SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are in a rush.CEO Larry Baer and vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean expect the club to contend every year, and in each of the past two seasons, the Giants failed to live up to expectations.Baer and Sabean are in a hurry to see the team return to the postseason and they’re eager to hasten the process.The duo wants to oversee a quick turnaround, but to ensure that happens, they know it’s imperative to slow down. After dismissing general manager Bobby …
2009 promises to be another heady year for South Africa, but in just 12 months, hundreds of millions of people around the globe will be tuning in for the 2010 Final Draw, an event that will kick-start the biggest celebration this continent has ever seen. TNS Research Surveys, which has gauged public confidence levels over preparations for 2010, says every South African stands to benefit considerably from our hosting of this event. Nobody said it was going to be easy, and for South Africa, gearing to host the biggest single-code sporting event on the planet, 2008 has certainly proved to be more than a litmus test. As Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke recently remarked: “There is no turning back.” Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010 Xenophobia, widespread power cuts, the resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and a humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe were just some of the distractions organisers of the tournament had to contend with. The grinding machinery tasked with building and renovating stadiums in all 10 host cities as well as numerous other 2010-related construction projects has performed remarkably well. So much so, that both Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee have expressed confidence that South Africa will meet its 2010 requirements ahead of schedule. 24 December 2008 “We need to harness this energy to talk up the event,” the organisation said in a recent statement. “We recall the incredible energy and joy that swept the whole country when the bid result was announced. Negativity risks damaging this energy and can affect our actual ability to do what we know we can do.” In addition, preparations for the 2009 Confederations Cup – a key curtain-raiser for the World Cup – are on target, with tickets selling briskly. There was also good news on the crime front, with the launch of the recruitment process for 41 000 extra police officers by 2010 and the acquisition of high-tech security equipment – including helicopters, body armour and high-tech bomb disabling equipment – for the tournament. Apart from the labour disputes, spiralling construction costs and political in-fighting that are part and parcel of preparing for an event of this magnitude, there were plenty of other issues. And yet, there was much to draw hope and inspiration from. What a long, strange year it has been. South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 Fifa World Cup have been marked by extraordinary highs and lows.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Norwegian shipowner MPC Container Ships (MPCC) widened its net loss in the quarter ended December 31, 2018, amid a number of geopolitical and economic factors.The company’s net loss expanded in the fourth quarter of 2018 to USD 5 million, compared to a loss of USD 2.2 million reported in the same period a year earlier.For the full year, MPC Container Ships’ net loss was at USD 1.6 million, shrinking from a loss of USD 2.5 million seen in 2017.Revenue for the quarter reached USD 52.5 million, rising from USD 13.2 million seen in the same period in 2017. The company’s full year revenue surged to USD 183.5 million from USD 21.4 million reported in 2017.“On the back of improved charter markets, revenues developed favourably in Q1 – Q3 2018. Contrarily, global trade tensions and political uncertainties led to a shift in sentiment in Q4 and earnings were affected by challenging shipping markets. Due to this and the company’s rapid ramp-up and expansion of operations, MPCC reports a net loss for FY 2018,” Constantin Baack, MPC Container Ships CEO, said.Despite the geopolitical environment and charter markets having proven difficult also into 2019, Baack said that the company expects upticks in demand growth paired with limited supply growth for smaller vessel segments, in sum pointing towards a market rebalancing.As of December 31, 2018, the company has acquired and taken over 69 container vessels, of which 61 are fully owned and 8 are operated in a joint venture.“In 2018, MPC Container Ships grew and stabilised operations to become one of the world’ largest owners of feeder container vessels. We assumed ownership of an additional 40 vessels, propelling the fleet to 69 ships, and listed the Company on the Mainboard of the Oslo Stock Exchange,” Baack added.Going forward, MPCC will maintain a low cash break-even, prudent leverage profile and capital allocation. As such, MPCC “is positioned to benefit from expected market improvements whilst we ensure manoeuvrability under current conditions,” Baack concluded.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 21, 2017 – Providenciales – The multi-million dollar National Stadium is run down, its Mundo track is ruined and once the dust is settled in the ongoing legal battle for the facility, TCIG will likely have to take up the old Mundo to lay new competition standard turf. “A costly project that has been left to ruin, it is my advice from an expert that the track may be no good anymore and that we may have to look at purchasing a new track, and of course I asked how much, six hundred thousand dollars, but sports is big for us, sports is huge for us and we’re going to invest what we have to because there is so much benefit.”That is Premier Sharlene Robinson responding to media questions on where the litigation stands. It was said it is ongoing, with a statement coming ‘very soon’ media was told.Last week, the National Stadium was the stage for the inter high school track and field championships which was won by Clement Howell High and where a 35 year old long jump record was smashed by female athlete, Sanadia Forbes, who jumped 1.63 meters.#MagneticMediaNews#newtrackforNationalStadium#mundoruinedatNationalStadium Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #mundoruinedatNationalStadium, #newtrackforNationalStadium
Julen Lopetegui showed there are no hard feelings by thanking Real Madrid for the opportunity after news of his dismissal was confirmed on MondayFollowing Real’s humiliating 5-1 defeat to Barcelona in Sunday’s El Clasico, Lopetegui was given his marching orders from the club.Los Galacticos released a statement on Monday evening to confirm their decision with Real Madrid Castilla coach Santiago Hernan Solari to take charge of the senior team on an interim basis.As per La Liga rules, Real have just two weeks to find a suitable long-term replacement for Lopetegui.Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the rumoured favourite for the role, although his agent recently announced that no contact has been made yet.Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…However, Lopetegui showed no resentment towards his former employers and instead paid tribute to everyone at Real and their supporters.“After the decision taken by the Real Madrid board of directors, I want to thank the club for the opportunity they gave me,” read a statement from Lopetegui provided to EFE.“Thank you to the players for their effort and their work, as well as to each and every one of the club’s employees, for their good treatment during this time.“And, of course, my gratitude to the fans for their backing. I send them my best wishes for the rest of the season.”The former Spain boss leaves Real in ninth-place in La Liga with four wins in 10 games and just 14 goals scored in the process.
Vietnam’s only private airline VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co. has placed an order with Beoing Co. to buy 100 jets for $11.3 billion (based on the list price), reported Bloomberg. The low-cost carrier will purchase the Boeing 737 Max 200 planes.Signing of the deal is scheduled later on Monday when U.S. President Barack Obama will be on a visit to Vietnam.In a statement to the media, the airways said the delivery of the planes will start from 2019 and will help the carrier to expand its fleet to 200 by 2023.VietJet started operations in 2011 and since then Vietnam’s aviation market has grown consistently. In the past three years, the airline registered a 20 percent growth annually. Bloomberg earlier cited IATA (International Air Transport Association) data that the country is slated to be the world’s top 10 fastest growing aviation markets for the next two decades.It reported that the company today operates 250 flights a day and flies on 50 routes both in Vietnam and across the region including Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Myanmar and Malaysia.”They have established themselves domestically with a strong brand and high share of the market in a very quick time,” Brendan Sobie, Singapore-based chief analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation, told the news agency. “They seem to be extremely ambitious,” he added.In an earlier interview, VietJet’s chief executive officer Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao reportedly said she wanted VietJet to be the “Emirates of Asia,” modelled on a Dubai-based carrier that is the world’s biggest long-haul airline flying on 150 international routes. She expected an initial public offering sometime in the second quarter of 2016-17. The money raised will fund its ambitious expansion to global routes, while also to become Asia’s top budget airlines, she told Bloomberg.Vietnam’s low cost airline market even today has fewer players and remained underserved for long until VietJet’s foray. In 2015, the airline registered revenues of $488 million and passenger capacity of 9.3 million. It targets to double both revenues as well as passenger capacity in this financial year. It accounts for more than 30 percent of Vietnam’s aviation market share.Bloomberg reported earlier that Thao, who will soon become the country’s first self made female billionaire, had brought in a revolution in the conservative world of Pilipino with two-piece swimsuit clad flight attendants across the airline.According to CAPA, VietJet could soon surpass even Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, as the nation’s biggest domestic carrier in 2016.
AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury (L) and Kamal HossainFormer president Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gana Forum president Kamal Hossain have called for a national unity for the emergence of a greater political force.They came up with the call in a joint statement issued on Thursday.”We call upon all those who love the country, believe in the country’s Liberation War, independence and sovereignty to get united to build a progressive Bangladesh ensuring the full rights of all communities live both in plains and hills,” the statement reads.They said a greater political force must emerge comprising students, educated and noted citizens, lawyers, physicians, teachers, freedom fighters and their family members, businesspeople, workers, farmers, ex-government and non-government officials and employees and other professionals apart from like-mined political parties with a demand for acceptable Election Commission, election system and election laws for holding the next election in a fair, credible and impartial manner with the participation of all political parties and individuals.They also said the new political force will also be meant for building a happy and prosperous Bangladesh free from poverty, corruption and terrorism.Explaining the background of the 1971 Liberation War, the two leaders said the liberation-aspiring people of Bangladesh earned independence and established democracy through their self-sacrifices in a nine-month bloody war.”The constitution written with the blood of 30 lakh martyrs is the highest law of Bangladesh. The charter clearly states that all the powers of the republic belong to people, and the power will be exercised through the elected representatives,” the statement observed.The two leaders said people start losing their power when the values and the spirit of the Liberation War are neglected and people’s rights are ignored.”Under the circumstances, it’s a time-befitting demand for building a non-violent political platform uniting people to ensure their empowerment,” the statement added.Mentioning that people’s unity is the great power, the duo said ‘many powers’ in the world had to bow out to people’s united efforts. “The people of Bangladesh must get united to bring a meaningful change to the social system.”
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) submitted memorandums to deputy commissioners (DCs) across the country, including Dhaka, on Thursday, demanding its chairperson Khaleda Zia’s proper medical treatment and her release from jail before Eid-ul-Fitr.In Dhaka, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered near the Dhaka DC’s office around 10:30am and chanted various slogans, demanding Khaleda’s release.Later, a delegation of BNP, led by Dhaka district BNP assistant organising secretary Abdus Salam Azad, submitted a memorandum to Dhaka DC Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan.Talking to reporters, Salam said the government has kept their ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail without providing her proper treatment.”We submitted a memorandum to the DC demanding her release and proper treatment at the United Hospital,” he said.Salam warned that the government will have to shoulder all the responsibilities if anything bad happens to Khaleda.He said all other district units of the party also submitted memorandums to their respective DC offices to push for the same demand.On 8 February, Khaleda was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.