Rugby World – January 2014 edition contents

first_imgUncovered – England hooker Dylan HartleyTour Tale – A prop’s try-scoring problems THE autumn Tests may be over for another year, but the rugby keeps on coming. In the new issue of Rugby World we not only look back at the ups and downs of the November Internationals but also look ahead to the Heineken Cup double-headers, festive fixtures and the 2015 World Cup.Four star: Rugby World’s  January coversWe pick the England XV for RWC 2015 and highlight a few bolters who could breakthrough by then, debate who should play at fly-half for Scotland, get the low-down on Toby Faletau from those who know him best and meet Ireland’s Mr Modest, Mike McCarthy.In a feature sure to provoke debate, Stephen Jones picks his World XV, while Worcester full-back Chris Pennell explains how he copes with diabetes and opens up on the loss of his famous father, and we take a look at the pressure now placed on referees.Our nine-page Christmas Gift Guide is also sure to solve all your shopping dilemmas with plenty of ideas and our present to you is a FREE  2014 calendar featuring rugby icons. This is a list of contents – and you can find out where to buy your copy here or download our free magazine finder app here. Plus, if you have an iPad, download the digital edition here or find out about our android version here.SidelinesThe pick of this month’s Heineken Cup double-headers, Alex King looks ahead to his return to Wasps as a Northampton coach, our new photo competition, 30 Minutes with Saracens and England No 8 Billy Vunipola, Hotshot Hallam Amos and moreStar man: Mike Brown talks England’s autumnColumnistsMike Brown – England’s Man of the Series looks ahead to the next challengePaul Wallace – What made Ireland’s attack so lethal against the All Blacks?Andy Nicol – The former No 9 on why Scotland are lacking an edgeSpotlightsJames Hook – Wales’ Mr Versatile explains why he is happy with his lotTom Johnson – The back-rower talks England, Exeter and EuropeSean Lamont – The experienced Scot on his recent resurgenceRobbie Henshaw – Meet the Connacht back who has found his feet at Test level for IrelandFeaturesNew England – We’ve put our heads on the block! Here’s our XV for 2015 and bolters to look out for Big names: Billy Vunipola, Mike McCarthy, Toby Faletau and Sean Lamont all feature in our new issue LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mike McCarthy – He’s modest about his ability, but there’s no mistaking the Ireland second-row’s desireToby Faletau – We ask some of the Wales No 8’s closest pals to give their verdict on the DragonScotland’s fly-half debate – The race is on to be Scotland’s No 10! We analyse the contendersFestive feast: plenty of present ideasChristmas gift guide – Stuck for ideas this Christmas? We’ve put together the ultimate guide, including gifts, books and DVDs, calendars and our big rugby quiz of the year!Referees – Should we be so critical of refs? We speak to the men with the hardest job on the pitchWorld XV – Many players have stood out in 2013, so we challenged Stephen Jones to pick his ultimate team. What will you make of it?Chris Pennell – The full-back is remaining positive after overcoming personal hurdlesAdvice sectionPro insight – The scientific scrum machine helping BathFitness – How to look after your body this winterPro playbook – Attacking options from the back rowMini rugby – How to play Table Football TouchRegularsRugby focus – All the news from the clubs, schools and women’s circuitsEssentials – The latest books and productslast_img read more

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PNC to buy U.S. operations of Spanish bank BBVA

first_imgIn a statement, BBVA Group Executive Chairman Carlos Torres Vila said the deal was a “very positive transaction for all sides” and enhanced the Spanish group’s “already strong financial position.”“We will have ample flexibility to profitably deploy capital in our markets strengthening our long-term growth profile and supporting economies in the recovery phase, and to increase distributions to shareholders,” Torres Vila added.Having been approved by both companies’ boards, the deal is expected to close in mid-2021, with PNC as the surviving entity absorbing BBVA USA Bancshares and BBVA USA merging with PNC Bank.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Spanish financial group BBVA has agreed to sell its U.S. business, BBVA USA Bancshares, to PNC Financial Services Group for $11.6 billion, the American firm announced Monday.Headquartered in Houston, Texas, BBVA USA Bancshares has $104 billion in assets under management, with banking subsidiary BBVA USA operating 637 branches in Texas, Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico. The new company will have a coast-to-coast presence in 29 of the 30 largest markets in the U.S., PNC said Monday.The all-cash deal is the second-largest U.S. banking acquisition since the 2008 financial crisis, according to Reuters, and values the American business at 19.7 times its 2019 earnings and 1.34 times its book value as of September 2020. The price represents almost 50% of BBVA’s current market capitalization.- Advertisement –center_img “Our acquisition of BBVA USA will accelerate our growth trajectory and drive long-term shareholder value through a strategic deployment of the proceeds from the sale of our BlackRock investment,” said PNC Chairman, President and CEO William S. Demchak. An ATM is shown at company headquarters for the PNC Financial Services at One PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Getty Imageslast_img read more

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