NRL wants compulsory education, training for players following Ben Barba’s French rugby exit

first_imgThe NRL’s chief executive Todd Greenberg has told the ABC he would like to see the condition form part of the code’s new player pay deal.Players should be doing something in addition to playing football “so they have something to fall back on,” he said.”I would expect that will be a big part of the collective bargaining agreement,” Greenberg said.This week premiership winning Sharks full-back Ben Barba turned his back on rugby league to sign a lucrative deal with French rugby because he was currently unemployed.Key points:NRL wants players to develop off-field career paths through university or trainingFears that portion of players not involved in development programs regularly investigated by integrity unitIssue in focus following Ben Barba’s comments before his exit to French rugbyThe former Dally M winner was caught using cocaine last year during the Shark’s grand final celebrations and subsequently suspended for 12 matches.Despite re-signing with Cronulla, Barba was unable to earn any income from the Sharks because the NRL had not registered his contract.”I am a professional athlete with a set of skills, which I can’t earn a living from in this country and I needed a job,” Barba said in a statement.Ben Barba is one of the players the NRL’s integrity unit has investigated.The Rugby League Players Association’s (RLPA) chief executive Ian Prendergast says the game has a responsibility to help those players.”There is some great work being done in the wellbeing and education space, which is reflected in over 80 per cent of NRL-contacted players being engaged in meaningful career development off-field,” Prendergast said.”The challenge now is to ensure we elevate the respect for this important area under the new CBA and increase the investment in players as people so that they can cope with the demands of being an elite athlete and the issues facing society.”While 80 per cent of NRL players have been involved in off-field career development, the remaining 20 per cent are overwhelmingly the ones playing up — 82 per cent of those players have been investigated by the integrity unit.It’s a worrying statistic that the NRL wants addressed.”Their career in rugby league is relatively short,” Greenberg said.”We want to help them become fitter, faster and better footballers … but we must make them better people, better men, better educated.”We’re doing a lot of that but we still have our issues.”Education is important, but we also need to talk about the transition for players, because players who are finishing their careers and then going into life after football, a lot of them struggle.”So we have to make sure we expose players to what it’s like once their careers are over.”Wests Tigers player Matt Ballin is an example of a player who’s prepared for life after football.He says it could be hard to force players to complete further study on top a full-time playing career, but reckons it’s worth it.”I’ve gone and educated myself, I’m a high school teacher,” Ballin said.”It took me 12 years to do a four-year degree so I can’t see why other people can’t do it.”last_img read more

Copa del Rey: Zaragoza-Madrid and Barcelona-Leganés, in eighths

first_imgAs for the survivors of the Second Division, Zaragoza will have to face their faces with those of Zidane, Mirandés with Sevilla, Lightning will be measured at Villarreal and Tenerife will receive Athletic. As they have reached the eighth most LaLiga Santander team than lower categories, they have had to face four First teams against each other, such as the Barcelona-Leganés and Real Sociedad-Osasuna. The sixteen winners in this round will get a ticket for the fourths, which will be played on February 4, 5 and 6. But it will be a round whose raffle will be carried out in a pure way, except for the condition of playing in the field of the lower category team. That is, if two Second or Second B clubs pass they could face each other and they would no longer be forced to measure themselves with a higher level, which could ensure a modest in the semifinals. Pairs of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey Badajoz – GranadaCultural – ValenciaTenerife – AthleticZaragoza – Real MadridMirandés – SevilleLightning – VillarrealBarcelona -LeganésReal Sociedad – Osasuna The new Copa del Rey does not stop surprises for Spanish football. The round of 16 of Copa del Rey, whose tie will be played on January 28, 29 and 30, has matched Zaragoza with Real Madrid and Leganés with Barcelona.The new format of the KO tournament with a single match has been devastating for top-level teams. Only ten First Division clubs remain alive in the competition, while four from Second and two from Second B (Cultural Leonesa and Badajoz) survive. The Cultural, which comes from giving the biggest bell of the tournament eliminating the extension of Atlético de Madrid, will face Valencia, the champion of the tournament, in the Kingdom of León. On the other hand, Badajoz, executioner of Eibar de Mendilibar, will face Granada. last_img read more

Crawford stops Benavidez late in last round to keep WBO belt

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Looking for an edge: Teams trying to turn data into wins LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal After referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the fight, Crawford stuck out his tongue at his fallen opponent, who had made this a personal grudge match with insults he’s directed toward Crawford for months.Next up for Crawford could be a unification bout with IBF champion Errol Spence Jr., something promoter Bob Arum has said he would like to make happen sometime in 2019. The only problem is that Spence is promoted by Al Hayman, but Arum has said that would not be an insurmountable problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Terence Crawford watches as Jose Benavidez goes down in the 12th round during their WBO welterweight title boxing bout in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Terence Crawford won in the 12th round. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)OMAHA, Neb. — Terence “Bud” Crawford stopped Jose Benavidez with 18 seconds left in the 12th and final round to retain his WBO welterweight championship on Saturday night.Crawford had knocked Benavidez to the canvas with a powerful right hand with 46 seconds left, and then Crawford finished him off with consecutive right hands.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Several roads are closed in the Peace region

first_imgCurrently, there are six main closures. The most significant is on Highway 97, 52 km west of Chetwynd, where the approaches to the Fisher Creek Bridge have been washed out, cutting highway access between Chetwynd and Mackenzie.- Advertisement -The South Taylor Hill is also down to single lane traffic because of the flooding.  You can still travel in the area, but expect delays.Ministry engineers are monitoring and assessing the site today to determine repair options and traffic will be re-established as soon as safe to do so. No local detour is available.The additional five main closures are as follows:Dawson Creek area:  * 94 Rd Dangerous Good Route  * 5 Landy Rd  * 22 Braden Rd.Chetwynd and area:  * 30 Rd Moberly Lake South  * 12 Rd JackfishAdvertisement Crews from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and the maintenance contractors are working to restore access in these locations and to prevent additional closures in the region.A significant rainfall warning continues in the North and South Peace, with an additional 10 to 20 mm of rain expected today. Areas near the Pine Pass could potentially receive an additional 30 to 40 mm of rain today.Motorists are advised to check DriveBC for updated information on closures at www.drivebc.calast_img read more

Local golfers finish senior games on top

first_imgSteve Baverstock finished in first place for gold, in the 55-59 age group, in the low gross, high handicap division. Baverstock would win the event after shooting a two-day total of 194. His gold medal finish was his second in as many years. Grant Spelsberg would earn himself a silver medal, for his second place finish in the 55-59 age group, low net, low handicap division. The Fort St. John resident would earn his second place finish shooting a 144 over the two-day competition.   For a full list of the 2011 B.C. Senior Games results, please visit its official website.- Advertisement – The 2011 golf event took place over the span of two days, on two different courses. Day one was played at the Castlegar Golf Club, with the second day being played at the Birchbank Golf Club.center_img Finally, Fred Hendricks finished third place, earning himself a bronze medal in the 80+ age group, low net, high handicap division. Hendricks’ bronze medal finish came as a result of a 222 two-day total. A group of local golfers have shown that the desire to win doesn’t dwindle with age.On Saturday, Aug. 20, the 2011 B.C. senior games wrapped up, with three Fort St. John golfers finding themselves in the winning column.last_img read more

Ronaldo makes winning debut as Juve hit Chievo

first_img0Shares0000Centre of attraction: Cristiano Ronaldo with Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic© AFP Alberto PIZZOLIVERONA, Italy, Aug 18 – Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo missed chances to score on his Serie A debut as defending champions Juventus snatched a late 3-2 win against Chievo in a thrilling opening match of the 2018-2019 league season on Saturday.Ronaldo, 33, joined from Real Madrid last month in a deal worth 100 million euros ($114.5 million). Substitute Federico Bernardeschi scored the winner two minutes into injury time with Germany international Sami Khedira opening the scoring after just three minutes at the Bentegodi Stadium.Chievo’s Mattia Bani turned into his own net after 75 minutes following pressure from Leonardo Bonucci to pull the champions level after the home side had taken a shock 2-1 lead.Polish striker Mariusz Stepinski had headed in and an Emanuele Giaccherini penalty gave the Flying Donkeys hope of a rare win over the Turin giants.Mario Mandzukic had a goal disallowed late in the game following an incident which floored Chievo goalkeeper Stefano Sorrentino who required medical assistance.But Bernardeschi finished off an Alex Sandro assist to seal the first three points for the champions as they target an eighth straight league title.The game had been preceded by a minute’s silence for the victims of the Genoa bridge disaster with players taking to the pitch wearing black armbands.The opening round of matches involving both Genoa teams were postponed because of the bridge collapse in the port city.Sampdoria had been due to host Fiorentina and Genoa to travel to AC Milan.Meanwhile, another big name arrival in Serie A, Carlo Ancelotti makes his debut as Napoli coach as last year’s runners-up take on Lazio in Rome later Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man held in sales of unapproved dental supplies

first_imgBowen had previously been out on bail in the case, but after prosecutors complained he was continuing to sell his products they filed a successful motion to have him taken into custody until the start of his trial, which is scheduled for Nov. 27. They also filed a second indictment earlier this month against him and Autumn Toth, who the document states lives with him, and works at Asepsis Inc. out of their San Dimas apartment. Toth will be arraigned on Monday for the charges in the second indictment, according to Thom Mrozek, a Department of Justice spokesman. Charges in the second indictment include conspiracy, contempt, mail fraud and several charges involving distributing an unlawful medical device. The charges stem from Bowen’s insistence on continuing to sell the devices, said Mrozek. “This detention order is necessary because of (Bowen’s) continued flouting of federal law,” he said. LOS ANGELES – A San Dimas man accused of selling dental products that are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration has been taken into custody on suspicion of refusing to stop selling the items. John Bowen, 71, owner of Asepsis Inc., was indicted in federal court in February 2006 on 11 counts of interstate shipments of adulterated medical devices, one count of refusing to allow the FDA to inspect his warehouse and seven counts of contempt of court for continuing to sell his SteriSafe devices after being ordered to stop. He was arrested Monday, officials said. The devices, which clean dental equipment such as drills, were never approved by the FDA, despite Bowen’s attempts to register them. Shaun Khojayan, Bowen’s lawyer, says he plans to challenge the detention. “Mr. Bowen thinks what is happening to him is unfair,” said Khojayan. Bowen’s court troubles date back to 1998, when he first received the injunction to stop selling his products without FDA approval. According to court documents, prosecutors in the case accuse him of continuing to sell his products in a “clandestine” manner, and making unauthorized health claims, including marketing his equipment sterilization products as a way to prevent transmission of AIDS. Bowen also pitched his product to tattoo parlors and medical centers that deal with HIV patients, according to letters that are exhibited as evidence in the case. “The sharps disposal system that Asepsis has developed is based on the idea that the earlier infected HIV/AIDS sharps and medical waste can be decontaminated,” wrote Bowen to a pharmaceutical company in a sales pitch letter. Bowen had customers all over California, according to court documents, including dental offices in West Covina and Upland. He sought FDA approval for his products back in 1994 but had it rejected for not demonstrating that the products “worked reliably and consistently to accomplish sterilization,” according to FDA letters included as court evidence. In an interview a month after the original indictment was served in March 2006, Bowen called the case a “witch hunt” and insisted his products worked. “Our product solves a problem in dentistry, and they know it works,” Bowen said, referring to the FDA. “I’ve lived for eight years now not knowing if a knock on the door would be from the FDA, the Department of Justice, or people who would put handcuffs on me.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Northern Board Week 5Results & Match Reports. Clubs are reminded they should send match reports to the Board PRO Gerard Callaghan before 9.00 pm on a Sunday evening.Buncrana Cup TrialsAll players are asked to report to O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon at 2.30 pm for registration, while the trials will commence at 3.00 pm sharp. Return of Trophies.Any club who has not yet returned their trophies from 2011 is asked to return them immediately to the Board Treasurer Brid Gallagher.RESULTS SUNDAY 25 MARCHDOWNINGS BAY HOTEL DIVISION ONEBURT 2.10 1.07 ST EUNANSGHAOTH DOBHAIR 2.05 1.02 CARNDONAGHDOWNINGS BAY HOTEL DIVISION TWO SECTION ONE RED HUGHS 2.13 1.03 CONVOYMALIN 1.08 0.13 BUNCRANAROBERT EMMETTS 8.06 0.03 N/PADRAIG LIFFORDGLENFIN 3.11 3.07 MOVILLE DOWNINGS BAY HOTEL SECTION TWOST EUNANS [B] 4.13 1.08 L/KENNY GAELSGLENSWILLY 0.05 1.13 ST MICHAELSFANAD GAELS 3.10 2.11 CLOGHANEELYNAOMH COLMCILLE 8.06 0.03 DOWNINGSFIXTURES SUNDAY 1ST APRIL 12.00DOWNINGS BAY HOTEL DIVISION ONECARNDONAGH V MILFORD PAUL CLOIFFORDSEAN MC COOLS V ST EUNANS GERARD MC HUGHGHAOTH DOBHAIR V BURT PADDY MC GINTYDOWNINGS BAY HOTEL DIVISION TWO SECTION ONEGLENFIN V BUNCRANA CATHEL DOHERTYRED HUGHS V ROBERT EMMETTS GARETH DEVENNYCONVOY V N/PADRAIG LIFFORD PJ SCANLONMOVILLE V MALIN PADDY MC GONAGLEDOWNINGS BAY HOTEL DIVISION TWO SECTION TWOST MICHAELS V CLOGHANEELY ALAN BOYDST EUNANS [B] V NAOMH COLMCILLE AEAMUS BRADLEYL/KENNY GAELS V DOWNINGS PADDY MC KEEVERGLENSWILLY V FANAD GAELS MARTIN COLLDownings Bay HotelDivision Two Section OneGlenfin 3.11Moville 3.07Glenfin moved joint top of the division when they overcame Moville in a close fought game at sunny Pairc Taobhog. Glenfin had the better of the first half and led by 2-06 to 1-02 at half time, with the Moville goal coming on the stroke of half time. The visitors rallied in the second half and two goals, one from a penalty ensured a tight finish. However Glenfin got back on top and eventually ran out winners by four points, 3-11 to 3-07.Best for Glenfin were Lorcan Donnellan, Eoin Donnellan and Daniel Harkin. Best for Moville were John McLaughlin, Ronan Doherty and Tony McCleneghan.Scorers; Glenfin Shane Moy 1-01, Ethan O Donnell 0-04, Conor McBride 0-03, Eoin Donnellan 1-00, Christopher McGlynn 1-00, Christopher McBrearty 0-02, Jason Morrow 0-01.Moville scorers – Ciaran Diver 1-03, Ronan Kelly 1-00, Tony McCleneghan 1-00, Ronan Doherty 0-03, Conor Kelly 0-01.Downings Bay HotelDivision Two Section TwoFanad Gaels 3.10Cloughaneely 2.11Fanad Gaels made it two wins from four games following a second half fight back to record a narrow two-point victory over Cloughaneely at Portsalon on Sunday.Cloughaneely dominated the first half with Harley, McHugh and particularly McGeady causing all sorts of problems for the home defence as they raced into a 1.06 to 1.02 lead at half time.The Gaels produced a better performance after the break with Eoghain Carr winning a lot of possession as he pushed forward from half back. Martin McElwaine had a good game at the back also, but it man of the match Oisin Shiels who got the all-important scores including the winning goal near the end.League TablesDownings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 1Team Played Won Lost Drawn PointsGaoth Dobhair 4 4 0 0 8Burt 3 3 0 0 6St Eunans 4 2 2 0 4Sean MacCumhaills 2 0 2 0 0Carndonagh 3 0 3 0 0Milford 2 0 2 0 0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 1Team Played Won Lost Drawn PointsRed Hughs 4 3 1 0 6Glenfin 4 3 1 0 6Moville 3 2 1 0 4Malin 4 2 2 0 4Robert Emmets 4 2 2 0 4Buncrana 3 2 1 0 4Convoy 4 1 3 0 2Naomh Padraig Lifford 4 0 4 0 0Downings Bay Hotel U-16 League Div 2 Section 2Team Played Won Lost Drawn PointsSt Michaels 4 3 0 1 7Cloughaneely 4 3 1 0 6Naomh Colmcille Newtown 2 2 0 0 4Fanad Gaels 4 2 2 0 4St Eunans B 4 1 3 0 2Glenswilly 3 1 2 0 2Downings 4 1 3 0 2Letterkenny Gaels 3 0 2 1 1GAA: NORTHERN BOARD – FIXTURES, RESULTS, TABLES AND REPORTS was last modified: March 25th, 2012 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:fixturesGaa Northern BoardreportsResultstableslast_img read more


first_imgA number of people have been injured in yet another crash in Kilmacrennan today.Diversions are now in place and gardai and ambulances are at the scene.The incident comes just ten days after a three car smash in the centre of the village. An eye-witness said: “Two cars are involved but thank God no-one has been killed or seriously injured. One car is over the ditch.”The N56 is closed at the scene of the crash and will remain closed for several hours.Gardai are re-routing traffic around the crash.DONEGALDAILY.COM – FIRST WITH THE NEWS NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN KILMACRENNAN CRASH was last modified: November 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN KILMACRENNAN CRASHlast_img read more

Delays spur special hearing

first_imgGrowing complaints that delays by the Department of Water and Power are exacerbating backlogs in an already swamped building industry have prompted the panel overseeing the utility to call for a special hearing Tuesday. While there have long been complaints about the pace of work by DWP – which reviews designs and drawings and approves components like electrical and water connections – the problems have been aggravated by the construction boom in Southern California. “There’s just an incredible amount of work out there that all of the city agencies are trying to keep up with,” said Jeff Lee, president of Marina del Rey-based Lee Homes. Zacharias Vorgias of Pasadena-based Vorgias Engineering pointed to one of his projects, a private school in Woodland Hills, where he said it took the DWP six months to approve a relatively simple – but crucial aspect – of the plan. The new panel of Water and Power Commissioners appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has pushed aggressively for financial transparency in the organization, which was plagued in the recent past by a scandal involving a public relations contract. On the building review side, DWP Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rozanski said he met recently with the city’s Development Industry Advisory Cabinet. “We’re taking a look at all of that to see how we can best address any issues that may come up,” he said. “So we are looking forward to hearing input from the building industry in general.” Lee, who chairs a committee on the DWP for the advisory panel, said his group is considering changes like getting the utility more involved in early-stage planning meetings and having it compare its practices to nearby private utilities. Rozanski said DWP reviews must consider how the load being generated by new projects will affect the overall electric network – a time-consuming process exacerbated by the current development climate. “We probably haven’t seen a boom like this since the ’80s,” Rozanski said. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 IF YOU GO: The Board of Water and Power Commissioners will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 111 N. Hope St., Room 1555-H. 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “I can’t wait six months,” he said. “It complicates things for everybody.” DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras – an electrical engineer with experience dealing with the utility on building projects – called the hearing for industry representatives to share their experiences and offer suggestions to the department. Patsaouras said he also plans to make DWP’s overall spending priorities part of the discussion – including the amount of money the utility spends on public relations and lobbyists compared with what it spends on personnel to handle building projects. Patsaouras has called for trimming discretionary spending, singling out expenditures for lobbyists, public relations and sponsorships. DWP General Manager Ron Deaton has said he considers lobbyists to be an essential expense because they advance the DWP’s interests in Sacramento and Washington, where the utility faces complex regulatory issues. last_img read more