Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his deputy Keshav Prasad Maurya will resign from their Lok Sabha seats, Gorakhpur and Phulpur, in the next couple of days, and the search for candidates to be put up in these constituencies will begin in earnest. Before that, the BJP will keenly watch the State and national executive meetings of the Samajwadi Party in the next couple of weeks. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, is expected to be elevated as party chief at the meetings, and a resolution setting forth the political line for the party for the 2019 elections is also likely to be passed. Future alliances may be discussed. BJP sources said they will track whether the SP and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) will put up a joint candidate in Phulpur or fight the byelection separately. “As far as we can assess, it seems unlikely that a joint candidate will be put up as we don’t see the BSP gaining anything from it. It’s a seat where the Scheduled Castes may not vote with the Yadavs [the SP’s core vote bank],” a senior office-bearer of the party said. For Gorakhpur too, the party will have to cast its net wide as it will be for the first time in many years that the leadership of the Gorakhnath Math (headed now by Mr. Adityanath) will not be available as a candidate. Before Mr. Adityanath, his guru Mahant Avaidyanath used to represent this Lok Sabha constituency. “November and December will be crucial for the State government as that is when the byelections may be called, and the local bodies elections in the State are to be held,” the source said.
A move by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate diagnostic tests developed in thousands of laboratories is picking up steam—and drawing fire. The agency recently notified Congress that it plans to regulate some of these so-called laboratory developed tests (LDTs)—which, unlike tests marketed by diagnostic manufacturers, don’t currently require FDA approval. FDA has not yet released a draft guidance on the matter, but at a hearing yesterday, members of the U.S. House of Representatives Energy & Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee raised questions about the agency’s authority to regulate these tests, its motivation for doing so, and the potential impact of such regulations on the diagnostic industry.Doctors use diagnostic tests to determine which patients are at risk for developing a disease and which would benefit from a treatment. And while companies offer FDA-approved kits for many of these uses, clinical labs often design and offer their own. According to the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), more than 11,000 laboratories are authorized to develop and perform LDTs, and the majority of them do.FDA has had the authority to regulate LDTs—and all in vitro diagnostics—since 1976, explained Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, at the hearing. But the agency has so far exercised “enforcement discretion” and has not required that labs manufacturing these tests seek its approval. 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They’re manufactured in large quantities and are increasingly removed from the health care centers and doctors who order them. They are also increasingly complex, relying on sophisticated software to interpret results. Although CLIA ensures that labs perform a test properly, it doesn’t address the clinical validity of the test itself—how accurately it measures a patient’s condition. “We have a responsibility to provide patients with greater certainty,” Shuren said.That’s why FDA has for years been angling to regulate LDTs and is now developing a draft guidance for labs to seek its approval. The new requirements wouldn’t apply to all tests. Those that FDA considers “low-risk,” those that diagnose rare diseases, and those that have no FDA-approved equivalent would continue to enjoy enforcement discretion. But for the rest, labs would have to submit data proving their validity. But it’s not yet clear how many labs would be subject to the new requirements.Some lawmakers and stakeholders balk at the thought of FDA’s increased involvement. Alan Mertz, president of ACLA and a witness at the hearing, argued that the proposed regulations would discourage labs from developing innovative new tests and prevent them from adjusting the tests quickly for new uses. Mertz, along with several representatives, also challenged FDA’s authority to regulate LDTs, arguing that they are not “devices” but rather services provided to a patient, and are already regulated effectively under CLIA.But others welcome FDA’s move to raise the regulatory bar. Christopher Newton-Cheh, a cardiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston who testified on behalf of the American Heart Association, called the current system “completely opaque.” Doctors often aren’t aware if the test they order is FDA-approved, and inaccurate results increase the risk that patients will undergo unnecessary treatment or be excluded from a treatment based on bad information. “This is the right thing to do for patients,” he said.FDA may release its draft guidance on or after 29 September. Once the agency finalizes the guidance, it intends to phase in the new review process over 9 years.
WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games “It’s all him. You can’t teach rebounds and blocks and he saw that it’s what he can contribute to the team. He’s also not forcing to take the shot,” he observed.READ: Andre Paras delivers solid numbers in debutThe patriarch also doesn’t want Andre to listen too much on the comparisons to current PBA players like Marc Pingris, saying the 6-foot-4 banger is still miles away from today’s stars.“You can make comparisons on his defense and rebounds. But he’s still far. Marc is more on post up and Andre has yet to show a post play,” he said.Glad to see his son perform at this stage, the only advice Benjie could give to Andre is to stay the course and continue working hard.ADVERTISEMENT Deyto rescues Global with key saves in stunning triumph over Geylang “One of the things coaches look for from players is their hardwork. Andre said that as of now, this is like an unfinished business for him and he’s just taking it slow. He’s happy with what he’s doing right now and enjoying his time here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But through three games, the 21-year-old Andre has definitely been making his father proud, averaging 7.3 points, 18.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks for AMA Online Education this 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.READ: Andre Paras continues to make impact for AMAFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe younger Paras racked up 10 points, 22 rebounds, and four blocks in the Titans’ 95-76 loss to Batangas on Thursday.Benjie, the only rookie to win the MVP award in the PBA, was in attendance and was glad to see his son prosper with AMA. But the “Tower of Power” wants no credit for son’s solid performance so far. Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESFor PBA great Benjie Paras, watching his son Andre carve his own niche on the hard court is undoubtedly a gratifying feeling.“I’m happy because when he came into the D-League, I told him there’s no pressure and he has to do whatever he can to help the team,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken
PIRAEUS, Greece – Olympiacos Piraeus clinched its sixth Final Four berth in the last nine years by defeating Anadolu Efes Istanbul 87-78 on Tuesday at Peace & Friendship Stadium to win their best-of-five Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Playoff series in the maximum five games. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 22 points and dished 6 assists to pace the Reds and Georgios Printezis added 14 points, including a late three-pointer that started the celebrations around town. Down 37-41 at halftime, Olympiacos started the second half on a 9-0 tear and never trailed again. Efes never quit and closed to within 4 with three minutes left, but Spanoulis free throws and a Printezis’s three-pointer put the game and series on ice. Erick Green added 10 points and Khem Birch posted 9 points and 11 rebounds for winners. Cedi Osman paced the Efes attack with 11 points and Thomas Heurtel, Derrick Brown, Tyler Honeycutt, Jayson Granger and DeShaun Thomas netted 10 points apiece. Honeycutt added 10 rebounds and Heurtel 6 assists to move into sixth place all-time with 813 assists.The hosts got the start they wanted with Printezis scoring first before Spanoulis netted a layup and a triple to make it 7-3. The Olympiacos legends added a three-point play as the margin grew to 12-5. Osman kept Efes close with an assist to Brown and a tip-in of his own miss. Bryant Dunston was forced to the bench after fouling Nikola Milutinov twice within 6 seconds. Heurtel heated up with 2 assists and a pair of baskets for the visitors, but Spanoulis split free throws to make it 25-21 after 10 minutes. After a Honeycutt triple, Alex Kirk put Efes ahead 25-26 with free throws. Heurtel netted a fast break layup to tie it at 31-31 midway through the quarter. Dunston got on a roll with a dunk-and-foul followed by a spectacular dunk on defense, but Patric Young soon put the hosts on top with a basket-plus-foul and sent Dunston to the bench with 3 fouls. Osman scored twice as Efes took a 37-41 advantage into halftime.The crowd came alive as Olympiacos started the second half with a Spanoulis-to-Birch alley-oop slam. Vangelis Mantzaris tied the game with a tied the game with a mid-range jumper and – after Dunston took a seat with 4 fouls – Birch’s put-back slam gave the hosts the lead, 43-41. A steal and slam by Papanikolaou gave the Reds a 9-0 start to the half and resulted in an Efes timeout. Brown stopped the bleeding for the visitors and Efes got back to within 1 twice. Milutinov free throws put Olympiacos up 54-47, but back-to-back threes by Brandon Paul quickly erased most of the deficit. After a timeout, Ioannis Papapetrou nailed an off-balance three and Spanoulis added free throws to restore Olympiacos control. Another Papapetrou triple gave the Reds a commanding 62-53 advantage. Thomas responded with a three and Granger buried a jumper for Efes, which closed to 63-58 through three quarters. Granger made it a one-possession game with a long jumper to start the fourth quarter, but another Papapetrou jumper boosted the Olympiacos cushion to 68-62. Dunston fouled out with 6:47 – and was then assessed a technical foul. A second-chance basket by Milutinov made it a 9-point game again. Efes continued to fight and got within 76-72 on Heurtel free throws. After the Reds veterans, Printezis and Spanoulis, hit free throws to keep Olympiacos comfortable ahead, a Printezis triple blew the roof off the building at 83-74 with 1:44 remaining. Papanikolaou added a layup to give the hosts their first double-digit lead and set up a party in Piraeus as the Reds coasted to victory.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Samsung continues its Galaxy A-series expansion as it announced the Galaxy A60 and A40s smartphones in China on Wednesday, the same day it launched the Galaxy A70 in India. The Galaxy A60 is a brand new smartphone that slots in between the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70. The Galaxy A40s seems to be a rebranded Galaxy M30 for the Chinese market. Both the phones highlight triple cameras and large batteries, among other things.The Galaxy A60 is priced at CNY 1,999 (approx Rs 20,700) in China for the 6GB + 128GB memory and storage configuration. The Galaxy A40 will cost CNY 1,499 (approx Rs 15,500) and will be offered with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is no word on when the devices will go on sale in China.Galaxy A60 specificationsThe Galaxy A60 is the second Galaxy A phone after the Galaxy A8s to offer an Infinity-O punch-hole display. The hole in the display houses a selfie camera while allowing for a screen-to-body ratio of around 92 per cent. The Galaxy A60 sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity-O FHD+ LCD display.A Snapdragon 675 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM powers the Galaxy A60. The phone comes with 128GB of internal storage which is expandable via a microSD card. The triple camera setup includes a 32MP primary camera, 8MP ultra wide-angle camera and 5MP depth camera. The phone also gets a 32MP front-facing camera that sits in the display hole.The Galaxy A60 houses a 3,500mAh battery that charges over a USB Type-C port. It also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which is interesting to see considering the Galaxy A50 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.advertisementGalaxy A40s specificationsThe Galaxy A40s is a rebranded Galaxy M30 in China, at least as per the render posted on Weibo. The specs are also identical to the Galaxy M30 as the Galaxy A40s gets a similar 6.4-inch Super AMOLED FHD+ Infinity-U display, an Exynos 7904 chipset and a 5,000mAh battery. The Galaxy A40s is a rebranded Galaxy M30 for the Chinese market.The chipset is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Galaxy A40s supports up to 15W fast charging. The triple camera system includes a 13MP primary camera, 5MP ultra wide-angle camera and 5MP depth camera.There is no word yet on when the Galaxy A60 will come to India. Samsung launched the Galaxy A70 on Wednesday with a price tag of Rs 28,990. The Galaxy A60 will likely fall somewhere between the Galaxy A70 and the Rs 20,000 Galaxy A50. Samsung is also planning to bring the Galaxy A80 to India in May, although an exact date is yet to be confirmed.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A70 launched in India with 6.7-inch display, Snapdragon 675: Price in India, release date
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Professor Pinnock was speaking at a leadership development webinar focusing on the Blue Ocean Strategy, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on Monday (January 7). “We can use the blue ocean shift as a real tool. What we need is not principals who were first-class teachers; we need chief executive officers (CEOs) to run our schools,” he said. President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, is encouraging heads of educational institutions to employ the Blue Ocean Strategy as a transformational tool. Story Highlights President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, is encouraging heads of educational institutions to employ the Blue Ocean Strategy as a transformational tool.“We can use the blue ocean shift as a real tool. What we need is not principals who were first-class teachers; we need chief executive officers (CEOs) to run our schools,” he said.Professor Pinnock was speaking at a leadership development webinar focusing on the Blue Ocean Strategy, at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on Monday (January 7).The Blue Ocean Strategy is a management and leadership paradigm that is based on the idea that every enterprise can achieve higher profit by creating new demand in non-competitive markets.The idea is that instead of struggling to survive in the shark-infested “Red Oceans” of vicious competition, entities should move to the “Blue Oceans” where there is little or no competition.Professor Pinnock noted that this strategy has been practised at the CMU over the last 12 years, through the utilisation of transformational teaching and learning to meet industry needs.“We go from industry to classroom as opposed to classroom to industry. As a result, we enjoy the highest placement of graduates in jobs within six months after completion, of which 89 per cent find their way into productive employment,” he said.Professor Pinnock said utilisation of the Blue Economy Strategy has also resulted in student enrolment moving from 289 to 6,000, the staff complement growing from 38 to over 900, and revenue increasing by 6,479 per cent in 10 years.In addition, the CMU moved from offering 14 programmes to now boasting more than 400 programmes.During the event, Professor Pinnock also participated in a panel discussion involving individuals who would have used the Blue Ocean Strategy in their own spaces. The other panelists werePrincipal of the UWI, Professor Dale Webber; President of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr. Lincoln Edwards; Executive Dean, Caribbean School of Medical Sciences, Jamaica, Dr. Neville Graham; Labour Market Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Fernando Yitzack Pavon; and Chief Executive Officer of the Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood.The webinar, held under the theme, ‘Achieving Sustained Organisational Success: the Blue Ocean Perspective’, was streamed live on platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and targeted the more than 1,000 principals and 26,000 teachers within the education system.It was hosted by the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), in partnership with the CMU.
World Maritime News StaffRelated:Hyundai Samho to Build LNG-Powered Bulker Pair for H-LineHyundai Samho Bags Order for Crude Carrier Pair Hyundai Samho recorded sales of KRW 1.6 trillion in H1 2019, a decrease of 35 percent from the corresponding period last year. However, the shipbuilding unit has seen its operating profit rise, according to Yonhap. zoomIllustration. Source: Flickr – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Jasmine Halki South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries, part of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), has received orders for the construction of five vessels.The orders include two liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers and three petrochemical carriers, Hyundai Samho said in separate stock exchange filings on August 26.The first contract, worth KRW 197.3 billion (USD 162.6 million), has been awarded by an undisclosed Asian shipowner. The 90,000 cbm petrochemical LPG pair is expected to be delivered by November 8, 2021.The second order, which amounts to KRW 210.5 billion (USD 173.5 million), was placed by another unnamed Asian shipowner. The three 115,000 dwt PC vessels are scheduled for delivery by September 9, 2021.
Speaking about implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), the High Commissioner said she was very pleased about the establishment of a commission to look into war-time disappearances.The President and the High Commissioner also spoke about reports that depicted Sri Lanka as a country of religious intolerance, with Pillay saying she was surprised since Sri Lanka is generally known to have a culture of tolerance, the President’s office added. President Rajapaksa however said that these have been isolated incidents and that the majority of Sri Lankans continue to coexist peacefully in all parts of the island. “This is a visit long overdue, but I felt that it’s much better that I come so that I’ll be in a position to report on the very many achievements that have been made,” Pillay said. “Firstly, it was very very visible to me in the North how much you have invested in reconstruction.” President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay that some incidents raised by her are “isolated incidents” and that the majority of Sri Lankans continue to coexist peacefully in all parts of the island.President Rajapaksa also told Pillay that there is a belief among many Sri Lankans that the United Nations is biased in the way it deals with countries, and he said he urged those who voiced these concerns to him not to prejudge the report Pillay is due to issue on Sri Lanka next month. Pillay also said there has been “good cooperation” between her office and the Sri Lankan government in facilitating her visit and that she had received comprehensive briefings at all her meetings. (Colombo Gazette) The President’s office said that Pillay, at her meeting with President Rajapaksa at Temple Trees this afternoon, acknowledged the post-war progress that has been made in Sri Lanka.
Kids with late birthdays can wait a year for kindergarten if neededJohn McNamara, a Child and Youth Studies professor at Brock, shares his personal experience and professional insight in The Globe and Mail about whether parents should keep their child back a year in school due to a late birthday.Grant awarded to study workplace ergonomicsCanada Research Chair and Kinesiology professor Michael Holmes is making work a safer place through his research on how people use their muscles on the job. The Canada Foundation for Innovation recently awarded Holmes a $100,000 grant for his study: Remi Network Brock men net bronze medalAfter an outstanding athletics season, the Brock men’s basketball team earned the bronze medal at the Ontario University Athletics championships in Ottawa last weekend, defeating the No. 3 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees: St. Catharines Standard
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Fitzpatrick pointed out that before antibiotics were available, common injuries such as cuts and scratches that became infected could result in death or serious illness but that they should still be used only when approproiate.Here’s what the HSE recommends:Antibiotics don’t work for colds or flu – If you have a cold or flu – read the patient information leaflet for advice on how to help yourself get better and ask your doctor for advice if you are concerned.Antibiotics should be taken exactly as prescribed – at the right time for the right duration.Always finish an antibiotic course – even if you feel a lot better. This is to ensure that all the bacteria are killed completely and that no survivors are left that could multiply and develop resistance.Common infectionsPresident of the Irish College of General Prectitioners, Dr Seamus Cryan said that both GPs and patients need to be constantly reminded that antibiotics should only be used appropriately as most common infections are viral and treatable with rest and fluids.As part of the current information campaign, information leaflets and posters are being circulated to all GPs and Pharmacies nationwide, explaining how antibiotics work and that they don’t help to fight colds and flu. It outlines how people can relieve the symptoms of colds and flu with rest, fluids and over-the-counter remedies. Radio advertising nationwide supports the campaign during the coming weeks and later on during the winter.Read: Resistance crisis looms as antibiotics ‘handed out like cough sweets’>Read: Infant antibiotic use may have implications for allergies, asthma and obesity – study> LEADING CLINICIANS HAVE warned that the misuse of antibiotics in Ireland threatens to undermine the progress that has been made in medicine over recent years and makes patients less likely to respond to treatment.Launching a campaign today, Dr Fidelma Fitzpatrick, Consultant Microbiologist and HSE/RCPI Clinical Lead said the casual attitude to antibiotics is damaging their effectiveness. She also said we are seeing an alarming global rise in ‘superbugs’, such as drug-resistant bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis, MRSA and E coli.“Taking antibiotics when they aren’t needed means that they might not work when you really need them for a serious infection,” she said.The evidence is very clear – overuse and misuse of antibiotics has allowed bacteria to develop resistance and they are becoming immune to the drugs we use to defend ourselves against them.
Better coaches, basic skills, 7s, more Exiles – the IRFU’s plans for development The union’s performance director, David Nucifora, explains the latest goings-on in the development pathway. 24 Comments By Murray Kinsella Share45 Tweet Email3 http://the42.ie/3059889 21,176 Views Former Leinster and Munster lock Trevor Hogan is one of the PTCs. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“Part of what we’re trying to do with this talent squad is to be able to look at the obvious, but then look at the less obvious. Let’s look at the players that may not have the opportunities that some other young players might have had put in front of them.“I know there are plenty of good young players out there that, because they haven’t had access to coaching and to all the other services to develop a player, they’ve got just as much talent but we have to invest in them a bit more.”The IRFU is hopeful that plans for sevens rugby competitions in non-traditional rugby schools will produce more players for their PTCs to assess, with the shortened form of the game potentially bringing a new range of athletes into the game.The movement in this area is still a little way off where Nucifora hopes it to be eventually, although the Aviva Stadium did host an U18 girls sevens tournament, the GX7s, back in April, with 16 teams from secondary schools across the country taking part.“That will expand into the boys and we have a plan to be able to grow that down further in the age groups to U15, U16 levels and have that throughout our schools system,” says Nucifora. “That’s aimed not necessarily at schools that are the major rugby-playing schools now.“If they want to compete, that would be great, but it’s an avenue to get into schools that predominantly don’t play rugby now – that’s a huge opportunity for us to be able to break in with the games of sevens.”“There are a lot of good athletes playing the Gaelic sports in this country who could be rugby players, but they need to have an avenue to access the game. The beauty of rugby can sometimes be its own enemy as well – it’s a complex game.“That’s why people enjoy it, but it can be a bit daunting for people to start playing, especially if they’re a little further down the track age-wise.”Sevens is a key component of Nucifora’s strategy of increasing Irish rugby’s focus on the basis skills of the game too.The Australian cites the presentation by IRFU director of sevens rugby Anthony Eddy at last month’s seminar in the Aviva Stadium, during which the Australian provided an interesting case study on how sevens rugby truly tests the core skills. Ireland’s men’s and women’s sevens teams missed out on the Olympics. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe analysis compared the number of involvements an U18 player had that drew on the core skills of the game during a 15-a-side inter-provincial U18 tie, and in a sevens game at the Rugby Europe U18 Sevens Championship, which Ireland won.The number of times the player’s core skills were involved “was significantly greater in the game of sevens than it was in the game of 15s.”“That can’t be ignored as a way of developing our players and that’s what the players who are having a go at sevens are finding,” says Nucifora.“They’re getting exposed more often to the decision-making and execution of the core skills of the game by playing sevens. It’s just improving them as footballers.”Eager to grow the depth of Ireland’s playing pool in every way possible, Nucifora and the IRFU have also made moves to build on the job being done by the Exiles in the United Kingdom.Former Ireland Schools coach Wayne Mitchell has been doing excellent work in his role as the Exiles’ talent identification officer alongside development manager Mark Blair, but Nucifora believes that even more can be done in this channel.“We think that it has untapped potential, just the pure numbers and volume of Irish-eligibile people that are in that area in the UK. It’s enormous.“We’re looking at talent development programmes that can aid us and in there even the way we work it – we have a number of Exiles players that are identified that might come and spend a summer in the provinces,” says Nucifora.“There are other players that are eligible that may already be in other systems in the UK – in academies, etc. – that are Irish-eligible but don’t really see a pathway for themselves. If we can identify with those players and they have the ambition and desire to play for Ireland, we need to be able to offer them a development pathway.“For some of them, it may be to stay in the UK a bit longer, for others it may be an immediate opportunity to come and join one of our teams over here.“I just think there’s huge scope to be able to develop that and Wayne and others have done a great job to get it to another level. But we’ve got ambition to take it to another level again.” The Exiles system produced Kieran Marmion. Source: Colm O’Neill/INPHONucifora is hesitant to say that the quality of player coming into Ireland’s four provincial academies hasn’t been good enough in the past, but he is open about the IRFU’s desire to ensure that young players are progressing earlier than before.One measure has been to scrap the U20 inter-provincials, with this season instead seeing the first series of U20/Development games, whereby the U20 players have been mixed into teams with academy, development and senior provincial players.It has been an unpopular measure in some quarters, so it’s worth asking Nucifora why the IRFU went down this route.“That really came out of our academy managers; they felt it was a better way of trying to develop the talent. They felt that if we had the best of our U20s and the best of the players who are, I suppose you could call them the ‘back-end’ of the pro squad and academies playing together, it would lift the standard of those games.“That’s what we were looking for; we were looking for the quality of the games.“As opposed to focusing on the competition as an U20 competition, we were more wanting to achieve the higher standard, higher quality of game so that the players who are in there and participating are getting more out of it, as opposed to the standard of the game maybe being lower if we just restricted it to one age bracket.”There has been some friction around the shift, but Nucifora understands that encountering disagreement is part of his job – whether it is based around Ruan Pienaar or as aspect of the development pathway.Having previously worked with the Blues in New Zealand, Nucifora understands that one of the strengths of the Kiwis’ rugby system is that everything is designed and nurtured with the All Blacks as the clear priority number one.It has been clear since Nucifora arrived in 2014 that his desire is to see Ireland viewed in that light here too.“I think we’ve made great improvements in that area,” says Nucifora. “I’ve worked in the New Zealand system and you’re left in no doubt as to what’s the most important thing. You buy into it. Nucifora, Schmidt and Andy Farrell at an Ulster game. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“I think we’ve made good strides here in recent times and the relationship that we have between the national coaches and provincial coaches is really good. We’ve got a great set of provincial coaches out there at the moment and they buy into it.“It doesn’t mean that at times there’s not some friction, because it’s just the nature of what we do, but I think they genuinely do buy into it and that’s terrific because our resource is the player and we’ve got to be maximising the development of the player.“To do that we’ve got to work together and that’s what the New Zealand system does really well and the players benefit from that, and I think that we do likewise.“I think we’ve just got to keep that in mind in the development pathway – that it’s about the player, it’s about having a system that allows the player to be the best he can be.”The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! Short URL EARLY LAST MONTH, Joe Schmidt and his Ireland coaching team presented at a seminar in the Aviva Stadium, with around 100 schools and clubs coaches from around the country in attendance.The core skills of the game were the focus of the seminar, with Andy Farrell presenting on the tackle, Richie Murphy on passing, Simon Easterby on continuity, and Greg Feek on the breakdown. Schmidt presented at the Aviva Stadium last month. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOSchmidt himself spoke about ’connecting the core skills to the game,’ before Anthony Eddy presented on sevens and Jason Cowman gave insight into managing players’ training and playing loads.A stellar cast, and this seminar was a strong sign of the way the IRFU is hoping to move its development pathways under performance director David Nucifora.Nucifora has repeatedly stated that Irish rugby must focus intently on producing as high a quality of homegrown player as is possible.Produce better coaches and better players will follow.“We feel that if we can invest in the coaches who are working at that level, there’s multiple upsides for us,” says Nucifora when we sit down at the Aviva Stadium. ”One, we’re educating and sharing and they see we’re investing in them.“They have access to the elite young players that we’re dealing with, so we need to be educating them, because they’re the ones that have the most hands-on time with these players.“The other benefit is that not only are they just dealing with the players we have a distinct interest in, there’s a broader group of players within their school or club that will feel the benefit of improved coaching standards.”The feedback from last month’s seminar has been good, with Nucifora particularly encouraged to see several of the attendees getting in contact looking for further learning opportunities.Clearly, the thirst is there among these rugby educators who play such an important role in the game. It could even be argued that the clubs and schools coaches are more important than those in the professional game.Nucifora stresses that grassroots Irish coaches have been doing good work for years, but he sees scope for a refined focus on what is being coached and how it’s being done. Nucifora [left] is driving the IRFU’s refreshed development pathway plans. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOWorld-class coaching of the basic skills of the game is at the heart of the plan.“I think it’s about just getting their focus firmly on ‘What is player development? What is skill development?’ That’s what the day was all about.“The [Ireland] coaches each spent time on explaining in their own areas what they do and what they focus on right up to the national team level on developing the core skills of the game.“That’s what we wanted to try and get these coaches who coach at that level to understand – it’s that by investing in the individual and investing in the skill development, that is going to pay huge dividends for the player going forward.“I think that at times, we can still be a little too team-orientated and worry about outcomes, whereas if we actually invested in developing the skill level of the players, those other things will follow.“I suppose it’s just trying to recalibrate the thinking of our coaches at that level as to what is really important and how they’re going to make the biggest impact on the players.”Nucifora says the provincial coaches at Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster also have a role to play in this reshaping by setting an example, and he points to the excellent skills-focused work being done by Pat Lam and his coaches out west as “paying dividends.”Richie Murphy is the IRFU’s national skills coach, as well as working with the Ireland team alongside Schmidt, and his role involves putting an aligned and accessible skills programme in place around the country.Everyone on the same page, helping to produce players who are highly skilled at the basics of rugby.“There are no secrets in the game,” says Nucifora. “The core elements of the game are what they are – you need to be able to catch, pass, run, retain possession, all of those things.“We’re focusing on those and getting that sort of alignment right from our pro teams, certainly our national team, down through our pro teams, down through our academies, down through the provincial talent squads. Richie Murphy is the national skills coach. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“I think it will have a significant influence on the development of Irish rugby players.”Mention of the provincial talent squads is extremely pertinent, as the young men now forming these groups from the ages of 15 and 16 should benefit from improved coaching standards.Part of the IRFU’s strategy to improve the quality of player streaming into the academies was to appoint a provincial talent coach [PTC] in each of the four provinces this year – Trevor Hogan in Leinster, Mark Butler in Munster, Colm Tucker in Connacht and Michael Black in Ulster.The PTCs now help to identify and then manage the most promising rugby talent in the country through the pathway from a younger age, hopefully producing a more advanced player for the academies than has been the case.The new strategy has been unfolding in recent months, with Nucifora confirming that the talent squads – consisting of around 20 or 25 players – have been formed and are already at the beginning of what he hopes will be a successful pathway.The IRFU has “pumped a lot of money” into getting more from existing staff in the academies to aid these new talent groups, while additional bodies have been added in the fields of physiotherapy, medical, nutrition and strength and conditioning.While the PTCs will continue to scour the traditional schools and clubs games in order to identify the best talent, they will also be tasked with broadening the IRFU’s net and taking a fresh mindset to actually understanding what talent is.“We’ve got to make sure we’re working as hard as we can to get the best available players into academies,” says Nucifora. ”We’ve got to constantly be able to review and question our own systems of identification. Are we missing anything? We’ve got to keep asking ourselves the question.“The work that the talent coaches have been tasked with doing is to be able to get out there and not only be able to look at the obvious talent but look at the less obvious talent.”Nucifora also underlines that the IRFU can’t simply take a one-size-fits-all approach with their development of young talent. Sometimes, patience will be required.“If you see talent in someone, some of them do actually take longer to develop and build on their experience. Some players have at their disposal, or have had at their disposal, better coaching and better facilities to be able to develop quicker as a rugby player. Friday 4 Nov 2016, 3:00 PM Add us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 4th 2016, 3:00 PM ‘If I look back on that 10 months, it was a breath of fresh air for my coaching’21-year-old Irish tighthead Jager joins Crusaders for 2017 Super Rugby
Mar 23rd 2017, 6:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share179 Tweet Email1 185 Views By Neale Richmond Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 6:20 AM http://jrnl.ie/3300634 Neale Richmond Senator and Chairman of the Seanad Brexit Committee SINCE 2013, WHEN then Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he intended to hold a referendum to ask the British people whether they should remain in the EU, Ireland has discussed at length the possible negative implications of Brexit.We are well-informed as to the problems; now is the time to focus on solutions.The Government has identified the impact on the economy, Northern Ireland and preserving the common travel area as its priorities in the negotiations.The Seanad Special Select CommitteeThe Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union is a newly established Seanad committee, tasked with finding possible solutions to the challenges Brexit poses, in order to produce a report that will better inform negotiations.In terms of membership, the Committee represents a wide spectrum of senators, all with differing opinions and experiences, but we are wholly united in our goal of contributing to trying to make Brexit as positive as possible for Ireland.The varied areas of expertise from which our members are drawn will facilitate a more considered debate of the possible solutions to the uncertainty and challenges Brexit brings.Constructive, positive input from the Seanad can and will now play an important role in laying the groundwork for a solutions-based approach to the negotiations.Focusing on solutions not problemsAs Chairman of the Seanad Special Select Committee, I will ensure that we will not spend our months analysing the problems Brexit poses.Valuable work has already been done by numerous Joint Oireachtas Committees, who continue to produce reports on the potential impact that Brexit could have on jobs, trade, exports, investment, travel and the movement of people.My Committee will now set about building on that work by holding a series of hearings that will specifically focus on the solutions to the many problems identified. To do this, we will invite experts and leading Brexit campaigners to come before the Committee.The chairs of those Oireachtas Committees that have produced sectoral reports on Brexit will be invited to address the Seanad in plenary session, in order to facilitate substantial engagement on the recommendations contained within those reports.The Seanad Special Select Committee will use the reports’ recommendations as the starting point for our work, taking an all-encompassing view of the sectoral issues. Our task is not to analyse once again the challenges posed by Brexit; the writing is on the wall and the UK will soon exit the EU. Our job is to find constructive potential solutions to the problems and work to safeguard Ireland’s strategic interests.TimeframeOur Committee will produce a report by the end of June 2017, which will form part of the overall negotiation strategy.This report will be sent to all government departments, all member state governments, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Council.In February of this year, I was part of a cross-party delegation that travelled to Brussels for talks with EU Chief Negotiator on Brexit, Michel Barnier.The report published by the Committee in June will be in response to a direct request for solutions from Mr Barnier and it is the Committee’s hope that the report will further inform negotiations.Mitigating risks while looking for positivesAs the UK withdraws from the EU, economic opportunities will arise and Ireland must aggressively pursue those opportunities, so while we remain mindful of the risks Brexit poses and will continue to work to mitigate those risks, we also have to look for positives.In particular, we now need to look further East, beyond our traditional Anglo-Saxon markets, and assess the possibilities for Irish exports in the Asian markets and indeed, in other member states.Ireland’s future is tied to Europe, but our relationship with the UK will always be vital. Ireland has an economic, historical, political, social and cultural relationship with the UK unlike any other member state of the EU; a relationship which literally spans centuries.The Irish and UK economies are highly inter-dependent, notwithstanding our common access to the wider European single market. The peace process will undoubtedly be impacted by the UK departure; and the sizeable Irish community in the UK also have concerns about their status once the UK leaves the Union.For these reasons and others, it is vital that we now stop analysing the many challenges Brexit brings and focus instead on what our future relationship with the European Union is going to look like, as well as how we can mitigate the negative effects of the UK departure on the peoples of Ireland and Northern Ireland.Neale Richmond is a Fine Gael Senator and Chairman of the Seanad Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU. The Committee will hold its first meeting today at 11am in the Seanad chamber.‘After hours of questioning by “experts”, Theresa was left traumatised and had to make her own way home’>Opinion: ‘McGuinness ended up in a better place, bringing his party, followers and society with him’> As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 18 Comments ‘As the UK withdraws economic opportunities will arise. Ireland must aggressively pursue them’ As Chairman of the Seanad Special Select Committee, I will ensure that we will not spend our time analysing the problems Brexit poses, writes Neale Richmond.
Australie : réintroduire des prédateurs locaux pour sauver les écosystèmesPubliée dans la revue Trends in Ecology and Evolution, une étude réalisée par une équipe internationale évoque les risques et les bénéfices d’une réintroduction des dingos et des diables de Tasmanie à certains endroits pour redynamiser les écosystèmes australiens.Changement climatique, espèces invasives, transmission de maladies… : ce sont quelques-unes des menaces qui pèsent sur nombre de biotopes d’Australie, de plus en plus fragilisés. Pour les restaurer et les fortifier, des chercheurs suggèrent d’y réintroduire les prédateurs du haut de la chaîne alimentaire qui en avaient disparu, tels que les dingos et les diables de Tasmanie.”Je reconnais que c’est une solution assez radicale et il y a des effets négatifs qui doivent être abordés, mais nous croyons que c’est quelque chose dont les gestionnaires des terres doivent tenir compte : parfois, les situations désespérées ont besoin de mesures audacieuses”, explique le Dr Euan Ritchie, de l’Université Deakin (Australie), auteur principal de l’étude cité par Sci-news.”Les écosystèmes australiens sont devenus fragiles, dégradés, avec une faible capacité à répondre aux défis, principalement en raison de la perte d’espèces indigènes avec les fonctions qu’elles occupaient, de la perte de biodiversité, de l’invasion d’organismes nuisibles et des changements consécutifs sur l’habitat”, poursuit le chercheur.De multiples menaces À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Dans les seuls tropiques australiens, plus de 20 espèces indigènes de mammifères pourraient être menacés d’extinction au cours des prochaines décennies, en raison d’utilisation de feux inappropriée, du pâturage du bétail et de la prédation par les chats ensauvagés”, précise t-il encore. Mais ce ne sont pas les seuls menaces évoquées puisque l’introduction récente du renard roux en Tasmanie et le déclin du prédateur indigène – le diable de Tasmanie – risquent également de provoquer l’extinction de nombreuses espèces autrefois abondantes sur le continent australien et la Tasmanie.Au vu d’une telle situation, les chercheurs soulignent l’importance d’agir. “Nous soutenons que cette grave situation justifie d’envisager sérieusement des programmes de gestion des grands prédateurs, dans lesquels ceux-ci seraient réintroduits ou autorisés à recoloniser les habitats où ils se trouvaient jadis”, conclut ainsi le Dr Ritchie.Le 1 avril 2012 à 10:57 • Maxime Lambert
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