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Administrators FRP Advisory LLP said in a statement that a Company Voluntary Arrangement had been agreed to allow control of Manor Grand Prix Racing, which traded as Marussia F1, to be passed back to directors.


“The financial restructuring creates a platform for the company to continue with its plans to participate once again within Formula One,” they added.

No details of the restructuring, or investors, were provided although former team boss John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon are known to be involved.

Media reports have indicated former Sainsbury’s chief executive Justin King, whose son Jordan is competing in the GP2 feeder series this season, is also part of a consortium to revive the team’s fortunes.

Marussia, who were ninth in the 2014 championship, sunk into administration in October and missed the last three races of the campaign.

They still have big hurdles to overcome, with a car to be built and the season starting in Australia on March 15. Rivals have also blocked a proposal for them to be allowed to use an interim 2014 car.

They can however miss three races, which would allow them to start the season in Bahrain in mid-April.

Administrator Geoff Rowley said the team had taken a step forward.

“With new investment and a continuity of the respected management, the business has the ideal platform from which it can accelerate the operational rebuilding already underway to get a team back racing,” he said.

“We shall complete our statutory duties as administrators with the necessary filings needed in order to formally exit the company from administration over the next few days.”

(Editing by Tony Jimenez)

France’s Pape banned for rest of 6 Nations

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A Six Nations disciplinary committee has banned French lock Pascal Pape for 10 weeks for a knee in the back foul that left Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip with three fractured vertebrae.


The foul deserved a longer ban, the committee said in a statement on Thursday, but Pape saved himself with his “expressions of remorse”.

The French player will miss the rest of the Six Nations tournament because of the challenge inflicted during Ireland’s 18-11 win over France in Dublin on Saturday.

Heaslip, 31, has already been told he will be sidelined for at least four weeks, but the Irish Rugby Football Union has said he should make a full recovery.

Pape was sin-binned with a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes for the 52nd minute challenge, but the disciplinary committee said the offence merited a red card.

The committee ruled that “the offence should be categorised at the top end of World Rugby’s scale of seriousness and set an entry point of a 15 week suspension”.

But it also noted Pape’s admission of foul play and his expressions of remorse, reducing the sanction by one third to 10 weeks.

Pape still has the right of appeal following the two days of hearings at London’s Heathrow Airport.

French coach Philippe Saint-Andre had defended his player after the game.

“When you watch the images of the incident I don’t think you can say it was deliberate,” he said.

But Pape made a public apology to Heaslip on Twitter on Tuesday, saying he was “sincerely sorry for having injured” him and that it he had “absolutely no intention to cause him harm”.

The Irishman replied saying: “It’s a physical game that we play and these things happen. I fully accept your apology.”

Ireland next play England in Dublin on March 1 in the match that could decide the tournament. The two countries are the only two to have won all their games so far.

France play Wales on February 28 needing a win to keep alive their faint hopes of a Six Nations title.

Dragons expect frosty WCS reception

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St George Illawarra have been warned to expect a deafening reception when they face Warrington in the opening match of the World Club Series.


The Dragons’ England-born five-eighth Gareth Widdop knows full well that the crowds will be a factor favouring the home teams this weekend, but is predicting his burgeoning partnership with halfback Benji Marshall will pass the test.

“I’ve only experienced it once or twice. It’s unbelievable,” Widdop, who enjoyed World Club Challenge success with Melbourne in 2013, told AAP.

“It’s something you’ve got to take in early on. It certainly helps the home town with the crowd getting behind their team, but it’s very enjoyable.

“The first 20 minutes you’ve just got to take it all in because it’s certainly going to be loud.

“As playmakers, you’ve just got to try and communicate the best you can.

“After a full pre-season with training alongside Benji, we know how each other plays a bit now, so that should take the crowd (noise) out of it a little bit.

“We won’t have to do too much talking to each other, we can just look at each other and know what each other is going to do.”

Warrington enter the clash in bright form, having won their opening two Super League fixtures, while the Dragons are coming off a 12-12 Charity Shield draw with premiers South Sydney.

Should the Dragons win, it would put the Australian clubs in a strong position to take home the inaugural World Club Series trophy – with heavyweights South Sydney and Brisbane to play on the weekend.

Coach Paul McGregor on Thursday named a 19-man squad, cutting Peter Mata’utia from the 20 taken to the UK, which will be further reduced by two before kick off on Saturday morning (AEDT).

“The boys are really excited to be able to play on the international stage and they know how important this game is for us as a club,” McGregor said.

“Warrington are a great team we know we’re in for a very tough match.”

Meanwhile, Warrington coach Tony Smith has also named a 19-man squad, which includes NRL veterans Roy Asotasi, Joel Monaghan and Ashton Sims.

“It’s not been hard for me to build this game up for the players,” Smith said.

Berries being screened for virus

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has assured Australians all berry products involved in a hepatitis A outbreak are being screened as the threat of contamination spreads to more schools.


But it’s unclear who, if anyone, is carrying out the screening.

The number of confirmed cases of hepatitis A linked to the imported frozen berries remained at 13 on Thursday.

But children at up to 20 South Australian schools and childcare centres may have eaten the contaminated berries.

And a primary school in Cairns has warned parents their children may have been served smoothies at the tuckshop containing the now-recalled berries.

Mr Abbott told reporters on Thursday 100 per cent of “these sorts of imports” are now screened, despite not yet being classified as high risk by the food standards regulatory body FSANZ.

“We have moved to 100 per cent screening of these sorts of imports until this matter is resolved in a way which is very protective of the health of the Australian public,” Mr Abbott said.

The prime minister’s office later clarified Mr Abbott was referring to the Patties Food products that were involved in the outbreak.

However, a spokesman couldn’t confirm who was doing the testing.

The Department of Agriculture wouldn’t confirm any changes in screening but a spokesman told AAP that parent company Patties Foods was voluntarily holding all products involved.

The berries at the centre of the outbreak, branded in Australia as Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet, have been recalled and taken off shelves.

Frozen berries are classified low risk, requiring only five per cent screening, but the department has requested a review of that status.

Patties Foods chief executive Steven Chaur told the ABC tests at the farm and production facilities for various diseases and bacteria had come up negative.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said while the viral outbreak had shaken confidence, it could encourage more people to buy Australian-grown produce.

He’s demanding the government explain fully how it’s making sure imported food won’t make people sick.

Consumer watchdog boss Rod Sims said it was great for consumers if companies could import cheap goods but they had a responsibility to make sure the imports were safe.

“The less expensive the thing you buy, the more you need to check that you’ve got the processes in place to make sure that it is safe,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman told a business lunch.

Health authorities around the country say the risk of illness is low but they are taking a cautious approach.

The number of infections could rise over the coming weeks, with the Department of Health saying up to one in 100 people who ate the berries could contract the virus.

Maldonado on top as ill Hamilton is sidelined

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Dutchman Max Verstappen, 17, completed the most laps on a day interrupted by a collision between Susie Wolff’s Williams and the Sauber driven by Brazilian rookie Felipe Nasr.


Maldonado, whose only career grand prix win came at the Circuit de Catalunya with Williams in 2012, completed 69 laps with a best time of one minute 25.011 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari with Australian Daniel Ricciardo third in a Red Bull.

Champions Mercedes, who have completed far more laps than rivals in five days of pre-season testing in Jerez and Barcelona, had a mixed day after a high fever ruled out Hamilton following 11 laps in the morning.

German reserve Pascal Wehrlein, who was testing Force India’s 2014 car, was recalled to replace the champion despite the Briton’s team mate Nico Rosberg being at the circuit.

Rosberg also complained of a sore nerve in his neck and his presence in the car on Friday remained uncertain.

Verstappen, who will be Formula One’s youngest ever driver when he makes his debut with Toro Rosso in Australia on March 15, completed a hefty 94 laps — the most he has done in a single day.

Wolff, Williams test driver and wife of Mercedes motorsport head Toto, completed 86 laps but her display was interrupted by the collision.

Nasr, who was Williams test driver last year, suggested his former team mate was to blame.

“I think Susie did not see me coming and then we unfortunately collided in turn five,” he said. “We had quite a lot of damage to fix which hurt our programme.”

Wolff saw things differently. “I think it’s on video for everyone to see but the facts are that I stayed on line and he came across and his rear hit my front. It was an unnecessary coming together,” she said.

McLaren called an end to their day before lunch when a problem with the energy recovery system on Jenson Button’s car required lengthy work on the power unit.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Jimenez)

They picked on me due to skin colour, Paris victim

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“I don’t speak a word of English .


.. but it was clear to me they were picking on me because of the colour of my skin,” said the victim, identified by the French daily as Souleymane, 33.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has started an investigation to find the people responsible for chanting: “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as they stopped a black man boarding a train on Tuesday.

Chelsea reacted on Thursday by suspending three people from their Stamford Bridge stadium following an internal investigation.

“If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident the club will issue banning orders for life,” the English Premier League leaders said in a statement.

The incident was captured on video by another passenger on the platform at the Richelieu-Drouot station before Chelsea drew 1-1 with Paris St Germain in Tuesday night’s Champions League last 16 first-leg tie at the Parc des Princes.

“I took the next metro and went back home without telling anyone, not even my wife or kids,” said Souleymane after an incident he said lasted six or seven minutes.

“What would I have told my kids? That daddy was pushed in the metro because he’s black?”.

Police said no arrests were made in relation to the match but amateur footage posted on The Guardian newspaper’s website clearly showed the incident, which has been widely condemned by football authorities including Sepp Blatter, president of governing body FIFA.



“We firmly condemn this intolerable act of discrimination. Only the values of sport should inspire the football fans. They value the gathering of all, whatever their origins,” said a statement from PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi.

“Sport must carry the spirit of fraternity. This problem concerns all club officials and calls for vigilance.”

French League (LFP) president Frederic Thiriez said his organisation was considering filing a civil suit.

“What happened is intolerable,” he added in a statement.

“Football must fight racism on a daily basis. It’s a priority. And it’s in the name of that priority that we wish to file a civil suit. I welcome the English authorities and Chelsea FC’s reactivity who are at our side in that fight.”

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expected to address the incident at a news conference on Friday.

The Premier League’s only black manager Chris Ramsey, in charge of Queens Park Rangers, said Chelsea should not be blamed for the behaviour of their fans.

Souleymane told Le Parisien he was used to racism but it was the first time it happened to him on the Paris underground.

“I didn’t know I had been filmed. Talking about this now encourages me to lodge a complaint with the police,” he said.

The Metropolitan Police in London has appealed for anyone with information to come forward.


(Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Julien Pretot, editing by Janet Lawrence and Justin Palmer)

Ex-NY mayor Giuliani attacks Obama

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Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani has triggered a firestorm with an unflinching verbal assault on Barack Obama, saying the US president does not “love” America.


Republican Giuliani made the remarks late on Wednesday at a private group dinner that included Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who is considering a 2016 presidential run.

“I do not believe – and I know this is a horrible thing to say – but I do not believe that the president loves America,” Giuliani said at the New York dinner, according to Politico.

“He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

The White House condemned the remarks, agreeing with Giuliani that “it was a horrible thing to say.”

“He seems embarrassed enough to do damage control this morning, so I’m not going to pile on from here,” said White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz.

Giuliani sought to clarify his remarks on Thursday.

“I’m not questioning his patriotism – he’s a patriot I’m sure,” he told Fox News.

“What I’m saying is that in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things that I used to hear Ronald Reagan (and) Bill Clinton say, about how much he loves America,” he said, referring to two former US presidents.

“It sounds like he’s more of a critic than he is a supporter,” Giuliani added.

But his earlier comments sparked fury from Obama’s Democratic Party, which blasted his remarks as “outrageous.”

Giuliani served as mayor of New York from 1994 to 2001 and shepherded the city through the September 11 attacks, earning a reputation as “America’s mayor” in some circles.

With Obama the son of a Kenyan father and American mother, critics in the past have questioned his citizenship and religion.

But Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the comments by Giuliani, a one-time presidential candidate, went beyond the pale.

“I rarely agreed with president (George W.) Bush, but I never questioned his love for our country,” she told a gathering of Democratic lawmakers.

“If the Republican Party really wants to be taken seriously… really wants to avoid its problems of the past… now is the time for its leaders to stop this kind of nonsense. Enough.”

Giuliani also criticised Obama’s position on battling Islamist extremism, arguing that the president has downplayed the jihadist threat and refuses to “stand up and say there’s a part of Islam that’s sick.”

Waratahs to get angry with Rebels

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NSW Waratahs plan to ratchet up the emotion level from passive to angry for Friday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Melbourne.


The champions are primed to adopt a much more forceful approach after a scathing honesty session in the players’ Monday review of their insipid performance against Western Force the day before.

NSW defence coach Nathan Grey described the Waratahs effort in the contact area against the Force as passive, a word Waratahs captain and lock Dave Dennis said was fair.

Head coach Michael Cheika said the Tahs weren’t angry enough last weekend and he clearly expects a far more combative and physical approach against the Rebels.

“I think a lot of the boys are probably angry from last week’s result, so we’ve got to express that on Friday night,” Dennis said.

Grey said the side had worked on their execution, defence and breakdown play in the short turnaround between their first two games.

He expected the Rebels would try and keep the game in the forwards.

“They’ve got a number of guys who are playing well and they are quite cohesive as a team at the moment, so we know they are going to be a very difficult challenge,” Grey said.

He stressed the Waratahs had no intention of meddling with their style to counteract teams trying to slow them down, as the Force did.

“We don’t want to change the way we play and we’ve got the tools in our weaponry to be able to play the way we want to play,” Grey said.

“It’s just a matter of executing those really, really quickly and consistently, which we didn’t do last week and paid the price.”

Grey said injured No.8 Wycliff Palu would be a big loss, but the Waratahs would utilise the different set of attributes of replacement Stephen Hoiles.

While fellow assistant coach Daryl Gibson has confirmed he would like the head coaching position after Cheika steps down at the end of the 2015 Super Rugby season, Grey said he hadn’t applied for the job.

Indian couple leaves everything to monkey

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A wealthy Indian couple has made a pet monkey their sole heir, saying their lives became more prosperous after they adopted the animal and they want to ensure he is looked after.


Brajesh Srivastava and his wife Shabista have no children, but they view their pet monkey Chunmun as a son and have set up a trust to ensure the animal is looked after if it outlives them.

“People might say we are mad, they might even ridicule us. But we know how valuable Chunmun is to us,” Shabista, 45, told AFP.

“We are childless and Chunmun is a son to me. We want to ensure that even when we are not alive, Chunmun’s life is not affected and he continues to live the way he does.”

The couple, who were cast out after marrying against their families’ wishes, say they were poor when they adopted their monkey in 2004, but have since prospered.

They own the house where they live in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India, and they also have land and savings.

Shabista is a successful lawyer and her 48-year-old husband owns several businesses including a cable TV network and a flour mill – all named after Chunmun.

The monkey has his own air-conditioned room in the couple’s house, which he shares with his ‘wife’ — a female simian named Bitti who the couple has also taken in.

The two monkeys like to eat Chinese food and drink tea and mango juice according to Shabista, who even hosts an annual “wedding anniversary” party for the pair, inviting hundreds of friends to celebrate.

At 10, Chunmun may well outlive the couple – monkeys can live for between 35 and 40 years.

After his death, the money will go towards ensuring the welfare of monkeys in India, where the animals are frequently abused.

Aussie women win gold in team pursuit

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Australia have smashed the world record to win gold in the women’s team pursuit at the track cycling world championships in Paris.


Australia took almost three seconds off the world record to upset four-time reigning champions Great Britain in the final.

Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins posted a new best-ever time of 4 minutes 13.683 seconds.

Great Britain previously held the world record of 4:16.552, which they set at altitude in Mexico in late 2013.

The British quartet posted a time of 4:16.702 to take silver.

Canada (4:17.864) beat New Zealand for the bronze.

Earlier on Thursday evening (Friday morning AEDT), Australia lowered the national record for the second day running when they progressed to the gold-medal race by speeding around France’s new national velodrome in 4:17.410.

That time shaved 0.7 seconds off the national record the women set on the opening day of competition.

The new mark was 3.5 seconds lower than the national record the same four women set at the Australian national championships three weeks ago.

But the new world record is a full seven seconds faster than that Melbourne time.

Great Britain have won the past four world championship titles and were previously undefeated at any major meet during that period.

Australia last won gold in 2010 and have now finished on the podium six times at the past seven track worlds.

Coach Gary Sutton told AAP after the race he’d had the women on a world record schedule because he thought that’s what was needed to beat the British team.

“It wasn’t about the world record, it was about winning,” he said.

“The schedule was 4:16 and they were well under that but they were always comfortable.”

Nevertheless, Sutton was surprised too see the timing board flash 4:13.683.

“They went a lot better than I thought – but we’ve seen it coming.”

The Australians could start to see the British squad up ahead on the track towards the end which gave them added incentive.

Hoskins said it was “phenomenal” to take seven seconds off the national record in three weeks.

“But we went into the ride just wanting the rainbows,” she told AAP.

“It’s been five years in the making and we wanted it bad.

“To get a world record, a national title, as well as the rainbows – it’s a great day out for us.”

The 23-year-old said every team lifts for a final “but we just happened to lift more than them (the British)”.

“They’ve had a cracker run but finally we got one up on them.”

Edmondson said it felt like the quartet was flying on Thursday night.

However she was too busy celebrating after crossing the line to realise the Australians had smashed the world record.

“It took me about two laps before I looked up and saw the time,” Edmondson told AAP.

“It’s absolutely incredible. I Can’t believe it.”