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Accent on youth reinvigorates Ireland

first_imgRunning at speed, creating space and attempting offloads to break down the usually watertight Argentine defence was impressive.  The Pumas struggled to get two hands on Ireland’s back three and the previously frustrated Irish backs had time to show their attacking verve.Jonathon Sexton enjoyed the time and space the lacklustre Puma defensive line-speed was offering. His passing was precise and slick and gave Zebo the opportunity to touch down for five points, but not before some fast footwork of his own led to Ireland’s second try.Happy days: Sexton congratulates BoweIt wasn’t all about the backs though as the Irish forwards played their part in making this a complete team performance – highlighted by Donnacha Ryan’s Man of the Match award.  The Munster man who made his debut in the same fixture four years ago, only got his first start during this year’s 6 Nations but now seems to have established himself as Ireland’s premier lock.Watching on Saturday it’s hard to believe how many regular starters Ireland were missing.  This series started under tehe cloud of an ever-growing injury list: Brian O’Driscoll, Paul O’Connell, Stephen Ferris, Sean O’Brien, Rob Kearney and Rory Best were all absentees.  Even the younger names there now seem like the old guard given the fresh faces in the starting XV. If their aches and pains aren’t keeping them awake at night then potential selection for the RBS 6 Nations certainly will.Ireland fans have had to wait a long time for a performance like that. One morale-boosting victory does not define a season (especially when Ireland only managed three wins from 10) but it is a mighty fine way to end it.  The players head back to their provinces buoyed by that display and excited at the prospect of the next training camp.  As for Declan Kidney, he can relax… at least until February when Ireland kick off their RBS 6 Nations campaign at the Millennium Stadium. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland’s Tommy Bowe celebrates with teammate Jonathan Sexton (R) after scoring a try against Argentina during the Autumn International rugby union match between Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva stadium in Dublin, Ireland on November 24, 2012. AFP PHOTO/ PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) center_img Irish eyes smiling: Gordon D’Arcy was full of running, but it was the youngsters who invigorated the Ireland sideBy Claire GlancyON 31st July 2010 a young Ulsterman scored the first try in a challenge match to mark the opening of the Aviva Stadium. Another reporter turned to me and said “Remember the name.  You’ll need it for pub quizzes for years to come.”If the same winger maintains the form displayed on his Ireland debut on Saturday, I don’t think many will forget his name in a hurry…Is it any wonder Craig Gilroy so looked relaxed from the first whistle?  His name is already etched into the history books at the Aviva Stadium and at 21-years-old, he’s fearless and confident enough to know he’s good. What’s changed is that everyone else knows it too. The secret is out.As he danced his way through the Argentine defence for the first try, Gilroy ignited an excitement on and off the pitch.  Within seconds of touching down he was swamped by team mates and every instance he got his hands on the ball after that the crowd erupted in anticipation, much like English and Welsh crowds, for Jason Robinson and Shane Williams in their pomp.Puma lift?: On Saturday Ireland reignedKidney said afterwards that the young recruits had brought an infectious enthusiasm to the training camp.  During his reign the Ireland Head Coach has been conservative in selection, erring on the side of caution, but injuries have forced a rethink across the park and on Saturday the new recruits repaid his faith, and then some.From the first to final whistle there was higher tempo in the Irish attack. And it seemed, that when they attacked, they scored with seven tries in all. There seemed to be more vitality in every aspect of Ireland’s game and the youthful members of the side played with style.Ireland deliberately switched play quickly down the blindside throughout the game allowing Gilroy, Simon Zebo and Tommy Bowe to cause problems at every stage. This tactic tore holes in the Puma’s defence and resulted in at least three of the tries.last_img read more

RSF decries online attacks against The Intercept Brasil’s journalists

first_img Organisation Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News April 15, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionInternetFreedom of expressionViolence News June 19, 2019 RSF decries online attacks against The Intercept Brasil’s journalistscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the wave of verbal attacks and threats against Rio de Janeiro-based US journalist Glenn Greenwald, and against his family and colleagues, following the publication of leaks on The Intercept Brasil website showing controversial internal discussions by the Operation Car Wash anti-corruption task force of prosecutors along with then-Judge Sergio Moro, now justice minister for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. RSF is appalled by the poisonous climate for investigative journalism in Brazil and calls on the country’s authorities to guarantee the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and to investigate the threats received by the website and its representatives. News Glenn Greenwald- Source- Gage Skidmore/ Flickr Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsProtecting sources CorruptionInternetFreedom of expressionViolence RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more The attacks began on 9 June, immediately after The Intercept Brasil published a series of leaks exposing serious irregularities in “Operation Car Wash,” one of the most important corruption investigations in Brazil’s history.The target of the first attacks was Greenwald, the co-founder of the English-language investigative news website The Intercept, and editor of The Intercept Brasil, its Portuguese-language sister site.Then his family and the website’s staff was attacked. On 11 June, Greenwald’s husband, federal congressman David Miranda, filed a complaint and published some of the unpleasant messages and death threats received since the start of the revelations, including a demand of 10,000 dollars in Bitcoins in return for not harming the couple’s children.The insults, smears and death threats spread like wildfire on social media, along with false and defamatory content designed to discredit The Intercept’s staff and Greenwald, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 and who has lived in Brazil for much of the past decade. The hashtag #DeportaGreenwald calling for his deportation trended on Twitter, backed by an online petition on Change.org. The initial reactions from the government, some national media outlets and those whose actions were called into question by the revelations, especially justice minister Sérgio Moro, focused on the supposedly illegal nature of the leaked material – including Telegram messages, audio and video recordings, photos and legal documents – which The Intercept Brasil received from an anonymous source.“The Brazilian authorities must ensure respect for the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, which is guaranteed by Brazil’s constitution, must protect The Intercept Brasil’s journalists and must investigate the serious threats received by Glenn Greenwald and his family,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “Attacks on the credibility of a media outlet after it is has revealed information in the public interest that is compromising for the government are sadly frequent in Brazil and are clearly designed to deflect the public’s attention from the content of the revelations. In this unprecedented case, they are all more serious for having been accompanied by threats against the lives of journalists and a wave of absolutely disgraceful homophobic and xenophobic insults.”Disinformation and public statements aimed at discrediting the media are very common in Brazil and encourage mistrust of journalism. This mistrust often leads to hate speech, smear campaigns, online mob “lynching” and abusive prosecutions – all of which lead in turn to self-censorship. The climate for journalism has been getting more and more hostile and especially so since Jair Bolsonaro became president in January.The leaks published by The Intercept reveal prohibited collaboration between Sérgio Moro, the judge who was trying the Operation Car Wash corruption investigation, and Deltan Dallagnol, the main prosecutor. Brazil is ranked 105th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazillast_img read more

A new agency to censor YouTube, other video sites?

first_img to go further Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A new agency to censor YouTube, other video sites? The Al-Hayat report said that Saudis who want to share videos online would have to obtain a permit from this new agency, which would be overseen by Najem’s commission. Only YouTube use compatible with Saudi “culture, values and tradition” would be permitted, the article said.Najem has since expressed strong criticism of the Al-Hayat story, which was published on 2 December, but has stopped short of denying what it reported.“Although already monitored and censored, the Internet has been one of the few spaces where Saudis could express views and share content but this announcement, if confirmed, would yet again show that the Saudi authorities are bent on eliminating all space for freedom and gagging civil society,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We urge the authorities to abandon this repressive measure and all of their other policies of systematic website content censorship, and instead to respect freedom of expression and information.”The plan for the new agency reported by Al-Hayat has attracted a great deal of criticism from Saudi citizens on social networks. RSF_en News As the traditional Saudi media are subservient to the authorities, the Internet, and YouTube in particular, has become the preferred space for Saudis to debate the problems that plague their society. According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia has more YouTube users per capita than any other country in the world. News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News April 28, 2021 Find out more According to a report in the Saudi newspaper Al-Hayat, the head of the Commission for Audiovisual Media, Dr. Riadh Najem, announced at a meeting with businessmen and journalists on 1 December that he plans to create a new agency to monitor and censor video content on YouTube and other sites. Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Organisation In a letter to Al-Hayat that the newspaper published on 4 December, Najem said the report contain many inaccuracies but he did not deny that his commission intended to create a “tool for protecting young Saudis and making them aware of what is acceptable for Saudi society and culture.” Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say In 2011, the authorities adopted a number of measures designed to deter the Saudi public from obtaining information about the popular uprisings in other Arab countries and participating in the surge in online activity throughout the Arab world.These measures have been enforced with determination ever since in order to restrict the flow of news and information and throttle any political or social demands.Saudi Arabia is on the Reporters Without Borders list of countries that are “Enemies of the Internet.” Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sunflower of rural tourism: The action of evaluating the best has started

first_imgU okviru ovogodišnjeg projekta ocjenjivanja i promocije najboljih poduzetnika i programa u ruralnom turizmu, očekuje se više od 150 prijava iz čitave Hrvatske”Suncokretom ruralnog turizma promoviraju se tradicijski sadržaji, povezuju se najznačajniji projekti, proizvođači, događaji i zanimljivosti, te se uz očuvanje izvornosti stvaraju novi proizvodi ruralnog turizma“, ističe mr. sc. Dijana Katica, predsjednica Hrvatske udruge za turizam i ruralni razvoj „Kluba članova Selo“, inicijatora i organizatora pete nacionalne nagrade koja u fokus stavlja ruralni prostor Hrvatske i jedina se u zemlji njime sustavno bavi.U projekt su uključeni poduzetnici, obrtnici, OPG-i, zadruge, udruge iz cijele Hrvatske kao i jedinice područne i lokalne samouprave te turističke zajednice. Dok nominacije još uvijek pristižu, komisija je već krenula u prvi krug obilaska. „Akcija obilaska traje nekoliko mjeseci. Moraju se posjetiti i po jasno razrađenim kriterijima ocijeniti svi nominirani, a najboljima će se na svečanosti proglašenja krajem godine uručiti Zlatne, Srebrne, Brončane plakete i Posebna priznanja u šest kategorija: Turistička seljačka gospodarstva, Poduzetnici u ruralnom turizmu, Ruralno-turistički projekti, Ruralno-turističke manifestacije, Tradicijska ruralna gastronomija i Vinski turizam“, kaže Stjepan Cukor, predsjednik ocjenjivačke komisije.U protekle četiri godine u projektu je sudjelovalo oko 400 proizvođača, turističkih projekata i poduzetnika s ruralnih područja, a nagrade je dobilo njih 130.last_img read more

Judge orders Forest Service to diversify

first_imgOAKLAND – A federal judge ordered the U.S. Forest Service to diversify its work force in California, ruling that the agency has failed to eliminate hiring and promotional barriers to Hispanics as required by a 2002 court agreement. Hispanics only make up about 9 percent of the forest service’s 5,000-member work force that manages 18 national forests in California. That’s about the same percentage as it was in October 2002 when a lawsuit accusing the agency of discrimination was settled, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken of Oakland said Thursday. Wilken said the agency has failed to conduct an effective recruitment and outreach program, employ a full-time recruitment coordinator or make good-faith efforts to employ a civil rights director in California as required by the 2002 agreement. The judge ordered the agency to sign a contract with “an effective outside recruiter” and allow a court-appointed monitor to hire a new staff member to review all new hires and promotions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Those measures should help diversify the Forest Service, said plaintiffs’ attorney Willie Nguyen of the Employment Law Center in San Francisco. He said the biggest barrier to Hispanic employment has been the agency’s “willful ignorance of the problem.” Forest service spokesman Matt Mathes said the order makes it clear that “Judge Wilken expects us to do better.” He said the agency would start working Monday morning on a plan to comply. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early

first_imgTrick-or-treaters hoping for an enjoyable Halloween night are being advised to go out early this afternoon to avoid the rain.Little witches, ghosts, superheroes, and many other characters are expected to be out and about in towns and villages across Donegal today.But with heavy rain expected in the evening, the trick to avoid getting the costumes wet is to go out before the showers hit from around 6pm. Met Eireann is forecasting a chilly night with low temperatures of 5 to 6C.‘Persistent and heavy rain’ is forecast for the north west in the evening time, which will ease later and clear slowly by early Friday morning.Friday will see further outbreaks of rain and heavy downpours could lead to local flooding in areas during the night.Met Eireann is warning of a washout weekend, with more rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday. Cold and clearer weather is expected for the early days of next week.     Halloween Weather: Trick-or-treaters advised to get out early was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Liverpool chief Moore: The effing abuse I copped almost blowing Van Dijk dealby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool chief exec Peter Moore has revealed how he copped pelters from local fans after almost messing up the Virgil van Dijk deal.Moore made the revelation at the World Football Summit.He said, “I had been at work for a few days, I had been away for 40 years. And we were trying to sign Virgil Van Dijk for the first time and we got into a little mess with Southampton.”We made an apology because we were supposedly wrong about things. Well, I went out for coffee, I found a Starbucks and I was walking back with a coffee in each hand and suddenly a scouser coming along the road yells at me: ‘Instead of buying a Starbucks, you should have bought f***ing Van Dijk, damn jerk’. “So there I was with a coffee in each hand and I was back with Liverpool’s acid humor again!” last_img read more

Photo: Florida Signee Jordan Scarlett Gets Awesome Gators Tattoo

first_imgA Florida Gators player running on the field with a Florida Gators flag.LEXINGTON, KY – SEPTEMBER 23: Chauncey Gardner Jr #23 of the Florida Gators celebrates after the 28-27 win over the Kentucky Wildcats at Kroger Field on September 23, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Florida signee Jordan Scarlett hasn’t played a down for his team just yet, but it looks like he’s going to be a Gator for life – whether or not he actually sticks with the program. Scarlett, a four-star running back commit who begins his freshman year in 2015, got a very strong Florida tattoo earlier this week. It’s of the school logo, which features mascot Albert.Go follow @thaillustratedman305 on Instagram thanks for the ink! pic.twitter.com/RI7hJT2CiH— ManChild (@Famousscarlett) April 7, 2015Scarlett is expected to be a big asset for a program looking to get back on the map. It looks like he’s ready to go.[Only Gators]last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 14 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgCollege Spun's staff picks for week 14 of the 2015 college football season.college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.college spun staff picks week 1444Who do you have?last_img read more

Trudeau to march in Toronto Pride Parade for a second time

first_imgTORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be returning to one of Canada’s largest Pride celebrations this weekend.Pride Toronto, organizers of the city’s festival celebrating the LGBTQ community, says Trudeau will be marching in Sunday’s parade again this year.He made history last year when he became the first sitting Prime Minister to take part in a Pride parade.Trudeau marched in Vancouver’s Pride festival later that summer.This year, he will be joined by other dignitaries including Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde, making his first appearance at the Toronto Pride event.last_img