A big upset is necessary – Frank Keating

first_imgUntil that devout wish does come to pass, the fact remains that the two most compelling upsets to shake the game to its foundations in well over 200 matches played in the World Cup Finals since 1987 were those two eye-popping afternoons when, literally out of the blue, the French XV gloriously ran ragged the hitherto strutting and cocksure All Blacks – in the quarter-final of 2007 when Les Bleus won by 20-18 and, eight years before in the Twickenham semi, mesmerisingly by 43-31 after trailing 24-10.Before then, I suppose the very first World Cup upset did produce rugby’s still most hoary and enduring joke – precisely 20 years ago this 6 October when, immediately after Wales’ cataclysmic defeat to Western Samoa in 1991, a red-faced red-decked Taff in an Arms Park bar sighed with relief: “At least, thank the Lord, we weren’t playing the whole of Samoa.”To be sure, you’ve gotta slay a dragon or two.This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fiji historically beat Wales 38-34 in a thrilling match during the 2007 World CupHere’s to the Kiwis staging a spectacular show-stopper. May they make it a magnificent seventh World Cup – the richest and most rewarding of festivals so far, a gathering of the clan blessed with an abundance of stirring contests, razor-keen rivalries, chivalrous derring-do, high drama, low tackles, and a hatful of dazzling tries. All that and, it goes without saying, may the best team win.Most fervently of all, however, I pray for some gloriously upset apple-carts. C’mon you giant killers! Please, oh please, can a few of you tiddlers rudely bite some of the big sharks painfully on the backside.Since curtain-up in the inaugural pipe-opener in Auckland 24 years ago – New Zealand 70, Italy 6 – the game’s successive quadrennial Finals have not exactly overindulged in dragon-slaying upsets of the romantic kind which have traditionally illuminated knockout tournaments staged by other sports. Truth is that rugby’s first five World Cups remain almost exclusively logged in the history books as either embarrassing mismatches or heavyweight battles between the big beasts.Till 2007 that is. Rugby’s last World Cup in France at least and at last offered a series of heart-warmingly rousing hints that a few of the presumed makeweight no-hopers were finally and boldly stirring themselves to dare put a few Goliaths to the sword.That serious challenge to the established order, remember, had begun at the very beginning in the Stade de France when on opening night Argentina gloriously tweaked the hosts’ smug presumptions in the gala premiere – and the skilful, sassy, saucy South Americans were to repeat the dose, of course, at the closing curtain more than a month later when they beat the French again in the third-place play-off. Over the two games Argentina won by a total of 51-22, a sound thrashing in anyone’s language.In between, Argentina not only beat Ireland and Scotland but inspired no end of threatened upsets from other unconsidered bold little big men and cock-eyed optimists. First, Fiji beat Wales 38-34 in that frenzied technicolour toe-to-toe shindig before, in the quarter-final, shaking the eventual champions South Africa till their teeth rattled – it was 20-20 with less than 20 minutes left. In turn, little Japan had given those same Fijians the fright of their lives at 35-31, as did Georgia to Ireland when, at 14-10, again there was only four points in it.There were a few other dramatic instances of the old order being lined up for ambush in 2007 and, four years on, here’s to more of the same, but this time with giants not only being severely embarrassed but gaudily, cruelly and terminally slain. NANTES, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 29: Fiji players celebrate their team’s 38-34 victory as the final whistle blows during the Rugby World Cup 2007 Pool B match between Wales and Fiji at the Stade de la Beaujoire on September 29, 2007 in Nantes, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more


Thuy Lowe officially kicks off campaign

first_img TAGS10th Congressional DistrictThuy Lowe Previous articleApopka High Bowling Team at Nationals: Day 2Next articleBlue Darter takes 2nd at Bowling Nationals Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. By Frank TorresOn Saturday night in Windermere, Businesswoman Thuy Lowe officially kicked off her campaign for Congress in Florida’s 10th district surrounded by friends and family. Many speakers on her program were also convinced they knew which candidate from the competitive 10th District Democratic primary they would face in the November general election.“Today, I stand with you, who fight to save millions of unborn babies, to protect our religious freedom and constitutional rights that are under assault.” Lowe began. “I am passionate about restoring the American dream. I’m running for Congress because I care about this community and this great country I grew up in.”Use this link to read more about who was there and what was said, including how Lowe journeyed from war-ridden Vietnam to Central Florida and who she expects to face in the General Election.last_img read more


Graham returns to Central Florida

first_img TAGSCamp Boggy CreekGwen Graham Previous articleAAA urges motorists to be alert when schools are openNext articleSullivan having “coffee and conversation” this month at the UCF Apopka Incubator Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Democrat candidate for Governor spends time at Camp Boggy CreekFrom the Gwen Graham for Governor Media CenterGwen Graham spent Friday working with counselors and volunteers serving campers at Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for Florida children with serious illnesses.“The children of our state are so fortunate to have Camp Boggy Creek. Every child deserves to experience the love, joy and growth I saw here, today.” Graham said. “I am thankful for the amazing staff and volunteers who dedicate their time giving back to our community. Camp Boggy Creek is a great example of all we can achieve when we work together to serve others.”Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwarzkopf to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families.Leia Schwartz, a Stetson University student from Miami was diagnosed with severe asthma as a child and first attended the camp more than 10 years ago. Now she volunteers her time there and told Graham, “When I was seven years old, my lungs collapsed and my asthma severely restricted the activities I could participate in—  but Camp Boggy Creek gave me the opportunity to experience the same fun other children had. For the first time, I felt like I wasn’t so different, after all. Now, I give back to help other children laugh, play and grow.”June Clark, president and CEO of Camp Boggy Creek, said, “We appreciate Gwen Graham taking the time to volunteer with our counselors at Camp Boggy Creek. She learned firsthand about the fulfilling experiences we provide to seriously ill children in Florida. I encourage everyone learn more about Camp Boggy Creek and our mission to help children and families.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more


New anti-fraud software tool for charities

first_imgNew anti-fraud software tool for charities Even if no fraud is present, PKF Finder can still help identify potential cost savings from duplicate payments and VAT mis-postings and provide key management information on purchase ledgers. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Accountants firm PKF says that its forensic accounting experts have developed a software programme which will help charities detect fraud.The programme, called PKF Finder, enables charities to search their purchase ledger data to help pinpoint suspicious activities such as duplicate invoices and VAT irregularities.Charles Cox, partner and head of charities at PKF said: “The majority of business fraud is committed by employees and almost half by senior management. PKF Finder can track down overpayments to suppliers, errors in VAT treatment and indicators of potential fraud.” Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Technologycenter_img Howard Lake | 12 May 2004 | News  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


Mensaje del Partido Workers World- Mundo Obrero al Partido Comunista de Cuba

first_imgCamarada Raúl CastroComité CentralPartido Comunista de CubaLa Habana, CubaQueridos/as camaradas:Nuestros corazones se dirigen al pueblo cubano y a todas/os quienes amaron a Fidel Castro. Cambió la historia de mil maneras diferentes, todo para beneficiar a los millones que han sufrido hambre y abuso bajo el colonialismo y el imperialismo.Su enorme confianza en las masas luchadoras y su victoria final – expresada en su heroico discurso ante la corte de Batista – “La Historia me Absolverá” – apasionó a jóvenes luchadoras/es por la justicia en Cuba y en todo el mundo, desde América Latina y el Caribe hasta África, Asia y los propios Estados Unidos.Armó al pueblo cubano con internacionalismo, solidaridad, unidad y una voluntad de hierro para defender su independencia y soberanía. Así que cuando África llamó, Cuba respondió y ayudó a derrotar el flagelo del apartheid.Fidel asaltó las fortalezas de los servidores brutales del imperio en un momento en la historia en que el imperialismo de EUA estaba en pleno auge. Los plutócratas se indignaron al Fidel ofrecer nuevas esperanzas para un futuro socialista justo cuando se regodeaban por la victoria anticipada del capitalismo en la viciosa Guerra Fría.¿Quién puede olvidar el desafío de Fidel en Playa Girón, su gran energía concentrada en ganar batallas tanto militares como políticas? Fue el 16 de abril de 1961, mientras los mercenarios estadounidenses invadían Cuba y Fidel dirigía el contraataque, que dijo por primera vez: “Los imperialistas yanquis no pueden perdonarnos por haber hecho una revolución socialista bajo sus propias narices”. La suerte estaba echada. Cuba nunca volvería a la esclavitud capitalista.¿Quién puede olvidar sus extraordinarios discursos al pueblo cubano? Meticulosamente repasaba las lecciones concretas de cada nueva iniciativa revolucionaria y derribaba las mentiras de los parásitos, los que habían tratado a la isla como nada más que una fuente de mano de obra barata y entretenimiento para los ricos. Siempre hablaba la verdad.¡Y tenía tal afinidad con su pueblo! Tantas respuestas gritadas a sus preguntas, tanta risa honesta ante sus bromas bien dirigidas. Habló y escuchó a su pueblo a un grado que pocos líderes alguna vez consiguen.Fidel tuvo una vida larga y gloriosa. Sabíamos que su cuerpo no podría sobrevivir para siempre. Pero él realmente vive en los corazones y en la mente de cientos de millones de personas. Lamentamos su pérdida hoy, pero invocaremos su nombre mañana y siempre para futuras generaciones mientras seguimos luchando por un sistema socialista para deshacer el terrible daño que el capitalismo ha infligido a las/os trabajadores y oprimidas/os y a todo nuestro planeta.Larry Holmes, Primer SecretarioComité NacionalPartido Workers World-Mundo ObreroFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Hunger-striking journalist released, a second remains in prison

first_img November 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hunger-striking journalist released, a second remains in prison February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Iranian journalist Henghameh Shahidi was today released from prison on payment of bail of nine million tomans (about 8,000 euros) on the order of the 26th chamber of Tehran’s revolutionary court. She had been moved to the hospital wing of Evin prison on 31 October as a result of a week-long hunger strike. Journalist Fariba Pejoh is still being held in section 209 of the same prison. Her family, who visited her yesterday, said that she had ended her hunger strike, begun on 26 October, because of very serious health problems. One worried family member told Reporters Without Borders, “She is very weak and can no longer bear her prison conditions”.——-01.11.2009 – Concern for two imprisoned journalists on hunger strikeReporters Without Borders is concerned about the health of journalists Henghameh Shahidi and Fariba Pajooh who have been on hunger strike for one week.Both women are seriously ill and “will not be able to hold up much longer”, their lawyer and families have said. Shahidi was yesterday moved to the hospital wing of Evin prison.“We are holding the chief executive of the judiciary, Hojatoelslam Sadegh Larijani, personally responsible for the state of health of these two journalists, which is the result of their appalling prison conditions”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “They are being held in solitary confinement and their most basic rights, including the right of visits from their families and their lawyer are not being respected. The injustice leaves these women with no other alternative but to put their lives at risk”, it added.Shahidi, journalist and editor of the blog Paineveste, was arrested on 29 June and has spent 50 days in solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison. A bail application made by her lawyer has been turned down, on the order of the Tehran prosecutor, and she remains in jail. She told her family on 24 October that she had begun a hunger strike and was refusing to take her medication. She has heart problems and is severely depressed.Pajooh, a journalist for reformist publications, including Etemad-e Melli, the INLA news agency and several foreign media, was arrested on 22 August 2009, and then taken to Evin prison. She was also editor of the blog http://www.after-rain.persianblog.ir/. She also began a hunger strike, on 26 October. She is protesting against her continued imprisonment, which after two months in temporary custody, was extended for a third time. Her lawyer, Nemat Ahmadi, has already informed Reporters Without Borders that he has not been able to see his client. The journalist has a serious ulcer and her family is extremely anxious about her health. Newscenter_img News News Follow the news on Iran Organisation March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistslast_img read more


PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Top 3 Housing Trends Next: Will Wage Growth Bring Relief to Homebuyers? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look Tagged with: ABS asset-backed securities green homes PACE renewable energy  Print This Post ABS asset-backed securities green homes PACE renewable energy 2018-07-05 David Wharton July 5, 2018 12,052 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: David Whartoncenter_img Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / PACE Financing Risks—A Fresh Look Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share 100Save First introduced in California in 2014, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing has since allowed more than 220,000 homeowners to make “green” improvements to their properties. PACE allows property owners to secure all the upfront financing they need, then pay that off over terms of up to 30 years at a fixed interest rate. However, PACE financing has been occasionally controversial within the industry, and now a new analysis from Kroll Bond Rating Agency has examined whether those concerns were justified.Unlike traditional mortgage loans, PACE financing doesn’t require a down payment or even a monthly payment. Instead, the loans are repaid through an addition to the home’s property taxes over time. The PACE assessment contract also follows the property itself, rather than the property owner—in the event the property is sold, the new owner would then inherit the responsibility to repay via those property taxes, as well as the risk of a tax foreclosure if they fall behind. PACE also does not involve the same underwriting standards as traditional mortgage loans, with underwriting focused primarily on the value of the property and with the relevant state and local governments having discretion when it comes to setting those standards. Moreover, “the lien associated with a PACE assessment has priority over any lien(s) held by any mortgagor(s).”However, the PACE industry has experienced several positive developments over the past decade, and concerns about foreclosures on properties with PACE assessments “may be overstated,” according to Kroll’s report. Based on a review of PACE assessments in California—the largest market for PACE financing—Kroll found Kroll “no significant difference” between property-tax delinquency rates for PACE and non-PACE homes.“We anticipate that in a home foreclosure with a mortgage lender that all taxes in arrears, including the PACE assessment, would be fully repaid,” the Kroll report states. “Almost all counties in the three states included in PACE securitizations thus far prohibit partial payments of real estate taxes, preventing selective defaults on PACE assessments under existing standards.”Furthermore, Kroll reports that PACE has spurred the adoption of underwriting policies that hinge upon the borrower’s ability to repay. “Greater focus on the consumer’s ability to pay and improving consumer protection practices are also viewed as positive developments for the industry,” the report states.Kroll also notes that “public residential PACE asset-backed securities issuances have exhibited higher than expected prepayment rates.” The conditional prepayment rates (CPRs) on residential PACE ABS transactions “have ranged from 10.1 percent to 18.9 percent, which is generally in line with CPRs for FHFA or Fannie Mae-backed residential mortgage-backed securities,” the report reads. “KBRA views the relatively higher than anticipated CPRs as a credit positive since higher CPRs have resulted in a faster amortization profile and shorter weighted average life of the PACE ABS transactions, thereby reducing ‘tail risk’ for these long-term transactions.”“Further, as prepayments reduce the overall pool size, liquidity reserve accounts are available to cover a greater portion of the remaining lien delinquencies,” the report continues.To read Kroll Bond Rating Agency’s full report on PACE financing, click here. To read more about the past and future of PACE financing, click here. in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, Market Studies, News Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more


Estudio de la Edad en una población virginal de Notothenia gibberifrons (Pisces:Nototheniidae) de Bahia South, Antartica

first_imgThe age of individuals Notothenia gibberifrons Lönnberg was determined for a sample from an unexploited population collected at South Bay ,Palmer Archipelago. Elsewhere in the Antartic this species has been to commercial – scale fishing and so it is difficult to obtain the age structure of an undisturbed population.last_img


Latitudinal patterns of diversity and abundance in North Atlantic intertidal boulder-fields

first_imgIn order to study taxon richness, biodiversity and abundance patterns in the North Atlantic from temperate latitudes through Arctic to high Arctic latitudes, we recorded the faunas (at ELWS level) colonizing 20 cobbles from three sites at each of seven boulder-field localities (south-west England, 50°N; Wales, 51°N; west Scotland, 56°N; Iceland, 64°N; Tromsø, 70°N; Svalbard, 77°N, 79°N). Inverse correlations were found between latitude and all measures of richness (species, orders, and phyla numbers) and biodiversity (S–W, P). However, these correlations were driven mostly by the consistently impoverished Arctic sites; an even cline of decreasing diversity from south to north did not exist. Multidimensional scaling revealed two communities, temperate–subarctic species-rich and high arctic species-poor. Evenness as measured by Pielou’s index was similar across all latitudes. Abundance data exhibited a similar trend to the species richness and diversity data with a significant negative correlation with latitude, but when Arctic data were excluded the correlation vanished.last_img read more


Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract

first_imgElectric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded a $32,988,378 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification under previously awarded contract (N00024-03-C-2101) for three back-up photonics masts.The contractor is responsible for the design and development of the photonics mast systems for installation aboard Virginia-class submarines.Work will be performed in Wake Forest, N.C. (79 percent); Westerly, R.I. (20 percent); and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by January 2013. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.[mappress]Source: defense, September 15, 2011; Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract View post tag: USD View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Masts View post tag: 32.98 View post tag: Boat View post tag: Navy Share this article September 15, 2011center_img View post tag: secures View post tag: Photonics Back to overview,Home naval-today Electric Boat Secures USD 32.98 Million Photonics Masts Contract View post tag: Electric View post tag: million View post tag: contract Equipment & technology View post tag: Navallast_img read more