International Netball Federation President Molly Rhone says that preparations are going slowly for the World Youth Cup in Botswana next year, but she is confident that the tournament will go ahead smoothly.Rhone, who is currently back home in Jamaica, said that she visited the country and toured the venues at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, the capital. She found that the facilities at the institutions had undergone changes that her federation had not expected.”The university had a new complex built,” she said.”When I had gone there first and spoke with the university officials, they were going to have a building with two courts. But when we visited, we saw that one end of the gymnasium was now set up for boxing, so it can now hold only one court.”This means they have to now go and make do with a second championship court. You now have to go and retrofit a whole convention centre. So that has added a bit of expense for them but I think the teams are really looking forward to the competition next year.”Botswana will become the first African nation to host an international netball tournament when the competition runs from July 8 to 16 next year. Rhone said that as a result, everyone is looking forward to it.Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse Sebego said recently that the Cook Islands, who hosted the event in 2009, had given her inspiration that they too can put on a successful tournament.”When we put in the bid, we knew that we were punching above our weight. But as a small nation with great ambitions, punching above our weight is our inspiration,” she said.Jamaica’s Under-21 Sunshine Girls have been drawn in Pool C with the hosts, the Cook Islands, Malaysia and Uganda.
1 Javier Hernandez Javier Hernandez has penned an emotional goodbye message to Manchester United after ending his five-year stay at Old Trafford.The Mexican joined Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the transfer window after being deemed surplus to requirements under Louis van Gaal.The Dutch boss shipped the 27-year-old out on loan to Real Madrid last season and made it clear that the diminutive forward would be unlikely to feature this term.Hernandez, who was a fans’ favourite at the Red Devils, completed his £7.3 million switch to the Bundesliga side on Monday and turned to social media to write a touching tribute to his former club.He wrote on Instagram: “I want to thank Sir Alex Ferguson & Jim Lawlor, the club staff, all the players I played with; but specially I want to thank all the Manchester United fans in the UK and all around the world for the incredible support I’ve had this past 4 years and all the best wishes they have for me in my new chapter!!.”
Mr. Holness’ urging came against the background of what he cited as the need to resolve the culture of bureaucracy characterising sections of the public service, and placing greater focus on achieving the targeted outcomes. Story Highlights These, he said, include the seamless processing and approval of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications submitted by business entities. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has charged the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) to utilise all resources at its disposal, including technology, to ensure that it operates efficiently and effectively in dispensing its services. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has charged the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) to utilise all resources at its disposal, including technology, to ensure that it operates efficiently and effectively in dispensing its services.These, he said, include the seamless processing and approval of Special Economic Zone (SEZ) applications submitted by business entities.He was delivering the keynote address during Wednesday’s (July 11) official opening of the JSEZA’s head office on Waterloo Road, St. Andrew.Mr. Holness’ urging came against the background of what he cited as the need to resolve the culture of bureaucracy characterising sections of the public service, and placing greater focus on achieving the targeted outcomes.He contended that far too much time is being spent by some persons in trying to “perfect bureaucracy” rather than securing results.Such bureaucracy, he argued, helps to foster corruption as persons pay for the expedition of services or to override and ignore rules and procedures.Mr. Holness argued that no service being delivered “must take 10 days if it can take one, and every person involved in public service delivery must be committed to that objective in order “for us to realise the true potential of our country, which stares us in the face every day with the great brand and location that we have”.Noting the JSEZA’s small staff, Mr. Holness said this is “deliberate”, because “sometimes we believe we need to have massive organisations in order to deliver (good) service”, while urging thatoperations be carried out efficiently and effectively.The JSEZA, an agency of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, is responsible for developing SEZs, which are pivotal to the Government’s Global Logistics Hub Initiative.The SEZs, which will replace the free zone regime, are a wide range of geographically defined areas that offer simple and efficient business regulations and procedures to investors.The Logistics Hub Initiative aims to position Jamaica as the fourth node in the global supply chain, along with facilities in Singapore; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
zoom Despite a surge in orders at South Korean shipyards in September which enabled them to overpower their Chinese counterparts, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) seems to be suffering from acute lack of orders.According to HHI’s Vice Chairman Oh-Gap Kwon, cited by local media, the company managed to score orders for 30 vessels this year, which is only a third of the expected orders for over 100 ships.Speaking on Thursday at a review carried out by South Korea’s National Assembly, Kwon said that if orders don’t increase, the company might be forced to shut down operations at all its yards in the next eight months.Namely, the company’s order backlog comprises 75 ships which can be completed in eight months.Furthermore, newbuilding prices have been halved exerting further pressure on earnings for shipyards.Kwon added that the lack of ordering is also the reason why reopening of the Gunsan yard cannot take place, as such step would bring losses worth KRW 100 bn (USD 88.2 million) to the company.Hyundai Heavy Industries closed temporarily its Gunsan dockyard in July this year due to a lack of shipbuilding orders.In March 2017, HHI informed that it was looking to close another one of its dry docks at the Ulsan shipyard, the 380-meter-long Dock 5, which has a capacity to roll out 400,000 tons a year. The dock closure follows Hyundai Heavy’s decision to shut down the ops at its Dock 4 in June 2016.In addition, shortage of orders resulted in HHI’s introduction of leave rotation scheme for workers in September.The five-week program rotation would help resolve the issue of the idle workforce, HHI said, enabling the employees to keep their jobs.Wage cuts have also been among the measures implemented by the shipbuilder so as to cut costs and help improve the company’s liquidity.According to Kwon, he has not been paid for four years now.Last month, HHI finally secured a major order. Specifically, compatriot Polaris Shipping placed an order for ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs) of 325,000 DWT, worth USD 800 million.The delivery is slated for April 2021, HHI said in a regulatory filing.The contract is the largest single order for Hyundai in the last five years.World Maritime News Staff