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RFU Championship clubs in financial struggle

first_img Other clubs may have to join London Scottish in withdrawing from the RFU Championship season, due to start March 6, owing to financial problems. Scottish withdrew from the competition after rejecting the offer of a ten-year loan from the government’s Sports Winter Survival Package (SWSP).The SWSP has only offered Championship clubs loans, instead of essential grants, to cover costs related to Covid. In order to participate in the upcoming season, it will cost between £25,000 and £40,000 a month simply for testing, which is a hefty sum of money for second-tier clubs.Around £300 million was available for the SWSP to distribute funding for sports and clubs to protect their immediate futures. Both Ampthill and London Scottish had applications for grants refused. Instead, they were simply offered loans, which could potentially have put the clubs’ future finances at risk.“London Scottish confirms today that the club will not be taking 10-year government loans through the Sports Winter Survival Package in order to play 10 loss-making matches in the reduced format Championship,” a club statement said.Championship clubs have had no source of income since March 2020, with RFU funding cut by £500,000, a 75% decrease. Also, without any crowds, clubs won’t be able to generate extra income.Ampthill have responded to the SWSP’s grant rejection with contempt in a club statement, despite still harbouring hopes of featuring in the season.“We feel let down and abandoned by the SWSP Investment Board,” the statement said. “They refuse to offer grants to rugby clubs despite making grants available to other sports. We just want to be treated fairly.”“We are potentially not able to take our place for the coming season.”Ampthill are now appealing for funds through a GoFundMe page in order to help them fulfil the 2021 season. So far they have raised £12,000, partly aided by the generosity of Saracens Supporters (@sarriessupport). England World Cup winners Jason Robinson and Ben Kay have also both publicly offered their support. RFU Championship clubs are only being offered loans instead of grants for financial problems, as London Scottish withdraw from the season Chairman Mark Lavery, speaking to Sky Sports News, is optimistic the club will be able to start the season.“We have made massive progress since we started our just funding page over the weekend,” Lavery said. “Tens of thousands of pounds have come in. So we are hopeful but we have still got quite a bit of work to do this week.”Fellow Championship club Coventry have confirmed that they have accepted the government’s offer of a loan. However, they have also claimed that it still isn’t enough to cover all of their costs.These funding problems for some Championship clubs comes at a time when Ealing Trailfinders Rugby Club, also of the Championship, have just invested £1.8 million on the development of a new Centre of Excellence. The contrast to what other clubs are suffering, such as Ampthill and London Scottish, couldn’t be starker. Withdrawal symptoms: London Scottish won’t feature in this season’s RFU Championship (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Cois Fharraige and weather reaches soaring heights

first_imgCOIS Fharraige has been brought to a close for another year.  Kilkee was treated to over an hour of the Zutons biggest hits as they finished out the musical proceedings. The biggest cheer of the weekend came when the band launched into Valerie mid setLimerick jazz ensemble Jazz Lite played homage to the Beatles with a fab four medley during their set in the afternoon. The Lightning Seeds gave a special acoustic performance while The Stereo MCs sent the crowd wild when they performed their 90’s hit Connected.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Saturday’s headliners The Saw Doctors did what they do best – getting the crowd into the party mood kicking off their set with N17 and sending the crowd home delighted after playing hit after hit. With the weather reaching soaring heights over the weekend, Cois Fharraige patrons gathered in numbers to enjoy the many beach based activities running alongside the music including three time Irish Wind Surfing champion Ryan Coote who demonstrated his windsurfing talents to the Kilkee crowd.The weekend also saw a successful return of the famed Tivoli Cup Racquets tournament.  An emblem of a long-running competition that is played against the plastered white walls on Kilkee beach, the game is unique to the seaside town and a favourite of hell raising film star Richard Harris who holds the title for most consecutive victories from 1948-51.  This year’s winners were Trevor Whelan and Ronan McDonagh from Limerick and were presented as champions by the Mayor of Kilkee Lily Marrinan Sullivan. Print Facebook Twitter Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img NewsLocal NewsCois Fharraige and weather reaches soaring heightsBy admin – September 14, 2009 578 Advertisement Email Previous articleAer Lingus will not use Shannon Pre-Clearance Facilities before 2010Next articleLocal economy in recovery mode adminlast_img read more

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TD calls for “army” to assist gardai police Limerick town following…

first_imgLinkedin TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Facebook Twitter A Limerick TD has called for the Defence Forces to assist gardai police the town of Rathkeale over forthcoming Christmas and New Year periods, following a number of alleged incidents in the town over the recent festive holidays.The call, made by Independent TD Richard O’Donoghue, came as gardai began an investigation into a bare knuckle fight which occurred in the town last Monday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Videos showing a vicious fight in the town centre were shared online this Wednesday.The video shows a large group of men and women jeering and shouting at one another, as two bare-chested males fight one another. An older looking man, who is fully dressed, appears to be covered in blood around his face and neck.Gardai said last week that they had enough resources to deal with a surge of between 1,000 – 2,000 visitors to the town over Christmas.However, Deputy O’Donoghue said: “The gardai in the district go above and beyond what they have to do, but they don’t have the resources for Rathkeale (at Christmas) because they are covering the whole district. The problem is an influx of people coming into Rathkeale destroys everything in the town, and people stop coming in because of the traffic congestion, anti social behaviour, caused by a minority of people that come to Rathkeale.”“They are destroying a perfectly good town and a vibrant business town by people who come in every Christmas.”“The Council every year spends two or three meetings discussing what policing issues are we going to have in place in Rathkeale come Christmas – that’s not right, we shouldn’t have to have a situation where we have to have meetings with the gardai to discuss one town, because of the influx of people coming in from the UK and other places who are destroying a beautiful town.”“We don’t need extra garda resources for Kilmallock or Adare – it’s only for one town and this has to stop.”“Bring in the army to help, yes the army aren’t able to make arrests, but they can be there as a presence. We need to make sure that when that minority come home for Christmas that they behave.”“The army could help with garda checkpoints, they could be on the street to see this for themselves, gather information for the gardai, find out where the anti-social behaviour is… we have fights on the streets in the middle of the day.”“We need to make Rathkeale – at Christmas time – safe again for everyone, to encourage people in and support the businesses all year round.”Deputy O’Donoghue said he was not referring to local families, “that have been there for generations, that have integrated in the community, and have supported businesses in the community”.“I am talking about a minority of people that come and cause it — we don’t have this trouble all year round, we only have it at Christmas time”.“These people are not from Rathkeale, or Ireland, and they come in and try to use Rathkeale as an anti-social party town, which it is not, and we need to stop that.”Rathkeale Community Council said that Rathkeale had one of the lowest crime rates in the Newcastle West Garda District and it has been unfairly targeted.However, a informed local source, who said they did not wish to be identified for fear of reprisals, said those involved in Monday’s melee in the town “behaved like animals”.“They boxed the head off of one another, held up traffic, people were frightened out of their lives, people were inside in cars and they couldn’t get up and down the Main Street, it was like a boxing ring.”“Rathkeale was a jungle again this Christmas, and anyone who says different is sticking their heads in the sand,” they added.A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí responded to reports of an assault in Rathkeale town square on Monday, January 4th 2021. One male, aged in his forties, was conveyed to Limerick Hospital for treatment for his injuries and has since been released and returned home.”They added: “One male has been arrested and charged in relation and is due to appear before Newcastle West District Court on the 8th of January 2021.”A number of house parties and flouting of mask wearing and social distancing alleged to have taken place in Rathkeale over Christmas are also under investigation after videos were shared online.On December 28th, Gardai confirmed they were preparing files for the DPP “following incidents encountered by Gardai in Rathkeale across the Christmas period involving gatherings by large groups at private establishments and on public thoroughfares in the town.”When asked about garda resources in Rathkeale, a spokesman replied: “A local Garda Operation commenced on Tuesday, 24th November, 2020, and remains in place in the Rathkeale area. Sufficient Garda resources are currently in place for the area.”“Any breaches of COVID-19 restrictions will be investigated by Gardaí and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in each case.”When asked about crime in the town over the festive period, another garda spokesman replied: “The number of burglaries, assaults, and public order incidents in recent weeks are down when compared to other years”. 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Delhi HC Adjourns Safoora Zargar’s Bail Plea In Delhi Riots Conspiracy Case Till Tomorrow

first_imgTop StoriesDelhi HC Adjourns Safoora Zargar’s Bail Plea In Delhi Riots Conspiracy Case Till Tomorrow Karan Tripathi22 Jun 2020 12:52 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on the bail application moved by Safoora Zargar till June 23 after a request for the same was moved by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. While adjourning the matter, the Single Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, to come prepared with the instructions. Ms Nitya Ramakrishnan, who appeared…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing on the bail application moved by Safoora Zargar till June 23 after a request for the same was moved by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. While adjourning the matter, the Single Bench of Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta,  to come prepared with the instructions. Ms Nitya Ramakrishnan, who appeared for Zargar, initially opposed the request for said adjournment by arguing that the matter pertains to the medical condition of a woman who is in prison despite being pregnant. Zargar, who was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on April 10, has challenged the June 4 order of the trial court denying her bail in the case. The trial court, in its order, had said “when you choose to play with embers, you cannot blame the wind to have carried the spark a bit too far and spread the fire”. It had said that during the course of investigation a larger conspiracy was discernible and if there was prima evidence of conspiracy, acts and statements made by any one of the conspirators, it is admissible against all. The court had said that even if there was no direct act of violence attributable to the accused (Zargar), she cannot shy away from her liability under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). However, the trial court had asked the concerned jail superintendent to provide adequate medical aid and the assistance to Zargar. The police had earlier claimed that Zargar allegedly blocked a road near Jaffrabad metro station during the anti-CAA protests and instigated people that led to the riots in the area. It further claimed that she was allegedly part of the premeditated conspiracy to incite communal riots in northeast Delhi in February.  Next Storylast_img read more

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Blaney fails to secure EU nomination at FF convention

first_img By News Highland – March 16, 2019 WhatsApp Google+ Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Twitter Cavan TD and former Minister Brendan Smith has been selected by Fianna Fail to contest the Europe Parliament election in Midlands North West.Following what was described as a “competitive” campaign, with nine candidates initially in the race, delegates chose Deputy Smith at a convention in the Longford Arms Hotel in Longford Town.One of the defeated candidates, former Donegal Deputy Niall Blaney had criticised the timing and location of the convention, saying to hold it on a Friday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend showed no regard for members. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Blaney fails to secure EU nomination at FF conventioncenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous article‘2-0 result doesn’t do the game justice’ – Derry City’s Greg SloggettNext articleGovernment can take action on insurance costs – Mac Sharry News Highland Pinterestlast_img read more

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Man charged with murder at Donegal District Court

first_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter By News Highland – February 26, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous article16 people waiting on a bed at LUH todayNext articleNorth West Greenway Network launched today News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Twittercenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Man charged with murder at Donegal District Court Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Jimmy Loughlin in Sligo over the weekend.31 year-old Richard McLoughlin, with an address at Citygate apartments, Connolly Street Sligo appeared before Donegal District Court this morning.Garda Thomas James Gallagher gave evidence to the court of arrest, charge and caution and said Mr. McLoughlin made no reply to the charge.He has been remanded in custody to appear in Harristown District Court on next Friday 2nd of March.Judge Kevin Kilraine ordered that he is to receive all the medical and psychiatric treatment needed.Free legal aid was granted in the case. Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Investigation continuing into weekend assault in Buncrana

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook Twitter Investigation continuing into weekend assault in Buncrana Pinterest Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img By News Highland – February 23, 2021 Facebook Previous articleCar damaged in BallybofeyNext articleYet another car abandoned and set alight in Inishowen News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp An investigation is continuing into a weekend assault in Buncrana. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning on the forecourt of a filling station at Ludden.A physical altercation is believed to have taken place between a number of males between 4am and 5am that morning.Two males received hospital treatment for their injuries as a result of this altercation.Gardai are appealing to anybody who may have been travelling along the road around that time and who may have observed the incident or who may have dashcam footage to contact them in Buncrana on 074-9320540. Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Surgeries in Donegal introduce new measures to cope with Covid

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Surgeries in Donegal introduce new measures to cope with Covid Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp By News Highland – January 5, 2021 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Previous articlePublic encouraged to take part in final EnVision Inishowen workshopNext articleNativity crib in Letterkenny targeted again News Highland Pinterestcenter_img A number of surgeries in Donegal have issued new advice as it relates to patients presenting themselves for medical care. Surgeries right across the county are expecting to be very busy over the coming weeks with the surge of Covid-19 cases.Scally McDaid Roarty Medical Practice in Letterkenny has advised that due to high levels of Covid 19 in the community all routine/non urgent appointments are cancelled.Essential childhood vaccination appointments, antenatal appointments and cervical smear screening continue as normal.People can submit a request on our online system for a Covid 19 test. The practice cannot order tests for asymptomatic contacts, only for those experiencing Covid 19 symptoms.The practice says while their phone lines are extremely busy, they are still offering a service for essential/urgent care. In the event of an emergency please dial 999.Meanwhile both Millbrae practice in Stranorlar and the Ark Medical Centre in Letterkenny says from the next while they will be focusing on covid care and the most urgent medical issues.Patients with a routine issue are being asked to delay attending if possible.They will try to provide as much care by phone/video consultation as possible, and all requests for appointments will need to be discussed by phone with a doctor/nurse first.No walk ins will be allowed and requests for repeat prescriptions will only be accepted by email.If you are a close contact of a confirmed case or have symptoms of covid-19 you should not attend the surgery without discussing this with your GP first.Finally, people are being reminded to be patient with staff who are working extremely hard during these challenging times. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme last_img read more

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N13 closed as emergency services deal with vehicle on fire

first_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Google+ Twitter WhatsApp N13 closed as emergency services deal with vehicle on fire Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebookcenter_img Twitter Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday January 8thNext articleHousing Minister to visit Donegal on Friday News Highland Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – January 8, 2019 Google+ WhatsApp The main Letterkenny to Derry Road is closed in both directions due to an incident at Manorcunningham.Gardai have confirmed that a vehicle caught fire a short time ago outside Magherabeg National School.Emergency services are currently at the scene.Motorists are advised to expect long delays as the road will remain closed for a number of hours.Gardai are asking people to avoid the area. Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

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Antarctic Futures: An Assessment of Climate-Driven Changes in Ecosystem Structure, Function, and Service Provisioning in the Southern Ocean

first_imgIn this article, we analyze the impacts of climate change on Antarctic marine ecosystems. Observations demonstrate large-scale changes in the physical variables and circulation of the Southern Ocean driven by warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, and a positive Southern Annular Mode. Alterations in the physical environment are driving change through all levels of Antarctic marine food webs, which differ regionally. The distributions of key species, such as Antarctic krill, are also changing. Differential responses among predators reflect differences in species ecology. The impacts of climate change on Antarctic biodiversity will likely vary for different communities and depend on species range. Coastal communities and those of sub-Antarctic islands, especially range-restricted endemic communities, will likely suffer the greatest negative consequences of climate change. Simultaneously, ecosystem services in the Southern Ocean will likely increase. Such decoupling of ecosystem services and endemic species will require consideration in the management of human activities such as fishing in Antarctic marine ecosystems.last_img read more

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