​An Post, Ontario Teachers finalise €400m deal for Irish lottery

first_imgThe An Post Superannuation Scheme, one of Ireland’s largest, has finalised a deal that will see it team up with a Canadian pension fund to run the country’s national lottery.A consortium, also consisting of the CAD130bn (€80.6bn) Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and An Post itself, was first named as the preferred applicant for the 20-year licence last October, with the Irish government initially hoping the €405m agreement would be signed by the end of the year.The minister for public expenditure and reform, Brendan Howlin, said he was “very pleased” with the outcome of the tender, which brought together “valuable domestic experience” and the international expertise of OTPP.Howlin, a Labour TD, added: “Premier Lotteries will grow the business in a responsible manner, and we can look forward to a greater annual revenue stream for Good Causes.” An Post previously oversaw the operation of the Irish National Lottery, while OTPP acquired the operator behind Britain’s national lottery provider, Camelot Group, in 2010.The consortium, joint owners of the lottery’s new management company Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), said it expected to pay the first half of the €405m licence fee to the government in the coming days.Details of the exact ownership structure of the company are unclear, with a statement by OTPP only noting that An Post and its underfunded pension funds held minority stakes.The government confirmed the second tranche of the licence fee would be due for payment before the end of the current calendar year.Lee Sienna, vice-president of long-term equities at OTPP and chairman of PLI, said he would be working with his Irish partners to grow sales.He added: “The Irish licence is a significant milestone in our strategy of building a leadership position in the international lottery sector.”Dermot Griffin, the chief executive designate for Premier Lotteries, meanwhile emphasised that a growth in sales would allow an increase in funding for charitable causes, as 65% of gross revenue is earmarked for such purposes.last_img read more

Auckland University Students’ Association anti-abortion referendum ‘unconstitutional’

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 October 2017Family First Comment: Not only unconstitutional but also desperate, flawed, and dangerous! Universities should promote free speech, not muzzle it.Poor wording has forced a university students’ union to pull a U-turn on its stance towards an anti-abortion club.A provisional decision to disaffiliate ProLife Auckland from the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) will not proceed after legal advice found the move to be “unconstitutional and void”.In August, an online referendum was held asking the question: “Should AUSA disaffiliate the ProLife Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the future?”However, legal advice presented to AUSA found the referendum question could be considered biased or leading, as it was asking two questions under the umbrella of one question.About 2700 association members participated in the referendum, with about 1600 students voting in favour of disaffiliation.AUSA affiliation was largely a symbolic acknowledgement from the student community that it wishes to be associated with a particular organisation.If the motion were to pass, ProLife Auckland would still be eligible to access university space and distribute information on campus, set up a club stall during orientation week, and receive funding.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/97596166/auckland-university-students-association-antiabortion-referendum-unconstitutionalKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Duterte wants Robredo to see realities of ‘drug war’

first_imgDuterte made true to his declaration of appointing Robredo as part of the administration’s anti-drugs committee following the latter’s comment that the war on drugs is obviously failing. “With the Vice President at the helm ofthe anti-narcotics campaign, President Duterte expects that the former wouldsee the realities on the ground, particularly with respect to the government’sposition against extrajudicial or state-sponsored killings, and understand thatdeaths occur due to the violent reactions on the part of agents of the illegaldrug trade against the strict enforcement of the law,” Panelo said in astatement. Presidential Spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said on Thursday that President Duterte wanted Robredo to personally seethe realities of the administration’s anti-drug campaign. Created through Executive Order 15issued in March 2017, the ICAD was mandated to ensure the effective conduct ofanti-illegal drug operations and arrest of high-value drug personalities downto the street-level peddles and users and cleanse the bureaucracy ofunscrupulous personnel involved in illegal drug activities, among otherfunctions./PN Last month, Robredo had called on Duterte to allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs which she said was “obviously, not working,” prompting Malacanang’s challenge for her to lead the drug war.center_img After days of dilly dallying, Robredo on Wednesday finally accepted the offer to lead the ICAD’s along with Philippine Drugs Enforcement Agency chair Aaron Aquino. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte welcomedthe acceptance of Vice President Leni Robredo of her new role as the co-chairpersonof the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD). She later clarified that she meant to urge administration leaders to “step back and assess” the narcotics crackdown.last_img read more

ORVC Weekly Report (December 12-17)

first_imgORVC Weekly Report (December 12-17)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball:  Lucy Carrigan – Rising Sun.Boys Basketball:  Conner Hubbard – Jac-Cen-Delorvc-report-december-12-17Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.last_img

July 25, 2018 Police Blotter

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Djokovic, Federer progress to Shanghai quarters

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ World number one Novak Djokovic produced a majestic display in a 7-5 6-3 victory over American John Isner on Thursday to extend his winning streak in Asia and reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals.Djokovic, who arrived in Shanghai after winning the Japan Open in Tokyo over the weekend without losing a set, did not drop serve in the 75-minute encounter and clinically took both of his break-point opportunities against the big-serving American.Those breaks came in a commanding period where, at 5-5 in the opening set, the 16-times Grand Slam champion swung the momentum of the match his way by winning five games in a row.“It’s always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner,” Djokovic said of his 6-foot-10-inch opponent. “He’s got one of the biggest serves of all time. With that height, the serve is a huge weapon and huge advantage. “I managed to read his serve and find a good position on the return at the end of the first set and also (at the) beginning of the second… I thought it was one of the best serving matches I had lately.”Djokovic, the defending champion, will next play Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas who beat Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 7-6(5) in the only three-setter of the day.Twice champion Roger Federer was far from his best but did enough to overcome David Goffin 7-6(7) 6-4. Federer committed 40 unforced errors but saved five set points in the opening set.“I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today, I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the U.S. Open,” Federer said of his Belgian opponent who he beat in straight sets in last month’s Grand Slam.The Swiss second seed will be up against German fifth seed Alexander Zverev, who dispatched Andrey Rublev 6-0 7-6(4) in 84 minutes.Tags: Novak Djokoviclast_img read more

Everton snap up Besic

first_imgEverton have completed the signing of Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic after the Bosnia and Herzegovina international finalised a five-year contract. The 21-year-old travelled to Thailand with the Toffees for their pre-season match against Leicester at the weekend after an agreement was reached with the Hungarian side. Besic officially completed his move after the finer details of the paperwork were concluded. “Muhamed is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertontv. “He has been playing as a centre-half and as a defensive midfielder at an incredible level. “With Bosnia and Herzegovina in the World Cup he showed that he is a really mature footballer, that he covers the ground really well, that he is very dynamic and technically very gifted. “He is bringing us really good strength in an important part of the side.” Besic, who became his country’s youngest senior international with a debut aged 18, played three times at the World Cup, with one of those appearances coming against eventual finalists Argentina. Born in Germany, he began his professional career at Hamburg before transferring to Ferencvaros in two years ago. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

O’Neill Keane not to be distracted

first_img He said: “It’s only a distraction, that’s all it was. I made a statement earlier on today and there’s not really much more I can talk about. “But I think we are fine, I think the players are fine, I think the man in question is fine too and we are ready to go.” Quizzed further about his number two, O’Neill replied: “He’s okay – he’s actually here with us now, so if we could end the press conference right now it would be great because you will catch him.” The manager was briefly nonplussed when asked if the former Ireland captain had addressed the squad on the matter, and moved swiftly on. He said: “Why would he do that? No, no, he spoke to me. I don’t think Robbie as captain was particularly interested in hearing what had happened at that time – I don’t think so, anyway. “Listen, the incident is over at the moment and I think that’s it. You mentioned it being a distraction, and that’s really it.” If events in County Dublin had dominated the pre-match agenda outside the Republic camp, there is little danger of it doing so as the countdown to an eagerly-anticipated qualifier nears its conclusion. O’Neill was more concerned about the loss of central midfielders Glenn Whelan and one of the men fuelling the other major talking point this week, James McCarthy, to injury. Whelan was always an outsider after breaking a bone in his leg during the 1-1 draw in Germany last month, but there was better news about Glasgow-born McCarthy – who had been promised a hostile welcome – as scans confirmed no significant damage to his hamstring. O’Neill said: “James, I suppose, realistically was always an outside chance. He has improved immensely since Sunday – in fact, he went for another scan and the scan is actually quite clear, so that is really good news for the lad. “But really I suppose since it is a muscle injury, then it was a concern for us that he needed to probably do something today and see what sort of reaction he had.” Darron Gibson and Jeff Hendrick are seemingly the main candidates to plug the sizeable gap left in the heart of O’Neill’s team, although he has also handed a key role to Stephen Quinn in the recent past. But whichever 11 men eventually run out ahead of kick-off, they will be sent on their way by a manager determined to emerge with a positive result at a stadium where he did that more often than not during his five years as Celtic boss. O’Neill’s side claimed three league titles, three Scottish Cups and one League Cup, as well as reaching the UEFA Cup final, during his tenure to establish himself firmly in the affections of the locals. However, he is determine to send those same fans home this time wearing frowns rather than smiles. O’Neill said: “I must admit, it will be really strange to walk into the club and walk right to the away dressing room rather than left. “I said jokingly – and I think I actually mean this – I’m not even sure that I ever set foot in the away team dressing room, ever. It will be strange, I must admit. Just after this press conference, I fancy a little walk around.” The Irish arrived in Glasgow sitting joint top of the group alongside Poland, with both sides having claimed seven of the first points available to them, three ahead of both the Scots and world champions Germany. Victory at Celtic Park would provide a massive boost to their hopes of making it to France, while a draw would be more than useful, although O’Neill insists it is not a must-win game. He said: ” When we finish tomorrow night, we will have have played three pretty difficult away games and will still be in the hunt regardless, so what we do in the Aviva Stadium in 2015 will probably determine everything. “But of course, it’s still a very, very, very significant match tomorrow night.” Martin O’Neill is refusing to allow the latest episode in the Roy Keane saga to distract him from his mission to guide the Republic of Ireland to the finals of Euro 2016. The two men touched down in Glasgow ahead of Friday night’s showdown with Group D rivals Scotland at Celtic Park after a tumultuous 24 hours with the assistant manager at the centre of it. Questions on the alleged incident which prompted Keane to ask for Gardai to be called to the team hotel in Portmarnock were understandably to the fore as O’Neill and skipper Robbie Keane spoke to the press on Thursday evening, but the message from the manager was unequivocal. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race pushed back

first_img Associated Press FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate.A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows. The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected. Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___4:55 p.m. The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.” Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Latest: 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race pushed back The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30.___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June. ___12:36 p.m.Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said. 3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union. All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date.The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___ Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it.All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m. March 18, 2020 1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak.According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus. “Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3. The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14.The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.last_img read more