IMO Launches Study on D-2 Implementation

first_imgThe IMO has launched a Study on the implementation of the ballast water performance standard described in regulation D-2 of the BWM Convention. The Study will assess the implementation of the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems (G8) and related type approval processes, as well as the performance of approved ballast water management systems (BWMS) in routine operation on board ships.The Study is fact-based and will focus on collecting, synthesising and analysing data and verifiable information and documentation.The Study will involve two ”tracks” to facilitate and optimize the collection of data.Track 1 involves online surveys and document collection on current and past approaches and procedures used in testing of BWMS and the granting of Type Approval Certificates by Administrations.Track 2 also involves online surveys and data collection on the technical, mechanical and biological performance of BWMS with Type Approval Certificates that have been installed, commissioned and are in operation on board ships.last_img read more


Digging deeper – Anderson calls for ­renewed focus against England in ‘must-win’ Netball World Cup clash

first_imgLiverpool, England:Following their shocking 55-53 defeat to South Africa yesterday, the Sunshine Girls will be in for another bruising encounter today when they face hosts England in their second-round match in Group G of the Vitality Netball World Cup at the M&S Bank Arena here. Group G, which is comprises six teams, also includes Scotland, South Africa, Uganda, and Trinidad and Tobago, with the top two teams advancing to the semi-finals. However, interestingly, the teams that were drawn in the same group in the first round and have already played each other, will not face each other in this phase of the competition despite being in the same group, meaning that each team will play only three matches. The teams will instead carry over their goal average from the first round of the competition to this round of the ­tournament. Jamaica were totally ­outplayed in every department by the South Africans in the first two quarters of yesterday’s match. The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked second in the world, three places above the South Africans, committed 16 ­turnovers in the first two quarters on their way to their first defeat against South Africa since 2013. READY FOR COMEBACK Jamaica’s head coach, Marvette Anderson, said that they were deeply saddened by the loss but she is backing her team to return to winning ways against England today. “It is going to be tough, but we have been down this road before, and it is about how well you come back. I think that we are ready for that comeback,” said Anderson. “I think that when you play, you play to win, so it means that we just have to dig deeper in our match against England because it is a must-win for us,” she said. The Sunshine Girls have committed 81 turnovers in three matches in the ­competition so far, including 21 against the South Africans, and Anderson said the Jamaicans must do a better job of taking care of the ball against third-ranked England today. “We have been having a problem with turnovers, and I think we had too many early in this game. So we have to ensure that we protect the ball whenever we are in possession of it,” Anderson said. She said that yesterday’s defeat will not affect the team mentally. “It will definitely not affect the morale of the team because it was a competitive game, and we expected the fight, and we came out on the losing end, but that has not taken the sting out of our quest because we are going to be ready for our next game,” Anderson said. The match tips off at 9 a.m. Jamaica time.last_img read more


Talents, Glamour and Cultural Diversity on display as Female Open Karate Championship Winds Down

first_imgThe Zainab Saleh International Female Open Karate Championship was brought to a climax today as the Karatekas and their coaches continued from where they stopped yesterday with lots of fascinating display of Karate skills and cultural diversity.Similar to yesterday’s event, the kata junior and senior Karatekas kicked off the day as the finalists  showed several combative and acrobatic pattern of movements in a bid to impress the judges.When it was time for the Kumite event however, the coaches were seen barking instructions to their athletes in diverse languages.Igbo, Yoruba, Gun, Edo and French languages could be heard from different sections of the hall as the Karatekas began their fights.Fans were not left out as they chanted different local songs in support of their favourite Karatekas and teams.Cultural dance and music by Africa Image – a cultural dance group – also added gloss to the event.At the end of the event, Oghali Elizabeth (Delta state), Kohounme Eugedielle (Republic of Benin) and Sodipo Fatimah (Ogun state) won gold in the +54kg, -54kg and -47 Kumite categories respectively while Emmanuella Mmadubugwu (Anambra state) won the Under14, +47kg Kumite categoryAt the Kata event, Khotonou Marie Pascale won gold in the Cadet Brown-Belt category, Okoroji Nnmesoma won the Cadet White & Orange Belt category, while Mmadubugwu Emmanualla won the under-14 White & Orange-Belt.RelatedDrama, Novelty As 6th Edition of Zainab Saleh International Female Open Karate Championship ClimaxesNovember 24, 2019In “Karate”Female Karate Championship Kicks Off Amid Controversy And ExcitementOctober 26, 2018In “Events”Africa Karate Referees Chief Upbeat About Future Of Sport In Nigeria (AUDIO)November 26, 2019In “Karate”last_img read more


Scolari sacked as Chelsea manager

first_imgChelsea have sensationally sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.The club’s website revealed the dramatic move had been made “to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for”.World Cup winner Scolari had only been in the job since June 2008, when he became Chelsea’s third boss in a year.Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League but remain in the Champions League and FA Cup – with Ray Wilkins in charge until a successor is appointed.“Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed as manager of Chelsea Football Club with immediate effect,” read the statement. “The Chelsea board would like to place on record our gratitude for his time as manager.“Felipe has brought many positives to the club since he joined and we all feel a sense of sadness that our relationship has ended so soon. “Unfortunately the results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season.“In order to maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for we felt the only option was to make the change now.“The search for a new manager has already started and we hope to have someone in place as soon as possible.”Scolari won the World Cup as manager of his home country, Brazil, in 2002.He arrived at Chelsea following a six-year spell in charge of Portugal, who he led to the final of Euro 2004 and the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup. The 60-year-old made an impressive start but results deteriorated and of his 36 games in charge, 20 were won, five lost and 11 drawn.Chelsea, who were unbeaten in the league at home for 86 matches until Liverpool’s 1-0 win in October 2008, have lost two home league matches and drawn on five occasions this season.Their record against the so-called big four this season is poor – they drew 1-1 at home with Manchester United and lost 3-0 away, were beaten 2-1 at home by Arsenal, and home and away by Liverpool.Scolari’s men were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Burnley on penalties and travel to Watford in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday.The FA Cup tie at Vicarage Road is the start of a vital 11 days for Chelsea which includes a trip to Villa Park for the crucial Premier League clash with Aston Villa on 21 February, followed by the visit of Juventus to Stamford Bridge in the Champions League four days later. “Scolari’s popularity has been plummeting in the past few weeks,” said former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin. “The question is, who is going to be able to do it with a squad that is clearly not strong enough?“This is a club that a year ago was one of the biggest in the world and quite clearly it seems to have gone downhill quite quickly.“I hope for Chelsea’s sake they don’t have a knee-jerk reaction and dive for the first name that comes into their mind. They need to give it an awful lot of thought and maybe consider someone that isn’t the biggest name in the world.”Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has now overseen the departure of four managers since his arrival in 2003.Claudio Ranieri was sacked in 2004, Jose Mourinho in September 2007 and Grant in May 2008. A banner unfurled during Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Hull at Stamford Bridge on Saturday called for the return of former Blues favourites Gianfranco Zola, currently in charge at West Ham, and Roberto Di Matteo, the MK Dons boss.Chelsea were booed off the field at the final whistle and sections of the crowd could be heard chanting “you don’t know what you’re doing” at Scolari.A senior West Ham boardroom member told BBC Sport the club has had no contact from Chelsea regarding Zola or his assistant, former Chelsea coach Steve Clarke.Former Chelsea manager John Hollins told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s not like international management where you choose a team every one or two months and can choose from players across the country.“The Premier League is not leisurely and I don’t think he felt comfortable week in, week out picking teams and talking to people. “They might have done it just in time to resurrect their season. If you are going to do something, it was best to do it now.”Well known Chelsea fan and former 606 presenter David Mellor said: “I’m shocked but not necessarily surprised. Because of the way Chelsea are run, they can turn any problem into a disaster. Where is the point in dismissing a man with his record?“I cannot see the point in getting rid of him, it just leaves a vacuum in the dressing room at the vital moment. The idea that Chelsea’s problems begin and end with Scolari is nonsense.”Ex-Chelsea winger Clive Walker added it would be a tricky job for whoever is selected to lead Chelsea forward.“Results count,” he said. “When you at one of the big teams and spend money then trophies are expected and the team are currently going through a really bad patch. “It’s going to be a tough job because they aren’t playing well despite the talent in the squad. They also have an ageing squad and I’m not sure that with the credit crunch and everything whether there is any money there to spend.”Source: BBClast_img read more


Vehicle thefts decline

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In September, the number of car thefts fell to 32, he said. That was one fewer than September of last year, the numbers show. “It’s a continual war with car thieves,” sheriff’s Detective Jeff Lammers said, “but when you can get the community to help back you up with preventable car thefts, it helps.” Car owners exercising more precautions against thieves contributed to the decline last month, Lammers said, but sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva said that proactive policing also worked to lower the number of incidents. Deputies on patrol now receive weekly crime reports that enable them to focus on hot spots, he added. In addition, the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station recently has stepped up probation- and parole-compliance sweeps, he said. “People involved with these crimes are being taken into custody for other things. When you put a lot of people in jail, your crime tends to go down,” Leyva said. Residents can thwart car thieves by simply rolling up their car windows at night, not leaving their cars running unattended, locking their car doors, and by keeping their valuables out of sight, Lammers said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Auto thefts declined in Pico Rivera last month, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statistics show. In January, 61 auto theft were reported, a 40 percent increase from January 2005, when there were 44 car thefts, said sheriff’s crime analyst Joe Walker. From January to July of this year, auto thefts increased monthly, rising between 10 percent and 60 percent compared with the same months last year, Walker said. “Every month of this year, we have had increases over the year before,” he said, adding that August was the first month when the number of auto thefts did not rise. last_img read more