Lions 2013: The need for tactical change in the second Test: Defence

first_img Getting in a tizzy over Izzy: Israel Folau caused havoc in the first Test, benefitting from the Lion’s scrambling defenceBy Alan DymockTHE DIFFICULT second Test is coming and both teams have finalised their lineups. The Wallabies have swapped out injured players, while the British and Irish Lions have made five changes.Warren Gatland himself said: “I don’t know about not changing a winning side; it is about picking the best team to do the job for us.” He is hinting at tactical reasons for the cutting and pasting of his team sheet. Looking back at the first Test footage, he certainly has reasons to change.DefenceLooking at the game, there is cause for dropping Tom Croft, as well as requesting that defence coach Andy Farrell shores things up.Shooting stars: Defensive shape in Test one tied centres upFor Australia’s first try, 12 minutes in, Will Genia took a tap penalty. He ran, in a position where it was three on three and the Lions were retreating. Croft gambled, shooting out of the line to get at James O’Connor, but Genia dummied and Croft was stranded. With a three on two, Mike Phillips was all at sea, chopping in and out trying to keep up with Genia, and as North and Halfpenny converged to try and close the attack down a sublime grubber allowed Israel Folau the freedom to canter over the line.This was not an isolated incident, though. For Folau’s second, Croft shot out again, this time after a few phases. He was not helped by the fact that, relatively close to the middle of the park, both Jonathan Davies and Brian O’Driscoll advanced beyond the defensive line, tackling together but then trying to disrupt the ball. This meant a re-shuffling of the defensive line and by the time Croft flew up on Stephen Moore and the hooker threaded the ball to his outside support, there was a deep lying three opposite two drifting defenders. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 24: Dan Lydiate who will captain the Lions against Melbourne Rebels looks on during the British and Irish Lions captain’s run at AMMI Park on June 24, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Maybe with discipline and touch-finders, things will get that little bit easier for the Lions, defensively, in the second Test.Check out our tactical explanation of why change was needed for the Lions attack, here. The defensive strategy of pushing up a defensive pair in what is ostensibly the traditional 13 channel is a step away from the inside push towards the touchline and also the outside push from the wingers and full-back that had been so heavily punished by the Waratahs and Queensland Reds earlier in the series. However, this meant that when Folau got the ball in space he was opposite Jonny Sexton, who he brushed off, Alex Corbisiero who he palmed away, and then a racing Leigh Halfpenny who cannot match him for muscle.Shooting does seem to be a recurring issue. The defensive schizophrenia which saw the Lions defend one way against the provinces and another against the Wallabies means that the personnel are a week or so behind, even if they don’t know it yet.Enforcer: Lydiate will keep the defence honestJust before Kurtley Beale’s first successful penalty in the second half, 59 minutes in, George North flew out of the line while the team were on the halfway, five points ahead. He was off his wing. Why is a blitz more important than re-positioning when you are ahead and in a relatively safe position?This is one instance where the crossover of League-style defence seems lost in Union. So while scrambling and desperate, with a mix of positions in your line, players get greedy at the breakdown, desperate to incite a turnover rather than consolidate. This is why Paul O’Connell had to kill ball on his own five metre line after Sexton and Davies were still blitzing away from others only inches from their own try-line.A team shape would be better against a counter attacking Aussie team, and clearly Dan Lydiate is preferred as the man who can enforce this. Croft is still on the bench for his attacking prowess, but discipline is needed. Alex Cuthbert is also on the bench after his own positional naivety and Ben Youngs is brought in for a better kicking option.last_img read more

Anti-U.S. protests spread worldwide

first_imgYasmeen Raja, chairperson of Muslim Khawateen Markaz, or Muslim Women’s Center, at a protest in Srinagar, India, Sept. 17.Sept. 17 — In more than 20 countries throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe, hundreds of thousands of people have held mass demonstrations against the United States and other Western countries. The protests in the Libyan city of Benghazi resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other diplomatic personnel on Sept. 11.Stevens was well known in eastern Libya where the rebellion against the former government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi began in February 2011. The attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi — the very city in which imperialist states initiated their regime-change program for Libya — illustrate the political dilemma the White House finds itself in throughout the region.It has not been clearly stated who was behind the attacks on the consulate, and whether they were planned or spontaneous, or a combination of both. Yet the response of President Barack Obama was to immediately announce the deployment of 50 Marines to Libya. In addition, the president announced that warships would be dispatched off the coast of Libya and both Predator and Reaper drones will be flying over the North African country, ostensibly in search of those responsible for the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack and other purported threats against U.S. personnel or interests.There have been conflicting assessments even within U.S. ruling circles over the character of the attack on the consulate and the killing of its personnel. Some within Congress, including former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, publicly stated that the destruction of the diplomatic buildings in Benghazi was part of a well-organized plan.Others within the administration have been ambivalent for obviously political reasons. If there was a longstanding perceived threat, then why weren’t precautionary measures taken by the State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency or other U.S. personnel operating in Libya?The U.S.-backed General National Congress President of Libya, Mohamed Yusef al-Magariaf, said of the Sept. 11 attack, “The way these perpetrators acted and moved, and their choosing the specific date for this so-called demonstration, this leaves us with no doubt that this was preplanned, predetermined.” Magariaf reported that the GNC regime had arrested 50 people in connection with the investigation. (CBS News, “Face the Nation,” Sept. 16)U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan E. Rice commented during the same TV program, “Based on the best information we have to date … it began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo, where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video. But soon after that spontaneous protest began outside of our consulate in Benghazi, we believe that it looks like extremist elements, individuals, joined in that effort with heavy weapons of the sort that are, unfortunately, readily now available in Libya post-revolution.”Who to put the blame on?Neither the U.S. administration nor the GNC government in Libya could address the underlying reasons behind these widespread demonstrations, which have been both peaceful and violent. Washington and its installed puppet regime in Libya have created mass unemployment, poverty and social dislocation as a result of the large-scale bombing, naval blockade and overthrow of one of the most prosperous and stable governments in Africa under the leadership of Gadhafi.Washington Post blogger Glenn Kessler pointed out on Sept.17, “It is in Magariaf’s interest to emphasize that this tragedy does not reflect anti-American feelings by the Libyan people.” He added, “It was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country a few months ago, and they were planning this criminal act since their arrival.”The demonstration in Libya against the U.S. diplomatic installation was quite similar to protests in other countries throughout the region and internationally. All of these actions could not have been organized by people from outside their respective states. The anger expressed by Muslims throughout the planet is a clear reflection of the animosity generated by the foreign policy dictates of Wall Street and its agents in Western governments.ABC News reported that Glen Doherty, one of the former Navy Seals who was killed along with Ambassador Stevens, was at the consulate on a separate mission related to tracking down the availability of shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles. (Washington Post, Sept. 17)In the aftermath of the killing of the diplomatic personnel, the Obama administration is continuing on the same political trajectory. These diplomatic missions are carried out on behalf of the economic, military and political interests of the U.S. ruling class.U.S. policy toward the nations of Africa, the Middle East and Asia is becoming more aggressive due to the worsening economic crisis of capitalism and the failure of the Pentagon and CIA to control events within these geopolitical regions. With the deployment of additional military personnel to Libya, these imperialist troops will become targets for the groups identified not only by the U.S. as its enemies, but by ordinary Libyans who will surely oppose the ever more aggressive occupation of their country.Global discontent with U.S. imperialismMass protests also took place in the North African state of Egypt, which last year was the scene of an uprising that led to the toppling of long-time Washington ally President Hosni Mubarak.Even with the election of President Mohamed Morsi in June, the U.S. administration is still attempting to control Egyptian domestic and foreign policy. At the time of the demonstrations in Cairo outside the U.S. Embassy, Morsi was in Brussels, Belgium, attempting to negotiate a deal with the European Union for economic assistance for his new government.Egypt has also been in talks with the International Monetary Fund to reschedule a portion of its foreign debt. The U.S.-allied Gulf state of Qatar also has reportedly agreed to invest $18 billion in the economy of Egypt.All these measures cannot deflect attention away from the social aspirations of the Egyptian masses and other working people and youth throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The historically unequal relations between the oppressed nations and the imperialist states are intensifying and propelling the masses into motion against those elements in opposition to their class and national interests.Protesters in all the countries denounced U.S. imperialism and Zionism. They ripped down U.S. flags from embassy buildings and burned them along with the flag of Israel.In Sudan, demonstrators could not get at the U.S. Embassy and therefore attacked a German outpost, where windows were broken and fires set. In Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, Palestine and other states, people demonstrated in large numbers, demanding that the U.S. government stop its hostility toward Islam and countries with predominantly Muslim populations.In other countries such as Afghanistan and Indonesia, thousands protested the U.S. and its diplomatic presence in their countries. Demonstrators and even some members of these governments called for severing relations with Washington.Rallies were also held in Britain, Australia, Turkey, Iran and Pakistan on Sept. 17. In Lebanon, Hezbollah mobilized hundreds of thousands of its supporters for a demonstration through South Beirut where chants of “Death to America!” and “Death to Israel!” rang out.These demonstrations and other manifestations of anti-U.S. sentiment will most likely continue in light of the escalating imperialist aggression around the world. Workers and the oppressed inside the U.S. must express their solidarity with Muslim people internationally.In the U.S. and Europe, Muslims are profiled, persecuted, falsely prosecuted and imprisoned on trumped-up charges. These acts of institutional discrimination against Muslims are designed to demonize the religion of Islam in order to justify repressive measures domestically as well as the continuation of imperialist wars abroad.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HUD Measures Progress Toward Helping Struggling Homeowners

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago HAMP HUD Loan Modifications Loss Mitigation Making Home Affordable 2016-03-11 Brian Honea Share Save Tagged with: HAMP HUD Loan Modifications Loss Mitigation Making Home Affordable  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea HUD has helped millions of struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes with the completion of more than 10.2 million modifications and other forms of assistance arrangements since April 2009 (as of January 2016), according to HUD’s February Scorecard released this week.According to HUD, more than 2.5 million of these actions assisting homeowners have taken place through the Making Home Affordable (MHA) program, which was launched in February 2009 in response to the housing crisis. MHA is scheduled to end on December 31, 2016, and the Department of Treasury released its first set of guidelines to servicers for MHA termination earlier in March.Nearly 1.6 million of those 2.5 million homeowner assistance actions were permanent loan modifications completed through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has completed more than 3.1 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions during that same period from April 2009 until January 2016.“These Administration programs continue to encourage improved standards and processes in the industry, with lenders offering families and individuals more than 4.6 million proprietary modifications through December,” said Katherine O’Regan, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy Development & Research at HUD. “Although there is good news overall, the Administration remains committed to helping more Americans realize their dream of home ownership through an improving economy and new programs that will provide greater access to credit.”Citing data from the National Association of Realtors, HUD also reported that in January, existing homes rose to their second-highest pace since 2007, increasing by 0.4 percent up to a pace of about 5.47 million units annually—an 11 percent year-over-year increase. Existing-home sales have sold at a rate of more than 5 million annually for 10 of the last 11 months. Housing prices were up by 5.6 percent over the previous six months and are 1.2 percent above the peak reached in March 2007, according to data from the Federal Housing Finance Agency.Click here to view the entire HUD February scorecard.center_img Previous: Quicken Still Fighting Government’s Lawsuit Over FHA Loans Next: The Week Ahead: CFPB Director Cordray to Face Grilling from Congress Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD Measures Progress Toward Helping Struggling Homeowners Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago HUD Measures Progress Toward Helping Struggling Homeowners Related Articles March 11, 2016 3,227 Views Subscribelast_img read more

Donegal Airport suspends flights between Donegal & Glasgow

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By News Highland – September 25, 2020 Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ Donegal Airport suspends flights between Donegal & Glasgow Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Twittercenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articlePeople on wage subsidy won’t pay tax owed until 2022Next articleGovernment urged to waive commercial rates in Donegal News Highland Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Donegal Airport has announced that flights between Donegal and Glasgow have been suspended.A spokesperson says the decision was taken in light of the latest travel advice issued by the Irish Government and the uncertainty arising from evolving Covid-19 restrictions.The last flight will take place on October 21st.The airport says they hope Loganair will be able to resume services in April 2021.Customers with bookings after October 21st can transfer to fly from City of Derry Airport, receive a full refund or bookings can be placed on hold for 12 months. Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

All Year LLC opts for bankruptcy to stop Bushwick foreclosure

first_img Full Name* After plans for a big portfolio sale and refinancing last year fell apart, All Year’s financial and legal troubles began to escalate at the end of November when the developer missed an interest payment on bonds listed in Israel and delayed its quarterly financial reporting.Biran was brought on as CRO in December, and the company’s four bond series have been delisted from the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Several groups of investors — including Criterion Real Estate Capital and Downtown Capital Partners; Madison Capital and Meadow Partners; Dabby Investments; and Churchill Real Estate and Graph Group — have submitted restructuring offers for the company in the past two months.“The Denizen constitutes one of All Year’s most valuable assets and is central to All Year’s ongoing restructuring discussions,” Biran wrote in court filings, also noting that “because the Denizen’s value is derived from its rich amenities,” it was disproportionately affected by Covid shutdowns of shared spaces.The Mack loan covers phase two of the Denizen, at 123 Melrose Street. A $170 million senior loan on the property provided by JPMorgan Chase is also in default. Phase one of the 900-unit complex, at 54 Noll Street, is the collateral for All Year’s Series E bonds.All Year is not seeking any first-day relief in bankruptcy court. Biran says the firm intends to continue discussions with stakeholders and bring the court a restructuring solution that maximizes value for all parties with an interest in the Denizen.In Tel Aviv Stock Exchange filing Sunday, All Year disclosed that Biran intended to “end his tenure” as CRO. An exit date had not been set.Contact Kevin Sun all year managementbankruptcybushwickforeclosureMack Real Estate Tags Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink The bankruptcy filing was made to protect the value of the Denizen. (The Denizen) Three weeks ago, Yoel Goldman’s All Year Management sued Mack Real Estate to stave off the foreclosure of $65 million in mezzanine debt. The move bought the developer time to protect his Denizen Bushwick rental complex — but time ran out.Yesterday, a day before the rescheduled UCC sale, All Year’s debtor LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.All Year and Mack had talked over the past few weeks about “potential sale structures with respect to the Denizen” but failed to agree on a solution, All Year chief restructuring officer Joel Biran wrote in a Southern District court filing.ADVERTISEMENTHence the LLC’s bankruptcy filing, which was made “on an emergency basis to protect the value of its property.”Including principal, interest, and a forbearance fee, All Year’s outstanding debt on the mezzanine loan exceeds $73 million, according to the filing. All Year did not respond to a request for comment.Read moreAll Year files last-minute lawsuit to block Bushwick mezz foreclosureDrug smuggler pardoned by Trump sued by All Year over high-interest loansDavid Werner sues All Year over scrapped $344M portfolio deal Email Address* Message*last_img read more

Dixie State baseball hosts Spring Kickoff Weekend

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Friday and Saturday, Dixie State baseball hosts the 2020 Dugout Club Spring kickoff weekend.There will be activities for baseball alumni, supporters and fans of the program.Festivities commence with a Friday four-person golf-scramble tournament at the Ledges Golf Course at 10:00 am.This is followed by a silent auction and meet-and-greet with the current Trailblazers baseball team at the Gardner Center ballroom on campus at 6:00 pm.Seating for the banquet is still available and is $50 per person and $400 for a table of eight.There is also a corporate group seating option for the banquet for $750. This includes seating for 16 people (two tables).Saturday, Dixie State celebrates its athletic hall of fame ceremony. This features an alumni game and barbecue at Bruce Hurst Field.The 12:00 pm event features a $20 fee for alumni who want to play in the game. This entails batting practice, a vintage Dixie State jersey and lunch.Admission is free to this game for all fans.Later that evening, the Trailblazers commence a 3-game series against the Concordia-Portland Cavaliers. Written by February 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local Dixie State baseball hosts Spring Kickoff Weekend Tags: Dixie State Baseball Brad Jameslast_img read more

Most Read News, December 12 – 18, 2016

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Britvic continues to up soft drink sales

first_imgBritvic has continued to grow its soft drink sales for the 12 weeks to 20 December 2009, with revenue up 11% on 2008 to £242.7 million.Its GB carbonates division saw revenue growth of 20.1%, GB Stills revenue increased 9.6% and Britvic’s International arm saw growth of 5.1%.However the contribution from Britvic Ireland of £48.4m for the three months to 31 December 2009 was down by 3.0% on the same period in 2008, although underlying euro revenues were down by 10.1%. The firm also increased its volume share of the take-home market in Great Britain by a further 0.4% over the period.The firm reported that the stills market growth had been driven by categories such as plain water and sports drinks, while carbonates growth came mainly from the cola and glucose/stimulant drinks categories.“Shoppers in Ireland have again focused on value in the latest quarter,” according to the firm, which added that although volumes in the grocery market in the Republic of Ireland were flat, heavy discounting and promotions have pushed down its value by 12.8%.last_img read more

Buckee named a top 100 global thinker by Foreign Policy

first_imgCaroline Buckee, assistant professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), was named one of the top 100 global thinkers of 2013 by Foreign Policy (FP). Buckee was listed among what the magazine’s editors called “some of the world’s most exciting people” who are “doing nothing less than bringing peace, protecting the planet, and pushing the boundaries of the possible.” Buckee, whose research focuses on using cellphone data to curb the spread of malaria, was included in a category titled “Healers.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Text messages effective in treating malaria

first_imgSimple text message reminders to take medication can help malaria patients stick to their medication regimen, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the non-profit Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA).The study was published October 28, 2014 in PLOS ONE.“When patients don’t complete their full medication regimen, diseases can develop resistance to treatment. And with infectious diseases like malaria, drug resistant diseases can spread to others,” lead author Julia Raifman, doctoral candidate in the Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) at HSPH, said in an October 28, 2014 New York Magazine article.Despite major international efforts over decades, malaria continues to be a primary cause of death globally. An estimated 655,000 to 1.24 million people died of malaria in 2010; more than half were below age 5.Other HSPH authors included Heather Lanthorn, a doctoral student in GHP, and Slawa Rokicki, SM ’12, now enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Health Policy program. Senior author of the study was Güenther Fink, associate professor of international health economics at HSPH. Read Full Storylast_img read more