New Ballast Water Initiative for Ships Calling Saudi Aramco Ports, Terminals

first_imgStarting from August 16, 2017, all ships from international waters will be required to provide a ballast water sample and report when calling at Saudi Aramco ports and terminals, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) informed.As explained, the aim of this initiative is to ensure all ships comply with Ballast Water Management Convention requirements, which has been ratified by Saudi Arabia and will become internationally enforced on September 8, 2017.Ships arriving from international waters outside of ROPME or PERSGA sea areas should provide a printed version of their ballast water sample report to Saudi Aramco Environmental Protection Department (EPD).Indicative sampling must be conducted on board and upon arrival at any Saudi Aramco port or terminal or during de-ballasting discharge following BW G2 guidelines, according to ISS.The report should be submitted with a completed version of the latest Saudi Aramco Ballast Water Sampling Form.last_img read more

New CEO Takes the Helm at Hyundai Merchant

first_imgSouth Korean shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) appointed Jae-hoon Bae as its new President & CEO on March 27, 2019.Bae’s appointment was approved by the Board of Directors, followed by the 43rd regular shareholders meeting of the company, held in Seoul.On March 7, the CEO recommendation committee led by Korea Development Bank, selected Bae as the final candidate for the next HMM CEO following a comprehensive candidate examination.“Mr. Bae, an expert in logistics who successfully served as CEO of Pantos Logistics for six years, is favored because of his broad understanding and capabilities in terms of sales negotiation, global management, and organizational management,” HMM official said.Bae is expected to focus on a customer’s view on handling HMM’s current issues in order to lead managerial innovation and strengthen its sales competitiveness.last_img read more

COVID-19: NFSC commends FG’s intervention

first_img President Mohammadu Buhari in a nationwide broadcast last Sunday announced a two weeks lockdown of Abuja and Lagos as part of efforts to fight the Coronavirus pandemic that is presently ravaging the World. Loading… In a statement by the club signed by the President General  Dr Rafiu OLadipo and the Public Relations Officer, Hafeez Balogun, the club stated that the decisions are for the best interest of the country as it’s better to stay alive at home than to end up in the grave just as they commended all the state Governors for following the President’s example in fighting the scourge. The statement further praised the Minister of Health. Dr. Osagie Ehanire and the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 headed by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha for their efforts in checking the spread of the deadly virus as well as the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare for suspending all sporting activities; saying that sports will bounce back after COVID-19 is eradicated. Read Also:NFSC disowns Authentic Supporters Club The club advised Nigerians to maintain personal hygiene, maintain social distancing, wash their hands with soap and running water and use sanitizers. it reminded Nigerians that the World is in trying period now but with total commitment and God on our side we shall overcome.‘As God bless Nigeria” they concluded. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Nigeria Football Supporters Club has lauded the steps taken by the Federal Government to fight the spread of Coronavirus in the country.last_img read more

Wenger: Gunners’ brittle confidence on the mend

first_img Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla both scored twice as the Gunners chalked up a second 4-1 victory in the space of five days to close back up on the top four of the Barclays Premier League. There were few signs of the recent discontent from Arsenal fans as chants of “There is only one Arsene Wenger” were heard during the closing stages and the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium turned full of hope again heading into the hectic Christmas schedule. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it will take a couple more performances like the ones which dismantled Galatasaray and Newcastle before his side will be back to full confidence. Arsenal remain in sixth place, but are now level on points with Southampton and two behind West Ham, who they play at Upton Park on December 28. Despite the positive mood, in stark contrast to that of last weekend when the 65-year-old was subjected to a volley of verbal abuse as he boarded the train back to London after the 3-2 defeat at Stoke, Wenger knows you are only as good as your next result. “In the last six games we have won five, (but) we need a few more wins to completely lift the confidence,” said Wenger, who confirmed he expected midfielder Aaron Ramsey to be sidelined for ‘a few weeks’ with a hamstring injury. “You could see at some stage we were a bit edgy when it was 3-1 and the crowd as well felt the ghost of Anderlecht here a little bit, so we need a few more games.” Wenger has faced down the critics this season, with some fans making banners calling for an end to his 18-season reign. The Gunners boss will, though, continue to take the bad with the good. “On one side, we benefit from it because our supporters become extremely popular. On the other side, the negative is that everybody talks about it and has opinions that are maybe a little bit more difficult to live with when it doesn’t go well,” he said. Unlike at Stoke where they had trailed inside 19 seconds, Arsenal started strongly against Newcastle, and went in front through a powerful header from Giroud on 15 minutes. After Danny Welbeck had seen a goal ruled out for what looked a harsh foul, Cazorla doubled the lead with a neat finish at the start of the second half. Giroud soon made it 3-0, clipping the ball in at the near post, only for a diving header from Ayoze Perez to briefly threaten a Newcastle revival before Spaniard Cazorla added a late fourth with ‘panenka’ penalty, on his 30th birthday. Cazorla said: “The team had good experience and we had the right spirit. We need to play every game like we did. “Now we have to prepare well for a big game against Liverpool and enjoy Christmas with the team.” Newcastle had beaten Chelsea last weekend to inflict a first defeat on the Premier League leaders. Alan Pardew’s side, though, were unable to reproduce that performance, missing influential midfielder Moussa Sissoko and defender Steven Taylor through suspension, against an Arsenal side which was depleted by injury. Newcastle take on Tottenham in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, but will be without Daryl Janmaat after the Dutch defender’s late booking at the Emirates Stadium, and they then host north-east rivals Sunderland. Pardew said: “We have got a big week in front of us, and Saturday’s results have certainly gone in our favour. “We are still in a great position in the league, so we have to wipe our nose with this one and move on. “We have a massive cup tie now and then if we can just get through this (Christmas) period now with another seven, eight or maybe nine points, then we are going to be in a great position and that is what we have to focus on.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Forde streamlining plans as FIFA set to release COVID-19 financial support to Guyana

first_img….GFF could receive more than US$500,000 in financial aidWayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation, has praised the sport’s global governing body COVID-19 support efforts.FIFA will release all operational funding due to member associations for the years 2019 and 2020 in the, as the first step of a relief plan to assist the football community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.This measure will mean that a total of around USD 150 million will be distributed among the 211 national football governing bodies around the world.Concretely, this means that the GFF will receive no fewer than US$500,000 as well as any remaining entitlement for 2019 and 2020.According to Forde, during his praises for the Gianni Infantino-led International body initiative, the GFF had their senior men’s programme preparation for the Gold Cup playoffs squash, while the start of their Elite League was put on hold and as such, “there are financial implications to running there events and also there’s financial implication for the postponement of these events, given the amount of planning that would’ve gone into planning some of the programmes.”Forde said FIFA’s support “will be key to primarily any potential loss to revenue but also any opportunity for sponsorship that may now have dissipated due to the difficulty corporate Guyana is experiencing at this time.”Looking ahead, Forde revealed that the GFF was already “working through different scenarios and plans that will allow us to mobilize the football fraternity as rapidly as possible, once the green light is provided by the Ministry of Public Health and also the posture of the International health authorities.”Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino had stated that the pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for the entire football community and, as the world governing body, it is FIFA’s duty to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.“This starts by providing immediate financial assistance to our member associations, many of which are experiencing severe financial distress. This is the first step of a far-reaching financial relief plan we are developing to respond to the emergency across the whole football community. Together with our stakeholders, we are we assessing the losses and we are working on the most appropriate and effective tools to implement the other stages of this relief plan,” Infantino said.As part of the measure, all remaining entitlements of member associations to operational costs under the Forward 2.0 Programme will be released in full for the years 2019 and 2020.In particular, the release of the second installment of operational costs for 2020, which was originally due in July, will be paid immediately.Under normal circumstances, FIFA’s member associations would have only received the full amount of the contribution upon fulfillment of specific criteria. Instead, FIFA is now transferring this amount as an active support to help safeguard football across all member associations.This immediate financial assistance should be used to mitigate the financial impact of COVID-19 on football in member associations, namely to meet financial or operational obligations that they may have towards staff and other third parties.FIFA stated that the standard obligations and responsibilities in relation to the use of these funds as outlined in the Forward 2.0 Regulations remain fully applicable and will be subject to the standard audit and reporting process.This financial relief plan is possible thanks to the strong financial position that FIFA has been able to consolidate over the past four years. The next stages of the plan are currently being finalised and will be communicated in due course.last_img read more

Feature: The Black Stars Management Committee chairman position,my take

first_imgOne down, one more to go must be the wish by a many a critic of FA president Kwesi Nyantekyi as calls for his resignation as President of the Ghana Football Association grows loudest.Word coming through from the corridors of the football controlling body is that The FA Capo is set to cede off his position as Chairman of the Black Stars Management Committee on the back of the poor administrative showing in Brazil. Smart decision? It is amazing how the backlash seems to be growing by the day several months after the Mundial. Even the Brazilians have moved on. Ghanafo kasa haba.Anyways, Mr Nyantekyi did tell the world about impending changes in the various management teams not necessarily due to the Stars World Cup debacle but a case of strong and effective management. Change has always been inevitable anyway but do we just have to change for change sake? Any corporate entity may not necessarily make changes to deal with ineffective leaders at the helm of affairs. It could be a structural issue. The reasons for these decisions by the FA to shuffle the pack may be due to these reasons or otherwise. Would this decision turn out to be a smart move and what are the options if indeed the Laywer Nyantekyi decides to cede the management of the Stars to another team member who would report to him anyways?I was privileged to be on the Asempa Sports Show a couple of years ago(after South Africa 2010 I reckon) where the argument was raised on whether The FA boss should be the one managing the side as it pertained in other jurisdictions. The Argentine, Spanish, Paraguayan and Japanese examples were sighted at the time. The argument in favour was that very powerful people do run the sport and that kind of influence could positively impact on the nation’s clout and performance. (I did not see a research to back that though). It may have made some sense as then Argentine FA boss Julio Grondona, Paraguayan Nicolas Leoz and Spaniard Angel Villar served on the powerful FIFA Executive Committee. How influential they may have been over the years for their nation is difficult to tell but human as we all are, their positions may have influenced “some things” as we say here in Ghana. Is that what may have pushed Chairman Nyantekyi to “take” over the reign’s from Chairman Pappoe? You never know but years into this position as the main man, you would ideally want to see a certain level of progress. The only means of measurement of one’s progress is purely by performance. He supervised two successive semi-final CAN appearances and a world Cup first Round exit. And who says that is poor in itself? But juxtapose that with Messrs Pappoe who did a CAN Final in 2010(Angola) and a World Cup quarter final and you needn’t need to be told who did do more.Now back to my point raised earlier concerning Chairman Nyantekyi’s possible decision to step down as the Management Committee Chairman and who the mantle might likely fall on. The chance of that position being taken up by someone who is not with the football people is as remote as using Paracetamol to kill Ebola. Forget. That would not happen. The question then is what should be factored into determining who assumes the position as the next Chairman?The immediate group of football people who would come to my mind is his current Committee members comprising Politician Opanyin Yaw Boateng Gyan and millionaire businessmen Kwame Ofosu Bamfo, Moses Armah, Felix Ansong and Emmanuel Kyeremeh. I am not too sure which of these guys would be interested in this position. With soo much on their hands, they may just not make the time. Opanyin Gyan is in a battle to retain his position as National Organizer of the ruling National Democratic Congress by the end of this year and with national elections not too far away, he is not a possible bet either. That would take me to the Emergency committee who run the day to day affairs of the sport comprising Messrs George Afriyie, Felix Ansong, Kyeremeh and current FA Vice Chair Fred Crentsil. Kyeremeh has been out of town with valid reasons I am told for well over a year. Mr Afriyie is the passionate vocalist and defender of his bosses attributes and success story. Fred Crentsil has not really endeared himself to this football mad country as a result of his not too impressive performances as boss of the Queens and the Starlets. Phobian fanatics do not sing his praises that much either during his time as the Chief Executive Officer. Felix Ansong is the quiet and affable type but would these attributes do the job at such a difficult time for the FA? In my humble opinion, the FA needs a warrior not a queen. Beyond this group of gentleman is the larger executive committee of the FA. That draws in the likes of Lawyer Kweku Eyiah, Wilfred Osei Kwaku(Palmer), Fred Pappoe, Randy Abbey and co together with the Regional bosses and the sweet Madam Leanier Addy. Don’t get your mind racing please. The regional bosses are as good as where they are. No more than that. Eyiah, fine gentleman from Mfantsipim and an astute lawyer he is. The complexities of this position would mean that for someone who is relatively new on the scene from a managerial perspective (gather he is the brain behind almost all the female national teams) this may be a bit too early. I am not in any way saying he can cut it. I have truck loads of respect for him and I think he would do a fine job if he is considered but knowing who he is and his principles, he would want to be his own man there.With several interest groups in there, he would not want to fall victim to any machinations. That leaves Messrs Randy, George and Pappoe in the mix.Only a visitor from Kolsomoskaya who may not have any access to the internet and is also not likely to know a jack about Ghana Football would front for Mr Abbey. From what I gather, he is being fingered for all Kwesi’s Nyantekyi’s “problems”. I do not know why these allegations are being made against my senior from The Accra Academy but it’s a long shot to be honest. What I do know is that the man I revere and call senior is said to be very powerful as a friend to the first family (that is what people say oooo) and with this clout everything could be possible. What I do not know of is whether he is interested in the position or the bigger picture. Don’t pretend to not know what I am referring to.Then there is Pappoe. The dade man. The grandson of a fisherman. A combination of a tough and affable character. A good mix of both. Looks like Presec and KNUST may have done the trick. He is passionate about what he does. A solid career administrator and an experienced football person. Two finals (CAN & CHAN) and a world cup quarter final is a massive achievement for anyone. A proven deliverer, why on earth would he not deliver when given a second chance?Millionaire businessman George Afriyie is your definition of loyalty. He would back his bosses with all he earned in his 17-year sojourn of “the land of the rising sun’. You only have to follow the various football discussions and you would appreciate him the more. Brain behind Gamba All Blacks, Silver and Bronze winning chairman with the Black Satellites from Algeria and Turkey in 2013 and he is not far from an achiever. Solid man management from what I saw of him in Turkey after the side lost their first two games and were on the verge of elimination. He still believed that the team would end up in the top three. That is the man. His critics though accuse him of being overly loyal to his boss which they claim clouds his judgement on several issues.Could go to any of the last two but whoever gets it would have an uphill task of wining over the hearts and minds of the nation. How an AFCON win in President Obiang’s Equatorial Guinea would make him the toast of all and sundry.last_img read more

You can call on them for stories about Vin Scully

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the baseball broadcast booth, and shared many more life experiences outside it.These are some of their stories, as a week-long tribute to Scully begins at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games:• Ross Porter, Dodgers play-by-play man from 1977 to 2004:“If it had not been for Vin, I would not have had the opportunity to broadcast games for the Dodgers. There were 200 applicants for the job to become the team’s third announcer (with Scully and Jerry Doggett) and Vin recommended me (at the time, Porter was the sports anchor at KNBC Channel 4). “We never had a cross word between us in 28 years, and he always showed me total respect. We still talk on the phone regularly and share e-mails.“Everyone knows what a superb broadcaster he is, but it is also meaningful to me that I have never seen Vin rude to anyone, whether he was asked for an autograph, a photo with a fan or presented a question – some at inappropriate times. He has been a total gentleman.“So popular, he was once asked to run for governor of California by the head of one of the political parties in the state. Vin thanked the man for the courtesy of the invitation but declined, and did not admit he belonged to the other party.“Vin helped raise money for charities and non-profit organizations, always anonymously. He agreed to let a Los Angeles hospital honor him at a fundraising dinner to build a neonatal unit after a devastating earthquake. The event raised $1.5 million.“Vin has assisted my family’s non-profit numerous times. He has always been extremely humble and grateful to God for his broadcasting opportunities. He takes great pride in his marriage to Sandi of over 40 years, and his family, including 16 grandchildren.center_img “We have all been blessed to have Vin Scully as part of our lives.”• Charley Steiner, Dodgers play-by-play man from 2005 to the present:“It was probably 1998 or ’99, when I was doing baseball play-by-play for ESPN – one TV game on Wednesday nights and another for radio on Sundays. I was at the old Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego one night. I knew Vin in passing, but here we were at the same table having a bite to eat before this game, and I was telling him: I had no idea what kind of grind this was – two games a week, flying in from the East Coast, flying back, then flying out again for Sunday’s games, then doing the All Star Game and World Series … I’m not complaining, but it’s knocking me out.“So there’s Vin, Mt. Olympus eating a cheeseburger, and he says: ‘I have an idea for you. Find yourself a good home-town team and in a good home town and it’ll be a wonderful life and lifestyle.’“Well, easy for him to say, I thought.“And I’ll be damned if seven years later, a home town found me to do their games, who happen to be the team I rooted for growing up in Brooklyn, and with the guy calling games whom I already admired so much. I took his advice. It’s the God’s honest truth. Vin just sat back as avuncular as one could be, and I guess you could say I followed him to freedom.“And what we’ve been watching this year is someone landing a luxury jet liner perfectly on the runway. It bespeaks the grace and dignity he’s maintained over his career. He’s doing it the right way.“There had been the discussion about whether he would call games on radio in the post-season and he would tell us (me and Rick Monday) that he didn’t want to infringe on our jobs. Heck, we told him we wanted him to do it. He has earned the right to do whatever he wants. Please, I said to him, I want to listen to you do it. He’s been doing games for as long as I have been on Earth – I’ve always known how many years he’s been with the Dodgers because he started when I was born.“I remember as well when I first started in L.A. and there were people who were saying that I would be the one who replaced Vin. That’s irrelevant. I never wanted it, I love doing radio and all I ever wanted to do as a kid was be a Dodgers announcer. There is no better way than to be in his shadow. Besides, nobody replaces him. As I was telling Joe Davis (the latest broadcasting hiring), just think of this as joining a very exclusive club. First came Red Barber, then Vin and Jerry Doggett, Don Drysdale, Rick Monday … and you’re the next one in a very long but also very short line. It’s part of a wonderful club.“And now I get to have dinner with Vin each night at home games. I don’t want to share too much, but basically it’s just three chums (with Monday) sitting down and talking about traffic, the news may be on the TV, last night’s game, the upcoming game … it’s not like we have any agenda. But now I’m in the front row watching this ‘Going Away Tour’ happen, and he’s the only man on Earth where the going-away tour comes to him. One night the security guard knocks on the door and says, ‘Mr. Machado and Mr. Schoop are here to see you.’ It’s Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, 24-year-old and a 26-year old (players from the Baltimore Orioles). They just wanted to say hello and take a picture. Two charming young men, so nice and respectful who knew who Vin was and … it was such a sweet moment.“It’s fascinating to see the adulation on a daily basis and how he deals with it – again, he’s a model example of how one should handle whatever this is. It’s been a wonderful sentimental journey for me personally, really lovely … and I am welling up just talking about it. It’s a very emotional thing. It’s bittersweet, because it tugs at the heart, but there’s no place I’d rather be right now for this. I am very, very lucky.”• Dick Enberg, the retiring San Diego Padres play-by-play man and former voice of the Angels, whom Scully called to congratulate by cellphone during the press conference for Enberg’s Baseball Hall of Fame announcement in 2014:“My favorite call of his has always been the tribute to Roy Campanella at the Coliseum (a Dodgers-Yankees exhibition game on May 7, 1959, as a fundraiser for the Dodgers catchers immobile from a car accident). There was the classic line as about how ‘the lights are starting to come out like thousands and thousands of fireflies’“As he did so often, Vin’s words painted the scene with all the right hues and tones, another Scully masterpiece to be shared by all.“As a colleague, I marvel at Vin’s exhausting preparation and impeccable presentation, producing a story teller non-pareil.“He has been a dear friend of anyone and everyone with an affection for the game of baseball and has been an inspiration for all broadcasters to attempt to reach his level of excellence.“His home run call, ‘She is gone,’ highlighted many a game. Shortly, ‘he’s gone,’ and our connection with the game won’t be nearly as rich and that makes me very sad.”Online: More reflections on Scully from members of the Dodgers’ organization who have worked with him in a media capacity will post through Oct. 2 at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthlast_img read more

Sale of Tickets for the Match BiH-Cyprus starts today

first_imgQualifying match for the FIFA World Championship 2018 between BiH and Cyprus, which will be played at the Bilino Polje stadium in Zenica on October 10, starting from 8:45 pm, has already evoked great interest among fans, especially after the amazing victory against Estonia.Considering the importance and competitive significance of the match with Cyprus, the Football Federation of BiH launched the organizational preparations timely, especially regarding ticket sale and distribution, stated the FF of BiH.Given the capacity of the stadium in Zenica and the necessary security measures, 10.600 tickets were printed – 5.650 for the west stand, 1.250 for the east stand, 1.750 for the north stand and 1.950 for the south stand.Prices will be identical as for the previous qualifying match: 40 BAM for west stand, 30 BAM for east stand, and 20 BAM for north and south stands.Ticket sale started today at 9 am in all branch offices of the authorized partner organization, Centrotrans.(Source: klix.ba/photo: ba.n1info.com)last_img read more

Yorkshire and Gloucestershire pull away

first_img14 Sep 2016 Yorkshire and Gloucestershire pull away Yorkshire and Gloucestershire pulled away from the field today after both won their third day matches in hot sunshine at English Women’s County Finals at Waterlooville Golf Club, Hampshire.The Northern champions scored their third straight win, beating Buckinghamshire 7-2 and have amassed 6pts in the championship race. Gloucestershire are chasing them hard and after beating Surrey today, also by 7-2, have 5pts from two wins and a draw.In the day’s other match Norfolk and Staffordshire halved. They both have 2pt, as do Surrey, while Buckinghamshire have one.Yorkshire won two foursomes and five singles and their play today was notable for a string of big wins. Afterwards the team revealed their secret. It’s chocolate!Each day the biggest win, morning and afternoon, is rewarded with a bar of chocolate and competition within the team is intense. So far Alison Knowles is leading the sweet stakes with four bars. She and Olivia Winning have picked up three from their foursomes wins – scoring 7/6, 6/4 and 5/4 – and this afternoon she collected a fourth from her 7/6 singles win.Hannah Holden and Rochelle Morris have also claimed their rewards, while county champion Megan Garland (image © Leaderboard Photography) is pushing hard for a bar.Team captain Dawn Clegg confirmed: “Chocolate is the incentive and it works extremely well!”She went on: “They have been tremendous today, focussed and very intent on the job in hand. They are just amazing.”Gloucestershire’s captain Andra Knight was equally pleased with her team’s performance which keeps them right in the hunt. “We were absolutely delighted,” she said. “To win is great but to win 7-2 is a fantastic result. It was wonderful to watch such excellent golf, particularly from Alex Giles who played a very tough opponent.”Gloucestershire won all three foursomes games and their international player, Bethan Popel, quickly added her singles point with a 5/3 win. Giles followed up with a gritty win on the 18th secure the team’s victory.“I had no idea that I would win the match but it’s pretty cool to have got the point for everyone,” she said. Further wins by Becky Gibbs and Ebonie Lewis extended the scoreline.Norfolk and Staffordshire repeated their result of yesterday with another halved match – with a definite touch of déjà vu as Debbie Warren again decided the overall result for her team.Staffordshire held the early advantage after winning the foursomes 2-1, but Norfolk were hot off the blocks in the afternoon. Amelia Williamson and Ellie Brown won the first two games 5/4, Tracey Williamson added her point on the 16th and Amy Taylor won the last to halve her game.But once again, Norfolk were thwarted in their efforts for an overall win. Staffordshire’s Morgan Thomas stopped a fightback from her opponent to win 2/1, then, and in the decider, Debbie Warren won the 16th, 17th and 18th to finish two-up.“It was almost exactly the same finish as yesterday, I was one down with three to play both days. Those last few holes are quite tight and it’s easy to have a shot leak away into the trees and that’s kind of what happened to my opponents.”Staffordshire captain Julia Gaunt added: “A half is a good result, it’s not a loss and we’ll take it.”For Norfolk captain Tracey Williamson it was a case of: “Nearly but not quite. It was looking promising at one time and it’s a little bit disappointing when you think it’s all going to come together, but that’s golf.”Tomorrow Buckinghamshire play Surrey, Gloucestershire play Staffordshire; and Yorkshire play Norfolk.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Pimsiri Sirikaew wins 1st medal for Thailand’s Olympics team

first_imgLONDON, July 31 —  Thailand’s Pimsiri Sirikaew has won a silver medal in the women’s weightlifting 58kg division on Monday, the first medal for Thailand’s Olympic team in the London 2012 Olympic Games. Ms Pimsiri,22, achieved her second place silver medal with total of 236kg, comprising 100kg in the snatch lift and 136kg in the clean and jerk, 10kg behind China’s Li Xueying who snatched an Olympic record of 108kg and jerked up 138kg for an Olympic record total of 246kg. Yuliya Kalina of Ukraine placed third with 235kg.Another Thai woman, Rattikan Gulnoi, missed the bronze but ranked fourth place with 100kg in the snatch and 134kg clean and jerk, totalling 234kg.Two Thai women weightlifters were earlier unable to win medals in the women’s 48-kilogramme event on Saturday after Sirivimon Pramongkhol finished only in fourth place.Meanwhile Panida Khamsri, a medal favourite, bombed out after three failed snatch attempts at 81kg.last_img read more