Williamson replaced by Chapman

first_imgNew Delhi: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the first two ODIs against India as he continues to battle an inflamed AC joint in his left shoulder and has been replaced by Mark Chapman.The injury occurred while fielding in the third T20 International in Hamilton last Wednesday and prevented him from playing the final two matches of the series.Team physio Vijay Vallabh has said they would continue to cautiously manage Williamson’s return to play. IANSAlso Read: Kane Williamson returns to New Zealand T20I fold for India seriesAlso Watch: Watch | First Reaction of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Union Budget 2020last_img

WAFU Cup: Super Falcons Promise to Sweep aside Niger Challenge

first_imgToday’s clash should be even easier for the nine-time African champions, but they are determined not to take anything for granted as football has continued to prove to be unpredictable.“We want not just to win, but to win well so that we quickly seal a place in the quarter-finals,” said Captain Evelyn Nwabuoku.A high-score win today will earn the Falcons an early ticket into the semifinals, take confidence to the maximum level and set them in good mood for the concluding stages of the sub-regional championship.Against the Burkinabes, Uchenna Kanu opened scoring as early as the eighth minute, before Captain Nwabuoku and Amarachi Okoronkwo converted penalty kicks. Kanu scored two more goals in the second period before Charlotte Milogo pulled one back for Burkina Faso.After today’s clash with the Nigeriens, the FIFA World Cup-bound Falcons will tackle high-scoring Mali on Tuesday evening.According to the team’s programme, the Falcons will fly out of Nigeria to Austria on 21st May, where they will spend two weeks at the world-renown Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf perfecting strategies for the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals. They will arrive in France on June 4.At the World Cup finals, holding June 7 – July 7, the African champions will file out against Norway in Reims on June 8, take on Korea Republic in Grenoble on June 12 and tango with host nation France in Rennes on June 17Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram African champions Nigeria intend to take all their opportunities when they clash with the senior women team of Niger Republic in Abidjan today in order to seal a place in WAFU Women’s Cup Tournament.The Nigeriens are the standout whipping team of Group B after a 10-0 bashing in the hands of Mali on Thursday evening, just after the Falcons thrashed Burkina Faso’s girls 5-1 at the same Parc des Sports in Treichville.Former junior international Uchenna Kanu bagged a hat-trick and was named Woman-of-the-Match. The Burkinabes prosecuted most of the encounter with 10 players after Salimata Simpore was sent off in the 16th minute for the foul that led to the first penalty kick.last_img read more

Clear Lake council approves final plat for Courtway Park, hear details about hotel & conference center complex

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council Monday night approved the final plat for the Courtway Park Subdivision on the east side of the community, and it was announced that a letter of intent for a potential development agreement between the city and the developer to assist with a hotel and conference center project will likely come before the council next month.The 64-acre tract of land previously was Andrews Pre-stressed Concrete, located just north of State Highway 122 between Interstate 35 and North 32nd Street. The southern portion of the property will have six lots zoned as “highway commercial”, with the northern portion having five lots zoned as “light industrial”.The proposed hotel and conference center development would be on a 5.8 acre piece of land on the far southwestern part of the subdivision. City Administrator Scott Flory says the project would be a $16 million investment.  He says the hotel would be not less than a mid-scale brand hotel with not less than 70 rooms. “It would also entail a five to six thousand square foot restaurant with an estimated 180 person capacity, an approximately 9000 square foot conference meeting center that would be capable of accommodating somewhere around mid range of about 600 persons, so depending upon seating arrangement could be could be a less and more. Generally arranged maybe a 450 to 900 persons, kind of concentrating it be around that 600 person of the midpoint there.”Construction on the hotel and conference center would begin in October of this year with a scheduled completion date of October 31st in 2020. Flory says the city would rely on the new anticipated property and sales taxes generated from the hotel and conference center development, as well as other future developments in the subdivision, to help offset a city economic development contribution to the project.  “We would anticipate a forgivable loan to the project in the amount of between $3.75 and 4 million towards the project as a 10 to 12-year forgivable loan, and that would be premised on the whole project being built and completed by that October 31st 2020 date. Upon completion of the project, the city would provide the loan funds to the developer, not an upfront loan, but once the project is completed, then the loan funds that would be provided.”Flory says he believes the prospective project would be the most significant of its kind between Ames and Owatonna on Interstate 35.  “I think it’s got the great potential to be catalystic for not only the Courtway Park but Clear Lake in general and north Iowa in particular. We’re fortunate to be able to have some good developers involved with this project that have a good strong track record, and we’re looking forward to hopefully making a deal come to fruition with them and making project happen here”Flory says the project will have a positive economic impact on the community. “I think this is a great example of how a community can use tax increment financing to benefit the entire community here by really facilitating the creation of a what I would refer to the project as an economic impact generating opportunity that can help bring outside dollars into the community without creating new cost for the taxpayers. I think it’s a complex, complicated project, but I think it’s very realistic for a community. I think that said those are things that we have to concentrate on.”Old Dominion Freight Line has already announced they plan to use one of the lots for a $5 million capital investment, creating up to ten full-time jobs, for what’s commonly referred to as a “cross dock” or “less than truckload” distribution facility.last_img read more