IORP deal thought to have eluded negotiators despite ‘good progress’

first_imgEuropean Union negotiators are thought to have failed to reach an agreement on the revised IORP Directive at a trialogue meeting that lasted until early morning today (16 June), but, according to the chair of the European Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON), they are “close to a deal”.Robert Gualtieri made the comment in a post on Twitter at around 3:30 CET this morning, adding that the negotiators had made “very good progress”. Brian Hayes, Irish MEP and IORP II rapporteur, had earlier turned to the social media platform to provide an update on the negotiations.  “IORP negotiations continuing late into the night,” he said. “Making progress but still a lot to be decided.”Although neither explicitly stated so, the negotiations – between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states – are understood to have failed to produce a final revised IORP Directive.IPE contacted Hayes for confirmation but did not hear back by the time of publication.IPE understands that a seventh trialogue meeting is due to take place before the Dutch presidency lapses at the end of June.Slovakia then assumes the presidency until the end of the year.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister and president of the Europgroup, had on Tuesday said he hoped last night’s meeting would be the last and that the negotiations were “close to successful closure”.Cross-border funding is likely to have been the main hurdle to reaching an agreement last night, according to a source, having been the most challenging item over the months previous.last_img read more

Manhyia Palace denies “Five-man board” appointment

first_imgManhyia Palace has debunked reports that Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has appointed a five member board of directors.The supposed board of directors comprised businessman Kennedy Agyapong popularly known as Kenpong, Dr Yaw Amoh Asare, a lecturer at the chemistry department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Lawyer Paul Adu Gyamfi, Alhaji Abu Lamine and Nana Boakye owner of Nana Boakye Herbal clinic.But chief of Staff at the Manhyia Palace Kofi Badu has told Joy sports no such appointments has been made by the club’s owner and life patron.“Is the Palace which is making the appointment and I can say on authority that no appointment has been made, we are now in the process of consultations,” Badu told Joy FM.“It is embarrassing because we are at the final stages of consultations with people and this announcement by the media has embarrassed everybody.“People are lobbying for the position but none of them has been told anything. “The King himself knows those that he wants to work with and so that is what we are working on and not those going around lobbying for the position.”last_img read more

NFL power rankings: Rams, Patriots, Chargers surge; Vikings, Panthers sink

first_imgDecember is the toughest month in the NFL. The best teams use it to pad their power for a playoff run. Those who are not worthy wilt with the weather and the late-season attrition.Only the strongest survive to advance into January, while others finish to build higher hopes for the rest of 2019. With four weeks left the season, this is how the power struggle for pre-Super Bowl supremacy looks. 6. Houston Texans 9-3 (last week: 7)The Texans keep adding to their winning streak and look more complete on offense, defense and special teams with each week. Don’t be surprised if they parlay that into a AFC playoff bye when it’s all done.7. Chicago Bears 8-4 (last week: 5)The Bears tried to win another one without Mitchell Trubisky, but the Giants didn’t let them, pulling out all the stops on offense. It’s easy to forget, even with that defense, Chicago is overachieving this season.8. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-4-1 (last week: 8)The Steelers could have made a statement at Heinz Field with the Patriots game just around the corner. Instead, how they blew the game and got whipped by the Chargers in the second half looks like same old, same old.9. Seattle Seahawks 7-5 (last week: 10)A lot of running, a lot timely defense from the front seven, a whole lot of Russell Wilson at the ideal time to finish off drives and opponents. No wonder the Seahawks are this good again; it’s a throwback to an old formula that keeps improving.10. Dallas Cowboys 7-5 (last week: 12)What they did to the Saints changed the narrative from heavy favorites in the NFC East to being able to actually make some noise in the playoffs. When Dak and the defense are both on, they are hard to beat. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureNFL power rankings1. Los Angeles Rams 11-1 (last week: 2)The Rams took care of the Chiefs and didn’t have too much rust against the Lions, taking advantage of the Saints losing in shocking indoor road fashion Thursday. Todd Gurley and the defense looked great after the break.2. New Orleans Saints 10-2 (last week: 1)What was that? The Saints’ offense completely lost its rhythm and flow in Dallas for the first time all season. They need to use a shot at Week 1 vengeance against the Bucs as a get-well soon game all-around.3. New England Patriots 9-3 (last week: 4)The Patriots went back to dominating at home with Tom Brady seeing things fully loaded around him for run and pass. But how about that defense coming through so big, too?4. Kansas City Chiefs 10-2 (last week: 3)Patrick Mahomes lit it up as expected against the Raiders, but the defense suddenly sprung more leaks against rivals on the road, and there was a little power and pop missing in the running game, causing this mild slide.5. Los Angeles Chargers 9-3 (last week: 6)The Chargers have to be taken seriously in their quest to potentially take down the Chiefs after their Week 1 loss to KC. Anthony Lynn and Philip Rivers form a coach-QB combination that should be getting a lot more attention. 16. Denver Broncos 6-6 (last week: 19)The Broncos are quietly hot with three consecutive victories to get to .500. With three winnable games before the Chargers game at home in Week 17, they might save Vance Joseph and then some, yet.17. Miami Dolphins 6-6 (last week: 22)The Dolphins keep finding ways to win ugly games at their own pace, with results often looking better than they should. Adam Gase needs a little more credit for his coaching to even have them in wild-card contention.18. Tennessee Titans 6-6 (last week: 16)The Titans still don’t have the prettiest QB play, but Marcus Mariota is showing off his familiar grit and fearlessness to make their offense a little more legitimate. They still are inconsistent on both sides, perfect for .500.19. Washington Redskins 6-6 (last week: 11)So much for the Redskins going into Monday night still looking good with many big-promise NFC teams starting to fall flat. A loss to the Eagles with Mark Sanchez pretty much means they’re done in the East.20. Green Bay Packers 4-7-1 (last week: 17)The Mike McCarthy era ended with a thud against the Cardinals at home. So many little things over a long period of time added up to his firing. Now it’s on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ players to break free and finish strong for Joe Philbin. You’ve got to hand it to Kyle Shanahan’s team; their spirit isn’t broken even with a third-string QB, third- and fourth-string wide receivers and now a fourth-string running back. The 49ers are the only team in the NFL that gets a complete free-pass this season.32. Oakland Raiders 2-10 (last week: 31)The Raiders are much healthier than the 49ers are in terms of actual NFL playing bodies. But they are either too old or too young at key positions, so it’s helpful they are all but guaranteed the No. 1 overall pick.center_img 26. Detroit Lions 4-8 (last week: 24)The Lions had their chances against the Rams, but their talent limitations were evident against LA. There might be some big chances in store around Matthew Stafford.27. Buffalo Bills 4-8 (last week: 25)Josh Allen is a carnival ride you can’t miss, even if it leaves you confused with your head-spinning. He has proved to be a gifted runner; just wait until he can be developed as a passer.28. Jacksonville Jaguars 4-8 (last week: 28)It was good to see the old Jaguars defense show up for one game and save some face for Doug Marrone after the debacle in Buffalo. They can play bigger spoiler in the final four.29. Arizona Cardinals 3-9 (last week: 32)With the heat on Steve Wilks and just about everyone else in the desert, the Cardinals needed that shocking victory on the frozen tundra in the worst way.30. New York Jets 3-9 (last week: 29)Todd Bowles is grasping at everything to keep his job, including avoiding the opportunity to get a now-healthy Sam Darnold a few more chances to develop. Regardless of QB, defensive breakdowns have been bigger bugaboos for Bowles.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Biggest storylines of Week 13 in the NFL31. San Francisco 49ers 2-10 (last week: 30) 21. Cleveland Browns 4-7-1 (last week: 24)The Browns went into Houston with a lot of confidence, and Baker Mayfield wasn’t scared, but that’s not enough to avoid rookie mistakes in tougher matchups. It’s too late for Cleveland to creep back into AFC North or wild-card contention now, but a good finish would make them early division favorites in 2019.22. Cincinnati Bengals 5-7 (last week: 21)A.J. Green is set to join Andy Dalton on the season-ending shelf, as the injuries continue to deplete the offense and defense during the four-game losing streak. They might have only one more win in them, and that’s probably not enough to save Marvin Lewis’ job.23. New York Giants 4-8 (last week: 27)The Giants are showing how they can finish games and put together creative offensive game plans with Pat Shurmur late in the season. Imagine what that might do early in 2019 with more reliable quarterback play.24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-8 (last week: 26)Jameis Winston and Adam Humphries are doing everything they can to earn their contracts from the team next season. The young defense also is showing more fight despite plenty of holes. That all won’t save Dirk Koetter.25. Atlanta Falcons 4-8 (last week: 23)The Falcons had some fight earlier this season when they were ravaged by injuries, but the toll of defensive decline and offensive inconsistency has caught up to them. This season clearly deserves a mulligan for Dan Quinn. 11. Baltimore Ravens 7-5 (last week: 14)Lamar Jackson has given the Ravens an incredible spark for a three-game winning streak, and they’ll go in facing the Chiefs confident they can still pass the Steelers by Week 17.12. Minnesota Vikings 6-5-1 (last week: 9)The Vikings continue to lose tough marquee road games in the Mike Zimmer era. Kirk Cousins’ inconsistency is one thing; the breakdowns in defense are another that can ultimately hold Minnesota back.13. Carolina Panthers 6-6 (last week: 11)The Panthers are in a free-fall, and Ron Rivera is taking control of the defense as the team tries to deal itself back in the wild-card race. A sixth road loss would render their two Saints matchups useless.14. Philadelphia Eagles 6-6 (last week: 18)The Eagles saved their season by taking care of the Redskins at home as expected on Monday night. They still face a tough schedule ahead to either take back the NFC East or sneak in as the last wild card.15. Indianapolis Colts 6-6 (last week: 13)What was that? The Colts’ offense had done whatever it wanted with Andrew Luck, but then it showed a limited attack just as the Jaguars’ defense showed long-awaited life. That was a weird blow to their wild-card hopes.last_img read more

GALLAGHER WINS BALLYARE 10K – WHERE DID YOU COME?

first_imgGerard Gallagher of Finn Valley won last night’s Ballyare 10K in a time of 33.16 followed by Ciaran McGonagle in 36.10.More than 100 runners tok part in the event.The following are the runners and their finishing times. Place Time No. FirstName Surname Category Club1 33.16 103 Gerard Gallagher SM Finn Valley A.C.2 36.10 148 Ciaran McGonagle SM Rosses AC3 36.23 120 Noel Diver SM Rosses AC 4 36.58 80 Liam Doherty SM Cranford AC5 36.58 104 John Sweeney SM Cranford AC6 37.16 165 Brian Crossan SM Individual7 37.17 72 Jude O’Donnell M40+ Individual8 37.30 73 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A.C. 9 38.35 102 Paul Doherty SM 24/7 Triathlon Club10 38.40 144 Brian Ferry SM Letterkenny A.C.11 39.28 155 Paul Murray SM Finn Valley A.C.12 39.31 156 Barry Coyle SM Individual 13 39.42 130 Paul Dillon M40+ Individual14 39.46 77 Joe Gallagher M40+ Milford A C15 39.58 71 Pat Hegarty M50+ Finn Valley A.C.16 39.59 68 Anthony Doherty M45+ Individual17 40.03 66 Joe Hegarty M40+ Individual18 40.11 65 Michael McHugh M40+ Milford A C19 40.27 97 Damien McGoohan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club20 40.28 112 Raymond McGahey M40+ Individual21 40.29 83 Nick Fowell M40+ 24/7 Triathlon Club22 40.30 79 Paul Cullen SM 24/7 Triathlon Club23 40.31 99 Paul Lynch SM 24/7 Triathlon Club24 40.46 163 Michael Murphy SM Cranford AC25 41.11 85 Gerard McGettigan M50+ Milford A C26 41.15 161 Mark Connolly M50+ Finn Valley A.C.27 41.16 114 Des Goyvaarts SM Individual28 41.18 157 Declan McCann SM Individual29 41.43 124 Adrian Gill SM UHG30 42.10 94 Colm McTaggart SM Individual31 42.13 98 Brian Doherty SM Milford A C32 42.17 134 Terry McFadden SM Milford A C33 42.19 123 Johnathon Edwards SM Individual34 42.43 149 Francis Gildea SM Individual35 42.51 75 Eugene McGettigan SM 24/7 Triathlon Club36 42.54 146 Karl Crossan SM Individual37 42.55 136 Paul Gildea SM Individual38 43.11 160 Kieran McMonagle SM Individual39 43.31 91 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A.C.40 43.33 140 Paddy McCauley SM Individual41 43.33 135 Patricia Nulty SW Milford A C42 43.34 122 Hugh Coll M40+ Individual43 43.40 84 James Gibbons M50+ Milford A C44 43.43 141 Carl McGinley JM Individual45 43.52 162 Paul Friel M40+ Milford A C46 44.19 107 P.J Lyons M40+ Individual47 44.25 151 Paul Lee M40+ Letterkenny A.C.48 44.43 132 Emma McGee SW Letterkenny A.C.49 44.49 119 Gavin McCrossan SM Individual50 44.52 82 Tony Gallagher M50+ Finn Valley A.C.51 44.58 131 James Whoriskey SM Milford A C52 45.02 87 Mark Houston JM Individual53 45.06 106 Noreen Bonner W50+ Finn Valley A.C.54 45.14 126 Gerard McConnell SM Individual55 45.51 143 Ciaran Burke SM Individual56 46.12 86 Gerard Dorrian M50+ Individual57 46.41 133 Catherine McKinley SW Letterkenny A.C.58 46.45 142 Eugene McGinley M40+ Individual59 46.52 96 Seamus Ferry M40+ Milford A C60 46.52 125 Tim Flanagan M40+ Milford A C61 46.58 154 John Ward SM Milford A C62 47.15 90 David Connors SM Milford A C63 47.31 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual64 47.55 110 Mary Hippsley W40+ Finn Valley A.C.65 47.56 88 Martin Anderson M40+ Finn Valley A.C.66 47.57 101 conor Mc Gonagle M40+ Finn Valley A.C.67 47.58 92 Liam McGinty M40+ Finn Valley A.C.68 47.59 67 Joseph Casey M40+ Individual69 48.00 111 Sean O’Leary M50+ Finn Valley A.C.70 48.06 129 Darren Ferry SM Individual71 48.42 105 John Ferry M40+ Individual72 48.43 100 Marian Kerr W35+ Letterkenny A.C.73 49.02 108 John Pollock M50+ Individual74 49.13 89 Brian Duffy M40+ Individual75 49.23 128 Margaret Shields W45+ Letterkenny A.C.76 49.38 150 Kenneth Moore M40+ Milford A C77 50.22 145 Catherine Regan SW Letterkenny A.C.78 50.23 138 Shaun O’Donnell M50+ Lifford AC79 50.34 152 Derek Brennan SM Individual80 50.41 69 James Doherty SM Milford A C81 50.47 118 Claire Molloy SW Individual82 50.47 116 David Doherty SM Individual83 50.52 164 Francesca Patton SW Convoy Runners84 50.55 137 Noel Kilpatrick SM Milford A C85 51.22 147 Gary Price SM Individual86 51.23 166 John Carr SM Individual87 51.25 167 Paul Thornton SM Individual88 51.29 78 Mark Gildea SM Individual89 51.40 109 Aidan Dorrian JM Milford A C90 51.46 117 Barry Fox SM Individual91 52.10 158 Oliver Gallagher SM Individual92 52.14 95 Darina Ferry W40+ Milford A C93 52.31 74 Bridgeen Doherty SW Individual94 52.41 76 Hugh O’Donnell M50+ Individual95 54.02 70 Tommy Naughton SM Individual96 54.26 81 Mary Martin W60+ Finn Valley A.C.97 57.06 115 Christine Coyle W40+ Milford A C98 59.49 93 Ann Doherty M60+ Milford A C99 60.10 121 John Lafferty M40+ Individual100 61.16 64 Lisa Smith W40+ Bangor101 62.44 159 Rachael Gallagher SW IndividualTotal Runners: 101GALLAGHER WINS BALLYARE 10K – WHERE DID YOU COME? was last modified: August 16th, 2014 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:ballyare 10kGerard Gallagherlast_img read more