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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Asking the questions: Brown protests in the Heineken Cup final, but what are his views on concussion? Scotland captain Kelly Brown has had his ups and downs but one thing you can bank on is that he will always throw his body on the line, with little to no regard for what shape he is in.His club, Saracens, look after all-out players like Brown particularly well, rotating them and ensuring no one falls completely apart. It’s great for them, but elsewhere in the rugby world, there are players putting themselves through the ringer when it really is not in their best interest.“It’s sometimes like that, yes,” Brown admits when it is put to him that some players are shaving years off their lives. “The whole concussion issue highlights that. A player will want to stay on but they shouldn’t.“I think concussion has always been a major issue, but it is in the public eye more. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s leading in the right direction, that it’s ultimately left to the medics. I think player welfare is a huge topic and really no one knows what the long-term effects of playing at this level are. They need a bit of input, and the more support for medics the better.”Risking it on the big stage: Brown with ScotlandThe issue of concussion is one that the IRB say they are actively striving to improve upon, while the well documented decline of former player like Shontayne Hape – who told the NZ Herald in a harrowing account that he is “not a granddad, I’m in my 30s – I’ve got the concentration span of a little kid” and that dementia is a worry – has brought this issue to the fore once again. Hape wants strides forward and is concerned about what will happen in ten years time. So would Brown, a man who flings his body into the path of huge opponents ever consider donating his body to science when it’s all over? “It’s not something I’ve thought about, but a study (into the long-term effects of rugby) like that would have to be taken very seriously.”Do you ever worry about grinding your body down? “I will console myself with the fact that however I turn out, I’ll be in better nick than Jacques Burger!” Kelly Brown is an ambassador for leading sports performance brand ASICS. For more information, please visit asics.co.uk.Scotland skipper Kelly Brown features in August edition of Rugby World – in shops now. You can find out where to buy your copy here. Download the digital edition here.
On the ten-year anniversary of one of rugby’s most bizarre and gripping showdowns, we hear all about the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final from those who were caught up in it Hitting the winner: Jordan Crane kicks in the penalty shootout of 2009 (Getty Images) Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers Penalty Shootout: An Oral HistoryIt is a game that is still talked about in utter disbelief today.On 3 May 2009, Cardiff Blues hosted Leicester Tigers at the national stadium for a Heineken Cup semi-final. The visitors dominated the first half, but after a stirring Blues fightback, a draw and a sterile spell of extra-time, we witnessed one of rugby’s strangest and most gripping finale’s to a match: a penalty shootout. We have seen nothing like it in professional rugby before or since.Ten years on, we talk to those who were there, who battled through the 80 minutes, who stayed awake for the extra-time, who felt the tension, who made the key decisions and, ultimately, took and missed the vital kicks…THE 80 MINUTESIn the first half the Blues lost lock and captain Paul Tito early, Leicester scored through Scott Hamilton and the hosts relied on Ben Blair and Leigh Halfpenny to keep them in touch with the visitors. It is 13-12 to Leicester at half-time. But the Tigers turn it on after the break and a further try, through Geordan Murphy, and a couple of Julien Dupuy kicks make it 26-12.Jamie Roberts (Blues inside centre): “We didn’t play too well in the first half. Scott Hamilton ran a real nice line off an offload and he went in from 40m. I can remember their tight forwards putting in some offloads and them going under our sticks early in the second half.”Martyn Williams (Blues openside): “They battered us in the first half. We were a good team, but we just didn’t turn up in that first half.”Jordan Crane (Tigers No 8): “What happened after probably takes away from what a good game it was… We got in a great position, were 14 points up.”Ben Blair (Blues full-back): “They put a lot of pressure on us at the breakdown and that’s what Leicester were known for back in those days – they were a little bit better than they are now, from what I can see! They were a big-match team in those days. They broke our blitz defence down quite well. They ran some hard inside shoulders and scored a few good tries.“We were reasonably confident going into it and we’d just beaten Toulouse there (at the Millennium Stadium) in the quarter-final. But Leicester really turned up and performed.”Richard Cockerill (Tigers head coach): “We were 14 points up with 20 minutes to go and I can remember them coming back…”In the last quarter of regulation time, the tide turns…Comeback kid: Jamie Roberts scores in the corner (Getty Images)Sam Vesty (Tigers Inside centre): “Toby Flood goes off. We were 14 points up, but then in the game we get two yellow cards and they score two tries, going the length.”Tom Shanklin (Blues outside centre): “There were a couple of great tries that stood out and one was Jamie’s. I remember thinking, ‘I’m way off with a support line here,’ whereas you should anticipate a break like that. That hole opened up for him and he manages to finish.”Roberts: “We’d practised this lineout move all week where (fly-half) Nicky Robinson would get the ball, dummy-scissors and he’d needle the ball through a couple of forwards and give a sort of ‘tunnel ball’ to me. And it worked an absolute peach.“There’s 72 minutes on the clock, lineout around halfway, and the pass is pinpoint perfect from Nicky and I’m just in space. I make this line break and I’m thinking, ‘Do I pass it, do I pass it?’ There’s no defenders on me, I keep going, and I find myself over the try-line.”Shanklin: “Then for the other try Tom James get the ball and I’m running an inside support line but he doesn’t even need me, he finishes off a wonder try in the left-hand corner.”Roberts: “It’s around the 74th minute and we caught the kick-off. ( carries, Nicky gives me the ball and I think, ‘Right, head down here.’ I stepped someone – still to this day I tease Lewis Moody, because I bumped him – and then put James away. He did the rest and finished in the corner from halfway.”Williams: “Tom James’s try was a hell of a finish. But the thing that really sticks out for me were Ben Blair’s conversions (for both tries). They were crunch.”Crane : “Within five minutes it was 26-all. They’ve scored two tries and Ben Blair’s kicked (both conversions) from the touchline to even it up.”Vesty: “They score two tries going the length and Blair got two kicks from the touchline. Which is mental.”Roberts: “For me, those last ten minutes were amazing, primarily for Ben’s place-kicking. People talk about try-scorers and certain tries, but without that accuracy off the tee, we’d have lost that game in the 80.”Blair: “I always felt it was easy to kick in that stadium, ay. I’d played there a few times before and I don’t think I’d missed any. The ball they used in the Heineken Cup also used to stay so nice and straight. You don’t really feel the pressure when you’re in the heat of the moment so yeah, I suppose I managed to bang a couple of good kicks over.”Regulation time finished 26-26. We are into added time.On target: Ben Blair kicked superbly all game (Getty Images)EXTRA-TIMEVesty: “Extra-time was cagey. I don’t remember it, remember it, but we were back to 15 by then and that helped but there was a defence focus and there were a lot of tired bodies. Until you’ve been there and experienced it, it’s quite a hard thing (to understand). Under all that pressure it was definitely a different game.“And massively emotional. Thinking you’ll win the game, worrying about losing it, to going back to nil-nil effectively, was a bit of a kick in the privates. At that point it was almost ours to throw away. So going conservative was probably the best way to go about it.”Roberts: “It was a bit of a stalemate, extra-time. Nothing really materialised. Everybody was afraid to play in their own half. It was at a time when refs were giving a lot of breakdown penalties, for not rolling away, holding on… And it was like that during the game. But it was a real game of chess in that extra-time. Anything in our own half we just kicked – get rid of it – because you knew one breakdown penalty means the other side are in with a shot to win the match.“No one wanted to go in for the killer blow because of the fear of conceding.”Crane: “It just seemed like no team wanted to go and win it, and it felt like the ref didn’t want to give a penalty.”Williams: “Alain Rolland was the referee and I don’t think there were any penalties within kicking range. That was bizarre.”Cockerill: “Rolland had been fussy all day around penalties, and then in extra-time we’re equal on tries, equal on points and it was like he put his whistle in his pocket for the 20 minutes of extra-time.”Williams: “As you can imagine the tension was pretty incredible. And I was 33, so I was knackered as well. In your mid-Thirties, 80 minutes is more than suffice! When it came to my extra-time I remember being absolutely whacked, spent.”Tensions are high and no one is going to score any points. Suddenly thoughts turn to what happens next. Which is a penalty shootout. But who is telling anyone about it?Roberts: “There’s this mad rush with about five minutes before the end because no one really knew what was going on. I got subbed off. Dai Young (Blues coach) must have looked across our back-line and though, ‘Who’s the worst place-kicker here?’ They got Ceri Sweeney on the pitch because he’s obviously better than most of us. So I didn’t take a kick.”Blair: “I didn’t know at all who told us it would be penalties. The first I heard was milling around after the extra-time. Maybe it was Martyn Williams who said something? He’s the kind of guy who knows everything.”Williams: “I’m the same as everyone else. You’d think we’d remember?”Crane: “I can’t even remember who told us, but as soon as I found out I said I’d take one.”Cockerill: “We were checking regulation. We went down for extra-time and we were equal on tries so they (the officials) said it went to penalties. We went, ‘Well how does that work?’ They told us it was on the 22m-line, in front of the posts, first five go and then if equal you go to sudden death.“So we got to extra-time, we didn’t speak to the boys, and we’re asking who’s our kickers, who’s left on the pitch, what are we doing, and we literally wrote it down on a bit of paper in the coaches’ box. We were asking, ‘Do we go best kickers first or worst kickers first?’“It was then basically a huddle after extra-time and telling them, ‘Right, you take the first kick.’ It was ‘Oh am I?’ or ‘I don’t want to kick.’ Well you’ll have to bloody kick because you’re the only one left!”Cult figure: Scrum-half Julien Dupuy (Getty Images)There was one last moment that went down in folklore leading up to the shootout, though…Cockerill: “I remember taking Dupuy off for Harry Ellis (for the last five minutes of regular play) because of his defence, and they scored two tries. So obviously one of our goalkickers is off the field as Toby Flood is off with a snapped Achilles. In extra-time we were wondering, ‘What happens now?’ and I said, ‘I think it goes to penalty kicks?’“Danny Hipkiss was on the field and he had blood. We wanted to put Dupuy back on, knowing there was a minute to go and he could kick for goal. But nobody could find him. Eventually the physios found him in his underpants, having a cigarette and drinking a bottle of Heineken, watching the game on TV. We had to get his kit back on and get him back on the field to play the last 30 seconds and then kick the first goal.”Vesty: “Julian is such a typically angry, French scrum-half – a top, top man – our trainer went to get him out the changing rooms and he was genuinely watching it with his socks off and a cigarette in his hand. He was like ‘F***ing hell!’”Roberts: “I still don’t know if Danny Hipkiss had a cut on his head or not…”Vesty: “Yeah, well, it hit the papers as ’Bloodgate Two’ but he did have six or seven stitches in his head!”Cockerill: “I remember the physio tells Dupuy that we need him back on the field and he’s saying to them: ‘No. It’s impossible, it’s finished.’ I told them: ‘Tell him. To get his kit on. Come back out. To the bench.’ And so under duress he decided he would come back out and kick the goal. He said, ‘This is f***ing s***!’”THE SHOOTOUTOut on the field the first five kickers have been selected for each team. After they kick it’s sudden death. First up was Blair for the Blues.Blair: “I was the first kicker, which was quite nice – to get it over and done with.“I’ve actually had a couple of nightmares about missing the kick, ay! It’s pretty hard to miss but it can be done, can’t it, obviously! Thankfully I was kicking pretty well so managed to bang it over pretty easy. I was actually pretty confident we were going to win. We didn’t think it’d go to more than five or six kicks.”Dupuy was next…Vesty: “I remember Julian being like, ‘F***ing hell, what am I doing here?’ Putting the ball down and smashing it through the middle. I’ll always remember that. That’s just who he is.”Crane: “He’s kicked his goal, ran back and finished his fag and his Heineken!”Nicky Robinson slots his, and so it’s Vesty’s turn…Vesty: “I walked up to my kick and 100% knew I was going to kick it. I was really confident. I’m not the world’s best kicker by any stretch, but I knew I was going to kick it. Got my run-up right, ran up to the ball, nailed it and then immediately broke down in a load of emotion while walking back.“I was like, ‘This is a crap way to lose a game,’ and it was completely draining me. I vividly remember that. I went back in the huddle and just being completely emotionally gone.”Halfpenny lands his. So does Geordan Murphy. It’s 3-3 on kicks. Then Sweeney sends one over. Next is Johne Murphy… and he misses wide left to hand advantage to the Blues.Crane: “We were in a huddle together so weren’t really watching them together. When Johne missed the fourth penalty, by a mile, we’re in this huddle and we’ve got the Premiership semi-final the next week so we’re saying, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’ll just focus on next week…’ Thinking it’s over.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Shanklin: “It’s quite nice because people will talk about it for a long time. You’ll see it crop up in quizzes, on TV, on social media, all over computer screens. In a strange way it’s nice to be involved in it. I took a kick, I got to feel the pressure. For that aspect, being part of history for the wrong reasons is still nice to be a part of.”Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news in the world of rugby. At 4-3 to the Blues, fifth up for the hosts is Tom James, who then misses wide right.Shanklin: “Now you can tell from the way Tom uses his tee, places a ball, way he walks back, that he had done a fair bit of kicking with Neil Jenkins. So you’re fairly confident in your first five kickers. I was a senior player at the time but by no chance was I a place-kicker. It’s methodical when you kick – you’re trying to recreate the same strike – and with all of those guys you’re fairly confident with that… But if we’re brutally honest Tom should have got his!”Crane: “Tom James ended up shanking it the other way and all of a sudden we’re back in this now. It flipped again. Here we go. So Hamilton is our fifth and Aaron Mauger sixth, but he’s had a bad back for ages. He kicked his (and so has Shanklin) and then Richie Rees for them literally skimmed the crossbar as it’s going over. We’re holding our breath…”Cheeky boy: Richie Rees was memorable from the tee (Getty Images)Williams: “We all expected TJ to slot it and we’re into our last two backs and let’s be honest, the least skilful of our backs really. Shanks, in fairness, nailed his and Richie’s was the ugliest kick you’ve ever seen but it got there.”Shanklin: “I took a few steps back and just drilled it through the middle. I was just conscious not to think about it too much because when you look back it’s the most nervous thing ever. It’s a simple kick but it becomes incredibly difficult with the pressure. The relief was absolutely huge after.“Then Richie went and kicked the ugliest kick I’ve ever seen in my life and it just scraped over. He actually scooped it. We were pretty lucky he didn’t get done for a double hit! Rolland was the ref and you could see him having a little ‘Well that was close’ look.”Vesty: “I could barely watch other people kick but I remember Rees trembling at the back of the run, really jittery, and he hits it like hallway up his shin and it just creeps up and over and creeps just inside the right post.”Roberts: “I’ll never forget Richie’s face as he turned round, when it landed. He just blagged it!”It’s into the forwards for Leicester, as Craig Newby takes the seventh kick for the Tigers to keep things equal on penalties at 6-6. He does the business.Blair: “When I saw Craig Newby stepping up, I’d played with him at the Highlanders so I knew he’d definitely get it. He’s just one of those characters.”Cockerill: “Newby’s a very good footballer, so there’s no way he’s missing the kick. Him and Jordan Crane would stay behind in training and kick for goal, so it’s one of those where, as a coach you say, ‘You’re never going to kick for goal, so what are you doing, you’re wasting you’re energy.’ They moan about training too much and then spend 20 minutes kicking. Of course, then they tell me, ‘We told you kicking in practice would be needed one day!’”It’s well and truly Sudden Death now. Next up for the Blues is the man they call Nugget. Williams: “I’ve watched the shootout back and I can remember giggling and laughing, not for a split-second thinking I’ll go up.“But I put myself up because I remember looking around and realising we were into the forwards then. I can categorically tell you I wasn’t nervous, it was just surreal. I was knackered but I’d kicked a bit at Ponty youth, I was a half decent goalkicker, so I just took it upon myself to be the first forward up. Now, Xavier Rush is a good footballer, Andy Powell, Gethin Jenkins is a good footballer – in hindsight I should have sent one of them up!”Crane: “I didn’t really expect Martyn Williams to miss with the sort of player he is, the footballer he is. Then I was next after him…”Mounting pressure: Williams lines up the decisive kick (Getty Images)Williams: “If you’re a forward, (in training) you always kick off those plastic cones that fitness coaches put out. You’re forever messing about. Never in my life have I used a kicking tee.“When I was walking up to take my kick, Shanklin says to me, ‘Use that red kicking tee’. You can tell I wasn’t thinking straight and I did, whereas I should’ve just used the one you use in training.”Shanklin: “As you get down there, it’s like you pick your weapon. There’s like six or seven different kicking tees. I put it on a simple, old school, red, Gilbert kicking tee so it stands upright. We’re not league-style kickers, we just messed around.“There was also a massive bucket of sand down there as Ceri Sweeney liked to kick off sand so there was everything down there to kick off of you can imagine!”Williams: “Now that isn’t why I missed my kick – it was horrendous technique and I hooked it – but you remember small things like that. When you hook it you realise what has happened. It was difficult to put into words.”It’s advantage Tigers. After Williams’s miss, Crane has the chance to win the shootout.Williams: “I didn’t know Jordan Crane, I’d never seen him play, I didn’t know what his footballing ability was like, but it felt like an inevitability after I missed. You just sensed that was it.”Crane: “I’m from a football background, so there was a lot of kicking. When I started rugby at 14, I’d kick goals. I did at school, so had kicked before – though not at that scale. But when I turned professional, you don’t get forwards kicking so I parked that, bar messing about at training.“I literally thought, ‘Couple of steps back, get lined up, whack it and hope for the best’! If you go out and train every day and if you stand on the 22 and look at the posts, you’d think, ‘I’ll nail that easy.’ But it felt a lot further away and the posts felt a lot smaller.“It probably wasn’t the best I’ve ever struck a football or a rugby ball, but it went over and obviously that was the game.”Blair: “I can just remember Crane at the end. I’m not sure if he was hot-dogging. Well, they won and we were out and obviously it was pretty deflating, but fair play to him.”Crane: “I’d spoken to my brother that morning. My niece was one and a half, and she used to blow kisses with her mouth open, so he said if I scored a try I should do that as a celebration.“Obviously I didn’t score but when I kicked that, I did it. Some might think I was being arrogant or whatever, but it was nothing to do with that at all. It was a moment for the family.”AFTERMATHAfter the match, there is a lot of consoling and plenty of disbelief.Crane: “Because it’s not like football, Scotty Hamilton ran over, we console the Cardiff team, it died down and you show respect to the opposition, as rugby values are. It could have easily been the other way around.”Cockerill: “It was just luck wasn’t it. Obviously Cardiff Blues had the opportunity to win it and then missed. Then Jordan’s misspent youth playing football and fact he was always kicking goals after training meant he got the one to win.“To lose like that, for Dai Young, to not go to a final, is pretty tough isn’t it? Both teams came off and I think we were almost feeling sad for them to lose like that. Obviously pleased to win, but it’s such a weird way of winning a game that you almost feel more for the opposition than delighted you won.”Shanklin: “At the end of the game there’s a bit of relief that it’s not you, you’ve done your job and poor Nugget has to deal with that. He’s a back-row, he’s not expected to do that and at some stage someone’s going to miss.“I left him alone for between five and ten minutes because you could see he was gutted. It was only when we got in the changing rooms after and I could see his head was down and in situations like that, ideally you need someone to put their arm around you and bring you back to life a bit and tell you not to worry about it.“But being quite a brutal bloke and it being a brutal environment, I said, ‘Guys, put your hands together for Stuart Pearce!’ I started listing off guys who had missed penalties. ‘Here he is lads, Chris Waddle! It’s Gareth Southgate!’“I got into him a bit but it was vastly tongue in cheek. If someone’s taking the Micky out of you, it’s better than no one saying a word.”Vesty: “It is completely, inherently unfair that we won a game of rugby because Martyn Williams can’t kick the ball between the posts. He was probably Man of the Match…”Man of the match: Tom Croft with his award (Getty Images)Ah, but Williams wasn’t Man of the Match. In fact, lost amongst all of the madness was the fact Tom Croft, playing at lock, got the award. No one interviewed could remember, though Crane suggest that Croft earned a Lions tour that summer off the back of his exploits.The Tigers team also reveal one additional detail that follows this saga.Vesty: “The shootout definitely wouldn’t have come back around. We actually had the other seven guys kick in the next day’s training and only one of them got it, so it wouldn’t have come back round to me!Cockerill: “It was the ones who were left over who kicked, which wasn’t many. They were rubbish!“I can remember Harry Ellis asking if he could go up the other end of the pitch and practise and I was like, ‘Mate, I don’t think it’s the time or the place, it’s a bit late for that now!’”REFLECTIONSIn the final, Michael Cheika’s Leinster beat Tigers 19-16. Leicester did win the league, while the Blues had won the EDF Energy Cup. And yet it is this moment that keeps coming up, time and again. Ten years on, how do those who were in it feel about it now? We may never see anything like this again…Roberts: “That year was brutal on a personal note, because we lost the Heineken Cup semi-final on a penalty shootout, we (Wales) lost a Six Nations by a last-minute Ronan O’Gara drop-goal, and then we lost the Lions Test series to a last-minute 50m kick!“But we had a great side that year. A great mix of youth and experience. There were a few of us younger lads coming into the side – Tom James, myself, Leigh Halfpenny was there, Bradley Davies up front – and we had great, experienced players to nurture us through those games.“What could have been that year…”Vesty: “Ten years has absolutely flown by since. Some of the emotions I can feel from it are very close still…“Quite a few people still ask about it. Because it only happened once, people remember where they were, how many pints they drank and decent memories of a great game and a bit of drama to go with the X-factor.”Blair: “I still get asked about it a lot actually. It was a great game to be part of, apart from getting on the wrong side of the ledger.“In some ways we were probably punching above our weight in these games but we had a good little squad there. We didn’t often play together as much as we’d want because you only have your full team in those Heineken games because of Welsh commitments. It was good to have back the likes of Martyn, Gethin, Jamie. To get to play with those guys in Europe was fantastic and I have great memories of that. We had a little bit of success and it was good fun.”Cockerill: “In hindsight it was great to be part of. You manage these things in the moment that you hadn’t planned for. It was my first year as coach after taking over from Heyneke Meyer that season. As a rookie coach, to be in that situation as it happened, was interesting to say the least. So it was a good experience in that regard. And one that only myself and Dai have gone through in the last half century or so.“On the day both sides were part of a great game of rugby, a great spectacle and we were almost apologetic to win it to be fair.”Consoling word: Cockerill with Williams (Getty Images)Williams: “I remember bumping into the Ospreys boys who were out for a beer in the night as well – and they were probably willing the Tigers on in fairness! But I remember speaking to Jonathan Thomas who said on TV it was just gripping. Even if you weren’t into rugby, everyone was just glued to it.“People still always bring it up – especially when we get to the knockouts in Europe, your name gets dragged up!”Crane: “Now with social media it’ll come up every few months. With guys I play with now, and because it was ten years ago, they might not even remember. ‘Aww, was that you?’ and ‘I saw that on Instagram’ but they were ten or 11 at the time. People remember you for it but it’s a very small part of my career – I’d give it all up to lift the trophy three weeks later, though!”
Houses Save this picture!© Marie-Louise Halpenny+ 16 Share A south facing terrace opens the bedroom wing to the garden. A long west facing covered porch opens the living room wing to the wonderful landscape and the views of sea and sunset to the west. The building was designed to be energy efficient and cheap to run.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe house is a combination of new and traditional construction technologies. The house is a super insulated air tight prefabricated timber structure, slowly wrapped in a local random rubble, sitting on a polished concrete base. Its layout and detail were guided by the principles of sustainable design. The use of natural light is integral. There are tall ceiling heights and large areas of full-height-glazing and sliding screens located to maximize the solar gain. The east, west and north façades are exceptionally thermally efficient. It was designed with a marsh grass roof to increase thermal efficiency and link it with the ground.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessImagine Our Digital Future and Join the Glass House Conversations’ Last Online Dialo…Architecture NewsBallymahon / ODOS architectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Wexford, Ireland Photographs: Marie Louise HalpennySave this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyText description provided by the architects. This project is a new house on a site by the sea in Wexford. The site is located on a headland, Baginbun Head, a protected scenic amenity area. It contains a Norman wall and is bounded on 3 sides by cliffs and sea. The challenge was to deal with the potentially conflicting objectives of creating a home that was sensitive to this beautiful landscape and that also made the most of it. The form of the house is a simple L shape. This is a response to function, the path of the sun through the day and to the wind.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe living accommodation is located in one wing, which is dual aspect and avails of the east west orientation. The bedroom accommodation is located in the other wing and avails of the north south orientation. The entrance and services are located in the intersection of the two wings. This square intersection has a low ceiling height to enable a roof terrace, positioned above. This is open to the sky and concealed within the roof profile.Save this picture!© Marie-Louise HalpennyThe building is kept low and the L shape plan is rotated to avoid the prevailing winds, regularly wild, from the sea to the west. The two wings protect and shelter a south facing garden which completes the square. 3 external covered spaces are cut into the L, in the form of niches, of varying depth. The entrance porch is located in a recess on the more public, northern side. Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/392838/fethard-residence-aughey-o-flaherty-architects Clipboard Year: CopyAbout this officeAughey O’Flaherty ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWexfordHousesIrelandPublished on June 28, 2013Cite: “Fethard Residence / Aughey O’Flaherty Architects” 28 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Follow the news on Iraq Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi, of al-Bagdhadia television arrested after hurling his shoes at George W Bush at a Baghdad press conference during a surprise visit by the US president on 14 December 2008.“We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days.”“Given the controversy surrounding this incident, we urge the Iraqi security services to guarantee the physical wellbeing of this journalist, who was clearly injured during his arrest”, it added.“While we do not approve of this kind of behaviour as a means of expressing an opinion or convictions, the relaxed way in which George W Bush spoke about the incident afterwards, should give the Iraqi authorities all the more reason to show leniency”, the organisation concluded.Head of operations at the interior ministry, Abdel Karim Khalaf, told Reporters Without Borders that Muntadar al-Zaidi had been caught red handed and that he faced proceedings under Articles 223, 225 and 227 of the Iraqi criminal code. The journalist could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison for “insulting a foreign head of state”. Muntadar al-Zaidi is being examined by judges in connection with the investigation. Abdel Karim Khalaf said the he had not been subjected to any ill-treatment before concluding, “A journalist’s only weapons are words”. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Muntadar al-Zaidi achieved instant notoriety as a result of his gesture seen on television screens around the world. News “We obviously regret that the journalist used this method of protest against the politics of the American president”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “But for humanitarian reasons and to ease tension, we call for the release of Muntadar al-Zaidi who has been held by the Iraqi authorities for two days. IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Organisation News December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for leniency for Muntadar al-Zaidi after shoe throwing protest Receive email alerts to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more
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Top StoriesSC Asks Solicitor General To Submit Suggestions on Plea Seeking Closure Of Ashrams By Fake Babas Nilashish Chaudhary8 July 2020 2:00 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday asked a petitioner seeking shutting down of Ashrams run by ‘fake babas’ to serve the petition upon the Centre in order for them to come up with suggestions regarding the the possible course of action.The Bench, comprising of CJI SA Bobde, and Justices Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna, directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to read the Petition and seek…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Wednesday asked a petitioner seeking shutting down of Ashrams run by ‘fake babas’ to serve the petition upon the Centre in order for them to come up with suggestions regarding the the possible course of action.The Bench, comprising of CJI SA Bobde, and Justices Subhash Reddy and AS Bopanna, directed Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to read the Petition and seek instructions from the Government regarding suggestions on what could possibly be done.While admitting the plea, CJI Bobde took note of the allegations regarding criminal activities and unaccounted money which these Ashrams could be lending themselves to.”If this man says there are 17 ashrams that are fraudulent, declared by some akhara, it raises questions. There is a lot of money involved, criminal activities are taking place.””What can be done? This kind of practice gives a bad name to everyone”, he said to the Solicitor General.We’ll look into it. There are a number of akharas in india, which are centuries old”, responded Mehta.The Bench also discussed the prayer regarding guidelines for the establishment of Ashrams across India as well as directions to authorities to ensure a register of inmates is maintained and fake Ashrams are verified.The Centre must consider all these aspects, and inform the Court of possible action that may be taken when the matter comes up again after a period of 2 weeks.The Apex Court was considering a petition which sought an urgent direction to shut down all ashrams run by “fake Babas” or spiritual leaders on the argument that the “unhygienic conditions” prevailing in them could defeat the efforts of contain the spreading COVID-19 contagion.Citing an order of the Apex Court from March 23, where directions were passed in an attempt to decongest jails and ensure social distancing during the Corona virus scare, the petitioner argues that a large number of women/girls inmates are living in jail like conditions in these Ashrams. The petitioner claims his own daughter has been living in such an Ashram in Rohini, Delhi since 2015 which was founded by a fake Baba who is a rape accused and has been absconding for about 3 years. In this light, he seeks directions from Court for “rescuing his daughter along with about 170 women inmates from Corona virus who are living in jail like conditions in Adhyatmika Vidyalaya at Rohini of Delhi as it was done in the case of inmates of jails across the country.”Having named the founder of this Ashram, the petitioner goes on to submit that the “apex body of sages i.e., ‘Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad’ has declared 17 Babas as fake babas and cautioned the public from them.” This list includes some well-known names including Asaram Bapu, Gurmeet Ram Raheem, Radhe Maa and Veerendra Dev Dixit against whom “very serious criminal cases” are registered. The plea urges the top Court to take stringent action against illegal Ashrams run by these 17 “bogus babas” and order vacation of the same which are “having hundreds of women inmates in un hygienic conditions to avoid spreading of Covid 19”. Further directions are sought from the Court to close down any such ashram which is run by persons found to have any criminal records.Next Story
Know the LawAim Of Every Court Is To Discover The Truth: Supreme Court Explains Scope Of Section 311 CrPC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 March 2021 7:14 AMShare This – xThe Supreme court briefly explained the scope of Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in its two recent judgments.Section 311 deals with the power to summon material witness, or examine person present. Any Court may, at any stage of any inquiry, trial or other proceeding under this Code, summon any person as a witness, or examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme court briefly explained the scope of Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in its two recent judgments.Section 311 deals with the power to summon material witness, or examine person present. Any Court may, at any stage of any inquiry, trial or other proceeding under this Code, summon any person as a witness, or examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as a witness, or recall and reexamine any person already examined; and the Court shall summon and examine or recall and reexamine any such person if his evidence appears to it to be essential to the just decision of the case, the provision reads.One judgment was delivered by a bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay Rastogi while allowing an appeal against a Karnataka High Court order. The High Court had set aside an order of the Trial Court allowing the application filed by prosecution for summoning the witnesses along with securing the relevant records.The Apex Court bench observed that the object underlying Section 311 CrPC is that there may not be failure of justice on account of mistake of either party in bringing the valuable evidence on record or leaving ambiguity in the statements of the witnesses examined from either side.The determinative factor is whether it is essential to the just decision of the case. The expression that occurs is “at any stage of any inquiry or trial or other proceeding under this Code”. It is, however, to be borne in mind that the discretionary power conferred under Section 311 CrPC has to be exercised judiciously, as it is always said “wider the power, greater is the necessity of caution while exercise of judicious discretion……The aim of every Court is to discover the truth. Section 311 CrPC is one of many such provisions which strengthen the arms of a court in its effort to unearth the truth by procedure sanctioned by law. At the same time, the discretionary power vested under 10 Section 311 CrPC has to be exercised judiciously for strong and valid reasons and with caution and circumspection to meet the ends of justice.The bench particularly referred to the observations made in Swapan Kumar Chatterjee Vs. Central Bureau of Investigation 2019(14) SCC 328″10. The first part of this section which is permissive gives purely discretionary authority to the criminal court and enables it at any stage of inquiry, trial or other proceedings under the Code to act in one of the three ways, namely, (i) to summon any person as a witness; or (ii) to examine any person in attendance, though not summoned as a witness; or (iii) to recall and reexamine any person already examined. The second part, which is mandatory, imposes an obligation on the court (i) to summon and examine or (ii) to recall and reexamine any such person if his evidence appears to be essential to the just decision of the case. 11. It is well settled that the power conferred under Section 311 should be invoked by the court only to meet the ends of justice. The power is to be exercised only for strong and valid reasons and it should be exercised with great caution and circumspection. The court has vide power under this section to even recall witnesses for reexamination or further examination, necessary in the interest of justice, but the same has to be exercised after taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of each case. The power under this provision shall not be exercised if the court is of the view that the application has been filed as an abuse of the process of law.”Allowing the appeal, the bench observed that the Trial Court judge was justified in summoning the witnesses whose statements ought to be recorded to subserve the cause of justice, with the object of getting the evidence in aid of a just decision and to uphold the truth.In another case, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah observed that the true test for invoking Section 311 CrPC is whether it appears to the Court that the evidence of such person who is sought to be recalled is essential to the just decision of the case. In this case, the state had approached the Apex Court against rejection of the application filed by it seeking recalling of witnesses. “In Manju Devi v State of Rajasthan , a two-Judge bench of this Court noted that an application under Section 311 could not be rejected on the sole ground that the case had been pending for an inordinate amount of time (ten years there). Rather, it noted that “the length/duration of a case cannot displace the basic requirement of ensuring the just decision after taking all the necessary and material evidence on record. In other words, the age of a case, by itself, cannot be decisive of the matter when a prayer is made for examination of a material witness”, the bench noted while allowing the appeal.Case 1: V.N. Patil Vs K. Niranjan Kumar [CrA 267 OF 2021]Coram: Justices Indu Malhotra and Ajay RastogiCitation: LL 2021 SC 135Case 2: State vs. Tr N Seenivasagan LL 2021 SC 136 [CrA 231-232 of 2021]Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud and MR ShahCitation: LL 2021 SC 136Click here to Read/Download Judgment 1Click here to Read/Download Judgment 2Next Story