All Blacks may skip 2015 WCup

first_img0Shares0000WELLINGTON, New Zealand, September 28 – The All Blacks would consider pulling out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup unless commercial restrictions imposed on teams were revamped, New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief Steve Tew said Wednesday.Tew said such a drastic and unprecedented step would be “the very last port of call” but could not be ruled out, as current arrangements meant his organisation posted a loss every time the quadrennial tournament was held. “That’s obviously a last resort and our style is to be consultative, collaborative and to try to work with everybody to find a solution,” Tew told Radio New Zealand when asked if the All Blacks could boycott the 2015 World Cup in England.Tew said International Rugby Board (IRB) rules penalised major unions in World Cup years because their regular Test schedules were curtailed and teams were not allowed to promote their sponsors during the tournament.He said this meant that competing at the 2011 World Cup was costing the NZRU more than NZ$13 million ($10.3 million).“It’s putting pressure on the balance sheet and frankly, in the current environment, we just can’t afford to run a World Cup-year loss, nor do we think it’s necessary.” he said.Earlier, Tew told Britain’s Guardian newspaper: “The prospects of us going to England in 2015 under the current model are very slim. We cannot continue to sign on for an event that costs us so much money.”He told Radio NZ that the NZRU had been pushing the IRB for changes to the commercial arrangements for eight years and had gone public to try to ensure the issue was finalised by 2015.“Now is not a bad time to make sure the issue is raised and considered, to give ourselves enough time to find a solution without having to go to any drastic measures,” he said.“We have the support of most of the major unions and a review is not only necessary but now, in our view, quite urgent.”Tew said the bulk of the NZRU’s NZ$13 million shortfall came from television revenues and gate receipts lost because the annual Tri-Nations competition was shortened in World Cup years so it did not clash with the tournament.He said other major unions faced similar problems, estimating their combined losses at 35-40 million pounds ($55-63 million).Tew said solutions the IRB could consider were changing the World Cup date, to allow a full Tri-Nations schedule, or paying more money to participating unions.He also said the IRB’s World Cup sponsorship rules, designed to avoid any clash between team sponsors and the IRB’s own corporate supporters, should be relaxed.“In football, the FIFA model, there is room for both sets of sponsors to get some coverage during the World Cup period and we think that’s something we should be looking at very seriously,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Redknapp confirms QPR keen on West Ham outcast

first_imgHarry Redknapp is ready to offer Ravel Morrison a Premier League lifeline if West Ham decide to ditch the midfielder.The troubled 21-year-old was shipped out of Manchester United by Sir Alex Ferguson due to his off-field behaviour and is heading for a similar fate at Upton Park, with Hammers boss Sam Allardyce ready to rip up his contract having lost patience with the player.Redknapp admits he harbours doubts about Morrison’s attitude, but says he would still be keen on taking him back to QPR after he enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at Loftus Road last season.“I like Ravel. He came last year and I didn’t have any problems with him,” said the Hoops boss, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“There has got to be a problem with Ravel if Sir Alex Ferguson can’t deal with him and Big Sam can’t deal with him, so he needs to sort himself out, but he is a real talent and when he was with me he was as good as gold.“He is a good kid and his ability is just amazing. We can’t buy anybody, we are looking at a few loans that can help the team, help the squad. He is one that someone has mentioned to me and he is one we could be interested in – if West Ham want to release him.”last_img read more

Chelsea rookie Kiwomya extends Barnsley loan spell

first_imgChelsea rookie Alex Kiwomya has extended his loan at Barnsley until March 3.The teenage forward, who is comfortable on the wing or up front, arrived at Oakwell at the start of January and has so far made three appearances.And now Chelsea have confirmed that 18-year-old Kiwomya, who is the nephew of former Arsenal man Chris, will now stay at Barnsley for another month. 1 Alex Kiwomya last_img

Paris release hurts Baca

first_img(213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the wake of Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to defy a judge’s order and let Paris Hilton out of jail early, a poll released Monday found more than 50 percent of Los Angeles County residents are dissatisfied with the sheriff’s leadership, management and judgment. The KRC Research poll of 303 adults from June 12-14, conducted at the behest of the 8,000-member Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, found 68 percent thought he showed poor judgment in releasing Hilton to home confinement and 80 percent believe people with money, power or celebrity get better treatment from the Sheriff’s Department than the average citizen. The survey follows a similar one taken prior to the Hilton brouhaha in which nearly 70 percent of sheriff’s deputies said they disapproved of Baca’s management of the department and only 14 percent said they would support the sheriff for re-election. “Taken together, these surveys are disturbing,” ALADS President Steve Remige said. “The message to the sheriff from the people he serves and from the deputies who serve under him is that he needs to do a lot better. We are willing to work with the sheriff to help improve the department and rescue his reputation.” The survey surprised political analyst Sherry Bebitch Jeffe. Baca was re-elected to his third term last June with 67 percent of the vote. “When it’s a private poll, I’m very skeptical of taking the results at face value,” Jeffe said. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said ALADS has historically been “entrenched” against sheriff’s management, and this appears to be a publicity stunt to raise the union’s stature. “Perhaps it’s time for an internal look at some new leadership (at ALADS),” Whitmore said. troy.anderson@dailynews.com last_img read more


first_imgA man was rescued from a housefire in St Johnston this evening.The fire broke out at a house in the townland of Transallagh after 5pm.The lone occupant of the house escaped without any injuries. The fire service were still at the scene at 7.45pm.A full investigation into the cause of the fire has now been launched. MAN ESCAPES FROM HOUSEFIRE UNINJURED was last modified: November 24th, 2013 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:housefireSt Johnstonlast_img read more

Grocery-niche marvel

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWhole Foods closed its fiscal year in September with $4.7 billion in sales and a $136 million profit. It has stated goals of $12 billion in sales by 2010. Begun in late 1980 as a quaint Austin neighborhood market with a hippie image, Whole Foods now has 181 stores scattered throughout the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. The company went public in 1991 when it had just 10 stores, about 1,100 employees and stock selling at $4.25 a share. Today, it has 181 stores, nearly 40,000 employees and shares trading in the $65 range. More than 25 years after the first store opened, the company is still unafraid to be different. It awards stock options to store employees, not just senior executives. That may be just a few options a year, but they come when many grocery companies are closing stores, pulling out of markets and, in some cases, battling with workers over wages and benefits. It has a salary cap. Mackey makes no more than 14 times the average company salary, excluding stock awards and options. This meant forfeiting $46,000 of his bonus last year. Most American CEOs are paid as much as 600 times the company’s average salary, according to Paul Hodgson of The Corporate Library. AUSTIN, Texas – Without a hint of pretense, John Mackey recently said this to shareholders of his company, Whole Foods Market Inc.: “There aren’t many big corporations that we look at and say we want to be like that when we grow up. I think we are grown up, frankly.” That might be an understatement from the co-founder and chief executive of a grocery store chain with annual double-digit revenue increases in an industry where sales are relatively flat. Analysts also like how the company melds idealism – selling organic food and making environmentally conscious business decisions – and a focus squarely on the bottom line. Whole Foods accomplishes this undaunted by the emergence of smaller but formidable competitors, such as Trader Joe’s, or by the steady infusion of organic foods into the grocery aisles of giants, especially Wal-Mart. “What matters is if you take on a strategy or a philosophy, then create an environment that resonates with your consumer, you’ll win,” said Canaccord Adams analyst Scott Van Winkle. “What they have found is their customers care about the same things they consider important.” The company provides autonomy to store managers. Rather than take out national or regional ads, Whole Foods provides a $150,000 marketing budget the store manager can spend without corporate oversight. The decentralized structure and the employee perks are essential in Whole Foods’ philosophy that generates as much as $1 million in weekly sales per store, said the chief operating officer, Walter Robb. “I liked coming to work because it was never boring – never boring – and I was bored being retired,” said 68-year-old butcher A.J. Kutach. He worked in the company’s first market and recently came out of retirement to work in the company’s new flagship store in Austin, near where the original store stood. “Whole Foods (has) a niche in the supermarket space that hasn’t been addressed by conventional operators,” said Morningstar analyst Mitch Corwin. “Grocery stores have historically been fairly boring and not a fun place to shop, but now Whole Foods turned that image on its side.”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

Reduced role will be ‘killing’ Rooney and he may quit Man United, says Scholes

first_img Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney could look to leave Manchester United due to his lack of playing time, according to former team-mate Paul Scholes.United skipper Rooney, who surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton’s club goalscoring record last month, has not started a Premier League game since December 17 and was linked with a move to China during the transfer window.The 31-year-old has two more seasons to run on his contract but former United midfielder Scholes is not sure the England captain will see out his deal at Old Trafford.“If it carries on going the way it is, I can’t (see him staying for two more years),” Scholes told the Daily Mail.“Maybe it will be reassessed at the end of the season if he’s in and out of the team. I don’t see him as a player who will accept that. He will want to be at a team where he’s playing every week.“No one will be more frustrated than Wayne at not playing. Being a sub will be driving him up the wall.“It will be killing him just coming in for the Europa League or the FA Cup. But it’s up to him to get his head down and prove he can play in the big games.”Rooney and his team-mates sit sixth in the Premier League with 13 games left but Scholes backed manager Jose Mourinho to lead the club to a top-four finish.“It’s been a massive improvement from what we’ve seen in the last couple of years,” the former England midfielder said about Mourinho’s reign.“I watch them now and have no doubt they’ll finish in the top four. They’re playing the best out of the top six with Chelsea and you have to fancy them to finish second or third.” 1last_img read more

Incredible Premier League XI – and not one player cost more than £20m

first_img 11 Victor Wanyama (central midfield) cost Tottenham £11m in 2016 Riyad Mahrez (wide forward) cost Leicester £400,000 in 2014 Toby Alderweireld (centre-back) cost Tottenham £11.5m in 2015 11 Jamie Vardy (striker) cost Leicester £1m in 2012 11 11 David De Gea (goalkeeper) cost Man United £18m in 2011 11 Vincent Kompany (centre-back) cost Man City £6m in 2008 Danny Rose (left-back) cost Tottenham £1m in 2007 Dele Alli (central midfield) cost Tottenham £5m in 2015 11 11 We’ve seen the most expensive line-up, but what about an inexpensive one.These ‘cheap’ players, above, all cost less than £20m and they have proven to be fantastic purchases.World football’s most expensive XI by positionScroll through the gallery to see the team, beginning with Man United goalkeeper David De Gea who left Atletico Madrid for Old Trafford in 2011 and has become the best keeper in football.The most expensive transfers ever using today’s inflation rates 11 11 Cesar Azpilicueta (right-back) cost Chelsea £6.5m in 2012 Gylfi Sigurdsson (central attacking midfield) cost Swansea £10m in 2014 11 11 Philippe Coutinho (wide forward) cost Liverpool £8.5m in 2013last_img read more

‘Arsenal need to sign him ASAP’ – Fans on Twitter want Rennes wonderkid

first_imgIsmaïla Sarr to home @Arsenal !! https://t.co/PBv6xiyPF2— Sam Nounours🐼🐨🐻 (@DissakDansohn) December 13, 2018 2 Arsenal fans on Twitter are desperate for the club to sign Rennes wonderkid Ismaila Sarr after his world-class strike in the Europa League on Thursday night.The winger may not be a household name right now, but he is doing all the right things to earn a lucrative move away from Ligue 1. please get us ismailia sarr or pepe this january transfer window we are really in need of a winger….please arsenal— #G_C_F_R (@Jastol_Official) December 13, 2018 Rennes wouldn’t be a bad Round of 32 tie at all in next Monday Europa draw. Close by so no long travel and we would get a good look at Ismaila Sarr.— GiveEmeryTime (@GiveEmeryTime) December 13, 2018 Pacy, direct and able to play off of either wing, it is hardly surprising to know the Senegal international has earned comparisons with Barcelona winger Ousmane Demebele.On Thursday night the calls from Arsenal fans to get the talented starlet became even louder after the 19-year-old scored an absolute screamer against Astana.Picking the ball up outside the box, Sarr drove forward and fired a rocket into the top corner past the despairing keeper.Some Gunners fans were so impressed, check out the best Tweets below! Sign Ismaïla Sarr. @Arsenal— #LTCTF 🔥⏳ (@Baro_Ntz) December 13, 2018 2 Sarr celebrates with his teammates after the goal last_img read more

Profile on Brazilian Joelinton ace who smashes Newcastle’s transfer record

first_img Getty TROPHY Joelinton could be on his way to Newcastle targets However, the 22-year-old is far more versatile and is capable of operating on either flank, using his skills and tricks to run at defenders and averages around five dribbles during the course of 90 minutes.His 11-goal haul last season was one less than Rondon and although he is not in the same mould, expect him to provide more in various positions.What has been said about him?“He’s become a very good player. He was always very talented but he’s developed a lot during his time in Austria. He’s a big guy and is awkward to defend against. He’s very inquisitive and able to learn.” – Ex-Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann“He’s very curious, and always takes on board what you tell him. He’s making rapid progress, he’s only going to get better for us.” – Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt“We all knew about his potential at Rapid. He worked so hard for the team. Some said he didn’t score enough goals, but for us it was more important to have him in attack, holding the ball up, creating chances. He’s as strong as an ox and very good technically. If he keeps going as he is, he’ll be playing for Brazil before long.” – retired Rapid Vienna midfielder Steffen Hofmann LATEST Newcastle United have made their first signing of the summer by bringing in talented Hoffenheim forward Joelinton.The failure to secure the services of the popular and efficient Salomon Rondon meant the Magpies were in desperate need of some firepower. What clubs has he played for?Joelinton joined Sport Recife in 2012 and spent two years playing in the youth team, before making his debut for the senior side in 2014.He signed a five-year contract with Hoffenheim in 2015, but after playing just one match, was loaned out for two seasons to Rapid Wien.He returned to the club last season, where in his first game back, netted a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over at 1. FC Kaiserslautern and went on to have a successful campaign.What is his style of play?Standing 6ft 1in tall, he is an inch taller than Rondon, but his frame is more slight than the Venezuelan, who was perfect in the role of target-man for Newcastle, bringing others into play and relieving pressure from his defence. latest The striker has been described as ‘strong as an ox’ Joelinton stands 6ft 1 and can also play on the wings Getty 3 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers But now Joelinton has arrived, it does at least give Newcastle a focal point in attack, which was evidently lacking in the Premier League Asia Trophy clash with Wolves, as they lost 4-1.The Brazilian has set Newcastle back £40million, smashing their record for the second time in the same year, following the £21m arrival of Miguel Almiron in January.Here is what you need to know about Joelinton… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS FAREWELL center_img 3 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested REVEALED Joelinton – 2018/19 Name: Joelinton Cassio Apolinario de LiraBorn: 14 August 1996 (22) Alianca, BrazilHeight: 6ft 1inClub: HoffeheimPosition: StrikerInternational career: Brazil U17 (4 caps)Club games: 35Goals: 11Assists: 9Shots per 90: 2.4Key passes per 90: 1.8Successful dribbles per 90: 3.5Aerial duels won per 90: 2.7 out of 6.8 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions After a shambolic summer at St James’ Park in which the Toon also said farewell to Rafael Benitez, who departed for China, the club replaced him with the far from popular Steve Bruce.Bruce, 58, left his role at Sheffield Wednesday to sign a three-year contract with the Magpies earlier this week. New job deals Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January talkSPORT 3 The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star International experienceJoelinton was capped four times by the Brazil under-17 national team and scored two goals in 2012.last_img read more