Premiership analysis: Ollie Devoto, Bath’s World Cup bolter?

first_img Intsigator: Ollie Devoto looks to spark a Bath attack at Kingston Park Devoto would be a surprise inclusion in the World Cup squad, but his almost uniquely rounded skill-set make him so tempting. Watch this space.Thanks to BT Sport and Premiership Rugby for the match footage. You can purchase tickets to the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham here. TAGS: Bath Rugby As minds turn to the World Cup and the make-up of England’s squad, inside centre Ollie Devoto put his name in the frame with a fine performance for Bath against Newcastle on Friday evening. Ollie Devoto is only 21, but it already feels as though he has been waiting in the wings for a fair while. Strangely, that feels slightly frustrating. The Bath back is comfortably talented enough to be a star attraction on centre stage.Tall and athletic, Devoto carries himself in a similar manner to Sam Burgess. However, he has spent a large portion of this season watching on as Mike Ford’s high-profile league convert learns the ropes in midfield.While the pair possess comparable physiques and posture, the parallels run out quickly after that. Devoto is far more effective in every facet of insude centre play from offloading to tackling. Frankly, he consistently pulls off things we hoped – perhaps unfairly – Burgess would be able to do straightaway.One tale sums up Devoto’s current situation well. Last summer, Henry Slade turned out an excellent performance during England’s 39-29 loss to the Barbarians at Twickenham. It was a display that launched him into the public eye and foreshadowed the current campaign, in which he has been superb.After 18 minutes of that game though, the playmaker for the Exeter Chiefs went off to get a cut close to his eye attended to. Devoto took the field as a blood replacement. Five minutes later, he manufactured a try for Charlie Sharples with a sumptuous grubber before leaving the field again. Unfussy, unheralded.As the tournament comes closer, talk of potential World Cup ‘bolters’ is rife. The consensus seems to be that Slade will be a shoo-in to England’s squad. That is completely fair. On Friday evening against Newcastle Falcons though, Devoto stepped out of the shadows and into contention.With Burgess put in an extremely promising shift in the back row, he had a part to play in all four Bath tries to help fell Falcons 29-19. Here is a closer look at his outstanding exploits.Try number one: Piling under the postsOn the face of it, this score is about as route one as they come. Certainly, there is not a great deal of mystery about a strong midfield carry from a scrum via No 8 Leroy Houston and fly-half George Ford. But so much of Bath’s approach is based on forcing the defence to make decisions.From the way their backline sets up at the set-piece, Newcastle are immediately put in a quandary:Positioned behind fly-half George Ford, full-back Anthony Watson sweeps around onto the openside to provide an out-the-back option – something Bath are so fond of using.Jonathan Joseph is also in this second wave, so Falcons are understandably wary and mindful that Devoto could be a decoy. Unfortunately for them, he is not and takes an in-to-out angle off Ford before pumping his legs and bursting through the tackle of Adam Powell as Juan Pablo Socino steps in:Scrum-half Ruki Tipuna scrambles back, but is no match for Devoto’s power.Try number two: Dirty workA gorgeous cut-out pass from Joseph understandably took the attention for Semesa Rokoduguni‘s try:For Devoto’s subtle but vital involvement, we need to rewind a couple of phases:First, Devoto offers himself alongside Matt Banahan as a runner from the lineout. As we have just seen, he is tenacious and strong enough to be a viable gain-line option:As it happens, Peter Stringer sends up Banhan instead. This means Devoto must work to make sure his side get quick ruck ball.He slows his leg speed to get behind the carrier and therefore to the back foot of the ruck that is about to form:With Newcastle openside flanker Mark Wilson, who is effective over the ball, hovering for a turnover, Devoto identifies the threat and looks to nullify it by latching on while his forwards, led by hooker Ross Batty, charge around:As Burgess joins the breakdown, Wilson is carted off his feet and therefore out of the game: Stringer can move it onto skipper Francois Louw and the hosts are stretched to breaking point.Try number three: Sleight of handFrom grunt to guile, and a lovely pass to put Watson in for Bath’s third on the stroke of half-time to cancel out Newcastle’s brief lead:Once more, Bath break through from a strike move. Once more, some rugby league-style ‘screening’ is in play. This time though, Devoto is the man to deliver the killer pass.Again, it is important to look at the initial set-up, which sees a sort of x-shape drawn by the running lines of Burgess and Rokoduguni. Burgess comes from out to in and Rokoduguni fades from in to out behind that.Ford misses them both, passing behind Burgess and in front of Rokoduguni to Devoto:Importantly, Burgess continues on his line, colliding with a Newcastle defender to bar him from coming across.This gives Devoto space to direct another slice movement, Joseph fading behind Watson,  who storms in on a slicing angle. Falcons outside centre Powell is isolated and wary of Joseph in the wider channel.He tip-toes out and disconnects from Socino to create a hole (as shown by the dotted black line) that Watson takes:Devoto’s rapid dummy – or pump-fake, to borrow a term from American football – draws Socino brilliantly before a sympathetic pop sets Watson away. It is work another look from a clearer angle:Try number four: Momentum-makerBanahan went over to seal Bath’s bonus point on the back of a lovely movement:This was trademark Bath, but the West Country side are only at their best when there is directness to complement deception.Again, we can identify an integral Devoto intervention two phases earlier. Watson’s clean break has put Bath on the front foot, but support was slightly slow in arriving.The attack in danger of stagnating somewhat, this show-and-shunt kept the visitors on the front foot:Notice how Devoto carries in one hand. holding the ball away from the tackler. Clearly, he is looking to execute an offload:A thoroughly modern player, Devoto here shows a grasp of the skills made famous by Sonny Bill Williams. And he has previous. This gorgeous cat-flap led to a try for Kyle Eastmond against Harlequins earlier in the season:England’s Six Nations underlined that, in Joseph, Lancaster has a 13 capable of penetrating the world’s best defences. Still though, question marks remain at 12. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Atlanta residents fight eviction

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this About 100 people, mostly from the Peoplestown neighborhood in South Atlanta rallied at City Hall on Dec. 16, protesting the attempt by the city to evict long time residents, Darden and Tanya Washinton and their family members.After the outside rally and press conference, the group marched into the Mayor Kiesha Bottoms’ office and took it over.  The mayor was in hiding and refused to meet with the community people. They remained in her office until midnight but intend to continue to force a meetinlast_img read more

Abdallah Zouari’s internal exile extended by 26 months

first_imgNews June 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Abdallah Zouari’s internal exile extended by 26 months News to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today voiced dismay at Tunisian government methods of gagging all those who once dared to oppose it, as journalist Abdallah Zouari continued to pay a high price for his former work with al Fajr, the official organ of the Islamist movement Ennahda. As Zouari reached the 5 June 2007 date which should have ended his internal exile, he had an extra 26 months added to his banishment, without any justification.He was unable to obtain any explanation from the police chief in Zarzis, 500 kms from the capital where he is under close surveillance, while his wife and five children live in Tunis where he was arrested. The police chief simply told him that his orders came “from above”.After serving 11 years in prison for “membership of an illegal organisation, Zuari was freed on 6 June 2002. He was again arrested and then sentenced, in October 2003, to 13 months in prison. He has lived in internal exile in Zarzis since his release in September 2004.“His nearly 12 years in prison, to which was added five years of administrative control, has not been enough to dampen the zeal of the Tunisian authorities who continue to hound this journalist,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We call for an end to his forced exile hundreds of kilometres from his family home,” it said. RSF_en November 11, 2020 Find out more December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Help by sharing this information center_img November 12, 2019 Find out more Organisation TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder News News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”last_img read more

Food Venture Center partners break ground on $3 million Hardwick facility

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy joined representatives of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA), the Center for an Agricultural Economy (CAE), and local business and community leaders Wednesday afternoon in Hardwick to break ground on the Vermont Food Venture Center 2 – a non-profit kitchen incubator Leahy said would be a cornerstone in the State of Vermont’s efforts to promote agricultural innovation and the food-based economy. The new $3.1 million facility is being developed by NVDA and Northern Enterprises.  The Vermont Food Venture Center 2 will replace the Fairfax-based  Vermont Food Venture Center, founded in 1996.  The Center will offer affordable rental food production and packaging space to entrepreneurs interested in starting their own food-based businesses.  The Center will also offer technical assistance to clients in the areas of food production, packaging and marketing. NVDA Executive Director Steve Patterson said the new 14,000 square foot facility will include equipment and space to enable farmers and entrepreneurs to make cheese and package meat.  Patterson said two local businesses – Vermont Soy and Jasper Hill Farms – have already reserved space in the new facility.“Today we officially start construction on the Vermont Food Venture Center 2,” said Leahy, who secured $450,000 in federal funds for the project in coordination with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.  “This building in Hardwick will be a vital piece of a larger food system cluster that is rapidly developing across Vermont – putting people to work, creating new opportunities for farmers and breathing life into communities that have been struggling to define themselves.  This is an incubator that will help take the quality, creativity and distinctiveness of Vermont food products to the next level.”“Many helped with this project, but without the sustained support of Senator Leahy this project would not have moved forward,” Patterson said.   “His vision in recognizing the positive  economic impact of value-added agricultural products has made this possible.”The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $1.5 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant for construction of the Center.  In a written statement, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce John R. Fernandez  said:  “EDA is proud to be a partner in this important project, which will enable local food-based entrepreneurs to thrive, strengthen the agriculture economy in Northeast Vermont and create jobs,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce John R. Fernandez.  “The Vermont Food Venture Center 2 is a great example of how President Obama’s recovery package is helping families and small business owners in Vermont and in states across the country.” “The Center for an Agricultural Economy is thrilled to welcome the Vermont Food Venture Center to Hardwick,” said Tom Stearns, owner of High Mowing Seeds and the President of the Board of the Center for an Agricultural Economy. “This region has decades of history of innovation in food and agriculture at both commercial and home scales.  It is our belief that a facility such as this will help support this community’s continual desire to become more self-reliant in its food supply as well as lead to green economic development and job growth to keep more of our land actively farmed and provide more jobs in Hardwick and the surrounding towns.  This will be an incredibly valuable piece of infrastructure as this community and region seeks to take charge of its future more directly.  Every corner of this country needs a Food Venture Center and we are honored to be so lucky to have this support.”   “This is an exciting day, as Food Venture 2 has a critical role, like its predecessor, in agriculture and in new food product development that has helped to establish Vermont as one of the leaders in this effort,” said Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee.  “Vermonters have always been innovators, and this facility will make it much easier for that to take place, which will result in more jobs related to food and agriculture in the State.”  The Vermont Department of Agriculture has provided technical assistance and programming to promote the agricultural economy and food-based economy across the State of Vermont.  Recently, using $1.5 million in federal funds secured by Leahy, Allbee and his staff launched the Agriculture Innovation Center – a new organization aimed at promoting the value-added food-based economy. During the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, speakers also included representatives of organizations that have awarded grants and funding to NVDA and venture partners.”The Food Venture Center will strengthen the connection between consumers and the people who produce their food,” said U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development State Director Molly Lambert. “USDA takes great pride in its partnership in this project.   The Food Venture Center is good for Hardwick, good for Vermonters and a great example of innovation  that will  undoubtedly spark the interest of  the entire  nation.”  USDA RD provided a $500,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant to equip the Center.  Lambert noted the funding was made possible thanks to a federal law Leahy wrote, the Rural Economic Area Partnership Zone program, which awards extra points in the nationwide competition to applicants for USDA RD funding from the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and other Zone members. “The dual purposes of creating jobs and assisting low to moderate income Vermonters made this project a perfect fit for our program,” said Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development Tayt Brooks.  The State of Vermont awarded a $650,000 Vermont Community Development Program grant to NVDA to build the Center. Source: Leahy’s office. 7.7.2010last_img read more