Jaguares in the Pro14 … playing all their home games in Bilbao pic.twitter.com/hOePHDozfe— Alan Greenwood (@AlanGreenwood_) February 20, 2021 Reports in recent days link the Argentinian outfit with the European league Jaguares celebrate after a semi-final win in 2019 (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to see the Jaguares in the Pro14?Expansion is a hot topic right now, as we all await an influx of South African franchises into the Guinness Pro14 (as it is named for now). However, while debate swirls on what lessons – if any – have been learnt from the disastrous expansion of Super Rugby a few years back, a new entrant to the European league is also being discussed.Reports from Ireland in recent days have linked Argentina’s Jaguares to a move to the Pro14.Super Rugby finalists in 2019, the South American side has without a competition since Australia and New Zealand set up their own spin-off Super Rugby competitions and South African Rugby opted to push four of their top sides into the Pro14 (soon to be Pro16) – at the expense of the Cheetahs and Southern Kings. They have also been gutted, with star players scattering across the global game. A Jaguares XV is slated to enter the 2021 Súper Liga Americana de Rugby (SLAR), however, it is now being reported that the Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) have approached Pro14 about adding the Jaguares to the competition, from a base in Bilbao, Spain.The prospect of a new international presence in the competition may appeal to CVC, who recently claimed a 28% stake in the league. However, will the prospect of more travel and further diluting of traditional rivalries appeal to fans in Ireland, Scotland and Wales?We would love to know your thoughts – if you have something to say on this, please email us at [email protected] or hit us up on our social media channels.
One of Manhattan’s nightlife staples is going corporate. After 27 years of operating multi-floor East-Village nightclub Webster Hall, the Ballinger family has announced that they will sell the 131-year-old venue to concert promotion giant AEG Presents and Barclay’s Center owners Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, according to a report in Billboard. The two firms will assume operating rights, assets and the long-term lease from building owner Unity Gallega while Bowery Presents (whom AEG purchased earlier this year) will take over booking and talent buying.The deal originated as a Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment venture, but they eventually made the call to bring in AEG as a 50-50 partnership. Says BSE CEO Brett Yormark, “While we were having [preliminary] discussions, AEG finalized the acquisition of Bowery Presents, which used to book Webster Hall. We’re going to partner on all facets of the business, but obviously let those that know it best lead the way,” Yormark said. Up until March 2014, Bowery had an exclusive at the venue, and Yormark said that the new agreement means the Bowery team will once more be charged with programming and marketing Webster Hall.AEG and BSE plan to spend about $10 million renovating Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom, The Studio and The Marlin Room spaces to bring them up to contemporary standards and add a few more customer features.According to AEG chairman Jay Marciano, “You can’t replace a venue of its size and stature anywhere on the island of Manhattan, and we jumped at the chance to bring Webster Hall into our growing venue portfolio” which includes staple New York City venues like Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg. “It would be cost prohibitive to try and build a venue like Webster Hall from scratch,” says Marciano. “Knowing what I know about New York real estate, I don’t think you could build it for less than $100 million. Webster Hall is a landmark, historic building whose use as a public assembly venue dates back to the 1800s. It’s a venue that any promoter would want to have in their portfolio.”Yormark hopes Webster Hall and other AEG/Bowery Presents facilities become feeder venues for rising artists who aspire to play big arena shows at Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center.“We’re trying to diversify our venue portfolio so we can connect with artists early and often,” he says. “We have a progression approach that allows us to get to know them and let them understand the experience they’ll have when they play one of our venues.”[h/t – Billboard]
The Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) has said it will start the trial use of 40 percent biodiesel (B40) fuel in March, as a follow-up to the successful implementation of 30 percent biodiesel (B30) fuel.APROBI chairman MP Tumanggor said the trial, starting in March, was in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to implement B40 fuel fully in January 2021, as reported by kompas.com on Monday.“I just received a letter from the oil and gas research agency for us to send the raw material for the trial,” Tumanggor said. He said there would be two models to be tested for the B40 fuel, which is produced by distilling crude palm oil (CPO) and infusing fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) to the mix to reach the expected level.The government is eager to increase the mix of palm oil in diesel fuel to reduce oil imports, which contribute heavily to the country’s trade deficit.Regarding the implementation of B30 fuel, Tumanggor said the program had gone well since its commercial debut in January.The B30 fuel is set to consume 9.6 million kiloliters of palm oil this year.“As of now, [the use of B30 fuel] is still going according to plan with regard to the automotive industry, the supply chain from Pertamina and producers,” he said, adding that the B30 fuel is expected to use a total of 800,000 kiloliters of vegetable oil. (mpr)Topics :
Jose Mourinho is among the names linked with replacing Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The lack of available high quality, proven replacements prepared to come into the club half-way through the season is also an issue.Jose Mourinho’s name has been linked with the role, with some reports even suggesting he dined with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi last week, though the club have refuted those suggestions.MORE: Arsenal players openly ‘taking the p***’ out of Unai Emery as pressure on the manager increasesMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Arsenal squad have ‘serious reservations’ over Unai Emery’s conservative tactics Fans have questioned Emery over his selections and substitutions (Picture: Getty)Now the Daily Mail report that Emery is increasingly facing a fight to keep his job with members of the squad harbouring ‘serious reservations’ about him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThere is a belief that Emery is too conservative in his approach to games, with a number of his in-game changes handing the initiative back to the opposition.Emery’s methods have also been questioned by the squad, prompting fears over whether the Spaniard is really the right man to take the club forward.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal face a testing away trip to third-placed Leicester City next weekend and another bad result could give Emery a nervy fortnight during the international break.At present, the Gunners’ hierarchy are expected to keep faith in Emery and will not be rushed into making a quick decision over his future. Comment The Spanish coach is under increasing pressure after several poor performances (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is at risk of losing the Arsenal dressing room with a number of players reportedly concerned by how conservative his tactical approach has become.The Gunners currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, though they have failed to win their last three league matches and have forfeited leads against both Crystal Palace and Wolves.Performances have been well below expectations, while there have also been big question marks over how Emery has handled Mesut Ozil and the fallout of Granit Xhaka’s bust-up with fans. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 Nov 2019 11:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link524Shares Advertisement Advertisement
RelatedPosts NPFL: Coach Dogo leaves Sunshine Stars NFF sanctions NPFL 2019/2020 final table Plateau United dedicates continental ticket to fans The Nigeria Professional Football League Week 14 encounter between Plateau United FC and Akwa United FC ended in a goalless draw. The match, played on Sunday at the the new Zaria Road Stadium, Jos, ended without clearcut chances from both teams. Speaking to the News Agency Nigeria immediately after the match, Albert Dakup, Plateau United Media Officer, however, said both teams played well. According to Dakup, Plateau United strikers and attacking midfielders were on top of their game, but they couldn’t convert their chances. He, however, said Akwa United also defended well, hence the game ended in a goalless draw. He said: “It is sad that we drew this match at home, but the truth is that our boys played well. “The match was without clear cut chances; our boys were more wilful, but the Akwa boys defended well and that made the game ended this way. “Nobody is happy the way the game ended, particularly that Lobi Stars won at home. “It means that they are ahead of us in the table. “But I want to assure our fans and indeed the people of Plateau, that we are still on course.” NAN reports that Plateau United would be playing away with Sunshine Stars in Akure in their next encounter.2019/2020 NPFL Match Day 14 Results FC IfeanyiUbah 3-1 Warri Wolves Heartland 1-0 Abia Warriors Jigawa Golden Stars 3-2 Adamawa United Kwara United 2-0 Katsina United Lobi Stars 1-0 MFM FC Plateau United 0-0 Akwa United Wikki Tourists 1-2 Sunshine Stars Dakkada FC of Uyo 2-1 Rivers United Rescheduled matches: Nasarawa United vs Rangers International Kano Pillars vs Enyimba International NAN.Tags: Akwa UnitednpflPlateau United