Lionel Messi believes he is better off not thinking too much about the risk of being infected by the coronavirus as Spanish soccer clubs step up their return to activity, saying he looks forward to getting back to playing matches.Messi and his Barcelona team mates have been back at the club’s training ground conducting individual sessions since last week, following La Liga’s four-phase protocol for returning to activity since it was halted in March due to the pandemic.All 11 remaining rounds of fixtures in La Liga will take place without spectators, with President Javier Tebas saying last week that matches could start as soon as June 12. Topics : While some players and clubs have spoken out against football returning out of fear of picking up the virus or passing it on to others, Messi said returning to matches was no riskier than leaving home for any other reason.”There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk, so I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere,” Messi told Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo on Friday.”But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. Returning to training is the first step but we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary.”Messi said he is excited about returning to matches but voiced his opposition to La Liga’s proposal for teams to be quarantined together, away from their families, once matches resume.”Personally I’m looking forward to the competition returning. We know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands, I’ve done it before and I found it out,” said the Barca captain.”With regards to being quarantined, the truth is we don’t like the idea of being separated from our families at all but we’ll have to see what the final plan is.”
HIA believes Queensland’s drop in new homes sale could just be “timing issues”. Picture: Liam Kidston.QUEENSLAND has logged a massive 29.3 per cent monthly fall in new house sales, as residential building eases off 2016’s highs.The Housing Industry Association recorded the fall for June over the May figures, though the result was also 24.1 per cent lower than a year earlier. HIA senior economist Shane Garrett said Australia’s largest states were at their lowest level since October 2013, with national June home sales numbers down 6.9 per cent over May (-11.9 per cent down on June 2016). Free signup to The Courier-Mail’s Real Estate newsletter direct to your inbox More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Garrett said the results supported HIA’s forecasts that new dwelling commencements would continue easing until late 2018.But he said the major states were coming off recent record peaks.“The fall in sales needs to be considered against the backdrop of residential building coming off a record peak of activity in 2016. We project that residential building will still be operating at a historically high level,” he said.The HIA new home sales report said Queensland’s June decline “could just be reflecting timing issues” given it was off “a similarly large increase in May”.The report said “the quarterly figures give a clearer picture” with the June quarter seeing detached house sales down 3 per cent over the March quarter, and having fallen 7 per cent over the same period in 2016.*Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter and Facebook
Three golf clubs, each with a wonderful record of encouraging juniors and beginners, have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year award, supported by COBRA PUMA GOLF.They are: Cookridge Hall Golf Club, Yorkshire; Norwood Park Golf Club, Nottinghamshire; and Strawberry Hill Golf Club, Middlesex.The winner of the GolfMark Club of the Year will be presented with a trophy and a prize from COBRA PUMA GOLF at an awards dinner in April.GolfMark is an England Golf initiative which recognises junior and beginner-friendly clubs. It was introduced in 2006 and Ruddington Grange in Nottinghamshire recently became the country’s 700th GolfMark club.This award, now in its sixth year, recognises GolfMark clubs which have shown an outstanding and innovative contribution to developing the game through a range of activities.The three finalists were among 17 nominated clubs, all of a high standard, and were selected by a judging panel from the England Golf Partnership.The other clubs nominated were: Billingham, Durham; Boughton, Kent; Blue Mountain, Berkshire; Carus Green, Cumbria; Cuckfield, Sussex; Dereham, Norfolk; Ealing, Middlesex; Launceston, Cornwall; Mullion, Cornwall; New Mills, Derbyshire; Shirland, Derbyshire; St Austell, Cornwall; The Oaks, Cheshire; Weymouth, Dorset.Garon Park Golf Club in Essex was the 2013 winner of the Golfmark Club of the Year award, following Bawburgh, in Norfolk, in 2012.England Golf will re-launch the GolfMark initiative in 2014 with an increased emphasis on supporting clubs in the areas of development, business and marketing. Further information on the re-launch will be available shortly. 27 Jan 2014 Shortlist revealed for 2014 GolfMark Club of the Year Award
BILL NEAL• I don’t know about you, but I’m drinking the kool-aid. I’m back on the horse. I’ve circled the wagons. When the going gets tuff . . . all those good ole sayings. I’m bringing them all out. Steelers do it again and “Say the Ravens Nevermore!” We win this one and it’s time to start talking Super Bowl. You want the truth, well you got it. Now tell Superman, Batman and Robin too!• The first ever Achieving Greatness Awards, heretofore AGA, is set to go and I promise you this, it will be the most spectacular awards event in this city’s history. Saturday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the fabulous Blue Line Grill, 5th Avenue Downtown Pittsburgh across from the back of Consol Arena, featuring the Willie Stargell MVP Award . . . the Celebrating Women Awards . . . The Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League Hall of Fame Inductees . . . and introducing the first time ever historic debut of The Pittsburgh City League All Sports Hall of Fame Inductions, recognizing and honoring some of the greatest athletes in Western Pennsylvania history. Tickets $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Dress to impress. Valet and street parking, 21 and over, cash bar, cash kitchen, after party starring The Legend Sly Jock. First come, first seat, rooftop VIP Room. Call (412) 628-4856. THIS IS GONNA BE SPECIAL . . . MORE INFO COMING SOON.• Okay, by the way, if you want to kill your wife or girlfriend, apparently all you have to do is do it in Australia. Oh, now I’m the bad guy . . . I told you you can’t handle the truth!!!• Even though Cortez Allen can’t cover a small bed with a large blanket . . . can’t watch the sun come up . . . plays the corner like Stevie Wonder . . . okay, okay, that’s all I got, but on the real (Remember we used to talk like that?) Coach Tomlin is going to have to hang in there with him. One day we’re going to need him and he’ll rise to the occasion. Count on it. Champions always do!• Madison Bumgarner may not be the greatest pitcher in major league baseball history, but clearly he’s the only one to pretty much win three of the seven games by himself. That my friends is the stuff legends are made of. The Giants win. The Giants win. The Giants win!• For those of you that had the nerve to question me on the Steelers bringing back Brett Keisel and James Harrison . . . well, who’s your daddy now?• The Pittsburgh City League may not have many schools left, but the ones they have are still great and holding down the City League tradition and grand style. Please continue to support City League athletics and our student athletes.• By the way, if you have a senior student/athlete set to graduate in June and he or she doesn’t have five colleges identified and contacted on some level, he or she is late, very late. Let’s go parents!• The NBA kicked off Tuesday night. Just go with this and trust me. San Antonio squares off for the West title and Cleveland and Miami will get it on in the East . . . it’s meant to be.• Health Tip — baked is better for you than fried. It just is!< You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line >
Facebook103Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Madi Murphy for Capital LakefairOn Thursday, July 18 at 7:00 p.m., we gather to celebrate our young women who represent Capital Lakefair throughout the Pacific Northwest.Capital Lakefair and the royalty court give back to the community each year. They participate in a variety of community-building events including organizations like the Hands On Children’s Museum, The Little Red Schoolhouse Project, Olympia’s Pie Fest, Special Library readings, and Thurston County’s Lifeskills Prom. They travel to numerous festivals and events throughout Washington, Oregon and Canada and visit many of the local service clubs to share their platform and their personal mission as future leaders in our community.Come meet the women who represent our local high schools at this year’s Capital Lakefair Royalty Night and celebrate all of their accomplishments and efforts. This year’s royalty are:Queen Emma Waldon from North Thurston High SchoolPrincess Bridgette Byerly from River Ridge High SchoolPrincess Eleanor Kim from Black Hills High SchoolPrincess Ruby Roebuck from Avanti High SchoolPrincess Cassidy Walchak- Sloan from Olympia High SchoolThey will be honored on the Main Stage at Capitol Lake. For more information visit Capital Lakefair’s website.