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France vs Croatia, World Cup 2018 final prediction: Buyan the bear has a winner

first_imgThe 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia is almost here and prediction for the match is in by Buyan, a male Siberian bear from the Royev Ruchey Zoo in Krasnoyarsk.Paul the octopus earned worldwide fame during the 2010 World Cup after correctly predicting eight matches of the tournament. Since then animals predicting results of World Cup games has become a sort of a ritual.During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, various animals including a camel, an elephant and a sea turtle were involved in making predictions.This World Cup, Achilles the cat, who lives in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum and Zabiyaka ,a goat from Samara have been among the animals that have tried to predict the outcome of the matches.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEAnd now, Buyan has made a prediction for the final between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.WORLD CUP 2018 FINAL, FRANCE vs CROATIA: LIVE UPDATESAccording to Buyan, Croatia are destined to make history as they will beat France to win their first World Cup.Also read – World Cup 2018: France’s road to the finalBuyan was given the options of two watermelons with flags of France and Croatia respectively and the bear opted for the Croatian watermelon. Buyan chose Croatia while attempting to predict the result of the World Cup final match between France and Croatia. (Reuters)While Buyan has predicted Croatia will win, France are heavy favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday.France are eyeing their second title while this is the first World Cup final for Croatia, whose previous best finish was third in 1998.advertisementAlso read – World Cup 2018: Croatia’s road to the finalCroatia, who came out with scathing replies after defeating England in the semi-final, might look for a 1998 revenge on Sunday.In the semi-final of 1998 World Cup, Croatia’s golden generation were up against France and two second half strikes by right-back Liliam Thuram propelled France to the final, one that they went on to win.This time, however, Zlatko Dalic-coached Croatia have a squad capable of going all the way. Just like the Davor Suker-captained batch of 1998, this Croatian side, has a similar never-say-die attitude, coupled with talent from the best clubs all over Europe.However, France have, at least on paper, a squad loaded with talent and more depth. In Didier Deschamps, they have a coach who has previous experience of winning the World Cup as a player.Deschamps, who captained the 1998 French side, has a chance to achieve the rare distinction of becoming only the third man, in history — after Brazil’s Mario Zagallo and German legend Franz Beckenbauer — to win the World Cup both as a player and a head coach.last_img read more

Nova Marine Names New Pneumatic Cement Carrier

first_imgzoom Switzerland-based shipping company Nova Marine Carriers has named NACC Capri, a 7,300 dwt pneumatic cement carrier, following its delivery in November 2016.The 5,173 gross ton ship, which features a length of 109.9 meters and a width of 16.8 meters, was built by Chinese shipbuilder Ningbo Xinle.Capable of transporting cement, ground-granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) and fly ash, the vessel is able to load mechanically from loading conveyor belt from shore, pneumatically via shore pipelines, as well as via bulk trucks to cargo holds, the company said.In addition, NACC Capri is fitted with a discharging system allowing pneumatic discharge via shore pipeline or via bulk truck station.The vessel was built as a fully lakes fitted cement carrier, capable of trading in Canadian Great Lakes, according to Nova Marine Carriers.The firm said that the Netherlands made Van Aalst Marine & Offshore vacuum handling system has been adopted to further enhance the efficiency of the vessel’s fully automated loading and discharging operations. The said system also provides, amongst others, the ability to transfer cargo from one hold to another.Including the recently delivered pneumatic cement carrier, Nova Marine Carriers’ fleet is currently comprised of 43 vessels, the company’s data shows.last_img read more