About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Petit: I laugh at Emery’s weak, average defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Emmanuel Petit says manager Unai Emery’s defence isn’t good enough.Petit claims that Arsenal’s biggest weakness is their “average defence’ and ultimately that will undermine Emery’s chances of success this season.He told Paddy Power: “In defence they are weak, they’re average. They make individual and collective errors. Sometimes you have to laugh. They injuries are not an excuse, most of the players who stepped in are internationals.“The quality they had been showing vanished (at Brighton) and it became obvious what their weakest link was – the defence.“I don’t know what’s going on with some of these players. During the long unbeaten run you thought Arsenal are back on track.”But now I look back at the number of those games in which they were lucky and, suddenly, reality returned.“They need to raise their game mentally on Saturday. I’ve seen glimpses of improvement compared to previous years but you can’t perform for just half an hour against Liverpool. You need to be fully switched on for 90 minutes, especially away from home.“If Arsenal go to Anfield thinking they can just keep plodding away the way they have been, it’s over – they’ll leave the stadium with three or four goals against them.”
Arsenal find themselves “eight windows behind the big boys”, says Troy Deeney, with the club still some way short of the elite despite making progress under Unai Emery.The Gunners have taken steps in the right direction this season after opting to make a change in the dugout.Arsene Wenger was famed for his frugal approach to recruitment, despite completing some big-money deals towards the end of his 22-year tenure. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Emery was then handed no war chest upon inheriting the reins, but has managed to force Arsenal back into contention for a top-four finish and a return to Champions League competition.Watford captain Deeney admits there have been signs of encouragement at Emirates Stadium, but believes a rival outfit remain a long way off being challengers for the most prestigious prizes.He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “Everyone knows me and Arsenal don’t get on too well.“But I think there has a steeliness that has been brought in and there are goals throughout the team.“They have different styles of play now and can play with the two boys up front that are always going to score goals and give you something to build on.“But football works in six-month periods between transfer windows and they are going to have to go again.“Look at how many transfer windows they are behind the big boys. They are probably six, seven or eight behind the big boys. That is just being realistic.“I know people are saying it is a massive improvement but that’s only on what they had last year.“But they are still behind the likes of Man City and United, not just in spending but in the quality they have brought in.”This is not the first time that Deeney has hit out at Arsenal, with the Watford striker having famously questioned the Gunners’ fighting spirit after helping the Hornets to a 2-1 win in October 2017.He said back then when asked why a star-studded side falls short so often: “I have to watch what I say, but it’s a bit of cojones.”Whenever I play against Arsenal, I’ll go up and think ‘let me whack the first one and see who wants it’.”The Gunners were able to see off Watford in their most recent meeting, with Emery’s men claiming a 2-0 win in September, and they are set to be reunited at Vicarage Road on the final weekend of the 2018-19 campaign.
Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba revealed some of his team-mates became fearful of flying after new signing Emiliano Sala went missing while on board a plane.The whereabouts of club-record recruit Sala remains unknown following the disappearance of a Piper Malibu aircraft en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.Sala was travelling to the Welsh capital having farewelled his Nantes team-mates before the plane vanished without a trace, with Guernsey Police ending the search on Thursday. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Argentine striker was honoured before Arsenal’s 2-1 Premier League win over Cardiff on Tuesday following the distribution of daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.#CityAsOne pic.twitter.com/z3m7AV0mwu— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) January 29, 2019Reflecting on the heartbreaking situation, Bamba told BBC Sport Wales: “It is very difficult to even describe how the players are feeling.”It is a very unusual situation, a big tragedy. We have all been affected by it, the lads, the city, the whole club.”We have had some help. We travel by plane and some of the lads have been thinking ‘I don’t want to go on it anymore.'”It was that deep, the gaffer has been good and the club have been good in terms of bringing someone in to talk to if we need to.”And I think some of the lads do, they need to get it out. So I think it was good thinking from the club and the gaffer and hopefully in the weeks to come we are going to feel better.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
The plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala was found in the English Channel on Sunday morning, following a two-week search for the aircraft that was carrying the missing footballer.Sala was aboard the Piper Malibu aircraft on January 21 when he flew from Nantes to Wales after completing a £15 million ($19.8m) transfer to Cardiff City.The Argentine had flown back to France to say goodbye to his team-mates and, on his way back to England, the plane carrying the forward and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar close to the Channel Islands. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The plane was located following an extensive search of the area with a search boat positively identifying the aircraft after discovery on Sunday.Marine scientist David Mearns led the search on Sunday and confirmed that the plane was located and that families were notified by police.Mearns tweeted: “Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.”The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David.”Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning by the FPV MORVEN. As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV. #EmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019 The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David. #EmilianoSalas #NoDejenDeBuscarAEmilianoSala— David Mearns (@davidlmearns) 3 February 2019A further statement is expected on Monday.Initial search and recovery efforts were called off three days after the flight disappeared, but the search was then resumed after Sala’s family raised funds to continue the efforts.A target of €300,000 (£260k/$342k) was met on a GoFundMe page after the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and president of Argentina Mauricio Macri spoke out to continue the search.Sala joined Nantes in 2015 after previously featuring for Orleans, Niort and Caen, and the forward went on to make 132 appearances for the club while scoring 48 goals.After scoring 13 goals across all competitions to start the season with Nantes, Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when he was acquired by Neil Warnock’s side in January. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City star Bernardo Silva looks to have a war on his hands – after a formal declaration from team-mate Raheem Sterling.Silva has been kicking back in Miami after a stunning season with his club and providing the match-winning assist as Portugal won the inaugural Nations League final.The 24-year-old was in playful mood, taking to his Instagram story to post a goading video with a snapback apparently swiped from his friend Sterling. Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In a series of posts, Silva teased Sterling with his friends, filming and laughing in the background as one mimicked Sterling’s signature running style – which the England man has admitted in the past is on the unorthodox side.But Silva’s smile might be wiped off his face as Sterling promised to fight back with fire and fury.“Bernardo, Bernardo, Bernardo, you silly boy,” he said on his own Instagram story. “I declare war. Watch. Ok. Ok, ok, ok.”Wherever this conflict leads them on the long and apparently uneventful summer without domestic football, Silva and Sterling will surely be itching to get back on the pitch after combining to deliver an unprecedented treble for Manchester City.Thoughts on @BernardoCSilva’s friends’ impression of @sterling7? 🤨🎥 Instagram: bernardocarvalhosilva pic.twitter.com/cgCQb31aZM— Goal (@goal) June 18, 2019Sterling bagged 23 goals and 17 assists in all competitions as his star continued to rise under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, while Silva’s performances have seen him thrust into the conversation for this year’s Ballon d’Or.His all-action displays, combining grace and grit and acting as a replacement for the injured Kevin De Bruyne and the out-of-favour Leroy Sane were vital as City lifted all three domestic trophies.The good times look to keep on coming – despite links with Juventus, boss Guardiola has reaffirmed his commitment to the club. Given Sterling and Silva’s development under him, the pair will certainly have been relieved to see Juventus appoint Maurizio Sarri as manager instead.Given the non-stop nature of modern football, they had best enjoy their time off as City’s pre-season gets underway in less than a month’s time.A pre-season tour of China sees them take part in the Premier League Asia Trophy against Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves, with the Hammers up first on July 17.Following the tour, they will return to England for the Community Shield against European champions Liverpool on August 4. With City having won the FA Cup, Liverpool are in the curtain-raiser by virtue of having finished second in the Premier League.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)Michigan is one of three schools currently investigating whether some of its student-athletes sold team-issued shoes to a retailer. The school confirmed the investigation on Friday night.Last week, North Carolina football suspended 13 players for re-selling team shoes. However, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t expecting his program to suffer the same fate.Speaking with media tonight, Harbaugh gave an update into the shoe investigation, saying that he doesn’t expect nay UM players to be suspended.Harbaugh said he doesn’t anticipate any players missing games regarding shoe investigation— angelique (@chengelis) August 14, 2018According to the original ESPN report from last week, Michigan, Cal and Marquette were all conducting probes to see if student-athletes had sold shoes.Michigan spokesman David Ablauf told ESPN that all Wolverine players “sign a form that acknowledges that selling the shoes would jeopardize their eligibility. The shoes are also marked by the equipment staff with the player’s name or uniform number, making it more difficult to sell them anonymously.”Harbaugh said tonight that all of the player’s shoes were present in the inventory.Harbaugh says he doesn’t anticipate anyone missing time for selling shoes. All current players had to go through a shoe inventory, all shoes were present he says.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 14, 2018Of course, there hasn’t been an official announcement from Michigan regarding the results of the investigation. We’ll have to see if one is forthcoming.At the same time, Harbaugh is notoriously closely-guarded with information regarding his team, so it is doubtful he would say this to the media if he wasn’t feeling good about all of his players being cleared of any wrongdoing.
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view taken during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls on September 22, 2007 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Texas won 58-14. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)USC five-star freshman Bru McCoy is no longer a part of the Trojans’ football program, according to a report.McCoy, one of the top 10 recruits in the 2019 class, had enrolled early at USC, though some coaching movement had him re-thinking his decision.The five-star wide receiver was close with USC’s former offensive coordinator, Tee Martin, and was a fan of Kliff Kingsbury, though neither coach is still with the program.McCoy has reportedly decided to transfer to Texas.USC 247 first reported news of his transfer decision:According to sources close to Bru McCoy, the five-star athlete will transfer from USC to Texas.McCoy is expected to be in Austin by next week. He and the Texas coaching staff anticipate he’ll have to sit out a year but they will apply for a waiver hoping to avoid that situation.McCoy was all set to commit to Texas before the 2019 All-American Bowl but was convinced to commit to USC by former Trojan offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury at the last minute. After Kingsbury was hired away to be the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, McCoy apparently soured on the idea of wearing cardinal and goal.Rivals.com had reported earlier in the day that McCoy was mulling a transfer.BREAKING: USC freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy mulling a transfer to Texas. https://t.co/cnSzh5SIZH pic.twitter.com/hbZLJWhVum— Adam Maya (@AdamJMaya) January 24, 2019Stay tuned for an official announcement.
It’s just another game you need to win: Kohli on India vs Pakistan tie in World Cup 2019Virat Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: June 6, 2019 17:48 IST The game is strictly professional on the filed between India and Pakistan, says Virat Kohli (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTS“India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match,” Virat Kohli saidIndia have never lost to Pakistan in the World CupIndia and Pakistan will face each other in a blockbuster clash on June 16 in ManchesterWith the ICC ODI World Cup getting underway in England and Wales in less than a week from now, the skippers of the 10 participating teams fighting for the biggest glory in 50-over cricket were all asked to pick one player from another team to fit into their own playing XI during the captains’ press conference in London on Thursday.The comments from the captains made for some interesting read and showed what according to them, they lack in their squad as they look to battle it out and win the showpiece event.While host captain Eoin Morgan picked Australia’s assistant coach Ricky Ponting, India captain Virat Kohli went for his South African counterpart Faf du Plessis. Pakistan skipper Safaraz Ahmed went for the swashbuckling Jos Buttler while Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza picked the run-machine Kohli.For defending champions Australia, skipper Aaron Finch didn’t seem too happy with his pacers and settled for Kagiso Rabada of South Africa, while Faf himself decided to pick not one, but three in Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins of Australia and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne went with English all-rounder Ben Stokes while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also went for Rashid Khan. Interestingly, while the West Indies skipper Jason Holder said that he was happy with his team, his Afghan counterpart Gulbadin Naib said it all depends on the day.Moving on, Kohli was asked about the high-voltage clash between India and Pakistan and the skipper made his position clear by saying that it was just another game when the players walk onto the field.advertisement”I think India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match. We keep saying again and again. If you ask the players, it’s very different from how the fans feel. Yes, we feel the anticipation and excitement when we enter the stadium. But as soon as you enter the field, it’s very professional.”It’s just another game you need to win as a team. Yes, it brings pressure because the atmosphere in the stadium is very different. But as soon as we enter the ground, it’s a game of cricket for all of us. We keep saying this again and again, but that’s the truth,” he said.”In the World Cup, you first see the first four or five games you’re going to play. You play accordingly as a side. I don’t think we single out any team, all 10 teams are strong and can beat anyone. That makes the tournament exciting. If we play good cricket, we’ll be in a good position. Every team will want to focus on their skills,” the India skipper said.Kohli also spoke about how seamer Jofra Archer could be the deciding factor for England in the World Cup.”I think he’s going to be their X-factor because he holds a skill set that’s very different from anyone else. He can generate a lot of pace which can be very intimidating and you don’t really expect that because of his run-up. He’s a great athlete. He’s going to be exciting to watch in the World Cup and I’ll be watching him personally as well because whatever I’ve seen of him has been very very exciting,” he said.When told that Archer wants his wicket, Kohli said it was nothing but a compliment. “Did he say that? I have no idea. That’s news to me. We don’t really focus on these things. You don’t focus on whether people want to get you out and things like that. Our focus is mainly on contributing to the team. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team and making impact performances.”If Jofra said that, it’s a huge compliment because he himself is a world class bowler. The way he has come about in the IPL and while playing around the world in the last two years, there is a good reason for him to be fast-tracked to the World Cup,” the India skipper added.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and others hit the nets after India reach LondonAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Watch how Team India spent their first practice session in EnglandAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Picking up the Lincoln Navigator from the airport parking lot was a bit like going to the animal shelter and coming home with a Stegosaurus. Lincoln may be wowing the world, and rightly so, with its new Continental Concept. Its current flagship, however, with its elderly truck platform, boxcar dimensions, and drought-like thirst for petrochemicals is lodged solidly in the Jurassic … or at least the last Bush administration.Exaggerations aside, Lincoln has made some updates to the Navigator for 2015, in response to the complete redesign of its chief rival, the Cadillac Escalade. These changes don’t bring it up to date, but they may be enough to deserve consideration from buyers who pine for the salad days of the full-size SUVs.Heart transplantBy far the biggest update to the 2015 Navigator is to the powertrain. The outgoing model was powered by Ford’s 5.4-liter V8 that put out 310 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. Granted, these figures were respectable before the great recession. Now, though, they look decidedly weedy in a 6,150-pound truck. Thankfully, for 2015, the Navigator now gets a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, that courtesy — of twin turbos — puts out an impressive 380 hp and 460 angry torques.This translates to a two-second improvement in its 0 to 60 time and a theoretically improved fuel economy of 17 mpg. In practice, I would be shocked to see the Navigator ever exceed an average of 15 mpg. During my week with the truck, I struggled to get more than 14 mpg. Reaffirming that, when it comes to EcoBoost, one can have Eco or Boost … but rarely both.Thankfully, the power feels even more impressive than the specs would indicate. Despite having 40 fewer ponies than the Cadillac Escalade I drove recently, the Navigator actually seems to step out much quicker. The turbos require a quick gear change to get into the power band. Once there, the go is truly impressive in a vehicle that tips the scales at over 6,000 pounds.Unfortunately, the Lincoln can’t stand up to the completely refreshed Cadillac when it comes to dynamics. The best that can be said of the Navigator’s ride and handling is that it is old-fashioned but competent.In the corners, there is a startling amount of body roll, no doubt, aided by the simply massive 22-inch wheels. If you are foolish enough to take your eyes of the road, you can even monitor the precise amount of roll through the on-board “off-roading” sensors.The ride is a bit better, especially on the highway, where the big Lincoln simply crushes pavement imperfections. When the road gets rough, things get worse. The Lincoln’s old-school truck chassis gets discomposed on ruts and bumps.To the Navigator’s credit it is, at least, very easy to navigate. Despite its massive bulk, the Lincoln boasts both a tight turning circle and shockingly good outward visibility, thanks to large windows and a very high driving position.Even with its flaws, and old-school truck-based character, the Navigator is good fun to drive. Its sheer bulk and old-school feel give the Lincoln charisma, as well as a somewhat unique place in the market.Expedition plusThe ride and handling aren’t the only things about the Lincoln that are a bit old-fashioned. The interior may get gloss wood trim and leather, but it is also littered with trim components that clearly make more sense on the Ford Expedition.First the good stuff: nearly all of the trim and components that are specific to Lincoln are good. The seats don’t look all that special but they are comfortable and offer a wide array of adjustability, allowing everyone no matter their height and weight to find a good driving position.The technology is also solid. The instrument cluster consists of a physical speedometer flanked by two TFT screens that can display a wide array of information. This system not only looks good, it is very useful. Lincoln’s re-skinned version of MyFord Touch is also worthy of praise. It is far easier to use and looks better than the beleaguered Cadillac CUE system.Then there is the size; the Lincoln Navigator is large enough that you could probably play about nine holes of golf in the back of it. Seriously, I think the bus I took to school as a kid was smaller.Unfortunately, all that size means there is plenty of space for cheap plastic trim and outdated fittings. The front row might get mostly nice Lincoln trim, but the back rows have to make do with acres of hard beige plastic and cheap fittings. Then there are issues like the exposed cables barely concealed behind the rearview mirror and poking out from underneath the seats.These issues bring me to a broader set of concerns about build quality. The interior of my press demonstrator was littered with uneven panel gaps, poorly installed trim, and a few pieces of plastic that still had rough edges from the casting mold. Then there were the welds … a number of the visible welds — especially those around the rear hatch — were crumpled and appeared poorly sealed.All of these issues are fairly minor, but the problem is that the Lincoln Navigator is a luxury car that starts at around $63,000. My press demonstrator was as near as makes no difference $74,000. At that price, a vehicle shouldn’t have those sorts of issues. It is possible, of course, that my demonstrator is an outlier. Still, though, these problems are … how to put this … the opposite of encouraging.ConclusionIn some ways, it’s hard to make the argument for the Lincoln Navigator: its old, expensive, and may not be very well put together. So why buy it, when there are alternatives like the Cadillac Escalade, and the Mercedes GL? The answer for many people may simply be: no reason. But, depending on customer needs and desires, there are some good arguments.The Navigator has more interior room than just about anyone in the business. And, because of its old-school truck roots, it can tow just about anything short of a house – 9,000 pounds on rear-wheel drive models and 8,600 on 4×4 versions. It also manages to be bling, with its big wheels and massive grill — without being as aggressively vulgar as the Escalade.For those who do want those things, the Navigator will reward them with its excellent powertrain and good tech package. 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Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.For most men and women, the three months that encapsulate the fall are a time of absolute bliss. It’s a moment to quietly reflect on the passing summer with a warm drink, and a chance to cozy up with a book you’ve been dying to peruse but just didn’t get around to during your mid-year travels. And while outdoor enthusiasts might not be able to capitalize on the inspiration they cull from their forays into outdoor literature immediately — the weather isn’t always as forgiving in autumn as it is in the summer, after all — it doesn’t mean you can’t find satisfaction in the plights and perils of others.Thankfully, there’s a slew of fantastic novels about the great outdoors to catch up on, whether you’re looking for a harrowing tale of a man haphazardly drifting in the Atlantic or an expose on two brothers who grapple with number of metaphysical questions in rural Montana. Below are a few of our favorite outdoor books to pass the time while you wait for the snow to hit or ice to thaw — whatever comes first.The Monkey Wrench Gang, by Edward AbbeyAbbey’s Monkey Wrench Gang is an underground cult classic. It’s the explosive tale of four ecologically-minded individuals who attempt to sabotage the wave of industrial development sweeping the American southwest, whether it be clear-cutting or unnecessary dam building. The book has helped spur a myriad environmental organizations since its debut in 1975 — i.e. Greenpeace, Earth First! — effortlessly splicing together hippy anarchism with traits culled from the best spaghetti westerns of the late ’60s. Is it radical? Absolutely. Yet, Abbey’s simplistic prose and subtle humor make it a delectable read.Tracks, by Robyn DavidsonTraveling 1,700 miles through the Australian desert is tough — doing it with little more than a fleet of camels and your dog is even tougher. However, that’s precisely what Robyn Davidson did in 1977, first chronicling her tired journey for National Geographic and later in her grand memoir, Tracks. The latter functions as a solitary adventure novel, ripe with humor and fraught with Davidson’s evolving thoughts on sex, race, and the nature of the Australian outback. There’s even a slight touch of romance amid the hostility, though, it’s the underlying politics and personal insights that anchor her feature-length journey.A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean“There was no clear line between religion and fly fishing” in early 20th-century Montana, or at least the late Norman Maclean claims, in what has become his American classic. The short, semi-autobiographical story — one of three novellas in the collection — examines Maclean’s fractured relationship with his brother Paul and their upbringing in rural Montana. The prose is deeply poetic and profound, often applying vivid descriptions of fishing and nature to the metaphysical questions we all grapple with at some point or another. It’s filled with a sense of wonder that’s borderline ethereal at times.Not Without Peril, by Nicholas HoweMount Washington stands some 6,200 feet above the state of New Hampshire, which is also conveniently doubles as the childhood stomping grounds of one veteran journalist Nicholas Howe. That said, Not Without Peril is more so a constellation of stories revolving around the hazardous peak than a single one, chronicling an abundance of ill-fated climbing treks upon the mountain’s slopes dating back as far as 1849. Howe doesn’t judge those who died unprepared and unaware, though, but merely recounts their misadventures with stunning detail and thorough backstory on the surrounding Presidential Range.Adrift, by Steven CallahanThere are countless tales of people being lost at sea, but few of them are riveting as what happened to Steven Callahan when his small sloop capsized a mere six days out from the Canary Islands. Written much like a journal and outfitted with a cornucopia of sketches, Callahan vividly accounts his 76 days at sea, touching on the time he spent spearfishing, retrieving fresh water, and plugging holes in his rubber lifeboat. His inner struggles are just as captivating as those he faces outside, too, whether he’s seeing clear visages of God in the crests of the waves or simply finding solace in his quiet solidarity. The Manual Spirit Awards 2019: Redux All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now
The Best Men’s Parkas for Braving the Cold Editors’ Recommendations The Best Sunglasses for Men this Season Winter might not seem the ideal time to upgrade your sunglasses, but the new Ray-Ban launch just might make you change your mind. Even if you’re thinking more about buying a rugged pair of winter boots, the Ray-Ban General could be the shot in your arm your wardrobe needs in the chilly weather.It’s a reinterpreted take on Ray-Ban’s classic 1987 style 30 years after its debut, and there’s never been a better time to go retro — in a bold and modern way, that is. Add in your pick of either optical or sunglass styles, and you’ve heightened the bold style potential of these sunglasses considerably.That’s only furthered by the four optical frame color options or eight color options for the sunglasses themselves. These certainly have the chance to be the most eye-catching pair of sunglasses — or glasses — you own.Related: Zachary Prell Teams with Naadam Cashmere on Winter CapsuleThe General updates the brand’s iconic aviator shape with sharper lines and a crisp silhouette featuring a double bridge for eye-catching style (pun intended). The fact that the original silhouette was a tribute to the late, great General Douglas MacArthur is as fitting a style move if its gets, iconic, military-inspired and definitely classic — all at once.And the colors are similarly militaristic in nature — snag yours in shades like classic black, military green or a particularly neat copper gold colorway.It’s a unique and relatively affordable way to upgrade your sunglasses game — under $200 for iconic, updated shades isn’t a bad deal at all. And you can certainly never have enough stylish men’s sunglasses in your rotation, that’s for sure. The even better thing? With a classic, slick pair of sunglasses, you can do just about anything — and wear just about anything.That goes for a rugged henley, dark denim and a slim bomber jacket on the weekends to a timeless Oxford and a thick-knit sweater this winter. And they’re a perfect match in warmer weather for a slub pocket tee and slim chinos, plus crisp white sneakers — all timeless essentials in their own right.Of course, you’ll definitely want to keep them handy for spring and summer — they’re your new warm-weather (and year-round) sunglasses. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall A Brief History of Aviator Sunglasses and Our 5 Favorite Pairs Right Now
The shortlisted companies are DP World, PSA International, and Terminal Link Consortium A Concessionaire will be selected before or by the end of the first quarter of next year Story Highlights The Enterprise Team is expected to engage a legal consultant or firm to further guide the process. Plans for the expansion and modernisation of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) are far advanced, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Audrey Sewell, has informed.She said that a Concessionaire will be selected before or by the end of the first quarter of next year.Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing, on Wednesday, September 18, at the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Sewell told journalists that there is now a short list of bidders, following the evaluation of requests for proposals.The companies are: DP World, PSA International, and Terminal Link Consortium, which have been shortlisted from five interested bidders.She also informed that by the end of this month, the Enterprise Team, which is being led by former Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), Derick Latibeaudiere, is expected to engage a legal consultant or firm to further guide the process.“We’re also looking at completing the borehole study, which is scheduled to be completed between mid-October and November,” she stated. The borehole study is expected to inform the case study for the transaction.Following the completion of the study, the team intends to invite the three companies shortlisted to respond to a Request for Proposal (RFP).“Based on the schedule, we are hoping that the RFP will be out by the end of December and by mid-April into May, we should be finalising the identification of a preferred bidder,” Ms. Sewell said.The objective of the expansion is to increase the access channel depth from 14 metres to 17 metres to accommodate 14,500 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels, which will traverse the Panama Canal upon completion of its expansion. This project is expected to be completed in 2016.An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been completed and will be submitted to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) before the end of this month.
Mr. Speaker, Members of this Honourable House, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good afternoon.M. Speaker, Today must go down in the annals of this Honourable House as a day of historic proportions, the value and substance of which must never be diminished. Today, we the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of our forebears unite around an honourable act – the tabling of a Bill whose objective is to redeem and restore the dignity and integrity of those who suffered much, even to the point of giving their lives, so that we would be free – free to be who we want to be, free to aspire to the best we can be, free to make them proud by the various actions we put in place to assure them that we their children will one day rid our land of persistent poverty and self-destruction, and carve out for our beloved country a destiny moulded in sustainable prosperity.Mr. Speaker, Words from Jamaican poet Vera Bell come to mind as we contemplate this important activity on behalf of our ancestors:Ancestor on the auction blockAcross the years your eyes seek mineCompelling me to lookI see you sweating, toiling, sufferingWithin your loins I see the seedOf multitudesFrom your labourGrow roads, aqueducts, civilization.Yours was the task to clear the ground(Ours) be the task to build.Mr. Speaker, Today we are compelled to look back through the course of our history, a glorious history of resistance and resilience, of indomitable spirit and heroic stance. And we do so in order to put this activity into its correct perspective.Mr. Speaker, the past we reflect on today was the worst of times. It was a time of hardship and oppression for people of African descent who were taken forcibly from their families and homes in Africa and brought to serve in chattel slavery on plantations across Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Americas. In this most demeaning process, the colonizers sought to take from these Africans all the vestiges of their humanity – their names, their identity, their dignity. Their lot was to enrich the enslavers and planters, to bring fortunes to the crown even as they lost contact with everything they knew and loved in their native Africa. Guyanese Caribbean historian and political activist, Walter Rodney, in reflecting on this period of world history, described it as How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.Mr. Speaker, our ancestors arrived in Jamaica over three centuries of the Trans-Atlantic Trade in Africans. But we must pause to remember also the many who did not arrive, like those who chose the waters of the Atlantic over chattel slavery. And there were those, as in the Zong incident off the coast of Jamaica, in the vicinity of Black River, who were tossed overboard into the Caribbean Sea to lighten the ship and claim insurance money.Mr. Speaker, Those who arrived, landed at various ports (Kingston Harbour/Falmouth/Lucea/etc.) and were placed on auction blocks, later to be branded like animals, given new names, and led to the various plantations across the country. There they toiled and laboured in every kind of weather to fill the coffers of Europe, even as Africa and the so-called New World became impoverished.Mr. Speaker, our ancestors were of an ancestral pedigree that was not daunted by challenges, no matter how great they may be or how seemingly unsurmountable the obstacles. They came to Jamaica shackled and belaboured, but within their fertile minds dwelt the militant cultures they had fashioned back home in the various tribal forces of the Continent. Mr. Speaker, they soon became freedom fighters, “buffalo soldiers, stolen from Africa, fighting on arrival, fighting for survival”. In this prolific and prolonged campaign, they wreaked mayhem and holy war against the oppressors. They made life difficult for those who would try to rule them, making them realize that though they would enslave the body, they could not enslave their mind. Their fertile mind was in a state of constant preparation for the time when they or their children would be free.And so, Mr. Speaker, Tacky struck for freedom for the enslaved Africans. He led one of the most serious and solid campaigns against the oppressors, in the parish of St. Mary, between May and July 1760. The fierceness and determination of its campaign as well as the level of militancy and skill demonstrated by the leader, caused the Tacky War or St. Mary Rebellion to be considered as the “most significant slave rebellion in the Caribbean between the 1733 slave insurrection in St. John and the 1791 Haitian Revolution”.And then, there was Right Excellent Sam Sharpe, National Hero. His campaign was one of the most remarkable in organization, meticulous planning and effective implementation. Determined to end the tyranny of slavery, this Baptist deacon held meetings at nights in various sections of St. James, from Catadupa to Kensington, as part of his campaign. His was the determination to “rather die on yonder gallows than to live one more day of slavery”. And, as the record shows, he did die at the hands of the executioner on May 23, 1832 after succeeding in staging the first organized labour resistance in Jamaica.Mr. Speaker, the most significant achievement of the Christmas Rebellion was that it caused the British crown to abolish slavery. But, emancipation, wrought in 1834, did not end the rule of tyranny of the European mercenaries. It also did not reduce the militancy of the African people. And so as the oppression reached high levels, by 1865 it was the turn of Right Excellent George William Gordon, a legislator, and Right Excellent Paul Bogle, a Baptist deacon, to lead a multitude of followers in another determined effort to put an end to the tyranny.And then, finally, there was in modern Jamaica, a recognition that slavery had infiltrated the minds of the enslaved who had by then showed signs of what could be seen as an inferiority complex. Armed with insight from the books he read, Right Excellent Marcus Garvey became the voice of black consciousness as he promoted a philosophy of black business and political acumen. Garvey’s philosophy was supported by an activism that saw him engaging in business and politics, which soon brought him into conflict with the modern version of the imperial power. Garvey’s militancy was in the force of his words, his unwavering stance in the face of opposition and his belief in the power of the black man to become master of his own destiny. This, invariably, placed him in a posture of collision with the colonial rulers which led to his imprisonment.It must also be noted, Mr. Speaker, that in saluting the leaders cited in this presentation, our Bill recognizes those who supported these movements. These were the rank and file African people who believed in the leadership, saw the need to battle against the forces of oppression, and, cognizant of the type of punishment that would result, were willing and determined to become participants in the cause, even unto death. We salute these rank and file persons in this Bill today, whom we treat in the same manner as the leaders they supported, in another most blatant demonstration of complicity. In other words, we the generation that has taken up this task of absolving our forebears are, by this action, complicit with them in their various campaigns and endeavours, and treat with the supporters, sympathizers and participants by association in like manner as we do their leaders. Mr. Speaker, let the record show!Mr. Speaker, in those worst of times of colonial oppression and slavery, those who would dare to stand up against man’s inhumanity to man, to strike out against all forms of tyranny, to promote a militant campaign to restore the dignity of an entire people, were seen by the organs of said tyranny as conspirators, enemies and even criminals. These oppressors, with authority given to them by egregious laws, created labels of terror and oppression as they determined that the freedom fighters be deemed as enemies to the very freedom for which they fought.And so, Mr. Speaker, we the children of these freedom fighters who gave up life and liberty so we can be free, cannot sit in silence and acquiesce to a system that rendered those who freed us with their lives as criminals. It would be unjust for the children of the oppressed, emboldened by a vision of future liberty for their children, to sit silently and allow the names of these martyrs for freedom to have their names and images tarnished by a brutal uncaring system of governance. It is the duty of those of us who are the inheritors of the new life that resulted from their self-sacrifice, to take the bold step and correct the wrongs of the past, restore the dignity and integrity of the cause for which they so willingly died.The following extract from the book Daddy Sharpe by Fred Kennedy, and cited as words written by Methodist Minister Rev. Henry Bleby, captures it well:“I witnessed the execution… I was anxious to see how he would demean himself, when actually confronted with the stern and solemn realities of death and eternity… I could not help feeling deep sorrow and indignation, as I turned from his death-scene, and brushed away the tears which the contemplation of his (tragic) fate called forth, that such a man as Samuel Sharpe, who possessed a mind which under proper influence and direction was capable of noble things, should be thus immolated at the polluting shrine of slavery… Sam Sharpe was the most intelligent and remarkable slave I have ever known”.Mr. Speaker, it is this that we are doing by tabling this Bill – provide a situation for an entire nation to appreciate the kind of mind that our ancestors had and the remarkable ability and tenacity they displayed. This Bill gives new life to these our heroes and unsung heroes. This Bill seeks to redress the wrongs and set the captives free.Mr Speaker, permit me at this point to express appreciation to a number of persons and entities who have played supportive roles in the processes we have followed. They are Minister Mike Henry, who has been one of those at the forefront in advocating for Reparations; Senator Tom Tavares Finson, Professor Verene Sheperd for her research and advocacy; Dr Julius Garvey; the Council on Reparations, the Legislative Committee; the Attorney General’s Office and of course the Cabinet.Mr. Speaker, if I may be allowed in closing one final personal testimony, allow me to say how privileged I feel as one who was born and who grew up in the bowels of West Kingston to have been chosen by the ancestors to table this very significant Bill of redress. As I speak I hear the voices and feel the spirits of such greats as Mortimer Planno, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and all those who brought light to the eyes of so many, so that West Kingston became the oasis of Jamaica’s greatest gift to the world – Reggae Music, with anthems to the oppressed like One Love, Many Rivers to Cross, Equal Rights and Justice, Revolution, One Man Against the World, War, Stepping outa Babylon, and so many others.Today, Mr. Speaker, this humble daughter of West Kingston invites us all in this Honourable House to unite in celebrating this Bill “to absolve certain National Heroes, namely, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, The Right Excellent George William Gordon, The Right Excellent Paul Bogle, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, their supporters, sympathizers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, from criminal liability arising from participation in the 1760 Tacky’s or St. Mary Rebellion, the 1831 to 1832 Christmas Rebellion, the 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion and the 1929 campaign of the People’s Political Party, respectively, and to provide for connected matters”.Yes,Their resistance and militancy led to many skirmishes with the colonial rulers. As the custodians of authority based on Europeans determining their right to divide Africa and the world around them and set up empires for themselves, they legislated against the activities of the enslaved. And so, Mr. Speaker, the determination to free oneself from the bondage of slavery became an offence, punishable by some of the most horrific forms of punishment ever contrived, including execution.Mr. Speaker, to us, these are heroes on whose shoulders we now stand tall. To the colonial oppressors they were dissidents, fighting against the status quo, terrorizing the planters and their families, being criminalsMr. Speaker, for the colonial oppressors, those through whose daily rumblings and skirmishes with plantation owners, overseers and militia, wereIn doing so, we acclaim our ancestral pedigree as fostered by many who, rather than give in to the brutality of their colonial masters, preferred rather than live in slavery to “die on yonder gallows”… and did!
Story Highlights The delivery of health care to mothers in Jamaica has been given a shot in the arm, thanks to the provision of 150 fully equipped midwifery bags to the island’s regional health authorities. “Globally, an estimated 358,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes. Ninety per cent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent occur during childbirth or in the postpartum period. However, when women have access to quality reproductive health care, including skilled attendance at birth, the majority of maternal deaths are avoidable,” noted Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton. The bags – stocked with equipment for the delivery of newborns and postnatal checks – were acquired and are being distributed under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC). The delivery of health care to mothers in Jamaica has been given a shot in the arm, thanks to the provision of 150 fully equipped midwifery bags to the island’s regional health authorities.The bags – stocked with equipment for the delivery of newborns and postnatal checks – were acquired and are being distributed under the Programme for the Reduction of Maternal and Child Mortality (PROMAC).PROMAC is implemented by the Ministry of Health and funded by the European Union (EU) to the tune of Euro 22 million.“Globally, an estimated 358,000 women die each year from pregnancy-related causes. Ninety per cent of these deaths occur in developing countries. Seventy-five per cent occur during childbirth or in the postpartum period. However, when women have access to quality reproductive health care, including skilled attendance at birth, the majority of maternal deaths are avoidable,” noted Minister of Health Dr. Christopher Tufton.“This donation marks an important step in Jamaica’s drive to improve health outcomes for our mothers and children, by ensuring that women have access to skilled and resourced attendance at birth,” he added.The handover ceremony for the bags was held today (Tuesday, May 15, 2018) at the offices of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), which has overall responsibility for the management and administration of all official development assistance from the EU in the island.“Today’s event is, indeed, an important milestone as PROMAC helps to propel Jamaica toward achieving a reduction in maternal and newborn deaths,” said Programme Coordinator Dr. Simone Spence, who also heads the ministry’s Health Promotion and Protection Branch.“Our midwives are oftentimes the ones on the frontline in the care and delivery of expectant moms and we are doing our part to ensure that they have the tools to do their jobs,” she added.The 150 midwife bags were procured for regional distribution across the island at a total contract value of Euro € 50,938.50.The purchase and delivery of the bags is one in a series of recent achievements for PROMAC, which aims, among other things, to improve the quality of management of high-risk pregnancies at both tertiary and primary care levels and to improve the population’s health-seeking behaviour regarding maternal and child health.The programme’s other achievements include the deployment of six ambulances to six primary health care centres, namely the Mandeville, St. Jago, Annotto Bay, and Savanna-la-Mar health centres, as well as to the Chapleton and Alexandria community hospitals. Those six facilities are also shortly to receive radiographic and ultrasound equipment.
Dr. Wheatley was the recipient of the Association’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award, which was presented to him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the Jamaica College Old Boys ‘Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) for its significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the diaspora and Jamaica. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the Jamaica College Old Boys ‘Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) for its significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the diaspora and Jamaica.“I welcome the focus of your organisation on implementing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programme for national development. There is no doubt that Jamaica College (JC) is the home for robotics innovation,” he said, at the Association’s third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser, at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Saturday, June 9.The Minister described the JC’s robotics team winning the prestigious Inspire Award at the first Tech Challenge in New York as a remarkable achievement by the students.Dr. Wheatley was the recipient of the Association’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award, which was presented to him by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.The Minister also commended the association for its project team work, which is geared towards upgrading Jamaica’s national workforce with a target of 30,000 students with 21st century skills by 2030.For his part, President of the Association in New York, Carl Bennett, described Dr. Wheatley as a beacon of hope for a nation in need of direction towards competence, science and technology.“Your achievement as an academic, researcher, innovator and public servant has improved the lives of untold thousands of Jamaicans,” he told the Minister.During the event, the Association also recognised and presented awards to several individuals, including Dr. Robynne Chupkan and Vanessa Nole, who both received the Woman of Distinction Award; and Wenford Patrick Simpson, who received the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award.The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to four past students – Businessman, Gary ‘Butch’ Hendrickson, and Drs. William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams.The screening of Trevor Rhone’s iconic film, ‘Smile Orange’, was the headline entertainment for the evening. “I welcome the focus of your organisation on implementing a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education programme for national development. There is no doubt that Jamaica College (JC) is the home for robotics innovation,” he said, at the Association’s third Annual Griffin Award and Fundraiser, at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Saturday, June 9. Story Highlights
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) continues its primary focus to maximise returns, within acceptable risk limits, while maintaining a level of liquidity to facilitate the timely payments of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits. Speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4), the Minister said the NIF continues to evaluate the asset allocation with a view to ensuring that there is appropriate diversification, given the ever-changing investment environment. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) continues its primary focus to maximise returns, within acceptable risk limits, while maintaining a level of liquidity to facilitate the timely payments of National Insurance Scheme (NIS) benefits.Speaking at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4), the Minister said the NIF continues to evaluate the asset allocation with a view to ensuring that there is appropriate diversification, given the ever-changing investment environment.She informed that the NIF has demonstrated strong financial performance, and that the net assets of the Fund grew by $13.8 billion or 14.8 per cent to $106.2 billion as at March 2018.“For the first quarter in this fiscal year, the net assets of the NIF grew by 7.37 per cent to $114.02 billion when compared to 2.03 per cent over the similar quarter of the 2017/18 financial year,” Mrs. Robinson said.She noted that the Fund continues to invest in a diversified portfolio of assets comprising equities, real estate, bonds and loans. She said that over the last three years, the equity portfolio has been the main contributor to the growth in the net assets of the Fund, averaging 44.3 per cent.“As at June 30, 2018, the equity portfolio was valued at $26.07 billion, up 7.16 per cent since the start of the financial year.The Real Estate portfolio also grew in the first quarter by 0.21 per cent to $14.84 billion. As at June 30, 2018, the equity portfolio was valued at $26.07 billion, up 7.16 per cent since the start of the financial year,” the Minister informed.Also as at June 30, 2018, the bonds and loans portfolios were valued at $73.68 billion, up 9.67 per cent.Meanwhile, Mrs. Robinson clarified that contrary to media reports, no decision has been made in relation to the redesign of the NIF’s portfolio, other than the fact that it is intended to be given body corporate status.“Reports of impending Fund Management outsourcing, including to multiple private pension-fund managers, are merely speculative. A consulting firm has been hired and we await their deliberations to create greater value for the pensioners who benefit from this Fund,” she noted. Story Highlights
zoom At the Port of Gothenburg, construction of the terminal for liquid natural gas, LNG, has moved into the next phase.The City of Gothenburg has approved the detailed plans and demolition activities has now commenced to make way for the LNG terminal. A new company that will run the terminal has also been established.The aim is to be able to offer LNG by 2015 when shipping will need to switch to more eco-friendly fuels when operating in Swedish waters. Industry will also require LNG as it makes the change from oil and coal.The Swedish gas infrastructure company Swedegas and the Dutch company Vopak have set up a joint company to construct and operate the terminal. The project is being run in collaboration with the Port of Gothenburg, which will invest in the necessary port infrastructure. With effect from 2015, the Port Authority will reward vessels that use LNG in the form of reduced port charges.The terminal will be built at Skarvik, which is located at the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. Tankers carrying LNG will discharge at the quayside and the gas will be stored temporarily at the terminal. It can be used to load LNG bunker vessels and it can be transferred to road tankers or rail trucks for onward distribution throughout the country. The location also provides for the potential future connection to the Swedish gas grid.The terminal is part of a collaborative venture between Rotterdam and Gothenburg, where the aim is to build up an LNG infrastructure. The EU Commission considers this to be one of the most prioritised infrastructure initiatives in Europe and is supporting the project financially with a grant of EUR 34 million.There are considerable environmental benefits to be gained from using LNG in shipping and industry, as, in comparison with traditional oil-based fuels, nitrogen oxide emissions and carbon dioxide emissions are reduced significantly (85-90% and 25% respectively), while sulphur and particle emissions are reduced to almost zero, without creating any undesired by-products.Port of Gothenburg, April 30, 2014
zoom Manila International Container TerminalThe port of Manilla, the Philippines will not restore to normal operation by mid-2015 despite efforts to clear out the port congestion, including the most recent turn of events that resulted in lifting of the truck ban that caused the congestion in the first place.The truck ban implemented in the City of Manila was officially lifted on September 13 with the aim of enabling the government to decongest the port.Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said the ban could be restored at any time should the traffic get worse in Manila, adding that the situation is being closely monitored.According to Christian Gonzalez, Chief of Operations for International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI) in Asia-Pacific, it will take much time to restore the normal operation in the port despite the lifting of the ban.Up till now decongestion efforts have had very little success even with the ‘last mile’ scheme due to the unsynchronized restrictions being implemented by the different local government units to truckers, the Philippine Ports Authority said.The Philippine Ports Authority and the Manila port operators said last week that they were sending overstaying customs-cleared ready-to-go boxes to Laguna.The first batch was due for transfer last Sunday morning and the action is planned to be repeated for four Sundays by both ICTSI and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI).Both ICTSI and ATI, meanwhile, said they were considering to jointly charter a bigger capacity vessel to haul more containers out of the port.According to PPA General Manager Juan C. Sta. Ana, they are forced to relocate more containers to other areas to the detriment of the consuming public to provide spaces for incoming import cargoes inside the Manila ports.Importers, brokers and cargo owners that have been affected by the transfer will still have to clear their cargo with the Manila operators and once all the cargo-handling fees including the transfer cost and other charges have been settled, importers can pick up their cargoes in an ‘as is where is’ basis.“We will continue with this initiative until we have met the desired number of containers inside the two Manila ports, which is equivalent to an 80% yard utilization,” Sta. Ana stressed. World Maritime News Staff, September 17, 2014; Image: ICTSI
zoom Hong Kong-based port and terminal operator Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH) plans to invest further USD 120 million into Oman International Container Terminal (OICT) by 2019, HPH’s Managing Director Eric Ip said during the GCC Supply Chain & Logistics Conference 2015 in Sohar.The project which should increase OICT’s annual throughput to 6 million TEUs includes the fast-tracking development at Terminal C, plans for Terminal D and expansion of hinterland connections.The construction of Terminal D will synchronise with the overall development plan of Sohar Port and may start as early as 2018/19.”OICT is the gateway to Oman and HPH has achieved its mission to consolidate Muscat and Sohar cargo and to develop Sohar Port into a modern and efficient gateway port for the North Batinah region and the Sohar Freezone,” Ip said.“We are committed to Sohar Port and to the Sultanate of Oman. We will continue the development of facilities at the port to capture the growing trade activities in the Middle East and the potential to serve the latest class of 20,000 TEU mega-vessels. We are building for the future.”HPH already invested USD 183.5 million in OICT as of the end of 2014.
zoom OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company and member of the G6 Alliance, is returning to South Korea’s Incheon Port after a 12-year absence through the recently reshuffled CHL (China Hochiminh Laem Chabang) service and the CC1-CC2 combo service.The company will take part in the regular container service that connects South Korea, China, Vietnam, and Thailand, according to the Incheon Port Authority.On August 22, the port authority announced that the CTS Line, which connected this port to China, Vietnam, and Thailand, has been changed to CHL due to changes in ports of call, shipping companies and operated vessels, among others.The new CHL will be jointly run by Taiwan’s Yangming Line, Thailand’s RCL (Regional Container Line) and OOCL.The service will be launched on September 7, according to the Incheon Port Authority.The port rotation is as follows:Incheon (South Korea) Dalian, Xinjiang, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Shekou (China), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Shekou, Hong Kong, Incheon.OOCL plans to deploy two vessels, the 2,867 TEU HS OCEANO and the 2,702 TEU LAILI, while each of the two remaining companies will deploy one 2,700 TEU boxship on the route.The operation will be made in one-week intervals, with the ship calling the port every Wednesday and leaving every Thursday, the port authority said.According to the Incheon Port Authority, with this move, OOCL will “utilize vacant container boxes in the Seoul and Incheon areas more efficiently”.“Recently, OOCL, that had not provided any service to or from Incheon Port since 2004, determined to put vessels into the CC1-CC2 combo service, the only ocean service of Incheon Port, and then decided to take part in the CHL service, which proves the shipping company’s positive outlook on and expectation for Incheon Port,” Kim Soon-cheol, Head of Incheon Port Authority’s Marketing Team, said.