Pocari survives BaliPure in thriller, nears semis

first_imgMOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Meanwhile, Air Force booked the last semifinals berth in the men’s division after a 25-19, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 victory over Instituto Estetico earlier.The Jet Spikers rose to 2-0 and kept the Volley Masters winless.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pushed against the wall by a young foe, Pocari Sweat-PAF fought back with a kind of game worthy of a defending champion on Wednesday night to secure at least a playoff for the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We just showed our experience and hard work,” added Semana as Pocari handed BaliPure a second straight defeat in a 1-2 card.The youthful Water Defenders displayed so much spunk despite losing the fourth frame as the stalwarts from National University kept the fifth set close and even knotted it all up at 13.But unforced errors did the Water Defenders in, the last of their nine in the fifth set—which came via a long spike by 15-year-old sensation Mhicaela Belen—giving Pocari match point.Madeline Palmer came up with the win-sealing kill for Pocari and finished with 15 points, the same output of Myla Pablo.Janisa Johnson unloaded 30 points, while Alexis Matthews added 17 for BaliPure, which also got 10 points each from Belen and Roselyn Doria.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Caguioa downplays milestone, says he’s after more titles than individual feats Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The Lady Warriors played catch-up for most of the match before turning back BaliPure-NU in a thriller, 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 at FilOil Flying V Centre.“As a setter you have to display patience especially when the team is having a hard time receiving,” Pocari setter Wendy Semana said in Filipino. She had 42 excellent sets for the Lady Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt was the third win in four quarterfinal matches for Pocari, which needs just one more to advance to the semis outright.It certainly wasn’t easy for the squad which had a major revamp after winning three consecutive conference titles. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

Province announces budget on Tuesday

first_imgThe provincial budget is out, with an anticipated $2.8 billion defict forecast for 2009/2010. This would be the B.C. government’s largest deficit ever.Finance Minister Colin Hansen says the deficit will run for four years. Hansen says the deficit was the result of falling government revenue from personal and corporate taxes and natural resources, brought on by hard economic times. – Advertisement -But Hansen said funding for health care, education and social services will all increase. He says health care will receive the largest share of funding increases in government spending. Hansen says by 2011/12, the Ministry of Health Services’ budget will increase by 18 per cent, reaching a total of $15.7 billion. Hansen said the government will continue to invest in public infrastructure and job creation projects. This includes capital spending of $21.6 billion on schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, hydro-electric projects and other infrastructure throughout the province over the next three years.last_img read more

Cenovus says capital spending to edge higher in 2020, production to rise

first_imgCenovus says the increase is largely due to a deferral of spending this year following the mandatory production curtailments in Alberta. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 10, 2019. The energy company says it plans to invest between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion in 2020, up from between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion in 2019. – Advertisement -In its outlook for 2020, Cenovus expects total production in 2020 to increase seven per cent compared with its guidance for 2019. It says its crude-by-rail program, combined with the Alberta government’s special production allowances, will position the company to move to unconstrained production levels. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE) CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. plans to increase its capital spending in 2020 compared with this year. Per-barrel oilsands non-fuel operating costs are expected to decrease by approximately five per cent.Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs to battle for Pato, Van Persie responds to Chelsea links and Sven wants Rooney to come to China – Paper review

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool are facing a three-way battle to sign Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, with his current parent club Corinthians making a number of top colubs throughout Europe aware of the 26-year-old’s availability. (London Evening Standard) Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to join him at Chinese side Shanghai SIPG. (The Sun) Ex-United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie has responded to reports linking him with a move to Chelsea, insisting he remains committed to Turkish club Fenerbahce. (Turkish Football) The Red Devils have been told by Southampton that the Saints not sell forward Sadio Mane in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season. (Daily Mail) Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for the Argentine rejected in the summer. (Tuttosport) Paris Saint-Germain are ready to break the bank to beat Man United to the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the French giants willing to pay the Portuguese superstar a deal worth a staggering £250,000-a-week AFTER tax. (Daily Mirror)Birmingham City want to sign Czech-born striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season. (Birmingham Mail) Newcastle United will give Steve McClaren full backing behind the scenes despite the Magpies’ precarious Premier League position, with the side currently 17th in the table, one point above the bottom-three. (Newcastle Chronicle)Aston Villa rebel Jack Grealish has been banished to train with the club’s under-21s side after the 20-year-old was caught in a Manchester nightclub hours after Saturday’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Everton. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest football headlines on talkSPORT.com…‘Liverpool asked me to stop criticising Simon Mignolet, but Jurgen Klopp wants to replace him’, admits legendary Reds goalkeeperRay Parlour: Arsenal MUST spend in January to strengthen injury-hit squadArsenal and Tottenham news: English clubs offered to ‘shower Lorenzo Insigne with money’, claims Napoli star’s agentEx-Arsenal midfielder linked with January return, but Besiktas president insists he will NOT be leaving Turkish club Borussia Monchengladbach star insists he has no plans to quit club amid interest from Arsenal and Liverpool Liverpool and Manchester United on alert amid claims Lucas Biglia is ready to leave Lazio in January Former Tottenham youngster Josh Chamberlain scores from halfway line during FA Vase clashlast_img read more

REVEALED: CHURCH LEADERS UNITE TO CONDEMN CUTS TO SCHOOLS

first_imgCATHOLIC and Protestant church leaders have joined forces to condemn cutbacks which will close small schools.In a joint statement issued today the Protestant and Catholic school management associations in the Diocese of Raphoe, Father John Joe Duffy from Arranmore and Rev John Deane from the Church of Ireland in Ardara, warned of “havoc” caused by the cuts.They say the budget will cause particular damage in Co Donegal with 101 schools out of 175 hit with fewer teachers. As a result this, they say, will leave schools worse off now than in the 1990s.Some schools will be forced to close, hitting Protestant schools in particular.You can read the entire joint statement below:Issued by CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT PRIMARY SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS IN  DIOCESE OF RAPHOE “Budget 2012 will inflict serious damage and wreak havoc particularly on small schools throughout Ireland. This blunt approach by Minister Quinn, imposingcutbacks, will diminish resources in our schools leading to larger classsizes, less resources and in some cases closure of small schools.The budget has failed to protect the most vulnerable, and those most in needof education and support, with cutbacks in the Deis programme, learningsupport and special needs.What is further disappointing regarding Budget 2012, is the manner in whichmany of these cuts were announced by the government on budget day andsubsequently by the Minister. Many schools and communities only realised thesheer extent and gravity of the budget cuts made by Minister Quinn in thedays following the budget, such as the changes in the staffing schedules forsmall schools with less than 86 pupils. This will see such schools loseteachers from this coming school year 2012/13, and onwards.  The measures inthe new government policy will see schools with less than 20 pupils beingforced to close or amalgamate due to loss of the second teacher.  Theincreased pupil/teacher ratio is a retrospective change to 31 September2011. The largest proportion of schools in Co. Donegal will be affected bythese measures. Based on enrolements figures for 31 September, 2010, primary schools in Co. Donegal 101 out of 175 primary schools will be affected by the increase in pupil/teacher ratio numbers.  Many of our schools are small schools located in dispersed and isolated rural areas. This has been seriously frustrating, has created uncertainty for Principals, teachers and Boards of Management with regard toschool planning for the 2012/2013 school year. The Department needs to helpPrincipals and teachers and not hinder them with cuts and uncertainty.Instead let them continue with what they do best, educating our children.This means that we will be worse off than we were in the 1990’s, which willmean the closure of many small schools. These changes in pupil/teacher ratiomeans that it will become  virtually impossible for many small schools tofunction due to staffing cuts and these draconian austerity measures willseriously undermine the Irish education system.While the budgetary measures of 2012, will affect all schools in a negativeway, it will particularly and severely impact negatively on small schoolsand Protestant schools, whose populations are small and sparsely locatedthroughout the country. Protestant schools in many instances serve their ownsmall rural catchments and are not close to any other Protestant school. Theclosure of these schools would be unacceptable to all in our communitieswhere very young children would have to travel such long distances to availof their schools. This is true for a majority of small schools, bothCatholic and Protestant but in particular for Protestant schools. There hasbeing a total lack of thought and consideration towards all children in thisregard from the Minister, this government and the Department of Education. 27 out of 31 Protestant schools in Co. Donegal, will be severely and adveresley affected by the budget measures. Since the foundation of the Irish National School System in 1831, Irishparents have being afforded the choice of having their children educatedwithin a denominational education system. The provision of such a choice andthe support for these schools has being greatly valued by the Protestant andCatholic communities at large.Closure and amalgamation of Protestant schools will, in practice, result inmany parents being denied their rights to send their children to the nearestschool under Protestant management. That is something which we in Catholicschool management find most objectionable. The rights of our neighbours andour dear friends, members of Protestant parishes must be respected andupheld.The closure of any school is the death knell to its community. The Gaeltacht and other non-gaeltacht rural areas will be annihilated by the education cuts to small schools. Schools traditionally are the focal point of a community and the intricate fabric of society.The essential value and the contribution small schools make cannot bemeasured in monetary terms. The value of small schools to the education andwelfare of children in itself cannot be subject to monetary value. In manycases the closures which will result as a consequence of the Minister’sdecision regarding small schools on a cost analysis benefit will be a veryminimal saving to the Exchequer and the Department. The closure of some schools will result in higher transport costs forparents. Changes have been made to eligibility for school transport andschool transport charges have increased, both of which will cause hardshipfor families. Closure will lead to increased administration costs, increasedcapital costs potentially in the school which children will be transferredto, and in some cases new schools will be needed. Closure of small ruralschools will net the Department very little in staff savings as they willhave to be redeployed. It will likely lead to larger costs, certainly largercosts for parents.Minister Ruairi Quinn seems convinced that he can transform the Irisheducation system through austerity. This will only lead to the furthereroding of the standards in education and the abilities of our futuregenerations to attain the standards of education that Ireland so badlyneeds. The Irish people together must shout STOP to prevent this disastrousoutcome.Never has it been  more important to invest in education, to investin our children and in our future. It was through education that the Irishbecame great, not alone in this country but also globally recognised. Tosavage that education system is to destroy our way out of this economicdisaster that was not of our childrens making. These savage cuts willcurtail and limit the potential of future generations. Now is the moment andtime for all political parties and for all organisations to stand up for theeducation and future of our children, which is the future of our country.This ill concieved and poorly thought out policy of discrimation against small schools, minority schools and the disadvantaged has to be changed.”LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyREVEALED: CHURCH LEADERS UNITE TO CONDEMN CUTS TO SCHOOLS was last modified: February 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT PRIMARY SCHOOL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATIONS IN DIOCESE OF RAPHOEstatement in fulllast_img read more

‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ FESTIVAL GETS A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

first_imgThe 2014 Mary From Dungloe International Festival Committee has been announced. The new committee for the upcoming summer festival is Paul Martin, Chris Boyle, John Martin Mc Cauley, Deirdre Wilson, Nuala Bonner and Laura Cannon.The 2014 Mary from Dungloe International festival is due to take place between 26th July until the 4th of August. The new Committee which was elected at the last public festival meeting in Dungloe is focused on doing what’s best for all ages of the community in Dungloe and for the great followers we have each and every single Year.Fundraising events for the festival will begin with the re-launch of the festival’s annual weekly table quiz league held each Thursday night in Dungloe beginning on the 23rd of July in The Bay View Bar, Dungloe and more fundraising events are to be announced as we get closer to the festival.A committee spokesman said “We are all so excited and delighted to be working together to make the festival better than ever. We are looking for plenty of opinions and ideas from the public such as who and what they would like to see at the Mary from Dungloe.“We want to give the great people who have supported the Festival for countless years what they deserve and that is just simply the best of entertainment.” The public is now being urged to join the festival committee in Ionad Teampeall Croine on Friday 24th Jan for a brainstorming workshop of what old and new events we can bring and make better at the festival and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible there!Be sure to check out all updates, news and acts when they are announced of The 2014 Mary From Dungloe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maryfromfungloefestival ‘MARY FROM DUNGLOE’ FESTIVAL GETS A NEW LEASE OF LIFE was last modified: January 15th, 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:Mary From Dungloe Festival 2014last_img read more

Mats, Tigers ready to play

first_img “We need to clean some things up in that department,’ Jones said. “We gave up a long ball a few times, and lost our containment. That has to get better, and it will.’ Jones also took time off to watch South Pasadena’s scrimmage against Mountain View last week. He came away impressed with Tigers quarterback Michael Flynn, and linebacker Josh Parish, who also spends time in the backfield. “That Parrish is a big strong kid who plays sideline to sideline,’ said Jones. “And their quarterback can scramble, throw, and really looks in charge. “Arroyo’s quarterback (Dominic Salmon) had a strong arm and was getting it over our (defensive backs), and from what I saw, that kid (Flynn) has just as strong an arm as Dominic.’ Pasadena High School football coach Kevin Mills said his team competed well in a scrimmage against Rosemead but admitted the Bulldogs have a long way to go. The Bulldogs were 1-9 last season, “Rosemead is one of the most talented teams in the area, and we learned a lot about ourselves against them,’ Mills said. “They scored a couple times and we scored a couple times. But more importantly, we got a chance to see who’s competitive. That’s what I’m looking for. I want to know who’s going to go out there and fight, and we answered some of those questions.’ The Bulldogs open the season on Friday at Lancaster High School a team that Mills watched in last week’s Week 0 game against powerful Orange Lutheran. Orange Lutheran, which won CIF-Southern Section Division VI last season, beat the Eagles, 27-14. It’s a mighty stiff test for the Bulldogs, who were manhandled, 42-12, in last year’s opener against the Eagles, a Division III school that finished the season 9-3. “They’re awfully good, so the biggest thing for us is to be competitive,’ Mills said. “When I watched film of our team last year, they weren’t very competitive. They didn’t believe they had a chance. “In order to stay with a team like this, you have to play mistake-free football and stay disciplined. That’s tough to do in an opening game, but that’s been our focus during the summer, and we’ll put it to the test.’ Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The San Gabriel and South Pasadena high school football teams square off in the season opener on Friday at South Pasadena, and already, the two coaches have an early scouting report on one another. Tigers coach Ed Smith watched the Matadors’ scrimmage against Arroyo last week, and came away impressed with how the Matadors moved the ball against a talented Knights defense. Matadors senior quarterback Saile Ramirez tweaked his knee in the scrimmage, and is questionable for Friday’s game but he showed poise in coach Keith Jones’ shotgun offense. “It’s going to be tough to stop them,’ said Smith. “They use that (University of) Utah option out of the shotgun. It’s assignment football, you have to be disciplined to keep pace with them.’ center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Matadors often line up with four receivers, led by the area’s top returning senior in Alfred Varela, who had 93 receptions and 1,300 receiving yards as a junior. “It’s a lot of skill guys to have to contain,’ said Smith, whose team tied San Gabriel, 13-13, in last year’s opener. “It’s certainly a difficult test right off the bat.’ Jones, who returns to the Matadors sideline after a year off, said they scored two touchdowns against Arroyo, and also allowed two touchdowns. It’s a good result considering the Knights are the defending Mission Valley League champs, while the Matadors are coming off a 1-8-1 season. “For a first test, we showed we could move the ball up and down the field against a pretty good defense,’ said Jones. “It’s going to be a fun offense to run. We use some of the Utah stuff, but we put our own wrinkles in it too.’ However, Arroyo moved the ball just as easily against the Matadors defense. last_img read more

Guess what these Donegal lads did when they met Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg?

first_imgThree Donegal natives are making friends in high places after bumping into Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg in Boston.Hugh ‘The Yank’ Boyle, Seán Hume and Jack O Brien met the A-list Transformers star at the weekend and did what any Irish men would do – invited him to come for a pint!Mark politely declined, but had a great chat with the guys and got into a selfie to remember the moment. Hugh ‘The Yank’ Boyle, Seán Hume and Jack O Brien meet Mark Wahlberg in Boston, MAThe trio were coming back from watching Gweedore beat St Eunan’s on Sunday and were on their way to Dorchester, Mark’s home neighbourhood, when they spotted him.“He was pulling off but we asked for a picture. He called us over and asked us where are we from and what we made of his home village!” Hugh told Donegal Daily.Hugh spoke highly of Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, saying he was “A gent of a man.”“We asked him to come for a pint but, as expected, he was only visiting friends and family,” Hugh said. Mark is known for his iconic Bostonian accent, but he gave the Donegal men a top compliment when he said he liked their accents too.The guys talked to Mark at length about his favourite and least favourite films throughout his career. Mark revealed that the action-comedy The Other Guys was the funniest to shoot. You never know, with these new friends, he may have some Donegal guys to enroll in the cast for a sequel!Guess what these Donegal lads did when they met Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg? was last modified: September 12th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:bostonmark wahlberglast_img read more

Castle Grove taps into Limeburner with special Kinnegar Beer-Pairing event

first_imgBeer lovers will be flocking to Castle Grove Country House this Saturday February 24nd for a unique evening of food and beer with Chef Brady. Here is what’s in store for this fantastic night: Limeburner Arrives On TapBeer lovers rejoice! A very special addition joins the taps at the Castle Grove bar this weekend – none other than Kinnegar flagship beer, Limeburner. A light, crisp and refreshing beer, Limeburner is at it’s best when served ice cold straight from the tap. With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to try it for yourself or come along and take part in a very special beer-pairing event on Saturday, February 24th. A Relationship Founded on a Love of LocalCastle Grove is very proud to call itself a Donegal Food Coast Approved Restaurant. We value our esteemed local producers and hold the farm to fork philosophy as essential practice in bringing delicious dishes to the Castle Grove dining room. Kinnegar beers not only understand this but they share our vision. They too are a family run business that operates with a farmhouse ethos in mind, producing excellent quality beers.  Kinnegar’s locality as Donegal brewers is something they are immensely proud of and rightly so! Their “Small Brewery, Big Beers” mantra struck a chord with us and a great partnership was born! Beer Pairing EveningThis spring, Castle Grove is delighted to introduce more of Kinnegar’s excellent beers to our hugely popular existing selection. The first of these will be Limeburner which be flowing on draught this Saturday. To celebrate, we’ve decided to host a very special evening of beer pairing. A Menu with a DifferenceChef Brady will be complimenting Kinnegar’s finest with his beer-inspired specially tailored menu. Guests can expect a range of meat centred dishes with alternative options available for vegetarians – all cooked with this award-winning chef’s usual creative flair. Let’s Talk Beer!Guest speaker on the night will be Kinnegar founder, director and chief brewer Rick LeVert who will be on hand to explain the brewing process that makes Kinnegar the great tasting beer it clearly is. You can call Castle Grove to book your ticket now for just €45 per person or €35 for those who prefer to concentrate on the food! There is also a special B&B rate of €45 per person if you fancy making an occasion of it – and why wouldn’t you?!The night promises to be a mixture of information, great food and beer as well as the brand of craic for which Castle Grove is known. We look forward to seeing you there!Call  074 91 51118 to book now! Email : reservations@castlegrove.comCastle Grove taps into Limeburner with special Kinnegar Beer-Pairing event was last modified: February 23rd, 2018 by Castle GroveShare 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:beer pairingcastle groveeventsfoodKinnegarlast_img read more

Tackling World Cup ticket touts

first_img18 May 2010With more than 2.5-million tickets sold through authorised channels, the South African authorities have finalised regulations to combat ticket touts ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.However, unauthorised operators or sellers continue to exploit the popularity of the World Cup to lure unsuspecting fans across the world into purchasing illegitimate or unauthorised tickets and/or ticket-inclusive travel packages.The implementation of a new regulation, approved by South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, makes it unlawful for any entity or person to sell or otherwise dispose of Fifa World Cup tickets for commercial purposes, ruling this an unfair business practice.“We are concerned that consumers may be prejudiced by believing that they can purchase tickets through avenues which are not authorised by Fifa,” says Davies. “Consumers could lose the money that they have paid for tickets or be left in a situation of not receiving the tickets that they have paid for.“The position is obviously aggravated wherein consumers, in addition to outlaying money for tickets, have used funds to purchase accommodation and flights.”To prevent forgery, each ticket features various special security elements such as a barcode. With the electronic turnstiles, invalid or forged tickets will be easily detected.With the new regulations in place, the selling and use of counterfeit tickets is inherently fraudulent, and criminal prosecutions could follow.It is important to note that any ticket can be traced back to the original buyer, who can be made liable according to the new regulations.A special team from Fifa’s legal affairs division and from MATCH Event Services are working closely with international and local authorities to combat illegal offers.“This new regulation will greatly assist the enforcement authorities in their efforts to stop unlawful ticketing,” said Fifa attorney Clifford Green. “In addition, the South African Police Service is conducting criminal investigations into ticketing activities by unauthorised parties which will tighten the control of the sale of tickets even further.“This will enhance the event security and reduce the chances of football fans being let down or being turned away at the match venues.”Fifa and MATCH have issued numerous warnings to the public urging them not to purchase tickets or hospitality packages from unofficial sources. For further information on the official sales points, visit Fifa.com.For fans who are not able to attend matches due to unforeseen circumstances, an official re-sell platform has been set-up through Fifa.com, or the call centre 083 123 2010.Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more