Five of rugby’s biggest borefests

first_imgAfter fans and viewers slept through a turgid 80 minutes in Melbourne between Australia and France – which a produced a pitiful six points – we delve into to history books to bring you five more shockers Sometimes the scoreboard doesn’t tell the whole story and sometimes it does, and it was sure telling the truth on this occasion. There was a nasty wind throughout, what used to be called the “Twickenham Twirl”, but the pointless encounter emphasised the generally sterile style of British rugby in the early 1960s. Wales were the dominant side but full-back Kel Coslett missed five attempts at goal on his debut while fly-half Alan Rees (also winning his fist cap) was wide with four drop goals. Having moved the Twickenham crowd to tears, the pair did the decent thing and moved to rugby league later that year. So much for Aussie innovation and French flair. Last weekend’s second Test in Melbourne was one of the biggest borefests in modern memory. A scoreless first half followed by a similarly dire second period, although at least the Wallabies did manage to land a couple of penalties. By the final whistle most of the 27,000 crowd were either asleep or in tears, trying to remember the last time Test rugby had been treated to such a tedious spectacle. Let us help. Here are five more matches that are best forgotten.We are not amused: Warren Gatland watches on as Wales and Scotland rack up a record 28 of penaltiesScotland 18 Wales 28, 2013Referee Craig Joubert was largely to blame for this bore of a match that broke the record for the number of kickable penalties awarded in an international. The South African whistle-blower gave 28 penalties – 16 against Scotland and 12 against the visitors – and 18 of them were within kicking distance of the posts. Greg Laidlaw landed six of his eight attempts while Leigh Halfpenny potted seven from ten and also converted Richard Hibbard’s try. The set-piece was similarly stultifying with only three completed scrums in 80 minutes. “We tried to do what the referee wanted but every time we did something else would happen,” complained Scotland hooker Ross Ford.Australia 142 Namibia 0, 2003This World Cup group match was so one-sided the Adelaide crowd lost interest long before the final whistle. Chris Latham scored the Wallabies’ first try after just two minutes and there were 21 more in the remaining 78 minutes. Latham (who finished with five tries) Lote Tuqiri and Matt Giteau all scored hat-tricks against an understrength Namibian side whose leading players were being rested for the game against Romania five days later. The result was the biggest winning margin in World Cup history but the torrent of tries did the sport no favours.Dejected: The Namibian players were on the end of a142-0 drubbing that was little fun to watchScotland 6 England 9, 1988 Please make it end: The Wallaby management look bored watching the 6-0 win over France center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It wasn’t just the players’ pride that got dented as a result of this colourless Calcutta Cup encounter. Late on Saturday night England’s Dean Richards and Scotland’s John Jeffrey took the famous old trophy on a tour of Edinburgh pubs, returning a few hours later with something that looked more like a shield than a cup. As for the game itself, it was in the words of one Scottish newspaper “a snoozathon” with all the points coming from penalties. “England killed the ball at every opportunity,” muttered Scotland captain Gary Callender. “ They didn’t seem to mind just moving from one scrum to the next.”Forward battle: The 1988 Calcutta Cup was a game with few positivesScotland 0, Wales 6, 1963The brutal winter of 1963 was known as the ‘Big Freeze’ but that was still no excuse for the numbing display of rugby served up between Scotland and Wales in that year’s Five Nations. Wales’ Clive Rowlands was the ringmaster of boredom, the scrum-half kicking for touch continuously in a game that contained 111 line-outs. Admittedly, Rowlands did land a sweet drop goal but that was the only highlight of a game which the Daily Telegraph labelled “the ultimate in non-handling rugby”.England 0 Wales 0, 1962last_img read more

Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media

first_img Reporters Without Borders today said it shared the outrage of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Arabiya, which issued a statement yesterday condemning an Israeli decision to ban one of its correspondents, British journalist Bassem El-Jamal, from entering the Palestinian Territories. The ban is the latest in a long series of press freedom violations by the Israeli army against the Arab media.“We call on the Israeli authorities to immediately lift the ban on Bassem El-Jamal, for which there are absolutely no grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said, adding that it was vital for journalists to be able to freely cover the run-up to the Palestinian legislative elections on 25 January without fear of being arrested, roughed up or expelled by the Israeli army.Jamal has been denied access to the Palestinian Territories three times in 2005. The Israeli authorities cited “security reasons” for excluding him on two attempts to enter the West Bank on 25 and 27 April. His “contacts with hostile groups” was the excuse given on his most recent attempt, in mid-December.Jamal has produced many programmes about the Israeli separation barrier. They have always been controversial in Israel and have been even more so since he interviewed members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.Discrimination against Arab journalistsWhile Israel respects freedom in its own territory, the same is not the case in the Palestinian Territories, where the Israeli security forces pursue a discriminatory police towards Arab journalists.Awad Rajoub, a Palestinian journalist who works for the satellite TV station Al-Jazeera’s website, has been held without trial since he was arrested at his home in Doura on 30 November. The Israeli army maintains that his arrest had nothing to do with the fact that he is a journalist.Nabil Al-Mazzawi, who is an Al-Jazeera cameraman in the West Bank, was beaten and arrested by Israeli soldiers on 4 November while filming a demonstration against the Israeli separation barrier, and was held for several hours.Majdi al-Arabid, a cameraman with Israel’s Channel 10, received two shots to the stomach and one to the leg while filming an incursion by Israeli soldiers in Beit Hanoun, north of Gaza City, on 2 January.Houda Ibrahim, a French journalist working for radio RMC Moyen-Orient, was turned back when she tried to enter the West Bank from Jordan on 3 July. She was previously expelled from Israel in April 2002 after interviewing Yasser Arafat.Some 10 journalists, nearly all of them Israeli Arabs, have been summoned by the Israeli internal security agency Shabak in the past two months for questioning about their work and their political affiliations. They were reportedly suspected of links with Hezbollah. May 28, 2021 Find out more IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Organisation to go further News Reporters Without Borders today said it shared the outrage of the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Arabiya, which issued a statement yesterday condemning an Israeli decision to ban one of its correspondents, British journalist Bassem El-Jamal, from entering the Palestinian Territories. The ban is the latest in a long series of press freedom violations by the Israeli army against the Arab media. Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts May 16, 2021 Find out more RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Israel WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News News December 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al Arabiya journalist barred in latest case of discrimination against Arab media June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

California announces moratorium on death penalty, halting more than 700 executions

first_imgtxking/iStock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday, halting more than 700 executions in the state.The executive order grants a reprieve to 737 inmates on the country’s largest death row and halts the use of the death penalty in the state, according to the governor’s office.“I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,” Newsom said in prepared remarks on Wednesday. “In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”The move is especially controversial considering that California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have repealed the death penalty in 2016.Newsom, who signaled that he wanted to move on the issue when he first took office, cited high costs, racial inequities and lack of deterrent as key reasons behind the decision.“It has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation,” Newsom said. “It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent.“But most of all, the death penalty is absolute. Irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error,” he added, noting that the state had spent $5 billion since 1978 to keep inmates on death row.Newsom, a Democrat, said he is not issuing commutations for the convicted. California’s last execution was in 2006, under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.The executive order will also close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, which has never been used, and withdraws California’s lethal injection protocol.Sharon Sellitto, a victim’s advocate whose brother, Paul Cosner, is believed by authorities to be a murder victim of serial killers Charles Ng and Leonard Lake, told ABC she is “heartbroken” by the governor’s decision.“He’s not the judge, not the jury and was not at the trial,” Sellitto told ABC News in a phone interview Tuesday evening. “He should be concerned with the victims, not the perpetrators.”Sellitto said she received a phone call Tuesday night from the Department of Corrections Office of Victims Survivors Rights and Services giving her a heads-up about the governor’s announcement and providing her with a contact in his office if she wished to speak to anyone further about his decision.“Awful, just awful,” she said. “Nobody should use the word ‘justice’ in my presence again.”Mike Semanchik, managing attorney for the California Innocence Project — which works to exonerate inmates on death row — cheered the move.“Conservative estimates suggest 4 percent of people on death row are innocent. That conservative estimate means 29 of the 737 people are awaiting execution for a crime they did not commit,” Semanchik tweeted Wednesday. “Thank you, Gavin Newsom, for eliminating the risk of executing the innocent!”“It has been my dream for many years that we would end the human rights violation known as the death penalty in California,” Justin Brooks, director of the California Innocence Project and a professor at California Western School of Law, said. “It is certain that as long as there is the death penalty there is the risk of executing innocent people. I am proud of our new Governor for taking this bold step.”Kim Kardashian West, who has championed criminal justice reform and successfully lobbied President Donald Trump to commute a Tennessee woman’s life sentence, said she was “very supportive” of the governor’s decision.Criminal justice experts said Newsom’s decision will most likely be challenged in court.The Association of Deputy District Attorneys, which represents about 1,000 deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County, called the decision “hasty and ill-considered.”“The voters of the State of California support the death penalty,” Association President Michele Hanisee said in a statement Tuesday amid rumors about the governor’s decision. “Governor Newsom, who supported the failed initiative to end the death penalty in 2006, is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nussle on MSNBC: CUs are ‘financial first responders’ to pandemic

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle discussed how credit unions are serving Americans affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on MSNBC Live Sunday night with Ali Velshi. Nussle, who served on Congress from 1991 to 2007 and as director of the Office of Management and Budget from 2007 to 2009, discussed a recent Wall Street Journal report that said banks were tightening credit standards as a result of the outbreak.Nussle cited CUNA’s survey of how credit unions are implementing changes to products and services to increase member access to safe and affordable credit.“Ninety-three percent of our credit unions have already made a change, adjustment or making modifications to member loans, and a number of those same credit unions are creatively looking to new ways to extend credit during this tough time, when we just had 3.3 million Americans apply for unemployment benefits,” he said. “We think of ourselves as financial first responders during challenges like this.”last_img read more

Euthanasia cases double in Belgium in just five years

first_imgMailOnline 5 February 2016The number of people to die by euthanasia in Belgium has more than doubled in just five years, new figures have shown.More than 2,000 people died last year under the country’s euthanasia laws, which cover children as well as adults, and which allow people to be killed without giving consent.The rapid increase in the euthanasia total mirrors the rate of euthanasia in neighbouring Holland, where mercy killing laws were brought in in 2002, a year before those in Belgium.The figures provoked fresh warnings in Britain over the risks of any shift of the law here in the same direction.Anti-euthanasia campaigner and former government adviser on terrorism Lord Carlile said: ‘I am shocked by these figures in Belgium. They show a poorly compliant ethical regime which ought to be examined.‘There is a real danger that elderly vulnerable people in particular are having their rights violated.’The newly-released figures show that, from less than 300 in 2003, the year the country’s euthanasia law was introduced, numbers of those who died by euthanasia in Belgium reached 2,021 last year.The level was higher than 2,000 for the first time and more than double the 954 recorded in 2010.The real total of euthanasia deaths may be higher still.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more