The relieved new head coach admitted he was “nervous” ahead of his debut in the Ireland hot-seat. Two tries from debutant replacement Dave Kearney – one set up by older brother Rob – and further scores from Peter O’Mahony, Fergus McFadden and Sean O’Brien eased the former Leinster coach’s international initiation. The Ireland boss said Henry’s progress will be monitored in the next few days, with the hope the issue was caught early enough for it not to develop into a major problem. Schmidt hailed the contributions of iconic duo Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll – and backed both to step up their injury returns in the coming fortnight. He continued: “I spoke to Brian after the game and he felt he could have gone the whole 80, but the tank was strating to run dry after 55. “He was relatively happy to see Ian Madigan heading his way, but he really enjoyed himself. “It wasn’t vintage Drico but it’s a step towards it. “And Paul really enjoyed it, enjoyed stretching his legs. “I thought he brought real value off the bench.” Frustrated with Ireland’s ball retention, Schmidt conceded he hopes a final-quarter flourish can whet the appetite of supporters for the clashes against Australia and New Zealand. He said: “We worked hard enough but we offered too much ball back to them. “We made three times as many tackles as them in the first half. “Going forward to next week and the week after I don’t think we can afford to be that untidy with the ball. “Young Jack McGrath showed a bit of vindication for the time and effort that he’s put in. “The first line-out try I thought was top-drawer. “The second half we did actually put a few plays together that did result in a few tries as well. “It’s going to take a bit of time because people are looking to find each other, and the system is different from what has gone before. “Maybe we were forcing a few passes that didn’t need to be, and that led to a little bit of frustration. “That led to a try-too-hard factor too, they frustrated themselves and the crowd at times. “But I hope that people got a little bit more interested and excited in those last 20 minutes about what can be achieved moving forward.” Samoa captain Kahn Fotuali’i slammed Samoa for failing to channel the motivation of an emotional tribute to the late Peter Fatialofa in the five-try defeat. Former Samoa centre Brian Lima led the Siva Tau before kick off, ripping off a T-shirt of late prop Fatialofa to end the ceremonial war dance bare-chested. Northampton scrum-half Fotuali’i expected that to get his side going, but admitted Samoa’s performance fell completely flat. “When we found out about Peter’s passing, that brought a bit of fire to it,” said the 31-year-old. “It’s disappointing to have that performance, especially for me leading the side, then for Brian leading the Siva Tau. “It was fitting to let Brian lead the Siva Tau because this game was dedicated to Fats, and we’re disappointed in the way we’ve played here.” Samoa move on to further tour matches against the French Barbarians and Georgia, with Fotuali’i admitting the Pacific Islands nation need more top-level games to keep improving. He added: “We would love to play tier-one teams, three games in a row, but we don’t get the chance to pick who we play. “So we’ve just got to prepare well for who is in front of us next.” Samoa coach Steve Betham confirmed fly-half Tusi Pisi suffered a concussion in his nasty head clash with wing Brando Vaaulu. Betham said: “Tusi Pisi was concussed and Brando suffered a nasty gash to his forehead. “We have to reassess where we are after this because that performance and result was hugely disappointing.” Ireland will need a “reality check” when reviewing their five-try Samoa victory to have any chance of beating Australia, warns boss Joe Schmidt. But Schmidt admitted his side must improve out of sight ahead of their impending Aviva Stadium clash with Australia, in the second weekend of autumn international action. Schmidt explained: “We’ll get a reality check when we look at it again: too many line-breaks from the Samoans. “And we can’t afford to do that against Australia. If they get on top they are extremely dangerous. “If we open up too many options for them, they will take them. “We are very, very aware of the threat Australia pose. “Our kicking out of the hand wasn’t as good as it could have been at times. “If someone manages to find Israel Folau, or Adam Ashley-Cooper next week, then we will find ourselves in trouble.” Schmidt confirmed Ulster flanker Chris Henry suffered a minor hamstring strain, leading to his half-time withdrawal. Press Association
If you are a high school or youth basketball coach in Southern California – or anywhere, really – you probably owe a debt of gratitude to Doc Rivers and his Clippers players.Thank you cards, care of the Clippers’ offices, would work. Maybe even an edible bouquet, if you’re particularly ambitious.The team, coach and organization deserve your gratitude because of the lessons you can pass on to your own players after the Clippers’ improbable 2018-19 journey. They’ve demonstrated the virtues of selflessness, effort, resiliency and not really caring who gets the credit.That only gets you so far at the NBA level, as we’ve seen over the past two weeks, when you have no All-Stars and your first-round playoff opponent has almost a starting lineup’s worth. But the Clippers were tremendously fun to watch, far more so than the more heralded Lakers, precisely because of their relentlessness, energy and teamwork. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Tobias Harris had scored 34 points and the game-winner in Charlotte four nights earlier, a leaner with four seconds left to wipe out the last vestiges of a 20-point deficit, but he’d been traded to Philadelphia. Avery Bradley? Sent to Charlotte. Landry Shamet? He was one of the new guys, acquired from Philly in the Harris trade, and with scant preparation he scored 17 points and made three big three-pointers in the fourth quarter in Boston.But that was pretty much a reflection of these Clippers, a bunch of unheralded, underrated and undeterred guys who didn’t seem to care what the world thought of them. If there’s any such thing as a blacktop attitude, these guys had it.Adversity? Superstars? Fatigue? Bring it all on. They might not conquer it, but they’d definitely make the other side uncomfortable.“We just have a bunch of guys who are gamers,” Rivers said in November, at the beginning of this journey. “If you were picking teams on the blacktop, we have a lot of guys that you would pick. Guys who grew up there know, you don’t always pick the best guys. You pick the guys you can keep playing the next game and the next game with. We have a lot of guys you would pick in a pickup game.”And that is why Patrick Beverley, the epitome of that no-quarter-given playground player, was also the epitome of this team: fearless, relentlessly competitive and always up for a challenge. At 6-foot-1, he was willing to guard LeBron James when the Clippers played the Lakers. And he took on the challenge of guarding 6-9 Kevin Durant during the Warriors series, though he conceded that it was a nearly impossible task after Durant’s 50-point night in the Dubs’ clinching 129-110 victory.“He was the heart of the team,” Williams told reporters after Game 6. “I think Patrick creates so much attention on the floor with his energy and some of his antics that it allows me to do my job kind of behind the scenes. While he’s frustrating everybody on the other end, I’m doing other work.“But he’s been the heart and soul of our group. Sometimes I have to relax him and tell him we kind of got it. But without a doubt – it showed at the end of the (regular) year and we lost four straight without him. We needed that energy, we needed that push at that time of the season. We didn’t have it. And he’s very instrumental in what we try to do, man.”Beverley, sitting next to Williams in the Friday night interview room session, dropped in this gem: “When it was time to be successful, we got out of the way.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory When your best player is OK with coming off the bench (and, in Lou Williams’ case, has scored more bench points than anyone in NBA history), how can anyone else complain about their role or playing time?That’s one lesson. Another: It’s never truly over until the final buzzer.The comeback from a 31-point deficit against the Warriors in Game 2 of their first-round series was their biggest, and the one folks were buzzing about from coast to coast, but it wasn’t close to their first. Of their 48 regular-season victories, nine included comebacks from deficits of 15 points or more. In two others, the Clippers were down by eight inside the final four minutes and won in overtime.The one that truly demonstrated that this spirit was even stronger than the individuals implementing it: A rally from a 28-point deficit at Boston for a 123-112 victory Feb. 9.It was at the end of a road trip. It was the third comeback from a deficit of 20 or more on that trip. And it came right after the trade deadline, after the Clippers had restructured their team and added four new players. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Saturday, during a postmortem with the Clippers’ beat writers, he elaborated:“Hopefully we changed the culture of the NBA, (in which) it’s OK to be high maintenance and everything. That doesn’t mean you have to be. You can be a blue-collar worker and still be successful and hopefully Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander) and Rom (Jerome Robinson) and Landry and Zu (Ivica Zubac) … they saw a lot of that this year.”So, coaches, here’s your team theme for next season: “When it’s time to be successful, get your egos out of the way.”Don’t thank me. Thank the Clippers. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates
Image Courtesy: Getty/CR7 UnderwearAdvertisement itq7NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2tndWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1cw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1ekb8fbWould you ever consider trying this?😱a8uitCan your students do this? 🌚kyRoller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp is renowned for his hilarious gestures, both on and off the field. Recently, an example of his comic acts have been unveiled by the club midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/CR7 UnderwearDuring an interview with The Athletic, the Netherlands international revealed that back in 2018, before their Champions League final against Real Madrid in Kiev, the squad noticed their German gaffer wearing Cristiano Ronaldo branded boxers during the pre match pep talk.“We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo. He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his ‘CR7’ boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off.” the 28 year old said.Advertisement The Reds were heading onto the presigeous tournament’s final after 11 long years, since losing the silverware to Italian giants AC Milan in 2007. The nervous atmosphere soon went off after the players saw the 52 year old German in their opponent talisman’s brand underwear.“That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.Advertisement “He’s done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players.”Despite the Reds losing the trophy to Zidane’e star studded Galacticos 3–1, Klopp and the team managed to reach the final again this year, and also beating Spurs 2-0, putting an end to their trophy less streak. Advertisement
Story and photos by Joseph SapiaYears in the making, a draft of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan has been released by a group composed of federal, state and American Indian agencies and now awaits comment from the public.The 134-page draft, which covers Atlantic Ocean coastal waters up to 200 miles offshore from New York to Virginia, deals with a variety of issues, including transportation, commercial fishing, wind power, recreation and national security.The draft, released July 6, is open for comment until Sept. 6. Then, the draft’s author, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (RPB), will review the comments and is expected to submit a finalized plan to the National Ocean Council by the end of the year.The National Ocean Council is expected to either approve or turn down the plan in early 2017.The importance of the plan is that it puts various agencies of the federal government, American Indians and New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia – which the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society (ALS) estimated at 140 or so agencies – talking and sharing information, rather than working independently only to later find out there is disagreement.“It’s them coming to the table to work that out,” said Sarah Winter Whelan, ALS’ ocean policy program director. “The hope is to head that off before it happens.”“One of the really positive things is all the relationships (between) the agencies,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action.“I think they’ve come a long way,” said Matt Gove, Mid-Atlantic police manager of the Surfrider Foundation, a surfing-environmental group. “I think they’ve made a historic first step in managing the ocean, bringing agencies together.”Gove, Whelan and about 45 others attended an open house – the second of five scheduled – at Monmouth University Thursday, July 14.Three open houses – in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware – also have been held. The last of the open houses is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, New York.At the Monmouth University open house, agencies represented as part of the RPB included the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), federal Department of Transportation (USDOT), Coast Guard and Navy. The RPB is part of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.“This is an effort to pull together all the diverse agencies to better collaborate,” said Elizabeth Semple, acting manager of the DEP’s Office of Coastal and Land-Use Planning.Kevin Hassel, the DEP’s coordinator of Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning, said the plan does not impose new regulations. Instead, “it’s a huge help in how we manage everything,” Hassel said.“I think it’s really awesome, great,” Fred Akers, administrator of the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association in South Jersey, told the agencies panel.But Akers expressed disappointment the draft made no mention of federal national scenic and recreational rivers, such as the Great Egg Harbor River.But representatives at the Monmouth University open house welcomed input from stakeholders, such as environmental groups and the general public. People’s voices show “everyone cares about the ocean,” said John Kennedy, director of the USDOT’s Maritime Administration.“You can actually change the course of our discussions,” Kennedy said.Specifics of the draft include such things as: mapping shifts in ocean species and habitats, developing a strategy for debris reduction, addressing navigation needs, conducting an inventory of obsolete pipelines and telecommunication cables, and identifying priority research needs.Those attending the open house praised the way those behind the draft sought public input.“That kind of response of ‘Yes’ and ‘Please, more’ I’ve never seen in a public meeting,” said Anne Merwin, director of ocean planning for the Ocean Conservancy.“The plan does a good job of recognizing stakeholders be involved,” said Lyndie Hice-Dunton, ALS’s Mid-Atlantic ocean planning manager.Various groups such as ALS and the Surfrider Foundation said they were preparing comments in response to the draft.While many may view the ocean as open water, it is a complicated map of transportation lanes, telecommunication cables, commercial fishing areas, recreation uses and so on.The draft has two main components: a healthy ocean and human uses of the ocean, Kennedy said. The RPB will monitor the plan and the idea is to update it every few years, Kennedy said.“I feel the plan is almost there,” said Whelan, adding she thinks, perhaps, it could be strengthened by showing how it will implement its ideas.As for the plan in general, the various agencies, despite different jurisdictions and missions, “may have more in common than they realize,” Whelan said.“The plan would help them implement better,” she said.The plan has its roots in 2009, when President Barack Obama created the Ocean Policy Task Force to foster better stewardship of the oceans and Great Lakes. In 2010, Obama created the National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean, Coasts and Great Lakes.Now, to see how the plan takes action.“The theory is they’re going to put all this great work into their daily business,” Gove said. And did Whelan think this plan would work, considering it was trying to bring together almost unheard of collaboration?“If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. The draft of the Mid-Atlantic RegionalOcean Action Plan is available at www.boem.gov/Ocean-Action-Plan/. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is at 1849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20240; 202-208-6474.Comments on the draft can be sent to [email protected] or Robert P. LaBelle, Federal Co-Lead, Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body, BOEM, 45600 Woodland Road, Mailstop: VAM-BOEM DIR, Sterling, VA, 20166.
22 May 2007UK-based global cellular group Vodafone is to use South Africa as one of three countries to launch its own-name brand of low-cost mobile handsets, aimed at ensuring easier access to telephony for millions of people in developing countries.China’s ZTE Corporation is manufacturing the Vodafone 125 and the Vodafone 225, following an agreement between the two companies in late 2006, based on features, design and functionality specified by Vodafone.The two models of phones will be available in South Africa through Vodafone’s local concern, Vodacom, “in the next few weeks”, Vodafone said in a statement this week.According to Vodafone, mobile technology is the only cost-effective form of telecommunications in emerging markets and rural areas. However, the company says, the cost of purchasing a mobile handset remains a barrier to accessing such services for people living in these parts of the world.“The Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225 handsets are intended to help drive mobile penetration, and will provide access to services for people in emerging markets that are already commonplace in Western Europe,” the company says.The two handsets are likely to retail at around US$25 and $45, depending on the specific model and the local market conditions. While the handsets are almost identical in functionality, the Vodafone 125 has a black-and-white screen and the Vodafone 225 a colour screen.“The Vodafone 125 and Vodafone 225 are the first of a range of ultra-low cost handsets which will be manufactured exclusively for Vodafone and its affiliates by ZTE Corporation,” said Vodafone’s global director of terminals, Jens Schulte-Bockum.“We are delighted that they represent everything that customers have come to expect from Vodafone – high quality and exceptional value for money.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini coy over Cesc exit plansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini was coy over Cesc Fabregas’ teary farewell for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.The midfielder is expected to join AS Monaco and appeared emotional when he was substituted late on.Cudicini said, “We don’t know, I personally don’t know. If it was his last game I think it was very good he played in front of his fans and he was able to get a nice reception, but as I said we don’t know so I’m not able to comment. He was captain a few times in pre-season when Cahill and Azpi weren’t there. He’s not the first and won’t be the last to miss a penalty. It’s something I think I have some knowledge on and the keeper did quite well.”What can I say about Cesc? Five-hundred games, a player who is unique in his position, he has unbelievable vision and awareness of where his team-mates are on the pitch. He’s one of the few who has the ability to play that ball for the runs behind the defensive line, so precise and with the right timing. I think he’s one of a kind. He’s been fantastic for teams before us and the contribution he’s given to this club and this team has been amazing. Cesc is a top player.”
LONDON – Julian Assange: Hacker. Journalist. Diplomat?Newly released Ecuadorean government documents have laid bare an unorthodox attempt to extricate the WikiLeaks founder from his embassy hideaway in London by naming him as a political counsellor to the country’s embassy in Moscow.But the 47-year-old Australian’s new career in international affairs was nipped in the bud when British authorities vetoed his diplomatic status, effectively blocking him from taking up the post in Russia.The files were made public late Tuesday by Ecuadorean opposition lawmaker Paola Vintimilla, who opposes her government’s decision to grant Assange nationality. They largely corroborate a recent Guardian newspaper report that Ecuador attempted the elaborate manoeuvr to get Assange to Moscow just before Christmas last year.Russian diplomats called the Guardian’s story “fake news,” but the government files show Assange briefly was made “political counsellor” to the Ecuadorean Embassy in Moscow and eligible for a monthly salary pegged at $2,000.Ecuador also applied for a diplomatic ID card, the documents show, but the plan appears to have fallen apart with the British veto.A letter dated December 21, 2017 from Britain’s Foreign Office said U.K. officials “do not consider Mr. Julian Assange to be an acceptable member of the mission.”An eight-page memo to Vintimilla summing up the episode noted that Assange’s position as counsellor was scrapped a few days later.WikiLeaks did not return messages. The British Foreign Office and the Russian Embassy in London declined to comment.Assange’s relationship with Russian authorities has been the subject of intense scrutiny following the 2016 U.S. election, when Russian spies are alleged to have handed WikiLeaks leaked emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign in a bid to help elect her rival, Donald Trump.Assange has denied receiving the files from the Russian government or backing the Trump campaign, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting he received material directly from Russia’s military intelligence agency and co-ordinated media strategy with Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Last month, the AP published internal WikiLeaks files showing Assange tried to move to Russia as early as 2010.___Online:The Ecuadorean government’s letter to Vintimilla: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004881-Carta-Canciller.htmlInternal Ecuadorean government documents: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5004882-Annexes.htmlThe AP’s WikiLeaks files: https://www.documentcloud.org/search/projectid:40593-WikiLeaks____Raphael Satter can be reached on: http://raphaelsatter.com
NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are snapping higher in early trading on Wall Street on the last day of a volatile year as hopes grew for progress in resolving trade frictions between the U.S. and China.Big-name technology companies and retailers, which have been badly bruised in the barrage of selling this month, clawed higher early Monday. Apple rose 1.9 per cent and Amazon added 2.8 per cent.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected to resolve trade friction with China after speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping.The S&P 500 rose 22 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 2,508.The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 255 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 23,317. The Nasdaq rose 74 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 6,658.The Associated Press
New Delhi: In a setback to Congress leader Hardik Patel, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to accord urgent hearing to his plea seeking stay on his conviction in the 2015 rioting case.The denial virtually dashed his hopes of contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha polls from Gujarat’s Jamnagar constituency as the last date for filing nominations for all the 26 Parliamentary seats in the state is April 4, and the polling is scheduled for April 23. The apex court questioned Patel’s counsel for filing the plea belatedly and said there was no urgency to list the matter as the Gujarat High Court had declined to stay his conviction in August last year. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Patel joined the Congress on March 12 and failed to get relief on March 29 from the high court which dismissed his application seeking stay on the conviction in the case in which he was sentenced to two year jail term. Under the election law — The Representation of the People Act 1951, and a related Supreme Court judgement — a convict facing a jail term of two years or more cannot contest polls unless the conviction is stayed. Patel, 25, moved the apex court on Monday challenging the Gujarat High Court order. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KOn Tuesday, his plea was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra. Refusing to accord urgent hearing on the petition, the bench, also comprising Justices M M Shantanagoudar and Navin Sinha, said: “The order was passed in August 2018. What is the urgency now?” In July last year, Patel was sentenced to two year jail by a sessions court at Visnagar in Mehsana district for rioting and arson during the Patidar quota stir which he led. The high court in August 2018 had suspended his sentence but not the conviction. “What were you doing since August last year? Why did you not challenge it then? And now you suddenly wake up and want an urgent hearing. If you cannot help yourself, we also cannot help you,” the bench told his counsel. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Gujarat, also questioned the delay in filing the petition and said the high court had passed an order in August last year but Patel has “suddenly realised that he will contest elections”. Patel’s counsel said that it was on March 29 this year that the high court refused to stay his conviction in the case. He sought urgent listing of his plea saying the last date of filing nomination for the polls was April 4.
Taroudant, Morocco- Iskander Amien De Vrie, son of prominent Dutch politician Arnoud Van Doorn, who was behind the 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna (sedition), converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention, held there from April 17-19, 2014, according to Khaleej times.Arnoud Van Doorn, a former Islamophobe, confirmed the news on his official twitter account. My eldest son just reverted to Islam at the Dubai Peace Concention. Great news pic.twitter.com/gu421BJ7Hn— Arnoud van Doorn (@ArnoudvDoorn) April 18, 2014“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam. That’s when I realised there is something good in this religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims. I started studying the Holy Quran and going through lectures of important scholars,” said Iskander in an interview with Khaleej Times. “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” Iskander recited “A-Shahadah” before his father and other Muslim scholars in a video posted on YouTube on April 18.The Shahada is the basic statement of the Islamic faith that any person has to recite wholeheartedly in order to become a Muslim.The same source said that Iskander Amien De Vrie was one of “the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention.”The formerly anti-Islamic film-distributer Arnoud Van Doorn converted to Islam in 2013 and performed the Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam.The same source added that “Arnoud is now calling on people to support his Islamic Foundation, the European Dawah Foundation, which is fighting Islamophobia in Europe.”Roughly 17 minutes in length, the short film, produced in 2008, in which Quran verses are shown alongside images from terrorist attacks in an attempt to demonstrate that the Muslims’ holy book motivates its followers to hate none Muslims, caused uproar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed