Loan sharks circle poor 21 December 2013Christchurch’s most at-risk residents are being targeted by dodgy lenders and by mobile-truck shops, with some scouting for sales outside welfare agencies, the City Missioner says.Michael Gorman is calling for tougher laws on high-interest payday loan companies after a resident visited the City Mission seeking help for what he says was “one of the worst loan schemes we’ve ever seen”.He also sought a tightening of rules around mobile-truck shops, saying his staff frequently noticed lenders parked up outside the building trying to attract customers.Mission social worker Connie Smart said a desperate mother-of-four recently visited the mission unable to repay a credit from an online short-term loan company.She had borrowed just over $500, but was faced with an annual interest rate of 584 per cent, to be paid over three weeks – accruing her almost as much as she borrowed in interest.A clause in the contract granted the loan company legal power of attorney to take 20 per cent of her income directly from her employers if she defaulted on a payment, until the loan was paid. read more


SU’s defense during penalty corners adds to early-season success

first_img Published on August 29, 2018 at 9:24 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] When the clock hit zero at the end of Sunday’s game, Syracuse led 1-0. But the game wasn’t over. Albany was awarded four penalty corners, which meant four chances to tie. SU committed an infraction which awarded the first corner. Again and again and again the Orange failed to clear the ball out of the circle, committing an infraction each time and extending the game one more shot.But the defense finally prevailed, as it always has this season.Syracuse (2-0) has not allowed a team to score off a penalty corner yet, despite already facing 18 across two games. And so far, infractions still have been the only thing that can hurt the Orange. SU’s only allowed goal this season came as a result of a penalty shot, which is awarded as a result of a more serious infraction.“The set pieces are becoming an even bigger part of our game now,” junior defender Claire Webb said. “The corners, both attack penalty corners and defensive penalty corners are both really big parts of our game because the attack can capitalize on that. If it’s a one goal game, it’s even more important, so it’s definitely a big part of our game.”Penalty corners are awarded when a member of the defense commits an infraction: committing an intentional defense in the circle against a player without possession, a defender sending the ball over the backline intentionally or when a defender gets a ball lodged in their uniform or equipment, among other things.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWebb is one of the five players that finds herself in the cage during the penalty corners. She is joined by senior defender Roos Weers and sophomore goalie Borg van der Velde, along with two other Syracuse defenders. All the players in the cage don facemasks for protection — Weers has the tendency to rip hers off following the initial deflection before going to fight for the ball and clear it out of the circle.In the season opener against Vermont, SU only committed five infractions that awarded penalty corners, as well as a more severe infraction that caused the penalty shot that gave Vermont its lone goal. But against Albany, SU allowed the Great Danes to run 13 plays from the corner.“It was us not moving and sloppiness,” head coach Ange Bradley said after the Albany game. “Once we figured some things out in the second half, we were able to open them up.”Despite allowing so many corners, SU’s defense has held firm. Many players say that they practice both the offensive and defensive sides of the penalty corners often, which has provided the success, including van der Velde who said: “It’s just practice.”“We kind of get together and just instill that belief,” Webb said. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more


Expert view: Lack of Champions League football means Spain star won’t join Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool are unlikely to be able to prise Spanish forward Pedro away from Barcelona because of their inability to offer Champions League football next season, according to talkSPORT’s Merseyside correspondent.The diminutive attacker signed a contract extension at the Nou Camp until 2019 earlier this season but his future remains in doubt, particularly with his Spain place far from secure and just a year to go until Euro 2016.The Reds have allegedly expressed interest in the player but the 27-year-old is an afterthought as Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke remains their prime attacking target, according to Dominic King.“Pedro is a top player but the one thing that would hold that back is the Champions League side of it,” King told the Transfer Tavern.“Would that be what he wants with the pedigree he has got? He scored in the final for Barcelona four years ago.”The deal for Benteke, 24, is reportedly imminent but there is still some distance between Liverpool and Villa’s valuations of the striker, which King revealed is currently proving a stumbling block in the deal going through.He added: “Benteke is obviously the prime target but not at the price that Villa are talking about.“The release clause [a reported £32.5million] won’t see any business done at that price.”last_img read more