#TBT – Tom Croft retires but this 2007 try will be remembered forever

first_imgThursday Nov 16, 2017 #TBT – Tom Croft retires but this 2007 try will be remembered forever Leicester Tigers, England and British and Irish Lions forward Tom Croft has today confirmed his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect. He has been forced to retire on medical grounds, after persistent concerns with a neck injury. “I’ve played professional rugby at Leicester for 12 years and in that time I’ve enjoyed every second of it,” Croft, 31, said. “I’ve played alongside and against some incredible players and made many lifelong friends in the game.“Unfortunately I have also suffered some reasonably significant injuries and now, after seeking advice on a neck injury, I have to announce my retirement as a player.“Leaving the game has been a massive decision for me, it is all I’ve known since leaving school, but with the issues I’ve had fitness-wise over the last few years and with my wife and two young kids at home it’s the right time to hang the boots up and move on to the next chapter.”A Tigers academy graduate, Croft made his senior debut a week after his 20th birthday in 2005, going on to play in four Premiership title-winning teams and in the 2009 European Cup Final during 173 first-team appearances. He also scored 27 tries in a Tigers shirt.He gained the first of 40 caps for England in 2008 and played in five Tests during two tours with the Lions, memorably scoring two tries on his Test debut for them in South Africa in 2009. In 2012, Croft suffered a serious neck injury in a league game at Harlequins but returned to action with club and country after an eight-month recovery period. Croft’s brilliant try for Leicester in 2013After another neck injury this season and, after consulting a specialist, he has been advised to retire from the professional game.“There are so many big games to look back on,” said Croft. “But making my debut for Tigers against Gloucester in 2005, gaining my first England cap and wearing the Lions shirt on two tours are up there with my best memories of the game.“I’ve had great support from so many people and there are so many mates I’ve grown up with in the game, guys like Matt Smith who I first met at school, Dan Cole, Tom and Ben Youngs, guys who I came through the Tigers academy with at a similar time and are still the core of the club today.”Below is a look at a classic try that Croft scored ten years ago, when the England Saxons beat New Zealand Maori to win the Churchill cup Final at Twickenham.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Armed Gardaí will be involved in Rathkeale policing plan

first_imgEmail Twitter Print TAGSLimerick Countylocal newsNews Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow ELDERLY and vulnerable people in Rathkeale who felt they were “held captive” in their homes last Christmas have been told there will be a highly visible Garda presence, including members of the armed Regional Support Unit, in the town over the coming month.The town’s population increases by up to 3,000 as members of the Travelling Community return for Christmas and concerns have been expressed over the level of policing operations planned for the period. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Business owners have complained of the dangers posed by speeding cars, groups of youths and others engaging in anti-social behaviour.Addressing questions posed by Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins on the policing operations planned for Rathkeale, Superintendent John Deasy said that the influx “places additional pressures on current Garda personnel assigned to the area.Based on the experience of Garda personnel in the division and listening to those who attended public and private meetings, he said that a high visibility Garda presence is essential to keep a degree of control in the area. “I am particularly conscious of the views expressed by elderly and vulnerable people who suggest being ‘held captive’ during the festive period and cannot go about their routine business. They seek re-assurance from Garda visibility in the area.”Supt Deasy said that uniformed Gardaí will be highly visible and this “consistent visibility will be augmented by divisional and regional resources to cover the demands on policing.”Members of the Garda armed Regional Support Unit will be on patrol in the district until early January and Garda units will conduct both overt and covert operations to actively challenge criminality, antisocial behaviour, roads policing, and drug activity with a focus on licenced premises, retail shops and fast food outlets in the area.The objectives of the policing plan are to reduce incidents of public disorder, to make communities feel safe and to promptly deal with offenders.Supt Deasy said that when he attended meetings in the area, it was evident that the policing plan adopted last year was a success.“I am conscious that everyone expects this same level of visibility this year if not more”Last month it was confirmed that implementation of the plan, through overtime, would cost more than €20,000.A HSE triage clinic will also operate in Rathkeale from December 20 to January 4. Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsArmed Gardaí will be involved in Rathkeale policing planBy Staff Reporter – December 21, 2018 1560 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat center_img Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Previous articleWhy we are Crooning at ChristmasNext articleGig tickets are great for Christmas Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possiblelast_img read more

Coding and creativity

first_imgIt seems that these days everyone knows at least a little about computers, from the 3-year-old who can confidently maneuver through his parents’ iPad to the 93-year-old grandmother who has a presence on Facebook. We are constant consumers of media. We are — whether we like it or not — surrounded by computational media.But what about creating media? Most of us don’t have nearly as much experience creating it as we do consuming it. So are we selling ourselves short? The late Steve Jobs of Apple was known for, among other things, saying, “Everybody in the country should learn how to program a computer … because it teaches you how to think.”Harvard’s Karen Brennan couldn’t agree more. “I believe that learning how to code — learning how to program a computer — essentially how to create, should be for all kids and not just for some kids,” said the assistant professor of education at the Graduate School of Education.Brennan recently spoke to a gathering of nearly 50 at the Harvard Allston Education Portal as part of its Faculty Speaker Series, which aims to bring Harvard faculty members to the community to discuss topics that are timely and interesting, and to provide exposure to things that are relevant and visual.Brennan is one of the developers of Scratch, a free online computer programming language that allows users to create stories, games, and animations. She, together with her colleagues, developed the program while working on her Ph.D. at the MIT Media Lab.Scratch is a powerful, integrative, and collaborative way of learning. Created in 2007, it has more than 4.3 million users worldwide, mainly between the ages of 8 and 18. It is translated into more than 60 different languages and houses more than 6.7 million projects.Scratch lets children not only create, but share ideas, passions, and learning. Some users make tutorial projects for each other. Others work together, oftentimes cross-country, to create their own “production companies,” sharing their work with other users.At the Ed Portal talk, nearly a dozen kids were scattered among the audience. Their parents, some of whom are currently learning Scratch as part of the Ed Portal’s Mentoring Program, said they attended because they wanted to be able to understand and support their children’s growing excitement and interest in programming.“I really like the freedom of actually being able to do what you want, when you want, and I like being able to share what I create with other kids who use Scratch as well,” said 10-year-old Cora Cloherty of Brighton.“This is learning in a very different way,” said Brennan. “Kids were used to being told how to think, how to memorize. This allows them to be in control. It takes some time, but once kids have a little taste of being creative, many of them don’t want to look back.”Another benefit is the growing diversity of those involved.Girls Who Code, a group that provides computer science education and exposure to young women, recently found that just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science as a college major. Scratch hopes to help bump up those numbers. And according to Brennan, it’s heading in the right direction. Approximately 40 percent of Scratch users today are female.“This is not about wanting everyone to become a computer scientist,” said Brennan. “Just like the ability to read, it’s about computational fluency for everyone and the ability to think and create.”last_img read more