Winning start: England lift the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield. Photo: InphoSTATISTICS19 – The number of ball carries made by Billy Vunipola, more than any other player. Stuart Hogg was Scotland’s top carrier with 17 and the top metre maker with 90.9 – The number of lineouts won by George Kruis, more than twice as many as Richie Gray (four).12 – The number of penalties conceded by England compared to nine by Scotland.5 – The number of rucks/mauls lost by England compared to three by Scotland.Scotland: S Hogg; S Maitland, M Bennett, M Scott, T Seymour (D Taylor 66); F Russell, G Laidlaw (capt); A Dickinson (G Reid 58), R Ford (S McInally 65), WP Nel (Z Fagerson 69), R Gray, J Gray (T Swinson 70), J Barclay (B Cowan 59), J Hardie, D Denton.Pens: Laidlaw 3.England: M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, O Farrell, J Nowell; G Ford, D Care (B Youngs 55); J Marler (M Vunipola 49), D Hartley (capt, J George77), D Cole, J Launchbury (C Lawes 47), G Kruis, C Robshaw (J Clifford 69), J Haskell, B Vunipola.Tries: Kruis, Nowell. Con: Farrell. Pen: Farrell.Referee: John Lacey (Ireland) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight Man of the Match: Billy Vunipola (England)For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. A round-up of what’s hot and what’s not from the Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield Full stretch: George Kruis scores the opening try of the 2016 Calcutta Cup. Photo: Inpho The 2016 Calcutta Cup clash was a tight, edgy affair in Edinburgh, with England coming out on top thanks to tries from George Kruis and Jack Nowell. Both sides showed plenty of endeavour, but their execution was lacking. Eddie Jones will be pleased to have started his reign as England coach with a win but his team did not assert themselves as convincingly as he would have liked in the physical exchanges, earning parity in the scrum but often being caught out at the breakdown by quicker Scottish reactions. Scotland, too, will be disappointed they did not threaten England’s line more regularly.WHAT’S HOT…Contrasting back rows – As expected, England’s trio favoured big, powerful surges, Man of the Match Billy Vunipola in particular making ground, while Scotland’s back row were more dynamic and far quicker to reach the breakdown. Openside John Hardie was a notable presence with ball in hand and the men in blue certainly reaped more rewards at the contact area.On the ball: Scotland openside John Hardie was a threat with ball in hand. Photo: InphoIt could make for an interesting scavenging tussle in Cardiff next week if Hardie and John Barclay get the nod again and Wales field Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric. England might need to rethink their back-row balance, though. Chris Robshaw and James Haskell certainly got through a lot of work, but the team still lack a turnover specialist; Matt Kvesic is the one man in the squad who can deliver this.Energetic wingers – Anthony Watson was the first wide man to make a significant run, jinking in and out of defenders and using his rapid speed to good effect. Jack Nowell got himself involved early on, too, putting in a smart chip over Tommy Seymour and chasing down Stuart Hogg over the try-line, earning England the scrum from which George Kruis scored. In the second half, he got on the scoresheet himself with a pop pass from Mako Vunipola allowing Owen Farrell to send him over. All in all, Nowell was England’s standout back.Corner stop: Jack Nowell dives over out wide for England’s second try. Photo: InphoFor the Scots, Tommy Seymour was lively and while he dropped a few balls in attack, he was a determined chaser whenever the high balls went up and put pressure on England’s catchers. Sean Maitland also got involved regularly, coming off his wing to offer himself as an attacking option like the game’s other wide men.Leaders – Dylan Hartley had a good first outing as England skipper, helping provide a solid platform at the set-piece, while Chris Robshaw was a workhorse in the tight phases, leading by example even though he no longer leads the team. George Kruis and James Haskell deserve a mention for their work-rate too. Greig Laidlaw was as solid as ever at nine and Jonny Gray yet again tackled himself to a standstill, showing the qualities that mark him out as a future Scotland captain. The leadership shown by players on both sides will be welcomed by the management teams.WHAT’S NOT…Ball control – Both teams showed a desire to run the ball and such a frenetic pace was bound to lead to a few errors, but the number of knock-ons will be a worry for the two coaching teams. Looking after the ball is the most important part of the game and players for England and Scotland coughed up possession too easily too often. It’s a minor thing given his performance around the park, but Billy Vunipola also needs to work on his control at the base of the scrum.Leading figures: Greig Laidlaw and Jonny Gray celebate winning a penalty. Photo: InphoDecisions at No 10 – Finn Russell is sure to rue the choice he made after intercepting an England pass in Scotland’s 22 midway through the second half. He opted to kick the ball rather than draw the defender and offload to Stuart Hogg outside him. Had he gone for the pass it could well have led to a try.In the white No 10 jersey, George Ford lacked the authority and decisiveness seen in last year’s Six Nations. He seemed to ponder his next move that second too long and often took a poor option, running into a wall of defenders or putting up an aimless high ball. His club travails have no doubt knocked his confidence but he needs to rediscover his natural instincts fast in this championship.Whistling! – It’s long been a bugbear of Rugby World but despite the signs popping up around the stadium calling on fans to respect the kicker, whistles and jeers were continually heard during penalty and conversion attempts. And it wasn’t just Owen Farrell who got the brunt of it; even Greig Laidlaw felt the force of negative crowd noise. Then during his post-match, on-field interview, Dylan Hartley was booed. These sort of crowd reactions must stop. All players and officials should be respected.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Beware of spoilers!!For Game of Thrones fans, the phrase “All Men Must Die” has served as a brutal reminder that death is inescapable—whether the unlucky soul is a king, a knight, a hero (one of the few in Westeros) or a miscreant-turned-member of the Knight’s Watch.But the prophetic phrase isn’t interpreted—at least by the ideologues among us—to include pre-teen girls being immolated at the behest of their fathers, or a revenge-fueled kiss of death planted on an innocent bride-to-be. Neither did we ever believe it justified enlisting a small boy, barely knocking on puberty’s door, to strike a dagger into a young man’s heart, effectively dealing the death blow (or so we’re led to believe).Et tu, Olly?Goodbye, Jon Snow. Farewell, Shireen. Good knowing you, however briefly, Myrcella.The devastation heaped on characters in the recently completed season of Game of Thrones did not go unnoticed. Sure, our brains have become desensitized by the endless amount of gory films and gruesome shows on television, but the savagery this time around was intensely blood-curdling.And it wasn’t only death that had us sleeping with one-eye open at night. There was enough other atrocities to go around, even if they didn’t involve spilling copious amounts of blood.As we bid ado this season 5 of GOT, let’s take a brief look back at the ruin it unleashed.Sansa Stark (R) and Theon Greyjoy (L) form an unlikely alliance in the face of great danger. (Photo credit: HBO)This was gut-wrenching. Sansa Stark returns home to Winterfell after an incredibly distressing time in King’s Landing, only to be betrothed to the bastard Ramsey Bolton, a particularly hideous human who somehow found a way to supplant Joffrey as Westeros’ chief deviant—dead or alive.And did we mention it was Ramsey’s father Roose Bolton who betrayed the Starks? (Recalling “The Red Wedding” still gives us chills.) Upon her nuptials, Sansa was brutalized once again, raped by her new husband while Reek, formerly known as Theon Greyjoy, was forced to watch. We did not see the chilling rape on screen, instead we witnessed the horrific attack through the eyes of Reek, a battered shell of the man he once was. Disgusted fans levied harsh criticism on the series’ creators, some going as far as threatening a boycott. It was yet another rape perpetrated by a power-hungry man in a show full of such wretched misogynists. How many more are we supposed to take? Revenge can’t come soon enough. The season ended with Sansa’s fate up in the air, so to speak.Melisandre convinces Stannis that sacrificing his daughter will give him good fortune in the battles to come. (Photo credit: Helen Sloan/HBO)Poor Shireen. I can still hear the pitiful child’s ear-splitting screams. Her cries for her father remain fresh in my mind, and may haunt GOT fans for seasons to come. Why, Stannis, why?Well, we know why: Melisandre, seeking guidance from the Lord of Light, had prophesied that a human sacrifice—an individual with king’s blood, to be exact—would propel Stannis to victory in the battle for Winterfell. Stannis, consumed with Iron Throne glory, and bruised by the fiery cloak-and-dagger attack on his camp perpetrated by Ramsey, finally wilted. After a heart-warming exchange with her father’s trusted advisor, Davos, Shireen told her father that as his dutiful daughter she’d do anything to help him in his quest. She shouldn’t have. They hugged. He apologized. Then she was burned at the stake—her guttural cries falling on deaf ears. All for naught.Jon Snow flees Hardhome after white walkers slaughter hundreds of wildlings. (Photo credit: HBO)We finally got a glimpse of what winter looks like, and it’s nothing we’ve ever imagined. White Walkers, led by the Night’s King, descended on Hardhome, a Wildling camp north of the wall, and unleashed frozen hell on its inhabitants. The poor free folk had no chance.Jon Snow, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, provided the only silver lining, shattering into pieces a frozen demon with a swift slice of his sword, Longclaw, forged with Valyrian steel. Prior to this we were led to believe that only dragon glass could kill those awful walkers. That theory was expunged rather quickly, though it appears Westeros is going to need plenty of dragon glass if it has any chance of survival. Despite the small victory, the scene was horrific in its lopsided resolution. Hundreds of wildlings were murdered, only to be risen by the Night’s King as blue-eyed zombies, adding more bodies to the largest single army in the seven kingdoms.The Sons of Harpy, an underground rebel group in Mereen, try but fail to assassinate Daenerys. (Photo credit: HBO)The Sons of Harpy, an evil cult lurking in the shadows inside Mereen, massacred dozens of Unsullied and even took the life of Daenerys’ loyal adviser, Ser Barristan Selmy. He had fought valiantly alongside Grey Worm, the commander of the Unsullied who miraculously survived the vicious assault. The Sons of Harpy, a rebel group disguised in gold masks, sought to overthrow Daenerys’ rule by following up the slayings in the narrow streets of Mereen with a well-planned attack as slaves dueled in the fighting pit. If not for Ser Jorah, whom Daenerys had banished, she may have been a goner, because he defeated his rival and plunged a spear through a rebel about to murder her from behind. Things got worse for Khaleesi and the gang, Tyrion included, but their luck turned when Daenerys summoned Drogon—her fire-breathing savior. She rode off into the sunset—only to wind up surrounded by a horde of men on horseback who may not have her best intentions in mind.“On, no. No! NOOOOO!!!” If I remember right, that was my reaction when Olly—Jon Snow’s earnest young steward, and now perhaps the second-most hated character on the entire show—lured the Lord Commander into a fatal trap. The gut-wrenching betrayal started with Olly storming into Jon’s private quarters and spewing a fake story about a Wildling possessing information about Jon’s lost uncle. Rushing outside, Snow ran right into an ambush, as one-by-one several members of the Knight’s Watch stabbed their commander with a dagger, each time telling him, “For the Watch.” Horrifically, it was Olly who dealt the final blow. Shades of Julius Caesar! Jon Snow fell to the ground as his thick blood flowed into the snow near a makeshift grave with a headstone reading “traitor.” Now we can only hope that one of the theories promoted by the books’ readers come true: that Snow is “warging” (like Bran) into his direwolf Ghost and will then be reborn with the help of the red witch Melisandre, who conveniently rode into Winterfell moments before the treacherous coup.Oh, season 6 has so much to answer for.
National Review Online 18 February 2014For years now, a central argument of those in favor of same-sex marriage has been that all Americans should be free to live and love how they choose. But does that freedom require the government to coerce those who disagree into celebrating same-sex relationships?A growing number of incidents show that the redefinition of marriage and state policies on sexual orientation have created a climate of intolerance and intimidation for citizens who believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and that sexual relations are properly reserved for marriage. Now comes government coercion and discrimination. Laws that create special privileges based on sexual orientation and gender identity are being used to trump fundamental civil liberties such as freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion.These laws add sexual orientation and gender identity (dubbed SOGI) to the list of protected classes such as those grouped by race, sex, and national origin. Unfortunately, these sexual orientation and gender laws have serious flaws. They frequently fail to protect the civil liberties of Americans, especially our religious liberty. These SOGI laws tend to be vague and overly broad without clear definitions of what conduct can and cannot be penalized. The definitions can be entirely subjective: Boise and other cities in Idaho now prohibit even indirect acts that make another person feel he is being “treated as not welcome.” And increasingly these local SOGI laws have criminal penalties, unlike the landmark Civil Rights Law of 1964.In addition to the well-known examples of Christian adoption and foster-care agencies that have been forced to stop providing those services because they object to placing children in same-sex households, the examples below show how government has penalized citizens trying to run their businesses in accordance with their beliefs.http://www.nationalreview.com/article/371329/bake-us-cake-or-else-ryan-t-anderson-leslie-ford
-President assures at Upper Mazaruni GamesPresident David Granger, this afternoon, told athletes and residents of the Upper Mazaruni that Government will continue to invest in sports as it remains a critical part of the development of young Guyanese.He was at the time delivering the feature address at the 22nd Annual District Games being held at Jawalla Village, Upper Mazaruni in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region (Region Seven).The Head of State noted that Government, with its expected oil revenue, will continue to enhance the lives of Guyanese across the country by bridging the gap between hinterland and coastland.In this regard, President Granger iterated that Government will restore free education from nursery to tertiary so that young people have more opportunities to advance. He reminded that it is a constitutional right to have access to free education in Guyana.“Residents of Upper Maz., sport is very important to us in the Government. Sport is part of our culture and here in the Upper Maz., you have led the rest of the country in terms of village sport and organisation.Sport is important for building self-confidence, sport is important for discipline, sport is important for fostering leadership, sport is important for the hinterland because our Government is trying to erase the differences between the hinterland and coastland,” he said as he congratulated the Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council.President Granger said there are four Cs associated with sports: cooperation, competition, commitment and Cohesion. He said sports represents cooperation between the sixteen villages which are participating in the games.“Cooperation is the first C and over the last two decades or more, you have been able to bring about the level of cooperation from the villages in the Upper-Mazaruni that would be the envy of the other regions in Guyana. This cooperation builds team spirit, builds pride in your village, pride in your Region and pride in your nation- Guyana,” the President who was accompanied by First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, their daughter Ms. Afuwa Granger and granddaughter Miss Faraa Gaskin said.President David Granger receives the salute from participants of the Upper Mazaruni District Games to his left, Minister of State Ms Dawn Hastings-Williams accompanies the Head of State and Regional Chairman Mr Gordon Bradford on his right. Also pictured is Regional Executive Officer Mr Kerwin Ward and District Sports President Mr Rudolph WellingtonThe Second C the President referred to is competition. “Competition, yes, is about winning or losing but it is not about hating. Competition is about improving your performance through friendly rivalry. Competition is about creating captains and leaders and this is what I see coming out of these games, year after year when I come here,” he said.The third C, President Granger said is the athletes’ commitment. He said he is always astonished to see the pride demonstrated by the athletes.“Sport is not about hatred… Sport is about the commitment to higher ideals,” the Head of State said while stating that Cohesion is also an important element demonstrated through the annual games.He said the Upper Mazaruni District games sees both young and old, boys and girls as well as people from near and far attending. This, he said, is indicative of social cohesion.“Upper Maz., your games are a model for the rest of the nation. This is not a political forum but this is a national forum and Guyana is proud of you, wherever you are from. This is a model I would like other regions and districts to emulate,” President Granger said as he congratulated the athletes and organisers for a job well done.The Head of State noted also the improvements made to the Jawalla Sports Complex highlighting the installation of flood lights and the erection of new buildings.This year marks the seventh Upper Mazaruni District Games that the President Granger would have attended.Minister of State, Mrs. Dawn Hastings-Williams; Regional Chairman, Region Seven, Mr. Gordon Bradford; Toshao, Jawalla Village, Mr. Harold Brown and President of the Upper Mazaruni District Sports Council, Mr. Rudolph Wellington also attended the opening ceremony.The games will conclude on August 11 and will see participation from the villages of Jawalla, Waramadong, Phillipai, Quebanang, Imbaimadai, Kako, Chinoweing, Kaikan, Waxcrrek, Arau, Paruima, Isseneru, Kamarang, Abbau, San Juan and the District Sports Council (DSC) in the disciplines of football, track and field, volley ball, archery, cricket, blowpipe, swimming and table tennis.