EGCSA: 983 Ships Opt for Scrubbers

first_imgThere were 983 ships with exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubber) installed or on order as of May 31, 2018, Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems Association (EGCSA) said, citing figures from a survey of its members.The pickup in interest in installation of scrubbers is being reported as ship owners ready for the implementation of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap.Major industry players such as Frontline, DHT, Star Bulk and Spliethoff have opted for scrubbers and rumors have emerged that one of the top tier players from the container shipping sector has jumped on the bandwagon as well, the association said.“EGCSA believes that although there has been a surge in demand, yard capacity is not an issue going forward, however other constraints such as the availability of laser scanning specialists and experienced installation teams mean that it may not be possible to pick and choose an installation slot nor coincide a scrubber installation with an already scheduled drydock in the near future,” EGCSA added.The association members are still taking orders with several now taking options through to 2023 to enable ship-owners to secure a position on the installation timetable.Back in 2015, RORO and ferry operators became the first adopters of the technology followed by the cruise industry. Now bulk carriers have taken over as top adopters of exhaust gas cleaning systems, with containerships and tankers following suit. In each of these sectors retrofit open loop installations predominate, according to EGCSA.The survey shows that 63% of all ships have either been or will be retrofitted with scrubbers, while 37% are new building installations. 988 of the 1561 individual scrubber towers installed or on order are for open loop scrubbing; confirming it as the most popular exhaust gas cleaning system.As explained, open loop scrubbers are much more simple to install and favored by ship crews.“While closed loop and hybrid systems are available for enclosed bodies of water with little water exchange or where discharges are restricted by local regulation, ECGSA suggests the alternative of switching to low sulphur fuel for the port stay where open loop operation is not possible. The cost impact is likely to be limited as over 90% of fuel consumption is during full away at sea, which is where the financial benefits really accrue,” the association concluded.last_img read more

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Evergreen orders 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry

first_imgTaiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp. has ordered 1,800 Star Cool reefers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI) for its growing reefer operations. Prior to placing the order, Evergreen spent most of 2019 running live trials across their global network involving all relevant reefer machines. Scheduled for delivery during the 2nd quarter of 2020, reefer containers Star Cool Integrated combine the refrigerated MCI Box and the Star Cool refrigeration machine, featuring innovative technologies such as the controlled atmosphere. Maersk Container Industry said that the results of these extensive tests confirmed that Star Cool achieved the lowest energy consumption of all brands, the fastest temperature pulldown, and seamless customer service.center_img Star Cool CA enables careful monitoring and control of the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide inside a reefer, enabling perishable produce to be transported further and over a longer time period. “Evergreen has spent over 50 years building a comprehensive shipping network that meets the needs of our customers, and which has help us achieve the scale of business we have today. When we began the process of selecting a new brand for our reefer fleet, we were looking for the ability to offer our customers the most reliable service as well as the documented lowest carbon footprint, which made Star Cool a clear choice,” the company commented.last_img read more

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Pharmac bid to fund medical cannabis shut down by clinical advisors

first_imgNZ Doctor 16 November 2015Pharmac’s bid to fund a cannabis medication for multiple sclerosis has been declined by its advisory committee, in part because it says the risk of inappropriate use is too high.Pharmac has been seeking clinical advice from its Pharmacology Therapeutics Advisory Committee on funding oromucosal spray Sativex. The spray is a cannabis-extract treatment used for various indications, including spasticity due to multiple sclerosis.Sativex is currently the only approved cannabinoid treatment in New Zealand, but because it is unsubsidised, it costs patients around $1000 a month.Risk of diversion in the New Zealand settingBut the committee has recommended Pharmac declines national funding of Sativex for a number of conditions, including: spasticity due to multiple sclerosis, pain, and refractory epilepsy (epilepsy with prolonged seizures), according to the just-released minutes of its 13 to 14 August meeting.“The committee considered that the risk of diversion in the New Zealand setting, should Sativex be funded, is high due to the inherent nature of its active substances and the ease of administration.”Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The dosing required will also vary between patients because of the variability in how the drug interacts in different people, for example how it is absorbed and distributed through the body, the committee says.The recommended dose is 12 sprays per day.No or limited effectIn its assessment, the committee reviewed a number of trials and studies on the use of cannabis extract for spasticity and noted either no, or limited, effect on these indications.One study required participants to take a maximum of 48 sprays a day – four times the usual recommended dose.“Overall, the committee considered that there was some evidence to support the use of Sativex for spasticity due to multiple sclerosis compared with placebo, but that the strength of this evidence was weak and the quality was poor.”The committee also believes there are already a number of funded treatments available for both spasticity and pain.http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2015/november-2015/16/pharmac-bid-to-fund-medical-cannabis-shut-down-by-clinical-advisors.aspxlast_img read more

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‘Airbnbrothel’ set up in suburban Dunedin home

first_imgOtago Daily Times 20 September 2019Family First Comment: But it’s legal – so it must be alright then?No, of course not!A sleepy North East Valley street became a seedy hotbed, Airbnb guests allegedly turning a man’s home into a busy brothel for two weeks.The Dunedin property owner and sole occupant, who requested anonymity, said he was on holiday in Asia for a month in July and August.His daughter helped him rent his home on Airbnb to two women, who were Chinese nationals, for 14 days.When he arrived back it “felt icky and stank of cheap perfumes”, a stock of 50 toilet rolls was gone and a few towels were missing.The owner earned $1770 from the guests, but a graph of his power usage shows it quadrupled in August, costing him more than $600 for the month. He also spent hundreds of dollars on cleaning and plumbing costs.The guests were not there long before the hot-water system broke.They contacted the owner’s daughter saying they were unable to have showers and she called a plumber.The plumber, who also did not want to be named, said it was “amazing” how they transformed it into a centre for sex services.“These girls had come down from Queenstown, travelling the country.“It was very obvious what was going on.”The women ran four phones, had a room each and operated through the night.One was in her 40s and the other was “lucky to be in her 20s”.READ MORE: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/airbnbrothel-set-suburban-dunedin-homeKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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St. Nicholas 7th Grade Volleyball Team-Undefeated Season!

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th Graders made St. Nicholas school history on Monday, October 6 by finishing the season at 15-0.The school’s Volleyball program began in 2001; this is the 1st time any of their volleyball teams have managed to go undefeated. It truly is a huge accomplishment considering the size of the school, and the fact that they also played with 3 sixth graders.The 7th grade defeated Brookville Middle School on Oct. 6 in 2 sets with scores of 25-11 and 25-19.The 8th graders also came out on top with scores of 25-11 and 25-21.  The 8th grade team finished the season with a fantastic record of 14-4!Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg with pic from Gena Stonefield.last_img read more

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Toure – Pain will make us stronger

first_img Press Association Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes the pain of missing out on a first league title for 24 years will make the Reds players stronger and give them a better chance of ending their drought next season. Toure, who has had to watch from the sidelines for most of the second half of the campaign after making a promising start to his Liverpool career, believes the experience gained this season will be of benefit in the long run. “I think we did everything we could and at the end City won it,” he said. “The most important thing was that we have been fighting until the end. “We will learn from the mistakes we made and next year we will be better. “Nobody expected us to be where we are but we lacked a little bit of experience and that is why I think we will gain experience. “We will gain experience by making those mistakes and losing the title like we did. “I am sure that will give us the strength to better next year.” Asked what the difference between Liverpool and City was in the end Toure added: “Experience. They had won the Premier League already and for us at the crucial time we made a few bad decisions which is part of the game. Having had destiny in their own hands with three matches to go after winning 11 games in a row the Reds dropped four points to hand the initiative to Manchester City, who duly completed a second championship in three seasons on the final day.. A second-placed finish can still be considered a success, however, as it secured Liverpool Champions League football for the first time since 2010. “This is football. You need to have bad times to have good times after and you learn from the bad times and you can improve when you get to the situation where you need to make a better decision. “What we showed to everyone is that we have the quality to fight for the league.” Playing in the Champions League next season will mean repeating the feat is all the more difficult even with an improved squad. Those European commitments may mean there is still a future for Toure, for whom the majority of his 15 league starts came before Christmas. “It is going to be tough for sure but this team have got experience now for what happened this season and I think that the manager knows what he needs to do,” added Toure, who is hoping to go to this summer’s World Cup with Ivory Coast. “If I have the chance to stay, for sure. For me I just enjoy my time every time I play and I am a leader and I like to play a lot and I like to help the team when I am on the pitch. “I will speak to the manager and we will see what will happen “I have the experience for sure and I love the Champions League, definitely. “I think with the quality we have got we can go very far but the combination of the league and the Champions League is very tough and that is when you need to manage a team very well. “You need to be all very focused and every game will be very tough because you need energy in every game and you need to be strong. “This is a great group of players because it has young players and experience and everyone fights for an unbelievable captain (Steven Gerrard).” last_img read more

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Plenty of work to be done – Rodgers

first_img The Reds boss has admitted, however, in the aftermath of the club’s worst defeat for 52 years the decision is out of his hands. A target of Champions League qualification was set by FSG for Rodgers this season and he has missed that by eight points and reaching two cup semi-finals will not have lessened the impact of that. Club icon Kenny Dalglish won the League Cup and lost in the final of the FA Cup in 2012 but an eighth-placed finish saw him summoned to Boston to meet American-based principal owner John W Henry just days after the final league match and was subsequently sacked. Rodgers has finished seventh and now sixth either side of a Luis Suarez-inspired second place 12 months ago and has spent over £200million in the process. Taking a long-term view FSG have to weigh up whether they trust the 42-year-old further with their funds and the pressure is greater on Rodgers due to the fact Jurgen Klopp, who has a proven record in achieving success on a budget while also selling his best players, is available after leaving Borussia Dortmund. Whether the German would fancy the rebuilding job at Anfield when there are other more attractive options available is another question but the owners would not be doing their job properly if they had not even considered the prospect. Rodgers, however, remains adamant that he wants to stay and fight on. “My pride makes me want to be in this job. I love the job, I love the club,” he said. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits there is a lot of work to be done over the summer but questions remain over whether he will be the one to oversee it. “This season has been a tough season, in particular towards the end. We’ve come up short. “I understand that we need to be better than we have been in recent weeks. “We’ve finished the season in sixth, it’s where we deserve to finish, and we have to start the climb today to get back on [track]. “Our job is now to go away and reflect on this season. There’s an awful lot of work to do, and the job is to go and fix that, and make sure we come back with the motivation greater than ever to push on next season. “There are areas that we will address in the summer that will hopefully help us to be more competitive, more consistent, and to be up there from the beginning of the season. “And we as a club will work very hard to make that happen.” With only Europa League football – which could begin on July 30 if Aston Villa win the FA Cup final – to offer Rodgers may struggle to recruit the players he wants. Last season he lost out to Arsenal for top target Alexis Sanchez and that was with a place in the Champions League. With captain Steven Gerrard leaving for Los Angeles Galaxy and Daniel Sturridge’s fitness issues still to be convincingly resolved the team looks light on real quality. However, defender Kolo Toure, who looks set to extend his expiring contract this summer, believes the club can still attract top talent. “Steven Gerrard going is a big change already. Do you think we can replace Steven Gerrard?” he said. “It is impossible to replace a player like him but I don’t think it will be difficult to bring in new players. “Liverpool is a great club and any player would want to play for them. It is up to the club to see what the effect is going to be.” The Northern Irishman will sit down with Mike Gordon, owners Fenway Sports Group’s key man at Anfield, for a “robust and thorough” end-of-season review this week. Last week club sources insisted Rodgers’ future was not a topic scheduled to be up for discussion and even after the 6-1 mauling at Stoke on Sunday, capping a run of eight points from their final nine matches of the season, Press Association Sport understands that the agenda has not changed. Press Associationlast_img read more

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NCAA May Allow Student-Athletes to Profit from their Name and Likeness

first_imgCha-ching!  The NCAA is considering allowing student-athletes to profit off their own name and likeness just like the pros.Up until now all the money went to the schools, NCAA and sports apparel companies.Likeness rights have been a divisive topic for NCAA programs for several years.The organization announced Tuesday the formation of the NCAA Board of Governors Federal and State Legislation Working Group.Players are also not allowed to make money by appearing in commercials or signing autographs, causing problems for Johnny Manziel in 2013.Any potential rule changes could allow athletes to make money in a variety of ways, including endorsements or even getting a cut of jersey sales.On the other hand, there will be no moves to create a pay-for-play system.last_img read more

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SWAT team on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Davie

first_imgAuthorities with the SWAT team are currently on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Davie, Florida.The incident occurred at a trailer home park near Griffin Road and Southwest 73rd Avenue.Officials have not released much information about the incident, however, they did confirm that there was an officer involved shooting in the area and that the officer was not injured.There are also other reports that a man may have barricaded himself inside of one of the trailers, however, this report has not been confirmed.Authorities have set up their mobile command center just outside of the trailer.This is a developing story.last_img read more

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New SA cricket boss Smith rules De Kock out of Test captaincy

first_imgJohannesburg (AFP) – Former Test skipper Graeme Smith was on Friday confirmed as South Africa’s director of cricket –- and revealed that Quinton de Kock would not be elevated to the Test captaincy.Jacques Faul, acting chief executive of Cricket South Africa, said Smith had been appointed for a two-year term, expiring at the end of March 2022. Smith was appointed in an acting capacity last December.Smith, 39, captained South Africa in a world record 108 Test matches and in 149 one-day internationals. He also captained a World XI in a one-off Test against Australia in 2005/06.He told a tele-conference that the debate over the Test captaincy was one of the challenges he faced during a period when no cricket can be played because of the coronavirus pandemic.“It’s not going to be Quinton,” he said, citing De Kock’s responsibility as the country’s limited-overs captain as well as being wicketkeeper and a key batsman.“Quinton will be our white-ball captain but from a workload and mental capacity aspect we want to keep him fresh. From personal experience I know that captaining all three formats is challenging and we don’t want to overburden him.”Smith gave no indication of the likely replacement following the decision of Faf du Plessis in February to step down from the job.“There’s no one person you can pinpoint,” he said. “There are a lot of players on a similar level.”South Africa’s next scheduled Test series is in the West Indies in July but Smith said that it had not been finalised due to the COVID-19 outbreak.South Africa are also due to go to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour in June but Smith said both tours could be postponed.“We are in discussion with the boards of those countries and decisions will have to be made pretty soon,” he said.– T20 World Cup the priority –Smith said his immediate priority was the T20 World Cup in Australia in October and November, assuming it happened as planned.He said South Africa hoped to host a Twenty20 series against India in August as part of the build-up to the world event. “There is a lot of doubt about what the situation will be by then but we are in discussions with the Board of Control for Cricket in India,” he said.Faul said he expected more clarity on the status of the T20 World Cup to emerge when the International Cricket Council hosts a video discussion between national chief executives next Thursday.Smith’s temporary appointment last December was at a time of crisis in South African cricket following the suspension of chief executive Thabang Moroe, calls for the board of CSA to resign and in the wake of a poor performance by the national team in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which was followed by a 3-0 thrashing in a Test series in India.One of Smith’s first moves was to appoint former Test wicketkeeper and long-time teammate Mark Boucher as national head coach through to the 2023 World Cup.The team has had mixed results since Boucher’s appointment, losing Test series and Twenty20 series against England and Australia.But they finished the 2019/20 season on a high, beating Australia 3-0 in an ODI series, shortly before cricket was shut down.last_img read more

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