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Uruguayan Football Federation Lays off 400, Including Tabarez

first_imgThe Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) announced that almost all of its staff, including coach Oscar Tabarez, have been laid off due to the coronavirus pandemic that has frozen sport worldwide “The executive committee informs that, due to the current health crisis which has brought to a halt all its activities, it is obliged to take a series of tough decisions in order to protect the future functioning of the institution,” the AUF said in a statement on Friday.The main measure was to “send all its staff to collect unemployment insurance” including Tabarez, 73, who has been the coach of the Uruguayan national team since 2006, leading them to a World Cup semi] final and a Copa America title.As well as fulltime staff, the AUF said it is also suspending “all outside contracts in all categories” and was maintaining only “essential” services for the “basic needs of the institution.” According to Uruguayan media, this decision affects nearly 400 people. “In a short time, the ball will start rolling again,” the communique concluded.Uruguayan football, like all public events, was suspended on March 13 “until further notice,” the day the first four cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the country. According to the latest figures announced on Friday, 274 people tested positive in Uruguay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Santa Anita track to remain open after 3 more horses die

first_imgThe first sustained a fractured pelvis during a race on Saturday and later had to be euthanized, while the second collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack during a turf race on Sunday.After the first death of the weekend took place Saturday, the California Horse Racing Board said in a statement that it “recommended to Santa Anita management that they suspend racing for the seven remaining race days but that they allow horses to continue to train during that period.” Related News Several factors have been mentioned as possible reasons for the fatalities, including a higher than normal amount of rainfall in the region after many years of drought. Santa Anita is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 1-2, though the Breeders’ Cup board is scheduled to meet in Lexington, Kentucky, this month to determine if the event should be moved.If it were to be relocated, Churchill Downs is a potential destination. Yet “Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race,” the board said.Santa Anita had closed for racing for three weeks in March after the deaths of the first 22 horses. Two days after racing resumed, a 23rd horse died March 31.The deaths also prompted investigations by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the California Horse Racing Board.After six weeks without a death, six fatalities have occurred since May 17. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standingscenter_img RBC Canadian Open: Rory McIlroy cruises to win after shooting phenomenal 9-under 61 Santa Anita Park will stay open despite the number of horse deaths at the track hitting 29 in seven months this weekend.An unraced colt died Thursday after suffering a fractured shoulder while galloping during a training session, followed by two more horses that died Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Why Sydneysiders should support the Roosters

first_imgThe finals series started with such promise for the harbour city with five teams finishing inside the Telstra Premiership top eight, but two weeks later that number has dwindled down to one with the Bondi boys Sydney’s last hope. Week One of the finals saw the pride of the Northern beaches and the Shire bow out while Sydney’s golden West was left reeling when the Eels and Panthers were eliminated by their Queensland foes. You’d think Sydney would rally around the Roosters this weekend – especially when you consider the three remaining teams are from interstate – but that doesn’t appear to be the case. There has long been a stigma surrounding those from the Eastern suburbs that their affluence and elitism makes them better than the rest, but surely Sydneysiders can let bygones be bygones for the greater good of their state. This is a match that deserves a full house at Allianz Stadium, and just to show you how nice the area is, fans should make a day of it and experience all the east has to offer before heading to Moore Park. Come to Double Bay and enjoy a magical brunch at Indigo before you sneak off to Redleaf pool to enjoy one of Sydney’s hidden gems.Head on over to Watsons Bay for their world-famous fish and chips and mesmerising views while you sip on champagne at their waterside venues. Or if you have a bit more time, hop on the 333 bus – or pay plenty for parking – and enjoy Bondi in all its glory. Dine at Icebergs and watch your Instagram likes soar, chill at the Bucket List with your mates for a beer or two or simply enjoy a stroll on the beach to work on your summer tan. As tempting as that all sounds, Roosters players know it’s a hard sell for rival fans to jump on the bandwagon considering their recent success. “I just hope they get on board with us. As much as they might not like us during the regular season, they’ve just got to back us as the last NSW side,” Roosters winger Daniel Tupou – who lives in Auburn in Sydney’s west – told NRL.com. “There is a bit of pressure as the last Sydney side, but as a team we love that pressure and we won’t let it affect us. We’ll embrace the challenge and do our best for New South Wales. “There’s a bit of a State of Origin feel given the calibre of players and what’s at stake so hopefully that’s enough for the rest of Sydney to get behind us.”Roosters co-captain Jake Friend would love Sydney to get behind his team and told NRL.com a packed house would turn a classic encounter into a night fans will never forget. “We’re the last Sydney team so you’d hope that other fans from other teams would come and support us,” he said. “The main thing is that we get a big crowd here at Allianz. I’m sure all the Roosters supporters and members will be out here in force, and given it’s finals footy, you’d like to think that there’d be a big crowd to support the game. “As a player you want as many people as you can get here, and given what’s at stake, hopefully we’ll see a big crowd that can generate an amazing atmosphere because that’s what we all love to play off. “There’s so much external sort of stuff that people talk about that can get you side-tracked, but for us, I think we’ve just been focussing on what we need to worry about. We know that all that external stuff is there, but if you watch our training then you’ll know that it doesn’t bother us.”last_img read more

COUNCILLOR PLEADS TO COUNCIL NOT TO ALLOW RECYCLE BINS TO OVERFLOW

first_imgDonegal County Councillor Micheal Mac Giolla Easbuig is pleading with the council not to allow recycling banks to overflow at Christmas.The Independent councillor said the banks are often allowed to build up and look unsightly over the festive season.“I have been in contact with Donegal county council in relation to our recycling banks and how at Christmas and New Year they are not emptied often enough. That leads to the surrounding areas at some of the centres ending up very untidy.“I have been told that there has been an extra lorry put in place this year to deal with the problem and that the staff of Donegal county council will be at hand over the holiday period to maintain the centres as well. “We as a community also have a responsibility to make sure that we don’t throw our empty boxes or other rubbish at the centre points. Also we must acknowledge the great work that is being done by volunteers and workers throughout our community to keep the centres clean and tidy all year long.”COUNCILLOR PLEADS TO COUNCIL NOT TO ALLOW RECYCLE BINS TO OVERFLOW was last modified: December 22nd, 2015 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:councildonegalrecycling bankslast_img read more