Landlords found “ripping off” tenants should face stronger sentencing, says the Local Government Association

first_img whatsapp Share James Nickerson Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Landlords found “ripping off” tenants should face stronger sentencing, says the Local Government Association Saturday 19 September 2015 11:48 am Councils should have greater powers to fight rouge landlords found taking advantage of residents that are struggling to find “decent housing in the private rented sector”, the Local Government Authority has said.The rogue landlords need to face “stronger sentencing, tougher license conditions and potential blacklisting”, the LGA said in a statement. LGA housing spokesman councillor Peter Box said:For the private rented sector to succeed, it needs a local response, led by councils. That means giving councils the tools to be truly effective against landlords who take advantage of tenants.The courts need to punish rogue landlords proportionately and there should be a consistent standard when it comes to licensing. But we also need to tackle this problem at source by finding ways to ensure there is an adequate supply of good quality housing in the private rented sector.The statement from the LGA comes in response to the Department for Communities and Local Government discussion paper on tackling rogue landlords.Read more: We can reform London’s rental sector without demonising landlordsThe response calls clearly for supporting councils by allowing them stronger powers, and wants clarity on “the proposals for a blacklist and how it will be funded”.The LGA also wants to see more powers given to councils to allow them to release surplus public land and support large scale investment in the private rented sector.In one case, a landlord failed to comply with an improvement notice for a mice and cockroach-infested house. The landlord paid just £3,000 while ten tenants, including two children, were forced to share a damp and mouldy kitchen for ten months while the work was carried out.Vice chairman of the LGA Gerald Vernon-Jackson told BBC Breakfast that “some landlords are really terrible and they need to be frightened”.Read more: Rent controls pledged by Labour to woo “generation rent”He added to BBC 5 live: “For a landlord who owns hundreds of houses and he gets tens of thousands of pounds every month, it’s like giving a premiership footballer a speeding fine of £1,000 – it makes no difference.We have to have some things available to the courts to use in the most serious of circumstances.However, while chief executive of the National Landlords’ Association Richard Lambert said there was “certainly a problem with enforcement of the existing legislation”, he added rogue landlords are a minority and not commonplace, the BBC reported. last_img read more

Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison

first_img Electric Picnic Facebook Pinterest Home News Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison News By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th September 2020 News WhatsApp Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role SEE ALSO – Charlie Flanagan among the new directors of cross-border peace-keeping charity Co-operation Ireland Twitter Facebook Twittercenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date An outside agency has been appointed to investigate a ‘retirement gathering’ that was held in the Midlands Prison during lockdown.The Irish Times is reporting that the Irish Prison Service have asked an outside body to investigate the gathering from March 27.This date, coincidentally, was also the day that visits to the prison were banned in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.According to the paper, around 30 people attended the event to mark the retirement of Midlands Governor Ethel Gavin – who was, at the time, the the second most senior officer in the Irish Prison Service.It is understood that the gathering of around 30 people occurred in the staff canteen.A complain was subsequently made under a protested disclosure to the Irish Prison Service which has been assessed as admissible and passed onto the professional consultancy firm Mazars for an independent investigation.The Irish Prison Service told the Irish Times that the “Director General gave clear instruction” to Ms Gavin that “any large gathering, or large assembly of staff, to mark her retirement . . . was not permissible.”Ms Gavin has said there was ‘no party’ or ‘large gathering’ and maintains that she did not break any rules. Previous articleLaois County Councillors decide not to increase Local Property Tax for 2021Next articleCoronavirus: 98 new cases as saga over pubs and restaurants rumbles on LaoisToday Reporter Investigation launched over ‘retirement gathering’ in Midlands Prison WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSEthel GavinMidlands Prison Pinterest Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

FCA calls on funds to improve fee disclosure

first_img Keywords Commissions and fees,  United KingdomCompanies Financial Conduct Authority James Langton Australian regulator aims to address fee problems British regulators say that investment funds need to do a better job of clearly disclosing fees and charges to investors. In the wake of a review of how fund firms disclose their costs to prospective investors, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) stresses that firms must reveal their fund charges clearly and consistently “so that retail investors are able to compare charges before making decisions on where to invest.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related newscenter_img Regulators sticking to their plan Market for advice improving, but slowly: FCA The FCA says that its review aims to examine how firms communicate their charges to investor, “given the importance of investors understanding and comparing charges as they contribute to fund returns along with performance and the level of risk.” The regulator says, “Consumers are likely to find it easier to understand and compare charges if all firms involved in providing funds to investors consistently use one combined charges figure, such as the ongoing charges figure for certain funds, in all documents. Using the annual management charge in some marketing material and a combined figure in other documents may confuse investors and hinder comparing charges.” The FCA says that its review found examples of firms who provide a consistent, comprehensive charge across all relevant documents and platforms; but it also found firms that make effective comparisons difficult by disclosing different charges across multiple documents. “We believe that it is important for investors to clearly understand and compare charges across the market as this, together with fund performance and risk profile, are the key areas that they should look at,” said FCA director of supervision, Clive Adamson. “We are therefore today encouraging all firms to respond to our findings and adopt the clarity and consistency we believe to be important.” The FCA says that it will follow up this work with firms through its routine supervision and work with the Investment Management Association (IMA), which has issued voluntary guidance to the industry on the disclosure of charges and costs. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

TMX develops blockchain system for NGX

first_img “The prototype is designed to optimize the NGX natural gas settlement process for clients by providing a transparent view of gas movements across locations and enabling participants to more accurately report their positions,” TMX Group says in a news release. The new system could also enhance delivery and payment processing; reduce the risk of supply shortfalls; and provide secure transactional data, it adds. “This exciting new prototype is designed to more accurately and efficiently track activity and provide clients with valuable analytics on natural gas movements, while preserving the confidentiality and integrity of the data,” says Steve Lappin, president and CEO of NGX, in a statement. Proponents of blockchain technology are touting it as a potential replacement for existing clearing and settlement systems that could increase efficiency, reduce costs and improve security in several markets. “TMX’s digital strategy forges on in pursuit of tangible business applications for emerging technologies across our diverse enterprise,” says John Lee, vice president, innovation and enterprise delivery, with TMX Group, in a statement. Keywords BlockchainCompanies TMX Group Ltd. Related news JPM Coin makes a mainstream case for blockchain James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social mediacenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Blockchain, digital assets face legal hurdles: SIFMA Toronto-based TMX Group Ltd. has developed a blockchain-based system that aims to improve the settlement process for Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), the exchange firm’s natural gas trading facility. Specifically, TMX Group has built a prototype with Toronto-based blockchain developer Nuco Inc. that uses distributed ledger technology to enhance the tracking of natural gas flows. Blockchain technology to improve efficiency, security for securitizations, Moody’s sayslast_img read more

Business confidence down, but companies still plan to invest

first_img Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Canadian Press Companies on balance also expect to hire more workers over the next 12 months and overall investment plans have edged higher.The report says Canadian business owners plan to increase investments in intangible assets such as technology, marketing initiatives, intellectual property and employee training-over the next 12 months.However, they plan to scale back spending on real estate, machinery and equipment.Regionally, business owners in the Prairies were among the most pessimistic, while those in Quebec were the most optimistic in Canada.BDC chief economist Pierre Cleroux said Canadian entrepreneurs will keep investing in their companies despite international uncertainty and lower global growth.“There’s reason to be optimistic: at the end of 2019, the United States, Mexico and Canada signed a new free trade agreement, reinstating favourable conditions for Canadian products and services,” Cleroux said in a statement.The BDC survey gauges the level of confidence in the economy among businesses, their business outlook, as well as their investment plans for the next 12 months.The report was based on a survey completed by 1,000 business owners from Oct. 1 to Oct. 17, 2019. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Businessman calculating and checking articles of agreemen bacho12345/123RF Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news A new survey by the Business Development Bank of Canada suggests trade disputes and a global slowdown have undermined small business confidence in the economy, but firms still plan to make investments in their businesses.Despite the drop in confidence in the economy, Canadian entrepreneurs on balance are more upbeat about their own prospects and expect to see sales grow, the report says. Keywords Small business,  Economic forecasts last_img read more

Netflix eyes app features for mobile-only viewers

first_img Netflix executives revealed the company is investing in features which will allow it to better reach mobile-only customers in growing markets such as India.During Netflix’s Q1 2018 earnings call, chief product officer Greg Peters said the company explored a range of options to more effectively serve these users, including developing an app which is lightweight enough to load quickly and implementing efficient encoding to enable smooth streaming in limited connectivity environments.Peters also pointed out the company rolled out a download feature in late 2016 enabling data conscious users, or those lacking consistent connectivity, to view content when offline. He said the app highlights how Netflix is “investing in a feature” which is mostly used in emerging markets, but “also fits our global product model, where our members around the world are getting a benefit.”The increased focus on mobile-only viewers comes as Netflix continues to grow its international audience. The company noted its international segment now accounts for around half of its total revenue and 55 per cent of memberships.In Q1, the company’s total number of international subscribers rose to 68.29 million from 47.89 million in Q1 2017. The figure topped US subscriber metrics for the fourth quarter in a row, as US memberships rose at a slower pace from 50.85 million in Q1 2017 to 56.71 million in the recent quarter.All told, Netflix revenue of $3.6 billion was up 43.2 per cent year over year in Q1, while net income climbed to $290 million from $178 million in the 2017 period. International revenue of $1.78 billion still lagged slightly behind US revenue of $1.82 billion, but Netflix forecast international revenue would surpass US earnings in Q2. HomeAppsNews Netflix eyes app features for mobile-only viewers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 17 APR 2018 Related Apps Diana Goovaerts Snap remains at a loss despite user, revenue jumps Tags center_img Author Twitter cautions of financial hit from Covid-19 US streaming shake-up sees Netflix lose ground Previous ArticleFeature phone market stabilises, smartphones struggleNext ArticleClyburn steps down from FCC Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more NetflixQ1 earningslast_img read more

MTN makes OpenRAN move

first_img Related Author MTN Group outlined plans to deploy 5,000 sites across its network using OpenRAN, as traction around the technology grows.In a statement, MTN said it has already deployed 200 commercial rural sites across its footprint, using OpenRAN technology, which will grow to more than 5,000 across its 21 operations. The solutions will help the African operator deliver 2G, 3G and 4G connectivity simultaneously in unconnected areas, highlighting the technology’s low deployment and maintenance costs compared with traditional hardware.The company added it has struck partnerships with Parallel Wireless, Vanu and NuRAN Wireless to help deliver the technology.Dirk Karl, chief procurement officer at MTN, said the company had conducted trials of OpenRAN in Zambia since 2018.“Our team has steadily been focused on creating viable RAN solutions alongside the traditional deployments of network technology suppliers in order to accelerate the rural expansion in our markets.”OpenRAN hypeMTN’s announcement comes hot on the heels of Vodafone Group outlining plans at Facebook’s TIP Summit 2019 to hold a tender open to OpenRAN technology vendors, covering its entire European footprint.US operator Sprint also announced it would open three new TIP community labs, to boost its efforts around the technology.OpenRAN, an initiative of Facebook’s Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP), aims to offer an alternative to traditional networks by promoting a software-based approach using common hardware. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 NOV 2019 Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Previous ArticleLi-Fi to hit mass market in 2021Next ArticleTelefonica exec supports consolidation in Spain MTNParallelSprintVodafone Home MTN makes OpenRAN move Kavit Majithia Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Tags last_img read more

Cal Poly, UC Davis Joining Big Sky Conference

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The Big Sky Conference has announced the addition of the football teams from Cal Poly and UC Davis.Cal Poly and UC Davis are Football Championship Subdivision teams that compete in the Great West Conference for football, but participate in the Big West for the majority of their sports. A timeline for the move has not been set.Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton says adding the teams to the nine-team league gives the conference more depth to compete for additional playoff berths.Fullerton said Tuesday’s announcement is the first part of an expansion that could lead to a 12-team football conference with two six-team divisions.The Big Sky Conference currently includes Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State and Weber State.last_img read more

‘It Was a Gut Punch’: Independent Review of Sprague Fire Details Sperry Chalet’s Final Hours

first_imgAt approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, 2017, four firefighters and a National Park Service maintenance employee gathered in the shadow of the Sperry Chalet dormitory.Over the previous three hours, the five people had doused hundreds of spot fires around the century-old chalet sparked by embers from the nearby Sprague Fire, which had been tormenting the west side of Glacier National Park for more than three weeks. While the air was still thick with smoke, the nearby fire appeared to be calming, and the firefighters tasked with protecting one of Glacier’s most beloved historic structures thought they had accomplished their mission.“It felt like we may have been successful and the worst was over,” one of the firefighters told an independent investigator later.Little did the firefighters know that in the next few minutes, after they had all gone back to dousing spot fires, an ember would sneak into the chalet. At 6 p.m., one of the firefighters noticed smoke coming out of a second-story window. A few minutes later, flames were leaping out of the window; within an hour, the 104-year-old chalet had been reduced to rubble.“It was a gut punch,” one of the firefighters said. “For the past two hours we had worked hard and felt like we were going to be successful.”On June 21, 10 months after the Sperry Chalet was destroyed, the National Park Service released an extensive independent investigation into how the historic chalet was lost last summer. The document provides intimate details of the beloved structure’s final hours, as well as recommendations for what firefighters can do in the future to protect historic structures from wildfires in national parks.“We will use what we learned from the loss of this iconic structure to improve where we can safely do so,” stated National Park Service Fire Director Dan Buckley in a press release issued with the report. “The action items resulting from the investigation and review will inform us for managing risk in future similar situations.”Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke ordered an independent review of the fire that destroyed Sperry soon after it burned on Aug. 31. Within weeks, investigators were at Sperry combing through the remains and interviewing the firefighters who tried to save it.According to a detailed timeline in the report, the lightning-caused Sprague Fire started at approximately 8:36 p.m. on Aug. 10. Early on, after assessing the fire from the air and ground, fire managers believed they could contain the blaze, which by Aug. 12 had only scorched about 23 acres, with two Type 1 hotshot fire crews. At the time, there were more than 80 fires raging across the West, many of them threatening homes and lives, and 75 unfulfilled orders for Type 1 and Type 2 fire crews. Glacier Park officials closed off a large section of land around the blaze and quickly hatched a plan to fight the fire from the air, mostly with helicopters when they were available.As part of the closure, the Sperry Chalet was evacuated on Aug. 11. On Aug. 14, fire officials identified the Sperry Chalet and Mount Brown Fire Lookout as “primary values at risk” of being impacted by the fire. On Aug. 16, six firefighters wrapped the lookout with fire-resistant material. That same day, another crew flew to the Sperry Chalet to start laying water hoses and install a sprinkler system on the dormitory and other nearby buildings. They also installed fire-resistant material on the wooden deck and first story of the dormitory.Because the chalet was located on a rocky outcrop, fire managers believed it was unlikely the fire would move toward the building as a front, and that spot fires from hot embers were the bigger threat.Although some members of the public wondered why the lookout was completely wrapped and not the chalet, the report’s authors noted that wrapping Sperry would have been unsafe and ineffective. In fact, because of the building’s many irregular shapes, wrapping it could have made the situation worse.“Wrapping some of those areas could create additional pockets where embers could become trapped and negate the effort of wrapping,” officials wrote.Throughout the second half of August, the Sprague Fire continued to grow in the hills east of Lake McDonald. On Aug. 16, a Type 3 incident management team was assigned to the blaze and more resources started to arrive.On Aug. 31, the fire had burned 2,095 acres and was slowly inching toward Sperry. A forecast of gusty winds and low humidity had fire managers on edge, and “the (division supervisor) was expecting the Sperry Chalet to be impacted by fire that day,” according to the report.Five people — four firefighters and one maintenance employee — were stationed at Sperry when fire activity, fueled by winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour, began to increase at 2:30 p.m. Over the next three hours, the firefighters battled “hundreds” of spot fires.At 3:30 p.m., one of the firefighters noticed smoke coming from the corner of the roof on the Dining Hall. The firefighter told a colleague to “bring a Pulaski” and they approached the building. With the Pulaski, the firefighters pulled a “rat’s nest size pile” of burning debris from under the eave of the roof and quickly extinguished it.Two hours later, with fire activity starting to slow and the number of spot fires decreasing, the firefighters regrouped near the Sperry dormitory. After discussing their situation for a few minutes, the firefighters split up again; some continued to patrol the area for spot fires while others sprayed water on buildings, including the dormitory.At 6 p.m., one of the firefighters noticed smoke coming from a second-story window and radioed for backup. While one firefighter sprayed the dormitory with water, two others tried to go inside the building to see if they could fight the fire from within. The firefighters approached the building and opened a door to find smoke filling the entire structure.“(It was) terrible brown smoke,” one of the firefighters said later. “It was so thick you could barely see your hands in front of you.”The two firefighters tried to walk into the building but quickly retreated. The firefighters looked for another way in but were again halted by the smoke.“Within approximately five minutes, flames could be seen coming from the window of the dormer (a window that projects from a sloped roof),” the report states. “Fueled by the heavy timbers, wooden walls and ceilings, the fire grew rapidly with flames reaching the underside of the dormer and extending to the roof shingles within minutes. Over the next hour, the fire continued to grow in size and intensity, consuming the majority of combustible materials in the building’s south half.”In the mid-1990s, a fire-resistant wall designed to withstand fire for one hour was installed in the middle of the chalet. As the fire burned on the south side of the building, the fire-resistant wall eventually failed and flames engulfed the north half of the structure as well.Once the fire spread to the north end of the structure, the fire crew supervisor at Sperry radioed fire managers back at camp to inform them that the Sperry dormitory was “a total loss.”Fueled by winds and extremely dry conditions, the Sprague Fire had grown from 2,095 acres to 4,646 acres on Aug. 31.One of the firefighters at Sperry later called it “the most intense direct firefighting experience” of his life.Fire investigators found that the steps taken to protect Sperry in the days before Aug. 31 had been appropriate, although there were numerous lessons that emerged from the ashes of Sperry.One lesson was for park officials in communicating to the public the risk the fire posed to Sperry. Prior to the chalet burning, park officials announced that the chalet was “well protected,” which investigators believe probably gave the public a false sense of the situation at hand.“There was no mention of the fact that despite taking solid measures to protect the values at risk there are no guarantees firefighters will be able to successfully protect every structure,” the report states.The report’s authors also recommend that wildland firefighters receive additional training in dealing with structure fires and how to install sprinkler systems atop buildings. Although sprinklers were installed on the Sperry Chalet dormitory, only the NPS building maintenance employee at Sperry had been trained to safely go on the roof. That type of training is especially important, the report’s authors concluded, as “more parks are experiencing larger wildfires and more historic structures are at risk.”The report also recommends that the National Park Service dedicate more resources to helping firefighters deal with the aftermath a major incident. Following the loss of Sperry, only one firefighter was formally debriefed on the incident, yet all five people assigned to the blaze reportedly felt “despair” for having lost the building.Glacier Park Superintendent Jeff Mow praised the authors of the report as well as the firefighters stationed at Sperry who saved the buildings surrounding the dormitory, including the Dining Hall.“We now turn our attention to restoring the Sperry Chalet experience for the next 100 years,” Mow said.Earlier this month, the National Park Service allocated $12 million to rebuild the history Sperry Chalet dormitory. Construction is expected to begin this summer. 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New mindset driving Sharks revolution

first_imgNew mindset driving Sharks revolution  2101  224 GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Sean Everitt shares a joke with his players Photo: Steve Haag Sports/Hollywoodbets Posted in Jon Cardinelli, Top headlines Tagged sharks, Super Rugby Post by Jon Cardinelli ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieJean de Villiers and Schalk Burger share some epic memories with former Springbok teammate Jaque Fourie on the first episode of season two of their ‘Use It or Lose It’ show.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo Published on March 1, 2020 ‘ Sean Everitt’s bold approach to selection and strategy has reaped significant rewards for the Sharks in the early stages of 2020, writes JON CARDINELLI.How much do the Sharks players believe in the gameplan and in their own abilities? How badly do they want to win big matches for their franchise and for their coach?These questions were emphatically answered in Brisbane on Saturday. The Sharks did not panic when they were three points behind at half time. They did not fall apart when the Reds threatened to hit back on the hour.Experienced players and coaches will tell you that a touring side is at its most vulnerable in the second half of the fourth game abroad. The Sharks, however, managed to lift their physical efforts on attack and defence during this period.ALSO READ: Sharks cap great tour with emphatic winThe chief decision-makers pushed through the mental fatigue to make game-winning plays. Six minutes after the full-time hooter, when the game was already well won, the Sharks ran from their own line with the outrageous intent to claim a try-scoring bonus point.That second-half performance told you everything you need to know about the individuals in the current Sharks group and indeed the unity of the collective.Consider where the Sharks were less than a year ago. The same questions would have yielded very different answers and highlighted the structural and cultural issues at the franchise.In 2019, the Sharks’ gameplan was one-dimensional and largely risk-averse. Rob du Preez Snr’s determination to back his son – Rob Jnr – at No 10 had a negative impact on the team as a whole.Consider where the Sharks are in 2020. Everyone at the franchise has spoken about the importance of transformation and inclusivity. The makeup of the team over the first five rounds should be used as evidence that the Sharks – and more specifically Everitt – are walking the talk.Everitt has made good on his word to back Curwin Bosch consistently at flyhalf. He has given younger players like Aphelele Fassi an extended run in the starting lineup and he has given promising rookies like Sanele Nohamba the chance to show what he can do at Super Rugby level.The Sharks’ tactics have been equally bold. They’ve used their defence and tactical kicking as offensive weapons. The manner in which they have transitioned from defence to attack – utilising the running and handling skills of Fassi, Makazole Mapimpi and a reborn Sikhhumbuzo Notshe – has marked the team as serious contenders.ANALYSIS: How Sharks shift from defence to attackThe results indicate that this Sharks team is one of substance. They’ve banked four wins in five games – three of those in Australasia. One would expect the Sharks to build on this great start to the season and push for the South African conference title – as well as an all-important home playoff.The Sharks don’t have the depth of the Stormers. It will be interesting to see how Everitt responds when a few of his senior forwards are ruled out with injuries.The Sharks coach has shown his intent to rotate the back row and the backline over the first five weeks, though, and the team even managed to score a big win against the Rebels in round four without their inspirational captain.Can the Sharks beat the Jaguares in Durban next week to move to the top of the conference standings? The Stormers suffered a big defeat to the Blues and won’t have an opportunity to add to their log tally when they have a bye in round six. The Sharks – who are one point behind the Cape side – could well move into pole position.As well as they performed in Brisbane, the Sharks would do well to avoid falling into the same trap as the Stormers. The latter team was punished by a less fancied yet ultimately more physical and accurate side at Newlands on Saturday.It’s encouraging to think that this Sharks side has room for improvement and that individuals such as Fassi will grow stronger with experience. They will need to sharpen their game at the set pieces and attacking breakdowns, though, if they’re going to overcome a dangerous Jaguares side. Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more