked as a literary editor, was a visiting writer at the International Writing Program in Iowa and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. She has published four collections of poetry and one volume of prose. These cover a range of subjects from the gamut of female experiences to the theme of sorrow in human existence and the enigma of desire.last_img read more

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Nico Rosberg deserved his title, says Lewis Hamilton

first_imgFormula One world champion Nico Rosberg hailed Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton as one of the greatest drivers of all time on Wednesday, and the Briton repaid the compliment by saying the German’s title was well-deserved.Hamilton sent congratulations in a message posted on Twitter after Rosberg had returned to his German birthplace in Wiesbaden.”We said we’d be champions back then, now we both are!,” said Hamilton, posting a picture of the two of them together as young go-karting team mates.”Congratulations Nico, you did everything a champion needed to do. Well deserved,” he added.We said we’d be champions back then, now we both are! Congratulations Nico, you did everything a champion needed to do. Well deserved ????? pic.twitter.com/CIFPw1K2Fq Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 30, 2016Rosberg, who lost out to Hamilton in the previous two years, made it third time lucky on Sunday when he clinched his maiden title with a second-place finish behind the triple world champion at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.FRIENDS TURNED FOESThe childhood friends have been fierce rivals in Formula One and their body language was distinctly frosty immediately after Rosberg clinched the title.There was minimal eye contact as they waited to go on the podium, where they did eventually shake hands in front of the crowd.Hamilton had done his best to scupper Rosberg’s chances by deliberately slowing the pace from the front, hoping to back Rosberg into a position where rival drivers could overtake the German in a last-ditch effort to overhaul his 12-point deficit.advertisement”Lewis is one of the best of all time. He sets a high standard,” the 31-year-old Rosberg told reporters.”It will always be difficult between us. We are in the same team and race against each other for titles.”It is virtually impossible to have a good relationship. We used to be best friends when we were young so at least we have this respect for each other. This helps somewhat,” he added.”I do not know how he feels at the moment but I know how I felt in 2014 and 2015.”Rosberg lost any hope of claiming the 2014 title with an engine problem at the final race of that season but, unlike Hamilton, has had no such reliability issues this year.”For me it was difficult to stomach. In 2015 I lost to him again. It will now take some time for him to process this,” Rosberg said.last_img read more