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Nakilat’s LNG tankers complete 38 transits of expanded Panama Canal

first_imgImage courtesy of NakilatLNG vessels of Qatar’s Nakilat, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company, have completed 38 transits of the expanded Panama Canal.Since the New Panama Canal has been in operation, Nakilat’s LPG vessels have transited through the Canal 16 times while joint-venture conventional LNG vessels completed 38 transits, with the company looking into the possibility of traversing the canal with its Q-Flex carriers.Nakilat said on Tuesday that it conducted compatibility studies and thorough assessments of Q-Flex class LNG carriers on safely transiting through the new locks in the near future.The expansion of the Panama Canal in 2016 allowed for bigger, Neopanamax class, vessels such as LNG carriers to now transit through the canal locks as they make their journey from East to West and vice versa. Passage through the canal allows vessels to shorten their voyage by about 13,000 kilometers.It is worth noting that the Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons, boosted in particular by LNG and LPG transit.The first LNG tanker to pass through the newly expanded Panama Canal was the 161,870-cbm Maran Gas Apollonia in 2016, chartered by Shell.In October last year, the Panama Canal introduced changes to its transit reservation system to offer two slots per day to LNG vessels. These modifications have allowed the optimization of the Expanded Canal’s capacity, in order to meet specific demands such as the transit of four LNG vessels.The modifications unveiled in August 2018 and coming into effect on October 1, also lift certain daylight restrictions for LNG vessels, as well as meetings between LNG vessels in opposite directions in Gatun Lake. This increased the number of LNG passages with the Canal reporting four liquefied natural gas tanker crossings in one day in October.last_img read more

Cricket News Cricket needs Virat Kohli’s passion and aggression: Allan Border

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli had a bittersweet Perth Test against Australia. He blasted his sixth century Down Under but India lost the Test by 146 runs to squander the advantage they had in Adelaide. He was involved in a war of words with Australia skipper Tim Paine and that received some criticism from former players like Mitchell Johnson, who termed his behavior ‘silly’. However, former Australia skipper Allan Border has justified Kohli’s aggression and said cricket needs the Indian cricket team captain’s aggression and passion in order for the game to survive. This comes after former India pacer Zaheer Khan had stressed that Kohli does not need to tone down his aggression.Border pointed out that the aggression from Kohli stemmed from the fact that he desperately wanted to win an away series as the skipper of the side. “There’s not many characters in our game at the moment. The professional era has sort of beaten that out to a certain degree. I haven’t seen anyone sort of carry on so much as a captain when his side takes a wicket. It’s really over the top but it’s good in a way. You can see some passion about what he’s trying to do. He’s so keen to win away from home and really deserve that number one ranking. That’s your KPIs (key performance indicators) as a captain I suppose,” Border said in Fox Cricket’s podcast – The Follow-on.Read More | Justin Langer terms India’s aggression ‘brilliant’India has not won a series in countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and England since 2009. Kohli’s side are aiming to become the first Indian side to win a Test series in Australia and heading into the Melbourne Test, both sides are level 1-1. Border said Kohli has the passion and the drive to succeed but he is feeling the pinch as captain.Read More | Mitchell Johnson slams Virat Kohli, calls his behavior ‘disrespectful’“To drive the team to be number one, which he has achieved, but to win away from home is one of those important things you notice as a captain. I think he’s feeling that pinch. If you look at this Indian side he’s probably the only one that has the character to get really animated. The rest of the Indian boys are very good cricketers but seem to me a quiet bunch and maybe Kohli feels as skipper he needs to lead from the front and really show some passion and drive. I think it just comes naturally to him,” said Border. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Coaching can make difference in football

first_imgWith the emergence of Colorado and Washington State as legitimate Pac-12 contenders, it is clear as ever how important coaching is in college football. The strength of a conference can be directly tied to the prowess of its head coaches, and right now the Pac-12 is undergoing a power shift.All it took for the Big Ten to return to national prominence was an infusion of coaching talent. Add Jim Harbaugh, Urban Meyer, Paul Chryst, Mike Riley and James Franklin in the last few years and the conference is significantly better than it was just five years ago. Overnight, the conference has been rebranded from an also-ran to this year’s strongest contender to the SEC in terms of national dominance.Hopefully, the same will be true for the Pac-12 as well. The trajectory of a program is determined by the man at the helm. A bad hire can have rapidly drastic consequences, as is the case of Oregon. Mark Helfrich appears to follow the same pattern as Larry Coker at Miami and Frank Solich at Nebraska — great assistants without the skillset to keep a program dominant. In just two years the team has gone from a national-title favorite to battling for a .500 season.In contrast, Chris Petersen at Washington took an underperforming and somewhat poorly coached, yet loaded Washington roster and turned it into a juggernaut within three years. Mike MacIntyre has turned in an arguably more impressive performance at Colorado, building up a dormant program into a respectable foe in only four seasons.The upper echelon of decision-makers in the conference would be sorely lacking if Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham wasn’t mentioned. No coach consistently develops prospects into talented team players, while dominating the junior college recruiting pipeline. The fact that graduate transfer defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu was a rotational player at best at Utah and is now an integral part of the USC defensive line speaks to the excellence in coaching and developing Whittingham and his staff possess.The coaching talent continues down the Pac-12 conference, with standouts at both Arizona schools and unique offensive minds at the northern California universities. While Gary Andersen has struggled thus far at Oregon State, his track record is impressive and he looks to be in the nascent stages of a building a program that brings back memories of Riley’s best years as the coach of the Beavers.All of this coaching talent bodes well for the conference as a whole. After losing tremendous coaches to other jobs in Riley at Oregon State, Harbaugh at Stanford and Kelly at Oregon, the Pac-12 teams have done a good job of reloading and creating a more competitive atmosphere.For USC, the problem with is the playing field has been leveled. It appears that Oregon and Stanford’s days as the pride of the conference are over, and one would have hoped that USC would have been better prepared to reassume that mantle. There is still some hope, as USC probably has the most talented and dynamic quarterback in the Pac-12, which it hasn’t had in quite a while.However, over the grand scheme, coaching will determine if USC rises to the top or stays a notch below. The location and brand of Trojan football will always bring in top flight recruits, but only coaching and development will dictate whether or not USC is a playoff contender or on the fringe of competing for a Pac-12 South title.The jury is still out on Clay Helton’s coaching prowess. Ignoring his in-game coaching decisions, which have improved of late, his most important attribute might be what he can do from March to September in terms of coaching his players up. The team is more disciplined and more fundamentally sound than in years past, and if Helton can build on that and harness the immense raw talent he has at his disposal, USC could be elevated as a program — and he could as a coach as well.UCLA football is dealing with its own coaching issues. Their season may be a case study in what happens when a questionable offensive coordinator gets the keys to a Ferrari. It crashes and burns when the driver attempts to turn it in an off-road vehicle.  The Bruins this season are a testament to how important coordinators are as well.Hopefully, USC takes notice to the team across town and continues to coach and scheme to its players’ strengths instead of whatever is going on at UCLA. The Trojans no longer control their own destiny this season, but they have a chance to determine the fate of the program for years to come. Coaching will be the lead navigator. The hope is they follow the roadmap laid out by Washington, Utah and Colorado.Those programs are quality brands with excellent captains. USC, with the right person behind the wheel, has the chance to be a Bugatti, leaving everyone behind in the dust.Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” runs Mondays.last_img read more

Excitement builds ahead of County senior hurling double header

first_imgThe last four teams standing in the County Senior Hurling Championships know there are no easy games left.Semple Stadium hosts a double header on Sunday afternoon.It opens with Borrisoleigh against Drom & Inch while Thurles Sarsfields continue their quest for 4-in-a-row when they take on Eire Óg Annacarty at 5. Photo © Tipp FM Borrisoleigh manager Johnny Kelly expects two tough games on Sunday.Tipp FM will have live coverage of the Borrisoleigh V Drom game at 3.30pm with extended live updates of  the Sars V Eire Og game from 5pm – Our coverage comes in association with The Village Grill, Clerihan.last_img

Resign Now, Sports Minister, Dalung Told

first_imgAFTERMATH OF RIO OLYMPICSDavid-Chyddy Eleke in AwkaThe Proprietor of Rojenny Stadium, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka has called on the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, to resign from the post after Nigeria’s woeful performance at the just Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Speaking with journalists yesterday, Ezeonwuka said that Dalung’s resignation would be the only way to apologise to Nigerians and sports lovers for the poor outing of Team Nigeria at Rio2016.He said this was part of the urgent steps that should be taken towards restructuring the Nigerian sports sector to forestall further embarrassment in the international arena.While lauding the Samson Siasia led Dream Team VI for registering the country’s name on the medals table, Ezeonwuka described the general performance of Team Nigeria as disgraceful.“Nigeria only got what she prepared for from the Olympics because the Minister, Solomon Dalung, did not show or give the quadrennial event the seriousness it deserved.“The minister should honourably resign because he had shown himself to be more of politician than a sports administrator.“It is good that our soccer team won bronze but we’ve know the story, they won because of their individual commitments to the country.“The team was stranded in Atlanta and it took the intervention of John Mikel Obi before they could get to Brazil yet we have a minister in-charge of sports in the country. We need genuine change in all sectors, most especially in sports,” stressed the proprietor.He described as unfortunate that government at all levels have refused to invest in the sports sector.“Our government refused to invest in sport that unites us as a country but they continue to fund religion that tears us apart. If you remember, all that matters to Nigerians when ever any of our athletes was competing during the Games was success of Team Nigeria not the tribe or religion of such athletes,” he further observed.Ezeonwuka said it was time Nigeria identified her area of sporting advantage and streamlined her contingent to international meets instead of going for many events and not excelling in any.“I think this jamboree should stop, let us train Olympians in events we have advantage and not go with eight or nine events and flop in all of them when smaller countries like South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia with smaller teams do better,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Asamoah Gyan finds net for NorthEast United in 2-2 draw with Goa

first_imgGhana forward, Asamoah Gyan, scored his 2nd league goal for NorthEast United on Friday as they drew with FC Goa in the Indian Super League on Friday.Gyan was starting his third straight league game for NorthEast United since joining them in September.The team went down to a a Hugo goal in the 30th minute and Gyan tried to get NorthEast United back to parity in the 34th and 40th minutes but his efforts were not successful.However, he got his opening in the 53rd minute and curled in a lovely effort to tie the scores at 1-1 and send the crowd into ruptures.(Image credit: Indian Super League)Eventually, the match ended 2-2.Gyan was substituted in the 82nd minute and was replaced by Maxi.last_img

Nick’s Young status unclear after Friday’s ejection; Wesley Johnson tweaks ankle

first_img“No,” said Young with a smile and a laugh. “I’ve talked enough.” Young is scheduled to fly with the team today. Bryant’s minutes won’t changeScott said superstar Kobe Bryant’s playing time would not change if Young is suspended.“It wouldn’t complicate it. Again, when Kobe is on the floor and Nick is on floor we can give Kobe a little bit of a break and run the offense through Nick,” said Scott. “So it’s not going to complicate his minutes, I’m going to play him around the same amount, but it does put more onus on him on the offensive end and that’s what we’ve been trying to get away from.” Bryant did not practice with the team Saturday. “I told (Bryant) to meet us at the plane,” said Scott. Jordan Clarkson will be primed to pick up more minutes and help on the offensive end in the absence of Young. Clarkson has played in 13 games this season, averaging 10.7 minutes and 4.5 points. Johnson tweaks ankle In addition to Bryant, Wesley Johnson did not practice Saturday after tweaking his right ankle Friday. But the small forward is expected to suit up and play against the Kings. Johnson played 28 minutes against Oklahoma City, with seven points, three rebounds and three assists. Overall, Johnson is averaging 8.8 points per game. Johnson has started all 26 games this season and might be relied on more should Young be suspended. Coming out of the narrow loss to Oklahoma City Friday evening, the big question surrounding the Lakers was what is going to happen to Nick Young after the small forward was ejected early in the fourth quarter on a flagrant 2 foul. The Lakers (8-18) were still waiting on word from the league at the end of Saturday’s afternoon practice. But it’s not something that’s taking up too much of head coach Byron Scott’s energy, at least for the moment. “I’m not too worried about it right now. I guess when we get up there we will have an answer,” said Scott after practice. “But if he’s not playing (against Sacramento Sunday) I will be very disappointed, obviously.“If he doesn’t, other guys will just have to step up.” Labeled a “vital” part of the team by Scott, Young is the Lakers’ second leading scorer at 14.9 points per game and 2.3 rebounds, despite playing in just 16 games and starting none. Young drew the ejection with 11:24 left in the game after getting tangled with Thunder center Steven Adams and thrusting his forearm into Adam’s throat in frustration. Young called Adams a “sneaky, dirty player,” after the game. After Friday’s loss, Scott said he was disappointed in Young earning the ejection and told media after practice that he talked about it with Young after the game. “I gave him some words and told him if it happens again what would happen to him,” said Scott, hinting at handing down his own suspension. “So hopefully it never happens again.” Young did practice with the team but did not talk with the media afterward. When walking by reporters, Young was asked if he would be talking to the media.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more