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Fronting up: Louis Picamoles and his teammates were in inspired form against the Wallabies. Can they do it again?By Gavin MortimerTHE GREATEST challenge facing France on Saturday in Lille isn’t the Pumas – strong as they’ll be – but the French themselves. “We will see if we’re capable of stringing together two top quality performances,” said coach Philippe Saint-Andre whose only change to the side that beat Australia is the return of Yoann Maestri at lock in place of Jocelino Suta.It’s a challenge that has proved too much for recent French sides. Take the 1999 World Cup, for example, when Les Bleus under Jean-Claude Skrela produced arguably the greatest comeback in Test match rugby, overturning a 14 point deficit against the All Blacks to triumph 43-31. Six days later in the final and the French were off-the-pace, slumping miserably to a 35-12 defeat to Australia.Monsieur motivator: Philippe Saint-AndreThey did were at it again four years later. Hammering Ireland in the quarter-final and then being humbled by England in the semi-final. Ditto 2007 when Bernard Laporte once again watched from afar as his boys stunned the All Blacks in the quarter-final and froze against England a week later.Marc Lievremont wasn’t able to alter the mindset. Remember when France beat the then reigning world champions, South Africa, in Toulouse three years ago? It was the start of a wonderful new era, or so we were told; two weeks later France were stuffed 39-12 by the All Blacks in Paris. And let’s not forget last year’s World Cup when France somehow staggered into the final without ever stringing together two games of top-drawer rugby. Even the most one-eyed Frenchmen will admit – albeit when his tongue has been loosened by a pastis – that France would never have reached the final if Wales hadn’t had Sam Warburton sent off 17 minutes into their semi-final clash.By all accounts, Saint-Andre has spent this week drumming into his players the necessity to maintain the intensity levels shown in the 33-6 win over Australia last week. Asked by French journalists what he thought of No8 Louis Picamoles’ performance against the Wallabies (which had much to commend it), Saint-Andre replied: “I’m not going to garland him with praise because when we do that he has a tendency to go to sleep the next match.” LA PLATA, ARGENTINA – SEPTEMBER 29: Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, the Argentina captain looks on during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the New Zealand All Blacks at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata on September 29, 2012 in La Plata, Argentina. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sarting XV: Brice Dulin; Wesley Fofana, Florian Fritz, Maxime Mermoz, Vincent Clerc; Frederic Michalak, Maxime Machenaud; Louis Picamoles, Fulgence Ouedraogo, Yannick Nyanga; Yoann Maestri, Pascal Pape (capt); Nicolas Mas, Dimitri Szarzewski, Yannick Forestier.Replacements: Benjamin Kayser, Thomas Domingo, Vincent Debaty, Jocelino Suta, Damien Chouly, Morgan Parra, Francois Trinh-Duc Saint-Andre’s philosophy, learned during his time coaching in England with Gloucester and Sale, seems to be working. The buzzword this week in the French camp has been “la constance” – in words continuity and consistency. Picamoles has acknowledged his need to play with it, as has hooker Dimitri Szarzewski, while Frederic Michalak this week warned his teammates that there is still a lot of room for improvement.Leader: Juan-Martin Fernandez LobbeArgentina are a completely different proposition to Australia, their threat lying not in pacy threequarters but hard, confrontational forwards led by the outstanding Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. Yet for all the strength of the Pumas’ pack, France on paper, should win. But rugby’s not played on paper, it’s played first and foremost in the head, as Saint-Andre knows only too well. “The big challenge is to try not to be French,” he said in announcing the XV to face Argentina, “and to play with the same intensity, the same ferocity on consecutive weeks.”If France can do that, then the rest of the world might realty start to sit up and take notice.
Wales yet again came up short against the All Blacks as their 64-year wait for a win continued, here we dissect where the game was won and lost TAGS: Highlight The difference: The All Blacks wings plundered four tries against a powerless Welsh defence LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Defence – a rare lapseEven when Wales have lacked the distributing twelve and line breaking fullback, they have always been able to rely on their defence. When analysing their stats, a defensive completion of over 90% is a given. Often the number is over 92% which is an awesome number at test level. But against the All Blacks, Wales completed just 78% of their tackles – just 86 from 110.Running amok: Waisake Naholo proved too much for Wales’ defenceThe Welsh backline missed 14 tackles between them which is a big number when you consider that the All Blacks backline missed just 8 tackles whilst having to make more than double that of Wales. It was a particularly difficult day for Wales’ wings with both Waisake Naholo and Rieko Ioane pouring through and around Wales like single cream. Between them the pair made ten clean breaks, beat eight defenders and scored four tires. The Kiwi wings were a joy to watch for the neutral; Sean Edwards will not have seen it that way.Reiko Ioane – a man amongst boysAt just 20 years of age, it was the boy who was the man amongst boys. Ioane is a rare player, one who is blessed with both technical efficiency and natural talent. Whilst his hands are doing what they have been coached to do, his feet are doing what you can’t be coached to do. On numerous occasions he ghosted around Welsh defenders and moved through gaps that even quantum physics would struggle to explain.The main man: 20-year-old Rieko Ioane put in a stellar performance in a stellar yearHe was top for metres made (117m) clean breaks (5) and defenders beaten (5), on either team, and most importantly scored two tries. Ioane won the 2017 Breakthrough Player of the Year and he should arguably have won the senior award too. It was a pleasure to watch him play. Well done Reiko. Possession not enoughThere was a time in test rugby, roughly from 2009 – 2014, where goal kicking was enough to win you games. Where a game plan could be built around territory, attritional carrying and contestable up and unders – where the subsequent penalties could be converted into enough points to win the game. That is no longer the case and hasn’t been for at least three seasons and Wales are paying the price for being behind the curve. Saturday’s loss to New Zealand was a prime example – Wales had 63% percent of the ball and 67 % percent of the territory yet were outscored five tries to two. Up until the 38th minute Wales had a staggering 70% of the ball and 83% of the territory yet still trailed by six points to 12.Showing the way: Scott Williams’ try proved Wales can play in an adventurous styleThis isn’t to say that Wales were blown away; they weren’t. Wales were competitive for large periods of the game; periods in which Josh Navidi and Rob Evans excelled. But at no stage did Wales look as though they could outscore the All Blacks – and it must be said this was the worst All Blacks performance of the season, by some distance. It isn’t that Wales don’t have the players, they do. You just to need to look at how comfortable Owen Williams looks as a test 12 to realise that Wales could and should have been playing in this style at the beginning of the World Cup cycle, not over half way through. Whilst New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, England and Ireland have been strolling around in skinny denim for a while now, Wales have only just put down the bootcut Levis and look way behind the trend – just look at Scotland strutting their stuff in their skinny, eight try, Vivienne Westwoods.Josh Navidi a legitimate Welsh sevenJosh Navidi has been one of those desperately unfortunate test players who’s found their career blocked by not one player, but two. Were it not for Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, Navidi would have been a 40 cap player and his performance against the All Blacks backs that up. It was a consummate example of modern openside play. Wales’ top tackler (16) and third top ball carrier with (45m), this was Navidi doing the business on the floor and on his feet.Making an impression: Josh Navidi grabbed his opportunity with both handsIt was a performance which equalled one the most revered opensides in the game – Sam Cane. Add to that two clean breaks and four defenders beaten and you have a performance that legitimately places Navidi in the Welsh frame for the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Navidi is just 26 years old and is often omitted from the Welsh openside conversation where names such as Ellis Jenkins, Ollie Griffiths and James Davies tend to dominate the conversation. That may now have changed.Rob Evans – the 3rd distributorRob Evans once again delivered a Gethin Jenkins-type of performance – of which there can be no greater praise. Delivering all the basics and excelling at the extras – a forward coaches dream. Evans was once again the teams third most prolific passer of the ball and has carved out a niche as Wales’ third distributor, a position where he regularly manages to pass the ball outside of the defensive ‘hinge’.Baller: Rob Evans is a fine distributor in the looseA distributing forward is a valuable weapon to have. When the ball reaches Rob Evans many defenders simply rush up believing that he is going to run straight and set up a short hit and ruck, only to be duped by a subtle pass to the outside. Evans has been Wales’ standout performer in this year’s Autumn Series and has ended the debate over who will become Wales’ next long term loose-head.
Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! New research shows that the DASH diet may have another major benefit: improved mental health.In a six-year observational study, researchers closely tracked the eating habits of nearly 1,000 older adults. The study showed that people with diets closely resembling the DASH diet had an 11% lower risk for depression. Meanwhile, participants who habitually ate the saturated fats, red meats and fewer fruits and veggies associated with the Western diet had a greater likelihood of developing depression.For Catherine Nesov, a licensed mental health counselor at Florida Hospital, the study comes as no big surprise.“If we’re engaging in a healthy diet, it will have a direct correlation on our mood,” Nesov says. That’s because the food we eat plays a huge role in how well our brain works.“The brain functions on the fuel we give it,” says Nesov. “If we’re eating well, it’s like we’re giving the brain premium gasoline. The more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants we give the brain, the better it will perform.”If fruits, veggies and whole grains are premium fuel, then take-out foods and frozen meals are examples of the low-quality stuff. While quick and convenient, those salty, sugary, pre-packaged items can take a huge toll on our cardiovascular and mental health.“Overconsumption of salt and sugar results in a chemical imbalance of the brain and directly impacts the levels of dopamine the brain is secreting, which correlates with depression and anxiety,” Nesov explains.There’s a laundry list of other ways salt and sugar can make your brain work at sub-optimal levels. Sugar is linked to cellular inflammation, which is another likely culprit of depression and anxiety. And while some salt is good for the body, consuming too much of it can disrupt the neurological system, weaken immune health and increase fatigue – another risk factor for depression.Beyond the nutritional benefits of DASH, Nesov says embracing healthier eating nourishes the soul.“This diet is primarily about the body, but it’s also about the spirit,” Nesov says. “When you start taking care of your body and making healthy choices with food, you’re expressing the greatest form of self-love. One of the keys of depression is learning how to love yourself more.”How Older Adults Can Benefit from DASHThe DASH diet may be a special blessing for older patients, who commonly develop depression as a side effect of social isolation, memory loss, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stroke and other ailments. In addition to more vitamins and nutrients, older adults will get something else: a new challenge.“Eating healthy gets them moving because they need to prepare the food rather than just reach for a frozen meal,” Nesov says. “It also utilizes the brain a bit more because they’re looking up creative recipes.”The DASH diet may also help older patients avoid adding another medication to the pillbox.“The older you get, the more medications you’re likely to be on,” says Nesov. “Rather than just putting them on an antidepressant, these are simple strategies that can improve their overall well-being”How the DASH Diet WorksDASH isn’t so much a “diet” as it is a lifelong approach to healthy, well-balanced eating. By reducing sodium and incorporating foods rich in fiber, potassium, calcium and magnesium, a person may be able to reduce his or her systolic blood pressure by eight to 14 points over time.Here’s a breakdown of a typical day on DASH:Grains: 6-8 servings Including brown rice and other whole grains, whole-wheat bread, cereal and pasta.Vegetables: 4-5 servingsA variety of dark leafy greens and nutrient-packed veggies like carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and sweet potatoes.Fruit: 4-5 servingsFilled with fiber and antioxidants, fruit can be fresh, frozen or canned, as long as there is no added sugar.Dairy: 4-5 servingsOpt for fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, but be aware that some fat-free cheeses may be high in sodium.Lean Meat, Poultry and Fish: 6 or fewer servings (equal to 1 ounce or less)Focusing on eggs, heart-healthy fish such as salmon and tuna, and lean poultry such as skinless chicken breast.Fats and Oils: 2-3 servingsCertain fats are beneficial for the body, but be sure to avoid saturated and trans fats.In a given week, DASH dieters should also have 4-5 servings of nuts, seeds and legumes, and fewer than five servings of sweets.The DASH diet’s basic principles of plant-based nutrition align with Florida Hospital’s CREATION Health model for preventing disease and improving overall health – something Nesov says can help us be more in tune with God and nature.“CREATION Health is based on biblical texts, and if you think about it, God gave us everything we need,” Nesov says. “The human body is a gift. How can you better appreciate it when you’re taking care of it every day?”Getting Started on DASHPatients interested in switching up their diet should first identify what it is they want to achieve.“If you’re ready to choose a healthier lifestyle for your overall wellness, make sure that you become your own advocate in identifying how you would like to increase your functioning or what symptoms you’d like to decrease,” Nesov advises.Once you’ve settled on your goals, get your health team involved. “Your physician, nutritionist, any specialty doctors you work with and even mental health providers can help ensure your diet is going to be safe and successful to your specific health needs,” Nesov says. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The VOICE of HealthFrom Florida Hospital Apopka You have entered an incorrect email address! 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21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 26-01 becomes Community Interest Company Howard Lake | 5 November 2007 | News Gerry Beldon, one of the three Directors, said: “We believe this new structure better reflects our values as an organisation and individuals. We exist to help not for profit organisations and we could think of no better way to demonstrate our personal and professional commitment to the sector than by formally becoming a social enterprise.”26-01’s services include fundraising training, consultancy and business planning. 26-01’s unusual name stems from the fact that it was founded on 26 January 2006 when three friends, (Carl Chapman, Gerry Beldon and Alan Wylie), who had been talking about working together for some time took the plunge and set up their company. 26-01 Limited, the County Durham-based consultancy and training company for not-for-profit organisations, has converted to a Community Interest Company (CIC). Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a “community interest test” and “asset lock”, which ensure that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the CIC Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.
44 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Complaints spread by social mediaMany consumers are not confident that making a complaint will achieve much. Of the 55% of consumers who have never made a complaint, 34% said that this was because they “didn’t think that it would make any difference”, 30% said they didn’t know who to complain to, 19% said they didn’t know how to complain and 13% said they regarded the complaints process to be “too much hassle”.However, consumers and donors do not hold back with sharing their experiences online. The research found that 76% of people that did complain shared their experience with others and 54% did so online.Good complaint handling also gets shared online: 30% of satisfied complainants posted about their experience online compared with 23% of dissatisfied complainants.The report’s author argues that monitoring social media for comments from customers and donors could prove a valuable ‘early warning system’ for them.Complaining isn’t easyAccording to the research, just 31% of people who did complain found the process to be “easy”. Yet complaints can provide valuable insight from donors and supporters.Alistair McLean, chief executive of the Fundraising Standards Board, commented:“One-to-one marketing techniques are often the most effective ways for charities to raise funds and engage supporters, but charities could benefit by encouraging more feedback from the public. Positive or negative, all consumer feedback is a valuable source of insight that can help inform future fundraising campaigns.”The report’s author, Nick Chiarelli, director of Future Foundation, added:“Brands have long understood the power of good complaints handling to build better relationships with their customers. People are now sharing their positive experiences with their social networks. To build greater consumer trust brands should encourage consumers to complain. This will certainly be of mutual benefit to brands and to consumers.”The report is based on a survey of public attitudes to marketing communications, completed by 2,003 UK adults in September 2014.Photo: complaints file by Zerbor on Shutterstock.com Tagged with: complaints donor Fundraising Standards Board Research / statistics ‘Encourage complaints’ to boost donors’ trust, charities told Brands should not only make it easier for consumers to complain about their marketing, but they should even encourage them to do so. According to research by the global consumer trends and insight agency Future Foundation, supported by the DMA and the Fundraising Standards Board, this will build trust and gain insight that will help improve their marketing effectiveness.The new research was published today in the report Bringing complaints in from the cold: exploring the role of complaints for the future of one-to-one marketing. It reveals that, although 65% of the UK public have “had an issue with one-to-one marketing communications” they received in the past year, just 16% have made a formal complaint.Complaints by channelTelemarketing attracted the most formal complaints, with doorstep approaches the least.• telemarketing – 36% of consumers who responded• marketing email – 13%• advertising mail – 12%• approach on the street – 12%• marketing text – 11%• doorstep approach – 10%Where are complaints directed?The research found that the majority (54%) of complaints are made to the brand responsible for making the one-to-one marketing contact. The rest are made to industry regulators, such as the ICO, Direct Marketing Commission, Fundraising Standards Board and Ofcom, or to suppression organisations like the Telephone Preference Service and Mailing Preference Service.However, just 17% of those consumers who have made complaints said that they were satisfied with the outcome. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 February 2015 | 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.
As the thermometer soars past 90 degrees and Zika arrives in the Southern states, summer won’t be fun and games, especially for women, Black people and the poor. Zika is arriving.Hot, moist climates, extreme poverty, crowded neighborhoods, stagnant water pooling in refuse and drainage ditches, still no federal funding or coordinated prevention plan, reactionary abortion laws: a bad recipe for the rampant spread of Zika-carrying mosquitoes.The World Health Organization encourages countries heavily affected by Zika to use “both old and new approaches to mosquito control as the most immediate line of defense.” (theguardian, Feb. 16)Zika is a women’s issueThis month a New Jersey woman gave birth to the third baby in the U.S. with Zika-related microcephaly. She acquired Zika while visiting Honduras.Over 150 pregnant women in the U.S. have reported Zika-like symptoms, and another 129-plus are in U.S. colonies, mainly Puerto Rico. (CDC, May) Women are desperately seeking more information about Zika, a looming crisis that can affect the lives of women and their families.A new report shows women of reproductive age (from 15 to 44) are 90 percent more likely than men to be infected with Zika through sexual transmission. This means more babies may be born with virus-caused microcephaly due to sexual transmission than was previously thought, making the need for access to contraception even more important as Zika spreads. (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, May 26)Zika reaches a fetus by crossing cells into the placenta. The virus kills developing nerve cells in fetal brain tissue. (Lancet, March 15) Zika reproduces in these neural cells and infects neighboring cells. The virus also damages cells that insulate neurons in a fetus and in adults. (Cell Stem Cell, May) Even tiny amounts of virus can cause damage throughout pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.The World Health Organization reported in June evidence of a wider range of abnormalities than was earlier expected from Zika-related births: eye defects, hearing loss, impaired growth, spasticity, seizures and irritability.In Brazil, nearly 1,000 babies have been born with microcephaly since the Zika outbreak last October. Abortion is illegal and contraception hard to find in Brazil, but Southern states in the U.S. also have severe anti-choice laws. In Texas, so many women’s clinics have had to shut down that 25 percent of women seeking abortions live over 140 miles from a clinic. Long distances, loss of a workday, no money for child care and transportation put women, especially poor women, in a tough situation. “Between 100,000 and 240,000 women of reproductive age living in Texas tried to end their pregnancy on their own,” reported ThinkProgress on March 30.Zika is a class and race issueBy the end of June, Zika is expected to hit the South, where over 20 percent of the people live in poverty. But this figure doesn’t show the huge white-Black poverty gap.For example, Wilcox County, Ala., is the poorest county in the U.S. Not for white people, though. The poverty rate among the county’s white population is just 8.8 percent, compared to 50.2 percent for the Black population. The trend is similar in other Black Belt counties. (Al.com, May 2015)Due to poverty, Southerners have a higher incidence of chronic illnesses and other poor health outcomes. More people live without health coverage or Medicaid. The gender-wage gap is highest in the South, with the biggest discrepancy in Louisiana, where women make 65.9 cents for every dollar a man makes. (U.S. News, September 2014)Extreme poverty makes it unrealistic for people to follow recommendations for preventing Zika: install window screens, air conditioning, drainage pipes, clean up standing water, get regular medical check-ups. “Another thing Southern states have in common is Republican political leaders that have spent the past decade shrinking the social safety net.” (Huffpost Business, July 2014)The poorest counties will continue to have the worst mosquito control programs, because there is no central planning or funding in the U.S. for this crisis. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut $44 million in April from its fund that helps state and local governments prepare for public health emergencies. (NPR, May 19)Money for vaccines and Zika researchThere are five possible vaccines that may be ready to test by September. However, “A top health researcher said he is worried a lack of funding may dramatically impede the search for a Zika vaccine, as the House and Senate prepare to lock horns over how much funding to provide the Obama administration to deal with the virus.” (Washington Examiner, May)Oxitec, a British biotech company, engineered and tested genes designed to reduce populations of the Zika-carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti. Both are inserted into male mosquitoes that don’t bite humans when released into the wild. One gene causes males to bear infertile offspring; the other gene kills future offspring.Although Oxitec claims a 90 percent success rate during field tests in the Cayman Islands, Panama, Malaysia and Brazil, those rates may be controversial. Last month the company announced an expansion of the program it calls the Friendly Aedes aegypti Project.Pending FDA approval, Oxitec hopes to conduct trials in the Florida Keys this summer.Opponents of the field trials include the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition, which carries signs reading “No Consent” into heated public meetings. They argue that with so many variables in nature, we should be more careful. Besides, the program is expensive for developing countries and poor Southern communities. Oxitec’s bioengineered mosquitoes would cost Brazil $10 per person, twice the country’s current annual budget for Zika control.Oxitec supporters say engineered mosquitoes will replace harmful, ineffective insecticides that can’t reach areas indoors and will increase mosquito resistance over time. With 3,000 mosquito species on earth, the technology targets only the invasive species Aedes aegypti. Disease-carrying mosquito bites from 100 species make them the most deadly animal on earth, killing over 700,000 people a year. (Smithsonian, June)It’s time for the U.S. to approve substantial funding to deal with the Zika crisis — not just take money allotted for Ebola and other tropical diseases. It’s time to fund research for vaccines and technologies to curb the Zika crisis. It’s time to bail out the Southern states to stop the spread of Zika and provide contraception, abortions and women’s health care. It’s time to subsidize families with children who will live with microcephaly.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this