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The greatest second-rows of all time: Paul O’Connell

first_img TAGS: The Greatest Players In it, he urged “manic aggression”, asking colleagues to pose themselves the question: “Did I put the fear of God into anyone?”Returning from a debilitating back injury to give a Man of the Match display for Munster against Harlequins in the 2013 Heineken Cup quarter-final, O’Connell showed himself ready for a third Lions tour to Australia after heading to New Zealand in 2005 and captaining the 2009 South Africa trip.In the wake of that monstrous effort, he said, “I felt like an amateur today” – a declaration of the burning pride in representing his province.A 31-13 loss to Glasgow Warriors in the Pro12 final last May ended O’Connell’s Munster career with a solitary Celtic League title. Ireland’s Paul O’Connell It is with good reason that Ireland’s Paul O’Connell is considered one of the greatest ever second-rows Major teams: MunsterCountry: Ireland
Test span: 2002-2015Ireland caps: 108 (99 starts)Lions caps: 7 (7 starts)Test points: 40 (8T)Superman heads to bed each night wearing Paul O’Connell pyjamas, or so the story goes down in Limerick. Certainly, Clark Kent’s alter ego might be frightened to don anything else.According to Ronan O’Gara, O’Connell’s long-term lieutenant with Munster and Ireland, it is a relentless dedication that characterises the flame-haired lock.“Paul is all about standards,” explains the former fly-half. “I’ve seen what difference one individual can make to an organisation.”O’Connell exudes an intelligent but fiercely authoritative charisma. Inspirational leadership underpins a staggering honours list – two Heineken Cups, a century of Ireland caps, three Lions tours and another trio of Six Nations titles including the 2009 Grand Slam.Standing 6ft 6in tall, physical presence contributes something primal to O’Connell’s aura. One changing room address to his Ireland team-mates prior to the 2007 clash with France has had over a million views on YouTube. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Toulon would be benefiting greatly from the Irishman’s expertise had a hamstring injury, sustained in Ireland’s pool stage match against France at the Rugby World Cup, not hampered his opportunity. He bowed out of international duty after 13 seasons in the Ireland side since a try-scoring debut against Wales.In retirement, O’Connell’s trademark commitment is sure to enrich his provincial side Munster, as he takes on a part-time mentoring role within the club’s academy set up.last_img read more

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Why bad science isn’t good for anyone

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. There is an old adage that the squeaking wheel gets the most oil. If you need proof that adage still rings true, consider where we are with food science research. Much of the time, the loudest are heard, regardless of qualifications, while the more informed and experienced are silenced.For instance, a particular celebrity used her visibility to help lead a movement of parents denying their children the proper vaccinations needed to keep them safe and healthy, resulting in a media frenzy. Scarily enough, a measles outbreak occurred at Disneyland last year, a disease that had effectively been eliminated because of vaccinations, but has seen a rising number of outbreaks in recent years.Similarly, a well-known food blogger, along with her online following, petitioned that Subway remove azodicarbonamide from its bread. Azodicarbonamide, or the “yoga mat chemical” as was the misnomer in the media, has been scientifically proven safe in foods at the very low levels at which it’s used. Regardless of the facts, thanks to the blogger’s online footprint, an Internet search of the ingredient results in two takeaways: it’s used in yoga mats and it might not be safe.So why don’t popular headlines support the science? In traditional media, you can attribute part of it to the current dearth of publications with actual science writers. In social media, where there is almost no commitment to objectivity, the average food blogger has come to realize that when it comes to food, we like nothing more than a good scare. This ought to change, but you probably can’t count on it.You need only look to carrageenan as a prime example of flawed science accepted as gospel. Naturally derived from red seaweed, carrageenan is used to stabilize many of the foods and drinks we consume every day, such as dairy beverages and desserts. There have been numerous studies performed that meet every scientific standard, all of which prove carrageenan’s safety. However, in today’s fearful environment, flawed studies that connect carrageenan to inflammation and diabetes are cited by everyone from your favorite aunt to traditional media.In some of these studies, carrageenan was tested on faulty cells that had considerable defects, a fact that was confirmed by the company who provided those cells. This supplier notified all affected parties of the mistake, yet neither scientists nor peer-reviewed journals that published these studies have yet to make any public clarification regarding this fundamental research flaw.Instead, we’ll continue to see these studies cited as legitimate. And we’ll continue to see studies cited that have experimented with the wrong material, or studies that inject carrageenan into the foot of an animal (rather than combining it with food), and other methodology sins.Bad science is not good for anyone. Those charged with informing us about the food sciences – either scientists themselves or the science media – are finding some audiences are now so skeptical of legitimate food science that they can only be filled with despair.The next time you see a new version of the food pyramid displayed, you might wonder why fear isn’t identified prominently as part of the modern diet.To learn about the proven science behind our food not found in the headlines, read Myra Weiner’s research paper in the peer-reviewed journal, Food and Chemical Toxicology. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSFood Science Previous articleDonna’s Deals: 10 Ways to Keep Wedding Costs LowNext articleAHA Players Bring “Driving Miss Daisy” to Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment!last_img read more

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