Press Association The 27-year-old will now be an automatic doubt for Ireland’s second-round clash with France in Dublin next weekend. O’Brien has only just recovered from 14 months battling two consecutive shoulder reconstructions, and the 30-cap loose-forward cut a disconsolate and broody figure on Ireland’s bench. Ireland’s management were just as stern-faced despite victory, because the visitors never found any control or fluency at the Stadio Olimpico. Italy lost all five Six Nations matches last year, and Ireland thumped the Azzurri 46-7 in Dublin: there would be no repeat this time. Ian Keatley landed four penalties and a conversion but failed to seize his chance to prove he deserves more time in Ireland’s 10 shirt. The Munster fly-half was unable to boss his backline, all too often standing all too deep in attack: fit-again Johnny Sexton will doubtless return against France next weekend after 12 weeks missing with concussion. Ireland may live to regret not racking up a bigger score against the lowly Italians, who tend to crack as tournaments progress. Should this year’s Six Nations come down to points difference, just as last year, the Irish may rue not pushing the envelope somewhat once this game broke up. Two tries in three minutes while Leonardo Ghiraldini was in the sin-bin saved Ireland before they beat Italy 26-3 at the start of their RBS 6 Nations title defence. All the fizzing electricity from England’s tournament opening 21-16 win over Wales in Cardiff turned to dismal static in a humdrum first-half in Rome. Where Wales sparkled and England shone, Ireland could only glower in the gloom of uninspired, guileless first-half attacking play. Italy proved the architects of their own discomfort right from the off, Matias Aguero penalised for slipping his bind at the scrum. George Biagi’s cheap knock-on gifted Ireland field position, and a pointless midfield offside allowed Keatley to open the scoring from the tee. Jack McGrath atoned for conceding a scrum penalty by winning a fine choke-tackle turnover, in tandem with Peter O’Mahony. Keatley endured a mixed opening, slotting his penalty calmly, but throwing a loose pass and also being charged down by Michele Campagnaro. Keatley doubled his and Ireland’s tally after Luke McLean wandered offside to retrieve Andrea Masi’s knock-on. Ireland drove close from a lineout maul, but Tommy Bowe could not tap Murray’s deft chip back inside with enough space for the scrum-half to wriggle home. The visitors had to settle instead for Keatley’s third penalty of the afternoon. Italy then set camp in Ireland’s 22 but after one driving maul Kelly Haimona opted to strike at goal. The New Zealand-born fly-half landed the goal to cut Italy’s deficit to six points at the break. Ireland started the second half searching for some kind of fuel injection, but still their attack misfired. Keatley produced a neat half-break on the blindside, only to force an attempted last pass: Campagnaro knocked on trying to intercept, allowing Ireland a quick wipe of the brow. Keatley almost cut the line again in Italy’s 22, but Sergio Parisse produced a fine ruck steal to ease the pressure. Jared Payne raced close after Simon Zebo’s neat wide pass, but Robbie Henshaw knocked on trying to sneak through. Payne and Henshaw noticeably picked up the pace after the break, but again Ireland turned to Keatley’s boot to extend their lead to 12-3. Ireland dispensed with posting penalties instead chasing the jugular just past the hour, punting to the corner for an attacking lineout. Ghiraldini spoiled Ireland’s maul from an offside position and was duly sin-binned for his troubles. Ireland went straight for the lineout once more, and finally broke the try deadlock. Murray wriggled home after the pack drove to the whitewash, with Keatley converting for a 19-3 lead. No sooner had Ireland scored than boss Joe Schmidt brought off Keatley, Paul O’Connell and Peter O’Mahoney, no doubt with one eye on next weekend’s France clash. Tommy O’Donnell then raced through Italy’s porous midfield to rubber-stamp Ireland’s victory. Ian Madigan slotted the conversion to gloss the scoreline, but Ireland were unable to maintain that momentum once Italy were restored to full complement. Italy’s rally forced Ireland to defend with zeal and composure at the death when Schmidt’s men would sooner have been attempting to boost their points-difference tally. Andrea Manici’s sloppy spilled ball dented Italy’s momentum, before Haimona had a try ruled out for the slightest of knock-ons from Parisse. Conor Murray and Tommy O’Donnell sneaked scores while hooker Ghiraldini was off the field, after Ireland had laboured with scant return in a tryless first hour. Sean O’Brien suffered a hamstring injury in the warm-up, so the luckless Leinster flanker’s wait for his first Test action since November 2013 goes on.
SAN FRANCISCO — Short on big bodies for training camp, the Golden State Warriors reached out to a familiar name.Kavion Pippen — nephew of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, a former teammate of coach Steve Kerr — got the call last Thursday. By 5 o’clock Friday morning, he was on a plane from Little Rock, Arkansas, to San Francisco, with a brief layover in Dallas in between. The younger Pippen, 22, impressed in workouts, and the Warriors signed him to a contract.“The big thing is we’re just so …
Janine ErasmusNelson Mandela Bay is the Best African City of the Year, according to the 2007 World Leadership Awards.The city also took top honours in the Health category for its Emmanuel Haven hydroponics project, a Christian-driven initiative to help those afflicted by HIV and Aids. The only other finalist in this category, which is not region-specific and is open to all contestants, was the city of Lagos in Nigeria.The ceremony took place in December in London.“This has indeed proved that Nelson Mandela Bay is committed to working with the people in improving their lives for the better,” said Bay’s executive mayor Nondumiso Maphazi, accepting the award. “The name Nelson Mandela Bay will continue to travel around the world and serve as an outstanding marketing tool for attracting tourists, as well as local and international investors.”Praising all those who had contributed to the city’s triumph, Maphazi said, “We thank the world for bestowing on us these important awards. We have won for the world, Africa, South Africa and our beautiful city – Nelson Mandela Bay with all its residents!”The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality encompasses the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, as well as its inland neighbours Uitenhage and Despatch. The city is not a first-time winner at the World Leadership Awards – in 2005 its Red Location Museum of Struggle won the Architecture and Civil Engineering category, while its Sustainable Community Planning entry won the Town Planning category.New prizewinner the Emmanuel Haven comprises a research unit, an antiretroviral clinic, an orphans’ club and a Christian outreach programme. The hydroponics project provides a sustainable health service through its unique business model. It encourages proper health care for HIV-infected people by integrating its services with the general community to eliminate the discrimination and stigma that many hospices and their patients face.Leaders around the worldThe World Leadership Awards are granted by the UK-based World Leadership Forum, a non-profit organisation that promotes leadership on a global scale by drawing attention to the work of exceptional leaders in various fields and celebrating them with awards such as the policymaker of the year and the business leader of the year. It also stimulates debate on leadership issues.Founded in 2005, the World Leadership Awards celebrate the very best in modern city leadership. Awards organisers invite over 400 cities around the world to submit projects for consideration in 15 categories ranging from sport and culture and arts to architecture, urban renewal and town planning.Winners are selected from shortlisted entrants who are required to make a presentation to the judges in London. Awards are bestowed on those cities whose leaders have shown imagination, foresight or resilience in city management, as well as those cities that have overcome difficulties and set themselves as an example and inspiration to others.The year 2007 was the first time that the judges – all authorities in their respective fields – focused on broader regions, singling out the top cities in each region. The winners, chosen from the top cities in the 15 specialist categories, were Nelson Mandela Bay (Africa), Las Vegas, USA (America), Amman, Jordan (Asia-Pacific), and Madrid, Spain (Europe).Useful linksNelson Mandela BayWorld Leadership AwardsWorld Leadership Forum
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, will help raise funds for charities supporting U.S. veterans, children and medical research during the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.Steven Tyler is auctioning his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT SpyderAmong the most anticipated vehicles crossing the block for charity is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Tyler’s 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003), with 100 percent of the hammer price benefiting Janie’s Fund.“To date, Barrett-Jackson has helped raise in excess of $91 million for charity,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “But almost as important as the funds we help raise is the awareness we bring to the organizations that are bringing so much good to our communities. Giving these amazing charities a chance to tell their story on live, international TV inspires all of us. We’re grateful to be a part of such a powerful movement for good, and look forward to the goodwill that will come from the sale of our charity vehicles in Scottsdale.”Celebrity personalities including Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith and former judge on American Idol, will be onstage Friday, Jan. 20, to help sell his 2012 Hennessey Venom GT Spyder (Lot #3003). Offered from his personal collection, this Venom GT is five of 12 created and the first of the Spyder convertibles. This 7.0-liter V8 mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar produces 1,244 horsepower that sprints from 0-60 mph in 2.7 seconds and 0-200 mph in 14.5 seconds. One hundred percent of the hammer price will benefit Janie’s Fund, which is dedicated to providing resources to help abused girls.Dale Earnhardt, Jr., world-champion pro stock car driver and team owner, is coming to the Barrett-Jackson stage on Saturday, Jan. 21, to help sell two vehicles that will each benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a leading pediatric care facility and research institute. Donated by Chevrolet, a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle (Lot #3006) that Earnhardt helped design is a contemporary Resto-Mod muscle car that uses a new GM Restoration Parts-licensed Dynacorn reproduction body and modern coilover suspension system. Lot #3006.1 is Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS that he raced in six NASCAR Cup Series races between 2014 and 2015.“What an amazing opportunity we have to come together as a car community to help out these great charities,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “Each one has a unique mission to help people who are struggling and in need of our combined efforts.”Other vehicles that are crossing the block in Scottsdale in support of charity include: • 2016 GMC Sierra Custom Pickup (Lot #3000) – GMC commissioned this one-of-a-kind Sierra All Terrain from renowned artist Mickey Harris. All proceeds will benefit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and Building for America’s Bravest. • 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (Lot #3001) – This very original and fully documented Camaro retains its original interior, door, panels, dash and headliner. All proceeds will benefit Childhelp. • 2017 Chevrolet Camaro COPO #001 (Lot #3002) – This SEMA show car represents Serial #001 of 69 COPO Camaros that will be produced for the 2017 model year. All proceeds from its sale will benefit United Way. • 2017 Ford Raptor Pickup (Lot #3004) – This 2017 Raptor takes years of Ford performance and engineering to the next level. It is the last VIN produced for 2017 and finished in a unique one-of-one color. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. • 1930 Cord L29 4-Door Brougham (Lot #3005) – One of only 5,010 produced, this L29 Cord was a very high-tech vehicle for its day and was the first American front-wheel drive production car. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. • 2015 Ford Mustang GT Fastback (Lot #3007) – This “Jack Roush Tribute” Mustang brings together classic nostalgia of the past with all the styling and performance of the present. All proceeds from its sale will benefit Military Assistance Mission, Inc.For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid. Experience the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in style with a Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available packages and how to be a part of this world-class lifestyle event is available here.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Urban Land Institute has called the redevelopment of the former Philadelphia Navy Yard one of the “most successful” projects in U.S. history.The Navy Yard has attracted more than 150 companies and 12,000 employees since the project began more than 15 years ago, reported CBS Philly. To date, the 1,200-acre waterfront campus has focused on the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors. But now PIDC, Philadelphia’s public-private economic development corporation and the project’s master developer, is planning to take the redevelopment in a new direction.“I think you should look forward to hopefully a residential component being layered into the development, so we can create a really urban place at the Navy Yard,” said PIDC President John Grady.“A place where people can live and work and have recreation and amenities. I think you will look for more connections with our mass transit system and better connecting the Navy Yard to the rest of the city and the region,” Grady said.Urban Land Institute cited the Navy Yard’s college campus-like feel, the buildings’ architecture, green design and recreational spaces, according to the story.
Fort Jackson will gain an eleventh training battalion in October 2017, bringing the Columbia, S.C., post an additional 2,000 soldiers annually and 210 permanent personnel.The news also signals that the Pentagon places a heightened value on Fort Jackson, reported the State.“This is very, very significant,” said George Goldsmith, chairman of the Columbia Chamber’s military affairs committee. “It shows Fort Jackson and the community has gotten the word out to the Army that we’re ready to grow. That story is getting out and it’s being heard,” said Goldsmith, a retired major general.The battalion — consisting of about 500 additional soldiers during each 10-week basic training cycle —will increase the number of soldiers trained annually at the nation’s largest military training installation from 44,000 to 46,000, boosting the installation’s economic impact. The families of the new soldiers will join 5,000 or so other family members who attend graduation ceremonies and other activities at the post.When the battalion is activated, “it will increase the economic impact of Fort Jackson immediately,” Goldsmith said.The Army has allocated $97 million to build a new “Star Base” barracks, headquarters and training facility to house the new battalion, according to the story. Until the structure is completed in 2021, the battalion will be housed in temporary facilities already available. Dan Cohen AUTHOR