Sports wrap: Pujara slams another Test ton, India to get Test Championship mace and more

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara smashes 8th Test hundred as India set NZ 475-run target Cheteshwar Pujara scored his sixth hundred in India and his second against New Zealand.ICC to present Test mace to India after Indore Test ICC announced that India will be presented with Test championship mace after the end of the third and final Test against New Zealand.We represent the nation, you protect the nation: Sachin to Armed forces Sachin went on to underline how an army officer performing at war front against Pakistan can inspire sportsmen to more wins.World Cup qualifiers: Wayne Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia  Wayne Rooney, who turns 31 later this month, was booed by a minority of home fans late on in the 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley that left England top of their group with two wins.Belgium, Portugal and France run riot in European World Cup qualifying Belgium, Portugal score six each past Gibraltar and Faeroe Islands respectively while France defeated Netherlands by three goals to nil.last_img read more

Champions League: Borussia Dortmund hold Real Madrid to win group, break scoring record

first_imgWith a late equaliser by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with defending champions Real Madrid on Wednesday to win Group F and set a scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.Karim Benzema netted in each half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a 2-0 lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in the 61st and Reus struck the equaliser in the 88th.”In the end it was a happy outcome for us,” Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. “It was very important to stand up to Real Madrid twice. We played full of courage.”Dortmund had already drawn 2-2 with Real Madrid when they met in Germany.Madrid were left with the consolation prize of matching the club’s 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s.”We had a lot of opportunities to put the game away and we didn’t,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “We played a good match but couldn’t get the win, now we have to move on. In the end it was well-deserved for them (Dortmund) for what they have done so far.”Dortmund finished the group with 14 points, two more than Madrid. Legia Warsaw, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Poland, finished third with four points to qualify for the Europa League.”To win the Champions it doesn’t matter if you are first or second in the group,” Benzema said. “You have to beat all the teams.”Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again missing the chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. His total remains at 98.advertisementBenzema opened the scoring from close range in the 28th, completing a low cross by Dani Carvajal from the right flank. The Frenchman added to the lead in the 53rd with a firm header after a well-placed cross by James Rodriguez.Aubameyang scored from inside the area and then set up Reus’ equaliser after a quick counterattack.Aubameyang’s goal helped Dortmund match the previous record of 20 group-stage goals, a mark that had been achieved by three other clubs: Barcelona, this season and in 2011-12, Madrid in 2013-14 and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmund’s campaign this season included 6-0 and 8-4 routs against Legia.The draw allowed Zidane’s team to match Madrid’s unbeaten run set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89. Madrid haven’t been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.”It’s important to continue to make history and continue our good run,” Zidane said.Ronaldo’s best chance on Wednesday was a close-range shot that struck the far post in the 78th minute. He had also come close 10 minutes earlier with a right-foot strike that forced a difficult cross-handed save by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.He remains the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, two more than Lionel Messi, who netted his 93rd in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. It was Messi’s 10th goal in the group stage, one short of Ronaldo’s record of 11 achieved last year.Ronaldo only scored two goals in this season’s group stage, his worst mark since joining the Spanish club in 2009.last_img read more

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Wimbledon 2019 Final live

first_imgSerena Williams will be eyeing her 24th career Grand Slam singles title when she takes on World No. 7 Simona Halep in the Wimbledon women’s singles final.Williams has already won the Wimbledon a record seven-times at the All England Club whereas Halep is appearing in her first final at Centre Court.Simona Halep’s only major championship title came at the French Open last year. Serena has defeated Halep nine times in their 10 previous matches.If Williams wins this one, she will equal Margaret Court’s record for most Grand Slam singles titles.But Court won 13 of her major trophies before professionals were admitted to Grand Slam tournaments, while all 23 of Williams’ major titles have come in the Open era, which began in 1968.What TV channel is the Wimbledon 2019 women’s singles final between Serena Williams and Simona Halep?The Wimbledon 2019 final matches can be viewed on Star Sports Select 1 and Star Sports Select 1 HD. Hotstar will provide the live streaming for Serena Williams vs Simona Halep.Where will the Wimbledon 2019 final be played and when will it start?The Wimbledon 2019 final between Serena Williams and Simona Halep will be played from 6:30 PM IST at the Centre Court of All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London.Where can I watch the Wimbledon final between Serena Williams and Simona Halep?The match will be shown on Star Sports Select 1.Where can I check the online live updates of the Wimbledon 2019 final between Serena Williams and Simona Halep?You can follow our coverage here – See:last_img read more

British Masters clings on but golf’s great imbalance needs addressing

first_imgShare on Twitter European Tour Since you’re here… Read more Whatever transpires over the next four days, Fleetwood will emerge with immense credit. His recurring sense of decency sets him apart from so many others.For how long the British Masters can cling on remains open to debate. This week, the gulf between the European Tour and its equivalent in the United States looks as glaring as ever. A £3m prize pot at Hillside compares unfavourably with $7.9m purse at the Byron Nelson in Dallas as the competitions run in tandem.Two of Europe’s most recently victorious Ryder Cup players, Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton, will tee up in Merseyside. The same number – Thorbjørn Olesen and Henrik Stenson – will be found in Texas. It hardly improves the European Tour’s lustre that its present Ryder Cup captain, Padraig Harrington, is in the Byron Nelson field. So, too, are Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed as eyes flick towards next week’s US PGA Championship.That the top players in the world would rather a week off or at least avoid an inevitably testing British links experience immediately before the brutality of the USPGA at Bethpage Black is hardly a shock. Yet this points towards the bigger picture, whereby competing tours mean an unsatisfactory model.Paul McGinley will soon be placed in a similar situation to Fleetwood. McGinley stepped forward to host the Irish Open, which falls before its Scottish equivalent and the subsequent Open Championship at Royal Portrush in July.With players generally unwilling to feature for three weeks in a row at such a key juncture, Scotland will claim by far the superior field. With Lahinch an outstanding Irish course and $7m in prizes on offer, McGinley is entitled to ask why he bothered. This tournament is merely another symptom of, not remotely a cause for, what is an unhealthy and one-sided rivalry. Share via Email The Ryder Cup, selected on the basis of European Tour membership, is the carrot used to keep alliances intact. In the 21st century, that the best players of US and European origin can’t simply be picked for the biennial joust without fulfilling diary commitments is farcical. In France last year the makeup of the triumphant European team was such that they were more likely to meet on a Floridian coffee run as Oxford Street, which made not an iota of difference to the dynamic.At Hillside, as at Lahinch, European golf will be showcased in a manner which will hopefully reflect positively on Fleetwood and McGinley’s commitment. That the tournaments find themselves grasping for prominence owes plenty to a golf landscape which must surely look more seriously towards a united front. Pinterest Brooks Koepka Share on Pinterest Carly Booth faces criticism over sponsorship deal with Golf Saudi Topics Share on Messenger Twitter Share on Facebook There were reasons to celebrate Tommy Fleetwood’s status within the commonly self-serving world of top-level sport even before the altruistic touch that will come to the fore this week.As Sky Sports dropped sponsorship of the British Masters last year, an all-too-rare professional event in England looked like dropping off the European Tour’s schedule. Fleetwood, who has quite enough on his plate when keeping competitive company with the finest players in golf, stepped forward to host the tournament. Betfred duly joined in with a sponsorship deal. Fleetwood has admitted his keenly felt pride at staging the event at Hillside, a links so close to his childhood home of Southport. Facebook center_img Support The Guardian features Ewan Murray Padraig Harrington, European Ryder Cup captain for 2020, is in Texas this week for the Byron Nelson rather than Southport for the British Masters. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images PGA Tour Golf Read more It is at best a curious marketing scenario which seeks sponsorship for golf tournaments without guarantees of which players will actually join the field. As the European and PGA Tours compete for the best individuals on any given week – and majors controlled by separate entities again – golf’s product suffers. There is no single narrative as easy to follow as would, of course, be the case if golf’s elite operated under one umbrella.The PGA Tour retains by far the strongest cast lists, which won’t change any time soon. Its chief executive Keith Pelley’s faith in the Rolex Series has seen $49m diverted towards seven tournaments even before the lucrative season finale in Dubai, but the impact on fields has been negligible.The extent to which this world revolves around appearance fees was clearly illustrated early this year when Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio García and Koepka made the otherwise crazy move to join the European Tour’s inaugural visit to Saudi Arabia. As distasteful as it may be to some, had Pelley broken up the overall Rolex sum in a manner whereby appearance fees accounted for a hefty chunk of the overall pot, the world’s best might have been swayed towards more regular visits to Europe. Beyond that, it is tricky to foresee what Pelley can do. The horse bolted some time ago.As it stands the likes of Rose, García, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari and Paul Casey retain a link to the European Tour which meets the four events per season membership criterion, but little else. Scheduling complexities – including the understandable need for an off season – and a desire to play against the best whenever possible permit no alternative.All of those players know removing themselves from the European Tour, if on many levels sensible, would trigger a public relations backlash which is hardly worth the bother. Tiger Woods’s true legacy would be to end ‘the look’ that marks US golf’s race divide Sportblog Share on WhatsApp US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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Marquinhos: A new chapter is starting at PSG

first_imgLigue 1 Marquinhos: PSG are growing – a new chapter is about to start Marquinhos 16:00 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marquinhos PSG Getty Images Ligue 1 PSG Despite landing four trophies this term, those at Parc des Princes are already looking towards more domestic and European challenges in 2018-19 Dear fans and football lovers,The season is over and it’s time to draw our conclusions on the results. PSG have lived a crazy year, again, ended by four national trophies and all I am thinking about now is next season.I don’t think this season was one way or the other. There are some regrets but also good feelings. We did our best concerning national titles: we are champions once again and we won every national cup. It’s an important result. It was not easy and we don’t have to trivialise it even though we have regrets on a European level. We know that at the beginning of the season there was a lot of expectation due to the players we signed, but we are on a good path. We have to want more next year and we’ll work hard on it. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now We missed regularity in a very important moment of the season. We started it well but we knew that the Champions League is decisive during the second half of the season. We played a good game in Madrid, we started well but our opponent was an experienced team. A team that, even if they were not at their best, know how to win a game and they waited for us to lose concentration, a small mistake from our side, to score. In hindsight, we know that we could have done more at home. We could push them but we knew that if we had done that, it could have been dangerous as Real Madrid have very good strikers. We didn’t know what would happen and at the end, it did not go well for us.It’s normal that there are expectations. It’s like in real life, we can’t get used to what we’ve got. We always want more. It is the ambition of everyone: fans, journalists, and us, the players, of course. PSG’s project is very ambitious, everybody knows that. The goal is to bring the name of the club, the institution, and the city as far as possible. The ambition is here, we just need to analyse the good and bad sides.Talking about good things: the adaptation of the “newbies” went well. Concerning Kylian, Paris is his city so it was easy for him with a lot of French people. You can see that he’s happy here. Ney and Dani, they are players with a good mentality, who adapt themselves easily. They know how it works as they have played for different great clubs. Yuri, it’s been easy also, there are many Spanish speakers. He liked talking and laughing with everyone. Players who joined the club last summer enriched the club. We know that the first steps can be difficult: find a new home, communicate with others, get used to the new locker room, build relationships. So we try to help as much as we can, to give advice.If I have to talk about my own season, I would start with the positive side: from a sporting point of view, I think about all the titles we won. Personally, my daughter’s birth changed me a lot. Now I can understand what my parents used to say. She’s in my heart. She gives me joy, the desire to come to the training session, to make things good.Concerning the bad things, there was the elimination in the Champions League, of course. And personally, the departure of Lucas was the saddest moment of the season. We are like brothers and I will feel like that for the rest of my life. Outside of football, I adore him. Since he left, we keep on talking to each other, as soon as each of us has news, we talk about it. We try to stay close because he’s a good person, who welcomed me well.Neymar Marquinhos Marco Verratti Amiens PSG Coupe de la Ligue 10012018Now a new chapter is about to start, with a new coach. I’ll remind everyone of Unai Emery’s passion, his way of working. He was always at 100 per cent. He gave everything in our training centre to analyse the opponents and give us his strategy. He’s a very positive person, even during bad moments. He trusted me a lot, in good and bad moments. He always talked a lot to me and gave me the captain’s armband. So, obviously, I will keep take only good things from him. Since he announced his departure to us, we didn’t see any difference in his behaviour. He kept on working hard until the last moment. He thought about this decision to leave but he didn’t release the pressure. Training sessions, meetings…nothing changed.Being in a club like PSG, there is a lot of responsibility. A lot of people admire us, spend the day on social networks to see what we do, come almost every day to the training centre. We know that responsibility. I know mine as a person, player and third captain of this team. But it was a childhood dream to become a player so all those small things are nothing compared to doing what you love. When I see how happy my family is, enjoying all those moments with me, I’m glad to get that responsibility. Sometimes it goes well, sometimes not but it’s normal in a career. My personal evolution is moving in a good way. I try to deserve everything I have.Step by step, PSG are growing. There’s the new training centre project. Since I came here, I can see the evolution, we grew up as much internally than as a team, we entered a new dimension. Good things are coming, such as great players, and it means that we can go forward. We can see it by the last transfers and if it’s the case again, it’s because PSG have a good reputation. It’s good for us as players that the club are looking for that. But the most important thing is to be happy, win important trophies and to take pleasure from doing good things on the field. That’s what I’m looking for next season.Marquinhos.last_img read more

Irish ref enjoying his Australian experience

first_imgOn the field at NTL it may sound a bit strange to hear an Irish accent controlling the game.But that voice would be Derek Fisher, a referee who has moved to Australia for 12 months. After 4 years of refereeing in Europe, he is now part of the premier competition in Australia, the X-Blades National Touch League.Derek took up refereeing because of the shortage of referees where he was playing in Germany, and it went from there.“I got into back in Germany because somebody had to do it,” Derek said.And four years on he is still doing it, and most importantly, enjoying it.“One of the things I enjoy about refereeing is that you’ve got a chance to shine as an individual and still have the team element there. But certainly with the accreditation system you (Australia) have, you can individual goals as well, that’s one of the things that is really good, and one of the most satisfying things.”Derek arrived in Australia in late November, and was refereeing at his first tournament, the NSW State Cup, within weeks. And he has been busy ever since, refereeing in several tournaments in his short amount of time in Australia. During his time as a referee, he has had the chance to travel around Europe. Even though the competition is small, it is widespread across the continent, resulting in him travelling a lot, especially in the past year.“Last year in April the comp was in Vienna, May was Berlin, in June we had a national training camp in Cologne, then July was Paris for the Euros, September was Cologne again and October was Frankfurt.” He is making the most of his time in Australia, trying to progress through the ranks. “The badging systems are different. You guys [in Australia] have six badges, where in Europe you have only got five…So at the moment I am a European three, which I got at last Euros. I am going for my red badge while I am here.”Derek says that the quality of touch is much higher in Australia, which is understandable due to the fact that touch in Europe is still progressing.   “To give you a feel for it, most of the sides that are here today, the Open’s sides, would knock over the [international] teams back home… The gap can only get closer.”And touch players will hear this accent around for the next eight months, as he is staying in Australia until November, before heading back to Europe in time for the 2010 Euro’s.last_img read more

Vine: 5-Star Running Back Soso Jamabo Says He Has Two Very Interesting Finalists In His Recruitment

first_imgFive-star recruit Soso Jamabo.Plano (Tex.) West five-star running back Soso Jamabo has his pick of the litter when it comes to playing college football. Jamabo has officially visited UCLA, Texas and Notre Dame, with the Bruins and Longhorns reportedly having the lead for his services, per 247.That didn’t stop Jamabo from having some fun when asked about his finalists. He named two schools, just not the ones people would expect:That’s right, Jamabo claims he’s down to the University of Phoenix and ITT Tech. Not sure if either school can compete with the tradition, weather or gameday atmosphere of UCLA or Texas, but neither program has lost in years and might lead the country in television advertisements. Jamabo even took things a step further on Twitter this afternoon, posting this hilarious edited photo playing up the whole mock situation:I just wanna thank God..— SOMI JaMITCHELL (@Soso_Jamabo1) January 26, 2015If Jamabo’s budding football career doesn’t work out, comedy could be a decent backup plan.last_img read more

Lakehead University celebrates law schools first graduating class

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN National News It’s been three years since Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law opened its doors in Thunder Bay.The program is unique, as it’s headed by the first Indigenous female dean in Canada. It’s also one of the first universities to introduce mandatory Indigenous law into its curriculum.Now, the school is celebrating its first class of graduates.With their bar exams fast-approaching, students received a word of encouragement from Senator Murray Sinclair, reminding them of their responsibilities as Indigenous people in law.“You need to know how to take all of those teachings of our people, from the laws of our people, and put them into practice for yourself,” Sinclair urges the students to find “balance” in their profession.Six of the 58 class of future lawyers are Indigenous.wfiddler@aptn.calast_img read more

Report Japan court OKs extending custody of exNissan chair

first_imgTOKYO — Kyodo News agency says a Japanese court has approved extending the detention of former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn for 10 more days.The Japanese news agency said Friday that the Tokyo District Court has approved prosecutors’ request to keep Ghosn until Dec. 10.Ghosn was arrested on Nov. 19 by Tokyo prosecutors on suspicion he falsified his financial reports. His first 10 days in custody expires at the end of Friday.Kyodo said the court also approved a 10-day detention extension for another former Nissan executive, Greg Kelly, also arrested on suspicion of collaborating in the alleged underreporting of Ghosn’s renumerations.Brazilian-born Ghosn, sent in by alliance partner Renault SA of France, has led a dramatic turnaround at Nissan over the last two decades, rescuing Nissan from near-bankruptcy.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Morocco: Three Killed in a Road Accident Near Fez

first_imgFez – Three people were killed in accident on Friday at Ain Kansara, 20 km away from Fez, local authorities said, according to MAP. The victims, all teachers from the province of Taounat, perished when their car collided with a truck. The fourth passenger, also a teacher, was badly wounded and rushed to the Fez Hassan II hospital center, the same source added.The latest provisional statistics released by the Ministry of Equipment, Transportation and Logistics last February, show that 3,705 people were killed in road accidents in 2013. The number of road accidents increased by 1.4% in 2013 compared to 2012. With MAPlast_img read more

Employee injured during armed robbery at Hamilton restaurant

Hamilton police are investigating two robberies that happened within 30 minutes of each other in the city’s east end.Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, five men walked into the KFC restaurant at 45 Parkdale Ave. North wearing dark clothing and disguises. The men, believed to be armed with a handgun, demanded money from the staff. The group fled the scene with the stolen cash.An employee received a minor injury during the incident and was treated on scene. Roughly 30 minutes later, five men robbed Buds and Roses dispensary at 264 Kenilworth Ave. North. The suspects took off with an undisclosed amount of marijuana. No one was injured during the robbery. The group of men in both robberies were wearing dark clothing and disguises. Police did not say if the same group of men was responsible for both incidents but did say they will examine the robberies for any similarities or connections.Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Emidio Evangelista at 905-546-2991. read more

Up to four million children affected by Typhoon Haiyan

first_img60 metric tonnes of emergency aid is due in the Philippines tomorrow from UNICEF’s central supplies in Denmark (Image: UNICEF).UNICEF’s warehouse in Copenhagen is airlifting US$1.3 million worth of additional supplies for another 10,000 families, including those affected by the recent earthquake in Bohol. The shipments contain water purification tablets, soap, medical kits, tarpaulins, and micronutrient supplements.Children who have escaped the terrible violence of Haiyan still need urgent assistance to survive the aftermath of the storm, the charity said today.Particular concerns include health, due to the impact of the typhoon on water supply and sanitation systems. Children also need safe and protected spaces to be able to play and resume studying while adults work to recover their homes and livelihoods.UNICEF launched its emergency appeal yesterday to address the immediate needs of children and their families. Donations can be made online of by calling Lo-call 1850 767 999. Children displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines (Image: UNICEF/JMaitem)IT IS NOW estimated that up to four million children could be affected by the super typhoon that blasted through the Philippines.Staff from UNICEF have been rushing emergency supplies to areas ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan including therapeutic food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits.The charity’s emergency specialist in Tacloban City, Leon Dominador Fajardo, said today: “People, families with children are walking along the ruined roads. I don’t know where they are going – there is nowhere to go. They are walking because their homes are gone and they have nowhere to go.”A family affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan resting along the street in the city of Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines (Image: UNICEF/JMaitem).“So many people have nothing. Their children are hungry, some are sick, and they are frustrated,” he explained.Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific, said logistics in the affected areas are “a huge challenge”.There are many parts of the country that were in the path of Typhoon Haiyan that are still inaccessible, so there is a lot we still don’t know and many children – probably millions – who desperately need our help and are not yet receiving it.last_img read more

Iceland to write €24000 off every household mortgage

first_imgTHE ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT has announced that it will write off household mortgage debt in order to kickstart the economy.Under the plan, every household in the country will have €24,000 worth of debt written off.The move was part of the election manifesto of the Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.The idea will cost the country €1.2 billion and will begin in mid-2014. Iceland has been burdened with debt since the 2008 financial crisis, which saw the krona collapse.A government statement said that the plan would kick-start consumer spending.“Currently, household debt is equivalent to 108 per cent of GDP, which is high by international comparison. “The action will boost household disposable income and encourage savings.”The plan has been criticised by the IMF, the OECD and various economists, with the IMF saying that the country has “little fiscal space” for the move, while the OECD says the plan should be limited to low income housing. The measure has improved the country’s rating with Standard & Poor’s, who upgraded the economic outlook from negative to stable. Read: The leader of Iceland’s ‘Kitchenware Revolution’ reckons we have a thing or two to learn about protestsRead: Iceland PM hits back in mackerel fishing rowlast_img read more

We cant afford to give a pub €5000 Craft producers hit out

first_img Short URL 56 Comments Share61 Tweet Email3 Take me to Fora “Generally, you don’t get into a bar or you are removed. It’s like one of those exclusive door policies, when you’re not wearing a certain pair of shoes you don’t get in.“We didn’t have the money to say, ‘Here’s €5,000, do X, Y and Z.’ (These deals) put small guys at a huge disadvantage. It’s an awful pain in the arse, but there’s nothing that we really can do.”He added: “When you’re a small company you struggle to get cash to set up, and then when people do want to drink (your product), there are other people stopping you from trading.“It’s absolutely mad. It’s discouraging, it’s like being rejected by a secret society or club. You’re ostracised.“If I’d known what the market was like I’m not sure I would have set up here. We’ve done deals in the UK and America, and it’s much more straightforward. Because Ireland is so small, it’s easy to have control over it.”‘Pay us’Peter Mulryan, the founder of Waterford-based gin maker Blackwater Distillery, said that he has also found walls thrown up when trying to get his stock in pubs. An Irish distillery Source: Shutterstock/petereleven“It was about two years ago, we were told by a chain: ‘You can get in if you pay us or pay us with stock’. I remember thinking that sounded awful,” he said.“We said that we’re not a multinational and we don’t have deep pockets. They said they (multinationals) do, and we’ll take their stuff. We’re not dealing with that pub now. It’s pointless, it’s a mugs game.”Mulryan says that, as a result of the deals in the pub trade, Blackwater is now focusing on selling to retailers and off-licences.“We just focus on the off-trade now, they’re much straighter to deal with and the customer is much more in the driving seat,” he said.Both Mulryan and Bara said they understand why pubs accept offers from multinationals, however both said that they felt they are unjust and gave their big companies an unfair advantage.One individual who runs a small beer brewer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that there is “hardly a publican in Dublin or the country that doesn’t have some deal with the big guys, and some are locked in tighter than others”.“We’ve often faced a situation where someone says: ‘We would love to stock you, but we’re precluded because of arrangements with big drinks companies,” the brewer said. Stock image of beer barrels Source: Shutterstock/Tommy Lee WalkerEducationHowever, the craft brewer added that publicans “won’t bite the hand that feeds them” and said that craft brewers need to look for ways to promote their own products rather than trying to eradicate such deals.“As a group, craft brewers could do a lot more and educate the public on what we’re at so that people would say when they go into a bar, ‘Why don’t you have more craft beer, why don’t you have more local beer?’”The brewer acknowledged they may feel differently if their beer had been actively removed from a pub, but added: “There isn’t much point moaning about what’s going on, we need to focus on doing more so consumers go in and demand a better selection.”The Irish Brewers Association, which represents most of the big brewers in the Irish drinks industry, said it would be inappropriate to comment “because it is a commercial issue between an individual company and its suppliers”.The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland, which represents about half of the smaller craft beer brewers in the Republic, said that it is “aware” of exclusive drinks deals.“They do set many of our members at a disadvantage and we feel they should not be allowed,” a spokeswoman said.“As far as we are aware, however, these practices are not illegal so unless there is a political will to enact laws against them there’s very little that can be done by authorities.“The real solution is for consumers to continue to demand choice and availability of independent Irish beer and for them to vote with their feet if they are not being offered it.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM ‘We can’t afford to give a pub €5,000’: Craft producers hit out at exclusive drinks deals Many craft drinks producers say sweeteners offered by big companies are locking them out. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news:center_img Feb 10th 2018, 6:01 AM By Fora Staff 36,960 Views CRAFT BREWERS AND distillers are routinely coming up against opposition in getting their drinks stocked in bars due to deals sewn up between publicans and big drinks companies.Last week Fora reported that large drinks firms regularly offer bars sweeteners such as free kegs of beer or even direct financial assistance.Now, multiple sources working in the craft industry have told Fora that they sometimes face being shut out when they cannot match the financial muscle of their larger rivals.The issue came on the agenda recently when it was revealed that C&C, the company behind Bulmers cider, claimed that Heineken abused its market power by striking deals with pubs to push Orchard Thieves.Alongside Richmond Marketing, a major drinks distributor that had similar grievances, it submitted a complaint to the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.The competition regulator decided not to launch a full investigation into the issue, despite raising concerns that Heineken’s alleged practises “may result in anti-competitive effects”.Although it is unclear to what extent these deals are anti-competitive, if at all, many small companies have said that they hinder them from doing business and competing on an even footing with bigger rivals.In regards to the nature of the deals, the craft brewers Fora spoke to largely echoed the reports from publicans – who said sometimes huge sums of money being offered to bring a venue into the fold.Both groups said that deals would sometimes consist of companies offering pubs direct financial assistance but more often they would involve free alcohol often worth thousands, or tens of thousands, of euro.‘Absolutely mad’Some have said that they have even had products removed from bars once a rival has offered a pub a lucrative deal.Eoin Bara, the founder of Offaly based Mór Irish Gin, said that he has encountered bars “that say that they can’t stock us because we’re not part of a bigger drinks family”. Mór gin Source: Mór Gin“We got into one bar in town, (our products were) behind the bar of one very well-known bar in town,” he said.“People were buying the drink, but one of the reps from a drinks company came in and made them take it down from the bar.”According to Bara, there is little that small producers can do to work with bars that have such deals in place. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Baby lamb born from Operation Noahs Ark rescues

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A baby lamb became the newest addition to the Operation Noah’s Arc family.The lamb’s mother was a part of the seizure of over 200 animals from a farm in the Redlands earlier this month.This is the second birth to take place among the rescued animals.According to the official twitter account of the South Florida SPCA, the lamb is healthy, up and nursing well.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming Very Soon

first_img Email Demi Lovato: New Music Coming “Very Soon” demi-lovato-hints-new-music-could-be-coming-very-soon Demi Lovato Hints New Music Could Be Coming “Very Soon” The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter is ready to move on from 2017’s ‘Tell Me You Love Me’ with new musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs May 29, 2018 – 11:16 am With her powerful duet with Christina Aguilera, “Fall In Line,” still hot off the presses, it seems Demi Lovato has had plenty of inspiration to push forward with new music of her own coming “very, VERY soon. … Could be a matter of weeks actually.”During a round of answering fan questions over the weekend, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter was asked about a third single from 2017’s Tell Me You Love Me, her sixth studio album. In response, Lovato tweeted that there would not be a third single and that she is ready to move on to something new. Pretty much… I have so much new music to release very VERY soon!!!— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018Of course, the natural follow-up is whether or not a new single or album could be coming soon. And, in fact, the answer is yes: Lovato hinted that we should expect something new as soon as a few weeks, while also divulging that she has “so much new music to release.” Facebook News Twitter Very VERY soon…. could be a matter of weeks actually— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) May 29, 2018While it’s unclear if that means just new singles or the makings of her seventh studio album, it sounds like we won’t have to wait long to find out what’s in store next. In the meantime, you can still catch Lovato on her worldwide tour with DJ Khaled with dates through Nov. 27.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

No 6 Louisville Hits Road to Cincinnati Tuesday

first_img FIRST 32 GAMES LAST 8 GAMES GAME DAY INFORMATION #6 Louisville at Cincinnati Location: Cincinnati, Ohio Venue: Marge Schott Stadium (3,085) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Cincinnati 3 stolen bases 3 stolen bases LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Louisville offense kept rolling over the weekend, as the Cardinals took two out of three from No. 22 Miami at Jim Patterson Stadium. UofL won the opener 7-5 before the Hurricanes captured the second game 16-11 in a contest that spread across Friday and Saturday. Louisville fell behind 6-0 in the first inning of the series finale, but rallied back and scored nine unanswered runs to finish off the weekend with a 9-6 triumph. The Cardinals notched double digit hits in all three games, upping their streak of consecutive games with at least 10 hits to seven. The two wins also kept Louisville on top of the ACC Atlantic Division standings, now two games ahead of North Carolina State in second place. UofL will be in nonconference action for the next five games starting Tuesday with Cincinnati before a three-game weekend with Alabama A&M and a single game against Western Kentucky. 4. Florida State 576 FITZGERALD NAMED TO BROOKS WALLACE AWARD WATCH LISTLouisville shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was named to the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, announced by the College Baseball Foundation. 2. North Carolina 579 SERIES HISTORYLongtime conference foes, Louisville and Cincinnati will be meeting for the 181st time on Tuesday evening. The Cardinals hold a 99-81 edge in the all-time series, including a resounding 24-6 victory at Jim Patterson Stadium last season. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. ABOUT CINCINNATICincinnati comes into Tuesday’s game at 18-21 overall, but is tied for third in the American Athletic Conference with a 8-7 record in league play. The Bearcats won the opening game of their weekend series at Houston on Thursday, but dropped the final two. 3. LSU 577 .368 slugging percentage .580 slugging percentage Michael Kirian and Michael McAvene have been key pieces at the end of games in 2019 with marked improvement from their 2018 numbers. Kirian held a 12.71 ERA in 11.1 innings as a freshman last season, while McAvene had a 4.55 ERA over his two-year career entering 2019. This season, Kirian is 2-0 with three saves and has given up just three runs in 21 innings for a 1.29 ERA. McAvene is 2-0 with four saves and four runs allowed in 19.1 innings. The duo has combined to strike out 52 batters with just eight walks. Louisville rallied for an 11-inning victory over the Tigers in the series finale, starting an offensive surge that has seen the Cardinals win eight of their last nine and vault to a two-game lead in the ACC. WYATT DISPLAYING ALL-AMERICAN PROWESS OF LATEA third-team All-America selection in 2018, Logan Wyatt got off to a slow start offensively this season. However, that has changed over the last two weeks, with Wyatt racking up offensive numbers at a torrid pace. Wyatt hit .550 (11-for-20) as the Cardinals picked up a win at Kentucky and took two of three from Miami. The junior had three doubles, three homers and drove in 12 runs over the four games. Wyatt also had one of the highlights of the week with a straight steal of home in the fifth inning of Saturday’s series finale as the Cardinals rallied back from a 6-0 deficit to win 9-6. The Louisville offense tallied double digit hits in each of the last seven games, giving it 20 games this season with at least 10. The Cardinals are 27-1 this season when they outhit the opposition. The Cardinals have been on a tear over the last nine games, hitting .374 as a team with an 8-1 record. Louisville is averaging 10.8 runs and 14.6 hits during that span with 48 extra-base hits. UofL’s team batting average has improved from .254 to .285 over the last nine games. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC in ERA (3.62), WHIP (1.18), strikeout-to-walk ratio (2.72), strikeouts per nine innings (10.3) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.87). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 16 games this season. UofL has had a starting pitcher throw seven no-hit innings on three occasions this season, with Reid Detmers doing it against Brown and James Madison, and Bobby Miller against Wake Forest. Louisville pitchers set a Jim Patterson Stadium record with 18 strikeouts against Georgia Tech on March 22. The Cardinals have struck out 10 or more in 24 games this season, with a 21-3 record when doing so. The Cardinals have been active offensively in the first inning this season, plating at least one run in the opening inning of 22 games. Louisville has scored 37 first inning runs overall and is 18-4 when scoring in the first. Logan Wyatt is third in the country with 45 walks through 40 games and is currently on pace for 63 this season. The UofL single season record in 69 by Kevin Malone in 1980. Wyatt moved to ninth all-time on Louisville’s career walk list with three walks vs. NKU. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL currently ranks second in the ACC with 77 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals are 27-0 this season when leading after eight innings. From 2012-17, Louisville accumulated a six-year record of 266-3 when entering the ninth with a lead, including a 50-0 mark in 2017. UofL has won 36 of its 47 ACC series since joining the league and is 39-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 12-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 19 of their 24 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Twelve different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Albanese, Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 11 of the 12. While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. McAvene and Kirian pitched the final six innings of the series finale at Clemson, striking out eight with no runs and just three hits allowed. The pair also worked 4.1 scoreless to close out Louisville’s come from behind win in the final game against Miami. 6.0 runs per game 10.8 runs per game .254 batting average .374 batting average Fitzgerald is one of 69 players, including eight from the ACC, on the watch list. The Rochester, Illinois, native has started every game at shortstop this season, leading the Cardinals in hits, doubles, RBIs and total bases. OFFENSIVE BINGE CARRYING CARDINALS TO TOP OF ACC STANDINGSFollowing a second straight loss at Clemson on April 6, the Cardinals found themselves in third in the ACC Atlantic Division standings with an offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in most categories. .269 batting average (28-104) .472 batting average (17-36)center_img Speed and defense has been the name of the game for the Bearcats in 2019, as they lead the AAC in stolen bases per game, triples, double plays and fielding percentage. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. 46 doubles 34 doubles 8.5 hits per game 14.6 hits per game 3 home runs 4 home runs 18 RBIs 20 RBIs LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of eight of the last nine, the sixth-ranked Louisville baseball team takes to the road on Tuesday for a nonconference date at Cincinnati at 6:00 p.m., ET at Marge Schott Stadium. The game is available through online stream only and radio coverage will be available on 93.9 The Ville. Live scoring is available at TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS While the pitching shouldered the load for the first half of the 2019 season, the second half of the campaign has been led by an offense as hot as any in the country. The award, sponsored by Mizuno, honors the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented this summer by the College Baseball Foundation. It is named for former Texas Tech shortstop Brooks Wallace, who played for the Red Raiders from 1977 to 1980. Wallace died of leukemia at the age of 27. FIRST 31 GAMES LAST 9 GAMES It marked the first time the Cardinals have won the conference’s Player of the Week award in consecutive weeks since joining the league in 2015. 5. Vanderbilt 568 LOUISVILLE’S BACK END BULLPEN RESURGENCELouisville has consistently produced top of the line bullpen arms, many of which are spread across pro baseball. This season is no different, with the Cardinals a perfect 24-0 when leading after eight innings. 1. Louisville 585 Story Links Tuesday, April 23 | 6:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: Online Stream | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Fr. RHP Jack Perkins (2-0, 2.33 ERA) UC: Fr. RHP Andrew Noelker (0-0, 5.06 ERA) Louisville has won 12 of the last 13 games between the two programs, but lost 6-3 in 2017 in its last visit to Cincinnati. Under Dan McDonnell, the Cardinals are 23-5 against Cincinnati. WYATT VOTED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEKJunior Logan Wyatt became the second straight Louisville player to be named the ACC Player of the Week after a blistering hot four-game week. 19 home runs 10 home runs Most Wins Since 2007 4 doubles 5 doubles Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Gabe Newell says Valves VR headset doesnt make anyone throw up

first_imgVirtual reality goggles could spark a revolution in gaming — and computing in general — one day soon, but only if they don’t make wearers want to throw up after a few minutes of use. Valve says they’ve got the Pepto for VR nausea.Gabe Newell (or Gaben, as many of you know him) says that the Vive headset they’re developing in conjunction with HTC doesn’t have that nasty little side effect. In fact, he told The New York Times that “zero percent of people get motion sick” while experiencing VR using the Vive.Newell considers VR headsets to be the “world’s best motion sickness inducers.” Figuring out a solution to the problem, then, is imperative if the industry wants virtual reality to take off. No one’s going to want to buy a headset if they hear a friend of a friend bought one, took it home, and was throwing up all over the place five minutes later. Well, almost no one, anyway.The remedy for the motion sickness conundrum is simple enough: track a user’s movements as precisely as possible. Valve calls their high-resolution, nausea-busting technology Lighthouse.It’s a system made up of a base station that pairs with a set of handheld controllers, and Gaben thinks everyone working in VR can — and should — benefit from it. That’s why Valve has decided to “just give [it] away.” Newell has said that Valve wants Lighthouse to be ubiquitous, like USB… and not “some special secret sauce.”Lighthouse tech is cheap enough, according to Valve, that it can be integrated into just about anything — TVs and monitors, gamepads and mice… even smartphones and tablets. No licensing fee? Minimal impact on a device’s bill of materials? That’s the kind of thing that gets an OEM’s attention.last_img read more

Prospect Mortgage Offers Loan Programs for Sandy Victims

first_img “”Prospect Mortgage””:, a provider of home renovation and purchase financing, announced it is offering two loan programs to help homeowners impacted by Hurricane Sandy rebuild their lives.[IMAGE]The programs, backed by the “”Federal Housing Administration””: (FHA), provide funding beyond insurance or other disaster assistance by offering financing for owners in declared disaster areas to repair or rebuild their homes or even to purchase a new home if necessary.””For families whose lives have been torn apart by Sandy, rebuilding a home or purchasing a new one can be the most important step to restoring their lives,”” said Doug Long, president of Correspondent & Retail Lending for Prospect. “”These federally-backed loan programs provide low down payments to pay for repairs and renovations, or to purchase a new residence.””The programs, FHA 203(h) and FHA 203(k), can often provide financing to make up for expenses beyond those covered by insurance or disaster assistance. Through the FHA 203(h) program, disaster victims needing to relocate are able to buy a different home with no money down. Single-family homes and approved condos are eligible, but not vacation homes or investment properties. To qualify, the borrower’s previous residence must have been in the disaster area and must have been destroyed or damaged beyond the point of livability. For homeowners who need to repair or rebuild their home, the FHA 203(k) program provides up to 97.75 percent of the home’s expected post-repair value. If the current loan exceeded the value of the property prior to damage, the homeowner would need to find additional funds to close. Insurance settlement and grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can reduce the needed loan amount.””These loan programs may be able to help pay for repairs or renovations not covered by insurance or other assistance,”” said Jim Ragan, renovation sales manager. “”They can allow victims of Sandy to rebuild their homes in the way that is right for their family, not just what’s covered by insurance.”” Headquartered in California, Prospect Mortgage is a top ten home purchase lender offering a full range of home loans, including FHA, VA, conventional, renovation, and more. in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Prospect Mortgage Offers Loan Programs for Sandy Victims November 16, 2012 471 Views center_img Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News FHA Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-11-16 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

Cobalt fires CEO Madar after 22 months in office

first_imgThe board of directors of Cobalt Air appointed Guy MacLean as the airline’s chief executive officers, replacing Andrew Madar, two sources familiar with the matter said.Madar took over as the company’s top executive after the resignation of his predecessor Andrew Pyne in August 2016, two months after the company received its commercial licence. The reasons for the divorce are unknown.The company was not immediately available for comment.The Cyprus Business Mail understands that the changes in the company’s management went beyond Madar.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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