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FairPoint sees improvement in Q2, still losing money

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications, Inc (NasdaqCM: FRP), the major provider of communications services in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011. Net loss was $27.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to a net loss of $54.2 million a year earlier. Consolidated EBITDAR increases to $70.5 million in the quarter on revenue of $262.6 millionHigh-speed Internet subscriber growth accelerates to 5.4% year-over-year versus a 1.9% loss a year earlierVoice access line loss slows to 9.3% year-over-year versus 11.6% a year earlierNet loss improves to $27.1 million versus $54.2 million a year earlier”Our momentum continues to build,” said Paul H Sunu, CEO of FairPoint.  “We are pleased with the success our team is achieving on multiple fronts.  Our operating and customer metrics continue to improve.  Our regulatory environment is improving.  We are meeting our network deployment commitments for the broadband and fiber-to-the-tower initiatives.  These efforts are now making their way into the financial results.”High-speed Internet penetration increased to 28.3% of voice access lines at June 30, 2011, following the addition of more than 7,600 subscribers in the quarter.  The Company surpassed 305,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the quarter, reaching an all-time high.  Company-wide, year-over-year voice access line loss slowed for the fifth consecutive quarter to 9.3%.FairPoint ended the quarter with revenue of $262.6 million and Consolidated EBITDAR(1) of $70.5 million.  The second quarter was favorably impacted by revenue assurance activities, including back-billing, and sustained improvements in service quality.Operating and Regulatory HighlightsHigh-speed Internet subscriber growth accelerated to 5.4% year-over-year, compared to a 4.8% increase in the first quarter of 2011 and a 1.9% decline in the second quarter of 2010.  FairPoint added 15,410 high-speed Internet subscribers in the first half of 2011, compared to approximately 140 in the second half of 2010.Voice access line loss continued to slow as FairPoint lost approximately 22,700 lines in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to approximately 24,900 and approximately 29,100 in the first quarter of 2011 and the second quarter of 2010, respectively.  As a result, the rate of voice access line loss slowed to 9.3% annually versus 9.6% in the first quarter of 2011 and 11.6% in the second quarter of 2010.The FairPoint customer experience continues to improve.  Sustained improvements in retail and wholesale service quality, along with a reversal of penalties accrued in earlier periods, benefited the second quarter of 2011.  Retail and wholesale service quality penalties favorably affected revenue in the second quarter of 2011 by $3.4 million, compared to a reduction in revenue of $1.8 million and $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2011 and second quarter of 2010, respectively.FairPoint continued its northern New England broadband expansion efforts during the quarter and announced the completion of its Vermont regulatory broadband commitment.  With this latest achievement, FairPoint now offers high-speed Internet service to more than 83% of its customers inMaine, more than 85% of its customers in New Hampshire, nearly 90% of its customers in Vermont and more than 90% of its Telecom Group customers throughout the other 15 states in which FairPoint operates.Earlier this year, FairPoint announced an initial network build that will bring fiber to more than half of the approximately 1,600 wireless communications towers the Company serves in its northern New England service footprint.  As of June 30, 2011, fiber had been placed to more than 400 of these towers.  The Company remains on track to meet its 2011 fiber build commitments.On June 9, 2011, Gov. Paul LePage of Maine signed into law a bill directing the Maine Public Utilities Commission to develop a plan to reform telecommunications regulation in the state.  The bill sets a state goal of creating a regulatory structure that ensures a level playing field for all telecommunications providers.  FairPoint expects to benefit from this regulatory reform.Financial HighlightsSecond Quarter 2011 as compared to Second Quarter 2010Revenue was $262.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $271.6 million a year earlier.  The decrease was primarily the result of a 9.3% decline in voice access lines year-over-year, which led to decreases in voice services and access revenue.  Partially offsetting the decline were lower service quality penalties, the impact of revenue assurance activities, including back-billing, and a 3.1% increase in data and Internet services revenue.Operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and reorganization, were $202.8 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $230.3 million a year earlier.  The second quarter of 2010 was unfavorably impacted by a one-time project abandonment charge totaling $12.3 million, which was a Consolidated EBITDAR add-back.  Excluding the impact from project abandonment, the favorable variance of $15.2 million, or 7.0%, was primarily the result of reductions in contracted services and data and voice transport costs.Consolidated EBITDAR was $70.5 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $72.3 million a year earlier.  Consolidated EBITDAR for the second quarter of 2010 was favorably impacted by the add-back of $8.3 million related to the net effect of a financial restatement.  Although the items related to the financial restatement may have been recurring in nature, FairPoint’s credit facility allows the Company to add back the net effect on Consolidated EBITDAR from a financial restatement for any period before Jan. 24, 2011.  Excluding the benefit from this financial restatement add-back, Consolidated EBITDAR for the second quarter of 2010 would have been $64.0 million.  The $6.5 million favorable variance year-over-year is primarily explained by the operating expense reductions offset partially by the decline in revenue discussed above.Capital expenditures were $52.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $62.8 million a year earlier.  FairPoint satisfied its regulatory commitment for broadband expansion in Vermont during the quarter.  Major capital initiatives for the remainder of 2011 include the continued expansion of theVantagePoint(sm) network, the fiber-to-the-tower build, regulatory broadband commitments in Maine andNew Hampshire, information technology improvements and enhancements, success-based capital projects for targeted revenue opportunities, and network and facilities maintenance.Second Quarter 2011 as compared to First Quarter 2011Revenue was $262.6 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $254.8 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The favorable variance is primarily attributable to the $5.2 million change in service quality penalties discussed above and revenue assurance activities, including back-billing, during the second quarter of 2011.Operating expenses, excluding depreciation, amortization and reorganization, decreased $13.8 million to$202.8 million as compared to $216.6 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The favorable variance is primarily attributable to the $13.5 million vacation accrual booked in the first quarter of 2011.Consolidated EBITDAR increased $21.4 million to $70.5 million as compared to $49.1 million in the first quarter of 2011.  The first quarter of 2011 was unfavorably impacted by the $13.5 million annual vacation expense.  Adjusting for the vacation accrual, Consolidated EBITDAR increased $7.9 million versus the first quarter of 2011, which was primarily the result of the revenue increase described above.Capital expenditures were $52.1 million in the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $53.7 million in the first quarter of 2011.FairPoint’s cash position remained stable at $13.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2011 as compared to $15.4 million at the end of the first quarter of 2011.  The Company has not drawn on its $75 million revolving credit facility and as of June 30, 2011, it had $63.0 million available for borrowing, net of$12.0 million outstanding letters of credit.2011 GuidanceThe Company previously provided Consolidated EBITDAR guidance of $260 million to $280 million and remains comfortable with that range.For purposes of calculating Consolidated EBITDAR, FairPoint adds back pension expense net of any cash contributions.  As previously disclosed, FairPoint expects to contribute approximately $6.8 million to its company-sponsored employee pension plan during the third quarter of 2011.Quarterly ReportThe information in this press release should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and footnotes contained in the Company’s quarterly report for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, which will be filed with the SEC on or prior to Aug. 15, 2011. The Company’s results for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, are subject to the completion of its quarterly report for such period.Fresh Start AccountingOn Jan. 24, 2011, the Company emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and its Plan of Reorganization became effective.  For purposes of generally accepted accounting principles, the Company adopted fresh start accounting as of Jan. 24, 2011, whereby the Company’s assets and liabilities were marked to their fair value as of the date of emergence.  Accordingly, the Company’s condensed consolidated statements of financial position and operations for periods after Jan. 24, 2011, will not be comparable in many respects to periods prior to the adoption of fresh start accounting.Conference Call InformationAs previously announced, FairPoint will host a conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss its second quarter 2011 results at 9:30 a.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011.Participants should call (866) 314-5232 (US/Canada) or (617) 213-8052 (international) at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)and enter the passcode 53808235 when prompted.   The title of the call is the Q2 2011 FairPoint Communications, Inc. Earnings Conference Call.A telephonic replay will be available for anyone unable to participate in the live call. To access the replay, call (888) 286-8010 (US/Canada) or (617) 801-6888 (international) and enter the passcode 70917035 when prompted.  The recording will be available from Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) throughTuesday, Aug. 16, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).A live broadcast of the earnings conference call will be available online at www.FairPoint.com/investors(link is external). An online replay will be available shortly thereafter.Use of Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresThis press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including but not limited to Consolidated EBITDAR and adjustments to GAAP measures to exclude the effect of special items. Management believes that Consolidated EBITDAR may be useful to investors in assessing the Company’s operating performance and its ability to meet its debt service requirements, and the maintenance covenants contained in the Company’s credit facility are based on Consolidated EBITDAR.  In addition, management believes that the adjustments to GAAP measures to exclude the effect of special items may be useful to investors in understanding period-to-period operating performance and in identifying historical and prospective trends. However, the non-GAAP financial measures, as used herein, are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Furthermore, Consolidated EBITDAR has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, net income or loss, operating income, cash flow or other combined income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Because of these limitations, Consolidated EBITDAR and related ratios should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to invest in business growth or reduce indebtedness. The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using Consolidated EBITDAR only supplementally.  A reconciliation of Consolidated EBITDAR to net income is contained in the attachments to this press release.About FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (NasdaqCM: FRP) (www.FairPoint.com(link is external)) is a leading communications provider of high-speed Internet access, local and long-distance phone, television and other broadband services to customers in communities across 18 states.  Through its fast, reliable data network, FairPoint delivers data and voice networking communications solutions to residential, business and wholesale customers. VantagePoint(sm), FairPoint’s resilient IP-based network in northern New England, provides business customers a fast, flexible, affordable Ethernet connection.  VantagePoint(sm) supports applications like video conferencing and e-learning. Additional information about FairPoint products and services is available at www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking StatementsSome statements herein are known as “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements contained herein that are not historical facts. When used herein, the words “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates” and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward looking statements. Because these forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause actual results, events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including the Company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other factors. You should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based on the information currently available to us and speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  However, your attention is directed to any further disclosures made on related subjects in the Company’s subsequent reports filed with the SEC.Certain information contained herein may constitute guidance as to projected financial results and the Company’s future performance that represents management’s estimates as of the date hereof. This guidance, which consists of forward-looking statements, is prepared by the Company’s management and is qualified by, and subject to, certain assumptions. Guidance is not prepared with a view toward compliance with published guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and neither the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm nor any other independent expert or outside party compiles or examines the guidance and, accordingly, no such person expresses any opinion or any other form of assurance with respect thereto. Guidance is based upon a number of assumptions and estimates that, while presented with numerical specificity, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are beyond the Company’s control and are based upon specific assumptions with respect to future business decisions, some of which will change. Management generally states possible outcomes as high and low ranges which are intended to provide a sensitivity analysis as variables are changed but are not intended to represent actual results, which could fall outside of the suggested ranges. The principal reason that the Company releases this data is to provide a basis for management to discuss the Company’s business outlook with analysts and investors. The Company does not accept any responsibility for any projections or reports published by any such outside analysts or investors. Guidance is necessarily speculative in nature, and it can be expected that some or all of the assumptions of the guidance furnished by us will not materialize or will vary significantly from actual results. Accordingly, the Company’s guidance is only an estimate of what management believes is realizable as of the date hereof. Actual results will vary from the guidance and the variations may be material. Investors should also recognize that the reliability of any forecasted financial data diminishes the farther in the future that the data is forecast. In light of the foregoing, investors are urged to put the guidance in context and not to place undue reliance on it.(1)  Consolidated EBITDAR means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and restructuring items as defined in the Company’s credit facility.  Consolidated EBITDAR is a non-GAAP financial measure.  A reconciliation of Consolidated EBITDAR to net income is contained in the attachments to this press release.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra Tipped to Come With S Pen Support

first_img– Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, rumoured to be one of the phones in the Galaxy S21 series, could come with support for S Pen. A known tipster has shared on Twitter that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is confirmed to come with S Pen support. However, no further details were shared. The South Korean tech giant has not yet officially shared any information on Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or the Galaxy S21 series. If the latest tip turns out to be true, the Galaxy Note series’ future may become uncertain.Known tipster Ice Universe tweeted that Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is ‘100 percent’ confirmed to come with support for the S Pen. It is unclear what “support” actually means here – whether the phone will come with a slot for the S Pen like the Galaxy Note series, or if the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be able to make use of the low latency inputs of the S Pen. Till now, Samsung has left S Pen support only for its Galaxy Note series.- Advertisement – Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.center_img A report by SamMobile mentions that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will come with a digitiser underneath the display so that it can pick up inputs from the S Pen. If this turns out to be true and if the Galaxy S21 Ultra does come with S Pen support, the differences between the flagship Galaxy S lineup and the flagship Galaxy Note series will be even fewer.Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra was recently tipped to feature a 2K aka QHD+ resolution display with 120Hz refresh rate. The report by SamMobile points out that these screen specifications might be why Samsung decided to add a digitiser to the phone, as this would offer an even better experience for stylus users, compared to a 1080p 120Hz display.This isn’t the first time the Galaxy S21 Ultra has been tipped to come with S Pen support as back in August, a Korean publication reported the same.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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‘Disinfecting non-stop’ as Italy faces two new virus outbreaks

first_imgMany of the windows were shuttered in the orange brick block of flats, typical of the buildings that sprang up in the outskirts of Rome during the 1970s.The squatters also receive aid from an NGO.An employee at a nearby grocery store who gave his name only as Ion said the inhabitants were both South American and Italian, “working people, mainly families”.He added that some of the flats share toilets.”This doesn’t worry us very much,” he said. “We’re wearing masks and being careful.”But Raffaele, a 77-year-old who lives nearby, complained that “there is absolutely no check (on) constant comings and goings of people from all over the world.”He said he feared that such transience could help spread the coronavirus. “Let’s say we are being very careful, we are disinfecting non-stop.”  ‘No illusions’ Meanwhile two army vehicles were stationed outside the San Raffaele Pisana hospital on Sunday, but the situation appeared under control.Health officials said rigorous contact tracing was under way, with some 200 recent patients being tested.The two new outbreaks of COVID-19 came as Italy was re-emerging from lockdown in a phased process that began in early May.The epidemic appeared under control even in its epicenter in the northern Lombardy region.”No one had any illusions that the problems were over,” WHO deputy director Ranieri Guerra told Italian journalists. “It means the virus hasn’t lost its infectiousness, it isn’t weakening… we shouldn’t let down our guard.”However, the Italian immunologist added: “Such micro-outbreaks were inevitable, but they are limited in time and space. And today we have the tools to intercept them and confine them.”Italy, which went under nationwide quarantine on March 10, has been one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by COVID-19, mostly in the north.  Topics : Rome’s regional COVID-19 crisis center said all those who tested positive for the virus at the illegally occupied building had been transferred. All their contacts were identified and 108 tests were carried out.After the uproar of blaring ambulances to handle the new cluster of cases, the southern working-class district of Garbatella returned to normal on Sunday, apart from the police tape and a squad car outside the building, as well as a posse of journalists.Mask-wearing shoppers could be seen buying groceries, a man walking his dog, another throwing garbage into an overflowing bin.”Occupants who are still in the building are confined there,” a police officer told AFP, adding that the Red Cross was delivering food to them. Yellow police tape — a familiar sight across Italy since the coronavirus began sweeping the country in March — reappeared at the weekend outside a Rome squat where around 15 new cases have emerged.Health workers insist the outbreak among squatters including a Peruvian family is under control, at a time when Italy is cautiously relaxing measures to contain the disease that has claimed more than 34,000 lives.A second outbreak was far bigger and occurred at a hospital on the western edge of Rome, with 109 cases and five deaths.last_img read more

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Laurel Schools placed on lockdown Wednesday

first_imgLAUREL, Ind. — Laurel Elementary and Junior High Schools were placed on lockdown on Wednesday afternoon.Around 12:45, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call regarding a disoriented person wandering the hallways of the school.The school went into immediate lock down. Officers were able to locate a male, in his 30s, in the office area.Officers investigated and discovered that the individual was attending a Christmas program at the school, and got up to use the restroom, but became disoriented and began wandering the hallways.As a precaution the school was placed on lockdown and police were called for assistance.Officers obtained his identity and located his companion.The school was on lockdown for approximately 45 minutes while officers investigated.No charges are being filed.last_img read more

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Other Sports Kidambi Srikanth, Prannoy crash out; Sai Praneeth progresses in Thailand Open

first_imgNew Delhi: Ace Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Thailand Open after suffering forgettable defeats but B Sai Praneeth sailed into the quarterfinals of the men’s singles here on Thursday. Seventh seed Saina, who returned to action after nearly two months, squandered a game advantage to lose 21-16 11-21 14-21 against unseeded Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in a women’s singles second round duel that lasted 48 minutes.In the absence of PV Sindhu, who withdrew in the last minute from the event, Saina’s ouster marks the end of India’s campaign in women’s singles.Saina had earlier made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries.Later, fifth seed Srikanth too wasted a game’s lead to bow out against less-fancied Khosit Phetpradab of Thailand 21-11 16-21 12-21 in the second round of the men’s singles. To add to India’s woes, unseeded Indian shuttlers Parupalli Kashyap and H S Prannoy too bowed out without a fight. While Kashyap was no match for third seed Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei, losing 9-21 14-21 in just 33 minutes, Prannoy suffered a 17-21 10-21 defeat against sixth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan.But Sai Praneeth, who reached the semifinals of Japan Open last week, continued his good form and stormed into the last-eight round with a comfortable 21-18 21-19 win over compatriot Shubhankar Dey.Sai Praneeth will be up against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan in the next round.However, it was good news for India in the men’s doubles event as the pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty moved into the quarterfinals after registering a straight-game 21-17 21-19 win over Indonesian combination of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto.The India duo will next play qualifiers Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae of Korea on Friday. In mixed doubles, while the pair of Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponappa defeated Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami 21-18 21-19 to make it to the last-eight round, the other Indian duo of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy lost 16-21 11-21 to eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong to bow out of the tournament. Rankireddy and Ponnappa will next play against third seeded Japanese combination of Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino.(Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Diego Costa Completes Atletico Medical, Switch Sealed

first_imgStriker Diego Costa has completed his move back to Atletico Madrid from Premier League champions Chelsea.The two clubs agreed terms last week and the 28-year-old Spain international passed his medical on Monday.However, he cannot be registered to play for the La Liga side until January 1, when the club’s transfer window ban comes to an end.Costa left Atletico for Chelsea in 2014 and scored 59 goals in 120 games appearances for the Blues.He won two Premier League titles and the League Cup with the club, but found himself exiled at Stamford Bridge over the summer.Costa was told by text message that he was not in boss Antonio Conte’s plans for this season and he spent much of August in his native Brazil.Conte takes his Chelsea team to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, and he said of Costa: “As I’ve said before, I have no problems with Diego. “We wish the best for him in the future and the rest of the season.”Problems between Costa and Chelsea surfaced earlier in the year when he was left out of the Chelsea side for an away match at Leicester having been involved in a dispute with a fitness coach.This followed reports of an offer from China that would have been worth £30m a year in salary. At the time, Chelsea said they had no intention of selling him.Later in that month, Tianjin Quanjian’s owner said a bid to sign Costa had been scuppered by new rules over foreign players in the Chinese Super League.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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AWCON 2018 FALL OUT: Oshoala, Ordega Dropped, Oparanozie Missing from Africa…

first_imgThe Super Falcons may have won a ninth AWCON, but African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala faces a tough task retaining her individual title after she and compatriot Francisca Ordega were dropped from the Official CAF 2018 Tournament XI.Both players had featured in the first round selection, but were only named as subs in the final competition fantasy team.Falcons heroic goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi and defender Onome Ebi retained their places in the main selection.However, Oparanozie, who was in the first round team, was left out altogether.The bulky striker, who was the match winner when Nigeria won an eighth AWCON at the expense of hosts Cameroon, was also missing for the Super Falcons in Saturday’s final against South Africa.Oshoala, Ordega and Oparanozie could face a Herculean task in the race for this year’s CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year after they were named alongside Oluehi and Ebi.South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana, who was both 2018 AWCON MVP and top scorer, will now be hot favourite to topple Oshoala as the best African player for the outgoing year.Best XI
Goalkeeper: Tochukwu Oluehi (Nigeria)Defenders: Lebohang Ramalepe (South Africa), Janine Van Wyk (South Africa), Onome Ebi (Nigeria), Claudine Meffometou Tcheno (Cameroon)Midfielders: Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon), Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk (Cameroon), Elizabeth Addo (Ghana)Forwards: Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon), Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa), Bassira Toure (Mali)Substitutes
Kaylin Swart (South Africa), Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria), Linda Motlhalo (South Africa), Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck (Cameroon), Francisa Ordega (Nigeria), Fatoumata Diarra (Mali)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Ancelotti, Mourinho Join Covid-19 Battle

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti surprised an Everton fan with motor neurone disease while Jose Mourinho helped deliver care packages as Premier League managers joined in the battle against the coronavirus crisis.The English top flight has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the pandemic but clubs and managers are pitching in to help vulnerable, isolated people.Everton manager Ancelotti joined his club’s “Blue Family” community campaign, making a phonecall to Mark Cruise, a 52-year-old Everton fan diagnosed with motor neurone disease last year. In a video posted on Everton’s Twitter feed, Ancelotti initially caught the disbelieving supporter by surprise.“Hi Mark, how are you? I’m Carlo,” Ancelotti, 60, said.“Who is it?,” Cruise replied.“I’m the manager of Everton. I know that you are a fan of Everton,” said Ancelotti before Cruise responded: “I’m a big fan of you Mr Ancelotti, you are a top fella.”The Italian chatted with Cruise about his favourite Everton games, insisting that he should address him as “Carlo”, not “Mr Ancelotti”.“Usually in Italy, Mr is a man of great importance. I’m not so important, I’m just a manager,” joked the boss.He revealed his fears for friends and his sister in Italy, which has been hit hard by the virus.Tottenham boss Mourinho has been working with Age UK and community group Love Your Doorstep to deliver vital supplies such as food and medication to those in need.“I came to give some support to Age UK, Enfield and Love Your Doorstep, Enfield, to help people in our club’s local community,” said the 57-year-old, who was photographed packing up supplies wearing a face mask and gloves.“It is a difficult time for everyone right now, particularly among the elderly, so I want to offer my assistance in any way I can.”Tottenham’s London rivals Arsenal have pledged £100,000 ($117,000) to local charities fighting the virus. Gunners manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus earlier this month but has now recovered.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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AYC 2013:Sellas wants Black Satellites reaction

first_imgGhana U-20 coach Sellas Tetteh has urged his side to reassert their hopes of qualification in Group A of the 2013 African U-20 Championship.The Black Satellites got off to a slow start after being beaten 2-1 by Egypt but they now need to improve in their next match against Benin on Tuesday at 17:30 GMT in Ain Temouchent.“I thought we deserved a draw from that game, but that’s football. We made a defensive mistake and they capitalized but we will learn from it and come stronger against Benin.“I have been in similar situations before and even worse, the response is not to feel you have to rush but take time to do what we can do and do it well. Ghana won’t give up and we will need a bit of luck too because that too is needed in football,” said Sellas Tetteh ahead of the second group match.Sellas Tetteh’s side, bottom of the table after the first round of matches know that, their next two games in the tough group will shape their campaign.“We know the margins are narrowing but we are not panicking as this group phase is all about three matches. We have had a slow start but the battle is not over yet and we face a tough Benin prepared and ready to improve on our last performance,” the Ghana coach said. The eight-team finals will see the top four teams qualifying to represent Africa at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.last_img read more

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Youth League: The Big Project is Progressing Well and Has Excellent Foundations for the Future

first_imgThe Basketball Union of B&H and USAID at the beginning of this year started a very interesting project. Specifically, for the first time the youth league in the area of B&H has been formed, with participation of 36 men’s teams and 14 women’s teams.This project has already started to give great results and the B&H Union will have great use from this project. In this way the future B&H representatives will be created, children from the streets will be removed and it would enable children who have no money to have a future in sports.“Budućnosti” team from Bijeljina is the leader in the junior category with 7 wins and one defeat, while “Basket” team is in second place.As for the cadet competition, the team “Koša” is in first place with 7 wins, while Basket is in first place in the category of pioneers with 8 wins. “Jedinstvo” is in first place in the junior category for girls with 3 wins. Bugojno BH Telecom is in second place, while Čelik is in third place.(Source: KS BIH)last_img read more

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