RBS 6 Nations: Round Four Talking Points

first_img He’s back! Freddie Michalak was dropped to the bench following the Wales defeat but starts against Ireland in DublinBy Alan DymockTHERE IS a lot of love in the air. Not the kind of sickly sweet love, where champagne with strawberries is a must and a handmade card has to be presented on top of the Eiffel or Blackpool Tower while Frankie Goes to Hollywood blares out from a boombox circa ’92. Just lovely love for all things nice.So celebrate all the international days and holidays this weekend by rounding up all of your chums, taking them down the boozer and indulging their love of Six Nations rugby. Here’s a look ahead at round four…Return of the ‘lakNo sooner had everyone gruffly agreed that France were better without Freddie Michalak than Philippe Saint-Andre reinstated the mercurial half-back for the game against Ireland.Inside him there is a steadying force, with Morgan Parra winning his 50th cap while having to hold the France fly-half’s hand. Their task will be to try to work around the Irish playmakers and hope that any trouble that befalls Michalak cannot be punished by a fit-enough Paddy Jackson.The match-up between Michalak and Jackson will be interesting, and while the Irishman certainly seems to have the full support of his team, it only takes one bit of Michalak magic for us all to remember how good a player he can be when he is not dabbing kicks into gleeful defender’s chops.In the perfect world the fancy flyers on either side perform, the packs put in brave displays and Jackson comes of age while Michalak actually pulls off something he has been trying since the opening whistle of the championship.In the real world, though, it will be the team that is less wasteful that will renege on their recent form. Italy need to play a tad more negatively than they have in previous rounds. Their offloading has been superb, but they need to box-kick and pick-and-go to sap the English before looking to play with Jacques Brunel’s style. It may even help playing negatively at the start before picking up the pace on either side of half-time and then becoming negative again. If it is non-stop action and offloads for 80 minutes they will burn out against an England side conditioned to last.For the hosts, they will be convinced that if they can keep swinging low, but at greater pace, they are assured of a victory. NOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Marksman: Wales’ Leigh HalfpennyContenders’ contestAt Murrayfield there is a meeting of two teams still in the hunt for a title. Whether or not Scotland are likely to claim their first ever Six Nations title or Wales retain the trophy is irrelevant. This is a spectacle for spectacle’s sake. Both teams are on a high and both want to ruck it out.The back threes on either side of the ball are exciting and this game represents a chance for the tournament to flourish once again, with tries and turnovers, runs and rearguard action capturing the imagination.If both throw the kitchen sink and the toilet, too, this has the potential to be the game of the tournament (unless Wales win. Then, of course, Wales versus England at the Millennium Stadium will undoubtedly be the game of the tournament…).Captain marvel: Sergio ParisseSlam-pedeThe Italians will be hoping that the reinstatement of Sergio Parisse can help them bounce back. However, England are on an upwards curve and by swapping in dynamic ball-carriers in Mako Vunipola, James Haskell and Danny Care, they are clearly planning an unrelenting punch to the guts of Italy.Italy may not double over, but England are marching towards a Grand Slam and they are trying to pick up the pace.last_img read more

Discriminatory use of official advertising in Kashmir

first_imgNews February 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Discriminatory use of official advertising in Kashmir April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific to go further March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information The English-language private daily Kashmir Observer, published in Srinagar (north-west India), has been experiencing serious financial difficulties ever since the Jammu and Kashmir state government decided to stop purchasing advertising space in the publication’s pages.Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is concerned about the consequences of the new provincial government’s discriminatory policies, which could have grave long-term implications for the pluralism of information in the Kashmir region. The organisation has asked Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister, to distribute official advertising among the media of the province in an equitable manner free of political criteria.At the end of January 2003, the provincial government stopped buying advertising space in the Kashmir Observer newspaper. Some officials confirmed to the newspaper’s editorial staff that the paper had been crossed off the list of media entitled to these contracts. In an editorial dated 15 January 2003, Sajjad Haider, editor and publisher of the Kashmir Observer, had already objected to the provincial government’s attitude toward his newspaper and their delayed payments for official publicity. “This reluctance to pay advertising invoices is a subtle and insidious form of coercion. The government needs to be reminded that newspapers here are working solely to protect public interest,” he wrote. Sajjad Haider is the son-in-law of Molvi Abbas Ansari, one of the leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (a separatist alliance). This family tie could well be the motive behind this boycott. The newspaper has also been suspected of illegally holding funds from abroad that are being used to aid the separatist movement.As a result of the conflict that has been tearing Kashmir apart since 1990, the largest companies have been leaving the province, thus depriving the media of advertising income. Official advertising and announcements therefore represent the main source of financing for Indian dailies like the Kashmir Observer.center_img IndiaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on India News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Receive email alerts RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reportinglast_img read more

Goldman Sachs Reports Slight Increase in Net Income for 2014

first_img January 16, 2015 936 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Goldman Sachs Reports Slight Increase in Net Income for 2014 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Goldman Sachs Reports Slight Increase in Net Income for 2014 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles About Author: Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Results were mixed for some of the nation’s biggest banks when they released earnings statements earlier in the week: Citigroup and Bank of America both reported net income losses, while JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo reported big gains.New York-based investment bank Goldman Sachs reported a slight year-over-year decline in Q4 2014 net earnings, but for the whole year of 2014 the firm reported a slight uptick from 2013, according to the firm’s Q4 and year-end earnings statement released on Friday.Goldman Sachs’s net earnings for 2014 were $8.48 billion on $34.53 billion in revenues, compared to a net income of $8.04 billion on $34.21 billion in revenues for all of 2013. Diluted earnings per share rose from $15.46 in 2013 to $17.07 in 2014. The firm was first worldwide in announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for 2014, having advised on announced transactions valued at a combined $1 trillion. Net revenues on investment banking for 2014 totaled $6.46 billion, the second-highest annual total in the firm’s history and an increase from $6.0 billion for 2013.”We are pleased with our performance during a year characterized by mixed global economic and financial conditions,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The depth of our global client franchise and our continued discipline on expenses and capital management produced a solid return for our shareholders. Looking ahead, we see evidence of a continued pick up in momentum for the global economy that will improve the opportunity set for 2015.”For Q4 2014, Goldman Sachs reported a net income of $2.17 billion on $7.69 billion in revenues, down slightly from the net earnings of $2.33 billion on $8.78 in revenues for the same quarter a year earlier.For Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Client Execution, Goldman Sachs reported net revenues of $8.46 billion for 2014, a 2 percent decrease from 2013. The minor decline can be attributed to slightly lower net revenues in interest rate products and mortgages, combined with significantly lower rates for credit products, offset by higher rates in both commodities and currency (significantly higher in the case of commodities). Credit products, interest rate products, and mortgages experienced generally low levels of activity in 2014 due to economic uncertainty. Tagged with: Banks Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fueled by Lower Gas Prices, Consumer Sentiment Reaches Highest Level in a Decade Next: HUD Bestows Seven Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants Totaling $3.2 Million Banks Goldman Sachs Investment Banking 2015-01-16 Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

Moses is not Hughes’ main focus

first_img Hughes said: “We had a poor day on Wednesday, with a couple of breaks. Dionatan Teixeira got stood on and broke a bone in his foot, so he is going to be out for six to eight weeks I think. “Marko Arnautovic has broken his hand, but we’re hopeful the cast he has got is going to be okay for him and he will be allowed to play with it.” Teixeira has joined Robert Huth (calf), Glenn Whelan (broken leg) and Peter Odemwingie (knee) on the sidelines. Whelan was included in the Republic of Ireland squad announced last week and Hughes has emphasised that Stoke do not feel the midfielder is ready for action. Asked if Whelan had been withdrawn from the Ireland squad, Hughes said: “No, I don’t think so, but as a club we don’t think he is ready. “He is training with the physios and making good progress, but he has not joined in any training sessions with us and there is not a plan to do that. “Probably Ireland are within their rights to call him up to be assessed, but our view is that he is not ready – if we had a game this time next week, he wouldn’t be playing for us because it would be too much of a risk. “I’m sure Glenn will meet up with Ireland and then their FA will have to make the correct decision. “Our medical department have spoken to their doctor, giving updates. We haven’t tried to influence that decision as yet.” Meanwhile, Hughes is set to speak to referees’ chief Mike Riley next week about “observations” he has made in recent Stoke games. The Potters boss was critical of referee Chris Foy for taking taking no action over West Ham midfielder Alex Song’s rash-looking tackle on Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf in the build-up to the visitors’ first goal during last weekend’s match. And in terms of speaking to Professional Game Match Officials Limited head Riley, Hughes said on Friday: “I think there are meetings planned for next week, just because we felt we had observations that we made as a club in certain games, and we just need a little bit of clarification. “We’re pleased they have accepted our invitation and we can have conversations early next week I think.” Press Association Asked for his thoughts about the situation at his press conference to preview Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Tottenham, Hughes said of Nigeria international Moses: “He is absolutely right in saying that he is still a Chelsea player. “We are delighted with what he is producing and that was the key from everybody’s point of view – that he would come here, play games, and get back on track. “Chelsea wanted him to get his confidence levels up again. So as we stand here and now, I think everyone is winning. “But further than that, you can’t really comment. “He is certainly enjoying his time here, but his parent club have benefited as well and we are not at the point yet where we are going to have conversations about Victor’s future, because it is not the right time to do it.” Stoke have striker Peter Crouch and defenders Phil Bardsley and Marc Muniesa back available for Sunday’s game, while forward Marko Arnautovic remains in line to feature despite breaking his hand. Former Spurs man Crouch and Bardsley sat out the 2-2 home draw with West Ham last Saturday due to suspensions, while Muniesa was nursing an ankle problem. Although Arnautovic is not expected to be kept out by the injury he suffered in training earlier this week, the same cannot be said of defender Dionatan Teixeira, who broke his foot on the same day and is set to be out for six to eight weeks. Moses has shone in Hughes’ team since joining on a season-long loan from the Blues over the summer. But it was suggested this week that the 23-year-old winger currently views his long-term future as being with the London outfit, with him being quoted as saying on the matter: “I’m still a Chelsea player.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes has stressed now is not the right time for discussions with Chelsea about whether Victor Moses might stay with the Potters beyond his current loan deal. last_img read more

Elloeny Amande is new Karela United CEO

first_img Source: Karela United FC Karela United FC has appointed Mr. Elloeny Amande as its new Chief Executive Officer ahead of the 2019/2020 season. Mr. Amande is a lawyer by profession as well as an astute broadcaster and marketer. He has worked with different media outfits including the Multimedia and Media General groups, as host of flagship sports programmes.Mr. Amande has broad experience in marketing, having worked in the last 10years in various marketing roles in Ghana and across the African continent. In his current role at BTL Africa [a pan African marketing organization], he oversees five countries.A passionate football fan, his stint in marketing took off 10years ago when he branched from broadcasting into a sports Sponsorship management role with the Black Stars, managing the Sponsorship relationship between Gold Fields Ghana limited as headline sponsors of the senior national team and the Ghana Football Association.Describing his expectations for the club, Mr Amande who hails from Krisan in the Ellembelle District of the Western Region said that;“As a son of the land, I am excited to be able to bring my expertise in marketing, media and law to help my home region club Karela FC fulfil the objectives that the founders set for the club.I am grateful to the board for this opportunity to serve and I am confident that we will be successful on and off the pitch”.The Chairman of the Board, Abena Brigidi stated that‘This club in its relatively young existence, has had success and we believe that this appointment will further the tradition of sound management and development of our home region’.The club has also appointed Nii Armah Ashong-Katai as its communications Manager.Nii Armah Ashong-Katai has had spells with both Radio and television productions as a sports presenter and analyst. Nii Armah Ashong-Katai, has also worked as the Media and PR Manager for EXP Ghana limited, FBN bank and as a Marketing Service Executive and currently the Media and PR Manager for Pleimeiker Sports limited.The club will announce appointment of other members of the management team in the coming days.last_img read more