Rugby’s Greatest: Jack Kyle

first_imgThe 1948 Ireland team – with Kyle seated on the ground, right – that made Grand Slam history (Inpho)Kyle was the first home unions player to pass 50 Test appearances – 46 for his country, and six Lions Tests on the 1950 Lions tour of New Zealand and Australia, where critics described him as “the genius of the side”.He could control a game with tactical kicking and had uncanny positional sense, invariably popping up at unexpected moments in defence to cover dangerous situations. Tackling, perhaps, was not his strong point, but then few fly-halves of his generation were renowned for that aspect of their game.A doctor who spent most of his post-rugby life working abroad, including more than 30 years in Zambia, Kyle was a true gentleman.Cliff Morgan recalled a kindly hand on his shoulder as he filed onto the field on his Welsh debut in 1951. It was Jack. “Have a great game, Cliffie,” his opponent said. And requests from youngsters for autographs were graciously acknowledged, neatly signed “with best wishes” by the great man. They don’t make them like that any more.Rugby royalty: Kyle with Brian O’Driscoll in 2009. You couldn’t conceive of two better Irish players (Inpho)Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. Rugby’s Greatest: Jack KyleMajor teams: Queen’s University, North of Ireland FC, Belfast Country: IrelandTest span: 1947-58Ireland caps: 46 (46 starts)Lions caps: 6 (6 starts)Test points: 30 (9T, 1DG)Out-half Jack Kyle was rugby’s ‘greatest’, one who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee long before Muhammad Ali copyrighted the phrase. He floated past tacklers with a deceptive change of pace and stung defences with teasing tactical kicks.So lasting was his impact that, 40 years after his retirement, he was named Ireland’s greatest player in a poll conducted by their pressmen.The basic skills were learnt at Belfast Royal Academy before Kyle emerged as a promising talent during his years as a medic at Queen’s University, Belfast. His blistering speed off the mark fired Ireland to three Five Nations titles – including two Triple Crowns and a Grand Slam – in the early post-war seasons when he was the tournament’s outstanding player.The deceptive acceleration he attributed to his training methods. “I practised being fast over 25 yards,” he said, “and always carried the ball in training.” TAGS: The Greatest Players In the pantheon of Irish legends, Ulsterman Jack Kyle arguably sits at the very top. The fly-half behind the nation’s first-ever Grand Slam possessed mesmeric qualities Legend: Jack Kyle receives a standing ovation at Ravenhill in 2014, six months before his passing (Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Level in Nine Years

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Level in Nine Years Previous: Re-Introduced Ohio Foreclosure Expedition Bill Passes House, Heads for Senate Vote Next: Representative Waters Asks HUD For More Transparency For Non-Borrowing Spouses on HECMs in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently reported in their Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI) that, pending home sales increased in April for the fourth consecutive month and reached their highest peak in nine years. All four major regions saw growth in April, led by the Northeast and Midwest.“The steady gains in contract activity each month this year highlight the fact that buyer demand is strong,” said Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist. “Realtors are saying foot traffic remains elevated this spring despite limited—and in some cases severe—inventory shortages in many metro areas. “The index is a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, NAR reported. It increased 3.4 percent to 112.4 in April from a slight upward revision of 108.7 in March and is now 14 percent above 98.6 in April 2014. This is the largest annual increase since 15.1 percent in September 2012. Year-over-year, the index has increased for eight consecutive months and is at its highest level since 112.5 in May 2006.”Homeowners looking to sell this spring appear to be in the driver’s seat, as there are more buyers competing for a limited number of homes available for sale,” Yun said. “As a result, home prices are up and accelerating in many markets.”Yun expects a rebound heading into the summer, following April’s decline in existing-home sales, but the chance of significant gains will depend on an increase in inventory and evidence of moderating price growth now that interest rates have started to rise.”The housing market can handle interest rates well above 4 percent as long as inventory improves to slow price growth and underwriting standards ease to normal levels so that qualified buyers—especially first-time buyers—are able to obtain a mortgage,” Yun adds.The PHSI in the Northeast saw 10.1 percent of growth to 88.3 in April, and is now 9.4 percent above a year ago after dropping for four straight months. The Midwest the index increased 5 percent to 113 in April, and is 13.3 percent above April 2014.According to the report, pending home sales in the South saw an increase of 2.3 percent to an index of 129.4 in April and are 14.8 percent above last year. The index in the West saw a small increase of 0.1 percent in April to 103.8, and is 16.4 percent above a year ago.The Realtors expect for total existing-home sales in 2015 to be around 5.24 million, an increase of 6.1 percent from 2014. The national median existing-home price for all of this year is expected to increase around 6.7 percent. In 2014, existing-home sales declined 2.9 percent and prices rose 5.7 percent.“Our realtor.com activity this spring has been predicting strong sales,” said Johnathan Smoke, NAR chief economist. “Sales would be even higher if inventory was growing as quickly as demand, but instead we’ve had 32 straight months of the supply of existing homes on the market under 6 months. That’s why we’re seeing higher levels of price appreciation this year. All this bodes well for continued momentum into May and June.” Share Save Housing Market NAR National Association of Reators Pending Home Sales 2015-05-28 Brian Honea May 28, 2015 932 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Subscribe Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Pending Home Sales Rise to Highest Level in Nine Years Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Market NAR National Association of Reators Pending Home Sales Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

USS New Orleans Elects PHIBRON 1 SSOY

first_img December 22, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Orleans Elects PHIBRON 1 SSOY View post tag: Elects A Sailor assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) was named Amphibious Squadron One (PHIBRON 1) 2014 Senior Sailor of the Year (SSOY), Dec. 5.Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Mara Gonzales, who has been assigned to New Orleans for the past two years, was announced as the recipient of the prestigious award during an awards ceremony held aboard the ship.Gonzales had been previously selected as the ship’s SSOY.Her prior duty assignments include Navy Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Virginia; Naval Branch Health Clinic Bahrain; Naval Branch Health Clinic in Little Creek, Virginia, and Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes.Gonzalez will next participate in the competition for the Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG 3) SSOY title.New Orleans’ command leadership also recognized three other Sailors this month: Gunners Mate 2nd Class Haley Kurkowski as the Sailor of the Year; Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Christopher Rossmeisl was selected for Junior Sailor of the Year; and Fireman Joseph Harris was selected for Blue Jacket of the Year.Press release, Image. US Navy USS New Orleans Elects PHIBRON 1 SSOY View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: SSOY View post tag: USS New Orleans View post tag: Naval View post tag: PHIBRON 1 View post tag: americaslast_img read more

Sea Installer Ready for Rentel Turbine Pick-Up

first_imgA2Sea’s wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) Sea Installer has arrived at the Port of Oostende, Belgium, to load the first turbines destined for installation at the Rentel offshore wind farm.Source: Port OostendeThe WTIV has been moored at the head of the REBO offshore wind terminal, where Siemens started the loading procedure of its 7MW turbines.According to the port, two wind turbines will be transported to the offshore site per sailing, which means that 21 trips will be made in total, with an average turnaround time being about four days.The 87-meter tall towers are transported vertically, with the blades protruding 26 meters on the starboard side and 13 meters on the port side, which means the total width of the transport is 78 meters, the port said.The assembling of the wind turbines for the Belgian offshore wind project started in the Port of Oostende in mid-February after the first parts arrived at the REBO terminal.The 309MW Rentel wind farm will comprise 42 7MW Siemens Gamesa turbines expected to deliver first power to the grid by the middle of the year, while the entire wind farm is scheduled for full commissioning by the end of 2018.last_img read more

First night relay race in PH puts premium on ‘team spirit’

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award March Madness: Top 32 PH high school teams battle it out in 11th NBTC season Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters HiVelocity managing director Adrian Mok said they expect to have 3,000 participants.Filipino Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, who is also an ambassador for Asics, said running as part of a team, instead of as an individual, will put pressure not only on the runner but on the teammates as well.“You have one thing in mind and that’s to win not only for yourself but also for the team,” said Tabal. “It’s going to be a different feeling because you’re going to push each other, pressure them, and pressure yourself.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES The Asics Relay will make its first stop in the Philippines before holding events in other Southeast Asian countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore.“The objective of the race is to create an event to emphasize the team spirit,” said Andy Neo, Asics Asia sports marketing manager, at during the press conference at Conrad Manila. “We know that people want to sleep in the morning and the evening time is perfect because you can sleep after and you will have more people to join.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe event features a full 42-kilometer marathon, where each team member is required to run two legs of 5.25 km, and a 21 km half marathon, where each participant needs to run a leg of 5.25 km.Winning teams will be awarded over P790,000 and the champion of the full marathon will have an automatic slot to any of the next four races. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Asics Relay Marathon. Photo from asics.com.A Japanese sportswear brand is introducing a new kind of marathon here in the Philippines.From the usual individual races held at dawn, this new race launched on Wednesday is looking for four-member teams for a relay marathon at night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more