first_imgTwo weeks on from winning the Champions League for the second time in three seasons with Real Madrid, Gareth Bale played a pivotal role as Wales made a triumphant return to a major competition following a 58 year absence. (Full Euro 2016 Coverage)It was Bale who put Wales ahead in the 10th minute with a curling free kick and who was the driving force behind much of his team’s attacking intent in its 2-1 victory on Saturday against Slovakia in a Group B match at the European Championship.How far Wales can go in their first tournament since the 1958 World Cup, where it made the quarterfinals only to lose to a sole Pele strike against Brazil, will likely also hinge on the 26-year-old forward.”On a personal note it’s great to get the goals but as I’ve said before it really doesn’t matter who gets the goals,” he said. “We just want the points, we want the wins, we want to go as far as we can in this tournament. We’re all together we all work for each other hard. As I’ve said many a time, it’s about the team, not about individuals.”Though Bale was the focus of much of Slovakia’s attention, it was a substitute who actually secured the team’s victory. Hal Robson-Kanu’s scuffed shot in the 81st minute restored Wales’ lead after another substitute, Ondrej Duda, had equalized for Slovakia with his first touch in the 61st.Martin Skrtel, Slovakia’s captain, said his team knew what they had to deal with but that Bale’s undoubted class was a big difference between the sides.advertisement”You know the key if you play against him, you know his skill in the free kick and you cannot make the fouls around the box and we made one,” the Liverpool defender said. “He showed his class in that situation. Obviously he’s a world class player and it showed on the pitch.”Slovakia had periods in the game when they were dominant, notably at the start of the match when they almost took the lead as soon as the third minute when Marek Hamsik’s effort was cleared off the line by an excellent sliding interception from defender Ben Davies.And Slovakia almost snatched an equalizer when substitute Adam Nemec’s header came of the left post with four minutes remaining.Wales coach Chris Coleman was forced into a late change after goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was ruled out of the match with a back injury. Hennessey, who conceded just four goals in qualifying, was replaced by Liverpool’s Danny Ward. The 22-year-old had made just two appearances for Wales before, both as a halftime substitute during friendlies.Wales play England next on Thursday in Lens, while Slovakia meet Russia the day before in Lille.last_img read more


first_img The Project Manager urged farmers to seize the opportunity and boost agriculture, as, with the rapid change of the climate, “we can only reduce the rate at which it is changing”. Several communities in upper Clarendon will benefit from a US$783,000 Climate Change Adaptation programme, courtesy of the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF). Several communities in upper Clarendon will benefit from a US$783,000 Climate Change Adaptation programme, courtesy of the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF).Project Manager with the EHF, Faradaine Forbes-Edwards, told JIS News that the initiative is to increase production and improve the livelihood of farmers in the communities that are prone to disasters.Representatives of the organisation have commenced registering farmers for the project, and Mrs. Forbes-Edwards said they will be trained in certain areas, so that a change can be made to the way farming is done.“More sustainable farming practices will be introduced,” she said, while addressing farmers at the Peckham Community Centre in the parish recently.The project is dubbed, ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change while Reducing Disaster Risk in Peckham, Clarendon, and Surrounding Communities’.The Project Manager urged farmers to seize the opportunity and boost agriculture, as, with the rapid change of the climate, “we can only reduce the rate at which it is changing”.Components of the project include increased productivity and adaptive capacity, strengthened capacity for farmer groups, improved disaster risk reduction and climate change resilience and public education and awareness.Other aspects are: improvement in water management, with the use of plastic tanks for rainwater harvesting and storage; implementation of Climate Change education and awareness in the schools, as well as the training of vulnerable groups in the rural communities.The 24-month project will be assisted by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Clarendon Municipal Corporation, Social Development Commission (SDC), Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). The project is dubbed, ‘Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change while Reducing Disaster Risk in Peckham, Clarendon, and Surrounding Communities’. Story Highlightslast_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Euronav Belgian tanker shipping company Euronav ended the first quarter of 2019 with a net gain of USD 19.5 million, compared to a net loss of USD 39.1 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.EBITDA for Q1 2019 was USD 124 million, compared to USD 25.7 million recorded in Q1 2018.“There are positive signals from the tanker market at present. Firstly, Euronav delivered VLCC rates of USD 35,000 per day (same as Q4) despite 1.2m bpd OPEC cuts and 28 new VLCC equivalents entering the global fleet during Q1,” Hugo De Stoop, current CFO and future CEO of Euronav, commented.“Secondly, US crude exports are running around 30% higher year on year. Thirdly, asset prices which historically have been a key valuation indicator for investors, continue to rise in both new build and secondhand values,” he added.During the quarter, Euronav delivered the Suezmax vessel Felicity to a supplier and operator of offshore floating platforms. The ship will be converted into an FPSO.In addition, the company entered in Q1 2019 into a sale agreement regarding the LR1 Genmar Compatriot. Sold for USD 6.75 million, the vessel will be delivered to its new owners in the course of May 2019.As part of its capital allocation strategy, Euronav has the option of buying its own shares back. The company started buying back shares on Euronext Brussels opportunistically in December 2018. As of the end of March 2019, Euronav retained around USD 785 million of liquidity.In February 2019, Euronav’s CEO Paddy Rodgers announced his decision to step down from his role this year. The CFO Hugo De Stoop was selected to succeed Rodgers, effective from May 9, 2019. The company has now started a search for a new CFO.With regards to the outlook for the remainder of the year, Euronav said that the resilience of freight rates during Q1 is “an encouraging signal”. However, some seasonal freight rate weakness during the spring/summer period is expected.“Refinery maintenance programs are more detailed and more prolonged this year than previous years and are likely to bring seasonal freight rate pressure forward to the second quarter,” Stoop explained.“However, with increased cargo supply expected in the second half along with reduced tanker capacity from IMO induced retrofitting and potentially more Iranian vessels leaving the trading fleet, the outlook for the second half is encouraging,” he concluded.Based in Antwerp, Euronav currently owns and operates a fleet of 2 ULCCs, 43 VLCCs, 25 Suezmaxes and 2 FSO vessels — both owned in 50%-50% joint venture.last_img read more