For the first time ever, Jamaica will have a full complement of athletes in the men’s discus at the World Championships.Julian Robinson, who coaches one of the three men who have qualified for the Champion-ships, says the throws community is excited about this milestone. He also believesthe qualifiers, Federick Dacres, Jason Morgan and Chad Wright, will all do well in Beijing, host city for next month’s Worlds.”We are pleased, excited about the fact that we have three qualifiers, three persons who can legitimately compete for medals, not just going there for three throws,” said Robinson. The reference to three throws pertains to throwers who only take the trio of attempts in the preliminary rounds.Dacres, Morgan and Wright have all surpassed the World Championships qualifying standard of 65 metres, with Morgan producing the longest throw in the world so far this year with a national record of 68.19 metres. Dacres threw 66.40 and 66.30 metres early in the season. Wright has a mark of 65.03 metres.This milestone exceeds the achievement of having two male discus throwers, Morgan and Traves Smikle, in action at the 2012 Olympics. Robinson coached Dacres, Smikle and Wright when they were at Calabar High School.Only two other countries have a full complement of World Championship qualifiers in the men’s discus. These are throwing powerhouses United States and Germany. The Germans have only two throwers who have attained the 65-metre standard, but their superstar Robert Harting has the IAAF wild card, which guarantees the right of all defending champions to compete in Beijing.Harting has been slow to bounce back after injuryand surgery. Nevertheless, Robinson thinks the three-time champion is the favourite. “I think that we have a decent shot as a matter of fact,” he said, “but definitely Robert Harting is the favourite.”In a reference to the possibility that the German might not be ready to compete in Beijing, he said, “If he is not there, it is wide open and I like our chances.”
North Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)North and South Korea will field joint teams in three sports — canoeing, rowing and women’s basketball — at the Asian Games, organizers said Thursday, in the latest sign of thawing tensions.The two countries will also march together at the opening and closing ceremonies for the showpiece event being held in Indonesia from August 18-September 2, they added.ADVERTISEMENT South Korea’s national Olympic committee previously told AFP that the country’s governing bodies for basketball, judo, canoe, gymnastics, table tennis, rowing and soft tennis had expressed an interest in running combined teams.Seoul and Pyongyang agreed this month to form unified teams for some sports though the specifics were only confirmed Thursday after a meeting in Jakarta between the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Games organizers and representatives from the two Koreas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We won’t add any more (sports),” Games deputy chairman Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin told reporters after the meeting Thursday.“We have to be strict with scheduling so there will be no more changes.” The athletes from the Koreas will march under a neutral Korean peninsula flag and under the “Korea” name.Further details about logistics would come later, Sjamsoeddin added.“The meeting was very friendly and enthusiastic, and was based on a spirit of togetherness of the two countries,” Sjamsoeddin said.The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for February’s Winter Games in the South Korean resort of Pyeongchang.It provoked a backlash in the South, on the grounds that Seoul was depriving its own athletes of the chance to compete on the Olympic stage.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town LATEST STORIES ‘Major concern’ for TNT ahead of crucial game as key cogs fulfill Gilas duties Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ultimately the sight of North and South Korean skaters wearing the same jersey and passing the puck to each other drew emotive responses from spectators and quickly became an Olympic favorite, despite the team being thrashed in all five of their matches.Ties between the neighbors have been warming since the Winter Olympics, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreeing at a historic summit in April to jointly participate in international sports events.This month, Kim and US President Donald Trump held a summit in Singapore.The three-team plan comes after the OCA had earlier dismissed the idea of granting extra places for unified Korean teams at an event which will see about 10,000 athletes compete in 40 sports — the second-biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.The Games will be held in Indonesia’s capital and Palembang on Sumatra island.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Georgetown School of Nursing Principal Cleopatra Barkoye on Thursday called on the Public Health Ministry to have nursing tutors granted duty-free concessions.She said a principal nursing tutor had stated that in order to be qualified as a tutor, a nurse must undergo many years of preparation and would usually travel for more than 30 miles per day.She implored that while the Minister would not be in a “position to do anything at present about their salaries”, he could at least help them to help the students. She pointed out that nursing lecturers are also eligible for duty-free concessions.“We are only 10 in numbers at present. Help us to feel proud of our experience,” she said, adding that there was already a shortage of nurses, so it was only fitting that the Minister did everything to retain qualified nurses.“We are teachers too, but the advantage we have over any teachers is that we are also nurses and midwives,” Barkoye remarked.Prior to 2008, duty-free concessions for nursing tutors had always been lobbied for and acknowledged by the Ministry. Former Health Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy had stated that the concession was something that could be granted once it was explored fully.Nurses have continuously griped about poor wages and deplorable working conditions.Nurses from across the country, particularly in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice); Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), and on the East Bank and East Coast of Demerara and in Georgetown, had complained that their salary and work conditions were not allowing them to offer proper health care.They lamented their paltry salaries and annual allowances such as $13,000 for uniforms and footwear and in some cases as little as $500 for risk allowance in some hazardous areas of work such as dealing with psychiatric patients.Meanwhile, University of Guyana Health Sciences Faculty Director Wilton Benn outlined that there was a need for investment in nursing. “Investment in nursing is an investment in the health of the nation,” he said. He further stressed the need for nurses to be highly trained and qualified for their position in the health sector. He stated that the Faculty has so far invested in the training of nursing tutors to ensure that they were producing good graduates.
BlueCrest University College, accredited by the National Commission (NCHE) on Higher Education as a degree granting institution has introduced varieties of internationally accredited programs, aimed to produce professional who will be competent in terms of academic excellence with professional hands on. BlueCrest has partnered with NIIT, world’s largest IT education provider from India which has more than 5,000 centers in more than 40 countries with more than 5 million students across the globe. It is already working successfully in partnership with NIIT in Ghana from last 18 years and now spread to 3 locations in West Africa. The NCHE Chair in 2016, announced that BlueCrest University College which was accredited by the commission as a degree granting institution meets all the requirements and policy guidelines for the establishment of such higher institution of learning in the country.Mr. Rameshwar Mehrotra, Country Manager, said with the emergence of global economy, the IT industry now increasingly plays a significant role in every aspects of life. As a result, the IT industry has witnessed a rapid growth, eventually leading to the shortage of skilled manpower.NIIT is not only providing the latest IT education, but also upgrading the curriculum as per the demand of emerging IT trends all over the world. BlueCrest in partner with NIIT is now providing courses like CompTIA A+ and N+ certification Program, Revolutionary MasterMind Series programs for Software and Network Engineering, Diploma programs in Management Information System, Graphic and Web Design, CISCO Certified CCNA, Microsoft Certified System Administrator with Windows server 2008 and 2012 all of which are mapped as per the latest technology certification from global giants to enable enrolling students make the most of their career. Newly Introduces course like Professional certificates in Microsoft Office 2013, Mobile Application development with Android, Diploma in .Net and Java will increase the technological competence of professionals in Liberia. Now Liberians will be getting all the high end technology program in Liberia itself with the team of expatriate professors available in Liberia by BlueCrest.Mr. Mehrotra also said Bachelor of Science program in Information Technology (BScIT) have commenced and currently have an enrollment of about 100 students, while Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) component of undergraduate degree programs is on-going. It has already completed first semester with these students and inviting the admissions with entrance examination for admissions in the session of spring 2016.“What makes BlueCrest University College’s curriculum truly unique is not just its technological and personality development content, but also the way it is imparted to make learning effective and application oriented,”.Accordingly, the group main focus is to empower individuals and enterprises worldwide by providing them with knowledge, skills, solutions and services through pioneering efforts and usage of appropriate technology to achieve greater success.He called on young Liberians whom he described as “future leaders” to take up career opportunities in the IT world which is becoming increasingly global, thereby reaffirming Blue Crest commitment to help rebuilt the nation through capacity building of Liberian youth who are expected to carry out the great task of nation building.In the short duration of 1 year BlueCrest has emerged as the top IT training provider of the country and having more than 1200 students in various diploma and certificate programs offered in country coupled with technology from NIIT. Currently BlueCrest partnered with NIIT is the best alternative for quality information technology backed by international accredited staffs as well as a team of competent and well trained local staffs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
H2H legal challenge…”other options” can update voters’ listChief Justice Roxane George has ruled that the ongoing House-to-House Registration is not unconstitutional, but noted that it is unconstitutional for qualified persons to be removed from the list.Former Attorney GeneralAnil NandlallChief Justice Roxane GeorgeAt the High Court on Wednesday, the Chief Justice did not grant any of the orders sought by Christopher Ram, who had challenged the constitutionality of the House-to-House Registration and wanted the court to compel the holding General and Regional Elections by September 18.In her ruling, Justice George concluded that the House-to-House exercise being conducted is not unlawfully or unconstitutional. However, the Court did note that it is unconstitutional for qualified persons to be removed from the list if they are not in the jurisdiction or not at their residence during the registration exercise. She further stated that only deceased persons and those otherwise disqualified under Article 159 (2), (3), or (4) are to be removed.Pointing out that the “right to vote and the right to be registered to vote are sacrosanct”, the High Court Judge said “residence requirements from citizens is no longer a qualification for registration”.Ram’s lawyers, who included former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran, had argued in the application that the current registration exercise will disenfranchise many Guyanese who are already on the list.Furthermore, the Chief Justice had noted that while it is not up to the Court to determine whether House-to-House should be held, it is not the only option available to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to update the list. To this end, the Court further noted that it is up to the Elections Commission to determine a way forward within the confines of the constitutional provisions.“The Court did not agree with submissions from the CEO (Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield) that House-to-House is necessary… GECOM may have to consider other options… GECOM cannot operate as in a normal elections cycle,” she said, adding that it has to take into consideration the December passage of the No-Confidence Motion (NCM) which has been validated by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).In fact, both Nandlall and SC Ramkarran told reporters after the decision that this aspect of the judgement is significant, since it meant that House-to-House is not mandatory, and more importantly, not the only option for GECOM to revise the voters’ list.“The Court pointed out very emphatically and very clearly that GECOM must now determine which one of the two courses of action it will chose, having regards to the timeframe that are available and that have become exigent upon the passage of a No-Confidence Motion. The Court endorsed our argument that the list can be refreshed with a suitable Claims and Objections period; so the ball is now in GECOM’s court to determine which one of the two courses it will choose, and one will obviously lead to unconstitutionality as the CJ pointed out,” Nandlall contended.But Lowenfield’s lawyer, Roysdale Forde, told reporters that aspect of the decision dealing with the removal of persons from the voters list is flawed.“I believe that it is a serious ground, a serious flaw in the decision and I would advise my client to appeal. The issue was never raised as part of the pleadings in the documents,” Forde contended.Similar sentiments were raised by Attorney General Basil Williams, who said that this is something GECOM will have to look at. In fact, GECOM’s attorney, Senior Counsel Stanley Marcus, told reporters that he will be advising the Elections body today on the way forward.The Claudette Singh-headed Commission will be holding its first statutory meeting today since the appointment of the new Chair. This meeting is expected to yield the Commission’s position on the way forward.Nevertheless, another significant decision handed down by the Chief Justice on Wednesday had to do with the holding of General and Regional Elections.Ram had sought a conservatory order compel the CEO and others to host early elections on or before September 18, 2019 in compliance with the constitutional provisions in Article 106 (6) and (7) and the rulings of the CCJ.However, Justice George, in her ruling, posited that the High Court cannot name a date for when elections ought to be held, especially since this was not done by the country’s highest court – the CCJ.“It is not the role of the [High] Court to establish when elections are to be held… The CCJ did not and could not name a date for when elections are to be held… therefore, this court cannot decisive a date when elections ought to be held,” the Chief Justice ruled.But that aspect of the decision did not sit well with the lawyers representing Ram. In fact, Nandlall told reporters that they will appeal this, since there just cannot be no date for when early elections are to be held, especially since the passage of the NCM was validated, thus, triggering constitutional provisions that caters for early polls.“It cannot be open-ended. The CCJ judgement could not have meant elections will never be held unless Parliament agrees [to an extension of the elections date by two-thirds of all sitting Member of the National Assembly]. Suppose Parliament does not agree? There is always a timeframe implied; the Constitution must be obeyed at its earliest convenience. And so in relation to that, respectfully, I am not impressed with that aspect of the ruling and that certainly will excite the review of an appellate tribunal. We must have a second opinion…,” Nandlall declared.Furthermore, during Wednesday’s ruling, Justice George also dismissed the applications filed by AG Williams for the Court to dismiss Ram’s challenge, and one filed on behalf of the Chief Elections Officer for the Chief Justice to recuse herself from hearing the case.The Court awarded costs in the sum of $500,000 to Lowenfield and other parties against whom Ram’s case was filed. However, both GECOM and the AG will have to pay 75% and 80% of that sum for the cases of the applications they filed that were dismissed.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho has identified Karim Benzema as a priority target for Manchester United ahead of his impending appointment as successor to the sacked Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford. Benzema could be joined at United by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a free transfer target. (Independent)But Mourinho but is likely to suffer disappointment over two of his other transfer targets. Chelsea will not sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United, while Manchester City and Barcelona are ahead of the Red Devils in the race to sign John Stones. (Daily Telegraph)David de Gea is happy to continue at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho next season despite concerns over Juan Mata ‘s future. (Manchester Evening News)Chelsea have told Everton they will not be held to ransom over striker Romelu Lukaku. Lukaku has made it clear he wants to leave Goodison Park and is keen on a return to Stamford Bridge, telling friends he has “unfinished business” at Chelsea. But the Blues will not pay the £65m fee Everton are demanding and will turn elsewhere if the Toffees will not negotiate. (Daily Express)Long-term Chelsea target Koke insists he has no intention of leaving Atletico Madrid. (London Evening Standard)Newcastle winger Andros Townsend appears to be on the brink of signing for Sporting Lisbon after being spotted on a flight to Portugal. (Daily Express)Sergi Canos could be heading for a surprise Liverpool exit this summer after reaching stalemate over a new contract. (Liverpool Echo)Middlesbrough are in talks over a £3.8million deal for Ajax winger Viktor Fischer. The 21-year-old was once coveted by Manchester United and Arsenal but had a troublesome hamstring injury which ruled him out for 15 months. (Daily Mail)Ronald Koeman is set to sign a new two-year contract at Southampton. The former Holland defender is Everton’s No1 choice to replace sacked Roberto Martinez and, more long term, is also on Arsenal’s radar as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger. But he is ready to commit to the Saints. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Stunning Manchester United news: Zlatan Ibrahimovic agrees to deal to become Jose Mourinho’s first signingManchester City eyeing Jamie Vardy amid reports he can leave Leicester for just £20millionLassana Diarra hints at possible Manchester United move after declaring himself a ‘free agent’Chelsea transfer latest: Goalkeeper reveals he wants to STAY at Stamford BridgeNewcastle transfer news: Daryl Janmaat set for St James’ Park exit as Juventus eye £3m deal for defenderTottenham target Sandro Ramirez to leave Barcelona for free this summer, confirms Catalan clubMassimiliano Allegri urges Alvaro Morata to shun Arsenal interest and stay at Juventus for a ‘few more years’DONE DEAL! Liverpool complete the signing of Mainz goalkeeper Loris KariusArsenal, Chelsea and Man United blow! Attacking target Edinson Cavani to STAY at Paris Saint-Germain, reveals agentEverton transfer news: Toffees eye move for Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda amid Villarreal interestAFC Bournemouth prepare to lodge £1million bid for Besiktas defender Alexander Milosevic
There is a great buzz of excitement at the moment with the setting up of a new beekeeping association in East Donegal and West Tyrone.The new association will be working with other beekeeping, gardening and farming groups to help sustain and increase the beekeeping stock in the local areaPeople have been keeping bees for thousands of years and it would not have been unusual in the early 1900’s for each house to have their own beehive. Bees not only provide the beekeeper with honey, they also produce beeswax and royal jelly. They also collect pollen and propolis which are used in skin and health care products.Their main function however is to pollinate a whole range of crops from apples. Tomatoes and strawberries to clover and rapeseed. In fact Honey bees pollinate an estimated one-third of all the food crops we consume. Albert Einstein is quoted by some sources as saying, “If the bee disappears off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left”.The club will be working with Donegal rapeseed oil company by bringing hives to the rapeseed fields to help pollination. This gives dual benefits of increased pollination for the farmer and an early build up of bees for the beekeeper.A spokesman said “The new association will help promote beekeeping within the Finn, Mourne and Derg valley area and we want to encourage anyone interested in beekeeping to come along on the night. “We would especially encourage beginners and we will be starting a beginner’s beekeeping course in the near future. We have also ordered hives of bees for new beekeepers that will be ready in June.”The meeting is taking place on the Monday 17th February at 8 P.M in Lifford old court house. For more information contact Daniel on 0863891490 or see Facebook by looking up Beekeeping Donegal/Tyrone. BEEKEEPERS ARE BUZZING WITH NEW DONEGAL ASSOCIATION was last modified: February 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:beekeepingdonegal
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(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evidence continues to mount that the universe and its contents appeared mature from the beginning.Surprising abrupt diversity near the start: Galaxies were diverse, like those seen today, for most of the universe’s history, Space.com reported. A new Hubble survey “found that the assorted range of galaxy types seen today were also present about 11 billion years ago, meaning that the types of galaxies seen today, which astronomers described as a ‘cosmic zoo,’ have been around for at least 80 percent of the universe’s lifespan.” The survey pushes back the early maturity of galaxies from 8 billion years to 11.5 billion.“This is the only comprehensive study to date of the visual appearance of the large, massive galaxies that existed so far back in time,” co-author Arjen van der Wel of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany said in a statement. “The galaxies look remarkably mature, which is not predicted by galaxy formation models to be the case that early on in the history of the universe.”Science Daily left this conundrum unanswered. Indeed, it added another: “Another piece of the puzzle is that we still do not know why today ‘red and dead’ elliptical galaxies are old and unable to form stars, while spirals, like our own Milky Way, keep forming new stars,” another team member said. “This is not just a classification scheme, it corresponds to a profound difference in the galaxies’ physical properties and how they were formed.”In the 20th century, most astronomers assumed that one type of galaxy evolved into another, in an evolutionary “Hubble Sequence.” Now, they all appear abruptly near the beginning. “Clearly, the Hubble Sequence formed very quickly in the history of the cosmos, it was not a slow process,” adds Giavalisco. “Now we have to go back to theory and try to figure out how and why.”Cosmic QuestionsOther cosmology news stories show that major questions remain unanswered, established claims are being debated, and fundamental issues remain unresolved.Revising Newton: A modified form of Newtonian mechanics named MOND is claiming predictive success, Science Daily reported – astonishing for a theory that reigned science for centuries. At the same time, MOND is dispensing with the need for dark matter.Time bandits: A big dispute about the nature of time is brewing between cosmologist Lee Smolin and his critics. One of them, Huw Smith, reviewing Smolin’s book in Science, did not have kind words for the latter, who believes time is real. The dispute is an echo of the ancient Greek debate between Parmenides and Heraclitus.Expanding detractions: One German cosmologist, according to PhysOrg, is disputing the hugely popular consensus that the universe is expanding. “Cosmology has no big bang singularity,” he wrote. “There exist other, equivalent choices of field variables for which the universe shows the usual expansion or is static during the radiation or matter dominated epochs.” Readers can decide whether his proposal is more or less bizarre than an instant universe from nothing.The measure of man: A giant “Hubble Bubble” surrounding our galaxy may be affecting our measurements of the expansion of the universe, Science Daily reported.Got time for space, or space for time? Zeeya Merali, writing in Nature, summarizes an article with basic questions: “Many researchers believe that physics will not be complete until it can explain not just the behaviour of space and time, but where these entities come from.” In text and in an embedded podcast, Merali wades through deep speculations that are more frustrating than enlightening, giving time to entrants like quantum loop gravity, string theory, holography, thermodynamics, and some even more abstruse. The problem understanding space-time, according to one cosmologist: “our job is hard because we are fishes swimming in the fluid at the same time as trying to understand it.”Does a fish know that it is swimming in a fluid? No, because fish are not philosophers. Humans can speculate about big questions and ultimate answers in ways that no animal can. Whether they can arrive at truth by their own bootstraps, though, is a different question entirely. One clue that man might be onto something is the “surprise effect.” When a scientist is surprised by a finding, it indicates a possible falsification of his or her assumptions. The surprise of finding early mature galaxies is a good example. The abrupt appearance of a diverse group of galaxies already in mature states, is like the Cambrian explosion in the fossil record. It’s surprising to evolutionists, but not to creationists. Cosmologists should open their minds to the possibility that cosmic evolution has been falsified.
22 October 2013The South African Rugby Union’s Footprint Programme paid a second visit to the Eastern Cape last week to deliver the latest rugby coaching techniques and skills to schoolboys and coaches.Springboks Francois Hougaard, Flip van der Merwe, Jan Serfontein and Bjorn Basson coached more than 170 schoolboys and 50 school and club coaches during a coaching session in Queenstown.They were assisted by Springbok assistant coaches, Johann van Graan, Ricardo Loubscher and John McFarland.Mastering basic techniquesThe Springboks demonstrated to the local coaches how to master basic technical techniques in areas, such as tackling, scrumming, lineout play and the breakdown.In July, the Footprint Programme paid its first visit to the Eastern Cape in Mthatha at the behest of the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.The Eastern Cape Sports Department is also assisting the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to prepare the Springbok Women’s Sevens squad to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The assistance includes scientific support, fitness and conditioning training.Rassie Erasmus, Saru’s general manager for high performance, got the two-day symposium underway when he addressed the eager local schools and club coaches on the proper tackling and breakdown techniques.DemonstratedDuring the practical session, the Springbok players and coaching staff demonstrated those techniques to the learners and coaches at a community field, with a happy local crowd following every move on the field.Afterwards, lock Flip van der Merwe said he and his teammates enjoyed the session as much as the schoolboys and the coaches.“This is a great initiative and it is wonderful to see eagerness amongst the kids and their coaches to learn.“We seldom get the chance to visit areas such as Queenstown, and the reception we got from the local community and kids was amazing,” he said.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby