We will play for free for sake of the game: Zimbabwe cricketer

first_img Press Trust of India HarareJuly 30, 2019UPDATED: July 30, 2019 19:01 IST ICC had recently banned Zimbabwe Cricket on grounds of government interference. (Photo: Zimbabwe Cricket)HIGHLIGHTSThe ICC recently suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for violation of its constitutionZimbabwe’s cricketers are willing to play “for free” to keep the game alive in the countryICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three monthsBarred from competing in any ICC event, Zimbabwe’s cricketers are willing to play “for free” to keep the game alive in the country, expressing their desperation to compete in the upcoming World Twenty20 Qualifiers.The ICC had recently banned Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) on grounds of government interference.The women’s T20 qualifiers are slated to be held in August while the men’s qualifiers will be held in October.”We will play for free. As long as we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our next assignment is the qualifiers. We will play for free,” a senior squad member told ESPNcricinfo.Neither of the two senior national squads have been paid in the last two months, and the men were not paid match fees during their recent tour of Netherlands and Ireland.The suspension, though, does not bar them from competing in bilateral series and the ICC can even appoint match officials for bilateral series they host. However, without ICC funding, it will be difficult for them to host any series.According to the FTP, Zimbabwe are to host Afghanistan in August and the West Indies in October and November before travelling to India for a three-match T20 series in January 2020.Meanwhile, the interim committee running Zimbabwe Cricket has warned its employees to report for work on Thursday or face “legal and disciplinary” consequences.Zimbabwe Cricket’s (ZC) directive is meant for all employees and primarily it is meant for ZC’s administrative and logistical staff.The captains of the men’s and women’s nationals teams recently wrote to Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry, expressing their interest to be allowed to play cricket again as soon as possible.advertisementEarlier this month, the International Cricket Council (ICC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket for violation of the global body’s constitution, which doesn’t allow any government intervention.The elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was a violation of articles 2.4 (c) and d.The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.Also Read | Australia eye first Ashes glory in England since 2001Also Read | It is very unfortunate: Chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunil Gavaskar’s ‘lame duck’ commentAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow ZimbabweFollow ICC We will play for free for sake of the game: Zimbabwe cricketerThe International Cricket Council had suspended funding for Zimbabwe Cricket and the representative teams from the country will not be allowed to participate in ICC events.advertisementlast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Steve Smith first player ever to be ruled out of a Test due to delayed concussion

first_img scorecard commentary view more view less graphs No data available!center_img advertisement Ashes 2019: Steve Smith first player ever to be ruled out of a Test due to delayed concussionSteve Smith had suffered a blow to the back of his neck while batting against Jofra Archer on Day 4 of the ongoing 2nd Test between England and Australia at Lord’s. India Today Web Desk LondonAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 18:48 IST Steve Smith was examined on the ground by Australia team doctor Richard Shaw (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was on 80 when he was hit on the neck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on Day 4Smith returned to the crease about 40 minutes later and was eventually dismissed for 92Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as Smith’s concussion replacementAustralia batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Test due to a “delayed concussion” after the blow that he suffered on the back of his neck while batting on Day 4 of the ongoing match against England at Lord’s.Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as Smith’s concussion replacement. This is the first time a concussion replacement will be used by a team in Test cricket after this new rule was approved in July this year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Smith is also the first player ever to be ruled out of a Test match due to a delayed concussion.On Saturday, a nasty bouncer from Jofra Archer, bowled at close to 90mph, hit Smith on the back of his neck just below the helmet, causing him to fall flat on the pitch. He was taken off the field after the Australian team doctor Richard Shaw examined his condition on the field.Steve Smith has been ruled out of the remainder of the second Ashes Test.Marnus Labuschagne has been confirmed as his concussion replacement.#Ashes pic.twitter.com/ienFwUpInKICC (@ICC) August 18, 2019″Steve has been closely monitored by medical staff overnight and this morning reported that after sleeping well, he woke with “a bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess.” Steve reported that his left arm which was also struck during his innings yesterday was “much better”.”As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat concussion testing of Steve Smith was also performed this morning and demonstrated some deterioration from his testing which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting.advertisement”On that basis Steve has been withdrawn from the match by team doctor Richard Saw and the Australia team will lodge an application for a concussion substitute with the ICC match referee in line with the ICC protocol,” Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday.Smith was on 80 when he was hit and was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the home of cricket as he walked off the ground before returning to the crease about 40 minutes later following the dismissal of Peter Siddle.Smith was eventually dismissed for 92 by Chris Woakes as Australia scored 250 in reply to England’s first innings total of 258.Smith underwent further concussion tests on the morning of the final day at Lords and has reportedly been ruled out. He is now a serious doubt for the third test at Headingley, which gets underway on Thursday.The five-day concussion protocol could rule him out, although it is unclear how the rule will be interpreted.The Aussies though, ended the day’s play in a commanding position after having reduced the hosts to 96 for 4 in 32.2 overs with Ben Stokes (16*) and Jos Buttler (10*) as the overnight batsmen.Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle made early inroads with two wickets each before Stokes and Buttler made sure no more wickets were lost.Also Read | People who booed Steve Smith at Lord’s not cricket fans: Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | Ashes 2nd Test: Jofra Archer’s hostile spell reminds Ricky Ponting of 2005 seriesAlso Read | Ashes, 2nd Test: Steve Smith clears concussion protocol after Jofra Archer blitzAlso Read | Fans slam Jofra Archer for smiling after nasty bouncer to Steve SmithFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow England VS Australialast_img read more

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High on Hops: 3 Floyds Wins Halloween

first_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men Celebrate National Tequila Day with these Awesome Agave Cocktail Recipes Editors’ Recommendations It’s the spookiest time of year. Welcome back to the day when little ghouls and goblins dress in their most frightening costumes and patrol neighborhoods on the hunt for candy. But who says Halloween treats are just for kids?Indiana brewery 3 Floyds Brewing Co. brings the scary as well as the delicious every day with its horror-themed label art and extreme flavor combinations. When choosing a special craft beer for Halloween, look for one of these 3 Floyds bottles to tap in to the macabre spirit of the season.Related Post: Meet Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur, GAZombie DustPale Ale6.2% ABVAvailable in 6-packs year roundPerhaps the best-known beer in 3 Floyds’ stable, Zombie Dust is a pale ale with the hop burst typically reserved for a burly IPA. It currently holds a perfect score of 100 on Beer Advocate for the sticky grapefruit and citrus notes floating in a bright, easy to drink body.BackmaskingOatmeal Stout8% ABVAvailable in 22 oz bottles year roundIf there’s one thing 3 Floyds brewers love as much as crafting amazing beer, it’s the pounding of brutal heavy metal music. During the ‘80s, backmasking (hiding secret messages in recordings to be retrieved when playing backwards) was all the rage. A tribute to that art form, this beer blends up a peaty, roasted sweetness to hide an aggressive hop profile.Permanent FuneralImperial India Pale Ale10.5% ABVAvailable in 22 oz bottles year roundA collaboration with the grindcore band Pig Destroyer, the werewolf themed art on Permanent Funeral beckons the drinker to consider their own mortality. The toast-like malt with hints of caramel leads the tasting experience, but that mildness quickly gives way to the animal underneath – a spicy, bitter full-flavored monster humanized by a fleck of light fruit sweetness.Dark Lord Du MuerteRussian Imperial Stout15% ABVAvailable in 22 oz bottles. Limited spring release.The Du Muerte label indicates cognac and bourbon barrel-aged varieties of 3 Floyds’ famed Dark Lord stout enhanced with ancho and guajillo peppers. These hard to find bad boys are hand numbered and outfitted with a sugar skull interpretation of the 3 Floyds’ logo for a Day of the Dead influence underscored by the use of hot peppers.BlackheartEnglish IPA8.5% ABVAvailable in 22 oz bottles. Spring release.3 Floyds’ attempt to recapture the traditional over-hopped English-style India Pale Ale, Blackheart is a full bodied, smooth sipper that brings toffee malts and herbal hops together in a frighteningly good combination.BlakkrImperial Black Ale9.99% ABVAvailable in 22 oz bottles. Retired.Not one to keep all the fun for themselves, Blakkr is a 3 Floyds collaboration with Real Ale and Surly. The three-headed angel of death on the stark label encases a dense, opaque beer deserving of its name. In some respects a traditional hop-forward stout, this black mass keeps you guessing with char, chocolate and tropical fruits.No matter which beer from 3 Floyds you choose, it’s guaranteed to be full-flavored and unique, with label art that’s just right for a haunting holi The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabinlast_img read more

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Explore ICON 4×4’s Stunning Vehicle Restorations

first_imgJust north of LA, in the unremarkable town of Chatsworth, Jonathan Ward and his team are slaving away on some of the most incredible vehicle restorations on the planet. What started as a bet between Ward and a university professor over the laws of supply and demand has turned into a four-year-long wait list of handmade customization projects across a range of classic cars and trucks. Ward graciously invited Digital Trends to peer inside his operation, take a spin in a few of his latest projects, and – in my case – share a steak salad.ICON 4×4 was created from a vision to re-master the Toyota FJ40. Jonathan and his wife Jamie had found success servicing and restoring Toyota Land Cruisers in the mid-90’s, capped off by a request from Akio Toyoda to build a prototype of the 2007 FJ Cruiser. The contemporary project prompted Ward to consider adding modern, high-end suspension, powertrain, and build materials to the FJ40. As clients flocked to Ward’s unique FJs, ICON expanded to include the BR (Bronco) and TR (Thriftmaster) resto-mods. In recent years, Ward’s obsession for vehicular excellence has introduced a broad range of custom projects that fall under the “Derelicts and Reformer” Series. ‘30s, ‘40s, and ‘50s era models from Lincoln, Buick, Dodge, Chevrolet, Willy’s, and other brands have entered Ward’s shop and left as spectacular one-offs.Inside the mind of a visionaryIn just a handful of hours, I became convinced that Ward’s success with TLC and ICON was nothing resembling luck – despite what he might say to the contrary. Rather, his ability to foresee market trends and his attention to detail laid the groundwork for a booming business, satisfied customers, and industry acclaim. Nike and Ford don’t partner with just anyone.While automakers are only just beginning to realize how far they can push extravagance in premium vehicles while still reeling in buyers, Ward has been putting form and function ahead of practicality and pricing for decades. “Some clients know exactly what they want, but others just want something different,” said Ward. “Different” is precisely how ICON approaches new projects.Ward doesn’t just obsess over the aesthetics and materials; he considers how powertrain and technology evolutions will impact owners over time. Instead of butchery a classic dashboard to include a new audio head unit, Ward’s team will create a hidden panel behind the dash or within the center console to maintain the original cabin look and feel. Similarly, ICON is in tune with maintenance complications and the transition towards alternative energy powertrains. “I want customers to be able to easily swap out an engine for the latest and greatest unit down the road,” he said. That means the wiring, mounting, and structural engineering are designed for modification – whether those changes come from ICON or not.It’s not just broad-stroke processes that set Ward apart; the subtle details of ICON vehicle construction communicate a focus on the end user and an unwillingness to settle for second-rate. Ward described his search for a center console that featured a hydraulic hinge, locking front compartment (that housed the infotainment system), and a machined surface without sharp edges. Instead of accepting that manufacturers wouldn’t incorporate his suggestions, Ward simply built his own. ICON’s power window system is another examples of Ward’s ingenuity. Instead of replacing roll-up handles with modern switches, he engineered the glass to power up or down by pulling or pushing the handle. Not only is the mechanism intuitive, it maintains the classic interior aesthetic. These are just two of literally hundreds of significant and subtle tweaks unique to Ward’s best-or-nothing philosophy.ICON design“Before I could drive, I was doing leatherwork, painting, and sculpting,” said Ward. “I’m a tactile person.” Nothing appears to have changed. Ward’s office, littered with automotive toys, posters, pictures, and models from all over the world, is also the designer’s innovation lab. Here, Ward fondles leather samples, ponders new vehicle designs, massages client visions, and works with his spotter network to find aging cars and trucks. Metal, wood, electrical, and every other hardware sample crosses Ward’s desk before finding its way into an ICON restoration. The finite details add up to over a year’s worth of work per project at a cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Sure, some people are going to run out and buy the latest Bentley and be perfectly happy, but others with patience and inspiration can have a tailor-made vehicle imbued their own personality,” said Ward.“Geeking out,” is how Ward describes ICON’s design principles. Without resource limitations, Ward’s team is able to apply a fine-tooth comb to every aspect of a vehicle. In terms of form, everything from hood latches, to body moldings, to door handles, to radio knobs, to gauges – everything has been texturized, measured, weighed, and material-upgraded to exacting standards. In the case of ICON’s BR, and TR vehicles, the updates are clear as day. Beautifully machined grilles, LED headlights, and high-displacement motors communicate significant investments.However, ICON’s more recent Derelict projects are a completely different story. Rusted, patina exteriors hide advanced suspension systems, intricate interior features, and high-end materials. ICON is so devoted to the barn-find look that mirrors and wheels are treated to extensive “faux-rust” procedures. “These cars either prompt smiles and thumbs-up, or are completely ignored,” said Ward. Only ICON’s signature lizard logo (and the roar of an LS3 V8) betrays the beater visage. As I walked through ICON’s facility, fawning over the stunning BR, my mind struggled to grasp that these Derelicts represented the same investment of time and resources. Perhaps I’m too vain, but even a secret as good as a sleeper Derelict doesn’t quite match the splendor of ICON’s other creations.ICON engineeringLike Rob Dickinson’s Singer Vehicle Design, ICON takes the whims of the affluent, pumps them with Ward’s vision, and produces the level of aesthetic grace and performance that accountant-leashed automakers could never mimic. To give you an idea of the sophistication behind a finished product, I’ll rattle off just a few of the more significant enhancements applied to the ICON BR.It all starts with the frame, which is overhauled with mandrel-bent mild steel and laser-cut accessory mounts. The structure is wider and more rigid than stock – the perfect foundation for heavy-duty off-roading hardware. An Atlas II transfer case (designed for on- and off-road performance) is mated with Dana 60 front/44 rear axles and optional ARB locking differentials. Add to that Fox Racing 2.5” Emulsion shocks (or optional Nitrogen-charged units), Eibach coils, and adjustable front and rear sway bars for a full 12.0-inches of wheel travel front and rear. Translation: this is one tall, rugged rig.Competent, durable hardware are met with equally impressive braking performance thanks to four-wheel Brembo brakes with boosted ABS and stainless steel lines. Steering precision comes courtesy of a PSC Stage Four box dialed in for mild power assistance and maximum road feel. Customers can choose BF Goodrich 285/70/R18 All-Terrain or Mud-Terrain tires to wrap around standard 18-inch cast aluminum wheels. Also included is a BULL BAR front bumper with integrated LED lights, a rear ICON design tow and tire carry bumper, and integrated storage lockers. Finally, at the heart of the beast is a fuel-injected alloy V8 producing 426 horsepower and 402 pound-feet of torque paired with a five-speed manual transmission or optional automatic.Off-road, the BR will match or out-maneuver the best contemporary models from Land Rover, Jeep, or Toyota, and draws a crowd the moment it returns to suburban streets. Not even the $200,000 Range Rover Autobiography can do both.ICON’s futureHaving garnered a reputation for building the most unique, capable, and striking 4×4’s available at any price, ICON is plotting its evolution. Reforming classic roadsters, coupes, and pickups are still within Ward’s wheelhouse, but the designer is dreaming up grander initiatives. Among his immediate prospects, Ward envisions an ICON edition of a mass production vehicle. Picture walking into your local Ford dealer and ordering an ICON-spec Explorer; sure it wouldn’t be quite the same science experiment as the current ICON models, but it beats a “King Ranch” special.Further down the road, Ward is plotting his own line of watches and furniture. Sketches and renderings of watch faces and bands line his office walls, suggesting Ward’s fantasies will soon be tangible. Then there’s the designer’s most ambitious dream yet: his own electric vehicle, built from scratch. Though sketches rarely translate directly to production, if the finished design looks anything like Ward’s renderings, the automotive world is in for a tremendous treat. 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How to Tie a Tie: A Video Guide to the Windsor Knot

first_img Editors’ Recommendations Tie-tying is something we should have all learned at a young age. Even if we did, and even if we wear one daily, sometimes we get lazy or forget some basic rules. That is why we asked Alex Wilcox, founder of Lord Willy’s haberdashery in New York City, to teach us how to tie a tie — specifically a Windsor knot (also called a Full Windsor or Double Windsor).But first, a bit of history: Why the hell is this knot called a Windsor? While many think the knot was created by the ever-stylish Duke of Windsor (you know, that one King of England that abdicated and  married that American), it was actually invented by his father, King George V. He preferred a broader knot and had his ties made with a thicker fabric to result in a wider look. Thus, the Windsor knot was invented to replicate the the same thickness while using a thinner fabric.Why do we still use a Windsor knot? The Windsor knot just looks more professional. Sure, if you are going to a hipster concert and want to rock a skinny tie, by all means, give it up to a half Windsor. But at work, cocktails, and dates, the full Windsor knot is the way to go.Style Note: Windsor knots should always be worn with a spread collar or a cutaway collar. Why? You want to match the symmetry of the tie’s triangle with the triangle shape of the collar. If this is news to you, we’ve got you covered with more tips on how to pair ties with collars.You can watch Wilcox tied a Windsor knot in the video above, but we’ve also provided a step-by-step guide below:To StartThe shorter end of your tie should sit a little higher since you will need much more silk for this style of tie.Step No. 1 ShareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:00Loaded: 0.00%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:00 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts Tuxedo Tips: Your Guide to Nailing Black-Tie Attire center_img How to Make a Rum Old Fashioned Cross the larger side over the smaller and then wrap around the back and bring to the front once more.Then thread the larger end over the top to create the small triangle that makes the base of Windsor knot.Step No. 2Go back over the top triangle again to make a larger triangle.Step No. 3Move the larger piece around the back and up through the gap closest to your neck. Pull the large piece through the triangle.Step No. 4Thread the larger end through the bottom.Step No. 5Pull the larger end of the tie. Do not strangle it! Then pull the shorter end to the top so the tie sits beautifully.So you’ve mastered the Windsor knot. Up next: how to tie a bow tie.Article originally published on December 20, 2016. How to Shave With a Straight Razor How to Tie a Tie: A Video Guide to the Windsor Knot Closelast_img read more

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Take a Dip (or a Selfie) in the World’s Most Instagrammable Pools

first_img The Best Whiskey for Whipping Up a Whiskey Sour The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Editors’ Recommendations We’re no strangers to awesome pools here at The Manual. We have writers who have been all over the world and dipped their toes into some of the largest, most beautiful, and most luxurious pools ever created. We thought we’d take this opportunity to round up the most Instagrammable pools we could find. From a tropical resorts in Hawaii to a hidden pool at the Berkeley Hotel in London, we’ve got a pool for every selfie.Oetker Collection’s Palácio TangáraSão Paulo BrazilSurrounded by lush and tropical greenery, the outdoor pool at the Palacio Tangara is uniquely located within Burle-Marx Park, smack in the center of the city. But you wouldn’t know it, given the quiet and reclusive nature of this swimming spot.Oetker Collection’s Palácio TangáraSão Paulo BrazilPalacio Tangara’s indoor pool is also a site to see. With perfect symmetry, cool blues and grays in the decor, porthole-inspired lighting, and minimalist furniture, Palacio Tangara has the selfie background game down to a science.Vik ChileMillahue Valley, ChileLocated in Chile’s Millahue Valley, which is famed for its vineyards, Vik Chile is perched on a hilltop overlooking green valleys and gorgeous mountainous surroundings. The infinity pool extends over the lake at the foot of the resort, offering guests the experience to swim above it all.St. Regis Princeville ResortKauai, HawaiiThe St. Regis Princeville Resort on Hawaii’s island of Kauai is as pretty close to paradise as you can get while still being within the United States. With views of the beautiful Hanalei Bay and the jagged Napali Coast, there’s no better spot to take in such a visually seamless connection between pool and ocean.Oberoi UdaivillasUdaipur, IndiaJust try not to take a photo in the pool abutting this Five Star Indian Palace resort. Seriously. Just try not to.The SkyPark at the Marina Bay SandsSingaporeThe massive infinity pool resting on the rooftop of Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands resort complex is a true testament to engineering. Since this pool spans the roofs of three separate skyscrapers in a gentle arc, the view of downtown Singapore is sweeping and moving, particularly at sunrise and sunset.Faena HotelMiami Beach, FloridaYou would be forgiven for thinking this pool would be found on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The classically styled red and white wooden umbrellas are an excellent touch and a nice pop of bright color to set the stage for your perfect poolside pic.Grace HotelSantorini, GreeceFloat in this pool while soaking in the vista of a tranquil, nearly perfectly circular bay, which belies the violent cataclysmic volcanic eruption that created it. Prep yourself for that killer caldera Instagram post.San Alfonso del MarRegión de Valparaíso, ChileIt’s the second biggest pool in the world. It has 871,200 square feet of swimmable, kayakable, and boatable space. ‘Nuff said. All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shortslast_img read more

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Work in Progress on National Health Information System

first_imgJamaica is on its way to having a comprehensive national health information system (NHIS), which Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says will improve care quality by up to 40 per cent. Stakeholders held the strategic planning presentation of the draft plan of the NHIS and final consultation in Kingston on December 11, at the Medallion Hall Hotel. In his address at the ceremony, Dr. Ferguson bemoaned the requests for additional space for paper-based health records.  “I think we have gone past this…where we are now, it is almost primitive to continue,” the Minister said. “While we recognise the value of storing our records, I think if we make a meaningful impact in relation to an efficient health delivery system, by improving our health information system, we will improve our quality care by possibly 30-40 per cent,” he added. The Minister said the current system puts the sector at risk, as critical areas such as the paper-based medical records retrieval system has reached its limit, to the point where the security, safety and best interest of patients are at risk. Dr. Ferguson noted that a modernised health information system takes into account the needs of new areas, such as health tourism, which brings a new set of challenges and opportunities for Jamaica. Indicating that implementation of the NHIS would begin in earnest in the next financial year, Dr. Ferguson said it is timely that the Ministry has embarked on this key initiative for the strengthening and modernisation of the national health information system, under the leadership of the Health Information and Technologies Steering Committee. The Minister noted that the Committee has made great strides since the planning process began in July, including:  conducting NHIS strategic planning; developed the detail strategy, work plan and costing for each phase objective; and is now at the final stage of consultation to present and validate the draft NHIS and e-health strategic plan. Meanwhile, in his presentation, Health Informatics Consultant, Daniel Doane, emphasised the distinction between the NHIS and an electronic health data system (e-health). He noted that the NHIS is a broad concept, which includes a system of policies, legislation, governance, human, financial and technology resources, health indicators, data sources, data management processes, information products and the effective dissemination and use of information. On the other hand, the WHO defines e-health as the use of information and communication technologies for improving the flow of information through electronic means, to support delivery of health services and the management of health systems. Therefore, Mr. Doane said while both the NHIS and e-health are concerned with health information, the NHIS focuses on improving access to, and the quality of information that drives evidence-based decision making to improve health outcomes. E-health, although a part of this whole, focuses specifically on the use of information technology to improve the efficiency and quality of health care delivery. The consultation was aimed at:  sensitizing stakeholders about the framework and current state of the NHIS; providing an overview of the strategic objectives and interventions of the plan; and reviewing the draft plan and validating interventions with the associated activities. Strategic objectives of the plan include: strengthening the national capacity for the planning, co-ordination and implementation of health information system and e-health initiatives; ensuring that the required legislative, regulatory, and policy frameworks are in place, to enable an effective national health information system and appropriate use of e-health solutions; strengthening the organisational capacity for health information management within the Ministry of Health and the health regions; and improving the quality of health information. Other objectives are: expanding the effective use of information technology to improve the quality, availability and continuity of healthcare and to improve the quality and timeliness of health information for decision-making; strengthening the national ICT infrastructure and support capacity to enable the effective, secure and reliable use of health information technologies; and using information to support evidence-based decision making at all levels and sectors of the health system.last_img read more

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Thousands of Children Placed in Family-oriented Programme

first_imgAbout 3,005 children in need of care and protection were placed with families under the Living in Family Environment (LIFE) programmes between January and September 2012.Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA), Carla Francis Edie, said the number is 57. 5 per cent of the 5,226 children in state care and represents an increase over the 53 per cent placed during 2011. She made the disclosure at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank held on Wednesday (January 15) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.She informed that of the 3,005 children in LIFE programmes, 985 are in foster care; 802 are in the family re-integration programme; and 1,220 are on supervision orders. She explained that under the supervision orders, the judge instructs that a child in need of protection should remain at home with a parent or relative under the supervision of a CDA Children’s Officer. As the CDA worked to place children in family environments as an alternative to child care institutions, Mrs. Francis Edie informed that there were 141 adoptions between January and September 2012.In addition, two Child and Family Support Units (CSFU) were established at the CDA’s regional offices in Kingston and St. James to provide the necessary interventions to families to prevent children from entering state care.“The CDA’s social workers provide counselling to families going through challenges and connect these families with other support services, such as PATH (Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education),” she stated.She said that of the 519 children seen by the CDA, only 13 remained in state care while the other 506 remained with their families or relatives.In addition, some 881 children were processed under the multi-agency model programme as at September 2012, with 832 of those children remaining with their families.“Previously these children would have been placed in residential child care facilities,” Mrs. Francis Edie informed.The multi-agency model is a partnership involving the police, the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), CDA, the Victim Support Unit, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.It was developed to reduce secondary trauma to children, who have been abused, and also lessen the number of children entering state care.last_img read more

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Health Ministry Gets Help to Purchase Fogging Machines

first_imgThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on February 6 handed over a cash grant for US$40,000 to the Ministry of Health’s vector control/dengue outbreak control and prevention programme. The money, which was handed over during a press briefing at the Ministry of Health, downtown Kingston, will be used to purchase 18 fogging machines and a drum of Malathion, one of the chemicals used in the fogging process to eliminate the adult mosquitoes.In his remarks, Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, expressed appreciation to the UNDP for the urgency in which the agency moved to assist with the dengue prevention and control programme after Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.“This has been a fruitful partnership which has enabled us to provide well needed services to the people of Jamaica in an effort to secure their health. We know we cannot go it alone and so we thank you for your profound understanding of the situation and the importance of reducing vector borne illnesses among our population,” Dr. Ferguson said.He added that the Ministry welcomes the partnership, which will result in better health outcomes for the people of Jamaica, especially amidst “this environment of declining budget”.In an effort to improve the vector control programme, the Ministry of Health has so far purchased 28 fogging machines at a cost of $5.2 million. The total expected to be purchased are 48 machines. The budget for the 48 machines is $9.02 million, made possible through the National Health Fund (NHF).For his part, UNDP Resident Representative, Arun Kashyap, said that while the new equipment will complement the efforts of the Ministry of Health at the national level, the epidemiology of mosquito-borne dengue suggests the need for an inclusive community approach that engages community leaders in sustainably managing potable water and ecological sanitation.“Communities will then be vigilant in keeping their surroundings hygienic, including ensuring adequate safeguards is in place to get rid of stagnant water, work with all stakeholders in the identification and management of water collection points and report early symptoms of infections to the relevant authority,” Mr. Kashyap said.He added that this should build community awareness and ownership of the national vision to eradicate incidences of dengue in Jamaica.Last year the Ministry of Health recorded more than 5,000 clinically suspected cases of dengue fever with 11confirmed deaths.last_img read more

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Gov’t Ready to Accept Proposals for Integrated Resorts

first_imgMinster of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, says there is no need for additional regulations before the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) are issued for the development of integrated resorts. He said that the regulations that have been promulgated “are all that is needed to issue the RFPs.” Dr. Phillips was speaking as he closed the 2013/2014 Budget debate on May 1 in the House of Representatives. The integrated resorts development, of which casino gaming will be one component, will provide a mix of tourism facilities, including but not limited to hotels, villas, and attractions, sporting facilities, service centres and shopping centres. The Finance Minister announced on April 18 that the Government will begin accepting bids for the construction of integrated resorts under the recently gazetted Casino Games Regulation 2012, as of June 1. The period for receipt of requests and completed applications will be from June 1 to September 30, 2013. The Casino Gaming Act was passed by both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament in 2010. Dr. Phillips said the approved integrated resort developments are the means by which the Government proposes to substantially grow the hotel sector with accompanying casinos, entertainment, banqueting and other facilities. He noted that the model, which the government is using, is based on that introduced by Singapore, which is inclusive of hotels, restaurants, shopping and convention space, with casinos, and has led to a “phenomenal growth in tourism”. The Minister said that Singapore now earns more from its casino floors than Las Vegas in the United States. Local regulations also require that the integrated resort development, when completed, will comprise one or more hotels, providinglast_img read more

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There is Only One Sovereign State – PM Holness

first_img Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing confidence that when implemented, the Law Reform (Zone of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act will lead to a reduction in crime. Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expressing confidence that when implemented, the Law Reform (Zone of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act will lead to a reduction in crime.Speaking yesterday (July 13) at the opening ceremonies of the Denham Town and Tivoli Restorative Justice Centres, the prime minister said the country does not need dons or criminals to survive.Prime Minister Holness declared that there is only one sovereign state, Jamaica, and the government will act to protect the state.“The establishment of the legislation is a signal that the government, including the opposition, is not prepared to cede one square inch of Jamaica to any criminal organisation,” emphasised Prime Minister Holness.He said the establishment of the zone is not about taking away or abrogating the rights of the citizens. He said it will safeguard, protect, preserve and extend the rights of the law abiding citizens of Jamaica.In the meantime, Prime Minister Holness explained that crime and violence threaten economic growth and emphasised that at this time, the priority of the country must be to restore law, order, public safety and security for the citizens of the country.The Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town Restorative Justice Centres are part of efforts to address conflict resolution strategies in communities. It forms part of the Government’s reform of the justice system in the country. The Prime Minister noted that social intervention can make a difference in these communities and efforts like these will be supported and continued.He says the government will continue to make investment in the physical and social infrastructure to address these problems facing the people in these communities.The Government will establish fourteen Justice Centres across the island. Prime Minister Holness declared that there is only one sovereign state, Jamaica, and the government will act to protect the state. Story Highlights “The establishment of the legislation is a signal that the government, including the opposition, is not prepared to cede one square inch of Jamaica to any criminal organisation,” emphasised Prime Minister Holness.last_img read more

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SMA to Host High-School Students at ‘Girls in ICT Day’

first_img The event, which is a part of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) observation of the day, will be held under the theme ‘Expanding horizons, changing attitudes’. Story Highlights The Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will host approximately 40 girls from 14 high schools at their ‘Girls in ICT Day’ event, to be held at the Sagicor Auditorium in Kingston on April 26. Manager, Planning Department, at the SMA, Mahlangu Lawson, told JIS News that Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communications technology (ICT). The Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will host approximately 40 girls from 14 high schools at their ‘Girls in ICT Day’ event, to be held at the Sagicor Auditorium in Kingston on April 26.The event, which is a part of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) observation of the day, will be held under the theme ‘Expanding horizons, changing attitudes’.Manager, Planning Department, at the SMA, Mahlangu Lawson, told JIS News that Girls in ICT Day is a global initiative to encourage girls and young women to consider studies and careers in information and communications technology (ICT).Managing Director at the SMA, Maria Myers Hamilton, said that persons think of ICT as a male-dominated field, or think of it along the lines of call centres or business process outsourcing (BPO).However, she highlights that there are many more careers within ICT, including engineering, e-scrubber or digital currency advisor.“I find that in our communities, sometimes there is a sense of hopelessness among our young girls, not knowing what to choose or not having someone to have a conversation with about the possibilities, so this is an opportunity to empower the females,” Mrs. Myers Hamilton said.The Managing Director said that the girls will interface with persons who have made it in technology.She noted that the event will be opened by Member of Parliament for St. Andrew East Rural, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, and will feature speakers such as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Alando Terrelonge; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hillary Alexander.Other presenters will come from telecoms organisations, such as Digicel, Flow, AGC Drones and Microsoft.The Managing Director said that the highlights will be activities undertaken by Microsoft as well as an interference signal hunt by the SMA at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston.Girls in ICT Day is globally observed annually on the last Thursday in April since 2011, and in Jamaica since 2015.last_img read more

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Industry Minister Calls on More Young People to Offer Innovative Ideas

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth. “We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised. “For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, is calling on more youth in Jamaica to offer innovative ideas and creativity that will aid the nation with economic growth.Speaking at the Optimist Club of Kingston Meeting on Thursday (September 27), at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica in St. Andrew, the Minister said youth account for nearly half of the nation’s population, and in keeping with that, they are the ones being looked to for solutions that will provide the country with growth.“The statistics show that almost 50 per cent, half of the Jamaican population, is below the age of 25 years. It is my belief that our youth will have to look at the kind of innovation and creativity that is needed as the catalyst for the growth and expansion of our economy,” Mr. Shaw said.The Minister noted that one of his most memorable experiences since becoming Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, was witnessing the participation of talented and innovative young entrepreneurs at this year’s Expo Jamaica in April.“For example, at the Jamaica Emerging Manufacturers and Services Village, I saw three PhD graduates from the University of the West Indies who decided to put their knowledge to work and develop new and competitive nutraceutical products, utilising natural Jamaican materials,” Mr. Shaw said.“We also saw packaging innovations for the coffee industry, which will allow consumers to have a coffee percolator in a bag,” he added.The Minister said he also wants to see young people forgetting the get-rich-quick and scamming mentality, and not being motivated by notions of instant gratification.“We want our young Jamaicans to unleash their entrepreneurial pursuits to create their own wealth.  Create your own wealth and wealth for our country by being your best selves,” he emphasised.last_img read more

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Board Appointed for Island Traffic Authority

first_img He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA).“It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that a Chief Executive Officer for the entity will be recruited in short order.Minister Montague said that the ITA will work with the police to ensure that trucks are fitted with crash bars at the back and right side, in keeping with the provisions of the Road Traffic Act. The crash bars are to prevent small vehicles from sliding underneath the trucks during an accident.“Additionally, come September 1, 2019, we will be encouraging motorists to drive with their lights on during the days. This has proven to reduce traffic crashes by 12 to 20 per cent in other jurisdictions. We will run this voluntary pilot for a year, but make an assessment after six months,” Mr. Montague said.He told the House that electronic traffic enforcement is coming.“Running red lights, speeding, no seat belts, improper lane usage and accidents will be caught on traffic cameras. In addition, licence plate reading tied to our database will see tickets issued electronically, and if not paid, cars will not be able to renew registration,” Mr. Montague said.“We are leveraging technology to assist in road safety,” he added.Meanwhile, the Transport and Mining Minister said discussions are to begin shortly with the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), “so that we will be able to hold on to offenders at the airports”. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, says that a Board has been appointed for the Island Traffic Authority (ITA). “It includes retired examiner, Garnet Hosang; transport operator, Henrietta James; and representatives from the police force and insurance agencies, among others,” the Minister said, during his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Russia: Construction of World’s Largest …

first_imgzoom Baltiysky Zavod, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, yesterday held a keel laying ceremony for the new generation nuclear icebreaker of Project 22220. When finished, the icebreaker LK-60 will be the largest and most powerful icebreaker in the world with an approximate lifespan of 40 years.As Rosatom (Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation) reports, the icebreaker will have the length of 173.3 m, width – 34 m, designed draught – 10.5 m, minimum working draught – 8.55 m and a displacement of 33,540 t. The nuclear power installation will use a new integral reactor RITM-200 designed by ROSATOM’s Nizhniy Novgorod-based OKBM Afrikantov. It will be more reliable, economical (the core needs refueling once in seven years) and nearly twice smaller than existing reactors.By her technical characteristics, this state-of-the-art nuclear icebreaker is a double-draught ship capable of operating in both the Northern Sea Route lines and rivers of the Arctic region. Owing to a greater width (34 m) than the existing icebreakers (30 m), the LK-60 will be able alone to steer tankers of up to 70,000 tons displacement in the Arctic. It will be for the first time that an icebreaker capable of passing 3-meter thick ice has been built.The icebreaker detailed design was developed by CDB Aisberg in 2009. The new nuclear-propelled ship will differ from the previous generation of icebreakers in a special ballast system, which will allow her changing draught from the maximum to the minimum one over a certain period of time. Filling her ballast tanks with water, the nuclear icebreaker will “settle down” and raise the vessel while sailing in severe ice conditions.The construction of the icebreaker is scheduled to be completed in December 2017. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 November 6, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

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Liebherr Wins ‘Crane of the Year’ Award

first_imgzoom At the recent award ceremony of IBJ (International Bulk Journal) Liebherr Maritime Cranes was able to continue its run of success in the category ‘Crane of the Year’.With the MPG crane Liebherr was honoured with this title for the fourth time and since the founding of the IBJ Awards in 2009 the company has received a total of 6 awards.The Liebherr MPG multi-purpose grab crane is designed for high speed and continuous operation on transshipping facilities, whereby safety and low maintenance requirements are of utmost priority during the design and construction stages.Liebherr Maritime, February 27, 2014last_img read more

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LNG Carrier Solaris Joins GasLog’s Fleet

first_imgzoom GasLog Ltd. has taken  delivery of the fully owned LNG carrier Solaris, from Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd, the company said on June 30.On the same day she commenced a medium-term charter to Shell Tankers Singapore (Private) Limited, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.The vessel is a 155,000 cubic meter tri-fuel Diesel Electric (TFDE) LNG carrier that sets new standards for efficient performance and environmental protection.The vessel is classified to the ABS ENVIRO+ notation, signifying the highest level of environmental protection and energy conservation. Furthermore, the vessel is equipped with a new type of cargo compressors that will reduce the release of greenhouse gasses and offer enhanced cargo and heel management.GasLog has one further LNG carrier newbuilding due for delivery in 2014, one in 2015, four in 2016 and four in 2017.Press Release, July 1, 2014last_img read more

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Transatlantic Trade Buoyant on Westbound Growth

first_imgzoom For years the sleeping dog of container trades, the Transatlantic is now waking up as strong westbound traffic is attracting new services, the UK-based shipping consultant Drewry reports.The Transatlantic westbound trade continued to motor along in the first quarter with volumes rising by 8.4% against the same period last year.The latest figures build on growth of 8.4% recorded for the full-year 2014 and it looks good for similar growth this year thanks to the rapidly appreciating US dollar, says Drewry.It should be noted that growth comparisons will get tougher in the fourth quarter, which will subdue the full-year rise, Drewry says. Some of the stellar 13% year-on-year growth witnessed in the last three months of 2014 was the result of Asia to US cargoes being transhipped via the Atlantic as a means to circumvent tight space on direct Asia to USEC services, something that won’t be repeated this year barring unforeseen circumstances.The shifting currency exchange is inevitably hurting eastbound box traffic. Having lifted barely a single extra container in 2014, first-quarter 2015 volumes slumped by 5.8%. During the first three months of the year, North Europe-bound freight from the US decreased by 7.6%, Canadian exports to North Europe fell by 5.7%, while Mexico-origin traffic was up by 3.0%.Based on the same rolling monthly averages, as of the end of March there are 1.42 containers transported in the westbound for every one eastbound. That compares to a ratio of 1.28 to 1 as of the same month last year.The surge in westbound traffic has spurred carriers to introduce additional capacity, including the Ocean Three Alliance, 2M, Hapag-Lloyd and Atlantic Container Lines. ACL is replacing its aged ro-ro/containerships from this summer, doubling its weekly slots from 1,850 TEU to 3,800 TEU. ACL is long-established in the niche market and is likely to fill its additional slots by expanding into the southern US market, says Drewry.With westbound ships currently full spot rates are rising, although typically for the trade, only by a modest margin. Drewry’s Container Freight Rate Insight reported that spot rates on the route from Rotterdam to New York increased by 2% in April to USD 1,930 per 40ft container.Drewry predicts that the Transatlantic westbound trade growth has been stronger than expected and future volumes should be sufficiently strong to keep up with the additional supply, helping keep spot freight rates buoyant.last_img read more

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Belships Fixes Newbuilding Duo

first_imgzoom Oslo-listed dry bulk shipping operator, Belships, has chartered two of its Supramax newbuilding dry bulk carriers, currently under construction at Japan’s Imabari Shipbuilding.The 61,000 dwt Belforest will be delivered from Imabari Shipbuilding on or around September 25.Cargill, Geneva, will charter the Belforest for 10 to 14 months, which is expected to generate an EBITDA of USD 1.15 million over the average period.Belforest’s sister ship – Belisland – will be delivered from Imabari around March 15, 2016, and will be chartered to Canpotex for 5 years.Belships currently operates a fleet of three Supramax bulk carriers.Besides Belforest and Belisland, the company has one more 63,000 dwt vessel under construction at Imabari, scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2017.last_img read more

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EUNAVFOR: No Room for Complacency over Somali Piracy

first_imgzoom Whilst Somali-based piracy in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden is suppressed, there is no room for complacency regarding the on-going threat, the EU Naval Force Operation Commander, Major General Martin Smith MBE, said at a breakfast meeting earlier today with senior shipping industry representatives.Major General Smith welcomed the significant reduction in pirate attacks since 2012, stating that this had been achieved by the ‘collective effort’ of shipping companies and dedicated naval forces, including the European Union Naval Force. The General warned, however, that whilst the opportunity for pirates to get out to sea and attack ships had reduced, the pirates’ intent and capability remains.“It is clear that we have (together) come a long way since early 2011, when 736 hostages and 32 ships were being held for ransom in anchorages off Somali beaches. However, the recent incidents of Iranian dhows being captured by groups of armed men demonstrate that there are still some who are prepared to go out to sea and take vessels for ransom,” said Major General Smith.One of the dhows, Siraj, and its crew, is still being held after being captured at sea in March 2015.Major General Smith went on to say that because of the naval patrols and merchant vessels’ self-protection measures, including the use of private armed security teams (PAST), in the Indian Ocean, counter-piracy forces assess that the threat from long-range pirate attacks in the near future is reduced.“Collectively we have been able to curtail their use of mother ships to attack far from the coast, but I remain convinced that if pirates perceive that we are lowering our guard, they will seize the opportunity and plan an attack on a vulnerable ship. And if they take one ship, this could re-energize their business model, which you know all too well, could cost the international community and shipping industry dearly.”EU Naval Force’s main tasks are to escort merchant vessels carrying humanitarian aid for the World Food Programme (WFP) and vessels of AMISOM as they transit along the Somali coast, and to deter and disrupt piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. EU Naval Force warships also monitor fishing activity off the coast of Somalia.The current EU Naval Force mandate runs until December 2016. In the coming months, EU Member States will carry out a strategic review of the piracy threat to enable them to make a collective decision on how to best proceed post-2016.last_img read more

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