Italian league probe Matuidi racist abuse claims

first_img0Shares0000France midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) celebrates with Juventus teammate Gonzalo Higuain © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Apr 30 – The Italian league are investigating reports that Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was the victim of racist abuse during Saturday’s Serie A game against Inter Milan at the San Siro.Serie A disciplinary officials said Monday all three of their observers present in the San Siro heard “chants expressing racial discrimination… which lasted for a few seconds” aimed at the French international. The chanting reportedly came from all three levels of the ‘Curva Verde’ occupied by Inter Milan fans and took place 55 minutes into the game, which Juventus won 3-2 with two goals in the final three minutes.But before any ruling can be made officials, in accordance with rules governing discrimination in the Italian game, have to gather data to ascertain how many fans were involved.“We must acquire the data, even an approximate estimate, on the occupancy of the sectors involved, as well as receive confirmation that the chants heard came from all three sectors of the Curva Verde, as indicated in the report,” Serie A said in a statement.The punishment will depend on how many fans took part and how loud the chanting was, it added.Midfielder Matuidi has been the victim of similar abuse twice this season, by fans in Verona and Cagliari.Verona were handed a 20,000 euro ($24,000) fine and a suspended partial stadium ban, but Cagliari were not punished although the club issued an apology to the 31-year-old French player.Matuidi, who has 64 caps for France, joined Juventus before the start of the current season from Paris Saint-Germain and has scored three times for the Italian champions.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_img” Excellent conditions today for Surfing and SUPing!”Another glorious day today at Fanad and Rathmullan at Adventure One Surf and SUP Schools!Perfect waist to chest high waves and Fanad with everybody getting great waves, and our Paddleboard school was flat out with all 4 sessions fully booked today. The surf report for tomorrow Friday 27th July is for an increasing North Westerly swell but with it comes increasing North Westerly winds which means while the waves will be shoulder to head high the surf will be messy, and some beaches will have strong rip currents!If you would like to try surfing or Stand Up Paddleboarding give us a call on 086 1931 747 or check out our website www.adventureone .net or Facebook page for more info.Iain   ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – BIG WAVES ON THE WAY! was last modified: July 26th, 2012 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:ADVENTURE ONE DAILY SURF BLOG – BIG WAVES ON THE WAY!last_img read more


first_img24/7 Triathlon club was well represented at both ends of the country last weekend with some excellent performances, getting the season of to a cracking start and showing that this small club had some big aspirations in 2012. A small continent of athletes travelled to the southwest tip of Ireland to compete in the National Championships on Valentia Island off the coast of Kerry. The weather gods were in fantastic form for the day with clear sunny skies and calm sea’s greeting the competitors for 10 am start.  The swim leg required athletes to swim from the mainland out to the island, a total distance of 750m followed by a 20km cycle loop of the island taking in views of the famous Valentia lighthouse, the scenic Skeligs (Micheal and Beag) and the much travelled ring of Kerry, followed by a 5km run leg around the small island village of Knightstown. Five athletes in total, Aidan Callaghan, Gavin Crawford, Margret Kelly, Pauric Kelly and Hazel Scorer made the 650 mile round trip for the event with all wishing to pit their wits and wear’s against the best tri-athletes in the country at the moment. Aidan Callaghan got off to a great start exiting the water in a time of 9.32 leaving himself in 5th place for the bike leg, he was closely followed by Gavin (11.51) Hazel (12.56) Pauric (13.00) Margret (13.24).  Unfortunately it was not to be and Aidan could not capitalise on his effort in the sea, crashing on the bike with about 4km to go, picking some pretty bad injuries therefore signalling the end of his race. Gavin, Pauric and Margret pushed hard on the bike section and made up some great time, Hazel too lost some time on the bike also coming off but did manage to finish the course and complete the run leg of the race. On the run, athletes again put in a massive effort and each can be happy with the day’s results, Gavin finished 18th overall and Margret was 7th woman home and 2nd in her age group. Excellent results given the field of 600 athletes and the calibre of competition. Nick Fowell and Cathal Roarty were also representing 24/7 at the weekend and travelled to Limavady on Saturday to complete in the annual event, held at the Roe Valley leisure centre. The swim section of the race was a pool swim followed by a 20km out and back bike with rolling hills giving plenty of opportunity to build up speed and momentum to gain valuable places leading into the 5km run leg. Nick had a fantastic day and will be very pleased with his 17th place overall, with Cathal also putting in good performances in the pool and turning out a sub 40 minute bike leg. Next up for the 24/7 athletes will be the Liam Ball Triathlon in the Templemore Complex Derry this coming Sunday. 24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 15th, 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:24/7 TRIATHLON CLUB NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal Minor starlets Adam Neely and John McDyer show off the Ulster Minor Title and the Anglo Celt cup to former Premier League manager Owen Coyle in Dungloe earlier this week.Donegal Minor stars Adam Neely and John McDyer proudly show off their Ulster title crown to former Irish International and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.The photograph was taken at the annual Super Valu Family fun day, which is held at Rosses Park, home of Dungloe GAA club.Coyle has family in nearby Gaoth Dobhair, and has been a regular visitor to Dungloe for a number of years. Coyle visited the Family fun day event and caught up with the minor stars as they relax before Saturday’s crunch All-Ireland Minor quarter final clash with Roscommon.Coyle established himself as an excellent manager in Scotland after successful spells with Falkirk and St.Johnstone in Scotland.His greatest feat in management was when he took lowly Burnley into the Premier League in 2009 for the first time in the club’s history.His last managerial appointment was with Wigan Athletic but that spell proved unsuccessful for Coyle and he was sacked in December 2013. He was strongly linked for the vacant position at Celtic FC following Neil Lennon’s departure from Parkhead but the Celtic board opted to go for the inexperienced Ronnie Delia.After last night’s Champions League disaster it may well prove to have been a poor decision by Celtic executives.Coyle admitted to being a Celtic fan all his life, and said the opportunity to manage the Glasgow giants would be a dream come true.DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:donegaldungloeFeaturesMinorsnewsOwen CoyleSportlast_img read more

Sunday punch

first_img HURRICANE WILMA First, she’s come very late to the party, long after Katrina and Rita did their damage. But then, she has such an unpredictable disposition that it scares the NFL into moving the Miami-K.C. game up a few days, even while some are trying to evacuate the state of Florida. Take it out to sea next time. You’re bad news here. HOT … LUKE WARM … COLD FISH OZZIE GUILLEN The attitude of these World Series participants from Chi-town directly reflects their politically incorrect skipper. “I don’t know any other manager, other than Tommy Lasorda, who bleeds for his club” like him, says team owner Jerry Reinsdorf. If Ozzie breaks out the choke sign this week, we’ll get choked up. TEDY BRUSCHI Is the New England Patriots linebacker out of his mind, coming back to play just eight months after suffering a mild stroke? The doctors have cleared him for helmet banging, and he says: “I’m not going to jump into something without being absolutely 100 percent positive, and I am.” Did you notice your team was losing? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week FANTASY ISLANDSTALLWORTH IS WORTH THE ATTENTION A look at Week Seven for NFL fantasy owners: Who to start: Saints receiver Donte Stallworth had a good game last week in place of the injured Joe Horn with 83 yards and a touchdown. Horn might play Sunday but likely will be limited by his hamstring injury. Even if Horn does play, there should be plenty to go around for Stallworth against a weak St. Louis Rams secondary. Who to sit: Jamal Lewis has struggled all season. He’s beginning to lose carries to Chester Taylor. Now Lewis goes up against one of the best run defenses in Chicago. A low-scoring game could keep the Ravens running, but with Taylor taking carries and Baltimore unlikely to be around the end zone, Lewis is not a good play. Who to pick up: It looks as though Greg Jones will get the carries in Jacksonville over Alvin Pearman and LaBrandon Toefield when Fred Taylor is out. Pick him up if he’s available in your league. You know how Taylor’s missed games can come in spurts. center_img – Matthew Kredell Note: For expanded fantasy insights, visit FROM THE LIP“If they want us to dress a certain way, they should pay for our clothes. … I don’t think that’s going to help the image of the league at all. … It kind of makes it fake. The whole thing is fake.” – Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson, defiant about David Stern’s new NBA dress code that eliminates chains, medallions, pendants, throwback jerseys, baseball caps and short pants. 160Want 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

Agreement reached on teacher pay

first_imgAbout 40,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers, counselors, librarians, and health care workers could receive a 2.5 percent pay raise this year under a settlement announced Tuesday by the district and union officials. The 2.5 percent bump, which comes on top of a 2 percent hike covered in a March 2005 agreement, would be retroactive to July 1, 2005. It still faces approval by the school board and union members. The union and district reached the agreement after about three weeks of negotiations, a quick turnaround that signals a newfound collaboration between the two groups, officials said. A.J. Duffy, the president of United Teachers Los Angeles, had threatened the district last week that if it did not up its previous offer of 1.5 percent to 3 percent, he would take action in the spring when negotiations for a new contract began. The pay raise will cost the district about $100 million annually, which Romer said it will pay out of a reserve fund and cost savings from declining enrollment. Board members called the agreement fair and agreed it was made possible largely because of the $4 billion construction bond approved by 66 percent of voters Nov. 8. The bond money will allow the district to refinance debt, which will free up some general fund money that could go to operational costs like teacher salaries. “If Measure Y was not approved by two-thirds of the voters of Los Angeles County, we wouldn’t have been here in such a way today,” board member David Tokofsky said. The agreement also includes establishing a joint task force that will explore class-size reduction in the lowest-performing schools; a task force on K-12 assessments that will help teachers meet student academic needs; and appointing an outside expert to advise both the district and the union on how to further reduce operating expenses to put more resources in improving classroom instruction. Duffy, Romer and the school board touted their agreement and presented what they called a “unified front” at the press conference, just one week after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stepped up his campaign for mayoral control of the nation’s second-largest school district. “There is a unified front,” Duffy said. “We found common ground.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 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 “We have a new atmosphere between the union and this district. We’re going to work together to make education better for students in this district,” Superintendent Roy Romer said, adding that the salary hike will keep the district competitive in finding and retaining qualified teachers. The 2.5 percent increase would take the average salary of an LAUSD teacher to $59,432. The minimum annual salary for a starting teacher will be $43,054 and the maximum base pay will be $75,541, said Linda Del Cueto, the district’s director of the office of staff relations. The union and district agreed to reopen negotiations for the third and final year of the contract that was established in 2005 and will expire in June 30, 2006. Tuesday, Duffy said although 2.5 percent is “not enough” given cost-of-living increases, it was “satisfactory.” “We believe that it is a fair, if not spectacular, compensation package, given the financial condition of public education throughout the state,” Duffy said. last_img read more

Donegal Action for Cancer Care raise over €2,200 with Halloween raffle

first_imgDonegal Action for Cancer Care has raised a fantastic €2,244 at their recent fundraising raffle.Betty Holmes of the Donegal Action for Cancer Care Committee would like to thank everyone for their continued support.“We do very little fundraising so this money will enable us to continue the hard work we have been doing for over 12 and a half years. We are all voluntary and unpaid for the work we do,” she said. “We have an extensive work record. We continue to work to ensure the people of Donegal have access to world-class cancer services whilst ensuring the retention and development of all cancer services at Letterkenny University Hospital.“We never stop, nor will we,” she added.The numbers were drawn independently by two young men who were watching a football match at the venue; Eoin McLaughlin and Michael Sweeney. The lucky winners on the night were as follows: No 1- €100 Hamper won by Mr Shaun Doherty Newmills sponsored by DACC Members & FriendsNo 2- €75 Hamper won by Mr Peter Quinn Fintown sponsored by DACC Members & FriendsNo 3- Carvery Lunch for two sponsored by The Station House Hotel Letterkenny won by Mr Ben Mc Glynn Brockagh.No 4- Sunday Carvery Lunch for two sponsored by An Grianan Hotel Burt won by Kathleen Mc Dermott GlenkeeraghNo 5- Full Sunday lunch for two sponsored by Coyle’s Bar & Restaurant Newtowncunningham won by Mr John Hamilton RaphoeNo 6- 1 Hours Bowling for 6 people at Arena 7 sponsored by Arena 7 Letterkenny won by Mr Jason Mc Geehan GlenkeeraghNo 7- €20 Voucher & a bottle of Wine sponsored by Kernan’s Tullygay Letterkenny won by Mr Bernard Muldoon KillygordonNo 8- Bottle of Wine & Box Ferrero Rocher sponsored by Silver Tassie Hotel won by Mr Cathal Timoney Newmills.No 9- Bottle of Wine & Box of Biscuits sponsored by a well-wisher won by Mrs Betsy Simcot GlasgowNo 10- Bottle of wine & box of Biscuits sponsored by a well-wisher won by Mrs Emma Golden St Johnston.Donegal Action for Cancer Care raise over €2,200 with Halloween raffle was last modified: November 4th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Arena 7Betty HolmesDACCDONEGAL ACTION FOR CANCER CAREfundraiserlast_img read more

South Africa: Fly your flag!

first_imgGift Wrap Trading Aletia Van Niekerk 012 9982579 Email The SMSs cost R1 each. Nation branding Head Masters Ivan Lazarus 011 6261424 Email Where companies can get flags Symbol of unity, hope South Africans can demonstrate their support for the nation brand by joining in celebrations such as these, through which we are welcoming the world to our country, the statement read. GMD Products & Graphic Design Lombe Chalungumana 011 3386248 / 076 3256780 Email As of 1 May, fans and companies can make their flag pledges by SMSing the word “flag” to 32175 and thereby “celebrate the first time the 2010 Fifa World Cup is being held on African soil,” said Sophie Masipa, Marketing Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa (IMC), the custodian of Brand South Africa, in a statement this week. Masipa added that the initiative is a demonstration that the national flag is for every South African – a representation of our people no matter where we live in the world, regardless of background and without relevance to personal beliefs. “We want to see our national flag, a symbol of unity and hope for future generations, flown far and wide across the country. From building wraps to office park entrances and in our neighbourhoods, we want to paint the nation with pride through our country’s most visual representations,” she said. National Flag Marc Coetzee 011 8870143 / 082 4551116 Email Other South African mobilisation campaigns include Football Friday, The People’s Bus and the Diski Dance. “It is our quest to literally ‘Flag’ South Africa.” “It is imperative that we actively show our support for our national football team, Bafana Bafana – a South African brand ambassador representing us on the World Cup’s centre stage,” added Masipa. “Our flag unites us all under a common future and makes us a strong nation,” she said. “It is representative of our future aspirations as a nation.” Ikamva Contract Publishing Karen Lundie 011 4310322 / 082 3872906 Email As hosts of the World Cup, the IMC says that South Africans and Africans are on the eve of welcoming thousands of potential Brand SA advocates to our country and continent. Masipa also urged government departments, provinces, host cities and municipalities to fly the flag with pride. With less than 40 days to go to the kick off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, individuals and companies alike are being urged to take up the national “Fly the Flag” challenge, through which they can buy, distribute and fly the national flag. Stone Moon Design Unathi Rafu 011 4621753 / 082 8307822 Email 4 May 2010 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Fitch affirms SA’s ratings, with stable outlook

first_img20 December 2013The decision by international ratings agency Fitch to affirm South Africa’s credit rating is fair given the tough global economic climate and the government’s commitment to its fiscal plan, the National Treasury said in a statement on Wednesday.The government was responding to Fitch’s affirmation of the country’s long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Despite being concerned about the slow pace of growth, the ratings agency said South Africa’s floating exchange rate and inflation-targeting framework acted as effective “shock absorbers” in the South African economy.Ratings on its senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds were also affirmed at BBB and BBB+, respectively.Fitch said the outlooks on the long-term issuer default ratings were stable. The country ceiling has been affirmed at A- and the short-term foreign currency issuer default rating at F3.South Africa’s Treasury said that South Africa’s strong banking system and “deep local financial markets” were also among the factors that influenced the affirmation of the country’s rating.“The ratings agency said that government debt was largely denominated in local currency and has a high average maturity and this limited exchange rate and financing risk,” the Treasury said.“Fitch also indicated that weak economic growth and a widening current account deficit were downside drivers preventing the economy from achieving a more positive rating.”The “counter-cyclical approach” was one of the toughest decisions that the government took to survive the aftermath of the 2008 recession. It did this by allowing the budget deficit to increase during bad times, before reigning it in when times improved.Standard and Poor’sOn Friday, the Treasury said it had noted Standard and Poor’s (S&P) decision to affirm the country’s longterm foreign currency credit rating at BBB and local currency credit rating at A-2.The rating agency maintained the negative credit outlook on the rating.The Treasury said on in a statement that the government’s view was that “S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012”.S&P said the ratings affirmation was based on the following factors: that the government would ensure broad, largely pragmatic, policy continuity; tensions in the mining sector had been reduced; GDP growth remained lacklustre; current account deficits were relatively high; general government debt was sizable; and portfolio flows are relatively volatile.According to S&P, South Africa’s recent lacklustre economic performance, external imbalances and labour tensions could affect its macroeconomic policy framework beyond the agency’s expectations.“The government’s view is that S&P’s rating opinion did not take adequate account of progress made in addressing the issues that S&P had raised as potential drawbacks to their initial downgrades in 2012,” the Treasury said.Treasury said government will continue to invest in infrastructure with the view of enhancing the productive capacity of the economy and the competitiveness of local industries.“This will be done in a manner consistent with fiscal sustainability as tabled in the 2013 Medium Term Budget Statement,” the Treasury said. Source: read more

COOL dispute continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In response to a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision announcing that Canada and Mexico are authorized to apply a total of over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs to U.S. exports, dairy producers and exporters renewed their call for Congress to take swift action to eliminate the threat to dairy exports.“The WTO decision makes it crystal clear that Congress must act immediately to prevent retaliation against the U.S. dairy industry and others whose products could be targeted by Canada and Mexico,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “At a time of overall softening in the U.S. farm economy due to a drop-off in export demand, we cannot afford further erosion in income resulting from the unnecessary loss of markets that would result from the WTO sanctions.”The WTO decision establishes the level of retaliation tariffs that Canada and Mexico will shortly be given final authorization to levy against a wide range of U.S. exports due to a WTO finding that parts of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law violate international trade rules. U.S. dairy products are expected to be among the mix of items targeted for retaliation.In anticipation of the announcement, the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council urged House and Senate leaders to head off the prospect of damaging new tariffs hitting dairy exports to Canada and Mexico. The groups’ letter asked Congress to include a legislative resolution for the COOL dispute in the massive year-end spending bill that has been under negotiation on Capitol Hill.At this stage, after one more perfunctory approval step, the two countries could activate their tariff penalties as early as this month.“Retaliatory tariffs would back up exports further onto the U.S. market during a time of overly abundant milk supplies,” said Tom Suber, USDEC president. “U.S. dairy producers and processors cannot lose this chance to avoid considerable damage to the export markets they have invested so heavily in developing in recent years.”Canada and Mexico are two of the largest U.S. export markets. Together, they import more than $2 billion in U.S. dairy products annually.“Retaliation against American dairy products would come at a particularly harmful time for our industry given the depressed global dairy market,” Mulhern said. “Multiple cooperatives have already faced an oversupply of milk this year.”last_img read more