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Australia/China book Rio 2016 spots as silver medallists

first_imgBoth sides cannot be ousted from the top two of the round robin – with just two Olympic spaces available – but their success means that hosts and London 2012 silver medallists Japan have made a shock exit and will not be in the Brazilian city in August.Australia made it four wins out of four in the six team tournament as they struck late on to beat North Korea 2-1 at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, which is hosting all the matches.Michelle Heyman put the Australians in front in the first half before Kim Su Gyong wiped out the advantage 12 minutes from time.A draw looked on the cards but Katrina Gorry struck in the 83rd minute to settle it for Australia, who will play in a first Olympics since Athens 2004.China made it three wins and a draw as Wang Shanshan’s strike saw them beat South Korea 1-0.With Australia on 12 points and the Chinese on 10, neither can be caught as third placed North Korea have just five with one round of games remaining.It means that Japan, also the World Cup runners-up, will miss Rio and that their 6-1 win over Vietnam counted for nothing.Mana Iwabuchi, Shinobu Ohno, Nahomi Kawasumi, Emi Nakajima, Kumi Yokoyama and Yuki Ogimi scored for the hosts with Huynh Nhu registering a penalty for the Vietnamese.China and Australia will meet each other in the final round robin fixtures on March 9, with South Korea playing Vietnam and Japan meeting North Korea.The Japanese team’s 2-1 defeat in their opener to Australia, and a later defeat by the same scoreline to China, proved to be key.AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who was last month beaten in the FIFA Presidential election by Gianni Infantino, said: “I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to Australia and China for their outstanding performances throughout the tournament.”Representing Asia is an honour and I am confident that both Australia and China will do Asia proud.”last_img read more


Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher claims the strategy adopted by the Government to deal with the spiralling costs of insurance, has completely failed to deliver any tangible results. A private members’ motion calling for urgent action to tackle rising business insurance, car insurances and house insurance costs will be debated in the Dáil today the 21st of March.Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD said the premium increases being faced by many individuals and businesses are not sustainable and has called on the government to step up its efforts to introduce vital reforms that will help consumers. Pat the Cope added there has rightly been a keen political and media focus on the major difficulties faced by motor insurance consumers in recent years but much less of an emphasis on the rising insurance costs faced by businesses.Charities, community groups and sports clubs are all being affected by escalating costs, he added.Pat the Cope stated while the CSO does not publish data on the cost of insurance for businesses, we know from representative bodies and from individual employers that the cost of Employer and Public Liability insurance has increased dramatically for many in recent times.“This is particularly true for businesses that have a significant public footfall including those in the retail and hospitality sectors. In addition to premium hikes, other policy changes have been made to the detriment of businesses including increases in excess levels and the increasing prevalence of policy exclusions. “Businesses consistently bring up the issue of the claims environment as a key issue driving premium increases. This Government has consistently failed to tackle the growing crises there is in this country regarding insurance costs, be that at individual level with cars or houses now we have the contagion of increased insurance costs into the business sector.“The government needs to reboot its Working Group on the Cost of Insurance and focus on what can be done in the short term in addition to longer term objectives. The reality is that many businesses cannot afford to wait until 2019 or 2020 for reforms to be introduced. They need action on this issue now and we will be calling for this in today’s Dáil debate,” concluded Pat the Cope.Urgent action needed to tackle business insurance costs – Cope was last modified: March 21st, 2018 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:BusinessdonegalinsurancePat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more


SOCCER: ULSTER SCHOOLS INTERPROVINCIALS FACE LEINSTER TODAY

first_imgSOCCER: The Ulster schools interprovincial squad travel to Dublin today tin a tournament which will see them take on Leinster, Munster and Connacht.The Ulster squad will be going into the tournament as strong contenders to win the competition. The squad is made up of a 16 man squad. 14 of the squad are from Derry City and Finn Harps.While the other come from Letterkenny Rovers and Cavan/Monaghan respectively.BJ Banda will be a key figure for the squad, he is in flying form who scored at the weekend against Dundalk – and recently made his debut for the Finn Harps senior squad.The team will be managed by Paul Browne, who will be hoping he can bring the squad to victory. The Ulster squad play Leinster today at AUL at 4pm.The full squad is named below:Jason McCallion-Derry City-Moville Sean Friel-Letterkenny Rovers-Deele CollegeCiaran Kelly-Finn Harps-St Eunans Sam Todd-Derry City-Carn CSJason McGee-Finn Harps-Falcarragh PCCLee McColgan-Derry City-Falcarragh PCCLuke Nelis-Finn Harps-St EunansAdrian Delap-Derry City-Loreto MilfordGareth Doherty-Finn Harps-St Columbas College StrnaorlarConnor Gormley-Derry City-Loreto Milford BJ Banda-Finn Harps-Royal and PriorCathal Farren-Derry City-Carn csSean McBride-Derry City-St Columbas College StranorlarStephen Corrigan–Monaghan-St MccartansEoin Slevin–Finn Harps-Abbey VS Donegal TownShane Blaney-Finn Harps-St EunansSOCCER: ULSTER SCHOOLS INTERPROVINCIALS FACE LEINSTER TODAY was last modified: October 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:soccerSportUlsterlast_img read more