Santos Demands “Fair Play” from FARC

first_img From the village of Montes de María, in Bolívar department, Santos asked that the FARC go for “fair play” during the peace talks they held with the government in Cuba. During a march for the victims of Colombia’s armed conflict on June 23, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos demanded that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) acknowledged their victims and provided “fair play” during the peace talks in Havana. “We have told the FARC: they have to acknowledge the victims in this negotiation,” Santos said in his closure speech during the march “Las víctimas le caminan a la paz” (Victims Walking for Peace), which was arranged by the government and civil associations in the country’s north. By Dialogo June 25, 2013 Victims’ reparations are one of the five points that will also be discussed in the peace talks. On June 21, the Colombian president had already asked the FARC to adjust the negotiating agenda in Havana and had discarded the possibility of summoning a constitutional assembly, as requested by the insurgent group on several occasions. Since November, both parties have been holding talks to put an end to the armed conflict that has been going on for almost 50 years, and which has so far gained consensus with the first of five pouints in the agenda: the agrarian issue. Currently, the second point, the political participation of guerrillas, is being discussed. “Be true to your word; negotiate the reestablished points. Go for fair play; do not request impossible things,” Santos said to the FARC. Hundreds of peasants affected by the conflict were present during the march, in which Santos stated that “the victims will have to contribute” because “some sacrifice will have to be made” for the truth.last_img read more

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CFPB partners with federal, state agencies to target ‘phantom,’ abusive debt collection

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The CFPB is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and more than 50 federal and state law enforcement agencies to launch a nationwide law enforcement and outreach initiative to target phantom debt collection and abusive and threatening debt collection practices. NAFCU is supportive of the bureau’s efforts to prevent bad actors in this space.According to a release on the initiative, “Operation Corrupt Collector,” the purpose is to prevent debt collectors from engaging in illegal practices related to collecting non-existent debts and using scare tactics.“The CFPB is actively working to protect consumers from illegal actions of debt collectors,” said CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger. “We will continue to monitor the financial marketplace, as well as consumer complaints received, in order to ensure that we identify and take action against debt collectors who are violating the law. Lastly, consumers should know that the Bureau’s consumer complaint system is a resource for them to submit any complaints they may have on their experiences with financial services providers.” This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

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Prepare your route; Walnut Street bridge to be closed for months

first_imgThe Department of Public Works says that pedestrian traffic will not be affected during this time, and people will be able to walk through when the contractors are working. They say that there will be separate detours posted for trucks and smaller vehicles due to height restrictions. Call the City of Elmira Department of Public Works at (607) 737-5750 with any questions. The City of Elmira Department of Public Works says the bridge will close two days later than expected, beginning on Wed, Mar. 4. The bridge is anticipated to re-open early to mid-fall of this year. Elmira, N.Y. (WBNG) — Those who use the Walnut Street bridge will need to find another route starting in a few days.last_img

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During the Christmas and New Year holidays, about 10 percent more tourists are expected than last year

first_imgDuring the Advent period, as well as throughout December, the most visited tourist destination remains the city of Zagreb, which accounts for approximately a third of all arrivals in Croatia, as well as a quarter of total national overnight stays.  “These indicators confirm that Croatia is successful in the affirmation of tourist products that are not related to the summer months, which is a step forward towards achieving a more even annual, but also the spatial distribution of tourist traffic.“Believes the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić, adding that for several years now this has been the strategic priority of the CNTB. After Zagreb, during the Christmas and New Year period, most tourists expect Adriatic destinations in Istria and Kvarner, as well as Split and Zadar. According to information collected by the system of tourist boards, during the Christmas and New Year holidays, at the level of the whole of Croatia, a growth of tourist traffic of about 10% is expected compared to the same period last year, according to the CNTB.center_img Last year, Croatia recorded 22 tourist arrivals and 2017 overnight stays during the “striking” ten holidays that allow the connection of two “extended” weekends (from 2 December 2018 to 154.000 January 419.000), while during this year’s comparable period (from 21 December 2018 to January 1, 2019) expects a 10 percent better result, which means more than 170.000 arrivals and more than 460.000 overnight stays. This result will be accompanied by a proportionally better occupancy of accommodation facilities. On the “continent”, most tourists, with the exception of Zagreb, expect destinations in Krapina-Zagorje, Međimurje and Karlovac counties, while in the east of our country Osijek leads.last_img read more

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Arsenal youngster Jordi Osei-Tutu leaves field in tears after being racially abused in pre-season friendly

first_imgAdvertisement Jordi Osei-Tutu is on loan at VfL Bochum (Picture: Getty)The youngster admitted he was ‘very disappointed’ by the incident.‘I am very disappointed that I was racially abused,’ said Osei-Tutu.‘Nobody should ever be discriminated against and it is really hard to understand how a fellow professional footballer can behave disrespectfully in this way.’Kick It Out, the anti-discrimination group, said: ‘Before the season has even begun a young player has endured sickening racist abuse. If anyone is in any doubt about the devastating impact such abuse can have, look at the footage of Jordi Osei-Tutu. After last season we can only hope this is not a grim sign of things to come.’MORE: Sam Allardyce turns down the chance to be next Newcastle manager Advertisement Comment Jordi Osei-Tutu left the field in tears (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have condemned the ‘unacceptable racial abuse’ Jordi Osei-Tutu was subjected to during a pre-season friendly for German side VfL Bochum.The 20-year-old left the field in tears after receiving abuse from an opposition player during Bochum’s clash with Swiss side St Gallen on Tuesday night.The Mirror claim Osei-Tutu was called a ‘black c***’ by one of his opponents and the visibly distraught defender made his way off the field.The defender appeared to be caught in an altercation with St Gallen goalscorer Sliman Kchouk and was seen remonstrating with the referee shortly after their exchange.ADVERTISEMENTOsei-Tutu eventually returned to the field of play because he said the incident would not prevent him from completing the match.Last night 20-year-old Arsenal loanee Jordi Osei-Tutu was racially abused by an opposition player during the game. You can see how upset the whole incident makes him, there’s simply no place for it. Anywhere. pic.twitter.com/8qeztQGrnE— BSN (@BallStreet) July 10, 2019Arsenal were quick to condemn the racial abuse and said they are giving their ‘full support’ to Osei-Tutu.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Last night Jordi Osei-Tutu received unacceptable racial abuse playing for VfL Bochum during a pre-season friendly match against Swiss club St Gallen,’ a statement from Arsenal read.‘We are working closely with Bochum and Jordi and we are giving him our full support.‘Racism has no place in our game and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination.’ Sean KearnsThursday 11 Jul 2019 7:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link837Shares Arsenal youngster Jordi Osei-Tutu leaves field in tears after being racially abused in pre-season friendlylast_img read more

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Frances Wolf: 100 Years Later: No Excuse. Vote

first_imgFrances Wolf: 100 Years Later: No Excuse. Vote Voting & Elections,  Women’s Rights In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, First Lady Frances Wolf made the following statement:“In 2020, there are very few excuses not to get things done. Just this year, as the entire world grappled with a global pandemic, all of us found ways to adjust our work lives, educate our children and celebrate some of life’s biggest accomplishments such as weddings and new babies. Instead of finding excuses, we found solutions. We found ways to make things happen, and that is how we must approach the upcoming general election on November 3 – without excuses.“August 26, 2020, marks 100 years since women were granted the right to vote, and while we celebrate this milestone, we must remember the journey of suffrage for women. We must remember that we stand on the extraordinary work, commitment and sacrifices of the suffragists who sought to ensure that women had equal voting rights. These women sacrificed their time, their families and often their freedom so that women had a voice in public life. Sadly, for women of color, this right did not come to fruition until as late as 1965. During these last 100 years women have gained strong footholds in the public sphere as well as in the professional world and these successes began with access to the ballot box.“Since the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, we have shown up in record numbers at the polls, eager to cast our votes for candidates who stood firmly with women, advocating for issues important to them. In fact, according to the Center for American Women in Politics, female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1980. There is power in our voice, and there is power in our vote.“In Pennsylvania, women make up 25 percent of the General Assembly – earning more than a dozen of those seats in the last two years – and there are seven women cabinet members within the Wolf Administration. That is progress. The 2020 Democratic vice presidential candidate is Kamala Harris, the daughter of immigrant parents and the first African-American and South Asian-American vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket. One hundred years ago, her story could not exist. That is progress.“Although we have come far from a century ago, we still look forward to opportunities for much needed progress. Because of election reforms that my husband, Gov. Tom Wolf, signed into law, eligible Pennsylvania voters can vote from home with a no-excuse mail-in ballot; we all have more time to register to vote, and every county has updated voting systems that improve our election security. With a state election system that increases our opportunity to participate in our democracy, there is simply no excuse to not exercise our hard-fought right to vote, either in person or with a mail-in ballot.“If you need to register to vote, check your registration status, request a mail-in ballot, or have questions about voter eligibility, visit votespa.com. The deadline to register to vote is October 19, and the deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 27.“As we observe one hundred years of suffrage for women and honor the pioneers who paved the way for us today, I urge every single eligible Pennsylvanian to do so. Voting is more accessible than it has ever been, and we must look beyond any excuse keeping us from the polls. Make sure our voices are heard on November 3.” August 25, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Track Clinic

first_imgIf you are reading this article today, I am attending the annual Indiana State Track and Field Clinic.  Each year, weather permitting, almost 800 coaches throughout the state convene in Indianapolis for this annual event.  It is always nice to think about warmer weather and track meets in the middle of winter.  For the past 15 years I have been in charge of the committee that introduces all the speakers over a three-day period.  Through this process I have had the pleasure of meeting Olympic coaches, high-profile college coaches, and some of Indiana’s best high school coaches.  The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches puts this clinic on every year.  The board members of this association meet 4 times a year in an effort to improve track and cross country in the state of Indiana.  The IHSAA seldom will make a move unless they get input from these different sport committees.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with this group and hope that our younger coaches get involved.  Very few members of this group are what you would consider young coaches.  I know with age comes wisdom, but as coaches reach retirement young blood is required.  Young people–get involved in whatever group you belong to!last_img read more

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Official 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings

first_imgXtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,236; 2. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,224; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 1,220; 4. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 1,201; 5. Justin Jones, Bemidji, Minn., 1,191; 6. J.D. Auringer, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,188; 7. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,187; 8. Nick Roberts, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,186 (12 40-point feature wins); 9. Clint Hatlestad, Glencoe, Minn., 1,186 (9 40-point feature wins); 10. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 1,184; 11. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 1,180; 12. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,179; 13. Dylan Sherfick, WaKeeney, Kan., 1,166; 14. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,163; 15. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M., 1,162; 16. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,160; 17. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,158; 18. Michael Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., 1,152; 19. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn., 1,149; 20. Eddie Belec, Lakewood, Colo., 1,145.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 805; 2. Michael Haggenbottom, Levittown, Pa., 771; 3. Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn., 765; 4. Zach Newlin, Millerstown, Pa., 764; 5. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 763; 6. Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn., 758; 7. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 752; 8. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 747 (3 40-point feature wins); 9. Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa, 747 (2 40-point feature wins); 10. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 746; 11. Adam Gullion, Lincoln, Neb., 744 (1 40-point feature win); 12. Jesse Cripe, South Haven, Minn., 744 (no 40-point feature wins); 13. Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn., 734; 14. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 726; 15. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 721; 16. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, 720; 17. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 711 (5 40-point feature wins); 18. Doug Lovegrove, Waverly, Neb., 711 (no 40-point feature wins); 19. Jeremy Schultz, Hutchinson, Minn., 705; 20. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 700.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,240; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,236; 3. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 1,222; 4. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,216; 5. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,205; 6. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,191; 7. Charles Cosper, Belton, Texas, 1,185 (12 40-point feature wins); 8. Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn., 1,185 (8 40-point feature wins); 9. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,184; 10. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 1,181; 11. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,173; 12. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,171; 13. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,162; 14. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan., 1,158; 15. Jay Schmidt, Tama, Iowa, 1,156; 16. Chad Bruns, Wayne, Neb., 1,155; 17. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,153; 18. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,152; 19. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn., 1,150; 20. Ron Pettitt, Norfolk, Neb., 1,140.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,232; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,228; 3. Jacob Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 1,221; 4. Cody Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,214; 5. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,203 (20 40-point feature wins); 6. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,203 (12 40-point feature wins); 7. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas, 1,199 (19 40-point feature wins); 8. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 1,199 (16 40-point feature wins); 9. Austin Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,177; 10. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,175; 11. Tiffany Bittner, Hampton, Neb., 1,170; 12. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,169; 13. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,154; 14. Chanse Hollatz, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,153 (10 40-point feature wins); 15. Andrew W. Borchardt, Plymouth, Iowa, 1,153 (9 40-point feature wins); 16. Tyrel Smith, Goodland, Kan., 1,150; 17. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,147; 18. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 1,142; 19. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan., 1,134; 20. Jeremy Wegner, Graettinger, Iowa, 1,126.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,240; 2. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,237; 3. Mark “Bud” Martini, Avon, Minn., 1,227; 4. Clint Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,217; 5. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif., 1,216; 6. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,213; 7. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 1,204; 8. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,199; 9. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,195 (16 40-point wins); 10. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo., 1,195 (6 40-point wins); 11. Lucas James Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis., 1,193; 12. Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, 1,188; 13. Jared VanDeest, Holland, Iowa, 1,184; 14. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,183; 15. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,163; 16. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,160; 17. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 1,141; 18. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,140; 19. George Nordman, Mason City, Iowa, 1,137 (9 40-point wins); 20. Sam Robert Wieben, Dysart, Iowa, 1,137 (6 40-point wins).Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jesse Baldwin, Aztec, N.M., 1,228; 2. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,219; 3. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,153; 4. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 1,074 (4 40-point feature wins); 5. Jeffrey Kaup, Woodward, Okla., 1,074 (3 40-point feature wins); 6. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,071; 7. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 1,062; 8. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, 1,058; 9. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 1,056; 10. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 1,031; 11. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 1,005; 12. Brian J. Carey, Aztec, N.M., 1,000; 13. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 998; 14. Thomas Bennett, Bastrop, Texas, 962; 15. Logan Ellis, Wagoner, Okla., 945; 16. Jordan Eddleman, Kirtland, N.M., 910; 17. Levy Galmor, Elk City, Okla., 905; 18. T.J. Green, Robinson, Texas, 900; 19. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 892; 20. Chris Cogburn, Waco, Texas, 888.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,229; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,218; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,194; 4. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,171; 5. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,144 (6 40-point wins); 6. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,144 (1 40-point win); 7. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,135; 8. Brendon Yamry, Rice, Minn., 1,124; 9. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,116 (3 40-point wins); 10. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,116 (2 40-point wins); 11. Drew Johnson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,101 (12 40-point wins); 12. Dalton Kron, Algona, Iowa, 1,101 (no 40-point wins); 13. Alan Lahr, Nicollet, Minn., 1,095; 14. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,082; 15. Dustin Jackson, Oneill, Neb., 1,061 (5 38-point finishes); 16. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,061 (2 38-point finishes); 17. Zach Foesch, Bird Island, Minn., 1,060; 18. Devin Jones, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,056; 19. Colby Kaspar, Columbus, Neb., 1,053; 20. Joe Regner, Winthrop, Minn., 1,052.last_img read more

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Duffy keen for more caps

first_img Press Association However, the degree of difficulty will only increase during the early hours of Wednesday morning when Ireland face Portugal at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. Boss Martin O’Neill’s defensive resources have been significantly depleted since the squad met up in Dublin last month with John O’Shea, Seamus Coleman and Damien Delaney having left and Wilson not expected to have recovered from a tight hamstring in time for the game. Full-back Stephen Ward has rejoined the squad after flying in on Saturday evening, but Duffy is hoping he might get another chance to impress. He said: “As soon as you have played one game, you want to play more. “I don’t know how I did, but I just went out there and did the best I could do, and on Tuesday I will be ready if I’m picked.” Should he get the nod, Duffy will find himself pitched into battle with Portugal’s Brazil-bound superstars in hot and humid conditions, and it may prove something of a contrast to what he has been used to. The Derry-born defender spent last season on loan in the Sky Bet Championship at Yeovil, who ultimately slipped out of the division after a lengthy battle against relegation. However, the experience he gained at Huish Park proved invaluable, and Duffy, who made 39 appearances, is grateful for the opportunity afforded him by the Glovers. Asked about the prospect of locking horns with Cristiano Ronaldo and company compared to playing in England’s second tier, he said: “It’s a lot different, but it’s been brilliant for me down there. “It’s got me where I am now, so it’s credit to Yeovil for bringing me down there and giving me a chance to be in the senior squad.” Midfielder Glenn Whelan will not be involved after flying home for personal reasons. Shane Duffy reaped the rewards of four years’ hard work when he was handed his senior debut for the Ireland on Saturday. He has spent the time since working his way back, and his industry finally paid off at the PPL Stadium. Duffy said: “It’s been a long four years. I don’t know, I was just focusing on club football to see if I could get back to where I was, and hopefully this season I have shown that. “Playing the other night was sort of a reward for four years ago, what happened, so I was just delighted. “I am made up to be even in the squad, so to play was a dream. “Obviously when you start playing football, you want to play for your country, so I was delighted when it actually came. “I thought I did all right in the game, some good things, some bad things, but it’s the first step and hopefully I can do better stuff.” Duffy played his part in a 1-1 draw with World Cup finalists Costa Rica, who fought their way back from 1-0 down despite having defender Giancarlo Gonzalez sent off before the break. He lined up in a much-changed defence along with Richard Keogh, Stephen Kelly and Marc Wilson, the latter of whom had to make way for emergency left-back James McClean because of injury, and the quartet was given a stern examination by Bryan Ruiz, Marco Urena and Joel Campbell in particular. The 22-year-old Everton defender lined up against Costa Rica in Philadelphia during the early hours of Saturday morning to end a long journey back to international prominence. Duffy had been promised his first senior cap by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni in an end-of-season friendly against Paraguay back in 2010 when he suffered a horrific training ground injury which left him with a lacerated liver and fighting for his life. last_img read more

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Irish rugby squad prepare for Welsh clash

first_imgAnd Munster are also in action this evening as they host London Irish at Irish Independent Park from 7pm. After the work-out, the Irish coaching staff will go on the road to scout the players in action for the provinces in tonight’s pre-season friendlies.The likes of Michael Bent and Gordon D’Arcy will be hoping to impress for Leinster against Moseley in Donnybrook at 7.30.Andre Trimble and Tommy Bowe start on the wings for Ulster’s trip to Edinburgh at 6.30.last_img

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