Afrika takes top sevens accolade

first_imgThe lightning-fast Cecil Afrika saw offcompetition from two New Zealand rivalsto scoop the title of IRB Sevens RugbyPlayer of the Year.Image: International Rugby Board)MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf JacksonMedia manager, South African Rugby Union+27 82 739 7733Emily van RijswijckEastern Cape-born Cecil Afrika, top points and try scorer in the 2010/2011 HSBC Sevens World Series, was recently named the International Rugby Board‘s (IRB) Sevens Player of the Year.The award ceremony took place at the Vektor Arena in Auckland, New Zealand on 24 October, following the successful completion of the seventh Rugby World Cup which was won by hosts New Zealand. The awards also celebrated the 125th anniversary of the IRB.Sevens rugby fans will hardly be surprised, as the slightly built Afrika dominated the sevens rugby scene this year, despite a recurring jawbone injury which caused him to miss the Wellington leg of the tournament early in the season.Playing in the flyhalf position, pacy Afrika shone on the rugby field from a young age, where he first represented his country in the school side in 2006. In 2008 he was part of the under-20 squad which reached the third place playoff at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championships.The first tournament of the upcoming HSBC Sevens World Series season kicks off in Australia on 25 and 26 November.From there the series moves to Dubai early in December before arriving at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the South African leg on 9 and 10 December.Top try scorerAfrika’s abilities overshadowed fellow nominees Tomasi Cama and Tim Mikkelson, both Kiwi players. Scoring 40 tries, the South African notched up an unrivalled 385 points, 86 more than Cama despite playing in one less tournament.The three shortlisted players were chosen by the management of all the participating teams.The 23-year-old Afrika helped South Africa secure tournament wins in Las Vegas, London and Edinburgh. But, like their counterparts in the main rugby event, the New Zealand sevens team were too strong for the competition and clinched the series with a convincing 150 points scored during the season.National sevens coach Paul Treu says Afrika’s best attribute is his ability to play consistently across all games, while his strong defence has saved many an almost-certain try.Treu remembers Afrika’s determination to make it to the top, saying that the flyhalf was not picked for the team three years ago. Despite this setback, Afrika trained with the team without a contract so that he could one day be considered.His determination paid off and he finally made his debut in the Dubai leg of the 2009/2010 series.“What he has achieved since then is just incredible and his rise through the ranks from a very humble childhood in Port Elizabeth to a star performer on the world stage is an incredible and inspiring story,” adds Treu.Arika dedicated the award to his teammates: “I am extremely proud of the award but I view it as an accolade for the team. My teammates, the coach and management all worked very hard and we endure the joy and pain together.”last_img read more

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Amid outrage, senior political leaders set free in Jammu

first_imgWith the announcement of the Block Development Council (BDC) polls amid growing outrage over continued political detentions, the J&K government on Tuesday released seven senior leaders of the National Conference (NC), Congress and J&K Panthers Party (J&KPP) from the Jammu regionOfficials said the NC’s Davinder Singh Rana, Surjit Singh Salathia, Javed Rana and Sajjad Ahmed Kitcloo, Congress’ Raman Bhalla and Waqar Rasool and Harsh Dev Singh of the J&KPP had been released. All these leaders had been placed under house arrest under Section 107 of the CrPC since August 5 — when the State’s special status under Article 370 was revoked by the Centre. More likelyOfficials sources said more leaders from the Jammu region will be set free in the coming days.An NC leader, requesting anonymity, confirmed that the party leaders were told on Tuesday night that “they were free to go anywhere”. Sources, however, said the released leaders have been directed to “desist from issuing any public statements”. The authorities have specifically mentioned the issue of revocation of provisions of Article 370 to the released leaders “to keep away from”. However, there is no time frame for release of dozens of political prisoners, including NC president Dr. Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti, in the Kashmir Valley, where a spontaneous shutdown continue to mar the daily life. Around 179 mainstream leader remain detained in the Valley, according figures from top officials.Official sources said the release of the leaders is “to provide a level field to political parties” ahead of the BDC elections scheduled for October 24. Both the Congress and the NC have criticised the government move to hold these polls under current circumstances and in absence of means of communication.The NC has termed the upcoming BDC polls as “biggest mockery of democracy”.“Announcing BDC polls at a time when the entire leadership of the State is captive is no less than a farce. There were many areas where the locals had no idea about who was contesting from their areas. In other parts of the Valley, candidates were imported from Jammu region and supplanted on the people of Kashmir,” said the NC spokesman in a statement.“The present ruling dispensation is known for its inherent aversion for NC. Our party has traditionally been a thorn in the eyes of RSS-BJP,” he added.‘Aid to militants’In a separate incident, Mohamad Shafi Saroori, brother of Congress leader and ex-minister G.M. Saroori, was arrested for sheltering militants in Jammu’s Kishtwar district.Police sources Mr. Saroori and five others were involved in “providing logistic support to the Hizbul Mujahideen militants”, who were killed in the Batote encounter on Saturday.The family, however, denied the allegation. “The house which the Kishtwar police claimed was used by the militants was abandoned by the family way back. The house is presently occupied by the tenants, including non-Muslims and police personnel,” said the family in a statement. Mr. Saroori termed the move “as politically motivated to malign his and his family’s image”.last_img read more

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Eriksen double downs Wales

first_imgChristian Eriksen brought Wales crashing back down to earth as the midfielder settled a scrappy Nations League encounter 2-0 in Denmark’s favour.Ryan Giggs’ side had dismantled Republic of Ireland in the group opener days earlier, but against Denmark – at full strength after resolving their sponsorship row – they lacked a cutting edge.Gareth Bale, wearing the captain’s armband, struggled to influence play and Eriksen instead proved the difference with a fine first-half strike and a penalty after the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! This functional Denmark side profited on the occasional Welsh mistake to take two big chances, handing out a lesson in competitive internationals to opponents depending again on young talents like Ethan Ampadu.Eriksen x 2 = 2-0 til Danmark #ForDanmark #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/BK4kd6MB1X— Fodboldlandsholdene (@dbulandshold) September 9, 2018Thomas Delaney and Bale sent left-footed drives fizzing wide at either end in a low-key opening half-hour, but Eriksen was clinical when his first opening arrived.The Tottenham man controlled in the area to drill against the foot of the post and in, with only an instinctive one-handed Wayne Hennessey stop then keeping Pione Sisto from lashing in a quick second.Wales started the second half on the front foot but made little of their bright spell, unable to create a chance akin to that which Martin Braithwaite passed up after wriggling past Chris Mepham in the visitors’ box.Once more, though, Eriksen would take his opportunity. Ampadu was penalised for handling Viktor Fischer’s cross and the spot-kick, taken by Eriksen, was smashed home to clinch victory.Delaney and Eriksen threatened to extend Denmark’s advantage late on but Hennessey was on hand to keep the score respectable. What does it mean: Another Welsh reality checkFor the second time in Giggs’ short reign, Wales followed up a devastating win with a hard-fought defeat against better opposition. Playing in League B, the visitors have time to learn and improve, but this was a reminder that Wales are still not at the same level as a Denmark side that did not pull up any trees at the World Cup.Pat on the back: Danes’ difference-maker deliversMuch was made of how Tottenham spent ‘the Gareth Bale money’, but Eriksen has proven an unmitigated success in England. The Spurs star is Denmark’s main man, too, and it was he, not Bale, who lifted the game from its first-half slumber. A brilliant Eriksen goal proved to be the one moment of real quality, while he was clinical from the [email protected] at the double for Denmark! pic.twitter.com/dPaUGqenY0— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2018Boot up the backside: Stars of Ireland win struggleAmpadu and Bale took Ireland apart earlier this week, but neither enjoyed the best of days in Aarhus. The 17-year-old was out of position for Eriksen’s first and conceded the penalty for the second, while his stand-in skipper could not escape the attentions of a rugged Denmark defence, only threatening once early on.Key Opta FactsBosnia5 – Since Mark Hughes’ win in Belarus back in September 1999, each of the last five Wales managers have lost their first competitive match away from home (also John Toshack, Brian Flynn, Gary Speed and Chris Coleman). Repetition. pic.twitter.com/iT9nSGDC0n— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018What’s next?Wales face another test in friendly action at home to Spain next month, before the return fixture against Republic of Ireland. Denmark travel to Ireland three days earlier, then host Austria. read more – Wales have lost a competitive fixture away from home for the first time since a 0-2 defeat to -Herzegovina back in October 2015.- Denmark are now unbeaten in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions (W5 D6) since a 0-1 loss to Montenegro back in October 2016.- Wales have failed to score in three of their last four games in all competitions (W1 D1 L2), as many instances as in their previous 13 such matches.- Denmark have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine home matches, conceding just two goals in that time.- Ryan Giggs has lost two of his first five matches in charge (W2 D1), as many defeats as Wales suffered in the previous 12 games prior to his appointment (P12 W4 D6 L2).- Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark (15 goals, 5 assists).last_img read more

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Chelsea racism allegations: four more players to take legal action against club

first_imgAnother four former Chelsea academy players are set to take legal action against the club over racist abuse they allege they were subjected to by the coaches Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams.One player claimed he had been left so scarred by taunting he received during his time at Chelsea as a young teenager that he felt unable to eat a banana publicly during his first job outside football.The players, who prefer to remain anonymous, have decided to come forward after reading claims reported in this newspaper by three of their contemporaries. Their stories also concern Rix, then the youth team coach, and Williams, who held a number of roles at Stamford Bridge for more than 25 years. They both deny wrongdoing.Rix and Williams were key members of the Chelsea backroom staff during the 1990s. The players, who are black, claim the abuse was relentless and that there was no attempt to conceal the alleged racism in the academy, although they suspect language was tempered around some senior players. Reuse this content Topics Read more “I got scouted by Gwyn Williams for Chelsea,” one player said. “It wasn’t immediately apparent because when he scouted me he knew I was being looked at by a couple of other clubs and he was the nicest person in the world. I grew up as one of five in Hounslow and had never experienced racism before. But when I started training at Chelsea that’s when I started to hear the words he would use all the time: nig nog, black bastard, coon.“We got all sorts of abuse in the showers. I remember at the old Stamford Bridge we used to get it all in the changing rooms. You would hear: ‘Look at his big black cock, donkey dick.’ There was a group of apprentices who were two or three years older than me who got it really bad.”Chelsea have launched an independent inquiry into the allegations of racism and the Football Association’s safeguarding team are in the process of interviewing the players. But the abuse has taken an emotional toll on the alleged victims with some questioning whether the discrimination played its part in their careers in football being curtailed.“At the time you don’t say anything because they have your dreams in their hands and you don’t want to do anything to affect that,” said one player. “But it has long-lasting effects.“When I got my first job outside football I was afraid to eat a banana in the office, because when we used to eat fruit at half-time or after a game, pick up a banana, you can imagine what it was like in the changing room as a 12-, 13-, 14-year-old. That sticks with you. I remember walking into this office as a young black kid and thinking: ‘I can’t sit here and eat a banana because somebody’s going to call me an effing nigger or a monkey.’ It wasn’t like that at all but that’s how it felt for the first few years.”The solicitor acting for Rix and Williams, Eddie Johns, said: “My clients have no comments on these unattributed quotes. For the record my clients deny any allegations of any form of abuse by them toward youth‑team players at Chelsea.”A Chelsea spokesman said: “We take allegations of this nature extremely seriously. We are absolutely determined to do the right thing, to assist the authorities and any investigations and to fully support those affected which would include counselling for any former player that may need it.” Share on Messenger news Chelsea Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on Twitter Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams accused of racism and bullying while at Chelsea Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Its a win for Web accessibility as courts can now order companies

first_imgYesterday, the ninth circuit court of appeals gave a big win for web accessibility in a case against Domino’s Pizza. In 2016, a blind man filed a federal lawsuit against Domino’s stating that it wasn’t compatible with standard screen reading software which is designed to vocalize text and visual information. This did not allow him to use the pizza builder feature to personalize his order. Per his claim, Domino’s violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and should make its online presence compatible with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. A blog post published by the National Retail Federation highlights that such lawsuits are on the rise, with 1,053 filed in the first half of last year compared to 814 in all of 2017. All of them voiced how there is a lack of clarity in how the ADA applies to the modern internet. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is developed through the W3C process with the goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility. The WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. Earlier, a lower court ruled in favor of Domino’s and tossed the case out of court. However, the court of appeals court reversed the ruling saying that the ADA covers websites and mobile applications and so the case is relevant. Domino’s argued that there was an absence of regulations specifically requiring web accessibility or referencing the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. However the appellate judges explained the case was not about whether Domino’s did not comply with WCAG  “While we understand why Domino’s wants DOJ to issue specific guidelines for website and app accessibility, the Constitution only requires that Domino’s receive fair notice of its legal duties, not a blueprint for compliance with its statutory obligations,” U.S. Circuit Judges John B. Owens wrote in a 25-page opinion. The judges’ panel said the case was relevant and send it back to the district court. They will talk about whether the Domino’s website and app comply with the ADA mandate to “provide the blind with effective communication and full and equal enjoyment of its products and services.” A Twitter thread by Jared Spool, applauded the court’s actions to apply web accessibility to ADA penalties and talked about the long and short term implications of this news. The first will likely come when insurance companies raise rates for any company that doesn’t meet WCAG compliance. This will create a bigger market for compliance certification firms. Insurance companies will demand certification sign-off to give preferred premiums. This will likely push companies to require WCAG understanding from the designers they hire. In the short term, we’ll likely see a higher demand for UX professionals with specialized knowledge in accessibility. In the long term, this knowledge will be required for all UX professionals. The demand for specialists will likely decrease as it becomes common practice. Also, toolkits, frameworks, and other standard platforms will build accessibility in. This will also reduce the demand for specialists, as it will become more difficult to build things that aren’t accessible. Good, accessible design will become the path of least resistance. You may go through the full appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Read Next EFF asks California Supreme Court to hear a case on government data accessibility and anonymization under CPRA 7 Web design trends and predictions for 2019 We discuss the key trends for web and app developers in 2019 [Podcast]last_img read more

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Low fares keep global air travel strong despite negative influences IATA

center_img GENEVA — The global air passenger market showed resilience into the peak summer period, with lower fares helping to offset more negative influences on demand, according to the latest report from IATA.Annual growth in industry-wide traffic accelerated to 5.9% year-on-year in July – the fastest pace in five months. And while the industry-wide load factor edged down in July, it remains high at 83.7%, just 0.1 percentage point lower than the record July high reached last year.Meanwhile Q2 results point to another solid quarter for industry profitability and cash flow, “although CFOs report that they no longer expect further improvement in profitability over the next 12 months,” says IATA. Global airline share prices fell by 1.6% in August, and remain well down on where they started the year. North American airlines continue to outperform their counterparts in other regions of the world.IATA noted that premium airfares have held up better than their economy counterparts on many of the key premium routes so far this year, and the segment continues to offer a buffer for overall airline financial performance.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOil prices rallied during much of August, driven by expectations that major producers may act to freeze supply. But concerns about oversupply resurfaced towards the end of the month, and oil prices ended August back around US$47/bbl. Analysts said they expect oil prices to remain below US$55/bbl for the foreseeable future. Tags: IATA Low fares keep global air travel strong despite “negative influences”: IATAlast_img read more

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