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Reaction to cancellation of Rugby World Cup games

first_imgHow coaches, players and pundits reacted to the news that England v France and New Zealand v Italy had been called off due to Typhoon Hagibis Reaction to cancellation of Rugby World Cup gamesFor the first time in Rugby World Cup history matches have been cancelled. With Typhoon Hagibis set to hit Japan on Saturday, World Rugby announced that England v France (Yokohama) and New Zealand v Italy (Toyota) would be called off amid safety concerns, while Sunday matches, including the crucial Japan v Scotland tie, remain under threat depending on the damage caused by the severe weather.So how did coaches, players and pundits react to the news? It’s fair to say opinions have been mixed…England coach Eddie Jones “Of course, everyone is disappointed we are not to play France and we put in a lot of work – emotional, physical and tactical – but we don’t control the situation and World Rugby has made a decision and we have no issue with it.“It’s not something you can control. I think it is a wonderful World Cup and you cannot help typhoons. We all like to think we have power above and beyond but we don’t and you just ride with them.On the move: Eddie Jones and England have left Tokyo for Miyazaki (Getty Images)“We are excited about the prospect of having great preparation for the quarter-final now. We did get some leeway over the next three days and so we are off to Miyazaki for a short pre-season camp and then we are off to Oita.“Who would have thought we would have two relatively easy games, one tough game and then two weeks to prepare for a quarter-final? Someone is smiling on us. The typhoon gods maybe.”Italy captain Sergio Parisse“It is difficult to know that we won’t have the chance to play a match against one of the great teams. If New Zealand needed four or five points against us it would not have been cancelled.“It is ridiculous that a decision of this nature has been made because it isn’t like the fans arrived yesterday. It is ridiculous that there was no Plan B, because it isn’t news that typhoons hit Japan.Frustrated: Sergio Parisse will not get to face the All Blacks on Saturday (Getty Images)“Sure, everyone might think that Italy versus New Zealand being cancelled counts for nothing because we’d have lost anyway, but we deserved to be respected as a team.“We had the chance to play in a big stadium, against a great team. The alternative is Plan B. When you organise a World Cup you should have one in place. If New Zealand needed the points, it wouldn’t have been cancelled.”New Zealand coach Steve Hansen“You could look at it as a negative or positive thing; we’re choosing to look at it as a positive. It now gives us more time.“Clearly, this is our biggest tournament. So is it frustrating? Of course it is, but the reality is we can’t control the weather. Do we charge on and put people’s lives at risk or do we lead and make a decision that’s around making sure people are safe? It’s a no-brainer. The man from America could even have made this decision.Point made: Steve Hansen says the decision to cancel games is a “no-brainer” (Getty Images)“If we’d had a choice, we would have rather played Friday but it wasn’t our choice, it was out of our control. We have to back World Rugby’s decision and if other teams miss out, it’s unfortunate.“If you want to be really ruthless, then it’s all about making sure you win the games on the way through because everyone knew this could be a possibility. That’s pretty hard-nosed, though, because I know if we were in their (Italy’s) situation, we’d be disappointed not to have the opportunity to get there. Warning: A sign outside Yokohama Stadium (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img “It’s always a risk at this time of year with the typhoons, but this is when we play the Rugby World Cup. If you play it earlier, you run the risk of people dying on the footy field because it’ll be 40 degrees. If you play it later, then that’s when we are finished for Christmas so you’d have Santa Claus giving us the World Cup.”There were also mixed reactions on Twitter from former players and journalists to the news… Keep track of all the news from Japan via our Rugby World Cup home page.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

“Watch out for this man, he is very thin-skinned!”

first_img April 15, 2021 Find out more Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Watch out for this man, he is very thin-skinned!” Organisation Members of Reporters Without Borders demonstrated at the French Alpine ski resort of Courchevel on 23 December, where King Mohammed VI of Morocco was holidaying. They demanded the release of journalist Ali Lmrabet, on the 23rd day of a hunger strike in jail, where he is serving a three-year term.Activists from the international press freedom organisation wearing red tee-shirts handed out leaflets and stuck up posters parodying a magazine cover of the kind that specialises in the life of stars and royal families, with the splash heading : “The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI at Courchevel. Watch out for this man, he is very thin-skinned!”They also put up a banner in front of the tourist office reading, “Release the Journalist Ali Lmrabet”.Lmrabet has been on hunger strike since 30 November, taking only sugared water. His family and Reporters Without Borders are very anxious about his state of health, all the more so since no doctor has been allowed to examine him during this time. Further, Lmrabet’s prison conditions have deteriorated since the recent official visit to Morocco in October of French President Jacques Chirac. Fellow prison inmates at Salé, Rabat, have been threatened with disciplinary action if they speak to Lmbaret, who, as his brother pointed out, finds himself as a result “in a prison within a prison”.Lmrabet, editor in chief of two satirical publications, Demain magazine and Doumane, was sentenced by a court in Rabat on 21 May to four years in prison for “insulting the king’s person”, “threatening the integrity of the national territory” and “undermining the monarchy”. His sentence was reduced to three years on appeal on 17 June. Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders demonstrated at the French Alpine ski resortof Courchevel where King Mohammed VI was holidaying, to demand therelease of Moroccan journalist Ali Lmrabet, sentenced to three years injail for “insulting the person of the king”. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en last_img read more

News from the world of wine

first_imgWine Opus Do you want to drink good wine, but don’t know what to buy? Do you know what you like, but want to explore new horizons?The Wine Opus harnesses the talent and opinions of a new generation of young wine writers to help you choose the best wines. Over 30 specialists have selected the 4,000 best wineries in the world and their trophy wines. Read their recommendations, from the Rhône to Rioja, from Napa to New Zealand, and from the Mosel to Mendoza in Argentina, and you will never buy bad wine again.If you enjoy drinking good wine, The Wine Opus gives you the names you need to know and introduces you to the new world of wine. Published by DK publishing house, the Wine Opus will be available from good book stores in September. NZ region feels the pinchREPORTS have filtered through the world of wine that several wineries based in New Zealand’s Marlborough have gone into receivership, with indications that more may follow.Earlier this month, Decanter reported that Cape Campbell Wines and its affiliate companies, Brown Sorensen Vineyards and the Brown Family Trust, went into voluntary receivership, owing creditors millions of dollars.The wine news publishers said that PricewaterhouseCoopers, which has been appointed to manage Cape Campbell’s assets, said the three entities had liabilities totalling between $10m and $12m. He said he was unsure whether the company would continue to trade or be liquidated.Last month, Awatere Vineyard Estates, a large contract grower owned by Auckland-based Barry Sutton, was put into receivership in addition to the Marlborough wine company Gravitas.David Cox, European director of the New Zealand Wine Growers Association, said that growers had been hit hardest by the strong New Zealand dollar.“For some (not all) of those wineries who are exporting Sauvignon Blanc, this has been compounded by the oversupply of Sauvignon Blanc from the large 2008 and 2009 vintages which has had an adverse effect on some export prices”, he added.He added that “the 2010 vintage has come in at a reduced tonnage (263,000 tonnes versus 285,000 tonnes in 2009) and yields were down.“As a result, export prices have already started to rise to more profitable levels and the requirement to deplete excess stock is diminishing quickly.” Wine Kiosks IN OTHER wine world news, Decanter reports that for the first time in the US, Pennsylvania shoppers are buying wine from automated wine kiosks.The kiosks, two of which have been installed in the town of Harrisburg, hold up to 53 different wines under temperature-controlled conditions. With some of the most stringent alcohol purchasing laws in the US, Pennsylvania authorities require that the kiosks verify customer age before purchase. Customers must insert their ID to prove their age and a built-in breathalyser takes instant readings. Until now in Pennsylvania, alcohol has been sold in state-owned wine and spirits shops under the authority of the state’s liquor control board, but kiosks will be installed in regular supermarkets for customer convenience. Advertisement WhatsApp Email This week there’s news of a top tipples, wine kiosks, books and the struggle one wine region faces.Château ReyssonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE game season is set to kick off in a few weeks and what better things to pair only great food with great wine and Bordeaux wine producer Dourthe produces an ideal match from its Château Reysson estate in the Haut-Médoc using equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The magnificent 2005 vintage from this property punches well above its Crus Bourgeois status at a very affordable price.Heady aromas of juicy blackberries and cedar on the nose are complemented with spicy, black cherry flavours on the palate. A silky texture and rich earthy flavours find a perfect partner in game, and grouse in particular.2005 Château Reysson is currently available at Tesco at circa €15.99 a bottle Facebook NewsNews from the world of wineBy admin – July 22, 2010 444 Linkedin Print Previous articleExotic catering for parties at homeNext articleArts news in brief July 24 admin Twitterlast_img read more

Road To Rooster Walk: Mipso Discusses Songwriting

first_img“All of a sudden there’s a song – there in your hotel room playing your guitar – and you write it, and two or three years later it will come true. It keeps you on your toes.”These words, spoken by Townes Van Zandt, support a popular notion of the songwriter in American popular culture: A rambling man, on the road with a band, playing venues both squalid and splendid, creating songs from thin air with little more than a beat up guitar, bottle of booze and hotel notepad.And there’s no doubt that countless great tunes have been written in such a manner. But there’s another question worth asking: In 2017, are most songs written that way?To find out, we spoke with six songwriters who will be at the ninth annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival over Memorial Day weekend (May 25-28) in Martinsville, VA. These six artists: Paul Hoffman (Greensky Bluegrass), Anders Osborne, Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Lyle Divinksy (The Motet), Marcus King, and Wood Robinson (Mipso) bring different backgrounds, hometowns, experience levels and genres to the craft of songwriting.Perhaps unsurprisingly, they write songs in different manners. In fact, some artists create songs with very little “writing,” literally speaking. For proof, read on to learn about the surprising methods that Andrew Marlin employs when creating fresh material for Mandolin Orange. Then, catch their afternoon set at Rooster Walk 9 over Memorial Day weekend.Editor’s Note: This is the fourth story in a six-part “Road to Rooster Walk” series about the craft and process of songwriting. Previous installments featured The Motet, Greensky Bluegrass, Marcus King, Anders Osborne, and Andrew Marlin.Just like last week’s band, Mandolin Orange, Mipso hails from the stringband stronghold of Chapel Hill, N.C. But unlike their Tar Heel brethren, Mipso features four songwriters, not one.The combination of Wood Robinson (bass/vocals), Jacob Sharp (mandolin/vocals),Joseph Terrell (guitar/vocals) and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle/vocals) gives the band an embarrassment of lyrical riches, each with his or her own approach to the craft.“I know that for Jacob, he writes based on a single line that will come to mind, and spend months working around that one line. For Libby, I know that it’s a lot to do with kind of the thematic content of the verse that she writes. She usually writes when she’s driving, and a verse will come to mind,” Robinson said. “And then for Joseph, it’s kind of more on the same lines as Libby does, where he’ll have a rhythm and meter to a verse that he’s working on and then expound upon that.”For Robinson’s part, he admitted no regular process or method to his songwriting, claiming instead that his songs are realized only when “the divine light shines upon” him.But unlike Marlin or Osborne, most Mipso songs are far from finished when introduced to the rest of the band.“None of us are extremely attached to the initial blueprint of the song that was originally brought to the table,” Robinson explained. “So if someone has a good idea, it’s just a good idea. And that can make the song even better. So sometimes (the finished product) was just what the original songwriter wrote and intended. But probably much more often, to a typical listener’s ears, it would be apples and oranges, very different between what was initially performed for the rest of the band, and what the band ends up performing.”For an example, look no farther than “Momma,” off the band’s 2015 release, “Old Time Reverie.”Sharp wrote the song about his late mother, each stanza depicting a different hypothetical conversation between himself and his mother, father and brother.Sharp first presented the song, which at the time was just guitar and lead vocals, to Terrell while the band was on tour in Japan. The two proceeded to work out many of the harmonic elements of the song but left it unfinished.“Then when we got into the studio, with the help of Andrew Marlin, who was producing that record, we started adding orchestral” violin elements, and fretless electric bass, to the song, “that are really beautiful and really haunting,” Robinson explained.The finished product “wound up being much more than a single guitar with a singer – which it could live very comfortably as,” Robinson said, “but it feels like a much more band-orchestrated arrangement.”Though all four songwriters vary in their creative methods, Robinson said they share an appreciation for the craft of songwriting, and the fact that studying one’s trade will only lead to improvement.“There’s some serious truth to the fact that you learn the craft by knowing the craft,” he said. “We all listen to a lot of music and a lot of songs. And almost all of the best songs have already been written. And to recognize that and try to learn from the ones that already exist – you know, you listen to a record with headphones on and you take notes. And find those turns of phrase that you like so much. And somehow some of that sentiment will seep into your head. I know that that has helped me a lot in learning from some of my favorite songwriters. And I know that that’s how all of us think: You can’t write a good song if you haven’t heard one before.”Songwriters who influence Wood: Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon (“among the true greats.”) Jonathan Byrd, Robbie Fulks, Simon Linsteadt, Andrew Marlin, Neil Young. (“There are so many. It runs the gamut.”)Song: “Momma”last_img read more

Skylar Astin & Bianca Marroquin Will Headline West Side Story

first_img View Comments Tonight, tonight! Skylar Astin and Bianca Marroquín will play Tony and Anita, respectively, in a Carnegie Hall presentation of West Side Story. Directed by Amanda Dehnert, performances will take place from March 4, 2016 through March 6 at the Knockdown Center, a restored factory in Queens.Joining Astin (Spring Awakening, Pitch Perfect) and Marroquín (Chicago, In The Heights, The Pajama Game) will be newcomer Morgan Hernandez, who is set to take on the role of Maria. Additional cast members will be announced later.West Side Story takes place in New York City in the mid-1950s amidst widespread racial and social tension. Tony is a Jet ready to leave the gang life behind. Maria is the sister of Sharks leader, Bernardo. When Tony and Maria unexpectedly meet and fall for each other, the tension that has been building between the rival gangs explodes. The beloved score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim features such classics as “Something’s Coming,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Tonight.”Marin Alsop, a protégé of Bernstein’s, will serve as musical director and conductor, with professional artists in lead roles and the participation of more than 200 high school students from around the city both in the cast and in a chorus specially created for this presentation.The production will feature choreography by Julio Monge and Sean Cheesman, musical supervision by Leslie Stifelman, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Tracy Christensen, lighting design by Edward Pierce, sound design by Nevin Steinberg and technical direction by David Benken.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know, how to watch USA vs. Chile

first_imgMuch like Thailand, Chile isn’t expected to present much of a challenge for the U.S. Women’s National Team in its second game of the World Cup.The Chileans, ranked 39th in the world by FIFA, are making their World Cup debut, though their tournament likely didn’t get off to the start they had hoped after falling 2-0 to Sweden. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Coach Jose Letelier deserves some credit for turning around Chile’s national team as he took over in 2015. While in charge, he won the Campeonato Nacional Primera Division de Futbol Femenino 10 times in a row before leading Chile to its first-ever World Cup.The Americans, on the other hand, have already turned heads in France. They opened the tournament with a 13-0 thrashing of Thailand, which set a tournament record for most goals in a single match.  Related News Who is the Chile player to watch?Christiane Endler: The goalkeeper will have her hands full when Chile faces the USWNT, but she could be the Chileans’ best hope for success based on a big save she made against Sweden in her team’s first game of the tournament. At 6 feet, Endler is one of the most athletic and versatile keepers in the world right now. WHAT A SAVE!Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler denies Sweden at the doorstep! #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/PnqwXzjqqD— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 11, 2019What are three Opta facts to know?Alex Morgan’s five goals against Thailand equaled her total from her previous 13 appearances for the USWNT.Chile is winless in its last 10 games (7L-3D). It has conceded multiple goals in six of those matches, losing all six games while failing to score in four of those games.When the United States played Thailand in its first match of the World Cup, Sam Mewis (two goals and two assists) and Alex Morgan (five goals and three assists) became the first U.S. players to have multiple goals and multiple assists in a single match since Lloyd in September 2016, which was also against Thailand.PredictionUSA 7, Chile 0Sunday’s match should be another that the Americans easily take. Based on the USA’s electric performance against Thailand, it’s not likely Chile will be able to compete, either. The Americans are ranked No. 1 in the world, and it’s likely they will remain unbeaten and unscored on. The defending champions will look to carry the momentum created from their first match into Sunday’s game. Here’s what you need to know:What time does the USA vs. Chile match start?The match kicks off Sunday at noon ET at Parc des Princes in Paris.How to watch or stream the USA vs. Chile game?Fox will broadcast the USA vs. Chile game. It can also be live-streamed on Fox Sports Go.When was the last time the U.S. played Chile?The USWNT has faced Chile twice, both in friendlies in 2018. The USWNT won each of those two games by a combined score of 7-0. Carli Lloyd is the only USWNT player to score twice against the South American side.last_img read more