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United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) 2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rugby World look at the role of betting in rugby, from the social issue affecting individuals to the real risk of match-fixing. This special report was first published in the April edition of the magazine Gambling in rugby: a Rugby World investigationFacing up to gambling addiction“I SAT on the bridge waiting for the next train, just psyching myself up to jump in front of it,” Mark Potter remembers.Right on the edge. This was a young man at his lowest ebb. A compulsive gambler finally realising how strong the stranglehold of addiction was around his neck and thinking that all he could do was end it all. But he couldn’t do it.Today Potter – now a retired second-row who earned decent if not spectacular money playing in the National Leagues and semi-pro in Ireland – works alongside EPIC Risk Management, a company that specialises in assessing the risk of problem gambling for professional organisations and setting up support networks for those within it affected by addiction. They have worked with the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to roll out their largest ever education programme, in a move everyone hopes will provide clubs, academies, players and management with as much information about addiction as possible, as well as aid professionals in the game who may previously have hidden from their own gambling problems.Potter can now talk calmly about all the wrong he had done and how close he came to jumping, but the proud member of Liverpool St Helens RFC wasn’t always renowned for his control. “I always knew I had a problem,” says the 35-year-old father of three. “Ever since my late teens I’d put money on. I was playing at a reasonable level of rugby and making quite good money – I knew I’d never play for England, but I was playing for enjoyment and I was playing to make money. I had built up a big debt (around £20,000) by my mid twenties and then I met my wife.“She’s Irish and together we moved over after I got an offer to play out there. I thought it was all good. I was keen. But then I started up again. Things got bad.”Potter went to great lengths to cover up his problems while the family were in Ireland, telling his wife all was well as the bills went unpaid and he went on searching for the buzz of another big win. He looks back on a time when he thought it was acceptable to rip off his own rugby club to pay his debts. But it’s impossible to hide forever. His wife found out and he moved back to England on his own, ashamed. The problem did not go away.He continues: “It doesn’t matter if you’re on £100k a week or £100. You will spend whatever’s reflective of your income, whatever you’ve got. Eventually I ran out of people to borrow money from. There came the point when I swiped some of my kids’ stuff and sold it, so I could gamble. That was the end of the road. I had to hold my hand up.” That is when the troubled lock headed for the train tracks.When Potter could not bring himself to commit suicide, though, he made for the sanctuary of his parents’ home. They had been asked for understanding a few times before, hearing how he wanted to change, bailing him out. But this “semi-meltdown” was different from the others. It was time for lasting help.In 2013, with the help of the RPA, Potter attended the Sporting Chance Clinic – a safe place for gambling addicts to confront their problems, set up by former Arsenal and England footballer Tony Adams. These days Potter is determined to talk – he thinks it helps him – and he wants to advise and guide anyone who faces problem gambling. He knows how secretive and insidious the issue is. He has spoken to groups from clubs in several different sports – he has even privately advised some Premiership rugby players.What you may not know is that professional sportsmen are three times more likely to be problem gamblers than young men in the general population. That is according to a study conducted by the Professional Players Federation (who work in football, cricket and rugby, as well as with other sports).According to Rich Bryan, the RPA’s rugby director, there are a few reasons for this. “Gambling is a societal problem, with the UK set up with all the tech and ads, but there are added factors from the point of view of professional sportspeople,” he says. “They potentially have disposable income and these are inherently competitive people we are talking about – they are possibly more likely to ‘chase’ losing bets. In sport there is also the possibility of a ‘herd mentality’ as it seems socially acceptable for many to gamble.“Whatever the reasons behind it, when we saw the BBC covering this and heard athletes were three times more likely, it acted as a catalyst for us. There was a podcast on this earlier in the year in which the former footballer John Hartson talked about gambling. Something he said really struck a chord: ‘If you are gambling, until you recognise you have a problem, you’ll never get any help.’ This is a problem that can go unnoticed. It can go undiagnosed. In our environment, we have a perception of these being tough players – rugby is tough – and players do find it hard to open up. What we want is for players to open up to their team-mates, to their colleagues and to us.”Bryan again mentions the work the RPA are doing, talking to clubs and their academies, relying on the sometimes harrowing stories of the experts running EPIC. He mentions Cognacity, the group who look at mental wellbeing, who specialise in talking with people in sport and who run a confidential hotline for any athlete suffering in silence. He also points out that this impassioned drive by the RPA is supported by the RFU and Premiership Rugby, such is the desire to get the game’s prized athletes feeling mentally healthy.You see, while a few individuals from the pro game have reached out for help for themselves or others – going to someone like Potter – the stigma can still be great. In other sports, a few high-profile names have stepped out and explained their very human flaws. In rugby, gambling is another of those issues rarely aired in public. So when an established player like Willie Ripia speaks out, his words carry weight.In January 2012, the Kiwi fly-half parted ways with his Super Rugby franchise, Western Force. A former Hurricane and Highlander, Ripia was at the Force wearing the No 10 shirt and hoping to qualify for the Wallabies after three years in the country. But after team-mates had complained that Ripia was taking money from wallets and bags in the changing room, CCTV footage emerged that forced him to quit. Eight months later, Ripia explained to New Zealand’s Sunday News that he had struggled with addiction.“When I moved to Perth it was so easy to (gamble),” the playmaker said, explaining that he had blown money throughout his Super Rugby career. “You wake up at 7am and the New Zealand trots (horse racing) start and you go to sleep at 11pm and the South African and English trots are happening.“I found out that life is all about perception and I found that gamblers are really good at throwing a certain perception out there, but when you get caught, man, s*** hits the fan. It is something that’s not addressed as much as it could (be).”Ripia even explained that he had taken kicks in big games after losing money that very same day. He was going for the posts while his mind was churning. Did anyone notice? Steve Symonds, the personal development manager at the Hurricanes, helped Ripia when he eventually returned to New Zealand. For him, gambling is the biggest threat to professional players, simply because it is so difficult to detect.“The hardest thing is that gambling is the easiest thing to hide. If it’s alcohol or drugs, you can pick it up. But with gambling often no one knows and they might not come to talk about it until they are absolutely desperate. I’ve had players in talking about their problems, often that’s a trigger for disclosure. But they never fully bloody disclose! So when they say, ‘I think I have a problem’, it’s probably a huge problem by then.”Symonds knows of a few elite-level players with issues but he urges more people to talk. “High-profile cases have hardly been followed up. I dealt with Willie when he got back here (from Australia) because he’d been in our environment previously. I spoke with his mum and ex-partner. That was a terrible case; a pure addiction model. We’ve done a few bits about it, but if I had my way he’d be speaking to every club here.”Support is there if people want it. Symonds understands the social and family issues some young players are burdened with and has even been a signatory on player’s bank accounts. His door is open.Because unchecked, gambling problems ruin lives. They can certainly ruin careers. And sometimes the need to take a punt spills over into your own game. Gambling problem or not, people within elite rugby need to be aware of what they can and cannot bet on.Betting Rules within rugbyON THURSDAY 11 December 2014, Leicester Tigers defence coach Phil Blake walked into the Grosvenor Casino in Leicester, where he was a registered member, and placed four separate bets on two self-service betting terminals.Each terminal allowed a maximum bet of £200 at a time, so Blake placed one bet of £200 and then one bet of £100 on each terminal, with a total stake of £600. Every one of the bets was on his side’s match-up with Toulon in the European Champions Cup, which was to be played the following Saturday.With these spread bets, Tigers had a handicap of +18.5 – meaning Blake would win his bets either if Leicester won, or if Leicester lost by fewer than 19 points. In the end Toulon won the contest 23-8 and Blake made himself a tidy profit of £369.24.Then on Sunday 8 March 2015, Blake placed four more bets – this time fixed-odds bets on Tigers beating Newcastle Falcons – and again fed in £600 across the two machines. When Tigers duly won 16-12, he profited again, this time to the tune of £300.Sounds harmless? Well, in May 2015, an RFU disciplinary panel found that Blake was in breach of their Regulation 17, which prohibits a ‘connected person’ from placing a wager on any ‘event’ and receiving any proceeds from that wager. Blake had been discovered after an employee of the casino noticed the abnormal spike in bets on these terminals on the two occasions. He realised the bets were on the local Premiership side, and once he checked back through the CCTV footage and cross-checked the Tigers website, the jig was up.Blake was ordered to fork over his profits of £669, to pay additional costs of £500, and to undergo an anti-corruption learning programme before being allowed to return to the sport. He would also have to serve a six-month ban from rugby.This was the first-ever case of a professional within the game of rugby being sanctioned for betting and the ban was the biggie. Blake appealed, but it was thrown out. He already knew he was parting ways with Leicester at the end of that season, but the former rugby league player and ex-Wallabies skills coach was sent to rugby oblivion for half a year. A precedent was set. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Of course it is much harder to sum up the very personal and potentially devastating impact of problem gambling with a similarly short and snappy sentence. So please, if you are or know anyone who is struggling because of this illness, seek help.This article appeared in the April 2016 edition of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers click here, or find out how to download the digital edition here. TAGS: Investigation Midway through the 2012-13 season, World Rugby introduced a blanket ban on gambling in rugby for Test and professional players, support staff or officials as part of their Regulation 6, which is what the RFU’s Regulation 17 stems from.In World Rugby’s language they state: No Connected Person, Contracted Player(s) or Contracted Player(s) Support Personnel “shall, directly or indirectly, Wager and/or Attempt to Wager on the outcome or any aspect of any Connected Event and/or receive and/or Attempt to receive part or all of the proceeds of any such Wager and/or any other Benefit in relation to a Wager” or be permitted to “Attempt, directly or indirectly, to solicit, offer, induce, entice, instruct, persuade, encourage, agree with and/or facilitate any other party to Wager and/or Attempt to Wager on the outcome or any aspect of any Connected Event”. In short: if you are involved in elite rugby, don’t bet on any rugby and don’t aid those who hope to.Max Duthie, a sports-focused lawyer with Bird & Bird who played for Sale, London Scottish and Cambridge University, puts it simply: “It is a sledgehammer approach. So a person who manages a team who plays in the Championship in England, who would realistically have no ability to influence the result of a match taking place in Argentina, for example, is nevertheless prevented from betting on that match. And I think there’s good reason for that. If you tried to chop it up and say, ‘You can only bet on this rugby, but leave that rugby…’”You’d be tangled up in red tape? “Yeah, exactly. It would be much easier to have a blanket ban.“I don’t expect any player to have read through any of the regulations drafted – not unless they’re in trouble – but I think World Rugby is now going to some lengths to increase awareness and education. I think in our competitions (Duthie works with the Guinness Pro12, the RBS 6 Nations and the British & Irish Lions) and certainly with the Six Nations, there will be a provision that says all players, before they participate, will have to do an online exercise. Is that a very sophisticated tool? Of course it isn’t. But it is a foot in the door, to ask are they aware of the risks?”Duthie admits that some rugby personnel he has explained this to in the past were taken aback. He has worked on huge cases, including the prosecution of the three Pakistani cricketers found guilty of ‘spot-fixing’ and on the ‘Bloodgate’ case. He has seen sporting corruption. He just wants personnel within the game to know all the facts. That’s why EPCR, the Pro12 and the Six Nations now have stand-alone anti-corruption regulations, as of this season. That’s why the Six Nations is monitored for irregular betting patterns and education programmes are rolled out. Those in the game may know not to bet, but do they know telling mates about team selection or injuries is also a big no-no, worthy of serious sanction?Duthie gives this advice: “There are obviously risks for the sport. At least read a summary of the regs. If you don’t do that, just don’t bet on any rugby. It’s all obvious. But the hardest thing is insider information. Even if somebody says they are absolutely straight up and down and won’t bet, they could still be caught out by telling someone if they’re in or out, who’s looking good in training, whatever it might be. That could be valuable and could mean someone puts a bet on and could damage the sport.”And that’s the rub. World Rugby have been proactive with their approach to corruption. Indeed, almost every expert on gambling who has been questioned for this feature has praised the governing body for their progressive thinking and strong work on global threats of corruption that they have not even encountered yet, with a spokesperson for the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) singling out the Keep Rugby Onside online education campaign for special mention.Before the 2015 World Cup, the governing body made noises about clamping down on gambling corruption, in any form. They pushed for players to be aware that they cannot share information. It must have sunk in because during the World Cup, according to World Rugby, on two separate occasions individuals from participating teams brought it to integrity officers’ attention that members of the public had been asking questions about their team selection, in their hotels.World Rugby investigated and concluded that it was just curious fans being nosey, but it was a swift demonstration of education being put into practice and working for the good of the game.The spectre of match-fixingRugby World has just asked Patrick Jay, a betting consultant and former director of trading at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, about the risks he sees for match-fixing in the sport. “Rugby people don’t like it when I say this,” he bluntly states, “but rugby is a tiny sport. If you are going to fix an event it has got to be worth your while. The only way to do it is a) if you can find someone willing to be manipulated, and b) a bookmaker can stand up a bet for a whole load of money that covers you.“You can bet on the value of sterling versus the dollar – worth billions – and that’s like football. Rugby is like betting on the value of bitcoin (virtual money) versus the (currency of) Guatemala.”It is a novel way of describing the minimal market that exists for rugby betting. Despite the game stretching further around the globe, into the new territories of Asia and North America, the sport is still a tiny speck on a global betting market that is now worth an estimated US$1.5-2 trillion per annum, according to the ICSS. But Martin Purbrick, head of security for the Hong Kong Jockey Club, which is, he claims, the biggest bookmaker in the world for sheer volume of wagers, takes a slightly different view from Jay. “I’d actually class rugby as medium-to-high risk,” he says.“Liquidity in the rugby betting market is small, but the integrity risk of a sport is not based on the (global) popularity of it. You don’t look for match-fixing in the English Premier League, you look for it further down the leagues, in lower-tier International matches or somewhere in the women’s game.”This is why, according to Ben Rutherford, World Rugby’s integrity unit manager, the governing body is taking bold steps. When talking to Rugby World he uses the word ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ when referring to integrity breaches, and he insists it’s a fight the sport must be prepared for. Especially if the sport continues to grow and push into new markets, while gambling technology improves and updates.“This (match-fixing) may not be a particular risk for rugby now – thankfully we’re not traditionally a betting product – but we’re not immune to the problem. We have to continue pushing education,” says Rutherford. “We have used the monitoring agency Sportradar for the last three years now, (assessing betting data) on all our sevens, U20s, qualifiers, working across most competitions. We’re in touch fairly regularly.“During the Rugby World Cup we had 24-hour access and they would alert us if there were any red flags. We had a number of integrity officers and help from personnel from the International Olympic Committee, England Cricket Board, horse racing and others. Betting volumes during the World Cup were up 30-40% compared with 2011. It was different from New Zealand because of the increase in betting operators – and New Zealand only really has one as it’s more heavily regulated there than in the UK – the technological changes and the time zone change.”Rutherford goes on to explain that the big-event handling of the Olympics should be similar, as the IOC’s regulations are “effectively the same as ours”. Education for players, support staff and match officials will continue to be the big push from the body.The Sevens World Series does pose some interesting integrity challenges as it passes through gambling hotspots like Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Singapore. World Rugby work hard to enforce their online education programme, reprimanding those who do not comply, but there are unique issues to contend with during the series, like concerns over literacy amongst players – both in terms of language and their experience with computers – or the turnover of players amongst nations whose stars can be enticed away to play professionally outside of the circuit.However, Rutherford feels that the work done on the sevens series by integrity officers to safeguard players from the risks of approach by corrupt agents is adequate – and certainly logistically easier than at a World Cup, which is spread across a whole nation over a matter of weeks. It’s easier to keep an eye on teams when they are all in one place for one week, he says.Yet it is on the very points of security and compliance of the lower-tier athletes that Rob Nichol, executive director of the International Rugby Players Association and CEO of the NZRPA, takes issue.“Sevens is the risk area,” Nichol insists. “Security around hotels is substandard. I was in Wellington for the sevens there and I was able to walk into the hotel and onto New Zealand’s floor without being challenged or questioned. If this was cricket I’d have been stopped plenty of times. Now I know we have a different, more laid-back culture in New Zealand and maybe someone who knew me saw me, but in South Africa, for example, the hotel security is pretty intense. You’ve got to put that through everything.“Then there is the case of the haves and the have-nots. You have an elite group of teams who are all over their players, taking responsibility for their contractual models and their high-performance needs. They have mature relationships. Then at the other end, it’s like the Wild West. If one group is supporting young players and then the others (lower-tier teams) see a big new sponsor come in (for an elite team), when they haven’t been paid for three months and they don’t feel respected, they would get angry. We are dealing with these cases right now.“World Rugby are making good progress (with their education work), but we can always do better.”It is a point that writer John Daniell reiterates when we talk about his new novel, The Fixer, in which a veteran Kiwi fly-half out in France is enticed into match-fixing. Much of the book is based on Daniell’s experiences as a player toiling through the early days of professionalism in Europe. Except, that is, with the issue of throwing games. “I never saw any of that when I played. But I do think there is fertile ground for it. Money has changed the face of the game. When I played as the game went pro, everyone on the team got paid the same. Now you can have someone on a contract like Dan Carter’s and someone not getting a tenth of that. It’s a threat.”Daniell’s biggest bugbear is over the way Pacific Islands players, in particular, are allowed to be treated. He expresses disgust at the slumlord-like mentality of some “maniac” club owners in Europe, who are just looking for a pound of flesh. If the powers-that-be continue to allow a huge disparity between the pauper players from the lower tiers and the well-organised elite, he suggests those are the very same players match-fixers would be flirting with.Purbrick agrees that a cocktail of disillusionment and being skint makes someone an easy target for gangsters. “Patrick Jay always used to say, ‘The betting market is a scene of the crime’. You have to look at what leads to the crime. It’s not difficult – someone pulls up to an athlete in a sports car, offers to buy them a beer. We’ve seen it with young jockeys: someone is approached by a good-looking girl, they are offered more money than they have ever had and they get carried away.” Jay says something else interesting: “Never forget you can always rely on 25-year-old boys acting like 25-year-old boys.” He says this while describing low-level shenanigans by rugby players, a great distance from match-fixing, but the implication here is: young athletes can indeed get carried away.ConclusionIt is clear that knowing the limits with gambling is essential. Richard Watson, the programme director for the UK’s Gambling Commission, sums it up neatly for any personnel working at the top-end of the game when he says: “Don’t bet on rugby, don’t pass on inside information such as details about injuries or selection, don’t accept money or gifts from someone in return for inside information or underperforming, don’t attempt to fix a match, and make sure you report any suspicious activity or approach.”Whether or not you think the threat of match-fixing in rugby union is tiny or enormous, it must be insisted that fine work is already being done by the sport’s governing body (see integrity.worldrugby.org). Yet, perversely, the real risks to the sport may not come from a lack of vigilance or foresight – they may come instead, some insist, from the people being left behind in rugby’s march through professionalism. We cannot forget the ‘have-nots’.
From the sensational Seventies, in which Phil Bennett and JJ Williams are particularly vocal, we pass to the chaos of the Eighties and a gobsmacking tour to the Pacific Islands. The chapter heading? I’m going to die in Tonga.Hilarious tales, scathing criticism and shocking revelations sit side by side in a book that will appeal to all. You don’t have to be Welsh to lap this up.Click here to buy Behind the Dragon.Brothers in Arms by David Beresford, self-published, RRP £40Could we see the first self-published rugby winner? Englishman David Beresford is a Francophile and epicurean who spent 18 months tracking down and interviewing France’s golden generation of the 1980s. Les Bleus won or shared six Five Nations titles during the decade, including two Grand Slams.Beresford’s fluency in the language opened doors that might otherwise have stayed firmly shut to a rosbif and the result is a fascinating insight into such legendary names as Sella, Blanco, Rives and Rodriguez.In each case, Beresford, a former centre who played a good deal of rugby in France, dines with his subject and indulges in his passion for fine food and wine.Pascals Ondarts, whose Hotel Loreak near Bayonne was the unofficial HQ for the project, proved an invaluable facilitator. Beresford’s diligence and determination did the rest and his list of interviewees includes relatives of those who departed life tragically young.Thus, he meets Robert Paparemborde’s widow, Jacques Fouroux’s son, Armand Vaquerin’s brother and Pierre Lacans’s mother, and there is even a convivial beer with Marc Cécillon, who infamously shot his wife in 2004 and spent seven years in prison.The success of the book stems from the warmth and originality of the content, stunning photography and, at times, an unexpected poignancy as the author shares experiences from his own life. Any profits from the book will be split between four charities.Click here to buy Brothers in Arms.Eddie Jones: My Life and Rugby, published by Macmillan, RRP £20As we pointed out, the judges for this award are all members of the Rugby Union Writers’ Club. Given the venom with which Eddie Jones lays into the English media in his autobiography, they must be a magnanimous lot.The book, a collaboration with award-winning writer Donald McRae, has sold in big numbers and it’s easy to see why. The England head coach offers chapter and verse on a remarkable career that includes reaching a World Cup final with three different countries.Encountering prejudice early in life, Jones used sport as a ticket to inclusion and, as a Ranwick player in the Ella era and later coach of the innovative Brumbies, was party to some of the most thrilling rugby ever seen.The Australian missed out on a Wallaby cap as he was deemed to be too small. It seems he’s channelled that frustration into every action since. The lessons he’s acquired – from success and failure – have shaped his behaviour moving forward and are explained beautifully.Jones has commented on making the Rugby Book of the Year shortlist. “I’m so pleased that our book has been nominated,” he said. “I’d like to wish all the other books in the shortlist the best. Whoever wins, I’m sure it will be a just result.” Such a polite young man.Click here to buy My Life and Rugby. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS When he tore a hamstring during a 2013 Lions Test, he played on in agony rather than leave the defensive line vulnerable. And on the next Lions tour, he effectively ‘deselected’ himself from the first Test by being honest about his form in a chat with Warren Gatland. Many others would not be so selfless.On his shock sending-off at the 2011 World Cup, he admits he lied every time he told journalists that he agreed with referee Alain Rolland’s decision. “Actually I don’t. I think it should have been yellow. Other incidents in that tournament which were much worse than mine didn’t lead to red cards.” Most people see it exactly the same way, Sam.Now part of Wayne Pivac‘s Wales coaching team, Warburton provides a heap of advice about leadership and suggests welfare measures to enhance the game. This collaboration with ghostwriter Boris Starling should be on everyone’s reading list.Click here to buy Open Side.Warren Gatland: Pride and Passion, published by Headline, RRP £20The awards organisers have enjoyed revving up a new instalment of the Gatland-Jones rivalry – and why not. There are numerous parallels between the two superstar coaches: former hookers agonizingly denied a Test cap, teaching careers, a disdain for committee-room dinosaurs and acidic media men.When Gatland wanted a £5,000 scrum machine for the Ireland team, he had to make two presentations and was immersed in “negotiations more long-winded than Brexit”. A short while later, he discovered the IRFU committee, ex-presidents and wives had splurged £150,000 on a weekend’s accommodation in Rome!The New Zealander, who achieved undreamt-of success with Wales, Wasps and Waikato, has teamed up with Chris Hewett for his autobiography and what a cracker it is.His initiative, man-management skills and blue-sky thinking shine through; so too the sensitivity that soured his Lions experiences as he was criticised over selection (2013) and disrespectfully lampooned as a clown (2017).Gatland says he can’t recall his father ever hugging him or telling him he loved him. “When I was blessed with my own children, I hugged and kissed them every day they were growing up. I still do it now.”He turned down the England job in 2006, claiming he didn’t want to be responsible for putting staff out of work. You know that would have bothered him. But you sense too he relishes the underdog tag, trying to bloody the nose of a bigger and better-resourced rival. RUGBY BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNERS2008 Ripley’s World – Andy Ripley (Mainstream)2009 Seeing Red: Twelve Tumultuous Years in Welsh Rugby – Alun Carter and Nick Bishop (Mainstream)2010 Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary – John Daniell (Ebury Press)2011 The Grudge – Tom English (Yellow Jersey)2012 Higgy – Alastair Hignell (Bloomsbury)2013 The Final Whistle: The Great War in Fifteen Players – Stephen Cooper (History Press)2014 City Centre – Simon Halliday (Matador)2015 Beyond The Horizon – Richard Parks (Sphere)2016 No Borders: Playing Rugby for Ireland – Tom English (Arena Sport)2017 The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)2018 Wrecking Ball – Billy Vunipola (Headline)2019 Sevens Heaven – Ben Ryan (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)Glenn Webbe: The Gloves Are Off, published by Y Lolfa, RRP £9.99An autobiography as punchy as its title. And typical of Welsh publishers Y Lolfa, who have made it onto many a rugby shortlist without yet landing the big prize.A child of Windrush Generation parents, Eighties wing Webbe became the first black rugby player to represent Wales. His ten-cap Test career, spanning two-and-a-half years and yielding four tries, fails to convey his true impact.Growing up in a rough part of Cardiff, Webbe needed a strong personality to go with his muscular physique. And he had it in spades – it takes guts to wear red, green and blue girls’ platform shoes to school!His book is packed with the breezy fun that derives from a rugby environment, with Mark Ring an eager ally to his games and pranks. If you want to know about shaved eyebrows, bar brawls or Sticky Vicky the stripper, this is the read for you.Yet Webbe also tackles a host of serious issues: racism, mental health, concussion and cancer, the latter a reference to the Hodgkin’s lymphoma he incurred after retiring.Written in tandem with Geraint Thomas, The Gloves Are Off is the sort of book you might finish in a day – and then regret you’ve read it so quickly.Click here to buy The Gloves Are Off.Sam Warburton: Open Side, published by HarperCollins, RRP £20It’s two years since Warburton surrendered to the remorseless cycle of playing, injury and rehab that elite rugby can engender. Arguably, Open Side conveys that physical and mental toll better than any other rugby autobiography ever published.Certainly, after more than 20 significant injuries or other setbacks, it’s easy to understand why he decided to quit at the age of 29.Paradoxically, Warburton reveals both his human frailties – crying, being sick, wanting to flee from stress – and the courage that earned him so much respect as a flanker and captain. The shortlists for the Telegraph Sports Book Awards are out. Rugby World looks at the six titles vying for the Rugby Book of the Year award that gets announced in mid July Shades of grey: there was a lot of top rugby literature published in the 2019 calendar year (Imogen Pearey) The contenders for Rugby Book of the YearLaunched in 2003, the annual Telegraph Sports Book Awards showcase the cream of sports writing and publishing. The Rugby Book of the Year category came on board in 2008 and is judged by a panel of journalists from the Rugby Union Writers’ Club. Last year’s rugby winner, Ben Ryan’s Sevens Heaven, also picked up the Sports Book of the Year prize.There’s a strong Welsh flavour to this year’s rugby shortlist, which is selected from books published in the 2019 calendar year. Besides the six books below, Kieran Read’s Straight 8 is a nominee for the Pinsent Masons International Autobiography of the Year.Sadly, the pandemic has put paid to the summer awards dinner at Lord’s. So for the first time this year’s results will be announced online, on 15 July. We sum up the contenders for the Rugby Book of the Year, listed in alphabetical order…Behind the Dragon by Ross Harries, published by Polaris, RRP £20Those familiar with this series – a country’s history told in the players’ own words – will be licking their lips. It’s a fail-safe formula, particularly when placed in the hands of Ross Harries, as accomplished a writer as he is a TV frontman.The book charts the history of the Wales team from their debut thrashing by England in 1881 to the glory of their 2019 Grand Slam. In each chapter, Harries sets the scene before unleashing the first-person views of prominent figures of the era. Only one player, from the current set-up, declined to participate.The shabby treatment of Welsh internationals during the amateur era is a strong theme. Whether it was a tight-fisted response to an expense claim or a nonsensical team selection, the WRU’s failings are exposed time and again. Click here to buy Pride and Passion.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Over a million donors sign up for Gift Aid on donated goods Howard Lake | 8 April 2009 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis More than one million donors have signed up to help charity shops reclaim the Gift Aid on the sale of their donated goods, according to charity retail management system supplier Eproductive. Just 0.1% asked for their money back when notified of the amount raised.Eproductive’s Internet-based EpR system enables Gift Aid reclaims on the sale of donated goods by storing and recording donors’ details so that they can be informed of the amount raised once the goods have been sold. Donors must be given the opportunity to keep their money.The tool is in use in over 2,100 shops run by Sue Ryder Care, Barnardo’s, Help The Aged and British Heart Foundation. It is recording over £3.2 million of sales qualifying for Gift Aid each month. Sue Ryder Care is entering its fourth year of collecting Gift Aid in this way and is expecting a 35% conversion to Gift Aid this year, generating more than £2 million additional revenue for the charity.Eproductive report that, of 79,000 donors who were sent letters during a 12-week period detailing the value of their donations, just just 70 (0.1%) asked for their money back.Chris Cowls, CEO of Eproductive, said: “Our system simplifies the process for them, meaning that charity staff can easily collect the essential data on how much Gift Aid they can claim and from whom. Charity chains of all sizes can benefit from this opportunity, and we are currently working with 40 clients who have between 4 and 600 shops each.”www.eproductive.com/eprPhoto: adotjdotsmith on Flickr.com Tagged with: Gift Aid Research / statistics Technology Trading 36 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Big restaurant chains and pro sports teams taking small business loans? That isn’t right. Introducing #CountryTimeBailout, relief checks for lemonade stands.NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends 8/12/20. For Official Rules, visit https://t.co/HBOpUX3Jco. Advertisement — CountryTime (@CountryTime) July 15, 2020 Bailout fund provides relief for US lemonade stands during Covid’s dry summer Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding The Littlest Bailout follows Country Time’s launch of Legal-Ade in 2018, which helped children across the country pay permit fees and fines on their lemonade stands and also prompted legislation changes in several states across the country, including Colorado and Texas, to legalise lemonade stands by excluding them from businesses that need a permit to operate.Speaking at the Fund’s launch, Andrew Deckert of Country Time said:“The small business government bailouts helped some not-so-small companies and Country Time hopes to help a real small business near and dear to us – lemonade stands. Country Time has a history of helping lemonade stands when they are in trouble, like stepping in to pay for permit fees and fines, and this year is no different. Due to social distancing guidelines, lemonade stands aren’t what they used to be, and we want to help kids foster their entrepreneurial spirit by offering a small relief to those who can’t operate their lemonade stands this summer.”Lemonade stands often raise funds for charity: here in the UK the BBC recently reported that two six-year-olds had raised more than £37,000 for the Yemen crisis with theirs. 389 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. With America’s summer tradition of lemonade stands few and far between this year due to social distancing, Kraft Heinz Company lemonade brand Country Time has been helping children who have had to close their stands with its Littlest Bailout Relief Fund.The fund sends out bailout cheques of $100, randomly selecting the recipients from children who have applied at www.countrytimebailout.com. Applications closed earlier this month, with successful applicants notified by email and the bailouts coming in the form of a commemorative cheque in the post and a prepaid gift card by email. Country Time says the cheque can be used to offset the loss of revenue from the lemonade stand and can be saved, or spent to help invest in the local economy. 390 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 26 August 2020 | News
Home Energy Oil Rebounds Back Above $50 SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 8, 2016 Oil futures gained Thursday, with U.S. prices moving back above $50 a barrel, as traders looked ahead to a weekend meeting of major crude producers that’s expected to shore up the recent Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’s output pact.January West Texas Intermediate crude gained $1.07, or 2.2%, to settle at $50.84 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It lost 2.3% to finish at $49.77 on Wednesday—its lowest level since Nov. 30. February Brent tacked on 89 cents, or 1.7%, to $53.89 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Russian news agency TASS reported Thursday that the Russian energy ministry confirmed that a meeting of OPEC and non-OPEC countries has been set for Dec. 10 in Vienna, after speculation that the gathering would be canceled had fueled some trading volatility. Reuters, citing two OPEC sources, reported that only five of 14 non-OPEC producers have agreed to attend the meeting so far. Facebook Twitter Russia’s confirmation helped the market “build a bit of confidence around a more comprehensive deal,” said Robbie Fraser, commodity analyst at Schneider Electric. Added to that, “we’ve seen some renewed conflict in Libya near major oil infrastructure, further highlighting the issues that country will continue to face,” he said.But “with Nigeria and Libya exempt from the OPEC deal, there has been some concern that production increases in those countries could offset cuts elsewhere,” he said.Tim Evans, energy futures specialist at Citi Futures, also noted that the “rally in prices since the OPEC announcement may also persuade non-OPEC countries that cuts are unnecessary.”Traders are also waiting to see if OPEC will accept the usual seasonal production declines as a part of non-OPEC production cuts, said Joseph George, who’s also a commodity analyst at Schneider Electric.OPEC had said that non-OPEC producers agreed to take on a cut of 600,000 barrels to their production, with Russia assuming half of that.“But where the remainder of the cut comes from is still uncertain,” said George. “News that OPEC may include natural declines, rather than active cuts alone, in order to reach their target pressured prices lower on Wednesday.”Last week, OPEC members agreed to cut output to no more than 32.5 million barrels a day starting Jan. 1. After rallying sharply in the days before and after the deal was announced, oil prices retreated slightly on skepticism over the cartel’s commitment to follow through on its commitments. Oil Rebounds Back Above $50 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 9, 2016Next article30th Anniversary Hoosier Beef Congress in the History Books Gary Truitt
On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom April 30, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for full investigation into presumed murders of seven journalists Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News The Tobruk-based government’s justice ministry said its information was based on the confession of five recently-arrested suspects.The four Libyan journalists – Khaled Al-Subhi, Younis Al-Mabrouk, Abdussalam Al-Maghrebi and Youssef Al-Qamoudi – and Egyptian cameraman Mohamed Galal all worked for Libya’s Barqa TV. They went missing in August. The two Tunisians, Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari, worked for Tunisia’s First TV. They went missing in September.“If confirmed, this news is a tragedy for freedom of information in Libya,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In view of the chaos in Libya, we ask the UN special representative in Libya, Bernardino León, to launch a special enquiry into the deaths of these journalists under UN Security Council Resolution 1738 of December 2006, and under the Geneva Conventions and their three additional protocols. Deloire added: “We also call on the Tunisian authorities to take a formal stand on this case and to be fully transparent about the progress of their judicial investigation and their judicial proceedings against those responsible.”Difficulty of verifying informationContradictory reports had been circulating for several days about the discovery of the bodies of five Barqa TV journalists near the city of Beida. A Libyan military source blamed Islamic State for their deaths.In its statement yesterday, the Tobruk-based government said it had arrested three Libyan and two Egyptian suspects who had confessed to the murders of both the Barqa TV journalists and the Tunisian journalists.The statement contained no details about the dates or circumstances of the journalists’ deaths, or the date of the arrests of the suspect. But it did say that it would be hard for the security forces to find the bodies since they were reportedly buried near Derna, a city controlled by Islamic State and other jihadi groups.The five Barqa TV journalists were kidnapped at a false roadblock near the northeastern city of Derna a as they were heading to Benghazi after covering the opening session of the House of Representatives in August 2014.The two Tunisian journalists disappeared while investigating the security situation in the Tunisian-Libyan border area in September. A support committee was created for them in Tunisia, which Reporters Without Borders joined when a demonstration was held in Tunis in November. A branch of Islamic state reportedly announced in January that it had executed them but this was never confirmed.It is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain reliable information in Libya, where unconfirmed information circulates quickly and often helps to fuel tension between the various warring factions.Libya is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en December 17, 2019 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is extremely disturbed by the Tobruk-based government’s announcement yesterday that seven journalists who disappeared months ago – four Libyans, two Tunisians and an Egyptian – have been murdered by members of armed groups. February 23, 2021 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Libya June 24, 2020 Find out more News Organisation LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest
7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe During the month of February, Americans will pause from time to time to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and achievements of African Americans in every positive field of endeavor.The first effort to adopt such recognition was the brainchild of Professor Carter G. Woodson, who created Black History Week. Subsequently, the week activities grew into Black History Month, and today we celebrate the important work of many accomplished African Americans, including Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm, Dr. Mordecai Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, Justice Thurgood Marshall and our, President, Barack Hussein Obama.It was particularly gratifying and befitting that Mayor Bill Bogaard and the City Council, for the first time last evening, adopted a formal resolution naming February Black History Month in Pasadena.We are blessed to have a living legend communing in our midst. His name is Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the original nine students who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Over the violence and a vicious mob, these young and frightened children pressed forward to make their respective mark on the landscape of America Dr. Terrence Roberts and his lovely wife, Dr. Rita Roberts, live in our fine city and he is one of the Little Rock Nine.There were so many others who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that all of us now enjoy. Af ri can Americans at every ageâ€”Emmett Till , Medgar Evers, the little girls who died in the early morning bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama as they attended Sunday School â€” paid a debt for freedom that can never be fully repaid. Then of course there is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the only African American to have a national holiday declared in his memory and honor.Black History Month has now become an integral part of the fabric of what makes our city, state and nation so rich in its diversity. The richness in this month long celebration is simply who we are.However, we are tasked with helping all Americans obtain a quality education so that they too can respect, appreciate and benefit from the struggles of those who created the path. We must not allow African American achievement to be diminished or hijacked by ignorance, complacency or violence.Black History Month is not a month for African Americans only. It is a month for all Americans to celebrate and cherish. It is a time to reflect on the unparalleled achievements of women and men of goodwill who have made America a “more perfect union.”Please join me in celebrating Black History Month. For a complete listing of all of the Black History Month activities in Pasadena, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/PasadenaBlackHistoryRespectfully yours, John J. Kennedy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News More Cool Stuff 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Opinion & Columnists A Black History Month Message From Councilmember John J. Kennedy By PASADENA COUNCILMEMBER JOHN J. KENNEDY Published on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 8:16 pm Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday