Crusaders beat 14-man Lions for eighth Super Rugby title

first_img0Shares0000Crusaders’ Israel Dagg (L) is tackled by Lions’ Courtnall Skosan during the Super XV rugby final match at the Ellis Park Rugby stadium on August 5, 2017 in Johannesburg © AFP / CHRISTIAAN KOTZEJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Aug 5 – Canterbury Crusaders survived a rally by 14-man Golden Lions to triumph 25-17 in Johannesburg Saturday and win a record-extending eighth Super Rugby title.The match at Ellis Park stadium took a decisive turn just before half-time when Lions flanker Kwagga Smith was red-carded for tackling airborne Crusaders full-back David Havili. An already dominant visiting team took full advantage of having an extra man as they stretched a 12-point half-time lead to 25-3 before the home side rallied with two late tries.“You were not in a realistic position to contest for the ball,” South African referee Jaco Peyper told Smith before sending him off.A debatable yellow card by Peyper against 2016 Rugby Player of the Year Beauden Barrett had helped the Lions defeat another Kiwi side, Wellington Hurricanes, in the semi-finals.Victory for a clinical, disciplined and defensively brilliant Crusaders outfit brought a first Super Rugby title since 2008, and the first by a team outside their continent.It was a second successive final loss for the Lions, who fell by 17 points to the Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand last year.Defeat robbed Lions coach Johan Ackermann of a fairytale farewell as it was his last match in charge before moving to English Premiership club Gloucester.“It is amazing,” said Crusaders skipper and lock Sam Whitelock. “I am just so proud of the boys.“The whole group has been working hard this year and it is not just the boys here — it is the guys at home, the supporters, our families.“We just believed in ourselves, started the season really well and the energy the whole team brought was amazing.“I would hate to know how many tackles we made this evening, but the boys showed the true grit that I knew they had.”Kieran Read of the Crusaders (L) tries to block a drop goal attempt by Elton Jantjies of the Lions on August 5, 2017 © AFP / CHRISTIAAN KOTZELions skipper and flanker Jaco Kriel said: “We desperately wanted to give our coach a winning farewell, but it was not to be.“We respect Johan so much and wish him all the best in England.“Well done to the Crusaders — we knew it was not going to be easy against them.”Crusaders broke the deadlock after eight minutes with a turnover offering winger Seta Tamanivalu a chance to dart unopposed from his half and score.Fly-half Richie Mo’unga converted and the Christchurch outfit were seven points ahead.Lions seemed rattled by the setback and fell further behind on 12 minutes when good work by centre Ryan Crotty and hooker Codie Taylor set up centre Jack Goodhue to score.Mo’unga saw his second conversion drift across the posts and wide and Havili was off target with a long-range penalty attempt.Lions finally got points on the scoreboard after 27 minutes as leading 2017 Super Rugby scorer and fly-half Elton Jantjies slotted a penalty.The South Africans had another, easier penalty opportunity soon after, but opted to kick for touch in the hope of scoring a pushover try.But the gamble backfired thanks to a turnover and then the match swung decisively in favour of the New Zealanders when Smith was red-carded.Almost immediately a seven-man Lions scrum was pushed back, penalised, and Mo’unga kicked a penalty for a 12-point half-time advantage.The last thing the depleted South Africans needed early in the second half was to concede another try, but that happened.Crusaders took the ball within a few metres of the tryline, then spun it along the line and No. 8 Kieran Read scored with Mo’unga converting.The fly-half stretched the lead to 25-3 with a penalty and a rout seemed in prospect.But the Lions rallied and hooker Malcolm Marx and replacement prop Corne Fourie barged over and Jantjies converted both tries to give the scoreline a respectable look.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ideas swirling around – on Microcontent applications

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Social Web#web center_img richard macmanus Soon I’m going to shut up and do some actual work on my Web of Ideas application. But I have to note a few interesting things that have surfaced recently on the topics of ideas and microcontent. Firstly, Erik Benson has just released his own Ideas Database. As to be expected from Erik, who created All Consuming, it’s a nifty piece of work. The user interface is crisp and clean. Entering a new idea is a breeze – enter a title, a category, and lastly the detail. Once a new idea has been entered, users can vote on a variety of value indicators including revenue potential, ease of development, cost. Currently Erik’s Idea Database seems very project-focussed – each idea is something that can be developed into a full-blown product/service. But I imagine this application is flexible, so e.g. you could use it as a database for music you want to buy or listen to. You could change the value indicators so users can vote on each music “idea” – e.g. give it 3/5 for hipness, 4/5 to indicate how much you want to buy it, etc. As to how Erik’s product relates to my own Ideas Database, what I have in mind is more focussed on microcontent. Each “idea” in my definition will be a chunk of information, which may or may not lead to something more concrete. e.g. one thing that I may enter into my db as an idea – “Investigate the progress of Chandler (the open source PIM)”. This is simply something I have in my head that I want to note down – somewhere. Currently I just jot it down in my paper notebook, or email myself a reminder, or enter it as an Outlook task or note. None of these things is satisfactory, mainly because I don’t use any one of those methods of ‘idea capture’ consistently. That’s what I’m thinking of when I refer to an Ideas Database. It’ll be topic-based, so I may want to assign values to ideas and definitely I want to be able to link ideas together. So there are simularities with Erik’s Idea Database. But I’m also focussing on the microcontent angle and ideas as information chunks, so I think it’ll be different too.Steve Gillmor has written about something similar recently. Steve wrote:“What I’m really looking for is a private Google, where I can find random notes without exposing them publicly–or more precisely, to unsubscribed (unauthorized) readers.”Steve is talking about much more than just an Ideas Database (he regularly pushes the ‘RSS will replace email’ message). But it touches on a groundswell of feeling about microcontent. Anil Dash’s famous “Microcontent Client” may be just around the corner…Let’s not forget the PIM projects too (Personal Information Management). I’ve been watching the progress of Chandler and Haystack. I’ll have to write an article about those two soon (see above).Lastly for now (I have so many ideas swirling around in me head!), I’ll briefly mention John Robb’s “Web 2.0” concept. John wrote:“What is Web 2.0? It is a system that breaks with the old model of centralized Web sites and moves the power of the Web/Internet to the desktop.”Yes this is very similar to Microsoft’s “Smart Clients”, which Robert Scoble has talked about. John cited Radio Userland as a good example of a desktop rich client. This is an interesting discussion, but I don’t think we have enough information to know where Web 2.0 is headed yet. We’ll have to wait for more Longhorn details (Robert Scoble reckons this will come at the Microsoft PDC), plus watch further products from the likes of Macromedia and see how all the independent innovators go (e.g. Userland, Broadband Mechanics).Right, now I better get to work on my own very humble development attempts. Less talk, more action 🙂 Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Harbinger Buys 10% of Palm

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … curt hopkins As we mentioned a few days back, the iPhone and Android aren’t the only game in town when it comes to handheld devices. Twitter for Blackberry was released on last Thursday and today comes news that Harbinger Capital has purchased almost 10% of Palm’s stock. The news might not be as good as it seems, however. Palm’s SEC disclosure indicates Harbinger, a New York-based private hedge fund, has purchased 16 million shares of Palm common stock. This purchase totals “9.48% (of total Palm stock) based on 168,755,045 shares outstanding as of March 26, 2010.”Because it was a common stock purchase, it does not come with voting rights, and the purchase did not have a significant effect on Palm stock, which was up 3.1% at the end of trading. Palm has reportedly secured Goldman Sachs in order to lure a buyer for the struggling company. Tags:#mobile#web Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Ways and Means Schedules Markup of Health Care-Related Tax Bills

first_imgHouse tax writers are preparing to discuss 11 health-care related tax bills. The House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled a markup of the bills on July 11. The committee’s Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., announced the markup on the evening of July 9.Ways and Means MarkupBrady has reportedly said that the House intends to develop a health care-related tax package. The following tax bills are scheduled for the July 11 markup:HR 6199: The bill would amend the tax code to include certain over-the-counter medical products as qualified medical expenses. The bill would reverse the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111-148) prohibition on using tax-favored health accounts to purchase OTC medical products;HR 6301: The bill would amend the tax code to expand access to health savings accounts (HSAs) by providing high deductible health plans with first dollar coverage flexibility;HR 6305: The bill would amend the tax code to expand access to and enhance the use of HSAs by clarifying that certain employment related services are not treated as disqualifying coverage for purposes of HSAs. Also, the bill would allow an eligible individual to make HSA contributions if a spouse has a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and it would allow FSA and Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) terminations or conversions to fund HSAs;HR 6306: The bill would amend the tax code to expand access to and enhance the use of HSAs by increasing HSA contribution limits, permitting spousal catch-up contributions into the same account, and creating a grace period for medical expenses incurred before the establishment of an HSA;HR 6309: The bill would amend the tax code to allow individuals entitled to Medicare Part A by reason of being over age 65 to contribute to HSAs;HR 6311: The bill would amend the tax code and the ACA to modify the definition of qualified health plan for purposes of the health insurance premium tax credit and would allow individuals purchasing health insurance in the individual market to purchase a lower premium copper plan;HR 6312: The bill would amend the tax code to add certain qualifying sports and fitness expenses to the definition of qualified medical expenses;HR 6313: The bill would allow the carryforward each year of health flexible spending arrangement account balances;HR 6314: The bill would amend the tax code to allow plans categorized as catastrophic and bronze in the individual and small group markets to qualify for HSA contributions;HR (untitled): The bill would amend the tax code to allow HSA-eligible individuals that participate in a direct primary care (DPC) arrangement not to lose their HSA-eligibility because of DPC participation; andHR 4616: The bill would amend the ACA to provide for a temporary moratorium on the employer mandate and would provide an additional one-year delay of the excise “Cadillac” tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage.By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffDescription Of H.R. 6301, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Provide High Deductible Health Plans With First Dollar Coverage Flexibility, JCX-41-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6301, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Provide High Deductible Health Plans With First Dollar Coverage Flexibility, JCX-42-18Description Of H.R. 6317 , A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Provide That Direct Primary Care Service Arrangements Do Not Disqualify Deductible Health Savings Account Contributions, And For Other Purposes, JCX-43-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6317, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Provide That Direct Primary Care Service Arrangements Do Not Disqualify Deductible Health Savings Account Contributions, And For Other Purposes, JCX-44-18Description of H.R. 6305, The Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act of 2018, JCX-45-18Description Of The Chairman’s Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6305, The Bipartisan HAS Improvement Act Of 2018, JCX-46-18Description Of H.R. 6312, The Personal Health Investment Today Act Or The PHIT Act, JCX-47-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6312, The Personal Health Investment Today Act Or The PHIT Act, JCX-48-18Description Of H.R. 6309, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Allow Individuals Only Enrolled In Medicare Part A To Contribute To Health Savings Accounts, JCX-49-18Description Of The Chairman’s Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6309, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code of 1986 To Allow Individuals Only Enrolled In Medicare Part A To Contribute To Health Savings Accounts, JCX-50-18Description Of H.R. 6199, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Include Certain Over-The-Counter Medical Products As Qualified Medical Expenses, JCX-51-18Description Of The Chairman’s Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6199, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Include Certain Over-The-Counter Medical Products As Qualified Medical Expenses, JCX-52-18Description Of H.R. 6306, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Increase The Contribution Limitation For Health Savings Accounts, And For Other Purposes, JCX-53-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6306, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 To Increase The Contribution Limitation For Health Savings Accounts, And For Other Purposes, JCX-54-18Description Of H.R. 6314, The Health Savings Act Of 2018, JCX-55-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6314, The Health Savings Act Of 2018, JCX-56-18Description Of H.R. 6311, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act To Modify The Definition Of Qualified Health Plan For Purposes Of The Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit And To Allow Individuals Purchasing Health Insurance In The Individual Market To Purchase A Lower Premium Coper Plan, JCX-57-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6311, A Bill To Amend The Internal Revenue Code Of 1986 And The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act To Modify The Definition Of Qualified Health Plan For Purposes Of The Health Insurance Premium Tax Credit And To Allow Individuals Purchasing Health Insurance In The Individual Market To Purchase A Lower Premium Copper Plan, JCX-58-18Description Of H.R. 6313, The Responsible Additions And Increases To Sustain Employee Health Benefits Act Of 2018, JCX-59-18Description Of An Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 6313, The Responsible Additions And Increases To Sustain Employee Health Benefits Act Of 2018, JCX-60-18Description Of H.R. 4616, A Bill To Amend The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act To Provide For A Temporary Moratorium On The Employer Mandate And To Provide For A Delay In The Implementation Of The Excise Tax On High-Cost Employer Sponsored Health Coverage, JCX-61-18Description Of The Chairman’s Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To The Provisions Of H.R. 4616, A Bill To Amend The Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act To Provide For A Temporary Moratorium On The Employer Mandate And To Provide For A Delay In The Implementation Of The Excise Tax On High-Cost Employer Sponsored Health Coverage, JCX-62-18Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? 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