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first_img Going solo: Richard Parks at the Pole. Pic by Antartic Logistics and ExpeditionsBy Katie FieldThe SaintsFastest and firstRichard Parks, the former Wales flanker, is this week’s ultimate saint as he achieved the fastest ever solo, unsupported and unassisted journey to the South Pole by a Briton, and the first by a Welsh national.Parks, 36, reached the pole on 4 January, having taken 29 days, 19 hours and 24 minutes to ski there from the geographical coastline of Antarctica. He took just under ten days off the previous British record, set by polar explorer Hannah McKeand in 2006.After his lone journey, a weary, but very happy Parks said: “I’m exhausted.  Physically I am absolutely shattered, mentally I am frazzled, it is just a lot to take in.  I have a lot of emotions bouncing around but I am happy, proud and grateful.”He said the last stage of the journey was as tough as any other part. “I could see the station and I was only about 3km away and I literally was having to talk myself out of pitching my tent with every step, I just didn’t think I could put another foot in front of the other.”For the full details of Parks’s amazing journey, follow this link to his website.A game of two halvesLondon Wasps’ half-backs Andy Goode and Joe Simpson piloted their team to a hard-fought 19-16 victory over Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership, with outside-half Goode kicking 11 points and scrum-half Simpson scoring Wasps’ only try.The Chiefs had led 13-3 at half-time but Wasps battled back and Simpson’s try on the hour gave them the lead for the first time. The No 9 played a crucial role at the other end of the pitch with ten minutes to go when his tremendous tackle stopped Henry Slade from scoring what could have been a match-winning try.Then, with the last kick of the match, Goode – who had already kicked two penalties and a conversion – coolly slotted a drop-goal which gave Wasps the 19-16 win.Their director of rugby Dai Young said: “It was a big second-half performance and a good result. We’ve been on the end of a last-minute kick going against us so we probably deserved one.“Joe Simpson had an excellent game – to score the try and then save another it was fantastic. Also that was an excellent drop-goal from Andy [Goode].”Exile-lent: James O’Connor scored all 22 points for IrishWizard of OzJames O’Connor scored his first try for London Irish and kicked their other 17 points to take his new team to a critical Premiership win over Worcester Warriors. Irish, who had been in danger of slipping into the relegation battle, won their crucial clash with the bottom club 22-9 and climbed above Newcastle Falcons in the table too.O’Connor, who joined Irish in October after losing his place in the Wallaby squad, is being courted by several French clubs for next season, but for now the ridiculously talented 23-year-old Australian is proving to be a key man for the Exiles. TAGS: GloucesterNorthampton SaintsSaracensWasps GLOUCESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Saracens player Neil de Kock (l) and Chris Ashton celebrate the first try during the Aviva Premiership match between Gloucester and Saracens at Kingsholm Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Head coach Brian Smith said: “He put his hand up today and controlled the back-line. We knew they were going to pepper him with high balls and he also managed to score a try so we’re really happy with him.”Smash and grabNorthampton Saints and Harlequins were slugging it out in a tight Premiership battle and had been deadlocked at 6-6 at half-time. Then Wales wing George North smashed his way through an attempted tackle by Charlie Walker and charged through for a try which gave the Saints a 13-6 lead and they never really looked back from there, going on to win 23-9.From that point on, Northampton had almost all the momentum in the match – it was a game-changing moment from a special talent.Earning their stripesAfter 16 months of trying, Zebre finally achieved their first home win in the RaboDirect Pro 12, beating Italian rivals Benetton Treviso 14-12. Zebre, who were formed at the start of the 2012-13 season, lost every league match last term but broke their duck with an away win at Cardiff this season.However, their home fans had had nothing to cheer until this weekend, when three Luciano Orquera penalties and a try by Guglielmo Palazzini took Zebre to victory.The SinnersForwards flopGloucester’s pack have some soul-searching to do this week after being out-muscled by a seven-man Saracens scrum which included Brad Barritt in its number.Gloucester had been well and truly outplayed by Saracens at Kingsholm and were 26-3 down, but were enjoying their one period of pressure. Billy Vunipola and Steve Borthwick were sin-binned within a couple of minutes of each other, which meant Kelly Brown was moved up to the second row for a five-metre scrum and Barritt joined the back row.Happy New Year: Saracens did all the celebratingHowever, Saracens still managed to win a scrum penalty and Gloucester ended up losing the match 29-8. Their director of rugby Nigel Davies was not impressed, saying: “I felt we would be a lot more competitive going into this fixture on the back of our last two results and we are hugely disappointed.”Button it, BillyBilly Vunipola and Saracens put in an outstanding performance in their Aviva Premiership triumph over Gloucester, but the England No 8 ended up with one black mark against his name after arguing with referee Luke Pearce when he was shown a yellow card. Instead of turning tail and heading for the touchline, Vunipola walked over to the official to argue the point with him. Thankfully his captain Steve Borthwick quickly intervened to send Vunipola on his way.The young No 8 needs to remember that in rugby, whatever the perceived rights or wrongs of a decision, you do not argue with the ref.Lucky LawesEngland lock Courtney Lawes had a Northampton win over Harlequins to celebrate this weekend and may also have counted himself a little lucky not to be shown a yellow or even red card for elbowing George Robson in the head. He was trying to loosen the grip the Harlequins lock had on him, but a swinging elbow is a dangerous way to go about it.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The match officials looked long and hard at the video replays but only a penalty resulted. A lot of armchair viewers would have carded Lawes.last_img read more


first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe Girl Scouts of Alpena did something good today; the girls donated old dresses to the local goodwill store. The girl scouts decided to give up old dresses that they couldn’t wear anymore so that other little girls could have something to wear.The event was called: “Every Dress has a Story.” The Alpena scouts started donating dresses back in 2013.Scout Leader, Evonne Jasman said she’s proud of her troops for letting go of something to help others.“It makes me proud that the girls want to let another girl enjoy their beautiful dress that they felt beautiful in for the holiday season that they use their dress for,” Jasman said.For their heartwarming donation, the girls will earn a new scout patch to add to their jackets. Jasman said that donating will always be a wonderful memory for the girls to have.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: donations, Dress Donations, Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts of Alpena, GoodwillContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Reading Rocks’ Program Aims to Help Students With LiteracyNext River Center & Nature’s Kingdom Wildlife Rehab Join Forces to Build Future Home of Wildlife Educationlast_img read more


first_imgThe 2009 New South Wales State Cup saw Hennessey’s Hornsby Lions take out the Men’s Open title, and six weeks later he was part of the Australian Men’s Open side that defeated New Zealand in Auckland in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series.March saw Hennessey’s Sydney Scorpions side win the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League final for the first time in 10 years, while earlier this month Hennessey led the Hornsby Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League side to the title over the Penrith Panthers, where he was named Player of the Final. And last weekend he stepped out in the red, white and green of the Wanneroo Lions, being a key factor in their 2010 WA Be Active State Championships Men’s Open’s title.2010 was the second year that Hennessey has played in the WA State Championships, something that he enjoyed being a part of. “Chance Bunce and I were playing in a side last year and he moved over here for Rugby and we could have one import per team, so he just rang me up and said he was starting a new side so if I wanted to come over and help the boys I could, so I said yes.”Hennessey was instrumental in Wanneroo’s title win at the WA State Championships, having a hand in the majority of the Lions touchdowns in their grand final win over the Southern Stars, which they won 10-8. He was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the event this year, and says he has definitely seen an improvement since last year’s championships. “This year it was heaps better, last year we were playing and our team wasn’t that good and we were still going pretty good against all of the sides. ““This year everyone’s trying really hard and it’s heaps better and they are learning from going to National Touch League’s or I’m not sure if they are getting videos, but they are learning,” he said. As well as playing in the tournament, Hennessey was also able to help the players in his team, sharing some of his experience and knowledge. “I’ve called a few of them aside and told them a few things, I think they’ve taken it in and hopefully they are getting something out of me being here.”Hennessey got the chance to meet the team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, on Sunday, something that both parties got a real benefit from. “It was unreal, a few of them they struggle with their English but they were telling me how they got over here and they’ve only been playing for three months. It’s unreal, they are the nicest blokes,” Hennessey said.  To see all of the results, news and highlights of the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the following website:www.statechamps.com.aulast_img read more


first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville shocked by Alexis’ Man Utd demiseby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is shocked by Alexis Sanchez’s failure at Manchester United.The Chilean joined from Arsenal to become the club’s highest paid player but managed only five goals in 45 games. He left to join Inter Milan on loan for the rest of this season as he was considered surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Neville told Sky Sports: “No-one could have foreseen the disaster that was about to happen with Alexis Sanchez.”I don’t know what happened to him. That wasn’t the Alexis Sanchez that played at Arsenal.”He wasn’t old when United signed him. He’d been proven.”He added: “We knew United would get only a couple of years out of him, I know his wages were massive.”But my point is, no-one could have foreseen how bad he would be for the club.” last_img read more


first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The recreation department of Fort St. John is promoting ‘Back to School with a Flash’ an incentive to encourage safety amongst students, citizens and classrooms.September 3rd through 27th, 2019, staff from the city’s recreation team want to see back to school safe for students by getting involved and possibly winning a prize. Students are being encouraged to be as bright and visible as they can with the use of reflectors and high visibility, take a picture and email with a description of why safety is important.Citizens that live on a direct school route are being encouraged to brighten their home for mornings as children travel to school. Take a picture and email your submission for a chance to win a prize.Teachers/ Classrooms are encouraged to take a group picture of their students in their safety wear and share why safety is so important and email your submission for a chance to win a bouncy party a the field house.The staff of the recreation department share prizes will be determined depending on entries and the ages of selected winners.Photo entries of your outfit, or lit-up house, or your whole class and a description of why safety is important must be submitted to [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgIslamabad: A fire broke out at Pakistan Prime Minister’s Office here on Monday, according to a media report. The fire broke out on the sixth floor of the building and Prime Minister Imran Khan was reportedly one floor below in a meeting, the Express Tribune reported. The PMO was evacuated after the fire broke out. The fire had been contained and a police official said an electrical short circuit may have caused the incident, the daily reported. Speaking to the media, the PM’s spokesperson said they have no knowledge of any important documents being destroyed by the fire. We will be able to provide further information after a complete investigation of the incident, the spokesperson added further, saying they could not yet comment with certainty on the cause of the fire.last_img read more


first_imgMumbai: The Shiv Sena Thursday sought to pick holes in the BJP-led government’s demonetisation exercise after the I-T raids during the ongoing poll season and said the note-ban was aimed at weeding out black money and stop illegal distribution ofcash during elections.The Sena, a BJP ally, said in the last few days, there have been I-T raids on prominent political parties and their leaders in which large amount of cash is claimed to have been confiscated. There was an I-T raid on DMK leader Kanimozhi’s house and that the opposition is alleging the ruling party in Tamil Nadu is using the state machinery to put pressure on the DMK, said the Sena in an editorial in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. “There is an AIADMK government in place in TamilNadu and the BJP is fighting election by allying with it,” the Sena said. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party further noted that cash amounting to Rs 100 crore was seized from an aide of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath and around Rs 211 crore has been confiscated in Maharashtra till now. “The purpose of demonetisation was to strike at the source of black money. It was said the exercise will stop terrorism in Kashmir and curb funding to terrorists. “The government had also believed that demonetisation will ensure that distribution ofblack money during the election stops,” the Sena observed, seeking to remind the BJP about the goals of the 2016 move to scrap high-value notes. The Sena said the new government will have to take strong steps against terrorism funding and corruption. It further said Naxalites and terrorists still possess black money and use it for killing people.last_img read more


first_imgHow was the experience of shooting for season 2 different from season 1? At the time of season 1, web shows had just come out and nobody was willing to invest their money and take the risk. TVF was amongst the first ones to make a web series, so in that sense we were all under a bit of pressure. We got lucky as they liked the script, agreed to the concept, trusted us and gave an opportunity to make it happen. Secondly, Tripling was more like working with friends. The director was not from the company, and I had recommended Rajesh Krishnan’s name. He was sweet enough to agree and get on board. Director Sameer Saxena, who has helmed ‘Permanent Roommates’, was also involved in the first season of ‘Tripling’. So, working together with people known to me was amazing. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn the other hand, in season 2, the pressure had gone because season 1 did pretty well. The web series was being accepted and the audience had found some sort of connect with the characters of ‘Tripling’. In that way, it was altogether a different experience. Has the bonding with co-actors strengthened over the years. Can you share any interesting memory from the set? Yes, definitely. Not only because we have been shooting together, but also because we have seen each other grow over the years as individuals, actors and also in terms of popularity. In season 1, not many people were aware of who we are, or what our talent is. By the time we reached season 2, everyone knew about our work. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award As co-actors, we have developed a lot more trust in each other. We celebrated Diwali during the shoots of ‘Tripling’. We were in Sikkim and had no option to go home. So, we stayed together and enjoyed the celebration like one big family. You have worked in different spaces as an actor. What is one advantage and one disadvantage of working in a web series? I don’t see any disadvantage of working in a web series. The advantage is that you are a bit free as an actor and artist. You don’t feel like there is a protocol hanging on your neck. Just like our audience, who steps in with an open and relaxed mind to watch a web series; we as actors, creators, and directors also enjoy the comfort to express ourselves freely while working on that web show. This is definitely an advantage. The disadvantage earlier was that people did not want to accept actors from web series as mainstream. They weren’t considered serious about the art; but fortunately, the perception has changed now.What were your expectations from the second season? How has the response been so far? My expectations were not to disappoint the audience, and treat the story as organically as possible. I think we have achieved that. I also hoped that people would remember the characters, and it definitely happened. The response has been phenomenal. Well, there’s also a bit of criticism, which is fair and valid. We take it all, and perhaps try to make it better the next time. We wanted to make some sort of shift in the way second season moves – so that there could be a differentiating factor between the two seasons. But in the end, what matters is that the audience has really appreciated and loved the episodes. Did the success of season 1 create pressure to deliver something which could surprise your audience? Not really. There was no pressure as such. Rather, it was more like a responsibility to give them what they expected. People have shown so much love to all the characters and audience is really connected to each one of them (Chandan, Chitvan, and Chanchal). So, I was aware that I just cannot fool around with this story. One emotion you experienced while shooting for Tripling 2… I would have to say ‘Family bonding’. When we were shooting the first season, it was a very different space. During the second season, I really enjoyed the family vibe that this season so perfectly encapsulates. Even in terms of the shooting experience, it was like that. Amol, Maanvi and I were shooting together, and there was some genuine bonding happening. As I shared earlier, in the last schedule of Sikkim, we celebrated Diwali together. So, that feeling was constant throughout the season. After working in the entertainment industry for such a long time, do you feel the experience has helped you evolve as a writer? Yes, it definitely has. With time, you learn to use your experiences in life for the sake of art. Over time you become more observant than regular people – when you travel, when things happen to you. You feel and experience every bit of life. In that sense, it has really worked for me. Not just as a writer, it has helped me as an actor as well.After the success of two seasons, will the siblings be back for the third chapter? The fact that second season has done so well, I hope that third season happens sooner. We took almost 2-3 years to come up with the second season, but surely we won’t take that long to churn out the third chapter . Sameer Saxena is the right man to answer this question.CANDID TALKTurning point in your life’Permanent Roommates’One genre you wish to explore as an actor and writerActionA director you want to work withImtiaz Ali, for sureA movie/role you wanted to doAmitabh Bachchan’s part in original AgneepathIf given a chance. whose biopic would you like to be a part ofSatyajit Ray’s biopicYour childhood celebrity crushMini MathurTitle of your biography’There’s more to it than what meets the eye’Which is your favourite filmEternal sunshine of a spotless mindA superpower you wish you hadInvisibilityYour guilty pleasureDefinitely, eating!(Inputs by Sumeet Vyas)last_img read more


first_imgEgypt’s influential midfielder is optimistic they can bounce back from their heartbreaking defeat to Uruguay last Friday.Egypt faces tournament hosts and Group A leaders Russia tonight, in a vital game that they simply cannot afford to lose if they are to have any chance of progressing in this year’s competition. MATCHDAY !! ⚽?? @TeamRussia ?? ? 8:00 cairo time#ThePharaohs  #WorldCup  #RUSEGY pic.twitter.com/DKzIn1P9Ui— Egypt National Football Team (@Pharaohs) June 19, 2018Paulo Dybala reveals a falling out with Jorge Sampaoli Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – July 12, 2019 After having a relatively good Copa America performance with Argentina, Paulo Dybala came out to reveal a fall out with Jorge Sampaoli.We’ve discussed how…Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny was speaking on the FIFA official website about their chances of qualifying for the next round: “We won’t leave Russia before we realise our ambitions and objectives. We’ll fight hard to get out of the group.”“We are focused on the crucial game against Russia, which is the most difficult and most important for us.”“But all the guys are in good shape and high spirits. We all believe that we’re able to beat them.”The fitness of Egypt’s talismanic striker Mohamed Salah will be a key factor as they plot the Russians downfall tonight, having missed their opening game he could well provide the spark they need to reignite their campaign.last_img read more


first_imgOn the eve of Sampdoria’s trip to the Stadio San Siro, Fabio Quagliarella has explained why he didn’t sign for AC Milan in the pastDuring his extensive Serie A career, Quagliarella has played for Torino, Fiorentina, Sampdoria, Udinese, Napoli, and Juvenuts.However, the 35-year-old forward had a chance to join the Rossoneri back in 2006, during his first mandate with the Blucerchiati.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The Italian news outlet, Calciomercato, have broadcasted Quagliarella’s interview with Gazzetta dello Sport where the player explained why he had to turn down the famous club.“A hint of possibility after the first few months at Samp, in 2006 (9 goals in the first round) But there was a hint, and I went to Udinese: Milan had Inzaghi, Ronaldo, Kakà … I always tell my mom: “If I had been born a few years later, I would have been fine”: today you just need a decent month and already give you to Juventus, Milan, Inter.”Meanwhile, the Italian striker has problems scoring against the 7-time Champions League winners. For instance, Quagliarella only notched once against Milan, while scoring five times against their city rivals Inter.last_img read more