Five things we learnt about rugby – April

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In hot water: Joe Marler’s indiscretions have shown up holes in rugby’s discplinary codeThis reduction in ban coming just a matter of weeks after the most publicised disciplinary case of the season. These bans are becoming meaningless if they can seemingly be reduced without legitimate reason or explanation. They are becoming as believable as ‘Sofa Sale’ ads, where the sale price and original price have little or no correlation. Rugby supporters are genuinely losing faith in the disciplinary process and it needs to be rectified.Judgement Day – a professional milestone for Welsh rugbyJudgement Day IV was a huge success for Welsh rugby and a commercial milestone which proves that Welsh rugby is progressing further along the professional pathway. Professional rugby’s responsibilities extends way beyond the confines of the rugby pitch; commercial performance is as important as sporting performance. The organising and success of ‘stadium’ events such as Judgement Day was once a specialism of the Aviva Premiership – who are hugely proficient in promoting such events.Light my fire: Hanno Dirksen scores an Ospreys try at a packed out Principality StadiumBut Welsh rugby is now catching up. Infighting between the regions and a difficult working relationship with the national body are no longer a barrier to organising multi-fixture super events. A genuine collaboration between Pro Rugby Wales and the WRU delivered a cohesive marketing effort which attracted 68,262 supporters. Having the best part of 70,000 supporters exposed to two entertaining regional fixtures was a major step forward for Welsh rugby – the performance of the Ospreys and the return of Scott Williams being a particular highlight. Judgement Day has now become a genuine calendar event and is here to stay. Congratulations to all concerned.Rio or not?April is usually a good month for rugby players. If they’re not reaching the business end of the season, and focusing on trophies, they’re choosing the flip-flops in which they wish to stroll around the harbour in Puerto Banús. But for a select few the past month has presented a rugby quandary – should they play in the Olympics or this summer’s test tours? For us mere mortals the decision of whether to play international sevens or international fifteens seems like a dream scenario, but for those talented enough, such as Ardie Savea, the decision is more complicated. In demand: Ardie Savea’s stellar form for the Hurricanes has seen him step down from NZ Sevens dutySavea, the hugely talented Kiwi open-side, carved up the sevens circuit and is now doing exactly the same thing for the Hurricanes. Having become one of the marquee players on the sevens circuit, Savea has chosen not to play in Rio and stay with the Hurricanes in Super Rugby – presumably with one eye on ripping Richie McCaw’s vacant All Blacks’ shirt from the back of Sam Cane. This situation is not unique to Savea and could potentially influence or divert the career of many players. Back with a bang: Scott Williams made a try-scoring return on Judgement Day center_img Judgement Day comes of age, Waldrom’s rolls back the years, the disciplinary process losing credibility and Kiwi’s Super Rugby dominance all discussed Thomas Waldrom proves old school still worksApril saw Thomas Waldrom shortlisted for European Player of Year, proving that setting records in the gym has little impact on setting records on the field. With modern rugby hell-bent on core-strength taking precedence over core-skills, Waldrom is proof that appearing old-school doesn’t mean that you can’t deliver new- school levels of efficiency. Waldrom is about as far removed from the modern gym monkey as you can imagine. In fact, he probably deep fries gym monkeys then consumes them between two massive hand-cut slices of white bread.Old-school: Thomas Waldrom has been rolling back the years at ExeterHis eating of gym monkeys is also more than metaphorical in that he has consistently outperformed some of the more ‘athletic’ number eights in the Aviva Premiership. He is top scorer in the Aviva Premiership, with thirteen tries, and joint top scorer in the Champions’ Cup with six tries. His try scoring records are made even more impressive by the fact that he has done it from number eight. The majority of such records are dominated by wingers and fullbacks who benefit from cheap run-ins in the wider channels – Waldrom has done it the hard way. Long may it continue. Hat tip Mr Waldrom!Kiwi Super Rugby way out in frontAfter the Rugby World Cup everyone, from outside New Zealand, took mild comfort in believing that after their legion of multi-capped awesomeness fled to Europe that they would struggle in Super Rugby and it would eventually weaken the All Blacks. Yet that isn’t going happen. The Kiwi Super Rugby teams, namely the Chiefs, Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders are playing some of the finest rugby in the world. Even the Highlanders, placed fourth in the New Zealand Conference, have secured 28 points after nine games; which is more than all but two of the other teams in the competition.Cut above: Aaron Cruden’s Chiefs have led the way for Kiwi Super Rugby teamsDon’t be fooled by suggestions that Kiwi Super Rugby is all miss-three passes and unrealistic 90 metre counter attacks that won’t translate into test rugby. The Kiwi Super Rugby teams are the perfect balance of platform and potency – particularly the Chiefs and Crusaders. Wales tour New Zealand in a matter of weeks, where their ‘easy’ game is the Chiefs. If you have watched even a blink of Super Rugby this season you will know that, even without their test All Blacks, an easy game it will not be.Rugby bans are losing credibilityApril saw another round of citings and another round of baffling bans. Bans where the punishment bares zero reflection to the parameters stated in the guidelines. Joe Marler, who now probably has a citing-commission-ready suit and tie permanently in the boot of his car, was one of those whose ban was reduced below the recommended entry point. Marler received a two week ban for kicking the head of Arnaud Heguy, when the entry point is four weeks.last_img read more

Arnett plan to keep Waterhouse down

first_imgReigning Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) champions, Arnett Gardens FC, are planning to keep Waterhouse on the canvas when both teams meet in the secondpreliminary stage at Waterhouse Stadium tomorrow.Arnett are currently in third position on 32 points, while Waterhouse are at the bottom on 15 points after 18 games in the 12-team league.With a gap of 17 points, Arnett Gardens have no intention of giving Waterhouse a chance to crawl up from last position.As far as the man in charge of the ‘Junglists’ is concerned, it is simply a case of, ‘when a man is down, keep him down’.”We will try to keep them down as they are a dangerous team,” coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome ‘Jerry’ Waite told The Gleaner at the RSPL weekly press conference at Red Stripe last Thursday.”In previous games, Waterhouse dominated Arnett. We beat them in the first round and we are looking forward to continue this on Sunday,” added Waite, who guided Arnett to three national titles.Arnett will be without hard-tackling midfielder Renae Lloyd, as well as Damari Deacon due to red cards issued in their encounter against Tivoli Gardens two weeks ago, but Waite remains confident that the team will leave Drewsland with a positive result.”Lloyd will be a loss, but if you notice this season started without Renae Lloyd, the other player (Jason Moore), who will fill the slot had been doing well before Lloyd returned to the team,” the veteran coach noted before sharing his anticipation of the game.”Yes, you always have to look forward to a clash of this magnitude, despite where the teams are in the standings. And, it is always a fierce rivalry. We will not underestimate Waterhouse, although they are having a bad season, so far,” Waite maintained.”In their last game, they scored four goals but gave up the same, so there are loopholes in their defensive system, which we aim to exploit. We (Arnett) have won three games in a row and are aiming at four straight,” he concluded.last_img read more

Ryanair pilots in Ireland vote overwhelmingly in favour for industrial action

first_imgRyanair’s Irish pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, the Forsa/IALPA trade union has confirmed.The dispute centres around demands for a consistent pay structure and a range of conditions, including maternity, pensions and insurance.The union said it would write to management early next week to outline plans for action unless the airline agrees to union pay proposals by Monday. The IALPA members voted by 94% in favour of industrial action, and the union will have to serve notice of at least seven days to the airline before it can take place.180 of Ryanair’s Irish based pilots are members of IALPA.The vote comes after Ryanair pilots in the UK announced they will strike over two days in August and three days in September.Members of Ryanair’s Portuguese cabin crew trade union are also set to go on strike for five days from August 21st in a dispute over leave. Ryanair suffered a series of damaging strikes last year which cost the airline €120 million in refunds, fare cuts and lost business. Ryanair pilots in Ireland vote overwhelmingly in favour for industrial action was last modified: August 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Video: How Twitter Scales with Scala

first_img7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Last week we told you about how Twitter is migrating its search stack from Ruby to Java. But Twitter is also known for being an early adopter of Scala. This presentation by Marius Eriksen at the Commercial Users of Funtional Programming 2010 conference explains how Twitter uses Scala to scale. klint finley Scaling Scala at Twitter by Marius Eriksen (Twitter) from Scott Smith on Vimeo.A few of the things Twitter uses Scala for:Social adjacency store (FlockDB)Namesearch“Who to Follow”Kestrel/queueingStreaming APIStorage systemsGeoEriksen mostly focuses on the geospatial applications powered by Scala at Twitter. Eriksen and another engineer built Rockdev, Twitter’s geospatial backend, without any previous experience in Scala or the Java Virtual Machine.Eriksen also talks about the role distributed databases, Apache Cassandra in particular, fit into the team’s scalability projects.See also: How Twitter Uses NoSQL. Tags:#hack#tips Why You Love Online Quizzes How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

World Cup hosts Qatar box clever, punch above their weight

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Qatar’s team celebrates after winning the AFC Asian Cup final match between Japan and Qatar in Zayed Sport City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)Coming from nowhere to win the Asian Cup is just part of the process for Qatar as they look ahead to this year’s Copa America and then the big one — a home World Cup in 2022.Felix Sanchez’s team are keeping their expectations in check for the South American championship despite snatching the Asian title from a lowly world ranking of 93.ADVERTISEMENT The title raised the beguiling possibility of Qatar being crowned champions of both Asia and South America, when they compete at the Copa America as guests in June-July.But Ali said the Copa was all about learning for Qatar, continuing the methodical approach which has already paid dividends.“We’re not expecting to win, but just to learn because after the World Cup, the Copa America is the biggest competition in the world,” Ali said.“The weakest teams are in Asia, Asia is the weakest continent for football so in the Copa America we will learn more.“We’ll benefit a lot as a Gulf team — this will help us have a better performance in 2022.”After spending many millions of petro-dollars on their world-class Aspire Academy, and scouring the world for top coaches, Qatar are beginning to recoup their investment.Head coach Felix Sanchez led Qatar to their first Asian under-19 title in 2014, and they reached the semi-finals at last year’s Asian under-23s — where Ali was also the top-scorer.Afif clocked up a tournament-record 10 assists and formed a devastating partnership with Ali, underlining Qatar’s cohesion in both defense and attack after years spent playing together.“We’ve been together seven years so I know exactly where Akram will be, where he will pass and he always knows what to expect from me,” Ali said.“That’s normal after all the time we’ve spent playing together. We get along very well together too.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Qatar’s win sparked jubilant scenes back home in Doha but for the team, bigger goals now lie ahead.“This is one step more to continue developing the team, to play another tournament in the summer and to be ready in 2022 to represent Qatar in the World Cup,” Sanchez said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: NLEX escapes Meralco for 2nd straight win Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes But it is hard to overstate their achievement in going from zero points at the last Asian Cup to their first continental title in record-breaking style.It also means that resource-rich Qatar are finally making headlines for the right reasons after the turbulence that has surrounded their successful bid to host the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAlmoez Ali’s bicycle kick epitomized a stylish win as it sparked Qatar’s 3-1 final victory over Japan and broke Ali Daei’s 23-year-old mark for goals at single Asian Cup.“I’m sorry for breaking Mr. Daei’s record,” a humble Ali said after scoring his ninth of the tournament. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ “I expected to score goals — maybe three or four — but I didn’t expect to score nine,” he added.Fittingly for a team that has punched above its weight, Akram Afif struck a boxing-style pose as he celebrated the late penalty that ended Japan’s resistance.Qatar conceded just one goal all tournament and scored 19, winning all seven games and beating former champions Saudi Arabia, Iraq and South Korea, as well as Japan.They also thrived in a hostile environment in the United Arab Emirates owing to the ongoing Gulf blockade, with their fans largely barred from visiting and home spectators pelting them with shoes and bottles in the semi-finals.Latin lessonsADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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