Barry Hearn exclusive: West Ham’s rent-free Olympic Stadium move is ‘laughable’

first_imgBarry Hearn has told talkSPORT that West Ham are getting the Olympic Stadium in a rent free deal which is ‘laughable’.The Hammers are set to move into the new ground at the end of this season, and details concerning the deal were revealed today, to a general sense of shock.Co-chairmen David Sullivan, David Gold and Karren Brady struck a deal which sees West Ham paying just £2.5 million per year in rent, with the same fee in force for the 99-year lease.The Hammers beat Leyton Orient in the race to move into the ground, and former O’s chairman Barry Hearn claims West Ham are effectively moving into the taxpayer-funded stadium in a rent-free deal.Speaking to Drivetime, the 67-year-old said: “That £2.5 million sees the stadium owners themselves paying for stewarding, turnstile operators, police, cleaning and ground maintenance.“When you add that together, you come to more than £2.5 million. Effectively, this is a rent free deal of a stadium which has cost the taxpayer £728 million. It’s a laughable deal, if it wasn’t so sad.”Moving into the Olympic Stadium makes the Hammers an attractive proposition for any future investors looking to buy a Premier League club, and Hearn also believes that the move has given Gold, Sullivan and Brady a ‘massive advantage’ should they look to sell the East London side.“Arsenal had to pay for their own stadium, commercial rates,” the Dagenham-born sports promoter added.“Tottenham are having to do the same. This is a massive advantage [for West Ham].“What happens if the West Ham shareholders sell the club, because clearly the value has rocketed off the back of this Olympic Stadium deal?”last_img read more

MURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH

first_imgMichael Murphy who was the special guest at Glenswilly N.S. for the raising of the Active Blue Flag pictured with children and teaching staff including Miss Mc Brearty and Miss Mc Devitt and principal Joseph Gallinagh. Photo David McDaid/CristephAfter four years of hard work and a lot of ticket-selling, Glenswilly National School’s superb astro-turf pitched was officially opened this afternoon.A dream for many years, it was the hard work of both parents and teachers will eventually saw this dream come through.The official cutting of the ribbon was undertaken by none other than Michael Murphy, a former pupil at the school. Principal Joseph Gallinagh said it was a proud day for all concerned and it displayed the pride and hard-work of the community of Glenswilly.He even mentioned chatting to a person from Teelin in south west Donegal who recently found a ticket stub from a Glenswilly raffle in a draw.“That’s some dedication, traveling 170 kms to sell a ticket,” joked Master Gallinagh.He singled out the parents committee as well as a team of decimated volunteers led by local man Sean Bonner. A huge crowd gathered at the school to hear some short speeches before a specially-written song for the occasion by none-other-than teacher Geraldine Galligan.There was a special mention for teacher Mairead Hennessey who retires from the school this year.The pitch was officially blessed by local parish priest Fr Sweeney before the real highlight of the day took place.Rumour has it that the sixth class pulls had been practising for weeks to get a swipe at their parents.And judging by the speed of Carl Kelly, Damien McGlynn, Paul Lapsley, Henry Spratt, Gary Cullen and Jacqui Glackin, they weren’t too hard to hit! The game was refereed by Michael Murphy who complained that the parents were cheating by using a blanket defence (he is one to talk!).He took acceptation to the presence of a Dublin jersey being worn by one of the parents and sent the player off but it’ll be slightly more difficult for him against the Dubs as the seasons grows!The children were treated to ice-cream on what yet again was a testament to all that is good about Donegal – our community spirit.Children and teaching staff at Glenswilly pictured as they get a look at their new football pitch before it was officially opened by Michael Murphy. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephStudents celebrating on the new pitch at Glenswilly National School.Michael Murphy cuts the tape at the opening of the new pitch with Michael Quinn Chairperson of the Parents Committee pictured with student and principal Joseph Gallanagh. David Mc DaidGive me that.. Special guest Michael Murphy shares yarn with Charlie O’Kane at the raising of the Active Blue Flag at the school at Glenswilly National School.Photo David Mc Daid/CristephMURPHY IS THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE AS GLENSWILLY NS OPEN THEIR ASTRO-TURF PITCH was last modified: June 16th, 2016 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:astro turfGlenswilly National SchoolMichael Murphypitchlast_img read more

New joint report finds high degree of support from First Nations to

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — A new report that was conducted by both the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and the First Nations LNG Alliance finds First Nations have a “high degree of support” for the development of an LNG export industry in B.C.The joint report from the First Nations NGO and the Ministry stems from regional engagement sessions that the two organizations hosted last fall. “In fact, many First Nations representatives raised the need to push the remaining projects over the finish line,” adds the report.“We’re releasing the report to show that there is strong and real First Nations support for LNG development in BC,” said Alliance CEO Karen Ogen-Toews. “That means, by definition, responsible development that balances economics and the environment, and respects First Nations rights and title.”According to the report, which was released earlier this week, the issue of poverty and the need for economic and employment opportunities for First Nations was raised on a consistent basis. It adds that many First Nations view LNG projects as an important opportunity to improve poor socio-economic conditions in their communities. “If LNG projects are done in a way that respects First Nation interests, they will be the most safe, environmentally rigorous, and human-rights-compliant projects in the world,” the report added.The report makes four key recommendations that should be implemented by the provincial government: developing an Indigenous labour market strategy to support LNG projects; supporting agreements and mitigate negative impacts of cancellations on First Nations; engaging First Nations on regulatory improvements; and partnering with First Nations during engagement with the LNG industry.“What we really need is for communication and dialogue to continue and to be strengthened,” said Ogen-Toews. “Too many people have been told that First Nations oppose LNG development. That’s not true. Others believe that LNG development is automatically a negative. That’s not true either. As the report points out, many First Nations see LNG projects as a source of jobs and training and careers, and a way to improve poor socio-economic conditions. We need all this, and the report includes important ideas on how to make it happen. The Alliance partnered with BC because we value engagement with and among First Nations on these issues. The report supports the further need for more discussion and engagement. LNG development is not going to happen on its own. It takes a co-operative partnership of industry and First Nations, and with support from government. The engagement sessions supported by the BC ministry have helped show how First Nations are on board with responsible development.The full report can be read below.last_img read more

India and France hold biggest naval exercises

first_imgOn Board French Aircraft: With the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the centre, France and India on Friday stepped up their biggest naval exercises as the Indian Ocean’s strategic shipping lanes draw ever more envious eyes.Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China’s growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea. “We think we can bring more stability to a region that is strategic, that has huge stakes, notably for international trade,” said Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas, who commands the French fleet that includes its only aircraft carrier. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe vast majority of trade between Asia and Europe and the Middle East — particularly oil — is carried across the ocean, while internet-communications cables straddle the seabed that is rich with its own oil and gas fields. The 42,000 tonne Charles de Gaulle is one of 12 warships and submarines — six from each country — taking part in the 17th annual exercises off the coast of the Indian resort state of Goa. French authorities say they are the biggest ever since the exercises started in 2001. And the presence of the aircraft carrier, which has just undergone an 18-month refit, is no accident. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadRow after row of Rafale fighter jets were launched to deafening roars off the carrier’s 261 metre (860 feet) runway. India’s traditional dominance in the Indian Ocean faces a growing Chinese shadow with the deployment of warships and submarines along shipping lanes and the construction of a giant network of commercial infrastructure through its Belt and Road initiative, which India strongly opposes. “China is not an aggressive country” in the Indian Ocean, said Rear Admiral Didier Maleterre, the head of French maritime forces in the region. “What you see in the sea around China, the reclamation of land on islands in the Spratleys or Paracels, you do not see that in the Indian Ocean,” he said. The top officer said President Xi Xinping’s building of new Silk Road trade routes, which includes the Indian Ocean, “is a strategy being put in place that is mainly economic, with perhaps a dual purpose.” Malterre did not specify what other purpose, but added that there are “scenarios” in the next 10 to 15 years, “certainly not as big as in the sea off China, but that clearly could lead to tensions.” France annoyed China last month by sending a warship into the Taiwan Straits. The ship was intercepted by the Chinese navy and Beijing made an official protest, while France insisted it was exercising “freedom of navigation”. French diplomats insist there is no link between that incident and the Indian Ocean exercises. The links between India and France “are certainly not a partnership aimed against any country in the region or any power in the world,” said Alexandre Ziegler, French ambassador to India. The Charles de Gaulle is being used again as a projection of French power however. In March, it took part in international operations in the Mediterranean against the Islamic State group. From these exercises, the carrier is to go on to Singapore.last_img read more

Learned a lot in IPL says Englands Jonny Bairstow

first_imgBristol: Wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who scored a brilliant century in the third ODI which England won against Pakistan, said he benefited a lot from his experiences in the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bairstow was in brutal mode on Tuesday, smacking 128 runs of just 93 balls as England chased down a challenging 359-run target with more than five overs to spare at the County Cricket Ground. His innings was studded with eight fours and four sixes. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju He had a tremendous debut IPL season as he scored 445 runs in the 10 matches he played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). “I loved it there (IPL) and learned different things from different coaches and players (including teammate David Warner),” cricket.com.au quoted him as saying after the match. “It’s just little things like game plans. He (Warner) hits in completely different areas… I guess it is method more than anything else,” he added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters He also explained that the secret behind his piling huge runs in the recent times was playing “strong shots”. “It’s not like we are slogging and playing ramp shots but genuine cricket shots,” he said. England skipper Eoin Morgan also praised Bairstow, saying he alongside Jason Roy (76), set the platform for the team to register their second highest chase in ODIs. Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a brilliant 151 from opener Imam-ul-Haq as they posted 358/9 in their stipulated quota of 50 overs. “I’m extremely proud. I thought the guys came out and played in the manner that we have done for some time now,” said Morgan. “We thought 358 was pretty on par at this ground and we felt it was a really good batting wicket. “The two boys up front (Roy and Bairstow) were absolutely outstanding and set the platform for the way we wanted to go about the chase,” he added.last_img read more

Ancelotti Neymar Mbappe are the heirs to Ronaldo Messi

first_imgNapoli boss Carlo Ancelotti is braced for a challenging Tuesday night from Paris Saint-Germain, who are led by the heirs to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel MessiThe Light Blues claimed an impressive 2-2 draw at Paris last time out to remain one point ahead in Group C.Now it’s Napoli who will play hosts at their Stadio San Paolo this week for the return fixture.Three points in Italy will put Napoli in a strong position to reach the Champions League knockout stages.But former PSG coach Ancelotti expects his old side to hand them a gruelling test with the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe leading the charge.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Mbappe, in particular, has won over many pundits after his impressive year with some even predicting him to win the 2018 Ballon d’Or.While agreeing that the teenage sensation is a candidate, Ancelotti is certain Mbappe will win the Ballon d’Or whether it’s now or later.“He is a credible candidate to take the place of these champions [Ronaldo and Messi] who win all the trophies,” Ancelotti told Telefoot.“I think that Mbappe and Neymar can be the successors of Ronaldo and Messi.“If he [Mbappe] does not win the Ballon d’Or this year, he will win it in the coming years without any problem. All teams dream of having him.”last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Makes Significant Upgrades To School Security Systems

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomed community safety officials and State Representative Marc Lombardo to review and demonstrate the school’s updated security systems and recently-constructed Crisis Command Center.Superintendent-Director Timothy Broadrick and the District School Committee have been engaged in a three-year campus security project to bring the 49-year-old Shawsheen Technical High School building and grounds into the cutting edge of school security.  According to Superintendent Broadrick, “One of the challenges of an aging facility is making the right kinds of thoughtful investments that preserve the usefulness and longevity of the structures.  Our School Committee and our five member communities understand this, and they have annually supported a capital plan that keeps this place in great shape.”State Representative Marc Lombardo has been a champion of public safety as well as all forms of public education in Billerica, both in the Billerica Public School System and at Shawsheen Tech.  When he heard about the Shawsheen District’s plans from the Superintendent, he committed to lending a hand.  As a result, Representative Lombardo introduced a FY19 state budget line item for $50,000 to support the school’s efforts.  Shawsheen Tech is using the additional support to integrate a software system – Sielox Class – in a dedicated crisis management facility that will enable school officials as well as the Billerica Police department to respond to a variety of different kinds of emergencies in real time.Principal Jessica Cook and the high school’s Crisis Team have been working with the District’s security contractor and the Billerica Police to design protocols for a variety of potential safety threat situations. “It’s certainly a shame that educators have to spend time thinking about some of these things,” said Cook, “but, our students and staff have to feel safe in order for quality teaching and learning to occur.”The system will link the school to the Billerica Police department to allow instant notification when a “lockdown” or other crisis response occurs.  Additionally, Cook says that the system can link to parent notification systems and the school’s website to make public announcements when necessary.  Cook and her team have also been focused on the constant evaluation and growth of the school’s safety and security protocols to ensure and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.  Staff at the school have begun training on enhanced crisis response routines, which will soon include student drills, after communication with parents and additional staff training.  Says Cook, “Some of these changes feel overdue, but every school is racing to ensure its students are as safe as possible.  We are taking steps to not only catch up with the times, but to be on the leading edge of this kind of work.  This Crisis Command Center will be an invaluable resource to us.”Superintendent Timothy Broadrick, Representative Marc Lombardo, Isabel Fiasconaro, Grace Clark, Muhammadali Khalifa, Brian West Billerica PD/Shawsheen SRO, Jorielle Arlock, Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa, Andre Comeau, Roy Frost, Deputy Chief Billerica Police Department, Principal Jessica CookRepresentative Marc Lombardo and Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa speaking with Shawsheen Tech students about safety, security, and government(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down Mid-YearIn “Education”PHOTO: Shawsheen Tech Plays First Ever Baseball Game Under The Lights At Alumni StadiumIn “Photo of the Day”Shawsheen Tech School Committee Calls For School Boards Across The Country To Unite & Lobby For ‘Sane’ Gun LawsIn “Education”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday February 17 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, February 17, 2019:#1) Fun Fair At Shriners AuditoriumThe Commerford Fun Fair returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during February vacation. The Fair will be open on Saturday, February 16, 2019 (10am-7pm); Sunday, February 17, 2019 (10am-6pm); and Monday, February 18, 2019 (10am-6pm). These fairs, held year-round up and down the east coast, are a “fun, friendly, and safe place to bring your family.” The fair feature rides, games, and a unique chance to interact with animals. Children 12 and under are free with coupon. Price for adults online are $10. Price for adults at the event are $18. Free children coupons are available at local businesses or at front box office during the event. Rides and other vendors inside are an additional cost. For ride prices, visit www.commerfordzoo.com. Call 860-491-3421 with any questions.#2) Wilmington High Teams In ActionWHS Girls Varsity Basketball team is participating in the St. Mary’s Tournament in Lynn at 3:45pm. Te WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Melrose at the Flynn Rink at 12:30pm. Members of the WHS Boys & Girls Track teams are competing in the Division IV State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Field House at 10am.#3) Catch Up On This Week’s WCTV CoverageLast week, WCTV published seven new videos, including the latest Selectmen’s Meeting, School Committee Meeting, Board of Appeals Meeting, Seth Moulton’s Town Hall event, and Joanne Benton’s Auditorium Dedication. Watch them HERE.#4) Middlesex Canal Museum OpenThe Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#5) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, February 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 19, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Kapil Sharma elated as he celebrates prebirthday bash on The Kapil Sharma

first_imgThe team of Kapil Sharma ShowTwitterKapil Sharma will turn a year older on April 2, 2019, and before the special day arrives, the comedian-actor had a mini pre-birthday party with his The Kapil Sharma Show 2 family on the sets of the show.Kapil’s fan club has posted a few pictures from the birthday celebration on Instagram where the comedian is seen elated as he and his TKSS family gorge on the beautiful cake. Kapil’s mother was also a part of the celebration.Ever since The Kapil Sharma Show is back with its new members including Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek, fans have been showering it with lots of love. Many celebrities including Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Alia Bhatt, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn and others have already graced the show to promote their films.Recently, the 37-year-old comedian-actor, who has been a victim of social media trolls just like any other celebrity, revealed that he has learnt to ignore them.At an event, Kapil elaborated his thought on trolls in his own funny way and called them “unplanned children”. When asked how he reacts to trolls on social media, the comedian said: “There are three kinds of followers on social media, one is fans, the second are fans who are also critics and the third breed is of velle (useless) ones. I thank fans who tell me or bring to my notice constructive criticism, but then the third breed has no job but to just spread negativity,” Mid-Day quoted him as saying.He further added: “They are like unplanned children who have come to the world without any planning. They were born because the weather was good. But I have understood that the only way to ignore them is to not pay any attention to them. Initially, I used to react, but now I have started ignoring them. Today, with free data available, people are always on the phone and don’t even give a second thought while talking nonsense on social media.”last_img read more

Keep antiliberation elements away from power for ever PM

first_imgAL president and PM Sheikh Hasina speaks at a discussion meeting in the capital`s Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Photo: PIDBangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to remain alert so that what she said the anti-liberation elements can never come to power, reports UNB.”This independence was earned at the cost of the blood of tens of thousands of people. Those who want to foil our independence should never come to power,” she said while addressing a discussion in the capital’s Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh auditorium.”The country shouldn’t be of militancy, anti-liberation forces and war criminals… it should be built based on the ideology of freedom fighters,” added the prime minister.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League arranged the discussion marking the 48th Independence and National Day.The prime minister said it is internationally recognised that her family members are not involved in any corruption though Awami League is now in power.”Coming to power, BNP [Bangladesh Nationalist Party] hired a special agency to level corruption charges against me, my sister [Sheikh Rehana], and my son and daughter. But it found nothing,” she said, adding that BNP made Bangladesh the world champion in corruption for five times.In an oblique reference to Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, she said he had also made an attempt in the US to find if there was any corruption against her family members.Without mentioning his name, Hasina said he stopped the World Bank’s fund for the Padma bridge project.”They tried to put corruption blame on us. I also threw a challenge and told them to prove it. But they couldn’t prove it… the Canadian Federal Court dismissed all the allegations as false,” she claimed.Hasina criticised Khaleda Zia’s family, claiming that they indulged in corruption and money-laundering after assuming power.The prime minister said the court meted out punishment to the BNP chief and the government has nothing to do in this regard. “Had we had any intention to arrest her [Khaleda], we could have done so when the fire terrorism was unleashed.”She said her government’s only goal is to reach benefits of the independence to every doorstep across the country.Hasina said they want to work not for their personal gain but for making the country’s people wealthy and improving their lifestyle.last_img