25 August 2014The Springboks retained their lead at the top of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship after unconvincingly edging Argentina 33-31 in Salta on Saturday.The Pumas will look back on the test as a big opportunity missed to record their first victory ever over the Springboks. Had they won, few would have said they did not deserve it.‘They played some great rugby’Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer, however, looked back on the match as another important win for his charges. “All credit to Argentina, though,” he said. “They’ve been together for a month and you could see that today as they played some great rugby.“We don’t want to say every week that we’ve shown great character, but we’ve now won nine out of our last 10 away games, and I think the guys have shown that they know how to win.“At one stage, we were down and out and the team came back. We know there are a lot of areas we have to work on, but we’re still in this competition.”Dominating scrumArgentina came out of the blocks at speed, with their set scrum worryingly dominating the South African pack and winning a number of penalties.They also showed a willingness to move the ball through the hands and out wide, a more extravagant approach than one has traditionally seen from the South Americans, and were rewarded with three tries to backline players Manuel Montero, Tomas Cubelli and Joaquin Tuculet.Argentina dictated matters in the first 25 minutes of the contest to race into a 13-6 lead, but South Africa pulled it back to sneak in front 16-13 at the break. After the restart, the Pumas again took it to the Boks and powered into a 28-16 lead. Victory appeared to be within their grasp.Strong showing from the benchHowever, it was not to be as the Springboks, aided by a strong showing from their bench, finished strongly to claim a come-from-behind victory. It, maybe, had more to do with Argentina’s anxiety about finally beating South Africa, given their poor past record, rather than the men in green and gold’s excellence.Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks and Marcell Coetzee dotted down for the Boks, while Handre Pollard added a conversion and three penalties, with Morne Steyn knocking over a further two conversions and a penalty, with the three-pointer, which came in the 76th minute, proving the match decider.‘A much better team than their world ranking’“I’ve said it before, but I really think Argentina is a much better team than what their world-ranking of twelfth shows, and they showed it again today,” said De Villiers after the match.“We’re happy that we could pull it through, but it could’ve gone either way.”He also paid tribute to the impact of the Springbok substitutes. “That is not saying that the players who started did badly, but our bench, whom we see as impact players rather than replacements, certainly made an impact today and that is probably where the difference was,” De Villiers explained.Forthcoming fixturesThe Springboks’ next outing is against Australia in Perth on 6 August, followed by a clash with New Zealand on 13 September in Wellington. The All Blacks thrashed the Wallabies 51-20 on Saturday to move within a point of South Africa at the top of the standings.Despite the ferociousness of the contest in Salta, the Boks have only one big injury concern and that is tighthead prop Frans Malherbe, who suffered a right ankle injury, which forced him from the field late in the match.He will see a specialist in Cape Town before a decision is made on his fitness and a possible replacement.
sarah perez Tags:#New Media#news#social networks#Social Web#web Related Posts Bit.ly, in case you’re unaware, is the URL-shortening service that takes long Web addresses and shortens them into more manageable links, mainly for the purpose of social sharing, such as on sites like Twitter where a 140-character limit on updates is enforced. Because Twitter has now emerged as a social news platform, the data Bit.ly has access to – 30 billion links this year as of September – is a veritable goldmine for determining what news and topics are popular across Web.It only makes sense for Bit.ly to turn that data into a news service of sorts, or even a standalone iPad app, as it is apparently now planning to do. However, News.me will face stiff competition once it lands, as several other companies have already done just that.News.me’s Stiff CompetitionEarlier this year, another social news startup called Flipboard delivered on the promise of a well-designed, magazine-like social news reading app for iPad. (Our ongoing coverage is here).This app looks beyond Twitter, allowing users to integrate both it and other networks like Facebook, Flickr, Google Reader as well as RSS feeds from popular websites. For now Flipboard just takes the content and makes it “pretty,” but its acquisition of semantic technology startup Ellerdale means that it will soon begin to highlight items of importance to you, through algorithms that learn of your interests, allowing it to separate the signal from the noise.Flipboard, while one of the more popular applications, is not alone in this space. It joins other interactive, thoughtfully designed news-reading applications like Reeder and Pulse, the latter of which allows you to browse Facebook in addition to blogs. Twitter itself also revamped its iPad app earlier this year, making it a more usable tool to consume flows of information.What will News.me do that’s unique? Well, it’s possible that it may get the jump on Flipboard as being the first to discover trends in new and innovative ways through the use of semantic technology, perhaps. Since Flipboard has yet to launch its semantic integration, News.me could appeal to those who need more than just an attractive layout of the news, or even popular trends, but need to find the news that’s highly relevant to them.But these are just guesses. In the meantime, we’ve requested our invite. You should too.Disclosure: NYT is a syndication partner with ReadWriteWeb. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos News.me, the stealthy social news project being developed by Betaworks in conjunction with The New York Times, has just started accepting invite requests. As part of the partnership deal, The New York Times took an equity stake in Bit.ly, a URL-shortening service from Betaworks, the technology incubator behind several notable social Web companies, including Twitter dashboard TweetDeck, real-time analytics service Chartbeat and audience engagement platform SocialFlow.How exactly Bit.ly will be used in the upcoming News.me service is still unknown, but we do know that it will debut in the form of an app for the Apple iPad. And now you can request to be first on the list to try it out.What’s News.Me? A Recap of What We KnowBetaworks CEO John Borthwick wouldn’t disclose the Times’ stake in Bit.ly at the time of the partnership, but the equity is supposed to be payment for the work the Times’ R&D group put into the project prior to Betaworks’ involvemet.The little we do know of News.me comes via this NYT article from September, which revealed that the service had been in development for six months, will initially debut as an iPad application with a possible Web-based app coming later on and that its name should provide a fairly good hint as to what it’s all about.Borthwick also had said the service would launch by year-end. (OK, folks, you now have 2 days.) Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification
Newcastle boss Benitez under consideration at Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez is under consideration at Leicester City.The Mirror says Claude Puel bought himself time at the King Power Stadium with successive surprise wins over high-flying Chelsea and champions Manchester City. But their shortcomings were exposed on Saturday by Cardiff City, who recorded their first away win all season.The club’s Thai owner, Top Srivaddhanaprabha, is known to be an admirer of Rafa Benitez — whose hopes of a takeover at current club Newcastle that could inject fresh January transfer funds are fading.It means Puel is back on a tightrope at Leicester, where he has never fully won over fans despite leading the club to ninth last term.Questions about his man-management, motivational skills and tactics persist — and he appears to have a fractured relationship with star striker Jamie Vardy. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Russia is accusing Canada of causing irreparable harm to their relations after Parliament formally passed the so-called Magnitsky Act targeting the actions of gross human rights violators.But the chair of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee has a simple rebuttal — don’t take it personally.Liberal MP Bob Nault says the expansion of Canada’s international sanctions law doesn’t target one specific country because it is aimed at human rights violators everywhere.However, Canada’s new sanctions regime and those of other countries, including the United States, have been closely linked to the Russian whistleblower, Sergei Magnitsky.Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after accusing officials of a $230-million tax fraud.The Russian embassy has not specified any particular retaliatory action against Canada for passing bill S-226, but after the U.S. enacted its Magnitsky legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded with a law that banned American citizens from adopting Russian children.“Russophobes’ rejoice: S-226 is now approved by Senate, causing irreparable damage to #RussiaCanada relations,” said one of a series of Twitter postings by Russia’s Ottawa embassy on Wednesday.“In defiance of common sense S-226 is hastily signed into law. Irrational act sponsored by fugitive fraudster & tax evader and Russia-haters.”Nault brushed aside the Russian concerns.“Even though this was in honour of Mr. Magnitsky, this is to deal with victims of corrupt foreign officials. This is beyond one country,” Nault said in an interview.“I would say to Russia not to take these things personally — unless you have a reason to take things personally.“That to me is the only approach Canada should take to people who are feeling threatened by legislation that is obviously the right thing to do.”A U.S. lawmaker hailed the formal passage of the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act as an important step in the fight against impunity.“The passage of this law also commemorates the activists, including Sergei Magnitsky, who gave their lives to fight for accountability and stand for principle,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, the leading Democrat on the Senate foreign relations committee.“I applaud my Canadian counterparts for this effort and look forward to closer co-operation in the fight against corrupt leaders and human rights abusers.”
Long after he retired, Berra remained one of the most quotable and beloved figures in baseball’s considerable history. Measured by the frequency with which his name is mentioned in books, Berra is more prominent by a large margin than any of the four catchers who produced more total WAR in their careers. Instead, Berra’s name appears in books at a frequency closer to that of historic greats like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. Berra’s outsize popularity is a testament to his special character and likability, which came to overshadow his no-less-impressive or -unusual accomplishments on the field.CORRECTION (Sept. 23, 5:17 p.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly described comparisons of Berra’s strikeout rate and home runs with those of other players. In the text, we compared Berra’s strikeout rate with that of players who have hit more than 350 home runs since 1940, and, in the chart, we compared his strikeout rate and home run total with those of players who have had more than 2,000 plate appearances since 1940. None of those comparisons were with all players with more than 350 home runs or more than 2,000 plate appearances. Yogi Berra, the ever-quotable former catcher and manager, died Tuesday at the age of 90. By quality, he was one of the best catchers ever, amassing the fifth-most total wins above replacement at the position and the 11th-most WAR per game.1I applied a minimum of 1,000 games played at catcher. By quantity, he played in 13.2 percent of all of the Yankees games in history and more World Series games than any other single player. But more than the obvious accolades — the three Most Valuable Player awards, the 10 World Series wins — Berra was exceptional by virtue of his improbability.As a 19-year-old, Berra participated in the D-Day invasion as a member of the U.S. Navy, fighting from a boat at Omaha Beach, where there were some 2,000 casualties. He was later injured in Marseilles and earned a Purple Heart. After he returned to baseball, he played in just 77 minor-league games before advancing to the majors. Because of his service, Berra didn’t begin his career in earnest until he was 21 years old.Berra was unlikely even as a baseball player: All of 5 feet 7 inches tall, he launched 358 home runs during his career, 90 more than anyone his height or shorter.2Here I am using the Lahman database numbers. The runner-up is Joe Morgan (5 feet 7 inches, 268 home runs). The shortest player who hit more home runs than Berra is Mel Ott (5 feet 9 inches, 511 home runs). Berra was an unusually disciplined batter, striking out in only 4.9 percent of his plate appearances. That combination of power and plate discipline is exceptionally rare in MLB history. Sluggers tend to strike out at higher-than-average rates because they are often selective and waiting for a pitch to drive. Players with more than 350 home runs since 1940 have struck out, on average, in 15.8 percent of plate appearances, more than three times Berra’s rate. No one else with a strikeout rate below 5.5 percent hit more home runs than Berra did during that period. When you add up his position, size, power and plate discipline, Berra is unique in all of baseball’s history.
Some seasons end in championships. Others, losses that make you scratch your head.Some teams show pure dominance in their sport. Others fight just to finish with a winning record.Ohio State sports dabbled in a bit of each of these during the 2013-14 season, as the men’s tennis, men’s lacrosse, pistol and synchronized swimming teams captured at least a share of a conference or National Championship, and redshirt-junior Logan Steiber captured his third-consecutive NCAA wrestling title in addition to senior Joe Totts winning his second individual pistol title.Other squads, like the football, women’s volleyball and men’s basketball teams, all started hot and won at least 12 straight contests to open the season, only to falter down the stretch.Some OSU teams are still battling to the finish off their respective seasons — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s lacrosse, to name a few — but let’s take a moment to look back at the school year that was in OSU athletics. The championsEven though perhaps the most popular sports failed to pick up any championships this past year, other Buckeyes did.The synchronized swimming team won the 2014 U.S. Senior National Championship; the men’s tennis team won its first ever National Team Indoor Title in February and also clinched a share of the Big Ten Title for the ninth straight year. As mentioned before, Steiber won his third consecutive wrestling National Title and the men’s lacrosse team grabbed a share of the regular season ECAC crown after defeating Air Force Saturday, 8-6. The OSU pistol team also snatched its sixth NRA Intercollegiate National Championship March 13. New coachesNumerous programs saw a changing of the guard on their coaching staffs, as men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik and women’s tennis coach Melissa Schaub shed their interim tags and took over on a full-time basis. Rohlik led the Buckeyes to the conference championship game of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament where the Buckeyes fell to Wisconsin in overtime, and Schaub guided her team to an 18-7 regular season record in preparation for the Big Ten Tournament, which is set to commence Thursday.A pair of other coaches — women’s basketball’s Kevin McGuff and diving’s Justin Sochor — also came to OSU prior to their seasons’ starts. Sochor became the next man in line behind Vince Panzano, who retired after 35 years at the helm and McGuff took over for Jim Foster, who was ‘terminated without cause’ March 19, 2013. McGuff’s Buckeyes finished the season 17-18, but made a run to the Big Ten Tournament’s semifinals before falling to Iowa.The OSU Spirit Squad also has a new head coach in Ben Schreiber, who returns to his alma mater after spending five years at the University of Delaware. Schreiber replaces former head coach Lenee Buchman, who was terminated “for cause” Nov. 25 following a sexual harassment investigation involving former coaches and a former cheerleader. The main revenue sportsIn what some fans could consider a down year, the Buckeye football and men’s basketball programs both started off their respective seasons well, with the football team again going 12-0 and Thad Matta’s team ripping off 15 straight wins themselves as the team ascended as high as No. 3 in the polls.But things quickly went south for the hoops squad, as it struggled to score consistently and only won half of its remaining 20 games to close out the season. The Buckeyes fell to Dayton, 60-59, in the NCAA Tournament’s second round, marking the first time in five seasons the Buckeyes failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.“If anything, we’ll look at this and put ourselves in positions of understanding what it takes to win on a consistent basis,” Matta said on his team’s season after the loss to the Flyers. “It’s not just putting on a uniform that says Ohio State, it’s about going out and getting the job done.”It took 739 days for Urban Meyer to experience his first loss as OSU’s football coach — the school officially announced his hire Nov. 29, 2011, and the team ripped off 24 straight wins before losing to Michigan State, 34-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7.After following that loss with another less than a month later — this time to Clemson, 40-35, in the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl Jan. 3 — Meyer wasn’t pleased with how his team finished out the season.“Is this what we expect? No,” Meyer said after the Orange Bowl loss. “We expect top 10 defense at Ohio State, top 10 offense and top 10 special teams, and I don’t believe we accomplished any of those.”OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith said Meyer has got the program in an “outstanding” place, but the team must perform better in the big games.“Every game we have a chance to win, and we were there,” Smith said in an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29. “There’s a lot of teams that wish they had the opportunities to be in those games. We have to perform better when we’re in them, because we don’t want to lose them … I feel good about where we are.”Both programs look to rebound for next season, as Matta brought in two transfers — forward Anthony Lee, from Temple who can play next year and center Trevor Thompson from Virginia Tech, who will sit out the 2014-15 season — to help fill the void. Meyer finalized another top five recruiting class and also added defensive line coach Larry Johnson, from Penn State, and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Chris Ash, from Arkansas, to help bolster the unit. The restMultiple teams are knee-deep in their spring seasons — baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis and track and field — but the women’s rowing team and men’s and women’s golf teams are just getting their seasons going. The rowing team captured OSU’s first women’s NCAA team title in June, and is looking to add another title to the list this year. The men’s soccer team finished the year 5-8-4, while the women’s team was 10-7-3, falling to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in November.Much like the football and men’s basketball programs, the women’s volleyball team started off well only to falter at the end of the year. After winning their first 14 matches this past season, the team finished 18-14. The men’s team fell to IPFW, 3-0, Saturday in the first round of the MIVA Tournament to end its season 11-16.
With goals by Sterling and Rashford in Seville, The Three Lions shocked Spain in a Nations League match that they needed to win in order to stay alive.For the shocking result of the day, we have the England National Team defeating Spain in Seville, The Three Lions hadn’t even scored a goal in Spanish territory since Gary Lineker scored that Poker back in the 80’s at the Santiago Bernabeu.After not being able to win their first two Nations League matches against Spain and Croatia, a win for this match was something that Gareth Southgate’s side desperately needed and they got it thanks to the impressive front three players they have.Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling had a great night, but they would’ve never scored any goals if it wasn’t for Harry Kane’s stellar performance in which he orchestrated every single play where the English got ahead in the scoreboard at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.It was a clash of two vastly different styles of football, but today was proved that any of them when executed correctly can be lethal.Spain dominated ball possession as usual, but Gareth Southgate studied Luis Enrique’s tactics during the first match at Wembley and managed to respond accordingly for this match with a perfect counter-attacking game during the first half.Love it, @sterling7! 🙌#threelions pic.twitter.com/o6EfVYjcff— England (@England) October 15, 2018The Spanish side got the attacking initiative, but they weren’t able to read the game as England did.The Three Lions had a pretty straight-forward strategy, they used their traditional long ball in order to hurt the Spaniards through a counter-attack and they drew first blood early in the game thanks to a definitive Harry Kane pass to Marcus Rashford.The Manchester United striker made the transition from his own pitch to Spain’s and got the pass from Kane with a lot of room to maneuver, he also spotted Raheem Sterling who got the assist with no marker on him and got to score England’s first goal in front of David de Gea without a single obstacle.A lightning-quick counter-attack that gave us a pretty good idea of what we could expect from England, who had all three strikers in top form this evening.The second goal came right before the full half hour arrived, this time Kane delivered the assist to Rashford in another perfect counter-attack and stunned all the Spanish players because they weren’t able to recover from the first blow after the first goal.The English were literally proving that they still wanted to remain alive in the competition, but they weren’t done with their particular exhibition in Seville this evening.Easy as 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣!#threelions pic.twitter.com/kZvyPeXjZLQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— England (@England) October 15, 2018Sterling got another assist to score a brace before the 40th minute, this time he got it from skipper Harry Kane who by this point was already the most valuable player of the match.The English silenced the Benito Villamarin Stadium with that third goal, which was the first setback in Luis Enrique’s spell as the Spain National Team manager.With this partial result, the match went to halftime and we were all expecting a proper reaction from Spain during the second half.It took La Roja nearly 15 minutes to get back in the game, England was very well organized in the back and fought every single divided ball with everything they had.Luis Enrique decided to bring in striker Paco Alcacer who is in great form right now, his impact was fast because he scored a header from a corner kick that got Spain back in the game for a moment.But England’s resilience was just too great and the Spaniards practically lost the match during the first half, coming back from a 3-0 loss is impossible almost every time.Near the final whistle, Sergio Ramos scored Spain’s second goal but he did it during the final injury time minute and the referee decided to end the match right after this second goal from the locals.England is still alive, they need to keep winning their next few matches but they still have chances to qualify after this win.England have become the first team to beat Spain in a competitive international in Spain since Greece in 2003 – 5609 days ago.⚽🇪🇸🏴 pic.twitter.com/62AeplpOIx— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) October 15, 2018Which of the three England goals was your favorite? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 3, 2017 – Providenciales – Congratulations and commendation is extended to two Fire Safety Officers, Mr. Georgie Penn and Mr. Ronnie Simmons, who recently completed a one week course in Fire Investigation at Florida State College in the United States of America. Commenting on their success Fire Chief Mr. William C. Jennings said “The skills and knowledge they the officers gained during this training exercise will undoubtingly be of a great benefit to our team as they serve the community.”Hon. Vaden Williams M.P. and the staff from the Ministry of Home Affairs Transportation and Communication joins the Fire Department in lauding their accomplishments. Hon. Williams added that “enhancing the department’s ability to successfully determine the cause of a fire will go a long in mitigating future events.”Press Release: TCIG