Modern sport loves its statistics. Some sports – cricket, for instance – always have because of their nature, but a surfeit of stats is a relatively recent phenomenon in rugby. Some serve a purpose, others don’t, and a few are downright misleading.One stat that has been bandied about recently, somewhat aimlessly, like a ball travelling along a French back-line, is that Les Bleus are the top offloaders in this season’s Six Nations with 59, more than triple England‘s total. To some, these rugby statistics are evidence that France are in the throes of rediscovering that famous old flair.The reality paints a different picture. France may be offloading, but with little intelligence or accuracy. Against Scotland – as against Wales – the French were guilty on several occasions of forcing the offload when it just wasn’t on. It’s a mix of poor execution and poor decision-making, but they’re only obeying instructions.Throw your own way: Virimi Vakatawa passesLast November Guy Novès gave an extensive interview to Midi Olympique in which he spoke optimistically about the future now that he had replaced Philippe Saint-André as national coach. Taking encouragement from Argentina‘s display at the World Cup, particularly their brilliant performance in beating Ireland 43-20 in the quarter-final, Noves said: “I saw then the start of a new vision…of a modern rugby which can be played despite not possessing the physical means of the Boks or the All Blacks.”In Novès’s mind, the Pumas were winning “but also giving pleasure to the spectators” with their offloading game, and it was a theme he continued at the start of this year when he spoke again to the paper. Peppering the conversation with words such as ‘intelligence’, ‘improvisation’ and ‘adaptation’, Novès declared: “I would like to give the players the freedom to use their initiative on the pitch”. Novès is to be applauded for his bold philosophy – which is the opposite of Saint-André’s rigid, power-based game plan – but nonetheless it’s doomed to fail on two counts.First because this generation of French players is not technically proficient to play the rugby that their coach demands. In his interview with Midi Olympique, Novès mentioned three players he’d played with or coached, who he wished this team to emulate: Thomas Castaignède, Denis Charvet and Erik Bonneval. We all like to dream but unfortunately there’s no French back today who comes even close to matching that trio’s innate talent. Why? Drop off: Jules Plisson drops the ball in front of Yoann Maestri LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The France coach will thus be forced to field inexperienced players against the Pumas, which at least will keep the statisticians busy as they keep track of the record defeats.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Jumping up a level: Paul Jedrasiak against WalesSaint-André suggested to BT Sport on Monday evening it’s because of a lack of opportunities for young French players in the Top 14. The ‘too many foreigners’ argument. That’s a cop-out. The bottom line is that young Frenchmen – like Camille Chat and Paul Jedrasiak – will break through if they’re good enough. But in most cases they’re not. Another ex-Bleus coach, Bernard Laporte, recognises this, which is why he’s campaigning to be the next president of the FFR on a platform of revolutionising the way rugby is coached to youngsters by hiring as many as 200 full-time coaches who will work with schools and academies to improve the core skills. In a recent interview Laporte lamented the skills of the current generation of French players, saying: “Virgile Bruni, who I’ve coached at Toulon, doesn’t know how to pass off both hands, while New Zealanders learn that from an early age.”The second reason why Novès will fail is that initiative and imagination have been coached out of French players for the best part of a decade. As aficionados of the Top 14 will attest, the majority of clubs play conservative and risk-averse rugby, their coaches screaming instructions from the touchline to make sure their players do as they’ve been programmed in training. Novès was guilty of this during his time in charge of Toulouse, regularly being caught on camera waving three fingers in the air whenever his side were awarded a penalty within range of the posts.Say what you see: Guy Noves watches his players warm upNow he’s telling his players to play what they see, improvising and off-loading in a manner in which they rarely do for their clubs. It’s an alien approach for this generation of players, who in general are over-coached and not trusted by their club coaches to think for themselves.As for Argentina, they are only going to get better between now and the 2019 World Cup given that the Jaguares are playing Super Rugby with a squad that is the nucleus of the Test side. In effect, it’s an international match every time the Jaguares play, which is ominous for Novès.He takes France to Argentina in June for a two-Test series but will do so without players whose clubs are involved in the semi-finals of the Top 14. The clash of dates means Novès is likely to head south without the likes of captain Guilhem Guirado, Maxime Mermoz, Wesley Fofana, Scott Spedding, Maxime Machenaud and Wenceslas Lauret. TAGS: Highlight
VSO has appointed creative agency Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw to handle its brand development, brand advertising and recruitment advertising with a spend in excess of £1 million.The account had previously been held by Leonardo, whose work picked up several DMA and Campaign Awards last year.Kitcatt Nohr will help international development charity VSO to develop their vision into a coherent brand strategy that will help engage its core audiences. In addition to brand advertising, the brief also requires a large volume of recruitment advertising to ensure that VSO recruits the 1000 highly skilled professionals it needs every year to fulfil the requests it gets from partner organisations around the world. Advertisement 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. 15 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis According to Head of Marketing Glyn Williams, “our new strategic plan states unambiguously that we are a development charity that works through skilled volunteers, rather than a charity that sends people abroad to do good deeds. We want to be judged on what volunteers achieve during their placement and on their return home. But this is not how we’re seen. And to deliver our vision, we need a brand strategy that will also increase our ability to recruit the right kind of volunteers, and increase our charitable income.”Managing Partner Marc Nohr said: “Our task involves raising the status of international volunteering – so that it’s seen as serious professional development rather than ‘time out’.”The work kicks off shortly with brand development and campaign planning. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw wins VSO account Howard Lake | 10 October 2002 | News
Melanie May | 24 September 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 493 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity retailers saw sales improve in August Tagged with: charity retail Advertisement 492 total views, 5 views today Charity retailers reported improved performance in August according to a report from accountancy and business advisory firm BDO.BDO’s monthly Charity Retail Sales Tracker outlines monthly like-for-like sales changes of 13 charity retailers with 2,796 individual stores between them and is produced in association with the Charity Retail Association. Its latest report showed that while like-for-like sales among survey participants were down -28.6% in August, this was a marked improvement on the -44.7% like-for-like decrease recorded in July.This broadly mirrors the trend seen in commercial high street like-for-like sales, which saw retailers close the gap from -39.4% in July to -28.1% in August, according to BDO’s latest High Street Sales Tracker.Sales of donated goods appear to have driven this, with a like-for-like decline of -28.1% compared to a decline of -43.5% in sales of new goods.Almost half of participating charity retailers highlighted the successful re-opening of their stores, with some already operating all of theirs and others expecting to do so in the run up to Christmas or in early 2021.However, footfall and staffing levels in particular remain a challenge for charity retailers while some charities reported concerns around the quality of donated goods.The report also highlights significant disparities in Gift Aid conversion rates. While very large charities recorded an average conversion rate of 36.73%, this fell to 20.99% for medium sized charities.Fiona Condron, charity retail partner at BDO said:“While the picture has been improving for charity retailers, there remains a significant gap to traverse before like-for-like sales are back into more ‘normal’ territory. Nevertheless, the pace of recovery is encouraging as shops continue to reopen – with one charity retailer even reporting higher-than-expected sales this month.“However, with new Covid-19 restrictions now in place, and worrying signs that infection rates are once again on the rise, the outlook remains very uncertain. While many commercial retailers are able to rely on online sales channels, charity retailers with less sophisticated e-commerce operations may find themselves more susceptible to the impact of any reduction in footfall.“While sales remain subdued, charities need to focus on maximising income. Our survey shows a big disparity between charity retailers when it comes to Gift Aid conversion rates, so this would be an obvious area to target.” 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.
Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Brian Harrington, Radison Blue Hotel, Limerick and Chairman of the Shannon branch of the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).DESPITE another year of growth in 2018, business sentiment among hotel operators in Limerick has dropped significantly, according to the latest hotel barometer from the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF).Key concerns for the sector include the escalating risk and uncertainty around Brexit, reduced visitors numbers from the UK and the increasing costs of doing business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While 73 per cent of hotels have seen some increase in overall business levels this year, growth from North America and Europe has masked the poor performance of the UK market following the Brexit referendum.IHF Shannon branch chairman Brian Harrington said that they were increasingly concerned about the direction that Brexit is taking and the impact that heightened uncertainty is having on the sector.“A disruptive Brexit would have enormous economic repercussions which would be felt directly by tourism businesses here in Limerick given our heavy reliance on the UK market.“It is already having a direct impact on hotels with 52 per cent reporting a drop in business from Great Britain this year while 40 per cent have seen a drop in business from Northern Ireland.Tourism currently supports 11,500 jobs in Limerick and contributes an estimated €277 million to the local economy annually.Mr Harrington added that even if a deal is eventually reached, any prolonged uncertainty in the coming months could result in a further erosion of consumer sentiment.“The consistent growth achieved over the last seven years in a dynamic and competitive international market cannot be taken for granted. We are particularly concerned with the Government’s change in approach to tourism and the lack of recognition of the important role it plays as an engine of economic growth and regional balance.“With the Brexit storm gathering, relentless increases in the cost of doing business, international trade wars, a slowdown in European growth and the increase in tourism VAT, there is little surprise in the drop in business sentiment. Many of our members are now re-examining their future investment strategies and taking a more cautious approach to planning for next year and beyond.”“The Government must mitigate Brexit related risks to tourism and facilitate the continued growth of an industry that supports approximately 266,000 jobs, over 70 per cent of which are outside Dublin. There are aspects of the economic environment and Brexit that are largely outside our control but it is imperative that we mitigate the risks and potential damage where we do have some control over our destiny.“We have to retain our competitiveness and this means taking decisive action on the issues that are affecting the cost of doing business.”According to Mr Harrington, only one in five hoteliers believe that the Government is doing enough to tackle the high cost of doing business in Ireland.“76 per cent of hotels have seen further increases in insurance costs this year. Of these, the average increase in premiums was 15 per cent. This is in addition to substantial increases in recent years”.He said that insurance costs have reached an unsustainable level, averaging €1,150 per room annually.He called on the Government to introduce a Tourism Satellite Account within the Central Statistics Office (CSO) to provide a full analysis of the economic activity in the Tourism industry and how much it contributes to each county throughout the country, including Limerick.“It will also provide independent verification to assist those who rely on the National Accounts, where tourism is not identified, to inform their deliberations on taxation and economic policy,” he said.On a brighter note, Mr Harrington said that Christmas events and parties remain a significant part of the business for more than half of the hoteliers surveyed. Of those, almost half report an increase in business compared to last year with more than a third of those surveyed taking on additional staff for the Christmas period.by Tom [email protected] NewsBusinessLimerick hotel sector braced for a Brexit stormBy Staff Reporter – December 19, 2018 1050 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Email Print TAGSBrexitbusinessLimerick City and CountyNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Advertisement Twitter Previous articleBrothel-keeper loses Limerick apartmentNext articleLimerick side to take on Kerry in Coop Superstores Munster SHL named Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites
Local NewsBusinessUS News TAGS Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Voting company sues Fox, Giuliani over election fraud claims By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 FILE – Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, talks with reporters outside the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its top hosts, Giuliani and Sidney Powell for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped steal the U.S. presidential election away from former President Donald Trump. Pinterest Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleToshiba Launches 100V High-Current Photorelay for Industrial EquipmentNext articleDAEM Technology Launches ixWallet and the First Bitcoin Red Packet in Hong Kong to Promote Blockchain Payment Education Digital AIM Web Support
Newsx Adverts Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Facebook Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Questions about short term future of Donegal – Dublin PSO Junior Gaeltacht Minister Dinny Mc Ginley says he’ll be seeking clarification from the Department of the Environment about the immediate future of the Donegal to Dublin air service after it emerged there will be a delay in the introduc tion of a new Public Service Obligation/The current PSO expires on July 31st, but according to the Department of Transport, new contracts will not be in place until the end of the year.The department has confirmed that the continuation of the PSO contracts will be curtailed to Donegal and Kerry and that the specifications for the two services are being finalised at present.However, Kerry, where the PSO expired in October, has already lost two of it’s three Dublin flights, and there are questions over what will happen here.Minister Dinny Mc Ginley says he’ll be seeking clarification………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/din.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – March 29, 2011 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleGAA – Tyrone Reach Hurling League FinalNext articleMac Lochlainn claims census contract company has Abu Ghraib links News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Google+ Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp A Donegal native has taken over as president of the Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland.Gerry Breslin – a business and maths teacher at Colaiste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon – says his key priorities for the coming year are protecting the education service from further cutbacks and improving the pay and conditions of recently qualified second-level teachers.On suggestions that the Croke Park agreement be revisited, the Bundoran native said he does not believe there should be any renegotiations, and he questioned the approach of Education Minister Ruari Quinn.Mr Breslin says he has take a year out of teaching to devote himself to his new role……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/gbres1pm.mp3[/podcast] New ASTI President sceptical about Ruari Quinn Pinterest Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleRenowned 9/11 exhibition in Donegal for 11th anninversaryNext articleLast month was Donegal’s coolest July in 40 years News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ By News Highland – August 1, 2012
Top StoriesFull Video -6th Justice VR Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture By Justice Ravindra Bhat On “Rule of Law In The Digital Age- A Constitutional Frame Work” LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 Dec 2020 3:58 AMShare This – xSupreme Court Judge Justice Ravindra Bhat will deliver the 6th Justice VR Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture organized by Sarada Krishna Sadgamaya Foundation For Law and Justice on December 12 At 4.30 PMTopic :”Rule of Law In The Digital Age- A Constitutional Frame Work”Details of Programme4.30:4.35: Welcome remarks: Justice K Balakrishnan Nair.4.45: Presidential Address: Hon’ble Chief Justice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court Judge Justice Ravindra Bhat will deliver the 6th Justice VR Krishna Iyer Memorial Lecture organized by Sarada Krishna Sadgamaya Foundation For Law and Justice on December 12 At 4.30 PMTopic :”Rule of Law In The Digital Age- A Constitutional Frame Work”Details of Programme4.30:4.35: Welcome remarks: Justice K Balakrishnan Nair.4.45: Presidential Address: Hon’ble Chief Justice S Manikumar.5.00 : Memorial Law Lecture:Hon’ble Shri Justice S Ravindra Bhatin the presence ofSri. C. P Sudhakara PrasadAdvocate General, KeralaSri. Vijayakumar PAsst. Solicitor General of IndiaSri R. Lakshmi Narayanan, President, KHCAASri P T Jose,President, Ernakulam Bar Association.The Programme will be live-telecasted in LIVELAW YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM ChannelsYou Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kra88qgPcwFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/livelawindiaTwitter: https://twitter.com/LiveLawIndiaInstagramme: https://www.instagram.com/livelaw.in/For Details Contact : 9446462003Next Story
News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Landowners in Donegal are being reminded that hedge-cutting season comes to an end on February 28th.Almost two-thirds of Ireland’s bird species nest in hedges and these hedgerows provide natural corridors that permit wildlife to move between habitats.From the end of February until the end of August, hedge-cutting is not permitted under the Wildlife Acts which recognise the importance of conserving hedgerows and other vegetation for breeding birds, other animals and plants.Public works involving the disturbance of hedgerows during this period may only be carried out for reasons of public health and safety.Hedgerows cover approximately 1.5% of the land area of Ireland and, based on a survey commissioned under the County Heritage Plan, there are 10,408 kilometres of hedgerows in Donegal.Common hedgerow species in Donegal include ash, hawthorn, blackthorn, beech, eared willow, rusty willow, gorse, cotoneaster, fuchsia and privet.The Heritage Council has produced a booklet with advice on best conservation practice and on planting native species. Copies of the booklet are available free-of-charge from the County Donegal Heritage Office on donegalcoco.ie. Hedge-cutting season coming to an end Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter By News Highland – February 16, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Previous articleEducation Minister planning phased return to schools next monthNext articleYet another disturbing dumping of deceased animals in East Donegal News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook By News Highland – January 15, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Donegal had highest number of passenger deaths in 2019 Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Previous articleWaiting list for home help in Donegal has ‘exploded’Next articleNew Swilly Ferry contract terms offer more certainty – Blaney News Highland Donegal had the highest number of passenger deaths in the country in 2019.Figures from the RSA show that three passengers in the county died as a result of a road traffic crash last year.The provisional road collision statistics show road deaths increased in 2019. A total of 148 people lost their lives in Ireland last year, eight of those in Donegal.September was the worst month for road deaths, with 20 fatalities recorded nationally, but figures were also high in December with 16 people killed, two in Donegal.