Spotted: PhilaPort Hosts Another Record-Breaking MSC Ship

first_imgImage Courtesy: PhilaPortMSC Shuba has become the largest container vessel to ever call at the Port of Philadelphia.The 12,238 TEU Neopanamax docked at the Packer Avenue Marine Terminal on February 13.Operated by Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the 330-meter-long MSC Shuba B arrived from the West Coast of South America.“Being able to handle a 12,200 TEU container capacity vessel is a game changer”, Jeff Theobald, PhilaPort Executive Director and CEO, commented. “This size of vessel is increasingly being used as the workhorse for shipping lines around the world. It’s the reason why we are working so hard to make the necessary capital improvements which we have planned as quickly as possible,” he added.MSC Shuba B took the title of the largest boxship to call this port from the 11,568 TEU MSC Avni which is also operated by the abovementioned company.PhilaPort is currently implementing a USD 300 million infrastructure improvement plan which includes wharf strengthening, new cranes, paving and many other terminal improvements.In 2017, the port realized 19 percent growth in its containerized cargo volumes handling 548,000 containers.“It’s great to see this new class of vessel here before we have our new cranes and the official opening of the new deeper channel”, Tom Holt, President of Holt Logistics, said.last_img read more

Tyus Battle continues maturation process as freshman season nears conclusion

first_img Published on March 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman As a byproduct of that, there’s a lot that goes into a 20-point performance from Battle too. Where Andrew White might get to that number by exclusively hoisting 3s, Battle’s ability to score almost anywhere on the court is what makes him so good.Only one of his seven 3-point attempts fell through on Wednesday, but he compensated by crashing the paint as aggressively as he has all season. Battle converted three and-1 layups against the Spartans, and the visitors weren’t committing soft touch fouls on the freshman.Battle attacked three UNCG defenders under the basket to draw his first and-1, coaxed 6-foot-8 R.J. White into hacking him from behind as he laid in a second and-1, and the third came on that highlight-reel jump move.“Those are moves I thought he would always do,” freshman Taurean Thompson said, “but his confidence is getting up. He’s always been the person that could score a couple and get going.“It was real good seeing that move from him.”Battle readily acknowledged there are some moves, for whatever reason, he won’t unveil at the beginning of a game. He has to build up to them, get in a groove and just react. It’s a process Battle’s expedited as he’s accrued more experience, but there’s still a way for him to go.Thompson thinks his fellow freshman still relies too heavily on his jump shot. Battle knows he’d be better served to drive the paint even more than he’s started to. Syracuse coaches just want him to have the confidence to shoot more.All together, there’s plenty for Battle to work on. As he reacts accordingly, his ceiling is only getting higher.“He’s getting better this year,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’ll get better. They all do.” Comments With two defenders closing in on his path to the basket, Tyus Battle didn’t have to think about his next move. He just reacted, improvising a jump move between Jordy Kuiper and Kyrin Galloway to plant himself under the basket for an and-1 layup.Even the freshman was impressed with his own ad-libbing. He slapped the ball with one hand after the whistle and dropped a sly grin toward the Syracuse bench. Battle can’t draw an explanation for everything he does on the court, and that’s OK.The Orange doesn’t mind in the slightest.“That’s how you’re supposed to play basketball,” Battle said. “You’re supposed to react to what the defense is giving you and just try to make the right play.”For the dynamic 6-foot-6 guard, that could mean going up for a quick 3 on the first possession of the game. It could mean zipping a half-court pass for a transition layup, or leaping between two defenders blocking his way to the paint. Battle’s shown he can do all of the above, and he did it all in top-seeded SU’s (19-14, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) 13-point win over eight-seeded UNCG (25-10, 14-4 Southern) on Wednesday night. As Syracuse extended its season at least another game — coming at home against Ole Miss at 11 a.m. on Saturday — there’s no reason to think Battle’s maturation won’t continue.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe tallied 20 against the Spartans, scoring at least that many points in three of the last four games. But more important, as the Orange prepares to lose up to three of its best players for a second year in a row, Battle’s fortified himself as SU’s best hope for next season.The ball will be in his hands more than ever, an exciting possibility for a player as multi-faceted as Battle is.“I don’t think he has one in particular,” Tyler Lydon said of Battle’s best attribute. “I think he has a few. His athleticism, his skill set, his ability to score, his mindset and everything.“There’s a lot that goes into him.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Asmir Begović new Player of FC Chelsea!

first_imgAsmir Begović definitely left FC Stoke City and is the new member of FC Chelsea! The best BH goalkeeper wrote today on his Twitter account a short message to the fans, teammates, club leaders and the training team of his now former club.He thanked everyone for the unforgettable years in FC Stoke City, and the club from London soon confirmed the transfer as well.He signed a four-year contract, and the details are not published yet.“I am very happy to join FC Chelsea, I feel I can develop here and be an important part of the team. I can’t wait to meet with the team on Wednesday, for the pre-season tour”.Begović indebted the jersey with the number one.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba/ photo klix)last_img read more

VIDEO: Athletes Flagged Off

first_imgA record team of athletes will represent Uganda at the world championships starting 5th august.Share on: WhatsApp VIDEO: Athletes Flagged OffKampala, Uganda | NBS TV | Twenty athletes including Seven female and thirteen males have been flagged off to London this morning by national council of sports general secretary Nicolas Muramagi at the NCS headquarters in lugogo.last_img

75 years on, Little League still swings big bat

first_imgSteve Hauser coaches his grandson, Owen Newcomer, before a Little League game in Williamsport, Pa. , May 28, 2014. He is the son of Dick Hauser who played on one of the original Little League teams in 1939, making him the second and Newcomer the fourth generation to play Little League. (AP Photo/Ralph Wilson)WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Dick Hauser was an accidental Little Leaguer.Sitting on the front porch of his Williamsport home 75 years ago, the 12-year-old was approached by a man who asked, “Can you play ball?” His name was Carl Stotz, and he was starting a youth baseball league that would supply bats, balls and uniforms — unimaginable luxuries in Depression-era Pennsylvania.After watching Hauser shag flies and field grounders, Stotz invited him to join.“When you’re presented the opportunity to swing a real bat instead of a stick, and play with a real ball instead of something round that had tape on it, it was awesome,” Hauser, now 87, reminisced as he watched his great-grandson — a fourth-generation ballplayer — take the field not far from Little League’s birthplace.Little League began with three teams and Stotz’s big dream: to teach boys the fundamentals of baseball along with values like teamwork and sportsmanship.Today it’s a global enterprise with 2.1 million baseball players and a long-running TV contract for its signature event, the 10-day Little League World Series, played each August in front of 40,000 fans at South Williamsport’s Lamade Stadium and watched by millions more on ABC and ESPN.Little League is marking its 75th anniversary with a new PBS documentary, a partnership with Major League Baseball and a website that’s collecting players’ memories and photos.With thousands of local leagues in 50 states and more than 80 countries, Little League’s appeal remains little changed from June 6, 1939, when the eager boys of Lycoming Dairy and Lundy Lumber met in the inaugural game.Oil the glove. Lace the cleats. Play ball.And maybe learn some life lessons.“If the kids have fun playing the game, the Little League field can really be a classroom,” said Stephen Keener, Little League’s president and CEO.A lumber company clerk who doted on his baseball-loving nephews, Stotz saw a need for field dimensions and rules designed especially for younger boys. He promoted his idea relentlessly, and leagues patterned after Little League spread rapidly throughout the U.S., then internationally.Stotz would later split with Little League in a legal dispute over the direction of the program, and he died in 1992. His family has since reconciled with Little League, contributing many artifacts to its museum.“My father’s goal was to see a boy wearing a baseball hat,” said his daughter, Karen Stotz Myers. “He was thrilled so many children had that opportunity.”A progenitor of today’s heavily organized youth sports, Little League has both reflected and shaped the culture.It becomes a reality show each August, its young all-stars turned into mini-celebrities by saturation TV coverage of the World Series — a spectacle lamented by some critics. In the 1950s, it took a stand for civil rights by confronting dozens of whites-only leagues in South Carolina. Twenty years later, it found itself on the other end of a civil rights battle, begrudgingly admitting girls amid a series of lawsuits.Participation has declined about 20 percent from its 1997 peak of 2.6 million, likely a function of competition from other youth sports and activities. But it’ll probably be around as long as kids like 5-year-old Owen Newcomer and his 7-year-old sister, Isabella, pick up a glove.Little League is in their blood — their mother, grandfather and great-grandfather, Dick Hauser, are alumni.“We just enjoyed being around it, and I couldn’t wait for my kids to get that experience,” said their mother, Jen Newcomer, who played Little League softball.Keener, the CEO, said he’s confident Little League will be around another 75 years.“There’s still the allure of being part of a team, of playing a game that’s very special, and doing it with the kids in your community, that I think keeps Little League relevant today.”last_img read more

Sadio Mane drops an incredible gesture for the ball boy!

first_imgAdvertisement mn23NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrjqkciuWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E252plb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1b4zscWould you ever consider trying this?😱67aCan your students do this? 🌚5lp1Roller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool took on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup game and came out on the top in the penalties but something which topped the game was Sadio Mane’s incredible post-game gesture.Advertisement The Senegalese International was the talisman for Liverpool in the game as well by scoring 2 goals clinically. But, after the game Mane passed his shirt onto to the ballboy and gave him a hug. The heartwarming clip of the gesture got viral on twitter garnering 2m+ views.Advertisement “Class to see,” one Twitter user wrote.“Love Mane mate,” a second said.Advertisement “Best part of the night,” another added.While a fourth commented: “Classiest athlete on the planet and it’s not close. How can you not love this guy?”Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “It was a very difficult game for both teams. It was all about winning it and we did that in the end.“Nobody in the stadium wanted extra time, it was a killer. I’m not sure about the penalty but who cares now.“We started well then dropped off… we could talk about football but it’s too late now. We had to fight and the boys did tonight.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Busy Pajama Day

first_imgBy Kathy MieleSteven walked into the room and had a concerned look on his face. It was 2 o’clock in the afternoon and I was still in my pajamas.“Are you feeling alright?” he asked.“Can you hold on for a minute?” I said to my sister, then turned my head so Steven could see that I had my phone’s headset on. “Hey, you’re home early for a Saturday,” I said to him.“I’m just stopping in for a minute. I have two more appointments before I’m really home,” he said.“Hey, Liz can I call you right back? Steven just stopped in for a minute.” I clicked my headset off and turned back to Steven. “I’m sorry. What did you say when you first walked in?”“I asked if you were feeling OK.”“Yeah, why?”“You’re still in your pajamas and bathrobe,” he said.I put down the shorts I’d been sewing a button on. “No, actually I’ve had a really busy day,” I said. “I’ve baked a batch of brownies, I’m on my third load of wash, and I’ve got a pot of sauce simmering for dinner.”I cinched my robe tighter as I headed for the laundry room to switch a load out of the washer and into the dryer. “Right now I’m working on some clothes that needed mending.”“Oh,” Steven sounded happy. “Did you get a chance to sew that missing button on my shirt?”“Done,” I answered, pointing to the pile of finished pieces already on top of the dryer.Reloading the dryer, I hit the start button and headed for the kitchen. “Do you want me to make you some deviled eggs?” I asked. “I hard-boiled a dozen earlier this morning.”“Sure, that sounds great,” Steven said as he followed me into the kitchen.“Careful, I just washed the floor. It’s not completely dry yet,” I called as he stayed in the doorway and I tiptoed in to get the eggs started.“Wow, you have been busy,” he said leaning against the doorframe.“I’ve gotten so much done. I love pajama day!” I said, cracking the shell of the first egg. “How’s your day going?” I asked.“Busy,” he said. “But not as busy as yours.”I had to laugh. “I’ve still got a few more things I want to get done before I get showered and dressed. But at the rate I’m going, if it gets any closer to dinnertime before I’m finished I might as well get showered and put on a fresh set of jammies!”I handed him a plate with a few deviled eggs and sat next to him at the dining room table while he ate.Steven shrugged his shoulders. “Hey, who’s going to know, right?”Just then the doorbell rang. I looked around the corner and saw a neighbor standing at our front door. I leaned back against my chair, trying not to be seen. “Can you get that for me?” I asked.Steven looked at me. “What’s wrong?” he asked.“Are you kidding?” I waved my hand in front of me. “I’m in my pajamas! They’re going to think I’m some sort of sloth, just hanging around all day.”“You could always explain what pajama day means to you,” he said.“Very funny,” I said as I hid in the kitchen while Steven got up to get the door.“By the way,” I whispered. “I’m not home, OK?”last_img read more

Fight To Preserve Last Piece Of Undeveloped Bayshore Property Is On

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS –A recent Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners meeting was overrun with more than 100 motivated members of Neighbors for Waterfront Preservation (NWP), a community group that has dedicated itself to safeguarding the last stretch of undeveloped beachfront on the Sandy Hook Bay.The coveted plot – referred to as the McConnell Tract after its owner Arthur “Bud” McConnell – is currently the bustling hub of the Sandy Hook Catamaran Club, as well as the headquarters of Blackfoot Mobile Marine Services. But the preservation group says its future is being threatened by an application to construct 21 homes on the property, currently before the borough planning board.Nearly 30 NWP members pleaded with the recreation commissioners for assistance in their fight for conservation, while the group’s founder, Benson Chiles, presented two architectural renderings of what the site could look like as a public park.The board pledged a joint statement in support the citizen group, but board member Michael G. Harmon questioned whether borough leaders had the political will to make a difference.“It’s the mayor and council that have to decide whether or not they are in favor of preservation. And if they are, then they should come out and say that,” said Harmon, an Atlantic Highlands resident. “It’s obviously important to this group of residents that came before us. Now it’s up to the town leaders. These situations often come down to the political will of the town.”County Freeholder deputy director and board liaison Lillian G. Burry, echoed a similar sentiment, called for borough leadership to stand with their constituency.“I’d like to see your elected officials support your efforts for this project,” Burry said. “That would carry a lot of weight and could conceivably form a partnership between the town and the county. Things like this have been done before. I encourage their involvement because you have an excellent request and it shouldn’t go for naught.”Borough residents lauded the property as a local point of access to Sandy Hook Bay waters, a boat launch for Catamaran Club members and nonmembers alike, as well as a scenic, walkable expanse with a clear view of nearby Sandy Hook and the stunning New York City skyline.Children and young adults who crafted signs reading “S.O.S. Save Our Shores” spoke of their experiences interacting with wildlife, playing with friends and joining the active sailing community on site, which has helped them develop a skill as well as friendships.James Krauss, Atlantic Highlands Environmental Commission chair, likened this situation to that of the former Giuliani Tract, another selection of waterfront property once located on First Avenue near the borough’s storied harbor, which has since been turned into a parking lot for Seastreak ferry commuters.“Unfortunately we lost that fight, but we don’t want that to happen again to the last piece of undeveloped land on the waterfront. It’s too important,” said Krauss, who pledged the use of environmental commission funds to help the county acquire the seven-acre plot.Though NWP and the board will stand against the development project, time is of the essence, as Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny confirmed that a planning board hearing on the application – submitted by Matawan real estate development company Denholtz Associates – is scheduled for July 12.“We’re going to fight this until the bitter end and take it as far as we can,” said Chiles, who works professionally as a strategic consultant for various conservation organizations. “Right now our goal is to create a path for the county to acquire the property. The timeline is tight, but under the direction of (Monmouth County Park System director) Jim Truncer, the freeholders and this board of commissioners, this process can move quickly if they want it to.”This article first appeared in the June 21 – 28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

HEAVILY FAVORED SHARED BELIEF CRUISES TO 4 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN 78TH RUNNING OF GRADE I, $1 MILLION SANTA ANITA HANDICAP; SMITH WINS RECORD THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP, HOLLENDORFER TAKES SECOND

first_imgBy BETH HARRISAP Racing WriterARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Turns out the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap wasn’t much of a challenge for prohibitive favorite Shared Belief.The 5-year-old dark bay gelding collared pacesetter Moreno on the turn for home and went on to win by 4 1/4 lengths Saturday, improving to 10-1 in his career.Shared Belief ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.67 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 1-5 favorite of 26,134 fans.Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith earned a record third consecutive Big `Cap victory, having won the previous two years aboard Game On Dude. He had Shared Belief in the middle of the pack much of the way before they went four horses wide to take the lead into the stretch.“Not to take anything away from the competition, but I geared him down a few times and he still won like that,” Smith said. “I was watching the (infield) TV from the quarter-pole to the wire and I feel bad to say this, but I was trying to not win by so far. As they say, don’t squeeze a lemon if you don’t have to.”Shared Belief’s only blemish is a loss in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic after a messy start last fall at Santa Anita. He finished fourth, losing by 3 3/4 lengths. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer marvels at his gelding’s consistency.“Horses get ups and downs and he just stays the same and he does whatever we ask him to do,” he said. “He seems very happy and enthusiastic about it.”Moreno returned $4.80 and $4.20 in his first start since getting slammed hard out of the starting gate in the BC Classic, while Catch a Flight was another head back in third and paid $4.20 to show. Hard Aces was fourth and Bronzo fifth.Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, aboard Catch a Flight, fell beyond the finish line.“He just tripped with me,” Stevens said. “He started to go down head-first and he caught himself. When he did, it shot me straight up in the air. I tried to tuck and I landed on my back. It knocked the wind out of me. I’m OK.”Co-owned by sports talk host Jim Rome, Shared Belief was coming off a victory over reigning Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational exactly a month ago. The gelding is based in the San Francisco Bay area, so Rome doesn’t see him often.“It’s like he shows up every single time _ he always runs big, is always tough and just has a lot of grit, a lot of heart,” Rome said. “He never disappoints.”Hollendorfer earned his second Big `Cap win, and first since 2008. He is another of the gelding’s co-owners.“I’m just so grateful to have a horse like this,” he said. “I’m very pleased to have this horse and hope that we can keep him racing well like he has been.”Crimson Giant, a 6-year-old gelding, finished last in the 13-horse field in his virtually unheard of 67th career start. He has just one win to his credit.There was $201,669 bet to place on Shared Belief.The victory, worth $600,000, increased Shared Belief’s career earnings to $2,932,200. –30–last_img

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality declares local state of emergency

first_imgThe Northern Rockies Regional Airport is closed at this time. B.C. Hydro reports more than 725 customers in the region have been without power since late last night and early this morning. Power to 111 east of the Fediq Subdivision Road and another 189 northwest of Airport Drive and southeast of 51 Street are expected to have their power restored is expected to be restored by 11 p.m. tonight. 425 to the west of Fort Nelson have an estimated restoration time of noon local time. Updates to the emergency situation will be available on the municipality’s website at www.NorthernRockies.ca or by calling the Municipal Emergency Operations Centre at 250-774-6121.- Advertisement –last_img read more