Chiefs up against history

first_imgBy flying into New Zealand from South Africa, as they will on Tuesday morning, then winning a playoff match, they will have ended a 12-game losing streak for teams in such situations, that stretches back almost 20 years.Travelling teams have struggled in the playoffs full stop, winning just 23 per cent of matches, but when they have to fly across the Indian Ocean, and then across the Tasman, that figure falls to 13 per cent.Across the years, 18 teams have found themselves in those circumstances, with 16 losing and just two winning – in games where they were at home against opponents who had made the same trip.First, in 1996, there were the Blues, who beat the Sharks in Durban in the final round of the regular season, then returned home to beat Northern Transvaal in the semifinals.And then in 1998, there were the Crusaders, who beat the Sharks in Durban to end the round robin, then again in Christchurch in the semifinals.Since then, 12 teams have faced the arduous journey – eight from South Africa, two from Australia, and two from New Zealand – and none have triumphed.Going the other way, from New Zealand to South Africa, teams have won four times out of 11, a tally the Hurricanes will be trying to add to when they take on the Lions in Johannesburg in the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time).Two of those wins came this year and last, when good Chiefs teams were forced to travel to play average Stormers teams, thanks to the convoluted conference format. The others came in 2011, when the Crusaders beat the Stormers, during their impressive run to the final in that earthquake-affected season; and in 1999, when the Highlanders beat the Stormers to set up the party at Tony Brown’s place, which they then lost to the Crusaders.The itinerary the Highlanders had then, from New Zealand to South Africa and back, is the hardest possible – at least until the Jaguares or the Sunwolves make the playoffs – and it’s one the Chiefs are familiar with, having done it last year, when they returned home victorious from Cape Town then lost meekly to the Hurricanes. Photo by: Getty Images (Liam Messam and the Chiefs are up against history as they try to stay alive in Super Rugby).last_img read more

Outgoing Brentford boss Mark Warburton: ‘Fingers crossed the phone will ring!’

first_imgBrentford boss Mark Warburton has told talkSPORT he has no idea what the future holds for him and assistant David Weir.Warburton and Weir have led the Bees from League One to Championship promotion hopefuls but will depart Griffin Park in the summer due to a disagreement with owner Matthew Benham over his remodelling of the club’s management structure.The impressive job they have done is likely to mean they will be in demand in the summer, and QPR have already been talked about as a potential destination for the duo.Warburton, however, insists there have been no talks with any rival clubs as of yet.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the 52-year-old said: “Our focus had to be on this squad of players. It would have been disrespectful for David Weir and myself to have focus away from them for these vital games.“We haven’t [had any contact with other clubs]. I’m sure all the other clubs are focusing on the final few games and seeing how high they can finish and then hopefully, after the end of the season, fingers crossed the phone will ring.”Warburton has not given up hope of leading Brentford into the Premier League before he exits.The Bees are currently sitting seventh on 72 points, three points outside of the play-off places, with two games left to go.And Warburton believes a win against Reading at the Madejski this weekend and at home to Wigan on the final day could be enough to seal a top-six spot.“It has been a good season, the squad is in good shape, and we are looking forward to two big games,” he said.“Since early November we have been in and around the top six and, in truth, we have justified being there.“If we can post 78 points come May 2, that is a good target, and hopefully enough to get in that final play-off place.”last_img read more

Writers in last-ditch effort to avoid strike

first_imgThe guild announced sweeping plans to picket every major studio in Los Angeles starting at 9a.m. today, along with Rockefeller Center in New York, where NBC is based. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers previously called a writers’ strike “precipitous and irresponsible.” Producers think progress can be made on other issues, but “it makes absolutely no sense to increase the burden of this additional compensation,” said J. Nicholas Counter, the producers’ chief negotiator. The guilds have been preparing for these negotiations for years, hiring staff with extensive labor union experience, and developing joint strategies and a harder line than producers have seen in decades. “We haven’t shown particular resolve in past negotiations,” said John Bowman, the WGA’s chief negotiator. “The sea change is that this is an enormously galvanizing issue, and two, that the new regime at the guild actually has a plan, has an organization and a structure to respond to something.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Hollywood writers were back at the bargaining table Sunday in a last-minute push to avoid a strike against TV networks and movie studios over writers’ share of profits from DVDs and the Internet. The battle has broad implications for the way Hollywood does business, since whatever deal is struck by the Writers Guild of America will likely be used as a template for talks with actors and directors, whose contracts expire in June. “We’ll get what they get,” Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg told The Associated Press. Negotiators were meeting with a federal mediator Sunday evening in hopes of avoiding a strike that writers had set to begin 12:01 a.m. today. center_img The writers are the first union to bargain for a new deal this year. Their contract expired Wednesday. In past years, actors have almost always gone first, although the Directors Guild of America, which is seen as the least aggressive of the three guilds, has sometimes taken the lead. Whatever deal was struck first was usually accepted by the others. The guilds are aware that if writers fail to win concessions involving DVDs and the Internet, actors may have to take up the fight. “This is an issue that touches every member of this guild and every member of the Screen Actors Guild as well,” said Carlton Cuse, executive producer of the ABC drama “Lost.” Consumers are expected to spend $16.4billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate only $158million from selling movies online and about $194million from selling TV shows over the Web, although those numbers are expected to skyrocket in coming years. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. Hollywood unions have long regretted a decision made in 1984 to accept a small percentage of home video sales because studios said the technology was untested and that costs were high. Writers only get about 3cents on a typical DVD retailing for $20. The guilds have tried and failed for two decades to increase video payments, even as DVDs have become more profitable for studios than box office receipts. Unions say they won’t make the same mistake when it comes to the Internet. “I think we all understand what a crucial time in history this is,” Rosenberg said. “We really feel if we can’t get a fair formula in new media, we’ll dig ourselves into the same type of hole we’ve been in with DVDs.” The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment. Daytime TV, including live talk shows such as “The View” and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike would not immediately affect production of movies or prime- time TV programs. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last until early next year. The actors union has urged its members to join the writers’ picket lines during their off hours. If a writers strike lingers and actors show support, producers could try and undermine the writers’ position by seeking a more favorable deal with directors. Writers and directors have clashed in the past, mostly about writers’ feelings that directors take too much credit for a movie and neglect the contribution of writers. In 2004, the directors’ union settled its contract first and backed down from demands for a higher share of profit from the lucrative DVD marketplace. Writers and actors then had little choice but to accept a similar deal. “This is a bare-knuckle fight and a chess game,” said Jonathan Handel, an entertainment lawyer at the Los Angeles law firm of TroyGould. “If producers do reach a deal with the DGA, it would be to cut the legs right out from under the strike. Then the focus shifts to SAG.” The DGA said it has not yet scheduled contract talks but was closely monitoring developments.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


first_imgA DONEGAL man who was given the longest-ever jail sentence for illegal dumping in Britain has been sentenced to a further three years behind bars for failing to hand over nearly £600,000 worth of illegally-acquired assets.Hugh O’Donnell, pictured, was jailed in 2011 after police and the Environment Agency raided his illegal dump in Aldermaston, near Reading in Berkshire, which was the size of five football pitches.When jailed, O’Donnell was ordered to hand over £917,000 under proceeds of crime seizure legislation. Two years on, £578,000 has still to be given up by the 65-year-old, despite exhaustive searches by investigators. The Environment agency told Donegal Daily: “Hugh O’Donnell, 65, is still in prison serving a four and a half year sentence for waste crimes and money laundering, but was yesterday (30 May) jailed for an additional 1036 days at Westminster Magistrates Court.“He had failed to pay the full amount of a £917,000 confiscation order – money he was ordered to repay for waste crimes he was convicted of in 2011.”The Environment Agency and detectives, who investigated O’Donnell and two accomplices for three years, believe he laundered millions of pounds in profits during his operation’s lifetime, which collected skips from builders and home-owners.The hunt for his assets – on top of the £50,000 in cash and machinery that was seized in the raid – has been “one of the biggest and most complex ever undertaken” by the British authorities, the Environment Agency said in a statement.“When his huge site and home was raided, a pistol with ammunition was found in a safe, together with £45,000 in cash, documents relating to properties including the villa in Spain and cheque books in the names of aliases. Several thousand pounds were found on Mr O’Donnell,” the agency said.DONEGAL WASTE CRIME BOSS JAILED FOR THREE YEARS was last modified: June 13th, 2013 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:DONEGAL WASTE CRIME BOSS JAILED FOR THREE YEARSHugh O’Donnelllast_img read more


first_imgA JURY has begun deliberations at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin in a case against a man accused of raping a girl at a teenage disco.The man, now 20, was 15 at the time of the alleged attack at the youth disco in Co Donegal. His alleged victim was 14.She has already told the jury that the boy grabbed her and took her into the toilets where he raped her in a cubicle. She reported the alleged incident to her mother seven months later. The man later told gardai he didn’t remember being in the toilets on the night of the disco in December 2010. He is entitled to anonymity in the case because he was 15 at the time.Ms Justice Margaret Heneghan told the jury that consent was a constituent legal factor in the offence of rape but that the law says a person under 15 cannot consent.She said if the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused had sex with the complainant they must convict him of rape.She said assault was intentional unwanted touching and sexual assault was assault where the touching was of an indecent nature.Ms Justice Heneghan said that where a person below a certain age engaged in sexual activity it would not be consent even if the person appeared an enthusiastic participant.She said that, additionally, a 1935 Act states that it it is not a defence to a charge of indecent assault on a person under the age of 15 years to prove that the person consented to the alleged act.The jury will continue deliberations today.JURY SENT OUT IN TEENAGE DISCO RAPE TRIAL was last modified: January 15th, 2016 by John2Share 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)last_img read more

Hazard explains why Chelsea cannot yet match Man City in title race

first_img REVEALED BEST OF Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury REVEALED LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS huge blow 2 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Eden Hazard has written off Chelsea’s chances of winning the Premier League, insisting the club’s focus is only on finishing in the top four.After an impressive start to the season, the Blues lost in the top-flight for the first time under Maurizio Sarri as they were beaten 3-1 by London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 2 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The result leaves Chelsea seven points adrift of leaders Manchester City and Hazard admits his side cannot yet match the consistency of the reigning champions.“We’re thinking about finishing in the top four, not to be the champions,” the Belgian star said.“We know City are not much better than Chelsea but they are better at the moment. RANKED Rumours of a move away from Chelsea continue to surround Hazard, who has long been linked with a move to LaLiga giants Real Madrid.He is no rush to leave Stamford Bridge but recently admitted that he cannot rule anything out beyond this season.“I have one year left on my contract after this year,” he said. “Moving this winter is impossible. I can’t leave in January because of the club and the supporters.“It will be possible in the summer, but It’s also possible that I stay my whole career at Chelsea.”Chelsea return to Premier League action on Sunday lunchtime when they contest another London derby, this time against Fulham at Stamford Bridge. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Eden Hazard believes Chelsea won’t win the title “In what areas are City better? A lot. Possession. When they have chances, they score.“Maybe defensively they are better. They have top players.“Their consistency as well, winning game after game. They are in a good momentum since last year and we need to be back like this.” MONEY Hazard was unable to help Chelsea overcome Tottenham on Saturday Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: STORY UPDATE: Up to six men who spent Christmas weekend camping in Glenveagh National Park have left the area – leaving behind a water-logged tent and a pile of rubbish. reported on Christmas Day that the men – believed to be foreign nationals – had camped off the Derrylahan trail at the Co Donegal park.They had lit a fire and consumed a large number of tins of lager.Today they had left the area. They hadn’t cleaned up after them and they had left their tent behind – it was full of water and the front door was left open to the elements.Click to watch a short video: © 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on us on anything on   DDTV VIDEO NEWS: GLENVEAGH CHRISTMAS CAMPERS LEAVE MESS BEHIND was last modified: December 26th, 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:DDTVddtv newsdonegalDonegal Newsdonegaldaily newsglenveagh national park videoIrelandlast_img read more


first_imgA total of 13 companies have been short-listed as finalists in this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012, the most prestigious business awards in the County.Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, the awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal, and the winners will be announced at a black tie gala dinner in the Silver Tassie Hotel & Spa, Letterkenny, on Friday 23rd March.There are 4 categories in this year’s awards: Business Achievement, Business Development, Emerging Business and Innovation. Edenmore Farm Meats Ltd., Lifford, Inishowen Country Kitchen, Malin and Public Image Hair Salon, Ballybofey have been shortlisted for the Business Achievement Award; La Maison, Letterkenny, Moll Industries Ireland Ltd., Donegal Town and The National Hairdressing Academy, Bundoran are shortlisted for the Business Development Award. Claire the Baker’s, Carndonagh, O’Donnell’s Bakery, Laghey, Stateside American Restaurant, Letterkenny and Castlefinn Partnership Initiative (NorthWest Garden Show) will compete for the Emerging Business Award while Cargo Defenders, Lifford, Farm Feeder, Killybegs and JM Joinery, Pettigo are shortlisted for this year’s Innovation award.Michael Tunney, Chief Executive of the DEB said “This year’s finalists demonstrate the vision and commitment required to drive a successful business forward.“We hope the awards will inspire others around the County to make the leap and work on their business vision too”.There is an award for the winner in each category and an overall winner of the Donegal Business of the Year award. Previous winners of the overall award include The Swilly Group, Gartan Technologies and DS Environmental Services. Each year one of the winning companies goes on to represent Donegal at the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin.Tickets for the Awards cost €25 and to attend, or for further information about the Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012, contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at County and City Enterprise Boards are funded by the Irish Government and co-funded by the European Union under the EU Structural Funds 2007 – 2013. THIRTEEN COMPANIES SHORT-LISTED FOR 2012 ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: March 14th, 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:Donegal County Enterprise BoardMichael Tunneylast_img read more


first_imgFor Patsy McGonagle, the Finn Valley AC  Manager of Ireland’s Olympic athletics team it’s either the beginning of the journey within the next few hours as he boards a plane for Heathrow or possibly it’s the end of a journey that began with the World Championships in Seville in 1999.In between then and this flight to London, he has seen the plane touch down in Beijing, Sydney, Osaka, Berlin, Moscow, Daegu, Izmir, Barcelona, Gothenburg Helsinki and many more, all urging Irish athletes to glory.Perhaps this last flight before standing down is best described as the beginning of the end of a journey really; the four-year Olympic cycle coming to an end. Thoughts immediately turn to London 1948 the last time the Olympics were held in London to his father then Lt. Patsy McGonagle who all those years ago was assembling with his soccer team squad to catch the boat and ultimately the train to post-war London-  one of two Donegal Olympians on that team.They were the first ever from the area; the other Frank McLaughlin a Carndonagh man and a medical student at UCD whom they met at a train station along the way in England.Interesting that these two men grew up just miles from each other as Patsy was a Ballyliffin man then stationed in the Curragh and playing with Bohemians.Different times but surely exciting and the link with father and son being Olympians is noteworthy if not unique. Patsy senior, now deceased, had played soccer and won honours with Drumcondra, Shelbourne, Bohemians and ultimately Derry City in addition to playing inter league for both the North and the South .Patsy Junior, the Finn Valley man, sets off for London and will settle in with the team at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham for a number of days before moving to East London and the village that will become home  for the competition period as athletes come in from the camp at intermittent intervals based on their competition programme.St Mary’s again has a link as it was here that Patsy studied physical education, graduated and headed back to a brand new job in Glenties before returning for a further study year and another new challenge the then new Regional College which was to evolve to LYIT as we now know it.The Olympic athletics programme begins August 3rd while the team will travel from their training base to join in the opening ceremony Friday next before returning to Twickenham.The added bonus for Patsy on this Games’ experience is that three Donegal athletes are on the athletics team, Brendan Boyce, Caitriona Jennings and Tori Pena. With Strabane man Stephen Maguire on the coaching staff plus the large number of local people travelling to take advantage of a ‘Home Games’ Patsy is encouraged by the many goodwill messages from the immediate community and will do occassional personal reports during his busy sojourn in charge of Ireland’s elite at the greatest sports festival on earth.No doubt there will be thoughts of his father, 1948 and all the years he has given to athletics at Finn Valley, in Co Donegal and to Ireland.It’s going to be special. And our wishes go with him and his team, especially Brendan, Tori and Caitriona.Let the Games begin! LET THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEGIN: PATSY McGONAGLE FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER was last modified: July 22nd, 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:LET THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEGIN: PATSY McGONAGLE FOLLOWS IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHERlast_img read more


first_imgThe road between Ballybofey and Donegal Town has re-opened after today’s fatal crash, Gardai say. ROAD RE-OPENS AFTER FATAL CRASH was last modified: May 7th, 2014 by John2Share 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)last_img read more