Face-off: Do red cards ruin rugby as a spectacle?

first_imgTwo writers argue this question. This debate first appeared in the February 2021 issue of Rugby World And arguably most importantly, by making new concessions to their well-documented framework, World Rugby would be admitting defeat in their fight to make rugby safer.Please beware: If we remove red cards in order to protect individual games of rugby, there may not be too much rugby left to protect.What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Wallaby walking: Lukhan Salakaia-Loto sees red (Getty Images) Seeing red: Andre Esterbuizen of Harlequins is sent off (Getty Images)NEIL TREACYProducer and broadcaster at Off the Ball LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Face-off: Do red cards ruin rugby as a spectacle?LIAM NAPIERNew Zealand-based rugby journalistcenter_img In modern rugby, red cards exist to protect players just as much as they exist to punish. Removing them or tweaking them makes players less accountable for their actions, and if players are less accountable for their actions, they’re more likely to offend again. RUGBY’S RED card sanction needs to change. It is too regimented and outdated. Everyone agrees safety must be paramount to counter concussion, and the head must be protected. But such a stance doesn’t have to come at the cost of a genuine, fair contest.Rugby is complicated – rapid at Test level especially, requiring athletes to make split-second decisions in contact. At some point, there has to be common sense to recognise that dangerous collisions will, in some form, always happen because of the different shapes and sizes in our game.How you treat complex, varied situations preserves the integrity of the contest.Currently, red cards allow no differentiation between clear and obvious malicious intent or slightly-mistimed tackles that frequently occur.Do red cards ruin games? Not always. Smart, fit teams can survive ten, 20 minutes at a push, with 14 men. Any longer and it’s beyond a fairfight. Why not let red-carded players be replaced after, say, 20 minutes? The offender doesn’t return – they are cited, suspended if deemed necessary. And the contest is preserved.Those who fork out to attend live events or pay subscription fees deserve better. At least be open to change instead of vehemently rejecting the notion that evolution may be needed.Must we witness a Rugby World Cup final overshadowed by a debatable, early red that makes a mockery of the showpiece before the matter is properly addressed? WHEN IT comes to protecting players from unnecessary and dangerous blows to the head, the game’s lawmakers cannot afford to make any concessions to the current way of policing.Alternatives to a red card have been flown like kites ever since World Rugby started to take head shots seriously. The idea of an ‘orange card’ (20-odd minutes on the naughty step) is neither one thing or the other. It’s acknowledging something bad has happened without having the minerals to fully act on it.Putting the incident ‘on report’ like in rugby league is an even greater cop-out. It’s not right that a player could commit an offence worthy of a six- or eight-week suspension, but carry on for the rest of the game in order to protect ‘the spectacle’. Hey, why ruin a good day out just because of potential brain damage? This debate first appeared in the February 2021 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

Lawyer gets 10 years for misusing client funds

first_imgLawyer gets 10 years for misusing client funds March 1, 2002 Regular News Lawyer gets 10 years for misusing client fundscenter_img Telling the other lawyers in the courtroom to listen up, 15th Circuit Judge Marvin Mounts, Jr., recently sentenced former West Palm Beach lawyer C.E. Chillingworth to 10 years in prison for misusing client funds.“Simply stated, misuse of clients funds is one of the most serious offenses a lawyer can commit,” Judge Mounts said January 25, reading from his 17-page sentencing order. “Stealing elevates it to the most serious wrong possible.”Judge Mounts also sentenced Chillingworth, 58, to 20 years of probation after his release and ordered him to pay more than $2 million in restitution. The sentence far exceeded the guidelines, which call for 21 to 35 months in prison.In July, Chillingworth pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony in a case where he misappropriated escrow funds. He resigned from the Bar in 1998. Chillingworth helped a client secure a $2.4-million loan from Attorneys Title Insurance Fund to pay off his client’s debts — including a $1.5-million mortgage on his client’s home — but diverted most of the money to himself and to a business he and the client owned. The fund had to pay off the mortgage and is suing Chillingworth to recover $1.45 million.“The completed crime was larceny of $2.4 million, pure and simple,” said Judge Mounts, who called Chillingworth’s actions “an affront to the honor and dignity of each honest attorney.”“It fuels the festering cynicism and suspicion that exists in some quarters of public opinion concerning the trustworthiness of our profession,” Judge Mounts said.Chillingworth’s lawyer, John Page, asked the judge for leniency, pleading that probation would allow Chillingworth to make restitution for his crime.Judge Mounts said while many defendants awaiting sentencing in the context of theft begin accumulating something as a symbol of their determination to make amends for their transgressions, Chillingworth had not.“Had this man set aside only $20 per week from the date his charge was filed, he would have accumulated $1,480 (total of 74 weeks, August 29, 2000 thru week ending January 25),” Mounts said. “Here, not one penny has been tendered.”Mounts said while there were many reasons why he chose to depart from the sentencing guidelines, the greatest was Chillingworth’s “betrayal of a fiduciary relationship in a position of trust and confidence.”Assistant State Attorney Frank Castor prosecuted the case and told The Palm Beach Post the sentence was appropriate.“When you steal this much money, you have to face consequences,” Castor said. “It is an outrage, what he did, violating trust. The judge did the right thing.”Before sentencing, Page had filed a motion to disqualify Mounts, saying Chillingworth had “lost all lingering hope and belief that Judge Mounts could be fair and impartial in the case.”Chillingworth is appealing the sentence and was released after posting bond pending the appeal. In the meantime, Judge Mounts ordered Chillingworth to make all his financial records available for review and suggested he sell his house.“Were he to sell it and apply the proceeds to his debt, this would be a considerable mitigation,” Judge Mounts said.last_img read more

World Record set on Literacy Day

first_imgCanada did break the American participation record, on Family Literacy Day last January but, so did the Americans, leaving the Canadians in a runner-up position.The previous 2006 record was, 78,791 and, this year more than 119,000 Canadians were documented as participants, in over a thousand libraries, schools and literacy organizations including groups in Northeastern BC.Guinness World Records receives approximately 60,000 applications every year and, during Canada’s documentation process, it was verified that the U.S. organization, had set a new record, with more than 238,000 participants.” The annual event features children reading with an adult at multiple locations for 30 minutes, over a 24-hour period and it was held this year on January 23rd and 24th.- Advertisement -In Canada, three $1,000 awards were offered for non-profit community groups, with the highest number of participants…and three more for the schools with the highest percentage of participation, based on their student population.The Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society, topped the list of non-profit group winners in the 11th annual event with 570 participants.last_img read more

Controlled burns crucial in battling big wildfires BC official says

first_imgVANCOUVER – A spokesman for British Columbia’s wildfire service says crews accidentally sparked a blaze while burning off fuel in order to contain one of many fires raging across the province’s Interior.Kevin Skrepnek says embers ignited a nearby hillside as part of a controlled burn Tuesday against the 840-square-kilometre Elephant Hill fire, about 80 kilometres west of Kamloops.Skrepnek says conditions appeared ideal until the winds shifted dramatically, blowing them west across Highway 97.He says he doesn’t know the exact size of the unintentional blaze but firefighters were still working to put it out as of Wednesday afternoon.Skrepnek says the controlled burn was successful in depriving the main fire of fuel.He says controlled burns are an essential and effective tool for fighting wildfires and that while accidents do happen the vast majority of planned burns are successful.last_img read more