By Karolos GrohmannBAYER Leverkusen beat last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid 1-0 in their Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday courtesy of a superb Hakan Calhanoglu goal.The Turkey international fired in the 57th-minute winner to set Leverkusen, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, on the way to their first ever win at this stage of the competition.For Atletico, who were left with 10 men when Tiago was sent off following a second booking in the 76th minute, it was only their second loss in a Champions League away game since September 2013.The Spanish champions will also be missing key defender Diego Godin for the return leg after the Uruguayan was booked and will be suspended in Madrid.
Keeping an ice rink safe requires more than just inspections, said Lee, with Technical Safety B.C.People who own and operate the rinks have a responsibility to make sure maintenance is kept up, emergency measures are in place, and the facilities are properly staffed.“All those things add up to the safety of the equipment as well as the overall site for the public,” she said.A former inspector in Manitoba said he’s concerned those measures aren’t always being followed.“These accidents should not happen,” said Ray Kolbuch. “We’re not being proactive enough with these plants.”He said he’s concerned that arena staff don’t always have the training necessary to keep a rink safe.The province needs to make sure that trained individuals are working whenever an indoor rink is occupied, he said.Manitoba’s Office of the Fire Commissioner, which oversees ice arenas, said in a statement that staffing requirements vary depending on the size of the refrigeration plant and what type of additional safety controls are part of the facility.“All refrigeration plants are required to be inspected annually under The Steam and Pressure Plants Act. Inspections are done across all of Manitoba an in each case the plant owner is responsible to ensure that they are meeting staffing requirements. These requirements are verified at the time of inspection,” the statement said.Technical Safety B.C. put out a safety order last December, reminding rink operators of staffing requirements for rinks with ammonia refrigeration plants.“Technical Safety B.C. has determined that a number of ammonia refrigeration plants within the scope of this safety order are currently being operated by person(s) that are not appropriately qualified,” the bulletin said.Ultimately, whoever owns an ice rink’s refrigeration plant is responsible for its inspections, maintenance and operations, said Terry Piche, technical director with the Ontario Recreational Facilities Association, whose more than 6,000 members operate and manage recreation facilities in municipalities.Often that person ends up being the mayor or chief administrator of a municipality, but municipal officials often have little idea how a plant works, he added.“Sometimes the operators are qualified to run the plant, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes they get enough resources, sometimes they don’t.”Complicating the issue is the fact that Canada’s recreation facilities are aging, Piche said, noting that in Ontario, they’re estimated to be, on average, between 50 and 60 years old. The “natural life expectancy” of a recreation facility is about 32 years, he said.He compared rec. centres to old cars, saying regular maintenance and proper operation can help extend the life cycles, but even preventative maintenance only goes so far.“I can give it a coat of paint, maybe a new roof, windows and doors. But the veins of the buildings are still 50 or 60 years old. That’s really the challenge that’s going on from coast to coast.”A new refrigeration plant for a single-rink community arena can cost between $600,000 and $900,000, Piche said. “Most municipalities can’t afford it.”Oversight agencies don’t have the resources to police how facilities are run day-to-day, so instead they rely on operators to comply with the rules and be honest, Piche said.“Really what needs to happen is the commitment to do the checks, balance and maintenance by the operators and owners. And it will greatly reduce the opportunity for any similar event [to the deaths in Fernie] to happen.”Piche disagreed with the notion that ammonia refrigeration plants are inherently dangerous. Artificial ice rinks operated across Canada for more than 100 years before the first “catastrophic event” last fall, he said.“Shifting to another refrigerant doesn’t mean you’re going to be any safer.”Roussinos, the former B.C. inspector, said some municipalities have already moved to replace their ammonia refrigeration systems with what he considers to be safer alternatives, like freon or carbon dioxide.He’d like to see B.C.’s government require all the remaining ammonia systems to be replaced, too.“This government has an opportunity to do it… they can do the right thing this time. Take ammonia out of the places where there’s young children playing hockey or old men like me go curling.” A report from Technical Safety B.C., which oversees the installation and operation of technical systems like refrigeration and boiler systems, shows there were 40 reported “refrigerated release incidents” involving ammonia across the province between 2007 and 2015.The report says 10 of the incidents included injuries. Two experts in the industry say more inspections and stricter staffing requirements are needed to protect against leaks.Facilities using dangerous chemicals like ammonia used to be checked annually, said Roussinos, former head inspector with the B.C. Safety Authority, Technical Safety B.C.’s predecessor.“Now there’s very few inspections being conducted. You can go from place to place in the province and most places will tell you they haven’t seen an inspector in years,” he said.Advertisement In B.C., when “imminent safety issues” are found during an inspection, they are dealt with immediately on site, Lee said. Other “non-compliance” issues may be dealt with in a variety of ways, including a safety officer following up with the facility’s operator by phone or email.Reports obtained by The Canadian Press under the Freedom of Information Act show the B.C. Safety Authority inspected the Fernie Memorial Arena six times between September 2007 and when the fatal leak occurred on Oct. 17, 2017.Technical Safety B.C. said in a statement the agency was advised that all of the items noted during the latest inspection in December 2014 had been addressed.Reports filed between September 2007 and December 2014 noted several issues at the arena, including leaking, corroded and uncertified equipment, and non-compliance with required staffing levels. In the final report, a safety officer made note of potential issues with a compressor, oil fill pumps, an ammonia sensor and staffing on statutory holidays.Liz Rhodes, a City of Fernie spokeswoman, declined to comment on the inspection reports, citing ongoing investigations into the fatal leak.Advertisement VANCOUVER, B.C. — Some industry experts are asking questions about the staffing and inspections of arenas using ammonia refrigeration systems, months after a leak killed three men at an ice rink in southeastern British Columbia.Ammonia is inherently dangerous and should be not used in skating and curling rinks, said Lou Roussinos, who spent decades inspecting refrigeration and boiler systems across B.C.“It’s an absolutely wonderful refrigerant, but it’s dangerous,” Roussinos said. “It’s highly toxic, it will kill you in less than 30 seconds in high concentrations, and we know that.”- Advertisement -Last October, three men died following a leak of the colourless gas at a rink in Fernie. The victims included City of Fernie employees Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith and refrigeration contractor Jason Podloski of Turner Valley, Alberta.The city previously said in a Facebook post that the arena was closed for “emergency maintenance” the morning of the leak. Several agencies continue to investigate, including RCMP and WorkSafeBC.The case is believed to be the first fatal ammonia leak in Canada, but the gas has seeped out of refrigeration systems before, causing injuries in several cases.Advertisement A spokeswoman for B.C.’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs, which is responsible for recreational facilities, said in an email that annual inspections have not been required since the Safety Standards Act was enacted in 2003.Janice Lee, director of safety oversight at Technical Safety B.C., said the agency does inspections when equipment is installed and conducts “periodic assessments” throughout the lifespan of the system.Timing of the assessments is determined using a “risk-based inspection criteria” that includes factors such as the equipment’s age and whether the building is a public space, she said.There’s no national standard for how often ammonia refrigeration plants in ice rinks are inspected.Ontario can require as little as six months between checkups, depending on the previous report, while facilities in Alberta can go as long as five years between inspections.Advertisement
“Because of these people, we’re going to get this done,” Wolfgram said. “We’re all determined to have this happen.” However, the committee still has to worry about funding for the plan. Wolfgram said at last month’s public forum that neighborhood councils have donated money, and the cultural center received funds from the California Cultural and Historic Endowment. “It is not enough,” Wolfgram said. She said fundraising is a must, and that residents should keep their eyes open for different opportunities. firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityMembers of the steering committee will evaluate the suggestions provided by local residents and organizations, which range from athletic fields to an Asian or Native American cultural center to a dog park. The steering committee will then make a recommendation for the park’s use and submit it to the city by the end of the year. Sophia Pi a-Cortez, Recreation and Parks superintendent for the Pacific region, said that the final plan may not please everyone, but that they are “trying to build a consensus” with the ideas that were received. The public will have an opportunity to comment on a draft of the park’s plan, during a public meeting tentatively scheduled for Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Wolfgram acknowledged that there have been past attempts to create a master plan and improve the park, but she said this time will be different because of a team that is “bound and determined” to see the plan through. She noted the hard work of the project manager, the Angel’s Gate Cultural Center’s board of directors, local politicians and the city Recreation and Parks Department. By Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Now that the first phase of the Angel’s Gate master planning process has ended, interested parties are looking to the next step in revitalizing the park. At the final public forum on Sept. 29, master plan steering committee chair Juli Wolfgram explained what will happen with the plethora of public suggestions.
DONEGAL MANAGER Declan Bonner insists that he and his players will aim high again in 2020.Bonner has guided Donegal to back-to-back Ulster titles, but admits that not progressing to an All-Ireland semi-final has been a source of disappointment.With the new season just around the corner – Donegal will be in McKenna Cup action at the end of December – Bonner says they’re targeting big things again. “We have the nucleus of a very good squad and we’re always looking for players to come in and make a difference,” Bonner told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub at the launch of the new Donegal jersey today.“We always aim high. We have been disappointed not to progress out of the Super 8s. We had two big opportunities, but the reality is that we didn’t make it into the last four.”Donegal’s jerseys are again made by O’Neill’s Sportswear with KN Group and Abbey Hotel remain on board as sponsors.Bonner said: “We get good support from within Donegal and we need that. It’s a big business now to compete at the top level. “We need to be dining at the top table. It takes money and it gets more difficult every year, but we have good sponsors in Donegal. We continue to seek and look for new sponsors.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: Declan Bonner says Donegal will keep high aims for 2020 was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 All-Ireland SFCDeclan BonnerDonegal GAAFrank McGlynn
Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 1 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REPLY gameday cracker no dice Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid future looks bleak huge blow Manchester United want to sign Gareth Bale on loan from Real Madrid, reports claim.The winger’s days in the Spanish capital appear to be numbered after falling out of favour with Bernabeu boss Zinedine Zidane. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? The Red Devils would also be keen to extend a loan deal by a further 12 months if the 29-year-old was a success at Old Trafford.Real’s signing of Chelsea ace Eden Hazard will only push Bale further down the pecking order. tense deals Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Getty Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star How much will Eden Hazard earn when he signs with Real Madrid?Despite winning four Champions Leagues in Spain, Bale has failed to win over the Bernabeu fanbase since joining in a £85million deal from Tottenham in 2013.United, who will be without Champions League football next season, are reportedly willing to match the Southampton graduate’s £480,000-a-week wages. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:48Loaded: 20.46%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Bale was an unused substitute in Real’s final-day home defeat to Real Sociedad last month as Zidane refused to confirm whether the former Tottenham star would be at the club next season.The Welshman, who has three years left on his bumper deal, has been linked with a Premier League return.The Sunday Mirror claim United are trying to land Bale on loan after rejecting Madrid’s £75million valuation. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LATEST shining Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City whoops REAL DEAL
on target Getty Images – Getty Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Vitoria Guimaraes team newsThe Portuguese outfit have several absences for the match with Jhonathan (knee), Alhassan Wakaso (knee), Joseph (knee), André André (fitness), Ola John (muscular), Falaye Sacko (muscular), Valeriy Bondarenko (finger) and Miguel Oliveira (knee) all confirmed out.Meanwhile, Victor García (ankle) is a doubt for the clash but ex-Tottenham winger Marcus Edwards could start against the Gunners again.How Vitoria Guimaraes could look 3 update stalemate LATEST Not only is the game on Wednesday but it’s also taking place at 3:50pm – luckily you can listen to it live on talkSPORT 2.It’s set to be a big clash for manager Unai Emery with another win making it four in four in Europe’s second tier competition.But on the Spaniard’s mind is also likely to be the match on Saturday evening – also live on talkSPORT – against Leicester City who currently look set to beat them to a top four spot in the Premier League.We may also see Arsenal’s new captain in action with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang give the armband after Granit Xhaka had it stripped from him. Arsenal team newsThe Gunners look to have a fully fit squad for the game on Wednesday afternoon with Reiss Nelson now back and due to feature for the club’s Under-23s this week.Unai Emery is set to keep faith with several of his youngsters for the clash, especially with a tough clash again Leicester coming up on Saturday evening – live on talkSPORT.How Arsenal could look latest Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES appointed Arsenal fans will need to have their wits about them this week with their Europa League game.It’s been a while since the Gunners have played in Europe on a Wednesday but they will do so this week against Vitoria Guimaraes. How Vitoria Guimaraes could look 3 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff PEP TALK Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule rookie error statement Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Leicester City vs Arsenal at 5:30pm Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Arsenal boss Unai Emery is under pressure in the Emirates hotseat Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son How Arsenal could look on Wednesday afternoon targets
“But equal to that we have no interest in selling him. “He is not a player for sale, he has two-and-a-half years left on his contract. “He is an extremely talented young player. “Naturally, we said a few weeks ago about a little bit of focus but it’s only natural. “But he has trained, he is working well, is working hard and he is available. “That’s as clear as I can be.” The Celtic manager also moved to play down speculation a lack of effort was behind Dembele’s recent omission from the starting line-up.Rodgers added: “In defence of the player, because it is important for supporters to understand, this is a boy that is fully committed to Celtic. “He has been linked with so many teams so naturally the mind can wander but he is a great boy. “He won’t be like what you see in some clubs and what you have witnessed before, where players down tools, it is not the case at all. “He is a really good boy who we want to keep here and the only thing that would ever take him away is if he didn’t want to be here and if that is the case then someone would have to meet his value and at this moment at time, neither is the case.” “Moussa has never once asked to leave Celtic,” he said. “We brought him here as a talented young player at 19 and he has shown that talent. “He has come in with a plan. His agent, himself and I know what the plan was but he has never asked once to leave. “He is fully committed to Celtic. “We have had one official bid for him that is nowhere near the value of what the value of Moussa is. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers insists the club have no interest in selling “fully committed” French forward Moussa Dembele this month.The 21-year-old has remained an unused substitute for the Scottish champions in their last two matches after Rodgers conceded persistent speculation surrounding his future may have affected the striker.Former Fulham star Dembele has been linked with a return south this month amid interest from Crystal Palace and Brighton.But Rodgers has moved to quash the rumours surrounding his Parkhead future ahead of the visit of Hibernian in the Premiership on Saturday.
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The Marshfield Blue Devils Legion baseball team sets a club record for winning percentage as the group prepares for postseason playBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — A year after finishing second at the state tournament and earning a berth in the Great Lakes regional, the Marshfield Clinic Post 54 American Legion baseball senior team is putting together one of its best seasons ever.Following Tuesday’s loss to Eau Claire, Marshfield stood at 19-5 heading into its final two regular-season games at Stevens Point on Wednesday and at Wausau on Thursday. The Blue Devils lost to Stevens Point and then beat Wausau to close the year at 20-6, recording their fifth-straight 20-win season, and their winning percentage of .769 bested the club record of .750 that was set in 2003 when Marshfield finished 30-10.The Blue Devils boast a deep roster that has 10 of its 19 players from outside the two Marshfield high schools.Spencer’s Bobby Pilz and Mitch Susa; Neillsville’s Nate McDonald, Neal Matson, Sam Neville, and Nolan Matson; Pittsville’s Nathan Dupee; Athens’ Shane Coker; and Greenwood’s Booker Bredlau and Logan Johnson have joined with a group of two Columbus Catholic and seven Marshfield High School players to create a roster robust in talent and, probably most importantly, pitching.“Some of these guys were playing on tournament teams, some of the kids from Neillsville, especially,” Marshfield coach John Southworth said. “It’s important for Legion baseball to get as many kids within your area to be competitive. The Marshfield Post sponsors the team, but if you’re going to be competitive in this league (Wisconsin Valley Legion League), you better get every good kid from the area that you live.”For all of the players not from Marshfield High School, the competition the Blue Devils face is a definite step up from the Division 3 or 4 teams they are used to playing against during the high school season. However, it obviously has not fazed those players given the success the team has had the past two seasons with similar rosters.“They are all competitive, and some have really excelled,” Southworth said. “If you get the best players from each community, most of the kids can compete at this level. If they can’t, they get up to speed in a hurry. They are all pretty good athletes.”Last year, with Plover hosting the state tournament, two teams from the regional were given spots at state. Marshfield finished second to Plover in the regional and then placed second at the state tournament to Plover again to advance to the Great Lakes national regional.This summer only the winning team from the regional will grab a spot in the state tournament field. Marshfield will begin play in the Class AAA regional, which will be held at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point, on Tuesday against Wisconsin Rapids. The tournament runs through July 24 with the winner advancing to the state tournament at Watertown on July 28-31.With Pilz, Susa, Jeremy Binder, Jack Donahue, and Jake Brueggen providing the Blue Devils with a long line of starting pitching, Marshfield already has a leg up on a number of teams heading into the postseason.“A lot of that regional boils down to how deep you are pitching, if you can stick around,” Southworth said. “The first games are usually low scoring because teams are throwing their better pitchers.“You hopefully have to win your earlier games, and it’s a dogfight after that. In all honesty Plover’s pitching is probably equal to last year, but they lost some games this year. They’re beatable. We’ll just see what happens.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at email@example.com.Class AAA Senior Legion Regional scheduleJuly 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens PointTuesday, July 21D.C. Everest vs. Plover, 1:30 p.m.Marshfield vs. Wisconsin Rapids, 4:30 p.m.Wausau vs. Stevens Point, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, July 22Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 1:30 p.m.Winner Game 1 vs. Loser Game 3, 4 p.m.Winner Game 2 vs. Winner Game 3, 7:30 p.m.*Tournament continues with three games July 23 and championship-round games on July 24.
Michael Wolfson has been promoted to Director of Loss Prevention at bebe stores. Michael joined bebe stores in 2006, and has held positions with increasing responsibility to include Manager of Loss Prevention Operations and Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager prior to his most recent promotion. Michael has also served as an Area Loss Prevention Manager with Ralph Lauren Companies after beginning his loss prevention career in 1998 at the Bloomingdales flagship store in New York City where he also held positions as an Executive Internal Investigator, Regional Corporate Investigator, and Executive Coordinator of Security Systems.Congratulations Michael! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now