Finnish dry bulk shipping company ESL Shipping has completed the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of AtoB@C Shipping AB and AtoB@C Holding AB, announced at the end of June.As a result, the company expects its net sales to double from EUR 80 million to approximately EUR 160 million. Based on the calculations using figures from 2017, the cargo volume carried is expected to increase from approximately 11-12 million tonnes to approximately 16-17 million tonnes.As disclosed earlier, the value of the acquired enterprise is EUR 30 million (USD 34.9 million). The purchase was financed by Aspo’s existing financing reserves, and new shares issued by Aspo Plc, the owner of ESL Shipping.AtoB@C operates 30 vessels in size of 4,000-5,000 tonnes. The company owns six dry cargo vessels in full, and has a share of 49% of two vessels. The other 22 vessels are time-chartered.The combination of vessels will bring ESL Shipping’s fleet to a total of 50 ships, including new LNG-powered ships, with a deadweight capacity of 468,000 tonnes compared to the previous 331,000 tonnes.“Together we form a strong Nordic shipping company that is customer-driven. It has strong shoulders to build future success determinedly,” Mikki Koskinen, Managing Director of ESL Shipping, commented.” The acquisition will shift ESL Shipping to a new size class and put it in a good position to improve operational efficiency and overall profitability of the shipping company,” says Aki Ojanen, CEO of Aspo Plc and Chairman of the Board of Directors of ESL Shipping, said.
ESL Shipping Seals Acquisition of AtoB@C Shipping
Family violence at ‘horrendous’ levels
Stuff.co.nz 25 Nov 2012Police investigated more than 77,500 domestic violence cases in the past 20 months, launching inquiries at a rate equal to five incidents every hour, new figures show. Of cases investigated between January 2011 and October 2012, 43,500 involved family members being injured and 2235 involved sexual assault, figures provided from police to Labour under the Official Information Act show. It comes at a time that police annual reports show a 50 per cent rise in people killed in domestic violence incidents over the past three years – 18 people killed in 2008, rising to 27 last year. Police did not publish comparative data for 2009 or 2010. Labour’s women’s affairs spokeswoman Sue Moroney described the rate of family violence is “horrendous”. Although rising statistics have been attributed to increased reporting of domestic violence in the past, Moroney says preventative measures aren’t working if more people are being killed. “You can probably make an assessment that family violence is on the increase as well as reported incidents.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/7994731/Family-violence-at-horrendous-levels
Greensburg Man Airlifted in I-74 Crash
RIPLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Wednesday morning, at approximately 6:55 am, the Indiana State Police responded to a single vehicle personal injury crash on I-74 near the 157 mile marker.Both occupants of the vehicle were injured and transported to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.According to police, a pickup truck, being driven by Johnathan A. Orr, age 32, Greensburg, Indiana, was traveling eastbound on I-74 near the 157 mile marker.Orr is believed to have lost control of the vehicle after a tire on the vehicle became deflated.The vehicle entered the median of I-74 before overturning and rolling into the westbound lanes of I-74.The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the westbound lanes.Orr sustained serious injuries in the collision.He was air lifted from the scene to University of Cincinnati Hospital for treatment of his injuries.A passenger in Orr’s vehicle, Joshua L. Sangl, age 27, Saint Paul, Indiana, sustained injuries in the crash.He was transported by ambulance to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, Indiana for treatment.The severity of the injuries to both occupants is unknown at this time.The westbound lanes of I-74 were closed for approximately one hour for crash investigation and cleanup.The eastbound lanes of I-74 were closed briefly during the investigation.
2018 IMCA point season ends Sunday, Sept. 30
VINTON, Iowa – The 2018 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season ends on Sunday, Sept. 30Final races are scheduled that day for Modifieds, Sprint Cars, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Southern SportMods and Sport Compacts.Final national and state points for the Late Model division will be awarded at the Deery Brothers Summer Series event scheduled Sept. 21 at Davenport Speedway.Bonus points will be figured and national and regional champions and rookies of the year announced as soon as possible.Local track officials have until noon Central Standard Time on Monday, Oct. 29 to notify IMCA of corrections that affect their top 15 point standings before all standings for those divisions become official.Questions about IMCA point totals and standings should be directed to Virginia Lindsey, director of membership and points, at email@example.com or by calling 319 472-2201, ext. 215.
Memorial Day service planned in Milan
Milan, In. — A Memorial Day Service will be held in Milan on Friday, May 24 at VFW Post #6234 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A chicken dinner will be served following the celebration.
EPL: Chelsea set to extend streak
RelatedPosts EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Townsend: Eze’s an incredible talent Chelsea vs. Crystal PalaceVenue: Stamford BridgeKick off: 1:30PMChelsea play host to Crystal Palace this afternoon having recorded five successive victories in the Premier League – a run which has taken the club into fourth position in the standings.Meanwhile, as a result of last weekend’s defeat to Leicester City, Palace make the trip to Stamford Bridge sitting in ninth place.While Chelsea remain far from the finished article under Frank Lampard, few of their supporters have reason to complain with maximum points being recorded in the Premier League since September 28.There is an argument that the Blues have enjoyed a favourable run of fixtures, with Brighton & Hove Albion, Southampton, Newcastle United, Burnley and Watford all coming in succession.Nevertheless, Lampard and his players were under pressure to start turning performances into results, something which has proven easier since they narrowly lost out to leaders Liverpool.Despite the natural positives, however, Chelsea are yet to convince in front of their home supporters – a trend which continued against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night.Lampard was quick to praise the character of his side, who came back from a 4-1 deficit, but their opponents had outclassed them for much of the game until the freak double dismissal of each of their centre-backs.Chelsea’s frailties at the back were also exposed once again, with two own goals coming as a result of their lack of concentration at set pieces and a further double being conceded due to poor defending.Nine goals have now been shipped from four outings in all competitions, leaving Lampard under pressure to find a solution if his team are going to remain in the hunt for second position.Overall, it has been a strong few weeks for the west Londoners, although that outlook may change if they fail to see off Palace.Meanwhile, a three-match winless streak has left Palace back down in mid-table, Roy Hodgson will still be relatively satisfied with his side’s start to the campaign.Their biggest priority was to stay clear of the relegation zone, and the Eagles currently find themselves seven points clear of the bottom three.With just two points separating Palace and fifth-placed Arsenal, Hodgson and his team now have the freedom to attempt to break into the top six at a time when the majority of the clubs around them are producing their best form.The likes of the Gunners, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur may eventually put together a run of results which catapults them back into the mix further up the table but for now at least, Palace have the opportunity to make the step up that they have always threatened since Hodgson’s arrival.Seven points have come from away games at Arsenal, Man United and West Ham United this season, and it would not come as a huge surprise if Palace emerged victorious against one of their London rivals.Despite the one-sided defeats to Manchester City and Leicester City at Selhurst Park, Palace have come from behind to earn four points from losing positions in their last two derby showdowns.As well as wanting to end Palace’s streak without a clean sheet, Gary Cahill will be keen to impress against his former club having sat out much of his final year at Chelsea.Aware of possible interest from the Blues, long-serving Wilfried Zaha may also relish the chance to finally net his first goal of the season. Chelsea possible XI: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Palmieri, Kante, Kovacic, Willian, Mount, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham.Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt, McCarthy, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Zaha, Ayew.Tags: ChesleaCrystal Palace
Point-counterpoint: Best way to replace axe
HagstromThis weekend Wisconsin heads to Minnesota for the 117th”Battle of the Axe.” The all-time series has been close, with Minnesota comingout ahead with 59 wins to Wisconsin’s 49 (there have also been eight ties). These days, however, it’s more like Paul Bunyan versus agroup of trees; the mighty Badgers have sawed down the Gophers 10 of the past12 times, including a 48-12 decimation at Camp Randall last season.As Bunyan would bellow to his fellow loggers when they triedto beat the man at his trade, it won’t be fair; the game shouldn’t even be acontest. That’s of course assuming Tyler Donovan is what he said he wasfollowing last Saturday’s win over Michigan: healthy enough to “go another fourquarters.”Minnesota (1-10, 0-7 Big Ten) is despicably bad. Theyhaven’t won, it seems, since there was a land before “The Land Before Time.”Two of its losses came against lowly North Dakota State and Florida Atlantic. As for the Gophers’ defense? Where? I don’t see a defense.It can’t stop a tortoise from tearing up — or down — the field, let alone aBadger, ranking dead last in the NCAA among major schools. In sum, I have a proposition to make: Let’s change thetrophy to “Who’s the better school? Well, I’ve got this to prove it.”Not only would this prize give the timbered (fallen) Gophersan opportunity to humiliate the Badgers if they managed to win, but also itwould give meaning to the heated border battle once more. With the new trophy slogan, the rivalry is clear. And theopportunities to brazenly denounce your opponent for an entire year areendless. Ax the trophies’ meaningless name and put substance backinto this rivalry. Point: “Who’s the better school? Well, I’ve got this toprove it.” VoelkelRivalry is one of the greatest things about college sports.When two schools with similar demographics square off against each other on thefootball field, the result is usually a heated battle for bragging rights.The Wisconsin-Minnesota border rivalry is no different.Whether it is “safety school” chants or creative T-shirts featuring Wisconsin’sBucky and Minnesota’s Goldy, the pride students find in the superiority felt froma victory in the longest-running college football rivalry is unmatched.The Badgers and Gophers have played 116 times to date, butwith the way each team is playing this year, the Badgers have as good anopportunity as ever to accomplish the football equivalent of shooting your agein golf: scoring the same number of points as the rivalry is old.While the Paul Bunyan Axe has gone to the victor for thelast 60 years, the series has become so lopsided that a change might be inorder. Not to spit in the face of history or pick a fight withsomeone bigger than me — which Bunyan and his ox Babe definitely are — but therivalry needs some new spice. I mean, they put A/C in the White House,non-natural grass on Lambeau Field and Barry Bonds’ name on top of Hammerin’Hank’s, why not give the Badgers and Gophers something new to play for?That’s why I propose, when the two teams take the fieldSaturday in “The Dome,” they play for the new trophy: the Tuition Bill.Don’t you think fans would be guaranteed a great game everyyear if reciprocity were on the table? Reggie Bush’s alleged six figure bribewould be small potatoes compared to some of the shady backroom recruiting thatwould go on.Even with his sense of history, there’s no way Bret Bielemawould be opposed to it. For once, it would really give his team a shot at going1-0 in the rivalry game.In the words of scholar and former Minnesota resident RandyMoss: Straight cash. Homie.
Without Coleman, Syracuse frontcourt becomes more exposed to foul trouble
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 When Rakeem Christmas picked up his fourth foul with 4:42 left in Syracuse’s 59-54 win against Pittsburgh on Saturday, Jim Boeheim turned toward his bench. He looked at senior center Baye Moussa Keita, paused, then turned back toward the court.“I don’t usually worry about foul counts down the stretch,” Boeheim said after the game. “You’ve got to be able to stay out, and you don’t want to get missed plays out of the game.”On Monday, Syracuse University Athletics announced sophomore center DaJuan Coleman would require season-ending surgery for a left knee injury. That leaves Christmas and Keita as the only two players with experience playing in the middle of the Orange’s 2-3 zone. They’re also the two players with the most fouls this season.With half a regular season plus postseason play left, it’s likely there will come a game when Jerami Grant or C.J. Fair will have to take a turn beneath the basket. And it’s almost certain Boeheim will face similar decisions to the one he made late in the Pitt game.“We can play with foul trouble,” Boeheim said. “Our players know how to do that. If you lose (Christmas), we’d still get Baye, so it’s not a problem.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLuckily for Syracuse, its 16 fouls per game are the 12th fewest in the country. The team’s signature 2-3 zone has been especially beneficial in that category with the new hand-checking rules this season.Coleman’s loss could be worse for other teams running other systems. But if the Orange big men continue their production this season— Christmas especially — it’s likely Grant and Fair won’t have to venture off their traditional spots on the wings too often.“Defensively (Christmas) is one of the best bigs we have,” point guard Tyler Ennis said after SU’s 57-45 win over North Carolina on Jan. 11. “We count on him to get stops, we count on him to rebound and he’s just kind of getting the recognition now.” For the first time this season, Christmas has picked up four fouls in back-to-back games. Due to foul trouble, he sat on the bench for the final 18:27 of the Orange’s 69-59 comeback win over Boston College on Jan. 13.In his place, Keita picked up four fouls and Grant played more than the last 10 minutes with four fouls as well.Boeheim said it was the first game the team was seriously strained due to fouls. Grant, who was whistled for two questionable fouls on block attempts, said he’s learned to play with four fouls.“Calls happen,” Grant said. “You try to keep a level head and just go from there.”With Coleman out for the remainder of the season, keeping that level head and staying out of foul trouble will be crucial for the Orange frontcourt moving forward. Comments
Fast reaction: Three takeaways as Syracuse’s season ends in first round of NCAA tournament
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 11, 2018 at 6:50 pm Contact Billy: email@example.com | @Wheyen3 NEWTON, Mass. — Syracuse (9-10, 1-6 Atlantic Coast) hadn’t won a game it trailed at halftime this season before Friday. The Orange trailed by four goals at the half to Princeton (13-5, 6-1 Ivy League). But the Orange made it all the way back to force overtime, and another overtime before Colby Chanenchuk scored the winner for Princeton to make it 12-11, Tigers, final.Syracuse’s season ends in its first game of the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row.Here are three takeaways from SU’s loss.A bad firstSyracuse’s women’s lacrosse program began NCAA competition in 1998. For the first 20 seasons the Orange played, SU always finished the season with more wins than losses. Friday’s loss to Princeton means Syracuse finishes the 2018 campaign with nine wins and 10 losses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s the first losing season in program history.A season-ending knee injury early in the season to draw specialist Morgan Widner started the struggles. Riley Donahue’s failure to match last season’s point total even with offensive firepower graduated continued the struggles. And a late-season stretch of futility, in which Syracuse lost six of its final eight games, put the nail in the coffin for the Orange.Freshman stonewallHannah Van Middelem jogged onto the field with less than eight minutes to go in the first half. Syracuse was down, 7-2. The freshman goalie didn’t start a game this season, but gave Asa Goldstock occasional breathers. On Friday, in the Orange’s biggest game of the season, Van Middelem played hero.She made six saves, allowing four goals. Princeton had a free-position shot with about a minute left in the first overtime but Van Middelem stuffed it with her stick held high. She led the clear and Syracuse had a chance to win it off the possession she won. The Orange couldn’t, but it would live for another overtime because of the freshman keeper.When the winner went by Van Middelem in the second overtime, SU’s season ended. But the only reason it made it to the second extra period was her performance before that.Missing starSyracuse’s Emily Hawryschuk entered Friday with team-high 53 goals. For the first 15 minutes of action against Princeton, she didn’t touch the ball in the offensive zone. The Tigers’ Mary Murphy spent much of the first half faceguarding Hawryschuk, and while she did get two shots, neither were wide open.Midway through the second half, Hawryschuk’s mark gave her space. She drove right and appeared free, but was bumped. The referee’s whistle didn’t blow, the ball trickled wide and Hawryschuk remained scoreless.It was the story of the season. Once teams began faceguarding either Nicole Levy or Hawryschuk, one almost always had a low-scoring game. It seemed both could never go off at the same time. On Friday, as the clock ticked down on Syracuse’s season, that narrative remained. Hawryschuk was held off the scoresheet, and it ended SU’s season. Comments
Rowley unofficially launches campaign for 2020 TT general election
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Sunday night unofficially launched the campaign for 2020 general elections here by comparing the performances of his three-year-old administration to that of the former People’s Partnership administration.A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Saturday indicated Rowley would deliver an address to the nation that will be broadcast in two parts, but what transpired on Sunday night was a re-broadcast of an event where the prime minister addressed several political and economic issues confronting his administration since it came to office in September 7, 2015.“Mind your Business”In the first section of the broadcast titled “Mind your Business”, Rowley appeared to be setting the agenda for not only the 2020 general election, but also the upcoming Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections that are due later this year.He told the nation that when the government came to power in 2015, the revenue from the oil and gas industry was an estimated one billion dollars compared with TT$17 billion in 2014 when the previous government headed by Kamla Persad Bissessar was still in office.He said then the price of a barrel of oil was US$90 as compared with as low as US$28 dollars during his administration’s term.He accused the past administration of providing gas companies with concessions, including complete tax write offs during the period 2013-14 that led to a further decline fin the economic situation and that it had also “wasted” more than TT$29 billion in cash that had accrued from the sale of oil and gas by state-owned entities.Rowley told the nation that projects estimated at TT$12.5 billion, which his administration is now embarking upon, including the construction of hospitals, the purchase of ferries for Tobago, tourism projects, could have been financed under the “cash” wasted by the previous administration.Rowley also defended the decision of his government to allow the Jamaica-based hotel chain, Sandals, to operate here in the next few years, noting that many Caribbean countries are befitting from the presence of the hotel chain.Rowley told the nation that in 2019, his administration has to allocate TT$68 out of every TT$100 to spend on debt payments and public sector wages, salaries and pensions.The Office of the Prime Minister said the second part of the “address” will be aired on television on Monday night.Persad Bissessar: No expectations from Part 2In an immediate reaction to the first broadcast, Persad Bissessar said “we do not expect anything from Part 2 of the Rowley show, and the Prime Minister should have spent his time focusing on viable solutions and a plan to move the country forward.“The country has long lost confidence in the PNM (People’s National Movement) and are crying out for a return to sound leadership and good governance,” she said.Persad-Bissessar is due to meet with members of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) on Monday with the party indicating that the meeting is part of the preparation for the Local Government and general elections.