Five talking points from November

first_imgTackle interpretation: Thomas Lavanini was yellow carded for a ‘no arms’ tackleThe practical issue being that, unlike an upper body tackle; it is very difficult for a player to completely wrap their arms around the ball carrier’s ankles, when leading with the shoulder, due to relatively small circumference of the carrier’s ankles. It takes longer to wrap your arms around a smaller object, than a larger object thus magnifying and isolating the use of the defender’s shoulder. November saw some very unbalanced refereeing with regards to the ‘speed-bump’ tackle. This cannot be the case come the Six Nations – test matches deserve and will require more clarification. TAGS: Wasps The passing of Jonah Lomu, Richie McCaw’s incredible career, crowd funding in Welsh rugby and Wasps’ renaissance are all discussed Momentum: Wasps are leaving big-name sides in their wakeWhereas some clubs make decision making look incredibly difficult, Wasps are currently making it seem very easy – moving Ashley Johnson from flanker to hooker being a minuscule, but perfect example. All of which combined, in November, with Wasps beating Leinster away and Toulon at home. It’s worth remembering that this is a Toulon team which subsequently beat Clermont Auvergne, at the Stade Marcel Michelin, which is rarer than hen’s teeth – it’s actually rarer than a hen’s toothbrush. If you haven’t seen Wasps play this season, do. It’s rugby as it should be played.Can crowdfunding help the Welsh regions?Welsh rugby is beginning to recover after years of financial and administrative neglect. However, the cash flow in Wales is still way short of that in the Aviva Premiership and the Top 14. And whilst lucrative stadium sponsorship deals, and increased commercial activity, are beginning to make a difference, there is one avenue that hasn’t been explored – Crowd Funding. Crowd Funding taps into a revenue stream outside of the traditional routes.Progress: Wales is starting to bring its best players back but more money needs to be generatedWhilst television income, season tickets and commercial activity are vital, crowd funding could appeal to those who are unable to, both physically and geographically, contribute to their team’s finances. The Welsh Regions could quite legitimately set up a ‘Crowd Fund’ to secure a major marquee player – potentially harnessing support and cash from those living outside of the region or overseas etc. With enough social media activity, particularly via official Supporters Groups, the ‘Crowd Funding’ of a marquee player could genuinely help the regions. It works in many other sectors and rugby is no different. Definitely worth a shot.The ‘Speed-bump’ tackle needs clarificationNot a month goes by without one of rugby’s laws being jammed under the microscope. November saw the ‘speed-bump’ tackle become the latest to dumbfound players, supporters and pundits. By the way, I’ve made-up the name ‘speed-bump’ tackle, but it seems to accurately describe the act of hitting a ball carrier, low, around the ankles, without the use of the arms. What was once an accepted defensive technique, particularly in the narrow channels, is now a penalty and yellow card risk.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jonah Lomu – the man who changed rugbyNovember saw the passing of the most devastatingly effective player in the history of rugby union – Jonah Lomu. Never has there been, or will there be, another individual to compare with Lomu. It was as if he’d been created by a 13-year-old boy on a computer game, where all of the ‘dials’ were switched to max. If like me, born in 1977, you were used to seeing backs measuring up at 5ft 10ins and 12st, then Lomu changed your perception of rugby. My generation simply accepted that forwards had the power and backs had the pace. But then Jonah arrived.Sorely missed: Jonah Lomu’s passing will leave a big hole in world rugbyHe made forwards look like backs, and backs look like malnourished Victorian street urchins. At 6ft 5inches tall, 18st 5lbs and clocking a 100m time of 10.7 seconds, rugby simply wasn’t prepared for him. It is perhaps strange that Lomu’s most famous victim is Mike Catt. But if you look at Lomu’s highlight reel, Catt is actually one of the fortunate ones. Some defenders, rather embarrassingly, didn’t even have the opportunity to lay a finger on him. His lateral movement, combined with incredible acceleration, Jurassic thighs and calves, and an industrial handoff meant that most players didn’t even get the chance to be flattened. RIP Jonah Lomu.Richie McCaw – the man who rugby changed rugby to his rulesMany athletes attain greatness in sport. But true greatness is achieved when the game starts to accommodate ‘you’. The remarkable Richie McCaw fits into this category. November saw McCaw retire from what is the finest career in rugby union. A period of achievement whose numbers look so unbelievable that it could almost be a FIFA press release. 148 tests, 131 wins and 110 as captain. Ten Bledisloe Cups, Four Tri- Nations Championships, Three Rugby Championships, Three World Player of the Year titles and two Rugby World Cups.Leader of men: Richie McCaw led by example on and off the pitchBut McCaw’s achievements in rugby extend beyond numbers. As with Michael Jordan’s ‘Jordan Rules’, McCaw reached a level where the game changed for him. McCaw’s mastery over his position, sport, team, opposition, media and officials meant that he, as with Jordan, defined his own rule book. In short, Why would you enter through the gate, when you’ve been given the keys to the side door? McCaw is the best forward to play the game. A truly wonderful player.Wasps showing others how it’s doneThere are a few teams in rugby, and their supporters, who can on occasion feel a bit sorry for themselves. Overly dwelling on issues of history, identity, or location can seriously affect the wellbeing of a club. The antithesis of which is Wasps. This is a club which has moved 82 miles, to Coventry, and suffered massive financial problems over the past four seasons. Yet they are now lying top of their Champion Cup group, 5th in the Aviva Premiership table and are playing some of the finest rugby in the Northern Hemisphere.last_img read more

A year after Cherkasova’s murder, another journalist dies in suspicious circumstances

first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Follow the news on Belarus Organisation News May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more October 20, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A year after Cherkasova’s murder, another journalist dies in suspicious circumstances News lire en russeReporters Without Borders today said it was disturbed by the death of journalist Vassili Grodnikov of the opposition daily Narodnaya Volya whose body was found with signs of head injuries on 18 October, almost exactly a year after the murder of Veronika Cherkasova of the independent trade union Solidarnost, who very probably killed because of her work.“We are very worried by the constant harassment of journalists and news media in Belarus as the 2006 presidential election approaches,” the organisation said. “The many arrests, the banning of news media and above all the death of two journalists in one year are clear evidence of the desperate plight of press freedom in this country.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The investigations into Cherkasova’s death of 20 October 2004 and the disappearance of cameraman Dmitri Zavadski on 7 July 2000 have gone nowhere. We hope the same will not happen with the Grodnikov investigation and we call on the authorities not to rule out the possibility that he was killed because of his work.”Grodnikov’s body was found in his apartment in a suburb of Minsk with his head covered in blood. The exact circumstances of his death are still unknown but there are grounds for suspecting he was killed in connection with his work.His newspaper was forced to turn to a printer in the Russian city of Smolensk after its Belarusian printer suddenly refused on 1 October to continue printing it.Cherkasova, who was stabbed to death in her Minsk apartment, was a general reporter, covering a wide range of subjects, but she also undertook investigative work on sects and organised crime and had recently written a series of article headlined, “The KGB is still watching you.” Shortly before her murder, she had been investigating the possibility that the Belarusian government sold arms to Iraq when Saddam Hussein was in power.Right from the outset, the police investigating her murder worked on the assumption that it was a crime of passion linked to differences within the family. Her 15-year-old son, Anton Filimonov, and her father-in-law were quickly identified as suspects. On 31 January, a judge ordered a psychiatric examination of Filimonov to determine whether he was mentally disturbed at the time of his mother’s death. The order was rescinded on 9 March and then, on 18 April, the authorities said neither the son and or father-in-law were any more under suspicion. But a member of the Minsk criminal investigation department reported on 18 October that DNA tests showed that blood found at the murder scene was Filimonov’s.Cherkasova’s mother, Diana Cherkasova, told Reporters Without Borders she was surprised by this revelation just two days before the first anniversary of the murder, after the absence of any previous progress in the investigation. “This proves nothing,” she said. “My grandson is innocent. I suspect the investigators of trying to influence the media just as they were preparing to mark the first anniversary of my daughter’s death.”last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce Free Webcast For Three-Night NYE Run

first_imgThis time around, the Disco Biscuits are ringing in the New Year at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. History confirms that it’s going to be awesome, as the band always goes the more interesting route with their sets during the holidays. Whether it’s throwing in something new or old, tDB always find a way to play Santa Claus and deliver the goods to the Bisco faithful during the New Year celebration.The band has just announced that they will be providing a free webcast on their official YouTube page for all three nights: December 29-31. They will hit the stage at 9:45PM on the first two nights, but will start a little earlier around 8pm on Saturday to celebrate the New Year with three solid sets. All information can be found in the post below:last_img