Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Deter Texting and Driving

first_img Bill Signing,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf signed “Daniel’s Law,” which enhances the penalties for an accident caused by texting while driving resulting in serious bodily injury or death.“I am proud to sign House Bill 2025 into law which enhances the penalties for distracted driving in Pennsylvania that results in a severe injury, or death,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This behavior, which has been allowed to go under-punished for far too long, has been demonstrated to be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Distracted driving has fatal, irreversible, and grave consequences and by signing this bill, I hope to make our roads and highways safer for our citizens, and everyone using them.”“It is our hope Daniel’s Law will lead to safer roads by raising awareness of the serious consequences that can happen when you text while driving,” Representative Jaret Gibbons said.“I was honored to stand up for the Gallatin family when they came to me after suffering this horrible tragedy. While we cannot bring Dan Gallatin back, at least his family will know that through this law, his loss will help to save lives,” Gibbons said.This law is named for Daniel Gallatin, a father, grandfather, military veteran, and fireman of nearly 40 years who was killed in May of 2013 when his motorcycle was struck from behind by someone who was texting while driving.According the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,328 deaths were caused by distracted driving nationwide in 2012 and approximately 421,000 people were injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. Here in Pennsylvania, more than 14,800 crashes in 2015 were caused by this practice, resulting in 66 deaths. It is imperative that we make sure that our drivers are aware of the consequences of distracted driving to eliminate senseless deaths caused by this dangerous behavior.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: November 04, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Deter Texting and Drivinglast_img read more

Foundation set up to pursue investor claims against VW in Dutch court

first_imgIt intends to do so by using the Dutch Collective Settlement Act, which allows a foundation, supported by representative investors, and a defendant company to petition the Amsterdam Court of Appeals jointly for approval of a settlement.If approved, investors that do not opt out receive payment, while the defendant receives a release of claims.  Investors that have opted out are free to pursue their individual actions.The Act can be applied to resolve securities claims of non-Dutch investors against a non-Dutch company.The court’s decision is enforceable throughout the European Union and several other European nations.The foundation, since its launch last week, has attracted a rapidly growing number of supporting investors, including some European pension funds, according to Anatoli van der Krans, senior adviser for European investor relations at Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann (BLBG), the US law firm financing the foundation.A San Francisco judge has already appointed BLBG lead counsel in the consolidated class action involving Volkswagen’s American depositary receipts in the US.But Germany, in contrast with the US, has no opt-out class action system, said van der Krans.He told IPE: “While there is an opt-in group model procedure – KapMuG – this is a lengthy process, does not solve all procedural aspects, and comes with a ‘loser pays’ rule.“Furthermore, any settlement will only apply to the group, not to all other investors.”The VISF’s board includes Huub Willems, the former president of the enterprise chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals; Jean Frijns, former CIO at the civil service pension scheme ABP; Frans van der Wel, professor in accounting at VU University of Amsterdam; and Rob Okhuijsen, an expert in mass claim resolution and former board member of the Royal Dutch Shell Foundation.Investors can join at:, third-party litigation funders Bentham have appointed lawyers Quinn Emanuel to pursue legal action against Volkswagen in Germany, using the KapMuG model process.They are currently putting together a list of investor plaintiffs.Jeremy Marshall, CIO at Bentham, said: “Dutch foundations are not the silver bullets they are portrayed to be. The danger is that investors are effectively in a subservient position – if VW says ‘You’re not getting anything out of us’, you’re stuck.”Marshall added: “With the certainty of litigation in Germany, it is hard to see how a defendant would come to a settlement with a Dutch foundation before that German litigation is itself compromised.” An independent entity – the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation (VISF) – has been set up to pursue investors’ claims against Volkswagen in the Amsterdam Court of Appeals.The claims centre around revelations last year that the car manufacturer used “defeat device” software on thousands of diesel vehicles sold in the US, enabling them to violate emissions standards.The revelations provoked a collapse in the share price, with €25bn wiped off the company’s market capitalisation on German exchanges in two days.The VSIF is seeking compensation for economic loss on all Volkswagen securities, including equities and fixed income stocks, that were publicly traded outside the US, and purchased or held by investors worldwide between 23 April 2008 and 4 January 2016.last_img read more

TAQA files decommissioning plans for two North Sea platform topsides

first_imgThe North Cormorant platform facilitates production from the North Cormorant and Cormorant East Fields. Oil and gas imported from Otter is separated out and processed via the North Cormorant process facilities. Tern platform topsides; Source: TAQA Tern is a fixed Installation serving as a manned drilling and production facility for the Tern field, which lies within the East Shetland Basin of the UKCS in licence block 210/25. Under these plans, topsides of both these platforms will be removed onshore for reuse, recycling or disposal. The oil is then routed to Cormorant Alpha for onward transmission through the Brent Oil Pipeline System to Sullom Voe. The execution window for the North Cormorant topside decommissioning is at the earliest possible date in 2024 through to project completion in 2028. Tern field North Cormorant platform; Source: TAQA Associated gas, and gas imported from Tern Alpha, is exported through the Western Leg and the Far north Liquids and Associated Gas System (FLAGS) Pipeline to the St. Fergus terminal. Separated gas is distributed between the Tern, Hudson, Kestrel, Falcon and Cladhan facilities as fuel gas and lift gas, with any excess being exported via subsea pipelines to Hudson, Kestrel, Falcon, Cladhan and Otter facilities. The large steel jacket / sub-structure of the North Cormorant platform will be subject to a separate decommissioning programme. The North Cormorant platform is located in Block 211/21a in the UK Northern North Sea. The field was discovered in May 1974 by Shell / Esso with the platform installed in 1981 and production starting in February 1982. The large steel jacket / sub-structure of the Tern will be subject to a separate decommissioning programme. The Tern platform is located in Block 210/25 in the UK Northern North Sea. The field was discovered in May 1975 by Shell / Esso with the facility installed in 1988 and production started in February 1989. The execution window for the Tern decommissioning programme is at the earliest possible date in 2024 through to project completion in 2027. A CoP application for Tern has been prepared and was submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) in 4Q 2019. The CoP date for Tern is currently anticipated to be in 4Q 2023. TAQA Bratani has filed its decommissioning programs for the Tern and North Cormorant platform topsides, located in the UK North Sea, to the UK authorities. The North Cormorant is a fixed installation serving as manned drilling and production facility for the Cormorant North field, which lies within the East Shetland Basin of the UKCS in licence block 211/21a. A Cessation of Production application for North Cormorant is currently under preparation and will be submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) in 3Q 2020. The CoP date is currently anticipated to be 4Q 2023. Oil from the Tern, Hudson (operated by Dana), Kestrel, Falcon and Cladhan fields is produced and exported from the Tern installation to North Cormorant through a 16-inch subsea pipeline, and then via the Brent Oil Pipeline System to Sullom Voe in the Shetland Islands. The installation is located in 167 metres water depth and consists of a four-legged, steel jacket substructure, anchored by piles to the seabed.last_img read more

NBA: Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings

first_imgEric Bledsoe had 28 points as the Bucks rallied past Sacramento in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo Loading… Kyle Lowry added 27 points with 11 assists for Toronto while OG Anunoby had a career-high 25 points while hauling in 12 rebounds.Siakam’s points tally included 14 in the fourth quarter, a decisive contribution that helped lock down the victory for Toronto who have 40 wins against 14 defeats.Toronto’s win was made all the more impressive as it came after the late withdrawal of Serge Ibaka, who fell ill hours before tip-off. The Raptors were already without injured starter Marc Gasol.“I think these guys have proven enough that they can win,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said afterward. “We’ve had a lot of injuries this year, but they just keep stepping up and playing and we’ve just gotten used to it.“You at least have to go out and give a great effort, give yourself a chance to win, and don’t let the other team play harder than you.”The Timberwolves were led by Karl-Anthony Towns with 23 points while D’Angelo Russell, who completed his move from the Golden State Warriors last week, added 22 points and forced a team-leading six turnovers.– Bucks, Lakers roll on – Siakam’s dominant display included six three-pointers as the reigning NBA champions overpowered a resilient Timberwolves side to cement their grip on second place in the Eastern Conference.# The Milwaukee Bucks meanwhile are a whopping 6.5 games ahead of Toronto at the top of the Eastern Conference after clinching their 46th win of the season on Monday.The Bucks overcame the absence of reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo – who skipped the game after the birth of his son earlier Monday – to rally past the Sacramento Kings 123-111.With Antetokounmpo out, Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe shouldered the burden of the offensive duties with each player finishing with 28 points apiece.Brook Lopez had 20 points while Wesley Matthews, Sterling Brown and Donte DiVincenzo all cracked double figures as Milwaukee improved to 46-7 with their fifth straight victory.Harrison Barnes led the Kings’ scoring with 23 points.Milwaukee were made to work hard for the win, overturning a 90-88 deficit at the end of the third quarter to pull away in the final period.Middleton was pleased with the way the Bucks dug out the victory in the absence of Antetokounmpo.“That’s what it’s all about,” Middleton said. “Who has the best team? We definitely feel like we got one of the best players out there. He wasn’t out there tonight but we still think we have one of the best teams in the league.“Teams may think they might be able to win when he’s not out there. But that’s what motivates us. To let them know we’re a complete team.”In Los Angeles, Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds while LeBron James added 17 points as the Lakers breezed past the Phoenix Suns 125-100 to maintain their lead at the top of the Western Conference.Rajon Rondo added 23 points from the bench on a night when six Lakers players finished with double-digit points tallies.The Lakers improved to 40-12 for the season, three games ahead of the Denver Nuggets, who held on to second spot with a rollercoaster 127-120 win over the San Antonio Spurs.San Antonio looked to be cruising towards victory after opening up a 23-point lead in the third quarter.But a spirited Denver fightback which included a double-double from Nikola Jokic turned the game back in the Nuggets favor, with the home side pulling away to complete the win.Jokic finished the night with 19 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds while forcing five turnovers. Point guard Jamal Murray added 26 points while Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench.Raptors extend streak to 15, Bucks rally past Kings @pskills43@Raptors @Timberwolves @AFP— fastbreak (@FastBreakPHNews) February 11, 2020Read Also: Congolese teen Kuminga awaits his chance at NBA stardomIn Dallas, Tim Hardaway Jr had 33 points and Kristaps Porzingis added 28 but it was not enough to stop the Mavericks sliding to a 123-119 loss to the Utah Jazz.The Mavericks, missing the injured Luka Doncic, fell to 32-22 while Utah improved to 35-18 to remain in fourth spot in the Western Conference.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pascal Siakam scored 34 points as the Toronto Raptors shrugged off their injury problems to extend their winning streak to 15 games on Monday with a 137-126 defeat of the Minnesota Timberwolves.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. 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Steve McClaren working hard to turn Newcastle’s season around

first_img The 54-year-old has endured an intensely difficult first six months at the St James’ Park helm and heads into 2016 with the club sitting inside the Barclays Premier League relegation zone two points from safety at the halfway stage in the campaign. He has endured tough times before during his managerial career, most notably during his early years at Middlesbrough and later as England boss and while he is not enjoying the current situation, he insists he can cope with it. Steve McClaren admits he is frustrated, annoyed, angered and disappointed by the start to his reign at Newcastle. McClaren said: “I’ve been here before and I still don’t like it – I never liked it before and I still don’t like it now. It frustrates, annoys, angers, disappoints – but it’s no good doing nothing about it. “We’re working hard to change things and we’ll keep plugging away. Really knowing the people behind the scenes, they’re different to some other places, the people behind the scenes who can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. “But the people here are the kind of people who really want to make a success of this. There’s a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes which you probably can’t see and which isn’t necessarily showing, but hopefully in the second half of the season it will show.” McClaren takes his side to leaders Arsenal on Saturday knowing things could get worse before they get better, but still convinced that he will turn the club around and ensure its continued presence in the top flight. He said: “I never become a pessimist. I’m surrounded by good people, good staff. We have always said it would be difficult. The evidence says that work needs doing. “Everyone knew that at the beginning and certainly everyone knows that halfway through. All I can say is we are prepared to do the work. We are going to stick it out and fight.” If McClaren and his players have found themselves in the firing line, so too have owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley for their stewardship of the club, although McClaren is adamant they are all pulling in the same direction. He said: “Absolutely. They’ve been here longer than me. They know it better than me. They’re working extra hard too.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

July Deadliest Month for Lightning Strikes

first_imgAccording to the National Weather Service: “It’s beautiful and stunning, but it can be very dangerous,” Proudfit said. “Lightning can be detected 10 miles away from its rain source. If you hear it, take cover. Don’t get under an awning. Get under a hard-surface roof.” The deadliest month for lightning strikes is July with an average of nine deaths according to NOAA data over the past decade.June and August are second deadliest with five deaths each on average.Across the U.S. during that 10-year period, 272 people died because of lightning, according to the NOAA.Statewide over a decade from 2008-2017, Florida ranked No. 1 with 47.That’s more than double the deaths as the second deadliest state, Texas, which had 20, and that state is four times the size of Florida.On the home front, lightning strikes have already hit many people but so far none was fatal.Seminole County ranks No. 1 in the nation for cloud-to-ground lightning with 17.3 strikes on average per square kilometer in 2018, according to a company that specializes in lightning detection for the National Weather Service. Orange County was No. 2 in the nation with 15.6 strikes per square kilometer.#LightningStrikes: Lightning is believed to the source of this 6/25 apartment complex fire, which impacted 24 units. Thankfully no one was hurt and crews rescued one Dalmatian. If your home is struck by lightning- call 911, get people and pets out, have working smoke alarms.— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) June 26, 2019last_img read more

The Latest: Pacers’ Oladipo to sit out restart of season

first_imgThe school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___New Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing. The Latest: Pacers’ Oladipo to sit out restart of season Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week and has been working through the NBA protocols on a return-to-play plan.— AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami.___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing.The MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United. Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled.Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS. Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: and Oladipo played in 13 games before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1%, and appeared to be rounding into form.His contract expires after next season.“His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season,” Pritchard said. “This is not a unique situation for our team, playing without key players like Victor and Jeremy Lamb. This team has shown great resolve in responding to adversity and we fully expect this will be no different. We remain excited about what they can accomplish in Orlando “___San Francisco Giants minor league right-hander Luis Madero has tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Gabe Kapler said Friday after the team’s first workout. Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating whether to join his teammates in Orlando. “We totally respect and understand Victor’s decision to not play in the restart of the NBA’s season,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement. “The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts, but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.”On Wednesday, coach Nate McMillan said he anticipated having Oladipo in the NBA’s “bubble,” working out with his teammates and a final decision would be made at a later date.But Oladipo didn’t wait that long.After spending almost a full year rehabbing his right quadriceps tendon, the guard returned to the court Jan. 29. July 3, 2020 Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday night. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the coronavirus. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Baltic News Service reported the new date. The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program. Star catcher Buster Posey was away from camp on the first day to handle a personal issue, Kapler said. Posey could be back by Saturday. “He has tested negative, I just don’t want that to be a concern at all,” Kapler said. “I don’t expect Buster to be far behind.”___A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus.The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.last_img read more

Kambi confident that strengthened commercial pipeline will overcome current trading woes

first_img Presenting its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), Nordic Nasdaq-listed Kambi Group Plc has detailed a robust corporate performance despite trading against a tough Q3 2016 comparative period featuring the UEFA Euro 2016 Championships.Updating investors, Kambi sustained a positive period revenue performance of €14.8 million, which sees the sports betting platform supplier generate €43 million for its year-to-date trading.Despite the firm’s positive revenue momentum, Kambi continues to be affected by lower operating margin declines due to adverse sporting results recorded across its client portfolio. A lower group operating margin of 7% (2016: 21%), would see Kambi declare a period operating EBIT of €1.1 million (Q3 2016: €3.1 million).Closing its Q3 2017 trading period, Kambi governance would declare group profits (after tax) of €800,000 (Q3 2016: €2.7 million).Detailing operational highlights, Kambi governance stated that the firm continues to strengthen its commercial pipeline adding new regulated ‘teir1 clients’ to its portfolio including Colombia’s Corredor Empresial and Bulgaria’s National Lottery operator which has launched with Kambi as lead platform supplier.As the firm expands its commercial footprint and secures further platform supplier contract renewals with LeoVegas and Paf, Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén states that his firm has the capabilities to deliver long-term growth its current downturn.Kristian Nylén Kambi CEO commented on Q3 2017 corporate performance “In many ways, Q3 could be viewed as a springboard quarter for Kambi. I’m pleased to report Kambi was able to continue its progress, with operator turnover rising 16% year-on-year versus a period which included the final stages of Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games.“Furthermore, this growth was delivered in the context of an unusually high operator margin of 7.5%, and means our margin for the first nine months of the year is 6.6% – a figure which falls within our projected annual range of 6.5-7%. This strengthens our belief that while margins will fluctuate due to the outcome of sporting events, we don’t see any long-term trends that suggest any continued downward pressure.”“The period saw us face a particularly tough revenue comparative in terms of both an equally strong trading margin in Q3 2016 and the impact of the 888sport contract renewal. Despite these factors, we still managed to post revenues on a par with Q3 last year.”“I’m pleased that I can once again say we have signed a new partner, this time in the shape of Bulgaria’s National Lottery, the country’s largest privately-owned gaming operator. This represents the seventh consecutive quarter in which Kambi has added a new customer. We will provide National Lottery’s online brand, a market leader in gaming products, with our Sportsbook. Kambi is delighted to have been chosen by National Lottery and we expect to launch during the current quarter.” Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Tributes pour in for Junior Agogo following news of his death

first_imgTributes have been pouring in for ex-Ghana international, Junior Manuel Agogo, who passed away in a London hospital earlier today.The former Nottingham Forest and Zamalek striker had been battling stroke since 2015 until his demise on Thursday morning.He scored 12 goals for Ghana in 27 appearances after he made his debut in 2006.Former teammate and General captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, took to twitter to post two images of himself and Agogo and said he was “gutted” by the news.Gutted..Thanks for the memories JUNIOR💔💔💔 R.I.P bro— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) August 22, 2019General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football and former Black Stars defender, Anthony Baffoe, posted an image of Agogo with the caption “…Rest well, Junior Agogo.”May his soul rest in perfect peace -rest well Junior Agogo 🙏🏿🙏🏿— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) August 22, 2019His former agent, Saif Rubie, said he couldn’t believe the news.Just heard the news that one of my first clients ever Junior Agogo has passed away. Still can’t believe it. One of my proudest moments in football is seeing him smash the AFCON in Ghana 😢😢😢 #rip #ghana— Saif Rubie (@saifpr) August 22, 2019The Ministry of Youth and Sports said Agogo “will be fondly remembered for the memories”.You epitomized a phrase in our national anthem ‘Bold to defend’ and as it were, the privilege and the pride to represent your country with the @ghanafaofficial Black Stars.Indeed, you will be fondly remembered for the memoriesRIP Junior Agogo!— Min. of Youth & Sports GH (@MOYSGh) August 22, 2019 The Ghana Football Association is saddened by news of the sudden demise of ex-Ghana star Junior Agogo. On behalf of the Ghanaian football fraternity, we extend our sincere condolences to the family of our Black Star, Junior Agogo. May his soul Rest In Peace— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) August 22, 2019 😢💔Junior Agogo from the heartbreak💔of watching him on BBC’s Speechless to today’s sad news at 40.What a journey! full of unforgettable memories in the colours of Barnet, Bristol Rovers and Nottingham Forest.The brightest Black Star at AFCON 2008 on home soil.Thank You!— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) August 22, 2019His former clubs joined in with praises for their former forward, with Nottingham Forest tweeting they were “saddened” by the news and Sheffield Wednesday sending thoughts to Agogo’s family.Rest in peace, Junior ❤️ #NFFC are saddened to learn that former striker Junior Agogo has passed away. The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Junior’s family and friends at this sad time.— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) August 22, 2019 Sheffield Wednesday are saddened to learn of the passing of our former player Junior Agogo. Our thoughts are with Junior’s family and friends at this very difficult time. RIP— Sheffield Wednesday (@swfc) August 22, 2019 Junior Agogo. Thanks for the memories.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) August 22, 2019FIFA sent out thoughts too.Our thoughts are with the friends and family of former @ghanafaofficial striker Junior Agogo, who has passed away aged 40.— (@FIFAcom) August 22, 2019last_img read more

Polo taunts Hearts of Oak again: “They miss my coaching”

first_imgMohammed Polo continues to taunt his former employers, now claiming they miss his touch.Ever since he was sacked following an acrimonious relationship with fans, the Ghana legend has made it a point to goad the team, whether in success or failure. And with Hearts’ 4-0 thrashing in Tunisia to Esperance on Sunday fresh in mind, Polo is not missing the chance to take a dig.”The team did very well in the first half when it was just 1-0. But the performance totally dropped in the second half. It tells you the team is lacking technical direction,” he said on Monday.The Caf Confederation Cup game was the first leg of the third round that could see the Phobians get into the money zone if they scale the tall order.The Phobians suffered the massive defeat in the first leg of the ultimate qualifier in Tunis on Sunday.“While I was with Hearts, the strength of the team always was in their second half display. It is clear that the team misses me,” Polo went on. The former Hearts superstar had a torrid time while coaching the Phobians, and it is seriously doubtful that the team misses him, for his stint was punctuated with quarrels and dressing room spats.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more