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Ben Youngs: England scrum-half targets 2023 Rugby World Cup after winning 100th cap | Rugby Union News

first_img“I got experience at Test level at a young age. You can get out there a bit earlier as a scrum-half,” Youngs said.“I don’t see myself yet as the guy who is mid-30s and still trying to figure out ways of staying at the top. I still see myself as the 31-year-old that is full of enthusiasm and desire to get better.“You can look anywhere for athletes who are still at the top of their game – Roger Federer, Richard Wigglesworth, (Cristiano) Ronaldo – but I don’t feel right now that is something I need to focus on. I’m not at that stage yet.“A lot of it’s in the mind. With this squad, we’ve got an unbelievable group of young, enthusiastic guys and I can feed off that.“They have the real bit between their teeth and I’m really enjoying being a part of it, trying to help them because I know that if I help them, they’ll help me.” Ben Youngs has targeted playing at a fourth Rugby World Cup
Ben Youngs has targeted playing at a fourth Rugby World Cup

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‘Buying frenzy’ expected amid cheapest mortgages in history

first_imgQueenslander Colleen Hehir with her sons Reilly Norman, 9, and Arden Norman, 6, at their investment property 23 Black Street, Mt Morgan, which is on the market for $129,000. Picture: Steve Vit.Housing demand will hit red hot levels as the cheapest mortgages in Australian history hit the market – but experts warn the frenzy will be tough as buyers fight for a smaller pool of property. Real estate agent Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm said Brisbane was seeing record sales in the first two months of the year, and cheaper mortgages would trigger “a buying frenzy”.“Our January we forecast $20m, we got over $40m (in sales), in February we forecasted $30m for the shortest month of the year and we did just shy of $50m, there’s a number of factors and cheap money is the biggest.”He said it was now “more affordable to buy rather than rent”. “We’ve got a supply and demand issue so that coupled with the low interest rates is going to create a bit of a buying frenzy. Our March we are day three and have already hit $10m (in sales). The good thing about Brisbane is we’re affordable so it may encourage more investors up here. They say our purchase prices are Sydney and Melbourne’s deposit cheques so we will see. Bring it on.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:03Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:03 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenVeronica Morgan on how to be the highest bidder 02:04 Experts believe the Reserve Bank’s historic official rate cut to 0.5 per cent would trigger a return in investors back to housing, with RateCity trackers already showing mortgage rates dropped to as low as 2.44 per cent immediately after the RBA announcement. Australia’s Big Four banks – ANZ, CBA, Westpac and NBA – have all passed on the rate cut in full, triggering falls across the entire loan spectrum.Brisbane economist Pete Wargent, co-founder of AllenWargent Property Buyers, said “very, very cheap money” will lift investor activity – but it comes amid a tight listings market. 23 Black St, Mount Morgan, is on the market for $129,000, with owners hopeful that the lowest mortgage rates in Australia’s history will seal a deal for them.Queensland investor Colleen Hehir was yesterday among sellers hoping the tight market would drive up sales.“I would be (very hopeful),” she said. “I bought for a lot more than I’m selling. I got it in 2007 at the height of the market. I have been trying to sell on and off for the last five years,” she said of her investment property at 23 Black St, Mount Morgan. She has now slashed the price of the property to $129,000 to land a sale. RELATED: Coronavirus sees RBA drop rates to record lowcenter_img Brisbane home prices keep rising RBA Governor Philip Lowe said there were “signs of a pick-up in established housing markets, with prices rising in most markets, in some cases quite strongly”. Picture: AAP Image/Joel Carrett.“Historically rate cuts have always been followed by more investors coming into property, I guess it will be the same,” he said. “ … Generally mortgage rates for new customers are very, very low. It’s very, very cheap money.” SQM Research figures out Tuesday showed the property hunt was already tough for buyers, with new listings for sale in Brisbane dropping significantly in February (-10.3 per cent) compared to the same time last year, as did Melbourne (-11.9 per cent) and Sydney (-26 per cent).SQM Research managing director Louise Christopher said traditionally February should see a rise in properties listed for sale, “however, we are down for the year in all cities as absorption rates have picked up”.“There are many more buyers now compared to last year and so surplus stock is being sold and taken off the market.” Colleen Hehir with her sons Reilly and Arden have their fingers crossed that the current market will finally seal a sale for them. Picture Steve VitMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoRateCity research director Sally Tindall said with Westpac and CBA immediately committing to pass on the rate cut in full to customers “we’ve now got two of Australia’s biggest banks offering variable rates under 3 per cent”. ANZ also shocked the market, dropping it rate for investors (-0.35 percentage points) more than it did for owner occupiers (-0.25 pp).RBA Governor Philip Lowe said there were “signs of a pick-up in established housing markets, with prices rising in most markets, in some cases quite strongly”.Mr Lowe acknowledged that “mortgage rates are at record lows and there is strong competition for borrowers of high credit quality”.The market swing towards a rate cut was sharp, in just four days going from an 82 per cent expectation of a hold at 0.75 per cent on Friday to 100 per cent prediction of a cut to 0.5 per cent by Monday. The RBA board has warned that it is prepared to cut rates further to support the economy.Mr Wargent, who co-authored Low Rates, High Returns, said if the market was pricing something 100 per cent, it was very difficult for the RBA to not move. “The main thing that’s changed is the global economy there’s just been a massive demand shock related to coronavirus,” he said. “It’s not the virus itself, it’s more the second order impact, particularly factory activity in China has just dropped off a cliff.” “If that’s replicated around other countries like Korea and other parts of Europe then it’s a real jolt to global demand and growth, so markets moved very, very quickly.” He said the US was also widely expected to start dropping rates again.Announcing Tuesday’s rate cut, Mr Lowe confirmed “the Board is prepared to ease monetary policy further to support the Australian economy”. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTERlast_img read more


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ABS: Class, Insurance Should Jointly Work on Cyber Safety

first_imgChairman of the classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has called upon marine insurance and classification industries to work closer together in addressing the next-generation safety system. Christopher J. Wiernicki, Chairman, President and CEO of ABS, addressed the American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU), describing the future of maritime safety and risk mitigation as it relates to cyber safety as well as outlining how the classification and insurance industries can strengthen their collaboration as the progression of cyber and autonomy propel maritime safety into new waters.“Building on our safety and risk control focus, class and insurance are in a unique position to lead in several areas – specifically, simplifying and establishing common terminology as well as delivering … products and solutions like cyber programs and notations,” Wiernicki said.“Maritime safety depends increasingly on cyber-enabled physical systems and integrated information technology and operational technology efforts, so safety-related standards and services, including class and insurance, must recognize and address this as the safety system that no one sees,” he added.“As both ABS and AIMU share a common interest in safeguarding vessels and cargoes, their crews and the environment, there are clear opportunities for class and insurance to work together in shaping a smarter safety conversation. The insights shared … from ABS underscore the importance of how we are stronger together in our journeys, leveraging each other’s strengths to simplify the complexities of topics like cyber that are defining our future,” John Miklus, AIMU President, commented.Related – Interview: Shipping Still a Moving Target for Cyber Threatslast_img read more


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Wilder triggers Tyson Fury rematch clause

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight Joshua: Tyson Fury won’t distract me American Deontay Wilder has officially exercised his right to an immediate rematch with Tyson Fury. “The Bronze Bomber” lost the WBC heavyweight title to Fury in Las Vegas last month via a seventh-round knockout – the first loss of Wilder’s 44-fight career. According to ESPN, Bob Arum – Fury’s co-promoter – has confirmed the fight will take place at the MGM Grand on July 18 – the same venue that housed the first rematch on February 22. The two fought out a controversial split draw in 2018, where, despite dominating for long periods, Fury failed to earn the nod from the judges after being knocked down twice during the fight. In the much-hyped sequel, Fury dominated the 34-year-old, knocking him down twice before Wilder’s co-trainer Mark Breland threw in the towel in round seven. Both fighters agreed to an optional rematch clause in the contract, which Wilder and his team have taken up. “We realised that date was the favourite of both ESPN and Fox because it comes at a dead time in sports, which is good for the fight,” Arum told ESPN. “It’s after the basketball playoffs, baseball is in the middle of the season and there’s no football. It’s the ideal time. The hotel, MGM Grand, also believes it to be an ideal time.”Tags: Bob ArumDeontay WilderTyson Furylast_img read more


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Chelsea Agrees Deal for Real Madrid’s Morata

first_imgChelsea had reportedly tabled a £62 million bid for the 24-year-old last week but Madrid, according to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, agreed the sale for €80 million.Morata is expected to leave Madrid’s training camp in the United States as soon as possible.British media reported last week that Chelsea had offered Morata a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth £150 000 a week.Real exercised a buy-back clause to bring Morata back from Juventus a year ago. He scored 20 goals in 43 appearances last season as Real retained their Champions League crown while edging Barcelona to the Spanish title.Morata had previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, but their reported interest ended after the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chelsea has reached an agreement to buy Spain international striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a reported €80 million, the two clubs announced wednesday.“Chelsea Football Club and Real Madrid have agreed terms for the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge,” Chelsea said on its club website.“The move is now subject to him agreeing personal terms and passing a medical.”Madrid confirmed the news as well in a brief statement on its website.“The club wishes to express its thanks for the dedication, professionalism and exemplary conduct displayed by the player over the years, spanning his time in our academy right through to his spell as a member of the first-team squad,” the statement added.last_img read more


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Ekundayo Seeks Medical Support to Salvage CareerÂ

first_imgEkundayo narrowly lost the bout in London, due to a contentious points’ decision, against home town favourite, Gary Corcoran. Ringsiders at the prestige’s affair in London felt that the Nigerian was very unlucky not to win the bout, especially given the Briton continued use of the head.Despite this disadvantage, and suffering incredible pain from a broken hand, Ekundayo battled on, doing Nigeria proud and almost knocking his man out in the 10 rounds. The assembled dignitaries ringside, President of the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, Dr Ladipo, as well as other assembled guest, all thought the son of the soil had done enough to claim the victory.The shame of this for Nigeria is that Corcoran is now well placed for a World title shot, which had the decision gone his way “The Natural” would have been in line for.However, the fighter, who along with Olusegun Ajose, represent the best chance of international sporting success in the green and white of Nigeria, now faces an uncertain future because of the cost of repairing the damaged hand. Ekundayo told reporters in London, “I proudly wear our countries colours into the ring, and am happy to take the bumps and bruises boxing requires, so as to bring sporting glory to Nigeria. I hope the Government, or a prominent company or individual, can help me fix my hand so I can win a world title for Nigeria.”Ben Gray, the Commercial Agent for Ekundayo and Ajose said “I know many Nigerians are now really interested in boxing, because of the recent success of Anthony Joshua. I believe a lot of the country’s leaders are coming to support Anthony Joshua defending his title in Cardiff on the 28th of October. Given this interest, I hope that we can find someone to support the likes of Larry and Olusegun too”.He added, “Nigeria has a wonderful opportunity to build on this interest in AJ and deliver a long-term sporting legacy, for itself and all its boxers. We are keen to speak with any individual, or corporation, who wants to be of help Nigerian boxers win Word Titles”. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former African Champion, Larry “The Natural” Ekundayo’s career is on the line, after breaking his hand in WBO International title contest. Ekundayo spoke with reporters in London this week, to update them after his recent brave title attempt.He told them that his career was on the line, unless he gets similar medical support that his British or American counterparts receive.The Nigerian boxer sustained a broken hand during his brave effort for the WBO Intercontinental title in London in July this year. If the funds can be found, he could be back in the ring, challenging for titles, before the end of the year.last_img read more


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3-point stance: A look at what Syracuse needs to do to defeat the Wildcats in the opener

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Winning at homeBy scheduling a pseudo home game against Southern California in Metlife Stadium on Sept. 8, Syracuse sacrificed its sixth game of the year in the Carrier Dome.That means the Orange has just five chances to impress a fan base that is already apathetic toward a team that failed to win a game after Oct. 21 last season.Put simply, a bad home loss cannot happen. It would only invite the basketball fans to begin their countdown several weeks earlier.It makes the season opener against Northwestern, a team traditionally in the bottom half or middle of the Big 10 pack, a bit of a must-win game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEarlier this week, USA Today ranked the eight Big East football venues from best to worst, with the Dome finishing fourth. When full, the Dome is one of the more unique venues in college football with a domed roof that captures sound and truly makes for a “Loud House.”The problem is that the Dome hasn’t been full in years. Three seasons ago, against the same Northwestern team that comes to Syracuse on Saturday, a raucous and passionate crowd was treated to a three-point thriller.Unfortunately, that scene is a rarity for modern-day SU football. When No. 11 West Virginia set foot in the Dome last season, a decent crowd of 45,265 was in attendance for a monumental SU upset. But three weeks and two losses later, 4,000 fewer fans watched Syracuse’s next home game.The fans are fickle and they want to see a winning team inside the Dome.Each of this year’s five home games is exponentially more valuable because the team has one fewer chance to win over those spectators teetering on the fence of disdain.Big plays in the passing gameQuarterback Ryan Nassib set a program record for passing yards, but he only surpassed the 300-yard mark once — against Football Championship Subdivision opponent Rhode Island. His longest pass of the season outside of that game came against South Florida when he found Alec Lemon for a 58-yard touchdown with less than four minutes remaining and the Orange trailing by 20 points. The quarterback often settled for short passes to Nick Provo, who owns the career record for receptions by an SU tight end.We’ll see if the Orange unveils a more aggressive game plan Saturday that allows Nassib to take shots down the field. SU will need to score points to win its season-opener over Northwestern, which has a dynamic quarterback in Kain Colter. The Wildcats ranked fifth out of 12 teams in the Big Ten last year in scoring offense with nearly 29 points per game.Its defense was among the worst and finished last in the league in sacks with 17. The Wildcats surrendered an average of 38.6 points per game in their first five Big Ten games in 2011, including 38 to an Indiana team that went winless in the conference and 1-11 overall.Nassib and the SU offense should be able to take more chances against a defense that enters the season with plenty of question marks.The play of Syracuse’s offensive lineSyracuse’s offensive line has three starters who have never appeared in a single game at SU. Two of those players — Ivan Foy and Lou Alexander — never convinced head coach Doug Marrone and his staff that they truly deserved the spot. The Orange’s goal of executing more “big plays” starts against Northwestern, and the performance up front will be key to making that happen.Northwestern has one of the worst defenses in the country, let alone the Big Ten. The Wildcats gave up 6.1 yards per play, had a 50-percent third-down conversion rate and had only 17 sacks.Even if Northwestern’s defense is improved in 2012, it still will not be a formidable unit. If the Orange is going to lose, it cannot be because the O-line failed to give quarterback Ryan Nassib time in the pocket.If the offensive line can’t figure out a way to hold off the Wildcats’ defense, how do you think it would do against Southern California? Or any other team, for that matter?The line has a chance to prove itself this weekend. Alexander, Foy and left tackle Sean Hickey have the chance to prove they deserve to be starters.Syracuse wants a better, less conservative offense. Building the foundation for that starts Saturday. But if the offensive line plays poorly and foils those plans, then there would be little for SU fans to feel good about going forward. Comments Published on August 29, 2012 at 1:48 amcenter_img Related Stories 5 questions surrounding Syracuse in 2012 seasonlast_img read more


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Legislation being tabled to prevent hot car deaths

first_imgUS lawmakers are proposing legislation which would require car makers to install sensors that alert drivers if a child is being left in a car.On average 37 children die each year in a hot car. Most of the time they were accidentally forgotten by a parent or a caregiver. Nine have died in this fashion since the year began.If proponents have their way – your car will soon provide one more alert to make sure this can’t happen.In the meantime – never leave a child in a car unattended.Do whatever it takes to remember to check your back seat.Advocates suggest tossing your purse in the back seat – or better yet, toss one of your shoes back there.Most importantly – don’t think a hot car tragedy can’t happen even on a cloudy day.Even if it is 52 degrees outside children can die from heat stroke inside a vehicle. Heat stroke sets in at 104 degrees. Human cells start to shut down at 107 degrees. And a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s.General Motors already has some of this technology in its cars.The Hot Cars Act would require it in all vehicles. It will be announced on Capital Hill Wednesday.last_img read more


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IAAF Diamond League: Blessing Okagbare Fails To Shine In Rabat

first_imgNigeria’s Blessing Ighoteguonor-Okagbare ran a time of 11.03 seconds to finish fourth in the Women’s 100 meters event at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco on Sunday.Okagbare, who ran 10.99 seconds at last week’s London IAAF meeting, failed to run her second sub-11 seconds time this year after she finished behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson(10.87), Ivorian Marie-Josée Ta Lou(10.90) and Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago. Next up for the 28-year-old Nigerian is the Monaco IAAF Diamond League Meeting, as preparations for next month’s 16th IAAF, World Championship in London hit top gear.She first broke 11 seconds in 2012, at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in London, then ran three more sub-11 seconds that season with a personal best of 10.92 seconds at the 2012 Olympic games.Relatedlast_img read more


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Farm Day at the Ranch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.— Maple Ridge Ranch hosted it’s first farm day at the ranch. Parents, children and volunteers were able to feed the animals and take selfies with the ostriches.The Ranch is home to many not so common animals in Alpena. Saturday they made their debut. Residents learned about the animals and participated in arts and craft.Nature’s Kingdom also brought along some animals while hotdogs were being dropped on the grill.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Brunch at the HarborNext Missing girl in Oscoda Countylast_img