J-Palm CEO among 10 Finalists for Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

first_imgAmong the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson (top, far right), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has identified the top 10 finalists for its grand finale event taking place in Accra, Ghana on 16 November 2019. According to an ANPI release, the finalists were chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants from 50 African countries. During the grand finale, the ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.Among the 10 finalists is multiple award-winning Liberian entrepreneur, Mahmud Johnson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of J-Palm.J-Palm Liberia (JPL) was founded with the goal of making premium consumer goods while creating income-earning and employment opportunities through sustainable palm-oil production. When JPL was first founded, palm oil kernels had been going to waste in Liberia, but founder and CEO Mahmud Johnson found a way to innovate productive uses for this overlooked natural resource. Today, JPL has created a range of beauty and clean-energy products, built a robust network of partnerships across the country, and helped to create jobs for hundreds of Liberians. Mahmud holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and is a 2017 recipient of the Order of the Star of Africa conferred by the President of Liberia.After months of judging and deliberation, the finalists were shortlisted and will now go on to pitch their business directly to four finale judges – Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group – during a televised finale event called “Africa’s Business Heroes”. The winners will receive a share of the $1 million USD grant prize pool.The ANPI is a philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. For the next ten years, the ANPI will host the “Africa Business Heroes” show where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.The Jack Ma Foundation will host a full-day Africa Netpreneur Summit, an invitation-only conference where African and global entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and leaders will convene to discuss how best to enable entrepreneurship and the digital economy across the continent. Guest speakers at the conference will include Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The conference will be followed by the “Africa’s Business Heroes” event in the evening.“We launched the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative to identify top entrepreneurs from across the continent, not only to reward them but to inspire a whole new generation of potential gamechangers for Africa. I have been inspired by the entrepreneurs I met in Africa, many of whom are dealing with the same challenges we faced when we started Alibaba years ago. I truly believe the potential of Africa’s business heroes is limitless,” said Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.“Africa’s Business Heroes” will air on November 29. More details of how to tune in to the program will be released in the coming weeks. Highlights from the Africa Netpreneur Summit will also be shared via ANPI social media handles. Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.The diverse group of 10 finalists represent a range of industries and experience.Waleed Abd El Rahman is CEO of Mumm (Egypt), a virtual cafeteria for businesses, harnessing the power of shared economy through technology, cloud kitchens and an online marketplace for home-based entrepreneurial cooks. Waleed is a seasoned entrepreneur with 12+ years in food tech. He is also the former founding managing director of MIT Technology Review-Middle East and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.Ayodeji Arikawe is co-founder of Thrive Agric (Nigeria) an agricultural technology-enabled company that works with smallholder farmers to enable them with greater access to finance, as well as improve their income and harvest distribution. Today, Thrive Agric works with 22,000 farmers in Nigeria, but the company is aiming to build the largest network of farmers in Africa. They are on a mission to “build an Africa that feeds the world and Itself.” Ayodeji is an accomplished software engineer and serves as both co-founder and CTO for Thrive Agric.Temie Giwa-Tubosun is the founder and CEO of LifeBank (Nigeria), a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products. The company has saved over 5,300 lives in Nigeria. Founder Temie has over 10 years of health-management experience with Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and Lagos State. In 2014, BBC listed her as one of the 100 women changing the world. She was also recognized by Quartz and the World Economic Forum.Kevine Kagirimpundu is co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y (Rwanda) an African-inspired ecofriendly shoe brand established in Rwanda. Kevine is the co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y, and she is passionate about ending global waste while also leveraging her creativity to create employment opportunities for her community. UZURI has made a direct impact on more than 750 people through employment and skills training. In addition to obtaining her degree in creative design, she has participated in numerous entrepreneurship programs to enhance her skills in business development. In 2017, she was recognized as the winner of the Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year.Other finalists include Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda); Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria); Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria); Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt) and Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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France ace ‘rejected offer to join West Ham’ during summer transfer window

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? changes SORRY tense predicted Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 center_img Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Hatem Ben Arfa rejected an offer to join West Ham before signing for Rennes this summer.Ben Arfa, the attacking midfielder, was a free agent from the end of June after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired. revealed Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update REVEALED Most read in Premier League Ben Arfa has experience of the Premier League after stints in England’s top flight with both Newcastle and Hull.The versatile midfielder has not yet appeared for Rennes since completing his move to Roazhon Park earlier this month. whoops Officiel ‼️Hatem s’engage avec le @staderennais ⚫️🔴 #benarfa pic.twitter.com/PXYKJEqkwE— Hatem BEN ARFA (@HatemBENARFAn) September 2, 2018The former France international held talks with a number of clubs as he assessed his options, before eventually joining Rennes at the start of September.Ben Arfa penned a two-year deal with the French club but, according to Telefoot, he also had an offer on the table to return to the Premier League.It is reported that West Ham offered the 31-year-old a move to the London Stadium, but he snubbed the proposal to remain in his homeland. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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Coega crude refinery ‘on track’

first_img20 February 2008The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa’s (PetroSA’s) plans to build a crude refinery at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth have been given a boost, with the announcement on Monday that the state-owned oil company has been chosen as the preferred investor for earmarked land.“Planning for the new refinery is well under way,” PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize said in a statement on Monday. “Design is well-advanced and we are in discussion with several local and international parties who have expressed interest in possible financial and operating partnerships.”According to the company, a final decision on the investment, said to be worth about R39-billion, will be made around 2010, once the technical and commercial aspects have been clarified.Mkhize said that while it was being built to secure future fuel supplies in the country, the decision to locate the refinery at Coega was not solely based on commercial criteria.“This location also considers national interests such as alternate strategic access, port decongestion, wealth-generation equalisation and potential environmental impact,” Mkhize said. “PetroSA’s planning includes the provision of new oil terminals and upgrades at Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Gauteng.”Project MthomboDubbed Project Mthombo, the proposed crude oil refinery is expected to produce about 250 000 barrels of fuel a day and is due to be operational by 2014.“Project Mthombo will be one of the biggest post-2010 investments in South Africa,” Mkhize said at the time of the project’s announcement late last year. “It is estimated that the project will generate about 5 000 direct jobs during operations and 20 000 indirect jobs.”The project, he said, would also significantly improve South Africa’s fuels import bill, serving to “redefine South Africa’s energy landscape.”Based on the current growth rate of demand for fuel, Mkhize said that building a new crude oil refinery within the next five to seven years would be fully justified.“The demand for automotive fuels in southern Africa already exceeds the local production capacity, and South Africa is becoming increasingly dependent on the import of refined automotive products.”Coega IDZAccording to PetroSA, the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) was chosen as the site for the proposed new refinery after a thorough and independent screening of five potential locations around South Africa.The oil company said that Coega offered world-class infrastructure, was ideally located near growing demand centres in the Eastern and Western Cape and had sufficient land available for secondary industries to develop around the refinery.PetroSA added that it believed that strong and complementary partnerships would be required to carry out a project of such a size and nature, both to mitigate any project related risk and to enhance the commercial and financial viability of the project.“These partnerships will be established across the crude refining value chain, from the supply of crude oil, through the erection and operation of the refinery to the distribution and marketing of the automotive products,” Mkhize said.“PetroSA is already in discussion with various potential partners to help bring Project Mthombo to fruition.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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7 Options to Consider When Choosing Kodak Motion Picture Film Stocks

first_img6. TRI-X Black and White Reversal Film 7266 (16mm and 8mm)As a reversal film, this stock offers a steady degree of contrast across the entire image. It’s ideal for studio applications with a controlled lighting environment. Kodak TRI-X Reversal Film 7266 is a high-speed, panchromatic black and white film, offering fine grain and sharpness suitable for general interior photography with artificial light. And because our films don’t require processing in a bleach containing heavy metals, they’re easier on the environment.7. Eastman Double-X Black and White Negative Film 5222/7222 (35mm and 16mm)As a more traditional black and white option, the Double-X provides a classic look and approach to this timeless aesthetic. Eastman Double-X Negative Film 5222 / 7222 has the subtleties in tone scale that you’ve come to expect. Designed for general production use outdoors and in the studio, in dim light, and anywhere you need greater depth of field, without increased illumination.If you’re looking to shoot your next project on film, discovering which stock to use is a fun, exciting process. Even if you have no experience shooting film, you’ll quickly discover that the film community is a vibrant, inviting scene, willing to answer any questions you may have.Cover image via thanasus.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check these out.Production Tips: Getting Started with High-Output Lights on Set“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedContent Creator Starter Kit: Folk HorrorLearn How to Speak Filmmaking: Formatting the ScreenplayThe Advantages of Hard Light and the Benefits of Using It on Set 5. Kodak VISION3 50D Color Negative Film 5203/7203 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The 50D stock is slated as the finest grain structure of all Kodak’s motion picture stocks. As a result of the fine grain, it displays a clean, crisp, and stable image structure that is worthy of archival applications. As a 50 ASA and daylight-balanced film, it’s ideal for bright daylight exterior scenarios, where you have a torrent of available light.  3. Kodak VISION3 250D Color Negative Film 5207/7207 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The 250D is the perfect middle-of-the-road film stock. Offering 250 ASA and a daylight balance, it’s sensitive enough to use indoors with plenty of natural light, or outdoors without risk of overexposure. As a result of the lower sensitivity, this stock offers a cleaner grain structure than the 500T. This stock also offers an increased highlight latitude, preserving your imagery.  Kodak offers a wide range of options for film stocks. Here, we take a look at what’s available for your next project — and what you should expect.Although digital has largely taken over as the primary capture format, many filmmakers are now choosing to shoot their projects on film. Whether you’re looking for a specific creative aesthetic or just enjoying the process of film, understanding film stock options will help you in this stage of the creative process.1. Ektachrome Color Reversal Film (16mm and 8mm)Kodak re-releasing Ektachrome is one example of the current resurgence of filmmakers shooting their projects on film. Previously discontinued, this stock is back on the market. Ektachrome is a daylight-balanced, color-reversal film offering a unique blend of vibrant, saturated colors. At an ASA of 100, this film is great for outdoor scenarios or situations with plenty of light. It’s currently available in Super 8 and 16mm options. 2. Kodak VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)As Kodak’s most sensitive motion picture film, the 500T offers a beautiful grain structure to complement its low-light performance. As a low-light performing stock, this film would be perfect for indoor applications, or when your lighting package may be smaller. With the 500 ASA and tungsten balance, it could make a perfect independent film or documentary stock, thanks to its versatility.  4. Kodak VISION3 200T Color Negative Film 5213/7213 (35mm, 16mm, and 8mm)The Kodak 200T is a 200 ASA and tungsten-balanced film, introducing reduced grain and beautifully vibrant color renditions. Perfect for studio applications with tungsten lighting fixtures, this stock creates a beautifully cinematic and filmic image. last_img read more

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Faster, higher, rustier: Medals from Rio Olympics damaged

first_imgHe went to a party at the Team USA house in Rio, where he said multiple people handled the medal as they celebrated. Snyder said he later discovered a scratch on the back of it, though he added there has been no further damage.Snyder said he has until the end of the week to return his gold medal and has no idea when he’ll receive his replacement.“It wasn’t too big of a deal,” Snyder said. “But since they’re giving me a new one, it’s kind of cool.”Rio de Janeiro spent about $12 billion to organize the games, which were plagued by cost-cutting, poor attendance and reports of bribes and corruption linked to the building of some Olympic-related facilities.Nine months later, many of the venues are empty and have no tenants or income — with the maintenance costs dumped on the federal government. In addition to the issues with the medals, which featured the Rio and Olympic logos, the local organizing committee still owes creditors about $30 millionGreg Massialas, a national coach for the U.S. fencing team in Rio, said in a message to AP that the silver medal his son, Alex, won is damage free. He added that he hasn’t heard about any issues with other American fencers.U.S. shooter Ginny Thrasher and boxer Claressa Shields, along with men’s tennis bronze medalist Kei Nishikori of Japan, also reported that their gold medals are intact. Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend This photo provided by Kevin Snyder show Kyle Snyder’s damaged gold metal from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The medal will soon replaced by the IOC and Rio organizers because of damage. Snyder and Helen Maroulis, another U.S. gold medalist wrestler, are among a group of more than 100 athletes from around the world with defective Olympic medals. APMore than 80 American athletes have sent medals they won at the Rio Olympics to U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters to be shipped to games organizers, who will replace them due to flaking, black spots and other damage, the USOC said Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).The Americans, including gold-medal wrestlers Kyle Snyder and Helen Maroulis, are among at least 100 Olympians from across the globe with defective medals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes MOST READ Beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings is also among the group; she says her bronze medal is flaking and rusting, and USA Swimming spokesman Scott Leightman said some swimmers have damaged medals as well.The USOC learned about the problems in December and reached out to all the American sports federations in January to begin the process.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRio Games spokesman Mario Andrada said officials have noted problems with the covering on 6 to 7 percent of the medals.“The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled, and the varnish has come off and they’ve rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged,” Andrada said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s not uncommon for medals to be passed around at post-Games parties and handled by hundreds. But this amount of damage is unusual.Walsh Jennings, who won three golds in previous Olympics, says her medals tend to get beaten up because she doesn’t hesitate to let people touch them or try them on. But she won’t consider locking them up because people are inspired by them.“They’ve offered to replace them. I’m not sure if I want to swap it out,” Walsh-Jennings told The Associated Press, adding the reason was “100 percent sentimental.”USA Basketball spokesman Craig Miller said the organization reached out to its players and seven — three men and four women — reported they believe there is an issue with their medals.Snyder, who wrestles for Ohio State, was 20 when he won his medal. He noticed an issue with the award the day after he won it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Traveler’s diarrhea diet

first_imgDefinitionTravelers diarrhea is loose, watery stools. People can get travelers diarrhea when they visit places where the water is not clean or the food is not handled safely. This can include third-world or developing countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.This article tells you what you should eat or drink if you have travelers diarrhea.Alternative NamesDiet – travelers diarrhea; Diarrhea – travelers – dietFunctionBacteria and other substances in the water and food can cause travelers diarrhea. People who live these areas dont often get sick because their bodies are used to the bacteria.You can lower your risk for getting travelers diarrhea by avoiding water, ice, and food that may be contaminated. The goal of the travelers diarrhea diet is to make your symptoms better and prevent you from getting dehydrated.Side EffectsTravelers diarrhea is rarely dangerous in adults. It can be more serious in children.RecommendationsHow to prevent travelers diarrhea:WATER AND OTHER DRINKSDo not use tap water to drink or brush your teeth.Do not use ice made from tap water.Use only boiled water (boiled for at least 5 minutes) for mixing baby formula.For infants, breastfeeding is the best and safest food source. However, the stress of traveling may reduce the amount of milk you make.Drink only pasteurized milk.Drink bottled drinks if the seal on the bottle hasnt been broken.Sodas and hot drinks are usually safe.FOODDo not eat raw fruits and vegetables unless you peel them. Wash all fruits and vegetables before eating them.Do not eat raw leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce, spinach, cabbage) because they are hard to clean.Do not eat raw or rare meats.Avoid shellfish.Do not buy food from street vendors.Eat hot, well-cooked foods. Heat kills the bacteria. But do not eat hot foods that have been sitting around for a long time.WASHINGadvertisementWash hands often.Watch children carefully so they do not put things in their mouths or touch dirty items and then put their hands in their mouths.If possible, keep infants from crawling on dirty floors.Check to see that utensils and dishes are clean.There is no vaccine against travelers diarrhea.Your doctor may recommend medicines to help lower your chances of getting sick.Taking two tablets of Pepto-Bismol four times a day before you travel and while you are traveling can help prevent diarrhea. Do not take Pepto-Bismol for more than 3 weeks.Most people do not need to take antibiotics every day to prevent diarrhea while traveling.People who are at risk for more dangerous infections (because chronic bowel diseases, kidney disease, cancer, diabetes, or HIV) should talk to their doctor before traveling.A prescription medicine called rifaximin can also help prevent travelers diarrhea. Ask your doctor if this medicine is right for you.If you have diarrhea, follow these tips to help you feel better:Drink 8 to 10 glasses of clear fluids every day. Water or an oral rehydration solution is best.Drink at least 1 cup of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement.Eat small meals every few hours instead of three big meals.Eat some salty foods, such as pretzels, soup, and sports drinks.Eat foods that are high in potassium, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and fruit juices.Dehydration means your body does not have as much water and fluids as it should. It is a very big problem for children or people who are in a hot climate. Signs of severe dehydration include:Decreased urine (fewer wet diapers in infants)Dry mouthSunken eyesFew tears when cryingGive your child fluids for the first 4 – 6 hours. At first, try 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of fluid every 30 to 60 minutes.You can use an over-the-counter drink, such as Pedialyte or Infalyte. Do not add water to these drinks.You can also try Pedialyte popsicles.Fruit juice or broth with water added to it may also help. These drinks can give your child important minerals that are being lost in the diarrhea.If you are breastfeeding your infant, keep doing it. If you are using formula, use it at half-strength for two to three feedings after the diarrhea starts. Then you can begin regular formula feedings.In developing countries, many health agencies stock packets of salts to mix with water. If these fluids are not available, you can make an emergency solution by mixing:1/2 teaspoon of salt2 tablespoons sugar or rice powder1/4 teaspoon potassium chloride (salt substitute)1/2 teaspoon trisodium citrate (can be replaced with baking soda)1 liter of clean waterGet medical help right away if you or your child has symptoms of severe dehydration, or if you have a fever or bloody stools.advertisementReferencesArguin P. Approach to the patient before and after travel. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 294.Basnyat B, Ericsson CD. Travel medicine. In: Auerbach PS, ed. Wilderness Medicine. 6th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2011:chap 84.Review Date:2/9/2014Reviewed By:Daniel Levy, MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases, Lutherville Personal Physicians, Lutherville, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Emmanuel Ogbah Named Second Team All-American by USA Today

first_imgA monster junior season for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has earned him second-team All-American honors by USA Today sports. Ogbah, who finished the year with 12.5 sacks and 39 solo tackles, was named second team along with defensive linemen Carl Nassib (Penn State), defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama), and Nate Billings (Baylor).Here’s how Emmanuel Ogbah stacks up with first team all-american Joey Bosa.The guy on the bottom made 1st team All-American. The guy on the top made second. Sweet. pic.twitter.com/UazJDikscG— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) December 8, 2015Other first team all-american defensive linemen included Sheldon Day (Notre Dame), DeForest Buckner (Oregon), and Shaq Lawson (Clemson).If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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England 35-3 Tonga: five talking points from England’s World Cup opener

first_imgEngland rugby union team Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Rugby World Cup 2019 features There were echoes in Sapporo of England’s opener four years ago against Fiji. Back then the bonus-point try did not come until the 80th minute, here with three and a half to go, but it may not have arrived at all save for a moment of individual brilliance from Jonathan Joseph. Just as when beginning their campaign against Pacific Islanders in 2015, England were scrappy. There were 14 handling errors and four early penalties against, including one for obstruction with Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola not on the same page. When it was given Eddie Jones appeared on the big screen, furiously banging his desk. Ultimately it is a case of job done, the kick-chase functioned well, there are no injury concerns and Tonga never looked like scoring a try. You could hardly blame the waves of neutral supporters who streamed through the exits well before full-time though.Referee’s caution helps him get big decisions rightGiven the added scrutiny on referees in the opening few days it was inevitable to see Paul Williams take his time over major decisions. He and the TMO Ben Skeen communicated well whenever Williams needed assistance and Williams made the correct decision when opting against reaching for his cards after Sione Kalamafoni’s tackle on Anthony Watson. The trouble is, the first half was nearly an hour long because Williams needed Skeen’s help on four occasions in the opening 40 minutes. Early matches four years ago were plagued by endless TMO reviews which, you sense, has played at least some part in referees preferring to try and let things flow in Japan. It is not easy but the key is striking the right balance. Williams erred on the side of caution given the heat coming World Rugby’s way and he was among the best performers on the pitch. Share on Facebook Tonga shackle Vunipola and leave their markIn the first half Billy Vunipola set off on one of his many runs – in total he made 12 – but was walloped backwards by Tonga’s openside flanker Zane Kapeli. It was notable because it was celebrated like a match-winning try by the Tonga bench given the player’s rich links to the country. The head coach, Toutai Kefu, had warned that Vunipola would be targeted – and the England No 8 said he was expecting as much in the buildup – and met the tackle with a wry smile. Vunipola did not have the kind of impact he would have wanted but he was well shackled by Tonga, who often doubled or tripled up on him. All in all Vunipola made 37 metres which does not sound a lot but they are hard yards and that is the role he performs in this side. The problem was more that England were too sluggish to capitalise for large parts against Tonga. Pinterest Topics Ireland earn bonus point after powering past Scotland with physical display Joseph’s brilliance helps seal last-gasp bonus point Read more Facebook Rugby World Cup England’s centre Henry Slade is tackled by Tonga’s centre Nafi Tuitavake. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images Support The Guardiancenter_img Reuse this content Read more The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Rugby union Since you’re here… Twitter Slade provides speed of thought at full-backIt was no surprise to see Henry Slade come off the bench for almost half an hour given his last match was at the start of June but to see him lining up at full-back was not necessarily expected. It is nonetheless an insight into what Eddie Jones wants from his No 15 given he could have feasibly moved Anthony Watson there had he wished. Slade does not have the pace of Elliot Daly nor Watson but he does like to join the line as the former does. He has a sharp rugby brain and a fine array of passing, giving England three playmaking options with George Ford and Owen Farrell on the pitch. It works because of the variety Manu Tuilagi brings and the havoc he can cause in the No 13 jersey, as shown with his two tries. Slade it must be said was notably rusty but it would not be a shock to see him line up in the No 15 jersey against the USA on Thursday. Manu cherishes comeback after defeating cancerThere was no better sight on Sunday than seeing Nasi Manu coming off the bench for Tonga after 58 minutes. It was Manu’s first international match since defeating testicular cancer, having been ruled out of 2018 in its entirety and undergoing months of chemotherapy. “I had tears just then,” said Manu after Tonga’s welcome ceremony last week. “I don’t think anybody knows just how much I have been through to get here.” Understandably, Manu was exhausted after the match, no doubt emotionally just as much as physically. “It was an emotional week for him,” said Kefu. “He said he needed more game time. He wants to give 100%, we’ll just keep drip-feeding him game time because he’s a bloody good player for us, on and off the field.” Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 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