August 7th Community Events Photos

first_imgOne of the biggest attractions at the Kid’s Carnival was the dunk tank. All of the proceeds raised at the carnival goes towards the Royal Canadian Legion.                          Picture: Amber Davy – Advertisement – A fundraising garage sale was held at the old Fort Motors building to help raise money for three local residents diagnosed with MS.                                                     Picture: Amber Davy The Royal Canadian Legion held a Kid’s Carnival in the parking lot of the Legion. The carnival held kid’s activities like karaoke, petting zoo and a BBQ.                        Picture: Amber Davy last_img read more

Almost 400 customers without power near Mile 73

first_imgUpdates on the power outages will be issued to BC Hydro’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Just under 400 customers have been without power since Thursday afternoon, and BC Hydro says it will take until later on today to get the power back on.397 customers lost power around 3:30 p.m.yesterday, ranging from west of Montney to Wonowon. Power hasn’t been restored to any of the customers yet.A spokesperson for the power utility, Bob Gammer, said the fire near Beatton Airport Road has scorched power poles, but he can’t confirm the extent of the damage at this time.- Advertisement -An evacuation order was issued for the area last night, and Gammer says it’s prevented crews from accessing the area right now.“We are talking to the Wildfire Management Branch, and we’re going to hopefully see about getting in there at some point today, so we can work on getting the customers back on,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer.He says they are hopeful they can at least get started on the process in restoring power, but can’t give an estimate as to when residents should expect power to be back on.Advertisementlast_img read more

Donegal’s young entrepreneur finalists enjoy intensive business bootcamp

first_imgSixteen of Donegal’s brightest young entrepreneurs will be working on fine-tuning their business plans and rehearsing their pitches as they get set for the finals of the local stage of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) in December.The Donegal competition had 55 entries this year and having come through the initial selection process on the basis of the potential demonstrated in their ideas and businesses, the local finalists in three categories – Best Idea, Best Start-Up and Best Established – were in Gartan at the weekend for an intensive three-day business bootcamp.Six young entrepreneurs – Jolene McLaughlin, Christopher Duffy, Kyle McLaughlin, Niamh Porter, Sarah Barr and Deirdre Ward will contest the Best Idea category, while there will be five contestants in the other two. Paul McMahon, Eilis Galbraith, Ciara McGlynn, Clare McLaughlin and Stephanie Kee will compete in the category of Best Start Up.In the Best Established category those in contention are Thomas McLaughlin, Derek Walker, Finn Ni Fhaoilain, Caitlin NicGabhann and Arantxa Lopez.All sixteen finalists were given an opportunity to challenge themselves and their business when they were put through their paces at last weekend’s bootcamp.They were joined over the weekend by several local business speakers, including Brendan Toner, last year’s overall winner in the Donegal Best Young Entrepreneur competition.Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, says IBYE has been hugely popular among the county’s brightest young entrepreneurs over the past few years. “All of the finalists in last year’s local competition were delighted with the training and assistance they had received. Indeed, many said they felt like winners irrespective of who actually took the various titles. From the feedback we have received from this year’s finalists we know they have already gained a lot from their participation in the bootcamp in Gartan over the weekend.”According to Mr. Tunney the business bootcamp will have helped this year’s finalists fine tune their business plans, learn new enterprise skills and avail of the highest quality one to one mentoring and business coaching.“The feedback year on year from businesses who have taken part in IBYE, has been that the training and advice they received has been invaluable and has helped them immensely with their business goals and ambitions.All 16 of this year’s finalists demonstrated great energy and commitment over the weekend. The insight and learning they will have picked up at the bootcamp will help them immensely on their journey as entrepreneurs beyond the competition,” Mr Tunney said.The finalists will undergo more intensive mentoring over the coming weeks ahead of a presentation of their businesses to a judging panel.The Donegal category winners of the Best Young Entrepreneur will then be announced at a special presentation lunch on Friday December 1st.Local winners in the Best Start-Up and Best Established Business categories will receive investments of up to €15,000 each and the two runners-up will each receive up to €5,000. The Best Business Idea winner at county level will receive an investment of up to €7,000 and the runner-up will receive up to €3,000 of investment.The winners at county level will progress to Regional Finals hosted in Donegal early next year and will be hoping to reach the national IBYE finals in March 2018. Local Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020.For information about the supports and services on offer from Local Enterprise Office, Donegal call: 07491 60735 or e.mailDonegal’s young entrepreneur finalists enjoy intensive business bootcamp was last modified: November 16th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Real Madrid and sign for Man United – story so far

first_img19 June 2017Manchester United, the club looking most likely to sign Ronaldo courtesy of his six years playing there between 2003 and 2009, are thought to be putting together a monster deal to bring their former star back to Old Trafford.It has been reported that United are now ready to offer the European champions a staggering €210million (£183million) plus goalkeeper David de Gea for Ronaldo and Spanish striker Alvaro Morata.Real have long coveted De Gea and United are understood to be willing to let the goalkeeper go if it means they can land Ronaldo.It would be a sensational deal and it would blow the current world record transfer deal, currently Paul Pogba’s £89million move to United, out of the water.Furthermore it is also believed that Ronaldo has told his agent Jorge Mendes to ‘do everything possible’ to make a move to the Red Devils happen. 13 June 2017Cristiano Ronaldo is charged with defrauding the Spanish authorities of £13million of unpaid tax.The Madrid talisman is accused of ceding his image rights to a company based in the British Virgin Islands in order to avoid paying tax – with the Spanish prosecutors claiming the company was merely a shell created to avoid the taxman. According to El Mundo the Virgin Islands company then ceded the image rights on to two Irish based companies and, for a long time Spanish law turned a blind eye to player’s image rights companies.This changed in 2014 and Ronaldo is believed to have paid £5million to set his affairs in order.This was not considered enough and proceedings are now ongoing into the Portugal star’s affairs as he becomes the latest high profile LaLiga player to come under tax investigation.Both Lionel Messi and Neymar, of Barcelona, have also had to go through their own tax evasion cases – with Messi receiving a 21-month prison sentence, which will be suspended. Cristiano Ronaldo 1center_img 16 June 2017Reports emerged initially from A Bola that the superstar footballer had sensationally told Real Madrid he wanted to quit the club.A source claimed the “outraged” Portugal international “feels great indignation” with all the speculation about his tax affairs and a sense of “injustice” at the allegations – which he contests – and has made a decision to leave Spain.The reports were soon backed up on various news outlets and speculation began over which club Ronaldo would find himself at for the start of next season. In what could undoubtedly turn into one of this summer’s biggest transfer rumours Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid he wants to leave.Is a Premier League return with Manchester United on the cards for the Portugal international or will a move to Paris-Saint Germain be more likely?Indeed is it likely Ronaldo will leave the Madrid giants at all when the club are winning trophies galore?There are plenty of questions that remain unanswered but here’s a reminder of how the current best player in the world and the best team in the world came to this volatile set of circumstances.last_img read more

‘The people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better’ – Judge John Aylmer

first_imgDonegal Circuit Court Judge John Aylmer has officially marked the first sitting of the criminal circuit court in Letterkenny by thanking everyone who worked in making the building a reality.Judge Aylmer, who recently succeeded Judge John O’Hagan, thanked everyone including the court staff and those in the Department of Justice for their co-operation. He said the county needed a new courthouse to conduct its business as the old court located at Justice Walsh Road had become “unsuitable.”“This building is long overdue and the facilities in the old building had become unsuitable long since. The practitioners and the people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better and I am now pleased to see they have better,” he said.Judge Aylmer said he was sure there would be more fulsome speeches when the court hosted its open day on February 12th next.Letterkenny Court‘The people of Letterkenny and Donegal deserved better’ – Judge John Aylmer was last modified: January 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtJudge John Aylmerletterkennylast_img read more

Dembele set to quit Spurs for China and could go in January

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won REVEALED Tottenham could lose Mousa Dembele to China in January.The Belgian midfield star’s deal ends in July 2019 and he is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with an overseas club in January. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City possible standings smart causal silverware Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow And, according to The Sun, Beijing Sinobo Guoan are hopeful of wrapping up a deal for the 31-year-old.Dembele has proved an outstanding buy for Spurs since joining the club from London rivals Fulham in 2012 for a fee of £15million.He has made 236 appearances over the last six years and been one of the standout central midfield players in the Premier League.Mauricio Pochettino has labelled the Belgium international a “genius”, likening him to Ronaldinho and Diego Maradona.But Dembele, who has featured in all four of Spurs’ Premier League games this season, looks unlikely to stay beyond this season. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars center_img 1 Mousa Dembele could be on his way out Spurs in January REVEALED Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice shining gameday cracker Latest Premier League News Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Beijing Guoan are ready to tempt him to China with three-year deal worth £192,000-a-week, report The Sun.Guoan – currently top of the Chinese Super League – could land Dembele before the end of the season too.They are keen to have him in January and are said to be ready to offer Tottenham between £8million and £10m to get him released early from his contract.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho answers only five questions during blunt press conference

first_imgJose Mourinho was clearly in no mood to talk as he answered just five questions from journalists in a tense three-minute press conference.The under-pressure Manchester United manager was curt with the press during a conference held at the club’s Carrington training ground at the unusually early time of 8am on Friday morning.He even refused to answer the final question put to him, which invited the coach to assure supporters he is doing everything he can to turn around United’s miserable form.Mourinho was speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Newcastle, where United will look to claim their first home victory since the opening day of the season and halt a run of four games without victory. 2 Journalist: You’ve not won at home since the opening day, I guess it’s an important to repay the fans and an important time to do it before the international break?Mourinho: Yes that’s true. Only one defeat at home all season, only one defeat in the last seven matches, but not victories at home in the past three matches – three draws. Not the feeling of the defeat, but not the happiness of the victory. So, yes, it is important for us to try and win this match on Saturday.Journalist: Jose, you’ve gone four without a win, the club’s only gone five without a win once since 1999. Do you accept that kind of a run for a club of this size is not good enough?Mourinho: Yes, I accept.Journalist: And are the fans assured that you’re doing everything that you can to turn this around?Mourinho chooses not to answer…Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE AND EXCLUSIVE commentary of Manchester United v Newcastle United – FULL DETAILS HERE Man United currently sit 10th in the Premier League table with three wins, three defeats and one draw 2 A shadow of uncertainty is lingering over the Portuguese coach and his future at Old Trafford, with reports this week claiming he could face the sack if the Red Devils fail to beat Newcastle, who are still yet to win a game this season.And it appears Mourinho is feeling the pressure.You can listen to his curt press conference IN FULL above, and read along with the full transcript below…Journalist: Good morning. I was going to ask you why we’re here so early, but that seems like a waste of a question the way things are going on at the moment… why are things not working as you’d like them to work here at Manchester United?Mourinho: For many different reasons.Journalist: Can you tell us some of those reasons?Mourinho: No.Man United press officer: Can we move onto the game please?Journalist: Jose, you’ve got a great home record everywhere you’d been as a manager, how important is it to return to that this weekend against Newcastle?Mourinho: Very important. I know we are in the beginning of October and we look to tables all around Europe and in many of the leagues the tables in September and October don’t reflect what is going to happen in a few months or even at the end of the season. But we are in a position where we can do much better than that, and to do that we need points, points that we lost especially in the last two premier league matches, with one point out of six. We know to improve that position we need to win these three points, but we know our opponent, for different reasons, they also need the points. They have a very, very, very, very good coach and a team which is always very organised against the top teams. Their manager is very bright in his analysis of the opponents’ qualities and trying to stop them. The results they have had against the top teams haven’t got them points yet this season, but gave them very, very close results and very difficult matches for the opposition. So we expect that, we expect a difficult match. United’s players have looked lacklustre and toothless in recent games – and it is claimed Mourinho has lost their support last_img read more

Darwinist Chides Recklessness of Evolutionists

first_imgThe tendency of some evolutionists to engage in just-so storytelling was intolerable to George C. Williams, an influential Darwinian.  Throughout his life he called them to accountability.  Now elderly, he was recently honored by fellow evolutionists at State University of New York, Stony Brook.  Carl Zimmer described the event in the May 28 issue of Science.1  The article describes Williams’ attitude toward those who avoided the necessity for scientific rigor in evolutionary explanations.Williams was struck by the ad hoc way that even prominent biologists would explain an adaptation.  They’d claim that it had evolved because it provided some benefit; often, an entire population or species supposedly benefited.  Williams recalls a lecture he heard by Alfred Emerson, a zoologist at the University of Chicago, about why people age and die.  “He said growing old and dying is a good thing,” Williams says.  “We’ve evolved to do it so we get out of the way, so the young people can go on maintaining the species.”    “I thought it was absolute nonsense,” says Williams.  Whenever people like Emerson claimed that an adaptation was for the good of a species, they never offered an explanation of how, from one generation to another, that potential benefit produced real evolutionary change.  Williams suspected that in most cases, no such explanation existed.  For him, the primary engine of evolutionary change was the one Darwin had written about in the Origin of Species: competition among individuals of the same species.  Most biologists in the 1950s simply failed to think seriously enough about how natural selection could produce adaptations, he says.Williams has been especially harsh on the group selectionists, those who surmise that natural selection can act on groups instead of just individuals.  Zimmer points to his 1966 classic, Adaptation and Natural Selection, as the clarion call to see all adaptations as the result of “strict natural selection working on individuals.”  So how did Williams explain things?Take a school of fish, for example.  It seems as if every individual cooperates for the good of the group, working with others to avoid predators, even if it means that individual gets devoured in the process.  Williams argued that the schooling behavior could instead be the product of individual fish trying to boost their personal chances of survival–by trying to get in the middle of the school and by watching other fish for signs of approaching predators….    …. Williams argued that the decline of old age could be caused by pleiotropy–in other words, the harmful side effects of genes selected for advantages they offered during youth.  Just as long as the advantages of these genes outweighed the disadvantages, they would become widespread.In other words, organisms trade off one advantage against another (see 05/11/2004 headline).  Not all group selectionists have repented, however.  Zimmer points out one ardent skeptic:Although Williams has convinced many people of the value of his ideas, the notion that human behavior can be broken down into such finely tuned reproduction-boosting adaptations is, to say the least, controversial.  The late Stephen Jay Gould liked to call this approach “Darwinian fundamentalism,” and he credited Williams’s Adaptation and Natural Selection as “the founding document for this ultimate version of Darwinian reductionism.”Zimmer also touches on the disappointment by some of Williams’ followers that his ideas on evolutionary medicine never really caught on.  Williams believed evolutionary theory might help doctors by helping them identify natural selection at work in their patients.  The competition between a fetus and its mother for the nutrients in the placenta, for instance, might explain the life-threatening condition called preeclampsia.  As Williams’s followers might see the situation, the mother’s blood pressure might be rising dangerously because the fetus is releasing factors into the placenta that “damage the walls of the mother’s blood vessels, thereby raising the resistance of her circulatory system,” so that it could glean more nutrients from the increased blood flow.  Participants at the meeting lamented that such “Darwinian ideas are not making a big impact” on the way doctors think.  A recent-convert doctor noted that “There’s a big barrier between people like me who are physicians and people who are in biology departments.”  Perhaps it’s just that all great ideas take time, Zimmer suggests.  (For more on evolutionary medicine, see 01/13/2003 and 06/25/2003 headlines.)1Carl Zimmer, “George C. Williams Profile: Stretching the Limits of Evolutionary Biology, Science. Vol 304, Issue 5675, 1235-1236, 28 May 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5675.1235].Stephen Pinker claimed that “George Williams was instrumental in making natural selection an intellectually rigorous theory.”  There’s nothing scientifically rigorous about any of this.  The only thing Williams did was try to leash in today’s storytelling methods back to the original storytelling method.  One must not twist the plot with group selection, but only invoke individual selection, as Charlie proposed in the evolutionary Torah.  Thus, Darwinian fundamentalism must abide by the just-so storytelling method of the Mosstuh prescribed in the founding document of the Darwin Party.  We’ve said before that if you removed the personification fallacy from evolutionary theory, little would be left.  Raise your hand if you think fish plan their schooling for survival, or babies in the womb are plotting to steal from Mom.    Medicine gets along just fine without Darwinian fundamentalism.  Pregnant mothers facing surgery are not likely to be comforted by the thought that their babies are competing with them for survival of the fittest.  (If anything, such teaching would only seem to promote abortion.)  Doctors and hospital chaplains prosper when they see the value in each individual life as a marvelous creation of a loving God.  If you care for your loved one in the hospital, better help keep the Darwin Party advocates out.  They don’t value compassion.  They value selfishness.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Woolworths tests green refrigeration

first_imgTop retailer Woolworths was recently named responsible retailer of the year for the second time in three years, at the World Retail Awards held in Berlin, Germany, in October 2010(Image: Woolworths)  Woolworths has begun trials to test nitrogen refrigeration technology on its truck fleet, in an effort to further reduce its carbon footprint and improve the transport of temperature-sensitive products.Woolworths is the first retailer in South Africa, and one of only a few internationally, to experiment with the ecoFridge refrigeration system. Woolworths initially introduced the technology on one truck, but hopes to run four trucks on the system later in the trial.The retailer’s decision to test the technology forms part of its Good Business Journey, which focuses on four priorities: being proactive in fighting climate change, a stronger focus on the environment, social development, and transformation.The company’s national general manager for transport, supply chain and IT, Johan Schafer, said that customer feedback about its delivery trucks, obtained by Woolworths’s customer services team, was also a factor in the decision to pilot the technology.Kinder to the environmentThe ecoFridge system is fuelled by naturally occurring nitrogen instead of diesel, providing significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. According to Schafer, the units can eliminate between 24 – 30 tons of carbon dioxide per year, per truck.Nitrogen, which constitutes 80% of the earth’s atmosphere, is also non-toxic. If the refrigeration system is damaged in any way, the nitrogen simply evaporates immediately.Retailers who use the system will also find it easier to comply with emission standards prescribed by the Montreal Protocol and the Kyoto Protocol.The Montreal Protocol is an international treaty to protect the vulnerable ozone layer by phasing out the production of substances that are believed to deplete the compound. The Kyoto Protocol is an international agreement containing targets for 37 industrialised countries and the European community to cut greenhouse gas emissions.British supermarket chain Asda estimated in 2009 that if it introduced nitrogen-powered ecoFridges in 2 500 refrigerated trailer units, it could save about 23-million litres of diesel, 60 000 tons of carbon dioxide and US$33-million (R229-million) in fuel costs.In a statement, the president and CEO of ecoFridge, Tom Roller, said that the system is used in Israel, South Africa, France, the UK and North America.Maintaining the cold chainThe ecoFridge system was designed by Ukraine-based Ukram Industries. The nitrogen technology used in the system makes it possible to more effectively control truck refrigeration temperatures.Schafer explained that this can ensure better product quality for the consumer. Temperature-sensitive products such as milk rely on a consistent cold chain. If the temperature of milk can be controlled more accurately from production until it reaches the store, the product will have a longer shelf life.Trucks fitted with the nitrogen system can also maintain numerous temperature zones. This makes it easier for retailers to transport a variety of products, which may require different temperatures, at the same time.When it comes to achieving optimum temperatures in the load space, nitrogen technology is 70% – 80% faster than mechanical systems, as nitrogen gas eliminates hot spots in trucks. Reaching the pull down temperature in the truck, which refers to the required temperature level, takes less than 40 minutes with the nitrogen system. With diesel, the same process can take up to 120 minutes. The truck operator also has access to a control panel in the vehicle, which allows him to monitor the system.No moving partsSchafer said that nitrogen-based refrigeration further differs from other mechanical systems because it has no moving parts, which reduces noise pollution. According to Ukram Industries the system operates at zero decibels, making it one of the quietest transport refrigeration systems of its kind.The commercial advantages also outweigh those of diesel systems. Companies need invest less capital and operational costs are lower. Comparative figures indicate that the running costs of a mechanical system are much higher, particularly from the third to fourth year of operation. The running costs of ecoFridges remain largely stable because there are no factors such as labour, parts and downtime to consider.The nitrogen is contained within a storage vessel fitted to the truck. Once the doors are closed, nitrogen is released into the cargo hold to a pressure of approximately 1.8 bar. The system is designed to be completely safe. If someone is enclosed in the loading space, they can deactivate the system by pressing an illuminated button installed in the truck.A new approach to fuel and transportIn addition to piloting nitrogen refrigeration technology, Woolworths recently introduced the use of biodiesel in its entire fleet. Biodiesel is a renewable fuel produced from vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking oils. Woolworths pioneered the use of biodiesel in South Africa, being the first retailer to use biodiesel approved by the South Africa Bureau of Standards.According to Biodiesel South Africa, biodiesel produces 80% less carbon dioxide, 100% less sulphur dioxide – a major component of acid rain – and up to 75% less exhaust emissions. Woolworths buys its biodiesel from the Cape Town-based Biodiesel Centre, which manufactures the fuel from recycled oil and plant materials.Schafer said the growing environmental awareness among consumers and retailers worldwide is encouraging. As a result retailers have a better understanding about the impact of their operations on climate change and the environment.last_img read more

Springboks end good season with Paris win

first_img25 November 2013The Springboks brought the curtain down on a long and satisfying season with a bruising 19-10 victory over France at Stade de France on Saturday night. It was South Africa’s first win over the French in Paris since 1997, when the Boks famously crushed France 52-10.The victory left South Africa with 10 wins in 12 matches in 2013, including a Rugby Championship record 73-13 victory over Argentina in Soweto, a big 38-12 defeat of Australia for the Boks’ first win in Brisbane, and a 28-0 whitewash of Scotland at Murrayfield.It was by no means a vintage Springbok performance in Paris, but it was controlled, committed and confident, which was enough to defeat a fiery French side that had pushed New Zealand hard in a recent seven-point defeat to the All Blacks.‘Relieved and proud’“I’m very relieved and very proud,” coach Heyneke Meyer said at the post-match press conference, which took place in the early hours of Sunday.“It has been a very long season and there have been a lot of niggles and a lot of injuries, but the guys really wanted to put their bodies on the line and win for their country. They played against a very tough French side, so I’m just very happy and very relieved. I think we have been blessed this year, especially today.”‘They play for each other’Meyer also lauded the contribution of the entire Springbok squad, saying: “I’m very proud of the team. The great thing about them is they play for each other. It’s not just the 23 guys on the pitch, it’s all 32 players that have been here and a few injured guys back home.“What really makes me proud is a guy like Willem Alberts, who was injured, shouldn’t have played probably, but he put his body on the line and suddenly he’s the man of the match. That’s awesome. A guy like Coenie Oosthuizen, we had two injuries to props, and we were really worried about the scrum, especially against the French. He came through brilliantly and Bakkies Botha, at 34-years-old there was a lot of criticism about his inclusion, but when Eben Etzebeth got injured, he came on and delivered a really awesome performance and that it what it is all about.“It’s about team work, playing for each other, putting your body on the line for the guy next to you, and that is what makes them a successful team. I am very, very proud of the guys.”Poor pitchUnfortunately, as it had been in all three of their northern hemisphere tests, the pitch was not up to scratch and negated a consistent showdown at scrum time, although the Springboks on one occasion absolutely blasted France off the ball to earn a penalty and on another occasion claimed a tighthead.Despite the awful surface, tighthead prop Coenie Oosthuizen was one of South Africa’s leading lights on the night, scrumming strongly, putting in plenty of tackles, and working hard to turn over ball. A big man, weighing 127 kilograms, with his industrious work rate he reminds one of his provincial forwards’ coach at the Cheetahs, Bok great Os du Randt.The South African loose trio was again effective and very physical. Man of the match Willem Alberts was singled out by coach Meyer after the game for his commitment to the green and gold after Alberts came through a late fitness test to take the field, while Francois Louw made matters tough for the hosts at the breakdown. He was, however, shown a yellow card late in the game for shoving Pascal Pape’s face into the ground at a ruck, but the referee missed the slap Pape had given Bok captain Jean de Villiers, which led to Louw’s reaction.A superb seasonAt the back of the scrum Duane Vermeulen put an exclamation point on a superb season. His heavy tackling, powerful carrying of the ball, and winning of the ball at the ruck were, as they have been throughout the year, outstanding.It is difficult to imagine 53-test veteran Pierre Spies, who has been sidelined with injury this season, winning the eighthman position back. Not only has Vermeulen played out of his socks at the back of the scrum, he has also combined wonderfully with Alberts and Louw.Behind both packs, the backlines struggled to make ground against one another, although South Africa were twice denied tries by the television match official (TMO) in the second half.DisallowedOn the first occasion, with South Africa on the attack and just outside the French 22, Morne Steyn failed to hold onto a pass, but it flew parallel to the flyhalf on to De Villiers, who scooped it up, broke through the opposition backline and then offloaded to his centre partner Jaque Fourie, who crashed over for what looked like a try. The TMO viewed it numerous times before disallowing the five-pointer because he deemed the ball had gone forwards between Steyn and De Villiers. The decision was somewhat surprising.Later, after one of the few flowing, attacking moves in the game, fullback Willie le Roux stabbed through a beautifully judged grubber. Francois Louw, out on the right touchline, flew through to force the ball down beyond the French try line. The referee, though, asked for the TMO to review the score because French winger Yohann Huget had been close by.The replays revealed the defender’s hand missed the ball as he desperately dived to prevent the try. However, at full stretch and with his eyes closed, Huget made contact with the ball as his body bounced on the ground. His hand appeared to have moved the ball sideways, just before Louw touched it, but the TMO decided that the ball had been touched down and a 22 metre kick out went France’s way. Again, it could have gone the other way.Springbok trySouth Africa’s only try was scored by JP Pietersen, who charged down an attempted clearance kick to go over. The enthusiastic and effective chasing of kicks was a feature of the Boks’ play and they did it better than the French to keep the hosts under pressure.France became the only team to score a try against South Africa on their tour of the north just before half time, but the try was more about an unforced error by the Springboks than about French design.Having caught a kick off comfortably, the Boks formed a ruck, intent on passing the ball back to flyhalf Morne Steyn. Inexplicably it squirted out of the scrum on the blind side and French scrumhalf Morgan Parra, who enjoyed a strong outing, pounced on the ball before feeding it out. South Africa’s defence scrambled to stop the danger, but Sofiane Guitone just made it in the left-hand corner, with the TMO once again being called upon to adjudicate whether or not a try had been scored.Defensive organisationWhile some have been critical of centre Jaque Fourie on his return to the side, it is hard to see why. His influence on the Springboks’ defensive pattern, his reading of the game and his organisation, was nothing short of brilliant. With Fourie to the fore, it was not just France, but also Wales and Scotland who found it extremely difficult to break through South Africa’s defensive lines.At the back, Willie le Roux enhanced his reputation with another strong performance in the number 15 jersey. His kicking was probing and he was also solid under the high ball. On better pitches, he will be an absolute handful, but even on the poor Paris pitch his clever grubber for Francois Louw deserved to be rewarded with a try. With Le Roux at the back, the Springbok backline enjoys a dimension that has been missing for far too long.Pride and hopeOne of the main reasons that 2013 must be viewed as a successful season is the effect that the Springboks’ performances have had on supporters. Pride and hope in the team is on a high and the trajectory of the team continues to be up. Injuries notwithstanding, this side should have matured perfectly by the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and that is a reason to be very excited.SPRINGBOK RESULTS IN 20138 June: SA 44-10 Italy, Durban15 June: SA 30-17 Scotland, Nelspruit22 June: SA 56-23 Samoa, Pretoria17 Aug: SA 73-13 Argentina, Soweto24 Aug: SA 22-17 Argentina, Mendoza7 Sept: SA 38-12 Australia, Brisbane14 Sept: SA 15-29 New Zealand, Auckland28 Sept: SA 28-8 Australia, Cape Town5 Oct: SA 27-38 New Zealand, Johannesburg9 Nov: SA 24-15 Wales, Cardiff17 Nov: SA 28-0 Scotland, Edinburgh23 Nov: SA 19-10 France, Parislast_img read more