Shame on Schafer

first_imgTHE SUSPENSION of Reggae Boyz coach Winfried Schäfer fC The specific offence of unsporting behaviour against a match official will cost the German his place on the bench for the games against Panama at home and Haiti away. Looking at the circumstances under which the offence itself was committed, I think it was totally unnecessary, unbecoming, and absolutely unforgivable for a coach of Schäfer’s experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love to see my technical leader involved, expressive and passionate while going about his job, but he has got to be controlled and smart about it, especially when so much is at stake. The point in the game at which the Jamaican bench flared up with indiscretion was when the Reggae Boyz had just seized control of their destiny. The crucial second goal scored by Simon Dawkins with less than five minutes of regulation time remaining was actually being celebrated when Lance Laing got yellow carded, then reacted, and got a red. Schäfer ’s impulsive reaction to that sequence of events landed him and the entire campaign in the current hot water. That’s not what is expected from such a senior and experienced coach who has seen and done it all at this level. Calm, cerebral leadership, and astute situational analysis is what is expected in those crucial minutes counting down to the Boyz achieving the bigger objective of advancing to the semi-final round. One could understand this kind of irrational reaction if the Jamaicans had not yet got the goal and were staring at World Cup elimination, or if the Jamaicans had been victims of bad refereeing decisions and reacted negatively. In those scenarios, if the players and the coach lost their cool out of frustration and desperation – it would be much more understandable. But to go down that road in that moment of glory was nothing short of stupid. This game was not against one of our more traditional regional rivals such as Mexico, the USA, or Costa Rica. The Jamaicans were playing against Nicaragua, caught in a precarious position – which was all of our own doing – after their disastrous display in the first-leg match at home. There was no room for an emotional meltdown having got so close to the finish line. The mission in Nicaragua was simply to right a temporary wrong against an inferior opponent with our eyes always on the bigger prize. ALL NOT LOST To get suspended in such a fixture when the wider objective was being met is a novice act. Fortunately, Schäfer’s suspension is exclusive of his presence on the bench and in the dressing room for those first two games. All, therefore, is not lost as the coach will still be allowed to instruct and travel with the team. If, however, Schäfer ’s absence directly or indirectly results in Jamaica losing crucial ground in this semi-final round in those two early fixtures and eventually exiting the World Cup at this stage, then all fingers should deservedly be pointed at Schäfer and his silly actions in those crucial moments in Managua. Not only would it be shameful on Jamaica and disaster for our football programme, it would even more so be a big shame on Schäfer.last_img read more

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Clarksons Bulk Carrier Deliveries to Keep Shrinking

first_imgzoom Deliveries in the bulk carrier sector, which in 2017 hit their lowest level in dwt terms since 2008, are set to continue on a downward trend in the next few years, Clarksons Research said.Against the backdrop of a shrinking orderbook, bulk carrier deliveries have declined significantly since peaking in 2011.During 2017, deliveries continued to fall, although improving market conditions led to the delivery of vessels that had previously been delayed, providing some support to bulker delivery volumes.In total, 456 vessels of a combined 38.4 million dwt were delivered into the bulk carrier fleet in 2017, a decline of 64% and 62% in numerical and dwt terms respectively compared to peak volumes in 2011.This decrease reflects a significant 74% decline in the size of the global bulkcarrier orderbook in dwt terms since the end of 2011, to 757 vessels of a combined 80.5 million dwt at the start of February 2018.In addition, ‘non-delivery’ in the bulker sector over this period was high, increasing from 27% in 2011 to 49% in 2016 in dwt terms, although it softened to 34% in full year 2017.Bulk carrier deliveries from South Korean yards have declined the most across the Big Three builder nations, falling by 94% from 2011 to reach only 1.2 million dwt in 2017.However, in absolute terms the decline was more significant at Chinese yards, which delivered 22.2 million dwt into the global bulker fleet in 2017, a 57% decline on 2011 levels in dwt terms.Meanwhile, bulker deliveries from Japanese yards remained steadier, declining 39% in dwt terms in the same period, to reach 13.7 million dwt in 2017.Against this background, the number of yards to make a bulkcarrier delivery has also declined. In 2017, 46 Chinese yards delivered a bulker, down from 127 yards in 2011, while only four South Korean yards made a bulkcarrier delivery in 2017, compared to 18 in 2011. The number of Japanese yards to make a bulkcarrier delivery remained steady, with 31 yards delivering a bulker in 2017, compared to 34 in 2011.last_img read more

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INTERVIEW TRAVELERS MACKENZIE PORTER

center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: “I’m so happy to be sharing what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years!”, MacKenzie Porter excitedly told us over the phone recently. The multi-talented actress-singer-songwriter is set to launch the first two tracks from her worldwide debut EP this Friday (we had the opportunity to listen to the new tracks, and they are outstanding). And if that is not enough, Porter’s Netflix original series Travelers (in which she features as the complex Marcy) returns for its third season in a few weeks, thus making her the biggest breakout star in a popular sci-fi series and soon-to-be worldwide country pop icon since…you know, the Alberta-born MacKenzie Porter just might be the very first! That being said, she’s also one of the most humble, generous and self-aware individuals that we have ever interviewed, so the prospect of dual stardom clearly won’t get to her head.Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Reilly Dolman, Jared Abrahamson, and Nesta Cooper in Travelers (2016) – Photo by Jeff Weddell/NetflixThe following is a condensed and edited version of our chat with the lovely MacKenzie Porter.Brief Take: Why do you think Travelers appeals so much to such a wide audience? Twitterlast_img read more

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