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Italy A blast into Churchill Cup Plate final

first_img Men of the moment – Andrea Pratichetti of Italy A is tackled by Vasily ArtemyevItaly A 24Russia 19Italy A survived a second half Russian fightback to book their place in the Churchill Cup Plate final. The Azzurri led 18-6 at the break but they held on by their fingertips in the last 20 minutes to set up a showdown with Tonga at Sixways on Saturday.Senior Italian assistant coach Alessandra Troncon: “It was a very important to win because last week we lost to Canada. Russia are in our pool during the World Cup so to win is a good. The scrum saved us a few times so I think it as key for us today.”Russia face a Bowl final against their World Cup opponents USA and Bears’ boss Kingsley Jones said: “It’s a game we should have won. These lads can really play rugby but there was some naivety and not being street wise. But there are a lot of positives. A lot of the players showed what they can do in open space. The lineout improved but the scrum was an issue for us.”Italy led by nine at halftime thanks to tries from Matteo Pratichetti and Giulio Toniolatti, who went into the corner after a drive and deft offload from loosehead prop Alberto de Marchi. Russia had to rely on the boot of Yury Kushnarev, who kicked two penalties and then added a third early in the second half to close the gap to nine points.Tito Tebaldi landed a third penalty but then the tide turned as Russia scored the try of the match, a breakaway from their own 22 when Andrey Bykanov scooped up a loose ball, fed Kushnarev and when Rushan Yagudin took the ball on halfway he stepped out of the tackle and raced away. Scorers: Try: Yagudin; Pens: Kushnarev (4); Con:  Kushnarev.Referee: D Pearson (England)Att: 5357 With Tebaldi in the sinbin for killing the ball after Vasily Artemyev’s break, Riccardo Bocchino stretched the lead. Kushnarev failed with two attempts that could have put Russia right back into the game and was soon replaced by Anton Ryabov. Tebaldi missed a penalty and Russia almost hit the killer button when Alexander Shakirov made the break and only a last ditch tackle from Matteo Pratichetti stopped him delivering the final pass to Yagudin.Russia had a final crack with a freekick which they ran close to the Italian line but they could not capitalise and the chance was lost.Italy A: R Trevisan; G Toniolatti, A Pratichetti, A Pratichetti, M Sepe; R Bocchino, T Tebaldi; A De Marchi, T D’Aspice, F Staibano (D Christolini 47), J Furno, V Bernabo (capt M Bortolami 45), F Minto, M Bergamasco, M Vosawai. Reps (not used): A Manici, M Aguero, D Gerber G Venditti, N Belardo.Yellow card: Tebaldi 59-69Scorers: Tries: M Pratichetti, Toniolatti; Pens: Tebaldi (3),Bocchino; Con: Tebaldi; LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Russia: I Klyuchnikov; V Artemyev, M Babaev, S Trishin , R. Yagudin;  Y. Kushnarev (A Ryabov 70), A Bykanov (A Shakirov 66); G Tsnobiladze (A Travkin 49), V Tsnobiladze (V Korshunov 66), A Chernyshev (I Prishchepenko 49), A Panasenko, D Antonov, V Gresev, M Sidorov, V Grachev (capt, A Garbuzov 59). Rep (not used): I Galinovsky. GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – JUNE 12: Andrea Pratichetti of Italy A is tackled by Vasily Artemyev during the Churchill Cup match between Italy A and Russia at Kingsholm on June 12, 2011 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)last_img read more

AP Interview: Salvador Illa, Catalonia’s quiet gamechanger

first_img Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleEmburse Launches Integrated Corporate Cards with Real-Time Spending Control for Emburse CaptioNext article3CLogic Announces Cloud Contact Center Integration for Zoom Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest TAGS  Facebook Local NewsUS Newscenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Facebook Pinterest AP Interview: Salvador Illa, Catalonia’s quiet gamechanger Twitter Catalan Socialist Party (PSC) candidate in the upcoming Catalan elections Salvador Illa, holds an umbrella during a walk in downtown Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021. A former health minister of Spain hopes to become a quiet political disruptor in the country’s Catalonia region when voters go to the polls next weekend.last_img read more

When you know better, you do better

first_img 63SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Angi Harben Angi Christensen Harben is the Director of Communications for Georgia Credit Union Affiliates. A credit union stepped in and supported her when she was younger, and she truly enjoys her … Web: www.gcua.org Details In a recent statewide consumer survey conducted by Georgia Credit Union Affiliates, 66 percent of respondents said they learned about finances from life experience.To me, when I see “learned from life experience” that means, “learned the hard way.” The bounced-a-bunch-of-checks-and-got-my-account-closed way. The made-a-late-payment-hit-with-fees-and-jacked-up-interest-rates way. The didn’t-pay-the-bill-and-the-water-got-cut-off way. All lessons, by the way, that “life experience” taught me at one time or another.With two out of three people learning their money lessons like this, I am not alone. And the tuition on this kind of schooling is steep! Late fees, accruing penalties, higher deposits required on utilities, lower credit scores, higher interest rates on loans, fewer options when it comes time to make a purchasing decision, and the stress that can seep into other areas like work and relationships…the cost is high for that kind of life experience.So why don’t more people talk to the kids in their lives about money?I see four major reasons:You think it’s over their heads. You still need to do everything for them, from wiping their noses to making sure they wear a coat outside in winter. But kids as young as 5 love playing “store” and pretending to deal with money. At this point, they probably still like doing things with you! Take them out and about with you so they can see you go through the business of banking, paying bills, making buying decisions. They emulate you and want to be like you. It’s easier if you start early, so make it fun and make them aware of the role money plays in daily life.If you’ve made some financial decisions in your life that you’re not exactly proud of, it might be difficult to admit that to your child. You want to be a good role model. You want to be the person they can look up to. You worry what they will think of you if they find out you’ve made mistakes. Maybe really big mistakes.Well, if you can’t be a good example, maybe you can be a horrible warning. Although that quote is funny, there is some credence to it. Say when you were younger you got a credit card and rang up the balance so high you couldn’t pay it off, then damaged your credit and had to get a car at a buy here/pay here lot and paid double the price of the car in interest. Or fill in the blank with whatever painful financial situation you found yourself in that you now chalk up to “life experience.”If you share your story, and the negative impact of some decisions that meant others were automatically made for you, it might keep your kids from making similar mistakes. And save them a lot of time and effort to get things back on track. If they keep in mind the consequences of your actions, you’d be giving them the gift of more knowledge – and hopefully better decisions – than you possessed way back when you had your first real job, an unblemished credit card and a $1000 limit on your shiny new credit card.When you were growing up, money wasn’t discussed. If you never had anyone talk with you about finances when you were a child, it’s hard to know what to say to your own kids. But just because you don’t talk about it – or talk about it honestly – doesn’t mean your kids don’t know anything about what’s going on. If you don’t make sure they have good, useful information they might not correctly interpret what they see. They might think you sticking to a tight budget means money is too tight for them to feel secure, when in reality, you are just committed to adding to the substantial cushion you’ve saved. Like so many “big” topics, talking about it with your kids isn’t necessarily easy, but it’s necessary.You don’t think you know enough to properly educate them. That could very well be true. But the remedy to that is not to leave them to their own devices. Get yourself educated first. It will be beneficial for them to grow up in a home that is on solid financial ground and show them a good example by arming yourself with all the knowledge you need to create a successful life.Your kids are going to have information flung at them from every angle. Most of us regularly receive credit card offers, bills, direct mail and email promoting something that separates consumers from their money. Young people need to be equipped with the knowledge that will allow them to confidently make informed decisions about their finances and their futures.Don’t leave them to learn these lessons from “life experience.” Be a gentler teacher than bill collectors will ever be. We all want our kids to find success. To do better than we did.When kids know better, they will do better.April is Financial Literacy Month and Credit Union National Youth Month. For more information on personal financial literacy for you and your children, visit www.asmarterchoice.org and http://www.georgiaconsortium.org.last_img read more

Tranmere Rovers to invite Indonesian soccer talents to train in England

first_imgThird-tier English soccer club Tranmere Rovers, which currently plays in League One, is set to be in Jakarta on Feb. 7 to 9 in search of young soccer talents, no more than 15 years of age, to be trained at the side’s soccer academy in Merseyside, England.The three-day visit will also include a seminar and coaching clinics for Indonesian coaches and players.The club, in cooperation with Santini Group, one of Indonesia’s leading conglomerates that also happens to be the club’s investor, will also hold a mini-tournament at the Aldiron complex in West Jakarta. “We are providing [a direct opportunity] for soccer talents to train in England, the birthplace of soccer. This has been our motivation from the beginning,” Santini Group director Wandi Wanandi said as reported by kompas.com on Wednesday.Tranmere Rovers has one of the top soccer academies in England, namely the Tranmere Rovers International Academy, which is also home to Liverpool’s women’s soccer team. The academy, Wandi went on, offered state-of-the-art facilities and courses that allow its students to learn strategies from experienced coaches and FIFA-accredited mentors.“The club has developed an excellent academic system and […] a nutrient center, which teaches students to pay attention to what they eat as athletes,” Wandi said.Club owner Mark Palios acknowledged that the partnership between the club and Santini is pivotal to both the club and young local players. He said that through the program, many young players would be exposed to world-class soccer professionalism and later share these skills with their peers. “We are helping each other out here. From our side, the mission is to bring England soccer, especially the third-tier tournaments, closer to the Indonesian people,” he said.The club previously cooperated with East Java’s Surabaya administration in 2018 under the Liverpool-Surabaya sister city agreement. The cooperation had a similar goal, which was to provide a better playing experience for talented young players. A group of young soccer players from Surabaya was sent to England to train with the club and improve their skills on the pitch.Last year, during a special interview with The Jakarta Post, Palios mentioned that experiences from joining world-class tournaments would form a player with better skills and instincts. So, during their time in the academy, these young players would not only learning about strategies, proper diets and nutrients, but they would also get ample playing experience, he added.Topics :last_img read more

Istiqlal Mosque to hold virtual ‘takbiran’ event to welcome Idul Fitri during pandemic

first_imgThe country’s biggest mosque, Istiqlal, is to hold a virtual grand takbiran event to celebrate Idul Fitri as it will not be hosting any mass gathering, including congregational prayers, to mark the end of Ramadan amid the pandemic.   The takbiran, which contains a recital of Allahu Akbar (God is great), is traditionally held on the eve of Idul Fitri at mosques and on the streets involving tens to hundreds of people. This year, however, Istiqlal Mosque’s management is to hold the virtual takbiran in a less festive way, airing it on its YouTube channel and state-run television broadcasting network TVRI.”This year’s takbir akbar will be held virtually. Only a limited number of people are allowed to recite the takbir [at the mosque] to comply with the recommended health protocols,” Istiqlal Mosque spokesperson Abu Hurairah Abdulsalam said on Friday, as quoted by kompas.com. Read also: MUI, Muhammadiyah advise public to hold Idul Fitri prayers at home during pandemicThere would only be five people in the mosque during the takbir, he added.Idul Fitri messages from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo,  Vice President Maruf Amin as well as several ministers are also to be conducted virtually during the event. “It can be accessed via Istiqlal’s YouTube account and state broadcasting company TVRI. The government announced on Friday that the first day of Syawal month, which marks the Idul Fitri celebration, would fall on Sunday. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Kevin Rudd says he won’t force his same-sex marriage views on the public with a referendum

first_imgHerald Sun 26 August 2013PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has declared he is not going to “ram” his views on same-sex marriage “down the throats” of others by allowing a referendum on the matter if he is re-elected. When asked on triple J’s Hack tonight why he would not promise a binding vote if he was “really serious” about marriage equality, Mr Rudd said he would not force his views on “questions such as this” on people who don’t share them.Mr Rudd promised at this month’s leadership debate that a bill on gay marriage would come before parliament within 100 days if Labor won another term. His party would be allowed a conscience vote.The Prime Minister urged Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to make the same promise.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/kevin-rudd-says-he-won8217t-force-his-samesex-marriage-views-on-the-public-with-a-referendum/story-fni0fiyv-1226704565461last_img read more

Russia issues security guarantee to Arsenal fans

first_img“We will ensure security in equal measures to all — from dignitaries to fans,” Sorokin told TASS.But he also expressed a hint of annoyance at Arsenal’s decision to put up the Foreign Office travel advisory after Friday’s Europa League draw.“To us, there is no difference which country people come from or what our diplomatic relations with them are,” he said.“There are absolutely no grounds for such warnings.”Sorokin has been fighting an uphill battle to clean up Russia’s image ahead of its first World Cup at home.The June 14 to July 15 tournament has been associated closely with Vladimir Putin ever since the Russian strongman wrested the hosting rights away from England in 2010.Organisers are keen to resolve all the controversies and the poisoning case does not help.Preparations have already been shadowed by concerns ranging from racism to hooliganism and doping that saw Russia perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Games under a neutral Olympic flag.British Prime Minister Theresa May decided to give the World Cup itself a snub by announcing that royals and ministers would not be attending.A boycott by the England team is thought unlikely despite wide-ranging speculations about it in the media and support from some British MPs.Share on: WhatsApp Moscow, Russia | AFP | Russia has issued a security guarantee to Arsenal fans who will visit Moscow for a Europa League clash in the heat of a diplomatic crisis over an ex-double agent’s poisoning.Moscow on Saturday announced the expulsion of 23 British diplomats in a tit-for-tar response to London’s “provocative” measures over the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England.Britain issued a travel warning to people in or planning to travel to Russia after expelling the same number of Moscow diplomats on Wednesday.And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Friday said it was “overwhelmingly likely” that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered the attack.The Kremlin called his comments “shocking and unforgivable”.All of which has left Arsenal fans alarmed about the prospects of playing CSKA in Moscow on April 12 for the second leg of their Europe League quarter-final.One Arsenal supporters’ group called it “a hot potato of a draw in view of the political stand-off”.The club itself reposted on its website a Foreign Office travel advisory warning of possible “anti-British sentiment or harassment”.Russia’s World Cup organising committee chief Alexei Sorokin expressed disappointment about the tensions and said Arsenal fans have nothing to fear.“It is a shame that the games will be played in such circumstance,” said Sorokin, who is also a senior member of the Russian Football Union.last_img read more

Photo library: Development 10

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Bloemfontein, Free State province: A positive community image used in bank advertising. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Mozambique: A rural school supported by Sasol, South Africa’s petrochemicals giant, as part of the company’s corporate social investment programme. Photo: Sasol » Download high-res image Limpopo province: A new construction to monitor transport from Zimbabwe is built next to a baobab tree on the N1 freeway, north of Musina. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image DEVELOPMENT 10: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

South Africa expands ARV treatment

first_imgAids 2012 LIVESouth Africa’s participation at Aids 2012 will be webcast live on www.brandsouthafrica.com on Monday evening – schedule to be confirmed – watch this space! The report states that low and middle-income countries invested US$8.6-billion for the HIV/Aids response in 2011, an increase of 11% from 2010. According to the report, 81 countries increased their domestic investments for Aids by more than 50% between 2006 and 2011. As economies in low and middle-income countries grew, domestic public investments for Aids also grew.Dealing decisively with HIV and tuberculosis “Clearly, the continent is doing much to deal decisively with the twin epidemics of HIV and tuberculosis,” Motsoaledi said. Sixty percent of people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa were women and girls, and Motsoaledi said access to education for girls, keeping girl children in school for as long as possible and empowerment of women in other ways were critical in the fight against the epidemic. “Given that TB is a twin of HIV, we also need to pay more attention to TB, especially with the finding that more than 80% of people living with HIV and TB live in sub-Saharan Africa,” he said. According to the report, domestic public spending in sub-Saharan Africa, not including South Africa, increased by 97% over the last five years. South Africa already spends more than 80% from domestic sources and has quadrupled its domestic investments between 2006 and 2011. BRICS countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – also increased domestic public spending on HIV by more than 120% between 2006 and 2011. BRICS countries now fund, on average, more than 75% of their domestic Aids responses, according to the report.‘Significant declines in new HIV infections’ In 2010, UNAids reported that at least 56 countries had either stabilised or achieved significant declines in rates of new HIV infections. This trend has been maintained and new HIV infections have fallen by nearly 20% in the last 10 years worldwide. New global data shows that 2.5-million people were newly infected with HIV, 100&nbps;000 fewer than the 2.6-million new infections in 2010. Motsoaledi said while the 2012 report paints a good picture, there is more work to be done. “This means that we must still ensure that sufficient domestic and global resources are mustered to deal with the epidemic.” The report also outlines the significant progress that has been made in reducing new HIV infections in children. Since 2009, new infections in children have fallen by an estimated 24%. Some 330 000 children were newly infected in 2011, almost half than at the peak of the epidemic in 2003, which was 570 000. Sustaining the Aids response will require strong country ownership and global solidarity, stresses the report. It also emphasises the need for investments to be sustainable and predictable and that countries must be able to mobilise and use resources effectively and efficiently. Source: SANews.gov.za 20 July 2012 South Africa’s Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there has been an increase in the number of people receiving free antiretroviral treatment, with 20% more people living with HIV having been put on treatment between 2010 and 2011. “We have significantly increased the number of new patients on ARV treatment – an additional 300 000 patients on treatment – between 2010 and 2011,” Motsoaledi said at the launch of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) 2012 Global Aids Report in Pretoria on Thursday. last_img read more

Government and Private Projects Tackle Smart-Grid and Deep-Retrofit Concepts

first_imgLittle distance separates the ultimate goals of smart-grid applications, building-retrofit studies, and renewable-energy development, even though the three areas often harness and refine disparate technologies. Their principal aims, after all, are to boost energy efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint.That point was affirmed in recent days in separate announcements by the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and in a campus news feature about an energy-storage project headed by a professor of materials chemistry at MIT.The DOE’s chief, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, last week announced that $620 million in stimulus funding, plus another $1 billion in private-sector funding, will be used to develop 32 smart-grid demonstration projects, including those utilizing large-scale energy storage, smart meters, advanced monitoring systems for the distribution and transmission of electricity, and other grid technologies.Half the projects – receiving $435 million of the federal allotment – will showcase communications technologies that allow grid components to “talk” to each other in real time and help operators optimize electrical flow to avoid outages. These projects also will include home-based systems that allow customers to economically monitor and store electricity.The remaining 16 projects – funded with $185 million – will focus on electricity storage projects.“This funding will be used to show how smart-grid technologies can be applied to whole systems to promote energy savings for consumers, increase energy efficiency, and foster the growth of renewable energy sources like wind and solar power,” Chu said in a press release, which cited potential savings of $20.4 billion on a 4% reduction in energy use by 2030 in the 21 states where the projects will be developed.Professor Sadoway’s liquid batterySpeaking of energy storage technology (and its critical role in advancing the use of renewable energy), one solution attracting DOE investment and private equity is the storage-battery system being developed by MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, who has veered away from portable-battery technology to focus on a large-scale stationary battery system that uses two liquid-metal alloys separated by a liquid salt. The different densities of the three components, which Sadoway’s research team says are low-cost and abundant, keep them separated in the battery housing, which is maintained at a high temperature (700 degrees Celsius) to keep the components in liquid form and allow the battery to operate efficiently.Because a patent is being sought for the system, which is developed for utility-size applications, details about materials and design haven’t been released. But an MIT News story on the Sadoway team’s work notes that this month, when the DOE’s newly developed Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy announced its first 37 energy-research grants out of a pool of 3,600 applications, the project received one of the largest sums — almost $7 million over five years – and was the first project cited on the ARPA-E press release about the funding.In addition, the MIT News story points out, French oil company Total announced a $4 million, five-year joint venture with MIT to develop a smaller-scale version of the same technology that would be suitable for use in homes or other buildings.Going deep on retrofitsORNL’s research project, announced last week, will apply newly developed retrofit techniques and materials to 10 soon-to-be-selected homes in the Tennessee Valley region, using $1.4 million from the DOE’s Building America program.The lab is targeting homes anywhere from 15 to 35 years old, “homes that are ready for new windows, heating and cooling units, appliances and maybe even solar panels to push their homes closer to near-zero energy consumption. Then we want to monitor these homes, analyze their energy consumption and celebrate the progressive vision of this region,” ORNL’s head researcher on the project, Jeff Christian, said in a press release about the program. The retrofits are expected to boost the energy efficiency of each home by 30% to 50%.Although ORNL is paying for the program development and follow-up audits of each participating household, the homeowners will pay most of the labor and materials costs, which are expected to run about $10 per square foot of interior space. If the retrofits deliver as planned, Christian says, participating homeowners should recover their costs in as little as 10 years.“This project connects our research to the surrounding community,” Christian said. “We’re hoping that this demonstration stimulates enough interest among members of the public that it will become self-sustaining—growing the number of houses with deep retrofits.”last_img read more