IBF Agrees on a Temporary Extended Risk Zone in the Strait…

first_imgFollowing the incidents in the Gulf of Oman, and specifically the Strait of Hormuz, over the past 12 weeks, the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) this morning designated the Straits as a Temporary Extended Risk Zone. This means that seafarers who are subject to an attack in the zone, are entitled to a bonus and doubled death and disability compensation. The new Extended Risk Zone is defined by the following coordinates but excludes three nautical miles off the main coastlines of the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Iran:  This follows a period of discussions by the IBF’s Warlike Operations Areas Committee over the past weeks, who have been closely monitoring the situation and the risk to shipping. Speaking at the conclusion of the talks, the Joint Negotiating Group’s (JNG) Chairman Capt. Koichi Akamine said, “These discussions were never going to be easy. After the initial attacks in the Gulf of Oman in May and June, one may feel the need to act quickly to designate a risk area. However, it is important in such events to step back and assess the real threat to shipping and the most appropriate measures to take. The JNG is confident that it has now introduced a designation which properly addresses concerns by seafarers transiting the Straits.” The IMEC Chairman Capt. Belal Ahmed added, “The Strait of Hormuz is a key shipping route, not just for the oil tankers in the forefront of current media focus, but also, for example, container ships on transit to Jebel Ali and beyond. As an employers’ association, it was important for us to reassure seafarers who may be at additional risk in the area. We would urge the responsible parties to expedite the release of the held seafarers.”  The ITF Seafarers’ Section Chair David Heindel said, “These are trying times for the industry and seafarers in particular, who are simply trying to provide income for their families. While this is a sensitive political issue and today has only affected tankers and potentially British flagged vessels, it was our desire that the IBF show leadership and move quickly to reflect the concerns of the seafarers transiting this region. “I am pleased that our partners have responded positively to our request to reflect the potential risks that exist for all ships and all seafarers transiting the Strait of Hormuz at this time.”  Heindel added. “We continue to call for calm in the area and the release of the crew.”center_img 13 August 2019 On the West: A line joining Ra’s-e Dastakan (26°33’N – 55°17’E) in Iran, southward to Jaztal Hamra lighthouse (25°44’N – 55°48’E), in the United Arab Emirates (the common limit with the Persian Gulf).On the East: A line joining Ra’s Līmah (25°57’N – 56°28’E), in Oman, eastward to Ra’s al Kūh (25°48’N – 57°18’E), in Iran (the common limit with the Arabian Sea). Author: Sue Terpilowskilast_img read more

Vols seek to overcome lack of bowl experience

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is entering unfamiliar territory.Although the Volunteers are preparing for their 50th bowl appearance in school history, nobody on their current roster has ever played a down in a bowl game. The Vols (6-6) look forward to changing that Jan. 2 when they face Iowa (7-5) at Jacksonville, Florida, in the TaxSlayer Bowl, a game formerly known as the Gator Bowl.”It’s really huge,” Tennessee offensive tackle Kyler Kerbyson said. “It’s a monkey off your back.”Tennessee’s fifth-year seniors were part of the 2010 team that lost 30-27 to North Carolina in double overtime in the 2010 Music City Bowl. But none of them actually played in the game.That lack of postseason experience represents a major contrast with Iowa, which is making its 12th bowl appearance in the last 14 seasons.”It’s our job to continue to educate them on the bowl process,” Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. “There isn’t anyone who can really step up in a room who has participated in a bowl who can step up and say, ‘This is how you handle yourselves.’ “The Vols say they’ll be relying on their coaching staff’s bowl experience.Jones reached a bowl game each of his three seasons at Central Michigan and in two of his three seasons at Cincinnati, though he actually coached in only three of those five bowl games. Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling, an assistant on Jones’ staffs at Central Michigan and Cincinnati, served as interim head coach for the other two bowl games.”Our coaching staff, obviously they’re experienced in bowls,” Tennessee defensive tackle Jordan Williams said. “I’m sure they know that we might get caught up a little in all the excitement. I trust their preparation in getting us ready to play in this bowl.”The time off before the bowl game should give Tennessee time to get healthy. Junior center Mack Crowder is expected back after missing Tennessee’s final two regular-season games with a knee sprain and high ankle sprain. Freshman running back Jalen Hurd also should play in the bowl game after missing most of the regular-season finale against Vanderbilt with was described as an upper body extremity injury.Tennessee goes into this game with more momentum than Iowa. The Vols became bowl eligible by winning three of their last four regular-season games. Iowa fell short of preseason expectations and has lost its last two games.”Anybody that’s ever competed, I think, would understand we’re disappointed,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “And we want to do better.”Ferentz said Iowa’s goal during these next few weeks would be to improve so that it’s playing its best football in the bowl game. Tennessee must make sure it remains motivated now that it finally has earned a bowl invitation.”It’s hard not to be satisfied with that because that was our goal, to be in a bowl game,” Kerbyson said. “But we look at it as we didn’t do it in the prettiest way. It wasn’t a nine-win, 10-win season. It was a six-win (season). We just got there. That keeps us level-headed and keeps us humble going in.”last_img read more

De Kock bludgeons S/Africa to series win

first_imgCAPE TOWN, (Reuters) – Quinton de Kock scored a rapid half-century as South Africa defeated Pakistan by seven wickets at Newlands to claim the five-match one-day series 3-2 yesterday. Opener De Kock bludgeoned 83 from 58 balls as South Africa chased down their victory target of 241 with 10 overs remaining for a convincing win that will be a boost to their confidence four months before the World Cup in England.The home side won the toss and elected to bowl, restricting Pakistan to 240 for eight in their 50 overs, with Fakhar Zaman the only batsman to register a half-century as he struck 70 from 73 balls.Imad Wasim (47 not out from 31 balls) laid on a vicious assault late in the Pakistan innings to get the side to what looked a competitive total, but one that was easily picked off by the hosts. A rampant De Kock led from the front, belting three sixes and 11 boundaries during his entertaining knock.The run spree continued with valuable contributions of 50 not out from both captain Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dussen, who has made a strong claim for a World Cup place with 241 runs in the series at an average of 120.50 after making his debut in the opening game.Both sides have been using the matches to give their players the opportunity to put themselves in the frame for the global showpiece tournament, but now turn their attention to a three-match Twenty20 series that starts in Cape Town tomorrow. South Africa open their World Cup campaign on May 30 against hosts England at The Oval, while Pakistan are in action a day later against the West Indies in Nottingham.last_img read more

Employee Admits to Stealing over $1600 in Cash

first_img18-year-old Gabrielle Turner is charged with felony theft after admitting to investigators she stole $1,670.00 from Walmart, where she worked, by placing the cash in her vest on five separate shifts.Multiple register shortages at the Charlotte Pike Walmart in Nashville, TN, prompted an internal investigation that revealed employee Gabrielle Turner on video pocketing cash from cash registers. A count of each register showed $1,670.00 missing, resulting in a financial loss for the company.Tuner was interviewed and gave both a verbal and written company to the internal investigators, who provided it to Metro Police. Turner was placed into custody and charged with felony theft. She is free on pre-trial release… Scoop Nashville- Sponsor – Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Roger that Federer! Tennis legend schooled by 12-year-old boy

first_imgThe 12-year-old boy unleashed a spectacular lob to stun the 17-time Grand Slam championThe Madison Square Garden was jam-packed on Tuesday when tennis sensation Roger Federer locked horns with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov in a light-hearted exhibition match. And while there was plenty of trash talk and trick shots at display, the crowd witnessed something very rare and epic that probably left the Swiss ace red-faced.With Federer leading in the third set(2-6, 6-1, 3-2), opponent Grigor Dimitrov invited a 12-year-old boy to play a rally against the Grand Slam champion. Dressed in a hoodie and jeans, the kid was definitely not dressed for the occasion, but with Dimitrov’s racket in hand he went to work.Federer obliged to serve and a rally ensued – and that’s when the miracle happened. After exchanging a few volleys, Federer charged down towards the net to probably scare the boy. But to everyone’s surprise and sheer disbelief for Federer, the young boy struck a perfect lob over his opponent’s head that landed just inside the back line providing him an epic point.The Bulgarian tennis star raised his arms in sheer delight while the crowd erupted in joy and praised the youngster. On the other hand, Federer tried to hide himself in his orange tee but later realized it was too small for him.   No one knows whether the young boy will actually turn into a pro or not, but he will surely have one of the most iconic stories to tell. After all, there are only a handful of people in the entire world who can brag about beating the 17-time Grand Slam champion.advertisementlast_img read more

Robbie Rogers Honored At Steve Nash Showdown

first_imgFollowing the success of the 6th edition of the New York Steve Nash Foundation Showdown in June, Swiss luxury watchmaker Girard-Perregaux was happy during the weekend to support the first-ever Showdown in Los Angeles; the popular charity soccer match held by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.Steve Nash and Robbie RogersSimilar to its New York sister event, the pick-up style soccer match featured NBA and professional soccer players who joined forces to support the Steve Nash Foundation’s work to benefit underserved children. In addition to Steve Nash, the match included players including Jared Dudley (Los Angeles Clippers), Jeremy Lin (Houston Rockets), Martín Zuñega and Carlos Bocanegra (Chivas MLS), Robbie Rogers and Carlo Cudicini (Los Angeles Galaxy), Brian McBride (former Columbus Crew player), Jovan Kirovski (assistant coach Los Angeles Galaxy), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), and former soccer players Brian Dunseth, Kyle Martino, John O’Brien, Claudio Suarez and Simone Sandri.The soccer match kicked off at 6:30 pm at the Red Shield Community Center in downtown Los Angeles, where fans filled the field, bleachers and crowded the entrance to see their favorite players. Before the game began, Girard-Perregaux awarded Robbie Rogers for being a role model for young athletes around the world. In addition, Carlo Cudicini was awarded as the game’s Most Valuable Player. Both players received a timepiece from the new Hawk Sports collection, the Girard-Perregaux Chrono Hawk. The Hawk collection has managed to establish its own identity while remaining true to Girard-Perregaux’s Manufacturing spirit.After the match, Nash, fellow players, friends and fans gathered for Showdown After Hours, an invite-only cocktail party and live auction held at LA Live’s Target Terrace, where 100% of proceeds went to benefit the Foundation’s direct services to children around the world.This sponsorship highlights Girard-Perregaux’s continued commitment to the world of sports and charity alike. Past honors to Steve Nash from Girard-Perregaux include a 1966 Full Calendar for his charitable work through his namesake foundation.last_img read more

Locations of Ontarios first four recreational pot shops announced

first_imgThe locations of Ontario’s first four provincially run cannabis stores have been announced.The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Cannabis Store say the shops will be in Guelph, Kingston, Toronto and Thunder Bay.The agencies say the locations comply with local zoning rules, minimize proximity to schools and factor in where illegal dispensaries are currently operating.Forty stores are expected to open this year and another 40 by July of next year. In total, the province plans to set up roughly 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020.Ontario was the first province to announce a detailed plan to sell and distribute recreational marijuana and will set the legal age to purchase it at 19.The federal government introduced legislation last April with a goal of legalizing and regulating the use of recreational pot by this summer, but left it up to individual provinces to design their own distribution system and usage regulations.last_img read more

Former SNCLavalin exec charged with illegal federal political contributions

first_imgMONTREAL – A former executive of engineering giant SNC-Lavalin has been charged by Canada’s election watchdog with helping to orchestrate illegal political donations paid to federal political parties between 2004 and 2011.Normand Morin, 76, faces five charges related to soliciting employees to make political contributions and concealing their identities. Morin couldn’t be immediately reached to comment.The charges were laid Wednesday by the Commissioner of Canada Elections in the Court of Quebec on the recommendation of the director of public prosecutions.“The company cannot make a contribution, so essentially it was an illegal contribution that the company made and that this individual was involved in orchestrating,” said Michelle Laliberte, spokeswoman for the commissioner.Laliberte wouldn’t disclose if other people were investigated and said the process can be lengthy, depending on its complexity.The former SNC-Lavalin vice-president is the only person charged, and the commissioner is concluding his investigation into the event.“With any investigation, if new information were to come to light then we would look at it and determine how best to proceed but that’s true of any investigation,” Laliberte added in an interview.The Montreal-based company agreed in 2016 to a compliance agreement, which detailed almost $118,000 in donations to the Liberal and Conservative parties through company employees or their spouses who were then reimbursed by SNC-Lavalin.This illegal practice for skirting corporate donation limits was identified by a Quebec anti-corruption inquiry as a widespread problem in municipal and Quebec provincial politics.Federal Elections Commissioner Yves Cote investigated the donations since the provincial Charbonneau Commission’s mandate prevented it from following federal political threads.The improperly donated sums included: $83,534.51 to the Liberal Party of Canada; $13,552.13 to various Liberal riding associations; $12,529.12 to four contestants in the 2006 Liberal leadership race, including $5,000 each to Michael Ignatieff and Bob Rae; $3,137.73 to the Conservative Party of Canada; and $5,050 to various Conservative riding associations.All the funds have been repaid to the federal treasury by the respective national parties, both of whom disavow any knowledge of the scheme.Morin was named in 2006 by the Harper government to the board of the Port of Montreal with his term ending in 2014.The case is slated to resume June 27 in Montreal.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)last_img read more

Shares advance in Asia following XiTrump tariffs truce

first_imgSINGAPORE — Shares are advancing in Asia after Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping met and agreed to moderate tensions over trade.The Shanghai Composite index jumped 2.5 per cent and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong surged 2.6 per cent in early trading Monday.The U.S. was set to raise tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods on Jan. 1. Trump agreed Saturday in a meeting with Chinese leader Xi at the G-20 summit to hold off for 90 days while the two sides try to settle their differences.That looming deadline and Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on an additional $267 billion of goods from China, possibly including iPhones and laptops, have been rattling markets for months.Analysts say stocks that suffered from recent turmoil may see a nice rebound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Present generation of dynast has become liability for Congress: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the “present generation of dynast” has become a liability for the Congress party and expressed hope that aspirational India would reject caste-based and dynastic parties during the ongoing general elections. Jaitley added that with the socio-economic profile of the country moving up on account of growth, it would be difficult for people to accept dynasties. “If the Congress’s dynast has only an ability to deliver 44 seats or 60 seats in Parliament, what then is the incentive for conventional Congressmen to bear humiliation of subjecting themselves to a dynast? Ultimately, in dynastic parties one has to accept political slavery,” Jaitley said in a blog titled, ‘Will 2019 Witness the Dynasty as a Liability on the Congress Party?’ Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The grand old party is led by Rahul Gandhi, grandson of Indira Gandhi and son of Rajiv Gandhi, and is assisted by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Jaitley said the two Prime Ministers that BJP gave to the nation — Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Narendra Modi — were by a mile the “tallest politicians of their generation”, adding that this could happen only in merit-based parties and not dynastic ones. “A relevant question with this changing socio-economic profile of India is – Are dynasties an asset for a party or are they a liability? Unquestionably, the present generation of dynast has become a liability rather than an asset for the Congress Party,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Jaitley further said: “Is history going to witness something wholly unprecedented? Are we going to witness the rejection of caste based and dynastic parties? And will aspirational India make a harsh judgement on electing a merit based leadership? This may well be the case.” Referring to other dynastic parties, Jaitley said the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD)has splintered, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) got zero in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and 19 seats in the assembly elections. The Samajwadi Party could only retain seats for its family members in the 2014 elections, while the RJD was down to two seats, he noted. Commenting on the first two phases of polling for the general elections, Jaitley said the momentum was clearly with the BJP and Prime Minister Modi. “In terms of national leadership contest for a Prime Ministerial election, it is almost becoming a one horse race. There is nobody else measuring up to Prime Minister Modi’s level of capacity and acceptability,” he added. The second phase of the Lok Sabha elections got over on Thursday, covering 95 constituencies in 11 states and union territory Puducherry. As many as 91 constituencies went to polls in the first phase on April 11. The seven-phased general elections would be completed on May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more