Governor Walker: “The announcement from S&P is both concerning and disappointing—but not surprising. The agency’s analysts note that we are continuing to drain our savings at an alarming rate, and have not yet enacted a fiscal plan. It is critical that we pass an operating budget for next year, and adopt a fiscal plan that does not continue our over-reliance on savings. I remain hopeful that we will be able to pull together and pass a budget and complete fiscal plan to secure Alaska’s future, and demonstrate that we take our finances and budget issues seriously. Alaskans are depending on us.” The move means Alaska’s AA+ general obligation (GO) bond rating is in danger of being lowered yet again if a complete fiscal plan is not adopted this year. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Bill Walker reacted to Standard & Poor’s (S&P) announcement that Alaska’s credit ratings are being placed on negative CreditWatch. The report cites the lack of a budget for fiscal year 2018, continued reliance on savings to pay for government services, and a lack of new revenues as reasons for the negative outlook. Much like a credit score affects an individual’s ability to buy a house or car, the ratings from S&P and other agencies impact the state’s ability to build a stronger Alaska through infrastructure and other capital projects. The negative CreditWatch indicates that S&P is concerned about Alaska’s fiscal stability, and if the ratings are lowered, could cost the state millions of dollars in additional interest payments. S&P’s announcement comes days after Governor Walker called the 30th Legislature into its second special session to focus initially on passing an operating budget so that government services can continue past July 1 of this year. In addition to the GO bond, S&P also placed Alaska’s AA appropriation rating and A+ moral obligation rating on negative CreditWatch.
There were other new challenges on the route, not seen before. “The race wasn’t just different for me this year,” Moolman-Pasio wrote on her blog, “it was a new route that included more climbing, an extra 20km, and the first climb up the Mur de Huy came half way through the race, much sooner than before. South African road cycling and time trial champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her ascent in the cycling world when she finished on the podium in the prestigious La Fleche Wallonne Feminine one-day UCI World Cup race in Belgium last week. ‘Great team’“I also have a great team around me this year. We are a nice group of girls. Going into the race I knew that Carl, my family, my team and my country believed in me, and that’s what made all the difference on the race day.” 24 April 2013 ‘My favourite climb’“However, what hadn’t changed at all was the hard, steep climb to the finish line, at the top of my favourite climb, the Mur de Huy.” Moolman-Pasio will be racing in the three-day tour in Luxembourg this coming weekend, the Festival Luxembourgeois du Cyclisme Feminin Elsy Jacobs. Moolman-Pasio felt the final climb, on the Mur de Huy, the finishing line of the Fleche Wallonne since 1983 and of the La Fleche Wallonne Feminine since 1998, was ideally suited to her. In the women’s race, it has to be climbed twice. SAinfo reporter Staying out of trouble, Moolman-Pasio made it to the final climb in good position to challenge for a podium place. Nearing the end, she was in elite company, with London Olympic road race gold medallist Marianne Vos, Swedish star Emma Johansson, sixth in the London and a silver medal winner in the Beijing Olympics, and Elisa Longo Borghini, the bronze medallist in the road race at the 2012 World Championships. Stage race successA qualified chemical engineer, she has also shown her pedigree in stage races; last year she finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. Photo finish“Vos attacked with Borghini not far behind her, as the road levelled out. I had to use everything to come back and, as Vos took the win, I drove it to a photo finish with Borghini for second. “I don’t like to be too vocal before races, I rather let my legs do the talking,” she said afterwards. “But deep down inside I had a good feeling. Carl (Pasio, her husband) and I have been training hard together, and leading into the race my power numbers looked very good. Interviewed shortly after finishing on the podium by Sean Badenhorst, Moolman- Pasio said: “As the first South African woman to podium at a World Cup, I dedicate this achievement to all the young aspiring cyclists, particularly the young women at home in South Africa, to remind them to keep believing in themselves and in their dreams! With hard work, commitment, passion and a little bit of faith, anything is possible!” Detailing the finish, the South African star wrote: “Nervous of going too hard and blowing completely, I held back a bit on the last steep part and suddenly I found myself on the back foot. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Moolman-Pasio, who races for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team and is currently based in Europe, said was quietly confident heading into the race, having finished fifth in the event last year. She was elated to finish third this time around. “As my teammates finished, it was still undecided whether I was second or third, but the whole team was so excited to be on the podium, it didn’t even matter.” The tour is part of her preparation for the bigger tours that she will be contesting later in the year, the biggest of which are the Tour of Spain (Emakumeen Bira Tour) in June, the Giro d’Italia Femminile (Giro Rosa) in July and the Route de France in August.
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Six Nations Share on Facebook Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian England rugby union team Gregor Townsend calls on referee to ensure England defence stay onside Share on WhatsApp Scotland do not want to get into an arm wrestle because they will find England too powerful. They have to outthink EnglandNick Evans Scotland, on the other hand, will stand by their attacking rugby and what they have tried to promote in the Six Nations and the autumn internationals. The fact Finn Russell keeps his place at fly-half shows they intend to keep the ball in hand and challenge England’s defence. It’s the way Gregor Townsend works and they have the players to do it but they cannot turn up like they did against Wales – they have to be more accurate and respectful of the ball. The crowd, the occasion, the emotion of the game will all count as well – they have to be right on the edge but they cannot go over it.Scotland do not want to get into an arm wrestle because they will find England too powerful. They will have to outthink England, they have to be innovative and in addition they need that accuracy.If Scotland turn up and play with all the ambition in the world but don’t look after the ball, England have the players to pick them off. But England have shown they can be scored against – especially outside No 13 in the three-quarter channels – and likewise Scotland have leaked tries in the first two rounds. Both sides will be approaching the match with the mindset they can score tries and that sets it up perfectly. The Breakdown: sign up for our weekly rugby union email Topics Scotland rugby union team Read more Share on Pinterest Share via Email Rugby union Sportblog blogposts Since you’re here… It comes as no surprise to hear England’s coaches have been glowing about the impact Nathan Hughes has off the field as well as on it. He might not necessarily come across as a larger than life character but from what I hear, around the camp he is a lively guy, he gets things going and he will bring the energy and intensity to another level.The coaches have talked about how he is with the young players, too – he was Marcus Smith’s room-mate at one of the training camps – and taking on a role that shows he is comfortable in the environment. I’ve played against him a lot. He is very respectful but he wants to play on the edge and have a good time. I’m sure he’ll bring some life to the group and that can be infectious, especially when winning is a habit. Hughes has not played a lot of rugby over the past couple of months but we’ve seen England’s support staff back themselves to get players fit regardless. If Eddie Jones does decide to put him straight into the starting lineup at No 8 against Scotland on Saturday, my guess is he will play for 60 minutes.If that is the case, they would tell him to empty the tank in the first half, get his 10 minutes’ rest, stock up on his fluids and whatever he needs and then give another 20 minutes before the cavalry come off the bench. They will have a really good plan in place for Nathan and while I’d be amazed if he lasts 80 minutes due to his limited playing time, I’m sure they will use him wisely.The half-backs will be licking their lips thinking about the front-foot ball that someone like Hughes provides. He is a guy who will get through 15-20 carries and hit gain-line after gain-line. And defensively he’s a big hit man who can disrupt the set piece and put in those big shots to make sure the opposition is behind the gain-line. The pack dynamic will not change in terms of everyone’s roles but Nathan’s biggest point of difference is his ball-carrying.That is not to say Sam Simmonds is a poor ball-carrier but he thrives in wider positions and is more of a specialist openside type. He can take on defenders and feels comfortable doing that in wider areas. Hughes gets you those 15-20 carries a game – I’m sure Eddie and Steve Borthwick will tell him they need that from him and that means he acts as the default go-to carrier.I know England publicly say they do not look to the past or to history but I’m pretty sure among themselves they will be talking about the demons Scotland will have from last year. If England score an early try or Owen Farrell kicks a few early penalties all of a sudden those concerns start coming back, so I expect England will be looking to get a really fast start, as they have done in both their matches so far. Share on Twitter Six Nations 2018 Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
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Junior forward Nichelle Prince (7) dribbles with the ball during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 17. OSU lost 2-1.The Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-3-3, 3-2-2) hosted the Maryland Terrapins (5-9, 0-6) on Sunday afternoon for what was called the “Go Pink” game.Junior forward Nichelle Prince made it a winning effort, netting a game-winning goal in double overtime to lift OSU to a 2-1 victory.The Buckeyes came out strong and dominated possession in the first half.“Sundays are always a hard game, just finding that energy,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “We had a great crowd, though today, we’re honoring some breast cancer survivors, so I thought that we came out with a good level of energy.”The rest of the half featured back-and-forth play, but no goals, as the teams headed into halftime scoreless.“I just challenged our team at halftime to step up and to find that energy that we had in the first half,” Walker said. “I think we really dominated the game but just struggled to find the back of the net.”The Buckeyes led the Terrapins in shots (5-3), shots on goal (4-0) and corner kicks (3-0) at the half. The Terrapins ended the scoreless affair in the 60th minute when redshirt sophomore forward Alex Anthony struck from 20 yards out, past OSU redshirt junior goalkeeper Jillian McVicker.In the 74th minute, senior midfielder/forward Michela Paradiso was taken down in the box, awarding the Buckeyes a penalty kick. Sophomore midfielder Nikki Walts took the kick and converted it to level the match at 1-1.The goal was Walts’ fifth of the season. She said after the game that she looks to be a spark for the offense, especially when a goal is needed most.“I just prepare the way I always do and when the going gets tough, I step up and try to be a leader on the team,” Walts said. “I just want to get out there and compete and hopefully get a goal and get our team going.”The penalty kick lit a fire under the OSU offense, as it had several opportunities to score but could not find the back of the net. Regulation ended with the teams tied, meaning overtime would be needed to settle the match. The Buckeyes held a 19-7 advantage in shots during regulation. .The struggle for either team to find the second goal continued in the first overtime period, and the match headed into double overtime with the score still standing at 1-1. “The work to win in overtime happens in the offseason,” Walker said. “And our team is extremely fit, and I remind them of that. I remind them of all the work that they’ve done in the offseason to make sure our legs are stronger than our opponent’s legs.”Prince was a playmaker throughout Sunday’s match, shooting in the box a number of times, but she couldn’t convert on the many opportunities in regulation or the first overtime.Prince said that is something any player must be able to cope with and just keep trying to get that point.“I think that’s a part of a forward’s job,” Prince said. “You’re not going to make all of them, but if you keep going there’s going to be one that goes in.”And one certainly went in for Prince.Within the first 30 seconds of the second overtime, Prince shot from 10 yards out near the top of the box off a pass from Paradiso, giving the Buckeyes the 2-1 win.“Just playing almost 110 minutes is a lot,” Prince said. “So just finally after working hard and getting to the box so many times it’s really a great relief to finally get one in. It was really exciting for us.”OSU’s momentum continues to build as it has won two consecutive home games as it prepares to hit the road next weekend.Prince said the team does not get intimidated regardless of the venue or opponent.“We are the good team and we’re not fearful of any team we face,” Prince said.The Buckeyes are set to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Thursday, before heading to Bloomington, Indiana, for a matchup against the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday.
James Rodriguez is convinced that Bayern Munich have a big advantage in this season’s Champions League and is already eagerly plotting his revenge against Real Madrid in the latter stagesDon Balon has reported that the Colombia international is aiming to seal the Bundesliga title with Bayern this weekend against Augsburg and is looking to capitalise on their 2-1 lead over Sevilla in next week’s second leg to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.The Spanish publication reports that the winger is certain that with the Bundesliga title sealed, then Bayern can turn their full focus on their Champions League campaign and is hoping for an encounter against Real in the semi-finals of the competition.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Rodriguez has admitted that he is desperate to get the measure of Zinedine Zidane’s side and wants to go to the Santiago Bernabeu with Bayern to prove that they were wrong to let him go.Since Jupp Heynckes took over for a fourth time, Bayern have become a formidable force again with very few clubs being able to take on the Bavarians.
Following Leroy Sane slow start to the season, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola urged Leroy Sane to respond.The 22-year-old Sane was featured in the last campaign, where he won the PFA Young Player of the Year award with City grabbing the title. However, he is yet to start a Premier League game in 2018-19.Sane, who was snubbed in Germany’s World Cup squad in Russia had his body language questioned by team-mate Toni Kroos during the international break but City manager Guardiola has asked Sane to bounce back, adding that it was too early to judge the former Schalke attacker.“He will be so important for the club. It’s a challenge for him and not just him – everybody,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s clash against Fulham as quoted by FourFourTwo.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“The season will be judged in 11 months – not three weeks. He’s a nice guy and I don’t have any bad words about him.“He has to respond in the right way. He’s so competitive and professional. Sometimes, for some players, it’s that way [a slow start]. Some players at the end of the season go down.“We cannot forget he is 22 years old. Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus, Raz [Raheem Sterling] – the other ones are young – and he will grow up. The most important thing is to try to help him.”
A Western Sydney Wanderers supporter allegedly racially abused Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young during an A-League matchDuring the 2-2 draw between Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar in the A-League, a fan allegedly targeted Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young with racial slurs.An investigation has been put in place, and the Football Federation Australia has said that if proved true, the fan will face the country’s longest ban.Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“This behavior is deplorable and not acceptable at any Wanderers event, just like it should not be accepted anywhere in society. The Western Sydney Wanderers would like to extend a sincere apology to Jamie Young for being subjected to such behavior,” the club statement read according to The Age.“We applaud and are extremely proud of those Wanderers supporters in the immediate vicinity to this individual who promptly, and vociferously, objected to the behavior demonstrated and alerted authorities to have the offender removed from the venue. This individual is not to be welcomed back to any Wanderers fixture.”“Brisbane Roar applauds, and thanks, the Western Sydney Wanderers management, staff, security, and fans for their swift action and support. Brisbane Roar’s number one priority is supporting Jamie Young,” Brisbane Roar added.