YMCA Retires ‘Long Serving’ Employees

first_imgMr. Lester Paye (right) presents a plaque to Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, as a token of appreciation from the YMCA.The leadership of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Liberia recently retired four people, the entity referred to as ‘long serving employees’ who have served in their respective positions for well over 10-20 years.YMCA also honored five American visiting guests representing the US-YMCA.The ceremony, accordingly reflected YMCA-Liberia’s commitment to uniting and empowering young people through self-development and service to their respective communities as an extension of “the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”The retirees are Mrs. Vida Bracewell, finance manager, Mrs. Elizabeth Varney, former executive director of the Yekepa YMCA, Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, former senior accountant and the late John Arku, who served the Liberia YMCA from executive director of the Yekepa YMCA to development secretary to administrator and consultant before he passed away in November, 2018.Members of the International Group of US YMCAs, who entity honored include, Tom Valentine of the Chicago YMCA, Curt Hazelbaker of the Dallas YMCA and La Veda Howell of the Indianapolis YMCA, respectively.Chairman of the National Board of the YMCA, Lester M. Paye, spoke of the program being so special to the extent that given the honor and recognition of the staff and US YMCA delegation was long overdue.“We are here to recognize staffs, who have worked over the years, and also recognize our friends from the US-YMCA, who have helped in strengthening our YMCA over the years,” Paye said.YMCA National General Secretary, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, informed the gathering that when he took over, he invited stakeholders to drive the YMCA forward.Kamaboakai said after a year of consultation and brainstorming, they arrived at to furhter empower the young people with skills and knowledge to be changed agents in their communities.“Given the fact that the YMCA implements high profile programs with grants from respectable donors, who agreed to push the agenda forward as the YMCA is not a sustainable organization,” he said.The YMCA, Kamaboakai said survives on grants as donor grants constitute nearly 90 percent of the institution’s budget.Kamaboakai therefore, wants the YMCA to remain a sustainable organization with diverse income flow that will be resilient whether there is a donor fatigue; an epidemic or anything that affects the natural movement of the organization, so as to have resources at its disposal to implement what it wants to do.On the goals for a sustainable YMCA, Kamaboakai said that the YMCA has identified three key legs to address the challenges of sustainability to include social enterprise, which looks at integrate, embedded and optional approaches.One of the honorees, Elizabeth Varney, said she has passion and commitment to the YMCA, “and so during my years of service, my commitment remained to the young people.”A member of the US delegation, Tom Valentine, said he sees the passion, query and excitement of the young people in Liberia, and the change the YMCA has created in them as laudable.He noted that all of the good things in Liberia today with the young people are connected to the YMCA.“We all want to build a team that will contribute to the success of young Liberians,” Valentine said. He thanked the YMCA for the appreciation conferred on members of the delegation.The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ingrid Wetterqvist, appreciated the YMCA for inviting her, but more importantly, empowering the young people with skills to develop the country.The program was attended by the chairman and members of the National Board of the YMCA, the former National General Secretary, Peter Kamei, representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Ananaba, staffs of the YMCA as well as families and friends of the retirees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

What is IOSA, why is it important and who has it?

first_imgToday The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released the 2014 commercial aviation safety performance results. Apparent from these results is the importance of and adherance to IOSA (IATA* Operational Safety Audit) in preventing air accidents. AirlineRatings.com’s unique seven star safety rating system allocates two of its seven available stars to airlines that have completed and passed the IOSA audit.What is IOSA and why is it important?  The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA uses internationally recognised audit principles and is designed to conduct audits in a standardised and consistent manner. Airlines are re evaluated every two years. Registering for IOSA certification and auditing is not mandatory therefore an airline that does not have IOSA certification may have either failed the IOSA audit or alternatively chosen not to participate. Small regional airlines generally don’t do the IOSA audit purely because of the cost to a)have the audit conducted and b) to implement the likely required changes. Of course flying with an airline that is IOSA certified doesn’t mean you “wont have a crash” nor does it mean that an airline without IOSA isn’t safe, but a pasenger can have comfort knowing that an IOSA certiified airline does comply with the most stringent of rules and practices governing aviation safety.   Todays results revealed that IOSA certified airlines had a crash rate three times less than those airlines not on the IOSA registry.Below is the list of IOSA certified airlines . Alternatively you can search for specific airlines or view the list on the IOSA website.Asia PacificAir CalédonieAir India LimitedAir Japan Co., LtdAir New Zealand Ltd.Air Niugini LimitedAir Pacific Limited trading as Fiji AirwaysAir Philippines Corporation dba PAL ExpressAir TahitiAir Tahiti NuiAir Vanuatu (Operations) Ltd.AircalinAll Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.ANA WingsAsiana AirlinesBangkok AirwaysBiman Bangladesh AirlinesGo Airlines (India) LimitedIBEX AirlinesInterGlobe Aviation Ltd. (“IndiGo”)Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.Japan Transocean Air Co., Ltd.Jeju Air Co. LtdJet AirwaysJetLite (India) Ltd.Jetstar Airways Pty LimitedJetstar Asia Airways Private Limited / Valuair LimitedJin AirKorean Air Lines Co., Ltd.Malaysia AirlinesMyanmar Airways International Co. Ltd.Nippon Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd.Orient Thai Airlines Co., LtdPakistan International Airlines CorporationPhilippine Airlines Inc.PT GARUDA INDONESIA (PERSERO) TbkQantas Airways Ltd.Royal Brunei Airlines Sdn BhdSilkair (S) Pte LimitedSingapore AirlinesSingapore Airlines Cargo Private LimitedSolomon Airlines Ltd.SriLankan AirlinesThai Airways International PCLVietnam Airlines CorporationVirgin Australia Airlines (NZ) Ltd.Virgin Australia Airlines Pty. Ltd.Virgin Australia International Airlines Pty. Ltd.Vision Air International (Private) LimitedChina & North AsiaAHK Air Hong Kong LimitedAir China LimitedAir KoryoAir Macau Company LimitedCathay Pacific Airways Ltd.China Airlines Ltd.China Cargo AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines Corporation LimitedChina Postal Airlines Co., Ltd.China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd.EVA Airways CorporationFar Eastern Air Transport CorporationHainan Airlines Company LimitedHong Kong AirlinesHong Kong Dragon Airlines Ltd.Hong Kong Express Airways Ltd.Juneyao AirlinesMandarin AirlinesMIAT Mongolian AirlinesShandong AirlinesShanghai Airlines Co., Ltd.Shenzhen AirlinesSichuan Airlines Co, Ltd.Tianjin Airlines Co. LtdTransAsia AirwaysUNI Airways CorporationXiamen AirlinesEuropeACT AirlinesAdria Airways d.d.Aegean Airlines S.A.Aer Lingus LimitedAeroflot – Russian AirlinesAigle Azur Transports AériensAir AstanaAir Atlanta IcelandicAir Baltic CorporationAir Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KGAir Caraïbes AtlantiqueAir Contractors (Ireland) LimitedAir CorsicaAir DolomitiAir Europa Lineas AereasAir FranceAir Italy S.p.A.Air MaltaAir Nostrum, L.A.M.Air OneAir SERBIA a.d. BeogradAir Via Bulgarian AirwaysAirBridgeCargo Airlines LLCAlitalia CitylinerAlitalia Società Aerea ItalianaArkia Israeli Airlines Ltd.AS Estonian AirAtlasJet AirlinesAustrian AirlinesAvanti Air GmbH Co. KGAzerbaijan Airlines CJSCB&H AirlinesBelair Airlines AGBelavia-Belarusian AirlinesBH Air LtdBinter CanariasBlue Panorama Airlines SpaBlue1 OYBorajet HavayollariBraathens Regional ABBritish Airways plcBritish Midland Regional LimitedBrussels AirlinesBulgaria AirC.A.L. Cargo AirlinesCargolux Airlines International S.A.Carpatair S.A.CIMBER A/SCityJet Ltd.Condor Flugdienst GmbHCorendon AirlinesCorsairflyCroatia AirlinesCzech Airlines (CSA)Danish Air Transport A/SDarwin Airline S.A.DC Aviation GmbHDHL Air LimitedDniproaviaEdelweiss Air AGEL AL Israel AirlinesEuroAtlantic AirwaysEuroLOT S.A.European Air Transport Leipzig GmbHEurowings GmbHEvelop Airlines S.LFarnair Switzerland AGFinnair OyjFlybe Finland OyFlybe LimitedFreebird Airlines, Hürkus Havayolu Tasimacilik ve Ticaret A.S.Georgian Airways Ltd.Germania Fluggesellschaft mbHGermanwings GmbHGüneÅŸ Ekspres Havacılık A.Åž. (SunExpress)Hahn Air Lines GmbHHamburg Airways Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbHHelvetic Airways AGHi Fly Ltd.Hi Fly Transportes Aereos S.A.HOP! -Brit AirHOP! et HOP!-AIRLINAIRHOP!-RegionalIberia ExpressIberia Lineas Aereas de Espana S.A. OperadoraIcelandair ehf.InterSky Luftfahrt GmbHISCA Air MoldovaIsrair Airlines and Tourism Ltd.Izmir Hava Yollari – (Izair)Jet Time A/SJoint Stock Company “Yamal Airlines”JSC DonaviaJSC NordaviaJSC Siberia AirlinesJSC Ural AirlinesKLM CityhopperKLM Royal Dutch AirlinesLGW Luftfahrtgesellschaft WalterLimited Liability Company GLOBUSLLC «NORD WIND»LOT Polish AirlinesLufthansa Cargo AGLufthansa CityLine GmbHLufthansa German AirlinesLuxair S.A.Malmo AviationMartinair Holland N.V.Meridiana fly S.p.A.MNG Airlines Transportation Inc.Montenegro AirlinesNavegación y Servicios Aéreos Canarios S.A. (NAYSA)NextJetNiki Luftfahrt GmbHOlympic AirOnur Air Tasimacilik A.S.Open Joint-Stock Company Rossiya AirlinesOpenSkiesOrbest AirlinesOrenairPegasus Hava Tasimaciligi A.S.People’s ViennalinePortugália – Companhia Portuguesa de Transportes Aéreos, S.A.Primera Air ScandinaviaPrivatAir GmbHPrivatAir SAPrivilege StylePullmantur Air S.A.SATA Air AçoresSATA InternationalScandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-SwedenSkyWork Airlines AGSmartLynx AirlinesSmartLynx Airlines EstoniaStobart AirSunExpress DeutschlandSwiftair, S.A.Swiss European Air Lines Ltd.Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.Tailwind Havayollari A.S.TAP PortugalTAROM S.A.Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium N.V.Thomas Cook Airlines LtdTitan Airways LtdTNT AirwaysTrade Air d.o.o.Transaero AirlinesTransavia Airlines C.V.Transavia FranceTravel Service a.s.TUIfly GmbHTurkish Airlines Inc.Tyrolean AirwaysUAB “DOT” LTUAB ‘Avion Express’Ukraine International AirlinesULS Airlines CargoUTair Aviation JSCUzbekistan AirwaysVIM AirlinesVirgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.VLM Airlines N.V.Volga-Dnepr AirlinesVueling AirlinesWDL Aviation GmbH & Co.KGWelcome AirWhite Airways S.A.Wideroe’s Flyveselskap ASWind Rose Aviation CompanyAfrica & Middle EastAero Contractors Company of Nigeria LimitedAfriqiyah AirwaysAir AlgérieAir ArabiaAir Austral et Ewa AirAir BotswanaAir Burkina S.A.Air CairoAir MadagascarAir Mauritius Ltd.Air Namibia (Pty) Ltd.Air Seychelles Ltd.Air ZimbabweAlmasria Universal AirlinesALS LimitedArik Air LimitedComair Ltd.DHL Aviation EEMEA, B.S.C.EgyptAirEmiratesEquaflight ServiceEquajetEthiopian Airlines EnterpriseEtihad AirwaysGulf AirInterair South AfricaIran AirIran Aseman AirlinesJazeera AirwaysJordan AviationKenya Airways LimitedKish AirKuwait Airways CorporationLAM – Linhas Aéreas de MoçambiqueMahan AirMiddle East Airlines Air Liban S.A.L.Nesma AirlinesNile AirNouvelairOman Air (SAOC)Precision Air Services LimitedQatar Airways Q.C.S.C.Royal Air MarocRoyal Jordanian AirlinesRwandAirS.A. Airlink (Pty) LimitedSAFAIR Operations (Pty) Ltd.Safi Airways Ltd.Saudi Arabian AirlinesSouth African AirwaysSouth African Express Airways (Pty) Ltd.Sudan Airways Co.Syphax AirlinesSyrian Arab AirlinesTAAG Angola AirlinesTACV Cabo Verde AirlinesTassili AirlinesTrans Air CongoTunisairYemenia Yemen AirwaysThe AmericasABSA Aerolinhas Brasileiras S.A.ABX Air, Inc.Aero República S.A.AeroGal Aerolíneas GalápagosAerolíneas Argentinas S.A.Aerolitoral, S. A, de C. V. d/b/a Aeromexico ConnectAerovías de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.Air CanadaAir Canada RougeAir Georgian LimitedAir TransatAir Wisconsin Airlines CorporationAlaska Airlines, Inc.American AirlinesAmerican Eagle AirlinesAndes Líneas Aéreas S.A.Atlas Air Inc.Austral Líneas Aéreas – Cielos del Sur S.A.AviancaAviateca S.A.AZUL Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S/ABahamasair Holdings Ltd.Boliviana de AviaciónCargojet Airways Ltd.Caribbean Airlines Ltd.Cayman Airways Ltd.Champlain Enterprises (Commutair)Chautauqua AirlinesCompass Airlines, IncConcesionaria Vuela Compañia de Aviación, S.A. de C.V., dba VolarisCOPA AirlinesCubana de AviacionDelta Air LinesEndeavor Air, Inc.Estafeta Carga Aérea S.A. de C.V.ExpressJet Airlines, Inc.Federal Express CorporationGoJet Airlines, LLCHawaiian AirlinesHorizon Air Industries, Inc. (dba Horizon Air)Insel Air International B.V.InterjetIsleña de Inversiones, S.A.Jazz Aviation LPJetBlue Airways CorporationKalitta Air LLCLAN Argentina S.A.LAN CargoLAN ColombiaLan Ecuador ®LAN ExpressLAN PerúLATAM AIRLINES GROUP S.A Dba LAN AIRLINESLC Busre S.A.C.LIAT (1974) Ltd.Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses, S.A. (LACSA)Los Cipreses S.A. (BQB Lineas Aeras)MasAir, Aerotransportes Mas de Carga, S.A. de C.V.Mesa Airlines, Inc.Oceanair Linhas Aéreas S/AOmni Air InternationalPassaredo Transportes Aéreos LtdaPiedmont AirlinesPolar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc.PSA Airlines, Inc.Republic AirlinesSanta Barbara Airlines, C.A.Shuttle AmericaSilver AirwaysSKY Airline S.A.Sky Regional Airlines Inc.SkyWest AirlinesSOL SA Lineas AereasSouthern Air Inc.Sun Country Airlines LLCSurinam Airways Ltd.TACA International Airlines S.A.TAM Linhas Aéreas S.A.TAM MercosurTAMETrans American Airlines d.b.a. Taca PerúTrans States AirlinesTransportes Aeromar, S.A. de C.V.United AirlinesUnited Parcel Service Co.US Airways, Inc.Virgin America, IncVRG Linhas Aéreas S/A – Grupo GOLWestJet, an Alberta PartnershipWorld Airways, Inclast_img read more

Dynamic Editing & ‘Play Around’ in Premiere Pro

first_imgIn this post, discover how to make precise edits during playback in Adobe Premiere Pro –  this is dynamic video editing!Premiere Pro makes it possible to dynamically trim your edit points while playing through your timeline.  As playback loops around an edit point you can make precise cuts – especially useful for more complex projects as well as timing edits to music cues.  To make this possible we’ll need to modify our  ‘Play Around’ and ‘Loop’ settings in Premiere.  So, let’s dive in…The first step is to know how to use the ‘PLAY AROUND’ function. You can either add a button to the program monitor for this function or learn the keyboard shortcut for it.  I’ll show you both:The ‘Play Around’ Button in PremiereWhen you click on this button at the bottom of the program monitor (or the source monitor) …Button Editor… you get the following optional buttons which you can drag and drop alongside or underneath the present buttons in your monitor.Button OptionsWhile you can add the button to your present set of buttons and then click ‘OK’ to close the box, if you hover over any of the buttons you get a tool tip telling you what the keyboard shortcut is (if that button has one).  Below I have hovered over the ‘Play Around’ button and you can see that its shortcut is ‘SHIFT + K’‘Play Around’ Button and Short-CutsNow you know what the shortcut is there’s no need to add the button and clutter up your monitor panel (but you certainly can if you choose).How Does ‘Play Around’ Work?In Premiere Pro, ‘play around‘ will will play a predetermined amount of seconds before and after a playheads starting position.  The ‘play around’ default in Premiere Pro is set at 2 seconds before and 2 seconds after – giving a total play time of 4 seconds.This figure is set in your Premiere Pro preferences and can be changed to any length you wish. Simply go to your preferences:  Premiere Pro > Preferences > Playback (on a MAC) or Edit > Preferences > Playback (on a PC).  You can change that number here:Play Around TimingsPre-roll is the amount of time in seconds Premiere Pro will play before the starting point of the playhead and post-roll is the amount of time in seconds that Premiere Pro will play after the starting point of the playhead.For me, 2 seconds for both pre-roll and post-roll is a little long and I often find that 1 second for each is sufficient – but set it to whatever works best for you.  Just as a side note, you can’t set these to fractions of a second – only to whole seconds.Looping Playback in Premiere ProPresently, we can use ‘Play Around’ with our SHIFT + K shortcut but it will only play once and then stop. What we want is for ‘Play Around‘ to continuously loop as we work on the edit point so that we don’t have to keep starting it over and over again.  This is done with the ‘LOOP’ function.Once again you can add a button from the Button Editor to have a button for ‘LOOP’ in your monitor (and if you need to turn it on and off often then this may be a good option). This is the ‘LOOP’ button if you want to add it …‘LOOP’ ButtonIf you really do end up using this function a great deal it may be worth creating a keyboard shortcut for it.However, there is another way to set the ‘LOOP’ function through the panel menu and this is a good way to set it up so that it keeps looping. This works well if you don’t need to keep turning the ‘LOOP’ function off and on.Panel Menu ‘LOOP’ OptionNow that we have both ‘Play Around’ and ‘LOOP’ set up – when we hit SHIFT + K our play-head will keep looping around the place ut was originally set, until we hit the spacebar or K to stop playback.Now, let’s move on to editing.Dynamic Editing in Premiere ProTo start dynamic editing in Premiere Pro we need to get into the edit mode and this is done by simply hitting the ‘T’ key. This will snap the playhead to the nearest edit point and give us the ‘ROLLING EDIT’ tool by default.Entering Trim ModeOur ‘Program Monitor’ will look something like this:Program Monitor in ‘TRIM’ ModeHowever, when we hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ it seems that we may have exited TRIM mode because our program monitor starts to show the 2 seconds before the play-head and the 2 seconds after the play-head and the TRIM display has gone. But do not be deceived, if you look in your timeline you will see that the edit point it still active (shown in red – see above) and available for editing.Trimming Shortcuts in PremiereWhat we need now is the ability to move the edit point right or left as needed and while this can be done with the mouse (click and drag on the edit point), the whole point of this editing technique is to get as fine control as possible over the dynamic edit.  So, the best way to do this is with keyboard shortcuts while in the ‘Play Around’ mode.For a quick reminder of what the trimming keyboard shortcuts are, go back to TRIM mode by pressing ‘T’ again and getting the Program Monitor window shown above. Then hover over the buttons shown below to get the appropriate keyboard shortcut (+1 frame, -1 frame, etc).  See our previous post on using “Trim Mode” in Premiere Pro for more details on trimming shortcuts.Here’s how dynamic trimming should work….Hit SHIFT + K to start ‘Play Around’ and look at your edit in the Program Monitor.Then, use ALT + Right/Left Arrow keys (on PC) or OPTION + Right/Left Arrow Keys (on Mac) to trim your edit point frame by frame.You will see it update ‘live’ as the playback continues (because you have the ‘Loop’ mode activated).If you end up trimming a clip beyond the present view, simply stop playback, reset the placing of your playhead and hit SHIFT + K once again.Then, when you want to get to the next edit point use the DOWN arrow to go down the Premiere Pro timeline or the UP arrow to come back up the timeline, hit SHIFT + K and off you go.This type of dynamic trimming in Premiere Pro can become second nature if used regularly.  Happy editing!last_img read more

Yogendra, Patkar stopped from holding farmers’ rally in MP

first_imgA farmers’ rally to Champaran, led by social activists Yogendra Yadav and Medha Patkar, was stopped on its way to Pipalia Mandi, where five peasants were killed in police firing last month.The activists and farmers had planned a meeting at the Bahi-Phanta area of Madhya Pradesh to condole the death of the five people and a subsequent rally from Pipalia Mandi.They were stopped on their way to Pipalia Mandi, around 17 km from the district headquarters, and taken in buses to the Dalauda area, district Collector O.P. Shrivastava told PTI.“We have not arrested them. We have just taken them to Dalauda where they had planned to spend the night,” he said.The collector said the district administration had not given permission to farmers’ bodies to hold a condolence meeting at Bahi-Phanta or to take out a rally from Pipalia Mandi, where the situation is still tense.The farmers’ leaders were told that they were free to hold a meeting at any place in the district, barring Pipalia Mandi and Bahi-Phanta, Mr. Shrivastava said.Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha chief Jaswinder Singh, who was also taken to the Dalauda area, told PTI, “Now we are planning a vehicle rally from Dalauda to demand remunerative prices for agriculture produce and farm loan waiver, among other things”.Mr. Singh said the rally would pass through Maharashtra, Gujarat and reach New Delhi on July 18, where farmers will hold a demonstration in front of Parliament.The vehicle rally will continue from the national capital and culminate at Champaran in Bihar on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, he added. Gandhi had led a peasants’ movement in Champaran a hundred years ago.Earlier, the farmers’ leaders held a public meeting close to Krishi Mandi, before moving towards Pipalia Mandi.In their addresses, they demanded the immediate implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission report on the welfare of farmers.Among other things, the commission had recommended fixing a minimum support price for crops at 50 per cent more than the cost of production.Meanwhile, Congress leaders, led by party general secretary Mohan Prakash and state unit president Arun Yadav, also staged a protest on the crisis in the agriculture sector at Malhargarh in the district.last_img read more

Third ODI: India beat SA by 2 wickets

first_imgWhen Yusuf Pathan is in the middle boundaries aren’t far away. Tuesday too saw him bring out his explosive best hitting a fast-paced 59 and helping India beat South Africa by two wickets in the third ODI at Newlands in Cape Town.Yusuf Pathan during his knock of 59. APHe was especially brutal on Johan Botha hitting three sixes in his over to drub the ever-climbing asking rate in a single go in the 30th over. The asking rate had made the 221-run target seem monumental.Pathan came to the crease after Yuvraj Singh’s dismissal when the score was a dismal 93/5 and together with Suresh Raina brought it up to 168 before Raina became Morne Morkel’s third victim.Raina fell after scoring a dogged 37. However, his fall didn’t stop Pathan’s charge and he could have carried on further had Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel not plotted his fall.Steyn lured him into taking the aerial route with a short ball. The ball went miles into the sky before falling short of the boundary where Morkel pulled off an outstanding catch in the deep. His 50-ball 59 helped India total reach 182 but then India had just three wickets in hand and needed 38 runs to win.But Harbhajan Singh, who has proved his batting acumen in the past, ensured India reach the target with Ashish Nehra by his side. Harbhajan scored 23 not out.Before Pathan and Raina got busy in their revival act, the Proteas were busy counting scalps at the Newlands track.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the fourth wicket to fall, one which the hosts were after.advertisementDespite his poor form, had he stayed a bit longer, he could have taken the game away from them.Dhoni wanted to play Johan Botha across line but failed as AB de Villiers took an easy catch behind the stumps. He fell for five as India were 69/4.But, it was Morne Morkel who helped the hosts make early inroads into the Indian batting by scalping Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma.First he got the better of Virat Kohli on 28 with a ball that took the edge of his bat to land in wicketkeeper AB de Villiers’ gloves. Then Morkel claimed Rohit Sharma on 23 with a similar ball but it crashed into his stumps as India fell to 61/3.Earlier, continuing with his poor form Indian opener Murali Vijay fell early with Dale Steyn taking his wicket in the third over. He went for 1 when the India score was 4.South Africa’s Faf du Plessis raises his bat to celebrate his half-century. APFor the South Africans debutant Faf du Plessis and J.P. Duminy’s 110-run fifth wicket partnership proved to be the largest pie in their batting wagon-wheel of 220 runs.Electing to bat first, the hosts started poorly, losing their opener Hashim Amla early.A good length ball from Zaheer Khan took the inside edge of Amla’s bat before crashing on to his stumps. He put 16 on board.Soon one down batsman Colin Ingram followed with Virat Kholi displaying amazing agility in claiming his catch. Ingram had defended the ball off Harbhajan Singh and it dropped low, but Kohli dived forward from the slips to take an impressive catch. He fell for 10 as the South Africa score read 49/2.But that wasn’t the only instance of fine fielding display. A few minutes later Zaheer Khan, not known for his catching skills, came up with a blinder of catch in the deep to send back AB de Villiers’ off Yusuf Pathan’s ball.He dived and latched on to the ball mid-way in air. De Villiers departed on 16 as South Africa slumped to 83/3.Graeme Smith during his knock of 43. APThe other opener, captain Graeme Smith, who was holding fort at one end tried to provide some stability. But without much help from the other end he couldn’t carry on for long and an edge of his bat in Harbhajan Singh’s over got carried towards the slips cordon where Virat Kohli performed the final honours. He scored 43 even as the South Africa score read 90/4.Finally, debutant Faf du Plessis and J.P. Duminy took it upon themselves to arrest the fall and put 110 for the fifth wicket, before Munaf Patel realised that it had turned out to be too long an innings.Patel accounted for Plessis on 60. And no sooner did their partnership end that Zaheer Khan struck to dispatch Duminy on 52.Three balls later tail-ender Morne Morkel too walked back run out scoring 5 as the South Africa score read 207/7. The bottom three added just 13 runs between them.advertisementIndia lead the five-match ODI series 2-1. The two teams next meet on Friday in Port Elizabeth.last_img read more

Asian Ports Foster Ties amid Changing Winds

first_imgzoom Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Harbours Bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism of Japan (MLIT) have partnered up to meet the demands of the changing maritime industry including LNG bunkering. The duo signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) at the International Symposium on LNG bunkering in Yokohama, Japan.Under the terms of the MOC, the parties will cooperate in port planning, port management and technological development in the port sector.“The situation surrounding port sectors is dramatically changing. For example, the size of container vessels is getting larger. Shipping lines are restructuring their business strategies, including decisions on alliances. The International Maritime Organization is strengthening regulations on emissions from vessels,” Michio Kikuchi, Director-General of Ports and Harbours Bureau, MLIT, explained.“For Asian region to develop, it is very important that Japan and Singapore address these common issues in a collaborative manner. Based on this MOC, we are striving to forge a closer partnership with MPA to contribute to sustainable development of ports in Japan and Singapore,” Kikuchi further said.“The signing of the MOC is timely given the changes taking place in the maritime sector with the advent of new technologies, rise of the digital economy and shifts in world trade. The MOC will enhance the level of cooperation between MPA and MLIT,” Andrew Tan, MPA’s Chief Executive, commented.“New activities envisaged under the MOC include more regular meetings, to be held alternately in Singapore and Japan, greater cooperation and exchange of information, as well as promoting collaboration between port operators and entities such as research institutes. We also look forward to working with leading ports such as Yokohama to promote LNG bunkering in the region,” Tan added.MPA and MLIT were also among the signatories of a multilateral memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed in Singapore in October 2016 in an effort to widen the network of LNG bunker ready ports in Europe, US and Asia.last_img read more