Weepu hangs up his boots

first_imgThe 71 test veteran has announced his decision on Instagram saying “it’s been an honour and a privilege to have played footy over the years.”Weepu made his provincial debut in 2003 for Wellington, playing with the Lions until 2011 when he switched to Auckland from 2012-2014.The 34 year-old made 124 Super Rugby appearances – 84 for the Hurricanes and 40 for the Blues.His All Black career included playing a leading role in New Zealand’s World Cup triumph in Auckland in 2011.Weepu headed overseas in 2014 to play for London Welsh, Wasps and French clubs Oyonnax and Narbonne.He recently returned to New Zealand to play Heartland Championship rugby this season for Wairarapa Bush.last_img

Trainer Chen lands Eight Thirty double

first_imgThe debutants, EARTH ANGEL and MARLENE MY LOVE, both trained by Dwight Chen, kicked off the 3-y-o campaign leading up to the classics with contrasting victories in the divided Mercury Sprint for native-bred maiden fillies over the straight at Caymanas Park yesterday.In Division I, EARTH ANGEL, running at odds of 5-1, with Arthur Budhu aboard, disposed of tearaway leader DELPHINIUM (2-1) approaching the distance to win by 51/2L lengths from the even-money favourite BLUE TRADITION in a field of 11.The chestnut filly by Blue Pepsi Lodge out of Flint Ridge covered the distance in the fairly good time of 59.4 behind splits of 22.3 and 46.4 for the half mile. She is owned and bred by Trevor Dunkley Sr.Just over an hour later, stable-companion MARLENE MY LOVE, running as the howling 1-9 favourite, with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard, had to work overtime to catch and beat long-time leader ADORING LADY (6-1) by half a length, clocking 59.3.The Collin Blair-trained ADORNG LADY, with apprentice Andre Powell aboard, raced into a clear lead from her unfavourable draw on the far side, only to be caught close home by the fast-finishing MARLENE MY LOVE, closing rapidly on the stands’ side in a field of eight. A bay filly by Adore the Gold out of Miss Chestnut, which makes her a half sister to two-time ‘Horse of the Year’ MARK MY WORD, MARLENE MY LOVE is owned by Howard Hamilton and bred by HAM Stables Limited.DRIVING FINISHMeanwhile, leading all-time trainer and current champion Wayne DaCosta won the overnight allowance supporting feature for the Allan ‘Billy’ Williams Memorial trophy over 1400 metres with 9-5 favourite ROYAL VIBES.Coming from off the pace with Jevanne Erwin riding for owner Carlton Watson, ROYAL VIBES won in a driving finish from 6-1 chance TIMEFORARMS in a field of 11.In recognition of his historic 2,000th career win on the previous Saturday, DaCosta was presented with a commemorative trophy after the eighth race by CTL director Alvin Beckford.last_img

SCG, YMCA Initiative to Prevent Violence against Children

first_imgSearch for Common Ground (SFCG), in partnership with the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia,  has initiated a program aimed at preventing violence against children.At a one-day validation workshop in Monrovia, the two groups made presentations on the theme, “Engaging Children and Youth as Partners in Preventing Violence against Children.”In their separate presentations, the group with one accord expressed the belief that many children were being dislocated from their parents as a result of child trafficking.According to them, people leave the urban areas for the interior to get people’s children under the impression that they would send the children to school, but as they bring them, the children become domestic slaves and are faced with violence.Another form of violence, the groups said involves early marriage of girl children.Presenters lamented that many parents force their girls into early marriages with the intent of providing daily bread for them; something SFCG and YMCA believe is detrimental to the rights of a child.Earlier, SFCG Country Director, Oscar Bloh, explained that the global objective of the project is to contribute to the eradication of all forms of violence against children.He said the project is youth-led, but will have an adult support, and is also implemented in Sierra Leone and Guinea.The program, according to Mr. Bloh, is divided into four phases with the first dealing with desk review and the second having to do with evidence sharing methods.The third phase, he said, will also be evidence sharing method and the fourth will deal with how these methods can be used for future   evidence.He maintained that the project  will be heavily directed at  children and youth centered interests and research, noting that its outcome is expected to come up with recommendations that will advocate for multi-sectoral implementation of actions and new policies that will address the needs of children and the youth.For his part, the YMCA national general secretary E. Edward Gboe, noted that child protection and the fight for child rights are very challenging in Liberia, and that addressing them needs a lot of efforts by stakeholders.He expressed the hope that YMCA and its partners will ensure a positive outcome that will enhance child protection and child rights in the country are formulated.The program was sponsored by the European Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

Man City deny claims of Messi bid

first_imgCity chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was quoted in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo as saying he once made a lucrative offer for Messi, which would reportedly have paid him more than £1 million ($1.3 million) per week.“We asked Guardiola to talk to him, we offered him triple the salary he has at Barcelona, but he never accepted,” Mubarak was quoted as saying.But City responded by insisting there was no truth to the report.“We deny the veracity of these quotes,” a City spokesman said.Argentina forward Messi played under Guardiola for four seasons at Barca, during which time they won 14 titles.The 31-year-old signed a new contract with Barca in November 2017.Guardiola won the Premier League and League Cup with City last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City have denied reports of a bid for Lionel Messi © AFP / JOSE JORDANLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 13 – Manchester City have rubbished claims they made a failed bid to sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.Messi has been linked with City several times since former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola was appointed manager of the Premier League club in 2016.last_img

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ‘supports’ Petr Cech’s move to Arsenal

first_img Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with former goalkeeper Petr Cech 1 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he supports club owner Roman Abramovich’s decision to allow Petr Cech to join Premier League rivals Arsenal.The Czech Republic goalkeeper won 13 trophies in a ten-year spell as the Blues’ number one glovesman, but completed a move across London on Monday after losing his starting place Thibaut Courtois last season.Mourinho made no secret of his desire for the Blues hero to stay, rather than strengthen a rival, but respected Abramovich’s decision to allow a “great servant” to choose his next destination, with Cech keen to remain in London.“I support the owner’s decision to honour the player in this way,” Mourinho said on chelseafc.com.“Petr has been a great servant for Chelsea for 11 years and helped this club to win almost everything there is to win.“I always said I wanted him to stay but I understand Petr needed to move on to play first team football every week.“Sometimes you have to respect the wishes of someone who has earned so much respect with his service and actions for your club.“It is very rare in football to make a decision like this and for that reason I am proud of my club for making it.“There are not many clubs in the world big enough to be able to make that decision.“Petr’s success at this club will always to be remembered and we thank him for everything he did.”last_img

ATHLETICS NEWS: STOCKDALE WINS AGAIN

first_imgFinn Valley AC’s Helen Stockdale.Finn Valley athlete Helen Stockdale’s winning streak continued last night when she clinched an impressive victory in the annual Millisle (Co Down) six mile road race.After claiming gold medals over 400 metres, 800 metres, 1500 metres and 3,000 metres at the NIMAA Track & Field Championships on Saturday last, the Northern Ireland international star showed her ability over the longer distance with an impressive win in 37:08.Orangegrove AC’s Leann Gibson followed in 39:47  with Julie Murphy (Lagan Valley AC) in third  in a time of 40:36.  ATHLETICS NEWS: STOCKDALE WINS AGAIN was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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) Tags:finnhelenmilemillisleraceroadsixstockdalevalleylast_img

Chelsea fans on Twitter keen for players to get a break

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesMany Chelsea fans on Twitter believe a potential break for a number of Blues players has arrived at the perfect time.The Premier League leaders battled to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Burnley, where David Luiz battled through the match despite carrying an injury.Meanwhile, Diego Costa has not scored in four games – his longest run without a goal so far this season.With Chelsea in FA Cup action against Wolves this weekend, it gives boss Antonio Conte a chance to make changes in order to keep his team fresh for the league run-in.Glad there’s a break now, Liverpool & Arsenal back to back was tough. Let’s re group. Rest the first teamers & come back in 2 weeks. #CFC— Mick Loizou (@MickmarJr) February 13, 2017Our game against Wolves could not have come at a better time. Luiz, Pedro, Costa, Matic all look like they need a break. #CFC— Matt MacCallum (@MattJamesMac) February 12, 2017Great performance from Luiz, but concerned we’ll lose him for key games if he keeps playing thru injury. Cup break could be a blessing. #cfc— Jonny Dyer (@KaiserJonny) February 12, 2017Burnley was for sure a tough game, and hope Luiz recovers soon, you can tell he needs some time to rest, he’s vital to us. #CFC— ⚽ AGuyNamedBenny (@Ben_Stevens99) February 12, 2017FA Cup next weekend might be the distraction that we need tbh,give a rest to a few players etc.Onwards and upwards 👍🏻 #cfc— Mike (@chelseaboy1971) February 12, 2017Luiz is in urgent need of a rest. Looked to be struggling moving around today. Won’t start against Wolves in the cup so that’s handy. #CFC— Tom Andrews (@CarefreeTom_182) February 12, 2017#CFC Luiz needs a whole week rest to recover— Geezer (@LatifCfc) February 12, 2017Not the worst result in the world. Few lads need a rest this week.10 points clear #CFC 💙💙💙— floyd cooper (@floyd2103) February 12, 2017With Luiz clearly limping although playing well give him a rest zouma is capable of filling in #CFC— Alan White (@alanawht) February 12, 2017Wouldn’t mind Michy replacing Costa. He could use some rest, hasn’t been himself since China story. #BURCHE #CFC— Piotr Podraza (@ppodraza) February 12, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Open Textbooks Gaining Ground: Flat World in 400 Colleges

first_imgDo you remember college and all those textbooks you couldn’t sell back to the bookstore? I do. I own one of the most expensive doorstop collections in existence. For this very reason, Flat World Knowledge is announcing record numbers on their open text book program. As of this coming September, more than 40,000 college students at more than 400 colleges will access the publisher’s e-learning services and textbooks. Business and economics professors from across the country are flocking to the site to meet their students’ needs. Given that the program started in Spring 2009, with only 1000 textbooks sold to 30 colleges, the growth for Fall 2009 is phenomenal. Says Flat World Knowledge co-founder Eric Frank, “We’ll save college students and their families nearly $3 million in textbook expenses this semester and in the next 12 to 15 months we’ll be expanding subject matter to incorporate genetics, psychology, sociology and math.”The demand for digital textbooks has grown tremendously, and Flat World has capitalized on this demand by offering students free online web browsing as well as $20 PDF versions, $30 black and white printed versions, $40 audio versions and $60 color print versions. The company also gains revenue through the sale of audio study guides, quizzes and flash cards. When asked about the relationship between open textbooks and open courseware, Frank explained, “We embrace accessibility to education, but the one thing missing in many of these courses is the textbook itself. We’re trying to bridge that gap with something inexpensive for students and modifiable for faculty.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting dana oshiro Tags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web Related Posts Flat World Knowledge’s textbooks are available for online viewing under a Creative Commons license, and educators have the freedom to edit and change them to suit their classroom needs. The company also offers premium PDF versions and is working on additional formats for the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader stores. However, these proprietary versions are certainly not the focus. Says Frank, “Traditional textbooks have clearly failed students and instructors. Similarly, digital textbook trials that force a single format, device, or price point will also fail. No single e-reading format or device will ever satisfy all students. Our commercial open-source textbook approach puts control and the power of choice in the hands of students and instructors.”Rather than focusing on university partnerships, the company is committed to seeking out the best possible authors. Says Frank, “We’re interested in focusing on the authors as part of our brand. For instance, Preston McAfee wrote one of our micro-economics books. If you work with the best authors, schools respond.” To see if your school is using Flat World Knowledge books, visit the company website. For more college and university resources, check out Jolie O’Dell’s ReadWriteWeb Back-to-School apps, or if you’re researching upcoming courses, check out Courseopedia. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

The Wrong Lessons

first_imgThe terrorist attacks in Mumbai in November that killed 173 people and injured 308 others thrust India on to the global terror map, but we are at risk of drawing the wrong lessons.Media coverage, both in India and the United States, has wallowed interminably on the city’s landmarks, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and the Leopold Café, popular haunts of the rich and famous, which were among 10 locations attacked. There has been little commentary on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the train station, where the most casualties occurred. The dominant focus on elites and elite symbols of power distorts the nature of the attack, the ongoing terrorist threat to the country and the necessary response.The Indian government spends twice as much to safeguard politicians ($734 million) than it does on the National Security Guard ($316 million) to protect the rest of the country from terrorists. The distorted media coverage is likely to skew even further the security priorities. For the past several years, India has been among the worst victims of terrorist violence, but it required the killings of a handful of foreigners for the world to take notice. In fact, Mumbai itself has experienced several terrorist attacks in recent years, including seven coordinated train bombings in 2006 that killed 209 people, more than died in the latest attacks.The drumbeat of comparisons between the Mumbai attacks and 9/11 glosses over the gravity of the continuing terror threat in the country, which just this year also included bombings that killed 77 people in Assam, 63 in Jaipur, 29 in Ahmedabad and 21 in New Delhi, to name just a few.There is no question that Pakistan coddles and even sponsors terrorists on its soil and the Pakistani link to the Mumbai attackers is now well established. It is also evident that Pakistan is unable, or unwilling, to shut down terrorist camps in its borders, pressuring India to take military action.But that is easier said than done. Any strike to take out terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan could escalate into a wider war between two nuclear states. At the same time, fears of a broader war and the potential exacerbation of tensions with the Muslim population in India cannot preclude military retribution, as that only emboldens terrorists and Pakistan to strike with impunity. However, any action should be weighed strategically and not be knee-jerk and impulsive. What is required is coordinated international action, perhaps by NATO or the United States, to militarily take out these camps and terrorists inside Pakistan to minimize chances of a regional conflict.Meanwhile, can we please put a halt to the sappy musings about swinging a beer at Café Leopold or picking at samosas at Taj’s Sea Lounge and focus instead on the lives and limbs of men, women and children that continue to be blown apart with growing frequency in bazaars and train stations throughout India. Related Itemslast_img