@tim I dont know anything about him, but assume he woulda been looking to play mid-field or maybe wing, probably the one area at the start of the season he probably wouldnt have been looking to get much of a chance (without an injury) even on the bench?
My wife is the most organised, regimented person I know. When she was up the duff she was a nightmare with her memory. She locked her self out of the car and then the house of 2 consecutive days with my son.
We discussed Adhern and she immediately brought up that memory. these things are not the same for everyone she reckons. But my wife said she wouldn't ever consider a high powered job while preggas.
Messam did a lot of good for NZ rugby. A good team man. But my lasting memory of him will always be going ahead of people to grab a medal at the world cup he didn't play in.
Mine is his chat with Cruden just before taking that 2nd kick to beat Ireland in 2012? to secure the perfect season. Such a cool moment, no idea what he said just looked like some much needed support at the most critical of times
@rembrandt The question is rate of hire of people who aren't white (it's disingenuous to include Asians) and their velocity up the corporate ladder.
If blacks/ hispanics are increasingly being targeted (at the exclusion of better qualified candidates) to improve their representation, then Damore may have a point. Particularly if their promotion prospects are statistically not aligned with their representation.
I still think he'll fail.
I think hire rate is irrelevant. You can still discriminate against people even if you hire them. From what I've read and watched the crux of this comes down a diversity seminar in which employees were asked to submit ideas on how to improve diversity. James, with a model employee record, did just this with that internal memo.
The memo was leaked by unknown person/s, James received threats from employees and management and then was fired. Those who threatened him were officially rewarded.
Google might have a problem here. Independent man has read through all the documents and has made a good summary.
BeeGee was an Akl legend but remember two things. In 76 TV polled all the provincial rugby players in NZ and asked them who was the most over-rated player in NZ. BeeGee won(?) by the length of the home straight. I was shocked but TBF he burst onto the scene in 1970 and never quite hit those heights again.
Fully deserving of (overdue) recognition though for everything he's done for Akl Samoa and Ponies.
He did tarnish my impression in 92 after the Akl Ireland game. I was in the West Stand lounge for the announcement of the AB side to play the following Saturday.
Every time a non-Akl players name was read out he would boorishly BOO. Really embarrassing stuff. Clearly enjoyed too much of the sponsors product. Someone had to take him outside.
Jorian Tangaere has had to stop playing rugby due to losing sight in one of his eyes. The last few months he's been training hard for the waka ama nationals and with success, winning a gold medal in the adaptive men's W1 500m final and silver in the adaptive men's W1 250m final last weekend. That has earned him a ticket to the world championships in Tahiti in July. He has also qualified with Wairarapa club's premier men's six-man crew. This article is worth reading.
Mike Vrabel (Texans defensive coordinator and former Patriot player) to Titans
Steve Wilks (Panthers defensive coordinator) to Cardinals
Pat Shurmur (Vikings offensive coordinator, former Browns head coach*) to Giants
*Quick note - Pat Shurmur's 9-23 record for the Browns is a lot better than Hue Jackson's current 1-31 record with the Browns. As an aside the Browns have hired loose cannon Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator (this year's Steelers offensive coordinator).
That leaves the Colts and the Lions with both expected to confirm hiring Patriots assistants once the Super Bowl is over, Josh McDaniels (Colts) and Matt Patricia (Lions).
So just catching up with all the threads I missed while on holiday.
Must admit it was surreal lying in bed in Singapore watching the Northern Motorway under flood .. for a nano-second I actually considered what a shit day all my staff would be having - before heading off to the pool.
Serious flooding here in Albany this morning. Metre deep on the road outside - three hours later you can't even tell it has rained.