England push All Blacks all the way at Eden Park

first_imgIn the end it was a “brave” decision that saw New Zealand beat England in the first match of a three-Test series, writes Alan Dymock in Auckland. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Either way, Burns kicked the goal on an evening where he looked every bit an England goal-kicker. England will be hoping to add tries to that kicking ability next week in Dunedin. With the likes of Owen Farrell, Luther Burrell and Billy Vunipola available for selection but fighting with England’s best performers in the opening Test for a spot, Lancaster should be excited about his side’s prospects.Yet you cannot look to far ahead without studying this game first. It was quick and hard, error strewn and full of big decisions but it was also a game where England were in the hunt for a rare win at Eden Park. If anything, we now know this England team have the ability and the belief to upset the All Blacks. With the game finely poised at 15-all and only minutes remaining, Aaron Cruden shunned the straightforward shot at goal, following a penalty award, and took a tap. His decision to run caught everyone off guard – including his captain and team-mates – but it led to Conrad Smith slithering in at the corner, a moment that ultimately secured a 20-15 win.Stuart Lancaster called it “brave” but conceded that he cannot criticise Cruden when he has gambled and won the game having never held the lead until the death. Steve Hansen was a bit more colourful about the choice his fly-half made.“He was never in jail,” Hansen said when asked, post-match, whether Cruden had gotten his team out of jail. “There were two teams going hammer and tong, hammer and tong. Crudes did something different.”Arguably the something different was that an All Black executed a skill without spilling the ball. In an uncharacteristic performance, the New Zealand side were prone to dropping the ball frequently while England, and in particular Ben Morgan, troubled Kiwi defenders.Upset but impressive: Chris Robshaw looks miffed after England loseEngland’s back-row were the epitome of industry, with James Haskell putting in a muscular showing in the fist half and Chris Robshaw more often than not the first support player when a team-mate made a half break.The problem was that England just couldn’t score. While Marland Yarde and Jonny May were often seen scuttling back to fall on probing grubber kicks, but rarely did they get the ball in too much space in New Zealand’s 22.Kyle Eastmond and Freddie Burns defied the pre-match blethering to show assured international-standard performances. Indeed, while many expected this channel to be where the All Blacks busted through, the only real damage done to the pair was when Burns came off second-best after a collision with Ma’a Nonu. He was later substituted for Danny Cipriani when cramp got the better of him while Eastmond made an breathtaking break in the second half that stunned Conrad Smith who drifted too much for Eastmond to ignore.center_img Nonu himself had a subdued afternoon, with his role reserved more for supply and drifting across to offer defensive help whenever England had quick ball and were looking to throw a pass from Burns in behind a decoy runner and into the mitts of Manu Tuilagi who smashed into 85m with ball in hand, a match high.Debutant Malakai Fekitoa was brought on to try and add some spark in the No 12 channel, while Israel Dagg was hauled off the park on the 55 minute mark. He looked a little confused if not frustrated, but any confusion would have more to do with the fact that Dagg spun from making pitch-churning breaks one minute to dropping straightforward passes the next.This match was still played at the customary lick you would expect from two Test sides, but with balls going down repeatedly there was a real chance for England to lean on the All Blacks’ scrum. David Wilson shone in the set-piece, while also having a poor day around the park.However, if there was an area England fans will look to grumble about it would centre around the performance of referee Nigel Owens, who rightly yellow carded Yarde for killing the ball once pantomime villain Brodie Retallick had lollopped up the park. It was whilst Yarde was off that Smith scored in the corner, and yet there were also times when Owens could have brandished a card – the most notable of which came in the first half when Robshaw went clear, could see the line but knew he wasn’t going to make it and so looked to pass. The problem was that Nonu was pulling Haskell back by the shirt so he couldn’t get onto the pass.Feeling lucky: New Zealand celebrate after doing just enough to winOwens did not show a card and you could argue that such a move could have seen England gain advantage. In truth he could have done so and also let a few questionable knock-on calls go, but Owens did what he always does and backed himself. It’s the thing we all like about him so rather than expect change we may have to chalk today up as a blip. The deciding moment: Conrad Smith touches down to score the only try of the Test last_img read more

Lower Cretaceous inoceramid bivalves from the Antarctic Peninsula region

first_imgThe occurrence of rich faunas of Lower Cretaceous inoceramid bivalves in the Antarctic Peninsula region further emphasizes their widespread distribution, and enhances their potential for regional biostrati-graphic correlations. The Antarctic material is contained in approximately seven of twelve species groups that are recognized on a worldwide scale. Six of these are assigned to the genus Inoceramus and one to Birostrina. The comparatively rare genus, Anopaea, is left undivided.In the Fossil Bluff Formation of Alexander Island, Berriasian representatives of the I. ovatus group (I. cf. ovatus Stanton and I. sp. aff. ellioti Gabb) are succeeded by A. trapezoidalis (Thomson and Willey) which has undifferentiated Berriasian-Aptian affinities. This is in turn followed by an Aptian member of the I. neocomiensis group (I. deltoides sp. nov.) and in the Albian there are occurrences of Anopaea sp. nov. aff. mandibula (Mordvilko), B.? cf. concentrica (Parkinson) (B. concentrica gp.), I. cf. anglicus elongatus Pergament, I. sp. aff. bellvuensis Reeside, I. sp. aff. comancheanus Cragin (all I. anglicus gp.), and I.flemingi sp. nov. (I. liwerowskyae gp.). Aptian-Albian strata on James Ross Island have yielded both I. stoneleyi sp. nov. (I. liwerowskyae gp.) and Anopaea sp. nov. beta. These are followed by the Albian species I. cf. sutherlandi M’Coy and I. carsoni M’Coy (both I. carsoni gp.) and the highest Lower Cretaceous specimens within this sequence have been referred to B. concentrica (Parkinson).Although specimens of I. cf. heteropterus Pokhialainen (I. heteropterus gp.) and I. annenhovensis sp. nov. (unclassified) from Annenkov Island are of probable Hauterivian-Barremian age, it is noticeable that there is a marked lack of Valanginian-Barremian inoceramids in the Antarctic Peninsula region. This gap probably reflects a period of regional uplift and non-deposition.Representatives of the I. ovatus and I. heteropterus groups provide a means of correlation between the Berriasian-Barremian of the Antarctic Peninsula and the North Pacific region. I. deltoides sp. nov. can be closely matched with Northern Hemisphere Aptian members of the I. neocomiensis group and I. stoneleyi sp. nov. and I.flemingi sp. nov. have possible counterparts within the Aptian-Albian of Spitzbergen, south-east USSR and far eastern USSR. Of the various Albian species groups, that based on I. carsoni provides a direct link between Antarctica and Australia and those based on I. anglicus and B. concentrica facilitate a range of long-distance correlations. The latter category, in particular, may be one of the first truly cosmopolitan inoceramid groups.last_img read more

Same-sex couples to receive benefits

first_imgNotre Dame and Saint Mary’s will extend benefits to all legally married spouses of employees, including same-sex spouses.Notre Dame’s Office of Human Resources sent an e-mail to “benefit-eligible faculty and staff” with the announcement Oct. 9.“On Monday [Oct. 6], the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several states, including Indiana. This means that the law in Indiana now recognizes same-sex marriages and the University will extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses,” the e-mail stated. “Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage. However, it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately.”Saint Mary’s also announced that it will comply with the new state law.“Saint Mary’s College’s interpretation is that, as an employer in Indiana, the College must abide by the law and enroll legally married, same-sex spouses of faculty and staff in its insurance benefits if requested by a College employee,” Richard Nugent, director of human resources and college counsel at Saint Mary’s, said.The cost of providing health insurance to employees at both institutions will increase, but the number of new persons that will be covered by the institutions remains to be seen, Nugent said.Paul Browne, vice president of public affairs and communications for Notre Dame, said prior to the extension of benefits last week, approximately 2,700 spouses of Notre Dame employees were covered.“It’s unknown right now how many will be added as a result of the extension of benefits,” Browne said. “It will become clearer as newly covered employees sign up for benefits.”Reactions from the Notre Dame community to the extension of benefits have been mixed.“This decision makes me feel respected and valued by the University. Especially now that the benefits of marriage have been extended to gay couples in Indiana, Notre Dame’s proactivity is welcomed and appreciated,” Aaron Nichols, audience development program manager for Shakespeare at Notre Dame and an out staff member, said.The decision, while having substantial symbolic meaning, also has significant practical implications, Maureen Lafferty, assistant director of the University Counseling Center and an out staff member, said.“This decision has very important practical benefits for GLBTQ families who may breathe easier due to access to medical insurance coverage — it’s a wonderful way to support families,” Lafferty said. “Respect for diversity is also a core value for the kind of institution that Notre Dame strives to be — a top-tier institution in a global marketplace.“Notre Dame describes its commitment to diversity as a ‘moral and intellectual necessity’ and calls us to cultivate a diverse community,” she said. “This action feels consistent with those values.”Lafferty said that she believes this decision will help Notre Dame become a more inclusive place.“GLBTQ faculty and staff members and their families will no doubt feel a greater sense of support and belonging, which is always a good thing,” she said. “Faculty and staff may also feel safer to be ‘out’ on campus, which enables them to provide valued mentoring for diverse students.“This decision can also communicate to the world at large that respect for diversity is a core University value, which can be very attractive to potential faculty, staff and students,” Lafferty said.Nichols said he hopes the University’s decision will help those within the LGBT community gain acceptance within the broader Notre Dame network.“There is, and will continue to be, people of faith who believe my sexual orientation is a personal choice that God condemns,” Nichols said. “I hope these individuals will see their LGBT brothers and sisters through the lens of our University’s loving and empathetic stance.”Other members of the Notre Dame community, however, expressed displeasure with the University’s extension of health insurance benefits to same-sex spouses.“This is a very sad development for Notre Dame. The haste with which it was done and its being announced without serious consideration of the legal implications is not only deeply troubling but also revelatory of the direction of the current Notre Dame administration,” Fr. Bill Miscamble, professor of history, said. “Notre Dame has made no effort to stand for the truth about marriage but has supinely conformed to a deeply flawed understanding of the crucial institution of marriage.”Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese issued a statement on the matter Tuesday, voicing the need for Notre Dame to follow Catholic teaching.“In announcing its decision to extend benefits to ‘same-sex spouses,’ I am glad that Notre Dame affirmed that as a Catholic university, it ‘endorses a Catholic view of marriage,’ though I would say that Catholic teaching on the heterosexual nature of marriage is more than ‘a view,’” Rhoades said. “The heterosexual nature of marriage is an objective truth known by right reason and revelation.“As a Catholic university, it is important that Notre Dame continues to affirm its fidelity to Catholic teaching on the true nature of marriage as a union of one man and one woman.”The mission of the University, however, is one of inclusion and love, and this decision furthers Notre Dame toward better carrying out that goal, University President Fr. John Jenkins said.“Apart from these questions and any legal obligations, however, we recognize an urgent call to welcome, support and cherish gay and lesbian brothers and sisters, who have been too often marginalized and even ostracized, and many of whom bear the scars of such treatment,” Jenkins said. “At Notre Dame, we have undertaken initiatives to provide support and welcome gay and lesbian members of our community. These efforts must not and will not flag.”“Our abiding goal, rather, is to learn better how to love one another and together build a less imperfect community of love,” he said. “That is the mission of Notre Dame, and we remain committed to it.”Tags: benefits, GLBTQ, LGBTQ, same-sex spouseslast_img read more

Boracay draws 2 million tourists in 2019

first_imgIt also registered a total of 932,433domestic tourists which was up by 163 percent from 2018 with 64,547 overseasFilipino workers. The growth in tourist arrivals can beattributed to the increase in connectivity from mainland China and Korea to theAklan province and the influx of visitors after the six months temporaryclosure of the island, the municipal tourism office said.         Around 434,175 Chinese tourists, whotopped the list of foreign arrivals, have stayed in the island. BORACAY – Tourist arrivals in thisworld-famous resort island hit 2,034,599 in 2019, according to the Malaymunicipal tourism office, increasing by 116 percent from 2018. Chinese still dominates foreign arrivals in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan. According to the Malay Municipal Tourism Office, a total of 389,885 Chinese tourists visited the world famous from January to October 2019. AKEANFORUM/BOYRYANZABAL The Malay municipal tourism officerecorded a total of 443,468 inbound travelers who visited the island on Apriland May last year while the month of June accommodated 189,444 tourists.center_img In 2018, over 941,000 people visitedthis island, of the figure, foreigners tallied 565,341 tourist arrivals while354,558 came from local tourists.(With areport from Akean Forum/PN) Korea landed on the second spot with400,610 tourist arrivals followed by Taiwan with 30,634. People from China, Korea and Taiwanregistered as the top three visitors of the island, the municipal tourismoffice said, accounting for 83 percent or 865,419 of the total foreigners fromJan. to Dec. last year. Included in the top 10 arrivals weretourists from countries such as the United States with 24,827; United Kingdom(13,715); Australia (12,785); Russia (12,784); Japan (11,474); Saudi Arabia(10,789); and Germany (7,441).last_img read more