LESIAK, WILLIAM M.

first_img“Wild Bill,” 86, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, March 3, 2017 at the Bayonne Medical Center. Bill was born in Bayonne and was a lifelong resident. He served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a production mechanic for the American Can Company of Jersey City where he worked for over 30 years before retiring. He was a member of the American Legion Post 19 and the VFW Post 226. He was a life member of the Mt. Carmel Lyceum and participated in the bowling and bocce leagues. He was predeceased by his wife Dorothy (nee: Sowinski) Lesiak, his brother Edward Lesiak and his wife Carmella and his parents Edward and Mary (nee: Podraza) Lesiak. Father of Carol and her husband Robert “Swannie” Swanson and Robert “Lesh” Lesiak. Grandfather of Joseph Lake Jr. and his wife Kelly and great-grandfather of Liam, Courtney and Abigail. Brother of Bernard Lesiak and his wife Gloria and brother-in-law of Evelyn Gniazdowski and Marion Pirkowski. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105-9959. Funeral arrangements by FRYCZYNSKI Funeral Home, 32-34 E. 22nd St.last_img read more

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Bolt adds to the legend

first_imgWORLD RECORD—Jamaica’s Usain Bolt leads United States’ Ryan Bailey to win the men’s 4 x 100-meter relay final during the athletics in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, Aug. 11, in London. Jamaica set a new world record with a time of 36.84 seconds.(AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus) The speed. The medals. The poses. It could only be Usain Bolt, who electrified the London Games by becoming the first man to win the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay golds in back-to-back Olympics. Even IOC President Jacques Rogge, who initially balked at giving him “living legend” status, conceded that the six-time gold medalist “is the best sprinter of all time.” last_img

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Donegal Town on high alert for further flooding

first_imgEmergency services are bracing for more flooding in Donegal Town this morning when the River Eske reaches high tide. Homes and businesses have been damaged by floodwater following heavy rain fall at the end of Storm Lorenzo.Up to 50mm of rainfall was dumped on South Donegal during the early hours of the morning. However, the River Eske has not yet reached high tide. With high volumes of water in the river this morning, there is a risk that high tide will bring further flooding at 10.30am.The local fire service was dispatched to the scene early this morning along with Donegal Civil Defence. Emergency operations are underway, with seven fire units and two high-volume water pumping units in use.New Row, the Quay Car Park, the Old Laghey Road, Brookfield Manor and Clarendon Drive are all badly affected by the floods.Donegal County Council has deployed staff to the area to give out sandbags and deal with affected roads. The council has thanked the local community for their assistance and support during this flooding event. There has also been substantial flooding in Bundoran, Frosses and Laghey.Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288.  For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.  Donegal Town on high alert for further flooding was last modified: October 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Evolutionists Hunger for Morality

first_imgIncidentally, yesterday was Darwin Sunday at some churches.  Robert Roy Britt on MSNBC News reported on the growing number of liberal churches honoring Darwin and apologizing for “misunderstanding” his ideas (see 02/11/2006).  Britt did mention opposing views, like those of the Discovery Institute and the book by John West, Darwin Day in America.1.  Editorial, “A responsibility index,” Nature 457, 512 (29 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/457512a.2.  Jerome Ravetz, “Morals and manners in modern science,” Nature 457, 662-663 (5 February 2009) | doi:10.1038/457662a.3.  Peter Danielson, “Can robots have a conscience?”, Nature 457, 540 (29 January 2009) | doi:10.1038/457540a.4.  Andrew F. Read, “Natural selection and the nation,” Nature 457, 663-664 (5 February 2009) | doi:10.1038/457663a.Evolutionists want it but can’t get it.  They don’t have the “natural resources” for morality.  It must be imported.  An embargo of Christian morality would make them starve.    They are like bad boys sneaking into the Christian smorgasbord.  While nobody is looking, they come in and pretend they belong.  “I’ll have some responsibility, and oh… that honesty looks delicious.  Give me some of that truth for dessert.”  They slurp up all these healthy values with bad manners, and without a dime in their pockets.    Letting them get away with this only perpetuates their delinquency.  Tough love requires a gentle but firm manager looking them straight in the eye and demanding, “Sorry, boys, you cannot come in and enjoy the banquet without paying the price.  That would be immoral, now, wouldn’t it?”(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Nature is completely sold over to naturalistic evolution, yet cannot escape the question of morality.  Science depends on morality, but it is not clear in their statements that they acknowledge any universal moral standard.  Christian standards of honesty seem to be assumed.  But if everything in biology (including human behavior) emerged by natural selection, then so did morality.  Can one derive honesty, trust, or responsibility by an unguided natural process?Responsibility index:  Nature thought it would be good to devise a “responsibility index” for emerging nations who want to join the science club.1  To reduce fraud, plagiarism and fabrication of data, the Editorial suggested better investigation, openness about violations, avoidance of discrimination, and other moral motions.History of scientific morality:  In the same issue of Nature,2 Jerome Ravetz reviewed a new book by Steven Shapin, The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation (U of Chicago, 2008).  Both author and reviewer had things to say about the honesty of scientists past and present.  Science is supposed to be “the embodiment of objectivity,” Ravetz said.  “In The Scientific Life, historian Steven Shapin asks if contemporary high-tech science is a moral enterprise.  Does objectivity render scientific achievement less personal than that in the humanities, and does the scientist possess any special moral virtue?”  Shapin’s thesis is that civility between scientists is the key.  Ravetz pointed out that there have been some glaring shortcomings of that ideal.  Using the world of finance as a comparison, he had a final reflection: “Had Shapin chosen to study the mathematicians who are employed in the world of finance, he might well have found similar patterns of civilized interaction and similar evidence of individual moral virtues,” he said.  “Yet we now know that the collective endeavour of these other very nice entrepreneurial scientists has resulted in the creation of a mountain of toxic fake securities.”  This “sobering thought” seemed calculated to cast doubt on the value of civility alone to produce a moral fellowship.Robotic morality:  Another interesting book review, in the same issue of Nature,3 discussed whether robots could have morality.  Peter Danielson reviewed Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong by Wallach and Allen (Oxford, 2008).  He believes it is premature to know whether robots will ever be able to make autonomous moral decisions.  Hal, the rogue computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey comes to mind.  He also considered it an open question whether robot morality should be modeled on human morality.  In the meantime, best subject our robots to human oversight.  Words like values, trust and moral agents peppered the review, but it seemed both the authors and the reviewer were begging the question of what constitutes a moral standard.  Danielson spoke of “functional morality,” but even that phrase presupposes a function that is good in some moral sense; otherwise, one could consider Nazi morality “functional.”Spencer’s legacy:  One other book review in Nature4 highlighted the problem of deriving morality from evolutionary theory.  Andrew Read reviewed Banquet at Delmonico’s: Great Minds, the Gilded Age, and the Triumph of Evolution in America by Barry Werth (Random House, 2009).  Werth’s book “covers the elite’s battle for ideas during the turbulent years of the 1870s and 1880s,” climaxing in an “eponymous banquet” at a Manhattan restaurant shortly after Darwin’s death, “attended by 200 of the most powerful men in the United States, and celebrated [Herbert] Spencer at the end of what was to be his last US trip.”  That’s a tale for the interested reader.  What concerns morality and evolution was stated here by the reviewer:The audience found a new idea only in John Fiske’s speech: he asserted that humans acquired a sense of morality not from God, but from natural selection.  The only speech that might resonate today was Spencer’s own.  Worried about the country’s well-being and health, he railed against the national work ethic, arguing that Americans should spend less time striving for a future good, and more time enjoying what the passing day had to offer.  The idea baffled his audience and was poorly received.Early evolutionists were giving a conflicting moral standard, it seems.  Andrew Read summed up that we moderns have no such excuse, because we understand evolution much better now:We have yet to fully comprehend the consequences of what Darwin did to humanity’s view of itself.  Werth’s picture of what his ‘great minds of the gilded age’ were thinking, of how far they tried to stretch Darwinian insights, and of the personal and moral lessons they drew, makes a forceful argument that the causes of biological diversity – and humankind’s place within it – really matter.  The fact that many of these thinkers’ conclusions were based on such a poor understanding of evolution also shows why everyone deserves proper schooling in evolutionary biology.  The Victorians had the crippling disadvantage that they did not understand inheritance or units of selection.  Today, humanity has no such excuse.last_img read more

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The end of the first modern war

first_img31 May 2002It was an event tinged with sadness, yet relief. It was the signing of the Peace of Vereeniging by the Boers and the British in a marquee in the small rural town of Vereeniging, 60 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg, on 31 May 1902. It marked the end of the three-year Anglo Boer War, one of the bitterest wars in colonial history. That was 100 years ago on 31 May 2002.Saturday, 1 June, saw a centenary commemoration to the many who died in the War: 22 000 British soldiers, 7 000 Boers, 24 000 black men, women and children, and 22 000 white women and children, many of whom died in almost 200 concentration camps.Speaker in the City of Johannesburg chamber, Councillor Nandi Mayathula-Khoza, welcomed dignitaries and guests led by Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane to the Rand Regiments Memorial, in the grounds of the South African Military History Museum in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. Australia and Britain were represented by Major General P Leahy and Lt-General Sir T Granville-Chapman respectively at a wreath-laying ceremony. The Boer forces were represented by General Constand Viljoen, former general of the South African Defence Force.The formalities were given pomp by The Highland Band of the Scottish Division, from the United Kingdom. The National Ceremonial Guard – the President’s guard – took to the parade ground along with a mixed contingent from Australia. A number of Johannesburg regiments were also present, including the Wits Rifles, the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, the Light Horse Regiment, the Roodepoort Commando and the South African-Irish Regiment.The Anglo Boer War is considered the first “modern war”. Guerrilla tactics, camouflage uniforms, concentration camps and attacks on civilian targets, all of these the ugly signatures of 20th century warfare, were first used in that campaign.A ‘Long Tom’ cannon in position outside Mafikeng. (Photo: Anglo Boer War Museum)Concentration camps were scattered around the Free State and the Transvaal. The biggest camp in Johannesburg was at the Turffontein Race Course, which housed around 5 000 people, of whom 700 died. They are today buried on a farm called Kliprivier Berg in Winchester Hills, south of Johannesburg.A reporter, quoted in Thomas Pakenham’s history The Boer War, said on the day 100 years ago: “I saw the lips quiver of men who had never trembled before a foe. I saw tears brimming in eyes that had been dry when they had seen their dearest laid in the grave.”There were a few wet cheeks on Saturday in commemoration of one of the most bitter wars in South Africa, which left deep scars on Afrikaners for several generations. A controversial memorial The Rand Regiments Memorial, designed by notable British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, has a controversial history.Described by Clive Chipkin in his Johannesburg style, architecture and society as Lutyens’ “great arc de triomphe”, the Memorial is a 20-metre tall stone four-arched building, with a large bronze angel of peace positioned on the top.Shortly after the war, Randlord Lionel Philips and others suggested a memorial to commemorate the British soldiers who had died. The town council expressed little interest, indicating that a memorial should commemorate all those who fell in the war. Around 200 acres of land was originally given to the city to be used as a park, now Zoo Lake and the Zoo, and which included the old Sachsenwald, a forest planted with trees to use as props for the mines, just below the Parktown ridge.Philips’ company, H Eckstein & Co, bought 40 acres of the park and donated it for the construction of the Memorial. The Rand Regiments Memorial was built, but because of its one-sided dedication, was largely neglected. It was gradually encroached upon by the neighbouring Zoo.The five vistas leading to the monument have largely been engulfed, and the only one that is still obvious is the avenue looking west from the Memorial down into the Zoo. In 1999 it was decided that the Memorial needed to consider all those who died in the war. The site was re-dedicated on 10 October of that year to “the memory of the men, women and children of all races and all nations who lost their lives in the Anglo Boer War, 1899-1902”.On Saturday, a Stone of Remembrance designed by Lutyens, taking the form of a sarcophagus, was to have been laid, but the funds for the Stone have not been forthcoming. Instead, a wooden structure resembling Lutyens’ stone was erected as a temporary measure, and around it various plaques were placed, in particular one from Australia. When the Stone of Remembrance is finally ready, it will bear this wording:This Memorial is dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902. To the combatants: Boer and Briton, black and white South Africans and other nationals. To the noncombatants: men, women and children who died as a result of the fighting, or during the sieges or in the concentration camps.On the step approaching the Stone the following will be engraved:We shall remember themOn the south face of the Stone the following inscription will appear:In remembrance of those black South Africans whose role has hitherto been unacknowledged. The estimated ten thousand black combatants who fought with the British army. The estimated one hundred thousand black men who served in the Boer and British armies as non-combatants. The more than twenty thousand black men, women and children who died in British concentration camps. The unknown number of black civilians who lost their lives in the conflict, particularly those who died in the sieges of Kimberley, Ladysmith and Mafikeng.And on the north face of the Stone, the following:And also to: the volunteers of all races from Natal and the Cape Colony who served with the Boer and British forces. The men of the Transvaal who died in the service of the South Africa Republic. The men of the Orange Free State who died in the service of their country. The estimated twenty-eight thousand Boer women and children who died in the British concentration camps. The burghers who died while serving with the National Scouts and the Orange River Colony volunteers who lost their lives while serving with the British.At the signing of the Peace of Vereeniging, acting President Schalk Burger said: “We must be ready to forgive and forget …”Source: City of Johannesburg web site Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA, Botswana cement relations

first_img14 October 2005South Africa and Botswana have committed to strengthen their already “excellent” relations, after delegations led by Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her Botswanan counterpart, Mompati Merafhe, met in Tshwane for the second session of the SA-Botswana commission for cooperation.The meeting follows up on September talks between the two countries’ senior officials in Gaborone. Botswana’s President Festus Mogae will visit South Africa in late October.During Thursday’s meeting the two ministers discussed economic and social issues, local government, security and stability, and foreign policy.The two ministers renewed their commitment to participate in programmes of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development to foster development on the continent.They also discussed border control issues – including the possibility of opening borders for longer – with a view to making it easier for people and goods to move between the two countries.“Although we already have excellent relations with Botswana, including in trade, health and agriculture, these must be nurtured,” Dlamini-Zuma said. “We had fruitful discussions in this regard.”“Relations between us are excellent, but we cannot take them for granted,” Merafhe said. “We have to ensure that they are nurtured and that lines of communication are kept open.”Merafhe also expressed Botswana’s appreciation of the role South Africa has played in conflict resolution in Africa, such as in Cote d’ Ivoire.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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CNN Backs Outside.in to Power News From Your Neighborhood

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#news#web Outside.in is a hyper-local news aggregator and when they say hyper-local they mean it – the site captures news, blog posts and other resources right down to the neighborhood level. The company announced tonight that it’s raised a nice round of funding, $7 million from CNN, the super-hip VC at Union Square Ventures, real-time savvy VC shop Betaworks and several other organizations. Both of the aforementioned are existing investors re-investing. Tonight the Outside.in site told me about a new real-estate valuation report for the neighborhood I just bought a house in, a city permit request by a local college planing to subdivide a big residential lot on the beautiful old street I walk my dogs on and some cool jobs in the neighborhood. What more could I ask for? Long term viability and an expanded staff for a service like this? That sounds great. Outside.in says that its headlines will soon be run on CNN’s website, much like MSNBC has said it will run hyper-local news from the related site it acquired this year, EveryBlock. EveryBlock tends to discover a lot more information than Outside.in does. Its public records discovery is especially good. It’s a lot of fun to read health department inspection reports from neighborhood restaurants (in a perverse sort of way) and that’s not something Outside.in unearths.EveryBlock has to date been limited to a handful of big cities around the US, though. Outside.in has no such limitation. Things not to love about Outside.in include a garish new advertising-filled page layout (just subscribe by RSS feed) and a heart-breaking iPhone app. That app discovers your location and brings up area news – lots of fun to use when house-hunting in different neighborhoods. Not so much fun when it fails to work, which is more often than not in my experience. If you want a good local news iPhone app, check out Fwix. I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of Nozzl Media, a related service we profiled in our report The Real-Time Web and Its Future.These kinds of data parsing services, tied to real-life experiences like geographic location, are becoming an important value add now that more and more data is coming online. Everyone wants to discover the future of news – these kinds of services could well be an important part of it.Note: Outside In is also the name of a 40 year old youth social services agency that also deserves respect, speaking of local.last_img read more

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SIT quizzes Chinmayanand for seven hours, searches home

first_imgThe Special Investigation Team probing a student’s rape allegation against BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand questioned him for seven hours and sealed the bedroom at his home here, sources said on Friday. The SIT, formed on the orders of the Supreme Court, also brought the college student to the former Union Minister’s home on Friday morning, continuing the search for evidence in her presence. Mr. Chinmayanand, whose organisation runs several colleges, was questioned for about seven hours at the police lines here on Thursday night. SIT members and a forensic team also spent six hours at his Divya Dham residence, where the bedroom was later sealed. Sources said the BJP leader has been asked by SIT not to leave Shahjahanpur till the completion of the probe, and policemen have been deployed in and around his home. College closedThe college where the woman studied was closed on Friday, with the administration announcing a holiday and pasting a notice on the gates. The post-graduate student has alleged that she was raped and “physically exploited” for a year by the BJP leader. Mr. Chinmayanand’s lawyer has, however, alleged an extortion attempt. The woman first levelled harassment charges against the BJP leader in a video clip uploaded on social media. She was then missing for several days before a Uttar Pradesh police team traced her in Rajasthan and produced her before the Supreme Court. The woman’s classmate, who was with her when the police found her, on Friday said she had told him and others about the harassment. According to him, Mr. Chinmayanand told her to move into a hostel room after she got a college job as she would get late in reaching home.“She said a video was made of her having a bath, after which she was blackmailed and her physical exploitation started,” the classmate told reporters. ‘Evidence removed’The student’s father has alleged that Mr. Chinmayanand’s supporters have removed from her room a pair of spectacles with a camera fitted in them, suggesting that this contained evidence against the BJP leader. In a letter to SIT on Wednesday, the woman also alleged that some vital evidence was removed from the hostel room before it was sealed by the police.last_img read more

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LIVE: Brazil vs Spain

first_imgU17 World Cup: Brazil 2-1 Spain: Seleção come from behind to win against La Roja Nisanth Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 20:41 10/7/17 Lincoln Getty The three-time champions prevailed over fellow title aspirants Spain in a sea of yellow at Kochi… Heavyweights Brazil entertained the vibrant Kochi crowd to register a 2-1 over Spain in their opening game in Group D of the 2017 FIFA U17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday.Wesley Andrade (5′ OG) was guilty of putting the ball into his own net early on but Lincoln Dos Santos (25′) equalized for the Samba Nation. Paulinho Filho (45+1) ensured that Brazil secured all three points before the half-time break.Brazil skipper Vitao marshalled the defence in a 4-3-3 formation with Lincoln leading the line in the absence of the Real Madrid signing Vinicius Jr. Paulinho. Brenner provided support from the flanks with playmaker Alan slotting into midfield along with Marcos Antonio and Victor Bobsin.Spain’s flexible starting line-up was lead by the in-form FC Barcelona product Abel Ruiz, who is known for scoring goals game after game. Ferran Torres and Carlos Betia were tasked with providing the supply for him, while Jaume Mateu marshalled the defence with Alvaro Fernandez in goal.Spain started the match brightly and it was the European champions who threatened in the first few minutes of the game. Abel Ruiz spurned his shot wide after being put through on goal by a good ball from midfield.They did not have to wait too long to open the scoring though, as Ferran Torres crossed in from the right for Moukhliss, who slotted the ball into the net via a deflection off Wesley to make it 1-0 for his team. Unfortunately for the defender, it was credited as an own goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The opening goal seemed to wake Brazil up, as Alan and co. started bossing the midfield with the majority of the ball possession. The South American team had the perfect chance to equalize through Paulinho when the no.7’s shot deflected off the keeper and into the path of Lincoln but the striker couldn’t control it goalwards.The equalizer came in the 25th minute and it wasn’t against the run of play. Brenner perfectly crossed for Lincoln inside the box, who hit the net on his second attempt.The game became a midfield battle after the equalizer but Brazil had firm control over the game. They were good in possession and that resulted in a second goal just before the break.Marcos Antonio picked out Paulinho inside the box with a deliciously lobbed ball and the right-sided winger made no mistake in hitting the net to make it 2-1 just before the half-time whistle.Once again, it was Spain who came out of the blocks quickly. Their attacking third football, however, left a lot to be desired. Substitute Victor Perea came into play through the right after a clever free-kick allowed him time and space on the ball to put in a cross. Victor Chust couldn’t get ahead of his marker inside the box to slot it in.Alan picked up a needless yellow but he was the midfield maestro for Brazil on the day. Spain kept trying to carve through an opening for their equalizer but to no avail.Both teams continued to test the goalkeeper one by one but in the end, there was a little too much respect on show by both teams. Spain struggled to find an end product and Brazil countered with ease throughout the second half.With Spain hungry for a goal, Brazil hit them on the counter at will. Marcos Antonio took on his marker and beat him for pace on one such opportunity in the final few minutes but his cross for Paulinho in the middle was cut out by the goalkeeper.Brazil, who entered the tournament as the most decorated team in this age-group amongst the ones qualified, stamped their authority as their midfield totally outclassed Spain’s. Brazil face DPR Korea while Spain play Niger next. read morelast_img read more

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10 months agoEverton chief Barrett-Baxendale: We can win Premier League and Champions League

first_imgEverton chief Barrett-Baxendale: We can win Premier League and Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton chief executive Denise Barrett-Baxendale insists they can win the Premier League and Champions League in the next ten years.Yesterday, Barrett-Baxendale told assembled shareholders the vision was to be “challenging at the top of the Premier League and competing at the highest level in European competitions”.”Ultimately this means challenging for domestic titles and trophies, not only to win cups, but to win Premier League titles too,” she said.”It means competing regularly in the Champions League and it means doing all of this in a world-class, world-renowned football stadium.”This is an extremely challenging goal. It is very much a long-term goal for our club but it is vital we are ambitious and that we deliver performance on and off the pitch that drives our club forward to achieve our ambitions.”I acknowledge our vision is challenging, and the barriers to entry are indeed daunting, but we are Everton and we must all be focused and driven to meet that challenge.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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