Into the Wind: The Life of Carwyn James, published by Y Lolfa, by Alun Gibbard, £14.99In a near antithesis of the Byrne book, this biography of Carywn James is an epic read stretching to well over 400 pages. Author Alun Gibbard interviewed more than 100 people and provides the definitive profile of the visionary Welshman who masterminded the Lions’ only victorious series in New Zealand.The book covers the four central strands of James’s life – literature, broadcasting, politics and rugby – and Gibbard isn’t afraid to highlight the contradictions in James’s complex personality. There are shades of Shakespearean tragedy about the coach’s sorry decline into alcoholism and his lonely death at 53.Billy Vunipola: Wrecking Ball, published by Headline, £20This wonderful book, ghosted by Gershon Portnoi, focuses on Vunipola’s remarkable journey from the tiny Tongan village of Longo Longo to the Test stage via South Wales, Bristol, Harrow and Wasps.Something of a wild child, we learn of a litany of misdemeanours, the ‘tough love’ of his parents and his eating problem that saw him weigh as much as 152kg (almost 24st) when turning professional. Nowadays he eats broccoli for breakfast and dates a dietician.Feared and revered the world over, the mighty No 8 will be back in England’s colours on their summer tour following injury. The contenders for Rugby Book of the YearThe annual Sports Book Awards exist to showcase outstanding sports writing and publishing. Launched in 2003 by the National Sporting Club, the concept has evolved into a prestigious televised awards dinner at Lord’s cricket ground each spring.There’s been a Best Rugby Book category since 2008, when a panel of judges from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club decided to make the late and great Andy Ripley the inaugural winner for his intimate memoir detailing his battle with prostate cancer. Ripley’s moving acceptance speech remains an all-time highlight.Last year’s recipient, Paul O’Connell for his autobiography The Battle, was the tenth rugby winner and brought back-to-back success for Ireland following Tom English’s award for No Borders in 2016. There will be no hat-trick, however, as this year’s shortlist – selected from books published in Britain and Ireland in 2017 – leans heavily on English and Welsh literature. Polaris, who published a book on the 1971 Lions, are based in Edinburgh.This year’s ceremony takes place on 7 June. Here, Rugby World sums up the six contenders for the London Sporting Club Rugby Book of the Year, listed in alphabetical order…Rob Andrew: The Game of My Life, published by Hodder & Stoughton, RRP £20Who knew politics could be so interesting? The former England and Lions fly-half is now in charge of Sussex cricket, but he signs off from rugby by charting the grim cycle of boardroom power plays, internal reviews and playing disasters that occurred during his decade upstairs at the RFU.Andrew cut through the clutter to help forge a workable agreement between the union and Premiership clubs. The book, penned with the aid of Chris Hewett and David Norrie, also dedicates a sizeable rump to his 11 years at Newcastle Falcons, including a brilliant analysis of that superstar-in-waiting, Jonny Wilkinson.Lee Byrne: The Byrne Identity, published by Y Lolfa, £9.99The literary equivalent of a drive with Lewis Hamilton. The Welshman whizzes through his 47-Test career, touching on everything from reckless betting and attempted extortion to dyslexia and depression.Leaving school at 15 without any qualifications, Byrne seemed destined for a labourer’s life until being put on the path to rugby stardom by the Scarlets. His running lines, siege-gun boot and fitness made the full-back a key component of the successful ‘Warrenball’ rugby that Wales favoured for so long.It’s a gripping book written in collaboration with Richard Morgan. When Lions Roared, published by Polaris, by Peter Burns and Tom English, £17.99 Wasps: The Official History, published by VSP, £25Hot on the heels of Harlequins’ history, which was shortlisted at the Sports Book Awards last year, comes the official history of their one-time London rivals.A joint effort by Barney Burnham, Marcus Williams and Duncan Jones, it relates the cherished memories and achievements of the club that allegedly failed to become an RFU founder member because their delegates went to the wrong pub. It’s comprehensive, beautifully presented and, unlike so many history books that get bogged down in minutiae, easy to read.Flying the flag: Wasps supporters at the recent Premiership semi-final against Saracens (Getty Images) Follow that: last year’s rugby winner Paul O’Connell at a book signing in Limerick (Inpho) RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNERS2008 Ripley’s World – Andy Ripley (Mainstream)2009 Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby – Alun Carter and Nick Bishop (Mainstream)2010 Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary – John Daniell (Ebury Press)2011 The Grudge – Tom English (Yellow Jersey)2012 Higgy – Alastair Hignell (Bloomsbury)2013 The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players – Stephen Cooper (History Press)2014 City Centre – Simon Halliday (Matador)2015 Beyond The Horizon – Richard Parks (Sphere)2016 No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland – Tom English (Arena Sport)2017 The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)Man of his word: Simon Halliday picked up the rugby gong in 2014 for City Centre (Getty Images)Commended: ex-Scotland star Kenny Logan’s book was shortlisted at the 2010 awards (Getty Images) Rugby World looks at the six contenders for this year’s Sports Book Awards at Lord’s LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Wasps Tom English pairs up with Peter Burns to bring us a blow-by-blow account of the 1971 Lions tour, when John Dawes and Co turned the history books upside down. It’s nostalgia at its finest, with the story told partly in the words of the players, All Blacks as well as Lions.Discussion points include the violence of the Canterbury match, the casual genius of Barry John and the unforeseen consequences for world rugby – New Zealand went back to the drawing board and have dominated the ensuing four decades.
Jean-Claude Nshimirimana (source : Iwacu) February 8, 2018 Burundian journalist told he will be jailed if he keeps working Follow the news on Burundi News October 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Ruyigi province, in eastern Burundi, to allow local radio journalist Jean-Claude Nshimirimana to continue working after the governor threatened to have him jailed for 12 months on a charge of disturbing public order if he ever reported anything about the province again. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Nshimirimana, who works for privately-owned Radio Isanganiro, was summoned and threatened by the governor yesterday, one day after the radio station carried a report by him about discontent among school principals and teachers in Ruyigi at being asked to pay an additional “voluntary” tax to help fund general elections in Burundi in 2020.“These threats are completely unacceptable,” RSF said. “The Ruyigi provincial authorities cannot censor a journalist on the grounds that his reporting does not suit them. Such action is clearly arbitrary because it aims to gag the media and deprive the public of its right to be informed. Journalists are not trouble-makers. They are just messengers, they provide information, and that is not a crime.”Nshimirimana said the governor and the head of the provincial branch of the National Intelligence Service (SNR) had also asked him to give them the names of the teachers opposed to paying the additional tax.When contacted by other journalists, the governor accused Nshimirimana of lying about what the authorities said and of “aiming to destabilize the country” in his reporting.Burundi is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. BurundiAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassment Reports Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention News November 27, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information BurundiAfrica Condemning abusesMedia independence Judicial harassment RSF_en Organisation The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa to go further Receive email alerts June 5, 2020 Find out more
Since airbnb launched, the rental property market has changed – more change is inevitable and exciting at the same time – and it could easily arrive in the UK. This week’s news is that D Alexander, just launched in Denver, Colorado, USA, purchases single-family homes – whether rentals or private homes – and updates them, rebranding them and offering them up as smart short-term rentals.D. Alexander claims to be the answer to guaranteeing a positive guest experience that companies such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway cannot – because they don’t own the homes they rent. Co-Founder Alex Allison said, “We saw a gap in the marketplace from a consumer standpoint. Airbnb is being treated as alternative lodging, but there are no brand standards. Over the last two years, travellers have been looking at Airbnb as hotels but they’re not getting what they expect.”Alex Allison & Dustin AbneyAllison and Co-Founder Dustin Abney are former Zillow executives so they have significant property listings experience and plenty of enthusiasm, now their new business, D. Alexander, buys homes, updates them to a very high standard, installs new, modern furniture and provides care products such as shampoos, lotions and soaps. It is a new twist on vacation/business accommodation.D. Alexander’s nightly rates will range from $300 to $700 a night, depending on the size of the home, market inventory and amenities such as pools, hot tubs or golf carts, Allison said. The company generally looks for four-bedroom, four-bath homes that are friendly for larger groups and families.Allison declined to disclose how many homes the company has already purchased until the company officially rolls out them out for rent. D. Alexander avoids markets like Denver that have stringent regulations that only permit people to rent their homes through companies like Airbnb if it is their primary residence. “We just don’t buy in those markets,” Allison said. “Usually, that occurs in major metros and urban markets. They have to regulate it to a higher degree.”Instead, D. Alexander looks for properties in resort towns that are generally reliant on tourism as their primary economic driver and have a relatively low supply of traditional lodging. While the company is not yet disclosing the exact locations of its holdings, Allison says the world is definitely open to more high standard, short term rentals.The question is, could this work in the UK?Take a look: staydalexander.comNote: this is a company in the USA, not to be confused with D.J. Alexander, Solicitors and estate agents in Scotland.Alex Allison Dustin Abney short-term vacation rental startup staydalexander.com boutique hotels airbnb Sheila Manchester July 17, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Move over airbnb… this could be interesting previous nextAgencies & PeopleMove over airbnb… this could be interestingUSA short-term vacation rental startup D Alexander flips houses into boutique hotel style homes, but could it work in the UK?Sheila Manchester17th July 20190771 Views
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RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has taken delivery of a new Airbus A330-200 to become the first airline in East Africa to deploy the aircraft type.The African carrier signed a firm purchase contract with Airbus for an A330-200 and A330-300 in September last year and the larger -300 is scheduled to join the airline’s fleet in November.Both A330s are powered with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines and feature a three-class cabin layout. The A330-200 has 244 seats, including 20 fully flat business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 203 standard economy class seats. The A330-300 will have 274 seats – 30 in business class, 21 in premium economy and 223 in economy class.The new Airbus widebody will “help boost RwandAir’s capacity to expand its wings globally,” according to airline chief executive John Mirenge.The A330 is RwandAir’s ninth aircraft and its first widebody. It joins a fleet comprising two Boeing 737-800NG, two Boeing 737-700NG, two Bombardier CRJ900NG, two Bombardier Q-400NextGen, all in dual class configuration.Rwandair began operations in December, 2002, as the new national carrier under the name Rwandair Express. Its purpose was to provide passenger air transportation to and from the country while building up Kilgali into an emerging hub for sub-Saharan Africa. It also has the concession to carry out airport ground handling at Kigali International Airport.In March 2009, the airline registered a new trademark “RwandAir” and launched a new phase of its development. Its network currently spans 18 destinations in Western, Eastern and Southern Africa and the Middle East following the launch on September 2 of flights to Cotonou in Benin. The three-times weekly service is tagged to the existing Kigali – Douala and Libreville routes.It will commence a new three-times weekly service to Abidjan, Ivory Coast on October 7. Flights to Abidjan will be tagged with Accra, the capital of Ghana. Both new routes are operated with Boeing 737-700 and -800 aircraft.“With the addition of these two destinations, RwandAir continues to fulfill its mission of connecting Rwanda with West Africa to build sustainable ties among sister African cities and enable trade and tourism between the two countries,” said chief operating officer Jean Paul Nyirubutama.The ariline’s only non-African destination for now is Dubai, but the A330s will allow it to expand its footprint and operate longer flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.RwandAir has not yet officially announced which new A330 long-haul routes it will launch, but it has indicated it intends to start flights to Mumbai in December. It also has mapped out Guangzhou as possible long-haul destination to capture part of the growing Africa-China market.Flights to Harare, Zimbabwe will come on line in January 2017.In May 2015, RwandAir joined the International Air Transportation Association (IATA) as a member airline, only five months after being IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certified.The African airline successfully renewed its IOSA certification with the enhanced IOSA process in June. Its current IOSO certification is valid until June 2018. It is also undergoing the certification process for the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) for which the completion is expected in the last quarter of this year.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela These words ring true now more than ever as South Africa, as with the rest of world, experiences and transitions into a radical period of change presented by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). A period which necessitates everyone to be open to learning, re-learning and discovery. The World Economic Forum (WEF) describes the 4th industrial revolution as the advent of “cyber-physical systems” involving entirely new capabilities for people and machines. It represents entirely new ways in which technology becomes embedded within societies and even our human bodies. Man vs Machine or Machine working for Mankind? With all these big words and terms associated with the imminent 4th Industrial Revolution being spoken about… robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cyber, crypto… may make the ‘giant leap’ into the digital era an intimidating exercise for many. However daunting, the digital era presents a myriad of opportunities for innovation and technological advancement for South Africa as an enabler of human and skills development, business driver and economic growth. Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms Stella Ndabeni–Abrahams, has been actively driving the message on 4IR and laying the foundation to build a capable and skilled work force. At the heart of 4IR is human centred focus and we need to ensure an inclusive process to ensure no one is left behind, she said. We shine the spotlight on an organisation that is playing its part in the education field and making great strides to arm young girls from previously disadvantaged communities with the required skills for the future world of work through mentorship, empowerment programmes and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and related careers. Technogirl Trust The TechnoGirl Trust exists to deal with South Africa’s skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging girls to choose STEM subjects in high school. Girls from Grade 9 onwards from disadvantaged communities are placed in corporate mentorship and job shadowing programmes. Since inception in 2005, more than 11,000 girls have benefitted from the programme. Brand South Africa recently joined the Technogirl Trust for the Young Women for STEM in Africa programme in partnership with the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Liana Meadon, Senior Manager: Academic Development Centre stated that the partnership is driven by efforts to close the gender gap in STEM and the programme provided a great platform to motivate and inspire young women to take up careers in the STEM field. The young girls also had the privilege to hear from Dr Tebogo Mashifana, a young woman who is a Senior Lecturer at UJ’s Department of Chemical Engineering Technology, nominee of the 2019 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans and motivational speaker making waves in the STEM field. She inspired the girls, telling them that they are capable of achieving anything they put their minds to and shouldn’t let their backgrounds define their destiny. “I look at you and see future engineers, future scientists, and future leaders in the 4th industrial revolution”, she said. Dr Mashifana concluded by telling the learners that the world is rapidly changing and education and hard work are key to a brighter future. The interest and participation in STEM will set them apart and enable them to participate in mainstream careers of the future as digitalisation and the future world of work will be driven by those equipped in the STEM field. The technology driven future affords us the opportunity to redefine our society and explore the future of a digitally enabled economy and countries transformation that is fair, inclusive, sustainable and competitive. As Brand South Africa, we encourage all citizens, not only the youth, to actively get involved in the 4IR and digital economy dialogue and skills development initiatives. It’s not only for government or businesses to adopt and master the digital era, but for all to take part, benefit and contribute towards the growth of the economy and SA’s competiveness.
The original Rackspace Cloud app came out last year when the iPad launched. Today, the iPad 2 is launching and the app is making a second entrance. This time with capabilities that make it usable for communities far larger than the systems administrator crowd.The new Rackspace Cloud app has new features for the system administrator to better manage cloud infrastructure:Administrators may manage the Rackspace Cloud and customize OpenStack clouds. OpenStack is the open cloud building initiative that Rackspace helped start. The app runs on the iPhone, iTouch and iPad devices.The app now works in the United Kingdom.The app has Chef integration, providing the capability to manage up to ten servers at once.The app uses the API and can do everything the API does. This falls in line with what Programmable Web sees. The Twitter site, for instance, is run by the API. But its features also make the app more universal. It runs on Apple iOS 4.3, connecting audio and video files to the Rackspace cloud infrastructure with the ability to run directly on Apple TV. You may also share from the app through Twitter, for example. Related Posts The ability to use Apple TV and share through Twitter shows how storage is fundamentally becoming abstracted. Storage is becoming more of a conduit to connect devices. In the process, managing a cloud infrastructure can also be in line with using an app to show the video on your Apple TV or sharing it through a social community. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams
He replaces Matty Lees in the side after serving a one match suspension.Justin Holbrook will therefore select his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 23. Ben Barba.Daryl Powell will choose his Castleford 17 from:1. Ben Roberts, 2. Greg Minikin, 4. Michael Shenton, 6. Jamie Ellis, 8. Junior Moors, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Grant Millington, 11. Oliver Holmes, 12. Mike McMeeken, 13. Adam Milner, 14. Nathan Massey, 15. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 17. Alex Foster, 18. Matt Cook, 21. Jake Trueman, 22. James Green, 24. Jy Hitchcox, 28. Kieran Gill, 32. Liam Watts.The game kicks off at 7.45pm and the referee will be announced shortly.Tickets for Thursday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.Free coach travel is available for 2018 Members whilst places last.