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Aubameyang brace sparks Arsenal late show

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the first two, including a penalty opener. Substitute Alexandre Lacazette netted the third, also from the spot, after he had been fouled.But the result left both clubs in the same positions in the Premier League table, with Arsenal sixth and Stoke second bottom.The Gunners will have to play better in the first leg against CSKA Moscow on Thursday in Europe.With little chance of finishing in the Premier League’s top four, Arsenal must win the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League — a target that looks essential for under-fire Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he fights to save his job.Jack Wilshere may have missed both England’s friendlies with the Netherlands and Italy but the Arsenal midfielder recovered from a knee niggle to claim the captain’s armband for the day, with goalkeeper Petr Cech absent and defender Laurent Koscielny on the bench.Stoke’s preparations had seen Ibrahim Afellay jettisoned by manager Paul Lambert for not trying in training, but Eric Pieters was restored to the starting line-up after being fined for going clubbing before the previous match.The game’s first chance belonged to Stoke, the team with the greater need of three points, as Mame Biram Diouf laid the ball back to Xherdan Shaqiri, who shifted the ball onto his preferred left foot and curled it inches wide of David Ospina’s right-hand post.Stoke continued to take the game to the hosts, who were giving away possession cheaply.Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere were both culpable in the first 15 minutes.Arsenal almost took an undeserved lead when Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland produced a punch that will not have improved his chances of being England’s number one in the World Cup.It landed at Ramsey’s feet on the right of the six-yard box and the Welshman’s hook cleared the goalkeeper and bounced off the top of the crossbar.– Barren desert of mediocrity –Stoke City’s English goalkeeper Jack Butland (L) stops a shot from Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during the English Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium on April 1, 2018It was to prove a shallow oasis in a desert of barren first-half mediocrity however as Arsenal continued to waste possession.Neither side made any changes in the interval but Arsenal at least began with added urgency, with Danny Welbeck lashing a chance just wide.Mohamed Elneny saw a shot blocked before Butland dived to deny Nacho Monreal.Wenger finally made a switch as the fit-again Lacazette came on for Welbeck, while Diouf, having taken a knock, was replaced by Saido Berahino.Shaquiri curled a right-footer straight at Ospina before seeing a corner deceive the keeper and bounce off the back post.Aubameyang was denied by a good block by Butland moments before the award of the game-deciding penalty in the 75th minute.Bruno Martins Indi’s clumsy trip of Mesut Ozil was needless and Aubameyang made him pay as he sent Butland the wrong way from the spot.Stoke gave Aubameyang too much space for a simple second goal in the 86th minute.And when Badou Ndiaye bundled over Lacazette in the 89th minute, the France striker was given a chance to convert the penalty instead of Aubameyang going for a hat-trick.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates one of his two goals during the English Premier League clash against Stoke City on April 1, 2018LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 1- Arsenal warmed up for their crucial Europa League quarter-final with a flattering 3-0 victory against relegation-threatened Stoke on Sunday.Three goals in the final 15 minutes put a gloss on a largely soporific performance at a well-below capacity Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

Qantas posts massive profit, buys 787s

first_imgThe future of Qantas International is guaranteed after the airline announced it was buying eight of the world’s most advanced aircraft – the 300-seat Boeing 787-9s in Sydney this morning.Qantas also has 15 options and 30 price rights on the 787.The announcement came as the airline posted an underlying profit before tax of A$975 million – a thumping $1.62 billion turnaround on last year’s record underlying loss of $646 million loss as a raft of cost efficiencies started to pay big dividends.Qantas has also booked a cost savings from lower fuel costs and the elimination of the carbon tax which was costing it $120 million a year.  The Boeing 787, which with its competitor the Airbus A350, is the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft will be delivered from 2017.Qantas will also use it on domestic transcontinental routes to Perth.Boeing’s 787 is one the most flexible and economical aircraft flying today which will enable Qantas to open new routes and return to services that have been abandoned over the past 10 years such as Perth to Tokyo.The national carrier will acquire eight B787-9s to gradually replace five of its older Boeing747s on Qantas International routes and open up a range of potential new city pairs.Four B787-9s will arrive in financial year 2018 and four will arrive in financial year 2019. This will leave the Qantas Group with its six youngest reconfigured B747s.The airline also announced that it has reduced net debt by A$1.1 billion since financial year 2013.Chief executive Alan Joyce said the Dreamliner’s advantages for Qantas’ people and customers were hugely exciting.“This milestone acquisition marks the scale of our turnaround and looks ahead to a new era for our iconic international airline,” Mr Joyce said.“We’re halfway through the biggest and fastest transformation in our history. Qantas is rapidly growing fitter, stronger, and smarter. These aircraft are a fitting emblem of that evolution – they show that we are revitalised and here for the long haul.“We have looked closely at every aspect of the Dreamliner and it’s the right aircraft for Qantas’ future.“The key reason we chose this particular aircraft is its incredible efficiency. It’s new technology will reduce fuel burn, cut heavy maintenance requirements and open up new destinations around the globe.“Because the 787 is smaller than the jumbos it will gradually replace, it gives us the flexibility of having more aircraft without significantly changing our overall capacity.“Every Qantas aircraft is a symbol of Australia and these aircraft will represent Australian excellence and ambition on a global scale.”The airline also announced that it is declaring dividend to shareholders of A$505 million or 23 cents per share.last_img read more

Woolies turns to recycled packaging

first_img19 November 2010Woolworths has become the first major South African retailer to use post-consumer recycled plastics in its food packaging, helping both to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions and to cut its dependence on imported oil stocks needed to make virgin plastic.Since the beginning of September, Woolworths’ ready-to-eat sandwiches have been packed in containers made with 30% recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET), which is made from recycled plastic bottles.According to Woolworths, recycling one ton of PET bottles not only saves 6.2 cubic metres of landfill space, it also saves enough energy to keep a 15 watt energy-saver light glowing for 24 hours.No compromise on food safetyWoolworths first began using rPET fibre several years ago for the filling in its duvets and pillows, and also plans to roll out rPET packaging to juice bottles and other plastic packaging shortly.“Not only is packaging made with rPET more ecologically sound and technologically advanced, there is no compromise on food safety,” Woolworths foods MD Zyda Rylands said in a statement last week.“The recycled PET comes primarily from locally collected soft drink and water bottles and is scrupulously super-cleaned by the local supplier, who has invested some R20-million in a food grade recycling plant.”Rylands said the plant was the first recycler in the world to be certified by the British Retail Consortium, and that the resulting recycled plastic met or exceeded international standards for food safety.Reducing emissions, creating jobsRecycling PET has economic advantages as well – it reduces carbon dioxide emissions and cuts dependence on imported oil stocks used to make virgin plastic. “It also helps create jobs,” Rylands said. “It’s estimated that some 10 000 people earn income from collecting bottles.”Rylands said the retailer had now successfully eliminated over 600 tons of foods packaging, with more than 23% of its food products using recycled packaging materials, and most of the sleeves on its ready-made meals, dips and other food products being made from cardboard with a 80% recycled paper content.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

1983 World Cup: Dev’s Devils

first_imgExperience, youth, determination: the Indian team that beat West Indies, Zimbabwe, Australia and England to lift the glittering Prudential trophy had them all. Following are career profiles of the squad that made the miracle at Lord’s possible. As limited overs statistics were not available, Test match figures have been given.Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, 33, has been around for a long time. “Sunny” began with a bang in the West Indies in l971, when he collected 774 against Gary Sobers’s men. Gavaskar, at 5 ft 4| in only a half inch taller than fellow cricketer and brother-in-law G.R. Viswanath, has amassed 7.625 runs in 90 Tests, at an average of 52.23. With 27 centuries, he is only two short of Don Bradman’s world record.Gavaskar’s strength is his copybook technique, and it is this which has enabled him to score two centuries in a Test thrice, become the first Indian to carry the bat in a Test innings -at Faislabad in Pakistan last winter -and be top scorer for India on 30 occasions.Krishnamachari Srikkanth, 23. is a sixes and fours man. A newcomer to international cricket six Tests. 147 runs, average 16.23, highest 65 -he is an ebullient batsman who can tear any attack apart, as he almost did in the Lord’s finals. “Anna’ began his Test career against England. In Pakistan, he didn’t do very well in the Tests, but produced a string of big scores in the other matches. Srikkanth is also a brilliant fielder, with an accurate eye for the run-out chance and a powerful, accurate throw.Dlllp Balwant Vengsarkar, 27. also known as ‘Colonel’ and ‘Sleepy’, is a pillar of the top order, and usually bats at number three. One of the most experienced and battle-hardened members -63 Tests, 3,484 runs at an 37.46 with six centuries -Vengsarkar has time and again made big scores over a respectable length of time to win a match or pull it out of the fire, as at Lord’s in 1979 when he scored a century and saved India from defeat. He can also keep wickets in an emergency.advertisementMohinder Bhardwaj Amarnath, 32, the man of the third Prudential World Cup for India, made his debut as far back as 1969-70, after which he did not play for the country until 1975-76. He was reinstated in 1979, but was dropped again after the England and Australia tours. The great comeback began in Pakistan last year when the “chest-on” stance that ‘Jimmy’ adopted allowed him to tackle Imran with confidence when others were taking regular walks back to the pavillion. The series brought him 584 runs, and the subsequent five Tests in the West Indies another 598-the discard had transformed himself into one of India’s finest batsmen. He now has 2,648 runs from 37 Tests at an average of 44.88 and has hit seven centuries. His casual right arm gentle medium pacers can be deadly, as India’s opponents discovered recently.Mulkraj Yashpal Sharma, 28. is one of the most tenacious batsmen in the side. He made his debut in 1979 and has been dropped from the team once or twice. But ‘Pappu’ has ISt I always made it back into the team, as much for his grit as his fielding- he is a sharp cover fielder. He has played in 33 Tests, amassed 1.550 runs at an average of 36.90, and hit two centuries.Ramlal Nikhanj Kapil Dev, 24, captain of India, is arguably the best all-rounder in the world today-although Ian Botham will no doubt have something to say to that. The statistics say it all: 53 Tests, 2,253 runs, average 32.65, three centuries. (Ian Botham is better on paper: 59 Tests, 3,266 runs, average 36.69, 11 centuries.) Kapil has also taken 206 wickets, at an average of 29.52 runs per wicket. (Here again Botham has an edge: 267 wickets at 24.47 runs apiece.)Kapil has just been chosen as one of Wisden’s five’cricketers of the year 1982. He is the youngest to capture 200 or more Test wickets-only two others have done so before the age of 30-and has thus completed the ‘double double’: 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Tests. His infectious enthusiasm for the game and ‘lead-from–the-front’ captaincy was in large measure responsible for that incredible moment when he raised the Prudential trophy high in the air on June 25, 1983, at Lord’s.Sandeep Madhusudan Patil, 26, was the man who hit Bob Willis for six fours in an over last year, who hammered 174 off Lillee, Pascoe and company, and whose drive for four off Imran Khan off his knee at Faislabad in Pakistan was considered the best shot of the recent Indo-Pak series. ‘Sandy’ has, in three-odd years, collected 1.254 runs in 20 Tests at an average of 43.24, with three centuries. His style of batting is ideally suited to one-day cricket, as was evident when he drove, pulled and lofted England’s bowlers to score 51 not out to take India to victory in the Prudential semi-final last fortnight.advertisementSyed Mujtaba Husain Kirmani, 33, took over from Farokh Engineer in 1975-76 after a long understudy period. Since then, he has crouched behind the stumps in 69 Tests, scored 2,100 runs at an average of 24.70, with one century. He has also caught 128 batsmen and stumped 32, thus becoming the only Indian wicket-keeper to do the double: 1,000 and more runs and 100 or more victims.As a measure of his experience-of India’s current squad, only Gavaskar has played more Tests-‘Kiri'(also known as ‘Ganga Hassan’) was made vice-captain of the team that toured the West Indies this year but had a lean tour -and the vice-captaincy went to Mohinder. Kirmani has claimed six victims in a Test thrice. He does take off the gloves sometimes: he has bowled one ball in Test cricket but that was a no-ball.Roger Michael Binny, 28, is a useful alU rounder, just how useful came to light last fortnight when his accurate medium pace did a little more than its bit to get India the trophy. He has played nine Tests for the country, scored 198 runs-highest 46-at an unimpressive average of 15.23. But he is an asset for any side, because quite apart from his bowling – 15 Test wickets at 42.13 runs each -he is an excellent fielder. Incidentally, ‘Jackie’ and Sanjay Desai knocked up a record 451 for the first wicket for Karaataka against Kerala in 1977-78-and were still there when the innings was closed, Binny scoring 211 not out.Kirti Bhagwat Jha Azad, 24, made his Test debut in 1980-81 but has not quite lived up to expectations, with 107 runs in four Tests at an average of 17.83. However, his slow off-breaks were invaluable in the World Cup competition, tying spin-shy batsmen to their crease, keeping the run rate down, and capturing some crucial wickets in the process.Madan Lai Udhouram Sharma, 32, is like a rubber ball-he keeps bouncing back into the team and game. ‘Muddy’ is a never-say-die player, extremely competitive on the field, and refuses to .wilt even when his medium pace gets the stick. He “has played in 31 Tests, scoring 762 runs at an average of 20.59. His highest is 55 not out. He is the ideal foil to Kapil Dev in the medium pace attack-64Test wickets at 36.95 runs apiece-and, not the least, he is a brilliant, hard-running fielder-nobody will forget his fantastic catch to dismiss Peter Toohey of Australia at Sydney in the 1977-78 series.Ravi Shankar Jayadrith Shastri, 20, was an emergency recruit in the 1980-81 tour of New Zealand when he was flown down to make up the eleven for the Test at Wellington. Shastri captured three wickets in four balls in that Test and finished the series with 15 wickets at an average of 18. His orthodox left-arm spin had brought him into the side, but his batting soon strengthened his position. In 19 Tests he has taken 42 wickets at about 40 runs each. He has also scored 669 runs, at an average of 30.40, with two centuries.advertisementBalwinder Singh Sandhu, 26, a medium pace bowler, made his mark as a batsman on his debut in Pakistan when he scored 71. ‘Ballu’ is able to swing the ball and this, more than his pace, has accounted for the nine wickets he has taken in seven Tests, at 53.22 runs apiece. He has also scored 206 runs at an average of 34.33.Sunil Valson, 25, was the player whose selection earlier this year for the World Cup squad created a bit of a furore. Ironically, the left arm medium pacer did not play in the tournament.last_img read more