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News / Felixstowe box congestion spreads to Southampton, just in time for Xmas rush

first_imgThe traditional peak season influx of holiday goods often stretches container terminals to their limits, but this year the supply chain is at breaking point – despite one source’s assertion that overall numbers are actually down this year.The congestion problems that began at Felixstowe now appear to have spread to Southampton – partly due to the south coast port’s decision to accept extra business diverted from the Suffolk port.Moreover, it is said, the UK’s acute haulage shortage and the indiscipline of the carriers in their schedule integrity and container control have put “impossible pressure” on the Southampton terminal.One local port source told The Loadstar today that “hardly any” ships were arriving in their berthing windows, and when they do get alongside, a large amount of time is consumed in transhipping containers, information often not advised to the planners until just before arrival.“The carriers just seem to have given up,” said the source. “I know there have been bad weather delays, but they have no interest in trying to regain schedules, plus they are taking last-minute decisions on what is to come off and what is to be loaded.”And as landside and ship working productivity at Southampton has deteriorated, operator DP World has been obliged to issue several ‘terminal alert’ messages to customers.One large forwarder customer who visited Southampton yesterday told The Loadstar this morning the situation was “absolute carnage”.In its latest alert today, DP World said that, from Monday it would reduce its export receiving window from the normal 10 days to seven days.It said it had also asked container lines to “ship as many empties as possible”, to “stop using Southampton to tranship empties from the US to Asia” and “not to discharge cargo for other ports without prior consultation”.This ‘perfect storm’ began brewing at the UK’s largest container gateway, Felixstowe, in June when the Hutchison-owned port embarked on what proved a disastrous implementation of its in-house-developed NextGen terminal operating system (TOS).A source told The Loadstar at the time the initial impact “was like a cyber-attack had hit the port”, with everything grinding to a halt.“At one stage we were reduced to pen and paper for stowage plans,” he said.Felixstowe put on brave face, suggesting the problems with working the ships was temporary and began issuing weekly status updates painting an improving picture. But sources at Felixstowe told The Loadstar recently “there was still no light at the end of the tunnel”, describing the situation as “complete chaos”.Recently the port hired 30 tractor units from a major local haulier just to shunt boxes to their correct stacks.The port has been ‘silent’ since its last customer update on 24 August, and port users The Loadstar has spoken to, including carriers, forwarders and service providers, are not optimistic of any improvement anytime soon.As a result, several carriers have diverted Felixstowe-bound ships to other ports, or in certain cases pulled services altogether, with some opting to service the UK via feeders. The UK’s two biggest container ports appear to have hit crisis level.UK retailers potentially face weeks of delays in getting their Christmas stock onto the shelves in time for the peak consumer spending rush.Moreover, UK exporters to Asia can virtually forget about getting containers shipped in November, due to carriers blanking a huge 11 eastbound voyages next month.And many of those sailings that survive will be ‘cut & run’, without loading, due to the congestion at Felixstowe and Southampton. © Peter Titmuss | Dreamstime.comcenter_img By Mike Wackett 27/09/2018last_img read more

Three Argonauts Added to Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention Team

first_img HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Three players from the West Florida women’s soccer team were added to the Daktronics All-America Team as honorable mention selections, it was announced last week.  Defender Noha Saleh (Wellington, Fla./Nova Southeastern) and midfielders Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/Methodist HS) and Tina Murray (Kingston, Jamaica/Meridian CC) joined forward Shakira Duncan, giving the Argonauts four All-America selections.Malavassi and Murray were two of UWF’s top attacking options from the midfield.  Malavassi, a sophomore, scored eight goals with four assists, while Murray added two goals and 13 assists.  Malavassi was also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region first team, Daktronics All-South Region first team and All-Gulf South Conference first team.  Murray, a junior, was also a Daktronics All-South Region and All-GSC first team pick.The UWF defense allowed just 1.1 goals and 9.0 shots per game, and the Saleh led the way.  The senior was the team’s top marking back, and she also was an impact player on the attacking side.  Saleh started all 21 games and played 1,601 minutes, adding four assists from her defensive position.  Saleh was also selected to the NSCAA All-South Region first team, Daktronics All-South Region first team and All-GSC first team.Sports information directors from NCAA Division II schools and conferences selected the three Daktronics All-America teams. The process begins at the regional level with all first-team all-region picks advancing to the national ballot. This is the fifth year Daktronics has sponsored the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer All-America and all-region teams.The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with the online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. 2010 DAKTRONICS WOMEN’S SOCCER ALL-AMERICA TEAM:Print Friendly Version Three Argonauts Added to Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention Team Sharecenter_img Senior Noha Saleh finished her career with an All-America honorable mention selection (Photo by Ron Besser) last_img read more

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49ers do best to keep NFC title winning roster intact

first_img Written By First Published: 19th March, 2020 12:17 IST After coming within one quarter of winning the Super Bowl, the task for the San Francisco 49ers in free agency was more about keeping pieces in place rather than finding upgrades. They kept starting defensive lineman Arik Armstead and safety Jimmie Ward off the open market with long-term deals and brought back key reserves like defensive lineman Ronald Blair and offensive linemen Ben Garland and Shon Coleman.Those moves all came at a price as the Niners traded star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis for the No. 13 overall pick and might not have enough salary cap room to keep free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders.But with almost every other starter from last season’s NFC champions still under contract, the 49ers are hoping to avoid the plight of many Super Bowl runners up who struggled even to make it back to the playoffs the following season. The Niners blew a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl last month before losing 31-20 to Kansas City.The team’s biggest moves came in succession just after the start of open negotiating window on Monday when the Niners locked up Armstead with a five-year contract worth up to $85 million and then almost immediately traded Buckner to the Colts for a premium draft pick.Buckner, who was entering the final year of his contract, then agreed to an $84 million, four-year contract with the Colts, a price the Niners weren’t willing to pay for the player voted MVP of the team coaching staff this past season.Coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch ultimately decided that keeping Armstead and getting the first-round pick was preferable then doing a long-term deal with Buckner.Whether that proves to be the right decision remains to be seen. Buckner has been the team’s most consistent player since being drafted seventh overall in 2016.He has been extremely durable, missing only one game in four seasons and having the third-most defensive snaps among linemen since 2016. His 143 quarterback pressures are the fifth-most among all interior linemen over the past four years, according to NFL NextGen stats.Buckner had a career-high 12 sacks in 2018 and then had 7 1/2 last season as part of perhaps the league’s top defensive line with Armstead and edge rushers Nick Bosa and Dee Ford.Armstead had a breakthrough season in 2019, leading to his new contract. He was a first-round pick by San Francisco in 2015, but didn’t make a big impact in his first four seasons in the NFL as he dealt with injuries that limited his playing time in 2016 and 2017 and tried to find the right fit for his skills.It all came together last season under a simpler scheme put in place by new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Armstead led the Niners with 10 sacks after getting only nine in 46 games over his first four seasons. He also ranked second on the team with 35 quarterback pressures despite spending significant time playing inside. He was a force against the run, too.The Niners also locked up Ward with a three-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because it hasn’t been signed yet. Ward, who will be paid a reported $28.5 million, also struggled with injuries for much of his career before having his best season in 2019.San Francisco then reached agreements on deals with Blair, Coleman and Garland, according to a person familiar with the contracts. Those also won’t be official until the players pass physicals and sign the contracts.These deals leave the team little money left to target the other big need at receiver, where Sanders upgraded the position with his October acquisition from Denver last season.The passing game took over after Sanders was acquired and the Niners will need to find a replacement if he leaves in free agency.That’s where the Buckner trade comes in handy as the Niners now have two picks (13th and 31st) in the first round of a receiver-rich draft. They could opt to trade down with one of those picks to replenish selections traded away in the second, third and fourth rounds in deals for Sanders and Dee Ford. Associated Press Television News LIVE TV Last Updated: 19th March, 2020 12:14 IST 49ers Do Best To Keep NFC Title Winning Roster Intact After coming within one quarter of winning the Super Bowl, the task for the San Francisco 49ers in free agency was more about keeping pieces in place rather than finding upgrades.center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENTlast_img read more

Real Madrid and Man Utd head the queue for Sevilla’s Monchi

first_img In the Premier League there is also plenty of interest in the man responsible for the signings of players such as Dani Alves, Ivan Rakitic and Carlos Bacca. Manchester United, who have recently appointed Jose Mourinho as manager, are linked. They were keen on Andrea Berti, who is second in command to Caminero at Atletico, but they may now have changed their focus.  However, in quotes to Cadena COPE, where he confirmed his exit from Sevilla, Monchi himself denied receiving any offers for the moment. CEST After it was revealed that Monchi is set to leave Sevilla, the speculation surrounding his future has began. Sport EN Upd. at 14:07 Half of Europe would love to have the services of Sevilla’s sporting director, who caught the club off guard with his decision to leave on Monday, 16 years after he re-joined in a non-playing capacity.  31/05/2016 One of the clubs who have been interested in him for a long time is Real Madrid. Florentino Perez doesn’t have a sporting director and on several occasions he’s tried to tempt Monchi to the Spanish capital, always receiving a negative response. last_img read more

Rivaldo: Argentina were justified in complaining about Copa VAR

first_img IN SPORT.ES 05/07/2019 EFE “As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t agree with VAR technology and I believe the repeated pauses in play are ruining games,” he said in his column on Betfair.  Upd. at 17:15 Rivaldo has agreed with Messi and said that he is not a fan of technology in football.   Rivaldo: “Argentina tiene motivos para quejarse” “VAR is also making a mess of European competitions, as we saw in this season’s Champions League, where the tool has been used more. The problem with VAR is that the decision will always depend on who is watching the images in the VAR room.center_img Former Barcelona player and Betfair ambassador Rivaldo admits that Argentina had reasons to complain after they were knocked out of the Copa America by hosts Brazil in the semifinal.  CEST Lionel Messi complained after the game that the officials had favoured Brazil. He questioned why two possible penalties — on Nicolas Otamendi and Sergio Aguero — were not reviewed by VAR.  “It probably wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the match, because Brazil are a better team than Argentina now, but that’s not the point. “In the Copa America semifinal between Brazil and Argentina on Wednesday, there were two potential penalties for the visitors, but VAR didn’t help and Argentina were justified in complaining. “The only real beneficiaries of VAR are the referee and his assistants who have much less responsibility on their shoulders. All the weight of the game now falls to VAR assistants.”last_img read more