Rugby World Cup 2011: USA’s Coach – Eddie O’Sullivan

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click here Eagles centre/wing Paul Emerick adds: “Eddie was in the US set-up years before he became head coach. I think that most definitely helps him out, being familiar with American sporting culture. He’s approachable and I’m able to have straightforward conversations with him about my playing expectations.”On the field O’Sullivan has had some tough decisions to make. He dropped all-time leading scorer Mike Hercus, as well as established professional prop Mike MacDonald. He took several gambles, giving starting spots to wing Kevin Swiryn, No 8 Nic Johnson and lock Samu Manoa when those players seemed out of the loop.The Eagles ended 2009 with two wins over Uruguay to punch their ticket for the World Cup in New Zealand, clinching qualification on O’Sullivan’s 51st birthday. That left almost two years to prepare for the big tournament. O’Sullivan has spent that time tinkering with his line-up – for instance using seven different centres, including two sets of brothers. He has similarly played musical loose forwards.“I’ve just got to see all the combinations,” O’Sullivan explains. “There are guys who can’t be available because of school or work. I’d like that not to be the case but it is what it is and we work with it. So I have to see who else we’ve got.“There are always players coming out of the All-American system and the U20s, and also players you just find, you know? We have to see them all.”O’Sullivan has spent some time in Hawaii looking at that much-overlooked talent pool in the middle of the Pacific. He has looked at gridiron players too.All the changes inevitably produced inconsistency in the results. In the 2010 Churchill Cup the Eagles defeated Russia, lost to England Saxons and almost beat France A, providing reason for optimism. But on their November tour they lost to Saracens and Scotland A (without scoring a try in either game), edged Portugal 22-17, and lost in the final seconds against Georgia, 19-17.Now comes O’Sullivan’s final exam – they don’t call them Test matches for nothing. He has tinkered with his team, his game plan and coaching staff to prepare for a very tough World Cup. All that must end, now – or does it? With O’Sullivan, the Irishman who loves America, you just never know.This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected]center_img Eddie O’SullivanAge 52 (21 November 1958)Birthplace Youghal, Co CorkCoaching history Monivea, Blackrock, Connacht, Ireland U21, Ireland, USA EaglesRecord as USA coach (January 2009-present)P10 W6 L4Eddie O’Sullivan has tried to stabilise the American team while trialling new ideas. Has he found a winning formula?Going into 2009, the USA players were justifiably skittish. Nothing, it seemed, could be depended upon, especially their coaching situation.In 2006 head coach Tom Billups had stepped down over a conflict with the USA Rugby leadership. His replacement, Peter Thorburn, was always going to leave after the 2007 World Cup, but Thorburn’s replacement, Scott Johnson, barely lasted a year before leaving to join the Ospreys.With two shock resignations from their coaches in the space of three years, the Eagles players were reluctant to put their faith in a new coach, and yet, like a lonely child, they desperately wanted the stability they didn’t trust.Into that confused situation stepped Eddie O’Sullivan. Having left Ireland after a disappointing 2007 World Cup and 2008 Six Nations, O’Sullivan was returning to the country that gave him his start in international coaching.Immediately he made clear his position: he might be Irish, but he had spent a great deal of time in America and knew the game there; no, he wasn’t going to change everything, but he would change a few things; and no, he wasn’t going to leave. That last point mattered as much as anything. O’Sullivan’s main message was: “I’m here at least through to the 2011 World Cup. Depend on that.”O’Sullivan put his stamp on the USA team early. He made changes to the line-up and the pattern of play – opting for a more direct, hard-nosed attack. And the result was a 27-10 defeat in his debut match against Ireland in California. A loss, against his old team, but O’Sullivan had effected something of a turnaround for a team beaten badly (twice) by Japan a few months earlier. Perhaps the games that really cemented O’Sullivan’s place were that summer’s World Cup qualifiers against Canada.Going into the first match in Charleston, South Carolina, the USA were on a four-game losing streak against their rivals to the north. They hadn’t really been in those games at all. Now O’Sullivan got his team believing again in a game that made up for what it lost in fluid rugby with passion.The Americans won 12-6 on 4 July. The return match in Edmonton didn’t go as well – Canada were 24-0 up by half-time and won 41-18 to take the series. But one episode was telling. Rugby Canada’s playing of the United States national anthem was a failure, and while the players stewed quietly about the slight, O’Sullivan was openly furious. He clearly feels a strong bond with the Americans.“I’ve been involved with American rugby for years,” O’Sullivan explains. “I coached with the Eagles in 1999 and really enjoyed my time there. I helped start the Coaching Development Programme as national technical director and that’s something I’m very proud of. I have a lot of respect for the coaches and players in America and I always hoped people would understand that I may be Irish, but I respect American rugby.”last_img read more

Mixcoac House / PRODUCTORA + FRENTE arquitectura

first_img 2006 Area:  92 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses CopyAbout this officePRODUCTORAOfficeFollowFRENTE ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasMexico CityHouses3D ModelingMexicoPublished on February 28, 2009Cite: “Mixcoac House / PRODUCTORA + FRENTE arquitectura” 28 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?墨西哥住宅 / FRENTE PRODUCTORA是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Mexico City, Mexico Projects Save this picture!+ 12 Share Mixcoac House / PRODUCTORA + FRENTE arquitectura Text description provided by the architects. The project consisted of the demolition of an old building (preserving only its streetfront facade) and the design of a new house. In order to create an impression of spaciousness on the small lot, the ground floor was devided lengthwise and the construction concentrated on one side, taking the fullest possible advantage of the depth of the lot for the garden.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsThe upper floor consists of a volume turned at an angle to break up the orthogonal character of the design. Scale and perspective were manipulated by inclining planes, treating textures, and varying the window modules to achieve effects that underline the initial idea. Save this picture!The house has a living- and dining room, bedroom, study, kitchen, and bathroom on the ground floor, and a master bedroom, closet, bathroom, and terrace are on the upper level.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessVirtual Electronic Poem, Le Corbusier back from the pastArticles12 year old makes shelter for the homeless with plastic, wire and packing peanutsArticles Sharecenter_img Architects: FRENTE Arquitectura, PRODUCTORA Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Mixcoac House / PRODUCTORA + FRENTE arquitecturaSave this projectSaveMixcoac House / PRODUCTORA + FRENTE arquitectura ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Mexicolast_img read more

RSF and English PEN join Ensaf Haidar in renewing calls for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s release on eve of five-year anniversary of his arrest

first_img United KingdomEurope – Central AsiaSaudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression News News United KingdomEurope – Central AsiaSaudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression Receive email alerts June 17, 2016 Find out more Saudi blogger Raif Badawi completes fourth year in prison May 17, 2017 – Updated on May 18, 2017 RSF and English PEN join Ensaf Haidar in renewing calls for Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s release on eve of five-year anniversary of his arrest December 11, 2016 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asiacenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF urges Boris Johnson to raise case of jailed blogger Raif Badawi during Saudi Arabia visit to go further In a series of events and meetings the week of 15 May in London, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and English PEN have renewed their calls for the release of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, and urged the UK government to speak out in Badawi’s support. News RSF_en Organisation Just one month before the five-year anniversary of Badawi’s arrest on 17 June, RSF and English PEN hosted Badawi’s wife, activist and author Ensaf Haidar, in London. During her visit, Haidar met with human rights campaigners and lawyers working on Badawi’s case, gave interviews to the print and broadcast media, spoke at a public event at Doughty Street Chambers, and joined a vigil outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia calling for her husband’s release.“I have felt so much support for Raif from the human rights community here in London; it is great to know we are not alone. Every voice speaking out in his support matters. We must continue our efforts for Raif’s release so that he is not forgotten”, said Ensaf Haidar.“Every single day that Raif Badawi spends unjustly jailed is another day that he remains at serious risk. We hope that Ensaf Haidar’s visit to London will help build the momentum needed to finally allow for her husband’s release – particularly in encouraging the UK government to take a stronger position. International pressure can and does work, and is urgently needed to protect Raif now”, said Rebecca Vincent, RSF’s UK Bureau Director.“Raif Badawi has spent nearly five years in prison for doing no more than exercising the right to freedom of expression. It is time for the UK government to use its influence to demand his immediate release and assess the cost of its close relationship with Saudi Arabia on its international reputation as a defender of human rights”, said Jo Glanville, Director of English PEN.Raif Badawi was awarded the PEN Pinter International Writer of Courage Prize 2015, and the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2014. Saudi Arabia is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Press contacts: Rebecca Vincent at [email protected] or +44 (0)7583 137751, or Jo Glanville at [email protected] or +44 (0)7713 020971.last_img read more

AP Analysis: Racial disparity seen in US vaccination drive

first_imgA racial gap has opened up in the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination drive, with Black Americans in many places lagging behind whites in receiving shots. That’s according to an Associated Press analysis. An early look at the 17 states and two cities that have released racial breakdowns finds that Black people are getting inoculated at levels below their share of the general population. Among the reasons given: deep mistrust of the medical establishment among Black Americans because of a history of discriminatory treatment. The gap is deeply troubling to some, given that the coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll in severe sickness and death on Black people in the U.S.last_img

US says no laptop ban on board flights from Europe for now

first_img Share FaithInternationalLifestylePrint US says no laptop ban on board flights from Europe for now by: Associated Free Press – May 31, 2017 47 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – US aviation security officials stepped back Tuesday from imposing a ban on carry-on computers on flights coming from Europe, which had been proposed to guard against possible bomb-laden electronics from the Islamic State group.But the Department of Homeland Security said a ban, already in place for US-bound flights from the Middle East, could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens.In a phone discussion with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc Tuesday, DHS Secretary John Kelly “made it clear” a ban on passengers carrying tablet and computer-sized electronics on board flights to the United States “is still on the table,” DHS said in a statement.“Secretary Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States –- including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin -– if the intelligence and threat level warrant it.”On March 21 Washington announced a ban on carry-on laptops and other electronics larger than a cell phone on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.The move came after intelligence officials learned of efforts by the Islamic State group to fashion a bomb into consumer electronics.From any of those airports, US-bound passengers were forced to keep their electronics in checked baggage.One day later Britain announced a similar ban for flights originating from six countries, and by early May DHS was threatening to impose a similar restriction for flights from Europe to the United States.That would have a huge effect on the coming high travel season, with more than 3,250 flights a week scheduled to leave EU airports for the US this summer.last_img read more