There have been a glut of big name signings for the 2017-18 season across all three domestic leagues and RW pulls out the moves that will make a huge difference next season Cory Allen to OspreysIn addition to bringing in former fan favourite James Hook, the Ospreys have also confirmed the arrival of Allen from Cardiff Blues, who will join Owen Watkin, Kieron Fonotia and Ashley Beck in a midfield battle. Allen has slipped out of the reckoning at the Blues, with Rey Lee-Lo and Willis Halaholo preferred and Leicester centre Jack Roberts signed for next season, but he is a powerful ball-carrier who can help the Ospreys, especially outside of the creative Sam Davies at fly-half.Christopher Tolofua, Calum Clark and Liam Williams to SaracensLiam Williams draws the attention here, with the Welsh back three wizard acting both as a direct replacement for Chris Ashton on the wing, as well as competition for Alex Goode at full-back. On Saracens’ artificial surface, Williams’ footwork and speed should be able to shine.Top-quality signing: Liam Williams is heading for SaracensFrench international Tolofua comes into the club’s hooker pecking order, providing cover for Jamie George when he is with England and easing the burden on Schalk Brits, who will be 36 years of age next season if he doesn’t opt to hang up his boots in the summer. As for Clark, he is an abrasive back-rower built in the mould of player that Saracens prize in their defensive structures and in terms of skill set, he would seem to be the perfect addition to the club’s back-row pool.With a number of veteran players set to move on from the club this summer, the North Londoners are doing a good job of retooling ahead of the 2017-18 season.Facundo Isa and Chris Ashton to ToulonSpeaking of veterans moving on from Saracens, Chris Ashton is chief amongst those who will be missed at Allianz Park next season.He will bring a work rate and natural finishing ability that will be needed at Toulon, especially with concerns over the ability of the players currently at the club to play with width and tempo. Ashton’s proclivity for looking for work in the midfield and tracking the ball should help negate the lack of genuine ball-players in Toulon’s back line.Arch finisher: Chris Ashton will join a phalanx of stars at ToulonThe sky is the limit for Isa and it will be interesting to see how his move to Toulon affects his development, not to mention where he packs down, with Duane Vermeulen the current incumbent at No 8.There is no doubt the addition of Isa improves Toulon as a team, but will it improve Isa as a player? Let’s hope he loses none of the pace or dynamism in the loose that makes him such a powerful threat with ball in hand.Chris Farrell to MunsterThis move has snuck in a little under the radar, with JJ Hanrahan’s return to Munster drawing more column inches, but the bruising centre has been at the heart of some of Grenoble’s best play over the past three years.At just 23 years of age, Farrell has his best years ahead of him and could be quite the complement to Rory Scannell or Sam Arnold in the Munster midfield next season.Munster are finding plenty of varied ways to win games and Farrell is a different type of weapon to add to their arsenal.Sam Underhill to Bath, Carl Fearns to Gloucester, Matt Kvesic to Exeter ChiefsThe back-row merry-go-round is going at full speed in the western reaches of the Premiership and it started a couple of years ago, when Sam Burgess displaced Fearns at Bath and sent the flanker on a two-year sojourn to Lyon. He proceeded to be the driving force behind Lyon’s promotion to the Top 14, continued to excel following that promotion and now has the opportunity to put his name in the England mix, having secured a move to Gloucester.Breakdown specialist: Matt Kvesic will look to kickstart his England career at ExeterHe will bring a no compromising attitude to the Cherry and Whites’ back-row and help make up for the departure of Kvesic to West Country rivals, Exeter. Kvesic’s England ambitions have been unfulfilled at both Worcester and Gloucester and he will hope that a move to high-flying Exeter helps propel him into Eddie Jones’ plans.Lastly we come to Underhill, a player certainly in Jones’ immediate plans and the former Gloucester academy player, who has been at the Ospreys more recently, becomes eligible for England this summer when he returns to the Premiership with Bath. Exeter have missed the fetching ability of the injured Julian Salvi this season and the arrival of Kvesic gives them an extra option in that department, whilst the same can be said of Bath and Underhill, with Francois Louw, David Denton and Taulupe Faletau all also missing time with injuries over the last six months. By Alex ShawThe announcement of new signings for the 2017-18 season is an almost daily occurrence in the northern hemisphere at the moment, as clubs, regions and provinces all look to build squads which will help them reach their ambitions next season.Before the Six Nations takes a hold of all of us again this weekend, we run through some of the most impactful signings confirmed so far and project how the players will benefit their new employers.It’s not too difficult to guess where will be starting and that’s the blockbuster fly-half switch that will see George Ford head back to Welford Road for a second spell with Leicester Tigers and Freddie Burns move home to don the blue, black and white of Bath.George Ford to Leicester Tigers, Freddie Burns to BathOn paper, this seems to be a win-win deal for both teams involved.George Ford gives Leicester that extra bit of quality to help move them back to the Aviva Premiership’s top table, while Burns gives Bath’s back line a stability that they struggle for when the Test windows and international call-ups roll around.Tigers will hope to combine Ford with Manu Tuilagi – a player Ford knows well from their time together in Leicester’s academy – and the versatile Matt Toomua in a midfield that could, if they click, be as dangerous as any in world rugby, let alone the Premiership.One direction: Former Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns is heading to BathAs for Burns, he will, in theory, give Todd Blackadder the consistency the Kiwi wants at fly-half, something which he has struggled to get in his debut season at Bath, due to Ford’s duties with England and constant injuries to the back line.Both teams will feel their goals are more achievable as a result of these signings.Aaron Cruden to MontpellierThis doesn’t need too much explaining. With Vern Cotter on his way to Montpellier and presumably keen for the club to play with a higher tempo and more of an attacking frisson than it has under Jake White, All Black Cruden gives Cotter a playmaker capable of delivering just that. Threats abound in the Montpellier back line, most notably Nemani Nadolo and Joe Tomane, so bringing a fly-half on board that can unleash them makes a lot of sense.French leave: The highly-talented Aaron Cruden is off to MontpellierHuw Jones to Glasgow Warriors, Mark Bennett to EdinburghThe impact Jones has made for Scotland since tying himself to thistle last year made him an obvious target for either of the two Scottish clubs. Similarly, when Glasgow made their move for Jones, Bennett became an obvious casualty in their back line and a move to Edinburgh makes all the sense in the world.Both players are capable of lighting up a game from the outside centre berth and should make their respective teams more potent as a result.Scotland are now in the fortuitous position of having two such skilful outside centres fully-available to them in the build-up to and during Test windows.Steven Luatua and Alapati Leiua to BristolThese two signings could be seriously mitigated by the fact they may be playing in the Greene King IPA Championship next season.Luatua, on his day, is a handful for any defence to deal with and his versatility to pack down in the engine room, at blindside or at No 8 just adds to the value that he will bring to Bristol.Reinforcements: Steven Luatua will bolster the Bristol pack whichever division they play inAs for Leiua, he is a Test-calibre talent who has had the worst luck with injuries since he moved to Wasps. If he can stay fit at Bristol, he can be the X factor back that they need, either in the centres or on the wing.Charlie Faumuina, Antoine Dupont and Cheslin Kolbe to ToulouseToulouse have themselves quite the haul so far. All Black Faumuina replaces the departing Census Johnston, Dupont is one of the brightest prospects emerging in French rugby and Kolbe is an electric player with ball in hand and all three signings speak of a desire to play a more expansive game at the Stade Ernest-Wallon. Dupont may not have the global profile that Faumuina or Kolbe have, but if he can win the starting scrum-half jersey, he could be the driving force behind a new era of Toulouse rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight On the move: George Ford is heading back to Welford Road Rich potential: Sam Underhill has show real promise at the OspreysFearns won’t provide Gloucester with the same fetching threat that Kvesic or Underhill do at their clubs but the physical presence he will bring alongside Ross Moriarty and Ben Morgan will undoubtedly create fireworks next season.Lolagi Visinia to GrenobleVisinia and Gio Aplon in the same back three? That’s another recipe for fireworks. The New Zealander has fallen out of favour in Auckland, where the Blues have assembled a pretty stellar array of back three options, but that should not detract from Visinia’s talents. Bernard Jackman’s side are not afraid to try and run the opposition off their feet and with a player as dangerous as Visinia added to the group, they may become even more adept at doing so next season.
Localgiving’s flagship Grow Your Tenner match fund campaign is currently live, with a total match fund this year of £345,000. There is still time for charities to sign up with just over £150k is still available. The campaign is due to end next week on 17th November unless the fund runs out earlier. Localgiving has announced that it has now raised over £15 million for local charities and community groups across the UK since launching in 2009.More than £3 million of this total has come through match funding during campaigns such as Grow Your Tenner, #GiveMe5 and Local Hero.According to Localgiving, since 2009:Over 5,500 charities and community groups have created a Localgiving page to raise donations More than 3,800 fundraiser pages have been created to raise money for a local cause More than 19,000 monthly Direct Debit donations have been set up to provide long-term continuous support for local charities.Marcelle Speller OBE, Localgiving founder, said:“We are hugely proud to have reached this important milestone, which shows the positive impact our work has had on thousands of local causes and their beneficiaries.“I launched Localgiving in 2009 with the vision of strengthening local communities across the UK by supporting grassroots groups to become financially independent and develop their core fundraising skills. Over the years I have seen first-hand both the amazing work that local charities do, as well as the difficulties they face in gaining the funds needed.” Advertisement 79 total views, 1 views today Melanie May | 10 November 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 More than 148,000 individuals have donated to a local charity or community group through the platform Localgiving reaches £15m for local charities & community groups 80 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 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. Tagged with: community foundations Localgiving small charities
UPDATE: The New Sanctuary Movement announced Jan. 29 that “After weeks of unrelenting community mobilization, Judge Katherine Forrest ruled this morning that ICE denied Ravi Ragbir due process by detaining him in his routine check in on Jan. 11. That means Ravi will get to fight his ongoing case from home rather than from behind bars in detention. The fight is not over. This ruling only affects Ravi’s detention, not his pending deportation. …Today’s decision is proof that organizing and the power of community will ultimately set us free. That’s why we must keep up the fight for the thousands of people facing the same racist, unjust, and escalating treatment from ICE every day.” On the morning of Jan. 27, nearly 100 people protested outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office at 26 Federal Plaza in New York City to support Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights leader from Trinidad who is head of the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York, and Jean Montrevil from Haiti. Both were arrested by ICE agents earlier in January. U.S. Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Yvette Clarke from Brooklyn spoke at the rally in support of the two prisoners.Ragbir is being detained in the Bronx and has another hearing scheduled for Jan. 29, at which another demonstration is planned. Montrevil has already been deported to Haiti, where he is fighting for his freedom. The slogan for the demonstration was “Build bridges, not walls.”WW photo: Anne PrudenFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 10, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Help by sharing this information September 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities ban all election coverage 48 hours ahead of historic poll News Asia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Journalists face jail sentences and fines if they contravene the draconian ban Receive email alerts Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News News News Asia – Pacific Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders condemns the drastic media blackout that Fiji’s government imposed yesterday on tomorrow’s parliamentary elections. From this morning until close of polls tomorrow, news media and journalists could be jailed or fined if they provide any election coverage.The government’s grounds for imposing the ban 48 hours ahead of these historic elections are to prevent excessive influence on voters.As well as banning any ads promoting political parties and candidates, election decree No. 11 forbids interviews and political debates about the elections. The ban also applies to all news websites and online social networks, although how this aspect of the decree will be enforced is not explained.The decree also applies to foreign journalists if their media are accessible to the Fijian public. The Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) has said that media may publish information provided by the national electoral office if they submit their reports to the MIDA prior to publication.Paragraph 4 says anyone contravening the decree could face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of 50,000 Fijian dollars (20,000 euros).“The scale of the censorship imposed by this decree is out of all proportion,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “While restrictions on publishing opinion polls, projections, partial results and even political advertising are completely understandable, banning all political commenting for several days and introducing prior censorship is both draconian and unenforceable.”A total of 450 journalists, including 37 foreign journalists, have been accredited to cover the elections, according to the Café Pacific blog of David Robie, an academic who runs the Pacific Media Centre.Although the blackout has been in effect for several hours, several online information sources report that posts on online social networks are directly violating the decree. Nonetheless, no one has so far been punished.Reporters Without Borders and the Pacific Media Centre have recommended a constitutional amendment and adoption of a freedom of information law in Fiji in their joint submission to the UN Human Rights Council ahead of Fiji’s Universal Periodic Review by the council next month.Fiji is 107th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more
The traditional view of Antarctica and the surrounding Southern Ocean as an isolated system is now being challenged by the recent discovery at the Antarctic Peninsula of adult spider crabs Hyas areneus from the North Atlantic and of larvae of subpolar marine invertebrates. These observations question whether the well described biogeographical similarities between the benthic fauna of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Magellan region of South America result from history (the two regions were once contiguous), or from a previously unrecognized low level of faunal exchange. Such exchange might be influenced by regional climate change, and also exacerbated by changes in human impact.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak last night revealed that 140,000 companies have applied for furlough grants since the system opened for applications at 8am yesterday morning, including many of the UK’s 15,000 estate agency firms.He also revealed that companies applying for the funding should receive payment within six working days.Although thousands of estate agency staff have been said to be ‘furloughed’ it is their employers who have been funding their enforced inactivity and it is only now that companies can apply for the grants to fund this via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.The system is expected to pay the monthly wages of over a million staff once the grants begin to be paid out. Furloughed staff are paid 80% of their monthly salary up to £2,500.“These are a million people who, if they hadn’t been furloughed, would have been at risk of losing their job,” said Chancellor Rishi Sunak during last night’s Coronavirus press conference.But estate agency owners and directors will have to be quick off the mark. To receive the funds in time for the next payday on 30th April, applications to the furlough scheme must be submitted by tomorrow.The start of furlough scheme can’t come quick enough for many estate agencies.Just before Sunak’s announcement Adam Marshall, director general at the British Chamber of Commerce told Sky News that its research revealed 60% of UK companies have just three months’ cash reserves to keep going during the Coronavirus pandemic.Find out if your company can claim its wage costs through the furlough scheme.Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme furlough scheme Rishi Sunak Chancellor of the Exchequer April 21, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » COVID-19 support » First furlough scheme payments to arrive by next week previous nextCOVID-19 newsFirst furlough scheme payments to arrive by next weekChancellor Rishi Sunak revealed last night that 140,000 firms have applied to receive funds from the furlough scheme.Nigel Lewis21st April 202001,355 Views
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail “It’s quite coincidental that this one person that just happens to be so involved in this casino project, would be the one to bring the speaker on,” she said. “That certainly makes this thing smell a lot more than if it had been someone not directly involved.”The Vigo County board hired Bosma in June, a few weeks after Gibson contacted Bosma directly about providing legal services, according to a letter Bosma wrote to legislative ethics officials. He is a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Kroger Gardis & Regas, where he leads its government practice group and specializes in municipal law.Meeting minutes show Bosma is handling the board work personally, attending monthly meetings and advising on contracts and property acquisition for a planned $32.5 million convention center project in Terre Haute. Gibson has since stepped down from the board to pursue a private hotel development in conjunction with the convention center.The Star reported neither Gibson nor Spectacle’s attorney returned messages seeking comment.The Star previously reported that Spectacle CEO Rod Ratcliff treated Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to two private jet flights as they traveled together last year for Republican Governors Association meetings in Colorado and Arizona.The flights, valued at about $50,000 total, gave Ratcliff and his business partners hours of exclusive access to the governor. One of the flights came just a day before Ratcliff and Gibson announced in November the company’s plans to buy the two casinos in Gary.Bosma said he didn’t immediately know how much he had been paid by the board, which didn’t immediately provide the contract. Bosma Has Deal Arranged By Casino InvestorApril 19, 2019Associated Press and Indiana Lawyers Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma is doing legal work for the Vigo County Capital Improvement Board, which is among the entities supporting the bill that includes allowing a proposed Terre Haute casino, The Indianapolis Star reported.Bosma told the House ethics committee he was first contacted about the work by Terre Haute businessman Greg Gibson, an investor in Spectacle Entertainment. The company wants to move one of Gary’s two Lake Michigan casino licenses to Terre Haute and the other to a potentially more lucrative location along Interstate 80-94 in Gary.Bosma said he has followed all House rules and denies the contract has influenced his actions as a lawmaker. Bosma recused himself from voting on the bill or presiding over the House when it considers the proposal, but he confirmed he met with Spectacle officials once earlier this year and has discussed the bill with other legislators.“I’ve not advocated for or against any position on the bill,” he said. “My only advice to those who were working on the bill was that it … needed to be a stand-alone bill. And if a county was going to receive the right to have gaming, they needed to have a referendum like everyone else.”The wide-ranging bill would allow the Gary casino to move after the owner paid a $50 million state fee, while also legalizing sports wagering and moving up when two central Indiana horse track casinos could offer table games with live dealers.Julia Vaughn, policy director for the government accountability group Common Cause Indiana, said Bosma did the right thing by recusing himself. But she said his involvement behind the scenes and Gibson’s role in arranging Bosma’s contract are ethical red flags. The leader of the Indiana House is skipping votes on a major gambling-related bill after a casino owner helped arrange a local government contract with his law firm.
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (Maci Tetrick/ABC 57 Meteorologist) On this Sunday, Feb. 7, the wind-chill feels like temperatures in the negative teens.Double up on layers and make sure to cover as much of your skin as possible. Take breaks indoors when you start to feel too cold.Temperatures only warm to 12 degrees by Sunday afternoon, but will feel even cooler than that with wind chill. These cold temperatures are a perfect excuse to stay in and watch the big game tonight.While there are a few more flurries early this morning, especially near Lake Michigan, most of today will be cloudy but quiet.Tonight there are additional chances for a few light snow showers or flurries, but there should be little new accumulation for your Monday morning drive.Monday is slightly warmer with a high around 18.The next round of snow is Monday night into Tuesday morning – we’ll pick up 1-2” for most of Michiana, with slightly higher totals near Lake Michigan. The Tuesday morning commute could be a bit messy because of this. Unfortunately, there is still no sign of a warm up in the 10 day forecast, as daytime highs stay below normal.WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM EST THIS AFTERNOONWHAT…Very cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as low as20 below zero.WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana.WHEN…From 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ to 1 PM EST /noon CST/ Sunday.IMPACTS…The cold wind chills could cause frostbite onexposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Today: Few AM snow showers. Cloudy and cold. High 12.Tonight: Light snow showers. Low 4.Monday: Cloudy and cold. PM snow. High 18.Tuesday: AM snow showers. Mostly cloudy. High 20. Google+ Get set for sub-zero wind chills for the entire week ahead Twitter Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – February 7, 2021 0 171 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleHow to stay safe in extremely cold weatherNext articleSouth Bend, Elkhart warming centers available for those in need Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
If your IT organization is worried about how to fight the botnets to bitcoins threats, you needed to be at Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, California.I had the opportunity to present and engage with our customers and partners at two breakout sessions: “Expand Your Portfolio with Dell Security Solutions” and “Best Practices for Combining Dell SonicWALL and Dell Networking.” The latter was a collaborative effort with Bala Pitchaikani, head of Product Management, Dell Networking. More than 1,500 people attended these sessions as well as the exhibit hall demos and hands-on tutorials.The first ‘Connected Security” session was for our channel. Every single day companies are being probed, exploited, and infected. They lack the tools to visualize and counter these threats. To combat these cyberattacks, partners can expand their offerings to sell our big iron: Dell SonicWALL Next-Generation Firewall appliances. The key functionality is the ability to ‘see’ what applications are running on the network and who is running it, regardless of port, protocol, or file size. Add bandwidth management of important business applications (Voice over IP, email, online collaboration, etc.) and the network administrator can implement policy without having to decipher cryptic protocols and configure in a trial-and-error methodology.Next up, I joined forces with my colleague, Bala Pitchaikani, advanced technical networking and security break out. We dove into how well Dell SonicWALL Next-Gen Firewalls and Dell’s Force 10 deliver interoperability for high availability deployments. These solutions will protect the enterprise against sophisticated malware, very targeted, zero-day exploits by foreign sponsored cyberattacks that utilize unlimited resources.Bala spoke initially about the strengths of Dell’s Force 10. We are blending rich capability with the marriage of Dell networking and security. Their orchestration framework is the fastest selling product for Networking at Dell.Representing Dell Security Products, I discussed how our customers and partners are faced with relentless invasion from of state sponsored attacks, botnets to mine bitcoin and ransomeware.Why do traditional firewalls fail?The epic fail that is happening in the marketplace is that organizations do not deal with security. Most firewalls do not protect you. Eighty-one percent of companies will turn off security to increase performance – access trumps security all of the time. Dell’s Next-Generation Firewalls deliver Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection (RFDPI), anti-malware, SSL Decryption, and allow you to delineate and differentiate what malware is infecting your network. Application identification and visualization illuminate what percentage of your bandwidth is being used by iTunes or training. NGFWs literally give you the control to click and implement a policy and forensics to drill down on all network activity.Poisonous attacks will continue to evolve, disrupt and steal from organizations. To learn more, here are two technical whitepapers: “Dell SonicWALL NSA E-Class and Dell Force 10 S-Series- Better Together” and “Full L2 and L7 Redundancy Solutions Using Dell SonicWALL and Force 10.” Here is a recent video highlighting Amerijet, an air cargo company, who has implemented Dell Networking and Dell SonicWALL solutions. Come back next year to Dell Enterprise Forum 2014.