Durban reels in its biggest fish

first_imgThe MSC Sola is the largest container ship in the world, and its docking in Durban was made possible by re-development at the harbour. A typical tug boat can be seen off the coast of Durban. Tugs are useful to port operators as they help direct the ships to their berthing posts. Containers being offloaded at one of the terminals at Durban. Containers handled at Durban represented 67,4% of the total number of containers handled at South African ports in the 2008/09 financial year. An aerial view of the port of Durban.(Images: TNPA Facebook page)MEDIA CONTACTS • Lunga Ngcobo GM: Corporate Affairs TNPA+27 11 351 90130RELATED ARTICLES• SA women marine pilots make history• Maritime cooperation for growth• SA maritime industry set to grow• SA harbour chief makes world historyValencia TalaneAfrica’s busiest and largest port, Durban, saw a lot of firsts on Thursday 5 July. The largest container ship ever to dock at a South African port, the MSC Sola, was ushered in by an all-female crew that included a marine pilot and, for the first time, four tug masters.The operation was originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon, upon Sola’s arrival, but was delayed because of what Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) referred to as ‘safety considerations’ in a statement released on Thursday morning.Ladies in chargeBongiwe Mbambo (30) was the lady in charge of the massive exercise. She received her marine pilot open license in 2011, along with colleagues Precious Dube and Pinky Zungu, and thus the trio joined the only other two female marine pilots in South Africa.To assist with the exercise, four tugs were used to navigate the vessel, and these were all operated by female tug masters. This was the first time this number of tugs had ever been used, an indication of the sheer size of the ship.Mbambo was transported to the deck by helicopter, where she guided the captain to berth 105 at New Pier.Asked by Durban’s Mercury newspaper how she felt about making history, she said: “It is exciting, as a woman, to be given a chance to do this maiden voyage. I hope it encourages other women.”Developing the portThe whole operation would not have been possible prior to 2010, when a R2.9-billion (US$357 941) expansion project that was overseen by state-owned TNPA saw the port’s entrance channel widened and deepened to enable plus-size vessels such as the Sola through.The ship, which belongs to the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), was built in 2008 and measures over 300m in length and 45m in width, more than the length of three and a half rugby fields. She carries cargo with a gross tonnage of 131 771 and a slot capacity of 11 660 TEUs (the equivalent of a 20-foot container). Sola came in from the Far East via Port Louis in Mauritius.Having an open license means that Mbambo can navigate ships of any size and type into the port, the entrance channel of which is now 222m wide at its narrowest point.It also measures 19m in depth in the outer entrance, and rises to 16.5m draught in the inner channel.“The introduction of these vessels to our waters indicates the confidence shipping lines such as the MSC has in our ability to operate in an environment that is effective, safe and efficient,” said TNPA CEO Tau Morwe.““With the ever-increasing number of large vessels visiting our ports, we are ideally positioned as a leading trans-shipment point between the emerging markets of the eastern and western seaboards.”Morwe also mentioned that to ensure that the country remains competitive and well ahead of demand, the NPA needs to increase the port handling facility by more than 50% over the next seven years. By doing so, container capacity will increase from approximately 2.7-million TEUs annually to more than five-million TEUs.The role of ports in the regionThe Southern African region relies heavily on the healthy state of its ports because they play a big role in the economies of its countries, all the while providing transportation value for the landlocked countries of the Southern African Development Community.Approximately 95% of all trade to the region passes through its ports and those of East Africa, providing a vital link in the logistic chain that binds southern Africa together. If one port experiences any sort of delay or interruption, the effect is often felt across the entire region.At the recent Africa Ports and Harbour Show held in Johannesburg, Morwe asserted that regional port organisations need to get together as a bloc to boost development and cooperation. He also alluded to the fact that shipping companies are manufacturing bigger vessels, and the pressure was on to develop ports and harbours that can keep up with the trend.Transnet Port Terminals CEO Karl Socikwa, who attended the same function, had good news to share about his division’s plans for Durban going forward.“Durban’s Pier Two will take delivery of seven new tandem-lift ship-to-shore cranes,” said Socikwa. This is a continental first and allows for the simultaneous lifting of two 12-metre containers or four six-metre containers.The Maydon Wharf terminal, also in Durban, is scheduled for new container handling equipment such as mobile cranes.last_img read more

Ohio State Fair 2016 Junior Market Wether Goat Show Results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Taylor Carr, Athens Co.Res. Champion: Paige Pence, Clark Co.Third: Cami Reveal, Clinton Co.Fourth: Paige Pence, Clark Co.Fifth: Ava Shroyer, Logan Co.The sixth overall Junior Market Wether was Tanner Huntsman, Morrow Co.Other 2016 Junior Market Goat Results:Lightweight champion wether: Ava Shroyer, Logan Co.Lightweight res. champion wether: Tanner Huntsman, Morrow Co. Middleweight champion wether: Taylor Carr, Athens Co.Middleweight res. champion: Paige Pence Clark Heavyweight Champion wether: Cami RevealHeavyweight Res. Champion wether: Paige Pence, Clark Co The judge for the show was Charles Seidensticker from Comfort, Texas.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — April 11, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180411_RyanMartinAfter a chilly start, moderating temps should work into the state today. While we don’t see the huge warm up that we expect for tomorrow forward, west and southwest winds will help get temperatures back to near normal this afternoon. Tomorrow we start to see rather strong southwest winds bump temperatures to well above normal. That temperature pattern lasts 3 days…so do not get used to it!We have low pressure passing by to the north overnight tonight into tomorrow, bringing rain to MI and southern Ontario. This system actually brings a warm front through the region, allowing more south and southwest winds to fuel our warm up. We do still see some minor moisture moving over Ohio tomorrow morning, and we are extending its reach a little farther south in our forecast this morning. Right now we still look for the best rains to be north of US 30, where we can see up to .2” of liquid. But, we see chances of a few hundredths to a tenth all the way down to I-70. This has the best chance of falling through tomorrow morning, and by mid-afternoon everything will be gone…perhaps sooner! In the wake of the moisture, clouds should give way to sunshine and temperatures really start to work higher. We stay dry Friday and it likely will be the warmest day of the week, but clouds will be on the increase. Significant moisture working in for the weekend. Temperatures tomorrow, Friday and Saturday will be 10-15 degrees above normal, but winds from later today through tomorrow also will likely be increasing to eventually 15-30 mph.Significant rains start Saturday ahead of a strong cold front. That front slows as it moves through, meaning we continue to see at least 2 days of heavy rains. There look to be a few more holes, meaning it won’t rain constant, but there also is no reason to back away from our previous forecast of 1”-2” over all of Ohio, and we do have 2.5” in the back of our minds for areas that see 2 solid rounds of thunderstorms. We see those two chances of thunderstorms now…one Saturday late afternoon and then again Sunday afternoon. We won’t rule out some of those thunderstorms approaching severe levels. The map above shows potential precipitation through midnight Sunday night, but we think this model is a little so overzealous on moisture in NW Ohio. Colder air starts to come in on Sunday afternoon behind the front. This will be a very marked change, with winds going NW at 15-30 mph, and our late spring weather will change back to late winter in a hurry.Clouds and cold air dominate Monday. In fact, we can see some sprinkles and flurries through the day. It will be a cloudy, gray, damp day to start off the following week.Cold temps dig in for most of the rest of the week. We will be back to temperatures that average 10-15 degrees below normal, powered by NW winds. This will keep clouds coming at us out of the great lakes, and that also means, while we expect dry weather through the end of the week, we won’t rule out sprinkles and flurries from time to time, particularly over the northern half of Ohio. Down south, we probably see nothing.For the extended period, we are drier for the 21st through the 24th, as a Canadian high dominates. That means we keep temps cold through the first half of the extended period. A strong front for the 25th brings southwest winds and moderating temps, followed by .25”-1” rains over 80% of the state. Behind that we dry down, but this time, we do not see an incursion of Canadian air. So, we tentatively think we may be able to break this colder pattern by late April. The pattern also looks to support a drier period from the 26th through early May. This may be our first significant chance at field work – if it holds. This is over 2 weeks out…and many, many things can change, but we are giving you our read on it the way we see it this morning.last_img read more

Developer Plans a ‘Sustainable City’ Near Boston

first_imgA bid to host AmazonIn addition to building an “inspired, urban community,” LStar Ventures also would like to lure Amazon to town to build a second national headquarters. In an announcement, Amazon said the $5 billion project would be a “full equal” to its existing campus in Seattle and would lead to the creation of as many as 50,000 jobs.Competition is intense, but Boston is on a short list of strong candidates, according to an article posted by Forbes. LStar has developed its own pitch to Amazon, emphasizing Union Point’s proximity to Boston, its 4,000 units of affordable housing, and its emphasis on “technology, sustainability and architectural beauty.”LStar says it’s in the process of designing a 500,000-square-foot office building that could serve as Amazon’s first building. It will ready for occupancy in 2019. Eventually, the Amazon campus could total more than 8 million square feet. RELATED ARTICLES What Does ‘Sustainable’ Mean?What’s the Definition of ‘Green Building’?The Next Step in Sustainable Design A massive real estate development project called Union Point is taking shape on 1,400 acres of land about 12 miles south of Boston on what was once the South Weymouth Naval Air Station. Developers say that the community will become a living laboratory for “smart city technologies and sustainability solutions.”The developer is LStar Ventures, a privately held company that has, according to its website, developed more than 65 “environmentally sensitive” communities in 15 states since it was founded in 2007. Clean Technica reports LStar picked up the project in 2015 after another developer, which had built 500 homes on the site, jumped ship.According to the company’s website, Union Point eventually will include 4,000 private homes, 10 million square feet of commercial space, and 1,000 acres of open land. The $5 billion project will take 15 years to complete, Clean Technica says, with the first commercial space to be finished by the end of next year. North Carolina-based LStar says Union Point is being designed from the ground up to be “socially and environmentally conscious.” Commercial buildings will meet LEED Gold or Platinum standards. It wasn’t clear from either the company’s website or the Clean Technica report whether houses in the project would be designed to meet any particular building standard — net-zero ready, Energy Star, LEED, or Passive House, for example — but LStar promises building performance specifications “to radically reduce energy use.” The company didn’t respond to a request for more information.The project will lean heavily on computer technology and the “internet of things.” Computers will monitor mechanical and electrical HVAC systems, manage how water is used, and control traffic flow. Union Point will include both roof- and ground-mounted solar arrays, plus battery storage. The project is getting planning help from the design and engineering firm Arup.last_img read more

Arellano, Ateneo score quick wins in PVL collegiate opener

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOArellano University and Ateneo launched their title bids for the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference with swift victories in the opening day of competition Saturday at Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup. The Lady Chiefs, the reigning NCAA champions, quickly dispatched of College of St. Benilde 25-20, 25-22, 25-17, in the first match of the conference. ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Captain Jovielyn Prado led Arellano with 14 points while Mary Anne Esguerra added 13. Regine Arocha and Necole Ebuen also gave ample support for the Lady Chiefs scoring nine apiece. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the second game, the Lady Eagles swooped down on Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-15. Bea De Leon had 14 points to lead Ateneo while Kat Tolentino added 11. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Nextcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Maddie Madayag and Jules Samonte also finished in double digits with 10 points each. Ateneo employed such great defense that of the eight Lady Heavy Bomber attackers that played only four managed to score. Shola Alvarez and Karen Montojo had nine points apiece to lead JRU. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aces finally win, take down Beermen to end 14-game slide Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Rotator cuff muscles

first_imgThere are four muscle tendons that connect to the shoulder that make up the rotator cuff. Together these four tendons stabilize the upper arm bone to the shoulder socket and allow the wide range of motion in the shoulder.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

Which Oklahoma State Fit in the NFL Did You Love Most?

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. I’ve been neglecting the Tuesday Poll, but we’re back at it this week with a question about the NFL Draft and free agent signings from last weekend. Which of the big OSU-NFL marriages did you love the most after the dust settled from the weekend?Because Twitter doesn’t offer more than four poll options I could only include Blake Jarwin to Dallas, Jordan Sterns to Kansas City, Chris Carson to Seattle and Vincent Taylor to Miami, but I’m curious about which signing/drafting excites you most.Which NFL/#okstate fit was your favorite after last week’s Draft and free agent signings?— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) May 2, 2017I know I’m missing Lenzy Pipkins, Jhajuan Seales, Ben Grogan and Ashton Lampkin, but I think the four above are probably the most interesting and/or engaging.As always comments and results will be posted on Wednesday.last_img read more

OSU Football: Where Vegas Projects the Cowboys Win Total in 2017

first_imgKansas State7.5Over -130, Under +110 Texas Tech4.5Over -130, Under +110 Oklahoma10Over +105, Under -125 Oklahoma State9Over +105, Under -125 If you’re the betting type, you may want to put a wager down on the good guys. According to South Point, a Vegas bookmaker, the Cowboys’ win total has been set at nine wins.There’s plenty to like about the 2017 Cowboys. They’ve got an offense that we are all giddy about and a defense that leaves us somewhere between cautiously optimistic and downright nervous.In true Gundy fashion, let’s just say that they need to stay healthy at some key positions and they need some young guys to improve. (We’ll know a lot more about this team in November.)The Cowboys are also a good value if you’re looking to bet on the Big 12 title. And maybe even more so after last week.The nine-win total is consistent with the numbers released earlier by CG Technology. This list, however, gives the totals for all 128 FBS teams.Here’s a look at the rest of the Big 12. Texas7.5Over -110, Under -110 Baylor8Over EVEN, Under -120 TCU8Over -120, Under EVEN West Virginia6Over -130, Under +110 Iowa State5.5Over +110, Under -130 Kansas2.5Over +110, Under -130 TeamWin ProjectionOdds While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

How One Position Change Could Make All the Difference for Oklahoma State

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Ask any OSU fan what most excites them about this coming fall and chances are you’ll get answers regarding the offense. Mason Rudolph’s Heisman hopes. The ridiculously deep and talented receiver pool. Will Justice have its day?!But in order for Mike Gundy to take his place on the recently-vacated Big 12 mountaintop, it’s the defense that is going to have take a step forward in 2017. That defense, self-labeled with the “We’re Takin’ It Back” moniker has always seen its effectiveness directly tied to its ability to dispossess the opposition.Mike Gundy recognized that fact when discussing the similarities between his upcoming squad and the one he coached to a Fiesta Bowl win in 2011.AdChoices广告“The good news is that we may be better on defense than we were then,” Gundy told media members in early spring “but those teams were really good at forcing turnovers which allowed us to get more opportunities so we could outscore you.“A lot of what we do in this league has come down to that anyways. The strategy that we talk about, based on what our personnel is and what we think we can do in all three phases.“There are a lot of similarities. I hope it turns out that way.”While scheme and a calculated emphasis on forcing turnovers in practice definitely helps, the best of Gundy’s defenses have featured at least one dynamic playmaker in the secondary.The 2008, 2009 and 2010 teams had opportunists like Perrish Cox and Andrew McGee. The Cowboys finished in the top 15 nationally in interceptions each of those three years. In 2011, Justin Gilbert and Brodrick Brown led the Cowboys to a No. 2 finish nationally in picks.Since then, it’s been a seesaw of sorts. OSU was 65th in interceptions in 2012, 55th in 2014 and 35th in 2016. In the odd-numbered years they’ve fared drastically better. No. 2 in 2011. No. 3 in 2013 and No. 14 in 2015. Those seasons’ results corresponded to win totals of 12, 10 and 10, while the Cowboys’ dip in turnovers resulted in seasons of eight, seven and 10 wins during the even-numbered years.If the recent trend is anything other than coincidence, Oklahoma State should be looking at another top-15 finish in picks. And if that’s the case, who will that playmaker be?There’s Adrian Baker, the grad transfer from Clemson. Or possibly one of the young corners that Gundy and Co. seem to like so far. But the strongest candidate to be the lead ball hawk has been on campus for four years.Ramon Richards has settled nicely into his new role as a full-time safety. It’s a move which puzzled many when Mike Gundy announced it this past spring, especially since Richards was the only cornerback on the roster (at the time) with any starting experience.But this is not the first time Richards has undergone a position swap. He played defensive back occasionally during his last two years of high school but Richards was known as a state champion quarterback.After being thrown into a starting corner role as a true freshman, Richards took his lumps. But over his three seasons in orange, he’s gone from a reckless gambler who could follow up any huge play with a blown one, to a more consistent defender and a vocal and spirited leader of the Cowboy defense.But Mike Gundy knows that some of that recklessness will never leave Richards. And that’s what he’s counting on.“My personal opinion, I’m not a defensive guy,” Gundy admitted during his opening spring press conference “but he’s [Richards] better out there roaming around than he is locked into a certain area.”Gundy talks about Ramon like that middle child who sometimes makes you want to pull out part of your mullet but that you also love just a little more than the rest.“He’s like one of those people that you work with that you’re talking to and they never look at you because they’re thinking about something else and working over here on something,” Gundy said. “That’s how Ramon is, so he’s better roaming around and freelancing and seeing what’s going on out there.”And Ramon has little trepidation about the change. He’s confident in his instincts. Richards has either led the team or shared in the lead in interceptions the last three seasons. He also enters 2017 as the active career leader among Big 12 players.“It’s been great. It’s been amazing,” Richards said through his signature smile. “I love the position and I’m excited for the potential that I have. For one, ball skills. I’ve got my hands on a lot of balls. I got to make sure that I catch them. Two, bringing the young guys up and letting them know that they are not just here to fill in. They are here to make plays and go a step further.”As Gundy and Richards enter their last fall together, expectations couldn’t be higher. The dynamic duo of Rudolph and Washington have decided to return for their final years. The schedule sets up nicely as the Cowboys welcome the Big 12’s big boys to Stillwater. It’s an odd year(!) If Gundy’s Cowboys are going to reach their potential in 2017, believe that Ramon Richards will be a big part of it.last_img read more