The X1 factor

first_imgNow that rival Audi has upped the ante with the Q factor, segment starter BMW is taking its baby SUV to a new level with the X1. Loosely based on the touring (estate) version of BMW’s 3-series model, the X1 is made in Chennai from parts brought from Munich.The X1 has been a runaway success for BMW, partly because it fills up a niche in the market – it has the looks of an SUV and the functionality of a car. The X1 has the butch looks an SUV needs, but it is also easy to drive and features some amazing technology.It also looks like something it isn’t – BMW is a master at creating niches, and there’s no doubt that the X1 fits the slot very well.When you first look at the X1 with its kidney grille, you’ll not mistake it for anything but a BMW. It bears quite a resemblance to elder sister X3, but seems to have a more steeply raked windscreen and tail-gate. The interior fittings, too, are similar to the 3-series saloon, and even those of us who are well-built will find surprisingly good room in the back seats. The person in the middle, though, might go nuts as the centre console can stretch all the way to the back.The Servotronic steering system of the X1 feels much more responsive than the Audi Q3’s.You do get a very useful 420 litres of luggage space at the back, which can be increased to 1,350 litres by folding the rear seats. And for those who like a bit of ‘car-obar’, there are useful bottle holders that can accommodate a pint bottle each quite easily, though you should let someone else drive if you drink up liquids other than milk from those contraptions.Coming back to the exterior looks, the X1 definitely wants to be more sports car than any other vehicle in the segment, and it has the right features for the job. The Servotronic steering system is tuned comparably to the helm of the 3-series and feels much more responsive than the Audi Q3’s. Harsh impacts cause fewer tremors and despite the elevated seating position and generous ground clearance, the X1 turns in with enthusiasm.advertisementThe engine is highly responsive as well. With 177 horses and 350Nm of torque available early on in the rev range, all you need to do is floor the throttle and see the X1 fly. The automatic transmission is very responsive and for greater thrills, shift her into the ‘sports’ mode and she will reward you with a run that’s guaranteed to light up your face with a smile. The engine is silent as well, and delivers 15kmpl, which should be a cause of cheer especially when, in these days of the tumbling rupee, even a beggar will expect a Rs 50 note if you drive this kind of a vehicle.And yes, the X1 comes loaded with safety features. Up to eight airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seats, and a simple but ingenious system that disengages the central locking in case of an accident and shuts off the fuel pump. Sideimpact protection bars in the doors are standard, as is BMW’s own version of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which the carmaker prefers to call a ‘Dynamic Stability Program’.The other noteworthy feature of the X1 is the sound system. BMW fits in eight speakers that deliver a thumping 180-watt RMS output – you can turn the car into a moving discotheque with this system.The upper models also get a 12GB hard disc that can store most of your music and a large 8.8-inch LCD screen engages your iPod/iPhone. Bluetooth integration is standard, so you can handle phone calls through the system without moving your hands and have your text messages, tasks and notes read out.The X1 is the kind of vehicle from BMW that ticks most of the boxes. It has the stance of a SUV, the performance of a car, is spacious enough to swallow most of your luggage, and is a frugal diesel user. With the depreciating rupee, the price of the base diesel model has gone up to Rs 24.40 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. Even then this vehicle is a good buy and we would say it is the best choice in its segment.last_img read more

Indian athletes came up with their best in 2002

first_imgRight on: Rahul DravidIf sport and the way it is played define a nation’s character, what do the sporting performances of 2002 say about India? That we are a country of energetic, stealthy, never-give-in cat burglars who can get away with outrageous heists in broad daylight but won’t serve Test-match,Right on: Rahul DravidIf sport and the way it is played define a nation’s character, what do the sporting performances of 2002 say about India? That we are a country of energetic, stealthy, never-give-in cat burglars who can get away with outrageous heists in broad daylight but won’t serve Test-match time? Swift stick artists whose flirtations with glory stay in the memory longer than the truth that glory usually has married someone else? Or sleepers in soccer struck on the head at the speed of time? For crying out loud, ditch the diplomacy and call it like the world sees it: we’re more losers than winners. Every year, India takes a pounding on every human development index, comes second to banana republics in temperature-raising at the United Nations and cannot bring itself to wage sneaky guerrilla warfare against not-so-nice neighbours. So on what basis are our athletes expected to be swifter, stronger, higher; our cricketers more capable; our hockey team more heroic? It’s more than compensation for other failures, beyond mindless nationalism as an ephemeral feelgood factor. It is probably because our athletes – healthy, talented and just pure gung-ho on two legs – are the best of us before age renders us crabbed, cynical and compromised. When faced with an afternoon’s hard work, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif didn’t think like hundreds who switched off their television sets. Test case: Sunita RaniThe Indian women’s hockey team at the Manchester Commonwealth Games didn’t wail at the sight of yet another phalanx of stationwagon-sized defenders and unfair umpiring.Their male brethren still care enough to be the show-stoppers of the world game even though an incompetent administration gifts them indecisive management over and over again. It’s a fine way to treat those who often make a worn and weary country feel good about itself. The fate and future of the young athlete depends on the older guiding hand ; in 2002, whenever an Indian athlete found himself in an environment that nurtured his talent and challenged his limits, he responded. A brood of young scrappers on the cricket team proved this year they have an appetite for fierce fights and the more asked of Rahul Dravid, the more he found to give.advertisementIt is no coincidence that this comes at a time when the Indian dressing room is inhabited by a captain who does not pull his punches, mature older colleagues ready to put themselves on the line as example, and professional back-up. The Indian football squad, given new direction under a new management, won its first tournament in 28 years – at the LG Cup in Vietnam, three times wiping out deficits and winning with less than 10 minutes left. They stood up to China at the Asian Games and produced their best-ever international performances in years. Somewhere between these two sports is golf, fast rising in opportunity, domestic tour prize money close to Rs 2.2 crore per year through planning and marketing. The first wave of Indian professionals has already broken through: in March, Jyoti Randhawa had a broken collarbone, in December he became the first Indian to finish as Asia No. 1. PROS … India’s football teamGetting their Kicks India’s football team has its best results in years, winning an international trophy after a gap of 28 years.Woman Smarter Koneru Humpy earns a men’s Grandmaster title, the first Indian woman to do so.Green Revolution Golfer Arjun Atwal wins a European Tour title, Jyoti Randhawa finishes No. 1 in Asia.AND CONS Soccer’s Slip-ups Asian football’s ruling body slaps a one-year ban on international matches in India after Indian football officials fail to file a report on a violent on-field incident in the IFA Shield. Vial Statistics Three Indians, including Sunita Rani, test positive for steroids.Arjun Atwal became the first Indian to win a European Tour event and the pioneer among them all, Jeev Milkha Singh, is trying to batter the door down on the USPGA Tour. What golf has given itself is a strong ladder and a chance: whenever a bold young champion arrives, he or she will find it in place. For every step forward, there are many taken backwards by others. This was a year when Indians played high-quality and high-adrenaline hockey and a new forward line began to loom in rival goal-mouths. Off the field, one coach was sacked midway through the World Cup and his successor couldn’t prevent an outbreak of regional in-fighting at the Champions Trophy in Munich, with Dhanraj Pillai – still the world’s most exciting all-round player – later accusing envious teammates of denying him the ball. A fourth spot in Munich and a silver medal at the Asian Games in Busan may look like good reward – with better and more methodical guidance from the sidelines, it could have been more. Indian hockey’s human resource management has ensured that talent will continue to be undermined and the ridiculous will always win over the sublime.advertisementHow ridiculous could ridiculous be? How about the figure of Rs 12,000 crore spent in a seven-year period on building sporting infrastructure, as announced by Indian Olympic Association President Suresh Kalmadi at the National Games? During those seven years, Sunita Rani has gone from being the country’s most promising runner to an injured athlete, maltreated by a Ukrainian sports doctor, who tested positive for steroids in her first big comeback meet. Had it not been for an alert lawyer who made a case for an appeal at the international level, Rani would have been hung out to dry. In the years it took to spend Rs 12,000 crore on large stadia – which if the past is an indicator will rust to dust – Rani and others like her could have received the best specialised attention and coaching the world had to offer and there would have been plenty left over to breed white elephants. India demands good returns from sport. But it invests in arenas, not athletes. In brick and mortar, not in the sweat and striving of those who show us the best in our national character. In India, this has been a year of loathing, fear, and violence in which he who has shouted loudest, longest and most stridently is perceived as having conveyed the most important message. But if sport were given the chance of voting for an Indian of the Year, then 2002 would belong to the cricket vice-captain, a loyal team man of calculated thought and deliberate action, unremitting professionalism and deep pride. Unlike so many in public life, Rahul Dravid represents us well.last_img read more

SPORT-OLY-MEDALS

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (PTI) Medals tally before the Rio de Janeiro, Aug 11 (PTI) Medals tally before the start of sixth days action at the Rio Olympics (Top 21). Gold Silver Bronze Total USA 11 11 10 32 China 10 5 8 23 Japan 6 1 11 18 Australia 5 2 5 12 Hungary 5 1 1 7 Russia 4 7 4 15 Korea 4 2 3 9 Italy 3 6 2 11 Great Britain 3 3 6 12 France 2 3 1 6 Kazakhstan 2 2 3 7 Thailand 2 1 1 4 Germany 1 2 1 4 Sweden 1 2 – 3 Netherlands 1 1 2 4 Belgium 1 1 1 3 Brazil 1 1 – 2 Colombia 1 1 – 2 Slovenia 1 1 – 2 Vietnam 1 1 – 2 Taipei 1 0 2 3 AHlast_img read more

IPL 2018 Final, CSK vs SRH: Ziva Dhoni ready to ‘roar’ on Super Sunday

first_imgThe leader of Chennai Super Kings’ young fan brigade, Ziva Dhoni, is all geared up cheer for her team as the two-time champions take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.Ziva, MS Dhoni’s three-year-old daughter, has been an ardent supporter of CSK and is often seen in the stands with her mother Sakshi cheering together for the franchise.IPL 2018 Final: Live UpdatesIn a video posted by CSK on Twitter ahead of the summit clash, Ziva was seen playing with the stuffed toy lion ahead of the clash of titans at the Wankhede Stadium.Backing the Lions tonight be like…Also, wonder what MIV stands for… #WhistlePodu #Yellove #YelloveFinals #CSKvSRH pic.twitter.com/bWDAfL2MlcChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 27, 2018The winners-take-all T20 final, in front of a capacity crowd at the Wankhede Stadium, will see CSK, who are gunning for their third IPL crown, take on 2016 winners SRH five days after their first play-off game at the same neutral venue.ALSO READ: IPL 2018 final, CSK vs SRH: Hyderabad face Chennai in high-octane clashThese two southern rivals met at the bull-ring on May 22 in Qualifier 1 in which the Super Kings, champions in 2010 and 2011, just about managed to ward off their rivals in a low-scoring thriller after looking down in the dumps at one stage during the run-chase.ALSO READ: MS Dhoni exudes calm ahead of CSK’s 7th IPL finalThat victory, by 2 wickets, enabled the Super Kings to enter their seventh final in nine attempts directly, while dumping their Hyderabad rivals to their third successive defeat in head-to-head contests this season.advertisementSunrisers had to travel to Kolkata to book their final berth after knocking out two-time former champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in Qualifier 2 on Friday.ALSO READ: Williamson hopes Rashid Khan continues form in IPL 2018 final vs CSKWhile the Super Kings are blessed with a four-day break in between their two games, Sunrisers will be hoping that their winning momentum will help overcome the tiredness of travelling to and from Kolkata and playing their third game, which also happens to be the championship-deciding one, in seven days.Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who came up with a sensational 3 for 19 stint last night apart from scoring a rapid-fire 34 in ten balls and then taking two catches and effecting a run-out, had troubled the Super Kings with a 2 for 11 burst in the first qualifier.ALSO READ: Coach Fleming eyes individual brilliance from CSK ahead of IPL 2018 finalCSK got out of the jail courtesy the calm and assured innings of 67 not out from South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis who played the game only after Sam Billings was ruled out due to injury.The Super Kings batting was left floundering at 62 for 6 with Rashid taking out danger men – skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo. He nearly had du Plessis too before the latter reviewed a leg before decision successfully and stayed till the end to guide Super Kings home.The talented leggie, who has been described as the best T20 spinner currently by Sachin Tendulkar, again looms as a huge stumbling block for the Super Kings’ strong batting line-up. He will also have back up from notable medium pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Siddharth Kaul.Super Kings will also be wary about the match-turning all-round abilities of Carlos Brathwaite, the hero of the Caribbeans title-winning contest in the 2016 World T20 Championship. The big West Indian shone with the ball at the death against KKR after his blistering innings of 43 not out against CSK.Sunrisers will, however, need captain Kane Williamson to get back into the sort of stupendous form he exhibited in the league stage, along with India opener Shikhar Dhawan to improve their title-clinching chances.Their middle and lower order have not really been firing barring the odd game.Super Kings had depended a lot on their top order of Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu in the round-robin stage of the tournament, apart from Dhoni’s finishing flourishes.With du Plessis and Bravo too in the mix, along with Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh and Shardul Thakur with the ability to play cameos, the batting looks formidable.The Super Kings’ bowling attack also has a well-oiled look, giving them a more rounded visage.last_img read more

What to Expect From Central Michigan on Thursday Night

first_imgI did a Q&A with Central Michigan beat writer Nate Schneider. He writes for the Morning Sun and had a few questions for me as well which I answered here. This is what he had to say about OSU’s first opponent on Thursday.1. Central Michigan isn’t a team most OSU folks know a lot about. What Big 12 (or Power Five) team would you compare them to in terms of style and what they’re trying to do on offense or defense?I’d say a strong comparison offensively for Central Michigan in terms of style would be what Charlie Weis’ Kansas teams tried to do with a pro-style attack that relies on a strong running game to set up the pass.While previous head coach Dan Enos departed for Arkansas, the Chippewas have not changed any of the terminology or schemes as they retained offensive coordinator Morris Watts and he is slated to call plays this season. The only area where CMU coaches and players have pointed to as being altered is in the stressing of a more up-tempo play-calling system.Seeing the Chippewas go into some no-huddle drives isn’t out of the question. As far as defense, before this year I would have told you Texas Christian or Auburn as CMU ran a 4-2-5 setup from 2012 through 2014. But with new defensive coordinator Greg Colby on board, the Chippewas plan on running a more traditional 4-3-4 base such as Alabama.Schematic changes are not very common from one year to the next after leading the conference in total defense, but that is what Central Michigan is doing following a MAC-best 2014 output. With a new head coach and a new defensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see how CMU’s philosophies on both sides of the ball unfold against an actual opponent.2. Who are the three best players on CMU and why?After an FBS bowl record-setting performance on Christmas Eve in the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl, you have to throw quarterback Cooper Rush into the mix. He has made 23 starts over the last two seasons and took a major step forward last year. Over the weekend, Rush was voted a team captain by teammates so it’s clear he has the command and respect of the locker room. He is poised for a breakout year in the Mid-American Conference as long as the playmakers around him provide enough help.A second player to look out for is senior center Nick Beamish, also voted a team captain. Beamish is entering his fourth year as a starter and is on the Rimington Award watch list for a second straight season. He has to be considered the preseason favorite to be All-MAC first team at his position.Lastly, junior safety Tony Annese has been a ball hawk ever since joining the starting lineup late in the 2013 campaign as a redshirt freshman. In fact, Annese recorded identical 34-yard interception returns for touchdowns in his first two career starts. He has continued to blossom ever since and is getting some national recognition on the Thorpe Award watch list. Annese and fellow safety, senior Kavon Frazier, form an experienced duo in the back end of the defense.3. I believe I read that CMU hasn’t hosted a Power Five team in quite a while. How big of a deal is this game to fans, players and the school itself? What will the atmosphere be like?The last Power Five team Central Michigan hosted was Syracuse last year,[1. Ed. note: Kyle is a moron.] but with that 40-3 drubbing it’s a game the Chippewas would rather forget. Central Michigan also hosted Michigan State in 2012, another contest that had a lopsided outcome.The game against MSU saw a capacity crowd of 35,127 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. With East Lansing only an hour down the road, it was an easy trip to Mount Pleasant for Spartans fans. Not exactly quite as easy of travel for the Oklahoma State faithful, but it is clear CMU fans are going to show up in large numbers and I’m sure the Cowboys will also bring in a good crowd of their own.It’s hard to predict an attendance, but it wouldn’t shock me if this game drew 30,000-plus. A season opener and national television definitely add to the fun atmosphere of this one. The CMU community is already behind the John Bonamego era in a way it never embraced Coach Enos.4. How has the program changed from last year to this year with the head coaching switch?Like I said, many of the philosophies have remained the same and a good portion of the assistant coaching staff also remains intact. I’d say there are more similarities than differences, but there is certainly a different feel to Bonamego.This is his dream job. He is having the time of his life and it shows, despite battling tonsil cancer throughout the summer. It seems to be a more positive and inclusive environment for the players, the students, the community and even media. The press actually feels welcome at practice and don’t have to wait 45 minutes for the head coach to take a shower, which was the kind of power play stuff that was occurring in years past.5. Cooper Rush is QB1. What is his personality like and what does he do well on the field? Where is he susceptible to making mistakes?When Rush was a redshirt freshman, he was clearly afraid to say anything aside from calling the play in the huddle. He didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, step out of turn or anger anyone with something that might be construed the wrong way. You could see him coming into his own last year as he developed as a leader and felt more like a veteran.Now, he is fully comfortable as a captain. He is way more talkative these days and as an Academic All-MAC representative the last two seasons, Rush is making CMU fans proud off and on the field. He sees the field very well and goes through his progressions when the first option doesn’t work out. Rush set many MHSAA records while in high school at Lansing Catholic Central and he’s proven to be worthy of Central Michigan’s scholarship as he is a very cerebral and accurate quarterback whether it be underneath, intermediate or deep throws.The question becomes whether the wide receivers around him can help Rush reach the next level, because it’s clear he’s ready. If you had to pinpoint one area where he’s struggled the last two years, it is with missing sitting linebackers over the middle. As a redshirt freshman he probably had six passes intercepted in that fashion where he didn’t anticipate a defender underneath.He improved greatly in that area last year, but still managed to let it creep in every once in a while. Rush can also occasionally hold onto the ball a smidge too long, which led to some unnecessary sacks his first two years as starter. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

PSG vs Celtic: Team news & TV guide

first_imgUEFA Champions League PSG vs Celtic: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly 21:13 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Dani Alves PSG Scott Sinclair Celtic Champions League Getty UEFA Champions League PSG PSG v Celtic Celtic The Bhoys suffered humiliation at home when they last met the Ligue 1 giants but they will attempt to deliver an upset in Paris Celtic will hope to boost their chances of dropping into the Europa League when they take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.Brendan Rodgers’ side are currently third in Group B and, while they cannot progress to the knock-out stage of the Champions League, they can drop into the second-tier competition.PSG inflicted a heavy 5-0 defeat on the Bhoys at Celtic Park when they met back in September, and though already qualified will be seeking a similarly emphatic win at home. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Game PSG vs Celtic Date Wednesday, November 22 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Kylian Mbappè Edinson Cavani Neymar Celtic PSG Champions LeagueIn the United Kingdom (UK), the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 3 and by live stream using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 3 BT Sport app In the United States (US), the match will be not be broadcast live nationally on television, but some regional Fox Sports channels will show it. ESPN Deportes will broadcast the match in full but on a delay.Alternatively, it can be watched by live stream using the Fox Soccer Match Pass, as well as WatchESPN. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports (regionals) / ESPN Deportes (delay) Fox Soccer Match Pass / WatchESPN SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position PSG players Goalkeepers Areola, Trapp Defenders Kimpembe, Alves, Marquinhos, Kurzawa, Meunier, Silva, Berchiche Midfielders Rabiot, Draxler, Lo Celso, Verratti, Pastore Forwards Neymar, Di Maria, Cavani, Mbappe An 18-man squad has been announced for the game against Celtic, with the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Julian Draxler all named in the panel.PSG will be without midfielder Thiago Motta, who is out of action due to a knee injury. Lucas Moura, whose future at the club is in doubt, is not included.Potential PSG starting XI: Areola; Alves, Silva, Marquinhos, Kurzawa; Rabiot, Verratti, Draxler; Neymar, Cavani, Mbappe. Position Celtic players Goalkeepers Gordon, De Vries Defenders Simunovic, Boyata, Lustig, Tierney, Bitton Midfielders Roberts, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Hayes, Rogic, Ntcham, McGregor, Forrest, Eboue Forwards Griffiths, Dembele, Edouard Celtic are boosted by the return of Tom Rogic, while defender Jozo Simunovic is also back in contention having returned to action at the weekend.The only player who is missing from the panel is defender Anthony Ralston.Potential Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Bitton, Tierney; Brown, McGregor; Roberts, Armstrong, Sinclair; DembeleBETTING & MATCH ODDS Moussa Dembele CelticPSG are heavy favourites to win at 1/9 according to dabblebet, with Celtic priced at 20/1 to beat the French giants. A draw, meanwhile, is considered a 9/1 bet.Edinson Cavani is favourite to score first at 17/10, with Neymar following at 2/1. Leigh Griffiths and Moussa Dembele are both 12/1 to open the scoring at Parc des Princes.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s markets for the game, including correct score and goalscorer odds.GAME PREVIEW Neymar PSG Paris Saint-GermainPSG are already sure of their place in the knock-out stage of the Champions League and they will enter the draw as a seeded team if they beat Celtic on Wednesday and Bayern Munich drop points.Head coach Unai Emery is under pressure to win every match, and having rested the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Julian Draxler and Layvin Kurzawa at the weekend will likely deploy a strong squad for this encounter, particularly with a trip to Germany in their last match to follow.Nevertheless, Rodgers’ men have much more to play for on Wednesday, with a Europa League place in the balance, and they will be determined to avoid defeat as they look over their shoulders at Anderlecht.last_img read more

GasLog Adds One More LNG Carrier to Its Orderbook

first_imgzoom Owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers GasLog unveiled a new shipbuilding contract for the construction of a 180,000 cbm LNG carrier.To feature LP-2S propulsion, the GTT Mark III Flex LNG carrier will be built by South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries. Under the contract signed on January 12, the new vessel is scheduled to join its owner in the second quarter of 2020.The ship will be chartered to Pioneer Shipping Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Centrica, for an initial period of seven years.GasLog previously ordered a 180,000 cbm LNG Carrier from the shipbuilder. The vessel, which is to be delivered in the third quarter of 2019, is currently without charter.The company revealed the new order as part of its financial report for 2017, in which it said that its profit for the year surged mainly due to an increase in profit from operations.The company’s profit for the year ended December 31, 2017, stood at USD 84.2 million, compared to a profit of USD 28.1 million reported in the previous year.Revenues increased to USD 525.2 million from USD 466.1 million reported in 2016, mainly driven by the full operation of the GasLog Greece, the GasLog Glasgow, the GasLog Geneva and the GasLog Gibraltar and increased revenues from vessels operating in the spot market.Profit for the fourth quarter of 2017 dropped to USD 29.7 million from USD 46.4 million reported in the same quarter of 2016, due to the decrease in gain on swaps and the increase in financial costs.GasLog’s quarterly revenues reached USD 135.8 million, compared to USD 126.5 million seen in the fourth quarter of 2016, mainly driven by increased revenues from vessels operating in the spot market.“GasLog posted another strong quarter, achieving record quarterly and annual results for revenues and EBITDA due to improved earnings from our spot fleet and a strong uptime performance from our ships on charter, including our 2016 newbuild deliveries,” Paul Wogan, Chief Executive Officer of GasLog, said.last_img read more

Acadian Flag Licence Plates Funding Helps Build Stronger Communities

first_imgDonations from the sale of more than 600 Acadian flag licence plates are being returned to the Acadian and francophone communities from where they came. The Vive l’Acadie Community Fund, which supports Acadian and francophone community cultural projects, raised more than $30,000 in its first year. Community groups are using the funds to support cultural activities such as artistic workshops, music concerts, theatre productions, festivals and heritage conservation. “The Vive l’Acadie Community Fund is made possible by donations from Acadians, francophones in every region of the province,” said Acadian Affairs Minister David Wilson. “The Acadian flag licence plate program has had tremendous success over the past year, and I’m proud that the funding will help our vibrant Acadian and francophone communities become even stronger.” The funding goes to the 10 established regional associations of la Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse mandated to promote and preserve Acadian and francophone culture and heritage. “The licence plate in both of Canada’s official languages, with the Acadian flag, shows the provincial government’s support for Acadian and francophone culture in Nova Scotia,” said Claude Renaud, président du Conseil communautaire du Grande Havre. “Nova Scotians can support the Acadian community by donating $50 to get the Acadian licence plate, and that amount gets invested directly into activities that help develop the Acadian community’s identity.” To learn how to get an Acadian flag licence plate, go to www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr/access/drivers/acadian-flag-licence-plate.asp . To follow the province’s French Twitter account, add @GouvNE.last_img read more

Batla House Whispers of encounter 11 years ago

first_imgNew Delhi: Nearly 11 years after two suspected terrorists were gunned down by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in an encounter in the Batla House area of Jamia Nagar in Delhi, people in the locality still talk about it in hushed tones. On a hot, humid Friday afternoon, locals occupied the lanes in front of L-18, the building where five suspected terrorists were holed up inside a flat, to offer the ‘jumma namaz’. They talked in whispers, if at all, about the incident. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items According to occupants of other flats in the building, no one has ever lived in the flat ever since the encounter 11 years ago. Apart from two suspected terrorists, an inspector of the Special Cell, Mohan Chand Sharma, was also killed in the crossfire. During the ‘jumma namaz’ on Friday, it seemed an entire community had blocked the lane leading to the L-Block near the local Khalilullah Masjid. L-18, the four-storey building where the encounter took place, has its outer door made of iron grills. It has a huge parking space on the ground floor and towards the left corner on the opposite side is the entrance to the L-shaped staircase leading up to four floors. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder The outer walls on each floor along the staircase leading to the fourth floor had been identically painted – in off-white and yellowish-brown. The flat in which the five suspected terrorists had been holed up was lying vacant with its gate locked from outside. A woman living in the opposite flat refused to come out as she spoke peeping through the half-opened grille gate. “We have heard a lot about this flat since 2008, the year the encounter took place, but we haven’t seen anyone living there. We have never seen anyone go inside it in the past three years,” said the woman. Most neighbours, however, avoided any direct conversation about the encounter. A few young men spoke in excited tones when asked about the yet-to-be-released Bollywood flick, “Batla House”. They sort of withdrew when enquired about the real encounter that took place. Many among those who were offering namaz have been living in the Batla House area for generations. A section, however, claimed to be unaware of any encounter. Many others claimed to have witnessed the incident, but refused to speak up preferring to leave the incident in the recesses of their memory. “There is nothing to talk about that day. Our locality has seen bad days and acquired a bad name due to the incident. They (police) have arranged a medium of propaganda in the form of a movie to polish their image,” said Haji Parvez, a local resident. Delhi Police had claimed that the five men who had been holed up inside the flat were involved in the five serial blasts that had rocked Delhi on September 13, 2008. Apart from the two men who were shot dead, two others were arrested while one managed to escape during the encounter.last_img read more

Besides Cong chief fixing partys internal issues tops CWC agenda

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress, which is in total disarray, is gearing up for its working committee meeting scheduled on Saturday. At the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which is basically meeting to create a consensus among its members over the name of next party president, the grand old party would formalise its strategies to deal with the party’s internal issues.As per political experts, the party’s divided stand over the government’s decision to scrap special status for Jammu and Kashmir makes is enough to believe that there is a lack of coordination among the party members over any critical issue. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As the decision was taken by the government to scrap Article 370 in J&K, prominent leaders came out in support of the move, while some opposed it. Even in both the Houses of the Parliament – Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha – the party opposed the bill introduced to scrap special status privilege to the Himalayan state, while its leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Deepender Hooda, Bhubaneswar Kalita, etc openly supported the government stand. The Congress ‘no-clear-stand’ on the J&K issue forced Kalita, its senior leader in Rajya Sabha, to resign from the House. The leaders of the party tried to defend their stand Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&Kand corner the government in Lok Sabha without presenting ‘hard facts’. In an awkward moment, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said that those who supported erasing the constitutional safeguard for J&K were neither familiar with the history of Kashmir nor Congress. The shocker came from party’s leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who stood to make his point saying that nothing about Kashmir could be an internal matter. “You say that it (Jammu and Kashmir) is an internal matter. But it is being monitored by the United Nations since 1948. Is that an internal matter? We signed the Shimla Agreement and Lahore Declaration with Pakistan. Was that an internal matter or bilateral?” Chowdhury had told the Lok Sabha during the discussion over the bill on Tuesday. The remarks of Chowdhury left Congress Parliament Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was sitting next to him, in a shock.last_img read more

Imran vows to support Saudi Arabia after attacks on oil installations

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed to support Saudi Arabia against any terrorist attack and reaffirmed that Islamabad will stand by Riyadh in case of any threat to the security of the Kingdom, the official media reported. Khan telephoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Monday after drone attacks claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen targetted a huge oil processing plant in Abqaiq and the Khurais oilfield in Saudi Arabia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USState-run Radio Pakistan reported that Prime Minister Khan expressed Pakistan’s support for Saudi Arabia and “its full stand with all its potentials in confronting these sabotage acts which threaten the global economy and the kingdom’s security.” This is the third time that the two leaders have spoken over the phone since August after Indo-Pak tensions escalated after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Khan will visit Saudi Arabia on September 19 for talks with the Saudi leadership. His visit to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan’s close ally, will take place days before the Pakistani prime minister leaves for the US to attend the UN General Assembly where he has vowed to raise the Kashmir issue.last_img read more

WestJet bans staff in safetysensitive jobs from offduty cannabis use

first_imgCALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it will follow the lead of rival Air Canada in banning marijuana use for staff in certain “safety-sensitive positions” even when they aren’t at work.The company says it updated its alcohol and drug policy in preparation for legalization of recreational cannabis use next week.Spokeswoman Morgan Bell says employees were notified of the changes on Tuesday morning.She says marijuana is being treated differently than alcohol, which is banned for certain staff members within 12 hours of coming on duty.Bell said WestJet’s list of affected positions would be similar to Air Canada’s, which includes flight and cabin crew members, flight dispatchers, aircraft maintenance engineers and station attendants.The new WestJet policy also includes a prohibition on possession or distribution of cannabis on company property while on duty or attending a company social function.“We believe these changes reflect our reputation as an industry leader in safety and our expectations that all employees report fit for duty and remain fit for duty at work,” said Bell.Companies mentioned in this article include: (TSX:WJA, TSX:AC)last_img read more

Dutch police kill gunman near Netherlands central bank

AMSTERDAM — Dutch police say they have shot and killed an armed person on a street next to the country’s central bank.Amsterdam police said in a tweet that the suspect was shot Wednesday night when he approached officers with the gun. One passer-by was wounded in the incident.Part of the street was cordoned off for the investigation into the killing.No further details were immediately available.The Associated Press

Yellow vest protesters try to keep up momentum on week 15

PARIS — French yellow vest protest organizers are trying to tamp down violence and anti-Semitism in the movement’s ranks as they launch a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations.Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Arc de Triomphe monument for a march through well-off neighbourhoods to protest government policies they see as favouring the rich. It was among multiple actions planned Saturday around Paris and in other cities.Support for the movement has ebbed in recent weeks as it has splintered and outbreaks of violence continue. Online announcements for Saturday’s marches appealed for peaceful action, and one of the weekend protests aims to stand up against anti-Semitism.Extremist views of some protesters have erupted in a torrent of anti-Semitic insults at a noted philosopher on the sidelines of last weekend’s Paris protest.The Associated Press read more

Sorry Running Backs Even Your Receiving Value Can Be Easily Replaced

Running backs in the NFL don’t have the value they once did. The five highest-paid running backs this season will make 93 percent of what the five highest-paid RBs were paid in 2011, based on their collective salary cap charges each year according to Spotrac. The five highest-paid quarterbacks of 2019, meanwhile, are making 185 percent of their 2011 counterparts.12011 was the first year of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.But top backs like Le’Veon Bell, who sat out the entire 2018 season over a contract dispute with the Steelers, and current holdout Ezekiel Elliott, who hauled in 77 passes last year, may be hoping to reestablish value at the position with their receiving ability. By leaning into a more pass-happy league, running backs like these two, the Panthers’ Christian McCaffrey (107 receptions in 2018) and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley (91 receptions), are leading a receiving revolution at the position.But despite the exploits of the most prolific receiving backs last year, running back targets as a share of all passes are not significantly increasing. Teams are just throwing to everyone more often. Last year, 20.2 percent of passes were targeted at running backs, which is in line with the 2001-to-2017 average of 19.5 percent. The same is true if we look at the market share of passing yards: 18 percent last year compared with 17.5 from 2001 to 2017.And unless you’re playing fantasy football, judging receiving ability by the number of catches and receiving yards is a poor way to measure this skill. A checkdown to a running back who gains 12 yards on third-and-15 is great for your fantasy team, but it doesn’t do much to improve an actual team’s chances of winning a game.A more accurate — but still imperfect — gauge of the receiving value of a running back is the added value of the plays in which he is a receiver.2Imperfect because the contributions of each of the specific players involved in a given play aren’t teased out. We can use a team’s success rate on those plays — whether the play resulted in positive expected points added — to see more clearly that not all running back catches and yards are created equal.Last year, NFL backs registered successful plays on 1,663 of 3,572 receiving targets, a rate of 46.6 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Elliott and Barkley were the top two rushers in the league last season, but they were below-average receivers for their position by this metric, posting respective success rates of 36.1 and 40.3 percent on passes thrown to them. The Cowboys and Giants ranked 31st and 26th, respectively, in overall success rates on those plays. When their quarterbacks threw to Elliott and Barkley, they typically weren’t increasing their probability of scoring points — they were worsening it.Whether it’s scheme, blocking or the ability of the running backs themselves, some teams are just better at this play-call than others. Comparing overall success rates, we can see a wide range of effectiveness across the league in 2018 when throwing to the RBs. N.Y. Jets1034644.7 New England1708650.6 teamAttemptsSuccessfulSuccess rate Philadelphia1014544.6 Denver1285845.3 Houston672537.3 Cincinnati1084743.5 L.A. Rams934851.6 Green Bay974546.4 Passes to RBs L.A. Chargers1387352.9 Baltimore914145.1 Oakland1326750.8 Arizona1093834.9 Seattle844250.0 Buffalo933537.6 Jacksonville1336246.6 Pittsburgh1105650.9 Kansas City996262.6% N.Y. Giants1496040.3 San Francisco1075854.2 Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP Indianapolis1265543.7 No team threw to its RBs more than the Patriots, and it obviously worked out OK for them. But that doesn’t mean the Patriots were the best at it — that honor belongs to the AFC runner-up Kansas City Chiefs, who recorded a success rate of 62.6 percent on these throws. The next best team on passes to running backs, the Panthers, posted a success rate of 54.5 percent. In fact, the difference in success rate, 8.1 percentage points, between the best and second-most effective teams — the Chiefs and Panthers — is the same as the difference between the Panthers and the Packers, the 15th-best team at this play.Despite their high proficiency on such throws, the Chiefs were just 23rd in the share of passes targeted to running backs, though it’s hard to criticize them for not throwing enough to RBs given that they had one of the most explosive offenses in NFL history. And the Chiefs didn’t rely on any one running back for that success: Targets to each of the Chiefs’ primary backs last season — Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware and Damien Williams — had a success rate of at least 59.5 percent.This raises a problem for the star running backs trying to prove their worth this season. Because the expected points added on a given play are owned by everyone involved, it would be hard for a running back to claim success rate on targets as his own.For example, Melvin Gordon is holding out from the Chargers for a new contract — one that would pay him for being more than just a runner. He would reasonably be able to point to the 50.8 percent play success on his 61 targets in 2018. The trouble is that the other top Charger backs, Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, were each part of a higher share of successful pass plays than Gordon was, averaging a success rate of 54.2 percent.Standing out as receivers may be the best chance for running backs trying to get around the depressed salaries at their position. But even with their contributions to the passing game, it still might be a challenge for these RBs to prove that their receiving value also isn’t easily replaced. The Chiefs got the most out of the running back passNFL teams by success rate of passes to running backs, as measured by positive expected points added, for the 2018 regular season Chicago1316650.4 Detroit1436243.4 Tennessee863641.9 New Orleans1427150.0 Dallas1114136.9 Washington1084339.8 Atlanta873944.8 Carolina1347354.5 Tampa Bay883539.8 Cleveland1095449.5 Minnesota984444.9 Miami1015049.5 read more

OSU Ink Tattoos represent life

Some people get tattoos for the sake of getting tattoos. Some get them because they believe it will make them look cool. For the Ohio State wrestlers who have tattoos, they hold meaning. Captain C.J. Magrum, a 184-pound redshirt sophomore, has four tattoos. The first is a cross on his right outer arm. The second is his last name inked on the left side of his chest over his heart. The next two tattoos are Magrum’s favorites. He has a depiction of praying hands on his right thigh, with the words “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” underneath the hands. “If I’m going to get a tattoo, I might as well give praise to the man upstairs,” Magrum said. “I feel like, in a way, I am always looking at those like, ‘Oh man, that’s pretty sweet,’ and then thinking of God. It works both ways.” Magrum’s other favorite is the one on his inner left bicep, where he has the word “Malulani” tattooed. Malulani is the Hawaiian word for “protected by heaven.” “My mom used to live in Hawaii,” Magrum said. “When I got this tattoo she actually got a Hawaiian flower on her back with my and my brother’s name on it.” Magrum said he plans to get another tattoo – after the wrestling season ends – with his best friend. The tattoo will be an ambigram of the words “faith” and “hope.” An ambigram is a combination of two or more words into one image where you see one word from one direction and the other word from the opposite direction. Besides the meanings of the tattoos, Magrum said, tattoos do another thing for wrestlers. “I think they mean you’re tough if you have them,” Magrum said. “Whenever I’m going against a guy and I see he’s got tattoos, I’m like, ‘This guy’s pretty tough; it’s going to be a good one.’” Magrum is not the only Buckeye wrestler with tattoos. Captain Sean Nemec, a 157-pound redshirt junior, has three tattoos. Nemec’s first tattoo was a sun on his back, near his left shoulder. In the sun there is a symbol for strength. Nemec also has his last name on his right rib cage and the words “Never fear failure” on his inner left bicep. Nemec got his first tattoo, the sun, when he was 16. He said he got the tattoo because his brother had them and he always wanted one. To Nemec, the sun on his back still holds meaning. “Strength and power,” Nemec said. “Have strength with whatever you were going through.” Nemec’s most recent tattoo is the “Never fear failure,” which he got last summer. He said it’s his most personal tattoo. “I’ve had a habit of thinking the worst possible things,” Nemec said. “I just got to try to be that reminder to not fear to fail.” Jacob Vaughan, a 133-pound sophomore, is another wrestler with inked skin. Vaughan has either two or five tattoos, depending on how you look at them. “People tell me I have five,” Vaughan said. “I think it only counts as two.” The discrepancy comes with the words on his arms and chest. Vaughan has “I will conquer all” written in Latin saying “Ego lovo victum totus,” with one word being placed on each inner arm and each side of his chest. “It’s a personal thing for me,” Vaughan said. “Good always conquers evil and God will always overcome everything.” Vaughan also has an unfinished tattoo of his family’s crest on his left side. Currently the tattoo is in black, but when it is done it will have red, purple and white mixed in. Like Magrum, Vaughan will be getting more work done after the season. He wants a half sleeve on his right arm, which will be an image of St. Christopher. “My dad has had the same St. Christopher pendant since he’s been 12 years old,” Vaughan said. “It’s a scene of St. Christopher holding Jesus crossing the river. There’s going to be big storm clouds, with waves coming up.” read more

IPL CSK chase 203 in blockbuster finish to homecoming

Chennai Super Kings 205 for 5 (Billings 56, Watson 42) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 202 for 6 (Russell 88*) by five wicketsAndre Russell gets one right off the middle (BCCI)(ESPNcricinfo)-A chaotic start welcomed Chennai Super Kings back to the MA Chidambaram Stadium: protests and a delayed toss due to the late arrival of the match officials. The end was even more frenetic, as Super Kings hunted down 17 off the final over to edge a high-scoring thriller and keep the IPL’s trend of successful chases alive.With their personnel and the roles assigned, Knight Riders have set their template for the season: attack from the outset and consolidate only if too many wickets fall. The trend is discernible. At the end of the Powerplay in their first game, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Knight Riders were 68 for 2. At the same point against Super Kings, they were 64 for 2. After nine overs in the previous game, Knight Riders were 92 for 3. In this game, they were 87 for 4.Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa scored a combined 63 runs off 36 balls. The approach of attempting to score boundaries despite losing wickets is fraught with risk, but it has worked twice in two games.Russell had a strike rate of 128 and a dot-ball percentage of 42 against legspinners in T20s, prior Tuesday. So, it wasn’t surprising that Imran Tahir was brought on immediately after Russell came in. He conceded two runs off five balls against Russell.With the main threat seen out, Russell feasted on Super Kings’ fast bowlers, who either had the wrong plan or missed their execution too often. As the bowlers repeatedly erred too full, Russell teed up the straight boundaries. Russell’s most productive hitting area was straight: he scored 50 runs off 15 balls between long-off and long-on. Overall, 84 of his 88 runs came in front of square on both sides. Off full balls, he scored 52 runs off 15 balls, at a strike rate of 346.7. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChahar, spinners maintain CSK’s perfect home recordApril 9, 2019In “Sports”Sehwag powers Kings Punjab to 24 run win over Chennai Super KingsMay 30, 2014In “Sports”IPL: Gill and Karthik power KKR past sloppy CSKMay 3, 2018In “Sports” read more

Mens EURO 2012 Qual Round 4 Hungary and Croatia already in Serbia

← Previous Story Draw for EHF EURO 2012 on 15 June in Belgrade Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 2010/11: Gyor, Larvik, Itxako and Budućnost for the title! EHF EURO 2012 Last weekend’s games decided the first two teams, who will compete at the EHF EURO 2012 with Serbia and France.Group 1Hungary : Macedonia 29:26Bosna and Hercegovina : Estonia 21:23Standing:1. Hungary 4 -82. Estonia 4-43.  Macedonia 4-34. Bosna and Hercegovina 4-1Group 2Romania – Lithuania 25:27Croatia – Spain 23:21Standing:1. Croatia 4-82. Spain4-43. Lithuania 4-44.  Romania 4-0Group 3Poland – Slovenia 32:27Ukraine – Portugal 29:25Standing:1. SLovenia 62. Poland 53. Portugal 34. Ukraine 2Group 4Sweden : Slovakia 26:21Montenegro : Israel 36:27Standing:1. Slovakia 4-62. Sweden 4-63. Montenegro 4-24.  Israel 4-2Group 5Austria : Latvia 34:24Germany – Iceland 39:28Standing:1. Austria 4-72. Germany 4-53.  Iceland 4-44. Latvia 4-0Group 6Norway : Czech Republic 24:22Netherlands: Greece 30:30Standing:1. Czech Republic 4-62. Norway4-63. Greece4-34. Netherlands 4-1Group 7Denmark : Russia 36:29Belarus: Switzerland 26:24Standing:1. Denmark 4-62.  Russia 4-63. Belarus 4-44. Switzerland 4-0 read more

OConnell wary of Welsh subtlety behind Gatlands power game

first_img“It almost looks more direct than it is, because there’s so much animation going on in the background, to pull centres’ eyes away to the background. Really well-worked moves that essentially look like Roberts just going up the middle, but it’s not.”Ireland’s defence will have to be at peak levels of performance to halt the imposing Welsh backs, with the return of Gordon D’Arcy at inside centre seen as a move to ensuring that happens. In terms of their own ability to break down Wales’ defence, the set-piece foundation will be as important as ever.John Plumtree’s line-out and scrum functioned well against an average Scotland pack, but O’Connell recognises that it will quite possibly be a different story against Wales. That assertion comes despite the fact that the Welsh looked vulnerable to the Italian scrum last weekend.The scrum is just a very difficult thing to predict from week to week. I know in the autumn, we’d a poor day ourselves against Australia, whereby they got a hit and a run in a lot of the scrums. We struggled to deal with that – obviously we expected it to be refereed – but we turned it around in a week and put a really good scrummaging performance in.“I think Italy have an excellent scrum and Wales have made a change there in bringing in Gethin Jenkins, who’s obviously a big man and a very experienced player, a very experienced scrummager. I know it’ll be a massive part of the game and hopefully we can do well.“We just want to play off that ball. That’s Joe’s big thing; producing quality ball that the backs can play off. That’s going to be very important for us.”‘We’re ready to have the kitchen sink thrown at us’ – Rhys PriestlandO’Connell and D’Arcy return to Ireland team ahead of Wales clash We’ve had a good rivalry with them in the last number of years and they’ve probably come out with the better of it recently. It all adds to the occasion, I think they’ve fantastic players all across the pitch. So do we; guys like Brian O’Driscoll in their last year. HOW THE TIMES have changed in the Six Nations.Not too long ago, the fixtures with England and France were seen as the two most testing and important of the competition for Ireland. However, winning two consecutive championships has seen Wales step into the foreground of our European focus.Beyond the success of Warren Gatland’s side, familiarity has bred rivalry. Paul O’Connell explains the situation in a little more depth.“We know each other very well from the Rabo league and from the Heineken Cup as well. There was a lot of Irish and a lot of Welsh on the last two Lions tours and it’s no secret that we got on very well on both those tours. It’s the same here with Munster and Leinster; when you get on well with people, it adds to the rivalry.center_img “I think it happens when you’ve good teams – they’ve won the last two championships and they’ve made no bones about the fact that they’re going to do three and hoping to do three in-a-row. It’s a massive game for both teams and it all adds to the hype.”Stage set; this is the big one. So how do Ireland go about bringing down this Welsh team? Their direct power is well known and Gatland himself has freely advertised that Wales will not be changing their approach any time soon.However, O’Connell believes that the generally accepted view of the Welsh is too simplistic at present, hiding the imagination that their backline brings to the game.“They’ve big men, so you just think their game is all about physicality but there’s an incredible amount of skill to what they do as well. I would have seen that in the last two Lions tours. Everyone thinks that that they just launch big men into midfield as the first phase for every play.“It’s something that they do, but they do it with a lot of subtlety. They’ve a lot of animation out the back, pulling defenders away and you saw that with the try Jamie Roberts created for Scott Williams against Italy [above]. Wales will always be direct, but having worked under Warren Gatland and Rob Howley for the last two Lions tours, there’s an incredible amount of subtlety to it.last_img read more

Renowned plastic surgeon returns to Australia after treating fire victims in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Internationally renowned Australian plastic surgeon, Dr John Greenwood, who flew to Greece to assist fellow surgeons in treating victims of the tragic fires in Attica, has recently returned to Australia and shared his experience at a fundraising event hosted by the Cypriot Community of SA in conjunction with the Australian Hellenic Medical Charity Inc. (AHMCI).“It was a tragic time for Greece. As I was watching the news, the story that really got me was the story of the 23 people that huddled together on top of the hill only metres from the sea, all holding each other. That’s when I decided to offer my services,” said Dr Greenwood.The devastating fires, which broke out on 23 July claimed the lives of 99 people whilst hundreds were injured in what has been described as one of the nation’s worst disasters in recent memory. Dr Greenwood put the wheels in motion by contacting a UK-based colleague and close friend that was connected with several plastic and burn surgeons in Greece.“I started to offer my help knowing that I only needed one doctor to say ‘it will be really nice if you came, there are things you can do’,” said the surgeon.And that’s exactly the response Dr Greenwood’s received, his offer accepted just two days later. He arrived in Greece on Saturday 28 July and was welcomed by colleague Dr Dimitrios Krikonis, who he has dubbed the “true hero of this drama”.“Please keep in mind that I did nothing compared to that man. I am not the hero of this story by any stretch of the imagination. These patients were his patients, in his unit, at the Thriasio Hospital Burns Clinic, and it was all his work,” said Dr Greenwood.During his hospital visits, the Australian surgeon was given the opportunity to demonstrate his methods on Greek patients using a biodegradable skin graft substitute, which assists with the prevention of blood loss, thus making the recovery process easier for the patient.“The team was extremely receptive on taking on board some of these suggestions, but at the same time, some of those machines were not in great condition for us to continue with the work.”After a few days of treating burn victims, the former South Australian of the Year was in desperate need of additional skin harvesting equipment and reached out to Natalia Adanichkin, Advanced Nurse Unit Manager at the Adult Burns Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).“Natalia is the second hero of this story. She was the one that worked for two days tirelessly with the groups and suppliers we use at RAH to source and supply the products we needed. Unfortunately, the company wouldn’t allow the release of the equipment unless they had a guarantee of payment and that’s all I did. I put it all on my credit card just to bring it to Greece,” reveals Dr Greenwood.Natalia also contacted a small group of Greek Australians in Adelaide who offered to raise the funds needed to purchase the equipment. Accountant Bill Pitsadiotis and President of the Pan-Laconic Association in SA, Dina Housou led the team that managed to collate the funds within just a few hours.“We developed really good relationships with the Greek members of the community who helped us purchase the equipment and also the staff in the Thriasio Hospital Burns Unit. We all worked towards the same objective: to save people’s lives,” says Natalia, who arrived in Athens on 6 August to assist Dr Greenwood.“It was just heartbreaking to see so many people, the majority being the elderly and women, all burnt so severely. I will never forget the courage of those patients. It reminded me of the bravery and courage of the Greeks I read in myths, but the worst thing is that those injuries will continue for months and not for only as long as the cameras are rolling. It is for this reason we need to supply equipment to this unit for the future and hopefully forever,” added Dr Greenwood.The fundraising event held on Friday 14 September at the Cypriot Community of SA raised a further $73,500.“I am extremely proud of the way the AHMCI board managed to unite varying Hellenic organisations from all sides of the spectrum to achieve one goal,” said AHMCI President, Kostas Barkoukis.“It is amazing to see South Australians leading the way, especially when it comes to supporting the Hellenic Republic in a time of need and we are very honoured to have Dr Greenwood supporting us and Dr Krikonis who travelled from Greece to honour and thank the Greek community for their support in person.“AHMCI will continue to work for the struggling people and hospitals in Greece. We have been offered the opportunity to live in a fantastic, prosperous nation such as Australia. It is our duty to help the Hellenic Republic.”Dr Greenwood speaking at the fundraising event hosted by the Cypriot Community of SA and AHMCI.(L-R) Chartered Accountant and AHMCI senior board member, George Apostolou; SA Minister for Tourism and Trade, David Ridgway; Chief Justice of SA and AHMCI Patron, Chris Kourakis; Plastic Surgeon at Thriasio hospital (Elefsina), Dr Dimitri Krikonis with wife Magdelini Vova Hatzi; AHMCI senior board member and President of Cypriot Community in SA, Professor Andrea Evdokiou; chartered accountant, financial controller and AHMCI treasurer, Despina Pastrikos; AHMCI president Kosta Barkoukis; and AHMCI legal advisor, Lukasz Wyszynski. Photos: Karen Roberts PhotographyDr Greenwood speaking at the fundraising event hosted by the Cypriot Community of SA and AHMCI.last_img read more