Australia to bid for 2021 and 2027 World Cups

first_imgThe country last hosted a men’s tournament in 2003, where Australia lost in a thrilling extra-time to England in Sydney.World Rugby recently awarded the 2023 tournament to France, making a 2027 Southern Hemisphere host more likely, though it was initially thought any Australian bid wouldn’t come until 2031.Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll backed Australia to host the tournament again when asked at the 2023 bid announcement last month as well.Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne said bringing the competition to Australia would help ignite passion in young rugby fans.”As we edge closer to the 15th anniversary of the last Rugby World Cup played in Australia, regarded by many as the greatest in the tournament’s history, we are excited to confirm that Rugby Australia will bid for the hosting rights for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2021 and the 2027 (Men’s) Rugby World Cup,” he said. “The Rugby World Cup is the pinnacle for our Qantas Wallabies and Buildcorp Wallaroos teams and we want to bring those tournaments home for any player, boy or girl, man or woman, who ever dreamed of lifting the Cup here on our home soil.”The renovation of ANZ Stadium and Allianz Stadium would appear crucial in any Australian World Cup bid, with ANZ the host for the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, and both renovations are slated to be well complete by 2027.The news comes off the back of the announcement earlier on Wednesday about the launch of a Super W competition. Wallaroos captain Shannon Parry said Australia would be a brilliant host for the World Cup.“I have played in three Women’s Rugby World Cups and I know that we would be amazing hosts for the tournament. Australians love putting on a sporting show when we host major tournaments and events and it would be huge to bring the pinnacle of women’s XVs rugby to our shores.”The move to bid for the women’s World Cup is believed to be part of the motivation for launching the new tournament, to show Australia’s depth of talent and ability to nurture women’s rugby.There were whispers earlier this year that Australia would consider bidding for the next women’s international tournament, with Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne open-minded about the move, when asked by RUGBY.com.au in October.It seems likely Australia would follow the strategy of Ireland in any World Cup staging, potentially using universities and smaller, boutique grounds to host matches, something that worked well in Ireland, with plenty of sold-out games.Pulver said he hoped the announcement would show a commitment to developing women’s rugby in Australia.“Bidding for the Women’s Rugby World Cup I hope signifies to the community how serious we are about making Rugby a game for all and growing female participation,” he said.”If we are successful with our bid, it will have an immediate and significant impact on women’s rugby.”“The Australian rugby community has been incredibly proud of the growth of the women’s game in recent times and I know that this crucial competition is going to supercharge this growth in future years.”last_img read more

Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die

first_imgMOST READ Tolentino anchored the Tamaraws’ strong start, while Cani sparkled in the last two quarters as FEU lived to fight another day, while dealing Ateneo its second straight loss of the season, counting the setback to rival La Salle at the end of the second round of the eliminations.“I don’t feel any regret transferring to FEU and wishing I was still with Ateneo, because they (Tamaraws) accepted me wholeheartedly,” said Tolentino in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“The FEU mentality, the spirit, I’ve already adopted it at the start of the season.”The rubber match, which will determine La Salle’s opponent in the best-of-three finals, is set this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene No taming the mighty Red Lions Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been two years years since Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani left Ateneo for Far Eastern University, but the duo made sure the Blue Eagles felt the impact of their departure with the Tamaraws’ season on the line.Returning to haunt their former team, Tolentino and Cani starred in each half as the Tamaraws dealt the top seed Eagles a stunning 80-67 defeat on Sunday night to forge a do-or-die clash for the second finals seat of UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “It’s a sweet win, of course, but as coach Olsen (Racela) said, this game is finished and we have to focus on the next game,” said Cani, who poured eight of his 11 points in the second half.“We know Ateneo is difficult to beat because they’re a very disciplined team.”Ron Dennison fired 17 points and grabbed eight boards for the Tamaraws, who held the Eagles to a season low output in what FEU Racela described as his team’s best game of the season yet.On his final year for the Tamaraws, Dennison said he was determined to prolong his career to one more game.Dennison’s play rubbed off on his teammates as they seized control early and stopped every Ateneo counter in the second half where the Tamaraws led by as much as 17 points on Cani’s triple with under three minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t want my UAAP career to finish today,” said Dennison.“I want to play in the finals. In our last practice, I told the team to give everything and leave our fears behind.”The Tamaraws played with a spring in their step, closing out on Ateneo’s gunners, while beating them to offensive rebounds on the other end, particularly in the second half, where they had 14 second-chance points.Richard Escoto had nine points and grabbed five offensive boards, typifying FEU’s workmanlike display on both ends of the floor.“Definitely, this is our best game,” said Racela. “We were confident that we can finish strong. But what we did was take Ateneo’s twice-to-beat advantage. But we’ll have to play better them again on Wednesday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Encana expands into Farmington area

first_imgLieverse says that there will be another information session in the future, but the date has not yet been determined. Residents of Farmington have been updated on the sweet gas drilling in the Montney Play.On Tuesday evening, Encana held a public information session in Farmington, informing residents about the current progress being made in the Farmington area on the construction of multiple drill sites.- Advertisement -The session covered a variety of topics, including future plans, information on how the wells are being drilled, as well as assurances regarding the protection of ground water.Community Relations Advisor Brian Lieverse says there was a good public turnout, which offered positive feedback to the developments within the area. Some issues were raised about certain well locations, but Lieverse says those concerns are currently being worked out by Encana.Encana’s capital investment in the Farmington area is a planned $155 million dollars in 2011.Work is scheduled to continue in the development of 20 wells in the greater Farmington area. Lieverse says progress is going according to schedule, despite Encana encountering some brief setbacks due to a heavy snow melt.Advertisementlast_img read more

LNG tax relief welcomed by government and industry alike

first_imgPremier Clark says “independent research” shows the potential of a total industry investment of $175 billion and up to 100,000 new jobs if five LNG plants are built.“This measure will allow companies investing in new facilities that liquefy natural gas to create jobs and economic growth, while recovering their investment more quickly,” MP Zimmer writes. “It will also encourage investment in facilities that liquefy natural gas to supply emerging international and domestic markets.”There are currently 19 LNG proposals in B.C. – 10 of which have received export approval by Canada’s National Energy Board.There has yet to be a singe LNG proponent to come forward with a final investment decision.Advertisement “This is great news for the creation of LNG jobs in British Columbia, and great news for Canada,” writes Premier Christy Clark. “We have been working with the federal government and industry for some time to achieve this outcome, and I am pleased they have delivered today.”The new tax relief is a capital cost allowance rate of 30 per cent for equipment used to liquefy natural gas and 10 per cent for infrastructure at the export facility.Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer says he’s been an advocate of an LNG tax relief for some time now.- Advertisement -“This is personally something that I have been working hard on and to see it come to fruition is extremely rewarding,” MP Zimmer writes. “I would like to thank the Prime Minister for his commitment to the LNG industry and to the people of British Columbia.”This tax relief will be available for capital assets acquired after February 19, 2015 and before 2025.“[This] announcement by the federal government encourages the development of a robust LNG industry in British Columbia,” President of the BC LNG Alliance David Keane writes. “…The B.C. LNG Alliance and its members will continue to work with First Nations and stakeholders to ensure there are policies and programs in place that enable our industry to reach its full potential.”Advertisementlast_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FARMER BELIEVES DONEGAL WIN IS WRITTEN IN STONE!

first_imgOne man believes that Donegal will lift Sam Maguire again this year and he’s even written it in stone.Hundreds of people have been to see Anthony Barrett’s Stone Sam in Newtowncunningham!In fact, farmer Anthony Barrett has spent two months building a huge stone version of the famous All-Ireland trophy and placed it on his land.The cup, which stands more than 12 feet tall, has become a local tourist attraction for people from miles around. It took four tonnes of cement and a huge steel girder to keep the cup in place and Anthony reckons it weights at least 20 tonnes.Anthony, from Newtowncunningham, believes he will be putting the green and yellow ribbons of Donegal on his stone cup come Sunday after they beat Dublin.“I have a lot of time for the Dubs and I think they are a great bunch of fellas who play a lovely brand of football.“But I think it’s destiny that Donegal will beat them and go on to win Sam. I have the ribbons ready and they will go on the cup on Sunday afternoon,” he said. The Donegal team are due to visit his farm at Newtown to see the amazing stone cup but Anthony says he is prepared to wait until before the All-Ireland final.He admits that some of his neighbours think he is “stone mad” but he wouldn’t have it any other way.“A lot of people come and see the cup and it’s a great talking point. Of course some of them think I’m stone mad.“I have no training in stonework but I just started it one day and decided to keep going with another lad helping me.“I’m a big GAA fan and I just thought it would look nice on the land. “A lot of people said it would never stay up but like Donegal on Sunday, it’ll still be standing after the final whistle,” he laughed.COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – FARMER BELIEVES DONEGAL WIN IS WRITTEN IN STONE! was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Anthony BarrettdonegalGAASam Maguirestonelast_img read more

Crews close to the finish

first_imgPALMDALE – Delayed by storms, supply shortages during a construction boom and work crews busied elsewhere by storm damage, Avenue S’s widening is nearing completion. The last work for the street’s second bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks is expected to be finished in January, bringing the street to a full four lanes between the Antelope Valley Freeway and 25th Street East. “Barring ridiculous weather like we had last year, we hope to wrap this up very soon,” Palmdale Public Works Director Leon Swain said Wednesday. The $25 million project started in October 2003 and was expected to be finished by last spring, then in fall. One factor in the delay was difficulty in finding workers to move utility lines because they were busy repairing winter storm damage. On the west side of the Antelope Valley Freeway, work is continuing on widening and extending Avenue S into the 5,000-home Anaverde master-planned community. That work is being done by the developer. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The latest problem has been acquiring asphalt in the quantities necessary because asphalt manufacturers have been busy, Swain said. Of the $25 million project budget, $19 million was for the actual construction contract and the rest was for buying right of way, designing the project, and managing the work. While motorists will be able to use all four lanes in January, landscaping work will continue. The last landscaping is expected to be planted in April. Besides widening the street, the project included installing new traffic signals and upgrading others, adding a bike path, realigning the intersection with 20th Street East, and installing new warning lights and crossing gates at the Metrolink train crossing near Sierra Highway. The project also involved installing curbs and gutters, drainage channels, landscaping and, for bus riders, turnouts, benches and shelters. last_img read more

Football Faces Valparaiso Saturday

first_img Live Stats Tickets Video Story Links Drake Game Notes Audio The Drake University football team travels to Valparaiso, Ind. on Saturday to take on PFL foe Valparaiso.Saturday’s contest will be the 24th all-time meeting between the Bulldogs and the Crusaders. Drake leads the series, 20-3, and the Bulldogs have won the last 12 meetings over Valpo. The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s game with a 2-3 record and are 1-1 in PFL play after losing at Dayton last week. The Crusaders are also 1-1 in the PFL and opened conference play with a win over Davidson before falling at Morehead State last week.Valparaiso has been led by junior running back Jarrett Morgan the past two games. Morgan has rushed for over 100 yards the last two games. He tallied 108 yards on 25 carries in a win over Davidson and recorded 110 yards in a loss at Morehead State. Ryan Clarke orchestrates the Crusader offense as he has completed 49-of-91 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Drew Snouffer has registered a team-best 44 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and 2.0 sacks. Leading the secondary is Kellan Hughes, who has recorded 35 tackles and three pass break-ups including two interceptions.The Bulldogs have a one-two punch in the backfield with running backs Conley Wilkins and Drew Lauer. Wilkins leads the team with 353 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Wilkins has scored at least one touchdown in five of his last seven games, dating back to last season. Lauer is averaging 5.2 yards per carry for a total of 206 yards on 40 carries. For the second straight year, fifth-year senior Eric Saubert is leading the Bulldogs in receiving. In the first five games of the 2016 season, he has racked up 428 receiving yard on 33 receptions and three touchdowns. Last year, he caught 55 passes for 506 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. Defensively, fifth-year senior Taylor Coleman leads the Bulldogs and the PFL with 47 tackles. He recorded season-high 16 tackles in last week’s setback at Dayton. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN FALCARRAGH DEATH

first_imgGardai have ruled out foul play in what was thought to be the suspicious death of a man in Falcarragh.The body of the man, who was in his 60s, was found outside his home on Friday night.A pathologist examined the body yesterday and carried out a post mortem. However a Garda spokesman had now confirmed that foul play has been ruled out. GARDAI RULE OUT FOUL PLAY IN FALCARRAGH DEATH was last modified: November 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:deathFalcarraghGardailast_img read more

SA banks must ‘know their clients’

first_img30 June 2004The Financial Intelligence Centre Act requires South Africa’s banks to comply with “know your client” provisions aimed at preventing money laundering and maintaining the integrity of the country’s financial systems.The original 30 June 2004 deadline for banks to verify the identities of their clients has been deferred to an array of new cut-off points starting on 31 December 2004.The provisions require all financial institutions to verify the personal details of their customers.While the the onus is on banks to verify this information, banking customers risk having their accounts frozen if they do not provide their banks with the necessary proof of identity and residence – and banks are encouraging their clients come forward with this in good time.Existing and potential account holders should provide their banks with the following documentation:Proof of identity (by means of a green bar-coded ID document).Proof of residential address (by means of a municipal rates bill, Telkom bill or valid TV licence displaying the account holder’s name and residential address).New deadlinesAnnouncing the deferral of the 30 June 2004 deadline, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said banks would have to confirm the identities of their “highest-risk clients” by year-end 2004. The profile of this category of client would have to be determined by the banks themselves.By 31 May 2005, banks would have had to verify the details of at least 50% of their clients, Manuel said.The deadline for reporting on “lowest-risk clients” – people with a monthly turnover of less than R5 000 and a balance ceiling not higher than R25 000 – was delayed to 30 September 2006.The requirement for clients’ residential addresses to be verified alongside their identity documents would not be dropped, Manuel said.“Mere reliance on ID numbers is clearly inadequate, partly because the issue of ID numbers itself has been the subject of dispute because of theft of blank ID books and so on”, the minister said.While it was true that many South Africans had no permanent addresses, “we identify that as a challenge that we have to respond to in a variety of ways rather than an obstacle that will see us walking away from compliance”.With up to 22 million bank accounts in the country, it is not yet known how many people the Act will affect.Blocking money launderersThe regulations, Manuel said, were aimed at ensuring “that those who earn their keep by foul means are prevented from using the facilities of the financial services institutions”.Financial Intelligence Centre acting director Murray Mitchell says the Act, passed in 2001, aims to prevent money launderers from using bank accounts to defraud South Africa’s economy, so breaking the cycle used by organised criminal groups to benefit from illegitimate profits.The Act, the result of five years of investigation and development, complements the Prevention of Organised Crime Act of 1998, which details the money laundering offences.The new legislation “has brought South Africa into line with top international standards of financial crime fighting”, says Kim Jenkins, head of strategic delivery at First National Bank.Record-keeping, reporting obligationsBesides the “know your client” obligations, the Act also imposes record-keeping and reporting obligations on South Africa’s banks.By 31 July 2004, banks have to supply the Reserve Bank with a complete risk framework, and to report on progress quarterly. By 31 October 2004 they have to identify all trusts, partnerships and the top 20% of private and corporate clients – those responsible for the bulk of transactions.Brokers and investment managers have to report by 31 October 2004 on the verification of partnerships and trusts and the top 20%, by transaction value, of their clients.Financial Intelligence CentreThe Act also requires financial institutions to compile reports on any unusual transactions – such as unusually large deposits or withdrawals – and to forward these to the appropriate law enforcement agencies if any transgressions are found.The Financial Intelligence Centre, established to identify the proceeds of unlawful activities and to combat money laundering, started receiving suspicious and unusual transaction reports from businesses in February 2003.Its objectives will expand to include combating of terrorist financing offences when the Anti-terrorism Bill is enacted.The Centre makes its information available to the country’s investigating authorities: the SA Police Service; the National Prosecuting Authority through the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) and the Asset Forfeiture Unit; the intelligence services; and the SA Revenue Service.The Centre also exchanges information with similar bodies in other countries.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa in good shape: Zuma

first_imgThe smooth running of last week’s local government elections once more demonstrated South Africa’s growth as a democracy and how it continues to attract the respect of the international community, President Jacob Zuma said after a meeting with the board of Brand South Africa on Tuesday.“For us, the elections, like many events we have held before, are once again proof of how we can help market this brand called South Africa,” Zuma said after the meeting in Pretoria.“To be a democratic country is very important because now we have people who are able to link their vote to their living conditions, and that markets SA in terms of its democracy.”The elections also helped South Africa to boost its international marketing both politically and economically, Zuma said.The meeting, also attended by businesspeople and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, discussed at length the need for business and government to work together to market the successes of the country domestically and to the world.Established in 2002, Brand South Africa is tasked with developing and implementing proactive and coordinated marketing and communication strategies for the country.Brand South Africa chairperson Anita Soni said South Africa’s advanced telecommunications and research infrastructure made it one of the most attractive and competent countries in the world.“What we discussed in this meeting is that, considering the things we have, it is very important moving forward that we as South Africans become brand ambassadors for our country, because we have a lot to be proud of,” Soni said. “But it will take all of us to achieve that,” she added.Zuma used the meeting to appoint Geoffrey Rothschild, Moss Leoka, Sindi Mabaso-Koyana and Ramasela Moloto, all from the private sector, as the new members of the Brand South Africa board.New government representatives on the board are Presidency Director-General Cassius Lubisi, Trade and Industry Director-General Lionel October, Arts and Culture Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, and Timothy Scholtz from South African Tourism.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more