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Eddie Jones may be feeling a sense of déjà vu as his tenure as England coach reached a new low on Saturday with a fifth successive Test defeat, a run of form similar to the end of his four years in charge of Australia more than a decade ago.


England lost 23-12 to South Africa to surrender the three-game series in Bloemfontein on Saturday with the final match to come in Cape Town this weekend, where another defeat would signal the side’s worst run of form since 2006.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has come out in support of Jones in the wake of the latest loss, while the coach has blamed the series defeat on injuries, a rejuvenated Springbok side and the difficulty of playing tests in South Africa.

When Jones was sacked as coach of Australia in December 2005, he had lost eight of his last nine Tests with a side that was also beset by injury.

After this tour, England will come up against the Springboks once more in the first of their home autumn internationals at Twickenham in November, followed a week later by world champions New Zealand and then what should be a home banker against Japan.

The opportunities to end their dismal run immediately though are not getting any easier.

“There is no magic solution here,” Jones told reporters in Bloemfontein. “We’ve got 25 (players) sitting at home who aren’t available for selection. These (the touring party) are the best players we’ve got.

“I haven’t had too many times when I have experienced this and it’s tough. My job is to make the team win and it’s not winning.”

Jones feels that the situation is not as dire as results suggest and that the team is not far off where they should be.

“I am doing as well as I can. In these sorts of situations you get a lot of advice, there is a lot of things wrong. But we are only two or three percent away from turning this around.”


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England have historically struggled in South Africa, winning three of their 15 Tests, and Jones says the difficulty of playing in the country should not be underestimated.

“Each moment in South Africa is hard because of the way Tests are played here,” he said.

“They are probably the most pressurised games in the world here. I don’t know why, but that’s how it is. It’s a difficult place to win that is why England have a poor record here.”

Jones won 24 of his first 25 Tests in charge of England, including a joint world record 18 in a row, and would have felt untouchable.

But he will know from experience that coaches are judged on the present and he needs to engineer a quick turnaround in results or find his fall from grace as rapid as his spectacular rise.
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Recently, Governor Nyesom Wike gave reason Rivers Ijaw cannot get a University. The governor while speaking to the people of Ekpeye Ethnic nationality who paid him a solidarity visit at Government House last Wednesday, said he will instruct the Chairman of the Governing Council and the Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University to cite a campus of the University in Ekpeye land and when other people come (apparently referring to the Riverine people) they should establish University for themselves.


Governor Wike said “Those things that you did not get before, you will get it now. If we don’t do it, who would do it for us. Now that God has given us this opportunity, we have to do it for ourselves. When other people come, they should do it for themselves. Let me assure you that I will call the Chairman, Governing Council of Rivers State University and the Vice Chancellor, they must have to work out a way where we can have a campus of Rivers State University in Ekpeye land.”

“This statement by Governor Wike reveals why he cited a new Port Harcourt Polytechnic (Elechi Amadi Polytechnic) in his Obio Akpor LGA, despite the fact that the Rivers State University and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education are all cited in Port Harcourt” some political pundits noted.

Observers say that it is unfortunate that such words of extreme discrimination and hate should be spoken by a sitting governor, considering that the College of Science and Technology was established in Port Harcourt by an Ijaw man, Governor Diete-Spiff and upgraded to Rivers State University of Science and technology by another Ijaw man, Governor Melford Okilo.


Prince Tonye Princewill an APC Chieftain in Rivers State in his reaction said Wike forgets that the College of Education (now Ajuru University of Education) was established near his community by a former Governor of Ijaw extraction, Diette-Spiff; even the College of Arts and Science was established and upgraded by Spiff and Okilo, all of them former governors of Ijaw extraction. 

He said: “It is disheartening that Rivers Ijaw, a people that embraced western education, and produced graduates in several fields of human endeavour ahead of some major tribes in Nigeria do not have a single state-owned higher institution and now Gov. Wike is saying that they must wait until they have their son or daughter as governor.”

“Wike is probably already seeing his end and is predicting his hand over. What he doesn’t realize is a Governor of Rivers state is a Governor for all and should govern with that as his guide”  Princewill advised.
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The Motley Crue rocker was knocked out in March after getting into a fight with Brandon Lee – who had claimed he’d acted in self defence because his dad was supposedly drunk – and the 22 year old threatened to repeat the incident as he blasted his father for being absent during the childhoods of himself and his younger brother Dylan, 20.


Brandon spoke out on Instagram after the 55-year-old drummer used a Father’s Day post to question whether he’d failed as a dad because of his sons’ lack of “morals”, and also criticised their mother, his ex-wife Pamela Anderson, for the way she raised the boys.

Brandon shared Tommy’s post and wrote: “Remember what happened last time you said this s**t? night night. You gotta show up to be a Dad big guy. If you think we’re so bad (which I can assure you we are not) then you should have showed up to a few more BDays and baseball games.

“Someone like you couldn’t raise a man like me. Once again painting our family in a negative light. Who the f**k are you? Just move on dude… WE ALL HAVE. or I’ll put you right back to f***ing sleep.”

He then shared a video of Tommy passed out on the floor in his underwear, seemingly after their previous fight, and wrote: “Look a little sleepy there Tommy.”

In his own post, Tommy admitted being a father isn’t “easy” and told of how he wished his kids had grown up with the values his own dad had instilled in him, making him question his parenting skills.

Alongside a photo of himself and his own father and another of himself with Brandon as a toddler, he wrote: “I’m not gonna sit here and post some fluffed up bulls**t for the public to read…. I’m gonna be honest- Being a father ain’t easy! I’m so tired of the fake s**t I keep seeing all over IG… let’s get real: It’s a rollercoaster ok?


“My father taught me to respect everyone and everything and to take care of those that I loved. He taught me to appreciate my possessions, and to be grateful for the things I was given.

“I’ve F***ed up at times but I’ve always bounced back. When I had a child, my first child, I wanted to instill those same virtues into him. Sometimes I feel like I failed as a father, because my kids don’t know the value of things. If they break something, they don’t care because they know they’ll just get a new one, if they hurt someone, they don’t care because so many people tell them it’s OK. I never wanted this for my kids.”

But the rocker then slammed his ex-wife for “enabling” Brandon and Dylan’s “bad behaviour” and treating them when they didn’t deserve it, and admitting his sons can be “assholes”.

He concluded: “I know I’m not fully to blame, because their mom has a lot to do with it, enabling bad behavior and buying them things when they weren’t good, but I guess I hoped at the end of the day they would end up kind. I love them dearly, don’t get me wrong, but man, sometimes it’s really tough to watch your kids grow up without those morals. Nothing can really prepare you for fatherhood …. I love my boys but they can be assholes too…and that’s the truth (Cue Honest Guy music).”
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South African insurer Liberty Holdings said on Sunday it had become the victim of a cyber attack after an external party claimed to have seized data from the firm and demanded payment.


Liberty, in which Standard Bank has a 53 percent stake, was alerted of the illegal unauthorized access to its IT infrastructure late on Thursday evening, group Chief Executive David Munro said at a press briefing on Sunday.

Liberty did engage with the external parties involved to determine their intention, but made no concessions “in the face of this attempted extortion,” Munro said.

As part of an ongoing investigation, Liberty identified and addressed specific vulnerabilities its IT infrastructure may have had to secure its customer data, he said. The insurer has alerted relevant authorities.

“Liberty is at an advanced stage of investigating the extent of the data breach, which at this stage it seems to be largely emails and possibly attachments,” said Munro.

“To be clear, at this stage there is no evidence that any of our customers have suffered any financial losses.”


He said no further action was required from Liberty’s customers at this stage and the insurer would inform customers directly if it was discovered that they may have been impacted.

Liberty is in the middle of a turnaround plan that includes greater focus on higher margin products and slower offshore expansion under Munro, who took the reins almost a year ago.

Liberty, which competes with larger Sanlam and Discovery, has lagged rivals operationally and on the stock market over the last three years as a weak economy and high interest rates in South Africa hit disposable incomes.