24 Buttercup Street Mansfield Qld 4122. Picture: Realestate.com.auAgent Will Torres of Place Coorparoo was marketing the property as being “moments away” from Westfield Carindale, parks and sports fields as well as the Pacific Golf Club.“Adorned with an array of original character features including arched breezeways, elegant chandeliers and a mixture of tiled flooring and carpet, this home is perfect for those seeking a low maintenance lifestyle,” according to Mr Torres. The home is open for inspection from noon to 12.30pm Saturday May 6. 123 Tristania Way Mount Gravatt East Qld 4122. Picture: Realestate.com.au2. 123 Tristania Way, Mt Gravatt Another four bedder, with two bathrooms and a two-car garage at 123 Tristania Way Mount Gravatt East also made the top eight views in Brisbane. Priced from $745,000 to $785,000, the home was on a 451sq m block in a quiet cul-de-sac, according to agent Ivana Reich of McGrath Bulimba – Balmoral.She said the home also had a sizeable office that could be a fifth bedroom which opens up to the rumpus area.The property is open for inspection from 10-10.30am Saturday May 6. 11 Morgan Street Norman Park Qld 4170. Picture: Realestate.com.au7. 11 Morgan Street, Norman Park One of the prettiest homes among Brisbane’s most viewed listings was 11 Morgan Street Norman Park – a four bedder that goes to auction at noon on May 27.Marketed by Aaron Woolard and Anissa Lamond of Place – New Farm, the cottage straddles old world charm and modern styling.“The layout encompasses good-sized living areas that move from room to room with ease before opening via bi-fold doors to an alfresco entertaining area. There is also a balcony off the lounge and a large rear deck, both of which overlook the rear yard.”It’s open for inspection from 10-10.30am tomorrow (Saturday May 6). 24 Buttercup Street Mansfield Qld 4122. Picture: Realestate.com.auBRISBANE’S south dominated the list of the city’s most viewed properties this week, with four bedders especially popular with househunters.1. 24 Buttercup Street Mansfield This two bathroom, four car garage property at 24 Buttercup Street Mansfield got the most views in Brisbane. The home is priced at over $685,000 and is in the popular Mansfield State School catchment area. 37 Duke Street Annerley Qld 4103. Picture: Realestate.com.au3. 37 Duke Street, Annerley A three bedroom, two bathroom, four car space home in Annerley was one of the eight most viewed homes online in the past week out of Brisbane.Agent Patrick Ivey and Dayne Evans of Harcourts M1 – Coorparoo said the pocket that the home was in was just five minutes from the Brisbane CBD and one of the hottest parts of the city with househunters.“Let’s face facts, the inner south is no longer flying under the radar. And this pocket of Annerley with its five-minute proximity to the CBD is arguably the pick of the bunch.”They believed the property would be a ticket into the area for someone willing to inject a bit of capital to upgrade the property. This one is open for inspection from 10-10.30am Saturday May 6. 54 Edith Street Alderley Qld 4051. Picture: Realestate.com.au5. 54 Edith Street, Alderley Following the highly popular Hamptons style, this Alderley home which is set to go to auction at 11am on May 27 was also among the most popular Brisbane homes online this week.The five bedroom, three bathroom, two car space property was being marketed by Matthew Jabs and Ross Armstrong of Place – Newmarket who have it open for inspection twice tomorrow, from 9-9.30am Saturday May 6 and also from 5-5.30pm.“Privately positioned and boasting neutral colour schemes, you will appreciate the space and form this stunning residence provides, perfectly designed to accommodate families of all ages.” 31 Donegal Place The Gap Qld 4061. Picture: Realestate.com.au6. 31 Donegal Place, The Gap Four bedders seem to have captured the most interest this week, including this one at 31 Donegal Place The Gap which is looking for offers over $589,000.The two bathroom, two car space house was being marketed by Ben Knight of Harcourts Solutions, who has it open for inspection from 11.30am to noon tomorrow (Saturday May 6).The high set home was on a large 807sq m block, and has high cathedral ceilings and polished timber floors, according to Mr Knight.“Double glass sliding doors open to the large wrap around deck. Taking in the full view of Mount Nebo and Mount Coot-tha this space provides the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or unwind after a long day.” 108 Mabel Street Oxley Qld 4075. Picture: Realestate.com.au8. 108 Mabel Street, Oxley First home buyers on the hunt for property under the $500,000 threshold were believed to be among those that drove this Oxley property onto the list of Brisbane’s most viewed properties on Realestae.com.au this week.Price at offers over $460,000, the four bedroom, two bathroom, single car space home was being marketed by Tim Davis and Skye Parker of Ray White – East Brisbane.The home was listed as an “urgent sale” with a renovation 90 per cent complete.It’s open for inspection from 11-11.30am Saturday May 6. 3 Follington Crescent Coorparoo Qld 4151. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago4. 3 Follington Crescent, Coorparoo The most expensive of the most viewed Brisbane properties this week was this Coorparoo home priced in the mid $1.3 million range.The four bedroom, three bathroom, two car space house, marketed by Craig Bullen of REMAX First Residential – Coorparoo, is a master builder’s own home built three years ago.“With no expense spared nor compromise made, this home is finished to an exacting standard and has an abundance of features typically reserved for only the most luxurious of homes.”Only three houses were in the street with the area surrounded by parklands, according to the listing.The home is open for inspection from 11-11.45am this weekend – on both Saturday and Sunday.
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<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The Panama Canal welcomed the inaugural transit of the LNG Sakura as it carried the first-ever liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipment from the Dominion Cove Point terminal in the United States to Japan.The transit, which occurred this past weekend, marks the beginning of a new LNG commercial route between the United States and Asia from the recently inaugurated Dominion Cove Point terminal in Maryland, the second U.S. LNG export terminal to come online after Sabine Pass began operations in 2016.Dominion Cove Point has two main clients: ST Cove Point, a consortium consisting of Sumitomo Corporation and Tokyo Gas; and Gail Global LNG, a subsidiary of GAIL LTD of India. The LNG Sakura carried the first shipment of the 0.8 million tons of LNG contracted per year by the Japanese energy company Kansai Electric.The Bahamas-flagged LNG Sakura is a Neopanamax vessel, measuring 300 meters in length and 49 meters in beam. The vessel, jointly owned by NYK and Kansai Electric, was named in December 2017.It is the first vessel to be co-owned by KEPCO, which is the majority owner of the vessel with 70 percent stake, and NYK, which holds 30 pct ownership in the ship.The ship has secured a 20-year charter contract to transport LNG sourced from shale gas fields in North America and various other locations.The Bahamas-flagged ship features a moss-type tank, which is the largest in the industry, having a capacity of about 177,000 m3.LNG Sakura started its transit on April 28 in the Agua Clara locks on Panama’s Atlantic side and headed towards the Cocolí locks in the Pacific.The Panama Canal currently provides seven booking slots to LNG shippers per week. However, when demand requires it can transit more LNG vessels on a daily basis. On April 17, for example, the canal transited three LNG vessels in one day, representing a first for the waterway.In FY 2018, the canal’s LNG traffic is expected to grow by 50 percent year-on-year, increasing from 163 to approximately 244 transits.Image and Video Courtesy: Panama Canal Authority
The Guardian 26 May 2014A Swiss organisation that helps people take their own lives has voted to extend its services to elderly people who are not terminally ill.Exit added “suicide due to old age” to their statutes at an annual general meeting held over the weekend, allowing people suffering from psychological or physical problems associated with old age the choice to end their life.Assisted dying is legal in Switzerland and technically even a healthy young person could use such services. However, organisations involved in this work set their own internal requirements, which differ from group to group.The move has been criticised by the Swiss Medical Association amid fears it will encourage suicide among the elderly. “We do not support the change of statutes by Exit. It gives us cause for concern because it cannot be ruled out that elderly healthy people could come under pressure of taking their own life,” said the association’s president, Dr Jürg Schlup.But Exit said that most people who would choose this option were already members of the organisation and had been looking into assisted dying for years.http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/may/26/swiss-exit-assisted-suicide-elderly-not-terminally-ill
Linton’s lawyer Stephen Frasier outside CourtThe Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court have deferred decision in a trial involving journalist Lennox Linton and chattered account Keiron Pinard Byrne on Wednesday.Linton lost a defamation lawsuit against Pinard Byrne when they appeared before High Court Judge Brian Cottle who awarded him to pay damages in the sum of $50.000.00.In his judgment Justice Cottle said, at the trial “no evidence” was led to establish the truth of those statements made by Linton. He said Linton’s demeanor in the witness box was more consistent with “personal animosity towards the Byrne rather than an unbiased search for truth and that the overall tone of the offending publications also reeked of rancor rather than even handed reporting”.Linton’s lawyer Guyanese Stephen Fraser made submissions on forty grounds including slander distinction, publication on the web grounds, evidence, fair comment and natural and ordinary meaning grounds.Fraser submitted that “Cottle misstated the words allegedly used by Linton and then came to a conclusion that the statement was defamatory”.He said in Linton’s publication which was also published on “Sir Raglan Presents” web page “in intent libel there must be proof that the publication was accessed and downloaded”.“Within the context of fair comment, it will become readily apparent that in that publication Linton made two primary comments then substantiated them with facts” Frasier noted.He said it was Byrne by testimony “who called upon himself allegations of criminal connotation and not Linton”.Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan who represents Pinard Byrne told the Court that “no result of investigation or document was ever entered into evidence during the trial or for judicial scrutiny”.Astaphan said in December of 2007 “Linton could not make up his mind what was the misconduct that he allegedly accused Byrne of doing and that Linton was a political person with an axe to grind”.“The conduct of Linton warrants a slam dunk of aggravated damages, and in addition to the $50.000.00 there is the conduct of Linton which warrants aggravated damages,” Astaphan argued.Astaphan also submitted that the Court should “dismiss the appeal and award damages and aggravated damages”.Meanwhile the third defendant in the matter Raglan Riviere operates a website, dubbed “Sir Raglan Presents”, which was reproduced and posted on the World Wide Web the article written by Linton was ordered to pay damages of $10,000.00 in.His lawyer William Para Riviere submitted that the publication published on his client’s website was of “qualified privilege and that they were not published with malice”. He said his client’s website is a medium for disseminating information to Dominicans living in Dominica and abroad.A third defendant in the matter, Kairi FM Radio was also ordered to pay Pinard Byrne $50.000.00 in damages.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Lennox Linton’s appeal judgment delayed by: – May 2, 2012 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 17 Views no discussions
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is remaining cautious over their January transfer activity but there is unlikely to be a huge amount of movement over the next month. Press Association The window opens on Wednesday but the Reds are not looking to bring in a significant number of players to bolster the squad and there are no early signings imminent. Liverpool have extensively scouted Basle winger Mohamed Salah but reports of him being on the verge of a switch to Merseyside are premature, Press Association Sport understands. The 21-year-old is regarded a key player for his club, who currently lead the Swiss Super League and as their domestic competition does not resume until February 1 there is significant resistance to a sale. Liverpool are interested in doing a deal for the promising young forward but any agreement in January would have to be on the right financial terms and may ultimately prove too difficult to complete with a summer transfer appearing more likely. Rodgers said on Tuesday not to expect any early signings in the transfer window. “There’s nothing to add on anything with regard to players coming in,” he said. “There’s nothing imminent. “Obviously the recruitment team are busy putting things together in terms of the profile of players we need here to improve the team and the squad. “The owners have invested millions upon millions into the team and every window we arrive in looking to improve where we can. This window will be no different.”
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. — The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.— A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled without a champion declared. Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended on March 12. The Dutch soccer federation added it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings. The federation’s decision sparked instant complaints from clubs who felt they had lost out.— Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward has told fans there will be reduced spending on players due to the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. English Premier League games have not been played for more than six weeks and stadiums are due to be closed to fans when the season resumes in June at the earliest.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior golf championships have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July. — Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon was scheduled for Aug. 17-23.— The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic, and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSAchiuwa turning proUNDATED (AP) — Memphis freshman Precious Achiuwa has announced he will enter the NBA draft, saying he has dreamed of “playing in the NBA since I picked up the game.” The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Nigerian-born star is projected as a likely first-rounder and possible lottery pick. Achiuwa became the first player in the American Athletic Conference named both player and freshman of the year, averaging 15.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game after arriving as one of the nation’s top prospects.In other college basketball news:— Texas has landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III, who had listed the G League as a possibility before decided to attend the college where his father played football. The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility. Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: NFL-NEWSGoff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, RobinsonUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams. The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers.BASEBALL-OBIT-DALKOWSKIFlame-thrower Dalkowski diesUNDATED (AP) — The hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham,” has died.Steve Dalkowski died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — Housebound football fans gave the NFL a huge boost on Thursday. The first night of this week’s NFL draft averaged 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago.The first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. Viewership peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million people tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.The second and third rounds are being held today. The seven-round draft will conclude tomorrow. In other NFL news:— The Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil was named to his first Pro Bowl last season after being acquiring from Miami in August.— Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Dolphins selected him with the fifth overall pick in Thursday’s draft and are willing to wait until 2021 while Tugavailoa continues to recover from a major hip injury. Tugavailoa says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return this year. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history.— The older brother of Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State, where he played three years and started all 11 games in his final season. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other developments related to the pandemic: Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. According to “Bull Durham” director and writer Ron Shelton, Ted Williams told him Dalkowski was the fastest he ever saw after facing the southpaw during batting practice at spring training in 1963.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 24, 2020
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Jacquie Greco and her teammates were playing for more than their first conference win last Saturday afternoon.Stuck in last place with no way to advance out of the College Hockey America basement, a win against Niagara meant nothing to Syracuse’s grim spot in the standings. It didn’t matter, though. Greco and her teammates were playing for something else.‘Pride. We needed a conference win,’ Greco said. ‘We needed a win in general. We needed all the things going for us. We needed the bounces to go our way. They happen to go our way that game, so it was good for us.’The Orange got the bounces and beat Niagara for its first conference win of the season Saturday. After a loss to the Purple Eagles on Friday, SU (10-21-3, 1-8-3 CHA) had no chance to move out of last place in the conference. Going into the weekend slate of games, Syracuse players had a goal to sweep the series and sneak into a third-place finish. Instead, SU split the two-game set. Still, finding one win for the Orange was still a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season.‘We mostly did it for ourselves,’ Greco said. ‘Obviously the second game didn’t really matter regarding standings-wise, so we obviously did it for ourselves and to prove to ourselves we’re good enough to play with any team in the league.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the program’s four years of existence, SU head coach Paul Flanagan stared down the bleak possibility of not winning a conference game for the first time. Even in the program’s inaugural year, Syracuse didn’t have to worry about sweating out a win in the final regular-season game of the year.The Orange has kept games close, though, losing four conference games by one goal. And Flanagan feels luck hasn’t been on SU’s side for most of the season.On Friday, it even made him wonder if his team was snake-bitten in a 3-2 overtime loss.One Purple Eagles goal deflected off Catlin Roach’s pad and into the net for an early goal. Then the deciding score in the extra period hit off a defender’s head and past goalie Kallie Billadeau for the winning goal.‘We were starting to scratch our head, like what do we have to do to win,’ Flanagan said. ‘You really start to wonder are we going to get one of the bounces to go our way.’But for once at least, Syracuse did get the luxury of luck. And as Flanagan said, the team makes its own breaks. After starting on the penalty kill due to a questionable penalty against the Orange, SU was able to kill it off.Shortly after, Syracuse was on the power play as a result of what Flanagan thought was ‘probably a makeup call’ in favor of his team.That’s when Margot Scharfe capitalized with a goal. For the first time all season, Syracuse tasted a CHA victory. An unfamiliar feeling that Megan Skelly said was important for the Orange.‘I think any time you’re struggling it’s hard to keep positive in the team atmosphere because you’re struggling that hard it’s like maybe we’re not that good,’ Skelly said. ‘But I think we proved to ourselves that we should beat a team like that.’Greco said a weight was lifted off the shoulders of the 17 underclassmen. Though she said they’ve been doing great all year, the win still provided some extra confidence.It’s a confidence that came just in time for Syracuse. Now Syracuse faces top-seeded Mercyhurst in the first round of the conference tournament.While Syracuse has suffered a pile of losses this season, for once, it finally got to celebrate a win in the locker room and on a three-hour bus ride home. And in the most important stretch of the season coming up, Syracuse finally has momentum to ride.‘It’s huge,’ Flanagan said. ‘In terms of just having that energy, you know what it’s like and your just not fretting and walking away, ‘What do we have to do?’ You put that behind you and just move forward with some positive energy.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments
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A number of elite young dual players play many more games than their older counterparts on club and county teams.Former county board chairman Sean Nugent has said it was an issue that came forward during his time as chairman.The Tipperary central council delegate says it’s something which will have to be addressed at a national level.
The first of the two finals in Thurles this afternoon is Irish Daily Star National Camogie League decider between Galway and Kilkenny, who defeated Tipperary in the semi-finals.Throw-in for that one is at 1.30pm. Clare are aiming for their first league title in 38 years while Waterford are the defending Champions.Clare midfielder Colm Galvin says Waterford will be tough to beat.The action gets underway at 3:30pm.
• Senator Ogba stages one-man protest as IfeanyiUbah FC wins Charity Cup on bald turfFemi SolajaThe much advertised Charity Cup match between Federation Cup winners, IfeanyiUbah FC and Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu yesterday was overshadowed by the sorry state of the Abuja National Stadium mainbowl pitch that hosted the tie.The match which was to officially kick-start the new NPFLseason of turned out to be an advertisement of the country’s poor management of monuments. The multi billion naira Abuja edify that hosted the 8th All-Africa Games in 2003 now a shadow of itself. The state of the pitch, which ordinarily should not have staged a match of that magnitude, led to the Chairman of Senate Committee on Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba to abandon the VIP stand and opted to seat among the fans in the stands.Some senior management staff of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) tried in vain to parley him not to hit up the polity with his movement to the popular stand.THISDAY checks revealed that the zero budget of the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, for the maintenance of the facility may have been responsible for why the entire complex, including the football pitch is in its present sorry state.The Abuja National Stadium which was one of the best facilities on the African continent as at the time it was built has become a ghost of itself with dangerous reptiles and weed taking over the whole complex.Sadly, Sports Ministry staff whose offices are inside the complex have abandoned their offices for fear of being bitten by snakes and scorpions which crawl all over the premises.In the 2016 budget, N83,416,015,167 billion was budgeted for the Youth and Sports Ministry, the youth department which takes care of National Youth Service Corps and the Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC) took substantial part of the budget with a whopping N74,007, 622,305 billion (NYSC-N72,875, 300,832billion and CLTC N1,132,321,473billion). The ministry’s headquarters was expected to get N7,762,617,332 billion being the total for its recurrent and capital expenditures.The NFF was expected to receive N1,149,250,310 billion while the National Institute for Sports (N.I.S.) received N496,525,218 million. The budget did not mention any fund disbursement to all the 26 national sports federation many of whom are in comatose.The sports federations comprising about 26 sports were similarly not given any fund in 2016.Meanwhile, 10-man FC IfeanyiUbah yesterday clinched the Charity Cup after they beat a disappointing Rangers 4-3 on penalties after both teams failed to score within regulation time.Rangers new signing, Daniel Etor and Godwin Aguda, tormented the FC Ifeanyi Ubah defence at the start of this encounter inside an almost empty stadium.In the 33rd minute, Ghanaian defender of Ifeanyi Ubah, Kojo Bah was sent off after his second booking for a late tackle.The Nnewi outfit suffered further setback when captain Olamilakan Adeleye was forced by injury to give way to Stephen Eze.Both teams struggled to thread passes on the bumpy pitch as the first half ended without neither side getting on the scoreboard.Despite their numerical advantage, the Flying Antelopes were disappointing with ‘The Anambra Warriors’ the more enterprising team.Rangers introduced Ocheme Edoh for Etor late in the contest, but they still failed to break down their opponents forcing the game to be decided on penalties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram