Toulon openside Steffon Armitage talks about his England exclusion, Toulon’s season and the Champions Cup As the RFU’s review panel continue to sift through the wreckage of England’s disastrous World Cup campaign, fans are left to wonder how things might have turned out had head coach Stuart Lancaster selected his France-based players. But he didn’t, so Steffon Armitage and Nick Abendanon – European Players of the Year in 2014 and 2015 – watched from afar as England failed to make it out of the pool stage. While the Clermont full-back has been a vocal critic of England’s short-sighted selection policy, Armitage has chosen not to speak. Until now. For the first time the 30-year-old openside, so sorely missed at the breakdown against Australia, reflects on the past and ponders the future.Four defeats in seven matches – what’s going on at Toulon this season?We’re adapting to a lot of new players, about 20 in total, and a lot are quite young. Just because you play for Toulon it doesn’t mean you’re a champion. You have to earn it, but I think that will come. In the games we’ve lost this season it’s been because of our own mistakes, not because we’ve been outplayed.Is the departure of Botha, Masoe, Williams and Hayman a factor?To lose four guys like that is massive. They brought so much leadership to the team and we all looked up to them. We need more leaders to come forward and for all of us to put in extra effort.Power play: Steffon Armitage at full charge for Toulon in the Top 14. Photo: Getty ImagesThere’s lots of gossip about who’ll be coaching Toulon next season. What’s your take on it all?I just focus on my game and forget everything else. These things happen in French rugby but once I start talking about rumours it kind of rattles me, so I just keep my head down and play rugby.What are your thoughts on facing Wasps, Leinster and Bath in your Champions Cup pool?It’s the Pool of Death but to be champions you have to beat everyone. Our target is to win a fourth consecutive title.You’ve kept a dignified silence throughout the last six months. Has it been hard?Yes, but I’ve always done my talking on the pitch and not in the press. The coach has his view in not picking me so all I could do was keep playing rugby. I hoped I might get in but it didn’t happen and I had to deal with it.Were you surprised at England’s World Cup campaign?Yes, especially losing two games at home. Twickenham’s meant to be a fortress but it didn’t work at all, and I think everyone should be disappointed at the way things happened. TAGS: Highlight All smiles: Steffon Armitage has been in top form for Toulon for several seasons. Photo: Getty Images It’s a tough situation. What happened with England hit me hard. There was talk I’d be involved and all of a sudden that hope was taken away. I’ve always played rugby because I love it, but that really hurt. I’m getting the enjoyment back now at Toulon but as far as England goes at the moment I’m undecided. Right now my focus is on Toulon. I’m contracted to them until the end of next season and I love it here.For the latest Rugby World subcription offers, click here. Waving goodbye: Chris Robshaw and England exited early from the World Cup. Photo: Getty ImagesDo you feel for Chris Robshaw?I do feel sorry for him because I think he needed some rivalry (in the England squad) to push him on. Whether he’s a world-class seven or not, I can’t judge that, but he always works as hard as he can and gives everything on the pitch.Explain your expertise at the breakdown.Winning turnovers is more than just technique. It’s about using the brain, playing smart, and knowing when to go into the breakdown and when not. You have to be honest and know that you can’t win them all, so it’s up to you to pick the right ones. I’m always there or thereabouts at the breakdown and I’ll look at it, and if I think I have a chance I’ll go in.Nick Abendanon called those England players who campaigned against your inclusion in the RWC squad ‘pathetic’. Do you agree?Definitely. I know them, played against them, and to hear them say we’d be a distraction if selected was pretty insulting. At the end of the day all we wanted to do was make the team better and I just think it was wrong for players to say what they did. We could have learnt from each other and created more rivalry for places.Cool runnings: Clermont full-back Nick Abendanon was also left out by England. Photo: Getty ImagesWhy did you come to France?I took a risk coming to France because there was no guarantee when I arrived at Toulon I would be playing regularly. I’ve been competing against Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Chris Masoe, Danie Rossouw, Joe van Niekerk, George Smith and others. People talk about the money, but I put a lot on the line when I came here. I did so because I wanted to become a better player but it feels like I’ve been punished (by England) for doing that.What would you say to those who said you had your England chance in 2009-10 and didn’t take it in five Tests?I’ve improved a lot since then. Having guys around me like I have in Toulon has changed the way I play and the way I think. I’m smarter on the pitch and I have learnt so much in France.Do you still harbour ambitions of playing for England? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday November 1stNext articleGAA Preview – Buncrana one game from Ulster Final News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Twitter Donegal man appears in court in connection to Strokestown incident Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Facebook Four men have appeared in court charged with assault, false imprisonment and criminal damage as well as animal cruelty in Roscommon last year.There was a significant Garda presence at Castlerea District court today for their appearance in connection with an incident at a repossessed farmhouse in Falsk, Strokestown, on December 16th.PJ Sweeney, of High Cairn, Ramelton, and Martin O’Toole, of Stripe, Irishtown, Claremorris, along with Paul Beirne, of Croghan, Boyle, and David Lawlor, with an address of 5, Brookhaven, Blanchardstown, Dublin, were described as facing very serious charges by gardai.The court heard that Mr Sweeney and Mr O’Toole had previously been before the court on charges connected to incidents at Falsk, but more charges were now before the court.Evidence of arrest, charge and caution was entered on behalf of Mr Beirne and Mr Lawlor but they did not reply to any of the charges.All four are charged with assault, criminal damage, arson, theft as well as a cruelty to animal charge and all four were granted bail with conditions and will be back in court on December 20th. WhatsApp By News Highland – November 1, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
A health and safety inspection probably ranks high on the list of eventslikely to give a company manager sleepless nights – but there is no need to befrightened, according to Simon Longbottom, an inspector with the Health andSafety Executive in his illuminating presentation on what to expect when theinspector calls. Longbottom started off by describing the powers of the inspector whichinclude being able to enter workplaces at any reasonable time; examine andinvestigate; direct that things be left undisturbed; take measurements,photographs and samples; take possession or arrange dismantling of anythingdangerous; interview and take signed statements; inspect and copy documents;issue improvement and prohibition notices; prosecute individuals andorganisations; ask for reasonable facilities and any other necessary power. He described the different types of inspection from the traditionalunannounced blitz to the new approach of single-issue inspections – this yearnoise has been chosen – and the management audits which large organisationswill undergo. He concluded by taking the problem of asbestos and outlining how a companyshould go about constructing a health and safety policy with regard to this. Agood company policy on this will would ensure that they could comfortablyanticipate and deal with the inspector’s call. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Don’t be afraid, be preparedOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today
Call to rethink more work-life balance plansOn 10 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Institute of Directors hascalled on the Government to rethink any future commitments to work-life balancepractices, warning that a further increase in family-friendly measures wouldundermine the competitiveness of UK businesses.Its new report,Keeping Britain Competitive: Manifesto for Business, suggests that the UK’sfall down the World Economic Forum league tables is due to increasing labour marketregulation. In 1998, the UK was ranked fourth, but it fell to ninth in 2000.The release of thereport is timed to challenge the Government’s awaited response to the GreenPaper on Work and Parents, which is due out any day.The IoD’s head ofpolicy Ruth Lea said, “The UK has a global economy and must retain itscompetitiveness so that business can thrive and deliver jobs and prosperity forall. Short of closing our borders to trade with the rest of the world, we mustcompete to stay in the race.”In the manifesto, theIoD calls for “sunset clauses” that allow legislation to expireunless there is a “conscious attempt to renew them”.It also urges theGovernment to implement a five-year review of regulations that affectindividual sectors and suggests that the auditing body charged with reviewingthe regulations must be independent of government departments.Lea said, “It isnot just the employment regulations that are onerous for business, the taxsystem is long overdue for simplification and all regulations should havesunset clauses and be regularly and rigorously audited.”www.iod.org.uk Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEATTLE-Saturday, BYU junior track star Whittni Orton set a new school record as part of her successful weekend at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington.The former Panguitch High School multi-sport star athlete achieved a time of 8:49.63 in the women’s 3000-meter run, setting her third school record of the indoor track season.Orton has previously set the school record in the women’s 5000-meter run and was a member of the school’s distance medley relay squad earlier this season that set a school record in 2020 already.Her fellow junior star, Millard High School alum Anna Camp-Bennett, who also competed at the Husky Classic, moved up the all-time school record list in the women’s 800-meter run.Camp-Bennett placed second in this race at Seattle, achieving a time of 2:05.56.This now gives the former Millard High School multi-sport star the No. 7 time in school history in this event.Orton, Camp-Bennett and their teammates return to action at the JDL DMR Invitational Saturday at Winston-Salem, N.C. Wake Forest University of the Atlantic Coast Conference is the host school for this event. Tags: Anna Camp-Bennett/Whittni Orton February 17, 2020 /Sports News – Local Whittni Orton Sets New BYU School Record In 3000-Meter Run; Anna Camp-Bennett Moves Up School Record List In 800-Meter Run
The two one-well options included in Maersk Voyager’s previously agreed work scope for Total E&P remain Maersk Voyager. (Credit: MAERSK DRILLING) Maersk Drilling has been awarded a three-well contract from Total E&P Angola for the 7th generation drillship Maersk Voyager which will be employed to drill development wells in Angola’s Block 17. The three-well contract has an estimated duration of 140 days, which means that Maersk Voyager is now contracted until Q2 2021. The firm value of the three-well contract is approximately USD 30m, including integrated drilling services provided.The two one-well options included in Maersk Voyager’s previously agreed work scope for Total E&P remain.“We are delighted to add three more wells to Maersk Voyager’s work scope in Angola where our operations were re-started in late August following a suspension period due to the restrictions imposed to combat the global pandemic. We’re happy to go back to work in collaboration with the local partners we have engaged to support the campaign,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.Maersk Voyager is a high-spec ultra-deepwater drillship which was delivered in 2014. It has been operating offshore Africa since 2015 and commenced operations for Total E&P Angola in January this year. Source: Company Press Release
US Navy is delevoping “wingman” AI drones Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy is delevoping “wingman” AI drones View post tag: AI Authorities U.S. Navy researchers from several branches are working on a software system that uses intelligent agents to guide unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that each serve as a ‘wingman’ in manned/unmanned teams, in simulated beyond-visual-range (BVR) air combat missions.The system is called Tactical Battle Manager (TBM) and streamlines cross-platform coordination of manned and unmanned air combat teams to operate in highly contested environments. It allows a human operator to manage the UAVs on a team by coordinating their objectives/goals.In these scenarios, operators control the lead air vehicle and communicate with autonomous agents, each of which is TBM-controlled. Each agent observes its environment through its sensors and executes actions to achieve its goals. These agents employ Goal Reasoning techniques, which allows them to dynamically self-select mission objectives to pursue, thus ensuring competent behavior when the operator is inaccessible and unanticipated situations arise (e.g., representing challenges or opportunities).“The main idea here is if the UAV/wingman is left to its own devices, it has the ability to recognize when or how to change its goal or objective as the mission scenario unfolds,” said Dr. David W. Aha, the Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence. “While some systems allow users to insert new goals or pre-program the selection of new goals, goal reasoning agents can dynamically select new goals to pursue that are not pre-programmed.”NRL’s team integrated the TBM with AFRL’s Analytical Framework for Simulation, Integration and Modeling (AFSIM) and NAVAIR’s Next Generation Threat System (NGTS). AFSIM and NGTS are high fidelity BVR mission simulators that model air, land, and surface platforms, including weapons and subsystems, and are used daily by pilots in virtual training and testing systems.Aha says that in initial human studies with AFSIM, in counter-air scenarios, expert pilots said they had a positive attitude for trusting the TBM’s ability to control a UAV under their command. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: UAV February 24, 2017 Share this article
Highways England has a £39 million special fund to reduce noise levels for people living close to motorways and major A roads, which includes installing noise barriers in areas where they are likely to have a significant benefit for local communities.The organisation has also installed free double glazing at more than 600 homes, and laid quieter surfacing on over 6,000 miles of lanes on motorways and major A roads since 2015 – equivalent to resurfacing the entire M6 three times over.Quieter surfacing is now installed as standard wherever possible on the roads managed by Highways England. The smoother and thinner top layer can help make roads significantly quieter than traditional road surfaces.Ian Holmes, Principal Noise Advisor at Highways England, said: Highways England has pledged to reduce noise levels for people living in over 1,000 areas close to motorways and major A roads by spring 2020 by installing noise barriers, providing free double glazing and laying new quieter road surfaces.A 600-metre-long noise barrier close to the village of North Muskham, near Newark, is the latest structure to be installed as part of the scheme. The three-metre-high barrier has been adopted by the local community after villagers decided to plant 150 shrubs in front of it.North Muskham Parish Council Chair, Ian Harrison said: Around four million drivers travel on our roads every day but they impact many millions more – whether that’s businesses relying on long-distance deliveries or families in opposite ends of the country being able to get together for special occasions. Our roads also have an impact on the people who live near them and I’m pleased we’ve been able to reduce traffic noise levels for over 40,000 roadside residents since 2015 as part of our noise reduction schemes. It’s great to see that the new noise barrier we’ve installed in North Muskham in Nottinghamshire is proving popular with residents, and I’m sure the new shrubs they’ve planted will help make it pretty as well as practical. Last year Highways England won the ‘Silent Approach’ category at the Noise Abatement Society’s annual awards ceremony in London for its work to reduce noise levels for over 40,000 roadside residents since 2015.The awards recognise organisations which are judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise and seek to pioneer practical and innovative solutions.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. The residents in North Muskham have been pressing for this for some years. The completion provides a real difference to the volume of A1 traffic noise experienced especially by nearby residents. Some residents also requested that foliage be replanted to provide better aesthetic views and an environment for birds and other wildlife so the parish council made the request and we are grateful for the positive response.
As many as 650 jobs are at risk at 2 Sisters business Avana Bakeries, following the loss of a major contract with Marks and Spencer (M&S).A spokeperson for 2 Sisters confirmed that following a strategic review with M&S, the majority of employees at its Avana bakery site at Newport were now at risk of redundancy, “following the loss of our M&S business to a competitor”.”The work will now be transferred to the other company, therefore placing the majority of our 650-strong workforce at risk of redundancy. There is also a risk that the site could be closed.”The multi-million pound cake contract is believed to have been won by Park Cake Bakeries in Oldham, according to the BBC, which reported that the M&S deal makes up 85% of what the Avana bakery business produces.The spokesperson continued: “Clearly this is a huge setback to our cakes business and our operations in Wales, but we are determined to work hard to reverse the situation.”As a matter of urgency, we are now making every effort to rebuild the business by seeking alternative customers and opportunities which will minimise the impact of this contract loss. We are hopeful that we can retain our cakes business in Newport.”The firm will now enter into a 45-day minimum consultation period with staff to “explore all available options before taking the next steps”. Avana Bakeries, part of the Brookes Avana, was acquired by Solway Foods, part of 2 Sisters Food Group, from Premier Foods, in January 2012.The £30m sale included three manufacturing sites in Newport (RF Brookes and Avana Bakeries) and Leicester (RF Brookes).Following the sale, the decision was made to sell the Avana Christmas pudding business to Sargents Bakeries, following an investigation by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) over concerns about loss of competition in the market.