Cardiff Blues v Aironi preview – Sweeney starts

first_imgAironi FansFriday 7 January – CARDIFF BLUES v AIRONI RUGBY, At Cardiff City Stadium 7.30pm.Referee: Peter Allan ( SRU, 42nd League game)Cardiff Blues ended a three game losing run with their 27-25 victory over Ospreys on New Year’s Eve. The Blues have won all seven previous encounters against Italian opponents in all competitions.Aironi Rugby are still without a win in the Magners League but have picked up losing bonus points in each of their last two matches. Blues won 20-3 when the two sides met at Stadio Zaffanella in October.Cardiff Blues outside half Ceri Sweeney will start when the Blues take on Aironi. Sweeney last started for the Blues on the 27th of November when they recorded a 38-6 victory over Glasgow. Tom Slater starts at scrum half, while Tom Shanklin is paired with Jamie Roberts at Centre for the first time this season. Leigh Halfpenny starts on the wing having come off the bench in last Friday’s win over the Ospreys.In the forwards Tom Brown starts at Number 8 for the first time in the Magners League, his other two starts being in the LV=Cup. There is one other change in the forwards with John Yapp starting at tighthead in place of Fau Filise.Cardiff Blues ended a three game losing run with their 27-25 victory over Ospreys on New Year’s Eve and will aim to start 2011 with a win when they welcome their Italian opponents.The Blues have won all seven previous encounters against Italian sides in all competitions while Aironi Rugby are still without a win in the Magners League.Despite the record Cardiff Blues Director of Rugby, David Young, has seen an improvement in Aironi’s recent matches.

”We have faced Aironi already this season and it was a hard match out in Italy. Certainly Rowland Phillips will get their team well organized,” said Young.

”I think their results have shown that they’ve been very close in the last couple of games and recently recorded a famous win over Biarritz in the Heineken Cup.”

”We are expecting a tough game, but it’s a game we have to win. That’s where we are in the season. We need the wins and bonus points if we can get them.”

The Blues won 20-3 when the two sides met at Stadio Zaffanella in October and could climb back into the top four again if they get the right result.“On the back of two good performances and getting nothing it was nice to get the result against the Ospreys,” added Young.“Hopefully we are all happier working after a win than we would be working after a loss.” TAGS: Cardiff Blues “From now on every game has to be a cup final and a must win game for us. This is not the time to go on a bad run and we aim to start 2011 strongly.”15 Chris Czekaj 14 Leigh Halfpenny 13 Tom Shanklin 12 Jamie Roberts 11 Tom James 10 Ceri Sweeney 9 Tom Slater8 Tom Brown 7 Sam Warburton 6 Andries Pretorius 5 Paul Tito (c) 4 Bradley Davies
3 Jon Yapp 2 T Rhys Thomas 1 Gethin Jenkins16 Gareth Williams 17 Scott Andrews 18 Sam Hobbs 19 Deiniol Jones 20 Martyn Williams 21 Rhys Downes 22 Dan Parks 23 Dafydd HewittAIRONI TEAM NEWSKaine Robertson’s first start is the biggest news in the Aironi that will face the Blues at Cardiff City Stadium.“I can’t wait to play again” said the Italian international wing, who injured himself during a friendly match in August. “I’m sorry that Giulio Toniolatti has been suspended, but I’m really happy to be back and ready to help my team. It will be like an international game against such an important team with a lot of Welsh test players”.After stunning Biarritz and collecting two bonus points in losses against Treviso, Aironi are looking to continue to improve against the Blues.In addition to Robertson, there are some other changes in the team. Gilberto Pavan is back in the starting line-up at centre, while Tebaldi has a week off at scrum half, and is replaced by Pablo Canavosio with Michael Wilson on the bench. In the back row Favaro and Krause will be the flankers with Nick Williams at No.8 There is a new duo in the second row,with Marco Bortolami suspended for one week and Quintin Geldenhuys on the bench, Joshua Furno and Carlo Del Fava will be the locks. Del Fava will also skipper the team. In the front row Salvatore Perugini will play with Fabio Ongaro and Fabio Staibano.AIRONI: 15 Julien Laharrague; 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Rodd Penney, 12 Gilberto Pavan, 11 Matteo Pratichetti; 10 James Marshall, 9 Pablo Canavosio; 1 Salvatore Perugini, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 3 Fabio Staibano; 4 Joshua Furno, 5 Carlo Del Fava (cap); 6 Simone Favaro, 7 Gareth Krause, 8 Nick Williams.Replacements: 16 Luigi Ferraro, 17 Matias Aguero, 18 Luca Redolfini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Josh Sole, 21 Michael Wilson, 22 Gabriel Pizarro, 23 Paolo Buso LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

MP Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss Moves SC Seeking Implementation Of 27% Reservation For OBCs Under All India Quota In Medical Colleges [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesMP Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss Moves SC Seeking Implementation Of 27% Reservation For OBCs Under All India Quota In Medical Colleges [Read Petition] Akshita Saxena28 May 2020 4:46 AMShare This – xFormer Union Health Minister and Member of Parliament, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has moved the Supreme Court seeking implementation of 27% reservation for the persons belonging to the OBC category in Post Graduate Medical Seats, under the All India Quota (AIQ). The petition, filed through Advocate S. Thananjayan states that the in the last few years, the Government of India has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginFormer Union Health Minister and Member of Parliament, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss has moved the Supreme Court seeking implementation of 27% reservation for the persons belonging to the OBC category in Post Graduate Medical Seats, under the All India Quota (AIQ). The petition, filed through Advocate S. Thananjayan states that the in the last few years, the Government of India has denied reservations to persons belonging to the OBC category, both in PG/UG medical seats under AIQ. Thus, they are denied 3000 seats every year which are transferred to General Category. Backdrop On December 30, 1980, the Mandal Commission had concluded that 52% of the country’s population comprised OBCs and recommended 27% reservation quota for OBC in government jobs and public universities. Accordingly, a Government Order dated August 8, 1990, was issued whereby the Central Government declared that it would provide 27% reservations to “socially and educationally backward classes” for jobs in central services and public undertaking. The same has been upheld by the Supreme Court on various occasions, the first time being in 1992, in Indra Sawhney and Others v. Union of India, 1992 Suppl. (3) SCC 217. Subsequently in Ashoka Kumar Thakur v. Union of India & Ors., (2008) 6 SCC 1, the Top Court held that the Quantum of reservation of 27% of seats to OBC in the educational institutions provided in the Act is “not illegal”. Accordingly, the Petitioner has contended that denial of adequate representation to the persons belonging to the OBC category impinges upon their Fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 14, Article 15(4) and Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Grounds The Petitioner has informed that OBCs have been denied 27% reservation in AIQ seats for undergraduate and postgraduate medical courses in the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. For instance, he has submitted, in the year 2018-19, only 220 OBC candidates were admitted to postgraduate courses while they had claim over 2,152 seats. Similarly, only 66 OBC students were admitted to the undergraduate course of the 1,096 claimed seats. During the current admission year 2020-21, the Petitioner stated, OBCs have not been given reservation for the seats pooled from the States. “Out of 9550 seats under All India Quota for this year 2020, nearly 8800 seats are pooled from the Colleges run by the State Governments. On these 8800 seats, the OBCs are not given any reservation (only zero) and the seats are transferred to the General Category, which is unjustified and unconstitutional,” the plea states. The plea further states that “arbitrary moving of seats belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC), to the General Category, has violated the fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 15 (4) of the Indian Constitution.” The Petitioner has asserted the Government tries to escape its liability by arguing that the reservation quota for OBCs is different in different states. However, the plea questions that when the reservation in All India Quota seats can be fixed for SCs and STs, why cannot the reservation be made vis à-vis OBCs? “When the policy of reserving 15%, 7.5% and 10% of seats to SC, ST and ESW is implemented in totality, the OBC reservation alone was not implemented as per norms. This is against the Parliamentary Act to provide reservation to OBCs. The States that give their seats to Central pool will be unable to fulfill their social commitments to OBCs,” the plea states. The Petitioner has also cited a report by the Times of India whereby it is indicated that representation of OBCs is inadequate under central government ministries and statutory bodies also. “Only 12 per cent of the employees under central government ministries and statutory bodies are members of the Other Backward Classes. The data shows that out of 79,483 posts, employees from the OBCs occupied only 9,040 of them,” the plea states. Accordingly, the Petitioner has sought for a direction to the Central Government to implement the 27% reservation to the OBCs in admission to UG and PG Medical Courses for admissions to educational institutions run by the Government of India and various State Governments and Union Territories within the Union of India, under the All India Quota. Further, the Petitioner has sought the court to issue directions and guidelines to the Government, in order to improve the implementation of 27% reservation to persons belonging to the OBC category in the above manner. Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Next Storylast_img read more

Potager Planting.

first_imgIf you’ve never thought about planting a potager, you may need to watch “Gardeningin Georgia” June 22 or 24 on Georgia Public Television.A potager is an area in which you plant both edible and ornamental plants. Host WalterReeves visits with guest Tara Dillard, who shows her selections for an attractive summerpotager.Reeves also takes a look at shot-hole disease on English laurels. The name perfectlydescribes the disease. It looks as if someone has blasted your laurels! Reeves shows howto identify and control this problem.Finally, Reeves tackles an old math problem. Is pi square? Or is pi round? Walter showshow to use simple math to calculate how much water to apply to a big tree during adrought.Thursdays,  Saturdays on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10a.m. on Georgia Public Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. Walter Reeveslast_img read more

New US Apprenticeship Program Targets Offshore Wind Training

first_imgThe Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) and the Power for America Training Trust Fund (P4A) are launching an apprenticeship program to provide training for renewable energy jobs, including those for offshore wind.The new union program will provide skills training and a path to employment for in-demand jobs in the renewable energy sector, including the offshore and onshore wind, solar generation and battery storage sectors.“These are the jobs of the future and if we’re going to remain on the cutting edge of the energy industry, the skills we teach must reflect those of the ever-changing energy industry,” said Jon Harmon, P4A Executive Director.The earn-while-you-learn program, which will be certified by the Department of Labor (DOL), will see students earning a salary and benefits during their two-and-a-half-year attendance.Once individuals complete the three-phase program, they will have a job with Consumers Energy, while further similar partnerships with other companies are anticipated in the coming years.“The members who successfully move through this important program are a triple-threat within the renewable energy industry,” said James Slevin, UWUA President. “Armed with the know-how to move seamlessly between wind, solar and battery storage facilities, their skillsets will continue to be in demand for a long time to come.”last_img read more