Ireland overpower Scotland, move top of Six Nations table

first_imgBy Ed OsmondIreland ruthlessly wore down Scotland in a commanding 40-10 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday that lifted them above Wales at the top of the Six Nations standings on points difference.Ireland will win the title for the second year in a row unless England beat France by 26 points in the final match of the tournament at Twickenham later on Saturday.“It just feels really awkward, you win in Murrayfield with a 30-point differential and nobody is celebrating,” Ireland coach Joe Schmidt told Irish television.“We’ve got the dinner now and I’m going to try to switch away from it and not watch it, and someone will let me know and I’ll be either delighted or broken.“It’s a bizarre feeling. To go back to back would be incredible but I think it would be merited by this group. Right here right now, we’d be desperate to get the right result coming up this evening.“We just wanted to keep building, we wanted to stay dynamic and hopefully the points will look after themselves. I think the players did incredibly well.“Some of the frustrations from last week came out today in the energy that was displayed and in some of the accuracy that was demonstrated as well.”Ireland captain Paul O’Connell crashed over from close range to score an early try and flanker Sean O’Brien surged across the line to put the visitors 17-3 ahead.But Scotland regrouped and flyhalf Finn Russell scampered over in the left corner to reduce the deficit to 20-10 at halftime.Ireland dominated possession and were rewarded when centre Jared Payne scythed through the Scottish defence to touch down with Scotland in chaos.Scottish hopes took another hit when prop Geoff Cross was sent to the sin-bin but Ireland flyhalf Jonny Sexton missed two straightforward penalties.Sexton re-adjusted his radar, however, to extend the Irish lead to 33-10 and man-of-the-match O’Brien burrowed over from close range seven minutes from time.Scotland fullback Stuart Hogg failed to ground the ball over the line under heavy pressure from Jamie Heaslip and although Ian Madigan missed a late penalty to extend the lead, Ireland were left to celebrate their record victory at Murrayfield.Scotland’s fifth successive defeat in the tournament left them bottom of the Six Nations standings after another depressing campaign.last_img read more

Logistics firm hitches Cape to Dublin scooter ride

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, April 4- Local logistics firm M&S on Thursday announced their partnership with four scooter riding addicts who have embarked on an eight-month journey to ride 35,000km across 22 countries in three continents, starting in Cape Town, South Africa through Middle East with the final destination being Europe.The From Cape Town to Dublin by Scooter 2013 initiative is a charity event which brings together scooter addicts to raise funds for various causes across the world. “It is comprised of individuals who recognize our personal and collective obligation to help others, we are committed to providing children with an equal opportunity to healthcare” said Christopher Venter one of the scooter riders from the initiative. He added: “We are proud to share the same vision with our Kenyan sponsors and look forward to engaging with them further in the near future, we hope that other organisations join in our vision” The riders who partnered with the South Africa Red Cross society have put themselves through this grueling adventure all in an effort to raise funds that will be used in 14 Red Cross hospitals specifically catering to the needs of children with dilapidating heart conditions. Speaking about its support for the initiative, Lawrence Maithya, Chairman of M&S Group said, “We are proud to be the first Kenyan based company to have spotted this unique opportunity that embodies our spirit of adventure and innovation; it is also aligned to one of our organizations values of respecting and providing teamwork for the communities around us.” The firm will provide free Customs Clearance, Duty Payment and Storage for all necessary spare parts that they will need for the remainder of their journey and 2T oil for their scooters. “Our involvement in the project costs will be recognized as part of the total amount the scooter addicts hope to raise for the initiative,” explained Brian Changangu, Managing Director of the company.In addition to M&S Group, the initiative has attracted a lot of sponsors from around the world including Dawn Wing Global Express and Nokia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arts centre project in Dawson Creek on budget, but hazmat removal costs eating into contigency funds

first_imgGreg Dobrowolski, special projects manager for the City of Dawson Creek, said a significant contingency fund was built into the project because the bid received for construction came in below what was anticipated, but that fund is “getting real tight” because of complications in hazmat removal. He said most of the hazardous material – mainly asbestos – was identified before construction began, but some of it was not, and each time new materials are found, work has to be halted until those materials can be removed safely.“Asbestos was used in darn near everything, we are finding it everywhere, and that slows things down and costs more money,” he said. He said the removal of lead paint is another issue they thought they had identified and accounted for in the bid price, but WorkSafe BC has since required crews to change work plans and exposure controls.“We’ve had to incorporate a plan to encapsulate it all, because it is going to be a public assembly building, so what we are not removing in construction we will have to encapsulate so it can’t get into the air or onto fingers.”- Advertisement -Dobrowolski will be providing a formal update on the project to city council on Monday, and he said he will be recommending to council that the advisory committee meet with the architects and the project manager to identify areas where costs could be cut within the existing scope of the project.“It may well be that what we will hand over to the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre (KPAC) won’t be completely finished, and they will have to budget for things like putting room numbers on next year or the year after.”He said he and Gerald Longson, who was hired by the City to manage the project, agree that with some cuts to the scope of the project they can complete the arts centre within the existing budget, but he is not ruling out the possibility if costs continue to add up that he may have to seek authorization from council for more funding to complete construction.Advertisement “When you are doing renovations, there are always surprises, and you can’t predict the ones you are going to find, and that has proven to be the case in this.”Dobrowolski added the delays have pushed back the anticipated opening date to April from a previous date of late December or early January. He said the stakeholders at KPAC have been advised they should anticipate a summer move from the existing arts centre.The total cost to complete the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts has been estimated around $12.5 million. Earlier this year, city council received voter approval to borrow up to $4 million to complete the project. Another $6.4 million has been provided through a federal-provincial infrastructure grant, nearly $700,000 has been raised through corporate donations, and KPAC has committed to providing hundreds of thousands more dollars to complete the project.last_img read more

League holds baseball, softball sign-ups

first_img For information call Sandy Lopez at (562) 355-6506. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Metropolitan/Pioneer Little League is accepting baseball and softball registration from 6-8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays, at Lake Center Athletic Park, 11641 E. Florence Ave., Santa Fe Springs. Tryouts are scheduled for Feb. 5, 6 and 7. last_img read more

Wall Street banks drop mortgage operations

first_imgNEW YORK – For the mortgage industry, Wall Street’s big investment banks might seem like one of those friends who disappear when the going gets tough. It wasn’t that long ago that the investment houses, looking for ways to cash in on the then-booming housing industry, were buying mortgage lenders at a frenetic pace. The story now is quite different. This past week, 1,200 people lost their jobs after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. closed subprime-lending unit BNC Mortgage LLC, a company it fully acquired in 2004. Similar steps are expected as investment banks try to erase any connection with loans to borrowers with weak credit. “The mortgage industry has always viewed Wall Street as fair-weather friends, active when things are good and abandoned when times are bad,” said Guy Cecala, publisher of trade publication Inside Mortgage Finance. “We’re just at the beginning of them pulling away from mortgage operations, and the ones that are not closed down will be cut back severely.” “The closure of this has greater implications than simply shuttering a business during a cyclical downturn,” said Richard X. Bove, an analyst with Punk Ziegel & Co. “The nature of the mortgage banking business is to boom and then go bust and then boom one more time.” Analysts believe Lehman got out of the subprime business fairly cheaply, especially since it has held a stake in BNC for a number of years before buying it. Others might not be so lucky.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cecala, whose subscriber base is dwindling as mortgage bankers are laid off, said the investment banks are mostly looking after their image on the Street – shedding these mortgage units is an easy way to bolster investor confidence. Many of the takeovers were completed at bargain prices, and unwinding them will have little impact on earnings. Investment banks’ stocks have been hurt by the defaults and delinquencies on subprime loans, which sent the overall stock market falling but in particular pummeled financial companies. For the most part, it hasn’t threatened the health of the companies, although Bear Stearns Cos. took a harder hit after disclosing that two hedge funds it managed collapsed because of investments in mortgage-backed securities. Its stock, which has since recovered somewhat, fell about 33 percent and wiped about $5 billion in market value. Those mortgage-backed securities are one of the reasons investment banks wanted to buy subprime mortgage lenders. The banks originate the loans, then bundle them together and sell them as securities to institutional investors. More than 50 lenders have already gone bust since June and trading in the once-lucrative secondary mortgage market has dried up. Lehman Brothers said it will take a $52 million charge for closing BNC when it reports third-quarter earnings next month – hardly anything when compared to the investment bank’s record profit of $4 billion last year. The company said it would continue to offer loans through its Aurora Loan Services, which it full acquired in 2003. last_img read more

COLAB IN LETTERKENNY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE!

first_imgThe CoLab facility at Letterkenny Institute of Technology is to be doubled in size.The CoLab building in LetterkennyThe centre, which encourages the development of small businesses, is to be extended by 20,000 sq ft.The expansion is part of plans drawn up for a partnership between the North West Cross Border Region Group, the Northern Ireland Science Park, Letterkenny Institute of Technology and Ilex in Derry. The aim is to set up a regional Science Park campus, modeled on the development in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast which would provide a significant boost to the northwest economyManager of the CoLab Patsy Donaghy said he was delighted by the planned extension.The extension is part of the European Unuion’s INTERREG IVA programme.  COLAB IN LETTERKENNY TO DOUBLE IN SIZE! was last modified: November 30th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

England 2-0 Lithuania: Three Lions stars rated and slated

first_img Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5 – A day to forget for the Arsenal man. Guilty of giving away possession time and time again and looked largely ineffective against weak opposition Kyle Walker – 7 – Tried his best to forge an opening to breakthrough a stubborn Lithuania defence. It was his tenacity that helped eventually wear down the visitors and continues to excel on the international stage Raheem Sterling – 7 – Teed up Defoe for the opening goal after some great individual work on the left wing. His confidence seems to be building given his form for Manchester City and was given a standing ovation after being replaced 13 13 13 13 Gareth Southgate marked his first competitive match as full-time England manager with a routine win over minnows Lithuania.Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since 2013 before Jamie Vardy stepped off the bench to add a second for the Three Lions.The result leaves England five points clear of Slovenia at the top of the Group F ahead of their next fixture against Scotland on June 10.But just how did the England players perform at Wembley?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings for the Three Lions… 13 13 SUB – Jamie Vardy – 7 – Made an ideal impact off the bench as he tucked away Lallana’s fine pass. Has returned to form of late and looks far more like the player we saw last season for Leicester John Stones – 7 – Bailed out Hart with a goal-line clearance. The elegant defender had one of his best games in an England shirt and looked happy to have Keane alongside him instead of Cahill and Smalling Jermain Defoe – 7 – Marked his return to the international scene with a goal as the 34-year-old scored the crucial opener. Scarcely involved in any build-up play but was efficient in the penalty area as always 13 13 13 13 SUB – Marcus Rashford – 6 – The Manchester United striker is getting used to being restricted to cameo appearances. Looked lively, but missed a half chance to get on the score-sheet 13 13 Dele Alli – 6 – Given a creative role by Southgate and had plenty of possession. But the Tottenham ace struggled to work himself the necessary space against a packed Lithuania outfit Ryan Bertrand – 7 – Got forward on plenty of occasions and spent most of his time in the opposition half. Southgate will have a dilemma on his hands whether to recall Rose when he regains fitness Michael Keane – 7 – Made a case for a permanent slot in the starting XI with Stones after producing a composed display. Like his partner, he was calm in possession and intercepted danger at its earliest opportunity 13 Adam Lallana – 7 – Provided the pinpoint pass for Vardy to score to make certain there would be no unwanted slipups against the Minnows. Caught the eye again just as he did in Germany Joe Hart – 6 – Had one scary moment after a poor kick led to a goal-line clearance by Stones. Did not have much to do, but made one relatively straightforward save to prevent Lithuania getting on the score-sheet Eric Dier – 6 – The Tottenham midfielder was steady if unspectacular. Playing in a defensive midfield role, Dier rarely played a forward pass and had little to contend with in terms of an attacking threat last_img read more

India, China not protecting tigers, say two watchdogs

first_imgNEW DELHI – Environmentalists accused India and China in a stinging indictment Wednesday of doing almost nothing to stem the rapid decline of tigers in the wild, saying the big cats will likely vanish completely within a few years without government intervention. Trade in poached Indian tigers is flourishing across the border in Chinese-controlled Tibet, where organized crime groups sell them for use in traditional medicines, ceremonial clothing and as souvenirs, according to two environmental agencies, which secretly photographed the trade. Photos shown at a news conference Wednesday showed dozens of tiger and leopard skins openly on sale, while in others, Chinese police officers laughed and posed with people wearing clothing made of tiger skins. The groups – the Wildlife Protection Society of India and the Environmental Investigation Agency, a nonprofit British-based group – accused the Indian and Chinese governments of failing to stop the trade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“In China, the police have decided to turn a blind eye to the slaughter of tigers in India,” despite tough laws against trading in endangered animals, said Belinda Wright, director of the Wildlife Protection Society of India. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ben Toolis up for fight to oust Gray brothers in Scotland XV

first_img“It is very tough but there are others in that position where you need to keep fighting and just stick your hand up – let them know that you are ready to have a shot.“But if I don’t get picked I won’t blame myself – I’m happy with the way I am playing.”The Brisbane-born forward, whose mother Linda is from Carluke in Lanarkshire, is playing the best rugby of his career, topping the Pro 12 charts in lineouts taken, and completing the most tackles in the European Challenge Cup.Analysis plays a huge part in Scotland’s preparation and Toolis is delighted to be back in the mix and he tries to take his performances to the next level.He said: “We are training a lot and having a lot of meetings and analysis. It gives an opportunity for us to study each other’s games.“We get good feedback from the coaches and they might say ‘so-and-so does this well, watch him’.“The boys want to help each other out. We know what we want to achieve and we want to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.“If there is an injury the next boy up has to come in and do the job right.“We are a team and there are no selfish players on the squad, even if at the back of their minds they are worried about their spot in the team.” But the 6ft 7in lock, who won his only cap to date against Italy in 2015, said he is excited by the challenge of lifting his standards even higher this spring.Toolis said: “Coming in now the timing isn’t the best! But competition is good because it brings the best out of you and the players around you.“Yes, it can be quite frustrating at times, but that’s the way it is.“Swinno is on good form and obviously Jonny and Richie always play well for Scotland, then you have Gilcho as well. Ben Toolis has admitted he may be trying to make his international breakthrough at the most difficult time to get a place in Scotland’s test match second row in years.Glasgow Warriors co-captain Jonny Gray goes from strength-to-strength at lock, with the 22-year-old tipped to be part of the summer British and Irish Lions squad.Richie Gray has formed a dynamic partnership with his younger brother in the boiler room, while Glasgow’s Tim Swinson is coming off back-to-back Champions Cup man of the match awards.To compound the intense competition for places, Toolis’ Edinburgh Rugby teammate Grant Gilchrist is a former Scotland captain and highly rated by Vern Cotter and the coaching team.last_img read more

Rugby World Cup: Your guide to the Scotland v Japan clash

first_imgA victory with no added points for either side would see Scotland collect four points. It means both sides would be level on 14 and in Rugby World Cup rules, the team with the better head-to-head record advances. Scotland win, with only Japan securing a bonus point = Scotland outBonus points in rugby are awarded if a team scores four tries or more, or lose the match by seven points or fewer.If Scotland win and don’t secure a bonus point and Japan lose by seven points or fewer, they will secure an additional point. That means Scotland would finish on 14 points, with Japan going through on 15.Scotland win, with both teams securing a bonus point = Scotland throughJapan have only shipped four tries so far in the whole tournament, so this could be a tough ask. However, with Scotland touching down 13 tries in their last two games, the team is producing when it matters most. Again, this would mean both teams finish on the same points tally – 15 – with Scotland through on the head-to-head record.Scotland win and pick up a bonus point, with Japan picking up two losing bonus points = Scotland outThis is probably the least likely to happen. Japan could pick up two points in defeat, one for scoring four or more tries and one for losing by seven points or less. If this happens, Japan and Ireland will finish on 16 points, with Scotland out on 15.Japan win or draw = Scotland outAnything less than a victory that secures a four-point margin and Scotland head home after the group phase.Watch all the action from Rugby World Cup 2019 on the STV Player including live games, catch-up, highlights, full fixtures and behind the scenes extras. Now, throw into the mix the complications of Typhoon Hagibis – Japan’s worst storm in 60 years – there is still huge uncertainty if Sunday morning’s game will go ahead.A pitch inspection will take place at 10pm on Saturday UK time, with a decision expected a few hours later.Ireland secured their place in the quarter-finals with a 47-5 bonus point win over Samoa on Saturday, so if Hagibis doesn’t affect the game, what’s left for Scotland to do? Scotland: Adam Hastings during the Russia game. Getty ImagesScotland win, with neither team securing a bonus point = Scotland through By Ryan MaherIt’s been a complicated Rugby World Cup so far for Scotland.An opening day 27-3 defeat to Ireland was the worst possible start for Gregor Townsend’s men.A slightly unexpected win for hosts Japan over Ireland in Scotland’s Pool A confused matters even more. But two bonus point victories over Samoa and Russia – while not conceding a point in either – set alight the prospect of a potential winner takes all showdown with the Japanese in Yokohoma.last_img read more