Authorities arrest young pro-democracy blogger who studied in France

first_img Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Organisation July 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest young pro-democracy blogger who studied in France Follow the news on Vietnam Receive email alerts April 22, 2021 Find out more “While the world’s eyes are turned to Iran and Xinjiang, the Vietnamese are arresting pro-democracy activists one by one, especially those who try to promote the cause of free speech through their writing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This systematic crackdown on dissidents is setting back the cause of democracy in Vietnam by 10 years. We urge the democratic countries to react and to try to stop this reversal.” News Reporters Without Borders condemns this week’s arrest of pro-democracy blogger Nguyen Tien Trung, one of the leaders of the Association of Young Vietnamese for democracy. A graduate of an engineering school in the French city of Rennes, Nguyen Tien Trung returned to Vietnam to pursue a commitment to free expression. Nguyen Tien Trung, an active member of the Vietnam Democratic Party, was arrested on 7 July, just a few hours after being discharged from the army for refusing to take an oath. The Vietnam Democratic Party was revived in 2006, after being disbanded for 20 years. The policemen who took him away from his home in Ho Chi Minh City were led by the same officer who arrested dissident lawyer Le Cong Dinh last month. An active blogger (http:// 360.yahoo.com/blog-i3Ms.X8lfKiENe1VLHg8) until he began his military service, Nguyen Tien Trung graduated from the INSA engineering school in Rennes in 2007. He helped create the Association of Young Vietnamese for Democracy and joined the Vietnam Democratic Party, one of his friends told Reporters Without Borders. Nguyen Tien Trung’s arrest brings the number of journalists and bloggers held in Vietnam to at least 11. Another Vietnam Democratic Party member, Tran Anh Kim, has also been arrested on a charge of anti-government propaganda. Help by sharing this information Nguyen Tien Trung’s arrest is thought to be linked to the 13 June arrest of Le Cong Dinh, a lawyer and author of many pro-democracy articles, who is being held incommunicado on a charge of plotting to overthrow the government and has been expelled by the Ho Chi Minh City bar association. News April 27, 2021 Find out more News Aged 25, Nguyen Tien Trung could be charged under article 88 of the criminal code although relatives and friends insisted to Reporters Without Borders that he has never been involved in any anti-Vietnamese activity. to go further VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Halls should be hired to enable schools reopen safely – Scally

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Halls should be hired to enable schools reopen safely – Scally Facebook Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Previous articleTalks on reopening special schools ‘could have been dealt with better’Next articleDoing away with Northern Ireland protocol ‘unrealistic’ News Highland Twittercenter_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – February 3, 2021 Google+ Professor Gabriel Scally says conference centres and halls should be hired to enable schools to reopen safely.There’s no clear timeline for when mainstream schools will reopen, although the current restrictions do allow for it.Public health expert, Professor Scally, says some measures need to be taken for that to happen:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/scally10am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterestlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Business flu concerns, costly school closings, vaccine shipments, virus mutation, testing for flu

first_imgSep 30, 2009Biggest business flu concern is vaccineWhen it comes to pandemic flu, US businesses are most concerned about the availability of a vaccine for employees, according to a survey released today by the Business Roundtable. The organization also found that “nearly 90%” of businesses surveyed have activated or updated their preparedness plans since novel H1N1 flu first appeared. About 35% of respondents said they need more information about the severity of pandemic H1N1 flu compared with seasonal flu.http://www.cnbc.com/id/33004715Sep 30 CNBC storyNationwide school closure would prove costlyClosing all US schools for 4 weeks to curb the spread of pandemic flu would cost between $10 billion and $47 billion in lost workforce productivity and temporarily shrink the pool of healthcare workers by 6% to 19%, according to a report today from economists at the Brookings Institution. The group estimated that about 14% of households with kids would have a sick worker during the pandemic. Federal guidance discourages school closure but allows local officials to make their own determinations.http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/0930_school_closure_lempel_hammond_epstein.aspxSep 30 Brookings report abstract3 H1N1 vaccine makers ship first dosesThree H1N1 vaccine manufacturers have begun shipping vaccine doses, according to CNN. Sanofi Pasteur said it shipped its first batch yesterday, several days ahead of schedule. More shipments will follow, according to a company spokesperson, with a total of 75.3 million doses expected by year’s end. MedImmune sent its first batch of 5 million doses to distribution centers last Tuesday, and Novartis began shipments on Sunday.http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/29/first.h1n1.vaccine/index.htmlSep 29 CNN reportResearchers find mutation in novel H1N1Virologists in the Netherlands have detected a pandemic H1N1 virus mutation that has been linked to enhanced replication and possible virulence changes. In a Sep 28 ProMed e-mail list post, they said they found the mutation in the basic polymerase 2 protein in samples from two patients who had links to an island in northern Holland. Both patients recovered. In a Canadian Press report yesterday, experts said it’s not clear how clinically significant the mutation is, but it bears watching.http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:130781749562916::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1010,79432Sep 28 ProMed mail postCDC updates advice on flu testingThe CDC yesterday released updated recommendations on diagnostic testing for flu during the coming season. The agency recommends considering testing for hospital patients with suspected flu; those for whom a flu diagnosis will affect decisions about care, infection control, or management of contacts; and those who died of suspected flu. The advisory includes information about rapid testing and issues related to antiviral treatment.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/guidance/diagnostic_tests.htmUpdated CDC recommendationsAustralia begins vaccination campaignAustralia began nationwide vaccinations against H1N1 influenza today, administering the first shots in what is intended to be a 21-million-dose campaign. The initial allotment of 5.5 million doses from Australian manufacturer CSL Ltd. will be given to pregnant women, healthcare workers, and the chronically ill. Authorities are concerned the vaccine will face low uptake because the flu season is waning after 35,000 confirmed cases and 178 deaths.http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Swine-Flu-Australia-Launches-Worlds-First-Nationwide-Vaccination-Programme/Article/200909415395887Sep 30 Sky News articleMilitary flu shots to provide dataActive-duty members of the US armed forces will begin receiving 1.4 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine in the next 10 days, part of a 2.7-million-dose vaccine purchase by the Pentagon. The shots, which are mandatory, will go first to troops preparing to deploy, followed by troops on hold for domestic disasters. Planners hope the early shot campaign will provide needed data on efficacy and side effects.Sep 29 Associated Press reportIrish pigs infected with novel H1N1Forty pigs have contracted pandemic H1N1 flu, apparently from an infected worker, on a swine farm in County Cork, Ireland, according to a report filed yesterday with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The worker tended pigs on the farm Sep 15 through 18 while sick, and on Sep 22 was confirmed to have novel H1N1. Forty of the farm’s 650 sows began showing clinical flu symptoms Sep 25 and are being monitored. The farm, near Kilworth, also contains 2,400 young pigs.http://www.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000008473_20090929_124337.pdfSep 29 OIE reportlast_img read more

Logan man pays $2 deposit for property in 1967

first_imgThe house at 39 Lamorna St, Rochedale South, is for sale.IMAGINE putting down a gold coin in exchange for a block of land.They were notes in those days, but when Jeffery Bennett bought his property at Rochedale South in 1967, $2 was all he needed. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoHe did most of the interior fit outs himself in 1968.Later, they added an extension on the front and back of the home, and in 2013 Mr Bennett completely gutted the property, giving it a contemporary spruce up.“It took about 12 months and the inside and outside are now as you see it today,” he said.The house now has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as multiple living areas and an office.Polished timber floorboards flow through the home, and the kitchen has crisp white cabinetry, with glass doored display cabinets in the front of the island bench. However he gutted and fully renovated the property in 2013.Mr Bennett had spent many hours outside in the garden over the years.“I was a very keen gardener.“The backyard was so big, I used to grow vegetables and I supplied half the neighbourhood with vegetables because I could.” Out in the alfresco dining area was one of his favourite areas.In the front yard, Mr Bennett created a perfectly manicured formal front garden, complete with a bridge and wetland-type area.However, Mr Bennett said there was more than enough room for a pool on the 1591sq m property, should a buyer desire to add one.While June sadly died 13 years ago, Mr Bennett has been more recently enjoying the 39 Lamorna St property with his partner, Jean, however they have decided it is time for a sea change.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 Jeffery Bennett put down just a $2 deposit for his property — in 1967.“The block of land was $1025 and I paid a $2 deposit for the contract,” Mr Bennett said.“You can’t even get a slurpie for $2 these days, or so my grandkids just told me.”The following year Mr Bennett, and the lady who would soon become his wife — June — built their first home together.last_img read more

EPL: Salah scores twice as Liverpool power 22 points clear

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool surged 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a dominant second-half display as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-0 rout of Southampton on Saturday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson also scored and the runaway leaders have collected an astonishing 100 league points from the last 102 available to them. A 24th victory in 25 league matches this season and ninth clean sheet in 10 games underlined how Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession. Southampton’s spirited performance at Anfield was undone, in controversial fashion, two minutes into the second half after Danny Ings appealed that he had been tripped by Fabinho on his way into the home area. Liverpool broke immediately upfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain spearheading a counter-attack which ended in an exchange of passes with Roberto Firmino, and a brilliant finish into the bottom corner of the Southampton goal. The visitors appealed furiously that they should have been awarded the earlier penalty only to be met with an unfavourable decision from VAR. That proved to be a moot point eventually with Henderson and Salah adding goals in quick succession after the hour. Henderson doubled the lead from a move started when he closed down a clearance from keeper Alex McCarthy and Trent Alexander-Arnold returned it upfield. Firmino chased the pass down and laid the ball off for Henderson to drive in an unstoppable finish. Twelve minutes later Henderson himself set up the third, with a magnificent pass which just eluded Jan Bednarek and allowed Salah to chase through and lift the ball over the keeper. Firmino and substitute Takumi Minamino wasted glorious chances to add to the score before Salah did just that in the final minute to give Liverpool their 20th successive home league win. It came from more strong play by Firmino, who held off defender Jack Stephens before squaring for his Egyptian team-mate to score with an untidy, deflected shot. Yet, despite the impressive weight of statistical form that Liverpool brought into the game, Southampton were themselves looking for a fifth consecutive league away win and could have been on course for it by the interval. The first period ended with the Saints actually out-performing the leaders and, with better finishing, they would have been in control. Instead, Liverpool could point to their best, and only real, chance of the first half and bemoan the fact they were denied what looked a strong penalty appeal on the half hour. Virgil van Dijk missed a good opportunity with only McCarthy to beat, back-heeling at the keeper who then did well to block Firmino’s follow-up effort. Liverpool retained possession and Jordan Henderson crossed into the six-yard area where Firmino appeared to be brought down on the goalline by Shane Long. Despite the vocal appeals from Liverpool players and crowd alike, VAR chose not to overrule referee Kevin Friend, a reprieve that Southampton looked in the mood to take advantage of before the half expired. They were helped by a series of uncharacteristic Liverpool errors, both forced and unforced, which gifted the visitors a series of chances. An Ings shot was well blocked by Joe Gomez, after Firmino gave the ball straight to him, a Gomez error allowed Long a strike which Alisson parried while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Ings, again, had promising openings. It was all part of an enthralling, if goalless, first half, with Moussa Djenepo’s shot having been tipped over earlier by Alisson and McCarthy doing likewise at the other end to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain. But Liverpool’s strong start to the second half altered the dynamic of the game and moved the Reds another step closer to their first English title since 1990.Tags: Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainAnfieldJordan HendersonLiverpoolMohamed Salahlast_img read more

Kevin Durant still wants to be an NBA owner, now he has a city in mind

first_img“Hell yeah, of course I would,” Durant told ESPN after the Warriors had chewed up and spit out the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night.Durant has a sentimental attachment to Seattle. It’s where … There is no “KD” in “team.”Not yet, anyway.The Warriors’ Kevin Durant has mused about owning and/or operating an NBA franchise. This week he applied some specificity to his dream.Asked if he had an interest in being the guy who returns an NBA team to Seattle, he did not equivocate.last_img read more

Alameda’s Keelan Doss has lit up the Bay Area, even before his Raiders debut

first_imgAt this point, we can say with confidence that Keelan Doss runs a mean comeback route.An Alameda native and UC Davis wide receiver, Doss, an undrafted free agent, was dismissed by the Raiders at the end of training camp, during which he became a “Hard Knocks” darling. (“He’s a big story on the TV show, but that’s not the reality that we saw on tape,” coach Jon Gruden said upon cutting him.)The Jacksonville Jaguars subsequently signed Doss. On Sunday the Raiders, finding themselves down a …last_img read more

Deep Life Is Right at Home in Total Darkness

first_imgIt seems every year scientists find organisms thriving in environments thought too inhospitable for life.  A new word was coined for these organisms: extremophiles – lovers of the extreme.  Two recent discoveries push the envelope of extreme environments almost to the deep limit.Pressurized fish:  The bottoms of the deep ocean trenches of the Pacific have never been photographed – till now.  It took Oceanlab, a robotic submarine, five hours just to reach bottom – 7700 meters down, almost five miles below the surface.  It is completely dark down there.  The pressure is so high – 8000 tonnes per square meter – it would be like 1600 elephants piled on a car.  The temperature is freezing.  Imagine the astonishment of scientists finding schools of snailfish happily feeding in social groups.  The picture is there on Science Daily.    The director of Oceanlab said, “It’s incredible…. We thought the deepest fishes would be motionless, solitary, fragile individuals eking out an existence in a food-sparse environment,” but they were agile, not fragile.  “The images show groups that are sociable and active – possibly even families – feeding on little shrimp, yet living in one of the most extreme environments on Earth.”Gold strike:  Science Daily also reported one-of-a-kind microorganisms living in a gold mine 1.74 miles below ground.  These organisms are not part of a food chain.  The subsist entirely on hydrogen and sulfate produced by radioactive decay of uranium.  They live in total darkness, with no oxygen.  The genome of this microbe shows that it shares many genes with Archaea, many species of which also live in extreme environments like hot springs.  This species appears to live in solitary confinement in the crust of the earth where no nutrients from the biosphere reach it.    The microbe was named Desulforudis audaxviator.  Its genome was found to be a superset of the raw essentials.  It has 2,157 protein-coding genes, more than the 1500-some-odd genes of streamlined bacteria.  This surprised the scientists: “The genome was not as streamlined as might be expected of an organism living in what is presumably a very stable environment.”  It “contained everything needed for the organism to sustain an independent existence and reproduce, including the ability to incorporate the elements necessary for life from inorganic sources, move freely, and protect itself from viruses, harsh conditions, and nutrient-poor periods by becoming a spore.”  Apparently this is the only species living in the habitat of a deep gold mine in South Africa.Scientists immediately latched onto possible astrobiological ramifications of the second story:“One question that has arisen when considering the capacity of other planets to support life is whether organisms can exist independently, without access even to the sun,”says [Dylan] Chivian [Berkeley Labs].  “The answer is yes, and here’s the proof.  It’s sort of philosophically exciting to know that everything necessary for life can be packed into a single genome.”Yet no one was suggesting these microbes originated there on their own.  They likely became adapted to the dark depths from progenitors on the surface having the full complement of genetic information required for life.  “During its long journey to the extreme depths, evolution has equipped the versatile spelunker with genes – many of them shared with archaea, members of a separate domain of life unrelated to bacteria – that allow it to cope with a range of different conditions, including the ability to fix nitrogen directly from elemental nitrogen in the environment.”    Yet if the microbe was like a spelunker, it took the equipment with it from the surface and jettisoned some unnecessary cargo along the way.  That makes this a case of devolution, not evolution.  Natural selection could have intensified existing genes that work in the environment, and removed the useless ones.  If astrobiologists are to use this earthly example as a model for self-sustaining life on other planets, the lesson is that complex life with large genomes is required before streamlined editions adapted to extreme habitats could survive.  That must be the deduction unless they could prove D. audaxviator was the original life form from which all the biosphere evolved – a hypothesis they would probably not support, given the common evolutionary assumption that life originated in earth’s oceans.“Evolution has equipped the versatile spelunker with genes….” Oh, please.  No fairy tales while we are trying to appreciate the wonders of creation.  It’s like stocking fool’s gold in a gold mine, or dousing a deep-battered fish dinner with ipecac.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

R5bn investment for Joburg CBD

first_img18 July 2008Johannesburg is reaping the rewards of South Africa’s Urban Development Zone tax initiative, first proclaimed five years ago, with some R5-billion being invested in designated areas in the country’s largest inner city.Of this amount, investments to the value of R1-billion had already been completed, with various projects contributing to the creation of an estimated 40 000 short- and long-term jobs in the construction industry.“Only two projects have not started, while the rest are under implementation,” said the Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality’s acting programme manager for spatial economic development, Lebo Ramoreboli.The tax incentive encourages businesses to refurbish existing buildings or to build new assets in the inner city and to offset the cost of the development against the taxable income of the company through an accelerated depreciation allowance.Another five yearsWhile most of the cities struggled with the complexities of the process and investors complained that the period was too short – leading to the extension – Johannesburg had been able to get the UDZ tax incentive successfully on the road.The municipality officially re-launched the second five-year term of the UDZ tax incentive at Turbine Square in Newtown on 14 July. Turbine Square was one of the first developments to be undertaken by a private investor under the tax incentive. Melding the old with the new, it is one of the most visually pleasing projects in the city.All the municipality’s UDZ partners were invited to the launch, where they were congratulated and thanked for their on their ongoing investment in the inner city and the confidence they had shown in the incentive.Key partners included Afhco Holdings, which has revamped 82 buildings in the inner city to date – the majority for residential purposes – and financial services group Absa, which is developing a whole compound in Ferreirasdorp.The Absa development, according to Ramoreboli, was probably the biggest UDZ development in the inner city so far.The national Treasury originally intended for the tax incentive scheme, which targeted the inner cities of 13 metropolitan areas across South Africa, to run for five years only.Extended boundaryWhile already stretching over 1 800 hectares of high density inner city property – most inner cities in South Africa comprise about 650 hectares of built environment – the metropolitan municipality wants the boundaries of the zone to be further extended.“The initial UDZ areas were selected on the basis of substantial dilapidation. These areas were haemorrhaging because of capital flight [out of the inner cities],” said Ramoreboli.But since the tax incentive was introduced in 2004, the municipality’s economic development department received numerous requests from investors to increase the UDZ boundary – and it is currently negotiating with the National Treasury to do this.Areas that are being pushed for inclusion are Mayfair and Brixton, where residential development will be encouraged, and Booysens and Selby, which already have a strong industrial character and where office development will be encouraged.In the meantime, Newtown, Braamfontein, and City and Suburban are booming; Marshall Town, Ferreirasdorp, Bellevue, Wolhuter and Selby have relatively smaller projects, though these are still sizeable in number; but Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville and Doornfontein are not faring as well.The urban development zone tax incentive now officially expires in March 2014.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Habana: 50 test tries for South Africa

first_imgHowever, he was far from alone among the newcomers and they all made meaningful contributions along the way. JJ Engelbrecht, Trevor Nyakane, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein, Piet van Zyl, Arno Botha and Jano Vermaak were given opportunities during the Series and all looked at home in the test arena. South Africa claimed the honours in the Castle Incoming Series on Saturday night after an impressive 56-23 victory over Samoa in the final at Loftus Versfeld. Scotland finished third after scraping a 30-29 win over Italy. With le Roux installed at number 15, one now recalls why former fullbacks Andre Joubert and Gysie Pienaar were such fan favourites; a running fullback, with an understanding of when to attack, adds a new dimension to a backline and it is something that the Springboks have missed in recent seasons. 24 June 2013 Engelbrecht scored tries in each of the three tests, while Kolisi was named man of the match after coming on early for an injured Botha in the test against Scotland, and prop Nyakane rounded off the win over Samoa with a popular try at Loftus Versfeld, which was followed by a celebratory dance. After a few errors at the start of the contest, Willie le Roux, one of the newcomers to international rugby, showed why he deserved to be wearing the green and gold with some exciting incisions into the backline, including setting up Bryan Habana for the opening try of the match. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Physical’“It was always going to be a physical game against Samoa, but I think the boys stepped up. It was a physical game from both sides and that’s what makes it exciting. The guys didn’t back away from the challenge and made an impact,” Louw told Jacaranda FM’s Trevor Cramer. “It’s a great effort,” said Bok captain Jean de Villiers at the post-match press conference. “To score 50 in a career is great, to score 50 for your country is really special. “It’s been an unbelievable ride,” he said after the game. “Hopefully I keep on improving, not only on the rugby field, but off it as well, and hopefully I continue contributing to the success of Springbok rugby.” Having introduced so many players to the green and gold jersey, Meyer will no doubt be pleased with what he saw from them. The opposition was not as tough as that the team will face in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which begins in August, but they provided just the kind of stepping stone that the coach would have liked to order before the big southern hemisphere showdowns. Before the Series began, coach Heynecke Meyer was surely hoping to see game by game progression from his charges and against Samoa it was clear that the players had begun to gel as a unit. They produced a good, at times excellent, all- round game to overpower a team that had beaten Scotland 27-17 and crushed Italy 39-10 in its two previous outings. Most obvious improvementLe Roux’s contribution was the most obvious improvement for the Springboks and credit to him as a player with Griquas, traditionally not one of the country’s leading provincial teams, for making such an impact that his national team candidacy could not be ignored. “But he’s a classy player. He’s a world class player. He’s been IRB World Player of the Year [in the past] and there always seems to be magic when he touches the ball. He’s a special guy and hopefully he can continue with that form.” ExcitingCiting some of the greats he had played with in his career, including Os du Randt, Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Habana said it was exciting to have played with them and to now be part of a young team. The two flanks, Francois Louw, who missed the previous test because it clashed with his marriage, and battering ram Willem Alberts, who was out with injury, were singled out by coach Meyer for praise. “I thought Francois and Willem brought a lot of physicality to the game and Francois was brilliant in the loose. I knew he was going to play a great game.” DanceNyakane elaborated: “The dance is something I always do with Free State with Raymond (Rhule), so when I scored the try Bryan was like ‘We have to do it, brother’ and I was like ‘okay’. He’s my senior. He’s been there before me. Why not? It was my first [test] try so I had to celebrate and I enjoyed it quite a lot.” Teamwork“But I think he will be the first to say, as well, that a lot of the hard work was done by the forwards and the other guys on the field, and sometimes he was just there at the end,” De Villiers said. Encouragingly, decisive contributions came from national team veterans and rookies alike. From an individual standpoint, the highlight of the win over the Samoans was produced by Bryan Habana, who, with two tries, became the first Springbok to score 50 test tries. Before they return to international action, the players will complete the Super Rugby season, which resumes on 28 June and finishes on 3 August.last_img read more