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Minister: Cyprus economy expected to rebound 4.5% in 2021

first_imgNICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The finance minister of Cyprus says the Mediterranean island nation’s economy is expected to rebound by 4.5% of gross domestic product this year following a pandemic-induced contraction of around 5.5% in 2020. Finance Minister Constantinos Petrides told an investment conference on Thursday that the growth estimate comes attached with a “great level of uncertainty” because of how the pandemic may evolve. He says the unemployment in Cyprus rate rose to an estimated 8% last year, which was less than anticipated, and it is projected to drop by a percentage point this year as economic activity picks up.last_img read more

Iraqis wanted to topple the system, but taboos fell instead

first_imgMocking clerics, falling in love at rallies and mending a broken society: even if Iraq’s young protesters have failed to overthrow entrenched politicians, they have scored by shattering decades-old taboos.Since October, the country of 40 million has been rocked by a historically large grassroots movement with big goals: ending corruption, unaccountable sectarian parties and overreach from neighboring Iran.Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi resigned in December, only to be replaced by ex-minister Mohammad Allawi, slammed by protesters as too close to the ruling elite.  Youth chant against a once-untouchable cluster of politicians and paramilitary commanders, and women spend nights in tents next to adult men. Students defy orders to return to class and neighborhoods once seen as dangerous are buzzing with people en route to demonstrate.Slogans like “Forget outdated traditions,” “End classism” and “No more differences” are trending on Twitter in Iraq. “Tahrir lets us dream,” wrote one activist whose friend — who ekes out a living driving a rickshaw — had fallen in love with a medic from a prestigious family. ‘More to life than surviving’ Since the 1970s, Iraq has endured Saddam Hussein’s authoritarian regime, back-to-back wars and devastating sanctions that isolated it from the world.There were few cellular phones and barely any internet access until the 2003 US-led invasion that collapsed Saddam’s nominally secular regime.Sectarian fighting gave rise to hardline Shiite and Sunni militias as society became more divided and religious.When Iraq defeated the Islamic State group in 2017 after years of fighting and displacement, many anticipated long-overdue peace and prosperity. “The young generation was in a coma for many years, but stability opened their eyes to the truth: there is more to life than just surviving,” said protester Ahmad Haddad, 32.”There’s living in dignity in a civil society, breaking conservative norms and loosening the grip of religious parties,” said Haddad.But instead of easing into normality, it was a sudden uprising that transformed Iraq.Hiyyam Shayea, a 50-year-old teacher in protest-hit Diwaniyah province, can testify to that. “There were some huge, surprising changes to a lot of social affairs,” said Shayea, wearing a traditional black robe at a recent rally in her hometown. Such a stance had long been unimaginable in the south, where tribal customs trump federal law and restrict women’s public role.But it has come at a high price. Around 550 people have been killed and 30,000 wounded in protest-related violence.”That was all for a homeland — one that’s civilized and civil, not backwards and outdated,” said Shayea. ‘In the end, what did you do?’Some are resisting the changes, describing rallies as hotbeds of promiscuity, alcohol and drugs, fuelled by the West.Leading Iraqi cleric Moqtada Sadr has tried to discredit the movement with such claims, insisting men and women stay separate and protests be “cleaned.” Women swiftly organized their own rally mocking Sadr, long untouchable because of his violent past as a militiaman and his diehard followers. In the protests’ early days, angry crowds slapped shoes against portraits of paramilitary leaders and Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, who held tremendous sway in Baghdad and was never publicly criticized.Soleimani was later killed in a US strike.Demonstrators also railed against “muhassassa,” the sectarian power-sharing system governing Iraq after Saddam.Few current protesters are old enough to remember Saddam — 60 percent of the population is under 25 — and blame their elders for Iraq’s slide into broken politics.The rallies exposed “a huge rift” between the two generations, Iraqi researcher Khaled Hamza told AFP.”We’re in the middle of a spontaneous movement by a group of youth who weren’t expected to be responsible for achieving what our generation couldn’t,” said Hamza, who is in his 60s.Protesters recognize it, too. In Baghdad, a woman in a pink headscarf carried a sign: “In the end, I made a revolution. What did you do?”Further south in oil-rich Basra, Heba, a protester in her 20s, said the rallies have changed her.”They strengthened our personalities, made us distinguish between right and wrong and demand our rights,” she said. The movement is now at a crossroads: numbers have dwindled as activists face an intimidation campaign and parties seek to recapture momentum with a new cabinet.”Now, it’s time to unite under a new vision, a plan that addresses Iraqis’ needs,” said protester Mohammad al-Ajeel.”What’s happening is huge, but it’s new for us. We can’t expect everything to happen overnight,” said Ajeel, a businessman living between Iraq and the UAE.”It may need years.” But what they have so far been unable to win politically, demonstrators have made up for with social change. “We scored one goal by bringing down the government, but socially we achieved much more,” said Ali Khraybit, 28.His best friend just proposed to a girl he met marching in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, the anti-government movement’s epicenter. Like other squares across Iraq’s mainly-Shiite south, Tahrir has become a social experiment, a free space where conservative norms have been toppled. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Dutch to ban flavored e-cigarette sales from next year

first_imgThe Netherlands plans to ban flavored electronic cigarettes from next year to make vaping less attractive to young people, the government said on Tuesday.Flavors currently available range from mojito and strawberry ice cream to mango and chocolate, the government said.With its sweet tastes and perceived lower health risks, vaping has rapidly become popular among young non-smokers, who are often seen to use them as a stepping stone to regular tobacco products. E-cigarettes, which electrically vaporize a nicotine-infused solution, are defended by proponents as a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. But studies have shown the devices were more damaging to health than expected.In 2015, the Dutch Institute for Public Health showed smoke from e-cigarettes contained all kinds of chemical substances which could cause cancer. Late last year, U.S. researchers said the use of them increased the risk of developing chronic lung conditions such as asthma or emphysema.A Dutch government report in 2017 said that over a quarter of people aged 12-16 said they had tried vaping at least once.Electronic cigarettes and water pipes have been banned in the Netherlands for anyone under the age of 18 since 2016.  “It is unacceptable that 20,000 people die every year in our country from the effects of smoking and that every day around 75 kids start smoking”, deputy health minister Paul Blokhuis said.”The smoke-free generation we see coming also needs to be free of electronic cigarettes.”The government will refine the tobacco law to include the ban on flavored e-cigarettes, which is likely to take effect in the first half of next year, the government said.Tobacco-flavored vaping products will remain available, mainly to help regular smokers kick their habit, it said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hockey unable to beat UMD

first_imgAfter being swept at home this weekend by No. 3Minnesota-Duluth, the No. 4 Wisconsin women’s hockey team now finds itself inan unprecedented slump — after dropping two games this weekend, theback-to-back defending champions record over the past six games is just1-4-1.On Saturday, the Badgers suffered what might have been theirworst loss of the season, as the team gave up two goals in the game’s final 40seconds to lose 3-2.At the start of the game, UW found itself in an early holewhen UMD’s Karine Demeule scored on a nifty backhand less than two minutes intothe first period.”The early goal put us on our heels,” head coach MarkJohnson said. “I thought we were going to come out with a bunch of energy — wehad talked about that at our meeting this morning, and the kids seemed ready togo, but we didn’t come out with energy. We didn’t play very well in the first 20minutes.”To try and kick start his team, Johnson pulled a surprisingmove and benched the alternate captain, senior Jinelle Zaugg.”I wasn’t getting much out of her,” Johnson said. “She satmost of the second period and the third period. You have to compete and youhave to play to earn ice time, and I wasn’t seeing that. She was given a lot ofopportunities, but she didn’t respond.””Coach was just trying to mix it up and see who played wellwith each other,” goaltender Jessie Vetter added. “Whatever he does seems towork, so I am sure there was reason for it.”The Badgers, without Zaugg, were able tie the game at 1-1 ona second period power play, when junior Erika Lawler was able to tip in a shotfrom sophomore Jasmine Giles. Wisconsin was then able to take their first lead in threegames, when Meghan Duggan received a pass from Giles and ripped a scorchingslap shot that found the back of the net, giving the Badgers a 2-1 lead.The Badgers looked like they were well on their way tovictory, until the Bulldogs pulled their goaltender to put an extra forward onthe ice with one minute left in the game. The move paid off as UMD’s IyaGavrilova managed to tip in the puck while there was mayhem in front of thenet. “Those are the type of goals that just ends up on theirstick,” Vetter said. “We need to get a clear before that happens, but we willget it by the end of the season.”In overtime, UW never had a chance as UMD’s Saara Tuominenfound a streaking Gavrilova, who beat Vetter and scored the game winner only 15seconds into the overtime period.”Duluth is just a fast and shifty team,” Vetter said. “Thatis one team that you definitely don’t want to give breakaways to. They are justfinishers and if you give them that much time and space on a breakaway, theyare going to make something happen. The girl fooled me and made a really goodplay.”On Friday, the Badgers struggled to find their offense in a3-1 loss. Wisconsin struggled on the power play as the team ended upgoing 0-for-7 on power play chances in the game.Johnson, though, does not think that the loss can beattributed to a lack of effort.”I am pleased with the effort,” Johnson said. “The big thingis not to get frustrated. If we are not able to score as many goals as we want,we have to play hard and find other ways to win games.”Even though they lost both games, the Badgers are lookingforward to the next time they play Minnesota Duluth.”We are already marking it on our calendar when we get to play them upin Duluth,” Vetter said. “It will be a very good series.”last_img read more

Kenley Jansen blows save, Wilmer Font runs out of gas as Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks in 15 innings

first_img Dodgers sign veteran reliever Daniel Hudson to minor-league deal PreviousPHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) high fives Matt Kemp after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson scores on a base hit by teammate Corey Seager as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila waits for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) follows through on a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal (9) points upward after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager follows through on an RBI base hit against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt scores on a base hit by A.J. Pollock against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt runs after a double agents the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Jake Lamb dives for a ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers’ during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed hits against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) looks at the baseball after walking in a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is removed by manager Dave Roberts #30 during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) bunts foul for a strikeout against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager forces out Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila (5) as he turns a double play on David Peralta during the fourth inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp takes a hit away from Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta during the third inning of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks’ during the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks of a baseball game Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings rounds the bases after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Logan Forsythe looks down during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) connects for a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chris Owings (16) high-fives teammate Ketel Marte (4) after hitting a game-tying, 3-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates in the dugout after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives Yasiel Puig #66 after scoring against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after striking out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Catcher Alex Avila #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks catches the ball as Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides in safely to score a run during the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The Diamondbacks’ Jeff Mathis hits a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 15th inning of an 8-7 victory over the Dodgers on Monday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Alex Avila #5 and Archie Bradley #25 after a walk-off single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 02: Jeff Mathis #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and fox sports reporter Kate Longworth are dunked with gatorade by David Peralta #6 after a walk-off RBI single to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-7 in the 15th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on April 2, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 41Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger dives safely into home plate on a base hit by Chase Utley as Arizona Diamondbacks’ catcher Alex Avila is late with the tag during the 15th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandPHOENIX — Okay, now you can worry.It was troubling Friday night when Kenley Jansen couldn’t touch 90 mph and gave up a home run to Joe Panik in his first inning of the season. What happened Monday night at Chase Field, though, was even more disturbing.Jansen entered in the ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and did hit 91-92 mph steadily (though they were matched by as many 88-89 mph cutters). But he walked back-to-back hitters with two outs – Jansen didn’t issue a single walk until June 25 last season – then gave up a game-tying three-run home run to Chris Owings on a flat 90 mph cutter.Hours later, the Dodgers reclaimed the lead in the 15th inning only to lose it again when Wilmer Font cracked in his fifth inning of relief, allowing two runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks won 8-7. What Jansen has done – taking a loss and blowing a save in his first two appearances of the season – is more unexpected in its own way.Whether the hamstring injury that pushed back Jansen’s Cactus League debut is still bothering him, the World Series rent asunder his cloak of invincibility or he is, as he says, simply “out of whack,” Jansen has already matched his blown saves total from the 2017 regular season – one. “It happens. I tried to go out there and attack. It didn’t go my way,” Jansen said. “Chris Owings got me. It sucks. Slow start. But nobody’s going to feel sorry for me. I just have to continue to keep going out there and battle. It’s early in the season but it’s all about how you end.”Jansen insists that the diminished velocity is not the sign of a physical ailment. His mechanics remain “a little off right now.”“I definitely know I’m fighting with some stuff,” he said. “But when I’m out there, I’m not thinking about that. Just try to execute and make a pitch. Today I didn’t execute.”Owings’ homer sent the Dodgers into extra innings and kicked to the curb 4-1/3 scoreless innings from Jansen’s bullpen neighbors that allowed the Dodgers to get the lead to him.They picked up right where they left off, following Jansen’s disastrous inning with another five scoreless innings – one from Ross Stripling then four from Font who went longer than Ryu, who lasted only 3-2/3 innings, coughing up a 3-0 first-inning lead.“Despite all the innings, I didn’t feel tired,” Font said through an interpreter. “I’m used to it. Last year, I was a starter.Related Articles “When I woke up (after pitching Sunday), I was trying to gauge whether I would feel any soreness from yesterday. I didn’t so I told the manager I could pitch in this game.”Font had already pitched the longest outing of his limited big-league career when he went back out for the 15th inning, his fifth. Font gave up a one-out single to Jake Lamb, a game-tying RBI double to Nick Ahmed and a walk-off RBI single to Jeff Mathis.“I was just looking to make sure his stuff held,” Roberts said. “Fortunately, it held but you could see the mental fatigue.” It was the third time the Dodgers blew a lead in a game that sprawled from Monday into Tuesday and saw their last pitcher (Font) pitch more than their starter (an ineffective Hyun-Jin Ryu). At five hours and 45 minutes, it was the longest game in Chase Field history.“You don’t know what to expect,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of turning to Font. “That was a situation where you’re the last guy in the ’pen. He’s never been in that situation. For him to step up like he did for 4-1/3 – just a gutty performance and picked up our entire ballclub.“He threw 29 pitches yesterday (in one inning) and came back to throw 70 tonight. Remarkable.”Roberts said he was ready to turn to a position player – possibly Yasiel Puig – to pitch and send starting pitcher Kenta Maeda out to play the outfield if the Dodgers hadn’t taken the lead on Chase Utley’s RBI single in the top of the 15th.  With the lead, Roberts tried to milk another inning out of Font. Font had already given more than expected for four scoreless innings.“Way more. Absolutely,” Roberts said. “I think the last time he threw that many pitches was last year (as a starter in Triple-A).” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Two-try debutant Herschel Jantjies stars for Springboks

first_imgDebutant South Africa scrum-half Herschel Jantjies scores his first try after just 11 minutes against Australia in JohannesburgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Debutant scrum-half Herschel Jantjies scored two tries as South Africa beat Australia 35-17 Saturday in the opening match of the Rugby Championship season in Johannesburg.The Western Stormers half-back claimed the first and fourth Springbok tries before being warmly applauded when substituted 14 minutes from time at Ellis Park.South Africa outscored Australia by five tries to two for a bonus point win despite resting a number of regulars ahead of an away clash with world champions New Zealand next weekend.Jantjies was one of a record eight black players in the starting XV of the Springboks, a team that used only white players during the apartheid era.His performance highlighted an encouraging start by South Africa in the Championship, which this year is a build-up competition ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan from September 20.Apart from the tries, Jantjies gave a superb all-round performance, winning praise from TV analyst and former Springbok fly-half Joel Stransky.“He played like a seasoned campaigner rather than a debutant,” said the man whose drop goal won the 1995 Rugby World Cup final for South Africa against New Zealand.Lock Eben Etzebeth, captaining South Africa in the absence of injured Siya Kolisi, also hailed Herschel Jantjies.“Herschel played unbelievably well and it was a great performance. We stuck to our guns and came through in the end.“I just told the team at half-time to keep to the structures, to keep being physical and the rewards will come.“We want to play attractive rugby, play with ball in hand, and it was nice to just be back on the pitch.”Australia captain and flanker Michael Hooper said “South Africa controlled the second half and we missed a few opportunities that could have created a different picture.– ‘World class’ – “Our attack in the first half was world class, but otherwise there is a lot of improvement needed. We are in the middle of a process.”Herschel Jantjies settled quickly and opened the scoring on 11 minutes with a try after the Springboks won a turnover and moved the ball swiftly down the right wing.Elton Jantjies converted for a seven-point lead trimmed to four when Bernard Foley slotted a penalty with his first shot at goal.Lukhan Salakaia-Loto went over for a try, but it was disallowed with New Zealand referee Paul Williams needing to see only one video replay to confirm a forward pass had set up the score.South Africa were temporarily reduced to 14 men when Andre Esterhuizen was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Tom Banks.While the centre sat in the sin bin, both the Springboks and the Wallabies scored converted tries on a chilly southern hemisphere winter evening.Carries by Pieter-Steph du Toit and Herschel Jantjies took the ball within a centimetre of the tryline and Lood de Jager barged over with Elton Jantjies converting.Australia opted to send a kickable penalty into touch rather than shoot for goal and the gamble paid off with Dane Haylett-Petty diving over in the far corner.Foley converted to close the first-half scoring just before Esterhuizen returned to the fray and restored the Springboks to full strength.Although South Africa trooped off at half-time with a four-point advantage, they had much less of the ball and a worrying number of missed tackles.South Africa took control in the second half and Sibusiso Nkosi, Herschel Jantjies and Cobus Reinach, in additional time, scored tries, all of which Elton Jantjies converted.Australia had substitute prop Taniela Tupou yellow-carded in the second half before a brilliant break by Kurtley Beale allowed Foley to score a try he converted.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook40Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonBentley is a gorgeous 3 year old American Bulldog. He is pure-breed without papers. Bentley is a very strong boy. He is sweet and needs a loving and supportive environment. No children, other dogs or cats.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  Visit us onloine at www.adoptapet-wa.org or contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more