Matfield makes his mark at Toulon

first_imgThursday Jan 31, 2008 Matfield makes his mark at Toulon A while back I reported on French Pro D2 club Toulon, who’ve got themselves a whole host of current and former international stars.Victor Matfield is the latest big name who has arrived at the club to much fanfare and media attention. The 2007 World Cup Final Man of the Match has joined Toulon as part of the club presidents goal of joining the Top 14 next season. Lineout dominance, experience, skill, and physical aggression are what make Matfield one of the top Second Rowers in the game today.Against Racing Metro last weekend Matfield gave the Racing flyhalf a friendly hello with this shoulder after the neat flick pass from the number ten. Matfield got reprimanded by the French referee, being told it was a dangerous tackle.His response with ‘Me?’ was probably referring to the next tackle in the movement which was by centre Mafileo Kefu on Greg Goosen. Kefu’s tackle was textbook, despite being close to a spear. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Matfield makes his mark at Toulon | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Corporate partnerships increasingly important for both sides, report shows

first_img Melanie May | 18 September 2019 | News  503 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Advertisement Corporate partnerships will become increasingly important in the future with Macmillan and Boots having the most admired corporate partnerships this year, according to consultancy firm C&E Advisory’s 10th annual Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer 2019.The Boots UK – Macmillan Cancer Support partnership was praised by for its strategic fit, big impact, longevity, strong clear communications and mutual benefit, with previous winner, the GSK – Save the Children partnership, in second place this year, and Network Rail and Samaritans in the top three for the first time.Overall, the 2019 Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer shows that reputation and credibility remain top priorities for corporates, cited by 91%, while financial support is the primary driver for NGOs, cited by 100%. Both corporates (76%) and NGOs (79%) also rate innovation highly as a reason for partnering. However, showing the biggest year on year increases were long-term stability and impact for NGOs (up 19% on 2018 findings) and access to new markets for corporates, (up 18%).There was widespread acknowledgement too of the positive influence an NGO can have on its corporate partner, with around two-thirds of both NGOs and corporates agreeing that partnerships have helped to change the practices of the latter for the better.The Barometer also showed a continuing trend towards deeper, strategic partnerships with a focus on problem solving, and a strong upswing (25% YoY) in NGOs acknowledging the value of their corporate partners’ non-cash assets.Overall, the vast majority – 94% of corporate respondents and 93% of those from NGOs – see the role of partnerships as becoming more or much more important over the next three years, with over two-thirds of companies (67%) and 83% of NGOs expecting to increase or significantly increase their investment in cross-sector partnering over this time.Pressure on companies to demonstrate societal considerations, leveraging each other’s assets, brand enhancement & credibility are the likely key drivers.Over 100 businesses and NGOs participated in the Barometer including BP, Barclays, GSK, Big Issue Foundation, Marie Curie and Oxfam. Tagged with: corporate Corporate Social Responsibility  504 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 Corporate partnerships increasingly important for both sides, report showslast_img read more

Tina Fey’s Mean Girls Musical Aiming for Broadway Bow in Spring 2018

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Mean Girlscenter_img Mean Girls has its eye on being the Queen B of the Great White Way! According to The New York Post, the stage adaptation of Tina Fey’s hilarious 2004 film has its eyes on a Broadway bow in spring 2018. As previously reported, the Casey Nicholaw-helmed production will have its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. this fall. Right now, casting is underway for a developmental lab set for April. Get out that Burn Book and start dreamcasting, Broadway fans!Creator Tina Fey, her husband, composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin are the heavy-hitters on Mean Girls’ creative team. As announced, Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 film) is set to produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson.Based on the book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls follows a group of popular girls, known as the Plastics, who rule a suburban high school with an iron first and the group of outcasts who takes them down. The film was written by Fey and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried and Lizzy Caplan.The official premiere dates, as well as the full cast and creative team, will be announced at a later date.  Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams & Lacey Chabert in ‘Mean Girls'(Photo: Michael Gibson/Paramount Picture)last_img read more

Nick Martin emerges as SU’s do-it-all player in crucial situations

first_imgSusan Martin cried tears of joy in the stands of Koskinen Stadium at Duke. Sitting next to SU defender Marcus Cunningham’s parents, she hollered as her son Nick won faceoff after faceoff in the fourth quarter, sparking Syracuse’s comeback over then-No. 3 Duke.About 825 miles away, Nick Martin’s brother Jeff’s phone was blowing up with texts from Susan. Jeff waded through the crowds of Ultra Music Festival in Miami to see his brother’s highlights from the end of SU’s win.But for Martin, entering his first career ACC game down by two in the fourth quarter, winning five straight faceoffs was business as usual.“Any time my number is called I just try to be ready and fortunately we got a lot of good bounces,” Martin said. “I just had to keep the ball down for 3-5 seconds.  It was a really big win for us as a team.”While the rest of SU’s faceoff specialists combined for 7-of-27 at the faceoff X, Martin went perfect in the game’s final five minutes. Martin has entered games in tough situations all season. As a backup faceoff specialist and the short-stick defender on No. 9 Syracuse’s (7-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) man-down unit, Martin is often called on sporadically to give his team a lift. And almost always, he has delivered.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThrough 11 games, Martin is 8-for-11 at the faceoff X. While the bulk of his minutes have come on the man-down unit, he occasionally faces off — even though many people told him he would never do so in college, Susan said.In high school, Martin took faceoffs for Detroit Country Day School (Michigan) all four years. Although he holds his high school’s record for faceoff wins, Martin’s only season as a specialist came during his freshman year. He hated just taking faceoffs and not being involved in other parts of the game. But he wanted to play and did whatever he could to see the field, his father Jefferson Martin said.That is part of the reason why Martin plays the short-stick on the man-down unit. In high school, Martin technically played offense and defense. But like most high-school midfielders, he said he focused on offense.“I used to make fun of him that he couldn’t guard his own shadow,” Jefferson Martin said.But when Martin came to Syracuse in 2015, there were 16 offensive midfielders and only a handful of defensive midfielders. He saw that as an opportunity to contribute earlier, he said.During his 2016 freshman season, Martin redshirted and spent practices working on his short-stick defense, a role that he wasn’t completely used to. But he also continued to practice facing off. Martin switched to a long-pole defender last season, but still worked in the “sandbox” — SU’s faceoff practice area — with specialists Ben Williams and Danny Varello.Now back to short-stick defense, Martin has wowed his team in crucial situations, assistant coach Lelan Rogers said. Entering this season, Martin became the short-stick defender on SU’s man-down defense. As the lone short-stick, Martin has to play “quarterback.” He has to see the rest of the field and communicate with his long poles where they need to slide.Against then-No. 7 Notre Dame, SU’s man-down defense held the Fighting Irish scoreless in all eight of its opportunities. What makes Martin so useful on the man-down is his off-ball ability, vision and lacrosse IQ.“He can see things before they happen,” said teammate Nick DiPietro, who also plays on the man-down unit. “Martin already knows where people are going, and he can point that out.”Against the Fighting Irish, the coaches decided against playing their typical zone with Martin in the middle. They wanted him to faceguard Mikey Wynne, who is tied for the UND lead in man-up goals. Wynne did not shoot a single time on the man-up.“Nick’s a very intelligent player,” Rogers said. “He’s the smartest player on the team GPA-wise (4.0 in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management), and he plays that way on the field.”Against Army, Martin wasn’t supposed to play due to a shoulder injury. But in double overtime he was called on to help the man-down unit prevent an Army game-winner. SU killed the penalty and won in the next overtime.As the season has progressed, Martin’s role on the team has grown, and so has his recognition. Martin and his family received dozens of phone calls, texts and emails from other family, friends, former coaches and even some Syracuse lacrosse alumni after Su’s win over Duke, Martin said.“He’ll do some things we don’t even coach sometimes that makes us look like geniuses,” Rogers said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 17, 2018 at 12:00 am Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more