NPSS volleyball teams off to Prince George for weekend tournament

first_imgGirls Coach Elena Schmidt says the team has made big strides in their serves. She notes that having a strong service game is the biggest step when it comes to winning on the court.“The absolute biggest improvement was serving consistency and getting our serves in,” she says. “That in the end is what wins games. The games that we were ahead and winning, that’s what we were being strong at.”Schmidt credits practice, as well as the team being more experienced in playing together as the main reasons behind the improvement.- Advertisement -“We put a lot more focus in practice on it and put it into the girls’ heads how important that is,” she says. “I think the girls just stepped up and brought their game in that area.”Despite the improvements in the serving game, there are areas where the team would like to get things cleaned up when it comes to generating offence during games. “I want to get our offence running,” Schmidt states. “That means good passes so we can run our offence because we’re hitting really well and the setters and hitters are connecting. We just need that first pass to set it up.”Advertisement Be sure to keep tabs on the progress of both the senior boys and girls teams over the weekend on as scores will be posted from both teams.last_img read more

Increase of 20% in mackerel catches for 2020 welcomed

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher welcomes the advice today of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea (ICES) recommendation of a 19.7% increase in Mackerel catches for 2020.This comes on top of the scientific advice in May 2019 which recommended a 20% increase on 2019’s Total Allowable Catch.The extra catch will be worth €30M at the point of landing. The increase of May was not passed onto the fishing sector, therefore it follows that the Irish Quota for 2020 should increase by approx. 40% from 55,313 tons to approx.77,500 tons.Deputy Gallagher said “Last year I challenged the ICES’ advice and was disappointed with the Coastal States that they did not increase the TAC midterm, so it is vitally important that the sector gets the benefits next year.“The threat of Brexit still hangs over the fishing sector however I am confident that a deal or an extension can be agreed which would allow our fisherman to continue fishing mackerel in UK waters where we catch 60% of our mackerel.”Increase of 20% in mackerel catches for 2020 welcomed was last modified: October 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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:catchesincreaseMACKERELPat The Cope Gallagherlast_img read more

Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller

first_img14 July 2008It took a long time, but South Africa finally ended their decade-long run without a win on New Zealand soil with a thrilling 30-28 victory on Saturday. It was the Springboks’ first win in eight matches at Dunedin – and the All Blacks’ fourth loss ever at “The House of Pain”.The South Africans also brought to an end New Zealand’s five-year unbeaten run at home, dating back to 2003 when the soon-to-be world champions England won 15-13 in Wellington.It was a keenly contested clash with no more than six points – less than a converted try – separating the teams throughout the match.PresentsAs a fiftieth test present for Bakkies Botha, it could hardly have been better, and as a twenty-second birthday present for JP Pietersen, who was called up for the first time this season, it might well have been a bigger occasion than his landmark twenty-first birthday in 2007.Both sides contributed to an epic clash with far more positive rugby than the previous week – there were fewer instances of off-the-ball incidents and the scrums were a lot tidier than they had been in Wellington. Even the lineouts looked more orderly.For Springbok coach Peter de Villiers, the result was the best riposte possible in the wake of some heavy, and at times unkind and personal, criticism that he endured following the 19-8 loss the previous weekend in Wellington.CarisbrookThree years previously, at Carisbrook, the All Blacks had come from behind to score the winning points in a 31-27 victory with four minutes to play in a contest in which the lead changed hand six times.This time around it was the Springboks that scored the winning points with four minutes to play. But back to the beginning of the contest.All Black flyhalf Daniel Carter, who enjoyed a fantastic outing in New Zealand’s win the previous week, got proceedings underway in a bitingly cold Dunedin. Despite the nasty weather, an enthusiastic crowd had packed in to witness the showdown between the World Cup winners and New Zealand, who had moved to the number one ranking in world rugby after their 19-8 victory.Carter puts NZ in frontIt took four minutes to get the scoreboard moving and it was the All Blacks who made the first impression upon it. Springbok flank Schalk Burger was pinged for a high tackle on Carter – there was no malice in it, but the call was fair – and the Kiwis’ number-10 banged over the penalty attempt to put the home side 3-0 up.The Boks could have had a penalty shortly afterwards for offsides at a ruck, but referee Goddard let it go. Two minutes later, however, Joe van Niekerk was blown up for entering a ruck from the side and Carter again hit the target to give New Zealand a 6-0 lead.That advantage lasted only three minutes before Percy Montgomery reduced it to three points after Adam Thomson had been penalised for being offsides.After a quarter-of-an-hour the All Blacks were again six points in front thanks to an offside call that went against South Africa.Montgomery on targetAs it had occurred earlier in the game, however, the six point lead lasted just three minutes before Montgomery struck his second penalty safely between the upright to make the score 9-6 in favour of New Zealand.The veteran Bok fullback then pulled SA level with another sweetly struck penalty, but Carter responded within a couple of minutes to edged the All Blacks 12-9 in front.After half-an-hour there was a crucial change to the New Zealand pack when lock Ali Williams was substituted. He had earlier come off second to Schalk Burger in a big hit that not only dazed the giant second-rower, it also re-injured his right ankle, which had caused him problems in training during the week.The experienced Williams was replaced by newcomer Kevin O’Neill. He joined Anthony Boric, who was starting his first test in the All Black second row, while the opposition Springboks boasted 122 caps between their locks, Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.Springbok tryShortly after the departure of Williams, the Springboks hit the front. Attacking off of a five-metre scrum, Joe van Niekerk burst quickly towards the corner flag on the blind. All Black captain Rodney So’oialo tried to cut down the angle, but Van Niekerk, who could have scored himself, passed to Pietersen. He dotted down to celebrate his twenty-second birthday in style.After going the entire Super 14 and the early parts of the Currie Cup season without scoring a single try, Pietersen had finally scored a five-pointer and not just any try – one against the All Blacks in New Zealand.Montgomery’s conversion attempt from the right-hand touchline was wide, but South Africa led 14-12.Carter tried to put the New Zealanders back in front with a long-range drop-goal shot, but his kick was wide. It wouldn’t be the last time he attempted a drop in the game.Drop goalWith three minutes to go to the interval, referee Goddard signalled that he was playing an advantage to South Africa after the All Blacks had strayed offsides at a ruck. The Springboks didn’t need a kick at goal as Butch James neatly slotted a drop goal to give South Africa a five-point lead at 17-12.That advantage was reduced to only two points at the break when Carter struck yet another penalty after Adi Jacobs was somewhat harshly penalised for a late tackle.From the restart Carter drilled a superb kick down into the Springboks’ 22-metre area to put Victor Matfield’s men under pressure.It was clear that the New Zealanders were trying to up the pace in the second stanza and the Boks were under the cosh. Their stout defence, however, stood firm.Eight minutes into the half, Francois Steyn replaced Adi Jacobs, who had picked up an injury, in the centre.New Zealand tryNew Zealand continued to camp in the South African 22-metre area and the pressure finally told. After Conrad Smith and Andrew Ellis had made inroads into the Springbok defence, big Sione Lauaki – on as a substitute for Jerome Kaino – made an immediate impact when he scored with his first touch of the game.Carter added the extras to put New Zealand back in front by 22 points to 17.It was down to a two-point lead only four minutes later when Leon MacDonald was penalised for a high tackle on Bryan Habana. With Percy Montgomery having just left the field for Conrad Jantjes, it was Butch James who slotted the kick.With 15 minutes to go Carter showed his genius when he gathered a poor pass, spun almost 360 degrees, and snapped over a drop goal to open New Zealand’s lead to 25-20. Amazingly, it was only his second successful drop goal in test matches.Two-point gameBok flyhalf James made it a two-point game again with 12 minutes to play, but only a minute later it needed a superb tackle by Steyn right on the SA tryline on All Black loosehead prop Tony Woodcock to prevent the New Zealanders from replying with a try.Then, with only eight minutes to go, it seemed that disaster had struck the Springboks’ cause. Captain Matfield was sin-binned for a high tackle on Lauaki. It wasn’t nasty – in fact far less dangerous than other high tackles seen earlier in the game – but referee Goddard has told both skippers the next player to make a high tackle would be sin-binned and Matfield was gone.It was a huge loss to South Africa; Matfield had played an outstanding game, reigning supreme at the lineouts and making an industrious contribution around the field.Wrote his name in the history booksWith fourteen men to New Zealand’s fifteen, the Boks kept going and, with four minutes to go, Ricky Januarie wrote his name in the history books with an outstanding try.From a ruck about 10 metres inside the All Black half, he spotted a gap around the fringes and darted through what had appeared to be a solid wall of black. New Zealand fullback Leon MacDonald came across to meet him, but Januarie chipped the ball over him.Racing through at pace, he almost made it to the ball before it bounced. When it hit the ground, it bounced up into his hands and he dived across the tryline for a spectacular try. It wasn’t over yet, however, with the scores level at 28-28 and the conversion to come.James had been replaced by Ruan Pienaar, so that left Francois Steyn to take the pressure kick. He struck it cleanly and true, edging South Africa into the lead.All Black onslaughtNew Zealand mounted a furious effort to get back the lead and Carter was wide, not far off target, to the right of the poles with a drop goal attempt.With the Springbok defence unyielding, the All Blacks tried to set up Carter for another drop goal. After working the ball infield through a series of drives off the ruck, the ball was passed back to the flyhalf. He struck his kick was charged down.Steyn gathered the ball and, holding on for dear life, carried a couple of New Zealand tacklers 15 metres up the field before he was brought to ground. The hooter sounded and Januarie, fittingly, was able to clear the ball off the field to seal South Africa’s win.SA worthy winnersWhile Carter had turned every kick that came his way into points, the Springboks had missed eight points – two penalties and a conversion – which suggests that they had a slight edge over New Zealand in the game; truth be told, that edge was worth about two points only.With one more away contest – against Australia in Perth next week – and three home tests to come – two against the Wallabies and one against the All Blacks – the Springboks are in a good position to make an assault on the Tri-Nations title.A win in the southern hemisphere tournament would certainly add lustre to their winning effort in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.In the mean time, South Africa has that World Cup title and a return to the top of the IRB world rankings to cherish.Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

4 Ways You Are Creating Resistance

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Here are four ways you are creating resistance in your prospective buyers.Pitching before a need is established. We’ve all done it. You’ve been so hyped up about what you sell, that you can’t help but start pitching it to your prospect. It’s easy go into pitch mode when it’s clear that your prospect has the exact set of problems what you sell is designed to remedy. But doing so creates resistance. Until your dream client agrees that they need to change, your pitch will cause your efforts to create an opportunity to create the opposite.Failing to address the real cost of change. When you paint a picture of how easy it is to produce better results, you create resistance in mature business people. Anyone who has ever tried to produce better results knows that it almost always costs more in the way of time, money, and effort. Failing to address this creates resistance by causing your prospect to believe you don’t know what it will really take, or worse, that you don’t care.Failing to resolve concerns. Buyers almost always have doubts about what they are buying. They worry that they aren’t making the right decision, that they aren’t going to get the value they bargained for, that they may be embarrassed if what they buy fails. When you don’t discover and resolve these concerns, you create resistance to buying. Resistance that could be easily resolved.Making it known that the deal is about you. If you want to be absolutely certain to create resistance to a deal, all you have to do is ensure that your prospective client feel the slightest tinge that the deal is more to benefit you than it is to benefit them. Making it known that you intend to profit from the deal creates the kind of resistance from which there is no coming back.You can sell in a way that creates resistance in a buyer, or you can sell in a way that eliminates resistance. If you know how you create resistance, then you can change your approach and create a desire to move forward.last_img read more

Stars Slam British Prime Minister Over Syrian Refugee Policy

first_imgTop British celebrities have today criticised the UK Government for failing to resettle more refugees from Syria.The stars, including British Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Michael Palin, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Vanessa Redgrave and musician Sting, have written an open letter to David Cameron in support of a joint Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam call for Britain to do more to help Syria’s refugees find safety in the UK.On 29 January 2014, the Government announced it was setting up a special resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees following considerable public pressure. However, one year on, the latest figures show that just 90 people have arrived.Meanwhile, the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding Syria and the surrounding region continues to worsen, with the number of refugees swelling to over 3.7 million; many of whom are struggling to survive in the region’s severe winter conditions.As Syria’s refugees struggle to survive snow and freezing temperatures in makeshift shelters, the stars’ letter says they are ‘ashamed’ of the size of Britain’s resettlement scheme, issuing a stern reminder to David Cameron that helping those in need chimes with Britain’s most cherished values.The celebrities say in their letter:“In a climate where children are sent to work in order to help their parents survive, where young girls are sold off as child brides and where torture victims are unable to rebuild their lives, every resettlement place countries like Britain provide is a lifeline.“Resettling ‘several hundred people’ just isn’t good enough for a global leader. This issue isn’t about migration statistics or party politics, it’s about people. It’s about the values that we in Britain hold dear; compassion and humanity.“Your choice is simple, yet historic. You are in a position to offer some of the most vulnerable people in the world safety in Britain. You can offer hope. You can offer a future.”The UN’s Refugee Agency UNHCR is calling on governments from around the world to offer 100,000 resettlement places for Syria’s refugees in 2015/2016.So far, the British Government has said it anticipates resettling just ‘several hundred people’ over a three year period and has resisted calls to resettle more people. Other countries, including Germany and the USA, have promised to resettle thousands. In early January, Canada announced it would open its doors to 10,000 Syrian refugees.Refugee Council Chief Executive Maurice Wren said: “The Syrian crisis presents us with one of the greatest refugee crises of our time and, arguably, one of the greatest moral questions of our time.“The UK’s commitment to the relief effort has been laudable but it’s not enough. The question is, does David Cameron want to go down in history as the Prime Minister who rationed his compassion to a few hundred people when there was the opportunity to offer safety to so many more?”Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen added: “The UK often prides itself on its history of offering sanctuary to refugees but this government can’t hold its head high when it comes to the most vulnerable refugees from the conflict in Syria. Millions are living in extremely precarious conditions in neighbouring countries. Given the numbers, it is shocking that the UK has only taken in 90 refugees since it agreed to a resettlement programme a year ago.

”The international community must urgently step up its efforts to take the pressure off Syria’s neighbours and resettle the most vulnerable of these refugees for whom protection here could literally be a matter of life or death.”Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: “This is about Britain standing side by side with a region in crisis and offering to improve the lives of some the most desperate Syrian refugees. Our aid contribution has been highly generous, but we can no longer continue to treat this problem solely at arms length. For some refugees, life in camps or makeshift shelters is not just hard, it is impossible. A year ago we promised to reach out to these most vulnerable people, but so far Britain has not done enough to live up to that promise.”The celebrities’ letter follows a call made by over 30 leading aid and refugee agencies for the British Government to resettle up to 10,000 refugees from Syria by the end of 2015.Source:Refugee Councillast_img read more

Nissan Thinks This Tiny Car May Be the Future of Urban Transportation

first_imgMarch 24, 2016 How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min readcenter_img The logistics around maintaining a car when you’re living in a major metropolitan area can be a serious pain.Worrying about your carbon footprint while stuck in city traffic and hunting for the Holy Grail of a consistent parking space may lead many a car owner to decide it is more trouble than it’s worth. Nissan revealed an adorable concept car on Tuesday at the 2016 New York International Auto Show to address those concerns.Related: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Is Building a Platform to Make Traffic Less HorribleThe Nissan New Mobility Concepts, or NNMC, is a 100 percent electric car at a sprightly 7.6 feet in length — bigger than a small motorcycle but smaller than a full-sized car. It’s possible for three of these tiny vehicles to fit into one parking space.Image Credit: Nissan”With the fast-paced growth of smart technologies and the emergence of the sharing economy,” Nissan Future Lab Director Rachel Nguyen says in a release, “we are studying how this size and package of electric vehicle fits in real-life customer situations.”There are 10 NNMCs being tested in San Francisco, where drivers can rent one for $6 for a half hour on the road, or plunk down $80 for a whole day.Related: Uber and Lyft Will Collaborate With Public Transportation So You Don’t Have to Own a CarThe vehicles can fit up to two passengers and were designed for short distance trips. They’re not built for a road trip, but it may just fit the bill for a drive to the grocery store and back — though not quickly, as the car’s top speed is 25 mph.Image Credit: Nissan Listen Nowlast_img read more