O’Brien boost for Ireland

first_img The 26-year-old’s new central contract is a clear boost to the Irish Rugby Football Union, which confirmed the news in a tweet. The union had feared losing the imposing back-rower to the Top 14. O’Brien was a guest at Toulon’s Heineken Cup clash with Cardiff in Nice on Saturday as he weighed up a lucrative offer to join the cash-rich French giants. Press Association Instead he has pledged his future to home province Leinster and the Ireland national team. Ireland bosses will now turn their attention to O’Brien’s Leinster team-mate Jamie Heaslip, with the 30-year-old out of contract in the summer and also considering an offer from Toulon. O’Brien will miss the upcoming RBS 6 Nations with a shoulder injury, but his renewed commitment will increase IRFU confidence it can now convince Heaslip to follow suit. Ireland and Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton joined Racing Metro in the summer, leaving his national team bosses with no say on how frequently he plays. The 28-year-old was put through 13 games in 10 weeks in the build-up to Ireland’s autumn series, culminating in a hamstring injury that left head coach Joe Schmidt admitting Ireland had “lost control” of the player. O’Brien’s decision to stay put is another shot in the arm for Irish home comforts, with the IRFU proud of its player welfare initiatives that ensure its top stars are carefully managed to peak for international action. The IRFU announced that O’Brien has agreed a two-year deal that will see him remain at Leinster until at least June 2016. O’Brien said: “It is flattering to find yourself the subject of interest from some of the biggest rugby clubs in the world, but in the end I made a decision based on the standard mix of professional and personal considerations. Flanker Sean O’Brien has rejected the advances of Toulon to sign a new contract to stay with Leinster. “It was a very difficult decision but, with a World Cup next year and the fact that I believe Leinster can continue to win trophies, I have decided to commit my immediate future to the club. “I am very excited about what Ireland can achieve under Joe Schmidt, and I am confident that, under Matt O’Connor, Leinster will remain the power in Europe it has been over the past five or six years. “I want to acknowledge the professionalism of all those involved, including the overseas clubs with whom I had discussions, and thank Leinster and the IRFU for their commitment to me. “Finally, a word about the Leinster fans because their ‘voice’ represents an important consideration for players like me when it comes to making big career decisions such as this.” IRFU chief executive Philip Browne added: “Sean is one of world rugby’s stand-out talents. “He has proven for Leinster, Ireland and the Lions that he is world-class player, and we are delighted that Sean has committed his future to Leinster and Ireland for the next two years.” And Leinster chief executive Mick Dawson said: “We are delighted that Sean has signed a new IRFU contract which keeps him at Leinster up to the end of the 2016 season. “We were always hopeful that the environment we have created here at Leinster and the ambition of the club would be a strong factor in Sean’s decision. “He is a truly world-class player, and we are delighted that his future has now been put to rest.” last_img read more


Ezzat Eid vs. Grand Cape Mount: Audit Committee Set up to Investigate Claim

first_imgA five-man committee has been set up by Grand Cape Mount County to audit business documents of the Madina Rock Crushers (MRC) owned by Lebanese businessman Ezzat Eid.The audit committee is clothed with the responsibility to ascertain whether Mr. Eid has complied with rebuilding of over 30 houses allegedly damaged by his company’s rock blasts.The committee, headed by Cape Mount Senator Abel Massaley, is also mandated to review financial documents of the Madina Development Associations (MDA), the group responsible to liaise between the county and the MRC.The perusal of financial documents of the two institutions is owed to counter-claim of burden.The committee was established on Saturday, July 11, in a general meeting at the Madina Town Hall, and is expected to report on Saturday, July 17, 2014 in the same venue at 11.Members of the Committee include District # 2 Representative Mambu M. Sonii, Mr. Carsemu B. Brown, Chief of Office Staff of Senator Edward B. Dagoseh, Development Superintendent Tenneh Simpson-Kpedebah and Alex K. Balo, the chairperson of the County for the National Civil Society Council of Liberia.The committee was set up as a result of a three-day protest carried out by women and youths from the towns of Madina, Mankoh and Soh in demand for the rebuilding of over 30 houses broken down allegedly due to rock blast.The aggrieved women lamented that about 37 families are homeless while more than 12 persons are seeking medical attention at the Gbenejii Hospital.Madam Yatta Dosii, the County Chairlady told journalists that the demonstration stemmed from failed negotiation with the management of MRC.The youths under the banner, “Concerned Youths,” headed by Mohammed Dosii, have petitioned the management of MRC, cataloguing six points to be addressed to end the protest.The protest was read before a representative of the management of MRC, Arnu, Madina Commissioner Kasor Kadii, the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police in Region, Daniel B. Gotojuwee along with some officers of the Grand Cape Mount Police Detachment.Important amongst the points were the reconditioning and reconstruction of damaged houses, review of the 20-year contract between the town and the MRC, and the improvement of workers at the MRC.Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Audit Committee, Senator (Atty.) Massaley promised to tell the truth and wrong.He said the county is bigger than anybody, and everybody is responsible and important to the county.For their parts, Representative Sonii and Mrs. Kpedebah urged the women and youth to remain peaceful and await the findings.The MDA comprises nine men, and Blama A. Freeman is the president.According to reports, MRC is a US$80 million company and has signed a 20-year agreement to run from 2013 to 2033.The reports further says, MRC gives about $15,000 quarterly to MRC as royalty fees for the rock, and annual land fees of about US$35,000 as well as US$15,000 annually for scholarships.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more