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Lions 2013: Is Gatland right to defy BOD?

first_imgSo, if not in the team, why is the experience of O’Driscoll not required from the bench? Well, if you look at the hard-facts, the Lions backline is no kindergarten. They boast nearly 350 caps between them and have four players boasting previous Lions nous. The bench spot is filled, and I mean filled, by Manu Tuilagi, who can also cover on the wing. Tuilagi will undboubtedly be thrown into the fray in the late stages, to add ballast. BOD is already etched indelibly into Lions folklore, and that will not change regardless of the result. If Gatland’s bold selection is proved right, you’d wager he’d be the first squad member on the pitch with an outstretched hand offering heartfelt congratulations.Should Gatland have dropped O’Driscoll? Join in the debate by tweeting us @Rugbyworldmag or on Facebook Rugby World Magazine! BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 22: Stephen Moore of the Wallabies takes on Brian O’Driscoll (L) and Jonathan Davies during the First Test match between the Australian Wallabies and the British & Irish Lions at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Down and out: O’Driscoll has been dropped from the Lions squad for the third, deciding Test v AustraliaIT’S OFTEN said everyone knows where they were when JFK was shot, well most rugby fans will remember where they were when the omission of Brian O’Driscoll was announced days before the defining third Test. When O’Driscoll’s name was absent at the press conference earlier, it was met with an almost shocked silence, and as news went viral, it was followed by an outpouring of indignation, incredulity and finally unabashed anger. Hell, even Niall from One Direction got involved in Team BOD. Within hours, the uproar had a name, BODgate.So has Warren Gatland, a famously pragmatic coach, not given to sentiment, made the right call or will it be remembered as the moment he erroneously tipped the balance towards the Wallabies?Was Gatland right to have dropped Brian O’Driscoll? NO says Bea AspreyBrian O’Driscoll is the only player of the professional era to have been on four Lions tours, and with 133 Test caps to his name, his is simply an irreplaceable presence in the changing room or in the heat of battle.Collision course: BOD’s omission has been met with dismayOkay, so the legs have plenty of miles on the clock, but on this tour he has played with a smile on his face and let’s not forget, scored a couple of classy tries – albeit against sub-standard opposition. In short he’s rolled back the years. Fine player though Jonathan Davies is, this argument isn’t just about sentiment, O’Driscoll has in the main, delivered. Playing to Warren Gatland’s defensive gameplan in the Tests, he is the only Lion to have a 100% tackle rate – he’s made 23, and missed not one. Yep, nada, zilch. If porous holes were to be found coming from the Lions defence, they weren’t coming from the Leinsterman.Furthermore, let’s talk about his leadership credentials in the wake of losing two members of the holy trinity of power, captain Sam Warburton and Paul O’Connell. O’Driscoll has led internationally more times than any other in the Northern Hemisphere captain, with his win-rate a none-too-shabby 62%. Granted, Alun Wyn Jones has captained Wales before, but leading the Lions requires unique skills. Being handed that responsibility barely 72hrs before the most important Lions Test in 16 years is the rugby equivalent of being given a lofted pass with an onrushing, smiling Jerry Collins in mid-flight.Lastly, although O’Driscoll’s form in the Tests has been questioned on tour, with a few trio of penalties given against him, and a poor clearance kick in the second Test – even staunch supporter Keith Wood has admitted he was ‘quiet’ in Brisbane and Melbourne – with the Lions backed into a corner, there isn’t a better player to help them fight their way out. Waltzing O’Driscoll deserved to waltz one more time… Was Gatland right to have dropped Brian O’Driscoll? YES says Owain JonesTo suggest the dropping of Brian O’Driscoll is about one man is to miss the bigger picture and Warren Gatland’s gameplan. In the second Test, without a platform up front, the Lions were creatively a busted flush, with not one measly linebreak. But this wasn’t Brian O’Driscoll’s fault alone, I hear you say. Correct, but with just 30 metres gained in both Tests and with age slowing the pistons of his early years, he has been deemed surplus to requirements for the greater good. Gatland has hedged his bets that the Lions midfield will not outfox and outwit Christian Leali’ifano and Adam Ashley Cooper. No, he’s planning on driving nearly 35 stone of West Walian beef straight into the guts of the Wallaby defence at mach speed, and while they’re at it, making sure James O’Connor will not be visiting Hungry Jacks any time soon. Step forward, Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts.Missing link: Jamie Roberts’ physicality has been missedThe pair form Wales’ most capped centre partnership – remember they were part of a Wales side that didn’t concede a try for the last four games of the Six Nations – and Gatland has made no secret of his admiration of Roberts as his defensive general. This is a man who doesn’t just stop the opposition, he knocks them back in the tackle and uses all of his 17st 4lb frame to break the all-important gainline. Gatland simply had to include him. Yes, in 2009, O’Driscoll and Roberts had a cosy relationship, but in 2013 they’ve had a fleeting fling, playing together for just 55mins against the part-timers of Combined Country XV. Gatland wasn’t prepared to take the risk when milliseconds of hesitation could decide the Test.To assume Davies should make way for O’Driscoll is to do a disservice to the Llanelli Scarlet on this tour. He has arguably been the form centre of the tour, covering 270m in six games on tour with only George North, Sean Maitland and Alex Cuthbert have spirited themselves towards the opposition end with more success. A week before the first Test, against the Waratahs, it was O’Driscoll himself, was the first to acclaim the young West Walian’s performance as one of the most complete he’d witnessed.last_img read more

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Low-level Andrews nuke dump finds buyer

first_imgHome Local News Business Low-level Andrews nuke dump finds buyer The recent sale of Waste Control Specialists ensured that the low-level radioactive waste dump in Andrews County will continue operating with its workforce intact, ending the struggling company’s search for a buyer.But the acquisition of WCS, announced Friday, offered no sign that the efforts to begin storing up to 40 tons of high-level waste would resume. WCS was sold by Dallas-based Valhi Inc. to J.F. Lehman and Company, a middle-market private equity firm that invests in the government, defense, aerospace and maritime sectors.“The main thing is that nothing changes at the Andrews disposal facility,” WCS spokesman Chuck McDonald said. “The disposal operations will continue as they have been, so that’s obviously very positive.”Last summer, WCS lost an antitrust suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that successfully blocked a merger with Utah-based Energy Solutions on antitrust grounds. Energy Solutions, which also specializes in decommissioning nuclear power plants, owned the only other low level nuclear waste dump for three dozen states.Before losing the suit, WCS asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of the company’s application to store high-level nuclear waste, so the company could first sort out the merger while struggling to find the money to continue the licensing process. WCS had expected higher waste volumes than the company realized, prompting an effort to find new shipments that included the pursuit of approval to store high-level waste.Such a facility, if approved, would be the first of its kind and help settle the contentious question of what to do with America’s highly radioactive waste until a permanent solution is found. Today that waste is stored in radioactive pools at power plants for at least five years and then in thickly walled casks.J.F. Lehman is also in the business of decommissioning nuclear power plants, after recently acquiring NorthStar Group Services, which sends waste to WCS. The company did not indicate any plans to pursue a license of high-level waste.“WCS is a unique asset that, together with our recent acquisition of NorthStar Group Services, will allow us to provide a complete and cost-effective decommissioning solution for U.S. nuclear utilities,” Alex Harman, a partner at J.F. Lehman, said in a statement.WCS CEO Rod Baltzer released a statement saying he would not remain with the company but would consult during the transition.His replacement, NorthStar CEO Scott State, said in a statement said the company looks forward to “engaging utility and government customers to develop strategic solutions to long-term needs for treatment and disposal of radioactive waste, including a substantial expansion of WCS’s intake of Class A waste for disposal.”Class A waste is the least radioactive classification of low-level radioactive waste.More Information WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Low-level Andrews nuke dump finds buyer By admin – February 1, 2018 WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Rattler Midstream: 4Q Earnings Snapshot Waste Control Specialists prepare for the grand opening in November 2011 of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Facility in Andrews County. WCS may become a temporary storage facility for high-level nuclear waste if the license it seeks is approved. Twitter Twitter Here is a link to the WCS website.Here is a link to Texas Tribune coverage Fruit Salad to Die ForCreamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Facebook Previous articleEmpty Bowls benefits the West Texas Food BankNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 1 admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Octopus Energy U.S. to Discount Customers’ Bills by as Much as 90% Snap Inc. to Participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2021 Facebooklast_img read more

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Candidate forums set for Wednesday

first_img Facebook Local NewsGovernment WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest GOP logo The Ector County Republican Women have scheduled several candidate forums on Wednesday. Three will take place during their regular meeting at Odessa Country Club, 1 Fairway Drive, with a meet and greet at 11 a.m., lunch at 11:30 a.m. and the forum beginning at noon. Lunch is $15.Candidates for the afternoon forum include:County judge candidates Debi Hays and Chris FostelCounty commissioner Precinct 2 candidates Greg Simmons and Brandon TateCounty commissioner Precinct 4 candidates Arlo Chavira and Russell Wright Another forum for the seven justice of the peace Precinct 2 candidates is set from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at OC’s Saulsbury Center. For more information contact Sherry Hurt at 432-352-5107, or Gloria Apolinario at 432-349-0522.ON THE NET: Ector County Republican Women. Previous articleECISD trustees to consider Boys and Girls Club leasebackNext articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 20 admin Facebook Candidate forums set for Wednesday Twitter By admin – February 20, 2018 Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

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Buying off the plan? Architect reveals how to make the most of your apartment design

first_img MORE: >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: Racecourse cafe strip to welcome new development More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“To make the most of your space long-term, you should check high-quality materials such as stone benchtops are used, joinery customised for your interests and taste and that you can select your own appliances,” Mr Zahos said. Mr Zahos said it was important to think about your lifestyle and then ask your architect to accommodate the space to suit. An artist’s impression of the kitchen within the new SILK Ascot development.He said buyers should ask for features to suit their lifestyle such as timber floors, bookshelves for avid collectors and butler’s pantries in kitchens. “The finer points of custom-design are important to ensure the seamless integration of storage,” he said. With construction started on Silk’s new Ascot development, The Courier-Mail spoke to principal architect Con Zahos, of Loucas Zahos Architects, about making the most of your apartment design when buying off the plan.center_img Interstate downsizers migrate to Sherwood Lutwyche development succeeds off infrastructure investment An artist’s impression of the b within the new SILK Ascot development.“Thoughtful window details draw the eye to vistas beyond the room as well as bringing in natural light and providing ventilation.“Plan around trophy items such as beautiful pianos and sculptural pieces.” An artist’s impression of the street view of the new SILK Ascot development. An artist’s impression of the living spaces within the new SILK Ascot development.“For example, we’ve designed separate living spaces for a mother and daughter who were living together, to cater for their different needs,” he said.“On another occasion, we’ve integrated a glazed cellar room into the plan for a long-time wine collector.”He said a new home should be designed for a comfortable lifestyle into the future. “It’s the detailing, texture and level of finish that can make the space look and feel bigger.“Use of full-height glazing unites indoor and outdoor spaces, making the interior look and feel bigger. last_img read more

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4 Foundations Installed, 6 to Go at Tahkoluoto Offshore Wind Farm

first_imgSource: Suomen Hyötytuuli OyJan De Nul’s heavy-lift jack up vessel Vole au vent has installed four of the ten gravity base foundations at the Tahkoluoto wind farm off Pori, Finland.The photo shows Vole au vent jacking up in the vicinity of the Siemens 2.3MW pilot turbine installed at the site in 2010.Jan De Nul is the marine contractor on the 40MW project, responsible for dredging, seabed preparation work, and the installation of foundations as well as the ten Siemens 4MW wind turbines.The turbine installation is scheduled to take place from mid-June to mid-July, and the installation of subsea cables will be carried out from May to July 2017.The project is scheduled to be commissioned during the autumn of 2017.Tahkoluoto is the world’s first offshore wind farm designed for icy conditions.The EUR 120 million wind farm is owned and developed by Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy.last_img read more

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Gayle A. Schaefer

first_imgMemorial contributions can be directed to St. Jacob’s Cemetery, the Sunman Life Squad or to the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to serve the family of Gayle Schaefer. Those surviving who will cherish Gayle’s memory include her children, Kristy (John) Miller of Brookville, Lisa (Ken) Mosmeier of Sunman, Kim (David) Craig of Lawrenceburg, Shari (Jeff) Sterwerf of Sunman, and Kelley (Randy) Fuernstein of Brookville; grandchildren, Jonathan Mosmeier, Joshua Craig, Brittany Craig, Aaron Sterwerf, Kaitlin Sterwerf, and Colton Fuernstein; siblings, Eileen Gunter of Batesville, Lester (Audrey) Hornberger of Sunman, Virginia Richter of Sunman, Paul Jr. (Debbie) Hornberger of Brookville, Wanda (Harold) Vogt of Batesville, and one sister-in-law, Patsy Hornberger of Sunman.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph F. Schaefer; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Evelyn Hornberger; brother, Dale Hornberger; and two brothers-in-law, Dale Gunter and David Richter. Gayle A. Schaefer, of Sunman, was born on August 22, 1935 in Sunman, a daughter to Paul E. Sr., and Frieda E. Schantz Hornberger.  She married Ralph F. Schaefer on September 17, 1956 at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Alsace and together they raised five daughters.  Gayle worked at Western-Southern Life in the office until Ralph and she started their family. She later went back to work at Weber’s Greenhouse and McPhersons.  She attended St. Jacob’s UCC-Blue Creek, and was widely known for her beautiful flowers and prosperous garden.  Gayle’s favorite hobby however was shopping, especially for shoes!  She loved spending time with her family, and going to craft shows.  Christmas was her favorite holiday and she always had the perfect tree.  On Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the age of 82, Gayle passed away at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Friday, July 13, 2018 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  Pastor Lynne Busch will officiate the funeral service on Saturday at St. Jacobs UCC-Blue Creek at 10 a.m. and burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more