Rugby’s Greatest: Agustin Pichot

first_img Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide In possession, he probed around the fringes, pulling defenders around and releasing carriers. Without the ball, he harried runners relentlessly.Pichot was 20 when he made a try-scoring Test debut against Australia in 1995 and remained with Buenos Aires amateur outfit Club Atletico San Isidro until joining Richmond in 1997. Rugby’s Greatest: Agustin PichotIn the immediate aftermath of Argentina’s maiden Rugby Championship triumph – a tense 21-17 defeat of Australia in Mendoza – emotions were running high. Even so, mercurial centre Juan Martin Hernandez had one figure in mind above anyone else.“Many people were involved in making this dream come true,’ he said. “But I want to dedicate this victory to Agustin.”The tribute was touching, not least because Agustin Pichot spent his entire career as an insatiable standard-driver. That role seemed to be magnified by the intensity of the international arena, and he became an icon of the 2007 World Cup.Shoulder-length hair tousled around his collar and socks rolled down around the ankles, captain Pichot stood in the centre of circle of team-mates before and after each match. He spoke with conviction, cajoling them to work harder, congratulating them for challenging the world order.By the end of the tournament, Argentina had beaten Ireland, Scotland and France twice en route to third place. To precursor his impact as an instrumental campaigner post-retirement – pivotal in introducing Argentina to the Rugby Championship and a South American franchise to the 2016 Super Rugby competition – Pichot underlined his talents as a superb scrum-half. TAGS: The Greatest Players Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Expand Australia always seem to raise their game for… Major teams: Richmond, Bristol, Stade Français, Racing Metro

Country: Argentina

Test span: 1995-2007
Argentina caps: 71 (69 starts)

Test points: 60 (12T) New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Los Pumas failed to make it to the…center_img Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Via an enjoyable stint at Bristol, he arrived at Stade Français and helped them to domestic titles in 2004 and 2007 as well as a Heineken Cup decider in 2005.In 2000, Pichot captained Argentina for the first time in a 34-23 success over Ireland and was subsequently involved in overturning every Six Nations side, most notably England at Twickenham in 2006.Since retirement he has since been appointed Vice-Chairman of World Rugby. Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Collapse Winners of the past two World Cups, the… Expand Agustin Pichot fires a pass away last_img read more

Gold Coast house prices gradually climbing following market slowdown

first_imgThe Gold Coast’s median house price is on the up.HOMEOWNERS can breathe a sigh of relief as Gold Coast houses return to prices seen before the national property market slump.And industry players expect prices to continue to rise with more people moving to the city for its enviable lifestyle.Latest CoreLogic data to August shows the median house price jumped to $659,000 for the first time since February, when it briefly hit $660,000 then gradually declined in the lead up to the federal election.The only other time it reached $660,000 in the past nine years was between August and December last year. MORE NEWS: Best places to retire revealed MORE NEWS: Renewed push to sell Ashy Bines’ multimillion-dollar home “We have selling seasons but they are nowhere near as magnified as Melbourne,” he said.“You can sell the Gold Coast lifestyle in June because (the weather) is not as bitter.”He said there was still plenty of growth ahead for the Gold Coast yet.Ray White Broadbeach principal Mitch Palmer said the data reflected what was happening on the ground.“Money has never been cheaper so we’re definitely seeing buyer activity increase,” he said.“The prices being achieved are healthy.”While price growth was expected, Mr Palmer didn’t think it would climb as far or for as long as it has in previous years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 The increasing prices are good news for homeowners.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson was confident house prices would keep climbing, especially since backyards remained a big part of the Australian lifestyle.“I can’t see that changing,” he said.“The Gold Coast is one of those places that’s always going to grow as people are always going to move here.”He said a lack of supply to meet current demand and limited land to build would also bump prices up, but he didn’t think it would push people out of the market.“On a national scale, I think we’re still relatively affordable,” he said.“We’ve still got plenty of townhouses and apartments and we’ve still got the opportunity to build up.”Harcourts Coastal managing director Dane Atherton said the market was showing signs of a strong recovery while gradually shedding its reputation for seasonal sales periods.He said the climate was responsible for its year-round consistency.last_img read more

Koeman has the worst possible plans with Messi

first_img Loading… Barcelona head coach, Ronald Koeman, has the worst possible plans surrounding the club’s captain Lionel Messi for the 2020/21 season. Messi reported to Barcelona training on Monday for the first time since boycotting the club’s affairs in order to force a move elsewhere. The Argentina international has trained separately for the last few days with Philippe Coutinho, but it is only a matter of time before he gains enough fitness to feature alongside the rest of his teammates. Ronald Koeman is planning a revolution at the Camp Nou and is close to signing two of his compatriots, Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay. Moreover, he has already asked Luis Suarez to leave and the Uruguayan is close to joining Serie A as is his other teammate deemed surplus, Arturo Vidal. Ivan Rakitic has already left for Sevilla.Advertisement Diario GOL has claimed that as the squad takes shape once again, the former Everton head coach has decided how he will line-up tactically. read also:No more Messi chase for now, says Inter vice-president Keeping that in mind, he will employ Messi in a free-roaming role wherein the onus would be on him to do everything, from pressing and winning the ball back to creating and finishing off the chances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney Princesses14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Nowlast_img read more

NBA Rockets star Harden fined $25K for ripping referees

first_imgFinal push SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img With 32 consecutive games of 30 points or more, Harden is on the second-longest such streak in NBA history. He scored 30 in the loss to the Lakers. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Referee Scott Foster aroused Harden’s anger, the versatile All-Star saying Foster has a “personal” issue with the Rockets and should not be permitted to officiate any more of their games.Four offensive fouls were called against Harden, the last sending him out of the game with Houston down by six points with 84 seconds remaining, although it was not whistled by Foster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHarden called Foster “rude” and “arrogant” and added, “You aren’t able to talk to him throughout the course of the game. It’s like, how do you build that relationship with officials? It’s pretty frustrating.”Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 36.5 points a game. He also averages 7.7 assists and 6.7 rebounds per contest as well as ranking third in the league with 2.15 steals a game. James Harden (right) of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Houston Rockets guard James Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for public criticism of officiating, the league announced.Harden made his comments to reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Rockets 111-106 on Thursday at Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Call centre to help victims of gender violence

first_img26 March 2014South Africa’s Department of Social Development, in partnership with the Vodacom Foundation, has launched a pilot 24-hour call centre for victims of gender-based violence in the country.Callers from anywhere in the country will be able to get counselling and assistance from trained social worker via the centre’s toll-free number, 0800 428 428.“For too long, violence against women and children has remained a hidden scandal in homes and communities,” Social Development Director-General Coceko Phakade said at the launch of the call centre in Pretoria on TuesdayHe cited a Medical Research Council and Gender Links Study, conducted in 2011, which found that over half of the women in Gauteng province had experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.The centre aimed to provide “immediate psychological assistance and referral to victims … and to assist them in avoiding additional exposure to violence,” Phakade said.“We have employed a group of 75 qualified social workers who have trained on trauma management and customer service. Sixty-five of these social workers, who were previously unemployed, are currently employed in the command centre [in Pretoria].”The pilot phase of the project will run for six months, focusing on Hillbrow, Moroka, Sunnyside, Akasia and Alexandra in Gauteng province, and Edendale and Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal. However, victims from across the country will be able to use the call centre.He said the call centre agents would provide telephonic support and counselling, and in the specific areas mentioned above could direct cases to social workers for follow-up and on-the-field support.Social workers in the pilot districts have been provided with training on the command centre system and mobile phones to provide feedback on those cases directed to them for support and resolution in the field.Callers can also request a social worker from the command centre to contact them by dialling *120*7867# (free) from a cellphone.The department is also working with the South African Police Service, the Departments of Justice and Health, and NGOs on the ground to ensure that victims receive medical and legal assistance.In cases requiring the police, these calls will be prioritised and be referred to the police station nearest to the victim, the department said.Maya Makanjee, the chief officer for corporate affairs at the Vodacom Group, said the Vodacom Foundation had donated R4.2-million to help cover the cost of the ICT infrastructure for the call centre.The centre will complement the government’s recently established Khuseleka One Stop Centres for Victims of Crime and Violence, which provide counselling, medical treatment, legal and police services under one roof in order to minimise secondary victimisation.Source: read more

Trillian for Android On Deck

first_imgInstant messaging client Trillian announced on its blog today that an Android version will be available within a couple of weeks. Trillian dovetails IM from a host of services into one platform, including Facebook Chat, Windows Live, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP and MySpaceIM. It will support Android back to version 1.6. Trillian already has an iPhone app, which is also being tinkered with a bit, including iOS 4 multitasking. But this is not a rough sketch of that version, according to the company. “We took special care and respect to design and build the user interface to smoothly integrate with Android – this is not just a clone from the iPhone!” Related Posts curt hopkins A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#Messaging Services#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Electric Vehicle Boom Will Bring Solid Waste Challenges

first_imgA surge in electric vehicle ownership will help lower carbon emissions in the decades ahead. But it also will create challenges for reusing and recycling millions of lithium ion batteries when the vehicles have reached the end of the line. A new study published in the journal Nature says the batteries “present a serious waste-management challenge” for recyclers, but also represent an opportunity to recover the valuable raw materials that are used to manufacture them. Batteries that are no longer capable of powering a vehicle may still have enough juice for streetlights and other less-demanding uses. For backyard tinkerers, batteries may be a less expensive option for power storage than commercially available battery packs like Tesla’s Powerwall.RELATED ARTICLESIt’s Time to Plan for Electric Vehicles on the GridElectric Vehicle Charging for DummiesHow to Grow the Electric Vehicle MarketNew Life for Old Electric Vehicle BatteriesThe Electric Vehicle Boom Is Coming The study, authored by 14 researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K., outlined current approaches to battery recycling and reuse. Although EV sales are modest now, they are growing—in 2017, sales of electric vehicles topped 1 million cars globally for the first time. With higher sales comes a more pressing environmental problem. With an average battery pack weight of about 550 pounds with a volume of 17.5 cubic feet, those batteries represent about 250,000 tons of waste that must be processed when the vehicles are hauled to the junkyard. “Although reuse and current recycling processes can divert some of these wastes from landfill, the cumulative burden of electric-vehicle waste is substantial given the growth trajectory of the electric-vehicle market,” the authors said. Reuse is better than recycling Batteries can be dismantled to provide raw materials for making new ones. But reuse is a better first option than recycling, according to a waste management theory called “Lansink’s Ladder.” Disposal in a landfill should be the last resort. Putting old batteries to use for energy storage is appealing in areas where the electric grid is weak or unreliable, and in areas where renewable energy is well developed and the need for storage that much greater. Or, the batteries can go to people like David Elderton, a British Columbia resident who uses one from a wrecked Tesla Model S to help power his house. As reported by CBC Radio, giving the old EV battery a second life is part of Elderton’s strategy to replace any motor that burns fossil fuel with one that’s electrically powered. The Tesla battery is charged by solar panels he’s put on the roof of his shed. If he’s careful, the battery is capable of keeping the lights on for as long as five days. “It’s a good feeling to not be buying gas anymore,” he said. Used batteries from Nissan Leaf EVs have been used to power streetlights in Japan in a project called “The Light Reborn,” CBC reported. They’ve also been used to light a Dutch stadium. General Motors has used batteries from old Chevy Volts to power a data center at its Milford Proving Ground. The reuse strategy has limits Elderton’s power system is built around the battery from a wrecked car, not an old car whose battery has gone through many more charge-discharge cycles. Would the strategy of using old EV batteries for grid storage be as successful with a battery taken from an electric vehicle that has been retired? Probably not, according to JB Straubel, the former chief technical officer at Tesla. In a 2016 post, CleanTechnica described an interview with Staubel in which he said the idea has been given a lot of attention. Ultimately, he said, “we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not a very economical or very good use of those assets.” Why? By the time the battery is pulled out of the car it’s been in service for 10 or 15 years, he said, and the technology is quite old. “And, you know, the degradation is not entirely linear,” he said. “By the end of their life, the efficiency, the capacity, will have somewhat degraded, and for a lot of reasons, it makes it very difficult to deploy those efficiently back into a grid setting where you want high reliability and do want predictability.” Batteries specifically designed for grid storage, he said, would have different characteristics than those designed for vehicles. Car batteries aren’t charged and discharged completely every day, where a battery used for home electrical storage might be. CBC noted that EV batteries should last most drivers between eight and 12 years. Although the batteries degrade over time, they are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle. Batteries contain valuable resources EV batteries contain a variety of valuable resources, including cobalt and lithium. Refining these elements to manufacture batteries has serious environmental implications, so recapturing the ingredients through recycling makes sense from a resource conservation perspective. For example, the authors of the study in Nature said it takes 250 tons of the mineral ore spodumene to produce one ton of lithium. Using a different method, one ton of lithium requires 750 tons of brine but that process also depletes water tables. (In a major lithium producing region in Chile, 65% of the region’s water is consumed by mining, according to the study.) Cobalt is a greater problem. Reserves are limited, while price fluctuations and ethical and environmental concerns—including child labor—are rife. “These social burdens are borne by some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” the authors said. “End-of-life LIB [lithium ion battery] recycling could provide important economic benefits, avoiding the need for new mineral extraction and providing resilience against vulnerable links and supply risks in the LIB supply chain,” the report says. Still, there are hurdles. Recycling requires someone to take the battery packs apart, which creates its own hazards. Technicians need specialized training and tools, and under certain conditions the batteries can explode or leak hazardous materials. Vehicle manufacturers also use several types of cell design, which makes the process more complicated. In the U.K., there are only 1,000 trained technicians for EVs, compared with 170,000 who can work on gasoline engines. “There is concern that untrained mechanics may risk their lives repairing electric vehicles,” the author said, “and these concerns logically extend to those handling vehicles at the end-of-life.” Instead, the industry is developing robots that can break down batteries and harvest materials for reuse, “potentially making recycling economically viable.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more


first_imgBe a Citizen of a Chevening-eligible country, and return there for a minimum of two years after completing their scholarship. Have completed an undergraduate degree Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Governor Peter Beckingham welcomed this year’s opportunity for Turks and Caicos Islanders to apply for scholarships, and said “I am delighted that during my three year term TCI has succeeded for the first time in winning Chevening scholarships. It is difficult to exaggerate the competitive nature of these awards, as I have seen for myself in other countries I have worked like India and the Philippines, where hundreds apply annually. Be able to meet the Chevening minimum English Language Requirement Be able to obtain the correct visa, and receive an unconditional offer from a UK university Have at least two years work experiencecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 13, 2016 –  Talented professionals and public servants from the Turks and Caicos Islands are able to apply for a fully funded one year Masters Degree, under the UK’s Flagship scholar programme supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. The Chevening Scholarship Programme is a global scholarship programme aimed at future leaders.TCI has been successful in having two persons awarded with this Scholarship in the past two years, Mrs Kenisha Bacchus, who currently works as a Legal Consul for the TCI Financial Services Commission(awarded in 2014) and Miss Myrlchina Lewis, who is currently in the UK finishing up her studies(awarded in 2015).The Scholarship is awarded to outstanding individuals with leadership potential, and those that are willing to contribute positively to the development of the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Awards are typically for a one year Masters Degree, in any area subject at any of the UK Leading Universities. “It is to the great credit of TCI’s winners Kenisha and Myrlchina that they received these prestigious scholarships. I’m sure that they will use their experience for the benefit of the TCI organisations they have returned/will return to, and I hope that everyone in TCI will be proud of their achievements”. Chevening Scholarship offers a monthly stipend, travel to and from your country, a thesis or dissertation grant and tuition fees.Applicants should read the online guidance and be able to demonstrate how they meet the Chevening selection criteria before submitting an application. Further details of closing dates and priority subject’s areas are available more Information Contact the Chevening Officer- Mr Neville MisickEmail: [email protected]: +1649 -916-2308/9Applications open 8th August 2016 – 08th November 2016 Related Items:professionals and future leaders urged to apply for available scholarship, requirements to be eligible for the Chevening scholarship, TC Islander, The Chevening Scholarship Programme IN ORDER TO SUMBIT AN ELIGIBLE CHEVENING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS MUST:last_img read more

Honigstein Pulisic signing could allow Chelseas profile to grow in the

first_imgJournalist Raphael Honigstein believes the arrival of USA star Christian Pulisic could open up opportunities for Chelsea in the North American marketThe Blues completed a €64m transfer for Pulisic on Wednesday morning and have loaned him back to Borussia Dortmund until the end of this season.The 20-year-old is regarded as one of the exciting prospects in European football following an impressive spell in the Bundesliga with Manchester United and Liverpool having also been linked with moves.But Honigstein believes Chelsea could gain much more than just another great player in Pulisic due to his marketing appeal in the United States.“He’s a real talent and especially if you consider the marketing value as the No 1 American football player of his generation – it’s not a deal that feels expensive,” Honigstein told Sky Sports.“This is a player that a lot of Premier League clubs were interested in, he brings tremendous value when it comes to gaining followers and attention in America, which is a key market for many Premier League clubs for obvious reasons.“He might make it easier for Chelsea to, I would not say sell the club, but maybe exploit different opportunities in America.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“If Roman Abramovich deems that someone else should come in alongside him or maybe he wants to sell the club – all these things make it quite a smart business move, if you will.”The German football expert also believes Dortmund got a great deal for Pulisic considering he had decided to not renew his contract with them.“I think they (Dortmund) got the best out of the deal that was possible for them,” added Honigstein.“Once it became clear that he was not going to renew his contract which runs out in 2020 there was a real danger that he might run down his contract and they would lose him for nothing.“Effectively moving forward that move by a year and still achieving quite a high price should be considered a nice bit of business from Dortmund’s point of view.“But that does not mean the player is not worth it. Once Pulisic decided he would not stay at Dortmund beyond 2020 then really he became a free agent in all but name. Dortmund had to see if they could extract maximum value.“They didn’t have a good hand to deal with initially because the player was adamant he would not stay but as they often do, Dortmund managed to make the most out if it.”last_img read more