Santos takes A$1.13 billion writedown as pandemic oil and gas crisis hits

first_imgSantos takes A$1.13 billion writedown as pandemic oil and gas crisis hits FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Write-downs by Santos of up to $US800 million (A$1.13 billion) have axed $US7 billion of asset value from ASX-listed oil and gas producers in nine days, underlining the heavy toll the COVID-19 pandemic is taking on one of the country’s biggest export industries.The damage includes a fourth impairment on the value of Santos’ 30 per cent stake in the Gladstone LNG project in Queensland, which has never produced at full capacity.The hefty reductions in book values of LNG assets on both sides of the country come on top of billions of dollars of write-downs also announced by multinationals such as Shell on their Australian portfolios.They are being driven by moves by producers to slash assumptions for future oil and gas prices as the shock of the coronavirus crisis forces not just a rethink of the immediate softer market but of the longer-term prospects for energy demand.Woodside Petroleum last week cut the carrying value of its producing LNG plants in Western Australia and its oil assets by more than $US5 billion before tax, and Origin Energy wrote down the value of its Queensland LNG project interest last week, by up to $770 million.The impairments come as Santos is fighting to get planning approval for its $3.6 billion Narrabri coal seam gas project in northern NSW in the face of multiple interest groups worried about potential environmental harm and highlighting the risk of “stranded” investments if the world moves more rapidly away from fossil fuels.[Angela Macdonald-Smith]More: Santos takes $1.1b pandemic oil crisis hitlast_img read more

October 15, 2003 Notices

first_imgAt its September 12 Tampa meeting, The Florida Bar Foundation’s board of directors preliminarily approved amendments to its articles of incorporation and bylaws. The amendments would broaden the base of potential donors supporting Foundation programs by opening up membership to all persons interested in the Foundation’s charitable purposes ( expanding and improving representation of low-income persons in civil legal matters, improving the fair and effective administration of justice, and promoting service to the public by members of the legal profession by making public service an integral component of the law school experience ). Currently, only members of The Florida Bar can be Foundation members. Proposed amendments also would require that Foundation officers and directors are members of the Foundation throughout their terms in office and on the board, establish $25 annual dues for law student members, and permit members of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar to extend Fellows pledge payments for up to 10 years. A number of housekeeping amendments also are proposed.As required, notice of the proposed bylaw amendments is herein given to members of the Foundation. Proposed additions to the bylaws are underscored. Proposed deletions are struck through.Foundation members are Fellows, those paying annual $100 dues to the Foundation, and members of The Florida Bar practicing in law firms with an IOTA account.The Foundation’s board will review members’ comments at its December 12 meeting. Members should send their comments to Jane Elizabeth Curran, The Florida Bar Foundation executive director, Suite 405, 109 East Church Street, Orlando 32801, (407) 843-0045, (800) 541-2195, (407) 839-0287 (fax) or by December 1. THE FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION, INC. BYLAWSARTICLE IMEMBERS1.1 Members. The following persons who are members of The Florida Bar shall be members of The Florida Bar Foundation.a) One who contributes money or property of a value of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or more shall be a member of the Foundation for that fiscal year of the Foundation.b) One who is a student at an accredited American law school who contributes or on his/her behalf is contributed Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) shall be a member of the Foundation for that fiscal year of the Foundation. b c ) One who contributes money or property of a value of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or more for the Foundation’s endowment shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation and shall be a member for life. Any increase in the contribution required to become a Fellow of the Foundation shall not affect the status of then current Fellows. d) One who is an existing life member of the Foundation at the time of the adoption of these ByLaw revisions shall be a member for life and shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation.d) One who has made a pledge to be a Fellow of the Foundation for life membership and made at least one payment of $100.00 or more thereon on the effective date of these ByLaw revisions shall, upon completion of payment of the life membership pledge, be a member for life and shall be designated a Fellow of the Foundation so long as the Fellow completes payment of such pledge within five (5) years of the date of such pledge, except that members of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar may extend such payments for a period of up to ten (10) years.* * *ARTICLE IIDIRECTORS2.1 Number. The affairs of the Foundation shall be managed by a board of directors consisting of eight (8) directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 2 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, eighteen (18) directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, and the duly elected officers, as set forth in Article 5 6. 4 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended. Directors selected pursuant to Article 6.3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended who are members of The Florida Bar shall be members of the Foundation for their terms of office.2.2 Selection. Selection of directors pursuant to Articles 5 6. 2(f) and 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be conducted in the following manner:a) Selection of directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(f) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be by the joint nominating committee of The Florida Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar.b) Directors as set forth in Article 5 6. 3(a) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be selected by the current board of directors of the Foundation by the date of the final meeting of the board of directors in each administrative year.(1) Nominations for such director positions shall be made by a nominating committee appointed by the president of the Foundation. Members of such nominating committee shall include, but shall not be limited to, the four (4) Foundation appointees to the nominating commission established pursuant to Article 6.3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended.* * *c) Directors set forth in Article 5 6. 3(b) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be selected in a manner determined by the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar, and shall be certified to the Foundation no later than May March 1st of every year.d) Directors selected by the Supreme Court of Florida set forth in Article 5 6. 3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall be certified to the Foundation no later than May March 1st of every year.2.3 Term. The terms of office for directors shall be as follows:a) The president of The Florida Bar, immediate past president of The Florida Bar, president-elect of The Florida Bar, and president of Florida Legal Services, Inc. as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(b), Article 5 6.2(c), and Article 5 6. 2(d) and Article 5 6. 2(e) respectively of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, shall be directors of the Foundation during their respective terms in office. The two judicial officers designated by the Chief Justice as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(a) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for two-year terms of office and may be redesignated for additional two-year terms at the pleasure of the Chief Justice. The immediate past president of The Florida Bar shall serve for a one-year term.b) The two non-lawyers selected pursuant to Article 5 6. 2(f) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for not more than two, two-year staggered terms.c) Directors selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall serve for three-year staggered terms. Such directors may be re-selected for one additional three-year term. d) In the event a person is elected president, president-elect or secretary-treasurer of the Foundation who is not for the term of office of such president, president-elect, or secretary-treasurer otherwise a director of the Foundation, such officer shall be a director of the Foundation for the term of office of such officer. d e ) The term of office of a director selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(a), Article 5 6. 2(f), and Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended shall begin with the start of the Foundation’s administrative year immediately following the selection of such director and shall conclude at the end of the third administrative year of the Foundation following such director’s selection.2.4 Removal. A director selected as set forth in Article 5 6. 2(f) and Article 5 6. 3 of the Articles of Incorporation as amended may be removed for cause at any time by concurrence of two-thirds of all directors of the Foundation, provided, before a director is removed without such director’s consent, such director shall be given an opportunity to be heard. Such “cause” shall include three, consecutive unexcused absences (as defined by written policy of the board) from board meetings during a three-year term of office.* * *2.18 Executive Committee.a) Membership. The executive committee shall consist of the president, president-elect, secretary-treasurer, the chairs of the Foundation’s legal assistance for the poor /law student assistance, improvements in the administration of justice , and law student assistance sub grant committees appointed by the president, and four (4) three (3) directors appointed by the board of directors at its annual organization meeting. In the event an individual holds both an office and committee chair position described above, the president shall appoint such additional directors of the Foundation as may be necessary so that the number of members serving on the executive committee is nine (9). Members appointed by the board of directors may be removed by the board of directors at any time with or without cause. Vacancies of members of the executive committee appointed by the board of directors shall be filled by the remaining members of the executive committee subject to confirmation by the board of directors at its next meeting.* * *(3) Notice of meetings of the executive committee shall be given to each member of the committee personally or by mail, e-mail, telephone or telegraph at least three (3) days prior to the day named for such meeting. Notice of special meetings shall state the principal purpose of the meeting, but such notice shall not limit the nature of the business to be transacted. Any member of the executive committee may waive notice of a meeting in writing before or after the meeting and such waiver shall be deemed equivalent to the giving of notice.* * *ARTICLE IIIOFFICERS3.1 Officers. The officers of the Foundation shall be a president, a president-elect, and a secretary-treasurer, each of whom is a member of the Foundation at the beginning of the term of office of such president, president-elect, or secretary-treasurer, and each of whom has previously served on the board of directors; and such assistant officers as the board of directors shall from time to time deem desirable. The board of directors may, from time to time as it deems desirable, separate the office of secretary-treasurer and elect, for that term, a secretary and a treasurer. Officers and assistant officers may be removed by vote of the board of directors at any meeting. Termination of membership in the Foundation shall not disqualify an officer from completing such officer’s term of office.* * *3.5 President. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Foundation. The president shall have all of the powers and duties which are usually vested in the office of president of a corporation, including, but not limited to, the power to appoint committees , including the four (4) Foundation appointees to the nominating commission established pursuant to Article 6.3(c) of the Articles of Incorporation as amended, from time to time, as the president may, in the president’s discretion determine appropriate, to assist in the conduct of the affairs of the Foundation.* * *ARTICLE IVGIFTS, DONATIONS AND BEQUESTS4.1 Acceptance. Gifts, donations and bequests may be given directly to the Foundation, or the principal of a gift, donation or bequest may be given to some other person, corporation or trustee with instructions that the principal or income therefrom shall either be paid to the Foundation or disbursed in accordance with the instructions of the board of directors of the Foundation; provided, however, that the uses and purposes of all such gifts, donations and bequests either of income or principal, shall be in accord with the purposes of the Foundation. All restricted gifts, donations and bequests shall be subject to acceptance by the board of directors of the Foundation.4.2 Use. Unless gifts, donations or bequests are given subject to a stated special purpose, they shall be unrestricted funds of the Foundation. All membership contributions shall be unrestricted funds of the Foundation. Contributions by persons to become Foundation Fellows and members for life shall be for the benefit of The Florida Bar Foundation Endowment Trust, a 501(c)(3) Supporting Organization to the Foundation. In the discretion of the board of directors, unrestricted funds may be used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation, or may be invested and the income therefrom used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation, and invested funds may be withdrawn from investment and used for any purposes or expenses of the Foundation.* * * October 15, 2003 LAWS Regular News October 15, 2003 Notices Nominating petitions for the 2004 election for the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. All of the Board positions are for two-year terms.Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr. on October 1 certified to Thomas D. Hall, clerk of the Supreme Court, the number of members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in rule 2-3.3, Rules Regulating The Florida Bar.Pursuant to rule 2-3.4(b), incumbent Board members must advise the executive director of their intention to seek reelection to a new term. The Board members who do not plan to run again are indicated by an asterisk next to their names.Nominating petitions for the Board of Governors must be signed by no fewer than five members in good standing whose official bar address is in the same judicial circuit (or out-of-state, if applicable) as the nominee (see form below).Election ballots will be mailed on or before March 1, 2004, and voted ballots must be received prior to midnight, March 22, 2004.Comments sought on DNA testing extension December appointments to be filledcenter_img The Florida Criminal Procedure Rules Committee has filed an emergency petition to amend Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853(d)(1)(A), Motion for Postconviction DNA Testing, to extend the October 1, 2003 filing deadline to October 1, 2004. Amendments to Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.853(d)(1)(A) (Postconviction DNA Testing), Case No. SC031630.The court invites all interested persons to comment on the committee’s proposed amendment, which is reproduced in full online at original and nine copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before October 24, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the committee chair, Circuit Judge Olin Wilson Shinholser, P.O. Box 9000, Drawer J118, Bartow 33831-9000, and the proponent of the rule change, Ivy R. Ginsberg, 1 NE 2nd Ave., Ste. 200, Miami 33132-2507, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled in this case for November 7, 2003. All comments must be filed in paper format and in WordPerfect 5.1 (or higher) format on a DOS formatted 3-1/2 inch diskette.Proposed Foundation bylaw amendments Nominating petitions for positions on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors must be received in the headquarters office on or before 5 p.m., December 15. Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., on October 1 certified to Mark Romance, YLD president, the number of YLD members of The Florida Bar in good standing in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits and outside the State of Florida, and the number of circuit representatives based on the apportionment formula set forth in Art. V, Section 5 of the YLD bylaws. Members of the Young Lawyers Division may be nominated for the board from the circuits indicated by their official Bar address if they will not have reached the age of 36 before July 1, 2004, or if age 36 or older by such date will not have been admitted to practice in any jurisdiction for more than 5 years. To be nominated, a member must submit a nominating petition signed by no fewer than five members of the Young Lawyers Division in good standing in that circuit. Nominations for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, 12th, 14th, 20th, and Out-of-State circuits must specify the seat number that is being sought. Nominees shall endorse their written acceptance on such petitions, but no nominees shall accept a nomination for more than one seat. Should you decide to change seats, you must submit another nomination form prior to 5 p.m. on December 15 . On a date to be fixed by the president-elect, the nominating petitions shall be canvassed and tabulated by the executive director and he shall thereupon certify in writing the names of all members who have been properly nominated. Ballots will be mailed to young lawyers in all even-numbered circuits having contested elections on or about March 1, 2004. Voted ballots must be received prior to midnight, March 21, 2004. Elected board members will take office at the 2004 Florida Bar Annual Meeting in Boca Raton and will serve a two-year term. The YLD board meets approximately six times a year and attendance at the meetings is mandatory. Potential candidates should be aware that all travel and accommodation expenses to attend the meetings are the responsibility of the board member (nominal reimbursement is available). The YLD Board of Governors has general management and control of the affairs of the division. The board assists and cooperates with the officers and committees of The Florida Bar. Service on the board carries with it the responsibility of speaking on behalf of approximately 17,000 members of the Young Lawyers Division.Board of Governors nominating petitions are due December 15 The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December 5 meeting: Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, Inc., Board of Governors: One attorney to serve a two-year term on this 11-member board which sets policy and manages the affairs of GOALS. Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: One attorney to serve a three-year term on its 19-member board of directors. Other appointments are made by the ACLU, NAACP, several housing authorities, and various other small groups. The main purpose of Florida Rural Legal Services is to help migrant farm workers and the rural poor in civil (not criminal) cases. Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five attorneys, one from each state appellate district, for two-year terms. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers appointed by TFB and 10 realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between realtors and attorneys. 11th Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Middle District of Florida for a four-year term. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing a reception during the conference.All terms for the foregoing appointments are set to commence January 1, 2004.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Special Appointment application from the Bar’s Web site,, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business November 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.YLD nominations now being acceptedlast_img read more

The top 10 marketing & tech trends that tickled our fancy in 2014!

first_img continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Welcome to part four in our Top Marketing and Tech Trends of 2014! Today, we take a closer look at financial institutions; specifically, how the next current generation of Millennials are influencing the banking and credit union industry.5. Millennials and Financial InstitutionsResearch in 2014 would suggest, quite frankly, that Millennials hate banks. Well, maybe “hate” is a strong word, but millennials are increasingly viewing these financial institutions as archaic.How Millennials are Disrupting the Traditional Banking SystemWhy is this? Are Millennials just disinterested in their financial futures? Millennials are stereotypically described as the “boomerang generation” or the Peter Pan generation for their perceived tendencies for delaying certain rites of passage into adulthood. It’s true; the statistic most commonly referenced to prove this point is Millennials are living at home with their parents longer in comparison with past generations.Does this mean, then, that Millennials possess a lack of responsibility, a disinterest in all things “adult”? A survey conducted by Merrill Lynch in 2014 says not necessarily. The survey reveals that “by and large, the Millennials in our survey don’t come across as entitled, disengaged from the real world or enthralled by instant gratification, and they aren’t upending their parents’ approach to investing. Instead, the data portray a group who are oriented toward the future, who have a strong sense of familial and social responsibility.”last_img read more

7 deadly sins of mortgage marketing

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: Details How does your mortgage production look? You forgot about how competitive the purchase market is didn’t you? It’s time to get out of the rut you’re in and start fresh. Review these seven “sinful mistakes” that credit unions are still making and refresh your marketing plan. Mortgage products are not on the first page of your website. The more clicks it takes to get to the mortgage application, the less likely the member will apply. If its front and center and the member gets to the tools, information, calculators and the application they will actually submit some form of application. Even if it’s not complete, it’s at least a solid lead to call on.You assume your members know you offer home loans. Yep, that’s right. Your credit union in fact, has members that don’t have a clue you offer home loans. It’s just another product on the long list of items and it gets pushed around and less focused on. Really though, it should be a primary focus. It’s income potential for your credit union. It offers enhanced loyalty and longevity for your member relationship – if you have their mortgage most likely you have their other products. Most important though, it prevents the big banks from soliciting them for other financial products. Enough said, if they don’t know you offer them because you haven’t focused on it, then you are losing members to the lender that gets their mortgage.You don’t tell them you offer retained servicing. This retained servicing thing is a big deal. Members may not understand the technical name for it, but they will understand that they won’t have their loan servicing sold again and again, that they will know who to call and where to send payments, and they most certainly will understand that keeping their loan in one place means less confusion. Your advertising should explain this great feature of mortgage lending and that your credit union offers something special.You don’t prospect your current member list. Now we have to be careful here. You can’t just slice and dice your member list and solicit whoever you want. Remember, we’ve got a little thing called equal housing we have to consider. However, not soliciting your current member list would be a loss for sure. They are going to marry and divorce, have children and retire, and they are going to need another mortgage at some point in their life. Don’t forget that your member list is a wealth of prospecting to be had. Use it and use it well.You don’t use home loans as a way to bring in new members. Mortgages are one of those golden products – the more special and unique the offer, the more the general public want it. Mortgages are not all black and white. There are various products to offer, special programs with incentives, and don’t forget the genuine member service you offer. If you’ve got the golden ticket, let it shine to everyone in your charter and watch your membership grow.You haven’t educated your staff. No one knows your members better than your front-line staff. They see and talk to various members regularly. They know about their daughter’s divorce. They know about the member’s neighbor who is retiring and looking for a smaller place. And, they know who is going to be putting their house up for sale. So, don’t forget to train your staff to “sell” the product too. A simple mention to a member can bring in your next lead.You limit your marketing schedule or worse yet, you don’t have a schedule. It is important to cover all the products you have to offer and it is essential to your team that you support all faucets. However, marketing your product once every 12 months on a rotation isn’t going to cut it. Each member needs to know the moment they think of buying or refinancing a home – Credit Union. How do you do that? You make sure they hear, read, or see it again and again. Consistent messages to all of your audience mediums will remind them you’ve got it all. Set your goal, prepare, implement, and watch the growth. In a purchase money market, nothing is more important than marketing and marketing well. Get the message out and be one of the few lenders your members can count on.last_img read more

Australia PM says building Indo-Pacific alliance will be ‘critical priority’

first_imgAustralia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday that building an Indo-Pacific alliance with like-minded nations will be a “critical priority” for his government, warning the pace of militarization in the region was unprecedented.”Today, the Indo-Pacific is the epicenter of strategic competition,” Morrison told the Aspen Security Forum, which brings government and military leaders together with experts.”Tensions over territorial claims are growing.” The annual conference is being hosted using virtual digital platforms this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.Australia last month said it would boost defense spending by 40% over the next 10 years, buying long-range military equipment that will be focused on the Indo-Pacific region, where both Beijing and Canberra are competing for influence.Diplomatic tension between China and Australia has worsened recently over issues including an Australian call for an international inquiry into the origin of the coronavirus, and debate about China’s new national security law in Hong Kong.Last week, the United States and Australia held high-level talks on China and agreed on the need to uphold a rules-based global order, but Australia stressed its relationship with China was important and it had no intention of hurting it.Morrison said on Wednesday China’s rise as a major economic partner has been good for the global economy, Indo-Pacific region and Australia, “but with economic rise comes responsibility”.The prime minister said China and the United States together have a “special responsibility” to respect international law and should resolve their disputes peacefully.”It means a commitment to rules-based economic interaction. Neither coercion nor abdication from international systems is the way forward,” Morrison said. Topics :last_img read more

Developer Azure Development Group helps school fundraise

first_imgDeveloper Azure has joined with Everton Park Primary School in an eco-fundraising venture with the school selling honey to raise money to buy a Seabin, pictured are students Jasmine Holland and Kaila Sutton. Picture: AAPImage/ David ClarkA Brisbane state school is proving to be a hive of activity with a prominent Queensland developer raising environmental awareness to younger generations. Property developer Azure Development Group aims to make a difference by helping to reduce the school’s carbon footprint and is donating 500 jars of honey to sell for fundraising. Trent Keirnan, director of Azure Development Group, said encouraging local children to become more conscious of their ecological footprint was important.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoEverton Park State School Year 6 students Jasmine Holland and Kaila Sutton said money raised from the honey jars would go towards the purchase and installation of a Seabin in the Brisbane River. “We want to help clean up the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay, and this donation will help us achieve that,” Jasmine said. The jars of honey will be donated to the students on May 31 when Bee Aware Kids’ Dr Tobias Smith hosts back-to-back education workshops with the school’s 500 children, covering topics such as bee diversity, bee biology and crop pollination.Azure Development Group will launch their latest project, The Keona Edition at McDowall in September, which features a collection of 27 townhomes.Mr Keirnan said the project was nestled among parklands and recreational areas, surrounded by natural landscape and bush walking trails.last_img read more

Yaya Toure urges Man City to go all-out against Real Madrid

first_img read also:Nigeria has incredible, exciting talents, says Yaya Toure “Real Madrid will be in good confidence having won La Liga two weeks ago. “You just have to win because to draw against Madrid…It is going to be hard for City if they don’t score one goal.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester City great, Yaya Toure, has advised that his former club must attack Real Madrid to progress in the Champions League. Toure believes that may have to be the solution against Real Madrid because trying to hold onto the 2-1 advantage from the round 16 first leg could be problematic. “I think it’s going to be 50/50 because without fans it is complicated,” Toure told Leyton Orient’s channel, the League Two club where he has begun training to keep his fitness levels up as he gears up for a new challenge next season.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Muchlast_img read more

Dazzling debut for O’Brien filly

first_img Press Association Dazzling lived up to her name with a most impressive racecourse debut in the Sapphire EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh. Aidan O’Brien’s juvenile is bred to be smart as a full-sister to dual Group One winner Roderic O’Connor and was an 11-4 chance for this first competitive racecourse appearance over a mile. Forcing the pace from the outset in the hands of the trainer’s son Joseph, Dazzling was strongly pressed from two furlongs down, but showed fine acceleration once let down to put the race to bed and beat her running-on stablemate Shell House by two and three-quarter lengths. center_img Favourite Sparkle Factor had every chance for the Dermot Weld team and ran with promise to finish third. O’Brien snr, initiating a four-timer, said: “She’s still very green, but you’d have to be delighted the way she did it. We thought she’d be very green and we weren’t sure if she’d know enough to win first time, but she was well on top at the line. “I knew he (Joseph) wanted to get a lead, but he was maybe just left in front. She’s a big, strong, powerful filly – a big mile and a half type. We could step up anywhere now with her.” Dazzling holds an entry in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket on September 27. last_img read more

Redknapp bemoans ‘gulf in class’

first_img Press Association Rangers secured a well-deserved 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City last month but have failed to earn another point against teams currently in the top half of the table. The three promoted sides all find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of this weekend’s fixtures, with QPR sandwiched between Leicester, who are bottom, and Burnley. “Leicester beat Man United in September and you thought they would finish in the top half, that’s how it goes in this division, it is so hard to win games, there’s a gulf in class,” Redknapp said. “Man City have beaten Sunderland 4-1 and Southampton 3-0 (in the last week) – they’re on another level, they can go away with 10 men and win 3-0. “That tells you the difference in quality between Man City, Chelsea, even Arsenal – they’ve got massive budgets and top players. “It is hard for clubs like Leicester, Burnley and QPR. “Eight players that played for us against Swansea on Tuesday played in the Championship last year and came up through the play-offs.” Redknapp has no fresh injury concerns for Burnley’s visit this weekend. Bobby Zamora has recovered from a back problem and could start after being left on the bench for the midweek defeat at Swansea but Adel Taarabt (groin), Sandro and Alejandro Faurlin (both knee) remain sidelined. QPR striker Charlie Austin and former Burnley team-mate Danny Ings face each other this weekend and Sean Dyche believes the two could one day be international colleagues due to changing perceptions in England. Austin and Ings, who have both played non-league football, are sampling the top flight for the first time in their careers with newly-promoted sides this season. Rangers forward Austin, 25, has scored seven times in 13 games and is the joint top English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with West Brom’s Saido Berahino, who recently received a call up to Roy Hodgson’s senior set-up. Ings has also started to find his feet at the highest level, scoring three times for the Clarets in November and bagging a brace for the England Under-21s at Turf Moor last month, too. The pair’s form has led to suggestions that recognition from Hodgson may be on the horizon and Burnley boss Dyche, who has managed both players during their time in east Lancashire, was quick to highlight other recent call-ups to highlight Austin and Ings’ cases. “There have been similar stories,” he said. “There was a time when you wouldn’t have thought Kevin Davies would have got in there so late. (Rickie) Lambert has got in there late, so it is changing. “The viewpoint on football is changing. It’s about form and player availability can come into it as well.” Ings’ ascent to prominence only really occurred when Austin moved to Loftus Road at the start of last season after averaging a goal every other game at Turf Moor. In his absence, Burnley’s surprise promotion was built on the 47-goal partnership of Wales international Sam Vokes and Championship player of the year Ings. But Dyche insists it was Vokes, currently sidelined by a knee injury, rather than Ings, that was available to step out of the shadows when Austin departed. “It helped Vokesy’s development,” the Clarets manager argued. “Danny was doing fine but it gave Vokesy more freedom to not be a bit part, to not be the man who was waiting in the wings. We said, ‘You’re the man, how are you going to stand up and deal with it?’ “He went, ‘Okay, thanks very much’.” Burnley are expected to be without both Stephen Ward and Michael Duff due to injury. QPR boss Harry Redknapp believes “a gulf in class” makes it almost impossible for this season’s relegation battlers to compete with the top sides in the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Cricket News Gary Kirsten reportedly applies for position of coach in India women’s cricket team

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: There are many names floating around when it comes to the position of the coach of the India women’s cricket team. One of the names added in this is Gary Kirsten, the former South Africa cricketer who helped India win the 2011 World Cup at home after a period of 28 years. According to a report in the Times of India, a top BCCI official said that Kirsten had applied for the position. Along with Kirsten, the other names in the list are Atul Bedade, David Johnson, Rakesh Sharma, Manoj Prabhakar, Owais Shah, Herschelle Gibbs, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Dominic Thornely, Gargi Banerjee, Vidyuth Jaisimha, Ramesh Powar, Colin Siller and Dav Whatmore.The three-member panel appointed for conducting the interview includes former India skipper Kapil Dev, who helped India win the World Cup title for the first time in 1983, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad and the interviews will be conducted on December 20. It is reported that the decision will be made prior to the women’s cricket team departing for New Zealand on January 24. India will play three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against the New Zealand side.Read More | Ganguly says this ‘very, very special’ knock saved his captaincyThe likes of Prabhakar and Gibbs have been accused of match-fixing but the conundrum has deepened even further with Ramesh Powar, whose tenure was not renewed after India’s exit in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World T20 in the West Indies. Powar has reapplied for the post after getting strong support from India women’s skipper Harmanpreet Kaur. Speaking to PTI, Powar confirmed that he had applied. “”Yes, I have applied this evening because Smriti (Mandhana), Harmanpreet (Kaur) have supported me and I can’t let them (the girls) down by not applying,” said Powar.Read More | MS Dhoni is the hero of the country, learnt a lot from him: PantDuring the ICC Women’s World T20 semi-final, the team management including Powar and Harmanpreet dropped Mithali Raj, triggering a massive controversy. After returning home from the West Indies, Mithali went on to accuse Powar and COA member Diana Edulji of trying to destroy her and being biased against her. Powar, on his part, accused Mithali of threatening to retire midway into the World T20 after being denied the opening slot and creating chaos in the team.  Following the controversy, the BCCI decided to invite fresh applications for the post. last_img read more