Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 season

first_img Press Trust of India DubaiJanuary 22, 2019UPDATED: January 22, 2019 13:30 IST Rishabh Pant replaced the injured Wriddhiman Saha in the Indian Test team last year (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant was named Emerging Player of the Year at the ICC AwardsPant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England last yearIndia captain Virat Kohli swept the awards with Test, ODI and Cricketer of the Year honoursIndia’s fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Tuesday named the International Cricket Council’s Emerging Player of the Year in the world body’s annual awards.The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC’s voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018.He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.He was also the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in Australia.Congratulations to @RishabPant777, the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2018!He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 in Adelaide in December.#ICCAwards pic.twitter.com/s5yQBuwWlvICC (@ICC) January 22, 2019Meanwhile, India captain Virat Kohli completed the hat-trick at the awards after being adjudged the ODI Cricketer of the Year, the Test Cricketer of the Year and the 2018 Cricketer of the Year after yet another stellar performance in international cricket.The 30-year-old finished as the highest scorer in Test cricket in 2018 with 1322 runs in 13 matches at an average of 55.08 with five hundreds and as many half-centuries while also finishing on top of the ODI runs tally with 1202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55 with six centuries.Kohli, who was the ODI Cricketer of the Year and Cricketer of the Year last year, was named the captain of both the Test Team and ODI Team of the Year for the second year in a row.advertisementIn the other categories, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch’s record-breaking innings of 172 off 76 balls against Zimbabwe in Harare was adjudged as the ICC Men’s T20I Performance of the Year 2018.The ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2018 went to Kane Williamson,”For continuing to be a shining role model of how our game should be played, his behaviour setting an outstanding example on and off the field.”Sri Lanka umpire Kumar Dharmasena bagged the David Shepherd Trophy for the ICC Umpire of the Year 2018 while Scotland’s Calum McLeod was named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year 2018.Also Read | Amazing feeling: Virat Kohli thrilled after sweeping ICC awards to create historyAlso Read | Rishabh Pant’s groundbreaking series in Australia: 20 catches and 350 runsFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow ICC Awards 2017-18 Rishabh Pant named ICC Emerging Player of the Year after stellar 2018 seasonRishabh Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December.advertisementlast_img read more

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PUBG MOBILE beats PUBG PC and all other online games in India, played by 73.4%

first_img Amritanshu Mukherjee New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 18:35 IST It’s not wrong to argue that PUBG MOBILE is the biggest sensation of the current times. The game has been widely lapped up by players and has made it as one of the top games that can be played on Android and iOS devices. The game became so popular in fact that PUBG MOBILE got its own e-sports event and saw some great talents exhibiting their skill on the battlegrounds of Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok or Vikendi. Therefore, have you ever wondered by how much has PUBG MOBILE made itself a part of our daily lives? The numbers show above70 per cent.According to recent research conducted by Internet service provider Jana for Quartz, PUBG MOBILE has made a substantial impact on Indian mobile gamers. The game is so popular that from a universe of all PUBG players, including players from PUBG PC and PUBG on the console, around 73.4 per cent of total PUBG players mainly rely on PUBG MOBILE for their Chicken Dinner thrills. Only a mere 5 per cent of players in India prefer to play the PC version of PUBG while a minuscule 1.1 per cent of all players play PUBG on consoles.Not only does PUBG MOBILE beat its evolved versions, but it also beats other online games by a huge margin. Out of a total of 1,047 Indian respondents, around 61.9 per cent get voted it as the top online game, beating other games such as Fortnite, Free Fire and others. And a majority of these players spend at least eight or more hours on the game on a weekly basis. And around 52 per cent of players prefer to play during the night.advertisementThe increasing popularity of the game is helped by the fact Tencent Games keeps on adding new content to the game every few weeks. The last major update to the game was in December in the form of Vikendi, which is a new snow map. The snow map provides for challenging gameplay in a completely different scenario.However, to keep players engaged, Tencent Games collaborated with the developers of Resident Evil 2 and came up with Season 5. Additionally, the much-awaited zombie mode will make it to the game under this collaboration. The zombie mode is already a part of the latest update to PUBG MOBILE Beta and brings all zombie as well as villains from the Resident Evil universe.With the upcoming zombie update, PUBG MOBILE could see an increase in demand. Zombie shooting has always been an exciting part for gamers and the upcoming update will make PUBG MOBILE more exciting that it has ever been.ALSO READ | PUBG Mobile: That Chicken Dinner is a trap, have fun but don’t get caught in its questALSO READ | PUBG Mobile: What is it, is it affecting students and why have Gujarat, VIT and other institutions banned itALSO READ | PUBG MOBILE player in Jammu falls sick after playing game for 10 days without rest, admitted to hospitalGet 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 byAmritanshu Mukherjee Tags :Follow PUBG MobileFollow PUBGFollow Fortnite PUBG MOBILE beats PUBG PC and all other online games in India, played by 73.4%PUBG MOBILE has been found to be most popular on the mobile platform in India. Most players in India prefer to play PUBG MOBILE at night.advertisementlast_img read more

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Premier League: Manchester City, Liverpool primed for final day of epic title race

first_imgPremier League: Manchester City, Liverpool primed for final day of epic title racePremier League will kick off for the last time this season as the race for the title heats up with Manchester City taking on Brighton and Liverpool facing Wolves.advertisement Reuters LondonMay 12, 2019UPDATED: May 12, 2019 11:53 IST Manchester City and Liverpool go into the last round of Premier League with one point separating them (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe last round of the Premier League will all start off simultaneouslyManchester City take on Brighton & Hove Albion as Liverpool face Wolverhampton WanderersOnly one point separates City and Liverpool for the Premier League titleHaving absorbed everything Liverpool could throw at them in a titanic title battle, Manchester City will retain their crown with victory at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.It is possible they could get by with a draw, or even an unlikely defeat, as they will start the final round of a monumental title battle one point ahead – but Pep Guardiola’s side know better than to expect gifts from Merseyside.In all likelihood, City will rack up a 14th successive Premier League win and Liverpool will beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to make it nine in a row. If that happens, City will take the honours with 98 points to Liverpool’s 97.To put that into perspective, those totals would be the second and third highest in the history of the Premier League – behind only City’s record-breaking 100-point haul last season when Guardiola delivered his first title.If there was ever a case to share the trophy it is this season, such has been the excellence of both clubs, but in reality finishing second will be a bitter pill to swallow.”I’m not going to change my opinion on what we have done, but I know we will be judged. We have to win,” Guardiola said as he prepared for the trip to a Brighton side who could prove troublesome.The calm before the storm…#mancity pic.twitter.com/B6QHo5GxvQManchester City (@ManCity) May 11, 2019Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool finished 25 points behind City last year, but have bridged the gap playing football that at times has surpassed even Guardiola’s slickers.advertisementLiverpool have lost just once to City’s four defeats and were briefly seven points in front in January, but in the run-in they have found that as well as the style that is Guardiola’s blueprint, his team also have core of steel.That manifested itself perfectly on Monday when, with Leicester City holding out at the Etihad Stadium, captain marvel Vincent Kompany thumped home a 30-metre screamer to send his side into the final day with their fate in their hands.It was their third 1-0 victory in four games and, say what you like about Liverpool’s armour-plated defence, City have conceded only three times in their last 13 games as they relentlessly went about becoming the first club to retain the Premier League title since Manchester United 10 years ago.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has admitted his side need a miracle to become the first team to overtake the Premier League leaders on the final day of the season.Whatever happens next. A season to remember.One more game pic.twitter.com/90MOIIM3fBLiverpool FC (@LFC) May 11, 2019But in a week in which they performed one to beat Barcelona 4-0, overhauling a three-goal deficit to reach the Champions League final, it would be folly to dismiss the notion of him raising the trophy aloft to end Liverpool’s 29-year wait since they last reigned supreme in England.”City are a great team, but so are we. We’ve competed right to the very end,” Henderson said.”Whoever gets it will deserve it. From our point of view, we couldn’t have done any more.”It is only the eighth time in the Premier League era that the title has been decided on the final day.Also Read | Ander Herrera confirms Manchester United exit in emotional farewell videoFor 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 Tags :Follow Premier leagueFollow Manchester CityFollow Liverpool Nextlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli on how he prepares for the worst case scenario

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Sunil Gavaskar disagrees with Virat Kohli’s move to persist with Rishabh Pant at No. 4

first_imgadvertisement Next scorecard view more view less No data available! Akshay Ramesh Port of SpainAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 12:03 IST Rishabh Pant got out against the run of play during his partnership with Virat Kohli in the 2nd ODI (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSunil Gavaskar feels Shreyas Iyer is more suited to batting at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5Rishabh Pant managed just 20 runs in the 2nd ODI vs West IndiesIyer scored 71 runs and was part of a 125-run partnership with Virat Kohli (120)Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar heaped rich praise on Shreyas Iyer after the Delhi Capitals captain hit a match-winning 71 on return to India squad in the 2nd ODI against West Indies in Port of Spain on Sunday.Sunil Gavaskar said Shreyas Iyer grabbed the opportunity that came his way in the 2nd ODI while adding that Iyer is more suited to playing at No.4 and Rishabh Pant at No. 5.The batting legend’s comments came after Virat Kohli said Team India are backing their young wicketkeeper-batsman to bat Rishabh Pant at No. 4 in the 50-overs format.Shreyas Iyer walked into the middle at the Queen’s Park Oval when India had lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant in quick succession. However, Iyer used all his experience and stitched a 125-run stand with his captain Virat Kohli for the 4th wicket.On the other hand, Pant, who continued to bat at No. 4, managed only 20 before playing a horror shot to throw his wicket away.Iyer kept the scorers busy right from the word go and scored 71 at more than a run-a-ball. His well-paced knock had 5 boundaries and a six. Iyer perished in the 46th over while trying to accelerate at the death.”In my view, Rishabh Pant is much better like an MS Dhoni at 5 for 6 as a finisher because that’s where his natural game and natural flair will come into play. If India get to a great start with Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma batting for 40-45 overs, then Pant at No. 4. But if it’s a question of batting for 30-35 overs, then I think it should be Shreyas Iyer at No. 4 and Pant at No. 5,” Sunil Gavaskar told Sony Ten 1.advertisement”He [Sheryas Iyer] has grabbed his opportunity. He came at No. 5. He had plenty of overs. He had the company of his skipper, Virat Kohli. Nothing quite like it because the skipper takes the pressure off you. You learn from the best batsmen in the world. The best place to learn in cricket is the non-striker’s end. That’s what Shreyas Iyer was doing with Virat Kohli at the other end,”Sunil Gavaskar also said Iyer hadn’t done anything wrong to miss the World Cup berth but expressed confidence that he will get a longer run now in ODI cricket.”I think, if this doesn’t help him get a more permanent slot in the Inidan middle-order, I don’t know what will. In the 5 matches, he played before this, he scored 2 fifties and hit a highest score of 88. He hadn’t done anything wrong to be left out of the 14 (15) (World Cup). But that’s in the past,” Gavaskar said.”Now he has come back and scored a 71 in his first opportunity. So I think he will get a longer run.”Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli said India are looking at No. 4 and No. 5 as floating positions in the batting order.”For me, top-3 and probably 6 and 7 are specialist batting positions than four and five. I think it has become a topic of debate for a long time. In ODIs and T20s, four and five are your flexible guys,” Kohli said.Having taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series, India will be hoping to win the ODI rubber as well when they face West Indies in Trinidad on Wednesday. Notably, the visitors had whitewashed West Indies 3-0 in the T20I series.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar help India thrash West Indies in 2nd ODIAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli ends 5-month hundred droughtAlso Read | Virat Kohli breaks Javed Miandad’s record for most ODI runs vs West IndiesFor 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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Sunil GavaskarFollow Rishabh PantFollow India VS West IndiesFollow WI v IND 2nd ODI graphs Sunil Gavaskar disagrees with Virat Kohli’s move to persist with Rishabh Pant at No. 4India tour of West Indies 2019: Sunil Gavaskar also said Shreyas Iyer has grabbed the opportunity that came his way with both hands and that he expects the Delhi Capitals captain to get a longer run in middle order for India. commentarylast_img read more

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10 Best Work Bags For Summer

first_img The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Just as attitudes towards what to wear to the office continue to trend in a casual vein, the concept of the traditional work bag has been undergoing somewhat of a quiet revolution. As Byron Peart of the fine, modern accessories brand WANT Essentiels de la Vie explains, it’s not because guys no longer have a need for them. Rather, it’s that “Men are no longer viewing their luggage or work bags from a strictly utilitarian perspective. We’re finding that men are looking for something sophisticated and stylish, which integrates seamless with their wardrobe.”Here at The Manual, we’re all in favor of soft, premium leather satchels and handsome totes to even the type of rucksack WANT is proposing with its new Kastrup style for the office. As Peart explains of the softer, streamlined option, “It is a great addition to a simple ensemble and can really allow your personal style to shine through in a professional setting.” With all the options out there, however, it’s worth keeping in mind the following three elements when shopping: versatility, aesthetics and durability. Fortunately, most bag makers know better than to veer from quality and good design.As Bill Adler, maker of Eugene, Oregon’s WILL Leather Goods, whose postman-inspired bag is featured here, puts it, “I think men would rather invest in a piece that will last than pick up the latest ‘it’ bag. Plus, leather is personal: the more you use it and work it in, the better it’ll look.”Following, 10 of the season’s sharpest-looking bags for making the best impression at the office:Eton leather satchel, Brooks England, $488; available at www.brooksengland.comKastrup backpack, WANT Essentiels de la Vie, $495; available at www.carsonstreetclothiers.comLondon organizer brief, Ecoalf, $145; available at www.bloomingdales.comMessenger bag, Banana Republic, $125; available at www.bananarepublic.comBlack plaid wax briefcase, Ernest Alexander, $295; available at www.clubmonaco.comSummit leather document brief, Jack Spade, $395; available at www.jackspade.comRed label large briefcase, Filson, $295; available at www.needsupply.comLife tote, J. Panther Luggage Co., $390; available at www.jplc.comDouglas postal bag, WILL Leather goods, $495; available at www.willleathergoods.comDay pack nylon bag, Mismo, $495; available at www.tres-bien.comlast_img read more

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Introducing: High on Hops

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip It seems there’s no good way to introduce yourself as the author of a beer column.“Hi. My name is Lee. I drink a lot of beer.”It sounds far more like an admission of guilt than the basis of a writing gig. But it’s also very true, no matter how plainly stated.My journey into beer started innocently enough. The first taste was a sip of Lowenbrau from my father’s can after desperately, incessantly begging him for a try. Looking back on my five-year-old self, I recall a lot of whining and leg pulling on my part in an attempt to distract him from the football game on TV. To shut me up, he graciously allowed the tiniest drop to hit my lips. I found it disgusting and went back to playing with my Star Wars TIE Fighter.My next meaningful beer experiences were in college. My roommates and I sought to distance our parties from those in the fraternity houses by buying “good” beer. We didn’t know where it was made, what hops were used or how big the brewery was. All we really knew was that it was more expensive. Instead of Bud Light or Miller Genuine Draft, we bought kegs of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Abita’s Purple Haze. Bottles of Pete’s Wicked Ale were in the fridge. We considered ourselves serious beer drinkers – scholarly even – buying seasonal releases and trying everything we could find. Admittedly, in mid-90s Athens Georgia, that wasn’t much.Skip ahead a few years and I’m a reasonably well-adjusted husband and new father looking for a hobby. After a few amazing trysts with Belgian White ales at my local brewpub, I found a passion project in home brewing. Making my own beer led to searching out and trying new styles with interesting ingredients, reading everything I could about the process and visiting breweries around the country. I fell in love with beer.Drinking all these extra calories, both homemade and those for “research” purposes caused my waistline to expand. That led to a new hobby: running. Once I found a routine for burning off those additional calories by pounding pavement, I started BrewDrinkRun.com with friends who were in the same club. We brew, we drink, and to stay fit, we run. Our website and podcast led to more opportunities – even getting paid to drink beer.I’m happy to report that I like beer much more now than I did when I was five or even twenty-five. I not only enjoy the varied tastes and the inevitable surprises that a new bottle holds, but I also enjoy the people and places driving America’s craft beer movement ever forward. The men and women in this industry have a true passion for the perfect pour, and I hope to do them justice with my coverage of the field.Thank you to The Manual for asking me to come on board and share my beer ramblings under the banner of “High on Hops.” I’ll be reviewing beers, highlighting upcoming brewery releases, forecasting industry trends and writing about some of the best places on earth to grab a pint. And I promise not to pull on your leg or whine. At least not too much. The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workoutlast_img read more

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How to Wear a Tie Clip Properly

first_img The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn How to Wear a Suit: Unspoken Rules and 3 Styles You Need to Know How to Pick the Right Suit for Your Body Type As a follow-up to our guides on french cuffs and pocket squares, we thought it’d be helpful to give you a primer on yet another oft-overlooked sartorial staple: the humble tie bar. These badboys have been enjoying a bit of a resurgence as of late, and since they’re slowly becoming more popular among fashionable guys like yourself, we figure you could probably benefit from another quick-reference style guide on how to wear them properly. This definitely isn’t rocket science, so we’ll keep it short.When to Wear OneWhenever the hell you want. Tie clips aren’t as formal as cufflinks, so it’s fine to wear them in just about any situation. Just make sure you leave them behind when you’re wearing a waistcoat or any other garment that holds your tie down naturally — in those situations a tie bar is redundant and unnecessary.What Type to UseGenerally speaking, there are two types of tie clip: the type that actually clip on, and the type that slide on. Either will do, although it’s worth mentioning that, in our experience, the kind that clip on are typically a bit thicker, and might not lie flat against your chest in some situations. The slide variety is better for keeping things flat, but they’re also a bit more unruly. Use good judgement, and wear the right type for the occasionHow Big it Should BeYour tie clip should never be longer than the width of you tie. It should extend somewhere between halfway to all of the way across. No more, no less.Placement & OrientationPerpendicular to your tie, and as straight as humanly possible. Diagonal or even slightly crooked looks sloppy. In terms of location, you should aim for the center of your chest, toward the lower end of your pectoral muscles.Color & FinishThe tie bar is an accent, not a centerpiece, so try to keep that in mind when choosing a style. When in doubt, go with a classic silver. If you’re wearing other accents, be sure to match metals — you wouldn’t want to be caught dead wearing gold cufflinks and a chrome tie bar. Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire last_img read more

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Sake Continues Its Measured, Methodical Rise through the Spirit Ranks

first_img Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips Walking around last week’s Saké Fest PDX in Portland, Oregon, you see why the Japanese beverage has had trickling growth in the States. The variety is daunting and it’s not an easily accessible category.The subtle nuances between “Junmai” and “Nigori” are tough to discern for inexperienced palettes and the beautiful artwork on most of the bottles doesn’t display much information unless you can read Japanese.However, the tradition and practice of sake hasn’t lasted millennia just out of novelty. It’s a unique category literally steeped in the values of Asian drinking culture. While the exact origins are disputed, one of the more prevalent theories is to date saké brewing back as far as 2,500 years when rice growing became commonplace in Japan. The earliest written records of saké are in third-century Chinese history books. They document saké drinking as a tradition while in mourning.Fast forward a couple thousand years and saké is still brewed with the same four main ingredients: rice, water, yeast and an enzyme called koji. The process begins by hulling, polishing and removing impurities from brown rice grains. Spores of a special mold are added to the rice (after steaming) and then incubated to produce koji. That mixture is added to a yeast starter, which helps convert the rice starch into glucose. After a unique fermentation process, the new liquid is sent through a press to filter it. From there, it’s pasteurized and placed in cold storage to mature. After various filtration and aging options, the final product is done.Back at Saké Fest, one of the larger tasting displays is from Oregon’s own SakéOne. The Forest Grove-based company is one of the only producers on the West Coast and easily the largest in the country.“We’re kind of on our own island,” says SakéOne President and CEO Steve Vuylsteke. The beverage industry veteran comes from a family that started one of the state’s premier wineries and he went on to manage Erath before moving over to saké eight years ago. He estimates there are 20-24 producers nationally, many “garage-sized.”SakéOne makes three labels locally – all premium – Momokawa, a Junmai Gingo; Moonstone, a Junmai that becomes a Junmai Gingo after flavoring is added; and g, their most flavor-forward offering. They also import six sakes, making them one of the larger companies doing so.Each grade of saké is relatively mild, but after a few tastes, one can begin to discover the nuances.Junmai is the simplest, made from the four main ingredients. Two more grades of Junmai are based on how much of the rice grain has been polished away. It goes all of the way to Nigori, which is unpressed, unfiltered and remains cloudy.Vuylsteke says that beyond the varieties, many consumers are still only drinking it warm or hot when several grades are actually better cold.“Their experience is not favorable and a lot of it is because of the lack of education about the beverage,” he says.He adds that it’s encouraging to see new and younger drinkers get into saké. That was certainly evident at Saké Fest where many late 20- and early 30-somethings tasted their way through dozens of grades from small East Coast producers to some of Japan’s biggest.Vuylsteke says that one of his next challenges is getting imbibers to think outside Asian cuisine when pairing sake with food.“You can pair it with just about anything across the American cuisine landscape,” he says. “You don’t have to follow rules like in wine pairing.”He’ll also continue developing education to get Americans to move on from the saké bomb. He sees a climate down the road, much like tequila is today, with drinkers turning to sake as a sipping drink and not as a shooter.“There’s going to be more intrigue,” he says.Some of the collaborations at Saké Fest have already gone to prove that. Portland’s Burnside Brewing Co. worked with Japan’s Shonan Beer to create Sakura Gose, a sour brewed with salted Japanese cherry blossoms that’s on tap year-round. It’s a beautiful, light transition brew for those en route to the world of saké.As American drinkers search for the exotic and undiscovered, saké will continue to grow from a niche product into one of the everyday lexicon. It will rightfully move on from a fast shooter to something to savor. This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City Editors’ Recommendations center_img 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

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Dr. Clarke Urges Public-Sector Workers to Embrace Transformation

first_img Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. “We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, is calling on all public-sector workers to embrace the transformation process in the bid to develop a public service that is strong, capable and operates at the highest level of efficiency.“We need the participation of every member of the public service… . It cannot be done by a few people alone. The transformed public service that we need is going to have to embrace all the energies of persons,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the official launch of the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew.Twenty teams will be vying for the top spot in the contest, which will run from March 20 to April 25 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (centre), with team members from the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) who will be participating in the inaugural Public Sector Debate Competition. Occasion was the official launch of the competition on Thursday (March 14) at the Spanish Court Hotel in St. Andrew. The JIS team members (from left) are Writer, Producer, Presenter, Radio Department, Twila Wheelan; Writer, Producer, Presenter, Television Department, Celestine Thomas; Public Relations Officer, Peta-Gay Hodges; and Public Relations Officer, Charnele Henry.Themed ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, the competition will see public-sector workers engaged in debate on the matter of transformation and other topical issues within the public service.Dr. Clarke welcomed the staging of the debate, noting that it is aimed at including the thoughts and ideas of civil servants in the public-sector transformation process.“Your voice will be important as we chart the course going forward. You will have feedback, you will have criticisms, you will have ideas that others have not even thought about and it is by creating a public space for these ideas to percolate that you’ll be able to make the most progress,” he noted.He added that the debate will serve as an example to the public “that we can have ideas contend and we can have a space where people can express, not only goals but ways and means of achieving those goals to the benefit of the broader Jamaican population”.Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU) in the Ministry, Maria Thompson Walters, said that the competition provides an avenue for public-sector employees to contribute to discussions on building a more effective and efficient public service.“This debate competition is designed to… engage critically on the issues of transformation and do so on a national platform. As both employees and clients of the public sector you have perspectives that are invaluable to how we redesign and reshape the service that we provide to the public,” she noted.There are over $600,000 in prizes and awards to be won in the contest, which will include elimination rounds, with the final round to be televised nationally and the victorious team crowned ‘Master Debaters of the Public Sector’.In addition, there will be a special prize for the most popular team on social media, which will be named ‘Fan Favourite’. Persons can log on to @tiu_jamaica on Instagram and TIUjamaica on Facebook to vote for their favourite team.The Public Sector Debate Competition is being coordinated by the Transformation Implementation Unit and managed by the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment Limited (JADE).The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) is sponsoring the contest.` Story Highlightslast_img
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Cabinet Satisfied With Pace of IMF Negotiations

first_imgInformation Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Cabinet is satisfied with the pace of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Responding to questions on the issue at Jamaica House press briefing, on November 21, 2012 at the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator Falconer emphasised that Cabinet has confidence in Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips. “Minister Phillips has said that he hopes that we will have a deal by December, and certainly we hope to have a Letter of Intent by December. In negotiations, there are gives and takes…we can never definitely say that it is going to be by the end of the year, but we certainly hope that it will be by the end of the year; if not, in January,” the Minister  said. “We are not trying to get a quick fix. What we are looking for is the best deal that is going to redound to the benefit of the Jamaican people. As the Prime Minister has said, any deal we get, that deal must ensure that the Jamaican people are factored into it, and those persons who are the most vulnerable, are protected,” the Senator added.last_img read more

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Lamp gets $18 Million Injection from Petrocaribe

first_imgThe additional parishes are: Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, St. Ann, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny, and St. James.“LAMP II had cadastrally surveyed 2,654 parcels during the first phase and placed 3,749 parcels in the digital Cadastral Map database for St. Elizabeth. There were 5,178 files opened, and 1,120 applications for titles have been made, 388 titles have been completed, and another 645 have been provisionally approved,” Mr. Hayles informed.LAMP is funded by the Government and through grant funds. The Government has secured an $18 million grant from the Petro Caribe Fund to advance work under the Land Administration and Management Programme (LAMP).The money will go towards subsidizing the cost of another 1,000 land titles. “The grant will help beneficiaries, who have been unable to pay for their titles for years now, to complete their payments and so receive their land titles,” said Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Changes, Hon. Ian Hayles.He was making his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate on June 18 in the House of Representatives.Giving an update on the LAMP/Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Grant Aid Cadastral Mapping and Titling Project, he informed that more than 500 parcels of land have been surveyed to date.The US$2.1 million project, launched in March, is targeting 1,000 needy households in land settlements to be surveyed and titled, in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, and St. Ann. “Surveying activities are now fully underway,” Mr. Hayles said.He noted that the LAMP project, implemented in 2000, continues to play a critical role in the regularisation of parcels of land across sections of the island.“The most recent figures reveal that a total of 19,193 files have been opened; 3,865 new titles have been produced; 736 estates administered; and 2,009 existing Certificates of Title updated,” he informed.LAMP II, which is an extension of the original initiative, has been extended for a further period of 10 years and the number of parishes expanded to eight. CONTACT: CHRIS PATTERSONlast_img read more

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Over 1,900 Children Diverted From State Care

first_img The Child and Family Support Unit (CFSU) of the Child Development Agency (CDA) has implemented strategies to successfully divert 1,901 children from becoming wards of the State. Story Highlights She noted that the main thrust of the Diversion Programme, which began in 2009, is to keep these children who are at risk of being abused from ending up in State care facilities. Speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, Team Leader at the CDA and Overseer in the Child Support Unit, Jean Duhaney, indicated that since the start of the year, there have been 1,924 cases where interventions took place. The Child and Family Support Unit (CFSU) of the Child Development Agency (CDA) has implemented strategies to successfully divert 1,901 children from becoming wards of the State.Speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, Team Leader at the CDA and Overseer in the Child Support Unit, Jean Duhaney, indicated that since the start of the year, there have been 1,924 cases where interventions took place.Of that number, she noted that 23 children ended up in State care.“One of the major reasons why some children end up in State care facilities is the lack of information, especially as it relates to alternative disciplinary measures,” said Ms. Duhaney.She noted that the main thrust of the Diversion Programme, which began in 2009, is to keep these children who are at risk of being abused from ending up in State care facilities.The preferred alternative, she said, is to keep them within their family setting while providing the necessary training support to the families to deal with the challenges that they face.Ms. Duhaney also pointed out that there is need for parents or caregivers to unearth the underlying factors influencing deviant behaviour in children in an effort to properly address the issues.She indicated that there are cases where frustrated parents have come in to the CFSU to complain about children displaying maladaptive behaviours, and insisted on leaving the children in their offices because they are uncertain of what to do under the circumstances.She informed that the Unit has been able to empower such parents through exposure to alternative behavior-modification strategies, and the situations have greatly improved.In the meantime, Ms. Duhaney also noted that during the summer break, children who would have otherwise been unengaged and prone to mischief, benefited from a summer camp organised by the CFSU.They were engaged in various activities such as music, dance, drama, drawing, painting and sewing, among other things.Ms. Duhaney told JIS News that at the end of the camp, children received back-to school packages, which assisted in alleviating some of the financial pressure on the parents.Individuals, who are in need of intervention or support from the CFSU, may visit the office at 40 Duke Street, Kingston, or call 948-1145.Ms. Duhaney also made an appeal for persons wanting to lend their support to the programme through volunteerism, or in any other way, to make contact with the CFSUlast_img read more

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$200 Million for Compensation to West Kingston Residents

first_img A sum of $200 million has been approved by Cabinet as compensation to aggrieved persons who were affected by the operations of the security forces in West Kingston in May 2010.This was disclosed by Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, in a statement to the House of Representatives on Wednesday (December 6).The operations, which were undertaken to capture the fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, resulted in the death of 73 civilians and a soldier, while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed.Financial compensation for persons wronged by the State was one of the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed to investigate the operations.The agreed figure was put forward by a Compensation Committee, which was established to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events of May 2010.Another recommendation of the Commission was a formal apology by the State, which Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, delivered in a Statement during Wednesday’s sitting.In the meantime, Minister Chuck informed that the implementation of the recommendations of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry is at varying stages of completion, with some fully completed and others at an advanced stage of completion.“A few of the recommendations will require significant work and resources, but the Government is not short on will to honour its commitment to implement all of the recommendations,” he said.In keeping with the Commission’s recommendations as part of the healing process, Mr. Chuck said the Government has continued its counselling programme for residents, which commenced in the immediate aftermath of the event.Over the last five years, the Victim Services Division of the Justice Ministry counselled 3,125 persons – both new and repeat clients; and a satellite counselling facility, the West Kingston Counselling Centre, was established.Mr. Chuck noted that residents of West Kingston were also assisted by the Guidance Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information; the Child Development Agency (CDA); Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP); volunteers of the associations of psychologists and psychiatrists, and the University of the West Indies.“The Ministry has also put in place additional resources to assist the affected communities in the area of restorative justice. Restorative Justice Centres were established in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town. Since then, 24 conferences involving 183 individuals – both victims and offenders – have been held at the two centres,” he said. The operations, which were undertaken to capture the fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, resulted in the death of 73 civilians and a soldier, while other persons were detained and properties damaged and destroyed. A sum of $200 million has been approved by Cabinet as compensation to aggrieved persons who were affected by the operations of the security forces in West Kingston in May 2010. Story Highlights The agreed figure was put forward by a Compensation Committee, which was established to investigate all claims brought by aggrieved persons and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect of the events of May 2010. last_img read more

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Senate Approves SERP Resolution

first_img Piloting the Resolution, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said of the 829 applications received, a total of 430 have so far been approved. Special incentives have been included in the programme, such as two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment for accumulated vacation leave. The Senate on Friday (March 23) approved the Pensions Public Service Special Early Retirement Programme Order 2018 Resolution. The Senate on Friday (March 23) approved the Pensions Public Service Special Early Retirement Programme Order 2018 Resolution.The Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP) is a voluntary separation initiative that allows public sector employees, aged 50 to 59, under the non-contributory Government pension scheme, to take up early retirement through an incentivised package.Special incentives have been included in the programme, such as two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary and payment for accumulated vacation leave.The SERP, which is being undertaken through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, was opened on January 2, 2018.Piloting the Resolution, Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said of the 829 applications received, a total of 430 have so far been approved.“I would like to remind members that the programme has a dual process for consideration of applications. First, it goes to the Permanent Secretary to ensure that there is an impact assessment in respect of the relevant Ministry, Department or Agency. Where it is not a Ministry that is being impacted, the Permanent Secretary is to consult with the management or leadership of theparticular agencies in order to ensure that approval of the person’s application will not result in a prejudicial impact on the functions of the organisation,” she explained.Senator Johnson Smith said the process continues for the remaining applications.She pointed out that the effective date for persons who are approved will be May 1, for their retirement to actually take place.Senator Johnson Smith said although the target of 1,600 was not attained, “829 is not a bad record to have achieved.”She expressed gratitude to the persons who have been integral to the process, including Permanent Secretaries and the staff at the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Responding to questions posed by Opposition Senator, Lambert Brown, regarding the demographics and category of applicants, Senator Johnson Smith said a report is expected to be presented once completed.The SERP was offered in light of the recently passed Pensions (Public Service) Act 2017, which adjusts the terms under which public sector workers will retire.The new Act will gradually increase the retirement age from 60 to 65 years; facilitate mandatory contributions by all pensionable officers towards their pension; and harmonise the legislation governing public sector pensions in a single statute. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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International Port & Terminal Technology …

first_imgzoom The International Port & Terminal Technology Conference and Exhibition is coming to Savannah, Ga., May 20-21.The Georgia Ports Authority and MCI Media will present the conference at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center.“Savannah is the perfect location for this year’s event, as its container port serves as the major gateway for trade into the vibrant and growing Southeast U.S. region,” said Peter van Schie of the magazine World Port Development, which is organizing the event.The Port & Terminal Technology Conference has taken place in Europe for nearly a decade and is now in its sixth year in the U.S.“We’re excited to host this year’s event,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “The conference will feature an impressive selection of industry experts speaking on innovations that deliver improved port efficiency.”PTT USA 2014 will explore the latest developments, trends and technology affecting global ports and terminals. This conference and exhibition specifically targets industry professionals such as port operations, maintenance and engineering, as well as terminal operators, consultancy firms, dredging contractors, maritime construction firms and suppliers of cargo handling and terminal equipment.Port & Terminal Technology also features a technical exhibition, enabling companies to reach a target audience, showcase their products and network with potential, new and existing customers. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close Georgia Ports Authority, March 4, 2014last_img read more

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Seabed Mapping for MH370 Deep Water Search Underway

first_imgzoom The Australian contracted survey vessel Fugro Equator has commenced operations in a defined MH370 search area, joining Chinese PLA-Navy ship Zhu Kezhen in undertaking survey activities, Australian Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) said in a release.Fugro EquatorUnder the direction of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the two vessels are conducting the bathymetric survey—or mapping of the sea floor—which is crucial to carrying out the deep water search for MH370 that is scheduled to commence in August.At the end of May, Zhu Kezhen suffered a defect to its multibeam echosounder and came into the port of Fremantle to enable the necessary repairs to be conducted.The defect has been rectified and the ship will resume operations in the search area shortly.So far, the Zhu Kezhen has surveyed 4,088 square kilometres of the ocean floor.It is anticipated that it will take at least three months to complete the bathymetric survey of the 60,000 square kilometre search zone.According to JACC, the ships will regularly send survey data to the ATSB and Geoscience Australia. This data will be used to progressively build a map of the search area.The search area will be confirmed before the end of June, after completion of extensive collaborative analysis by a range of specialists.It is already clear from the provisional results of that analysis that the search zone will move, but still be on the seventh arc (where the aircraft last communicated with satellite).Press Release, June 19, 2014last_img read more

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MSC Home Terminal Cuts Fuel Consumption with Kalmar …

first_imgzoom The hybrid straddle carrier supplied by Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has shown reduced fuel consumption and emissions in operation at MSC Home Terminal in Antwerp, Belgium. The new-generation machines were launched to the market in October 2013.Kalmar straddle carriers at MSC Home Terminal, AntwerpKalmar delivered seven new straddle carriers to MSC Home Terminal in early 2014, including one new-generation hybrid machine.In March, Kalmar received an additional order for six ESC 350 straddle carriers. These machines will be delivered later this year.During one month of operation, MSC Home Terminal has reached a 37% decrease in fuel consumption with the new Kalmar hybrid straddle, compared to a conventional diesel-electric machine.The results show an average fuel consumption level of 12.3 litres per hour. This reduces the carbon dioxide emission by 97 tonnes per year compared to a traditional machine.Dr. Tero Kokko, Vice President, Horizontal Transportation at Kalmar said: “The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier’s regenerative energy system converts electrical braking and spreader lowering energy into electric power that is stored by the state-of-the-art battery technology. An automated start-stop system chooses the optimal balance between engine and battery power. The new system can deliver a remarkable 40% decrease in fuel consumption compared to existing machines in the market while meeting the most stringent engine emission regulations worldwide.”The Kalmar hybrid straddle carrier is equipped with a new active stability control system, continuously monitoring speed, turn radius and the spreader’s position, slowing the vehicle automatically when needed.The redesigned cabin features improvements in ergonomics and safety, such as electrically operating rotatable chair and excellent visibility with less night time reflections.Press Release; June 25, 2014last_img read more

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Interview: Switch to Gas Needs Speeding Up

first_imgzoom Maritime transport is moving towards the use of gas as a prime source of energy for propulsion and power generation on board ships. As the ‘dash for gas’ takes hold worldwide, the maritime industry has a golden opportunity to leapfrog the increasingly strict regime governing emissions of harmful atmospheric pollutants, reduce the carbon footprint of ship operations, and proceed quickly to the adoption of gas, a sustainable and cost-effective source of energy.The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is a non-governmental organisation established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. Formally based in Bermuda with business offices in London, the SGMF was officially established in February 2013.SGMF’s General Manager Mark Bell agreed to share his insights regarding the current position of gas as a marine fuel, as well as to offer future projections on what seems as the most logical step shippers can take to cut fuel costs and reduce emissions.WMN: What was the motivation behind starting the SGMF Society?Bell: “It has been set up as a membership-based organisation and an NGO to represent the best views of the industry, and the best practice within the industry, regarding not only gas as a marine fuel, but also alternative marine fuels of the future. It has been set up to handle the issues dealing with gas and LNG as a marine fuel, which are totally different to the issues around LNG as a transportation cargo.”WMN: Seeing that you are a relatively new NGO player, what do you intend to bring to the table?Bell: “The best practice for the industry. We cannot be prescriptive, we cannot write specifications, we cannot tell people what to do, but as a membership-based industry organisation we can issue guidelines which are the best the industry has to offer.”WMN: Do you see yourself more as a body aimed at raising awareness within the existing regulatory framework or more as a regulatory body for areas that haven’t been adequately covered?Bell: “In terms of the maritime regulatory framework, it tends to be the framework which is reactive as opposed to being proactive. We have the responsibility to manage the public perception of this new marine fuel, what it means, and what impact it has on society. In terms of its environmental performance, there is much of the awareness to be raised there.”WMN: What are the key issues that need to be sorted out with respect to facilitating LNG to become the Number 1 marine fuel?Bell: “The first one is safety. Do not spill it, do not cause an incident, do not harm any people, environment or property. That has got to be the first and foremost.The second one is to make sure that the best that the industry has to offer for technology is brought together.The third one should be that the environmental performance matters are met, and probably the fourth one that needs to be dealt with is that everybody can see the commercial advantage to be had when using LNG as a marine fuel.”WMN: Would you say that the commercial viability of LNG is your strongest argument?Bell: “No, it is not the number one, but it is the one that affects everybody, everybody wants a competitive advantage, and there are always those to be had.”Speaking of the recent Resavika leakage incident Bell said: “One should make sure that the communication is there between the organisation, making sure that they do what they said they were going to do. The statement we issued on our website regarding the incident outlines the importance of adhering to guidelines.”WMN: What are the benefits and what are the challenges you would single out for those who want to shift to LNG?Bell: “There are many benefits. The challenge is to do it fast enough. The maritime industry is not the fastest moving industry in the world, such a major shift is not going to happen overnight. However, there are other industries that are moving far quicker towards adoption of gas as a fuel, and certainly in areas such as North America where there is a dash for gas at the moment amongst some other industries such as rail, mining, road.Maritime industry might find itself a little bit late in the pecking order, so speed I would say would be one of the major challenges. The benefits are many, but once the safety and technological challenges are overcome, the main benefit will be improved environmental performance, which is a major advantage when using gas.”WMN: Any downsides?Bell: “A lot of people perceive that using a cryogenic gas in a liquid form is a challenge for the maritime industry, so the downsides of using gas would be for the global bunkering industry to embrace this technology and move forward, and to look at different ways to doing things.You hear a lot of the industry say it has got to be a bunker barge, it has got to be done in the same way, and that is the way we have always done it. That is the hindrance, and the main challenge is not being able to think differently and do things differently.”WMN: Recently we have seen many firsts in terms of new ship designs adopting LNG as fuel, like the first drillship fuelled by LNG, announced by ABS and DSME. What direction will the LNG industry take in the future? What are your projections?Bell:” If you have an existing asset, in general it does not make sense to convert it to this technology, those vessels are amortized and financed over a period of time, so for a buyer to make a major investment mid-way through does not generally make sense, unless the vessel is on a long-term charter, back-to-back service, or in a restricted area.But for newbuilding it totally makes sense. To not consider this as a viable alternative for any sector of maritime industry would be a mistake. We will probably see a few conversions, but not many. On the other hand, newbuildings are a different story.For the short-sea shipping, the local shipping  and the inland waterways you will see developments pretty much extensively across the board. The attractiveness of the price of the commodity is irresistible.Deep-sea shipping is a different prospect, where availability is a major factor. We will probably see sectors such as container ships, maybe vessels that are on 15 to 20-year charters picking this up as the availability increases.I think we will see deep-sea shipping moving towards this fuel in a major way over the next 5 to 10 years. There are projections that anywhere between 250 and 2,500 ships LNG-fuelled ships will be built within the next 5 years. Even if it goes to 2,500 ships or beyond, that is still a relatively small proportion of the world fleet, but that is probably a rather conservative guess.When you start looking at larger ships, deep-sea operations and long-term operations, 2,500 ships is still a small portion, but nevertheless a significant one.”WMN: What about the port infrastructure, are the ports ready for a surge in LNG orders?Bell: “No. But that is more increasingly being seen as an opportunity. If you look at the existing port infrastructure, it is for commodity LNG.Now, is that available for bunkering by and large? The answer is no. The advantages of having a clean sheet of paper if you will, is being able to provide strategically the best bunkering solutions for LNG.The lack of infrastructure is more and more being seen as an opportunity rather than as a problem. You are not stuck with an existing infrastructure, you can put it wherever you want it. One example would be that you could have package liquefaction plant liquefying gas on a small scale for marine bunkering from pretty much anywhere. Or you could have an offshore supply terminal sitting out in an anchorage. The range is almost limitless.”WMN: Is the introduction of the stricter 0.1% Sulphur Directive, coming into force in January 2015, a positive development for LNG? What are your comments on the UK Chamber of Shipping lobbying to postpone the introduction of the Directive?Bell: “It is very unlikely that the Directive is going to be postponed any further. The Chamber of Shipping is the voice of shippers who are struggling to comply with their existing assets.We have got sympathy towards the shippers, but on the other hand, the Directive has been on the table since 2005, so there has been ten years for the industry to get itself together to comply with this Directive.The switch will take time, and these initiatives are there to try to make the industry move a little quicker. Again, the speed of change is the biggest challenge.” World Maritime News Staff; August 27, 2014last_img read more

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Mein Schiff 3 First to Test Puerto del Rosario’s …

first_imgzoom The cruise liner Mein Shiff 3, one of the biggest in the world with capacity for 2,500 passengers and 1,000 crew, was the first to inaugurate the new cruise ship pier in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.The pier  was extended by Acciona by applying a world-first technique based on the use of caissons made of composite materials that are more resistant and environment-friendly. They also reduce C02 emissions arising from their construction by 75% and minimize the need to carry out maintenance work, extending their working life.Puerto del Rosario will be able to simultaneously accommodate two medium-sized cruise liners or one big ship with a length of over 300 meters, which is the case of the Mein Shiff 3 (until now the maximum length was 275 meters). My location Press Release, Image: STX Europe 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Closelast_img read more

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