Ports clog up as Belgian strike goes ahead

first_imgThe strike by port labourers has been called by three national unions in protest over the erosion of index-linked pay rises and tax increases.The strike is currently having a major effect on shipping operations in the area, with the ports of Zeebrugge, Ghent and Antwerp particularly badly affected.ISS Belgium has advised that there is a backlog of 65 ships waiting at anchorage to call at the port of Antwerp, with a further 12 vessels waiting to depart.”We regret that the strike, which is organised to protest against the austerity policy of our government, is affecting the port of Antwerp this much,” commented the Belgian port’s press officer, Annik Dirkx.”The port companies, terminal operators and other port users informed their clients about the strike, so that everybody was able to take the necessary precautions to reduce the expected difficulties to a minimum”It is also anticipated that this 24-hour strike will be followed by a national general strike on December 15, 2014.The port of Antwerp confirmed that it would organise itself in the same way that it has today for the upcoming national strike.www.iss-shipping.comwww.portofantwerp.comwww.portofzeebrugge.bewww.portofghent.belast_img read more

Ceres Negros back-to-back PFL champ

first_imgCeres managed to secure the title even with still three games in its schedule. It now has a total of 54 points on 17 wins, two losses and three draws – 21 points ahead of second placer Kaya Iloilo.“I am so happy for the goals but especially with the win of the team,” said Marañon. “The league is almost over, and I am happy for the championship.”After missing in its early attempts, Ceres opened the scoring when Marañon converted from a fine ball by Manny Ott. This was followed by a powerful strike by Mike Ott in the 36th minute.Just before halftime, the Busmen widened the lead 3-0 on Nazari’s shot from the edge of the area before the Cebu team pulled one back early in the second half via a Marvin Angeles hit.That turned to be the last stand of Global as Ceres unleashed three conversions – a spot kick from Powell and two more strikes from Marañon – to wrap up the victory.“I am glad that we were able to finally secure the championship. Now we can focus our campaign in the AFC Cup,” said Ceres head coach Risto Vidakovic.Ceres will get into a two-leg zonal final against Home United of Singapore in August.After the loss, last year’s runner-up Global remained No. 6 in the standings with 5 points on one victory, 11 losses and two draws./PN Ceres Negros’ Bienvenido Marañon reacts after scoring against Global Cebu in their 2018 Philippines Football League match on Wednesday, July 25. Ceres won the game 6-1 and consequently bagged its second PFL title with 54 points and three games still ahead. CERES NEGROS FC MANILA – There was no stopping Ceres Negros from achieving a back-to-back titular victory in the 2018 Philippines Football League.Spanish striker Bienvenido Marañon was on the lead in the scoring efforts, executing a hat trick that made the Busmen surge way ahead against Global Cebu 6-1 Wednesday night.Newcomer Blake Powell, Omid Nazari and Mike Ott converted a goal each for Ceres at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.Its successful quest for its second PFL crown earned Ceres a playoffs spot in the 2019 AFC Champions League.last_img read more

Utes shut out Broncos

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] It took awhile to get started, thanks to a couple of thunderstorms that rolled through the Utah campus Sunday afternoon, but once it did, it didn’t take long for the Utah women’s soccer team to jump all over Boise State.The Utes scored three first-half goals and cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Broncos to improve to 4-2-1 on the season. The Broncos dropped to 5-3.”That’s always nice to start fast,” said Utah coach Rich Manning.”Hopefully we’re starting to find a rhythm.”Hailey Marsh, Amanda Feigt and Melissa Wayman each scored goals for the Utes and goalkeeper Ashley Mason and the Ute defense kept the Broncos out of the goal.The opening kickoff was delayed about 45 minutes because of lightning at Ute Field, following a drenching rain. Then after less than four minutes of action, play was again delayed due to more lightning. Finally, at about the time the game should have been winding down, play resumed for good.Manning felt his team wasn’t as sharp coming back from the delay, but the Utes still got on the board quickly.At the 16:10 mark, Marsh took a pass from Kim Lloyd and put the ball in the left center from about eight yards out.”We’ve worked hard in practice on crashing the box and making smart cuts through the defense,” said Marsh, a sophomore from Colorado. “When Kim crossed the ball it was second nature to go up and get the ball.””Hailey has been working really hard in practice and earned a start,” said Manning. “She’s really good in the air, and she demonstrated that on the goal.”Then at the 33:24 mark, Feigt, the Utes’ top scorer, made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal into the upper right-hand corner, her third of the season. Finally, with just 19 seconds left in the first half, Melissa Wayman scored on a header from five yards out off a corner kick from Erin Pruitt.”That third goal was big I thought, because it gave us confidence and a bit of a cushion going into halftime,” Manning said.Boise State had seven shots on goal, but only four resulted in saves by Mason, who notched her ninth career shutout. The Utes have two home games coming up, Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against Washington State and Sunday at 1 p.m. against Utah State before taking a trip to southern California the following week. last_img read more