Don’t read too much into opening friendlies

first_img  0  0 ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Post by Dylan Jack Don’t read too much into opening friendlies Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘center_img Posted in Columns, Dylan Jack, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged 2020 Super Rugby, Bulls, sharks, Stormers, Super Rugby Stormers against Maties ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Life Exact BrazilRemember Grace Jones? She Is Almost 73, See Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Fans should take the results from the opening weekend of Vodacom Super Rugby friendlies with a pinch of salt, writes DYLAN JACK.This past weekend saw the Sharks, Stormers and Vodacom Bulls all in action for the first time this year and with so much having gone on in the off-season, fans widely anticipated how the teams would perform in the first run outs.The Sharks and Bulls both enjoyed comfortable wins against Russia and UP-Tuks respectively.READ: Stormers put through their pacesThe Durban side also fielded a largely second string side mostly made up of first years and club rugby players to play against NWU. While this team did well to take a lead into half-time, they narrowly let it slip and ended up losing to the Varsity Cup team.REPORT: Sharks thrash Russia, lose to NWUGiven the side that was fielded, Sean Everitt would probably have been pleased that they were able to go toe-to-toe with their opposition.The Bulls found things more straightforward in their first outing, fielded two lineups mixed between Super Rugby players, incoming veterans like Morne Steyn and Juandre Kruger and U21s to face their neighbours.Unsurprisingly, the teams dealt with their opposition far easier, though again, the focus may have been on getting the new signings game time and allowing them to gel into the team, while getting the players used to contact and match pace again.READ: Bulls claim comfortable warm-up winsHowever, the Stormers began their preparations for the upcoming season in a rather different manner to the previous two, opting to play four of the local universities in 20 minute chukkas in what was dubbed a Varsity Day at Florida Park in Ravensmead.While some may choose to look at the fact that the team was so closely run in all four games, and beaten in one, as a point of ridicule, it must be noted that the games were played in a very festival-like atmosphere, with players throwing the ball around, taking quick taps and simply enjoying the opportunity to get a good run around.The day was always going to be more about bringing the game to the people and so it proved, with a good crowd turning out to watch the action.The upcoming SuperHero Sunday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, which will see the Sharks face the Stormers and Bulls take on the Lions, will obviously be played in a far more competitive spirit. It can therefore be expected that the respective coaches will reveal more of their hands as it will effectively conclude their teams’ preparations for the upcoming season.Photo: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images Loans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on January 12, 2020 last_img read more

NAT Group to launch Cardiff Fflecsi DRT on 29 June

first_imgNAT Group is to trial a demand responsive transport (DRT) service in Cardiff called Fflecsi. The pilot will start on 29 June and last for three months. It will replace the operator’s existing scheduled G1 service between Gabalfa and Gwaelod y Garth.The trial follows the Fflecsi concept’s successful introduction in other parts of Wales. Customers will request a pick-up from stops along the G1 route via app or by contacting a customer call centre.Says NAT Group Managing Director Adam Keen: “With current restrictions limiting passenger numbers, public transport companies are having to continually adapt their offerings. NAT Group is going above and beyond to improve our service and to create new provisions for both existing and potential customers.“This is the first DRT trial in Cardiff, and pleasingly NAT Group is at the forefront of innovation. We are committed to finding new ways of travelling for those who live and work in South Wales.”The Fflecsi pilot in Cardiff will be provided in partnership with Cardiff Council and Transport for Wales (TfW). It will utilise a branded Optare Solo.TfW Chief Executive James Price adds: “Fflecsi is an exciting trial for us as we continue to transform public transport in Wales. The pilot will offer the opportunity to look at a new way of operating, and in the current circumstances, it will allow bus companies to move people while maintaining a social distance.”Earlier in June, NAT Group launched its TrawsHafren service between Chepstow and Bristol. It operates to a fixed timetable, but it also allows customers to pre-book seats in advacelast_img read more

Study finds parenting behaviors linked to suicide among adolescents

first_imgShare How often do you tell your kids they did a good job? Do you say you are proud of them? Do you help with homework? Are you emotionally engaged with your kids?A fresh look at a federally sponsored 2012 national study shows a significant link between parent’s behaviors and thoughts of suicide among adolescents, according to a presentation given by two University of Cincinnati professors at the 2017 American Public Health Association conference.UC professors Keith King and Rebecca Vidourek performed a follow-up data analysis of results from the “2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,” which provides national- and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs — including nonmedical use of prescription drugs — and mental health in the United States. Email LinkedIn Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Their findings showed that children between the ages of 12 and 17 are significantly more likely to contemplate, plan and attempt suicide when their parents do not engage in certain behaviors that demonstrate to their children that they care about them. “Kids need to know that someone’s got their back, and unfortunately, many of them do not. That’s a major problem,” King said.Startlingly, the findings showed that the age group most significantly impacted by parenting behaviors was 12- and 13-year-old children. Children in that age group with parents who never or rarely told them they were proud of them were nearly five times more likely to have suicidal thoughts, nearly seven times more likely to formulate a suicide plan and about seven times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Similarly, 12- and 13 year olds with parents who rarely or never told them they did a good job or helped them with their homework were at excessively high risk for suicide.“Parents ask us all the time, ‘What can we do?’” said King, who coordinates UC’s health promotion and education doctoral program and serves as Director of the Center for Prevention Science. “You can tell them you’re proud of them, that they did a good job, get involved with them, and help them with their homework.”“A key is to ensure that children feel positively connected to their parents and family,” added Vidourek, who serves as Co-Director of the Center for Prevention ScienceThe risk of suicidal behaviors among high school-aged teens, though lower than among 12- and 13-year-olds, is still significantly higher when their parents aren’t emotionally involved. For example, 16- and 17-year-olds whose parents rarely or never told the children they are proud of them are about three times more likely to have suicidal thoughts and almost four times more likely to make a suicide plan and attempt suicide than peers whose parents sometimes or often did.That may seem promising when compared to the youngest age group, but the decrease in the odds of suicidal behavior among children ages 14 and above may partially stem from teens finding other coping mechanisms to deal with their lack of parental engagement, such as involvement in drug use and high-risk sexualy behaviors, King said. “It follows through consistently, regardless of gender, regardless of race — it’s all across the board,” he said. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Fortt speeds to superbike victory

first_imgThe next race of the series will be held at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, one of Fortt’s favourite tracks and he will be quietly confident of more success next month. Pattaya based superbike rider Ben Fortt poses with his trophies after his double success at the Thailand International Circuit in Nakhon Chai si.June 25 saw the second round of the Kawasaki Road Racing Championships held at the Thailand International Circuit in Nakhon Chai si.  Ben Fortt from Pattaya was entered in the series on his Kawasaki ZX10R superbike, competing for the Bangkok based Kawasaki YSS Motul Racing team.Saturday qualifying was a very tense affair with less than a second covering the top 4 riders but Fortt managed to set the fourth fastest time and give himself a favourable starting position for the following day’s opening race.On Sunday’s race day, as the red lights went out for race one, there was a tremendous roar as the bikes sped off the starting grid and Fortt hit the first bend in second place.  He pressured the leader for the full 12 laps of the race and just managed to edge his way to the front and win by a short margin at the chequered flag.  The young Pattaya rider punched the air as he crossed the line, displaying an outpouring of emotion.In race two, Fortt got another good start and was in third place on the opening lap.  Slowly he picked off the 2 bikes in front and again crossed the line first to give him a double success for the weekend.last_img read more

Cricket: Afridi brands Gambhir of having an attitude problem

first_imgImage Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleAdvertisement pk75NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuwwlmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ed6xqj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) an2Would you ever consider trying this?😱c226Can your students do this? 🌚31Roller skating! Powered by Firework In his recently launched autobiography “Game Changer”, Shahid Afridi has launched a scathing attack on former India opener Gautam Gambhir.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Deccan ChronicleThe rivalry between Shahid Afridi and Gautam Gambhir has been very well documented ever since their first tussle. There is evidently no love lost between the two polarising cricketing figures as Afridi dug deep into Gambhir in his book. Afridi wrote:“Some rivalries were personal, some professional. First the curious case of Gambhir. Oh, poor Gautam. He & his attitude problem. He who has no personality. He who is barely a character in the great scheme of cricket. He who has no great records just a lot of attitude.”Advertisement The all-rounder claimed that Gambhir had no personality and thought of himself as a cross of Don Bradman and Shane Bond. Afridi did not stop there as he went on to recollect their very first tussle, which took place during the third ODI between India and Pakistan in Kanpur 12 years back.Afridi described his second tussle with the left-handed opener, which took place at the 2007 Asia Cup. He elaborated:Advertisement “I remember the run-in with Gambhir during the 2007 Asia Cup, when he completed his single while running straight into me. The umpires had to finish it off or I would have. Clearly, we had a frank bilateral discussion about each other’s female relatives.”Furthermore, Afridi concluded by stating that Gambhir was not a positive person. He added:“Gambhir behaves like he’s a cross between Don Bradman & James Bond. In Karachi, we call guys like him saryal (burnt up). It’s simple, I like happy, positive people. Doesn’t matter if they are aggressive or competitive, but you have to be positive & Gambhir wasn’t,” he further wrote in his autobiography.Apart from Afridi, former India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton had something similar to say about Gautam Gambhir in his autobiography. Upton wrote:“Let’s say his range was 20 to 40 with 30 being normal. When he scored 150, he would be disappointed in not scoring 200.”Read Also:Cricket: Kagiso Rabada set to miss remainder of the IPLIPL 2019 Day 42: KXIP vs KKR Preview Advertisementlast_img read more

Footy kicks off

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Track attack

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Police ‘relentless’ on fire prevention

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Mallard’s Team of the Week —Kootenay Glacier Kings

first_imgThe Kootenay Glacier Kings stepped outside the province to challenge the best in the country at the Canadian Senior Games held last month in Sherwood Park, Alberta.Nelson’s Pat Severyn provided the heroics for the team, scoring the winning goal in overtime to power Team BC’s Kootenay Glacier Kings to a 3-2 victory over defending champion Ontario in the Gold Medal Final of the Men’s Ice Hockey event.Kootenay Glacier Kings opened with wins over Northwest Territories 14-1 and Lethbridge 3-1 before outlasting Calgary Buffalos 6-4. Mallard’s Source for sports would like to spotlight the Gold Medal performance of the Glacier Kings with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Doug Thomson, Mike Grace, Terry Kirkham, David White, Eldon Wales, Dave Delong, Jim Bermel, Derek Spring, Ken Stroud, Pat Severyn, Mike Ramsey, Norm Deverney, Martin Ross, Ron Cox, Rod Guimont, Ken Manson and Frank Curiston.The team consists of players from throughout the Kootenay zone.The Canada Senior Gamespromotes physical, spiritual and mental wellness among Canadians 55 years of age or older and features competition in 24 events ranging from Track and Field to Scrabble.This four-day celebration of sport, culture, and social well being welcomed more than 2500 competitors to Alberta.The Glacier Kings qualified for the Senior Games by winning the Gold Medal at the 2013 BC Senior Games in Kamloops.last_img read more

BCIHL delays start of upcoming season due to COVID-19

first_img“We now know that these restrictions will prevent us from starting on time for the fall semester.”The BCIHL consists of five teams, including Selkirk College, Simon Fraser University in Burnaby; Trinity Western University in Langley; Vancouver Island College in Nanaimo and the University of Victoria.The BCIHL said in the media release membership approved a tentative 12-game regular season schedule for the winter term along with a modified playoff structure during last week’s annual general meeting.The BCIHL said individual teams are permitted to explore exhibition game opportunities for the fall semester within the boundaries of their institution, facility, and BC Hockey and Hockey Canada Return to Play protocols. “With concerns over the health, safety, and academic success of our student-athletes, each of our member teams agreed that January 15 is the earliest opportunity to kick off the regular season,” continued Munshaw. The BC Intercollegiate Hockey League announced Thursday that the 2020-21 regular season won’t start any sooner than January 15, 2021 due to safety concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are working closely with BC Hockey, our member institutions, our home arenas and our travel partners to ensure we return to action safely when the current restrictions are lifted,” said BCIHL President Chris Munshaw.last_img read more