Western Force fight could go to high court

first_imgBillionaire backer Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is considering all legal avenues and it is believed the Force are willing to exhaust all options available pending appeal rights, which could drag the saga out long enough for them to compete in the 2018 Super Rugby season.Super Rugby officials are nervously awaiting the outcome of the appeal hearing before finalising a draw for next year.However, if the Force pursue other avenues and are able to win an injunction against the ARU’s decision, the legal process could drag on for months and affect Super Rugby planning for 2018.Forrest launched a stinging attacking on the ARU on Wednesday, calling for chairman Cameron Clyne to resign. Forrest also released documents supposedly showing the ARU decided in February to axe the Force because they were the easiest legal option.Clyne rejected Forrest’s claim, saying the legal advice, which described the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels as “high risk” and the Force as “low risk”, was only a small part of a bigger decision.Forrest also slammed the ARU’s process as a “charade”, accusing them of bullying and insisting his offer of A$50 million to save the Force was not too late.The NSW Supreme Court is likely to make a ruling next week on the Force’s appeal after the ARU axed the franchise on August 11.Forrest claimed the ARU made its decision six months ago, but dragged out the process and released a document to back up his point.”There is no legal obligation to retain the Western Force in the Super Rugby competition following a renegotiation of the broadcast rights,” the document read.”If the broadcast contracts are renegotiated with effect from the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season, the Alliance Agreement will automatically terminate at the end of the 2017 season and the obligation on the ARU to maintain the Western Force as a Super Rugby team in Perth will lapse at that point.”The document said the ARU would be breaching a participation deed if it attempted to cut the Brumbies or the Rebels.”If a negotiated exit is not achieved, an attempt by the ARU to terminate the Brumbies/Rebels participation deed without cause would constitute an unlawful termination,” the document read.Forrest, one of Australia’s richest men, lashed out on Wednesday, saying the documents prove the ARU always had the Force in its sights, which raises questions of how fair the process may have been.”The document I have, which I have released, came from caring members of the business community,” Forrest said. “It shows clearly that late in February this year the advice was received and taken to cut the Western Force for no other reason apart from legal advice. This is what I have stood up for, this is what I accuse the ARU of; of litigating, of lawyers and not leadership, of choosing not for merit but choosing to cut because they can bully a submission.”Clyne denied the claims.”Andrew referred to a document or documents which indicated that a decision had been made to remove the Western Force in February,” Clyne said.”This was not the case and there are no documents which contain this information.”RugbyWA has been provided several opportunities to put its best business case for the Western Force to the ARU board, from April 10 right up until our final request for this information on August 2, 2017.”I can only assume that Andrew has been provided with a document that contains some of the analysis that was undertaken by ARU management at the request of the board, to assess the many implications and considerations for exiting each of the three teams we originally assessed, which included the Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Western Force.”As we have previously announced, there was an extensive analysis conducted on each of these teams and one of the key issues we assessed was the legal risks associated with any decision to exit one of those teams.”These legal risks were factored into our decision, but the board still had options outside of legal avenues to pursue its course to remove a team.”Forrest also responded to comments made by ARU chief executive Bill Pulver on Tuesday. Pulver said the mining magnate had come to the table too late after tabling a $50 million offer to prop up the Force and assure the future of the code. Clearly frustrated by the comments, Forrest accused the ARU of bullying tactics and said he would not stop trying to save the Force.”I’m here to say to the ARU, you cannot bully this team, your ambush has been sprung, you have now been discovered,” Forrest said. “Chairman of the ARU, Mr Cameron Clyne, you’ve told me so many times that there was a broad spreadsheet of factors which were all based on merit, which were based on fairness and of course Australia now knows that was a charade. You received advice you could not cut the Rebels. “I ask you now to resign Mr Cameron Clyne. This has been discovered. The secret is now out. The process from here now must be transparent, we must all come clean.” Forrest disagreed that his generous offer to the ARU had come too late. “My message to the leaders of the ARU, Mr Bill Pulver, who I’m not holding to account, you’ve been an honest and faithful servant. But Mr Pulver and remaining ARU board … it is not too late. I’m in business. I know what too late looks like. I know what 11th hour looks like and I certainly know what bullies look like.”This is not 11th hour, this is not too late. Keep the Western Force, stop this legal charade, be transparent and let’s get on with building a fabulous sport in Australia and the code of rugby union across Australia and across the world.”Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Caption: Andrew Forrest says ARU chairman Cameron Clyne should resign over the Force being axed from Super Rugby.last_img read more

Coach Schäfer banned by FIFA – Burrell remains positive despite coach’s two-game suspension

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz will have to do without head coach Winfried Schäfer after the German was suspended by FIFA’s disciplinary committee, from sitting on the bench for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti. However, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not expecting any major setbacks, as he threw his support behind the programme’s technical staff. Burrell said that the Reggae Boyz have an experienced technical team in place and remains confident that the continue to work well in Schäfer’s absence from the bench. “The effects should not be felt because the technical team has been together for a long period. I am confident in the other members of the technical staff and they should be able to cope,” Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday, following a release from the JFF. unsporting behaviour As a result, Schäfer will miss the Reggae Boyz games against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica and Haiti a few days later. Schäfer has also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 ($611,302) for a charge of ‘unsporting behaviour’ against a match official in Jamaica’s World Cup qualifier away in Nicaragua on September 8. Players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards have also been hit with suspension by the world’s governing body and will have to sit out four games. Both players will miss the November games as well as Jamaica matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29 next year. Laing and Edwards have also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 each. They were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter on September 8. Jamaica won the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF semi-final stage.last_img read more

President needs to announce a date for elections now

first_imgDear Editor,Why is it that the APNU/AFC coalition is so engrossed in the presidential candidate of the PPP/C? First, they spent a huge chunk of our scarce financial resources to deny Dr Jagdeo a third term as the President of this country even though it is clear that the sovereignty of the people is paramount and that the Constitution should not have denied the citizens the right to choose their presidents and as many times as they wish. The constitutional amendment abrogated this right. The Caribbean Court of Justice upturned the decision of Guyana’s High Court and Appeal Courts; denying the sovereignty of the Guyanese nation. During this entire process, they and their propaganda machinery made scandalous and libellous statements against Dr Jagdeo in a vain attempt to besmirch his impeccable character. They denied him the third term but underestimated the tenacity and commitment of this man to halt the socio-economic retrogression and ensure that the Guyanese people can once again enjoy the high standard of living they have become accustomed to under the PPP/C. They also underestimated his ability to bring down their Government!Secondly, having failed in that bid, they used SOCU to institute frivolous and unsubstantiated criminal charges against the former Ministers of the PPP/C Government in another futile attempt to thwart the selection of its Presidential candidate. They were cognisant that Irfaan Ali and Anil Nandlall would be on the forefront, so they ensured that these flippant criminal charges were instituted. However, they once again underestimated the courageous leadership of the Party. He mimicked Amna Ally’s “bring it on” and in his own inimitable style, dared the coalition. He knew that these charges would not ‘hold water’ and was just a strategy to derail the selection process of the presidential candidate. However, they went further and attacked the academic achievements of Irfaan Ali since by then they were fully aware that the criminal charges would fail since the High Court ordered the discontinuation by the Chief Magistrate. In the end, the democratic selection process of the PPP bore fruit and Irfaan Ali was elected as the presidential candidate.Having thus far failed, the APNU/AFC then embarked on a mission to divide the PPP. They began using fake profiles claiming to be PPP supporters to show “disappointment and disgust” at Irfaan’s election and claimed that their “choice” is Anil Nandlall and Frank Anthony. Some even wore ‘red’ in order to convince the people that they are PPP members and supporters. Some ex-PPP members living abroad assisted in this quest to divide the PPP. However, once again the APNU/AFC underestimated the intelligence of the ‘die-hard’ members and supporters of the PPP, they quickly saw through this shameless charade! PPP members and supporters have learnt their lesson from the AFC and will not be tricked to leave their ‘home’ again!This now brings me to the million-dollar question: Why is the APNU/ AFC silent about the selection of Granger as their presidential candidate. This is a grave travesty (no pun intended)! It is an accepted fact that Granger’s health does not allow him to be “fit and proper” and that someone else should be the presidential candidate. In fact, the grapevine has communicated that Moses Nagamootoo is nominated for an Oscar Award as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role. It is an insult to this nation that apart from having hordes of geriatrics in the Government and its departments we are now having for a second term a presidential candidate who is terminally ill and cannot withstand the rigours of the Office. These ‘PPP’ fakes should make this the centre of their attention and priority!However, the APNU and the AFC have now realised that should they try to elect someone else as the presidential candidate; Armageddon will break loose among their ranks. This time it may not be gunshots in the air. Furthermore, Basil Williams has now ensured that those PNC stalwarts with dual citizenship will be left begging at the door. So to avoid the tsunami, they decided to stick with Granger but this will backfire in the near future. In addition, the selection of Nagamootoo as the Prime Ministerial candidate is against the founding principles of the AFC which stipulated that there should be a rotation of the top position by the founding members, namely, Ramjattan and Trotman. But I guess Nagamootoo has achieved excellence in his subservient role on behalf of these two discarded founders.We have had enough diversions from the business at hand, let us now focus on the fact that Elections must be held by March 19 and this Government must resign and facilitate the electoral process. The President needs to announce a date for the imminent General and Regional Elections!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC CouncillorRegion Sixlast_img read more

More conflict surrounds Region 10 television station

first_imgBy Utamu BelleFifteen names have reportedly been submitted for the expansion of the Board of Trustees of the Region 10 Television Station, following a meeting at Office of the President (OP) on Wednesday.Councillor Gordon CallenderDuring a press conference on Thursday, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland hailed it a fruitful engagement, noting that it is a step towards the positive development of Linden, while commending former Chairman Sharma Solomon, now secretary of the Trust and other members for leading the efforts.Holland, who was at the meeting, indicated that those present included Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Minister of State Joseph Harmon and Minister within the Communities Ministry Valerie Adams-Patterson, among others.The Mayor said the consensus, which was arrived at on Wednesday was to reshape the Trust in terms of numbers and to allow forCouncillor Lennox Gasperrepresentation by various entities.Coming out of the discussion, he noted that the Trust now includes two members of Parliament based in Linden, two from the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC) which includes himself and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell, three members from the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC), another from the Linden Chamber of Commerce and Development, another from the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), the Union, Religious body. Holland also stated that Regional Chairman Renis Morian was named Chairman of the Committee.He added that the mandate now is for the four initial trustees to call a meeting within seven days to plan, discuss and arrive at a resolution, in extending the board. Following that, he said the 15-member board is expected to meet.“The new Chairman of the Trust will be the Regional Chairman because it was established that the authority on this television station will first stand with the Region so that the people of Linden will have a true representation…the second in representation will then be the Mayor and Town Council,” the mayor said.Councillors’ dissatisfactionHowever, LM&TC Councillor Lennox Gasper said the Council should have met to decide on who will be its representatives. He said the letter of invitation to appoint representatives was not read to members of the Council by Holland. Gasper, who also acted as a member of the Information Committee under Solomon’s tenure expressed further discontent, noting that the Mayor appointed himself and the Deputy Mayor without the knowledge of the Council.He said he views the move as a disrespectful one, more so since according to him, the matter was raised at Wednesday’s statutory meeting which was chaired by the Deputy Mayor. Gasper contended that Arindell was unaware that she had been appointed at the time and promised to get back to the Council with information.“I am sidelined…I feel that there is a deliberate move to hijack this station for personal agenda. We need to put the people’s interest forward and I dare ask and petition that we follow a democratic approach and this one was not democratic…I express my dissatisfaction that the Council is being left out under the disguise that the Mayor is the Council in the absence of the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work,” he said.Gasper, who serves additionally as part of the LM&TC Communications Committee, said there are numerous instances where decisions are made by the Mayor without consultation of the Council:“This is what he has been doing all the time in this Council. As if he is ‘the boss’ and ultimately…the constitution speaks to the Council, that body of people who were elected by the community, therefore we need to respect the Council and give that democratic body a chance to do their work…he’s not going to go ahead and represent this body because he wasn’t even around for the whole issue of that television station, when it happened…it is not right.”Gasper also objected to the “information” that Phillip Bynoe is a part of the board as a citizen of Linden, noting that Bynoe and others were not part of the initial struggle for the television station. He said the rightful people are being neglected because a selected few have a special agenda.Additionally, RDC Councillor Gordon Callender has also expressed outrage over the process, noting that the people of Region 10 were not consulted. Additionally, he said there should have been a vote by Councillors to appoint their representatives.“Now you’re putting people who have no moral authority…to be representative of the people of Region 10…that is wrong…I think if you want to get people on board there must be broad-based consultation with the people of this Region and that is not happening…there was no discussion at any of the statutory meetings concerning the TV station”Callender also said the OP is being fed with lies by people seeking political gain, and they need to consult with the people. He further threatened that he will “mobilise and take to the streets” over the issue.Solomon denied that Morian had been named Chairman of the Trust. He promised to make an official pronouncement on the meeting Friday.last_img read more

Opposition Commissioners discusses early elections with new GECOM Chair

first_imgOpposition-nominated Commissioners this morning met with newly-appointed Chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice Claudette Singh.Opposition Commissioner Sase Gunraj told reporters that among the issues discussed are the conduct of early elections in keeping with the CCJ ruling. Gunraj said the opposition team – also comprising of Bibi Shaddick and Robeson Benn – also raised their concerns regarding house-to-house registration.According to the Opposition Commissioner, the meeting was “cordial” and he is satisfied that the Opposition delegation had an opportunity to express their concerns to the new Chairperson. Justice Singh is expected to meet with the government-nominated commissioners later today.More details in the Thursday, August 01, 2019 edition of the Guyana Times.last_img read more

Google helps hunt with satellite images

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google Inc. is best known for finding information online, but sometimes the Internet search leader also works behind the scenes to look for missing people like renowned aviator Steve Fossett. The Mountain View-based company has emerged as a potentially useful resource for search-and-rescue teams because of its connections to the dozens of contractors that provide satellite imagery for its popular Google Earth software. While most of the images used in Google Earth’s 3-D tours of the world are anywhere from six months to three years old, the company can request more recent pictures taken from space. That’s what happened this week as search-and-rescue teams hunted for clues that might help them determine what happened to Fossett after he took off in a plane from a Nevada airstrip without providing a flight plan Monday. Richard Branson, a British billionaire who has financed and participated in some of Fossett’s past adventures, said he and others were coordinating efforts with Google to see if any of the high-resolution pictures might include Fossett’s plane, a Bellanca Citabria Super Decathlon. Google also helped obtain some of the satellite pictures that were used in an unsuccessful search earlier this year for acclaimed computer scientist Jim Gray after he disappeared on a yacht sailing from San Francisco. Google co-founder Sergey Brin is among the legion of young engineers who drew inspiration from Gray’s pioneering work on database software decades ago. A Google spokeswoman declined to discuss why the company became involved in the Fossett search. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Neymar ‘discusses’ Man United move, swapping Messi and Suarez for Young and Rooney

first_img*DISCLAIMER: Like a picture of Liverpool celebrating with the Premier League trophy, the subtitles on the video above are pure fiction.Shock! It appears Neymar will not join Man United before the transfer window closes.And now we’ve found footage of a press conference featuring the Brazilian, helpfully translated by someone with no knowledge of Portuguese, but a firm grasp of humour.Take a look at the clip, above, of the Barcelona superstar ‘discussing’ the idea of swapping Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez for Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young.Check out youtube.com/talksport for more sports entertainment, like this…VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT NEYMARAnd this…last_img read more

TROIKA PRAISE FOR AUSTERITY AN INSULT – DOHERTY

first_imgSinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the Troika’s praise of the government’s compliance in implementing wave after wave of austerity is insulting.Speaking after the publication of the Troika’s latest report today Deputy Doherty said: “What is striking about the Troika’s latest statement is the blandness with which they congratulate the government on austerity done and lay down the law on what they expect next. Clearly this government is considered a compliant lap-dog by the Troika.“The National Youth Council of Ireland today launched a report which showed that one in four households has had a close family member emigrate in recent years. Coming on the same day this Troika statement and its back-slapping of this government is insulting to Irish people suffering under austerity. “Irish people don’t want to hear that we are meeting and surpassing austerity targets. They want to hear that the economy is actually growing or that in the future unemployment will be lower without mass emigration.“The government must move now to ease the burden on ordinary people. The Troika should be told that austerity is not working for anybody except them and what is needed is a new policy of job creation and investment.” TROIKA PRAISE FOR AUSTERITY AN INSULT – DOHERTY was last modified: May 9th, 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:TROIKA PRAISE FOR AUSTERITY AN INSULT – DOHERTYlast_img read more

DRAW SPECIALISTS HARPS HOPING TO GET SOME POINTS ON BOARD AGAINST LONGFORD

first_imgFinn Harps make the trip to league leaders Longford Town on Saturday evening (kick-off 7.30pm) hoping to extend their six game unbeaten run and keep their play-off hopes alive as the season gets ready to enter the final quarter.Harps go into Saturday’s game on the back of run that has seen them lose just once in their last twelve games – that solitary defeat coming against Saturday’s opponents last June in Finn Park.However, that run has seen seven draws and it’s those draws that see them remain seven points behind Galway who sit in the final play-off position in third place. After leading twice last week against Wexford Youths, Harps ended the game once again with just a point to show for their efforts and blew a glorious chance to go 3-1 in front when Kevin McHugh missed a penalty with less than a quarter of the game remaining.“It was a good second half display on Friday,” said Harps boss Ollie Horgan of the 2-2 draw with Wexford. “As I said before the game, Wexford are a decent and strong side and will prove even more difficult in the cup game down there in a couple of weeks.“The penalty opportunity would probably have killed the game but you could never be sure with Wexford. They never lie down as we saw on Friday night,” continued Horgan.“The second half was very open with chances for both sides at either end. We went to try and win the game, as they did. “Overall a draw might have been fair reflection on the game but obviously our missed penalty and the concession of their penalty were disappointing. We gave a good account of ourselves in the second half and showed lots of energy and spirit.”Saturday night’s trip to Longford is easily Harps’ most difficult game left this season and they face a Longford team who haven’t tasted defeat in the league since losing by the odd goal in five to Shelbourne at Tolka Park at the beginning of May. In the 13 games since then, Longford have picked up maximum points in 12 of those fixtures with the only blotch on the copybook coming in a scoreless draw at bottom team Cobh – some nine games ago.“Longford are unbeaten in around a dozen games and have won their last eight games including the game before the break in Ballybofey,” said Horgan. “It will be a hugely difficult ask away from home against a very strong and experienced team but we will look forward to it and see where it takes us,” he said.Horgan will have to plan without the suspended Caoimhin Bonner on Saturday, while he also has doubts over the fitness of midfielder Pat McCann (foot) and goalkeeper Conor Winn (knee).Longford are the only side who had a 100% record against Harps in the opening half of the season, having won both games between the sides on 1-0 scorelines. Longford are also the last side to have won against Harps, that coming on 13th June when they left Finn Park with that 1-0 victory courtesy of Glen O’Connor’s late free-kick. DRAW SPECIALISTS HARPS HOPING TO GET SOME POINTS ON BOARD AGAINST LONGFORD was last modified: August 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho named Tottenham manager

first_img Tags: Jose Mourinhoman Unitedpremier leaguetottenham hotspurs Mourinho has been out of work since December 2018. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Jose Mourinho has succeeded Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager.Negotiations between Tottenham and Mourinho’s representatives have been on-going over the last few days and continued on into Tuesday night, with a deal confirmed on Wednesday morning.The Portuguese has been out of work since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. Sky Sports reported last month Mourinho is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club. Pochettino was sacked five months after leading Spurs to the Champions League final, where they were beaten by Liverpool. His successor will take over the club in 14th place in the Premier League table and without a win from their last five top-flight games.Tottenham face West Ham at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.Comments last_img read more