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Wales 12 Argentina 26: The Verdict

Wales 12 Argentina 26: The Verdict

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED No way through: George North is stopped by a solid Argentina defence. Wales continually failed to cross the gain-lineBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorIn a nutshellWARREN GATLAND’S mantra is paying off for Argentina – but not Wales.  Gatland has long said that Wales can only get better by playing the best in the world – New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. While they’ve been doing that every year, they are still achieving success in peaks – followed by troughs. The Pumas, though, have clearly benefited from playing in the Rugby Championship and the intensity they brought to Cardiff allowed them to dictate the game. They scored two tries to none – Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo Camacho crossing – and eased to victory in the second half.Opening act: Juan Imhoff runs in his tryKey momentImhoff’s 55th-minute try, where the wing scythed past Sam Warburton, George North and Leigh Halfpenny to score under the posts, lifted Argentina’s spirits and they never looked back. From that point on, they lifted the intensity, added another try and made Wales – the Grand Slam champions – look distinctly average.Star manPumas captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe was the official Man of the Match – it’s hard to think of a time when he hasn’t produced a world-class performance – but Camacho’s finish just before the hour deserves high praise. He showed great athleticism, balance and awareness to put the ball down in the corner as Halfpenny came in to tackle him into touch.Room for improvementWales could improve in every facet. Jamie Roberts had to depart after a nasty blow to the head in the 24th minute and after that Wales struggled to cross the gain-line. Toby Faletau aside, they need to find some ball-carriers before Friday’s game against Samoa. Ryan Jones being fit would help them in this area – he always makes yards – while North and Alex Cuthbert should be used more on the angle in midfield.Happy day: Argentina celebrateThey also need to be patient in going wide. There’s no point spreading the ball unless you’ve gone forward – make yards in midfield and then use the wide men. Mike Phillips tried to do this when he arrived midway through the second half.A final point for Wales: start playing from the first minute not the 75th. Wales’ best passage of play came in the last five minutes and they put Argentina under serious pressure in their own 22 – but they need to replicate that intensity throughout the game. It all came too little, too late in this Test match.As for Argentina, their involvement in the Rugby Championship has clearly agreed with them but they should play with a little more confidence. It was only after they scored the first try that they really upped the tempo and lifted their heads. After that try they never looked like losing. Before it, Wales looked like winning. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Tries: Imhoff, Camacho. Cons: Sanchez 2. Pens: Contepomi, Sanchez. DG: Sanchez 2.Referee: Romain Poite (France) In quotes – winnersArgentina coach Santiago Phelan: “We took the initiative in the first half and in the first 20 minutes of the second half played very well. The intensity of the game was very high but the Argentina players have learnt how to play at that level from the Rugby Championship.”In quotes – losersWales interim coach Rob Howley: “I’m disappointed, frustrated and annoyed. We know we’re a better side than that. We spoke about intensity and the tempo of the game but we looked one-paced. It’s a test of character now – it’s important we dust ourselves off and look forward to the challenge of Samoa.”Top statsArgentina made nearly double the amount of offloads as Wales – seven to 13 – and made five clean breaks to none from Wales.Match highlightsWALES: Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Scott Williams, Jamie Roberts (James Hook 24), George North; Rhys Priestland, Tavis Knoyle (Mike Phillips 56); Gethin Jenkins (Ryan Bevington 69), Matthew Rees (Richard Hibbard 63), Aaron Jarvis (Paul James 63), Alun Wyn Jones (Rob McCusker 40), Ian Evans, Josh Turnbull, Sam Warburton (captain), Toby Faletau.Pens: Halfpenny 4.ARGENTINA: Juan Martin Hernandez (Horacio Agulla 46); Gonzalo Camacho, Gonzalo Tiesi, Felipe Contepomi (Joaquin Tuculet 14), Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo (Nicolas Vergallo 67); Marcos Ayerza (Bruno Postiglioni 79), Eusebio Guinazu (Agustin Creevy 49), Juan Figallo (Juan Gomez 67), Manuel Carizza, Juan Francisco Cabello (Tomas Vallejos 65), Leonardo Senatore (Tomas Leonardi 57), Juan Martin Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain).last_img read more

‘Country over company’: College of the Ozarks will strip athletes of Nike branding

‘Country over company’: College of the Ozarks will strip athletes of Nike branding

first_imgSeptember 6, 2018 /Sports News – National ‘Country over company’: College of the Ozarks will strip athletes of Nike branding Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailYu Chun Christopher Wong/S3studio/Getty Images(POINT LOOKOUT, Mo.) — The College of the Ozarks, a private Christian school in Point Lookout, Missouri, has announced plans to strip all student-athletes of Nike branding in response to the sportswear company’s controversial 30th anniversary “Just Do It” ad campaign, which features former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.“In their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America,” College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis said in a statement on Wednesday, according to ABC News affiliate KMBC.The college said it will “choose its country over company,” and remove all athletic uniforms that were bought from Nike as well as any clothing containing its emblems.“If Nike is ashamed of America, we are ashamed of them,” the statement continued. “We also believe that those who know what sacrifice is all about are more likely to be wearing a military uniform than an athletic uniform.”Kaepernick was the first athlete to kneel during the “Star Spangled Banner,” which is played before NFL games, in protest of police brutality against black people and people of color. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2016. Several other professional athletes in the NFL and elsewhere have knelt during the national anthem in solidarity since then, sparking intense political debate across the country.The College of the Ozarks has made its stance on the issue clear since at least October 2017, when it revised its contracts for competitions in all sports, adding a stipulation that all players and coaches show respect for the American flag and national anthem, according to the publication Ozarks Sports Zone.The Nike ad is scheduled to air during Thursday’s regular season NFL kickoff game between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles. Kaepernick tweeted a preview for the ad on Monday, featuring his face overlaid by a slogan: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” On Wednesday, he tweeted the full commercial.Kaepernick’s initial tweet prompted many people on the internet to threaten to boycott Nike, as well as throw away or burn any Nike apparel they owned. Similar to College of the Ozarks, one man claimed that Nike was forcing him to choose between his “favorite shoes” and his country.Others predicted that Nike’s strategy would backfire.“Nike’s campaign will generate both attention and discussion, which is, arguably, one of its central aims,” Neil Saunders, managing director of data and analytics firm Global Data, previously told ABC News. “However, it is also a risky strategy in that it addresses, and appears to take sides on, a highly politicized issue. This means it could ultimately alienate and lose customers, which is not the purpose of a marketing campaign.”The company, however, has already benefited from the uproar that the Kaepernick ad has created. In less than 24 hours after first releasing the ad on Twitter, the company received over $43 million worth of media exposure, Bloomberg reported.NFL executive vice president of communications and public affairs Jocelyn Moore said in a statement on Tuesday, “The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities. The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

A key urban intersection

A key urban intersection

first_imgIs there a dose of nature that can help make city dwellers’ lives healthier and more productive?Research suggests that the answer is yes, but also that the issue is more complex than that simple formulation. Mounting evidence connects human health and urban green spaces, but uncertainty remains about the characteristics of those links and, more practically, how cities can be designed to take advantage of them.In a report summarizing recent findings, investigators at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health call for an acceleration of research on the issue. When it comes to urban design, they point out, the clock is ticking.More than half the world’s population is in cities, and another 1.35 billion urban dwellers are expected by 2030. Over the next few decades, the report says, 86 percent of people in developed nations and 67 percent of those in the developing world will live in cities.The associated demands on urban areas present an opportunity to use nature and natural design cues to support human health and resilience, according to Julia Africa, program leader for the center’s Nature, Health, and the Built Environment program.But Africa and Alan Logan, another of the report’s authors, said that the details — which populations, where, under what circumstances, and for what health conditions — are important when making the case for the benefits of natural environments. While general guidelines for designing healthy streetscapes and parks are available, prescriptive design features — such as the structure of a forest or decibel level of water features — are still being refined.“What are the components of the natural environment that might have medicinal properties?” said Logan, author of the book “Your Brain on Nature.”“There really isn’t the smoking-gun study, but [rather] a lot of studies layered on top of each other that create this argument.”Part of the difficulty, Africa and Logan agreed, is that work on the topic comes from several fields, many of which don’t normally communicate with each other. In addition, Africa said, the disciplines often have varying criteria that cause results to be interpreted differently.“Generally speaking, most people agree that the presence of nature supports health and well-being,” said Africa, who was co-leader, with Akira Yamaguchi Professor of Environmental Health and Human Habitation John D. Spengler of the 2013 Natural Environments Initiative Workshop at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, whose efforts the new report reflects.“But this is an area where we need transdisciplinary, synergistic research to refine those connections and harness this work to support health in our cities.”Logan traced scientific interest in the topic to a 1984 study published in the journal Science that reviewed the recoveries of two groups of patients from gall bladder surgery. The groups, matched in number and treatment, were in similar rooms with either a view of a small stand of trees or of a brick wall. The results showed that patients in the rooms with tree views were discharged almost a day earlier than those facing the brick wall. They also showed that negative comments in nurse’s notes — such as a patient crying or needing encouragement — were three times as common in the records of the patients facing brick walls, who also needed significantly more painkillers.Since then, studies have shown that proximity to green spaces is associated with lower risk of non-communicable diseases, and that living within a kilometer of a green space is associated with significant reductions in depression, anxiety, asthma, lung disease, diabetes, and heart disease.Research has also shown correlations between urban green spaces and mortality, greenery and mental health, tree density and obesity risk in low-income children, and even, in a Michigan study of 100 public high schools, between a view of trees through classroom windows and student performance.Not all findings point to significant causal relationships between green space and health or performance, however.“Green space cannot be expected to replace conventional social and clinical health infrastructure like effective pollution control regulations and vaccines,” Africa said. “But human health is an important expansion of the term ‘ecosystem services’ when we think about the use of nature in the built environment.”Participants in the meeting at Radcliffe, who came to Cambridge from around the world, issued a statement with five “action areas.” Those included promoting equitable access to nature, supporting policies that link human health and nature, and fostering both research and design standards to help plan healthy environments.Africa said she hopes that the center’s report becomes a resource not just for researchers devising investigations, but also for planners making an argument that new developments should include a green component.last_img read more

Washington PTAC to Host First Local Procurement Forum June 6

Washington PTAC to Host First Local Procurement Forum June 6

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development Council | Center for Business & InnovationWashington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) has been one of the Center for Business & Innovation’s most successful programs in supporting businesses. PTAC helps businesses find, bid and win government contracts with the federal, state and local governments. Counselors in 9 locations around the state work with businesses one-on-one or through workshops on all aspects of doing business with the government. Each year, Washington PTAC assists an average of 1400 businesses throughout the state in pursuit of both local and federal government contracts. In the last two years. Those firms won nearly half a billion dollars in government contracts and subcontracts.Just in Thurston County last year, 194 businesses were served and won $24 million in government contracts and subcontracts.The success of the Thurston County PTAC office leads clients to create jobs and increase the tax revenues for the community that we serve.PTAC also partners with other Center for Business & Innovation programs such as the Washington Center for Women in Business to give clients EXACTLY what they are looking for. Off Planet Research, a new research consortium here in Lacey has gain international success with NASA thanks to the assistance from PTAC and the WCWB.On June 6, Washington PTAC is hosting its first Local Procurement Forum to encourage local small businesses to engage with government. This free event will feature a networking breakfast, panel discussion, and information tables from local government agencies.The event will take place at the Thurston EDC Center for Business Innovation which is home to the Washington PTAC program. Washington PTAC will be bringing the purchasing representatives from the Thurston County area to one place to connect with local firms. Government agencies at this event include:City of TumwaterCity of OlympiaCity of LaceyThurston CountyOlympia Public SchoolsPort of OlympiaSouth Puget Sound Community CollegeThe Washington PTAC business counselors will be there as well to answer small business owners questions, including how to register, where to find solicitations, and how to get certified.“We are delighted to offer an event that helps connect local government agencies to qualified firms from our region.  It’ll be a great opportunity for everyone to learn from each other.”  Commented Tiffany Scroggs, Washington PTAC Program ManagerWashington PTAC offers no-cost assistance to businesses throughout the state.  Last year, businesses who worked with Washington PTAC won $300 million in government contracts and subcontracts.For more information, visit the Washington PTAC website.Featured photo credit: Martin Leonlast_img read more