ICC World Cup ICC’s boundary-count rule that decided World Cup winner slammed by former players

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi : Former and current cricketers, including India’s Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir, criticised the International Cricket Council’s boundary count rule that decided the World Cup title in England’s favour and denied New Zealand after a pulsating final in London. In a thrilling encounter on Sunday night at the Lord’s, England were adjudged the winners of the world Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count – 22 fours and two sixes —  to New Zealand’s 16 after the epic final, and also the ensuing Super Over, ended in a tie. “Some rules in cricket definitely needs a serious look in,” tweeted Indian opener Rohit Sharma on Monday. The sentiment was shared by former opener Gambhir, who is now a parliamentarian.” Don’t understand how the game of such proportions, the #CWC19Final, is finally decided on who scored the most boundaries.A ridiculous rule @ICC. Should have been a tie. I want to congratulate both @BLACKCAPS & @englandcricket on playing out a nail biting Final,” Gambhir wrote on his twitter handle.Gambhir’s former teammate Yuvraj Singh also disagreed with the ICC rule of deciding the World Cup winner on boundary count.”I don’t agree with that rule ! But rules are rules congratulations to England on finally winning the World Cup, my heart goes out for the kiwis they fought till the end. Great game an epic final !!!! #CWC19Final,” he wrote.Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris called ICC a joke.”Nice work @ICC … you are a joke!!!,” he wrote.Indian spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi was also scathing in his criticism of the ICC rules.”Grossly unimaginative ICC rules help #England win World Cup..Ideally it would have been better if both Eng & NZ were declared joint winners..& shared the Cup..as underdogs #NZ did more to create such an amazing result..while #Eng were expected to win hands down..Think ICC think!,” he tweeted.”The DL system is actually based on runs and wickets lost… yet the Final result is only based on Boundaries hit? Not fair in my opinion. Must have been great to watch!,” wrote former Australian batsman Dean Jones.Opting to bat, New Zealand had put up a modest 241 for eight. In reply, England ended at the same score leading to the one-over eliminator.In the Super Over, England batted first and the duo of Ben Stokes, who kept the hosts in the game with a brilliant 84 off 98 balls, and Jos Buttler made 15, and New Zealand also ended at the same score but for the loss of one wicket, paving the way for an English victory on boundary count. Former New Zealand cricketers were also left hugely disappointed by the ICC’s rule, describing it as “absurd” and “unfortunate”.Former Black Caps all-rounder Dion Nash said he felt cheated after the finals.”I feel really empty, and a bit cheated,” he was quoted as saying in stuff.co.nz.”Clearly, it’s ridiculous… really absurd. It’s about as random as tossing a coin.”Nash, however, said there was no point complaining as the rules were laid down much before the tournament.”But you also have to look at it from the (view of the) people setting the rules. I mean who thinks it’s going to be a draw, and then you draw in the Super Over? What are the chances?”You can’t complain, it was done at the start of the tournament.But I think that’s probably indicative of where the game’s mindset’s at. Why not credit the guys who took the most wickets?” The real measure that was used for generations was least amount of wickets lost. So why have we changed that?”Kyle Mills, who was part of the 2015 team which lost its first-ever World Cup final to Australia, felt that the decision could have been on the basis of wickets lost. “I guess the game of cricket is about runs and wickets and when the runs are tied, it’d be ideal then to take it back to how many wickets were lost,” he said.”It’s just unfortunate. Those are the rules, we can’t complain.” last_img read more

Webb sentencing put back a fifth time

first_imgNEW YORK, USA (CMC) – Sentencing for disgraced former CONCACAF strongman Jeffrey Webb has been pushed back yet again, this time until January next year.The 52-year-old Cayman Islands businessman, a former powerful vice-president of football’s World governing body, FIFA, was expected to be sentenced July 11 but has had the date pushed back to January 24, 2018.It is the fifth time the U.S. federal court in Brooklyn agreed to rescheduled sentencing. Only last April, Webb’s May 11 sentencing was pushed back to July.Webb’s case was a high profile one following his arrest in Zurich two years ago, as a part of a sting operation conducted by Swiss law enforcement as FIFA executives gathered for presidential elections.He was one of several high-level former and current CONCACAF and FIFA officials accused of corruption in a 47-count indictment by the United States Department of Justice.After being extradited to the U.S. to face corruption charges, Webb pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud conspiracy and three counts of money-laundering conspiracy.He agreed to forfeit more than US$6.7 million as part of a plea deal and has been under house arrest at his palatial Atlanta residence ever since.Recent media reports said Webb was selling the property, with monies from the sale to go towards an asset forfeiture agreement.last_img read more

Paddle To Quinault Celebration Off To A Great Start

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Quinault NationThe Paddle to Quinault ceremony got underway with great style Thursday as dozens of traditional tribal cedar canoes from points near and far came ashore at Point Grenville near Taholah, a spectacle witnessed by thousands of Indian and non-Indian cheering spectators.One by one the giant canoes were welcomed ashore by Quinault Nation leaders and Quinault dancers and singers as they rode the Pacific waves in, some completing a journey of hundreds of miles. The pullers (paddlers) then hefted their heavy canoes through the crowd to the safety and comfort of dry land, a count of 69 canoes in all.Following several hours of the traditional welcoming and landings, it was time for the host tribe to feed the canoe families and thousands of both Indian and non-Indian guests, then to commence potlatch activities which will continue until Tuesday, August 6. The welcome is extended to all, and traditional food, dance, music, storytelling and gifting are all provided with open arms and friendly smiles. The 2013 Canoe Journey Celebration is underway!Quinault Tribal Councilman Rich Underwood, who handled much of the emcee duties during the landings said all went well. He said there had been some rough times for some of the canoes facing the elements of the ocean, but everyone is safe and for that he was very grateful. “This is a truly awesome event,” he said. “I’m so glad to see so many people on the beach. This is the most people this beach has seen in over 100 years!”“I am so excited for the Quinault people,” said Quinault President Fawn Sharp. “It is so important to celebrate our traditions—to keep our heritage alive for future generations. It’s a sunny day for our people.”Emmett Oliver, now 99 and the most elder Quinault, was on hand to witness the landings. He was the Quinault leader who organized the first journey in 1989, the Paddle to Seattle, which was celebrated in concert with the State of Washington Centennial Celebration. It has been celebrated, with various tribes and British Columbia First Nations hosting the event ever since. Quinault hosted it once before, in 2002. Since then it has tripled in size, and Oliver says he is very pleased that it has been so successful in helping the Indian people reconnect with their history, culture and heritage.Marilyn Bard, Oliver’s daughter, said his 14 year-old grandson, Owen, participated as a member of a canoe team for the first time this year. “That shows how powerful, and what a source of pride, this is,” she said.The theme of this year’s journey, “Honoring our Warriors,” was repeatedly acknowledged, as veterans were honored again and again for their service.Among the many photographers and videographers who are documenting this year’s journey is Chris Ayre, preeminent American Indian filmmaker and producer of “Smoke Signals.” Ayre’s filming of the event has been commissioned by Quinault and will be made available to the public at some time in the future to be announced.Volunteers for the Paddle to Quinault are still welcome and encouraged. For more information, go to www.PaddletoQuinault.org. Paddle to Quinault is an alcohol and drug free event.Photos by ThurstonTalk can be found here.last_img read more

Christopher Cross to Appear at Jan. 17 Sandy Benefit

first_imgRED BANK – Five-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross will present an evening of music at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave.Tickets are $105, $95 and $55 with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Sandy relief. Tickets can be purchased by emailing the theater at www.trtc.org, calling 732-345-1400 or by visiting the box office.Cross was the biggest new star of 1980, virtually defining adult contemporary radio with a series of smoothly sophisticated ballads including his No. 1 hit Sailing. His 1980 self-titled debut album with the lead single Ride Like the Wind rocketed to the No. 2 spot; the massive success of the second single Sailing made Cross a superstar, and in the wake of two more Top 20 hits, Never Be the Same and Say You’ll Be Mine he walked off with an unprecedented and record-setting five Grammys in 1981.Cross also scored a second No. 1 hit and Academy Award, with Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).last_img read more

UAAP softball: Lady Falcons sweep 1st round

first_imgView comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mutual respect with San Beda makes title win sweeter for Lyceum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES The Lady Maroons forced a three-way tie at third place with the Lady Warriors and the Lady Bulldogs, all carrying identical 3-3 cards, while La Salle remained in sixth place with its 2-4 record.center_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Once again showcasing its might over the competition, defending seven-time champion Adamson pounded University of the East to take the 14-4 victory to complete a first round sweep in the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Baseball StadiumADVERTISEMENT The Lady Falcons bucked a slow start and banked on pitcher Lyca Basa, who struck out seven batters to hold the Lady Warriors scoreless in the last four innings, to help their side remain perfection through six matches.Jeanette Rusia fired her third homerun of the season, giving Adamson a 6-2 lead before the Lady Falcons scored two more runs in the fifth and another six in the seventh inning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFlor Pabiania also had four RBIs.In the other games, University of Santo Tomas blanked La Salle, 7-0, in six innings to end its first round campaign with a 4-2 record, while the University of the Philippines nipped National University, 3-2, in extra innings. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Evolutionists Say Parasites Made Humans Successful

first_img“If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.”  That’s a pretty big If, but that’s what two evolutionary biologists claimed this month Current Biology.1  The cooperative behaviors naturally selected in evolutionary host-parasite wars, by implication, are what gave human beings the ability to build cities, governments and scientific laboratories – like the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West work.    Surprisingly, their claim came at the end of an article that discussed primarily the downfall of one of the leading theories for social cooperation: the kin selection theory of W. D. Hamilton.  Their first paragraph explained why this theory fails:Cooperation abounds in the natural world, and biologists are faced with the difficulty of reconciling this fact with the principle of the ‘survival of the fittest’.  A fundamental step in our understanding of cooperation was provided by W. D. Hamilton’s theory of inclusive fitness.  This reveals that altruistic behaviour, where an individual pays a direct fitness cost in order to enhance the fitness of others, can be favoured by selection if individuals tend to promote the reproductive success of their genetic relatives.  This raises the question of how altruists ensure that their selfless behaviour is directed primarily towards their kin.  One possibility is genetic kin recognition, where individuals identify close kin on the basis of physical similarity because relatives look more similar than unrelated individuals.  Despite the apparent incentive for such kin recognition, however, there is relatively poor empirical support for this mechanism in nature.  A new theoretical study of genetic kin recognition by Francois Rousset and Denis Roze reveals that, left to its own evolutionary devices, this mechanism will drive itself to ruin.They proceeded to demonstrate that theoretical and observational evidence for Hamilton’s celebrated theory for the origin of cooperation is rare in nature, if it works at all.  There was only one example they could provide: parasitism.But all is not lost for genetic kin recognition.  As Crozier suggested, the mechanism could be stabilised by extrinsic processes that maintain marker diversity.  Rousset and Roze have confirmed this by incorporating an ad hoc advantage to rare markers into their model and found that, provided this was sufficiently strong relative to the fitness consequences of altruism, genetic kin recognition is maintained and selflessness prevails.  This could explain why, when genetic kin recognition does occur, it often involves genes that are implicated in host-parasite interactions, a potent source of strong balancing selection.  The paragon of genetic kin recognition is the detection of major histocompatibility (MHC) genes, involved in immune function, upon which rodents and humans appear to decide their social and sexual relationships.And that was the context for their ending sentence quoted earlier: “If cooperation has been the secret to our evolutionary success, we may have our parasites to thank for that.”    This statement clearly implies far more than a desire to uncover a mechanism for evolutionary behavior.  It is implying that our deepest relationships and longings, even to the point of self-sacrifice for one we love, is rooted in blind, uncaring processes of evolution at the genetic level.  Ultimately, it is a claim that selflessness is an illusion, arising from Darwinian selfishness.    With the downfall of Hamilton’s popular theory, there may be no current working model for the origin of human love, cooperation and reasoning.  Of one thing Gardner and West are sure, however: they came about by Darwinian survival of the fittest.1Andy Gardner and Stuart A. West, “Social Evolution: The Decline and Fall of Genetic Kin Recognition,” Current Biology, Volume 17, Issue 18, 18 September 2007, pages R810-R812, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2007.07.030.Scene: a university science lab.  Excuse me, sir.  May I help you, officers?  We’re looking for a Dr. Darwinlover.  That’s me; what is this about?  I’m afraid we’ll have to take you into custody.  You’re under arrest.  Wha…? On what grounds?  What’s going on here?  According to our warrant, you are being charged with impersonating a scientist, violating established laws, and using academic resources to promote a narrow religious agenda.  What are you talking about?  Who are you?  The CEH Police.  I’ve never heard of you.  We are a non-governmental agency of trained volunteers authorized by the court to conduct citizen’s arrests.  What court?  The court of public opinion.    You can’t do this to me.  I’m a scientist.  So you say.  We hear that one all the time.  Please don’t cause a disturbance, sir.  We’re just doing our job.  And violating the laws… what laws?  The laws of logic, sir. What are you talking about?  I told you I’m a scientist.  According to the warrant, you claimed, in writing, that human behavior evolved by a material process of evolution, but then reasoned as if this represented a true account of human origins.  So?  Truth cannot evolve, sir.  According to the prosecutor, this represents a contradiction.  According to the law of non-contradiction, this is punishable by demotion to the realm of the irrational – in other words, losing your license to practice science.    And I’m not promoting any religious agenda!  I’m an atheist!  According to the federal courts, atheistic humanism is a religion.  The prosecutor said you went far beyond the empirical evidence and taught your own personal beliefs using academic resources.  But lots of scientists are atheists!  What you believe in your private life is protected free speech, sir, but scientists are not supposed to use their academic positions to promote a narrow religious agenda, according to your own writings.  This is another one of the counts of violating the laws of logic being charged against you.  In fact, the count alleges that you yourself used this very argument to convince the dean to deprive a colleague of tenure because of his private religious beliefs.    This is outrageous.  Nobody has ever accused me of such things.  Ignorance of the law is no excuse, sir.  Scientists have a position of high trust in our culture.  Presumably, when you took this position, you committed to abide by the laws of logic and should have received the proper instruction in the law.  But I’ve written things like that paper all my professional life.  And so have all my colleagues!  Are you confessing to collusion, sir?    For crying out loud, I haven’t done anything that isn’t common practice among all my peers.  I realize that, sir.  The chief recognizes this is a widespread problem.  He has decided it’s time to start cracking down.  The only way to make progress is by tackling one case at a time.  Why me?  He decided to make you an example, so that others would hear, and fear, and commit no more such abomination in the land.    What will they do to me?  Most likely, you will be given an opportunity to confess your crimes, then cease and desist.  For a probationary period, your speaking and writing will be under surveillance.  However, if you persist in irrational behavior, repeat offenses will lead to your being stripped of your credibility.  Hardened criminals might even be pilloried in public.    And if I fail to cooperate?  You have the right to remain silent.  But remember, anything you speak or write can and will be used against you in the court of public opinion.  What’s with the dog?  That’s our K9 unit; Apollos here is trained to sniff out contraband.  [Barking and a brief scuffle ensues.]Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of: Creation-Evolution Headlines, the top-rated science investigative reporting show, featuring Apollos, the wonder dog.  Brought to you by Master Plan, the universal leader in information management design technology, and by Moral Support, a global network of encouragement.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Becoming An Open Enterprise: Five Lessons from Booz Allen Hamilton

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now steven walling On Tuesday, consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton won the Open Enterprise Innovation Award at the 2009 Enterprise 2.0 Conference. The portal that garnered them the accolade, hello.bah.com, has shown impressive adoption within Booz Allen, especially for a firm that’s 90 years old. Since being rolled out in August 2008, it’s been taken up for daily use by 40% of the 21,000-strong workforce, according to Walton Smith, who’s worked as an evangelist for it. But by now, the flurry of activity around the conference has subsided, and many are left wondering just what about Booz Allen’s enterprise 2.0 initiative makes them innovative? What led their social software implementation to be successful, and what patterns and practices can we imitate? After taking a look, here are five characteristics that ReadWriteWeb feels were key to the success of hello.bah.com1. Empower Evangelists Related Posts Tags:#enterprise Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 4. Create a One-stop ShopPart of what stalled previous undertakings was that despite having good software like Confluence, their varied systems were segregated. Inadvertently constructing more silos out of multiple enterprise 2.0 platforms creates more problems than you ever had with just email and filesharing. Now, you might depend on interoperability between your different software packages, but what really worked for Booz Allen was to create a true one-stop shop for information that included individual profiles, communities, forums, blogs, wikis, and social bookmarking. 5. Just Solve Problems for PeopleThe down side to the growing popularity of the enterprise 2.0 concept is that we are now seeing organizations jumping on the bandwagon without any understanding of what increased collaboration will do for their business, often at the behest of overeager vendors. But after a year of steady adoption, Booz Allen has countlessstories of how even somewhat mundane uses of the portal — such as putting whitepaper drafts in to the wiki — lead to serious professional boons for both individuals and the firm as a whole.What led to these rewards was an unwavering focus on solving real problems for people within the firm, not aiming at the vague goal of boosting collaboration and openness. Photos by Alex Dunne, leunix, Brian Hillegas, and swanksalot Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… The first thing to note about Booz Allen Hamilton’s social software effort is that they didn’t go out to just buy something and deploy it, end of story. They pinpointed and effectively aided evangelists within their organization to be responsible for making hello.bah.com work. Now, when many people think of an evangelist, they think of an individual or two that take up the mantle of enterprise 2.0 on an ad-hoc basis. But Booz Allen went about it in a much more directed way by bringing together a cross-functional team to develop and deploy the software.2. Draw on Past ExperienceThe hello.bah.com portal was not the first time Booz Allen had made a push to collaborate better. The fact that they drew on past attempts to understand just how they should move forward was a essential factor in the outcome for hello.bah. What Booz Allen did was make an honest assessment of their past successes and failures with SharePoint, Outlook, and a standalone wiki from Confluence. They clearly understood what didn’t work about their older methods of sharing information, but didn’t abandon the knowledge they’d captured through older collaborative tools. 3. Know ThyselfIf rules were made to be broken, the real trick is having enough self-awareness as an organization to know when to discard the given wisdom. Case in point? Numerous vendors, consultants and analysts are quick to distance enterprise 2.0 from its consumer web predecessors by discounting all networking that isn’t completely business-oriented. But Booz Allen knew something critical about their firm that made them think differently in this case: with more than half of their distributed team out consulting in client offices and physically distanced from their coworkers, adding a dash of the personal to hello.bah could get everyone comfortable enough to collaborate more smoothly. So despite some objections, they encouraged everyone to tag their profiles with hobbies, in order to develop personal affinities within the team. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Men’s winners included fifth-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut, Mischa Zverev, Steve Darcis, Fabio Fognini and Aljaz Bedene. How sports can influence kids according to Alyssa Valdez View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In the first round on Monday, top-ranked Garbine Muguruza retired from her opening match with a cold.Muguruza dropped the first set 6-2 and was trailing 2-0 against Barbora Strycova when she decided to stop.“I couldn’t perform today,” said the Spaniard, who said she picked up a virus at the Wuhan Open last week but wanted to try to play despite her illness. “I don’t want to retire before the tournament starts for me.”Also, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.“It was a tough day,” Stephens said. “There’s not really much to say about. Obviously not a great match, so just forget about it and try to move on.”In other women’s matches, former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-2, while Peng Shuai, Elena Vesnina, Elise Mertens, Coco Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet also won.ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Kevin Anderson, of South Africa, to win the men’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in New York. The two are currently ranked 1-2. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)BEIJING — Passion, and overcoming injuries, are the key to Rafael Nadal’s recent success.The top-ranked Spaniard won the French Open and the U.S. Open this year, and reclaimed the No. 1 spot from Andy Murray. His next event is the China Open.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I had some injuries, but good thing is I keep having the passion for the game and the love for what I am doing and the spirit of overcome tough situations in terms of physical issues,” the Spaniard said. “Of course, the spirit of improvement: every day when I wake up, going on court with the goal of doing something better than what I was doing.”Nadal will open against Lucas Pouille on Tuesday at the China Open. The Frenchman beat Nadal in their previous meeting last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal is 56-9 this season. He leads the tour with five ATP singles titles and will be trying to add this year’s China Open title to the one he took home as a teenager in 2005.Nadal has made the tournament’s final in three of his six earlier appearances and has a 20-5 record in Beijing. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Australian Camp Diary – Patricia Michaelopoulos

first_imgFollowing the weekend’s training camp in Sydney, Australian Mixed Open squad member, Patricia Michaelopoulos tells us about how the camp went. I don’t think Sydney could have put on a hotter weekend for the Mixed camp! Day one began with all the players and coaching staff arriving at Bankstown Touch fields. We all arrived early and had the suspense of waiting and helping set up our fitness testing drills. (Thank gosh I remembered the CD. You can thank me later guys!) There was quite a serious vibe around all the players, noticed by our coaching staff during and after our testing, I think knowing that it was our final selection camp and we had to do all we could to make the team. After a few snacks and hydration, JC thought he would lighten up the vibe with a game of ‘BANG!’ to help us relax. Roy took out the championship defeating Chappo in the standoff. We practiced three rucking patterns and got to test these out in trial games against the Rebels and Mets Elite Eight teams. During the games the team lifted on the field and on the sideline with lots of high fives or should I say ‘hand claps’ the new name invented by Yasmin (Jaz). Roy also kicked up the vibe with constant team huddles or cuddles as he likes to call them making sure ‘the chicks are split’.I don’t know about anyone else, but today was the first time I could actually say that I was looking forward to ice baths! They were a great way to finish this extremely hot day. Following the camp, Trent arranged for a team BBQ at his place which I must say was quite delicious! Day two of camp began at Bark Huts Reserve (perfect for me living five minutes away from the field. I really enjoyed that sleep in!) It sure didn’t stop the sun coming out bright and early, hitting us as soon as we started. Today was focussed on defence and the most likely plays that New Zealand would be using against us. We then ventured off to Tempe Touch fields where we met the Alliance Elite Eight Men’s team for a few trial games. By this stage, I know my legs were sore and tight and ready to go home but we had to end the session with 100 percent effort! Playing on a field 10 metres longer than usual, our driving patterns seemed to have paid off as we managed to reach our try line the majority of our sets. After today, the squad seemed to have felt more relaxed and the team seemed to have really gelled. It’s awesome to see how much effort everyone put into this weekend’s camp, you could really see everyone giving 100 percent of everything they had to have the best shot of making it. Whichever way the selections go, of course I would love to be wearing the green and gold once again to take that title back off New Zealand but either way, these camps have always been a great opportunity to develop and learn new skills and a great way to bond and meet new players!Big shout out to our coaching staff Mick, Mick and JC who shared their knowledge and experience with us and to Wayne Grant and Tony Trad for their help and organisation. The physios were awesome as always and I also want to give Cathy Gray a special mention for keeping us well feed and being a great support to the whole squad. Related LinksAussie Camp Diarylast_img read more

Wisdom Marine to Expand Fleet with Two More Bulkers

first_imgzoomHandysize bulker Paiwan Wisdom; Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Wisdom Marine’ Board of Directors has approved the purchase of two bulk carriers, the Taiwanese shipping company said in a regulatory filing.The approval relates to one 63,300 dwt bulk carrier to be ordered from Japanese shipbuilder Tsuineishi Group. The company has assigned USD 31 million for the acquisition.The second newbuild is a smaller bulker featuring 61,000 dwt and will be ordered from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Wisdom Marine said it would assign USD 29 million for the vessel bringing the total value of the deal to USD 60 million.Just last month, the Taiwanese shipowner ordered the construction of a 82,400 dwt bulker at Japan Marine United Corporation (JMU). The Tier III NOx compliant newbuild is priced at USD 34 million, and is identical to the one ordered in June this year.In February, the company invested USD 68 million in two new NOx Tier III Panamaxes, which will also be built by JMU.Wisdom Marine has been on an ordering spree since last year, and it has 12 newbuilding ships under construction. These include four Panamaxes at JMU, three Handies and two Supramaxes at Imabari, one Handy at Namura, and two Supramaxes at Kawasaki.In total, the company’s large and diverse fleet of dry bulk vessels counts over 130 ships, the focus being on Handysize and Supramax bulkers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more