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Finances behind Force’s axing

first_imgOn a dramatic day, ARU boss Bill Pulver announced he would stand down as soon as a replacement could be found.Pulver has had to deal with plenty of negative comment after his organisation announced on April 10 one of the local five Super rugby teams would be cut.”It has been a harrowing process so my sense is it’s a good time for renewal, said Pulver whose five-year term expired next February.Rugby Union Players’ Association boss Ross Xenos described the decision as the “darkest day in the history of Australian Rugby”.The announcement came following the result of arbitration involving the ARU and Rugby WA, though neither side wanted to divulge the findings of last week’s two- day hearingRugbyWA will take out an injunction against the ARU’s decision.If the Force win a right of appeal, they will take the case to the Supreme Court.RugbyWA will also consider mounting legal action relating to the circumstances which led it to enter into the ‘Alliance’ agreement last year with the ARU.Asked why the Force asked were cut rather than the Rebels, Pulver said: “We did an exhaustive analysis, a massive spreadsheet on all the variables that went into this decision.”Some of them community-based, some of them high-performance based and frankly at the end of the day the best decision for Australian rugby was to remove the Western Force.”Financially it made the most sense.Billionaire Andrew Forrest, who on Friday described the ARU’s decision as “retrograde” and “illogical”, has reaffirmed his pledge to do everything within his powers to save the Force.ARU chairman Cameron Clyne said while the Force had run an enthusiastic and public campaign it would have been wrong to assume there wasn’t the same level of enthusiasm in Melbourne.”There has been a lot of public support and a lot of genuine financial support from people in Melbourne that have come out,” he said’Whilst we do appreciate people like Andrew getting involved it came very late in the piece.”Part of the issue was the Force were virtually bankrupt and had to be bailed out.”Clyne said he still expected two to three Australian teams to lose money next year.Every Australian team lost more than they won in 2017 and for the second- straight year no local side made the semi-finals.The Rebels won just one game, while the Force never made the finals in 12 attempts.Clyne felt having four competitive teams would give Australian more bargaining power in having a say over the controversial competition format. Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: A fan shows her support for the Western Force.last_img read more

$5m colt hits the Park tomorrow

first_imgBoth the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s well supported 12-race-programme at Caymanas Park, and with large and competitive fields evident, punters will be required to dig deep to find the winning combinations. The Pick-9 will embrace races four to 12, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from seven to 12. The Pick-9 offers a guaranteed minimum of $1 million, the Super-6s $750,000 each. The opening race over 1100 metres for three-year-olds has attracted some very speedy horses and it promises to be close in a field of seven. Significantly, champion trainer Wayne DaCosta has two live contenders in recent winner GOLD MINER and LITTLE BIG HORN. Former champion Philip Feanny saddles BUBBLING KITTEN and DANCING QUEEN while Gary Subratie also has two in SIMPLY THE BEST and BIG DATA, all fit horses. It will be hot, but I believe Feanny holds the key with either BUBBLING KITTEN (Leo Miller up) or DANCING QUEEN (Oneil Mullings). BROOKLYN, who failed by a neck to stave off 99-1 outside A VESSEL OF LOVE over 1100 metres recently, should welcome the longer distance of the second race over 1820 metres and with champion jockey Shane Ellis now taking the ride, the hint should be taken. LATE N’ DRAFTY and STRAIGHTFROMTHEHEART are twin dangers in a field of 10 maiden three-year-olds. The day’s five-star banker comes in the form of PONTIUS PILATE (Ellis up) in the third race over 1200 metres for maiden two-year-olds. Trained by Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes, PONTIUS PILATE makes his debut with a big reputation, the son of Forest Danger – Sea Treaty having fetched the record price of $5 million at last year’s yearling sale. Working really well in preparation for this race, PONTIUS PILATE is a half brother to three derby winners, including the recent T&T derby winner ACADEMY AWARD, also trained by Nunes at his overseas stable. Briefly, DASH BOARD, with in-form apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over recent course winner MAMETA (Ellis up) in the fourth race over the straight, while the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by JUNIOR DON (Omar Walker up) and DEMOLITION BOY under top apprentice Bebeto Harvey). (1) DANCING QUEEN/ BUBBLING KITTEN (2) BROOKLYN/ LATE N’ DRAFTY (3) PONTIUS PILATE (4) DASH BOARD/MAMETA (5) JUNIOR DON/PLAY STATION (6) DEMOLITION BOY/BRAVE HEART – O.C. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho, center, runs with the ball as Ecuador’s Juan Cazeres, left, looks on during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BARCELONA, Spain — Instead of a promised player to help fill the hole left by Neymar, Barcelona made no signings on the final day of the summer transfer market in Spain.Barcelona had been after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho for weeks, and on Monday Barcelona’s sports director Robert Fernandez said the club wanted to bring in “one or possibly two players” before the transfer window shut on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The failure to sign Coutinho or another top-notch playmaker caps an awful month for Barcelona, which started when Neymar bolted for PSG after the French club triggered his buyout clause by paying a world record fee of €222 million ($262 million).Barcelona was able to reinvest part of that payout in France winger Ousmane Dembele and Brazil midfielder Paulinho. Paulinho cost €40 million ($47 million). Dembele’s final cost could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million), making him the third most expensive transfer after Neymar and PSG’s new signing Kylian Mbappe.Business was scant across Spain.Sevilla, a Champions League club, acquired Johannes Geis on loan from Schalke 04 with an option to purchase the midfielder.Forward Loic Remy left Chelsea and signed a two-year contract with Las Palmas. The Canary Islands club also got Moroccan international Oussame Tannane on loan from Saint Etienne.ADVERTISEMENT Valencia beat the clock with two late loan deals, securing the arrival of Andreas Pereira from Manchester United and winger Goncalo Guedes from PSG.Espanyol brought back former players Sergi Darder and Sergio Sanchez. Darder came from Lyon on a one-season loan deal that included an option to buy the midfielder for €8 million ($9.5 million). Sanchez, a defender, was loaned by Rubin Kazan.Ecuador forward Jefferson Montero joined promoted club Getafe on loan from Swansea.Athletic Bilbao struck a future deal for Eibar’s Ander Capa to change Basque Country clubs next summer. Bilbao said it paid €3 million ($3.5 million) for Capa, who agreed to a four-year contract starting in July 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles But the midnight deadline to acquire new players in la Liga struck before Barcelona could pry away Coutinho or find a similar talent to help its attack. Media reports had speculated that Barcelona was also interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala.The only activity at Camp Nou on Friday was Barcelona’s agreement to loan forward Munir El Haddadi to fellow Spanish club Alaves. He played on loan at Valencia last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Fernandez had also said it was likely that other players would leave the club. But midfielder Arda Turan and the disappointing Andre Gomes both stayed put.Barcelona announced late on Friday that Fernandez and club official Albert Soler would hold a press conference on Saturday, apparently to explain what went wrong in the transfer window. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies View commentslast_img read more

Ebola-like Outbreaks Predicted Due to Poor Sanitation

first_imgFreetown – Sierra Leone and Liberia risk new deadly epidemics akin to the impact of the Ebola virus due to lack of clean water and hygienic conditions in most homes, a non-governmental organization (NGO) warned on Tuesday.WaterAid said the two provisions were the “first line of defense” against infectious diseases, but needed to be put into place before outbreaks began.In Sierra Leone, more than 37 percent of people do not have access to clean water, the British-based group said in a statement. In Liberia, the figure is 24.5 percent.When it comes to basic sanitation, WaterAid said the figures were even higher – 86.7 percent of people in Sierra Leone and just over 83 percent in Liberia live without access to it.“The terrible suffering of the people of Sierra Leone and Liberia during the Ebola crisis is at high risk of being repeated in another disease epidemic if we do not see action to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices in our communities, schools and healthcare facilities,” WaterAid’s Joe Lambongang said in the statement.“To ask healthcare professionals to battle an epidemic without clean water, safe toilets and somewhere to wash their hands is unrealistic and needlessly puts lives at risk,” he added.According Sierra Leone’s health ministry figures, 30 percent of the population dies every year of diseases passed on by contaminated water.In June, Liberia said it was free of Ebola, meaning there were no known cases in West Africa of the tropical virus that left more than 11, 300 people dead in the region since late 2013.The World Health Organization declared an end on June 1 to Ebola cases in Guinea – where it first broke out in December 2013 – and in Sierra Leone on March 17, the next year.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Windchill warning issued for B.C. North Peace

first_imgB.C. North Peace River7:27 AM PST Thursday 05 December 2013Wind chill warning for B.C. North Peace River issuedCold windchill values below minus 40 today.This is a warning that extreme wind chill conditions are expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..listen for updated statements.- Advertisement -Arctic air combining with brisk winds has produced cold windchill values of minus 40 over the northern sections of British Columbia Peace River this morning. The cold conditions are expected to continue today.last_img read more

Lost bag hiccup delays start of Iceland’s W. Cup adventure

first_img0Shares0000Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson nearly lost a laptop containing 20 years work © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDGELENDZHIK, Russian Federation, Jun 10 – Iceland needed police help to keep their World Cup plans on track after coach Heimir Hallgrimsson put his bag on the wrong bus in a comical start to their debut campaign.Hallgrimsson’s bag was on a bus headed for northern Iceland rather than the team coach bound for the airport on Saturday, a slip that delayed the group’s departure by half an hour while the item was recovered. “It was good for the guys that they can laugh at me,” Hallgrimsson told AFP on Sunday after the team’s first World Cup training session close to the city of Gelendzhik on Russia’s sunny Black Sea coast.“Hopefully it’s the only mistake of the tournament.”Assistant coach Helgi Kolvidsson said the bag contained a computer that had “20 years of work on it”.“We had to get the police to stop the bus while Heimir bought us a round of coffee at the airport,” he added.The Nordic side embarked on a fairytale run at Euro 2016, peaking with an astonishing 2-1 win against England as they came from a goal down to condemn Roy Hodgson’s team to a humiliating last-16 exit.Iceland, who shone at Euro 2016, are making their World Cup debut © AFP / Jonathan NACKSTRANDIn Russia they face another daunting challenge, with an opening match on June 16 against 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina. Croatia and Nigeria are their other group-stage opponents.Hallgrimsson said the experience gained at Euro 2016 would help Iceland, who face pressure from fans at home who want to taste success in their first ever World Cup appearance.“We have a clue now about what we are getting into,” he said. “We are not as lost in the air as we were before the Euros. Hopefully we can surprise Argentina and maybe other teams too,” he said.Iceland staff said Everton midfielder and team talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson has recovered from a knee injury and is “ready” to face Lionel Messi’s men.But team captain Aron Gunnarsson did not take a full part in Sunday’s session, held in temperatures nearing 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in front of several hundred local people.The bearded Cardiff City midfielder’s knee injury sustained in April is an “injury concern” for the opening match, according to former Iceland international Gudni Bergsson.“We are hoping that he will be fit on the day, but we will see about that,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgMalin Head, Ireland’s most northerly point, is widely accepted as one of Donegal’s most important tourism resources. The region is set to get another tourism boost after it was announced that Donegal County Council in conjunction with the Loughs Agency, Failte Ireland, Malin Head Development Association and National Parks and Wildlife Service are in the process of developing Malin Head as a key visitor destination.To this end funding amounting to €220,341 has been secured from the Interreg IV Programme through the SEUPB to complete a number of actions. Donegal County Council previously provided funding of approximately €35,000 to develop interpretation signage for Malin Head and the surrounding area.Donegal County Council’s Chief Executive Seamus Neely said similar to the ethos behind the Wild Atlantic Way, Donegal County Council see the Malin Head project as an evolving venture which will build and develop over the years.“Malin Head is an area that is rugged, unspoilt and spectacular.“It offers a great visitor experience from walking, fishing, swimming, photography, studying rock formations or rare flora and is a wonderful attraction for the Inishowen Peninsula. “It is the intention of Donegal County Council to develop Malin Head as a first class visitor attraction that helps service the needs of the local community and businesses as well as visitors to the county,” he said.The current phase of the project work is now complete and includes:Roads (widening and passing bays to allow ease of access).Pathways (800m of walkways along the scenic Malin Head point between Banbas Crown and Hells Hole).Accessible viewing platform with multi-lingual talking telescopes. Upgraded parking area to the west of Malin Head with signage and talking telescope.Interpretative Signage Panels for the Walks – Seating.The Malin Head Marine Tourism Project will be launched at Malin Head Community Association, Ballygorman, Malin Head on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 11.00amTOURISM BOOST AS STUNNING MALIN HEAD MARINE PROJECT SET TO BE LAUNCHED was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:FeaturesMalin HeadMarine ProjectnewsNoticestourismlast_img read more

Chelsea in danger of failing in bid for striker as AC Milan step up move

first_img moving on Latest Transfer News REVEALED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer TOP WORK Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri could miss out on one of his reported top transfer targets as AC Milan move for Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, according to the Evening Standard.Italian boss Sarri has already managed Higuain during his time in Serie A, helping him to his most prolific campaign. LIVING THE DREAM targets Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring against AC Milan. In 2015/16 the Argentine hit 38 goals in 42 games across all competitions and earned a £75million move to Juventus.Now Sarri wants to be reunited with the player, now 30-years-old, as he prepares for life in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge.But AC Milan are currently weighing up a move for Higuain as they attempt to sign a top striker, with Blues flop Alvaro Morata also on their list of forwards to target.Higuain could be available for around £57million, with a salary of around £130,000 per week, with the sale of Morata likely to fund the transfer. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January three-way race 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland LATEST Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signinglast_img read more


first_imgGARDAI based in Co Donegal have been involved in pitched battles with dissident thugs who went on the rampage in Dublin in protest at the visit of Britain’s queen to the country.We understand that at least five gardai from the county were on duty at the frontline in the capital when trouble erupted.As representatives from every county in Ireland including Donegal met the queen at Croke Park yesterday, gardai fought a pitched battle with dozens of dissidents. Hundreds of gardai from the county are on duty for the visit which is due to end tomorrow.Speaking last night the queen offered her deep sympathy to everyone who has suffered in centuries of conflict between Britain and Ireland.In an address at a State dinner in Dublin Castle, she spoke of the painful legacy of the past and the need to remember all those whose lives have been affected.She began her landmark speech, which lasted more than eight minutes, in Irish by addressing ‘Uachtaráin agus a chairde’. The queen said we must bow to the past but not be bound by it. She said the relationship had not always been straightforward and that the islands had experiences more than their fair share of hardship, turbulence and loss.In a reference to the death of Lord Mountbatten in Mullaghmore in 1979, she said the experiences had touched ‘us all’, and added that people could never forgot those who had died or been injured.DONEGAL GARDAI IN PITCHED BATTLES WITH DISSIDENT THUGS was last modified: May 19th, 2011 by gregShare 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


first_imgCarrick captain Paddy Byrne with the U-16 final trophyCARRICK Vocational School are the county U-16 Champions after a two point win over Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair.The Carrick boys came from behind to edge to a 1-11 to 3-03 victory.They’ve now added the U-16 title to the senior schools title won against Carndonagh two weeks ago. Gaoth Dobhair had led by four points at the break, but Carrick took the lead early in the second half thanks to a goal from Pauric Cunningham.The Pobalscoil hit their third goal soon afterwards but Carrick VS held their nerve and took their points to seal the win. CARRICK EDGE OUT GAOTH DOBHAIR IN U-16 FINAL was last modified: January 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:CARRICK EDGE OUT GAOTH DOBHAIR IN U-16 FINALcarrick vocational schoollast_img read more