Michael Jones awarded Queen’s Birthday knighthood

first_imgYet, three decades on, it is the rugby hall of famer’s ability to inspire a new generation of Pacific and Maori kids off the field, which has earned him a knighthood in this year’s Queen’s Birthday honours.Chuffed with the honour, Sir Michael has been recognised for setting up community trusts and even a high school, designed to help Pacific kids in New Zealand complete their education and achieve their goals.The former west Auckland Kiwi-Samoan boy says the idea is to show Pacific kids they have support and are part of a wider team.”It takes a village to raise a child,” he tells NZ Newswire at the Pacific Advance Senior School he helped establish in Otahuhu in south Auckland.”I’m a product of a village. My father passed away when I was four years old and I was raised by my mother and aunties and uncles and my older siblings in a small house in west Auckland.””We didn’t have much, we struggled financially, but I was rich in terms of the people around me.”The sense of belonging to a village or community can sadly be a feeling that is hard to find for some of the troubled youth Sir Michael’s groups, including the Village Community and Youth Trust and Pacific Advance Senior School, aim to help.Some of the teens are at risk of dropping out of school and falling into gang activity.To connect with them and the about 100 Pacific and Maori students it has enrolled with it, the Pacific Advance Senior School uses innovative teaching techniques and what Sir Michael calls a Pacific cultural outlook.This includes using sport and music as “hooks” to grab the student’s attention.”Sport is such a powerful tool and we see it as a real key for us along with music,” he says.”For whatever reason, it is in our DNA as Pacific people. We have a real passion for it.”He says rugby taught him self-confidence and resilience, with the times he was injured and feeling low just as important in building his character as the highs.This sense of resilience and knowledge that you have a “village” of people ready to support you through hard times is a key message his team tries to thread through their programmes.”Young people when they go home to these neighbourhoods and streets, it is tough, so they have to build that into their inner core,” he says.The aim is ultimately to “make the next generation better than us” and provide an environment for them to thrive.But for a down-to-earth Aucklander more commonly known by his rugby nickname, “the Iceman”, will his new title of “Sir” ever feel comfortable?”I still prefer to be remembered or seen as the westie boy from out west Auckland, Kiwi Samoan and that’s me – nothing changes,” he says.last_img read more

LeBron shuts down Jordan comparisons for good

first_imgEver since James was dunking on fellow teenagers, pundits have been linking the superstar to Jordan, but it may not be an apt comparison after all.James, speaking ahead of Thursday’s game against the Boston Celtics, poured water on the hype linking him to the great Bulls legend who won six NBA championships.”No, [Jordan] was much more of a scorer, at that point did a lot of post work, but our games are just different,” James said via Cavs.com .”His body is different, my body is different than his. You recognise the dominance in someone at that age [32], but there’s no similarities in our game at all.”Both players used, or use, the fadeaway jump shot: James from the corner, and Jordan after crossing someone at the top of the key.”Our shots are different,” he said. “[Jordan] had much more lift in his fadeaway than mine. That was definitely a go-to move of his, but our games are completely different.”last_img read more

1×1 of Madrid: Courtois, Valverde and Ramos, desert titans

first_imgVALVERDE: Attached to the right wing by Zidane’s tactical mandate, he was still the best in Madrid in the first half hour. It shattered Lodi. He had the best chance in 67 ’to head a Jovic center at pleasure but the shot, which is not his thing, was horrific. His grand finale ended when he had to hit Morata in 118 ’to avoid the rojiblanco goal. A fair red.KROOS: Very uncomfortable and barely present in the actions with the ball stopped. Even the extension did not find a crack through which to cast a distant shot. In 102 ‘he left Vinicius.MODRIC: He was the first to seriously test Oblak’s gloves. The red was played with a strong iron and at the wrong time to Trippier’s ankle. Less bright than against Valencia, but he gave a lesson of pundonor with 34 years.ISCO: He could barely take advantage of his ability between the lines because Madrid could not play between the lines. It was the sacrifice of Zidane, in the 60 ’, to thin the number of midfielders.JOVIC: Like the semifinal against Valencia, he was a castaway. Neither his companions sought him nor the Serbian knew how to find life for himself. But the second part was another movie. Suddenly, in two actions in five minutes, it became a fire that the Atleti did not know how to contain … until it died out on its own. Madrid has a problem in the role of substitute for Benzema.RODRYGO: Zizou used him to open the field and spark a fierce white attack. It was noticed and on his right was the Super Cup in 92 ’but the right was flat and focused on more power. He showed threw asking for a penalty and nailed it through the squad.MARIANO: From fallow footballer throughout the season to Zidane’s surprise element. He left in 82 ’to be a torment. He was and even had a header in the 87 ’he looked for but did not finish finding the Oblak squad. In the second part of the extension he threatened again with the same method and then a rejection forced the Slovenian goalkeeper to show off. The Hispanic-Dominican was a storm in the desert.VINICIUS: Zidane gave way thinking about the second part of the extension, but it was inconsequential. Madrid takes the Super Cup of Yeda appealing this time not to the symphony of the semifinal football against Valencia, in the Arabian derby he resorted to the scimitar and resilience. Off Isco and Kroos, but clinging to Courtois, that inexhaustible source of gasoline that is Valverde and Rodrygo’s insolence, Ramos once again stabbed a dagger into an athletic heart. This time, on penalty, the last.COURTOIS: Follow sweet and play against Atlético does not provoke sentimentality. He did not sting in the trap of Morata, who dropped into one hand at a time, and in the second half he won the game of the athletic striker again with a mitten on a shot near the corner, the best red and white chance. He also appeared in extra time, especially with an incredible hand of pure reflections in a poisoned rejection of Mendy that went inside … In the batch, it was the wall of Jeddah. First to Thomas.CARVAJAL: More pending not to miss anything back, especially after the entrance of Vitolo. He missed the move that cost Valverde the red and took the yellow for engaging in an argument with Savic. Of course, he took responsibility for the first penalty and converted it.VARANE: Much of the fight against Morata fell behind his partner. There was no opportunity to take advantage of the recent success of the French ball.RAMOS: It started with a clamorous failure. In the 13th minute he wanted to play a ball in the white area and left the free ball to Joao Felix, who luckily for Madrid fired out. But history had reserved another hole for him to put his name: this time not head first in the minute ‘Ninety and Ramos’, it was a penalty. With pause, with care, a penalty that was a dagger and gave the Super Cup to Madrid.MENDY: One of his best games, if not the best, as a Real Madrid player. He had his best play in a good dribble trippier stuck to the lime near the break. But the British still looks for him. Much more loose in attack (and accurate) than usual. He saw the yellow one by a blow to Morata.CASEMIRO: He was the only one who posed a threat to a stopped ball, with a very good header on the edge of the break that went over the Oblak crossbar by millimeters.last_img read more

Cultural – Athletic | History in León

first_imgAt the time when the cencellada began to fall that would wake Leon the next day, with bare trees mottled with ice on the Bernesga River, Simeone undressed in the Kingdom of León. Nothing was left on the bench. He dated the best he had more Manu Sánchez, the only one in the quarry. Simeone had read Barça’s warning from Ibiza. Opposite, Aira raised a mirror: the Cultural with her know how to play folded but aggressive in running. He sought to repeat the Huesca, the coat for later, Dioni and Kawaya, and the green face B. He went with heroes: Lucas, substitute goalkeeper, Sergio Benito, forward.It all started as the difference in categories established. The First, João Félix sent as false ‘9’ and freedom of movement. An in-depth pass to Vitolo was the first ‘uy’ of the game. The Cultural did not know how to mark them. Neither they nor Correa. The shot of the Canary crossed too much, Correa could not get over that pass, Atlético dominated without sweating. The waiting for the refolded Cultural never ended in theft, Sergio Benito did not get a ball. The only thing in Aira’s favor was time, which continued to happen in the 0-0. In the stands, exchange of songs. Thirteen thousand with the ‘Cultural’ to the rhythm of Magín’s hype, a corner of red and white Leon with ‘Ole, ole, ole”:It was after a thread from Herrera that Lucas took off with the toe of the glove that everything changed forever. As if João’s legs had soon begun to freeze in the cold that fell on the Kingdom, a stadium accustomed to winter. He no longer found Vitolo, nor Correa, no one was able to have a good time. The field was extended, the Cultu Adam approached a corner, with intensity in the clash and many people in the aids. Simeone kicked invisible balls in a technical area that seemed to diminish every minute. The break came where Aira wanted. In the 0-0. Ahead, 45 minutes of possibilities for Second B and darkness climbing through the rojiblancos bodies like fear. Ibiza, Albacete. The second part began with an anger of Cholo. He followed his imprecise team and that which had sheltered his center of the field with the entrance of Thomas. The Cultural, very supportive in helping with a commander, the Argentinean Gudiño. “Yes, you can,” shouted the Kingdom as Sergio Benito nodded a corner a span above Adam’s goal and Lucas pulled Vitolo a hand under Oblak’s. Aira got gunpowder, Kawaya. Simeone left for history a change in Leon: Saponjic debuted. Two minutes later, João Félix rubbed his boot again to remove the frost and look for Correa with another filtered pass. The Argentine finished off first to blow the black at night. He stayed with Griezmann’s cape. ChangesThomas (45 ‘, Héctor Herrera), Kawaya (58 ‘, Augusto Galvan), Ivan Saponjic (59 ‘, Vitolo), Dionisio (69 ‘, Luque), Sergio Marcos (80 ‘, Aitor), Alfonso (92 ‘, Antonio Martínez), Sergio Camello (98 ‘, Marcos Llorente), Rodrigo Riquelme (101 ‘, Strap) Aira gave the last half hour to his best scorer Dioni, as before Huesca, to look heroic and found her in the corners. Simeone gave him all the meters. Gudiño forced them, Kawaya threw them, Castañeda took him to the net. There were six minutes left until the Cultural hurried in. The match broke. Lucas stopped before Saponjic, Adam did it before Sergio Benito. And again Adam, with his chest, as he could, that Cultural did not leave his area. The extension came after Cultural substitute goalkeeper Lucas took two other miracle hands from Oblak’s before Felipe and Lucas. Even the cencellada stopped falling in León. It warmed that scream. Cul-tu-ral, now very high.Lucas’s gloves followed holding the Cultu in the first part of the extension. And that Simeone added to Correa, Saponjic and João Félix to Riquelme and Camello. Before the second part arrived, several of Aira’s men were lying in the grass, the cramps, the legs weighed everything. Then that against the beginning of the second part of the extension. Dioni to Gudiño, Gudiño to Sergio Benito and Sergio Benito who beats Adam first. A goal that will remain forever in the history of Leon. The one of the night in which the Cultural one ate the Athletic one of the 515 million while in the background only that song sounded: “Yes it is possible”.center_img CardsAugusto Galvan (36 ‘, Yellow) Luque (39 ‘, Yellow) Marcos Llorente (42 ‘, Yellow) Saul (73 ‘, Yellow) Dionisio (73 ‘, Yellow) Antonio Martinez (80 ‘, Yellow) Sergio Marcos (116 ‘, Yellow Goals0-1, 61 ‘: belt, 1-1, 82 ‘: Julen Castañeda, 2-1, 107 ‘: Sergio Benitolast_img read more

Rare Messi Avis: 19 goalless shots the last two League games

first_imgComfortable at home, Messi is waiting for two fire tests in San Mamés and Villamarín to measure his real state. Of the 19 goals that this course has scored, 14 have been at home, four out and one in neutral field in the Super Cup. It is obvious, then, that where Messi feels comfortable is at the Camp Nou. But it is still to give some exhibition. The Wanda match was brought forward with a wonderful play almost on time, just the day before receiving the sixth Golden Ball. If Barça wants to win in San Mamés, he needs the best Messi. Accustomed to seeing Messi with the precision of a surgeon every time he steps on the area, the last two league games have been curious. Messi has been squeezed in search of the goal. To try to tie Valencia and to sentence against Levante. But it has stayed. The six-time Golden Ball has shot 19 times the last two days. Ten of those shots went to goal but Jaume in Mestalla and Aitor in the Camp Nou stopped him.Measuring efforts a lot, Messi makes a lot of difference. This Sunday generated seven scoring chances, gave both assists of goals and all, without giving the feeling of leaving everything in the attempt. He played with relaxation. As it shows, the 22 turnovers he added. He had also lost 14 possessions in Valencia. Barça, in short, is what Messi decides. The meaning of all its circulations is to find the Argentine, who decides when to stop and when to accelerate. He is the footballer who is allowed to risk when he deems it convenient.last_img read more

“They are going to withdraw half of the players’ agents”

first_imgFIFA’s intention is to prohibit the same agent from representing two or more parties in an operation, such as the role played by Mino Raiola in the return of Paul Pogba to the Manchester United. The Italian represented the English club, the player and the Juventus at the same time, pocketing up to 48 million of the more than one hundred in which the agreement was closed.As published Or jogo, a recent FIFA study has revealed that The clubs have paid 2,560 million euros in commissions to agents since 2013. Some 120 important representatives of the world of football meet today at the Zurich stadium in Switzerland. Among them are expected to be important personalities such as Jorge Mendes, Mino Raiola or Jonathan Barnett, among many others. They have decided to hold a summit to study whether they should submit a formal complaint to the FIFA in the European Court based on the purposes of the organization, as they plan to regulate the way agents proceed.“FIFA has made decisions that, if implemented, will remove more than half of the agents from the market and did not even call any representatives for this discussion.” They are words of Mike Miller, president of the Association of Soccer Agents.last_img read more

The curious noise made by an ice block falling through a hole in Antarctica, explained by a glaciologist

first_imgWhen falling through a hole, an ice block creates a most peculiar noiseThe glaciologist Peter Neff, explains what causes this phenomenon As we know, depending on where we are in the world, the weather is different. If on the one hand in Saudi Arabia we can meet up to 54º in temperature, in Antarctica the cold is the real protagonist.Many scientists, in order to carry out different investigations, have to withstand the low temperatures of Antarctica. In this area of ​​the world, experts carry out tests while suffering freezing temperatures to better understand our planet.Another thing that experts located in Antarctica do is throw ice through deep holes. This, although it may seem something simple, is quite an entertainment for them since doing so emit the most peculiar sounds.The geochemist John Andrew Higgins, has posted on his Twitter account a video in which you can perceive the strange sounds emitted by a block of ice falling through a hole of 137 meters. Image: iStockcenter_img What does a 9 inch ice core sound like when dropped down a 450 foot hole? Like this! Credit to @peter_neff for the idea and @Scripps_Polar, @sciencejenna, @GeosciencesPU, @US_IceDrillingand @paleosurface for the execution! pic.twitter.com/pW7LxKdbUB– John Andrew Higgins (@blueicehiggins) February 7, 2020The sound we can hear is something of the most surprising but it has an explanation, which we can know thanks to Peter Neff. This glaciologist got in 2018 that a video of the same style got more than 10 million views and because the geochemist John Andrew Higgins also published an equal video, he decided to upload an explanatory video about this phenomenon.According to Peter Neff, the sounds of ice falling through the hole are due to the Doppler effect and how sound waves move inside. On the one hand, the Doppler effect is the change in frequency that the waves emit from the movement, causing a sound not to be heard in the same way when approaching than when it moves away. On the other, the sound waves emitted by the ice when falling, have difficulties to get out of the perforation and that is why they bounce emitting this series of curious sounds.Here’s the story on this crazy sound (V1), plus the basic science @blueicehiggins, myself, & others do studying past climate with #Antarctic ice cores. ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/QAtjcxXXGh– Peter Neff (@peter_neff) February 8, 2020last_img read more

The Italy-South Korea of ​​Davis Cup, behind closed doors by the coronavirus

first_imgThe Davis Cup tie between Italy and South Korea scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Cagliari will likely be held behind closed doors For safety causes resulting from the outbreak of the coronavirus and the organizers will reimburse followers who purchased tickets for the occasion, the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) studies in an official assertion on Thursday.“In accordance with the provisions of the Authorities, the Davis Cup qualifier on Friday and Saturday in Cagliari will likely be held with no public. All tickets and tickets offered will likely be refunded, “reads the official observe of the FIT.This measure comes after the Italian authorities authorized a decree on Wednesday. that, with regard to sports activities competitions, orders that each one occasions that convey collectively many individuals are held behind closed doors till April 3, as a safety measure to stop additional dissemination of the coronavirus in the nation. The outbreak of this virus has already prompted a couple of hundred deaths and greater than 3,00zero contaminated in Italy and, in an try to dam its growth, the Authorities ordered the closure of all faculties and universities till March 15.The Davis Cup of Cagliari will open this Friday at 12.00 (11.00 GMT) with the duel between Fabio Fognini and Duckhee Lee, adopted by Gianluca Mager in opposition to Ji Sung Nam.Saturday will open with doubles Lorenzo Sonego and Stefano Travaglia in opposition to Ji Sung Nam and Min Kyu Tune and it will likely be accomplished with the particular person Fognini-Sung Nam and Mager-Lee.The profitable group will get one of the twelve tickets for the remaining section, which, like final yr, will likely be performed at the Magic Field in Madrid in November.last_img read more

UEFA ponders delaying England Euro Cup to 2022

first_imgThe expansion of the coronarivus By European territory it has brought important consequences in the world of soccer. One of the most prominent is the suspension of the European Championship that he planned to play in less than 100 days in various countries of the old continent. The UEFA decided to delay its start 12 months. Europe’s most important national team tournament will kick off a year later than planned. This decision may seriously alter holding another UEFA tournament: England Women’s Eurocup. In 2021, the women’s tournament was scheduled for July 7 to August 1. What is the problem? That now the men’s Euro Cup steps on the women’s. There would be four days (from July 7 to 11) in which the two would compete at the same time. What’s more, in the same country. The semifinals and the final of the Eurocup for boys are played entirely in London. The women’s Euro kicks off on July 7 in Manchester at the legendary Old Trafford Stadium. A few kilometers from the boys’ semifinals and final. Some voices already say that this coincidence will eclipse the women’s competition, which has been on the rise in recent years. The success that the World Cup in France had last summer was already seen. To avoid this coincidence, UEFA would be considering two solutions. The first is to delay the start of the Women’s Euro Cup for a few days. The other, which sounds louder, would be to take it to the summer of 2022. And it is that on that date no major championship is planned, since the Qatar World Cup is held in winter. Thus the Women’s Eurocup would take all the focus of attention, waiting to know what happens with the Men’s Club World Cup.If so, women’s football would go two years without having any official championship (2020 and 2021) and then it would have two followed by Eurocup and World Cup (2022 and 2013). The federations, including the RFEF, are awaiting the UEFA resolution, which all they have said is that “it will be rescheduled accordingly.” Spain is one step away from obtaining the ticket for said continental tournament. Whether in 2021 or 2022, Vilda’s will fight to be one of the best on the continent.last_img read more

LaLiga’s plan to return

first_imgLaLiga has prepared a report that explains to all the clubs the protocol to follow once you can gradually return to training. The Cope has had access to a draft prepared by the employers, in which four different phases are set so that the competition resumes without jeopardizing health footballers.Thebes and his team consider that fifteen days of training are necessary before restarting LaLiga Santander. There would therefore be four phases: training preparation, solo training, training of eight players in three different groups and, finally, conventional collective training. Always according to the information of the Cope, LaLiga considers that an isolation of the templates and technical bodies is necessary in a hotel or in the sports city itself and that only authorized personnel access these facilities. Thus, the contagions that would slow down the domestic tournament would be avoided.Also, 72 hours before undertaking this return plan, LaLiga will proceed to perform a coronavirus test on each and every player of the championship. Not only that, but also all the people who live with them to start the isolation protocol in case of positives.last_img read more