Kingston Harbor Dredging Complete

first_imgThe dredging of the Kingston Harbor entry channel has been complete, according to the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL).The deepening of the channel, performed under phase one of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) expansion project, was finished six weeks ahead of the schedule, reported the KFTL.The company also added that the handover of the upgraded entry channel will take place over the next couple of weeks, pending the completion of verification surveys and “the reinstatement of navigational aids“.Sodraco SAS – subsidiary of Jan De Nul Group – was part of a consortium that performed the $150 million worth Port of Kingston dredging project.For the Kingston dredging, JDN mobilized 6 vessels; the cutter suction dredger Marco Polo with four accompanying split barges and the trailing suction hopper dredger Pedro Alvares Cabrál.The dredging campaign which began on January 5th 2017 involved removal of approximately 7 million cubic meter of dredged material.last_img read more

L.A. Lakers’ summer league: Tarik Black in foul play

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers have offered various reasons for this early trend. Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen, who has served as the team’s summer league head coach, echoed Black’s assertion that he could defend better without leaning into his opponent. Black also faulted himself for relying on his strength over defense in post-up situations. Considering a player has to leave the game after collecting six fouls in a regular-season contest, Black conceded he feels more inclined to play more aggressive in a summer league setting. “In a regular-season game, I would’ve let the play go if I was in a bad position,” Black said. “But we have a ‘no layup’ rule so I gave up a couple of fouls.”Still, Black sounded cognizant his summer league play could dictate his improvement in his second NBA season. After averaging 7.2 points on 58.9-percent shooting and 5.8 rebounds in 21.1 minutes last season through 38 games with the Lakers, Black will stay on the roster for the 2015-16 season on a non-guaranteed contract worth $850,000.“I’m not looking at summer league as just summer league,” Black said. “I’m looking at summer league at how I want to jump start into next season.” Passing gradeD’Angelo Russell might have thrown some nifty passes that remind Lakers coach Byron Scott of Magic Johnson. Jordan Clarkson has wasted no time building off his a promising rookie season, averaging 21 points in two summer league games. But despite an infusion in the Lakers’ backcourt, they have only recorded 14 assists through two games. Russell has recorded half of those, while the Lakers have only shot 33.8 percent from the field. “We have to move the ball around a little bit,” Madsen said. “But ultimately we have to make some shots. But also every cut has to be a scoring cut.” center_img LAS VEGAS >> Nearly every three minutes he has been on the court, Tarik Black has heard something that has soon become a soundtrack surrounding his summer league stint.A referee blows his whistle for yet another foul Black has committed. Thanks to the summer league rule that allows a maximum of 10 fouls per game, Black has caught the referees’ attention at a record-setting pace. He enters the Lakers’ game against the New York Knicks on Monday at Thomas & Mack Center with a league-leading 18 fouls in 44 minutes and 22 seconds through two contests. “I love it for myself,” Black said. “That helps me stay in the game. But I have to get better.”Black fouled out in the Lakers’ loss to Minnesota last Friday after nearly 27 minutes, his 10 fouls slightly eclipsing his points (nine) and trailing his rebounds (13). Black only fared slightly better in the Lakers’ win over Philadelphia on Saturday, his eight fouls overshadowing his nine points and six rebounds in 17:23.last_img read more

Set up a 24-hour helpline for athletes: Pullela Gopichand on doping

first_imgConcerned about the rise in doping violations, chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Sunday suggested setting up of a 24×7 medical helpline to ensure that sportspersons don’t use over-the-counter drugs.The former All England champion came up with the suggestion during the sixth meeting of the All India Council of Sports (AICS) chaired by Vijay Kumar Malhotra.”Gopichand mentioned that most of the sportspersons take off the counter medicines like Corex and get caught in dope. In the recent case of women athlete also, it is doubted that she took medicine for stomach upset and got caught in dope,” the AICS said in a statement.”Gopichand suggested that NADA should create a 24×7 helpline so as to enable sportspersons to seek advice before taking any medicine.”Sprint queen PT Usha pointed out that only two dope collecting officials are deployed for a large numbers of sportspersons.”During this time, there are chances of inter-changing the dope samples.”Sports Authority of India’s director general Injeti Srinivas said it would be better if each federation appoints an expert director for each discipline, one who should be available to give advice to their respective sportspersons.The SAI DG also mentioned that as a precautionary measure, the dope collecting officers are regularly changed to avoid any vested interested.Malhotra expressed his anguish over the rampant cases of dope and the recent media coverage “tarnishing the image of not only sports but also the image of the country”.last_img read more

Mercedes-AMG GT R sets fastest production car lap at BIC

first_imgThe leaderboard for the fastest lap around the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) in a production car, India’s only F1 track, has a new name at the top. It is the Mercedes-AMG GT R with a lap time of 2 minutes, 9 seconds and 853 milliseconds.The Mercedes-AMG GT R’s India debut is set for August 21 and it will become the latest sports car from the German carmaker to come to India. Underneath its bonnet, it is powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 that is capable of  putting out 585hp. It can dothe 0-100kmph sprint in just 3.6 seconds before going on to hit a top speed of 318kmph.Mercedes-AMG driver Christian Hohenadel was behind the wheel of the GT R when the record was set and the entire proceedings were monitored by FMSCI officials.Roland Folger, Managing Director and CEO, Mercedes-Benz India: “We are highly thrilled with the accomplishment of the ‘Beast of the Green Hell’, which spearheads Mercedes-AMG’s model range globally. The Mercedes-AMG GT R which has spent a large portion of its development time at the Green Hell of the Nurburgring has proven its racing mettle at our very own Buddh International Circuit. It is only fitting that ahead of its India debut, the Mercedes-AMG GT R, holds the title of clocking the fastest lap ever by a production car in India. Mercedes-Benz has a formidable presence in the racing and motorsports arena, and this strong lineage is present in our vehicle design and technology, both in performance and aesthetics. The AMG GT R is an embodiment of Mercedes-AMG’s global expertise in creating a sports car that every performance enthusiast around the world, would like to own and experience every day.”advertisementMr. Akbar Ebrahim , President FMSCI , commented, “The FMSCI is happy to have been part of this record attempt by Mercedes-Benz India . Our Technical delegate Mr. Raj  Kapoor supervised the entire test and is happy to note that a new lap record has been created at the Buddh International Circuit by a production car, the Mercedes-AMG GT R. The FMSCI congratulated Mercedes-Benz India on this achievement and wishes them the very best in the introduction of this sports car in the Indian market.”The previous car to hold the record was the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, in March 2013.Also Read: Mercedes-Benz can drive in BS-VI models to India by 2018Also Read: Mercedes-Benz launches GLC43 4MATIC Coupe in Indialast_img read more