Scrapping Premiership relegation would have positive effect argues Ben Ryan

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS We have had some great end-of-season weekends – the Harlequins relegation weekend in 2005 was a real cliffhanger – but it’s not a common occurrence.Silver service: Exeter won the title seven years after being promoted (Getty Images)Not many people liked it when the Premiership changed from ‘first past the post’ to the play-off system to decide who would be champions, but it works brilliantly and maintains the excitement.Now a solution is needed at the other end of the table to protect the promoted clubs, to increase the chances of young players getting Premiership game time and to allow the shackles to at least be loosened, if not completely shaken off, so they play a more expansive style that pushes the boundaries technically and mentally and not as much physically.Perhaps change the points system to make it more attack-minded – a winning bonus point for scoring three more tries than the other team; keep the four-try losing bonus point but award two points if a losing team scores six tries; have ‘jokers’ where teams choose one game a season that is worth double points.Also, put pressure on the lawmakers to stop making the breakdown a place of carnage and introduce a law that stops sides from kicking penalties to touch.I get those who don’t want to shut the door and I understand those who are anti-relegation. The real answer may be somewhere in the middle. WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes Expand Super Rugby 2018 Explained Downbeat: London Irish are the favourites to be relegated this season (Getty Images) WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes… Ben Ryan guided Fiji to gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is Rugby World magazine’s resident columnist. Read his views every month in the magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Without relegation you wouldn’t get as much reliance on proven overseas players either. Younger British players would get more of a chance and that would help accelerate their experience for their club and national sides.I love seeing amazing overseas talent in the Premiership and I know there are English-qualified player quotas, but too many young players still don’t play enough rugby because they aren’t given a chance in the top flight. With less pressure, clubs may be happier to release players for national programmes like the U20s and sevens too.The cost to those clubs trying to get into the Premiership and then trying to stay in is huge. Exeter rose through the ranks smartly, but on the flip side we see clubs break themselves financially or overly rely on a benefactor. For every Exeter, there is a London Welsh. If London Irish don’t avoid the drop, what will happen to them next season?An argument put forward by those in favour of relegation is that removing it would mean dead-rubber games at the end of the season. That’s happened a fair bit recently anyway as clubs get relegated earlier than the closing weeks and it’s more depressing to watch a club that’s already relegated being stripped apart in front of your eyes. There are team changes, rule changes and a… Collapse Super Rugby 2018 Explained WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes Expand Tongan-born winger has made a sublime start to… The debate surrounding Aviva Premiership relegation goes on, with a top-flight closed shop now back on rugby’s agenda. Here are the thoughts of former Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan Hosea Saumaki Causing A Stir For Sunwolves Scrapping Premiership relegation would have positive effect argues Ben RyanRelegation from the Aviva Premiership divides people. It’s not quite ‘Wars of the Roses’ but it seems people have a black or white outlook on it – no grey to be seen. Here is my take on why scrapping relegation would have a positive effect, with a particular lean towards performance.As yet, no club that has come into the Premiership, with the exception of Exeter, has been anything other than risk-averse. I’ve seen teams come up and try to play the same as everyone else. There are some contrasts but I haven’t seen anyone really try to do it differently, to play a game less based on power and more on dexterity.Everyone does tonnes of analysis on each other, but instead they could be coming up with new ideas on the field or surprise moves that no one could have analysed.One of the major reasons for this is the fear of relegation. Of course, you could see it as an exciting challenge, but that’s not happening – and it’s not because coaches and players are unable to think to that level of creativity or improve players with amazing core skills. I think it’s the landscape. The reason Super Rugby is so much less conservative than the Premiership is that the spectre of relegation isn’t hanging over teams. Hosea Saumaki Causing A Stir For Sunwolveslast_img read more

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Sheriff’s Deputy: Altadena Shooting Victim May Have Been Targeted

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Two views from near the scene of the fatal shooting of an Altadena man on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. Images courtesy LASDWhile the suspect in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Altadena remains unknown, authorities believe the dead man may have been targeted and not a random victim, a sheriff’s deputy said.“At this point, there’s no clear motive, but what I can say is that … it doesn’t appear to be a random act, just an innocent percent walking down the street and someone starts shooting at him at 1 o’clock in the afternoon,’’ Lt. Alex Canchola of the Altadena sheriff’s station said Tuesday night during his public safety report to the Altadena Town Council.“So we don’t believe it’s any type of a random act and there’s somebody out there indiscriminately shooting at cars that are going by. We’re not concerned about that.’’The victim remains identified only as a 45-year-old black man, pending notification of next of kin.According to Canchola, “On Sunday, at approximately 1 o’clock, our station received a call of shots fired and a person down in the 500 block of Figueroa. Upon arrival, we found a single (meaning, alone) male suffering from a gunshot wound. The Fire Department responded, transported him immediately to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.’’More specific details of the incident were still being sorted out, and some have evolved since the story first broke on Sunday. But it appears the incident began as the victim was driving along Canyada Avenue near Figueroa Drive.One report by KTLA-5 TV – quoting Lt. Scott Hoglund of the Sheriff’s Department homicide division – said multiple shots were fired at the victim’s vehicle. According to that report, the victim drove about a block and a half before stopping, with a resident attempting to treat him while waiting for first responders. It was not clear if the shooter was driving or on foot.As deputies were investigating the scene in the 500 block of Figueroa, evidence led them to a house a few blocks away, in the 2300 block of Canyada, where the incident may have begun, Canchola said.“While the deputies were containing the area, they discovered that there was some possible evidence from where the origin of this shooting occurred, which was about two blocks south of Figueroa, and that would have been the 2300 block of Canyada,’’ Canchola said.“They identified a location where there were some possible suspects and contained the area. Our Special Weapons Team responded, our homicide (division) responded, and checked the residence for suspects.’’Canchola said that “at least two people were questioned’’ at the possible origin site, but that no arrests were made.“There’s a great deal of physical evidence in and around the area which is being investigated now, and there’s also other information that we’re following up on, on various leads,’’ he said.He added, “We feel that our investigation is pointed in the direction we need it to go in, and there is plenty of evidence that homicide is following up on.’’Anyone with information on the case is asked to call homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500.Anyone who might prefer to provide information on the shooting anonymously is asked by the Sheriff’s Department to call the “Crime Stoppers” hotline at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use a smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store, or use the website http://lacrimestoppers.org. 9 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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What Might a GDP-Targeted Monetary Policy Look Like?

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / What Might a GDP-Targeted Monetary Policy Look Like?  Print This Post Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] What Might a GDP-Targeted Monetary Policy Look Like? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Fed FOMC GDP Janet Yellen Monetary Policy 2017-09-14 Joey Pizzolato Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: NAR: Don’t Harm Homeownership Common Interests Next: Ginnie Mae Responds to Senator Warren on VA Lenderscenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago September 14, 2017 1,156 Views About Author: Joey Pizzolato in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Market Studies, News There has been much speculation regarding the future of the Federal Reserve and the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) lately—and these questions are widely known amongst the mortgage and banking industries—will FOMC Chair Janet Yellen serve another term, when will the Fed once again raise interest rates to facilitate its goal of reducing its balance sheet?But a new Bloomberg Opt Ed proposes a different question: what if new and inevitable changes to the FOMC result in a change in monetary policy that favors gross domestic product rather than inflation and unemployment rates?When Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer announced his pending resignation in October, more than eight months prior than when his term was set to end, he left four of the seven seats on the board vacant. And although Randal Quarles, a former banking executive, was confirmed by a Senate Banking Committee vote of 17-6, his position still awaits a full Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled.These factors, combined with current Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s term expiring in February of 2018, leave open the opportunity for big changes in the Fed and its current stance on monetary policy.So, how would monetary policy change if focus is shifted towards GDP? According to the author:First, the Fed would have to address remittances to the Treasury Department and the interest it pays to banks on excess reserves. The Fed currently transfers the interest income from the government securities it has purchased through open market operations to the Treasury.Another suggestion would be:The Fed credit the Treasury’s account at the central bank with reserves instead of remitting it back the interest the central bank receives from its bond holdings. In return, the Treasury would pledge Treasury bills as collateral, allowing it to spend the reserves any way it sees fit. The Fed and Treasury could strike a new “accord” whereby reserves from the banking system fund public-private partnerships for infrastructure spending. With tax reform and deregulation, a business-friendly environment could generate the needed investment and boost productivity.Of course, all of this depends on the outlook of Yellen’s replacement, who, by all intents in purposes, could be appointed to a second term. As Bloomberg reports, a total of six people have found themselves in the public eye to fill the Yellen’s chair at the end of her term, each with their own economic theories. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Fed FOMC GDP Janet Yellen Monetary Policy The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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