Top tech: Check out all the latest breakthroughs at the Innovation Summit TAGS: Harlequins LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There will also be input from outside of rugby, as experts like Bill Burgos, head of conditioning at the NBA’s Orlando Magic, and Dr James Brown, chief medical officer for GB Triathlon, talk over the weekend.To find the full list of speakers across both days or to book tickets to the event, visit rugbyinnovationsummit.com RUGBY WORLD is proud to be the media partner of an exciting new venture that is gathering momentum – the Rugby Innovation Summit.The unique event which will be staged at the Twickenham Stoop over 24 and 25 May, continues to have interested parties climbing on board. The aim of the experts involved in the summit is to reduce injury, optimise performance and boost participation across all levels of the game.Luke James, founder of Game Changer Sports who came up with the event, says: “I had what I suppose you’d call a lightbulb moment. That’s when I came up with the Summit.“The objective is to understand and implement the latest research and insights into sport injury and performance, and make that applicable at every level of the game. If we help to give athletes, particularly at grass-roots level, a better chance of avoiding injury and playing long and enjoyable careers, that’s a large part of my job done.”Held in conjunction with Harlequins, and with more than 200 rugby and performance directors from leading clubs, universities and schools in attendance, the RIS will showcase a mix of theory and research with live performances, injury-reducing technology demonstrations and shows of game play – thanks to live performance testing being done alongside a Home Nations International mixed touch tournament. Displaying the latest innovative research and technology in live scenarios enables directors of rugby, performance coaches, sport scientists and medical professionals to see directly how new techniques or tech impact their team on the field.Slam dunk: One of the Orlando Magic basketball team in actionLeading names within the game will be presenting, including ex-South Africa skipper Bob Skinstad, USA Sevens coach Mike Friday, kicking guru Dave Alred and Leicester’s head of innovation Matt Johnson amongst many more.
NewsRegional Reflections by Comrade Fidel: The will of steel (Part 1) by: – October 18, 2011 Fidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.caTwo days ago on Friday October 14th, Granma and Juventud Rebelde, the Communist Party and Youth League newspapers, published a brave and energetic message from René González, Hero of the Republic, to the people of Cuba, after the odious and unfair 13-year punishment had finished, separately, like the other four heroes who are serving longer sentences in prisons that are hundreds of miles away from each other. Not for one instant did the unshakeable steadfastness of each one of them falter, even when they were repeatedly thrown into punishment cells, veritable sepulchres, without any space to move, just as “Yankee justice” decreed, with no crime or any kind of evidence. If there was anything in which such “justice” didn’t make a mistake, it was in the selection of the type of men it was punishing.René was additionally prohibited from returning to his Homeland to be with his family and his people for three years. He will have to remain in the territory of the country that had imposed such unfair punishment on him. For everyone, and especially for those of us who have lived through critical years in the history of our Homeland, René’s words profoundly sized it up.“The fact that I am now out of prison – he stated – only means that one avenue of abuse to which I was subjected has been closed, […] we still have four brothers whom we have to rescue and whom we need with us with their families, to be among you giving the best of themselves…”“For me, this is only a trench, a new place in which I am going to continue fighting for justice so that the Five of us can return together to you.” “…to all the people who have accompanied us over the years, who have been thousands, and through whom we have been able, little by little, to break through this information blockade, to break through the wall of silence that the corporate media have built around the case, I extend to you, on behalf of the Five, my most profound gratitude, my commitment to continue representing you as you deserve, which is definitely what we Five are doing, because we are not only Five, we are a whole people who have resisted for 50 years, and it is thanks to that that we are still resisting, […] and will never fail you and will always rise to the heights that you deserve.René’s sincere, steadfast and energetic words, the unmistakable tone of voice of a fighter who has withstood 13 infinite years of brutal and unfair punishment without faltering for one second, are really impressive. Imperial tyranny will not be able to sustain its gross lies about the injustice committed against the Five Cuban Anti-terrorist Heroes. It doesn’t matter how treacherously the information media in its control does its best to present them as agents and spies that placed United States security at risk. The President of the National Assembly and the prestigious lawyer José Pertierra have been in charge of pulverizing the gross Yankee lies about the heroic Cuban anti-terrorists.The memory of the victorious battle our people waged for the return of the boy Elián González to his family and homeland crossed my mind. In the face of the monstrous behaviour of the Cuban counter-revolutionary mafia of Miami and its contempt of the country’s authorities, the very president of the United States at that time, Bill Clinton, was forced to send security forces in order to impose American law and order on the fascist groups who were being contemptuous and setting symbols and flags of that country on fire, headed by the “ferocious she-wolf” Ileana Ros, among others, who today is nothing less than the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee of the US House of Representatives and dictates rules on that country’s foreign policy. René González’ message to the people of Cuba, at his own initiative and bravely taking on any risk, reinforces our profound conviction that the position of the US government in terms of the Five Cuban heroes is by now unsustainable, just as its justification of the criminal economic blockade against our homeland and the punitive measures it applies on foreign enterprises that do business with our country. Such a policy, brutal and unusual, has been transformed by the powerful empire into an international norm, despite the practically unanimous opinion of all the members of the United Nations, with the exception of the US and Israel.Facts irrefutably show that in the globalized world of today, under the aegis of the Yankee empire, no security guarantee exists for any other country. In the UN one can repeat time and time again the unanimous rejection of the economic blockade on Cuba, or any other measure such as the right of the Palestinian people to their constitution as a state, but unless such a right, or any other, fits in with the empire’s interests, it has no validity whatsoever. Without it being a deliberate purpose of the Revolution, our country has become an example of what a small state can achieve if it steadfastly sustains a policy of principles even when scientific and technological advances, its patents and the distribution of the planet’s wealth is in the hands of the most developed and richest nations, that in times past were the colonial powers, disseminators of looting and poverty in our countries. In its long struggle against the empire, our country’s combatants have been at the point of being the target for nuclear weapons at the service of that power: the first time in October of 1962; and the second time in mid-1988. On neither of these two occasions did our Homeland succumb to Yankee blackmail: in 1962, it permitted no inspection of any sort on its territory, and in 1988, after the battle of Cuito Cuanavale and the advance of 50,000 Cuban and Angolan soldiers over the South African forces equipped by the West and provided with nuclear missiles, they decided to negotiate the independence of Namibia and the end of Apartheid.The peoples of the Third World recognize and are thankful for the unselfish solidarity of Cuba in areas that are so important such as health and education. Who can believe the strange lie about Cuba supporting terrorism?Such a dull and stupid fib on the part of the powerful country which, only 90 miles away from its shores, not only applied against it a criminal blockade but also perpetrated the most grotesque acts of terrorism. The fires set in educational, recreational and business centres; the live phosphorus in the sugar cane plantations; the use of explosives in factories; the pirate attacks against port facilities and fishing and cargo vessels; the organizing of counter-revolutionary gangs; infiltrations by agents and providing weapons to mercenary gangs began in 1959, after the First Agrarian Reform Law, leaving a trail of death and destruction in our Homeland. The bombing of our air force bases and the landing of mercenary troops at the Bay of Pigs, escorted by American aircraft carriers and warships cost innumerable victims when our revolutionary process was barely starting. Can the United States deny these facts? Assassination plans on the leaders of the Revolution organized by US intelligence services were innumerable; in fact their gross actions didn’t limit themselves to that. Viruses and bacteria were introduced into our country to sabotage the production of plants and animals; even worse, diseases that didn’t even exist in this hemisphere were introduced into Cuba against the population. Haemorrhagic dengue affected hundreds of thousands of persons and around 150 of them, mainly children, died. That disease still creates havoc in this hemisphere. The tale of what the United States has committed against our people would be endless. To be continued tomorrow.Fidel Castro RuzOctober 16, 2011, 9:05 p.m. Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Share 18 Views no discussions
Image Courtesy: Getty/BBLAdvertisement 3tki8NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs41g5gWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egw2v( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1yjhWould you ever consider trying this?😱w1h9Can your students do this? 🌚2w8y18Roller skating! Powered by Firework While the never ending tension lies between India and Pakistan, a very appreciable gesture of friendship was seen almost 8000 kms away from the subcontinent. As Melbourne Stars took on Hobart Hurricanes in yesterday’s KFC Big Bash League match in Australia, Pakistani bowler Haris Rauf won hearts around the internet after presenting the match ball to an Indian security guard present at the Ted Summerton Reserve sports facility in Moe, Victoria.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/BBLHaris, who plays for the Stars in the league, had a marvellous 5 wicket haul in yesterday’s win. However, the pacer’s friendly approach towards his neighbouring citizen has become the main talk of the game.Check out this clip below where Haris talks about the jolly approach to the Punjabi stadium official, courtesy to the official Twitter handle of Big Bash League.Advertisement “I gave today’s match ball to a security guy who is from India. When I came to the ground today, I told him I am from Pakistan, he got emotional, he cried and he hugged me,” Rauf said in the post match interview.The 26 year old, who hails from Rawalpindi, started his career in the 2018 Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy, with Lahore Qalandars, a Pakistan Super League side. He also plays for the Gilgit-Baluchistan based club Northern cricket team, and was called up for the Baluchistan squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.Rauf made his first class debut for Northern cricket team in the 2019–20 Quaid e Azam Trophy on 28 September back in September. He is yet to make an appearance for the international team.In his 5 wicket haul yesterday’s Rauf’s first victim was the Hurricanes skipper Ben McDermott, who’s mid wicket pull ended in the palms of Ben Dunk. In the 11th over, Rauf bagged in three wickets. Mac Wright was caught behind by the keeper Peter Handscomb, and Tom Rogers and Qais Ahmed were clean bowled. Rau’f final prey was Nathan Ellis, as the Hurricanes went down 98/9 in the 14th over.The Stars successfully defended their impressive 163 overall, registering a 52 runs win. With two back to back victories, they are positioned second in the league table with 4 points.Also read-PCB chief: India ‘far greater security risk’ than Pakistan to play cricket inWatch : Tabraiz Shamsi pulls out a neat little magic trick as a celebration after he picks up a wicket! Advertisement