What’s Hot and What’s Not from the World Cup Quarter-finals

first_imgJacob Whitehead reflects on the good, the bad and the downright ugly from the weekend’s last-eight ties On the attack: Henry Slade breaks against Australia (Getty Images,) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Their triumphs over Ireland – the number one team in the world for a brief period a few weeks ago – and a Scottish side scrapping for survival were achieved by playing a swashbuckling style, which revealed their core skills to be as good as any side on the planet. Joseph’s team showed coherency, courage and class.Welsh super-sub Tomos WilliamsTomos Williams’s fast feet shone in Wales’ win over Fiji, but the replacement scrum-half made an even bigger impact on Sunday against France. Not content with stepping five defenders in a space the size of a garden shed, his crowning glory came with five minutes of the game remaining.France struggled with seven men in the scrum after Sebastien Vahaamahina’s sending off and the otherwise impressive Charles Ollivon was forced to fill in at the back in a vital scrum. He tried to corral the ball from the base but was immediately set upon by the rabid Williams.Fast feet: Tomos Williams tries to outfox the French defence (Getty Images)The ball popped out like a champagne cork and Wales duly celebrated Ross Moriarty’s try, putting them into their third World Cup semi-final.Gareth Davies has an iron-cast grip on the No 9 shirt, but if Wales are down on the scoreboard again, don’t discount Warren Gatland putting his in-form back-up on early – and expect him to make an impact.New Zealand’s Mo’unga-Barrett combinationBack in early August, in the last round of the Rugby Championship, New Zealand fell to their joint-record loss, a 47-26 defeat by a rampant Australia. They had drawn the game before with South Africa and questions about the All Black back-line were flying around the streets of Auckland and Wellington.These games were significant because they marked the first time Crusaders fly-half Richie Mo’unga had combined with Beauden Barrett, World Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. Barrett – one of the most dynamic fly-halves the game has ever seen – was moved to full-back to accommodate Mo’unga. It was a big call, and one that didn’t seem to work for the majority of the summer, but it has clicked this World Cup. Excellent against South Africa, the pair were sumptuous in New Zealand’s 46-14 win over Ireland.Mo’unga was a puppet-master extraordinaire, driving the All Blacks around the field to set Barrett free in dangerous areas. His range of kicking is simply wonderful and seems to have removed the yoke from Barrett, who is looking more dangerous than ever in his free role. England watch out.WHAT’S NOTJoe Schmidt’s All Blacks coaching chancesA year ago Ireland seemed to be the best team in world rugby. They were Grand Slam champions having humbled England at Twickenham, had won an away Test series in Australia and defeated New Zealand in Dublin.When in December Steve Hansen announced he’d step down as New Zealand coach after the World Cup, Joe Schmidt was one of the first names on observers’ lips. Schmidt himself had announced he’d leave Ireland after the World Cup and it seemed a marriage made in heaven.Two wise men: Coaches Steve Hansen and Joe Schmidt (Getty Images)However, Ireland’s stuttering Six Nations, shock loss to Japan and cataclysmic defeat by New Zealand has taken just a little shine of Schmidt’s reign. To put it bluntly, will a team with such a habit of winning as the All Blacks take what now represents a chance on Schmidt?Surely assistant Ian Foster, in the New Zealand set-up for seven years, or Crusaders coach Scott Robertson, who has now won three straight Super Rugby titles, are now the favourites for the job.Schmidt has done an incredible job over his six years in charge of Ireland. He has taken Irish rugby to places it has never been before. But after this loss, it is hard to know what the future holds for him.France lock Sebastien Vahaamahina Some red cards are forgiven quickly, if not forgotten. Ask Sam Warburton, who was sent off against France in an eerily reversed version of Sunday’s game back in 2011.Rugby is a physical and fast game. It is inevitable that high tackles will sometimes arise from instinctive reaction, tip tackles may happen from a loss of balance and tackles in the air could result from a momentary loss of concentration.But other red cards, like Sebastien Vahaamahina’s moment of madness on Aaron Wainwright, are unforgivable. It was violent, dangerous and unnecessary.Seeing red: Sebastien Vahaamahina after being sent off in the quarter-final (Getty Images)Vahaamahina may have thought his year had reached a trough when he threw a madcap pass to George North to seal France’s defeat against Wales in the Six Nations. This is a far deeper ditch.He will be remembered in the footnotes of World Cup trivia for his thuggish act. His team-mates defended valiantly, but ultimately Vahaamahina’s absence was to blame for the final Welsh try.Australia’s old guardAustralia never looked like a side capable of winning this World Cup, but there are a few glimmers of hope they can take from the tournament. Their scrummaging is the best it’s been in 20 years, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi look genuinely world-class, and Jordan Petaia provided a glimpse of the future with his poise (and wonderful shoulder sway). These are the things Australia need to hold on to.However, their early exit provides them with the opportunity to scrap a lot of the rest. This tournament appeared to be a goodbye to Australia’s ageing half-backs, with the Wallabies never able to pick a consistent combination from Nic White, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua.Bowing out: David Pocock said he would retire from Test rugby after RWC 2019 (Getty Images)It will be tough saying goodbye to David Pocock, but at least Australia have a readymade leader waiting in the wings, in the form of charismatic Australia U20 captain Fraser McReight.McReight is just one of an extremely talented group currently emerging at the Queensland Reds, under the tutelage of Brad Thorn.Scrum-half Tate McDermott will likely become the incumbent of the famous Australia No 9 shirt, but the most exciting of the current crop is full-back Isaac Lucas, who shone in this year’s World U20 Championship. It’s likely to be a long rebuilding project, but if they can find a fly-half, watch out in 2023. What’s Hot and What’s Not from the World Cup Quarter-finalsJacob Whitehead reflects on the good, the bad and the downright ugly from the weekend’s last-eight tiesWHAT’S HOTEngland’s ‘injured’ contingentThe vultures were circling Eddie Jones before England’s quarter-final against Australia kicked off. “Why drop form man George Ford?!” they cried. “Marler is better scrum ballast than Vunipola!” they insisted.However, both Henry Slade and Mako Vunipola were key men in England’s 40-16 triumph. Slade’s intercept, sprint and brilliantly judged grubber set up Jonny May’s second try, while Vunipola made 18 tackles – the second most in the England team.Round of applause: Mako Vunipola impressed on his return from injury (Getty Images)The two had both returned from injury lay-offs. Vunipola hadn’t played all tournament and Slade looked slightly off the boil against Tonga.Yet on Saturday in Oita, Jones’s bold selection ploy was vindicated entirely. Aside from his try assist, Slade largely kept dangerman Samu Kerevi quiet and Australia’s scrum, excellent for most of the World Cup, could not make inroads against England’s pack.With Slade and Vunipola reintegrated into the match-day 23, could we see fellow long-term absentee Jack Nowell play a role in the remainder of the tournament?Japan coach Jamie Joseph Japan’s performances lit up the tournament. Their results against Ireland and Scotland ensured they could not only leave filled with pride but with the knowledge they’ve smashed the glass ceiling often placed on Tier Two nations.Bearing this in mind, it could be argued that Jamie Joseph has done an even more impressive job than Eddie Jones in 2015. Four years ago there was no pressure on the Brave Blossoms, this year the world was watching. Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Abortion pills: simple and safe or dangerous and damaging?

first_imgCMF Blogs 28 August 2018Family First Comment: The Ministry of Health in NZ are also pushing medical abortions.“The head of the Royal College of gynaecologists (UK) is on record claiming that having an abortion is no different to having a bunion removed. Ironically, with this change that activists have been campaigning for, women will soon realise abortion is definitely not the same as removing a bunion – when they see the baby they have to flush down the toilet.” www.ChooseLife.nzTo explain the process, in a medical abortion an oral dose of mifepristone is given at a clinic/hospital which will (usually) kill the fetus. Women leave the hospital or clinic then, with the current system, return up to 48 hours later to be administered misoprostol, either orally or vaginally. This expels the dead fetus. The change is that women will not have to return to the clinic but can take the second pill outside of any clinical setting or medical oversight.It sounds simple and safe so what is my concern?Medical abortions are not as safe s surgicalThis is rarely acknowledged yet all the evidence is clear on this. The largest and most accurate study of medical abortions, a Finnish study of 42,600 women, found that women had four times as many serious complications after medical abortions than surgical abortions: 20% compared to 5.6%.For medical abortions after 13 weeks, subsequent surgical evacuation rates vary widely between studies, but in one UK multicentre study reported by the RCOG (p42), it reached up to 53%.  Research by pro-abortion authors found that for women over seven weeks the failure rate can be up to 33%.Self-administering abortion pills is medically riskyCampaigner for abortion, obstetrician Peter Bolyan, has admitted that: ‘there are serious dangers when women take [abortion pills] without supervision. We have knowledge of women who have taken them in excessive dosage and that can result in catastrophe for a woman such as a rupture of the uterus with very significant haemorrhage…And if that happens in the privacy of a woman’s home or perhaps in an apartment somewhere, that can have very, very serious consequences for women. So, it’s really important that these tablets are…dealt with in a supervised way…’One peer reviewed study of self-administering pills  found that 63% had incomplete abortion. Surgical evacuation had to be performed in 68% of the patients.When self-administering pills, there is no control over: who takes the pills; where the pills are taken; whether the pills are taken;; when in the process the pills are taken; if the girl is vulnerable or in an abusive/coercive relationship; if abuse or coercion is involved in taking the pills or if another (competent) adult is present.There is no demand for self-administration of medical abortionDespite claims by abortion campaigners, there is no hard evidence or data showing that women are having problems with the current arrangements. Campaigners rely instead on (limited) anecdotal evidence.  The reality is that onset of bleeding is within four to six hours after taking the second of the two pills, giving sufficient time for most women to get home.  Surgical abortion is an option for those who cannot get home before bleeding begins, including those who cannot access medical services quickly after the abortion. Medical abortion is contraindicated for women with transport problems or issues.So why the campaign to change the current situation?This is just one step towards a longer term goal for abortion lobbyists, to make abortions as easy as possible, using nurses, pharmacists and internet suppliers, and to remove legal restrictions on abortion. Abortion providers have obvious financial and ideological vested interests in increasing numbers of abortions. And our Government knows that it is cheaper to pay for a couple of pills than a surgical abortion.It seems that ‘progress’ today consists of moving abortions from unsupervised backstreets into unsupervised bathrooms.READ MORE: http://www.cmfblog.org.uk/2018/08/28/abortion-pills-simple-and-safe-or-dangerous-and-damaging/last_img read more

The Latest: Chelsea makes hotel available for free

first_imgThe Latest: Chelsea makes hotel available for free Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:20 p.m. March 18, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.___ 1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Millage Renewal: MSU Extension to host virtual informational sessions for Iosco and Alcona County residents

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Residents in Alcona and Ioscoa County are invited to attend virtual informational meetings to learn more about how millage tax rates help fund Michigan State University Extension programs.  The August 4 Primary will ask voters to approve millage renewals for five years.A virtual meeting will be held Thursday, June 25 at 5 p.m. for residents in Ioscoa County.  Residents can access the meeting link and get additional information by visiting the MSU Extension website.A virtual information meeting for Alcona County residents will be held Monday, June 29 at 7 p.m.MSU District 4 Director Julie Darnton said extension programs cover a lot of ground, including youth development, nutrition programming and disease prevention and community development.  She said her office is looking forward to answering questions from the community.“We know that many people are receiving ballots right now.  Many people are doing a mail-in vote this year.  We really appreciate the fact that we have an opportunity to talk to voters right now as they will actually be filling out their ballots.”Darnton said she’s hopeful the request for millage renewal will pass, but she won’t take voters for granted.“We understand making an investment in extension is a consideration that people will have to make in terms of their budget, but we also want them to recognize that what they can receive for those funds, we hope is of value to them,” she said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Ella White Elementary vandals caughtNext Search continues for missing Oscoda teenlast_img read more

Wellington-De Soto State Tournament preview….

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are all the things you need to know about the upcoming Wellington vs. De Soto girls state tournament game on Wednesday at 3 p.m.Class 4A Div. 1 Girls Tournament – De Soto (14-8) vs. Wellington (22-0).Ticket prices: K-12 $7, Adults $9. Parking fee: No Charge. Community Pep Rally: 9:15 a.m. in WHS back parking lot. Student bus: $10, leaves at noon . School is dismissed at noon.Follow the game: Internet: Live twitter blogs on this site. Twitter: Follow us at Cueballnewscow. Radio: Garrett Wilson, play-by-play, KLEY-AM 1130. FM: 100.3.  Live stats: KSHSAA will also be providing live results on this site: http://www.kshsaa.org/Public/Basketball/State.cfmHow to get there: If you are driving it will take about 1 hour, 57 minutes for a 122 mile trip. If you take the I-135 route get off on exit 90 and turn right onto Magnolia Road, left on Belmont Blvd. and then left on S. Ohio St. Go 2 miles north before turning left on Midway.Tournament schedule: Wednesday’s gamesWellington (22-0) vs. De Soto (14-8), 3 p.m.Paola (20-2) vs. Abilene (18-4), 4:45 p.m.Bishop Miege (22-0) vs. Andale (10-12), 6:30 p.m.McPherson (20-2) vs. Labette County (20-2), 8:15 p.m.Friday’s semifinalsWellington-De Soto winner vs. Paola-Abilene winner, 3 p.m.Bishop Miege-Andale winner vs. McPherson-Labette County winner, 6:30 p.m.Saturday’s gamesThird place, noonChampionship, 4 p.m.DE SOTO WILDCATSRecord: 14-8.  Coach: Ryan Robie.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 12.Significant starters: Kristen Saucerman (10.5 points, five rebounds).Julia Johnson (12.5 points, seven rebounds)Mariah Grizzle (13.7 points, 10 rebounds).How they got there: Desoto went 12-8 during the regular season. Five of those losses came against state tournament qualifying teams. The Wildcats lost to Shawnee Mission Northwest, Shawnee Mission West, Silver Lake and Baldwin twice. In the Tonganoxie sub-state, De Soto beat Eudora 52-29 and Atchison 68-33.De Soto (14-8) schedule: De Soto 15 Olathe Northwest 76De Soto 45 Shawnee Mission West 49De Soto 44 Ottawa 37De Soto over EudoraDe Soto 50 Spring Hill 27De Soto vs. LousburgDe Soto 43 Wamego 30De Soto 35 Bonner Springs 21De Soto vs. Basehor-Linwood (no score reporte)De Soto 50 Baldwin 53De Soto 39 Spring Hill 57De Soto 43 Ottawa 29De Soto vs. Eudora (no score reported)De Soto vs. Louisburg (no score reported)De Soto 42 Baldwin 59Sub-state:De Soto 52 Eudora 29De Soto 68 Atchison 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about De Soto:“They all look alike, 5-9, 5-9, 5-10. Very lanky and disciplined.”Fun facts: This marks De Soto’s first girls state basketball tournament trip in the school’s 32 year history.WELLINGTON CRUSADERSRecord: 22-0.  Coach: Eric Adams.Kansas Power Index ranking: No. 4.Significant starters: Grace Mitchell (21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds).Lauryn Snipes (12.1 points, 4.8 assists.)Tayland French (4.3 points, 7.1 rebounds)Avery Rusk (11.5 points, 1.8 steals).Shayland French (5.7 points, 4.4 rebounds)How they got there: Wellington was undefeated during regular season winning the Kingman and Haven Tournaments, and winning the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV. Wellington defeated Mulvane 58-16 and Rose Hill 46-33 in the sub-state.Wellington (22-0) schedule: Wellington 47 Kingman 41Wellington 55 Conway Springs 35Wellington 56 Sterling 52Wellington 59 Andale 43Wellington 67 Mulvane 32Wellington 69 Collegiate 31Wellington 51 Circle 47Wellington 62 Clearwater 23Wellington 65 El Dorado 27Wellington 53 Chaparral 16Wellington 56 Cheney 44Wellington 47 Goddard 42Wellington 65 Buhler 41Wellington 61 Augusta 44Wellington 46 Winfield 43Wellington 65 Andale 38Wellington 65 Mulvane 46Wellington 60 Collegiate 48Wellington 51 Circle 32Wellington 70 Clearwater 27Sub-state:Wellington 58 Mulvane 16Wellington 46 Rose Hill 33.What Wellington head coach Eric Adams said about Wellington:“We need to enjoy the experience and keep focused between the lines. My daughter (who played on the 2012 state tournament team) said she doesn’t remember anything about the state tournament. It was all a blur. I can say the same thing when I was coaching South Haven. You can’t let the limelight get you.”Fun facts: Of the 128 boys and girls teams in the state tournament, 11 of those high school basketball teams are undefeated including Wellington and Bishop Miege… Wellington has played four state tournament teams this year: Goddard in Class 5A, Andale in 4A Div. 1, Wichita Collegiate in 4A Div. II and Sterling in 3A. Crusaders are 4-0 against those teams… The KPI Index website which uses a formula to determine rankings and predictions, has Wellington finishing fourth at the state tournament. Wellington is predicted to win the first round game against De Soto 52-38, before losing to Paola 53-48 and Labette County 50-49 for third place.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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