Simone Biles Wins 16th World Gymnastics Title, Fifth All-around Gold

first_imgStuttgart: US gymnastics superstar Simone Biles won her 16th world championship gold medal and fifth all-around title in Stuttgart on Thursday.Biles, 22, earned the 22nd world medal of her career, leaving her just one short of the all-time record, having already won team gold with the USA on Tuesday. Chinese youngster Tang Xijing, 16, took silver, 2.1 points behind Biles, while Angelina Melnikova of Russia claimed bronze.Biles extended her own record as the most decorated woman in world championships history to leave her just short of male gymnast Vitaly Scherbo’s record of 23 world medals.Biles led from the start, nailing her first discipline with a superb vault which scored 15.223 points.She followed that up with a solid display on the uneven bars, where she posted the third-highest score, to consolidate her lead.Biles dominated the beam and sealed gold with the highest score of 14.400 in the floor exercise when she had only needed 12.300 for the title.She will attempt to bolster her medal tally and break Scherbo’s record in this weekend’s four apparatus finals. GoldgymnasticsSimone BilesWorld Gymnastics First Published: October 10, 2019, 10:32 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Ireland’s calling: a journey to the heart of a rugby powerhouse

first_img“Rugby wants everybody,” he says. “It challenges the extremists who like to box people into ‘them and us’. Our concept is ‘We’. Rugby is a direct challenge to the ideologies of hatred and it delivered during the most difficult times. There was murder and mayhem but rugby shone a light on how we do things differently.“It’s the same today. Rugby is inspiring and unifying when society is fractured again over Brexit and old hatreds. The Titanic is a good analogy for Northern Ireland, and Ireland. It was a great ship, well built, and the reason it sank was bad leadership. The reason we do badly as a society is through bad leadership. The people are great and you feel that so obviously in rugby.”At a European Champions Cup game between Ulster and Racing on a sunlit Saturday in mid-January the atmosphere is electric. Men, women and children are united in vibrant support as Ulster help secure their eventual place in the quarter-finals by beating the powerful French club. Alongside a beaming Stockdale, blood streams down Best’s face while the noise reverberates. No English ground can match this setting for European rugby. Stuart Lancaster, the former England rugby head coach and now senior coach at Leinster, and the club’s motto on display in the atrium at their training centre at the University College, Dublin.“We’re lucky Johnny Sexton’s experience in French club rugby [with Racing 92 from 2013 to 2015] was seen as negative,” MacNeill says. “It was a key moment when Sexton came home. It encouraged other players to stay in Dublin. We still have to be vigilant because there are massive salaries in England and France. But our European success helps keep our best players. Dublin is also really vibrant now. When I played for Ireland young people felt they had to leave because there were so few prospects.”MacNeill did a postgraduate degree in economics at Oxford between 1982 and 1984 – while playing for Ireland. He was part of the Irish side, including Ringland and McLoughlin, which won the Triple Crown in 1982. “The country was low in confidence,” he recalls. “My Oxford thesis was on job-sharing during terrible unemployment: 20% were unemployed. When we won the Triple Crown in 1982 this was before Ray Houghton [who scored the goal that beat England 1-0 at Euro 88], before U2, before Riverdance. Ireland was on its knees but our coach Mick Doyle said: ‘You can be the best in the world.’ We wanted to believe this, but it wasn’t easy. The country, however, bought into the idea and there was an amazing response.“We won another Triple Crown in 1985. The whole county was behind us and you could feel confidence returning. I went to a big business lunch on the Monday, after we won the [1985] championship on the Saturday, and the minister of finance spoke. He said: ‘After this great weekend, we’re delighted one of the Irish team is here.’ The place erupted. It was lovely. But we did not build secure foundations. We got the wooden spoon in 1986, and thoroughly deserved it. We got carried away because we weren’t used to success. This Irish team today are used to success and expect to sustain and improve it.” An Ulster fan walks past a mural outside the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast; a packed house for Ulster Rugby’s European Champions Cup game against Racing 92; a young fan waves the flag of Northern Ireland; a bloodied Rory Best, the Ireland and Ulster captain; Jacob Stockdale (centre) on a lap of honour with his teammates after Ulster’s 26-22 victory in which he scored two tries.Ringland compares Stockdale, who scored two tries, to another lethal finisher in Gerd Müller, the German footballer of the 1970s. I have already interviewed Stockdale and Iain Henderson and they are entertaining and intelligent players who represent a different kind of Ulster to a province once beset by violence and prejudice. Whether talking about his father’s work as a prison chaplain or telling me “Johnny Cash is my idol”, Stockdale is exuberant. He also stresses the Irish squad’s harmony. “From day one,” the 22-year-old wing says, “I felt only friendship from the guys from every province. Our different backgrounds are joked about. That’s brilliant. You’ve got a Protestant from Ulster captaining Ireland. Rory is the most successful Ireland captain ever.”Henderson underlines the new unity. He went to one of the few mixed schools, of Catholics and Protestants, in north Belfast. Henderson is Protestant and his wife, who went to the same school, is Catholic. “You notice a massive crossover in rugby now,” he says. “After we beat New Zealand in November I felt the impact. I filled my car with petrol in Belfast and three people said: ‘Great game at the weekend.’ Before, when you went down to Dublin, it was like you’d flown to the other side of the world. Now when you come back to Belfast you feel everyone’s invested into the huge potential of Ireland in a World Cup year.”Ringland agrees: “This is the best Irish squad we’ve ever seen. It’s a glorious period for Irish rugby.”‘The old pride surged again’ I like talking about glory in Limerick with Gerry McLoughlin, the great old prop who played for Munster, Ireland and the Lions. McLoughlin was in the famous Munster team which became the first Irish side to beat New Zealand in 1978. At a time when Munster men believed they had to be twice as good as Leinster players to be picked for Ireland, McLoughlin scored a famous try at Twickenham as Ireland won the Triple Crown in 1982. McLoughlin grimaces when he says the try becomes more outlandish every year as people insist he carried most of the England pack on his back while bulldozing over.In Jerry Flannery’s bar, McLoughlin is more interested in talking about rugby now. “Young Joey Carbery is some player,” he says of the gifted No 10 who helped Munster to reach the European knockout stages yet again. “Now there’s progress in Irish rugby.” Read more When asked for his England prediction, McBride had growled: “We can beat them again. They talk too much. People say: ‘Why do you keep hammering on about how you love to beat England?’ Well, there’s a difference between being British and English. I think England talk a lot of rubbish.”On a January afternoon of gentle sunshine, Hugo MacNeill, a former Blackrock boy who played for Ireland and the Lions in the 1980s, completes my journey. We stroll through Dublin and MacNeill reminds me that Leinster are the city’s sole professional sports team – and a resounding success as European champions four times in the past 10 seasons.He nods when hearing how Stuart Lancaster, the former England coach who is doing so well at Leinster, had stressed his surprise to me that so many of his players were born in Dublin, had never played for another club and had no intention of leaving. Lancaster admired their cohesion and identity. In the check-in hall of Shannon Airport stands a bronze sculpture called The Day That Changed Ireland, by Paddy Campbell, depicting Paul O’Connoll winning a lineout during the historic February 2007 Ireland v England Six Nations match at Croke Park, Dublin.Ringland is so passionate because, as the son of a policeman, he played for Ireland during the Troubles in a team of Catholics and Protestants. Some of his teammates were wounded in bomb attacks and yet none of them shut their hearts to each other. They belonged to a team which transcended bigotry and strife. Justin Vanstone, head coach for Blackrock College school rugby team, prepares for his Monday video analysis session; the main pitch, known as the ‘Front Lawn’ which is played on for a maximum of four matches per year; the corridor at Blackrock College that shows all the old first-team photos including one of the ‘Dream Team’ that won the Schools Cup in 1996 which had five players who became full Irish internationals including Leo Cullen and Brian O’Driscoll.Video analysis includes studying the opposition. Vanstone explains that the top schools share their footage. “It’s one of those unwritten rules that, during the friendly season, you do not attend an opponent’s game. But it’s fair game to access videos before the Leinster Schools Cup campaign. To avoid espionage, Leinster video these games and set up a database for us to study each other. It works for Leinster because they get video footage of the best schoolboys. It’s a win-win.”Vanstone nods when I say it sounds very serious. “I don’t disagree that it’s become very professional with a small ‘p’. But it’s down to the coaches to ensure that the unity, camaraderie and old-fashioned enjoyment of sport remains.”Tadgh Furlong offers compelling evidence that Leinster are not just dependent on the outstanding private schools found within a six-mile radius of each other in Dublin. Furlong comes from a farming family in the small parish of Horeswood, County Wexford, a two-and-half-hour journey from where we sit at Leinster’s training headquarters at University College Dublin.The prop is warm and welcoming and full of great stories about growing up in Wexford where he played hurling and Gaelic football as well as rugby. Furlong burst to prominence in the autumn of 2016 when he made his first Test start and, that November, he played in Ireland’s historic victory over New Zealand in Chicago. He has since played for the Lions, in the drawn 2017 series against the All Blacks, and established himself as arguably the best prop in world rugby. One measure of Furlong’s stature is that he has played New Zealand in six Tests and lost only two.“Rugby is a winter sport and hurling and football are very much summer sports,” Furlong says. “I used to alternate between them. Where I grew up everybody plays GAA. In my primary school class there were only six boys. Every village had their own teams and you’re scavenging for numbers. And playing hurling and football definitely helped my rugby. The space is so big. You definitely get spatial awareness and hurling was so good for my hand-eye coordination. Footwork, too. It’s multidirectional where rugby tends to be more linear.”The 26-year-old laughs when I mention YouTube footage of his nimble footwork – as a teenage GAA player. “That embarrassing video rears its head every now and again. But we had a good team with our local club and I won an All-Ireland under-14 with Wexford. My dad played rugby and he was also a prop. But he coached me in GAA. He’s a small-town cowboy in some respects. He’d write down a team on the back of a fag packet and tell me to get stuck in.” This is high praise from McBride who spends longer lamenting the ills of the modern game. He feels the ethos and camaraderie of rugby have been lost and he mourns the slow death of club rugby. Where clubs were once the lifeblood, the provinces of Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht now dominate. Their best players are contracted to the Irish union – which means their focus is on European and Test rugby. Unlike their exhausted counterparts in the English Premiership, the cream of Irish rugby often miss mundane Pro14 games.McBride sighs. “Somebody said to me: ‘This game is about five different things. Money, money, money, money and money.’ Professional rugby sucks all the good players out of the club scene. They have destroyed this part of rugby.”Everyone else among the dozen people I interview accepts that, to compete with England’s massive player pool and financial power, Ireland needed a structure that would allow the national team and the provinces to thrive. Leinster are European champions and Munster and Ulster offer key players to Ireland. All three Irish provinces qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup last weekend. In contrast, only one English club, Saracens, reached the knockout stages. Ireland grand slam and Leinster double make it a green-tinted 2018 Shannon RFC U20s surge forward as they take on Young Munster U20s in a local Limerick derby match, played at Tom Clifford Park, Greenfields.Wood considers a 22-year-old Leinster lock who has just 12 caps for Ireland. “James Ryan looks a born professional rugby player. My God, he’s lost two games in his life. Three losses, tops, in two years. He lost one game for Ireland on tour. And a game against Toulouse. He might have lost one other. These are All Black-style stats. Ryan looks mature, capable, strong, robust, a really good player with an extraordinary thirst for work. He doesn’t make many mistakes.”Ryan is a product of St Michael’s which has become one of the dominant schools in Dublin. Wood says: “There are 1.5 million people in Dublin – which is a conduit to excellence because so many are willing to pay to get their kids to certain schools. So in Leinster huge numbers are coming through the system. In Munster we would like more players coming through the schools. But there are demographic issues and more poverty in Limerick. I think there are 22 premier schools in Ireland and St Munchin’s is the only one that doesn’t pay its coaches. But they have produced 18 Irish internationals and five Lions. They buck the trend.”Cohesion and identityI first met Justin Vanstone at Saracens’ training ground in Hertfordshire. Vanstone and four of his fellow Blackrock College rugby coaches spent a day shadowing their Saracens counterparts, including Mark McCall, the director of rugby. It was a sign of the Dublin school’s sheer professionalism.Vanstone is English but he has lived in Dublin for 16 years. He is a perceptive teacher and, when we meet at Blackrock a month later, Vanstone is also a passionate guide around a rugby institution. We begin by walking down a corridor lined with photographs from school teams over the years which have produced so many internationals from Fergus Slattery, Hugo MacNeill and Leo Cullen to Brian O’Driscoll, Garry Ringrose and Joey Carbery.The current system appears more striking as Vanstone charts the dedication of his schoolboys. “It wouldn’t be uncommon for a boy to be in at 7am for something rugby-based before school. There will be training after school and the boys do night study from 6pm to 9pm. It’s a long day but they wouldn’t be in before seven every morning because we try to get a balance.”Vanstone stresses that his first-team drives standards. “The boys expect to have the video of our Saturday morning game that evening or early Sunday morning. We create clips they’ll go over before we assess it as a group on Monday. Expectations are high and we don’t want the coaches doing all the analysis. If it’s one-way traffic how can you expect boys to make decisions? Of course early in the season it is coach-led. But we like to step back and hear the boys’ voices.” Fans make their way to Thomond Park for the European Champions Cup match between Munster and Exeter; Conor Murray (left) and Chris Farrell lead a group of Munster players as they do a half-lap of the pitch to finish their warmup; the Munster Rugby Supporters Club choir sing their traditional song “Stand Up And Fight” just before the teams come out.Niall O’Donovan, who enjoyed having McLoughlin as his economics schoolteacher, straddles the divide between the amateur and professional eras. The current Munster manager played for Shannon, in the same pack as McLoughlin, and also coached that great old club for five seasons. In 1997, while still coaching Shannon, O’Donovan joined Declan Kidney as they took charge of a newly professional Munster. Until then, Munster only played three or four games a year while the clubs dominated every week. Trevor Ringland, the former Ireland and Lions player, in front of the famous cranes of the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast.Ringland is a Protestant who worked briefly as a politician before the parochialism became too much for him, and yet this is just one aspect of his identity. “I’m a Belfast man and an Ulsterman. I’m British and I’m Irish. I’m Northern Irish and I’m European. I’m a long-suffering Leeds United supporter [Ringland laughs]. These identities are interchangeable and anyone who demeans any one part demeans me as a person. A multilayered identity challenges the extremists.”Ringland withdrew from politics when a unionist party leader refused to accept his invitation to attend a GAA final if a team from the North made it to Croke Park in Dublin. The unionist believed Croke Park symbolised Republican territory. In turn, many supporters of Gaelic football and hurling regard rugby as a Protestant sport. Few Catholic schools in Ulster play rugby but Ringland wants to break down the barriers – as Irish rugby did when the national team played at Croke Park from 2007 to 2010.The GAA relented on a rule prohibiting the playing of “foreign” sports at Croke Park and allowed Ireland to use its spiritual home. When England arrived at Croke Park in 2007, there was a danger history would swamp the occasion. Fourteen people were killed in and around Croke Park on 21 November 1920, when British soldiers opened fire on the crowd at the GAA headquarters, on a day of terrible violence during the Irish War of Independence. But rugby and Croke Park found harmony in a different century.“It was fantastic,” Ringland says, “and the first time I sang all three anthems – the Irish anthem, Ireland’s Call and even God Save The Queen. All were received with impeccable respect. It was incredibly emotional and showed us moving towards a maturing society where we respect the different traditions across the island. We could then support Ireland beating England [43-13].” Show The former Ireland and Lions player Keith Wood stands above Lough Derg in the Arra Mountains, County Tipperary, near his home town of Killaloe.“The provinces, the clubs and the schools hold up the game. The professional provincial leg looks perfect. The schools rugby leg is pretty good. The other leg, the club game, is not great – because we’re dealing with nascent professionalism. Rugby has only been professional for 20 years. It’s now time to fix the club leg. It’s when things are going well that you need to do your repair work.“The board have got so many things right – some by accident, some by incredible planning. They’ve done really well because they have protected the players. Johnny Sexton played 22 matches last year. I played 42 matches some years. We also have Joe Schmidt. I’m not saying Joe is the best coach in the world for other teams, but for Ireland he’s ideal.”Wood won 58 caps from 1994 to 2003. “I was captain at a time when we changed the coach nearly every nine months. I had six coaches up until 1998 but we weren’t good enough or fit enough. Until Warren Gatland came in there was no consistency of selection. Gatty changed that and gave us a consistent way of playing. We became incredibly hard to beat. There was a big improvement and then Eddie O’Sullivan brought us to a higher level and we won some Triple Crowns [for beating England, Scotland and Wales]. There was a sense something else was coming.”That “something else” meant that Ireland, under Schmidt, were transformed. “I really like watching Ireland play now,” Wood says. “Sometimes they grind out things which aren’t great, and I like them for that too. I love going to a game thinking: ‘We’re going to win but I want to see how we win it.’ I was convinced the week before that Ireland would beat New Zealand in November. As the week went on, I started thinking: ‘Jesus, I’m putting the kibosh on it.’ And then the game starts and, after 10 minutes, I said: ‘We’re going to win this. You can see it, you can sense it. They’re so in synch.’ Of course we won. That’s why Irish rugby, right now, is such fun.” Willie John McBride, the former Ireland and Lions rugby union captain and below is one of his old Irish rugby jerseys.In his third match for Ireland, against France, McBride played the last 30 minutes with a broken leg. “Unbelievable,” he chuckles. “I remember removing my boot and two guys ran on with a sponge and water. They rubbed it and said: ‘You’re all right.’ You didn’t come off in those days unless you were dead. Afterwards I was taken to hospital and had plaster of Paris in Paris – up to the knee.” Was this helpful? Read more Rugby gave us sanity and unity beyond the madnessWillie John McBride Ireland celebrate as captain Rory Best holds the Six Nations trophy and Jonnie Sexton clutches the Triple Crown shield after their victory over England gave them the Grand Slam in March 2018. McBride hopped back from Paris on his own – catching a plane, train and two buses before hobbling up the hill to his flat. “It was not the kind of care they’re given today.”Beyond medical support, money and attention to every detail of their rugby lives, McBride argues that the current internationals are luckiest in one particular regard. “I believe we have the best coach in the world, by a long way,” he says of Schmidt. “I know him quite well and he’s a guy for whom I’d give everything. There is talk about the World Cup but Ireland don’t get carried away. We beat the All Blacks and move on. That’s Joe’s character and in the last 15 minutes against New Zealand he brought on players who were just as good as those they replaced. Murray is a super player. Young Stockdale is another. I like Iain Henderson at lock. Ireland have few weaknesses.” “You feel that unity and its importance even more now,” McBride says. “This Ireland team are unifying the country in the north and south.”After winning the Grand Slam last year and having beaten New Zealand twice in three matches, Ireland are many people’s favourites for the World Cup. Coached by Joe Schmidt, they feature the world player of the year in Johnny Sexton and outstanding teammates including Ulster’s Jacob Stockdale, Munster’s Conor Murray and Leinster’s Tadhg Furlong. Ireland will face England at home with serene confidence in their opening Six Nations game on Saturday 2 February.The contrast with McBride’s debut against England, in February 1962, is stark. His first cap came in the midst of an 11-match winless slump stretching from February 1961 to March 1963. “We ran out with nine new caps at Twickenham and were beaten 16-0 – which was a hiding because a try was only three points.”center_img Even when his life was threatened and an armed guard had to stand all night outside his hotel room door before some Five Nations games, McBride shrugged off the dangers. He witnessed terrifying scenes – especially on Bloody Friday in Belfast. “You didn’t know where to run from so many bombs. Boom, boom, boom everywhere. But it never stopped us playing. Rugby gave us sanity and unity beyond the madness.”Trevor Ringland’s office in Belfast is a half-hour drive from Ballyclare. The 59-year-old solicitor, who played 31 times for Ireland and won four Lions caps in the 1980s, is an eloquent advocate for this current Ireland team and, more importantly, the force for good that rugby exerts in the south and, particularly, Northern Ireland.“Absolutely,” he says of the game’s capacity to forge together people from bitterly divided communities. “Rugby shows the way to build relationships on this island. My frustration is that, politically, we’ve chosen methods of alienation, exclusion, hatred and violence. Rugby has always been relaxed about identities. It has an Irishness comfortable with a British aspect to it. And a Britishness comfortable with an Irish part of its identity. The politicians and extremists couldn’t have done it much worse but rugby has shown another way.” “It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gleaming powerhouse of Irish rugby today and a ramshackle sport which he only began playing at the age of 17. Four years later, in 1962, as McBride remembers, “I was in the Lions Test team. Remarkably, I survived.”McBride not only survived. At 78 he remains the godfather of Irish rugby and a lock forward who won 63 caps for Ireland and played a record 17 Lions Tests. He also provides a perfect starting point for a journey through Irish rugby as McBride’s story shows how much Ireland and the game have changed. Despite past sectarian conflicts and multiple identities, there is a new cohesion among the four rugby provinces and the national team. Read more Munster fans watch the Leicester versus Ulster match on a TV in the Shannon RFC clubhouse. Adorning the walls is a picture of famous Munster and Shannon player Gerrry ‘Ginger’ McLaughlin and the shields won by the club for winning the All-Ireland League.McLoughlin points to Carberry’s arrival as further proof that Irish rugby has entered a new era. Carbery was a Sexton understudy at Leinster. The 22-year-old’s talent was obvious but Sexton couldn’t be shifted; and so Schmidt and the IRFU were not unhappy Carbery moved to Limerick this season. Munster yearned for his creativity and Ireland needed Carberry playing at fly-half in the furnace of European competition – just in case Sexton sustained injury. Leinster agreed to a loan which may became permanent because their depth is such that Ross Byrne, in Sexton’s absence, could steer them to a convincing win against Toulouse this month.“It’s not like my day,” McLoughlin says wryly, “but we love having Carbery at Munster.”McLoughlin, the mayor of Limerick in 2012, stresses how much Munster’s rugby players have lifted the city. “Limerick had a terrible reputation with drugs. But once Munster became a European force the old pride surged again. That’s rugby’s power.” Tadhg Furlong, the Leinster and Lions player, at the Leinster training centre at the University College Dublin, in front of a specially commissioned artwork representing the rivers and land of the province combining together for the greater good. Below, Furlong is congratulated by friends and family after Ireland’s 2018 victory over England which game them the Grand Slam. The crowd watch a scrum during Munster’s European Champions Cup match against Exeter at Thomond Park; Munster fans celebrate during the match; Niall O’Donovan, the Munster team manager; Joey Carbery (centre) is congratulated by Rory Scannell (left) and Alby Mathewson (right) after his kick won the match for Munster 9-7.O’Donovan knew Irish rugby had to change. “It’s sad but the club game had to give way. The IRFU got it right and put more money into the four provinces. I remember it changing. We played Saracens in the Heineken Cup in 1999 and took 10 fans with two flags. Then we went to the semi-final against Toulouse in Bordeaux in 2000. The streets had turned Munster red. The place was jammed, the bars were crammed. We outnumbered Toulouse in France. We got to the final at Twickenham and the ground was a sea of red – with three times as many fans as Northampton. Munster lost that day but we won the Heineken Cup twice on magical days.”O’Donovan then worked as Ireland’s forwards coach from 2002 to 2008. “We had some great days, some horrible days. Typical Irish. Joe Schmidt has had a huge influence in making Ireland so much more consistent and confident but you have to credit the IRFU for putting in good foundations. All four provinces supply depth to Joe’s squad. So it’s sustainable.” Rory Best, Ireland’s captain, just like McBride, is a Protestant from Ulster. Yet even amid these fraught days of Brexit, seething with talk of Irish backstops and hard borders, Best does not face the pressures McBride endured during the Troubles. “You always got the cracks against you,” McBride recalls. “That bloody Ulsterman. Why is he captain of Ireland? Up here they’d say: ‘Why are you captaining that crowd?’ I was pretty headstrong so I ignored it.” Thank you for your feedback. “Every little Irish village has a Gaelic football pitch, a hurling pitch, a pub and a church. Hurling is embedded into rural Ireland and rugby can’t replace that. Limerick is probably the only place where rugby is the main sport. We were delighted Limerick won the All-Ireland Hurling final last August [beating Galway at Croke Park in front of 82,000 fans] but rugby is in every corner of the city. Everybody here follows rugby. You won’t find that anywhere else in Ireland.”O’Donovan still supports his old club and last month he watched Shannon play Garryowen. “There was a reasonable crowd of 400 but it’s hard on the clubs now. Munster can’t afford to let the clubs die. In Leinster many players come through Dublin’s private schools whereas here the clubs have always been the backbone.”Keith Wood, the former Ireland captain who was world rugby’s player of the year in 2001, comes from Killaloe in County Clare, half an hour away, but we meet at his old school in Limerick. St Munchin’s was founded in 1796 and it has a great rugby heritage with five former pupils, including Wood and Conor Murray, having played for the Lions. Wood’s three sons are pupils now and he is proud of the fact that, unlike the Dublin conveyor belt of privately educated rugby talent, St Munchin’s is not a fee-paying school.Few rugby players can match the range of Wood’s interests and he remains a captivating presence. Before he takes me on a tour of the school which ends up with us watching his eldest son, Alexander, and his teammates finish their training session in the gathering darkness, Wood offers a striking analogy – Irish rugby is like a three-legged stool. I was captain at a time when we changed the coach nearly every nine months … we weren’t good enough or fit enoughKeith Wood Profile Donald McRae’s Ireland interviews Ulster Ballyclare and BelfastWillie John McBride (aged 78), born 6 June 1940 in Toombridge, Northern Ireland. Played 63 times for Ireland and 17 Tests for the Lions  as a lock forward. Led the British & Irish Lions on their unbeaten tour of South Africa in 1974.  Trevor Ringland (aged 59), born 13 November 1959 in Belfast. 35 caps for Ireland on the wing 1981-1988. Selected for the Lions in 1983, he played one Test against New Zealand on that tour. Still working as a solicitor in Belfast. Jacob Stockdale (aged 22), born 3 April 1996 in Lisburn. Deadly wing for Ulster and Ireland. Made his Test debut in 2014 and has won 14 caps, scoring 12 tries. Iain Henderson (aged 26), born 21 February 1992 in Craigavon. Lock forward for Ulster, Ireland and the Lions. He has won 42 caps, having made his debut in 2012. Munster LimerickGerry McLoughlin (aged 66), born 11 June 1952 in Limerick. Former prop forward who won 18 Ireland caps. Famous for being in the front row of the Munster pack that beat the All Blacks in 1978. Niall O’Donovan (aged 58), born 4 May 1960 in Limerick. Played club rugby for Shannon from 1977 to 1992 and represented Munster from 1981-1988. Munster team manager since 2012.  Keith Wood (aged 46), born 27 January 1972 in Killaloe, County Clare. Inspirational hooker and former captain of Ireland. Won 63 Test caps for Ireland, from 1994 to 2003. Member of the Lions’ successful 1997 series win in South Africa.  Alan English (aged 53), born 24 July 1965 in Limerick. Journalist and author of best-selling books including Stand Up and Fight: When Munster Beat the All Blacks. English is not quoted but provided valuable background information.Leinster DublinJustin Vanstone (aged 42), born 19 May 1976 in Plymouth, England. Head coach of the senior rugby team and head of PE at Blackrock College – 61 former Blackrock students have become Irish internationals. Tadhg Furlong (aged 26), born 14 November 1992 in Campile, Wexford. Made his international debut in 2015 and has since played 28 Tests for Ireland and three for the Lions.  Hugo MacNeill (aged 60), born 16 September 1958 in Dublin. A full back, he won 37 caps for Ireland from 1981 to 1988 and played three Test for the Lions in 1983 against New Zealand. Stuart Lancaster (aged 49), born 9 October 1969 in Penrith, England. England’s head coach 2011-2015. He joined Leinster in 2016 and coaches the European champions with Leo Cullen. McRae’s standalone interview with Lancaster was published this year.  Conor Murray: ‘You can usually process death. But I feel Axel should be here’ It sounds a small miracle Furlong was spotted by Leinster and enticed to their academy in 2013. “Not really. There was a good club scene in Wexford and the Leinster system means if you’re talented you’ll be picked up. Of course the setup and coaching within the Dublin schools are unbelievable. But there are benefits from experiencing rugby outside the Dublin bubble. When you come into the academy you probably have a little chip on your shoulder. You want to prove yourself to lads who had their names in lights from school rugby. The other parallel is, because I never got exposed to the volume of training and weight sessions at school, you see rapid changes in your body and your skills when you join the academy. You get hungry to improve.”Furlong reminds me of Willie John McBride. They are both sons of farmers who came to the game late. McBride achieved prodigious feats, as Furlong is already doing. Yet Furlong, unlike McBride, came into a winning Irish team and he is too professional to echo the Ulsterman when looking ahead to the England game. This Irish team today are used to success and expect to sustain and improve itHugo MacNeill Hide Hugo McNeill, the former Ireland and Lions player, on the pitch at Trinity College, his old college, and where Dublin University Rugby Club, the oldest club in the world to have played continuously, have games.MacNeill is most interested in Irish rugby’s enduring capacity to produce hope and unity. He remains close to Ringland. The Dubliner and the Ulsterman did commendable work in 1996 when, after an IRA bomb caused devastation in London’s Docklands, they organised the Peace Game between Ireland and the Barbarians – to show that the Irish wanted peace and unity above all else.“Trevor and I always spoke to each other during the Troubles. We talked and talked, and still do to this day. We wanted to learn about each other’s lives. We also believed the genius of rugby was that when Ireland went independent they kept things together. We are Ireland as one, north and south, in rugby. It’s not like football with the Republic of Ireland. It’s more than that. In some of Seamus Heaney’s best poems he talks about the neighbourly, casual slaughter of the Troubles. But rugby gave us a peaceful route. You respected and welcomed differences. Irish rugby always got this right. It still does today.”I have savoured Leinster’s meticulous planning, Munster’s gritty passion and Ulster’s layered identity and capacity for rugby leadership. A new Irish team are now the best in the country’s history and MacNeill’s belief in them, and rugby, is resonant.“Hopefully we’ll get through this Brexit mess, and come out the other side,” he says. “These are incredibly dangerous and sensitive times. We need peace and reconciliation. Irish rugby has always given us reconciliation with a generosity of spirit and mutual respect for our differences. It now also gives us a rugby team which might do something wonderful in the Six Nations and the World Cup. Irish rugby is leading the way – more than ever.” Amid such success, O’Donovan offers a telling reminder. “Rugby is still the fourth-choice sport in Ireland. Hurling, Gaelic football and soccer are still the first three in playing numbers in a very small population. So some weeks at Munster we understand we won’t play our best players. We look to get a longer lifespan out of them as there are just four professional teams in Ireland. England have 12. In Ireland we have a player pool of about 110 Irish professionals. We have to make sure they’re kept in good nick. Jacob Stockdale: ‘We went after the All Blacks with confidence’last_img read more

PSG make offer to double Buffon’s salary

first_imgTransfers PSG make offer to double Buffon’s salary Sabrina Belalmi Paris Saint-Germain Correspondent 21:55 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Getty Images Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The Italy international goalkeeper is set to play his final match for Juventus on Saturday but could then swap Turin for the French capital Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to sign Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer when he leaves Juventus, Goal can confirm.Buffon is set to take to the field in a Juventus shirt for the final time against Hellas Verona on Saturday, bringing down the curtain on a trophy-laden 17-year spell in Turin.And PSG have taken the first steps in trying to entice the 40-year-old to France, with the Ligue 1 champions having made an offer of €8 million-per-year (£7m/$9.4m), almost double his current salary at Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Les Parisiens are willing to make such an offer as they are keen to make marquee signings this summer all while navigating the Financial Fair Play constraints under which they are currently operating.Thomas Tuchel’s side will again target the Champions League as their main goal next season having fallen at the Round of 16 stage in 2017-18, as they lost 5-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid.The club feels that the addition of a veteran goalkeeper such as Buffon will improve their chances of European success, as well as add a respected name to the dressing room.Alphonse Areola, who made 43 appearances in all competitions in 2017-18, is currently negotiating a new contract at the club, while second-choice stopper Kevin Trapp is reportedly expendable.It has been suggested that Buffon will be expected to mentor Areola, whom PSG see as a potentially world-class goalkeeper.Reports suggest that Liverpool and Manchester City are also interested in acquiring Buffon’s signature, but it is not known if either club has yet to table an offer.Buffon has made 33 appearances for Juventus thus far this season, though his final Champions League fixture ended in ignominy, as he was sent off against Real Madrid as the Serie A giants crashed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday he claimed a decision on his future would be made in the coming days, with a potential role on the staff at Juventus one of the rumoured offers he has received.last_img read more


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SEC Football Coaches Speak Anonymously About Alabama

first_img Coaches from around the SEC spoke anonymously to Athlon Sports about each program. When it came to their assessment of Alabama, it’s pretty evident that motivation will be a huge factor for 2019.From Athlon Sports:“Maybe the best thing for this year’s team was losing that national title game the way they did. They were outplayed, outcoached and got whipped on the lines. Now they’re going to reload with the best roster in the league, but Nick Saban has all the motivation he needs.”“This is another national championship team, and they have the benefit of building off of last year’s loss. They’ll come out angry and focused.”Another interesting comment from an SEC coach revolved around the turnover on the coaching staff. They thought an issue for Alabama was the lack of consistency from position coaches.We’ll find out soon enough if Alabama can bounce back from last season’s devastating finish. alabama head coach nick saban in the national titleATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks on the field during warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)College football is just around the corner, and once again, Alabama is considered one of the favorites. Nick Saban and his staff are looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Clemson in the national championship.For years, the Crimson Tide have dominated their opponents. Roles were reversed during the championship game, as the Tigers won by 28 points.With Saban back for revenge and Tua Tagovailoa under center for his junior season, Alabama is poised for another great year.Although losing in blowout fashion wasn’t ideal for the Crimson Tide, opposing coaches in the SEC believe it could be the best thing for them heading into next season.last_img read more

GR Saunders Construction Timeline and Budget Established

first_imgEDUCATION–G.R. Saunders Construction Timeline and BudgetEstablished Students at G.R. Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton willsoon have a bigger and better facility. The Department ofEducation announced today, May 6, it has set a timeline andbudget for the renovation process that will result inimprovements to the school’s gymnasium, library, cafeteria andmusic facilities. At the request of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board,the department evaluated the G.R. Saunders building in June 2004and determined that the work would be a good long terminvestment. The renovations will enable G.R. Saunders to betteraccommodate Grade 6 students from Stellarton Middle School, whichclosed in 2004. “We are happy to be working with the school board, G.R. Saundersstaff and students, and the school community to put theconstruction plans into action,” said Education Minister JamieMuir. The department will review the details of the plan with membersof the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, G.R. Saundersstaff and the school steering team to identify priorities andbudget parameters. Renovation details will be finalized by June 30. The $250,000design contract has been awarded to Harvey & MacKenzie Architectsand the construction contract will be issued for tender in March2006. Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2006 and isexpected to be completed by September 2007. The budget for work in 2006-07 is $2 million. The remainder ofthe project budget for 2007-08 has not yet been determined. In 2004, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board closedStellarton Middle School. Grades 7 and 8 students were re-assigned to Westville Middle School, and Grade 6 students beganattending G.R. Saunders in September 2004. The renovation budget originally slated for Stellarton MiddleSchool was transferred to G.R. Saunders to upgrade the facilityto accommodate the additional students. Three new schools — North Nova Education Centre, NorthumberlandRegional High School and Truro Junior High — opened in theChignecto-Central Regional School Board in the last two years.last_img read more

Leau est maintenant bonne à boire après un écoulement deaux usées à

first_imgLe ministère de l’Environnement avise les résidents de Middleton, dans le comté d’Annapolis, que leur eau est de nouveau bonne à boire après un écoulement d’eaux usées survenu dans le ruisseau Eel. L’enquête du ministère a déterminé qu’il s’agissait d’un écoulement limité, sur une période de moins de 24 heures, dans des eaux au débit rapide qui ont vite emporté les eaux usées hors du secteur. La réserve d’eau municipale de la ville de Middleton et les puits privés des résidents n’ont pas été touchés et l’eau potable de la ville est propre à la consommation. L’eau de surface dans le ruisseau Eel et dans la rivière Annapolis est sûre pour les fins récréatives. L’eau de surface comme celle des ruisseaux, des rivières et des lacs n’est jamais considérée comme une source sûre et fiable d’eau potable. Un tuyau d’égout à l’usine de traitement des eaux usées de Middleton s’était brisé; il a depuis été réparé et l’écoulement d’eaux usées a été maîtrisé.last_img read more

Five stories in the news for today July 10

first_imgFive stories in the news for Monday, July 10———MORE EVACUATIONS AS B.C. WILDFIRES WORSENThe wildfire situation in the B.C interior is still escalating. More than 7,000 people had fled their homes by Sunday evening, and emergency officials expect that number to rise as hot, dry, windy conditions continue to fuel more than 200 fires that have charred at least 230 square kilometres. The Ashcroft Indian Reserve is among the hardest hit communities — most of its homes have been gutted. Many tears were shed as evacuated residents returned last night to see all they’d lost to the flames.———FORT MCMURRAY HELPS B.C. FIRE EVACUEESSeeing reports of the wildfire evacuations in British Columbia has brought back stressful memories for residents of Fort McMurray, Alta., who had to flee a devastating fire just over a year ago. But they’ve sprung into action by collecting donations of supplies for first responders, driving those supplies to B.C., and offering advice and guidance for evacuees through a Facebook page.———B.C. FORESTS MORE FIRE-PRONE THAN IN THE PAST: EXPERTIt’s a sad irony — an expert on the subject says British Columbia has become so successful at dousing wildfires that it’s actually made forests more prone to flames. Lori Daniels is an associate professor of forest ecology at UBC. She says increasingly successful firefighting efforts over recent decades have allowed for denser forests with more dead material on the ground. So now when fires ignite Daniels says they’re much more severe and fast-moving.———DELAY IN URGENT SURGERY UPS DEATH RISK: STUDYA new Canadian study suggests patients whose emergency surgeries are delayed due to a lack of operating room resources have an increased risk of death or need extra recovery time in hospital. Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital found surgical delays for patients with serious or life-threatening conditions had almost a 60 per cent higher risk of dying compared to those who received more timely treatment. The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.———ONTARIO SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON $15 MINIMUM WAGEOntario’s bid to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2019 is being put to the public this week. Proposed legislation, which also includes equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and more personal emergency leave, starts committee hearings today. The move is strongly opposed by business groups, but it has the support of some prominent economists.———last_img read more

Trial hears Manitoba Mountie made disastrous tactical decision before shooting

first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. — An expert in police use of force testified an RCMP officer in northern Manitoba made a disastrous tactical decision to step in front a vehicle before he shot the driver.Const. Abram Letkeman is on trial for the 2015 death of Steven Campbell, who was behind the wheel of a Jeep that the officer had tried to pull over for erratic driving.At the time of the shooting, police said the Jeep came to a stop after a brief chase and when Letkeman approached the vehicle, it suddenly accelerated and hit the officer, prompting him to fire.Christopher Butler, a retired Calgary police inspector, told court it was a major error for the officer to step in front of the Jeep and Letkeman put himself in jeopardy.But Butler says if the vehicle moved toward the officer and the officer believed he could die, firing his gun would be consistent with RCMP policy.The trial previously heard Campbell was shot at least nine times and his girlfriend was also injured on one side of her head.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

first_imgHONOLULU — A tugboat is searching for crew members who weren’t rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii.The Sincerity Ace had 21 crewmembers on board when the fire started last week. The crewmembers abandoned the burning vessel, which stretches 650 feet (198 metres).Ships in the area rescued 16. Four were listed as unresponsive in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for one missing crewmember.Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. owns the Panamanian-flagged vessel.Company spokesman Darrell Wilson says tugboat crewmembers who arrived Monday are trying to find the remaining crewmembers before towing the ship.He says vessels in the area are asked to look out for bodies.Wilson doesn’t know if the ship is still burning.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sarkozy offers little support for Papandreou

first_imgFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy provided only scant comfort for Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou during their meeting on Thursday. As an opinion poll on Thursday suggested that Greeks are overwhelmingly pessimistic about their prospects, Papandreou had little reason to be more cheerful after a meeting with Sarkozy proved inconclusive with regard to Athens’s request for better loan terms.The two men met in Paris 24 hours ahead of a meeting of Eurozone leaders in Brussels, where French and German proposals for increasing competitiveness in Europe are due to top the agenda. Sarkozy, who has been a strong supporter of Papandreou and Greece since the country was enveloped by the debt crisis, was extremely reserved yesterday, sources said. It appears that the Greek Prime Minister was only able to come away from the meeting with backing for a proposal to extend the period that Greece has to repay its 110 billion euros, which currently stands at three years, and lukewarm support for the idea of reducing the loan’s interest rate, which is roughly five percent.Papandreou was given no guarantees about Greece’s request that any future permanent EU bailout fund have the ability to buy back sovereign debt. “Tough negotiations will continue. Nothing has been decided,” Papandreou said. Meanwhile, an opinion poll carried out on behalf of Kathimerini and Skai TV and Radio suggested that support for the ruling PASOK party has declined substantially over the last month. The Public Issue survey indicated that backing for the Socialists stands at 35 percent, compared to 38 last month. Support for New Democracy has also dropped by two percent to 28.5. The Communist Party saw its support edge up from 10.5 percent to 11 percent, while the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) experienced a jump from 6 percent to nine percent. Backing for the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) was also up from 4.5 percent to five percent. No other parties garnered enough to pass the three percent threshold to gain seats in Parliament. The current set of poll ratings would result in a hung parliament if replicated at general elections. The same survey also indicated that Greeks are growing increasingly pessimistic about their own and the country’s prospects. Almost nine in ten said they do not feel confident about the future and 78 percent said they believe the country is going in the wrong direction, which is ten percent up from last month. Also, 73 percent believe that Greece’s economic situation will worsen over the next 12 months Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Children with asthma less likely to finish school

first_imgPeople who suffer with persistent asthma from a young age are more likely to lag behind in studies and drop out from school or university, a study has found. The research also suggests that when this group of children grow up, they are less likely to work in certain non-manual occupations such as police officer, clerk or foreman. “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among children and we know that it can interfere with daily life and affect school attendance,” said Christian Schyllert, a clinician at Karolinska University Hospital in Sweden. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”However, we know a lot less about the impact childhood asthma has on subsequent life chances in adulthood,” said Schyllert, a PhD student at Umea University in Sweden. The research was based on children living in three districts in Sweden. In 1996, all children aged between seven and eight years were invited to participate in the study and 97 per cent agreed. Participants were followed-up at age 11– 12, 19 and 27 – 28 years. By 2015, researchers were still in contact with 2,291 (59 per cent) of participants. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the start of the study and at each follow-up, researchers noted whether children had asthma. This meant they had been diagnosed with the condition by a doctor, and suffered wheezing or had taken asthma medication during the previous 12 months. Children were considered to have ‘early-onset, persistent asthma’ if they were first diagnosed before the age of 12 years and were still suffering with asthma at 19 years old. Researchers then compared this information with data on when children left education and which occupations they entered. They took into account other factors, such as sex, body weight and smoking, that could have an influence on education and work. The analysis showed that children with early-onset persistent asthma were three and half times more likely than children without asthma to leave school at the age of 16 with only basic education. In terms of their careers, children with early-onset persistent asthma were less than half as likely to enter non-manual occupations, including clerk, nursing assistant, police officer, musician and foreman. “This study suggests that children who are diagnosed with asthma when they are young and continue to suffer with the condition as they grow up have worse life chances when it comes to their education and their future jobs,” Schyllert said.last_img read more

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King Jr. state police said but the floodwaters were too deep and too swiftIn Hanover County a firefighter died and four others were injured including three seriously after a tractor trailer crashed into them as they tried to help with another crash involving two vehicles along Interstate 295 outside Mechanicsville VaAnd in Danville two people died after being swept away by flood waters One man William Lynn Tanksley 53 was swept from his vehicle during flash flooding at around 5 pm Thursday Another person who police have not yet identified was stranded in a car overcome by flooding at around 10:20 pmFEMA Administrator William "Brock" Long said Friday morning that the death toll from Hurricane Michael is likely to go up as rescue workers are able to venture more deeply into the areas devastated by the storm"Unfortunately I think you’re going to see that number climb" Long said "I hope we don’t see it climb dramatically But I have reasons to believe – we haven’t gotten into some of the hardest hit areas particularly the Mexico Beach area"Long said the storm posed a direct threat to people who ignored warnings and evacuation orders on the coastlines particularly given the threat of storm surge capable of tearing apart and flattening buildings"Very few people live to tell what it’s like to experience storm surge" he saidLong asked people in the areas directly hit by the storm to be patient for what is poised to be a long recovery because it will take time to assess the damage and confront the destruction"This is going to be a frustrating event" he said "It takes time to put things back together"Long who plans to head to the area hit by the storm over the weekend said that in Bay County Florida – home to Mexico Beach – "it’s not safe to return" given the downed power lines and other debris littering the region"Quite honestly it’s a dangerous area to go back into" he saidThis article was written by Mark Berman Dana Hedgpeth J Freedom du Lac and Eli Rosenberg reporters for The Washington PostThe leader of the Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari was Tuesday arrested in Cotonou Benin Republic A statement by his counsel Festus Keyamo said Dokubo was picked up by the police between 1:00pm and 2:00pm around the Lubeleyi roundabout and taken to an unknown destination “We want to emphasise that Alhaji Dokubo-Asari carries on legitimate business and has been living partly in Benin Republic for many years now” he said “In fact he owns houses schools and an academy in that country All these places have been searched as at this evening and nothing incriminating was found” The Lagos lawyer alleged that Dokubo’s arrest and detention may be a ploy by “certain forces in Nigeria in unholy alliance with the Beninoise government” to cage the ex-militant leader as the 2015 general election approaches “We call on the Nigerian government to immediately intervene and ensure that no harm befalls Alhaji Dokubo-Asari and to use all diplomatic means to secure his immediate release and safe return to Nigeria” he said Recall that Dokubo has been a vocal supporter of the purported second term bid of President Goodluck Jonathan He confirmed a few months ago that he owns a private university in the Benin Republic the King Amachree African University which will commence degree-awarding programmes in 2014 Mumbai:The civil aviation ministry is in final stages of formulating the drone policy and it is expected to be released shortly Union Minister Jayant Sinha said on 16 May The ministry came out with draft rules for unmanned aircraft systems last year seeking comments from the public The Minister of State for Civil aviation said that certain issues related to security and global standards were discussed in detail with the concerned stakeholders "We have finalised our work on the drone policy. Some tricky issues need to be resolved from security and global standards point of view We are now at the end of that consultation process So we hope to have the final drone policy coming out shortly" he said whilespeaking in a session at the Global Exhibition on Services Union Minister Jayant Sinha Image courtesy CNN-IBN At present the aircraft rules do not cover the use of drones as well as their sale and purchase?000 out of 1. One U. Google Jan. 27, "After all, and has led to official protests by several scientific and legal associations, for instance at the United Kingdom’s Research Excellence Framework,600 crore under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGS) scheme and also under centrally-sponsored programmes. Pumpkins would say.

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” For all the latest Sports News, ?? ?? ?? ? It is therefore not clear whether you are looking at the cadavers of a successful treatment, 2015 3:17 pm Divya Dutta will be seen narrating various crime alert stories and will also encourage the audiences to take corrective measures to fight against crime in TV show “Savdhaan India”. the young leader lost more seats than he won. Eric Dier, “I come into a series with a plan,they should lodge a formal complaint, Rakhra added Surjit Singh Kohlis son Ajitpal Singh Kohliwho has been the Patiala Mayoralso refuted the allegations and hit back at Gupta We would have fielded SAD candidates in all the 15 seats from where BJP contestedhad we had any intention to defeat them The fact is that in the recent assembly pollsSAD lost by 22 thousand votes from the said 15 wards of the BJP candidates One should accept the defeat and not level baseless allegations?of transparency and accountability.

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