Hendre Fourie – Leeds Carnegie and England

first_imgDo you want to buy the issue of Rugby World in which this article appeared? Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit http://mags-uk.com/ipcOr perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Hendre Fourie relaying another one of his stories to England teammates Dan Cole and Mark CuetoHe’s always fun to talk to, is Hendre Fourie. Never short of a story or two, the Leeds flanker tells a good one about how he first found out he was in the senior England squad. It was May last year, not long after he had done his bit to help Leeds avoid the Premiership drop, and there were mutterings that his reward might be a call-up to the squad to tour Australia.“Me and the missus had gone to the cinema in the evening to see Clash of the Titans and halfway through the film I saw my phone flashing,” recounts Fourie, who was born in Burgersdorp in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. “I didn’t answer it because I didn’t want to disturb people but I looked at the number and it was one I didn’t recognise. As we left the cinema I said to my wife, ‘What are the chances this is Martin Johnson?’ I listened to the message and it was Martin Johnson, congratulating me on making the England squad!”Fourie subsequently described his rise from Rotherham to England as a “fairy tale” – but there was no happy ending Down Under. In the tour opener against Australia A, Fourie suffered an ankle injury and that was that. No chance to compete for a spot in the two-Test series against the Wallabies, Fourie instead underwent treatment for the injury, then had a holiday in Bloemfontein. Cue another of his stories.“Juan Smith, the Springbok, has the neighbouring farm to the one owned by my wife’s family. So when I was there last July I went over to say hello and we had a good chat. I told him I might see him in the autumn at Twickenham, to which he replied with a smile, ‘Well, we won’t be friends on the pitch but we’ll have a drink afterwards’.”Even in his brief appearance in Australia, Fourie had done enough to convince Johnson that he was a player capable of withstanding the rigours of Test rugby. So the moment Fourie’s ankle injury healed, he was back in the England squad and he won his first cap in November.It was the culmination of a remarkable journey for Fourie, one that began at Free State University. Having played in the university XV with current Springboks such as Flip van der Merwe and Bismarck du Plessis, Fourie struggled to make any headway with the Cheetahs. South Africans prefer their loose forwards big and at 6ft Fourie got the impression that he was never going to rise high on the veldt. In 2005 he came to England, playing part-time for Rotherham while studying for a teaching degree at Sheffield Hallam University.Two years later he joined Leeds where he came under the tutelage of Neil Back, another openside who had to fight hard to prove that big doesn’t always mean best. “He’s done so much to improve my game,” Fourie says of the ex-England No 7. “He gives me small tips, little things you might not think are that important, but they’ve made me so much better as a player.”center_img Fourie was called into the Saxons squad for the first time in 2010, having qualified on residency, and proved an instant hit. Here was a good old-fashioned openside, a snaffler and a spoiler. Richie McCaw is the acknowledged expert when it comes to thieving ball from the opposition, of course – as England found when they played the All Blacks in November. Fourie started the match on the bench, a fidgeting ball of sinew struggling to take in the magnitude of the occasion. “The whole experience was incredible,” he says. “Arriving at the stadium and seeing all the fans cheering, it made me very nervous. When I got to the changing room I was shaking so I told myself to calm down, relax, and treat it as just another game.”Fourie got on to make his debut for the last 14 minutes, by which time New Zealand had established an unassailable lead. Still, at least the after-match function was good. “I was presented with my cap at the dinner,” he says. “I also had a chat with Richie McCaw. Actually, I got my photo taken with him because of his stature in the game!”Fourie won his second cap in the spine-tingling win over Australia, started the Samoa game and ended the autumn by replacing the injured Tom Croft in the 17th minute of the match against Smith and his South African buddies. There must have been some choice banter flying about? “No, there wasn’t actually,” says Fourie, with a laugh. “There was no time for that. Bismarck did give me a playful stamp on my leg at one point just to let me know he was there, but the game was so intense we didn’t have time to stand around chatting.”With Lewis Moody out injured right now, Fourie has a great chance in the RBS 6 Nations to nail down the No 7 shirt ahead of the World Cup. For the moment, though, his mind is focused solely on England’s evolution as a world-class XV. “It’s really important that we use the Six Nations to continue building what we started in Australia last summer and continued in November. It’s such an important part of any successful team, to feel comfortable and confident playing together, and I feel a momentum is starting to build. It’s a blow to lose quality players to injury but we have the strength in depth to cope.”This article appeared in the March 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazinelast_img read more

Jazz Open Summer League Today

first_imgJuly 1, 2019 /Sports News – Local Jazz Open Summer League Today Tags: Memphis Grizzlies/Salt Lake City Summer League/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Salt Lake City Summer League tips off today at Vivint Smart Home Arena.The Grizzlies, Spurs, and Cavaliers will also compete in the three-day tournament, and every team will play each other once.All three of Utah’s 2019 draft picks are on the Summer League roster.The Jazz clash with the Grizzlies today. Written by Robert Lovelllast_img

5 must-know facts about Inter Allies’ ‘hotcake’ striker Victorien Adebayor

first_imgDebut in 2018, the first stint in GhanaOn March 17, 2018, at the Tema Sports Stadium, the 23-year-old made his debut for Inter Allies in a league clash against Bechem United.Two goals and a man of the match award was how the Nigerien international announced his arrival in Ghana’s top flight.The dribbling expert grabbed five more goals and ended up with 7 goals in 12 games in his season for Inter Allies, a mark that proved that would only score more over time.Football is an art form & Adebayor is Picasso #GHPL #CitiSports pic.twitter.com/93ksE2MNkG— The Fundamentals (@KojoNketsia) February 15, 2020Dead balls, control, dribble finishing.The key architect to the survival of Inter Allies so far this season has dazzled many fans since his debut in the Ghana Premier League two years ago.Pick, run, control, dribble, and strike, all characteristics of the 23-year-old striker.In the 10th week of the Ghana Premier League, the Nigerien went viral on social for his spectacular performance against Berekum Chelsea where he hit a brace.Both of his goals went viral for different reasons – the first was a seemingly straightforward freekick that went through the keeper’s legs while the second was a fantastic finish.However, it was a particularly brilliant piece of skill that was pushed aside as ‘the other highlight’ from a stellar game for the Nigerien international.Picking the ball out on the wing, Adebayor juggled the ball for a bit baiting the Chelsea defender into acting.When the defender did, Adebayor calmly slipped it between his legs.His second goal was a brilliant solo run, in which he interchanged passes before running down the line, cutting back and curling the ball over the goalkeeper of Berekem Chelsea who could only admire the ball hitting the top corner of his net from the sumptuous strike. With eleven goals so far in the Ghana Premier League, Nigerien international and Inter Allies’ striker, Victorien Zakari Adebayor leads the pack of the top flight’s most prolific scorers this season.The all-new Ghana Premier League is just eleven match weeks in, but Adebayor is proving unstoppable for defenders. with many coaches probably dreading facing him in this season.Inter Allies are just 11th on the league log but the impact of Victorien Adebayor has been significant to keeping his side out of the relegation zone.Under the guidance of Tony Lokko, the 23-year-old has evolved to become one of the league’s best strikers.The skipper of Inter Allies is out in front of a chasing pack that includes Mohammed Yahaya of Aduana Stars, Prince Opoku Agyemang who plays for Medeama and Prince Kwabena Adu of Bechem United.With all the buzz around the star striker, here are five facts you need to know about him:Age and date of birthHe is 23 years of age. The striker was born on 12th November 1996.Nationality and international matches for the countryHe is a Nigerien international. Victorien Zakari Adebayor was born and grew up in Niger and started his playing career in his native country.He has already featured 27 times for the senior football national team of Niger and has 9 goals to his name, since making his debut in 2015.Playing career Adebayor Victorien started his playing career at Atcha Académie Niamey in 2014 before moving to AS Douanes.He got a free transfer to the French side Union Sportive Raonnaise. He was soon back in his native land and signed for Association Sportive des Gendarmerie Nationale Nigérienne, who are often referred to as AS GNN.In 2017, after the West African Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations in Ghana, the 23-year-old was scouted and signed by Ghanaian club, Inter Allies after the striker dazzled many in the tournament. He ended the tournament – having scored three goals – as joint top scorer with Stephen Sarfo of Ghana.last_img read more

Persons with disabilities to benefit from duty-free exemptions

first_imgMinister Cathy Hughes flanked by members of the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities during the donationThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will be providing duty-free exemptions for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to purchase mobile phones and motor vehicles through a partnership with the Public Telecommunications Ministry.This was announced on Friday by Public Telecommunications Minister, Cathy Hughes, who explained that these devices will be modified to suit the requirements of these persons.Brakes will be relocated to the steering wheels of cars while applications on mobile devices will allow for persons to receive assistance through communication.“GRA and ourselves as a Public Telecommunications Ministry and the National Commission on Disability are just about to start the implementation of the import duty and VAT exemptions for smartphones and also for vehicles. The phones must be able to download certain software and applications and the vehicles must be able to be customised or retrofitted,” Hughes outlined.The Ministry would have donated tablets and a robotics kit to the Guyana Council of Organisations for Persons with Disabilities to ensure that equal opportunities exist.“We recognise that technology can be a game changer. Technology and access to technology. Here I mean accessibility features on smartphones, tablets, websites allow members of the visually or hearing impaired communities or any others to participate in a meaningful way in society,” the Minister said.Ganesh Singh of the Guyana Society for the Blind voiced that this initiative will prove beneficial to many persons in accessing information and other services.A survey conducted by the National Commission on Disability has revealed that 11,713 persons are living with a disability in Guyana.The survey was conducted in Regions Two, Three, Five, and 10, while a pilot was done in Region Six in 2016. Region Three had the highest number of persons with disabilities, followed by Region Six.Disabilities were categorised as physical/mobility disability, visual/seeing disability, hearing/speech disability, learning/cognitive disability, mental health and medical/other disability.last_img read more

Mourinho expects Pogba to stay

first_img“I think he is going to be here next season,” Mourinho said. “I can give the guarantee that I don’t want him to leave. I can give the guarantee that the club does not want to sell.“And I can give the guarantee that we don’t have any approach from him, from his agent, or any club. So in this moment, for me, he is staying.”Pogba, who joined United for a then-world record £89m in the summer of 2016, has made just 25 Premier League appearances for the club this season, scoring six goals.Mourinho’s comments come after Pep Guardiola recently said that Pogba was offered to Manchester City in January by his agent Mino Raiola.It has also been reported this week that he has been offered to former club Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Meanwhile, Mourinho said that the United squad needs improvement in the off-season, and that current squad members need to be “more consistent” and show “more quality” on the pitch.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba with his Manchester manager Jose MourinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, May 10 – Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said he expects Paul Pogba to stay with the club next season, but admitted the final decision is up to the player.The 25-year old midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after being in and out of the first team this season.last_img read more

SA ‘in communication’ with Nigeria over abducted girls

first_img15 May 2014 The South African government is in constant communication with the Nigerian government as calls for the release of the abducted girls continue to spread, International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Thursday. Speaking at a media briefing in Pretoria, the minister described the kidnapping of more than 200 girls by militant Islamic group Boko-Haram as “unfortunate, heinous and unprecedented”. “The South African government – first through [the Department of International Relations and Cooperation] and the statement made by the Presidency two days after their abduction – has come out unequivocally condemning this heinous act of using girl children as weapons of some mysterious action by these abductors,” the minister said. Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa joined the global community, firstly as an African country, to support of the efforts of the Nigerian government and its people. “We are in constant communication with the Nigerian government through our High Commission in Nigeria and also the Nigerian High Commission here in South Africa. “The responses we’ve been getting from the Nigerian government have been positive and we remain seized with the kind of support that the Nigerian government would be requesting from us.” Nkoana-Mashabane also welcomed the initiatives of civil society across the world as well as those by other governments to pressure the abductors to release the girls. “We welcome … equally our own [initiatives] in South Africa, particularly the students who have come out in support of the ‘bring back our girls campaign’.”South African learners support #BringBackOurGirls Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana, addressing about girl learners from Moletsane High School in Soweto on Wednesday, exactly a month since the girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok in Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state, again called for the girls’ safe return. “We believe that this is a serious violation of the human rights of these girls and a crime against humanity. We are calling on the whole world to stand up and fight against this horrific incident,” the minister said. The minister urged South Africans to continue to stand in solidarity with the abducted school girls and their families and call for their immediate release by using every avenue and platform available to say #BringBackOurGirls. Learners at the school yesterday made a guard of honour and carried placards which called for the release of the Nigerian girls. “We call on those who have taken the girls to return them because when you touch kids, you’ve gone too far, especially when it’s kids trying to get an education,” said grade 12 learner Itumeleng Madidimalo (18). Boko Haram’s name translates to “Western education is a sin” in the local language. The group especially opposes the education of women. Under its version of Sharia law, women should be at home raising children and looking after their husbands, not at school learning to read and write. On Monday, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau offered to release the girls in exchange for militants imprisoned by the Nigerian government. Meanwhile, a 30-member team from the US is in Nigeria to help with the search for the kidnapped girls. The US is also using satellite imagery and making reconnaissance flights over Nigeria. Britain has also sent experts to help with the search. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Ham radio operators help reunite family

first_imgOn August 16, a few policemen arrived at the house of Vadamalai Raman in village Purandarai located in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu with photographs of a patient who has been staying at the Bangaon Subdivisional Hospital in West Bengal for over two years. Vadamalai’s mother, Misiyammal, identified the person in the photographs without much difficulty. He was Janaki Raman, her son who went missing about 11 years ago.Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from her village Suguna, Janaki Raman’s sister-in-law could not hide the excitement the family felt at the prospect of finally reuniting with a close relative after more than a decade.She said her husband Vadamalai will leave for West Bengal on Tuesday to bring Janaki Raman back to his native village.Janaki Raman had remained in West Bengal for over a decade, mostly as a vagabond and then as an inpatient at the Bongaon Subdivisional Hospital. He spoke only Tamil and authorities at the state-run hospital had no idea about his antecedents. It was only after the hospital authorities involved ham radio operators (amateur radio operators) the breakthrough was made.“First, he would not speak. But we were certain that he was from south India. It took months to record his voice. Only then did we try to know what language he spoke and then contacted other ham radio operators in south India,” Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary of the West Bengal Radio Club said.Bengaluru-based Manjunath. R, a member of the Indian Institute of Ham, found out that Janaki Raman was speaking in Tamil. He spoke to him over telephone, pretending to be a family member and learnt about his village and post office. Sankar Prasad Mahato, the medical superintendent of the hospital, said the patient’s condition was much better now and he was eager to return to his village.last_img read more

WITTENSTEIN extend services for whole of Amazon FreeRTOS

first_img Continue Reading Previous Würth: simulation models for LAN transformers available for free downloadNext Leveraging FPGAs for deep learning WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems now offer a suite of services for Amazon FreeRTOS. Services include porting to new processors, technical support, consultancy and licensing. WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems have a Strategic Business Alliance with Amazon Web Services, and have been closely linked with the FreeRTOS project since its conception.Amazon FreeRTOS is a Real Time Operating System for microcontrollers that makes small, low-power edge devices easy to program, deploy, secure, connect, and manage. Amazon FreeRTOS is based on the FreeRTOS kernel, a popular open source RTOS for microcontrollers, and extends it with software libraries that make it easy to securely connect to the cloud. WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems have always been closely partnered with the FreeRTOS project, and now AWS has stewardship of FreeRTOS this has not changed, with a Strategic Business Alliance between AWS and WITTENSTEIN high integrity systems continuing the relationship.Porting Services for Amazon FreeRTOS include porting either the FreeRTOS kernel, or the entirety of Amazon FreeRTOS and incorporated software libraries, to new processor/compiler platforms. This includes porting to niche or uncommon processors, those not supported by FreeRTOS, or even to bespoke hardware. With many years’ experience porting FreeRTOS and middleware to specialist processor/compiler platforms, WHIS guarantees a high level of expertise.Support for Amazon FreeRTOS is offered as one year’s access to the WHIS online support portal. Consultancy is undertaken by WHIS’s highly experienced engineers and is tailored to customer requirements – whether that’s preliminary design review or formal peer review.These services are in addition to the commercial licensing that WHIS provides for Amazon FreeRTOS under the brand name OPENRTOS, and the upgrade path to SAFERTOS, WHIS’s own safety critical Real-Time Operating System pre-certified by TÜV SÜD.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

TCI In Touch with Bermuda Government

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Seriously, Sixth Form registration begins at Clement Howell High Aug 15 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 21 Oct 2014 – The Turks and Caicos has already been in touch with the government of Bermuda, confirmed yesterday by Premier Dr Rufus Ewing who said the fellow British overseas territory is well on its way in recovery. QUOTE. Bermuda was over the weekend slammed by Category Four Hurricane Gonzalo; the storm with so much momentum it last night brought gale force winds to the United Kingdom. While there were no deaths for Bermuda; St Maarten recorded one; an elderly man was found on board a boat in a lagoon devastated by the fierce storm. Related Items:bermuda, category 4, hurricane gonzalo, TCIG, uk territories Recommended for you Editorial: Listen to your Mama TCI Premier Responds To Beaches’ Letter Announcing Closurelast_img read more

Apple Arcade wants to become the Xbox and PlayStation of mobile gaming