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WATCH: Rassie weighs in on England haka drama

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first_imgSpringbok coach Rassie Erasmus doesn’t think England’s reaction to the All Blacks haka this past weekend was disrespectful.Ahead of last Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final – which England won 19-7 – Eddie Jones’ men lined up to the haka in a ‘V’-shape and had to be told repeatedly by officials to retreat when they crossed the halfway line.It caused a stir on social media, with reports on Monday suggesting that England could be fined for the actions. Erasmus, who is preparing for Saturday’s final against the English, was asked about the gesture on Tuesday.“I’m not 100% sure what to make of that,” he said.“We face the haka regularly, twice a year, and we are used to it. We definitely don’t feel it gives them an advantage and it doesn’t intimidate us.“It’s more of an honour for us to face it. It maybe lifts them a little bit more, and there may be some signs behind that which gives them a little bit more of an advantage – I’m not knowledgeable enough to tell you if it does.“But it was certainly interesting, it was certainly exciting. It was certainly something new, and it brought some spice to the Test match.“I don’t think it was disrespectful, and it was something new for everyone in world rugby. I wouldn’t make a big issue about it, but it’s not for me to decide.”Meanwhile, a World Rugby video trumpeting England’s response has earned millions of views online, putting the governing body in an awkward spot should it decide to censure the English team.In 2011 France formed an arrow head shape and advanced on New Zealand while they performed the haka before the World Cup final in Auckland and were subsequently fined £2,500 for breaching a “cultural ritual protocol”.However, despite speculation about a possible fine, as of Tuesday no disciplinary action had been taken against England, with a clip on World Rugby’s official YouTube channel captioned “England’s incredible response to intense New Zealand haka” having received nearly 3.7 million views.It is understood the protocol states opponents must not cross the halfway line but at the two tips of England’s V formation, six players –- Joe Marler, Billy Vunipola, Mark Wilson, Elliot Daly, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ben Youngs –- appeared to be standing in New Zealand’s half.Match officials could be seen urging England players to return to their own half before appearing to be sufficiently content with their positions to let them stay where they were.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img

U14 Selects enjoy taste of Kootenay South Gold

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first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe roundball season is in full swing and so is the Nelson U14 Selects.The Reps blasted Kootenay South 6-0 en route to the gold medal in the U14 Boys Division at the KSYSA 16th Annual Boys Tournament Sunday at Mozzochi Park in Fruitvale.Micah May scored three times and James Miller added a pair to lead the Reps to the convincing victory.Dunavan Morris-Jansen scored the final tally for Nelson.“In the close games we maintained most of the possession but we just couldn't finish and even when we were down our boys just kept at it,” said Nelson coach Dan Szabo.“Their perseverance paid off, they didn't quit. Once they found the net you could just see the confidence build.”The Selects opened the tournament by rallying back to edge Kootenay South 3-2. Trailing 1-0, Spencer Szabo tied the game on a penalty kick. Kootenay South restored the lead before May pulled the team even again. Nicholas Wethal notched the game winner with just minutes to play.In the afternoon game, the Reps blasted Creston 9-0. James Miller scored three times for Nelson with the remaining goals going to May, Szabo, Keaton Roch and Sam Woodward.Sunday, Nelson advanced to the final by edging Kootenay East Rovers of Cranbrook 3-1. Once again the Selects needed to comeback after being down 1-0.But goals from Morris-Jansen and Tucker Anderson, followed up by an insurance marker by Dylan Bennett, allowed the Selects to pull out the victory.“This was a very important weekend for (the players),” Szabo explained. “The boys have grown and are now, truly, a 'team'. I couldn't be happier for them."Despite scoring more than 20 goals, Szabo was impressed by the strong play of the defensive line.“Much of the credit goes to our fullbacks,” he said. “Johnny Johnson, Theo Bakas and Nick Wethal were a force back there and (goalkeeper) Harrison Giles made some terrific saves.“That guy is a walking Tide commercial.”The Reps have a week off before traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for a rep tournament during the May long weekend.  sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img

Southland Conference Baseball Tie-Breaker Policy

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first_img2.04.05.02 Ties Between Three (3) or More Teams. In the case of a tie between three (3) or more teams in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows: (b) If the three or more tied teams split their games during the regular season, or if they did not play one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss games record against the next highest-positioned team(s) that played all tied teams in a series shall be compared.  This shall continue down through the standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thereby gaining the higher seed. (d) If the teams are still tied, a drawing shall be held by the commissioner. (c)  If at any time during this tie-breaking procedure, the number of tied teams is reduced to two, the two-way tie-breaker listed in 2.04.05.01 shall apply; and 2.04.05 Tournament Seeding.  In 2014, tournament seeding, 1 through 8, shall be based upon regular-season winning percentage in Conference competition.  A standard head-to-head tiebreaker shall be used.  Ties shall be broken based upon the following tie-breaker system.  [1/13] (c) If the teams are still tied, a drawing shall be held by the commissioner. (a) If two teams tie for a position, and one (1) team holds a won-loss game advantage in the series against the other, that team receives the higher seed. (a) If three or more teams tie for a position, and all tied teams have played one another, the team that holds a won-loss advantage in the games played against the other tied teams shall receive the higher seed. (b) If the two (2) tied teams split their games during the regular season, or if they did not play one another, then the tied teams’ won-loss record against the next highest-positioned team(s) that played both tied teams in a series shall be compared.  This shall continue down through the standings until one (1) team gains the advantage, thereby gaining the higher seed. 2.04.05.01 Two-Way Ties. In the case of a two-way tie in the final standings, position in the tournament bracket shall be determined as follows: 2.04.06 Tournament Champion.  The winner of the Tournament shall be the recipient of the Conference’s NCAA automatic bid to the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Baseball Championship.  Other Conference teams may accept invitations to participate in postseason tournaments only when conducted or approved by the NCAA.last_img

New Hampshire ~ Corporate Income Tax: IRC Conformity Bill Passes Both Houses

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first_imgThe New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate have passed a bill that, if enacted, would update the state’s Internal Revenue Code (IRC) tie-in date for purposes of computing New Hampshire’s business profits tax liability to December 31, 2015 (currently, December 31, 2000). This change would apply to tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2017.The legislation would also require that certain IRC provisions are not applied: IRC §168(k) (bonus depreciation), IRC §199 (domestic production activities), and IRC §181 (election to deduct production costs). Further, IRC §179 (asset expense election) would be subject to a deduction limit of $100,000 for property placed in service on or after January 1, 2017. Currently, the limit is $25,000 for property placed in service on or after 2011. The increase would apply to tax periods beginning on or after January 1, 2017.(S.B. 239), as passed by the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Senate on June 1, 2016last_img

Ancient sea monster battle revealed in unusual fossil

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first_imgSALT LAKE CITY—One day, about 74 million years ago, the situation got real. The oceans of the late Cretaceous were dominated by giant reptiles called mosasaurs; fossilized gut contents have shown that these apex predators enjoyed munching on everything from bony fish to, on occasion, smaller mosasaurs. But an unusual fossil described here today at the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology meeting tells a different story—of a mosasaur spat that didn’t end in anyone becoming lunch. The fossil, of a species called Mosasaurus missouriensis, was discovered in 2012 in a layer of shale by a mining company in southern Alberta in Canada. The reptile was about 6.5 meters long (the length of a pickup truck), with a skull that was slightly less than a meter long. And under one eye, this particular mosasaur’s bony skull also had a large hole where something had bitten into it. The animal survived the attack and the bone was healing around the lesion. But it couldn’t quite heal completely, because the biter had left behind a large tooth (circled). Analysis of the tooth by Takuya Konishi of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and colleagues suggests that the mosasaur was attacked by one of its own kind and of similar size. Indeed, M. missouriensis had long, narrow teeth designed more for slicing than for crunching, and the animals were liable to lose teeth when chomping into hard substrates. The attack probably came from below, and the researchers say appears to have been a skirmish: They suggest that the fossil preserves an ancient competition between males or a mating behavior, rather than a predatory attack intended to kill and consume. That, they add, makes it the first evidence of a nonlethal mosasaur-on-mosasaur attack.last_img

Top stories: Two new letters for the genetic code, stat checking psychology, and the formerly abominable snowman

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first_img Top stories: Two new letters for the genetic code, stat checking psychology, and the formerly abominable snowman By Roni DenglerDec. 1, 2017 , 3:25 PM Scientists just added two functional letters to the genetic codeAll life forms on Earth use the same genetic alphabet of the bases A, T, C, and G—nitrogen-containing compounds that constitute the building blocks of DNA and spell out the instructions for making proteins. Now, scientists have developed the first bacterium to use extra letters, or unnatural bases, to build proteins. The traditional four DNA bases code for 20 amino acids, but the addition of new letters X and Y could produce up to 152 amino acids, which might become building blocks for new drugs and novel materials, the scientists say.China’s dark matter space probe detects tantalizing signalSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D'IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People's Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People's Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A long-standing challenge in physics has been finding evidence for dark matter, the stuff presumed to make up a substantial chunk of the mass of the universe. Its existence seems to be responsible for the structure of the universe and the formation and evolution of galaxies. But physicists have yet to observe this mysterious material. Results reported Wednesday by a China-led space science mission provide a tantalizing hint—but not firm evidence—for dark matter.Controversial software is proving surprisingly accurate at spotting errors in psychology papersWhen Dutch researchers developed an open-source algorithm named statcheck to flag statistical errors in psychology papers, it received mixed reactions from the research community—especially after the free tool found that tens of thousands of published papers contained statistical inconsistencies. Some scientists have called these studies a “form of harassment,” and others have questioned the accuracy of the tool itself. Now, a new study by statcheck’s developers—posted to a preprint server this week—suggests their algorithm gets it right in more than 95% of cases. Expect that result to be checked.Ancient flying reptiles cared for their young, fossil trove suggestsA spectacular fossil find is providing tantalizing new clues about the habits of pterosaurs, ancient flying reptiles that lived at the same times as dinosaurs. The cache of more than 200 fossil eggs found with bones of juvenile and adult animals in northwestern China suggests to some researchers that pterosaur parents may have cared for their newly hatched young. In a paper published Thursday in Science, researchers report that a 3-meter-square chunk of rock they excavated contains 16 eggs with the fossilized bones of developing embryos.So much for the abominable snowman. Study finds ‘yeti’ DNA belongs to bearsHikers in Tibet and the Himalayas need not fear the monstrous yeti—but they’d darn well better carry bear spray. Previous genetic analyses of a couple of “yeti” hair samples collected in India and Bhutan suggested that a stretch of their mitochondrial DNA resembled that of polar bears. That finding hinted that a previously unknown type of bear, possibly a hybrid between polar bears and brown bears, could be roaming the Himalayas. Now, DNA analyses of nine samples purported to be from the “abominable snowman” reveal that eight actually came from various species of bears native to the area.center_img (Left to right): The Yeti, illustration from "Monsters and Mythic Beasts" 1975 (color litho), D'Achille, Gino (1935–2017)/Private Collection/Bridgeman Images; James Cavallini/Science Source; Chuang Zhou last_img

4th Test: Big score puts Australia on top as India trail by 501

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first_imgLokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten to take India to 71/1 at stumps.Mitchell Starc struck in the first over of India's reply to Australia's imposing 572 for 7 declared before Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul combined to guide the visitors to 71 for 1 at stumps on Wednesday on the second day of the fourth Test.Australia declared just after tea with their top six batsmen all scoring above 50, including centuries for Steve Smith (117) and David Warner (101), and then Starc took the first wicket without a run on the board when he had Murali Vijay caught behind. But Sharma (40 not out) and Rahul (31 not out) ensured there was no further damage for India in the last session, cutting the first-innings deficit to 501.Bat has dominated ball in every session so far at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Smith continued his fine form, scoring his fourth century in as many Tests and sharing a 196-run partnership with Shane Watson (81).His milestone matched the marks of Don Bradman (vs South Africa in 1931-32) and Jacques Kallis (vs West Indies in 2003-04) in scoring four hundreds in four consecutive Tests in a series. Smith, promoted to the Test captaincy due to Michael Clarke's latest recurrence of back and hamstring trouble, leads the scoring this series with 698 runs at an average of 139.6.Only Bradman (715 runs in 1947-48) and Ricky Ponting (706 runs in 2003-04) have scored more runs in a series between Australia and India.Umesh Yadav (1 for 137) eventually dismissed Smith for 117 caught behind when Australia had reached 400. Watson again failed to convert a promising start into a century when he heaved a short-pitched Mohammad Shami (5 for 112) delivery straight to deep midwicket where Ravichandran Ashwin made no mistake taking the catch - he dropped Watson on the penultimate ball of day one.advertisementWatson has 24 half-centuries to go with only four Test hundreds in his 55 Tests. With Shaun Marsh (73) and Joe Burns (58) adding half-centuries, Australia set a benchmark with their top six batsmen all passing 50 in the same Test for the first time.Marsh had two reprieves before he as acrobatically caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off Shami's bowling. Burns offered good support to post his first Test half-century before lofting a catch to Rahul in the outfield off Shami as Australia chased quick runs to end its innings.Ryan Harris produced a brief cameo, belting 25 off nine balls before Shami had him caught by Ashwin for his fifth wicket and prompted Smith's declaration.On the first day, David Warner smashed 101 and Chris Rogers made 95 after Smith won the toss and chose to bat first. Australia have an unassailable 2-0 series lead, and regained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, with two wins and a draw in the first three Tests.last_img

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashford

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first_imgMan Utd boss Solskjaer: What I can teach Rashfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no doubts about the potential of Marcus Rashford.Solskjaer wants to teach the England striker how to become a fox in the box after he struggled for goals under predecessor Jose Mourinho. He said: “I think Marcus has got his own motivation to become the best player he can be.“He has got far more than I did in terms of his physical attributes, his pace, his strength and striking the ball from outside the box. But maybe I can give him a little bit of the nous I had inside the box. I'm talking about the little moves you make to get free, that little bit of calmness in front of goal."Marcus is only 21. He's still learning. The most important thing I can see is to just settle him down in front of goal.“I've seen him rush a few finishes. He thinks 'I've got to get a shot off early' when sometimes you just need to pass it past the keeper. I always say that the goal never moves. So I am really looking forward to working with him." About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img