Rugby Championship: Round 5 ready to rock

first_imgAll Blacks: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c).Subs: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau. Just another training session: The All Blacks, led by a darting Israel Dagg, go about their preparation for Round 5By Alan DymockBREAKS OVER, injuries assessed and motivations re-stocked, it’s time for the Rugby Championship to bark back.du Preez and me: Fourie du Preez and Willie La RouxSouth Africa will be attempting to get their Championship title challenge back on track as they welcome the beleaguered Aussies to Newlands this weekend, a place where the Wallabies haven’t won in 21 years. The glimmer of hope comes from the fact that South Africa hadn’t beaten Australia in Brisbane for 42 years but then hushed the hoodoo with a resounding 38-12 victory last time they met. Maybe Australia can return the favour?It is not impossible, but not many would back it. Although some may be surprised with the reinstatement of Fourie du Preez to scrum-half and Adriaan Strauss to hooker for the ‘Boks, it is still a formidable, grunt-worthy pack being twinned with a backline capable to tearing past Australia.They in turn have moved reliable workhorse Adam Ashley-Cooper to the wing to replace Nick Cummins and Joe Tomane comes in for the disgraced and exiled James O’Connor. Tevita Kuridrani forms a midfield partnership with Christian Leali’ifano which Jean de Villiers and co. may be excited about sendigng JJ Englebrect past.The fear is that this is another one-sided game…That fear could also be extended to New Zealand versus Argentina in La Plata. The Pumas did run the All Blacks surprisingly close in their first meeting of the Championship, scoring the first try of that match through Juan Manuel Leguizamon – a man who has joined a short list of Argentines who have scored against all three of the SANZAR nations after dotting down against Australia last time out – but this Kiwi team seems as unrelenting as an insomniac’s alarm clock.Hoping to kick on: The Wallabies warm up for the ‘BoksSo while Argentina have made wholesale changes in their backline, with a new centre-pairing of Bosch and Fernandez standing out, they are still up against Smith and Nonu. The replacements for the Kiwis are vastly experienced, too. Andrew Hore comes in and Dan Carter is replaced again by Aaron Cruden.So when Kieran Read feels a little under the weather it’s OK; he could just be replaced by Messam at 8 and Steven Luatua occupies the blindside, if Luatua is not considered a capable 8 himself. The All Blacks would then be short on the bench, but they have the quality to do without.Mind you, this could be Argentina’s greatest chance ever to beat the All Blacks, however unlikely that is. A man down in the back-row, the Pumas could throw everything they have at the All Black’s breakdown. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Springboks: Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrect, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen.Subs: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.Wallabies: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Quade Cooper, Nic White, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, James Horwill (c), Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen.Subs: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Chris Feauai-Sautia.Pumas: Juan Martin Hernandez; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Marcos Ayerza, Eusebio Guinazu, Juan Figallo, Julia Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), Pablo Matera, Juan Manual Leguizamon.Subs: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Contempomi, Horacio Agulla.center_img If they want their first ever win they have to go high-risk. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 26: Australian Wallabies players of the Wallabies in action during an Australian Wallabies training session at City Park on September 26, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images) last_img read more

India: Prominent woman journalist gunned down in Bangalore

first_img RSF_en Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intolerance Organized crimeWomenJudicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expression to go further Organisation News News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting The Indian media have been in mourning since gunmen on a motorcycle shot Gauri Lankesh, 55, as she opened the door to her home on the night of 5 September. She was killed by at least two shots to the chest and one to the head, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.The police have not said how many gunmen they think were involved, but they currently estimate that she sustained seven gunshot injuries.“We firmly condemn this terrible murder, which has deprived the media of a tough and determined champion and has deprived India of a voice that was fundamental for the country’s democratic life,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“We take note of the determination of the local authorities to investigate this murder and we encourage them not to neglect the possibility of a political link. Gauri Lankesh was on several occasions the target of the ruling Hindu nationalists and their supporters, because she categorically refused to submit to the self-censorship that is eating away at India’s media.”The editor of Lankesh Patrike, a tabloid founded in 1980 by her father, P. Lankesh, she was well known for her defence of women and her outspoken criticism of the caste system, conservatism and Hindu nationalists.She was the target of two libel suits by members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, India’s leading Hindu nationalist party. But she never bowed to judicial pressure and her colleagues described her as courageous and forthright journalist.The three-year-old Modi administration has been trying to banish all “anti-nationalist” discourse from the Indian press. Journalists who refuse to censor themselves are the targets of defamation suits or are prosecuted under section 124A of the penal code, under which “sedition” is punishable by life imprisonment.Karun Misra of the Jansandesh Times and Ranjan Rajdev of the Hindustan Daily were both killed by gunmen on motorcycles in 2016 after covering sensitive stories such as illegal mining and judicial proceedings against a former parliamentarian.Five journalists were killed in connection with their work in 2015. They include Jagendra Singh, who died from the severe burn injuries he sustained during a search of his home that police carried out in the presence of a government official.India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. March 3, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alertscenter_img RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked by leading Indian journalist and media freedom defender Gauri Lankesh’s murder in Bangalore, in the southern state of Karnataka, and calls on the authorities to do everything possible to quickly find and punish her killers. IndiaAsia – Pacific Religious intolerance Organized crimeWomenJudicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media April 27, 2021 Find out more September 7, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 India: Prominent woman journalist gunned down in Bangalore A placard of Gauri Lankesh is held in a rally condemning the killing of the journalist, in Mumbai on September 6, 2017 (AFP/Punit Pranajpe). February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Minister must hear of Westbury’s problems

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Previous articleNa Piarsaigh all set for Club FinalNext articleFinancial boost for 125 talented students admin Advertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsMinister must hear of Westbury’s problemsBy admin – November 25, 2011 624 center_img Linkedin Email A RESIDENT who is fearful for the safety of children and pedestrians because of the danger from “light fittings that are hanging off pubic lighting poles and blowing in the wind,” is eager to see an active residents association set up to tackle outstanding issues on the sprawling Westbury housing estate in Corbally. Claimed Paul Hennessy, Riverdale: “This is dangerous for children and pedestrians and Clare County Council or the developers don’t want to know about it”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It has been widely reported in this newspaper that parts of the Westbury Estate reman unfinished and there are problems with poor public lighting, potholed roads, no play areas for children, etc.Mr Hennessy, who has lived on the estate since 2004, also wants the council to commence remedial work.Cllr Pascal Fitzgerald (Lab), said the residents bought their homes and the least they can expect is a proper service and maintenance.“With winter now here, we are going to have a similar situation as last year, with burst pipes and the problem being ignored by the council.“There are issues such as lighting, roads, footpaths, trees and residue left by developers who have abandoned the estates and I’ve got unsatisfactory replies to my queries from the council, which is just kicking the can down the road and appears to be reluctant to take on the management of these estates”.Referring to an incident in which a resident fell on an uneven section of footpath, the councillor criticised the council’s reply that “two cones had been placed at the spot afterwards,” as hardly solving the problem.In a report into the issue some months ago the Limerick Post carried the council’s response to calls to take the estate in charge, which stated that they will only do so when the developers have completed infrastructural problems, and that until that happens they are not responsible.Added Cllr Fitzgerald: “The developer is in liquidation and I can’t see the liquidator tackling outstanding issues, but it is high time now for the council to take this part of the county seriously.“The council voted that south-east Clare would remain in Clare when the Limerick boundary extension issue was coming to a climax – I’m now arranging a meeting with the Minister for Housing through the council to discuss this outstanding issue”.In reply to a notice of motion submitted by Cllr Fitzgerald in March, the council confirmed that 78 claims were submitted in 2010, of which 46 related to potholes, and of which 24 had been dealt with.It also confirmed that payments totalling €4,392.37 had been made on foot of the claims. Printlast_img read more

Germany takes stake in vaccine firm CureVac

first_imgBerlin will take a stake in German biotech company CureVac, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said Monday, months after reports the US was eyeing the firm and its under-development coronavirus vaccine.The federal government will invest 300 million euros ($337 million) to take a 23-percent stake in CureVac, based in Tuebingen in southwest Germany.”We don’t know which company will bring the first workable vaccine to market,” Altmaier told reporters in the capital. “But we know that CureVac is among those in the lead.” Topics : ‘Great potential’Billionaire Dietmar Hopp — a co-founder of European software giant SAP — had until now been the major investor in CureVac, holding more than 80 percent of the shares.CureVac’s technology, based on molecules known as “messenger RNA” (mRNA) that are found within the body, offers “great for potential for vaccines for COVID-19 but also many other infectious diseases, as well as therapy options for many other indications,” Hopp told reporters via video link.Vaccines based on mRNA “have the potential to protect people with a very low dose” and do not need to be refrigerated, acting chief executive Franz-Werner Haas added, simplifying the logistics of inoculating large numbers of people.Germany’s CureVac intervention comes days after Berlin, Paris, Rome and The Hague said they had signed an agreement to procure up to 400 million doses of a potential coronavirus vaccine from pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca.The agreement calls for all EU member states to receive supplies of the vaccine as soon as it is discovered.AstraZeneca is working with Oxford University on a highly-publicized vaccine candidate, with trials on 10,000 participants getting underway. The German government last month gave itself new powers to stop hostile takeovers of healthcare companies, in the latest sign that the global race to secure potentially game-changing vaccines or treatments was heating up.Under the new rules, a health company must notify Berlin if a buyer outside the EU seeks a stake of more than 10 percent — compared with a previous threshold of 25 percent. Die Welt newspaper reported that Berlin’s move was aimed at preventing CureVac from falling into foreign hands as the firm plans a listing on the New York-based Nasdaq stock exchange as early as next month.”It is of particular interest to the state to secure a basic supply of the vaccine for the German population,” Die Welt quoted from a finance ministry document reportedly sent to the German parliament.In March, a different newspaper report alleged that the Trump administration had attempted to buy exclusive rights to CureVac’s vaccine research. Though company and US officials dismissed it as unfounded, the report caused outrage in Berlin and prompted minister Altmaier to declare that “Germany is not for sale”.last_img read more

Mata frustrated by long balls

first_img “I don’t think our confidence level was very high in the first half,” said Van Gaal, who suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. “But I think that’s normal when a club like United loses the first match and draws the second one. “The pressure is higher and you have to cope with that. I could see in the first half that the players were very nervous to play the ball. “We restored that in the second half, and maybe that will raise our confidence.” The one crumb of comfort for United was the influence of Di Maria, who completed his record-breaking move to United from Real Madrid on Tuesday. The £59.7million man created a couple of openings with incisive passes and his running stretched the Burnley defence in the first half when he drifted out wide. Ashley Young thinks United have pulled off a major coup by signing the midfielder, who was one of the stars of the World Cup. “I think it makes a big statement to people out there,” Young said. “A lot of people might say we can’t attract world-class players but we’ve just done that with the signings of Luke (Shaw), Ander (Herrera), Marcos (Rojo) and now Angel. “Angel is a fantastic signing. Real Madrid have other top players in their team like (Gareth) Bale and (Cristiano) Ronaldo but he’s the one who stood out for me in that team. “When you add quality to a squad that already has quality it can only help us.” Burnley manager Sean Dyche can only dream of being able to sign a player for almost £60million. The fact that the Clarets have only spent £45million on transfers in their 132-year history shows how impressive Saturday’s draw was for the Premier League newcomers. “Manchester United are in a transitional period but they are still very good,” said Dyche, who suffered defeats to Chelsea and Swansea in his opening two games. “It’s the strongest I’ve seen them since the start of the season so we are very happy. “It’s important we go into the international break after a really good performance and your first point on the board. “And when the games come around again after taking stock of the season so far, we’ll be ready to go hard again.” Juan Mata was annoyed to see his Manchester United team-mates resort to route-one football at times in Saturday’s disappointing draw at Burnley. United did not help their cause in the first half by launching long balls to their strikers, effectively bypassing a midfield containing nearly £100million of talent. Mata admits United lacked confidence in their build-up play on Saturday, which led them to start pumping long balls up field. “Maybe in the build-up (there were confidence issues) as we were trying to build up from the back but sometimes we didn’t do it well,” the Spaniard told MUTV. “We played most of the time in their half which is good but, if you don’t score from these chances, then it’s not good enough. “I believe, when we try to play football in the last third, we can create but we played too many long balls in the first half which is maybe why we didn’t play as well.” The match showed just how big a gap there is between United and the teams vying for the title. Chelsea tore Burnley apart in a thrilling first half at Turf Moor on the opening weekend of the season, but United failed to impose themselves on the game until late in the second period. United’s faltering start has damaged the team’s self-belief, according to their manager. Louis van Gaal is still searching for his first win as Red Devils boss following the uninspiring goalless stalemate at Turf Moor. Angel di Maria, playing in a midfield three alongside Mata and Darren Fletcher, produced flashes of brilliance, but Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both had off days up front and could not convert their chances. Press Associationlast_img read more