Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob Stockdale

first_img Full stretch: Jacob Stockdale scores for Ireland against England (Getty Images) Downtime with Ulster and Ireland wing Jacob StockdaleWhat’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the pitch? Against Edinburgh last season I got my shorts and boxers pulled down in a tackle. Luckily I kept the front up but my bum was on show for a good ten seconds on BBC2, so I wasn’t too happy about that. One of my housemates had it as his profile pic on Facebook for a bit!Who are the team jokers?In the Ulster squad it’s Craig Gilroy. He likes to do practical jokes. They’re pretty standard, like jumping out and scaring boys, but he does it pretty regularly.In the Ireland squad, John Ryan is good craic. He’s a funny guy.What are your bugbears?People using my stuff without asking. My housemates – I live with three guys from the Ulster Academy – are terrible for that. It really annoys me but they don’t seem to care. There’s stuff I’ve cleaned and they use it. It’s petty, I know.What about phobias?I hate anything to do with eyes and people touching their eyes.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?Can it be someone who’s dead? Johnny Cash. I’m a massive fan and would love to have met him.Music man: Johnny Cash playing in 1960 in Nashville (Getty Images)He could give you a private concert…I’d have to make sure I brought a guitar with me. I really like the song A Boy Named Sue – I would be singing along.I can play the guitar, although not particularly well. I taught myself when I was 14 and play when I get the chance.If you could have one superpower, what would it be?Probably to be able to fly. That would be fun. I’d head somewhere very, very warm.Do you have any superstitions?I wouldn’t say I had superstitions but I have rituals. I don’t think I’ll have a bad game if I don’t do them, it’s just the way I get ready. I always clean my boots on the day of a game, and I tape my wrist and write on it before I go out. I always write the initials of my family as they’re who I’m playing the game for and who I want to make proud.What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations Player of the Tournament Jacob Stockdale talks embarrassing moments, try-scoring celebrations and animal factscenter_img When I was 18 I bought a Casio DG-10 – a digital guitar from the Eighties. It’s the most Eighties-looking thing I’ve ever seen. It plays through an amp so is sci-fi sounding. I used it twice and then never touched it again.If you could be any of your team-mates, who would it be?I’d be Devin Toner because I’d like to see what it’s like to be that tall for a while – 6ft 10in is next-level tall.Your three dream dinner party guests?I’ve got to get Johnny Cash in there. I’d have Donald Trump to see what he came out with. And Roger Federer – he oozes class and is a really good guy.High jump: Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale competes for the ball with Jeff Hassler (Getty Images)What was your first-ever job?I’ve never had a part-time job. My mum’s a university lecturer so wanted me to focus on my studies. She didn’t want me to fail A Levels because I was working.What’s your guilty pleasure?I love Jeremy Kyle. Any time I’m at home when it’s on, I can sit there and watch that for an hour and a half.What would be your Mastermind specialist subject?These are hard questions! I feel like I’d be quite good on animals. I remember unusual facts about animals.Can you give us an example?A king cobra barks like a dog. I like how you asked me to back up my knowledge and put me under pressure there!What’s the secret to your scoring form?To score tries as a winger you have to go looking for the ball a bit and put yourself in a position to score tries. At the same time, I’ve been fortunate enough that brilliant plays from other people have put me in positions to score tries.Do you ever plan your celebrations?Playing for Ireland U20s, I dabbed after a try and regretted it given the amount of stick I got. I try to keep it organic now!What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? Right now, I want to get a degree. I was doing a criminology degree – it’s something that really interests me – but I had to give it up. It’s very much an aspiration of mine to go back and finish it. I’m hoping to do an Open University course this upcoming year.This article originally appearing in the May 2018 edition of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Good news as 300 jobs are announced for Limerick

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Previous articleLimerick residents concerned over Foynes railway planNext articleLIT boldly takes space research to where it has never gone before Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Kieran O’Donnell TDNORTHERN Trust is to expand its operations in Limerick with the creation of 300 new IDA-backed jobs over the next three years.Limerick Fine Gael TD, Kieran O’Donnell, has welcomed the announcement of the financial services sector jobs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Northern Trust’s expansion here is a great news story for Limerick, a great vote of confidence in Limerick as a strategic location, and a reflection of the quality of the workforce available in Limerick,” said Deputy O’Donnell.“Furthermore, today’s announcement means that the workforce of Northern Trust in Limerick will reach 1,000 within the next three years.  The firm’s growth here since it began its operations here in Limerick in 2007 with 80 employees has been nothing less than remarkable.  This is a serious presence by a very successful and innovative financial services company in Limerick,” he enthused. center_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsGood news as 300 jobs are announced for LimerickBy Alan Jacques – March 6, 2015 875 WhatsApp Email TAGSfeaturedFine GaelKieran O’Donnell TDlimerickNorthern Trust WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

Bali revises COVID-19 report: Three cases, not four

first_imgThe Bali administration has corrected its report of confirmed COVID-19 cases in its jurisdiction: There are three, not four. The fourth confirmed case left the island for another province in the country.The Bali administration’s regional secretary, Dewa Made Indra, said the fourth person had visited Bali for a work-related trip, but the individual later reported to authorities in another undisclosed province.“Therefore, we have corrected our data, from four confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday to three as of today,” said Dewa during a press conference in Denpasar, Bali on Saturday. He added that two of the three confirmed patients had died and they were both foreign nationals.Read also: French national found dead on Bali sidewalk tests positive for COVID-19One of the deceased had been cremated while another remained in a mortuary at a hospital, he said.“We are still in coordination with the general consulate of the country from which the deceased originated, on how to treat the body post mortem. That’s the reason why we still keep it at the mortuary.”As of Saturday, the administration had also performed contact tracing of the 217 people who had been in close contact with all confirmed cases in the province and asked them to self-isolate at home. He also said the administration was closely observing 95 others suspected to have the disease.“On the other hand, we can also confirm that 71 suspected patients have undergone COVID-19 tests, with 68 of them having been declared negative and hospitals have allowed them to go home. We are still waiting for the [test results of the] rest,” he said. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

Gordon and rushing attack bounce back in big win

first_imgMelvin Gordon and the rest of the Badgers’ rushing game got the Wisconsin offense back on track Saturday against Bowling Green at Camp Randall Stadium in a 68-17 rout.After only putting up 167 rushing yards against Western Illinois two Saturdays ago, and only 38 from Gordon, there was reason for concern regarding the Badgers’ rushing game.The Badger running attack definitively quelled those concerns. And then some.UW (2-1) set a school record for rushing yards against the Falcons (2-2), accumulating 644 on the ground. That surpassed the previous team record of 573 yards set against Indiana in 2012. The 644 rushing yards are the most rushing yards in the modern Big Ten era, which began in 1946.Led by redshirt junior Gordon, who had a career-high 253 and reeled off five touchdowns, another career-high, the Badger rushing attack showcased its dominance. Gordon’s five touchdowns tied the UW record for most touchdowns in a single game. The last Badger to achieve the feat was P.J. Hill who did it against The Citadel in 2007.“Melvin is determined for his football team. I promise you that’s the driving force between Melvin wanting to have success,” head coach Gary Andersen said. “He found out that the rushing totals were a record in total offenses record. Brought a great big smile to his face to know he was a part of it, not just what he did.”In the first half alone, Gordon had four touchdowns and 179 rushing yards on just 11 carries, averaging 16.3 yards per carry at the half.Gordon’s second touch of the second half went for 69 yards up the sideline for his fifth touchdown of the day. That would be his last touch of the game.Gordon’s day did not start out as well as he and Badger fans hoped. On his first carry of the day, he fumbled the football for the first time in his career. That broke a streak of 332 carries without losing the ball. Bowling Green would score on the next play, tying the game at seven.The fumble would motivate Gordon for the rest of the game.“I didn’t let it get me down too much,” Gordon said. “It’s a lot of football left to be played, can’t let that get me down. But I definitely felt I had to make up for it and I did that.”He sat out most of the next drive as the Badgers marched down the field, with sophomore Corey Clement carrying the load at tailback. Gordon’s next touch was a two-yard touchdown run that he bounced to the outside.On the next drive, Gordon was re-inserted as the number one back and reeled off a 40-yard run that reminded everybody of vintage Melvin Gordon. The drive was killed the next play when redshirt junior quarterback Tanner McEvoy fumbled the snap and Bowling Green recovered.With 12:16 remaining in the second quarter, Gordon trucked ahead for a 13-yard gain. Two plays later, Gordon burst between the tackles and streaked right down the middle of the field, threw a vicious stiff-arm to a retreating safety, and scampered into the end zone for his second score of the game.The next drive for Wisconsin took 11 plays and covered 57 yards, all on the ground between McEvoy, Gordon and Clement. Gordon capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown.Gordon’s fourth touchdown came with under a minute remaining in the first half from 21 yards out, when he broke two Bowling Green tackles and pin-balled his way to the outside for the score.Gordon said the two weeks he had to digest the Western Illinois performance allowed him to focus on what he wanted to accomplish.“As a player, as a competitor, that’s not the type of performance you want to have,” Gordon said. “So I just kept thinking about that every day in practice and it motivated me.”Clement took over the running duties during the third quarter. The compact, bruising-back finished off a 87-yard drive with a tough 13-yard run and punched it in from one-yard away later in the quarter.Clement finished with 111 yards on 16 carries, and was proud to be a part of this record-setting attack.“He’s a great guy,” Clement said of Gordon. “Trying to keep up with him in practice, me and him compete, and that’s what I think gives us the best results.”Clement also added that this game was a confidence booster for the entire running back unit after that disappointing showing against Western Illinois.However, the rushing yards didn’t just come from the running back position. McEvoy had a big game running the ball as well, showing why he’s considered a dual-threat quarterback, going for 158 yards on 11 attempts. His longest run of the day was 62 yards and set up Clement’s first touchdown in the third quarter.McEvoy started the Badgers’ scoring on their first play from scrimmage in the game, keeping it on a read-option play and taking it to the end zone for a 24-yard touchdown run.Wisconsin has now had three rushers individually eclipse the 100-yard mark in five of its last 18 games. And they were just six yards away from having four 100-yard rushers.Redshirt sophomore Dare Ogunbowale entered the game in the third quarter to attempt his first career touches. The former defensive back and special teams player converted to running back this week after the coaching staff saw the potential he had at the position.“The offensive coaches saw him in a drill during camp that we call speed in space … and Dare was very hard to tackle in those situations,” Andersen said. “I was all for the it [the change]. And the young man was all for it.”Ogunbowale carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards in his debut at running back. Ogunbowale said that he was able to experience success because of the play of his offensive line, which calmed his nerves.“First game, I was pretty nervous,” Ogunbowale said. “After I broke through, we have an unbelievable O-line … the hole was huge so I just ran as far as I could. After that, the butterflies got out of my stomach.”This unit now knows how great its potential is, and they intend on reaching it every outing. However, they know that the main goal is to keep winning football games.“I think we all had fun as a group,” Clement said. “It’s a great accolade to come across, but as long as we get the ‘W’ in the end that’s all that really matters.”last_img read more

Strong quake jolts Trinidad & Tobago

first_imgAn earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 jolted Trinidad and Tobago on Monday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.T he Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that the quake, which occurred at 3.01 pm had a depth of 10 kilometres.The quake was felt Port of Spain and Arima, as well as in Scarborough, the capital of Tobago.The location was given as Latitude 11.26N and Longitude: 60.92W.last_img


first_imgST MARYS, CONVOY GAA NOTESBingo continues in the hall on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.Counties drawn in Club Lotto 17/6/14 LH MH LD FH. One person matched 3 and that was Anne McElchar Convoy, jackpot next week €3500. Training for Senior Ladies Wed from 7 on Fri 7.30 and Sun at 10.30 New Players are always welcomeJunior ladies lost out at at Home V Malin on Thurs evening also Well done to the Senior Ladies who had a good win in the 13-a-side League against Glenties St Marys 2-13 : Glenties 1-2Gaelic for Mothers and Others wed at 8.15 New Players welcome.Underage training on Friday as Normal from 6-7 U8 Blitz this Saturday. Please check FaceBook for details. Coaches will inform Children at training.The u10s were away to MacCumhaills on Saturday well done to all who took part and the Coaches who looked after the Teams .St. Mary’s u12s v MacCumhaills on Monday 23rd at Home Players be at Pitch for 5.45 throw in at 6.30 Bring €2 and Gumshield .Hard Luck to the U 14 Girls team who were beaten by Bundoran in the D County Final Thanks to Gerry Mc Laughlin Buses and WonderYears Childcare for Sponsorship of tops for the girls .U 16 girls training at 6.30 Monday U-16 Boys training this Tues at 6.330 sharp Game on Fri 27thMinor boys Championship at home V Muff on WedCul Camp 2014Camp Venue Camp Dates Convoy /Conmhaigh 30 Jun – 4 JulCost of 1st child €55.00 2nd (€45.00), 3rd/4th (€40.00)Book NowStephanie Friel 087 761883 or any Committee memberforms have been sent out through schools also .This years Cúl camp contact: Eimear Shovlin : (089) 215 2249.Senior men were beaten at Home by N.Ultan 2-10 TO 1-14Reserves won at Home to N.Ultan 2-14 to 0-7Senior Men away to Na.Rossa on Sat .GAA NEWS: CONVOY LADIES LOSE OUT TO MALIN was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Convoy GAA noteslast_img read more

Bacteria as a Vast Unexplored Medicine Chest

first_img(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Most of our therapeutic agents have been derived from bacteria.  A new survey shows we have barely tapped the surface of potential medicines beneath our feet.Science Daily reported on a study of three desert soils from California, Arizona and Utah published in the May issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  A team from Howard Hughes Medical Institute found “greater diversity of potentially useful products than was previously supposed” in the biosynthetic genes of soil bacteria, implying that “environmental bacteria have the potential to encode a large additional treasure trove of new medicines.”  The article explained where most of our medicines come from:Natural compounds have been the sources of the majority of new drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, and bacteria have been the biggest single source of these therapeutically relevant compounds. Most bacterially-derived antibiotic and anticancer agents were discovered by culturing bacteria from environmental samples, and then examining the metabolites they produce in laboratory fermentation studies. But the vast majority of bacterial species cannot be cultured, which suggested that the world might be awash in potentially useful, but unknown bacterial metabolites.It seems that researchers will not soon run out of material to investigate: “the genomes of environmental bacteria could encode many additional drug-like molecules, including compounds that might serve, among other things, as new antibiotics and anticancer agents.”When you think of bacteria, do you think of health?  Maybe findings like this will help end a kind of microbial racism.  A few bad ones should not create bias against the majority that work hard to create a better world.This survey also suggests that bacteria originally had a useful function in the Creation paradigm.last_img read more

6 Under-Appreciated Variables That Win Deals

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now There are more variables to competing and winning in sales than your company, your products, or your pricing. Many of the variables are under-appreciated. They are also within your control. Here is a list of variables that may cause you to lose to your competition. Reversing them will move you towards greater success.Outworked: If there is a single variable to success that is within your control, it is your willingness to work. Really work, not just show up at work. There will always be people with more talent than you, as our gifts are not distributed equally. Some people have received gifts as the circumstances of their birth, gifts that you were not given. No one, however, can deprive you of your willingness to work harder. This is perhaps the easiest way to produce better results than your competitors, only requiring giving your work your full focus and attention. Only you can prevent yourself from being outworked.Out-studied: You have to improve your ability to improve. One of the very best ways you can boost your performance is by studying. You can read more than your competitor, and the statistics suggest that if you read one sales book, you will have done more than most in your field (and if you are going to read a sales book, let me recommend this one). You can read business books to improve your business acumen, and you can read a newspaper (I suggest the Wall St. Journal). You can listen to CNBC while you are on the treadmill. Not many of your competitors will read their prospective client’s financial reports. Nor will they go to the trouble to become an expert. If you want to be a trusted advisor, start by doing your homework.Outlasted: I called a prospective client for years without ever obtaining a meeting. My competitor had them locked down, or so I thought. I gave up and decided to seek an easier target. A year or so later, I called the prospective to schedule an appointment only to be told that they had just reviewed new companies and selected a new provider. I missed the window because I did not persist. Your willingness to persist over time is another variable within your control. It requires that you are disciplined about your approach and your pursuit plan. It also requires that you be resourceful enough to vary your strategy and stay top of mind. If someone is going to outlast another, be the one with greater determination and persistence.Out-communicated: Mistakenly, people believe that an email is an effective form of communication. As efficient as email is, it is inferior to other, more powerful mediums, like face-to-face meetings, video conferences, or the telephone. Every day, the poor hapless (and helpless, and hopeless) salespeople send emails to their dream client’s inboxes, only to have them deleted without so much as a glance. Sadly, they believe what they are doing is prospecting. You control the medium you use, the frequency, and the value of those communications. One of the first things I ever wrote on this blog was the need to have a presence, to show up. The more frequent and valuable the communication, the more you prevent yourself from being out-communicated.Out-flanked: In The New Rules for Building Consensus, there is an idea about there no longer being a decision-maker, even though someone is going to say yes. The main idea here is that many people cannot say yes by themselves, but can say no and stop a group of people from taking action on your initiative. The second section of Eat Their Lunch is titled: Wiring the Building. The idea is to locate the stakeholders who are going to influence a decision and make sure you gain their support. If you aren’t doing this work and your competitor is, you can be out-flanked, your competitor developing support deep and wide while you cling to your power sponsor. Get there first, establish the relationships throughout the organization and out-flank your competition.Out-skilled: A salesperson once told me that he had been in sales for thirty-four years. His manager added that the salesperson had the same year no less than thirty-four times. The gist was that he wasn’t getting any better. Are your skills improving? Are your results improving? One of the most detrimental beliefs to success is the idea that you know enough, you are good enough, and that no growth is available to you. You are better off believing the exact opposite, that you know too little, your results aren’t what they should be, and that you have much runway in front of you. It isn’t difficult to out-skill your competitors, most of whom aren’t proactive about their growth and development.With so much outside of your control, your best strategy is to work on what is within your control.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal hero Keown slams quality of Leno: Cech superior

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Keown slams quality of Leno: Cech superiorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Martin Keown has slammed the quality of Bernd Leno.The Gunners lost 5-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.Keown slammed the defenders in their poor efforts for some of Liverpool’s goals, and he also questioned the quality of goalkeeper Leno.”Leno didn’t even make the German squad,” said Keown. “Is he better than Petr Cech? No I don’t think so, but Petr Cech hasn’t played since September.” last_img read more