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All Blacks seek to extend 7s supremacy

first_img“For 16 years now Rugby Sevens has enjoyed being a key part of the Commonwealth Games,” said Bernard Lapasset, president of rugby union’s world governing body, the IRB.“To compete alongside their compatriots in a multi-sport environment is a matter of huge pride and honour for our rugby players, who are making giant strides in this new Olympic era. We wish our rugby athletes all the best in this magnificent international event.”The Fijians will not be in Scotland, however, having missed qualification after the late inclusion of their country in the multi-sport event.Despite their absence, there is a formidable line-up of teams that turn out on the IRB world circuit.Reigning champions New Zealand have been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Nigeria and tournament hosts Scotland, who have named star international British and Irish Lion full-back Stuart Hogg and veteran winger Sean Lamont in the squad.Silver medallists four years ago in New Delhi, Australia, and bronze medallists South Africa are top seeds in pools D and B respectively, while other World Series regulars in Samoa, England, Kenya, Wales and Canada will be determined to challenge the dominance of the mighty Sevens All Blacks.The beauty of the Commonwealths means there are also places for the unheralded likes of Malaysia, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uganda.Stalwart DJ Forbes, along with Sherwin Stowers and Tim Mikkelson plus World Cup winners Declan O’Donnell and Pita Ahki, headline the New Zealand team coached by veteran Gordon Tietjens.“Winning a gold medal at a Commonwealth Games is very special,” said Tietjens. “There is nothing better than seeing a player being presented with a gold medal and listening to the anthem.“I am confident if these guys can perform to the best of their ability and be on top of their game we can go very well.“To win, it’s all about consistency, accuracy, strong defence and dominating possession. If we can play consistently well, and having a strong bench will help, then that plays a big hand in being successful.”For Scottish full-back Hogg, the tournament will all be about impressing in Glasgow, not a traditional rugby heartland in a country where football is king.There is also the added aim of home union players trying to sparkle ahead of selection of a British team for the Rio Games.“The Ibrox crowd will be massive, up to 45,000, and it is exciting,” said Hogg, whose last sevens appearance was four years ago for club side Hawick.“We want to put in a performance that makes the whole nation proud.”GroupsPool A – Scotland, New Zealand, Canada, BarbadosPool B – South Africa, Kenya, Cook Islands, Trinidad and TobagoPool C – Samoa, Wales, Papua New Guinea, MalaysiaPool D – England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000GLASGOW, July 21- New Zealand will seek to extend their stranglehold on the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens for a fifth successive time when it gets under way at Ibrox Stadium, their bid boosted by the absence of arch-rivals Fiji.The All Blacks have won all four previous Commonwealth sevens tournaments, dating back to the Jonah Lomu-inspired triumph in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, and have since dominated the IRB Sevens World Series of a sport which will be included in the Rio Olympics in 2016.last_img read more

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Wilderness Committee applauds West Moberly and Saulteau caribou recovery efforts

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — The Wilderness Committee is applauding the efforts of the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations to help recover the population of the Southern Mountain Caribou’s central group, but says that more restrictions on logging need to be put in place.The Wilderness Committee says that the two Treaty 8 First Nations have had some of the most successful results in their caribou management plans, which has seen an increase in the size of the Klinse-za herd from 16 to 70 animals in just four years. However, the organization said it is still concerned that the draft conservation agreement is not moving fast enough.Southern mountain caribou are listed as threatened under the federal Species at Risk Act, but many herds are on the brink of extinction. There are 23 cut blocks within the critical habitat of the central group, of which fifteen have already been logged and companies have the go-ahead to log eight more. Another eight are pending approval to be logged.“West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have rightfully taken matters into their own hands to save southern mountain caribou,” said Wilderness Committee Conservation and Policy Campaigner Charlotte Dawe. “Conservation agreements must be based on traditional knowledge and science, so this collaboration with First Nations for caribou recovery is long overdue. Governments are consulting and making plans and at the same time logging companies are having a heyday in the critical habitat of the central group – the exact group this conservation agreement is meant to protect. If we are serious about protecting these caribou, governments need to enact a moratorium on logging in identified critical habitat until the agreement is done.”- Advertisement -The central group is not the only caribou facing logging threats. There are various herds under threats from active logging, including one near Wells Gray provincial park whose population has been plummeting.“The first draft of the central group agreement didn’t protect the migration range or low elevation habitat of caribou – making recovery of the herd impossible,” Dawe added. “This is why we need provincial endangered species legislation. For now, the fate of caribou is left to conservation agreements, which aren’t usually legally binding nor do they hold governments and industry accountable.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Zaza zooms in! West Ham confirm £24m deal for striker should be done TODAY

first_imgSlaven Bilic says he expects Simone Zaza to complete a move to West Ham later on Friday.The Hammers have agreed a club-record £24m deal with Juventus for the striker and he is on his way to London to undergo a medical.“With the Zaza situation, it looks very likely to happen and should happen today,” Bilic said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Manchester City.“As far as I know the deal is agreed between clubs. The personal terms are also agreed and he is due in London today, so we hope it will be done.“It’s very positive and it’s a boost. We’ve been trying for a long time now to get a top-quality striker and he was always mentioned.”Bilic has been in the market for some firepower after losing Andy Carroll and record summer signing Andre Ayew to injuries.The shortage in attack was clear as West Ham crashed out of the Europa League to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu at the London Stadium on Thursday night.Bilic added: “With strikers, we are short now because of injuries but those players will come back – some of them very soon.“Andre Ayew is due back at the end of November, so there is no point in adding too many players in that position.”Bilic has also been without his main creative threats, Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini, but hopes at least one of them will be fit to face City. Simone Zaza 1last_img read more

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Plane crashes during aerobatics; pilot hurt

first_imgMOJAVE – An aerobatic plane that was used as a chase plane in test pilot Burt Rutan’s historic 2004 space flights crashed and caught fire Wednesday outside the grounds of Mojave Airport, seriously injuring its pilot. The pilot, whose name was not immediately released, was pulled from the wreckage by firefighters, who also extinguished the small grass fire the crash started. “He crashed while he was performing aerobatics,” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said. The injured pilot was flown by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, Kern County sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Wood said. Officials at Scaled Composites, Rutan’s Mojave-based company, had no immediate comment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe single-engine Extra 300 airplane belongs to Chuck Coleman, one of Scaled’s design engineers. Scaled said it was used to train Scaled’s pilot/astronauts before the SpaceShipOne rocket plane flights, and also flew with the SpaceShipOne rocket plane at the end of its flights to assist the rocket plane pilot in landing. Kern County officials said they did not know why the plane crashed. National Transportation Safety Board officials were called in to investigate. The crash occurred about 1 p.m. Wednesday about 200 yards north of the airport’s northern fence, sheriff’s officials said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Raise sought for ’07 council

first_imgPALMDALE – Members of the Palmdale City Council are considering giving the city’s next council – the members in office after the November 2007 municipal election – a 15 percent pay raise. Three years since the last raise, the council will vote on boosting the mayor’s salary from $1,100 per month to $1,265 and council members’ from $660 to $759. If the pay hike is approved at Wednesday night’s meeting, only council members Tom Lackey and Steve Knight are guaranteed seeing it. Mayor Jim Ledford, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Dispenza and Councilman Steve Hofbauer are all up for re-election next November. Dispenza said the raise is warranted given the length of time the council has gone without a pay hike and the increasing demands on council members’ time. james.skeen@dailynews.com (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“This is a full-time deal,” said Dispenza. “It’s taking more and more time to get the job done.” Mayor Jim Ledford said the council has deferred pay raises in the past when economic times were tough. “It has not been about return to the individual,” Ledford said. “With or without this increase, you’re not in for the money.” The last Palmdale City Council increase took effect in November 2003, when the council member salaries were increased from $600 to $660 per month and the mayor’s salary from $1,000 to $1,100 per month. Lancaster’s monthly salary for its mayor and council members is set at $600, according to a city staff report. last_img read more

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Tim Visser: This is make or break for Scotland’s Six Nations

first_img“For us, this is make or break for the Six Nations.“This is the game where we can put ourselves in a good position to move forward.“But we’re not looking further than the weekend obviously. Italy are a good side at home and we’ve got to go over there and get a good win.”Cotter admitted his side are desperate to end their losing streak but did his best not to hype up this weekend’s match as a wooden spoon decider. Tim Visser has admitted Scotland’s Six Nations clash with Italy is “make or break” after the team started the tournament with back-to-back defeats.Visser returns to the team for the trip to Rome after recovering from a hamstring injury and is focused on halting the run of nine straight defeats in the championship.A tenth at the hands of the Azzurri would make the Scots odds-on favourites to land the wooden spoon for the second successive year, and increase the volume of discontent over the direction of the game in Scotland.The former Edinburgh star said: “It is so important we come back from Rome with a win. The head coach said: “The boys just want to play well. They are desperate for a win.“If we don’t get it next week then we must certainly strive for it in the next game.“This team will win at some stage because there is that determination within. They are proud players.“If we tick our boxes around the contact area, get the scrum and line-out working well and defend when we need to defend then we have shown we can be dangerous once we get our hands on the ball.”Visser has landed ten tries in his previous 23 caps for Scotland and seems to have rediscovered his finishing prowess since moving to Harlequins in the summer.The Dutch-born back has six tries in ten outings for his new side and he believes he is in a good place to attempt to make the dark blue number 11 jersey his own.Visser said: “I’ve had a good period with Quins and now I need to bring that back home to the international stage.“All the pressure is on me so I’ll try to deliver.“I feel the move is certainly bringing out the best rugby of my career. I’ve gone back to how I used to play with Edinburgh back in the day.“We play a very expansive type of rugby with Quins. I get a lot of ball so I’ve been able to pick the fruits of that.“That form has always been there, it just needed the chance to come out.”last_img read more

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Spencer volleyball squeaks past Gilman in conference opener

first_imgBaehr leads Rockets with 16 kills, 28 digsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN — The Spencer volleyball team pulled out a gutty 3-2 win over Gilman in its Cloverbelt Conference East Division opener Thursday night at Gilman High School.The Rockets won 25-16, 13-25, 25-27, 25-19, 15-13.Lexi Baehr had 16 kills and 28 digs, and Sadie Mercier had 32 assists and 22 digs to lead Spencer.“We were up and down all night,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “When we passed, we looked great. It was a good way to start conference play.”Spencer will participate in the Auburndale Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

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Improved Reading of Free E-Books, As The Open Library Launches a New E-Reader

first_imgTags:#E-Books#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts The Open Library, an initiative of the Internet Archive, has just launched a new version of its online e-book reader, featuring an improved user interface as well as other new tools. You can use it to read the more than 2 million books available via The Open Library and the Internet Archive.As you search for books to read on the site, you’ll now find a link to “read the item online.” This will launch the redesigned reader, although you’ll still have the options to download the books, read in other formats, or send to your Kindle.The updated e-reader has a number of new features, including a larger interface, that serve for better readability. In addition, the navigation bar has been improved to help find chapter and page markers, and full-text searches show up there as well. There is also a “Read Aloud” feature that will work in most browsers, with text-to-speech capabilities.While web-based, the e-reader does have support for devices like the iPad, including touch gesture support so you can flip pages and pinch-to-zoom.And – my favorite feature, I think – it also boasts better sharing options, so you can not only link to a particular text but can embed the book (when rights allow) on a website.The Open Library’s e-reader is open source and looks to be a great way to read openly-licensed, DRM-free e-books. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

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Marketing Day: Instagram redesigns call-to-action bar, mobile-specific fraud & more

first_imgMarketing Day: Instagram redesigns call-to-action bar, mobile-specific fraud & moreYou are here: Posted on 17th October 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:indaHash plans cryptocurrency to pay influencers and their followersOct 16, 2017 by Barry LevineThe influencer marketing startup sees bitcoin-like private currency as a way to speed payments, avoid multiple banking systems and encourage followers.Forget B2B and B2C; the future of marketing is P2POct 16, 2017 by Joe HylandMove over, B2B and B2C marketing. Columnist Joe Hyland believes marketers need to embrace person-to-person (P2P) marketing and connect with their customers on a human level. HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Instagram redesigns call-to-action bar, mobile-specific fraud & more Online Marketing News From Around The Web:Clickbait or Damn Good Headline?, CopybloggerE-Commerce Websites: 72 Must-Have Features, MarketingProfsEight effective examples of quizzes in content marketing, EconsultancyHow Mobile Marketing + Email Pack a Punch for Marketers, MarketoHow To Do LinkedIn Remarketing (And Why All B2B Should), Ignite VisibilityMartech and the modern marketing org (study results), Chief MartechThe Smart (and Not-So-Smart) Ways to Use Vanity Metrics, Content Marketing InstituteWhat’s Better for B2B Marketers, Ebooks or White Papers?, Convince and ConvertWhy Different Video Ad Channels Require Different Success Metrics, eMarketerWhy Retailers Should Be Savvy with Holiday Promotions, Multichannel MerchantFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Instagram redesigns call-to-action bar, mobile-specific fraud & more Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Is GDPR the Y2K for B2B marketing? And how to use it to your advantageOct 16, 2017 by Scott VaughanThe EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and Y2K share some surprising similarities. Columnist Scott Vaughan breaks them down and outlines four ways to prepare your organization for GDPR.Nanigans launches incrementality optimization & reporting solutionOct 16, 2017 by Ginny MarvinThe new solution focuses on driving incremental revenue growth from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and programmatic retargeting campaigns.Instagram redesigns call-to-action bar to dynamically mirror adsOct 16, 2017 by Tim PetersonBy blending the bar with an ad’s photo or video, Instagram may be able to insert more ads in people’s feeds.What airlines can learn from smart marketers about the customer experienceOct 16, 2017 by Evan MaglioccaThe airline industry has been hit with some highly public complaints over the past few months. Columnist Evan Magliocca discusses how airlines are lagging in the customer experience and what they — and any brand — can do to put customers first.5 things you’re doing that drive your freelance writers crazyOct 16, 2017 by Megan KrauseHow do you cultivate a relationship with your freelance writers that will result in great content? Columnist Megan Krause discusses five things to avoid if you want to stay on a freelancer’s good side.Mobile devices offer special vulnerabilities to fraudOct 16, 2017 by Barry LevineAs the types of mobile devices grow, expect more kinds of mobile-specific fraud.Scott Brinker: Marketing is now customer experience’s championOct 16, 2017 by Barry LevineOur MarTech Conference chairperson reflects on how Marketing is following the transformational path of IT.Twitter latest to be slammed for deleting Russian fake account dataOct 16, 2017 by Greg SterlingTwitter doesn’t preserve data from deactivated accounts for privacy reasons, but it didn’t anticipate interference in the 2016 election.last_img read more

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Dunnington Delivers Energy Efficient Performance

first_imgDo you need better performance? How does up to a 50% improvement over previous generation Intel® Xeon® 7300 processors sound? In summary, with the Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processors, you can deploy the same number of servers in your data center while increasing your performance capacity or deploy fewer servers to complete the same amount of work while reducing power consumption. Using the best energy efficiency servers is a great first step toward increasing the efficiency and performance of your datacenter – look for a follow on blog later this week from Dave Hill to talk about other actions that you can take to reduce your power consumption and carbon footprint too. Good news for the enterprise – the latest “Tick” of Intel’s “Tick Tock Model” has made its way to the high-end 4 socket segment and the energy efficiency improvements are sure to make an IT manager smile. With the launch of Intel® Xeon® Processor 7400 series, the entire Intel® Xeon Processor product line is now using 45nm process technology, hafnium based hi-k dielectrics, metal gates and enhanced Intel Core Microarchitecture. The results are just what you have come to expect – improved energy efficient performance because of higher performance delivered by more cores and processor architecture improvements using faster, lower leakagetransistors. What does this really mean to you? Is power a concern? A server configured with Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processors consumes ~equal or less power than the previous processor generation.center_img Given the breadth of Intel® Xeon® 7400 Processor choices – from 6 core 2.66GHz (130W TDP) processors down to 2.13GHz (50W) 4-Core to the 2.13GHz (65W) 6-Core that is the lowest power per-core processor on the market, you can choose the right processor to deliver the balance of performance and power that meets your compute needs. Combined, the performance and power improvements deliver up to a 54% improvement in energy efficiency.last_img read more