Lions 2013 squad options: Scrum-halves

first_imgCARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 02: Conor Murray of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on February 2, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) Both have their qualities, but they may be cursed by being square pegs, set aside in case they are ever needed to jam into round holes. Their odds are drifting out, though still more visible than the true outsider Lloyd Williams, the Cardiff yapper who many thought may have been a bolter before his knee was totalled on Judgement Day.The good thing is that Gatland knows what is in front of him in this department. The bad knews is that Australia do, too. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the box-seat: A Test tourist in South Africa in 2009, Mike Phillips is the front-runner for the scrum-half berthBy Alan DymockIN THE aftermath of the Six Nations and with time running out we are all confronted with the starkest of choices: who are our Lions?An obvious point of conjecture, there were at least some standouts in recent weeks. So in the interest of making clear what Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree, Rob Howley and Andy Farrell face before the squad announcement on 30 April, Rugby World will sift through the runners and riders in each key position.Of course, at scrum-half the Lions could be taking runners, riders and perhaps even a goal kicking option in order to cover every Test match style.Much has been made of the tourists’ need for a true openside, with a polymath able to link play quickly but, more so than anything else, land on a fallen ball carrier like a house on a wicked witch. However, with a balance to the pack seen as a necessity the options at scrum-half are more open with much depending on the make-up of the opposition – something that Gatland cannot know fully until he has already hauled his men onto the shores of Australia.Mike Phillips travels because he is a big game player. He thrives when the attention level is great and weight of men before him is high. He crashes more spectacularly than any stock market when the stakes are high.Abrasive: Ben Youngs can manage a packYet Phillips is not always a completely complimentary accompaniment to the team that want to crash wider out and score from several passes over 10m. He can do it, but life would be easier for the spiky half-back if every game was billed as a slog.Perhaps the British Isles do not have the scrum-half for the scenario above. What they do have, though is a Phillips-lite in Conor Murray and a lateral dragger with winged heels in Ben Youngs. Murray may be too similar to Phillips to merit pushing into the starters spot from day one, with his backside-slapping motivational technique and penchant for running at the ugliest defender he can see. Youngs, on the other hand, is so quick his undercrackers have to be flame retardant, but can get caught running playing partners out of space and drag tackles onto his targets.All three like a tap and go and will force the pace.What happens if Gatland wants nous and a calming influence, though? The aforementioned trio need fire if they are to succeed, that much is known, but against Australia there is often a need to give them something different to play against. With Will Genia zipping passes out and then shouldering burden when his pack move is nice. He cannot do it if the tactic is to turn him and make him feed his support tracking back.If the Lions have to run Australia round after taking them on and whipping and whirling and roaring a pack onwards, it would be nice to have something different.Partnership: Murray could work with SextonThe problem is that many see Danny Care as undercooked, struggling to land kicks where he wants and forced to try harder than he would like to get noticed, while Greig Laidlaw is seen as a 9 ½ more than anything else.last_img read more

Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

first_imgCognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis [amzn_product_post]From the author of ‘Here Comes Everybody: How Change Happens when People Come Together’center_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Officials ban French filmmaker from leaving in bid to extort money

first_imgNews August 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Officials ban French filmmaker from leaving in bid to extort money Organisation Receive email alerts to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Cambodia Reporters Without Borders today condemned the action of Cambodian officials in banning French journalist and film-maker Daniel Laine from leaving the country in an attempt to make him comply with an undertaking he signed under duress during a previous trip to Cambodia in 2003 promising to send them 125,000 dollars (97,500 euros) on his return to France. The money was supposedly to be shared with a French citizen who sued Laine over a documentary he made that year about sex tourism in Cambodia.“The agreement has no legal value because Laine was forced to sign it,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His documentary just portrayed a reality and that does not attack a country’s dignity. The current proceedings against him are unacceptable and constitute a form of institutional extortion. The agreement he signed under duress must be invalidated and the ban on his leaving the country must be lifted.”In his 2003 documentary “Investigation into sex tourism abuses,” Laine showed a fellow French citizen who had signed a broadcast release. Although his face was pixilated and his voice was distorted when it was broadcast on the French TV station TF1, the film’s French subject was recognised by his family.Corrupt Cambodian officials encouraged the French citizen to file a complaint against Laine and TF1 accusing them of “broadcasting false information”and a “report banned by the authorities. It was while he was in Cambodia at the end of December 2003, a few months after the documentary was aired, that Laine signed the agreement under duress.On his return to France, Laine filed a complaint with a court in Créteil. A complaint was also filed on his behalf with a court in Phnom Penh.Laine found himself banned from leaving the country when he recently went to back to Cambodia to present a feature film he had made. The authorities accused him of having a forged passport and at the same time demanded payment of the 125,000 dollars. The French authorities confirmed that his passport was authentic, but the ban on his leaving the country is still in place. He now faces the possibility of being place in custody while the Phnom Penh municipal court reaches a decision on his case. CambodiaAsia – Pacific News News CambodiaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

O’Dea steps down

first_imgWhatsApp ‘I have made a bad mistake, I’ve paid heavily for it, I am sorry, I am contrite, I’ve apologised, I apologised again … I don’t know what else I can do.’After a dramatic day of political speculation , Minister of Defence Willie O Dea has resigned his post, this evening , just before 9.00pm Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a letter, the minister said he had come to the conclusion that his continuing in office would distract from the important and vital work of the Government.The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen will assume responsibility for the Department of Defence.When asked about his statement that he received information from An Garda Síochána, Mr O’Dea said ‘It was just general chit chat,’ ‘I passed it on – I shouldn’t have passed it on.’ Previous articleLamb Wraps with Garlic Aoili & Tomato SalsaNext articleLimerick to host International Rules game admin Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsO’Dea steps downBy admin – February 18, 2010 477 Advertisement Email Facebooklast_img read more

[LIVE NOW] ‘The Future Of Advocacy In India: Brief Oral Arguments In Court And Speaking Written Submissions’ – By C.S.Vaidayanathan,Senior Advocate

first_imgTop Stories[LIVE NOW] ‘The Future Of Advocacy In India: Brief Oral Arguments In Court And Speaking Written Submissions’ – By C.S.Vaidayanathan,Senior Advocate LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 July 2020 3:54 AMShare This – xLiveLaw is organizing a webinar under its “LiveLaw Practitioner Series” .Senior advocate C S Vaidayanathan (Supreme Court) will speak on the topic “The Future Of Advocacy In India: Brief Oral Arguments In Court And Speaking Written Submissions”The details of the webinar are as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLiveLaw is organizing a webinar under its “LiveLaw Practitioner Series” .Senior advocate C S Vaidayanathan (Supreme Court) will speak on the topic “The Future Of Advocacy In India: Brief Oral Arguments In Court And Speaking Written Submissions”The details of the webinar are as follows: ID: 936 1580 6087Password: 356970 YouTube Link: Link: inquiries, write to us at [email protected] or contact us at +91 7994869917 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

Fifth Wall launches third SPAC to raise $250M

first_imgFifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace (right) and Andriy Mykhaylovskyy (Facebook/Fifth Wall; iStock)Venture capital firm Fifth Wall is launching another blank-check company — the third the company has founded since the beginning of the year.The Los Angeles-based firm is aiming to raise $250 million for the new special-purpose acquisition company, Fifth Wall Acquisition III. It will issue 25 million shares on NASDAQ at $10 apiece. Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America are underwriting the deal.Fifth Wall co-founder Brendan Wallace will lead the newly formed company as CEO and chairman, while one of the VC firm’s managing partners, Andriy Mykhaylovskyy, will be the CFO.Read moreThe definitive real estate SPAC trackerCushman launches $250M SPACSonder considers going public via SPAC Message* Full Name* Fifth WallIPOproptecSPACTechnology Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Email Address* With the new blank-check company, Fifth Wall is looking to target proptech firms outside the United States, which could include real estate companies as well as adjacent industries. Previously, the venture capital firm has backed companies including Opendoor, States Title, VTS, Industrious and Smart Rent.In February, Fifth Wall Acquisition I, Fifth Wall’s first SPAC, closed its $345 million initial public offering. And Fifth Wall Acquisition II, its second blank-check company, filed in March with the SEC to raise up to $150 million in an IPO.SPACs — which raise money on a stock exchange aiming to merge with a startup — have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional IPOs. Celebrities, venture capitalists, and real estate firms formed their own blank-check firms.The frenzy led the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to seek information on how bank underwriters are managing the potential risks associated with blank-check company acquisitions.Contact Akiko Matsudalast_img read more

HMAS Melbourne Conducts Major Drug Bust

first_img February 7, 2014 View post tag: Defence View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Draught7.5m Length138 m Beam14.3m Share this article View post tag: major Range4,500 nautical miles Displacement4,200 tons [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 7, 2014; Image: Royal Australian Navy Complement184 + aircrew View post tag: Defense View post tag: Drug View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Bust View post tag: conducts HMAS Melbourne Conducts Major Drug Bust Speedover 30 knots ADELAIDE-CLASS GUIDED MISSILE FRIGATE- SPECIFICATIONS View post tag: Melbourne Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Melbourne Conducts Major Drug Bust HMAS MELBOURNE’S CREW WITH SEIZED DRUGS HMAS Melbourne has intercepted a shipment of 353 kilograms of what is believed to be heroin during a boarding operation on a suspected drug smuggling dhow off the coast of Tanzania on Wednesday, 5 February 2014. StatusActive The drugs are said to be worth $706 million Australian dollars, circa USD 626 million.The ship received the command to close and board the suspect vessel as part of the 29-nation Combined Maritime Forces.The frigate directed her S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter to locate the suspicious vessel. Once detected, the Australian Navy boarding team boarded the vessel and searched for illicit cargo, which was concealed in hidden compartments onboard the vessel.CREW DESTROYS THE SEIZED DRUGSThe substance was tested onboard the vessel and returned a positive reading for heroin. HMAS Melbourne’s team seized the suspected drugs, took samples and destroyed the remainder.“During her time with Combined Maritime Forces, she has successfully disrupted a piracy attack, and conducted four successful narcotics seizures, seizing 23.8 kilograms of methamphetamines and now 353 kilograms of heroin.These seizures have severely impacted the funding network of those terrorist organisations that rely on these shipments for income,” Australian Commander of Combined Task Force 150, Commodore Daryl Bates, said.The Australian Navy’s Adelaide-class guided-missile frigate HMAS Melbourne is patrolling the waters of the Middle east Area of Operation within the framework of Operation SLIPPER.last_img read more

Sport in Brief

first_imgROWING Oxford University Boat Club began preparation for the Boat Race by holding the traditional ‘Trial Eight’ Race on the 13th of December. Named ‘shirts’ and ‘skins’ so as to remind spectators of the amateur nature of the event, both Eights were blighted by illness leading up to the race. After winning the toss the ‘skins’ took an early lead that that lasted until the Milepost straight. From here onwards, the race belonged to the ‘shirts’. By St. Pauls, they had stripped their opponents of the lead and eventually won by three lengths. The squad is currently training in Spain before they return on the 12th January to enter the final stage of their rigorous preparation. FOOTBALLOriel have been eliminated from the Cuppers competition for fielding an ineligible player in their 2nd round victory over Corpus/ Linacre. Goalkeeper Simon Noall, a student of Regents Park who was fielded by Oriel in the game, had already featured for New in the first round and was therefore judged ineligible. Despite lodging an appeal against the ruling, the decision was maintained by the committee who deemed it ‘a simple case of an ineligible player.’ Corpus/Linacre will continue to the next round.last_img read more

Police fire and miss a man allegedly wielding a fake gun

first_imgBAYONNE — Tragedy was averted on the evening of Wednesday, September 12, when a Bayonne police officer fired shots and missed a psychologically distressed 25-year-old man who allegedly pointed a fake gun at him on Avenue F while responding to a report of an “emotionally disturbed person,” according to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office. The man was charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of an imitation firearm. The incident is in the early stages of investigation by the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor. ×last_img

Man Snaps Gull’s Neck to Horror of Ocean City Beach Crowd

first_imgLaughing gulls find food on the beach at 10th Street on Tuesday afternoon.It was a spectacle that nobody cared to behold on Friday (July 24) at 39th Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ: An adult beachgoer reportedly caught a gull, snapped its neck and threw its lifeless body into a trash can in full view of a crowd of families enjoying an otherwise beautiful beach day.An eyewitness account — including a photo of the alleged gull killer — made its rounds through social media over the weekend and included the following description:“I, as well as a bunch of other people, including children, just witnessed this POS smack a seagull out of the air, breaking its wing and then he snapped its neck. He then proceeded to carry it down the beach to a trash can and threw it away. Cops were called and they did absolutely nothing. Didn’t even talk to one witness to get the real story. As they were getting ready to leave, his scumbag friend started swinging his closed umbrella at a bunch of seagulls trying to hit them and then threatened two teenage boys who stood up for the birds. (I have video of that part.) All happened on 39th Street Beach in OCNJ. Share his face everywhere since this will be the only consequence for his actions!”The post was made to Instagram and to Facebook — with the information generating hundreds of comments as it was shared across different groups and social media timelines.__________Get the Daily: Sign up for Ocean City news updates by e-mail. It’s free.__________The author of the post did not respond to our queries about the incident, and the post appears to have been removed, so OCNJ Daily will not name the author or publish a screenshot showing the alleged perpetrator.But police continue to investigate, Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang said on Tuesday. He said they have the initial police report and the social media posting.Investigators are working with Bill Hollingsworth of the Humane Society of Ocean City, which is in charge of animal control for the city.Hollingsworth said animal control and the police department are jointly researching different statutes related to cruelty and are also seeking more first-hand information on what happened on the beach.Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to email Hollingsworth at [email protected]last_img read more