News / Best Q2 for container lines in two years as they eye a $10bn profit swing

first_img© Jordan Tan | Dreamstime.com – Wan Hai Lines cargo ship travelling near Changi By Mike Wackett 11/09/2017 Container lines have enjoyed their most profitable quarter in two years, according to a review of second-quarter carrier results by Drewry, and are looking at a $10bn swing in profitabilityWith the exception of CMA CGM, which will report later this week, all carriers which publish their financial results have now posted their interim first-half numbers.“Our preliminary operating margin estimate is that during second quarter of 2017 the industry enjoyed its most profitable quarter in two years, with margins hitting around 4%,” said Drewry.“The trend line is undeniable, and keeps the industry on track to meet our forecast that it will make a collective operating profit in the region of $5bn this year, after losing a similar amount in 2016.”Of the 16 container lines analysed by Drewry, only four were still operating in the red at the halfway point this year, compared with 12 in that position last year.The consultant suggested there were three main reasons for the turnaround in fortunes this year: “a shrinking pool of competitors”; “improving supply and demand fundamentals”; and most important “carriers (in general) used this newfound pricing power to good effect”.The data shows the emphasis had shifted from market share growth to improving returns. But there was one notable exception: Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) found itself bottom of the pile with a first-half loss in H1 of $227m, although this was an improvement on the $353m loss in the first six months of last year.Drewry said HMM had offered “steep discounts on freight rates to recover lost volumes”, the consequence of the South Korean carrier’s desperate financial situation prior to its creditor-led restructuring last year. While HMM had grown its carryings by 46% in the second quarter, year on year, its revenue per unit had declined by 6%.However, this was disputed by HMM, which told The Loadstar: “HMM did not offer any steeply lower freight rates than market price in order to recover the lost volume.“On the contrary, HMM’s average freight rates in 2017 second quarter have increased year-on-year, considering its operating profits in container business – excluding chartering and other income.“Despite increased freight rates from last year, dramatic 95%-plus year-on-year growth of capacity and volumes in Asia Trade of which rates are relatively lower than other trade engendered the unit revenue increase limit,” it said.Intra-Asia specialist SITC recorded the best first-half operating margin at 13.9%, followed by Cosco at 10.3% and US Jones Act niche carrier Matson at 7%.HMM’s operating margin for the six months came in at -10.2%, with the second worst MOL at -3.6% and Yang Ming at -1.6%.Industry leader Maersk Line was seventh in the ranking with a positive operating result of 2.9%.Interestingly, in a separate analysis of carrier financials, SeaIntel noted that niche Taiwanese carrier Wan Hai – which it said was the only container line to record a profit “in every second quarter for the past six years” – had by its standards posted a disappointing result for the second quarter, improving its result by just $18m year-on-year.Drewry’s view on the cumulative first-half carrier margins, which it said were likely to go “even higher” when CMA CGM reports its results, was positive.“Even greater pricing discipline should prevail as more lines emerge from their own troughs,” it said, adding that in combination with an improved market outlook and fewer players, “should ensure the recovery is more sustainable than before”.This article was edited on 15 September to include a response from HMMlast_img read more

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People / Henrik Hyldahn is ShipServ’s new VP of business development

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 11/10/2017 Maritime e-procurement platform ShipServ has appointed Henrik Hyldahn its senior vice president of business development.Based in ShipServ’s Copenhagen office, he will focus on developing the business’ new ventures.Mr Hyldahn was most recently chief information officer at global maritime services group Seven Seas, and prior to that managing director at technical and strategic consultancy CUBISOL. He has also held senior roles at Coca-Cola, the Carlsberg group and the Eitzen group.ShipServ chief executive Kim Skaarup said: “I’m delighted to welcome Henrik to our growing team. ShipServ’s objective in the next few years is to develop new solutions to address the key challenges our customers face.“To succeed, we need to work even more closely with them. Henrik’s mix of marine and technology experience makes him well placed to drive us towards this objective more effectively.”last_img read more

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News / Uncleared import boxes clogging India’s ports being used as ‘free warehousing’

first_img There seems no end in sight to the congestion choking India’s ports.According to the Container Shipping Lines Association of India (CSLA), tens of thousands of uncleared import containers are clogging supply chains amid the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.CSLA executive director Sunil Vaswani said only 26,000 teu had been cleared from container freight stations (CFSs) near Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru port, leaving more than 100,000 teu lying uncollected.“Similarly, about 50,000 teu is lying uncleared at Chennai,” he told The Loadstar. “And other ports, like Hazira for instance, are completely congested and have been forced to close their gates to imports and exports.”Mr Vaswani said many shipping lines had granted additional free time for container storage, despite most privately operated terminals not offering corresponding respite on port ground rent.But, while intended to alleviate financial hardship for shippers, the leniency policy appears to have backfired.“[It] has proved counter-productive, with most importers and consignees using the containers as free warehousing as the factories are shut,” explained Mr Vaswani.He said the resulting congestion was also detrimental to the country’s exports, as there is very little space left at ports, CFSs and inland container depots to handle export volumes.Carriers’ equipment is also being blocked by the uncleared cargo, Mr Vaswani added, leaving few available boxes for exports, which have shrunk by over 90% due to the factory closures and inland supply chain bottlenecks.“Lines continue to service the trade, but the vessels essentially call just to discharge import loads and then sail out light, in view of negligible export loads,” he noted. As a result, he said, carriers’ costs per unit were increasing, forcing them to blank sailings and add to their financial losses.“Ships remain idle at a huge cost,” said Mr Vaswani. “Active consideration therefore needs to be given by the government and terminal operators towards the reduction in vessel-related costs by at least 25% immediately, to encourage lines to maintain service levels during the current critical period.”The congestion has also prompted concerns by some freight forwarders that India’s logistics sector will appear “unreliable” during a time of crisis.Naveen Prakash, director of Global Logistics Solutions India, said: “The fact remains there are not many truck drivers and very stringent conditions on running factories, which is a great recipe for port congestion.”Only medical and essential goods were allowed to be transported before 20 April, according to Mr Prakash, so “desperate” shippers quickly turned to airfreight.“Until the pressure eases out of these [port] gateways, the situation will remain very challenging,” he noted. By Sam Whelan 24/04/2020last_img read more

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FDA closes review of Novartis data integrity scandal without punishing the drug maker

first_img Tags drug developmentgovernment agenciesrare diseaseSTAT+ Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ruby Wallau for STAT Ed Silverman An embarrassing scandal that Novartis (NVS) endured over data integrity has quietly come to a close, with the Food and Drug Administration instructing the drug maker to correct the problem at its AveXis unit, but without imposing any penalties.At issue was a delay in the disclosing to the agency that manipulated data existed for its Zolgensma gene therapy. Novartis became aware of the problem in March 2019, but did not inform the FDA until after the drug was approved last May. Zolgensma, which costs $2.1 million, is used to treat a type of spinal muscular atrophy and was developed by AveXis, which Novartis bought in April 2018. Pharmalot By Ed Silverman March 31, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints [email protected] What’s included?center_img GET STARTED @Pharmalot What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More FDA closes review of Novartis data integrity scandal without punishing the drug maker last_img read more

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‘There’s so much uncertainty’: As Mallinckrodt sells rare disease drug, parents worry about access

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Ed Silverman May 20, 2021 Reprints Tags pharmaceuticalsrare disease As it looks to emerge from bankruptcy, Mallinckrodt (MNK) has sold an experimental medicine that until recently was being tested to treat a fatal genetic disorder. But the company has said it will work with the buyer to ensure it remains available to children, an unexpected twist in the latest controversy over access to a rare disease drug.At issue is a medication called adrabetadex, which the company was studying to combat Niemann-Pick type C, or NPC, a rare progressive genetic disorder characterized by an inability of the body to transport cholesterol and other fatty substances inside of cells. The life expectancy of someone with the condition is about 20 years, but can be much shorter if NPC emerges during infancy. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. [email protected] GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Ed Silvermancenter_img Pharmalot Log In | Learn More What’s included? Whitney Curtis/AP About the Author Reprints Unlock this article — plus daily coverage and analysis of the pharma industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @Pharmalot ‘There’s so much uncertainty’: As Mallinckrodt sells rare disease drug, parents worry about access last_img read more

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Several hurt in active shooting at Wisconsin mall

first_imgAdvertisement Deputies investigate overnight shooting in Golden Gate June 10, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 Ex-wife of Palm Beach Publix killer responds to sheriff’s criticism June 16, 2021 AdvertisementOfficers in tactical gear were seen entering the mall, and at least five people were seen being taken taken out on stretchers, CNN reported.Austin Seybold, 24, said he was locked down in the back room of the Finish Line store in the mall when he saw customers running. Employees started rounding up people and “took them into the back and locked our front gate,” Seybold wrote in a text message to CNN.He said six employees and about a dozen customers were locked in the back room for about two hours before they were escorted out by a SWAT team. RELATEDTOPICS WAUWATOSA, Wi. (CNN) – Multiple people are wounded after an active shooting incident at a mall near Milwaukee Friday.According to Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride, a perpetrator responsible for firing shots inside the MayFair Mall is still at large. “Multiple injured victims have and are being transported from the north end of the Macy’s department store,” McBride said. “None of the victims’ injuries appear to be life threatening.”About 75 police officers were at the scene, according to McBride. The FBI in Milwaukee announced that agents were “currently responding to support local law enforcement tactical response to Mayfair Mall shooting incident.” “It was a little frantic at first, but we managed to get everyone into the back without any hassle and everyone has remained fairly calm which is good, although we can hear what sounds like SWAT teams in the back passageways of the mall and the gravity of the situation is beginning to set in,” Seybold said. The mall posted on Facebook Friday saying it had closed after the shooting. “We are disheartened and angered that our guests and tenants were subject to this violent incident today. We are thankful for our partners at the Wauwatosa Police Department and we are cooperating with them as their investigation develops,” the post read.In October, Wauwatosa was the site of several protests following the news that Officer Joseph Mensah, who shot and killed 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside of the mall in February, wouldn’t face criminal charges. This was part of a months-long wave of nationwide demonstrations over how Black people are treated by police.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Two teens arrested in Cape Coral shooting investigation June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementTags: shootingWisconsin AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentslast_img read more

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NBC2 explores the once iconic, now abandoned places of SWFL

first_imgWhy prices are rising – and when they could go back down June 13, 2021 AdvertisementTOM GASKINS’ CYPRESS KNEE MUSEUMOur journey starts the same way it’ll end – well off the beaten path.After lacing up our boots and trekking down a dirt road, we meet up with writer Nancy Dale. Advertisement AdvertisementTags: investigators AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments PALMDALE, Fla. (WBBH) — Southwest Florida is among the fastest-growing regions in all of the United States.And yet, scattered around our area are several prime properties that look straight out of a ghost town.These historic, once iconic places are now crumbling shells of what they used to be.NBC2 Investigator Evan Dean and photojournalist Kirk Erwin set out to learn the history behind these abandoned places, and to find out what’s being done to bring them back from the dead.  ‘Dirty’ diesels: EPA warns of widespread illegal truck tampering May 26, 2021 How nature can help SWFL fight back against sea-level rise May 26, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS “It’s invaluable that you came,” she said upon greeting us.We’re in rural Palmdale, which sits a few dozens miles west of Lake Okeechobee. It feels like the middle of nowhere. “Preserving native Florida,” Nancy reads, holding up a book she’s written. That’s become part of her life’s mission. Sadly, the property where we’ve met up — near the intersection of US-27 and FL-29 — has not been preserved. “Okay — here we go,” she said as we head inside the building. “Watch out for rattlesnakes.”Inside, we see trees and overgrown brush shooting skyward through the middle of the building. Glass display cases are shattered on the floor. Graffiti lines the walls.“It’s in my memory,” Nancy thinks hard to remember what it once looked like. “His creativity. His originality. His appreciation of nature.”She’s referring to the late Tom Gaskins, the quirky artist who created what was once here: The Tom Gaskins’ Cypress Knee Museum. Decades ago, it was a big tourist draw. Best of all, it was uniquely Florida. As Nancy explains, a messy land dispute long after Gaskins had passed away eventually led to the museum’s demise. Vandals haven’t been kind to it since it was closed. “People just came in off the street and did all this and ruined it,” Nancy said, frustrated, while walking over crunching shards of glass. “It’s sad, because this is our cultural heritage.”Near the museum is what Nancy described as an old caretaker’s house. It doesn’t look any better. Other buildings used to sit across the highway, but not anymore. We wander through dense woods and find the old catwalk that sprawls over the swamp and amongst the Cypress trees. It’s still being held up by old wires. The catwalk, like the museum itself, is somehow still standing. The state of Florida now owns the land, and Glades County leases it. There’s been talk among the Gaskins family and locals of restoring the roadside icon, perhaps creating a welcome center, but no movement just yet.Nancy believes it’s something worth saving. “It’s inspiring because the remains are still living. This is a living monument,” she emphasized. “It’s not just the museum. This represents rugged individuals. Where are they today?”EL JOBEAN GRAND HOTELFor our next stop, we head west to a tiny community on the northern banks of the Myakka River in Charlotte County. Tucked away from view, we originally miss our destination and need to turn around. After looping back over the river, we make our way to the community of El Jobean and the Bean Depot, a restaurant and cafe where live music and good vibes fill the air. “Come on down,” CK Meyer, our ‘tour guide’ said. He shows us around with a beer in his hand. “This was originally the post office, general store, train depot, one room jail cell,” CK said, chuckling. He’s part of the group that bought the building some 20 years ago and turned it into a cafe and museum. At the cafe, customers leave dollar bills on the wall. In the museum, old artifacts tell of the story of El Jobean. It’s all fantastically odd. “The big guy – holding the snook,” CK points to a life-size cut out of the town’s founder.His name was Joel Bean. Get it?We also learn of ‘Suicide Simon’, a daredevil who lived in the community and once owned the now-historical properties. His old stunt props are hung high on the ceiling. “This is a platform he would dive off of from 110 feet up in the air,” CK explained.We have to leave the museum and walk across the street to find the place that time left behind.“After a few hurricanes, it has deteriorated,” CK explained, walking up. We step into the century-old, once-famous El Jobean Grand Hotel. Inside, it isn’t quite so grand anymore. “Careful,” CK said, still chuckling, as we walk through the darkened rooms. “Try and find a joist.” The building is falling apart. The main hallway is now seemingly sideways. It looks more like a haunted house than a grand hotel.We ask CK what it’s like to see it in such poor shape. “It’s kind of depressing,” he replies, his smile fading, if only briefly. Outside, our drone flies above to capture what we can’t: pepper trees have swarmed the property and strong storms have battered the back end of the hotel. Back at the museum, CK turns on a small TV and plays old black-and-white films that help remind of what fun the hotel once was. “People were out here during prohibition, pounding down drinks and dancing out front,” he said.CK and the group that owns the hotel hope to someday recapture that energy. They have plans to restore the property, though he wouldn’t reveal what exactly it might become. After all the work they put in at the cafe and museum, perhaps their plans at the hotel can also come to fruition.“It means a piece of history that we’re missing out on right now, that we should put back together,’” CK said. “We need our history in Florida. There’s too much going by the wayside.”CAPE ROMANO DOME HOUSE For our third and final stop, we head south to the Isles of Capri which requires us to leave dry land. We haul our camera gear onto a dock and then onto a boat that’s sitting in the water. “Thanks for taking us out,” we tell local realtor Beau Middlebrook and his friend, who’ve offered to take us out for a ride. It’s a beautiful day to spend on a boat.Once in the gulf, we slice over the water navigating south, passing the massive, luxurious vacation properties on Marco Island. The clear, turquoise water and splashing dolphins are enough to catch anyone’s eye.Just not quite like what we see in the distance. Four white, dome-like structures sit on stilts well atop the water, leaning slightly in different directions. It isn’t even close to shore. It looks like a space alien splashed down. But it’s actually what’s left of a home, known now as the Cape Romano Dome House.“It was in pristine condition. It looked like the way the owner and builder designed it,” Middlebrook recalled, remembering what was once here.We’ve now anchored down closer to the unusual structures.“It was beach 500 feet this way,” he said, motioning out to the gulf. “That’s where the beach was.”Old photos – before the sea swallowed the shore — tell the story better than any person can.The dome house was built by former oil producer Bob Lee in 1979. The shape was by design. It was created to withstand strong winds — and it did. But when Hurricane Andrew blew through in 1992, the interior suffered major damage and the house was abandoned soon after that. Remarkably, all these years later, 4 of the 6 domes are still standing, even as erosion eats away at the coast. Bob Lee, builder of the dome homes“Mother nature took the land, but it didn’t take the house,” Beau remarked. “The house is still here.”Today, the domes attract sun-bathing birds, fisherman, and tourists from all over the world. There’s no plans to restore it — obviously, that’s not possible — but also no idea how much longer it’ll last.“Who knows,” Beau said, laughing, when we ask him what might happen to the dome house in 20 years. “Who knows.”GHOST TOWNS & VANISHING SETTLEMENTS On dry land in downtown Fort Myers, historian and map-lover Joanne Miller reminds us that it’s not just places that have been abandoned. It’s entire towns — ghost towns — and vanishing settlements. On a bench in front of the former Lee County courthouse, Joanne shows us an old map of the Caloosahatchee and all the towns that once lined its banks. “To get in here and start going through these books and these maps and these documents… it’s pretty cool stuff,” she said. She hopes you think so too. If there’s one thing we learned from our exploration across southwest Florida, it’s that there’s so much history — valuable, fun, quirky history — that’s worth remembering. “There’s just a lot of history here,” Joanne said. “If we don’t talk about it and teach it, it’s gonna be lost.”  AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments NBC2 Investigates: Who pays for healthcare for the homeless? May 28, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

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Foyle on form as Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe claim historic first hurling title

first_img Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe 2-17 Castletown 2-15Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 3 FinalRobbie Foyle helped himself to 12 points as Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe – the newest club in Laois – claimed their first piece of silverware thanks to a two-point win over Castletown in the ACHL Division 3 final in Colt this evening.This is just the second season since the two clubs joined forces and while their first year ended on a disappointing note and relegation from the intermediate championship grade, they’ll take great hope from this success ahead of their bid to win the junior championship.Castletown had a decent team with a nice spread of players who’ve played plenty of senior hurling. Pinterest Pinterest Home Sport GAA Foyle on form as Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe claim historic first hurling title SportGAAHurling Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA GAA Patrolling the Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe sideline as manager, however, was Castletown great David Cuddy which added an extra dimension to a fixture that delivered a right good contest.Two goals in a minute midway through the first half laid the foundation for Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe’s win.The first came from Ciaran Lennon just moments after he’d come on as a sub for the injured Sean Tynan.Lennon made a right nuisance of himself running at the heart of the Castletown defence and he somehow bundled the sliotar over the line for the game’s first goal.Within less than a minute they’d the ball in the net again, this time a brilliant finish from Ruairi O’Connor after excellent work and a fine delivery from Geoff Kennedy.With Padraig Kelly, Jimmy Langton and Foyle all adding fine points from play and Foyle one from a free also, it left Castletown trailing 2-4 to 0-2. Both of their scores came from full-forward Gearoid Gaughan, who finished with 1-10 and had a fine evening on the frees.Castletown were always playing catch up after that – though they made a game of it.Gaughan got a couple of frees to settle them and Paul Croke and James Mullaney pointed from play either side of cracking long-range point from Padraig Kelly.Kelly and Foyle (free) restored Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe’s lead but two quick-fire goals from Castletown – from Paul Croke and then Gaughan – and a point from James Hooban had the sides level coming up to half time.Robbie Foyle hit back with a free though and Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe led 2-8 to 2-7 at the end of an entertaining opening 30 minutes.The second half developed into a bit of a shootout between Foyle and Gaughan with Joe McCormack and Paul Croke adding points for Castletown and Michael Brennan getting one for the winners.Castletown could never get closer then two points and they saw a late effort on goal for an equaliser go over the bar.After the game, Monica Delaney, representing Laois County Board, presented the cup to winning captain Jimmy Langton.A notable occasion for the new club – but they’ll hope it’s only the start of things to come.Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe open their championship campaign away to Rathdowney-Errill on Sunday week while Castletown take on Borris-Kilcotton next Friday.SCORERS – Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe: Robbie Foyle 0-12 (nine frees), Padraig Kelly 0-3, Ruairi O’Connor 1-0, Ciaran Lennon 1-0, Jimmy Langton 0-1, Michael Brennan 0-1. Castletown: Gearoid Gaughan 1-10 (0-9 frees), Paul Croke 1-2, James Hooban 0-1, James Mullaney 0-1, Joe McCormack 0-1PARK-RATHENISKA/TIMAHOE: Ger Ramsbottom; James O’Connor, Martin Kelly, Joe Foyle; Geoff Kennedy, Gavin Tynan, Brian Fingleton; James Langton, Brendan Fingleton; Padraig Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Sean Tynan; Michael Brennan, Robbie Foyle, Ruairi O’Connor. Subs: Ciaran Lennon for S Tynan (injured – 12), Benny Dowling for R O’Connor (50)CASTLETOWN: Mick Cuddy; Kieran Phelan, Adrian Dollard, Cillian Phelan; Luke O’Grady, Tadhg Dooley, Conor Walsh; James Mullaney, Adam Poole; Joe McCormack, Brian Ferns, Paul Croke; James Hooban, Gearoid Gaughan, Kevin Carroll. Subs: Michael Butler for Poole (HT), Seamus Lyons for Ferns (51)REFEREE: Padraig Dunne (Colt)Elsewhere, the ACHL Division 2 final between Camross and Borris-Kilcotton in Mountrath was abandoned early in the second half due to a fight breaking out between the two teams.Camross had been leading 1-4 to 0-5 at half time.Referee JJ Gorman opted to call the game off when the trouble broke out and Laois GAA will await his report before deciding on action.Both teams are due to begin their intermediate championship campaigns next week – Camross against Ballypickas and Borris-Kilcotton against Rathdowney-Errill.SEE ALSO – Laois senior hurling team named for All Ireland quarter-final clash with Tipperary Facebook GAA Twittercenter_img Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSACHL Division 3CastletownCastletown v Park-Ratheniska/TimahoePark-Ratheniska-Timahoe WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleAll of Friday night’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, July 13, 2019 Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Foyle on form as Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe claim historic first hurling title Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin By Steven Miller – 12th July 2019 WhatsApplast_img read more

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The Week that Was: The most read stories on LaoisToday over the past seven days

first_imgHome Hurling Club Hurling The Week that Was: The most read stories on LaoisToday over the… HurlingClub HurlingWe Are Laois GAA The Week that Was: The most read stories on LaoisToday over the past seven days 4 – Moment in Time: Some absolute classic photos from the 2009 Junior Cert Results dayWith the Junior Cert results out last week, we dug up some classic Alf Harvey photos from Heywood CS in 2009.5 – Laois man to be part of Australian version of Love IslandA young man who was born in Portlaoise and lived here until he was 10 was unveiled as one of the contestants on this year’s Love Island.6 – Portlaoise into Laois SFC final after thrilling win over PortarlingtonThe Portlaoise footballers qualified for the Laois SFC final for the 13th year running – but only after an incredibly tough battle against Portarlington.7 – Abbeyleix the big winner in Tidy Towns awards as five other Laois towns and villages also featureThe Tidy Towns results are always eagerly awaited and it came as no surprise that Abbeyleix once again featured quite prominently.8 – Killeshin hold on to reach first ever senior football final following replay win over BallyfinThere was huge interest in the second Laois SFC semi-final and it took a replay to separate Killeshin and Ballyfin.9 – Latest football Team of the Week as intermediate and junior titles decided and senior battles go to the wireIt was a dramatic weekend of football – and our Team of the Week was particularly hard to pick.10 – Huge preparations underway for stunning showhouse launch at Mount Stewart in Portlaoise this SaturdayA new housing development was unveiled in Portlaoise and there was considerable interest as the showhouse was opened to the public on Saturday. By Steven Miller – 6th October 2019 Pinterest TAGSThe Week that Was Twitter Every Sunday, we look back on the top stories of the previous week on LaoisToday.And as always, it was another wide and varied week. Among the top stories of the past seven days were the Electric Picnic, two Laois sisters opening a new business in Portlaoise, a young Portarlington man’s gambling addiction, some quality photos from this time 10 years ago, a Laois man on Love Island in Australia and a couple of big sports stories from the local GAA scene.1 – Electric Picnic told to get its house in order for 2020 GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp GAA Previous articleWATCH: The incredible Ross King injury time goal that sent Rathdowney-Errill into Laois SHC finalNext article‘Meet the Makers’ at Laois Food and Craft Festival throughout October Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Laois County Council heard contributions from a couple of members over concerns they have around Electric Picnic.2 – All systems go as Laois sisters open ladies boutique in PortlaoiseTara and Mo Nerney from The Heath opened their second ladies boutique Pretty Woman in Portlaoise, exactly ten years after they opened their first store in Naas.3 – Jason ‘Chilly’ Ward: What gambling did to meYoung Portarlington man Jason ‘Chilly’ Ward wrote a heart-wrenching piece about his struggles with gambling. Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

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Unintended Separation of Young Married Couples

first_img News Unintended Separation of Young Married Couples News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak AvatarYang Jung A Facebook Twitter News [imText1]Choi (25) from Hamheung, South Hamkyung Province, married with his fiancé last Spring. Wedding ceremony was accompanied by his neighbors, friends and relatives. Happy life afterwards seemed awaiting the newly wed couple. All of sudden, serious problem emerged. As in South Korea, North Korean married man provides housing while married woman brings furniture and other basic goods. Rarely a newly wed couple lives with their parents. However in these days, due to rising house prices, couples have hard time finding new homes. Even if they are fortunate enough to find one, sometimes police or local government officials intervene and confiscate houses for private sales of property, which is, in principle, still illegal in communist North Korea. Confiscated houses are distributed to Army officers or discharged veterans. Choi’s house was forfeited, too. He went to the police office and protested, but police guards bluntly replied; “Then you can live with your parents.” The Chois are now in debt to buy another house. And for a while, since there is no house to live together, the newly weds are residing in their parents’ houses separately. Faulty construction in Yongcheon Kim (female, 55) live with fear. Her little apartment in Yongcheon, North Pyongan Province, is so weak that it might crumble to ground someday. She and her family lost home in 2004 Ryongchun station exploision. They had lived in tents for several months until local government finally told them a plan to build new houses for refugees. Delight soon turned to disappointment, however. The apartment was well built outside but faultily done so inside. Rumors spread that new houses built after Ryongchun incident was so hastily constructed that vulnerable to sudden collapse. Materials were poor and construction phase was too quick. Some houses were not even equipped with proper electricity. Cracks emerged soon. A neighbor of Kim told her that some party officials embezzled money and materials provided upon Ryongchun residents after the explosion. For Kim who is living in anxiety, state and the Dear Leader are no more venerable. Photo market in NK Hwang (male, 20) from Chongjin, North Hamkyong Province, has father who is involved in Sino-Korean trade. Thanks to his rich dad, Hwang seldom goes to work and instead hangs out with friends. He owns a lot of foreign stuff, which attracts many friends. His most precious is a Japanese digital camera. While walking down the street with the camera on his hand, every girl looks upon him with envies. Even in Chongjin, there are an increasing number of people who bring digital cameras. Using digital camera grew fast since three to four years ago. And some people take and sell pictures of customers, 2000 NK won (less than a US dollar) per pic. According to a friend in Hwoiryeong, it is sold five hundred won per picture taken from digital camera, taking five days.center_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China By Yang Jung A – 2007.09.24 5:28pm SHARElast_img read more

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