Six Nations: Wales 16-21 England

first_imgThe good and the bad of England’s Six Nations win over Wales LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Red wall: Nathan Hughes tries to fend off Jonathan Davies and Rhys Webb. Photo: Getty ImagesHook crook – At scrum time, it seemed Wales were looking to drive England back to secure possession rather than hooking it. This was not a successful tactic, especially as England sometimes got the nudge on Wales up front. Unless they know they can overpower the opposition pack, Wales need to look at hooking the ball to ensure they retain possession on their own feed at scrum time.Over time: Liam Williams scores from a pre-planned move in the first half. Photo: Getty ImagesBoo boys – As said above, the passion of the crowd was superb, but two cases were not. First, there was no need for the booing of the English anthem – whether it be for God Save The Queen itself or the appearance of Dylan Hartley on the big screen. And the whistling that accompanied every English kick at goal was also unnecessary.STATISTICS20 – Number of tackles made by Man of the Match Joe Launchbury. Justin Tipuric and Sam Warburton were joint top for Wales with 18.8 – Number of turnovers won by Wales compared to 2 by England.22 – Number of ball carries made by Nathan Hughes, who also topped England’s metres made chart with 67.12 – Number of offloads made by England, three times as many as Wales.Wales: L Halfpenny; G North, J Davies, S Williams (J Roberts 71), L Williams; D Biggar, R Webb (G Davies 65); R Evans (N Smith 53), K Owens (S Baldwin 61), T Francis (S Lee 53), J Ball, AW Jones (capt), S Warburton, J Tipuric, R Moriarty (T Faletau 53).Try: L Williams. Con: Halfpenny. Pens: Halfpenny 2.England: M Brown; J Nowell (J May 71), J Joseph (B Te’o 65), O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, B Youngs (D Care 65); J Marler (M Mullan 71), D Hartley (capt, J George 47), D Cole (K Sinckler 71), J Launchbury, C Lawes, M Itoje, J Clifford (J Haskell 49), N Hughes. TAGS: Highlight Corner stop: Elliot Daly scores the winning try in the closing minutes in Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images Tries: Youngs, Daly. Con: Farrell. Pens: Farrell 3.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Elliot Daly’s 77th-minute try meant England took their winning run to 16 Tests. It was a hugely physical match played at a ferocious pace against a Wales side showing their best form for many a month, so this will chart as one of the best victories of Eddie Jones’s reign.Both sides defended resolutely as the opposition maintained possession for numerous phases, Ben Youngs getting the first try before Liam Williams crossed to give Wales a half-time lead. The Welsh looked to be closing in on a famous win over England until a clearance kick was fielded by George Ford and fed to Owen Farrell, who released Daly down the wing. Daly showed the pace to beat Alex Cuthbert on the outside and as England closed out another victory – they do say winning is a habit – Wales had to settle for a losing bonus point.Here’s our verdict on the match…WHAT’S HOTPatience is a virtue – England went through 26 phases in the build-up to Ben Youngs’s first-half try. Left to right, forward and back, they stretched the Welsh defence across the pitch, didn’t panic when they couldn’t get across the whitewash despite numerous close encounters and three minutes later Youngs darted over from the back of a ruck.Ben strikes: England celebrate Ben Youngs’s try after 26 phases. Photo: Getty ImagesWales, too, put together some brilliant phase play, and while it was a pre-planned move from the back of a scrum that sent Liam Williams careering over the line, the pressure they had put England under beforehand created that opportunity.We may be living in times when instant gratification is the order of the day, but sometimes patience can bring the best rewards.Cool captaincy – Talk of who will be Lions skipper will be dominating rugby conversations until Warren Gatland announces his decision on 17 April. Alun Wyn Jones is one of the favourites and I should make clear here that he would be my choice to lead the team in New Zealand this summer, his form this season as good as its ever been.Leading man: Alun Wyn Jones during the anthems. Photo: Getty ImagesThat’s probably why I’m going to share this anecdote. After Wales had taken the lead in the first half through Liam Williams’s try, Jones was the first to run back to his own half and as the rest of the team gathered for the restart he was using his words and actions to ensure they calmed down and focused on the next play. It was cool and collected leadership – exactly what will be needed in New Zealand.Red-hot atmosphere – There was a cacophony of noise in the Principality Stadium. Wales v England games are always special and this time it felt like there was an ever sharper edge to proceedings, perhaps down to all the goings-on off the field during the week. It wasn’t just points on the board being cheered, it was big hits and smart skills. When a group of English supporters started belting out Swing Low Sweet Chariot, the home fans hit back with ‘Wales, Wales, Wales’ to drown them out. It was the kind of atmosphere that makes Test-match rugby so special, with the action on the field matching the enthusiasm off it – more of the same throughout this Six Nations please.Fans-tastic: England and Wales supporters en route to the Principality Stadium. Photo: Getty ImagesWHAT’S NOTBilly miss – There is only one Billy Vunipola. He has an innate ability to break tackles and get across the gain-line with his sheer power. This is not the strength of Nathan Hughes; his talent is taking the contact, staying upright and getting offloads away to his team-mates. England seem to be keen on Hughes playing like Vunipola rather than using his own strengths – and it wasn’t a success. He was hit hard by the Welsh defence when he tried to make a bust and was driven back when within a couple of metres of the line in the lead-up to the Ben Youngs’s try. Had Billy been on the pitch you suspect the try would have come then. If Hughes is wearing the No 8 shirt, let him play his natural game, not try to impersonate another’s.last_img read more

Research shows drop in volunteering among older age groups but rise in younger years

first_img  260 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Melanie May | 29 September 2017 | News Older age groups are volunteering less often now than they did in 2012, the latest nfpSynergy report has shown.According to nfpSynergy’s Volunteering Trend Data, levels among 45-54 years olds, 55-64 year olds and those aged 65+ have all dropped since 2012, with fewer having volunteered in the three months prior to the survey than when asked the same question in 2012. While the decline was just one percentage point among those aged 65+, the largest drop was seen in the 55-64 age group, where rates had fallen from 22% in 2012 to 15% in 2017. Conversely, every age group below 45-54 had volunteered more, particularly those aged 16-24 where the percentage of those volunteering was 30% in 2017, up from 24% in 2012. Those age 65+ were still the second biggest volunteers: 23% had volunteered between January and April this year, compared to 14% of 45-54 year olds, and 15% of 55-64 year olds. Those aged 16-24 came top however, with 30% having volunteered during this time.16-34 year old men are now one of the most likely groups to volunteer – peaking at 39% in 2014 –closely followed by women in the same age group. However, figures for these groups frequently move up and down between 2012 and now, with nfpSynergy stating that this volatility requires frequent tracking. 
 Overall however, averages for volunteering levels among this group as well as among 25-34 year olds have steadily risen with volunteering in 16-24 year old starting to rise in 2009/10, followed by volunteering in 25-34 year olds two-three years later.nfpSynergy poses the question in the report as to whether it is possible that those who volunteered at school and university in their youth are continuing those habits as they get older. As to why those aged 45-54 and 55-64 are volunteering less, it suggests a lack of major initiatives to encourage volunteering amongst these age groups.The full report can be downloaded from nfpSynergy’s site.  259 total views,  3 views today Tagged with: research Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 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 Research shows drop in volunteering among older age groups but rise in younger years Advertisementlast_img read more

Former NFL player Greg Hardy to make UFC debut next month

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former football player Greg Hardy is gearing up to make his UFC debut next month.UFC President Dana White tells ESPN Hardy will go up against Allen Crowder in the Octagon on Jan. 19. Contracts for the fight, which will take place in Brooklyn, New York, are close to being finalized, according to White.Hardy, a former defensive end in the NFL, signed a developmental deal with the UFC earlier this year. Since then, he has amassed a record of 3-0, winning all three bouts by first-round knockout.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img December 5, 2018 /Sports News – National Former NFL player Greg Hardy to make UFC debut next monthlast_img read more

How you can help Johnson City Police raise money in support of autism awareness

first_imgJOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — April is just a few weeks away marking the start of Autism Awareness Month. “First it started as a thing on Facebook with New Rochelle police department as a campaign for autism awareness and we wanted to do something that kept all the proceeds here locally, so we started this campaign,” said JCPD patrolman Joshua Bilek. “Three or four hundred t-shirts is a pretty big profit that we can give to those guys,” said Bilek. Shirts are $15 each with money going toward Alive With Autism, an organization right here in Broome County. In support, the Johnson City Police Department is launching its autism awareness t-shirt fundraiser for the third year. “We’re a 40 man department, we have three or four people who have autistic family members, myself included,” said Bilek. “The biggest thing I want people to take away from this is that if they have loved ones with autism, to know that the police department is training their guys, they’re taking a step to be there to help and they don’t have to be afraid to call us and we’ll be there and know there might be special circumstances that we have to take into consideration.” “There’s a statistic that says one out of 59 children will be diagnosed with autism. There’s newer statistics that say that’s going to be high as one in forty. So it’s not a chance of it we’re going to assist people with autism, it’s when. So for us to bring that recognition to our officers and understand there might be something a little different, that’s huge for us,” said Bilek. It’s a two-fold campaign. Not only does it raise money, it also raises awareness within the community and the department. You can place an order until April 4 by clicking here. All to support a cause that hits close to home for many, and one that is being addressed in our own backyard. Shirts can be shipped to you directly through CK Prints or can be picked up at the Johnson City Police Department on April 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Ready to Start Task Force Presents Initial Findings to Governor Wolf

first_img December 18, 2018 Education,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s Ready to Start Task Force, established in September to develop a four-year framework of strategies to address health, human services, and education policy for infants and toddlers age zero to three in Pennsylvania, announced its key themes and initial findings today.“The Ready to Start Task Force findings are focused on our youngest Pennsylvanians and their families,” Gov. Wolf said. “Because we know that a child’s brain grows faster from birth to three than at any other point in their lives, this work is truly shaping the future of our state.”The key themes and initial findings were developed following six regional listening sessions with stakeholders representing health care, human services, education, research, businesses and employers, foundations, and research organizations. These initial findings include a need to:Ensure access to high-quality care for all children and families, especially those with the greatest needs;Improve system quality and capacity;Improve coordination and alignment of services and supports;Prioritize outreach, education, and awareness, including building meaningful partnerships with parents, families, and communities;Address the needs of the whole child and whole family through comprehensive supports, including those for mental and behavioral health;Help infants and toddlers get a strong start for school through early literacy and other evidence-based programs.Read the full content of the initial findings here.These initial findings will be used to create a final report for the development of a four-year framework for advancing the well-being of Pennsylvania’s youngest residents and their families. The report is expected to be completed in early 2019.The Ready to Start Task Force was led by six co-chairs appointed by the Governor: Jodi Askins, Executive Director of PennAEYC; Maureen Cronin, Executive Director of The Arc of Pennsylvania; Nyanda Finley De Santos, parent and Director of Family and Community Engagement at Community Services for Children’s Head Start Program; Janet Haas, M.D., Chair of the William Penn Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Valerie Kinloch, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education; and David Rubin, MD, MSCE, Director of Population Health Innovation and PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).Members of the Wolf Administration who supported the work of the Task Force include Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health; Teresa Miller, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; Suzann Morris, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning; and Dr. Loren Robinson, Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.Task Force co-chairs hosted six regional roundtable listening discussions from October through mid-December with members of the Administration and stakeholders. Approximately 150 stakeholders representing early childhood care and education providers, health care practitioners, research organizations, workforce development, state and local government, foundations, employers, and community-based organizations participated in the sessions.At each regional listening session, stakeholders were asked to provide feedback focused on three guiding questions: How can we improve health outcomes of infants, toddlers, and their families?How can we strengthen the home environment for infants, toddlers, and their families?How can we prepare infants and toddlers for future school success?In addition to these face-to-face Task Force meetings, the governor invited the public to share their ideas and thoughts through an online feedback form. The form is still available to those who wish to weigh in on the priorities and key themes.“The Ready to Start Task Force complements my administration’s robust agenda for improving the lives of all children, which includes access to high-quality pre-K through 12 education and access to health and human services programs and supports,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am pleased to see the progress this group has made in developing these key themes and initial findings and I look forward to reviewing a full task force report when it is completed in the very near future.” Ready to Start Task Force Presents Initial Findings to Governor Wolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Uganda Cup: Vipers leave KCCA double dream in balance

first_imgFULL STORY (CLICK)Share on: WhatsApp KCCA     0-2 VipersEntebbe 0-1 OnduparakaKCCA’s hopes of winning their first ever double have been cast into doubt after losing 2-0 at home to Vipers.In a thrilling match played at Nakivubo stadium on Wednesday afternoon, Vipers scored in either half through Erisa Ssekisambu and Alfred Leku to hand their side a first leg advantage.last_img

NFL Picks Week 9: 49ers edge Raiders while Rams, Patriots stay hot

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLong story short, let’s dive into the second half of the NFL season with these Week 9 picks:49ers 27, Raiders 26: Neighborhood block party at Levi’s Stadium! Everyone bring your lone win, generous defense, suspect QB and under-fire coach. The Raiders are averaging one sack a game, and that bodes well if the 49ers debut Nick Mullens at quarterback or otherwise revert to C.J. Beathard with a bad wrist. Line: Raiders +2 …last_img

Useful 7cm wide Stretchy Head band – Perfect to keep hair out of your face

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