An off-Broadway hit musical gets a West End upgrade, the Olivier Award-winning Miss Trunchbull turns his gifts to O’Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch’s packed-out Hamlet comes to the big screen for one night only—those are among the highlights in a characteristically busy month for London plays. Read on and find out more.OCTOBER 5-11Teddy Boys: Teddy Ferrara, the Christopher Shinn play previously seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2013, crosses the Atlantic in a keenly awaited London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse marking a return to the directing fold of Dominic Cooke, the onetime artistic director of Shinn’s onetime London home, the Royal Court. The play opens October 7 and Luke Newberry and Matthew Marsh are among the cast.Also: Danny Horn and Oliver Hoare head the new cast from October 5 of Sunny Afternoon, the Olivier Award-winning musical at the Harold Pinter Theatre drawing on the back catalog of the Kinks. October 10 is the last chance to see Martin McDonagh’s exhilarating new play Hangmen and its sensational leading performances from David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn—a West End transfer looks to be in the works. The same night sees Lara Pulver bidding farewell to her co-starring role in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre: Gemma Sutton takes over as Louise from October 12.OCTOBER 12-18Closer Than Ever: What’s It All About? was the original title of the wonderful Burt Bacharach musical homage that first played off-Broadway late in 2013 before coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer. Now, co-creator and star Kyle Riabko is moving on yet again with the show, this time to the Criterion Theatre for a West End opening on October 15 and with a new, less quizzical title: Close to You.Also: Tony winner Frances Ruffelle returns to the ever-appealing Crazy Coqs cabaret venue by Piccadilly Circus October 13-17. Those who clamored in vein for tickets to the instant sellout that is the Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet can watch it on cinema screens October 15 when the Sherlock actor’s great Dane is filmed live in performance at the Barbican Theatre.OCTOBER 19-25Raisin’ Bran-agh: Kenneth Branagh is putting Hollywood on hold to return to his stage origins via a yearlong residency at the Garrick Theatre that has its first full week of previews this week. The season opener is a much-anticipated staging of The Winter’s Tale, with Branagh himself as Shakespeare’s jealous hero, Leontes, and the great Judi Dench as the play’s voice of moral authority, Paulina. Branagh co-directs alongside Broadway regular Rob Ashford, following their successful partnership on Macbeth in Manchester and then New York.Also: Previews begin October 21 at the St. James Theatre for the U.K. premiere of Pig Farm, Tony winner Greg Kotis’ comedy seen off-Broadway in 2006: Katharine Farmer directs a cast headed by Stephen Tompkinson and American actor Erik Odom. October 20 is the final performance of Patrick Marber’s Turgenev rewrite Three Days in the Country, with a cast headed by John Simm, Mark Gatiss and Marber’s own wife, Debra Gillett, at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton space.OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 1Going Ape: Does Bertie Carvel ever sleep? Fresh from playing the authority-mad Pentheus opposite Ben Whishaw in the Almeida’s dazzling production of Bakkhai, the Tony-nominated star of Matilda crosses the river to star in director Richard Jones’ revival of Eugene O’Neill’s fearsome play, The Hairy Ape. Opening night is October 29 and Carvel has been training hard to get in shape for the part.Also: Anne-Marie Duff stars in the National Theatre’s revival, opening October 27, of Husbands & Sons, the D.H. Lawrence play here adapted afresh by Ben Power. Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott directs. Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll headline the cast of the new David Hare play The Moderate Soprano, opening October 29 at the Hampstead Theatre under the direction of 2015 Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin. Given the talent involved, expect an onward life. View Comments
By Dialogo September 24, 2012 While the military and police operations continued, a string of mayors built libraries, sports complexes, hospitals and schools. They sent social workers and mircroinvestment specialists into the neighborhoods. A metro system was built, including state-of-the-art gondola lines connecting several of the hills to the heart of downtown Medellín. The number of murders in Medellin began to decline precipitously. A recent study by University of Antioquia found that in the first hillside comunas to be connected by the gondolas, homicides fell 66 percent — from 188 per 100,000 people in 2003 to 30 per 100,000 in 2008. Gang violence now the biggest problem In 2008, Don Berna was extradited to the United States to face drug trafficking charges. Security forces in Medellín faced their next major challenge as his successors fought for control of the Oficina de Envigado. The military and police, however, had been working to turn their forces into some of the most professional in Latin America — with a mixture, Corrales said, of “Britain’s intelligence, Israel’s technology and the special forces model of the United States.” Police outposts were placed throughout the city, and a new command center was built downtown, with the latest technology to coordinate all the city’s security and emergency services. The Army and police began working together intensively, looking not to only capture criminal figureheads but to disrupt their entire networks. When gang warfare broke out in several comunas in 2010 and 2011, security forces moved in quickly, but had difficulty stemming the violence. After two years that saw formerly declining murder rate reverse its trend and double, they finally appear to be turning things around. Medellín police are reporting a 35 percent drop in murders citywide in 2012, with 821 homicides through August compared with 1,256 in 2011. And in just the last six months, authorities have captured two high-level members of the Oficina de Envigado, leaving it weaker than ever. These days the vast majority of Medellin’s residents walk the streets of a safe and comfortable city. Police, wearing neon green vests, are ubiquitous. Locals no longer live in fear of car bombs or the stray bullets of contract killers, who, in the not-too-distant past, murdered for as little as $200. But several poor, hillside neighborhoods remain holdouts to that uglier era, representing a final challenge for security forces and the government. For now, Comuna 8 remains disconnected and dominated by combos. Often supported by larger criminal syndicates, these gangs fight out proxy wars in larger territorial battles. “The criminal organizations that are here are professionals,” Corrales said. “They already have many years in the war in diverse groups, and they know all the tactics.” But Corrales said the current power vacuum has offered the security forces an opportunity. “They have to enter,” he said, “and keep making their presence total.” Army, police integration crucial to success Brig. Gen. Nicasio de Jesús Martínez Espinel, commander of the Fourth Brigade — which has jurisdiction over 91 of the 125 municipalities in Antioquia, including Medellín — said the police and military “complement and support” each other within the city. Not only do they perform patrols together, but they also set up joint checkpoints to search for weapons and drugs. The Army often offers reinforcements when the police find themselves short of personnel. “Today we have a wide coordination in all levels,” he said. “We are integrated with the police.” Col. Carlos Alberto Ayala, commander of Medellín’s Military Police Battalion, said he has about 100 men in Comuna 8, who perform two patrols daily and four patrols nightly, often in conjunction with the police. “They do the investigating,” he said, “And we offer them security so they can do their work.” During a recent Friday night patrol, the only visible evidence of the combos were walls pocked with gunshots. In La Torre, men sat drinking beer out front of makeshift bars and stores that jostled for space among the maze of wooden homes. The rhythms of cumbia music could be heard along with the shouts of children who ambled along the dark pathways. Florez, leader of the quick-reaction force, said that by 9 p.m. most of the people will have shut themselves indoors, afraid of the combos. “It can feel like a calm night here,” he said, “but at any moment it can explode.” With Israeli-made assault rifles slung around their shoulders, the soldiers patrolled the neighborhood. Every so often they stopped to frisk a male resident. The women offered them guarded salutations. The men stayed mute. “They are afraid to speak,” Florez said. “They know if they do, the gangs will not only kill them, but also their family members.” Comuna 8’s next generation, though, was more welcoming. Children approached the soldiers with high-fives and greetings of “Hola, soldado” [hello, soldier]. It is very sad to know that so close to our homes, housings, even in our workplace, we have to seek protection by the police and the national army. I can state my own experience. I am a struggling and entrepreneur woman that in order to comply with my general obligations, I am an image consultant of a chain of hairdressing in MedellÃn in the area of BulerÃas. There is a worker who, at a given moment, I helped to support and to get a house, but nothing good resulted from this. Now I am forced to retire from my employment because she has relations with people that belong to criminal bands of the city. I would like to know how you can help me. The illicit items obtained by this band and its representative in that area, that is the little girl, are being sold by this girl in the facilities of the hairdressing. I would like to speak to any officer in charge of these issues or that belongs to army intelligence. In order to do this, I need much confidentiality. Please contact me by this means or to the cell phone 3128778417 in Medellin. Feel free to call me (Mrs. Elena, to identify your phone call) because I am being victim of threats from that group and this woman. Thank you for reading my message. Thank you to allThe Military Police for giving two their lives to save the country. I know them they are across from my house and hope nothing bad happens to them â¤ MEDELLÍN, Colombia — The sprawling hillside neighborhoods of Medellín’s Comuna 8 are named for landmarks or features: La Granja, the farm; La Torre, the tower; La Finquita, for the ranch-like style of its homes. To outsiders, these and the handful of other neighborhoods comprising Comuna 8 are indistinguishable — an impenetrable tangle of slanting concrete and brick buildings with corrugated tin roofs. But for the residents of Comuna 8, the invisible borders are exact and, at times, deadly. The boundaries mark areas where local armed gangs known as combos vie for territory. Army Lieutenant Cristhian Mauricio Florez stood on one such invisible border — a concrete bridge that crossed a small river. “They come down from the hills, shoot at each other,” he said, “and then run back up.” The combos fight to control sales of basuko, a smokeable cocaine paste, and marijuana. But what makes the bridge so valuable is its proximity to Tres Esquinas (Three Corners), a commercial district of butchers, grocery stores and small shops that the combos can systematically extort, said Florez, head of a quick-reaction force based in Comuna 8 since April. After a particularly violent weekend in June, which saw two people killed and five wounded in shootings and the bombing of a building, the governor of Antioquia — the department that includes Medellín — ordered a military clampdown. Sixty soldiers augmented a police force of 120, and together they performed random patrols throughout the neighborhoods. At night, helicopters from the Colombian Air Force buzzed overhead, gathering surveillance. One recent Friday evening, people crowded into the streets and stores of Tres Esquinas, busily doing their weekend shopping. It was a scene that would have been unlikely three months ago. “We still don’t leave the house at night,” said one male resident, who asked not to be named out of fear of retribution. “But before I was afraid to even leave in the day.” ‘Bloodbath’ of the 1990s a distant memory Twenty years ago, much of Medellín was entrenched in street warfare far more severe than anything seen in Comuna 8 now. In 1991, at the height of Pablo Escobar’s simultaneous battles against the state and rival cartels, Medellín recorded nearly 6,500 killings — making it one of the world’s most violent cities that year. After Escobar’s death in 1993, the violence did not abate. Guerillas, paramilitary groups, drug cartels and criminal gangs fought for control of territory. Though they had different goals, they were comparable in their ability to inflict violence. “This was a bloodbath,” said Diego Corrales, a specialist in urban security and the director of Enciudad, a public-policy group in Medellín. In the last decade, however, the city has undergone a transformation, with security gradually returning to areas once deemed ungovernable. Corrales said a confluence of factors resulted in the sea charge: the professionalization and coordination of the city’s security forces, the capture or killing of high-level gang members, and the building of schools, hospitals and cable cars in some of the poorest and most dangerous hillside barrios. Guerrilla groups no longer in control The transformation began in 2002, with a military takeover of Comuna 13, an outlying community of neighborhoods then considered Medellín’s most dangerous. The takeover, dubbed Operation Orion, was meant to root out three guerilla groups: the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the National Liberation Army (ELN), and the Medellín-based People’s Armed Commandos (CAP), along with several criminal gangs that were firmly in control of the neighborhoods. On Oct. 15 at 4 a.m., Blackhawk helicopters swooped in, literally raising the tin roofs. Troops and tanks stormed into the barrio, sparking a shootout among the armed groups and the military. “Medellin had never seen anything like this — the integral intervention of the military and all of its forces,” said Corrales. The operation reduced the guerilla presence immediately, and other hillside comunas would be subjected to similar takeovers during the next two years. Meanwhile, the Medellín drug cartel, or what was left it, had morphed into a criminal syndicate called the Oficina de Envigado (Office of Envigado). Its leader, Diego Murillo — better known as Don Berna — ended up with a level of control over the city’s criminal underworld that, some experts say, dwarfed even Escobar’s. An alliance between Don Berna and powerful right-wing paramilitary groups allowed for a semblance of peace. It was a rare window of opportunity for the state to move in, with both hard power and soft.
The Mets released the following statement: Known as “The Franchise” and “Tom Terrific,” Seaver pitched in the big leagues for 20 seasons. He won 311 games and was an All-Star 12 times. Seaver is known as one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball and the Mets’ greatest player of all time. His all-time strikeouts (3,640) rank sixth in baseball. (WBNG) — Mets legend and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver has passed away at the age of 75. According to the Baseball Hall of Fame website, Seaver passed away in his sleep due to complications from Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.
In July, 5,7 million overnight stays were realized in Kvarner, which is an increase of 8%, and in the first six months, 1,67 million arrivals and 9,62 million overnight stays were realized. Comparing the data with the same period in 2016, there were 14% more arrivals and 14% more overnight stays, ie 200.000 more arrivals, and even 1,2 million more overnight stays.Most overnight stays were realized on the island of Krk (share of 36%), with an increase in overnight stays by 14%. In second place is the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera with a share of 17% of overnight stays and a 19% increase in the number of overnight stays. Ranking by number of nights continues: island of Losinj (+ 11% of nights), Opatija riviera (+ 14% of nights), island of Rab (+ 11% of nights)Almost 60% of foreign guests came from the 3 most important emitting markets: Germany, Slovenia and Austria. Followed by guests from Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia. Although guests from all these markets are experiencing an increase in arrivals and overnight stays, it is worth noting guests from Germany, who realized as much as half a million more overnight stays compared to the first 7 months of 2016, which means a 24% increase in arrivals and overnight stays. 25%, or as many as 2,2 million overnight stays.”With great satisfaction with the excellent overall results of tourist traffic, I would like to emphasize that German guests with a share of more than 27% in total overnight stays, recorded an increase in arrivals of 25% and an increase in overnight stays of 26% compared to the same period in 2016. The Kvarner Tourist Board invests a lot in the German market, from which we traditionally have the largest number of guests. It is a series of intensive promotional activities, from advertising in the media, to fair appearances and presentations, and the reception of German journalists in Kvarner. ” points out dr.sc. Irene Peršić Živadinov, director of the Kvarner Tourist Board.3,8 million overnight stays were realized in private accommodation, with an increase of 17%, more than 2 million overnight stays were realized in hotels (an increase of 10%), and 1,9 million overnight stays in camps (an increase of 9%). ”It is interesting to note that accommodation capacities of higher category, regardless of the type of accommodation, since the beginning of the year constantly record a larger increase in tourist traffic than accommodation of lower category. In the season there is another trend related to registered tourist traffic in family farms, especially those on the island of Krk and other islands, which means that guests with special interests come to Kvarner in different accommodation facilities. ” Peršić Živadinov points out and adds that the changes in Gorski Kotar are especially happy, which can also boast of an increase in the number of tourist arrivals by as much as 24%, and 12% more overnight stays in facilities throughout Gorski Kotar.
Topics : Italy sounded the alarm Monday over the rise in coronavirus cases in fellow European countries after a spike in the number of infections discovered among returning Italian holidaymakers.”Not to worry [about new cases from abroad] would be unconscionable,” Health Minister Roberto Speranza told the Corriere della Sera daily, which noted: “France, Spain and the Balkans… Italy is surrounded by contagions”.Fear over new outbreaks imported by returning vacationers has been fuelled by the much-publicized case of 30 young Italians from the Veneto region who holidayed in Croatia and returned with coronavirus at the start of August. “We have to be ready: over the next two weeks, the number of contagions on their return [from abroad] will increase,” Rodolfo Punzi, director of the infectious diseases department at Naples’ Cotugno hospital, told the Stampa daily. Italy is closed to Balkan nationals and people arriving from Romania and Bulgaria are obliged to do 14 days quarantine.Though the first European country to be hit hard by the virus back in February, it has since reaped the rewards of a strict nationwide lockdown and social distancing policy. On Sunday it reported just two deaths from the virus.Case numbers are however rising with 463 new infections reported over a 24-hour period.But that is a markedly better performance than that of Spain — which leads the way in the number of new infections recorded over the past two weeks, followed by Romania, France, Germany, Britain and Poland.
The French asset management association is calling for the creation of an individual pensions product consistent with the pan-European personal pension (PEPP) being explored in the EU, and for the creation of cross-border pension funds.The proposals were made by the Association Française de la Gestion financiére (AFG) in a white paper published last week on expanding retirement savings in France.It housed its call for cross-border pension funds under the heading of strengthening occupational pensions in France, especially collective company pension savings schemes.These go by the acronym PERCO (plan d’épargne retraite collectif). The AFG said a European pillar should be added to the PERCO to allow companies to manage pension plans from France for all European employees.It said this required creating a vehicle compatible with the EU pension fund legislation, the IORP Directive, and that this could be achieved under the Sapin II law.Laure Delahousse, deputy director general at AFG, told IPE the idea was to create a new type of IORP-compliant pension vehicle asset managers could use to offer their clients a way to manage defined contribution plans more effectively in different European countries in a single pension fund.“The Sapin law provides for the creation of such a pension fund via ministerial order, so no new law would be needed,” she said.The lack of a universal pensions saving product for multinational companies with a mobile workforce and employees across Europe has also been remarked on by Jean Eyraud, president of the French institutional investor association Af2i.Around 85 cross-border pension funds already exist, mainly set up by multinational companies, but financial institutions like asset managers are also turning their attention to the vehicles.For example, French asset manager Amundi has a pan-European pensions vehicle in Luxembourg and recently said it had already attracted 10 multinational companies to use it. The AFG’s white paper also sets out other measures to promote the PERCO, such as a cut in employer taxes on contributions and opening the plans to civil servants and certain public employees. PEPPing up personal pensionsAnother major aspect of the AFG’s blueprint is the proposal for a new personal pensions product, which the association already flagged in its “roadmap” for the French asset management industry in November.The association said it was important not to rely exclusively on occupational pensions when it came to retirement saving.“It is necessary to develop individual products,” it said, adding that existing personal pension products were not equipped to meet the needs of a large number of people.The association said the envisaged new product was “largely inspired” by the pan-European personal pension (PEPP) product being prepared at the EU level.Delahousse said: “We want to create the same thing in France, which could be subscribed to by individuals all over Europe but is mainly for French citizens.“We strongly support the PEPP initiative, and we are calling on the government to create a new product that is consistent with the PEPP with an appropriate tax treatment”.The question of the tax treatment was one of the issues discussed during a European Commission hearing on the PEPP in Brussels in October last year. In the AFG’s mind, the product it envisages would appeal to a larger client base than the main existing personal product, the PERP, in particular because it would give individuals choice over how they use their retirement pot.Under the PERP, individuals must buy an annuity when they reach retirement.According to the AFG, the new product should be available to a broad range of individuals, including the self-employed, civil servants and mobile employees working in Europe.Other aspects include that contribution amounts should be flexible up to a ceiling, access to the retirement savings pot blocked until retirement except in exceptional circumstances, and that individuals be free to choose what to do with their savings at retirement date, such as opting for a capital lump sum, an annuity, or free or progressive withdrawals.The individual would be able to choose between three investment management options: life cycle, self-select or delegated management.The default option would be the life cycle strategy, as is the case for the PERCO at the moment.The other main pillar of AFG’s white paper is a call to improve the information available to individuals about their pension. Transforming retirement saving into a source of long-term capital to finance the French and European economy is a central theme running through the association’s proposals.
The value of Australian LNG exports are forecast to hit A$50.4 billion ($35.7 billion) in 2018-2019 as export volumes rise along with the prices. According to a report from the Australian government’s Office of the Chief Economist, the value will jump almost A$20 billion compared to the financial year 2017-18 when it reached A$31 billion.The value is expected to remain at the A$50 billion mark for the FY2019-20.Australia expects to overtake Qatar as the world’s largest explorer during the FY2019-20 when exports are forecast to hit 78.3 million tons, up from 61.7 million tones in 2017-2018.This represents a 1 percent forecast increased compared to the volumes forecasted in the September report.Higher export volumes will be driven by the Wheatstone, Ichthys and Prelude LNG projects, the report shows.Production at Wheastone will be substantially higher in 2018–19 than in 2017–18, with the project having ramped up to near full capacity last quarter. Ichthys shipped its first LNG cargo in October, and train 2 is expected online in 2019.Shell has indicated that the Prelude project will begin LNG production before the end of 2018, although this had not occurred at the time of writing, the report says.Forecast LNG export earnings have been revised up by $2.0 billion in 2018–19 and $1.6 billion in 2019–20 since the September Resources and Energy Quarterly.
Former FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, believes that staging the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar is still a possibility amid fresh charges of bribery in the bidding process. “Fortunately, the 2022 World Cup will only have 32 teams and not 48 as [FIFA president Gianni Infantino] had planned. The organisational effort would not be bigger than 2018.” The 2022 World Cup is slated to be the final tournament with 32 teams, with the field set to expand to 48 in 2026. Should the United States host the 2022 event, a new host for 2026 would also need to be found with the U.S. currently slated to co-host the tournament along with Mexico and Canada. Blatter is currently serving a six-year ban from football-related activities due to ethics violations from his time in charge of FIFA. The 84-year-old, however, continues to proclaim his innocence. “The investigations are part of a major plot against me,” Blatter said, adding that he feels he should be made an honourary FIFA president if he is cleared of all charges. read also:FIFA sues Blatter, Platini for $2 Million Over ‘Undue Payment’ “This would be the best reaction from FIFA,” Blatter said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks The U.S. Department of Justice issued an indictment last week charging that Russia and Qatar paid bribes to secure votes in the process that saw them awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. According to the indictment, former Brazilian federation president Ricardo Teixeira, the now-deceased ex-COMNEBOL president Nicolas Leoz and a co-conspirator received bribes to ensure their votes for Qatar to stage the tournament. The indictment raised the possibility that FIFA could opt to take the 2022 World Cup away from Qatar, though doing so would create a number of logistical challenges. Chief among those would be finding a new host in a short period of time, but Blatter has offered up a pair of suggestions for a quick replacement. “Germany could do it. But this would mean the World Cup being staged in Europe again after 2018,” Blatter said in an interview with Sport Bild. “Europe therefore would not be first choice. The United States could do it instead of 2026. They are capable, it’s not rocket science! Japan could also do it. They also bid to host the 2022 World Cup. Loading…
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Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell will avoid reaching for the panic button when he competes in this week’s Alstom Open de France. McDowell did win the Volvo World Match Play crown in Bulgari, but his missed cut in last week’s Irish Open was the fifth in his last six strokeplay events and left him spending the weekend at Carton House on the practice range, alongside compatriot Rory McIlroy, looking for some form ahead of the upcoming Open Championship. “Obviously that Volvo World Match Play offsets some really average golf for me I suppose,” McDowell admitted in his pre-tournament press conference at Le Golf National. “I feel like I went into the US Open a bit under golfed to be honest with you; (with) a few missed cuts here and there and playing a slightly reduced schedule this year.” Press Association He added: “I really just haven’t had enough course time the last couple of months and that was highlighted at the US Open – he shot rounds of 76 and 77 at Merion – and it was highlighted a little bit last week in Ireland, missing by one there. “I thought I had snuck in for the weekend and I could have done with a couple of extra rounds of golf under my belt, but used the weekend constructively, hit a lot of balls. “I feel like, thankfully, I’ve got a couple of victories under the belt this year to offset maybe the panic button being hit. It is a good thing to be coming into this run of golf fresh I suppose, I’ve got a lot of golf coming up here the next few months. “The game’s not in terrible shape to be honest with you. It’s been a fine line here and there. The motivation’s there and I’m feeling hungry and ready to go this summer. “I’ve worked very hard the last 10 days or so and I’ve probably hit as many balls in the last 10 days as I have in a couple of months really. I could do with a weekend here where I compete and play four rounds, get the old juices flowing.” McDowell is one of three players in the world’s top 10 competing in Paris, the world number nine being joined by eighth ranked Luke Donald and number five Matt Kuchar.