South Africa win Paris 7s to clinch World Series title

first_imgThe Blitzboks beat England 24-14 in the cup final to finish two points clear of Fiji in the overall standings.Captain Philip Snyman was full of praise for South Africa’s performance.”In the beginning of the tournament we said listen, we’re not going to focus on the result, we want to go out and play some fantastic rugby and it’s out of our hands,” he said.”We can only control the controllable and we made it so difficult for us but that’s day one and we put it behind us.”Coming into day two I think the guys played phenomenal. That first game… and then against New Zealand and now England.”I still can’t believe we managed to claw that one back… they played phenomenal rugby and did what’s expected of them – just to keep to the basics and to leave their smiles on their faces today.”Fiji could have clinched the overall title with a top four finish but were pipped 19-17 by England in the quarter finals.The Olympic champions had also been upset by Kenya on day one but still finished as the top qualifiers from Pool A.Gareth Baber’s side, who won four tournaments in a row leading into Paris, finished strongly with crushing wins against Ireland and the USA to finish fifth and keep the pressure on South Africa.The Blitzboks, who also suffered a defeat in pool play, held their nerve on finals day, beating Spain in extra-time to reach the semi finals before victories over New Zealand and England to secure the title, despite winning just two of ten tournaments all season.Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai said unfortunately they didn’t get what they came for.”We have lots of new boys this season. We played together as a team along the way and we find our rhythm a bit but unlucky for us we were punished against England,” he said.”England got the better of us and congratulations to the South African team, they deserve it.”They’ve been chasing us – we’ve been chasing each other along the year and congratulations to them.”Despite missing out on the series title, Eroni Sau was named rookie of the year in the men’s series, beating compatriot Alosio Naduva after scoring 37 tries across the ten rounds.The 28 year old was also one of four Fijians to make the World Series Dream Team, alongside Jerry Tuwai, Kalione Nasoko and Amenoni Nasilasila.last_img read more

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Around the world of Espanyol in 80 days

first_imgAt hall of the Ciudad Deportiva Dani Jarque that gives access to Espanyol B’s locker room, near the first team, pallets were stored on February 3 with numerous cardboard boxes containing the Espanyol crest and the “Sanitary material” sign. They were 500,000 masks that the parakeet club sent to Wuhan, China, epicenter of the coronavirus. 80 days later, the situation, life, has taken an unexpected turn, as carried by a boomerang. Then it was the Asian giant that was deeply affected by COVID-19, to the point that an element as essential as the masks had practically been exhausted, hence the solidarity gesture of Espanyol. There were 15,000 infected around the world, a figure that has been multiplied exponentially to exceed one million.And while the worst has happened in China, now it is Europe and the rest of the world those who are plagued by an evil that has already been declared as pandemic, with a state of alarm in Spain that, For ten members of the first team at Espanyol it has been more than just a confinement, a home isolation, since they tested positive on COVID-19, although fortunately everyone is already registered. RCD Espanyol ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>The boxes with 500,000 masks, ready in the Espanyol Sports City to be sent to Wuhan.RCD Espanyolcenter_img It seemed impossible to reach this situation on January 25, when the players wore t-shirts with the slogan “Cheer up, Wuhan” before Espanyol-Athletic. But also when, at the end of February, coinciding with the Europa League farewell, Wu Lei precisely because of the concern that the coronavirus was generating in his country. “I am convinced that we can solve it as soon as possible“He limited himself to indicating. Not in vain, month and a half ago Chen Yansheng left Barcelona, ​​and even then the current state of alarm could not be intuited.They even seemed far away, like they weren’t with western football, the information that the matches that China should play in late March would be postponed, in the hiatus for national teams. Today the whole football has been postponed and the Chinese people, including parakeet followers in the Asian giant, returns all solidarity sending material and medical aid to Barcelona and other places. AND LaLiga, even the descent, has passed to a second or third plane no matter how much some put money, because what is at stake is life.last_img read more

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Victolero hopes to pick up the right fit in the rookie draft

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Star coach Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUpon seeing the field in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Star coach Chito Victolero is confident that the Hotshots can secure a solid contributor from the rookies in this year’s proceedings.“The talent pool is good, so I think we can sign a solid rookie,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Slotted at ninth in the first round, Star is bound to miss the highly touted neophytes like Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.But Victolero isn’t fretting over his late pick, with a handful of players already earning the attention of the Hotshots’ coaching staff in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“There’s a lot who impressed us. You can really see who will be selected early, so it now boils down on who will be left for us in the bottom of the first round,” he said.Victolero has yet to decide on Star’s potential first round selection, but the soft-spoken mentor said that the priority for his team is to pick someone who can blend seamlessly to his system, the same way Jio Jalalon did in this past season.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We’re looking at those players who we believe will fit right into our system, aside from their talent. That’s always what we’re looking for, the best talent available who fits our system,” he said.“Hopefully, we can get the ones which interested us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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The Supreme Court’s Noble Gesture

first_imgThe Chief Justice’s address to  the opening of the Supreme  Court’s October Term on Monday dwelt not on an erudite legal argument, but on a subject that he and his colleagues considered the matter of the moment: fighting and finishing the Ebola crisis in Liberia.His Honor Francis Korkpor led his colleagues in reaching out in an extraordinary way to their suffering and dying compatriots and the whole nation, who have become afflicted with the deadly Ebola virus.The center piece of his address was his announcement that he and his colleagues had decided to surrender one month of their salaries to the Ebola fight.  They went so far as even to reveal to the nation their monthly wages—his   US$12,000 and his colleagues’  each US$9,000.  We do not think that the CJ went that far in order to inform the nation about how low the top people in the third branch of government are paid.  He rather wanted to let each of us calculate how much they were giving to the fight against the disease.Chief Justice Korkpor described the gesture as “a concrete demonstration of our commitment to fight the Ebola virus.  My colleagues and I,” he said, “have resolved . . . to give one month of our salaries and allowances over a period of four months deducted from our income at a rate of 25% per month.”Judges and senior support staff of the lower courts have also agreed to contribute one fourth percent of their monthly salaries and allowances, he added.He intends to urge the other  Judicial employees to make similar commitments the national cause.Chief Justice Korkpor suggested that the Liberian Legislature and all Liberian citizens, those in the public and private sectors, be encouraged “to consider making similar contributions to save our people and nation.”We commend the Chief Justice and his colleagues for their magnanimous and sacrificial gesture.  His suggestion that other branches of government and the public in general should follow is welcome. Many local individuals and organizations have joined the anti-Ebola fight.  But more needs to be done in our common resolve to eradicate the virus.The CJ stressed that these   contributions should be fully accounted for; and we hope that will be the case.We are also concerned about funds coming from abroad and the increasing cry of our health workers for back pay and personal protective equipment (PPE).  Both are crucial to  encouraging our health workers to return to work.We are told that GOL owes them a huge amount in back pay.  It is hard to understand why GOL has failed to pay on time people in this most vital sector.  That was part of the problem that caused the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHAL) to go on strike in the first place.  They have now returned to work, thanks to the intervention of GOL and international partners.  But the workers say they won’t accept any new patients; only those who are already in hospitals.  This is partly because they are unhappy with the hard line which Health Minister Walter Gwenigale has taken on their  leaders.  He told a press briefing Monday that the two leaders, NHWL president Joseph Tamba and secretary general George Poe Williams, “will never come back.”They say “never” belongs to God.A reconsideration of that statement may require the intervention of President Sirleaf and the international community.  But amidst this deadly crisis, in which our people are dropping dead  everywhere—a crisis that has affected EVERY aspect of our lives—our economy, our politics and our very existence as a nation—there is no room for a hard line from any quarter.  Everything and everybody must give to save Liberia. We must remember that the Liberian Council of Churches,  all churches and all people  throughout Liberia, Christians and Muslins alike, are praying for God’s deliverance.  How can God hear our prayers when we assume an unforgiving and vengeful attitude?      Last week the World Bank announced a grant of U$52 million to fight Ebola.  This is part of many financial and other resources coming from various quarters.  Our question is, Can some of these funds be used to address all the issues of the health workers, including their salary arrears and PPE?  We believe these are critical to our success in the fight against this deadly enemy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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We will defend our territorial integrity at all costs – President Granger

first_img…as Guyana celebrates 48th Republic AnniversaryIn the face of increasing security and sovereignty concerns as a result of threats from neighbouring Venezuela, President David Granger has reaffirmed our resolve to defend Guyana’s territorial integrity, which has been under threat since before the country obtained Republic status.In his message to the nation on the country’s 48th Republic Day anniversary, the Head of State said that Guyana severed vestigial constitutional bonds with Britain, becoming a fully sovereign state which was no longer subjected to external authority when it gained republican status.“The Republic vested sovereignty in our people. It charged Guyanese with exercising this sovereignty by assuming responsibility for defending their motherland and developing the economy,” he said.President Granger noted that while efforts to defend the homeland have not been in vain, Guyanese have been living under the shadow of threats to its territory since Independence in 1966.However, he posited that the country would now move closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy following the decision of the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in January to use the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means to resolve the decades-old controversy.“We Guyanese intend to pursue our case before the ICJ in coming months with the same determination as we rejected the unwarranted claim to our territory in past years. We are confident that our cause is just and our case is sound. We are committed to defending our motherland,” the Head of State assured citizens.Citing Guyana’s Constitution, which states “The State’s defence and security policy shall be to defend national independence, preserve the country’s sovereignty and integrity, and guarantee the normal functioning of institutions and the security of citizens against any armed aggression”, the President posited that citizens’ safety was the State’s paramount objective.He said the people of the country must be safe in their homes, villages and places of work while their property must be protected against crime. On this note, he outlined that his Administration was enhancing the delivery of services to the most distant communities, both on the coastland and in the hinterland, in good times and bad.“Guyana’s Government is augmenting its resources to render assistance to regional administrations and villages in times of flood, drought, threats to public order and other emergencies,” he stated.The Head of State also went on to recognise external support, saying that Guyana looked forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly foreign States, especially in building capacity for the Guyana Defence Force’s technical corps to improve the national infrastructure in every part of the country, to defend its territorial integrity, to protect citizens, and to respond to emergencies.“International cooperation is essential to preserving this continent as a zone of peace; to preventing and interdicting transnational threats such as drug, gun and human trafficking; the spread of contagious diseases, terrorism and to mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards,” he asserted.Moreover, President Granger said Guyana’s green grandeur – its grasslands, highlands, islands, wetlands, lakes, coastal mudflats, rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls – must be protected.“We Guyanese, in the exercise of our sovereignty, are defending the Republic. We are protecting our patrimony. We are ensuring that future generations will be able to inherit this beautiful country, to live in peace and to enjoy the good life and prosperity which this bountiful country has to offer,” he declared.The Head of State concluded by saying Guyanese were proud of the country, as he extended greetings on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Republic. “Happy Republic Day! Happy Mashramani! May God bless the Republic!”last_img read more

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No excuses from boss Dalglish after Liverpool are beaten by Fulham

first_imgLiverpool boss Kenny Dalglish made no excuses after his team’s 1-0 defeat at home to Fulham.An own goal by Martin Skrtel gave the Whites their first ever top-flight win at Anfield.The result angered Dalglish, who rested a number of players ahead of his team’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.“I don’t think that can be described as a performance,” Dalglish told Sky.“I thought it would be fair to give them an opportunity to get some minutes on the pitch with an important game on Saturday, but the performance and the attitude was very poor and that’s not like us.”More reaction to follow later.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ starting lineup in Game 6 a nod to 2015 NBA title season

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – The Warriors will treat their potential close-out game against Houston as a throw-back game.The Warriors will start Andrew Bogut at center along with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, a lineup that might elicit memories of the Warriors’ NBA championship season in 2015.[vemba-video …last_img

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Can we use wearables to predict your future?

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#featured#IoT#technology#top#USC#wearables Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puckcenter_img Amanda Razani Imagine having a wearable that is capable of warning you when you are about to start a fight and can provide you with alternate behavioral solutions.  The study of biometric data in prediction models for human behavior is an interesting peek inside what the future of wearables may be like.See Also: Check out Michael Kors’ fitness and fashion wearable mashupOne topic of interest for these wearables is that of marriage.  Being able to incorporate machine learning technology into a wearable can help warn individuals of increasing emotional responses using physiological data, and can consequently offer a form of intervention by either party. For example, as your temper rises due to your spouse leaving towels on the floor, your device vibrates in direct response to your heart rate increasing and sends a message to take a deep breath. This assistance can potentially stop an argument from occurring and remove the pressure of conflict resolution.This technological revolution can play a big role in the fitness and health industry, where microprocessors record several physiological parameters, including body temperature, heart activity, and amount of sweat. People thrive off of available information, readily reading the data in an effort to improve, compare and share through the many platforms available.Researchers at the University of Southern California have made astonishing progress in applying this technology to human behaviors. A recent study has used a non-controlled testing arena where test subjects tracked hourly emotional reactions, along with the biometric data gathered, which was then assessed by innovative machine learning technology. To more accurately study real-life scenarios, researchers avoided presenting the subjects with problem-inducing situations, instead opting to let conflicts occur naturally.This information was studied along with audio recordings to detect content and speech intensity. The results showed an 86 percent accuracy in determining conflict.These promising test results encouraged the extension of the study to include the application of algorithms that could possibly predict conflict based on biometric and speech input. The overall goal is to determine a possible conflict five minutes before it actually happens, based on biological data.How do we control emotions?This ground-breaking technology has far-reaching and interesting implications. However, this technology also raises several moral questions, such as whether or not this technology takes the “human element” out of life. Is conflict perhaps a necessary part of life?  Dr. Larry Nadig, a Clinical Psychologist says that conflict is a critical part of a relationship, and without it, relationships cannot develop. He further explains that, “Conflicts can be productive, creating deeper understanding, closeness, and respect.” Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center in California, presents a different opinion.“By making users aware of unhealthy patterns and then helping them convert that information into action, the devices have the potential to positively impact mood, stress levels, and behavior,” says Rutledge.Despite differing opinions about this new technology, these developments in wearables gadgetry are certainly spectacular, and they are moving the world into an entirely new technological direction at a rapid pace. Who knows what will be next? Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Gujarat, where survivors of Naroda Patiya massacre plan for their next battle

first_img Justices Devani and Supehia said the investigation carried out by the SIT did not “inspire much confidence.”Of the 32 persons convicted by the trial court, the High Court upheld the conviction of 13 persons, acquitting 18, including the key accused, while one convict died during the appeal pending in the court. The High Court also reduced the quantum of sentence awarded to all convicts to 21 years in jail.Additionally, the High Court convicted three others, who were among the 29 persons acquitted by the trial court, and their sentences will be announced on May 9. They are Umesh Bharwad, P.J. Rajput and lawyer Rajkumar Chaumal.In 2003, the Supreme Court stayed the proceedings in nine most crucial cases, including the Naroda Patiya case, on a petition filed by the National Human Rights Commission and Citizens for Justice and Peace, an NGO. In 2008, the court constituted a SIT, headed by former CBI Director R.K. Raghavan, to reinvestigate these nine cases, and special courts were set up to conduct fast-track trials under the monitoring of the Supreme Court.What lies ahead?Working with Jan Sangharsh Manch, an outfit set up by the late advocate Mukul Sinha to fight for justice for the victims of the riots, Mr. Pathan is bringing survivors, witnesses and others together to chalk out a strategy for their legal battle in the Supreme Court. On April 29, survivors of the massacre at Naroda Patiya, where 97 people were killed in the 2002 riots of Gujarat, will gather to discuss their future course of action. On April 20, the Gujarat High Court acquitted former BJP Minister Maya Kodnani, who had been jailed for being the “kingpin of the violence”.Advocate Shamsad Pathan, who appeared for the victims in the case, admitted that the verdict amounted to a big setback and they would have to decide how to approach the Supreme Court to challenge the verdict.What happened?On February 28, 2002, a mob of around 5,000 people, led by Bajarang Dal leader Babu Bajarangi, gathered at Naroda Patiya and attacked the lower middle-class Muslim hub. The riots that lasted almost the whole day left 97 people dead and many injured. Houses were looted and shrines destroyed. Among the dead were 36 women and 35 children.Where do victims live?After the riot, survivors shifted to safe places such as Narol, Juhapur and Vatva. Even after 16 years of the violence, only a handful of families have returned to their original homes, while the rest have settled in other places.“It’s no use going back there because it only brings us memories of those brutally killed,” said a victim, now settled in Juhapura. He lost three members of his family.In 2012, Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years in jail for her role in the riots in Naroda Patiya. The riots broke out after the Godhra train carnage, in which 58 kar sevaks returning from Ayodhya lost their lives. It was one of the worst communal flare-ups in the State, in which over 1,000 people were killed.Why was she acquitted?At a hearing in the case, the Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted by the Supreme Court to reinvestigate the most crucial cases of the riots, had told the trial court that a day after the Godhra incident, 11 people had seen Kodnani inciting mobs in the Naroda area, her Assembly constituency in north Ahmedabad. The witnesses told the court that they saw her handing out swords to rioters, and at one point even firing a pistol.However, after a protracted battle in the High Court during which several judges recused themselves from hearing her appeal, the Division Bench of Justices Harsha Devani and A.S. Supehia, which had reserved its order last August, observed that the witness statements were inconsistent and had failed to prove Kodnani’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.last_img read more

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People’s Conference rules out pre-poll tie-up with BJP

first_imgPeople’s Conference chief Sajad Lone on Friday ruled out any pre-poll alliance with the BJP, which had earlier allied with the party during the PDP-BJP rule in Jammu and Kashmir.“Our party will not forge any alliance either with any national party or local party. We have decided to contest [the upcoming Assembly elections] from all parts of J&K, including the Pir Panjal Valley, Chenab Valley and Ladakh,” said Mr. Lone.Served as MinisterMr. Lone served as a Minister during the PDP-BJP rule after the BJP forged an alliance with him in 2014. He won two constituencies in north Kashmir in 2014. “We will field candidates from all 87 constituencies this time,” said Mr. Lone.Meanwhile, Mr. Lone’s party received a shot in the arm on Friday when senior PDP leader and ex-MLA Abid Ansari joined it. Earlier, another PDP MLA Imran Ansari and National Conference (NC) spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu had joined the People’s Conference .“I left the PDP because of corruption, dictatorship and dynastic politics. The PDP failed to address the concerns of my constituency. A very few people would dictate the party politics and the MLAs had no say in the party,” said Mr. Ansari.‘Farooq lying’On NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah’s remarks on granting autonomy to J&K if voted to power, Mr. Lone said: “Dr. Abdullah has reached an age where he should tell the truth. He is again befooling people.”Mr. Lone said the NC had passed an autonomy resolution in 1999 “but nothing happened”. “I would support any resolution or Bill on autonomy, but I have a caveat that a white paper should be made public first about who and which party was responsible for the erosion of the State’s autonomy in the first place,” said Mr. Lone.Pitches for early pollsMeanwhile, the People’s Conference pitched for early elections in J&K. “The right to demand elections is with us who did not boycott the urban local bodies or panchayat elections,” said Mr. Lone.last_img read more

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