The greatest blindsides of all time: Ian Kirkpatrick

first_imgIan Kirkpatrick left an indelible imprint on the game. The Kiwi blindside belongs in the company of the very best who ever played He captained New Zealand in nine Tests in 1972-73 prior to bowing out in the series victory over the Lions in 1977.Kirkpatrick retired in 1979 but has stayed involved with rugby via media work, as a mentor for young players and as a patron of Ngatapa rugby club. He was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003. Ian Kirkpatrick with a ball in one hand His most spectacular score was the 55m burst out of a maul against the 1971 Lions in the Christchurch second Test, Kirkpatrick reflecting: “Pinetree (Colin Meads) always said he had a part to play in that because he gave me the ball. It’s funny, you break out and set off. They came at me and I was able to push them off until I hit the corner. That doesn’t happen very often.”Kirkpatrick needed an injection to play in the next Test having injured a rib whilst handling a farm horse. Major teams: Poverty Bay, CanterburyCountry: New Zealand
Test span: 1967-77New Zealand caps: 39 (38 starts)Test points: 57 (16T)When he emerged in the mid-1960s, flankers usually played left and right, rather than openside and blindside, but Kirkpatrick helped shape the role of the blindside flanker as we know it today.A farmer, he learned his rugby at Auckland’s Kings College, joined the Poverty Bay club at 20 in 1966, then moved to Canterbury a year later. New Zealand coach Fred Allen capped him on tour in France that year and Kirkpatrick responded with a try on debut.A year later he became the first All Black to be used as a substitute, coming on when Brian Lochore broke his thumb against Australia in Sydney. Having warmed up by running down the stairs from the reserve seats, Kirkpatrick shredded the Wallaby defence to score a hat-trick in a 27-11 win and for the next nine years he was one of the first names on the All Blacks team-sheet.Tall and athletic, his uninhibited, dynamic style brought him 115 tries in 289 first-class games, including 16 in Tests – an All Blacks record until Stuart Wilson bettered it in 1983. TAGS: The Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Jumpers

first_imgDon’t worry, this isn’t a film about clothing. Doug Liman’s fast-paced, action centred style provides some stunning visual effects in this sci-fi thriller. But be warned: watching items of knitwear on screen might provide more chemistry than Hayden Christensen and Rachel Bilson. ‘Jumpers’ are a select group of people with the power of teleportation. When David Rice (Christensen) realises he has this power, he leaves his alcoholic father to lead a new, luxurious life of globetrotting. But his actions soon attract the attention of Roland (Samuel L Jackson), leader of the Paladins, the group that seeks to destroy them. Liman seems to have focused so much on pioneering effects – such as taking the viewer through the process of teleportation with the characters rather than objectively – that he totally forgot about character development. Thus, when the fighting and chase sequences take place, they look great, but the stakes are simply not built up high enough for you to care who prevails. And at the time when the action slows and the film relies solely on human interactions, the story line is deplorably predictable and the scenes boring. The drunken father, the childhood romance, the school bully; these are the terribly clichéd characters that the story is told through that are simply lifted from countless other indistinguishable movies. Samuel L Jackson may as well have been getting some more motherfucking snakes off another motherfucking plane; Christensen could have been carrying a light-sabre throughout – you wouldn’t have noticed. None of the performances carry any panache or originality. Jamie Bell is the saving grace, playing another Jumper. By the time of his appearance, the film is screaming out for the injection of verve he gives it.Sadly, his performance, some really excellent special effects, and wonderful filming locations (like inside the actual Colosseum) are not nearly enough to save this ‘thriller’ from joining the steadily growing stream of mediocrity expelled from Hollywood’s microwave meal industry of producing quick thrills devoid of substance.By Ben Williamslast_img read more

Radium Girls’ premieres at Saint Mary’s

first_imgWith just three day’s worth of rehearsal remaining, director Richard Baxter changed his vision for the upcoming Saint Mary’s fall production, “Radium Girls.” Something was simply not working in the last scene, and instead of making minor adjustments, he threw out the ending altogether, Baxter said.   “What you see is nothing I set out to direct … So much changes when you get in the [stage] space,” Baxter said. “You’re constantly changing things … That’s what I love about this.” Interpreting the script by award-winning playwright D.W. Gregory, Baxter said he directs a cast of 15 Saint Mary’s students ranging from first-years to seniors along with several of the College’s male professors and two male community members to tell a compelling story of young factory workers who begin a campaign for justice after being sickened by radium-laced paint on the job in 1920’s New Jersey. The play, which will premiere Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Little Theater in the Moreau Center for the Arts, takes place over a period of 20 years with a majority of its focus in the 1920’s during a time when radium was considered a miracle substance believed to cure cancer and other illnesses when in fact the element had the opposite effect, Baxter said.   “Directing this play makes me think of two things:  It makes me think, ‘How do we apply the ‘Golden Rule,’ how do we really treat each other the way we want to be treated?’ The second is, ‘What kind of radium products do we have now?’” Baxter said.    Radium is one of several prevalent themes present in all aspects of the show, including the colors in the costumes, costume designer Melissa Bialko said. “The things that I really tried to visualize were simply the colors of radium and what you’d stereotypically think of radium to be, so it’s sort of hitting the audience over the head, but it’s fun as well,” Bialko said. “There’s a lot of yellows and greens, and then there are supplemental blues and purples and neutral colors.”   Baxter and theatre professor Katie Sullivan chose to stage “Radium Girls” after considering several other works. The selection process involved keeping a thematic four-year cycle in mind in order to make sure students coming into the theatre program are exposed to a variety of styles, time periods, playwrights and venues.  “As I read [“Radium Girls”], it filled all the criteria that we had set out.  We wanted something that would involve as many female actors as we could find, something that wasn’t too technically demanding, something that we think we can costume [and] something we could produce in a small space,” Baxter said.   “The big thing is we wanted a good story, something that was compelling and interesting.  At the end of that process, we felt this was the best choice.  It was very cinematic.  There are a lot of short scenes that are tightly woven.  It’s a compelling story.  It’s about social justice.  It has a lot of female characters, the time period works, [and] that’s how we decided to do the play.” Baxter was already familiar with “Radium Girls” because of his personal connections with the playwright through his wife, Baxter said.   “D. [W. Gregory] had sent me a script last year to see if I had any interest in it, and I did, but I didn’t have any venue for it,” Baxter said.   Senior theatre major and stage manager Molly B. Goodman said she had no knowledge of the play prior to its selection, but her subsequent research led her to also find connections within its context. “I actually have family from New Jersey so I talked to my grandparents that live out there about what was happening, and they remembered people talking about it when they were growing up, so it was interesting to hear that,” Goodman said. Baxter said the show’s success derives from crew members’ extra efforts.   “You have to be selfless enough to say what’s better for [the] play, what’s better for the crew, what’s better for the cast, what’s better for the audience, and if you do that then you can really collaborate well,” Baxter said.  The play will run Thursday through Sunday, and Gregory will take part in a panel discussion Friday titled, “Radium Girls, Opening the Doors of Justice” about the labor issues explored in the play. The talk, coordinated by the College’s justice education program, will take place at 1 p.m. in Welsh Parlor of Haggar College Center.  Contact Emilie Kefalas at [email protected]last_img read more

Finesse Beauty House of Fashion Embarks on Second Edition of its Sewing Training Entrepreneurship Program

first_img Sharing is caring! Share BusinessEducationLifestyleLocalNews Finesse Beauty House of Fashion Embarks on Second Edition of its Sewing Training Entrepreneurship Program by: – February 6, 2020 Kimara MatthewFinesse Beauty House of Fashion supported by the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce embarks on the second edition of its Sewing Training Entrepreneurship Program otherwise known as S.T.E P. This program commences from February 1st, 2020 for a duration of six weeks. Founder of this initiative and owner of Finesse Beauty House of Fashion remarked, “We are convinced that this will surely inspire the fashion design minded youth and lend the momentum needed to create that shift in their lives. Our company is well aware of the challenges that youth face on a daily basis. As a result, we have made it part of our mandate to create an avenue that will have a positive impact on those who are willing to embrace this opportunity.”This valuable initiative seeks to achieve a number of objectives over the four-week period. Primarily, it seeks to reduce the unemployment rate in Dominica through the creation of a platform for individuals who work better with their hands. This, in turn, will create a pool of qualified individuals who can be referred to other companies for employment in the fashion industry. As a comprehensive program, S.T.E.P. will encourage young and upcoming entrepreneurs to create their own sewing businesses, as well as prepare the participants for the workplace.As a result of this program, participants will not only gain the required vital skill of sewing but they will also be able to execute exceptional and quality customer service, whilst addressing emotional intelligent issues that may affect job performance.Mrs. Matthew also stated, “We are convinced that the positive outcome of this project will be beneficial not just to the participants but also help revamp our slow moving economy. It is our hope that more persons would be empowered and be integrated into the system. This should create more economic activities, hence resulting in a more dynamic economy.”Special thanks was made to  NDFD, and DAIC who made the 2020 program possible. Sharecenter_img Share 70 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Orville D. Weaver

first_imgOrville D. Weaver, 99, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday June 13, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 14, 1919 in Ohio County, Indiana, son of the late Rolla B Weaver and Florence (Waller) Weaver.He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, confirmed in 1944. Orville was very active at church, he was a St. John School Board Member, a trustee and an Elder. He was a member of the Dearborn County Precinct Committee for 20 years, joining in 1980. Orville was also the Treasurer for Hogan Water Board for 28 years, and a Hogan Township Trustee for 20 years. He always helped with 4-H.Orville farmed all of his life, starting with the Weaver family farm. He then continued on with his own farm, and dairy farming occupied a lot of his time. The Hogan Valley neighbors were a tight knit group, he often cleaned driveways during snow storms, and they all checked in on one another and helped whenever needed. His faith, family, friends and neighbors were very important to him. Orville left a legacy of respect, dignity, fairness and a positive attitude in all situations that he faced. He influenced a vast number of people throughout his many years of community service, to both young and old alike. He will be missed by all that knew him.Orville is survived by his children, Rebecca “Becki” (Pete) Nocks of Aurora, IN, Dana Weaver of Urbana, IL, Darrell (Beth) Weaver of Dillsboro, IN and daughter in law, Bev Weaver; grandchildren, Kim (Mark) Swanson, Neil (Patti) Weaver, Amanda (Britton) Blair, Adam (Allison) Weaver, Matt (Luciana) Nocks, Andrea (Duane) Bowman, Nick (Chelsea) Weaver, Tim Weaver, Greg Weaver, Sarah (Nathan) Brooks, Dale (Corrie) Weaver; 17 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Ellen (Huxsoll) Weaver, sons Phillip and Murl Weaver, and his brother, Gene Weaver.Friends will be received Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the St. John Lutheran Church, 220 Mechanic St., Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the church at 7:00 pm with Pastor Edward Davis officiating.Graveside services will be Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran Church or Dearborn or Ohio County 4-H . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Liverpool eyeing further signings

first_img Striker Rickie Lambert has already been brought in from Southampton, his former team-mate Adam Lallana is expected to sign for the Anfield club in the next few days, while a fee has been agreed for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can. With Liverpool challenging for honours both domestically and in the Champions League in 2014/15, Rodgers is keen to bolster a squad that will be without talisman Luis Suarez until the end of October as a result of his infamous bite on Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. Press Association Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club intend to make further signings ahead of the forthcoming season.center_img “I think there has been a lot of work that has been done,” Rodgers told Sky Sports News. “If you look at us as a club and recruitment, we haven’t been resting over the course of the off-season – a lot of great work has gone on. “We’ve targeted players, we’ve signed some and we’ll have more signings to come over the course of the pre-season. The idea is by the end of August we’ll have the squad together and it will be a really exciting time for us next season. “Next season will be equally as tough, we knew it would be tough. We had an incredible performance level and we’ll have players who want to prove themselves, and the beauty is that we as a club will improve too. “We’ve a lot of young players who will have gained experience last season and we will bring in more players with added quality, so we will also improve as well and that’s something I’m really looking forward to seeing.” last_img read more