Six Nations and SANZAAR working on global calendar

first_imgNorthern and southern hemispheres looking to develop an aligned calendar “A further consultation process, in total transparency with unions, clubs and players, will commence as all parties work towards an aligned global calendar that can deliver a clear and coherent narrative.“The Nations together with other key stakeholders remain open to shape the options that have been developed in an effort to resolve an issue that has held the game back for many years and are committed to putting rugby on a progressive path.”Club-country clash: Harlequins played Bristol on the same weekend as England v Wales (Getty Images)World Rugby responded with a statement of their own, saying: “World Rugby welcomes commitment from the Six Nations and SANZAAR for closer collaboration to ensure a more harmonious global calendar for all stakeholders. “World Rugby has consistently supported and championed reform of the international calendar for the betterment of the sport as a whole, including all unions, international and club competition organisers, and players.“Within regular and productive discussions between stakeholders, World Rugby is working to ensure that any calendar outcome recognises the global nature of our sport, and therefore the competition needs of all nations at all levels.“Any proposed competition model must also prioritise player welfare considerations, the women’s game, and protect the funding model of the wider game which is driven by the growth in the value of Rugby World Cup. Try time: Anthony Watson scores against Wales in the Six Nations (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Six Nations and SANZAAR working on global calendarA ‘global season’ has long been rugby’s holy grail. Yet aligning the northern and southern hemisphere calendars, as well as ensuring fewer clashes with club fixtures, is a complicated task.However, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have sparked a spirit of negotiation between north and south, one that is particularly needed given the perilous financial situation many national unions and clubs find themselves in.WHAT’S INSIDE THE LATEST ISSUE OF RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE?A joint statement from the Six Nations and SANZAAR, which runs the Rugby Championship, talks about the two parties “working closely” and hoping to “eliminate self-interest”.Old rivals: Beauden Barrett clears against South Africa in the Rugby Championship (Getty Images)They have put forward a set of key principles that are underpinning discussions. They are:Significantly mitigate overlaps between club and country fixturesBetter aligned player release windows for players, stakeholders and competitionsImprove player welfareImprove narrative and competitiveness of international and domestic competitions around clear windowsDefine clear high-performance pathways for emerging nations through the delivery of an internationally more inclusive gameEvolve competition structures that are underpinned with enhanced commercial offeringsRestore public faith in the core values of rugby and showing strong collective leadership in the best interests of the game.Related: Mark Evans – “We are about to witness a total reset of the global game”All change: How will the likes of Fiji and Georgia fit into a new season structure? (Getty Images)There has already been talk of the Six Nations moving back a few weeks as well as back-to-back international windows in October and November, but could the Rugby Championship also move to a different time of year? How do the emerging nations fit into the season structure? The detail is always the hardest part to nail down.PRE-ORDER RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE (JUL-20) HEREHere is the joint statement in full: “Following the World Rugby meetings in March this year, SANZAAR and the Six Nations (‘the Nations’) have been working closely over the lockdown period against a set of key principles between the parties, to develop and agree proposals for an aligned global calendar.“Even though there may be different preferences, from the outset the Nations have adopted a mindset that has sought to eliminate self-interest and recognise that the international and club game have shared mutual benefits that if approached and managed correctly can enable both to flourish. “World Rugby looks forward to further close collaboration with all parties to reach the best outcome for the global game. A decision on any adjustment to the current global calendar and its international release windows will need to be considered and taken by the World Rugby Council.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Students receive mobile tickets for football games

first_imgThis year, student season ticket holders received their tickets in emailed PDF-form, allowing them to access the tickets on mobile devices and making the distribution process more efficient, assistant athletics director for ticketing and technology Rob Kelly said.“For those who came back on campus at the end of the summer and beginning of the fall semester, to pick up your tickets, you’d have to wait in line,” Kelly said. “If you were a freshman, you’d have to wait in a very long line because you were not only picking up a student booklet, but you were also paying for it at the same time.”The weather during last year’s ticket distribution also played a role in the decision to issue mobile tickets, Kelly said.“Last year, students were out in the heat, sweating,” he said. “We were out there handing out bottles of water, the heat was so bad.”Kelly said an evaluation of the student ticketing process revealed an opportunity to streamline the sale and distribution of tickets.“[The evaluation] gave us the opportunity to really improve that process, and I think we gave some of that time back to freshmen during their first couple days of classes,” he said. “It also saved the rest of the student body a trip to the ticket office.”Mobile tickets also allow students to carry fewer items on game days, Kelly said.“When everybody has their phone on game day, now this is one less thing to worry about,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about leaving them in your dorm. If you’ve got your phone, you’ve got them with you.”The switch to mobile tickets is a response to the wider use of technology, Kelly said, since “mobile is the future.”“More and more students are living off of their phone, [so] this just made great sense,” he said. “We’ve taken from the challenge from our administration to be more technologically capable, to really change with the time where we can while still honoring tradition.”A growing number of schools, including the University of Michigan, are experimenting with mobile ticketing, said Kelly.“Last year, Michigan was one of just a handful, maybe 10 or 12 schools, that went mobile for their student body,” he said. “There’s something like 40 or more schools that are doing mobile ticketing, and we’re in that cohort now.”Kelly said students who still wish to have memorabilia from the 2014 football season will be able to order a commemorative ticket sheet at the end of the season.“We know tickets can be a very emotional experience for people, and that they can hold a lot of meaning and value even beyond the event,” he said. “So we received some feedback from a few individuals who put a high value on being able to have that ticket booklet and keep it as part of a collection. We did consider this in advance, and while we didn’t think it actually made sense to create a replica ticket booklet, we will provide for students to elect to receive a commemorative ticket sheet. It has the beautiful design of all the real iconic images of Notre Dame football and the University of Notre Dame on it.”Kelly said the use of the mobile tickets went smoothly this past weekend for the football game against Rice.“I think there’s always a learning curve. I think it’s fair to say that it was slightly slower,” he said. “I’m confident that’s going to go away the farther we get into the season, as everybody gets more familiar with the process, ushers and students alike.”Kelly said for future games, the ushers will be more rigorous about asking students to keep their phones out as they enter the seating sections after the gate.“When people get their tickets scanned at the gate, their natural inclination is to put your phone to sleep and stick your phone in your pocket,” he said. “I think that led to some challenges as people got to their seating section, it was a little more difficult to validate that you were in the section you were supposed to be in, unless the usher was actually asking to see your ticket.”Notre Dame students and fans can expect to see mobile tickets for other sports as well, Kelly said.“We’re learning a lot from this experience, and we’re really excited about the opportunity of potentially offering mobile as an option for other ticket holders, and if not in football, certainly in our other sports,” he said.Tags: football, Football tickets, season ticketslast_img read more

Onyekuru Rues World Cup Miss, Eyes AFCON 2019 in Egypt

first_imgSuper Eagles forward, Henry Onyekuru has opened up on his 2018 World Cup miss with the national team but know hopes for a better ending to the season to enable him to fulfill his dream of representing Nigeria at a major international competition.The 21-year-old spoke to AOIFootball.com after his impressive performance with Galatasaray on Sunday, stating that not going to the World Cup in Russia was a bitter pill to swallow and a disappointing moment for him.“It was very disappointing but I am a strong believer in Christ. I feel everything happens for a reason and God’s will be done. Although at the time I was frustrated I still supported our nation at the World Cup as if I was there. “Now I have another opportunity at the AFCON in June. It’s not by my power or will to be there but hopefully by His grace, I will stay fit and hope to have done enough to earn my place in the final squad,” Onyekuru said.He, however, revealed his match rituals before going into every game stating that he prays and speaks with his family“Praying, talking with my family and going back to my previous game to make things right has been the ritual for me,” Onyekuru concluded.Having started the season brightly with Belgian club Anderlecht, the 20-year-old suffered an injury in December 2017 which kept him out for the better part of the season.He was however overlooked by Coach Gernot Rohr for the World Cup party in Russia.Interestingly, while Onyekuru is dreaming for a place in the Nigerian team to Egypt in summer, another Super Eagles forward who has dropped in the pecking order, Simy Nwankwo has played down suggestions that the Italian Serie B is weak and has affected his game since dropping down with relegated Crotone.Speaking from his base in Italy, the 2018 World Cup attacker gave insights about the league, whilst insisting the level of competition has been amazing.“Trust me when I say it’s very competitive and unpredictable. There’s not much difference in quality between teams and that makes every game super competitive and that’s a great challenge,” Nwankwo said.Despite several reports linking him away from the Serie B club both in the summer and winter, the Nigerian surprisingly stayed put but insists his decision has made him a better player all-around.“On paper, every team or player coming down from the top league seem too big for the lower league and that ends up playing a negative role in players’ heads.“But that’s where a lot of mental toughness comes in for me. I need to have the humility to respect and appreciate the competition I’m facing if there’s any chance of getting back up. When they say you’re good it simply has to be on every level for me and yes I’m ready and even more mature to get back up and show how much I’ve grown,” Nwankwo concluded.Simy insights can also be backed by the amazing transformation of Italian giants Juventus which returned from Serie B in the 2006-2007 season with players like, Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, David Trezeguet, and Pavel Nedved to entirely dominate the league since their resurgence.Simy, 26, has scored 12 goals this season and will almost certainly quit Crotone at the end of the season with his contract set to expire in June.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Flood-saturated soil means some Iowa farmland won’t get planted at all this spring

first_imgAMES — Some Iowa farmers won’t have any crops to harvest this fall as they won’t be able to plant anything this spring due to the flood-soaked soil.Meteorologist Dennis Todey, director of the U-S-D-A’s Midwest Climate Hub, based in Ames, says some areas of the state are still underwater and the farmland in those areas has been inundated. “Things will probably be delayed for sure in those locations,” Todey says. “There probably will be some areas that will not be able to be planted this year, period. Delayed planting is an issue over the whole region because we have soil moisture, we have wet soils over the whole region, so any additional rainfall is going to be problematic.”Many fields are littered with debris left behind by the flooding, including trees, metal fuel tanks, pieces of structures, and all sorts of trash, but it’s the smaller stuff that will be harder to remove. “The areas that are heavily inundated, the soils there will be degraded because of depositing of sand,” Todey says. “Silt is not so bad because that’s a bit better, but the additional deposits of sand will degrade the soils and cause some problems.”Millennia ago, giant glaciers helped to form the land now known as Iowa, but this spring, we saw a much smaller, much faster example. “We had large movement of large blocks of ice so there’s a lot of damage done to things like bridges because of the ice,” Todey says, “and then other structural areas and other loss of soil because of large movements of ice over the regions.”Todey says all of that is beyond the damages to roads, bridges and culverts that will take time to repair. Spring flood damage in Iowa is estimated to exceed $2 billion.last_img read more

Battleship New Jersey Announces Appointment of Azzolina Jr. to Board

first_imgThe board of the Home Port Alliance (HPA) for the USS New Jersey, America’s most decorated battleship, appointed Joseph Azzolina Jr. to its board of trustees.“Today is truly a historic day for the Home Port Alliance and the Battleship New Jersey,” said Rodney Sadler, chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship. “We have added an outstanding trustee, who will carry on the legacy of his father, captain Joseph Azzolina, former state senator/assemblyman who served on the New Jersey and was a key player in the effort to bring her back to her home state. Joe wants to continue the preservation and maintenance of the Battleship New Jersey as a legacy to his father’s relentless efforts on her behalf.”Azzolina said, “To follow in the footsteps of my father on the board of trustees for this great battleship is truly an honor. I look forward to continue the work that the board, staff and volunteers of the battleship have accomplished and to further expand the mission of this museum and memorial.”Azzolina, currently vice president of Food Circus Super Markets, based in Middletown, formerly served as a board member of the USS Battleship New Jersey Foundation.“Joe brings strong business and strategic planning experience, strengthens our relationship with the state, and opens some important doors for partners and supporters in Central and Northern New Jersey,” said Phil Rowan, executive director of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, who made the announcement.Opened to the public as a floating museum in October 2001, the Battleship New Jersey has undergone extensive restoration efforts, bringing history to life for visitors during daily guided tours of the Iowa-class ship ­– one of the largest battleships ever built – throughout its nine decks. A living testament to all of the brave men and women who have fought, and still fight for American freedom, The Battleship New Jersey has become an integral part of the revitalization of the Camden waterfront.The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers guided and audio tours daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Families can spend a unique overnight adventure aboard the battleship. The award-winning Overnight Encampment Program offers families, Scouts, and youth organizations the chance to experience a night on board the ship. Guests enjoy dinner and breakfast served from the crew’s galley, a ride on the 4D Flight Simulator, a tour of the ship and the chance to sleep in the bunks once used by the crew of the USS New Jersey.Additional information about the ship is available by calling 866-877-6262 or 856-966-1652 or by visiting www.battleshipnewjersey.org.last_img read more

Bacterial Parcel Service Discovered

first_imgBacteria send letters and parcels to one another.  Some of them are love letters, some of them are letter bombs.  This amazing packaged system of communication, separate from the mere sending of diffusible chemicals, was described in Nature1 with the title, “Microbiology: Bacterial speech bubbles.”  Stephen C. Winans described what is known about bacterial communication:Many bacteria socialize using diffusible signals.  But some of these messages are poorly soluble, so how do they move between bacteria?  It seems they can be wrapped up in membrane packages instead.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)He said that two research studies in the same issue of Nature, one on how bacteria talk to their friends, and another on how they attack their enemies, met in an “unexpected convergence.”  One type of parcel, for instance, is “released in bubble-like ‘vesicles’ that also contain antibacterial agents and probably toxins aimed at host tissue cells as well.”    Through this form of packaged communication, a community of microbes engages in “quorum sensing” to detect whether it is alone or surrounded by its own kind or other species.  Some genes only turn on when there is a quorum reached.  One of these Winans mentioned is bioluminescence – turning on the lights.    The parcels can contain chemicals, proteins, toxins and other molecules in a lipid envelope.  The packaging permits delivery of proteins and chemicals that otherwise might be insoluble.  Some bacteria have three separate kinds of signal parcels.  The packages form lipid bubbles around them as they emerge from the bacterial membrane.  These can merge with a friendly neighbor or, depending on the need of the moment, deliver a toxin to an enemy – a package bomb on the scale of bacteria.    To work, the system requires multiple parts: the contents, the packaging, the delivery method, and the response to received parcels.  Winans did not speculate on how this system might have evolved, other than to say, “Various groups of bacteria use diffusible chemicals to signal to their own kind, and this method of communication seems to have evolved independently several times.”1Stephen C. Winans, “Microbiology: Bacterial speech bubbles,” Nature, 437, 330 (15 September 2005) | doi: 10.1038/437330a.This is an interesting phenomenon that deserves further investigation by science and medicine.  Since humans are sometimes targets of the toxins delivered by these vesicles, interrupting or targeting the bacterial UPS might lead to cures for disease.  Was this system originally a beneficial delivery service that got co-opted for harm?  It seems unlikely that a mindless bacterium could come up with such a complex system of interacting parts once, let alone several times, by an evolutionary process of trial and error.    It’s a stunning thought to envision lowly bacteria with a social life and a coordinated, effective package delivery system.  Rather than assuming it arose spontaneously as an opportunistic mechanism for serving the bacterial “self,” perhaps it is best to look at this phenomenon from the vantage point of systems biology (06/15/2005, 06/20/2005).  What role might it play in the bigger picture?    “Attacking and killing enemies” is a metaphor with metaphysical baggage (see “Metaphors Bewitch You,” 07/04/2003).  Another way of thinking about the “parcel bombs” might be with the give-and-take metaphor of action/reaction, feedback/feedforward, agonist/antagonist – i.e., a sensory mechanism of messages and responses that keeps a larger dynamic system in balance (homeostasis).  Such balancing interactions take place at many levels in biology, from interactions between molecules and proteins within the cell all the way up to interactions between higher organisms.  If too much of one side causes pain and suffering, that does not preclude the possibility that, in balance, the operation had a beneficial role.    An evolutionist would undoubtedly study this bacterial UPS as a byproduct of selfish genes at work trying to ensure their own survival.  A design theorist could continue investigating it with just as much curiosity and enthusiasm, but without the tunnel vision of Darwinian self-centeredness.  He or she would ask, in the big picture, what role does it play, and has that role gone awry? (Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Draw our flag

first_imgDraw a rectangle in a proportion of 3 in the length to 2 in the width – 18cm x 12cm is a convenient size.Using a pencil, divide the rectangle into three equal horizontal stripes.Join the four corners with a diagonal cross.On each side of the diagonal cross, which provides the centre line in each case, draw parallel lines. The distance between each set of lines should be one third of the width of the flag. Join the various lines as shown.Within the V-shaped area, which extends from the corners at the flagpost to the outer edge of the fly, draw a series of parallel lines, the distance between which is in each case one-fifth the width of the flag. Join the appropriate lines as indicated and erase the remaining pencil lines.Colour specifications for the flagTextile coloursGreen: CKS 42 c Spectrum greenBlack: CKS 401 c Blue blackWhite: CKS 701 c National flag whiteGold: CKS 724 c Gold yellowRed: CKS 750 c Chilli redBlue: CKS 762 c National flag blueApproximate Pantone equivalentsGreen: 3415 cGold: 1235 cRed: 179 cBlue: reflex blue cHTMLGreen: #00d400Gold: #d4d400Red: #d40000Blue: #0000d4last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 bookings start in India, to launch next month

first_imgAccording to reports, Bajaj Auto has commenced with the pre-bookings for their latest product, the Pulsar NS 160 in India for an initial token amount of Rs 10,000. As far as speculations go, the new Pulsar NS 160 is not a replacement for the company’s best seller, Pulsar 150 and will be positioned below the Pulsar 180 in India.Design:The Pulsar NS 160 stands out with an aggressive and sporty look. An aggressive front with a muscular tank bearing a 160 design on the side gives this Pulsar’s style a new dynamic. The underbelly exhausts gives it a lean, sleek look that accentuates the iconic naked sport family.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Engine:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a 160.3 cc, 4-stroke, oil-cooled DTSi engine that produces 15.2BHP of peak power and 14.6NM of peak torque, mated to a five-speed gearbox.Suspension:The mono-shock with Nitrox rear suspension is carefully designed to maintain a stable riding position at every twist and turn. The sporty-looking, 12-litre fuel tank lets the rider take extended trips while keeping a snug position at all times.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Dimensions:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will come with a wheelbase of 1363 mm and measures 2012 mm in length, 803.5 mm in width and 1060 mm in length with a ground clearance of 176 mm. It has a kerb weight of 142 kgs.Safety Features:The power-packed performance is combined with the ultimate standards in safety. The front disc brakes are powered hydraulically and ventilated to absorb hard riding techniques.Bajaj Pulsar NS 160Competition:The new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 will compete with the likes of  Honda CB Hornet 160R, Suzuki Gixxer and TVS Apache RTR 160 in India.advertisementPrice:We expect the new Bajaj Pulsar NS 160 to come for price tag of Rs 82,000- Rs 85,000 (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Travel to Spiti, Leh with Bajaj Avenger FLG Rides cruising season 2017-18ALSO READ:Bajaj Dominar 400 price hiked by Rs 2,000last_img read more

A SELECTIVE LIFE

first_imgShe’s sitting on the plane…it’s just five hours until the first manager’s meeting of the 2004 National Touch League begins. It’s just five hours until team registration sheets, selection availability sheets and statutory declaration forms begin to pile up on the desk in front of her. It’s just five hours until the questions begin, the excuses for missing forms begin, the unsigned sheets and the general chaos hits home….no need to continue. The thought is just way too daunting. It’s just five hours until…wait, what’s the air hostess doing to her? Man, it’s hot tea, spilled all down the front of her nice clean skirt. And so it begins… It’s the 2004 NTL’s and National Director of Selectors Cathy Gray is looking forward to 10 days of full time selection for National teams and squads. There’s selection for the Youth World Cup 20 years squads, the Australian Talent Identification Program (TIP), National Training Squads (NTS) and Australian Seniors teams. Everyone sees and knows the final outcome of the work that Cathy and her team of 22 other selectors and TI panel here, will do throughout the tournament. What no one really understands is exactly what these incredibly dedicated people will do to reach that final outcome. The selectors, along with tournament officials, will be the first at the fields every day. They will also be the last to leave. And when they get home, they might cook themselves some dinner and sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, but their folders will come back out and they’ll get back to work. Over the next 10 days these selectors will together watch around 500 games of touch, see around 1600 different players, fill out around 1000 assessment forms, lose around 100 pens, drink at least 2000 cups of coffee, get itchy legs from sitting on the grass, get sunburnt or drenched by rain (possibly both) and just sick of answering the same questions again and again and again. But they love it. And they wouldn’t be here if they didn’t. Just like players wouldn’t play, coaches wouldn’t coach and referees wouldn’t ref. Cathy Gray has been selecting for touch football since 1991, around 13 years now. She describes her journey to the position of National Director as sort of accidental. “I just sort of fell into selecting, they needed someone one day and I was there”, she says. “I ended up on the NSW selection panel, was invited to apply for the ATA selection panel, applied for the position of National Director and then I ended up here.” “The team of selectors we have are very positive and we have great working relationships with each other and the national coaches. There is a lot of trust on both sides.” It’s important for everyone to realise that for these selectors, this isn’t their only job. “We all have other jobs too, just like the players and coaches. Between touch selection and my teaching job I haven’t had a day at home in six weeks”, says Cathy. “The day after NTL’s finish I will be on a 6:30am flight home, I’ll be back just in time to teach my classes at Cheltenham Girls High school.” Despite the crazily hectic lifestyle that being a selector seems to throw at these guys, Cathy admits to absolutely loving what they get to do. “We love to do this, there’s a lot of great personalities in our group and in touch football in general and we enjoy each other’s company”, says Cathy. “To be honest, we just absolutely enjoy it. It’s a lot of work, but very rewarding. Seeing the way the Australian teams performed and what they achieved at the last World Cup makes all the hard work worthwhile. It was just such an honour to be there and be a part of everything.” So when you’re thinking about your NTL players this week or wondering how they’re doing, send up a quick prayer for our selectors who are working away behind the scenes. They deserve it. Rachel Moylelast_img read more

10 months agoBologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for players

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Bologna director Di Vaio reveals plans to add psychologist for playersby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBologna director Marco Di Vaio admits they’re hiring a psychologist to work with the players.The Rossoblu sit third from bottom with just 12 points, though earned a credible draw with AC Milan in midweek.“Bologna are thinking about bringing in a figure who can help work with the players on their minds and mentality,” Di Vaio told Il Resto del Carlino newspaper.“He’d be a psychologist more than a mental coach. The last few weeks have been full of pressure and tension. “It’s not always easy to challenge oneself.” last_img