England v Fiji: Betting guide

first_img England are heavy favourites to beat Fiji in Friday’s opening game of the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, so simply putting money on the hosts to win may not be the best betting option.With England hoping to rack up a few points against one of the supposedly weaker sides in their pool, Boyle Sports are offering 19/10 on the first score of the game coming from an England try, while BetVictor offer 2/1 that it’ll be an England penalty.If England are to get the first try, they’ll need a player to cross the whitewash and winger Jonny May is favourite to be just that man. Sportingbet will give you odds of 13/2 on the Gloucester man scoring the first try. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jonny May runs against Ireland in September 2015 (Getty Images) If you think Fiji will score the first try, powerhouse winger Nemani Nadolo is teasingly priced at 20/1 by PaddyPower – the same odds as Sam Burgess, strangely, although Nadolo has the advantage of actually starting the game. Where to find the best odds for England v Fiji – the first match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup TAGS: Fiji If the handicap market is something you’re into, there are seemingly endless opportunities to place your money, with SkyBet offering odds of 5/4 that England will win with a 28-point defecit. If you back Fiji’s defence to be slightly more resolute, you can find odds of 11/10 that they’ll be within 22 points of the hosts.All these odds are correct on www.oddschecker.com as of the time of publishing, and remember – bet responsibly.last_img read more

Simon Zebo’s prank on Conor Murray during Lions 2013 tour match!

first_imgThursday Apr 20, 2017 Simon Zebo’s prank on Conor Murray during Lions 2013 tour match! Conor Murray has had an interesting few days. Yesterday he was picked for the British & Irish Lions tour, and today is his 28th birthday. He is currently injured though, so could be in doubt. Recently he told this funny story about some of the banter on the previous Lions tour, where on one occassion his mate Simon Zebo stitched him up in a midweek match.Murray was named in Warren Gatland’s 41-man squad yesterday, and if he is able to get over a niggling injury, he will be on the plane to New Zealand to face the All Blacks.There will also be a gruelling midweek match schedule, the likes of which Murray knows all about after he played in some crucial games in Australia in 2013. On one such occasion, he did something that no doubt must have had the coaches scratching their heads.BANTER“There is always a lot of banter flying around on Tour, excitement levels are high and there are always some big characters who love to make everyone laugh,” Murray explained.“Towards the end of the 2013 Tour we were playing Melbourne Rebels in a pretty big game. It was the week before the second Test and everyone was working hard to perform well.“Everyone knew that we all had a shot at getting into that Test match squad and I felt it was going pretty well for me in the first half. I think I had scored a try and I was trying to play as well as I could. I remember being at the bottom of a ruck, there can’t have been more than couple of minutes to go before half time.“Play rolled on and the lads set up another ruck as I was getting back on to my feet, it was at that point I heard my good friend Simon Zebo roar at me from the back field… ‘That’s half time, that’s half time, just kick it out’. “I trusted him as you would trust a good friend and I just ran over to the ruck and picked the ball up, I kicked it almost backwards, just kicked it over the touchline and presumed it was half time. I started jogging off into the dressing room…“It wasn’t half time apparently as the ref blew his whistle and said “line out, line out there”. I looked over at Zeebs and he was breaking himself laughing at me. It was a prank, he found very funny in a week like that, in a game like that. I’ll never forget it!”We’ve put together a short video of the incident below, and as you can see, Murray’s recollection of the incident is just about spot on. For those of you that remember it, now we know why he kicked it out prematurely. The look on his face was priceless.INJURYWarren Gatland will be hoping a player of Murray’s experience will be on tour, but things are looking a bit shaky after he injured himself in the Six Nations and hasn’t quite recovered. “He’s got a nerve issue. I spoke to the doctor yesterday. He was hoping to be fit this week. He had a setback a couple of weeks ago,” said Gatland when asked about it by the media.“He’s going to need to play before he gets on the plane. That’s going to be important for us. I would be reluctant to take someone to New Zealand with a neck injury who hasn’t played. His last game was against Wales.”“He’s incredibly fit. It’s causing him a bit of discomfort and a bit of weakness in his arm, and hopefully he’s going to be right in a couple of weeks – the neurologist is confident he’s going to be okay. He’s had some disc problems in the past, but that’s not what’s causing the issue. It’s some nerve problem that he’s got.“Look, it’s a concern, because he is a quality player. He’s disappointed himself. Hopefully he’s going to be right in a couple of weeks and get one or two games under his belt.”Conor Murray was speaking on behalf of Thomas Pink – Official Outfitter of the British & Irish Lions. Register at www.pinklionrugbyclub.co.uk  for exclusive Thomas Pink Lions eventsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Government to set up central grants register

The Government is to create a register that will make it easier for it to track the grants awarded by its various departments. The Committee of Public Accounts’s recommendation and its acceptance by the Government was announced in a HM Treasury report following investigations into the Government’s funding of Kids Company, which closed last year. The Committee proposed a register that would enable the Government to easily identify charities receiving large amounts of government funding from single or multiple sources, and share intelligence on charities’ past performance.Following the Government’s acceptance of the recommendation, the register should be implemented this spring. It will be called the Government Grants Information System (GGIS) and is being developed by The Grants Efficiency Programme (GEP).The GGIS’s aims are to enable grant information to be recorded and reported across government in a simple, standardised and scalable way, to improve transparency and provide insight into government spend and help departments manage grants more efficiently and effectively. it will also provide data to help reduce the risk of fraud by improving the government’s ability to see the whole picture, so helping it to pay once only for each outcome. The GGIS is also expected to develop over time into a cross-government register, linked to an analytical system. 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.  82 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Melanie May | 27 January 2016 | News Tagged with: Funding statutory Advertisement  83 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Government to set up central grants register read more

State terror and the ‘Drone Economy’

first_imgMary Ann Grady Flores holds photos she was arrested for taking at Hancock AFB anti-drone protest.WW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattSyracuse, N.Y. — Mary Ann Grady Flores, a Catholic Worker movement, anti-drone activist, was taken into custody in the DeWitt, N.Y., Town Court on Jan. 20 to serve a six-month jail sentence for her 2013 nonviolent protest at nearby Hancock Air Force Base in Syracuse.Grady Flores was part of a five-year stretch of activists’ unrelenting Central and Upstate New York opposition to U.S. drone warfare, anchored by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. (upstatedroneaction.org)GIs in the 174th Attack Wing, New York National Guard, direct Reaper MQ-9 “Hellfire” drones out of Hancock AFB. These drones target and kill people in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. The attacks are part of Washington’s “endless wars” to ensure capitalist profits worldwide.Grady Flores’ only crime was to briefly step on base property while taking photographs of an anti-drone demonstration. She was subsequently arrested and charged with violating an “order of protection” filed by the Hancock base commander against drone protesters — none of whom he had met. At Grady Flores’ initial trial, he admitted: “No, I don’t know Mary Anne Grady. No, I’ve never had a conversation with her. I’m not afraid of her. That’s just a piece of paper. I want — I just want these protesters away from my base.” (Democracy Now! Jan. 19)A court typically issues an “order of protection” to prevent abusers from getting close to and/or killing victims of domestic violence — most usually women being beaten by male partners. Yet, no Hancock soldiers, officers or property had been hurt or damaged by anti-drone protesters during the five-year anti-drone campaign. The U.S. repressive state and its military are cynically using a law meant to protect women to shut down protest against drone attacks.An unnamed whistleblower leaked classified Department of Defense documents that reveal that nearly 90 percent of people killed by drones in one five-month period were noncombatants who were close to intended “targets.” (The Intercept, Oct. 15) U.S. drone warfare in Afghanistan, in 2015 alone, killed between 795 to 1,217 people, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and already another 144-147 people killed in 2016. (tinyurl.com/hbr2eug)Before she was jailed, Grady Flores zeroed in on another underlying reason for the state’s targeting anti-drone activists: “Drones are just one part of the endless wars and U.S. profiteering off of war-making.” (Huffington Post, Jan. 19)The drone economyThe Albany-to-Syracuse corridor is becoming a “Silicon Valley” of drone military-industrial development. In December, the Central New York region, centered in Syracuse, won Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Hunger Games” competition for a half-billion dollars in grants for “upstate revitalization.” The region pledged half the money, $250 million, to “a center for research and development of unmanned aerial and ground vehicles.” (Syracuse Post Standard, Dec. 10)A key player in the plan is NUAIR, a consortium of Central New York state businesses and universities specializing in drone technology and testing. The Federal Aviation Administration designated nearby Griffiss Air Base as one of six U.S. sites for drone tests. NASA has committed to building a drone test facility. (Atlantic Monthly, Nov. 13)Though publicity touts the drone boom as benefiting “private” or “civilian” uses, the primary backers of NUAIR have been military-industrial corporations like SRC, Saab Sensis and Lockheed Martin, as well as energy giant National Grid. Saab Sensis develops military radar and air-traffic systems out of East Syracuse. Lockheed Martin — the largest for-profit employer in Syracuse’s home county of Onondaga — creates warfare electronics in suburban Salina. SRC Inc., which started up at Syracuse University, designs drone radar for military use.The Department of Defense will be the major user of new drone technologies underway at NUAIR. The DOD has spent $200 million in the last 13 years on the “sense and avoid” drone technology that the Syracuse firms specialize in. (Syracuse.com, Jan. 5, 2014)Drone boosters say that the drone boom will bring jobs. Syracuse has the highest rate of “concentrated” extreme poverty for Blacks and Latinos/as among the hundred largest U.S. metropolitan areas. (Paul Jagowsky, “Architecture of Segregation”)Anti-drone activists disagree with the “more jobs” assertion. Dave Kashmer, a U.S. Navy veteran, says: “It’s not going to produce jobs for a Syracusan. It’s all high-tech engineer jobs, and for that you need a high-tech education.” Only a quarter of the residents of Syracuse have a bachelor’s degree, even though Syracuse University is there. ((Atlantic Monthly, Nov. 13)When the local Post Standard ran a page one headline: “Reaper Drone Makes History in Syracuse” in December 2015, the story emphasized that this was “the first unmanned aircraft in the [U.S.] to launch from a commercial airport.”But the Reaper MQ “Hellfire” drone is used only as a battlefield remote-controlled bomber by the U.S. military — and for surveillance against immigrants at the U.S. borders. This is a far cry from corporate ads of a cute commercial drone delivering holiday packages from Amazon.Syracuse anti-drone activist Ed Kinane says: “I think once the drones are normalized, then you bring them home and who are the targets? They’re going to be dissenters, they’re going to be demonstrators, they’re going to be minorities. It doesn’t bode well.” (Atlantic Monthly)Kinane emphasizes that hyped commercial uses of drones are a diversion from military uses. Meanwhile, the domestic drone industry provides an industrial base — research, engineering expertise and production — for the Pentagon.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more)

first_imgReddIt Twitter Chris Garcia “Fate of the Furious” stutters past the finish line Join Hank Kilgore, Chris Garcia and Will Konig as they discuss the latest news in gaming. print Facebook Linkedin Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Facebook Join Hank Kilgore, Chris Garcia and Will Konig as they discuss what’s new in the gaming world from announcements to releases on Hank and Chris’ last VGP ever.This week we discuss the Call of Duty World War II reveal and join together for a let’s play of the highly anticipated Cluster Trucks. We also discuss recent developments regarding Nintendo Switch, Halo 6, Resident Evil 7, Forza Horizon 3 and the end of an era for TCU VGP. Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/center_img 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West + posts Previous articleUpdate: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC studentNext articleJosh Carraway drafted by Tennessee Titans Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) ReddIt Linkedin Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) Twitter Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special last_img read more

Blanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 104 (CFP Predictions, Titan Madness, Frogs 2-0, HARDEN)

first_imgprintIn this episode, Jack and Noah discuss the Baylor-TCU heartbreaking loss, who deserves to be in the top 4, and possible playoff scenarios.We also go over NFL action, including the race for MVP, another wild ending for the Titans, and the Falcons getting a monster win over their archrivals in NOLA. We finish out with basketball talk on the 2-0 Frogs and James Harden on one of the hottest starts in NBA history. Linkedin Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallace The Blanket Coverage podcast. Photo by Jack Wallace and Noah Parker. Twitter + posts Facebook Previous articleMusic group builds foundation, friendship for 2 TCU studentsNext articleWomen’s basketball blows out Nicholls State, moves to 3-0 on season Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Twitter ReddIt TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Linkedinlast_img read more

Questions about freedom of information will be relayed to Chinese vice-president

first_img Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders has questions to put to Xi Jinping, the Chinese vice-president who began a two-day visit to Washington today, and urges Internet users all over the world, including China, to contribute by posting their own questions on US or Chinese web platforms. A list of questions will made public and sent to the Chinese delegation visiting the United States.“We have sent the Chinese authorities many letters in the past, some open and some confidential, but none has received a reply,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Using a different method of communication may not suffice to elicit a response this time either, but we would also like to show that our questions and concerns are shared by other Internet users all over the world.“As the system for registering Chinese Internet users under their real identity (实名制) does not take effect until 16 March, there is still time to put legitimate questions to Xi Jinping without being accused of ‘attempted subversion’ or ‘disturbing public order.’ It would be interesting to repeat the exercise after 16 March as it is likely that, when forced to identify themselves, fewer Internet users will be ready to voice their views freely on such a sensitive subject.“All social networks are censored in China. But the authorities must realize that it unrealistic to try to exercise absolute control over news and information in a country that has more than 500 million Internet users and more than 300 million microbloggers. And if Internet users do not feel free to express themselves on the main web platforms, they can still conduct anonymous debates on the many forums that do not verify their identity.”Vice-President Xi, who is expected to replace Hu Jintao as Communist Party secretary-general later this year and then succeed him as president next year, was due to meet with US President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden today.Reporters Without Borders is making various web platforms available to Internet users who want to ask questions about freedom of information and media freedom. All aspects of these issues – legal, technical or political – may be addressed. A selection of the questions that have been posted online will be sent by Reporters Without Borders at 12:00 GMT tomorrow (15 February) to the Chinese delegation in the United States, via the US State Department.To submit their questions, Internet users may connect to the Reporters Without Borders accounts on the following social networks:Facebook : facebook.com/Reporterssansfrontieres Twitter : @RSFAsiaPacific, @RSF_Asia (中文)Reporters Without Borders advises Internet users, especially those in China, who would like to connect to the following platforms to take a great deal of care. The use of anonymous accounts is strongly recommended.Sina Weibo (新浪微博) : 无国界记者亚洲 : http://www.weibo.com/u/2616619327 ;or http://www.weibo.com/u/2616916817QQ : 无国界记者(@wuguojiejizhe) : http://t.qq.com/wuguojiejizhe# ;or http://t.qq.com/wefightcensorshipRenren (人人) : 无国界记 : http://www.renren.com/443187218/profile ;China is ranked 174th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and has been classified as an “Enemy of the Internet” for years because of its system of Internet censorship and surveillance, which is one of the most sophisticated in the world.center_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News February 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Questions about freedom of information will be relayed to Chinese vice-president April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Twelve more people die in North from Covid-19

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Twitter Twelve more people die in North from Covid-19 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twelve more people have died in Northern Ireland from Covid-19.It’s the biggest daily increase since the virus outbreak began with the death toll in the north now at 48.The Norths Public Health Agency has also confirmed an additional 130 confirmed cases today.There are now 904 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Google+ By News Highland – April 3, 2020 WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleAdditional supports for businesses being consideredNext article22 further deaths & 424 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 News Highland last_img read more

More money for training staff

first_imgMore money for training staffOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today HR managers will need to take steps to attract more clinical staff to work in different specialities across the NHS.Health Secretary Alan Milburn has announced an ambitious staff training programme to encourage trained nurses to specialise, in a bid to solve staff shortages.The Government has pledged to spend £21.4m on 600 critical care nurses, 175 infection control nurses, 100 health visitors, 50 community psychiatric nurses and 25 cancer nurses.There will also be an extra 200 scientists and technicians, 100 radiographers, 100 operating department practitioners, 50 speech and language therapists and 40 clinical psychologists.Milburn also announced a taskforce dedicated to workforce capital and capacity, which will be one of 10 set up to drive forward the NHS plan.But Jan Lee, HR beacon development manager at Bradford Health Authority, said to solve staff shortages the NHS must make itself more appealing to young people in schools.She said, “Some evidence suggests that children have made serious choices about their careers by 11. We are hitting them too late. The NHS does not offer just several careers, it offers several professions.“We need a strategy which will attract young people from schools – there are already some organisations which are dedicated to young people.”Lee is a teacher seconded to the health authority to promote careers in the NHS in schools. The authority runs several programmes to boost recruitment in the area, including mentoring schemes for nurses – which have already recruited six new nurses.last_img read more

Polar endoliths – an anti-correlation of climatic extremes and microbial diversity

first_imgWe examined the environmental stresses experienced by cyanobacteria living in endolithic gneissic habitats in the Haughton impact structure, Devon Island, Canadian High Arctic (75° N) and compared them with the endolithic habitat at the opposite latitude in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica (76° S). In the Arctic during the summer, there is a period for growth of approximately 2.5 months when temperatures rise above freezing. During this period, freeze–thaw can occur during the diurnal cycle, but freeze–thaw excursions are rare within higher-frequency temperature changes on the scale of minutes, in contrast with the Antarctic Dry Valleys. In the Arctic location rainfall of approximately 3 mm can occur in a single day and provides moisture for endolithic organisms for several days afterwards. This rainfall is an order of magnitude higher than that received in the Dry Valleys over 1 year. In the Dry Valleys, endolithic communities may potentially receive higher levels of ultraviolet radiation than the Arctic location because ozone depletion is more extreme. The less extreme environmental stresses experienced in the Arctic are confirmed by the presence of substantial epilithic growth, in contrast to the Dry Valleys. Despite the more extreme conditions experienced in the Antarctic location, the diversity of organisms within the endolithic habitat, which includes lichen and eukaryotic algal components, is higher than observed at the Arctic location, where genera of cyanobacteria dominate. The lower biodiversity in the Arctic may reflect the higher water flow through the rocks caused by precipitation and the more heterogeneous physical structure of the substrate. The data illustrate an instance in which extreme climate is anti-correlated with microbial biological diversity.last_img read more