SAMSA: MSC boxship released from detention after container loss

first_imgThe South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has released from detention MSC Palak, a 9,411 TEU containership that lost more than 20 containers overboard in Algoa Bay last week. As informed, MSC accepted financial responsibility for any clean up that may be required in the bay and areas in the vicinity for the next five years if deemed to be linked with the incident. Categories: On 22 July, the boxship operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) was released from the Indian Ocean Port of Ngqurha. According to SAMSA, a salvage operation in which the shipping company MSC also participates, has been successful so far in relocating some debris to facilitate safe passage of ships in the area. MSC-operated ship loses over 20 containers overboard off South Africa Exactly a week ago, MSC Palak was arrested after 22 containers fell overboard from the ship while it was battling stormy weather near the city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, on 14 July. Built in China 2016, the Post-Panamax boxship MSC Palak is owned by China’s Bank of Communications and commercially controlled by MSC, data provided by VesselsValue shows. Vessels “The salvage operation currently in progress involves SAMSA, the vessel’s Insurance, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the vessel owners, MSC and local clean-up services providers. They have been working tirelessly to salvage what is left of the containers that came adrift during the incident,” SAMSA said in a statement. “Aerial surveillances have been carried out to spot the drifting debris along the coast and salvage crews using boats have towed the spotted debris to a safe place such that it poses minimal risk to ships navigating along the coast.” Posted: 2 months ago Posted: 2 months agolast_img read more

Why I can no longer vote for the Labour Party

first_imgLifeTV 5 September 2017Family First Comment: “In 2016 there were 5,688 less abortions than in 2013 despite a population growth of over 500,000 new people. Labour is not responding to any genuine social need with this abortion policy. This is motivated by an ideology with extreme views about abortion.”www.chooselife.nzEarlier this week, Jacinda Ardern, leader of the NZ Labour Party committed herself to liberalising NZ’s abortion laws if the Labour Party is elected to government.last_img

Wire-to-wire win is special for England’s Matt Fitzpatrick

first_img The first prize of £500,000 will certainly fund a replacement for his current four-year-old Mondeo, with Fitzpatrick’s dream car – an Ascari A10 – costing around £425,000. The victory also lifts Fitzpatrick from 111th in the world rankings to within sight of his goal of a place in the top 50 to secure a return to the Masters in April. After winning the US Amateur title in 2013, Fitzpatrick played alongside defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA winner Jason Dufner at Augusta in 2014, missing the halfway cut by a shot. “If you’re in the top 50 it opens so many doors and my dad says it’s self-perpetuating,” Fitzpatrick added. “The money is bigger, ranking points are bigger and your card is easier to keep.” Kjeldsen, Zanotti and Lowry were all left to rue missed opportunities on the greens, with Zanotti three-putting the 13th and Kjeldsen and Lowry missing numerous birdie chances. “I played great today, I really did. But I struggled on the greens,” said Kjeldsen, who won the Irish Open in May. “As well as I played the long game, that’s how much I struggled on the greens.” In his second tournament since winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Lowry added: “I t was another day of playing good golf and holing nothing. Woeful putting is the only term I can use. It’s just frustrating and it’s hard. I lost confidence on the greens. But my golf is good enough to finish in the top three putting bad, so there a lot of positives to take.” Fitzpatrick carded a closing 68 at Woburn to finish 15 under par, two shots ahead of Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen and Ireland’s Shane Lowry. The 21-year-old from Sheffield, who was the youngest player in the field, said: ” It’s unbelievable. It’s not going to sink in for a long time. A first professional win, British Masters, in England, with my family here; it does not get any better. “W inning wire to wire is something most players dream of. Jordan Spieth did so when he won the Masters and for me to be in the same category as him is pretty special. I have spent a little time with him (they share apparel sponsors) and I would love to get a (congratulatory) text from him.” Fitzpatrick insisted he did not feel he had his ‘A’ game this week, revealing he had phoned coach Mike Walker after each of the first three rounds, despite leading after an opening 64 and sharing the lead on Friday and Saturday. “We were just trying to fix a couple of things and today I probably hit it the best I have all week,” added Fitzpatrick, who moves to 12th in the Race to Dubai and top of the early Ryder Cup qualifying standings. After starting the final round tied with Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, a level-par front nine left Fitzpatrick two shots adrift of Zanotti and Kjeldsen, but birdies on the 11th and 12th drew him level before a massive turning point on the par-five 15th. Kjeldsen looked set to gain the upper hand when he found the putting surface in two, only to run his eagle putt off the green and narrowly miss the birdie attempt. In the group behind, Fitzpatrick holed from 20 feet to take the outright lead for the first time and things went from bad to worse for Kjeldsen when his pushed drive on the 16th finished at the base of a narrow tree. From there the 40-year-old could only advance his ball to within 50 yards of the green and when he failed to get up and down, Fitzpatrick had a two-shot lead which he maintained in brilliant fashion with a birdie from four feet on the 17th after Zanotti had holed from outside. “This year my goal was to keep my card and I was not 100 per cent sure I was going to be able to do that after the start I had, but I managed to start to play well and the past two months have really got going and made a lot of money,” Fitzpatrick added. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick admitted life could not get any better after claiming his first European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory in the British Masters on Sunday, taking his season’s earnings to more than £1million. Press Associationlast_img read more

WLAX : SU erases late 3-goal deficit, storms back for win over Louisville

first_imgLouisville still had control. Despite blowing a three-goal fourth-quarter lead, Louisville had possession and was circling the net looking for that final goal. With less than a minute left to play, Syracuse and the Cardinals were tied at 10-10.Then came Syracuse’s chance to cap an improbable rally. The Orange’s Jill Cammett forced a turnover. Attack Tee Ladouceur floated around the Louisville goal as Cammett passed downfield. Ladouceur cut up in front of the goal in time to catch a pass from Michelle Tumolo.With 50 seconds left on the clock, she turned toward the goal with her stick poised in the air. One second later, she launched the ball into the middle of the net. She jumped into the air, bouncing up and down as her teammates screamed. It proved to be the decisive tally as Syracuse (6-7, 4-1 Big East) secured its 11-10 victory Thursday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘They had the ball for about a minute, and what do you know, Jill comes up with it,’ Ladouceur said. ‘And we get down the field and we start making plays. And that’s what it’s about.’The final goal capped off a four-goal run for the Orange, including another by Ladouceur and two by midfielder Sarah Holden, who had a career-high four goals and two assists on the day. After a lackluster performance by the Syracuse offense for the majority of the game, the team was able to get its energy up and mount a furious rally in the last six minutes.Down 10-7, Syracuse’s offensive surge started with a free-position shot awarded to Holden. She passed the ball to a wide-open Ladouceur, who finished. But it was Cammett who really fired up her teammates. Just minutes before starting the game-winning play, she forced a turnover to shift the momentum of the game.SU head coach Gary Gait said the momentum shifted in large part to Cammett’s play. SU went on to score three goals in the final 3:23. Cammett inspired the biggest difference between the Syracuse team that wasn’t scoring and the Syracuse team that won.‘It was the energy level, the sense of urgency,’ Gait said.And the comeback bucked the Orange’s struggles playing from behind this season. The team had not yet overcome a halftime deficit for a win before the game against the Cardinals (10-5, 3-3 Big East). But Thursday, the team appeared to have learned from past mistakes.‘We’re capable of scoring in bunches and making runs,’ Gait said. ‘In other games we didn’t do that. We didn’t finish. We didn’t make the run. In this game, we did. Maybe it’s the fact that we’re at home and they believe in themselves better when we’re at home. But they made the plays and that’s the difference between winning and losing.’The Syracuse attack was more cohesive in the last part of the game. Gait attributed that to the team attacking as a group and moving well off the ball.Defensively, the Orange was able to slow down its opponent as a whole, although Louisville senior attack Liz Lovejoy had the game-high five goals. Gait said occasionally it is better to pressure a team’s offense and let one player have a successful game than it is to focus on that one player. Overall, he was pleased with how the team defended.‘Defensively, from (goaltender Liz Hogan) in the net, all the way up through the attack we were showing that we can transition the ball and finish,’ Gait said.Hogan had nine saves on the day. In those last few minutes, however, the excitement of the offense drew her forward. She began sneaking up out of her goal, even crossing the midfield line at times. Given the situation, she said she was not too concerned about leaving the net open.‘I don’t know if I necessarily get nervous,’ Hogan said. ‘It’s more like an extra support for them because I’m obviously the open one. You have that advantage when the ball’s in the offensive end, so I just try to help [email protected] Comments Published on April 20, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Lata Mangeshkar show to raise funds for stadium complex in Madhya Pradesh draws flak

first_imgTo millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor,To millions of her fans, Lata Mangeshkar is synonymous with melodic harmony. But in her own birthplace last fortnight, a public performance by her was at the centre of an acrid verbal crossfire.The superstar’s performance in Indore on December 4 was to collect money for a Rs 1 crore indoor stadium-cum-sports complex which is under construction in this, the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. The stadium, which will be the third largest in the country, is the pet project of press baron Abhay Chhajlani, chairman of the Indore Table Tennis Trust (ITTT), at whose invitation the melody queen sang. But instead of the bouquets such occasions normally bring, Chhajlani found himself at the receiving end of a volley of brickbats. His critics argued that he was misusing his clout as one of the proprietors of the state’s largest selling newspaper Nai Duniya (print run: 1.48 lakh), not only to get his way with the Government, but also to build himself up in the public eye.The volatile local MLA, Suresh Seth, a former cabinet minister, who spearheaded the attack, says: “I have nothing personal against Lata Mangeshkar or anybody else. But this table tennis trust is a one-man show headed by Chhajlani. Why should they be trusted with public money?” Seth (inset) and Chhajlani showing Mangeshkar around: Public money at stakeSeth adds that government machinery was involved in a big way and that the show was exempted from entertainment tax. Therefore, he says, the state Government should claim the box-office collections.The silver-haired Seth, who incidentally is also editor of the daily Indore Samachar, first tried to stall the show by sending a telegram to the singer in Bombay. When that did not work, he organised demonstrations in Indore which led to his arrest along with some of his supporters.advertisementChhajlani, who is vice-president of the Table Tennis Federation of India, has attracted both criticism and admiration for his dedication to the project, which even while still incomplete, is impressive. Rectangular in shape, it will seat more than 6,000 and has a playing arena of 14,000 sq ft – to be used for basketball, badminton and volleyball, apart from Chhajlani’s favourite sport, table tennis.The 50-year-old Chhajlani says: “The idea first emerged in 1974 when the responsibility for holding the Table Tennis Nationals fell on Indore. I was then president of the Madhya Pradesh Table Tennis Association (MPTTA). But for lack of space, we had to organise it in the godown of the local mill. We realised that if Indore was to become a sports centre, we had to have an indoor stadium where tournaments could be held. That is how it all started.”Impressive Record: Chhajlani points to his record to prove his success in the promotion of table tennis during his eight-year tenure as president of MPTTA beginning 1974. Says he: “Between then and now, the number of players registered with the association has risen from merely 300 to 2,000. In the state championships, more than 400 players participated. When I took over, in various team events, Madhya Pradesh used to rank between sixteenth and twenty-second in the country. Today our teams figure from the second position to the tenth. Isn’t that a marked improvement?”Even his bitterest critics cannot deny that the improvement of table tennis in the state has been remarkable. But what they do question is the use of his influence to gather funds. So far, out of the estimated cost of Rs 1 crore, about Rs 60 lakh have gone into the construction.Of this, Rs 3 lakh came from the Centre, Rs 16.25 lakh from the state Government, Rs 15 lakh as loan from a cooperative bank in Indore and about Rs 25 lakh from public donations in the city.Says one critic, also a sports official: “There is not a single instance in the entire country where the Government has assisted a non-government body to such a large extent in the construction of a stadium.”Acrimonious Dispute: Seth also alleges that in some cases, government officials have misused their authority to pressurise potential donors. He says: “I would like to see if Abhay Chhajlani could raise the finances if he was not owner of the paper.”Seth has long harboured a resentment against Nai Duniya for the power it wields in state politics. He also evidently believes that a major reason he lost his berth in the Cabinet a couple of years ago is that he fell foul of Nai Duniya.Chhajlani calmly brushes aside all allegations: “The ITTT is a public trust whose accounts are duly audited. If the Government is ever dissatisfied with its working, it can always be taken over. Yes, I am the driving force but there are four prominent citizens on the trust too and their approval is required.” Meanwhile, Nai Duniya often features both Chhajlani and the stadium.advertisementChhajlani hopes that once the stadium is complete, it will inspire other sports organisations to build infrastructure in their own spheres. But unfortunately the ambitious project has become the focus of jealousy and resentment among officials of other sports who, off the record, accuse the Government of partiality to a single sport. The stadium has, even before its inauguration, become the centre of a slanging match.last_img read more

What’s it like to play Rafael Nadal at French Open? ‘Rough’

first_img“That was kind of cool,” Hanfmann said, showing he can put a positive spin on things, too. “It just comes off the ground really fast and high, fast high balls. You think you’re set up for it, with the backhand or forehand or whatever, but then you’re still on the back foot and maybe mishit it a little because it’s very spinny.”And like so many of Nadal’s opponents, he also was struck by just how hard it is to unsettle him.“You just feel like, ‘OK, here I played a great shot,’ but then there’s a great answer from him,” Hanfmann said.Roger Federer’s first-round opponent, 74th-ranked Lorenzo Sonego, said the same sort of thing after losing 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to the 20-time major champion.And top-seeded Novak Djokovic made light work Monday of his first-round match, a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Hubert Hurkacz, ranked No. 44, from Poland.The consolation?Once the sting of defeat has gone, all three will have a story to tell.“In a couple weeks, years, of course,” Hanfmann said. “Yeah, I mean, to play him and, you know, now I know how it feels, kind of. You know, to have a guy like him, he has such a unique game on clay.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “That was weird. I don’t know what I was doing, to be honest. I was a bit out of it there,” Hanfmann said. “I saw him shaking this kid’s hand and the ref’s hand and I then stuck out my hand. I don’t know why.”Looking ahead, the one hour and 57 minutes of tennis in a brisk breeze didn’t reveal any hitherto unknown secrets about how Nadal is feeling in his pursuit again this year of the Musketeers’ cup. After his unsteady first game, the 32-year-old was not pressed hard or long enough to gauge much about what the next two weeks might have in store.But Hanfmann got some answers.Having only ever watched Nadal, he’d been curious to find out for himself exactly what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the left-hander’s fiercely spun shots.Well, now he knows.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Serena Williams’ warmup jacket is fit for a ‘queen’ and ‘goddess’ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann plays a shot against Spain’s Rafael Nadal during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )PARIS — Like so many others who have faced Rafael Nadal, Yannick Hanfmann thought he had a plan. Until, that is, tennis’ greatest clay-court player dismantled it stroke by stroke on the red dirt where he has won 11 French Open titles.“After the first two sets, you’re thinking like, ‘Damn,’” Hanfmann, a German ranked 184th, said after losing 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on Monday. “It’s rough.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments The 27-year-old former college player at the University of Southern California, who won three qualifying matches to earn the dubious honor of being Nadal’s punching bag in the opening round of the main draw, didn’t make a fool of himself in what was his first career match on the showcase Court Philippe Chatrier.Indeed, in what would have amounted to a minor earthquake in the arena that is practically Nadal’s backyard had he converted, Hanfmann even had four chances to break the Spaniard in his first service game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the experience of facing Nadal for the first time, and at Roland Garros to boot, can do strange things to the uninitiated.Before the first point was played, as the players broke away from their pre-match photo session with two kids at the net, Hanfmann stuck out a hand, looking for a shake. Later, even he couldn’t explain why he had done it, and not waited until the end of the match, as is traditional. Had Nadal blanked him, the memes could have gone viral. Thankfully, the winner of 17 major titles didn’t leave Hanfmann hanging and instead took his outstretched hand. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona announce latest injury suffered by Messi

first_imgBarcelona announce latest injury suffered by Messiby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have announced the injury suffered by Lionel Messi in victory over Villarreal.In a heavy blow, the Argentine has been diagnosed with an elongation in the adductor of his left leg.It remains to be seen whether or not the La Masia graduate will be ready to play against Getafe, although it is assumed at this moment that he will miss that match.What will follow is a race against time in order for him to be fully fit to face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday.”The first team player, Lionel Messi, has an elongation in the adductor of his left thigh,” a club statement read.One positive is that an elongation is not a break and any absence for Messi will likely be shorter than it could have been. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

3 days agoLiverpool youngster Hoever aiming for big U17 World Cup

first_imgLiverpool youngster Hoever aiming for big U17 World Cupby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is preparing for a big FIFA U17 World Cup.The talented defender will miss several weeks of action for the Reds as he seeks glory with the Netherlands in Brazil.”I’m really looking forward to it,” Hoever told Liverpoolfc.com.”It’s a big experience to go all the way to Brazil and play games over there in decent stadiums. I hope a lot of people will come to watch and we’ll have a crowd.”It’s a big thing in Holland, a lot of people watch it. It’s on one of the biggest television [networks] in Holland, it’s watched and it’s quite big.”Of course, if you win it or make it far, there’s a lot of attention.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Trump threatens NBC but experts see no real risk to licenses

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – President Donald Trump is threatening NBC’s broadcast licenses because he’s not happy with how its news division has covered him. But experts say his threats aren’t likely to lead to any action.The network itself doesn’t need a license to operate, but individual stations do. NBC owns several stations in major cities. Stations owned by other companies such as Tribune and Cox carry NBC’s news shows and other programs elsewhere. Licenses come from the Federal Communications Commission, an independent government agency whose chairman is a Trump appointee.Trump tweeted Wednesday, “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”He returned to the topic Wednesday night, tweeting: “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!”NBC spokeswoman Hilary Smith had no comment. The FCC did not respond to messages seeking comment.These days, license renewals are fairly routine. A station could be deemed unfit and have its license stripped if it were telling lies and spreading fake news, as Trump claims. But Harold Feld of the consumer group Public Knowledge says that’s tough to prove.“The reality is it is just about impossible to make that showing,” he said. “All this stuff is opinion.”Feld said he can recall just two instances in the past 20 years when there has been a renewal challenge. One involved an owner of radio stations who was convicted of child molestation, and the other when someone died as part of a radio station’s contest. Both lost their licenses.Although yanking a license is rare, just the threat could put pressure on NBC’s news coverage.“The words ‘license renewal’ are ones which have had a chilling effect in the past on broadcasters,” said lawyer Floyd Abrams, an expert on the First Amendment, citing Richard Nixon’s attempts to sway news coverage as president. “The threat, however unlikely, is one that broadcasters will have to take seriously.”The National Association of Broadcasters, a trade group, said it was contrary to First Amendment principles “for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”Following his tweet, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, “It’s frankly disgusting the way the press is able to write whatever they want to write and people should look into it.”Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican who has been occasionally critical of Trump, took him to task in a statement released Wednesday night. “Words spoken by the President of the United States matter,” Sasse said. “Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?”The president has long railed against mainstream media organizations, deriding them as “fake news.” He has also said he wanted to “open up” libel laws so he can more easily go after press outlets for stories he feels are inaccurate. That would require a constitutional amendment or reversal of Supreme Court precedent on the First Amendment.FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is a Trump appointee, but experts say he can’t pull a license just because he feels like it. Renewals come up every eight years, and challenges are heard by an administrative law judge.The judge’s decision can be overruled by political appointees at the FCC, however. And the agency could start a special proceeding to revoke a license, said Erwin Krasnow, former general counsel of NAB.Even so, Krasnow said a challenge is unlikely because of the First Amendment and because the Communications Act governing the FCC doesn’t allow for censorship.Pai’s past statements also suggest he wouldn’t use the agency’s powers to regulate news coverage. In a September speech, he noted that, while people want the FCC to take action against cable news channels like Fox News, MSNBC or CNN because they disagree with the coverage, “these demands are fundamentally at odds with our legal and cultural traditions.”Feld, who is a frequent critic of Pai, said the chairman is a fan of deregulation and “the last person in the world who would want to revive the license challenge process.”“NBC can sleep easy knowing Ajit Pai is chair,” Feld added.Both Democratic FCC commissioners touted freedom of the press in opposition to Trump’s tweet.“Revoking a #broadcast license on such grounds will only happen if we fail to abide by the First Amendment,” tweeted Mignon Clyburn. “Freedom of the press is a cornerstone of our democracy. Hope my @FCC colleagues can all be on the same page with respect to 1st Amendment,” wrote Jessica Rosenworcel.last_img read more