LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rainbow Cup set for North v South finalThe best South African franchise is set to take on the top-placed team in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup in a North v South final.The Rainbow Cup has been operating as a dual tournament – Rainbow Cup SA and Pro14 Rainbow Cup – since the South African franchises were not given permission to travel.However, organisers hope the Rainbow Cup can culminate in a North v South final on Saturday 19 June at a venue in Europe. A Pro14 statement read: “Planning is now at an advanced stage and all written approvals are expected imminently for the game to take place at a European venue.“At this stage in the process it was important for teams, their fans, broadcasters and sponsors to hear of these developments ahead of this weekend’s Rainbow Cup games in Europe and South Africa.“The northern representative in the final shall be the team who finishes first in the table among the 12 teams in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup while the southern representative shall be the side who ranks first in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.”After two rounds, the Sharks top the South African table ahead of the Bulls, with winless Stormers and Lions meeting this weekend.Munster and Benetton are the only Pro14 teams to win their opening two Rainbow Cup matches.More details on the final are expected to be announced next week. Munster won their first two Pro14 Rainbow Cup matches (Sportsfile/Getty Images) Plans for top South African franchise to take on team ranked first in Pro14 Rainbow Cup at European venue It would feature the leading South African franchise – one of Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers – against the team ranked top of the table in the European competition, which features Irish provinces Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, Italian sides Benetton and Zebre, Scottish clubs Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as Welsh regions Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.Related: Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup & Rainbow Cup SA fixtures Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
to go further Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more August 13 2001 In a letter addressed to Attorney General John Ashcroft, Reporters sans frontières (RSF – Reporters Without Borders, www.rsf.org) protested against the detention of Vanessa Leggett, a freelance journalist and writer. The organization asked the Attorney General to do everything possible in order to release the journalist immediately and to withdraw the accusation of “contempt of court”. “This decision is a serious violation of press freedom” declared RSF general secretary, Robert Ménard. He noted that the Inter-American Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression approved by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights clearly stipulates that “every social communicator has the right to keep his/her source of information, notes, and personal and professional archives confidential”. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on United States News June 3, 2021 Find out more 24 August 2001The U.S court of appeal sitting in Houston (5th Circuit) upheld the contempt order, finding journalists do not have a right to refuse to testify in front of a grand jury. Vanessa Leggett is kept in detention. Her lawyer announced her intention to appeal against this decision. News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en News United StatesAmericas Update – 4 January 2002Vanessa Legett was freed after a 168-day-detention. Her liberation is due to expiration of the mandate of the tribunal who had punished her for “contempt of court”. She is under the threat to be questioned and imprisoned anew, if the judiciary investigation were to be reopened. June 7, 2021 Find out more According to information collected by RSF, Vanessa Leggett, a writer and freelance journalist, was incarcerated on 20 July 2001. The day before she had been sentenced by U.S District Judge Melinda Harmond, in Houston, Texas, for “contempt of court”, after having refused to reveal her notes and recordings of interviews. The interviews had been held when she was investigating the killing of a Texan millionaire’s wife, in order to write a book. Vanessa Leggett had conducted an interview with the victim’s brother-in-law, suspected of the murder, shortly before he commited suicide. The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit refused to grant her bail but agreed to hear the appeal within one month. Vanessa Leggett could be detained for a maximum of eighteen months. January 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A freelance journalist jailed for having refused to reveal her sources Organisation Help by sharing this information News United StatesAmericas
Local News Despite less traffic on the road in 2020 and a two percent reduction in motorcycle crashes, safety officials are alarmed by a 17% increase in Texas motorcycle fatalities compared to 2019, a Texas Department of Transportation press release stated.A motorcyclist is reportedly killed in a crash on Texas roads every day on average — last year 482 died. Motorcyclists account for 12% of all traffic fatalities statewide.May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and TxDOT’s annual “Share the Road: Look Twice for Motorcycles” campaign gets underway to call attention to the safety precautions motorists can take to protect motorcyclists and themselves, the press release stated.In 2020, there were reportedly 7,481 motorcycle crashes in Texas with 1,856 motorcyclists seriously injured and 482 killed.“May through October is an especially dangerous period for motorcyclists in Texas,” TxDOT Executive Director James Bass stated in the press release. “Of all the motorcyclist deaths in Texas during 2020, more than 61% happened in that period. It’s so important to remember that these motorcyclists don’t have the same protections that drivers in vehicles have, and that’s why we’re urging all motorists to stay watchful and alert when traveling alongside motorcycles so everyone can reach their destination safely.”Local statistics show the number of motorcycle traffic crashes in the Odessa District totaled 141 in 2020. These crashes resulted in 14 motorcyclist (operators and passengers) deaths and 26 motorcyclists being seriously injured. The number of motorcycle traffic crashes in Midland totaled 38 in 2020. These crashes resulted in 1 motorcyclist (operators and passengers) death and 7 motorcyclists being seriously injured. The number of motorcycle traffic crashes in Odessa totaled 44 in 2020. These crashes resulted in 3 motorcyclist (operators and passengers) deaths and 4 motorcyclists being seriously injured. Twitter By Odessa American – May 4, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Texas motorcyclist deaths spike in 2020 More than 2,300 motorcyclists were killed or seriously injured on Texas streets, highways last year Pinterest Previous articleMan charged in knife, sandwich assaultNext articleCouncil approves erosion solution for Memorial Gardens Odessa American