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first_img Going solo: Richard Parks at the Pole. Pic by Antartic Logistics and ExpeditionsBy Katie FieldThe SaintsFastest and firstRichard Parks, the former Wales flanker, is this week’s ultimate saint as he achieved the fastest ever solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole by a Briton, and the first by a Welsh national.Parks, 36, reached the pole on 4 January, having taken 29 days, 19 hours and 24 minutes to ski there from the geographical coastline of Antarctica. He took just under ten days off the previous British record, set by polar explorer Hannah McKeand in 2006.After his lone journey, a weary, but very happy Parks said: “I’m exhausted.  Physically I am absolutely shattered, mentally I am frazzled, it is just a lot to take in.  I have a lot of emotions bouncing around but I am happy, proud and grateful.”He said the last stage of the journey was as tough as any other part. “I could see the station and I was only about 3km away and I literally was having to talk myself out of pitching my tent with every step, I just didn’t think I could put another foot in front of the other.”For the full details of Parks’s amazing journey, follow this link to his website.A game of two halvesLondon Wasps’ half-backs Andy Goode and Joe Simpson piloted their team to a hard-fought 19-16 victory over Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership, with outside-half Goode kicking 11 points and scrum-half Simpson scoring Wasps’ only try.The Chiefs had led 13-3 at half-time but Wasps battled back and Simpson’s try on the hour gave them the lead for the first time. The No 9 played a crucial role at the other end of the pitch with ten minutes to go when his tremendous tackle stopped Henry Slade from scoring what could have been a match-winning try.Then, with the last kick of the match, Goode – who had already kicked two penalties and a conversion – coolly slotted a drop-goal which gave Wasps the 19-16 win.Their director of rugby Dai Young said: “It was a big second-half performance and a good result. We’ve been on the end of a last-minute kick going against us so we probably deserved one.“Joe Simpson had an excellent game – to score the try and then save another it was fantastic. Also that was an excellent drop-goal from Andy [Goode].”Exile-lent: James O’Connor scored all 22 points for IrishWizard of OzJames O’Connor scored his first try for London Irish and kicked their other 17 points to take his new team to a critical Premiership win over Worcester Warriors. Irish, who had been in danger of slipping into the relegation battle, won their crucial clash with the bottom club 22-9 and climbed above Newcastle Falcons in the table too.O’Connor, who joined Irish in October after losing his place in the Wallaby squad, is being courted by several French clubs for next season, but for now the ridiculously talented 23-year-old Australian is proving to be a key man for the Exiles. TAGS: GloucesterNorthampton SaintsSaracensWasps GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Saracens player Neil de Kock (l) and Chris Ashton celebrate the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Head coach Brian Smith said: “He put his hand up today and controlled the back-line. We knew they were going to pepper him with high balls and he also managed to score a try so we’re really happy with him.”Smash and grabNorthampton Saints and Harlequins were slugging it out in a tight Premiership battle and had been deadlocked at 6-6 at half-time. Then Wales wing George North smashed his way through an attempted tackle by Charlie Walker and charged through for a try which gave the Saints a 13-6 lead and they never really looked back from there, going on to win 23-9.From that point on, Northampton had almost all the momentum in the match – it was a game-changing moment from a special talent.Earning their stripesAfter 16 months of trying, Zebre finally achieved their first home win in the RaboDirect Pro 12, beating Italian rivals Benetton Treviso 14-12. Zebre, who were formed at the start of the 2012-13 season, lost every league match last term but broke their duck with an away win at Cardiff this season.However, their home fans had had nothing to cheer until this weekend, when three Luciano Orquera penalties and a try by Guglielmo Palazzini took Zebre to victory.The SinnersForwards flopGloucester’s pack have some soul-searching to do this week after being out-muscled by a seven-man Saracens scrum which included Brad Barritt in its number.Gloucester had been well and truly outplayed by Saracens at Kingsholm and were 26-3 down, but were enjoying their one period of pressure. Billy Vunipola and Steve Borthwick were sin-binned within a couple of minutes of each other, which meant Kelly Brown was moved up to the second row for a five-metre scrum and Barritt joined the back row.Happy New Year: Saracens did all the celebratingHowever, Saracens still managed to win a scrum penalty and Gloucester ended up losing the match 29-8. Their director of rugby Nigel Davies was not impressed, saying: “I felt we would be a lot more competitive going into this fixture on the back of our last two results and we are hugely disappointed.”Button it, BillyBilly Vunipola and Saracens put in an outstanding performance in their Aviva Premiership triumph over Gloucester, but the England No 8 ended up with one black mark against his name after arguing with referee Luke Pearce when he was shown a yellow card. Instead of turning tail and heading for the touchline, Vunipola walked over to the official to argue the point with him. Thankfully his captain Steve Borthwick quickly intervened to send Vunipola on his way.The young No 8 needs to remember that in rugby, whatever the perceived rights or wrongs of a decision, you do not argue with the ref.Lucky LawesEngland lock Courtney Lawes had a Northampton win over Harlequins to celebrate this weekend and may also have counted himself a little lucky not to be shown a yellow or even red card for elbowing George Robson in the head. He was trying to loosen the grip the Harlequins lock had on him, but a swinging elbow is a dangerous way to go about it.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The match officials looked long and hard at the video replays but only a penalty resulted. A lot of armchair viewers would have carded Lawes.last_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Twitter Facebook Farmer Brothers: Fiscal 2Q Earnings Snapshot TAGS  NORTHLAKE, Texas (AP) — Farmer Brothers Co. (FARM) on Thursday reported a fiscal second-quarter loss of $17.7 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Northlake, Texas-based company said it had a loss of $1.02. Losses, adjusted for pretax expenses and asset impairment costs, were 19 cents per share. The coffee and tea company posted revenue of $104.6 million in the period. Farmer Brothers shares have risen 49% since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Thursday, shares hit $6.95, a decrease of 41% in the last 12 months. ————— This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on FARM at https://www.zacks.com/ap/FARMcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessState Facebook Previous articleMichigan: Contact sports can resume Monday, with masksNext articleMercury star Griner opens up about getting counseling Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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first_imgNotre Dame faculty senate passed a vote of disappointment in light of University President Fr. John Jenkins decision to attend Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination without a mask at the White House ceremony.This amended motion was passed in response to a motion of no confidence brought to the faculty senate.After failing to wear a mask or socially distance at the Rose Garden ceremony Oct. 8, Jenkins tested positive for COVID-19. Although Jenkins released a statement expressing his regret for his actions, the Notre Dame student senate passed a formal motion condemning Jenkins’ actions Oct. 8.While the faculty senate’s passed motion acknowledged Jenkins’ failure to abide by University precautions concerning COVID-19 and expressed its disappointment, the motion also accepted Jenkins’ apology for his actions.The meeting was held in Executive Session, which prevented students and press from attending. The faculty senate was scheduled to vote on a motion of no confidence Oct. 27, but the meeting was postponed to avoid overlap with the memorial Mass of two first-year students who died Oct. 24.The faculty senate was also slated to discuss a second motion which was drafted in opposition to the no confidence votes to express appreciation for the University’s presence on campus. The vote of appreciation was postponed until the next meeting.In regards to the criticism surrounding Jenkins’ actions in the Rose Garden ceremony, Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees affirmed its “unwavering confidence” in Jenkins, Board Chair John J. Brennan said in a statement.“In our view, courageous is a very appropriate adjective to describe Fr. Jenkins,” Brennan said. “He has demonstrated great personal character, humility and courage by addressing the University community after attending the Rose Garden reception, publicly acknowledging that, at that particular event, he ‘failed to lead by example, at a time when I’ve asked everyone else in the Notre Dame community to do so.’”Brennan also praised Jenkins’ commitment to Notre Dame’s mission of teaching, scholarship and research.“Let us be very clear. Fr. Jenkins has consistently led by word and example throughout his presidency and especially during this pandemic,” he said. “Fr. Jenkins is a leader of exceptional character, faith and vision, and we are proud that he is president of the University of Notre Dame.”Tags: Faculty Senate, John Jenkins, Rose Garden ceremonylast_img read more