The Championship Blog – Week 4 round-up

first_img Winning ways: Dean Richards’ table-topping Newcastle side only dropped a point in this weekend’s roundHERE’S a bit of statistical analysis to kick-off this week’s Championship blog, writes Richard Grainger.In the Championship — which doesn’t have a sponsor — 355 points were scored in round four. That’s an average of 59 points over six games. Compare that to the Premiership — which is sponsored by Aviva, where a mere 272 points were scored, at an average of only 45 points per game last weekend.If points mean entertainment, then surely this is an attractive investment for a sponsor, even in difficult times?An example of the entertainment the Championship has to offer was at Headingley on Sunday, were 81 of those points were scored. Bristol were demolished by the hosts and were out contention after a 27-0 first-half hiding.Both sides contributed five tries, but that was the only area of parity between the teams. Joe Ford was on target with all of the conversions, as he was with five penalties.Head coach Liam Middeton told the Bristol website: “We scored five tries but I can’t take any positives from that result. If you score five, you need to win the game… If you lose your focus, then you will take a beating. That happened today and I expect a big reaction on Friday.”Also on Sunday at the Mennaye Field, Newcastle dropped their first point through failing to score a fourth try against the Cornish Pirates. Rob Vickers, Taiasina Tu’ifua and Tom Catterick crossed for the visitors and Jimmy Gopperth added a penalty and two conversions.But the Falcons were made to work hard for their fourth consecutive win, in wet and windy Cornish conditions, with Catterick’s try coming late in the game.Head Coach Dean Richards said: “With the conditions the way that they were it was important that we took our time and picked our plays. They are of course a very good side and we gave them a lot of respect coming into this game as we knew they would be difficult opposition.”Bedford Blues remain tethered to the Falcons’ claws by virtue of a 27-25 win over Nottingham at Goldington Road on Saturday. They left it very late, and owed it to Ben Ransom’s try in the 12th minute of injury time added on by referee Mr Darren Gamage, to turn what looked like a losing bonus point into victory. Indeed, even a losing bonus point looked unlikely at the interval, as the Blues took a 3-22 deficit into the changing rooms.The Green and Whites were much the better side in the first period but poor discipline in the form of a yellow card for Michael Holford, and a penalty try after Nottingham repeatedly infringed on their own try line brought the hosts back into the game.Jersey continued to show that can score tries and crossed four times against the Titans at Clifton Road on Saturday, all of which were converted by Mike Le Bourgeois, who also added a penalty.However, Rotherham scored six through Eamonn Sheridan, Carl Kirwan, Pale Nonu, Alex Rieder, Mike Doneghan and Garry Law, who also added 24 points with the boot, to finish 54-31 ahead.At the Athletic Ground in Richmond, London Scottish bounced back from a 0-14 deficit, to score three tries and turn round  22-14 to the good.The Exiles’ scrum again proved itself to be one of the most proficient units in the division, and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty try to secure the bonus point. However, Doncaster were always in the game and it wasn’t until lock Paul Spivey scored the Exiles’ fifth try that Scottish were assured of the win. The final score was 37-26.Finally, in another tight game at Billesley Common, Plymouth Albion made it three out of four, recording their first away win of the campaign. Paul Roberts was on song with the boot, and Sam Hocking scored two tries to make it five for the season, to register a 22-24 win. Pick of this weekend’s matches, all of which with the exception of Jersey V Bedford will be played on Friday evening, should be Leeds Carnegie’s trip to Newcastle to take on the promotion hopefuls.This week’s action leaves things looking like this… BRISTOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 02: Newcastle Falcons director of Rugby Dean Richards looks on before the RFU Championship game between Bristol and Newcastle Falcons at Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2012 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Local Artist Sam Nicholson Donating 25 Percent of Sales to Hillsides

first_imgGiving Back Local Artist Sam Nicholson Donating 25 Percent of Sales to Hillsides From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 5:01 pm Local fine artist Sam Nicholson is donating 25 percent of any of his paintings purchased by supporters of the Pasadena-headquartered non-profit Hillsides.“My wife Diane and I have been involved with Hillsides for years, and it’s such a worthy cause that it’s an honor for me to help out,” said Nicholson.Nicholson, a graduate of the UCLA Graduate School of Fine Arts, combines photography with traditional oil painting on canvas. An accomplished cinematographer and director, his background in motion pictures and commercial art enables him to fuse fine art and technology into dramatic images. Many of his works capture moments during his world travels to locales including Africa, India, Japan, and Europe.Nicholson is also the founder of Stargate Studios, an award-winning, state-of-the-art visual effects production company founded in 1989. Stargate has won three Emmy awards and multiple Visual Effects Society awards.“Sam already has been very generous to Hillsides by donating a painting of Pasadena’s Colorado Bridge that was auctioned off for thousands of dollars at our annual gala held in February,” said Hillsides Director of Development Carrie Espinoza. “It’s incredibly generous of him to support Hillsides beyond our gala and to give our supporters a chance to own his beautiful paintings while benefiting Hillsides.”To view Nicholson’s works, please visit http://samnicholsonfineart.com/. To purchase a painting, please call (626) 862-1111 or write him through the contact form on his web site. For Hillsides to receive the donation, all anyone has to do is mention Hillsides when they make a purchase.Hillsides is a premier provider dedicated to improving the overall well-being and functioning of children, youth, and families throughout Los Angeles County, serving more than 7,500 individuals a year. For more information, please visit www.hillsides.org. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News center_img 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business Newslast_img read more

Randolph Man Charged With DWI Following Cattaraugus County Crash

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.NAPOLI – A Town of Randolph man is accused of driving while intoxicated prior to a crash over the weekend in Cattaraugus County.The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office says that 31-year-old Neal Parmenter Jr. was driving on Gulf Road in the Town of Napoli just before 1 a.m. on Saturday when he crashed his vehicle into a ditch.Through investigation, sheriff deputies allege Parmenter was intoxicated at the time of the crash.Lawmen say Parmenter was taken to the Sheriff’s Office in Little Valley where he was processed and released with appearance tickets. last_img

‘WOULD YOU PAY FOR THIS WATER MR KENNY?’ BLASTS DRUMKEEN RESIDENT

first_imgRESIDENTS in Drumkeen have joined the national chorus of discontent over water charges – for water which looks like this!Michelle Buchanan is asking a simple question of the Taoiseach: “Would you pay to drink or bathe in this?”She says residents are fed up with their supply. And from the New Year Irish Water will be responsible for delivering clean water to residents in Co Donegal.Said Michelle: “It’s bad enough that we are expected to use this water without having to pay for it. It’s a joke.“My question is simple – would Mr Kenny of Phil Hogan pay for this?”She spoke out after a row in the Dail yesterday. Luke Ming Flanagan gave a Minister a glass of dirty water which he described as “glorified piss”, during a debate on the Water Services Bill.The Roscommon-South Leitrim deputy was criticising the decision to charge for water provision pointing out that constituents of his outside Castlerea are being “forced” to use tap water which is contaminated with cryptosporidium.“The people in my area are expected to drink glorified piss and you’re going to charge them for it, but the reality is we’re not going to pay for it,” he said.Flanagan then challenged the Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd to drink the water before marching across the chamber and placing it beside him and walking out.Donegal TD Thomas Pringle lashed out at how the government has dealt with the Water Services Bill following a mass opposition walkout on the Bill, describing it as a ‘farce’. “This Bill which is the backbone of how Irish Water is going to work, including how they will set water charges, was given a measly 3 hours to go through all stages in the Dáil which is an absolute disgrace and an affront to democracy, something which has become a common feature of this current Fine Gael/Labour government. Today myself and fellow opposition TDs staged a mass walkout in the Dáil in response to the government’s insistence on rushing through this important legislation.“There are many parts of this Bill that causes great concern, not least that there are no protections for consumers, allowing Irish Water to apply for price hikes whenever they wish. It has even been said that they may seek a hike in charges if households become more efficient and use less water making them less profit, which is utterly bizarre.“If that wasn’t bad enough there are no protections for local authority staff at the end of service level agreement after 12 years which could leave them in a very difficult situation, particularly if the government decides to sell off Irish Water then. This also leads to legacy pensions of Irish Water staff with the local authorities, leaving the local authorities without any means to recoup the cost.“I had proposed amendments to deal with all of these issues, but unfortunately they won’t be heard now; all we wanted was adequate time to debate this Bill, but the government denied us that. It’s unlikely that the government will see the error of their ways, but it is the responsibility of public representatives to continue to fight against any wrongs made against the Irish people, and that is what we have done today,” stated Pringle. ‘WOULD YOU PAY FOR THIS WATER MR KENNY?’ BLASTS DRUMKEEN RESIDENT was last modified: December 20th, 2013 by John2Share 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:daildirty waterIrish WaterLuke Ming FlanaganpissThomas Pringlewalk outlast_img read more