Mr Argyle will this week begin a campaign to get the Australian government to step in on behalf of its citizens.The Nauru government did not return calls. Yet the Nauru government has ignored the ruling and refuses to pay up. On Saturday Argyle announced that he’d fired himself. “Therefore that also applies to me, so I am firing myself as Chairman and CEO.”, David Argyle - Open Letter7th June 2019 pic.twitter.com/rDgaWUbLiK. “I understand the unwitting racist connotations of what I said and the distress caused to Jose. The remaining five per cent will sit with a new owner yet to be endorsed by the NRL. Online wagering pioneer Matt Tripp is expected to be the new chair of the 23-year-old club which is preparing for the eventual retirements of coach Craig Bellamy and captain Cameron Smith. Nationwide News Pty Limited Copyright © 2020. The incident is another embarrassment for the game's youngest professional club, who revealed on Tuesday that one of their players, Australian prop Darcy Lussick, had been refused re-entry into the country by the UK Border Agency. Bellamy is not expected to take a full-time position as a coach anywhere when his current contract concludes in 2022 and he has a close association with Tripp. Argyle, an Australian mining magnate who has bank-rolled the Canadian club since its formation in 2017, has earlier issued an apology. Matt Tripp is expected to become Melbourne's new chair. THE Nauru government is refusing to repay $10m in debts owed to an Australian businessman despite a court ruling ordering it to pay up. ", Matt Tripp is expected to become Melbourne's new chair.Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui. However, the Storm is now owned by four Melbourne-based businessmen with significant personal wealth, meaning any buy in by Argyle would be on their terms. Considering Cameron Smith earns $1m a season, including sponsorships, outlays of the Sonny Bill magnitude would raise eyebrows with even the richest owners of Australian football clubs. Roy Masters is a Sports Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. Mr Argyle said the government should suspend aid and payments for offshore processing to the island nation until it meets its legal obligations. "But it's only half a minute of vision missing," the video man protested. "I could learn alot in that 30 seconds. Should Argyle join the consortium, Tripp, Campbell and Ryan would each surrender a fifth of their individual equity to him, meaning Argyle would own 15 per cent, leaving four owners with 20 per cent each. "I have never felt so little in my life and can't believe that people can still have such a racist mind," Kenga said on his Twitter account. THE government of Nauru is refusing to repay $10 million in debts owed to an Australian businessman despite a court ruling ordering it to pay up. 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Melbourne Storm has radically changed its ownership structure, with majority shareholder Bart Campbell halving his stake and negotiations opening with David Argyle, the billionaire mining magnate owner of the Toronto Wolfpack, to take a share. And the Australian government is ignoring pleas to step in and pressure the island nation to settle its debts despite a partnership agreement linking Australian aid to Nauru’s obligations to pay its creditors. ", Please read and share!⬇️⬇️ @TheRFL @TOwolfpack @Swinton_Lions pic.twitter.com/h03BXJIZ4l. He said approaches to the federal government for assistance had also “fallen on deaf ears”. Tripp said from London: "I am excited about the new ownership structure by welcoming two new owners into the mix. We try to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome. The end of Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith's time at the Storm is being planned for by the club. Bellamy can be expected to have significant input into future major decisions. "However, that day I fell short on delivering those standards. The statement said: "As soon as I was made aware of Jose Kenga's tweet relating to our conversation after the match in Toronto on 28th April 2019, I reached out to the Swinton Lions senior management team. A group of 10 businessmen, consisting of mostly Canadians and an Australian mining millionaire David Argyle, own the club, having paid around $500,000 to be granted admission to the rugby league. Toronto Wolfpack’s Australian owner David Argyle has ‘fired himself’ over allegations of racism. On Friday, Swinton prop Jose Kenga claimed he was racially abused by Argyle in the immediate aftermath of the Lions' Championship match against the Wolfpack in Toronto in April. Tripp recently sold his remaining share in online betting company, BetEasy to Canadian wagering behemoth the Stars Group and will have time to devote to steering the Storm over the next decade. The Ralph brothers, whose Jet Couriers have branches in Australian capital cities, as well as Dallas, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Houston and Auckland, also own the Melbourne Aces baseball team. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. I take full responsibility and I want to unreservedly apologise to Jose, Swinton Lions, Toronto Wolfpack and our great fans for my comments. “When it comes to Australia, it seems that what Nauru wants Nauru gets,” Mr Argyle said. The man who wants to transform sport in this country is not a Russian oligarch, a billionaire sheik or a brash barrow boy done good. before laughing and handing over a drink token. Nauru lost the case and was ordered to pay more than $40 million in money owed plus damages and interest to investors including Mr Argyle, who is owed $10 million. Bellamy's work ethic knows no limits. Widnes fans have reacted angrily to the rumours but if no other bids are made for the club, they may have no option but to watch Argyle take control of … All times AEDT (GMT +11). ", John Ribot, the inaugural executive chairman of the Storm, said, "The ownership changes mean we have working class guys who have done well leading a club in a working class game which can get even better.". A relationship between the Storm and the Wolfpack would allow an international exchange of players and coaching know-how, as well as the guaranteed capitalisation of both clubs and accelerate Argyle's push into the United States where he has long harboured the ambition of establishing a rugby league team. Wolfpack billionaire in mix for share as Storm change ownership model. The mining billionaire has funded Toronto’s rugby league journey from the start and also has shares in League 1 outfit London Skolars. “If any other member of our Wolfpack family had made that comment I made, on balance, regardless context and environment, I would have fired them. David Argyle, a 53-year-old mining investor, has accused the Abbott government of ignoring the plight of those owed money by the Nauru government for fear of upsetting its offshore processing deal. Parents Sabine and James Mather killed in horror crash day a... Christopher James Warnock jailed for breaching Qld border by... Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Kenga, who was born in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, claims Argyle said to him "do they allow black people in Swinton?" Jet Couriers have been sponsors of the Storm for 16 years, taking a corporate suite next to the coach's box occupied by Bellamy. Very large text size Melbourne Storm has radically changed its ownership structure, with majority shareholder Bart Campbell halving his stake and negotiations opening with David Argyle, the billionaire mining magnate owner of the Toronto Wolfpack, to take a share. The Republic of Nauru was taken to court in 2011 by a US funds management firm in which Mr Argyle invested after it refused to pay returns on government-issued bonds. Mr Argyle accused the government of refusing to enforce the rules of its aid agreement with Nauru. news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site, Castlemaine school principal breath tested Year 12 students.
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