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Australian Rugby Union chief rejects Force axe claims ‘charade’

first_imgHe added that the document indicated the ARU made the decision to dump the team, rather than Melbourne Rebels or ACT Brumbies, back then and the governing body saying it was considering all options up until this month was “a charade”.“It shows clearly that in late February this year, the advice was received and taken to cut the Western Force for no other reason apart from legal advice,” said Forrest, who had reportedly offered Aus$50 million (US$39 million) to support Australian rugby if the Force were saved.“The Western Force was set up to be ambushed. It was going to be bullied into submission. I call on Cameron Clyne to resign.”Mining magnate Andrew Forrest, a heavyweight backer of Western Force’s parent body RugbyWA, said he had come into possession of legal advice sent to the ARU board in February stating the Force was the best team to cut because the legal risk was low © AFP/File / WILLIAM WESTThe document, supplied by Forrest to the media, suggested axing either the Brumbies or Rebels without cause would constitute an unlawful termination and the risks were high.But for the ARU-owned Force, it said there was “no legal obligation” to retain the franchise, with the legal risk low.Australia had to cut one of its five Super Rugby teams as the sprawling trans-continental competition slims down from 18 sides to 15 next year.The ARU announced the Force’s removal in early August, saying it could not sustain five Super teams financially. The club last week won a right to appeal.Clyne denied the process had been a “charade” and said a decision was only made on August 11.“For the record, 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,” he said in a statement.“Andrew, in his press conference this morning, referred to a document or documents which indicated that a decision had been made to remove the Western Force in February.“This was not the case and there are no documents which contain this information.”Clyne said the legal risk was only one element taken into consideration.Western Force joined Super Rugby in 2006, but have never made the competition’s finals series.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Australian Rugby Union (ARU) chairman Cameron Clyne speaks at a press conference at ARU headquarters in Sydney, on August 11, 2017 © AFP/File / SAEED KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 30 – Australian Rugby Union chief Cameron Clyne rejected claims Wednesday that the decision to axe Western Force from Super Rugby had been made in February and dragging out the process had been “a charade”.Mining magnate Andrew Forrest, a heavyweight backer of the club’s parent body RugbyWA, said he had come into possession of legal advice sent to the ARU board in February stating the Force was the best team to cut because the legal risk was low.last_img read more

Gang members guilty in fatal beating of teen

first_imgPena, who has a prior conviction for residential burglary, could face a sentence of 30 years to life when he is sentenced Sept. 18. Gabby Maldonado, the victim’s sister, held back tears as the verdict was read. She said she was disappointed by the second-degree murder conviction, and that her family still misses her brother – the youngest of three siblings. “They took someone really important from our life,” she said. “It’s been agony … but I’m glad at least it’s done.” Prosecutor Martin Bean had argued that the defendants had intended to kill Maldonado and should have been convicted of first-degree murder. “The relentlessness of the attack showed only one justification for doing what they did, which was to kill him,” he said. Three Glendale gang members were convicted Tuesday of murdering a 17-year-old, who was attacked and fatally beaten while riding his bicycle to his sister’s home in October 2004. William Torres, 24, Pedro Pena, 25, and Fredy Gudiel, 21, were found guilty of second-degree murder with the enhancement of acting as part of a criminal street gang in the slaying of William Maldonado of Glendale. Authorities said Maldonado was attacked with baseball bats as he rode in the 800 block of Columbus Avenue. Bruised and bleeding, Maldonado managed to stagger a few blocks to his sister’s home and was taken to a hospital, where he died four days later. Torres and Gudiel each face 15 years to life in prison when they are sentenced Aug. 21. But attorney Jose Colon, who represents Torres and spoke for the defense, disagreed with that assessment. “This was a rash, impulsive act on the part of our clients,” he said. Colon and the attorneys representing Pena and Gudiel said they plan to appeal. (818) 546-3304160Want 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

The beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea?

first_img3 So, is this the beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea… again?Vote here and leave a comment below.WARNING CHELSEA FANS: Remember what happened last time Mourinho started falling out with people at Stamford Bridge. We’ll be keeping an eye out for any votes cast from Ghana… Developments surrounding Chelsea’s first-team doctor Eva Carneiro have led to criticism of Jose Mourinho’s handling of the situation.‘Caneiro deserves an apology’ top sports doctor tells talkSPORTThe Portuguese manager is almost as well known for his barbs as he is for winning trophies and this latest story hints that all is not well at Stamford Bridge, despite being crowned Premier League champions in May.Mourinho has not lasted longer than three years in any of his previous six management roles, despite winning titles in four countries, including a first stint at Chelsea when he fell out with owner Roman Abramovich.Now, with the Blues so far relatively quiet on the transfer front, could it be that Mourinho – two years into his second spell at Stamford Bridge – is heading for another collision with the powers that be at Chelsea?Despite claiming two trophies in 2015, not all Chelsea fans are pleased with their manager once again garnering negative headlines.When we asked on if Carneiro is owed an apology by Mourinho, this was the most popular comment: 3 3last_img read more

Should Lakers lead with head or heart?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Retreat in order to fight and win another day. It’s an age-old formula, known to generals and kings and to clever general managers toiling for pro teams. All Coach Jackson has to do is pull back on the reins a little. Play rookie Andrew Bynum more. Rely on Sasha Vujacic. Rest Kobe frequently. And voila! As a losing team, the Lakers would have their pick of point guards in the draft, a necessary ingredient for them to win championships. They could get the ”Spanish Magician” _ Sergio Rodriguez, arguably the best point guard available in the draft. Remember what happened when a point guard named Magic was in control of the ball? But to employ this ”one step back” tactic is wrong. Heretical. It’s downright anti-American! Sometimes it’s best to take one step back to move two steps forward. The Lakers, hungry for a championship, just might be considering such a strategy. Midway through the regular season, it’s painfully clear that the Lakers are not an elite team, despite Kobe’s MVP-like performance this year. If they make the playoffs, they will sneak in as a low seed and likely suffer an early exit at the hands of the reigning champion Spurs or the powerful Mavericks. Here’s a clever tactic they could employ: Lose games to miss the playoffs in order to insure a top draft pick. We Americans specialize in wishful thinking. We root for the underdog. We love it when there is a Miracle on Ice. When a Hail Mary sails into a receiver’s hands in the end zone. When an improbable buzzer-beater swishes through the net. So Kobe and Phil have to lead the Lakers forward, together, and never be tempted to step back. Why? Because the game today _ this season _ should matter more than a strategy for building a better team next season. Besides, Kobe loves challenges. The Zen Master lives for them. And challenges like this don’t come any bigger. The Lakers have to play as a team and win a seven-game series, not just a single game. And then another series, and another. What if Kobe and Phil develop a plan to beat the Texas teams? Who knows, after a run deep into the playoffs, they still might end up with the ”Spanish Magician” in their backcourt … that is, if he drops to the 25th or 26th slot! How’s that for wishful thinking?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

Agent confirms Benfica have received bid for Man United target Victor Lindelof

first_img1 Is Victor Lindelof set to join fellow Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford? The agent of Benfica defender Victor Lindelof has confirmed there is a bid on the table for his client – but he has refused to confirm if it is from Manchester United.The Sweden international is being heavily linked with a January move to Old Trafford in a deal that is thought to be worth around £38million.Victor Lindelof – The £38m ‘robust, ball-playing centre back’ perfect for Man United assessedAnd Lindelof’s agent, Hasan Cetinkaya, has now admitted that an offer has been made to Benfica for his client ahead of the January transfer window.But, he has refused to confirm if the bid for the 22-year-old has come from Premier League giants United.“I cannot comment,” Cetinkaya told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.“I will not comment on specific clubs. I can only comment that there is a bid on Benfica’s table, they can consider it. And I’ll be meeting with Benfica also.“He [Lindelof] knows that there is a concrete bid and is happy about it – this is proof that he has done very well.”last_img read more

Chelsea outcasts start pre-season clash despite exit rumours

first_img Getty Images – Getty LATEST TRANSFER NEWS targets Danny Drinkwater joined Chelsea in 2017 New manager Frank Lampard has already had four friendlies to assess his squad, including the recent 2-1 victory over Barcelona, and those on the fringes are running out of chances to impress.Reports emerged on Sunday morning to suggest that Lampard had already made his mind up regarding the futures of Stamford Bridge outcasts Bakayoko and Drinkwater, both of whom have struggled since joining the Blues. According to the Daily Mail, neither have impressed the new boss during pre-season, and with two weeks of the transfer window remaining, Chelsea are reportedly willing to sell the pair.Chelsea XI to face Reading: Cabllero; Zappacosta, Christensen, Tomori, Alonso; Drinkwater, Bakayoko; Pulisic, Barkley, Kenedy; GiroudHowever, Bakayoko and Drinkwater appear to have been given one last chance to prove their worth against Reading. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 REVEALED Tiemoue Bakayoko and Danny Drinkwater were both named in Chelsea’s starting XI to face Reading on Sunday – despite rumours the pair will be sold this summer.The Blues face the Championship outfit at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they continue their preparations for the upcoming season. Bakayoko’s Chelsea career has been the stuff of nightmares so far Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets Drinkwater, who played a starring role in Leicester’s shock Premier League title success of 2016, has not played a competitive match for Chelsea in more than a year.Bakayoko was another player who failed to impress Maurizio Sarri and was loaned to AC Milan having endured a difficult first campaign at Stamford Bridge LIVING THE DREAM Getty Images – Getty TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing 2 Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more

Mpumalanga’s pioneering spirit

first_imgDelegates at the recent Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Mpumalanga included, from left, Pinkie Nqeto, Belu Mdlalo, Lindiwe Ngcobo, MEC Norman Mokoena, Miller Matola and Paresh Pandya. (Image: Nicky Rehbock)Brand South Africa recently extended its reach to the east of the country by encouraging all residents of Mpumalanga province to help build the nation’s reputation, or brand, and position it for global competitiveness.“Nation-branding can close the gap between rich and poor nations. Countries that are very good at branding are also the wealthiest, competing for their share of investors, consumers and visitors in a global economy,” the Brand South Africa’s Dimape Serenyane said at the Brand South Africa Stakeholder Summit in Mbombela, formerly known as Nelspruit.“If we all act with unity of purpose, we will contribute to growing our reputation in South Africa and internationally,” he added.Initiated by Brand South Africa and taking place in each of the nine provinces, the summits aim to increase regional participation in the nation-branding effort and encourage active citizenship – which, in turn, will help position the country as a top investment and tourism destination.Addressing summit delegates, Mpumalanga’s MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Norman Mokoena said: “We are happy to welcome Brand South Africa to our province to share ideas on improving the image – or the brand, if you wish – of South Africa.“This will help to build a better country and would be to the benefit of all of us in the east of the country.”With a regional economy built on tourism, agriculture and mining, Mpumalanga needs greater access to export markets, investors and more tourists in order for it to grow, Mokoena said.The province attracted 1.4-million international tourists in 2009 and generated 800 000 domestic trips in 2009. Its 2016 vision is to attract 2.8-million international tourists and generate 8-million domestic trips, according to the MEC.“A positive identity or favourable reputation will promote and consolidate Mpumalanga’s global competitiveness,” Mokoena added, provided there are enabling government policies and support from every resident in the province.Having an outward vision and an international presence will lead to inbound benefits, the MEC said.“Being globally competitive allows us to address our socio-economic challenges – including unemployment – at home.”Despite these challenges, Mpumalanga is one of the powerhouses of South Africa with a regional economy comparable to the total GDP of Tanzania, Iceland, Panama or Jordan – and more than twice the size of Botswana and Zimbabwe’s economy.The province is blessed with deposits of coal, gold, chrome, manganese and iron ore; and boasts a thriving agricultural sector that produces maize, citrus, subtropical fruit, sugar, tobacco, cotton, wool, nuts and dry beans.Mpumalanga is also known for its paper and pulp industry, timber and manufacturing base which produces fertilisers, tar products and petrochemicals – among other goods.“It is up to all of us to pool our significant resources, our experience, our depth of knowledge and our creativity to collectively market our destination to an exceptionally lucrative global market,” Mokoena said.Showcasing local innovationEach summit presents South Africans who, through their work and community initiatives, are already active ambassadors for the country. These individuals epitomise the unique characteristics, or pillars, of the South African brand – ubuntu, diversity, sustainability, possibility and innovation.Strong, successful nations “draw on their comparative advantages – or brand pillars – to attract the people, businesses and investment they need to stimulate growth”, Serenyane said.Mpumalanga’s Bird Machines is at the forefront of showing how local innovation can boost a province’s regional economy and thus help the country at large to be more globally competitive.The company was established in 1952, designing and developing equipment for the agricultural industry in South Africa. Many of its machine designs are still used in the agricultural sector today, according to the company.Over the years the company shifted to specialising in mining machinery, where it now focuses all its efforts. With more than 80% of the country’s coal being sourced in Mpumalanga, Bird Machines is ideally situated to exploit opportunities offered by the local market.Its entire product range – including towing vehicles, articulated vehicles, load-haul dumpers, graders and concrete mixers – is manufactured in the province.“The Bird Machines philosophy is based on quality products, exceptional service, and innovative solutions to customers’ needs,” said sales manager Mike Brueton.So successful has this approach been, that the company has been able to break into markets elsewhere in Africa and overseas. Its export destinations include Zimbabwe, Botswana, China, Chile, Zambia, Argentina and Australia. “We’re also making inroads into Peru and Tanzania as well,” he added.Bird Machines’ reputation received a boost recently when the company tendered in Chile to supply readymix concrete vehicles to the underground mining sector there.“We competed against suppliers from Germany, Finland and Canada and emerged as the company of choice,” Brueton said.last_img read more

Data Vitualization: Key to Data Integration Projects?

first_imgIDC and Gartner Research tell us that the amount of enterprise information is exploding.  In fact, enterprise data doubles every 18 months.  That’s a lot of data and the problem is only exacerbated because so much of the data in enterprises is siloed, and the effect of silos is only growing.  For example, new collaboration and social media tools are entering the corporate world, but these tools typically are tied to isolated data repositories.One new technology that tries to improve access to scattered enterprise repositories is called Data Virtualization.  It borrows from the service concept used by Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).  Content repositories that expose their content as services are being called CaaS (Content as a Service).And Data Virtualization is the concept of being able to combine data from many disparate CaaS repositories– anywhere across the extended enterprise – in a unified, logically virtualized way for consumption by transactional and business intelligence applications.  Many people feel that data virtualization will be a powerful tool when working on data integration projects.Noel Yuhanna of Forrester Research said that “Data integration is getting harder all the time, and we believe [one of the causes] of that is that data volumes are continuing to grow.  [But] you really need data integration because it represents value to the business, to the consumers and to the partners. They want quality data to be able to make better business decisions.”Data virtualization would seem to be a great tool to improve data accessibility.  Improving data quality though may be a more difficult challenge.last_img read more