All Blacks blitz Wallabies 42-8

first_imgAustralia’s Bledisloe Cup hopes lie in tatters after the crushing 42-8 loss, in which the rampant world champions piled on six tries to one in an attacking masterclass.It is New Zealand’s biggest win over the Wallabies on Australian soil in 113 years.The shellshocked Wallabies were dominated in every facet, with the scrum and lineout malfunctioning, the breakdown ravaged and bodies broken in a disastrous start to the tournament.The Test was all over by halftime, with the Wallabies trailing 32-3 and barely able to field a backline following worrying injuries to Matt Giteau, Matt Toomua and Rob Horne.Codie Taylor and Waisake Naholo both went off early with injuries of their own.Without a victory in New Zealand in 15 years, the Wallabies must win twice in two months across the Tasman to miraculously wrestle back the trophy.New Zealand’s record-breaking victory came 12 hours after it emerged that a listening device had been planted at the All Blacks’ hotel in Sydney, with police investigating.Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Jerome Kaino, Waisake Naholo, Dane Coles and Julian Savea scored the All Blacks’ tries, while Nick Phipps added a late consolation.In the other Rugby Championship match, South Africa defeated Argentina 30-23 in Nelspruit this morning after a late fightback from the Springboks.The hosts were trailing the Pumas by 10 points with 10 minutes to go, but they went on to score two tries – the second coming just two minutes before the final whistle – to secure the win.South Africa scored three ties to two for Argentina, who will consider themselves desperately unlucky not to win in South Africa for a second successive year.- RNZ, Reuterslast_img read more

MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS STILL WAITING ON GRANTS – AND THE YEAR IS NEARLY OVER!

first_imgThe Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalogue has revealed that there are still more than 2,200 students waiting for grants as the college year comes to an end.According to information received by Fianna Fáil through parliamentary questions, the controversial new grant processing system, SUSI, still has not processed grant applications for 328 students. In addition to this, there are over 1,900 students in dispute with SUSI over documentation that was or was not supplied.“The college year is nearly over. It is unacceptable that there are still thousands of students still waiting for a grant to support them through an academic year that is now coming to a close,” Deputy McConalogue said. “Thousands more students from low-income families have only received their grants in the last number of weeks having spent the first few months of college without the financial support they needed. Some were waiting so long that they were forced to drop out of third level education altogether. Others faced difficulties in accessing college facilities. Many families were put in an impossible position of having to borrow money, or sacrifice other essentials to put their child through college.“We are now well into May and students across the country are sitting their summer exams. It is unacceptable that there are still over 300 grant applications that haven’t been processed. SUSI has also sought to blame over 1,900 for ‘incomplete’ documentation – even though there are countless cases of students in dispute with SUSI over missing documentation. Many students have been unable to contact SUSI to get answers, or they have been told SUSI ‘never received’ documents they sent, or that certain documentation was lost.“Minister Quinn has presided over a complete shambles in SUSI. This new centralised grant system was supposed to be more efficient and eradicate any delays in getting grants to the students who need them most. The exact opposite has happened. The reality has been a litany of mistakes and mismanagement, and Minister Quinn has failed to take charge to sort them out. We need a guarantee from the Minister that this won’t happen next year.”  MORE THAN 2,000 STUDENTS STILL WAITING ON GRANTS – AND THE YEAR IS NEARLY OVER! was last modified: May 13th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more