Vietnam Approves Vinalines’ Restructuring Plan

first_imgVietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) has received an approval for its equitization plan under which it will sell a part of the existing state capital and issue more shares to raise its charter capital.After equitization, the parent company will have a chartered capital of VND 14.04 billion (USD 614,250), including a state capital of VND 11.9 billion.The company informed that the State will hold 65% of charter capital, another 14.8% of charter capital will be sold to strategic investors, while 2% of charter capital will be sold at preferential price for VNL employees and trade union.Additionally, Vinalines was authorizes to implement the plan of selling shares to the public, to choose strategic investors and handle all problems of employees and related content. The lauching of the company’s initial public offering (IPO) will be in September 2018.According to new management model, the international transaction name of Vinalines will be changed to Vietnam Maritime Corporation (VIMC).In 2017, the total of tonnage of shipping market reached nearly 25 million tons, while the capacity throughput reached nearly 90 million tons.last_img read more

Expert Weighs In on Indiana’s Deer Dilemma

first_imgIndiana’s deer population is growing, and with it come concerns about overgrazing forests and increased risk of car-deer collisions on the roadways.(Image: Matt Miller, The Nature Conservancy.)Many Hoosiers consider deer to be majestic creatures in nature, but some conservationists are voicing concerns about the dangers of deer overpopulation. At the turn of the 20th century, there were actually no deer in Indiana, but by the 1980s, expansion efforts had been successful and deer sightings today are common.According to the Southern Indiana program director for the Nature Conservancy, Allen Pursell, the issue now is that feeding all those deer is affecting the ecosystem, and their browsing can be destructive.“They are a natural part of the ecosystem and they belong out in our forests, and it was a great thing to see them return,” he declared. “But like a lot of things, having too much is a bad thing, and we’re getting to the place where there are so many deer now that they exceed the carrying capacity of our forests.”Pursell said people have very strong feelings on the subject: they either want more game animals to hunt, or consider it cruel to kill deer. He added that, in many areas of the country, deer have changed the composition and structure of forests by overgrazing them.There is no easy answer, but Pursell said all sides in the deer population debate will have to compromise to find the best solution.He pointed out that the overpopulation is also affecting suburbia, where the interaction between deer and people becomes much closer and personal, and can affect public safety when the animals get onto the roads.“One estimate is that in Indiana there were about 30,000 of these deer-car accidents every year, and each one of those accidents will cost, to repair, somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. And that’s big money.”With the loss of wolves and mountain lions in the region, the deer lack natural predators, which Pursell said leaves it up to humans to control the population. And while there are more humane options, he said, the hard reality is that hunting is the most effective.“Many people have looked for other solutions, birth control and other means of doing things, but either they’re not biologically effective or they’re not economically effective,” he said. “And so, hunting is really to be at this point in time the key to managing the deer population.”Indiana is among states that have changed policies to stabilize or reduce the number of deer, and enacted the first modern firearms season targeting female deer in the state’s history.last_img read more

Foundation grant has Sunman Tiger PAWS strumming

first_imgSunman, Ind. — Sunman Elementary second graders in Holly Honchell’s class show off the new ukuleles being used by students in music class with help from a $500 small grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation. Music teacher Jessica Risinger is using the instruments to teach various musical concepts including chords, steady beat, accompany singing, notes, creating and improvising. The grant was awarded to Sunman Tigers PAWS, the school’s parent/teacher/community organization. PAWS would like to thank the foundation for its generosity.last_img read more

Ligue 1: Marseille, Nice jostle for Valencia youngster

first_imgIt had been thought the 19-year-old – capped three times by South Korea – is highly valued at the club and they see him as a future star, with Gols Media saying they had reassured him on first-team opportunities.Lee joined Los Che’s academy as a 10-year-old in the summer of 2011 and six years later received his first call-up to the club’s B team.Read Also: Barcelona, Real Madrid join race to sign Man United targetIn October 2018, the midfielder became the youngest Korean player to play professional football in Europe as he made his first-team debut against Ebro in the Copa del Rey.He made his La Liga debut three months later when he replaced Denis Cheryshev, becoming the second youngest player to feature in that season’s La Liga after Ander Barrenetxea of Real Sociedad.Lee was officially handed the club’s number 16 jersey that month and has now made 27 first-team appearances – including five in this season’s Champions League.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Marseille and Nice have both made enquiries for Valencia midfielder Kangin Lee, according to reports.Advertisement Plaza Deportiva cite L’Equipe as reporting that Marseille have proposed a loan deal with an option to buy for the midfielder who is out of contract at the Mestalla in 2020. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Villa maintain unbeaten start

first_imgAston Villa’s unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season continued as goals from Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann put away Hull at Villa Park. Villa had the look of a crisis club towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, with manager Paul Lambert under intense pressure, owner Randy Lerner trying to sell the club and internal discord rife, but seven points from a possible nine paints a rosier picture this time around. Villa had to settle for a 2-1 victory but should really have enjoyed a more handsome scoreline, dominating first-half proceedings completely with neat finishes from Agbonlahor and Weimann sandwiched by shots against the woodwork from Fabian Delph and Ashley Westwood. Hull were abject in those 45 minutes, arguably as bad as they have been since their return to the top flight, but tightened up after the interval and found a lifeline when Nikica Jelavic’s 72nd-minute header was turned home by Villa full-back Aly Cissokho. Both sides had been responding to midweek setbacks, Paul Lambert’s side beaten by Leyton Orient in the Capital One Cup and the Tigers ousted from the Europa League on away goals. Each made seven changes from those games and there was little doubt about which side settled quicker. Villa’s dominance began almost immediately, with just 90 seconds gone, when Delph latched on to Weimann’s pass and lashed an angled shot against the outside of the near post. That energetic start appeared to catch the visitors cold and they regressed immediately to some uncharacteristic long balls. Lambert’s side attacked with more forethought, Delph, Weimann and Agbonlahor looking to use their pace against a Hull defence including debutant Michael Dawson. The opener arrived shortly before the quarter-hour mark, Jelavic mis-controlling a pass back into his own half to set up a Villa break. Within seconds the ball was in the net, Charles N’Zogbia finding Weimann, whose deft touch gave Agbonlahor just enough room to turn and shoot low past Allan McGregor from 10 yards. A second almost followed within two minutes, Curtis Davies gifting possession to Agbonlahor, who fizzed a cross into the six-yard box where Dawson made a hurried clearance. Hull briefly threatened a response around the half-hour mark, Tom Huddlestone’s free-kick deflected wide by Weimann before Mark Clattenburg waved away penalty appeals for a Westwood handball. Villa soon regained control, though, aided by some dreadful resistance. They doubled their lead in the 36th minute when Dawson’s loose ball was won by Delph, spread wide to Kieran Richardson and finished in two succinct touches by Weimann. It was a moment to forget for the Hull debutant but another clinical reaction by Villa’s forward line. It might easily have been three before half-time, Agbonlahor denied by McGregor’s feet and Westwood curling a free-kick against the upright with McGregor nowhere. Hull captain Davies did not emerge for the second half, replaced by Liam Rosenior to force a change of shape to four at the back. Ten minutes later, and with no sign of a change in momentum, Steve Bruce made his second change. This time Tom Ince, nearly anonymous in his attempts to link midfield and attack, gave way for Robbie Brady, fresh from two goals against Lokeren on Thursday. Lambert’s first change came soon after, Carlos Sanchez on for N’Zogbia, and if the substitutions were contributing to an increasingly disjointed feeling then it hardly mattered to the side with a two-goal cushion. That almost increased to three when McGregor slipped fielding Dawson’s back pass, but the ball did not fall for the harrying Weimann. Then, against all expectations, Hull instigated a tense finale by grabbing a lifeline 18 minutes from time. The lively Brady was involved, his drifting free-kick headed goalwards by Jelavic only for Cissokho to wrong-foot his own goalkeeper with a huge deflection. In an instant the game had a new spark, Delph bringing the home fans back to their feet with a fine run and shot before Jake Livermore took aim at the other end. His 25-yard strike was destined for the top corner but Brad Guzan made his first save of the match a crucial one. Both sides had chances in injury-time, Darren Bent dragging wide from a good position and Sone Aluko firing directly at Guzan with the visitors’ final chance. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dustin Johnson leads packed leaderboard at PGA Championships

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO: Tiger Woods is too far back to mount a serious challenge at the PGA Championships even as a dozen players are within three shots of the sole leader Dustin Johnson after 54 holes.Johnson will be chased hard by a lot of past Major winners and some fresh faces, but none more than Brooks Koepka, who is two behind. Koepka may well have been with him or even better but for that three-bogey run from 13th to the 15th, which threatened to push him way behind. But birdies on 16th and 18th kept him in touch with Johnson. One shot behind Johnson at 8-under is the young brigade of Collin Morikawa (65), Cameron Champ (67) and Scottie Scheffler (65). Woods had all pars except a bogey on the 8th on front nine and then came three bogeys in a row from 11th to 13th. Birdies on 16th and 18th salvaged the card to 72, the same as on the second day. Overall, he is still over par at 2-over and is T-59th. Rory McIlroy (71) is T-41st at even par for three rounds, while World No. 1 Justin Thomas (68) is T-34. Paul Casey (68), still searching for his maiden Major after two decades as a pro and 15 years after joining the PGA Tour, is tied fourth with Koepka (69). The lead changed hands often enough to whet the appetite of all those following the 2020’s first Major, albeit on the TV screens. Koepka kept alive his chances of a third straight Wanamaker Trophy, a feat which was last achieved by Walter Hagen, who won four in a row from 1924 to 1927, when the Major was played as match play. Scheffler, the PGA TOUR rookie, bogeyed his last hole for a 65 and was one shot behind with Cameron Champ (67), who is one of the biggest hitters on the Tour. Other contenders include Jason Day (70) and Justin Rose (70) at T-7 at 6-under and then there was Bryson DeChambeau, who had a 95-foot putt for birdie on 18th in his 65. Apart from Day and Rose, the seven-man group at 6-under and in T-7 are DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Daniel Berger and Tommy Fleetwood. Woods is, however, way back. He did not find his first birdie till the 16th and he has not been able to find the form and touch that carried him a 15th Major at the Masters last year. Li Haotong (73), the first Chinese player to lead after any round at a major, still had the lead through 12 holes but then his tee shot on 13th got stuck in the trees and he ended with a double. He had further bogeys on 14th and 16th and slipped to 5-under and T-13. IANS Also Watch: CHECK OUT: Likham: The Book Made of Goldlast_img read more

QuASA brings color to campus with first-ever Pridefest

first_imgFor Christian Santana, Friday’s inaugural USC Pridefest was more than just another festival held in the McCarthy Quad.USC’s first-ever Pridefest took place Friday and featured free HIV testing, a clothing donation drive, a bounce house and other activities. Tyler Kowta | Daily Trojan“I’m pretty open about my sexuality, but it took a long time to get here,” said Santana, a senior majoring in psychology who attended the event. “And as someone who was once in that position where you may not feel 100 percent comfortable, even just walking by something like this, it’s empowering.”USC Pridefest brought color and vibrance to McCarthy Quad, supplying students with free crêpes from Crêpes Bonaparte, ice cream sandwiches from a Coolhaus food truck and a wide array of activities of expression. A large rainbow flag was spread across the grass, and attendees sported miniature flags on their hats and backpacks.Hal Pan, the assistant director of the USC Queer and Ally Student Assembly, helped organize this USG and QuASA co-sponsored event.“It’s a very common practice in queer communities to have a Pridefest, but those usually happen in the summer when people are away from school and perhaps back in communities where they’re not as out and they can’t have as many friends to celebrate with,” said Pan, a sophomore majoring in arts, technology and the business of innovation. “So we wanted to provide them with an opportunity to just celebrate identity and have that Pridefest experience here on campus.”Pridefest also featured bounce houses and over a dozen tables of arts and crafts activities, including button-making, portrait-drawing, temporary tattoos and wax creations by USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association. The festival also set up information booths from LGBTQ student groups on campus, such as the LGBT Resource Center, Queer People of Color and First-Year Advocacy Board.“We’re very much in the feminist community and the LGBTQA community,” said Sara Noe, who was running a booth for the online clothing store Kidd Bell. “We’re all about equality.” Kidd Bell sells shirts, pins, hats and condoms with strong messages of feminism and equality. Another addition to Pridefest was an appearance by Jeffrey Liang, a health educator at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. At the event, Liang helped facilitate free HIV testing for students. According to Liang, QuASA reached out to APAIT to bring their van onto campus, where testing occured. “A lot of people don’t really have access to HIV testing, so the more we can do to provide access to that, to educate, to work on eradicating the stigma that is around HIV testing and really promote that no matter what your status is, your status is sexy and taking care of yourself is the most sexy thing you can do,” Liang said.To Pan, an event like USC Pridefest serves as a celebration of identities not only on campus, but also throughout the Los Angeles community.“Pridefest [is] a moment of visibility, and it’s important … to savor the good moments and see how far we’ve come, and also perhaps mingle, find new people and see the queer community on campus come out and be strong,” Pan said.last_img read more

Tipp boss impressed with new recruits

first_imgKiladangan’s Willie Connors and Lorrha’s Eoin McIntyre are the newest additions – while Thurles Sarsfields Michael Cahill has also returned to training.With Dan McCormack out for 5 weeks, Joe O’Dwyer looking likely to miss the rest of the league, and an injury list that already includes Seamus Callanan, Michael Ryan says seeing young players like Feehan doing well is great… Photo © Tipp FM Tipp manager Michael Ryan is impressed with what he’s seen from some of his new recruits so far in the National Hurling League.Paudie Feehan was one such player who impressed against Waterford last week.This year a big squad is more important than ever before – with games coming thick and fast – and in recent days Michael Ryan has drafted two new players on to the panel.last_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Ghana loses on penalties AGAIN to miss out on Olympics

first_imgGhana will not be going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after the Black Meteors lost 6-5 on penalties to South Africa in the 3rd/4th place playoff of the U-23 AFCON tournament in Egypt.The match ended 2-2 after regulation time and so, penalties were needed to find a winner.South Africa took the lead in the 15th minute through a Habib Mohammed own goal but Ghana equalised through Evans Mensah but the South Africans scored again in the 62nd minute via a Mahlatsi Kamohelo strike.5 minutes until the end of the match, Samuel Obeng scored the equaliser to tie the match at 2-2.In the shootout, Ghana’s Emmanuel Lomotey, Evans Mensah, Issah Abbas, Samuel Obeng, and Zakaria Fuseinu scored for Ghana but Kingsley Fobi, Emmanuel Sarpong and Emmanuel Cudjoe missed for Ghana.The result means that South Africa will join Cote d’Ivoire and Egypt as Africa’s representatives in the 2020 Olympic football tournament.Ghana will now have to wait for the qualifiers for the 2024 Olympic football qualifiers to see if they can get back to the Games for the first time since 2004.last_img read more

This was not baseball’s slowest offseason this decade. So what are we waiting for?

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training this week, I wanted to take stock of the last three-plus months of baseball transactions – and the perceived lack thereof. At some point, front office activity/inactivity became the subject of players’ trash talk, and not the kind of jabs that make the NBA offseason such a delirious sideshow. When the reigning National League Most Valuable Player (Christian Yelich) called out his former boss (ex-Marlins president David Samson) this week for a remark on Twitter that seemed “consistent with anti-player rhetoric,” it was hardly a shock. It was perfectly in line with baseball’s new decorum. It isn’t only the agents who are complaining about the shrinking size of their commissions. Players are on edge, and not just unsigned free agents or salty veterans complaining about a “broken” system.“I’ve always been interested in the business side of the game,” said Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ second-year pitcher. “I think I pick (Andrew) Friedman’s mind even more than he wants me to just because I want to know. I’m not trying to be nosy or do anything with the information. I want to get it. And it’s just sad because a lot of guys put a lot of time and effort into playing this game, and the fans want to see the best players. Somebody is going to sign them, but you just hope it’s sooner rather than later.”Buehler made that remark during the Dodgers’ Fan Fest, on Jan. 26. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the offseason’s prized free agents, remain unsigned.So what’s in dispute? What’s not in dispute?This was objectively NOT the slowest offseasonI started with a basic question: was this offseason truly the slowest in recent memory? The baseball buzzards are circling the bleated corpse of Stupid Money for free agents. What was once a golden calf – worshiped like an idol or chided as a foolish front office pursuit, depending on your point of view – is dead.Thus concludes either the best or the worst offseason this decade.There is no middle ground of opinion.Or is there? Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut To determine the answer, I scraped the transactions pages on MLB’s official website for data going back to the 2010-11 offseason. The site categorizes transactions by month and type: minor league free agent signings, major league free agent signings, trades, and waiver claims. I lumped November, December, January and February together to define the “offseason.”First, some ground rules. For the purposes of this analysis, I included only major league transactions as listed on MLB.com. If a “player to be named later” was traded during the offseason, it counted as one trade – even if the first part of the trade was announced during the regular season. I also counted players who re-signed with their original team after becoming a free agent, but only if they signed a major league contract. A player swapped for cash counted as a trade. If one player was involved in two or more major league transactions in a single offseason, each transaction was counted individually. Multi-team trades, however, were counted as a single transaction.OK. Onto the results.Through Wednesday, there have been a total of 201 transactions (trades, signings and waiver claims) this offseason. That’s ahead of 184 transactions of a year ago, with two full weeks remaining before March. This is, objectively speaking, not the slowest offseason this decade. That title belongs to 2017-18.Now, let’s look only at free agent transactions. Has their market slowed compared to last year?Not in terms of quantity. MLB.com lists 99 major league free agent signings since the beginning of November, up from 93 a year ago – again, with the final two weeks of February uncounted. Taken together, however, the last three offseasons are on pace to hold the fewest transactions this decade – assuming the final two weeks of February mimic the first two. That might even be a conservative estimate. Harper, Machado, Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, Mike Moustakas and other productive free agents could remain unsigned into March.So what makes this offseason so slow? Is it the trades and waiver claims? Nope. Again, assuming the number of trades and waiver claims in the final two weeks of February mimics the first two weeks, this will be a typical 2010s offseason – 65 trades and 44 waiver claims, compared to the decade-long average of 59 and 43, respectively.What are we missing?The changing shape of free agency seasonA funny thing happened last March. Two of the winter’s marquee free agents (pitchers Jake Arrieta and Alex Cobb) signed contracts worth $40 million or more – when their new teammates had already been in spring training for weeks. That’s historically quite rare. It’s not ideal for the player, his team or even, evidently, a prospective free agent such as Buehler. But it’s becoming the new normal.March is the new February. February is the new January. January is the new December.Back to the data. During the 2015-16 offseason, almost half of all players who signed major league free agent contracts (64 of the 129) inked their deals in December. For years, this was the typical pattern: Signings crested in December, then tailed off as the new season approached.Beginning in 2017-18, the pattern changed dramatically. If we include minor league free agent contracts in our data set, there were actually more signings in January than December each of the last two years. Major league signings alone crested in December, but there appears to be a trickle-down effect. Perhaps some players hoping for major league deals settled for minor league contracts in January rather than allow their free agency to linger into February.Meanwhile, trades still peaked in December each of the last two years. Perhaps the Winter Meetings have that effect. For the free agent classes, however, the rules have changed.From afar, the shift seems fairly straightforward. There have been more trades, and fewer free agent signings, each of the last five offseasons (2014-18) compared to the first four (2010-13) this decade.For players, get ready, because here comes the important part.Oh right, the moneyThough Arrieta and Lynn might have played their cards correctly, it’s not as if holding out guarantees a player more money in free agency. This is where the players’ and agents’ gripes become apparent.The Associated Press reported in December that the average player’s salary dropped in 2018 for the first time since 2004. This week, Forbes ran some numbers and plotted the trend lines for which players are getting paid the most money. A greater share of MLB’s growing resources are going to players who have not yet reached free agency. Depending on the outcome of Machado’s and Harper’s free agency, that trend could continue.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox As a snapshot, consider that Nolan Arenado recently was awarded the highest salary ever given an arbitration-eligible player ($26 million). Meanwhile, the players with the two highest base salaries for 2019, Stephen Strasburg and Mike Trout, are being paid under the terms of extensions they signed with their original teams in March 2014 and May 2016, respectively. They have yet to reach the open market as free agents.Why are free agents not getting the “stupid money” of years gone by? While agents might blame the increasing influence of analytics in front offices, executives can always counter with data about baseball’s hastening aging curve. In that regard, both sides have a correct answer to stand upon. That’s also why the impending contracts for Machado and Harper, free agents at 26 years old, are being watched so carefully, still. At this point, it really is all about the money.If you’re a major league free agent – a minority class within professional baseball, albeit a prominent one – your offseason became slower and a lot less lucrative two years ago. If you’re still looking forward to free agency, you have a lot less money to look forward to.And if you’re a fan, don’t count your team out of anything once pitchers and catchers report to spring training. March is the new February.last_img read more