SAAM to Invest USD 85 Mn in Fleet and Infrastructure

first_imgChilean port, towage and logistics services provider SAAM unveiled its plans to invest some USD 85 million to reinforce its tug fleet and maintain port equipment and infrastructure.The company added that the investment could also cover inorganic growth opportunities that SAAM is constantly evaluating, according to Óscar Hasbún, SAAM’s chairman.The investment comes on the back of the company’s new operating model, launched last year with an aim to make the organization more flexible, modern and efficient. “These efforts will help us streamline operations and continue expanding to strengthen our leadership in the region,” Hasbún added.SAAM revealed the investment as part of its 2017 financial results. For the year 2017, SAAM reported net income of USD 60.4 million, up 11% from USD 54.5 million in 2016.This figure includes USD 26 million in extraordinary items, mainly from the sale of its minority interest in Tramarsa (Peru).Highlights during the year include increased activity at Terminal Terminals Guayaquil (TPG) and the incorporation of the main port on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica (Puerto Caldera), which helped offset reduced results from the Logistics Division and Chilean port terminals.“In 2017 we concluded a high investment cycle with over USD 500 million in capital expenditures over the last four years, giving us state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment to continue growing,” Hasbún said.Additionally, SAAM elected a new board which will hold office for the next three years. The board will now consist of Oscar Hasbún, Jean Paul Luksic, Francisco Pérez Mackenna, Francisco Gutiérrez and Diego Bacigalupo. Jorge Gutiérrez and Armando Valdivieso Montes were also elected as independent directors.last_img read more

Women’s heart health fitness warning

first_img Share 44 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyle Women’s heart health fitness warning by: – May 9, 2014 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Only a third of middle-aged women do enough exerciseLack of exercise is the biggest risk factor for heart disease in women aged 30 and above, according to a study.If all over-30s followed recommended guidelines on exercise, nearly 3,000 lives could be saved each year in Australia alone, say researchers.More needs to be done to warn women of inactivity, as it outweighs other risk factors such as obesity, they say.Lack of exercise is a known major risk factor for heart disease, says the British Heart Foundation.A team at the University of Queensland, Australia tracked the health of more than 30,000 women born in the 1920s, 1940s and 1970s.They found smoking had the greatest impact on women’s heart disease risk below the age of 30.However, as women got older and more gave up smoking, it was overtaken by physical inactivity as the dominant influence on heart disease risk.Continuing efforts to encourage people to stop smoking were warranted, the researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.But they said greater effort were needed to promote exercise, which they describe as a “Cinderella” risk factor compared with obesity.“We need a lot more effort to keep middle-aged women active and then keep them active into old age,” Prof Wendy Brown, of the university’s centre for research on exercise, physical activity and health, told BBC News.“If you can do at least 30 minutes and preferably 45 minutes a day, you’ll see huge improvements in your health and reduce your risk of heart disease by half.”According to NHS Choices, adults aged 19-64 years are recommended to do 150 minutes of weekly physical activity, or 30 minutes on five days a week.Commenting on the study, Thembi Nkala, senior cardiac nurse at the British Heart Foundation, said physical inactivity was a known major risk factor for heart disease.“Interestingly, this study shows its dominant influence on heart disease amongst women, and suggests a greater need to promote regular physical activity amongst this group,” she said.“It’s important to remember that heart disease is linked to other factors such as smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.“It’s essential to manage these too, as the more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of heart disease. ”BBC Newslast_img read more

Bulldogs And Pirates Battle It Out In Swimming

first_imgBatesville Swimming Results at Greensburg.   (12-13)Girls Results.  BHS 106,  Greensburg 64.Batesville is 16-2 on the season. (4-0 EIAC), 12-2 non-conference)Boys Results.  Greensburg 97,  BHS 61.Batesville is 4-9-1 on the season.Bulldogs Event Winners.  (G) Ashley Daulton (100back), Emily Gutzwiller ( 100 fly/500 free),Mary Poltrack (100 free).  (B)  Elliot Main (50 free).  JV Event Winners:  Maggie Schwettman (50 free), Sarah Poltrack (100 free).Career Best Times.  (G) Gwen Martin 500 free, Kate Poltrack 200 free, Hannah Simpson, 200 free, Allison Storms 100 breast.  (B) Spencer Johnson 500 free , Skylar Simpson 100 free.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Courtois given all clear to return

first_img Courtois played on after requiring treatment for a head knock following a first-half collision with Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, before being replaced after further treatment and departing Stamford Bridge for precautionary scans in hospital. A Chelsea statement issued on Monday read: “Chelsea Football Club can confirm Thibaut Courtois went to hospital during our Premier League game against Arsenal yesterday (Sunday) for precautionary tests on a head injury. Those tests came back all clear. “Thibaut was treated for a minor cut to his ear and was released from hospital last night. He is expected to report for international duty (with Belgium) later this week.” Headway, the brain injury charity, has questioned the application of the Premier League’s regulations following the decision to allow Courtois to play on. The Premier League is understood to be happy the rules were correctly applied. Headway chief executive Peter McCabe said on the charity’s website: “The new rules introduced this season were designed to ensure no risks to players’ health were taken. “They clearly state that ‘If there is any suspicion of the player having sustained a concussion, they must be removed from the field of play, and not allowed to return.’ “This incident calls into question whether these rules are working effectively. “It is hard to understand how a concussion was not suspected following the sickening clash.” Courtois was taken off only after liquid appeared to be coming from his ear. McCabe acknowledged the difficulty of making an assessment from television, but questioned why a “safety-first approach” was not applied. He added: “Bleeding from one or both ears is one of the symptoms to look out for that requires an immediate visit or return to hospital following a head injury. “The fact that the bleeding only became apparent 15 minutes after the injury also demonstrates the evolving nature of concussion and highlights why a safety-first approach must be taken with all head injuries.” Chelsea’s first-team squad were afforded a day off by manager Jose Mourinho on Monday as many of the players prepared to join up with their national teams after the Blues extended their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points from Manchester City. Only goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, defender John Terry and striker Didier Drogba, who is currently nursing an ankle injury, will stay behind for training, with all three having retired from international duty. Eden Hazard leaves for Belgium duty, alongside Courtois, on a high after a mixed start to the season. The playmaker, who is expected to sign a new contract shortly to commit to Chelsea, was below par against Aston Villa, but sparkled on occasion against the Gunners, particularly in the run which led to the penalty which he converted himself. Hazard, who was the target of some heavy tackling in the contest, is content to be fouled if it benefits the team. And he believes with Cesc Fabregas over a set-piece, a goal is always possible. “When I get the ball I need to go forward and win free-kicks, win penalties,” the 23-year-old Hazard told Chelsea TV. “If they want to play like this it’s not my problem. They have two against me, okay, but I can create a lot of space for other players. “We can score every game with Fabregas from a free-kick or corner.” Chelsea have dropped two points in their opening seven games – in drawing at Manchester City – and are top of their Champions League Group. Hazard knows there is no margin for error, though. He added: “We have a strong team. We need to concentrate all the time, 100 per cent. “We know we have bad moments in one season, but we need to be focused all the time.” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been cleared to play on after undergoing precautionary tests following the head injury he sustained during Sunday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Arsenal. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Jadeja was fit when we selected him for Australia Tests, says MSK Prasad

first_imgMelbourne: Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad Tuesday made it clear that his committee picked Ravindra Jadeja for the Test series based on the fitness report where he was declared absolutely fit. Jadeja, who had a shoulder stiffness couldn’t feature in the second Test in Perth and coach Ravi Shastri told the mediapersons that the player was carrying the niggle from India.Prasad however wanted to set the record straight on the eve of the Boxing Day Test, which will feature the Saurashtra all-rounder. “On the eve of any selection meeting, the selection committee is given a fitness report of all the players. In that report, Jadeja was absolutely fit. So we picked him. After we picked him, he went and played Ranji Trophy also, where he bowled 60 overs. So there is no question of him being unfit at the time of selection (for Australia),” Prasad said.Also Read | India vs Australia Melbourne Test Playing XI: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay dropped, Ravindra Jadeja returns“Whenever a health issue comes up, we have a group in which it is being placed. All that is looked after by the physio and they have very clearly given it in the statement,” he said.On a different note, Prasad said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return in the T20 squad for New Zealand tour was on expected lines as he was only rested for the six T20 Internationals against West Indies and Australia.“With regard to MS, even while resting also, we categorically told that he was going to be rested for those six matches so that we an give more game-time to Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant. That is the very reason. Now they have played quite a few matches, so we thought that we should bring back MS into the squad,” Prasad reasoned, even though it is clear that Dhoni won’t be part of 2020 World T20 in Australia.Prasad said the decision to drop Rishabh Pant from the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand was to keep him fresh for bigger battles ahead. He assured that the young keeper is still in scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup.Also Read | BCCI announces T20s, ODIs squads for New Zealand, Australia series, MS Dhoni makes return“With regards to Rishabh, given the intensity of this series that we are playing right now, so after this series, we want to keep him fresh. Give him a break and he will have a very good game-time of five matches against the visiting England Lions. Definitely a part of our World Cup plans (sic), Prasad said. The chairman of selectors informed that from now on only 20 players will play till World Cup as they form the core.“As promised, we said that coming closer to the World Cup, we are left with only 13 ODIs. It is more or less the core team. We have zeroed in on 20 members and only those 20 members will be figuring from now on, he signed off. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiant battle today in IPL final

first_imgTHE curtains will come down today on IPL 2017 as Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Mumbai Indians (MI) battle in the final.Aiming to win their third title, the formidable Mumbai Indians (MI) will face an imposing challenge from the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in what promises to be a riveting ‘Grand Finale’ of the 10th Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday (May 21).Billed as a “Maharashtra Derby”, the summit clash is set to be a bit more than an inter-city battle with huge reputations of big stars at stake.Even on paper, there is not much to choose, especially with Pune beating MI thrice this season including a comprehensive victory in Qualifier 1. But final is a new day and MI can always be fourth time lucky.Two-time champions Mumbai will be playing their fourth final and should have been termed as clear favourites had it not been for a certain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who will be playing a record 7th IPL final.Some of the MI stars, like skipper Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, have a fair idea of how to win a mega final as they have been a part of the victorious 2013 and 2015 sides.MI’s strength has been their bench with like for like replacements. When Jos Buttler left, they had Lendl Simmons to fill up for him.Similarly, Mitchell McClenaghan (19 wickets) can cool his heels with Mitchell Johnson tormenting the batsmen. Nitish Rana (333 runs) has been one of the finds but when Ambati Rayudu came back from injury, he was equally effective.Harbhajan Singh has been economical as ever but the team management had faith in leg-spinner Karn Sharma who crushed the KKR batting during the second Qualifier.In Malinga and Bumrah – they have the best death bowlers in the business. Pollard hits big and is a livewire on the field. Pandya brothers – Krunal and Hardik – provide the all-round balance and above all there is Rohit, who can singlehandedly turn the match on its head.But when it comes to “MSD”, the cash-rich league has been his playground since its inception in 2008. He has played six finals between 2008 and 2015 for the Chennai Super Kings, winning the 2010 and ’11 editions. The former India captain knows more than a thing or two about IPL finals.Pune skipper Steve Smith will be banking on Dhoni’s experience with an aim to emulate Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, David Warner – the Aussies who have lifted the silverware.In terms of performance, Dhoni hasn’t exactly set the stage on fire but his contribution in two of the victories have had a telling impact.The tricky chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad during a league game was one match in which Supergiant witnessed the ‘Master Finisher’ come to the fore. It was a match Pune needed to win in order to get some momentum going. Last and final game for Pune And then the five sixes off the last two overs during the Qualifier 1 at Wankhede – a match that was till then in MI’s grip. It’s highly likely that Dhoni will be seen in his favourite ‘Canary Yellow’ jersey from next season as Supergiant won’t be getting an extension as per current rules.But the legend must not have forgotten how he was unceremoniously removed from captaincy and a memorable knock in the final will only be an icing on the cake.After a forgettable last season, Pune, under Smith, have found their combination this time round. Ben Stokes has been one of those rare players, who has justified the big bucks (Rs 14.5 crore) spent on him by Sanjeev Goenka.Before leaving for Madrid (where England is having a pre Champions Trophy camp), Stokes’ 316 runs and 12 wickets had a huge role to play in ensuring a smooth passage to the play-offs.The century against Gujarat Lions, while battling cramps, and brilliant overs at the death made it easier for Smith. The emergence of Rahul Tripathi (388 runs) – son of an Army Major – who had for sometime quit cricket while staying in Kashmir, has been one of the most endearing IPL stories of this year.Not to forget the reticent Washington Sundar, who held his own bowling in Powerplays, to some of the best T20 exponents. Skipper Smith (421) also had a good start before some quiet matches towards the business end. Manoj Tiwary (317) has also played his part to perfection. The best part about their campaign has been turning their weak-links into a strong point.Once Imran Tahir (18 wickets) left for national duty, no one would have thought that Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets) would make this platform his own with support from the unheralded Washington and Shardul Thakur.Mumbai Indians: 1 Parthiv Patel (wk), 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Kieron Pollard, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Karn Sharma, 9 Mitchell Johnson/Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Jasprit BumrahRising Pune Supergiant: 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Steven Smith (capt), 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dan Christian, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Lockie Ferguson, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Adam Zampalast_img read more

Afghanistan wicketkeeper-batsman Shafaq banned for six years

first_img(BBC) – AFGHANISTAN wicketkeeper-batsman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, has been banned for six years from all forms of cricket after breaching anti-corruption rules.Shafaq admitted to four charges while playing for Afghan club, Nangarhar Leopards, in 2018 and Sylhet Thunder in last year’s Bangladesh Premier League.The 30-year-old has played 24 one-day internationals and 46 Twenty20s.The Afghanistan Cricket Board’s senior anti-corruption manager said the ban was a warning for all players.“This is a very serious offence where a senior national player is involved in the corruption of a high-profile domestic game in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League T20,” said Sayed Anwar Shah Quraishi.“The player had also attempted but failed to get one of his team-mates to engage in corruption in another high-profile game during the Bangladesh Premier League 2019.“It is an alert for all those players who think their illegal activities concerning the game of cricket will not be disclosed to the ACB.“Our coverage is vaster than what is perceived.”last_img read more

Robert Shrum looks ahead for Unruh

first_imgProfessor Robert Shrum will bring his political experience  and expertise to the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, where he hopes to promote communication between students and political professionals in his role as the center’s new director.One of Shrum’s goals as director of Unruh is to build off of what already exists. That means creating more internships in Washington, D.C. and featuring more political discussions and conferences. Most importantly, he wants to focus on students first. “I think Unruh is a valuable resource for students on this campus, and there’s a lot that’s been done that has been pretty powerful,” Shrum said. Last year, the Unruh Institute hosted debate-watching events, election panels and distinguished speakers, and Shrum hopes to continue that trend into 2017. He has already organized weekly seminars and presentations on President-elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days  and hopes to implement more post-election discussions. He said he would reinstate a fellows programs with the hopes of attracting political figures to teach a study group. Shrum’s next task is to bring Unruh into the national spotlight. He is looking to take advantage of the national attention received by the USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times Presidential Election Daybreak Poll, one of the only polls predicting a Trump win. “That attention will encourage students to become active in politics,” Shrum said “If we can give people ways to engage and give them a sense they can make a difference overall over time, let them interact with folks who had a life in politics or spent time in politics, then I think you can attract more people.”In December, the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences announced that Shrum would replace Professor Dan Schnur as Shnur begins work on a new center.Shrum started off his career as a speechwriter and rose to prominence after writing Sen. Ted Kennedy’s 1980 speech at the Democratic National Convention. He then became a political consultant, working for the 2000 Al Gore  presidential campaign and the 2004 John Kerry presidential campaign. “All my professional life I’ve been lucky because I’ve earned a living doing what I love,” Shrum said. “Now I have a second career that I love, which is teaching and reflecting on these issues.”In his new position, Shrum will be analyzing future elections and the current political climate, which he said is completely changing because of evolving U.S. demographics. “Can we figure out, not just in terms of how they vote, but the attitudes of millennials and work with folks in sociology, for example, to see how those attitudes are shaping what they think and how they decide?” Shrum said. To understand the underlying political changes, Shrum said he needs to go one step further.“The dominance of Republican representatives in the House and the Senate and state legislatures may disguise a deeper, long-term problem the Republicans have with the rising American electorate,” Shrum said.Because Shrum has been in politics for so long, he will bring a different perspective to the politics of the future, a perspective that many college students may need in their careers. He also commented on the recent election, citing that only 9 percent of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton ads mentioned jobs or the economy. “If you lose the message war, you’re probably not going to win the election anyway,” Shrum said.Shrum will advance and maintain the Unruh Institute, where he will emphasize the importance of understanding the factors that motivate people to vote.Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Amber Miller, dean of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, nominated Shrum for the position. She did not. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Beat writers pick Miami to beat Syracuse men’s basketball

first_img Comments Published on January 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Three days after its 96-81 loss at Boston College to open Atlantic Coast Conference play, Syracuse (8-6, 0-1 ACC) hosts Miami (11-2, 1-0) Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome. On Sunday, SU became the first ACC team since March 2015 to lose to BC. On Saturday the Hurricanes, who are unranked but received 16 votes in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, beat North Carolina State, 81-63.Miami has won seven straight while Syracuse is struggling to stay afloat. Here’s how our beat writers predict the matchup will unfold.Connor Grossman (8-6)Duck and coverMiami 74, Syracuse 58Wednesday’s game is a double whammy for Syracuse. Not only will its defense be pushed — like it will every game, it appears — but SU will try to penetrate one of the conference’s best defenses. Only Virginia has allowed fewer than Miami’s 58.9 points per game. Miami coach Jim Larranaga will snag career win No. 600 while Jim Boeheim is left to wonder if he’ll get the seven wins still needed this season to unofficially reach 1,000 in his career. The loss will also sink the Orange’s record to just a game over .500, threatening to become the first of Boeheim’s 42 teams to finish with a losing record.Matt Schneidman (9-5)Hurricane seasonMiami 76, Syracuse 64AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis zone is like Swiss cheese. Miami, though stronger on the defensive end and without its two best players from last season in Sheldon McClellan and Tonye Jekiri, will find a way to exploit whatever it is you want to call this SU defense. Just as most other power-conference teams have done. Syracuse slips dangerously close to .500, with its Achilles heel (Pittsburgh) up next.Paul Schwedelson (10-4)600 ClubMiami 69, Syracuse 59Until Syracuse beats a major-conference opponent, I’m not convinced it’ll happen. Fourteen games into the year, it’s clear the Orange has serious flaws. Miami brings in a solid core with Ja’Quan Newton, Davon Reed and Bruce Brown. Larranaga will get career win No. 600.last_img read more

Clare footballers in Tipp’s sights

first_imgTipp senior footballers are hoping to put the disappointment of the Roscommon defeat behind them this weekend.They travel to Cusack Park in Ennis to take on Clare in the third round of the National Football League.Clare have yet to win a game in Division 2, clocking up a loss and a draw – while Tipp won their opener against Cork. Jack Kennedy says he’s hopeful they’ll get the result.last_img