Marty Moore believes Ireland can expose a perceived indiscipline in England’s scrum by sticking to their own whiter-than-white principles in Sunday’s pivotal RBS 6 Nations showdown. Tighthead prop Moore hailed Ireland as among the most disciplined sides in the Six Nations, ahead of the Aviva Stadium Grand Slam eliminator. World Rugby’s professional referees’ manager Joel Jutge has warned the Six Nations teams to expect a scrum clampdown this weekend. Press Association Ireland’s replacement tighthead Moore believes Joe Schmidt’s squeaky-clean side – the least-penalised team en route to the 2014 Six Nations title – can thrive under greater scrutiny. Moore said Ireland will not directly seek to wind up combustible England front-rowers Joe Marler and Dylan Hartley, but will instead aim to provide stark contrast through toeing the disciplinary line. “Last year we were the most disciplined side in the tournament and this year we are on track for that again at the moment,” said Moore. “It is something we really focus on – w e don’t want to give anything away for free. “If we can put the pressure on at the set-piece and generally through our play, we know that maybe something might happen. “Their discipline might go but we need to be on top in that area. “If we stay clean, whatever else happens, happens. “But we know if we stay clean we are in a good position to get the points on the board.” Northampton hooker Hartley has pushed his disciplinary leeway with England boss Stuart Lancaster to the limit on a number of occasions over the years. The fiery New Zealand-born front-rower put his Test career in jeopardy after a three-week ban for elbowing Leicester’s Matt Smith off the ball in December. Hartley’s latest suspension took his career bans tally to 50 weeks, with previous offences for biting, gouging, punching and swearing all on a lengthy rap sheet. England have since mounted staunch defences of their frontline hooker, and Hartley has impressed in the Six Nations victories over Wales and Italy. Harlequins prop Marler has a history of hot-headed on-field behaviour, but in recent times has curbed the temptation to goad opponents. Moore said sledging or general chat between teams in the midst of battle tends to have little bearing on Test proceedings, but admitted Ireland will be ready to keep England quiet in Dublin on Sunday. “Some of their guys can be very vocal, but we’ve also got some vocal guys on our side to be fair. “That is just a personality trait. There is nothing good or bad or indifferent about it. “Some players do talk but hopefully we can quieten them down at the weekend. “We are aware of their strengths at scrum time and there has been a lot of talk between referees on that the last week “They are going to be quite tough on both sides come set-piece. “They want clean ball to play off. “If we just focus on our own discipline we will be okay going into it.” Moore admitted coach Greg Feek has put Ireland’s pack through the set-piece wringer this week, in a bid to prepare for facing England’s much-vaunted scrum technicians. “It’s probably been the toughest week we’ve had preparation-wise at scrum time,” said Moore. “A lot of that is down to the two lads, because they are trying to replicate the way Marler and Mako Vunipola will scrummage against us. “So myself and Mike Ross have probably had the hardest scrum sessions that I’ve been involved in at Carton House.”
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The Private Sector Commission (PSC) is lauding the decision made by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to send the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for adjudication.The body noted in a statement on Friday that referral of the controversy to the ICJ represents an opportunity to free Guyana of impediments to achieving its full potential. This is a reference to Guyana’s oil reserves which oil gain ExxonMobil discovered while exploring the Stabroek Block.PSC Chairman Eddie Boyer“In 1962, Venezuela laid claim to a major portion of Guyana’s territory on the ground that the 1899 Arbitral Award which delineated Guyana’s borders (with Venezuela) was null and void. Successive Governments of Guyana have since sought steadfastly to peacefully resolve this dispute, and, for the last twenty-seven years, have relied upon the United Nations Good Offices process.“The announcement that the matter will finally be referred to the International Court of Justice is long awaited and most welcome. It is only appropriate that a dispute which hinges upon a claim that a legal judgement is invalid should be resolved through a legal process,” the PSC has added. “The Private Sector Commission stands firmly behind the Government of Guyana in all matters relating to the sovereignty of Guyana.”On Tuesday, the UN moved to send the on-going border controversy between Guyana and neighbouring Venezuela to the ICJ — a move which Guyana has long been calling for. According to the UN’s Spokesperson on the issue, Stephane Dujarric, the decision came after careful analysis of the good offices process.Dujarric explained in a statement that enough progress has not been made towards a solution to the controversy. As a result, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has referred the matter to the ICJ. This is in accordance with the framework left by his predecessor, Ban Ki-moon.However, Guterres did not rule out the continued Good Offices process of the UN to complement court proceedings, and has also committed to accompanying both Guyana and Venezuela in the bid to settle their differences.Welcome moveIn an address to the nation on the issue, President David Granger has welcomed the Guterres decision to refer the matter to the World Court. According to Granger, “Guyana remains confident in the correctness of its case, (and) looks forward to the reaffirmation of the validity of the 1899 Arbitral Award before the (ICJ).”The Head of State reminded that Guyana’s position has always been that the basis of the controversy is a legal question, and should be resolved peacefully and conclusively through a legal process.“Guyana will pursue the path ahead in furtherance of the preservation of its sovereignty and territorial integrity with quiet confidence and with the assurance in ever improving relations with its neighbours: Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela,” he added.However, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro has since said publicly that his Government did not agree with the decision, and that continued negotiations would have been preferable. It is understood that now that the matter has been referred to the ICJ, this referral is not contingent on Venezuela’s agreement.In a previous statement on the matter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had noted that this referral does not require Venezuela’s approval beyond what is allotted in the 1966 Geneva agreement.Guyana will now have to procure international lawyers to present its case on the international front.
WCB accidentThe 26-year-old, Berbice welder, who was struck down on August 7 while making his way home in Sheildstown, West Coast Berbice (WCB), succumbed on Thursday night.Irfaan AhmadIrfaan Ahmad, a father of one, died hours after being removed from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).Family members of the accident victim are now in a state of shock as they had expected Ahmad to recover.The welder was struck while making his way home at about 22:00h following his shift at the Blairmont Sugar Estate. The young father was on a pedal cycle when he was struck from behind by a motorcar, which was driven by an overseas-based Guyanese.As a result of the impact, the man was thrown from his bicycle into the corner of the road.At this time, the driver of the car, who was still at the scene, was instructed by public-spirited persons to take Ahmad to the hospital, to which he complied. Ahmad was taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital but was later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was nursing two broken arms and legs, a disconnected hip, spinal injuries and swelling to his brain.The driver of the motorcar is yet to be charged and family members have since expressed concerns over this fact since he is an overseas-based Guyanese.Traffic ranks attached to the Blairmont Police Station are also coming in for harsh criticism after they reportedly visited the scene of the accident several days after to take measurements.
0Shares0000England coach Gareth Southgate famously missed a penalty at Euro 96 © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jul 1 – England have projected this World Cup as a fresh start for a new generation but the team’s record of failure in penalty shoot-outs may not be so easy to forget.Penalties have been the death of England at six of the last 12 major tournaments and in that time, they have won only once, against Spain at Euro ’96. Gareth Southgate’s playing career was defined by the shot he side-footed into the hands of Andreas Kopke as England then lost in the semi-finals at Wembley to Germany.“I have had a couple of decades thinking it through,” Southgate said last week.His experience has informed his own approach now as coach, with a last 16 tie against Colombia to come on Tuesday and the possibility of penalties looming again.Southgate was in the World Cup squad in 1998 under Glenn Hoddle, who believed shoot-outs were a lottery, impossible to replicate in training and therefore not worth any form of practice.England duly lost to Argentina on spot-kicks and missed out on the quarter-finals.If there is one thing Southgate has been determined to drill into the preparation of his players, it is that penalty shoot-outs are not decided by chance.England forward Harry Kane takes part in a training session in Saint Petersburg © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“It’s definitely not chance,” Marcus Rashford said from England’s training base in Repino on Sunday.“It’s a skill and every skill takes time to learn and to perfect. It’s never a chance. It’s just about being able to perform it with pressure.”England have been practising penalties since March. The players rehearse the walk from the halfway line as well as their shot. Southgate has deployed video analysts and psychometric testing to gauge his most reliable takers.“There have been occasions where you even tell the goalkeepers which way you’re going so it has to be the perfect penalty,” Rashford said.England’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has saved five out of 30 penalties faced during matches, a similar record to his two back-ups, Jack Butland, whose record is four from 25, and Nick Pope, who is three from 13.It is standard practice now for keepers to study their opponents’ habits, even if Pickford was left stumped when Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi stepped up in England’s opening match.“The lad who scored it had never taken a pen before. I was struggling with where to go,” Pickford said. “I got fingertips on it and went the right way, which is promising.”Belgium’s Thibaut Courtois has suggested Pickford, at 1.85 metres tall, carries a disadvantage but Colombia’s stopper David Ospina is even smaller at 1.83 metres.England might take heart too from Ospina’s record. In spot-kicks awarded during games, he has saved only three out of 38 and one in his last 15. In shoot-outs, he helped Colombia past Peru in the Copa America two years ago by blocking Miguel Trauco’s effort with his legs.For England, half the battle will surely be mental. How heavy will the past weigh on the present?“We can’t change the past, it’s gone now,” Rashford said.“All we can look forward to is what is in front of us and I don’t think we ever think about that type of thing with England. It would put you on a bit of a downer.“We understand it but that record is definitely not something that is on our minds.”Rashford said he would be willing to put his hand up, as did Dele Alli when he was asked on Saturday.Harry Kane, who slammed two penalties into the top corner against Panama, would certainly be one of the five, while Jamie Vardy, who takes them for Leicester, is an option off the bench.Jordan Henderson, Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker could also be on Southgate’s list.“You have to control it, you have to own it,” Alli said. “I’m confident in myself and what’s meant to be will be.“We’ve got to try to work hard on the penalties and we have been, we’re trying to own the situation, not let it own us. It’s changed the whole mindset for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
30 October 2015Following a decision taken by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in 2011 to stop providing free formula milk to new mothers and to promote exclusive breastfeeding, the number of breast milk banks across the country has been increasing.Kuruman’s Tshwaragano District Hospital in Northern Cape is set to become home to South Africa’s latest human breast milk bank as another bank is reportedly scheduled to open in Limpopo.Why the need for a breast milk bank?According to the Northern Cape department of health, the initiative – piloted with the help of the international health organisation Path – will help to improve infant nutrition. Path district mentor Ronelle Khumalo said at a Women’s Health Dialogue that Path would build awareness about the programme as well as recruit new mothers as donors. Donors are screened for HIV and other illnesses.Fridges in which to store the milk have already been ordered for the hospital. The milk is expected to help children, including orphaned and sick infants, as well as babies who might live with guardians, such as grandmothers, who are not their biological mothers.The breast milk bank is located in the John Taolo Gaetsewe health district, where about 13% of children under the age of five admitted for severe malnutrition in 2014, died, according to the recently released District Health Barometer.Support groupsPath says it will also be partnering with the Department of Health to establish support groups for breastfeeding mothers to discuss issues around breastfeeding. Fathers will be encouraged to attend.In August, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported that a breast milk bank had also been planned for Limpopo’s Mankweng Hospital in Polokwane.The rising number of breast milk banks across the country is a product of renewed calls to promote breastfeeding. After South Africa reportedly charted some of the lowest rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the world, Motsoaledi took a decision in 2011 to stop providing free formula milk and to promote exclusive breastfeeding for all mothers, including those who were HIV-positive, provided they were on antiretroviral treatment.International agencies such as Unicef have supported the shift, pointing out that infant formula lacks essential nutrients and antibodies to protect children from illnesses such diarrhoea and pneumonia. Exclusive breastfeeding also reduces the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission in comparison to mixed feeding, or when mothers feed babies breast milk and solids like porridge.How breast milk feeds babies born to HIV-positive mothersStasha Jordan founded the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) after she had done research for her Masters degree in public policy and policy guidelines on the feeding of babies born to HIV-positive mothers, coupled with the fact that she too had become a mother, reported Media Club South AfricaSABR was formally registered in 2005. “We saw that mixed feeding – formula and breast milk – could increase the escalation of infection,” Jordan said. “A human milk bank works better. It prevents the mixed feeding of HIV-exposed infants.”She had found the opportunity to make a difference for humanity, Jordan said.Promoting breastfeeding is in line with South Africa’s health goals as set out in the National Development Plan of reducing maternal, infant and child mortality from 56 to below 30 per 1 000 live births, and reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission to zero by 2030.How human milk banking worksHealthy mothers are encouraged to voluntarily donate breast milk. The donated milk is then pasteurised. “In South Africa, where so many women are HIV-positive, sourcing donor mothers has even more importance than in the western world,” states the SABR website.“Without breast milk during their first two weeks of life, premature infants (especially those with a low birth weight) are left wanting for antibodies and are vulnerable to infections and diseases that result in hundreds of deaths annually.”The SABR runs 44 milk banks across the country and is expanding fast: in 2014, it fed 1 689 babies, while this year it has reached more than 2 800, noted British newspaper The Guardian.Source: News24Wire and SouthAfrica.info reporter
Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I’m not doubting myselfby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he won’t doubt himself despite growing pressure surrounding his job security.The Norwegian heads into Monday’s clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford with United sitting 10th after collecting eight points from six games.”I’m not doubting myself. If I doubted myself, then I think the rest of the world would as well,” Solskjaer said.”We have loads of discussions as a club and believe in what we are doing.”I can’t think, ‘I need a player’, because it’s my reputation on the line – no, it’s the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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Unai Emery has revealed that he would be open to a return to his former club Real Sociedad in the futureThe Spaniard’s future at Paris Saint-Germain appears to be increasingly uncertain with the Ligue 1 champions believed to be frustrated with his failure to deliver the Champions League to the French capital this season.Prior to becoming a coach, Emery played at Sociedad in the early stages of his playing career for six years and has been named as a possible candidate to succeed the fired Eusebio Sacristan.“I have always liked La Real, whether that is right now or in the future,” said the 46 year-old, according to Football-Espana.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“Real Sociedad have always had an important place in my heart; it is where I spent ten years and it is where I grew up.“I do not know if one day I will return to the club in a professional capacity but it is my intention to do so at some point in the future.“Right now at PSG we are growing from patience and through solidity, we have the ambition of getting stronger every year and translating our success in France to Europe.”Before joining PSG last summer, Emery had enjoyed a successful coaching spell in La Liga with the likes of Almeria, Valencia, Sevilla.
Speculative reports say Real Madrid and Croatian midfielder Luka Modric intends to exit the Santiago Bernabeu and move to Inter, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted in Football Espana.It appears Inter Milan are planning to boost their squad having seen rivals Juventus reinforce their squad with the signing of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and would want to make a laudable signing themselves ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.In other not to feel intimidated come next season, they see Croatian international Modric, who was one of the stars of the World Cup in Russia, as the stellar arrival the fans at the San Siro would be happy to see.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.According to the paper reports, Modric has already given the go-ahead to a possible transfer while Vanja Bosnic, his wife and agent, is understood to have contacted the Inter directors offering his services.However, Madrid, are not willing to let Modric leave the club, having already let Ronaldo go and given that Modric still has a contract with Los Blancos that runs until 2020, and a move to the Serie A giants could be further complicated by his €10m-a-year salary.Moreso, the Italians would still have to deal with Financial Fair Play rules which could be another obstacle the Italians would have to deal with.