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KRU considering pulling Shujaa, Simbas out of international assignments

first_imgHowever, KRU swiftly responded to the allegations revealing that it had only received Sh31 million out of a budget of Sh124 million that they presented to and accepted by the Ministry of Sport after their main partner SportPesa pulled out.The Kenya Sevens team has been appointed the Brand Kenya ambassadors in aim of promoting Kenya over the next eight months in their world wide tour.“Following a meeting with the Ministry of Sports on January 10, it presented a budget of Ksh124m two days later. (January 12). A second meeting with the Ministry took place on January 15 before the KRU received a payment of Ksh 31mn in early February. This amount has been used to support our national squads in various assignments and we thank the Government for this,” a statement from KRU read.“Several meetings between the Ministry and KRU have since taken place, the latest one on May 29 where assurances that part payment of the balance would be made to the KRU by June 5. No further payment has been received to date despite assurances to the contrary,” the statement added.“Operations of the KRU have ground to a halt at a time when our two national squads, Simba and Shujaa are preparing for critical assignments in the coming days. In the absence of Government support, KRU is considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments.”The Kenya Simbas in a past match. Photo/KRUALSO READ: Echesa speaks over Kenya 7s pay disputeThe Kenya 15s team are set to begin their Rugby World Cup qualification process with a match away to Morocco on June 23 and will have four other fixtures and training programs between now and August.On their part, Shujaa are preparing for the Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in San Francisco in July.“In light of the fiasco in Paris this past weekend, the KRU will take action to make sure that this does not happen again,” KRU lamented.All this erupted on Saturday during the opening Day of the final leg of the 2017/18 HSBC Sevens World Series in Paris where Kenya Sevens players protested their lack of payments by not wearing the jersey bearing the front shirt sponsors Brand Kenya under the logo ‘ Make It Kenya’.Claims are that the players were demanding Sh100,000 each for the photo shoot they conducted during the launch of the new sponsors.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya Rugby Union boss Richard Omwela. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, June 12 – Just hours after the Ministry of Sports said it had fully funded the Kenya Sevens team, Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) has denied the claims and stated that they are considering pulling all its representative squads out of international assignments if the Government does not come out to support them.On Tuesday afternoon, the Cabinet Secretary for Sports Rashid Echesa speaking in Nyeri, stated that he had summoned the KRU officials to explain why the Kenya Sevens team did not don the jersey bearing the sponsors’ ‘Make It Kenya’ logo despite claiming the ministry had remitted money to the federation.last_img read more

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‘Step Up’ breaks from the routine with terrific dancing

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEP UP (PG-13: violence, language) Starring: Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Mario, Drew Sidora, Rachel Griffiths. Director: Anne Fletcher. Running time: 1 hr. 38 min. Playing: In wide release. In a nutshell: Terrific dancing makes this same-old-steps romance between a break-dancing street guy and wealthy ballerina worth watching. So much better than most street-meets-studio dance romances. Yet so much like all the others. That’s “Step Up” for you. Go for the impressive moves. Tolerate the mediocre story.. Directed by the gifted choreographer Anne Fletcher (“Bring It On”) and starring two charismatic young actors, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, with dance talent to burn, “Step Up” is always a pleasure to watch. Fletcher insisted that all the castmembers do their own dancing, and the marked difference this makes from similar films such as “Take the Lead” and “Save the Last Dance” is striking.. Though well-edited, “Step’s” production numbers do full justice to their rousing and quite difficult routines. No cutaways to faceless doubles here, just the beauty and high-flowing energy of fine movement.. Tatum, last seen wasting time with Amanda Bynes in “She’s the Man,” and Dewan, a veteran of “Take the Lead” and numerous music videos, also give more to the dramatic moments than they deserve. Tatum’s Tyler is a troubled Baltimore foster kid who, when he’s not proving he’s the hottest white breakdancer in the ‘hood, steals cars and worse with his ghetto buddies. Dewan’s Nora is about to graduate from the Maryland School of the Arts, but her all-important Senior Showcase presentation is in jeopardy when her ballet partner sprains his ankle.. As luck would have it, Tyler gets busted for vandalizing the school and is sentenced to perform community service there. While pushing his janitor’s mop, he observes Nora’s auditions of inadequate new partners. Tyler volunteers to step in, and although he has no formal training, he’s sure got the strength and the rhythm Nora needs. But can the shiftless lad, whom we’re constantly told has never finished anything he’s started, stick out the rigorous rehearsal regimen?. Parents should be warned: Kissing ensues! There’s more dire news for those who are offended by rote storytelling. Girl has a selfish boyfriend and guy’s cronies think he’s rejecting them, providing papier-m?ch? obstacles to Nora and Tyler’s inevitable hookup.. Secondary characters, played by artist Mario and Drew Sidora, have their own romantic mini-drama. When Tyler can’t decide what to do, a convenient sense-shaking tragedy is served up on cue.. The script, which was written by “Last Dance’s” Duane Adler and “The O.C.’s” Melissa Rosenberg, does sidestep one irritating genre cliche, though. These movies usually take the pandering, fake-populist position that hip hop is a superior dance form to the more disciplined classical or ballroom varieties. Perhaps because director Fletcher knows better, formal and freestyle both get the respect they deserve in this show. That, too, is a nice step up from the norm. Bob Strauss, (818) 713-3670 bob.strauss@dailynews.comlast_img read more

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Former Ventura County deputy gets prison time in tax case

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former Ventura County deputy sheriff has been sentenced to 41 months in prison for violating federal laws, including seven counts of filing false income tax returns between 1994 and 2000, officials said this morning. Patrick J. Dain, 49, of Camarillo, was sentenced Monday afternoon in United States District Court, federal officials said. Dain was also convicted of obstructing the administration of Internal Revenue Service laws and impeding IRS officers in the performance of their duties, authorities said. An IRS spokesman said Dain threatened an IRS officer, said he didn’t want the agent’s “family hurt” and threatened to arrest the agent if the agent went to his house. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.last_img read more

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Council OKs paying to defend Prop. R

first_imgThe City Council approved paying at least $26,000 to an outside law firm to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the term limits/ethics reform measure on the Nov. 7 ballot. The decision Tuesday angered some residents who complained that the City Council used taxpayer dollars to defend a measure that was fast-tracked through the process with inadequate community input or review by the Ethics Commission. “I just think this process was very flawed. Some of us do support term limits (extensions), but we can’t in good conscience support this,” activist Monica Harmon told the City Council. Council members have argued that voters should have a chance to consider Proposition R, which would allow City Council members to serve a third four-year term and enact a number of campaign finance and lobbyist disclosure requirements. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw has expertise in election law. Former Assembly speaker and mayoral candidate Robert Hertzberg is a partner with the firm, although he’s not working on the case. In July, Hertzberg was the featured speaker on term limits, redistricting and ethics reform at a Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Pancakes and Politics roundtable. The chamber and the League of Women Voters proposed Proposition R and have filed legal documents in support of the limits/ethics reform package. Proposition R has been challenged by groups that argue that it violates the state constitution by combining more than one issue in a ballot measure. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge agreed that Prop. R was illegal and took it off the ballot. An appellate court put Prop. R back on the ballot. The appeals court has set an Oct. 3 hearing to consider whether the measure is legal. Whatever the verdict, both sides are expected to appeal the case to the California Supreme Court, which would likely raise the cost of outside counsel. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe council voted 9-2 to hire Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP to represent the city. Officials said outside counsel was needed because City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s office needed help and expertise quickly. Councilmen Jack Weiss and Bill Rosendahl opposed the contract, and council members Tom LaBonge, Jan Perry, Ed Reyes and Greig Smith were absent. Weiss said he didn’t see the need to seek outside help on the case. “I am completely confident that the Los Angeles city attorney is capable of going to court and arguing city law and California law,” he said. The $26,000 is the first installment of the legal bill. Delgadillo’s office plans to seek more money to cover the cost of the court challenge. last_img read more

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Dejan Lovren a doubt for Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

first_img ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 2 MONEY “That’s never a good sign, I would say, but we will try everything to make Dejan available for Munich. It will be a tight race.“For him, it makes sense in the moment to be in another place to do what he has to do. It wouldn’t have helped if he was here, so we will try everything – that’s clear.”Gomez has recently had surgery on a fractured leg and is expected to be out for four to seven weeks.It leaves Liverpool a bit stretched with defensive options for the Bayern game as Virgil van Dijk is suspended for the first leg, making Joel Matip the only out-and-out centre-back available. RANKED Liverpool have travelled to Spain for the training camp as they have no matches until the Champions League clash.The next round of the FA Cup is being played this weekend and the Reds were knocked out in the previous round by Wolves. no dice Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF REVEALED The Liverpool squad have gone to Marbella for a training camp but Lovren has not travelled so he can continue his rehabilitation.Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “Dejan is not here and Joe [Gomez] is not here. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Dejan Lovren is a doubt for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.The Reds face the German club at Anfield on Tuesday, February 19 in the last-16 of the competition.And after picking up a hamstring injury against Wolves on January 7 and Lovren has yet to fully recover.center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 2 Dejan Lovren has a hamstring injury Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the match with Bayern Munich Getty Images Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more