Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) CUPERTINO C.A. – If you’re wanting to get your hands on a smaller smartphone with a lower price point, Apple has you covered with the new second generation iPhone SE at the lowest price ever of just $399.Silently announced on Wednesday afternoon, the iPhone SE is Apple’s brand new entry-level smartphone. In a press release, Apple said the physical design is similar to the iPhone 8 while the internal hardware has been “reimagined” from the inside out.Featuring an aerospace-grade aluminum and durable glass design with an all-black front, iPhone SE is available in black, white and (PRODUCT)RED with 64, 128, and 256 GB storage options.Powering the new phone is the powerful Apple-designed A13 Bionic Chip; the same processor that was introduced with iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. As the A13 Bionic was built for for efficiency, iPhone SE has great battery life and enables wireless-charging capable and fast-charging, giving customers up to 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes. Lightning-fast download speeds are available with Wi-Fi 6 and Gigabit-class LTE.The new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone technology that adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light for a more natural, paper-like viewing experience.iPhone SE retains the familiar Home button found on older iPhones prior to the iPhone X and also includes Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner for unlocking the device, fill in passwords, log in to apps, authorize App Store purchases, and make Apple Pay transactions.Apple says the iPhone SE has the “best single-camera camera system ever in an iPhone” with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 aperture Wide camera and takes stunning Portraits with the front camera as well. Next-generation Smart HDR comes to iPhone SE, intelligently re-lighting recognized subjects in a frame for more natural-looking images with stunning highlight and shadow details.“The first iPhone SE was a hit with many customers who loved its unique combination of small size, high-end performance and affordable price” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing.“iPhone SE features industry-leading performance and is built with the same industry-leading security features our customers expect. We can’t wait to get iPhone SE into customers’ hands.”The new iPhone SE will be available for preorder at 8 A.M. EDT on Friday, April 17 and will officially be available online, in Retail Stores and carriers on Friday, April 24.
Newswise 18 Jan 2013On the 40th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, more young people – all of whom were born at least 20 years after the decision – identify as “pro-choice” rather than “pro-life,” according to a national poll of more than 4,000 high school and college students conducted by Jennifer L. Lawless, professor and director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and Richard L. Fox (Loyola Marymount University).These labels, however, might obscure a deeper divide in youth political attitudes. Fifty percent of young people believe that abortion should be legal in all or most circumstances, and 50 percent believe it should be illegal in all circumstances or except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. “The poll results suggest that the ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ labels might obscure our understanding of young people’s attitudes toward abortion,” says Lawless. “Nearly one-third of high school students, for example, do not identify with either label. Yet their attitudes about the circumstances under which abortion should be legal are clear.”The overwhelming majority of high school (88 percent) and college (78 percent) students, however, are not “very worried” about the outlawing of abortion rights. In fact, respondents report being far more worried about war (55%), a terrorist attack (52%), global warming (44%), gun violence (36%), and illegal immigration (28%) than they are the outlawing of abortion rights.“What emerges as striking from these poll results is the fact that the overwhelming majority of young people are not worried about the outlawing of abortion rights. Despite a presidential campaign that emphasized women’s rights and reproductive freedom, more than 80 percent of high school and college students do not feel threatened. Even if we focus only on Democrats in the sample, they are more concerned about war, a terrorist attack, the environment, immigration, and gun violence,” observed Lawless.http://www.newswise.com/articles/poll-youth-attitudes-on-40th-anniversary-of-roe-v-wade
There has been shock in the Glenties area after the sudden closure of the local playground.Children and families were upset to learn the news yesterday that they would lose their beloved community play area due to ongoing issues.The Glenties Playground Committee said they were forced to close after failing to get Donegal County Council to take over responsibility for the space. The committee had sought to hand over the upkeep, maintenance and insurance costs to the council, but efforts to secure this funding were unsuccessful. The committee said that the costs they faced for the insurance and upkeep were unsustainable.Local residents were shocked and disappointed to learn about the sudden closure of the playground on Friday. Parents and grandparents have said that the closure will be a huge loss to the town.However, efforts are now underway to resolve the situation.Local County Councillor Anthony Molloy said he was in contact with the local authority on the matter. Cllr Molloy and Pat the Cope Gallagher TD have planned to meet with the Glenties Playground Committee this Saturday afternoon. “I am confident we can find a swift resolution to the ongoing issues and have it re-opened for the children as soon as possible,” Cllr Molloy said.Independent councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig added that such playgrounds are a service for the community which must be funded by the council.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “There is a dozen-plus playgrounds like this organised and run by community committees. If they can, and if they are willing, they should be handed over to the responsibility of Donegal County Council. Monies have to be found for the insurance because this is an important service for the community.”Children ‘in tears’ after playground is closed was last modified: October 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Glentiesplayground
Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with Clint Dempsey following the American’s latest goals for Fulham.The Daily Mirror say Arsenal are keen to sign him, while The Sun claim he is a target for both the Gunners and Spurs.Hughes held Barton back for a crucial game against Swansea.Dempsey’s brace against Bolton on Saturday took his tally for the season to 21, inevitably increasing speculation that he could leave Craven Cottage in the summer.His contract expires at the end of next season and he has been offered a new long-term deal.Meanwhile, The Sun declare that Joey Barton was axed for QPR’s game against Manchester United because boss Mark Hughes ‘could not trust his skipper to avoid trouble’.Hughes explained before and after the defeat at Old Trafford that he left Barton out because he is a booking away from being suspended.The midfielder is expected to return for Wednesday’s home clash with Swansea.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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With 20 seconds remaining and a one-point lead, the Jacks refused to yield a basket, holding on for a narrow 54-53 win over visiting Cal State East Bay in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament at Lumberjack Arena Tuesday night. “It was a defensive game. It was a get a stop, lock the opponent down, and just get a win type of game,” Humboldt head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson said. With the win, the No. 3 seed Humboldt State women secured a playoff …
The lions are once again kings of Timbavati in Limpopo. But their numbers in the wild remain small. CITES CoP17 is opening on 24 September, where policymakers will decide if it is okay to hunt these magnificent beasts. It will take the strength of an entire community, led by the Global White Lion Protection Trust, to ensure the species’ survival.Zukhara is one of just 12 white lions remaining in the wild in South Africa. Policymakers at CITES CoP17 are gathering next week to determine whether or not lions will be moved from the endangered species list to not-under-threat. (Images: Varuna Jina)Shamin ChibbaZukhara is a handsome white lion living at the Global White Lion Protection Trust’s reserve in Timbavati, Limpopo, his ancestral homeland. His thick mane waves with every shake of the head, and his gaze is magnetic. Just don’t try to stare him down, warns Linda Tucker, the founder of the trust. Staring into a lion’s eyes means you are offering a challenge.Zukhara – whose name is derived from the Egyptian sun god Ra – is one of six white lions on the reserve and 12 overall remaining in the wild. There are hundreds of white lions in captivity, unknowingly waiting to be hunted.With the CITES CoP17 World Wildlife Conference taking place in Johannesburg between 24 September and 5 October, some of South Africa’s most loved animals, including white lions, may see their fates take a downturn.South African policymakers attending the conference, properly known as the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, are proposing a change in the status of lions from endangered to a species not under threat. White lions are threatened the most as they are not separately classified and are instead seen as a variant of the tawny lion.View the white lions of Timbavati gallery here:Gallery: White Lions of TimbavatiThis is the reason Tucker and the trust’s lion ecologist, Jason Turner, is looking to keep the status of all lions as endangered and prevent them from being hunted and traded.“The logic was to regulate the captive breeding industry,” says Tucker. “If you down-list you can basically legitimise captive breeding. And that’s when we realised there was such a huge risk, that policy can make it acceptable to industrialise our lions. Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”With just 12 white lions remaining in the wild they would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Linda Tucker, founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, says the lions’ fate should not be determined by policymakers serving their own interests. Lions, she adds, should have a voice at CITES CoP17. This is why the trust is running the One United Roar campaign with communities in Timbavati. The children, pictured above, are speaking on behalf of the lions.CITES appendices explainedAfrica lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.Lions are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another.Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal.Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.Zukhara and his brother, Matsieng, split up into what Turner calls a pincer formation, a hunting tactic that allows the brothers to envelope their prey, giving it little chance of escaping. The pair pick up the scent of a nearby hunt about a kilometre away.Canned huntingTurner stops the van near a hut on stilts that overlooks a watering hole. It is a remnant of an old hunting practice, he says. “The previous owner would have his friends over, get drunk on brandewyn and wait for the animals to arrive. They’d shoot them without care.”So when the trust bought the land from the farmer, the animals expected the same. “The animals would just see a vehicle and run. You’d barely see their tails.”The canned hunting industry started near Timbavati, says Tucker. Today numerous animals, including hundreds of white lions, are held captive exclusively for hunting.Canned hunting has grown particularly quickly in Free State, where 160 such farms have sprung up in the last 20 years. The farms can be about 20 hectares in size, meaning there is not much room for any wild animal to thrive.Speaking at the 2016 IUCN Congress in Hawaii, running from 1-10 September, Wildlands Conservation Trust chief executive Andrew Venter said the rate of lions hunted in captivity had dropped by 70% in the past year. However, more than 6 000 lions are still being bred in more than 200 breeding stations as hunting trophies. He called for an end to canned hunting.At the end of the congress, the IUCN called for laws banning the breeding of lions for canned hunting, particularly in South Africa, by 2020. It stated that hunters regard the practice as “an ethically repugnant embarrassment”.Cecil and Blood LionsWhen the trust heard South Africa was proposing to change the status of lions from endangered to species not under threat, it started alerting the public of the risks lions would face.But at about the same time, Cecil the lion was killed in Zimbabwe and the documentary Blood Lions was released, which exposed the canned hunting industry. The film led to a Blood Lions campaign against captive breeding and canned hunting, which is said to have heavily dented the multimillion-rand industry this year.According to Tucker, these two events started shifting international perceptions.“International policy started changing for the first time in my experience over 20 years,” she says. “International policy started clamping down on trophies across borders. So there was the CECIL Bill that came out and the Fish and Wildlife Service in the States and Australia closed its ports to trophy hunting. So there was a sort of international position around this.”US senator Bob Menendez introduced the Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large (CECIL) Animal Trophies Act, which prohibited trade of endangered animals or those proposed to be endangered without permission from the Secretary of the Interior.To prevent white lions from becoming trophies, Tucker is trying to get them classified as a subspecies, which, considering their low population numbers, would render them critically endangered. But the white lion is not the only animal she looks to protect. “Our idea is to get the whole ecosystem protected with white lions as the charismatic animal at the centre.”At the trust’s reserve, zebra, black-backed jackal, eland, wildebeest, impala and even the rare purple-crested loerie, roam freely and thrive again. “So with nature restoring itself, the parks in the area are growing and the different species are all moving through as they should be,” says Turner.Developers from Dubai wanted to buy some land in Timbavati, part of which would have been the trust’s reserve. They aimed to build a golf estate. But all the farmers banded together to prevent it from happening, says Turner. “The biggest challenge is human politics and the biggest stakeholders are the communities and they’re starting to believe.”“We want a radical shift in consciousness,” says Tucker. “I’m so battle weary of being in the system and not being able to change the system, which is a consumerist-based system arguing on trade considerations and trade hunting considerations. They’re good arguments but they’re all based on exploitation of our ecosystem instead of love and reverence, which is the indigenous way. You see these statistics in the congresses we attend that are so dire you can barely take them in.”Scientists proven wrongWhen Tucker and Turner wanted to introduce Marah and her cubs to the wild, scientists warned them that they may not survive. First they believed that as captive animals they would find it difficult to hunt for their own food and secondly, their white coats would not camouflage well in the bushveld.But the lions proved the experts wrong. Their hunting instincts quickly took over and their white bodies hid well in the foliage, especially during winter. “The white lions have a great winter camouflage,” says Tucker. “All these white tigers and lions popping up around the world means nature is giving signs of an impending Ice Age.”Jason Turner, the lion ecologist at the trust, uses radio telemetry to determine a lion’s proximity. When Turner and Tucker introduced the white lions into the wild 14 years ago, scientists were skeptical that they would adapt to hunt and be able to camouflage in the bushveld. Turner says the lions integrated quickly into the environment and are thriving.At the time, Marah was leaving scat in various parts of the reserve. Tucker believes this was a sign that the lioness was doing well. “In her scat, she was showing us that she was okay. One scat had porcupine and the other had duiker hooves. This sort of tracking is an indigenous technique. She was telling us she was okay.”As a scientist, Turner said he was amazed to find the lioness and her cubs were adapting so quickly. Over the years, Turner has come to accept Tucker’s animal communication techniques. “As a scientist I can only record the outcome and over time a pattern emerges and I can only say that science could not explain some things.”Zukhara relaxes in the morning sun after spending a night hunting. The cats at the trust hunt game and occasionally porcupine.White lions a Shangaan heritageTucker not only wants to protect the white lion for its own sake. They are significant to the Shangaan people of Timbavati who believe the white lions to be their kings and queens reborn. Protecting these cats would also mean preserving an important part of Shangaan, and indeed, South African heritage.On a warm November afternoon in 1991, Tucker experienced first-hand just how closely connected the Shangaan are to the lions of Timbavati.When she and a few friends rode out into the bush to witness a lioness giving birth to cubs, they didn’t expect to become prey for a pride of lions. “There were 24 lions around us. There was no radio call at the time,” says Tucker. Having no radio meant they couldn’t call for help.The sun was setting quickly. People first laughed and later they panicked. The lions could smell the fear from their cold sweat. “We were like prey in an open butcher shop. They were in predatory poses, ready to pounce.”Then in the faint light, a woman in sangoma dress carrying a baby on her back and with a little boy beside her appeared. “She walked pass the lions towards us, so surefooted. And the lions became calm and backed off. She climbed on to the vehicle and just held this courage in her hands. She saved us.”The lady was Maria Khosa, a Shangaan sangoma who later became Tucker’s mentor on her own spiritual journey.Today, the Shangaan in Timbavati still honour the lions by performing rituals to appease them. Tucker has taken to these rituals and has been practising an indigenous approach to nature for the last decade. However, this ancient knowledge has been dying out over the last 20 years. “It’s an aural tradition. [Shangaan people] pass it down, word-for-word, believing if you get one word wrong, they’ll be cursed.”One of these practices is the slow cat blink, which she recommends above the staring contest. “Bow your head slightly and close your eyes. Indigenous people have always practised this respectful approach to nature.”Other than the slow cat blink, Tucker has also used animal communication and indigenous knowledge systems to learn more about the lions.Linda Tucker roars for the crowd at one of the trust’s camps. Tucker has immersed herself into Shangaan culture, using their knowledge systems to communicate with lions.For the trust to protect the white lions, it combines indigenous knowledge with scientific rigour. “We combine ancient indigenous knowledge with modern ecological knowledge. The ancient system believes nature is one living organism that works together,” she says.There were no white lions in Timbavati before she started the trust in 2002. After rescuing Marah, a lioness cub, from a hunting camp in 2000, she vowed to return the white lion to the land and its people. Two years later, Marah and her three cubs were the first white lions to be introduced to their ancestral homeland of Timbavati, much to the Shangaan community’s delight.Getting the community to helpThe trust is turning to the Shangaan community, and particularly its children, to help protect the white lion. The StarLion Programme educates the community in Timbavati about protecting the white lions found in the area.The programme’s One United Roar campaign gets youth and adults to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers attending CITES CoP17. As part of the campaign, youth members are posting messages on the trust’s YouTube channel, calling for the protection of lions.Tucker says the campaign recognises that all the policies governing wildlife do not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”Read more about One United RoarEarning nature’s trust againZukhara and his brother, Matsieng, walk towards a hunt they could smell a kilometre away. They separate into what Turner calls a pincer formation.They mark scents on trees as they move along. And when they reach a grove, they meet again and drop to the ground. “Their strategy is to lie in wait separately, picking up scents. The females might have hunted or attempted a hunt,” says Turner, while sticking half his body out of the driver’s side window.The trust he has for the lions is two-way. Not once have the lions attacked him, despite his being exposed to them on numerous occasions. When they first moved here, the animals were terrified of humans, explains Turner. But with him and Tucker showing the animals love and respect, nature – at least in Timbavati – has learnt to trust humans again.A typical male lion paw print. Male lion paws are larger and its toes more splayed than lionesses. Measurements taken from a lion’s paw print can also help Turner guess its age. Such tracks can also help determine the direction the lion is headed.Quick facts about lionsIn the 1800s there were 1.2 million lions in the wild. Now there are between 21 000 and 35 000.Lions have lost 50% of their land/range in last 30 years.Up to 1800, lions could be found throughout Africa, stretching across the Middle East and into India.A white male lion rescued by the trust was going to be hunted for R1.6-million.A roar can go as far as two kilometres.Roars communicate that this is the lion’s territory. One male lion had 65 back roars. Rivals in Timbavati only manage half of that.
Thermal performance can be scaled upThe R-values of walls and the roof in Superpod are listed by PHI as R-4.2 in the walls and R-7.7 in the roof. These are European R-values, however; the unit is m2·°C/W. Translated to U.S. R-values (ft2·°F·hr/Btu), the walls are R-23.8 and the roof is R-43.7.Kingspan lists a variety of insulated wall and ceiling panels. Some walls panels, for example, are 6 inches thick with an R-value of more than 43, according to the company’s website.The R-value of the panels could be increased if needed for different climate zones, while the size of the steel framing members could be increased to meet the structural loads of multistory buildings, McKenzie said.“The walls and roof are completely scalable,” she wrote. “The panels are not SIPs so they can be any width and go up high, and the internal frame is engineered to suit the weight of them.”The original Superpod uses triple-pane vinyl windows. There is a heat pump for space conditioning and a vacuum tube solar collector for domestic hot water.McKenzie didn’t offer details on how a Superpod is assembled, particularly when it comes to air-sealing.“We have a patent pending,” she wrote, “but it is important to retain some confidentiality around our details, which are proprietary. Especially our thermal break and airtight solutions, which have taken a long time to develop.” UPDATED on August 14, 2015A house made from insulated steel panels and a steel frame has been certified by the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) and now the Australian company behind the project says that it would like to get the Superpod into full production.The modernist design has few frills, but the company says that it goes up quickly, is made from durable, low-maintenance materials, and is a “blank slate” that can be customized by its owner.There is but a single Superpod, built in 2014 in Wonthaggi, Victoria, a town near the coast southeast of Melbourne, but the fledgling company that built it is looking for partners to expand the company’s reach. Founding director Fiona McKenzie said by email that the startup is now capable of shipping Superpods to sites outside of Australia, but would prefer to find fabricators and builders in the U.S. and elsewhere to manufacture and assemble components closer to their final destination.The company was launched in February.The first Superpod, built with “a lot of donated product,” has 73 square meters of conditioned floor area, roughly 748 square feet, according to its listing at PHI’s website. The walls and roof incorporate steel-faced polyisocyanurate panels manufactured by Kingspan. The framework is hollow-section steel tube measuring 100 mm by 100 mm (about 4 inches on a side).A Superpod of 75 square meters (768 square feet) would cost about $280,000 (AU), McKenzie said, or $204,100 in U.S. dollars. That’s $273 (US) per square foot.
After a week of rain, the New South Wales Touch Association did a fantastic job to get the fields looking as good as they did. Please find the scores for all of the divisions below:Men’s Premier LeagueHornsby Lions 7 defeated Penrith Panthers 6Player of the Final: Dylan Hennessey (Hornsby Lions)Women’s Premier LeagueWollongong Devils 10 defeated Wests Magpies 4Player of the Final: Nicole Beck (Wollongong Devils)Mixed Premier LeagueEasts Roosters 5 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 4Player of the Final: Men’s: Manu Wakely (Easts Roosters)Women’s: Liz Wilbow (Central Coast Dolphins)Women’s Development LeagueManly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Easts Roosters 2Men’s Division OneBankstown Jets 10 defeated Penrith Panthers 6Women’s Division OneCampbelltown Ghosts 4 defeated Varsity Stingers 3Men’s Division Two Hornsby Lions 6 defeated Liverpool Lightning 5Women’s Division Two Manly Sea Eagles 4 defeated Ryde Eastwood Hawks 2Men’s Division ThreePenrith Panthers 5 defeated Hills Hornets 2Men’s MastersWests Magpies (1) 6 defeated Penrith Panthers (1) 5 Women’s Premier LeagueThe Wollongong Devils have defeated Wests Magpies 10-4 to claim their first Women’s Premier League Vawdon Cup final. After being promoted to the Premier League division three seasons ago, the Devils came from fifth place on the ladder to take the win. Led by current Australian Women’s Open squad members Ashleigh Dobbins, Jessica McCall and Nicole Beck, the Wollongong side are now looking for the double, next month’s New South Wales State Cup title. The Devils were on the scoreboard early, when Nicole Beck scored a length of the field intercept touchdown to give her side a 1-0 lead. Jessica McCall made it 2-0 one minute later, capitalising on a penalty close to their attacking line, diving over to give her side their second touchdown. Back-to-back penalties gave Wollongong good field position and in the ninth minute a Nicole Beck long ball gave Leah Hayes her first touchdown, and gave the Devils a 3-0 lead. Strong Wollongong defence kept the Magpies off the scoreboard until the 15th minute, when Nicky Albery dived over to score following back-to-back sets of six to take the score to 3-1. Wollongong’s Kristen Whittacker scored her first touchdown on the half-time siren to give her side a 4-1 lead at the break. It only took two minutes into the second half for the Devils to further extend their lead, when a Melissa McCall long ball set up Hayes for her second touchdown, to take the score to 5-1. Australian Women’s Open squad member Nicole McHugh led by example for Wests in the fourth minute, diving over the line to bring her team back to within three touchdowns, 5-2. Whittaker scored her second touchdown of the game one minute later, when the Devils created an overlap to take a 6-2 lead. The Devils soon took their lead out to five touchdowns when Bianca Mounsey dived over in the corner in the eighth minute to give her side a 7-2 advantage. Some fancy footwork by Whittaker in the 11th minute gave her a hat trick of touchdowns and helped further extend her teams lead, 8-2. A good half run set up the Magpies’ Tara Mohi to score in the 16th minute off the back of a penalty close to their attacking line to bring the score back to 8-3. Two quick touchdowns to the Devils, through Rachel Beck and Melissa McCall, gave their team a 10-3 lead. Wests’ Elisha Dougal scored in the 19th minute to bring the margin back to six touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough, with the Devils taking a 10-4 win. Wollongong Captain, Ashleigh Dobbins, was ecstatic about the win, paying tribute to her side that has played together for several years. “We’re very excited, we’ve played together for a long time, since we were 15 or 16, so we’ve been together for a long time.”“Last week was amazing, we were scared that last week we played our grand final, but we had another one in us and it gives us confidence for State Cup as well,” Dobbins said. “We’re great friends inside and outside of Touch so we are really, really happy.”The Devils’ Jessica McCall was proud of her team’s performance and can’t wait to go for the double in Port Macquarie at the start of next month. “I think it’s just amazing, this feeling isn’t going to go away for a couple of weeks. It’s such a good lead up to State Cup, it’s probably the best lead up we’ve ever had. So I’m looking forward to going for the double,” McCall said.Men’s Premier LeagueThe Hornsby Lions have beaten a fast finishing Penrith Panthers side to win the 2010 Men’s Premier League Vawdon Cup final.The Lions, who finished fifth in the regular season, won back the title they last won in 2008, taking the game 7-6. Hornsby was the first team to score, with Nathan Wong diving over the line in the first minute to give his side a 1-0 lead. Penrith hit back in the next minute, with Matt Moylan sliding over the line to level the scores at 1-all.Hornsby’s Tom Hillard gave his side the lead in the sixth minute, when the Lions capitalised on an overlap, with Hillard scoring in the corner. The Panthers levelled the score four minutes later, when Matt Moylan set up captain Nick Good’s touchdown to bring the game to two touchdowns all. Hornsby hit back in the 11th minute, with Joseph Tarau scoring, and they took their lead out to two touchdowns when Hillard scored his second to give his side a 4-2 advantage. The teams traded touchdowns in the final minutes of the first half, with the Panthers Dean McKechine scoring in the 19th minute, while the Lions hit back in the final minute of the half through Michael Abood to take a two touchdown lead into half time, 5-3. The Lions were in again in just the second minute of the second half, when some good footwork from captain Dylan Hennessey gave them a three touchdown advantage.Two touchdowns in the space of three minutes put Penrith back into the game, with Nick Good and Daniel Springfield scoring, to hit back to within one touchdown. Potatau Berryman scored for the Lions in the 14th minute to take his side’s lead to two touchdowns, before the Panthers’ Dean Springfield’s touchdown in the next set brought the game to seven touchdowns to six. The Panthers tried hard to level the score in the dying minutes, with plenty of possession close to the line, but strong Hornsby defence kept them out, with the Lions taking the title with the one touchdown win. Hennessey, who was named Player of the Final, was proud of his team’s achievements, but admits they were lucky to take the title over a strong Penrith side. He says that the title win was due to the side playing as a team. “It’s our second win now, we are missing two of our boys so we just came up and lifted for them, we were lucky to get away with it.”“With our team we don’t know if we are going to play on the day or not or if the boys are going to turn up but today we turned up and decided to play so we were lucky with that,” he said. The win is a good lead up for the Hornsby side who are looking to put back-to-back titles together at this year’s New South Wales State Cup after winning the title over the Panthers in 2009. “It would be sensational (to win), we are not even thinking about that at the moment, we’ve just got to get to the semis and the finals and hopefully we can get there,” Hennessey said.
Puel tightlipped on Leicester job pressure after Chelsea shockby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel refused to discuss his position after victory at Chelsea.Puel was under scrutiny prior to the match, with reports suggesting the Foxes manager might be fighting for his job over the festive period.”I have nothing to justify,” Puel said. “I am the manager of my team and try always to do my best to get the right balance to protect some players, get the best out of other players, and put a team on the pitch with the ability to win the game.”Asked if the players’ performance at Stamford Bridge showed he had their support, Puel said: “I have no comment about this.”I made my work. It’s not all the time easy. But, all the time, it’s important to analyse the games and not just to look at the ranking in the table.”If we analyse it since the beginning of the season, we’ve had fantastic games and performances sometimes without consistency.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say