Saffas Abroad: Coetzee continues fantastic PRO14 form

first_imgSaffas Abroad: Coetzee continues fantastic PRO14 form ‘ Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo  346  72 SARugbymag.co.za looks back at the South African players who featured for their respective clubs in the second round of the 2020-21 PRO14 season.–  Marcell Coetzee was at it again as Ulster continued their unbeaten start to the season, putting in a man-of-the-match performance to help them to a 24-12 away victory against the Ospreys. The Springbok loose forward scored one of Ulster’s three tries and was a relentless force across the park all evening, consistently making metres with ball in hand. In total, Coetzee made nine successful carries – gaining 34 metres – and two offloads, while on defence he completed all 12 his tackles and won two turnovers. Also playing for Ulster was hooker Rob Herring, while veteran back Louis Ludik came off the bench. The Ospreys, who were brought back down to earth after a fantastic win over Edinburgh last weekend, had tighthead prop Tom Botha in their starting lineup.Your Guinness Player of the Match – @marcell_coetzee Bruising carries, bullet passes and a try – the @UlsterRugby No.8 was in unstoppable form in the #GuinnessPRO14 victory over Ospreys #OSPvULS report https://t.co/A1mVskvJWF pic.twitter.com/56GSBttKpp— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020 BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Pro14, Saffas Abroad, Top headlines Post by Dylan Jack Marcell Coetzee 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img Rampaging over the line for @UlsterRugby’s second, it’s @marcell_coetzee with the try Will we see an @ospreys fightback at the Liberty Stadium? Watch Live Now on @eirSport Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #OSPvULS pic.twitter.com/Nr8jRnRJWC— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020ALSO READ: ‘Not ideal preparation for Rugby Champs’–  In the first match of the weekend on Friday, the Dragons claimed their first win of the season by beating Italian side Zebre 26-18 in Newport. Former Stormers centre and Wales veteran Jamie Roberts was among the scorers as the Dragons were able to claim a four-try bonus point. Another former Stormers player, loosehead prop Brok Harris, started for the Dragons. Meanwhile, loose forward Johan Meyer, who was recently called up to the Italy squad for their upcoming Tests, started for Zebre, who are winless after the new season’s first two rounds.–  A South African-filled Benetton pack put up a brave fight against Leinster, but the defending champions ultimately battled to a 37-25 victory in Treviso. Irne Herbst and former Vodacom Bulls lock Eli Snyman formed the second row for Benetton, while another Italy call-up, Braam Steyn, started in the No 7 jersey for the Italian side. Former Stormers scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage was once again in Benetton’s starting lineup.–  Munster were able to make it two wins out of two in the new season, but had to rely on the boot of 21-year-old flyhalf Ben Healy to help them beat Edinburgh 25-23. Healy kicked six penalties in total and crucially converted No 8 CJ Stander‘s 77th-minute try to help the Johann van Graan’s team stay unbeaten. Stander was the only South African involved for Munster, as they rested their regular midfield axis of Springbok Damian de Allende and Chris Farrell. Other than his try which sealed the match in Munster’s favour, Stander made 15 carries for 21m and beat two defenders. Scotland-capped tighthead prop WP Nel scored one of Edinburgh’s two tries, while flyhalf Jaco van der Walt kicked two conversions and two penalties as Edinburgh looked set to claim a surprise away victory. Also involved for Edinburgh was scrumhalf Nic Groom and star wing Duhan van der Merwe, who returned to the starting lineup after missing their loss to the Ospreys last weekend. Hooker Michael Willemse and loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman were among Edinburgh’s replacements.A second try of the night for visitors @edinburghrugby as @WP_Nel crashes over the line Who has impressed you most so far in this one? Watch Live Now on @eirSport Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #MUNvEDI pic.twitter.com/TfFwM86jYH— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020 ‘ ‘ Published on October 12, 2020 From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndo The @Munsterrugby captain @CJStander drives over with minutes to go to give his side a last-gasp win over @EdinburghRugby What did you make of that one? Watch Reaction Live Now on @eirSport Watch Reaction Live Now on @PremierSportsTV #GuinnessPRO14 #MUNvEDI pic.twitter.com/UkyccURxu3— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 10, 2020ALSO READ: The Makazole Mapimpi story (Part 1)–  The Cardiff Blues continued their excellent start to the season with a 29-7 bonus-point victory over Connacht. Ireland-capped lock Quinn Roux started for Connacht, who suffered their first loss of the season.–  Former Stormers prop Oli Kebble was among the try-scorers as the Glasgow Warriors held firm to claim a 20-7 win over a 14-man Scarlets side on Sunday. Kebble scored one of the Warriors’ two tries and the home side looked set to cruise to victory after the Scarlets lost lock Sam Lousi to a red card. However, the away side surprisingly finished the stronger of the two teams, getting on the scoreboard through a try from Wales prop Samson Lee.Finally the first try of the game Not the expansive thriller that it was billed to be so far but @olikebble crashes over as @GlasgowWarriors take control How will @scarlets_rugby respond? Watch Live Now on @PremierSportsTV#GuinnessPRO14 #GLAvSCA pic.twitter.com/5lXooAzoLG— PRO14 RUGBY (@PRO14Official) October 11, 2020Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images ‘ ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Vermont Public Radio wins seven regional Edward R Murrow Awards

first_imgVermont Public Radio,Vermont Public Radio has been honored with seven regional Edward R Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). VPR received awards in the following categories: news series, breaking news coverage, sports, documentary, use of sound, newscast, and writing.”These awards truly represent a team effort, particularly the coverage of Tropical Storm Irene,’said John Van Hoesen, VPRâ s vice president for news and programming. “As a public broadcaster, we are accountable to the community we serve.  We are honored to receive these awards because they go to the heart of VPRâ s mission to provide an essential and trusted independent voice for news and information in our region.âThe winning coverage includes:UVM At  A Crossroads (News Series)A collection of news pieces in the days following Tropical Storm Irene (Breaking News)A profile of the pitcher from Stowe who inspired the Bruce Springsteen Hit â Glory Daysâ  (Sports)The Irene Effect (Documentary)A primer on how to call an auction (Use Of Sound)A newscast from the morning after Tropical Storm Irene (Newscast)A story about the theremin, an obscure musical instrument, and one manâ s work to renew appreciation for it(Writing)In all, 14 awards were made in the small market radio category for the region, which includes all of the New England states. Vermont Public Radio will be honored at a ceremony this spring and it will now be entered in all of these categories for the national awards.The RTDNA is the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession, consisting of more than 3,000 news directors, news associates, educators and students. Founded as a grassroots organization in 1946, the association is dedicated to setting standards for newsgathering and reporting. Although news techniques and technologies are constantly changing, RTDNA’s commitment to encouraging excellence in the electronic journalism industry remains the same. VPR. 4.12.2012last_img read more

Home of the Second Chance: ‘We don’t judge; We help’

first_imgby. Adam MertzOver the last seven years, St. Louis Community Credit Union has gained prominence for its ambitious and solution-driven approach to serving low- and modest-income consumers in a market full of them.The $237 million asset credit union, which boasts 51,712 members, won the 2013 CUNA Community Credit Union of the Year award among institutions under $250 million in assets. Paul Woodruff, vice president of community development for St. Louis Community, discusses with Credit Union Magazine the philosophies that have earned the credit union respect throughout the movement.Credit Union Magazine: Why did St. Louis Community CU dial up its efforts to serve the underserved?Woodruff: We were turning away hundreds of people a month who wanted access to the mainstream accounts, but they couldn’t get it. We also started to see an increase in members who used payday loans and lenders, which strips wealth out of the community.If there’s no alternative to that, people are going to keep using those services, and make the situation even worse. And a part of that is, if they’ve got loan obligations with us, and all their money’s being taken by the payday lenders, that’s a losing proposition for our institution. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bill aims to reform eyewitness identification procedures

first_imgBill aims to reform eyewitness identification procedures April 15, 2017 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Bill aims to reform eyewitness identification procedures Senior Editor Eyewitnesses don’t always get it right. Just ask James Bain, Orlando Boquete, Larry Bostic, Alan Crotzer, Cody Davis, Wilton Dedge, Luis Diaz, William Dillon, and Frank Lee Smith. They served a total of 180 years in Florida’s prisons for crimes they did not commit. Eyewitness misidentification was a contributing cause in all of their wrongful convictions. Eventually, DNA evidence came to the rescue to exonerate them. In 2010, the Florida Innocence Commission studied how unreliable eyewitness identification can be, the psychological reasons why witnesses seem so certain even when they’re wrong, and reforms other states have taken in the way law enforcement conducts photo or live lineups. Seven years later, Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, are sponsoring CS/SB 312 and HB 643 and hope to pass the Eyewitness Identification Reform Act that would require state, county, municipal, or other law-enforcement agencies that conduct lineups to follow specific procedures to ensure a fairer process. “As many of us who have served in the House, we remember this legislation back in 2011. It passed the Florida Senate and made all the committees in the House, but did not make it to the floor,” Baxley said, in closing on his bill in the Senate Criminal Justice Committee on February 21, where it passed unanimously, and later passed the Judiciary Committee unanimously on March 14. HB 643 unanimously passed both the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee on March 15 and the Judiciary Committee on March 27. “I’m really surprised it’s been this long before we got back around to seeing it again. It is my privilege to present it. I think it’s a good move for justice, and it will protect law-enforcement, state attorneys, and the accused from being mistakenly identified,” Baxley said. Michelle Feldman, a state policy advocate for the national Innocence Project, said, “Nationally, eyewitness misidentification is the No. 1 cause of wrongful convictions proven by DNA. This bill would not only protect the innocent, but it would protect public safety, because when the wrong person is convicted, the real perpetrator can be out harming others.” Of 349 DNA exonerations nationwide, she said, 71 percent involved eyewitness misidentification, and the real perpetrators identified in those crimes went on to be convicted of 100 additional violent crimes, including 64 rapes and 17 murders. Baxley explained that he took recommendations from the Florida Innocence Commission, created by then-Chief Justice Charles Canady, and crafted these uniform procedures: “It will require eyewitnesses to acknowledge their instructions about the lineup procedure, and they will be told that the investigation will continue, and that the individual may or may not be there. “These disclaimers and this process, many, many law-enforcement agencies already use,” he said. An individual not involved in the case, called a “blind administrator” who is not seeking a specific outcome, will administer the lineup, so the person does not either inadvertently or purposely give cues about which photo or person the witness should pick. “We advocate for best practices endorsed by the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Association of Police Chiefs, and many others,” Feldman said. “That is blind administration that is required in this bill. If you can’t find a blind administrator, you can use an alternative technique, a really cheap one: The folder-shuffle method. You put the lineup photos in folders and shuffle them and hand them to the witness one at a time, so that the administrator can’t see which one is being viewed.” Two other best practices not in the bills, she said, use “fillers” that match the description of a perpetrator, so the suspect doesn’t obviously stand out. The other is witness confidence statements, where at the time an eyewitness identification is made, the administrator asks the witness about their level of certainty, in order to document at the moment of the identification how confident the witness is. “By the time the court case comes up, when there is media exposure and talking to investigators, sometimes the witness becomes a lot more confident over time,” Feldman said. “We would ask that you also include the fillers and the witness confidence statements.. . . There are really zero costs associated with this legislation. The only cost is training.” Nineteen states have adopted the best practices advocated by the Innocence Project. Feldman said the Innocence Project has a certified eyewitness identification trainer to give statewide training at no cost. She said wrongful convictions by eye-witness misidentification have cost taxpayers in Florida more than $6 million in civil lawsuits.last_img read more

Differences in the rhetorical styles of candidates in the 2016 US presidential election

first_imgPinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share LinkedIncenter_img Email According to several overall stylistic indicators, candidate Trump used a simple communication style, avoiding complex formulation and vocabulary. The authors analysed lexical density – or how much actual information there was in the words spoken. Trump scored the lowest for lexical density, and he also reused the same phrases more than other candidates.Former governors (Bush and Kasich) tend to use “we” more frequently than “I.” Usually Senators (Cruz, Paul, Clinton, and Sanders) tend to prefer using the pronoun “I.”Donald Trump presents an atypical figure, employing short sentences, a reduced vocabulary, repeating the same arguments with simple words. He is the single candidate to have the pronoun “I” in the second rank (after the article “the”).Hillary Clinton can also be characterized by a large use of the pronoun I. The candidates who stayed longer in the campaign had a clear preference for “I” over the “we.” When considering overall stylistic indicators, Clinton, O’Malley, and Sanders presented a high lexical density value as well as a higher number of long and complex words than the mean.Long sentences were preferred by O’Malley, Clinton, and Sanders. A relatively high lexical density percentage indicates a more complex text, containing more information. Using the transcripts of the TV debates, the lexical density values varied from 36.6% (Trump) to 44.6% (Cruz).The percentage of long or complex words varied from 18.3% (Trump) to 26.4% (Cruz, and Sanders). Senators Cruz and O’Malley had a more sophisticated communication style, employing longer sentences, and a more complex lexicon.An analysis of the top ten most specific terms per candidate reveals interesting specifics about their campaigns. Top terms used by Jeb Bush included “proven,” “status,” and “brother.” Top terms used by Martin O’Malley included “actually” and “Maryland.” Sanders preferred “Wall Street,” “wealth,” “class,” and “billionaire.” Top Clinton words included “comprehensive,” “affordable,” and “try.” Among the top ten specific words used by Trump in the course of his campaign were “I,” “Mexico,” “deal,” and “tremendous.”“As Trump won the primaries and the general election, does that mean that efficient communication must be based on tweet-like rhetoric and this form will dominate the future elections?” asked lead author Jacques Savoy. “Clearly the rhetoric evolution goes towards to short communication messages, but this also implies simplistic analysis and solutions? If the answer is affirmative, I see a real risk of the democracy.”The paper “Analysis of the Style and the Rhetoric of the 2016 US Presidential Primaries” is available at: https://academic.oup.com/dsh/article-abstract/doi/10.1093/llc/fqx007/2993886/Analysis-of-the-style-and-the-rhetoric-of-the-2016?redirectedFrom=fulltext A new paper published in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities reveals and quantifies dramatic differences in the speaking styles of candidates in the 2016 United States presidential election. Lexical analysis indicates that President Donald Trump had a distinct communication style, and it was far more direct than any of the other candidates.The most frequently used thematic words are very similar across politicians, with ‘people’ appearing in the top 4 for 7/9 candidates, and ‘say’ for 5/9. Trump and Hillary Clinton had 3 out of 4 most-used words the same.Researchers here analyzed the transcripts of the TV debates involving Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Martin O’Malley, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.last_img read more

Particular personality traits are linked to economic ideologies

first_imgShare on Facebook Email Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Share Particular personality traits are linked to economic ideologies, according to new research, but this relationship appears to be influenced by a person’s income.The findings were published in the journal Political Psychology.“In my PhD, I studied the associations between people’s personality and their preferences about politics,” said study author Bert N. Bakker of the University of Amsterdam. “Many studies have shown direct associations between a person’s personality and their position towards politics on a scale from left (liberal) to right (conservative) as well as their positions towards social issues such as immigration and abortion.”“Yet, the association between personality and people’s preferences towards economic issues such as income redistribution were less clear,” Bakker said. “In this project, I set out to study whether the associations between personality and a person’s economic preferences might be stronger or weaker conditional upon another factor, namely their income.”The research was based on the Big Five model of personality, which breaks personality down into five traits: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness. For his study, Bakker examined data from studies conducted in Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He found that people with more conservative economic attitudes tended to be more conscientious, but less agreeable and less neurotic than their more liberal counterparts.In other words, people who disagreed with statements such as “high income earners do not pay enough taxes” were more likely to score higher on a measure of Conscientiousness, and lower on measures of Agreeableness and Neuroticism.“Yet, the association between personality traits and economic preferences is attenuated by income,” Bakker told PsyPost. “Specifically, I find that the association between the personality trait Agreeableness and economic preferences is weaker among poor people compared to wealthier people in all three countries.”“Low income also attenuates the association between economic ideology and the traits Openness (in Denmark), Extraversion (in the United Kingdom) and Neuroticism (in the United States). As such, this study shows that personality traits are associated with economic preferences and that some personality traits are weaker associated with economic preferences among citizens with a lower income.”The study found some differences between Denmark, the United Kingdom, and the United States. But it is unclear if this is because of cultural and political differences, or differences in the methodologies of the studies examined.“I conducted this study in three countries,” Bakker said. “I relied upon data from Denmark and supplemented this with data from the United Kingdom and the United States. The data from the U.K. and U.S. was collected by other researchers and as such the measures employed are not exactly the same as those used in Denmark.”“Perhaps some of the differences that I find across the studies are due to the differences in the measurement of personality and/or the economic preferences. Future research using fully comparable surveys in multiple countries would be beneficial.”The study was titled: “Personality Traits, Income, and Economic Ideology“.last_img read more

1-0 PBA finals lead not safe – Magnolia Hotshots

first_imgMagnolia Hotshots’ Rome dela Rosa, Rafael Reavis and Ian Sangalang ganged up on Alaska Aces’ Mike Harris in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven finals at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PBA PHOTO MANILA – If there is one team that knows a Game 1 victory in the best-of-seven finals series is not a guarantee of a PBA championship, it should be the Magnolia Hotshots.Two conferences ago, the Hotshots drew first blood in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup finale with San Miguel Beermen. But the latter went on to win the next four games to clinch the crown.In the ongoing 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup titular showdown, the Hotshots again took the 1-0 advantage after shooting down Alaska Aces, 100-84, in the series-opener on Wednesday evening at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Hotshots head coach Chito Victolero said their experience against the Beermen would serve as a lesson for his crew not to be complacent of the Aces ahead of Game 2 tonight at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We are happy to win Game 1 but this is only the start of the series. After (Wednesday) night, we need to prepare hard for Game 2. Our mindset is do-or-die,” said Victolero.Added the former Mapua Cardinals mentor: “There’s a long way to go. Hindi kami dapat mag-relax. Kailangan naming mag-push pa because it’s a best-of-seven series. Isa pa lang nakukuha naming.” Andy Mark Barroca and Jiovani Jalalon, who both played a key role in the Hotshots’ Game 1 victory, agreed that they should be prepared for the planned comeback of the Aces in Game 2.“Maganda lang ‘yung depensa namin (noong Game 1) and ‘di lang maganda ‘yung opensa (ng Alaska). Next game magbabago ‘yan, kailangan namin trabahuhin,” Barroca said.Jalalon added: “Hindi namin alam gagawin ng Alaska sa Game 2 kaya kailangan prepared kami. Nanalo kami ng Game 1 pero hindi pa tapos ‘yung laban, kasi ganoong-ganoon din ang nangyari sa amin noong Philippine Cup.”/PNlast_img read more

KC hotshot Atkinson credits hard work

first_imgKingston College are on the verge of a title double in this year’s schoolboy football season. The defending ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup champions face Jamaica College in today’s semi-final at the National Stadium at 5:00 p.m and will look to dethrone Clarendon College in the final of the ISSA Champions Cup this Saturday. The one constant for the team’s success in 2019 has been the play of their striker, Dwayne Atkinson.Atkinson was part of last year’s success, helping to capture the Purples’ first Manning Cup title in more than three decades. The main adjustment from last season’s squad to this year’s he says, is the integration of the new players who made their tournament debuts.“It’s much different because you have some guys coming from Pepsi, Colts, and now are playing in the Manning Cup, and we have built good chemistry between them and I,” Atkinson told The Gleaner. In addition to his team’s success, the 17-year-old is also in the running for individual honours, specifically scoring titles on both fronts. He has managed to terrorise opposition defences with 18 goals in the Manning Cup, and he has contributed with two in the Champions Cup, one behind Jamaica College’s Philon Lawrence. Fierce opposition Sharing second place with Atkinson is Clarendon College’s Sheldon Smart and Rodrick Granville, who will provide fierce opposition when they meet in the final. Atkinson’s Champions Cup form has earned three KFC Man of the Match awards, an accolade reflective of his stellar play this year. It could have been a different story had things turned against them in their final Manning Cup quarter-final group game against Camperdown High on November 12. Needing only a point to secure passage to the semi-finals, it was Camperdown that took the early lead. Atkinson’s goal in the 46th minute started a comeback en-route to a 2-1 win that secured their advancement. That game, he says, was the toughest of the season to date. Now in his third Manning Cup season, Atkinson credits his performances to his commitment in training and the mindset of always giving maximum effort every time he puts on the Kingston College jersey. “The hard work that I always keep putting in training, I just continue to work till it pays off,” Atkinson shared. He will be hoping that his work will continue to pay dividends in his upcoming assignments.last_img read more

Watch out Kolbe and co! Senatla still has Springbok dream

first_imgBlitzbok speedster Seabelo Senatla is determined to force his way into the Springbok 15-a-side team.Senatla has become a superstar on the sevens circuit, scoring 224 tries in 203 matches for the Blitzboks, leaving him fourth overall on the World Rugby Sevens Series try-scorers list.The 26-year-old Senatla has tried his hand in 15s rugby in recent seasons, playing on the wing for the Stormers in Super Rugby.ALSO READ: Siya Kolisi will determine how Siya Kolisi gets managed, says Stormers coachHowever, he hasn’t quite reached the same lofty heights in the premier format, with a combination of indifferent form and niggles robbing him of an opportunity to stamp his authority.The past though won’t deter him in reaching his goals.“Seabelo is absolutely convinced that he can become a Springbok. That is his focus. He is actually discounting quite a bit in terms of wages to be able to do that. I hope he makes it. He is really keen,” Stormers coach John Dobson said during a media briefing at the team’s High Performance Centre in Bellville.Senatla, along with Stormers team-mate Ruhan Nel, will play for Blitzboks in the first two World Rugby Sevens events in Dubai (December 5-7) and Cape Town (December 13-15), before committing to the Stormers for Super Rugby.Dobson said midfielder Nel could leave later in the season if he cracks the nod for South Africa’s Tokyo Olympic team.“We’ve got Angelo Davids, Ruhan and Seabelo. Angelo is staying with the Sevens for the whole season, while Seabelo and Ruhan will join us at our pre-season camp after the Cape Town Sevens. Seabelo will be with us full-time. If he gets selected, Ruhan will go to the Olympics and miss the Super Rugby playoffs,” Dobson added.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

From Longhorn to Bull: Strong is new South Florida coach

first_imgIn this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Texas new head football coach Charlie Strong speaks to fans during a timeout against Oklahoma in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Austin American- Statesman, Ricardo B. Brazziell)Three weeks after being fired by Texas, Charlie Strong was hired Sunday to be the coach at South Florida, returning to a region where he has deep roots and a conference where he has won championships.Strong was fired by Texas on Nov. 26, the day after coaching his final game with the Longhorns. At No. 25 USF, he replaces Willie Taggart, who left the Tampa school to become coach at Oregon just a few days ago.“Charlie is a tremendous leader and mentor for our student-athletes and a widely-respected coach with a resume full of achievements at the highest levels of college football,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “He combines a drive to win with great integrity and deep, long-standing connections in the state of Florida. The future of USF football is very bright under his direction.”The Bulls went 10-2 this season and finished second in the American Athletic Conference East division to league champion Temple.Strong was 16-21 with no winning seasons in three years at Texas after replacing Mack Brown. Before going to Texas, Strong was 37-15 in four years at Louisville (2010-13), including 23-3 in the final two seasons.The Cardinals were in the Big East/American Athletic Conference when Strong was coach and they won at least a share of two league championships.The 56-year-old Strong has deep roots coaching in the state of Florida. He did three stints covering 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Florida under Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and Urban Meyer, mostly as defensive coordinator. He was also defensive coordinator at South Carolina from 1999-2002.“Some of the best football talent in the country is right here in the Bay Area and throughout the state of Florida, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with the young men in the USF football program and build on the strong foundation already in place,” Strong said in a statement.___More college football at http://collegefootball.ap.org/___Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAPlast_img read more

Siren to go off again

first_imgBy Tania MartinEMERALD residents have welcomed a CFA back flip over a decision to silence the town’s brigade siren. More…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Hey, hey, it’s Libby’s day

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Passing the buck as danger lurks

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NADO Leaders Advance Urgent Reforms in Wake of Second McLaren Report

first_img“With the best interests of clean athletes at heart, it is our hope that these proposals will help sport move past these dark times and pave a path towards a brighter future – one where the promise of clean competition is fulfilled.” said the leaders in a joint statement. “But in order to do so, steps must be taken, and it is imperative that those responsible for Russia’s state-supported system are held accountable, that calls for a truly independent anti-doping model are finally heeded and those athletes affected by this abhorrent behavior are given back at least some of what was taken from them.”Meeting for the third time in six months, the NADO leadership group once again reaffirmed commitment to the Copenhagen Reform Proposals, a series of urgent reforms brought forth last August following the release of the initial McLaren Report, while calling on the international sport community to bolster anti-doping efforts and restore athlete’s faith in fair competition around the globe.With new, irrefutable evidence of Russia’s institutionalised doping system uncovered by McLaren and his team, the leadership group has called for the exclusion of Russian sport organisations from all international competition until the sport and anti-doping systems in Russia are brought into full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.However, in line with the approach taken by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), and with the understanding that there may be some Russian athletes who have been subject to the robust anti-doping practices of other countries, the leadership group has offered to help in applying standardised criteria by which athletes can be assessed in order to compete as neutrals.The leaders have also called for IFs and other major event organisers to remove all international competitions currently set to take place in Russia, as well as a moratorium on awarding any new competitions to the country.In an attempt to prevent the type of malfeasance seen in Russia, NADO leaders advocate for a more independent global anti-doping model. The leadership group re-affirms its position that all anti-doping organisations, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), should be independent and adopt the necessary reforms, including a proposal that no decision-maker within an anti-doping organisation hold a policy-making position within a sport or event organiser.While there was continued recognition of the value in maintaining close collaboration with sport – especially in regard to anti-doping education, funding and intelligence sharing – the leaders stand firm that investigatory, testing and results management functions be separate from sports organisations. These reforms would help prevent the inherent conflict of interest that exists when a sports organisation is tasked with both promoting and policing itself.NADO leaders also recognise the need for a system of checks and balances with greater transparency for anti-doping efforts in international sport. International athletes should be subject to harmonised and robust testing from independent national anti-doping organisations and anti-doping organisations overseen by WADA in order to ensure fairness.Lastly, with many IF’s now facing extensive evidence of doping and cover-ups following the publication of McLaren’s efforts, the NADO leaders look to WADA, the global regulator, to monitor and act – as required by the Code and UNESCO Treaty Against Doping in Sport – to ensure evidence is investigated and appropriate consequences are applied.While those affected athletes can never reclaim the moments that were stolen from them, the international community must do everything in its power to honor these victims and ensure justice for them. Including, if it is the athlete’s wish, the opportunity to have a formal medal ceremony conducted at the Olympic Games or World Championship following the approval of medal re-allocation.Former Irish international race walker Olive Loughnane was one of those affected athletes, having seen her 2009 World Championship medal upgraded from silver to gold in 2016. Today she backed the NADOs work in bringing about change to the anti-doping system: “As an athlete, I was shocked and appalled following the revelations in the McLaren Report that those tasked with the protection of clean athletes and the integrity of sport were in fact aiding and abetting deception of a seismic nature. I welcome the important work of the National Anti-Doping Organisations and their calls for reform. Strong action needs to be taken to ensure a message is sent out to all that doping in sport is completely unacceptable.”The proposals were written and endorsed by anti-doping leaders from around the world, including: Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Following the devastating evidence of wide-spread systemic corruption exposed by the second McLaren Report, leaders from 19 National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs) came together for a special summit, hosted by Sport Ireland, with hopes to restore the faith of clean athletes and to ensure that the integrity of sport is never again brought into such disrepute. Special leadership Summit held in Farmleigh, DublinIn light of the second McLaren Report, leaders call for the exclusion of Russian sports organizations at all international competitions – with a uniform process for athletes to compete as neutrals until substantive progress in reform efforts are madeLeaders also call for the removal of all major international competitions, as well a moratorium on the awarding of new competitions to RussiaLeaders endorse WADA as global regulator and offer support for ongoing reform effortsLeaders reject concept of a new one size fits all, global “Independent Testing Authority” controlled by sport and consider guidelines for development of independent testing authorities to manage anti-doping responsibilities formerly conducted by International Federations (IFs)last_img read more