Sevens survey raises player welfare concerns

first_img Sevens survey raises player welfare concernsRugby World has teamed up with International Rugby Players (IRP), the representative body of professional players around the world, to conduct a series of surveys to find out what the players think about the game’s big issues.In coming months there will be a women’s survey, covering both the 15s and sevens game, and a men’s 15-a-side survey, but to kick things off are the results of the men’s sevens survey.Close to 200 players from across all 15 core teams on the World Sevens Series completed the IRP survey, which is approximately 85-90% of the elite player base.The key findings concerned player welfare with nearly 60% of players saying that at times they struggle to keep up with the physical load of competing on the series while 70% struggle with the mental load.England player Charlie Hayter, who sits on the International Rugby Players Sevens Group, said: “We need to get the season structure right. The number of tournaments is not the issue – we love playing the game.“However, we need more time before tournaments to allow for mental and physical recovery. Four weeks recovery between tournaments, without travel, should be a bare minimum and a general standard of travel over long distances would be a huge step forward for the game.”Related: What’s it’s like to train with the England Sevens teamLeading the way: England’s Charlie Hayter in action at the Singapore Sevens (Getty Images)Interestingly, the players are not fans of artificial pitches used during tournaments with less than 12% approving of them.As for a possible revamp of the World Series structure, more than 60% of players think three-day tournaments are too long and 64% think a second-tier tournament would benefit the sport as a whole. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Grounded: South Africa’s Siviwe Soyizwapi lies on the ground at the Canada Sevens (Getty Images) Also, a quarter of players on the series work alongside playing rugby, with 16% describing their status as ‘amateur’.When asked for general comments on the series, players also raised concerns about the effects on their performance of flying such long distances in economy.One player said: “We need business class flights. Having to travel so far takes it toll on match prep and trying to get your body in the right place to perform is hard.” Another said: “It’s hard to ask a big rugby player to squeeze into an economy seat for 24 hours and be expected to train and perform as soon as we land.”International Rugby Players CEO Omar Hassanein said: “While most players are happy with the layout of the Sevens Series, there are still areas that need to be addressed.“We work on an ongoing basis with World Rugby to ensure that the players’ voice is heard. Player welfare, schedules, recovery and travel are all major issues for our members and we need to make sure that, along with getting the economic model correct, player welfare is to the fore so that everyone can benefit.”In response to the survey, World Rugby stated: “World Rugby is committed to the best-possible player welfare environment, which is why we partner with participating unions, host unions and International Rugby Players to collaboratively and constructively identify enhancements to embed within future hosting agreements.”center_img The most comprehensive survey of the top men’s sevens players highlights concerns over the physical and mental load experienced on the World Series World Rugby cited the following as examples of their commitment:the expansion of squad sizes to 13reduction in travel burden by coupling tournaments by geography and giving long-haul teams longer acclimatisationadditional player welfare and recovery amenities at tournamentsconsistency of nutrition across all tournamentstrialling of seven-minute halves for finalsminimum of two hours’ rest between matches and 12 hours between last match on day one and first match of day 12Hawkeye technology to assist with concussion recognition and removalFormal consultation with the sevens player welfare group.The findings of this survey should now be taken into consideration as the schedule for the 2019-2024 Sevens Series is decided upon.Read more on the World Sevens Series in the July 2018 issue of Rugby World magazine. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Time to Switch Corn Hybrids

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleDelayed Planting Means Increasing Soybean Seeding RateNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 29, 2019 Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – May 28, 2019 SHARE Time to Switch Corn HybridsOnly 22% of Indiana corn has been planted, and only 58% of the corn is in nationally. In fact, Indiana has the least amount of corn in the ground of any of the Midwestern states. Last year 94% of the Hoosier corn had been planted by this date, and on average 56% is in the ground by the last week of May. According to USDA, 10% of the Indiana corn that has been planted has emerged.Agronomists have been recommending growers stick with the plan all Spring. Now  Pioneer agronomist Carl Joern said it is time to switch. “Once you reach the end of May it is time to consider switching to a shorter season hybrid,” he stated. “You would want to consider a 110 or 115 day variety in order to get to black layer before the first frost date in October.”With the late plant and the shorter season hybrids, Joern said yields could be cut by 15% or more, “Not a full doom and gloom situation, but we are going to be taking off some bushels when you plant the shorter season hybrids.” One positive note is that there will be plenty of shorter season corn seed available. “We looked at the long range forecast and anticipated this issue and have made sure we have plenty of seed corn on hand,” he said.Joern said soybean growers do not need to consider making any switches until later in the month. USDA reports that 11% of Indiana soybeans have been planted with 3% emerged. Nationally only 29% of soybeans have been planted.HAT meteorologist Ryan Martin sees good drying conditions on Tuesday but more rain on the way later in the week. “Tuesday continues to be our partly to mostly sunny, completely dry day. We expect good drying and excellent evaporation for that day,” he stated.  “However, the problem is that we only get that one day. Rain and thunderstorms return on Wednesday the 29th, bringing 0.25 inch – 1 inch rain totals over 80% of the state. There can be a few lingering showers into Thursday with an additional few hundredths to a tenth or two, but dwindling coverage. Without that, the state turns out partly sunny for Thursday. Friday goes partly sunny, but clouds will be on the increase late.”Winter wheat condition in Indiana  remained mostly unchanged, though excessive moisture has caused concern. Pastures benefited from the abundant rainfall; and hay has grown quickly but is too wet to cut in many areas. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.48 inches to 2.72 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.83 inches. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 26. Time to Switch Corn Hybrids Home Indiana Agriculture News Time to Switch Corn Hybridslast_img read more

Vice squad: East Java Police officers reported for marital infidelity

first_imgA top official at the National Police’s internal affairs division revealed that a large number of East Java Police officers had been reported for marital infidelity.Sr. Comr. Budi P. said that the East Java Police had recorded the highest number of infidelity cases in the country. “At the National Police headquarters [in Jakarta], the East Java Police are famous for the many officers that are unfaithful,” the official said on Tuesday on the sidelines of a visit to the Probolinggo police department headquarters, as quoted by “After we checked the data, it turned out that it was true; East Java has the highest number of police infidelity cases in Indonesia.” Budi did not say exactly how many cases of police infidelity had been reported in the province.He said that police departments in almost every regency and municipality in East Java had reported cases of adultery. “We have passed through Madiun, Kediri, Blitar and Malang, and all them have [cases of police marital infidelity],” he said.He warned that those caught could be dishonorably discharged from the institution, “especially if they are cheating with policewomen, police officers’ wives, or civil servants”.  Sex between a married person and a person who is not his or her legal spouse is outlawed under the current Criminal Code and carries a maximum sentence of eight months of imprisonment. The law, however, also only allows the husband or wife who has been cheated on to report the crime. A revised version of the Code, currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives, would outlaw all forms of sex outside marriage, including consensual sex between two unmarried people. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Hong Kong press club says journalists hitting ‘unusual’ visa issues

first_imgTopics : On the authoritarian Chinese mainland, where the press is heavily censored, foreign journalists must apply for specific visas and face routine harassment.Reporters only need a regular business visa to work in Hong Kong, however. China promised key liberties and autonomy to Hong Kong ahead of Britain’s handover, and the city has free press protections enshrined in law, something that has helped it become a regional media hub. The New York Times, AFP, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and the Financial Times are among multiple media organizations with regional headquarters there. But multiple news outlets are now reporting issues getting or renewing visas for staff — something they have not experienced before.Last month the New York Times was the first to go public with its difficulties, announcing it would relocate some of its Asia hub to South Korea after multiple delays and at least one outright rejection.The difficulties come as Washington and Beijing clash over reporter credentials.The Trump administration placed visa and headcount restrictions on some Chinese media in the US, all of whom are state-controlled. Beijing responded with tit-for-tat restrictions, including expelling a group of reporters from multiple US outlets who were also banned from working in Hong Kong, an unprecedented move.On Tuesday Beijing’s foreign ministry warned “necessary and timely countermeasures” would be taken if the US continued to limit Chinese reporters.Hu Xijin, editor of China’s state-owned tabloid Global Times, said Beijing would “retaliate, including targeting US journalists based in Hong Kong”.The FCCHK condemned the restrictions placed by both sides. “The FCC opposes using journalists’ visas as a weapon in international disputes and also opposes taking action against journalists for the decisions made by their home countries,” it said.”This downward spiral of retaliatory actions aimed at journalists helps no one, not least of all the public that needs accurate, professionally produced information now more than ever,” it added. In a statement released Thursday the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Hong Kong (FCCHK) said multiple media outlets had reported delays getting visas in recent months. “The delays have affected journalists of multiple nationalities and in some cases have prevented journalists from working,” the FCCHK said. “The delays are highly unusual for Hong Kong, a city with historically robust press protections,” it added.Hong Kong’s government has not explained any change to its policy despite multiple enquiries from media.center_img Hong Kong’s foreign press club said Thursday that reporters in the territory were experiencing “highly unusual” visas problems, and called on China and the United States to stop using the media as a political weapon.Journalists have been caught up in spiraling US-China tensions, with both sides placing limits or expelling reporters from their territories in recent months.Now the spat is filtering into Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous city and regional press hub nominally in charge of its own immigration policies.last_img read more