Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgDefence turned into attack and Bath grabbed two more tries before the end, but were just held out from claiming a famous victory. The SaintsStung, but still loyalWasps supporters had the rug pulled out from under them during last week, when the club announced they were moving from High Wycombe to Coventry from December. The Aviva Premiership club’s fan base stretches from west London to the Thames Valley, because of their previous moves from their original Sudbury base, so the switch to Coventry will have more impact on some that others.The initial reaction was angry, especially from supporters who have been season-ticket holders for decades but cannot make the much longer journey to Coventry regularly. There was talk of protests at Sunday’s game against Bath and the players and management probably went into it with some trepidation.However, the Wasps supporters did themselves proud. A crowd of 7,397 turned up (including some Bath fans, of course) and while there were a few banners expressing unhappiness about the move to Coventry and underlining that not all fans will be able to follow the team to the Midlands, the fans got behind their team and roared them to victory in what turned out to be a thrilling match.The Wasps fans have good reason to be sore about the way they have been treated, but they turned the other cheek and showed nothing but determination to make the best of a bad situation.Driven to destructionSamu Manoa scored a hat-trick for Northampton Saints in their 43-10 bashing of Sale Sharks. Two of his tries owed everything to the dominance of the Saints’ pack as a whole, coming as they did from driving mauls, but they still need scoring and the American No 8 made no mistake.An honourable mention goes to another member of the forwards union, as lock Damien Welsh grabbed a brace of tries for Exeter Chiefs. Well, they can’t let the backs have all the fun, can they?He’s the Man: Samu Manoa touches down the second of his hat-trick of triesQuick thinkingJeff Hassler was stopped just short by the Cardiff Blues defence as he attempted to score the Ospreys‘ second try of the afternoon in their Guinness Pro12 derby game. Scrum-half Rhys Webb got the ball under control at the base of the ruck and looked for a scoring opportunity. He didn’t need to look far, as he realised he could see the try-line between the bodies, right by his own feet, so he dotted the ball down for a try which took the Ospreys’ lead out to 26-3. Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the best.Like father…Uruguay scrum-half Agustin Ormaechea is the toast of his nation after he helped them claim the 20th and last spot at next year’s Rugby World Cup in England. Uruguay beat Russia 36-27 in Montevideo, to take the two-leg qualification playoff 57-49 on aggregate and Ormaechea was instrumental in their triumph.Russia led 20-12 early in the second half but then a break and great offload by Ormaechea created a try for Joaquin Prada. Alejo Corral scored Uruguay’s second, from a maul, which put them 26-20 ahead as the final quarter loomed and Ormaechea raced over from the back of a scrum to seal the deal.His father Diego played for Uruguay at the 1999 World Cup and now 23-year-old Agustin will follow in his footsteps, as his nation join England, Wales, Australia and Fiji in Pool A at next autumn’s tournament.Super subThe Guinness Pro12 match between Ulster and Glasgow Warriors was a tight tussle through to 60 minutes, with Ulster 15-9 ahead but the Warriors still very much in the game. The home pack, led by Rory Best, was turning the screw on the Scots, but there will still just one score in it.Then, from the back of a rolling maul, Paul Marshall decided to set the ball free sooner than Glasgow might have expected and he found replacement wing Craig Gilroy steaming through on a superb diagonal line. Gilroy batted away two would-be tacklers and raced over for the first try of the game, which gave Ulster a more comfortable 22-9 lead.It was a great bit of vision, footwork and finishing from Gilroy, who is having to bide his time on the bench behind Andrew Trimble and Tommy Bowe. Just the impact any coach would love from their subs.Quickstep: Sailosi Tagicakibau is tough to stop but George Ford managed itRearguard actionThere have been some topsy-turvy results in the Aviva Premiership so far this season but the Wasps v Bath game was one of the most extraordinary so far, as first Wasps took a 29-0 lead, then Bath fought back with 22 unanswered points to make the hosts sweat at the end.At 29-0 down, you would expect a lot of players to be mentally back on the bus home, but not George Ford. Lauded for his great attacking play, it was his defence which helped turn the tide for Bath this time as he made not one, but two try-saving tackles within the space of a couple of minutes.Bath had stopped the rot with one try, but still looked a million miles away from getting anything out of the game, with just the last 20 minutes to play. But first Ford stopped the sizeable No 8 Nathan Hughes as he trundled towards the line, then managed to halt Sailosi Tagicakibau – easier said than done. Tries, tackles and fans caught the eye in the Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro 12 this week, while there were heroes and villains in the IRB Sevens and Rugby World Cup too. TAGS: Wasps True colours: Wasps fans donned their jerseys and scarves and cheered their team to victory over Bath center_img Off you go: David Wilson is sent to the sin-bin, to join his team-mateThe SinnersPutting a foot wrongYou are playing away at Wasps, you are 12-0 down with 43 minutes on the clock and your team-mate Leroy Houston is in the sin-bin. What do you do next? If you are Bath prop David Wilson you deliberately trip up Wasps No 8 Nathan Hughes as he runs away from a ruck, thus giving away a kickable penalty and earning yourself a yellow card. Not clever.Scrum-half Micky Young made a bad situation worse five minutes later when he was sin-binned for tackling Christian Wade without the ball. There was still a minute to go before Houston was due back on, so Bath were briefly down to 12 men, and the offence resulted in a penalty try which put Wasps 22-0 up. At least Young carried out his misdemeanour to try to stop a certain try. Wilson was just plain silly.Semi does half the jobFiji Sevens star Semi Kunatani thought he had scored the first try of his nation’s match against Scotland on Day One of the IRB’s Goldcoast Sevens. He sprinted from halfway, then slowed to a jog as he crossed the line under the posts and turned ready to lean casually down and place the ball on the ground.That was when reality struck, in the smaller but fast-moving shape of Scotland’s Lee Jones. Showing that it is worth chasing the most utterly wayward of lost causes, Jones smashed into Kunatani and forced him to drop the ball. Unfortunately for Scotland, Fiji went on to win the match 40-7, but Jones was hailed a hero as the video of his tackle whizzed around the world on social media.Jones was cool about the whole thing, Tweeting: “One of the easier tackles to make! It’s when these Fijian boys are running around that’s the hard part!”Not a Goode ideaThere was understandable consternation among Wasps fans during last week when the club finally confirmed they would be moving from High Wycombe to Coventry. Lots of the club’s players took to Twitter to ask for the supporters to be patient and wait for the full explanation of just what dire financial straits the club was in.However, only fly-half Andy Goode chose to add an insulting caveat to his Tweet, which showed a total lack of empathy with the fans who were digesting the news that their match-day was now going to involve a round trip of anything up to 200 miles.Goode Tweeted: “To the @WaspsRugby fans who are upset, I understand but all will become clear and please stay with us, to the abusers you’re not real fans.”His hasty and unsympathetic words brought an angry reaction from some followers. @skullsstores replied: “Pardon? over 100 years of playing for and supporting Wasps in my family, aren’t I allowed to be pissed off?”@edwardoverend Tweeted: “How dare you! More than 1000 games since I was 5 and you’ve been here 5 minutes. How dare you.”And @paulmilham added, in a more conciliatory tone: “Fair comment, Andy, but some of the abusers are genuine fans pushed to the limit. This hasn’t been done well.”Goode would do well to think before he types next time. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tatty topMagnus Lund – I have no general objection to men having long hair, or being in touch with their inner Viking, but the long-hair-under-scrum-cap look is not to be recommended.Shaggy Shark: Not too many players will be copying Magnus Lund’s looklast_img read more

Still no reaction from Yahoo! after fourth case of collaboration with chinese police uncovered

first_img to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on China Receive email alertscenter_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still no reaction from Yahoo! after fourth case of collaboration with chinese police uncovered Reporters Without Borders called on Yahoo! to withdraw its Internet servers from China as a fourth case was revealed of the company’s collaboration with Chinese police that led to the jailing of a cyberdissident.Human Rights in China (HRIC) has said that the verdict in the case of Wang Xiaoning, 55, sentenced to ten years in prison in September 2003 for posting “subversive” articles online, referred to collaboration by the US Internet company. “Chinese journalists and dissidents used to trust Yahoo! more than local companies, to protect the confidentiality of their electronic communications,” Reporters Without Borders said.“This company has betrayed them by shamefully collaborating with the police. It has said today that it is ‘upset’ by the situation, but the time for lamentation is past. We expect Yahoo! executives, particularly Jerry Yang, to announce that they will withdraw their email servers from China.” Wang, was arrested on 1st September 2002 and sentenced on 12 September 2003, to 10 years in prison and two years deprivation of civil rights for “incitement to subversion”.The HRIC said that he had reportedly been maltreated in detention between September 2002 and February 2004 and was believed held in solitary confinement at the No. 2 municipal prison in Beijing.The press freedom organisation said it was dismayed by the absence of any reaction from Yahoo! executives.Wang was charged with posting pro-democracy articles in electronic newsletters sent by email between 2000 and 2002. According to the HRIC, several articles were referred to in the verdict, one of which was headlined, “Never forget that China is still a dictatorship.”The text shows that information provided by the Hong Kong branch of Yahoo! helped establish a link between Wang Xiaoning and messages carried by a discussion forum. It said that the moderators of the discussion forum, hosted by Yahoo!, had decided to ban the cyberdissident from using the forum.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Glacial geomorphology and cosmogenic 10Be and 26Al exposureages in the northern Dufek Massif, Weddell Sea embayment,Antarctica

first_imgWe studied the glacial geomorphology and geochronology of two ice-free valleys in the DufekMassif (Antarctic Specially Protected Area 119) providing new constraints on past ice sheet thickness in theWeddell Sea embayment. 10Be and 26Al cosmogenic surface exposure dating provided chronologicalcontrol. Seven glacial stages are proposed. These include an alpine glaciation, with subsequent (mid-Miocene?) over-riding by a warm-based ice sheet. Subsequent advances are marked by a series of minordrift deposits at 760m altitude at .1 Ma, followed by at least two later ice sheet advances that arecharacterized by extensive drift sheet deposition. An advance of plateau ice field outlet glaciers from thesouth postdated these drift sheets. The most recent advance involved the cold-based expansion of the ice sheetfrom the north at the Last Glacial Maximum, or earlier, which deposited a series of bouldery moraines duringits retreat. This suggests at most a relatively modest expansion of the ice sheet and outlet glaciers dominatedby a lateral ice expansion of just 2–3 km and maintaining a thickness similar to that of the northern ice sheetfront. These observations are consistent with other reports of modest ice sheet thickening around the WeddellSea embayment during the Last Glacial Maximum.last_img read more

World record holders Kipchoge and Mayer nominated for athlete of the year

first_imgParis, France | AFP | The world’s fastest marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge and world decathlon record holder Kevin Mayer are among five nominees for the IAAF’s male athlete of the year, the federation announced on Tuesday.The Kenyan and Frenchman are joined on the shortlist by the quickest person over 60m indoors American Christian Coleman, European pole-vault champion Armand Duplantis from Sweden and Asian Games 400m hurdles champion in Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba.The contenders for the women’s prize were announced a day earlier with Kenya’s 3000m steeplechase world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech, 100m European champion in Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, Colombia’s Diamond League long and triple jump title holder Caterine Ibarguen, the Bahamas’ 200m Diamond League gold-medallist Shaunae Miller-Uibo and European heptathlon champion in Belgian Nafissatou Thiam all included.The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Monaco on December 4 after voting from the IAAF’s Council, IAAF members and the public. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England’s Annabel selected for Youth Olympics

first_img11 Jul 2014 England’s Annabel selected for Youth Olympics England’s Annabel Dimmock has been selected to represent Team GB at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games from 16th-28th August in Nanjing, China. The 17-year-old Curtis Cup player will be joined by Scottish golfer, Robert MacIntyre, and their team leader will be Rebecca Wood, the England Golf women’s Performance Manager. “It is huge for golf to be part of Nanjing,” said Rebecca. “It is going to be an amazing experience for these young athletes to compete at world level in the biggest multi-sport event for their age group.   “I know both of the athletes are really honoured to have the opportunity to be part of the Olympic experience and I’m sure they’ll go back and inspire future athletes to want to pull on the Team GB kit and compete at the Olympics.” Golf will return to the Olympics at Rio 2016 for the first time since 1900 when British golfers won silver and bronze medals. Annabel, 17, from Wentworth (Image © Leaderboard Photography), is ranked in the world’s 30 amateurs and represented GB&I in this summer’s Curtis Cup match. Earlier this season she won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title and the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA. She was runner-up in the Welsh open stroke play, the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur and the Spanish amateur.   Team GB for the Youth Olympics consists of 33 athletes aged 15-18 years old who will compete across 14 sports at Nanjing 2014. They will test themselves against around 3600 of the finest young sportspeople from more than 200 other nations around the world. All 28 summer Olympic sports will feature across over 220 events in Nanjing. In addition, a Culture and Education Programme (CEP) will aim to develop the young athletes as individuals and teach them about the values of the Olympic Movement.last_img read more

Nelson’s Cam Keith picked to lead BCHL Trail Smokies

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters dipped into the professional leagues to hire Cam Keith as the new coach of the BC Hockey League franchise. Tom Gawryletz, president of the Trail Smoke Eaters, made the announcement Friday. “I am deeply honored to be selected as the Head Coach for the Trail Smoke Eaters and look forward to giving back to a community that gave me so much,” the former Nelson native said on the Smokies website. Keith, who played for the Smokies during his time in the BCHL during the 1999-2000 season, played 54 games with Trail, scoring 28 goals and 30 assists for 58 points. Keith also played for Victoria Salsa from 1997-1999. Keith comes to the Silver City after spending time as an assistant coach with Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League. The Cyclones are affiliated with Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, with is the minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. Keith began coach after a 10-year playing career, spanning three leagues as well as overseas.   In 146 games in the AHL with Hartford, St. John’s and Peoria he amassed 36 points, (14 goals, 22 assists).  In 213 regular season games in the ECHL he scored 54 goals along with 98 assists for a total of 152 points.   In the ECHL he played for the Pensecola Ice Pilots and the Alaska Aces winning the Kelly Cup with the Aces in 2006.   The Partrick J. Kelly Cup is awarded annually to the playoff champions of the ECHL. In that playoff year he finished seventh overall on the Aces with 12 points (6 goals and 6 assists) in 17 games and was instrumental in helping his team capture the cup.  In post season contests, playing for the Kelly Cup, Cam was nearly a point-per-game player stockpiling 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 49 games. During his tenure in collegiate hockey, playing for University of Alaska-Fairbanks. he accrued 100 points with 41 goals and 59 assists in 144 games.  He finished in the Nanooks top six in scoring during each of his four seasons. “My past experience in Trail and my roots in the Kootenays have drawn me back to Trail hockey and the BCHL,” Keith said. “My history with the Trail community gives me the confidence  and pride to recruit the character players that best exemplifies Trail Smoke Eater Hockey.”   Gawryletz said the Smoke Eaters are also confident that Keith will bring those same attributes to our organization. Keith, the 14th coach in Smokies history, replaces Nick Deschenes, who was relieved of his duties as GM/Head Coach of the Trail Smoke Eaters in February. The Smokies finished the 2015-16 season in sixth spot in the Interior Division of the BCHL with a 23-33-2-0 record. Trail hosts a Summer Identification Camp July 8-10 in Couer d’ Alene, Idaho.last_img read more

Downward trajectory with no solutions

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana’s economy continues its downward descent with no solutions in sight. More so, even getting the economic forecasts approximately correct continues to be an arduous task for the Finance Ministry headed by Mr Jordan – who, it seems, is just an expert juggler trying to mask the economic decline.In March 2017, Mr Jordan seemed to have had an epiphany when he declared at a press conference, “Very little manufacturing activity takes place in Guyana…the last number I looked at manufacturing, without sugar and rice milling, contribute a mere five per cent to [gross domestic product] GDP, which is very low.” He said that Guyana cannot continue to borrow, which would, in effect, incur debts on generations to come.“We have to generate the taxes and income from the economy, even as it is growing,” he had said. Mr Jordan concluded that taxes would boost and stabilize the economy. We have seen that the economy is NOT growing, even as taxes keep on increasing.This view was severely criticised by Mr Shyam Nokta, President of the Guyana Manufacturing & Services Association Limited (GMSA), who warned that several measures implemented by the Government would work against the competitiveness of the local manufacturers in both domestic and overseas markets, and this includes the re-categorizing of zero- and standard-rated items to exempt. We have seen that the VAT on water and electricity has already escalated the production costs of locally produced goods. This result is now evident as exports constrict and imports expand.The contradiction of the conclusion by Mr Jordan, that ‘taxes will boost and stabilize’ the economy, was manifested by the fact that even though taxes account for $ 171.2 billion, or 87.9% of total revenue, the growth rate of our economy fell to 2.1 % in 2017! Yet, our balance of payments deficit is getting increasingly bigger.An important component, which is the Current Account, is showing a deficit increase from US$12.4 million to US$287.4 million. Our imports will continue to increase as we become more dependent of foreign goods and services, while our exports will continue to dwindle because of the harsh taxation on our local manufacturers, making locally manufactured products uncompetitive at home and abroad. Increased taxation has failed to ‘boost and stabilize’ the economy!In our present situation, increased taxation due to poorly-thought-out strategies has resulted in: insufficient disposal income; increased cost of living; high prices; poor quality products; loss of markets; decline in the productive sector; scarcity and shortages; job losses; foreclosures, and increases in poverty and crime.The late Sir Winston Churchill, who had been Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, made an astounding statement, which can be quite applicable to our current situation, when he said, “I contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift it by the handle.”What we need are sound monetary and fiscal policies, but after three years in Government, the Coalition’s performance is getting worse. Oil revenue will never be able to correct the mismanagement of our economy; from all indications, it will only get worse.The late Milton Friedman, an American Economist, once said the Great Depression was caused solely by the Government’s mismanagement of the economy. This is quite applicable to the current progressively declining state of our economy!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor,Region 6last_img read more

Why Your Sales Forecast Is Always Wrong

first_imgYou are competing for a prospective client’s business. You know there are two other companies being considered, both of whom, like you, could do good work were they awarded the business. You have all done discovery, developed a solution and presented your final proposal.Your CRM has a pull-down menu that indicates the stage of the sales process, as well as the likelihood of winning that deal expressed as a percentage. Your CRM suggests that you have a 75 percent chance of winning this deal. Your two competitors also have CRMs, and their likelihood of winning based on the stage is also 75 percent. Neither you nor your competitors have a 75 percent chance of winning the deal at this point.If there are three competitors in this contest, none of whom have been ruled out for some reason, the very highest odds you have in winning is 33 percent. One company will win, the other two will lose, as is the nature of a zero-sum game. The 33 percent chance is the very highest number you can use to project your chances, and the number could be 25 percent, leaving open the possibility that the client decides not to do anything, something that happens frequently in sales.If there are only two competitors in this same competition, the best you can guess (and you are guessing, unless you have strong evidence that suggests otherwise), is a 50 percent chance of winning, with the real number being 33 percent, again leaving open the option to do nothing.If there is one thing that hurts sales organizations, sales leaders, sales managers, and salespeople, it’s the false confidence that comes from believing they have enough opportunities to meet and exceed their goals. Much of the time, when they are surprised, the surprise comes in the form lost deals they believed they would win, deals that ended in a no-decision, and deals they believed they would win that push into future quarters because the date in the CRM is, was, and always will be a placeholder when it lacks a client’s commitment.If you are going to use a percentage to express your likelihood of winning, you are better off with a rule of thumb that suggests that three competitors in a deal means you have a 33 percent chance of winning and not 75 percent.last_img read more

Yusuf Pathan can play crucial role for India in WC: Kapil

first_imgThe Indian batting order may be filled with explosive players who can take the game away from the opposition, but 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev feels all-rounder Yusuf Pathan’s role in the lower-middle order could swing the team’s fortunes in the mega event.Kapil Dev”(Yusuf) Pathan can turn the game around for India coming at 6-7. He has the capability to win matches from losing situations,” the legendary all-rounder said when asked about the one player who can turn the tide in the February 19-April 2 tournament.”As long as he is at the crease, the opposition cannot breathe easy,” he said at a promotional event for Idea Cellular in MMumbai.On whether Pathan should bat up the order, Kapil said, “After the advent of Twenty 20 cricket, there is no specific number for a batsman. It (T20) has changed the game.-With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea hero Essien: Very difficult for Hazard to resist Real Madrid

first_imgChelsea hero Essien: Very difficult for Hazard to resist Real Madridby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea hero Michael Essien admits Eden Hazard is likely to be tempted by Real Madrid.The Blues value their prized asset in excess of £150m but Essien has hinted that his old team-mate might want to test himself in La Liga.Essien told the Daily Express: “Hazard is one of the best players in the world.“He’s been playing in the Premier League very well and looks fantastic at the moment.“The interest of Real Madrid, I only hear from people in the media.“But I mean when Real Madrid come calling… every player would love to play for them.“He’s happy at Chelsea though and hopefully we can keep him.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more