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Face-off: Should the match clock be stopped for scrums?

first_img Pile-up: a collapsed scrum during the New Zealand-Namibia match at RWC 2019 (AFP/Getty Images) Face-off: Should the match clock be stopped for scrums?BEN ALEXANDERThe former Brumbies and Australia prop“As rugby (and all sports) battle Fortnite, YouTube and Netflix for the attention of future generations, how our game presents as a spectacle is becoming of greater importance. Not only is style of play incredibly important but so too the flow of the game and how it’s managed by the referee.Any negative play or wasted time must be stamped out immediately for the long-term good of the game. And as much as it pains me to say this as a former front-rower, the scrum battle is the biggest culprit for time-wasting!We’ve all seen it. A scrum is called and, shock horror, a front-rower goes down hurt and the game can’t continue. It’s usually a tight calf but as he or she bravely battles on, the time wasted allows them and team-mates to have a rest, while ruining the game as a spectacle for the crowd and viewers at home. The same problem occurs at lineouts… Down goes the hooker, unable to get to the sideline, so the game stops.Faking injuries is one of the biggest blights on the game, and a tactical ploy used by the unfit or by teams protecting a lead. As referee Nigel Owens once said: “This is not soccer!”Pausing the match clock when a scrum is awarded and restarting it once the ball is at the No 8’s feet is a good solution to teams chewing up time on the clock – but more is needed.The scrum battle is what makes the sport so great, but it cannot come at the expense of the game as a spectacle. It is time to speed things up!”Tight spot: Ben Alexander pops out of the scrum during the 2013 Australia-Lions series (AFP/Getty)ROCKY CLARKThe 127-cap England stalwart“I have definitely seen scrums chew up the clock before but I wouldn’t say it’s a regular thing. It comes down to having a decent referee who is educated about the scrum as to whether someone is deliberately dropping it or not. Many fans are fed up with the time wasted getting the ball in and out of a scrum, so should the game take decisive action? Read this debate from our August 2020 issue LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img It is the skill of a good referee to work out what causes an action. Referees should adopt a no-nonsense policy early on in order to eradicate any possibility of time-wasting. I certainly know as a front-row player that if you get penalised early on you toe the line.It’s also a tough one, assessing the impact of stopped clocks. You assume the ball will be in play longer, so a different type of conditioning would be needed. It’d be tough for front-rows who would have to give everything, every scrum, for however long they take, then play 80 minutes of rugby on top. It could shift the problem and make the game longer.Milestone: Rocky Clark after equalling Jason Leonard’s record caps haul of 114, v France in 2016 (Getty)Focus on educating refs on the dark arts. Take them into club training, or get club coaches on board as ref educators. Help referees understand why one action causes an outcome. Teach them what is being taught in clubland about the dark arts, to know what to look out for.Some referees look for the perfect ‘picture’ without understanding what might have caused an outcome.I wouldn’t rule out introducing a specialist set-piece referee but other areas can speed up, not just resets. Ruck times need enforcing and getting to set-pieces could be quicker.” “Here’s the mark”: Nigel Owens takes charge during England v Argentina at RWC 2019 (AFP/Getty)What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the August 2020 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

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UK school children get more pocket money

first_imgUK school children get more pocket money Howard Lake | 16 January 2003 | News  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities with schools fundraising programmes should be encouraged to learn that children aged between 10 to 13, or “tweenagers” as some would call them, have more spare cash than their counterparts in any western European country.They get a weekly average of £7.58 in pocket money and payments for odd jobs. The average for western Europe as a whole is £4.79 a week.The figures come from market analysts Datamonitor. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Call for entries to Hollis Sponsorship Awards

first_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis To enter you need to complete an entry form and accompany with no more than 1,000 words explaining your campaign, including its targets, impact and outcomes.The standard entry fee is £110 plus VAT, although not-for-profit organisations pay less at £75 plus VAT.The closing date for entries is 24 January 2005. Hollis Publishing is inviting entries for its 2005 Awards for the most effective use of sponsorship.The Hollis Sponsorship Awards recognise excellence and effectiveness in sponsorship. They are open to consultancies, in-house teams at companies and from sponsored organisations such as charities.There are 15 different categories including Charity & Community, Arts, Environment, and a Special Award for the Best Low Budget Sponsorship. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Howard Lake | 13 January 2005 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Call for entries to Hollis Sponsorship Awards 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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Teachers strike at Ohio charter school

first_imgOhio has over 600 charter schools; only a few states have more. Only one of these schools, which are for-profit, publicly funded private schools that undermine public education as well as unions, is unionized. On Feb. 19, teachers at that school, Summit Academy in Parma, went on strike for a fair contract and smaller class sizes. On the first day, strikers and supporters chanted: “Get up, get down, Parma is a union town.” This Greater Cleveland suburb is home to United Auto Workers Local 1005, representing General Motors plant workers, and many other union members. The strikers were joined on the picket line by members of the Steelworkers, UNITE-HERE, AFL-CIO and other union supporters.Parents and the local community are behind the strike, and donations are already coming in. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas

first_img Previous articleHoroscope: March 8, 2021Next articleHoroscope: March 9, 2021 Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Lauren Heard had 28 points in the loss to the Longhorns. (Photo courtesy of go frogs.com) Women’s basketball comes from behind to defeat Kansas State Facebook Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Women’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Linkedin Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor + posts Linkedin Twitter Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ ReddIt Sam Fristachi Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printDown by as many as 20-points, TCU could not complete a fourth-quarter comeback against the Texas Longhorns as the team fell 69-60.“There was a definite fight within that game to not give up, not give in and to keep continuing to pursue our best selves,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. In the first quarter, the Longhorns went on a 13-0 run and would go up 21-6. During that run, TCU went four minutes without scoring a point. “That first quarter really hurt us and took a little bit to reset from,” Pebley said.The first of two 20-point leads for the Longhorns came in the second quarter and was led by Charli Collier, Joanne Allen-Taylor, Celeste Taylor and Audrey Warren.Collier had 11 points in the first half followed by Taylor having 10 points and Allen-Taylor having 9. Warren led the way in rebounds with 10 just in the first half.TCU would close out the first half by going on a 7-0 run and hitting 4 out of 5 of their final shots in the quarter. Both Lauren Heard and Tavy Diggs had eight points in the first half.UT would only outscore TCU by two in the third quarter and went into the final quarter of play with an 18-point lead. To open up the fourth quarter, TCU went on a 14-0 run to pull within 10 points and a clutch lay-up by Heard would put the Frogs within eight.“We definitely got aggressive [during the 14-0 run] and I think we caused them into some hesitation moments which led to turnovers and bad decisions which we were able to capitalize on,” Pebley said.In the end, the Frogs would fall short in their comeback and finish the regular season with a 9-14 record. Up next for the Horned Frogs is the Big 12 Conference tournament, which runs from March 11 through March 14. TCU will be facing the Kansas State Wildcats and will either be the No. 8 or No.9 seed ReddIt Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Sam Fristachihttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-fristachi/ Facebook Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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My Renault friend’s electric – self charging ZOE

first_imgReview: Jimmy’s Hall and the fires of hell NO ONE could wish for their first experience in handling an all-electric motor to take place in pitch darkness with rain pooling around the ankles. On a January night, the windchill battered in from the Shannon but as with other challenges, Renault’s baby ZOE rose quickly to these challenges. Fast forward driving in calm warmth followed promptly.Ignition? More of a swipe: insert the key card, release brake and ‘Start’ button together and a comforting ‘READY’ pops up on the console.  Automatic transmission is what it is, but set to ‘Auto’ cue, appropriate headlights/ dims/ daylights turn themselves on, as with the windscreen wipers sensor and air condition plus GPS. Driving has never been this easy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Plus for all the airy ecofriendly lightness of ZOE on the road, she is pleasingly solid and super responsive.Renault’s ZOE (pronounced Zoey) is a five seater, four door compact family car with a 340KM Summer Range and 270 Winter Range.GET PHYSICALBetter still, its regenerative brake replenishes the battery charge constantly. It’s a mesmerising metric visible on the dash, according to how you set the central monitor. In the halting progress of rush hour traffic, the brake generates a constant flush of electricity to the massive ionic battery concealed under the chassis.Pulling into my driveway after 50 minutes split between a stretch of Ballysimon motorway and the usual urban cycle traffic, the initial driving range of 170km had climbed to 186km. That’s after a a good 30kilometres of travel was done. Factor in the blast of heating, air con, radio, Sat Nav and sensor-driven wipers on the lash; the gain in driving range was still substantial.So ZOE is the gift that keeps on giving expensive electricity, inverting the past 120 years’ output of mass produced motor cars.Dennehy Motors at Riverside Retail Park, Dock Road is regional dealer for Renault and Dacia. Dennehy Motors is also a Department of the Environment testing centre for commercial vehicles.MONEY TALKSTime to  number crunch. What does this car cost? Less the Government grant of €5,000 to get us all driving electric cars (not available to hybrid models), the entry level:ZOE Expression Nav is €24,990; Limerick Post’s test drive model, the  ZOE Dynamique Nav is €27,790 and ZOE Signature Nav is €30,290.Motor Tax is €120 annually; emissions are zero; finance is 0 per cent on the ZOE in a hire purchase agreement; five years’ warranty and five  years’ road side assistance. Recharge in full overnight at your home for just €2.60 on average – but you will almost never be recharging an empty battery, just topping up. Thus the real cost is far less.ELECTRIC CHARGEAgain, notional maximum driving range is 340KM Summer Range and 270 Winter Range but traction on the road against wind, then using heat, wipers, music ensures wear on the battery. On the open road to Clare the next day, the battery was consumed after a couple of hours but considering I had 170 kilometres to play with at the test drive onset, I returned the car to Dennehy Motors after three days typical driving with about 148km still available  – and I’d plugged nothing in to recharge.Pay attention to the challenge of belting along the motor way. Dealer principal Rory Dennehy is clear about this: if driving from Limerick to Dublin Airport, anticipate a 30 minute break and recharge at a free 22kw charge point. Thus far the ESB provides free access but this is expected to change.Frankly, the suburban tilt and turn of January driving is hard going on any petrol or diesel fuel gauge but Renualt ZOE’s conversion of the commuter grind into electric gold is really exciting. What a money saver.0% Renault FinanceHire Purchase contact5 year Renault Warranty5 year Roadside Assistance3 year SMART Insurance optione5,000  grantStill, ‘range anxiety’ is the constant barrier to sale of all-electric cars. Bear in mind many of us never approach that CSO declared average of 45km on the road daily. Driving in ‘Eco’ mode is another tip to maximise the battery.Available on the Dynamique Nav and top of the range signature Nav, Renault’s ZOE QC Motor for quick charging is an optional €1,500 extra to reduce recharging to 65 minutes. There’s a modest subscription charge of €75 annually for the remote access app to your smartphone.Would this reviewer switch to a ZOE from my 1.4 petrol small family car? A resounding yes, and in faster  time than ZOE’s 135km top speed.Befriend your pocket and the environment with the changeover now. Contact Dennehy Motors 061-442444 Monday to Saturday,  Riverside Retail Park, Dock Road. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ‘Moving’ with Property Button – LinkedIn for agents and tenants LifestyleMotoringNewsTransportVideoMy Renault friend’s electric – self charging ZOEBy Rose Rushe – February 14, 2019 1068 WhatsApp Advertisement Winning Bring your Limericks to Limerick! Emailcenter_img Print Twitter Previous articleElisa O’Donovan working to make Limerick a ‘brilliant city’Next articleCouncil should cough up €12m for Greenpark Racecourse site Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Facebook ‘Just five lines of verse’ that pay €100 each News Roundup 2 November, 2019 Long game for Limerick 2030: Cohesion and Convergence TAGSDennehy MotorsRenault ZOERose RusheTest DriveWill Dennehy last_img read more

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Bombay High Court Asks Centre To Consider Increasing Allocation Of Remdesivir For Maharashtra

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay High Court Asks Centre To Consider Increasing Allocation Of Remdesivir For Maharashtra Sharmeen Hakim2 May 2021 7:01 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court has asked the Central government to reconsider its allocation of Remdesivir injections to Maharashtra. The Nagpur bench observed the reduction of vials for the State is inconsistent with the decrease in coronavirus cases. A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Avinash Gharote, while hearing a suo motu public interest litigation on Covid management in the Vidarbha region of the State, on Sunday, observed, Advertisement “The active cases have reduced by hardly 1-2%, whereas the reduction in allocation to the State of Maharashtra is about 14.5%. This mismatch needs to be reconsidered.” The bench then told the Additional Solicitor General of India, UM Aurangabadkar, that they would pass an order directing the Central government to revise the new order and align the reduction in proportion to reducing cases. Aurangabadkar requested the court to refrain from passing any order at this stage and allow him to take instructions on the issue at his level first. The court recorded Aurangabadkar’s submissions. Advertisement The bench referred to the Centre’s fresh order dated May 1, 2021, allocating Remdesivir to States across India. As per the order issued in continuation to earlier orders, Maharashtra’s total allocation is 8,09,500 vials from April 21 to May 9. However, the State’s allocation was reduced from 4.35 lakh till April 30, to 3.74 lakh from May 1, 2021, for the next ten days. The May 1 order is issued jointly by the Department of Pharmaceuticals and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The State’s are expected to purchase Remdesivir from manufacturers directly, based on this allocation. Advertisement Advertisement Even the order to increase Maharashtra’s allocation to 4,35,000 vials for the ten days of April was passed after the Nagpur bench’s intervention last month. The court interacted with the Drug Controller General of India, who told the that the central committee would consider a request made from the State with proper justification. The court then directed the FDA Commissioner of the State to send such a presentation, which was sent the next day after the hearing, and the increase was approved by the DGCI the day after itself. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement During the special hearing on Sunday, the amicus curiae SP Bhandarkar submitted that the Central government needed to reconsider the allocation based on the percentage share of each State in the national figure of active cases. “If at a given time, say, for example, the share of Maharashtra in nationwide load is about 20%, they should be getting 20% vials produced,” he submitted. AdvocateTushar Mandlekar, appearing for an intervenor in the PIL, submitted that the latest order on Remdesivir allocation “did not reflect that.” Maharashtra’s Remdesivir allocation before April 21, 2021, was 2.69 lakh vials, which was increased on April 24 by 1.66 lakh vials to 4.35lakh vials for the period April 21 to April 30, 2021. It has since been reduced to 3.74 lakh vials. TagsBombay High Court Remdesivir Allocation Maharashtra Justice Sunil Shukre Justive Avinash Gharote Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Career File: Fiona Triller

Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Career File: Fiona TrillerOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Thepage where readers expose their careers Thismonth, Fiona Triller, 39, staff development manager at Leeds MetropolitanUniversity, reveals the philosophy that has helped her to gain a high profilein IIP for her organisationHowlong have you been in this job?  In this post, six years.     Howlong have you been with your organisation? Nearly nine years.     Whatdoes your role involve?Planning, developing, delivering training and development for all staff inLMU, which total 2,500. I also participate in various strategic highereducation forums, explore accreditation opportunities and prepare for audit.What’sthe best thing about your job? There are two – the element of self-management and that I can initiate alot of training and development activity. The worst is when I think somethingis a good idea but it has to be developed into a paper to go to committees andeventually goes nowhere.Whatis your current major project or strategic push?We have just successfully completed our IIP re-assessment – we remain thelargest University in England and Wales to have whole university recognition. Iam also looking at several audits and developing management competencies.Preferredterminology: training, development, education, learning? All except “performance improvement”. Mostloathed buzzwords? Most of them, but especially “green field sites” and any references tosport. Areyou good at self-development? Pass! Seriously though, I do have a five-year plan for myself. And recentlyI attended a conference for staff in HE with similar roles to myself.Wheredo you want to be in five years’ time?I want to be in a role that I don’t think exists yet – a mix of diversity,community work, lifelong learning… I’m writing the job description, but I justneed to find an organisation that wants it and me.     Whatwas the most useful course you ever went on or learning experience you everhad? A pilot teamworking programme which went beyond the usual roleidentification and ideal team stuff to look at what happens if the team or partof the team fails. Excellent!Whatdid you want to do for a living when you were at school?I wanted to be a journalist.Whatwas your first job?  Graduate trainee with Bass hotel division.Whichof your qualifications do you most value and why?     My first degree from Edinburgh – I really didn’t want to go to universitybecause I wanted to work on the local paper, but a degree really does opendoors. It’s one reason why we are promoting our Return to Learn programme withfacilities management staff.Whatwas the best career decision you ever made? An accidental one, really. I was made redundant and then got involved in aEuropean-funded project on women returners.Whatwas the worst career decision you ever made?   All have been good in different ways.   Evaluation– holy grail or impossible dream? Universities do lots of evaluation (as do many organisations). Evaluationis as much about what you do with the information as the information itself. Howdo you think your job will have changed in five years’ time? Less emphasis on programmes and more CPD.Whatdo you think the core skills for your job will be in the future? Influencing, negotiating, writing bids for external funding…Whatadvice would you give to someone starting out in training and development? Whatever company you join, do a stint on the shopfloor, or its equivalent.You can’t develop appropriate training if you don’t understand the roles andresponsibilities of the staff who work in the organisation. Or work in hotelmanagement for a while – that gives a good all round experience of management.Ifyou could have any job in the world, what would it be?On a good day, this one – on a bad day, any job with Richard Branson.Doyou take your work home with you?   Yes.Whatis your motto?Tomorrow is another day.     Describeyour management style in three words or less.Work hard, play hard, don’t waffle.Howwould you like to be remembered by your colleagues?     She got things done. read more

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The eradication of feral cats from Ascension Island and its subsequent recolonization by seabirds

first_imgThe introduction of mammal predators to islands often results in rapid declines in the number and range of seabirds. On Ascension Island the introduction of cats in 1815 resulted in extirpation of large seabird colonies from the main island, with relict populations of most species persisting only in cat-inaccessible locations. We describe the eradication of feral cats from this large and populated island. The campaign had to minimize risk to humans and maintain domestic animals in a state that prevented them reestablishing a feral population. Feral cat numbers declined rapidly in response to the strategic deployment of poisoning and live trapping, and cats were eradicated from the island within 2 years. During the project 38% of domestic cats were killed accidentally, which caused public consternation; we make recommendations for reducing such problems in future eradications. Since the completion of the eradication campaign cat predation of adult seabirds has ceased and five seabird species have recolonized the mainland in small but increasing numbers. Breeding success of seabirds at Ascension was low compared to that of conspecifics elsewhere, and the roles of food availability, inexperience of parent birds and black rat predation in causing this warrant further investigation. It is likely that the low breeding success will result in the rate of increase in seabird populations being slow.last_img read more

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Cavaliers star Kevin Love will miss Game 7 of Eastern Conference Finals

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(CLEVELAND) — As the Cleveland Cavaliers prepare for their win-or-go-home Game 7 matchup with the Boston Celtics, they will be without one of their top players.Forward Kevin Love was ruled out of the do-or-die Eastern Conference Final matchup due to concussion-like symptoms, according to ESPN.This marks one of a string of concussion-related injuries Love has sustained in recent years, suffering one concussion in 2016 and another this past March.He was hit in the head by the shoulder of Celtics forward Jayson Tatum in the first quarter of Game 6 and did not return.The Cavaliers and Celtics face off in Boston Sunday night. The winner advances to the NBA Finals.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. May 26, 2018 /Sports News – National Cavaliers star Kevin Love will miss Game 7 of Eastern Conference Finalscenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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