ACP Opens More Booking Slots for Neopanamaxes

first_imgzoom Over three months after the inauguration of the expanded waterway, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said that it will begin offering additional booking slots for Neopanamax vessels effective October 10, 2016.Namely, two additional bookings slots, one per direction, will be offered daily to Neopanamax full containerships during the tiebreaker competition of the second booking period, that is 21 days prior to the requested booking date.The ACP said that unused slots from the first booking period that are carried over to the second booking period will also be offered during the tiebreaker competition of the second period to all interested vessels from any market segment.Additionally, after the second period tiebreaker competition, all remaining slots will become available to interested vessels from any market segment, while unused booking slots from the second booking period will be carried over to the third booking period.The number of open bookings now stands at to a total of 6 for both periods and both Northbound and Southbound voyages, as the maximum number of daylight restricted slots remain at one per direction.The Panama Canal Authority said that it would hold a competition on October 6 in order to allocate the additional booking slots for October 10 through 26 during the second period.“Thereafter, booking slots for dates beginning October 27, including the additional slots, will be offered through the normal allocation process,” the ACP added.In late August, the Panama Canal Authority started accepting booking requests for Neopanamax passenger vessels for transit dates beginning April 1, 2017.last_img read more

Lionel Messis Majestic Season

This Saturday, the magisterial Lionel Messi will lead FC Barcelona against Italian powerhouse Juventus in the UEFA Champions League final. For you non-cosmopolitans, this is like Messi’s Super Bowl — if more people watched the Super Bowl.1Although claims of worldwide television audience can often be exaggerated, the UEFA final is one of the few events (along with the World Cup) to actually, regularly outdraw the Super Bowl in TV viewership. After winning La Liga last month and the Copa del Rey2Spain’s national cup. Sort of like the playoffs for Spanish soccer, except it runs throughout the year. last weekend, Barcelona is poised (and favored) to give Messi his second “treble,”3Although there are a lot of “treble” scenarios, it mostly requires that a team win its league (in this case, La Liga), its country’s national cup (in this case, the Copa del Rey), and its continent’s inter-league championship (in this case, UEFA for Europe). Note that Juventus is also playing for a treble. which would make it the first European squad to accomplish the feat twice.That Messi is once again on the precipice of glory isn’t entirely unexpected considering his talent and reputation. But not long ago, it seemed far from a sure thing.Messi’s 2014 World Cup performance was somewhat disappointing and even a little strange. Despite winning the Golden Ball (controversially) and leading Argentina to the final before succumbing to Germany in overtime, he only facilitated one goal (albeit on a game-winning assist) in the knockout rounds and curled a potential Cup-winner wide. By the end of the tournament, Messi’s bursts of brilliance were accompanied by the spectacle of him often strolling or even standing still on the pitch — he covered the least distance per minute of all forwards in the tournament. Was he exhausted? Or was he playing some bizarre metagame?A disappointed Messi returned to an uncertain situation with his club team. Barcelona was under new leadership, and despite already having Messi and Brazilian megastar Neymar, it acquired English Premier League (EPL) standout Luis Suarez as well. Although Suarez is now an essential member of the “holy trinity” of Barca forwards, it was unclear what all this meant for Messi at the time. Some wondered if Messi’s best years were behind him, and with many seeing Neymar as the future, rumors spread that Messi might be transferred to Chelsea or some other EPL squad.Barcelona started the season strong, but it lost its most important first-half test — taking a 3-1 beating at Real Madrid — Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid. Messi failed to score or assist in the game. When Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row, the choice wasn’t even controversial.Oh how far we’ve come in a few short months. Messi’s season — once mired in disappointment and doubt — has turned unambiguously triumphant. Regardless of what happens this weekend, Messi’s 2014-15 season weaves together aesthetic achievement, statistical accomplishment and compelling narrative into a tapestry of genius.Your eyes do not deceive youDuring last year’s World Cup, I wrote “Lionel Messi Is Impossible” — a casual ditty of over 5,000 words and 15 charts — so I could wrap my head around something that my eyes already knew: This little dude is unreal.For example, let’s take this instant-classic goal from last weekend’s Copa action:In that incredible run, Messi takes on a defender close to midfield, finding space down the sideline. Two more defenders descend, and Messi takes on — and beats — all three. Yet another defender gets in front of him, with two more rapidly approaching as he breaks left and curls it in past everyone (the person who appears to have come closest to derailing the play is teammate Suarez).Messi’s unparalleled ability to make plays on his own when necessary is thrilling to behold, whether on TV, in viral Internet clips or in amazing scatterplots. In particular, his skill at taking on defenders is as much nerd-candy as eye-candy:In the past five years, Messi has taken on defenders one-on-one (or one-on-more-than-one, as in the Copa) 1,995 times, with 55 percent of those succeeding. The forwards with the next-most attempts are Suarez with 1,113 (success rate of 35 percent) and Ronaldo with 872 (success rate 43 percent). In the 2014-15 season, Messi has taken on defenders even more often (averaging 9.6 attempts per game vs. 8.3 in the previous four seasons) without sacrificing his success rate (56 percent vs. 55 percent).Statistics inform aesthetics (and vice versa). In this case, the statistics help us understand the scope of what we can see already: It’s not just that Messi is good, but that he plays the game a whole different way.The reckoning (plus Messi vs. Ronaldo)Messi’s 2015 success has brought narratives of resurgence, redemption and maturation. His statistical accomplishments inform those narratives, although I believe they ultimately lead the story somewhere slightly different.Let’s look at the ongoing saga of Messi vs. Ronaldo. At the year break, each had 32 goals plus assists for their club teams (not counting penalty kicks4Note that Ronaldo is historically a little better than Messi at PKs, but the value of this skill (as I’ve previously estimated) is perhaps 1 goal per year at most, not the several goals that may separate them any particular season.). But what had been a tight battle then started going more and more Messi’s way.For the most part, Messi’s brilliance in 2015 is just a linear extension of his brilliance in 2014. The separation from Ronaldo is more a product of Ronaldo’s slightly flatter production.Of course, the broader Ronaldo/Messi debate rages on, and in the abstract, I don’t want to take sides. They’re both outrageous outliers who play very different styles, and they’re both so deep in the zone of incomprehensibility that perfect knowledge of their true value is likely impossible:On the other hand, insofar as we have created statistical metrics to compile and measure our observations, they pretty much side with Messi: He scores more goals, shoots more efficiently, gets more assists, passes more aggressively, passes more accurately, and more.For more detail on the subject, I would again direct you to my longer piece from last year. The 2014-15 season changes little. If anything new has developed, it may be that Messi’s defensive contributions are greater than ever. Messi has 40 tackles this season with a tackle rate of 58.8 percent (high for a striker), compared with Ronaldo’s 10 tackles and 38.5 percent rate. Messi also had 16 interceptions to Ronaldo’s four.5Ronaldo continues to dominate Messi in clearances (he has 42 to Messi’s one) and aerials won and aerial win percentage (78 to 16 overall and 52.3 percent to 34.0 percent). While defensive stats in soccer are limited, what we do have for Messi was already perfectly adequate for a high-volume striker, and for 2014-15, his “defensive plays made per opponent possession” is now in the upper echelon of his cohort.Here is the goal production (non-penalty goals plus assists) over the past five years for Messi, Ronaldo and 3,280 other forwards and midfielders:In other words, both players have shifted back toward their multiyear performance.6That third line, which managed to match Ronaldo at its peak last season, is Suarez.Aside from his injury-affected 2013-14 season (which was still pretty great), Messi’s otherworldly production has been rather consistent. Despite the drama and protestations and the thousand Internet discussions, the most remarkable thing we’ve learned in 2015 is that Messi is pretty much as he ever was. That may not sound like the most thrilling observation, but when you’re as big of an outlier as Messi, staying the same is amazing in itself.Beware the fury of a patient MessiAlthough the data mostly suggests that Messi is just being himself, the revenge narrative that has emerged is enticing, and not even the most cold-hearted stat-geek can resist it.In addition to reclaiming his statistical throne from the man who usurped him as the official “best player in the world” by winning the last two Ballon d’Ors, Messi led Barcelona to victory against Real Madrid in Camp Nou, 2-1.7On a lighter note, Messi has presently moved in front of the usually-dominant Ronaldo in that most important of metrics, Google searches. Unfortunately, Real Madrid lost to Juventus in the Champions League semifinals, denying us the ultimate rubber match.But Messi’s revenge narrative truly converged with his aesthetic accomplishment in Barcelona’s 3-0 thrashing of Bayern Munchen8As a former resident of Germany, I reserve the right to call them this. I hope my editor agrees! [Ed note: I only kept this because I forced you to find a synonym for “scientia” higher in the article.] in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. That Bayern team — led by Messi’s former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola — features many of the Germans who denied Messi in Brazil, and he carved them up. He had two amazing goals, virtually back-to-back, including this one:The opposition on that goal: the same two guys Messi faced on his missed potential Cup-winner, all-world goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Jerome Boateng.Messi’s performance against Bayern was a master class in what makes him so good. In addition to his two goals (one from long range, one that put a defender on the ground), Messi also had three successful through ball passes in four attempts (including on this cringe-worthy Suarez miss). In the past year, Messi has attempted through-ball passes more than twice as often as any other player and has had twice as many assists from them as a result (and he has been doing that for years as well).For a 10 minute distillation of Messi greatness, watch this 10 minute supercut of his touches from that game (and watch for the through-ball attempts — they can be just as impressive as goals). It’s Messi being Messi. And the fact that Messi is still Messi may just be the most beautiful thing in sports. read more

A Single Facebook Comment or Tweet can impede prosecution process

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 10, 2017 – In any criminal allegations, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty.  The process of proving guilt or innocence may involve a Judge and Jury, and the alleged offender has the legal right to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of Law.High-profile crime is often the subject of intense public scrutiny, and with the emergence of Social Media, Citizen Journalism has evolved into a new environment of commentary and reporting. Not to infringe on persons rights to freedom of speech but it is important to remember that news reporting and citizen journalism often deviate from fact to opinion.  Commentary on Social Media can impact prosecution of an offender in several ways.Jury bias is one way, that is where a crime goes to trial with a Jury, the legal team (lawyers who also frequents social media) representing the alleged offender may claim that the jury (entire or individually) is biased to the influence of social media in developing and informing their opinion of the alleged offender.   Prior knowledge is another way commentary on social media can make an impact, in many cases, Jurors do not know the previous criminal history if any, of a defendant.The defendant’s lawyer may object to the jury entirely or individually, based on their knowledge of the defendant’s history.  In cases where wide spread media coverage has occurred or postings on Social Media of a particular crime, if the lawyer can prove a juror actively participated in, liked, commented or shared social media content regarding his client, this forms a ground to dismiss them from the jury panel. When jury members are dismissed, lengthy trial disruptions may occur.Social Media users should allow the judicial process to run its course because no one wants to see a situation where a guilty person escapes conviction or imprisonment due to a single Facebook post or Tweet.Press Release: RTCIPF#MagneticMediaNews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

No sighting of Mr Obama… yet

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 26, 2017 – Providenciales – No report on a sighting of the man or his lovely ladies, but Magnetic Media is informed that former US President, Barack Obama is vacationing in the Turks and Caicos Islands and is hide out on Parrot Cay.   The news has islanders buzzing, as  the Grammy award winning, Nobel Peace Prize winning, rock star type president is a favorite of many islanders.The Obamas have been enjoying the world since leaving the White House and have even visited a private island, owned by billionaire tycoon, Sir Richard Branson in the British Virgin Islands.The reported visit reminds Magnetic Media of the invitation Barack Obama was extended when he was sitting president and taking questions from students at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.  Turks and Caicos Islander, Katrina King-Smith asked Mr. Obama to drop into the Turks and Caicos and he promised her then, in 2015, that when he does go island hopping after his tenure as leader of the US, the Turks and Caicos would be one of his stops.We are all still hoping though for a sighting of the man, his wife Michelle, Malia, Sasha and maybe even their pet dog, Bo.#MagneticMediaNews#ObamasvacationingintheTCI Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ObamasvacationingintheTCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Simone Inzaghi gutted with Lazios display

first_imgSimone Inzaghi admitted he was livid with the performance of Lazio players in what he described as the worst half he has ever experienced at the club.Sergio Pellissier opened the scoring at the Stadio Bentegodi before Ciro Immobile grabbed the equaliser that sealed a point for Lazio leaving them in fifth place.“We could not have done worse than the first half. I told the lads that we had completely the wrong attitude, had to take responsibility and it was the worst first half I’d seen in my three years in this job,” Inzaghi told Football Italia.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“I wanted to replace all 11 players at half-time, but seeing as I couldn’t, I had to ask them to put in a different performance. I take my share of the responsibility too, but I expected more from my team.“At the end of the 90 minutes, perhaps we deserved more from the game and three draws in a row is starting to become a concern. For the first time this season, we are not in the top four.”last_img read more