LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Continental clash: Japan face Hong Kong in the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Qualifier It is time more teams were allowed entry to the showpiece event, the Women’s Rugby World Cup writes Rachel King. This first appeared in the March 2017 issue of Rugby World. To check out the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.Big sporting competitions are, by their very nature, designed to inspire. For less established teams, playing in the World Cup is as much about opportunity as it is about winning. Hong Kong will compete for the first time this year and the exposure is likely to have a massive impact, even if they do get battered. It’s exactly the kind of progress World Rugby are supposed to lead. COUNTING DOWN to the eighth Women’s Rugby World Cup, many are looking at the line-up and thinking, again, how depressingly short it is. With only 12 teams in three groups, the tournament is a whole eight teams smaller than the male equivalent.It’s a worry that the inclusion of more nations would lead to big mismatches, with top sides like England and New Zealand crushing less developed opposition. But even last time New Zealand crushed Kazakhstan 79-5 and in 2010 England beat the Kazakhs 82-0.It’s also not as if large defeats in a World Cup are unique to the women’s game. In 1995, Japan’s men lost 145-17 to New Zealand. After that, they didn’t win a match at a World Cup for two decades. But as South Africa learnt in 2015 you should never write off an underdog.Spectators love these Cinderella stories. Japan’s performance in 2015 was probably talked about more than New Zealand’s eventual win, despite the fact they missed out on the knockout stages. Another concern is the cost of hosting extra teams. It may not be pulling in the big bucks just yet but ventures like Wiggle Honda and the Boat Race prove that when it comes to women’s sport, if you build it they will come, and they’ll pay. Expanding the tournament might not be the most profitable choice but like most women’s sports, rugby is stuck witha painfully repetitive catch-22: organisations won’t fund it because it doesn’t make money but it can’t make money without funding.A big part World Rugby’s vision is to reach out and to grow the game. They moved the Women’s World Cup so it didn’t clash with major events. It’s time to revamp the structure.
Print TAGSfeaturedShannon Company PLC. Oireachtas Public AccountsShannon Development Email Linkedin Previous articleWillie sees no messiah in the mirrorNext articleKathleen’s anniversary marked by touching poetic tribute Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Advertisement Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended NewsBreaking newsPlans for 200 empty factoriesBy Bernie English – October 16, 2014 614 WhatsApp Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet First Irish death from Coronavirus Shannon Airport chief executive Neil Pakey.Shannon Airport chief executive Neil Pakey.A MULTI-million euro action plan is being drawn up to refurbish more than 200 abandoned factories that have passed into the ownership of the newly constituted Shannon Group.The industrial units which were owned by the former Shannon Development agency are now the subject of a five-year strategy to deal with its huge portfolio of 52 industrial estates made up of 400 properties, more than half of which are empty.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The news that plans are at an advanced stage was broken to the Dáil Committee on Public Accounts which also learned that 33 employees of the company collected €3,439,000 between them on early retirement.Shannon Group chief executive, Neil Pakey, told the committee that the retirement packages were funded by state grants and would in just over a year’s time pay for themselves by saving €2.7 million in salary costs.Managing director of commercial properties, Ray O’Driscoll, said that up to 57 per cent of properties or around 230 buildings and lands were vacant, many of which will need demolishing or upgrading.The accounts show that Shannon Development had a deficit of €1.6 million in its final year and its tourism business brought in the most revenue at €11.2 million.The company overseeing the redevelopment of the Shannon region has said over half of its properties remain empty and that many need to be demolished or upgraded.Mr Pakey told the committee that “clearly, there are good investment opportunities out there. It is a matter of identifying the right opportunities and stimulating the market.“The biggest challenges are probably related to growth and investment and having a business model that is fit for purpose”, he said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter read more
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Unique in its diversity, up to 12 classes are planned for the 2017 Top of the Gulf Regatta with participants from six years to 70+ years competing and sailors from novice to professional, with World Champions and past and future Olympians also taking part. Joining the international crews are the Thai National SEA Games Team who will be competing against other national teams in their final international event prior to the SEA Games in August, in Kuala Lumpur.Young sailors and regatta organizers pose for a photo during a press conference in Bangkok to promote this year’s event.“2017 will be a milestone year for Top of the Gulf Regatta as we will welcome our 3,000th entry. Having started from humble beginnings in 2005 and marketed the event to yachting communities in Europe, Australia and Asia every year, our aim has always been to provide an international quality sailing event for a diverse fleet of boats. Two awards in recent years is recognition of our efforts and as we enter our 13th year we are set to welcome a large fleet of more than 250 boats, including some of the region’s best keelboat and multihull sailors,” said William Gasson, Co-Chairman, Top of the Gulf Regatta Organising Committee.For more information on this year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta, visit website: www.topofthegulfregatta.com.(Source: Infinity Communications) More than 250 boats and 700 sailors and friends representing 25 nationalities, will congregate in Pattaya from 4–8 May to take part in what has become the largest multi-class regatta of its kind in Asia – the Top of the Gulf Regatta Presented by Ocean Marina.Supported by the Sports Authority of Thailand, Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, Pattaya City, Royal Varuna Yacht Club and the Royal Thai Navy, Top of the Gulf Regatta is set to welcome it’s 3,000th entrant this year and is the penultimate event in the 2016/17 Asian Yachting Grand Prix championship.Racing Platus will battle for honours in the Coronation Cup at the 2017 Top of the Gulf Regatta.Following changes to Customs Department rulings in Pattaya last year, the number of visiting international yachts to the region is set to increase this year, and in response Ocean Marina is to increase capacity to 450 boats, boding well for future regatta growth.Having received international acclaim in 2016 and 2014, the multi award-winning regatta is an international showcase for sailing and the Gulf of Thailand. Famous for its warm weather sailing and good winds, Top of the Gulf Regatta has a well earned reputation for world-class sailing and race management, and a relaxed and convivial après-regatta scene. read more
PSC golf from The Golf ClubMonday, June 9, Green Valley (white tees) – Stableford1st Muffy Kerr (12) 40pts2nd Anders Pedersen (10) 38ptsT3rd Andy Makara (24) 37pts T3rd Neil Cameron (12) 37ptsA perfect day for golf greeted us today as we all turned up at the desk right on time for another round at our home course, Rayong Green Valley. The course was in absolutely beautiful condition even though we were not playing absolutely beautiful golf, oh well!Muffy Kerr .With a bit of water about and the chance of rain over our heads, Cap’t. Phil decided that ‘lift, clean and place’ would be the order of the day and it turned out to be the right call for there were some mucky lies out there. Remember, we are here to have some fun!There was a bit of side action with a Scotland v. Rest of the World match as Phil and myself were thoroughly smashed by Mark Wood and Neil Cameron, but nice to see some great shots played by the Blue & Whites.The day turned out to belong to Muffy Kerr, playing with his sons Jason and Ty. The Loudmouth Lads tore up the course and Big Daddy rose to the top with a sweet 40 at the end of it all.Wednesday, June 11, Burapha A & B (white tees) – StablefordT1st David Ferris (25) 32ptsT1st Serge Straeten (18) 32pts2nd Phil Smedley (9) 29ptsWe don’t get out to Burapha as much as we should, but this is one of Pattaya’s quality golf destinations. Khun Mike has done a great job developing and promoting this complex, which is the host to many Asian Tour events.David Ferris.Our fearless Golf Captain, Mr. Phil Smedley, got up on the podium with just 29 points on his card, still good enough for a third place spot. The man with a 25 handicap, Dave Ferris, ended with a first place finish and a big tuna salad, to tie with our mon ami Serge Straeten, each with 32 Stableford points. Well played Dave, we knew you could do it!Thank you again to all who joined us this week and for your support of TGC.Note: The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro. Just call 085 434 3377 or see our website www.golfclubpattaya .com and for more information mail us: pattaya4golf @gmail.com and see updates at www.facebook.com/golfclubpattaya… all handicaps welcome!News Flash! The new shirts are finally in. Loads of sizes and some new colours (even green!) so stop by and get your wardrobe back up to scratch for the summer heat. read more
Samut Songkhram7124-55 Wuachon United7331212 Pattaya should have gone further ahead as they spurned several good goal-scoring opportunities either side of the break, however, they looked to have sealed all three points when Paul Ekollo stole in behind the Esan defence in the 76th minute to guide the ball past the stranded keeper.It seemed that all Pattaya had to do was maintain possession of the ball to run down the clock, however former Dolphin star Chanabut had other ideas and with 10 minutes to go he pulled a goal back for the visitors after capitalizing on a dreadful fumble by Narit in the Pattaya goal.Worse was to follow for the home team when their two goal lead was wiped out completely in the dying minutes of the game by Esan’s Jiewkuntod, who directed a near post cross into the Pattaya goal with a smart glancing header.There was still time for some more drama at the end of the game after the referee adjudged an Esan defender to have impeded Ekollo in the box deep into injury time and pointed to the penalty spot. Ittipol Poolsap ran up to strike a clean shot towards the corner of the net but Munze in the Esan goal flung himself spectacularly to his right to pull off a dramatic save. The referee’s final whistle sounded immediately after to bring an exciting game to an end.With Buriram United having no match last weekend, Muang Thong United took advantage to leapfrog them at the top of the standings with a 2-0 win over BBCU. Chonburi FC consolidated their bright start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Osotspa.Pattaya United’s next fixture is an away match against BBCU in Bangkok on Saturday, May 5. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.Thai Premier League Standings April 29 TeamPWDLGDPts Chainat614107 Buriram United54101013 BEC Tero Sasana6402312 Thai Premier League Season 2012Ex-Pattaya United forward Tana Chanabut led a stirring fight-back by his Esan United (formerly Sisaket FC) team against his old employers last Sunday night at the Nongprue Stadium to earn the struggling northeastern outfit a valuable point from a game they seemed destined to lose. Pattaya stormed out of the blocks from the opening whistle and Dolphin fans weren’t kept waiting long for the first goal when skipper Niweat Siriwong blasted in a free kick from 25 yards out that sailed past the Esan keeper and into the net. Thai Port7214-87 Muang Thong United7430815 Osotspa7304-29 Pattaya United7232-29 Chiangrai United7133-56 Army United7232-19 Bangkok Glass7340713 Esan United7124-65 BBCU7133-56 Chonburi63301012 TTM Chiangmai6042-24 TOT7124-35 Police United7313-110 Results: (Sat 28/04/12) Samut Songkhram 1 v 2 Thai Port; TTM Chiangmai 0 v 0 Bangkok Glass; Chiangrai United 1 v 1 Chainat; (Sun 29/04/12) Pattaya United 2 v 2 Esan United; Wuachon United 2 v 0 Army United; TOT 1 v 2 Police United; Muang Thong United 2 v 0 BBCU; Chonburi 3 v 1 Osotspa. read more