“Life is funny. A few weeks back I didn’t think I was going to be here and a few months back I didn’t think I was going to still play rugby. So to sit here as captain this weekend is unbelievable for me.” So says Fourie du Preez, the man who has gone from Nowheresville to Twickenham to lead South Africa in a World Cup quarter-final, in the blink of an eye. TAGS: Highlight Back in the groove: Fourie du Preez sets up an attack against Samoa. (Photo: Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Of course, the fact that du Preez has the talent to play in the latter stages of a World Cup is not in question – he won the thing in 2007. But since South Africa were knocked out of the 2011 World Cup the brilliant scrum-half has spent most of his time playing for Suntory Sungoliath in Japan. His club contract stated he was available for South Africa’s home Tests, but just 12 of his 74 caps have come since October 2011, partly due to him suffering injuries. As he hadn’t featured at all for the Springboks since 28 June 2014 when coach Heyneke Meyer was picking his squad for this World Cup, you would certainly have got long odds on du Preez playing a part.But Meyer included the veteran among his 31 players, brought him off the bench in the first match against Japan and then handed him the No 9 jersey for the other three Pool B matches against Samoa, Scotland and the USA. After captain Jean de Villiers broke his jaw against Samoa and vice captain Victor Matfield was also sidelined with a hamstring injury, du Preez was given a further gift of the captain’s armband and he has played a major role in helping South Africa bounce back from their shock defeat to Japan to top their pool and progress to the last eight.I’m here: Du Preez’s World Cup appearance was unexpected. (Photo: Getty Images)Crisis managementWhen Meyer chose du Preez as captain for the clash with Scotland at the start of this month, the coach was bullish about his qualities. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in Fourie, I’ve coached him since he was 19 years old and even back in the day I was astonished about his rugby knowledge and always believed he would be a rugby genius. And he is a rugby genius,” Meyer said. “Fourie’s not a guy of a lot of words, not like me, but he’s a true warrior and that’s what you’re going to need.”Du Preez himself acknowledged that every game was effectively a knockout match after South Africa were turned over 34-32 by Japan on the opening weekend. Then, the mood in the squad was further darkened by the loss of de Villiers, so du Preez had to lead the Boks out of the deepest and darkest of World Cup holes – but he succeeded.After the 34-16 win over Scotland he was quick to share the credit, saying: “I want to thank the rest of the players that stood by me. Everyone stood up today, everybody stood up last week as well, under immense pressure. It’s been an unbelievable experience for me.“We’ve put everything on the line these past two weeks and it’s definitely the most pressure I’ve ever been under – not even in the 2007 final was the pressure as these two weeks have been.”Tricky customer: Fourie du Preez tests Scotland’s defence. (Photo: Getty Images) Fourie du Preez by numbersAge – 33 (born 24 March, 1982)Total South Africa caps – 74Test debut – v Ireland, June 2004World Cup appearances – 15World Cup 2015 stats – 246 passes, 26 kicks from hand, 16 runs (total of 59m), 13 tackles, 87% tackle success rate. Speed of thought and deedSo what has du Preez done to keep Ruan Pienaar – owner of 87 Springbok caps including 23 starts since the end of the 2011 World Cup – out of the starting line-up for the last three weeks?The veteran is playing with a fantastic rhythm, keeping his pack going forward and keeping the opposition guessing. Du Preez is not making many metres with the ball in hand himself, although a tap-and-go from a penalty created South Africa’s first try against the USA, but he is producing a variety of passes and kicks and using his team’s attacking weapons – most notably Bryan Habana – to crack open defences.In that same game against the USA a little dab of a kick found Habana and gave him the space to run in his first try, in the first minute of the second half, while a superb flat pass from a lineout sent the wing in for his second try.Beaming Bryan: Habana dives in for his second try v USA. (Photo: Getty Images)See the highlights of South Africa v USA here.Du Preez doesn’t have the pace of old, but he has an incredible rugby brain which has not been dulled in the least by the passing of time. As Japan coach Eddie Jones, who coached du Preez at Suntory Sungoliath told SA Rugby Magazine: “He is the best decision-making halfback I’ve ever seen. Fourie’s ability to come out of the ruck, to know whether to hit the short runner or go wide, is superb. It’s like having a coach on the field.” Enter the dragonSamoa, Scotland and the USA all failed to rain on du Preez’s parade, so can Wales turn his World Cup dream into a nightmare during Saturday’s quarter-final (Twickenham, 4pm)? The Wales back row will be the classiest and canniest he has faced in this tournament, but his opposite number Gareth Davies is a relative rookie – eight years his junior and with just eight caps to his name, four of them won at this tournament.However, Davies has been one of the success stories of RWC 2015 so far, scoring four tries and piloting Wales to wins over England, Fiji and Uruguay, so du Preez should be wary of him. This will be his toughest test in this tournament so far.Welsh wizard: Gareth Davies has impressed for Wales at RWC 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)Wales won when the two teams last met, at the Millennium Stadium in November of last year. What’s more, they kept the Springboks tryless in that 12-6 win and kept Australia from crossing the whitewash last weekend too. However, before Wales fans get too over-excited, let’s not forget South Africa beat Wales 16 times in a row before last year’s meeting.Du Preez played in seven of those victories and helped the Boks cross Wales’ try-line 27 times. It may be stretching the truth to say he is back at his best, but he is in magnificent form, enjoying an unexpected return to the limelight, and he won’t want it all to end just yet. For the latest Rugby World magazine subscription offers, click here.
Photographs: Adrián Llaguno Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903979/casa-ruidera-taller-agf Clipboard ArchDaily CopyHouses•Alvarado, Mexico Casa Ruidera / TALLER AGFSave this projectSaveCasa Ruidera / TALLER AGFSave this picture!© Adrián Llaguno+ 23Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Architects: TALLER AGF Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903979/casa-ruidera-taller-agf Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Save this picture!© Adrián LlagunoSave this picture!Cross SectionSave this picture!© Adrián LlagunoThe social area is an open space that is between 2 green areas, which becomes a large terrace when opening the windows from both sides letting through the dominant winds through the lattice of the gate of the garage and the apparent brick lattice. The interior patio not only responds to a functional matter of ventilation and lighting but also to the search for a contemplative and intimate space.Save this picture!© Adrián LlagunoProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture Startup AI SpaceFactory Reveals Smart Skyscrapers that Integrate Techno…Architecture NewsIE Spaces for Innovation PrizeOpportunities Share Area: 270 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTALLER AGFOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAlvaradoMexicoPublished on October 17, 2018Cite: “Casa Ruidera / TALLER AGF” [Casa Ruidera / TALLER AGF] 17 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Belu commits to raise at least £300,000 for WaterAid Howard Lake | 15 June 2011 | News Bottled water brand Belu has pledged to raise at least £300,000 for international charity WaterAid over the next three years.Launched as a social enterprise in 2004, Belu has always supported clean water projects. From today WaterAid will be its exclusive charity partner. Belu is sold at a number of UK restaurants including Cafe Rouge and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen.Each bottle of Belu water will now feature the fundraising commitment on its label.Karen Lynch, Belu’s Managing Director said: “Belu has enjoyed significant growth in sales and the business is now able distribute much larger sums to clean water projects. We are therefore delighted to enter into this partnership with WaterAid which will ensure that those monies have the greatest impact in the areas of greatest need”.www.wateraid.org Tagged with: corporate Trading 39 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Tagged with: video YouTube [youtube]http://youtu.be/2FhVO3WdNMM[/youtube] YouTube Nonprofits – tools overview Now that you have signed up for free to YouTube’s Nonprofit programme, what can you do? Here are some suggestions of how to use the free tools: Advertisement Call-to-action overlays: video overlays that can be used to raise donations, enlist volunteers, drive viewers to a petition or promote a fundraising event and more.Annotations: allow you to layer text in a hotspot on your video, offering further information. They can link to other YouTube videos, YouTube channels or other websites, and can be used to link to your social media presences, drive subscriptions or promote other fundraising activities.Google Wallet Donate Button: you can ask for donations right from your YouTube videos 30 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 June 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Peter Townsend Policy Press Prize is awarded biennially for outstanding work with policy relevance in the areas of poverty and inequality, ageing and the lives of older people, disability and inequalities in health.The authors donated the £2,000 prize money to Thrive, a charity based in Thornaby which combines research, campaigns and projects to help the most excluded households in the region. Howard Lake | 26 July 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Prize-winning poverty book’s authors donate prize money to charity Two Teesside University professors, whose book on poverty in the UK has won an award, have donated their £2,000 prize to a charity helping people living in poverty.Professors Rob MacDonald and Tracy Shildrick were awarded the British Academy Peter Townsend Policy Press Prize for their book ‘Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-pay Britain’, which exposed the myth of the ‘benefits scrounger’.The book was based on research with people from Middlesbrough who were caught up in the ‘low-pay, no-pay’ cycle. It demonstrated that people living in poverty are not like the “prejudiced portraits of benefit scroungers” as depicted in popular culture. Instead it found a lasting work commitment and a hatred of claiming benefits among those living in, or close to, poverty. Advertisement 39 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
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EcuadorAmericas News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further December 24, 2019 Find out more April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Ecuador Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources News Receive email alerts News June 15, 2020 Find out more News EcuadorAmericas Reporters Without Borders deplores President Rafael Correa’s verbal attacks on the press and above all his decision not to give any more news conferences. The aggressivity of some of the news media towards him is undeniable, but he should try to defuse the tension between the press and the government, the organisation said.“Yes, Ecuadorean society is very polarised and, yes, President Correa’s political and constitutional reform programme has elicited scathing reactions from the media, but this situation will only get worse if the president decides to boycott the press after stepping up his attacks on it,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Accepting high political office means exposing oneself to criticism and being held accountable to public opinion,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We still believe in the possibility of dialogue and we call on the president to reverse his decision not to give any more news conferences. An empty-chair policy is the worst of all solutions.”After describing certain media as “mediocre, corrupt and mendacious,” Correa acknowledged on 10 June that he had “made mistakes” in his clashes with the press. But then he went back onto the attack. Referring to the constituent assembly that will be named on 30 September, he called on 25 June for “strong laws” in the area of communications and said “in Latin America’s history, the press has always been against progressive governments.”He again laid into the media three days later after they reported a poll that gave his government a 63 per cent favourable rating, as against an earlier, Cedatos-Gallup poll with an 80 per cent positive rating, and he cited former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s use of the term “feral beasts” to refer to journalists.After often publicly criticising journalists in the past for being too pushy, Correa triggered an outcry from the media and journalists’ organisations when he referred to Sandra Ochoa of the daily El Universo as the “horrible little fatty” and accused her of “rudeness.” In a 24 May letter, he meanwhile told Reporters Without Borders that he would not withdraw the “public insult” complaint he brought against Francisco Vivanco, the editor of the daily La Hora, which means Vivanco will continue to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence and a heavy fine (see release of 21 May).To avoid more incidents of this kind in the future, Correa announced that he would no longer give any news conferences and would in future respond to the news media “in writing.” His Argentine counterpart, Néstor Kirchner, who is also at odds with certain news media, has never given a news conference since becoming president in 2003. July 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Correa urged to reconsider decision not to give any more news conferences Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders is worried about President Rafael Correa’s often violent verbal attacks on the media and, above all, his recent decision not to give any more news conferences. The organisation urges him to try to defuse the tension which has developed, with his help, between him and the media.
Police searching for man connected to hit and run Target theft suspects WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsCrime OPD investigating Target thefts Facebook Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay The Odessa Police Department is searching for four unidentified suspects involved in three different thefts from Target.The three thefts occurred between March 31 and April 8 at Target, 3909 E. 42nd St.The first theft reported involved two women who concealed around $1,830 worth of merchandise and left the store making no attempt to pay, an OPD news release stated.Police are searching for a male suspect involved in a second theft who cut the locking pegs off of merchandise with a knife, hid around $225 worth of merchandise inside his pants and left without paying, the release detailed.The third case involved a woman who used a fraudulent check to pay for around $128 worth of merchandise, the release stated. When asked for identification, the suspect argued with the employee and ran out of the store with the unpaid merchandise.Photos of the suspects can be found at odessapd.com or on OPD’s Facebook page.Anyone with information regarding the identities of any of the four suspects can call Detective R. Celaya at 432-335-4937 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS. Pinterest Home Local News Crime OPD investigating Target thefts Pinterest Facebook Previous articleOPD, ECSO receive $85,000 each from Bustin for BadgesNext articlePolice searching for JCPenney theft suspect admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – May 22, 2018 Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Twitter Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death
Local News Odessa Regional Medical Center reopens pediatric care unit Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Pinterest By Odessa American – April 27, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Odessa Regional Medical Center will reopen its pediatric care unit on Monday about a year after the space temporarily closed due the COVID-19 pandemic.During the closure, the 16-bed unit, located on ORMC’s West Campus has been completely renovated with new, beautiful finishes and will now be staffed with a dedicated pediatric hospitalist team available to serve our patients around the clock, a news release said.The revamped unit will offer comfortable accommodations such as private rooms and specialized medical care to ensure comfort and the highest-quality care for our region’s families.A team of board-certified pediatricians will care for children with a wide range of illnesses. They will also provide care in other areas of the hospital including the emergency room, labor and delivery and the newborn nursery, when needed. ORMC’s pediatric hospitalists will also work with the ORMC cardiology department to offer high-tech cardiac screenings including stress tests, echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, signal averaged electrocardiograms, and event monitoring.“At Odessa Regional Medical Center, our top priority is providing high-quality, community-based care to our patients, even under the most challenging of circumstances,” Stacey Brown, president of Odessa Regional Medical Center, said in the release. “We are proud of our hospital’s ability to adapt quickly to the pandemic. And now, as cases drop and vaccination rates tick up, we are thrilled to reopen our newly renovated pediatric unit and are ready to support Odessa as well as the surrounding communities for pediatric care.” TAGSCOVID-19Odessa Regional Medical Centerpediatric care Previous articleGIRLS HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS: Fanucci, Waddell ready to represent ECISD at state meetNext articleWest Texas Food Bank Receives Donation and Army National Guard Helps To Distribute Odessa American Facebook
Home / Daily Dose / Tracking Home Flipping Across the Nation Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tracking Home Flipping Across the Nation Sign up for DS News Daily September 19, 2019 1,885 Views Related Articles Print This Post Share Save Tagged with: Home Flipping Investment ROI Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The volume of single-family homes and condos flipped during Q2 2019 was up 12.4% from the prior quarter, but down 5.2% from a year ago, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. Homes flipped during the quarter represented 5.9% of all home sales during the quarter, which is down from the post-recession high of 7.2% in Q1 2019.Additionally, homes flipped in Q2 2019 generated a gross profit of $62,700—a 2% increase from the previous quarter and 2% below last year’s numbers. The gross profit from the homes flipped in Q2 2019 is a 39.9% ROI compared to the price it was purchased for, which is a sight decline from the ROI of 40.9% from the prior quarter. ATTOM states returns on homes flipped have dropped six-consecutive quarters and eight out of the last 10. Returns currently stand at the lowest level since Q4 2011.“Home flipping keeps getting less and less profitable, which is another marker that the post-recession housing boom is softening or may be coming to an end,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. “Flipping houses is still a good business to be in and profits are healthy in most parts of the country. But push-and-pull forces in the housing market appear to be working less and less in investors’ favor. That’s leading to declining profits and a business that is nowhere near as good as it was a few years ago.”Although the home-flipping rate fell nationally from last year, several markets posted big gains in the share of homes flipped. Raleigh, North Carolina, led the nation with a 72% increase in home flipping, followed by fellow Tarheel State market Charlotte, which saw a 54% increase. Atlanta, Georgia, posted a 46% increase, San Antonio, Texas, saw home flipping jump 46%, and Tucson, Arizona, recorded a 43% hike. Investors are thriving in Scranton, Pennsylvania, as it leads the nation in gross ROI at 134%. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has gross ROIs of 132.5%, and is followed by Reading, Pennsylvania (129.3%); Kingsport, Tennessee (104.1%); and Augusta, Georgia (101.1%). ATTOM states it took an average of 184 days to complete a flip in Q2 2019, which is a slight increase from 180 days the prior quarter and 183 days last year. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home Flipping Investment ROI 2019-09-19 Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News, REO, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Industry Reacts: Fed Cuts Rates Again Next: Knox Capital Invests in a360inc