Nokia unveils smartphones to rival Apple

first_img Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Nokia unveils smartphones to rival Apple Tags: NULLcenter_img NOKIA CHAIRMANJORMA OLLILAIT’S out with the old and in with the new at Nokia. At the same time as unveiling three new smartphones to join its flagship N8 model, the Finnish company revealed chairman Jorma Ollila, the man credited with making Nokia the world’s largest handset maker, will step down in 2012. Ollila’s planned departure follows the exits in recent days of chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Anssi Vanjoki, the head of Nokia’s smartphone unit. Vanjoki, widely seen as heir apparent to the chief executive, quit following Nokia’s decision to appoint Stephen Elop, head of Microsoft’s business division, as its chief executive last Friday. Elop, who takes the reins on 21 September, will be the first non-Finn to lead the company, and it’s clear the company is seeking a new direction. As Nokia struggles to keep pace with its rivals, especially Apple, in the lucrative smartphone market, it would have been difficult for Elop to take the company in a new direction with Ollila still at the top. Ollila, 60 years old, served as Nokia’s chief executive for 14 years, stepping down in 2006. MOBILE phone maker Nokia yesterday unveiled the smartphones its new management team will be fighting with, as it tries to win back market share from Apple and Blackberry.The world’s biggest phone maker, Nokia is engaged in a major management revamp, with the departures of its chief executive and chairman announced last week and its top internal candidate for the chief executive post resigning on Monday after an outsider was chosen for the job.Nokia still controls around 40 per cent of the global smartphone market volume, but has lost out to Apple and Research in Motion’s Blackberry in the fatter-margin market for the most expensive cellphone models.“Today our fightback to smartphone leadership shifts into high gear,” Niklas Savander, head of Nokia markets unit, said at the London launch.The new models – E7, C7 and a new version of the C6 – all come with large touchscreens and use the latest Symbian software.“The products are a clear improvement… but we know they are not where Nokia needs to be yet, and any other promise around ‘we are working on it’ would have not convinced anyone,” said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. “A new CEO and the old guard stepping down might give investors more confidence that things are really changing.”The phones will go on sale before the end of the year at prices ranging from €260-495, excluding subsidies and taxes. whatsapp Tuesday 14 September 2010 8:09 pmlast_img read more

iGB Diary: Good causes, CMO-slash-actor and adios Rod

first_img Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Marketing & affiliates People Strategy iGB Diary iGB Diary iGB Diary: Good causes, CMO-slash-actor and adios Rod Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Happy Friday igamers! This week we do the sums on where good causes money is going in Ireland, ponder an odd image and say farewell to the man who threw the industry into disarray with his reinterpretation of the Wire Act.Who’s really taking from good causes then? It’s repeatedly claimed by lottery monopolies that betting on lottery companies are diverting funds from good causes, despite very little evidence to support such claims. We heard these arguments in the UK, in Australia and now in Ireland, where a war of wars between the monopoly, Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI), and Lottoland, et al, has been playing out over the past year or so. But as we pointed out last year, PLI is on particularly shaky ground when it in fact takes good causes cash itself by keeping any unclaimed prizes. In the UK unclaimed prizes are diverted back to good causes but PLI keeps them for marketing expenses. The scale of just how much PLI is profiting from this was exposed by The Times this week and made for some pretty interesting reading. The newspaper initially requested the figure for unclaimed prizes directly from PLI under freedom of information laws, but PLI argued the information couldn’t be released as it would expose “trade secrets”. We think it’s more like a dirty secret – following intervention by the Office of the Information Commission, it was revealed that between 2015 and 2018 PLI kept €71.2m in unclaimed prizes. If you average that out over four years, that’s €17.8m per year. Given about €0.30 for each euro spent in Ireland goes to good causes, that’s €5.34m per year being taken directly from good causes. Now, let’s compare that with what’s being potentially being missed out on due to lottery betting. According to a report by economist Jim Power last year, the draw-based betting turnover of the three largest online lottery betting companies in Ireland was equal to just 0.25% of the draw-based €559m turnover of PLI. So let’s say between them, the lottery betting companies are selling €1.4m in bets per year. If the same amount was spent on PLI tickets, then €420,000 would go to good causes. Essentially, then, while PLI is pointing the finger at lottery betting companies, it’s actually taking more than 10 times what they are from good causes itself. Hmm… Strike a pose Speaking of monopoly operators, we were perplexed by the image we received of UK monopoly operator Camelot’s new marketing director Keith Moor this week. The picture, sent out by Camelot alongside a press release about his appointment, features Moor wearing all black, several bracelets and draped over a chair. It was less ‘new senior appointment’, more ‘latest album out Monday’. We’re unsure if Camelot hired a snapper more used to working with models and actors or if it perhaps got carried away with its plan to attract more Millennials with an Instagram-worthy picture. Whatever the case, we’re sort of excited to see what the next Camelot appointment holds – a new staffer striking a pose against a graffitied wall? Lying draped over a sofa? We can’t wait. In Rod we trust Farewell Rod Rosenstein, we hardly ever knew ye. The deputy Attorney General, and cause of many US lottery and gaming execs’ sleepless nights, will step down from his role in May. Aside from standing by as AG William Barr provided a PR pitch for the US president at the release of the Mueller Report, his Wire Act reinterpretation will be his lasting legacy, at least in the gaming industry’s eyes. In his letter of resignation, he tells Trump: “[the Justice Department] bears a special responsibility to avoid partisanship. Political considerations may influence policy choices, but neutral principles must drive decisions about individual cases.” Fine words. But considering the DoJ’s new opinion on the Wire Act is widely rumoured to have been dictated under pressure from a certain land-based casino magnate, the Diary doesn’t think he’s really taken them to heart.That’s it for this week. See you next week!center_img 3rd May 2019 | By Joanne Christie Regions: Europe US Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

888 extends igaming partnership with Delaware Lottery

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US Delaware Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 6th July 2020 | By contenteditor Lottery 888 extends igaming partnership with Delaware Lottery Online gambling operator 888 has extended its exclusive igaming deal with the Delaware Lottery by an additional two years.Under the partnership, which began in 2013, 888 will continue to power the US state’s online gambling platform, with players able to access a range of casino and poker games.888’s interstate poker network in the US will also continue to allow consumers in Delaware to compete against other players in New Jersey and Nevada.“888 has been a valued partner since the Delaware Lottery launched its pioneering iGaming offering through the websites of Delaware’s three casinos,” Delaware Lottery director Vernon Kirk said.“In another first, 888’s poker platform enabled the Delaware/Nevada/New Jersey Multi-State Internet Gaming Association to offer peer-to-peer poker liquidity and further enhance the player experience across all three jurisdictions.”Read the full story on iGB North America. Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Online gambling operator 888 has extended its exclusive igaming deal with the Delaware Lottery by an additional two years. Tags: Online Gambling Email Addresslast_img read more

First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited is a financial services institution providing products and solutions for personal, business and private clients in Botswana. Its personal banking division offers the standard range of transaction products as well as student accounts, overdrafts and loans and online banking products. The business banking division offers additional services such as purchase order finance, premium credit facilities and commercial property loans. First National Bank of Botswana also provides agricultural solutions, farming enterprise finance, business investment solutions and farm risk insurance finance along with solutions for payments, funding, cash management services to the public sector, and treasury and trade services. The private banking division offers wealth and advisory services, and structured lending services. The banking group facilitates its banking services through the Pick n Pay franchise with a sales and service channel called FNBB Kiosk. First National Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of First National Bank Holdings (Botswana) Limited.last_img read more

Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgAir Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Air Mauritius Ltd (AIRM.mu)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAir Mauritius Limited is an international airline that operates in the Indian ocean region. The airline and its subsidiaries deal in the carriage of passengers and cargo. The company also operates a hotel in Rodrigues as well as an investment property for rentals. Air Mauritius runs its business from two segments, the aircraft operations segment and the ground operations segment. The company is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) HY2020 Presentation

first_imgTlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw)  2020 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileTlou Energy Limited identifies, explores, evaluates, and develops coalbed methane (CBM) resources in Southern Africa. It holds one mining license and nine prospecting licenses covering an area of approximately 8,300 square kilometers in the Karoo Basin, Botswana. The company owns a 100% interest in the Lesedi CBM project. It also holds interest in the Mamba project. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Brisbane, Australia.last_img read more

Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) 2020 Annual Report

first_imgChoppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw)  2020 annual report.Company ProfileChoppies Enterprises Limited is an investment holding company which operates in the grocery supermarket sector. The Choppie brand is associated with superstores, hyperstores and value stores; each offering the full instore range of a bakery, butchery, fresh fruit and vegetables and fast food. The company sells private label products, as well as a range of financial services. Choppies Enterprises Limited also manages a distribution and supply operation, a logistics operation and a maintenance service. Choppies retail outlets target lower to middle-income shoppers; with a total of 212 stores located in the major towns and cities in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Choppies Enterprises Limited was founded in 1986 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswanalast_img read more

2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in 2021 for my Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royston Wild | Sunday, 10th January, 2021 | More on: BME PLUS Image source: Getty Images. I’m looking for more cheap UK shares to add to my Stocks and Shares ISA in 2021. Here are a couple of top stocks on my watchlist today:A five-star UK retail shareInvesting in the retail industry is extremely risky business right now. A combination of Covid-19 lockdowns and weak consumer confidence means that many UK shares might not see the other side of 2021.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…That’s not to say that stock investors shouldn’t invest in the retail sector, however. Online-only retailers like Amazon, and ones with considerable e-commerce operations like JD Sports Fashion have very bright futures as the Internet shopping phenomenon takes off. Niche retailers like wargaming specialist Games Workshop and music equipment seller Gear4music can also find protection in their specialist operations.One other segment that stands to have a spectacular 2021 is the budget retail arena. And this is where B&M European Value Retail (LSE:BME) comes in. This UK share announced last week that like-for-like revenues on these shores rocketed 21.1% in the three months to December. Trading has been so strong, in fact, that B&M has decided to pay a £200m special dividend to its shareholders.I also like this UK stock because it is expanding rapidly to exploit this favourable trading backcloth to the max. B&M has 673 shops running the length and breadth of the country right now. It plans to cut the ribbon on an extra 18 stores in the final three months of this fiscal year (ending March 2021). And the company has what it describes as a “healthy” pipeline for financial 2022 too.City analysts are reckoning that B&M’s earnings will soar 86% year on year in this financial year. And this leaves it trading on an ultra-low forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) readout of 0.2. This is a UK share with a very bright earnings outlook that stretches well beyond 2021.The trading titanPlus500 (LSE: PLUS) is another London-quoted stock I expect to thrive in 2021. It also looks too cheap on paper as, in this case, it trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10 times. Let me explain why.This UK share operates the largest online trading platform for contracts for difference (or CFDs) in Europe. And it enjoyed a bumper year in 2020 thanks to the colossal amount of volatility on financial markets. Revenues clocked in at a record $872m last year, financials released last week showed, better than it had been predicting just a few months agoPlus500 has strong momentum going into this new year as well. It says that both client deposits and the number of new customers in the final quarter were double the level recorded in the same 2019 period. This was thanks to the “significant investment” the business has made in marketing technology, it says. With financial markets likely to remain choppy as the Covid-19 crisis extends into 2021, and individuals likely to spend more time at home as lockdowns continue, I reckon this UK share should thrive again in this new year. 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in 2021 for my Stocks and Shares ISA See all posts by Royston Wild John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Royston Wild owns shares of Games Workshop. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Games Workshop. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Could Boohoo shares be star buys of the summer?

first_imgCould Boohoo shares be star buys of the summer? Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Jonathansmith1 has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Jonathan Smith | Friday, 18th June, 2021 | More on: BOO The Boohoo (LSE:BOO) share price has been choppy over the past year. The fast fashion retailer has seen equally fast swings in sentiment from investors. The share price is down 16% over a one-year period, although up 4% over the past six months. With first-quarter results released earlier this week, could the direction for Boohoo shares be higher?Recent resultsIn the three months to the end of May, Boohoo saw a 32% increase in revenue when compared to the same period last year. This growth was driven by the UK and USA, with other markets showing a decrease.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It spent money on some big investments with an outlay of £143.5 million. This was mainly around new offices and distribution centres. Although this decreased the cash balance, I’m not too concerned. Investing in infrastructure like this is a long-term benefit for the company, and for Boohoo shares in general.The other interesting element in its results was the report by Sir Brian Leveson on its supply chain initiative, Agenda for Change. This is specifically geared around the issues thrown up last year about low pay and unsafe working conditions in Leicester. It included some positive developments, but it’s too early to assess the results as this is a multi-year project. Yet it’s clear that Boohoo is using this as another way of gauging performance, aside from finances.Reasons to be positiveI think Boohoo shares could accelerate higher this summer and beyond as organic consumer demand rises. The easing of lockdown restrictions will likely see many looking to refresh their wardrobes as socialising and events become more frequent. The segment of the fashion industry that Boohoo operates in should allow it to capture this demand. After all, it’s mostly geared to a younger consumer who’s keen to socialise.Further, the integration of brands such as Dorothy Perkins and Burton from the failed Arcadia empire is already helping revenue. Looking forward, Boohoo shares should benefit from this increased diversification.Caution with Boohoo sharesThere are some risks that I see for Boohoo shares. The business has stated that it’s committed to changing and improving standards within the company and with suppliers. But this isn’t something that can be fixed overnight. There could be more damaging practices that will come to light as the spotlight is shone on it. Ultimately, this could hamper the reputation of Boohoo and see a fall in the share price.Another risk is that Boohoo might actually lose out on some custom as customers decide to trade up to other brands. Over the past year, the amount saved by people in the UK has shot up. Now that people are feeling more confident about the state of the economy, it should encourage spending. Even for myself, my lack of purchases over the past year mean that now I’m happier to buy something a little bit more expensive now.Overall, I do think the benefits outweigh the risks for Boohoo shares, and I think they will rise this summer and beyond. However, I don’t see the firm as a star buy for my portfolio, and I think there are better opportunities elsewhere. Image source: Getty Images FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

The Top 14 and the death of l’esprit de clocher

first_imgSpirits in the night: Grenoble celebrate defeating Toulouse away from home, 25-22 Saint-Andre drew on his own experience coaching Bourgoin from 2002 to 2004 to illustrate his point. “When I was there about 60% of the squad came from Bourgoin,” he told me. “At home the players were playing in front of their friends and family. They knew most of the spectators and knew they were playing for the honour of Bourgoin. It was as if they were ready to die for the town.”I knew what he meant. At the time of our interview I was playing for a club on the outskirts of Montpellier and the games I feared most were the ones that took me into the charming Languedoc countryside. Here the locals regarded us as city slickers to be slaughtered. The entire village would turn out, encircling the pitch and creating atmospheres ranging from the intimidating to the incendiary. In such a white-hot cauldron of emotion the home team would do whatever it took to win – even if it included gouging, stamping and butting. Meet that same side away, however, and they would often go down without so much as a whimper.Back in the day: Bourgoin were in the top flight when Philippe Saint-Andre was in chargeBourgoin were in the top-flight of French rugby when Philippe Saint-Andre was in charge. Ten years on and no club in the Top 14 is able to boast that 60% of its players are homegrown. Instead of local lads there are outsiders – Bothas, McAlisters, Roberts and Nalagas – players who have no concept of l’esprit de clocher. There’s a revolution underway in French rugby, one that is having ramifications for the home nations. We’ve already seen evidence of it in October when Toulon, Toulouse and Racing Metro all won away in the European Champions Cup. Three victories on the road for French clubs and we’re only two rounds into the tournament. Contrast that to the 2007-8 Heineken Cup season when the six French clubs managed only four victories in 18 away matches – and none against an English or Irish club.This weekend Racing Metro will fancy their chances of returning from the Ospreys with a win, while Toulon will travel to stuttering Leicester Tigers with a confidence that Clermont might find hard to muster as they head to Munster.But win or lose at Thomond Park, Clermont will put up more of a fight than some French clubs in the past. The Heineken Cup has witnessed many a dismal French surrender on foreign soil, from Toulouse capitulating 77-17 to Wasps in 1996 to Leinster’s 50-point drubbing of Bourgoin in 2005 to Northampton Saints’ 34-0 shellacking of Perpignan in January 2010, who at the time were champions of France.It used to be a similar story in the Top 14. The likes of Toulouse, Stade Francais, Biarritz and Clermont – the powerhouses of French rugby a few years ago – would often have the wherewithal to win away, but few of the so-called smaller clubs would ever steal a victory l’extérieur.Brive with me: Brive took it to Montpellier last monthThat mindset is fast disappearing. The Top 14 hasn’t even reached the halfway mark of the season and already there have been startling results on the road, none more so than Grenoble’s 25-22 stoppage time victory at Toulouse on Saturday. Add Oyonnax’s triumph at Racing, Brive’s 25-10 thumping of Montpellier and, in a troubled season for the Mediterranean outfit, their  own win at Clermont, and a picture emerges of a league where sides now hit the road believing they can win.What’s brought about this change in philosophy? Simple. Money. A decade ago the majority of players and coaches in the Top 14 were French. There were some great talent but it had been reared on l’esprit de clocher [literally, ‘the spirit of the bell tower’ but also a euphemism for parochialism]. A few years ago I discussed this ‘spirit’ with Philippe Saint-Andre, at the time director of rugby at Sale Sharks. “Even in the professional era there is still a ‘win at home, lose away’ mentality in French rugby,” explained PSA. “You could call it l’esprit de clocher.’” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS They are highly paid – but more significantly – highly-motivated men who want to win every game they play. Some call them mercenaries, a silly and emotive word that means what exactly? According to the Oxford English dictionary a mercenary is someone “motivated primarily by the desire for gain”.That sounds about right, a desire for gaining the win, home and away. Here’s to professional pride and the death of the  l’esprit de clocher.last_img read more