Could a second-string World Cup knockout tournament work?

June 23, 2021

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first_imgIf nothing else, the “fallow” midweeks would be filled, and that means less talk about Craig Joubert and his toilet needs. Come on, let’s give it some serious thought. There is still a problem with the World Cup – the lack of a second-string knockout tournament. How about a competition for the pools’ 3rd and 4th-placed teams? Could England partake in another tournament? Photo:Getty Images LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The crowd at the Rec would love a major international tournament gameAnd if there’s a worry that teams won’t be too enthusiastic about the idea, how about we take away the automatic qualification for the subsequent World Cup that goes hand in hand with finishing third in the pool?Instead, all 12 teams go into this further tournament – let’s call it the Qualifiers, just to be original – and qualification for the next World Cup is on the line. Win your pool – with one team from each pool – and you qualify. If you want to add to the excitement, all 12 teams could go into a random draw to decide the avenue they have to go through. Yes, it could mean England would be in a straight fight with Italy, Japan and Georgia (who all finished third in their pool) for one automatic qualification spot, but let’s be honest, how could that not be exciting?Jump to it: Will Fiji be involved in the 2019 World Cup? Photo: Getty ImagesIt would take a bit of thought, and the big teams would certainly need some convincing, but the quality of the “minnows” means they deserve every chance they get. Why should they constantly have to go through qualifying when the the established order don’t have to? At least this way the playing field is levelled, and over time, that can only improve the smaller sides. By Mark CoughlanOK, first thing’s first. Hats off and congratulations to the southern hemisphere. Plenty of other, better-qualified people have had their say this week on the gap between the north and south – not to mention Craig Joubert’s hot-footed departure, and England’s obsession with the name Ian – but I’m not here to talk about any of that. It’s simply that I still have a problem with the World Cup – it’s the lack of a second-string knockout tournament.Ever since the pool stages finished, there’s been a feeling – potentially stronger among those “more casual” rugby fans – that the World Cup has lost some of its sheen. Yes, the quarter-finals were excellent, but the week gap between games makes it difficult to keep the narrative going, and tough to keep interest high for some. Furthermore, the likes of Samoa (after their epic game with Scotland), Japan (after three victories and capturing the global imagination) and England (er… the hosts) leaving the tournament just seems a shame.Japan capturing the global imagination. Photo: AFP/Getty ImagesSevens has long had a tradition of minor knockout tournaments, where the teams who finish third and fourth in each pool go through to compete in their own separate knockout tournaments, and it’s an idea that I believe the World Cup could borrow heavily from. It certainly wouldn’t take anything away from the quarter-finals – they’re obviously still the pinnacle – but imagine if the teams who finished third, fourth and possibly even fifth in each pool headed off to compete in tournaments that are held midweek. The public imagination would continue to be held, and if lower ticket prices could be offered, there certainly wouldn’t be a problem filling the stadiums.Sevens has long had a tradition of minor knockout tournaments. Photo: Getty ImagesSpeaking of which, the manner in which the likes of Exeter, Gloucester and Leicester embraced the few games they hosted was rightly applauded – so isn’t it right that it should have been rewarded too? Allowing the smaller stadiums to host the Plate or Shield tournaments would ensure passionate support – it’s no coincidence that the rugby hotbeds provided some of the most colourful, vibrant atmospheres – and fill the long gap between weekends.Maybe the tournament could even be held at stadiums that didn’t get any of the pool games, to ensure a level of fresh excitement exists. Can anyone really tell me that The Rec, Welford Road or The Stoop wouldn’t pull out all the stops to host a major international game?last_img read more


Pop up café opens in London to support environmental activism

June 16, 2021

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first_img  645 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis49 There will also be eight skills cards, offering opportunities to provide skilled volunteering to a range of NGOs, in areas such as photography, business development and accountancy.Practical and inspiring books written by thought leaders and activists are also available to leaf through and borrow, while outside of the café, on Broadway Market, UK environmental groups will be running stalls each market day, and fielding questions on what they do and how people can help.There will also be a range of free activities to sign up for, that aim to inspire, educate and galvanise support for tackling the climate crisis, from a workshop on NVDA (Non-Violent Direct Action) to a discussion on carbon literacy and a walking exploration of the rivers of London.Mihela Hladin Wolfe, Patagonia’s Director of Environmental Initiatives, EMEA, said:“With Patagonia Action Works we want to help more people go further in their environmental activism. The platform should be an entrance into activism for first timers and a place to connect and share for those who have already begun.”The Europe-wide launch of Patagonia Action Works follows on from the platform in North America, which has seen half a million people take action to support environmental issues, enabled users to volunteer time and skills, join events, sign petitions and donate to conservation causes.Patagonia has a history of supporting environmental activism including, most recently, closing all stores around the world in support of the Global Climate Strike movement, led by youth activists. Two recent campaigns, Save the Blue Heart of Europe and Artifishal, aim to protect wild rivers and wild fish populations. The company also gained world headlines in 2017 for filing a lawsuit against the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, for illegally reducing the size of two National Monuments.  644 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis49 A pop up café opens its doors in London today, supporting environmental activisim, and donating all money raised from coffee sales to local UK environmental charities and NGOS.The Patagonia Action Works Café will be open for three weeks in London’s Broadway Market, seven days a week from 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and 12pm to 5pm on Sundays.Following the recent climate strikes, the café offers people the chance to learn how to make a difference, with the guidance of UK environmental organisations who are supported by Patagonia, via the 1% for the Planet giving programme.Inspiration for the café comes from Patagonia Action Works, the brand’s new online platform, which launched across Europe yesterday and connects people with local, national and global grassroots organisations fighting to solve the climate crisis. Through the online platform, users can volunteer skills and time, sign petitions, discover local events and donate money to causes they are passionate about. [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-jw1xiWUiU&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Tagged with: corporate Corporate Social Responsibility environmentcenter_img 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. Advertisement Pop up café opens in London to support environmental activism Environmental non-profits on the platform are from all over the world, including UK and Irish NGOs such as Extinction Rebellion, Save Our Rivers, Friends of the Earth, 10:10, Irish Seed Savers, Surfers Against Sewage and Rewilding Britain.To ignite the activist within its visitors, the café is displaying ‘Action Postcards’ featuring 24 different actions that individuals can take, depending on how much time they have to spare, from five minutes: Signing a petition to save the Right Whale from extinction, to seven days: Filing a climate litigation case against the government. Melanie May | 26 September 2019 | Newslast_img read more


Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies

May 31, 2021

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first_img Tagged with: Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Monthly Volume Summary GSEs Monthly Volume Summary Share Save February 28, 2018 2,118 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News  Print This Post Freddie Mac Freddie Mac Monthly Volume Summary GSEs Monthly Volume Summary 2018-02-28 David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Hispanic Homeownership Increased in 2017 Next: San Francisco and San Jose Approaching Pre-Crash Highs Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies Freddie Mac has released its latest Monthly Volume Summary, which provides information on Freddie Mac’s mortgage-related portfolios, securities issuance, risk management, delinquencies, debt activities and other investments. This latest Monthly Volume Summary is comprised of data from January 2018.Freddie Mac’s Monthly Volume Summary for January reveals that Freddie’s total mortgage portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 0.3 percent in January. This is down quite a bit compared to January 2017, when Freddie’s portfolio increased at an annualized rate of 3.7 percent. It’s much closer to the January 2016 rate of 1.6 percent.The aggregate unpaid principal balance of Freddie’s mortgage-related investments portfolio increased by approximately $2.4 billion in January 2018, a jump of nearly $2 billion over the monthly total increase from a year prior ($0.5 billion in January 2017). It’s still shy of the aggregate unpaid principal balance from January 2016—$2.7 billion, according to Freddie’s records.Freddie reports that the single-family seriously delinquent rate (representing loans more than 90 days overdue) decreased from 1.08 percent in December to 1.07 percent in January. For comparison’s sake, the seriously delinquent rate decreased from 1.00 percent in December to 0.99 percent in January. Stepping back another year, Freddie’s seriously delinquent rate for January 2016 came in at 1.33 percent—a far cry from the 3.20 percent rate logged in January 2013. (Fannie Mae also showed a decreasing single-family serious delinquency rate in January 2018, dropping 1 basis point to 1.23 percent.)Freddie’s single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $9.3 billion for January 2018, representing 41 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. This is compared to $20.9 billion in January 2017, when single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume represented 59 percent of total single-family mortgage portfolio purchases and issuances. During January 2017, approximately 5 percent of Freddie’s total single-family refinance volume was comprised of relief refinance mortgages. What were those numbers in January 2016? According to Freddie, single-family refinance-loan purchase and guarantee volume was $34.5 billion in January, representing 80 percent of total mortgage portfolio purchases or issuances.You can read Freddie Mac’s full Monthly Volume Summary for January 2018 by clicking here. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more


Two people die in Galway flat fire

May 27, 2021

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first_img Pinterest Two people die in Galway flat fire Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 6, 2014 Google+center_img Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGlasgow taxi driver suspended for telling Donegal passengers to leave for speaking IrishNext articleHead of Labour Relations Commission drafted in to resolve Croke Park concerts dispute News Highland Two people have been killed in a fire in Co Galway overnight.The blaze broke out at a flat in Gort shortly before 3 o’clock this morning.Both bodies have been removed to University Hospital Galway where post mortems will be carried out later.The fire broke out at Tom O’Donnell’s Flats on Gort’s Railway Road shortly before 3 o’clock this morning.Two bodies were recovered after the blaze was brought under control – and taken to University Hospital Galway.One of them was a 38-year-old local man – while the other is yet to be identified.It’s understood no one else was in the building at the time.Post mortems on both bodies are due to be carried out later.Gardaí have preserved and sealed-off the scene and are awaiting the arrival of technical experts as they begin to investigate the cause of the fire. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Facebook News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more


No injuries reported after propane tank explosion in Enfield

May 25, 2021

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first_img ENFIELD, N.Y.—The Enfield Fire Company responded to Enfield Center Road on Saturday for a report of a structure fire at that location. The incident occurred around 11:16 a.m. on May 15. The Enfield Fire Company reported that there were no injuries. They had the fire under control and all of the responding units were back to other work by 2 p.m. Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Tagged: enfield, enfield fire company, fire, firefighters, propane tank Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler Matt Butler Witnesses in the area said a plume of black smoke rose into the air after a large explosion-like sound. Reportedly, the fire was caused by a propane tank explosion. “Firefighters extinguished the fire and were able to save a portion of the barn and its contents,” read a statement from the fire company. Firefighters from Enfield were assisted by firefighters from Mecklenburg, Newfield and Trumansburg, plus back-up from New York State Police and Bangs Ambulance. Photos are courtesy of Robyn Wishna of the Enfield Fire Company. last_img read more


Sinn Féin have an over-focus on a border poll – Taoiseach

May 25, 2021

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first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction The Taoiseach has said Sinn Féin have an over-focus on a border poll.Under the programme for government a new unit is to be set up in the Department of the Taoiseach to examine the path to a united Ireland.Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald has said the mechanism for a border poll has been around since the Good Friday Agreement was signed and said they’re not acting in excessive haste.Taoiseach Micheál Martin though favours a more cautious approach:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/boderpokljkljlll7pm-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Google+ Sinn Féin have an over-focus on a border poll – Taoiseach Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleDerry to play Dundalk in friendlyNext articleOne death, 24 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland News Highland WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 7, 2020 last_img read more


COMING HOME: Lewis reflects on life before politics in Pike County

May 24, 2021

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first_img “When I was growing up, I wanted to be a preacher,” he said. “I didn’t have anywhere to preach so would go out in the chicken yard and preach to the chickens. They were my congregation.”Lewis laughingly said the chickens were attentive for about half his sermon.“Sometimes they would nod their heads in agreement but they never said, ‘amen.’ Sometimes they would go to sleep. I never was successful in baptizing one.”Even though Lewis didn’t save the souls of the chickens, he was successful in raising a rafter of turkeys.“I went to a feed store here in Troy to buy a male turkey and a female turkey,” he said. “I was told to pick a big one and a little one. I did and raised them in a box in the back of the house. I was successful at that. I soon had 30 turkeys.” Raising a congregation of chickens and turkeys was the fun part of farm work for Lewis. Picking cotton, hoeing peanuts, pulling corn and stripping sugar cane was the hard part.“My mother would say to me, ‘Pick up. You’re falling behind. Hard work is good for you.’ But I thought hard work was about to kill me.”When he was 11 years old, Lewis had a chance to go to Buffalo, New York, thanks to his “Uncle Otis.”“I was in sixth grade and I had never been on a elevator or an escalator or seen anything outside of Pike County,” he said. “I had never been anywhere except the fields and never done anything except work. Going to Buffalo opened my eyes to the world around me. It made we work harder and study more.”Lewis worked hard because he knew hard work and a good education would provide him with opportunities to “make something” of himself. He attended elementary school at Banks and high school at Pike County Training School in Brundidge. When he finished high school, he applied to Troy State College but never heard a word. So, he packed a footlocker with everything he owned and pocketed the $100 his uncle had given him and boarded the train for Nashville where he planned to attend seminary.Lewis had written a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was one of the driving forces in the civil rights movement about his attempt to enroll in the local college. King sent Lewis a Greyhound bus ticket and made arrangements to meet him in Montgomery.When Lewis arrived, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy was standing there with King who asked Lewis, “Are you the boy from Troy?”“I said, ‘Dr. King, I am John Robert Lewis,” Lewis said. “He started calling me ‘the boy from Troy.’”He returned to Nashville and graduated from American Baptist Theological Seminary with a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and from Fisk University in 1967. At Fisk University he helped organize sit-in demonstrations at segregated lunch counters in Nashville and volunteered to participate in the Freedom rides that challenged segregation at interstate bus terminals across the South. He was one of the Big Six leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and an architect of and a keystone speaker at the historic March on Washington. He played a prominent role in the Selma to Montgomery marches.Lewis said he has lived his life based on the sermons he preached to his congregation in the chicken yard.“I told the chickens to have patience,” he said. “I told them to work hard and never give up on anything or anybody. I told them to believe in themselves and to love one another.”Lewis said coming come to Pike County is like coming home to a pocket of friends who have heard that same sermon many times over the years and, unlike the chickens, have said, “amen” to that. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Skip Book Nook to reopen Published 4:00 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017 COMING HOME: Lewis reflects on life before politics in Pike County Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Storiescenter_img He had lunch with family members at Julia’s Restaurant and took time to reflect on his early years growing up on a farm in rural Pike County and without having to talk politics.“The Copeland family owned all that land where I grew up. My daddy, who was a sharecropper, paid $300 for 110 acres of that land,” Lewis said. “My family still owns that property today. We were poor, hard working people. We planted peanuts, cotton, corn and sugar cane and we raised chickens.”The word chickens brought a smile to Lewis’ face. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Hussey joins hometown Trojans as a long-snapper After deciding not to pursue an athletic scholarship, former Pike Liberal Arts linebacker Tyler Hussey has walked on as long-snapper… read more For Georgia Congressman John Lewis, coming home to Pike County is an opportunity to forget about politics and get away from the rigors of public life for a time while basking in the loving warmth of family and friends.Lewis is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District and a prominent civil rights leader.Lewis was back in Pike County Tuesday and, for him, it’s a comfortable place to be. 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Diary of a captain – Boxing

May 3, 2021

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first_imgSOME flirt with the idea for a few sessions, maybe even a fortnight, but you can spot the reaction in people’s faces: this is hard. When you enter the ring you know that there’s no team to back you up. The guy in the opposite corner has trained for weeks and has dedicated hours of his life to ensure these are the hardest three rounds you’ll ever face. You can’t afford to be weak, you can’t afford not to train hard and you can’t afford to make a mistake. For the squad the pinnacle of the season is Varsity. But to get there you need bouts, which means a continual cycle of peaking physically for fights throughout the season. No one can afford to be on anything other than top form for a contest, so the training is intense from the word go. Preparations begin before the start of Michaelmas when our nutritional plans kick in and the hard work starts. All squad members train 7-10 times per week with the emphasis on building up split second explosive power and technical ability. In a typical session sprints precede circuits on the rope, then sparring. Rounds on the bags are mixed with drills, shadow boxing and more body weight circuits. Track and hill sprint sessions are run two mornings a week, conditioning the body through intervals to reach maximum performance quickly with the fastest recovery time possible. You don’t eat before these! Weight circuits run in the evening focus on explosive movements to build strength and stamina without size, where dedicated sparring sessions focus on building the finished product. We have a mature squad this year, retaining talent from past Blues and others who have trained with the club before. The female squad has gone from strength to strength, receiving recognition from the Blues’ committee, although not counting towards our Varsity fight. We stand to make it 3 wins in 3 this year at the Town Hall, and the pressure of wanting to achieve is already bearing down on us.last_img read more


Amish barn fire claims more than 200 calves

April 20, 2021

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first_img Pinterest Amish barn fire claims more than 200 calves WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced to 16 years in prisonNext articleMichigan voters set a record for turnout in primary election Tommie Lee Facebook Pinterest By Tommie Lee – August 6, 2020 0 285 Google+ (Photo supplied/Flickr Creative Commons) More than 200 calves died in a barn fire Wednesday night.WSBT reports the fire started around 4:30 p.m. in the 59,000 block of State Rd. 13 south of Middlebury.Firefighters battled the flames for more than two hours. The owner of the Amish barn and his children were inside when the fire began, but escaped without injury.The building was a total loss. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Phish, Dead & Company, And The String Cheese Incident To Headline New Festival

March 2, 2021

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