England and Gloucester’s ‘Junkyard Dog’Rugby World caught up the ‘Junkyard dog’ when England came calling the second time around, to talk about his addiction to World of Warcraft, becoming a better golfer and being allergic to household chores. RUGBY WORLD: You must be pleased to be back in the senior England squad?MIKE TINDALL: Massively. I hadn’t given up and still had ambitions of playing for England. I knew it would be hard but as long as I was playing well for Gloucester I had a chance. I had a meeting with Johnno [Martin Johnson] to chat about it and I’m very pleased.RW: So, can England turn things around in the Six Nations?MT: That’s what we’ve got to get up for. We’ve got to make sure that we all know how we’re going to play, that we’re all singing off the same hymn sheet.RW: Will you get a chance to relax and enjoy yourselves too?MT: You’ve got to have a bit of fun – you play rugby because you enjoy it. You play better when you have fun. There’s that side of it, but you have the bloody-mindedness and ruthlessness you need on the international field, too.RW: Who are Gloucester’s jokers?MT: Andy Hazell and Iain Balshaw are the two best ones. Andy’s been injured, though, so he’s been concentrating on getting fit again. He’s the only one who’ll go to extra lengths to play pranks – it’s because he’s got no life outside rugby! – so we can sleep easy at the moment.RW: Can you remember any good practical jokes he’s played?MT: He phoned Olly Morgan pretending to be a reporter and got him to say that he thought he should be in the England team, that he was better than Balshaw etc, and then he put it on a podcast so we could all have a good laugh at Olly.RW: There is a good mix of nationalities at the club. Any funny stories with the language barrier?MT: The French and Italian players always suddenly lose their ability to understand and speak English if they make a mistake in training. Superstitions, Future ambitions and not being able to live without a laptop…RW: What are your nicknames?MT: Junkyard Dog, because when I was at Bath I had long hair, which I didn’t often brush. I used to arrive at training looking dishevelled and one day Brian Smith, one of the coaches then, said I looked like a junkyard dog, and it’s stuck.RW: What is the funniest thing you have seen or heard on the pitch?MT: Playing for Bath against Leicester in my first season, Neil Back got sin-binned, and as he headed off I sent him on his way with a comment or two. Martin Johnson turned to me and said: “Oi, nobody, shut the hell up.”RW: What can’t you live without? See how Mike’s team, Gloucester, got on in the Crossbar Challenege… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Gloucester MT: My laptop. It keeps me sane when we go away. I play a game on it called World of Warcraft and a few lads here play it, too. It’s a platform game and ten million people play on-line. It’s very weird, like a separate world. My missus [Zara Phillips] says I’m addicted to it.RW: Who does the household chores?MT: Zara does the cooking, we have a cleaner, and I offer moral support.RW: Do you have any superstitions?MT: Leave the changing room last.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?MT: To be a single-figure handicap golfer.RW: What’s your favourite joke?MT: What do you call an igloo without a toilet? Ig.RW: Aside from a house/car, what is the priciest thing you have bought?MT: A hot tub, which I’ve replaced with a gazebo, both about the same price.RW: Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with?MT: For good banter, Samuel L Jackson. For visual pleasure, Jennifer Aniston.RW: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?MT: Invisibility.Check out his profile for EnglandChallenge Mike to a stare out…
As a youngster, Warburton used to spend a lot of time in the gym trying to get bigger and stronger – but he might well have been doing himself more damage. Since he’s cut down on the gym work he’s also cut down on the number of injuries he’s picked up. It may be coincidence, but it seems the less strain he puts on his body in the gym, the more rewards he’s reaping on the pitch. Leading the way: Sam Warburton first captained Wales against the Barbarians in JuneBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorSAM WARBURTON recently said to me that he was content being a quiet member of the Wales squad, that he wasn’t quite ready to be shouting orders at the more senior members around him.In a couple of months things have changed dramatically for the openside flanker as he’s had to take on more vocal responsibility as Wales captain for their last three matches. And with Matthew Rees now a serious injury doubt for the World Cup, he could be fulfilling that leadership role in New Zealand too.While Wales will struggle to find an adequate replacement for Rees in the middle of the front row, they have someone more than capable of taking on the captaincy mantle, as he proved by winning Man of the Match in the 19-9 win over England in Cardiff.Warren Gatland said of his captain’s performance: “Sam was absolutely outstanding. That defensive effort at the breakdown stopped England getting momentum.”So what do we know about the Welsh back-rower? Here are five reasons why Warburton’s proving such a hit…1. Learning from the master Warburton has learnt his trade at Cardiff Blues under the tutelage on one of the greatest opensides of the professional era, Martyn Williams. While he may end up denying his mentor a 100th Wales cap, Warburton himself has mastered the same snaffling skills at the breakdown and provides his team with plenty of turnover ball.2. Gym won’t fix it LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Running man: Warburton scores against Italy3. Multi-taskerAs well as his scavenging abilities at the contact area, Warburton is also a solid tackler, a decent lineout option and offers himself as a powerful ball-carrier too, as his try against Italy showed.4. Leading from the frontWhile he admits to being hugely nervous before a Test in which he is captain, he seems to thrive on those nerves. He was undoubtedly one of Wales best players during this year’s Six Nations and has improved yet further during the last three games. He’s been to the fore of Wales’ game plan and hasn’t been found wanting in terms of his decision making. 5. Rounded individualWhile he’s not someone to let his hair down out on the town – he prefers a protein shake to a few beers – he keeps himself occupied off the pitch. He plays the drums, likes walking the family’s dogs and is even looking into property development. He certainly knows how to switch off to rugby.
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – March 8, 2013 Pinterest Twitter The Communications Minister says banks are not interested in repossessing houses from customers who are in arrears with their mortgages.Pat Rabbitte was responding to comments from SIPTU’s General President Jack O’Connor, who has described as ‘reprehensible and barbaric’ renewed talk of evictions.But Minister Rabbitte says there has been no increase in the number of evictions and that we should wait to see the results of the Personal Insolvency Bill.Yesterday the Secretary General of the Department of Finance, John Moran, told an Oireachtas committee that he expects to see more repossessions this year.He was speaking after the Central Bank released figures showing nearly 12 percent of residential mortgages are now in arrears. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Google+ News WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleCouncils have no cash for 80k repairs to An Grianan’s roofNext articleLimerick man pleads not guilty to murder News Highland Facebook Communcations Minister says banks don’t want to repossess homes Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook Pinterest
Last night, the Phantom of the Opera celebrated their 30th anniversary as the longest-running production in Broadway history. At the end of the night, composer/director Andrew Lloyd Webber stepped out for a special curtain call. At the 3:50 mark of the live feed, Webber introduces the School of Rock: The Musical cast to perform the theme song of Phantom of the Opera. In uniform, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer–who played the role of “Zack Mooneyham” for the first two years of production–steps out for a roaring guitar solo before being joined by the rest of the original cast. The energy can be felt across the screens, as these kids–all under the age of 15–shred the Broadway stage once again.An Inside Look At Brandon Niederauer’s Opening Night With School Of RockSkip to the 3:50 mark for the insane performance:
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The solar water heating manufacturing facility at the East London IDZ will create more than 100 jobs. Matla’s GM Andy Bin-chi Lu, right, believesthe solar water heaters will save bothelectricity and money. Beside him is the company’s chairman, Zwelakhe Sisulu.(Images: Shamin Chibba) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nangamso MabindlaPR, East London IDZ+27 43 702 8200 or +27 72 748 4418 RELATED ARTICLES • Eskom build programme powers ahead • SA to produce more solar energy • SA best spot in the world for solar park• Solar power lights the way• Light for AfricaShamin ChibbaCarbon footprint, renewable energy resources, the green economy, and environmental sustainability; these are some of the buzzwords companies around the world use when they talk of their contribution to a greener world.South Africa’s Matla Thermal Holdings has joined their ranks and is proving that its actions transcend those words.The company officially announced that it would open the first fully integrated mass production manufacturing plant for both domestic and industrial solar water heaters in South Africa. The plant, worth R40-million (US$5.8-million), will be situated at the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ).Matla is partnering with a Taiwanese consortium headed by Funland Industrial Company. The two groups signed the agreement at the IDZ on 25 November.The facility is a response to the South African government’s call for alternative energy solutions to reduce electricity consumption.Bryan Cheng, the manufacturing manager of Matla, said the company was still developing its base here.“Our employees are going to Taiwan for training. We are still shipping the tools to South Africa. Once all this is done, production can begin.”Saving electricity, saving moneyAccording to Matla’s GM Andy Bin-chi Lu, the two main objectives for the production of solar heaters are to save power and protect the environment. He said if 30 000 units are installed in a year, it could translate to a maximum reduction of 75MW of peak electricity demand.“Users [will] save electricity while playing a part in protecting the environment,” he said.Lu also explained that the company would distribute the heaters to various major industries. “Initially, the main target market for us is industrial users such as mining sector change rooms, student residences, apartment buildings and hospitals.”The domestic system would set consumers back approximately R11 000 ($1 600), he estimated. This excluded installation costs of R2 500 ($362). However, consumers would receive rebates of up to R3 500 ($507).Besides doing your bit to help save the planet, benefits of the system include free hot water throughout the year, a saving of up to 50% on your Eskom electricity bill, a reduction in your carbon footprint as solar heated water is green and renewable, and an annual cutback of up to 580kg of carbon dioxide emissions.Lu added that the units could last as long as 15 years.“Our Taiwanese investors have been manufacturing and installing industrial solar heating systems since 1991. The first system they completed for the National ChenGong University in Taiwan is still operational today, providing electrical savings for over 19 years.”He said that Matla looks to produce 30 000 units a year, and could create as many as 110 jobs locally within the next year.Skills development and transferMatla employees will join a six-month “Train-the-trainer” programme in Taiwan where they will acquire skills on the maintenance and operation of the imported machines, and the manufacturing of the water tanks.The trainees will return to East London and educate other employees on the technical aspects of production as well as on the workplace culture of the Far East.In another programme, the IDZ and Matla will train local youth on the manufacturing and installing of the solar heaters.For Lu one of the major aims of the programme is to expose young people to the business opportunities within the industry.“We want to spark the entrepreneurial spirit in people here. They can decide to work for a company that installs solar systems or start their own companies. If some can do the latter, then our job would have been done,” he said.IDZ executive manager for business development Tembela Zweni believes the programme will empower local employees as they refine their skills.“We are excited about the partnership as it will help equip the locals not only with skills to install and maintain solar systems but also illuminate the spark of entrepreneurship amongst our youngsters.”
Umtata Christian School pupils with their Global Dignity Day certificates.Prelene SinghOn Wednesday 15 October young South Africans celebrated Global Dignity Day. The day aims to promote the importance of dignity and teach how to help others lead a dignified life. On the day, thousands of volunteers across the world worked to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow to adulthood.What is Global Dignity?“Dignity is the source of human rights.” This was a key realisation for Vuyo Jack, one of the founders of the Global Dignity Club, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, selected in 2009. Jack was intrigued by the Global Day initiative, co-founded by a group of his fellow Young Global Leaders, Prince Haakon, the crown Prince of Norway, John Hope Bryant and Prof Pekka Himanen.The initiative was inspired by Prince Haakon’s visit to South Africa in the early days of democracy, where he experienced the importance of dignity in people’s lives. “We wanted to build on this inspiration by extending Global Dignity Day celebrations to many people through a summit in 2010 which was attended by young professionals from and around South Africa,” says Jack.This journey took them around the country covering the nine provinces with a goal of engaging learners from different backgrounds. This compelled them to conceptualise a more sustainable programme for learners where they could engage and take action on matters relating to dignity in their environment, proactively, on a daily basis. This is how the Global Dignity Club programme was established in January 2013.Brand South Africa then joined forces with the Global Dignity movement through the Play Your Part programme. The campaign is aimed at preparing students for their journey towards cultivating the ability to empathise with others and to instil in them the recognition that every life has equal value.The focus is on accelerating the execution of the National Development Plan (NDP) by taking a community-centric approach to the socioeconomic, academic and entrepreneurial development of learners.The South African Dignity campaign has since reached more than 15 000 school learners in nine provinces across the country. The message of dignity is centred on education, financial literacy and the values of ubuntu. Ubuntu is largely understood as an expression of kindness to the vulnerable other. It’s a phenomenon that has less to do with social vulnerability but more about social assertiveness. The concept speaks to the ability of one to claim what is rightfully theirs in relation to the other.The Umtata Christian SchoolLast year, when the campaign was launched, the Umtata Christian School in the Eastern Cape came up with the idea to start a soup kitchen, a drama club and career expos – on a budget of only R2 000 – as part of their contribution to Global Dignity Day.The soup kitchen helps feed homeless people in the area as a way to restore their dignity. The drama club is set to teach performing arts skills to the school’s pupils while simultaneously spreading the message of dignity. With the careers expo, the club adopted three schools in the rural area of Tsolo on the outskirts of Mthatha, with the intention to guide underprivileged learners in career choices and self-introspection that goes into choosing a career.As part of Global Dignity Day celebrations, the learners of Umtata Christian School applied their minds to an integrated programme, performing a play, reflecting on the year by showing videos of the community work they had done throughout the year, such as donating old clothes to the unfortunate and painting a day care centre. They also created a space for participation from the audience by allowing speakers to talk to what dignity means in various spaces, such a spiritual environment and how dignity applies to relationships, as a way to propagate the gospel of dignity to members of their community and the learners.Play Your PartThese smaller community initiatives are entirely developed by learners of the club and executed with help from their mentors and teachers. This lays the foundation early on in their education and the value of active citizenship. They are taught to inspire new ways to make a fundamental change in their respective communities. By such activities which are made appealing to youngsters, they are able to display initiative and leadership abilities, which will be key to realising the development goals outlined in the NDP and Vision 2030.In partnership with the Global Dignity Club, Brand South Africa handed out certificates to all the learners of the Club, as a way to encourage them to continue playing their part in their communities and grow to be active citizens of the country. After all, today’s youth will make up the workforce of 2030, so their input and involvement is crucial.
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Filmmaker Gotham Chopra talked to us about letting story dictate form, producing intimate docs on winners, and breaking down the “anatomy of greatness.”The season finale of Stephen vs. The Game premieres Monday, July 29 at 8 p.m. EST on Facebook Watch. Concluding a series on Stephen Curry’s rise from NBA hopeful to six-time All Star, the episode wraps around the Golden State Warriors’ surprise loss to the Toronto Raptors in the finals — an event that, for many, marked the end of an era in basketball.Gotham Chopra is the filmmaker behind the Versus stamp and a founder of the powerhouse collective Religion of Sports. As he wrapped up production on this pivotal installment of Stephen Curry‘s story, Chopra shared his mission for Versus and the freedom afforded by Facebook Watch.PremiumBeat: The subjects you’ve chosen aren’t underdogs. Lauded as the best shooter in the NBA, Stephen Curry led the Warriors to three championship titles in four years. New England Patriots’ star (and Religion of Sports co-founder), Tom Brady, was the first quarterback in NFL history to lead a team to five Super Bowl wins. Were you concerned at all that their stories could plateau in victory-world?Gotham Chopra: I’m always fascinated by people who are the best at what they do. I call it the “anatomy of greatness.” What are the components that drive people to be the best? Athletes, because their craft is physical, bring a cinematic quality, which, obviously as a filmmaker, I really love.In terms of Stephen and Tom, both of them have great backstories and have that edge that really drives them, which is great for storytelling. I never really worried about victory-world. We live in the world of non-scripted storytelling. You go where the story does, and I always have confidence in my team to make it interesting.PB: Did you make these series with Facebook Watch in mind as an outlet? How did the partnership come about?GC: Both players had relationships with Facebook and had done lesser profile stuff with them. Facebook Watch was just getting started when the opportunity with Tom arose. He and I had been talking about collaborating on something for a while, and then it was just timed great. Facebook has been an awesome partner. It’s a unique platform because of the communities that exist around certain subjects and personalities. That demands a different style of storytelling and depth because audiences are very invested.PB: When you pitched this series to all relevant parties, what was important about the language you used in differentiating yourself from other contenders in the genre? To what do you credit the success of the pitch itself?GC: With Tom and Steph, they are amongst the highest-profile people in sports (and beyond), so it wasn’t exactly a tough pitch. They have millions of fans and are highly sought after, and we live in a media world where cutting through the clutter isn’t easy and big names help enormously.That said, we always try to have a point of view, a reason we are telling the story — something that really pulses at the heart of it. Just following around a celebrity with a camera is a reality show, which is less interesting to me. My team works hard at trying to understand our subject, what drives them, what their conflict is, and then we try to have that be the epicenter of the story.PB: In the first episode of the Tom Brady season, Tom vs. Time, he reads his practice notes from coach Bill Belichick. The story begins in urgent present-tense. In Stephen’s debut episode, we see him first as a toddler, looking back with his family at his rise to greatness. What did you discover about structure from the first season to the second season?GC: It’s mostly driven by the subject and the story we’re trying to tell — the POV. With Tom, the story was really about that season, his turning forty and proving the doubters wrong. We didn’t spend much time looking back, unpacking his backstory, or trying to do the definitive Brady doc. There was an urgency to it — will he or won’t he? — and that’s what we tracked.With Stephen, even though he was younger, it was more about breaking down his story, going back and understanding the origins of his faith in the game. The episodes had a very different structure in that they dipped back into the past, while also tracking an A-story across the 2019 season.PB: You segued from a fifteen-minute runtime to a half-hour runtime. What led you to make the decision to go longer for Season Two?GC: Basically, the inclusion of Steph’s backstory required us to add an additional act to each episode, which made them longer. It was basically the structure of the storytelling that required more time.PB: What did you learn about each player that most surprised you in the moment of shooting?GC: With both Tom and Steph, I think I was surprised at how intensely they are able to focus, despite all the noise that is constantly surrounding them. They’re both under endless scrutiny. People love them. People hate them. The noise is ever-present and yet both just do what they do — at the highest level. It’s impressive. Just the success, the championships, and records — it’s the balance off the court. The stable families, happy children and wives. I really admire that with both of them.PB: You’re credited as a cinematographer on the series. Were there certain scenes or interviews you wanted to shoot yourself, or did you pitch in as needed?GC: I tend to form strong relationships with my subjects and because some of the moments are super intimate — with their families or their teammates, etc. — sometimes I will pick up the camera and shoot myself. I like to think what we lose in cinematic quality, we gain in intimacy!I love great cinema and adore the talented cinematographers I work with, but I also really love the intimacy and rawness of just shooting with a subject myself.PB: I learned about Stephen vs. The Game from a link in Curry’s Instagram profile. How are you marrying the feel of the series with the way it’s promoted?GC: Both my creative team and FB’s marketing arm will create promotional assets. For us, it’s not rocket science. We know our subjects, we know the footage we have, and we have fun creating stuff that feels less formal and produced. To have Steph’s platform to promote the series is such an enormous asset. Millions of people have already signed up to follow him and want more storytelling around him.PB: What have been your inspirations as you create short-form documentary?GC: It’s a rapidly evolving medium. Long-form, short-form, mid-form, series, micro-docs, etc. I actually don’t really worry too much about format. I’m attracted to good stories and great characters. Usually, I find the story will tell you how long it wants to be.In terms of sports, I think the 30 for 30 franchise really popularized the genre and made it more of an elevated art form — appealed to broader audiences than just sports fans, and opened the whole space to great filmmakers and storytellers.PB: To whom do you show rough cuts of the episodes to, outside the immediate production team? Whose laymen’s-notes do you value? And has there been a time you changed something because a note-giver outside the production team pointed it out?GC: I have a small circle of people who I really trust — fellow filmmakers, people who may be fans of the athlete, and then others who don’t particularly care for them or even the sports that they play. Ultimately, we want to satisfy audiences that are made up of both the diehards, as well as beyond sports. I make tweaks every step of the way and then when I see them out there, I see other things I wish I could change! It’s par for the course.PB: How do you see the genre of sports documentary evolving? What inspires you about the future? What is daunting, to you, about the direction of trends?GC: I don’t think too far into the future. In general, I like to live in the present moment. It’s a great time for storytelling with so many platforms, formats, technologies, talent, and audiences that are on the hunt for great stories. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDon’t expect any reunion between Louie Alas and son Kevin at Phoenix in the PBA–at least not in the immediate future.Just minutes after the story broke that Alas would be taking the head coaching duties of the Fuel Masters, the soft-spoken former Alaska assistant said he would rather let Kevin spread his wings with the NLEX Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Likewise, I am sad as I’m leaving Alaska, especially coach Alex, who has been very supportive and is a dear friend to me and my family.”Sources said Alas signed a three-year deal with Phoenix. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The younger Alas has been entrusted with a major responsibility by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao and has responded with aplomb.“He’s doing good at NLEX,” Alas told the Inquirer from Hong Kong, where he was awaiting an 8 p.m. flight back to Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was earlier reported that Alas would replace Ariel Vanguardia, who reportedly resigned as Phoenix coach. Alas said his staff would be made up of Lyceum coach Topex Robinson and his former deputies at Letran, brother Mel and Kris Reyes.“I’m super excited to take on a head coaching position again as it will be a big challenge,” said Alas, who once coached Mobiline (now TNT) in the early 2000s. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Lanete gets boost from starting gig, pounces on chance to make impact LATEST STORIES