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Mike Brown’s top 5 full-backs

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mike Brown was at Twickenham on Wednesday morning, but not for the announcement of England’s Six Nations squad. He was fulfilling his ambassadorial duties for GB Wheelchair Rugby, who were launching their partnership with BT.“I love wheelchair rugby for all the same reasons I love rugby,” says Brown. “It’s fast-paced, physical and there’s lots of drama, just like in the able-bodied game.”As well as some general chit chat about the sport (he’s getting better in the wheelchair himself), we asked Brown who his top five full-backs in world rugby are. Here’s what he had to say…1. Israel Dagg“These aren’t in any particular order, but one name that springs to mind is Dagg. He’s shown over a number of years what an all-round game he’s got; he’s got all the skills. He was very good against us in the autumn, and he brings a high level of consistency to the game. He’s one that we’ll keep a close eye on in the planning stage before a match.On par: Dagg enjoys a round of golf during his down time2. Willie le Roux“He’s got a massive box of tricks. He’s very influential and involved in most of the good things that South Africa do. He stood out straight away when I saw him play, he’s classy all over the field and has a lot of infuence in the way South Africa attack.Out of reach: le Roux helps the Springboks to victory in November3. Israel Folau “Just for the athlete that he is, he’s unbelievable, and another one who played brilliantly well against us in November. I also admire him for the variety of things he’s done in different sports. I’m a big rugby fan as well as playing the game, and I love watching the Super XV, as well as some rugby league and State of Origin. Like I said, Folau is a natural athlete – it’s very frustrating! We caught up with Mike Brown to talk about the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, and who makes his top five full-backs list… High jinks: Folau doing what he does best during a State of Origin game4. Ben Smith“When he switches to full-back, he produces things that other players can’t. On our tour to New Zealand I realised how fortunate the All Blacks are to have two brilliant players in that position. He’s good at counter-attack and his running game is fantastic. Like Dagg, he’s an allrounder.Stateside: Smith (left) enjoys the Chicago sites with the ABs5. Rob Kearney“He’s played well for Ireland and the Lions, and I really enjoy the way he plays. He’s great under the high ball and in the way he works around the rucks. I think he plays a similar game to me in the way he runs off people.”Try guy: Kearney has scored 11 Test tries for Ireland & the LionsAnd here’s who he missed out…“I haven’t mentioned Leigh Halfpenny… he’d definitely be number six. It’s so hard to condense that lot into five, and he does bring something that the others don’t have with his goal-kicking. He’s also one of the best, if not the best, defensive full-back in the world. But he’s had a quieter season this year, and my top five have really stood out when I’ve played against them.”center_img On a roll: Brown hones his wheelchair rugby skills with members of Team GB Check out these counter-attacking tips from Chris Pennell!  The World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge involves the top teams in the world, including Australia, Canada and the USA. It will take place alongside the Rugby World Cup later this year, at the Copper Box Arena. Check out the schedule here!last_img read more

Hovis targets debts by closing Wigan rolls line

first_imgHovis is to make at least 115 workers redundant as it attempts to reduce its debts.Owner Premier Foods will close the rolls line at its bakery at Aspull in Wigan later this month, resulting in more than 90 job losses, while 25 staff lost their jobs when the Martland Mill distribution depot recently closed.As reported in British Baker (26 February, pg 5) Premier Foods was forced to review its morning goods business earlier this year, following rumours that it had lost a large crumpet contract. Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union organising regional secretary, Ian Hodson, blamed the supermarkets for the problem. “We all want cheap food but we want it provided by skilled workers,” he said. “In their search for cheaper contracts, the retai-lers should consider what their actions are doing.”Hodson said he was disappointed with the way Premier had handled the redundancies and the fact staff were being encouraged to sign compromise agreements. “Some of them may not sign and could decide to go to an employment tribunal instead.”The closures will cost Premier Foods £4m, but will go some way to reducing its debts by £100m this year, said the company.It follows the announcement of buoyant figures in its interim management statement, showing Q1 value growth for Hovis of 4.7% and volume growth of 8.5%, with market share up 0.5% to 25.6%. Total branded sales increased by 1.6% in the quarter. More promotional activity from its competitors was expected to result in lower market share in Q2, said Premier. However, it was confident that its own marketing and promotional initiatives would return Hovis to share growth in the second half of the year.Premier chief executive Robert Schofield said: “Assuming no adverse change in the trading environment, we expect the benefits of our strategy to result in further progress in 2010.”last_img read more

Holiday shopping safety tips to share with your members

first_imgMillions of U.S. shoppers are about to launch an all-out assault within the next few weeks as the 2018 holiday shopping season kicks off. According to the National Retail Federation, 2017 holiday shopping sales rose 5.5 percent to $691.9 billion in November and December 2017, marking the strongest growth in holiday retail sales in 12 years. This year, some predict that holiday spending could reach $1 trillion. Where will all that spending action take place? The modern shopper won’t be driving to the mall or a local shopping center this year. Online shopping is set to rise almost 15 percent as more Americans adopt a digital approach to retail therapy. Fading brick and mortar sales are being replaced by a superior and more convenient online experience. Think zero traffic, lots of discounts and the blessing of shopping in PJs as just a few reasons why consumers might be avoiding crowded and poorly stocked retail stores. Placing a digital bow on the package is emblematic of the times we live in with financial services. Our members are seeking an end-to-end solution carousel that meets or exceeds all anticipation. Our ability to provide seamless and secure transactions is woven into the modern retail experience. Credit unions need to become solution-rich sources of payment options, so that members can shop with abandon knowing that they can enjoy a “best in show” experience 365 days per year. Their gift to you: that coveted top-of-wallet status. Keeping your members safe as they navigate the holiday spending frenzy is a crucial role credit unions can and should play. Here are a few tips to share with your members on safer payment practices during the holidays. Please do feel free to post these tips on your website or share it in a format that best serves your membership. Details Really Do MatterFortify your wallet with two forms of plastic payment cards – credit and debit – and make sure you are aware of how much you can spend per day or per billing cycle on each one to avoid going over your spending limits. Are you planning on shopping like a rock star by making a huge purchase? Call ahead! Alert your card issuer as soon as possible so that they can help pave the way to a smooth transaction. Make sure you’ve updated your credit union card accounts with your current email, cell number and address. Purchases can be denied over something as minor as entering the wrong postal code if it doesn’t match your address on record. Keep Safety Top of MindAlways put your plastic payment cards back where they normally reside in your wallet. Hasty purchases can lead to misplaced or lost plastic, which will result in delays while you wait for a replacement. Many retailers today accept Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and/or Android Pay. These forms of payment utilize your mobile device to create a safer payment experience using tokenization. A tokenized form of payment replaces your payment card number with a secure encrypted digital payment that can’t be used again. Who doesn’t love that idea? Ask your credit union if they participate and sign up today to take advantage of this convenient and secure payment option.Avoid patronizing unfamiliar online retailers that offer “deals of the century.” These online merchants may not even be legitimate; the only thing they are in the market for is your credit card information. Stick to trusted retailers and brands that you know in order to avoid fraudulent activity on your payment cards.If you see an unusual transaction on your debit or credit card statement, it is imperative that you report this to your credit union immediately to ensure that your financial accounts haven’t been compromised – and that they remain safely out of criminals’ hands. Ask your credit union what options are available for you to closely monitor your financial accounts. Online banking apps, security alerts and SMS text messaging are commonplace today and highly recommended as a means to stay safer. Greater awareness means greater security. Staying safe and having convenient, easy-to-use forms of payment makes the holidays happier for everyone. Whether your members are planning to shop in-person or digitally, encourage them to be proactive and work with you to keep their information safe. 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Buzzard John Buzzard is Fraud Specialist/Account Executive for CO-OP Financial Services, a financial technology provider to credit unions based in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (www.co-opfs.org). Buzzard can be reached … Web: https://www.co-opfs.org Detailslast_img read more

Appreciative Sissoko counts blessings of playing for Reds

first_img Loading… Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks15 Celebs Who Fell From Grace With Their Careers10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny mohamed-sissoko in action for Eagles of Mali Sissoko was an important figure in the Rafael Benitez side that won the FA Cup in 2006 after beating West Ham United in the Cardiff final. “This game was amazing and we won the title for Liverpool and for all the supporters,” he reflected. “I think that was the best moment of my time at Liverpool. “A lot of good memories. I won some titles, I played with big, big players like Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Luis Garcia. Just for this, I’m very happy. Read Also Mali’s ex-Juventus star retires Aside from Liverpool Sissoko who made over 33 appearances for the Eagles fo Mali in his 10 years in the naitonal team (2003-2013) also played for other top clubs like Juventus and PSG. He also had a taste of the Chinese Super league playing for Shanghai Shenhua in 2015. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Although he played for over 14 clubs in the course of his close to two decades romance with football, former Mali international Mohamed Sissoko has singled out Liverpool for special praise. Momo Sissoko as he is popularly called played for current table toppers Liverpool between 2005 and 2008 making 87   appearances after joining the Reds from Valencia. The 34-year-old midfielder has announced his retirement from football while underscoring his days in Liverpool as some of the most beautiful moments of his career. “The response is easy: Thanks for all the love, thanks for everything. I’m very proud to be part of the Liverpool family,” Sissoko told the club’s official website. “I came to a family team like Liverpool. I want to thank everyone in Liverpool, all of the supporters over the world. “What they give me every day on social media is amazing. To be honest, for a football player, it’s a very special thing. I’m very happy for all the love of the Liverpool supporters.”last_img read more

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