United Heavy Lift, Ocean7 Projects Open Joint Office in Norway

first_imgHeavy sea transport specialists United Heavy Lift (UHL) and Ocean7 Projects are opening a joint office in Bergen, Norway, from where they intend to offer a wider scope of service.As disclosed, the coordinated activities will allow Germany’s UHL and Denmark’s Ocean7 to cover all segments of their industry, offering customers a larger and more diverse fleet.It was also noted that the Bergen office was just the first of a number of joint branches planned to be set up.As noted by Lars Rolner, CEO of United Shipping Group, the two sides are working on opening new offices in Asia and the USA.“We see this new office as a start of building a world-wide network of offices together with Ocean7,” Rolner said.“We have always had the mindset of working together and this cooperation will enhance our ability of offering a wider scope to our customers in the future,” Stefan Petersen, CEO of Ocean7, added.Ocean7 Projects operates a fleet of over 25 heavy lift carriers, including RoRo vessels. United Heavy Lift was established in 2015 and is part of the United Group which also includes United Wind Logistics and United Engineering Solutions. Both UHL and Ocean7 specialize in the transport of heavy, project and breakbulk cargo.last_img read more

Malcolm on that 1994 Oval Test, those nine wickets and making SA ‘history’

first_imgBy Richard EdwardsIN retrospect, it might have been better for someone to tell Fanie to forget what he was planning and pitch it up,” says former South Africa pace bowler Craig Matthews.Unfortunately for South Africa’s batting line-up, Fanie de Villiers had the whiff of revenge in his nostrils and Devon Malcolm was just about to cop it.It was late August 1994, with the sun beating down on a rock-hard Oval surface when de Villiers delivered that fateful delivery, a bouncer that hit Malcolm squarely on the Three Lions adorning his helmet.It was rumoured to be revenge for the England man hitting Jonty Rhodes in South Africa’s first innings. Whatever the reason, the usually mild-mannered Malcolm was not a happy man.“I’m pretty easy-going,” he tells The Independent. “But even when Allan Donald, who’s a good mate of mine, came up and asked me if I was okay, I swore at him and told him where to get off.”Malcolm insists he uttered the words ‘you guys are history’; Darren Gough, his partner at the other end, maintains that the threat, which remains one of the most well-known phrases in English cricket history, never left his mouth.Whatever he said, the South Africans were left in no doubt that they had better muster all the protective armour they could, before they stepped out to bat for an innings that would decide the direction of their first series in England since 1965.A thrashing in the opening Test at Lord’s – a match which became synonymous with the dirt in Mike Atherton’s pocket – had once again heaped the pressure on coach, Ray Illingworth, and the skipper. A drawn Test at Headingley did little to alleviate that and meant that South Africa arrived at the Oval on the cusp of an historic triumph.While England had once again stumbled their way through the summer, Malcolm had spent most of his kicking his heels around the county circuit, bowling for his county Derbyshire and biding his time before the call, inevitably, came for the Oval Test.“I had played one Test match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge earlier in the summer but was then left out,” he says.“But when we lost that match against South Africa at Lord’s I was thinking to myself that I was going to get a recall because that’s what happened in the ‘90s – you were in one minute and out the next. I was in good form in the run-up to that match and was taking plenty of wickets in county cricket and I knew this was a match that England needed to win.“The thing about the Oval pitch was that it was a very good track to bat on because the bounce was so consistent. Once you were in, you were going to make runs but I always did pretty well there because the harder you hit the pitch the more you got out of it.”South Africa’s first-innings effort of 332 was neither a match-winning effort or one that made a draw inevitable. And when England made 304 in reply it was game on.“Myself and Darren Gough had made a few in the first innings and had really attacked the South African bowling,” says Phil de Freitas. “We wrestled the initiative back from them. I reckon we set Devon up perfectly for what was to follow!”With Malcolm silently seething following his blow on the head – and with rumours flying around the South African dressing room that England’s spearhead was listening to the national anthem in his headphones before coming out to bowl – the endearingly inconsistent man from Derbyshire tore in like a man possessed.(Independent)last_img read more

South African player dies in car accident

first_imgMaritzburg United midfielder Mondli Cele has died after the car he was travelling in veered off into the Duzi river on Park Drive, Pietermaritzburg.It is believed a second passenger, a female whose name has not yet been confirmed, also died.The 27-year-old, who scored the opening goal in the Team of Choice’s 3-3 thriller at home to Orlando Pirates at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night was killed in a car accident after the match.Those at the scene say Cele lost control of the car in the heavy rain that was lashing Pietermaritzburg las night.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

Blake Griffin season-high 32 leads Clippers on Knicks fight night

first_imgDeAndre Jordan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end a three-game losing streak.Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis 27 on a night there was plenty of fight from the Knicks. Anthony played well the day after Phil Jackson took another dig at him on Twitter by referencing an article that was critical of the forward. Coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged it may have been a distraction, but one he expected the Knicks to play through, and they had a chance to tie before Anthony missed a 3-pointer down 118-115.Griffin then put it away with a free throw with 5.9 seconds left.“They kept their composure. They played well, they executed and we just couldn’t score,” Porzingis said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.” NEW YORK >> The Clippers saw plenty of fight at Madison Square Garden — especially from a former Knick.Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Clippers beat New York 119-115 on Wednesday night after ex-Knick Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.Griffin was one of the players close to Oakley when he shouted at MSG chairman James Dolan and shoved away security guards before he was forcefully removed by arena security.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side,” Griffin said. “I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds. It was crazy, man.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img The Knicks lost their third in a row on a bizarre day even for one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises.“At the end of the day, regardless of what’s being said, what’s going on, you still got to come in here and play basketball,” Anthony said. “And I think that’s the most important part, the most important thing that we should be focusing on.” The Jackson-Anthony feud dominated the pregame talk but quickly took a back seat to the main event between Oakley and Dolan. Oakley was a popular Knick during the 1990s but has fallen out of favor with the franchise because of his criticisms of Dolan.He shouted at Dolan from a seat a couple of rows behind until security came. Oakley shoved a couple of them before he was removed while players on both teams watched as Porzingis was preparing to shoot free throws. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” as he was led to the tunnel, handcuffed and eventually taken by the New York Police Department.“It kind of happened fast. It was a crazy little situation,” Jordan said. “But then they kind of took my boy out of there. It was kind of crazy.”It was the Clippers’ ninth consecutive victory against the Knicks, their longest winning streak against an opponent. It was coach Doc Rivers’ 785th win, passing Gene Shue for 15th place on the NBA career coaching list. Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson both played for the Knicks. Woodson coached New york to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013.The Clippers will play at Charlotte on Saturday to end the eastern portion of their five-game trip.last_img read more

Llull destroys the illusion of Bilbao and takes Real Madrid to the Cup semifinals

first_imgThe break came after sixteen changes of leadership and eight draws and with advantages that did not exceed six points, which left the game in a fist after twenty intense minutes of good basketball (50-47, min 20).a small stretch of Madrid put him seven up for the first time three minutes after the restart, although it was a mirage because, with a couple of flashes, the players of Álex Mumbrú went back to shooting.The Argentine connection Campazzo-Deck monopolized the leading role in attack and, little by little, was consolidating a comfortable mattress that tasted like glory after more than twenty minutes of siege from Bilbao (64-55, min 25).Boutelle was unable to detach himself from Deck’s shadow and did not have his best afternoon and his teammates began to fail forces as the minutes passed. To make matters worse, Campazzo and Deck were still doing theirs and, after a 13-0 run, the game began to take on Madrid.The last ten minutes came with a rent of ten punctual favor of the men of Pablo Laso (73-63). When seen against the ropes, the RETAbet put one more march to his game and was cutting back to five again, which re-ignited the Martin Carpena.Sergio Llull extinguished the euphoria with a triple challenger from the corner, which was followed shortly after another front with additional shot included that he celebrated as in the great moments. The Balearic returned by its fueros and a third success of his from the perimeter ended up breaking the Bilbao resistance.The Basque team kept trying and was able to get to five again one minute from the end, but a failure under Rafa Martínez’s basket ended the forces of a group that fought until the end and ended up succumbing to the renewed strength of a reborn Llull.– Data sheet:93 – Real Madrid (23 + 27 + 23 + 20): Campazzo (13), Carroll (7), Deck (16), Randolph (9) and Tavares (12) – titular quintet – Causeur (10), Fernández (3), Llull (19), Mickey (2) and Taylor ( two).83 – RETAbet Bilbao Basket (21 + 26 + 16 + 20): Martínez (7), Rouselle (16), Bouteille (13), Sulejmanovic (8) and Balvin (12) – initial five – Rodriguez (7), Schreiner (-), Rigo (-), Cruz (-), Lammers ( 7) Tyler Haws (-) and Kulboka (13)Referees: Carlos Peruga, Fernando Calatrava and Juan de Dios Oyón. Without eliminated.Incidents: Second match of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey played at Martín Carpena in Malaga before 10,070 spectators. The base, with 19 points, is crucial in the last quarter of the game Sergio Llull regained his best version at the premiere of Real Madrid at the Copa del Rey in Malaga and, with his success in the last quarter, shattered the illusions of a RETAbet Bilbao Basket that fought big and left a great image on his return to the competition (93-83).After three equalized quarters, the Balearic base returned in a big way, with twelve points in the last act, including three triples that arrived when his team needed it most and that ended many minutes of Numantine resistance from the players trained by Alex Mumbrú.From the initial jump, two battles monopolized all the prominence. Edy Tavares and Ondrej Balvin fought for each ball in the paint while Anthony Randolph and Jonathan Rouselle were challenged in a scoring duel that maintained equality.The Cape Verdean giant ended up imposing its wingspan and, with twelve points and fourteen rebounds, contributed decisively to the final triumph, although Balvin was not far behind and also ended up with double figures (12 + 12).There was neither a clear dominator in the game nor on the scoreboard. Each basket was answered immediately and a final slap of Tavares to a launch of Llull decayed the balance in favor of Pablo Laso’s after about ten first minutes of alternatives and intrigue (23-21).While the Argentine Gabriel Deck dried Axel Rouselle and contributed points, Llull and Fabien Causeur began to produce, but in front they had a group that fought each action and remained very alive in the tie.center_img Photo: EFElast_img read more

Amadeus reveals how airlines can boost top and bottom line

first_imgThe airline industry faces a number of challenges when it comes to financial management, including revenue leakage, complex income streams, and tax reporting and compliance across multiple markets.Coupled with an often-traditional approach to financial processes, it’s clear that financial management remains an area for innovation.Against this backdrop, a new report published today, written by Frost & Sullivan and commissioned by Amadeus, highlights a ‘window of opportunity’ for airlines to boost their top- and bottom-line by integrating financial processes, increasing automation and exploiting predictive analytics.Key findings from the report include:Airline CFOs today face a number of challenges, such as revenue leakage, which can cost airlines as much as 3% of revenueGreater integration of financial processes could boost revenues by up to $1.5 million per annum for a medium-sized airlineAdapting to new payment methods such as Bitcoin will be a competitive imperative. More fundamentally, Blockchain technology could have a revolutionary impact on accounting by offering a single, secure, transparent global ledgerInterline settlement improvements could save the industry $500m annually, if airlines embrace tools and standardsBetter financial management will ultimately prove an enabler for the development of the airline product, in turn improving the customer experience and delivering increased customer loyaltyAlexander Michael, Director, Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan, the author of the report, said: “In certain circumstances, airlines today may not even be able to know the exact revenue numbers for a specific flight. It is imperative that airlines now focus on integrating and streamlining financial processes, not only to eliminate revenue leakage and other inefficiencies, but also so they can benefit from predictive analysis, becoming truly customer-centric and improving the top and bottom lines.”Patricia Simillon, Head of Strategic Marketing in Airline IT at Amadeus, said: “This report reveals a significant opportunity for airlines. Streamlining financial processes will enable airlines to achieve optimization and efficiency. This is a strategic priority for us at Amadeus and we are committed to working with our airline partners to transform the industry’s approach to financial management.”Alexander Michael, Director, Digital Transformation at Frost & Sullivan and the report’s author, will be presenting the report’s findings on Thursday 17th September 2015 at the IATA World Financial Symposium in Barcelona, Spain. Download the report hereSource = Amadeuslast_img read more