Joe Worsley during an England practise day He’s been capped over 300 times for Wasps and made over 70 appearances for England, so its safe to say that Joe’s one of the most reliable players the game has seen. Rugby World caught up with ‘Melonhead’ to chat about Cooper cat, embarrassing moments and doing favours for friends. RUGBY WORLD: So who are the jokers in the Wasps and England squads?JOE WORSLEY: James Haskell definitely. He’s always up to stuff, but it’s a case of what you can tell the public! He’s always trying to make life more difficult for Tom Rees.RW: Yeah, he seems to have a vendetta against Tom. Any good practical jokes you can share?JW: I’m partly to blame for this one. Tom Rees went on Soccer AM recently and we persuaded the presenters to ask him about entering Robot Wars, Star Trek, auditioning to be the Milky Bar Kid and so on. James has got plenty of stories about Tom.RW: How do you keep occupied while in camp during the Six Nations?JW: I read my book or the papers. I read quite an eclectic selection of stuff. At the moment I’m reading The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. I also watch a bit of TV or a movie. The other week I was watching Californication.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch?JW: Peter Bracken. I’ll leave it at that.RW: Have you got any nicknames apart from Melonhead?JW: Not really. I’ve had it since school and no one’s come up with anything else.RW: What are your bugbears?JW: Our cat, Cooper Cat. He peed on our Bang & Olufsen television. We’ve had him for eight years but if it wasn’t for my missus he wouldn’t still be alive!Crazy haircuts, Clive Owen and life after rugbyRW: Any embarrassing moments?JW: Playing the piano in front of a live studio audience and butchering the rendition. It was some time after the 2003 World Cup and I was awful. It’s a different kettle of fish in front of a live audience and I was a bit out of practice.RW: What about that crazy haircut you had in 2001 [he had short spike dreads] – any regrets?JW: I did that as a favour for a friend who was a hairdresser. Unfortunately I got photographed while I had it like that. People think I had it for ages, but it was only like that for four days. I probably do regret that – it wasn’t exactly the greatest haircut in the world.RW: Who’s your ideal woman?JW: My wife, Nicky. Tom ReesAndy Powell RW: What couldn’t you live without?JW: My wife.RW: What’s your favourite joke?JW: I’m trying to remember the one I heard recently. It was about prostitutes and bungee jumps, though, so I don’t think it’s appropriate for Rugby World.RW: If a film was made of your life, who would you want to play you?JW: God knows. Jeff Goldblum. No, not him. There’s a guy who’s been in lots of films, but my mind’s gone blank. I can’t think of his name. He was in a film with Natalie Portman. Clive Owen! He’s relatively tall and looks vaguely like me.RW: Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?JW: Derren Brown. I don’t know if I’d want him to hypnotise me, but I’m sure he could teach me a thing or two while we were stuck in there.RW: If your house was on fire, what three things would you save?JW: My wife, my son and I can’t think what else. I’d make sure the cat was still in there, though!RW: Have you still got a big baseball glove chair?JW: Yeah, it’s in the bedroom. It’s very comfy – everyone likes to sit on it.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?JW: Once the challenge of rugby has past, I’d like to take on another challenge that is equally as difficult. Watch this space!Check out his profile for EnglandCheck out Joe getting in touch with his musical side… Learn more about Joe’s teammates at Wasps… TAGS: Wasps LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the famed Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which traditionally hosts groups like Dave Matthews Band and Phish for summer tour runs. As the prized venue celebrates its 50th, they have released an hour-long documentary chronicling its storied history.In that feature, the documentary talks to Dave Matthews and asks him for any particular SPAC moments that stood out in his mind. Matthews talks about performing with Phish’s Trey Anastasio in the clip, and how Anastasio was returning to form with an emotionally-charged performance.As Relix points out, Matthews says, “I love Trey’s playing, but that particular night was one of the most beautiful, eloquent times I’ve ever heard him play… He hadn’t played for a while. He just came out that night and it was one of those really magical moments.”Watch the moment itself in the fan-shot video below.[Photo from Dave & Friends @ MSG]
Killybegs GAA NotesWould you like your business to feature on our killotto envelopes? Each year the club sells approx. 20,000 envelopes, reaching a huge audience on a weekly basis. Contact Sarah Tully 0863311733 for further info. Time for a Spring Clean?? CLG Na Cealla Beaga will be collecting any unwanted clothes, shoes, towels, linen, curtains and mobile phones!This was a huge success for the club in 2013 and helped raise vital funds to maintain the facilities at The Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park.You can drop off any evening during training this week into dressing room 4 or contact 0863311733 and we can arrange collection from your door! Many thanks for your support!Club Donegal is now available. The Club Donegal card enables the card holder to enter into any adult league or championship club match in the county. If you attend regular games this is a great saving! Purchase your adult membership and the club donegal card for €170.Purchase your family membership and the card for €200. Alternatively purchase two cards and your family membership for €330.These cards are limited and we already have applicants inquiring. Don’t worry if you have already paid your membership – you can ‘top up’ your membership to avail of the club Donegal scheme!There was no bingo jackpot winner this week.Next weeks bingo jackpot is €1850. There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week. This weeks numbers were 18, 25, 28, 29. Next weeks killotto jackpot is €1550.Congratulations to Carol Hopkins, Bruckless and Pat Dorrian, Carricknamohill who matched 3 numbers.We would like to thank those playing the weekly killotto online, there have been a number of online winners in the last few months.Remember you can play the lotto online at www.locallotto.ie The senior and reserves were both defeated in Glenfinn at the weekend.They both are scheduled to play mac cumhaills this sunday @ 1.30 and 3.00.Hard luck to Michael McHugh and Daffy on their defeat in the divisional final, hard work was put in by management and the young side.GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS FACE MAC CUMHAILLS IN ALL-COUNTY DIVISION TWO was last modified: May 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAAKillybegsNoticesSport
5 July 2010When it comes to the arts, football may not seem an obvious source of inspiration. But this year, there was an emergence of football-related performances at South Africa’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.The annual festival, which ran from 20 June to 4 July, is one of the largest arts festivals in the world. It draws artists and actors from around the world and features around 600 independent shows, exhibitions, lectures and cultural acts.“Art is not exclusive. Art is an integral part of daily life. I don’t believe that sport and art need to compete,” said Ismail Mahomed, National Arts Festival director, who has been running the festival for three years.“We recognize that the team [Bafana Bafana] played a considerable role in a journey of discovery for us as a nation. Similarly, with arts, you immerse yourself into the soul of a nation.‘Exploring a pool of creativity’“We offer[ed] people the opportunity to engage with soccer – but between matches, through exploring a pool of creativity that defines us as a nation.”Among the shows that used football as a central theme, there was an Australian one-man show production called “The football diaries”; a dance, theatre and music extravaganza by an international cast called “Football football”; a Makarapa exhibition; and even a gala performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra featuring two World Cup songs.Star performer Mpho Osei-Tutu acted in a debut one-man show called Convincing Carlos, directed by award-winning Craig Morris.The French-born South African actor and screenwriter played several characters in a story of a Bafana Bafana-mad family man who is seduced into believing that he has been chosen to save the national team from global embarrassment ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™. His plan? To convince South Africa’s World Cup coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, to return at all costs.‘Passionate about football’“The number of people at the stadiums shows how immersed we are in the game, how people are passionate about football, and I’ve managed to get quite a lot of soccer fans to come watch the show,” said Osei-Tutu.But it’s the way arts, like sport, can unite people through the sharing of experiences that got Osei-Tutu the most excited. “I love telling human stories and reaching people. There are six billion stories to tell, but it’s the engaging people across all borders that I love the most.”For Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana, hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup is the moment in which South Africa can invite the world to celebrate Africa’s humanity through rhythms, harmonies and visions.“This is your moment. This is your time to share with the world the richness of our people, the vibrancy of our cultures, and the resilient spirit of a nation that is determined to be an important role-player on the world stage,” said Xingwana at the opening event of the festival.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committee
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts We have added a couple of interesting events to our guide this time. This guide is a weekly feature here on ReadWriteWeb. We publish it every weekend, as good a time as any to review your conference plans.Know of an event taking place that should appear here? Let us know in the comments below or contact us.21 July 2009: Palo Alto, California, and 23 July 2009: Los Angeles, and 11 August 2009: New York CitySilicon Valley Angel & Venture Conference and SoCal Angel & Venture Conference and NYC Angel & Venture ConferenceFundingPost has hosted 150+ sold-out venture events in 17 cities over the past 7 years. At these next two events, the panel of investors will focus on early-stage venture investing: how to meet investors, pitch them, and what it really takes to get them to write you a check! 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Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. 1 – 3 December 2009: London, EnglandOnline Information & IMS 2009Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.Online Information is once again set to play host to thousands of information professionals, information end-users and publishers from around the globe, meeting suppliers of online content, e-publishing, and library management solutions. IMS provides a forum for IT, business, and information management professionals to find unlimited, relevant advice, educational content and compare solutions under one roof. Attend IMS and meet suppliers of content management, search solutions, and Web 2.0 technologies15 – 16 March 2010: London2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — LondonThe 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams: Tags:#Events Guide#web Social Networking World ForumEnterprise social mediaSocial TV World ForumMobile Social Networking ForumThe event features key speakers from global brands, organizations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, content producers, and more.Full workshop program within exhibition areaEvening networking receptionPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesFree pass for exhibition only 10 – 13 November 2009: Las VegasPubCon VegasPubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event. Joint exhibition combining social networking and enterprise social media formatsPre-show online meeting planner for delegatesDiscount for early booking (expires September 25th)Free pass for exhibition only 10 September 2009: San FranciscoMobilize 09GigaOM’s Mobile Web Conference is a one-day conference that brings together thought leaders of the next generation mobile Web for talk, demonstrations, and debate.Participants will examine what it means to have wireless broadband speeds at the Gigabit scale and how the explosion of platforms creates new opportunities beyond the traditional handset for entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers. 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Save $500 off the standard fee by registering before August 15th.22 – 23 September 2009: SingaporeSocial Networking World Forum — AsiaThis two-day conference hosted by the Social Networking World Forum – Asia features key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 Conference — Denver, ColoradoAs online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. 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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery reluctant to change XI over Christmas programmeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery won’t ring the changes over the Christmas programme.Emery will not unnecessarily rest players during the next week despite the threat of further injuries.He said: “In my career I never made these decisions. We are going to play the next match in Brighton and we are going to play full, not with considered options or playing with more caution.”The same three points are in Brighton that are in Liverpool and we are going to play first in Brighton. It’s a tough match and we will need every player with 100 per cent focus to do everything on the pitch to win.”I was speaking with Koscielny about the possibility of playing against Burnley and he said ‘not today’ because he was very tired after two matches in a week, so I decided for him not to be with the group. He said, ‘I’m not Matteo Guendouzi, Matteo is 19 and I’m 33!’.”
Man Utd Transfer Watch: Four centre-backs Solskjaer should targetby Phillip Ekuwem10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFollowing Jose Mourinho’s exit, Manchester United are looking to get their season back on track under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s guidance going into the second-half of the season. Considering the team’s defensive woes, the one area United undoubtedly need to bolster is their backline, primarily the centre-back position. Eric Bailly’s future at the club is currently uncertain, and the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are evidently not good enough to turn out for United on a regular basis.As such, here’s a look at four centre-backs United could realistically sign in January…Toby AlderweireldIt’s no secret that Manchester United are huge admirers of the Belgian centre-back having made attempts to sign him in previous transfer windows. Alderweireld has been a consistent performer at Tottenham since his arrival at the club, but with his proposed one-year contract extension at Spurs set to trigger a £25m release clause, Manchester United could snap him up at a relatively cheap price.Alderweireld is good with the ball at his feet and even better at preventing players from penetrating his side’s defensive line. He’s one of the best defenders in the Premier League and would be an excellent addition to United’s backline.Video Courtesy of Mathews FootballAndreas GranqvistAndreas Granqvist would be a more temporary option, but a good one nonetheless. The Helsingborgs man has been linked with a move to Manchester United since October.The 33-year-old was one of the best defenders in the World Cup back in June, as he marked players tightly and made key interceptions against highly skilled opponents. He also showcased his ability from spot-kicks, although should he sign for United, it’s unlikely that Pogba will give up his penalty taking duties.Granqvist has previously said that an offer from Manchester United would be ‘very hard’ to turn down, so should Solskjaer’s side table a concrete offer for the Swedish defender he’s likely to make the switch.Video Courtesy of Defence is an ArtDiego GodinGodin has a lot to offer United in terms of leadership and defensive contributions. The Uruguay international has been an integral part of both his national team set-up and Atletico Madrid for many years, so much so that he’s widely regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.He’s reportedly got a £20m release clause which won’t be any trouble for United to pay, but the main hurdle is getting him to make the switch as he’s rejected offers from the club in the past.Godin would add a much-needed layer of protection to Manchester United’s back four considering his expertise in dealing with tricky and pacey forwards having face a number of world-class attackers with great success throughout his career.Video Courtesy of HN FootballHarry MaguireManchester United’s pursuit of Harry Maguire ended last summer because club chairman Ed Woodward refused to meet Leicester City’s valuation of the English centre-back.United have a much bigger need for a quality centre-back than they did back in August having already played through half of the season with defensive problems. The Leicester man has Premier League experience and World Cup experience so he knows what it is to play under pressure in massive games. Leicester are likely to demand a similar fee to what they asked for in August but whether United would take the same stance they did back then is unknown – one thing’s for sure, though – they need Maguire’s quality.Video Courtesy of Scouting Football TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorPhillip Ekuwem FollowShare the loveHave your say
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Campbell Soup will spend $4.87 billion in cash for Snyder’s-Lance, gorging on a snack market that has grown increasingly competitive.The soup maker said Monday that the acquisition will allow it to expand its distribution channels in the crowded field.Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is paying $50 per share, a 6.8 per cent premium to Snyder’s-Lance’s closing price Friday. That’s about a 27 per cent premium to the stock’s close last Wednesday, just before rumours of a deal began to circulate.Snyder’s-Lance, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, makes pretzels and chips. Its most well-known brands include Snyder’s of Hanover, Kettle Brand and Pop Secret. It will join the Campbell’s division that makes Pepperidge Farm and Goldfish crackers.The Snyder’s-Lance purchase marks Campbell’s sixth and largest acquisition over the last five years. It bought beverage-maker Bolthouse Farms in 2012, baby food company Plum and biscuit company Kelsen in 2013, hummus and salsa maker Garden Fresh in 2015, and soup maker Pacific Foods in 2017.In midday trading, Campbell Soup shares added 36 cents to $49.95. Snyder’s-Lance gained $3.10, or 6.6 per cent, to $49.89.
The number of foreign students heading to U.S. colleges and universities fell again last year, the second straight decline after more than a decade of growth, a new report finds.Enrolment of new international students dropped by about 7 per cent in fall 2017, according to an annual report released Tuesday by the State Department and the Institute of International Education, a non-profit research group based in New York.The overall number of foreign students in the U.S. still increased slightly, by 1.5 per cent, fueled by growing numbers of students who stayed for temporary work after graduation. But the number of newly arriving students slid to about 271,000, the lowest levels since 2013.The report’s authors cited sharper competition from other countries including Australia and Canada, along with the rising cost of education in the U.S. They largely dismissed worries among some colleges that the White House’s policies and rhetoric surrounding immigration could be driving students away.“We’re not hearing that students feel they can’t come here. We’re hearing that they have choices,” Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the institute, said in a call with reporters. “For the first time, we have real competition.”But some schools contacted by The Associated Press say the political climate in the U.S. has made international students feel unwelcome, leading some to enrol elsewhere.State Department officials underscored that the U.S. hosted nearly 1.1 million international students last year, more than any other country in the world.Yet the 1.5 per cent growth is the slowest since a period from 2002 through 2005, when international enrolment fell by 4 per cent following the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, according to data provided by the institute.Among new students, the steepest losses came from Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Mexico, while China and India continued to send the largest numbers, accounting for more than half of all foreign students in the U.S.The 15 per cent decrease from Saudi Arabia comes a year after the kingdom scaled back a scholarship program that covered costs for Saudis studying abroad.Although the report focuses on data from 2017, it also included preliminary findings for fall 2018. Among 540 schools surveyed, total international enrolment held level while the number of new students fell by about 2 per cent, marking the third straight year of declines.Compared to the previous year, more schools attributed decreases to challenges in the visa process, the U.S. social and political climate, and student decisions to enrol in other countries.At the University of Central Missouri, foreign enrolment surged to 2,600 in 2016 before plummeting to just 650 this year, according to data obtained by The AP. University officials have noticed increased competition but also cite the nation’s political climate.“We have had conversations with parents who feel like their children will not be safe here, that their son or daughter may not be physically safe,” said Karen Goos, the school’s assistant vice provost for enrolment management. “I do think that it’s a contributing factor.”At Purdue University, one of the nation’s biggest hubs for international students, total foreign enrolment fell by 2 per cent this year. Officials said they intentionally admitted fewer undergraduates from abroad amid worries that they might not accept the offer.“There was concern that students might not find the U.S. to be as an attractive destination given certain political rhetoric these past two years,” Michael Brzezinski, Purdue’s dean of international programs, said in an email.Losing foreign students can carry financial implications for schools that rely on them for revenue. Unlike U.S. citizens, who often get scholarships or discounts, students from abroad are typically charged full tuition.At Central Missouri, the declines have worsened a budget hole that led to more than $20 million in cuts last year.At the same time, some other nations have drawn surging numbers of students from abroad. Canada reported a 20 per cent jump in 2017, while Australia saw a 12 per cent increase. Both countries have set ambitious goals to bolster international enrollments in the coming years.Yet officials in Australia said they shouldn’t be blamed for America’s slowdown. Phil Honeywood, CEO of the International Education Association of Australia, said pinning it on competition is “pure blame shifting,” adding that Australia hasn’t significantly changed its recruiting strategy over the past two years.“Rather, everything we hear from prospective students and their education agents in Muslim countries and Latin American nations is that they no longer feel welcome or safe studying at U.S. colleges under President Trump,” Honeywood said in a statement.Despite the downturn in new students, officials behind the report are optimistic that the U.S. will rebound. While foreign students account for a heavy share of the overall enrolment in Australia and other countries, they account for just 5 per cent of all students in the United States.“The U.S. has real competition,” Goodman said. “What we have going for us, though, is we have more space and capacity.”The report also found that the number of U.S. students studying abroad ticked up by 2 per cent last year, continuing eight years of slow but steady growth. Europe remained the top destination, followed by Latin America and Asia.___Follow Collin Binkley on Twitter at https://twitter.com/cbinkleyCollin Binkley, The Associated Press
Councillors also voted in favour of the City giving letters of support for several non-profit organizations seeking grant funding. The North Peace Seniors Mouth-Eye-Foot Care Foundation, Fort St. John Association for Community Living, and the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society are all applying for a $10,000 grant from BC Hydro’s GO Fund. The fund was set up by Hydro as part of the Site C dam’s construction and is administered by NDIT. Council also voted to give the Fort St. John Community Action Team a letter of support for their application to get $100,000 in funding for the Overdose Emergency Response Centre. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — According to the City of Fort St. John’s draft financial statements that were presented to councillors on Monday, the City ended up with a surplus of $29.8 million in 2017.Alan Bone from Sander Rose Bone Grindle LLP made the presentation of the the draft statement to councillors, saying that overall, the City is in good shape financially. Fort St. John had 41.2 million in net financial assets at the end of last year, with revenues of $87.2 million, and expenses of $57.4 million.Council also awarded two contracts to purchase new pieces of equipment for its Public Works department. Burnaby-based Vimar Equipment Ltd. was the lone bidder for the contract to provide the City with a new sewer cleaner/hydro excavator unit, for a total of $476,395. The City will also be getting $125,000 to trade in its existing unit that was bought in 2007. Councillors also approved a tender to Surrey-based Falcon Equipment Ltd. to buy two new loader-mounted snowblowers for $285,111, which came in nearly $115,000 lower than what the City had budgeted for snowblower purchases this year.