AAL doubles up on South China Sea

first_imgFollowing strong growth in Western Australia’s mineral and petroleum industry, AAL will expand the service to a monthly rotation, with regular sailings from Shanghai (China), Busan (South Korea), Kaohsiung (Taiwan) to Fremantle as well as and Port Hedland / Dampier on inducement.The service currently employs a single S-Class 19,000 dwt multipurpose vessel, with a maximum lifting capacity of 700 tonnes. From September, an additional S-Class will be deployed to support increased volumes of mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure cargoes.Frank Mueller, general manager of AAL Australia, explained: “The Australian economy and fortunes of many of our local customers are benefiting from a synchronised global recovery that began in 2017; increased spending in Asia; revival of commodity prices; strong steel exports to the USA (worth roughly USD210 million a year) and low interest rates around the world.“We plan to support this growth and help our shippers to meet their trade demands by expanding our services portfolio when needed and maintaining a constantly high level of attention and customer service.”aalshipping.comlast_img read more

Knife ASBOs a ‘knee jerk reaction’, criminal defence firm says

first_imgChildren as young as 12 could be caught up in the criminal justice system for breaching civil orders if the government introduces promised measures to tackle knife violence, a London criminal defence firm has warned.The Home Office announced last month that it will amend the Offensive Weapons Bill to introduce knife crime prevention orders. London firm Hodge Jones & Allen is worried the orders are a ‘knee jerk reaction’ to reduce the record number of fatal stabbings in England and Wales.In a letter to the Home Office, the firm’s youth team, led by associate Caroline Liggins, says the government has not consulted with youth offending teams, social workers, knife crime experts or solicitors who will have to deal with the orders on a day-to-day basis.For an order to be made, a court would have to be satisfied that the defendant possessed a bladed article without good reason, in a public place or school, on at least two occasions within a two-year period. The court will able to impose restrictions such as a social media ban.Breaching the order, which can be imposed on children as young as 12, would be a criminal offence. The firm says: ‘This means that a teenager, who is merely suspected of carrying a knife, could be banned from social media, then imprisoned for using social media, without ever having being convicted of a crime.’The team says children may have been coerced by an adult into carrying a knife or armed themselves because they are afraid they will be stabbed by their peers. ‘The KCPOs will probably be ineffective for many who are subject to them because there is no support built into the proposals to help children and young people move away from those forces which cause them to carry weapons,’ the letter says.Earlier this month Home Office ministers were asked how such orders will tackle knife violence.Asking an urgent question in the House of Commons, Labour MP Vernon Coaker said: ‘Instead of introducing the orders, the home secretary should be chairing Cobra. This is a national emergency. This is a national crisis. Up and down the country people will wonder why the government are not using the full force of the state to tackle it. They need to help the young people who are having problems with knife crime and tackle the criminal gangs who ruthlessly exploit them.’last_img read more

Veolia to run S-Bahn from 2010

first_imgGERMANY: The NordWestBahn subsidiary of Veolia Transport has been selected to manage the future Regio-S-Bahn services in Bremen and Niedersachsen from December 2010. Niedersachsen transport authority LNVG confirmed Veolia as the winner after Deutsche Bahn withdrew an appeal against conditions in the call for tenders. Veolia said it is the first time a private operator has won a contract covering the whole of an electrified S-Bahn in Germany. The 11-year concession agreement covers the operation of 4·7 million train-km a year on a four-line network totalling 270 km. Veolia expects to generate total revenue of €500m. New air-conditioned vehicles with low floors, wheelchairs spaces and accessible toilets will be brought into use for the launch of regular interval S-Bahn services in 2010. Trains will have onboard security staff after 21.00, and CCTV will be fitted. The contract follows agreements reached this year covering regional services in Niers-Rhein-Emscher and Leipzig. ‘2008 marks a new stage in our expansion in rail in Germany,’ said Cyrille du Peloux, CEO of Veolia Transport. ‘This expertise will be of great strategic importance once the European market for passenger rail transportation is deregulated in 2010.’ Regio-S-Bahn Bremen/Niedersachsen routes Bremerhaven-Lehe – Bremen – TwistringenBremen – Oldenburg – Bad ZwischenahnBremen – Nordenham Bremen-Farge – Verdenlast_img read more

Holder Eyeing Top Spot in Bowling Charts After Achieving 20-year High

first_imgHowever, Holder is being chased down by England’s Ben Stokes who lies second in the all-rounder’s rankings and moved to 431 points to narrow the gap to 54 points. For Holder, it was his sixth fifth wicket haul in his last 10 Tests and confirmed his status as one of the elite bowlers in the game. Holder also retained his spot as Test cricket’s top-ranked all-rounder, as he also remained unmoved at 35th in the batting rankings to also be the highest placed Caribbean side batsman. Several West Indies batsman also enjoyed upward movement. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who struck 61 in the first innings, jumped seven places to 37th while experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite halted his recent downward slide by leaping four spots to 48th, following his first innings top score of 65. There was no change at the top of the batting and bowling rankings with Australians Steve Smith and Pat Cummins respectively occupying the leading spots. Holder was joined by speedster Shannon Gabriel whose nine-wicket haul saw him rise one place to 18th, further consolidating his spot in the top 20. CMC Stokes lashed scores of 43 and 46 in the Southampton Test to break into the top 10 at ninth in the batting rankings while taking six wickets to jump three places to 23rd in the bowling rankings.center_img Fast bowler Jason Holder celebrates another wicket on Thursday’s day two. It was Gabriel’s heroics which broke the backbone of England’s batting in the second innings when he picked up five wickets. LONDON – Captain Jason Holder has amassed the highest rating points by a West Indies bowler in two decades as he closed in on the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s bowling rankings, after leaping one place to second following his outstanding showing in the first Test against England. Roston Chase has moved three places up to 45th while Jermaine Blackwood, whose superb 95 led West Indies’ successful run chase on Sunday’s final day, has been rewarded with a 14-point rise to 58th. The fast-bowling all-rounder was superb with the ball in the first innings at the Ageas Bowl last weekend, grabbing a career-best six for 42 to send England tumbling for 204 in their first innings and giving West Indies the early initiative in the contest. The 28-year-old Holder, who finished with a seven-wicket match haul in Southampton as West Indies trounced England by four wickets, shot to a career-best 862 ratings points – the highest since legendary pacer Courtney Walsh tallied 866 points in August, 2000.last_img read more

2 gunmen killed by troops in north Nigeria

first_img21 killed by gunmen in Northwest Nigeria Two notorious gunmen have been killed in an encounter with Nigerian troops in the northern state of Taraba, a military official said on Saturday.John Enenche, the country’s military spokesperson, said the troops eliminated the two notorious bandits who had been attacking communities in northern states of Benue and Taraba on Friday.The success was a result of the troops’ aggressive clearance operations in the states, he added.Enenche said the operation was a sequel to actionable intelligence on the infiltration of armed herdsmen on July 10 at Chambe community in the Logo area of Benue where two villagers were killed.He said the troops swiftly deployed to the scene, adding that the bandits had fled the area before their arrival.According to him, troops tracked the assailants to a makeshift camp at the outskirts of Arufu in neighboring Taraba.“On sighting the troops, the armed bandits opened fire, troops overwhelmed the criminals with high-intensity fire, killing two of them while others fled in disarray with gunshot wounds,” the military spokesperson said. 19 killed in attack by gunmen in central Nigeria At least 14 killed in central Nigeria gunmen attack Relatedlast_img read more

UWP wants ‘unbiased, impartial’ Speaker

first_img 493 Views   4 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Share The political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), Lennox Linton has called for an “unbiased, impartial” Speaker of the House of Assembly.Mr Linton, speaking on a UWP radio program on 18 December 2014, said while the ruling Dominica Labour Party government has decided to move on from the 8 December general election, there are a few changes required for them to do so.Mr Linton will be sworn int as Opposition Leader by President Charles Savarin on Tuesday 23 December 2014 at the State House.“They’re moving on with Alix Boyd Knights in the House of Parliament, that’s how they’re moving on”.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced during the swearing in ceremony of the Cabinet on 13 December 2014 that Alix Boyd Knights, who has been Speaker of the House of Assembly since 2000, would again be the government’s nominee.Mr Linton said the government believes that by nominating Mrs Knights again that “they are hurting the Opposition”.“Alix Boyd cannot hurt the Opposition, she is only hurting the Commonwealth of Dominica and she is preventing the standard of debate from being lifted to a higher level, that’s all she is doing”.“She believes when she goes there and she tries to shut up people and she tries to tell them sit down and so on she’s doing a wonderful,” Mr Linton said.He added that when Mrs Knights is entertaining Labourites “that do not understand what it means to raise the standards of debate, that do not understand what it means to focus on issues”.He said the Opposition will maintain in Parliament the same “clean level of debate” it used during the 2014 election campaign.“So when we come to the Parliament and we bring the same clean level of debate, the same high standard of debate and Alix Boyd Knights fights us down, what does she think she’s going to make us look bad by fighting against the good that we do, by trying to turn us and twist us because she believes she is the only person who understands the rules,” he questioned.Additionally, Mr Linton noted that the UWP “understand the rules as well as anybody else” and he will be spending a lot of time understanding clearly what the rules provide and will be seeking to function within those rules in the Parliament”.“But always understanding we’re not there in Alix Boyd Knights’ drawing room at Trafalgar, we are in the House of Parliament in Dominica and we expect to be treated with respect”.“I am not going to the Parliament because I stormed the gate you know, I’m going there as the representative of the people of Marigot and as leader of the United Workers Party Team Dominica, it falls to me to be the Opposition Leader so to speak and in the Parliament, we’ll demand respect,” Mr Linton said. He therefore called on the government to move on with an unbiased, impartial speaker of the house.“Let’s move on with a speaker who is even handed in managing the debate in the Parliament, let’s move on with a speaker who is not cantankerous, who does not see as her mission the goal and the objective of embarrassing and attempting to belittle members of the Opposition because she’s not helping Dominica when she does that, she’s simply disgracing herself more and more as someone who knows what the job is to be done but will not do it because of her politics,” Mr Linton said.center_img Share Share LocalNews UWP wants ‘unbiased, impartial’ Speaker by: Dominica Vibes News – December 20, 2014last_img read more

President’s address at PMH during annual Christmas visit

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! President of Dominica, Charles SavarinADDRESS DELIVERED BY HIS EXCELLENCY CHARLES A. SAVARIN, D.A.H., PRESIDENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF DOMINICA TO HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AT THE PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL DURING HIS ANNUAL CHRISTMAS VISIT ON WEDNESDAY, 14TH DECEMBER, 2016“SalutationsIt gives me great pleasure to address a few words to you today, as we prepare to celebrate another Christmas Season.The annual visit of the President, the Prime Minister and Ministers of Government to the Princess Margaret Hospital at this time of year is an important custom as it provides an opportunity for interacting with the patients and you, our health care professionals. It nevertheless takes on an added dimension this year as work has started on the construction of the new, US$40 million state of the art national hospital on the grounds of the Princess Margaret Hospital. This, we are aware, will present its challenges, but like birth pains, the outcome will be a joy to everyone.My wife joins me in extending to all gathered here sincere best wishes for an enjoyable Christmas Season and the continued blessings of the Lord, to grant you the patience and strength to face the everyday challenges of the coming year.As we approach the end of 2016, I wish to extend my gratitude to all health professionals and the support staff who continue to perform their duties with compassion and dedication. I encourage you to seek always to deliver the highest quality of service at all times regardless of the circumstances.Yours is a noble profession and continued professional development in all of the various health related disciplines is essential, as we seek to improve the quality of healthcare that is provided here at the Princess Margaret Hospital and indeed throughout the health services island-wide.Because those who contract any disease migrate naturally to our healthcare facilities, special recognition must be given to the staff of the Infection Prevention and Control Department who have been very proactive in establishing standards and in providing valuable information through workshops and distribution of pamphlets to patients, staff and visitors in an effort at minimizing the incidence of infections at our hospital and healthcare facilities.Like Black Sigatoka which has had a major debilitating effect on our banana production and provide us with such a challenge to manage and control, our population has had to cope with mosquito borne diseases like Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika and our Epidemiological Department has been particularly challenged to bring this outbreak under control. In that regard, a special word of thanks and recognition is due to Dr. Paul Ricketts who is now battling his own medical problems and we must all say a word of prayer for his early and complete recovery.On 8th August, 2016, we were all present at the ground breaking ceremony at Lindo Park, for the construction of the over E.C. one hundred million dollars(EC$100m) New National Hospital which is one of the Four Pillar Projects agreed to be funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, when we established diplomatic relations in 2004. We wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China for the tremendous support that they have been providing in so many sectors of our country, in addition to the Four Pillar Projects referred to earlier.There is no animal more caring for its young than the elephant, and that may be because of all land based animals, elephants have the longest gestation period, two (2) years I believe. The construction period for the new hospital will be in phases extended over 30 months and during all of that time, our dedicated health professions will have to work under conditions of much inconvenience, recognizing however that what we are seeking to do is to provide them and those who will seek the services of the hospital, the best possible conditions under which these services will be delivered. We therefore appeal to you to be patient and continue to provide the best services that you are capable of as “Joy will come in the morning” when this project will have been completed and we will all be proud of our accomplishment.Many have toiled in the vineyard of the Health Service and it is with deep appreciation that I extend congratulations and happy retirement to all the retirees present here who today will be honored for their long and distinguished service in the field of healthcare in Dominica. May the Lord abundantly bless you and your families with continued health and strength.I exhort all of us to support and work collaboratively with our health professionals as they continue to provide us with invaluable care for our health and quality of life.Once again, on behalf of the Government and people and on behalf of my wife and myself, I wish you Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017”.NOTE: The patients, who were captured in the photographs below by the Health Promotion Unit, all gave consent. – / 57 Tweetcenter_img 201 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews President’s address at PMH during annual Christmas visit by: – December 15, 2016last_img read more

Coronavirus: Infected Chelsea star discharged after testing negative

first_imgChelsea winger, Callum Hudson-Odoi, who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) last month, has been discharged, having tested negative to the virus.Hudson-Odoi disclosed this in an interview with Chelsea TV on Wednesday.According to the 19-year-old, he is now feeling perfect and fit.News men recalls that Hudson-Odoi and Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, were the first people from the Premier League clubs to contract the deadly disease.“I am feeling perfect,” Hudson-Odoi said.“I had the virus (COVID-19), which has cleared now.“I fully feel good, I feel fit, so I am feeling back to myself, so it is all good.“I had the virus three weeks ago now I think I am fine“I would like to say to my teammates thank you for all the support that you have shown me.“Everyone has to be careful and judge things how they go and hopefully the virus will go soon and everyone will be back to normal.”last_img read more

Avon Lake Breaks Strongsville Press To Win 70-60 In Boys Hoops

first_img Related TopicsAvon Lake ShoremenBoys Varsity High School BasketballStrongsville Mustangs AVON LAKE, OHIO – The Shoremen tore through the press of Strongsville to pull away late tonight in a hard fought 70-60 victory at home.  Avon Lake was up 52-40 with a little over 5 minutes to go when they went on a massive run to put the game away.  Strongsville couldn’t stop the fast break as their full court press proved to be completely ineffective.Avon Lake was led by Jordan Ball who scored 18 points and Nick Marsh who put up 14.  Twelve of the 14 from Marsh came in the fourth quarter as he was the deep man as Avon Lake time and time again destroyed the Strongsville full court press.Slicing in and out of the lane all night was Bologna who finished with 10.  Also coming up big tonight was Tanner Russell who scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, including hitting 3 from deep.The leading scorers for Strongsville were Shaun Csire who finished with 15 points, including 11 during a second quarter rally for the Mustangs.  The only other player to reach double digits for Strongsville was Bernie McGivern who went for 11 points.  Tim Ruch had a rough shooting night and was held to five points as he missed several from long range.It was a cold night outside, and a colder first quarter of shooting inside as well.  No one managed to sink a field goal until the six-minute mark of the game.  Avon Lake jumped out to a 9-4 lead when Strongsville inserted defensive specialist “Mosquito” Joe Lake.  The move paid off instantly when Joe drew a charge with some tenacious defense, then sunk a three pointer to make it 9-7.  Moments later it was Joe Lake striking again by setting up and easy layup with a beautiful pass that cut the Shoremen lead to 9-8.Avon Lake would then go on a run again and make it 17-10 at the close of the first quarter.  It was 17-8 until the final moments when another Joe Lake defensive play allowed the Mustangs to pull within 17-10 by gaining the final bucket of the quarter.The Mustangs must have been motivated by the physical play of “The Mosquito” as they came out with a great amount of stingy physical defense all over the court in the second quarter.  The bruising and physical play paid off, as Strongsville came all the way back and eventually took a 20-19 lead with a little over 3 minutes to go in the second.  The game stayed close and it was Avon Lake once again pulling ahead by halftime, 31-29 as both teams headed to the locker rooms.The Shoremen would once again build a lead to start the second half, this time they held a 46-38 lead mid-way through.  Yet again, the Mustangs relied on physical defense to stay in the game as it was Joe Lake drawing another charge to halt the Shoremen run.  The Mustangs would mount a small comeback as the score was 46-40 heading into the final frame.  Avon Lake got the advantage of some close calls in the fourth quarter, and used a dominant full court fast break attack to put the game away for good.Offensive player of the game: Nick Marsh (14 points with 10 coming in the fourth quarter)Defensive player of the game: Joe Lake (drew 3 charges all at key moments in the game) Vince McKeelast_img read more

Jones leads by three at Tsuruya

first_imgKAWANISHI, Hyogo Pref. – Australian Brendan Jones shot his third straight sub-70 score that moved him in front by three strokes after three rounds of the Tsuruya Open on Saturday.Jones, a five-time winner on the Japanese tour and last year’s Tsuruya Open titlist, highlighted his round with an eagle on the 17th while making three birdies against two bogeys on his way to a 68 and a 13-under 200 total at Yamanohara Golf Club. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more