IRFU new player policy favours home grown talent

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “The aspirations for the IRFU are that in any single year, we would want to win the RBS Six Nations Championship, but also have our provincial teams winning the Heineken Cup and the RaboDirect Pro 12.  The key is finding the balance to allow this to happen, but not disadvantage one over the other and always remembering that a successful Ireland team is the catalyst for success at all levels below that.  This new strategy is essential to put Irish Rugby in the best position to reach that.”*The Connacht professional side is external to this process as it has recently commenced a new programme of structural and performance development agreed with the IRFU IRFU Chief Executive Philip Browne said, “The challenges for the IRFU and the provincial teams are to continue to try to be successful at all levels, but balance this by recognising the model under which Irish Rugby has produced that success over the last 12 years.   The provincial teams have contributed hugely to the achievements of the Ireland team, but it is important to remember that the Ireland team is the marquee competitive outlet for the game in Ireland and also the financial mechanism that funds rugby at all levels.“On this basis, it is essential that the Ireland team is given every opportunity to remain competitive at international level and to do that, it requires Irish qualified players to gain continuous experience at club and provincial level.“Equally, non Irish qualified players have delivered much value and support to the success of the provincial teams and development of Irish players over the last number of years. The intention is that this will continue, but not to the detriment of the progress of Irish qualified players in key positions.“The refinements continue to allow the provinces to sign overseas players who will not alone play for the Province but critically allow young Irish players to learn from these players and put this knowledge into practice by taking over the position once that player’s contract is completed.center_img The Irish Rugby Football Union today announced some refinements to its professional player contract policy to further support the national succession strategy for the Ireland team to come into effect from Season 2013/14. .The challenge for the IRFU in an increasingly competitive environment is to strike a long term balance between success for the Ireland team, through exposing Irish players at the highest level of the professional club game in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pr12 and the needs of the provincial teams in terms of the recruitment of quality overseas playing talent to complement Irish qualified players.The Ireland team remains the financial engine that supports each of the four provincial teams and so it is a critical objective for Irish Rugby that the Ireland team remains competitive in the long term by being populated by suitably experienced Irish qualified players. The opportunity to build this experience is primarily through time on the field in top level competitions.To support this strategy and following an extended period of consultation which took place with the Professional Game Boards of the provincial teams and the national team management the, following principles have now been agreed by the Union. The following principles are designed to deliver at least two suitably experienced Irish players in all 15 field positions for national team selection:One non Irish eligible (NIE) player only in each of the 15 field positions across the provinces of Leinster, Munster and Ulster e.g. one foreign player allowed across all three teams per position.*For the season 2013/14 and onwards, for any given position involving a contracted NIE player, a province will not be permitted to renew that NIE player contract or bring in a new NIE player into that same position in its squad.All future provincial injury replacement players must be eligible for selection for Ireland.All future provincial non Irish eligible player contracts will be position specific.*The Connacht professional side is external to this process as it has recently commenced a new programme of structural and performance development agreed with the IRFUThe desired outcome of the changes to contract policies is that Irish qualified players who have progressed through the provincial academy systems will see greater opportunities for professional game time experience, allowing both the IRFU and provinces to deliver the maximum amount of value for the €2.5million that is invested annually across the four provincial academies.The overall objective of the new policies is that there will be a minimum of two Irish qualified players per position playing in the Heineken Cup and RaboDirect Pro 12 as first choice selections. The refinement in the contract policies will be operated in such a manner as to enable the professional teams to enjoy continuing success at both National and Provincial levels.last_img read more

Ex-paramilitary and former mayor convicted of kidnapping four journalists in 2003

first_img Organisation August 21, 2020 Find out more GuatemalaAmericas RSF_en News Follow the news on Guatemala to go further News February 16, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ex-paramilitary and former mayor convicted of kidnapping four journalists in 2003 The government announced the formation of a high-level commission with the task of obtaining the release of the journalists. It consists of Alfonso Fuentes of the presidential human rights commission, Catalina Soberanis, secretary of state for peace, and Huehuetenango province governor Carlos Morales.About 100 journalists demonstrated outside the congress and the presidential palace yesterday to protest against their colleagues’ abduction. Meanwhile it was learned that Henry Hernández and Thelma Shaw, the two employees of the ombudsman’s office who were kidnapped along with the journalists, were able to escape during the night of 26 October because they were not tied up like the other hostages. Hernández said one of the journalists, Fredy López, was hit by the kidnappers during the first few hours of their abduction. Prensa Libre has reported that a fifth person, a civilian, has also been taken hostage.___________________________28.10.2003 – Ex-paramilitaries free four kidnapped journalistsFredy López, Alberto Ramírez, Emerson Díaz and Mario Linares of the daily Prensa Libre were released on 28 October by the former members of the paramilitary Civilian Self-Defence Patrols (PAC) who took them hostage two days earlier. “We were very scared, especially then the commission did not arrive, because they said they were going to burn us,” said Díaz. “They were angry, but they did not treat us badly,” Linares said.The governmental commission that was set up to negotiate their release said the kidnappers’ demands would be met. They had demanded payment of government compensation for their support for the army’s operations against guerrillas during the 1980s. PAC leaders said they would take similar action again if the government did not keep its promise.———————————————–27.10.2003 – Call for immediate release of four journalists abducted by former paramilitariesReporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the abduction yesterday of four journalists working for the daily Prensa Libre and two representatives of the human rights ombudsman, and called for their immediate release. Reporters Fredy López and Alberto Ramírez and photographers Emerson Díaz (left on the photo) and Mario Linares (right on the photo) were taken hostage in the western province of Huehuetenango by former paramilitaries who are pressing for compensation from the government for the support they gave the army during the 1960-1996 civil war. Linares also freelances for the news agency Reuters.”Treating these journalists as bargaining chips in political negotiations is unacceptable and will only discredit the kidnappers’ cause,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It also further weakens press freedom by making the job of a journalist even more dangerous.”In a letter to President Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged him to take no measures that could put the lives of the four journalists in danger, and to do everything possible to ensure they were freed as soon as possible.”Press freedom had once again fallen victim to tensions resulting from the campaign for the 9 November presidential elections,” Ménard said. Attacks and threats against the press have increased, totalling some 60 cases so far this year. Most have been attributed to supporters of Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, the presidential candidate of the ruling Guatemalan Republic Front (FRG). One journalist has died.Guatemala was placed 99th out of 166 countries in a worldwide ranking of countries according to respect for press freedom, which Reporters Without Borders issued on 20 October. Only three countries had worse rankings in the western hemisphere: Haiti (100th), Colombia (147th) and Cuba (165th).Prensa Libre managing editor Gonzalo Marroquín told AFP that López and Diaz were the first to be kidnapped yesterday. After learning of their abduction, the newspaper sent the other two journalists together with the two representatives of the ombudsman’s office by helicopter, but they were kidnapped as well. “We are very concerned for their safety,” Marroquín said.According to Prensa Libre, the former paramilitaries will not release the journalists until they have been paid promised compensation. The police said the abductors took their six hostages to La Libertad last night.López and Ramírez had gone to Huehuetenango province to cover Gen. Ríos Montt’s campaign. They were abducted at a roadblock set up by some 500 former members of the Civilian Self-Defence Patrols on the road to La Libertad, which Ríos Montt was scheduled to visit. Four hundred members of the security forces went there late yesterday afternoon but the ensuring negotiations were unsuccessful.President Portillo promised to pay 680 dollars each to a total of 500,000 former paramilitaries who were recruited by the army in the 1980s in its fight against leftist guerrillas with the result that numerous civilians were killed. The proposed payment has been criticised by the international community and human rights organisations, which deplore that fact that it is those responsible for many deaths who are the first to be compensated, and not their victims. The FRG is also suspected of hoping to shore up its electoral support by means of the payment.According to Marco Córtez, an investigating judge in charge of crimes against journalists and trade unionists, there have been more than 60 cases of threats against news media personnel in 2003. Hector Ramírez, a journalist with Radio Sonora and the TV news programme “Notisiete,” died of a heart attack while being chased through the streets of the capital by Ríos Montt supporters on 24 July. They were protesting against a law banning Ríos Montt from standing as a candidate. Several journalists were attacked on that day and the following one. News GuatemalaAmericas A former member of the paramilitary Civilian Self-Defence Patrols (PAC) has been sentenced by a court in Huehuetenango to six years in prison for kidnapping four journalists, while former mayor Mirta de Jesús López has received a two-year term. Both have been released on bail. Their victims were Prensa Libre staffers Fredy López, Alberto Ramírez, Emerson Días and Mario Linares, who were captured a group of former PAC members on 26 October 2003 and freed two days later.___________________________28.10.2003 – Four kidnapped journalist said to be “all right”Prensa Libre managing editor Gonzalo Marroquín, who went to Huehuetenango province yesterday with human rights ombudsman Sergio Morales, told Agence France-Presse: “Journalists of ours established contact with their kidnapped colleagues, and they are all right.” He said their kidnappers were awaiting the arrival of a government commission and it was hoped they would be released today. Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! January 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Help by sharing this information Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía News May 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Lyceum Bowling League results

first_imgIn team results: John’s Midtown Tavern took 5 points from I.B.E.W. Local 94; Amspec Services took 5 points from Dworzanski’s Funeral Home; Fryczynski’s Funeral Home took 5 points from Supreme Tours. Results of the Mount Carmel Lyceum bowling league from May 23rd are as follows:Individual high games for the week went to: Adam Konecko 266; Jack Nilan 255; Artie Bernard Jr. 245; John McCollum 236; David Magarban 229; Ed Lubach Jr. 221; Harry Ashe 208; Robert Lesiak 185; Steve Mallardi Jr. 181; Ed Lubach Sr. 178; Robert Magarban 176; Frank Polomski 165; Al Gill 155; Frank Giovinazzo 130.last_img

Snow in Forecast for First Day of Spring

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Here we go again. Long Islanders who have been yearning to bask in the joy of the first day of spring will likely have to postpone the celebration until after Friday because—you guessed it—snow is in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Upton issued a winter weather advisory for Nassau and Suffolk counties from 6 a.m. Friday through the evening. The forecast calls for 3 to 6 inches of accumulation, with snowfall beginning in the morning and continuing through the night. The weather service’s projected snowfall amount was revised from earlier in the day when it originally predicated up to 4 inches of snow. The weather service is warning drivers that reduced visibility and snow-covered roads could create hazardous travel conditions. “A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow…sleet…or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” the weather service said on its website. “Be prepared for slipper roads and limited visibilities…and use caution while driving.” Forecasters are calling for a high of 35 degrees Friday, with wind chill values between 20 and 25 degrees. There is also a chance of snow Saturday morning, before 7 a.m. But it’ll warm up, with temperatures peaking at 45 degrees, forecaster said. Sunday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 41 degrees.last_img read more

Beckham’s Inter Miami in talks with Cavani

first_imgDavid Beckham’s new MLS franchise Inter Miami have held talks regarding a possible deal for Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, the club’s managing owner has confirmed.Advertisement Read Also: Chelsea target axed by PSG after handing in transfer requestHis contract in France is running down and he will drop into the free agent pool over the summer if no deal is agreed at this stage, however, it could be that an agreement is reached to take him to America once European windows close.The next MLS transfer market is due to open on February 12, but deals can be done before then.Inter Miami are actively looking to bolster their ranks, with a team headed up by Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Beckham set to make their competitive bow on March 1.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Uruguayan frontman is a man in demand with transfer windows open around the world.center_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest Car Manufacturers In The World20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually Happened Cavani has made no secret of the fact that he would like to secure a move away from Parc des Princes in search of more regular game time.He has been restricted to just four starts for PSG this season, with none of those coming in the Champions League.Fierce competition for places is keeping the Ligue 1 title holders’ all-time leading goalscorer stuck on the sidelines.With Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi the favoured options for Thomas Tuchel, a prolific South American is scratching around for game time and that has led to suggestions that he could head in any number of directions.Manchester United and Chelsea have been linked with approaches from the Premier League, while a move to La Liga giants Atletico Madrid appeared to be on the cards at one stage.No deal has been done, though, and that is leaving the door open for other suitors, with Inter Miami among those hoping that they can convince Cavani to take on a new challenge outside of Europe, with the expansion outfit in the market for marquee additions and Designated Players.Managing owner Jorge Mas told Sky Sports of the links to a 32-year-old frontman: “We have had conversations about Cavani, but I don’t want to make any comments further than that based on that he is a PSG player at the time.”The most recent noises coming out of PSG have suggested that no move is imminent for Cavani.“We’ve worked really hard to be where we are and the work is paying off,” Ndidi was quoted as saying to CITY Matchday Magazine.“We don’t feel happy to just stay there though; we can’t relax because there are still so many points to get. We’ll keep working hard and taking each game as it comes.last_img read more

Q & A with Malcolm Cater

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Though most of the attention has been focused on freshman linebacker Marquis Spruill, a fellow freshman has made noise at the same position. Malcolm Cater has played a key role on special teams while occasionally fitting into the linebacker rotation on defense. Cater, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound linebacker from Riverhead, N.Y., has 11 total tackles and a sack this season. The Daily Orange caught up with Cater this week to discuss his freshman season thus far and look ahead to Saturday’s contest with Louisville and beyond. The Daily Orange: Going back to the game against Maine when you had five tackles and a big hit on a kickoff return, was that your coming out party? Cater: Yeah, it was exciting just going out there as a freshman and showing my team that I’m ready to be on the field and be ready to just play ball. I’m out here to play ball and show what I can do. Have you heard the nickname ‘Clothesline Cater’ off that big hit? Yeah, that was pretty funny. I saw it online and everything. It’s a pretty cool nickname to have. In my recent game I played against Cincinnati, I just played all right. I have to work a little more now, wrap up a little more. But I took some shots out there that I’m a little upset about, and I should have made those tackles. I’ll make it better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text How important is the hard-hitting, physical aspect for you as a linebacker? That’s very important. I’m a very physical person. I like to be a hard-hitter. I like to make big plays. It’s just being a middle linebacker. That’s what you have to do. You have to come between those tackles, and you have to fill the gaps. You just have to keep playing hard and keep doing it. SU head coach Doug Marrone was talking Monday about how some of the matchups with Louisville worried him. What are some of the matchups you guys are worried about on defense and are looking at as keys to come out on top? We need to stay in the ‘camera club.’ Everybody just has to fly to the ball, just run to the ball and keep tackling. Just keep going for shots and make things happen. We have a great defense on the field. Everything needs to flow on defense. I’m not really worried about defense. I think our defense is going to keep going hard and fly to the ball like we usually do. As a freshman linebacker, what have you learned from Doug Hogue and Derrell Smith? Just hard work. How they study film and how they’re so focused on film. They want to learn more and more every day. Even though they’re good players, they work on the small, small details. How they ‘dip and rip,’ how they burst through the hole, how fast they close to the ball, how they take the right angle to the ball-carrier. Just small things like that, they stress so much. And being seniors, they show us as freshmen how to be more focused. It’s really good working behind Doug and Derrell. Along the same lines, what have you learned from fellow freshman starting linebacker Marquis Spruill? What’s your relationship like, and what do you see from you guys going forward? Me and Marquis are roommates. We just talk about the future and everything. We talk about how he could make better plays and how he could focus up a little more on small details and just how he slow-plays sometimes and could speed it up. Seeing him play, everybody wants to be in that position. But just seeing him and how he works so hard, he makes me work hard. He’s a hard-working kid. Next year, it’ll be me and him. I’ll be middle linebacker, he’ll be outside linebacker. It’ll be a great duet. [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more