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Knocked out yet again, George North’s regular concussions surely signal the end of his career

first_imgWednesday Feb 26, 2020 Knocked out yet again, George North’s regular concussions surely signal the end of his career The sight of George North splayed on the floor after a knock to the head is one that Welsh fans, and those all round the world, have grown all too familiar with.ADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old came off the field in the eleventh minute against France on Saturday after clashing with Gael Fickou in the air, raising fresh concerns about his well-being.North has a long history with head injuries, and this latest concussion means he has suffered at least one a year since 2015, where he had a sustained spell on the sidelines with Northampton Saints because of it.While this latest injury may prove problematic for Wales in the immediate future with a visit to Twickenham in a fortnight, there are greater worries surrounding the two-time British and Irish Lions tourist.Fans are suggesting that it’s time he hangs up his boots.Rugby is just a game. The important thing today is the long term health and welfare of @George_North I wish him a full and speedy recovery— Dave Newton 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏉🏒🇮🇪 (@KipperBedwas) February 22, 2020ADVERTISEMENTThere are those that would like to see North retire after this latest incident, while many are questioning his future, and are sure that is what North will be doing himself.In this current climate, trolling and abuse on social media are a topic of discussion, but there is nothing malicious in this circumstance, as these are genuine concerns about the winger’s welfare. This is not something that is strictly from Welsh fans either, as no supporter, regardless of nationality, would want to see a player struggle the way North has at times.ADVERTISEMENTThe Ospreys star will feel that he has so much to give to the red jersey of Wales in the future. With 97 Test caps, and 94 for Wales, North is tantalisingly close to making his century, and at only the age of 27, he will feel that he has many years ahead of him.With 40 tries for Wales, he is still 18 behind Shane Williams, but that target will be in his sights as well.However, there are factors that are out of his control, and with every concussion, the calls for retirement will grow. He will likely see specialists over the coming days to assess what happens next, and whether that means another extended break away from the game, the rugby world will want what is best for him.RELATED VIEWING: Knocked Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart 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

Bye-laws on derelict sites must be enacted-Chamber

first_imgINSISTING that the bye-laws in relation to derelict sites need to be vigorously enacted, Limerick Chamber says that where it is difficult to establish ownership, a mechanism must be developed to enable the council to enforce the legislation that is in place, to ensure that the visual appearance of the city is improved.The Chamber’s concerns are not reserved solely for the city’s more ugly derelict buildings.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter NewsLocal NewsBye-laws on derelict sites must be enacted-ChamberBy admin – October 13, 2010 465 Advertisement Facebook Print Linkedin WhatsApp Email Referring to Limerick’s stock of Georgian buildings, it says: “It is outstanding by international standards, and the current level of deterioration and dereliction of some of this stock is not acceptable”.The Chamber is also calling for the removal of the glut of unused business signage on vacant and derelict buildings throughout the city.“This signage is unsightly and bye-laws should be enforced to ensure that it is removed, and also to ensure that premises throughout the city are maintained in accordance with regulations,” says a spokesperson, who acknowledges that with the current funding pressure that local governments are operating under, it might be feasible to enter into partnership with Eco-Unesco to run educational awareness programmes or to link in with the Department of the Environment’s ENFO programme.“We are happy to support the council in enforcing current legislation and introducing new bye-laws to ensure that our city is presented in the best possible manner- we will do everything we can to support initiative in the future to ensure that the business community get involved and play their part”. Previous article‘Teresa was never asked to leave’Next articleMiners see the light adminlast_img read more

Compass cuts valuation to $7B ahead of IPO

first_img Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Contact Erin Hudson breakingcompassIPOResidential Brokerage UPDATE: This story has been updated to include market commentary. center_img Email Address* Tags Email Address* Message* Robert Reffkin (Compass)UPDATED, March 31, 2021, 3:48 p.m.: Compass has slashed the price of shares and reduced the size of its total stock offering ahead of its IPO.In an updated S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Compass said it lowered its maximum share price to $19, a 26.9 percent drop from $26. The venture-backed brokerage is now offering 25 million shares, down from 36 million.At the new price, Compass now seeks to go public at a valuation of just over $7 billion. That’s down from its initial target of $10 billion, and slightly higher than its last valuation of $6.4 billion, set by investors in July 2019.“It’s not the premium you would expect, especially if you think about the growth of the business between 2019 and 2021,” said Nima Wedlake, a principal at Thomvest Ventures. (The company invests in real estate firms, but has not invested in Compass.) In its S-1, Compass said revenue jumped 56 percent to $3.7 billion in 2020, after doubling between 2018 and 2019.ADVERTISEMENTFor a company that’s relied heavily on investor capital, Compass is now poised to raise considerably less cash — some $475 million, down from nearly $1 billion.Federal regulators approved Compass’ IPO on Monday, meaning it’s set to go public in the coming days. It will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “COMP.”Compass’ IPO has been the subject of intense speculation for years. Since 2012, the residential brokerage has raised $1.5 billion from investors including SoftBank, and it’s used that money to aggressively gain market share.The firm’s cumulative losses total $1 billion, according to the S-1, and critics have said it operates more like a traditional brokerage than a technology company. The IPO is a referendum on that narrative.In a March 29 research note republished in Forbes, investment firm New Constructs argued that Compass is a traditional firm with “flashy marketing, whose only advantage is a virtually unlimited ability to burn cash.”“SoftBank needs this IPO more than investors do,” wrote David Trainer, the firm’s founder.Propping up the IPO?In the updated filing, Compass said the family of co-founder and CEO Robert Reffkin, as well as key backers, could end up purchasing large blocks of shares representing nearly 40 percent of the total offering.Underwriters also increased the percentage of shares set aside for agents to 7 percent of the offering, up from 5 percent. That’s equivalent to 1.75 million shares, or $33.225 million.“It makes it easy for the investment bankers,” said Trainer. “They do that and lower the price? It means they’re getting some serious pushback. Not only can they sell all the shares but they can’t sell them at the high price.”Read moreWhat you need to know about Compass’ IPO this week Inside Compass’ IPO filing The definitive guide to Compass’ C-suite The Reffkin family indicated interest in purchasing about 973,600 shares, just under 4 percent of the total offering, for $18.5 million. SoftBank and hedge funder Robert Citrone have expressed interest in purchasing about 7.37 million shares, or 29 percent of the offering, for $140 million.The shareholders’ interest plus the shares set aside for agents accounts for 10 million shares of the 25 million shares slated to be offered. None of the parties have entered into any binding agreements or commitments to purchase the shares, the filing notes.Gauging investor demandThe last-minute change reflects investor pushback during Compass’ roadshow, sources said.“They had to carve it back because it wasn’t working at the high number … The question is, are they even going to be able to get it done at the lower number?” Trainer said. “If they can’t get it done at a premium to the number on their books, maybe they don’t go public at all.”However, Compass’ move may also reflect sentiment in the broader tech market. Investors have pulled back on high-growth tech stocks in recent weeks. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.1 percent Tuesday, and real estate stocks (including Redfin, Realogy and eXp World Holdings) are down between 9 percent and 40 percent from their peak in February. Zillow shares opened at $126 each on Wednesday, down 39 percent from a peak of $208 per share last month.Compass’ S-1 sowed doubt, however, that it could be valued as a tech company.One venture capital investor compared Compass to WeWork, which plans to go public in a $9 billion SPAC deal.“Both of those companies are struggling with a similar thing: ‘Are we a tech company or a real estate company?’” the investor said. “Clearly, the public markets value real estate and tech companies very differently.”Contact E.B. Solomontlast_img read more

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