ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a span of a few years between the mid-70s and early-80s, our family went from upper-middle class to simply put, poor. Growing up in northwest Arkansas, at the edge of the Ozarks and Boston Mountains, we came up as one of the few old-money families in the area – and, as a kid, it was great!In my pre-teen years, for a number of reasons, it all went away. My brother, sister and I all had to get jobs by the time I was 12 to help pay bills, buy our own coats and those kinds of things. For me, I processed the situation into a motivation to work hard, earn some money and get myself into college.Going to and graduating from a university, for me, was one of the best/worst decisions I’ve made. It opened doors to internships and eventually one of those internships led to my first job in journalism. The downside of it all was the enormous financial stress it placed on my head for years in trying to land financial aid or get a couple of extra restaurant jobs to cover the costs of that education. At the time, I had the strange opportunity to talk to the university president one-on-one about it. I told him, “The way the system is set up makes future me regret what I’m doing here.” His response, in part, was, “It’s about the experience, Mr. Ogden.” continue reading »
The wide man has not played a minute of competitive football for the under-pressure Magpies this season but was recalled to the national side for Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands after an injury to Chris Brunt. The 23-year-old had previously been forced to sit out the win in Hungary last month due to his lack of game time and, with Northern Ireland top of Euro 2016 Group F, he does not want to miss out any longer. Shane Ferguson is ready to leave Newcastle on loan to keep his Northern Ireland prospects alive. The majority of Ferguson’s Northern Ireland career has been spent on the left wing, but he dropped into the back four against the Faroes and is willing to make it a regular thing if it means a starting spot in Michael O’Neill’s side. “I had no concerns about doing the job because I’ve worked very hard in training and I’ve been doing extra sessions to make sure I was ready for Northern Ireland if I got the chance,” he said. “I don’t mind playing left-back, I’ve played there for Newcastle’s first team so it’s something I have in my game. “I wouldn’t mind where I play, if it’s left-back I’d have no hesitation at all. The main thing is to keep my place in the team.” He accepts there is no immediate route back into Alan Pardew’s plans and is hoping to arrange a short-term move elsewhere. Ferguson ended last season at Birmingham, but found himself edged out as they waged a relegation battle. Now all he wants is a regular place on the pitch. “It felt good to get 90 minutes under my belt for Northern Ireland and I just need to get playing now because I want to be playing every international game,” he said. “The atmosphere around the place is great, the mood has been fantastic after the last couple of games and it makes you realise you don’t want to miss any of this. “If I’m honest I’ll probably have to go somewhere else. Alan Pardew has said he’s been impressed with me in training but I’m still young so going out on loan could be a good thing for me. “I don’t want to be sitting doing nothing, I’m not like that. “I got the taste for it again on Saturday night and all I want to do now is be back playing.” Press Association
The Stari Grad Municipality Sarajevo is to begin the construction of several sports facilities in this year. These facilities are expected to significantly contribute to the popularization and rising of the sports in the old part of Sarajevo to a whole another level.According to the Mayor Ibrahim Hadžibajrić, the Municipality will finance the construction of two multipurpose sports halls and a football stadium at the locality of the former barracks in Faletići.Hadžibajrić highlighted that the publishing of a tender for the construction of a sports hall next to the elementary school “Mula Mustafa Bašeskija”, whose construction will amount to between 550,000 and 600,000 BAM, is currently in progress.Another hall is planned to be constructed, on Bistrik, within the elementary school “Edhem Mulabdić”, whose construction will be financed by the means allocated from the Saudi Fund. The construction will begin when the funds become operational.“The mentioned halls are multifunctional because we want to cover as many sports and sports activities as possible. These halls will certainly be used to the maximum. The most important thing is that we already have completed projects for all facilities, thus it is not about ideas only anymore. Detailed designs have also been made, based on which we applied to the Saudi Fund,” Hadžibajrić explained.Speaking of the football stadium that is to be built in Faletići, Hadžibajrić says:“There are five football collectives at the territory of our municipality: Mošćanica, Iskra, Hrid, Vrbanjuša and Vratnik. These clubs have always been renting the extra field of the Koševo stadium. The idea on the construction of a stadium and a sports-recreational center has been living since 1997, when a center that FIFA wanted to finance was supposed to be built on Pašino brdo. This project was nearly completed but, due to disagreements in the Canton, the funds were redirected to Široki Brijeg, where a football center was constructed”.Hadžibajrić highlighted that the stadium in Faletići will not be of the kind that FIFA wanted to finance, but that it will certainly meet the needs of municipal clubs.(Source: akta.ba)
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been after being involved in a pursuit late Friday night. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of 2nd and North Monroe at about 11:40 PM. The driver refused to stop, with a pursuit going northbound from that intersection, west on 12th Northwest, and then south on North Van Buren. The driver then exited his vehicle and ran on foot but was apprehended a short time later. The suspect is alleged to have driven 45 miles per hour over the speed limit at times in attempting to elude law enforcement. 36-year-old Jason Thorson was charged with eluding, operating under the influence of drugs, interference with official acts, driving while suspended and two counts of failing to obey a traffic control device. Thorson was being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail without bond as he is also wanted on a Winnebago County arrest warrant for a parole violation.