CONFIRMED: Japan will not play again in 2020

first_imgMonday Sep 14, 2020 CONFIRMED: Japan will not play again in 2020 Japan’s national rugby union team will not play again this year because of safety fears related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Japanese Rugby Football Union (JRFU) said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTHead coach Jamie Joseph said Japan, who had games against England and Wales cancelled earlier this year due to the outbreak, had been due to play against Europe’s top teams in an eight-nation tournament later this year.Japan have not played a Test match since their quarter-final loss to eventual champions South Africa at last year’s Rugby World Cup on home soil.“We have concluded there will be no Test matches this year,” JRFU Chairman Kensuke Iwabuchi told a media briefing on Monday.“As a staff we are thinking proactively how to use the momentum of our achievement at the World Cup to move forward.”Since signing a new contract following Japan’s stunning World Cup run, Joseph has stressed the importance of having Test matches against Tier One nations.“We were allocated test matches to play in the eight nations. That would have been a wonderful tournament to be a part of, not only this year but for the future,” said Joseph.ADVERTISEMENT“It would give our players the much needed experience they need to develop their game and test it … against some of the best teams in the world.”Japan’s Top League domestic competition was cancelled earlier this year because of the pandemic, meaning most Japanese players have barely played competitive rugby in the past year.Joseph added that the team’s inability to train extensively was another reason to cancel their remaining Tests.“The right decision has been made. We still have plenty of time to prepare ourselves for the next World Cup,” said Joseph.ADVERTISEMENT“I hope the situation gets better in Japan and we can start looking forward to next season.”RELATED VIEWING: Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Warren Haynes Announces 2017 Christmas Jam With Gov’t Mule, Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB, Many More

first_img[Cover Photo via Andrew O’Brien] Today, Warren Haynes has announced the lineup for the 2017 edition of Christmas Jam, Haynes’ annual Holiday season benefit show. The 2017 edition of the self-proclaimed “magical musical marathon,” set to take place on December 9th at US Cellular Center in Haynes’ hometown of Asheville, NC, will feature performances from Haynes’ own Gov’t Mule (with a special appearance by Ann Wilson), Trey Anastasion & Classic TAB (his original touring solo lineup ft. Tony Markellis, Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton), The Avett Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, and a “new” band dubbed Les Bros. featuring past Allman Brothers and Les Brers members Jaimoe, Marc Quinones, Jack Pearson, Lamar Williams Jr., Bruce Katz, in addition to featured guest spots from fan-favorite players including Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Holly Bowling, and many more.Revolutions Come And Revolutions Go, But Warren Haynes Is Here To Stay [Interview/Album Stream]Curated and presented by Grammy Award-winning vocalist-songwriter, producer and revered guitarist Warren Haynes, the Christmas Jam is a one-of-a-kind music marathon.Since its inception 29 years ago, the concert has provided an opportunity for the performing artists, audience and the local community to give back during the holiday season. Over the past 19 years, Haynes – an Asheville native – has worked closely with the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. To date, 36 houses have been built with proceeds from the Jam and more than 2 million dollars has been raised, including a record-breaking half-million dollars marking one of the largest-ever contributions to the organization. In addition to supporting the construction of Habitat homes, proceeds also go towards purchasing and developing land to build entire Habitat neighborhoods – such as the 25-house Hudson Hills neighborhood in West Asheville. The subdivision was named in honor of Warren and his wife Stefani’s son Hudson. And the street – Soulshine Court – is named after one of Warren’s most beloved songs, “Soulshine.” This year’s Xmas Jam House will be built in Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity‘s newest neighborhood, a 21-house community in Arden (South Asheville).Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam 2016 Proves To Be A Magical Musical Marathon [Photos/Review]Pre-sale tickets, including a limited number of 4-packs and VIP packages are available via the event website this Thursday, October 19th. Public on-sale begins the following Thursday, October 26th.“Xmas Jam By Day” events and concerts will pop up around Asheville and feature special collaborations alongside some of the best local musicians plus the annual art show. Attendees will also have the opportunity to give back during the annual “Before The Jam, Lend A Hand” event where fans, staff and artists come together and volunteer to help build the houses made possible by Christmas Jam donations.Stay up-to-date on Christmas Jam info as more details are announced on the Christmas Jam website.Watch the official announcement video for the 29th annual Christmas Jam below:last_img read more

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Outdoor Updates: Mysterious Tree Deaths Alarm Foresters

first_imgGeorgia Mayors sign letter calling for a future with more renewable energy Survival of North Carolina red wolves could depend on one mating pair Five mayors in Georgia have signed a letter calling for a future powered by more solar power. Over 300 mayors in all 50 states have signed the letter. The group, called “Mayors for Solar Energy,” is bipartisan and represents cities of all sizes across the country. Mayors from Georgia who signed the letter include Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr. of Augusta, Mayor Patti Garrett of Decatur, and Mayor Ted Terry of Clarkston.   Foresters do not know the exact number of oak tree deaths, but say that the deaths may be caused in part by a wet season last year followed by a very dry summer this year, which stresses the root system of the trees and kills the finer roots. Despite the tree deaths, foresters say they are not too concerned and won’t be until the oak deaths become a years-long pattern. So what should you do if your white oak dies? Foresters say you should plant another one. Oak trees are suddenly dying around Virginia, foresters say “Mayors for Solar Energy is proof that regardless of geography, demographics or political affiliation, local leaders understand how beneficial solar can be for a wide array of communities,” said Channa Childs, Clearn energy Fellow with Environment Georgia. “The future of energy will be clean and close to home, and these mayors represent the first wave of leaders who will bring the benefits of solar to communities coast-to-coast.” Foresters are noticing a sudden dying of trees around the state of Virginia. “This is acute,” Adam Downing, forestry and natural resources agent with the Virginia Cooperative Extension told The Virginia-Pilot. In general, trees die slowly, but these trees are quickly going brown—progressing from healthy to sick in a short period of time. Most are white oaks in urban environments. There are less than 20 red wolves surviving in the state of North Carolina and the continuation of the species may depend upon one mating pair. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will transfer a male and female red wolf from the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge on the Florida coast to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in eastern North Carolina. The pair of wolves will be in a 200-foot diameter pen for a month. “Hopefully, they bond.” Joe Madison, program manager for red wolf recovery in North Carolina told The Virginia-Pilot. The plan is for the wolves to bond in the pen and then mate in the wild once they are released. Their connection is important for the survival of the species. For the first time since red wolves were reintroduced into North Carolina in 1987 there have been no litters of puppies born.last_img read more

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Lending growth leads October MCUEs

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lending growth highlighted CUNA’s October Monthly Credit Union Estimates, with credit union loan portfolios on track for the fourth straight. year of double digit growth.“This would be the first time that has happened since the 1980s, when loans grew in the double-digits for six straight years,” said Jordan van Rijn, CUNA senior economist.Credit union loans outstanding grew 0.9% in October, compared with a 0.8% increase in September. Home equity loans led loan growth during the month, rising 2.2%, followed by adjustable-rate mortgages (1.6%), new auto loans (1.4%), other mortgage loans (1.2%), used auto loans (0.7%), credit card loans (0.6%), and fixed-rate first mortgages (0.2%).“The tremendous loan growth continues to be fueled by high demand for auto loans; car loans have already grown over 11% this year, representing the fifth straight year of double-digit auto loan growth,” van Rijn said. continue reading »last_img read more

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House set to grant Indonesian citizenship to four foreign athletes

first_imgThe House of Representatives agreed to grant Indonesian citizenship to four foreign athletes during a plenary meeting on Monday.The four athletes are basketball players Brandon Van Dorn Jawato from the United States, Kimberly Pierre Louis from Canada and Lester Prosper from Dominica, as well as soccer player Marc Anthony Klok from the Netherlands. House Commission III overseeing legal affairs had received the athletes’ naturalization applications from Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly and Youth and Sports Minister Zainuddin Amali.Yasonna said that the government supported the Youth and Sports Ministry’s request to grant citizenship for the athletes. He also stated that their presence in Indonesia’s national sports teams could contribute to more achievements out on the soccer pitch and on the basketball court.“We still need talents from other countries who want to dedicate themselves to our nation,” Yasonna said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com. Youth and Sports Ministry secretary Gatot S. Dewa Broto explained that he would discuss the naturalization process with House Commission X overseeing sports. The recommendation from the commission will be discussed in the next plenary meeting. The House speaker will send a letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who will later issue a decree. The next step would be for the athletes to take a citizenship pledge at the appointed Law and Human Rights Ministry office. “To answer when the process will be completed, it depends on the schedule for a working meeting with Commission X,” Gatot said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Fake Face Mask Exempt Cards Being Used to Defy PBC Ordinance

first_imgA growing number of people in Palm Beach County are unhappy with the local mask ordinance, and now they are trying to “prove” their way out of it, officials say.Last month, county commissioners voted unanimously to require everyone to wear some type of facial covering in buildings.At the time, several people told the commissioners the ordinance would infringe on their rights.Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said last Friday that some people are now trying to find ways to defy the ordinance.He says they are using fake cards exempting them from having to wear masks, in order to oppose the statute.“So you have this organization out there that was established recently to allow people to evade mask order around the country,” Aronberg explains. “It’s pretty despicable.”He says a doctor’s notice is not required to obtain the card.According to Aronberg, people are downloading the cards from a group called the Freedom to Breathe Agency.The group has been using the U.S. Department of Justice’s seal as a way to evade masks orders nationwide.Additionally, Aronberg says individual rights do not supersede the county’s right to enforce a mask ordinance.“The county has the right to enact a mandatory mask order,” he emphasizes. “The state has the same rights. They can do so in their police power.”last_img read more

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Monmouth Medical Rocks at Roll Out the Ribbon Event

first_imgVyntEdge, with guitarists Robert Zanni, far right, pediatric pulmonologist at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, and Chris Terry, far left, projects coordinator at Monmouth Medical Center, rocks the room at Monmouth Medical Center’s Roll Out the Ribbon Cancer Awareness event Thursday, Sept. 12, at McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. View video The Two River Times™ coverage on the web at tworivertimes.com.last_img

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Whitewater Ski Team prepares to host Nancy Greene Zone Finals

first_img Whitewater sent an incredible seven athletes to the games, all of whom posted impressive results against some of the best skiers in the province.Sophie Hickson(SL), Aliza Jones(GS), and Zarah Murray(SL) placed 18th, 20th, and 39th respectively, while Liam Lazier and Troy Bellman came in 23rd and 20th in GS.Assaulting the top fifteen were Henry Leishman, finishing 13th in Slalom, and Yael Ooshuizen capturing ninth in the same event. The course was in great condition, and the racers went home with ribbons, candy, and swag donated by generous local businesses and thrown into the madding crowd.Whitewater Ski Team invites the public to come to the hill to watch future skiing stars in action.Seven Whitewater skiers shine at BC Winter GamesThe 2016 BC Winter Games have come to a close, having brought 1700 athletes, 1800 volunteers, and a $1.8 million dollar economic boost to Penticton. Even more importantly, the Games — now in its 38thyear — renewed the spirit of competition and provincial pride in a region formerly referred to as “The Best Place On Earth.” Whitewater Ski Team is gearing up to host the Nancy Greene Festival for zone finals Sunday (March 13th) at Whitewater Ski Resort.There will be five different event stations including downhill, long jump, dual slalom, a speed trap, and a mogul competition.The event comes after Whitewater played host to its annual zone race held recently at the local resort.An amazing 186 skiers and their families descended upon the resort, carving ruts in Upper Concentrator and keeping the fleet of volunteers busy.last_img read more

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Surprising Fossils Upset Evolutionary Expectations

first_imgHere are some notable fossil finds that tell stories, not necessarily the Darwin kind.Big dino (New Scientist): Picture seven elephants lined up in a row. That’s how long this beast was. The biggest Titanosaur ever found has been dug up in Patagonia. At 62 tons and 35 meters, this dinosaur may knock the blue whale off the list for largest animal that ever lived. See BBC News for more on the history of the discovery and how its size, though downgraded since its discovery in 2014, still makes it the largest dinosaur known. (Note: for this and the following news items, just because something exists does not mean it evolved.)Jurassic winged mammal (Science Daily). “160-million-year-old fossils suggest a new model of life — gliding — for the forerunners of mammals, in an evolutionary parallel to modern mammal gliders,” this article says.  This overturns a common belief that mammals only became important and diverse after the dinosaur extinction event. “These new fossil gliders are the first winged mammals, and they demonstrate that early mammals did indeed have a wide range of ecological diversity, which means dinosaurs likely did not dominate the Mesozoic landscape as much as previously thought.” I.e., evolutionists were wrong again. Another problem for Darwin: these animals resembled modern flying squirrels. “Who would have thought even the mammaliaform forerunners had developed modern mammal-like gliding and took to [the] air?” the same scientist said in Live Science. The BBC News also notes the same two surprises: these volant mammals appear earlier than expected, and they look modern.Armor race (Current Biology). The “evolutionary arms race” meme is invoked for a new armored dinosaur discovered in Alberta, but the discoverers did not watch this beast evolve. What should be more interesting is the fact that it was “exceptionally preserved”, complete with “integumentary structures as organic layers, including continuous fields of epidermal scales and intact horn sheaths capping the body armor.” In fact, the paleontologists were even able to infer some of this ankylosaur’s coloration and decorative patterns. Very little is said about evolution except inferences about predator-prey selection pressures which the authors believe caused the coloration.The discovery of a three-dimensionally preserved ankylosaurian provides new evidence for understanding the anatomy, soft tissue outline, and arrangement of dermal armor in thyreophoran dinosaurs….The dorsal integument is well preserved as an organic film derived from the keratin sheaths over the osteoderms, integumentary scales, and the epicuticle of hinge regions between scales. The distribution of the film correlates well to the expected distribution of melanin, a pigment that has been found to preserve in a number of vertebrate integumentary structure.Oldest diving bird (Science Daily). The first and oldest diving bird fossil has been found by amateurs in Japan. Although the evolutionists claim that this fossil “provides better understanding in the early evolution of this group and the origin of diving in birds,” the fossil’s alleged age (84-90 million years) puts an advanced lifestyle—diving—in an early bird that lived alongside dinosaurs.Hesperornithiformes were toothed, foot-propelled diving birds and one of the most widely distributed groups of birds in the Cretaceous of the northern hemisphere. These birds had extremely reduced forelimbs and powerful hind limbs, suggesting that they were flightless sea-going predatory birds. Most of hesperornithiform fossils have been discovered from North America so far. The discovery of Chupkaornis, the oldest Asian hesperornithiform, suggests that basal hesperornithiform had dispersed to the eastern margin of Asia no later than 90 million to 84 million years old.Tetrapod troubles (Nature). Scientists re-analyzed the only known fossil of Lethiscus, a reputed crown-group tetrapod, and gave some bad news. Their study “strongly refutes the consensus” view that “the tetrapod stem group is a relatively homogenous collection of medium- to large-sized animals showing a progressive loss of ‘fish’ characters as they become increasingly terrestrial.” Na-ah-ah. Bad work, consensus:These results show that stem group tetrapods were much more diverse in their body plans than previously thought. Our study requires a change in commonly used calibration dates for molecular analyses, and emphasizes the importance of character sampling for early tetrapod evolutionary relationships.Two guys from the University of Calgary try to put a happy face on the story by announcing, “Ancient fossil holds new insights into how fish evolved onto land“, but admit that the study “forces a radical rethink of what evolution was capable of among the first tetrapods.” Note to evolutionists: you guys didn’t predict that. You thought evolution happened slowly in a straight line from fish to landlubber. Not. “Lethiscus shows immediate, and dramatic, evolutionary experimentation.”Pliosaur problem (Phys.org). Here’s another back-to-the-drawing-board admission about a large marine reptile: “A new species of a fossil pliosaur (large predatory marine reptile from the ‘age of dinosaur’) has been found in Russia and profoundly change [sic] how we understand the evolution of the group, says an international team of scientists.” They appeal to convergence again.Darwin Flubber in fish (Phys.org). Is “convergence” an explanation or a rescue device? “Distant fish relatives share looks,” this article says, attributing the similarities between distant fish relatives to “convergent evolution” as if that is some kind of law of nature instead of a falsification of Darwinian theory.James Cook University scientists have found evidence that even distantly related Australian fish species have evolved to look and act like each other, which confirms a central tenet of evolutionary theory.Dr Aaron Davis from the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at JCU said the phenomenon, known as convergent evolution, happens when different fish adopt similar lifestyles and evolve through time to look very similar….Convergent evolution is one of the fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory.But Kevin Padian admitted in Nature, “We can catalogue examples all day, but is there any real theory of convergence? We cannot assert that some lineages are ‘fated’ to converge on these features.” In other words, convergence is not a natural law that organisms are under obligation to follow. Instead, convergence should be understood as one of the ingredients of Darwin Flubber.Fossils exist in the rocks. Evolution exists in the imagination. C. S. Lewis complained about that. In C. S. Lewis: Anti-Darwinist, Jerry Bergman summarizes his view, saying, “Evolutionary naturalism, Lewis explained, is ‘not the logical result of what is vaguely called “modern science”‘, but rather is a picture of reality that has resulted, not from empirical evidence, but from imagination” (p. 97). (Visited 746 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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What’s Wrong with the Home-Energy Audit Industry?

first_imgAs satisfying as it is to build new high-performance homes, I have to admit that if I really cared about stopping global warming and conserving energy I’d refocus my company to perform home energy audits and work that would stop the outrageous waste of energy in our existing housing stock. The reason I don’t do this is mostly because I’m having so much fun building new homes, but it’s also because I don’t see how energy audits can be done in a way that would make a profit.Until recently, I could assuage my guilt by recommending that people in existing homes call one of the larger Energy Star raters in our area. But now they have stopped performing energy audits on existing, occupied homes. It turns out that they couldn’t figure out how to make a profit at it, either. So here is the paradigm we are dealing with in North Carolina: If you want an energy audit performed on a home you are living in you most likely will have to deal with an auditor who is operating out of a beat-up truck and keeps his laptop and answering machine in his spare bedroom. You’ll call and if you’re lucky he’ll get back to you within the week, and maybe he’ll be able to get to your house within the month. He may or may not get your report and recommendations written up and returned to you, with an invoice, in a timely fashion.What is wrong with this picture? How can we fix it?Existing homes are MUCH more difficult to analyze and do meaningful blower door and duct blaster testing on than new construction. You’ve got furniture, clutter, and old plaster and paint to protect. The HVAC equipment may be 20 years old and not have any service manual. The bath fans and kitchen hoods are likely to be badly under-performing and require individual testing. You really can’t do a good job solo. And you’re not likely to get it done before lunch. At a minimum you need to plan for six hours onsite with two workers in a high liability environment and another two hours off-site typing up the report. The going rate for this is $600 to $800 and homeowners bitterly gripe about that minimal cost. Can you write a logical, sustainable business plan that has you sending employees into occupied homes (where they may knock over lamps or track mud on carpets) and has a coordinator to answer phones and to schedule visits and follow-up at this rate? The answer is no.How did we get in this fix?It’s the unintended consequence of well-intentioned actions once again. Back in the Carter administration we had “the moral equivalent of war” to save energy and we sent weatherization teams out into the homes of the poor and needy to help them stop wasting energy. We used a lot of low-paid, part-time, barely-insured do-gooders who were willing to work for cheap and forgo health insurance to be “part of the solution.” And they shut down and went away once the co-op subsidy dollars got thin.Can we create a new model where auditors actually earn $1,200 to $1,800 per audit and can afford to have a professional organization that pays taxes and insurance and can grow a professional crew of home energy auditors? That’s hard to do in a culture that is accustomed to valuing this as a nasty job that ought to be subsidized by the government or (I’m serious here) utility companies. Let’s put Exxon in charge of retrofitting Hummers to burn less gas while we’re at it and let’s set the rate low enough that they’re guaranteed to lose money.The market is trying to adapt. We’re seeing insulation and weatherization companies offer home energy audits. Seems logical enough: call one number and get the diagnosis and the prescription filled from the same source. But people who have no problem with the energy company doing the energy audit somehow are more likely to see a conflict of interest in having an insulation company do it. My dad used to say, “If all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail,” and that concern is justified.But what we have isn’t working. The public expects energy audits to be free or cheap and we have something like 75 million homes in desperate need of energy remediation to even get close to current watered down code requirements. Additionally we have thousands of homes ten years old and less that are wasting energy despite being built in compliance with the inadequate codes of their time. We need a new paradigm and we need it soon.In the commercial sector companies like Advanced Energy are going into existing factories and replacing outdated electric motors with new energy-efficient ones in exchange for a percentage of future fuel savings. I don’t see this working with home weatherization but we need to at least be thinking outside of the box here. Our electrical distribution system is at its limit. Even if we could build more electric plants we are losing the capacity to reliably move this additional power to where it is needed. So, as a society, our best investment is in energy conservation in our existing building stock, both residential and commercial. We’ll never get there if we ensure that building diagnosticians are underpaid and unable to make up for it by selling and installing the products they need to fix the problems they encounter.Somebody smarter than me needs to figure out how to lick this problem and get word to the next president as soon as possible so that we can start turning this ship around.—Michael Chandler is a builder, master plumber, and electrician near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His website is www.ChandlerDesignBuild.comlast_img read more

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