How Dan Carter became A Perfect 10

first_imgWhen, in 2015, he woke up the day after the quarter-final and could hardly walk, he thought the World Cup curse had struck again. However, he recovered to steer New Zealand to the trophy again, his performances against South Africa and Australia earning him even greater respect as he seized responsibility when the team was wobbling.On the final at Twickenham he says: “I prepared like I’d never prepared in my life for that moment. All the setbacks that I’d had, ’03, ’07, the injury I’d had in 2011 that made no sense, (now) made sense at this moment, 2015.”Pivotal moment: Carter’s drop-goal in the RWC 2015 final wrestled back control for the All Blacks (Getty)There is far more to the film than World Cups and eulogies. Shot in France, Japan and New Zealand, some of the scenery is spectacular and the music entrancingly atmospheric.It’s a delight to see the small rural community, Southbridge, where Carter grew up and the garden in which stand the goalposts – in blue-and-white town colours – that Dan was given as an eighth birthday present. By the age of nine he was landing touchline goals from 40 metres.Sad bystander: Carter looks on as he recovers from the ruptured adductor that ended his 2011 RWC (Getty)He was only five at the time of the inaugural World Cup, co-hosted by his country in 1987. “I saw how it ignited the country; everyone was on the edge of their seats talking about it at school, talking about it at family dinner time, waiting for the next All Blacks game. It was from that moment that I fell in love with the All Blacks.”Ellesmere College, Christchurch Boys High School, even the flat he lived in when he was, remarkably, just playing social rugby before being spotted by Canterbury Academy – we visit all the places that touched his life on the way to sporting greatness.The helicopter flight he takes with pilot McCaw is a clever dynamic, introducing us to the devastating effects of the 2011 earthquake as the two friends look down on Christchurch.And, of course, there is that second Test of the New Zealand-Lions series in Wellington, a match that all who were there (including this writer) will never forget. Carter delivered as near perfect a fly-half performance as has ever been seen, finishing with 33 points.Unplayable: scoring against the Lions in 2005 – “He came of age that day,” says Graham Henry (Getty)Wilkinson was on the losing side that day and says: “There are days when you play against people and you feel they’ve got the Midas touch. To be in the zone like that opens up the game, you start to have an influence far greater than your own space. Everything happens as it’s supposed to happen. Everything you do creates.”Carter’s playing career has nearly run its course. When retirement comes, it will close the door on arguably the greatest No 10 that rugby has seen. Silver screen: Dan Carter at the world premiere of his film, A Perfect 10, in Auckland, NZ (Getty Images) How Dan Carter became A Perfect 10“He has a brilliant game on him,” says Ronan O’Gara, the former Ireland fly-half. “But he also has the capacity to figure out on the run what to do ahead of everyone else. He plays the moment. I think that’s what defines him.”So says O’Gara in a new 90-minute documentary about Dan Carter, the man whose ‘wrong-foot’ conversion brought the curtain down on both the 2015 Rugby World Cup and his own extraordinarily distinguished career.The film has been made by Pitch Productions, and director Luke Mellows admits that the legendary All Black, whose 1,598 Test points will remain a record for many years to come, was initially wary about letting an English crew loose on his life story.“Once he saw the film, his first reaction was relief but he was also quite moved. He was humbled by the fact people said such nice things about him,” says Mellows. “Of all the projects I’ve worked on, I can’t think of one where people were so willing to contribute. There was an ‘anything for Dan’ response.”Clear daylight: Carter’s Test points tally is more than 600 higher than any other current player (AFP)Certainly the great and the good of rugby are all there, including a raft of All Black coaches, Richie McCaw, Beauden Barrett and Jonny Wilkinson, not to mention Carter’s parents and wife Honor. Commentator Scotty Stevenson chips in too, at one point saying: “There was a grace about Dan Carter. There was a glorious choreography about how he approached playing football. It’s almost like watching an illusionist.”Fist pump: the veteran fly-half celebrates Kobelco Steelers’ Top League success last December (Getty)Carter, lest there’s any confusion, is still playing professionally at the age of 37, hoping to help his Japanese club Kobelco Steelers retain the Top League title.There was fanciful talk of him playing at the current World Cup in Japan, but the player has more than enough memories, good and bad, from the four previous tournaments.Indeed, if there is a theme to the documentary it’s that Carter, for all his copious talents, spent much of his 112-cap career coping with crushing misfortune on rugby’s grandest stage. “He’s had so many disappointments but he’s always come back – a true test of character,” says Honor.A peripheral figure at his first World Cup in 2003, Carter left the 2007 quarter-final with an injured calf and watched “in shock” as New Zealand crashed out to France.In 2011 he collapsed in pain whilst taking a kick at goal in training and missed the whole knockout stage as his team-mates won the cup without him. “I really worked closely with the insides, the nines and tens, in training,” he reflects in the film. “I’d be really positive and after that I’d go back to my room and I’d be broken.” The official trailer for Pitch Production’s, Dan Carter: A Perfect 10 #dancartermovie #aperfect10 @DanCarter pic.twitter.com/5FrLZTBiL1— Pitch International (@Pitch_Intl) August 7, 2019 A new film provides an intimate portrait of the legendary All Black fly-half, Dan Carter LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dan Carter: A Perfect 10 is available to watch in the UK via Amazon Prime.Any questions? 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Pregnant journalist freed after one month in prison

first_img News Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home EthiopiaAfrica EthiopiaAfrica Follow the news on Ethiopia Online journalist Frezer Negash was released from prison on the evening of 9 March and all charges against her were dropped. She was freed two days after her third appearance before a judge, at which her lawyer requested her provisional release. Online journalist Frezer Negash was released from prison on the evening of 9 March and all charges against her were dropped. She was freed two days after her third appearance before a judge, at which her lawyer requested her provisional release. She was arrested on 27 January.A government opponent and correspondent for the US-based news website Ethiopian Review, Negash is four months’ pregnant. She was examined by a doctor after leaving prison and appears to have suffered no ill-effects.—————————22.03.2006 New adjournment in case of online journalist Frezer NegashReporters Without Borders said it was shocked at the continued detention of online journalist Frezer Negash, without any charge being made against her. She is three-months pregnant. “The illegal detention of this young woman is continuing without any reasons being produced. This is an intolerable situation and calls for the intervention of the Ethiopian authorities,” the press freedom organisation said.Negash was arrested on 27 January 2006, and went before a judge for the second time on 21 February 2006. He again extended her time in custody until 7 March to allow police time to continue their investigations.She was allowed to see her family, on 19 February, for the first time since her imprisonment. He lawyer is seeking her conditional release.———————-08.02.2006 Pregnant online journalist held for 13 days without being chargedReporters Without Borders today criticised Ethiopian authorities for “illegally” holding online journalist Frezer Negash for the past 13 days without charging her with any crime.”No civilised state can tolerate such detention without trial,” it said,”and this denial of justice is even more deplorable because she is three months pregnant.”The journalist was arrested on 27 January and appeared in court on 6 February, but no charges against her were announced and she was remanded in custody until 21 February “for further enquiries.” She has not been allowed visits from her family and only her lawyer has been able to see her.————————–03.02.2006 Authorities asked to explain why online journalist has been held for past weekReporters Without Borders today called on the Ethiopian authorities to explain why they have been holding Frezer Negash, a member of the opposition and a correspondent for the US news website Ethiopian Review, for the past week. Negash is three months pregnant.“This new arrest once again shows that the Ethiopian authorities cannot stand their political opponents expressing their views in the media or on the Internet,” the press freedom organisation said. “As no official charge has been brought against Negash, we consider her detention to be arbitrary.”Negash is being held at Maikelawi police station in Addis Ababa. According to the Ethiopian Review, the police searched her home on the day of her arrest, confiscating a computer, a camera and various documents. She is supposed to appear before a judge on 6 February to be told of the charges against her. Her lawyer was able to visit her on 1 February but he has not been told why his client was arrested. The authorities limited themselves to telling him that she was being held while the police pursue their enquiries.Negash ran as an independent candidate in last May’s parliamentary elections. At total of 15 journalists have been imprisoned in Ethiopia in the past three months.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org RSF_en Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia News Receive email alerts News February 10, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pregnant journalist freed after one month in prison to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditationlast_img read more

Danger of guns in homes

first_img Read Full Story Parents with guns in the house should assume their children are aware of the firearms – and possibly have even touched them, according to David Hemenway, professor of health policy and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).“Just like parents don’t think kids know where the Christmas presents are hidden, the same is true for guns,” he said in a January 28, 2014 interview on ParentMap.com. In studies in which pediatricians asked parents about their children’s knowledge of and experience with guns in the home, most parents didn’t think their kids knew there were guns at home. One-third of the boys, however, reported they had already played with the hidden weapons.last_img read more