Lions 2017: NZ Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British & Irish Lions

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Lions tour is officially underway, with the visitors turning in an error-strewn and frustrating display as they chugged to a close win over the Provincial Barbarians. Their hosts are a largely semi-pro side that can boast a trainee nurse and sheep farmer among their ranks. The Lions will want to re-focus right away on their next game, against the Auckland Blues who will be fielding their All Blacks next week.The Lions trailed at half-time 7-6, with Warren Gatland’s son, Bryn, pulling the strings from fly-half and frustrating the Lions with his array of kicking skills. Opposite him, Johnny Sexton struggled to control his side while elsewhere tackles fell off and countless passes were put behind attackers.The Lions kept at it in the second half though, nudging their way ahead thanks to an Anthony Watson try and then they crunched on. It never looked comfortable but they saw it out. They only arrived on Wednesday and are clearly still feeling the effects of their trip, but the show moves on.Below are the players who managed to stand out from the crowd and the key talking points.Stand-out: Kyle Sinckler was a rare shining light for the LionsWhich Lions caught the eye?Taulupe Faletau – With the try-line begging for the Barbarians, Faletau managed to make an incredible tackle on the slide that turned into him holding the ball up over the line. While others lost their heads around him, he kept his. And his defensive decision-making is so impressive.Kyle Sinckler – The big fella can shift and he can give and take at pace. Time and again he put his hands up to take ball on. A confident showing.Ben Te’o – There is no second-guessing with Te’o: he takes the ball to the line hard. Once his team-mates learn how he runs and how he shifts at the gainline, he will become a consistent offloading option.What’s hotA win’s a win and all that – Are Lions openers cursed to forever underwhelm? Well at no point was it pretty, but it was a win. This match won’t go down as a classic, but it pointed to plenty of points to work on for the Lions. And there’s little time to dwell on things. The weather – Okay, it wasn’t literally hot, but the rain held off. There had been torrential downpours through Friday and at the start of Saturday morning, so to have a dry night was a big plus. Particularly for those sitting on the banks of the hill on one side of the Toll Stadium.Family affair: Bryn Gatland and Warren Gatland before the gameWhat’s not Replacements: Elliot Daly.Tries: Watson. Cons: Farrell. Pens: Sexton, Laidlaw. Man on a mission: Taulupe Faletau takes the ball up for the Lions The Lions made hard work of their first match on tour, against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians. First match jitters – From Iain Henderson missing kick-off receptions to Alun Wyn Jones going offside and Stuart Hogg butchering a two-on-one, it was a first half to forget for Lions fans. So many chances went begging for the Lions. The second half wasn’t much better, with the team with so much Test experience struggling to boss proceedings. Some of it will come down to rust and jet-lag still, of course, but they need to kick things up a gear from this point.Booing the kicker – It’s par for the course in New Zealand, but with Sexton lining up the first kick of the series, boos rang out. Passion you can understand, but it’s not like this crowd are all dyed in the wool Provincial Baa-Baas fanatics. Let both sides crack on during this series.Statistics54% – The Baa-Baas possession stats. They consistently broke the Lions.11 – The Lions penalty count, which may not sound like much, but will still be frustrating. Particularly from a defensive point of view.4 – The number of times the Lions got over the line but couldn’t touch down.NZ Provincial Barbarians: Luteru Laulala; Sam Vaka, Inga Finau (Jonah Lowe 19), Dwayne Sweeney, Sevu Reece; Bryn Gatland (Joe Webber 58), Jack Stratton (Richard Judd 57); Aidan Ross (Tolu Fahamokioa 45), Sam Anderson-Heather (capt) (Andrew Makalio 45), Oliver Jager (Marcel Renata 61), Josh Goodhue, Keepa Mewett (Peter Rowe 61), James Tucker, Lachlan Boshier (Matt Matich 46), Mitchell Dunshea.Tries: Sam Anderson-Heather. Cons: Gatland.British & Irish Lions: Stuart Hogg; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Te’o, Tommy Seymour; Johnny Sexton (Owen Farrell 48), Greig Laidlaw (Rhys Webb 58); Joe Marler (Mako Vunipola 49), Rory Best (Jamie George 49), Kyle Sinckler (Tadhg Furlong 49), Alun Wyn Jones, Iain Henderson (George Kruis 49), Ross Moriarty, Sam Warburton (capt) (Justin Tipuric 66), Taulupe Faletau. TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

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England Saxons bounce back to beat Ireland A

first_imgTuesday Feb 2, 2010 England Saxons bounce back to beat Ireland A As Six Nations season approaches rapidly, the England Saxons hosted Ireland A at the Recreation Ground in Bath on Sunday. The Saxons avenged last years Churchill Cup loss with a 17-13 victory.Shane Geraghty did his bit to make England boss Martin Johnson pencil him in as having what it takes to be part of the senior side over the next few months. He scored 12 points, including a try, and looks back to his best.“I think my tackling has improved and my goal kicking got better as we went along.“But it wasn’t about making points for the England management – it was more about playing better than I did for Northampton against Munster last week,” said Geraghty.The more experienced Irish side would have hoped to continued their good run of form, but were denied by an England side that attacked well, then defended solidly when required to.“As a team we have to be happy to win given their experience and the hiding we took last June, Geraghty added.“This is a huge turnaround for us – especially considering Ireland added Peter Stringer and Paddy Wallace to their squad. Mentally we had unfinished business from the summer when we were outmuscled.”Both tries were classily done, with Geraghty scoring the one and David Strettle finishing after a nicely timed pass by Ben Youngs. 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Vault Career Guide to Fundraising & Philanthropy

first_imgVault Career Guide to Fundraising & Philanthropy  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Call for entries to Insight in Fundraising Awards 2016

first_img Howard Lake | 16 March 2016 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. “It is now more important than ever that charities ‘box clever’ with their existing databases within new regulations and without alienating donors, so as to maximise insight, engagement and long term value for both charity and supporter”.The award winners will be announced at a gala dinner held at the Café de Paris on 8 June.IoF National Awards 2016In addition, once again, the winners of the Insight in Fundraising Awards 2016 will be shortlisted for the Institute of Fundraising National Awards – Best Use of Insight category.Insight award categoriesThis year the categories are:Most powerful insight from traditional methods of data analysisMost powerful insight using innovative methods of data analysisBest use of data and analysis in digital fundraisingMost powerful insight through researchMost powerful example of insight sharingMost powerful use of insight by a small to medium income charityMost powerful insight from a long-term strategic projectTeam of the YearSupplier of the YearRising StarOutstanding Contribution special awardThe deadline to enter the Insight Awards is 5pm on 24 March 2016. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 The IoF Insight in Fundraising Special Interest Group is inviting charity data analysts, data teams and insight specialists, whether in-house or suppliers, to submit their entries to the fifth Insight in Fundraising Awards. There are 11 award categories and entries can be submitted at no cost.The use of data and analysis in charity fundraising have in the past year been the subject of widespread public, media and government scrutiny. Awards that recognise best practice in these areas are therefore all the more valuable to the sector, its beneficiaries, and to those that support charities.Jim Baggett, chair of the Institute of Fundraising’s Insight Special Interest Group (SIG) and MD of Wood For Trees, said:“Our landscape has fundamentally changed. In recent months we have seen changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, the Etherington Report, a new Fundraising Regulator and the announcement of a Fundraising Preference service.“So too, the advent of opt-in moves closer and yet there is still debate and confusion about the detail. The European Data Regulator seems to have diluted its original hard line and the ICO will be following their lead – but for sure, new regulations are likely to restrict charities’ access to and use of cold data”.He added that these major changes mean that the role of charity analysts has become even more important. He said: Advertisement  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  67 total views,  1 views today Call for entries to Insight in Fundraising Awards 2016 Tagged with: Awards data insight Institute of Fundraisinglast_img read more

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Charge-free charity fundraising platform goes live

first_imgCharge-free charity fundraising platform goes live Melanie May | 19 October 2016 | News Tagged with: fundraising Technology A charity fundraising platform that sees 100% of donations go directly to the charities involved goes live this month.Wonderful.org, launched by Kieron James, uses the strapline ‘Don’t Just Give… Be Wonderful’, and will not charge charities or take any deductions. It will also be free from card processing charges, the first £1m of which Nexbridge, the telecommunications company co-founded by James, will pay. After the first million pounds of fundraising activity, transaction fees and all other costs will continue to be met by corporate sponsors.Each month, the website transfers all funds raised through the activities of fundraisers to charities’ bank accounts, making no deductions, and charities currently listed on the site include Cancer Research UK, Dogs Trust and Mind.James said:“We believe charities should receive every penny from fundraising efforts. We also believe that Gift Aid should be directed in full to the charities rather than the operators of fundraising platforms. This is why the Wonderful Organisation will not generate profit, or even cover costs, by deducting money from fundraisers’ sponsors or Gift Aid contributions. We are a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and funded entirely by like-minded, philanthropic businesses.”  133 total views,  1 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis61  134 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis61 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Journalist imprisoned in Karshi amid mounting pressure on independent media

first_img Receive email alerts More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uzbekistan Tulkin Karaev, a independent journalist and contributor to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), was arrested in the southern city of Karshi on 4 June and has been imprisoned for a period of at least 10 days on a charge of hooliganism. Reporters Without Borders calls on the European Union and the United States to put pressure on the Uzbek president to release him. News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council June 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist imprisoned in Karshi amid mounting pressure on independent media Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en May 11, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned as “abusive” the imprisonment of freelance journalist Tulkin Karaev, a contributor to the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), who was arrested in the southern city of Karshi on 4 June after being assaulted on the street and was then jailed on a charge of hooliganism without any form of trial.”President Islam Karimov is showing that he is still bent on keeping his country under the yoke of authoritarian rule from another age, despite last month’s terrible events in Andijan and although the social and political situation continues to be explosive,” the press freedom organisation said.”The government appears to have decided to silence all dissenting voices by waging a witch-hunt,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “This freelance journalist was just trying to report the dramatic human rights situation in Uzbekistan. We appeal to the European Union and the United States to put pressure on the President Karimov to release Tulkin Karaev at once and to end these unacceptable press freedom violations.”After Karaev was attacked by an unidentified person on a Karshi street on 4 June, the authorities accused him of hooliganism and order him imprisoned for a period of at least 10 days. Human rights activist Gaybulla Djalilov, who was with him at the time, said this kind of attack is a ploy often used by the authorities to detain dissidents.Karaev’s apartment had been constantly under police surveillance since the 13 May events in Andijan and some of his friends were interrogated in an attempt to get information about him.Married and the father of two children, Karaev is one of Karshi’s last independent journalists. He has written many articles on political and social issues in Uzbekistan for the IWPR, an international organisation that defends the news media.An article headlined “Defence of the national sovereignty of the Uzbek people” on 25 May in the state-owned daily Pravda Vostoka called for the writers and photographers contributing to the IWPR to be named on national television. The IWPR and other human rights groups have been the target of attacks in the Russian and Uzbek state press ever since they reported the massacre of hundreds of civilians by the Uzbek security forces. News News to go further October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Space weather impacts on satellites and forecasting the Earth’s electron radiation belts with SPACECAST

first_imgSatellites can be damaged by high energy charged particles in the Earth’s radiation belts and during solar energetic particle (SEP) events. Here we review the growing reliance on satellite services, new vulnerabilities to space weather, and previous events that have led to loss of service. We describe a new European system to forecast the radiation belts up to 3 h ahead, which has three unique features: first, it uses physics-based models, which include wave-particle interactions; second, it provides a forecast for the whole outer radiation belt including geostationary, medium, and slot region orbits; third, it is a truly international effort including Europe, United States, and Japan. During the 8–9 March 2012 storm and SEP event, the models were able to forecast the >800 keV electron flux to within a factor of 2 initially, and later to within a factor of 10 of the GOES data. Although ACE and GOES data became unreliable during the SEP event, the system continued forecasting without interruption using ground-based magnetometers. A forecast of the 24 h electron fluence >2 MeV is used to provide a risk index for satellite operators. We show that including wave-particle interactions for L* > 6.5 improves the agreement with GOES data substantially and that a fast inward motion of the magnetopause to L* < 8 is related to rapid loss of relativistic electrons at geostationary orbit. Thus, we suggest that better wave-particle models and better coupling between the solar wind and the models of the magnetopause and radiation belts should lead to better forecasting.last_img read more

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Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHarry How/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — After quarterback Tom Brady led a drive to win the New England Patriots their record-tying sixth Super Bowl, he summed up the 13-3 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Rams. Only the Pittsburgh Steelers have won as many Super Bowls, while Brady now has the most Super Bowl wins of any quarterback in NFL history.“Finally got a touchdown and the defense played the best game of the year,” Brady said. “How about our defense? How about our defense? They played unbelievable.”So well that outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower joked they had extra incentive.“I’m tired of hearing about Brady,” he said with a laugh. “I won one today — we all got one. It feels good for us to get it all. Shout out to him getting his, but this is a team game and it feels good to win.”No Super Bowl had gone into the fourth quarter without a touchdown. This one did, tied 3-3 — even though these teams had combined to average over 60 points a game.When the Patriots needed a score, Brady — the oldest winning quarterback in a Super Bowl, at 41 — completed four straight passes, including a pair covering 47 yards to tight end Rob Gronkowski. The second, on which the star tight end beat two defenders, ended at the Los Angeles two yard line, the only time either team was inside the 20-yard line.Julian Edelman, the outstanding receiver who missed the 2017 season with a knee injury, was the game’s MVP with 10 receptions for 141 yards.At 66, Bill Belichick became the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl, and ties legends George Halas and Curly Lambeau for the most Super Bowl wins by a coach.Rams coach Sean McVay, the youngest Super Bowl head coach at 33, admitted he was outcoached. He had no answers as Todd Gurley, coming off knee issues, managed 35 yards rushing, quarterback Jared Goff went 19 for 38 for 229 yards and was sacked four times. Brandin Cooks, a Patriots receiver last season, did have eight receptions for 120 yards. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img February 4, 2019 /Sports News – National Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest-scoring Super Bowl everlast_img read more

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NOT A PROBLEM by Jim Redwine

first_img Gavel Gamut by Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comNOT A PROBLEMI recently received a respectfully worded request for excusal from jury duty. I granted it. The potential juror claimed a religious exemption. I am not a theologian although one of my nephews just received his doctorate in Theology from Oklahoma Baptist University. He makes no claim for religious exemption from jury service. I say to each his own.Should a person assert sincerely held beliefs that her or his god, faith, philosophy or belief prohibits jury service, so be it. Such positions, if rooted in the First Amendment, are fine with me. Religion should not be involved in our legal system. That’s what James Madison, Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the revolutionaries meant to protect.Those of you who are called for jury service and just find it inconvenient but not in violation of any religious test may think it is unfair to excuse persons who enjoy all the benefits provided by America but refuse to participate in a core responsibility of citizenship. You might feel the same about conscientious objectors to military service or those who refuse medical treatment for their children on religious grounds.I see such decisions much as I do allowing protestors to demonstrate in support of or against things the majority may oppose or favor. If the Constitution does not protect those with whom most citizens disagree, why have a Constitution? Those whose beliefs fall within the parameters of generally accepted beliefs need not be concerned with their free exercise.The gracious acceptance of those views most of us adhere to calls for little praise. However, America shines like the beacon most of us want Her to be when She protects those who need protection from the rest of us.As to the potential juror, I say, and by the way so does the Supreme Court, if you are sincere in your minority belief, the majority will respect your right not only to believe it but also to exercise it.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Ditty’s Bakery strikes US deal

first_imgDitty’s Bakery will see its products listed in US gourmet and speciality food retailer Dean & DeLuca.Based in Northern Ireland, the bakery, headed up by Robert Ditty, crowned 2011 Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards, will be supplying three products for the store’s summer catalogue: Irish Traditional Oatcake, Celery and Pepper Oatcake, and Oatmeal Biscuit.  Said Ditty: “Winning a listing from Dean & DeLuca is an important first step for us with this influential retailer. We will be endeavouring to build on this by developing our relationship with the business with a view to building sales and gaining listings for further products.“The awards that we’ve won recently and the support that we’ve enjoyed from organisers of major events, such as last year’s gala banquet in Dublin for the Queen’s successful visit to the Republic, have helped to raise the profile of our product portfolio as featuring high-quality, wholesome and tasty breads, sweets and savouries.”He added that the US deal was very encouraging for its strategy to grow business outside of Northern Ireland.The company, established in 1963, employs around 70 people at its baking and retailing operations in Castledawson and Magherafelt, both in Co Derry.>>Baker of the Year secures Dubai business>>Ditty takes home Baker of the Year gonglast_img read more

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