first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Activist and member of the left wing ANTARSYA coalition in Greece, journalist Katerina Thoidou, was in Melbourne earlier on this week, where she addressed a number of meeting at the Democritus Greek Australian League, at the Trades Hall Council Building and at the University of Melbourne. Her speeches were about various aspects of the current multiple crisis in Greece and in Europe. Talking about the resistance of sectors of the Greek society to the austerity measures of the government she raised the issue of the continues strikes and occupations, as a result of the shrinking of the public sector economy. She made special reference to the occupation and the continues broadcasting by its sacked employees, of the Greek state run National Television and Radio network ERT, which was officially shut down by the government two months ago.Amongst others Thoidou raised the issue of the antifascist struggle in Greece and called upon the Greek left to respond to the radicalisation of the Greek working class, as she said. She also criticised the two main left wing parties in Greece. The Greek Communist party is a sectarian party she stated while SYRIZA, the main opposition party today in the country was accused of drifting to the right since there is “an open perspective of a coalition with the Independent Groups a split New Democracy party.Katerina Thoidou is in Sydney this weekend participating at the Conference “Crisis, Resistance and Revolution: Ideas for a world in crisis” that is taking place at the University of Technology.last_img read more

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Adrian Wilson enters the Arizona Cardinals’ Ring of Honor on Sunday, when the San Francisco 49ers visit University of Phoenix Stadium. To be sure, there will be much reflecting on the legacy of a man who had so much to do with the franchise’s fortunes — and image — change for the better.Wilson’s style reminds of watching an NFL Blitz game in the flesh. The safety was a battering ram, a freak athlete with a rare combination of physicality and speed. That helped him become one of six players with at least 25 interceptions and 25 sacks in their NFL career. He also became a franchise face, not only because of his production for the Cardinals in 12 years with them, but because of the loyalty Wilson displayed as his career and the team around him evolved.Here are some of the most memorable moments of Wilson’s career. Warning: The following content may be rated R for its violent nature.Wilson’s patience pays off in NFC title winThe culmination of patience, belief and loyalty to the franchise that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft came for Wilson in the 2008 NFC Championship game, against the Philadelphia Eagles.On the Eagles’ first possession of the second half, Wilson sacked Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb on 3rd-and-8, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Cardinal Bertrand Berry. At first glance, the play didn’t look critical with the Cardinals holding a 24-6 lead, but in hindsight it was key.Philadelphia would rally to take a 25-24 lead. But Arizona scored on an eight-minute long drive, then held the Eagles to two final scoreless possessions to earn its way to the Super Bowl.Wilson finished the 32-25 NFC Championship victory with a team-leading seven tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   center_img For perspective, that’s a 230 pound Wilson getting high enough to put both legs over a 5’6 human being.It’s evidence of the incredible physical tools Wilson was working with for his successful NFL career that will be honored Sunday at halftime. – / 11 “This being my eighth year, and to be in this organization at this time with these players and these coaches, it’s a great moment,” Wilson said after the game.Tight ends in troubleArizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson, left, hits Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the fourth quarter of their game Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, in Baltimore. The Ravens won, 26-23. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark)Since we can’t cover every big hit in Adrian Wilson’s career, we’ll focus on two of the most thrilling.The assumption that defensive backs struggle to cover tight ends because of their size didn’t apply to the 6’3, 230 pound Wilson.Two of his most memorable hits came against some big dudes.One in 2007 saw Wilson, looking like he shot out of a cannon, shoulder Baltimore Ravens tight end Todd Heap to the ground, though Heap somehow held onto the ball.Later, Wilson earned a $10,000 fine for hitting a defenseless Vernon Davis when the Cardinals played the 49ers in September of 2009. There was a bit of Twitter drama — surprisingly, Twitter existed in 2010 — leading into this. Davis and Wilson’s Cardinal teammate, Darnell Dockett, had exchanged words over the social media platform before the game. Laying the wood on EdwardsBuffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards lies on the ground after suffering a concussion against the Arizona Cardinals during the first the quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008 in Glendale, Ariz. At right is Cardinals’ Adrian Wilson. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)There’s been a significant discussion about concussion protocol even since Wilson’s recent retirement.This hit on Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards in 2008 earned Wilson a $25,000 fine. While it didn’t appear to be helmet-to-helmet, the viciousness of the impact caused Edwards to suffer a concussion, likely when his head hit the ground.The NFL said Wilson violated the rule that “a defensive player must not unnecessarily or violently throw (the player being tackled) down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender’s weight.”Cardinals fans, rather, probably remember the play as a reminder of how exciting Wilson was to watch.Going viralBefore Wilson began building a YouTube library of vicious hits — which arguably could fill this list of top moments — he was proving just how athletic he was by filming this footage of him clearing a 66-inch bar during an individual workout. @ddockett last time I checked I was standing over top of #24 with a football stuck to my glove and believe we were in the endzone— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis85) May 11, 2010The beef dated back a year prior. When asked about defending Davis specifically leading into a game against San Francisco in 2009, Wilson refused to acknowledge Davis by name when a reporter asked about the 49ers tight end.“Who?” Wilson said at the time.“Vernon Davis,” the reporter answered.“Who?” Wilson repeated?This was eventually settled, because there’s also this 2011 video of Davis explaining why Adrian Wilson was one of the best in the game.He earned that type of respect.Ripping the RamsOn Sept. 12, 2010, against the St. Louis Rams, Wilson recorded perhaps the most productive game of his career.By the end of the evening, he’d totaled two interceptions, a blocked field goal attempt and a sack. He was the first player to record a pick, block a field goal and tally a sack — a violent one on quarterback Sam Bradford in his pro debut — in a single game since Julius Peppers did so in 2004.Wilson’s second pick, which came in the end zone, ended the game for a 17-13 Arizona victory. 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