Racing 92 are only halfway through a long and troubled season

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When Racing returned from Barcelona with the Bouclier de Brennus in June, they were greeted by 1,500 diehard supporters. In contrast more than 50,000 fans welcomed Toulon home when they won the Top 14 title in 2014, similar to the massed ranks of the Yellow Army who brought Clermont to a standstill in 2010 to honour their boys’ first title.With Stade Francais also enduring a torrid season, on and off the pitch, these are troubling times for the capital’s two clubs. Bayonne and Biarritz never managed to co-exist in the top flight, and one wonders how long Stade and Racing are going to keep balancing the books in a city that traditionally prefers more cerebral pursuits. Further to run: So’otala Fa’aso’o of Racing 92 attacks Leicester Allied to that was the absence of some key players in Goosen, the tireless flanker Bernard Le Roux (a long-term injury casualty) and second row Luke Charteris (now at Bath), not to mention the poor form of Dan Carter. “We have not been humble,” said Lorenzetti recently, before tearing a strip of some of his star names for their questionable effort. “When we see the number of matches they’ve played, it’s just not right that they should be tired.”Lift-off: against Munster’s lineoutIn the players’ defence, it must be hard to get up for some games at the Stade Yves-Manoir. It’s a dump. A historical dump, but at a dump, all the same. The club was supposed to move this month to their spanking new location, Arena 92, but the project fell behind schedule and won’t be inaugurated until September. The fear now for Lorenzetti is: will he fill it? Their average gate this season has fallen 12.8% to 8,863, and yet next season they’ll need to find 32,000 bums to put on seats. “A Season in Hell” was Midi Olympique’s headline at the start of this month, and few at Racing 92 would contradict that curt assessment. And that was written before the humiliation of losing 32-7 at home to Munster, and the announcement that the cortisone affair was not yet over with France’s Anti-Doping Agency summoning Racing to their HQ to explain themselves.That hullabaloo, which erupted in early October,  was the first blow to hit the Top 14 champions this season. There have been a few since but there’s a sense that the club, which prides itself on its sophisticated image, has never fully recovered from having the names of Dan Carter, Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko dragged through the mud. The trio were cleared of any wrongdoing at a FFR hearing, the corticosteroids detected in their bodies following last season’s Top 14 final satisfactorily explained.Troubled ten: Dan Carter has been scrutinisedNonetheless, the French press went to town and it clearly upset and unsettled the squad. Little did we know at the time but it was a squad already destabilised by the attitude of Johan Goosen, the gifted South African who last season was voted the Top 14 Player of the Year. His subsequent retirement to work at a stud farm in South Africa – for the time being, at least – was another body blow to a club already struggling to find a rhythm to its season.At least Racing broke its European duck on Saturday, thrashing Leicester 34-3 ( a stroke of luck that they played a side who are enduring a hellish season of their own), but they must conclude their wretched Champions Cup campaign with a trip to Munster. Talk about a hiding to nothing. Coach Laurent Labit didn’t even try to pretend the Thomond Park match mattered when he declared on Saturday: “It’s going to be a new season that starts for us at Lyon”Set-piece tussle: Yannick Nyanga competes in the lineoutRacing, currently ninth in the Top 14 table, play Lyon on Saturday week in the Top 14, and then have matches against Brive and Grenoble. That’s not a bad hat-trick of matches for a team looking to build momentum in the second half of the season, and how they need a winning streak. Club president Jacky Lorenzetti gave Labit and his co-coach, Laurent Travers, the proverbial vote of confidence at the weekend, but it’s hard to conceive how they would keep their jobs if Racing don’t reach the play-offs.So how did it get to this, that the club who last season won their domestic title and reached the final of the Champions Cup, should have come off the rails so quickly? Part of the problem was that the squad, having won the title on that glorious night in Barcelona on June 24, didn’t report back to duty until July 30,  two, three or in some cases, four weeks after their rivals began their pre-season training. Even when the season began it was evident that some of the squad were still mentally on holiday. They scraped a few victories at home, but it wasn’t until the end of October that they beat Bayonne 16-3 to record their first win on the road.last_img read more

Rob Andrew winning dropgoal 1995

first_imgWednesday Sep 19, 2007 Rob Andrew winning dropgoal 1995 In the 1995 World Cup quarter final in Cape Town between England and Australia, flyhalf Rob Andrew kicked this winning dropgoal to secure the victory for the English. It knocked the previous World Champion Wallabies out of the tournament, and resulted in a 25-22 win.What it also meant is that England faced a meeting with the almighty All Blacks in the semi final, and in particular, Jonah Lomu. But that’s another story altogether.With the 2007 World Cup currently taking place, we’ve already seen a few dropgoals being snapped up, and my thinking is that we may yet see history made later in the tournament, with precisely this form of adding to your teams total.There have been calls for the dropgoal to be reduced to less points as people feel it’s just to easy. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Rob Andrew winning dropgoal 1995 | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Mass protest confronts G7 summit

first_imgLike medieval lords plotting against an impending peasant revolt after a bad harvest, the heads of the seven most powerful imperialist countries — the U.S., Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy and Canada — met June 7-8 in a renovated castle-turned-hotel in Elmau in southeastern Germany to plot on behalf of the tiny group of billionaires who rule the world.The capitalist world economy has been in crisis since 2008. The role of this summit meeting, which is costing $350 million, is to resolve the crisis on the backs of the working class and the weaker nations.This year’s meeting excluded even capitalist Russia from a seat at the masters’ table at the resort. The imperialist overlords accused Russia of “aggression” in Ukraine. That’s because Russia has refused to submit to the NATO countries’ high-handedness in overthrowing the elected Ukrainian government in Kiev in February 2014 and NATO’s plan to extend its military reach to the Ukrainian border with Russia.Despite the meeting’s isolation in the village of Elmau, the German hosts gathered nearly 30,000 cops and other employees of the state apparatus to block any protesters from getting close to the heads of state.The protesters were demanding an end to the trade accords known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, whose overall effect is to eliminate jobs, cut workers’ wages and create riskier working conditions. The activists also demanded effective measures to protect the climate and fight against poverty — which has been growing worldwide, including in the imperialist countries.On June 4, some 40,000 people demonstrated in the nearest major city, Munich, in the largest of the protests. On June 8 in Elmau, some 7,000 mostly youthful protesters climbed right up to the security fence and the thousands of cops separating the powerful heads of state from the people they pretend to represent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bright future beckons for local star of Dark Knight

first_imgPrint Linkedin Facebook Twitter WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsBright future beckons for local star of Dark KnightBy admin – July 26, 2012 885 center_img Email Advertisement IT was back to the day job this week for Limerick actor, Kevin Kiely.Kevin, who has a six minute starring role in The Dark Knight Rises, caught up with Christopher Nolan’s 164 minute “epic” last weekend, with family viewings at both Odeon and Showtime cinemas.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The film had been kept under wraps until its worldwide release on the same date, and there was always that fear that the segments in which I appear might have finished up on the cutting room floor, even though my name was on the list of credits in the advance publicity.“Well, I survived the edit process. My role as Gotham Thug 1 is very much central to the storyline, and I was very pleased with the end result. “It was good that it was mentioned at the foot of my interview in the Limerick Post last week that the film has a running time of 164 minutes. Audiences went along fully prepared”.Kevin, who returned to his workplace at a top London restaurant on Tuesday, availed of his few days in his native city to meet up with old acquaintances.“This was a very special occasion. Normally, I only meet up with family and friends at weddings and funerals. A great time was had by all, and it was nice that people approached me to discuss the film and its making.“It was important to me that I was in a position to promote Limerick. Several national newspapers and radio stations were in touch and I tried to get the message across that Limerick is a city of which we can all feel proud”.Kevin is now looking forward to other film and theatrical roles coming his way, making acting a full-time career.“My next project is with Brad Pitt, and there are several auditions lined up with casting agents…it is all very promising. I am a patient sort of guy and will take it as it comes. It is starting to come around for me”.This weekend, he is heading for a music festival in the Isle of Wight, and the opportunity to see Stevie Wonder live. Previous articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs savedNext articleInordinate delays holding up €600 million Shannon LNG plant adminlast_img read more

Win cinema tickets

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday June 26.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What superhero character does Chris Evans play?A. BatmanB. Captain AmericaC. Superman Facebook WhatsApp Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – June 21, 2017 662 Previous article#WATCH Summer solstice heralded in at Grange Stone Circle LimerickNext articleWidespread condemnation of Mayoral favourite’s ‘racist’ comments Alan Jacques TAGScinemacompetitionGiftedlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more

Derry rates to increase by 2.25%

first_img Twitter Derry rates to increase by 2.25% Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleINMO says fall in Letterkenny trolley figures not telling the full storyNext articleLetterkenny councillors seek improvements at Main Street Post Office News Highland Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Derry City Council has increased its rates by 2.25%.For the average household this represents an increase of £20 per annum.The meeting to discuss the rates came on the day it was confirmed that  £8.6m of funding has been allocated for safety works at City of Derry Airport.Chairperson of Policy and Resource Committee, Councillor Paul Fleming says this helped keep the increase to a minimum:[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – February 14, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Turning a blind eye to reforms

first_imgTurning a blind eye to reformsOn 25 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today If the government is serious about human rights at work, it really has toscrap the anti-union laws right nowWhen the Human Rights Act (HRA) came into force in October 2000, there was along spasm of comment about its possible ramifications. At one end was thelofty praise: human rights had become the only absolute, universal source ofvalue for a secular age, it was held, with the United Nations declaration asthe credo and Kofi Annan the high priest. At the other, came more stickyenquiries about whether it was possible to sack a worker in such anuncharitable way as to violate their human rights. Yet since then, somehow, it just hasn’t caught on. Think of human rights andit is despotic regimes scything down demonstrators and conscripting children towork in mines that spring to mind. Somehow, in our snooty Western way, humanrights are beneath us – a developing world thing, remedial, pre-industrial. In tribunals, applicants often sling in a human rights infringement to pepup an otherwise drab claim. But that is about it. There have been few signs ofa grand reshaping of the relationship between citizen and state, and theGovernment seems happy to keep it that way. So, then, a surprise: the working title for the forthcoming single equalitybody is the Commission for Equality and Human Rights. We all know about the first bit. Faced with having to absorb a new raft ofrights from Europe dealing with discrimination on the grounds of age, sexualorientation and religion, the Government had a choice of creating new equalityorganisations, sharing the new responsibilities among existing bodies like theEqual Opportunities Commission, or setting up a new, all-encompassingmeta-equality organisation. Wisely, it chose the latter. But what about the second part: ‘and Human Rights’? What is that all about?Equality is only one core human right. The International Labour Organisation(ILO), the UN agency dealing with work, has 186 conventions, of which the UKhas ratified 85. The answer is that in a long-forgotten 1997 White Paper, Bringing JusticeHome, the Government said there may be a need for a commission to “helpnurture a culture of rights and responsibilities” springing from the HRA.A parliamentary committee duly looked into it and decided in March this yearthat the case was compelling. Thus, the DTI spotted the ideal moment both toshake up equality institutions and deal with human rights at the same time.Furthermore, the decision avoids spawning too many new quangoes, which, aseveryone knows, have a nasty, bureaucratic habit of squabbling among themselvesand demanding more money. We shall have to wait and see what the final version looks like. But if theGovernment presses ahead with a human rights dimension for the new equalitycommission, that could prove very interesting. In the field of employment, the UK has one notorious blemish on its humanrights record – a blemish that both employers and Tony Blair are keen tomaintain. The UK has the most restrictive labour laws in the advanced world, asBlair occasionally boasts. Legislation outlaws secondary strikes, and allowsemployers to offer financial incentives to workers who opt out of collectivebargaining, despite the UK having ratified ILO conventions 87 and 98, dealingwith freedom of association. ILO alarm about UK human rights reached a zenith in the late 1980s and1990s, following the Conservative Government’s anti-union reforms. In the ILOview, the legislation constituted undue state interference in the internalaffairs of trade unions. The Tories couldn’t have cared less. But Labour ismore sensitive to criticism hailing – albeit indirectly – from the UN itself. Recently, the ILO’s Committee of Experts has expressed mounting concern thatthe Government has left offending aspects of the Tory reforms in place. “The committee must recall once again that workers should be able totake industrial action in relation to matters which affect them even though, incertain cases, the direct employer may not be party to the dispute, and thatthey should be able to participate in sympathy strikes provided the initialstrike they are supporting is itself lawful.” So pronounced the committeein 2002 in a report on the UK. In the scrupulously diplomatic legalese of the ILO,this is one step short of a paragraph highlighted in bold text – a fatereserved for countries like Burma and Byelorussia. Then there is the undermining of trade unionism through financialincentives. For example, Ofcom, the new communications regulator, is currentlyoffering staff ‘flexible benefits’ worth up to £15,000 if they give up beingrepresented by Bectu, the broadcasting union. ‘Bribe’ is Bectu’s word. Once more, the ILO’s committee of experts is highly critical of suchpractices because they represent a departure from state neutrality inindustrial relations. “Current [UK] legislation allows employers to offer financialinducements to employees to sign personal contracts even though they may beperforming identical work as those who refuse to sign, thereby discriminatingagainst the latter,” the committee said. Can a country be pro-human rights, but anti-freedom of association? In traditional religions, there is always this kind of debate about theextent to which adherents can cherry-pick a doctrine withoutself-contradiction. So it will be with the secular creed of human rights. If the Government wants to promote human rights, it seems hard to see how itcan defend the anti-union laws. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Lacustrine deltas in a Mesozoic alluvial sequence from Camp Hill, Antarctica

first_imgSedimentary rocks of late Mesozoic age exposed at Camp Hill, northern Antarctic Peninsula, are associated with calc‐alkaline volcanic rocks. They represent deposition on a fault‐controlled floodplain, with marginal alluvial fans, on a volcanic arc. Finely laminated mudstone and occasional graded laminae were deposited from suspension and by density underflow currents, respectively, in small shallow lakes. Thickening‐ and coarsening‐upward sandstone bodies overlying the lake deposits are interpreted as lacustrine deltas of which two types are preserved: (1) Gilbert‐type with steep foresets and (2) mouth‐bar type which lack steep foresets. Sections through the latter type reveal the presence of sub‐environments characteristic of fluvial‐dominated marine deltas, i.e. prodelta, distributary mouth‐bar and distributary channel. Abandoned mouth‐bars resulting from avulsion are recognized. It is suggested that the processes which operated during formation of the mouth‐bar deltas resulted from hyperpycnal flow. By contrast, the Gilbert‐type delta is thought to be the consequence of a reduced inflow of suspended sediment causing homopycnal flow, and thorough mixing of the river and lake waters.last_img read more

O.C. Schools All Virtual on Tuesday

first_imgDue to current flooding conditions and additional flooding expected through Tuesday, all Ocean City schools will operate a virtual instruction day for students on Tuesday,  according to a school news release.Students will not report to school on Tuesday. Students and their families should check PowerSchool class pages and monitor email for further updates on the virtual day schedule.Stay tuned to the National Weather Service and local media for updates on the weather affecting the area.For more information visit or check PowerSchool class pages for more information. Expanded programs and new studies will be part of the new budget.last_img

Watch Quvenzhane Wallis Sing New Sia Tune from Annie

first_img View Comments Ready for another look at the new take on Annie? As we know, many of the tuner’s numbers, including “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” have gotten a 21st-century makeover thanks to Sia for the upcoming remake. The Australian pop star also wrote three new songs for the film, including “Opportunity.” Watch the clip from People below as Quvenzhané Wallis belts it out. In the film, Annie sings the number at the Guggenheim Museum when asked to give a speech about her time with Oliver Warbucks Will Stacks. See? There’s still a red dress, just without the white trim. Catch Annie in movie theaters beginning December 19.last_img