Lions 2013: Tour villains

first_imgWELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND: British and Irish Lions coach Clive Woodward (L) points out a dangerous tackle on Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll by New Zealand All Black captain Tana Umaga and Keven Mealamu, during a press conference in Wellington, 26 June 2005. O’Driscoll dislocated his shoulder and is out of the tour due to the tackle. The All Blacks defeated the British and Irish Lions 21-3 in Christchurch 25 June to take a 1-0 lead in the three Test series. AFP PHOTO/William WEST (Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images) Evangelical Christian fly half Jaco van der Westhuyzen made an unlikely bid for acrimony on this tempestuous tour, taking on the mantle of chief wind-up merchant in a cheap-shot ridden midweek match for the Southern Kings. The former Leicester Tiger was also sin-binned for a cynical late hit on Riki Flutey.When the Test series rolled around though, the physicality intensified to a frankly intimidating level. Pocket battleship Heinrich Brussow and Bakkies Botha – on a personal crusade against Mike “blue eyes” Phillips – thrived, but abrasive flanker Schalk Burger crossed the line by gouging Luke Fitzgerald’s eyes at Pretoria. How only a yellow card resulted will forever be a mystery. He was later banned for eight weeks for his misdemeanour. Stepping over the line: Schalk Burger tackles Mike Phillips during the 2009 Series but he was later banned for gougingBy Charlie MorganTHE NAMES of yesteryear’s Lions heroes roll off the tongue with consummate ease. Way before the latest promotional offering, when they stepped aboard a galleon set sail for Australia, dressed in late-19th century attire, JPR Williams and Willie John McBride became synonymous with the British and Irish Lions.With any luck, a few Warren Gatland’s crew will be canonised over the next six weeks, too. But what of the hosts? When plotting a way past the trio of gnarled southern hemisphere giants, Sir Clive Woodward always used to call his imminent opposition “the bad guys”. And, at certain points, certain individuals lived up to that moniker perfectly.So without further ado, here is a run-down of the villains that have (dis)graced the past four tours.1997Motor-mouthed winger James Small warrants a mention here, if only on the basis that his appearances for Western Province and South Africa brought about priceless sledging matches. His main adversary John Bentley has dined out on the expletive-ridden exchanges ever since, not least because his dry Yorkshire wit produced the famous comeback: “You’re a bully. And bullies don’t like being bullied.”During a 64-14 battering for his side, though, Mpumalanga second row Marius Bosman shamefully entered the realms of thuggery by launching a horrific hack at Doddie Weir on the periphery of a ruck, he hyper-extended the left knee of his opposite number and sent the popular Scot packing with lacerated medial ligaments. Fly-on-the-wall footage of incensed team doctor James Robson breaking the bad news to Weir is gut-wrenching stuff.Red mist: Duncan McRae is sent off 2001 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Duncan McRae’s x-rated pummelling of Ronan O’Gara during a hot-tempered tussle against the Waratahs registers on any roll of ignominy, and lumbering lock Justin Harrison – immortally christened “plank” by Austin Healey – made such a fantastic anti-hero for Australia A and the Brumbies that he earned a victorious Wallaby debut in Sydney’s decider.But for an underhand act that altered the course of the series, Nathan Gray takes some beating. The Lions led 11-3 and looked rampant half and hour into the second Test when the abrasive centre sent a savage flying elbow into Richard Hill face. It ended the brilliant blindside’s trip and, from there, George Smith ran riot at the breakdown, allowing George Gregan to orchestrate a momentum-shifting rout.2005Demonising Dan Carter for derailing the siege on New Zealand with pure skill seems very unfair. Given the fly half’s sublime performances that emasculated the best of Britain and Ireland though, it is somewhat tempting. Carter’s haul of 44 points in the first two Tests definitely laid sturdy foundations for a humiliating “blackwash”, leaving the Lions faithful shell-shocked.However, there was the small matter of a double-spear tackle before that. Precisely 45 seconds into proceedings in the First Test, Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga up-ended captain Brian O’Driscoll as he tried to counter-ruck, dropping the Irish skipper onto his shoulder. Screams of pain were audible to television viewers thanks to the microphone of referee Joel Jutge, but the Kiwi pair were never punished and BOD was out of the tour.The evidence: Sir Clive Woodward points at foul play2009last_img read more

Pa ‘stabs’ son

first_imgThis prompted the suspect to stab the victim using a four-inch nail. According to police investigators, the victim and his father Richard Sr., 42, figured in a heated argument in their house around 8 p.m. The incident on June 27 landed 21-year-old Richard Villaester Jr. at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city. He sustained a stab wound on the right abdomen, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the La Carlota City police station./PN BACOLOD City – A father allegedly stabbed his son in Barangay Batuan, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental.last_img read more

Stallone to make Goodison call

first_img The star of the famous Rocky boxing franchise is filming a spin-off picture called ‘Creed’. In his latest outing as Rocky, Stallone, 68, trains the grandson of Apollo Creed – the fighter with whom the Philadelphia brawler clashed in the first two Rocky films. In the film Rocky’s pupil – Adonis Creed – will fight against Pretty Boy Porter, who is played by actual British boxer Tony Bellew – and this is where Everton fans come into the equation. Evergreen Sylvester Stallone will call on Everton fans on Monday night to provide him with a knockout scene for his latest film. Bellew, a lifelong Everton fan, has used his connections with the club to book Stallone a slot on the big screens at Goodison Park during the half-time interval of Monday’s game against West Brom. Although details are sketchy – neither Everton nor Bellew have given full details of what will happen – it is thought Stallone will deliver a message to the Everton fans on the screen and it could feature as part of the film. “I would like you to stay in your seats at half-time and keep any eye on the big screens for a very special guest to make a welcome return to Goodison Park,” Bellew said in a cryptic press release issued by the Merseyside club. “Be sure you make as much noise as possible – go absolutely nuts at half-time – to help us create a brilliant atmosphere. I have seen first-hand what kind of noise Evertonians create – it will be perfect for the scene.” Everton added further intrigue with this tweet on Monday afternoon: “Remember to stay in your seats at HT to star alongside @TheSlyStallone and @TonyBellew in the new ‘Rocky’ film. #EFC.” This will not be the first time Stallone has made an ‘appearance’ at Goodison Park. The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for the first Rocky film, paid a visit to Everton’s ground eight years ago to watch the team take on Reading and was presented to the supporters before kick-off while wearing a Toffees scarf. Although he has been eligible for a bus pass for three years, Stallone has shown no sign that he wants to quit Hollywood any time soon. The American starred in the Expendables 3, which was released last year, and is set to return in a fifth outing as Rambo. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dating of Crater Rays Needs Overhaul

first_imgA dating method relied on by planetary geologists needs drastic revision, according to Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) scientists at the University of Hawaii.  Crater rays are the streaks that extend radially from impact craters.  Previously, planetary scientists assumed they darken over time under bombardment from the solar wind and can be used as indicators of young and old craters.  This overlooks factors like the brightness and composition of the underlying material, the effect of secondary craters, and the amount of mixing of new and existing material, and the actual darkening rate.  Dates estimated without knowledge of these conditions can apparently be in error by large margins.    The researchers compared data on lunar crater rays from the Clementine lunar spacecraft, Apollo moon samples, and spectra from Arecibo radar and other instruments, and found that “the mere presence of crater rays is not a reliable indicator that the crater is young, as once thought,” according to the press release by Linda M. V. Martel.  The lunar crater Copernicus had often been used as a model for classifying craters as older or younger than the so-called C/E boundary between two conventional lunar epochs labeled Copernicus and Eratosthenes.  The younger, “Copernican” craters have sharp rims and bright rays.  But estimates from crater counts on lava flows around a classic “Copernican” crater, Lichtenberg, are much older.  “It follows that the mere presence of rays is not a reliable indicator of crater age,” Martel concludes,And it is no longer valid to assign a Copernican age to craters based only on the presence of rays.    [B. Ray] Hawke [U of Hawaii] and others conclude that a new method using the optical maturity parameter is required to distinguish Copernican from Eratosthenian craters.  They acknowledge a problem of not knowing the time required for a surface to reach full optical maturity; no such age has been firmly established.    A possible solution was proposed by Jennifer Grier (formerly at the University of Arizona and now at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Al McEwen (University of Arizona) and colleagues.  Their work showed that if the ejecta of Copernicus crater were slightly more mature, it would be impossible to tell apart from the optically mature bedrock.  Since the commonly accepted age of Copernicus is about 0.8 billion years, then perhaps full optical maturity occurs at about 0.8 billion years.  More work is necessary and future studies will look more closely at optical maturity maps of the Copernicus crater region to better define the C/E boundary in the lunar time scale.Unfortunately, pinning down absolute ages by radioactive dating methods will require more samples from the moon, Martel says, so the uncertainty will be around awhile.Another dating method is found to be deficient by the daters themselves.  Ask yourself the next logical question.  How are we to know that the “commonly accepted” ages of these formations have any validity?  After all, the previous estimates were considered valid till now.  How can anyone have confidence that the assumptions used to determine these dates, the dates remaining after this latest “whoops” report, are just as flawed as the assumptions that were used to date crater rays?   You can’t calibrate assumptions against assumptions, and nobody was there with a stopwatch to provide a real absolute age.  There are some things science cannot know for sure, such as processes extrapolated back in time when there were no observers.    Readers had better be armed with good baloney detectors before swallowing the millions and billions tossed out so glibly by “experts” who weren’t there and can’t possibly know such things without assuming the very things they need to prove (see 10/09/2003 headline).   We’ve indicated many times that the assumed age of the solar system (4.6 billion years) is rarely if ever questioned; it is taken on faith by most researchers as a given (see, for example, the 05/13/2003 headline), yet is based on flawed, assumption-ridden premises (see 08/12/2003, 06/05/2003, 02/22/2002 and 10/25/2001 headlines).  As a consequence, they are often found force-fitting uncooperative data into it, just like they are doing here with lunar craters.  Who cares whether “most scientists accept” a date that fits into the currently fashionable (i.e., evolutionary) timeline, especially when it was arrived at by ignoring other dates that don’t fit?  Consensus doesn’t cut it in science (see 12/27/2003 editorial).  Let this latest admission be a lesson: geological dating is a splintered reed that will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Four SA sport heroes honoured

first_img25 September 2007Four South Africans were honoured for their contributions to sport in the country at a national orders ceremony in Pretoria on Thursday evening. The awards, including one posthumous award, were presented by President Thabo Mbeki.Kitch ChristieKitch Christie, who coached the Springboks to Rugby World Cup glory in 1995, was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga (silver).He was in charge of the Boks for only 14 test matches, but his record was a perfect 14 wins out of 14, including securing rugbyis biggest title.Christie’s World Cup winning Springboks united the country in a manner that politicians could only dream about just one year after South Africa became a democracy. All past grievances along racial lines were forgotten as people revelled in the Boks becoming champions of the rugby world.He retired in 1996 after being diagnosed with leukemia. His record of 14 successive wins as Springbok coach was, at the time, the longest winning streak of any SA national coach.Sadly, Christie succumbed to his illness in April 1998.Morne du PlessisMorne du Plessis, the manager of the 1995 World Cup team, was also awarded the Order of Ikhamanga.Inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 1999, the high esteem in which Du Plessis is held was underlined when he was elected a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy, joining many greats of the sports world, including Jack Nicklaus, Sir Bobby Charlton, Martina Navratilova, Hugo Porta, Sebastian Coe, Katarina Witt, and Dan Marino.Due to South Africa’s apartheid policies when Du Plessis played the game, he played only 22 tests in a 10-year international career. The Springboks won 18 of those matches and, with Du Plessis as captain, they won 13 of 15 tests.He later became the co-founder and a director of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa and, through his work with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation has played a big role in giving South African youngsters opportunities in the sports they would otherwise never have been afforded.Sam RamsamyThe former head of the National Olympic Committee of South Africa, Sam Ramsamy, was also recognised when he, too, received the Order of Ikhamanga.He was a high-profile anti-apartheid campaigner in London and was chairman of South Africa’s non-racial Olympic committee during the apartheid years. He was famously quoted as saying “No normal sport in an abnormal society”.After the ban on the African National Congress was lifted, he returned to South Africa and became the President of the National Olympic Committee in 1991. A year later, he led the first non-racial South African team to the Olympic Games in Barcelona.Ramsamy is now a member of the International Olympic Committee, serving on the commission that is evaluating bids for the 2010 Summer Olympics.Roland SchoemanThe final sportsperson to be honoured in Pretoria was swimming star Roland Schoeman.A star sprinter, Schoeman has set long course world records in the 50 metres butterfly and, famously, as part of the South African 4 by 100 freestyle relay team that won gold at the Athens Olympics.In short course events, he has set world records in the 50 metres freestyle, as well as the 100 freestyle and 100 individual medley.Schoeman has an enviable record in major competitions. Apart from his relay gold in Athens, he won silver in the 100 metres freestyle and bronze in the 50 freestyle.At the Fina World Championships in 2005 in Montreal, he won the 50 butterfly in a world record 22.96 seconds and the 50 freestyle in 21.69, the second fastest time in history. He also claimed bronze in the 100 metres freestyle.In 2006, at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, he won gold in the 4 by 100 freestyle relay, gold in the 50 freestyle, and bronze in the 100 freestyle.Schoeman famously turned down a R40-million offer to swim for Qatar in December 2005, saying it was his national pride that prevented him taking up the big money offer. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Passion for putting pigs first drives swine manager of the year

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseAs all aspects of the hog industry have evolved, Isler Genetics has changed accordingly. This incredible Marion County family tradition in the Ohio pork industry is now in the capable hands of another generation, including Nathan Isler, who is the Ohio Pork Council swine manager of the year.“We’re working on six generations farming here. My grandfather had a little bit of everything. My Dad and uncle really grew with the hog industry. Our farm was built off of breeding stock. We’ve been a closed herd since the 70s,” Nathan said. “My Uncle Don and my Dad, Bill, built and grew the farm. Uncle Gene had a hand in it too. Dad came back in ‘68 to the farm. At that time we had Durocs, Yorks, Landrace, Hamps and large Whites. When Dad’s generation came back they started raising more breeding stock. There were maybe 50 sows before Dad and Don came back and grew it into what it is today. Yorks and Durocs are what we’re known for now.”In those days, the business served numerous small-scale pork producers around the region.“The niche they filled was the breeding stock. Everybody had 200 sows and there was no AI back then. Everyone had to have boars and breeding females. We sold a lot of boars. Those 200-sow operations don’t exist any more. You either got big or got out. We have changed with it. If you don’t change or diversify you won’t be in this business anymore,” Nathan said. “My childhood growing up we had production sales three times a year. When I was young we were selling 300 or 400 boars a year. Durocs are still our true passion. They have the meat quality and feed efficiency and the Yorks have the mothering ability. We have a primarily York base. We breed pure York to pure Duroc for terminal hogs for market. We do sell some breeding stock. We are now mostly raising internally. We are still a closed herd.”Today, Nathan oversees the sows and three full-time employees in the sow barn. His brother Scott oversees the nurseries and finishers and brother David oversees the 3,000 acres of crops and feed mill.“As a farm we try to be as self sufficient as possible. We raise enough grain for our feed and we grind it,” Nathan said. “We are still a small farm where everybody has to work together to get things done. I do the scheduling of moving animals from the facilities. I have a lot of office work too. It is pigs first for Scott and I and then we help with the crops as needed during the day and we are the evening and weekend crews. My dad and uncle still help a lot on the crop end of things. I am the gopher too. I keep up on the seed and fertilizer and drive semi.”In terms of the hogs at Isler Genetics and Isler Crest Farms, they now work to fill a number of different niches.“Commercially raising hogs for market is the way we are going and our future as I see it today,” Nathan said. “The vast majority of our hogs go to market, but we also sell breeding stock, show pigs, and pigs for medical research. We sell commercial semen as well. We also have three contract barns. Through the progression of things we are 70% pure York sows. We are essentially a commercial producer but we have our hands in everything.”Nathan enjoys every aspect of the hog business.“On the commercial end it is not somebody’s opinion. You look at the numbers. I like the numbers of the commercial side. I appreciate being able to say this is what it is,” he said. “With show pigs, it is somebody’s opinion and I can appreciate that too. With show pigs I can have a champion and have half the people that don’t like the pig. But I am a competitive person and I like the challenge of being the best out there and we are on a stage with the show pigs. We have a passion for the show pig industry, Duroc especially. That is the industry I grew up in and that is what drives us. On the commercial end you’re competing for more success with the numbers.”When making decisions about which pigs should serve the various niches for the farm, Nathan said they usually sort themselves out.Isler Genetics produces both commercial and show quality hogs.“The pigs just sort of split themselves. We are used to competing on performance and competing at shows. Now they are two different worlds. It was really in the late 90s when they really started to separate themselves. Now it is just the way it is. I can see the pros and cons of both. I love the production side of things but the goals are not the same for both. You’re selecting for different qualities,” he said. “We sell a lot of research pigs too. We go to Cincinnati once and week, Columbus once a week and Toledo once a week delivering hogs for medical research. That is something that has picked up in the last five years. They are extremely picky on specs for those. Sometimes they give you a 3-pound range with no age fluctuation. In some cases they are used to test surgeries with goal of bringing them back to full health. Then they are sent to market. That is a small part of our business but another niche that we do.”The business recently expanded to update facilities that meet the upcoming group sow housing requirements and improve production.“We expended in 2015 and built a new barn with updated facilities to meet the standards. We went from 650 to 1,200 sows and made everything compliant. It is a management thing,” he said. “I think it is easier and better for the animals to be in crates but it has not been a hard transition. It is stepping back in time the way my Dad did it. It adds some labor and management and you have to go at it with a different mindset. It also adds to the cost of facilities, but overall it has been an easier transition than I thought. I have been very happy with the setup. We have pens of 10.”Ohio sow facilities all must have group housing by 2025 as a part of the requirements set by the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board.“They have to be able to turn around and move. There are more square feet per animal. We try our best once we mix them to not pull them out. You want to minimize the stress on the animals. We do our best to get them to even condition for when they start out prior to going in there. They will fight as much the last week prior to going into the farrowing pens than they do when you mix them. We essentially get two turns of them fighting with each other where with the crates we didn’t have that,” Nathan said. “It works well, though, and it has been a better transition that I thought. We’re here to feed people and if that is what they want than that is what we do.”The newer facilities also help with biosecurity.“Our sow unit and nurseries are all shower in shower out. As the weather changes, PRRS PED and flus are all more active and there are more outbreaks. You just have to regularly revisit that with your employees,” Nathan said. “We will pull out the show pigs. We do some online sales. We use the older outdated facilities for only show pigs. No one goes in any of our barns except for the one barn we use for show pigs seasonally. Like any commercial producer we intensely test our boar studs, our sow unit and our gilts. We have gilt isolation buildings for biosecurity. We have been very fortunate to carry the health status we have for as long as we have.”Isler Genetics continues to build on the strong tradition associated with the family name.“I was very fortunate. I had my father and uncles who were extremely successful within the industry. Those are big shoes to fill, but I had a step up in the beginning because I grew up learning from them,” Nathan said. “There is not a better industry to be in. The swine industry is truly an open book. We all share information to make each other better. We talk and share ideas.”When asked about his favorite part of the diverse hog business on the farm, Nathan gets noticeably uncomfortable.“It is like asking if you love your wife or your kids more. It is trick question and you don’t want to answer it,” he said with a smile. “Pigs are my favorite thing. If you work in the livestock industry you have to have a passion for animals. We are here to take care of them. The pigs’ interest has to be before our interests. That is just the way it was growing up. No one ever talked about it. But hogs are our life. There was no talk of animal husbandry. You just took care of hogs. On Christmas day you took care of the hogs before you opened presents. Anyone who is successful in the swine industry has a passion for animals first.”last_img read more

PBA D-League: Chadao-FEU takes down Perpetual for 3rd win

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Tamaraws improved to a 3-3 record for the sixth spot in the Foundation Group while the Alas dropped to 1-4 at eighth.Patrick Tchuente teamed up with Kenneth Tuffin to lead the Tamaraws to a blistering 12-0 start and maintained that lead finishing the first quarter up 26-14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBranrey Biernes led Chadao-FEU’s offense with 15 points while Wendel Comboy added 14 points of his own.“For the past week our focus was our defense and our aggressiveness on the full court,” said Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela. “We made it hard for them to execute with our full court pressure.” MANILA, Philippines—Chadao-Far Eastern University handily beat University of Perpetual Help, 83-64, to get to an even record in the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Arwind Santos gets last laugh as he gets under TNT’s skin in do-or-die match MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Tamaraws had one stingy defense and limited Perpetual to just a 29 percent shooting clip and forcing the Altas to 18 turnovers.Ben Adamos led the Altas with 23 points and 13 boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Hong Kong Police fire tear gas at protesters surround Parl

first_imgHong Kong: Police fired water cannon and tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed outside the city’s parliament on Saturday, as demonstrators defied a ban on rallying, the arrests of leading activists and rising threats from China, to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. Police had banned the demonstration on security grounds, then organisers had cancelled it, after last weekend saw some of the most violent clashes in months of political turmoil. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut large crowds, many in their signature black T-shirts and under a colourful canopy of umbrellas, snaked through Hong Kong island anyway, blocking roads in the financial heart and chanting “reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times.” Tensions rose as the afternoon wore on, with hardcore protesters throwing rocks, setting fires — and shining laser pens — at a rank of police behind a barricade at the city parliament known as the Legislative Council (LegCo). Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPolice fired a water cannon and rounds of tears gas to disperse the group, as protesters dug up the pavement to use as projectiles and crouched under umbrellas. As dusk drew in, protesters smashed through the barrier outside the parliament building. The LegCo was stormed on July 1 — the 22nd anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule. Earlier protesters marched by the official residence of Hong Kong’s embattled Beijing-backed leader Carrie Lam, who is the focal point of anger after trying to pass a bill which would have allowed extradition to China. “I’m prepared for the consequences of coming out,” said one protestor, who gave his name as Jay, adding “Hong Kongers have the right to assembly.” Opposition to the extradition bill — now suspended but not permanently withdrawn — has brought much of Hong Kong to the streets. The protests have expanded into a wider pro-democracy call and a rejection of attempts by Beijing to curtail the freedoms of the semi-autonomous territory. Another big group massed in the busy shopping district of Causeway Bay, occupying the road and chanting anti-government slogans. “I’m not afraid to come out here today,” said another 25-year-old protester who gave his surname as Ng. A helicopter buzzed above marchers as police appealed to the public to “leave immediately” while water-cannon trucks were driven onto the streets. But protesters were in defiant mood. “It’s ‘now or never’ for Hong Kong, ” said a 33-year-old accountant who gave her surname as Wong. “I’m a mother-of-two. They didn’t come today but their grandmother did. We’re defending the right of assembly for the next generation in Hong Kong.” Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Beijing’s rejection of a call for universal suffrage for Hong Kong, which sparked the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” in 2014. Many protesters are determined not to let the new movement fizzle out as the Umbrella protests did. At least five high-profile activists and three lawmakers were arrested on Friday in a sweep aimed at defanging Saturday’s rally. Rights groups say the tactics are cribbed directly from Beijing’s protest playbook. Two of the Umbrella Movement’s leaders, Joshua Wong and Agnes Chow were among those arrested, charged and bailed for “inciting others to take part in unauthorised assembly”. The European Union’s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the developments were “extremely worrying”, while US President Donald Trump said his economic pressure on China was forcing Beijing to take a more moderate line in Hong Kong. In an attempt to sidestep Saturday’s protest ban, crowds earlier carried Christian crosses and sang “Hallelujah” in religious gatherings — which do not require the same stringent permission from authorities. The demonstrators, who have earned a reputation for their creativity and unpredictability, also called for “mass shopping trips” in the city centre. On Saturday morning, LIHKG, the Reddit-like forum used by protesters to communicate, reported via Twitter that its app had suffered the “largest attack it has ever seen”. Police on Friday confirmed three lawmakers — and a district councillor — had been arrested over their alleged actions in previous protests, but denied the sweep was timed specifically to weaken the weekend’s protests. More than 900 people have been arrested since June in connection to protests. Hong Kong’s crisis-hit government has refused to back down over the protests, which have seen millions march peacefully through the streets but also hardcore groups of radical protesters hurl bricks and petrol bombs at police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The violence has damaged Hong Kong’s reputation for stability and prosperity. China has responded with a campaign of intimidation. State media on Friday reported that fresh military anti-riot drills were held across the border in Shenzhen.last_img read more

Mata lauds Uniteds complete performance

first_imgJuan Mata has described Manchester United’s emphatic 4-1 win against Fulham as the “complete performance”, and has called for more of the same.Mata scored the second goal as United thrashed a hapless Fulham side 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday.It was an impressive first half from Jose Mourinho’s side as they were three goals up at halftime, and Mata was delighted with their display and urged his teammates to replicate yesterday’s performance in every game.“It’s not easy,” Mata told Sky Sports.“Obviously it’s a very good position to be, but it’s not easy to keep that level of intensity. Subconsciously you relax a little bit when you’re three goals ahead.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“They score so we needed to keep ourselves going and try to score again, which we did. It’s always important to be focused 90 minutes because by doing that we will be a better team.“I will say that today was a very complete performance. It was a shame that we couldn’t keep the clean sheet, but it was a very good performance.“A performance that the fans I think they have been waiting for and we know that we have to do this more often.”last_img read more