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first_imgCrushers Women’s Open captain Kate ‘Golden Boots’ McCarthy nudged me in the ribs and pointed to a group of players excitedly gathering on the end of field six as the hum of the floodlights provided a low key soundtrack to the festivities unfolding on a perfect summer’s evening.‘Golden Boots’ and I were on the walk back to the car park after watching the 2011 BCTA Cobras Cup Women’s Open Grand Final between undefeated minor premiers Southern Storm and three time champions and hot favourites Caboolture Colts who had been shooting for a record breaking fourth straight title.It is history now that Southern Storm removed the monkey, no make that, the giant sized Gorilla that was on their backs for over a decade when they triumphed 8-5 over the benchmark team of the prestigious BCTA Cobras Cup, Caboolture Colts, on Saturday night at the Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s Whites Hill complex.I smiled at ‘Boots’ and said, “Our time will come mate, this is one of the hardest competitions to win.” Testimony to this is the fact that it took Caboolture Colts eight semi-final appearances in a row to even make the Grand Final, and that Storm has waited 10 years to win this competition since their last premiership in 2000.Kate and I paused for a moment to watch and admire and definitely envy the Storm girls congregating on field six and even though we were a distance away, the happy faces, the sheer joy, the overwhelming relief, the light-hearted banter, the spot of drunken shenanigans, and the pure bond of friendship that only playing in a team and achieving a special shared goal such as this breeds, was crystal clear.“I want to do that again too,” I said.My mind wandered back to 12 months ago, same team, same scenario, but a very different result.Storm had been the first team through to the Grand Final last year and had been considered favourites for the title as Colts had struggled to overcome a determined and in-form Crushers line up 4-3 the night before in the preliminary final.Inexplicably Storm, top heavy with representative superstars and a very talented coaching staff, failed to produce the level of performance required to win the Grand Final and Colts collected their third title in a row.The Storm girls gathered sadly in their circle on field six last year and no doubt felt the agony of a second successive loss that cut deep. I remember I was hanging around waiting to have a consoling word to Kirsty Quince, a Storm girl for life and a player who I work a lot with and count as one of my best mates on the planet. When we win or we lose on the field or in the game of life we are there for each other the Quince and I, it’s just how we roll. Quince didn’t say much, and that always means she’s hurting. She headed over to her team huddle and the disappointment was etched on each girl’s face I saw. I have known my share of losses, in fact, have made a bit of an art form of it, so I was well qualified to provide an empathetic ear. I felt the Storm girls’ pain but I also knew that it was something they needed to deal with as a team. I don’t know what was said in that huddle, but I do know there was lots of alcohol consumed because I received a 2.00am text saying ‘Karrllsss, come out???’ from Quince so I smiled and went back to sleep secure in the knowledge my little mate was ok and figuring it had been a really galvanising night for the Storm girls and whatever happened in that huddle would be very important to their team going forward in season 2011.I am positive that the happy circle Kate and I spied after Southern Storm’s wonderfully professional and clinical performance to claim the title Saturday night would not have been possible without a searching examination of the past and a commitment to being their best for each other in the future.The catchcry for the Storm girls Saturday night was ‘it’s our time’ and in everyway this team invested in every department to make the dream a reality.As expected this game had more twists and turns than all the waterslides put together at Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast.Caboolture Colts are the toughest team mentally and physically in the competition and they are proud of their sustained period of excellence at the top of the tree in Women’s Touch in South East Queensland. If Storm wanted to be premiers, there was no way it would be gifted to them and they would have to produce a near perfect game and an unwavering commitment to their game plan to make it happen. And that is precisely what happened.The game began at a cracking pace with both teams chancing their arm early. Colts tap off move came to naught, and for first five minutes both sides entered into an expansive arm wrestle, seeking to move each other around like pawns on a chess board, searching for the move that would produce the chink in the armour and checkmate a pathway towards a coveted early lead.There were some early errors on both sides of the half way line, which is only to be expected given the big match occasion and excited jumble of expectation and nerves that accompany a Grand Final appearance. Even though these two battled hardened combatants were facing off against each other for the third successive year, the butterflies were still fluttering fiercely in the stomachs of both line-ups who both had so much at stake in this game.Like two Queen Bees fighting for control of the hive, the thrust and parry of the opening exchanges was intense and neither team gave an inch.Storm came out full of running and after probing the Colts line and some thoughtful composure from 2011 Australian World Cup Mixed Open winner and Storm captain, Sarah ‘Sez’ Spacie, and partner in attacking crime, Australian Women’s Open World Cup champion, Kirsty ‘Mud’ Quince, the Storm girls ran their pet play ‘the special’ for the mercurial Emilee Cherry. ‘Chez’ split hard to the open side, Spacie ran a perfect angle to scythe between defenders, then gave a quick ball to Cherry who on cue, when the Colts defence collapsed, rifled a stunning left to right long ball that the lightning fast Tracy Hill latched onto to dot down in the corner for an early 1-0 lead.Storm have run this play countless times during the season and in particular unsettled Colts with the identical play in the last fixture round of the season proper two weeks earlier, and so no doubt Colts would have been disappointed with the defensive effort on this occasion, given that they knew the play was coming and coach Morrow would have planned strategy to minimize Storm’s pet attacking play.In the next five minutes Colts looked to get back on level terms with Savannah ‘Sweet cheeks’ Pratten and the ever-improving Emma Blanch driving strongly and featuring prominently for the defending champions. Storm were not backing down though, and kept driving directly and seemed to make easy metres through the usually granite-like ruck area of the Colts defence.The ‘human plough’ physicality of the Colts combination is renowned, and dare I say, feared by many teams in this competition, and it is fair to say in previous Grand Final showdowns the Storm girls have become intimidated and dominated in the field position battle of attrition, but Saturday night it was evident early that the Southside girls were not going to surrender meekly and that if Colts wanted to bash and barge then the premiers would have to be prepared to take as good as they gave.Colts were stung into action after Storm’s initial bright start to proceedings and their big guns, wonder twins, Gemma and Nikki Etheridge, did what they do best and drove the ball deep into Storm territory, earning their team a much needed relieving penalty.So often the saviour for Colts, two time World Cup winner, Peta Rogerson, stamped her undeniable class on the contest soon after by crafting a touchdown off a static play for her good friend and fellow Australian World Cup winner and long serving Colts captain, Mary ‘Pasher’ Steele in the 12th minute. At 1-all it was game on and both teams lifted their intensity again with power rucking and strong defence the order of the day from both sides.So often the game can turn in a twinkling of an eye and Colts will look back on the set of six at the 14th minute mark and wonder just how the next touchdown was conceded.Storm were rucking off their own line and frankly, the set of six was going to hell in a hand basket for them, with Colts bustling defenders controlling the set nicely after working hard to knock off four touches in good field position.Special players have a happy knack of doing the most extraordinary things at precisely the right time. That girl, Emilee Cherry, adjusted the super girl cape on the sideline and swept on left to right from the sub box, seemingly with not much doing. She shaped to run the ball out towards the right link then at the last moment propped inside and used that freakish acceleration she possesses to step inside both middles on an angled sideways run. She then beat her link for speed and drew the winger in down a narrow sideline corridor. The always clever and ever present Kristy ‘Kmart’ Brennan held her wing line brilliantly to skip clear a few steps, then with the inside Colts defenders converging, the Australian 20’s lynchpin delivered the perfect inside ball to a grateful Cherry who finished off the opportunistic play and ensured it was nothing but hi-fives and backslaps all the way back to the Storm sub box for the Storm girls who were chuffed with their 2-1 lead.The happier than a girl spotting a shirtless Sony Bill Williams feeling didn’t last long though for the Stormies who were reminded of the fight and pride and sheer talent that exists in the Colts line-up.Colts worked down to the opposition score line and were unlucky not to score off a well-worked middle/link ‘A’ pop out play featuring their attacking powerhouse Peta Rogerson. ‘Skeet’ gave the link the ball in some space and the link had the winger open but unfortunately didn’t release the ball and a touchdown may have gone begging. Fortuitously, Colts received a repeat set and that was always going to spell trouble for the Storm girls.If the ‘special’ has been the flagship play for Storm over the last two seasons, then ‘Zonda’ must surely be the equivalent play for the Colts girls. The angled hit wrap and step out between the two middles and either give the wrap, hit outside runners, or the ball player having a crack at the line themselves, are all options the Colts girls have perfected over the last few years.Rogerson called the play and ran the ball out unselfishly and engaged the correct middle. Bec Lapraik then got to half and wrapped around the impressive Emma Blanch who had played wing for most of the season but had recently moved into the middle to cover the loss of Colts outstanding middle Emily Reed, who was in England watching her brother Jack star for England overnight in the Four Nations Rugby League final against Australia.Ironically, the ‘Zonda’ with the step and go with a slidey dive yourself option is a well known pet play of Reed’s, so it was fitting that the girl replacing ‘Reedy’ ran a perfect line and did it all herself to score at the feet of the Storm defence to square the ledger at 2-all with 16 minutes gone on the clock.In the aftermath of the touchdown, Storm defender Lizzie Campbell disputed the decision and was sent for a period of time for dissent, leaving her team five on six for an extended period before half time. This situation was potentially a make or break one for both teams.Storm coach Swain Rovelli later revealed that the handling of the period of time by Campbell and the rest of the team was crucial in them maintaining their focus.“Last year we would probably have stewed over the decision and become distracted. The experienced girls like Rach Noble, Sez (Sarah Spacie) and Quincey (Kirsty Quince) refocused the girls and we played the time we had to endure with five players particularly well. We slowed the play up and gave Colts not too many opportunities to get their hands on the ball and that was a real bonus for us. To then get back to the full complement just before half time and put another touchdown on them I think really broke their backs,” Rovelli said.Campbell spent the better part of three minutes and 30 seconds cooling her heels ‘in the bin’ and her teammates dug in for her and each other. The entire Storm camp remained composed and the maturity and discipline shown under pressure was a real sign of the growth this team has made and the lessons learnt over the last few years when inexperience and lack of belief were key stumbling blocks to them achieving their potential.Strangely Colts did not seem to press Storm or bustle them defensively in that period of time when they had the one player advantage, and it was perhaps a hint that the Colts girls were a little off their game that is usually characterised by assertive defence and confident option taking.With 30 seconds left in the half, ‘Lizard’ Campbell was saved the brainwork of masterminding a prison break and granted a thankful release from Alcatraz in time to see her teammates put together a well-worked play to ensure they went to oranges with a precious  onetouchdown advantage.The experienced Rach Noble, who is Storm royalty, is the sole survivor from Storm’s last premiership winning team in 2000 and she used all her experience and undeniable guile to move the ball to the right and work a clever switch into phase with Candice Humm and Anna Hicks. Hicks phased the ball for the enigmatic Humm, who happily for Storm fans, was having one of the games of her life. Humm released quickly off the deck to a running Emilee Cherry who sent a pinpoint missile in the direction of reliable finisher Chelsea Brigginshaw, who gleefully dotted down for a crucial 3-2 lead to Storm on the stroke of half-time.With the Foo Fighters committed to a previous engagement in Europe, and just out of the budget capacity of BMTA, the half-time entertainment consisted of the a few of the Coastal Suns Open Women’s team (average age 16) doing their best Justin Bieber, and despite it being a resounding ‘yes from me’, they may have to play second fiddle if Snow Patrol are secured for next year’s half time extravaganza. Just sayin’….Half-time in both camps was a pretty controlled planet to be on. In Storm central, coach Rovelli implored their players to make touches in front and continue to commit to the drive and their ruck defence by muscling up and pushing out on the line. Whilst in Coltsville, Craig Morrow reasoned that there was no need to panic and that the game was still there for the taking if his girls got some rhythm and stayed controlled. “The game was still very much in the balance at that point. The touchdown right on half time was a tough one to take. We were guilty of ball watching a little in the first half with a couple of their set plays and we resolved to get back on track with our defensive intensity in the second half and be a bit more patient with the ball in hand. I was always confident we could bridge a deficit of a couple of touchdowns, and it wasn’t through lack of effort, we just weren’t as mentally across everything as we needed to be at that point, but I knew if a few things went our way we could get back into it,” Morrow said.The game resumed at a frenetic pace in the second half with a variation of the ‘special’ play almost hitting the jackpot off the tap off for Storm. Colts, to their credit weathered the storm and went close at the other end of the field, but after some resolute defence and inspired driving from Lizzie Campbell, Tracy Hill and Kirsty Quince, Storm established field position quickly to have the Colts defence in trouble early in the second stanza.On the fifth touch of an industrious set, a fantastic piece of individual brilliance by Candace Humm to come up with a one on one snap of her opposite defender pushed the Storm girls out to a 4-2 lead and a two touchdown buffer that allowed coach Rovelli to breathe a little easier and the Storm girls to start to believe that there 10 year wait for a premiership was finally within sight.You never write off champions and Colts were a long way from dialling 911, and in the next 60 seconds proved why they are such a great team who have been the benchmark of this competition for the last three years.Off the tap, the Colts girls went back to the ‘old faithful’ Zonda play and with Peta Rogerson again running the A line out and engaging the correct middle, the classy Lauren ‘Harry’ Potter, produced a little wizardry of her own that her much vaunted namesake would have been happy to claim.  Her angle was inch perfect and her wrap release to Savannah Pratten gave ‘Sweet cheeks’ Pratten the space and opportunity to rip a magnificent long ball to Colts veteran winger Kate Barker who did the rest to help the Colts girls bridge the deficit to 4-3 and stay within striking distance of claiming their fourth straight premiership.The game ebbed and flowed for the next few minutes as each team searched for the crucial break that would give their team the ascendency.The defining moment of this game was upon us when Colts Gemma Etheridge, who has been in stellar form all season, and recently won the Player of the Final playing for runners up South West Queensland in the Women’s Open division at the QTA State Championships, chanced her arm on an open side raid.Etheridge ran a drifting angle out of acting half and was looking to play some phase, but unfortunately for her, good mate and fellow SWQ Swan, the irrepressible Emilee Cherry was lying in wait and like a thief in the night she pounced on the Etheridge pass and intercepted cleanly to race the length of the field and score a game breaking touchdown to take the Stormies out to a 5-3 lead.Colts threw their best attacking shots at Storm in the next set with big names Rogerson and Gem Etheridge challenging Storms’ key middles and Queen Bee middles in Quince and Campbell who both withstood the deadly ‘sting’ and along with veteran Storm champion Rach Noble stood up brilliantly making some inspiring touches to save a couple of certain touchdowns.Storm trucked the ball down the other end of the field with Charlotte ‘Classic’ Caslick featuring prominently. Storm received a penalty late in the touch count in good field position and this next touchdown would have had coach Rovelli beaming from ear to ear and each of the players involved in its successful execution lining up for an end of season $10 bonus for scoring off a set play. The ‘special’ play variation that nearly netted Storm a touchdown off the half-time resumption tap was run again, but this time the line running was perfect with Stevie-Lee Thompson, who was having a wow of a game, splitting off the ball to the open side and young gun Anna Hicks picking up from half and going short side splitting the middle defenders before a slick inside ball found touchdown hungry captain, Sarah ‘Sez’ Spacie, hitting between the middles to score a touchdown that took her team out to an impressive 6-3 lead. Like the true champions they are, Colts were never going to go quietly into the night and off the resumption, long serving captain Mary Steele showed her truly inspirational qualities to work in tandem with Lauren Potter to press the Storm line and work for some phase. ‘Pasher’ picked up out of half and went open side then stepped in and dished to Potter who drove in close to the line. Steele gave a precision passing class 101 on the run to the big crowd on the ‘Hill’ as she hit a diving Gemma Etheridge who spliced the angle as only she can to score between the link and wing to get the Colts girls back in the game at 6-4.Off the restart Storm were building again and once again it was courtesy of their pet play ‘special’ that they made an instantaneous reply to Colts hit back. Fittingly it was master organiser Kirsty Quince, the on-fire Candice Humm, and the amazing Emilee Cherry once again combining to conjure up another variation off the set play that Colts will have nightmares about. Fittingly, it was 12-year Storm veteran Rach Noble who dived over in the corner to grab a ‘meat pie’ in what would be a very satisfying moment for the girl who has given such outstanding service and loyalty to the club she joined as a 16-year-old girl, playing division two then working her way into Division 1, playing for Queensland and Australia along the way and sticking with her team through the good times and the tough times.At 7-4 up Storm were rolling down the field with certainty and as the game reached the 10 minute mark, every passing minute was drawing one team closer towards a memorable victory and the other team towards a disappointing defeat.Disaster struck for Colts soon after when Gemma Etheridge was given a period of time for an over vigorous touch. Whilst Etheridge watched proceedings from the end of the field, her teammates were unable to halt the Storm juggernaut with just five defenders. Good phase play by that girl Cherry and Candice Humm, and great initiative by Stevie-Lee Thompson and the dangerous Charlotte Caslick, allowed Tracy Hill to snare a double for the Grand Final and extend the Storm lead to 8-4.Colts kept trying desperately hard to penetrate the Storm line but resolute defence from middle bookends Kirsty Quince and Lizzie Campbell and Rach Noble and the determined Kristy Brennan foiled Colts at every turn.With five minutes left in the contest, Colts got a hard earned touchdown with the old firm of Gemma Etheridge and Mary Steele combining again, this time it was Etheridge delivering the pinpoint ball for Steele to dive low and beat the defence to ground the ball to peg the score line back to 8-5.To Colts credit they kept chancing their arm to the final whistle and Storm did not clock off, still searching for a final touchdown to end the game on a high.At full-time the relief and satisfaction for the Storm team was palpable. After 10 year of heartbreaking near misses they finally got their game together in the most perfect of ways to claim a memorable victory.The Storm girls were buzzing after the victory and the feeling in the camp was best summed up by their veteran champion Rachel Noble, a 12 year player for the Southside club, who reflected on the last few years of struggle and disappointment and paid homage to the coaching staff at Storm for the role they played in the memorable victory.“Winning this year after so many losses to Colts in the last couple of finals was so much sweeter. It was a great game to be a part of. Being the oldest in a team of young and talented players I knew what my role was and loved playing this year with the Storm girls and to do it undefeated makes it even better. The hard work, dedication and endless effort our coaches’ put in at Storm year after year has finally paid off. I’m glad we could give them the victory they so deserve. Thank you to Swain and Wayne and also to their families for believing in us and it’s just an awesome feeling to have again,” Noble said.Colts coach Craig Morrow was philosophical about the loss and paid tribute to the Storm girls for the quality of Touch they produced and the clinical nature of their performance.“Full credit to Storm, they played near perfect Touch tonight. They played well and have overcome a lot of adversity over the years to finally get it right. From our perspective the touchdown before half-time killed us and the intercept was hard to take. We had prepared well for their set plays at training but we ball watched too much in the moment and mentally we were not across everything like we should have been. To give them eight touchdowns was a little disappointing, but I always thought we could come back. Losing Gem for a period of time probably sealed our fate, but everyone tried hard and did their best and we probably need to look at training more for next season as well. It was the best I’ve seen Storm play so at least it took their very best to beat us,” Morrow said.For Storm coach, Swain ‘Swingers’ Rovelli, this Grand Final win with this team has been eight years in the construct. Rovelli coached division two for five years before three years ago stepping into the vacant division one coaching position at the club and the dedicated mentor has been building the Storm girls game slowly but surely ever since. Blessed with big name players who have talent to burn, particularly when they are very young, can be a tough gig and Rovelli and the Storm club have done remarkably well to be patient and learn the times to cuddle and the times to criticise their players efforts, but at all times help them grow into better people and better players.Rovelli was awarded the Brisbane Cobras Coach of the Year at the BCTA Grand Final breakfast on Saturday and his efforts in coaching the Storm girls to an undefeated premiership in the wake of the loss of key personnel from his division one team in 2010 such as Australian Women’s Open superstars Emily and Sam Hopkin and Ali Brigginshaw, makes his coaching performance all the more metorious.Rovelli was understandably excited and very relieved when the full time siren sounded and was full of praise for his troops who produced a stellar effort under pressure.“It’s such a great feeling. Very happy and very relieved that we could finally do it. We talked about it in the warm up that we wanted to be remembered as a great side that won – not be remembered for our near misses. We did play very well tonight. We started well and just built into the game. The biggest difference for us this year is our composure. It started last week when we were 2-0 down early to Crushers and we stayed patient. We did that again tonight and kept our heads on for 40 minutes and that was most satisfying. We got exposed in our semi-final and we nearly didn’t get to the Grand Final and knew we could do better so we were committed to being really true to ourselves and our game plan and thankfully everything worked out. The box was really positive and composed which hasn’t always been that way in the past. Full credit to the senior players for making our culture what it is. We are a training club and we work hard for our success and this is our reward for doing all the little things right. We said it was ‘our time” and tonight the girls decided as one and showed it in the way they played that they really wanted to step up to the mark and win this premiership,” Rovelli said.Both teams had numerous standout players who created the standard of a game to remember. For Colts, captain Mary Steele led by example and played courageously and cleverly to keep her team in the hunt. Steele was well supported by the always dangerous Gemma Etheridge who was everywhere for Colts and played her heart out for her team. Young gun Emma Blanch stepped up nicely to the big time and stamped herself as a player of the future. Australian Women’s Open superstar Peta Rogerson had touches of brilliance, but unfortunately for Colts was not in the sort of freakish form she has been in when Colts annexed their hat-trick of grand final triumphs over the last three years. Savannah Pratten and Lauren Potter never stopped trying for Colts and veteran winger Kate Barker, at the tail end of her career, produced a game she can be proud of and if she is finishing up she can be very satisfied with her stellar record of service to the Colts team.For the winners, each player stepped up to the mark and produced an amazing level of cohesion and clinical execution of the game plan and the teamwork and commitment to the goal was outstanding.Senior middles Lizzie Campbell, Sarah Spacie and Kirsty Quince were towers of strength all over the park in attack and defence and their intelligent direction, big match experience, individual contributions and support allowed the likes of Charlotte Caslick and Anna Hicks to play with confidence and produce some inspired and mature touches of class that smacked of a happy marriage of talent and temperament at the right times.Stevie-Lee Thompson, Tracy Hill, Rachel Noble and Kristy Brennan were tireless and produced their own sparks in attack to complement their team’s efforts. These four girls produced terrier like defence and helped set the tone against a physically imposing team who needed to be taken on at their own dominating style of game play. The Storm defence proved harder to crack than the Da Vinci code and was one of the foundation blocks that led to this famous breakthrough victory. The strength of this Storm team is their unselfish ability to play their roles and work for each other. Just as they did last week in their desperately close semi-final against Crushers, the team worked hard to give their game-breaking champion, Emilee Cherry, the field position and set-ups so she could impart her considerable influence over the game when it was needed most. Cherry was exceptional again Saturday night and again proved to be the point of difference for her team at crucial stages of proceedings. JK Rowling may have got it very wrong given the quantity and quality of magic this once in a generation player continues to conjure from her bag of tricks almost on cue. We’re pretty sure if you check Chez’s forehead for a scar, it’ll reveal who the real ‘chosen one’ is. 2011 has been a stellar year for the Roma product who was an integral part of Australia’s seventh straight Women’s Open triumph at the FIT World Cup in June and over the last month has been in rare form playing some of the best Touch ever witnessed in this competition for many a day. For the last three years we have been blessed to witness Colts’ Peta Rogerson weigh in consistently with her individual pieces of brilliance that have proved to be key in her team’s domination of the competition and now Cherry is producing a similar rich vein of form that makes her the most valuable player in the Cobras Cup.The modest champion who incredibly, along with teammate Lizzie Campbell, was in camp playing a tournament with the Australian Women’s Rugby 7’s team and had to rush back to play in the Cobras Cup Grand Final, was rewarded for her performances this season with the ‘Player of the Series Trophy’ as well as the prestigious Sally Urquhart ‘Memorial Player of the Final’ Award. The Sally Urquhart Memorial Award commemorates the contribution of Sally Urquhart, a Cobras Cup premiership winner and life member of the Crushers club. Sally represented Brisbane City at Women’s Open and Mixed Open level and Queensland in the Mixed Open division. She was universally adored and revered by teammates and opponents alike for her talent, selflessness, determination, courage, and sportsmanship. Sally, a law graduate and police officer was tragically killed in the Lockhart River air disaster in 2005 and BCTA/BMTA struck the Player of the Final award to commemorate a young life of great strength and integrity that upheld the finest sporting ideals on and off the field of play. Cherry joins an illustrious group of players to win this award that include Kylie Hilder, Jarah Jennings, Teena McIlveen, Peta Rogerson (twice) and Hayley Maddick.Cherry was chuffed to receive both the Player of the Series and Player of the Final awards and as always displayed her trademark humility and modesty when accepting the awards, traits that confirm her as not only a champion player, but more importantly, a champion person.“It’s just been a really good year. There are so many good players, so to be judged the Player of the Series is a very humbling experience. To win Sally’s award is very special, and I’m very honoured to receive it, it means a lot and it will be something I will treasure,” Cherry said.So that’s it, another season in the Cobras Cup dusted. But what a season it’s been!The Cobras Cup competition is undergoing a restructuring with a heavy emphasis on club development, but hopefully the 2012 tournament will bring with it more action, drama, and intrigue than all the ‘Underbelly’ series’ put together. Can Storm go back to back? Can Colts avenge this year’s defeat? Will Crushers finally make the grand final after finishing one touchdown out of the decider for the second year running? Will Uni-Rebels make a charge for the title? Or can the chasing pack that includes Coastal Suns and Eagles make a bold run at the premiership?Should Emilee Cherry, Kate McCarthy and Catherine Sargent be assigned speed limits to give every other player the chance to catch them on the field?Can Kelly Jones simultaneously maintain an excellent standard of Touch and the title of most beautiful hair in the game, or will Charlotte Caslick steal the crown? Will Sarah Spacie lose her headband fetish? Will Coastal Suns young gun Chloe Crotty manage to play even one game without borrowed shoes? Will BMTA rename the common fields at ‘the Hill’ after Eagles stalwart Renee Fraser because she spends so much time training there? Can Sharyn ‘Billy’ Williams produce another show stopping injury moment that brings the ambulances, if not the crowds back to Touch? And can any of the coaches fill out the game cards correctly and sign in all the right places?The answer to this and all the other hard-hitting issues will be revealed in time. Stay tuned for next year’s Cobras Cup, reserve seating on ‘the Hill’ is selling fast so just sayin’, I’d be investing in a season membership to avoid disappointment.Thanks to all the players and coaches for their input into this article.When in doubt throw the flick pass, or if you’re Emilee Cherry snap the whole team…Written by Karley Banks. 21.11.2011Touch Football Australia would like to thank Karley Banks for providing the article content.last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB chief Zorc: We know Man Utd target Sancho not here in five yearsby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc accepts they’re on borrowed time regarding Jadon Sancho.The England international is being linked with Manchester United and former club Manchester City.Zorc told Kicker: “Of course, the absolute big clubs are not blind.”You do not have to be a prophet to say that Jadon will certainly not be here for another five years. “But he knows very well that he has taken this positive development at Borussia Dortmund. I doubt that would have been possible with top English clubs. We trust the players very early, are not afraid to let them play. He acknowledges that.” last_img read more

first_imgThis transfer window has been more about who is leaving than who is arriving for Club America fans.Saying farewell to 35-year-old forward Oribe Peralta , who joined rival Chivas, may not have been too tough. Not only are forwards Nicolas Castillo and Roger Martinez on the books, Henry Martin signed an extension in the offseason to stay in Mexico City.That said, Martinez has been linked with a move away from the capital after some good showings with Colombia at the Copa America. He’d hardly be the only player to leave the club this summer. Edson Alvarez moved from America to Ajax, joining the Dutch giants after developing with Las Aguilas. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Later, Mateus Uribe signed with Porto after several years as both an America midfielder and a Colombia international.The midfield would look totally different if Guido Rodriguez follows those players out the door. The Argentina international is coveted by clubs in Europe with Real Betis and Eibar mentioned as potential destinations.Guido Rodriguez Club AmericaUribe has company, with goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin beating him over to Porto to take over as the Dragons’ No. 1. America needed a splash to replace him and got one in the form of Guillermo Ochoa, the former Aguilas’ shot-stopper who returned to the club after eight years in Europe.Ochoa is yet to make his America debut, but the Mexico No. 1 was welcomed to the airport by throngs of supporters eager to see him back in Mexico City once again.The other big-time addition is Giovani dos Santos. The 30-year-old is slowly being integrated into his first-ever tournament in Liga MX. Most recently with the LA Galaxy, Gio was dropped by the MLS team so it could meet roster requirements in the winter. He’s spent the last six months recovering from an injury and working back to match fitness while looking for a club. Early returns with America have been positive, with Gio scoring once in 120 minutes of action.It’s a team with a different look than the one that won the Apertura in 2018 and fell to Leon on a tiebreaker in the 2019 Clausura semifinals. A number of youth players, like defenders Oswaldo Leon and Daniel Zamora  were loaned out to Zacatepec to get more minutes. Fullback Luis Reyes, who saw Jorge Sanchez win the left-back role over him, is headed to Atletico San Luis. And the club also added some insurance should one of its central midfielders leave. Leonel Lopez is joining from Toluca with the former Leon player not in ex-America coach Ricardo La Volpe’s plans for the Red Devils.There are other new faces in the nest as well. Sebastian Cordova is back on loan from Necaxa and has started three of the first four games of the Liga MX campaign.  Alejandro “Wero” Diaz  is back after a quiet loan stint with Atlas.Earlier in the summer, the club was linked with  Emiliano Rigoni , but the Zenit Saint Petersburg winger now seems set for a Serie A move. The Mexican press said Diego Reyes could come back to America after a rough few seasons in Europe, but Herrera denied he was trying to bring the center back/midfielder back to the Estadio Azteca.last_img read more

first_img The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations From the tallest peak in the Lower 48 (that’d be Mt. Whitney) to the lowest point in America (Death Valley, of course), the great state of California boasts a bounty of natural splendor. And if you’re willing to haul some serious ass, you can see a lot of it in just a few days! If you have a car, a pair of hiking boots, and a lot of caffeine, you can check a few of the world’s most famous natural wonders off the list in single business week.Fair warning, though: this crash course in wilderness wonder will see you spending a lot more time in a car than in a pair of hiking boots. Sure, taking the scenic route is usually better, but sometimes you just want to cram things in.Get Ready to See 5 Great Parks in 5 Days!Get started by flying into Los Angeles International Airport and renting a car. Just make sure you can leave said vehicle at SFO a few days later (enlisting a friend to come along for the journey is also acceptable–nay!–preferable).Related: Or Take Your Time Instead…Leave the airport and head for…Joshua Tree National Park (a mere 155 mile drive due east)If you plan things properly (e.g. an early AM arrival), you should be able to get there with enough time to spend five or six hours roaming the stunning desert and perhaps musing as to why U2 named an album after these unique samples of florae. (Sure, Joshua Trees are lovely, but to a bunch of dudes from Ireland?)Leave the park heading due north by the early evening and either make camp or get a hotel once you have logged about 130 miles. This will put you half way to your next destination, the peerless…Sequoia National Forest (some 250 miles north of Joshua Tree)There is much to see and do among the Sequoias, but you’re on a mission, dammit! So let’s get right to it and head for General Sherman, the largest known (single stem) tree on the whole planet. General Sherman stands at 275 feet tall and weighs an estimated 4.12 million pounds. Yeah, it’s big. Take a few minutes to admire the grandeur and then… well… hit the road! We’re headed for…Yosemite Falls (170 indirect miles; you might want to stop for the night in Fresno)Yosemite Falls is but one of the many draws in Yosemite National Park, along with the stunning El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations popular among hikers/climbers, but we don’t have time for all the fancy footwork: you can enjoy the falls by walking just a few hundred yards from the main Yosemite Lodge, so that’s your destination. Just be aware it doesn’t flow as majestically when the snow’s not melting. Anyway, now it’s off for…Lake Tahoe (can you make the 184 miles in the same day?)Lake Tahoe is a great ski spot in the winter, great for swimming and other water sports in the warmer months, and if you cross over to the LAs Vegas side, you can gamble. So in other words, there’s something for everyone. Yahoo. Depending on the season and your preferred hobbies, spend a night, then hit the road headed west for the beloved…Napa Valley (another 150 miles, but there’s wine!)In Napa Valley (or neighboring Sonoma) you can enjoy hikes, bike riding, and other such recreation, but lets be honest: you just dragged yourself up and down and all around this massive state… you want to relax and drink wine now! Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing and tasting and then settle into a luxurious suite or some fleabag motel you passed earlier on the highway.From most parts of Napa, it’s just under 70 miles to the San Francisco Airport, a short jaunt after what you’ve done. Head out in the morning and get back to that “real life” of yours!(Of course, if you want to go nuts, it’s just over 275 miles north to the Redwood National Forest! But frankly, beautiful as the Coastal Redwoods are, save ’em for next time, you’ve seen big trees already.) An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities last_img read more

first_img The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Just call it the champagne of coffee. Stumptown, the Portland-based maker of one of the best coffees in the United States recently released Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew. Stumptown Grand Cru Cold Brew is a decade in the making. The journey started when Stumptown founder Duane Sorenson brought a rare Gesha seed stock with him on a visit to Honduras. There, he introduced the stock to Marysabel Caballero and Moises Herrera of Finca El Puente.For those who don’t know, Gesha hails from Ethiopia and is one of the most well-known, yet rare coffee varieties around. According to the Stumptown Website, “The flavor profile is like none other – tea-like with notes of bergamot and tropical fruit – and the coffees rightfully fetch some of the highest prices around.”Always a leader when it comes to innovation in the coffee industry — have you tried Stumptown Nitro Cold Brew? It’s like Guinness, but coffee — Sorenson decided to do something nobody has ever tried before. He decided to have the whole harvest cold brewed. It turns the flavor profile into something entirely different. “It’s bright and clean, with notes of orange blossom, juice of papaya, and a sweet crème brûlée finish,” reads the Stumptown website.Want to pop open a bottle? Head to your closest Stumptown coffee shop to get a taste of Stumptown Grand Cold Bru. It knocks all those other cold brews out of the park.For more information, visit stumptown.com. On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffeelast_img read more

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter recognized today, Sept. 10, Nova Scotia’s birthday, as an opportunity to celebrate the province’s long history and rich cultural heritage. “Like any Nova Scotian, I am proud to live in such a great place,” said Premier Dexter. “It is important that Nova Scotians celebrate all the wonderful things that our province has to offer, from our beautiful scenery to our diverse culture and friendly nature.” As part of the day’s festivities, Annapolis Royal celebrated its 300th anniversary at Fort Anne with a performance of the story of Sir William Alexander, the Scotsman who helped initiate the European migration to Nova Scotia four centuries ago. King James the First signed the Royal Charter of Nova Scotia 400 years ago today. Through the charter, Nova Scotia later received its coat of arms and flag recognizing its relationship with Scotland. Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, attended the ceremony at Fort Anne on behalf of Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “The community of Annapolis Royal is committed to the stewardship of our cultural history and the legacy of our Scottish forefathers,” said Ms. Jennex. “In preserving the Royal Charter at Fort Anne, the community of Annapolis Royal ensures that the story of our province’s birth is cherished for generations to come.” In June, Annapolis Royal was also the site of the re-enactment of the baptism of the legendary Mi’kmaq leader, Grand Chief Henri Membertou, in honour of the Membertou 400 celebrations. Today also marked the 50th anniversary of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. “The airport is where many of our visitors first step foot in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “I want to thank the management and staff for doing their best to make people feel welcome in this province, and best wishes on this significant milestone.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Treaty 1 to 11 gathering is a growing movement made up of grassroots people and First Nations leaders from communities within the Treaty 1 to 11 areas.They held a meeting near Brandon, Man., this week.APTN National News host Michael Hutchinson was there and brings this report.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – When G7 finance and international development ministers convene in British Columbia next week, Canada hopes the meetings will generate fresh ideas on how aid money can be leveraged to entice the private sector to boost investments in poorer parts of the world.The challenging search for solutions will take place in Whistler, where finance and international development ministers will gather together for the first time at formal G7 meetings.Many countries, including G7 members like the United States and the United Kingdom, have been working for some time to lure more private capital into developing nations as a way to help make up for inadequate levels of foreign aid.Canada has been a late bloomer in this area. Earlier this year, it became the last G7 country to create a development finance institution to operate alongside its government-run foreign aid program.Marie-Claude Bibeau, the federal international development minister, says the hunt for new ways to get more private investment cash into developing countries will be a key part of the talks in Whistler.As this year’s G7 host, Bibeau says Canada will also put female empowerment at the centre of the development discussions — with new approaches that will take into consideration the full life cycle of girls, adolescents and women.Whatever Canada announces on development, she added, will be in line with the Trudeau government’s feminist policy.But Bibeau stressed that without innovative ideas, the international community will fall well short of its overall targets on eradicating poverty.Investments from donor countries around the world will have to be between $5 and $7 trillion in order to achieve the planet’s sustainable development goals by 2030, she said.Total funding last year was around $147 billion, she added.“We have to go from billions to trillions, so we know that if we only count on those donor countries, such as Canada and the G7 countries, we will never end poverty,” Bibeau told The Canadian Press in an interview.“So, we really have to think differently and bring new partners on board.”Bibeau said many options will be on the table in Whistler. She declined to get into specifics, but added that solutions could involve new ways of removing financial hazards for the private sector in riskier parts of the world.Canada sees the G7 as an important setting to come up with new ideas because of the large role it plays in development.Bibeau’s office says the G7, including the EU, provides 76 per cent of the world’s “official development assistance,” which is defined as government aid intended to improve economic and social development in poor countries. The G7 also provides 81 per cent of the planet’s humanitarian assistance, a spokeswoman for Bibeau said.The G7 discussions will also focus on trying to get the private sector interested in investing in women’s businesses in developing countries — and Bibeau said there will be an emphasis on adolescent girls.Adolescent girls in poorer countries often face big obstacles related to gender-based violence, early pregnancies and other challenges that result in them leaving school early age, she said.For Bibeau, giving adolescent girls in these countries the chance to improve their education, health and nutrition will be a big part of the effort.“We believe that this is the best way to end poverty — but if we want to have empowered women, we have to give girls the opportunity to develop their full potential,” said Bibeau, who has invited girls from developing countries and Canadian indigenous communities to address the ministers directly.However, some argue it won’t be easy to convince companies to put more of their money into developing countries.Liam Swiss, a development expert at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L., said it’s important and admirable for governments to encourage private sector investors to get involved.But companies’ main goals will remain focused on where they can make money, he said.“They’re profit driven, so you can have good corporate social responsibility, but at the end of the day, the things that matter most is what their shareholders can yield in profits,” said Swiss, who is unsure what new tools could be proposed to attract private investors.“In terms of new and innovative ways to bring that about, I’m a bit at a loss in terms of what the G7 could offer to firms to encourage their partnership and their investments in these ways that hasn’t been tried before.”Critics of this approach, Swiss added, warn about potential abuses by private-sector firms in communities and of individuals — and the possibility the poorest people won’t see economic benefits.Others are more optimistic about what the G7 meetings might come up with.Megan O’Donnell of the One Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by U2 singer Bono, said efforts by come countries have been “extraordinarily successful” so far in attracting private investment dollars to developing countries.The key question, she said, is whether we know that there have been positive impacts for the poorest people.“There has been some interesting work to suggest that that is the case, but I think a lot more can certainly be done to continue to build that evidence,” said O’Donnell, the One Campaign’s policy manager on gender issues.Looking ahead, she believes giving more economic empowerment to women — as entrepreneurs, for example — will be a win-win because they can also help investors’ bottom lines, once the financial risks have been eliminated.“It might not be intuitive for them at the start to recognize, ‘Hey, this is really a profit-seeking opportunity for us,’” she said of companies.“But with removing some of those risks, then all of a sudden the private sector is increasingly incentivized.”last_img read more

9 March 2011The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners this week began an emergency distribution of food aid to an additional 50,000 people in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, in response to the severe shortages caused by the prevailing drought. “WFP and its partners are doing all we can to feed the hungry – especially women and children – who have been forced from their homes by a combination of drought and conflict,” said Stefano Porretti, the WFP Country Director for Somalia. “They are caught in the middle, squeezed on all sides, and need our support.”The additional food distributions consist of high energy biscuits, fortified with vitamins and minerals. The food was delivered to residents of 20 camps in the outskirts of Mogadishu. The distribution followed an assessment of the needs of displaced families forced to move closer to the capital because of the drought. In total, WFP aims to provide food assistance to 1.2 million people in Somalia this year. The agency requires some $46 million to enable it to respond to the needs of those facing hardship for the next six months. It has already reduced the size of rations for vulnerable groups, including the internally displaced persons in Mogadishu, due to dwindling resources.The agency will also work with its partners to open new centres providing cooked meals in or near camps for the displaced. The new centres will be in addition to 20 feeding centres that WFP supports across Mogadishu, feeding a total of 85,000 people each day. The total number of people being fed by WFP in Mogadishu now stands at 240,000.WFP is providing food to 710,000 people in central and northern Somalia because of drought, conflict, rising food and fuel prices.An estimated 2.4 million people – 32 per cent of the country’s 7.2 million people – are in need of relief aid as a result of drought and two decades of conflict. read more

22 September 2011The United Nations educational agency has embarked on a new partnership to train thousands of school principals, beginning in Kenya, Ghana and India, that has the potential to benefit up to 10 million children in the future. The initiative by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a not-for-profit education organization, is known as the “10,000 Principals Leadership Programme.” “This partnership is an excellent example of the new platforms for cooperation the world needs today to achieve education for all,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, adding that tackling complex, global challenges requires innovative and far-reaching partnerships between the public and private spheres.According to UNESCO, school principals in many developing countries receive little, if any, leadership and development training. The new initiative foresees the training of 10,000 principals in the three countries targeted over four years. “All evidence shows that supporting the professional development of school principals and leaders is a key to success in any reform aimed at improving the quality of education and transforming the school culture,” said Ms. Bokova.The agency added that the multiplier effect of the programme has the potential to benefit thousands of teachers and up to 10 million children.Under the initiative, the Foundation, in cooperation with UNESCO, will provide leadership and professional development courses to improve the skills and knowledge of the school principals. During the first year, an initial group of trainers will be trained to ensure consistent delivery, as well as building capacity in the required methodology. The 50 to 60 trainers will be further supported to train 500 principals in Ghana, Kenya and India. During the subsequent three years, the 500 trained principals will in turn be responsible for training all the beneficiaries. The initiative was announced by former United States president Bill Clinton at the yearly meeting in New York of the Clinton Global Initiative. Speaking at that meeting, the founder of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, Sunny Varkey, stressed that the private sector can work with governments and civil society to ensure education for those less fortunate. “The fact that 67 million children around the world have no access to education is intolerable,” said Mr. Varkey. “For us to confront, collectively, some of the world’s biggest challenges such as poverty, conflict, prejudice and intolerance we need to lift the standards of education worldwide.”The new initiative reinforces an agreement signed earlier this year between UNESCO and GEMS Education to boost the advancement of girls in mathematics, science and technology through the training of teachers and school leaders, initially in Lesotho and Kenya. These projects are part of UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education launched in May of this year. read more

TORONTO — At least 255 workers were told they will be laid off from GM Canada’s St. Catharines, Ont., auto parts plant because they don’t need the production due to a strike at the company’s CAMI facility in Ingersoll, Ont., according to Unifor Local 199 in St. Catharines, Ont.The company has confirmed they are making adjustments to production at the facility.More coming.

The Government of Morocco and the Secretariat today signed a host country agreement for the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, which will take place in Marrakech from 29 October to 9 November.At the meeting, the political deal concluded in Bonn in July will be converted into a package of detailed decisions, the Secretariat said. Such decisions will enable ratification of the Convention’s Kyoto Protocol by Governments whose adhesion is necessary to bring it into force, also guiding future action under the Convention itself.”We must make further progress towards an effective international strategy to combat climate change,” said Mohamed Elyazghi, Morocco’s Minister of Spatial Planning, Urban Managing, Housing and Environment, who signed the agreement for the host country. “By hosting this conference, Morocco would like to demonstrate to the international community the political commitment that Africa as a whole has to this common objective,” he said. read more

Speaking at the UN General Assembly in the opening meeting of the General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York, President Plevneliev underlined his country’s “difficult, dramatic and sometimes turbulent journey” from dictatorship to democratic rule.“Bulgaria has gone through a successful transition from totalitarian rule to a functioning democracy with an open market economy and a vibrant civil society,” he told the gathered delegates. “We stand ready to share the experience from our road to democracy with other countries undergoing similar challenges,” he added, noting that Bulgaria was seeking election to the Council for the period 2019 to 2021. As an indication of Bulgaria’s appreciation of human rights-related issues, Mr. Plevneliev emphasized his country’s “long-standing tradition of tolerance and dialogue” between ethnic and religious communities.“This tradition can be aptly illustrated by a glimpse of the centre of our capital, where four temples of different religions – Islam, Judaism, Catholic and Orthodox Christianity – coexist peacefully surrounded by archaeological monuments of several ancient civilizations,” noted President Plevneliev. In addition, he pointed to Bulgaria’s ongoing fostering of dialogue through the Sofia Platform which promotes an exchange of views and best practices among government officials, experts, representatives of civil society and non-governmental organizations, focussing on the transition process in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East. “This forum has shown that though the historical, cultural and political realities vary in different countries and regions, conclusions and lessons learned can be relevant in the field of national reconciliation, rule of law, institution building and security sector reform,” he added. In his statement, the Bulgarian President also addressed a range of other issues, including terrorism, the situation in Syria, the Middle East peace process and disarmament.The Assembly’s General Debate, an annual occurrence held at UN Headquarters in New York, will conclude on 1 October. During the intervening week, the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance. read more

first_imgThat number is an impressive jump from the already impressive 24 hours of video per minute that YouTube was logging back in March.We’ll spare you the rest of the fun facts, but Google has plenty more, over on the official YouTube blog. Thirty-five hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute–that’s 2,100 hours per hour and 50,400 hours per day. In other words, if a standard Hollywood movie is 120 minutes long (which, actually, seems a bit generous), that means that the length equivalent of roughly 176,000 movies are uploaded a week.Okay, one more, from Google,Another way to think about it is: if three of the major US networks were broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days.last_img read more

first_imgManifestation contre un puits de déchets nucléaires en Suède La société suédoise SKB chargée des déchets nucléaires dans le pays vient de déposer une demande pour construire un puits d’enfouissement pour 100.000 ans. Cette demande intervient au même moment que la catastrophe nucléaire qui menace le Japon.Deux demandes d’autorisation viennent d’être déposées par la société suédoise SKB. L’une concerne la construction d’un puits à Forsmark, près de la mer Baltique (à 150 kilomètres au nord de la capitale, Stockholm), l’autre concerne la construction d’un site de préstockage à Oskarshamm, sur la côte sud-ouest du pays. Les prévisions laissent penser que les sites seraient opérationnels d’ici à 2024 au plus tard.   À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéConcrètement, concernant le puits, les déchets nucléaires devraient être placés dans des coffres en cuivre et enfouis à 500 mètres sous terre. Il y seraient stockés pour au moins 100.000 ans. Mais les militants de Greenpeace expliquent que ce procédé est extrêmement risqué car il n’existe pas de garanties suffisantes qu’aucune fuite radioactive n’aura lieu pendant cette période.  Ainsi, 25 militants écologistes ont manifesté mercredi devant les locaux de la société SKB, demandant à ce que davantage “de recherches soient faites pour pouvoir garantir qu’aucune radioactivité ne puisse fuir”. Pour l’heure, la Suède utilise dix réacteurs nucléaires qui produisent 45% de son électricité.Le 17 mars 2011 à 19:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target Lyrics Site Genius Accuses Google of Lifting Content Genius Season Two Protagonist Revealed National Geographic’s new scripted drama Genius has a great premise. Each season focuses on the life of an inventor or scientist, with the goal being to impart a deeper understanding of who the person was. Their first subject is Albert Einstien, a man we’ve all heard of, but most of us know very little about. Most people have a general idea of his contributions to science. They’re vaguely familiar with the concept of relativity, and they know that E=MC2 is a thing. That’s kind of it as far as the general public’s knowledge of Einstein goes. That’s why it’s exciting to have a TV show that purports to present an unfiltered look at who the man actually was.Judging by the first episode, Genius doesn’t shy away from showing the less-flattering aspects of Einstein’s life. If you never thought physics could be sexy, this series has much to show you. It is the horniest drama about an aging physicist in pre-Nazi Germany you’ve ever seen. The episode begins with an older Einstein having sex with his assistant up against a blackboard, which is a pretty effective way of letting you know exactly what kind of man we’re dealing with. His second wife, Elsa appears to tolerate his infidelity, even if she’s not terribly thrilled about it.Emily Watson stars as Elsa Einstein in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Dusan Martincek)From there, we’re taken back in time to Einstein’s early years. He’s struggling to pay attention in school, where they aren’t teaching the things that interest him. The mysteries of the cosmos, and all that. The story swaps back and forth between the two time periods. As a young man, we see Einstein drop out of one school, get tutored in liberal arts so he can get into the academy of his choice, and think about science a whole lot. As an older man in 1930s Germany, we see him grow uneasy about the rise of fascism and plan his escape to the United States.There are a few areas where the series shines. The first is in its cast. Geoffrey Rush (no news here) is a fantastic actor and disappears into the role of Einstein. His performance is amazing, and it’s matched by everyone around him. The writing definitely has its issues, but these actors make it work. Even the clunkiest lines in the show sound natural and believable thanks to this cast. Johnny Flynn as young Einstein is charming and so fun to watch, I can’t wait to see him grow into Geoffrey Rush as the series goes on. It makes me so happy the TV has gotten to the point where actors like this don’t limit themselves to film. One of the best things about Genius being a TV show is that we get to watch these actors week after week.Johnny Flynn stars as young Albert Einstein in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Robert Viglasky)The other thing this show does well is production design. The period sets look real, and the cinematography makes you feel like you’re there. That’s one thing you can say about Ron Howard’s stuff: It always looks really good. The production design and the performances make for the first episode’s most effective element. When Einstein is in 1930s Germany, you feel his sense of dread as Hitler rises to power. Despite having lost the election, the Nazis are out in full force. As desperate as Einstein and his colleagues are to believe they won’t come to power, all evidence is pointing to the contrary. That sense of hopelessness and knowing that the characters need to leave Germany as soon as possible is communicated effectively, leading to the most intense moments of the pilot.Of course, being a Ron Howard production, it has plenty of corny, saccharine elements. The dialogue is about as blunt and exposition-packed as it could be. Einstein may have been a genius, but there are times when the show clearly doesn’t hold its own audience in such high esteem. Character flaws are often told, rather than shown. Einsteins ideas feel very much simplified for a general TV audience. Since this show is on National Geographic, I guess I was hoping for more science. Yes, it’s important that we understand the man and who he was, but his ideas are also largely misunderstood and deserve a close look. Now, I’ve only seen the full episode, so it’s possible that the science gets expanded upon later, but for now, I was hoping to learn more about why his ideas were so revolutionary. So far, the closest we get is a scene where a Nazi professor doesn’t like Einstein’s theories.Michael McElhatton plays Dr. Philipp Leonard in National Geographic’s Genius (National Geographic/Dusan Martincek)Then there are the moments where a giant CGI sun or chalk-sphere appear in Einstein’s imagination. It felt like the producers needed to spice the lecture scenes up somehow, but they didn’t add anything. If the CG helped us understand the science behind what was being discussed in the scene, I’d feel better about it. As it is, it’s an out-of-place special effect that doesn’t mean anything.Genius isn’t a bad show, but it hasn’t gotten off to the greatest start imaginable. It has ten whole episodes to teach us about who Einstein was and why he was so important. The pilot felt like it was in a rush to introduce all the themes it would be exploring for the rest of the season. That’s OK. That’s what pilots do. It just doesn’t always make for the best introduction to a new series. Especially when it leads to blunt exposition in place of dialogue. It does do just enough right that I’m excited to see where it goes from here. Maybe it will explore Einstein’s character AND his ideas more in depth as the series goes on. In any case, it absolutely nailed the look and feel of the time period, which is enough to keep my interested for a while. Add in the masterful performances, and I’ll definitely stick around for the first season. Much like the man the show’s covering, Genius is deeply flawed, but there may be something worth your attention.Genius airs Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on National Geographic.For more, read PCMag’s Fast Forward: Ron Howard on Einstein’s Genius, the Future of Filmmaking.last_img read more

Bernardo hopeful over hamstring injury

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion defender Bernardo is hopeful the hamstring injury he picked up against West Ham United isn’t too serious.The left-back picked up the injury during a footrace with West Ham’s Michail Antonio, as the full-back sprinted away down the right to cross for Marko Arnautovic to level the scores at 2-2.Talking afterward, Bernardo said, according to Brighton & Hove Independent: “It’s something new for me, I’ve never had this muscle tightness.”“It was in the action of the second goal when I sprinted. I don’t know if it was when I stretched my leg to block the cross or if it was during the sprint.”“I fell on the floor and when I stood up, it was really tight. I could run and walk normally but it was burning, so right now all I can say is it doesn’t seem that bad because I can still do all the movements but I’ll know more tomorrow morning.”Pep Guardiola is convinced Manchester City will improve Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – May 12, 2019 Ahead of the crucial end of the season for Manchester City, Pep Guardiola is convinced his squad will improve even more next season.It appears…Asked if the ball had gone out for West Ham’s equaliser, Bernardo said: “I hoped but it didn’t happen. I tried my best but it was not enough.“He’s (Antonio) a very physical player. We were side to side during the sprint and in the last second he touched me, I lost balance and he managed to make a pass backwards and the guy was there to score.”“It’s a pity, I tried what I could but it was not enough.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Paula Deen Network will be a mix of entertainment and how-to content. Subscription membership plans run $7.99 a month for a full year, or $9.99 on a month-by-month basis. Promotional marketing has begun ahead of the September 24 launch, and prospective members are being offered incentives like coupons, contests and behind-the-scenes content. It was a little over a year ago when many wondered what would become of Paula Deen’s empire after her racially-fueled legal deposition was leaked. The Food Network took immediate action and terminated the remainder of her contract, which included two on-air programs. To make things worse, Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot all stopped carrying her branded products. For a little while things looked bleak, but Deen bounced back quickly.Aside from her fans, Deen’s magazine publisher, Hoffman Media, was amongst the first to stand by her. A few weeks after the scandal broke the company announced they would continue to publish her magazine Cooking With Paula Deen. A smart move in hindsight, as the magazine reportedly grew its circulation by 40 percent thereafter. (A pretty good indicator that she didn’t disenfranchise her fans.) Last August all claims against Deen in her discrimination suit were dropped. Since, she has been busy rebuilding her brand.In February Deen’s “comeback” was made apparent when she revealed her new company Paula Deen Ventures. She reportedly received somewhere between $75 to $100 million in backing. In addition to manufacturing and producing her own cookware, books and cruises, Deen also publishes content through her website. And starting in September, she will roll out an on-demand digital video network.last_img read more