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Young Scot Tommy Allan fitting in at Perpignan

first_imgPerpignan’s rugby union Captain James Hook poses for photographers during the European Rugby Cup (ERC) schedule presentation, in Paris on September 23, 2013. Perpignan will play the 2013/2014 HCup European championships. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In between representing Scotland age groups, Allan moved to South Africa and spent two seasons with the U19 Western Province side, the highlight being their 22-18 Currie Cup final defeat of the Blue Bulls in 2012, a tense affair in which Allan’s boot proved decisive.Helpful: Welsh fly-half James HookSo we’ve done Italy, England, Scotland and South Africa…and France? “My agent has a good connection with Perpignan so we sent them a video of me playing. They liked what they saw and offered me a one year contract with the possibility of a one year extension.“I’m really enjoying it. It’s great being part of a professional environment and I like how Perpignan play. They give you licence to run and because it’s less structured it really allows you to develop your attacking skills. In training we play a lot of touch and there’s always an emphasis on attack and adventure.”No one’s been more helpful than James Hook in making sure Allan’s at home in the south of the France. “He’s such a nice guy,” says Allan of the Welshman. “We hang out together at times and he’s always there if I need some advice or help. We’ve done some kicking sessions together and they’ve been great.”Allan admits his selection against Racing Metro came as a shock although he’d expected to be called upon at some point as Perpignan rotated their squad to cope with the challenge of three Top 14 fixtures in nine days. “I thought I would get some game time but I was chuffed when they announced the team and I was starting,” he says. “I was pretty nervous before hand, stressing about making mistakes, but I think it went pretty well.” International impact: Perpignan’s Tommy Allan plays 10 against Wales in the Junior World ChampionshipsBy Gavin Mortimer“An old pro” was how Perpignan coach Marc Delpoux summed up the performance of Tommy Allan on his Top 14 debut earlier this month. He wasn’t wrong. USAP went down 19-16 away at Racing Metro but the 20-year-old Scot gave a standout display at fly-half.Not only was it his first appearance in the Top 14, but it was the first time Allan has played at senior level. Hitherto all his rugby has been age group, mostly for the Western Province U19 side. Eh! How have we gone from France to Scotland to South Africa. OK, let’s go back to the beginning – to Italy.The bright lights: Perpignan versus Racing Metro this monthIt was here, in Vicenza, that Tommaso Allan was born in April 1993, to a Scottish father and an Italian mother who in her day appeared as a scrum-half for the Italian women’s team. His dad was a bit of a player, too, but not as good as Tommy’s uncle – John – who won nine caps for Scotland in the early 90s before going on to win another 13 Test caps for his native South Africa following the reintroduction of the ‘Boks to the international fold.In fact Tommy’s dad, though he was born in Scotland, grew up in South Africa before taking up employment in Italy. When Tommy was seven the family returned to the UK, to Henley-on-Thames, and that’s when his rugby education really began. “I’d played mini rugby for a year in Italy but it was with the Henley Hawks that I began to get serious,” explains Allan. “I spent about four years there and then moved to London Scottish.”A natural footballer, able to play across the backline, Allan initially divided his time between full-back and centre, but it was with the Scotland U18 set-up that he began to flourish as a fly-half. “That’s where I’m most comfortable,” he says. “I enjoy fly-half most and with Scotland they’ve given me the most game time there.”Allan, who stands 6ft 1 and weighs 13 ½  stone, moved up through the Scotland ranks until he came under the tutelage of Sean Lineen at U20 level. The young fly-half credits Lineen as a formidable influence on his game and certainly he excelled on his watch, playing throughout the U20 Six Nations last season and then into the summer world championship. It did go well. Allan scored 11 of his side’s points and earned that pithy praise from the grizzled Delpoux, not bad for a 20-year-old up against the British and Irish Lions fly-half. “It was awesome to play against Johnny Sexton,” exclaims Allan. “I didn’t expect everything [his debut] to happen so quickly so it was just crazy to find myself playing against one of the best 10s in the game.”What will be even crazier is if the Scotland selectors don’t keep a very close eye on the young fly-half with the ‘Have Boots, Will Travel’ mentality.last_img read more

Covid testing to take place at University of Limerick following rise…

first_imgLimerickNewsCovid testing to take place at University of Limerick following rise in cases among student communityBy David Raleigh – February 9, 2021 550 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Linkedin Previous articleA Valentine’s bouquet that hits all the right notesNext article“It’s like someone handed in a purse to gardai and they waited for someone to come and claim it” — Family of ‘missing’ Denis Walsh expresses disappointment over 25-year gap in identifying remains David Raleigh WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Facebook TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live University you Limerick campus aerialsPhoto: True MediaUNIVERSITY of Limerick (UL) is to facilitate on-campus COVID-19 testing by HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare in a bid to prevent further transmission of the potentially deadly virus among the student population.The move is in response to a rise in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks in the Castletroy area of Limerick city, believed to be associated with students living in off-campus accommodation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL said it “has a strong relationship with Public Health Mid-West and An Garda Siochana, and consistently liaises and works with them to remind students of their personal responsibility to follow government and institutional guidelines“.In a statement, UL President Professor Kerstin Mey, strongly urged students to understand their roles “in keeping our communities safe and to be aware of the consequences of breaking current government COVID-19 restrictions”.The Department of Public Health Mid-West said it has seen some evidence in recent weeks of an increase in COVID-19 cases among the student population living in the immediate vicinity of the campus – largely based around simple household visits.“In the next few weeks it is crucial that community transmission is suppressed to the maximum to ensure the safe reopening of society and to protect the population while the immunisation programme is being implemented,” the Department stated.“The Department of Public Health is aggressively investigating and managing clusters such as this one to enable this to happen.“UL said it has “moved quickly” to facilitate free on-campus COVID-19 tests to students who will be invited to register without needing to display symptoms of the virus at a testing centre being established on the UL campus this week.“As a result of constant engagement and close ties between UL and Public Health Mid-West we are in a position to act very swiftly now at the first signs of a possible increase of cases among students living off campus,” said Professor Mey.“We have reduced on campus activity to approximately 2% of what would normally take place so there are barely any students or staff on campus under Level 5 restrictions.”“Where we can put any further measure in place to protect our own and the surrounding communities we will do so,” Prof Mey added.Dr Marie Casey, Mid West Public Health Medicine Specialist, said there had been “a noticeable increase in COVID-19 clusters among the student population, particularly in housing estates in the Castletroy area with links to some households in Limerick city, as a result of household transmission in the past three weeks”.“The student population is unique insofar that they can often live with a number of housemates in large households. Some students have part-time jobs, and many will go home on the weekends to visit family and friends,” Dr Casey said.“With the onset of the dominant UK COVID-19 variant, which is more transmissible than the original strain, there is now a high level of risk of transmission in the student community,” she warned.“Because many young people will carry the virus without any symptoms, this presents an increased risk of infection to household, workplace and family contacts. Outbreaks arising out of household transmission is starting to become a worrying trend across the Mid-West, at a crucial time when we need to suppress the virus’ spread in the community.”“We are urging everyone in the region to avoid household visits and social gatherings of any kind, as we have seen far too many times how a single episode of social contact has led to serious illness and death,” added Dr Casey.Students at UL have been repeatedly advised to follow public health guidelines, to download the COVID tracker app and to self-isolate if they display any symptoms while they await a test.UL said that, overall, it has seen a high level of compliance on campus with the COVID-19 precautions it had put in place.Students have been contacted with full details on how to register online for an on-campus test.All tests will be processed by the HSE. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Donegal Gardai target young male drivers in holiday weekend clampdown

first_img Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai in Donegal are warning drivers that extra checkpoints will in place over the October holiday weekend in a bid to clamp down on speeding and drink or drug driving.Inspector Michael Harrison, head of the Traffic Corps in Donegal, says the target in the county this weekend is young male drivers.He says any passengers with concerns about driver behaviour should get out of that car as quickly as possible.Inspector Harrison is urging parents to tell their children to ring them if they need a lift, and says the concerned passengers should contact gardai using the Tough Love text line on 087 980 9999……..[podcast][/podcast] WhatsApp Previous articleStormont Health Committee given Altnagelvin radiotherapy assurancesNext articleFarm safety highlighted by Teagasc News Highland Google+ Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newscenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – October 22, 2010 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Donegal Gardai target young male drivers in holiday weekend clampdown Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

Roosevelt Collier Adds Pimps of Joytime’s Brian J To “Jimi Meets Funk” Brooklyn Show

first_imgWatch Pimps of Joytime’s Brian J jam with New Orleans royalty Corey Henry (Rebirth Brassband, Galactic, Funktet), Eric Kalb (Sharon Jones) and Justin Kimmel (Toubab Krew) for an episode of “Jamming with J!”And here’s Eggie performing “Graceless” live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NY on January 13, 2017. Filmed and edited by Adam Soltis.Dont miss Roosevelt Collier Trio’s Jimi Meets Funk w/ Eggy @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Decemver 16th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. More information and ticketing can be found here. On Saturday, December 16th, Roosevelt Collier Trio will bring their “Jimi Meets Funk” tribute to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory along with diamond-in-the-rough New Haven jam scene favorites Eggy. Rosie’s tribute shows have been packing out venues coast to coast, and his funked-out spin on classic Hendrix tunes will be one for the books! Joining the trio for this epic BK throwdown will be Pimps of Joytime frontman and guitarist Brian J, rounding out an exceptional night of music. Brian is the perfect addition to this powerhouse squad, as his intense musicianship and soaring energy will inevitably bring huge justice to the music of Jimi Hendrix.You can get a taste of what’s to come on February 24th with full-show footage of Roosevelt Collier’s last Band of Gypsys tribute at BB King’s Bar and Blues Club in New York City on 7/13/14 with Adam Deitch, Ron Johnson and Jennifer Hartswick (via YouTube user LazyLightning55a):last_img read more

Stress Management

first_imgWhen summer draws to an end, parents often start getting their students ready to return to school.While a new backpack and a collection of notebooks and pens might top their to-do list, students also need to prepare emotionally, said Diane Bales, an associate professor of human development and family science at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Students get to take a break from the stress of academic demands and social situations during the summer and, for some students, heading back to school is like entering a pressure cooker. The key to helping children prepare to return to school is to start talking about it early.“As school approaches, parents should talk about whether there is anything that is worrying the student about going back to class,” Bales said. “Parents need to look for nonverbal cues. Is the child acting like he or she doesn’t want to go back to school?”If children say that they don’t want to go back to school or act like they don’t want to go back to school, parents need to probe a little bit to find out why, Bales said.“If they’ve got an issue that’s carrying over from the previous year, go ahead and address it with the student, and make his or her teacher aware, if necessary,” Bales said.For younger children, parents may want to go ahead and write or call the school and let them know about any concerns they have about bullying or any particular bullies.For older children, parents can help students develop strategies for avoiding uncomfortable social situations or bullies and strategies for dealing with any bullies. With middle and high school students, parents need to empower their children to handle tough social situations.“Coming up with plans for how to handle specific situations is a good way to help ease some of the anxieties of going back,” Bales said. “Telling a child just to avoid a bully or someone they have had challenges with is not as effective.”Middle school and high school students also need to be reminded that bullying behaviors and abuse at school is not normal.“There’s such a culture among kids that you just don’t tell on each other,” Bales said. “Kids need to know that bullying is not healthy, and the person who is doing the bullying probably also needs help. Students have a responsibility to speak up if they’re being bullied or if they see someone else being bullied.”Keeping the lines of communication open about students’ worries and hopes for the new school year is key to making each school year the best it can be, Bales said.last_img read more

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England trio named for team challenge

first_img The England team for the Nations Cup at this weekend’s St Rule Trophy is Lianna Bailey,Ebonie Lewis and Cara Gainer.The 54-hole tournament will be played over the New and Old courses at St Andrews tomorrow and on Sunday. The best two scores from three in each round will count for the team award.Lianna Bailey, 21, (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire) is an England international who has already posted high finishes this season, with good results in the Portuguese and Spanish amateurs. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography).Ebonie Lewis, 17, (Long Ashton, Gloucestershire) has had top five finishes in the Irish women’s, Irish girls’ and Scottish girls’ championshipsCara Gainer, 22, (Castle Royle, Berkshire) is the 2017 English women’s match play champion and has a string of good results this season, including seventh place in the Irish women’s open. 1 Jun 2018 England trio named for team challenge Tags: Nations Cup, St Rule Trophylast_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES TAMMY HUGHES GUSTAVSON, DAUGHTER OF WINNING OWNER B. WAYNE HUGHES: “My dad has a cold or he would’ve been here. He’s here in L.A., but wasn’t feeling well enough to come. My husband and I left the S.C. game (USC football game) to come out today. We’re looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with this horse. We’ll be here and there’ll be a lot of people from the farm (Spendthrift) as well.” FLAVIEN PRAT, LORD NELSON, WINNER: “I was a little worried about All Run pulling away from us and at the three-eighths pole, I didn’t look like the winner. I think my horse is better going further. But when he switched leads he just took off and we really started running.” NOTES: The winning owner is B. Wayne Hughes of Lexington, Ky., who races as Spendthrift Farm.center_img MARTIN GARCIA, ALL RUN, SECOND: “When a race like this is at six furlongs, you just keep it simple.. With these kinds of horses, you need to just let it go unless the horse doesn’t break. My horse likes to run on the front end and I had to get after him a little bit early because my position was number one, and he kept running. I just got beat by a better horse.”TRAINER QUOTES             BOB BAFFERT, LORD NELSON, WINNER AND JAZZY TIMES, THIRD: “I was surprised Jazzy (Times) didn’t hang in there a little more, so I was disappointed, because on hot days like this, speed really holds well. (Flavien) Prat rode him (Lord Nelson) like he normally does. He’s got a big turn of foot. The one horse (All Run) though, he was running pretty easily.”Addressing the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5: “There’s always a lot of speed in that race. You’ve got Masochistic, and you’ve got Drefong (trained by Baffert). He’s pretty fast, too. He worked well today. To win the Sprint you have to be doing really well, be at the top of your game. Post position is so important, the break is important. The Sprint is a difficult race to win, but if you have the right kind of horse you can do it, and so far, Lord Nelson looks like the right kind of horse. He likes this track and he hasn’t lost this year.”last_img read more

Guttman’s curse! Benfica suffer 8th defeat in European finals

first_imgBenfica lost the Europa league final 4-2 on penalties against SevillaSports fans are by nature a superstitious lot and are no strangers to their clubs being “cursed.”It took the Boston Red Sox 86 years to break the Curse of the Bambino, while for the Chicago Cubs, it’s 104 years and counting. So in the annals of great sporting hoodoos, Portuguese football club Benfica has a way to go.However, after eight defeats in European finals since 1962, it becomes harder to deny that the club’s Bela Guttman curse lives on.The Portuguese club was arguably the better side over the 120 minutes of Wednesday’s Europa League final, but ultimately lost 4-2 to Sevilla on penalties after the match ended goalless.It is the second successive year that Benfica players have had to console themselves with runner-up medals, after losing to Chelsea in the final of the same competition last season.”The players fought but they lacked a bit of luck again,” Benfica captain Luisao said. “Once again, in a final, the ball just didn’t go in.”Benfica coach Jorge Jesus and several of the players laughed off talk of the infamous curse in the buildup to the final, but it has now been 52 years since coach Guttman stormed out and the club has failed in every single one of its subsequent European title clashes.Known as the Jose Mourinho of his era, Guttman had just led Benfica to back-to-back European Cup victories and the Portuguese club looked set to rule the international stage for years to come.However, shortly after steering his side to victory over Real Madrid in 1962, Guttman quit when his request for a pay rise was turned down.On leaving he allegedly cursed the club, declaring “not in a hundred years from now will Benfica ever be European champion.”And so far it hasn’t.It has lost to AC Milan (twice), Inter Milan, Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven in the European Cup and Anderlecht, Chelsea and now Benfica in the Europa League or UEFA Cup as it was formerly known.The last European Cup final it was involved in was held in Vienna, where Guttman is buried, and legend Eusebio even went to the grave of his former manager to pray for the curse to be lifted.It had little effect and Benfica remains jinxed.Jesus bullishly said in the pre-match press conference that he didn’t believe in any sort of hoodoo, adding: “most of the players don’t even know about these statistics. It’s folklore.”However, after once again bemoaning his team’s poor luck in a final and saying “the best team did not win the Europa League,” Jesus may be rethinking his opinion on the curse.Benfica fans will be consoling themselves that there only 48 years to go.last_img read more

15 days agoMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwell

first_imgMan Utd to bid for £130M-rated Leicester duo Maddison and Chilwellby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are planning to bid for £130m-rated Leicester City duo James Maddison and Ben Chilwell.The Sun says United have sent scouts to watch the Foxes pair during their recent matches against Tottenham and Liverpool.It is understood the Old Trafford chief was impressed with Maddison and Chilwell during their 1-0 home win over Leicester earlier this campaign.A United source said: “We have already compiled a scouting report of both of them. We have been watching them for a few years now.“They fit all the right requirements and criteria in terms of quality and keeping an English core which is important.“Ole likes them but it would be difficult to get them both at the same time. We will have to wait and see what happens.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more