All Blacks want to finish Bledisloe job in Dunedin

first_imgRead said the team only had to watch last week’s second half, where they bizarrely let  to see the dangers of the Wallabies, rueing a job they viewed as only half done.“(You) just have to look at the footage from the last 20 minutes of the game and we know how dangerous they can be,” he said.“We slightly took our foot off the throat and if we’re not there mentally, they’re a team that can do that. They’re dangerous, they’re hungry, they’ve certainly got a point to prove, soRead said that was a mistake they wouldn’t want to be making on Saturday in Dunedin.“A more dominant team would have finished the job and that’s something we can improve on,” he said.“No two weeks (are) the same.“It could be a completely different game out here tomorrow night. We’ve got to adapt to that.”All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said earlier in the week New Zealand would be wary about Australia’s physicality in Dunedin, and Read said that hadn’t changed despite the withdrawlal of Wallabies hard man Adam Coleman.“Yeah he is one of the big physical players but I don’t think it would matter for them who is on the field,” he said.“They’re going to be pretty fired up, it’s their last chance tomorrow night to keep this thing alive.“We expect a big performance from them.”Read mightn’t know much about new Wallabies lock Izack Rodda – the 21-year-old has faced Read’s Crusaders just once in Super Rugby –  but hearing he’s been working closely with All Blacks great Brad Thorn told him plenty.“I guess if Brad’s gotten into him (he’ll be) uncompromising, it’s likely to hit a couple of rucks… and physical,” he said.“For us we go out there and play the game.“It’s pretty awesome, I guess, when guys get an opportunity to play. For him, he’ll be excited.”last_img read more

Media Lacking in FGM Coverage Confronted

first_imgThe practice of FGM in the Sande Bush has sparked a wide range of discussions, with the discussion in some quarters now focusing on whether it can now be eradicated from our cultural existence.While there are wide speculations of its dangers and health risks, traditional women, who have participated in the practice, have argued that they have not experienced any negative side effects. They have, however, maintained that the positive aspects of FGM be mentioned.”I joined the Sande Bush. It hasn’t had any negative effect on me. I’m in my 50s. I’ve been able to take care of my home and so on since then” says E.Musu Kono, a traditional leader from the National Practisioners’ Council of Liberia.On Tuesday January 13, 2015, a media roundtable discussion organized by the Women of Liberia Peace Network (WOLPNET) was held under the theme “Addressing the Issues of the Media- Non Coverage of FGM Cases in Liberia”.The platform enabled strong voices, ideas, suggestions, worries and considerations to be heard by a large audience comprising traditional leaders and all those who hold concerns relative to FGM.Among the attendees were Hon. Joseph Janga, Assistance Minister for Custom and Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, E. Musu Kono from the National Practitioners Council of Liberia and Baba S. Zulu, Vice Chairman of the National Council of chiefs and elders of Liberia.Also invited was Sackah Molubah, a member of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders in Liberia and William Janga, the director of Culture at the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Internal Affairs to name a few.Maye Azango, a female reporter was also present and had an opportunity to voice her opinions and concerns about FGM.“My concern is why is the activity practiced at all when it can ruin so many women and girls’ lives physically and mentally?” she questioned. I know a woman who contracted AIDS/HIV while undergoing the ritual,” Azango said.According to Marian Gonyor, the acting Executive Director of (WOLPNET), four counties were periodically visited on the issue of FGM, including Lofa, Cape Mount and Bomi. A survey was conducted through a questionnaire that was given to community dwellers on the issue.“This year around we want to focus on changing the strategy by working with youths, Zoes and new stake holders. We will be sending out more questionnaires to various counties and we want at least two traditional women from each county assigned while we’re having these discussions,” she added.Meanwhile, Gonyor says they will look into the issue of how children are recruited into the Sande bushes, and what the appropriate age a child should be before being taken there.“For us, we are advocating the rights of the children. We feel that children should be able to go into the society bush at their own will. And we’re also looking at eradicating totally the practice of circumcising girls and women without stopping culture and the Sande bushes,” she added.Meanwhile, Mrs. Vennetta Johnson Freeman, broadcast coordinator for the Liberian women Democracy radio says that her entity has over the years spoken on the issues affiliated with FGM.“We at Democracy radio highlight all the issues that women are faced with and have always looked into this issue. Though we are aware many media outlets have not covered such things in depth, we have,” she told participants.But according to Gonyor, the level of coverage when it comes to the issue of FGM has been drastically low, and the discussion was concentrated on finding ways to bring the coverage ratio to a higher level.“Fear surrounding culture, being afraid to report FGM in the media because of what could happen is what many have stressed as being the reason why they don’t cover Sande bushes,” Gonyor added.According to Azango, she tried to highlight some of the issues relating to FGM years ago and was threatened to the extent that she had to flee into hiding.“There are so many things happening in the bush besides the circumcising of women and girls that needs to be stopped or changed around. Whenever we try to get more information, they threaten to chase behind us, why?” she exclaimed.Meanwhile, Mrs. Roslyn Peters, who is the general secretary for United Nations in Liberia and works to empower young women and girls said, “The problem here is, information that comes out of the media at times is not always appropriate or right. FGM is health related, and I believe the media should be able to give accurate information that enables people to take on the right decisions,” she added.“Help the people to understand the implication when it comes to health, school and development. When it comes to health, find out if standardized tools that are being used are sterilized. Let the public know that there are positive things in our culture, learn the domestics and respect it. It’s not only about circumcision, it’s a school by itself,” she advised.Meanwhile WOLPNET says it intends to hold a national Dialogue Conference that is scheduled to take place February 16-17, 2015. Hundreds of Zoes from 10 counties that practice FGM are expected to be present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spurs update on venue for Man City and European games, plus ticket discount

first_img 3 Most popular Tottenham news REVEALED Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa punished “With Wembley Stadium already hosting a major event on the date this game was originally due to take place (Sunday 28 October), it has now been agreed for the fixture to be moved back by one day. The fixture remains due to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.“We should like to apologise to both our and Manchester City fans for this fixture having to be moved to a weekday evening and any inconvenience caused.“Despite the possibility that our new stadium could be ready to host this match, this would not be known until much closer to the date of the game. We have therefore agreed with the Premier League that, in the interests of clarity and certainty, we shall confirm this game as taking place at this time at Wembley Stadium so that fans of both teams can now make travel arrangements accordingly.“We shall be refunding our season ticket holders for this match 1/19th of their new stadium season ticket price and, although this is a Category A game, given the extraordinary circumstances of this late fixture date change to a weekday, we shall be offering season ticket holders the opportunity to purchase tickets for the match at Category B prices. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 3 “We should like to thank the Football Association, Premier League, Sky Sports and Manchester City for their cooperation during this challenging time for all of us in what are unique circumstances.”Daniel Levy, the chairman, had this to say: “We are all focused on ensuring contractors deliver our new stadium in the shortest possible period of time and opening our stadium at the earliest opportunity. The consequences of not being able to open our new stadium on 15 September against Liverpool have been immense. Building a venue of this scale that is open to the general public is a huge undertaking. We are creating, in Tottenham, a unique world class stadium with pioneering technology and engineering.“Amongst the consequences of the delay have been substantial additional costs, not least of which the need for alternative venue hire, along with the inconvenience for our fans and those of our opposition. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham spent the entire campaign at Wembley last year and will now play there for the foreseeable future too. Tottenham are in Group B of the Champions League Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January White Hart Lane now (23 August) BIG PRESENTS UP TOP center_img possible standings no dice What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures OFF Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? targets 3 gameday cracker smart causal Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Spurs also explained that “despite the possibility that our new stadium could be ready to host [Man City], this would not be known until much closer to the date of the game”.A statement on tottenhamhotspur.com read: “We can confirm that our upcoming Premier League home fixture against Manchester City is now scheduled to take place on Monday 29 October, kick off 8pm at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham have confirmed their Premier League home game against Manchester City will be played at Wembley on Monday 29 October.Delays in the redevelopment of the new White Hart Lane mean that, as well as the Champions League games against Barcelona (3 October), PSV (6 November) and Inter (26 November) will be played at the national stadium. REVEALED “I want to apologise once again and thank you all for your support, many of you have taken the time to write to us and commend what we are doing for the Club. When you face times like this in an organisation it’s teamwork and pulling together that gets you through.“Our dedicated staff are having to manage operations again at more than one stadium and I want to thank them for their resilience. Mauricio, his staff and the players, have been exceptional in their support and fully embraced the changes of venue with total positivity. They have my utmost respect.“We are now being regularly updated on progress and as soon as we have confidence in our project managers’ and contractors’ ability to deliver against the revised schedule of works, we shall be able to issue dates for test events and the official opening game.“We are facing many issues, but although disappointing, costly and frustrating, I am uncompromising in my determination to deliver something extraordinary to our fans.”last_img read more

Donegal fans celebrate Ulster title at Clones – Picture Special

first_imgWhat a glorious day it was in Clones today for Donegal’s loyal GAA fans.Michael Murphy spoke for the players and management when he paid tribute to the fans who have stuck by their team.Here’s a few pictures of those loyal fans as Donegal claimed another Ulster title. All pictures by Evan Logan.Seamus, Catherine and Lauren from Glenfin before Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganCissie, Marie, Leah, Oran, and Geoffrey from Donegal Town pictured with Sr Anne from Glenties before Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganBrendan, Ryan, Zakia, Mowafi and Michelle from Bundoran all set to cheer on Paul Brennan at Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganAlfie, Sean and Anne Marie all set to cheer on Donegal before Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganThe Donegal colours out in force with Pauric, Thomas, Lauren, Amy, Emma, Alannah and Cian before Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganSiofra, Seamus and Aifric from Gweedore before Sunday’s Ulster final. Photo Evan LoganDonegal fans celebrate Ulster title at Clones – Picture Special was last modified: June 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A New Version of Passivhaus Modeling Software

first_imgA new version of the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) energy modeling software that uses inches and pounds instead of metric values is now available.The conversion is a joint project of the Passivhaus Institut in Germany and The Small Planet Workshop, a Tumwater, Washington, supplier of materials and training for high-performance buildings. It’s an updated version of an inch-pound version created in 2009.According to The Small Planet Workshop, the conversion work was performed by Dylan Lamar, an architect at Green Hammer in Portland, Oregon. Lamar also worked on the earlier conversion.Lamar and Albert Rooks, president of Small Planet, reached a deal on the conversion with Passivhaus Institut management last year, and work has been underway for the last six months. This version of PHPP can import designs from SketchUpThe project also includes the development of plug-ins that allow the new version of the PHPP to work with the Passivhaus Institute’s new Design PH SketchUp 3D modeling tool. Rooks explained, “You can create a 3D SketchUp model and then import it into PHPP for a quick look at the values and loads. The idea behind this is to make it easier for the project designer to do some quick analysis at the initial project stage and offer quick feedback to the project client in both load values and visuals. Kind of ‘passive house on the fly.’ ”The Small Planet Workshop says there were few changes from version 8.4 to 8.5. If you want more detail about changes in earlier versions, the company has prepared a summary of the differences between 2007 vs. 2012 versions. There’s also a summary of changes between 2012 and 2013 versions in the library section of the company’s website.The Small Planet Workshop has created a new website devoted to the software. The software, called IP-PHPP 2013 V 8.5, is available for $315. It also can be purchased through 475 High Performance Building Supply.last_img read more

U.S. Adds Tariffs on Canadian Softwood

first_imgThe U.S. Commerce Department has announced new tariffs on Canadian softwood, the second set of duties imposed since April. The Hill reports that the preliminary anti-dumping duties are as much as 7.7%. This is in addition to the department’s imposition of countervailing duties of between 3% and 24% on Canadian lumber imports, announced in April.U.S. producers allege that Canadian softwood producers benefit from government subsidies. Canadian officials disagree.“These duties result from the trade action which is part of the continued attempt by the protectionist U.S. lumber lobby to constrain imports of high-quality Canadian lumber into the U.S. market and to drive up prices for their benefit,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Lumber Trade Council, in a statement.Some Canadian provinces are not included in the Commerce Department’s ongoing trade investigation. The department said that softwood lumber products produced in Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island should be excluded, The Hill reported. The announcement comes just two months before the U.S. and Canada are to begin talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement. About 80% of Canada’s softwood exports go to the U.S. The market was worth about $5.5 billion in 2016. Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costscenter_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more

Dino Delivery: T. rex Arrives in Washington, D.C.

first_imgA Tyrannosaurus rex baring banana-sized teeth is taking over Washington, D.C.—and it came via FedEx. The 12-meter “Nation’s T. rex” arrived this morning at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History accompanied by a police escort and was greeted by a packed hall of reporters and dinosaur lovers. The 66-million-year-old bipedal dinosaur, uncovered in 1990, journeyed 3200 kilometers from its former home in Bozeman, Montana, in a dino-decorated delivery truck complete with its own tracking number. “I’m happy to say we FexExed the T. rex,” joked museum director Kirk Johnson before signing a 50-year loan agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the fossil’s former caretaker.The 7-ton dinosaur, one of the five most complete specimens ever unearthed, will become the centerpiece of the museum’s $48 million renovated National Fossil Hall, scheduled to debut in 2019. The hall will be named in recognition of David Koch, executive vice president of Koch Industries Inc., who donated $35 million toward the makeover. The museum currently displays a replica skeleton erected shortly after the Smithsonian’s failed 1999 bid for the famous T. rex nicknamed “Sue.” Until National Fossil Day on 15 October, visitors can watch museum staff unpack, catalog, and 3D scan the fossilized bones in a “Rex Room” exhibit. The bones will then be shipped to Toronto for mounting.“The Nation’s T. rex” tromped around eastern Montana during the Cretaceous period, dying of undetermined causes near a riverbank at about 18 years old. The dinosaur fossilized and remained undisturbed until 1988, when rancher Kathy Wankel spotted a fossil peeking out of the ground while hiking near Fort Peck Reservoir, an area managed by the Army Corps of Engineers. Paleontologists excavated the 80% to 85% complete skeleton from 1989 through 1990 before transferring the bones to the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. 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India was able to pull it off against Pakistan as it had a weak defence

first_imgIt was a predictable high-scoring India-Pakistan match and the aggression that the hosts showed in the opening 20 minutes put them in a strong position to pave the way for a semi-final spot.Sardara Singh, Shivendra Singh and Rajpal Singh were the most impressive amongst the Indians but the team was found wanting in its defence on numerous occasions.India and Pakistan possess almost similar skills and with the crowd right behind them, the hosts came up with an impressive show just as they did at the World Cup against the same opponent earlier this year.The counterattacks that India made were significant to the final score but it also had to do a lot with their rival’s poor defence. India has a very good attack with Shivendra and Rajpal leading the way.The Indians were on the attack as soon as the hooter went off and besides the defence lapses, Pakistan gave away ball possession far too easily, helping India’s cause. After the initial aggression, India slowed down a bit which allowed Pakistan to make a comeback, making India’s weaknesses at defence very evident.If Rajpal and Shivendra continue to get good support from the midfield, India is capable of competing against the best in the business. Bharat Chikara also played well, but only in patches.Sardara’s long passes were a prominent feature that helped the Indian forwards, but he does take a few risks which should be a worry for the Indian think tank.He took far too many risks at the deep defence and was trying to dodge the Pakistani players inside the 25m line which he needs to avoid. But otherwise, he has a bright future and will do really well in days to come.advertisementSandeep Singh did score two goals but he was a big disappointment as he could convert just a couple of penalty corners out of the 10 that came his way.He is a penalty corner specialist and if this is his conversion rate, which has been the same for a long time now, he does not merit a place in the team. Indian midfield and defence still needs to work a lot and had it not been for a few misses by the Pakistan strikers, it could have been a close finish.With this kind of defence, India would surely struggle against England in the semi-finals as they have improved a lot in the last four years with their sights firmly on the London Olympics. There was not much of a change in how these teams played at the World Cup and now.If India manages to cut down on their risks like unnecessary ball possession and improve on their deep defence, they could well pull it off against England. With the home support, India cannot just play with the heart and they need to use their brain as well.(The author is a former India coach)last_img read more

India Today @ Olympics: No margin for error in the pool

first_imgFrom start to finish, the Olympics are all about precision. Even though London may be chaotic in terms of transportation, efforts being made in the field of play are truly fantastic.On Wednesday, a select media group was taken to the Olympic swimming pool, where the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will be on full view. And for the official time-keepers for the Games, it will be all about getting their act together for the thrilling action in the aquatics complex.Compared to The Cube, as the swimming pool in Beijing was called, the facility in London does not look that impressive. However, as far as timing goes, a couple of improvements have been made, such as the battery of timing equipment that has been put in place.Even though nobody is allowed inside the timing area during the Games, on Wednesday, the media had a sneak preview. Computers were lined up one after the other to ensure precision and accuracy. An option is also available to watch replays, which especially help in relay events.One of the officials, Pascal Rossier, spoke at length about how the ‘quantum device’ was being used for the first time in an Olympics. “We did try it out in World Cups and world championship, but this is the first time at the Olympics that we have precision timers which can catch action upto 1/1000th of a second,” he said.With swimmers from several countries training in the pool for more than a week now, the time-keepers have been testing their timing equipment virtually non-stop. “We have a two-timing system and a backup,” Rossier said.There is also a new way by which viewers can keep track of the winners. Right above the starting blocks, illuminating lights have been fixed. Depending on who is leading the race, a light flashes. If there are two lights flashing, then it means that the swimmers is second and if three lights are flashing it means he is third.”From the stands, even if you are not a hard core swimming fan, with this system in place you can keep track of the winner,” said Peter Huertzeler, also involved with time-keeping.Huertzeler, a close friend of Michael Phelps, reeled off several interesting details about how the timing works in the pool. He spoke in detail about the touch pads in place and how a swimmer had to touch it at least with a 1.5kg pressure. He also explained details about equipment that catches the reaction time for swimmers when they take part in relays.Huertzeler was in the United States for the Olympic trials and said he had “a strong feeling this time Michael Phelps versus Ryan Lochte will be interesting”.”I would always tell Michael that he should never turn to look at the timing on the electronic scoreboard before finishing the race and hitting the touch pad. This is not like athletics where you cross the finish line. In swimming, the touch pad has to be struck so that judges and we come to know which swimmer has finished first,” he said.Huertzeler was asked by a local journalist if the touch pad ever malfunctioned during an Olympic race. Huertzeler was flummoxed and then recalled the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where in between two races there was a glitch and the touch pad had to be replaced.Right now, with the Olympic pool throbbing with action, every minute is being caught on camera. In a sport where nano-seconds make a difference and even 4/100th of a second is important, there is no scope for error.At least, that’s what the official time-keepers are saying.advertisementlast_img read more