After 17 years, Jonny Wilkinson will finally bring down the curtain a hugely successful career that saw him revered as a global icon of the game Defining moment: Thousands of words have been written about Jonny but he will want the minimum of fuss TAGS: Highlight Jonny Wilkinson today, in typically understated fashion, officially notified the rugby world that he was to hang up the boots that struck 1246 glorious points on the international stage at the end of the season.Wilkinson, ever the reluctant hero, released the news through his club Toulon – only the second of a 17-year career – with polite, heartfelt thanks to those who have supported him. “It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France and in England.”He was quick to follow this up with a nod to two defining games of Toulon’s season, a Heineken Cup and Top 14 Final. “This however is not at all the time to be concentrating on this as I would like to focus all my attention and energy on the team and these final two games of the season. I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me and for making these last seventeen years something I will never forget.”The sentiment was clearly, it’s back to business and winning silverware for the Stade Mayol faithful who have taken him to their hearts. Wilkinson will celebrate his 35th birthday in a matter of days and a future in coaching surely beckons, if he wants it. The quiet man from Frimley can look back on a stellar career full of achievement; 91 caps, six Lions caps, two World Cup finals, four Six Nations titles and a Grand Slam. Domestically, after some barren years at Newcastle Falcons he kickstarted Toulon’s ascent to the pinnacle of domestic rugby and went on to win a Heineken Cup, reach two Amlin Challenge Cup Finals and a week on Saturday he hopes to add a Top 14 title to his bulging Trophy cabinet. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Despite all this subsequent success, it is of course the 2003 Rugby World Cup which was his defining moment as he sent a nation into giddy hysteria out in Sydney with a drop goal in the final minute of extra time. He returned from Australia public property, a fact he openly struggled with. Wilkinson will also be remembered for his indefatigable spirt and refusal to buckle under relentless injuries that blighted four peak years of his career. Many lesser men would have thrown the towel in, but not Jonny. He became a beacon, not only for achieving great success but for courage, humility and embodying the game’s values of respect and modesty.Perhaps the highest compliment you can give him is that he transcended the tribal borders of the international game. Over the years, countless players and fans, whatever their nationality, have cited him as their role model and there can be no greater praise.
iStock(DANIA BEACH, Fla.) — A man told police that he fled the scene of a deadly South Florida crash because he went home to stash his drugs.Police arrested 37-year-old Terrance Pressey last week after he told authorities he fatally hit a pedestrian in Dania Beach, Florida, last fall, but went home to “drop off his weed” instead of seeing if the person was OK, according to a newly released arrest report.Madhusudhan Bhetwal, 53, died at the scene of the crash after Pressey slammed his white Dodge Charger into the man as he crossed the street, police said.Authorities said Pressey dialed 911 after leaving the crash site and told dispatchers that he had hit someone, according to a police report obtained by ABC News on Tuesday. He was still on the phone with 911 when he returned to the scene.Witnesses said they heard the impact of the crash and saw the driver hit his “brakes and stop in the road,” the report said. One witness said they saw the “driver’s-side door open, then close and then the driver fled,” according to the report.The suspect initially said he left the scene to drop off his passenger, according to the report. He later changed his story, admitting that he was alone and had to go home to “drop off his weed,” the report said.Police said Pressey told authorities that he saw the victim’s “body on the windshield, but continued to drive away after the impact.”“Pressey reported securing the marijuana inside of his residence prior to returning back to the crash to the crash scene and calling 911,” police said in the report.After taking the suspect’s statement on the scene, an officer said they drove Pressey back to his home where he “voluntarily surrendered a small amount” of marijuana, according to the arrest report.Pressey was arrested last Thursday, charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash and possession of marijuana. He was being held on $20,000 bond as of early Wednesday. Authorities did not explain why they waited approximately five months to apprehend him. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(BEREA, Ohio) — The Cleveland Browns have fired head coach Freddie Kitchens after just one season leading the team.The Browns announced the move in a statement Sunday night, following the team’s 33-23 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.“We are disappointed in our results and feel a change is necessary,” Cleveland’s general manager, John Dorsey, said in a statement. “Freddie is a good man and good football coach. We wish he and his family nothing but success.”“We thank Freddie for his hard work and commitment to this organization but did not see the success or opportunities for improvement to move forward with him as our head coach,” Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the owners of the Browns, said in a joint statement.With Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, Cleveland ended the regular season with a 6-10 record, failing to reach the playoffs.“Our focus is on hiring an exceptional leader for this football team and we will take a comprehensive approach to this process. We are excited about the core players we have to build around and develop and we look forward to bringing in a strong head coach that will put this group of players in the best position to succeed,” the Haslams said in their statement.Kitchens, 45, marked the sixth head coach, including interims, that the Browns have had since the Haslams purchased the team in 2012.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 30, 2019 /Sports News – National Browns fire head coach Freddie Kitchens after one season Beau Lund Written by
Image: Puma Energy to sell most of its Australian business to Chevron. Photo: courtesy of Jonathan Glynn-Smith/Wikimedia.org. Chevron has agreed to acquire Australian commercial and retail fuels business of Puma Energy for A$425m ($292m).Under the terms of the deal, the Australian arm of Chevron will acquire a network of petrol stations and fuel distribution businesses, including storage and import terminals in the country.Chevron downstream & chemicals executive vice president Mark Nelson said: “The acquisition will provide Chevron with a stable market for production volumes from our refining joint ventures in Asia and create a foundation for sustainable earnings growth.“It will build on Chevron’s strong history of partnership in Australia and our global experience in fuels and convenience marketing and supply.”Puma Energy said that it is their priority is to ensure a transparent and seamless transition of operations to Chevron for all employees, customers and business associates in Australia.The company expects to use the proceeds of the sale to pay down debt, in line with the company’s capital structure policy.Puma Energy CEO Emma FitzGerald said: “This transaction marks another positive step forward in Puma Energy’s commitment to optimise our global portfolio and deleverage our balance sheet by the end of 2020.“This follows the sale of our business operations in Indonesia and Paraguay, enabling us to pay down our debt and ensure we’re focused on those markets which will drive growth as part of our customer-focused five-year strategy.”The transaction is expected to be completed by mid-2020, subject to regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.For the transaction, BofA Securities served as financial adviser to Puma Energy while Allens acted as legal adviser.Puma Energy announced the sale of Puma Energy Paraguay in OctoberIn October, Puma Energy had announced the sale of its business operations in Paraguay to Impala Terminals Group, a joint venture between Trafigura and IFM Global Infrastructure Fund for $200m. The Puma Energy bitumen business in Australia is not impacted by the sale
View post tag: completes HMS Ledbury Completes Its Minehunting Mission in the Mediterranean View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Ledbury Completes Its Minehunting Mission in the Mediterranean View post tag: Naval Portsmouth based warship HMS Ledbury will return home today after spending six months working alongside NATO counterparts in the Mediterranean Sea.The Hunt Class minehunter and her 42 crew sailed in early January. Since then Ledbury has clocked up 12,000 nautical miles and spent her time operating with NATO’s permanent mine countermeasures group, assisting with the task of clearing the Mediterranean of historic ordnance left from the World Wars and more recent conflicts and to conduct a series of exercises.The ship and her crew have sailed around most of the Mediterranean in their six-month deployment visiting 18 ports in 8 countries including Malta, Sicily, Croatia, Spain, Portugal and Italy. There were also two visits to key North African countries as part of NATO’s role in the Mediterranean.During recent training off the coast of Sardinia, HMS Ledbury worked with Italian counterparts to destroy a live World War II German sea mine that had been spotted by Ledbury’s skilled operators using the ship’s sophisticated sonar at a depth of 43 metres. The ship’s remote controlled mini submarine Seafox was used to beam live video back to the ship, enabling mine clearance divers to detonate the aged ordnance safely.Lieutenant Commander Tony Williams Royal Navy, Commanding Officer of HMS Ledbury said:“I am very proud of the efforts of my Crew who have unrelentingly displayed their professionalism and fortitude from the moment we started preparing for this deployment over a year ago. The deployment has been challenging but very rewarding and I am particularly proud of my teams efforts in finding and destroying the mine off Sardinia.“My crew and I would like to thank all those who have supported us during this deployment and we are all very glad to be coming home to our families after such a long time away.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 29, 2012; Image:Royal Navy View post tag: Mission View post tag: Ledbury View post tag: Mediterranean June 29, 2012 View post tag: Minehunting Share this article
USS Lassen concludes 10-year forward deployment Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Lassen concludes 10-year forward deployment January 6, 2016 The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82) left Yokosuka, Japan on January 6 after nearly 10 years in the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.The ship will conduct her last patrol in the western pacific before heading to her new homeport of Mayport, Florida.Lassen is one of the destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and Carrier Strike Group 5.Commander Robert Francis, commanding officer of Lassen, said: “Lassen has provided support for DESRON and Carrier Strike Group 5 for a long time. I’m proud of the accomplishments of our Sailors that have served in 7th Fleet on such a great ship and I’m looking forward to what is to come after the homeport change.”DVIDS’ Rachel Jackson has put together an overview of the events that marked the ship’s 10-year deployment. View post tag: USS Lassen View post tag: US Navy Authorities In March of 2010, Lassen aided in the salvage and recovery of the Republic of Korea Ship (ROKS) Cheonan after it sank off the coast of the Republic of Korea. Later that year Lassen participated in the Invincible Spirit exercise conducted with the Republic of Korea Navy.Lassen was the first ship to arrive in the Leyte Gulf, Republic of the Philippines, in the fall of 2013 to aid in Operation Damayan after Typhoon Haiyan caused damage to the area. The ship also acted as a fueling station for the helicopter squadrons that aided the remote villages affected.In 2006, Lassen participated in her first Annual Exercise (AnnualEx) the largest bilateral exercise conducted in 7th Fleet, and continued the participation throughout her time in Japan. She has also participated Multi-Sail, a DESRON 15-led exercise designed to test interoperability and combat capabilities.In 2010 Lassen participated in a number of exercises including, Foal Eagle, a bilateral Field Training Exercise with the ROKN, Malabar, a trilateral exercise conducted with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Indian Navy, Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), a bilateral exercise, Invincible Spirit, and Keen Sword, bilateral exercises with the ROKN.During her last deployment in 2015, Lassen continued her participation in Foal Eagle, CARAT, Multi-Sail and AnnualEx 16. She also hosted a group of midshipmen from the Naval Academy during their summer program“I’m honored to take charge of this outstanding crew,” said Francis. “This upcoming tour before the homeport change will provide new opportunities for Lassen and her Sailors.”Along with continued participation in exercises, Lassen fosters relationships that demonstrate the commitment the United States has to the region through port visits to Donghae, Republic of Korea, Bali, Indonesia and Nagasaki, Japan, Melbourne, Australia, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and a number of others during her time in Seventh Fleet.Often, the Sailors aboard Lassen had the opportunity to participate in community relations (COMREL) projects such as during the multiple visits to Vladivostok, Russia, to foster relations with the Russian Navy, Sailors participated in celebration events and visits to a children’s medical ward and a center for at-risk youth.During her port visit in 2010 to Goa, India, Sailors renovated a primary school. The Sailors painted a number of classrooms and interacted with the staff and students.The Lassen Sailors were also treated to Korean barbecue by the ROK Sailors.Replacing Lassen is the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52). Barry will join 7th fleet as a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capable destroyer. She brings the newest Aegis combat system, Baseline 9.C, to 7th Fleet and the capability to fire all Vertical Launch System (VLS) ordnance, including the newest missiles, RIM-161 Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) and RIM-161 Standard Missile 6 (SM-6). Barry brings more advanced Link capabilities including Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) to aid interoperability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.Lassen departs Yokosuka for Mayport with years of experience to use in her new homeport.
By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School Girls Soccer team kicked off the South Jersey Group 3 state playoff in style, defeating visiting Timber Creek 8-0.The win improves the Red Raiders to 19-1-1, while Timber Creek ends its season with a record of 2-14-2.Ocean City, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, got on the scoreboard early, with Faith Slimmer putting one past the Timber Creek goalkeeper with less than four minutes off the game clock.Her sister, Hope Slimmer, had the assist.The opening goal set the tone for the afternoon’s game with Ocean City dominating the visiting Timber Creek Chargers all over the field with precise passing, intricate footwork and heads-up play.Over the course of a 10-minute span in the first half, the Red Raiders put three more goals up on the scoreboard — one by Faith Slimmer, her second for the afternoon, and two by Summer Reimet.Once again, Hope Slimmer assisted on a goal for the Red Raiders, this time for teammate Reimet.Hope Slimmer uses her speed and ball control in the midfield.As Ocean City sat on a comfortable 4-0 lead, the Red Raiders were not about to rest on their laurels.With under 10 minutes to play in the opening half, Ocean City once again used a run of goals in a span of five minutes to extend its lead to 7-0.Faith Slimmer had her third goal of the game unassisted, following that up with an assist to Paige Panico, who tallied Ocean City’s sixth goal.Reimet rounded out her hat trick on the day, being assisted by teammate Hannah Keane.The Red Raiders would take a dominating lead into halftime 7-0.As the second half got underway, Ocean City utilized its depth off the bench to continue pushing the pace of play on the Chargers.Once again, their teamwork and ball control helped the Red Raiders to keep the game steadily in their hands.With 14 minutes ticked off the second half clock, Katie Mazzitelli fired one past Timber Creek’s goalkeeper to notch the final goal on the afternoon, giving Ocean City the game 8-0.Faith Slimmer uses fancy footwork to evade a Timber Creek defender.Ocean City Head Coach Kelly Halliday was excited that the team came out eager and ready to play.“It was great to get on the scoreboard right away. We aren’t taking anything for granted,” she said.As the Red Raiders look ahead to their next game, Halliday reminded them to take it one day at a time.“We are excited playoffs are here. Our spirits are high, and we feel great, but we will be back to work tomorrow to prepare for Cherry Hill West on Thursday,” said Halliday.Ocean City will play host once again, 2 p.m. Thursday, on the turf against the visiting No. 8 seed Cherry Hill West Lions.Summer Reimet (20) strikes one at the Timber Creek goalkeeper. Ocean City’s Paige Panico looks upfield while keeping possession of the ball in the playoff win for the Red Raiders against Timber Creek.
Evolution is forever calling on the past to look at ways to improve for the future, but in some areas of bakery and café retail design, what the more distant past offered is seemingly now a good enough solution.Product display has evolved in the same way as mainstream fashion taking the existing idea, but improving on it to essentially evoke the feeling of the good old days. With the invasion of the big four supermarkets to retail parks and now in smaller high street locations, the need to be creative in product display is increasingly important in grabbing the attention of the next sale for the smaller, independent retailers.The solution appears simple: open up the counter to remove physical barriers, such as glass display screening and general clutter, so that staff and product are as close to the customer as possible. It’s reassuring in a ’we’ve-got-nothing-to-hide’ way and it’s personal, with an opportunity to build relationships with customers. Traditional display solutions, such as cake stands or open rattan baskets, can now be seen on the serve-over counters in many of the high street coffee chains, which are trying to build on both the ’local’ and ’deli’ trends.Increasingly food-educated and critical, consumers like to see what they are going to eat. They want to make their own decisions and they want to pick and choose their own muffin and a return to open display supports this. However, they will also want to know who made it, how long it has been sat on the rough block chopping board and, most importantly, what precautions have been taken to prevent the exposed muffin from being contaminated by sticky fingers and passing cold germs. It’s this balance between close-up product and reassuringly good hygiene that is the most difficult issue to overcome in this developing trend and one that food hygiene guidance fails to shed much light on.The operational challenges of an open product display are a further issue to contend with. A cake stand with a lid won’t have a lid for long and the fresh product on display will only stay fresh for four hours at best, which means regular refreshing and potential increases in waste. Some stores have opted to work on the basis of customers picking from the front of the display, so there is a one-off, one-on refresh of product to maintain quality, but this needs to be well-managed to ensure a constantly fresh product and a continually happy regular customer.The solution actually isn’t quite so simple. The back-fill, served display fridge does have a place within a store, but it shouldn’t be the sole display unit. There should be space on the counter to get closer to your customers and there should be fresh product on display, but keep it covered; a simple acetate sheet will do and, where possible, offer a well-covered or wrapped alternative for [email protected]
Anyone who’s ever wanted to get a peek inside a Harvard classroom will soon have a chance.In conjunction with the University’s 375th anniversary, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) is launching a new video series, “Harvard’s Great Teachers,” highlighting Harvard’s world-class faculty and offering a sampling of the exciting and innovative teaching experienced by Harvard students.“ ‘Harvard’s Great Teachers’ is a video series that showcases our faculty sharing their ideas, talking about what they do in the classroom, very much in the liberal arts tradition,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith. “Harvard is a place where the nuance, complexity, and the sometimes startling beauty of ideas are explored. We hope these videos will illustrate for viewers the type of exciting and important conversations that happen here every day between our faculty and students.”The series launches today with more than a dozen separate videos, ranging in length from a few minutes to a full hour, in which faculty members discuss their approach to teaching and explore topics they are passionate about. Other videos include full-length classroom lectures, visits to different locations on campus, and interviews with students about the Harvard classroom experience. Among the faculty members who will appear in the initial set of videos:Peter Galison, the Pellegrino University Professor, who discusses the effect of historical context on the genesis of Einstein’s discoveries, along with the ways in which these discoveries affected modern notions of time and space.Thomas F. Kelly, the Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, who offers viewers an inside look at the ideas and activities that make his “First Nights” course one of Harvard’s most popular and enduring institutions. Kelly’s thoughts on the significance of first performances — whether it is the debut of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” or the first performance of the original, student-performed work that completes the term — offer a conceptually rich and powerfully moving account of the role music can play in human experience.Lisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, who discusses the importance of scale to her work as a physicist and to our ways of seeing and understanding the world around us. In her new book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” and in her collaborations with artists and composers — such as her recent curation of the “Measure for Measure” exhibit at Harvard’s Carpenter Center — Randall manages to communicate the difficult concepts of her research in both lucid and provocative ways.Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law in the faculty of law and professor of computer science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who discusses topics ranging from his vision of the Internet as “random acts of kindness” to the dangers of online crowdsourcing to his innovative and interdisciplinary classroom practices.Videos will be added over the course of the spring semester. The series will run for up to five years, with as many as six new videos being produced each year.“We want to show how exciting it is to be in the classroom these days,” said Evelynn M. Hammonds, dean of Harvard College and Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies. “It’s not a passive experience — it’s quite dynamic and thought-provoking. What we want to capture in this series and bring to the world is the excitement of intellectual inquiry in Harvard’s classrooms.”“Central to everything we do is the 150-year-old idea of a university devoted to interweaving teaching and research,” said Galison, who serves as faculty adviser on the series. “Our research — across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities — finds its way into the world. Sometimes that passage is through scientific articles, interpretive books, or national policy. But traditionally, we have had fewer means for conveying the huge amount of work that goes into finding new and exciting ways of teaching: new teaching methods on one side, and the integration of new knowledge on the other. Our hope with these short videos is that we could make visible some of the innovative and compelling ways that teaching is developing here. It is, I am convinced, a first step in a major new initiative that we are undertaking to rethink the Harvard classroom for the 21st century — and to share those results.”The video series, produced by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, reflects a renewed focus on teaching and learning at FAS and across the University. In 2010, Smith reported to the faculty on his efforts to support great teaching and learning, alongside great scholarship.Other efforts include [email protected], a series of faculty panels launched last year by Smith. Participants last year shared best practices and innovative methods with fellow faculty and teaching staff in three areas: active learning, instilling a global perspective, and teaching with collections. To mark Harvard’s 375th anniversary, Professor of History Maya Jasanoff recently moderated a pair of discussions about the FAS at 400, imagining how Harvard’s approach to its teaching and research might change and what core elements might stand the test of time.Both the series and the [email protected] panels complement the University-wide Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) symposium held Feb. 3. The conference offered faculty and students the opportunity to engage in dialogue and debate while sharing ideas and information about pedagogical innovation, and was developed as part of a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser.To view the “Harvard’s Great Teachers” series.