England start afresh, Ireland look to Best in Six Nations

first_imgENGLISH rugby’s shot at redemption under new Australian coach Eddie Jones and fiery captain Dylan Hartley begins against Scotland in the cauldron of Murrayfield on Saturday (6.50pm) in a Six Nations melting pot of teams looking to erase memories of World Cup disappointment.Though England’s memories of last year’s global showpiece are arguably the most bitter, having become the first hosts to be eliminated at the pool stage, the quarter-finals were as good as it got for Ireland, Wales, France and Scotland in a tournament dominated by southern hemisphere teams.England are not the only team to signal a changing of the guard, with Ireland handing the captaincy to Rory Best after the retirement of talisman Paul O’Connell, while France emerge under a new coach, Guy Noves, and a new captain in Guilhem Guirado.Bookmakers have made England favourites, ahead of Wales and Ireland, despite winning only one Six Nations title since 2003.Straight-talking Jones takes the English reins with a reputation as a ruthless and demanding coach, who fullback Mike Brown says will want England “to play quick, never let the opposition defence settle, get the ball to space and go at teams”.Jones’ attention to detail is meticulous, evidenced by the way his well-drilled Japan side ruffled more than a few feathers at the World Cup.After calling up seven uncapped players in his initial squad, Jones has played it safe by naming a relatively conservative team for his first match, with all eyes on recalled hooker Hartley, whose career has been plagued by disciplinary problems.Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have their own demons to exorcise despite having won the past two Six Nations championships.Fancied to reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time, the Irish were crushed by Argentina in the last eight and are now hampered by a number of injuries, though flyhalf Jonny Sexton has been passed fit after concussion concerns.Coach Schmidt believes his side face a huge test on Sunday against a hugely experienced Wales line-up (5pm).“They comfortably have 300 caps more than any other country in the competition; and on top of that, we know how physically combative they are,” Schmidt said.“The stats from the World Cup show that they are, literally, the biggest team in world rugby, averaging 106 kilos a man. For us, that’s always a massive challenge.”Wales emerged from the World Cup with huge credit after their injury-ravaged squad beat England en route to the quarter-finals, where they succumbed to a late South African try at Twickenham.Fullback Leigh Halfpenny and scrumhalf Rhys Webb have not recovered from the injuries that ruled them out of the entire tournament, but Wales’ strength in depth should not be underestimated.France, like England, begin a new era under veteran coach Noves, who has replaced Phillipe St Andre and is charged with restoring some panache to the French game after a dreary run of shapeless performances.An opening win over Italy at home on Saturday (4.25pm) will be a must for Noves, who guided French club side Toulouse to four European Cup triumphs.For Scotland, hope springs eternal.With only one win in their past dozen Six Nations matches, they begin again with renewed optimism after coming desperately close to reaching the World Cup semi-finals, denied by a controversial last-gasp Australian penalty.last_img read more

‘We failed, but we won’t give up,’ says Vettel

first_imgAfter failing also in an attempt to overturn the penalty in Montreal that deprived them of a Canadian win two weeks ago, Vettel’s only consolation was that he recorded fastest lap in the dying seconds on a fresh set of soft tyres.“Our objective this weekend was to close the gap a significant amount, which we didn’t do. So, in that regard, we failed.“But that does not mean we are giving up,” said Vettel. “It’s pretty straightforward. We are fast in the straights and not so fast in the corners.“So, depending on the track layout, some weekends are good for us and some weekends are worse. Hopefully, the track layout in Austria comes a little bit our way.”Vettel added that his troubled weekend even threw up a gremlin on his final lap when he managed to clock a circuit record lap to take fastest lap of the race from Hamilton.“It was quite tight,” he said. “We seemed to have a problem with discharging the battery in the final lap, so it was a bit strange.“Otherwise, it should have been a bit more straightforward.”After reeling off an eighth win in succession and extending their unbeaten run overall to 10 races, Mercedes now have a lead of 140 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Seeing red: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stops in the pits © POOL/AFP / GERARD JULIENLE CASTELLET, France, Jun 23 – Sebastian Vettel conceded Sunday that he and Ferrari had failed to deliver at the French Grand Prix where they had aimed to halt or slow Mercedes’ juggernaut.The four-time world champion finished fifth, having started seventh on the grid, while Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc came home third behind Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.last_img read more

Halloween Party to support Old Fort this Friday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Support for the Old Fort residents is continuing to pour in from the community.This Friday night, there will be a Halloween Party in support of the Old Fort residents affected by the landslide.This event is co-sponsored by St. John Advertising and Promotions and Casey’s Pub.- Advertisement -Julie Roach-Burns, general manager of St. John Advertising and Promotions said, “It will be admission by donation and all of the money raised is going towards the Old Fort evacuees”.Roach-Burns added, “There is going to be door prizes throughout the night and we’re going to have a live auction starting at 10:00. We’ve got some nice big ticket items donated that will be auctioned off”.The Old Fort Fundraiser Halloween Party is taking place this Friday at Casey’s Pub. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with live entertainment by guest band Adam Winn starting at 8:00 p.m.Advertisement If you would like to help out by donating auction items or have any questions, you can contact Casey’s Pub at 250-329-9716.last_img read more

‘Chelsea have agreed a £900m deal to sign Everton defender John Stones!’ How fans reacted to 3-2 win at West Brom

first_img1 Chelsea may have won their first Premier League game of the season with victory at West Bromwich Albion, but the manner in which they took three points was far from convincing.Gary Cahill was dropped from the starting line up, in favour of Kurt Zouma, but the Blues gave away an early penalty, had John Terry sent off and were fortunate to concede only twice to the Baggies.It’s well known that Chelsea covet Everton’s highly rated centre back John Stones, and with full-back Baba Rahman signed from Augsburg, the Blues back line could be set for a shake up.Here’s a selection of the reaction on social media to Chelsea’s dubious defending… John Terry received a red card for Chelsea at West Bromwich Albion last_img

Woman identified in fatal freeway crash

first_imgNEWHALL – Authorities today released the name of a 23-year-old woman killed in a solo-vehicle crash on the southbound Antelope Valley (14) Freeway in Santa Clarita as Rebecca Christina Higdon of Newhall. Higdon was driving a blue Honda Accord at the time of the accident, the California Highway Patrol reported. The details of the crash were not immediately disclosed. The wreck caused the two left lanes of the freeway to be shut down for more than two hours as an investigation and cleanup operations were under way. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ160Want 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

CONFIRMED: Luis Hernandez leaves Leicester for Malaga after only seven months

first_img The 27-year-old returns to Spain for around £1.75million 1 Leicester have sold Luis Hernandez to Malaga after just seven months at the club.The 27-year-old returns to Spain for around £1.75million after only joining the Foxes on a free transfer from Sporting Gijon last summer.Defender Hernandez made just four Premier League appearances for the champions but played in four of their six Champions League group games. A Foxes statement read: “The club thanks Luis for his contribution during his time at Leicester City Football Club and wishes him all the very best for the future.”Boss Claudio Ranieri confirmed last week Hernandez was in Malaga to tie up a deal having given him his permission to leave. Hernandez joins Jeff Schlupp, who has joined Crystal Palace, in exiting the King Power Stadium this window but the club are standing firm over the future of Leonardo Ulloa, despite the striker’s desire to leave.Ulloa handed in a transfer request last week with Alaves making a bid but it falls well short of Leicester’s valuation of their one-time record signing. The forward joined from Brighton in 2014 for £8million but has started just one league game this season. He has been unhappy with his lack of action and not being rewarded with a new contract having helped them beat relegation in 2015 and win the title last year.Meanwhile, Islam Slimani and Riyad Mahrez are due to return to Leicester this week after Algeria were knocked out of the African Nations Cup.last_img read more

Base on call for Discovery

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2NASA prefers to land the shuttles in Florida because it saves about $1 million in costs for ferrying an orbiter cross-country, but one out of every five missions ends at Edwards. In August, shuttle Discovery completed the first mission since the Columbia tragedy in 2003 with a landing at Edwards because of bad weather in Florida. Before that, the last shuttle landing at Edwards was on June 19, 2002, by the orbiter Endeavour. Between the time Columbia disintegrated in February 2003 over Texas and last year’s Discovery mission, NASA invested about $10 million in equipment and improvements at Dryden to support shuttle landings. A big chunk of NASA’s shuttle investment at Dryden was a refurbishment of the mate/demate device, a gantry-like structure used to lift shuttles off the ground for post-flight servicing and to be attached to a modified Boeing 747 jetliner for the return to Florida. NASA invested $2 million to remove lead-based paint and asbestos and to install new winches. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – Space shuttle Discovery is scheduled to land in Florida on Monday, but Edwards Air Force Base is available as a backup should weather postpone a landing until Tuesday or Wednesday. Discovery has two landing opportunities in Florida on Monday, with the first at 6:07 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and another about 90 minutes later. If the weather is not favorable, the shuttle could land in Florida on Tuesday or Wednesday. Should NASA opt to send the shuttle to Edwards, Discovery could land at 7:51, 9:25 or 11 a.m. Tuesday, or at 8:04 or 9:39 a.m. Wednesday. Edwards will not be open for public viewing. last_img read more

Unity Church pastor hopes for expanded membership

first_imgPALMDALE – The Rev. Nancy Oristaglio loves being pastor of the Unity Church of Antelope Valley. At the church since November 2004, she has high expectations for a spiritual resurgence and expanded membership. “We are a progressive Christian church that appeals to people who are looking for a liberal Christianity – open to all,” she said. “We have about 60 active members now and hope to grow so that we can increase our community service activities and Christian outreach.” She said the members span all age groups and are very service-oriented. Oristaglio was born in Rochester, N.Y., but was educated mostly in Ohio. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education, English and speech from Miami University in Ohio. Ordained and licensed in 1998 as a minister by the Unity School for Religious Studies and the Unity School of Christianity in Missouri, she worked a few years as an education administrator for several churches. Before coming to Palmdale, she founded and ministered at the Unity Spiritual Center of North Carolina, formerly known as the Transforming Love Community Church, in Chapel Hill. She’s a Rotary Club member, a member of the Interfaith Council of Antelope Valley, a hospice care volunteer and a member of the HIV-AIDS Advisory Council. Widowed in 1995 from her husband, Bob Oristaglio, a professional football player with the Cleveland Browns, circa 1950, she has two children from a former marriage, Katherine Havener of Santa Clarita and Paull Havener of Burbank. The church is at 39149 Eighth St. E., Palmdale. Its telephone number is (661) 273-3341. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Turkey sub, potato salad, marinated beets, gelatin with fruit. Tuesday: Braised beef and noodles, zucchini, tossed salad, mandarin oranges. Wednesday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn, three-bean salad, pudding. Thursday: Orange chicken, rice pilaf, Normandy vegetables, cottage cheese and cookies. Friday: Pork chop, sweet potato, stewed tomatoes, coleslaw, banana. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998.160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“Our goal is to love and serve all in this ever-growing area that are seeking the Unity message of Christian charity and faith. That is our prayer,” she said. The current 2,100-square-foot church building on Eighth Street East, north of Avenue Q, is owned by the congregation free and clear, but it may soon be too small. The search for a new site for a larger facility is in the works. “We’re looking into that now,” said the pastor. Currently, in addition to conducting regular church services, Oristaglio teaches a special class on Wednesday evenings. “Our concentration right now is on a book by Emmett Fox, which is based on the teachings of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount,” she said. “We are talking about how to apply those teachings to our individual lives.” last_img read more

MondoNet: Rutgers Academics Try to Build a New, Censorship-Proof Internet

first_imgTags:#cloud#security klint finley 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Here’s another one for our lists of government-less Internets: MondoNet. According to the MondoNet website: “The purpose of this project is to study the technological, social and regulatory feasibility of developing a peer-to-peer mesh networking protocol.”MondoNet was founded by academics at Rutgers University, and the university is supporting the team’s research. The project is close to being able to test its mesh networking protocol in actual, real-life communities.Aram Sinnreich’s TEDx talk on MondoNetIn an interview with R.U. Sirius, MondoNet co-founder and Rutgers professor Aram Sinnreich said:“While it’s true that these protocols are inherently decentralized and therefore very resistant to censorship, the problem comes at the infrastructural level, which is far more centralized. The Internet may have a billion nodes now, but only a handful of companies control the Internet’s “backbone,” the broadband ISP market and the wireless data services market (and two companies, AT&T and Verizon, are the dominant players in each of these sectors in the U.S.). That means that no two Internet users in the U.S. can communicate with one another without their data passing through the hands of one of these companies.“Unless the data is encrypted (in which case, it can be dumped if the companies choose), it is vulnerable to packet-sniffing or other forms of inspection. This is not a hypothetical situation; these companies have long histories of inspecting packets for the purposes of (a) commercially preferred treatment, e.g. non-neutral network operations; (b) commercial exploitation, e.g. consumer profiling; and (c) political censorship and surveillance, either at the behest of the federal government (think NSA wiretaps) or for reasons of corporate ideology (e.g. AT&T censoring an Eddie Vedder webcast critical of President Bush; Verizon blocking text messages between pro-choice groups and their members).”We’ve seen several of these projects crop-up over the past few years, and Sinnreich says MondoNet is in communication with many of them.Unlike many other projects, which are often run by engineers, entrepreneurs and/or policy wonks, the founders of MondoNet are academics. Some might count that against them, Sinnreich believes this helps them bring in human-focused perspectives that might otherwise be overlooked. MondoNet begins with what tk describes as “social specifications.”See also our coverage of the Decentralized Internet.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more