Happy Diva chasing Paddy Power Gold Cup double | Racing News

first_img“At the weights we probably can’t win but we’ve got to have a go at it, her prep run brought her on and we’re 100 per cent happy that she’ll run her best race, whether that is good enough we’ll find out.“This will probably her her last handicap – mares’ races like the one at Doncaster at Christmas, where she just got beat by Lady Buttons, and the new one at the Festival are probably what we’re looking at.”Simply The Betts has taken to chasing with real aplomb, winning four of his five starts last season, culminating in his win in March.- Advertisement – Happy Diva aims to become the first back-to-back winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup since Bradbury Star when the Kerry Lee-trained mare lines up at Cheltenham on Saturday.While Cyfor Malta did win the famous handicap twice after Josh Gifford’s top-class performer, his victories came four years apart.- Advertisement – That was a breakthrough at the big meeting for trainer Harry Whittington, who has been delighted with his preparation for this.“We were thinking about the Old Roan or the Paddy Power in the summer and the same owners have got Itchy Feet, so it makes sense for him to be going back to Cheltenham,” said Whittington.“He’s two from two, he loves the track, he thrives (there). I think that’s a huge advantage.“He’s fresh, he’s incredibly well. He’s done plenty of work because he started off when he came in in June.“His work has been sparkling, we’re very happy with him and he’s won fresh every season so we’re really looking forward to running him.”Happy Diva was the beneficiary of a late fall by Slate House last year with Colin Tizzard’s charge, who was a novice at the time, slipping up two out.He later went on to win a Grade One at Kempton and assistant trainer Joe Tizzard feels he is back in top form.He said: “He has not had a prep run before the race this year, but he goes well fresh. He likes the track and it seems like a nice target for him.“It looked like he was cruising in last year’s race until he fell, but it was just one of those things. As his season went on he improved like we hoped he would although the Cheltenham Festival never really worked out for him.“He is quite a bit higher in the weights this year, but we still feel it is the right race for him.“If you forget his Cheltenham Festival run he has always run pretty well round Cheltenham. He goes well fresh and runs well at this time of year.”The Tizzards also saddle one of the outsiders, The Russian Doyen, but he could outrun his odds.Tizzard said: “He got injured at Aintree and that was it for last season, but the season before he finished fourth in the Listed novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he was the best of the English-trained runners.“He could be a slightly forgotten horse and had a nice prep run over hurdles at Fontwell. I think he has got a great each-way chance.”The ante-post favourite for a long time was Paul Nicholls’ Saint Sonnet, before he was joined at the head of the betting by Mister Fisher and Simply The Betts.Nicholls told Betfair of his French import: “We freshened him up before he won a little race at Catterick at the end of February and he then ran an encouraging race in the Marsh Chase at the Festival. I’ve had the Paddy Power Gold in mind for him ever since.“Saint Sonnet has had a perfect preparation since coming back into training at the start of July, he should be very fit, and a mark of 147 is fair enough without being a gift.“I did plan to give him a pop over hurdles at Chepstow a month ago, but took him out because the ground was too quick. He is an improving five-year-old and I couldn’t be happier with him.”The Pipe family have a good record in this race and David Pipe hopes new recruit Siruh Du Lac can get involved at the finish on his first run since leaving Nick Williams.“Siruh Du Lac is in good form. He had a wind operation over the summer. He works well as you would expect from a 150-rated horse. He needs to step up his game to be involved in the finish, but he has been working well at home and we are very much looking forward to it,” said Pipe.“Siruh Du Lac has been to all the big occasions anyway. He usually races up towards the front of the field and touch wood is a good jumper.“He did fall at Cheltenham last time and you just think about whether horses remember that. He has jumped nicely at home and jumping is one of his strengths, so I think he was just unlucky last time.“The horses have been in good form and are running well. We of course have a history with the Paddy Power meeting, and it would be great to enjoy another good weekend at Cheltenham.”Nigel Twiston-Davies is another trainer with a good record in the race and feels the step up in trip could suit his Al Dancer.The William Hill ambassador said: “His win first time up this season at Newton Abbot was quite remarkable to be honest. The reason why I felt it was so good was because he settled so well, better than he ever had done before, and that could be the key to him.“He had to run over two miles before because he wouldn’t settle, but if he settles here then this trip might bring out the best in him. I think this extra distance should put him ahead of the handicapper.” – Advertisement – Happy Diva may turn 10 on New Year’s Day, but continued to improve throughout last season and was second at the Festival behind Simply The Betts, whom she meets on better terms this weekend.When it was put to her that Happy Diva would be attempting to emulate one of the greats of the National Hunt scene, Lee said: “She’s already one of the greats in our eyes!“I still maintain that her career-best effort was at the Festival last year, she just got chinned. She’s in great form going there, but we know she’s up against it as she’s up in the handicap (from last year).- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bookings and sales of package deals from foreign emitting markets are growing

first_imgAfter the event working meeting with key representatives of the tourism sector of the Republic of Croatia, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić held a working meeting with directors of Croatian Tourist Board representations, who presented key trends and activities in foreign emitting markets. individual markets.The meeting was attended by the directors of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium (Netherlands), France, Sweden, Hungary, Russia and the USA. The directors of the representative offices informed Minister Cappelli and director Staničić about the situation in each individual market, but also about the results of booking, which is on the rise in all countries compared to the same period last year. As they point out from the CNTB, the current situation regarding booking and sales of package deals is very good, and in some markets they are growing at high double-digit growth rates.That’s right German market our country’s position is stable and most partners record an increase in sales and reservations in the early book. Croatian destinations are also in great demand on the market Poland which is expected to achieve double-digit growth in tourist traffic at the level of 2018.Excellent results at the beginning of this tourist year are also being recorded in the market Austria where Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations. This year, more than 80 percent of Austrians will go on trips abroad, and according to expectations, most of them will choose Croatian destinations that are in demand throughout the year. On the market Great Britain The demand for Croatian destinations continues to grow, which is why as many as 12 new airlines to Croatia have been introduced from this market. Given that this is a market that booked package deals very early, some British tour operators are already preparing sales for 2019.As regards French market, the current position is excellent, so the turnover is expected to grow between 5 and 10 percent in various years. Namely, key tour operators are recording double-digit increases in reservations and sales, and good traffic connections are in favor of good results, as three new direct airlines are being introduced this year. In 2018, the number will grow Slovenian guests, especially in the pre-season in continental destinations such as Stubičke Toplice, Zagreb, Zagorje and Međimurje.Americans will travel about 8 percent more than last year, mostly in European countries, and Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations, which is why record results are expected from this market in 2018. Very good announcements are also coming from the Canadian market, from which high double-digit increases in tourist traffic are expected this year. Early booking is great on the market as well Russia, capacities for September and October are already being sold, which has never been the case so far, and new airlines have been opened, which has increased the number of flights connecting key Croatian and Russian destinations. This year, the Russian market is expected to grow by 15 percent, so we can talk about the return of Russians to the Croatian market.Positive trends are also recorded in the markets of Scandinavia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Belgium (Netherlands), which are expected to continue the positive trends, as well as the realization of higher tourist traffic in 2018 in the range of about 5 to 7 percent. -And.last_img read more

Union threatens strike action as Royal Mail confirms DB closure

first_img“Although Royal Mail’s own consultation exercise revealed massive opposition to its closure plan, the company has decided to ignore the views of its workforce and proceed with closure without consent,” said Ray Ellis, acting deputy general secretary for postal workers at the CWU.He added: “CWU has made clear that any attempt by the company to impose change without agreement will be met with the strongest possible opposition including a ballot for industrial action. We will not stand by and watch the company abandon the pension promises it made at the time of privatisation which threatens our members with massive cuts to their future pension benefits and insecurity and poverty in retirement.”Brian Scott, officer for the Royal Mail at Unite the Union, said the closure was “a cause for serious concern for a hardworking and dedicated workforce”.He added that “the important part will be the replacement scheme which we are in ongoing discussions about… We will study the implications of today’s announcement very carefully and consider all the options going forward. If we don’t achieve a satisfactory outcome, we can’t rule out an industrial action ballot on this issue.”Royal Mail said it appreciated “how important pension benefits are to our colleagues” but maintained the scheme was not affordable in its current form.“We continue to work closely with our unions on a sustainable and affordable solution for the provision of future pension benefits,” the company said. “We will write to plan members once further decisions have been made.”The CWU has proposed a risk-sharing replacement scheme with a guaranteed payout and indexation linked to investment performance. The union has said the investment portfolio would be “aggressive” and equity-based, in contrast to the majority of UK DB schemes, which tend to be predominantly invested in fixed income. Royal Mail is to close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual on 31 March 2018.The £7.6bn (€8.9bn) Royal Mail Pension Plan is in surplus, but this was expected to run out next year, according to an update issued this morning by Royal Mail.Employer contributions are set to hit £1bn a year, compared to the current level of £400m, “if no changes are made”, the company said.However, workers’ unions have disputed the need to close and have threatened strike action, which would hit the UK’s postal service. In a statement issued this morning, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said members of the scheme stood to lose more than £4,000 a year if they were switched to a defined contribution scheme.last_img read more

Low maintenance Bulimba home either a luxurious bachelor pad, or a family residence

first_imgThe floorplan of 26 Shakespeare St. The master bedroom at 26 Shakespeare St, Bulimba.The home hasn’t required much maintenance over the years, with tasks contained to replacing the flooring and painting. One of the bathrooms, has a soaker tub.Tending to the outdoors is also something that requires minimal time and effort.“(The home) is built on the boundary, which you can’t do anymore, but they’ve used every piece of land,” Mr Green said.“Other than some gardens, there’s only one piece of lawn to look after.”The three-level home has a mixture of polished timber floorboards, tiles and carpet throughout, and has all the extras from a butler’s pantry to intercom entry and an inground pool with a water feature. The home is open-plan and uses voids to create space.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He said guests were always shocked at how spacious the house was.“It doesn’t look as big from the outside, but everyone is surprised by the amount of space inside.” Outdoors is a low maintenance yard and pool.Mr Green said the home would suit a family or a professional, but could also be suited to a single.“It suits a family with the different living areas, but I also heard comments that it looks like the ultimate bachelor pad.” The kitchen is sleek and modern.Mr Green said the home had wow factor from the moment the front door was opened.“It presents really well (and) when you walk into the front area there is a massive void, which is one of the things I liked about it,” Mr Green said.“I was attracted to the openness, the oversized lounge rooms, that there was a lot of glass and light, and that it was north facing.” The home at 26 Shakespeare St, Bulimba, has hit the market.BOTH low maintenance and luxury, this Bulimba home has everything for the busy family or professionalAfter a decade of living at 26 Shakespeare St, Daniel Green is relocating, and, giving someone else the opportunity to snatch up the property which is in the sought after Bulimba dress circle.last_img read more

New partnership formed in Norway to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for offshore ops

first_img“The partnership is focused on building a platform for intelligent efficiency, made possible only through the integration of operational, information and communication technologies,” said Eirik Mathiesen, Director of Energy Products Integration, Kongsberg Maritime.“Encompassing IoT, new smart sensors on board will stream accurate data to the cloud-based DSS, where deep analysis with intuitive presentation and application will drive equitable and predictable operational performance.”“Going ‘smart’ is integral to maintaining our position as the number one OSV ship manager today and into the future, in a sustainable way,” said Lars Christian Larsen, Senior Project Manager for Energy Management, DOF.“Smart is not just deploying the right technologies. Developing our culture to focus even more on sustainable operations with minimal environmental impact will be as important as the technology we create with Kongsberg, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE. DOF’s maritime experience together with the collection of big data in an operationally logical way will ensure success.”“Information is power, and when that information relates directly to power consumption, it can revolutionize vessel operations, from onboard electrical load management to route optimization for passage by sea,” said Anders Valland, Research Manager, Maritime Energy Systems, SINTEF Ocean.“This is an exciting project that strengthens Norway’s position as the world’s leading offshore and maritime innovator with focus on efficient and sustainable operations.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has formed a partnership with Kongsberg Maritime, SINTEF Ocean, and NORCE, which aims to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.For illustration: One of DOF’s vessels. Author: Alan JamiesonEnabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the new partnership between four of Norway’s maritime organizations will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations, DOF said in a statement on Monday.“This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable fleet management,” the company explained.Highlighting the potential of the partnership to catalyze a tangible transformation, the multi-year project is backed with Innovation Norway’s largest funded offshore vessel, environmental technology project in 2018.DOF said that it will be a game-changer in how marine operational decisions are supported by providing more accurate, timely, and easily consumable information to decision makers; from the vessel’s Chief Engineer to the Chief Operation Officer based shore-side. ‘Going smart’ last_img read more

‘I am a mass murderer,’ former abortionist tells Congress

first_imgLifeSiteNews 2 November 2017Family First Comment: The comments of Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists“I love to meet adults that I delivered, but it’s always bittersweet because I am reminded of all the people I will never meet because I aborted them. It also reminds me that I am a mass murderer.” Just because “we can’t see who they will become, we feel justified in sacrificing babies in the womb for the people we can see,” she said. “Our society has been subjected to extreme propaganda” from abortion supporters, she said. “We have sanitized our language to make abortion more palatable.”www.ChooseLife.nz“I am a mass murderer,” a former abortionist who is now pro-life told a U.S. House committee yesterday as she testified in favor of legislation banning abortions on babies with beating hearts.Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bluntly told this to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today as it discussed the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.This legislation would stop nearly all abortions by making it illegal for doctors to commit them on babies with beating hearts. Fetal heartbeats begin at 21 days after conception and are usually heard by parents when their child is six or eight weeks along.The Heartbeat Protection Act makes no exception for babies conceived in rape or incest.The Committee’s legislators were shown an ultrasound video taken hours before the hearing. The video showed an 18-week-old baby named Lincoln Miller, whose heartbeat could be heard and whose heart could be seen pulsing.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-am-a-mass-murderer-former-abortionist-tells-congressKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Real Madrid ‘ready to offload Bale for free’ amid transfer uncertainty

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge“We talk regularly but I am not going to tell you what I tell my players. We know what Gareth Bale can bring. He has to be fit and ready to do that.“There are times when he isn’t named in the squad but I wouldn’t read too much into it.“Everyone has a role and Gareth is a player I will need between now and the end of the season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bale was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League last summer but the Spanish giants pulled the plug on a big-money move at the last minute.center_img Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up the possibility of allowing Gareth Bale to leave for free this summer – in a desperate bid to get the Welsh superstar off the books.Advertisement The 30-year-old remained put but has suffered another injury-struck season and continues to play a minor role under Zinedine Zidane since the Frenchman returned for his second stint as Madrid boss.Bale did not move away from the Spanish giants in the January window either, despite links with a move back to Tottenham and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, insists that Bale will see out his contract after a move to China was blocked in 2019.But the Bernabeu club are now prepared to let him leave for nothing, according to Spanish daily Marca.Real have seemingly made it clear that they can no longer afford Bale and his high wages, reported to be £15.4million a seasonLast month Real Madrid manager Zidane insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Bale, despite the Welsh star saying that he plans to see out his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.“I have no issue with that, none whatsoever,” Zidane said of Bale seeing out his contract, which runs until the summer of 2022.“He has a contract and he wants to stay here.last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-2)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-2)Batesville  73     Madison  69Columbus North  58     East Central  43Oldenburg  49     Triton Central  44Greensburg  82     Jac-Cen-Del  40Lawrenceburg  43     North Decatur  42Hagerstown  47     Franklin County  31Connersville  41     Lawrence North  39Heritage Christian  72     Hauser  51SW-Shelby  59     Rising Sun  52Crothersville  40     Edinburgh  38Union County  77     CC Lincoln  56last_img read more

The Latest: Louisville Slugger making masks for public

first_imgThe tournament said the 2021 event remains set for its May dates. This year’s PGA Championship in San Francisco was moved from its original dates next month to early August.___The Spanish government says professional athletes in the country can resume training individually next week.The government made the announcement while revealing a four-phase plan to get the country back to normal following the coronavirus outbreak.Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday. It’s the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14. April 28, 2020 High-performance sports facilities will be allowed to reopen in the second phase of the plan, which will begin as early as May 11, depending on the situation in each province.Sánchez did not say when sports competitions, such as the domestic soccer league, are expected to resume. The Spanish league has said it doesn’t plan to restart before the end of May. The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice.___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana. The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.___ The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. “This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league announced the move Tuesday. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. Inspired by its Bionic gloves line, company president and CEO John Hillerich said, “this was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis.” He cited the need for protective equipment in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and added that H&B has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.Maskonic will sell the masks online at www.maskonic.com and www.bionicgloves.com with free shipping. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America food banks. The 164-year-old company is also shipping masks to its employees. ___Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic with his family in his native Hawaii.“We were planning on being here a week, and we’ve been here two months now,” he said Tuesday. The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’”___ Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored. The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed. Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees.Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league. Niumatalolo arrived for spring break at the beginning of March, and when the pandemic shutdown began he and his family decided to stay. He has a home in Hawaii and is there with his wife, his daughter and her family, and one of his two sons.“This is a pretty bad time, but we’re OK,” he said. “It’s actually a blessing to be together.”___The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. The Latest: Louisville Slugger making masks for publiclast_img read more

Rangers Get N1m Per Goal Boost as they Depart for Algeria

first_imgThe Flying Antelopes who are due to depart Lagos for Algiers this morning were promised this mouth-watering bonus by a staunch supporter of the team, Charles Ugwu, during a send-forth meeting Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had with the players and officials yesterday.Ugwu stressed that he is moved to make the promise to the players to boost their chances of progressing in the competition “because Rangers is not just a team but also a movement that has united Ndigbo over the years.” He further assured the governor to mobilise supporters of the club for the task before Rangers.Earlier, Ugwuanyi charged Rangers to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.The governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition”.He said that the state remains grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi concluded.In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, pledged that the players were determined and going for business in Algeria to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, arrived Lagos yesterday en-route Algeria for the match on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAhead of Friday’s first leg, preliminary round game of this year’s CAF Champions Leaguebetween Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, the Nigerian champions have been boosted with promise of N1million for every goal scored against the north African team.last_img read more