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Welsh Bears: Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd in conversation

first_imgRugby World: You guys are from the same area of Cardiff, but when it comes to rugby, what were your very first impressions of each other?Ioan Lloyd: Cal was the big dog at our rugby club – everybody loved Cal! I knew of him anyway and he’s a nice enough guy, so first impression-wise, I was just excited to meet him. We were both at the same club, St Peter’s. He’s obviously a bit older but when he moved to Millfield and started doing well in the Bristol scene, it got back home and we all heard about it.Ioan Lloyd, 19, scores for Bristol Bears (Getty Images)Callum Sheedy: I remember he would have been 17, and we had boys coming in to fill numbers at training but with him you could see he wasn’t the bloke just coming to fill numbers. I remember we did a one-on-one drill, and we thought, ‘Who’s this little kid? Come on then, let’s see what you’ve got.’ And he was stepping boys and we were then thinking, ‘He means business!’At that age it would be easy to come in and go under the radar, tick a few boxes, nod your head. He was still in school but you could see he was going to be special. He played the Singha Sevens while still in school and tore that up, then went full-time the year after. So from the moment he came into Bristol, boys could tell he had a big future.RW: Is the one-on-one stepping something you’ve always worked on?IL: As a kid I was watching people like Shaun Johnson playing rugby league, or a Quade Cooper. Even Benji Marshall – those were the kind of players I would watch highlights of on YouTube. I’d play rugby all the time with my brothers and try to imitate what they were doing. It wasn’t specifically working on footwork, just the game I like to model myself on. Lloyd and Sheedy (pics via Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the March 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. IL: Playing with Cal I get to see how much work he puts into his game. It’s annoying because it doesn’t matter what time I pull up in the morning, it could be half-six in the morning and Cal was there for quarter past six!The Welsh caps recently were great but I see all the work he does and he’s definitely got a lot more caps in him.Test action for Lloyd (Inpho)CS: Well, I see Ioan getting named as a potential bolter for the British & Irish Lions and I don’t see that as stupid.IL: Things like that, it’s really nice to hear from people but I could never, ever see myself like that. Even when someone says that you’re an international, I don’t feel like I actually am. I’ve still got a lot to prove and learn (he missed out on initial Six Nations squad selection).CS: That’s the beauty of Ioan. If he was an arrogant kid, you’d be trying to keep his feet on the ground and giving him little digs, but he’s a very level-headed person, in life. I always want to build him up because I genuinely believe the hype. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS My jersey is framed as well as Johnny Sexton’s, who gave me his. You look at your cap sometimes and pinch yourself.Wales boss Wayne Pivac (Inpho) IL: St Peter’s is literally 200m away from where we lived. We used to choose to play on the street all the time, for some reason! Then going over to St Peter’s every day for kicking was great.On the street, it would usually be two-on-one constant attack, with three of us. Whoever scored stayed in attack. Or my cousin from Merthyr would come down to make it two-on-two and we’d play in-between cars as the touchline – if you hit one, you’d run inside!Yeah, I definitely learnt something from that. It was such a narrow space, if you drew the man and gave the ball, the chances are you’d still get caught by the defender. So in terms of offloading, my brothers are a lot better than me and found new ways to throw the dummy. But it helped me in some way.Sheedy faces Italy (Getty Images)RW: How much work goes into the kick-pass connection between you?CS: When Pat Lam first came into Bristol, he said in attack all you really need is two people: a ball-player and someone on the touchline. Because the defence have to mark you, so you could beat them one-on-one or there’s the kick-pass option, which automatically gives you the width in attack.IL: It’s the sort of thing you practise in the week. Whoever’s starting wing or full-back, or whoever is going to be on the touchline, Cal will connect with them and then you get some practice reps in. We tend to make a point before training, to have a look for it, you know it’s on.The nice thing about playing with Cal is he’s not just got one kick. If the space is there he can put it there. There are lots of conversations on it in the week – Charles Piutau and Luke Morahan are big on it. Pat puts a big emphasis on it, too, before some sessions.RW: How detailed does it get at Bristol?CS: My words probably wouldn’t do it justice – with Pat, Conor McPhillips, John Muldoon with the forwards, and just how in-depth they go. Our analysis team is unbelievable. We’ll look at every single bit of the opposition, and create new phase plays in a week. We have about seven or eight different phase shapes we can go to. Boys need to learn their stuff. Mondays and Tuesdays are more learning days than physical days. IL: To this day it’s such a surreal feeling. It’s something I’ve dreamt of my whole life. I’ve always watched Wales, thinking I’d love to be out there. It came out of nowhere (he made his debut against Georgia) and even now I think, ‘Did it actually happen? What’s going on?’RW: What are your goals now?CS: Every week my goal is to start. One bad game for Bristol and someone else comes in. And we’d love to be in two finals, with Europe and the Premiership. That’s the end goal but there are a lot of stepping stones before then. Don’t play well for your club then you have no chance of international calls.IL: Well Cal starts every week! My goal at the moment is to build up as much game time as possible and to solidify my spot in the team, take it from there.RW: Everyone hates these gushing moments with their mates, but what can you tell us about each other? Bristol Bears Director of Rugby, Pat Lam (Getty Images)RW: What kind of students are you?CS: Ioan’s top of the class, he is!IL: We’re both at the front of the class.RW: Putting an apple on Pat’s desk?CS: That’s Andy Uren who does that!RW: What are the similarities between Pat and Wayne Pivac with Wales?CS: As I’ve only spent a short time with Wayne, it’s hard to get a full impression. But they both coached in Super Rugby, so they’re keen on certain ideas and how the game wants to be played. Obviously, we spend every day with Pat so I guess we know him inside out, but in terms of rugby styles, they’re not a million miles away. Of course, there are differences coaching at club level, you get to spend more time with players.RW: A big moment in your career: what are the memories of your Wales debuts?CS: It was a night I’ll never forget. Unfortunately I couldn’t have the people close to me there, but the night itself was all a blur. I didn’t know if I was going to get on (against Ireland in the Autumn Nations Cup), but when I did I was taken aback by the whole experience. It was one me and my family are very proud of. Welsh Bears: Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd in conversation The Cardiff-born duo are thriving in Bristol. We convinced them to sit still and explain an exciting time. From the March 2021 edition of RW THERE IS an ease with each other as Callum Sheedy and Ioan Lloyd joke about Bristol being the fifth Welsh region and trying to convince Harry Randall to opt for the famous red. Both recent newcomers to Test rugby, fly-half Sheedy, 25, and quicksilver Lloyd, 19, are lighting up the Gallagher Premiership too. It is an exhilarating time for the pair.So we decided to get the exiles to cool their heels and talk us through a range of subjects: their awareness of each other’s games, their rugby upbringings, their aerial link-ups and even their British & Irish Lions chances.Welcome into the minds of two of Wales’ most entertaining youngsters… You need to do your homework. It’s not just hours in the analysis room. You go home and you’re doing analysis on your phone, on our app, and we can just flip from one phase play to another. At half-time Pat might say, “Right, we’ll flip into this phase play.” So I don’t see calls for Ioan playing for the Lions as stupid, I see it as possible. Why not, if he keeps improving? I’ve never seen a young person with a skill-set (like his) – he can pass off both hands, kick off both feet, goal-kick off both feet, kick for touch. I just need to convince him he’s a fantastic full-back so he stays away from playing ten! As a kid, on a Saturday I’d sit in the back room and watch highlights. It’d get me up for a game on Sunday morning.Sheedy holds the European Rugby Challenge Cup (Inpho)CS: Ioan mentioned rugby league players there. Growing up, I’d probably prefer to watch league than union. Ioan is talking about the individual sidesteps, which are obviously unbelievable, but I’m not quite as explosive as him, so I look more at boys who take it square to the line, throw no-look passes, the dummy runners and all that sort of stuff.In union now we’re getting very league with, say, hard runners out the back or phase patterns. League has been doing that for ten, 12 years. League defence has come through and attack has to be one step ahead. I think we’re five or six years behind the likes of the NRL teams.RW: The Lloyd brothers going at it, emulating those guys, is a fun image…last_img read more

Dan Sweeney, Legland, Drumkeen

first_imgNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Dan Sweeney, Legland, Drumkeen The death has occurred at Arch View Nursing Home, Letterkenny of Dan Sweeney, Legland, Drumkeen.Removal today (Friday) from the Nursing Home at 4pm going to his Daughter Katie and Son in law Eamon O’Donnell residence Stralongford, Drumkeen.Funeral Mass on Sunday at 11.30am in St Patrick’s Church, Drumkeen.Interment afterwards to the local cemeteryEnquiries to Con McDaid & Sons, Funeral Directors, Letterkenny By News Highland – December 22, 2017 Facebook Pinterest Twittercenter_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Facebook Previous articleDonegal GAA stars brighten up Letterkenny Children’s WardNext articleMc Hugh meets former workers at SLM in Gaoth Dobhair News Highland Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

OnePlus 8T Starts Receiving OxygenOS 11.0.4.5 Hot-Fix Update in India, Includes Optimisations, Improvements

first_imgAs mentioned before, this is a hot-fix update and the changelog is more or less the same as it was for the OxygenOS 11.0.3.4 update for the smartphone. As per the changelog, system updates for the OnePlus 8T includes improved mis-touch prevention, which will lead to better gaming experience. The user experience will also be optimised with Alert Slider by adding toast messages while switching among the three modes. The issue of the status bar hovering on the screen while in landscape mode has been fixes, along with the issue of the NFC not turning on under certain conditions.OxygenOS 11.0.4.5 brings updates for the OnePlus 8T camera including optimising the imaging effect to bring a better shooting experience, and improved camera stability. The mobile network connection has been optimised for OnePlus 8T and the problem of network interruption taking place in some conditions while playing games has been fixed.It could take a few days for the OxygenOS 11.0.4.5 hot-fix update to reach your OnePlus 8T device. If you haven’t received a notification so far, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings > System > System updates.- Advertisement – OnePlus 8T is receiving its OxygenOS 11.0.4.5 update in India, a hot-fix update that fixes issues caused by the previous update. The over-the-air (OTA) Oxygen OS hot-fix update optimises call stability, improves system power consumption performance to reduce heating, and fixes other issues. On Friday, alongside the India rollout announcement, OnePlus said the update will soon be available for devices in Europe and North America as well. OnePlus 8T had received an OxygenOS update with almost the same changelog just ten days ago.OxygenOS 11.0.4.5 is rolling out to a small percentage of OnePlus 8T users in India as of now, and will have a broader rollout in a few days. The hot-fix update comes to India with version 11.0.4.5.KB05DA, as announced on the OnePlus community forum. The update for the smartphone will be available in Europe as version 11.0.4.5.KB05BA and as version 11.0.4.5.KB05AA in North America.- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Abortion trial reignites culture wars in US

first_imgTVNZ 1 May 2013 Around the world, many are watching the criminal trial in Philadelphia of an avuncular-looking 72-year-old doctor named Kermit Gosnell. You’ve probably never heard of him, but his notoriety is such that when you enter his first name into Google, he’s second only to Kermit the Frog. Gosnell was (depending on your view) an “abortion provider”, or abortionist. He ran a slipshod organisation in one of the poorest parts of town. Staff had no medical training. Records were often lost, or not kept. The FBI raided his clinic, the Women’s Medical Society, in February 2010 on suspicion that Gosnell was running a “pill mill”, that is, dispensing drugs to addicts. What they found was described later in a grand jury report as “baby charnel house”. The 281-page document recounts bloodstained furniture and blankets, repeatedly used disposable medical supplies, and improperly-sterilised instruments. Patients were given venereal diseases thus. Bags, jars and bottles holding aborted fetuses and body parts (particularly baby feet) were scattered throughout the building. Cats roamed freely in the building, defecating and urinating. The place stank. You can read the report here , but be warned, it will provoke disbelief, anger, and sadness. Pro-life campaigners will say that Dr Gosnell devoted his life to ending life; what the trial is attempting to determine is whether he did so illegally. He faces five charges over five deaths, including the death of an adult, 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar, a recent refugee to the US, allegedly overdosed by before an abortion. The babies killed, all late-term abortions, are referred to for legal purposes as Baby A, B, C, D, and E. Prosecutors allege they were born alive, and died after their spines were cut. Late term abortion is prohibited in Pennsylvania after 24 weeks; the medical homicide of adults is a crime at any age. If convicted Gosnell faces the death penalty, which -if it occurs- will furnish a certain thematic unity to the proceedings, but little clarity. The case has reignited culture wars over abortion in the US. Conservatives alleged media bias when it wasn’t covered nationally. It’s covered now. Liberals say it’s being used as a wedge issue to galvanise American opposition (as expressed through polls) to late term abortion. They say coverage has been distorted, but -to be fair- details like these distort themselves.http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/tim-wilson-abortion-trial-reignites-culture-wars-in-us-5423788last_img read more

Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix: Reaping the rewards of recent OddsMatrix overhaul

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Ahead of next week’s ICE London, SBC News sat down with Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix, to discuss the recent revamp and commercial development of OddsMatrix – the company’s sports betting product suite. SBC: At the beginning of a new year, how would you evaluate OddsMatrix’s performance in 2019?Ebbe Groes: Last year was truly fantastic, from many points of view, and I am very content with what we’ve achieved. I am in a privileged position to say that I am a very happy CEO and the future looks very bright not only for OddsMatrix, but for the rest of the EveryMatrix products as well. Highlights for OddsMatrix include the launch of 20 new sportsbook clients as well as the increase of the turnover by almost four times than the previous year, and this is something we are really proud of. In the past years, we’ve heavily focused on the reconstruction of this product, and now I can say that this investment in our software has been rewarded entirely. All of our existing large clients migrated to the new product and grew their turnover as a direct result. The ability to launch and help clients enter new markets was heavily influenced by the product revamp, and in 2019 we cherry-picked the rewards.With a good team and a substantial financial investment, it’s not that hard to build a sports betting platform which can seem appealing to startups and small operators. But making ongoing investments, requesting feedback, developing new features on request, and maintaining a market-first approach is what truly makes great technology providers stand out in this space, and OddsMatrix is one of them. SBC: What were the key reasons behind the OddsMatrix sportsbook overhaul? EG: Sport is our identity, so we were always very passionate and interested in keeping our OddsMatrix solution ahead of the curve. This is EveryMatrix’s most complex product and first to go live back in 2009. After the initial launch, we received a lot of positive feedback from clients, and we quickly became a key player in the white-label sports betting arena. At the time, we were offering competitive odds and a wide range of betting markets for many bookmakers across the world.  Before deciding to revamp OddsMatrix, we focused for a couple of years on the development of our casino product. We wrote a new solution, with no code reuse from other products, solely focusing on creating a platform to streamline the day-to-day operations and productivity in the casino vertical. CasinoEngine remains a big hit thanks to its increased flexibility, productivity tools and enhanced offerings. Immediately after finishing that project, we realised that we need to take OddsMatrix through the same process, so we won’t lose parity between the new fast-growing CasinoEngine and established, but not so flexible at the time OddsMatrix. Once you have a new incredible product live, you can clearly see the potential, and you want all of your products to rise to the same level. Overhauling OddsMatrix wasn’t an easy decision, but I am glad we invested so much because today we have a leading and modern sports betting offering, with a robust back-end, flexible front-end with endless possibilities and many real-time sports data APIs – just to name a few competitive advantages and features we can easily offer to our clients today.SBC: What part of the new OddsMatrix product you take most pride out of?EG: There are a lot of components we are proud of. But probably the most remarkable is our new highly customisable front-end. Our most successful partners, on both casino and sports, are focused on creating exceptional player experiences via personalised, tailored front-ends. We are pleased to see so many operators investing significant resources towards this, rather than just choosing a standard template to work with. Our team built a very powerful API, and we can support bookmakers in their endeavour of creating outstanding websites with ease and in a timely matter. The goal here is to enable clients to tune their brand proposition in any way they find fit.The new API is specially built to enable clients to interact with the system in the same way our own team does. Our end goal was to offer bookmakers the possibility to implement any idea they have, no matter how bold or unusual it seems. We have two operators live on the new front-end, both up-and-coming, and both with original and very different ideas than the industry’s standard. By only using HTML and JavaScript to build the new front-end, we’ve eliminated the need to have servers and databases. Development teams can write the code and it will sit in the users’ browser in the same way that a mobile app does.SBC: The esports market had an accelerated growth rate in these past years, was this the main reason why you launched your esports services at the beginning of last year? EG: We’ve been around in sports betting for over a decade now, and our interest is to always keep our offering market-relevant and up to date. Seeing how much traction esports have gained over the last years convinced us to tackle this area and create a new product component. The new esports services, along with our sportsbook, data feeds, and aggregation technology ensures that the product stays competitive and has something to offer to every type of bookmaker, depending on its needs and size. Our approach is quite straightforward: we aim to offer a wide selection of betting markets, tournaments and games, all available for bookmakers, affiliates or fan sites via a single and fast integration. Thanks to our modular system, in only six short months we managed to make available a growing offer of 85+ betting types and a wide selection of popular titles such as FIFA, Call of Duty, CS:GO, WOW or StarCraft 2. We see client interest rising towards this new field, and we expect some new signings by the end of H1 this year. SBC: Finally, what are your key sportsbook goals for the next 12 months?EG: We believe that having this fantastic freedom to tweak the front-end proposition will lead in migrating existing clients to the new system, both clients with front-ends built by them and also operators with websites made employing OddsMatrix own development resources. One other goal we have set for our teams in 2020 is to continue to enrich the platform functionalities by adding more exciting back office UI functionalities, as well as promotions and player features. EveryMatrix’s team will be at ICE London from 4-6 of February (Stand N6-310) to showcase their latest developments, meet old and new friends, and speak about iGaming opportunities. 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