After a shaky start to their World Cup 2018 campaign, Brazil have recovered impressively as they registered convincing 2-0 win over Mexico to cruise into the quarter-finals.Their impressive run, however, has been overshadowed by the debate over Neymar’s play acting.And now a Swiss TV station has come up with the minutes the forward has spent down on the ground. According to RT Sport, the PSG striker has 14 minutes on the deck throughout the World Cup.According to the report, Neymar was down for five minutes and 29 seconds total in the match against Mexcio. The biggest interruption in the match came in the 72nd minute when he writhed about after Mexican Miguel Layun appeared to step on his ankle.The incident was clearly meant to wind Neymar up, and Layun was lucky to escape punishment.But he didn’t look to have put pressure on Neymar’s leg, and the player’s delayed and exaggerated response was the subject of heated debate, especially coming after similarly petulant displays in earlier matches.Even fans who appreciate Neymar’s unquestionable brilliance have been turned off by the antics of a player who too often comes across as spoilt and immature.Neymar has the lowest pain threshold of any player in World Cups since Opta stats began.Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 2, 2018pic.twitter.com/s3J9Fc62R1Imara 5 (@Ferrari_SEB5) July 5, 2018Im sure he can triple that amount in the remaining games. What a blight on the record of an otherwise talented player.Robert E Baillie (@RobertEBaillie2) July 5, 2018All sorted !! pic.twitter.com/1cdCMazBemadvertisementPaul Darley (@13darlo) July 5, 2018After he dived in a bid to win a penalty against Costa Rica in Brazil’s second match, Tostao, a striker in the legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, encouraged coach Tite to have a heart-to-heart with the player and “demand that he stop with the fits, the complaining, the arguing and the faking.”The opprobrium heaped on the 26-year old has prompted a counter-reaction from fans, who, with some justification, believe Neymar is more sinned against than sinner.You should be protecting him instead of criticizing him, he’s the most fouled…GHEORGHE NAVIT (@navit1) July 5, 2018Such a haters hahahaha….Neymar is freaking awesomeDaniela Rocha (@danibignati) July 5, 2018He has been fouled 23 times so far in the tournament, more than Uruguayan duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani combined.Meanwhile, Brazil coach Tite has defended his player over the criticism.”I’ve already talked about Neymar and I’ve been very specific about what happened,” Tite said. “You should look at the videos. All you have to do is look at the images.””What makes me happy is to have him playing at his best. It’s not just with the ball, it’s not just dribbling. There are actions, there are transitions, defensive transitions and if you look, you see how much he has contributed.”The former Barcelona player will be back on the pitch on Friday as Brazil will take on Belgium in the quarter-finals.
Civmec wins three contracts in Australia. (Credit: Pixabay/David Mark.) Civmec, an Australia-based heavy engineering and construction services provider, announced that it has secured three contracts in Australia with a combined value of A$175m ($126m).As per Civmec, the three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors and are expected to contribute significantly to a solid base load of activity for its manufacturing facilities.The first contract is from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) to fabricate, modularise and carry out commissioning of a ship loader, for its Hay Point loading port in Central Queensland.The second contract is from Woodside Energy, for a term of five years, with an option to extend it for one more year. As per the contract, it will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore production facilities and capital projects in Australia.And, for the third contract, Civmec will supply modules for the Iron Bridge Magnetite project, a joint venture between Fortescue Metals Group subsidiary FMG Iron Bridge and Formosa Steel IB.Civmec to complete BMA contract in second half of 2022For the first contract, BMA has selected Civmec to fabricate, modularise and commission the 1,800T SL2A ship loader at Hay Point Coal Terminal.The project is still subject to final board approval from BHP and Mitsubishi.As per the contract, Civmec will supply and assemble the ship loader, up to the no-load commissioning stage.The firm will manufacture the large material handling equipment at its Henderson manufacturing facility in Western Australia.Work is expected to begin immediately and is anticipated to be completed in the second half of 2022. During the peak manufacture period, nearly 150 jobs in Perth could be created.For the second contract, Civmec will support Woodside’s onshore and offshore facilities.For the third contract, Civmec will supply 4,700 tonnes of conveyor, trusses and trestles for the Iron Bridge Magnetite Project. Work is expected to begin this month and the majority of it could be completed in FY21.Civmec CEO Patrick Tallon said: “We are extremely pleased to be given this opportunity to further support BHP in the delivery of a ship loader. This contract follows on from other smart modules and machines delivered by Civmec for BHP projects as part of our partnership delivering high quality, complex machines.”“We are also privileged to have secured a long-term contract with Woodside, having delivered several projects to them in the past.“This contract will provide us with a base load of work and allow us to work with Woodside as a partner to optimise efficiencies and savings in the delivery of our services to them over the longer term.” The company has three contracts are from the metals and minerals and the oil and gas sectors