Autumn Internationals Wales v Australia Preview

first_imgReplacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Jack Maddocks.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Autumn Internationals Wales v Australia PreviewWales started their autumn campaign with a 21-10 defeat of Scotland to extend their winning run to six Tests. However, their losing run against Australia has lasted 13 Tests.They last beat the Wallabies in 2008 when Shane Williams and Lee Byrne crossed for tries in a 21-18 victory – and only Alun Wyn Jones remains from that side.With these two nations due to meet again in Tokyo on 29 September 2019 at the Rugby World Cup there is added significance to this Test. Wales will be desperate to break their duck before meeting in the Pool D clash in Japan and Australia will be aiming to maintain their hoodoo over the men in red.A few Wales players sat down to watch a 1987 Test between the two countries this week… “Adam (Beard) impressed in the summer as did Josh (Adams) and they deserve the chance to start.”Australia defence coach Nathan Grey: “Having the players believe in the (defensive) system and execute it is something we’re searching for and when the guys get that, that consistency’s going to be delivered on the park.“That’s the holy grail of coaching trying to get that consistency and that belief amongst the players, so they go out, execute, no inhibitions and really back themselves.”Naughty chair: Tolu Latu was sin-binned against New Zealand in his last Test (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?While Wales have lost 13 Tests in a row to Australia, only two of those defeats have been by a double-figure margin – 33-12 in 2009 and 32-8 in 2016.Australia hooker Tolu Latu will make only his second Test start – two years after his first against France in 2016.Both teams are much changed from their Test last year, which Australia won 29-21. Only six Wales starters remain – Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Ken Owens and Alun Wyn Jones – and only seven Wallaby starters line up again – Kurtley Beale, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Sio, Adam Coleman and Michael Hooper.The Wallabies have 418 caps-worth of experience on their bench compared to 185 amongst the Wales replacements. In fact, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sekope Kepu have played more Tests than the entire Welsh bench combinedWhat time does it kick off and is it on TV?Saturday 10 November, Wales v Australia, Principality StadiumThe Test gets underway at 5.20pm (4.20am on Sunday in Australian Eastern Daylight Time) and is being broadcast live on BBC Two in the UK.Mind the gap: Wales’ Jonathan Davies looks for space last year (Getty Images)Who’s the referee?Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand is taking charge of this Test in Cardiff with fellow Kiwi Brendon Pickerill and Frenchman Romain Poite his assistants. Simon McDowell is the TMO.What are the line-ups?Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.Australia: Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (captain), David Pocock. Last time out: Gareth Davies breaks during the defeat by Australia in 2017 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can Wales end their losing run against the Wallabies on Saturday? Here’s all the team news, top stats and TV details for the Test What’s the big team news?Wales have made three changes to the team that started against Scotland, bringing in Josh Adams for Luke Morgan on the wing, Tomas Francis for Dillon Lewis at tighthead and Adam Beard for Cory Hill in the second row.Gareth Anscombe retains the No 10 shirt, with Dan Biggar brought onto the bench along with Liam Williams and Ellis Jenkins.Winging in: Josh Adams has got the nod to start against Australia (Getty Images)Australia lost to New Zealand in Bledisloe III in their last outing and Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting side, with hooker Tolu Latu, lock Adam Coleman, flanker Jack Dempsey and centre Samu Kerevi all making the first XV.Israel Folau, who started at outside-centre against the All Blacks two weeks ago, moves out to the wing while Dane Haylett-Petty continues at full-back.Related: What it’s like to watch a match in JapanWhat have the coaches said?Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “With selection we wanted some continuity and to be consistent but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity.last_img read more

Police chief apologises to journalists

first_imgNews NicaraguaAmericas Receive email alerts Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist Police chief Edwin Cordero apologised to journalists at a press conferenceon 31 July about the 18 July interrogation of journalist Luis FelipePalacios of the La Prensa daily newspaper. The police chief recognized thathis men did not respect procedure when they summoned Palacios forquestioning and prevented La Prensa photographer Manuel Esquivel from takingphotographs.——————————————————————————————————————23.07.2002 – Journalist “invited” to reveal his sourcesReporters without borders has expressed its concern over the police interrogation ofLuis Felipe Palacios, of the daily La Prensa, on 18 July 2002. Thequestioning came after Palacios reported on the involvement of ahigh-ranking military officer in acts of corruption. “Every journalist hasthe right to the protection of sources,” declared Reporters without borders Secretary-GeneralRobert Ménard in a letter to Interior Minister Arturo Harding Lacayo. Headded, “Any journalist questioned about information gathered in the courseof their work has the right not to reveal their source,” and “cannot beforced to reveal them.”Reporters without borders noted its concern about the legality of Palacios’s interrogation and asked Harding Lacayo to provide an explanation. The organisation also protested the fact that Manuel Esquivel, a camera operator for La Prensa,was forbidden from taking pictures during the interrogation.According to information gathered by Reporters without borders, on 18 July, Palacios was summoned and interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Unit (Dirección de Investigaciones Criminales, DIC). The interrogation took place after anarticle published that same day revealed the alleged involvement of ahigh-ranking military officer in money laundering and arms trafficking.During the interrogation, the journalist was asked to reveal his sources.The chief of police, Commissioner Edwin Cordero, justified Palacios’ssummons, stating that in drug trafficking matters, the police can act “as amatter of course,” that is to say, without waiting for a judicial order.Esquivel, the camera operator for La Prensa who was accompanying Palacios,was forced to hand over the roll of film that he had used to take picturesduring the interrogation. Deputy Commissioner Denis Tinoco Zeledónthreatened to detain and start proceedings against him for taking pictureswithout asking permission. July 29, 2020 Find out more News NicaraguaAmericas Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News to go furthercenter_img News Follow the news on Nicaragua September 29, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill Help by sharing this information June 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en August 1, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police chief apologises to journalistslast_img read more

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Invades ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Force will be with you, always, especially since Disney-controlled Star Wars’ marketing campaign has become the ultimate power in the galaxy. Hype leading up to Episode VII: The Force Awakens, in theaters Dec. 18, covers every parsec of the media. Monday night was no exception as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live dedicated a full episode to that galaxy far, far away.From a certain point of view, the highlights were few and far between. Ewok-sized bits of information, most of which fanboys probably already knew, were casually mentioned during the hour-long show.The biggest news was from director J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost). Though reported two days prior, Abrams confirmed with Jimmy Kimmel that The Force Awakens was fully armed and operational as of early Saturday morning.That still left anxious fans to count down 25 days and 10 minutes until the premiere, which may be worse than being slowly digested for over 1,000 years inside a Sarlacc. Kimmel pressed for even a word of new information, which turned out to be the first spoken word in the new film.Here it is.Get ready.“This.”To the roar of the crowd, the mundane pronoun exploded onto a screen in Star Wars’ iconic yellow font, as seen in the film’s opening crawls. Now fans have 25 days to ponder, “’This’ what?”Abrams also brought a never-before-seen 16-second clip, which can be viewed at the end of the Youtube video below.Kimmel and Abrams were later joined by some of the cast members. Daisey Ridley plays Rey, a scavenger living on a desolate planet. John Boyega (Attack the Block) crashes into Rey’s life as Finn, an AWOL stormtrooper. The duo will cross paths with Adam Driver (HBO’s Girls), who wields a three-bladed lightsaber as Kylo Ren. And Carrie Fisher reprises her role as Princess – sorry, General – Leia.The new leads detailed the moments they found out they had been cast in Star Wars.“I was, like, 19,” Carrie Fisher joked, referring to her days of cinnamon-bun hairstyles and underwear-less outfits beginning in 1976.Ridley was at a play, Boyega’s dad didn’t know what Star Wars even was, and Abrams accidentally spoiled Driver’s surprise to his wife, but each shared cute moments that would warm even Darth Vader’s cold, mechanized heart. After all, who wouldn’t be excited to be in a Star Wars film?The cast also emphasized the secrecy surrounding their roles and the film’s production. When asked if it was always him acting beneath his helmeted character, Adam Driver nervously looked at Abrams.The director is known for keeping his projects, especially major productions like Star Trek and now Star Wars, under lock and key. According to Boyega, the cast could only practice their lines at Pinewood Studios in England, where the scripts were not allowed to leave the premises in order to reduce spoiler leaks.Other brief appearances included R2-D2, who whistled and beeped around the set, as well as Harrison Ford, who will return as an aged Han Solo alongside his furry sidekick Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew).We would be honored if Mark Hamill would join us, but the one and only Luke Skywalker was yet again absent.“Where’s Luke?” has become one of the latest questions trending among Star Wars fans, opening the blast doors to speculation about the iconic Jedi’s whereabouts in The Force Awakens as well as his allegiance to the Light and Dark Sides of the Force.It’s got fans talking, though, looking to the future, to the horizon. The hype train isn’t stopping. Last week, EA DICE released a rebooted Star Wars Battlefront to video game consoles. HP unveiled an Empire-themed notebook laptop. Google encouraged users to choose between the Light and Dark Side, the decision altering several Google apps. And North American film fans topped it all off with record-breaking advance ticket presales exceeding $50 million, with a month still left to go.Everything is proceeding as Disney has foreseen.last_img read more

Swimming: New head coach takes over potent roster at MDI

first_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Bio BAR HARBOR — Coaching transitions are never easy to make, but when the outgoing coach is a program icon, they become even more challenging.On Oct. 8, the Mount Desert Island swim team bid farewell to its head coach of 19 years, Tony DeMuro. DeMuro, whose 11 state championships at MDI include the past two Class B boys’ titles, left the post to accept the same position at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.Yet DeMuro’s departure from MDI doesn’t mean the Trojans won’t have a familiar coach at the helm in 2019-20. That’s because one of MDI’s longtime assistant coaches, David Blaney, has taken the reins following his predecessor’s departure.“Understanding the change is hard, but I think the transition has been easier for the kids because it’s me moving into Tony’s spot,” Blaney said. “With any change, you’re going to have to rip the Band-Aid off and then settle in, but the transition would be a lot tougher on them if it were someone from out of state who didn’t know the program.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBlaney, a 1997 MDI graduate, competed on the school’s swim, football and tennis teams. He went on to attend Bates College, where he was an All-New England Small College Athletic Conference selection during each of his four years on the swim team.Between his success as an MDI swimmer and his 12 years as an assistant coach under DeMuro, Blaney knows the ins and outs of program he’s inheriting. He’ll also have a remarkably talented roster at his disposal this season with the Trojans having graduated just four boys’ swimmers and one girls’ swimmer from last year’s roster.“We have 48 athletes, three of which are just divers, and I think that’s the most we’ve ever had,” Blaney said. “With the kids we have and the expectations we have, we’re hoping to do very well.”On the boys’ side, MDI returns a strong group of swimmers that includes Tyler Willis, last year’s state runner-up in the 100-yard butterfly, Tyler Woodworth, who took third in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and Amos Price, the fourth-place finisher in the 200-yard freestyle. The Trojans also bring back Sam Mitchell, who was the Penobscot Valley Conference champion and state runner-up last year in the 1-meter dive.For the MDI girls, only Anna Naggert has graduated from the squad that placed third of 21 teams at last year’s state championships. The Trojans’ returnees include Adria Horton, the reigning PVC champion in the 500-yard freestyle, and Ruby Brown, Maria Saltysiak and Addy Smith, strong individual and relay swimmers.“We have a lot of depth in our girls’ program,” Blaney said. “We have a lot of our experienced swimmers back, and we also have a lot of freshmen. It’ll be exciting to see where they go.”Promoting from within the program was also appealing to MDI’s athletic director, Bunky Dow. Dow cited the prospect of a “smooth transition” as well as Blaney’s strong understanding of the Trojans’ swimming traditions upon appointing him as the next head coach Oct. 23.“Coach Blaney brings a wealth of swimming knowledge and experience to our swimming program,” Dow said. “[His] passion and enthusiasm for the sport of swimming is contagious. Our student-athletes are fortunate to have him as their head coach.”MDI divers will begin their season at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, against John Bapst at the Bangor YMCA, and swimmers will take on Bangor, Ellsworth and Hampden Academy in the Ram Invitational at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Husson University. With such a potent team under his mentorship, the early meets will provide Blaney’s group with a chance to hit their stride early.“My job is to make sure we see developments on all levels,” Blaney said. “You want to see that growth and development from the new swimmers in Lane 6 to the kids who’ve been doing this since they were 6 or 7 years old, and my goal is to get that out of them.”last_img read more