first_imgSOCCER: Packie Bonner has revealed he doesn’t know how Mick McCarthy didn’t ‘chin’ Roy Keane during their infamous bust-up in Saipan. Bonner has been discussing extracts from his autobiography ‘The Last Line’ which will be released early next month. Bonner was part of the Irish backroom team during that now infamous fall-out between Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and team captain and Manchester United star Roy Keane.Keane was sent home in disgrace and the fall-out still provokes fierce debate to this day.Keane was at the peak of his powers and was influential in ensuring Ireland’s place at the World Cup in South Korea and Japan.However, Keane was furious at the inadequate training facilities in Saipan – and then snapped when McCarthy confronted him over a piece he done with The Irish Times. However, Bonner says he still can’t believe McCarthy showed the restraint he did considering the abuse and venom in Kean’s verbal assault.Bonner told The Irish Sun, “I know Mick McCarthy a long time, I played with him at Celtic and I seen him manhandle an opponent in a tunnel and swat him away like a fly.“He can look after himself in any company and was a tough and uncompromising man.“He showed credible restraint with Keane when he launched into a shocking tirade that was full of venom.“Keane launched a personal attack on Mick and it felt like it went on for an eternity, he even brought up an incident that had happened during a tour of the USA a decade earlier and said his opinion of him was the same as it was then.“I really don’t know how McCarthy didn’t chin him and knock him out. Bonner also feels that Ireland were better off without Keane because of the fear other players had.“I’ve often asked myself that question, but so many players were walking on eggshells around him – and I don’t think that is good for morale at all.PACKIE BONNER – “I DON’T KNOW HOW MICK MCCARTHY DIDN’T KNOCK ROY KEANE OUT” was last modified: September 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more

first_imgzoom Dubai-based port operator DP World saw a 15.8 percent rise in profit for the first half of 2017 on a like-for-like basis, earning USD 606 million amid improved trading environment.“Encouragingly, after a challenging period, we have seen a pick-up in global trade particularly in the second quarter of the year, and that combined with the ramp up in our recent investments in Yarimca (Turkey), London Gateway (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and JNP Mumbai (India), has delivered ahead-of-market volume growth,” DP World Group Chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.On a reported basis, revenue of USD 2.29 billion grew 9.6% supported by the strong volume growth across all three DP World regions. On a reported basis earnings remained flat (-0.3%).Adjusted EBITDA of USD 1.22 billion increased by 4.2%, with an adjusted EBITDA margin of 53.4%.On a like-for-like basis, revenue grew 3.0% and adjusted EBITDA increased by 7.0%, while adjusted EBITDA margin stood at 54.8%.“In the first half of 2017, we have invested USD 595 million of Capex in key growth markets and announced over USD 170 million of acquisitions in our maritime business, which offers significant growth opportunities. These investments leave us well placed to deliver on our strategy to strengthen our port related services and capitalize on the significant medium to long-term growth potential of this industry,” Bin Sulayem added.“Our balance sheet remains strong and we continue to generate high levels of cash flow, which gives us the ability to invest in the future growth of our current portfolio, and the flexibility to make new investments should the right opportunities arise as well as delivering enhanced returns to shareholders over the medium term.”As disclosed, cash from operating activities amounted to USD 1 billion, up from USD 905 million in the first half of 2016. Leverage, net debt to annualized adjusted EBITDA, decreased to 2.6 times from 2.8 times at the end of last year.“Looking ahead to the second half of the year, we expect higher levels of throughput to be maintained. Overall, the steady financial performance of the first six months leaves us confident in meeting full-year market expectations.”last_img read more