READ: Adamson coach unsure of Galanza’s availability for UAAP after brutal injuryLady Falcons coach Airess Padda feared Galanza may have broken her right ankle after landing on her teammate’s foot following a block attempt early in the third set of their game against the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers.Galanza grimaced in pain and had to be stretchered off and rushed to a nearby hospital.Adamson still went on to win in three sets and book a semifinals berth minus Galanza, who could miss the remainder of the tournament.The 20-year-old hitter is entering her final playing year in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Knicks know they face tough task in moving on after Anthony LATEST STORIES Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests. pic.twitter.com/HTAvyNe7wL— Virtual Playground (@VPlaygroundPH) September 25, 2017Adamson can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now, after initial tests revealed no fracture on the ankle of star spiker Jema Galanza after a brutal injury Monday night in the Premier Volleyball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs per Virtual Playground, a sports management agency which handles Galanza, X-ray and CT scan results were negative.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests,” Virtual Playground posted on Twitter. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments
Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.Cavaliers: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) and Collin Sexton (2) celebrate in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 112-107. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Kevin Love scored a season-high 32 points, Cedi Osman hit the go-ahead 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-107 on Saturday night.Love, playing in back-to-back games for the first time since returning from foot surgery, had 10 points in the fourth quarter. He was 9 of 15 from the field overall, hit six 3s and made all eight of his free throw attempts.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte TIP-INSGrizzlies: Valanciunas returned after not playing Friday because of personal reasons. He has appeared in three games since being acquired from Toronto on Feb. 7 and made his first start Saturday . … F Chandler Parsons scored four points in 18 minutes. He returned Friday for the first time since the third game of the season.Cavaliers: Osman finished with 11 points. … Cleveland dominated the first quarter, holding a 21-5 rebounding edge and making all nine of its free throw attempts. … Cleveland led 44-26 early in the second.STILL SIDELINEDCavaliers coach Larry Drew isn’t sure when forward Tristan Thompson, who missed his 15th straight game because of a sore left foot, will return.“It’s still going slow,” Drew said. “We’re going to take it very slowly as far as bringing him back.”BAD TIMINGBickerstaff knows his team must adjust without rookie guard Jaren Jackson Jr., out indefinitely with a bruised right thigh.“It’s tough, obviously,” Bickerstaff said. “We were beginning to feature him more in fourth quarters.”UP NEXT The Grizzlies, who lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, were on the second part of a difficult back-to-back.Love had surgery on his left foot in November after playing four games and returned Feb. 8. He hit three 3-pointers and a technical foul shot early in the third quarter to help the Cavaliers build a double-digit lead.Memphis trailed 79-64 but outscored Cleveland 20-3 over the last seven minutes of the third.The Cavaliers (14-46) won consecutive games for the third time this season. Cleveland has yet to win three in a row.Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff was hit with a technical foul early in the third quarter. Noah, a constant target of boos by Cavaliers fans, received sarcastic cheers when he picked up a technical in the second.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Anthony Davis-less Pelicans stunt Lakers playoff push The five-time All-Star had 12 rebounds in 26 minutes — his most since returning from the injury — but was on the bench for the final 5:23 because he’s still on a minutes restriction.Osman’s 3-pointer gave Cleveland a 104-103 lead with 1:58 to play. He scored on a layup following a turnover before Collin Sexton hit a 3 to put the Cavaliers up 109-103.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSexton had 20 points and Ante Zizic scored 18 for Cleveland, which beat Phoenix on Thursday.Jonas Valanciunas had 25 points 11 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost four straight and 16 of 20. Mike Conley scored 18 and Joakim Noah had 16. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
There was division and consternation in the Manchester United ranks this summer when Jose Mourinho’s attempts to bring in a new centre-half fell on deaf ears.The United manager had identified Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire as potential additions to the Old Trafford defensive corps, but executive vice-chair Ed Woodward and his fellow board members insisted that the Portuguese already had enough reinforcements and only a high-profile arrival such as Raphael Varane would be sanctioned.So Mourinho instead went into the 2018-19 campaign bemoaning the hand he had been played and United have since kept only three clean sheets and conceded 16 goals in 11 fixtures, shipping 14 in eight league games compared to the two they had allowed at this stage last term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho has chopped and changed too, starting the season with Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof as his preferred duo but then switching to Chris Smalling with Lindelof and latterly Bailly and Smalling as he looks for the right partnership. He has even used midfielders Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay in back threes.But which of United’s five senior centre-halves – including Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo – have had the greatest effect on the Red Devils since Mourinho became the boss back in the summer of 2016?When it comes to win percentage, Lindelof leads the way. The Swede has come out on the victorious side in 69 per cent of his 29 starts as a centre-back since arriving from Benfica in 2017. While he has been identified as a weakness at times due to the occasional clanger the 24-year-old has actually been the most successful of United’s centre-back options over the last two seasons-plus, just ahead of Bailly.In terms of racking up clean sheets it is the Ivorian who comes out on top, helping to keep opponents scoreless in 27 of his 54 starts in the heart of the defence. The former Villarreal man was particularly prolific in that respect in the early part of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons, but he has played only 18 minutes of league football this term since starting the ugly 3-2 reverse to Brighton in August, with his afternoon ending remarkably early against Newcastle last time out.But while Bailly and Lindelof have the favourable individual records, Mourinho has started them together only three times and just twice in a flat back four. Since those two matches at the beginning of the league campaign it is Smalling who has been the constant in United’s defence. And when it comes to being part of a solid partnership, the former England stopper’s name is prevalent among those who have consistently paired up to record clean sheets under Mourinho.So does Mourinho continue to side with Smalling as he looks for the right mix at the back? Or does he give Bailly and Lindelof the chance to develop an understanding over a longer period of time? The manager will need to show his two centre-back signings the same faith the board displayed in the summer if we are to find out whether they can be the answer to United’s current defensive woes. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
India’s domination in Test cricket has been highlighted by Virat Kohli’s sensational run – double hundreds in four successive series, runs against Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh were scored without as much as breaking a sweat.Under Kohli, India have been ambitious and they have stuck to their guns by playing only five specialist batsmen. The number six slot has been manned by either R Ashwin or Wriddhiman Saha and they have done their reputation as gutsy fighters no harm.But India’s remarkable run at home was a fruit of Kohli’s mind-numbing consistency besides Ashwin’s guile with the bat. After an ordinary patch following his maiden double hundred in the West Indies, Kohli came back strongly to score another one against the Black Caps at home.By the time England came visiting, Kohli was hungry for more and he satiated it with 655 runs in five Tests. For the last two months of 2016, Kohli was in a different zone – he was virtually unbeatable and had an answer to everything England tried. He got great support from Cheteshwar Pujara but Ajinkya Rahane’s middling form and the absence of a specialist number six meant more pressure for the top five. Kohli was only too happy to lead from the front.But what would happen in case the captain had an off-day with the bat? Or worse, what if he did not fire right through an important series?India’s worst nightmare came true soon enough.After bringing England’s bowlers down on their knees, Kohli managed only 46 from three Tests and had to sit out of Dharamsala with an injured shoulder. However, that was when Lokesh Rahul and Pujara turned up stronger and more consistent than ever before, Saha pitched in with a gutsy hundred as India weathered the Aussie storm to win the series 2-1.advertisementThe Australia series was an eye-opener on several counts. For starters, India learnt not to underestimate any opposition even in favourable home conditions but more importantly, Kohli’s colleagues showed they had the spunk and the talent to not be overshadowed constantly by their superstar skipper.That is a welcome trend for a team that has now established itself firmly on the world stage. In Sri Lanka, Kohli failed twice on the opening days of the Galle and Colombo Tests but India dug deep thanks to Shikhar Dhawan, Pujara and Rahane.The men coming in at number six are increasingly proving their mettle – Hardik Pandya as India’s new-age all-rounder is an able batsman and the lower-order is dangerous when it has the license to accelerate.India will embark on some serious overseas tours by the end of the year – South Africa, Australia and England are waiting to test the world’s number one team. Rest assured, Kohli will be the prime target there and that is when his batting colleagues will have to stand up and show what they are worth once again.
MADRID — The surprise announcement came after another important win by Sevilla in the Spanish league.The club had just beaten Valladolid 2-0 to get back into the fight for the final Champions League spot. Everyone expected the team’s coach, Joaquin Caparros, to come out at the post-match news conference and talk about Sevilla’s good run since he took over.Instead, the 63-year-old Caparros stepped into the podium and shocked everyone.“I have chronic leukemia,” he said, speaking briskly before making any comments on the game.It was the type of news no one wanted to hear. Concern immediately turned to his health.But it was Caparros himself who quickly downplayed the situation.“It won’t keep me from doing my job,” he said. “I’m living a normal life. I won’t talk about the subject anymore but I wanted everyone to know that everything is OK.”There was relief all around. It meant the coach wasn’t as sick as many initially believed and, sportswise, it meant the team wouldn’t be losing its commander at a crucial moment of the season.Sevilla had just been eliminated by Czech club Slavia Prague in the last 16 of the Europa League and was far from fourth place in the Spanish league when Caparros — who was acting as the team’s sports director — was picked to replace the fired Pablo Machin.With the Seville native at the helm, the club won four of its five matches, including the high-profile city derby against Real Betis last Saturday. The result put the team back in fourth place in the league, in the final Champions League spot.Sevilla can solidify its position this weekend when it visits fifth-place Getafe, which is only one point behind with six matches remaining. Sixth-place Valencia is three points behind Sevilla entering the weekend.Sevilla had already taken a chance with Caparros when it assigned him as coach to finish last season after firing Vincenzo Montella. With a run of three wins and a draw in the final four matches, he helped the team secure a Europa League spot.This time, Sevilla’s only setback was a home loss to Valencia in the second match with Caparros in charge, giving him 22 points of 27 possible. In addition to beating Valladolid and Real Betis, Sevilla also defeated Espanyol and Alaves under the man who first coached Sevilla from 2000-05 and recently surpassed 500 matches overall in the Spanish league.“The team has improved a lot since Caparros took over,” Sevilla president Jose Castro said. “We felt it was the right time to make the change and we are glad that we made that decision. We think it was the right one.”Although there is still some work left for Sevilla to secure a Champions League spot this season, Caparros’ good run has already prompted talks about whether the team should try to keep him in a full-time position for next season.“Of course Joaquin is an option for next year,” Castro said. “But we have to wait until the end of the season. Now it’s time to stay focused on adding points.”After the visit to Getafe, Sevilla faces three teams in the bottom half of the standings: Rayo Vallecano, Girona and Leganes. It will close out its season with a visit to second-place Atletico Madrid and a home game against seventh-place Athletic Bilbao.By: Tales Azzoni, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
Edinson Cavani scored a brace as Uruguay defeated Portugal 2-1 in their round of 16 match at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi to set up a quarter-final clash against France in FIFA World Cup 2018.Cavani scored in the seventh minute and then again in the 62nd minute to seal victory for the South Americans.It was a dream start to the match for Uruguay. Luis Suarez produced a pinpoint cross from the left and Cavani evaded the Portugal defence to power home a header at the far post.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEPepe headed Portugal level in the 55th minute, the first goal Uruguay have conceded in the tournament, but Uruguay regained the lead seven minutes later when Rodrigo Bentancur found Cavani and he curled a brilliant first-time shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the penalty area.The perfect response to Portugal’s equaliser from @Uruguay and @ECavaniOfficial! #URUPOR 2-1 pic.twitter.com/pSaOyzmfevFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 30, 2018Portugal dominated possession but their attack did not have enough bite to break through the Uruguay defence twice, leaving their captain Cristiano Ronaldo a frustrated figure throughout the match.HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSThe Real Madrid forward could not add to his four goals in the first two matches, failing to improve his record of failing to score in all six World Cup knockout matches he has played.Ronaldo had an opportunity around the half-hour mark to score from a free kick 30 metres out but could only hit the wall.Earlier, Lionel Messi was sent home in Argentina’s loss, the other “GOAT” at this tournament was also eliminated. It was two weeks ago that Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the same stadium against Spain, stroking his chin after the first goal to imply he was the “greatest of all time.”advertisementThere was no goal from Ronaldo this time. Everywhere he went, the Portugal great was hounded by two or three Uruguayan defenders.Uruguay will play France on June 6 at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.(With agency inputs)
Realme X was launched in India earlier this week and will see its first sale on July 24 at 12pm on Flipkart and Realme.com. During the launch event, the company also announced a special Hate-to-Wait sale for the Realme X, which will take place today i.e July 18 at 8pm. The Realme X (Review) sale today will be for die-hard fans who are eager to purchase the newest premium mid-range smartphone before everyone else.Update: In a press note released by the company, the Realme X will be available in today’s Hate-to-Wait sale with a 10 per cent instant discount if purchased using an SBI credit card. Customers can also avail No Cost EMIs for up to 6 months and a free Paytm First membership worth Rs 750, along with benefits up to Rs 20,000 on Realme.com.The Realme X Hate-to-Wait sale will likely see only a limited number of devices up for grabs. As of now, the company has not provided any clarity on this special sale, but we have reached out to the company for details and we will update this story once we find out. The Hate-to-Wait sale will begin at 8pm on Flipkart and Realme’s online store.Realme X was launched in India starting at Rs 16,999. The base model is offered with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant of the Realme X, which is priced at Rs 19,999. The Realme X comes in two colour options – Polar White and Space Blue. The company also announced the Realme X Master Edition in Onion and Garlic-inspired finishes and the Realme X Spider-Man: Far From Home edition priced at Rs 19,999 and Rs 20,999, respectively. These special edition phone, however, will be available in August.advertisementRelame X specificationsRealme’s latest premium mid-range smartphone touts a notchless display. It sports a 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and over 91 percent screen-to-body ratio. To remove the notch, the company opted for a pop-up selfie camera mechanism. The glasstic rear panel comes in a glossy finish in gradient Space Blue and Polar White colours. The Realme X offers an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. The Realme X is powered by a 2.2Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone supports dual nano SIM cards but there is no support for storage expandability. The Realme X houses a 3,765mAh battery and supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging, which will charge the device from zero to 100 per cent in around 80 minutes. The smartphone ships with ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie.Apart from its Super AMOLED display, the Realme X also highlights a 48MP dual camera setup on the back. The camera system includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.7 sensor for high-resolution photos and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The main camera also supports Nightscape and Chroma Boost modes as well as AI scene detection. The pop-up camera houses a 16-megapixel selfie sensor which also supports portrait mode.In our Realme X review, we said that the smartphone offers fantastic value for its price. It impressed us with its bright Super AMOLED display, great set of cameras and fast performance especially while gaming. Some downsides to the device is the lack of external storage and Widevine L1 support.ALSO READ | Realme X review: Offers everything you need under Rs 20,000ALSO READ | Realme X vs Vivo Z1 Pro: How do the two premium mid-range phones compare
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World Maritime News Staff, October 13 , 2014; Images: Bechtel zoom Khalifa PortThinking outside the box has sprung a myriad of innovations throughout history and it is what is keeping us “alive and ticking”. The maritime industry has had its share of innovative thinking, especially over the recent years with the swooping development of technology.As the shipping industry outgrows its infrastructural capacity to feed the insatiable appetite for trade of goods across the world, windows of opportunities are opening for those thinking outside the box. One of the most innovative ideas that has sparked our attention is the concept of offshore ports.World Maritime News Staff spoke with Mr Marco Pluijm, Bechtel’s ports sector manager, who delivered a presentation at the recent African Ports Evolution 2014 Forum. His presentation focused on the changing nature of global shipping and the advantages that offshore ports offer, particularly in Africa and the USA, two of the regions that would most benefit from increased capacity.According to Mr Pluijm, the offshore port finds its origin in the mining industry. The concept entails offshore facilities for handling large volumes of dry bulk, like iron ore and coal.Pluijm: “As ships get increasingly larger, it’s necessary to look offshore in parts of the Africa and the USA to find sufficient water depth to accommodate these ships. For example, Capesize vessels require a water depth of 20-25m, which may only be found 10 to 15 kilometres offshore. Basically, the offshore port is a fixed structure; like a rig with terminal facilities for either bulk or containers. It can also be an artificial island, like Khalifa Port, protected by breakwaters to protect it from washing out by the sea or a more exposed platform with dynamic controlled mooring and fender systems. Size wise, in its initial stage, it can have up to three berths, 1600 meters long and 300-400 meters wide.”WMN: You mentioned that two areas which would most benefit from offshore ports, are West Africa and the U.S. East Coast. What is needed for these areas to proceed with an offshore port? Pluijm: “It is quite simple really: in general it’s a political decision and once approved, a commercial decision. Somebody needs to decide to go ahead with an offshore port. There are many reasons why people want to stick to using a traditional port but in some cases, they don’t provide the best solution. For example, in Mozambique, shipping bulk out via the existing ports, wouldn’t work if you wanted to develop bigger mining projects, as it simply wouldn’t be cost effective.”MUOH Options for AfricaWMN: Has there been any interest from relevant stakeholders to implement these projects so far?Pluijm: “We have been working with a number of organisations to further develop this concept and ensure that the business aspect is fully aligned. We have had interest from third-parties including marine contractors, platform operators and terminal operators. However, we still need the go-ahead from either a mining or container company, or a government. For example, an offshore port could be a good solution for the Simandou project, where talks are underway for a river port. However, a river port will suffer due to the cost of the massive amount of dredging needed. If an offshore facility was chosen, all that dredging would not be necessary because the offshore facility would already be sited at an adequate water depth, and that improves the overall economic and commercial viability and feasibility of a project.”WMN: What about the impact of this concept on other market sectors? How do you think dredging companies or existing ports will react to this concept? Will they be willing to accept it or will they fear they might lose business? Pluijm: “Dredging companies and marine contractors see the benefits as dredging is still part of the solution in terms of building the platform, protection or dynamic mooring structure and the quay wall for such an offshore port. Terminal operators are also interested in the concept as they will not need to invest in significant upgrades of existing ports and will still play a major role in the operation and as key – short sea shipping or barging – link to the offshore port. WMN: Do you see terminal operators investing in these offshore ports within their scope of expansion?Pluijm: “Yes, we have discussed the idea with transshipment operators in Africa as well as in South America. Those transshipment companies experience considerable operational downtime of about six months a year due to heavy swell conditions and are definitely interested in participating in, and developing this idea. They have also committed to supporting some additional research led by Bechtel, in order to learn more about the effect of wave conditions on loading and unloading large cargo ships in such wave conditions.WMN: The proposal for Venice offshore terminal, which was aimed at expanding cargo operations was announced in 2012. Two years on, the project is still pending environmental studies. Could offshore ports develop more rapidly? Pluijm: “The Venice proposal by Halcrow is situated in an estuary, and has a number of significant differences with what we are proposing. An offshore hub or an offshore island is also much more environmentally-friendly because its footprint is much smaller. The only footprint it has is the location of the port structure. Whereas, if you were to, for instance, select to build a shore-based port, usually this entails a massive amount of dredging for many years afterwards that affects the coastal system enormously in terms of sediment balance, currents and waves, along of course with the aquatic environment linked to it. So, the environmental impact of these traditional ports is quite different compared to what we propose.”Effect on US Container PortsWMN: Could you elaborate on the multi-user part of the Multi-User Offshore Ports concept? Who will be the users of these offshore hubs?Pluijm: “Users of what we initially called the “multi-user offshore hub” would most likely be mining companies, closely located to each other. But we are also talking to companies like container companies that would like to operate these on their own, so these could also be single-user hubs. This is why we’re renaming it an “offshore port”.The benefits for the US bound container traffic for example, would be enormous, as you would have ships from China going directly to the US East Coast, via the Suez Canal. Direct transport cost savings on those containers would be massive as you would be able to use bigger container ships and avoid long railroad transport and trucking.”WMN: How do you see the creation of these offshore ports impacting on established shipping routes? Could we see new shipping routes emerging as an immediate result? Pluijm: “Right now, the biggest container vessels that sail via the existing routes, crossing the Panama Canal, head to the Caribbean where they discharge their cargo into smaller vessels. Then, these smaller vessels go via the Caribbean into various US ports. It would be a major achievement for everyone if you could have an offshore port where these bigger vessels could go to, bearing in mind that even larger vessels are on their way. We are currently talking about the 18,000 TEU ships, but the 22,000 TEU ships are already in the making. The same scenario applies to Africa where cascading down ships will result in larger vessels being sent there. So the offshore port concept would bring cost savings there as well. It is not unthinkable that a container shipping line could develop a similar solution, so in that respect shipping routes could change as well.”WMN: What is the way forward for offshore ports? When can we expect the first ports to become operational?Pluijm: “Building them can take two to three years, including obtaining impact assessments. Two years for a bulk facility, for containers it may take a year longer because of the difference in size. The actual construction time is a year or two years respectively.We are currently talking to various parties including the US Government and the response has been good. Hopefully next year, we will have more news on this front.
OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government on Tuesday rolled out the latest phase of its legalized-pot plans: a five-year, $36.4-million campaign to help teach Canadians — especially the younger ones — about the health and safety risks associated with using marijuana.The money is coming out of a $526-million envelope for marijuana legalization announced in last week’s fall economic update, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Toronto MP Bill Blair, the government’s point man on legalizing pot, told a news conference outside the House of Commons.“We have never indicated that we are promoting the use of marijuana,” Petitpas Taylor said.“We want to ensure that Canadians, and youth in particular, have access to the information that they need with respect to risks associated with cannabis use.”Public education up until now has focused in large part on consequences of breaking the law, Blair added, suggesting legalization will allow parents, teachers, health professionals to have conversations with young people.Tuesday’s announcement is in addition to a five-year, $9.6-million allotment included in the last federal budget. The campaign will be expanded once legalization takes hold to help explain how the new laws work, Petitpas Taylor said.The federal Liberals insist they’re still committed to passing that legislation by July 2018, although the Opposition Conservatives, health care experts, a number of provinces and police have raised concerns about the ambitious goal.The government is wedded to an arbitrary timeline for no good reason, said Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu.“It is definitely rushed,” said Gladu, who described the handling of the file as typical of the Liberals: grand promises and poor execution.“Everybody thinks this bill is flawed, whether they are cannabis activists, currently in the distribution area or in the policing force or in the provincial and municipal authorities.”Alistair MacGregor, the NDP’s deputy justice critic, agreed the government is moving too fast.“We … want to be cognizant of the fact that we want to make sure we get this right and all of the levels of government that are involved are comfortable with it,” MacGregor said, describing the idea of an awareness campaign as too little, too late.“We are still worried about the fact provinces and territorial governments are going to have to take on heavy responsibilities to bear the burden of legalization, which includes health care and enforcement.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
Responding to a request by the Chinese government for medical support in wake of the massive 12 May earthquake which struck the East Asian’s south-west, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is sending urgently needed supplies and support. The devastating magnitude 8.0 tremors had their epicentre in Sichuan province has claimed over 65,000 lives, according to state media reports. “WHO will strengthen China’s power to reduce the risks of epidemic outbreaks and to treat any cases of communicable diseases that appear,” said Eric Laroche, Assistant Director-General for WHO’s Health Action in Crises cluster. “Damaged health facilities must start treating survivors as quickly as possible for injuries, potential diarrhoeal diseases and acute respiratory infections and psychosocial trauma.” The agency has received $1.3 million out of the $8 million in relief grants contributed by the UN through its Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The funds will be used for purchasing and distributing surgical supplies and medicines to treat hundreds of thousands of people; preventing and controlling epidemics and communicable diseases; and restoring health and medical facilities through provision of essential medicines and supplies for primary healthcare and immunization services. Some UN Volunteers (UNV) are en route to Sichuan province to contribute to the medical relief effort in the aftermath of the earthquake. Liu Hai and Gao Wei, originally serving with the Beijing Youth League on a UNV and UN Development Programme (UNDP) for the upcoming Beijing Olympics were selected to participate in a relief mission. Ms. Liu will have a communications role while Mr. Gao will work in equipment supply. Meanwhile, Liu Lei was the only UNV volunteer serving in the area, working on a wetland biodiversity conservation project for UNDP’s Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF), when it was hit by the tremors, and is now serving as a volunteer field interpreter for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). In his diary tracking his efforts in the Mian Yang area, he wrote that “guaranteeing homeless people’s health is one of the most important aspects of the aid operation, as well as providing other basic support.” On Saturday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited one of the hardest-hit towns, pledging the United Nations’ support for the East Asian nation and expressing his condolences to the Chinese people.”My heart is filled with great sadness by what has happened to the Chinese people. It is a great natural tragedy,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan, after stopping in the town of Yingxiu.”At the same time I’m moved by such strong leadership [as] demonstrated by the Chinese Government leaders, President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, and all the people who have shown such a great spirit of self-help and cooperation and resilience to overcome this natural disaster,” he added. 26 May 2008Responding to a request by the Chinese government for medical support in wake of the massive 12 May earthquake which struck the East Asian’s south-west, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is sending urgently needed supplies and support.
But Alain Le Roy, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told a meeting of the Security Council that “deployment difficulties” in working with the Sudanese Government have left some of the troops facing a “critical food shortage.”Last month the Security Council established, for an initial six months, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), after violence broke out in the town and surrounding areas which are contested by both north and south, forcing more than 100,000 people to flee.The Council acted a week after representatives from the Sudanese Government and their counterparts from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), representing South Sudan, reached an agreement that provides for temporary administrative arrangements for Abyei and the withdrawal of troops from both sides.Mr. Le Roy’s briefing follows a report to the Council by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on UNISFA. “I am pleased to report that as of yesterday, 521 of the authorized 4,200 military personnel in UNISFA have been deployed,” Mr. Le Roy said adding that he expected to have an operating capacity of 1,200 troops by the end of July. “While the security situation in Abyei remains tense,” he said, “both sides appear committed to avoiding an escalation of violence and ready to cooperate with UNISFA.”He said the blue helmets had made contacts with both sides and they each said they were willing to withdraw upon the deployment of UNISFA.“However, the deployment is facing difficulties as we work with the Government of Sudan to clarify the use of the El Obeid logistic base,” which had been part of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), whose mandate ended when South Sudan became independent on 9 July.As a result, he said, some troops and cargo have been stranded in the Southern Kordofan state capital of Kadugli for days “and the mission is facing critical food shortages for troops stationed in Abyei.”He also confirmed reports from UN humanitarian agencies that at least 113,000 persons remain displaced from their home and the area, and that “significant returns are unlikely to place prior to the deployment of UNISFA and withdrawal of the Sudanese Armed Forces.”The Secretary-General also announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay of Ethiopia as head of mission and Force Commander of UNISFA. Lt. Gen. Tesfay was Head of the Joint Training Department of the Ethiopian National Defence Forces (ENDF). 27 July 2011The top United Nations peacekeeping official today reported that more than 500 troops with the new UN mission in the disputed Abyei area of Sudan have been deployed and both of the contesting sides appear committed to avoiding combat and willing to withdraw in favour of the blue helmets.
VANCOUVER — Civil liberties activists in B.C. have filed complaints against Canada’s spy agency and the RCMP for allegedly snooping on opponents of the Northern Gateway pipeline.Josh Paterson with the BC Civil Liberties Association alleges the spying activities include illegal searches of private information, and he says some of the details were shared with oil and energy companies and the National Energy Board.Paterson says it’s illegal for police and spy agencies to gather information on the activist groups, as none of them pose any threat to public safety or energy board hearings.ForestEthics Advocacy is one of the groups that alleges it was spied on, and campaign director Ben West says speaking out about environmental issues is part of the democratic process.The allegations stem from an access to information request filed by online publication the Vancouver Observer last November.Paterson says the documents suggest Mounties mostly gathered information through open sources such as websites, but it’s unclear what CSIS’s involvement was.
Despite the “encouraging” progress made in Sierra Leone so far, the continued engagement of the United Nations Mission (UNAMSIL) after the country’s May elections will be indispensable in helping to maintain the stability needed to consolidate the ongoing peace efforts, according to a UN report released today in New York. “The international community has invested heavily in Sierra Leone, both politically and financially,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan writes in his latest report to the Security Council, recommending a six-month extension – until 30 September – of UNAMSIL’s mandate. “It is therefore imperative that it safeguard the significant progress made and stay the course until its objectives are met.”The Secretary-General notes that more than 47,000 combatants have been disarmed, nearly 25,000 weapons destroyed and 2.27 million eligible voters successfully registered ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for 14 May.However, Mr. Annan also points out that much work remains to be done. Following the elections, urgent attention will need to be paid to the unfinished aspects of the peace process, particularly to the extension of State authority, the re-integration of ex-combatants and the restoration of Government control over diamond mining.These efforts, the Secretary-General reports, will need to be complemented by the reactivation of the judicial system, the strengthening of law enforcement agencies and the restoration of basic public services throughout the country.The report also notes the important role to be played by the Special Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the post-electoral period.
Briefing President Ibrahim Rugova, Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi and other officials, Harri Holkeri said the action in no way constitutes an indictment of the Kosovo Protection Corps (KPC). He also pledged that those arrested would be treated fairly. In another development, Mr. Holkeri and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojsa Covic today agreed that the Pristina-Belgrade direct dialogue will convene in the last week of February or the first week of March.Mr. Holkeri told Mr. Covic that in his recent travels to New York, Washington D.C. and London, the message was the same: consistent interest by the international community in favour of the dialogue and a sense of urgency that meetings should begin soon.
According to the ILO’s Social protection global policy trends 2010-2015, 120 countries will be slashing public expenditure in 2015. Of these, 86 are developing countries and the overall number is expected to rise to 131 countries in 2016. But while many countries are making cuts to public expenditure, most middle-income countries are boldly expanding their social protection systems, with immediate impacts on reducing poverty and inequalities, thereby contributing to their domestic demand-led growth strategies.“This presents a powerful development lesson,” Isabel Ortiz, Director of the ILO Social Protection Departmentsaidtoday. “As this study shows, even in the poorest countries there are options available to expand fiscal space for social protection.” Indeed, countries like Argentina and South Africa have introduced universal child benefits in recent years. Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, China, Maldives, Namibia, Panama, South Africa, Swaziland and Timor-Leste have achieved universal or nearly universal coverage of pensions. Many others have introduced social transfers for the unemployed, mothers, children and older persons. Some lower-income countries have also extended social protection mainly through narrowly targeted temporary safety nets with very low benefit levels.The worldwide trends towards fiscal consolidation can be expected to aggravate the employment crisis and inequality trends, the report says. “In many countries, policy responses to the global crisis have been taken behind closed doors, as technocratic solutions with limited or no consultation. This has often resulted in a lack of public ownership, civil unrest and adverse socio-economic impacts,” Ms. Ortiz said.In Europe, these measures have contributed to increases in poverty or social exclusion, now affecting 123 million or 24 per cent of the population of the European Union.And in developing countries that are not investing in social protection, adjustment measures are expected to negatively affect millions of households that have been coping with fewer and lower-paying job opportunities, higher food and fuel costs, and reduced access to public services.The ILO paper – launched ahead of the meeting of Economic and Social Councils in Seoul, South Korea – shows that in the first phase of the crisis (2008–09), fiscal stimulus plans were launched in about 50 countries and social protection played a strong role in the response. However, in the second phase of the crisis (2010 onwards), many governments in Europe and elsewhere embarked on fiscal consolidation and premature contraction of expenditures.A fifth of countries are undergoing what is known as excessive fiscal contraction, meaning they are cutting public expenditures below pre-crisis levels. These include countries with major development challenges such as Eritrea, Sudan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau and Guatemala.These measures include the elimination or reduction of food and fuel subsidies; cuts or caps on the wage bill, including for health and social care workers; narrower targeting of social protection benefits; and reforms of pension and health care systems.
Merry Christmas Jumper Day from Maple class! pic.twitter.com/gFBlJviMdK— Maple Class (@maple_yacademy) December 16, 2016 It’s #ChristmasJumperDay, or as I like to call it, My Cat Wore It Better. pic.twitter.com/IjnLfSIOkx— Mitten d’Amour (@MittenDAmour) December 16, 2016 Your support makes all the difference. Don’t forget to pay in £2 this #christmasjumperday and help save children’s lives! pic.twitter.com/MIBzYmIRMP— Save the Children UK (@savechildrenuk) December 16, 2016 The hipster, the scrooge or the reluctant adopter: Which #ChristmasJumperDay camp are you in? https://t.co/iKdqp5XF5j pic.twitter.com/PjdUCRl6lD— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) December 16, 2016 #christmasjumperday I’ve got mine on 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/Ec0cozrljS— Frank Bruno MBE (@frankbrunoboxer) December 16, 2016 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Social media users have been sharing photos using the hashtag #ChristmasJumperDay, with celebrities also tweeting about the campaign.Stars join in #ChristmasJumperDay Text jumper to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children. Retreated to my natural habitat before graft starts, hope no one spots me so stay here all day #Xmasjumperday #XmasJumper #sagexmas @sageuk pic.twitter.com/oB4GV7P8KA— Neil Wheatley (@WheatleyNeil) December 16, 2016 Are these the worst ever Christmas tree efforts? Twitter’s shocking festive fails. #ChristmasJumperDay tomorrow! Still time to get involved👇 https://t.co/DTu1dvAU9m pic.twitter.com/T5UILHuc6o— TheArsenalFoundation (@AFC_Foundation) December 15, 2016 Many others have shared photos on Twitter 2016 in picture form.Happy #christmasjumperday. pic.twitter.com/xrLyu7EKqf— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 16, 2016 It’s @savechildrenuk #ChristmasJumperDay; we want to see yours! RT with your Christmas Jumper pic for a chance to win 1 of 10 free pizzas! pic.twitter.com/b1vpbzzAeJ— Papa John’s UK (@PapaJohnsUK) December 16, 2016 @BannockburnHigh Christmas Jumper Day 🎄Biology getting in the Christmas Spirit! #funfridays #everydaysafundayinbiology pic.twitter.com/ZD4511M0mC— BHS_SciTech (@BHSScDT) December 16, 2016 “On Christmas Jumper Day, there’s a serious side to all the silliness: the money you raise by taking part will help us save children’s lives,” Save the Children explains.“It gives children from Surkhet district, mid-Western Nepal access to after school clubs which help to educate them about the dangers of child marriage.“It could also help us bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support.” Even the dog is getting involved #christmasjumperday @savechildrenuk pic.twitter.com/bqkAG3kgT6— BK Guildford (@BKinGuildford) December 16, 2016 A few animals joined in too Yaaaaaay it’s #christmasjumperday have you got the #FridayFeeling #dogsoftwitter #dogsinsweaters #dogs Baxter has…. pic.twitter.com/c4JnLVbUZO— The Urban Dog (@theurbandogworc) December 16, 2016 Cats in Christmas jumpers #christmasjumperday #xmasjumperday #cat #cats #Caturday #cutenessOVERLOAD #pets #pet #jumperday @Catownersuk pic.twitter.com/79KGIePwnG— Liz Burman (@LeawoodCattery) December 16, 2016 Janey the service dog is doing her bit for #christmasjumperday at our Leigh service #dog #christmas #cuteanimals pic.twitter.com/vq09hkJJkN— Richmond Fellowship (@rfmentalhealth) December 16, 2016 Here’s SMT, inc @NCCollPrincipal, getting in the festive spirit this Christmas Jumper Day @NCCHairBeauty #NCCjumperday @savechildrenuk pic.twitter.com/Tlmut1Ifuz— Nelson&ColneCollege (@NelsonColneColl) December 16, 2016 Its #christmasjumperday at Collinson.. raising money for @savechildrenuk #feelingfestive pic.twitter.com/LlqpoOM0Bk— CollinsonAgriculture (@CollinsonAgri) December 16, 2016 It’s #ChristmasJumperDay! I’ll be on @SkyNews at 2.30pm GMT talking about my trip to India with @savechildrenuk. pic.twitter.com/WB8AiLIzFc— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) December 16, 2016 Even Coco the office dog is joining in with #christmasjumperday <3 pic.twitter.com/ee4PwgGLZy— Gift Company (@Gift_Company) December 16, 2016 Is this the best Christmas Jumper ever? #christmasjumperday #bsl pic.twitter.com/2KfqbhJqub— BID Services (@BIDServices) December 16, 2016 The organisation adds: “Every year, millions of children around the world die before their fifth birthday from easily preventable diseases like malaria, diarrhoea and pneumonia.“Many more are forgotten simply because they were born in the wrong place, or because they are girls, refugees, disabled or from a minority.“We won’t rest until every last child gets the chance to grow up healthy and happy. Your support will help us achieve our goal.” Christmas Jumper Day 2016 is finally here, that time of year when workers up and down the country put on ridiculous festive tops to raise money for Save the Children. I’m getting silly for a serious cause... It’s @savechildrenuk’s #ChristmasJumperDay! Join me here: https://t.co/ih0PYNShJa pic.twitter.com/qtsqHLdqor— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) December 16, 2016 Christmas jumper day! #savethechildren #christmasinthechemistrylab #dcp pic.twitter.com/7CRpeJjfzv— Dominican Science (@DCPscience) December 16, 2016
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