England can still win the war

first_imgBlood and glory: Jean de Villiers put in a captain’s shiftOver eagerness also cost England at the scrum, where looking to grasp an early advantage they persistently conceded free kicks in the first half. A combination of nerves and adrenaline, combined with England’s lack of experience, played a significant part in their defeat but on what is a tour designed to blood England’s youth and gel their team together, defeats are not necessarily a bad thing. DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 09: England’s (L-R) Dylan Hartley, Ben Youngs, Mike Brown, Mouritz Botha and Ben Morgan look dejected after their teams defeat during the First Test match between the South Africa Springboks and England at Kings Park Stadium on June 9, 2012 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Power play: England need more than just grunt up the middle of the parkBy Ben ColesSATURDAY WAS not a good 24 hours for Northern Hemisphere sides on tour, but before the evening kick-off in Durban there was still cause for England fans to be optimistic. Despite losing the first Test by a five-point margin, a great chance has, undoubtedly, gone begging. However, all is not lost as the England bandwagon rolls on to Johannesburg.What England did well for large portions of the game was gain parity with the Springboks physically, absorbing the bullocking runs spearheaded by Bismarck du Plessis and Willem Alberts in particular, before putting in some thunderous hits of their own. It was only after the half-time whistle, and particularly in the key third quarter that the Boks practically bullied a weary England out of the game, that the match was won.They were also sharp at the breakdown considering their lack of a traditional fetcher – seven out of South Africa’s nine penalties conceded came at the ruck area – but too often England were too eager to stop South Africa as early as possible, finding themselves offside on three occasions which were all pounced on by Morné Steyn.center_img In fact, a lot of what England produced on Saturday was encouraging, the attack aside (more to come on that later). Manu Tuilagi will be a far better player after his roughhouse encounter with Jean de Villiers – one all between those two when it comes to thunderous tramples over your opponent – and his try-saving tackle on Pierre Spies truly was a moment of magic. Mike Brown appeared more than capable under the raining Gilberts, Ben Foden on the wing looked comfortable, taking his try with particular aplomb, whilst debutants Joe Marler and Tom Johnson both started with a bang and were a part of a very effective lineout unit – winning 10/11. None of them were outstanding, but this tour is about development and not results. Which is where Owen Farrell comes in.Adept as always with the boot, too often Farrell was found sending out passes that were not good enough. There is no doubting his excellence when it comes to defence and kicking, but that is the type of player that England do not need at fly-half. Mediocrity going forward plagued England at the Rugby World Cup and in Durban apart from the occasional burst from Tuilagi or surge from Foden, England simply did not produce enough opportunities.Disconsolate: England have plenty to ponder before Jo’BurgThe whole reason for Foden and Brown’s inclusion at the back was to field the inevitable barrage of Springbok kicks, but it was England who produced a range of box kicks from Ben Youngs and efforts from Brown, Farrell and even at one point, Dylan Hartley. The balance was uneven and it wasn’t until England flung the ball wide for a Foden consolation score that they showed some promise. Coincidentally this happened after Brad Barritt had left the field due to injury.England face a dilemma over Barritt going forward. Injury has ruled him out the 2nd Test in Johannesburg – he underwent an operation for a lacerated eye in Durban on Sunday – meaning England will look for a new midfield combination. A fantastic defender, thus far in his international career he has failed to produce enough in attack. England have options at centre – Jordan Turner-Hall, George Lowe and Anthony Allen are on tour – but alternatively England could look at either Toby Flood or Jonathan Joseph. Stuart Lancaster can either move Farrell into inside centre, or bring Tuilagi infield to second five-eighth with Joseph at 13. The combination of Tuilagi and Joseph has been whispered about for some time – the perfect balance of raw power and pace. Naturally there are question marks over whether they can produce defensively, especially against the power of the Boks, but England must be more inventive if they are to improve. The 22-17 result in the first Test was by no means embarrassing, but work remains to be done.last_img read more

People moves: USS expands private markets team

first_imgUSS, Stap, LSE, AXA IM, BNY Mellon, Northern Trust, Putnam Investments, Xafinity, William Blair, MSCI, LuxFLAGUSS Investment Management – The private markets team of the UK’s largest pension scheme has three more senior members and a new head of direct private equity, with Rob Horsnall promoted to the latter, a new role.Bob Hewson, Craig McAllister and Rob Brindley have joined the private markets as investment managers in private equity, real assets, and private credit and special situations respectively. McAllister joined in April, and Hornsall and Hewson in October. Hewson had previously been at Alchemy for 10 years, and Brindley joined from Commerzbank, where he was head of strategic asset finance.USS said the creation of the role of head of direct private equity “reflects a continuing shift towards direct investments and an increased focus on applying USS’s long-term capital to acquire market leading businesses with the capability to provide sustainable income or growth over the long-term”. Its private markets team has 40 staff.  Mike Powell, head of private markets group at USS, said: “The continued growth of our direct investment programme is core to our investment belief that the in-house team can deliver superior after-cost risk-adjusted returns, and bring additional benefits for our members in terms of alignment of interests and greater governance over our investments.”Stap APF – Erno Kleijnenberg has announced that he will resign as chairman of the general pension fund (APF) Stap, established by insurer Aegon and pensions provider TKP Pensioen, part of Aegon Group. Last year, Stap was the first APF to receive a licence from supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).As several pension funds have joined Stap, and managed assets by the new pensions vehicle have already increased to roughly €2bn, his work has changed and is now less easy to combine with other activities, Kleijnenberg explained. Stap said it would name Kleijnenberg’s successor as soon as the appointment was approved by DNB.London Stock Exchange – CEO Xavier Rolet is to leave the London Stock Exchange Group by the end of next year. The exchange will seek to appoint a successor within the next 12 months with Rolet’s input. He joined from Lehman Brothers in 2009 and has led the company’s expansion both in services offered and market capitalisation.AXA Investment Managers – Alessandro Tentori has been appointed chief investment officer for Italy, based in Milan. He joins from Citigroup in London, were he spent five years as managing director and head of international interest rates strategy. Before that he was chief strategist for Europe at BNP Paribas. BNY Mellon – Rob Rushe has joined the company as European ETF segment executive. He was previously at State Street, where he was managing director and EMEA head of exchange traded fund servicing. He was at State Street for seven years and before that at Bank of Ireland and Northern Trust for 12 years. Northern Trust – Herman Prummel has been named country manager for the Netherlands by asset manager Northern Trust. Prummel joins from BlackRock, where he was chief operating officer for the Netherlands, North America and the Isle of Man. At Northern Trust, he succeeds Wim van Ooijen, who has recently been appointed as head of the company’s activities in Switzerland, while remaining head of operations in Germany.Putnam Investments – Oliver Grimson has joined the firm as director of investment management for the Nordics and Benelux regions, with responsibility for leading the firm’s work with institutional clients in the area. Grimson is based in London. Before joining Putnam, Grimson was client relationship manager in the EMEA institutional sales team for Dimensional Fund Advisors in London from 2011 to 2017. He began his career as an investment analyst for Xafinity Consulting in the UK.Xafinity Group – The UK consulting and administration group has hired Mark Barlow from PwC as an actuary in its pensions business. At PwC he worked on the pensions aspects of RBS’s work to ring-fence the bank, Xafinity said. William Blair – Stephanie Braming has been appointed global head of the company’s investment management business. She was most recently a portfolio manager for the William Blair International Small Cap Growth and International Growth strategies, with responsibility for nearly $20bn (€17bn) of client assets. She has been with William Blair since 2004 and was previously a principal at Mercer Investment Consulting. MSCI ESG Research – Panos Seretis has joined the company as executive director and head of ESG research in EMEA, based in London. He joined from Credit Suisse where he was responsible for fundamental equity analysis based on “HOLT” methodology for European banks, consumer staples and real estate companies. Before Credit Suisse, Seretis worked at Procter & Gamble and General Electric.  Luxembourg Finance Labelling Agency (LuxFLAG) – Mario Mantrisi will take over from Annemarie Arens as general manager in January 2018. LuxFLAG operates labels for responsible investment financial products that currently cover investment products worth €31bn. Mantrisi was previously at  Kneip and Inreg, which he co-founded.last_img read more

Vautour dazzles in JLT

first_img “We were probably minding him too much earlier in the season. “I thought the race was over turning for home, it was just a case of jumping, and he absolutely flew over the last two.” Mullins, bagging his sixth winner of the week, went on: “He was good the first day, but then things went wrong at Christmas. He won the last day and then I’ve been very hard on him to try and get him back in last year’s form. He’s just turned a corner, but he needed all that hard work. “We’ve managed to keep the good horses apart this year, we might come to England a bit more and France. “Dermot, who looks after Vautour, is a fluent Japanese speaker and went over there with Blackstairmountain so we may even look at that again, that’s another option.” Mullins confirmed he sees his star as a horse for the blue riband. He said: “He’s that good (Gold Cup), he was like the one yesterday (Don Poli, winner of RSA Chase), but I think he’ll stay, we’re definitely going down the Gold Cup route. “You need plenty, it’s hard to get chasers to that standard every year. You hope you might get one Gold Cup horse out of 100 horses. “When you get one near that mark you go for it. “He’s strong enough for soft ground, but probably better ground suits him.” Walsh continued: “He jumped like a gazelle. He was flawless. He just ran them ragged.” Paul Nicholls was happy enough with the efforts of Irish Saint and Ptit Zig, but feels both will benefit from a step up in trip in due course. He said: “They both really want three miles. We weren’t going to come here with Irish Saint but we thought there’s a month between now and Aintree and he will now go over three miles there. “That was the fastest going Ptit Zig’s run on, he was going OK until he made a mistake and that put him on the back foot.” Stablemate Valseur Lido briefly looked a threat, along with Apache Stronghold and Ptit Zig, but Vautour sprinted clear off the home turn and the 6-4 favourite put 15 lengths distance between himself and the rest. Apache Stronghold just upheld the form with Valseur Lido from the Flogas Chase, but in truth there was only one in it. Walsh said: “He wasn’t right at Christmas, but from the first time we started schooling him I was taken with him. “This lad has it all. He was going his own speed – I’m taken with him. There’s some summer dreaming to be done with this one.” Owner Rich Ricci said: “I can’t ever remember seeing a novice jump like that at Cheltenham. “He’s a different horse round here, for some reason. It was unbelievable, breathtaking, actually. “We’ll step up in distance next season and see where we go.” Mullins said: “I’ve loved this horse all the time, but I had to really work hard at him for the last three weeks. An impressive winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle last season, the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old had a question to answer having been beaten at Christmas, but the market vibes were strong. He never missed a beat under Ruby Walsh and put in some spectacular leaps on the way round, having the rest of the field in trouble from some way out. Press Association Vautour bounced right back to his brilliant best to win the JLT Novices’ Chase by a wide margin at the Cheltenham Festival.last_img read more

Japan team at World Cup troubled by earthquake, hotel alarm

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sweden gets benefit of video review, beats South Korea 1-0 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Japan’s head coach Akira Nishino, left, and Japan’s Makoto Hasebe, right, attend the official press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)SARANSK, Russia — Word of a deadly earthquake in Japan and an early-morning false alarm at a team hotel have given the country’s World Cup squad some unsettling moments.Coach Akira Nishino, who built his professional reputation coaching Gamba Osaka, said he and a number of his players have acquaintances or loved ones affected by Monday’s quake, making for an unwelcome distraction on the eve of the team’s Group H opener against Colombia in Saransk.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “The psychological impact is something I’m slightly worried about at this point,” Nishino said through an interpreter before Monday afternoon’s training session. “As staff members, we are consulting with them and I’d like them to be settled down as soon as possible.”Osaka is Japan’s second-largest city. The 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least three people — including a 9-year-old girl — and injured hundreds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMidfielder and captain Hasebe Makoto, speaking before his team’s Monday afternoon practice in Saransk, said that on behalf of the team, he “would like to extend heartfelt condolences to those who’ve been affected and I hope damage can be limited as much as possible and recovery is as fast as possible.”Makoto agreed that players with loved ones in the Osaka area “might have been negatively impacted” emotionally. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We conducted a check yesterday and today, and he is actually listed up as part of our team, so I’d like you to be reassured,” Nishino said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “The team as a whole would like to extend support, and I, as captain, would like to do that,” he said.Japan players with Osaka ties include goalkeeper Masaaki Higashigushi and midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi, who play professionally in Osaka, while attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda was born in the area.Nishino said he and players found out about the earthquake shortly after it happened because an alarm went off at the team hotel in Saransk and blared for about 15 minutes around the same time as the earthquake struck.“The alarm continued for a while and there are some delicate, nervous players, and some of them looked a bit tired in the morning,” Nishino said. “So I assume there was some negative impact.”On the pitch, Japan welcomed Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki back to training after he missed the past four days to rest a nagging calf injury.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Gaoth Dobhair mourns passing of Fred Coll

first_imgGaoth Dobhair is in mourning following the passing of former county councillor and soccer icon Fred Coll.The late Mr Coll, who passed away this morning, in Aras Ghaoth Dobhair, was a highly influential figure in the area.A long-time independent Councillor on Donegal County Council, he was one of the leading lights in the foundation of the Donegal Junior League in 1971. He had been one of the key figures in the re-forming of the Gweedore Celtic club in the 1960s following his return to the area from Scotland in the 1960s.Fred, from Derrybeg, is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen and is survived by a large family circle.In a tribute posted on social media, Gweedore Celtic said: “Fred Coll was the driving force behind the renaissance of soccer in Gweedore and as part of the Donegal League when it was established in 1971. “On his return from Scotland in the 60s he re-established Gweedore Celtic and along with Colm Mc Bride set in in motion a period of domination on the local soccer scene that lasted into the mid 80’s.“At a time when it was neither popular or profitable, Fred’s determination in establishing a strong soccer club in Gweedore was what drove him and others on to making Gweedore Celtic a force to be reckoned with and a club that made many friends throughout Donegal and further afield.“Rest in peace Fred. Everyone at the club would like to express our sincere condolences to the Coll Family at this sad time.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.”His remains are reposing at his late residence.Funeral from there on Monday morning going to St Mary’s Church, Derrybeg for Requiem Mass at 11am with burial afterwards in Magheragallon Cemetery. Gaoth Dobhair mourns passing of Fred Coll was last modified: June 29th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Donegal Junior LeagueFRED COLLGaoth DobhairGweedorelast_img read more

Top 5 moments from Jon Gruden’s memorable bye week presser

first_imgOn his meeting with GM Reggie McKenzieIt’s no secret who calls the shots in the Raiders’ Alameda headquarters.Gruden has … ALAMEDA — If anyone has ever said head coach bye week press conferences are boring, they should’ve waited to listen to Jon Gruden.The more the Raiders lose the better Gruden is at the podium, and Tuesday that trend reached its peak.If you’re just catching up before the Raiders’ bye week, here are the best five moments from Gruden’s session in Alameda.last_img read more

Jimmer Fredette leaves Warriors’ summer-league team

first_imgSACRAMENTO — After playing in only two summer-league games, Jimmer Fredette left the Warriors’ summer-league team to minimize the chance of injury while weighing various overseas options, league sources told Bay Area News Group.Fredette informed the Warriors about their plans after the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. He was not with the team for Wednesday’s game against Miami and will not travel with the Warriors for Las Vegas Summer League from July 5-15. Fredette also …last_img read more

49ers Garoppolo update: How he looks in exhibition debut

first_imgDENVER — Jimmy Garoppolo reappeared in a 49ers uniform Monday night, playing for the first time since his left knee’s catastrophic injury 330 days earlier in Kansas City.It wasn’t a pretty sight, at least from an X’s and O’s standpoint.His first four passes hit Denver Broncos’ hands, and he was just 1-of-6 with one interception, no sacks, and a 0.0 passer rating in three series.“Obviously a little frustrated. But it’s the NFL,” Garoppolo said. (Full transcript posted below). “It’s …last_img read more

National Geographic Rates Noah’s Flood

first_imgPictures of the record floods in the eastern United States this year have been shocking and alarming (examples on Fox News).  They raise questions about the potential for flooding on this planet: how big can they get?  National Geographic News decided to look at some of the biggest floods in history and included the granddaddy of them all, Noah’s Flood–but only to cast doubt on it. NG used the public worry about floods to recall a study in 2004 by James O’Connor [USGS] of the largest freshwater floods in history.  The biggest in the list was the ice-age flood that carved the Channeled Scablands of eastern Washington (see June 21, 2010). Others in Russia, Alaska and on the Amazon River were notable.  But Noah’s flood rated “Not Listed” for several reasons: one, that it was not a freshwater flood, according to O’Connor.  Ker Than’s report briefly entertained the Black Sea Flood hypothesis, but recalled that later revisions drastically reduced its height. Second, the article tried to make the Flood sound fictional.  “Even though a real flood may have inspired the story, O’Connor thinks there’s a simple reason it couldn’t have been a days-long meteorological event like the one suggested by the Bible,” the article ended, quoting O’Connor: “There’s just not that much water in the atmosphere.” If Than and O’Connor would just read their Bibles instead of speaking off the cuff, they would realize that the major source of the water was not the atmosphere, but the “fountains of the great deep” described in Genesis 7:11-12.  If they would further read any creationist studies of the Flood (e.g., CreationScience.com or ChristianAnswers.net) they would have known that creation scientists agree the major source of the water was subterranean. To avoid embarrassment in debate, it is essential to understand your opponent’s position.  Creation scientists do a much better job of this than uniformitarian geologists and evolutionists.  If it weren’t for the fact that the secularists have the media and textbook writers in their lap, they would be too red-faced to make such blunders.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2010 ticketing call centre opens

first_img15 February 2010The Fifa World Cup ticketing sub-committee will open a call centre this week to assist soccer fans who want buy tickets for the 2010 World Cup.Committee chairman Horst Schmidt said the call centre will operate on weekdays from 10.30am until 7.30pm South African time.“The fans understand that time is crucial now, as the tickets are allocated on a first come, first served basis and that they should not wait for the last minute over-the-counter sales,” he said.The call centre will use the South African number 083 123 2010 as well as the international number +41 44 583 2010.Fourth round of ticket salesSchmidt said the first 100 hours of the fourth ticket sales phase had already seen a total of 74 146 tickets being sold, while an additional 130 000 applications were still being processed.However, the confirmations were expected to be sent by the beginning of this week. This second-last sales phase, which kicked off on 9 February, will run until 7 April.“We have already had more than 200 000 tickets requested within 100 hours, a number we are truly happy with,” he said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more