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50-up for Bok coach Jake White

first_img28 September 2007When South Africa takes to the field in their final Rugby World Cup Pool A match against the United States in Montpellier on Sunday, Jake White will reach the 50-match milestone as Springbok coach, the first man to achieve the feat.A victory over the Americans would lift White’s winning percentage to 64 percent, third among coaches since South Africa rejoined world rugby in 1992. Difficult startWhen the former Jeppe schoolmaster took over the reins of the Springbok side, it was at a low point in the team’s fortunes; they had exited the 2003 World Cup at the quarterfinals’ stage, beaten 29-9 by New Zealand, and the Boks’ image was under the spotlight after the controversial Kamp Staaldraad became public knowledge.White, though, was eager to take on the challenge of one of the toughest coaching jobs in South Africa, assuming a position that had claimed a fair number of victims, as coaches left the post before their contracts were up.One of his first messages to the players was that they were going to win the World Cup in 2007. Now, four years on, and after nearly having lost his job at the end of 2006, White is in charge of a confident team, one that many experts believe is the only side capable of challenging New Zealand for World Cup glory.Outstanding performancesWith the quarterfinals approaching, two matches stand out as outstanding performances at the 2007 World Cup: the All Blacks’ 76-14 humbling of Italy, and, arguably more impressive, the Springboks’ 36-0 whitewash of defending champions England.The Kiwis, in their win, showed a fantastic cutting edge, while South Africa, in their victory, exhibited powerful, controlled, and focused form.The lightly-regarded Americans, winless so far, and facing what is close to a full strength Bok line-up, aren’t expected to cause White’s men many problems. The coach has his team in the exact position he wants them to be in, and a win will likely mean a match against Wales in the last eight.PlayoffsShould South Africa beat the Welsh – and they have previously lost only once to Wales – they will tackle either France or Argentina in the semi-finals.The French have provided the Springboks with some tough matches in the past, but the Pumas have never beaten them, although the South American Jaguars, comprised most of Argentinian players, once beat the Boks 21-12 in Bloemfontein in 1982, with the legendary Hugo Porta scoring all his team’s points.Sunday’s match will be only the third between South Africa and the USA. In the two previous encounters, SA won 38-7 in 1981 and 43-20 in 2001, both times on American soil.Team selectionCoach White and his fellow selectors have opted for a lineup that closely mirrors the one that overpowered England.There is one change in the backline, with Akona Ndungane getting his first run of the tournament after overcoming a chest injury. He replaces JP Pietersen, who moves to the bench.Up front, Schalk Burger returns to action, having served his two-match ban for a dangerous tackle against Samoa. He, however, won’t be in action in his regular position on the flank. Instead, he will pack down at number-eight.Juan Smith, his regular partner at flank, will join forces with the industrious Wikus van Heerden.Albert van den BergIn a somewhat surprising move, White has opted to break up the Blue Bulls’ dominating second row, selecting Victor Matfield, but partnering him with Albert van den Berg and not Bakkies Botha.Van den Berg, who made his Springbok debut way back in 1999 against New Zealand, will win his 50th Springbok cap.Os du Randt, when he takes on the Eagles, will have played against more countries than any other Springbok; it will be the 18th nation he faces, breaking a tie with Joost van der Westhuizen.First-choice teamIn the Boks’ last outing, a 30-25 victory over Tonga, it became clear that there is a distinct difference between the first-choice lineup and the second-choice team, especially when one remembers the struggles of a similar selection against Irish side Connacht, a match that SA won only 18-0.The bench, boasting an incredible 311 caps, helped quell the Tongan bid to upset the hierarchy of world rugby, and all the players who served as substitutes in that match will start on Sunday. In total, there are 586 caps among the starters and 185 among the reserves.Starting FifteenPercy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana, Butch James Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Wikus van Heerden, Victor Matfield, Albert van den Berg, BJ Botha, John Smit (c), and Os du RandtBenchBismarck du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Bakkies Botha, Bob Skinstad, Ruan Pienaar, Andre Pretorius, and JP Pietersen Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Ray Parks signs with Blackwater Elite

first_imgADVERTISEMENT LeBron James defends Like Walton record amid job speculation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MANILA, Philippines–Ray Parks on Tuesday officially signed with the Blackwater Elite, as per his agent Charlie Dy. Dimaunahan also said Parks’ winning attitude and athleticism are just some of the things Blackwater needs to turn its fortunes around.The 6-foot-4 guard just recently wrapped up his third season with Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League.Parks won an ABL title and two ABL Local MVPs during his stint with Alab.The 26-year-old Parks is expected to join Blackwater in practice after the Holy Week as he takes a much needed break from basketball.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Parks, who selected second overall by the Elite in the 2018 PBA Draft four months ago, ended speculations about his next move.Dy posted a photo of Parks’ contract signing with team governor Siliman Sy on his Instagram account Tuesday.The deal is reportedly worth P2 million for the remainder of this season.Signed.— Bobby Ray Parks Jr. (@ray1parks) April 9, 2019ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View commentslast_img read more

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New Online Courses To Create Safer Sporting Environments

first_imgTwo new interactive training courses are now available online to help create safer, fairer and more inclusive environments for all people involved in sport. The Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) course and Complaint Handling course have been developed through the Play by the Rules partnership and complement the existing ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Discrimination and Harassment’ modules which are also available online.“Member Protection Information Officers are an important resource in sport,” Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Officer, Simon Hollingsworth said.“They are responsible for providing information and support in regards to a person’s rights, responsibilities and options when a complaint or concern is raised in any sports environment.“This new training package will ensure that the knowledge and expertise required for this role is fully supported and maintained.”The MPIO course features seven online modules: MPIO Introduction, The MPIO Role, Complaint Resolution Procedures, Member Protection and the Law, Child Protection, Harassment and Discrimination and Ethical and Practical Considerations.The course also includes a three-hour face-to-face workshop, which will be delivered through state/territory departments of sport and recreation. The online and face-to-face components of the course are free.The Complaint Handling course features more specific information about the complaints process, including how to mediate and investigate complaints.Play by the Rules Co-chairs, Craig Martin and Helen Szoke, said: “These courses will not only assist sport to manage and resolve member issues and concerns, its greatest value will be in the development of expertise that can promote and create a positive club/sport culture for current and future members.”All of the courses have been developed in consultation with sports experts who work in these areas. They are succinct, user-friendly and feature case studies, practical scenarios and incorporate the latest interactive technology.For more information, please click on the following link to be directed to the Integrity in Sport section of the Australia Sports Commission’s website: Related LinksNew Online Courseslast_img read more

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a month agoAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Verona

first_imgAC Milan coach Giampaolo admits ‘much to improve’ after beating Veronaby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan coach Marco Giampaolo refused to get carried away after their 1-0 defeat of Hellas Verona.Mariusz Stepinski saw red in the first-half, but Milan only edged the game thanks to a Krzysztof Piatek penalty.“The team is working well, is finding its balance and I know there are some strengths and weaknesses, but I work to improve the individuals and the teams,” Giampaolo told Sky Sport Italia.“Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, there is no perfect side. I like the effort and passion we put into the game, then errors can happen.“The team played well in the second half, with the right approach and precision. A team that defends with 10 men in their final third are difficult to break down. Verona played their honest defensive game and we were constantly pushing forward. We didn’t do it perfectly and of course there is plenty to work on and improve, but the victory helps us to work.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tourists rescued from Karnatakas floodhit Hampi heritage site

first_imgBengaluru: As many as 365 tourists, including 100 from overseas, were rescued from the world famous Hampi heritage site in Karnataka, as heavy rains and flash floods stranded them over the last 2-3 days, an official said on Tuesday. “The Indian Air Force (IAF) crew airlifted the marooned tourists in MI-17 helicopter and the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Dhruv, in batches from a guest house near the Virupapura gadde (island) temple at the Hampi heritage site to the Vijayanagar airport between Hospet and Ballari towns in the state’s northwest region over the last two days,” the official told IANS here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Located on the south bank of the Tunga-Bhadra joint rivers, the Unesco recognised heritage site, dotted with ruins and monuments from the 14th century Vijayanagara empire, including the 7th century Virupaksha temple, was inundated after the authorities released excess water from the nearby dam. Hampi in the rich-mining district of Ballari is about 340 km northwest of Bengaluru. “As the 20 km road connectivity to the heritage site from Hospet town was flooded and damaged, the tourists had to be airlifted in turns as they were stranded in a state-run guest house near the temple on an island,” said the official. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K With the southwest monsoon being active since August 1, heavy rains in the catchment areas of the Tunga and Bhadra rivers in the state’s Malnad region filled the reservoir to the brim where the two rivers join near Hospet. “As 2.5-lakh cusecs of water were released from the TB dam since Saturday, the ancient monuments, temple complexes and the market places (bazars) were flooded when the overflowing water breached the banks and entered the ruins,” recalled the official. The choppers were also used to airlift four National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel to safety as they were stuck on the rocks that were submerged by the swirling waters. Other historical places at Hampi, including Purndara mantapa (canopy) and Chola mantapa were submerged while Kampli fort and Anjaneyaswamy temple were flooded due to the TB river overflowing. Hundreds of tourists and pilgrims were also rescued by the state and national disaster response forces from flood-hit Pattadakal in the neighbouring Bagalkot district, which has an another Unesco recognised world heritage site for its 7th-8th century Hindu and Jain temples and monuments. State Tourism Secretary, T.K. Sunil Kumar, however, clarified that there was no damage to the monuments and temples at both the heritage sites due to inundation by the rain water or flooding due to overflowing of the river water. “Measures have been taken to clear the water from the heritage sites by pumping it from the complexes and making ways for reversing the flow back to the river or diverting it in open areas or fields,” Kumar told reporters here. Pattadakal, about 440 km northwest of the state capital (Bengaluru) is one of the prime tourist and religious destinations in the southern state. “Pattadakal is a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the northern and southern India and an illustration of eclectic art. The Hindu temples are dedicated to Shiva, with elements of Vaishnavism and Shaktism fused,” said Unesco for declaring it a world heritage site.last_img read more

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Crucial detail left out of Ontarios new child welfare legislation

first_imgKanina Sue Turtle, left, Courtney Scott and Amy Owen all died within six months of each other while living in Ontario group homes between October 2016 and April 2017. They were just a few of the Indigenous children placed in care at the time.Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen the Ontario government passed new legislation on child welfare last year it required that the province’s 49 children’s aid societies start collecting race-based data for the first time.That collection was to begin Feb. 5 and as APTN News reported last week not a single society has submitted any statistics to the ministry of Children and Youth Services.Turns out there are a number of reasons for this and perhaps the most important is the province never required societies to actually submit the data.“Despite the policy directive and requirement to collect the data, which Children’s Aid Societies are fulfilling, there is no requirement to report data to the Ministry,” said Sean McGrady, a spokesperson for the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies in an email to APTN Friday.McGrady did say the societies are collecting the data as required under the legislation.Related: Three First Nations girls died in Ontario group homes in last 6 monthsThis new data collection was touted by the previous Liberal government, in fact the former minister, Michael Coteau, came on APTN’s Nation to Nation in February and said it was the “most comprehensive piece of legislation” for child protection.“We know it will allow us to make better decisions,” Coteau said of the data collection.But he failed to mention there was no requirement to submit it.He also said a network, that was first developed several years ago, would allow societies to submit the data.Turns out that network, known as the Child Protection Information Network (CPIN), lacks certain functions and not all societies are using it all these years later according to McGrady.“CPIN does not currently have the ability to produce a report on the race-based data being collected by Children’s Aid Societies. We are eager for the Ministry to create this reporting function,” said McGrady.“Children’s Aid Societies want to begin analyzing the data to enhance their response and services to diverse communities.”While McGrady answered questions almost immediately, APTN had a difficult time getting responses from the ministry.In fact, it’s common to wait days for an answer to a single question.On Friday, before McGrady had contacted APTN, the ministry responded to previous questions pertaining to why the ministry wasn’t requiring the societies to submit the data. (At that point APTN didn’t know there was no requirement).“The ministry expects to review the initial data collected in early 2019,” said spokesperson Trell Huether in an email.But the ministry also said of the 49 societies just 30 were using the network.APTN asked why that was the case.“By 2020, all non-Indigenous societies are expected to be on the Child Protection Information Network,” said Huether. “Societies not yet on the Child Protection Information Network are to start collecting this data once they “go live” on the network.”See also: Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group homeThe remaining societies are Indigenous, that are mandated by the province.“The ministry is in discussions with Indigenous partners to develop a plan with respect to the Child Protection Information Network,” said Huether.APTN followed up asking why, if the legislation requires data collection, why wasn’t it mandatory for the societies to submit the data.There hasn’t been an response, other than the ministry is working on an answer.Meanwhile, McGrady said Wednesday the societies are working with the province.“Although the timing for the first report to the Ministry is under discussion, the plan is for reporting to the Ministry to be done on a quarterly basis in the future,” he said.In depth: Child welfare agency suspected First Nations girls were planning suicidesOntario has never tracked the kids in child protective services by race and recent statistics put the total number of kids in care at about 14,500 by the Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies.But that number in tallied from 41 of the societies. It’s not a complete picture of the total amount, regardless of race.So where is the starting point? How do you fund culturally appropriate programs for Indigenous kids if you don’t know where they are?Those are questions the office of the Ontario Child Advocate has been asking for many years.“Any of these regulations for this new legislation and any of the policies following through for children and youth in the province have to be done based on knowing who the kids are, knowing where the kids are, knowing what conditions those kids are in,” Trevor McAlmont, director of advocacy services with the Child Advocate, said last week.The Child Advocate is an independent office that is directed to look out for the best interests of children in care.“So if we don’t know that and we don’t start there then it’s problematic,” McAlmont said.As for there being no requirement to submit the data, a spokesperson for the Child Advocate said they were unaware.APTN continues to wait for the ministry to respond to additional questions.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Foreigner held for taking photos of Victoria Memorial using drone

first_imgKolkata: A Chinese national has been arrested at the Hastings police station for allegedly clicking pictures of Victoria Memorial and Fort William using a drone on Saturday afternoon.He was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Kolkata at the Bankshall Court on Sunday and was granted police custody till March 25. According to sources, on Saturday afternoon Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel engaged in Victoria Memorial’s security spotted a drone on the premises. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAfter a few minutes, some CISF personnel identified the Chinese national as Li Zhiwei. Zhiwei was controlling the drone using a remote control. When he was intercepted, the accused allegedly tried to escape. But CISF personnel were able to detain him soon. After he was detained, the drone was checked thoroughly and found that it had captured pictures of several parts of Victoria Memorial. CISF personnel also found some pictures of Fort William, which is adjacent to Victoria. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaDuring interrogation, it was found that the accused Chinese national had came to Kolkata on Friday night from China via Malaysia. On Saturday he went to Victoria Memorial. Later, Central Industrial Security Force handed him over to Hastings police station and lodged a complaint against him. Police have started a probe and interrogating him to know about his intentions. Question arose that being a foreign national if he was unaware about that using a drone to take pictures of such facilities is illegal, why he tried to escape when CISF personnel asked him to stop and surrender. Sources informed that the information of the arrest has been conveyed to the Chinese Consulate.last_img read more

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Plaxico Burress Wants To Become A Cam Newton Target

Receiver Plaxico Burress said in a radio interview earlier this week that, “no doubt about it,” he wants to play next season for the Carolina Panthers, who are quarterbacked by last year’s rookie of the year, Cam Newton.But Burress has received calls from other NFC South teams, the Panthers haven’t called yet, he told WFNZ in Charlotte on Monday.“My brother lives right there in Charlotte, my cousin lives there in Charlotte, and all my family is there in Columbia, South Carolina. It would just be a great situation all the way around and being close to everybody.“Not just that, but playing with Cam, who I think is one of the top five quarterbacks in all of football, and as long as I can remember, Steve Smith,  has been one of my favorites. I just think it’s a great situation.”Burress told WFNZ that NFL teams are interested in him but he hasn’t found the right fit. In February, Burress had expressed a strong desire to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, but there apparently doesn’t seem to be a match between the team and receiver, as he remains unsigned.“I just want to put myself in a position to go out and have success and to make the guys around me better and obviously play with a quarterback who can really play the position,” Burress said. “It’s just about me picking my spots and seeing where I’m a good fit. You just look at a situation like Carolina. You can’t come across a better situation than that.”Burress returned to the NFL last season after missing two seasons thanks to a prison sentence for accidentally shooting himself in the leg at a nightclub.Burress, 34, tied for the Jets’ lead with eight touchdown receptions but never really clicked with quarterback Mark Sanchez, finishing with 612 yards and 45 receptions. read more