Clermont basking in glory after beating Perpignan to win the Top 14

first_imgMonday May 31, 2010 Clermont basking in glory after beating Perpignan to win the Top 14 Clermont Auvergne supporters have been celebrating their famous win since the final whistle blew on Saturday night as they won the Top 14 title on their 11th attempt when they beat Perpignan 19-6 at the Stade de France.Known as perennial chokers, Clermont finally came good on all their promise as a repeat of last seasons final ended the other way around, with the club from central France repaying the faith of their supporters eventually.Clermonts kiwi coach Vern Cotter was visibly emotional at fulltime as his side finally got it right. “A good night! The players deserve that,” he said afterwards.Captain Aurelien Rougerie, who got stuck in all game, said they were extremely happy with themselves after all the hard work that has gone into the campaign.“This squad really has a soul, a character. I’m very happy for us, this squad and obviously all the people who waited so long for this.”The only try on the night was scored by powerful winger Napolioni Nalaga, in somewhat of a different fashion to what were used to seeing from him. He hasnt had things go all his way on the wing of late though, so his effort from close to the line showed his value around the park.Morgan Parra kicked the conversion, as well as three penalties, while Anthony Floch slotted a neatly taken dropgoal. Things may have been different if Perpignan fullback Jerome Porical had kicked better, but he missed four of his shots at goal.This video shows the try, as well as one or two other moments from the game. Time: 06:38ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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New Zealand win the Hong Kong Sevens

first_imgTuesday Mar 29, 2011 New Zealand win the Hong Kong Sevens New Zealand became kings of Hong Kong on Sunday as they beat England 29-17 in the Cup final at Hong Kong Stadium in the IRB World Series Sevens. This video shows their progress to the final, as well as one or two other nice tries.The tournament proved to be a success once again as rugby, drinking, music, and dancing were all on the menu, not to mention fancy-dress. Capacity crowds of 40 000 people over the three days enjoyed the best of the international rugby circuit, with a few surprise packages.In the end it was New Zealand who marched through to the final after some closely contested games, with their semi-final against Fiji particularly tricky. In the final they faced England who had beaten reigning champs Samoa in their semi.The New Zealand team led by seven points at half time and from then on, they were too good as their speed and fitness showed in some extraordinarily long passages of open field play. The win has them now sitting pretty at the top of the World Series table, five points clear of England.“Sevens is what is going to open rugby up to the world,” said Jonah Lomu.“It is going to go right through Asia, because it is a more level playing field than playing 15-a-side. Trying to explain to somebody the appeal of the sport, I would say come to the Sevens. You have the fastest players on the planet and the strongest players on the planet.”The series moves to Adelaide next weekend, before moving to England and Scotland in May. Time: 03:57 Note: With thanks to the IRBADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust launches

first_img The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust has been formally launched today, on the 60th anniversary of the accession of the Queen to the throne.Sir John Major, chair of the trustees of the grantmaking trust, said that it aims to “to raise funds throughout the Commonwealth, and then work with strategic partners to identify charitable projects that will enrich the lives and opportunities of all its citizens” in order “to provide a lasting legacy for HM The Queen”. Donations will be accepted for the duration of the Jubilee Year. Online donations are being handled by BT MyDonate.The trust, first announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Perth, Australia in 2011, hopes that it will receive donations from across the Commonwealth as a way of honouring the Queen and her work.In particular the trust will invest in some projects which encourage generations to work together for the benefit of communities, and activities that bring Commonwealth citizens together across geographical boundaries.The Commonwealth Secretary General, Kamalesh Sharma, also on the board of Trustees, said: “The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust is an opportunity for Commonwealth citizens everywhere both to contribute and to be associated with initiatives that will ensure Her Majesty’s commitment and service are celebrated in ways that are to the enduring benefit of our global Commonwealth family.”Details about the trust’s planned investments and partnerships are not available at this stage but likely areas include tackling curable diseases, promoting all forms of education and culture and other Commonwealth priorities. Projects will be chosen by the Trustees, “who will consult widely before reaching decisions”.www.jubileetribute.org Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust launches AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 February 2012 | News Tagged with: Funding  23 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.last_img read more

Trial opens

first_img The trial of 21 people accused of belonging to terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government opened before a military court. The defendants included several human rights activists and the bloggers Abdul Jalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam (who was being tried in absentia).Abdulemam is regarded by fellow Bahrainis as one of his country’s Internet pioneers and is an active member of Bahrain Online, a pro-democracy forum that gets more than 100,000 visitors a day despite being blocked within Bahrain. A contributor to the international bloggers network Global Voices, he has taken part in many international conferences at which he has denounced human rights violations in Bahrain. May 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial opens Organisation RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Over three quarters of drivers in Donegal summonsed to court over penalty points not…

first_img Google+ Over three quarters of drivers in Donegal summonsed to court over penalty points not convicted By News Highland – October 2, 2015 Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp New figures show that 77% of drivers in Donegal who are summonsed to court over penalty points offences are escaping conviction.The figures were compiled by the Courts Service for the Department of Justice.From January 2013 to March of this year, over three thousand drivers in Donegal who were summonsed to court were not convicted, claiming they did not receive the notice in the post or that it was sent to the wrong address.Chairperson with road Safety Group PARC, Susan Grey says the system is acheiving nothing:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/susan1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleInterpro tournaments start today for Ulster sidesNext articleHealth Minister confirms Letterkenny General Hopital is 10% over budget News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Facebook Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Tennessee hospital won’t charge tornado victims medical fees

first_imgiStock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A Tennessee hospital won’t charge any medical fees for the dozens of patients who were affected by last week’s deadly tornadoes.A spokeswoman for Cookeville Regional Medical Center told ABC News 82 people were treated for injuries after Tuesday’s storms that ripped through Nashville and other central Tennessee counties. The hospital will bill each patient’s insurance company and accept the insurance’s payment as payment in full, according to Melahn Finley, a spokeswoman for Cookeville Regional Medical Center.“We will not bill patients for the remaining portion after insurance,” she said in a statement. “If they don’t have insurance, they will not be charged.”At least 24 people have been killed by the tornadoes that struck Nashville and the surrounding areas in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Eighteen of those reported fatalities took place in Putnam County, where the National Weather Service said an EF4 tornado, with top winds of 175 mph, struck.Nashville Mayor John Cooper said Thursday officials were still surveying the damage and there were at least 385 residential properties and 184 commercial buildings that sustained “major damage or were completely destroyed.”As of Saturday evening, 9,700 households remain without power in Tennessee, the majority of which are located in Davidson County, according to the Tennessee governor’s office. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Riverside Laundromat reopens

first_img1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯ Riverside Laundromat in Hoboken has held its re-grand opening. They offer wash and fold, dry cleaning, self service 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 days per week. Pick up and delivery are available. 258 First St., (201) 610-1230. ×  1 / 2    2 / 2  ❮ ❯last_img

News story: New medal awarded to recognise the changing character of warfare

first_imgAlongside this milestone, RAF Akrotiri recently saw the last of the operational Tornado fighter jets fly home for the final time as they approach retirement after 40 years of service.Despite recent success over the last year, the operation continues and fast jets continue to fly out of RAF Akrotiri and remotely-piloted Reaper aircraft continue to provide support to the Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground who are clearing the last remaining pockets of Daesh terrorists in Eastern Syria.Since 2014 the UK Armed Forces have taken a leading role in the counter-Daesh Global Coalition. The RAF has so far conducted airstrikes against Daesh terrorist targets and units from across the Armed Forces have helped train over 77,000 Iraqi Security Forces in infantry skills, counter-IED, engineering, and medical expertise. As a result, their capacity to defeat Daesh has increased considerably, contributing to the success of this campaign.Currently around 1,400 personnel still play an important role in the Global Coalition’s counter-Daesh operations in the wider region. Under new rules, personnel from all three services serving from outside the traditional area of operations, such as operators of RAF Reaper remotely piloted aerial systems, will receive the Operation Shader medal without clasp.The announcement comes as Mr Williamson attends a meeting of defence ministers in Munich from nations within the Global Coalition against Daesh. Daesh is currently struggling to hold its last pocket of territory in eastern Syria, as the UK and its coalition partners continue to support the Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground.The award of the medal reflects the changing nature of modern conflict and recognises the vital contribution that personnel working from outside the operational area of Iraq and Syria have made to the campaign.The personnel to be awarded the Op Shader medal without clasp include RAF Reaper crews, based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire and Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, US. This is the first time that Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems crews have received formal medallic recognition.Ground crew serving at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus, where UK airstrikes over Iraq and Syria are launched from are also eligible, as well as Army and Navy personnel providing logistic and communications support.The changing character of warfare means that personnel based outside an area of military operations increasingly play a vital role in allowing the UK to be successful militarily overseas. For example, ground crew based at RAF Akrotiri play a key role in ensuring that RAF Tornado and Typhoon fast-jets are able to conduct air strikes over Iraq and Syria, through their maintenance, engineering and weapons technician skills.Last year Her Majesty The Queen approved the extension of the eligibility criteria for the medal to new groups of personnel.The Op Shader medal is the first operational service medal to be created since 2003 and has its own distinct ribbon; it is fitting recognition of those who have contributed to the fight against Daesh. Operation Shader is the name of the UK’s military contribution to the campaign to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our Armed Forces can be extremely proud of the campaign against Daesh. The expanded medal criteria means that those personnel who have played a vital role in defeating Daesh but have been based outside the conventional area of operations will receive the recognition they deserve. This new medal reflects the changing character of warfare. I am very pleased that personnel who previously would not have received an operational medal, will now do so.last_img read more

Deflation saves households £58 a year on grocery bills

first_imgSupermarket price wars have left the average household better off by £58 a year, according to Kantar Worldpanel figures for the 12 weeks ending October 11, 2015.Like-for-like grocery prices have dropped 1.7% since last year, partly because the big supermarkets are trying to match Aldi and Lidl’s low pricing and partly due to deflation in major categories such as eggs, bread, butter and crisps.However, consumers are generally not spending the savings on more groceries, with overall volume growth of only 2% and value sales increasing by just 0.8%, leading to a total of £1.5bn being taken out of the market.The big four supermarkets have been hit by the price drop, with only Sainsbury’s managing to post positive revenue growth figures of 1.1% off the back of strong online and Sainsbury’s Local sales. Asda’s revenues dropped 3%, Morrison 1% and Tesco 1.7%, though Kantar says it is too early to see whether its Brand Guarantee scheme will have an impact.OnlineIn contrast to the glum overall grocery sales figures, online grocery sales have increased by 9.8%Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Internet sales offer a chance of long term growth – only 18% of households bought groceries online in the last 12 weeks meaning there’s plenty of space for further expansion.“The convenience factor and minimum spend restrictions mean online baskets tend to be larger, averaging £67 in value, compared with £14 for the average bricks and mortar trip.”Some retailers bucked the trend with strong sales figures. Aldi and Lidl both enjoyed double-figure sales growth at 17.6% and 17.9% respectively, while Iceland and Waitrose posted modest improvements of 3.2% and 2.1%. The Co-operative managed 1% growth.However, McKevitt warned: “Amazon Fresh’s expected full launch early next year could be a major disruptor, bringing down average basket sizes, accommodating on demand shopping and accelerating the growth of the whole online market.”last_img read more

Harvard Business School’s Paul Vatter dies at 90

first_imgPaul A. Vatter, Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business Administration Emeritus and a highly regarded statistician whose superb teaching skills and collegial manner helped thousands of M.B.A. students and executives understand — and even enjoy — the daunting subject matter of managerial economics, died on Jan. 4 in Belmont, Mass. He was 90 years old and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for a decade.Vatter joined the HBS faculty in 1958 and was named to the Fouraker professorship in 1984. He retired from the active faculty in 1995. Vatter combined his teaching talents with an outstanding record in administration. He was an assistant dean at HBS from 1958 to 1962 and chairman of the doctoral programs from 1967 to 1970. In addition, he was executive director of executive education and corporate relations from 1987 to 1988 and senior associate dean and director of institutional relations from 1988 to 1991.A native of Boston, Paul August Vatter was born on Sept. 14, 1924, one of three children in his family. He became interested in statistics through his father, who was an actuary for the John Hancock Insurance Co. and a member of HBS’ first graduating class in 1910. A summer job in Hancock’s actuarial department convinced the younger Vatter that he wanted to follow a different career path. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1944, he earned both a master’s (1947) and a Ph.D. (1953) in statistics from the University of Pennsylvania.Vatter is survived by a daughter, Katharine Foucault of Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and five grandchildren. His wife and their son, Joel Vatter, predeceased him in 2013 and 2011, respectively. The burial will be private. Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.Read the full obituary.last_img read more