Jade Konkel’s remarkable rugby journey

first_imgI do 13 training sessions a week. That’s not including analysis and recovery. At Quins we have gym and training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as a skills and speed session on Wednesdays. I’ll also do lots of extras on my own.I have a whole new respect for front-rows. Last year I started two Tests at loosehead – Shade Munro wanted to get his 15 best players on the pitch. I tried it but I’m much more comfortable at No 8.I remember a scrum against Wales and trying to get round the corner ready for a ball-carry and my legs were so heavy. I wasn’t used to that pain. Front-rowers need a different energy system.Skills work: Jade Konkel during Harlequins training (Getty Images)I’m now a vegan. I’d read up on the health benefits and thought I’d see if I could do it. I’ve actually found it easy and feel a lot better.I feel fitter and more healthy. I macro count everything I eat and I know how many grams of carbs, how much protein and so on I’ve eaten each day. I’ve lost quite a bit of weight but I’ve maintained muscle and lost fat, so hopefully I’ll be a more agile No 8 but have the same power and momentum.I’ve got tattoos on both my arms, my ribs, just above my bum, my feet… They’re all specific and a guy in Edinburgh does them. There’s one of me and my sister at my brother’s wedding; a picture of me after my first win in a Scotland shirt; my two favourite places – for a rugby pitch, singing the national anthem and then a view of trees and mountains because I grew up in the countryside… I also have the words: ‘Don’t dream your life, live your dream’.I write ETT – Empty The Tank – on tape on my wrists before every game. I’ll also write buzzwords like ‘low’ or ‘hunt’ and if I’m not happy with my performance at half-time I might just write ‘5%’ to encourage me to step it up. You’ve always got an extra 5%, you go to a dark place and keep going. I’ve got different-coloured Sharpies, so I’ll use blue if I’m playing for Scotland.I listen to motivational quotes or look at them on my phone too.I’m a black belt in Goshin-Ryu Kempo. It’s a self-defence martial art. I also used to play basketball for Highland Bears in the national league. I enjoyed it but I like the physicality of rugby, as well as everything in the game having a purpose and knowing you have your team-mates’ backs and they have yours. It’s a good feeling.I’ve just finished my personal training qualifications. I’m also doing some other courses and after rugby I would like to set up something in deprived areas to encourage people to get active and be healthy. TAGS: Harlequins LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Harlequins and Scotland No 8 Jade Konkel talks long drives, going vegan and meaningful tattoos Front foot: Jade Konkel helped Harlequins to the Tyrrells Premier 15s final (Getty Images) Jade Konkel’s remarkable rugby journeyThere were few opportunities for Jade Konkel to play rugby growing up, but since focusing on the sport aged 17 she has excelled, becoming Scotland’s first female professional player and a key figure for the national side as well as Harlequins.Here she talks through her remarkable rugby journey…I used to drive three-and-a-half hours each way to play. There wasn’t much girls’ rugby around the Black Isle, but at 17 I drove to Edinburgh for a development day and got selected for Scotland U20.After that, every week I drove along the A9 to Glasgow to play for Hillhead-Jordanhill. Sometimes I’d leave at 5am and then find the game had been cancelled, and I’d be sore getting in the car after a match, but I knew I needed to play.I wanted to put everything into rugby. So after three years at uni in Glasgow studying social care, I concentrated on rugby for a year.I got a Stage Two contract from Scottish Rugby, which was unpaid but gave me help with S&C. When they offered me a Stage Three contract, which is paid, I burst out crying! It was nice to see it pay off.On the ball: Jade Konkel in action against Wales during the Women’s Six Nations (Inpho)I was the first woman to get a contract but I’m not the last. It was the same playing with Lille in France last season. Scottish Rugby have created a partnership with them and more girls are doing it.There are now eight players on contracts, we have a women’s sponsor, a great coaching set-up, our matches are on BBC ALBA – it’s all really positive for Scotland.The 2021 World Cup is what we’re aiming for. I’ve played Test rugby since 2013 and missed two World Cups, so we have to get to this next one. We have a core group who can be together for the long run and are improving every year.I was such a home bird, I never thought I’d move away. Instead, I’ve lived in Glasgow for five years, France for a year and now the South of England. Karen Findlay’s been trying to get me to come to Harlequins for a couple of years. I wanted to get the experience in France first and then come here.The physicality in Premier 15s is up there with France. Here there is probably more structure, but the two leagues are quite similar. This article originally appeared in the February 2019 edition of Rugby World.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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SOS Media Burundi’s dangerous reporting mission

first_img Help by sharing this information January 13, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 SOS Media Burundi’s dangerous reporting mission Organisation News News October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alertscenter_img Reports BurundiAfrica News is in short supply in Burundi, where the government closed down radio stations eight months ago and most station managers and reporters fled into exile. The journalists who stayed hardly ever go out because of the climate of terror and because they fear arrest or reprisals of other kinds.Almost the only relief for those in search of news is to be found at SOS Media Burundi, a collective of journalists that emerged spontaneously within 48 hours of the destruction of the radio stations during the May 2014 coup attempt and which continues to provide anonymous coverage of events in this troubled country.With a website on which it broadcasts reports via SoundCloud, a Facebook page and a Twitter account, this collective has strict editorial policies, interviewing and reporting the views of all parties, reporting only the verified facts and refraining from any editorializing,Equipped with smartphones, its journalists report what they see in their neighbourhoods, covering violence against civilians, arbitrary arrests and shelling. They also report what officials say at news conferences. The reports (including text and photos) are discussed and vetted before publication.SOS Media Burundi has become the leading source of information about what is happening in Burundi for many international media, NGOs and foreign governments.As Burundi spirals down into civil war and the security forces increasingly become a leading predator of freedoms, the net is steadily closing on the journalists still on the ground, those still trying to use their anonymity to cover the constant arbitrary arrests and beatings in detention.Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, which covered events in 2014. The arbitrary closure of news media and persecution of journalists accompanying the political crisis that erupted in 2015 means that Burundi is unlikely to keep this position in the 2016 index. News BurundiAfrica Follow the news on Burundi to go further Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention June 5, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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West Ham issue warning over racist abuse

first_img The statement continued: “Working with the Metropolitan Police, we will pursue the harshest sanctions against any individual who goes against what we stand for as a club, and in the rare case that you do see or hear anything you think is unacceptable, there are a number of ways you can report the matter. “The club is extremely proud of its work in supporting programmes that promote tolerance and inclusion, and you will have seen more evidence of that this week as we push the message of the Football v Homophobia campaign. “West Ham United were one of the first professional football clubs to lend its support to this important movement, and our work there sits alongside our support of Kick it Out, Holocaust Memorial Day, Black History Month, Inter-Faith Week and many other key initiatives.” After the match on November 25, the FA launched an investigation into reports of the abuse, while West Ham banned one of two fans cautioned by police. A section of Hammers fans had appeared to mock both the gassing of Jews in the Holocaust and the knife attack on a Spurs fan before Tottenham’s game in Rome last week. West Ham’s Israeli international Yossi Benayoun also spoke of his disappointment and embarrassment at hearing anti-Semitic abuse by some of the club’s fans towards Tottenham’s supporters. There were also reportedly chants about Adolf Hitler during the match, which Spurs won 3-1. The chants were also reported to the police by the Society of Black Lawyers. West Ham’s owners have issued a warning ahead of Monday night’s visit of Tottenham that they have a zero-tolerance approach to any racist behaviour by supporters. The Football Association is investigating allegations of anti-Semitic abuse at the previous encounter between the two sides at White Hart Lane earlier this season. And in a message to fans, the Hammers’ co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan have warned the club will not tolerate any incidences of racism at Upton Park. Gold and Sullivan said in a statement: “There are occasions when individuals still act in an inappropriate way and we have a simple zero-tolerance policy when those isolated incidents do occur at matches at the Boleyn Ground.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Broward Supervisor of Elections kicks off annual high school voter registration…

first_imgThe Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office will kick off the annual High School Voter Registration (HSVR) Drive two weeks early this year, starting March 7 – 23, 2018.  The effort is in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools, and with significant participation from Broward County Private and Charter High Schools.  All high schools in Broward County will have the opportunity to register their students who meet the qualifications to become registered voters. Honoring Stoneman Douglas High School“In honor of Stoneman Douglas High School and the increased interest from high school students, we decided to start the online voter registration drive earlier this year,” said the Supervisor of Elections’ Dr. Brenda Snipes.  The Florida online voter registration website was launched last year in compliance with a 2015 Florida law that required online registration to be available by October 1, 2017.  This offers students another way to register to vote or update an existing registration that is convenient, secure and user-friendly. Broward County’s first timeThis is Broward County’s first time in implementing the online voter registration during the High School Voter Registration Drive program.  All Broward County High Schools will have a secured portal to register students online.  To register online, students will need a Florida driver’s license or state identification card and a social security number.  On February 13th, students and faculty were trained on voter registration policies and procedures.  The video conference training streamed live to the participating schools, hosted by BECON TV.  The HSVR training video is available at www.browardsoe.org.Registration drive target over 80 schoolsOne week after the March 13th Municipal General Election, Broward County Election officials are scheduled to visit over 80 local high schools during the period from March 19 to 23, the final week for the drive.  Election Officials will be on hand to assist the students and staff as they conclude their voter registration drive.  The school with the most registered students will receive the coveted brass trophy, banners and certificates. Last year, Stoneman Douglas High School registered 739 new students. High School students who are 18 years old are eligible to register to vote if they are U.S. Citizens and have no felony convictions without their rights being restored.  Students who are 16 and 17 years of age may pre-register. The goal is to register 10,000 students this school year!last_img read more

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Jeanne Kelly Joins Heritage House Sotheby in Rumson

first_imgRUMSON – Mary Burke, broker and owner of Heritage House Sotheby’s Inter­national Realty, and Joyce Wopat, broker associate/ branch manager, welcome Jeanne Kelly, sales associate, to the Rumson office.Jeanne KellyA graduate of Fordham University and former fixed income salesperson for Lehman Brothers, New York and London, Kelly brings exceptional communication and negotiation skills to the firm.Before settling in Rumson, Jeanne and her family spent 14 years abroad. Upon her arrival back in the U.S., “settling in Monmouth County, New Jersey’s best kept secret, was an easy one. With its beautiful beaches, wonderful wooded preserves, its close proximity to NYC and having extended family locally made Rumson the perfect choice to live and raise a family.”Embracing her new home, Kelly immersed herself in the community through several local charities such as Prevention First and The Jacqueline Wilentz Breast Center. She is an active volunteer for both Rumson Country Day and Deane Porter School parent teacher organizations and also coaches recreational soccer and basketball. Like her exceptional professional skills, Kelly exemplifies community citizenship.“I joined Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty knowing the importance of partnering with an established local firm that truly offers global connections through an extraordinary brand like Sotheby’s International Realty.“The Rumson office management and sales associates have proven over and over their high level of service and expertise. I am pleased to be apart of this team of professionals,” Kelly said.Kelly can be reached at Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty’s Rumson office at 23 West River Road. Whether you are a buyer or seller or just gathering information, Kelly can be reached by phone at 732-232-9378 or via email at [email protected] information about Heritage House Sotheby’s International Realty is available by visiting the website at www.heritagehousesothebysrealty.com.last_img read more

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Live playoff updates: Warriors beat Rockets in tight Game 5

first_imgJoin us Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. for live scoring, news and analysis from Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals as the Warriors and Rockets battle at Oracle.The Warriors come into Wednesday knowing they’ll need to match the physicality the Rockets used to lead them to two victories in Houston that have tied the second-round series at 2-2. Golden State dropped Game 4 on Monday night as Houston escaped … Click here if you’re unable to view the video or gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

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Only 3 Days Left to Save $100 on Real-Time Web Summit

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Two weeks ago we held the ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit in Mountain View, California. The Real-Time Web Summit in NYC will follow the same unconference format, which we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on. To see the power of the unconference format, check out this video that shows how session pitching happened at the Mobile Summit:Watch live video from ReadWriteWeb Mobile Summit 2010 on Justin.tv“[The Mobile Summit] was the best best best event I’ve been to in years, and I mean it. To be frank, I almost left ten minutes after I arrived, thinking that I was completely out of place. Turns out I was exactly in the right place all along. I left feeling completely energized about media, innovation, women in tech, new social models, and have so many new ideas about what I want to do next and what I want to get involved in. What I really didn’t expect was to walk away with a pretty clear picture of what the future of mobile media (and social media) looks like. Now I’m staring at invites to keynote at a couple of tech events this year and hoping they’re a fraction of the win that was RWWMS.” – Violet Blue, sex educator and authorAn unconference is a free-flowing, organically generated series of group discussions agreed on and led by attendees.“We’ve all been to unconferences before, but ReadWriteWeb made it feel brand new. They pulled together a really good crowd, and their facilitation set the scene for surprising and thought-provoking conversations.”Ross Turk, Director, Global Developer Community, Alcatel-LucentThis is our third unconference event and we think it fits who we are perfectly. First, much like the current era of the Web, unconferences encourage two-way communication. This generates new, actionable ideas and means that you typically learn much more than you would at a traditional conference. Secondly, due to the high quality of our reader base, ReadWriteWeb’s unconference events attract an intelligent, influential group of people. So the networking is superb!To get a feel for how thoughtful discussion happens at these events, check out the comments by Ted Morgan, Chris Saad and Ben Metcalfe in this video by Evelyn Rusli from TechCrunch:We were one of the first news outlets to analyze the Real-Time Web and we’ve since written extensively about it. We also published a premium report on the subject last year, which featured interviews with 50 companies, developers and executives building or leveraging real-time Web technology.If you’re a company in the Real-Time Web market, you may be interested in helping to sponsor this event. Please contact our COO Sean Ammirati for more information.The ReadWriteWeb team is excited about our first New York event on June 11th, so we look forward to seeing you there! A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts ReadWriteWeb’s first East Coast event – the Real-Time Web Summit – will be taking place on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Be sure to register now as we are extending the $395 ticket price until Wednesday, May 26.The Real-Time Web is a set of technologies that impacts almost every service, activity and application on the Web. Come to the summit to understand how it impacts you, your business and your next development.Attendees already include thought-leaders like John Borthwick of betaworks, Alex Iskold of Adaptive Blue and Anil Dash of Expert Labs. ReadWriteWeb also has a special rate for students. If you are a student and would like to participate, please email us at [email protected] Why We Use the Unconference Format“The RWW Real-Time Web Summit [in 2009] was excellent – friggin’ great in fact. I hauled a handful members of my team across country for it and my only regret was that I didn’t bring more of them. I’m looking forward to the next one.”John Borthwick, CEO BetaWorks – one of the leading investors in the Real-Time Web. Tags:#conferences#Features#Real-Time Web#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web ReadWrite Sponsors 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title

first_imgMOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WEST SECOND ROUND: Syracuse (sorry, Zips), Florida State, Buffalo, Nevada.WEST SEMIS/FINAL: It would be so neat to say Syracuse and Buffalo so two schools that are a two-hour drive apart have to fly 3,000 miles to play each other. But it’ll be Florida State and Nevada. Here’s your upset: Nevada wins.___SOUTH FIRST ROUND: Virginia, Oklahoma, Oregon, UC Irvine, Villanova, Purdue, Cincinnati and Tennessee.SOUTH SECOND ROUND: Virginia, Oregon, Villanova and Tennessee — though this will be a ridiculously tough game for the Vols since Cincinnati will be playing in Ohio.SOUTH SEMIS/FINAL: Virginia and Villanova meet, in what many people thought would be the title game last season. Virginia wins.___MIDWEST FIRST ROUND: North Carolina, Washington, New Mexico State, Kansas, Ohio State, Houston, Wofford and Kentucky.MIDWEST SECOND ROUND: North Carolina (barely), Kansas (barely), Houston, Kentucky.MIDWEST SEMIS/FINAL: Patently unfair to North Carolina that they’ll have to face Kansas in Kansas City, but the Heels will prevail anyway. They’ll face Kentucky. Carolina wins. View comments Last year, we gave you Villanova. (We also gave you Virginia in the final. That was a misprint. We totally meant UMBC and strongly considered picking them again this year even though they’re not in the field.)When you get to the end of this story, you will know this year’s NCAA champion. Do not scroll down yet. You must read the method to March Madness, though by teasing you with Duke vs. North Carolina you probably have a good idea where this is going. (If you don’t, perhaps you should save your money and not enter any pools this year, including swimming ones.)But before we begin, a few guidelines …___UNDERDOG WATCH: If you have every 1-2-3-4 seed making the Sweet 16 on your bracket, you’re doing it wrong. At least one double-digit seed has made it to the tournament’s second weekend 37 times in the last 40 seasons. More specifically, a No. 11 seed has reached the round of 16 in each of the last five seasons (with three of those No. 11s making it to the regional final, and with Loyola Chicago getting to the Final Four last year).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski celebrates Duke’s win over Florida State after cutting down a net after the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Think of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Alabama vs. Auburn. Miami vs. Florida State. Everybody vs. Notre Dame.Duke vs. North Carolina is as good as any, if not better.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Down to eight.Duke and Michigan State in the East. Michigan in the West. North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky in the Midwest. Villanova and Cincinnati in the South.Obviously, one of those eight will win the title. And it won’t be Kansas, Cincinnati, or Michigan. None of them are going deeper than the Sweet 16.___Perhaps it’s time to make the actual picks.EAST FIRST ROUND: Duke, UCF, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Belmont, Yale, Minnesota (Richard Pitino is not going to lose to Rick Pitino’s most recent school) and the excellent brand that is Michigan State.EAST SECOND ROUND: Duke (though alum Johnny Dawkins, the UCF coach, will scare his alma mater), Mississippi State, Belmont and Michigan State. Yes, Belmont is the official No. 11 seed pick to go deep this year.EAST SEMIS/FINAL: Duke and Michigan State get to the final. Duke wins.___WEST FIRST ROUND: Gonzaga, Syracuse, Murray State, Florida State, Buffalo, Northern Kentucky, Nevada, Michigan.center_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving ___This takes us to the Final Four.We’ve got the three No. 1 seeds from the Atlantic Coast Conference and a No. 7 seed in Nevada.Duke vs. Nevada, go with Duke.Virginia vs. North Carolina, go with North Carolina.Voila! Finally, we get our UNC-Duke matchup in the tourney.We could have saved a whole bunch of space and simply said this: This is the third time that Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four. (1951 doesn’t count, since the last four teams went there but only for a title game and a third-place game, not a true Final Four.)The other years Minneapolis played host to the Final Four were 1992 and 2001.Duke won in 1992.Duke won in 2001. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Ginebra keeps on surging LATEST STORIES Duke wins again in 2019. Zion Williamson will make sure his one-year mark on college basketball is indelible, and Mike Krzyzewski will get his sixth national championship.Unless we’re wrong, of course. THINK 11 OVER 12: It used to be that the No. 12 over No. 5 upsets were all the rage. It’s more like the No. 11 vs. No. 6 now. There have been 10 upsets in a 6-11 game over the last four years, and only three in 5-12 games.7 OR BETTER: A team seeded No. 7 or higher has made the Final Four in each of the last six seasons. Before that, it happened only three times in the previous 25 seasons.THERE WILL BE A NO. 1 SEED: At least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four in 37 of the last 40 seasons.BUT THERE WON’T BE FOUR: In those same 40 seasons, most No. 1 seeds — 59 percent of them — lose before the national semifinals. The only year where all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four was 2008.___So now that we’ve covered some of the basics, let’s whittle this thing down to a manageable size.Since a seeding structure went into place for the 1979 tournament, no team seeded No. 9 or higher has ever won the national championship. Same goes for every No. 5 seed. Florida in 2000, Indiana in 2002 and Butler in 2010 all reached the title game as No. 5 seeds and they all lost. (Apologies, then, to Mississippi State, Auburn, Wisconsin and Marquette. They’re this year’s 5 seeds and are obviously cursed.)That means, through the process of elimination, we can safely delete all the 5 seeds and all the 9 through 16 seeds. Just like that, our 68-team bracket is down to a tidy 28-team list of contenders.Out of those 28, 17 have never won a national title. There hasn’t been a first-time champion since Florida in 2006. Don’t expect that to change this year. So now we’re down to 11.With the exception of Arizona in 1997, every champion for the last 30 years has entered the tournament with at least 24 wins. That eliminates Maryland, Louisville and Syracuse. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag They have met in basketball 251 times. They now have a combined 93 NCAA Tournament appearances. They’ve played a combined 318 NCAA Tournament games.They have zero NCAA Tournament games against each other.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWe devote this space every year to telling you how to win your NCAA bracket pool, and in each of the last two years we’ve made the pockets of millions, or thousands, or dozens, or possibly just three random people feel stuffed with all those well-earned $5 bills from the others in your office whose brackets were wrecked by roughly 2:51 p.m. on Day 1 of the tournament.Two years ago, we gave you North Carolina.last_img read more

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