Saint Mary’s senior awarded Orr Fellowship

first_imgFor the seventh-consecutive year, a graduating senior from Saint Mary’s has been awarded the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Gabrielle Weldy is the recipient from this year‘s college class.The Orr Fellowship is a program that places “high-caliber college graduates” into careers in business or technology in Indianapolis. Weldy is a member of only six percent of accepted applicants. “The positions are guaranteed to grow you in terms of leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as connect you with influential people and organizations in the city,” Weldy said in an email. “Additionally, you are networked instantly with a group of roughly 100 other Fellows who are involved in similar positions at various host companies in the area.”Having this network with other recipients of the fellowship affords Weldy a unique experience, she said. “It’s a really cool opportunity to get your foot in the door through unique positions at high-growth companies,” she said. Weldy’s interest stemmed from presentations regarding the fellowship in her classes, she said. “The first stage of the application was simply a resume drop, so I thought, ‘Why not?’” she said. “And I just went for it. Then, one whirlwind of a vetting process later, I came out with a great opportunity with a brand new tech startup in Indy. I couldn’t feel more sure of my decision.”Weldy said she is looking forward to seeing how the Orr Fellowship impacts her future. “I’m uncertain of the exact shape the next five years of my life will take — I’m considering law school, grad school, non-profit work and more,” Weldy said. “The Orr Fellowship fit well because it was a way that I could take time to think about my long-term plans while making a meaningful investment in myself.” “I’m confident that I’ll meet talented people who will help me grow immensely in the next two years of my Fellowship, and I’m excited to see where those connections will take me,” Weldy said.Weldy credits her success to her liberal arts education, although she said at first she did not know how her college experience would translate into a professional setting. “I think my liberal arts education is taking me exactly where I want to go,” Weldy said. “Being a philosophy and communication double major, I wasn’t sure what kind of a position I would end up in. I also was heavily involved in stage managing theater during my time at Saint Mary’s, and I was unsure how I would tie in that skill set to my career upon graduation.” Now, Weldy said she sees her background in liberal arts as a factor in what helped her get a spot in the Orr Fellowship program. “But it turns out, I was exactly the kind of person they were looking for — someone who was a general problem solver, able to wear many hats,” she said. “So I’m just looking forward to putting my education — and that confidence felt by so many Saint Mary’s women — and putting them to the test when the rubber meets the road.” For students considering applying for the Orr Fellowship themselves, Weldy said she recommends taking the steps to apply due to the opportunities afforded by the fellowship. “If you’re on the fence about applying, just do it,” Weldy said. “It’s a simple process to initiate, and it can open a world of possibilities that you wouldn’t even think to consider otherwise. When applying, as cheesy as it sounds, it’s very important to just be yourself. They have a well-developed process for finding suitable ways to match graduates with positions that complement their skill sets. The more honest you are about the way you work, the better equipped they will be to know how to place you.”Tags: gabrielle weldy, Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship, Orr Fellowshiplast_img read more

Colombia Reports Destruction of Drug Labs and Capture of Criminals

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 23, 2020 In the first two weeks of August 2020, Colombian authorities reported several operations resulting in considerable losses to criminals and to the finances of organized crime.During a joint operation on August 15, between the Colombian Navy and the National Police, authorities captured 18 members of the criminal group Clan del Golfo, including alias Jhorman, accused of being the main leader of this criminal group. Alias Bebeto, in charge of coordinating extortion and hired killings, was neutralized as he tried to escape, said the Colombian Military Forces’ General Command (CGFM, in Spanish).In southern Bolívar, Colombia, authorities captured 17 ELN guerrillas, who were brought to the Office of the Attorney General to begin judiciary proceedings. (Photo: Colombian Army)During another operation on August 6, the CGFM reported the destruction of six labs used to process coca paste base. The labs were located in different areas of the Guaviare and Meta departments, an enclave of dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Authorities destroyed 1,031 kg of solid and 3,467 liters of liquid chemical materials, enough to produce close to 310 kg of coca base paste monthly.During a large operation on July 29, Colombian security forces captured 17 National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) guerrillas who operated in Bolívar department. The National Police, the Army’s First Division, and the Office of the Attorney General executed the operation, which included more than 30 simultaneous raids in three municipalities, the police reported in a press release.These criminals are accused of extortion, forced displacement, homicide, illicit trade of war materials, and drug trafficking and possession, the police said.With these results, the ELN has lost key elements. The Colombian forces highlighted the importance of the operation since this group, already engaged in turf wars in the region with the Clan del Golfo, is accused of perpetrating the assassination of social leaders in the area.last_img read more

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GAO questions anthrax detection methods

first_img Of the 286 postal facilities tested, 23 tested positive. For two of the 23—in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Wallingford, Conn.—the first tests were negative but later tests turned positive. The Wallingford facility didn’t test positive until the fourth round of testing. In another building, in West Trenton, N.J., no anthrax was found in three rounds of tests, even though a worker had contracted cutaneous anthrax. The GAO puts the bottom line thus: “Because the agencies did not use an empirical process to validate their testing methods, the agencies had limited information available for reliably choosing one method over another and no information on the detection limit to use when evaluating negative results.” The agencies used any of four different preliminary tests and three confirmatory tests to identify anthrax in extracted samples. The number of different tests used, in combination with differences at other stages of the sampling process, increases the level of uncertainty about the results, the GAO contends. Rhodes’s prepared testimony summarizing the GAO reporthttp://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05493t.pdf For its evaluation, the GAO broke the agencies’ sampling activities down into five steps: sampling strategy (where and how many samples were gathered), sample collection methods, sample transportation, sample extraction in the lab, and sample analysis. The agencies mostly used processing solutions to extract samples from dry swabs and get them onto plates for culturing, though in some cases they brought dry swabs into direct contact with plates. Either way, the GAO says, “definitive scientific information regarding extraction efficiency is lacking,” casting additional doubt on the reliability of negative results. The GAO’s conclusion is based on an examination of the approaches used by three agencies—the US Postal Service (USPS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—to hunt for anthrax in 286 postal facilities after the anthrax mailings in 2001. The report also finds fault with the methods used to gather samples. In most cases the agencies used dry swabs on surfaces, though they also used some moistened swabs, wet wipes, HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air filter) vacuuming, and air samples. None of the collection methods were tested in advance, so the agencies “had no information available for reliably choosing one method over another and no information on the limits of detection to use when evaluating negative results,” the report states. In shipping their samples, the agencies followed regulations designed mainly to prevent leaks and protect workers. The GAO complains that the regulations did not address the matter of protecting the samples from extreme temperatures or other factors that could compromise their biological integrity and lead to false-negative test results. “The sampling strategy used by the agencies could not provide any statistical confidence with regard to the basic question: Is this building contaminated?” the report says. “The lack of validation of agencies’ activities, coupled with limitations associated with their targeted sampling strategy, means that negative results may not be reliable,” the report says. It recommends that the secretary of homeland security take on the task of ensuring that pathogen detection methods are validated and coordinating environmental testing for pathogens by different agencies. The agencies mainly used a targeted sampling strategy, collecting samples mostly from areas they judged likeliest to be contaminated. The GAO takes issue with this approach, saying the agencies should have done probability sampling to achieve “wide-area coverage” and provide statistical confidence in negative results. See also: “None of the agencies’ activities to detect anthrax contamination in the postal facilities were validated,” the GAO said in prepared congressional testimony based on the report. Apr 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) says federal agencies may not be able to reliably rule out the presence of anthrax contamination in a building because their sampling and detection methods have not been adequately tested. The agencies have made some changes in their procedures on the basis of lessons learned from the 2001 attacks and have funded some new research. But these efforts, though important, “do not address the issue of validating all activities related to sampling,” in the GAO’s view. The GAO recommends that the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lead an effort to develop a definition of validation and to ensure that the whole set of sampling activities is validated. That should include studies to “develop probability-based sampling strategies that take into account the complexities of indoor environments.” Also, the DHS chief should coordinate the activities of agencies with expertise in environmental testing. However, DHS officials took exception to the role the GAO recommends for their department. DHS maintained that the EPA has “the primary responsibility of establishing the strategies, guidelines and plans for the recovery from a biological attack, while HHS [the Department of Health and Human Services] has the lead role for any related public health response and guidelines,” the final report states. DHS promised to “coordinate with EPA to ensure appropriate investments are made to explore improved sampling.” When they read a draft of the report, the CDC, USPS, and DHS all agreed that the methods for detecting anthrax were not validated and that a systematic validation effort is needed, the report states. The GAO—Congress’s investigative agency—prepared its report for the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations. GAO staff member Keith A. Rhodes gave a 19-page summary of the 119-page report in testimony prepared for delivery to the committee on Apr 5. Full report “Anthrax Detection: Agencies Need to Validate Sampling Activities in Order to Increase Confidence in Negative Results”http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05251.pdflast_img read more

Untouchable: The baby born to a mum with coronavirus

first_imgFor 10 days after giving birth to her first child, the mother was not allowed near him after she tested positive for coronavirus, for fear of infecting her newborn. And even though she has since been reunited with her son, neither she nor her husband have been allowed to physically touch him without gloves as they undergo an extended period of quarantine. “It’s hard,” says Vanesa Muro at her home in Madrid, the worst-hit area in Spain, a country where more than 10,000 people have died from the virus, the highest number outside Italy. “He grabs your finger, the poor little thing and holds on to the plastic, not on to you. But at least that’s another day over, you have to think of it like that otherwise you get depressed,” says the 34-year-old.  She had been preparing to have the baby by caesarian section on March 16, but everything changed when her grandmother, who the couple had been seeing every day, caught the virus. She later died.  On March 12, she and her husband tested positive and he rushed her to Madrid’s La Paz University Hospital but he was not allowed in, “so he left me at A&E”, she told AFP.They decided to operate the next day.  ‘Longest 90 minutes’ “I felt a whole mixture of feelings, it was horrible,” she says — fear of infecting the baby, nervous about going through it without her husband, and the bizarre sense of being operated on by surgeons completely covered in protective suits.Back home, her husband was also struggling, knowing she was in surgery but not knowing what was going on.”It was the longest 90 minutes of my life,” says Oscar Carrillo.In the end, baby Oliver was born safely, weighing 3.6 kilograms.He was put straight into an incubator and kept away from all the other babies until he was tested and found to be free of the virus. Following 48 hours recovering in hospital in almost total isolation, with the staff entering the room as little as possible because of a lack of protective equipment, Muro was allowed to go home, but had to leave her baby behind. “It seems silly but even though he was seven floors below me, he seemed closer to me there than when I was home,” she says.  ‘Memory of a nightmare’ It was only 10 days later that the couple, wearing gloves and masks, were allowed to take him home. “Hey little champion, we’re going to go home now,” were the first words Muro said to her son during their emotional reunion. “It was like he’d just been born that day.”For Arantxa Fernandez, a psychologist at the hospital, it was also a very special moment, “the most beautiful I’ve ever experienced in my professional life,” she told AFP.Throughout the process, Fernandez would send the couple photos and videos of Oliver while he was still in hospital, offering the pair support that they describe as “vital”.Although they have spent 14 days in quarantine, there are no testing kits to confirm they are free from the virus so they are still wearing gloves and masks.”I still haven’t touched my son without gloves… we are just dying for the quarantine to end so we can touch him, kiss him,” says Carrillo as his wife gives Oliver a bottle, safety measures in place. And the new parents are not able to turn to their families for support. Even though Muro’s parents live very close, Spain’s lockdown means it feels like they are living miles away, Carrillo says. “It’s hard but we’ll get through it,” says Muro. “In no time, he’ll be a month old and we’ll be back out on the streets.”He will get to know his grandparents and aunts and uncles. And all of this will just be a memory of a nightmare that we lived through.”  Topics :last_img read more

KPU records sharp decline in independent candidates for year-end polls

first_imgKPU commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Manik said the commission had spent months assessing the eligibility of all independent prospects before allowing them to register as official election candidates.She said there were initially 201 people looking to compete for leadership positions in 127 regions across the archipelago.These prospective candidates had managed to gather the required number of identification card numbers belonging to voters who supported their candidacies, as a prerequisite for eligibility under the 2016 Regional Election Law.They then submitted the list along with the other requirements to the KPU’s regional offices in their respective regions by Feb. 24. The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that only 70 independent candidates are eligible to officially register to compete in the 2020 regional elections, fewer than many had initially anticipated.The government has insisted on hosting the simultaneous elections in December despite the drawn out pandemic and continued rise in infections.The circumstances appear to have had an impact on candidates that lack the solid backing of political parties, although most hopeful candidates failed to pass the preliminary stages of registration. However, the KPU determined that only 70 of them had passed the full verification process, which was held from June 24 to Aug. 23, Evi said during a webinar this week.In that same period, six people decided to withdraw their candidacies, while the rest of them either failed to produce the required documents or produced documents that could not be verified.The remaining prospects can now submit their candidacy documents, including the various submission forms, their electronic ID cards and photocopies of their degree certificates during the registration period that began on Friday and ends this Sunday.The KPU will then verify their documents and confirm their eligibility as official candidates on Sept. 26, which also marks the beginning of the election campaign period that runs until Dec. 5.Election day is slated for Dec. 9, when voters are to elect a total of 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors.Read also: So much work, so little time: KPU under pressure over regional pollsHaving independent candidates contest general elections is still relatively uncommon in Indonesia.Independent candidates often lose out to those with well-established political ties, owing to the high costs of campaigning and the prevalence of vote-buying or other forms of money politics.The KPU announcement shows that the number of independent candidates set to run in this year’s elections has sharply decreased compared to the 2015 polls, which were contested in a similar number of regions.As many as 135 independent candidates competed in 269 regional elections across the country in 2015, almost twice as many as this year – that is, if they all manage to get approval from the KPU.Furthermore, not all regional elections will see independent candidates running for the top job in the administration this year.“The independent prospects are only eligible to register their candidacies in 58 regencies and five cities [holding elections],” said KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi during the webinar on Wednesday.Some election observers believe the drop in the number of independent candidates is “normal”, while others have warned it could potentially undermine democracy.Khoirunnisa Nur Agustyati of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) argued that the decrease in independent candidates this year was understandable, given the tougher requirements introduced since the polls five years ago, especially in canvassing for initial support.Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2014 on regional elections required prospective candidates to gather the ID card numbers of 3 to 6.5 percent of the voters on the final voters list in their respective regions.This threshold for public support was later raised to 6.5 to 10 percent after the 2015 Regional Elections Law was passed. The requirement, she said, was enforced for the 2017 and 2018 regional polls.Dedi Kurnia Syah of the Indonesia Political Opinion (IPO) group suggested that the threshold be revised again so that more independent candidates could participate in the elections and improve the quality of democracy.Read also: Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: SurveysHe noted that tougher requirements had driven independent candidates in several contested regions like West Sumatra to seek the support of political parties.He said this trend could undermine the quality of the polls because it would expose formerly independent candidates to money politics and add to an already crowded playing field that does not necessarily favor competency.“Political parties may end up endorsing candidates who are most likely to win the elections, rather than backing those who possess good leadership qualities,” Dedi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.“That will surely affect the quality of the next batch of regional leaders, too.”Topics :last_img read more

Man Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich

first_imgMan Utd and Arsenal dealt transfer blow as Dayot Upamecano ‘agrees’ to join Bayern Munich Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 Apr 2020 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Comment Upamecano would be a good partner for Harry Maguire in Solskjaer’s side (Picture: Getty Images)United missed out on the chance to sign the defender for free under former boss Louis van Gaal back in 2015.The Red Devils invited Upamecano to their training ground at the age of 16, but couldn’t convince the centre-back of a move to Old Trafford.MORE: Liverpool begin talks with Manchester United and Chelsea target Victor OsimhenMORE: Arsenal shocked by Willian’s wage demands after opening talks over free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Upamecano is being chased by Europe’s top clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Arsenal have suffered a blow in their pursuit of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, who has agreed terms with Bayern Munich, according to reports.The 21-year-old has been one of the Bundesliga’s standout defenders this season, and Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting the £50million-rated Frenchman for a summer switch.According to BILD, German giants Bayern have already held talks with Upamecano ahead of a potential summer move, but are reluctant to pay Leipzig’s asking price.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTThe promising centre-back has just over a year left on his current contract, which means a cut-price fee could be agreed, or the club could risk losing him on a free transfer in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementUpamecano is said to want a move away from the Red Bull Arena in the next transfer window, however, Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff insisted last week that the German side are under no financial pressure to sell one of their prize assets.He said: ‘We have an outstanding squad and could easily start the new season with this squad. It’s clear that we wouldn’t sell a player below value [even] if he wanted to.‘You can assume that we will have talks [with Upamecano] that will be to everyone’s satisfaction.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Drugs that look like candy confiscated; police worry there’s more

first_imgUSA Today 24 September 2018Family First Comment:  This is what happens when you invite Big Marijuana into a country. “Officers on Friday seized suspected cocaine and marijuana plus a cache of cannabis lollipops and pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me that a kid might mistake for sweet and sour candy.” #PeopleBeforeProfits www.VoteNo.nzDrugs disguised as candy that a suburban Atlanta police department confiscated late last week after a hit-and-run accident should be a warning for all those who interact with kids  — especially with about a month to go before Halloween — investigators said Monday.…Officers on Friday seized suspected cocaine and marijuana plus a cache of cannabis lollipops and pills in the shape of Hello Kitty, Homer Simpson and the Minions from Despicable Me that a kid might mistake for sweet and sour candy, Hapeville Police Department officials posted on Facebook.“Our concern is these pills look like candy,” department officials said Monday in response to a message from USA TODAY on Facebook. “Small children might ingest these items mistaking them for candy. Teens may see these drugs as less of a danger based on their looks.”Hapeville, a city of about 6,500 residents that sits northeast of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and has had about a dozen drug arrests in the past six months, according to incident reports posted on CrimeReports.Friday’s seizure, which occurred after a suspect ran from the scene of car accident with injuries but left behind his computer bag, was not listed among incidents reported from March 28 to Monday. The department did not release the name of the suspect arrested but added a comment Monday to its post saying that charges so far included leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, possession of a stolen gun, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of cocaine and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.READ MORE: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/09/24/drugs-disguised-candy-found/1410677002/last_img read more

Gunners held by Baggies

first_img While he has been criticised for lighting up in midweek, the England midfielder will have been happier with the spark he showed in a strong second-half showing. Had Olivier Giroud been anywhere close to his best he would have settled the issue and put Arsenal two points clear by finishing one of two fine chances teed up by Mesut Ozil and Wilshere. Albion began the match positively, Saido Berahino combining well with Stephane Sessegnon on his full league debut to free Liam Ridgewell on the left and earn an early corner. Arsenal cleared the set-piece well and might have had a good break on their hands had the ball fallen to someone quicker than Giroud. A deflection almost put the hosts ahead just before the quarter-hour mark, Berahino’s shot changing course via Mathieu Flamini’s leg and needing swift reactions from Wojciech Szczesny. West Brom gradually took control of the midfield, Yacob and Youssuf Mulumbu proving an effective double act in the central area. Wilshere was having less joy but came to the fore in 24th minute when he made a neat one-two with Giroud before sending a first-time shot a yard wide. England manager Roy Hodgson’s heart would have been in his mouth when Wilshere hit the deck and stayed there soon after, but his problem proved no worse than an accidental poke in the eye from Yacob. The Baggies, fresh from downing Manchester United last weekend, had ample opportunity to extend their lead after Claudio Yacob headed home a Morgan Amalfitano cross in the 42nd minute. But it was Arsenal who ended the game in the hunt for the points after Wilshere, looking to replace reports of late night smoking with more positive headlines, scored with a deflected first-time shot from 20 yards. West Brom were aggrieved when Stephane Sessegnon was blocked as he looked to skip between Mikel Arteta and Kieran Gibbs and nothing was given, though contact did appear to be just outside the penalty area. Aaron Ramsey, so prolific this season, went close when his low shot through a packed box was well saved by Boaz Myhill but West Brom were enjoying much more of the ball. Their pressure paid three minutes from the break. Amalfitano’s initial corner was cleared but when Mulumbu produced a sublime piece of control and fed the ball straight back to him, the Frenchman produced a killer cross. Yacob met it decisively with his head and the Baggies were in front. There was still time before the whistle for Mulumbu to give Wilshere the runaround with another skilful piece of footwork. The second half began explosively, with wonderful chances at both ends inside the first three minutes. The Baggies went first, Berahino galloping forward and making 30 yards before looking for Nicolas Anelka at the far post. The pass seemed perfect but Anelka made a mess of his finish and got the ball trapped between his feet. Moments later Arsenal advanced, with Giroud’s lay-off finding Wilshere 10 yards out only for a wayward finish to spare West Brom. The pace barely slowed before Anelka went even closer. Ridgewell took advantage of a yawning gap on Arsenal’s right flank to play in the veteran, who moved towards goal and opened his body only to sidefoot wide of the far post. Arsenal had a penalty appeal for handball waved away when a Gibbs cross was blocked by Billy Jones, but the full-back appeared to do everything he could to withdraw his arm. They were level after 63 minutes, with Wilshere the scorer. Ozil and Giroud were the instigators, with the latter rolling the ball to substitute Tomas Rosicky on the edge of the box. His one-touch pass sat up for Wilshere, who did not hesitate in unleashing a left-footed shot from 20 yards. A deflection off Jonas Olsson turned a decent looking effort into an unstoppable one. Arsenal were buoyed and probably should have taken the lead when a cute chip from Ozil presented Giroud with a delicious chance to volley from 10 yards. He snatched at the shot, though, leaving Ozil to shake his head. Giroud’s struggles continued when a rejuvenated Wilshere picked him out with a glorious ball over the top. This time the combination of a heavy first touch and a brave smothering save by Myhill denied him. Jones saw a 25-yarder well saved by Szczesny, but it appeared Arsenal’s game to win. Wilshere thought he had a spot-kick when Mulumbu careered into him from behind, but the officials did not agree. Jack Wilshere rescued a point for Arsenal at West Brom to send them level with Liverpool at the Barclays Premier League summit, but a thrilling 1-1 draw might easily have gone either way. Press Associationlast_img read more

Toffees in Hillsborough tribute

first_imgEverton are to unveil a plaque commemorating the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster ahead of Saturday’s derby meeting with Liverpool at Goodison Park. The unveiling will be held at the Park End Stand and conducted by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright and Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Aspinall, whose son James was killed in the Sheffield tragedy on April 15, 1989, said: “This is a really lovely gesture from Everton, paying tribute to the 96 who lost their lives at Hillsborough. “I would like to thank Bill and everyone involved, not least the Everton fans who have provided great support to the families over the years.” Everton fan Stephen Kelly’s brother Michael was among those killed 26 years ago and, together with other Blues supporters, suggested the installation of the permanent tribute. He added on the club’s official website: “As an Evertonian who lost my brother at Hillsborough, I have always been grateful of the support from the blue side of the city. “I hope that when Evertonians look at this they will feel proud of the way we’ve supported our neighbours.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “It is something we take a lot of pride in. “There has always been a real strong bond between the two teams over that tragedy and it is going to be a really important moment. “It is a tribute to the 96 who lost their lives and all the families who suffered the pain of that tragedy over the years. It will be great to see the two football clubs of the city together and showing their support. “The plaque is a tribute that is going to stand forever and we’ll always have it in the back of our minds – we’ll always be there supporting the Hillsborough families.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more