PROSPECTS for the opening up of public transport in the biggest Dutch cities have fallen sharply, following an EU decision that cities with in-house operating companies need not call competitive tenders. The European Commission has retreated from its free-market approach at the behest of several member states, not least Germany. Taking advantage of this policy change, the Dutch parliament approved a motion in September reversing a law passed in 2000. This would have obliged the city authorities in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag to put their public transport services out to the market, starting with tram and metro routes from 2007 and buses from 2009. The cities are now free to retain GVB, RET and HTM as monopoly operators if they wish. Utrecht has announced that it still intends to contract out all public transport from 2009.Not surprisingly, the three main private operators in the Netherlands, Arriva, Connexxion (Keolis) and Veolia, reacted angrily to the change of rules mid-game. They immediately announced that they would be leaving the public transport operators’ association Mobis. But they have assured the Transport Secretary that they will continue to support the troubled OV-Chipkaart national smart card ticketing system which is n ow expected to roll out across the country in 2009.
Talks aimed at ending the political impasse in Guinea-Bissau are currently underway.The United Nations representative Ibrahim Toure said essential conditions exist to implement the Conakry Agreement and resolve the country’s crisis.While briefing the Security Council, Toure said tensions in Guinea-Bissau had reached a peak three months ago.In recent weeks however, dialogue aimed at resolving the political impasse within the framework of the Conakry Agreement had resumed between the parties, looking ahead to legislative and presidential elections scheduled for 2018 and 2019, respectively.He said requisite measures must be taken to create an environment conducive to the holding of free, peaceful and credible polls.Toure said the resolution of the crisis in Guinea-Bissau requires continued engagement and support by the international community.
The loss for the six months ended June 30, 2019 includes $0.3 million of impairment charges of one vessel, while the loss for the six months ended June 30, 2018 includes $15.6 million of impairment charges of one vessel and $16.7 million of aggregate loss on sale of six vessels. Performance Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ: DCIX) on Monday reported a net loss of $1.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $42.3 million for the same period of 2018. Image used for representational purposes only (Image Courtesy: IndiaInfoline) Time charter revenues were $4.5 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $6.3 million for the same period of 2018. This decrease was primarily due to the decrease in size of the Company’s fleet, and was partially offset by the increased time charter rates achieved as a result of improved market conditions. Net loss for the six months ended June 30, 2019, amounted to $1.7 million, compared to a net loss of $46.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. Time charter revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2019, amounted to $10.0 million, compared to $14.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. Sea News, July 30 The loss for the second quarter of 2019 includes $0.3 million of impairment charges of one vessel, while the loss for the second quarter of 2018 includes $15.6 million of impairment charges of one vessel and $19.0 million of aggregate loss on sale of three vessels. Author: Baibhav Mishra
DStv has announced that SuperSport has secured the license to the Barclays Premier League Live Package A for the rest of Africa and will be showing these matches on SuperSport from this weekend.SuperSport already held both Live Package A & B rights for South Africa and Live Package B rights for the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa and with this deal has now secured all Premier League live rights for the remainder of the 2008/2009 season and for the whole of next season. This does not apply to the Nigerian market.SuperSport has a long history of showcasing the finest club soccer on its range of channels.“We are pleased that Barclays Premier League supporters on the continent will continue to enjoy the best of the league,” said SuperSport Chief Executive Imtiaz Patel. “We are delighted to have Package A matches in the SuperSport fold. We’ll continue to deliver the very best in sports broadcasting.”Viewers in Africa will immediately benefit, with a number of appetising Barclays Premier League fixtures – a live triple-header this Saturday and another big match on Sunday.First up is Manchester City against Middlesborough (12.45pm GMT), followed by title-chasing Chelsea against Hull City (3pm GMT) and then Liverpool, who will be keen to close the gap on Manchester United, up against Portsmouth (5.30pm GMT). On Sunday, top of the table Manchester United will be seeking to increase their lead over their rivals when they play away at West Ham United. Will they slip up? See for yourself at 4pm (GMT).As ever, SuperSport’s Premier League package will include expert analysis, highlights and post-match comments.All these matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport 7.Source: supersportafrica
1 Watford manager Marco Silva once again refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the vacant Everton job.The Portuguese coach is one of the favourites to take over at Goodison Park following the sacking of Ronald Koeman, although the Hornets are reportedly unwilling to let him leave.Silva has said very little about his future since Koeman left the Toffees on October 23 and, ahead of his side’s Premier League game at Newcastle on Saturday, he would talk only about the game.“I don’t like to talk about speculation about these things. I’m here to talk about our match, about Newcastle-Watford, nothing more,” said the 40-year-old.“Sometimes I talk and after it is going the other way (misinterpreted).“I don’t give one more word about this situation.”Watford’s high turnover of managers during the past few years has prompted some pundits to suggest Silva should jump at the chance of a possible move to Merseyside.The Hornets’ Italian owner Gino Pozzo has dispensed with four managers during the past three years; Billy McKinlay, Slavisa Jokanovic, Quique Sanchez Flores and Walter Mazzarri.When asked if it was difficult to be loyal to the Hertfordshire club based on that statistic, Silva said it was a question for Pozzo to answer.He said: “If you want, our owner Gino Pozzo (can) come here and you make this question for him, OK?“You know what is most important for me? I tell you; Newcastle-Watford, my team (and) tomorrow’s training session.”Silva has led his eighth-placed team to five victories from their opening 12 top-flight matches and they are perhaps unlucky not to have more points following some unfortunate defeats, including at Chelsea and Everton.Weekend opponents Newcastle are out of form following just one win in seven, but Silva expects a tough test against Rafael Benitez’s side at St James’ Park.“It’s a really difficult game for us. (They are) a good team with a very, very good coach,” Silva said.“They feel a fantastic support behind them and I believe it’s a very good challenge for us.“We need to prove during the match on the pitch that we want to win more than our opponent.” Watford manager Marco Silva is wanted by Everton