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Six Nations: Five things we learnt – Scotland

first_imgWith discipline the major issue of the tournament so far, Scotland fixed that to great effect, only giving away eight penalties to England’s ten.Positional kicking and concentration were issues early on, so they fixed those and prospered.Then after half time, Scotland inexplicably failed to retain momentum having worked so hard to wrestle it from England’s grasp. The old failings re-appeared: poor kicking, and playing too much rugby in the wrong areas of the pitch. As a result they were all but passengers in the second half, with nowhere near enough possession and poor use of territory preventing them from coming close to a first win at Twickenham since 1983, even if the scoreline was closer than many had feared.Committment: Scotland must continue with an agressive defence to unsettle sides (Pic Action Images)Quick ball, offloading, aggressive defenceScotland must do all of the above, more often. When we do it, we score tries. When we kick aimlessly, or sit off the attack, or ball slows to the opposition’s preferred pace – we do not. And then we lose. It really is that simple. Yes, teams will figure out the Plan A and no doubt find ways to impede it, but forgetting to try Plan A is not the same as Plan A not working.Were there positives? Leading at half-time, there was no shame for Scotland at Twickenham, but yet again they pulled up short in what is turning out to be a frustrating campaign LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS To a point. The set piece is reliable if not spectacular, and the players mentioned above along with Tommy Seymour and Bennett will form the core of the team for the next few years. You only hope they are paying close attention in defeat, and the media don’t have to keep writing about the same lessons over, and over again…At the moment it sure feels like it. Thank goodness for…Jonny Gray, Blair Cowan and most importantly Stuart Hogg. These three players continue to perform well, even as those around them fluctuate wildly from the sublime to ridiculous. There are many that called for the return of in-form John Barclay but against England, but Cowan kept a clean disciplinary sheet and was once again a constant threat at the breakdown and a valuable ball carrier. His place is (ironically for Barclay fans) one of the few that is safe. Hogg’s scrambling tackles in the opening spell – when England were running riot – kept Scotland in the game. The cricket score we had feared never materialised and Scotland can take some pride in the way they rallied to lead at half-time.Dave Denton’s also worth a mention for a muscular ball carrying effort and I suspect he’ll start again next week.Shining light: Stuart Hogg has continued to excel in a losing Scotland side (Pic Inpho)Alex Dunbar was a big lossMatt Scott will have noted the growing presence of Mark Bennett in the centre while he’s been out injured, and it must have seemed like a long road back to dislodge the incumbent Glasgow pairing. Then fate intervened with an unfortunate ACL injury to Dunbar just before the Scotland team were set to travel, and Scott got a the chance to make his mark.Unfortunately, Scott was a little too keen to show he’s worth his place by attempting two show stopping interceptions in the first ten minutes, one of which created a gaping space for Joseph to run into for England’s first try. Scott recovered for some nice play during Scotland’s golden 20 minutes in the first half, then retired at half time with a dead leg.We need a more mature response if he recovers to face Ireland. If you need at least four test level centres in your squad for a big tournament, we’re down to one and a half at the moment and Matt needs his extra fifty per cent back to give us hope.Increasing influence: Mark Bennett has had an assured Six Nations to dateYou fix one thing, and something else breakslast_img read more

Svonkin Receives Associate’s Degree at PCC’s 91st Commencement

first_img 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Education Svonkin Receives Associate’s Degree at PCC’s 91st Commencement From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 10:56 pm Scott Svonkin, president of the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees, receives his associate’s degree at Pasadena City College (PCC) this week, almost 30 years after earning his bachelor’s degree.This degree means the world to me because Pasadena City College helped me get to where I am today,” said Svonkin, who dropped out of high school before enrolling in community college and transferring to California State University at Northridge. “It’s never too late to complete your college education.”Svonkin’s roots in public service and, in particular, education, took root at PCC where he served two terms as the student member of the Pasadena City College Board of Trustees before going on to CSUN. Before his election to the LACCD board, he served on the San Gabriel Unified School District Board.In addition, Svonkin was appointed to a three-year term on the College Promise Advisory Board by President Obama. America’s College Promise Act is the president’s plan to provide college tuition and fees for qualified community college students. The board was convened to lend its expertise and work with communities to understand the value of an educated workforce and citizenry and is led by Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, Ed.D.“I think this degree is even more special because I can personally relate to the value of a community college education,” said Svonkin. “We know a high school diploma is not enough to allow Americans to find a good job and earn a salary that will provide a decent quality of life,” said Svonkin. “The LACCD board is focused on helping our high school graduates receive a high quality education tuition free at a community college. The associates degree or certificate they earn will allow them to transfer to a four year university or step into the job market with valued skills.”The Los Angeles Community College District, the nation’s largest community college district, serves one-quarter million students a year in more than 36 cities in Los Angeles County at its nine colleges. The District covers nearly 900 square miles and has educated and trained the region’s diverse workforce since 1969. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business Newslast_img read more

Former colleagues relish opportunity to square off

first_imgEven though he is two years removed from his apprenticeship under Bo Ryan, UW-Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter is still learning from his mentor.Lesson two of Jeter’s post-graduate program game took place Wednesday night at the Kohl Center, as the longtime student of Ryan brought his Panthers into town.”I thought I knew everything Bo was doing,” Jeter said. “I think I might’ve picked up a few more things.”However, the points of emphasis that Jeter focuses on as a competitor now are different than what he used to look for as a member of Ryan’s coaching staff.”Now I watch more how he handles himself on the sidelines, being a head coach,” Jeter said. “As an assistant, I would watch how he handled players, and how he would motivate guys, and how he would make decisions during games.”While the No. 7 Badgers did walk off the court with a relatively stress-free 19-point victory, both sides understood that next year, the score might not be so lopsided.”I understand where we are as a program; we have some young guys,” Jeter said. “It’s just we need some more continuity with players. Then we’ll be okay.””As soon as he gets those guys a little experience, it’ll be a little different,” Ryan said. “We’ll enjoy this one tonight, but know that probably next year, it’ll be a battle.”The joy of playing doesn’t just rest with Jeter, either. Ryan admitted that after being initially skittish, he now takes pleasure in coaching against his former protégé.”At first, I thought how hard it would be [to coach against him],” Ryan said. “Do I enjoy it? You know what, actually I do, because I think it’s good for both of us.”There was also one other lesson that Jeter said he learned, though this one was entirely self-taught.”I didn’t get a technical this year,” Jeter said with a wry smile.Big inside and outsideWisconsin junior big-man Brian Butch made a three-pointer against UW-M on Wednesday night. Usually this would hardly be headline news, as Butch had made 30 shots from long distance in his first two seasons and is a career 30-percent shooter from beyond the arc.However, the Polar Bear has struggled from long range this season as his trifecta against the Panthers was only his second of the season and his first since Nov. 15 against UW-Green Bay. On the season, Butch had been only 1-of-11 coming into the matchup with UW-M.”It works through itself, simply from what you’re doing in practice,” Ryan said. “The opportunities haven’t been there that much on the outside shot, but that’s okay, because he needs to get things done inside.”Butch chipped in with 11 points and eight rebounds against the Panthers, also tallying an assist and a blocked shot.”He was active and that was good,” Ryan said. “We needed that.”While Butch’s outside shooting has gone cold, he hasn’t let that affect the rest of his game. The Appleton native has basically maintained his averages of nine points and six rebounds per game, while shooting almost 50 percent from the field.Ryan maintains that Butch will continue to get the green light to let it fly, however.”You gotta guard him when he’s out there,” Ryan said. “Some team will make the mistake not to, and he’ll knock down two or three threes in a game coming up here. Don’t be surprised if he does that.”last_img read more

From obscurity to superstar status, Coutinho’s rise is complete

first_imgInstead, at age 16 he moved to Inter, where then manager Rafael Benitez hailed him as “the future of Inter”.That bold prediction was quickly forgotten as Coutinho found it difficult to adjust to life in Italy, with loan spells at Vasco and Espanyol providing more first-team opportunities but little to suggest his future stardom.Fortunately for Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers, then in charge at Liverpool, had spotted his potential when he helped Brazil win the Under-20 World Cup.Coutinho accepted the challenge of moving to England, where the frenetic and physical pace of play can sometimes overwhelm foreign imports.He hit the ground running and scored his first goal for Liverpool on his full debut in a 5–0 victory over Swansea in February 2013.It helped that Coutinho is teetotal and a devout Christian with no time for the nightclub antics that have derailed the careers of so many of his peers.That commitment to his craft fuelled Coutinho’s ascent and he quickly became an integral part of the Liverpool side that narrowly failed to end the club’s long wait to win the title in the 2013-14 season.Once Liverpool’s star striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in 2014, it was Coutinho who assumed the mantle of the team’s driving force.With 41 goals and countless assists in 152 league appearances for Liverpool, Coutinho was just as valuable to current boss Jurgen Klopp once he succeeded Rodgers.But silverware has been elusive at Anfield and a yearning for success on the grandest stage made it inevitable that he would hand in a transfer request when Barcelona offered over £100 million to sign him in August last year.Liverpool rejected Barca’s approaches then, but there was no such declaration of intent this time as the Reds finally bowed to Coutinho’s wishes on Saturday. Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | When Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in 2013, the Brazil forward was so lightly regarded that his signing was overshadowed by the arrival of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield earlier that month.But five years later, Coutinho has become such a formidable force that his departure is being mourned by Liverpool fans around the world after Barcelona signed the Reds star on Saturday in a blockbuster transfer worth a reported £142 million ($192 million, 160 million euros).Coutinho was just 20 and yet to fully harness his talents when Liverpool paid £8.5 million to bring him to the Premier League from Inter Milan, so perhaps it was not surprising that beating Southampton to his signature could not take the spotlight away from the capture of the highly-rated Sturridge from Chelsea.It did not take long for Coutinho to seize the stage however and, while Sturridge’s injury-ravaged career is in danger of becoming an afterthought, the Brazilian is now one of the game’s most coveted players.Coutinho’s against-the-odds rise is a tribute to a tenacious personality inherited from his close-knit working-class family back home in the tough Rocha district of Rio de Janeiro.Now married to childhood sweetheart Aine, Coutinho once said: “My family is the foundation of everything in my life.”He has needed that secure background to survive the slings and arrows of a career that might be glittering now, but for several years was full of potential pitfalls.Having honed his natural gifts while playing futsal, the smaller indoor version of the sport, with brothers Cristiano and Leandro, the diminutive Coutinho was offered a trial by Vasco da Gama.But Coutinho was so shy he clung to his father while the other youngsters warmed up.“After a short while and some motivation, I was fine. When I actually started to play, it was all normal and natural. I wasn’t shy anymore, I was enjoying it,” he recalled.The road was to get rougher for Coutinho, who was snubbed by Real Madrid when the Spanish giants passed up the chance to sign him from his Brazilian club for just £2.2 million in 2008.– Commitment to his craft –last_img read more

Woman says she contracted flesh-eating bacteria from nail salon

first_imgA Tennessee woman says she contracted flesh-eating bacteria from a nail salon and is using her story t warn other women.Jayne Sharp claims she contracted necrotizing fasciitis during a manicure at the Jazzy Nail Bar in Turkey, Creek Tennessee, this spring.Sharp says it all began during a manicure when she was pricked in the thumb.“While I was there, I got stuck on my thumb, and I went ‘ouch,’ but I went back to looking at my telephone,” said Sharp.Following her visit, Sharp said her thumb began to throb and that she experienced difficulty sleeping.At the time she believed she was experiencing symptoms of the flu.The next day, Sharp told her daughter, who is a nurse, about her symptoms, and her daughter encouraged her to go to the doctor.After her flu test came back negative, Sharp said she was told: “You might be getting these symptoms from your thumb.”Sharp’s thumb continued to swell, and she was admitted to the hospital later that day.Shortly after, she was diagnosed with the sporadic flesh-eating disease, which affects fewer than 20,000 people in the US per year.However, health officials noted that a compromised immune system could make you more likely to contract it.“Sharp who is diabetic could have lost a finger or an arm if she was not diagnosed properly,” Dr. Udit Chaudhuri told First Coast News.Currently, she is still attempting to regain feeling in her hand after multiple surgeries to curb the infection.A manager of the nail salon at the center of the controversy said they passed a state inspection days after Sharp’s visit.Also, that salon employees clean their tools in a state-mandated method.A spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance also said no problems were found at the salon during its annual inspection and a follow-up inspection after Sharp’s complaint.Sharp says her life has “taken a total turn” since the diagnosis.last_img read more