ITF: Bramco 1 Crew Still Left High and Dry

first_imgThe crew of the Bahrain-flagged oil products tanker Bramco 1 has been faced with a two-year ordeal having been abandoned amid a dispute between the shipowner in Bahrain and the COSCO shipyard in Guangzhou, China, with no end of their nightmare in sight, the ITF said.“The three Myanmar and two Bangladeshi sailors continue to endure intolerable conditions and are suffering the strain of their families’ impoverishment,” ITF said commenting on the inaction of the authorities and ship owner to resolve the issue.Based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) data, the ship was abandoned in March 2015 in Guandong shipyard, People’s Republic of China, with 12 members on board, 2 Bangladeshi and ten from Myanmar.The ship was undergoing conversion which was delayed amid certain complications at COSCO yard.The vessel has been at the shipyard since 2011 and since 2013 moored alongside a dry dock in the river which is only accessible by a ferry transporting workers to the dry dock.In 2015, the Government of Bahrain said the outstanding wages to the crew had been paid and that the crew who had completed their contract were also being repatriated. Nevertheless, the seafarers were still abandoned in December 2016.In January, the government added it stopped all of the ship owner’s other vessels from trading until he resolves the Bramco I crew issues. As disclosed, the owner claimed that he had transferred a huge amount of money to the agent but the agent stole the money.During a visit from a doctor to the ship in February 2017, it was found that “all seafarers were distressed by their situation, morale on board was very low and all of the contracts had expired.”“All men are largely confined in what is in effect the industrial environment of the dry dock which is adversely affecting their health. All are becoming increasingly unfit as time progresses both mentally and physically. Their condition may deteriorate particularly with the hot weather coming and the lack of air-conditioning. The diet also requires improvement. Based on this report all efforts should be made by both the flag and port state in assisting the crew urgently,” a report from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) read.The ship was arrested by ITF in May 2017, however, it is unknown how long the legal process could take.“As of 5 July 2017, the master and seven crew members have now been repatriated, arranged by the local agent. With the exception of the Master, they have gone home without any wages,” ILO told World Maritime News in a statement.“There have also been several emails from the ship owner claiming that they are doing their best to resolve this issue.”ITF said that Jason Lam, ITF inspector in Hong Kong, visited the vessel on 11 July. He reported that living conditions on board were bad, with no air conditioning when the outside temperature was 33ºC, forcing the sailors to use fans to keep cool. He added that one of the Myanmar sailors had high blood pressure, another severe toothache and the Bangladeshi fitter looked very weak from a foot affected by diabetes. “Our inspectors have been doing all they can to ease the plight of the crew, but we’re simply bandaging an ongoing sore that has festered for far too long,” ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith said.“We demand that the ship owner, flag, and port states step up to the mark and facilitate a solution to what amounts to the ongoing torture of innocent seafarers.”The MR1 tanker, formerly known as Palmerston, was built in 1990, and is owned by Bahrain’s Bramco, according to VesselsValue data.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Duterte declines Trump invitation to US-Asean summit

first_img“I just received an invitation to go tothe United States together with the ASEAN leaders. I haven’t been to theStates,” the President said. “I won’t travel to the United States.” Trump invited Duterte and nine otherASEAN leaders to visit Las Vegas for the US-ASEAN summit on March 14. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has turneddown the invitation of United Stated President Donald Trump for him to attendthe US-Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) summit this March in the UnitedStates. The invitations were first conveyedduring the ASEAN-US meeting at the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok last November andreiterated through a letter dated Jan. 9./PN President Duterte has brought up anew inthe interview his sentiments against former US President Barack Obama, who haveraised concerns about the Philippines’ deadly campaign against illegal drugs.center_img President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech after leading the distribution of benefits to former rebels at the San Isidro Central School in Leyte on January 23, 2020. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO In an interview with Russia’sstate-owned media outlet RT on Thursday night, President Duterte said that hewill not attend the summit. “He should have realized I was head of asovereign state. He should have criticized me in the proper venue. He shouldhave brought up the case to the United Nations, rather than castigate apresident of another country in a press con,” Duterte said.last_img read more

Four Negros prov’l legal office staff in ‘hot water’

first_imgAccording to Nellas, the businessman claimed he went to the PLO office but was not attended to, and that nobody was around. BACOLOD City – Four personnel including three lawyers and an employee of the Provincial Legal Office (PLO) of Negros Occidental are under investigation for some complaints. Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas Jr. confirmed this, saying a businessman has filed a complaint against these PLO employees. The PLO personnel subject of the complaint could not be reached for comment as of press time./PN He named the other personnel as Atty. Ernie Magaspag, Atty. Ariel Cuaycong and Warlito Bagyo. He said Atty. John Michael Yee has already resigned from the office last week.center_img Nellas also bared that there were complaints for alleged tardiness and absences and alleged tampering of daily time records against the concerned personnel. Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, on the other hand, said that the four PLO personnel have been served with the “show cause order.” BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Nellas said at present the PLO has only eight personnel with the resignation of Yee.last_img read more

Twisters Fall To Trojans In JV Baseball

first_imgHUDEPOHL1.33721191160.90226 SCHUCKMAN0001000 OA @ EC ABRHRBISOBBE SCHUCKMAN0000020 SCHUCKMAN000– HUDEPOHL1000100 1234567FINAL EC3909–––21 WANSTRATH000– HOFF000– MOORMAN2100210 SCHUCKMAN000– FIELDING BELLAMY1.672002115.389222 SCHEBLER3221000 BOHMAN0.3302002354.54545 CARLE0140045INF Courtesy of Twisters Coach Matthew Bohman. PITCHING HUDEPOHL000– BELLAMY1110020 HITTING BOHMAN2000200 BELLAMY1001 Oldenburg Academy JV Baseball Score @ East Central on Tuesday (5-8) OA00041––5 POAEFIELDING AVG MOORMAN3120.666666667 THOMPSON3110200 SCHEBLER3010.75 HOFF2101110 BOHMAN0010 CARLE000– MOORMAN0.6721001113.43284 WANSTRATH1012000 IPHBBHPSOERRERA THOMPSON2001 CARLE2000200 WEBER1000000 WEBER0401last_img

New deal for Wilson

first_img The 23-year-old forward has been a reported target for a number of established top-flight sides having impressed during his first year with the Cherries. Wilson, who joined the club from Coventry 12 months ago, scored 20 goals as Eddie Howe led Bournemouth to promotion and will be an integral part of a team looking to defy the odds and survive in the Premier League. “AFC Bournemouth has completed one of its most significant summer signings with Callum Wilson penning a new four-year contract,” the club announced on their official website. Wilson said he had no reason to look for a move away from the Vitality Stadium having achieved his ambition of reaching the Premier League. “I signed thinking we would get to the Premier League in the next few years and we did it in the first season,” he told Cherries Player. “There’s no reason, at this moment in time, why anyone would want to leave because we are in the Premier League and have a great manager, who is young and wants to be successful. “We have a great squad here, so we have all the key components to be successful in the Premier League and hopefully we can achieve that. “Playing in the Premier League is all I have ever dreamed of. You want to be on Match of the Day and play against the players you idolise. I’m more than happy here.” Keeping hold of Wilson would have been a priority for Howe as he looks to keep the nucleus of the team that won the Sky Bet Championship – although he has also been busy in the transfer market bringing in no less than seven new faces to date. Two goalkeepers with Premier League experience have been added in Adam Federici and Artur Boruc, who spent last season on loan with the club, whilst Sylvain Distin, Joshua King and Tyrone Mings have all been signed – with Christian Atsu and Filippo Costa joining on season-long loan deals. Callum Wilson has signed a new four-year contract with Premier League newcomers Bournemouth.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

ExxonMobil Guyana is main International hockey sponsor

first_imgTHE Guyana Hockey Board (GHB) scored an important partnership recently, with the signing of ExxonMobil as the main sponsor of the upcoming Indoor Pan American Cup, scheduled for October 14–22 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.The GHB, according to a release, expects this event will contribute significantly to Guyana’s efforts to become a priority destination for sports tourism.“We are excited to support youth sports and the Guyana Hockey Board,” said ExxonMobil Lead Country Manager Rod Henson, adding, “Sports is a great way to reach across generations and cultures to demonstrate our commitment to local development.”This is the first time ExxonMobil has partnered with the Guyana Hockey Board and the first time Guyana has been selected to host a Pan American level event for hockey.The 2017 Indoor Pan American Cups (IPAC) features competitions for both men and women and serves as the Pan American Continental Qualifier for FIH Indoor Hockey World Cups scheduled for February 2018 in Berlin, Germany.This year will be one of the largest in the tournament’s history and the Americas are well represented.Seven women’s teams and six men’s teams from Guyana, Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA and Uruguay will participate with the top team earning a coveted spot in the World Cup.This mix fully represents the diversity of the Americas; from the northern reaches of Canada to the southern tip of Argentina.The Guyana Hockey Board is honoured to welcome ExxonMobil on board and expects this partnership will extend Guyana’s beauty, warmth and hospitality to the world.last_img read more

NBA Suspends Entire Season

first_imgThe global threat of coronavirus got a lot more real for the sports world on Wednesday night when Utah Jazzcenter Rudy Goberttested positive for COVID-19, which subsequently led to the NBA suspending its entire season.The move is unprecedented yet also warranted as the highly infectious disease keeps spreading and threatening lives. Still, the majority of sports fans, media and players were caught off guard by a moment that will define the league and everything around it.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

Week learning from military at Fort Drum fosters unity, communication

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 FORT DRUM, N.Y. — The cellphone service at Fort Drum is spotty — at best.That was one of the first things that quarterback Terrel Hunt noted on Monday before the team departed for the military base.“It was real tough because, you know, no phone service,” he said sheepishly. “It was fun (last year) because you get to bond with the team.”On Syracuse’s first full day in Fort Drum on Tuesday it led to one of the most memorable moments for Scott Shafer.Sitting at breakfast Tuesday, the head coach noticed something. Without any service his players were actually talking to each other. He decided to make a game of it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We took the most opposite guys that we could imagine,” Shafer said, “and made them sit right across from each other.”The players had to go around the room telling their teammates what they learned about the player they were sitting across from.When the exercise ended, the floor was Hernz Laguerre’s. Shafer’s wife Missy, who’s “the only one in the family that’ll read the media,” had told the head coach that his walk-on linebacker was a gifted poet.“I heard you’re talented,” Shafer told Laguerre. “You got a poem ready?”“I don’t have one ready,” the linebacker said, “but I will be. Give me two seconds.”He composed himself and took the stage, reciting a poem about three minutes long.“It ended up with an eruption by his teammates,” Shafer said. “And all of a sudden, now we know who Hernz is.”It’s the moments like these that make the trip to Fort Drum a unique experience. There was still football — four practices during the five days spent on the base from Monday to Friday — but it’s wedged in between team-building activities, mingling with military personnel and even paintball.The trip last year, which lasted nine days, proved critical for the 2012 Orange. It was up in Fort Drum that SU found its offense, unveiling the no-huddle approach that became the staple of the offense for the rest of the season. It was also at Fort Drum that Syracuse found its identity — the one that carried it from a 2-4 start to its second Pinstripe Bowl trophy in three years.“I think the most impressive part of last season was when we were 2-4, we were the same team,” Shafer said. “We lose a game, we lose a tight one, things don’t go the way we wanted to, but when we came to work Sunday night and Tuesday the kids were the same people they were after a win that they were after a loss.”What can it mean for this year’s team? One that happens to be rife with military background already?Defensive back Darius Kelly’s father works at Fort Drum as a data core engineer. Shafer’s had multiple relatives die in the service. Running back Prince-Tyson Gulley’s mother is in the Navy and his brother Toneo Gulley plays running back for the Midshipmen.After Thursday’s scrimmage the always passionate Shafer talked about the commander at Fort Drum and his leadership. He has the “it factor,” Shafer said, something he wishes all his quarterbacks could emulate as leaders.On a military base “it” is the norm. In 2012, Syracuse apparently embraced that, battling through some early-season adversity to win a bowl game.“They let us know the things that they’ve gone through,” Gulley said. “And it makes it even better that they’re the same age as us.”But the most important part of the week in Fort Drum, and it was a sentiment that players and coaches alike echoed, is that it gives each individual an opportunity for them to learn about each other.Shafer admitted that he didn’t know much about Laguerre before the team arrived in Fort Drum — the linebacker almost didn’t even come on the trip. A week later the goal is that a different chemistry has been fostered.“Those are the things I love,” Shafer said. “You get away, you don’t have cell service and all of a sudden the kids look each other in the eye and they’re forced to communicate in a way that maybe they wouldn’t.” Commentslast_img read more

New Catholic Center aims to involve students

first_imgCollege is the time in most students’ lives when they begin to truly define themselves, find their individuality and make major life decisions. Some turn to their friends for help, some to their families and some to their faith.The new USC Caruso Catholic Center and Our Savior Parish hopes to cater to students dealing with this experience, USC trustee Rick Caruso said.At a mass on Monday evening, Fr. Lawrence Seyer and some of the parish’s most dedicated Catholic members celebrated the beginning of the school year and the opening of the renewed center after 10 years of construction and preparation.The previous two buildings simply were too small to provide sufficient resources for the nearly 10,000 Catholic students out of the combined 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students at USC.Caruso, the benefactor for the construction, joked that the initial architectural plans for the buildings simply weren’t spectacular enough to do his faith justice.“In my mind, this center is all about being the best,” Caruso said. “The students at USC are the best in the country, and we need to have a place where we talk about our religion, our faith — where we think about the importance of our faith, and how it plays a role in our life.”Caruso hopes USC’s Catholic Center will be similar to the Hoover Institute’s think tank, saying that USC now has the opportunity to be better than other universities in the religious and spiritual realm.Dean of Religious Studies Varun Soni said he agrees with Caruso.“The ages of 18 and 26 are the best times in students’ lives to ask the big questions of ‘who am I?’ and ‘what is the purpose of life?’” Soni said. “The university experience enables students to think about these questions both inside and outside the classroom.”Now, the separate courtyard, stone chapel and brick student center make up over 27,000 sq. ft. as opposed to the old combined chapel and center’s 10,000 sq. ft. The new Romanesque chapel features shimmering marble floors, high wooden ceilings and a beautiful stone crucifix in the center of the hall.“The new building definitely has a more Catholic presence and feel to it than the previous one,” said Alex Retana, a senior majoring in history and social science education.With more modern architecture, the chapel and center fits in well with other USC buildings, especially with the new developments being made to campus by President C. L. Max Nikias.Though Mass and various service programs are geared toward Catholic students, the two new buildings are open to all.“It’s not just for Catholic students — my hope is that all walks of life come through these doors,” Caruso said. “Every religion and every ethnicity can come through these doors and learn about each other’s faiths and through all of that, we’ll get stronger.”The Catholic community is looking to expand their student programs along with their physical buildings, according to Caruso. The new center aims to increase student involvement with innovative outreach ministries, programs, events and lecture series in order to invigorate intellectual life on campus.For example, Peer Ministry President Victoria Alonso became involved with the USC Catholic Center by joining the “Small Catholic Community” where she discussed her faith with other students.“The Catholic Center has really allowed me to grow in my faith as well as provided balance in my life,” she said.Pastoral Council Chair Sergio Avelar, a senior majoring in environmental studies, said the Catholic community at USC is one of his passions and said other students can find similar excitement in the new center.“There’s so much we can do, and why not now?” Avelar said. “This is the perfect time — we have a brand new facility and we’re looking to be one of the top campus ministries in the country.”last_img read more

Danny Varello’s resurgence makes Syracuse’s faceoff unit ‘strong as it’s ever been’

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Danny Varello can’t say it’s been easy. Syracuse repeated — again and again — it wouldn’t neglect the depth of its faceoff unit, and head coach John Desko said he would “ride the hot hand” of the “two-headed monster.” And then Jakob Phaup became a top-five faceoff specialist in the country. The “hot hand” most often was him. When Phaup is in a rhythm, why stop him?“Yeah,” Varello said, “it’s been up and down.”Varello, now in his second season as a major contributor in the Orange’s faceoff unit, has always exemplified a raw ability to succeed at the X. Phaup “envies” Varello’s quickness. In good moments and in bad, Varello’s aware of what he needs to change and how to do it. Against North Carolina, Varello put it together for a 13-of-18 performance from the faceoff X after Phaup was pegged to be the forefront of the unit.After making small changes to his grip of the stick, Varello is “happy where (he is).” He said “it’s good to give Jakob a nice backup every now and then,” but Saturday’s game proved the Orange aren’t steadfast on a clear frontrunner in the faceoff. Phaup got his opportunity early and didn’t deliver against North Carolina. Varello responded with 10-straight wins, gaining valuable possessions as SU fought back from an early hole. Now, with Varello at the pinnacle of his season performance, he said Syracuse’s faceoff unit is “strong as it’s ever been.”“I don’t really care if I’m playing — starting, first guy out,” Varello said. “I just care about helping our team win.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKaci Wasilewski | Asst. Digital EditorEarlier in the season, Varello felt off. The form he had grown accustomed to no longer was suitable. Varello called his brother, former Navy lacrosse player Joe Varello, in “crisis mode.”Varello tried to not get too frantic, but his playing time dipped. Though his quickness is perhaps his biggest strength, he was struggling to get under the stick of the opponent. When he beat them on the clamp, Desko said he struggled to make decisions. He’d win at the X — then he’d lose the ball.Joe helped him calm down, Varello said. Daily calls to his parents did the same. In practices at SU, Varello noticed Phaup’s grip: bent at the elbow, with his forearm parallel to the floor. At the time, Varello had a “hovering wrist” which he held at an angle in his stance. His arms were almost locked and his motion, which failed to make the best use of his speed, went downward instead of forward. When he was looking for a change, Varello noticed Phaup’s grip helped Phaup thrive.“I decided to try it out,” Varello said.Though a large part of the season for Varello was “trial and error,” he settled into his new grip and made small tweaks in his stance. The bend of his elbow forced him to use more of his arm muscles and the increase in explosion got him under the stick head of the opponent and win clamps.Anna Henderson | Digital Design EditorIn Varello’s past two games, he’s won 79% of his faceoffs and said he feels more comfortable than he has at any point of the season. The speed finally had made its mark. Varello’s resurgence now allows a diversified approach at the X for Syracuse — a specialized player for every possible matchup.Faceoffs remain a key point of Syracuse’s pregame strategy. Though it’s difficult to decipher the whistle on film — further complicating the scouting process for speed off the jump — SU focuses on the stick heads of its opponents’ top faceoff specialists. Ones with quicker hands tend to use a Nike CEO, a “popular head for face-off specialists,” according to Those who rely more on their power, similar to Phaup, use a Dual 2 head because it allows players to “place your hand closer to the ball.”Though the speed was hard to point out in film, Syracuse noticed UNC faceoff specialist Zachary Tucci used a Nike CEO stick head. On the first three faceoffs of the game, Phaup’s methodical style wasn’t enough to counter the quick clamp of Tucci.Varello quickly came in, and won his first opportunity. Then a second, a third, a fourth. When the ball was between two players, he created separation and scooped it cleanly. He ran away with the ball, found the wings and delivered passes without err. It was the best Desko’s ever seen Varello, Desko said.“I’m always tweaking stuff throughout the year,” Varello said, “and now I feel like I found a sweet spot.”And when Varello is in a rhythm, why stop him? Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 18, 2019 at 12:10 am Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more