National Passion vs National Sport: Indo-Pak rivalry in Old

first_imgBlighty (Eds: Changing a name in the intro) By Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Virat Kohlis dazzling drives will face stiff competition from Harmanpreet Singhs powerful dragflicks on a rarest of rare occasion when national teams are pitted against Pakistan in cricket and hockey on the same day in a third country. Within 55 miles of each other, Indian cricket team will meet their arch rivals at the Oval in London while hockey team will lock horns with Pakistan at the suburb Milton Keynes. Its a rarity when national passion and national sport will be jostling for attention from sporting aficionados within a gap of three and half hours. Whether it is seven hours of cricket with its ebbs and flows or the 60 minute of adrenaline pumping stickwork, the contests will not be devoid of excitement. The desis as British Indians are referred in this part of the world will be in attendance along with their Pakistani counterparts in what can be termed as a sporting carnival on a Super Sunday. While Bollywood brigade, political class are expected to be in attendance at the more glamorous event, the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals encounter is also expected to grab eyeballs. For those, who wont get the tickets for the cricket match, they can travel an hour up north to Milton Keynes to see Manpreet Singhs deft skills, SV Sunils searing runs down wide right. It will also be an occasion where the love for hockey that many profess during coffee table conversations will be tested. Call it Pakistans decapitated sporting structure and Indias rapid strides, the gulf between neighbouring nations have widened across sporting disciplines. Harsh but truth is that against Pakistan, the rivalry is an idea borne out of all the acrimony that has festered on for years now. The sporting rivalry against Pakistan is an idea that ignites a certain surge of rage and nationalism in Indian public. Gone are those days when a victory against a Pakistan cricket side comprising Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram and Salim Malik used to evoke a tremendous sense of satisfaction. Similarly, beating a Pakistan hockey side that had Shahbaz Ahmed, Tahir Zaman or later Sohail Abbas or Rehan Butt would feel special. An average Indian fan knew the names of those iconic Pakistani cricketers or hockey players. But today, if Azhar Ali or Hasan Ali walks down the street, one can bet his last shirt that seven out of 10 Indian fans will need a third or fourth glance to recognise. The names in Pakistan sides dont intimidate the Indian teams or its fans anymore. They can scare India occasionally and that can be tomorrow. But thats about it. But its a contest that no one wants to lose. Or rather one can ill-afford to lose. PTI KHS CM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Transport Minister Calls for Change in Behaviour of Road Users

first_img Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is calling for a change in the behaviour of road users, in order to reduce road fatalities.He noted that while road fatalities to date are 25 less than the 185 deaths recorded over the corresponding period in 2016, the figure is still high.“While the trend suggests that we are on track to achieve another below-300 year, I will not be satisfied until I see a significant change in the behaviour of our motorists and all road users in general,” he said.“We must slow down. We must curb our aggression. We must control our emotions. We must obey the rules and regulations of the road code. We must drive with due care for the next road user. We must not be distracted. Stop driving and texting,” he implored.Minister Henry was speaking in an interview with JIS News at the ninth annual Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday (June 24).Westmoreland has recorded the most road fatalities since the start of the year. The western parish accounted for 34, or approximately 21 per cent, of the 160 road fatalities recorded up to June 23.Next is St. Catherine North with 15; St. Ann with 14; Hanover, Manchester and St. Catherine South with 11 each; while Clarendon and St. James have both recorded 10 road traffic deaths since the start of 2017.Meanwhile, the Minister said that timely access to medical care is critical in ensuring the survival of road crash victims.“The further away you are from a health facility that can treat your injuries, the less chance you have of surviving the golden hour,” he said referring to the period within which the victim is likely to survive.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the patient’s chance of survival is greatly increased if he/she receives medical care within an hour of injury.Studies show that at least 50 per cent of fatalities can be averted if victims are admitted to hospital within that first hour.Jamaica has signed on to the United Nations Decade of Action 2011-2020, and, in so doing, made a commitment to reduce road fatalities by 50 per cent by 2020. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is calling for a change in the behaviour of road users, in order to reduce road fatalities. “While the trend suggests that we are on track to achieve another below-300 year, I will not be satisfied until I see a significant change in the behaviour of our motorists and all road users in general,” he said. Westmoreland has recorded the most road fatalities since the start of the year. The western parish accounted for 34, or approximately 21 per cent, of the 160 road fatalities recorded up to June 23.last_img read more

MV Werften Cuts Steel for Polar Class Expedition Yacht

first_imgzoom German shipbuilder MV Werften has launched the construction of a new luxury expedition yacht for cruise line Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises.The first piece of steel for the yacht, named Crystal Endeavor, was cut at MV Werften’s Stralsund site on January 15.Set to debut in 2020, Crystal Endeavor will be the largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar Class ship, according to MV Werften.To feature a PC6 Polar Class designation, the megayacht will be able to cruise in Polar Regions during the summer and autumn in medium “first year” ice which may include old ice inclusions.It will also be fitted with offshore dynamic positioning technology, with computer-controlled systems to automatically maintain the ship’s position with its own propellers and thrusters.“The Crystal Endeavor is a truly exceptional ship. We are proud to be able to implement this project and are particularly pleased to, once again, be starting shipbuilding activities in the Stralsund shipyard, creating hundreds of new jobs,” Jarmo Laakso, CEO of MV Werften, said.“We look forward to this innovative expedition yacht with great anticipation in the Stralsund shipyard,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Genting Hong Kong Chairman and CEO, said.last_img read more

Bourbon Shedding 41 NonSmart Ships

first_imgzoom French offshore vessel contractor Bourbon Corporation announced that it will sell 41 supply vessels from the 65 traditional vessel fleet owned by Bourbon Marine & Logistics as they cannot be connected within the group’s smart shipping program.The program will connect the Bourbon Marine & Logistics’ fleet of 132 supply vessels, known as the “smart fleet”.The move will see some EUR 75 million (USD 92 million) being invested over three years, the final objective being to cut vessel operating costs.As the vessels will be sold at the current market price, the company expects the planned disposal of vessels to result in an impairment loss of about EUR 170 million (USD 209.3 million) in the 2017 financial statements.The smart shipping project is part of Bourbon Corporation’s action plan dubbed #BOURBONINMOTION.“As the market cycle has bottomed out, Bourbon must focus more than ever on operational excellence, fleet utilization rates, cost reduction program and free cash flow preservation. However, we need to go even further, because market overcapacity is driving prices down sustainably and we believe that tomorrow will look very different from yesterday. The crisis has highlighted the need to change our model and this is what the #BOURBONINMOTION plan is all about,” Gaël Bodénès, Bourbon’s Chief Executive Officer, said.The action plan also includes reorganization of the corporation’s structure into three affiliates: Bourbon Marine & Logistics, Bourbon Subsea Services and Bourbon Mobility.These three entities will be able to implement their own strategies and will have their own management teams whose CEO will report to a Board of Directors.Bourbon said that the 2017 financial statements are currently being finalized and have not been audited yet. That being said, the company expects that due to the challenging market conditions it will report a consolidated net loss for 2017 of around EUR 600 million, compared to a net loss of EUR 279.6 million in 2016.With a positive free cash flow 2017 expected over EUR 100 million, showing a strong growth over the previous year (EUR 64.7 million in 2016), BOURBON expects to benefit from the forecast recovery of the OSV sector.last_img read more