Catch up in the Rugby week that was: June 6-12…Soon be retired Al Baxter getting some quality time with Highlander Jimmy CowanIt was announced earlier in the week that the new sponsors of the Magners League is to become the RaboDirect Pro12. The name just rolls off the tongue.With the awards season in full swing, it was about time we released our winners…Player Of The Year: Chris AshtonTeam Of The Year: Cobham U18Coach Of The Year: Rob BaxterYoung Player Of The Year: Sam WarburtonOutstanding Achievement Of The Year: Canterbury CrusadersNon Evans MBEWith the Queen’s birthday, comes the honour list, and none other than all-round sportswoman Non Evans has been awarded an MBE for her services to sport. Non Evans MBE definitely has a ring to it.Thursday proved to be fruitful in milestones as Andy Blyth reached the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, along with David Barnes, Mark Regan and the rest of their team. Suffering a life-changing injury 11 years ago and fearing he will never walk again, he conquered the highest peak in Africa and become an even bigger inspiration to us all.After the success of the inaugural Help for Heroes charity match back in 2008 at Twickenham, Simon Halliday and co have decided to stage another rugby spectacular! The December 3rd fixture will see a battle of the hemispheres – North v South. If you’ve ever wondered which side would rein supreme then this is the game for you. If not it’ll just be a nice day out. Week in Review: May 30 – June 5 | May 23-29 | May 16-22 | May 9-15 | May 2 – 8 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 11: Al Baxter of the Waratahs and Jimmy Cowen of the Highlanders exchange words on the ground during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Highlanders at the Sydney Football Stadium on June 11, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Saxons have taken control of the Churchill cup and have secured themselves a final clash against Canada, a repeat of last year.Talking of the Southern Hemisphere…James O’Connor’s Super Rugby season has come to an abrupt end after he has been suspended for a week – citing a dangerous tackle on Reds’ captain James Horwill. On a different note, the word around town is that Rabs will be staying with The Force, even though The Reds, Rebels and Brumbies were interested in his services.The Waratah’s sent a message out declaring they are still hungry for a Super Rugby play-off place. They beat the Highlanders 33-7 (where this week’s picture has been taken from.) Kurtley Beale showed the world why he’s the Million Dollar Baby, as he was practically responsible for the ‘Tah’s glorious win. Check out the amazing highlights…
by Scott Hugo The United States of America stand at a crossroads in 2008, and the fate of our country will be directed by the individual that we choose to exemplify the nation and serve as our ambassador to the greater world. The past eight years have witnessed a precipitous decline in our international prestige and power; one cannot overstate the momentous decision that is now presented to the American people. The 2008 primaries embody a referendum on the very integrity and viability of American democracy. Senator Hillary Clinton is undoubtedly an intelligent politician who can excel as a leader within Washington DC. Progressives are heartened by the fact that a woman can run as a presidential candidate and be considered the front-runner, without the historical backlash that gender would induce. However it is in my opinion as an independent that a Clinton White House would be detrimental to the United States. Her election would serve to polarize the electorate once more, driving home the perpetual wedge between political alignments of red and blue. She has shown little interest in reaching across the aisle and working with Republicans of integrity and ideas. This is not to say that Hillary has not served her country with distinction and honor – but the excessive spin of the Clinton political machine, the defining role of lobbyists and special interests in their political careers, and the ease with which they utilize traditional attack politics represent the very atmosphere in DC that we are trying so desperately to escape. After months of contemplation I have chosen to endorse Senator Barack Obama, who embodies the charisma and leadership that our country so urgently requires. He is the self-made man on which the United States has prided itself throughout its short history. Honorable, passionate service as a Chicago community organizer, years as Illinois State Senator and US Senator give him the necessary experience for the White House. And yet the presidency encompasses more than mere day to day management – it grants the holder an incomparable ability to lead and to inspire. One needs look no further than the unparalleled activism of young men and women in his support. He has re-engaged the American people and reminded us of the better angels of our nature, much like Lincoln and Kennedy in years past. There are few contemporaries who have displayed his mastery in achieving the difficult balance between pragmatism and principle. Senator Obama has backed his passion for reforming Washington D.C. with hard-fought legislation, drawing from a range of allies on Capitol Hill. Together with Senator Feingold, Obama passed one of the strongest pieces of ethics legislation to date. He has repeatedly avowed to publicize pork barrel projects and the ignominious use of free riders in the hopes of preserving the initial thrust and momentum of quality legislation. I will be one of the first to admit that I do not agree with all of his policies. However I am confident that he will surround himself with the most capable individuals our nation has to offer. They will be individuals of varied convictions and political persuasions, protecting the White House from the insulated bunker mentality to which the current administration has fallen victim. His years in office will neither be perfect nor smooth, and there will be inevitable disappointments and failures. However I am convinced that he is capable of retaining his original vision for change and will fight day-in, day-out to achieve the progress that our times demand. My generation has recognized what Barack Obama can do for our politics and for our country. He is the first step in an arduous journey in search of the American ideals we profess to uphold.It has been too long since the American populace embraced that elusive word… “hope”. History has proven it to be our greatest strength as a nation, the very basis of the American Dream. And we are here to reclaim it once more. This is our movement. This is our stand. This is our future. Scott Hugo is a former Oxford student now working on Obama’s election campaign.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One person was killed in an early morning fire that ripped through the cottage of a Locust Valley home on Thursday, authorities said.Nassau County police Arson/Bomb Squad detectives are investigating the blaze, but police said the cause of the fire doesn’t appear to be suspicious at this time.At least 75 firefighters responded to the 4:20 a.m. fire on Lattingtown Road after the homeowners of the residence woke up to smoke and saw that the cottage located on their property was on fire, police said. They tried to enter the cottage but were pushed back by smoke and heat, police said.The Locust Valley Fire Department and dozens of other firefighters responded and eventually extinguished the blaze, which also spread into the main area of the residence, police said.Members of the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s office and the Arson/Bomb Squad recovered the body of a female who is believed to be the homeowner’s daughter, police said. Authorities said the identify of the victim is being withheld pending an investigation by the medical examiner.A police officer and three firefighters who sustained injuries while responding to the blaze were hospitalized and released.Police said the investigation is ongoing.