Meet rugby referee Mike Adamson

first_img Referee Debut: Mike Adamson is the first Scottish referee since 2002 to take charge of a Six Nations fixture (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mike Adamson became the first Scottish referee to be appointed for a Six Nations fixture since Rob Dickson in 2002, after taking charge of England v Italy in the 2021 Six Nations Related: 2021 Six Nations refereesAdamson has certainly had to work his way up to this point, proving his credentials for five years now. He made his Pro12 refereeing debut in 2016 before taking charge of the 2016 Olympic semi-final in Rio between Fiji and Japan.The Scot only made his 15s refereeing debut in 2017, and was the man in the middle for Georgia’s fixture with Fiji in 2020’s Autumn Nations Cup. He has enjoyed something of a meteoric rise. However, he is by no means underestimating the challenge presented to him, and will clearly strive for similar opportunities in the future.“Getting the appointment to a tournament like this feels similar to being a player selected for the team. It’s a great feeling, but then you need to put in a good performance. It’s the same in refereeing, I need to do a good job.”“Because of the pandemic I’ve had a number of fixtures cancelled, so any chance I’ve had to get involved has been a privilege and I’m doing everything I can to get ready to take to the pitch for the tournament in 2021.”As well as refereeing his first Six Nations fixture, Adamson’s appointment included three other fixtures as assistant referee. Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Scottish referee Mike Adamson, 36, took charge of his first Six Nations fixture between England and Italy at the 2021 Six Nations. Not since 2002 has a Scot refereed a Six Nations match, when Rob Dickson was the man in the middle for Ireland’s 32-17 victory over Italy.A former Scotland 7s international, Adamson represented his nation 30 times in his career. He’s now doing the same on Saturdays, although in a slightly different role.Adamson describes a desire to achieve more through refereeing than was possible in his playing career.“Former players usually go down the coaching route after retirement. But I feel I will be able to achieve more through refereeing. I have gained a lot from rugby and would like to give back to the sport.”Becoming the first appointed Scottish referee for the Six Nations in 19 years is also a big step forwards in Adamson’s career, but also one he feels he deserves.“Being appointed to the Six Nations tournament is a great feeling,” explained Mike Adamson. “It’s something I have been working towards for a while now. I’ve had a few set-backs in the last couple of years, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to go out there and show what I can do in such a big competition.”“Obviously, this will be a great personal achievement. But it’s not just about me; there have been a lot of people working hard in the background leading up to this point. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me.”“It was a very nice surprise and obviously something I am looking forward to,” Adamson said. “I’ve played and refereed sevens at Twickenham and it is a cracking venue. Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagramlast_img read more

Portland disabled Black Lives Matter protesters demand rights under ADA

first_imgPHOTO: Paula BronsteinFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this A claim was filed in U.S. District Court here on Nov. 1 charging that disabled people are being denied their right to protest against “systemic racism” by local, state, and federal police agencies. The claim cites Section 504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). August 2020 protest.Joining in the claim were four disabled Black Lives Matter activists of Portland; the Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center of Los Angeles; and the Disability Rights Legal Center of Denver. Specifically, it cites protests against police “killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many other Black, Indigenous, or people of color.” (, pp. 1-3)The plaintiffs include Juniper Simonis, “a non-binary transgender individual with PTSD,” Katalina (Katie) Durden, “who is legally blind,” Melissa Lewis, “a person with photosensitive epilepsy and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, which means she cannot run or move quickly,” and Philip Wolfe, who “has been deaf since birth and communicates through American Sign Language (ASL).”  ( disabilities, if not visible, were told to police verbally. Nevertheless, these four and thousands of others were corralled, pushed to the ground by gangs of cops, beaten with nightsticks and fists, tear-gassed, flash-bombed, and shot at with plastic bullets. In addition, plaintiff Simonis was arrested for trying to take their service dog back from a cop, while police-operated strobe lights caused plaintiff Lewis to have an epileptic seizure during a protest.Their legal complaint declares that in attempts by police at all levels to unlawfully disperse or corral protesters, disabled persons’ rights were specifically denied, as they were forced, along with others, into traps by gangs of cops in body armor, wielding clubs and gloved fists. The police beat them to the ground, teargassed their faces at close range, and then arrested them on wholly trumped-up charges. Mobs of police terrorize entire residential neighborhoods with clouds of noxious gasses, discharge flashbang and pepper grenades. They fire rubber bullets at protesters, one of whom was shot in the face as police used U.S. military-provided grenade launchers, automatic assault rifles, and handguns.The complaint also notes that at these protests police target people with disabilities and, when disabled activists demand their rights as police beat, tear gas, and arrest them, the cops tell them they “should not attend protests at all,” a direct violation of Section 504 of the ADA.last_img read more

Statement Regarding Death of Gene Wilder

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare It is with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the passing of Gene Wilder, the iconic actor, screenwriter, gildaauthor and advocate.An honorary board member of the Cancer Support Community, Gene was instrumental in the 1991 founding of Gilda’s Club, named in honor of his late wife, comedienne Gilda Radner. During her battle with ovarian cancer, Gilda was a member of The Wellness Community in Santa Monica, California and wrote about her experience in her book, It’s Always Something.In 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community, with more than 46 affiliates around the world. Both Gilda’s Club and Cancer Support Community locations offer an array of professionally led social and emotional support programs for people with cancer and their families.“Gene was a great friend and supporter of Gilda’s Club. His support was monumental during the founding of Gilda’s Club, and he remained a strong advocate for the vital programs and shared mission of our two legacy organizations,” said Joanna Bull, Founder of Gilda’s Club Worldwide. “Gene had promised Gilda that no one should face cancer alone, a vow that moved Gilda’s Club forward as he served as its celebrity spokesperson. That promise was held over many years and supported in every way by his widow, Karen. The Cancer Support Community and Gilda’s Club are grateful, and we are diminished by the ending of Gene’s wonderful life.”Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Gene Wilder during this difficult time.About Gilda’s Club Evansville:Gilda’s Club Evansville is a free cancer support community for anyone living with cancer and their families and friends.  Gilda’s Club recognizes that social and emotional support is as essential as medical care when cancer is in the family and offers a variety of workshops, classes, groups and activities in a non-residential, home-like setting.last_img read more

Prince’s Band The Revolution Announces Extensive U.S. Tour Dates

first_imgThough it had been many years since they performed together, Prince’s backing band The Revolution recently reunited in honor of The Purple One’s untimely death. Prince put together this lineup during the Purple Rain era, and, though there was clearly strife between its members during Prince’s lifetime, all arguments were swiftly set aside in the interest of honoring Prince. His loss is still felt strongly within the music community.After reuniting, the members decided to continue honoring Prince’s legacy with a full fledged tour across the country. After announcing a handful of dates earlier this year, The Revolution followed it up with a full fledged tour announcement, spanning from April 21st through July 15th. April 21st marks the one year anniversary of Prince’s death, and the band will honor him at Paisley Park to get their tour started.The Revolution is Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark (Mark Brown), drummer Bobby Z (Robert Rivkin) and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman. See their tour schedule, below.The Revolution Tour DatesApril 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Celebration 2017 at Paisley ParkApril 23 – Chicago, IL @ MetroApril 24 – Chicago, IL @ MetroApril 27 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver SpringApril 28 – New York, NY @ B.B. King’sApril 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living ArtsApril 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living ArtsMay 3 – New York, NY @ Webster HallMay 4 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol TheatreMay 12 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore TheatreMay 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ The VogueMay 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’sMay 18 – Cleveland, OH @ House of BluesMay 20 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic TheaterMay 21 – Toronto, Ont @ Phoenix TheatreJune 14 – Dallas, TX @ House of BluesJune 15 – Houston, TX @ House of BluesJune 16 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec TheaterJune 17 – Austin, TX @ ACL LiveJune 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn BowlJune 22 – San Diego, CA @ House of BluesJune 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ WilternJuly 12 – San Francisco, CA @ The FillmoreJuly 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Showboxlast_img read more