Where to look for the next England boss?

first_imgFor Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Evans would dip into the Premiership coaching ranks for the next England bossLeaving aside the fact that Martin Johnson could point to some real achievements in the past two seasons, an awful lot of nonsense has been spoken about his former role in the last few months, particularly the need for a performance director or manager as well as a head coach, writes Mark Evans, the former Harlequins Chief Executive.In sports such as cycling, athletics, swimming and rowing, there are multiple disciplines and both genders to consider. In these circumstances it makes sense to have a performance director responsible for the big picture and held accountable for the overall level of attainment at the Olympics and world championships.However, rugby, football and cricket have a single flagship team and one guy needs to be in charge, reporting to the board through the chief executive. Anything else just breeds confusion in the minds of the players, press and public alike.How that person chooses to operate should be up to them. Some, like Sir Alex Ferguson, Philippe Saint-André and John Buchanan, do very little, if any, on-pitch coaching; others, like Arsene Wenger, Warren Gatland and Duncan Fletcher, are much more hands-on.Neither approach is inherently superior since the key is not coaching but selection. It’s a sporting truth that whoever picks the team is the boss. So talk of whether England needs a coach and/or a manager is irrelevant – whoever picks the team is in charge and is responsible for results. It doesn’t matter what the title is, though it’s probably easier in communication terms to call him the head coach.There are other important roles within the playing side of a national governing body, such as coach development, support services in nutrition, medicine and analysis, and age-group teams, but these aren’t the job of the national coach.Nor should they be the remit of his direct boss – one of the things that has mystified me in recent years is how Rob Andrew has failed to make clear his role within the RFU. You have to be very close to the game to know his areas of responsibility and ironically he has done a lot of good work in many of them. But by accident or design he and others have allowed the inaccurate impression to gain currency that he’s accountable for the England team. It has damaged Rob’s reputation, and has highlighted once again the need for clear reporting lines to be established and communicated to the media and public.So if that confusion is cleared up, who should get the job? Ideally the successful candidate should be English, though half of the Premiership clubs are led by Celts.If circumstances were different Dean Richards would be strongly placed given his coaching record. Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. But he’s still banned, so look to Jim Mallinder and Toby Booth – both in their forties, both successful, and both experienced enough to take the next step. More experienced in coaching terms than Clive Woodward, who hadn’t completed a single season as a head coach in the Premiership before he took over at England, and that appointment didn’t turn out too badly, did it?This article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. TWICKENHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: (L-R) Directors of Rugby, Steve Diamond of Sale Sharks, Sir Ian McGeechan of Bath Rugby, Alan Tait of Newcastle Falcons, Toby Booth of London Irish, Conor O’Shea of Harlequins, Rob Baxter of Exeter Chiefs, Dia Young of London Wasps, Richard Hill of Worcester Warriors, Bryan Redpath of Gloucester, Richard Cockerill of Leicester Tigers, Mark McCall of Saracens and Jim Mallinder of Northampton Saints pose with the Aviva Premiership Trophy during the Aviva Premiership Season Launch 2011-2012 at Twickenham Stadium on August 24, 2011 in Twickenham, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for Aviva)last_img read more

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Nicaraguan Police, Military Battle Organized Crime Along Caribbean Coast

first_img Zalaquett warned that the informal black market in these coastal areas gives unemployed youth “undesirable but viable options, like a young man from Puerto Cabezas who recently asked me whether or not he should take up an offer as a hitman for a gang in Guatemala.” Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador agree to share intelligence Adm. Marvin Corrales, commander of the Nicaraguan Naval Forces, warned local media in July 2012 that Colombian crime groups were sending “specialized military equipment” to bolster their partners on the Caribbean coast of Honduras. The regional reach of these gangs and organized crime groups is partly why Nicaraguan police have begun cooperating with their partners across Central and North America. Presidents Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, Mauricio Funes of El Salvador and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua signed an agreement in March 2012 to increase intelligence-sharing networks among their police and naval forces to combat kidnappings and trafficking along their shared borders. Nicaragua also participates in the U.S.-led Operation Martillo, launched in early 2012, to disrupt drugtrafficking operations and limit their ability to use Central America as a transit zone. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine reaching the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board. Boanerge Fornos, a state prosecutor in the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), told Diálogo that while the Caribbean coastal city of Bluefields remains a regional hub for the cocaine trade and organized crime operations, for the moment Nicaraguan “transporters” appear to be scaling down their involvement, managing shorter routes and smaller quantities of drugs. ‘Subcontractors’ keep cocaine moving north “At the local level, these groups appear to be diversifying their operations and a number of cases we investigated late last year started to involve high-caliber weapons such as Kalashnikovs, M-16s and AK-47s coupled with rising numbers of human trafficking and money laundering activities,” Fornos said. James Bosworth, an analyst at the Latin American risk analysis firm Southern Pulse, described the phenomenon as a chain that moves cocaine north through a variety of subcontracted groups. “The Urabeños [a Colombian organized crime group] and the Mexican cartels have their networks, pass it along, pay each other or kill each other when payments aren’t made,” Bosworth said. “If there is a gap, it’s local Central American transport groups that are handling the stuff. While there are certainly links between the Sinaloa cartel and some criminal organizations in Nicaragua, it would be a stretch to say the Mexicans control them. It’s more of a contracting relationship.” Bosworth added: “For the moment, Mexican and Colombian groups haven’t fought each other over Nicaraguan territory and routes and they seem happy to share, as long as product moves and profits flow. However, if any group were to make a strategic determination that they wanted to fight for control of the plaza [drug trade routes], it could turn ugly.” By Dialogo September 03, 2013 Nicaragua’s national police, with backing from the military, is ratcheting up the fight against violent organized crime groups that use the country’s sparsely populated Atlantic coast to ferry drugs to Honduras and Mexico. National Police Chief Aminta Granera unveiled on Aug. 1 a “Special Security Plan in the Mining Triangle” of Nicaragua’s Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN in Spanish). Since then, the police have captured 23 people wanted for murder, femicide, aggravated robberies and drug trafficking. The plan focuses on the‘mining triangle’ of Siuna, Bonanza and Rosita, where authorities have opened seven new police stations and have provided 142 officers to increase security at area schools. Since the launch, police have seized 56 illegal firearms, including AK-47s, revolvers, shotguns, rifles and pistols. Gen. Julio César Aviles Castillo, commander-in-chief of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces, told local media that 500 soldiers will support the police in the execution of this special security plan. “The mobilization of our security forces around the current wave of violence in the ‘mining triangle’ is actually a knock-on from issues that began two years ago,” said Francisco Bautista Lara, Nicaragua’s former police commissioner. Pandillas prey on vulnerable communities In 2011, local street gangs known as pandillas received a boost when transnational organized crime groups hired them to traffic drugs and weapons from Colombia through to Honduras and on to Mexico. “Since then, both the RAAN and the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS) have been exploited by these groups who prey on communities split by internal conflicts, high unemployment, poor education, inequality as well as increasing indigenous land and border disputes with Honduras,” Lara told Diálogo. The official homicide rate in this ‘mining triangle’ was 49 per 100,000 people two years ago — which exceeds the homicide rates of both El Salvador and Guatemala, Lara said. “Organized crime is a huge regional problem contributing to a massive rise in homicides this year, not only in Nicaragua but also in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras,” said Monica Zalaquett, director of the Managua-based Violence Prevention Center (known by its Spanish acronym CEPREV). “These heavily armed groups [from Mexico and Colombia] operating on our northeastern and southeastern coastline are now more and more involved in a mix of drugs and arms trafficking, money laundering and gold mining,” Zalaquett added. Zalaquett: Police must work with local communities Police Chief Granera told local community groups in Siuna last month that authorities know the whereabouts and sizes of the five key criminal groups operating on the northern coast, and are building intelligence to capture them. Gilberto Fernández, known as “El Gallo Rojo” and Estanislao Jarquín Montoya, known as “El Coral,” are leaders of two of the five criminal groups identified by the National Police, but none of them have as yet been arrested. “This eastern coastline area is a free-for-all atmosphere where the state has little presence,” said Steven Dudley, director of Insight Crime, an independent research outfit in Medellín, Colombia. “They’ve started police prevention programs in these areas, but these are long-term projects.” Zalaquett added: “It’s vital that the police work closer with local community groups developing both counter-intelligence strategies and using prevention strategies that were so successful in the late 1990s.” Ex-Commissioner Lara isn’t convinced this is the solution. “Sending in more police and more soldiers won’t solve the problem. We must address the underlying problems breaking up local communities and making them easy targets for organized crime groups,” he said. last_img read more

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CECL cited top compliance challenge, CU relief still needed

first_img continue reading » Credit unions consistently cite the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard as one of, if not the, biggest compliance challenge they are facing, and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) should search for any opportunities to provide relief to credit unions, CUNA wrote Wednesday. CUNA’s letter was sent to FASB, who issued CECL, in response to a proposed delay of the standard for credit unions to January 2023.“We appreciate the Board’s recognition of the challenges entities—of all sizes and complexity—are encountering as they work to implement changes necessary to comply with these standards. Thus, we support the proposed changes to the effective dates, as such changes would be consistent with the Board’s proposed new effective date philosophy,” the letter reads.“However, it is important FASB be aware that CUNA’s longstanding position has been and continues to be that application of CECL to credit unions is inappropriate…underfunding of allowance accounts has not generally been an issue for credit unions. Further, the typical user of a credit union’s financial statements is not a public investor—such as with large, public banks—but instead is the credit union’s prudential regulator, the NCUA,” it adds. CUNAcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Due to Advent, the closure of the Zagreb rotor is being postponed

first_imgThe works on the Zagreb rotor are being postponed for the first time, which would otherwise be bad news, but this time, the people of Zagreb welcome this move, especially the tourist workers.Namely, the rotor was scheduled to close on December 15 in the midst of Advent in Zagreb, to which the citizens of Zagreb and tourist workers appealed and initiated an initiative to postpone the closure of Rotor after Advent due to the huge crowds in the city that are otherwise large, let alone when the rotor will close.In response to the reaction of many citizens of Zagreb who believe that the Remetinec rotor should not be closed during Advent when there will be huge crowds in the city, Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić told Media Servis that the works will start after the New Year. “They knock on the open door, I think we’ll do it after the New Year”, Said Bandic for Media servis.Although, as Večernji list claims, the reason for postponing the closure of the rotor for traffic for the third time is not the will of the citizens, as Mayor Milan Bandić claims, but a shift in which works are being performed, ie poor planning. However, it is certain that the postponement of the works, ie the closure of the rotor, is a good move because it will avoid huge crowds in the already busy congested city.This year’s Zagreb Advent, which in recent years has been declared the best such event in Europe, will begin on December 1 and last until January 6, 2019, with special emphasis on cultural events that will put the people of Zagreb and their guests in a festive mood and anticipation. ChristmasAdvent in Zagreb is the most important event in our capital, and last year there was an increase of 17% in arrivals and 18% in overnight stays. Namely, according to the data of the Tourist Board, in December 2017, 111.429 arrivals and 201.734 overnight stays were recorded, while in December 2016, 94.573 arrivals and 169.095 overnight stays were recorded.Attachment: CLOSURE OF ZAGREB ROTOR FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF ONE RENTERlast_img read more

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Rangers boss Gerrard should get Braga bragging rights

first_img “Everything we worked on in the two days leading up to the game I think we pretty much did everything. “I can’t say Braga had a clear chance, just one with a header but that was from a corner. Read Also:Gerrard: Houllier revolutionised standards at Liverpool “We knew they would have really good ball possession but our tactics were amazing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Rangers won 1-0 at the Estadio Municipal with Ryan Kent’s winner coming off the back of a Hagi ball over the top. Hagi was Rangers’ hero at Ibrox last week, as well, as he dragged the Glasgow outfit back from the dead with a daring double as Gers came from two down to win the first leg 3-2. However, Hagi did miss from the spot when he saw a penalty brilliantly clawed away by Braga keeper Matheus just before half-time. “It was a tough away game but tactics-wise I think we played really well,” said on-loan Genk star Hagi.Advertisement Ianis Hagi paid tribute to his manager’s tactics after the Light Blues stunned the high-flying Portuguese side home and away. Loading… Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadePlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart Racelast_img read more

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Ighalo Wanted by Four EPL Clubs

first_imgClubs reportedly interested in him include Everton, WestHam United, Southampton and Stoke City.Though the former Udinese of Italy attacker still has two more years on his contract with Changchun, According to AOIFootball.com, it is left to see if he would love to move back to England in January.Ighalo’s family lives in London and the player had to endure living alone in China all season without his family.Meanwhile, another Super Eagles’ player, Moses Simon, has expressed his delight after recovering from a toe injury that ruled him out for two weeks which made him miss Nigeria’s last game of the year against Argentina, reportsThe winger combined with fellow compatriots Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu for his club Gent, to defeat Lokeren 3-0 in the Belgian First Division game played on Sunday.After the game, the former AS Trencin forward took to his official Instagram page to appreciate everyone who supported him during the period.“It feels good to be back on the pitch and it was an awesome win last night. Big thanks to all #buffalo🔵⚪️ fans and most especially to my teammates for your never ceasing support. Have a wonderful week,” he posted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Following his brilliant season at Changchun Yatai in the Chinese Super League and his contributions to Nigeria emerging the first team to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia, Super Eagles forward, Odion Jude Ighalo is wanted by a number of English Premier League clubs again.Ighalo stood out in his first season in China where he scored 15 goals and assisted four times for Changchun Yatai after moving in a whopping 20 million pounds deal last season from London-based club, Watford.last_img read more

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