30 Minutes with… Damian McKenzie

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS How was your first experience with the All Blacks squad in June?Awesome. It was full-on but everything I expected. I learnt loads and really enjoyed it. I’m a happy man at the moment.Yes, you’re clearly enjoying your rugby right now…I just try to play my normal game. I haven’t changed too many things. I’m picked for a reason so I try to stay as relaxed as possible.What’s with the smile when you line up a kick?It helps me relax. I put it in my routine to help me focus on kicking the ball.Who’s the joker in the All Blacks squad?Daggy (Israel Dagg). He keeps the boys up. He’s a funny guy and chucks banter out there. I’m terrible at jokes myself. Even if someone tells me a good joke, it rolls straight out of my head and I can’t remember it.Funny man: Israel Dagg dives over for a try against Wales. Photo: Getty ImagesWhat’s your nickname?Big Jim. That comes from my dad – he likes to give nicknames to relatives. He called me Jimmy when I was younger and I think the big is because I’m not!Do you have any phobias?I’m claustrophobic – I don’t like tight spaces. If I was trapped in a cupboard I wouldn’t last too long.Have team-mates done that?No, but when they read this they might!What are your bugbears?I have to be careful as it’s a bit hypocritical, but people being late. I’m quite bad at it myself, but if you say you’re going to meet somewhere, turn up on time. Also, Auckland traffic. Getting stuck in that isn’t fun. I’m from Southland and I’m not used to that many people, so get impatient. It’s fine in Hamilton. Chiefs full-back Damian McKenzie talks All Blacks, nicknames and dream party guests Do you have any superstitions?Not really. I strap my right thumb and wrist as I used to have an injury there. Before a game I always clean my boots. It takes me back to when I was a kid and Dad would make us clean our boots, so we didn’t get too big for the game.Being claustrophobic you wouldn’t want to be stuck in a lift, but if you were, who’d you want with you?A lift operator – someone who could fix it and get me out of there. Or a good-looking girl, like Margot Robbie. I think we could have a good chat.Mad about Margot: Aussie actress Margot Robbie would make a good dinner date. Photo: Getty ImagesIf you could have one superpower, what would it be?Flying would be cool. You’d get to places quicker and wouldn’t have to worry about traffic.What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?Probably a vest I had six or seven years ago that the boys still give me stick about now.Who would be your dream dinner party guests?I’ve always been a fan of Roger Federer, so I’d like to have him round. There’s so many people I’d like to have dinner with! Adam Sandler and Mark Wahlberg – I’m a fan of their films. And Margot Robbie!Any guilty pleasures?Definitely chocolate. I don’t treat myself too much but I do love chocolate.What would you be doing if you weren’t playing rugby? I’m from a dairy farm so I’d probably be working there or studying at uni. Something along those lines. I’m really into golf, too. I play off nine.How would you like to be remembered?center_img As someone who put others before himself and gave a good name to rugby, on and off the field.This article originally appeared in the August 2016 issue of Rugby World. For the latest subscription offers, click here. On the up: Damian McKenzie has a laugh during All Blacks training. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

TV industry talent schemes open for applications

first_img Howard Lake | 2 March 2018 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The DebbiesTo spread the word of its work and celebrate new and emerging talent in the industry, the charity has just held its inaugural Debbies Awards.Audience at The Debbies 2018Hosted by actor and director Femi Oyeniran, himself an alumnus of the Talent Schemes and Creative Director at production company Purple Geko, the TV industry ceremony was held in East London.Winners in five categories were announced, including the Test Card Award, which gives videographers, filmmakers, and amateur producers an opportunity to submit a fully realised pilot TV show. This year it was awarded to Great Expectations by Pip Swallow –  a loose retelling of the famous Dickens story, set in modern times, and “told with bleak comic freshness and a female protagonist”. Tagged with: diversity Funding Scotland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 TV industry talent schemes open for applicationscenter_img The Edinburgh International Television Festival is inviting applications to its two talent schemes. The charitable organisation runs two schemes – The Network and Ones to Watch – as part of its mission “to identify and nurture the next generation of talent from all backgrounds”.The schemes help talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds across the UK kick-start their careers in the TV industry. The Network was set up in 1991 to give people with little or no experience their vital first step on the TV ladder. Designed for those who want to work behind the camera, 60 are accepted onto the scheme every year. Successful applicants benefit from a four-day course that takes place alongside the organisation’s TV Festival in August in Edinburgh. This is followed by 12 months of mentoring and paid work placements with some of the TV industry’s most prestigious companies.Ones to Watch, founded in 1994, is aimed at those who already have three or more years’ experience in TV and are looking to make the next big step in their career.Each year 30 candidates are selected from all areas of the TV industry – from assistant producers to directors, writers to marketers, schedulers, business and legal. Graduates of the scheme gain access to a series of workshops and masterclasses, led in previous years by prominent industry executives and creatives including Jay Hunt, Charlotte Moore, Vince Gilligan and Vinay Patel. Graduates will also be showcased to over 2,000 delegates at the TV Festival and receive 12 months of training and development “from the best in the business”.  125 total views,  1 views today Advertisement All winners will receive a pass to the Edinburgh International TV Festival, taking place in August, to learn about the global TV industry,  together with the opportunity to enjoy bespoke career advice and “introductions to some of the biggest names in the industry”.Submissions to the two Talent Schemes are open until 27 April at 11pm. All applicants must be over 18. Shortlisted applicants will be notified in May.  126 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

Senior Minister at University Christian Church announces resignation

first_imgJoey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center printThe senior minister at the University Christian Church announced his resignation Tuesday, Jan. 26, saying he plans to step down this spring, according to an email sent by University Christian Church.Monty Phillips, chairs of the board of stewards for UCC, wrote in the email that the church will begin the search for an interim minister with the assistance of regional ministry staff. He added that Thomas offered to remain as the senior minister between his announcement and departure.The email states that Thomas “wishes to step back, simplify and focus on his family.”Rev. Larry Thomas served as the senior minister at the church since October of 2011. He is also a member of the TCU board of Trustees. Twitter Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ ReddIt Previous articleFort Worth Community Votes on School CalendarNext articleNew voters: deadline to register for Texas primary is Feb. 1 Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Joey McReynolds + posts Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Facebook The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Facebook Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedinlast_img read more

Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information PHOTO: JOHNSON LAI / AP News RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets the non-renewal of news channel CTi TV’s broadcasting licence as it bears consequences for its staff but insists that the decision does not go against press freedom. News June 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go further In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival November 20, 2020 Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom On 18th November, Taiwan’s independent regulator, National Communications Commission (NCC), announced its decision to deny the renewal of the broadcasting licence of news channel CTi TV, owned by pro-Chinese Want Want China Times Media Group. The regulator made its decision on the grounds that the channel repeatedly violated its licence agreement, receiving 25 fines in the past six years for the spreading of disinformation. A media licence review by an independent regulator is a standard procedure but this is the first time NCC has declined the renewal of a news channel since its establishment in 2006.”The public has a right to receive accurate information and media owners should not impart content that suits their interests,” says Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia Bureau head. “The de facto shutdown of a news channel is an extreme measure that will bear significant consequences for its staff and we expect NCC to provide the public with complete access to all evidence showing that the licence renewal would have endangered the public interest.”Want Want China Times Media Group, part of the Want Want industrial conglomerate that has most of its business in China, belongs to Taiwanese tycoon Tsai Eng-meng, who openly displays his sympathy and support for the Chinese Communist Party. In July 2019, the group filed a defamation lawsuit against Financial Times correspondent Kathrin Hille after she reported on China’s meddling in daily newspaper China Times’ editorial direction.Taiwan, a liberal democracy, is the victim of growing media interference from the People’s Republic of China, who aggressively claims its sovereignty on the island. Taiwan’s journalists are also suffering from a very politically polarized media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit, which impairs the right of the public to receive complete and unbiased information.Taiwan ranks 43rd out of 180 in the 2020 RSF World Press Freedom Index. Read the original RSF press release in English and Chinese: Related documents RSF statement 無國界記者組織官方聲明PDF – 248.59 KB Organisation TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence News June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Gardai warn business owners over opportunistic criminals

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Gardai warn business owners over opportunistic criminals News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – March 24, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai in Donegal are warning business owners who may temporarily closed to be on high alert for opportunistic criminals.Gardai are asking everyone to Ensure premises are well secured and that the alarms are used and monitored by monitoring centres.Owners are also being urged to check their premises regularly and report any unusual activity immediately to Gardai.Donegal Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. Paul Wallace has this advice:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/paulbudfgdfgdfgdsiness1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Previous articleSt Eunan’s GAA Club to become Covid-19 Testing CentreNext articleAppeal to St. Eunans club volunteers to help with traffic management News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Little Miss and Miss Brundidge crowned over weekend

first_img You Might Like One man arrested for attempted murder Rosales A Montgomery resident was charged with attempted murder Sunday after an early morning altercation in which a family member… read more Little Miss Brundige Aubrey Lightener is no stranger to pageant titles. She is the reigning Little Miss Greater Geneva County Woodlands and Little Miss Tri-State Relay for Life.But she was especially excited to be crowned Little Miss Brundidge.“Being Little Miss Brundidge is something I have always wanted to do,” Aubrey said. “Now, I will get to do all the cool things the other little girl (2014 Little Miss Brundidge Addie Davis) got to do.”Aubrey’s mom, Brittney Terry, said Aubrey watched the videos of last year’s winners and is excited about all the fun things she will get to do.Aubrey is an active first-grader who makes good grades, plays softball and cheers.Aubrey lives in the Roeton community. Her parents are Brittney Terry and Bradley LightenerWinners in the other categories are: Arrelle Nagel, Tiny Miss; Ashlyn Adkins, Future Miss; Emily Mosley, Petite Miss; Kaylee Thurman, Young Miss; Korbin Adams, Pre-Teen Miss; and Madison Brown, Teen Miss.First Runners-up are: Ansley Senn, Tiny Miss; Ja’Mari Cole, Future Miss; Caroline Senn, Young Miss; Jade Bradley, Pre-Teen; and Eden Hipps, Teen Miss.The queens were crowned by Addie Davis, Little Miss Brundidge 2014 and Aimee Frankum, Miss Brundidge 2014. By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLCarter Senn was crowded Miss Brundidge and Aubrey Lightner was crowned Little Miss Brundidge.Carter Senn was crowned 2015 Miss Brundidge and Aubrey Lightener was crowned 2015 Little Miss Brundidge at the Brundidge Business Association’s annual Miss and Little Miss Brundidge Pageant Saturday night at at the Pike County High School Fine Arts Building.Carter Senn is a junior at Pike Liberal Arts School and Aubrey Lightener is a first grade student at Ariton Elementary School.Carter said she is honored to represent her hometown and is looking forward to a year of By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Print Article exciting opportunities.“My mother, Sheree Carter Senn, and my aunt, Stephanie Carter Campbell, both represented Brundidge as Miss Brundidge,” Carter said. “I was hoping for the opportunity to represent my hometown community as they did.”Carter said she is looking forward to the parades, the Miss National Peanut Pageant and all of the events and activities that are part of being a hometown representative. Little Miss and Miss Brundidge crowned over weekend Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Being Miss Brundidge will give me many opportunities to meet new people and be involved in my community,” Carter said. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful year.”Carter is dually enrolled at PLAS and Troy University. At PLAS, she is a member of the Math Team and the Excell Club. She is co-captain of the cheer squad, a member of the Twilighters, social/service club and a Dugout Doll.She is a member of The Vine church in Troy and works with the children’s ministry. As a Twilighter, she visits the residents at Troy Health and Rehabilitation Center and volunteers with Sav-A-Life fundraisers.Carter’s parents are Jason and Sheree Senn of Brundidge. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Is there a Universal Temperature Dependence of metabolism?

first_imgIn a challenging and provocative paper Gillooly et al. (2001) have proposed that the metabolism of all organisms can be described by a single equation, * Q = b0M3/4e−E/kT, where Q = metabolic rate, M = body mass, E = the activation energy of metabolism (defined as the average activation energy for the rate-limiting enzyme catalysed biochemical reactions of metabolism), T = absolute temperature, k = Boltzmann’s constant and b0 is a normalization constant independent of M and T. In deriving this equation Gillooly et al. (2001) start from the premise that metabolic rate scales with body mass as Q ∝ M3/4, based on the fractal-like design of exchange surfaces and distribution networks in plants and animals (West, Brown & Enquist 1997, 1999a,b). These arguments have stimulated some criticism (see for example Dodds, Rothman & Weitz 2001) but here I will concentrate on the derivation of the second part of the equation, namely the temperature dependence term. Gillooly et al. (2001) called the temperature dependence term of this equation the Universal Temperature Dependence (UTD) of metabolism. Although there have been many statistical descriptions of the relationship between size, temperature and metabolism since the classic work of Hemmingsen (1950, 1960) and Kleiber (1950, 1961), the UTD differs from these in being explicitly derived from first principles, in the sense that the formulation of the temperature dependence term is derived from classical statistical thermodynamics. The UTD has subsequently been incorporated into explanations of developmental time in all organisms, and macroecological patterns including global-scale analyses of diversity and population density (Allen, Brown & Gillooly 2002; Belgrano et al. 2002; Gillooly et al. 2002). Here I examine the assumptions underlying the formulation of the UTD, and test the relationship with a carefully assembled data set for teleost fish. In doing so I have distinguished between two philosophically different forms of the UTD, both of which are discussed but not explicitly distinguished by Gillooly et al. (2002). The first is where metabolic rate is determined mechanistically by temperature alone; this might be termed the hard UTD hypothesis. In the second form the UTD is simply a parameter-sparse statistical model describing the relationship between temperature and metabolic rate; this is the soft UTD hypothesis.last_img read more

Nuculidae (Bivalvia) in the Cape Melville Formation, King George Island, Antarctica, with an overview of the bivalve fauna

first_imgNuculid bivalves of the Cape Melville Formation (Early Miocene, King George Island)are reviewed. Ten bivalve taxa are listed from the formation in the families Nuculidae (two species),Sareptidae, Malletiidae, Limopsidae (two species), Limidae, Pectinidae, Hiatellidae, and Periplomatidae.The Nuculidae consist of two species of Leionucula Quenstedt, 1930. One of these, L. melvilleana n. sp., isdescribed and the other consists of the two species named previously by Anelli et al. (2006), which aredemonstrated to be synonymous and are assigned to the species Leionucula frigida (Anelli, Rocha-Campos,Santos, Perinotto & Quaglio 2006). This assemblage, dominated by protobranchs (89% of specimens), isa typical fauna of offshore soft substrates, with a few specimens transported from hard substrates nearby.The diversity of Nuculidae has decreased in the Antarctic region through the Cenozoic.last_img read more

Oceanographers’ contribution to climate modelling and prediction: progress to date and a future perspective

first_imgThe ocean plays an essential role in determining aspects of the climate through its influence on coupled processes involving the atmosphere, cyrosphere and biogeochemistry,including budgets of heat and carbon dioxide and sea-level rise. Here, the key developments in ocean modelling over the past 20 years are reviewed and the prospects for the next 20 years are outlined, considering a hierarchy of idealized, conceptual and realistic modelling frameworks. It is emphasized that any long-term modelling strategyneeds to be underpinned and complemented by fundamental theoretical and observational research activities. The need to be aware of the societal and technological drivers thatwill shape future research directions is also articulated.last_img read more

Coronavirus and sports: Fans banned from NCAA tournament games and other impacted events

first_imgMarch 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Coronavirus and sports: Fans banned from NCAA tournament games and other impacted events Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) — As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events, from the NCAA to the Ivy League.Fans banned from NCAA gamesDays ahead of the start of March Madness, the NCAA president said fans will be banned from “upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family” there.“While I understate how disappointing this is for all fans,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday, “my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing.”Ivy League cancels springs athleticsThe Ivy League on Wednesday canceled all games and practices through the rest of this academic year.“In accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals, several Ivy League institutions have announced that students will not return to campus after spring break, and classes will be held virtually during the semester,” the council of presidents said in a statement. “Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue.”Each school will determine if winter teams and athletes who qualified for postseason play will participate, the council said.The league also announced it was canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and that the regular season champions will advance to the NCAA tournament.Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with the full ABC News team where we will try to answer your questions about the virus.Golden State Warriors to play without fansIn San Francisco, the mayor on Wednesday banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors then announced that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets will be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” Curry said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”“I know once the game starts it will be fairly easy to get into that type of flow,” he added.All other games and events at San Francisco’s Chase Center (home to the Warriors) through March 21 were canceled or postponed, officials added.  Changes for the MLBIn Washington state, hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the governor on Wednesday banned events of more than 250 people in several counties.That prompted the Seattle Mariners to say the team is working with MLB “on alternative plans” for games scheduled in Seattle at the end of March.The San Francisco Giants also made adjustments.The Giants said they won’t play the March 24 exhibition game set to take place in the city and that the team said it is working on “alternative arrangements.”  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more