Container freight rates holding up as blank sailings hit 435

first_imgAs an example on the Transpacific, the three alliances have each blanked some 17-24% in weeks 15-21. However, for weeks 22-27 2M and THE Alliance have blanked 19-21% whereas Ocean Alliance at this point has blanked only 6%, data from the consultancy shows. Ocean Alliance, on the other hand, announces blank sailings for a shorter period into the future and has not yet announced much for the later period in Q2. The blanking of sailings has already had a major effect on global ports, especially those on the U.S. West Coast. The drop in container volumes is estimated to have reached a 13 percent accumulated, further increasing from the gap greater by the China-Us trade war. Source: Pixabay Categories: The container carriers have blanked a total of 435 sailings on various deep-sea trades, equaling a demand decline of 7 million TEU in 2020 caused by the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on global economies. Posted: 5 months ago Ports & Logistics The figures were revealed by Danish consultancy Sea-Intelligence, which said the push has served as a strong underpinning for the freight rates though. center_img The containment measures across the globe have had a colossal impact on the global economy and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sounded the recession alarm saying the Great Lockdown is likely to be worse than the Great Depression. The consultancy said that over the past 6 weeks, the CCFI contract rate index was 11% higher than at the same period last year – despite the drop in both demand and oil prices. The decline in the overall index since Chinese New Year can be shown to be in line with normal seasonality. Coronavirus slashes volumes at LA, Long Beach ports The approach to the blank sailings differs between alliances. The pattern is that 2M and THE Alliance announce blank sailings ranging quite far into the future – typically to the end of Q2 – and then supplement these with a few additional blank sailings tactically as the situation evolves. Some recovery is expected in 2021, however, the demand growth is likely to be modest. Posted: 5 months ago Given how the pandemic is impacting the economy, Sea Intelligence expects more blank sailings to emerge from Ocean Alliance in Q2.last_img read more

Paid parental leave veto confirmed

first_imgNZ Herald 11 April 2012Finance Minister Bill English confirmed this afternoon that National will veto a bill to extend paid parental leave from 14 weeks to six months.He said the Government would have to borrow more money to fund it just at a time when it was trying to reduce its deficit.“We have maintained paid parental leave and we currently spend about $150 million [a year] on it,” he told reporters at Parliament.“But we are still two or three years from getting out of the woods on the deficit so we think it is a bit soon to be trying to expand entitlements when our big challenge has been to maintain them as they are.”Mr English said Labour specialised in trying to get political benefit without showing the real cost by saying it would take 10 years to implement.“That’s just misleading the public. The fact is doubling it will cost another $150 million a year. You’d have to borrow half a billion over the next three or four years. We’re simply not willing to do that.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10798133last_img read more

Taylor adds second Governor’s Cup trophy to IMCA awards collection

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. (July 24-25) – Jeff Taylor added a second Governor’s Cup trophy to his collection on night two of the 25th annual special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speed­way.Taylor pulled away from Jason Grimes and Robert Hellebust following a series of restarts, then checked out on the field after the last restart. His win was good for $1,600 and a spot on the bal­lot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Jeremy Keller and Grimes battled for the lead early in the main event. Keller got the best of that battle while Hellebust passed Taylor for third.Taylor rallied to retake the position and quickly chased down Grimes in pursuit of second. On lap seven, Taylor blew by Grimes and two laps later passed Keller for the lead.While running second, Keller had mechanical problems and brought out the first caution as he limped back to the pits. A series of quick yellows failed to slow Taylor as he pulled away from Grimes and Hellebust on each occasion.On what proved to be the final restart of the night, Taylor quickly distanced himself from the pack while Hellebust tried to hold off Aaron Turnbull for third.Turnbull briefly got off the track on the backstretch which allowed Mike Hansen to pass him for fourth. As they took the white flag, Hansen got a flat right rear tire but a spin in turn one ended the race under caution.Race officials went back to the last completed lap, which made the final top five Taylor, Grimes, Hellebust, Turnbull and Hansen.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars were new to the Governor’s Cup card and Bob Fuegmann was Friday’s $400 feature winner. Josh Roehrich ruled Saturday’s $200 to win main event for Mach-1 Sport Compacts.July 24 Feature ResultsStock Cars – 1. Bob Fuegmann; 2. Billy Preston; 3. Joren Boyce; 4. Rob Stenvold; 5. Tyler Ashley; 6. Ross Cummings; 7. Mike Swallers.July 25 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jeff Taylor; 2. Jason Grimes; 3. Robert Hellebust; 4. Aaron Turnbull; 5. Mike Han­son; 6. Marlyn Seidler; 7. Spencer Wilson; 8. Mark Dahl; 9. Shawn Anderson; 10. Quentin Kinzley; 11. Ben Seidler; 12. Troy Heupel; 13. Shawn Strand; 14. Tracy Domagala; 15. Chad Hausauer; 16. Herb Bargmann; 17. Rusty Corneliusen; 18. Dan Aune; 19. Jason Wolla; 20. Travis Ulmer; 21. Chris Hortness; 22. Tim Perkins; 23. Allen Kent; 24. Jerad Thelen; 25. Jeremy Keller.Sport Compacts – 1. Josh Roehrich; 2. Kody Stoxen; 3. Chance Seelye; 4. Jason Berg; 5. Brandon Anderson; 6. Nic West; 7. Alex Thompson; 8. Scott Hagemeister; 9. Stan Thompson; 10. Andy Reed; 11. Chase Swanson; 12. Joshua Houn; 13. Michelle Stoxen; 14. Chase Schlafmann; 15. Dylan Sandberg.last_img read more

Shelly Diane Rigby, 39

first_imgShelly Diane Rigby, 39, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019 at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg.  Born February 15, 1979 in Shelbyville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Victor Wayne and Lois Jean (Hoffman) Rigby.  Shelly was a 1997 graduate from Greensburg Community High School.  She was home health care volunteer.  She had attended the Lifeline Wesleyan Church, she had been a graphic designer and photographer for the websites to both the IPW (Indiana Professional Wrestler) and the NEW (New Era Wrestlers). She is survived by her parents; three sisters, Sherry Sizemore, Greensburg, her twin, Sheila Rigby, Greensburg, Shonna Rigby, Greensburg; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one half-sister, Rebecca Dawn Baugh. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.  Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Doug Preston officiating. Interment will follow in the South Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

Irish rugby remembers Jack Kyle

first_img “He spoke so graciously to us and you genuinely felt that he was happy to share what we’d been through because he’d done it back in 1948. “He never tried to force anything on you but he had so much knowledge to impart that you couldn’t help but listen and be engrossed by what he had to say. “There is a wonderful tribute to him in the new tunnel at Kingspan Stadium and it’s very special to have his legacy to inspire us. “He was one of the greatest players to ever play the game and it’s a privilege to follow in his footsteps as an Ulster Rugby player.” Kyle spent more than 30 years working as a consultant surgeon in Chingola, Zambia, at the end of his playing career. Following his retirement Kyle returned to Northern Ireland, living in Bryansford near Newcastle, County Down. Awarded the OBE in 1959, Kyle forged a formidable reputation as a playmaker of both substance and style. Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) president Louis Magee extended his “sincere condolences to the Kyle family”. “Jack is a true legend and gentleman of the game and he will be fondly remembered by everyone in the world of rugby.” In a 2002 poll organised by the IRFU, Kyle was voted the country’s best player of all time. Born in Belfast in 1926, Kyle read medicine at Queen’s University, making his Ireland debut against the British Army in a friendly during the Second World War. Kyle played in all four matches of Ireland’s 1948 Grand Slam triumph, the achievement heightened by the country’s 61-year wait for a repeat. When O’Driscoll led Ireland to their 2009 Grand Slam in Cardiff, Kyle was on hand to witness the success. While also helping Ireland to Five Nations titles in 1949 and 1951, Kyle won his six Test caps for the Lions on the 1950 tour of Australia and New Zealand. Jack Kyle, one of Ireland’s all-time rugby greats and a star to “transcend generations”, has died aged 88. Belfast-born Kyle won 46 caps for Ireland and six for the Lions, and guided his national side to their first-ever Five Nations Grand Slam in 1948. In 2002 Kyle was voted Ireland’s greatest-ever player, underlining his standing alongside the likes of Brian O’Driscoll and Willie John McBride as the country’s most-celebrated rugby stars. Ulster and Ireland hooker Rory Best led widespread tributes by hailing Kyle as “a genius of the game”. “I remember my father and grandfather talking about Jack Kyle and what a great player he was in his time,” said Best. “But for him still to be looked upon by modern-day players as a genius of the game shows what a legend he was. “There are very few players who transcend generations like he has done, but when you look back at clips of some of the stuff he did, he was well ahead of his time. “We talk about his playing achievements but he was a real gentleman as well as a rugby great. “I’ve met him a few times, particularly in 2009 when we won the Grand Slam, and he spoke so fondly of his time playing rugby. The former Ulster, Ireland and British and Irish Lions fly-half passed away on Thursday night. “Jack died peacefully in his sleep at home last night, surrounded by close family members,” his family said in a statement. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football leaders bury differences to tackle coronavirus

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodBERN, Switzerland (Reuters) – After months of bickering over new competitions, talks of closed super leagues and complaints of greed by elite clubs, football’s leaders have buried their differences to tackle the effects of the coronavirus outbreak.On Tuesday, UEFA agreed to delay its flagship Euro 2020 competition for one year to allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons, once football resumes, and FIFA in turn recommended postponing its new Club World Cup from 2021.“It was a relatively short call, probably the most united front of opinion I have seen in European football so far,” said Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, general secretary of the global players’ union FIFPRO, after a video conference with UEFA and representatives of clubs and leagues. “It was a very cordial conversation — not at all tense or contentious.” That could not be said of recent encounters involving football’s various stakeholders.Only two weeks ago, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told his organisation’s annual congress that “no football administrator, no matter the size of the ego, should think we are the stars of the game. We are only the guardians of the game.”He didn’t mention any names but FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose efforts to create the Club World Cup have not gone down well with UEFA, was sitting in the front row. Last year, UEFA and the European Club Association (ECA), proposed a reform of the Champions League which would have turned it into semi-closed competition from 2024 onwards.The proposal was eventually dropped amid widespread opposition led by Europe’s domestic leagues. In December, the Financial Times and New York Times reported that discussions led by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez had taken place over the possibility of setting up a super league featuring the world’s richest clubs split into two divisions. Ceferin said the idea was “far-fetched” and “insane”.Such reports of breakaways have become commonplace over the years as the financial gap grows between a handful of elite clubs and the rest. Only two weeks ago, Andrea Agnelli, president of Serie A champions Juventus, questioned the right of smaller rivals Atalanta to take part in the Champions League because the club lacked “international history”.FIFA’s ambitions for a 24-team Club World Cup have themselves been seen as an attempt to muscle in the lucrative club game and reduce financial dependency on the World Cup. But the tone was very different on Tuesday.“It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity and altruism,” said Ceferin, while Baer-Hoffmann recognised that UEFA had taken a “significant hit” with its decision to postpone Euro 2020.“Finding appropriate and fair solutions at global level is imperative,” added Infantino, who also proposed a fund to help those in football affected by the pandemic. “We need to think of all those around the world potentially impacted by our decisions.”last_img read more

La Liga, Barca, Girona Ask Spanish FA for Permission to Play…

first_imgBarcelona, Girona and La Liga have asked the Spanish Football Federation for permission for the two Catalan clubs to relocate a match to the USA.The game, Girona’s ‘home’ match, would be held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on 26 January at 19:45 GMT.A compensation package for Girona season ticket holders has been agreed. RFEF, the US Soccer Federation, UEFA and CONCACAF need to give permission for the game to go ahead.The President of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, has previously spoken out against the US game.The Spanish players’ union (AFE) has also opposed the match and following a meeting with La Liga on Monday, it said the players would have the “final say”.La Liga, Spain’s top flight, has agreed to play one game a season in the US as part of a 15-year deal with media company Relevent.Girona is in Catalonia, about 60 miles north east of Barcelona. The club says the match represents a chance for expansion and growth, both for the club and the region.La Liga is planning to subsidise travel and accommodation for fans affected by the relocated match.For Girona season ticket holders, there will be 1,500 free flights to Miami, with a choice of staying overnight for the weekend, or coming straight back after the match.For those who do not want to travel, there will be 5,000 free tickets to the away game against Barcelona at the Nou Camp on 23 September and 20% off their season ticket. Fans who cannot do either would get a 40% discount on their season ticket.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Last time they played: No. 24 Syracuse uses strong 2nd half to upset No. 6 North Carolina

first_img Published on January 11, 2014 at 12:39 am Facebook Twitter Google+ It was a game of runs, and Syracuse’s best blow was too much for North Carolina to overcome.Already on a 17-1 run to start the second half Wesley Johnson received a swing pass from Andy Rautins at the top of the key. He then hoisted a shot that presented two possibilities: A make would all but seal a gritty Orange win. A miss would allow the Tar Heels to hold on by a thread.Johnson nailed it and sent a dejectedly defeated North Carolina team into a timeout.“We definitely realized it,” Rautins told The Daily Orange, referencing the team’s second-half dominance. “The momentum in the crowd you could feel it shift every ten minutes or so and you know, it was a great atmosphere to play in.”On the heels of its best stretch of the game, No. 24 Syracuse (4-0) upset No. 6 North Carolina (4-1) 87-71 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 20, 2009. The win crowned the Orange 2K Sports Classic champions in front of 15,552 fans, and was its best win of a moderately tough nonconference schedule.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo future first-round NBA draft picks led their respective squads in the contest. Johnson paced the Orange with a game-high 25, shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 4-of-8 from 3. Ed Davis collected a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.After an 8-0 start by the Orange, UNC clawed back into the game to a 15-12 advantage behind strong play by Davis and point guard Larry Drew II.“We started great but they came right back at us,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We had another good spurt, they came right back and took the lead at halftime.”The beginning of the first half was a microcosm for a back-and-forth frame.But then Syracuse used halftime to springboard itself to a gutty win. Seconds into the second half Brandon Triche tied the score at 39-39. Then a sharp run, highlighted by post buckets by Arinze Onuaku, pushed SU’s run to 10-1.Then another Triche basket put the run at 15-1 minutes later. The final push was on.“At one point, we were maybe up 19 or 20 and then you tell yourself, well we got this game in the bag,” forward Kris Joseph said.The Orange would get through its nonconference slate unscathed, not losing a game until its second Big East contest against Pittsburgh.Notable nonconference wins against UNC, Florida and California, coupled with a strong showing in the Big East and tough play on both ends of the floor throughout the season, turned into a 30-5 season for Boeheim and Co.Said Rautins: “It’s very tough for teams to beat us when we play aggressive as we do.”compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. sports editor, jcdoug01@syr.edu Commentslast_img read more

Medical clowning courses help students, patients

first_imgOne can often find professor Caitlyn Conlin working in a hospital -— but not in a traditional medical profession. Conlin, sporting a red nose, interacts with young hospitalized patients through the art of medical clowning, which is targeted at transforming the experience of hospitalization for patients. “If someone wants to talk about their trip to Alaska, the clown will play with that,” Conlin said. “If someone wants to talk about monsters and zombies, then the clown will do that. So the content is different, but the play is still the same.” This story has been updated for clarity. “I started interacting with different objects in the hallway around the room and pretending that they were alive,” Conlin said. “Doctors and nurses were passing through the hallway,  and I turned it into a parade … a beautiful, amazing parade.” School of Dramatic Arts professors Zachary Steel (left) and Caitlyn Conlin (right) teach courses on medical clowning. (Photo courtesy of Caitlyn Conlin) “The philosophy of clowning … when you  participate in a medical clowning class, you do exercises that allow you to tap into a certain state of being that is completely free and has unlimited imagination,” Conlin said. Steel said that medical clowning may also give hope to patients’ families. On one visit with unconscious patient, Conlin and Steel said they were able to change the mother’s experience at the hospital. “It’s really not about ‘Oh, look at me, I’m a clown on stage,’” Chow said. “It’s like, ‘OK, I’m here for you.’” According to Conlin, by interacting with the patients actively, the medical clowns are able to gain trust from patients and create beautiful memories with them. She improvised a performance to engage with a shy boy. Conlin also said medical clowning is all about improvisation and intimate interaction with patients and the environment. Conlin said the magic of medical clowning lies not only in healing patients but also in giving hope to patients’ families. When Conlin and Steel met with an unconscious patient, the nurse said there was not much the medical clowns could do. However, the patient’s mother called them in, and they said they were able to successfully implore the mother’s experience in the hospital. The course explores the philosophies of medical clowning and offers students opportunities to perform in hospitals. Steel said that in the class, students learn the principles of theatrical clowning to reveal the “most innocent and pure” parts of themselves to pursue joy and take this newly discovered joy to hospitals.  center_img “It’s very meaningful to the mother to have someone treating her daughter with the same feeling of aliveness… That was really important for the mother to keep the hope going,” Conlin said.       However, Steel said that surprises are needed sometimes because they want to promote optimism in hospital environments. They want patients to feel comfortable with their surroundings. Conlin said that children and adult patients have different responses to medical clowns. She said adults are at first more hesitant to open themselves to more creative outlets. But once patients have experienced medical clowning, Conlin said they realize the clowns can tailor the experience to their age and topics they want to discuss. As opposed to other types of clowning, medical clowning aims to build one-to-one immersive interactions with patients, rather than facing a large audience. Christina Chow, a senior majoring in biological sciences who is currently taking Steel and Conlin’s class. “You are only doing what you are given the permission to do by the patients,” Steel said. There are rules to medical clowning because of the environment that the hospitals provide. Steel said a medical clown should avoid speaking loudly and remember to be respectful to their surroundings. Conlin said she accompanied the boy on his way to the operation room and made him feel comfortable. Conlin and professor Zachary Steel from the School of Dramatic Arts teach the medical clowning courses. Along with their instructors, students are able to go to hospitals to apply what they have learned in class and build long-term bonds with patients. “When I go into the hospital, I have nothing planned,” she said. “I mean, I do have songs that I know that I’ll sing sometime when singing comes up, but I don’t plan what I’m going to sing. A lot of times I don’t plan what song I’m going to sing and a lot of times I make up songs … You are pushing yourself into unknown places and a sort of magic starts to happen in the moment. ” last_img read more

Scott Shafer on leaked info regarding suspension of 2 DEs: ‘I hate it. I hate it.’

first_imgSyracuse head coach Scott Shafer was asked about how he responded to the suspensions of freshman defensive ends Qaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey. The two were reportedly suspended due to a second violation of the Athletic Department’s drug policy. The news was first reported by Nate Mink of Syracuse.com on Wednesday.“I think Nate did his job and did it well. You got information, that’s your job. And I respect your job, believe it or not. Sometimes you probably don’t think that’s true,” Shafer said. “But I will also say that I think it’s shameful in my opinion that any private information on an 18-year-old kid regarding information that’s leaked about whatever happened, I think that’s a cowardice, anonymous source in my opinion. I hate it. I hate it.”Shafer went on to say that he supported the school’s policy and that he he hopes his student-athletes, speaking generally, learn from their mistakes.“I think our policies are right and good,” Shafer said. “And I think our policies are right and good because they have the best interest of our young men and women in this program and the focus is running a program of great integrity. We’re embarrassed when our kids fail. We’re embarrassed, no different than my two children at home when they fail and make a bad decision it kills you, it beats you up.“You rally, you try to help those kids help themselves. If they do, great, they learn great lessons that they can pass on to their children some day. If they don’t, they won’t be a part of the program.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Related Stories Amir Ealey and Qaadir Sheppard reportedly suspended due to failed drug testsQaadir Sheppard and Amir Ealey suspended indefinitely due to violation of team rulesFreshman Qaadir Sheppard impresses at defensive endlast_img read more