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first_imgThe speed and depth of the current COVID-19 pandemic has created a once in a lifetime challenge for many credit unions. The member marketing and service strategies in place at the beginning of the year have become obsolete in a matter of weeks. How are you navigating your credit union through this turbulent time?  One tool that has proven useful is a simple topline segmentation analysis of your member base to articulate member service strategies, define segment messaging and coordinate operational resources.The primary benefit of using this strategy framework is that you don’t need sophisticated software; just someone in your office who knows how to run reports from you core system and the basics of excel.The framework works with two primary variables that tend to have the most influence on the context of your member interactions.  The two variables are:Member service delivery preferences including; online, mobile, customer service, automated phone banking, in-branch, drive-up and ATMs.Accounts utilized by individual members. It is simpler and you can be just as effective by using account categories such as; checking, time deposits, IRAs, car loans, mortgages and HELOCs.If you match these two variables in a cross-tab it creates a topline strategy roadmap for member account, service migration and messaging.  The illustration below is a rough example of what your strategy grid might look like.  Given the social distancing requirement, the primary focus is to move all members who use the branch as their primary servicing channel to another available channel.  Secondary priorities include; emergency loan modifications to business and individual members, as well as, personal financial management assistance to help members respond to the crisis.It’s possible to further refine this type of segment roadmap by incorporating the number of accounts/services of each member household or use an aggregate household balance of all accounts to provide further definitions within each segment.Tactics can also be driven from this framework.  As an example, you can provide the list of members who prefer in-branch service and have your branch associates call these members to discuss new service options and benefits. These calls can be made with your front line associates already knowing the accounts and service preferences of the members they are calling.   Many of these in-branch member interactions can be replaced with either scheduled appointments or use of the drive up window.  Many credit unions have expanded their drive up hours to increase the convenience of this service option.For those members who do not use online or a mobile banking application, incentives can be offered to individual members for a first online deposit or any online transaction such as payroll deposit, debit card or balance transfer. This group typically can be 15% – 20% of your member base.This is a stressful time for everyone, so it is especially important to make members feel you understand their situation and can provide the help they need to make it through this crisis.  By creating a strategy framework for addressing required member service changes, all your associates will be working off the same page and as a result messaging will be consistent across all communication channels.  Consistent and coherent messaging goes a long way to creating confidence in your institution. Stay strong, be kind to those who need your help, and we will all get through this crisis together. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank Koechlein Frank Koechlein is the President at Empower Your Analytics and coauthor of the marketing resource book “The New Marketing Analytics”. Frank has over 40 years of marketing experience in the … Web: Detailslast_img read more

first_imgAug 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials from Indonesia recently published an analysis of nearly all of the country’s H5N1 avian influenza cases, revealing that death was more likely in those who received antiviral treatment late, were not part of a cluster, and lived in an urban area.The study, published online Aug 15 in The Lancet, was authored by officials from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, the country’s health ministry, as well as authorities from laboratories and health organizations. It includes data from public health investigations and, when available, patients’ clinical information.The evaluation covered all confirmed human cases between Jun 22, 2005, when Indonesia recorded its first H5N1 infection, to Feb 1, 2008. Included were 127 patients, 103 (81%) of whom died.The case-fatality rate (CFR) rose from 65% in 2005 to 86.8% in 2007. However, Indonesian officials say the rate has declined so far in 2008. According to a report that appeared Aug 15 on the Web site of the health ministry’s avian influenza committee, the CFR from January through July was 84.2%, based on the 19 cases and 16 deaths recognized by the nation (as of this writing, the World Health Organization has recognized 18 cases with 15 deaths).Only 2 of Indonesia’s 127 infected patients were not hospitalized. One had a mild infection and received outpatient care, and one refused treatment and died at home.Emerging patternsA review of 108 clinical histories showed that symptoms during the first 2 days after onset were nonspecific in most cases. Thirty-two (30%) patients had fever and cough, and nine (8%) had fever and dyspnea.Of the 125 patients who were hospitalized, 104 were diagnosed with pneumonia immediately or shortly after admission.Eighty-eight (69%) of the case-patients were treated with oseltamivir, and the median time between symptom onset and treatment was 7 days (range 0 to 21). Patients who received the drug early were more likely to survive; those starting treatment more than 5 days after onset were more likely to die.The authors report there were 11 case clusters that involved 28 patients. Infected patients who were not part of clusters were more likely to die, but researchers did not find any differences between cluster patients and noncluster patients in terms of when they presented to a healthcare facility, whether they received oseltamivir, or how soon they received the drug.Patients with secondary cases were more likely to survive than primary case-patients, and they received antiviral treatment about 3 days earlier than primary case-patients. The investigators acknowledge that secondary cases may have involved other early interventions as well. They also report that patients who had indirect exposure to the virus were more likely to die.Death and survival patterns among patients in clusters deserve further study, the authors state. Though close-knit families may be exposed to a common viral source, the role of genetic susceptibility and H5N1 virulence may also play important roles, they note. “Further studies should therefore be done on clusters to elucidate the definitive causes of reduced case fatality.”A need for new strategiesMost patients were hospitalized too late and received oseltamivir too late, the group says. “Training and equipping of all H5N1 referral hospitals across Indonesia, together with increasing the number of referral hospitals, is in progress to address this issue.”The authors emphasize that early identification is often difficult, but more information from agricultural officials about local poultry outbreaks could help healthcare workers increase their index of suspicion for H5N1 infections.Other measures that could help reduce the country’s CFR from H5N1 infections include rapid diagnostic tests for field use and better case-management training for healthcare workers, they write.Experts call for more rigorous dataIn a commentary accompanying the Lancet report, two British researchers say more uniform and complete data are needed to shed more clarity on trends emerging from Indonesia’s cases—which account for a third of cases worldwide. The researchers are Sheila Bird, a biostatistician at Medical Research Council’s biostatistics unit in Cambridge, and Jeremy Farrar, who directs the Oxford University clinical research unit at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.”Basic clinico-epidemiological data are an essential adjunct to virological surveillance,” they write. For example, exposures to the H5N1 should be clearly specified, including dates, they say, adding that lack of full data raises questions about such issues as whether the time frame between H5N1 disease onset and hospital admission has decreased over time.”Indonesia, with the most extensive experience of human H5N1 patients, has a crucial clinical, epidemiological, and scientific role to play in the world’s response to this potentially devastating infection,” write Bird and Farrar.The time to bolster national surveillance for human H5N1 cases is now, and disagreement over virus sample sharing should not hamper the flow of epidemiologic data, they add. “The world also needs to find a more equitable way to ensure that all share in the benefits of such important research. Indonesia could give the lead here.”Kandun IN, Tresnaningsih E, Purba WH, et al. Factors associated with case fatality of human H5N1 virus infections in Indonesia: a case series. Lancet 2008 (published online Aug 15 [Abstract]Bird SM, Farrar J. Minimum dataset needed for confirmed human H5N1 cases. Lancet 2008 (published online Aug 15) [Extract]See also:Jul 17 CIDRAP News story “Reports examine high H5N1 death rate in Indonesia”last_img read more

first_imgIt should come as no surprise to anyone following the GOP’s tax bill that the party’s policy ideas have no basis in reality. Yes, the Clinton-era changes did reduce the number of people on welfare, as Republicans predicted.But citing that as a positive would be like saying Americans are healthier when there are fewer people on Medicare.In fact, poverty has increased since the bill’s passage even while the government is spending more on anti-poverty programs.Adding work requirements for food stamps and cutting subsidized housing make little sense, either.The majority of people benefiting from food stamps are children, elderly or disabled.Of those who can work, most are already employed or find employment within one year of going on food stamps. “The greatness of a nation can be judged by how it treats its weakest member,” goes the apocryphal quote.Even if you don’t agree with that sentiment, it should be clear that the GOP won’t attack the only poorest among us.They will move up the class ladder. Ryan promises that Medicare cuts will follow Medicaid cuts, and Social Security cuts are likely to follow.Demonizing the poor is simply Republicans’ way of easing into that.Now it’s up to voters to stop them.James Downie is The Washington Post’s Digital Opinions Editor. He previously wrote for The New Republic and Foreign Policy magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes It’s a GOP classic: Through the 1980s and 1990s, Republicans encouraged the “welfare queen” stereotype — lazy minorities living high and mighty off tax dollars — to drive down support for welfare (and win elections).It worked.Opposition to the program became so overwhelming that in 1996, Democrat Bill Clinton signed a Republican-written “reform” bill instituting work requirements, time limits on assistance and stricter enforcement.Republicans argue today, as they did then, that these changes would get people back to work, helping both themselves and the economy.As Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa) puts it, “For us to achieve 3 percent GDP growth over the next 10 years from tax reform, we have to have welfare reform.”The list of targeted programs has broadened.A bill introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, would add work requirements for food stamps, implement more work requirements for welfare and slash federal spending on subsidized housing programs by 50 percent over 10 years. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt’s no secret that the GOP tax plan working its way through Congress is weighted toward the wealthy.The richest Americans get the bulk of the tax cuts, and the poorest Americans see a tax increase. But Republicans aren’t satisfied with one blow for inequality:They’re openly positioning to attack the poor on several fronts.The first attack will be welfare reform.RELATED: Republicans nearing agreement on final tax billcenter_img Kentucky alone projects that 95,000 fewer people will us Medicaid if work requirements are implemented.In many cases, this will create a terrible cycle: People too ill to work will lose their best hope of regaining their ability to work.Back in Washington, the “reforms” described earlier are just a prelude to what House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and allies really want: the destruction of America’s social safety net.“We’re going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit,” Ryan said Wednesday.“Frankly, it’s the health care entitlements that are the big drivers of our debt.” In other words, it’s not just Medicaid in the crosshairs — it’s Medicare as well.Even before the House and Senate finished passing their versions of the tax cut, Republicans were dancing a familiar step: increase the deficit by slashing revenues, then turn around and claim the country needs to cut spending by cutting entitlements.“You also have to bring spending under control,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said last week. “The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries.”(Note the phrase “for future beneficiaries” — the GOP won’t touch the benefits of its older base.) And at a time when housing shortages are driving up prices in many major urban centers, the government should be investing more, not less, in subsidized housing.But evidence won’t stop the GOP from plowing ahead.Republicans at the state level aren’t even waiting for Congress to act.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, under whom the state’s poverty rate has reached its highest in 30 years, now wants to drug-test some food stamp recipients, despite the failure of a similar program in Florida.The Agriculture Department looks set to give Wisconsin and other states the go-ahead to do so.Last month, the Trump administration announced that it would allow states to add work requirements for Medicaid enrollees.At least a half-dozen GOP-controlled states are expected to do so, even though three-quarters of Medicaid recipients are in households where at least one member has a part-time or full-time job.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) has reported that two people living in South Tangerang at the Batan Indah housing complex in Banten, where radioactive materials were recently found discarded, had tested positive for exposure to Caesium-137.“Two out of nine people were exposed to Caesium-137 but the level was still under the limit, so the exposure won’t cause any bodily harm,” Bapeten chief secretary Hendriyanto Hadi Tjahyono said on Friday as reported by Antara news agency.Hendriyanto said nine people had undergone a thorough examination, seven of whom were deemed clear, while two others had been exposed to the highest dosage level of 0.12 milli-sievert. “The nine people were randomly selected. They are living in residential areas near the contaminated area,” he said.He claimed that human beings could handle radiation of 1 milli-sievert per year, meaning that the two South Tangerang residents had been exposed to less than 10 percent of the dosage limit.He also said that the exposure was so low that their levels of Potassium-40, a natural radioactive product present in all bodies, was five to 10 times higher than their exposure to Caesium-137.Read also: ‘Don’t panic’: Nuclear agency urges controlled reaction to radiation in South Tangerang housing complex Hendriyanto said that although two people had been cleared, Bapeten would continue to monitor and reexamine them.“The point is that they have experienced no problems but we will have to check on them in a month or two,” he said.Bapeten discovered dangerous substances had been dumped in a vacant lot next to a volleyball court in the housing complex during its regular detection survey on Jan. 30- 31.A week later, the agency found materials believed to be the source of the radiation in the lot and confirmed that the dangerous substance was the highly radioactive Caesium-137, which is commonly used for industrial purposes. The discovery generated allegations that the radioactive materials came from industrial sources and not the nearby nuclear reactor, as it angered energy and urban activists and experts who demanded that authorities conduct a thorough inspection on the reactor.Hendriyanto said Bapeten and the National Police had been investigating to find those responsible for the waste disposal. “We fully support the criminal investigation,” he said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgMajor League Baseball’s coronavirus-delayed season got underway on Thursday with players lining up to take a knee in a gesture of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.Four months after the COVID-19 pandemic shelved the start of the 2020 campaign, baseball returned with the Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees before the Los Angeles Dodgers entertained the San Francisco Giants.Both games took place in eerily empty ballparks, a striking contrast to the celebratory atmosphere that normally accompanies the opening day festivities of the sport regarded as America’s pastime. Several members of the Giants’ playing and coaching staff also knelt during the anthem.’Unifying moment’ “It was a really important, unifying moment for the players and staff on both sides,” said Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who was among those who knelt. “It was good to be around players who are so committed to changing the current state of systemic racism in our country.”The United States has been convulsed by nationwide protests against racism and police brutality after the May 25 death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers.Taking a knee has become a widely recognized symbol of support for Black Lives Matter, adopted by protesters and professional athletes around the world in the weeks since the protests erupted.Kneeling was first used as a gesture of protest by former NFL player Colin Kaepernick in 2016, who was vilified by President Donald Trump for his protests against racial injustice. Thursday’s season-opening games marked a long-awaited return to baseball after months of uncertainty during the coronavirus shutdown that at times threatened to scupper the entire season.After bitter wrangling between team owners and players, an abbreviated 60-game season was mandated by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Games are taking place without fans, while players are subject to a range of strict health and safety protocols designed to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19.Players will be tested for the disease every 48 hours, while masks will be mandatory for all players not on the field of play.As well as strict social distancing, two staples of baseball — chewing tobacco and sunflower seeds — are also effectively banned. Under baseball’s new safety code, any spitting is forbidden.Thursday’s game in Washington, meanwhile, was marked by an appearance from US infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci, a devoted fan of the World Series-winning Nationals, who tossed the ceremonial first pitch to get the season underway. Fauci’s pitch went way wide of the catcher. COVID-19, meanwhile, struck a blow to the Nationals earlier Thursday after it emerged star outfielder Juan Soto had tested positive for the disease.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Soto faces an indefinite spell on the sidelines as he recovers.Soto’s absence was felt on the field by Washington, who slumped to a 4-1 defeat in a game that was called off after torrential rain halted play after the 5th inning with the Yankees leading.In Los Angeles, meanwhile, the Dodgers romped to an 8-1 defeat of San Francisco.Topics : At both Nationals Park in Washington and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, players took part in a pre-game tribute to Black Lives Matter, dropping to one knee while lifting a giant black banner in unison.As the players knelt, a message addressing social injustice recorded by actor Morgan Freeman played on stadium screens.In Washington, all players on the field then got to their feet to stand for the US national anthem.Members of the @SFGiants kneel during the National Anthem. #BlackLivesMatter— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020But in Los Angeles, the Dodgers’ newly signed African-American star Mookie Betts remained on one knee, with teammates Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy each resting a supportive hand on his shoulder. last_img read more

first_imgOcean Infinity, a marine robotics company, has completed its project with Total in Angola. Source: Ocean InfinityThe project was the first time that geophysical, geotechnical, and seismic data has been gathered at the same time, Ocean Infinity said in a statement on Wednesday.This was achieved through simultaneous operations of Ocean Infinity’s autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) with geotechnical and seismic equipment based from one surface vessel. The project was all done from one vessel and on a single cruise out to the project site.The 28-day project, carried out from the host vessel Normand Frontier using Ocean Infinity’s technology, conducted 2D Ultra High-Resolution Seismic surveys and Seabed soil Sampling in Block 32 and Block 17.Josh Broussard, Ocean Infinity’s CTO, said: “We are very pleased to have completed this survey project for Total E&P in Angola, which has been a resounding success and has evidenced significant progress in the efficiency of collecting data. Our technology continues to be at the forefront of innovation and we are delighted to have demonstrated this by gathering three sets of high-quality data through multiple AUVs deployed simultaneously with geotechnical and seismic equipment, from a single vessel, a first for the industry.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) has released the names of its team along with alternates for the Junior Caribbean cycling Championships set for August 10-11 in the ‘green town’ of Bartica.At a simple yet significant gathering in the National Park on Saturday last where most of the cyclists were present along with some parents, five of them were presented with cycles by President of the GCF, Horace Burrowes.They also received helmets, shoes and some other items, all compliments of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) which, for the first time, donated cycles and other equipment to the local federation.The team is as follows: Juniors – Ajay Gopilall and Ralph Seenarine. Juveniles – David Hicks, Mario Washington and Jerimiah Joseph. Ladies – Clivecia Spencer and Selena Stephen. Alternates – Steve Bhimsen, Sherwin Sampson and Elisha Rutherford.In handing over the items to the cyclists, Burrowes informed them that it was as a result of the UCI that they were able to benefit, stating that the cycles would remain the property of the GCF.“This is a great opportunity for all of you and one of historical importance as Guyana has never before hosted any Caribbean championship. You have an opportunity to ink your names in the history books by doing yourself and country proud. Discipline, sacrifice and commitment are key pillars of your journey in this sport and as long as you can positively build on those, you can conquer your opposition.”The GCF is working on taking the entire team to Bartica this week to intensify training while still in the hunt for sponsorship. Not present at Saturday’s activity were Gopilall and Stephen.last_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kenta Maeda was 7 years old when he became aware of Japanese-born pitcher Hideo Nomo joining the Dodgers in 1995. “I was actually trying to copy his tornado,” Maeda said through an interpreter Thursday at Dodger Stadium. “It was very difficult.”Now 27, Maeda is the toast of Los Angeles. He has something Nomo never received: An eight-year contract to pitch for the Dodgers, worth a guaranteed $25 million. The Dodgers also paid a $20 million posting fee to negotiate with Maeda, who spent the last eight years in Japan pitching for the Hiroshima Carp.In 2015, Maeda had a 2.09 ERA over 206 1/3 innings, and won his country’s equivalent of the Cy Young Award. The right-hander has a career record of 97-67 and a 2.39 ERA. But the demand for Maeda was not what some predicted. That’s because he comes with concerns about the health of his elbow — he acknowledged only “irregularities” in his physical — that factored heavily into his contract structure. The contract, which required about a week of back-and-forth negotiations, will pay Maeda up to $106.2 million if he attains all his performance bonuses for games started and innings pitched, according to the Associated Press. A total of $81 million in incentives is a huge sum; most major leaguers won’t see that much money over their entire careers.Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said unambiguously that he hopes Maeda earns every possible dollar. To do so, Maeda would have to make 32 starts and pitch 200 innings every year for the next eight years.“The fact that he’s totally asymptomatic and pitched as recently as roughly six weeks ago,” Friedman said, “gives us as much confidence as we can have at this point that he will be a meaningful part of our team in 2016.”Compared to other free agent starting pitchers who found new employers this winter, Maeda’s contract is particularly team-friendly. He doesn’t have any no-trade protection and cannot opt out of his contract.center_img By comparison, Scott Kazmir can opt out of his three-year contract with the Dodgers after next season. Zack Greinke has two opportunities to opt out of his six-year, $206 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Before the Dodgers began negotiating with Maeda, the results of his physical were made available to any team interested in signing him. There were no secrets about his elbow. The Dodgers still gave Maeda a longer contract than any player in franchise history, other than Matt Kemp. The only player Friedman has ever signed to a longer deal is Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.Maeda seems to understand the significance of this. He said his family will move to Los Angeles. The eighth Japanese-born player in franchise history will wear the same uniform number — 18 — worn by the seventh: Hiroki Kuroda, Maeda’s teammate last year on the Carp. Having already met third baseman Justin Turner and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Maeda said he planned to text teammate Clayton Kershaw once his first American press conference was over.“The Dodgers obviously gave me a great, high evaluation,” he said through an interpreter. “I did study the club myself. Everything just made me want to play for the team. Hopefully at the end of the season there’s a champagne fight.”According to the AP, Maeda will receive an annual roster bonus of $150,000 if he is on the Dodgers’ 25-man opening-day active roster. He can earn an additional $6.5 million annually based on starts — $1 million each for 15 and 20, and $1.5 million apiece for 25, 30 and 32 starts — and $3.5 million annually based on innings pitched: $250,000 for 90 and each additional 10 through 190, and $750,000 for 200. The contract includes a $1 million assignment bonus each time Maeda is traded.To make room for Maeda on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers designated infielder Ronald Torreyes for assignment. The Dodgers’ depth chart for starting pitchers includes five left-handers — Kershaw, Kazmir, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brett Anderson and Alex Wood — as well as two right-handers: Maeda and Brandon Beachy. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy is recovering from Tommy John surgery and projects to be available sometime after the All-Star break.Wood and Beachy can be optioned to the minors if everyone else is healthy, but that’s a big if. Ryu didn’t pitch last season while recovering from shoulder labrum surgery, though he is expected to be healthy in time for spring training. Anderson has never avoided long-term injuries in consecutive seasons. Beachy hasn’t been healthy for a full season since his last Tommy John surgery, in April 2014.“If we have someone who has a little bit of injury risk, that’s fine as long as it’s factored in, it’s accounted for, as long as we don’t treat it as if it’s not going to happen,” Friedman said. “You always have to be of the mind to have pitching depth. Injuries happen, things happen over the course of a season. “We feel like we’re in a much better position in terms of our depth than we were last year.”* * *Don’t be cruelIn a Twitter chat with Dodgers fans Thursday, Kenta Maeda was asked “Elvis or the Beatles?” His response: “Who’s Elvis? I love the Beatles!”last_img read more

first_img Six Nations 2019: Wales gets boost from Gareth Davies’ return ahead of opener Six Nations 2019: Scotland can win this year, Stuart Hogg says Ben Te’o and Brad Shields have both been left off England’s squad for a pivotal Six Nations opener against Ireland.Coach Eddie Jones’ team visits Dublin on Saturday seeking to end Ireland’s hopes of a second successive Grand Slam in the first week of the tournament. Each of the last five Six Nations rugby titles have been won by either Ireland (3) or England (2), but whoever tastes defeat at the Aviva Stadium is likely to have an uphill climb to lift the trophy again in 2019.And Jones will be unable to call on either Worcester Warriors outside centre Te’o or Wasps lock Shields, with side strains forcing them to be omitted from the 25-man squad. Related Newscenter_img Squad in full:Forwards: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Tom Curry, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Kyle Sinckler, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson.Backs: Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell (captain), George Ford, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs. Manu Tuilagi is expected to take the place of Te’o and make his first Six Nations start in almost six years.25 players retained for Saturday’s #IREvENG #GuinnessSixNations clashSee who’s in— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 29, 2019Bath’s Joe Cokanasiga is also unavailable because of a knee injury, with Harlequins back row Jack Clifford having already been ruled out after taking a knock to the head.Scrum-half Dan Robson could make his international debut after being included in the 25.”We have Brad Shields, Joe Cokanasiga and Ben Te’o who are not far away from where we want them to be, but in a game of this magnitude we need everyone to be 100 percent so they will stay with us and continue to rehab,” scrum coach Neal Hatley said. “The plan is to have them all fit for France.”Ben suffered a small side strain in training, he is doing his rehab, is not far away, but as I say everyone needs to be fully fit.”We have had people running in different positions so we are pretty good at that and we make sure we comprehensively cover all the different permutations of what could happen so it’s not like Ben is the only person who has run at 12 for us.”last_img read more