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1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in Vizag

first_img Rohan Sen VishakhapatnamOctober 6, 2019UPDATED: October 6, 2019 17:05 IST Mohammed Shami bagged his fifth five-wicket haul in Vizag Test. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShami completed his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests to lead India to a 203-run victory in VizagShami pipped Ravindra Jadeja to a five-wicket haul with the latter finishing with 4Shami also became the second Indian fast bowler to castle four batsmen in the same Test inningsMohammed Shami once again showed why he is so lethal in the second innings of a Test match as he ran through the South African batting lineup to lead India to a 203-run victory in Vizag on Sunday.Shami completed his fifth 5-wicket haul in Tests after removing Proteas’ last batsman Kagiso Rabada to become only the 5th Indian pacer after Karsan Ghavri, Kapil Dev, Madan Lal and Javagal Srinath to pick up a five-wicket haul in the 4th innings of a Test match at home.Shami pipped Ravindra Jadeja to a five-wicket haul with the latter finishing with 4 as India bowled out South Africa for 191 while defending a massive total of 394 in the final innings of the Vizag Test.India vs South Africa, 1st Test: Report | HighlightsShami also became the second Indian fast bowler to castle four batsmen in the same Test innings after Jasprit Bumrah, who had achieved the feat in the 1st Test against West Indies in August.Shami’s stats in the second innings of a Test match have been staggering since 2018. He has picked 40 wickets in the 15 times he has bowled in the second innings of a Test in the last one year and averages 17.70 with a strike rate of 32.10.During the same time he has bowled 16 times in the first innings and bagged 23 wickets at 37.56 with a strike rate of 70.5.Talking about his performance the bowler explained that he looked to attack the stumps more in the second innings which was the main reason behind his success in Vizag.advertisement”We had the plans to attack the stumps between the two fast bowlers. We have been supporting each other well for the last 4-5 years. In the second innings, the variable bounce and reverse would be beneficial for us.”It was visible that the batsman’s discomfort zone was that stump-line and you can see the result. It was of utmost importance for us to remove the first 4-5 batsmen as soon as possible.”In the first innings, of course Ashwin was fantastic for us. The more we would attacked the stumps, the better it would be for us. Thank you so much to the Vizag crowd for all the support,” Shami said after the match.India captain Virat Kohli also heaped praise on “second-innings Shami” at the post-match presentation.”If fast bowlers are going to think that spinners are going to do all the work, then it doesn’t justify their place. They ask for shorter spells so they can give 100%.”That’s when you see guys like Shami, Ishant, Jasprit and Umesh as well doing well. It’s all about wanting to make a play for the team even in conditions that are difficult.”The pitch was flat, they got a few boundaries away. Always knew it was going to be a second innings pitch. Shami has been a strike bowler in the second innings,” Virat Kohli said after the match.Also Read | Virat Kohli delighted to see ‘2nd innings strike bowler’ Mohammed Shami deliver consistentlyAlso See:For 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. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India vs South AfricaFollow Mohammad Shami scorecard graphs commentary Next advertisement No data available! 1st Test: Mohammed Shami, India’s trump card in 2nd-innings, shines in VizagMohammed Shami bagged his fifth five-wicket haul on Day 5 of the Vizag Test to help India beat South Africa by 203 runs on Sunday. view more view lesslast_img read more

2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed Review

first_img The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) Editors’ Recommendations Kia Telluride Is the Perfect Road Tripper for All Two- and Four-Legged Friends Recalling how radiantly green the car was, I decided not to play chicken with a yellow light as I approached the intersection. With a faint squeal from the Continental GTC Speed’s carbon ceramic brakes, the grand tourer crept to a stop before being joined by a white Scion tC to the right.Soon after, my peripheral vision catches a gabbing mouth and a waving hand coming from just beyond the passenger side window. Turning my head in that direction, I meet eyes with an attractive blonde woman who’s attempting to communicate – she was obviously unaware of the Bentley’s double-pane windows. With eyebrow raised, I lower the one to my right.“Hi,” she says.  “Hello,” I respond.Immediately she begins to sing along with the radio, as if never having beckoned my attention.Mildly annoyed, I reach for the window control, but before the glass has raised more than two inches, she blurts out, “wait!” Without hesitation, she pivots towards her passenger seat and begins to rummage for something. Seconds later, she’s holding up a business card. “Here,” she exclaims, before flinging a card in my direction.Poorly aimed, the card sails over the Bentley’s fabric roof. As I stare on incredulously, the woman has quickly discovered a spare card, which she promptly launches low into the side of the car. Without the slightest sign of discouragement, the damsel has unearthed a third card, which doesn’t fare any better than its predecessors at the presumed task of making it into the now vulnerable car.At this point, she peers out her window at the fallen instruments before swiftly unbuckling her seatbelt, opening the door, and moving to grab one off the pavement. Unable to look away, I watch as she joyfully recovers a card before flicking it through the GTC’s window.Meanwhile, the stoplight is ready for the next cycle. Jaw still slightly agape, I shift my attention forward and right foot to the accelerator, leaving the Scion, its driver, and a line of cars behind them.Though I won’t be calling Ms. Wilson, nutritional coach, I really should thank her for adequately summing up what to expect with the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed.Your technicolor dreamThough I didn’t have the chance to obtain a third party’s perspective of a near-$300,000 Candy Apple Green convertible navigating southern California traffic, I have to imagine it’s a bit like watching a Technicolor Dorothy emerge from a black-and-white house. Already one of the most robust designs on the road, when the GTC Speed dons its vibrantly vert suit, few vehicles can compete for attention.Once the eyes adjust, however, the Continental reveals a gorgeous figure. Though it’s approaching its 13th year in production, Bentley’s progressive styling tweaks to the Continental GT’s figure not only keep it relevant, they make it look better than ever.With headlight designs inspired by the EXP10 Speed 6 concept, a more handsome front and rear fascia, and razor sharp hip creases, the 2016 GTC Speed is a rolling icon that uses size to its aesthetic advantage.Hurried pictures, bulging eyes, and pointing fingers became business as usual when piloting the GT around town, but it was difficult to discern how much of the attention came from the dazzling color alone. Matched with massive, bright red brake calipers inside equally substantial wheels, the GTC is as imposing to pedestrians as a 787 Dreamliner to a Cessna.Strap down that champagne glassNestled under the Continental GTC Speed’s hood is Bentley’s brand new 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 626 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque, or roughly the equivalent output required to power the Millennium Falcon.As the massive powertrain roars to life, it reveals the bruiser’s speed-craving nature. There may be 5,500 pounds to move, but all that mass has no trouble rocketing to 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds or surging on to a top speed of 203 mph (or 205 mph for the coupe). The engine can’t take all the credit, though, as Bentley’s ZF eight-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive system parlay that power into usable performance.Unlike rear-wheel driven high-horsepower models, which default to spin their tires in a vain effort to secure grip, the GTC Speed instantly seeks motion. When you realize that what feels like 70 is actually super-legal speeds, feel free to place confidence in the GTC Speed’s Olympic-level Carbon-Silicon-Carbide brakes. And should you stumble upon a twisty road, the adaptive suspension damping can be tightened to restrain body roll, but mild understeer is unavoidable.While Bentley’s fresh W12 is equipped with independent cylinder deactivation, it’s best to embrace the fact that you’ll be churning through that 24-gallon tank most expeditiously. In fact, I recommend leaving the drivetrain in “Sport” to appreciate the deeper exhaust rumble, and satisfying overrun. Gas is cheap, and you can’t be to buy this car, so live a little.Who needs the outside world?Life inside the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed is a lot settling into the most luxurious World War II bunker imaginable. The outside world may be going to hell, but what do you care? You’re cocooned in quilted leather, brushed aluminum, and indulgent Alcantara. Only a soft ‘whoosh’ penetrates the reinforced cockpit as you speed along. You can’t distinguish screams from laughter, but boy does that massaging seat feel good.Of course the “C” in “GTC” designates this particular model as a convertible, making its coffin-like noise reduction characteristics even more impressive. One side-effect of such a thick folding fabric roof is that it takes more steps than an AA program to store the top. Fortunately, all the car asks of you (besides patience) to perform its transformation is the toggling of a switch.Once you’ve finished fondling every lush surface in the cabin, including the bezeled gear selector, you might want to listen to music via the high quality Naim speaker system. Unfortunately, the GTC’s infotainment system appears dead-set on ruining your plans. Once the seemingly endless period of “system starting” messaging has disappeared from the black screen, good luck navigating its clunky interface. With low-quality screen resolution, confusing controls, and sluggish response, the system begs for a replacement (hopefully via Volkswagen’s stellar Modular Infotainment Platform II).ConclusionPart of me wants to hate the 2016 Bentley Continental GTC Speed. It’s ostentatious. It’s exceedingly expensive. It’s bright friggin’ green. And yet…its ridiculous character somehow makes it appealing.Obviously attractive women desperately try to give me their numbers on a daily basis, but there’s something about how magnetically the GT draws fanfare. Wherever you’re going, you’ve “arrived,” and whoever you are by the time you get there, you’re “someone.” No, I’m not on an artificial self-esteem high, I’m merely astounded at how a vehicle can so effortlessly stir a mixture of jealousy, disgust, and admiration from the general populous. It’s almost worth the sticker price just to witness the social experiment…almost.If Bentley pegged the Continental as a commuter car, or track monster, or utility vehicle, I’d happily lambast them. But there isn’t a modicum of doubt as to this vehicle’s intentions. Grand touring doesn’t get much better than the 2016 Continental GT.HighsCoffin-quiet cabinAmple, smooth powerImposingly beautiful designLavish interior materialsLowsTemperamental, low-resolution infotainmentQuick-draining fuel tanklast_img read more

The Best Boutique Hotels in Panama City, Panama

first_img This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerp Editors’ Recommendations The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness Farmhouse Catskills Brings Swanky, Mid-Century Modern Panache to Rural New York 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider In a city renowned as the hub of Central American commerce, it’s no surprise that bland, executive-style chain hotels have sprouted like weeds throughout Panama City. But the destination is among the oldest cities in the region with a long, fascinating history. These three boutique hotels in Panama City deftly embrace the beauty, charm, and elegance of its rich, Colonial past with just the right amount of modern touches.Las ClementinasIf there’s a more pitch-perfect example of a boutique hotel in Panama City than Las Clementinas, we haven’t found it. Located in the city’s historic Casco Viejo district, this six-room property blends Old World Central American charm and architecture with a thoroughly updated interior. The original, 1930s-era facade (with wrought iron balconies and ornate masonry work) remains mostly intact while, inside, rich, tropical hardwoods, Mid-century modern and Transitional-style furnishings, and exposed brick walls abound. Every room is oversized and lavishly appointed with apartment-like amenities including kitchenettes, high ceilings, and city-view balconies. The vibe is relaxed and quiet — the perfect antidote to the city’s many staid chain hotels.American Trade HotelAlthough it is an outpost of Ace Hotel group, American Trade Hotel is only technically a chain hotel. Indeed, the 50-room property feels boutique in every sense of the word. The careful restoration of the former American Trade department store has left much of the building’s original charm and character intact. Inside, the decor and list of amenities are a skillful blend of old and new. Rustic wood furnishings, antique seating, and weathered wood bookend tasteful modern accents, plasma TVs, and fully stocked minibars. The chic lobby bar exudes classic Colonial charm and is ideal for an afternoon cocktail. But, the world-class Danilo’s Jazz Club and aptly named The Dining Room restaurant are what really set American Trade apart.Grace PanamaDon’t let the exterior (it shares a location inside the very executive-looking, mixed-use Twist Tower) fool you. Grace Panama is intimate, modern, and thoroughly chic. The lobby is awash in bold colors, glass lighting fixtures, and contemporary furnishings. All of which carries over to the rooms which are among the city’s most elegant. A whitewashed color palette and sleek seating are accented with high-tech amenities like large smart TVs, Italian espresso makers, and iPhone docks. The swanky, South Beach-esque rooftop pool and adjacent bar feel less “cramped” and more “cozy” and offer sweeping city views. The central location in the Obarrio district is also ideal as a base for easily exploring every corner of Panama City.last_img read more

Toast to the End of Summer at Shandytown in Portland, Oregon

first_imgThis year, weather in Portland, Oregon, did a 180-degree switch overnight. Sunny, smoky skies gave way to the chilly rain that covers the city for a majority of the year. Even though Mother Nature thinks otherwise, Portland makers are doing whatever they can to hold onto that last bit of summer just a bit longer.Take Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick Russ and local event producer Natalia Toral, for example. They saw the framework for an event to celebrate a beloved summer beverage, the shandy, and organized a community celebration around the beverage to soak in the last of the season’s splendor. Their event, Shandytown PDX, puts a quintessentially Portland twist on a beverage that originated in Britain in the 1700-1800s.Pono Brewing Company co-founder Erick RussThe drink, initially called “Rich Man’s Shandy Gaff,” was half Champagne, half ale. More modest patrons would mix ginger beer or lemonade instead; the “gaff” theoretically came from the half ginger beer addition (ginger + half = gaff.)Eventually shortened to just “shandy,” the libation became wildly popular, both for flavor and  low alcohol content. When Americans eventually caught, there were no shortage of stateside brands putting out their own versions of the typically sweet drink. Nowadays, the beer can be mixed with anything from soft drinks to juice, and many can be found in cans and glasses.In a city that loves to drink, the original idea for Shandytown was drummed up at — you guessed it— a bar.“I was meeting with [Ataula bartender] Angel Teta, working on getting one of our beers on her menu,” Russ says, “and she instantly made a shandy with our Pineapple Kolsch. It became the No. 1 drink on her menu.”A few weeks later, Russ was in another cocktail haven: Portland’s Raven & Rose. One bartender at each of the restaurant’s two bars also made shandies, then tested both on customers to see which one was more popular. After another shandy talk at a third restaurant, the idea had been planted for the celebration.In true Rose City fashion, Shandytown PDX quickly blossomed from a few bartenders offering their own renditions of shandies to a full-blown competition between five of the city’s most lauded drinking establishments. Chefs around town also got wind of the event and wanted to be a part of the celebration. As a result, Shandytown PDX will also showcase five food collaborations, from Filipino cuisine to ice cream. Attendees will get access to the entire shandy and nosh lineup.Above all, Russ is about collaboration. He hopes to bring together people from the thriving beer and spirits worlds, which sometimes exist in their own circles.“My hope is that we can work together to promote both communities,” he says.Shandytown PDX takes place Monday, September 25. You can purchase your tickets here. The event benefits Growing Gardens, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps low-income families grow and harvest their own fresh produce. Kicking It With Timber Joey of the Portland Timbers Soccer Team The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. Editors’ Recommendations Getting to Know the Lithuanian Beer Scene The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxinglast_img read more

Scenic Eclipse Sails in on Wave Season With Several Great Offers

first_imgBoston, January 8th, 2018 – The Scenic Eclipse is one of the most anticipated luxury yachts in many years – and is expected to turn heads when it launches in April 2019. In celebration of the arrival of the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic has announced several specials available during the Wave Season. Guests booking any April 2019 through Aug 2020 departure by Feb. 28, 2019 will enjoy complimentary private roundtrip transfers between their home and the airport; free deposit protection coverage; and up to $500 per person on board credit. Guests booking any 2019 North American voyage will also enjoy a free two-night hotel stay in New York City. As sales have been brisk for the 228-guest luxury yacht, it is advised that travel agents and consumers book early. Fares for the Scenic Eclipse are truly all-inclusive, covering every aspect of the cruise, excepting massages and hair dresser services, and use of the ship’s helicopters and submarine. All meals in any of the nine restaurants or 24-hour room service, all excursions, all drinks at any of the eight spacious lounges and bars and in room mini-bar, butler service, gratuities, lectures from onboard experts, airport transfers, etc. – all included. Guests looking to extend their dream vacations can choose from a variety of Scenic’s new Escorted Land Journeys that add multi-day land tours to cruises. These land adventures, with no more than 20 guests, are fully escorted by experienced tour directors and include hotel accommodations, some meals, all tours with local guides, tipping and more. The ship has 114 all-verandah suites range in size from 345 ft² to 2,659 ft²; 10 dining options – from Asian Fusion to French fine dining to a chef’s table to a poolside buffet; a 5,920 ft² spa with a well-equipped gym and separate yoga and Pilates studio; two six-guest helicopters and one six-guest submarine capable of depths of nearly 1,000 feet — to allow for explorations far beyond any done on expedition ships to date; a 240-seat theater for entertainment and lectures; indoor and outdoor plunge pools; butler service for all guests; and an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio. And then there is the technology: innovative zero-speed stabilizer fins, 50% larger than standard to provide greater stability; the highest passenger ship ice class rating – Polar Class 6 (Ice Class 1A Super); redundancies in propulsion, navigation, safety systems and food refrigeration; state-of-the-art bridge systems; and a GPS dynamic positioning system allowing for stationary positioning without an anchor, reducing any environmental affect in sensitive regions. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse, and a sister ship to launch in 2020. Sister brand Emerald Waterways has seven Star-Ships offering European river sailings with an eighth (Emerald Harmony) launching in 2019 for SE Asia’s Mekong River. Exclusive charters are offered on SE Asia’s Irrawaddy River; the Volga River in Russia; yacht cruises out of Croatia; and Egypt’s Nile River. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: info@scenicusa.com. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.last_img read more

Labour Minister Says Gov’t Intent on Breaking Cycle of Informality

first_img This approach, she argues, will allow for workers to better access social benefits, such as housing solutions, and will also be better able to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). “The informal economy, unfortunately, accounts for a significant percentage of the labour force. We have to get more of our workers into the mainstream where they can be normalised and lead highly productive lives. Jamaica’s biggest asset is its people, and we have proven, time and time again, that given the opportunity, we can accomplish great things,” she said. Story Highlights Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Government is intent on breaking the “cycle of informality”, where more and more Jamaican workers will be trained and transition into the formal economy. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, says the Government is intent on breaking the “cycle of informality”, where more and more Jamaican workers will be trained and transition into the formal economy.This approach, she argues, will allow for workers to better access social benefits, such as housing solutions, and will also be better able to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).“The informal economy, unfortunately, accounts for a significant percentage of the labour force. We have to get more of our workers into the mainstream where they can be normalised and lead highly productive lives. Jamaica’s biggest asset is its people, and we have proven, time and time again, that given the opportunity, we can accomplish great things,” she said.The Minister was speaking at the ceremony to break ground for the new US$250-million Ocean Coral Spring Hotel in Falmouth on February 6.Mrs. Robinson, in the meantime, said she is extremely thrilled to see new investments pouring into Jamaica, noting that she cannot recall a more exciting time for the country’s tourism sector.“I want to take this opportunity to thank the management of H10 Coral Ocean Hotel for their belief in Jamaica as a premier tourist destination. We welcome you to our shores and look forward to an excellent relationship,” Mrs. Robinson said.She added that the magnitude and size of the hotel investment “is rather encouraging”, as the workers who are trained will find employment “in keeping with the decent work agenda”.The Minister said she is “beseeching” all employers to take every step to utilise the local workforce, noting that “our Jamaican workers” are known internationally to be industrious and committed.“Construction of this hotel will certainly create job opportunities for our citizens. Our workers remain one of the most important pillars in our social and economic advancement. The provision of jobs is not only in recognition of their worth to society, but also our commitment to their own personal development,” she argued.last_img read more

Scrap Metal Sites to Get Environmental Permit from NEPA

first_imgThe Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) will be taking the necessary steps to ensure that the requirements stipulated by the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA) for the scrap metal sites are put in place.This was disclosed by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, in a Statement to the House of Representatives, on Tuesday (January 29).Allegations have been made in the media that the scrap metal sites are being operated in the absence of the required environmental permit.Mr. Hylton noted that this was a “clear misunderstanding” based on a lack of clarity arising from the recent changes in the operating structure. He said Cabinet had initially approved a single central site, but based on discussions with the Scrap Metal Federation, the decision was taken to have several multi-user sites.“It was agreed that these three sites would be managed by the Factories Corporation of Jamaica. The understanding was that the owners of the sites had or would have obtained the requisite permit from NEPA. Now that there is clarity concerning NEPA’s requirements, the FCJ has taken steps to immediately address the issue,” Mr. Hylton said.He added that the Government has no intention to breach any laws or policy and so will be adhering to the requirements and conditions of NEPA.“Additionally, we have made arrangements for NEPA to conduct routine inspections of the sites to ensure that there is no contravention of environmental laws. In addition to the foreign exchange earnings and the job creation, the scrap metal trade also clears the environment of derelict scrap metal,” Mr. Hylton pointed out.After more than year of closure, the scrap metal trade officially opened on January 28, 2013. In preparation for the opening, great care was taken to ensure that the infrastructure and systems are the most effective for the industry at this time.All of the sites have 24-hour video surveillance, which is monitored off site, in addition to daytime security provided by the security forces.The Minister also informed that traders, dealers and exporters are in the process of getting themselves properly legitimized, acquiring the various permits, licences and police recommendations, in order to carry out the various activities associated with the trade.The scrap metal trade is part of the global value chain, and at its zenith in 2006 earned the country US$100 million in foreign exchange and provided jobs for over 10,000 persons, many from the lower socio-economic group.last_img read more

Mayor Says Infrastructural Works Under Way in Kingston

first_img Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says critical infrastructural works are under way across the municipality to transform and reposition the city to better serve its residents and visitors. Story Highlights He said the building will also signal to the residents of Kingston and St. Andrew “where we are going as a city and what we will be doing within the city”. Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says critical infrastructural works are under way across the municipality to transform and reposition the city to better serve its residents and visitors.“We believe, as part of our mission, we have to use the resources made available to us by our residents to give (them) the infrastructure – the leisure and recreational centres – that they deserve.That is a major direction that we are embarking on in the Council,” he said.At a meeting of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) in downtown Kingston today (October 10), Mayor Williams noted that repairs are being carried out at the Council building located at 24 Church Street, downtown Kingston, so it can better serve the residents.He said the building will also signal to the residents of Kingston and St. Andrew “where we are going as a city and what we will be doing within the city”.Meanwhile, the Mayor advised that there are several matters facing the Council that will be dealt with thoroughly at the committee stage and, thereafter, discussed by the wider membership to chart the way forward.“There are many local government issues confronting us that I think we have to discuss,” he said.The Council members took note of the inaugural Cross-Island Run that got under way at Jamaica House on October 10 to launch Local Government and Community Development Month, which is to be observed in November.Messages from the Governor-General, Prime Minister, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Leader of the Opposition and the Association of Local Government Authorities of Jamaica (ALGAJ) will be taken across the island to all Mayors. Meanwhile, the Mayor advised that there are several matters facing the Council that will be dealt with thoroughly at the committee stage and, thereafter, discussed by the wider membership to chart the way forward.last_img read more

CSL Rounds Off Newbuild Program

first_imgzoom The second of Canada Steamship Lines’ (CSL) two newbuild Trillium Class Great Lakes bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent, was delivered on November 26, setting sail on her maiden voyage on December 13. She departed from Yangfan shipyard on Zhoushan Island, China, en route to Canada where she is set to operate throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The vessel is expected to take approximately 50-60 days to complete her voyage.CSL St-Laurent marks the completion of CSL’s newbuild program, which began with the delivery in December 2012 of the Trillium Class self-unloading Laker, Baie St. Paul. Three other Trillium Class self-unloading Lakers have since been introduced to the Great Lakes fleet (Baie Comeau,Thunder Bay and Whitefish Bay), and two bulk carriers, CSL St-Laurent and her sister ship,CSL Welland, will both begin operating at the start of the 2015 season.The Trillium Class newbuild program also oversaw the delivery of three Panamax self-unloaders for CSL Americas (Rt. Hon. Paul E. Martin, CSL Tecumseh and CSL Tacoma) and two other vessels of the same class and design for Norway-based Torvald Klaveness.“CSL St-Laurent is a huge milestone in CSL history. Her maiden voyage completes one of the greatest newbuild programs in CSL’s 100 year history – one that will bring significant competitive advantage to our customers for years to come,” said Louis Martel, President of Canada Steamship Lines.The maiden voyages of both CSL St-Laurent and CSL Welland have them on a course that will take the ships across the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the east coast of North America to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.last_img read more

Port of Virginia Sees Red

first_imgzoom As forecast, the Port of Virginia in January posted an operating loss, the first one following six consecutive months of positive operating revenue reports.The operating result at the US East Coast port for January is a loss of USD 1 million, which is an improvement over the prior-year result of a USD 4.7 million operating loss, and the lowest January operating loss in four years.The fiscal-year-to-date result is an operating profit of USD 5.2 million, versus a prior year operating loss of USD 15.3 million, or an improvement of USD 20.5 million year-over-year.”We forecast for a loss in January and February and by no means do we believe this is acceptable,” said John F. Reinhart, CEO and executive director of the Virginia Port Authority. ”We expected headwinds in the third quarter as a result of seasonal impacts.”Reinhart said February may hold a loss as well, given that it is a short month, there have been one-and-a-half lost workdays as a result of snow and the negative effect of the exceptionally cold weather on operations.In January, The Port of Virginia reported that it handled 191,996 TEUs, an increase of 14.8 percent, or 24,725 TEUs, when compared with January 2014.last_img read more

Spotted: BPT Joins a Seven-Figure Club

first_imgSantos-based container terminal Brasil Terminal Portuário (BTP) handled container number 1 million on its quay carried by the 1,000th vessel to berth at this facility on Friday, 24 July.BPT, a joint venture between APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, has achieved these milestones one year and eight months after operations officially began at this terminal. Authorities and executives of BTP together watched the offloading of the container from MSC Agrigento, a vessel on the Ipanema service, arriving from Durban, South Africa.“Our employees have worked increasingly closely with our customers, seeking integrated solutions to improve our processes and increase the quality level of services provided” said Cláudio Oliveira, CCO of BTP. “These efficiency milestones can, above all, be attributed to the BTP team’s dedicated work.”In the first half of this year BTP handled 363,921 TEUs, a 167% increase over the number of containers handled in the same period in 2014, thanks to the dredging of the navigation channel which has increased the depth in the access channel to the same level all over, removing obstacles for larger ships to call.”The Brazilian Ministry of Ports, the Santos Port Authority and other bodies involved in dredging also all played an essential role in the achievement of the two milestones we are celebrating today,” said CEO of BTP, Antonio Passaro.BTP welcomed its first commercial vessel call in August 2013 and was officially opened in November 2013 after the planned berthing access and basin dredging was completed.In 2010, APM Terminals finalized a joint venture agreement with Terminal Investment Limited, assuming a 50% share of ownership and jointly managing the facility. The 121 acre terminal offers a 15 meter depth, and 1,108 meters of quay which can accommodate up to three vessels of 9,200 TEU capacity simultaneously.The terminal is equipped with eight Ship-to-Shore cranes, 26 RTGs, 40 terminal trucks and a semi-automated 16 lane gate. Container volume at the Port of Santos, which represents approximately 27% of Brazilian foreign trade, was 3.7 million TEUs in 2014. BTP handled 736,711 TEUs in its first full year of operations in 2014.last_img read more

ACP No Bids for Corozal Container Terminal

first_imgzoom The deadline for submitting proposals for the concession to design, develop, finance, construct, operate and maintain a container terminal located near Corozal has expired with no bids received, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said.As a result, the tender has been declared void.Under the terms of the tender, four prequalified port operators including Dutch APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited, France’s Terminal Link and Singapore-based PSA International were expected to submit the required specifications and economic proposals until March 3 in order to compete for the 20-year concession of the facility.The deadline was extended on two occasions in an effort to give the companies enough time to prepare their bids.The concession would include the construction of a 2,081-linear-meter dock, a warehouse, a container yard and offices within a 120-hectare area owned by the Panama Canal.As part of the Panama Canal’s diversification strategy, the new terminal was supposed to provide additional port capacity on the Pacific side of Panama in order to support transshipment needs of larger ships traversing the waterway.The plan envisaged that the container terminal would have the capacity to handle more than five million TEUs at the canal’s entrance on the Pacific side.last_img read more

ACO Marine Introduces New Wastewater Mgmt System for Yachts

first_imgzoom ACO Marine, part of German ACO Group, has unveiled a new Clarimar MF wastewater management system for yachts operating with no more than 12 passengers.Using the same technology applied to the larger models used in the commercial, offshore and military sectors, the new Clarimar MF (LY3) is designed specifically to meet the requirements of yachts built to comply with the Large Commercial Yacht (LY3) Code, the company said.The LY3 Code applies to yachts which are 24m and over in load line length, are in commercial use for sport or pleasure, but do not carry cargo or more than 12 passengers.“Many technologies currently in use on these yachts typically depend on dilution and chemical sterilisation to achieve effluent standards. The introduction of the biological-type Clarimar MF (LY3) means all segments of the global yacht sector now have access to a more effective and reliable wastewater treatment process,” Mark Beavis, ACO Marine Managing Director, said.As explained, the system applies to yachts where compliance with Section 4.2 of the revised IMO MEPC 227 (64) rules relating to nitrogen and phosphorous removal is not required.“A biological treatment system is fast becoming the industry standard for the 50m plus yacht and recognised as a viable and practical alternative to physical/chemical and dilution technologies,” Beavis added.last_img read more

Koch Shipping Extends Charter Deal for Dianas Bulker

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Singapore-based Koch Shipping for one of its Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels.The company’s 206,040 dwt Philadelphia was hired for a period of twenty to twenty-three months.Diana Shipping said that the gross charter rate for the ship is USD 20,000 per day.This employment is to generate some USD 11.7 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.Built in 2012, the vessel started working under the new charter deal on June 18.Philadelphia was previously chartered by Koch Shipping at a gross charter rate of USD 15,500 per day.last_img read more

HRAS Reviews DeFlagging of Migrant Rescue Ship Aquarius

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Yann Merlin / SOS MEDITERRANEE Maritime charity Human Rights at Sea has released an independent review highlighting inconsistencies in reasoning given by flag states related to successive de-flagging of M/V Aquarius.The vessel was deployed in humanitarian search and rescue (SAR) activities at sea and chartered by SOS Méditerranée. It was previously operated in partnership with the Amsterdam-based branch of Médecins Sans Frontières, rescuing people in the Central Mediterranean Sea from certain death.The vessel was first de-flagged by the Gibraltar Maritime Administration (GMA) after GMA issued notices that Italian authorities would not support MSF-SOS Méditerranée activities thereby forcing the owner to withdraw.A second de-flagging was undertaken by the Panama Maritime Authority, which, according to HRAS, also appears to have been influenced by the Italian Government.HRAS said that the publicly identified influence by the Italian Government upon the flag states involved “concurrently raises important queries over the extent of, and acceptance of, politically-driven influence by a European Member State over humanitarian SAR activities.”In its review, HRAS concluded that “political interference at the expense of lawful humanitarian actions abuses the fundamental rights of those in peril at sea, and it goes against the fundamental human rights principles…”“The drive for effective humanitarian policies and supporting actions in protecting individual rights is one of the core foundations at the heart of the European model, but at the time of writing and in the context of the Central Mediterranean Sea it is being eroded through appeasement, thereby undermining the established rule of law.”Since the start of its search and rescue mission in February 2016, the Aquarius has assisted nearly 30,000 people in international waters between Libya, Italy and Malta, MSF earlier informed.Link to HRAS reviewlast_img read more

Officials Investigate Cause of Childs Death

first_imgHealth officials are investigating to determine if the deathSaturday evening of a three-year-old child from the ColchesterCounty area is associated with influenza. “The death of a child is always difficult, and I offer mysympathy to the family,” said Dr. Jeff Scott, chief medicalofficer of health for Nova Scotia. “We also understand that thiswill cause concern for other parents. However, initialinvestigation indicates no increased health risk to the communityor the general public.” A sibling is currently recovering in the IWK Health Centre fromwhat is described as a respiratory illness. Due to the presence of influenza in the community and a historyof flu symptoms among family members, the provincial chiefmedical officer of health and the medical examiner arecollaborating to investigate. Laboratory test results areexpected over the next few weeks. “It is rare for an otherwise healthy child to get severely illwith influenza,” said Dr. Scott. “Healthy children normallyrecover completely from the illness.” Many children get the flu every year, with up to 25 per cent ofchildren affected in a severe season. However, deaths due toinfluenza are still rare in children. While the IWK has seencontinuous flu activity in this earlier than usual influenzaseason, the number of admissions to the intensive care unit issimilar to the number in past years. The Health Department continues to fund and recommend vaccinationof adults and children in high-risk groups, including people overage 65, and adults and children with chronic illnesses such asasthma, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. This is based onnational recommendations by the National Advisory Committee onImmunization (NACI). High-risk children under the age of nine whohave not previously been vaccinated will require two shots, onemonth apart.last_img read more

95 Per Cent Of Nova Scotians Have A Family Doctor

first_imgMore Nova Scotians have access to a regular family doctor thanany other Canadians, according to the latest health report fromStatistics Canada. The 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) found that 94.9per cent of Nova Scotians have a regular family doctor, wellabove the national average of 85.8 per cent. “Access to a family doctor and other primary health-careproviders makes a big difference to the well-being of many NovaScotians,” said Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “That’s why,through Nova Scotia’s plan for better health care — Your HealthMatters — we have been working so hard with our communitypartners to attract new doctors and keep them in the province. Although there is certainly more to be done, we’re seeing somepositive results.” Recruiting doctors requires a collaborative and continuous effortby district health authorities, communities, local doctors andthe provincial physician recruitment office. Already, in 2004,about 16 new family doctors have come to various communities inthe province. A five-year incentive program is offered in 21 rural communities.The program provides an annual bonus for each completed year ofservice, moving expenses, continuing medical education fundingand guaranteed minimum billing (income) for the year. At present,28 of the 34 positions are filled. Other provincial programs include: start-up contracts for familydoctors, alternative funding payment plans, a debt assistanceprogram, and a physician recruitment office that maintains arecruitment website and co-ordinates site visits, advertising,and CV distribution within the province. The move to develop more opportunities for community-basedservices (Primary Health Care) includes building multi-professional care teams. These teams will help improve access tohealth services for residents and improve the quality of worklife for health professionals. Nurse practitioners, who workjointly with family doctors, are one example of this PrimaryHealth Care system at work. There are currently 13 nursepractitioner positions in Nova Scotia. Although the statistics released this week are positive for NovaScotia, there are still thousands of residents who do not have afamily doctor. To help people find a doctor, the Department of Health offers aprovincial directory of doctors who are taking new patients. This is available to Nova Scotians via the Internet on thewebsite at www.gov.ns.ca/health/physicians/physicians.asp and via a telephone information line (902-424-3047). Ongoing recruitment efforts are also targeted at specialists,both for urban and rural areas. In the past few months, about 15new specialists have been recruited including doctorsspecializing in obstetrics and psychiatry in Southwest Nova andin anesthesiology and general surgery in Cumberland County. To help meet future demands, doctors across Nova Scotia are beingconsulted on a physician resource plan to ensure that Nova Scotiahas the right number of family doctors and specialists working inthe right places, now and in the future. Having an appropriate number of family doctors and specialistsacross the province is critical for a stable health-care system.last_img read more

Province Proclaims Falls Prevention Day

first_imgNova Scotians are being encouraged to focus on ways to prevent falls in their homes and communities. Health Minister Angus MacIsaac signed a proclamation today, Nov. 22, at Province House on behalf of Premier John Hamm, declaring Nov. 22 Falls Prevention Day. Each year, one in three Nova Scotians over the age of 65 experience a fall. Each fall can be prevented. “It is accepted that nearly all injuries are preventable,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “Falls among seniors are serious injuries that many people are not aware of, and that’s what makes it so dangerous. By being aware of the risks and making changes to our homes and communities, we will all be safer.” Small steps can increase safety and prevent falls. These steps include: removing throw rugs and loose carpet from homes, businesses, or community centres; ensuring walkways are level, clear and well lit; and making sure public buildings have easily accessible steps and handrails. “We are all susceptible to injury due to falls, but our seniors are especially vulnerable,” said Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion. “By becoming aware of safety tips, and by keeping healthy, we can drastically reduce our chances of becoming injured.” Preventing falls is a priority of Nova Scotia Health Promotion’s injury prevention strategy. In 2003, the strategy provided $300,000 over three years to the Community Links Preventing Falls Together initiative. Since then, 12 regional falls prevention coalitions have been established throughout the province. These coalitions work to provide communities with the information and tools needed to address falls and prevent fall-related injuries. The coalitions organize tai chi classes for seniors and displays at health and seniors’ fairs,, and work with housing authorities and fire departments to implement safety measures. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada with a government-funded and supported injury prevention strategy.last_img read more

Manufacturer Looks for Bumper Crop in Export Sales

first_imgThe province is helping a rural Nova Scotia company cultivate a bigger share of the export market. Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt announced today, Jan. 30, a $1-million loan to Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. to support expansion of the harvesting equipment into new markets in Quebec and the eastern United States. “Increasing exports from Nova Scotia is vital to the continued growth of our economy,” said Mr. Hurlburt. “We are investing in an innovative, rural Nova Scotia company and helping them explore new export opportunities and enhance their product development.” Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. is located in Collingwood, Cumberland Co. and manufactures blueberry harvesters and related production equipment. Recent innovations to the manufacturing process has allowed the company to develop a more efficient handling system for their harvesters that reduces costs. Carl Bragg, owner and president of Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. said an approach by a Quebec company to buy them out showed him there were opportunities for market growth. “New technology and better equipment have allowed us to shift our focus to more markets outside Nova Scotia. Mechanical harvesting is relatively new in Quebec and I see significant sales opportunities for both Quebec and the U.S. market,” he said. The company will use the loan to top up their working capital to take advantage of new sales opportunities. Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd. also developed a mechanical cranberry harvester intended for dry picking with little waste or damage to the crop. The equipment has been field-tested at farms in southern Maine and should be a valuable tool for the cranberry industry. The loan is fully repayable over 12 years and is provided by the Industrial Expansion Fund. The fund offers a variety of financial assistance to help the province’s economy. Over the past two years, it has helped create or maintain more than 3,000 jobs in the province and has a return on investment of three dollars for every dollar spent.last_img read more

Traffic Advisories Halifax Regional Municipality

first_img Local Area Office: 902- 835-2702 Fax: 902- 835-1860 -30- Local Area Office: 902-384-2599 Fax: 902-384-3275 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Kearney Lake Road Kearney Lake Road and the Highway 102 northbound exit will have one-lane closures for intersection improvements, signal installation and widening from today, Tuesday, July 17 to Wednesday, Oct. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Ogilvie Bridge Ogilvie Bridge on Route 357 in Meagher Grant will be closed for repairs from Wednesday, July 18, to Wednesday, Aug. 1. Detour on Cole Road and Wyse Road. Signs will be in place. read more

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