Indian Register of Shipping unveils rules for LNG-fueled vessels

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of IRClass)Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass), has released Rules for LNG-fueled coastal and inland vessels in addition to its already established rules for ocean-going ships.These rules will help the maritime stakeholders to promote environmentally friendly fuels for coastal as well as inland vessels, IRClass said in its statement.The rules for gas fuelled vessels have been developed based on a study of the various international requirements such as the ESTRIN (European Standard laying down Technical Requirements for Inland Navigation Vessels), the IMO IGF Code and consultations with various stakeholders.IRClass has also developed rules for pleasure crafts above 24 meters in length which are in addition to its rules for pleasure crafts below 24m length already published earlier. These new rules are developed based on several national standards as well as ISO standards, IRClass said.last_img read more

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5 tips From ‘Extreme Chef’ to bring to your own kitchen.

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle 5 tips From ‘Extreme Chef’ to bring to your own kitchen. by: – May 27, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 27 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Hold onto your pots and pans, a new cooking show is coming to your TV soon, and it’s going to be extreme — Extreme Chef, to be exact. Premiering June 30 on the Food Network, the new show promises to push chef to their limits though a series of crazy challenges to test their adaptability and artistry … and push everyday cooks like me into a deep depression when looking at the dull dinners we’re cooking on our measly old ranges.But fear not, we don’t have to just watch wistfully from our couches while sneering at our gleaming microwaves, we too can be extreme chefs without traipsing all over the world. Here are five ways you can be your own extreme chef to keep mealtime more interesting and challenge yourself just like they do on TV.1. They will skin bears and rattlesnakes before cooking them, you can learn to cut up a whole chicken. Sure, buying individual pieces is easier, but it’s cheaper to buy a whole chicken usually, and you’ll be challenged to find uses for each of the parts. Buffalo wings, anyone?2. They will cook a meal on a deserted island, you can cook for weeks on end based only on what’s currently in your house. Dig into the back of those cupboards, clean out that freezer, you’ll be amazed at what you can come up with without buying a single extra ingredient.3. They will swim across rivers to get ingredients, you can explore local markets you may have never ventured into before. Check out the Asian market or you local Middle Eastern vendor and explore a whole host of ingredients that exist beyond your local supermarket shelves.4. They will be challenged to cook for a block party in torrential rain, you can use your grill more. Don’t let a little rain, snow, or heat keep you cooking inside. Brave the elements. 5. They promise to cook meals with a car engine as a makeshift stove, you … can feel free to head out to your driveway and try it yourself.Sure you may not win the $10,000 prize (that’s it?), but you will have pushed your own boundaries and hopefully come up with some creative and tasty new cuisine along the way.by The_Stirlast_img read more

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Delta Launches New Caribbean Flights

first_img Share Tweet Share BusinessLifestyleTravel Delta Launches New Caribbean Flights by: Carib Journal – December 10, 2014 Sharing is caring!center_img 435 Views   no discussions Share Barbados (CJ Photo)Delta Airlines is ramping up its service to Barbados.The carrier officially launched new nonstop flights to the island last week from both New York and Atlanta.The flights will operate on Thursdays and Saturdays out of New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.All of the flights will be operated on Boeing 737 aircrafts with a total seating capacity of 160, including 16 seats in business class.The New York flights leave at 8:45 AM and arrive in Barbados at around 2:38 PM, with a return flight departing at 5:05 PM and arriving at 9:08 PM.The Atlanta flights leave at 10:30 AM, arriving in Barbados at 4:04 PM, with return flights leaving at 3:35 PM and arriving in Atlanta around 7:46 PM.As other carriers like American Airlines and JetBlue have been increasing their service to the Caribbean, Delta has followed suit, with a series of new flights added in the last year, including a new flight set to launch to St Lucia later this month.last_img read more

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ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan injury, rain dominate India’s build-up vs New Zealand

first_imghighlights For New Zealand, their real examination begins now. They had a convincing win against Sri Lanka and scrapped over the line against Bangladesh. A convincing win against Afghanistan will put them in good stead but against India, they will have to be on top of their game at all times. Trent Boult, who bowled a brilliant spell in both of New Zealand’s wins against India in Hamilton and in the warm-up at The Oval, will be vital. Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry have operated brilliantly.The batting, which was a problem in the home series, will be put to a big test against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah. With the pitch offering extra bounce, the Indian team might be tempted to try out Mohammed Shami in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.Team combinationsWith Shikhar Dhawan ruled out, KL Rahul will open the batting with Rohit Sharma. With Shankar in that position, Kohli’s side has more options. Shami’s inclusion will be good on a seaming deck while the Kiwis might want to keep the same team.India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultWho will win?India has a much-better bowling and batting line-up than New Zealand. However, if the pitch offers seam movement and if the weather remains overcast, then New Zealand hold the edge.Weather and pitchThe weather is not good on match day in Trent Bridge. The practice sessions were abandoned due to persistent rain and there are fears that the match can be truncated.StatisticsNew Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against India in World Cups. However, the most interesting stat is India have lost all three of their previous World Cup encounters against New Zealand in England.Stadium and timingsThe match will be played at Trent Bridge, Nottingham and the match will begin at 3:00 PM IST. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has shown they are worthy contenders to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 when they put in a clinical performance against Australia. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and the bowlers put in a fine performance and India won the match by 36 runs. What should have been a great moment and a stepping stone for further success in the tournament has now been marred by two factors. India’s next game against New Zealand in Trent Bridge is under a rain cloud. However, the major concern for the team is Shikhar Dhawan’s thumb injury, which has ruled him out of the next two games against Pakistan and Afghanistan in addition to the game against New Zealand.India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar has said Dhawan will take close to 10-12 days to recover and Vijay Shankar is being viewed as one of the options. With no official replacement being named and Rishabh Pant brought in as cover, the game against New Zealand gives India plenty of options to test their bench strength. With Shankar’s addition, the bowling and the batting get an added boost. India has never beaten New Zealand in World Cup clashes in England.New Zealand has a 4-3 head-to-head advantage against India in World Cups.In overall ICC encounters, New Zealand has a 7-3 advantage against India.last_img read more

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The Latest: Browns to showcase training camp online

first_imgHe worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. July 28, 2020 The Latest: Browns to showcase training camp online ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ Associated Press center_img Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___ The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero.last_img read more

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10Bet: Blackburn, the Baggies and effective brand-building

first_img EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 Related Articles Shayne Lambie, UK Country Manager at 10Bet, explains the strategy behind the fast-growing operator’s partnerships with EFL clubs Blackburn Rovers and West Brom.The goal of any ambitious operator is clearly to attract the right sort of long-term customer. Using the momentum we built up prior to and during the World Cup, 10Bet has been able to retain many of the seasonal punters who signed up over the summer, and an essential ingredient of that success has been cementing the company’s status as a serious player on the UK betting scene.  Just before the start of the new season, we put the finishing touches to long-term deals with both Blackburn Rovers and West Bromwich Albion, two storied clubs with passionate fans and huge potential in terms of returning to the top flight and restoring their former greatness. It’s important to note that these are complementary agreements. While we’re the Official Principal Sponsor of Blackburn, we’re the Official Betting Partner of WBA – both of which are global partnerships. That distinction isn’t merely a matter of our new visual identity being on the front of Rover’s shirts and on the back of the Baggies’ – it means that our activities in the North-west are inevitably more intense than in the Black Country. The West Brom deal, in other words, is primarily about brand awareness while the Blackburn sponsorship is far more wide-ranging. But signing both agreements was a very deliberate decision. At 10Bet, we’re fans of the game first and foremost, and if we’d put all our eggs in one basket with Blackburn or a principal sponsorship of a Premier League club, we might have risked being pigeon-holed. By putting down firm roots in Lancashire and West Midlands – two true football hotbeds – we’re telling English fans that we care about the bigger picture. Getting involvedBlackburn are already proving to be a joy to work with. They’re accommodating in terms of granting access, flexible about schedules, considerate when it comes to looping us on their plans, generous concerning inventory like signed shirts and, above all, receptive to our ideas. Working with leading activation agencies, we’re looking forward to hosting a wide range of projects, from events in and around Ewood Park to the type of guerrilla marketing that garners national press. Social media is at the heart of our efforts to reach out to the fans of both clubs. We’ve invested in building the right team to achieve organic growth, especially on Twitter. Engaging the club and particularly the players directly is a winning approach, and it’s always great when the likes of Bradley Dack retweet your posts. The beauty of social is that it’s a two-way street. The fans aren’t just passive recipients. We love it when supporters ping us with requests for price boosts and special promotions. This is something we actively encourage and is most noticeable on the 10Bet Twitter feed.Content, however, is always king. What fans want are exclusives like interviews with the manager and the top players, and that’s why we’ve been delighted to leverage our access to provide Q&As with the likes of striker Danny Graham. And as our relationship with the club deepens, we’re looking to line up additional events and to contribute proactively to Blackburn’s overall media strategy. Along with in-stadium advertising, the matchday programme represents valuable offline real estate. We’re supplying unique editorial content, offer-specific adverts and exclusive app promotions attracting players to our 360° mobile experience – complete with those all-important QR codes, of course. Meanwhile local media, including fanzines, is another vital part of the picture. At the end of the day, we’re not only building a rapport with the fans. It’s also about the local communities they’re at the heart of.Bringing in the bettorsOur aggressive onsite strategy prior to and during the World Cup was based on a wide range of special promotions, many of which we’re adapting for the current season. Other offers are built entirely around Blackburn, such as headline monthly club offers and tactical price boosts offering more value to Rovers fans.These include insurance on our industry-leading, fully automated bet builder Create Your Bet, an outright offer on Blackburn finishing in the top six, free bets triggered by goals for specific players, our ever-popular bore draw cashback and a host of casino cross-promotions, all adding genuine value for the fans. Working hand in hand with our Business Intelligence department, we’ve even been able to identify significant upsurges in registrations, deposits, promo take-up and overall turnover centred around both Blackburn and West Bromwich. Although it’s still early days, the numbers we’re seeing and the feedback we’re getting demonstrate that we made the right choice in partnering with Blackburn and West Brom. As the season progresses, we’re backing both clubs all the way and hope to play our part in getting them back into the Premier League. Share Submit StumbleUpon Share SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020last_img read more

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NHL teams facing the scariest salary-cap recapture situations

first_imgIf Weber retires in 2023, the Predators will be tagged with over $8.1 million in annual recapture penalties. If he goes in 2024, it jumps to over $12 million annually. Should he retire before the final season of his contract, the Preds get walloped with over $24 million.LeBrun reports the league has no intention of doing away with the cap recapture penalty. However, he said there have been discussions about amending the formula under the next CBA to soften those penalties by spreading them out over a longer period.In the meantime, Predators fans — as well as the organization — should hope that the Habs captain doesn’t retire before his contract expires. After retiring over the summer after 19 NHL seasons — including 11 years with the Florida Panthers and eight years with the Vancouver Canucks — goaltender Roberto Luongo rejoined the club as a special advisor to general manager Dale Tallon this month.And for Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, the situation is less than ideal. Luongo’s retirement last summer meant the Canucks are on the hook for over $3 million in annual salary-cap recapture penalties over the next three years. Meanwhile, Luongo’s back to drawing paychecks from the Panthers. “I wanted to voice our displeasure with the whole thing,” Benning told the Vancouver Sun’s Ben Kuzma.MORE: Panthers to retire Luongo’s No. 1 jerseyHis concern is Luongo is recouping money he left on the table by retiring in June. Benning said the Panthers are allowed to hire Luongo as long as it’s a market-level position at an entry-level salary comparable to a similar position in the league.“I don’t know what he’s getting paid,” Benning added.A source told The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun it’s nowhere close to Luongo’s former salary, guessing it’s around $200,000.Benning also acknowledged there’s little his club can do under the salary-cap recapture rules in the current collective bargaining agreement; he and his club are paying the price for his predecessor, employing a form of salary-cap circumvention allowable under the former CBA when Luongo signed his 12-year contract a decade ago.Back then, several teams signed a handful of players to exceedingly long, heavily front-loaded contracts as a mean of garnering a more favorable annual salary-cap hit. The league shut down that loophole under the present CBA, limiting contracts to eight years for re-signings and seven for unrestricted free agents, as well as placing limits on how much contracts can be front-loaded.The salary-cap recapture penalty was also implemented, which goes into effect when a player carrying one of those lengthy contracts retires. It affects the club that signed him to the deal, as well as any club that acquires him via trade or waivers.In Luongo’s case, Vancouver got tagged the hardest because the team signed him to that long-term contract. The Panthers are also penalized, though they pay a more affordable $1.09 million annually.Currently, 13 players carry those lengthy, front-loaded contracts, as per CapFriendly.PLAYERTEAMYEARS SIGNEDEXPIRESAAV (million)Shea WeberMTL*142026$7.857Duncan KeithCHI132023$5.538Alex OvechkinWSH132021$9.538Zach Parise/Ryan SuterMIN13 (each)2025$7.538 (apiece)Marian HossaARI^122021$5.275Sidney CrosbyPIT122025$8.7Henrik ZetterbergDET122021$6.083Jeff CarterLAK”112022$5.272Johan FranzenDET112020$3.954Jonathan QuickLAK102023$5.8Nicklas BackstromWSH102020$6.7Jordan StaalCAR102023$6*Contract originally signed with Nashville; ^Contract originally signed with Chicago; “Contract originally signed with PhiladelphiaThree of them — Hossa, Zetterberg and Franzen — are all but retired due to injuries or chronic ailments, leading their respective teams to place them on long-term injury reserve. That provides those clubs with salary-cap relief if needed while assuring they won’t be tagged with recapture penalties.Backstrom’s contract expires next July and Ovechkin’s in 2021 so the Capitals have no fear of cap recapture there.That leaves eight — Weber, Keith, Parise, Suter, Crosby, Carter, Quick and Staal — with the potential to create cap-recapture headaches down the road. Most could play out the remaining term of their respective deals. Injuries could force some with long injury histories, such as Parise and Quick, onto the permanent LTIR.The one to watch is Weber. Nashville matched a hefty offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012 before the last NHL lockout and the current CBA. In 2016, they traded Weber to the Canadiens for P.K. Subban. Both clubs could see cap recapture penalties but the Predators will bear the heaviest burden.MORE: Winter Olympics potential roadblock in CBA talksLeBrun recently posted a breakdown of the potential recapture penalties facing the Predators. Their portion, if he retires next year or in 2021 would be over $4 million annually, or over $6 million per season if he pulls the chute in 2022.Those numbers are bad enough, but it’s the penalties in the final three seasons that’s concerning.last_img read more

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Celebrating America’s Independence: Renewed Hope for Liberia

first_imgOn Thursday, July 3, scores of Liberians including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other government officials, heads of civil society organizations, business entities, religious institutions as well as envoys of diplomatic missions near Monrovia, international NGOs together with U.S. Ambassador Deborah R. Malac, U.S. Embassy staffs and a host of other U.S. agencies and corporations assembled to commemorate the 238th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America.  The Executive Pavilion situated on Broad Street—Monrovia’s bursting street—where the event occurred was a picturesque scene.  Security was stiffened, traffic thoroughly regulated, safety measures put in place, and security guards posted at strategic locations around the vicinity.  Hence, it was a great honor to have been invited.  Due to heavy down pour of rain in the morning hours and being without rainwear let alone transport facilities, I figure out to put my ceremonial clothes alongside laptop carrier bag in a large plastic, and then wore casual dress code and headed for work.  Fortunately, close to the evening time, the raindrop cease.  Indeed, I was thrilled and amazed as I maneuvered to catch a taxicab and patiently sat in dense traffic congestion.  Once on Broad Street, I strolled to the Executive Pavilion and went through security check.  The receptionist presented a token and program souvenir.  As soon as I walked the hall, I met Ambassador Malac and other senior U.S. envoy to Liberia, who greeted and welcomed me.  Of course, I was pleased to listen, learn, and share experiences as well as expand my network.Everyone clustered in a small group conversing with most familiar colleagues while wining and dining.  Hand sanitizers could be seen on each table, probably a preventable measure to the troubling Ebola virus. The hall was beautifully decorated with American flags and scenery of red, white, and blue representing the national colors of the United States of America.  A live band played American music and U.S. Marine displayed their best in a celebratory procession.  United States Ambassador to Liberia took the podium and recounted the long-standing ties between Liberia and the United States.  Ambassador Malac cataloged the most recent U.S. assistance to Liberia and reaffirmed her country’s commitment to working with the government in helping to build a Liberia that is at peace with itself and its neighbors and offers economic opportunities to all of its citizens.  The U.S. envoy was quick to point out that building Liberia is not going to be an easy task, especially in the wake of devastating conflict; however, assured Liberians that it will take unity of effort, a shared vision and a commitment to the common good.   For some who believe that Liberia is doomed, others who hold to the conviction that the country’s resources are being mortgaged, and a handful that attribute the deplorable economic condition to failure of the governance structure; Ambassador Malac stressed: “The wheels of progress cannot turn forward if they are constantly blocked by the stones of pettiness and personal attack whose sole purpose is to prevent things from happening or to preserve a political or personal advantage.”  She asserted that sustained and broad-based development and true economic prosperity happen through sustained commitment and concentrated focus and lots of patience.  In the midst of extreme hardship, appalling educational system, dreadful healthcare, high unemployment, unacceptable inequality and unbearable cost of living; Ambassador Malac cautioned Liberians to help push other Liberians in helping them to succeed in their endeavors.  “This does not mean that there must always be complete agreement on every policy decision-alternative and dissenting views can drive innovative solutions and are a necessary component of a vibrant democracy-but it does require public discourse marked by civility and respect.  We can agree to disagree while continuing to work together in the best interests of the country” the United States Ambassador further noted.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who spoke on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, expressed her deepest gratitude to the United States for its enormous contributions in the areas of education, healthcare, security, electricity, and many other developmental initiatives.  The President applauded the contributions of the Peace Corps volunteers and lauded the assistance to the Armed Forces of Liberia in the African-led international support mission in Mali with the deployment of the second platoon.Perhaps, no country the world over has long-standing ties with the United States of America like Liberia.  We are the only country in Africa that was colonized by the American Colonization Society, an institution that repatriated thousands of freed slaves from the United States and also provided leadership for the colony.  It was the United States that appointed colonial agents and other influential decision makers as well as ensured the provision of humanitarian and educational supplies during the earlier formation of the country.Hence, our founding fathers shared many things in common with the United States either through duplication or slight changes.   Liberia’s Declaration of Independence borrows much of its rhetoric from the United States own Declaration.  Moreover, our very first constitution and even other segment of our current constitution are practically replica after the United States.  Our Pledge of Allegiance and almost all of our national symbols depict our relationship with our historic and long-term partner.  Liberia’s capital city was named in honor of James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States and a staunch supporter of the American Colonization Society.  In addition, most of our streets, cities, townships, and many geographic features were named in honor of Americans.  In fact, our flag bears close resemblance to the American flag. And, both countries shared their Independence Day in the same month.Like the United States of America that experienced revolution and bloody Civil War before arriving as a super power after World War II; Liberia, too, had tasted the bitter swill of calamitous strife that ruined every sector of the country. The 14-years intermittent conflict destroyed every sector of the country, most especially the human resource capacity, infrastructural facilities and caused scores of Liberians to be either participants or victims.  However, I am confident and very optimistic that Liberia will rise again, and the future of this country depends on patient, persistent, and perseverant young people who are willing to bridge the gap amidst the odd in remaking and rebuilding Liberia to become better than what it is now and takes its rightful place among the comity of nations.  With barely weeks to Liberia’s Independence Day; Liberians must begin to demonstrate a special affection for their country, nurture a sense of personal identification, and learn to seek the well-being of the country. The people across the great land and those in the Diaspora should now begin to envision a “New Liberia” that is greater than religion confessed, dialect spoken,  county of origin, place of birth or family name.  Liberians have got to understand that the country is bigger than the sum of their individual ambition and greater than the quest for power or wealth.  The young generation of Liberians who constitute over 60 percent of the population, should be taught about the importance of giving back to their communities in whatsoever positive ways.  As a replacement for the US$3 compensation to young people to clean street corners, the Government has got to introduce service learning in the national curriculum at the secondary and tertiary levels.  Then, the amount allotted for stipend could be utilized to reduce tuition, build public library, construct and upgrade laboratory, provide up-to-date textbooks and enhance research activities so as to ensure the publication of more contextualized Liberian own textbooks.Liberians have got to espouse a posture of strategic thinking and do away with politicking and politicizing everything, perpetually criticizing without any industrious venture, badmouthing campaign for little or nothing, and singing everlasting praises to the power that be.  Liberians from all walks of life must put their thinking cap on to cultivate the sense of oneness and love for their country while denouncing violence, self-aggrandizement, corruption, and other vices that have kept the country backward for far too long. This is Liberia’s time to shine and together let us all make it a reality for our generation and prosperity.About the author:  Mr.  Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, voluntary and accredited nonprofit grassroots youth-led development organization.  For more information about our work in Liberia, please visit www.liberiayes.org.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Defense Counsel Jason Doe Solves:

first_imgIt was a case that many thought had come at the wrong time. The preoccupation of Monrovians was the expulsion of the Ebola Virus that had invaded and ravaging the country and everywhere there were buckets of chlorine for hand-washing to fight the virus. Ebola was now the grim reaper and its victims were increasing by the day.  It was at this period that newspapers reported the robbery and murder of George Dean, a 26-year-old money changer, of Sinkor, a suburb of Monrovia. What gingered interest in the case was the arrest and confession of the alleged murderer as well as the fact that the famous trial lawyer Jason Doe had been hired by the defendant. So when the case opened, despite the Ebola fear in Monrovia, the courtroom was packed with many who were simply there to witness the renowned counselor’s classic cross-examination might put to the test. With a reported confession, many Monrovians felt that this could be the case that the famous Jason Doe could not crack at the preliminary trial. And after two weeks the witness, who many believed, had the trump card to send the defendant to face his doom would be cross-examined by Jason Doe.  Hundreds of spectators besieged seated at the courtroom in a case described by metropolitan newspapers as the ‘Case of the Murdered Money Changer.’  It was in the final moments of the day, and Jason Doe seemed exasperated by the witness’ frustrating tactics.  The lawyer regarded the witness for a moment, and frowned. “Sami Young is your friend?” he said, with a grin.  The witness said, with a mixture of nonchalant, “He was my friend before.”  “Is that yes, or no?”  Shifting his position, the witness responded with apparent lack of affectation.  “Yes.”  “On the 15th of July,” the lawyer attempted a drive for the truth, “You claimed that you met the defendant at a secluded area on Bushrod Island?”  “Yes,” he said, “and to be precise, it was near the St. Paul’s Bridge.” “You testified that the defendant told you that he had a plan to get free money?”  “Yes.”  “What was your response?”  “I did not think it was any wrong way to get money,” the witness said, “and therefore I was prepared to go along.” “Until when did you begin to have second thoughts?” “Until I learned that he was using the Ebola situation to steal money.” “But U$5,000.00 was found in your room?” “It was planted there by someone.” “Who was that someone?” “I wish I know.” “Is that your answer?” “I can definitely say that it was the defendant.”  “How did you know that since you are unable to give account of the U$5000.00 found concealed in your house?”  Suddenly, the prosecutor was on his feet.  “Your Honor,” Prosecutor Gilbert Solo said, “Counsel is trying to undermine the witness’ confidence as to how the money got to his room.  “Counsel’s intent is to weaken the witness resolution to stick to the truth and as a result he would extract dubious information from him.” Judge Sackor turned her slightly bulging eyes back to the prosecutor.  “How is that true?”  “Counsel’s questions are too personal and I think he is being too dogmatic and unrealistic,” the prosecutor said.  The judge lowered her head and stared at the prosecutor over her glasses and said, “Should the court understand that the defense should not elicit information regarding how the money got to the witness’ apartment?”  “Not exactly, Your Honor,” Solo said, “but under the present circumstances and in such an intense cross-examination, counsel is being unfair.”  The judge said conversationally, “The Court is on top of the situation and therefore I stipulate that the defense will continue the cross-examination of the witness.”  “Thanks Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, bowing his head, as a bitter smile wedged at the corner of his mouth, for the blow resulting from the judge’s rebuke was not lost on the spectators, as a low but brief murmur of disapproval swept across the room.   With a triumphant sneer of victory, Jason Doe pushed forward.   “How did you know that the money was planted in your room, since you testified that you did not go along with the plan?” “Since he wanted me to be the fall guy, he apparently did that to implicate me.”  “Robert Joe,” Jason Doe said, with a noticeable anger in his voice, “Why would he connect you in particular? Why was it that when police officers bumped into the money after a tip off, you claimed that the U$5000.00 came from your sister in the United States?” “Yes.” “Was the money from your sister?” “The police did not let me tell the story my own way.”   Judge Elizabeth Sackor relaxed her tense posture.   “Witness cannot eat his cake and have it and the Court is concerned with the witness’ apparent lack of what is going on in this courtroom and he must therefore not evade questions from the defense.”  Jason Doe then relaxed, and sweeping his eyes across the spectators, repeated the question.  “Was the money from your sister?” Fidgeting with his hands, the witness answered, “No.” “Where did the money come from?” “It was apparently planted by someone and the only person I can think of is the defendant.” “Why will he do that? Have you had a previous misunderstanding on anything?””Not really,” he said, “but these days Liberia is hard and people can do anything. May be he is envious of me.” “How long have you known the defendant?””I have seen him around, counselor, and nowadays people are doing all kinds of wicked deeds against people they don’t even know.””Ok,” the lawyer considered his answer, “how does that fit in with the defendant, since in your own words, you have seen him around, suggesting that you don’t know each other. So where was the money found by the police?” “In my room.”  Jason Doe’s face expressed some amusement at the witness’ answer and then said, “The police found the money in your room, did they not?””Yes,” the witness said, putting his bandaged right hand behind his back, “if that is what you are asking.” Jason Doe smiled but it was Judge Sackor who reacted.”You want the court to believe that the defendant who was not found with any incriminating evidence was the brain behind the robbery and eventual murder of the money changer?”  The witness showed an apparent misunderstanding of the question and stared at the judge in the face. Realizing his lack of response Jason Doe strolled to the defense table and after examining through some papers, returned to the witness.  “Mr. Joe,” he said, “what happened to your bandaged right hand? Is not correct that you sustained an injury during the attack on the victim, as you masterminded the entire episode?  “Is it also not true that you have made several requests to the decedent to borrow an amount of money like the one found hidden in your room?” The two questions were apparently unexpected and suddenly, beads of perspiration began to form on forehead. With his right bandaged hand still concealed behind him, he lifted his left hand and began to mop his face with the edge of his shirt’s sleeves.  Sensing the situation, the clerk rushed to him with a bunch of paper towels, and for the next couple of minutes the courtroom waited in suspense as the witness struggled to get the increasing amount of sweat off his face without success. Judge Sackor decided to announce for ten minutes recess and invited both counsels to her chambers.  WHEN court resumed ten minutes later, Judge Sackor took over proceedings and summarized the conclusion of the case.  “The defense has shown that the witness knows more about the circumstances of the murder of the money changer than the man who is currently being accused.  “The apparent motive to the murder unfortunately was because the decedent was unprotected in his money changing business.  “It suggests to me that the practice of placing huge amount of money in various currencies in boots for exchange in the full glare of the general public needs to be discouraged.”  After brief hesitation, the judge continued, “The tragic consequence of the death of the money changer could be identified on the fact that the witness and some of his accomplices apparently chose to murder him simply to take away the money that he sat behind.  “In the wake of the foregoing, the Court is convinced that there is no probable case against the defendant in this case and he is therefore ordered released and the witness held for further investigation and subsequent trial.”  THIRTY minutes later they assembled at criminal lawyer Jason Doe’s Benson Street private office, where former defendant Sami Young, the lawyer, his private secretary Janet Lovebird and a retired police officer, George Jebor examined the circumstances of the case, after each had washed their hands with chlorine water, at the entrance of the lawyer’s office.  “Jason,” the retired officer said, “how did you know that the witness was the mastermind of the entire episode?”   The lawyer grinned.  “From the beginning of the case I was looking at the fact that my client had apparently joined the party to murder the victim for quick money.  “It was only when the witness said someone might have planted the money into his room that I realized I was not making use of his own admission.”  “But,” Janet Lovebird said, “was he really part of the murder party?”  Smiling, the lawyer replied, “Absolutely and he was in fact the man responsible for the murder and it was the reason he sustained a heavy cut to his right hand.  “Please remember that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare announced that the current Ebola presence in the country has, among its symptoms, vomiting, and so what really happened was that the witness led his party to the venue where the decedent did his money exchange business around 5:30p.m on the fateful day.  “Due to an early afternoon rainfall many of the businesses in the area had packed for home leaving the decedent and few others, scattered about.   “When the party arrived the witness informed the victim that he wanted to change U$20, the money he did not even have on him, then all of a sudden the witness began to tremble, and began to vomit, after he had inserted his fingers into his own mouth.  “Afraid of the Ebola vomiting syndrome, the victim jumped up running and it was then that the witness and his party broke into the booth and they were making away with the money when the victim realized what was going on and chased after them.  “The victim was struck over the head and stabbed at least three times on his chest but in the melee, he struck the witness right hand with a club nearby.”  “What a dangerous way to steal money,” the retired officer said. “How did your client come to be part in the whole episode?”   The lawyer, smiling said, “That was the clever part.  “Two weeks after the incident, police intensified their investigations and someone somehow hinted them that the witness could be questioned.  “The reason was that he had, before the robbery, sort the help of a couple of people who refused to participate in his deal, so the day after the police talked to him, he visited my client, and explained a phony story about his sister sending him money from the United States.  “He had done that with a promise to offer my client U$5,000.00 but it was only when the death of the victim was announced that my client saw how dangerously close he had come to become part of such a dangerous plot.”  Janet said, “That was too dangerous.”  Smiling, Sami said, “It was foolish of me to have agreed to help him but I am thankful to God first and to Counselor Doe my innocence is proving.  “I never thought that some friends can be so dangerous, but now that I know it gives me a sense of preparedness to be more wary of such people in the future.”  The group burst out laughing, as Sami stood up and grabbed Counselor Doe’s hand and pumped it repeatedly. The evening weather felt cold and pleasant. A few scattered white tufts of cloud wandered across the blue sky.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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