Maputo Port Dredging Pays Off

first_imgThe Port of Maputo said in its latest release that the volume handled by the port in 2017 has grown 22%, adding that this result was positively affected by the dredging of the access channel, completed in January 2017. Before dredging, with the channel at -11 meters chart datum, the maximum sailing draft of the vessels in Maputo and Matola was, on average, 12.20 meters and the maximum parcel size  varied between 50,000 and 55,000 tonnes.“The dredging resulted in an increase of 40% to the average parcel size for Maputo Main Port and a 55% increase for Matola,” said the Maputo Port CEO, Osório Lucas. In July 2017, the Matola Coal Terminal (TCM) inaugurated the rehabilitation of its berth, which included deepening to -15.4 meters below chart datum along the quayside.TCM has become the port’s first terminal to take full advantage of the dredging initiative, allowing fully-ladden Panamax vessels of up to 275 meters long, 14.5 meters of draft on neap tides and 15.5 meters on spring tides.In 2017, the DP World Maputo Container Terminal also began its expansion works from 150.000 TEU’s to 250.000 TEU’s, scheduled for completion in the following weeks.The works included the expansion for two rail sidings of 375 meters each in length. The second phase of expansion contemplates the increase to 450.000 TEU’s, dependent on market demand.Maputo is also now preparing to receive vessels of even greater drafts, with the rehabilitation of berths 6, 7, 8 and 9 (a total of 1058 meters of berth) which will begin in the second quarter of 2018.[mappress mapid=”24822″]last_img read more

Schwarzer to depart Fulham

first_img Others include Northern Ireland defender Chris Baird, 31, who signed from Southampton in 2007, Greek midfielder Giorgos Karagounis and Croatian striker Mladen Petric both after only one season at Craven Cottage. Another departure is former Wales international Simon Davies, a key member of Fulham’s run to the 2010 Europa League final. Davies, 33, who signed from Everton in 2007, scored a memorable equalising goal in the final against eventual winners Atletico Madrid. Other departures include Hungarian keeper Csaba Somogyi, manager Martin Jol’s first signing two years ago, plus development squad players Alex Smith, James Musa, Richard Peniket, Tom Donegan and Corey Gameiro. The 40-year-old, who signed on a free transfer in 2008 from Middlesbrough, had been offered a new contract but turned it down. Schwarzer, the first overseas player to make 500 top-flight appearances, is one of a number of players confirmed by the club as being released. Press Associationcenter_img Fulham have confirmed that Australian goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is leaving the club.last_img read more

No easy answer for who to root for last week in Blazers-Lakers

first_img“YOU just called me and told me you were coming to the game Friday and that you were proud of me and ‘regardless of anything, stay true to myself and STAYME70,” Anthony wrote in an Instagram caption below a photo of him and Kobe in a tight embrace. On paper, Friday’s game was an important one for my team. Yes, one game in the midst of an 82-game season is not going to make or break a team, but the Blazers had recently emerged as potential playoff contenders despite an injury-plagued start to the season. The team was also coming in with momentum after back-to-back wins and an unprecedented scoring streak by star point guard Damian Lillard, who averaged 48.5 points in his prior four outings. Lillard expressed this sentiment as reporters asked him how he felt after his remarkable outing, in which he fell just one rebound short of his second career triple-double. These numbers would normally be a cause for celebration, but stats were the furthest thing from Lillard’s mind. Wins and losses are the accepted way of measuring success in sports games, and I had trouble reconciling that this one was different. The Blazers came away with a convincing win, but while I might have texted a couple of people that it was “Lillard Time” as he continued to drain shots from deep in the second half, I otherwise felt numb to the victory. Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony, for example, did not make the trip to L.A., and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. Let’s establish that I grew up in a family that has been rooted in Portland for over 40 years. As a Blazers fan, I was taught from a young age that the Lakers are to basketball as the New England Patriots are to football — you either love them or you hate that they dominate. Despite my strong allegiance to Rip City, I found myself texting my parents on Friday night: “Do the Blazers even want to win this game? Should we want them to win this game?” Experiencing the aftermath of Kobe’s death while living in Los Angeles was truly indescribable. I was covering a game at Galen Center at the time — the same place where I had stood five feet away from Kobe and Gianna only a year ago — and could feel a palpable dip in the crowd’s energy as they became aware of the devastating news. I drove through downtown Sunday night and took in the purple and gold lights that shined over the city as it grieved the loss of its star. Despite all of this, I believed the only way to bring hope to a grieving community was for the Lakers to come out on top. So I spent the first quarter of the game rooting against my team of 19 years. As the two teams exchanged 24- and 8-second violations to honor Kobe’s two retired jersey numbers, though, it was clear that this game was bigger than any player, team or league. Mascara ran down my cheeks as I took in the Lakers’ touching video tribute to Kobe ahead of Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. I fought to hold back tears as Lakers forward LeBron James read the names of all nine passengers who had died in the crash. It wasn’t about a tally in the win or loss column. It was about honor, fight and showcasing the “Mamba Mentality.” The two teams could not have put on a better show in Kobe’s honor. A high-scoring first half saw the Lakers with a 62-60 lead heading into halftime, and Lakers forward Anthony Davis put up 18 points in the first quarter alone. I have friends, professors and classmates who had personal connections to the victims, to the crash site and even to Kobe himself. Sure, I grew up rooting against the Lakers, but I was immersed enough in the Los Angeles community that I couldn’t imagine how it would respond to any outcome other than a Lakers win that night. The first game at Staples Center since the tragic helicopter accident that took the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and seven others was the most complicated rooting experience I’ve had to date. I entered the week rooting for the Blazers and entered the game rooting for the Lakers, but in the end, this game was not about allegiance. The stellar efforts by Lillard, Davis and James — all of whom put up 20-plus points — demonstrated a commitment to honoring Kobe’s legacy that transcended the boundaries of any player or team. As I listened to Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa perform “See You Again” at halftime, I realized that Kobe would have wanted both teams to leave everything on the court. After Lillard ended the game with 48 points en route to a 127-119 Blazer win, I thought to myself, “Kobe probably would have congratulated Dame for that game, despite the outcome.” I realized that the tragic deaths of these nine basketball players, coaches and parents left its mark not only on the Lakers and L.A. but on the entire basketball community. “Nobody wins tonight,” Lillard said in an interview with Yahoo Sports. “You don’t walk away from this game with too much to be proud about because of the circumstances. We got the win, but I think the moment and what it was about tonight is the one thing I won’t forget.” Amanda Sturges is a sophomore writing about the impact of sports. She is also a features editor for the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Out of the Park,” runs every other Tuesday.last_img read more

Doc Lawson Made Honorary Chairman of County Meet

first_imgNational County Sports Meet chairman Doc Lawson relaxes on his Road Warrior bike after taking the kickoff at the opening match.Doc Lawson, the ex U.S. soccer player, Olympian and a representative of The Last Well, was recently made the Honorary Sports Chairman of the Liberia National County Sports Meet by the Ministry of Youth & Sports.As a result Mr. Lawson, president of DonamiSports, had the honor of kicking the opening ball for the start of the 2018/19 National County Sports Meet.“I got to ride into the stadium and kick off the ceremonial ball,” he said. “I was honored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Liberia to serve as honorary sports chairman of the county meet.”Doc Lawson, attired in beautiful fashion arrived at the venue on his Road Warrior motorcycle and took a VIP parking space with his ‘baby.’The National County Sports Meet comprises teams from the country’s 15 political sub-divisions, competing in various sports including track & field, football, kickball and basketball.DonamiSports is involved in grassroots football development in slum communities across the country. Lawson has held grassroots soccer championship for U-10, U-12, and U-14 in the Cities Challenge Cup. He has also provided over 20,000 pieces of sporting materials and medals for the kids.His role with The Last Well is to supervise the provision of safe drinking water in 15 minutes walking distance to Liberians who are challenged with safe drinking water in the leeward counties. As a result, The Last Well and partners are constructing wells, from which five counties are reported to have benefited so far.The Last Well has also provided a water purification system to over 20,000 residents of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The target of The Last Well is to provide safe drinking water and the Gospel throughout the country by the year 2020 from coast to coast, border to border.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more