SA defend Adelaide Sevens title

first_imgSecond halfKenya attacked fiercely after the break, but South Africa defended exceptionally – isolating the man with the ball, getting numbers to the man, and then preventing him releasing the ball, which resulted in a number of turnovers of possession. That meant South Africa faced a Kenyan team that had beaten them 15-14 earlier in the tournament for the Cup. They had also scored a 22-17 win over SA in Wellington; it would take a solid and disciplined performance to stifle the free-flowing running of Kenya. In the other semi-final, it was a rematch of the Hong Kong final. Fiji were first on the board through a try by Nasoni Roko, but Lionel Mapoe replied with two tries for South Africa, both converted, to put SA 14-5 in front. Last year’s champions, New Zealand, are out of the running for the 2008/09 title. They languish in fifth place, on 64 points, just two points clear of Kenya, who have emerged as a team capable of beating any other team on the circuit. Paul Treu’s charges then put one hand on the trophy when Ryno Benjamin crossed for South Africa’s third try. He sprinted from left to right across the Kenyan 22-metre area, showed the ball as if for a switch inside to the man on right – which was enough to cause the defenders hesitate – and then dived over in the right hand corner. The loss to Kenya left SA with a quarterfinal showdown against New Zealand, who had beaten Wales 24-10, Tonga 33-0, and the USA 27-5 to finish on top of Pool C. The victory by Paul Treu’s charges leaves them on 104 points, 28 clear of England, who are in second place on 76 points. Fiji, in third, are only two points behind England, on 74 points. Argentina occupy fifth place, on 68 points. In the quarterfinals, the New Zealanders were kept scoreless by strong defence from South Africa. Meanwhile, Renfred Dazel, Mzwandile Stick and Lionel Mapoe scored tries for SA as they triumphed 17-0. A unconverted try by Vereniki Goneva pulled the Fijians to within four points, but Vuyo Zangqa ensured South Africa would progress to the title-deciding game with the team’s third converted try, thus making the final score 21-10. Kenya had little problem with Wales, recording an emphatic 33-14 win, while Fiji – the winner of the previous tournament in Hong Kong, where they edged South Africa 24-23 in the final – thrashed England 40-0. Hosts Australia gave Argentina a tough game, but eventually went down by 12 points to five. Kenya hit back through captain Humphrey Kayange and the successful conversion levelled the scores at 7-7. Vuyo Zangqa then weaved his way through the Kenyan defence and his goaled try put South Africa seven points clear at 14-7. With time running out, Renfred Dazel put the icing on the case with a well-judged chip and chase, which saw him gather the ball over the Kenyan try-line and dot down. The finalAs the teams ran onto the field, the majority of the vociferous Adelaide crowd was behind the underdog Kenyans, who were chasing their first ever Cup title. South Africa, however, quickly gave their supporters plenty to cheer when Robert Ebersohn side-stepped his way to an early try. Semi-finalsIn the semi-finals, Kenya built up a 12-0 half-time lead and then shared the spoils in the second half as they dumped Argentina 17-5 to book their place in the final. It marked the first time in their history that they had reached a Cup final. Just before half-time Kenya had a lucky let-off when SA won a penalty in the middle of the field, on the Kenyan 22-metre line. Captain Mpho Mbiyozo told Renfred Dazel to kick at goal when a try from the ideal attacking position would have put Kenya under huge pressure. Dazel missed and the teams turned at 14-7 in South Africa’s favour and the contest very much in the balance. 6 April 2009 Pool resultsIndeed, the Kenyans beat South Africa 15-14, with a late try in their pool match, to finish top of the pool. South Africa had cruised past the Cook Islands by 28 points to seven in their opening match and then crushed Japan 43-0. With only tournaments in London and Edinburgh remaining, South Africa will be almost impossible to catch in the standings. The South African Sevens rugby team successfully defended its IRB Sevens Series Adelaide title on the weekend, thus establishing an almost unassailable lead in the series standings. In a first ever all-African final, South Africa beat Kenya 26-7 to take the honours. If they finish on top of the table, it will be a first ever overall title for South Africa. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Gavin Hood: from Tsotsi to X-Men

first_imgDirector Gavin Hood is building a solidinternational career.(Image: Tsotsi official website) Hugh Jackman again plays his popularWolverine character. (Image: Movieweb) X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the fourthfilm in the blockbuster X-Men franchise.(Image: Movieweb) Presley Chweneyagae, former presidentNelson Mandela, Terry Pheto, and Oscar.(Image: Tsotsi official website)Janine ErasmusSouth African film director Gavin Hood, who steered the local drama Tsotsi to an Academy Award, is back with another international hit, this time from the blockbuster Twentieth Century Fox X-Men franchise.X-Men Origins: Wolverine focuses on the gruff, resilient, metal-clawed titular hero, known also as Logan. Played again by Australian actor Hugh Jackman, Wolverine unsheaths his deadly retractable claws for the fourth time in the ongoing Marvel Comic superhero movie series.In the much-anticipated film, fan-favourite Wolverine’s turbulent past is finally revealed after a wait of nine years for audiences, who were tantalised by hints of the mutant’s origins in the first film in 2000 but have learned nothing further, until now.The film also introduces familiar X-Men characters who are making their screen début – these include Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (Will.i.am), Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Colonel Stryker (Danny Huston), and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).X-Men Origins: Wolverine opens both in US and South African cinemas on 1 May 2009.Paying his duesThe son of respected South African retailer Gordon Hood, Gavin Hood has paid his dues in the film industry as a writer, producer, director and actor. Although he has appeared in popular TV shows such as Stargate SG-1, as well as the locally-produced rugby drama The Game, Hood has found greater success behind the camera.His 2005 production Tsotsi, which he wrote and directed for Miramax, not only won an Academy Award for best foreign language film, trouncing 56 other films in the process, but was also lauded at prestigious festivals such as Edinburgh, Toronto, and Los Angeles. The film starred young actors Presley Chweneyagae and Terry Pheto, neither of whom had appeared on the screen before.Born in Johannesburg in 1963, Hood attended school at St Stithians College and went on to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating from Wits he relocated to Los Angeles in 1991 to study screenwriting and directing at the film school of the University of California, Los Angeles. His studies have since stood him in good stead.In 1993 his screenplay for A Reasonable Man, inspired by the ritual murder of a child, won a Diane Thomas Screenwriting Award. Judges for the award, which is given in honour of the late screen author of Romancing the Stone, included film veterans Steven Spielberg and Michael Douglas.Filming of the script was postponed when Hood and potential producers disagreed on the location of the film and its ending. Hood stood firm against the proposed changes, and furthermore insisted he would only allow it to be filmed if he directed it. Sadly, the producers decided to look elsewhere for a project.Hood returned to his homeland and took up a position with the national Department of Health, where he got the opportunity to put his training to use by making educational dramas for the department, focusing on HIV and Aids, child abuse and other social issues. His deft work earned him an Artes Award, the South African equivalent of the Emmy.Hood’s film directing debut, the 1998 production The Storekeeper, was exceptionally well-received, winning no less than 13 international film festival awards including top honours at the Melbourne International Film Festival.Bigger and better thingsThe Storekeeper also earned an Academy Award nomination, as well as huge credibility for Hood. The following year he was able to finally film his award-winning screenplay A Reasonable Man, which tells of a young shepherd who accidentally kills a baby he believes is possessed by a tokoloshe, or evil Zulu spirit. Hood also co-starred in the film, which enjoyed even more success on the festival circuit than its predecessor.The director’s next project was the film version of Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel In Desert and Wilderness (W pustyni i w puszczy), set in Africa but filmed entirely in Polish. Working with a translator, Hood rose magnificently to the challenge. In Desert and Wilderness became the highest-grossing film in Poland in 2001, and won Best of the Fest at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival in 2002.This paved the way for UK-based producer Peter Fudakowski to approach Hood with his idea for a film adaptation of playwright Athol Fugard‘s only novel Tsotsi. The story of a vicious teenaged gang member (a tsotsi), who murders a young mother and decides to care for her baby over the course of a week, undergoing a spiritual awakening along the way, immediately appealed to Hood.“I loved the character of Tsotsi in the script,” said Hood in a 2006 interview. “I think the central character was truly unlikeable at the beginning. Then through a series of encounters … he achieves a moment of heightened self awareness and if you like, he comes of age.”Hood was also keen to film the story in Johannesburg and Soweto, an area that he maintains is not seen on screen often enough, though he did change the time setting from the 1950s to the present, and swapped apartheid for class issues and Aids. The visual feast was accompanied by a pumping kwaito soundtrack, featuring the likes of Zola, Mafikizolo, and stalwart Vusi Mahlasela.The film went on to garner nominations for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, a Screen International award, and a Golden Globe. It also took home the People’s Choice Award at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and the award for best foreign film at the 2006 Santa Barbara Film Festival, among others, and was critically acclaimed far and wide.The big leagueAfter Tsotsi, Hood was able to take another step closer to the big league by directing his first Hollywood feature, the 2007 political thriller Rendition. The film starred Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon and featured screen legends Meryl Streep and Alan Arkin.“After the Oscar,” said Hood, “I was sent a lot of stuff, which was flattering. I was reading and reading and this script came across my path, and I saw the title Rendition … I started reading it and of course, within a matter of a few pages, I was utterly absorbed.”It was almost inevitable that Hood’s next project should be on a grander scale than anything he had done before.“What appeals to me about the Wolverine character of all the other characters,” commented Hood, “is my feeling that he’s the one that suffers from the most existential angst. Since I’m a guy who loves emotional complexity … I think his great appeal lies in the fact that he’s someone who, in some ways, is filled with a great deal of self-loathing, and he’s constantly at war with his own nature.”The film has already been the subject of some controversy, with an unfinished version leaked onto the internet at the beginning of April 2009, but Hood has assured fans that the pirated version doesn’t contain everything and that audiences have plenty to look forward to.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] linksX-Men Origins: WolverineSter KinekorMarvel ComicsTsotsilast_img read more

‘Bulbul’ batters several coastal districts in Odisha

first_imgOne death each has been reported from West Bengal and Odisha due to heavy rainfall triggered by the very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul. In Odisha, squally weather with wind speed touching 60 kmph continued to prevail over Puri, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Balasore, Bhadrak and Puri districts under the impact of the cyclone over northwest and adjoining westcentral Bay of Bengal on Saturday.Flights cancelled Cyclone Bulbul made landfall at Sagar Islands in the Sunderbans area of West Bengal late on Saturday with winds speeds crossing over 100 kmph. Fearing widespread damage in the coastal areas of Bengal, the administration has moved over 1.20 lakh people from North 24 Parganas and South 24 Parganas districts. All flight operations in Kolkata airport have been suspended for 12 hours. “Due to impact of Cyclone bulbul with strong cross winds and likely wind shear in approaches, flight operations at Kolkata airport will be discontinued from 6 p.m. on Saturday to 6 a.m. on Sunday,” an airport official said.People in large areas of Sagar and other smaller islands of the Sunderbans archipelago fear inundation due to the cyclone. Schools and colleges in the coastal districts have been closed. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who is monitoring the situation, urged people to remain indoors and not to venture out.The storm is being tracked by the Doppler Weather Radars at Odisha’s Gopalpur, Paradip and at Kolkata, in addition to other observing platforms, a department bulletin said.According to official reports, Paradip recorded 159 mm rainfall, while Chandbali in Odisha’s Bhadrak district recorded 150 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours. Uprooted treesIn Kolkata, the wind speed was above 50 kmph and there were reports of several trees being uprooted. In Ballygunje area of the city, one person was reported dead when a tree fell on him on Saturday morning. In Odisha, many uprooted trees blocked roads in the seaside areas of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts. In Kendrapara district, one person was killed in a rain-related wall collapse incident.In Kolkata, the Municipal Corporation has put in place a special team to remove water from low lying areas.Over 1,000 persons were evacuated to safer places from Odisha’s coastal villages. The IMD has predicted light to moderate rainfall at most places over north coastal districts of Odisha with isolated heavy to very heavy fall over Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts and heavy fall at isolated places over Jajpur district on Saturday.last_img read more

TNT still had good showing despite semis exit, says Castro

first_imgRead Next “We were 4-3 and in danger of falling out of the playoffs, but we had four straight wins and that got us our momentum,” he said.And Castro believes that TNT did pick up valuable lessons after its run this season, noting that if there’s one obvious thing the year did to the franchise, it’s laying the foundation for the team’s future.“I still see this as a good conference because my teammates grew, especially Troy (Rosario), Mo (Tautuaa), and Roger (Pogoy),” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to make it through come the all-Filipino.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jayson Castro. PBA IMAGESJayson Castro was still satisfied with TNT’s campaign this conference despite failing to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title.“We still had a good showing despite everything that happened to us,” he said in Filipino on the heels of the KaTropa’s 105-115 ouster at the hands of Ginebra in Game 4 of their semifinals series on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READcenter_img Castro gave it his all and poured in a near triple-double performance of 26 markers, nine assists, and seven boards in the game, but the absence of import Glen Rice Jr. was just too much to handle for TNT.“He was such a big part of our team. Imagine that in our last game, he was virtually the one to carry us, and then in this game, he’s already gone in the first quarter,” he said.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 shutout“We tried to be there, but of course, came the fourth quarter, we were all gassed out especially on defense. But we still fought and we didn’t quit even though we no longer had an import.”Still, Castro thinks the KaTropa’s spirited run this conference was an overachievement of sorts after dropping to seventh place in the team standings at one point. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Aguilar asks Seigle for his jersey after Ginebra win over TNT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

As a debutant MP, Pranab quickly earned the respect of his Rajya Sabha colleagues

first_imgThe All India Congress Committee (AICC) had been receiving complaints for a long time about the autocratic way Atulya Ghosh was running the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) from a large number of dedicated Congressmen and veteran freedom fighters. Among them were the legendary Surendra Mohan Ghosh, for whom both Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi had the highest regard, and Arun Chandra Guha, well-known revolutionary and pioneer of banking and finance in the agricultural sector as a minister of state (finance) under C.D. Deshmukh. AICC appointed Balwant Rai Mehta, under instructions from Nehru, to go into the allegations and submit a report. By the time Mehta submitted his report, Nehru was unwell, so the report was put on hold.The next prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastriji, was determined to implement the recommendations of the Mehta report, which substantiated the allegations against Ghosh. Unfortunately, the Indo-Pak war and the death of Shastri in Taskhent put the issue on hold again. Congress split in Bengal. The powerful ‘Midnapore Group’ led by Ajoy Mukherjee and Satish Samanta, leaders of the ‘Free Tamralipta Government’ during the Quit India Movement, revolted against Ghosh and formed Bangla Congress.After the death of B.C. Roy in 1962, the Congress’s influence in Bengal politics was on the wane and Bangla Congress’s formation proved to be a body blow which resulted in its humiliating defeat in the 1967 General Elections. Ghosh himself was defeated by a little-known trade union leader from Adra. As a matter of fact, the entire ‘orthodox’ group of the Congress was humbled in the 1967 elections. Mrs Gandhi, who was opposed to this group, saw it as an opportunity to drive the last nail in the coffin.advertisementSoon after the 1967 elections, a non-Congress coalition government was formed in West Bengal headed by Ajoy Mukherjee, with Jyoti Basu as the home minister. Immediately after the formation of the government, labour minister Subodh Banerjee of the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI), a coalition partner, encouraged ‘gheraoing’ of industrialists and businessmen, causing widespread panic among the business class. Matters rose to such proportions that many business houses decided to leave West Bengal and set up plants elsewhere in the country, in places such as Faridabad and Ballabgarh in Haryana.In spite of chief minister Ajoy Mukherjee’s orders, Home Minister Basu refused to allow the police to intervene. Unable to force Basu to fall in line, the chief minister finally decided to sit on a hunger strike at Curzon Park in the central business district of Calcutta. He was humiliated and insulted by cadres of CPI(M) and SUCI workers. The government was unable to continue under these circumstances. As a result, President’s Rule was promulgated in West Bengal. A number of governments were formed one after the other, but none of them was stable and so President’s Rule remained the only choice.In the aftermath of the 1967 elections, Mrs Gandhi started exchanging confidential notes with Ajoy Babu regularly through Satish Samanta, respected by all since the days of the Constituent Assembly. He was very close to both Nehru and Mrs Gandhi. She was desperately anxious to keep the ‘pro-Chinese’ CPI(M) away from the Writers’ Buildings. However, Satishda’s failing health was becoming a hindrance to his role as intermediary between the prime minister and Ajoy Babu. So, one day, in my presence, Satishda suggested Pranab Mukherjee’s name to the prime minister for maintaining direct contact with Ajoy babu. Mrs Gandhi asked him: “Satishda, is Pranab dependable?” “Yes, he is,” replied Satishda. That became the turning point. Pranab came close to Mrs Gandhi.Pranab became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1969 representing Bangla Congress. His father, the late Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, was a veteran freedom fighter and well-known Congress leader. Pranab never lost his temper and his command over facts and figures not only stunned the treasury benches but the entire Rajya Sabha and earned him the respect of the House.Pranab came to Delhi in his early 30s and I was on the wrong side of 30. It was quite easy for us to have a smooth relationship. Parliament House, more than Delhi, was an unknown entity for Pranab. I was already well-settled at that time as a journalist in Delhi. So I told him about the importance of the Notice office, showed him around Parliament House and acquainted him with the State Bank of India branch as well as the railway reservation counter.Once Pranab had to rush to Kolkata. I arranged for his air tickets at his request. He promised to pay the amount after getting his salary next month, which he did. Pranab’s wife Gita was a big fan of my novel Memsaheband she touched my feet when I first went to meet them at 7, Electric Lane, where Satish Samanta was staying. So it was natural that our two families came closer to each other.advertisementSoon after Pranab came to Delhi, I invited him for lunch at my Jangpura Extension home. He’s a quick eater and loves fish. Soon after lunch, a young man in my locality who worked in the civil aviation department and also happened to be an amateur palmist, came to meet us. He read Pranab’s hand and predicted that he would rise “like a rocket” in his political life. Pranab laughed but his prediction became a reality in the years to follow.Pranab first joined the government as a junior minister under C. Subramaniam in the industries ministry. After a few months, Mrs Gandhi received complaints that Pranab was going out of his way to help Bengali industrialists for political gains. The prime minister referred these complaints to a special agency to inquire and report back. The agency entrusted the inquiry to an officer who happened to be one of my best friends since school. I told my friend that Pranab was certainly guiding those who came for help but definitely not for any personal gain whatsoever. My friend also came to the same conclusion after tapping other sources.Pranab has some sterling qualities unlike most politicians. Like Pandit Nehru, Sampurnanand, Yashwantrao Chavan and Lal Krishna Advani, Pranab is also a voracious reader and he has a photographic memory. If once he has glanced through a paper, he will remember its contents for years. I am sure if somebody today asks him about the industrial and food production targets during the first Five-Year Plan, he will be able to answer correctly.Apart from these two qualities, Pranab is fiercely loyal to his leader and party and has never been part of any particular group within the Congress. It is because of these qualities that he has always succeeded in whatever duty he has been entrusted with, be it any ministry or the Planning Commission.In spite of his busy schedule, we remain friends. Though we do not get to meet often, it is heartening for me that he remains an avid reader of my novels.- The author is a Bengali novelist and former journalistlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policy

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Sarri: I won’t argue against our contract policyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says there’s little shifting the club’s contract policy for players over 30 years of age.Sarri pledged to respect the stance of Chelsea’s board when it comes to limiting the length of contracts offered to their older players.When asked if he agrees with that blanket policy, he said: “Oh, it depends. It depends on the single situation I think.”It’s a rule and so we have to respect that, I think.”As you know very well the big problem is the duration of the new contracts. Because, as you know, over 30 years the club offers only one year to renew.”And for a player of 31, it’s a big problem to sign a new contract for only one year. So the problem is only this, I think.” last_img read more

10 months agoChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorgan

first_imgChelsea ponder replacing Eden Hazard with brother Thorganby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on Thorgan Hazard’s situation at Borussia Monchengladbach.The Belgian has been producing career best form this season and Gladbach accept they’re on borrowed time keeping hold of the midfielder.BILD says among a raft of interested clubs is Chelsea, which had Hazard on their books before selling him to Gladbach.The Blues also boast a buy-back option in the deal and are actively discussing triggering it.Indeed, it’s suggested Thorgan could be re-signed by Chelsea to replace older brother Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fans

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery explains hooking Lacazette to booing fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery accepted supporters’ jeers for hooking Alexandre Lacazette during victory over Fulham.Lacazette had put Arsenal two goals in front following Granit Xhaka’s opener but was substituted for Aaron Ramsey after Aboubakar Kamara had halved the deficit.The decision was booed by a large number of fans, although Ramsey put the game beyond doubt with the third.”I understand the supporters,” he said.”Tactically we thought in that moment we needed to change for more balance. Above all we know (Jean Michael) Seri is coming on and need a player close to him, not to let him play easily with the ball.”Aaron Ramsey can do that and also help us in attack and scored. The reason is this. I need to do my work. And not maybe because every supporter can have a different opinion, tactically.”But I need to do my work, Lacazette his work and he scored also. He helped us and it was a very positive reaction.” last_img read more

20 days agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace boss Hodgson: VAR is what it is. I can understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’by Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson focused on his players ‘in his post-match press conference following ‘s impressive comeback against West Ham United.The Palace manager was first asked about VAR, which had a hand to play in Palace’s second goal of their 2-1 win.However, he was keen to turn his attention away from English football’s hottest topic and instead discuss his side’s convincing display.”It works when it works in your favour of course,” the Palace boss said. “My major disappointment is going to be that that’s what you [the journalists at the press conference] are going to write about. I’d have preferred it if you write about the quality of our performance, that would give me more encouragement. “VAR is what it is. I can quite understand the manager who’s ‘suffered’ the decision as it were because it was unbelievably close, that’s pretty obvious. That was pretty obvious I think when it took so long for the screen to show everybody the linesman at the game was right or wrong.”And on this occasion, I’d say we came out on the right side of it. But I thought our performance over the 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact that we won here today. I thought we were good value for it.”He added: “It’s a victory I think the players not only deserve but they certainly worked unbelievably hard for it and got it against a good West Ham team. We didn’t win because West Ham were bad. We were lucky enough to get the decisions we got but good enough to give the quality of performance we gave.” last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Orders Sixth OasisClass Ship

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Royal Caribbean Miami-based Royal Caribbean Cruises has entered into an agreement with French shipbuilder Chantiers de l’Atlantique to order a sixth Oasis-class ship for delivery in the fall of 2023.The order is contingent upon financing, which is expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of this year, according to the company.“This order is a reflection of the exceptional performance of this vessel class and the extraordinary partnership between Chantiers de l’Atlantique and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd,” Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises, said.“This is the twenty-third cruise ship that RCL will be building at our shipyard, and we are especially proud of it,” Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique, added.Royal Caribbean Cruises’ fifth Oasis-class ship, ordered from the French shipyard in May 2016, is scheduled to join the owner in the spring of 2021.last_img read more