Plenty to ponder: Fabien Galthie has plenty of expectations at Montpellier There’s always been a touch of the Brendan Venter about Fabien Galthie. The pair have much in common. Very good players who have become very good coaches, harnessing their playing experience to deep intelligence and an innate streak of boldness. Both are also their own men. In a sport that is most comfortable with conformity the former Saracens’ director of rugby and the Montpellier coach do things their way – and to hell with convention. Who can forget Venter’s extraordinary post-match interview four years ago, his response to an RFU fine for using intemperate language?Venter thought it was funny, most viewed it as petulant, symptomatic of a man who treads a fine line between self-assurance and arrogance. It’s another trait he shares with Galthie. Talented, handsome and charismatic, Galthie was born blessed – and he knows it. Winner of 64 caps and the first Frenchmen to appear in four World Cup finals, Galthie moved effortlessly into coaching a year after his 2003 retirement .Joining Stade Francais in 2004-05, he guided them into the Top 14 final in his first season in charge and two seasons later repeated the feat – only this time Stade triumphed. Galthie stood down from coaching in 2008, choosing instead to put his engaging personality to good use as a rugby consultant on French television. He was lured back to coaching in 2010 by Montpellier, and in his first season they reached their first Top 14 final, losing 15-10 to Toulouse in a match that confirmed Montpellier as a serious player in French rugby.In charge: Galthie was linked with the French job before it went to Philippe Saint-AndreThere was talk in 2011 that Galthie could replace Marc Lievremont as the coach of the national team, but Philippe Saint-Andre got that particular gig. He was the safe choice. Galthie would have been a gamble. More exciting, for sure, but less malleable, less likely to toe the FFR line. Galthie doesn’t do pliable. He does what Galthie wants. He proved it earlier this month, jetting off to Brazil to help French business tycoon Serge Kampf celebrate his 80th birthday. It was a great party apparently, one attended by a host of famous faces from French rugby. Thomas Castaignede was there, so too Philippe Bernat-Salles and Max Guazzini.Bernard Laporte and Guy Noves were also invited but respectfully declined. “I explained to Serge Kampf that it wasn’t possible,” said Laporte. The Toulon director of rugby had Top 14 commitments, as did Noves. Galthie, too, but he went anyway, missing Montpellier’s match against Oyonnax.He returned on the following Tuesday, touching down to a torrent of criticism. “I know what sort of society we live in and this fuss conforms precisely to our society today,” said Galthie by way of response. “I’m not at all surprised by its scale.” On the one hand, good for you, Galthie. He’d cleared it with his employer, Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad, so what business is it of anyone’s – lest of all Laporte, a man who in recent seasons has hardly set a stirring example what with his tirades against referees? But it was naïve of Galthie, normally so media savvy, not to expect his rivals to seize on his South American jolly. It was an error of judgement to accept Kampf’s invitation, a case of Galthie’s ego getting the better of his common sense. As a result he’s become vulnerable. Two good victories in the Rugby Champions Cup and the furore would have been forgotten. But Montpellier tasted only defeat, losing away at Toulouse and at home to Glasgow.Galthie failed to strike the right tone in his post-match interview after the Glasgow game, muttering about mistakes costing his side dear. But his words appeared a bit blasé, not helped by his smiling.Box-office: The Montpellier president has spent out on the likes of Rene Ranger and Ben MowenMohed Altrad wasn’t amused. The Montpellier owner is a tough man, orphaned at an early age and raised by desert nomads in Syria. Self-taught and self-made, Altrad earned his millions through business flair and sheer bloody graft and he doesn’t take kindly to complacency. Normally after each home game Altrad pops into the Montpellier dressing-room to offer a few words of encouragement, win, lose or draw. Not after the Glasgow game. “It’s a message,” he said later, adding that the defeat was “disastrous”. He would be seeking answers from players and coaches. Life and rugby has come pretty easily to French legend Fabien Galthie but his Montpellier side are flattering to deceive and it’s time he stepped up LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Prior to the start of the season Altrad had stated that anything other than reaching the quarter-final of the Rugby Champions Cup would be seen as a failure. Montpellier are on the brink of elimination after just two rounds and he’s furious. “If we haven’t reached our objective and there’s a need to start again from scratch it’s because the work hasn’t been done like it should have been done,” explained Altrad. There was a indcation, too, that he was becoming impatient with Montpellier’s failure to kick on since their one and only Top 14 final appearance. In the last three seasons they have finished in the top six of the regular season only to be outmanoeuvred by Castres in the play-offs each time. Last season their Heineken Cup campaign was a fiasco (they beat only Treviso) and the Champions Cup looks like going the same way. “We have stumbled again but everybody stumbles,” said Altrad. “You know my history, I don’t give up just like that and I will lead this club where I want to lead it.”It was a clear warning to Galthie. The days of nonchalance are over, it’s time to knuckle down.
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Home Energy Senators ask for Study on Impact of Rail Problems Earlier this week, U.S. Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota sent a letter to USDA calling for an economic analysis of rail service challenges facing agricultural shippers. The senators called for Secretary Tom Vilsack to conduct the study citing recent testimony by USDA officials stressing the significance of the current rail situation facing agriculture producers and grain elevators, particularly in parts of the Upper Midwest. The Senators requested the analysis to include “the ongoing transportation challenges facing producers and agricultural end users in our region, including food processors, livestock producers, and ethanol refiners.”Specifically in South Dakota, Senator Thune says the Surface Transportation Board needs to hold railroads accountable for the backlog of railcars and locomotives at a time when the fall harvest is predicted to be record setting. The Senators pointed to a University of Minnesota report indicating that transportation bottlenecks cost the state’s farmers almost $100 million between March and May of this year. The same report also suggested the potential for another $124 million in lost revenue due to lagging rail service.Source: NAFB News Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Oct 2, 2014 Senators ask for Study on Impact of Rail Problems SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleHurt Says Pork Supplies to Increase Faster Than ExpectedNext articleBig Crops Posing Big Challenges at Harvest Andy Eubank
Previous articleRiverfest Limerick set to attract thousands of visitors this weekendNext articleBlindboy Boatclub to give his views on the digital world at Croke Park Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp “Government policy is targeting Ireland to be the European leader in STEM by 2026. This will be key to our continued jobs and sustainable economic growth. Central to the strategy is the teaching of STEM subjects for Leaving Certificate. Two of the targets here is to increase the overall study of chemistry and physics for leaving certificate by 20% and the number of females taking these subjects for leaving certificates by 40%.“It was very encouraging that a large number of the students participating in SciFest at LIT were female.“Furthermore, I very much welcome the LIT initiative to provide free Leaving Certificates revision seminars in the STEM related subjects of Chemistry and Maths.“I wish to complement the co-ordinator of [email protected], Marie Walsh and her team on hosting this great science exhibition.” Senator O’Donnell concluded.More about politics here. Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSgovernmentKieran O’DonnellLITSciFestSTEM International Women’s Day LIT Email Professor Vincent Cunnane President of LIT and Kieran O’ Donnell with students Senator Kieran O’Donnell launched this year’s SciFest Exhibition in LIT last Thursday morning.This is the 11th Year of SciFest in LIT. Participation in SciFest helps secondary school students to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). 240 students from 21 schools from Limerick and the Mid-West region took part in the Exhibition.“I was delighted to be asked to launch the SciFest Exhibition in LIT and to see first-hand the exceptionally innovative STEM projects on display by secondary school students from Limerick & the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebook Easing of public health restrictions will give Limerick people some return to normality – O’Donnell Twitter Advertisement NewsPoliticsSenator Kieran O’Donnell launches SciFestBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2018 1061 Print Linkedin Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Colaiste Nano Nagle leading the way for girls in STEM – preparations underway for Teen-Turn’s SciFest 2020 LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control
TAGS PEMBROKE, Bermuda–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– PartnerRe Ltd. today announced that Hermann Pohlchristoph has been appointed to its Board of Directors, effective February 4, 2021. Mr. Pohlchristoph has held multiple executive roles, most recently at Munich Re as a Member of the Board of Management from 2017 to 2020 and as CFO Reinsurance, Munich Re from 2006 to 2017. Prior to that, he served as Head of Financial Reporting and Accounting, Munich Re for two years. Commenting on the appointment, PartnerRe Board Chairman, Brian Dowd said, “On behalf of the Board, Jacques Bonneau and I would like to welcome Hermann. His wealth of experience in the re/insurance industry spans 28 years and he brings a breadth of professional expertise that will further strengthen the Board’s depth of talent.” With this change, the PartnerRe Ltd. Board will comprise five directors of which three will be independent directors. PartnerRe Ltd. is a leading global reinsurer that helps insurance companies reduce their earnings volatility, strengthen their capital and grow their businesses through reinsurance solutions. Risks are underwritten on a worldwide basis through the Company’s three segments: P&C, Specialty, and Life and Health. For the year ended December 31, 2019, total revenues were $7.9 billion. At September 30, 2020, total assets were $26.6 billion, total capital was $9.1 billion and total shareholders’ equity was $7.1 billion. PartnerRe maintains strong financial strength ratings as follows: A.M. Best A+ / Moody’s A1 / Standard & Poor’s A+. PartnerRe on the Internet:www.partnerre.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005536/en/ CONTACT: PartnerRe Ltd. (441) 292-0888 Media Contact: Celia Powell Investor Contact: Ryan Lipschutz KEYWORD: BERMUDA CARIBBEAN INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: PartnerRe Ltd. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005536/en Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Hermann Pohlchristoph Appointed as Independent Director to PartnerRe’s Board Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Previous articleCuradel Surgical Innovations (CSI) Moves Flagship Contrast Agent for Image-guided Surgery, ZW800-1, Towards CommercializationNext articleCovestro choisit LabTwin pour lancer sa stratégie mains-libres de collecte de données et de numérisation Digital AIM Web Support
Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 OPD, ECSO attempt to deter domestic violence situations OPD, ECSO patch logos The Odessa Police Department and Ector County Sheriff’s Office have the ability to defuse a domestic violence situation quickly. Even if the person assaulted doesn’t want to press charges against their significant other or family member, OPD and ECSO can pursue criminal charges. OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur said over the phone Thursday those steps can be taken, the arrest can still be made and at that point the victim becomes the state of Texas. “If we respond to a family violence situation and the victim doesn’t want to file charges, we can still file charges if we believe that the violence will continue,” LeSueur said. Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said during a phone interview Thursday the sheriff’s office often pursues charges when the victim chooses not to. He said family violence is a real thing and it happens far too often. Griffis said it doesn’t just affect the victim, but it can affect the entire family. “I’ve told many ladies on these types of calls myself that this isn’t love,” Griffis said. “Love doesn’t hurt. Love is supposed to feel good. Some of these ladies have been in these situations for so long it’s all they are used to and it’s hard to break that cycle.” Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said it’s not uncommon for domestic violence victims to be uncooperative during the investigation. He said despite victims being uncooperative the district attorney’s office can still get a conviction. Bland said one of the main ways the district attorney’s office has halted domestic violence victims from changing their stories was a grant that purchased hand-held cameras to OPD to videotape the victim’s story after the assault took place. “We’ve taken steps to shore up these cases,” Bland said. “In the end, we have to do the best we can with the evidence that we have. Sometimes what you’ll have is the victim doesn’t want us to go forward and they actively work against us and they don’t cooperate. Often times after we’ve gone through the case and they appreciate the fact that we went forward and took action even though they didn’t want us to.” ECSO recently pursued charges on 24-year-old Julian Romero after he reportedly assaulted his 21-year-old girlfriend, who didn’t wish to press charges, an ECSO affidavit detailed. Romero was arrested and charged on June 15 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, after he reportedly cut his girlfriend in the finger with a steak knife. The reported assault happened at 7:39 a.m. in the 9500 block of Grissom Avenue, the affidavit stated. Romero’s girlfriend stated she and Romero got into a verbal argument that turned physical, the affidavit detailed. The girlfriend was cut on her right pointer finger from an item described as a “steak knife.” The girlfriend was reportedly transported to Medical Center Hospital. The girlfriend didn’t wish to pursue charges, but the responding ECSO deputy did want to pursue charges due to the severity of the incident and injury, the affidavit stated. Romero was transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has one bond totaling $20,000 and was still in custody as of Thursday afternoon, jail records show. He also has a parole violation that was issued by the state on Tuesday. Local NewsLaw Enforcement Pinterest TAGS Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOAT060719 Texas Tech OSU 10Next articleThe Best-Kept Secret: 529 Education Savings Plans Digital AIM Web Support
It’s fair to say that applying for mortgages is few people’s idea of fun, but can the process ever drive them to tears?It can, according to research among home owners by mortgage broker Trussle, which has discovered that 8% of all first-time buyers get teary-eyed while attempting to get their first mortgage, or 27,000 people every year.The research also found that 9% of first time buyers had been discouraged during the process of buying their property because they had felt getting a mortgage was an ordeal, while nearly a quarter of first-time buyers are forced to time off work to sort out their mortgage application. This equates to 77,740 people last year.StressfulAlso, 23% of the 2,000 people quizzed during the research said the experience of getting a mortgage was stressful, while many found making a mortgage application to be “opaque and time-consuming”.This is also persuading many people to stay put with their existing lender rather than switch provider and remortgage, says Trussle.It reckons there are two million people on Standard Variable Rate mortgages who could save thousands of pounds a year if they were to switch to a mortgage with a more competitive rate.The lender reckons the average saving is £4,900 per borrower or £9.8 billion in total.“The good news is that things are improving, if in pockets,” says Ishaan Malhi, CEO of Trussle (pictured, left).“We’re already seeing dramatic progress in the mortgage customer experience, with the use of technology speeding up and simplifying the whole process. This in turn should help to address some of the causes of the inertia costing homeowners so much money.” Ishaan Malhi mortgages Trussle September 25, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Crying game? Mortgages driving first time buyers to tears previous nextCrying game? Mortgages driving first time buyers to tearsStresses and strains of getting first mortgage causes almost 10% of FTBs to break down and cry.Nigel Lewis25th September 201702,048 Views
Tank and The Bangas have announced an extensive run of North American tour dates this fall. The New Orleans five-piece (brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2017) will share the headlining bill with Big Freedia, with opening support from Naughty Professor. The fall tour includes stops in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and more.It’s been a wild ride since the band jumped on the map in spring of 2017. Following up the band’s only LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer.Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says in a press release. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she says, while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.Tank and The Bangas are a force to be reckoned with, and show not to be missed. Check out the full tour schedule below. For more information on their upcoming adventures, head to Tank and The Bangas’ official website.TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVEAugust 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreAugust 24—Detroit, MI—Museum of Contemporary Art DetroitAugust 25—Québec City, Canada—Wanderlust: Québec CityAugust 26—Cleveland, OH—InCuya Music FestivalSeptember 8—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 24—Cologne, Germany—Gloria TheaterSeptember 25—Frankfurt, Germany—Zoom FrankfurtSeptember 26—Berlin-Altglienicke, Germany—Festaal KreuzbergSeptember 27—Munich, Germany—AmpereOctober 3—Camden, London, UK—Electric BallroomOctober 4—Paris, France—La MaroquinerieOctober 8—Amsterdam, Netherlands—ParadisoOctober 9—Rotterdam, Netherlands—AnnabelOctober 18—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 19—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 20—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts*October 21—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel*October 23—Boston, MA—Royale*October 25—Toronto, Canada—Danforth Music Hall*October 26—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall*October 28—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue*October 30—Maquoketa, IA—Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*October 31—Kansas City, MO—The Truman*November 2—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre*November 3—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot*November 5—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom*November 6—Seattle, WA—Neptune*November 7—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*November 9—Berkeley, CA—The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall*November 10—Los Angeles, CA—Regent Theater DTLA*w/ Big Freedia and Naughty ProfessorView All Tour Dates
As students pack up to go home for winter break, many people wonder: “What happens in the dorms over break?” As all students are required to vacate the residence halls at the end of the final examinations period, few students, if any, have been inside a dorm during this annual three-to-four-week vacancy, and what goes on during this time remains shrouded in mystery for many students. “Many of the residence hall common spaces, including kitchens, restrooms, et cetera, are cleaned over break,” Kimberly Kolk, the assistant director of space planning and logistics for the Office of Residential Life, said in an email. “Occasionally, maintenance and residence hall improvement projects are scheduled during break as to provide minimal student disruption during project completion.”While winter maintenance and improvement projects may vary from dorm to dorm, Kolk said, all residence halls adhere to general practices.“We ask our hall staff to be diligent in informing students about required practices for leaving the hall for the break,” she said. “Some of these practices include: closing and locking windows, unplugging electrical items and refrigerators, emptying trash and recycling, properly sealing food and drinks left in the room, turning off lights and closing and locking room doors. Hall Staff members in each hall will check all rooms after students depart to ensure compliance with these requests. These practices are also followed as applicable in common spaces of the buildings.”While all students must vacate the hall, Kolk said “live-in professional staff members” have the option to remain in the dorm and retain access over break. Other individuals with this access, she said, include Notre Dame Security Police officers, Residence Life staff, Building Services staff and staff involved with building maintenance.According to the International Student and Scholar Affairs website, Notre Dame International and the Office of Housing are currently considering providing winter housing for students who are unable to stay elsewhere over break.“This option will only be for undergraduate international students who have significant financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office) and have no other option over winter break (i.e., to fly home or stay elsewhere in the U.S.),” according to the website. “We cannot guarantee this to everyone who applies or is interested and will work with Financial Aid to determine the level of documented student need.“Students who accept winter break housing are responsible for all meals during break; no dining hall service is available during this time. You may be asked, but not required, to work five hours a week for the Office of Housing over break.”It is not clear if this policy will be introduced for applicable students for the upcoming break since no announcement has been made. It appears that, at least for now, the residence halls will remain student-less for the holidays.Tags: residence halls, winter break