Rugby Rant: Italy’s club game is dying!

first_imgBy Francesco Costantino ITALIAN RUGBY has sold its soul to the devil. In the name of high-level rugby, it has forgotten the club game.The development of players is now all in the hands of the federation (FIR) and the clubs’ power has been progressively erased, with the exception of Benetton Rugby, a black sheep not really loved by the establishment.Two wins in the Six Nations is a big thing, but new FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi should be worried about the terrible 17-12 defeat by Georgia in March in the U18 Championship. Who will be there after Parisse and Zanni? The reality is that there are no players in some roles; try to pick two Italian sides of the same strength. It’s impossible.The reign of Giancarlo Dondi, the ex-president, rewarded ineptitude. He surrounded himself with ‘yes-men’ more interested in money than Italian rugby, so the new government has been left with no able executives.In Italy there aren’t international rugby coaches or world-class executives, the standard of refereeing is bleak and national academies may not solve the problems. In Italian rugby at the moment, there are too many people interested only in money and not the growth of the game. Will Gavazzi give Italian rugby its soul back?This was published in the June 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current issue. We’ve lost the values of rugby by chasing professionalism. The academy in Tirrenia is a hole where the boys don’t become men but only machines, a place where they train all the muscles except one: the brain.One of the federation’s worst ideas is progetta statura – that only big guys can play rugby. The academy focuses on building a physique – but what about other skills?The RaboDirect Pro12 is perfect for producing players for national sides, but in the most important club championship in Italy, the Eccellenza, the monetary reward for finishing in the top four means clubs field old players with much more experience rather than talented youngsters.The focus needs to be put back on the clubs, helping them to produce good players and good people. We’ve produced a generation of failed men, people without a scholastic education who hope to be a pro player – but in one of the world’s worst economic crises. Now we need to use rugby to educate players about real life.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Concern over assaults against ambulance staff

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Concern over assaults against ambulance staff Pinterest Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook There were 51 assaults against ambulance staff while on duty last year. According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, 29 paramedics were physically attacked.There were also 22 verbal attacks on staff as they attended to patients.In the west region which covers Donegal, there were five verbal assaults and four physical assaults in 2019.Tina Martin is the co-chairperson of the National Ambulance Service Representative Association.She claims many more assaults are taking place, but staff aren’t reporting them:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – February 20, 2020 Previous articleIndoor World Tug of War Championships to go aheadNext articleGAA Programme – 19/02/20 News Highland last_img read more

This week’s news in brief: Cridland in new role

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. This week’s news in brief: Cridland in new roleOn 13 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today John Cridland, director of HR policy at the CBI, has been promoted to deputy director-general. Cridland, who is a regular contributor to Personnel Today and is on its advisory board, will have a wider brief, while retaining his interest in employment issues. HR will report to him and he will remain on the boards of the Low Pay Commission and Acas. Susan Anderson will become director of HR policy. Work-life cash shareEmployers are invited to submit bids for a share of a £1.5m fund to explore work-life balance options. The DfEE has set up the fund to pay for advice from consultants on how employers can increase flexibility for staff while supporting business objectives. Application packs are available at or call 020-7273 5626.Dealing with bulliesThe London Chamber of Commerce has published an employers’ guide on bullying and harassment. It estimates that 19 million working days are lost each year as a result of bullying at a cost of £2bn. The guide identifies different types of bullying and suggests ways of tackling the problem. For a free copy call 020-7203 1871.GPs win praiseHospital staff and GPs provide the best service to customers while train operators provide the worst, a National Opinion Poll has found. The survey of 1,002 people put hospitals and GPs at the top, closely followed by supermarkets. Train operators give customers the worst service, the survey found, along with local councils, then banks and credit card companies. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Are you ready to be a #Trailsetter

first_img When we say we have trails for everyone inVirginia’s Blue Ridge, it includes those who want to check out our local food& drink scene! Virginia’s Blue RidgeCheers Trail is a collection of nearly 30 breweries, wineries, and craftspirits producers located in our region. Each one features their own uniqueflavors and atmosphere that serve as great spots for a post-adventure drink. You’ll love taking advantage of the newovernight lodging options at Roanoke County’s Explore Park. Located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, the park offers primitivecamping sites, RV sites, yurts, bell & canvas tents, canvas and pod cabins.Surrounded by trails and with easy access to the Roanoke River, this is theperfect spot for the outdoor enthusiast. Stay Go Outside & Play A #Trailsetter can make Virginia’s Blue Ridgetheir personal outdoor playground with all the amazing options for hiking,biking and paddling. Lace up your hiking boots and conquer the Virginia Triple Crown. The three hikesalong the Appalachian Trail that make up the Triple Crown – Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and TinkerCliffs – feature some of the most beautiful views in Virginia. If you’dprefer to explore the region on two wheels, check out the awesome mountainbiking at Carvins Cove and Mill Mountain Park, one of the besturban trail systems in the nation! For paddling, the Upper James River Water Trail, RoanokeRiver Blueway, and Pigg RiverBlueway are beautiful waterways for a relaxing float or paddle. Twin River Outfitters and Roanoke Mountain Adventures are localoutfitters with rentals, guide & shuttle services to help you plan youradventure. Are you ready to be a #Trailsetter and planyour next metro mountain adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge? With over 1,000miles of trails, Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the ultimate destination for outdoorrecreation. We’re the only IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center on the East Coast,which makes us America’s East CoastMountain Biking Capital, and there’s also incredible hiking on theAppalachian Trail and fun paddling on the Upper James River Water Trail. Chooseyour own path. Be a #Trailsetter.center_img Photo courtesy of Matt Ross & Franklin County Parks & Recreation Virginia’s Blue Ridge Cheers Trail last_img read more

Esports Entertainment Group signs 60 affiliate streamers

first_imgEsports Entertainment Group Inc., the focused esports gambling company,  has announced the signing of over 60 affiliate esports streamers at Gamescom 2017.  As affiliates of the company, these streamers will be able to monetise their respective audiences by earning commissions on all esports gambling customers registering and playing with the Esports Entertainment Group.Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group stated: “Gamescom 2017 far surpassed our expectations. The overwhelming response from esports streamers has served as further confirmation that our position as the safest, most secure and transparent esports betting platform on the planet will be very well accepted. We are excited as we are set to launch with all of our new affiliate partners.”Esports Entertainment Group exhibited in a 10×20 booth at the Cologne based event. The company demonstrated its esports betting platform for potential streamers and customers, which played a significant role in their signings. Gamescom 2017 went down as the the largest consumer gaming conference in the world, with approximately 900 exhibitors, 350,000 visitors and 650 journalists from 106 countries attending this year. The betting exchange is yet to launch and holds a gambling license in Curacao. As a result, it will be unable to operate in jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom, where a license must be obtained from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (“UKGC”). From the company’s accounts, the ultimate aim is to convert a desolate casino in Antigua to an esports hub of sorts through money generated through the betting platform it’s set to launch. Esports Insider says: That’s a whole lot of affiliates signed up pre-launch, so it’ll be interesting to see how this carries over. Generally, “esports streamers” don’t actually exist other than professional players who are often already bound by team sponsorship obligations so it’ll be interesting to see who they’ve got on board. One would assume it’s streamers with a lot of eyes anyway, so it could work out well.last_img read more

Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez beats Sergey Kovalev for WBO light-heavyweight title in Las Vegas

first_imgMexican great Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez further added to his legacy by taking the WBO light-heavyweight crown from Sergey Kovalev with a devastating 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas.Middleweight king Canelo, 29, had stepped up two weight divisions to face the 36-year-old Russian.It proved a close fight which failed to ignite before an explosive combination from Canelo ended Kovalev’s night.Canelo has now won world titles in four weight divisions.A cagey encounter at the MGM Grand appeared to be heading to a 12th round and one for the judges to decide before a left hook-right hand combination came from nowhere and left Kovalev floundering on the ropes.Judges had Canelo slightly ahead at that point on their scorecards.“The plan was patience, to have patience,” Canelo said. “We knew it would take time for me to get to him. I am new at this division, but overall it was successful.”Canelo, the best-paid fighter in the sport, said winning a title at a fourth weight was an attempt to further enhance his reputation in his boxing-obsessed homeland.“This is just one step in my history,” he said. “Be patient because Canelo will make history. It’s a guarantee.”He started his career at 139lbs when he boxed as a 15-year-old on debut in 2005 and had won world titles at light-middleweight, middleweight and super-middleweight before this latest victory.Kovalev was a tough opponent in what was his 16th consecutive world title fight, a run which started when he dismantled Briton Nathan Cleverly in Cardiff in 2013.But the victory means Canelo still has just one defeat in 56 fights – against Floyd Mayweather in 2013.Following the fight Canelo was also asked about who he could face next – a third fight against former middleweight rival Gennady Golovkin has long been mooted.“We have to see what happens,” the Mexican said. “We have to see what’s best for us and look for the best fights.”“We’ve fought 24 rounds and I beat him. It’s really not a challenge for me, but if it represents business, why not?,” he added.Meanwhile, another Mexican, Miguel Berchelt, successfully defended his WBC world super-featherweight title with a fourth-round knockout of American Jason Sosa at the Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, California. Source: BBClast_img read more