Travel Alert: Road in Letterkenny to close for over a month

first_imgDonegal County Council is planning to close the Glencar Road in Letterkenny for more than five weeks this summer. A section of the road will be closed on a 24-hour basis from 22nd July to 30th August to facilitate the installation of a new sewer.The temporary road closure affects part of the Glencar Road from the roundabout on Glencar Road to the top of Newline Road/ Wolfe Tone Place entrance. Traffic will be directed to follow alternative routes via Newline Road and the High Road. Local traffic will always be accommodated, according to the notice.An objection period is open until 3rd July. Anyone wishing to object to the closure should submit objections in writing to Roads Central, Donegal County Council, County House, Lifford before 4.00pm on 3rd July 2019.“In the event of objections to the granting of any of the proposed roads closures, the Council reserves the right to make details of the objections available to the licence applicant where it considers this necessary in order to fully consider the validity of any of the objections received,” said the notice from Roads and Transportation.Travel Alert: Road in Letterkenny to close for over a month was last modified: July 1st, 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) Tags:Glencar Roadroad closurelast_img read more

QPR 3-3 Burnley: Highlights of the action-packed draw at Loftus Road

first_imgPromotion rivals QPR and Burnley played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Loftus Road, where Modibo Maiga’s late equaliser kept Rangers in the top two.See also:QPR and Burnley draw in six-goal thrillerQPR wait for news on Phillips ankle injuryQPR v Burnley player ratings Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Mandela’s head rises in Howick

first_imgNelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal.Nelson Mandela’s head rises dramatically from the ground on a small plot outside the village of Howick in KwaZulu-Natal. His face is sculpted in 50 thin steel columns, marking the spot where he was arrested in 1962.It was here, on 5 August 1962, that Mandela’s car was stopped by the security police, and his life took a completely different course. He was on his way back to Johannesburg after visiting Chief Albert Luthuli, at the time the president of the African National Congress (ANC), in Groutville, some 80km north of Durban. He posed as a chauffeur, driving with Cecil Williams, a theatre director and member of Umkhonto we Sizwe or MK, the armed wing of the ANC.The sculpture, by artist Marco Cianfanelli, consists of 50 steel columns, ranging in height from 6.5m to 9.5m. A path leads to the sculpture; at 35m, the portrait comes into focus, with the 50 columns perfectly in line to represent his face in a flat image. The site was unveiled in August 2012 – the 50 columns representing the 50 years since Mandela’s capture. It was designed by architect Jeremy Rose of Mashabane Rose Associates.Cianfanelli says that they “wanted to create an iconic and monumental sculpture of Mandela, that was unique and unconventional”.“I love the experience of moving towards the focal [point] and recognising the image of Mandela but my favourite part is the experience of walking amongst the columns of the sculpture.”Another Mandela sculpture by Cianfanelli was unveiled in May this year, depicting him in a sparring match with professional boxer Jerry Moloi on the rooftop of the South African Associated Newspapers building in downtown Johannesburg. The work, entitled Shadow Boxing, stands 5 metres tall and is based on Bob Gosani’s 1953 photograph. The flat steel sculpture soars into the sky, juxtaposed between Chancellor House, where Mandela had law offices with Oliver Tambo, and the Magistrate’s Courts, where he often represented clients.On the runMandela writes in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “I wore my chauffeur’s white dust-coat and sat next to Cecil as he drove. We often took turns behind the wheel. It was a clear, cool day and I revelled in the beauty of the Natal countryside; even in winter, Natal remains green.”He was looking forward to getting back to his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and his young children. He was engrossed in conversation with Williams, discussing sabotage plans, as they passed through Howick, which is outside Pietermaritzburg, but he noticed another car. “At Cedara, a small town just past Howick, I noticed a Ford V-8 filled with white men shoot past us on the right. I instinctively turned round to look behind and I saw two more cars filled with white men. Suddenly, in front of us, the Ford was signalling to us to stop. I knew in that instant that my life on the run was over; my 17 months of ‘freedom’ were about to end.”That “freedom” consisted of Mandela travelling around the country in various disguises. He was co-ordinating plans and a three-day anti-government demonstration, and for the formation of MK, which the ANC had decided was a new strategy direction in its fight for democracy.Shortly after the discharge of the accused in the Treason Trial in March 1961, a trial that lasted almost five years and which ended in 156 people acquitted of charges of treason, Mandela went into hiding as the apartheid government cracked down, keen not to be embarrassed again. “I became a creature of the night,” he writes. “I would keep to my hideout during the day, and emerge to do my work when it became dark. I operated mainly from Johannesburg, but I would travel as necessary.”In disguiseNormally tall and elegant, and speaking confidently and with gravitas, Mandela changed his gait and manner entirely, not standing as straight and speaking more softly, and becoming more unobtrusive. He stopped shaving and cutting his hair, and took on the disguise of a chauffeur, chef or “garden boy”, wearing round, rimless glasses and a chauffeur’s cap and blue overalls.There was soon a warrant out for his arrest, with roadblocks thrown up around the country. He was labelled the Black Pimpernel, a reference to the novel The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution. He travelled across South Africa, attending secret meetings in the townships at night. “I would pop up here and there to the annoyance of the police and to the delight of the people.” His disguises were so good that he was sometimes snubbed by people he knew.He lived in empty flats, in people’s back rooms, with Muslims in the Cape, with sugar workers in KwaZulu-Natal, with factory workers in Port Elizabeth. He moved into the farmhouse at Liliesleaf, a plot acquired for the underground ANC, some 20km from the city centre of Johannesburg. It was here that he was visited by Winnie and the children. “The loveliest times at the farm were when I was visited by my wife and family,” he writes. “At these weekends time would sometimes seem to stop as we pretended that these stolen moments together were the rule not the exception of our lives.”Mandela decided to attend the Pan-African Freedom Movement for East, Central and Southern Africa meeting in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, in February 1962. This movement later developed into the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union), with the aim of drawing together the independent countries of Africa in promoting liberation movements on the continent.He visited several African countries, as well as London, and received military training in Addis Ababa before he was asked to return to South Africa. Williams met him at the Botswana border town of Lobatse and from there they drove to Liliesleaf.Non-racialism and communismMandela then visited Luthuli again in KwaZulu-Natal and briefed him on his African tour, emphasising that African leaders were prepared to support MK but that they were surprised that the ANC was taking the stance of non-racialism and communism, instead of the breakaway Pan Africanist Congress’s stance of pure African nationalism. Luthuli was not happy. “He said we had evolved the policy of non-racialism for good reasons and he did not think that we should alter our policy because it did not suit a few foreign leaders.”Mandela responded by saying that the foreign politicians were not dictating policy but that they were the ones who were going to finance MK and so some adjustment had to be made. He suggested that the ANC become the dominant organisation in the Congress Alliance, with partners the South African Indian Congress and the Coloured People’s Congress, while still keeping to non-racialism as the ANC’s basic principle.Mandela and Williams then decided to return to Liliesleaf. He spent the evening before they were to travel at the home of GR Naidoo, and enjoyed an evening with activists Monty Naicker, JN Singh, and Ismail and Fatima Meer, in a “combination welcome-home and going-away party”. “It was a pleasant evening and my first night of relaxation in a long while. I slept well and I met Cecil on Sunday afternoon – 5 August – for the long drive back to Johannesburg in his trusty Austin.”They were stopped, Mandela was taken to The Fort in Joburg, and was charged with unlawfully leaving the country, and incitement to strike. He had been on the run for 17 months. He was convicted and sentenced to five years on Robben Island.Nine months into his sentence, on 11 July 1963, police swooped on Liliesleaf, and the top ranks of the ANC were arrested. The Rivonia Trial followed, and Mandela and seven others were sentenced to life. Six of them were immediately flown to Robben Island, the seventh served his sentence at Pretoria Central Prison.Secret interviewWhile on the run, Mandela gave a secret interview to journalist Peter Hazelhurst in Johannesburg. The article, published in the Sunday Express on 14 May 1961, went missing, but with the assistance of the South African National Library, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has traced it, and given it to Hazelhurst.One day in May 1961, activist Ahmed Kathrada, a Robben Island prisoner and subsequently great friend of Mandela, approached Hazelhurst, asking him if he was interested in meeting the Black Pimpernel. The meeting was suggested by activist Ruth First, who was later killed by a letter bomb sent by the apartheid government to her in Maputo, Mozambique. Hazelhurst was taken to a shop in downtown Johannesburg, and interviewed Mandela in a back room for 70 minutes.The reporter used a ruse to protect the shop owner, saying he was blindfolded and driven around before being introduced to Mandela. His article, headlined, “Native leader says: ‘Violence is out’”, begins: “They took the blindfold off. Sitting in front of me was Nelson Mandela, the most wanted man in South Africa.”Hazelhurst was upset that his headline of “African leader” was changed to “Native leader”. He wrote: “The blindfold was removed and Mr Mandela rose from his desk to greet me. Wearing a black polo-neck jersey and khaki slacks, the new leader of black South Africa told me he was prepared to answer white South Africa’s uncertainty about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Mandela was planning three days of demonstrations, protesting against the Nationalist Party government. He was at pains to indicate that the protests are not against whites, whether English or Afrikaans speakers, but against the government. “Mr Mandela, 42-year-old attorney, sat back and gave assurances about the forthcoming demonstrations.”Nothing to fearMandela said: “White South Africa has nothing to fear from our side. The main purpose of the three-day demonstration is to express to the Nationalist government our disapproval of the republic. It is the republic of a minority of the people of South Africa.”He stressed that strict instructions had been given that no violence was to be used by the demonstrators. Mandela headed the National Action Council, which had one simple goal: “a national convention of all groups of the country which would form a new non-racial constitution to bring about a new non-racial and democratic South African society”.Half a century later, when he met Kathrada again, Hazelhurst said he was amazed that he said exactly that when he came out of prison.It was a message he reiterated: Mandela spent a lot of time in his first years as president assuring minorities that they had a place in a democratic South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Break It or Lose It

first_imgRainscreen clips and rails are thermally conductiveRainscreens are popular for commercial façades due to their ability to control air and moisture movement. Because the cladding is held off the wall, these systems require a secondary structural system of rails, Z-girts, and/or clips to support the cladding. Typically made of highly conductive metals, these members penetrate through the insulation, causing significant thermal bridges. While insulation between steel studs has long been acknowledged to cause thermal bridging, these rainscreen supports have a similar impact thermally that was overlooked until recently.In thermal images of rainscreen façades, a decrease in thermal performance that ranged from 20% to 60% less than the design intended performance was observed, with the majority around a 45% to 55% decrease. The systems selected for study all had between 2 in. and 3 in. of insulation with various support systems such as vertical and horizontal Z-girts, as well as different clip systems.In both vertical and horizontal orientations, Z-girts demonstrated roughly a 45% to 55% reduction in performance depending on the insulation thickness. Because of the intermittent nature of the rainscreen clips, they performed better both in thermal images and in the computer modeling than the continuous Z-girts. The clip support system had half of the heat flow of the Z-girts, or 25% of the design intent. While the intermittent nature of the support system certainly improved the performance, the team investigated methods to further improve the performance of rainscreen support systems.A number of thermally broken Z-girt and rainscreen support systems currently exist on the market. As part of the research project, the team explored four thermally broken options. All four of the tested systems performed well. In general, the R-value of the assemblies was only reduced by 10% to 15% due to thermal bridging through their support systems. RELATED ARTICLES Over the past 20 years, the building industry has experienced renewed interest in reducing the energy demand of buildings. At the building code level, groups such as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have been steadily raising the bar on performance criteria for building envelopes and systems. Designers have been challenged to find and implement technologies and solutions that can practically and economically affect the energy demands of our buildings.Less progress has been made, however, in managing conductive losses through improved building insulation performance. Increased thickness of insulation materials provides diminishing returns if thermal bridging is not considered, as seen in the illustration at the top of this article.The intent of this research is to quantify and understand how built façades perform, and also to investigate proposed improvements to common problem details. Results show that it is possible to reduce thermal bridging by 50% or greater by employing careful detailing and products that are readily available. Andrea Love is the director of building science at Payette, a Boston-based architectural firm, where she leads the firm’s sustainability and research efforts. This article, which was originally published in the fall issue of BuildingEnergy, was peer-reviewed by Hannah Durschlag. What is Thermal Bridging?The Thermal Bridge to NowherePeter Yost: Thermal BridgingMartin Holladay: Thermal BridgingUnderstanding R-ValueAll About RainscreensVideo: Vented Rainscreen Siding Assembliescenter_img A research project looks at the impact of thermal bridgingThe research project was comprised of a multi-step approach, starting with field observations of existing assemblies, followed by computer simulations of existing details and proposed thermal improvements. Hand calculations of R-values based on the resistance of each layer of the envelope were derived from shop drawings, construction documents, and/or specification information as appropriate. Because these simplified, single-dimension calculations do not account for any thermal bridging, they were used as the “baseline R-value” as the best-case scenario.A thermal imaging camera was used to determine the actual R-value of existing façades. Teams were deployed to 15 buildings to assess the general envelope thermal performance and scan for areas that appeared to perform differently. Using the methodology published by Madding (2008), the exterior air temperature, interior air temperature, and the radiant temperature were gathered using infrared imaging and temperature data loggers in order to calculate the as-built R-value of the assembly.Because physically altering the built conditions was not possible, computer simulations were used to test possible improvements to various construction details. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s THERM 7.3 program was employed to determine R-values of complete assemblies, including thermal bridges, based upon its ease of use and ability to integrate into the design process.For each detail, models were prepared of the constructed designs, and were then calibrated by comparing them to the actual performance measured in the field with the thermal imaging camera. For discontinuous thermal bridges, such as bolts or clips, two methods were used to account for their three-dimensional impact: the parallel path method and the isothermal planes method. The parallel path method takes a weighted average of two simulations, one with the discontinuous bridging element and one without it. The isothermal planes method runs one simulation using a weighted conductivity of the bridging material and insulation for the discontinuous thermal element. Because the parallel path tends to overestimate the impact of the thermal bridging, and the isothermal planes tends to underestimate the impact, both methods were used to understand the range of impact the thermal bridge might have.Working from both the graphical and quantitative output from THERM, models were strategically probed to identify the significant heat transfer elements within a given detail, and ultimately predict the performance improvements that might result from changes in detailing. Try to eliminate continuous conductive elements that penetrate the insulationThe continuity of a thermal barrier across the entire building envelope is fundamental to good thermal performance. It reduces energy consumption, increases thermal comfort, and helps to prevent condensation. While some thermal bridges may be eliminated, the real goal of the research suggests that thermal bridges can be effectively managed, and that doing so will have a meaningful impact on the performance of buildings.The first priority should be to eliminate continuous conductive elements, such as Z-girts or masonry shelf angles that completely penetrate the insulation layer. These systems are easily interrupted by pulling them outboard of the thermal barrier and using discontinuous supports to make required connections back to structure.Second, try to utilize available thermally broken products or strategies to disconnect the heat flow through the thermal barrier. Thermally broken rainscreen support systems, brick ties, and concrete slab connections are readily available on the market. It is essential, however, to ensure that the thermal break occurs within the insulation boundary in the application of these products. The research found some products that are easily foiled by having breaks in undesirable locations relative to the natural placement of insulation.Finally, when the thermal bridge is a necessity, such as when structure must penetrate uninterrupted through the insulation, look for materials with the lowest possible thermal conductivity. For example, stainless steel has one-third the conductivity of carbon steel, and fiberglass’s conductivity is significantly lower than that of stainless steel.While this study is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of all thermal bridges, it does identify the types of conditions that occur typically, and helps quantify their localized impact. More than anything, it is anticipated that this research will help to develop an intuitive understanding of the situations that lead to the thermal bridging regardless of the specific project conditions, and provide the tools for easily addressing them. Case study on rainscreensThe investigation fell into two categories: façade systems and assembly transitions. The most thermally problematic transition conditions were found at window installations, foundation-to-wall transitions, changes in wall systems, soffits, roof-to-wall transitions, parapets, roof penetrations, louver openings, existing buildings with embedded beams, and slabs and seismic and movement joints.Five basic façade systems were identified that would be generally applicable to modern commercial and institutional work and appeared to reflect different challenges. These were: rainscreens, masonry veneer walls, insulated metal panels, curtain walls, and the renovation of existing masonry façades. Rainscreens are discussed in further detail below.last_img read more

‘Don’t allow Brus returning after deadline’

first_imgA conglomerate of major civil society and students’ organisations in Mizoram has said that the Bru families who declined the rehabilitation package within the deadline of September 30 should not be allowed to return from refugee camps in Tripura.Only 45 of the 5,407 Bru families comprising 32,867 individuals returned home to Mizoram after the Ministry of Home Affairs signed a quadripartite agreement on July 3 with the governments of the two States involved and the Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum representing the refugees.“A meeting of constituent NGOs on Tuesday resolved that the stubborn Bru families should not return to Mizoram after the expiry of the deadline. We have told the Centre and the Mizoram government to adhere to the agreement on July 3,” Vanlalruata, chairman of the NGO Coordination Committee, said.The committee reminded Lal Thanhawla’s Congress government of its promise to delete Bru voters living in Tripura camps from the electoral rolls of Mizoram. The Mizoram government had in August said Bru families not keen on returning would be struck off the voters’ list of the State.The committee has also appealed to all political parties not to field candidates from the Chakma community in the forthcoming Assembly elections. The majority Mizo community considers the Chakmas as well as the Brus non-indigenous and feels they do not have any political right to contest elections in the State.last_img read more

Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

SURESH KALMADI, LALIT BHANOT SACKED FROM CWG OC

first_imgCommonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi and secretary general Lalit Bhanot were on Monday sacked by the sports ministry. Sources told Headlines Today that the new Sports Minister, Ajay Maken, has already signed the file for their removal. Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had demanded removal of Kalmadi and Bhanot saying they were obstructing the agency from carrying out its investigations in cases related to corruption involving the 2010 Games. The matter had reached Attorney General Goolam E. Vahanvati. He had opined that Kalmadi was appointed the OC chief before it got registered as a society and had said that the sports ministry can sack Kalmadi.last_img read more

State of Origin Day One Wrap-Up

first_imgRelated LinksState of Origin game one By BEN HARRISNew South Wales might have won eight of the 13 divisions last night in game one of the State of Origin series at Port Macquarie but Queensland were the ones left cheering after drawing first blood in the two big matches – Men’s and women’s Open.The Maroons held their nerve in the Women’s match to win 5-3 while in the Men’s, Queensland won in a very exciting drop-off, 7-6.It was a moral victory for Queensland as they now sit in the box seat to take out the prized divisions of the series.How can New South Wales bounce back from last night’s two losses? By lunchtime we will find out.The Blues got in the Mixed Open despite defence being optional for both sides.The 13-11 result was the highest scoring match in State of Origin history for the division.New South Wales coach Wade Jenkins said it was a “tit-for-tat match” but his team needed to do a lot more work for games two and three.New South Wales took out both the Men’s and Women’s 20’s 9-6 and 6-1 respectively.A final second touchdown to Nathan Martin secured an 11-10 victory for the Blues in the Men’s 30s.However, Queensland got their revenge in the Women’s 30s with a 5-4 win in drop-off.The Women’s 35’s also went to a drop-off and once again the Maroons prevailed 5-4.New South Wales comfortably won the Men’s 35’s 10-6.The Blues took out the Men’s and Women’s 40’s – 8-5 and 6-3 respectively – and won the Men’s 45’s 4-2.Queensland took out the Men’s 50’s in a close one, 3-2.Game two of the SOO will commence at 9.50amPLAY OF THE DAY:Not much of a Play of the Day, more like the Plays of the Day.It was hard to ignore the three drop-off victories by Queensland in the women’s 30s, 35s and the Men’s Open. Make sure you stay up to date with these websites for all the State of Origin action: State of Origin – www.soo.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auTouch Football Australia’s YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausTwitter: www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contract

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner hopeful of settling new contractby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is hopeful of settling his contract situation.The experienced utility man, 33, revealed he is in talks with the Reds over an extension of his current contract.But he is yet to put pen to paper to renew his deal which expires in the summer, meaning he will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with European clubs from January.Asked about his future, Milner said: “Who knows, you know?“There have been talks so hopefully it gets resolved sooner rather than later.“But at this moment I will just keep playing football as well as I can.” last_img read more

How Pervasive Is Homophobia In US Sports

A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.” read more