When will Gael Fickou’s talent be appreciated by France?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hot-stepper: Gael Fickou is a prodigiously talented centre. (Photo: Getty Images) At 17, Gael Fickou was described by Shaun Edwards as the future of centre play, while Sir Clive Woodward believes he and Wesley Fofana could form the best midfield partnership in the world; but the 21-year-old isn’t yet appreciated in the same way in his home country.Barring an injury or a sudden change of mind from Philippe Saint-André – which is admittedly not out of the question – Fickou won’t feature in France‘s final pool decider against Ireland in a fortnight.The question is, why is a player as prodigiously talented as Fickou not yet considered first choice for Les Bleus?The Toulouse youngster started his first World Cup game last Wednesday against Romania, lining up alongside Fofana, and scoring a try in the closing stages of a 38-11 victory.It was a far from perfect display at the Olympic Stadium, with a couple of frustrating knock-ons ending what had looked like promising attacks.With France struggling to hold onto the ball at the breakdown, those mistakes became all the more crucial, but the ease with which Fickou stepped his way through the Romanian defence reminded people of why he has been rated highly for so long. Woodward likened him to Jonathan Joseph and it’s easy to see the similarities, with their graceful running style and quick feet allowing them to dance past defenders.Gael force: Fickou dives over for his try against England in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)He first really came to prominence for England fans with a stunning individual try on his Heineken Cup debut against Leicester in 2012, then again with his match-winning try to down England in Paris 16 months later.The problem for Fickou is that his distribution hasn’t developed to match his gamebreaking ability, and despite being used a lot at 12 by Toulouse, his instinct remains to run rather than to pass. In that sense he is very similar to Fofana, another majestic runner, with an even greater nose for the tryline.As Saint-André tries to impose his gameplan of ‘combat, combat and more combat’, it’s Mathieu Bastareaud who has become the key cog in the French midfield. He’s long been earmarked as the next big thing in the French midfield, so when will Gael Fickou break through to become a bonafide Test star?center_img For all their distribution struggles, both Fickou and Fofana are ahead of Bastareaud in that department but only one can start alongside Basta and at the moment Fofana and Alexandre Dumoulin are ahead of Fickou.The other issue for Fickou is that a knee injury he suffered playing for Toulouse in March had kept him out of action for the rest of the season. In fact last week’s clash with Romania was his first start of any kind since he suffered that injury against Toulon six months ago.“It had been a long time so I’m very pleased to have represented my country,” he explained. “It had been a while so it was a bit strange to play all 80 minutes. There was some positive stuff and some negative stuff but I’ll try to retain the positive at the end for the future.“It’s nice to score a try at the World Cup. That’s always something that’s very positive. There were a few things which were less convincing but you have to learn from that.”Double act: Dumlouin and Bastareaud are first pick in the centre. (Photo: Getty Images)And what about the fact that he is seemingly rated higher on this side of the channel than in France? Well Fickou knows that it’s up to him to convince Saint-André that Edwards and Woodward are right about him.And if he doesn’t, his former Toulouse coach Guy Novès will be taking over from Saint-André after the World Cup, and you can be sure that he appreciates the value of the 21-year-old.“It’s obviously pleasing to see that the English think highly of me and that they talk about me,” Fickou added. “But I play for France and I’m very happy to do so. It’s up to me to convince the coaches so that they think the same thing.“We get on really well with Wesley and I enjoy playing with him. It could have gone better against Romania but for one of our first games together it was pretty good.”last_img read more

Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan announces plan to step down at…

first_img Submit an Event Listing Posted Feb 13, 2019 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan issued a message to his diocese on Feb. 9 announcing his intention to step down at the end of 2020. He has called for the election of a bishop coadjutor, who will succeed him as diocesan bishop.Sloan first announced his plans in an address to the diocesan convention. The text of his written message to the diocese follows.Hello, friendsThis morning in my address to our Diocesan Convention, I called for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor, who we will elect to become my successor. It is my intention to continue to serve as your Bishop Diocesan until the end of 2020. You will be able to see and hear the address here or read it here, but the essence of it is that I think it’s time for me to step aside for new leadership as we continue to share the Good News of the love of God in Jesus Christ in a changing world.Diocese of Alabama Bishop Kee SloanWe will release more details about the process of nominating and electing the 12th Bishop of Alabama when they become clear, but it will likely take a year and a half or so, and after we elect and ordain the next bishop, there will be a few months of overlap so that the transition is orderly and smooth.The part of us that is always on the lookout for something juicy or scandalous will have to be disappointed this time: I have loved being your bishop, and I still do.  I’m not mad at anybody, I haven’t lost my faith, I’m not quitting in a huff, and I’m not being run out of town. It’s just time. By the end of 2020, I will be 65 years old and will have been ordained for over 39 years, 13 as a bishop. By the end of 2020, I will have been married to Tina my sweet and patient wife for 33 years, and we want to have some time for travel and new adventures.The world is changing quickly, and the Church will either change with it or become a museum.  I find myself more and more thinking in terms of The Way We’ve Always Done It, and I have loved the Episcopal Church too much for too long to get in the way now.  As I say in the address, “Change looked more fun when I was one of the young priests, leaning into the new Prayer Book, supporting the ordination of women.”So I guess I’m a Lame Duck now, and there’s not much I can do about that.  But it’s not time for goodbyes yet; I’m still the bishop for a while, and I really don’t want to spend the next 20 months saying goodbye every time I say hello.  There will be time for goodbyes later, and we have a lot of work to do before then.The Lord bless you, and keep you, and make his face shine upon you.God’s Peace,+Kee Tags Press Release Service People Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Elections, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group center_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls Alabama Bishop Kee Sloan announces plan to step down at end of 2020 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NYlast_img read more

The Barbarians sweep aside Fiji in entertaining fixture at Twickenham

first_imgSunday Dec 1, 2013 The Barbarians sweep aside Fiji in entertaining fixture at Twickenham The Barbarians turned it on at Twickenham, scoring seven tries including two a piece for Bismarck Du Plessis and Jean De Villiers, as they beat Fiji 43-19. It was one of the more enjoyable Baa Baas fixtures of late, with some great tries scored by both teams.While the scoreline makes thing look one-sided, the Centenary celebrating Fijians showed heart against a star-studded Barbarians team that included top Springboks and All Blacks players.Hooker Du Plessis and flanker Steven Luatua were both outstanding as the Springbok scored two tries in the first half, and the New Zealand tearaway got his hands on the ball at every opportunity. Fiji scored a great try through Chiefs back Asaeli Tikoirotuma, but could only add two more late in the game, while the Barbarians kept the scoreboard ticking over.“Fiji play the sort of attacking rugby people want to watch and once everyone settled down after the first 15 minutes it was full on,” said coach Steve Hansen, who was pleased with the strong turnout.One of the tries of the match was finished by Tom Taylor after Willie Le Roux, Jean De Villiers and Schalk Burger all combined with some lovely slick passing.“Both teams threw the ball around and, as I said, there were some nice tries scored. The promoters for the game did a fantastic job and we’ve probably seen a lot of first time rugby people here today.“It was a good game of rugby in front of a good crowd of 67,000, who were able to see some good rugby and some nice tries. I think there were nine scored on the day so they would have gone away quite happy,” Hansen added.In the end this was fairly one-sided, but the fixture was played in the sprit of Barbarians rugby, and Fiji – who were unfortunately missing some top players – entered into the contest and played their part by regularly running the ball from deep. Congratulations to both teams for putting on a show.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Cancellation of APEC Meeting Doesn’t Change China Trade Talks

first_img Previous articleSec. Perdue Announces Lease for ERS, NIFA in Kansas CityNext articleNielsen: Skepticism Over USDA Corn Yield Numbers…Until Now NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Chile’s cancellation of the November APEC summit shouldn’t change the outlook for trade talks with China.Planned for November 16 and 17, Chile canceled the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to focus on restoring law and order in the country, according to Reuters.President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were set to sign a so-called phase one agreement along the sidelines of the event.However, President Trump Thursday said China and the U.S. were working on selecting a new site for signing the agreement, add the new location would be announced soon.A spokesperson with the Chinese Foreign Affairs Ministry downplayed any concern, adding the U.S. and China remain in constant communication in working towards signing the agreement.Trump says the phase one agreement includes roughly 60 percent of the total deal sought by the United States.The agreement also covers $40-50 billion of U.S. agricultural exports to China over the next two years. Facebook Twitter SHARE By NAFB News Service – Oct 31, 2019 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Cancellation of APEC Meeting Doesn’t Change China Trade Talks Cancellation of APEC Meeting Doesn’t Change China Trade Talkslast_img read more

Journalist flees in fear of his life

first_img LiberiaAfrica Reports News June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist flees in fear of his life November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said today it was “very worried” about the plight of reporter Stanley McGill, of the independent paper The News, who fled his home near Monrovia on 10 June for fear of being attacked by members of President Charles Taylor’s Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU) personal security guard who have already targeted him several times. “McGill has been repeatedly harassed by the ATU probably because he is a journalist,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The repressive policy of President Taylor and the ATU puts journalists in an unacceptable dilemma: either they continue working at the risk of injury or even death or else they are forced to flee, as a growing number have already.” He noted that violence and sometimes torture was increasingly common in Liberia.Armed men thought to be ATU members attacked McGill and seized his radio and mobile phone in April last year. This year, on 27 May, three men in ATU uniforms followed him, threatened him with their guns, stole his personal belongings and warned they would return. ATU soldiers visited him again on 6 June, attacked him and seized his laptop computer and important papers. Neighbours told him the ATU men had said they would “get him at all cost.” He is now in hiding.Six FM amateur radio stations have been shut down by the government because, according Emmanuel Todo, head of the National Communication Bureau at the Ministry of Information, “the motives and scopes of operations of these stations were not clear.” The Association of Amateur Radio Stations said the stations had been authorised to operate by the government. Follow the news on Liberia Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News to go furthercenter_img RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation RSF_en LiberiaAfrica News December 16, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

€17.2 million for Limerick technology companies

first_img TAGSbusinessLimerick City and CountyNewsTechnology Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Innovation Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister of State Pat Breen with some of the recipients of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund.FOUR Limerick projects have received €17.2 million under the first round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund for bringing new technology and methods to the world of clinical medicine.  The successful Limerick projects include a consortium including Curran Scientific, Raheen, which will receive a maximum of €8.4 million towards a project which aims to disrupt the Viral Gene Therapy Market using a new Polymer-based Delivery Platform.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Also being funded is HookeBio Ltd, which will receive up to €1.9 million as part of the consortium working on the High throughput microfluidic drug screening platform project. The HookeBio platform is a disruptive technology that will allow pharma companies and clinicians to develop more accurate and responsive disease models for drug testing.University of Limerick-based Cala Medical is part of a consortium that has been allocated a maximum of €5 million for the project involving therapeutic enzymes as a treatment for sepsis and other immune disorder diseases. The consortium is a developing a disruptive technology platform, Cytoflow5, for the treatment of sepsis which will be expanded to include new therapies for the treatment of other diseases including psoriasis, arthritis and Crohn’s disease.Meanwhile, Limerick-based Stryker is part of the consortium that is to receive up to €1.9 million towards the project E-BAMBI – Enhanced Biocompatibility of Additively Manufactured Biomedical Implants for Improved Clinical Outcomes.This project will use 3-D printing and will focus both on the creation of implants with improved functional properties and on metallic structures that can be absorbed into the human body when they have successfully completed their clinical function.Minister of State Pat Breen said the projects represent exciting collaborations on disruptive technologies innovation and show the immense societal and economic benefit that can be gained from engaging positively with disruptive technologies.”Senator Maria Byrne (FG) said the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund was a key part of the Government’s Future Jobs initiative, a new whole-of-Government plan to secure Ireland’s economic success.  “This fund is about ensuring that Ireland – and Limerick – can stay ahead of the game to secure the jobs of the future. I am delighted Limerick will benefit from such an excellent initiative.” Limerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell  (FG) congratulated the four Limerick projects that received funding from the first round of the disruptive technologies fund.“Having worked first-hand with the likes of Cala Medical, Curran Scientific, UL, I know of the dedication of the people involved and the cutting edge element to these projects,” he said.  Previous articleSporting Limerick Charity Final pits Young Munster against GarryowenNext articleThree Wise Numbers Net €7,505 for Limerick Native Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsBusiness€17.2 million for Limerick technology companiesBy Bernie English – December 12, 2018 1208 WhatsApp Advertisement Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Linkedin Facebook Printcenter_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites O’Connells Butchers bringing a new element to customer service Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch listlast_img read more

Cathaoirleach offers condolences to family & friends of Leigh Early

first_img Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest The Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan has offered his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Leigh Early.Leigh lost his life as a result of a tragic accident at the pier at Poolawaddy on Árainn Mhór on Sunday morning.Cllr. Crossan says “I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Leigh Early and of course to the local RNLI which Leigh was a volunteer with.“It is such a tragedy for Leigh’s family and for the entire community of Árainn Mhór. I have no doubt that the people of Árainn Mhór will come together to support and comfort the Early family at this very difficult time”.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Homepage BannerNews Previous articleLetterkenny consultant warns over misuse of antibioticsNext articleMark Anthony McGinley among Player of the Month nominees News Highland Facebookcenter_img By News Highland – November 18, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Cathaoirleach offers condolences to family & friends of Leigh Early Google+ Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Iranian Warships Return Home

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Iranian View post tag: home Back to overview,Home naval-today Iranian Warships Return Home View post tag: Naval November 15, 2012center_img The Iranian Navy’s 22nd fleet of warships came back home yesterday, after completing a 75-day mission in high seas, according to the Fars News Agency.Late in October the warships docked in Port Sudan, where they secured transportation and shipping opposing sea piracy.The Iranian naval task force was made up of the Shaheed Naqdi, a corvette-class vessel, and the Kharg, a supply vessel.The Gulf of Aden is an area known for acts of piracy, making its waters dangerous for water transport. The main cause of piracy in the Gulf is the lack of any viable government in Somalia.The Navy has been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008.Different countries can deploy their warships to the Gulf and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates. The countries need to notice Somali government that they will enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of Somali sea pirates, pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,November 15, 2012; Image:  ngo Iranian Warships Return Home View post tag: Return Share this article View post tag: Warshipslast_img read more

USS Shoup Starts Basic Phase of Training

first_img View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Shoup Starts Basic Phase of Training April 8, 2015 View post tag: USS Shoup View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Naval Station View post tag: Sea Trialscenter_img Authorities The guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed Naval Station Everett March 21 for the first time since July 2014 to complete type commander (TYCOM) sea trials.Following a ten and a half month deployment in 2013 and an eight-month maintenance availability period in 2014-2015, the crew was both eager and anxious to head back out to sea.For the sea trials underway period, Shoup embarked staff from Commander Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet and Destroyer Squadron 9 to observe a multitude of events.In order to certify that Shoup was ready to enter the basic phase of training, a variety of checks were demonstrated during the one week underway period off the coast of Washington. TYCOM sea trials provided the opportunity for a large portion of the crew to participate in and observe events they had not seen or done yet.These events included a full power run followed by a crash back, crew-served weapons qualification shoots, calibration firing for the Mk 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon System, and testing Shoup’s multi-function towed array.Following sea trials, Shoup now enters the basic phase of its training cycle which is a strenuous period of training to prepare the ship and crew for deployed operations.[mappress mapid=”15609″]Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Everett USS Shoup Starts Basic Phase of Traininglast_img read more

Talking the talk and walking the walk

first_imgCHARLES NUZIALE To the Editor: Are children important? Do parents worry about the future? Are teachers supportive in providing Bayonne with an exemplary school system? Do the citizens want the community’s high standards to be maintained? The answer to all is yes!This brings us to the Bayonne Board of Education meeting held on November 30. The president of the BBOE had earlier made the statement, “it seems more questions than answers have been raised!” my response is:All the Bayonne Board of Education candidates, to be elected, espoused quality education, a safe environment, and support of teachers. Each issue would be common to North Dakota, South Carolina, or Bayonne. The question naturally arises, how is Bayonne different?First, The BBOED “misplaced” some $6,000,000 leading to a tax increase. Second, The BBOED decided to “RIF” a number of well qualified professionals disrupting their lives. Third, the BBOED actions raise concerns about a “thorough and efficient education” in grades K-12.The hope is that the newly elected trustees will “talk the talk and walk the walk.” In other words they will not merely respond “yes” or “no” to items on the agenda, but rather, take a strong position. Children are the key to the future of Bayonne.As an aside, BHS has continued to prosper under Dr. Wanko, namely, the ill advised invisible wall of separation is gone, the benefits of diversity are being experienced, and students have achieved praiseworthy recognition from prestigious universities, organizations, programs, etc. The future is bright.Finally, the teachers (again) lack a contract. Will the BBOED (again) take years to fathom, “You can’t put students first, if teachers are last.”last_img read more