Springboks squad race storm brews

first_imgNational trade union body Cosatu claimed five unnamed black Springboks had complained to the organisation of racial discrimination.Meyer issued a denial, saying “I do not look at colour — I look at the best players. I have a great relationship with my players.”Little-known group the Agency for a New Agenda (ANA) went to court this month, wanting the Springboks to surrender their passports, which would prevent them competing at the World Cup.The case was dropped, but the judge criticised the tortoise-like pace of rugby racial reform and committed the court to probe the matter further, saying it was a “national interest” issue.Particularly upsetting for those opposed to what they consider a too-white national rugby team was the dropping of black winger Conrad Hendricks to accomodate white full-back Jesse Kriel against Argentina.A common complaint against Meyer is that he chooses whites in positions where they do not usually play rather than pick a black who regularly fills the role.White scrum-half Francois Hougaard admitted several season ago that he was embarrassed to be given the No. 11 national team shirt when black Lwazi Mvovo was excelling as a winger.Race has long been an emotive issue with whites believing black players weaken their beloved two-time world champions Springboks and blacks angry at “snow white” teams representing a country whose population is 90 percent black.Meyer included nine blacks in his 31-man World Cup squad, but others like centre Lionel Mapoe, who sparkled for the Lions during the 2015 Super Rugby season, must have been disappointed not to make it.“You only see black players when they shoot adverts,” former Bulls winger John Mametsa told Johannesburg daily The New Age.“This discrimination will not end anytime soon. What is happening is depressing and unfair to black players. The Springboks are still stuck in the past.“Why does it take a white player one bad year to be dropped, but only one bad match for a black to be dropped?.“Black players who do well do not get opportunities. I do not think Meyer is 100 percent honest regarding the reasons.”Columnist and former Springboks official Mark Keohane does not believe former Bulls coach Meyer acts out of racism, malice or disregard for the merits of black players.South Africa’s head coach Heyneke Meyer (R) stirred a storm of protest by picking 13 white starters against Argentina in a warm-up match for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. PHOTO/AFP“When in doubt, like so many (Springbok coaches) before him, he has found comfort with what he knows — white rugby players.“It is not right and it is not wrong, but in the context of South African rugby, it is not acceptable,” Keohane wrote in Business Day.Rugby author and columnist Liz McGregor noted that there had been no comment from South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins, a black, nor chief executive Jurie Roux.SARU and the South African government set a target for 2015 of at least seven black players in each Springbok matchday 23 with at least five on the field throughout a match.Meyer failed to meet these goals in the four World Cup warm-ups with only two black starters in the stunning home defeat by Argentina.A week later, Meyer doubled the number of black starters to four and South Africa won convincingly in Buenos Aries with Mvovo scoring a brilliant try.Plans have been published for 50 percent black representation in the 2019 Springboks World Cup team.The reluctance of many whites to accept black players into what they consider to be their sport runs deep.Instructed to pick at least nine blacks in 22-strong squads for a schools inter-provincial tournament this year, virtually all the predominantly white coaches chose exactly nine.South Africa play Japan on Saturday week in their opening Pool B match and also face Samoa, Scotland and the United States in the league phase of the global rugby showcase.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000South Africa’s Lwazi Mvovo (R) dives to score against Argentina during their 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match at Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 15, 2015. PHOTO/AFPJOHANNESBURG, September 10- The racial composition of the Springboks was a heated issue among South Africans before the squad announcement for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in England next week.After giving blacks limited opportunities during recent defeats by Australia and New Zealand, coach Heyneke Meyer stirred a storm of protest by picking 13 white starters against Argentina in another warm-up match.last_img read more

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MP Report from Bob Zimmer

first_imgI will be bringing these needs to the attention of the Infrastructure Minister as we resume Parliament.Next up was the annual BC Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. There I had the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and officially thank former federal minister Stockwell Day for his key note speech on the need for regulatory reform. Following the Forum, I met with the Prince George City Council to discuss the city’s priorities moving forward.- Advertisement -Then, I was back in Fort Nelson to announce an investment in upgrades to an eight kilometre stretch of the Alaska Highway in the Fort Nelson area.Heading back to Prince George, I met up with the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, to take part in an economic consultation with the Prince George Chamber of Commerce and then a visit to the Pineview Firehall to promote the new non-refundable tax credit for volunteer firefighters.From there, it was off to Fort St. John to announce $980,000 in gas tax funding to assist the Peace River Regional District in constructing a gas management facility at the Fort St. John Landfill.While in Fort St. John I met with the City Council to discuss future plans for the city and gave a speech to the Chamber of Commerce highlighting our Government’s priorities in 2012 and to discuss important initiatives we have introduced to assist small business owners. I also met with the North Peace Rod and Gun Club to talk about the Ending the Long-Gun Registry Act and to address other concerns.Advertisement I then headed to Dawson Creek, where I held my first passport clinic. That afternoon we were able to help approximately 70 residents with their passport applications. The clinic also provided me with the opportunity to meet with constituents one-on-one to answer any other questions they may have had. While my offices in Fort St. John and Prince George offer help with passport applications every day, with a riding as large as ours, I will be providing similar clinics to residents throughout the riding in the near future.And finally, it was off to Tumbler Ridge where I announced $265,000 in funding for the Palaeontology Research Centre and tour the facility.It’s been a busy month, but I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and spend time with so many people – whether it was during a scheduled meeting, or while standing in line at Tim Horton’s – and I am looking forward to doing similar tours in the future.As always, if you would like to get in touch with me, please feel free to contact my office in Fort St. John at 250-787-1194, Prince George at 250-561-7982, or Ottawa at 613-947-4524.Advertisementlast_img read more

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PLAN LAUNCHED TO SET UP IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DONEGAL

first_imgDonegal could be the location of Ireland’s first National Marine Park.One of the most ambitious marine environment projects in the history of the Irish state is being planned for Co Donegal.The project, which could create a much-needed jobs boost, plans to bring together three integrated marine initiatives of international excellence centred at Malin Head.The plans include the development of an Ocean Interpretation Centre, Ireland’s First National Marine Park and a Biosphere Fishing Reserve on the North coast of Inishowen. Project co-ordinator Emmett Johnston said the plan has huge potential.A series of public meetings is now planned to gather the views of the local public on the concept.The concept document focuses on the common marketing of environmentally themed tourism, locally caught sea food produce and sustainable community practices through the three initiatives.The main point of the concept document is that local coastal communities, tourism, fishing, academic and environmental sectors could gain significantly by coming together under one umbrella for the purposes of collective management and marketing of local marine resources. Different ways that a collective plan could be achieved are discussed in detail, with ideas such as the development of a common Malin Head brand for the various marine related sectors of particular note.Speaking about the launch of the concept document the project coordinator Emmett Johnston said the concept is about putting new ideas and solutions out into the community and seeing what the reaction is.“It’s a different way of approaching things, most people are used to being told from the top down what is going to happen and they may have difficulty understanding that this is just a concept, potential ideas for the future. It’s like planting a seed, then it’s up to local people to shape the idea and make it their own.”According to the group there will be a series of three public meetings covering the communities of Inishowen North, West and East. Each meeting will involve a presentation of the concepts and a feedback session where ideas will be taken and developed.Everyone is invited to read the concept document and give feedback before and after the meetings which will be held on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March at a variety of venues throughout the peninsula. All ideas are welcome according to the project coordinator Emmett Johnston.“Without community engagement this concept is just a piece of paper, it up to local people to decide if this is something they want and how they can benefit from it. We need everyone to come on board with the process, attend the public meetings and give their feedback. If the community does not put forward their own solutions to existing problems, then central government will eventually impose their solutions on communities.“We think the time is right for all the local interest groups to come together as one voice and to start doing something about the deteriorating situation here, if we don’t do something now some of the coastal communities on Inishowen could experience the same fate as the island communities did in the early 20th century.”Emmett explained that a short meeting with some of the fishermen from the north of the peninsula has already been held at the start of March. He explained that some fishermen saw there might be something positive in it for them and their sector, while others did not, however all of them were concerned about how environmental ideas in the document could end up negatively affecting their business.“The level of mistrust and doubt about new ideas and the ability of fishermen to do anything about their own situation is indicative of how shamefully the industry has been treated over the years. We think collective marketing of the area as a well-managed natural environment could help the local fishing industry sell their produce, but it’s up to them to make up their own mind about the ideas.“All we see this concept doing is kick starting people into thinking about how they can improve their own situation without waiting for central government to impose things on them. They might not take on what we propose, so what, these are just ideas.”All around the county the big question is how can an area create enough jobs to keep at least some of its young people from emigrating. Identifying what an area has that is unique or different may help them create jobs which cannot be shifted out of the area.The concept document released outlines a path using sustainable management of the natural environment as the catalyst to job creation on the North Inishowen peninsula, whether local people agree with that path or not remains to be seen. However it appears everyone is in agreement that something needs to be done and sooner rather than later.The proposal certainly makes for an interesting time ahead for those with an interest in the marine sector around Inishowen. How the various government bodies will react to this type of community led initiative is unknown, especially because they are the ones normally deciding the direction communities should follow.More details and a copy of the document can be found at www.baskingshark.iePLAN LAUNCHED TO SET UP IRELAND’S FIRST NATIONAL MARINE PARK IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 11th, 2014 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)Tags:CommunityEmmett JohnstonfishMalin HeadNational Marine Parksharkslast_img read more

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Alexis Sanchez joins Man United and Henrikh Mkhitaryan signs for Arsenal

first_img1 Alexis Sanchez has completed his move to Manchester United from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way in one of the most high-profile swap moves of all time.The finishing touches to the deal were made on Monday and an announcement that the two 29-year-olds had traded places was made at 6pm.United’s new number seven Sanchez, who missed Arsenal’s win over Crystal Palace on Saturday while negotiations over a switch continued, posted a departing message on Instagram where he took aim at ex-Arsenal players that have been critical of him.Though his social-media post did not reference anyone directly, Sanchez wrote: “There are people (former club players) who have spoken with no knowledge of what happens inside the club and cause damage.“I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day, when I asked to the Mister (Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger) to be in the team, because I wanted to be a contribution.”Martin Keown, a former Gunners defender, had called Sanchez “the biggest mercenary in football”, with reports suggesting the Chilean forward will earn £500,000 a week at Old Trafford.United’s rivals Manchester City had tried to sign Sanchez in the summer and revisited the possibility in this window only to pull out due to the rising costs.Arsenal wanted £35million for a player out of contract in the summer and United’s willingness to meet Sanchez’s wage demands and use a makeweight in Mkhitaryan, who is valued at the Gunners’ asking price, allowed a straight swap to take place.“Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true,” Sanchez told MUTV.“I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now when I got the opportunity to come here I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.”United boss Mourinho lauded the acquisition of Sanchez, adding: “Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players.“He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.”In his Instagram post, Sanchez also referenced speaking to Thierry Henry, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in 2007.“I remember today, a conversation I had with Henry, a historic Arsenal player, who changed club for the same reason and today is my turn,” Sanchez added.last_img read more

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Solskjaer reveals admiration for Haaland amid £76m transfer rumours

first_img 2 Alan Brazil suggests Paul Pogba doesn’t care about Man United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Erling Haaland is a player he likes – but won’t confirm if Manchester United will make a January move.The 19-year-old striker is one of the hottest prospects in European football and is being linked with a £76million switch to Old Trafford. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:52Loaded: 18.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:52 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen “I don’t need to talk so much about him, but we as a team always look for players who can complement the others we have, and then we see what we end up with.”The Norwegian, son of former Manchester City and Leeds player Alf-Inge Haaland, was born in Yorkshire and supports the Championship club.Nonetheless, United remain the front-runners to beat off competition from across Europe for Haaland’s signature. Haaland played under fellow Norwegian Solskjaer at Molde before moving on to Red Bull Salzburg and recently shared a picture of himself signing a United shirt to fuel the rumours of an imminent move to United.“He is a player I like. We are looking for good players all the time,” Solskjaer told Viasport, when asked about the youngster.“Erling has had a good development, so he has to develop further wherever he decides. Middlesbrough vs Stoke (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Arsenal (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTAston Villa vs Southampton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Cardiff vs Preston (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Leicester (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTSheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Man United fans will hope Haaland puts pen to paper in January 2 The Sun reports that the forward is close to agreeing a switch to Old Trafford on the basis that he can stay with Salzburg for the remainder of the season.Haaland is thought to be keen on linking up with Solskjaer and reports also suggest Solskjaer flew to Austria to speak with Haaland last Friday. Instagram @erling.haaland Erling Haaland is wanted by Europe’s top clubs last_img read more

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Scotland Women have never been better, says Little

first_imgWhile Little will likely play a key role, Shelley Kerr will look to Man City striker Caroline Weir to score the goals to send them through.Weir agrees with her Arsenal counterpart that Scots are well-placed.“It’s a huge week, we’ve been looking forward to this for months now and know it’s a big game.“We’re confident of getting the result.“We know it will be tough, Switzerland are a very good side but we have a good side and a strong squad.“I think we’re ready for it, the World Cup has always been a goal of ours and this is a big chance.” Kim Little believes Scotland Women have never been stronger as they bid to make their complete their quest to qualify for the World Cup.The Scots face must-win matches against Switzerland and Albania as they overtake the Swiss and claim top spot in Group B.Little, touted recently as “the best player in the world” by American legend Hope Solo, is confident the Scots can finish the job after recovering from defeat to the Swiss by winning three in a row to put themselves back in the qualification picture.“It’s a big week, two must-win games,” said the Arsenal star. “Playing for Scotland is always exciting but to come in and know you have to win adds a bit more to it.“It gives us clarity, our mentality is to go out and get six points.”She added: “As a squad, we’ve the best group I’ve had in the national team.“The quality is the highest it has been in my ten years with the team so I think we’re in the best position we’ve been to do well.”last_img read more

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Houchin’s Dyslexia Screening Bill Signed Into Law

first_imgDyslexia is categorized as a specific learning disability related to reading.  Students who have dyslexia and related conditions will struggle to identify and match letter sounds with letters, have difficulty with phonics, and will struggle to read. It affects reading, writing, spelling, and comprehension.  These students are typically very bright, and can excel with the right interventions.  Without an intervention, these students could unnecessarily face a life-long struggle with reading.  Houchin said, “Though dyslexia is inherited and cannot be cured, SEA 217 will ensure we are giving our students the best possible chance to succeed.” SEA 217 also requires each school corporation and charter school to employ at least one authorized reading specialist trained in dyslexia, no later than the 2019-2020 school year, and requires the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) to employ at least one reading specialist trained in dyslexia. School specialists can be current reading specialists trained in dyslexia, or a teacher or tutor who has completed dyslexia intervention training approved by the DOE.“The changes outlined in SEA 217 will help accurately identify this pervasive issue among our student population,” Houchin said. “It will provide the tools dyslexic students need to achieve their full potential in school and as they grow.” Senate Enrolled Act 217, authored by State Sen. Erin Houchin (R-Salem), and sponsored by Rep. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland), was ceremonially signed into law yesterday by Gov. Eric Holcomb. This bill is aimed at identifying students who may be affected with dyslexia, and getting them the resources and accommodations necessary to be successful in school and beyond. Holcomb and Houchin were joined for the signing by students with dyslexia and their parents from around the state.“Studies estimate that up to 20 percent of the population is affected at some level with dyslexia,” Houchin said. “We cannot afford to let any of our students struggle through school, and potentially their lives and careers, without doing something – especially when we know teaching methods that work.”SEA 217 requires school corporation and charter school reading plans to include indicators to screen for dyslexia risk factors. If a student is determined to be at-risk for dyslexia, the school shall administer a simple dyslexia screening test, which will identify whether they need referred for further testing and a diagnosis. It also requires schools to use specific response to intervention processes if a screener indicates certain characteristics of dyslexia.last_img read more

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TechCrunch40: Entertainment for All Ages

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#conferences#TechCrunch40, 2007#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This was the final session on Day 2 – and the title said it all. Some of these 5 entertainment startups target kids, some target adults!FlowPlayFlowPlay is a gaming social networking site that targets the teen demographic. It consists of Flash-based animatable avatars, enabling you to interact with your virtual friends without revealing who you are. The main part of the site though is Flash-based online games. They currently have 100 games, not all of them in-house developed – some licensed from others. While you play, you can earn virtual money – with which you can buy virtual things for yourself (e.g. clothing). After dressing up your character, you can go to places, bars and hang out with your friends, dance, chat and have fun. The fact that there is a virtual economy inside the platform makes it quite attractive.metaplacemetaplace is attempting to create an open virtual world. The founders think the potential of virtual worlds is high, but most current ones are walled gardens. Further most existing virtual worlds are huge desktop apps that you need to download and keep up to date. metaplace is lightweight and has its own markup, which makes it fully portable from the web to mobile worlds.Loic Le Meur thought this was a good product and defined it as “the Facebook of SecondLife”. On the other hand, Yahoo’s Brad Garlinghouse said: whether we like it or not, there is already a popularized platform in the form of SecondLife – so this one is too late.WooMeWooMe started its presentation with some stats around real world speed dating market – which will approach $1 B in 2008. WooMe brings speed dating to the virtual world. It consists of audio-visual sessions, using webcams. You can use it for dating or to find a partner to travel with. When you find someone (it needs both parties to agree) you have to pay $1 to get in touch.The surprise of the presentation was that Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom is connected to this app.The general concern of experts was whether this is just a ‘feature company’. Loic Le Meur and Caterina Fake liked it. In my opinion, WooMe has the potential of being used as a Craigslist alternative too.ZivityZivity‘s promise is to change the rules of user generated (adult) content. Apparently it’s about democratization of adult content. You or your photographer put your erotic photos online, people vote, and you may make money. Membership is $10. 1 vote costs $1. 80 cents go to content creator, 20 cents to Zivity.Sarah Lacey found this model logical and said this can be an online version of Playboy. MC Hammer warned about the potential abuse of 16 year old kids wanting to earn a little money from this.KalturaKaltura is another social video site – aka video wiki. This Israeli company is now based in New York. They raised $2M from Avalon Partners. The idea sounds similar to StoryBlender (covered in an earlier TC40 report). You can take videos from YouTube, photos from Flickr, or other multimedia from your hard drive, and mash them up. You can even stream live video via your webcam.Their new Facebook App allows you to greet your friends (birthday, graduation) with mashed up funny videos created in collaboration with your network.Edited by Richard MacManuscenter_img Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… emre sokullu 1last_img read more

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ScaleXtreme Offers Free Middleware for Cloud Management

first_imgdavid strom Tags:#cloud computing#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… If you make use of multiple cloud providers then you might want to take a look at what ScaleXtreme offers: think of them as middleware for cloud management. Last week the company announced at VMworld a freemium model, offering its Express service for managing an unlimited number of servers completely free? The catch is that you can only manage a single cloud provider; for handling multiple clouds you will have to pay $15 per month per server for the Expert level of service.This post sponsored by Microsoft. Don’t get stuck in the IT past. Our private cloud solution is built for the future, and ready today. ScaleXtreme has been in beta for several months, and has developed a robust offering, complete with its own app store with several dozen add-ons such as apps to install everything from a Java JDK to a full LAMP stack on a cloud-based Linux server.The service can handle complex provisioning such as dynamic machine groupings, and works with OpenStack, VMware’s vCloud Director, AWS and Rackspace. You can browse individual VM file systems, copy files among VMs, monitor each VM, and more. You can see an example of one of its dashboards to download its agents below (click to enlarge).Everything can be run across multiple private and public clouds, and all of this functionality is cloud-based with no software to install other than your browser and some agents to manage your servers. You can check out some of their screencast videos here that show you how to set things up. (Warning: the audio is subpar and somewhat annoying to listen to.) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

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