Weekend Getaway Cruise to Olympia Harbor…

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Harbor DaysOlympia Harbor Days Tugboat Races and Festival and the historic steam ship Virginia V, have teamed up once again to offer a unique Labor Day weekend adventure to Washington’s State Capital City.  This three-day, two-night cruise adventure includes round trip transportation from Tacoma’s Foss Waterway Seaport dock to the historic port of Olympia, including overnight accommodations in a local downtown hotel.  The 125 passenger ship will call in Tacoma to make way to Olympia for the four-hour trip to participate in Olympia Harbor Days, a three-day maritime festival, the largest of its kind in the south sound.   The itinerary includes a tour of the Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum in Tacoma before heading south.  Les Eldridge, a local maritime novelist and author (Maritime Olympia), is expected to join the cruise.  Eldridge stated:  “The South Puget Sound shorelines are filled with the sites of memorable maritime moments, from Captain George Vancouver and Rear Admiral Sir Peter Puget, through the brigade of scientist-adventurers, through the Wilkes Expedition leaving its American stamp on the region, to the wild and woolly captains of the Mosquito Fleet.”Upon arrival in Olympia, Virginia V will join tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain at the Port of Olympia’s Port Plaza docks for the opening ceremonies of the award winning Olympia Harbor Days, host to the World’s Largest Vintage Tugboat Races and the Squaxin Island Tribe’s Salish Seaport, including cultural activities, demonstrations, a traditional salmon bake and a beer garden as part of the festival offerings.  The Port Plaza (the north edge of the festival) offers an easy stroll south on the docks to Percival Landing where a fleet of Vintage Tugboats will be available for touring on Saturday as they ready for the annual Sunday races.  Festival highlights also include a Mini-Tug Tug o’ War, live bands on two stages including America’s First Corps Jazz Combo, over 200 arts, crafts, commercial and food booths, sand sculpting events, children’s activities including a legos building station, marine and maritime science and art activities, and a floating World War II Museum aboard retired Coast Guard Cutter Tug Comanche, and more.  Festival opens Friday, September 31 and ends Sunday, August 2, 2018.Cruising guests will stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, where staff will be on hand to transfer traveler’s luggage to the nearby hotel. The WA State Capitol is within walking distance and travelers will have plenty of time to experience Olympia where visitors always enjoy the variety of unique shops, coffee tastings, and microbrews this fun and artsy town has to offer.  Travelers will receive a Visitors Guide courtesy of Experience Olympia and Beyond.On Sunday afternoon, after the famous Vintage Tugboat Races, travelers will return to Tacoma on a sunset cruise again aboard the Virginia V.Cruise departs Tacoma August 31 at 1:00 p.m. and returns September 2, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.  Cost for the excursion, including museum entry, ship passage, 2 hotel nights, is $399.00 per person or $499.00 per couple. Tax included.This weekend getaway was first offered in 2017 and is being offered again by popular demand.  It is the only of its kind in the South Puget Sound and is expected to be offered again in coming years.  For more information about the cruise and festival please visit www.HarborDays.com.  To reserve your weekend getaway, please call the DoubleTree at 360-570-0555 x0 asking for “Cruise Reservations”.   The cruise was made possible by a Lodging Tax Grant from the City of Olympia.   Olympia Harbor Days is an Olympia Kiwanis event with net proceeds benefiting children and families in the area.last_img read more

PNG 9s remain undefeated

first_imgPNG gave Fiji their first taste of defeat, 18-12 a short time ago.In the other results, Cook Islands drew with Samoa 16-16 and Tonga defeated Solomon Islands.The PNG-Fiji encounter was a close call with PNG leading into the half time break by 4 points.PNG were first on the score board, with a try to inspirational captain Israel Eliab.But the Fijians equalised through Etuate Qionmacawa for a score of 6-6.Fiji have themselves to blame, as their defence could not stop PNG forward Kato Otio from scoring, giving PNG a handy lead 10-0 into the water break.In the second 9 minutes of play, Adex Wera showed his pace, racing 70 metres to score.The 14-6 lead for PNG was cut to two points when Fiji number 13, Wame Turaganivalu scored but the kick was unsuccessful.The home crowd went silent, but it took few seconds only as more action happened. Finally Salias  Gahuna scored from the restart to give PNG an eventual 18-12 win.last_img read more

Azhar hopes confidence can confound predictions

first_imgPakistan had to wait a week following victory over England at The Oval to have their rise to the No. 1 Test ranking confirmed and they will get only a couple of days to enjoy the accolade before walking out at the Ageas Bowl, on the ring-road-and-retail-park outskirts of Southampton, with the slightly less awe-inspiring billing of ninth-best ODI side in the world.That’s life in the tightly scheduled world of international cricket, as Frank Sinatra didn’t quite sing: “Riding high in August, shot down in August.” Azhar Ali, Pakistan’s ODI captain, played his part in the Test side’s success, spanking the six that effectively took them to No. 1 (once the elements had nixed India’s chances of a 3-0 win in the Caribbean) and he is hopeful that some of the positivity engendered by the first leg of the tour will bleed through into the rest.Misbah-ul-Haq has been rightly hailed for his leadership in Tests but even he had his struggles with Pakistan’s 50-over cricket and since handing over to Azhar after the last World Cup results in ODIs have continued to be indifferent. They managed to hold off West Indies as Bangladesh surged through to make the Champions Trophy cut-off last year but now sit outside the top eight, with qualification for the World Cup at stake.Nevertheless, Azhar was able to enjoy the south-coast sunshine and bask briefly in a little reflected success before turning his attention to the challenge ahead in the five-match series against England.”Confidence is very high and belief is there, obviously coming in from the Test series, we had a very good couple of months here. We take that confidence into the one-day internationals as well,” Azhar said.”It is a massive boost and a proud moment for Pakistan cricket and the whole nation is very happy about it, as players the team is really happy about it. It’s definitely a good thing for us, our one-day ranking is not great right now but we will take the opportunity the way the team is performing, hopefully we can convert it into ODIs as well.”He could also point to the low expectations people had of Pakistan’s chances of Test success in England – where they had not played in six years – when the team turned up to make the Ageas Bowl their base for a preparatory camp two months ago. “No one rated us very highly [when we arrived] – a few people said we would be competitive but there were doubts if we could win the Test matches here. The boys really believed in the Test matches so here also, we believe we can do it.”Pakistan were handed a 3-1 defeat by Eoin Morgan’s side in the more familiar environs of the UAE last winter but this series will take on greater significance, with the next two ICC 50-over trophies to be contested in England. Azhar described it as “a good opportunity for us to keep in touch with the conditions” and was also hopeful of ending a personal run of 12 innings and more than a year without passing 50 in ODIs.”When you play international cricket, pressure is always there,” he said. “I’ve had a few starts in recent months but I didn’t convert into big scores so I will focus on that. As a batsman I need to score some big runs.”Morgan would doubtless concur about the twin demands of captaincy and scoring heavily. He has not played for a month, after chipping a bone in his finger while playing for Middlesex, but proclaimed that a lack of matches “doesn’t bother me at all”. His last half-century in either limited-overs format came in the UAE last November but he did find some form with an unbeaten 47 when England last played at the Ageas Bowl – an eight-wicket T20 win against Sri Lanka – and it is a ground where he averages 65.85, with two hundreds, in ODIs.Morgan’s style of captaincy has largely been free of prescriptions, preferring to grant his side the freedom to play in the way that suits them best, and he is also wary of predictions. England’s No. 5 ranking in part reflects how far they had slipped by the time of the World Cup (when they did even worse than Pakistan), as well as their inconsistency despite a year of record-breaking performances, and Morgan was grateful that the ECB’s professed commitment to the one-day game extended to providing him with a full-strength side at the end of long summer.Ben Stokes is set to return after suffering a calf tear in the second Test against Pakistan, initially only as a batsman, while Mark Wood should make his first international appearance since the UAE tour, having recovered from ankle surgery. Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes have all been included after playing in the majority of England’s fixtures across this season.”Yes, delighted,” Morgan said of selection. “I think it’s hugely important playing against Pakistan who are flying high at the minute, in Test cricket, but that rubs off on any side doing well. Also when teams tour places they don’t come to that often they get better as they go along, so that’s another challenge … With the way we’ve been performing we’d like to think we are progressing nicely but we have a tough series ahead and a tough winter.”Azhar praises ‘sacrifices’ to reach No. 1Azhar Ali hailed the spirit of the Test side, which has seen them rise to No. 1 in the world despite not being able to play games in Pakistan. As well as meaning the players have to spend time away from home while playing in the UAE, the loss of international cricket has made it harder for fans to follow the team.”It’s a big achievement, for the nation and for the players,” he said. “People in Pakistan they don’t see their stars playing in front of them, there’s a lack of interest sometimes. The kids really want to see the players they look up to but they don’t see it in front of them, they just watch the TV. For the players also, they have been away all the time, they can’t spend much time with their families, also.”There are a lot of sacrifices the players have done but hats off to the guys, they have been working so hard, so committed. When we go inside the ground we really want to do something very good for our country because we know people are looking up to us for some happiness and we want to provide that.”last_img read more

Cavs revamp roster at trading deadline hoping LeBron stays

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ A former All-Star, Thomas still hasn’t fully recovered from a serious hip injury and there were no signs he was going to improve enough to make a difference this season.But beyond that, he had worn out his welcome with some biting comments toward teammates and coach Tyronn Lue.The Cavs shipped Thomas, forward Channing Frye and one of their 2018 first-round picks to the Lakers for point guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr., two athletic 25-year-olds who can potentially be part of Cleveland’s core for years to come.“You make a trade and you want it to succeed, like anything else,” Altman said in assessing the Thomas-for-Irving deal. “The level of value we got back in the Kyrie Irving trade was pretty good. Did it fit? Did it work? Probably not. So with those pieces, we decided to shuffle the deck and get younger and get some youthful talent with energy and enthusiasm, great cultural pieces that I want to be a part of.”Cleveland also parted with Jae Crowder, who came over from the Celtics with Thomas and didn’t pan out, by sending the forward and former league MVP Derrick Rose to Utah for forward Rodney Hood. Iman Shumpert was dealt to Sacramento for guard George Hill, a veteran who can shoot and create.And Altman completed the stunning midseason renovation by trading Dwyane Wade back to Miami, where he’ll finish his career with the franchise that drafted him and the one he put on the map by winning three titles.Altman consulted with Wade and James about the move since their friendship is what led to them playing together in Cleveland this season.While Altman’s main objective was to repair Cleveland’s culture, his efforts also were designed to appease James, who hasn’t been himself in recent weeks. However, with the deadline hours away, James put together a 37-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound game on Wednesday that he capped with a game-saving block in the final seconds and a buzzer-beating shot to edge Minnesota in overtime.It was vintage James, who had been playing at an MVP level before his puzzling drop-off.Altman feels the trades will rejuvenate James. LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, celebrates after making the game-winning basket in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 140-138 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Once summer rolls around, LeBron James stars on a different stage.All eyes in the NBA and across the sports world will focus on James during free agency.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There are already teams lining up for an audience with The King, should he opt out of his contract. On Thursday, the Cavaliers turned their roster upside down in hopes of convincing James he doesn’t have to go anywhere.And just like that, another chapter was added to a chaotic season in Cleveland.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith an unexpected flurry of moves before the NBA trade deadline, the Cavs unloaded six players to change their identity and culture while moving back into title contention. They also showed James, who can be a free agent in July, they’re willing to do whatever’s necessary to help him win another championship.“He’s the guy that is going to take us back to the promised land,” Cavs general manager Koby Altman said, “so you want to put the right pieces around him.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases center_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “This guy is so good he dictates outcomes,” he said. “That was the hardest part for me was seeing him . and I don’t want to say he didn’t believe in this group and want to be careful in saying that because he’s going to compete every night and try to get whatever teams he’s on to the Finals, but I wanted to see a renewed sense of joy in him and being around him the last 24 hours has been great.“He’s excited and I can see a renewed sense of excitement and joy in him when he’s in the building and we will see that translate to some fun basketball because he’s the key.”Just last week James expressed doubts about the Cavs’ commitment to fixing their roster. He had watched other All-Stars — including close friends Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony — get traded since the end of last season and he wondered if Cleveland was going to make any significant moves to improve.He doesn’t have any doubts now.James, who holds a $35.6 million option, said before the deadline that he would not waive his no-trade clause. He has not given the Cavs a long-term commitment in order to keep pressure on owner Dan Gilbert to continue to upgrade the roster.The Cavs made their moves.James gets the next one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours All it took was a massive makeover.Altman ended an experiment doomed to fail by infusing youth into what was the league’s oldest roster and holding onto a coveted first-round draft pick in case James decides to leave.The Cavaliers have been in a freefall, losing 13 of 20 games since Christmas Day. But what had become obvious and more troublesome to Altman, and anyone that spent any time around the team, was that the Cavs were miserable, disconnected and on a path to self-destruction.“We were really worried that what was going on on the floor and sort of our culture in the building that we were marching a slow death,” Altman said. “And we didn’t want to be a part of that.”So Altman’s first move in the overhaul required the 35-year-old to swallow his pride and scuttle the blockbuster trade that brought guard Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland last July in the deal for Kyrie Irving.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Figure skater saving pups from South Korean dog meat trade View commentslast_img read more

Senate Says No to Election

first_imgThe Liberian Senate has unequivocally rejected the holding of the Special Senatorial Election across the country in December.Senators believe that holding the election at that time while Ebola continues to ravage the country shows “insensitivity to the plight of the Liberian people.”Addressing journalists after the Senate’s executive session yesterday, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Dan H. Morias, who served as the presiding officer during session, said senators rejected the proposed legislation from the House of Representatives on the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) proposed date which is Tuesday, December 16, 2014.The Maryland County lawmaker said the Senate had unanimously decided against honoring any date for the Special Senatorial Election primarily because of the pandemic which has claimed the lives of over 2,000 Liberians and foreign nationals and is still spreading in other counties including Grand Cape Mount, Rivercess, Sinoe and Grand Kru.“The Liberian Senate just concluded its deliberations as it relates to the holding of election as proposed by the National Elections Committee on the 16th of December and also upon receipt of communication from the House of Representatives requesting a concurrence from the Liberian Senate.  After these deliberations the Liberian Senate voted against the holding of elections at this period,” Senator Morias said.“Our people are suffering…, our people are still under the yoke of the epidemic. The Liberian Senate feels that by [conducting elections] will show insensitivity to the plight of the Liberian people who have elected us.”He added, “The Liberian Senate also recognized in their request an ambiguity to determine as to whether which area or county will be safe or not for the conduct of the election. We feel the election should be held comprehensively in the Republic of Liberia.”On Tuesday, the House of Representatives endorsed the December 16, 2014 date as requested by NEC while the Liberian Senate resolved to Executive Session upon the receipt of a Joint Resolution on the 30th of December as the official date for the conduct of the Special Senatorial Election throughout the country.The Senate proposed that NEC, the Agency of government authorized to hold public elections, is directed to schedule the commencement of the Campaign process for the 2014 senatorial elections the first week of December 2014; and that the conduct of election shall be held throughout the Republic on December 30, 2014. The House of Representatives’ version of the resolution called for the holding of election on 16th of December 2014 as requested by the NEC.Meanwhile, NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome Korkoya wrote the leadership of both houses that the new date was overwhelmingly accepted during consultations organized by NEC in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Electoral Assistance Division of the United Nations (UNEAD). “I am further pleased to inform you that an overwhelming majority of those consulted proposed, and the Commission has concurred, that the Special Senatorial Election be conducted on December 16,” the NEC boss wrote.However, he stressed that in the case of an upsurge of the Ebola virus in a particular county at the time of the election, the election in such affected county should be deferred and treated as by-election under Article 37 of the Constitution of Liberia.The conduct of elections before 2015 has been met with mixed public reactions given the country’s prevailing medical emergency. Some say holding elections during the Ebola crisis is unhealthy and have stressed the need to postpone the exercise until next year since in fact election is about campaigning, which involves large gatherings of people which increase the risks of reversing the gains made against Ebola in Liberia thus far. Others say that if the election is not held before January 2015, there could be 15 vacancies in the Senate.Article 46 of the Liberian constitution says that for the seat of a senator to be vacated at the end of his 9-year tenure: “The senator with the higher votes cast shall be the senator of the first category and the senator with least votes cast shall be the second category; provided that no two senators from a county shall be placed in the same category. The seat of the Senators of the first category shall be vacated at the expiration of the ninth year,” the Constitutions states.Judging from the constitutional provision, the issue of vacancy in the Senate could be treated in keeping with Article 37 in an effort to obtain a simple majority of 16 senators needed to conduct legislative business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alleged mastermind nabbed in NYC

first_imgMonths after Interpol had issued a red notice for the arrest of Marcus Brian Bisram, who is wanted for murder, he was on Tuesday nabbed in Queens, New York.Bisram became the central point of an investigation back in November of 2016 after he was implicated in the murder of 26-year-old Faiyaz Narinedatt by several suspects who had already confessed and were subsequently charged.The accused allegedly made sexual advances towards Narinedatt, but was blatantly rejected and as a result of the embarrassment of being rejected, Bisram reportedly ordered his bodyguard and others who were at a party to get rid of the carpenter.Detained: Marcus Brian BisramThe carpenter was snatched and beaten into an unconscious state, then his body was dumped on the roadside and run over with a car to make it appear as if he was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.The body of Narinedatt was discovered about 03:45h on November 1, 2016, along the Corentyne Highway at Number 70 Village.Police reopened investigations into the matter, following an informal investigation by the relatives of the dead man which uncovered new information regarding the circumstances surrounding his demise. It was then that the Police had arrested Narinedatt’s attackers, who confessed that Bisram had ordered them to commit the killing.After the killing, Bisram had returned to the US.According to the New York Daily News, after reissuing a fugitive warrant for Bisram in March, members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force were able to zone in on and apprehend the suspect around 13:00h on Tuesday.“He was living here in plain view,” the New York Daily News reported a source as saying.Bisram is expected to appear before Brooklyn Federal Court for an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.In order for the accused to be tried in local courts, Guyana will now have to petition the US authorities for the extradition of Bisram.last_img read more

Clinical Martial stars as United down Spurs

first_imgFrance international Martial, currently battling to win a regular starting place under Jose Mourinho, did his chances no harm with the manner of his 81st minute winning goal, even if it was a curiously direct affair.A long kick forward by goalkeeper David De Gea was headed on by Romelu Lukaku and Martial sprinted away from the Spurs back line before calmly beating the keeper with an excellent finish.It was a disappointing way for Spurs to lose a game and the fact that the London club were without injured leading striker Harry Kane is bound to revive the debate over whether their bid to be crowned champions is too reliant on the England forward.After being widely criticised for their negative approach in the recent goalless draw at Liverpool, United showed more ambition against another of the division’s top clubs on their own turf, although the result was still a lack of real goalscoring chances and entertainment.Within two minutes, Lukaku chased onto a through ball and his low, driven cross-shot was well cut out by the alert Hugo Lloris, with Marcus Rashford poised in the middle in front of an open net.Ashley Young’s penetrating run might have carved out a chance but his drag-back passed through the area and narrowly out of reach of three team mates before a 35-yard Rashford free-kick was turned around the post by the diving goalkeeper.Spurs, understandably given the absence of Kane, adopted a more cautious approach but grew into the game as the half progressed.Early chances were limited to long shots — Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko forcing De Gea into simple stops and Toby Alderweireld shooting into the side-netting from outside the area.But by the time Christian Eriksen floated over a delightful pass in the direction of Dele Alli, who was denied the chance to volley on goal by two defenders, Spurs looked comfortable.When Tottenham did create a real chance, it was in bizarre circumstances as De Gea made a routine catch from a Ben Davies cross but collided with Phil Jones and dropped the ball.– Young and Alli clash –Alli was alert and passed the ball back to Sissoko who fired well over the crossbar from the edge of the area.Soon, Young and Alli were involved in an altercation, after the United man was accidentally hit in the face by Aurier, with players from both teams squaring off in an incident which breathed much-needed life into the game.Tottenham reacted first as Alli saw his header, from a Davies corner, blocked by Eric Bailly and then the England midfielder found space for a shot which failed to trouble De Gea.Another Davies corner again caused problems before De Gea caught Eric Dier’s hooked shot towards goal.United opened the second half in more committed fashion and, finally, after 54 minutes, the home crowd had something to cheer as the Reds created three quick chances in succession.A mistake by Davies presented Henrikh Mkhitaryan with an opportunity for a shot which Lloris fumbled. But for Davies atoned for his error with a superb cover-tackle to deny Rashford a simple goal from the rebound.The attack continued with Ander Herrera setting up Antonio Valencia, whose shot was blocked.Lukaku then shrugged off Jan Vertonghen before sending a low shot just wide of the goal.Both teams had chances to break the deadlock shortly before Martial scored the only goal of the game.Alli flicked agonisingly wide after a brilliant chip forward from Eriksen and Lukaku headed against the post from Jesse Lingard’s cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United striker Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League game at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 28, 2017© AFP Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Anthony Martial came off the bench to earn Manchester United a 1-0 win over Premier League title rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday.Victory saw United, who had started the day ahead of Spurs on goal difference alone, go three points clear of their London rivals.last_img read more

Championship sides face transfer bans after breaching financial fair play rules

first_imgBlackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest will all be banned from making transfers in the January window after breaching the Football League’s financial fair play (FFP) rules.The League announced that the three clubs all incurred financial losses more than the £8million permitted during last season.Submissions from QPR, Leicester and Burnley – who were all promoted to the Premier League – plus the three clubs relegated last season will now be considered by the Football League.A statement said: “An initial analysis of FFP submissions from the current 24 Championship clubs has indicated that three clubs – Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest – have failed to meet the fair play requirement under the division’s FFP rules.“Consequently, all three will be subject to an ‘FFP embargo’ under Football League regulations from January 1, 2015 for the remainder of the current campaign.”Under the transfer embargoes, the three clubs will be prohibited from signing any new players – either on a permanent or loan deal – unless they have 24 or fewer “established players”, which is described as 24 players aged 21 or over that have made at least five starts for the club.Blackburn’s managing director Derek Shaw said in a statement: “Whilst the ruling will clearly present some difficulties, we will of course respect the rules of the Football League.“A lot of effort and hard work has been done to reduce player costs over the last two years, but we have wanted to rebuild and challenge in this division at the same time, and we will continue to do that.”The clubs will have their embargoes lifted at the end of the season if they can demonstrate they have stayed within the maximum permitted losses of £6million – £3million losses plus £3million covered by shareholder investment – for the current season. 1 Leeds United and Nottingham Forest players in action last_img read more

Criminal enterprises

first_imgThere is something worse than having the city tow your car for illegal parking – getting unjustly towed by a private towing company that charges exorbitant fees by the hour. That’s why Los Angeles is finally cracking down on rogue towing companies that unjustly tow vehicles in private lots, then charge the owners exorbitant storage fees. Apparently, making the companies agree to basic protections during the permitting process isn’t enough. But the city would be wise to see this not as just unsavory companies pushing the limits of their businesses. This is thievery, pure and simple. Rogue tow-truck companies are criminal enterprises that damage the city’s quality of life. To help L.A. and other jurisdictions fight the bandit tow-truck companies, the state Assembly has passed legislation to help crack down. We urge the state Senate to support the bill as well. Cities need all the tools they can get to fight tow-truck bandits and other crimes against law-abiding citizens. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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


first_imgLast Saturday evening Robert Emmett’s traveled to Dooey in this latest round of division 4 matches.In difficult conditions Na Rossa played with a strong breeze advantage and took a 4 pointlead into half time 0-8 to 0-4 with 4 points coming of the boot of John Paul McCready, Odhran Molloy registering 2 points and a point a piece from Gerard Breslin and John McDyre. Emmett’s kept in touch knowing that the strong breeze would play a factor in the second half with scores from Gary McNally (2) and a point each for John Hunter & Kyle McConnell.Start of the second half both teams swapped scores firstly from Gary McNally to narrow the gap only for JP McCreadyand then Christian Bonner to extend the lead to 5 points. Pivotal moment in the half when Na Rossa’s Gerard Breslinlatched onto a pass and put through a terrific ball to Odhran Molloy who found himself one on one with the keeperbut an important stop from Simon Mcmenamin kept his side in the game.Emmetts piled on the pressure and finished the game strongly scoring 4 points without reply to leave the bareminimum between the sides but Na Rossa held on to take 2 vital points.An excellent game of football in what was very difficult conditions.Final score Na Rossa 0-10, Robert Emmetts 0-09.TEAMS & SCORERSNAROSSAPatrick Hanlon, Jamie McCready(0-1), John McDyre(0-1), Daniel Martin Melly, Brian Breslin, Daryl Devenney, Cormac McHugh,Eugene Molloy, Donal Trimble, Christian Bonner (0-1), John Paul McCready (0-5), Conor McCahill, Conor Bonner,Odhran Molloy(0-1),Gerard Breslin (0-1),Subs: Conor Melly, Ryan Mcgonagle, Peter Gallagher, Aaron BoyleROBERT EMMETTSSimon McMenamin, Jordan Tourish, Paddy Doher, Kyle McConnell (0-2), Marcus Curran, Brian Doher, Stephen Doher, Adam McConnell (0-1)Chris Bryson, Gary McNally (0-5), Mark Lafferty, Chris McElcher, Johnny McLaughlin (0-2), John Hunter, Dean McBreartyJOHN PAUL MCCREADY STEERS NA ROSSA TO FINE HOME WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETT’S was last modified: May 9th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANa RossaSportlast_img read more