Mike Ford: Sam Burgess to stay at Bath

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Will he stay, will he go? Sam Burgess in action for Bath. Photo: Getty images Ford says Burgess will continue to play rugby union amid talks that he is considering a return to play for his former rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs He added that Burgess still harbours aspirations to partake in next year’s Six Nations Championship.Ford added: “Everything we have spoken about has been about his future and playing well for Bath and potentially getting him to play for England in the Six Nations – or, if not, at the end of the season on tour to Australia.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Bath coach Mike Ford has again insisted that England centre Sam Burgess will stay at Bath and will not make a return back to rugby league. Rumours have been rife in Australia that he is going to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs.Burgess was controversially picked for England’s World Cup campaign but was given time off by Ford when he reported back to training. Stuart Lancaster picked him in midfield ahead of international centre Luther Burrell despite Burgess playing as a as a blindside flanker for Bath.Ford told the BBC: “Last week Sam came back into training because initially that’s what he wanted, but then he did and he didn’t quite feel right.“We decided to give him time off there and then, which means that he’s gone away to get refreshed and will be back in training on November 2.Family affair: Sam Burgess’ family are all based in Sydney“There are no dramas here. Everyone has put two and two together, seen him sitting next to [England rugby league coach] Steve McNamara watching his brother play rugby league.”Burgess signed a three-year contract with Bath, which runs until June 2017, and Ford fully expects Burgess to honour that agreement.Ford said: “I’ve spoken to Sam many times and we’ve spoken about coming back to Bath, rolling his sleeves up and playing [at number] six for us.”last_img read more

U.K. shale gas E&P shares fall after fracking moratorium

first_imgU.K. shale gas E&P shares fall after fracking moratorium FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Shares in British shale gas explorers fell on Monday morning after the government announced at the weekend that it is imposing a moratorium on fracking.On Saturday, the government said that the gas extraction technique risked causing too much disruption to local communities through earth tremors.Fracking, which involves extracting gas from rocks by breaking them up with water and chemicals at high pressure, is fiercely opposed by environmentalists who say it is at odds with Britain’s commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.The government had previously signalled its support for the shale gas industry as it seeks ways to cut Britain’s reliance on imports of natural gas that is used to heat about 80% of Britain’s homes.IGas (IGAS.L) shares tumbled by as much as 20%, while shares in Egdon Resources (EGRE.L) fell by 14%.Leading shale gas explorer Cuadrilla is 47.4% owned by Australia’s AJ Lucas (AJL.AX) with a fund managed by Riverstone holding 45.2%. Shares in AJ Lucas were down 24%.“Cuadrilla will continue to work with the OGA (regulator) to provide the government with the confidence to lift the moratorium so the significant high-quality natural gas resources in the Bowland Basin can be commercialised,” said AJ Lucas Chairman Phil Arnall.IGas said it has a “significant recoverable gas resource” at in the Gainsborough Trough in eastern England.It estimates there is 630 billion cubic feet of gas in place per square mile. If applied to its entire acreage in the East Midlands, this would equate to 270 trillion cubic feet of high quality natural gas.More: UK shale gas explorers’ shares fall on fracking moratoriumlast_img read more

LIRR Service Restored Between Jamaica and Penn

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail Road train service has been restored following an earlier suspension in both directions between Jamaica and Penn stations due “signal trouble” east of the East River tunnels Monday morning, according to the MTA.The LIRR alerted riders that service was “temporarily suspended” when the problem arose shortly before 10 a.m., just after the end of the westbound morning rush-hour commute. Several westbound trains were canceled, delayed or rerouted to Brooklyn amid the resulting congestion.The first eastbound and westbound trains to and from Penn were scheduled to leave shortly after noon.NYC Transit had been cross-honoring LIRR fares for the E train at Jamaica, Woodside, and Penn Station, the rail road said. The same goes for the 2 and 3 trains at Atlantic Terminal and Penn Station as well as the 7 train at Woodside Station.last_img read more

5 easy mistakes to make and how to avoid making them

first_imgWe all make mistakes – it is part of being human. However, it is how we recognize and handle our errors that can separate good leaders from really great leaders.Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, writes in a recent Inc.com post that there are a “few prevalent leadership mistakes that even the best and smartest leaders tend to make,” including:– The mistake of not giving employees a listening ear. Those leaders that really listen to their employees build trust and make them feel a part of the culture and workplace “family.”– The mistake of not giving employees enough information. It is important to keep our employees in the loop when there are changes happening. This will help overall morale – even if the changes taking place aren’t the best news.– The mistake of not coaching their employees. Just like top athletes have a coach, employees should have good managers. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What to do after paying off a debt

first_imgDepending on whether you’ve got hundreds or thousands of dollars in credit card debt, paying it off can feel like a huge accomplishment or just like paying a bill. If you use your credit card regularly (for the rewards of course), paying it off at the end of the month may not be an activity you think much about. But if you’ve amassed a giant pile of debt, paying it off can feel like a huge weight off your back. But don’t just appreciate the accomplishment and forget about it. It’s time to be proactive! Here are some steps you should take after paying off a debt…Step back and take a gander: Slowly paying on your debt each month is something to be proud of. It’s not easy, but you made it to the finish line. In order to make that happen, you probably had a budget in place that maximized your debt payments in order to get to this point. But you don’t have payments to make anymore. Now it’s time to look over your budget again and figure out what needs to be changed. Maybe you had to cut back in some areas that made money feel tight while you’re working on that debt. Maybe you haven’t treated yourself in a while. Either way, fixing your budget so it doesn’t feel so tight can be quite a relief.Save money: When sacrifices have to be made in order to become debt-free, your savings can often be what takes a hit. If things didn’t feel that tight while you were working on your mountain of debt, your best (and easiest) option is to move that cash into your emergency fund. I would rework my direct deposit to send that monthly amount right into my savings account so I wouldn’t even have to think about.Set a goal: Whether you’re thinking about taking a tropical vacation or starting a side hustle, using the money you’ve budgeted for debt payments is an exciting way to transition those funds. Consider opening up another savings account or getting a really big Mason Jar.Stop going into debt: Don’t be the person who pays off a debt and then splurges on something and starts right back on the road you just got off of. Every time you log into your mobile banking app, look at that zero balance and let that happiness keep you from investing in more money woes. 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

NC Special Week 13: Kotoko back on top, Ashgold, Karela close in on semi finals

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko returned to the top of Zone A with a 2-0 win over Medeama at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.Goals from the returning Songne Yacouba, and Abdul Fatawu Safiu, the latter’s 8th of the campaign, secured all 3 points for the Porcupine Warriors which lifted them above their opponents into first position with just one game to go. Medeam slip to 3rd on the table, 2 points behind the Porcupine Warriors.But Kotoko’s qualification to the semi finals of the competition is far from secured, after Ashantigold beat Bechem United 4-0 in Obuasi to move to 2nd position, one point off Kotoko.Shafiu Mumuni’s scored a penalty, which was sandwiched by goals from MacCarthy Appiah and Amos Kofi Nkrumah, after Douglas Opoku had scored an own goal to give Ashgold the lead.The Miners are now the highest goal scorers in Zone A with 14 goals.Elsewhere in Zone A, Eleven Wonders held Aduana Stars to a 0-0 draw while Berekum Chelsea were not in action.In Zone B, Hearts of Oak ensured they will finish top of the table with a thumping 3-1 at home to Elmina Sharks.Christopher Bonney converted a first half penalty before second half goals from Umar Manaf and captain Fatawu Mohammed gave the Phobians their 9th win in the competition, the most by any club. George Amonoo scored the consolation for Sharks.Liberty Professionals and Karela United look set to fight for the last semi final slot heading into the last day after both secured victories to stay on course to grab the last semi final spot in Zone B.Karela beat Dreams FC 2-0 at home with goals from Solomon Sarfo Taylor and Patrick Yeboah, while Liberty grabbed a 2-1 win away against Ebusua Dwarfs. Elvis Kyei Baffour scored right after kick off before Razak Issah pulled parity for the home side. But captain Simon Zibo made sure of the win with a 73rd minute goal.With one game left to play, Karela (24 points) and Liberty Professionals (22 points) are separated by 2 points and a draw on the last day will be enough to send Karela through on the last day while Liberty will need to win and hope Karela lose in order to secure a semi final place.Elsewhere, Inter Allies got only their second win of the campaign with a 4-2 victory over WAFA with both teams out of contention for a semi final qualification.Samuel Armah scored a brace while, Fuseini Mohammed and Michael Otoo also contributed a goal each for Allies. Justice Amate and Abukari Ibrahim scored for WAFA.NC Special Week 13 Results:Hearts of Oak 3-1 Elmina SharksAsante Kotoko 2-0 MedeamaAshantigold 4-0 Bechem UnitedInter Allies 4-2 WAFAEbusua Dwarfs 1-2 Liberty ProfessionalsKarela United 2-0 Dreams FCEleven Wonders 0-0 Aduana Starslast_img read more

AshantiGold players robbed in friendly defeat at Bechem

first_imgPlayers of Ashanti Gold have been robbed while they were playing in a pre-season friendly at Bechem United in the Brong Ahafo Region.The league champions returned to the dressing room after suffering a 1-0 defeat to their host to realise that they had been robbed.According to Kofi Yawson; spokesperson of Ashanti Gold, some players have reported the loss of “mobile phones and one player also lost 5,000 dollars.”Some other items that were stolen include designer clothes, shoes, watches and other jewellery. It was immediately evident that the robbers had access to the room through its ceiling.According to Bechem’s District Police Commander, Emmanuel Baah, theft is rife at the Bechem Park because it is currently under construction which makes it easy for thieves to carry out their business. Last year, Asante Kotoko were robbed at their hotel in Accra just hours before their match against arch rivals Hearts of Oak.AshantiGold have been involved in a number of friendlies ahead of their CAF Champions League campaign.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Super Bowl stadium looks to be a standout for hungry fans

first_imgFood is prepared for a media tasting event during a tour of Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) ATLANTA (AP) — If you’re on the lookout for Super Bowl tickets, be prepared to fork over several thousand dollars. By 43 minutes agocenter_img But if you make it through the gates, here’s a bit of good news for your wallet.A hot dog can be had for a couple of bucks. A slice of pizza will set you back a mere $3.Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which made waves in the sports industry by becoming the first facility to introduce so-called “fan first” pricing at its concession stands, is keeping those budget items on the menu for the biggest event in its short history — Sunday’s NFL title game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.“It’s what you would want if you went with your family to a sporting event,” said Scott Jenkins, the stadium’s general manager. “It’s good food, and it’s at a fair price.”So, if your stomach is growling but your bank account is light, consider a pretzel or popcorn. Like the hot dog, each of those stadium staples is just $2. For that same price, you can wash it all down with a bottle of water or a soft drink that comes with free refills. If you’re in the mood for something stronger, a domestic beer checks in at $5.“When I’ve been around, scouting out big events, the prices are high and they go higher,” Jenkins said. “We made it clear when we bid that our prices were fan first, and we’re keeping them for the Super Bowl.”The $1.5 billion stadium, which opened less than two years ago and is best known for a complex retractable roof that opens and closes like a camera lens, is also looking to make a Super splash with some of its higher-priced food items.Especially those that show off the South’s culinary heritage.A hefty order of chicken and waffles, accompanied by sorghum butter, creamy cole slaw and sweet pickles, checks in at $12. But the item likely to make the biggest splash with fans is the “C.O.S.” — the Closed On Sunday chicken sandwich. That is renowned chef Kevin Gillespie’s take on an Atlanta staple, the Chick-fil-A sandwich.While the $14 price tag might sound a bit hefty compared to some of those aforementioned budget items — and certainly to a Chick-fil-A offering — it’ll probably seem worth it when you’ve finished off a fried chicken breast (sorry, the seasoning is a closely guarded secret) lathered in spicy pickled mayonnaise and served between two honey butter buns.“We’ve taken our record-setting day, the most we’ve ever sold, and we’ve doubled that,” said Gillespie, who also runs two of metro Atlanta most acclaimed restaurants. “We’ll see if we run out again on Super Bowl Sunday.”There’s actually a Chick-fil-A stand within Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but as everyone in this part of the country certainly knows: the fast-food restaurant is closed on Sundays (hence the name of Gillespie’s creation).Yep, even on Super Bowl Sunday.That spot will be occupied by another vendor, so Gillespie has the big game’s chicken sandwich spotlight all to himself.“We feel like a lot of folks have probably read about this stuff, so we want them to have a chance to taste it,” he said. “We decided to stick with the same menu, stick with the exact same pricing, don’t turn it up just because it’s the Super Bowl. We’re pretty pumped about it. We think we’re going to have a pretty busy day on Sunday.”The Mercedes-Benz cooks also came up with several items to honor the Super Bowl teams.The “L.A. Chicharron Dog” is an homage to the team from La La Land — a hot dog covered with pinto beans, jalapenos, garlic, roasted poblano pepper strips, cotija cheese, tajin-seasoned chicharrones (essentially, fried pork rinds) and cilantro. Not exactly for the faint of heart (or anyone with heart issues).Speaking of an angioplasty waiting to happen, the offering for the AFC champion Patriots is the “N.E. Beantown Frank,” which is covered with northern beans, maple syrup, Nueske’s bacon and green onions.“This is us playing in the kitchen,” said Matt Cooper, the executive chef at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Once we saw the teams that were playing in the Super Bowl, all us chefs got together and came up with some ideas for New England and LA.”His favorite?“I’m going to lean toward LA,” Cooper said. “That’s where I’m originally from.”On the drink side, there’s the PaLomA (yes, the “L″ and the “A″ are capitalized for obvious reasons), a libation comprised of tequila, ruby red grapefruit, soda water and a blood orange wedge. Patriot fans might prefer to opt for the New Englander — vodka, cranberry and soda water adorned with a lime wedge.Much like the teams that will be looking to claim a title on the field, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is eager to grab a prize of its own in the kitchen.The champion of Super Bowl stadium food.“We have a lot of eyes on us,” Cooper said. “It’s going to be a fun one.”___Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/paul%20newberry___For more AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Work-in-progress Leafs rally past Murdoch rival Castlegar 5-3

first_imgFor a team that just over a month ago didn’t have a coach, Leaf fans must feel pretty good after week one of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.Nelson exploded for three goals in a span of 134 seconds to rally past the Castlegar Rebels 5-3 in KIJHL Murdoch Division action Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.The win, coupled with 3-3 tie Friday against Beaver Valley, lifts Nelson into sole possession of first place in Murdoch Division standings.“Anytime you get the first win at home you’ve got to be happy,” said Leaf skipper Dave McLellan following the gritty win that saw the Leafs twice rally from two-goal deficits.“It took a lot of contributions tonight . . .. Everyone’s working hard to get this going and it’s rewarding to get the win.”The start may be something McLellan would like to focus on during the next team meeting.Castlegar opened the scoring when Jeremy McNeill scored midway through the opening frame.Then before the period ended Yannis Soukas made it 2-0 with a power play goal. It took Nelson 32 minutes to solve Patrick Zubick in the Castlegar nets. Nolan Percival, the game’s first star, managed to get Nelson on the scoreboard with an even-strength marker.But Aaron Petten restored Castlegar’s two-goal lead, beating Brett Soles in the Leaf nets by converting a rebound.However, the Leafs once again cut the lead to a single goal when Aaron Dunlap scored on the power play by tapping in a loose puck to in the final seconds of the middle period.The goal came compliments of a lapse in judgment by Mike Bhatoa who took exception to a clean hit near the Castlegar bench, which led to a roughing penalty.In the third Nelson jumped all over the Rebels.Matt MacDonald tied the game before Darnel St. Pierre ripped a point shot past Zubick.Forty seconds later Robson Cramer added some insurance with another blast from the left faceoff circle Zubick had not chance of stopping.“Tonight we had really good contribution from the whole team from the goaltender out . . .,” McLellan said.“It’s not an ideal game for my liking,” McLellan added. “We were really strong defensively overall for a while . . . (but) we got caught pinching all over the ice but it’s all stuff we can fix.“We talked to the guys after the game and a couple of the goals we’re really our mistakes and not something they did and as a coach we can make it better.”Nelson, which out shot Castlegar 40-36 in the game, returns to action next Friday when the club travels to Fruitvale to meet the Hawks.ICE CHIPS: Leafs dressed 17 players against Castlegar by design said McLellan. The Leaf coach said the club is awaiting cuts from the Junior A to fill out the balance of the roster . . . Aaron Dunlap had the “C” on his jersey with last year’s captain Darnel St. Pierre, Patrick Croome and Robson Cramer serving as assistants. . . . The last time Patrick Zubick played in the NDCC Arena he was a member of the Leafs during the Murdoch Division Finals against Beaver Valley. Zubick was called on to play goal after both Nelson netminders were hurt. . . . 100 Mile House spoiled banner night in Fruitvale as the Wranglers edged Beaver Valley 4-3. 100 Mile House rallied from a 3-1 deficit to steal the victory. . . . Friday night at the NDCC Arena during Nelson’s home-opener against Beaver Valley, the game was delayed 20 minutes after one of the pieces of glass was broked during the warm-up. Then early in the game BC Ambulance was called after Nico Sidoni was hammered into the boards. Sidoni was taken to Kootenay Lake Hospital, but was later released. . . . Nelson Leafs season tickets will be on sale during games at the NDCC Arena.last_img read more


first_imgCHESTNUT SON OF BIG BROWN GETS 1 1/16 MILES 1:42.20, SAN FELIPE NEXT ON MARCH 7 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2015)–Although he appeared beaten at the rail with a furlong to run, Bob Baffert’s Dortmund called upon his considerable class and courage to defeat rival Firing Line by a head in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita, an important steppingstone to the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 4.Undefeated in his previous three starts and ridden by Martin Garcia, the imposing chestnut colt by 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown was collared by Firing Line midway around the far turn and was a half length behind leaving the eighth pole en route to covering 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.20.“He’s a really good horse,” said Garcia. “He’s just a big baby, he’s still learning. I broke sharp and I put myself in a good position. When I asked him to go he started moving slowly. It looked like Firing Line (who was ridden by Gary Stevens) went by me, but in the end, when I asked him, he just started coming back. Firing Line gave us pressure, but my horse just took off again.”Heavily favored at 3-5 in a field of five Derby hopefuls, Dortmund, a Kentucky-bred colt who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Dortmund, who also defeated Firing Line by just a head in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 20, picked up $90,000 for the win and now has earnings of $449,400.For his part, Firing Line, who rated kindly behind longshot Tizcano and Dortmund, appeared to have gained a clear advantage in deep stretch, but couldn’t hold the winner off while finishing some 21 ½ lengths in front of third place finisher Rock Shandy.“I was disappointed,” said Stevens, who was also bidding for his 5,000th career win in North America. “I saw that Martin was asking his horse and he wasn’t getting any response and I was sitting there with a lot of horse. I thought I would never say that I moved too early at the eighth pole in a dirt race, but I moved too early.“At the three eighths pole, I saw Dortmund wasn’t responding and I was smiling. I said ‘We’ll see what he does and we were opening up and he was idling. I thought we buried the one we had to beat and then I saw the shadow coming back at me.”Trained by Simon Callaghan, Firing Line was off at 9-5 and paid $2.20 and $2.10. His overall record now stands at 4-1-3-0.Callaghan, when asked if he thought Firing Line had the race in-hand, responded “I did. Gary came back and the first thing he said is ‘I’d ride him a little differently next time.’ It was Gary’s view that he moved a little early. These things are always easy after the event and he’s still learning. I think one thing for sure is he’s a very good horse and he got beat by a very good one.”The third wagering choice at 6-1, Rock Shandy, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, finished third, 7 ¾ lengths in front of Hero Ten All and paid $2.10 to show.Dortmund collected 10 Kentucky Derby qualifying points, while the second, third and fourth place finishers collected four, two and one, respectively.Fractions on the race were 23.18, 46.80, 1:10.70 and 1:35.54.last_img read more