Wales: Regional Rugby infographic

first_img Regional Rugby has had its ups and downs since their formation in 2003/04 season, but there is no doubt they have contributed hugely to a sustained period of success at international level, with Wales winning three Grand Slams in 2005, 2008 and 2011 added four Six Nations titles in the last nine years. An added feather to the cap for the game, was having 15 Wales internationals in the Series winning Lions squad out in Australia last year.So which region has provided the most internationals to the Test game and which players have had the most caps in that time? Thomas Davy has put together a brilliant infographic detailing the Welsh caps in all their entirety. Want to subscribe to Rugby World? Click here for the latest deals and discounts, and find out how to download the digital edition here. Shoulder to shoulder: The Regions have produced over 100 players for Wales Since 2003, over 100 players have taken a bow for Wales whilst contracted to a Welsh region, so how do the numbers divvy up?center_img There are plenty of home grown stars featured in the current issue of Rugby World with Ospreys lynchpin Dan Biggar talking about his European aspirations, midfield powerhouse Scott Williams, plus we have up-and-coming Dragons centre Tyler Morgan and Dragons CEO Gareth Davies giving his thoughts on the state of the nationCredit: Ten2TwoCreative LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Closure of Route 52 Walkway Opens Up New Places to Exercise

first_imgOcean City officials close off the walkway on the Route 52 causeway, also known as the Ninth Street Bridge, as part of the governor’s orders. By MADDY VITALEExercising is still one of the activities allowed outdoors in New Jersey, where the cases of coronavirus continue to rise and people heed the warnings to only go out for essentials while practicing social distancing.But just this week, a popular walkway people use to walk, bike and jog was closed to pedestrian traffic, eliminating yet another way for people to cope amid a pandemic with no definitive end.Barricades have been erected on the shared-use walkway on the Route 52 causeway into Ocean City as part of efforts to stem the coronavirus outbreak. “Just as the beach, Boardwalk, playgrounds and recreational facilities, the shared-use path on the Route 52 causeway is closed until further notice,” explained Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen on Wednesday. He continued, “The closure is consistent with the governor’s executive orders prohibiting social gathering and requiring social distancing.”Siblings Courtney and Alex Corson, of Somers Point, take their dogs for a walk daily on the bridge’s walkway.Siblings Courtney and Alex Corson, of Somers Point, have to change their routine walks with their dogs until the restriction is lifted and the walkway reopens.On Wednesday, they looked at the sign on the wooden barrier at the foot of the bridge on the Somers Point side and came up with another idea for walking their dogs.“We could just walk around our neighborhood,” said Courtney, 22, in a matter-of-fact manner. “We know it is important and the right thing to do, but it is definitely something that changes our daily activities.”Alex, 20, said he was just happy to be out with his sister walking their dogs.Disruption of a daily routine can be difficult, the siblings agreed, but for them, there is more to it.“We love the walkway because the views are beautiful,” Courtney said of the spectacular panorama of wetlands, wildlife and back bays. Sean Barnes, of Ocean City, and his pooch, Harbor, make the most of a brisk walk in a park near their home.But like others walking their dogs, jogging or biking, the importance of social distancing was the main goal and the rules put in place by Gov. Phil Murphy and the towns were respected by the majority of people Wednesday afternoon.There were, however, a few people who did not take the barriers seriously and simply went around them. Two bicyclists zipped by and onto the walkway Wednesday afternoon, while a jogger did the same.On the Ocean City side of the Route 52 causeway, also known as the Ninth Street Bridge, Sean Barnes, of the Snug Harbor section of town, along with his black Labrador retriever, aptly named Harbor, were busy taking a walk in a park near Barnes’ residence. Not being able to use the bridge walkway just meant their walk was closer to home.“It’s just an adjustment,” Barnes said with a smile. “The Boardwalk is closed. The beach is closed. Hopefully everyone will adhere to the rules and we can get through this in as short a time as possible.”Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beaches have been closed since March 25.last_img read more

Small-stream buffers

first_imgThe State is funding a study to look at this issue and the results will be coming out this summer that will provide much needed information on this issue. If the intent is to base natural resource legislation on sound science, we need to allow time for that scientific analysis to be completed.(Mark Risse, Judy Meyer, David Radcliffe Liz Kramer RhettJackson and William Bumback are scientists with water-relatedresponsibilities with the University of Georgia.) Decades of scientific research throughout the country have demonstrated the services to society provided by intact small streams. These services are eliminated when streams are piped.This is what we know about small streams: In the Blue Ridge, an average annual flow of 25 gpm is generated by a watershed of about 16 acres. This only applies to the Blue Ridge. The watershed area generating that flow is likely to be significantly larger in other parts of the state. We estimate that watersheds of 30 to 45 acres would be needed to generate this flow in other parts of the state. Rainfall, topography, soils and geology all influence the amount of area required to generate this flow. These streams drain significant areas and should not be viewed as “wet weather ditches.”In the Blue Ridge, a stream of this size would flow in a channel approximately six feet wide and three feet deep. This includes intermittent streams that would not have any flow at some times of the year but would fill the channel during the winter and also includes small streams that begin with a spring and flow year-round.Often organisms such as mayflies, stoneflies and caddis fliesare used as indicators of good water quality and are alsoexcellent food for fish. In a Blue Ridge stream with 25 gpmaverage annual flow, there were numerous individuals from fivedifferent species in these indicator groups while in a pipedstream there was only one individual in these indicator groups.In addition the total number of insects being supplied todownstream ecosystems from this piped stream was only 16 percentof what was being supplied from the unpiped stream. These insectsare a critical source of food for downstream fish and otheraquatic organisms.We have already lost considerable mileage of small streams. For example, in the Upper Chattahoochee River, tributaries draining forest and pastures have about 2.2 miles of stream for every square mile of watershed. In urban and suburban watersheds where there has been considerable piping and filling, there are only about 1.5 miles of stream for every square mile of watershed. That means that 0.7 mile of stream per square mile has been lost in these watersheds. That is a one-third reduction in stream miles in these watersheds. If only a few small streams are piped in a watershed, that will not have dire consequences for downstream ecosystems. If, however, there is a general variance with no consideration of what has been done to other small streams in the watershed, the chances for widespread destruction of small streams is great, with significant consequences for downstream flooding, water supply, water quality and fisheries resources. While 25 gpm probably sounds like a small number, it’s not. An average annual flow of 25 gpm translates to over 13 million gallons per year, which could meet the water needs of over 175 people.UGA scientists are working on a study which the legislature requested when it modified the trout stream buffer legislation several years ago. The report from that study will come out this summer.Preliminary information from this research indicates:center_img They improve water quality. Think of them as the first line of defense. Excess nutrients entering waterways enter small streams, which are extremely efficient at removing those nutrients. They are much more efficient at nutrient removal than are larger, deeper channels. By eliminating those small streams you remove protection for waters further downstream.They maintain water supplies. There are close connections between small streams and groundwater and they serve to recharge the shallow groundwater system. Our recent experiences with drought have shown water conservation to be a critical issue in Georgia, hence it is important to maintain these services of small streams.They provide natural flood control. Because they slow the downstream movement of water, allow infiltration through the channel bottom to groundwater, and have access to a floodplain, these small channels reduce downstream flooding. In watersheds where small streams have been eliminated, downstream flooding increases.Vegetated buffers around small streams trap sediment and other pollutants, slowing their rate of movement downstream and minimizing impact to water supplies.They maintain biological diversity because there is a unique assemblage of organisms living in these small streams.They sustain the food webs of downstream ecosystems. Small streams export material that serves as food for fish and other organisms living downstream. Op-ed: Small-stream buffers criticalThe Georgia General Assembly is considering a bill that will greatly affect the health of streams across Georgia. Senate Bill 460, a bill dealing with the piping of streams and stream buffer variances, has passed the Senate and is currently being considered in the House.University of Georgia scientists have researchedwatersheds and streams in Georgia and the Southeast for decades. Much of this research has focused on small streams, which are the systems that will be affected by this legislation. Senate Bill 460 proposes to allow piping of small streams with less than 25 gallons per minute (gpm) average annual flow and establishes general criteria for buffer variances. The 25 gpm average annual flow is an arbitrary number without any scientific basis.last_img read more

Bob McCoskrie: Undermining Parental Authority Affects Classroom Behaviour

first_imgGuest opinion: Anti-smacking law a failure – Bob McCoskrie – National Director, Family First NZNZ Herald – Published in Bay of Plenty Times 14 June 2019 Dawn Picken “Lack of a beating not the reason for badly behaved children” and her choice of the word ‘beating’ misrepresents the real issue surrounding good parenting and how the state has undermined the role of parents, and now teachers.In our 2016 analysis “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, government statistics showed that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the anti-smacking law in 2007. Instead, there had been a 136% increase in physical abuse, 43% increase in sexual abuse, 45% increase in neglect or maltreatment of children, and the child abuse death rate continued unabated.The smacking law has been so bereft of success that supporters have resorted to unsupported and arbitrary claims that good parents haven’t been affected and that no-one has been prosecuted by it. These claims have been proven patently false.But now, due to unrealistic and nonsensical classroom behaviour management guidelines and policies, some school classrooms are becoming unsafe environments which will be emotionally harmful to children in the class who just want to enjoy school in an atmosphere of safety.Ministry Guidelines argue that “physical restraint is a serious intervention” and that the “emotional and physical impact on the student being restrained” can be significant. They say that school staff should not use physical restraint in a number of situations including:to respond to behaviour that is disrupting the classroom but not putting anyone in danger of being hurtfor refusal to comply with an adult’s requestto stop a student who is trying to leave the classroom or school without permissionto stop a student who is damaging or removing property, unless there is a risk to safety.They also say that “if escalation occurs, move further away”.For any acts of physical restraint on a student, five forms must be completed – an incident report, information for the Ministry, staff reflection form, debriefing form with the Principal, and a debriefing with the parents.Official documents from the Ministry of Education in March showed that more than 1,000 reports of physical restraint have had to be lodged by schools since new rules were introduced for schools in August 2017. 75% of the incidences occurred in primary schools with children as young as five. 85% of the incidences involved boys. This also means that more than 5,000 forms or reports will have had to be completed by school staff.The Ministry suggests that the number of reported incidents is “a small percentage” but the real issue is whether teachers are ignoring or unable to deal with unruly and unacceptable behaviour in very young children because teachers are now no longer confident or unsure of their right to restrain students. This then places all students at risk. Teachers also say that they are scared to even break up schoolyard fights or are standing back while a student trashes the classroomIt seems ironic that as we are saying no to violence within families and our community, schools are expected to tolerate an unacceptable level of violence and unruly behaviour, and school staff are wasting hours of valuable time having to complete documentation on the physical restraint of disruptive and unruly students in primary schools.Teachers are right to be concerned about the potential harms and hassles of handling unruly and violent students and the possible effect on their professional status.Common sense has been expelled from schools, and no amount of ‘guidelines’ and ‘professional development courses’ can make up for teachers being able to respond quickly and instinctively in the most effective way in often very stressful and exceptional circumstances. Parents also want assurance that their children will be kept safe from violent or unruly students.Combined with the ‘chilling’ effect of the anti-smacking law, this is all having the adverse effect of parents and teachers becoming too afraid to administer any physical control or restraint of children. Children have received the message that adults can not touch them or even tell them what to do.This seriously undermines the authority of parents, teachers, and even the police themselves – hence the increasing violence and disrespect towards parents, teachers and police.Student behaviour and bullying will continue to deteriorate for as long as we tell them that their rights are more important than their responsibilities, proper parental authority is undermined by politicians and subject to the rights of their children, and that there will be no consequences of any significance when they ‘cross the line’. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Aluko to address MPs on BAME absence in sports leadership

first_img Paul Elliott, the chair of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, has established a voluntary Equality In Football Leadership code to improve diversity among football clubs and governing bodies at all levels. Aluko who has always been outspoken against all forms of gender discrimination featured prominently in allegations of racism that saw former England Women coach Mark Simpson sent packing. Eniola who is elder sister of Super Eagles ace Sonny Aluko who plays for Reading, last laced boots for Juventus ladies before taking the Women Sporting Director at Villa. Read AlsoAluko named Aston Villa Women’s first sporting director She made 27 appearances for Juventus scoring 15 goals. Other clubs she played for in the course of her footballing career include Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic. She scored goals for England in 102 appearances between 2004 and 2016. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria born former England international Eni Aluko, will address Members of Parliament next week Tuesday on the lack of black, Asian and minority ethnic representation in sports leadership roles. The former Chelsea and juventus ladies ace who is currently Aston Villa Women Sporting Director has been called to an evidence session of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee scheduled for Tuesday July 7. The lack of BAME representation at the upper echelons of UK sport has been highlighted by the focus on the Black Lives Matter movement. Also billed to address MPs will be Paul Cleal, non-executive director and adviser to several sporting bodies, including the Premier League where he sits on the Equality Standard Panel. Eniola Aluko last laced boots for Juventus ladies scoring 15 goals in 27 appearancesAdvertisement Loading…last_img read more

EPA sues Cemex over air quality

first_imgThe lawsuit says Cemex California LLC made major improvements in 1997 and 2000 without getting permits required by the Clean Air Act, a measure the federal government adopted in 1990 to set limits on emissions. The company also failed to install high-tech emissions controls that would limit pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, which cause smog and trigger breathing difficulties in children and the elderly. Cemex declined calls Wednesday seeking comment. The company’s Web site says the $190million expansion helped the plant lower allowable emissions substantially while increasing production. “The final design selected meets the best available control technology for reducing air emissions,” the site says. “Also, state-of-the-art combustion controls were chosen to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions.” The EPA says Victorville’s air doesn’t meet federal standards for ozone or particulate matter, but it would not comment on the role Cemex plays in perpetuating the problem. “The facility is a `major’ source of air pollution, however, under the Clean Air Act,” Arcaute said. Should the EPA prevail in court, Cemex could face fines of up to $27,500 a day for violations that occurred from January1997 to March2004, and up to $32,500 a day for violations after March. The complaint does not suggest a specific penalty, and the EPA declined to comment on when the violations began or what date penalties might begin accruing. The EPA had cited Cemex for the Victorville violation in September 2005, but the parties have been unable to resolve their differences in the interim. A branch of the agency that oversees the Midwest cited a Cemex facility in Fairborn, Ohio, in the past year or so, Arcaute said. The plant operations differ from the quarry proposed by Cemex in Soledad Canyon, which is on hold for now. The site – where Cemex planned to extract 56.1million tons of sand and gravel during a 20-year span – is outside Santa Clarita city limits between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce, but no processing plant was to be built there. Cemex officials said recently they will try to negotiate a compromise with the city of Santa Clarita in lieu of opening the mine in 2008. In a show of good faith, the city disbanded its approximately $8million campaign – which had gained traction nationwide – to scale down or block the mine. Four months before joining forces with Cemex in February, the city bonded with environmental groups and others to notify the mining giant its air-quality violations were under the newly formed group’s microscope. The United National Alliance sent a letter to Gilberto Perez, president of Cemex-U.S. Operations, noting 72,067 air-quality citations levied against Cemex, and a city report says Cemex has been fined $4.5million for violations of state and federal water and air-quality requirements in at least eight states. At the time, Cemex countered the group’s action, saying it was based on failed legal or public cases against the company and that it reeked of sour grapes. Both the city of Victorville and the agency that regulates air-quality standards for the Victorville region say Cemex has been a good neighbor in that community. “In terms of any kind of major violations, I can’t think of anything major or outstanding,” said Eldon Heaston, executive director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District. “They usually are in compliance.” Victorville also had no complaints, city spokeswoman Yvonne Hester said. The Mojave Desert district oversees a 22,000-mile territory in the desert portions of San Bernardino County and eastern Riverside County, home to Victoville, Barstow, 29 Palms and Apple Valley. The agency recognized Cemex for helping to prevent or control air pollution in the community. [email protected] (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has lodged a lawsuit against Cemex in federal court in Riverside claiming the company – which plans an aggregate quarry on the outskirts of Santa Clarita – failed to adopt proper measures to cut air pollution at its Victorville cement plant, one of the largest of its kind in the country. In a complaint filed Monday, the Department of Justice accuses Cemex of failing to install the protective devices despite spending millions to renovate the facility during the past decade. “What the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants is that Cemex install proper air pollution controls that could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions in the general Victorville area,” agency spokesman Francisco Arcaute said. “That’s why we’ve taken these legal steps.” At the plant, rocks are pulverized to make cement, which is the binding agent in concrete used to build homes, roads and bridges. last_img

Celtics 128; Warriors 95: Warriors show regular-season apathy in marquee game

first_imgOAKLAND -– The setting called for a highly competitive game that could serve as a playoff preview.Perhaps a star player would make a game-winning shot. Perhaps a role player would make a hustle play. Perhaps both teams would fight on nearly every possession, knowing that could determine the outcome.Instead, the Warriors labored through a 128-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at Oracle Arena with the same apathy as they have had in any other forgettable regular-season game. “ …last_img read more

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