Gethin Jenkins replaces Sam Warburton in Wales set-up

first_img Gethin Jenkins replaces Sam Warburton in Wales coaching set-upWales have announced that former loosehead Gethin Jenkins will replace Sam Warburton in Wayne Pivac’s coaching team.Jenkins will take up the technical role coaching breakdown/defence, working closely with defence coach Byron Hayward. It is a job Warburton had for 11 months but the former Wales and Lions captain, 32, has opted to spend time on commitments away from coaching. On the appointment, Pivac said: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Gethin into the coaching team. He has vast experience of the International game and is hugely respected.“Since retiring he has built a great reputation as a coach and has worked across different levels and age-grades of the game, most recently working alongside Wales’ U20 side. Gethin will be a great addition to the coaching team and will complement Byron extremely well in their respective roles and I’m looking forward to working with him. “I’d like to thank Sam for his hard work over the last year and what he has given to the team and to Wales. I would like to thank him for his honesty regarding his future and the need to spend more time on other projects away from the game and wish him all the best in that.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door. “I’m relishing the opportunity to get stuck into the International environment,” said Jenkins, who was capped 129 times for Wales.“I would like to thank Richard Holland, John Mulvihill and Gruff Rees for giving me the opportunity to start my coaching career at Cardiff Blues. I would also like to thank Steve Law at Cardiff RFC for giving me free rein to experience preparing a team on a week-to-week basis. “I’m well versed on the demands of the international game and I’m looking forward to offering my input and where I can add to the environment.” Taking over: Gethin Jenkins (right) with Sam Warburton (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The former prop will coach the breakdown and defence Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

The 3 amigos: mobility, BYOD & big-data

first_imgEnterprise mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and big-data have become today’s three amigos of technology. They support each other. They get in each other in trouble. And when they’re together, they have a stake in each other’s success.Mobile devices are becoming popular data collection and reporting tools for big-data platforms. Major big-data vendors and startups are launching mobile apps to augment and extend big-data reporting. These mobile apps take advantage of 3G and 4G, WiFi, and growing improvements in tablet screen resolution and touchscreens to democratize access to big-data platforms. Knowledge workers and managers can interpret, interact with, and present corporate information from big-data platforms directly from their tablets or smartphones with a minimum of training and without having to request reports from IT.The growth in these mobile apps can have a positive effect on enterprise mobility and BYOD uptake inside an organization.The rise of BYOD only feeds the demand for big-data mobile apps. But this brings with it potential problems and concerns for IT and management. In particular, BYOD and big-data can be problematic for legal departments. According to a survey of corporate attorneys conducted by Ari Kaplan Advisors, 64 percent of respondents said the impact of big-data would be an “overwhelming challenge for the foreseeable future,” and 32 percent said that BYOD catching on in the workplace would create equally daunting obstacles. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition

first_img19 Sep 2014 Australian Spoons winners realise long-held ambition Gloucestershire golfers Carol Park and Clare Spiller realised a four-year ambition when they won the national final of the Australian Spoons tournament at Belton Park Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Ever since the Naunton Downs pair first partnered each other in the stableford foursomes competition they have set their sights on winning the Spoons. They’ve won their club round three times in the last four years but never progressed past the regional final – until this year. Today, they made the most of their chance to win the trophy. They scored 19 points over the front nine of the golf course before play had to be abandoned because of torrential rain – and they claimed the Spoons on countback from two other pairs.   The runners-up were Marjorie Scott and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, while third place went to Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate in Yorkshire. “It’s wonderful, absolutely fantastic,” said Carol, who is the Naunton Downs ladies’ captain. “We came here semi-relaxed, telling ourselves that we would just do as well as we could…. but deep down desperately wanting to win! “We can’t quite believe that we’ve won a national final – and the club is going to go bananas!” Clare, who plays off 25, and Carol, a 29-handicapper, both took up golf in a case of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.”  Carol’s husband had always promised himself he would return to golf when he retired and she decided to take up the game as well. Clare had enjoyed a range of sports and was introduced to golf when she met her husband. She tried to encourage him to ski, but when he decided against the slopes she headed for the fairways. The Australian Spoons is a stableford foursomes competition for players of 15 handicap and above. The finalists, who were the overnight guests of England Goklf all came through club and regional qualifying rounds and were: Carol Park and Clare Spiller of Naunton Downs, Gloucestershire – South West region Celia Fowler and Pat Benson of Harrogate, Yorkshire, – North region Marjorie Smith and Shirley Higgins of Maxstoke Park, Warwickshire, – Midlands South Sue Burgess and Sue Wenlock of Kilworth Springs, Leicestershire & Rutland – Midlands North Sue Henderson and Chrissie Kemsley of Faversham, Kent, – South region Kerry Enever and Jenny Chamberlin of Diss, Suffolk, – East Region Belton Park Golf Club has presented each pair with a fourball voucher to play the course because the competition round was curtailed. Caption: 2014 Australian Spoons winners Clare Spiller (left) and Carol Park (Image © Leaderboard Photography).last_img read more

Cues traded for clubs at snooker stars charity golf day

first_imgBurapha Golf Club was the venue for the Ken Doherty Snooker Legends golf day on Saturday 5th September.  72 golfers teed off from a shotgun start playing in a 2-person Texas team scramble format.  The event was well attended by golfers from within Thailand and also overseas visitors. The winners of the tournament were James Burns and Jack Munro from the UK with a fine net score of 63.  They won a signed snooker cue each and a golf holiday to Siem Reap in Cambodia.  When they were presented with their prizes they generously donated the holiday to the charity auction that followed.Snooker stars Jimmy White (far left), Ken Doherty (2nd right) and Joe Swail (far right) pose on stage at the Tavern By The Sea, Amari Pattaya with Derek Franklin (2nd left) and children from the Father Ray Foundation, Saturday, Sept. 5. The celebrity golf day was supported by some great sponsors – Tourism Authority of Thailand, Sapphire Club, Amari Hotels, Angkor Wat Golf and the Pattaya Sports Club.  In addition to the main sponsors, a number of holes also had prizes up for grabs that were generously donated by SetForeHire, Champagne a Go Go, Burapha Golf Club, Sapphire Club, Rotary Club, and Graeme Newport and John McKillop.  A combination of the support from the sponsors, charity auction and personal donations raised over 300,000 baht for the Father Ray Foundation Education Fund.(From left) Ken Doherty, Jimmy White, TAT Director Tanes Petsuwan and Joe Swail pose on the first tee at Burapha Golf Club, Saturday, Sept. 5.Former snooker world champion Ken Doherty partnered Tanes Petsuwan, the TAT Director for Europe, African and Middle East while Irish champion Joe Swail teamed up with Brendan Daly, General Manager of the Amari Hotel Pattaya.  The other celebrity player, Jimmy White, teed off with a group of golf visitors from the UK.  All the celebrities returned respectable scores.Sponsored hole prizes were won by Mark Newis, Brendan Daly, Justin Naro, Keith Hamilton, Martin Grimoldby and Nick Batley.  The prize for the worst net score was won by Bente Giljarhus and Arno Pechtl who won a course of golf lessons donated by TPR Golf Academy and lunch at the Hilton, generously hosted by George Wilson from the Rotary.Tournament winners James Burns and Jack Munro receive prize autographed cues from the three snooker legends.After golf the players, guests and sponsors enjoyed an international buffet at the Tavern By The Sea at the Amari Pattaya.  The MC for the evening, Paul Strachan, introduced all the prize winners who then collected their awards from Ken, Joe and Jimmy on the stage following which, musical entertainment was provided by the Amari house band.The highlight of the proceedings was a heart-warming speech by Derek Franklin as he introduced children from the Father Ray Foundation on stage and told the audience about each child’s background.Ken Doherty (left) donated a signed Manchester United shirt for the charity auction.Following the presentations, Derek Kane took over the microphone for the much anticipated auction of gifts and sports memorabilia.  Ken Doherty kindly donated a team shirt signed by famous Manchester United players from the past.  This item alone raised 34,000 baht when it was bought by Niall from Sapphire Club.  Other items included framed golf and football memorabilia, great vouchers from the Amari and many donations from local businesses in Pattaya.  The Cambodia golf holiday that was won by James and Jack raised 12,000 baht for the charity.Ken, Jimmy and Joe are already committed to making the event even bigger and better in 2016 when they return to Thailand to support their favourite charity.PSC President Peter Malhotra (2nd left) and PSC Charity & Community Service Chairperson, Noi Emmerson (4th left), present a cheque for 25,000 baht on behalf of the Pattaya Sports Club to add to the day’s fund-raising kitty.Jimmy White, representing the celebrity snooker players, accepts a plaque of appreciation from the Fr. Ray Foundation children.Brendan Daly, General Manager of the Amari Hotel Pattaya (left) presents prizes to a happy golfer.last_img read more

Ex-Vikings punter: Coach made anti-gay remarks

first_imgIn this July 27, 2013, photo, Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer speaks to reporters following practice at NFL football training camp in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota punter Chris Kluwe says his special teams coordinator made anti-gay comments while Kluwe was with the Vikings.In a scathing article posted Thursday on the website Deadspin, Kluwe wrote that coach Mike Priefer made several anti-gay comments in objection to Kluwe’s outspoken support of a gay marriage amendment in Minnesota.Kluwe also says former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and current general manager Rick Spielman encouraged him to tone down his rhetoric in an effort to reduce distractions to the team. At the same time, Kluwe said, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expressed support for Kluwe’s championing of gay rights.The Vikings said in a statement that they take the allegations “very seriously and will thoroughly review this matter.”“As an organization, the Vikings consistently strive to create a supportive, respectful and accepting environment for all of our players, coaches and front office personnel,” the team said. “We do not tolerate discrimination at any level.“The team has long respected our players’ and associates’ individual rights, and, as Chris specifically stated, Vikings ownership supports and promotes tolerance, including on the subject of marriage equality. Because he was identified with the Vikings, Chris was asked to be respectful while expressing his opinions. Team ownership and management also repeatedly emphasized to Chris that the Vikings would not impinge on his right to express his views.”Kluwe called Priefer “a bigot” and Spielman and Frazier “two cowards” for releasing him in May after eight seasons with the Vikings.He was due to make $1.45 million, which was more than the cap-strapped Vikings wanted to spend on a punter. So they drafted Jeff Locke in the fifth round and parted ways with Kluwe, bringing to an end his colorful and outspoken stay in Minnesota.“Any notion that Chris was released from our football team due to his stance on marriage equality is entirely inaccurate and inconsistent with team policy,” the Vikings said Thursday. “Chris was released strictly based on his football performance.”In his article, Kluwe alleged that Priefer grew more and more impatient with the various causes Kluwe supported and several times made anti-gay remarks during team meetings.Kluwe said wanted to post his article now in hopes of discouraging the Vikings, or any other team, from employing Priefer, who is widely respected at Vikings headquarters and is viewed by some as a potential head coach one day.  Priefer was hired by the Vikings in 2011. He served previously as the special teams coach in Denver and Kansas City.“If there’s one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story,” Kluwe wrote, “it’s to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.”The Vikings did not respond directly to allegations against Priefer in their statement, but did say they “will have further comment at the appropriate time.”Kluwe averaged 44.4 yards per punt over his career in Minnesota, including a career-high 39.7 yard net average in 2012. But he ranked just 17th in the NFL in punting that season before he was cut and he lost a competition for the punting job with the Oakland Raiders in the preseason in 2013. He had several tryouts during the season, but was never signed.Kluwe said he wanted to wait to air his grievances until after the season so as not to provide a distraction to his friends on the team during the season.The Vikings finished this year 5-10-1 and Frazier was fired on Monday.last_img read more

Allardyce denies Chelsea have made approach for West Ham pair

first_imgChelsea have NOT made contact with West Ham about strike pair Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho, Sam Allardyce has confirmed.It has been reported that Chelsea have sounded their London rivals out about the availability of the two strikers, who have impressed since their summer moves to Upton Park.Valencia, 25, has scored four goals in 23 appearances since his £12m switch from Pachuca.Sakho, meanwhile, has made a blistering start to life in England, hitting eight goals in his first 14 Premier League appearances after arriving from Metz for just £3.5m.That form has led to speculated interest from Chelseam, but Allardyce insists there has been no approach for either player.He said: “By email, text or phone? If they’ve sounded us out, which way?“The only way they have been sounded out is through the media not through club-to-club.” Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho 1last_img read more

Gins finish strong, soar 2-0 vs Bolts

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Game 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup best-of-seven title series took on an entirely different complexion, and Barangay Ginebra frolicked in the moment to deal Meralco another loss that will definitely sting more.Dragged into a defense oriented contest, the Gin Kings tightened the noose on the enemy in the stretch and completed a come-from-behind 86-76 decision of the Bolts for a 2-0 lead before more than 16,000 screaming fans at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination PLAY LIST 01:02Experiencing traffic? Book a ‘ride-sharing flight’ to your destination01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:34After polls, Poe shares light moment with her staff01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img “We beat them two-in-a-row and they (Bolts) can certainly beat us two-in-a-row,” Cone said, showing a lot of respect on the team that topped the elimination round. “We’re certainly happy being 2-0 up, but you couldn’t be pleased with yourself. It doesn’t guarantee us anything.”Justin Brownlee scored 19 points and was the other big offensive weapon for Cone in the fourth with eight of his total.Earlier, Greg Slaughter was adjudged Best Player of the conference while Meralco’s Allen Durham won the Best Import award for the second straight season.GINEBRA 86 – MERALCO 76GINEBRA 86—Brownlee 19, Aguilar 16, Tenorio 14, Devance 10, Thompson 9, Mercado 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Slaughter 3.MERALCO 76—Durham 25, Amer 10, De Ocampo 10, Hodge 9, Newsome 8, Lanete 6, Dillinger 5, Tolomia 3, Caram 0, Hugnatan 0.Quarters: 18-24, 40-37, 57-62, 86-76ADVERTISEMENT Unlike in the series opener where there was practically no endgame to speak of after the Kings played with command right from the start, Ginebra needed to step up big this time and closed out with a 19-1 bomb to gather all the momentum it needs going into the critical third game this Wednesday.“We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”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 shutoutLA Tenorio scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, seven of them inside the final 2:44, as the Kings erased a 75-69 deficit heading into the final 5:56.Of the 36 teams that took 2-0 leads in a title series in the Philippine Basketball Association’s history, 30 teams went on to win the title.It is a piece of history that Cone would not want his players to think of at the moment. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers slay Maroons View commentslast_img read more

Beterbiev knocks out Koelling in 12th for IBF title

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:26Lawmakers hail fighting Senator Pacquiao’s victory over Thurman01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Arthur Beterbiev defeats Gabriel Campillo by knockout during the co-main event light heavyweight bout at Pepsi Coliseum on April 4, 2015 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFPRussian boxer Artur Beterbiev claimed his first world title belt on Saturday with a 12th round knockout of Enrico Koelling in a battle for the vacant IBF light heavyweight crown.The undefeated Beterbiev recorded his 12th straight knockout but he had to go past seven rounds for the first time in his career to get the 175-pound belt.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Koelling (23-2) was hoping to become the first German to win a world title in the US since Max Schmeling won the NBA — now the World Boxing Association — world heavyweight title at Yankee Stadium, New York, in June 1930. View comments LATEST STORIES Chot Reyes blasts Gilas after loss to Alab in tuneup John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next The 32-year-old Beterbiev systematically dismantled underdog Koelling over 12 rounds, finishing him off with a right hook to the head with 27 seconds left in front of a crowd of 18,800 at the Fresno State University arena. He knocked Koelling down for the first time in the fight earlier in the round but the 27-year-old German was able to continue after an eight count from the referee.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 shutoutBeterbiev improved to a career record of 12-0 with 12 knockouts after just his second pro fight outside of Canada, where he trains.Beterbiev had over 300 fights in an impressive amateur career that included two victories over former light heavyweight champ Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As a pro, Beterbiev had only been past four rounds once when he was pushed to the seventh round by Alexander Johnson in 2015. Koelling landed very few good punches in the one-sided fight but he can find solace in becoming the first fighter to survive into the 12th round with Beterbiev who some call the best pure puncher in boxing today.With his first world title in hand there are some who now feel the two-time Russian Olympian is on the verge of finally fulfilling the lofty expectations he had coming out of the amateur ranks.Beterbiev moved to Montreal when he turned pro and signed a contract with promoter Yvon Michel. Beterbiev and Michel are now embroiled contract dispute which is in the Canadian courts.This was just the second career loss for Koelling who had won seven in a row since a 2015 defeat on points to Italian Mirco Ricci.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

London Olympics: Spain lose 0-1 to Japan in football

first_imgSpain suffered a surprise defeat in their Olympic football opener on Thursday, going down 1-0 to Japan and having a man sent off. Yuki Otsu was the hero for Japan at the match at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, beating Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea with a strike on 33 minutes before Inigo Dominguez picked up a straight red card for a foul on Kensuke Nagai nine minutes later.Japan could have sealed their win with a breakaway goal on 86 minutes, but De Gea managed to block Nagai’s low shot, before Hotaru Yamaguchi hit the ball over the bar in stoppage time as Spain’s desperate attempts to equalise left them open at the back.The world and European champions had started brightly, with Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata their main creative outlet, but struggled to break down a compact Japanese defence, even before having Dominguez sent off.After the red card, Japan took control and restricted Spain’s shooting chances while creating plenty of their own.Spain’s next match is against Honduras on Sunday, before they play Morocco on Wednesday.Honduras and Morocco drew 2-2 in their opener on Thursday.last_img read more

NBA fines Russell Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan permanently

first_imgHong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Crucial stretch Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline.The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) celebrates after a teammate scores against the Utah Jazz in the second half during an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NEW YORK — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah.Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more