Press Association Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive Philip Browne admitted the four provinces are “all struggling” to keep pace with their French counterparts. The IRFU reported a surplus in excess of 8.7million Euro owing to ticket sales, new broadcasting deals and Ireland’s two-straight RBS 6 Nations titles. Outgoing management committee chairman Finbarr Crowley was lined up to be voted in as a new junior vice president – until Billy Glynn intervened. Former IRFU president Glynn proposed ex-British Lions star Phil Orr as an alternative. Glynn decried “flawed mismanagement of the changes in laws” from a recent EGM designed to streamline IRFU governance, before touting Orr’s standing in the game as a boon to Ireland’s bid to host World Cup 2023. After a hastily-convened vote Orr was duly elected, leaving Crowley empty-handed when he had expected a vice-presidency as a quid pro quo for his management committee service. A chastened Crowley addressed the meeting in relinquishing his role as management committee chairman. “Despite losing out on today’s vote I will continue to commit myself to the game of rugby, regardless of what level or where it is,” said Crowley. “From what I can see there are bridges to be mended, so hopefully that can be done to the satisfaction of council.” Browne admitted the IRFU have a duty to keep raising investment into Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster where possible. “At professional game level it allows to start putting a little bit more money into the academy system and the elite player pool,” said Browne. “What we’re trying to do with David Nucifora (performance director) is to try and drive the high-performance system through the age groups so that we have contact with kids at an earlier age. “It obviously allows us to put a bit more money into the provinces who are all struggling to some extent in terms of financial pressures that are coming to bear because of the money in France. “We’re trying to make them financially viable and sustainable but at the same time we’ve got to try to put competitive teams on the park. “So it’s about all those things, it’s really around the high-performance system and player contracts where that money goes.” In 2013/14 the IRFU posted a surplus of 7.3million Euro. A second-straight surplus leaves the organisation in rude health ahead of next month’s Rugby World Cup. Martin O’Sullivan was enrolled as the 128th Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) president at Friday’s annual council meeting at the Aviva Stadium. Irish rugby bosses will hand the four provinces an extra 3.2million a year to combat the threat of France’s big-spending superpowers.
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We have seen many stunning pictures taken from aircraft over the year but these are amongst the best of the best.Taken by Christiaan (JPC) van Heijst a pilot with a major freight airline they are truly spectacular.Christiaan founded www.Amazing-Aviation.com in 2013 with colleague Daan Krans and the two world-renowned photographers bring a new dimension to portraying aviation with striking imagery, unrivaled in quality, accuracy and almost always with a flair for the artistic.In this photo essay, we feature the work of Christiaan who has worked for 12 years as an airline pilot and professional photographer. He starting his flying career on the Fokker 50 Turboprop, flying under contract in Africa and Afghanistan for almost two and a half years.Then he moved on to Transavia.com where he flew the Boeing 737NG for almost five years before making his most rewarding step in early 2011 to Europe’s leading All-Cargo-Airline; Cargolux International Airlines.Flying the true Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747-400 and the latest 747-8 Freighter as a Senior First Officer on a long haul global network Christiaan always has his camera within reach, ready to capture the magic above the clouds and the world from a unique pilot’s perspective.The captions below each photo are remarks by Christiaan.To order these photos and to see the entire magnificent collection click here;
2 October 2013The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has announced that early bird entries for the 2014 Comrades Marathon have closed with 8 556 entries so far received since the entry process opened on 1 September.This means that less than 10 000 entries are available before the overall entry process is closed.Prospective entrants have until 30 November or until the cap of 18 000 entries has been reached to get their entries in. Thereafter, no entries will be accepted.Entry costsCMA Race Director Johan Van Staden said in a statement on Tuesday: “Runners had the opportunity to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R320 for the entire month of September. From now until the close of the entry process, the entry fee will be R350 for South African runners.”Runners from the rest of Africa will be charged an entry fee of R550 and the cost to International athletes is R1 800.How to enterThere are a number of ways to enter the world’s greatest ultra-marathon:• Online at the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com• Through the post by posting a completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209• At Comrades Marathon House: by handing in the completed entry form together with payment at the CMA office in Pietermaritzburg.Runners may enter the race before running a qualifying race (which must be a minimum distance of 42.2km).Qualifying details must be submitted to the CMA by 6 May 2014.2014 dateNext year’s race, the 89th edition of the Comrades Marathon, takes place on Sunday, 1 June 2014.Being a “down-run”, the traditional gunfire goes off outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall at 05:30 and again 12 hours later at the Sahara-Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban to signal the end of the 89km road-running challenge.Defending championsSouth Africa’s Claude Moshiywa will be defending the men’s title after claiming his first victory earlier this year. Ludwick Mamabolo, also of South Africa, won the last “down run”.Elena Nurgalieva of Russia will be defending the women’s title and was also the last winner of the “down run”.If she wins in 2014, Nurgalieva, the women’s record holder with eight Comrades Marathon wins will equal Bruce Fordyce’s men’s record of nine victories.SAinfo reporter
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 Joint exhibition combining social networking and mobile social networking formatsEvening networking receptionDiscount for early booking (expires August 21st)Free pass for exhibition only 8 October 2009: San DiegoMobile Application Stores conferenceAs a partner seminar of Intenational CTIA WIRELESS I.T. and Entertainment, the Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.Participants will discuss strategy and deployment in application stores such as Apple (iPhone), Google (Android), RIM (Blackberry), Nokia (Ovi), Palm Pre, and Microsoft, as well as other emerging application stores. To learn more, visit www.mobileapplicationstores.com or write to [email protected] – 5 November 2009: Raleigh, North CarolinaInternet Summit 2009Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers, including representatives of major Internet brands such as Twitter, Pandora, Google, Salesforce.com, Digg, Technorati, CBS Interactive, Huffington Post, Blogger, Tree.com, and many more.Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.Join over 1200 entrepreneurs, senior marketers, and executives in the conversation about the future of the industry and how to capitalize on the shifting dynamics of the Internet and tap into its unlimited business potential.9 – 10 November 2009: Santa Clara, CaliforniaSocial Networking World Forum — CaliforniaThis event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. 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. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 24 August 2009: Charlotte, North Carolina >Social FreshSocial Fresh is a 1 day Social Media Conference with speakers from Best Buy, Rubbermaid, IBM, and Keynote Speaker David Armano (@Armano). Social Fresh content is focused on the tangible social media successes of today and the technology that will drive those successes tomorrow. Think less concept and more real case studies and examples directly from businesses and developers who are using the social web successfully. Get 15% off by using code RSS15 and follow the conference on Twitter (@SoFresh) for other discounts and updates. 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. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 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 technologies.15 – 16 March 2010: London, England2nd 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: 11 – 12 November 2009: Denver, ColoradoDefrag 2009 ConferenceAs 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. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.Defrag explores the intersection of topics like:Business intelligenceBusiness process managementSocial computing and analyticsNext-level discoveryEnterprise 2.0Next-gen emailThe semantic Web Download this entire events calendar in iCal format. Tags:#Events Guide#web andrew lobo 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. Over 50 speakers and 500 delegates will be there.ReadWriteWeb readers save $150 on the regular ticket price up until August 14th. Register here with the code “RWW”.21 – 23 September: San Diego, CaliforniaDEMOfall 09 ConferenceDEMOfall 09 promises to showcase the most comprehensive portfolio of credible emerging technologies, vetted by VentureBeat founder Matt Marshall and leading technology analyst Chris Shipley. Alpha Pitch, a new DEMO program, puts you in front of the most promising entrepreneurs with products in the alpha, prototype, and development stages of their life cycles. These are pre-revenue companies that have no more than one round of seed funding and are ready for your investment dollars.DEMO is the launch pad of emerging technology and a true market performer for visionary investors, entrepreneurs, and industry influencers alike.ReadWriteWeb readers pay only $1996. 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. Walmart, McDonald’s, CME Group, H&R Block, Mayo Clinic, Progressive, Ford, and General Mills share case studies in corporate social media. You’ll learn how to get started, get past roadblocks, and make your social media program phenomenal… in one afternoon, for just $250.Get practical how-to advice on creating great content, getting management buy-in, educating employees, keeping lawyers and regulators happy, simple and ethical disclosure, and engaging fans. You’ll ask questions, discover new ideas, and get answers from people who have been there, done that.ReadWriteWeb readers can save 10% with the code “ILOVEREADWRITEWEB”.11 August 2009: New York CityNYC 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! We will be discussing trends in early-stage investing, hot sectors, sectors that these angels and VCs look at, things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention, additional advice for entrepreneurs, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the investor panelists, both before the panel and after the panel at the cocktail party! Don’t forget, we’ve put all of our events into a calendar so that you can keep track of them using your scheduling app of choice. So, go ahead and download the entire calendar in iCal format. You can also use this link to import it into your Google Calendar, or import individual events using the link beside each entry. This events 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.13 August 2009: MinneapolisBlogWell: How Big Brands Use Social Media Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.”
LEXINGTON, KY – JANUARY 30: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Rupp Arena on January 30, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns was a big part of Kentucky’s close win over LSU, but he was also called for a technical foul that helped spark the huge run that brought the Tigers back into the game. Towns hung on the rim after a dunk, picking up a technical foul. LSU’s Keith Hornsby made one of the two resulting free throws, and drilled a three on the ensuing possession, which cut the UK lead to 60-56.During the post-game interview on the court, John Calipari criticized his star freshman for the foul. While he was doing so, Towns, of all people, decided to photobomb him. The timing here is truly perfect.We just hope that Towns isn’t the next Wildcat to “go missing.” Calipari has a good sense of humor, so he’ll probably laugh it off.[FTW]
During the 2013-14 regular season, the Los Angeles Kings were the NHL’s fifth-lowest scoring team, notching just 2.4 goals for every 60 minutes they were on the ice. On paper, no team headed into the postseason with as anemic an offense. Yet fast forward a month and a half and Los Angeles is on the verge of closing out the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals partly because the Kings’ offense is sizzling. They put together a five-goal barrage in Game 4 against Chicago, and Los Angeles’ 3.3 goals per 60 minute mark leads all teams in scoring during the postseason.How did the Kings’ offense suddenly become so potent? During the regular season, LA converted their shots into goals at a paltry 7.6 percent rate, which tied the Vancouver Canucks for the second-worst shooting percentage in the entire NHL. In the playoffs, though, they’ve upped their conversion rate to 11.3 percent (including 14.5 percent against the Blackhawks), which ranks second among playoff teams. Since they’re not shooting more often (to the contrary — they’re actually averaging 1.6 fewer shots per 60 minutes in the playoffs than during the regular season), the Kings’ goal-scoring increase can be traced to the huge uptick in shooting accuracy.The Kings’ increased shooting percentage hasn’t been driven by facing a particularly easy set of goaltenders. Weighted by the number of shots they had against each opponent, Los Angeles’ playoff foes have had a composite save percentage of .913 during the regular season, which is slightly higher than the overall league average of .911 — certainly nothing that would explain a 3.7-percentage-point leap in shooting percentage. Nor has it been fueled by more time on the power play, where shooting percentages are higher: during the postseason, LA spent about 28 fewer seconds per game with a man advantage than they did in the regular season.One other place to look is where the Kings’ goals have been coming from. For example, during the regular season, LA’s shooting percentage was well below the NHL average on shots from the high slot, the space between the two face-off circles and above the hash marks. And in their Game 1 loss to Chicago, the Kings attempted three shots from that area, missing all three. But ever since, they’ve scored three goals on eight shots (a shooting percentage of 37.5) from a zone of the ice where they usually turn only 6.7 percent of their shots into goals. Since goals are such rare events, even a shift like that on just one section of the ice can lead to a big overall increase in scoring.Likewise, the late-season addition of Marian Gaborik, who leads LA in shots during the playoffs, and whose lifetime shooting percentage of 12.9 percent is well above the league average over his career, explains part of the team’s scoring burst. But it bears mentioning that while shot quality — and converting those chances into goals — makes a big difference in retrospect, it’s hard to tell how much is luck and how much is skill.In other words, the biggest reason the Kings’ offense has caught fire in the postseason may simply be good fortune, with some regression to the mean thrown in for good measure. Los Angeles wasn’t ever as bad at shooting as their regular-season percentage suggested (they were in the middle of the pack the season before), nor are they as good as their postseason run would indicate. The truth lies somewhere in between, and as we’ve seen before with hockey stats, it’s a truth mixed in with a lot of noise.
Eight Buckeyes will have one of the most important days of their football lives Friday when their talents are showcased for NFL scouts and executives at Ohio State’s Pro Day. Running back Brandon Saine, wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher, guard Justin Boren, linebackers Ross Homan and Brian Rolle and defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa, Devon Torrence and Jermale Hines will be going through drills and interviews at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center similar to what they experienced at the NFL Scouting Combine two weeks ago. The players will be working out amid coach Jim Tressel’s recent suspension by the school for allegedly failing to report e-mails from attorney and former Buckeye football player Christopher Cicero, indicating players gave football memorabilia to Eddie Rife, the owner of Fine Line Ink Tattoos. The failure to report the e-mails is in violation of both his contract with OSU and NCAA Bylaw 10.1. The university conducted a self-report on the infractions, and is awaiting the results of a report from the NCAA. OSU notified the NCAA of Tressel’s violation Feb. 3 after becoming aware of the Jan. 13 violation. Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, once regarded as a first-round pick, will not participate because he’s rehabbing an elbow injury he suffered in the Sugar Bowl win against Arkansas. He received Tommy John surgery in mid-January. Heyward has been working out at the Woody Hayes center with the Buckeyes, supporting his former teammates while undergoing treatment. “I can’t remember a time we haven’t had representation from all 32 (NFL) teams,” said Eric Lichter, OSU’s director of football performance, at Monday morning’s practice. “We’ve got a pretty good group. … We had a lot of combine invites this year, so I’d imagine we’ll have a pretty good showing.” Chekwa is coming off a strong combine, in which he ran a 40-yard dash in an impressive 4.4 seconds. Homan’s bench press highlighted his workouts in Indianapolis. He put up 225 pounds 32 times — tops for any linebacker. Pro Day workouts begin at 10 a.m.