Playing the Saint-Andre way: PlissonThe brutal truth is that Saint-Andre is out of his depth as an international coach, a point rammed home this week by one of his predecessors, Bernard Laporte. Accusing PSA of being in denial, the Toulon director of rugby ridiculed his assertion made in the aftermath of the win over Scotland that France had “dominated” the match. “He’s not a politician,” sneered Laporte. “He isn’t obliged to lie. It’s rugby, it would have been better if he’d told us the truth: that we were lucky, that we played like drains but got away with it.”France have been riding their luck since the start of the championship, from the moment Huget latched on to the end of Plisson’s deflected cross-kick to score 32 seconds into the game against England. It’s time their luck ran out against the Irish, and it’s time the FFR brought down the guillotine on Saint-Andre. CARDIFF, WALES – FEBRUARY 21: Jules Plisson of France runs with the ball during the RBS Six Nations match between Wales and France at the Millennium Stadium on February 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All gone to his head: Philippe Saint-Andre takes a moment to compose himself during France training this weekBy Gavin MortimerFrance have to do more than just win against Ireland on Saturday. They have to win well. Only then will the press get off their backs; only then will fans start believing Philippe Saint-Andre knows what he’s doing; only then will the country begin to look forward with confidence to next year’s World Cup.On a walk: Tighthead prop Nicolas Mas with FranceFor the moment the mood in France is grim. The media and the squad are at each other’s throats, as seen on Tuesday when prop Nicolas Mas stormed out of a press conference, while from the sidelines the public looks on, their anger evident from the tone of the messages left on the websites of L’Equipe and Midi Olympique. “Even Italy are better to watch these days,” muttered one.It’s a strange state of affairs given that France are joint leaders of the Championship with three wins from four, and still in with a shout of winning their first title since 2010 should they beat Ireland and England slip up in Rome. Last year France managed only two wins the whole year. Zut! We’re only in March and they’ve already won three.But the French public aren’t fools. Ninety one percent of the 14,000 people polled by Midi Olympique this week believed Scotland deserved to win last weekend and not their boys who sneaked home thanks to Yoann Huget’s interception try. Before that there was the humiliation in Cardiff, where France’s 27-6 defeat was their heaviest in Wales since 1950, and before that unconvincing wins against Italy and England where France played well for 15 minutes of the first half against the English and 15 minutes of the second half against Italy. And that’s just about been the sum of their Six Nations – two short spells of quality rugby in 320 minutesAs usual, it’s the English who are partly to blame for French angst, though this time Perfidious Albion is only indirectly at fault. Why, French fans have been asking this week, have England travelled so far in Stuart Lancaster’s tenure while their team, in the same period, have gone so far in the other direction?When Saint-Andre became national coach at the end of 2011 the French were excited. Here was a man to put the joie de vivre back into the national team after Marc Lievremont’s dour reign. They believed France would throw off the shackles imposed by the former Test flanker and play with the dash that characterised Saint-Andre’s career. Thirty two tries in 69 Tests – only Serge Blanco and Vincent Clerc have dotted down more times than Saint-Andre in French internationals.The chap in charge: Stuart LancasterAs the French rubbed their hands in glee, so England fans were busy scratching their heads and wondering who this chap Stuart Lancaster was. Hardly a household name in the rugby world when appointed asEngland coach in early 2012, never even won a cap for his country. But Lancaster is a coach; he coaches players, something that his predecessor – Martin Johnson – was unable to do and a skill that increasingly looks beyond the ken of Saint-Andre. There has been much discussion this week in France about Saint-Andre’s role, with suggestions he is more comfortable managing than coaching. In Monday’s Midi Olympique the paper said “his speeches confuse the squad” and for sure there’s not much coherency to the way France have played in his 25 Tests, of which they’ve won just eleven.Jules Plisson is the embodiment of what Les Bleus have become under Saint-Andre; two months ago he was an attacking, daring fly-half who played close to the gain-line. Against Scotland he was a shadow of that player, a timid creature sitting deep, bereft of decision and direction. Now he’s been dropped from the team to play Ireland, replaced by Remi Tales, a workmanlike fly-half seven years Plisson’s senior.In announcing the team to play Ireland Saint-Andre has made four changes to the side that beat Scotland, which means that in the 2014 Six Nations France’s starting XVs have featured 27 different players. England have started with seventeen different players in their five matches and both changes – David Wilson for Dan Cole and Ben Morgan for Billy Vunipola – were enforced by injury.Saint-Andre appears to have no clear idea of his best team despite the fact that the World Cup is now perilously close. Contrast his position with that of Lancaster, who has two-thirds of his starting XV inked in for England’s opening game of the tournament on September 18 next year.If France lose to Ireland the pressure on Saint-Andre will become so great that something will give: either he’ll jump or he’ll be pushed. The litany of excuses that he trotted out last season about player access and too many league games are old hat; prior to the start of the SixNations France had an unprecedented week-long training camp, and what has that achieved?
July 14 – A nationwide election for local offices in 278 municipalities across South Africa is taking place Aug. 3. South African officials recently announced the formation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Elections, which is preparing for the fourth such election since 1994 when the first nonracial vote was held on a national level, bringing the African National Congress (ANC) to power.The IMC is led by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des van Rooyen, who is in charge of facilitating these tasks. The committee monitors the efficient conducting of the elections and guarantees that all registered voters are able to fully participate in a safe and impartial atmosphere.An Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) is responsible for providing information on the ballot’s terms and ensuring that necessary materials are printed and distributed to centers across the country. Candidates running on behalf of political parties and as individuals are contesting seats in councilor bodies and mayoral offices.In a statement issued by the South African government on June 10, spokesperson Taksani Baloyi said: “We are now left with less than two months to ensure that we have free and fair 2016 local government elections. This, whilst we are awaiting an important Constitutional Court decision on the clarification of the challenges relating to citizens and households without formal addresses.”More than 200 political parties and nearly 1,000 independent candidates are appearing on ballots in the municipal elections, says the IEC. The commission has already announced that the number of participants in the August poll represents an increase of 69 percent compared to that in the 2011 elections.The Rand Daily Mail said June 8: “South Africa has seen a relatively steady growth in the number of political parties contesting municipal elections since 2000. In that year‚ … 79 political parties … contested the various municipalities. Six years later that number grew 23% to 97 — and it grew a further 25% between 2006 and 2011.”The report continues, “The 2016 Municipal Elections will see a record number of political parties contesting the eight metropolitan municipalities‚ 205 local municipalities and 44 district councils. A total of 204 political parties submitted candidate lists by last week’s deadline — almost 69% more than the 122 which contested in 2011. The Western Cape will have the highest number of parties contesting (77), followed by Limpopo (56)‚ Gauteng (45) and the Eastern Cape (43). The smallest number of parties will contest in the Northern Cape (18).”ANC escalates campaignThe ruling ANC is facing challenges from the largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, and the smaller Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).The ANC Women’s League called upon the party to run at least 50 percent women candidates on Aug. 3. A list of mayoral candidates will be released by June 17. (Eyewitness News, June 13)The ANC held a rally at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on June 4 to launch its manifesto for the upcoming elections and to mobilize tens of thousands of supporters.During the manifesto’s launch, Paul Mashatile, Gauteng provincial ANC chairperson, stressed that supporters should conduct peaceful campaigns, adhering to IEC rules on avoiding violence. He told the crowd that the concerns of youth would be high on the party agenda. He also said he was confident that the ANC would win in all Gauteng metropolitan areas.Additionally, Mashatile pledged that the delivery of municipal services will be improved in upcoming weeks and months. There has been an upsurge in violence at demonstrations about municipal services. These actions have created a potentially volatile atmosphere which could impact the character and outcome of the elections.Bloomberg reported June 6: “The lead-up to South Africa’s local elections in August has turned increasingly violent as poor communities use the campaign as leverage to demand better living standards and politicians vie for control of the 278 municipalities.”The article continued, “Communities staged 70 protests against a lack of decent housing, education and other services in the first four months of the year, up from 44 in the same period last year, according to Municipal IQ, which monitors the municipalities. Perceptions that the authorities only respond to grievances when demonstrations turn violent is fueling the unrest, according to Kevin Allan, the research company’s managing director.”In KwaZulu-Natal Province, violent clashes occurred between supporters of the ANC and the rival EFF, headed by expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. Stones were thrown at Malema when he attempted to speak in May at a rally at Richards Bay, north of Durban. Police fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse ANC and EFF supporters. EFF leaders claimed the ANC was attempting to prevent their organization from campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal, a charge the ruling party rejected.Economic crisis continuesThis election is taking place amid an economic decline in the country, which is exemplified in a recent Standard & Poor credit evaluation, which designates the country as just one level above junk bond status.On June 3, the ANC posted on its website that the party sought to place a positive spin on the S&P evaluation, stressing: “The decision is a reward for the collective efforts of all South Africans doing everything to put South Africa first in placing our case before the rating agencies. The President and the Minister of Finance have been working with a number of CEOs and the labor movement in trying to turn the economy around and building confidence in the economy. This comes shortly after Moody’s confirmed confidence in our economy.”Unemployment is rising throughout the country and the value of the national currency, the rand, has been falling.Increasing wariness of WashingtonUncertainty about relations with Washington was fueled over the last few days after the U.S. Embassy issued a warning, saying South Africa could be a target for an Islamic State attack. The ANC government refuted the security advisory, saying there were no credible threats.Relations between the U.S. and South Africa have been strained since late last year when the Obama administration temporarily suspended Pretoria from a preferential trade agreement based on the African Growth & Opportunity Act. Earlier this year, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe accused the U.S. of plotting regime change inside the country.These sentiments are shared by neighboring states. On June 10, in the state-run Zimbabwe Herald newspaper, correspondent Christopher Farai Charamba wrote: “One must be critical of these alerts. The South African government has labelled the information ‘dubious and unsubstantiated.’ Should this be the case then what motive would the U.S. have to issue this second alert?”Charamba continued: “In 2013 there were reports that the Botswana government, member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), had given the American military permission to start construction of facilities inside the Thebephatshwa air base in Gaborone. This was seen as the first step in plans to relocate the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from Stuttgart, Germany, to the Southern African country.“Under the guise of the war on terror the USA has invaded countries, disposed governments, established military bases in a number of countries,” emphasized Charamba. “With these new alerts in what is arguably one of the most peaceful regions in the world, SADC countries should be skeptical of U.S. intentions.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet News May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Valov’s lawyer, Alexander Popkov, said he did not rule out that Valov may have stabbed himself in protest against the conditions in which he is being held, but he was not yet in a position to confirm this. Valov has no problems with his fellow detainees but his repeated insistence of respect for his rights has provoked a certain animosity among the prison guards, Popkov added. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. On the eve of the FIFA World Cup, RSF launched a campaign for the release of all the journalists and bloggers imprisoned in Russia, including Valov. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption At yesterday’s hearing in the southwestern city of Sochi, at which Valov’s detention was extended for the third time since his arrest in January, a prosecutor said Valov stabbed himself in the stomach with a pen last week and, although no longer in hospital, could not attend on medical grounds. Follow the news on Russia Receive email alerts News Organisation News News June 19, 2018 Russia: Injured Sochi blogger’s detention extended yet again Related documents cp_valov_19-06-2018_rus.pdfPDF – 60.39 KB Help by sharing this information “Whether Alexander Valov stabbed himself in a moment of despair or someone else stabbed him, this is extremely serious and needs a full investigation,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Meanwhile, the lack of any progress in the case against this blogger shows that his detention is a punitive measure designed to silence him. We call for his immediate release.” RSF_en RSF_EECA Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown In April, Popkov reported that Valov’s electronic messaging and social network accounts had been pirated by persons apparently using the SIM card that was confiscated from him. His BlogSochi website has not been accessible since the end of March because hackers deleted all of its contents, according to the site’s former administrator. to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Alexander Valov, a blogger whose provisional detention was extended for another month at a hearing yesterday although the investigation has stalled and Valov did not attend the hearing because of a stomach injury sustained in unclear circumstances. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Well-known for frequent blog posts critical of leading Sochi figures, Valov continues to be charged with trying to extort money from Yury Napso, a Sochi representative in the Russian parliament, although the investigation has not progressed and has yet to produce any evidence of his guilt. May 21, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in Russian The defence has also denounced many procedural flaws that the court has not taken into account. June 2, 2021 Find out more
May 12, 2021 Find out more March 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sentence called for in Gaddafi libel trial condemned as outrageous News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the heavy sentence demanded on appeal against Ali Fodil and Naïla Berrahal, respectively managing editor and journalist on the Arabic-language daily Ech-Chourouk, for allegedly defaming Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi.The prosecutor at the Algiers appeal court on 21 March called for a one-year prison sentence and 500,000 dinars (5,300 euros) fine against the two journalists along with a one-year ban on the newspaper.The libel suit against the two journalists was taken out in the name of the Libyan leader at the start of October 2006, by the Libyan representative in Algiers. It cited two articles, carried by the newspaper in August which referred to tensions in the region having been raised by Gaddafi’s involvement in discussions with the Tuareg community in Algeria.The Libyan leader challenged the truth of the articles, which he said had personally “damaged” him, the Libyan state and the security of both Algeria and Libya.A lower court in Hussein-Dey in the eastern Algiers suburbs sentenced the journalists on 31 October 2006 to six months in prison, fines of 20,000 dinars (220 euros) and 500,000 dinars (5,300 euros) in damages. The judge based the sentence on Article 144a of the criminal code relating to defamation of a head of state, an offence punishable by 12 months in prison. The court also ordered a two-month closure of the daily.Ali Fodil and Naïla Berrahal appealed against the sentence, which their lawyer, Khaled Bergheul, described as “very harsh in relation to the facts”. Sentence was adjourned, allowing the journalists to remain free while awaiting the appeal. The court in Algiers is due to hand down its sentence on 4 April.“Algerian journalists work without protection. The terms of the press law, which the authorities refuse to amend, are vague and capable of being interpreted according to the decision of individual judges,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Journalists are not treated fairly by the courts, which continue to serve the interests of the government,” it concluded. May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria Receive email alerts to go further News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections April 29, 2021 Find out more Organisation
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Westmeath2119236.6210 Kerry<5324.436 Cork432248.4263 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR **County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 31 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) Google+ Twitter Facebook Mayo151085.8112 761 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic today, with 18 additional Covid related deaths reported.There were 14 new cases in Donegal, which now has a 14 day incidence rate of 281.4 cases per 100,000 people, substantially higher than the national figure of 164.9.No new Covid related deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland today, with 107 new cases confirmed this afternoon.Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThe Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19.Of the deaths reported today 11 occurred in March and 7 occurred in February. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 59 - 95 years.There has been a total of 4,705 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight, Wednesday 31st March, the HPSC has been notified of 761 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 236,600* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.Of the cases notified today:383 are men / 373 are women72% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 33 years old372 in Dublin, 55 in Meath, 43 in Cork, 40 in Kildare, 38 in Offaly and the remaining 213 cases are spread across 19 other counties**. 590,688 people have received their first dose228,988 people have received their second dose Kilkenny0138.338 Monaghan6560.337 WhatsApp Longford54203.183 Roscommon<53113.173 ~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers. Dublin372223247.63,336 Donegal1424281.4448 the 7-day incidence rate is 81.6the 5-day moving average is 536 Google+ Tipperary1616163.6261 * Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed case. The figure of 236,000 confirmed cases reflects this. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Cavan1112160.2122 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Galway2016104.6270 761 new cases of Covid 19, 14 in Donegal Carlow<5377.344 As of 8am today, 274 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.As of March 29th 2021, 819,676 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Meath5530222433 Laois1615210.2178 Clare<5655.566 Louth2716162.2209 Sligo<5042.728 Homepage BannerNews Ireland761536164.97,851 Limerick2818105.7206 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic CountyToday's cases (to midnight 31Mar2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 31Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (18Mar2021 to 31Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (18Mar2021 to 31Mar2021) Offaly3824509.2397 Previous articleNews, Sport, Farm News and Obituaries on Thursday April 1stNext articleOllie Horgan hoping reality doesn’t hit at Drogheda News Highland Pinterest Wicklow09101.8145 By News Highland - April 1, 2021 Leitrim<5268.722 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Kildare4034220.2490 Waterford74103.3120 Wexford1114149.6224 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSEACAUCUS, N.J.-Per a Monday announcement, the NBA confirmed it will allow in-person draft workouts.In news from ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony, each team will get 10 live workouts with draft-eligible players.These include former BYU power forward Yoeli Childs and former Utah State star shooting guard Sam Merrill.From October 16-November 16, teams may schedule ten visits of up to 4.5 hours with draft-eligible players for the purpose of in-person evaluations, interviews or medical evaluation per a statement from Givony.Givony also said all teams will be permitted to send three team personnel representatives and one physician to the city where a prospective draft pick resides.Furthermore, Givony said draft-eligible players may also host multiple teams at their workouts.However, the team’s attendance would count toward one of their 10 workouts.In addition to notifying the league of their intention to view a player’s workout, teams must show they have tested negative for covid-19 leading up to the visit.Givony said “test results for team personnel must be provided to the league office for verification.”The NBA will still conduct a virtual draft combine over the coming weeks as the top players in the draft report to league markets.They will undergo medical examinations, physical measurements, athletic testing, interviews and basketball activities.The 2020 NBA Draft is slated for November 18. October 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local NBA To Allow In-Person Draft Workouts Written by Tags: NBA Brad James
The University of Oxford has risen to fourth of 117 universities in the newly released rankings of 2016 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, up one place from fifth last year.Loughborough University tops this year’s survey, rising from second last year. New entrant Harper Adams University and the University of Sheffield take second and third places, respectively, with Sheffield retaining the same position as last year. Last year’s table topper University of Bath has dropped to fifth, while Cambridge has dropped five places to ninth.The survey is entirely student-based. Over 15,000 undergraduates at 117 institutions took the survey, ranking their universities in 21 student-suggested attributes. These attributes range from quality of tuition and course structure to social experience, communal atmosphere and quality of facilities. Oxford has come first, or joint first, in several individual measures, namely “High quality staff/lectures”, “Helpful/interested staff”, “Good community atmosphere” and “Personal requirements catered for”. Some students believe that Oxford’s performance in the survey does it justice. A second-year Oriel undergraduate remarked that “there is something for everyone” in Oxford and that Oxford has “a good community atmosphere” and “amazing” tutors. Some others, however, think otherwise and feel that Oxford’s rather high ranking is not reflective of their experiences at Oxford. “Half of my tutors do not prepare for our tutorial[s] at all. Work is not marked and [those tutors] are clearly not familiar with the problem sheets [they give us]”, complained a second-year Christ Church Mathematics undergraduate. He also notably singled out the Iffley Sports Complex as being a “disappointing” facility with “poor ventilation and crowdedness”“I’ve found Oxford to be extremely satisfying in terms of intellectual growth, but not as satisfying in terms of feeling as a part of the university”, said a Wycliffe Hall postgraduate. He attributed the lack of a sense of community to the “decentralized system of having separate colleges with their respective traditions”A Magdalen postgraduate told Cherwell that while it is good to see that Oxford is perceived in the survey as having provided “a rich and nourishing student experience”, issues that cause some students to have “largely negative and even painful experiences of their times here” should not be overlooked.The Media and Information Office of Oxford has declined to comment on Oxford’s performance, with its spokesperson telling Cherwell that the Office is “not in the habit of commenting on league tables, mainly because there are just so many of them.”OUSU President Becky Howe and the Oxford branch of Student Minds, a prominent student mental health charity, were also unavailable for comment.