first_imgThe Rugby Paper are reporting controversial Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal is ready to hand Faletau’s current employers Bath a whopping €500,000 transfer fee to buy the 70-times capped Wales No.8 out of the final year of his contract in the west country.And the three-times kings of Europe are also said to be ready to offer the 27-year-old an eye-popping €1m a year deal to make the move across the Channel to the Stade Felix Mayol.Faletau picked up a knee injury against Toulon on Saturday in their 24-20 defeat to the French outfit that will rule him out of next Saturday’s rematch at The Rec.The Dragons are also said to be interested in bringing Faletau back to Newport and form a back-row partnership with Ross Moriarty.They are willing to make him the highest paid player in Wales, but won’t be able to match the wages being offered in France.Wales and Lions star Faletau retains strong links with his former club and was at Rodney Parade this month to watch the thrilling 32-32 draw with star-studded Ulster in the Guinness PRO14.Sources maintain Faletau is interested in rejoining the Dragons, who he left last year to link up with Bath.But they would have to pay a transfer fee if they are to get him this summer unless the west country club were willing to part with him, which is an obvious stumbling block.“Taulupe didn’t really want to leave the Dragons. If the then regime had offered him £20,000 more a year he would have stayed,” claimed an insider at the region.“His situation is akin to when Johnny Sexton left Leinster for France. Johnny didn’t really want to join Racing Metro and couldn’t get back quick enough to Leinster when the opportunity arose.“As a number of leading Welsh players have also found in the past, the grass isn’t always greener outside Wales.”Having already played over 70 times for his country, Faletau would be still eligible for Wales should he move to France where he would join Toulon-bound Ospreys and Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb.last_img read more

first_imgJason Perkins of Phoenix receives his PBA Rookie of the Year trophy during the PBA Leo Awards on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix forward Jason Perkins was named Rookie of the Year for the 2017-18 PBA season edging Kiefer Ravena, Christian Standhardinger, Paul Zamar, and Jeron Teng.Perkins had the most total points of any rookie with 436 but was third in per-game scoring average with 12.1 across 36 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Roger Federer to talk with Novak Djokovic about ATP board woes View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES He also averaged 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the season.The burley 6-foot-3 forward helped the Fuel Masters to a cumulative 17-19 record including an 8-2 card in the Governors’ Cup wherein the club reached the quarterfinals before losing to Meralco.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRavena led all rookies in terms of points-per-game with 16.3 but NLEX’s star freshman was ineligible to win the award after he failed to play in the third conference in lieu of his Fiba-sanctioned 18-month suspension for doping.Standhardinger, the top overall pick of the 2017 Draft, averaged 16.07 points and 9.26 rebounds but was also not allowed to win the plum since he missed the whole Philippine Cup as he was still playing with Hong Kong Eastern in the ASEAN Basketball League. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) on Monday hosted a formal ceremony to commemorate the newly established American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Guyana.Attending the event were US Ambassador Perry Holloway; Chief Executive Officer (CEO)of GPL, Albert Gordon; and CEO of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles while AmCham was represented by its President, Zulfikar Ally and other representatives inclusive of Liz Wyatt and Clairmont Cummings.The visiting delegation from the US Chamber of Commerce was headed by Vice President for the Americas, Anne McKinney, who was accompanied by George Kalantzakis and Mitchell De Silva.Past Chairman of the PSC and Corporate Coordinator, Manniram Prashad,Executives of the newly launched American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) along with PSC members and US Ambassador, Perry Hollowaycongratulated AmCham and welcomed the visitors to Guyana while Ambassador Holloway lauded the collaboration between Guyanese and American businesses as he deemed it the “best kind of diplomacy”.McKinney noted that AmCham will catalyse and strengthen cooperation between Guyanese businesses and American business and facilitate two-way trade. She expressed her enthusiasm for working with the Private Sector Commission and the American Chamber.The American Chamber of Commerce was officially launched in Guyana on Monday evening at the Marriott Hotel.The President of the Chamber said it plans to place emphasis on small businesses to ensure that they, too, have opportunities to grow.“We see this Chamber as a Chamber that will help to facilitate investment into Guyana. There are 116 chambers all around the world and… our job will be to help to facilitate and guide [businesses],” he said.last_img read more

first_imgStephanie Woodwark, AKA Francis Break’em says that the team held the lead the whole way and was able to move some players into the position of jammers, who attempt to lap opposing skaters to score points.“We took the lead in the beginning and held it for the entire game,” Woodwark says. “We played some new girls as jammers and they were awesome. They got some experience jamming that they may not have otherwise.”Next up for the Killbillies is the home opener on June 15. against Quesnel. Woodwark and the team are looking forward to being able to play in front of the home fans.- Advertisement -“We’re so excited, things are coming together really well, it’s going to be awesome.” Woodwark says.The doors for the event will open at 6 p.m., and the game will have an opening bout for rookies at 6:30 p.m, with the main event getting underway at 7 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgIn reverse direction at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Alwanga scored a brace as Mathare United came from a goal down to beat KPL debutants Vihiga United 2-1.In Narok, David King’atua announced his return to Bandari in superb fashion hitting the third goal to crown a memorable start for the Coastal side as they beat star-studded Sofapaka 3-0, adding on to Anthony Wambani’s first half brace.In Kakamega, Mathare ensured they start the season well as they look to put behind their backs ghosts of their 2017 relegation struggling fight with a win. Alwanga’s second half goals cancelled out Dennis Wafula’s early opener.Head coach Kimanzi handed debuts to three of his new stars including the experienced Alwanga who sat at the basement of a three man attack while Johnstone Omurwa partnered George Owino in defense while Francis Omondi slotted into midfield.With Wycliffe Kasaya yet to fully recover from a knee injury that has kept him out for the last four months, the returning Robert Mboya started in between the sticks with understudy Job Ochieng slotted in the bench.The slum boys were quicker to settle into the afternoon affair and had the opening few chances of the match which were however not expertly executed.Mathare United’s Cliff Nyakeya vies for the ball against a Vihiga United opponent during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega. PHOTO/CourtesyJohn ‘Mavado’ Mwangi was at the heart of the first two chances, first connecting to a Samuel Olwande cross from the left in the second minute but his touch was pale, going straight to Barnabas Tiema.Two minutes later, he turned provider, this time making space off on the right before dicing a low cross that the onrushing Alwanga could not power past Tiema.But gradually, the hosts playing their first ever top flight match gradually came into the game and began to threaten. Amos Kigadi tested Mboya with a long range effort 12 minutes in but it was an easy catch for the keeper.The hosts had two corners in succession, but none could bear fruit.Ultimately, in the 24th minute, they banged in their first ever Premier League goal. Unmarked inside the area, Wafula found some space after high school defending from Mathare before slotting home.Mathare had an almost immediate response when their top scorer last season Chris Oduor spotted keeper Tiema off his line, but Jonathan Mugubi managed to backtrack well to clear the ball off the line.The Vihiga United squad that started their first ever Kenyan Premier League match on February 4, 2018 at the Bukhungu Stadium. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedTen minutes later, Alwanga had a pale effort from an Omondi corner go wide as Kimanzi’s charges looked to get back into contention before the break.David Owino who has now been molded into left back duties had another chance with a freekick but it sailed over.Vihiga carried to the breather a slim 1-0 advantage and Mathare came back from the half time pep talk a rejuvenated side. Just three minutes back, they were already on level terms.Alwanga found some space inside the box and with his eyes up slapped a low effort which beat Tiema in the Vihiga goal.Mathare kept pushing with Daniel Mwaura thrown into the fray for Mwangi with 20 minutes left, an attack minded change that sought to punch in a winner.On the loop-side, Vihigha should have re-taken the lead but Mathare had keeper Mboya to thank when he reacted brilliantly to parry away a thumping header from Bernard Ochieng who had risen to connect to a Vincent Okullo cross.Three minutes later, Mboya once again produced a super save to deny Daniel masinza who had taken a low shot at the near post.Reading all the red signs, Mathare upped the tempo and they got themselves the much needed second goal in the 79th minute when the evergreen Alwanga glanced in a header from Edward Seda’s cross.With his work done, Alwanga was rested for the bullish Chris Ochieng. Mathare managed to hold on to the slim lead for the final 12 minutes of the match, hauling themselves into the new season with some sense of confidence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United forward Clifford Alwanga celebrates his brace with teammates in a 2-1 win over Vihiga United on February 4, 2018. PHOTO/Mathare UnitedNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 4- Clifford Alwanga and Allan Wanga both dropped by Tusker FC at the close of the 2016 season showed they still have their touch of gold hitting winners for their new clubs as the second match day of the opening Kenyan Premier League (KPL) weekend played out Sunday.At the Thika Sub-County Stadium, Wanga led by example in his new capacity as the Kakamega Director of Sports, hitting the winner as Kakamega Homeboyz beat Thika United 1-0 to start off their season in style.last_img read more

first_imgTroubled mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. has hired a prominent public relations firm to boost its sagging image and rally employees’ confidence amid layoffs and financial problems. The nation’s biggest mortgage lender has retained Burson- Marsteller to craft a campaign designed to “ensure the positive Countrywide story reaches our key audiences,” Countrywide spokesman Rick Simon said in a statement Wednesday. Dubbed, “Protect our House,” the effort was outlined in a memo sent to Countrywide employees Friday. The Calabasas-based company hopes to promote a positive outlook on the company among consumers, policymakers and the media, Simon said. The company has said Mozilo’s stock sales were all within company policy. Countrywide is also facing a lawsuit claiming it failed to warn employees about the depth of its financial troubles, resulting in heavy losses in 401(k) retirement accounts that included Countrywide stock. Countrywide shares fell 18 cents to $20.11 on Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A spokesman for New York- based Burson-Marsteller declined to comment. Countrywide has struggled this year as mortgage defaults and foreclosures have spiked, particularly among borrowers with subprime loans. The company recently said it will eliminate as many as 12,000 jobs. Its stock, meanwhile, is off more than 50 percent from its $45.03 high on Feb. 2. In a letter distributed to employees last month, Countrywide Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo acknowledged the difficult state of the industry but complained the company had been the target of “critical and inaccurate” coverage by some media outlets. Mozilo himself has been criticized for cashing in company stock options over the past year by switching his trading plans as the mortgage industry went into a tailspin. last_img read more

first_img1 Gary Rowett Birmingham insist Gary Rowett is staying at the club amid speculation linking their manager with the vacancies at Fulham and QPR.The Blues are currently sixth in the table, while Rowett led them to a 10th-placed finish last season after taking over from Lee Clark in October 2014.The 41-year-old, who also enjoyed success at Burton, is now a wanted man but Birmingham director Panos Pavlakis has issued a statement on behalf of the club’s board confirming they expect Rowett to stay.It read: “Birmingham City Football Club would like to put an end to recent speculation by confirming that Gary Rowett remains as manager.“Gary is fully committed to the Club and likewise the Club is fully committed to him.“We are all keen to put any uncertainty to bed and look forward to the continuation of the great work Gary has done since his appointment.“Fans can rest assured that everyone at the Club is together as one striving for further improvement and success, with Gary at the helm as manager.“The board will continue to fully support Gary in every way it can in trying to restore this great Club of ours to a position where we all want to be.”Rowett himself told talkSPORT last week that he is fully focused on leading Birmingham, and it now appears as though he is staying put.last_img read more

first_imgNewcastle boss Steve McClaren looks set to lose his job after defeat to Bournemouth last weekend.The former England boss has had his press conference cancelled this week as the Newcastle board look to secure a replacement.The Magpies are currently in the relegation zone, one point from safety and, despite having a game in hand, are in serious danger of kicking off next season in the Championship.Should Mike Ashley cast McClaren aside, the two names being mentioned as potential replacements are David Moyes and Rafa Benitez.But who would suit the job of St James’ Park better? talkSPORT investigates.Premier League pedigree:Moyes:While at Everton, Moyes became the third-longest serving manager in Premier League history as he took the Toffees from relegation candidates to Champions League qualifiers. He built teams while on Merseyside and would almost certainly still be there had Manchester United not come calling. But they did, and his time there was nothing short of a failure with Moyes struggling with increased pressure, scrutiny and media attention.Benitez:Benitez has a great pedigree with both Liverpool and Chelsea, finishing second in his penultimate season as Reds manager and third in his only one at Stamford Bridge. His battles with Sir Alex Ferguson ultimately got the better of him at Liverpool as he finished seventh and was swiftly dismissed. Immediate impact:Moyes:Moyes took over Everton on March 14, 2002 with the Toffees in the relegation zone, very similar to the situation Newcastle find themselves in now, and guided them to safety. However his start at Manchester United was the worst in the club’s history.Benitez:Benitez had a slow start at Liverpool in both the league and Champions League – before famously going on to win it – and also at Chelsea. At the Blues he didn’t win his first league game for a month with his first three results ending in two goalless draws and a loss.Verdict:Moyes has the chance to do at Newcastle what he did at Everton with the club in a nearly identical position to that of the Toffees 14 years ago. However, it could all come down to who would work better with Mike Ashley, and Benitez has the experience of difficult bosses than Moyes is lacking. Last job:Moyes: Moyes was sacked after 364 days at Real Sociedad after making the brave decision to go abroad and learn what he could from La Liga. Did okay in his first season, beating Barcelona 1-0, but was dismissed after a poor start to his second season. He also failed, hilariously, to master the Spanish language.Benitez:Despite a strong start at Real Madrid (undefeated in ten) fans and players – most notably Cristiano Ronaldo – were not impressed with his style of play. That pressure eventually grew too much after the 4-0 defeat to Barcelona and trigger-happy president Florentino Perez sacked the Spaniard.Ability to work with a difficult owner (Mike Ashley):Moyes:Moyes has been fairly lucky with his chairmen and enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Everton owner Bill Kenwright during his time at Goodison Park. It was not as smooth at Manchester United due to Ed Woodward being new to the role and neither man able to persuade star signings to join them at Old Trafford.Benitez:Benitez has had experience with working with the most difficult owners/presidents in football in Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Liverpool, Roman Abramovich at Chelsea and Florentino Perez at Madrid. Madrid was the only obvious failure, as was his time at Inter Milan when he was sacked after five months after Massimo Moratti chose to sack him after Benitez’s ‘back me or sack me’ plea. Moyes and Benitez are old rivals from their time on Merseyside 3 3 3last_img read more

first_imgEmmet Rushe of Rushe Fitness who will highlight why health and fitness are vital to business successs at the Friday event ‘Eyes on the Prize,’ pictured with the Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney.Donegal businesses have been urged to come to events during Business Week in Donegal 23rd-27th March and learn from the experience of others so they can grow stronger themselves. The week-long event has a packed programme as usual and Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, says that missing out will mean missed opportunities for Donegal businesses.“There is no doubt for instance, that there is much to be gained from hearing how other businesses in Donegal have worked to overcome obstacles and grow stronger and Monday’s ‘Pride of Donegal’ event with Gerry Moan will be a fantastic learning opportunity. Five successful Donegal businesses will take part in the discussion with Gerry who has been deeply involved with start-ups and growth businesses, and because their learning has been huge, there is much for others to gain from the lessons they have to share.”Of course, he added, sourcing finance is also often a major concern for small businesses, regardless of their stage of development and Mr Tunney said Thursday’s workshop with Lar Burke of will be of tremendous benefit.“Lar Burke advises business owners on raising finance and getting support from banks, investors and development agencies and his event on Thursday is without question one that every business should be seeking to get a place on.”Meanwhile the Head of Enterprise in Donegal also suggested that being in business is as much about being ready to take opportunities when they arise as it is about buying and selling. “When you act on those opportunities people will sit up and take notice, but to be able to do all that you first need to look after your health and that’s why Friday morning’s ‘Eyes on the Prize’ event is another that people should try to snap up one of the limited places on, before they are all gone.Friday’s event will hear from Susan Hayes on the steps a business should be taking to ensure it can be ready to make the best of opportunities that come along.Deirdre McGlone will explain how to make the best of the opportunities that do arise by getting your business noticed and building links that will lead to further growth.At the same event, Emmet Rushe will highlight why health and fitness are vital to any business success, explaining how the less attention you pay to your health, the more of your time and energy it will rob!”The week long programme commences at 10am on Monday 23rd March with the ‘Pride of Donegal’ event and anyone wishing to see the full programme and book a place should visit the website – Local Enterprise Office Donegal is funded under Ireland’s EU structural and Investment funds programmes 2014-2020 and co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.ACTION PACKED PROGRAMME OF EVENTS PLANNED AT DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: March 18th, 2015 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:BusinessEnterpriseInnovationjobsnewsProgrammeWeeklast_img read more

first_img1 You can listen to live La Liga commentary on talkSPORT 2. For details of how to retune your radio, click here.Sporting Gijon 0-1 Celta VigoSporrting Gijon remained in the bottom three after losing at home to high-flying Celta Vigo.The visitors are chasing Europa League qualification, and the three points picked up tighten their grasp on fifth place.Star player Nolito netted the deciding goal in the second period, although Celta should have been in the lead earlier, with the winger and Iago Aspas spurning chances.Antonio Sanabria had the best chances for the hosts, missing a header in either half, leaving Sporting two points behind Granada in the final relegation place.Athletic Club 1-0 Rayo VallecanoInaki Williams scored a second half winner for Athletic Bilbao, as they moved three points clear of Sevilla into sixth place.The 21-year-old attacker netted after 61 minutes as the visitors slumped to their 15th defeat of the season. They sit three points clear of relegation, but they will be disappointed with the result given their dominance at San Mames.Rayo controlled the majority of the ball, but the Athletic defence held extremely firm, and the visitors tested Gorka Iraizoz just four four times.Paco Jemez’s men should avoid relegation, but they need to turn their possession into threat if they are to move up the table.The hosts are all-but assured of entry into the Europa League qualification phase, but they will be hoping to overtake Celta to secure direct passage into the group stage of the competition.last_img read more