first_img Special atmosphere: St James Park is one of many excellent football stadiums included on the long listby Alex LoweI HAVE spent most of this week swimming against the tide of public opinion over England Rugby 2015’s decision to scrap Welford Road as a World Cup venue. I think it is the right call. The reaction from Leicester Tigers at being dumped has been emotional and, if I’m honest, a little self-righteous.The club’s chairman Peter Tom tugged at the heart-strings as he detailed Leicester’s contribution to rugby in England, rolling out the names of Sir Clive Woodward and Martin Johnson, as if that earned them World Cup matches by right. The Tigers indicated ER2015 had betrayed the rugby history of Leicester and England in order to chase the filthy lucre elsewhere.Elsewhere, incidentally, includes a stadium that is a little more that a drop-kick away from Welford Road that is bigger, with better facilities and a pitch that measures up. Yes, England have to guarantee the International Rugby Board £80million but this was not a decision based on money alone.There is only 8,000 difference between the capacities of Welford Road and the King Power Stadium. That is not the deal breaker.Too small?: Welford Road is not on ER 2015 shortlistIt was the fact that Welford Road’s facilities on and off their small pitch – changing rooms, anti-doping, media facilities – simply didn’t stack up as a venue for the third biggest sporting event in the world.There are some who are crying foul, citing the fact that Welford Road was included in England’s successful bid to host the tournament. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real shame that the 2015 World Cup will not be stopping off at Welford Road, just as it is a shame there was no room for Exeter’s Sandy Park in this great global rugby festival. But that does not mean we have sold our soul to the devil of football. LEICESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: General views of Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers during the team photocall held at Welford Road on August 19, 2011 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The 2007 World Cup, the wonderful carnival adventure around France, was played almost exclusively in the nation’s football grounds. I saw Wales in Nantes, Australia in Montpellier, England in Marseille. Every one of them a football ground, every match sold out, every occasion a joy to behold. Why can we not emulate that?I have reservations about some of the stadia on the long list – Derby’s Pride Park, Bristol’s Ashton Gate to name but two – but I am not concerned that ER2015 are using football grounds. Northampton were right to throw the weight of their support behind Milton Keynes. Franklin’s Gardens is another citadel of English rugby but the Saints knew it was too small for consideration. But they also recognised the value of having World Cup matches played in their region and so are backing Stadium:MK to make the final shortlist.Party atmosphere: The 2007 RWC was a huge successAnd to those doom-mongers who claim there will only be a handful of supporters rattling around St James’ Park or St Mary’s Stadium, have we learned nothing from London 2012? The reason the Olympics and Paralympics were such spectacular sporting occasions was not just because of what happened on the track, in the swimming pool, around the velodrome or down the rowing lake. They was spectacular because of what happened off it. Venues were transformed, the nation bought into the Games and made them their own. How many people found themselves cheering on equestrian riders, judokas and gymnasts for the first time ever?So why can we not tap into that same sporting fervour and aim to pack 50,000 Geordies into St James’ Park or 43,000 Brummies into Villa Park. Let’s aim for that, let’s aim for England 2015 to be remembered in the same breath as London 2012. That means looking ahead and setting our sights high not, unfortunately for Welford Road, rewarding feats of the past.last_img read more

first_img Press Association West Ham striker Andy Carroll admits England’s qualification for next year’s World Cup is a big motivation to return to full fitness. The former Newcastle and Liverpool frontman is out for an indefinite period of time because of a heel injury, with the Hammers keen on not rushing their £15million summer signing back into action. Carroll’s primary focus is to repay the faith that the London club have shown in him when he does return up front and hopes that will be enough to earn international recognition. center_img England qualified for Brazil 2014 earlier this week by beating Poland to finish top of Group H. “The lads did a great job and it’s brilliant that England will be in Brazil,” he said in the Daily Mail. “It also gives me something to aim at and, once I get back playing, I might have a chance of breaking back into the squad. “The first objective, of course, is to get back playing well for West Ham. I want to do that because they’ve been so supportive but if England follows, that would be good, too.” last_img read more

first_img2 December 2008 Zangqa had scored out wide on the right, leaving captain Mzwandile Stick with a difficult conversion. He made it, however, to send the game into extra time to determine a winner. They’ll have a chance to win their tenth crown over the weekend of 5 December on home soil in George. Tickets are still available for the George event through Computicket outlets. SA coach Paul Treu said: “Our preparation was really good and the players all contributed superbly. Although this is a new look team, we still have a couple of players who won here in 2006 and who were part of our success early this year in Adelaide. With a first half performance that was almost faultless, the English ran in three converted tries to none to lead the Kiwis 21-0 at halftime. EnglandSouth Africa’s opponents in the final were England after they upset defending champions New Zealand in the semi-finals. TryAs time ticked down, it appeared that South Africa would bow out in the final four, but substitute Vuyo Zangqa broke from a scrum inside the Fijian 22-metre area and raced through for a try to pull South Africa within two points with only seconds remaining in the game. Stick added the extras and South Africa ran out 19-12 victors. England replied early in the second half with a try by Tom Biggs. The SA defence, however, kept him wide in the left hand corner and the conversion failed. The final was another hard-fought affair, but this time around South Africa didn’t have to come from behind. BreakTreu’s men seemed headed for extra time again, but with only 20 seconds remaining Gio Aplon broke from a ruck inside the South Africa 22-metre area. South Africa were thrust onto the back foot when Paul Delport was yellow carded and England took advantage of their numerical advantage when Nicky Young scored and then converted his own try to level the scores at 12-12. ‘Committed’“We were committed in defence and really took our chances at key moments,” he added. In Dubai, after running roughshod over their opposition in pool play – beating Scotland 31-10, the Arabian Gulf 33-0, and Kenya 31-0 – South Africa dealt comfortably with Australia in the quarterfinals, recording a 19-0 shutout.center_img Turning on the afterburners, he flew down the left-hand touchline, beating the despairing dive of England’s last defender before generously passing to Ryno Benjamin, so that he could score the try. Captain Mzwandile Stick said the unbeaten run of the Springboks on their end of season tour of the United Kingdom had served as motivation for his team; Bok coach Peter de Villiers was also on hand to present the Sevens team with their jerseys on Thursday, and then attended all their matches. A combination of a never-say-die attitude, patience, tough defence and execution carried South Africa to victory in the Dubai Sevens at the weekend. It was the second time in three years that South Africa have taken the honours in the event. In the extra period the captain once again stepped up to secure victory for his team with a sensational long distance dropped goal. The title was South Africa’s third in Dubai, after previous wins in 2003 and 2006. It was also their ninth IRB Series title in total. Right on halftime Mpho Mbiyozo crashed over to put South Africa 12-0 in front at the break. After the break, the New Zealanders fought back with a vengeance, matching the three tries of England, but when one of those went unconverted the champions were out. Early leadSA Rugby’s Young Player of the Year Robert Ebersohn put SA into an early lead when he cut inside and sliced through the England defence, which had been stretched by sustained attacks deep inside their half. Stick converted to increase the lead to 7-0. The second half followed the pattern of the first half with excellent defence from both sides snuffing out one attack after another. FijiFiji, in the semi-finals, were a much tougher proposition. The islanders tried to use their big men to drive the ball up and suck in the South African defenders before passing the ball out wide; their line-up was considerably bigger than South Africa’s, but determined defence by Treu’s charges turned the contest into a back-and-forth arm wrestle. Just before halftime, Fiji finally broke through when Rupeni Nasinga dotted down for a try, which was converted to put the Pacific islanders 7-0 clear at the break. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Government#privacy#web chris cameron Related Posts First they helped prolong the existence of The Pirate Bay by donating bandwidth to its servers, and now Sweden’s Pirate Party – a political group focused on copyright and patent reform – has announced it has created a safe haven for Swedes seeking privacy online. The party isn’t just going to host The Pirate Bay’s bandwidth on government servers with Parliamentary immunity; it has launched a private, no-questions-asked internet service provider (ISP) for the pirate community. “We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it.”– Gustav NipeKnown as PirateISP, the service seeks to provide anonymity and privacy free of government monitoring to Internet users. PirateISP CEO Gustav Nipe told the website TorrentFreak today that the company has already run some beta tests of the service in the Swedish city of Lund. Pirate ISP plans to build a 5% share in the city before opening up shop in other locations at the end of the summer.PirateISP intends to keep its users’ identities completely private and will even refuse to keep data logs. When asked how the ISP would respond to threats or inquiries from agencies both foreign and domestic, Nipe’s response can be summed up as exuding a “bring it on” mentality. “We don’t agree with what they are saying and we don’t agree with the laws they are making so if they have an issue with us, then we will have an issue – but that’s it,” says Nipe. “It would be a pity to reveal all the tricks that we have, so we will save those for later. But we have ways to ensure that no customer should have to get a sad letter home from [the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau’s] Henrik Pontén.”It would seem that Scandinavia is at the forefront of radical Internet ideology. At the beginning of July, Finland – a country with very high broadband penetration – announced that access to at least a 1Mbps broadband connection is an inherent right of its citizens.Across the Gulf of Bothnia in Sweden, the Pirate Party is gaining momentum toward its reform wishes concerning free use of the Internet. PirateISP makes no effort to hide the fact that many of its customers will likely use the service to file share, but the company is confident it can defend itself from being shut down. The Swedish government isn’t so sure, and thus it seems an interesting standoff is in store. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgFormer India leg-spinner Subhash Gupte found himself in the news again, not once but twice. First, the BCCI honoured him with its prestigious C.K. Nayudu Award for 2000.Timed almost in sync, West Indian legend Gary Sobers then declared that the greatest leg-spinner ever was not Aussie Shane Warne but the,Former India leg-spinner Subhash Gupte found himself in the news again, not once but twice. First, the BCCI honoured him with its prestigious C.K. Nayudu Award for 2000.Timed almost in sync, West Indian legend Gary Sobers then declared that the greatest leg-spinner ever was not Aussie Shane Warne but the Indian who, now 72, lives in Trinidad.Gupte played for India from 1951 to 1962 and bamboozled the world’s best batsmen. Sobers revealed that unlike most leggies, he could bowl two googlies.Gupte was a man with an independent spirit and a fierce temper, who kowtowed to no one and so played fewer Tests than he should have. They say when the cricket ball left his hand, you could hear it whizzing through the air.Tests36Wickets149Best9/102Avg.29.55Econ rate2.34Strike rate75.75W/I1210W/M1last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery pressed about dumped Ozilby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery was reluctant to discuss Mesut Ozil’s situation last night.Emery did not consider Ozil for their Europa League win over Vitoria.Pushed about the German, the manager would only say: “Tonight is not the day to speak about that.”I prefer to speak about the match. We have all the players who played.”He’s not in the squad. That is the decision tonight. Now we are going to work towards Sunday.” last_img read more

first_imgGary Pinkel after big win against BYU.Gary Pinkel DanceMissouri head coach Gary Pinkel announced yesterday that he would stepping down at the end of this season due to health reasons. Whether it’s been his team’s up-and-down season, the unrest on campus, or his personal battle with lymphoma, Pinkel has faced more than his fair share of adversity this fall. So perhaps that’s why the scene following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU tonight was so touching. After the game, Pinkel’s players surrounded him, chanted his name, and urged him to dance. The veteran head coach obliged, and appeared to get emotional in doing so. “and the GP, GP ayyyyyyy chant has erupted” among players pic.twitter.com/vdwQ8ddega— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) November 15, 2015Dance Gary Pinkel. Dance. pic.twitter.com/7LouzovljA— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) November 15, 2015That’s awesome. Hats off to Pinkel and his team.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) will be revamping the 125 Parent Places established islandwide, in an effort to boost support to Jamaican parents in the raising of their children.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NPSC, Kaysia Kerr, told JIS News that the Commission is currently conducting an audit of the Parent Places that are attached to primary schools, “with a view to looking at what other resources and other support are needed at the facilities”.Ms. Kerr said that, so far, audits have been conducted on 50 of the 125 Parent Places across the six Regions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Meanwhile, Ms. Kerr informed that the Parent Places attached to primary schools have been reaping success.She said through the Parent Place construct, a number of schools have been seeing improved parental involvement at school as well as improved parent-student relationships.“We have seen better parental involvement. We saw where there might have been friction between parent and child in terms of the parent-child relationship. We saw academic performances and social behaviours improved among children, because when children and home are on the same page, we usually see the benefits in the classroom,” Ms. Kerr said.“So, we certainly saw where children who might have had issues with just adjusting to instruction, adjusting to what the expected instructional outcome should be or whether they were not adjusting to the rules and regulations of schools, we saw improvements where those were concerned,” she added.She further informed that the NPSC has received $10 million in grant funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) to establish an additional 10 Parent Places in the Corporate Area.Ms. Kerr told JIS News that the additional Parent Places will be instituted at eight primary and two high schools in the Kingston area.She noted that the Commission will be working with parents at these institutions to improve their parenting styles with students with behavioural challenges, adding that effective parenting underpins individual and national development.“We are very grateful, because these are schools in very volatile communities, and where we see negative behaviours present, then we would ensure that we not just nip it in the bud but we start retraining the parents and building their own capacities and skills,” Ms. Kerr said, “so, that their parenting styles and their parenting practices, in general, can either change or improve, so that we can have better relationships and better structures in the home that will also spill over in how children behave and adjust to school life.”Additionally, Ms. Kerr noted that the Commission will be moving to attach Parent Places to community centres and libraries across the island by June 2019The Parent Places have been instituted through collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and benefit from assistance from volunteer mentors and on-staff parent support managers.The Parent Place is described as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for parenting information, skills training and support on effective parenting. It offers what is described as “21st century parenting” through quality information and referrals, access to parenting resources and workshops.last_img read more

first_imgPARIS – The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.Franck Briand, who lives in the apartment directly above, now looks back on that moment as the start of what he calls his Airbnb “nightmare.” The ensuing four years, he says, have been an incessant carousel of late-night parties, drunken revelers and the rattle of newly arrived groups, sometimes 15 at a time, dragging wheeled suitcases across the cobbled courtyard.“I want to leave,” Briand says. “But I said to myself that it shouldn’t be the weakest, those under threat, who give in.”Paris, long one of the world’s top destinations, is still grateful for the billions of euros (dollars) that tourists pump into the French capital’s economy and the 300,000 jobs they sustain. But Parisians and City Hall officials also are expressing deep qualms about having so many visitors directly in their midst, no longer largely corralled in hotels but instead living, albeit temporarily, cheek-by-jowl with locals in properties rented online.The backlash in Paris against intrusive, on-your-doorstep tourism hasn’t yet reached the proportions of other heavily visited cities. Venice and Barcelona, among other destinations, have seen repeated protests. But concerns voiced in top European destinations are often the same: That mass tourism and its online platforms are hollowing cities out, driving away locals with higher prices, higher rents and sheer inconvenience.Jacques Boutault, mayor of Paris’ central 2nd arrondissement, is among those sounding the alarm. The rectangular district he oversees, boxed in by some of the city’s must-visit sites, including the Pompidou art museum, has experienced a precipitous population decline as Airbnb has taken Paris by storm, with more listings than any other city worldwide.“The population is changing completely, from those who have been here for years to one that is just passing through,” says Boutault, the district mayor since 2001. The 2nd arrondissement has lost 3,000 inhabitants in the past four years, more than 10 per cent of its total and many of them families, he says. The district’s schools have shut three classes as a result.“I don’t want to be the mayor of a museum, that’s to say pretty walls where people spend a bit of time and then leave,” Boutault says. “It’s important that town centres remain authentic and alive. In fact, that’s what tourists come for.”In 2012, Airbnb had 4,000 Paris-area listings. That surged to more than 40,000 by 2015, when Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky was welcomed at City Hall. Three years on, Airbnb counts 65,000 listings inside Paris alone. But relations with City Hall have soured.Paris Deputy Mayor Ian Brossat, in charge of housing, says the capital has lost 20,000 homes in five years, “homes that were lived in by Parisians but are now populated by tourists. They are no longer homes, they are clandestine hotels.”“Airbnb has veered away from its original model,” he says. “We’ve gone from a sharing economy to a type of predatory economy, with professionals that bought homes, sometimes buildings, in bulk to transform them into cash machines. So our role is to restore some order.”To regulate the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms, Paris has since December required proprietors who list online to register. Parisians are only allowed to rent out the property they actually live in to tourists, and for a total of no more than 120 days a year. Any other Paris residence they may have can’t be rented to tourists at all.But even with inspection teams going door-to-door and fines for the most egregious violators, the rules remain scantily enforced. Brossat is now lobbying for a blanket ban on tourist rentals in central Paris, arguing that home owners in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th arrondissements — “those most impacted by the Airbnb phenomenon,” he says — should still be allowed to rent out spare rooms but not their entire property.Airbnb France, in a statement, called Brossat’s proposal “out of touch with public opinion, divorced from legal reality.” It said renting out properties on Airbnb helps Parisians “boost their income and afford rising living costs in their communities, where housing capacity has failed to meet demand for decades.”More pressure on Airbnb and similar sites is coming with a new housing law about to get parliament’s final blessing. It opens the door for large fines to be levied against sites that host properties not in conformity with French regulations.Brossat expects the law to mark a turning point.“The gentrification of Paris didn’t start with Airbnb. But Airbnb is an accelerator of gentrification,” he said. “The risk is that Paris becomes a city no longer lived in by inhabitants but solely by tourists or foreign investors.”___Oleg Cetinic contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgBadaun (UP): Giving her own twist to a recent remark by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BSP chief Mayawati Saturday said her party wanted both Ali and Bajrang Bali — particularly Bajrang Bali as the deity is “linked with my own Dalit caste”.Addressing a rally in Badaun, Mayawati recalled Adityanath’s comment on Tuesday in which he referred to her earlier appeal to Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh. “In this connection, I want to tell him (Adityanath) that both Ali and Bajrang Bali Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’are ours…. So we want both Ali as well as Bajrang Bali,” she said. Adityanath had said if Ali was with the BSP-SP-RLD combine, Bajrang Bali was with the BJP. Ali is a revered figure in Islam and Lord Hanuman is often called Bajrang Bali. Both Mayawati and Adityanath were served notices by the Election Commission over their remarks. “We particularly want Bajrang Bali because he is linked to my own Dalit caste,” Mayawati said. The BSP chief was apparently referring to Adityanath’s comments last year when he had described Lord Hanuman as a forest dweller and a Dalit. “I am very thankful to Yogi-ji that he has given us important information about our ancestors. So, it is a very happy moment to note that we have both Ali and Bajrang Bali and their coming together will give us very good results in these elections,” she said.last_img read more