The greatest hookers of all time: Mario Ledesma

first_imgMario Ledesma spearheaded a golden generation that catapulted Argentinian rugby into the global consciousness. Once the beating heart of the Puma pack, Ledesma is one of the greatest hookers of all time Four years later, another knockout defeat to eventual champions – New Zealand triumphing 33-10 in the quarter-final – signalled Ledesma’s last appearance. His 84 Tests make him Argentina’s most capped hooker and fourth most capped Puma overall.Making way for Agustin Creevy at Eden Park, Ledesma began to cry. There was almost certainly a streak of sadness, but phenomenal pride too. Major teams: Curupatyi, Narbonne, Castres, Clermont
Country: Argentina

Test span: 1996-2011
Argentina caps: 84 (67 starts)

Test points: 15 (3 tries)Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu might seem an odd choice to present a shrewd depiction of Mario Ledesma’s character, not least because he was only ten when the Argentinian made his Test debut against Uruguay in 1996.However, in describing the nature of Ledesma’s set-piece sessions with the Waratahs – where the former Puma acted as a consultant coach under Michael Cheika – Kepu encapsulates the passion and enthusiasm that filled his mentor’s blue and white jersey.“At training we have one-minute scrums. He’s crawling in and out underneath us. We’re thinking, ‘Geez, if this comes down, you’re crushed.’ But that’s the trust he’s instilled in us.”You could argue that Ledesma’s faith in the stability of an Australia scrum may be misplaced. However, what was undeniable during the hooker’s playing days was similarly unreserved commitment. ‘Super Mario’ earned his charming nickname with a remarkable World Cup record, playing in 18 matches at four tournaments between 1999 and his retirement in 2011. His career also took him to the Top 14 and he started for Clermont in the successful final of 2010, still les Jaunards’ sole league title.One of many natural leaders in his generation – he captained the side against Japan on just his 15th cap – Ledesma was often seen with tears pouring down his cheeks during the national anthem.In fact, such emotion became a hallmark of the 2007 World Cup, where Argentina beat hosts France, Ireland and Scotland before succumbing in the semi-final to South Africa. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players Argentina’s Mario Ledesma last_img read more

Donegal bus operators to benefit from diesel rebate

first_imgNews Twitter Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – February 13, 2013 Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Donegal bus operators to benefit from diesel rebate WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Previous articleDonegal disposal income in 2010 was 83% of the national averageNext articleIrish troops set to be deployed to Mali News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th There is good news for bus operators in Donegal with the news that they are to benefit a  rebate of up to 7.5 cent per litre of diesel.It was confirmed in Budget 13 that diesel rebates would be given to licenced hauliers from July of this year, today it was confirmed that a similar measure will also be extended to private bus operators.The move has been welcomed by Labour Senator Jimmy Harte, he says the private bus operators have provided a vital service in Donegal and this is some reward for their efforts:[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Delhi High Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Rape Accused Who Misled Court On Settlement Via Fake Affidavit

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi High Court Rejects Bail Plea Of Rape Accused Who Misled Court On Settlement Via Fake Affidavit Shreya Agarwal19 Feb 2021 7:55 AMShare This – xA Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar of Delhi High Court has rejected the bail application of a rape accused who filed a fake affidavit with forged signatures and a fake Aadhar card copy of the victim claiming that the matter had been settled between the victim and him, and so the case was no longer pressed.The order by the Single Judge noted that another FIR was lodged by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Single Judge Bench of Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar of Delhi High Court has rejected the bail application of a rape accused who  filed a fake affidavit with forged signatures and a fake Aadhar card copy of the victim claiming that the matter had been settled between the victim and him, and so the case was no longer pressed.The order by the Single Judge noted that another FIR was lodged by the victim in this regard against the accused, and that his act “shows his desperation to come out of the jail.”The court also noted in its order that the victim was being threatened time and again to not pursue the case against the accused, for which too another FIR was lodged against the accused at the instance of the victim.Further, in yet another FIR, the accused also faced charges of attempting to murder a witness of the victim’s case on threats against her and investigation on the same was ongoing.The prosecution submitted that a supplementary chargesheet in the matter was underway, after investigation by the Crime Branch is completed.Holding that the allegations against the accused are grave and serious in nature, the court rejected the bail application.The brief facts of the case are that on Aug 5, 2020 upon information through a PCR call, the police had registered the victim’s case was registered through an FIR on allegations that the petitioner/accused had molested and committed rape upon her in June 2017. She had disclosed that she had joined the Eldorado Events Company of the accused/petitioner in February 2017 and that the petitioner/ accused used to take her for event meetings.For one such meeting in June 2017 he had called the victim to Sector-9, Dwarka Metro Station, from where he picked her up in his car and gave her adulterated water to drink, after consuming which she started feeling dizzy. The alleged act of rape was committed upon her thereafter, the victim complained. She also complained that on several occasions the petitioner/ accused had passed vulgar comments about her and asked for sexual favours.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Gov. Wolf at Process Tech Education Center Groundbreaking Vows to Build Strongest Workforce in the Nation

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Monaca, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vowed to build the strongest workforce in the nation, citing an example set by the continued expansion of the Shell Center for Process Technology Education at the Community College of Beaver County. While at the center’s Phase II groundbreaking ceremony, the governor congratulated the college for its efforts to train skilled professionals for careers at the Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant and related industry facilities.“When you have a project like the Shell Ethylene Cracker Plant that has the potential to create more than 100,000 direct and indirect jobs, you need to find ways to train the workforce, and collaborative efforts like this between education providers and employers are one of the best ways to do that,” Gov. Wolf said.Last year the college secured a $1 million gift from Shell and a $1 million grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation to help fund the Phase II addition to the Shell Center for Process Technology Education. The Pennsylvania Department of Education provided a matching $2 million grant to move forward with the construction for which the groundbreaking took place today.CCBC’s four-semester associate in applied science program in Process Technology, or PTEC, trains students to be process technicians. These professionals are responsible for the set-up, operation, monitoring, and control of today’s advanced manufacturing facilities and processes. Graduates are equipped to fill critical roles for high-demand, high-earning careers in industries that include chemical, petrochemical, nuclear power, and steel manufacturing among others.One of Gov. Wolf’s initiatives to strengthen Pennsylvania’s workforce is the new Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center, which is led by a team of three private sector industry leaders and three of Wolf Administration cabinet secretaries working together to identify and quickly react to roadblocks faced by businesses in Pennsylvania.The Command Center is constantly seeking creative solutions to address the state’s education and workforce needs through employer engagement, and sharing these promising practices so workers can easily find the next steps to move out of a low-wage job and into a family-sustaining career and existing businesses can find skilled workers to fill openings so potential businesses see that Pennsylvania has the workforce it needs.In addition to the Command Center, Gov. Wolf’s plan to create the strongest 21st workforce includes:• Expanding PAsmart, a new innovative $30 million investment in STEM and computer science education, apprenticeships and job training that prioritizes partnerships among schools, employers and communities. The governor is proposing an additional $10 million for PAsmart to expand job training to more adult workers.• Proposing the Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) in the 2019-20 budget. SWEAP builds on the success of PAsmart to provide opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The plan expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector.• Launching the Apprenticeship and Training Office resulting in 138 new sponsors and 193 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, increasing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,866 statewide.• Starting the Manufacturing PA Initiative to support critical training in the important sector of that economy.• Joining the Skillful State Network, a nonprofit initiative of the Markle Foundation to emphasize the importance of skills so workers, particularly those without four-year college degrees, can get good jobs in the changing economy.“As a business owner, I recognize the importance of workforce development,” Gov. Wolf said. “So, I’ve set an ambitious goal of making Pennsylvania’s workforce the strongest in the nation. We want to be ready to heed the call when a company, like Shell, decides to call Pennsylvania home.” Gov. Wolf at Process Tech Education Center Groundbreaking Vows to Build Strongest Workforce in the Nation May 02, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

NLDS Highlights: Max Muncy, Kike Hernández give Dodgers early lead

first_img— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2019An official review sent Joc Pederson back to second with a ground rule double.Dodger fans watching at the stadium and in their living rooms shared reaction to the first inning home run.Home Run Dodgers! #NLDSgame5 AND THE CROWD GOES WILD! — Rebecca Venis (@rvenis) October 10, 2019 Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers take a 3-0 lead with homers by Max Muncy and Hernandez @InsideSoCalSpts— Scott Varley (@VarleyPhoto) October 10, 2019Strasburg has allowed five hits, three earned runs and a walk in two innings pitched. He has one strikeout.Third inning:Walker Buehler has two strikeouts while allowing one hit and a walk after three innings pitched.Fourth inning:Clutch catch by Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers lead Nationals 3-0.Spoiler alert: He caught it.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 10, 2019Sixth inning:The Nationals scored their first run of the game in the top of the inning against Walker Buehler. A Dodgers’ double play at first and second recorded the first two outs. Kenta Maeda was also seen warming up in the bullpen.Seventh inning:Buehler comes out to start the inning at 97 pitches. Clayton Kershaw is warming up in the Dodgers’ bullpen.Buehler’s 100th pitch is a 94-mph fastball that hit Kurt Suzuki in the head. Suzuki was able to walk off the field on his own and headed into the dugout to get checked out.Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler (21) hits Washington Nationals Kurt Suzuki (28) with a pitch in game 5 of the NLDS @InsideSoCalSpts @jphoornstra— Scott Varley (@VarleyPhoto) October 10, 2019After a career high 117 pitches from Buehler, his night is done. Kershaw comes in the finish the inning.Eighth inning:Kershaw gives up a home run to Anthony Rendon. On the next at-bat, Juan Soto hits a solo home run of his own to tie the game at 3.Kershaw’s night is done. Maeda is in.Ninth inning:Joe Kelly comes in and records the first strikeout of the inning. Dodgers and Nationals remain tied at 3.Kelly and the Dodgers come out clean in the top of the 9th inning quickly.Dodgers have the winning run with Hernández on first.Tenth inning:HOWIE. KENDRICK. #NLDS— MLB (@MLB) October 10, 2019The Nationals have loaded the bases with Kelly on the mound. Howie Kendrick hits a grand slam and the Nationals lead 7-3.Nationals advance. Dodgers eliminated.Related Articles how grandma josie feels about that max muncy homerun #dodgers— zak puno (@ZakPuno) October 10, 2019Second inning: Kike Hernández hit a solo home run to give the Dodgers a 3-0 lead against the Nationals.¡VAMOS, KIKÉ!— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 10, 2019 How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Follow along for in-game highlights and updates throughout Game 5 of the National League Division Series between the Dodgers and Nationals.First inning:Max Muncy hit a 2-run home run to give the Dodgers an early lead against pitcher Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in the first inning at Dodger Stadium.THAT one is over the fence! #NLDS Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more