England will be primed to win World Cup: Jones

first_imgThe squad includes four uncapped players with Jack Singleton and Lewis Ludlam joining the forwards and New Zealand-born scrum-half Willi Heinz and former England and Britain Sevens star Ruaridh McConnochie in the backs.Jones has released back to their clubs experienced full-back Mike Brown, British and Irish Lions centre Ben Te’o, uncapped backrow forward Alex Dombrandt, and scrum-half Ben Spencer, who was pivotal to Saracens winning the European Champions Cup and English Premiership double last term.Exeter Chiefs outstanding wing Jack Nowell will continue his rehabilitation on an ankle injury — which he suffered in the 37-34 Premiership final defeat by Saracens on June 1.“We have worked hard (at a training camp in Treviso, Italy) and now move into a four-game preparation phase where the development of the team tactically is paramount,” said Jones in a RFU statement.“We are grateful for the strong opposition to test our game fitness.“By the time we fly out on the 8th of September we will be ready to win the Rugby World Cup.“We are not there yet but we have four games to get ready.”Jones, who guided England to two Six Nations titles including the 2016 Grand Slam since he took over after they exited the 2015 World Cup in the pool stage, said there was still hope for those players omitted from this squad to make the plane for Japan.“Players excluded from being involved in this camp are naturally disappointed but may get another opportunity so they must be ready,” he said.England play a return match against Wales on August 17 in Cardiff followed by games against Ireland (August 24), and Italy (September 6) prior to departure for Japan.Once there England will begin their World Cup campaign against Tonga in Sapporo (September 22) before playing the United States in Kobe (September 26), 2015 semi-finalists Argentina in Tokyo (October 5) and round off their pool matches against old foes France in Yokohama (October 12).Squad:Forwards: Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) Charlie Ewels (Bath) Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) Jamie George (Saracens) Maro Itoje (Saracens) George Kruis (Saracens) Joe Launchbury (Wasps) Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints) Joe Marler (Harlequins) Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins) Jack Singleton (Saracens) Sam Underhill (Bath) Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens) Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks)Backs: Joe Cokanasiga (Bath) Elliot Daly (Saracens) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Leicester Tigers) Piers Francis (Northampton Saints) Willi Heinz (Gloucester) Jonathan Joseph (Bath) Joe Marchant (Harlequins) Jonny May (Leicester Tigers) Ruaridh McConnochie (Bath) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Anthony Watson (Bath) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000England will be ready to win the Rugby World Cup for a second time when they fly out to Japan said head coach Eddie Jones © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – England head coach Eddie Jones said four warm-up matches ahead of the Rugby World Cup will allow his side to fine-tune their game to the extent they will be ready to win the trophy for a second time.The 59-year-old Australian — who was on the receiving end when as head coach of Australia when England won the Webb Ellis trophy in Sydney in 2003 — was speaking after naming a 33-player squad for the first of those games against Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.last_img read more

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Arsenal fans make merry with less fortunate in Kisii

first_img0Shares0000Arsenal fans serve food to children during a visit at a children’s homeKISII, Kenya, Dec 26 – Arsenal fans from various parts of the country celebrated Christmas with less privileged children in Kisii, placing a smile on the less fortunate in the society.Donning the Arsenal jerseys, the fans visited Jogoo children’s home in Kisii town where they donated foodstuff for the children. the fans who came from different counties also opened an Arsenal office for fans in the town.Speaking at the children’s home Kisii branch arsenal fans official Dominic Ouko said this is the 18th branch the fans have opened.Arsenal fans enjoy their time with kids at a children’s home“Other than watching the game we decided that we meet as a family and do something positive that can transform the society,” said Ouko.He noted that charity events to the vulnerable children are among the key issues they will address as a way of giving back to society.Migori branch representative said the charity is a responsibility for the fans, with the aim of expanding territories in the coming years.-Rosemary Onchari0Shares0000(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan

first_imgWith the recent announcement of the government’s new Climate Action Plan, many households will be working to reduce their carbon footprint.Most importantly for homeowners, the new strategy includes plans for the retrofitting of 500,000 homes. This will be hugely beneficial for our local environment in Letterkenny, and for the country in general. However, as with anything that has major long-term human and societal benefits, making our homes ‘greener’ will come with a significant cost. The good news is that Letterkenny Credit Union stands ready to provide loans for those looking to retrofit their homes in the coming months.Gordon Randles, CEO says Letterkenny Credit Union has launched a new ‘green’ home loan for those wanting to retrofit their homes, but who might need some financial assistance to do so.“The new loan is as affordable as it is flexible. To mark the recent announcement of Ireland’s new climate plan, the loan is currently being offered at an APR of 8.2% *.“The loan is typically approved within 24 hours and does not have any hidden fees or costs. Letterkenny Credit Union is happy to work with borrowers to structure the repayments in a way that suits their financial circumstances best. “The product is designed to take the toxic stress out of home improvements, so you can focus on the greener aspects of your upgrade.”In addition, Letterkenny Credit Union can also help with a loan to assist those homeowners using SEAI home energy improvement grants to retrofit their homes.The Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant aims to increase the Building Energy Rating (BER) for homes.The grant ranges from €300 for attic insulation, to €700 for upgrades to heating controls and to €6,000 for external wall insulation.The added benefit for homeowners is their return on investment; saving money on their heating bills once the work is completed.The SEAI Grants typically cover one-third of the total cost of the works for an average home. Homeowners can apply to Letterkenny Credit Union for a loan should they need assistance with the remaining balance of the energy upgrade.For further information on the new, green home loan, contact Letterkenny Credit Union at 0749102126 or email loans@lettekennycu.ie*For a €20,000, 5 year variable interest rate loan with 60 monthly repayments of €405.06, an interest Rate of 7.95%, a representative APR of 8.25%, the total amount payable by the member is €24306.04. Information correct as at 23/08/2019Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘green’ home improvement loan was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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REVIEW ORDERED INTO CASE OF DONEGAL SOLDIER KILLED IN LEBANON

first_imgA former High Court judge is to review an investigation into the death and disappearance of two Irish soldiers in Lebanon in 1981.Defence Minister Simon Coveney has appointed Roderick Murphy to conduct the independent review into the death of Private Hugh Doherty, from Co Donegal and the disappearance of Private Kevin Joyce.The two men went missing on April 27th 1981 while serving as members of the Irish battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). They were out on security duty on their own when they were shot and killed.Private Doherty’s body was discovered at the scene, but Private Joyce’s body was never found.Over the years, extensive diplomatic and military efforts to locate Private Joyce have found nothing.Seven months after the attack, in November 1981, the United Nations completed a board of inquiry into the incident. The Irish military authorities considered the UN report inadequate in certain respects.This review by Mr Murphy will include all relevant documents and interviews with people considered appropriate by him.He will then report back to Mr Coveney with his findings before the end of April next year. REVIEW ORDERED INTO CASE OF DONEGAL SOLDIER KILLED IN LEBANON was last modified: December 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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FREE GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED

first_imgYoung people are been given the chance to learn how to play Golf for free over Easter.The Junior Golf Camp, which is being run by Core Pro Fitness Institute, will give boys and girls from 8-18 the chance to experience the many fun, social and health benefits of playing golf.Speaking about the camp, which will be held at Core Pro Fitness Institute next Tuesday the 26th of April, Tommy Gallagher, Director of Golf Fitness at Core PFI said: “As all our One and Three day camps sold out, we decided to offer young people who do not play the opportunity to see what all the fuss is about. “Golf is a game that can be enjoyed by all age groups and studies have shown that players who start at a young age are more likely to play the game into adulthood.”The participants will learn the fundamentals of the swing, including stance, alignment, and grip.They will have the use of all the facilities at Core Pro Fitness Institute including the Golf Analysis Suite, which houses the TrackMan Indoor Driving Range.Talking about his decision to develop the course for younger players, Tommy explained “technical ability, physical fitness and mental agility have become the mainstay of any serious golfer in the modern era, and there is a general recognition in all sports that these disciplines need to be worked on from an early age.” He added: “This camp, which is run by our own Titleist Performance Institute and PGA Professionals, aims to develop these skills and who knows, it may act as a stepping stone for the next Brian McElhinney or Rory McIlroy.”Booking is essential as places are limited.It runs on Tuesday 26th April and is open to 8-18 year olds. Call (074) 9168788 to reserve your place and for further information or email info@coreprofitness.com.endsFREE GOLF COURSES FOR KIDS LAUNCHED was last modified: April 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfree kids golf campsletterkennylast_img read more

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Chelsea encouraged as wonderkid considers his Barcelona future

first_img predicted How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 1 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Latest Premier League news gameday ALTERED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele in action for France at the the World Cup. REVEALED possible xi How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? who plays? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Chelsea have been handed a huge transfer boost with reports Ousmane Dembele is considering his Barcelona future.The French World Cup winner had an injury hit debut campaign in LaLiga, making just 12 starts after joining the club for £97million. silverware smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures NEW ERA England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Still just 21, he has been linked with a potential move to Chelsea this summer as part of a player-exchange deal for Eden Hazard, who has emerged as a top target for Spanish title holders Barca.And now it has been suggested that Dembele is growing unhappy at the club and could be ready to leave.According to Cadena Cope, the forward is unsure of his role in the squad following the recent arrival of Malcom from Bordeaux and is concerned by his relationship with manager Ernesto Valverde.He has previously been considered unsellable by Barca but they may consider letting him leave should it help their attempt to lure Hazard to Spain. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener last_img read more

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Kashmir border crossing plan curtailed by India

first_imgMUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan – India on Saturday sharply curtailed plans to open its Kashmir frontier with Pakistan early this week to aid earthquake survivors – a setback for the disaster diplomacy that has brought the nuclear-armed rivals closer in a time of need. Meanwhile, forecasts of snow on the Pakistani side of the disputed Himalayan territory added to the ordeal for hundreds of thousands of survivors still without shelter nearly a month after the quake, as U.N. and other aid agencies struggle with limited budgets to deliver help before winter. After the Oct. 8 quake killed about 80,000 people across Pakistan and the divided territory of Kashmir, India and Pakistan reached a breakthrough agreement to open five border crossings starting Monday. But India said Saturday that only one crossing would be ready – a blow for survivors eager to cross over to check on relatives, exchange provisions and seek help at relief camps being set up along the heavily militarized frontier. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Indian army spokesman Lt. Col. V.K. Batra said that two crossings were not ready because of the threat of land mines and landslides on the Indian side, but he also blamed Pakistan for delays in clearing another two routes, saying its work on bridges at the crossings was incomplete. Pakistani officials, however, said their side was ready to open the crossings. “All preparations on the Pakistan side are complete at the designated places,” Pakistan’s army said in a statement. The Indian Foreign Ministry said two of the crossings may be opened by the middle of next week. In Muzaffarabad, capital of the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir, Deputy Police Chief Ata Ullah said diplomats from both countries had been slated to meet Saturday to exchange a list of names of people intending to cross over – but the meeting was canceled. He did not explain why. Ullah said the cancellation raised doubt about whether any crossings would take place at all on Monday, even at the border post India said was ready. Kashmir was split between India and Pakistan after the bloody partition of the subcontinent following independence from Britain in 1947. Both countries claim all of Kashmir in a dispute that has sparked two wars and kept families separated for more than half a century. The two sides began a peace process last year, and last month’s frontier agreement helped the warming of ties, raising hope among many survivors that they would be able to check whether lost relatives had survived the magnitude 7.6 quake. “Hundreds of us are planning to go,” said Mirza Irslan, a resident in the Pakistani Kashmir village of Chinari. “We have no telephone lines, no way of knowing they are safe. This is our only chance.” Chinari residents had planned to embark over the weekend on a 30-mile walk through the Himalayas to one of the border crossings, but those plans were thrown into doubt by India’s announcement. The quake left more than 3 million people homeless – a particular concern with the fierce winter approaching. The U.N. estimates that 800,000 people are without shelter, 200,000 of them in remote, mostly high-altitude hamlets not yet reached by any aid workers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Taxes to help hiring police

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Thanks to shoppers at the newly opened Simi Valley Town Center, the Police Department will hire four more officers to supplement its force of 127. The council approved spending $410,900 for the hires, money that includes the cost for vehicles, mobile radios and training, among other things. The annual ongoing costs will be roughly $533,000. The funding will come from additional sales tax revenue from the mall, which opened in October. “The city is growing in population,” said Sgt. Stephanie Shannon, police spokeswoman. “With the new mall being added, we’re looking to add a seventh beat. We currently have six. By adding that seventh beat, it allows us to offer better patrol, better coverage and quicker response.” The department will expand its recruitment effort, which includes job fairs, to get qualified candidates, officials said. It could take up to six months before the department hires anybody. The salary range for the four new officers is $51,000 to $69,000 a year, plus benefits. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 angie.valencia@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The city’s goal is to provide one officer per 1,000 residents, said City Councilman Glen Becerra. Simi Valley’s population is about 120,000. “Our first priority to the residents of Simi Valley is providing a safe community,” he said. “When you have a safe community, you can focus on all the other quality-of-life issues, like landscaping, improvements on roads, the mall.” Recruiting additional officers, however, could be a challenge, one seen throughout California. “The application pool, in terms of numbers, has decreased,” Shannon said. “Law enforcement isn’t as desirable as it used to be.” last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The city, SafeShred and the Pico Rivera Chamber of Commerce will hold a free computer/e-waste recycling drop-off event from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 next to the Wal-Mart at the Pico Rivera Towne Center, southwest corner of Washington and Rosemead boulevards.Businesses and residents of Pico Rivera and surrounding communities can drop off up to 10 computers, cell phones, floppy disks and related e-waste for free.The event will also offer face-painting for children and hot dogs and sodas for those who bring items for recycling.For information, call (562) 949-2473. Carden students to sing carols LA MIRADA – Carden School students will perform holiday songs at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd.To sign up for lunch after the performance, call (562) 947-8787. Diabetes patients have a safe haven WHITTIER – The Los Nietos Community and Senior Center will invite residents to participate in a diabetes support group at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the center, 11640 E. Slauson Ave.Free diabetes information will be provided as well as weight, blood pressure and blood glucose testing. RSVP required. For more information, call (562) 699-9898. Whittier offers Rose Parade trip WHITTIER – Sign up now for the city’s annual excursion to the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 2.Tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be purchased at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.The cost is $90 per person, which includes bus transportation, seating and refreshments.Check-in will be at 5:30 a.m. Jan. 2. The bus will depart from the community center at 6:15 a.m. and return after the conclusion of the parade.For more information, call (562) 464-3430. Discussion reveals yoga’s flexibility LA MIRADA – A representative from New Horizons Caregiver Group will speak about yoga as a form of exercise at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd.Participants will learn about various styles of yoga.To register, call (562) 902-3160. Send wish lists to Santa Claus PICO RIVERA – Children’s wish lists for Santa Claus can be dropped off in the holiday mailbox in the Pico Park lobby until Dec. 16.Letters, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, can also be mailed to: City of Pico Rivera, North Pole, c/o Pico Park Community Center, P.O. Box 1016, Pico Rivera, CA 90660.For more information, call (562) 801-4470. Museum seeks diligent youths LA HABRA – The Children’s Museum in La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., needs young volunteers beginning Dec. 20.Applicants must be between 14 and 21 years old. Those selected will be eligible to receive a $100 incentive card.Volunteers will be needed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.For more information or to sign up, visit the North Orange County Youth Center, 1811 W. La Habra Blvd., or call (562) 905-7076. From staff reportslast_img read more

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Electricity from Edison to cost more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Edison spokesman Paul Kline said tier-one and tier-two residential electricity users – those who use the least electricity in their homes – won’t see an increase in bills. Natural gas is responsible for about 45 percent of the electricity generated by Edison. Other Edison fuel sources include nuclear (20 percent); renewable sources like wind and solar (19 percent); coal (13 percent); and large hydroelectric (3 percent). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A hike in the price of natural gas used to generate electricity is forcing Southern California Edison to raise rates for some customers starting next month, company officials said Tuesday. The first increase of 6 percent will kick in Jan. 1, followed by another 6 percent jump in February. In November, rates will rise an additional 3 percent, but the fall hike isn’t related to the price of natural gas. “It’s basically a pass-through on our customers. We don’t make any profit off it,” Akbar Jazayeri, director of revenue and tariffs for Edison, said of the 15 percent rate hike planned for 2006. Edison territory covers much of Los Angeles County outside the city of L.A., including the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, as well as Ventura County. last_img read more

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