A fit-again Gurchand Singh returned with a power- packed performance to help defending champions India smash Pakistan in straight sets and set up a summit clash with Iran in the third Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship ( Central Zone) in Kolkata on Sunday.Gurchand, who missed the first two league matches due to illness, recovered in time as Indians thrashed their arch- rivals 25- 17, 25- 15, 25- 22 without much sweat.Pakistan conceded at least a dozen points through unforced errors that did not help the cause as India, despite struggling at service, improved with each set to wrap- up the match in 70 minutes.With central attacker Gurchand, the Asian Cup skipper, in the starting line- up, India cruised to an 8- 3 lead and stretched their lead to six points at the second technical timeout.India never really seemed in trouble even as they gifted Pakistan few points through faulty service and maintained their lead. India wrapped up the first set in 24 minutes with the setpoint coming via an unforced error by Pakistan.Pakistan were more generous in conceding points through errors in the second set that was clinched by India in just 21 minutes.Lifting themselves up, Pakistan gave some anxious moments to India in the third set that took the hosts 25 minutes to settle the issue.Leading 16- 9 at the second technical time- out, Pakistan scored 13 points before India wrapped the set 25- 22 to win the match.In another match Iran sailed past Kazakhstan in straight sets 25- 20, 25- 10, 25- 19 to reach the final with an all- win record.advertisementSpeaking about the upcoming final with Iran, India coach Desh Raj said said he has a full strength squad at his disposal to stop Iran in Monday’s final.” I have a full strength squad at my disposal. We will give them ( Iran) a tough fight and hopefully retain the title,” Desh Raj said.India had lost to Iran in their first match and the coach said they would hope to rectify the mistakes.” Iran are the top side in Asia.No doubt, they will be tough to beat but we will rectify the mistakes we did against them. I am really happy with today’s show.We were fantastic in all the departments,” said Raj.India captain Sanjay Kumar said his best was yet to come in the tournament.” I am still not happy with my performance. A lot needs to be improved. Hopefully, my best show will come tomorrow ( Monday),” said Sanjay, who was adjudged the best scorer in India’s historical bronze medal finish in the Asian Cup.
zoom Singapore’s containership operator Pacific International Lines (PIL) Group has taken delivery of two new 11,800 TEU containerships.The two vessels form part of a batch comprising twelve 11,8000 TEU boxships ordered by PIL from Yangzijiang Shipbuilding (Holdings) Ltd. The newbuilding duo has been built at the group’s Suzhou shipyard.The two ships have been christened Kota Pahlawan and Kota Panjang at a naming ceremony held in China.Both have successfully completed their sea trials and set off for Singapore on October 30 and November 1 respectively. The two vessels will be deployed on the Far East – US AC5 service from the beginning of November 2017.Port rotation: Xiamen – Nansha – Hong Kong – Yantian – Long Beach – XiamenAccording to PIL, the new ships are each fitted with 1,400 reefer plugs that can accommodate up to a maximum of 2,800 TEU of refrigerated containers onboard. They also feature an energy efficient design with an Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI). “PIL looks forward to taking delivery of its other vessels and is confident that the high-quality standards set by these two vessels will continue to be upheld,” the company said.PIL has 118 live vessels in its fleet, one bulker of 56,700 dwt and 12 small dry ships with a total carrying capacity of 269,400 dwt. The fleet also includes 105 containerships.Based on the data provided by VesselsValue, two ships have been earmarked for scrapping, a handy container of 1,180 TEU name Kota Wangsa and a singledecker, Selatan Datang, of 4,000 dwt. Both vessels are to be scrapped in Bangladesh.
Photo taken on July 6, 2016 shows the displayed Jaguar XE car at the 7th International Auto Exhibition 2016 in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.IANSBritain’s biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) will hire 5,000 staff as it boosts its skills in autonomous and electric technology, a welcome business endorsement as Prime Minister Theresa May starts Brexit talks after a botched election.JLR, which employs more than 40,000 people globally, said it would hire 1,000 electronic and software engineers as well as 4,000 additional personnel including in manufacturing, most of whom will be based in Britain.The recruitment process will take place over the next 12 months, during Britain’s talks to leave the European Union, which carmakers have warned must result in a deal which retains free and unfettered trade to protect jobs.May lost her parliamentary majority in the June 8 general election that her Conservatives fought on the promise of a clean break with the EU single market and customs union.The renewed political uncertainty has seen business confidence tumble in recent days, according to surveys and business groups.Hours before the talks were due to begin in Brussels, the heads of the UK’s biggest business lobbies called on the government to engage “continuously” with UK business interests and strike a deal that preserves the benefits of EU membership including tariff-free trade, guarantees for EU citizens living in the UK and minimal customs formalities.Finance minister Philip Hammond said leaving the EU without an agreement would be a “very, very bad outcome for Britain” and he wanted an exit that would support employment and investment.”When I talk about a Brexit that supports British jobs, British investment and British business I mean a Brexit that avoids those cliff edges,” Hammond said in an interview with BBC television on Sunday.JLR, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors, will build its first electric vehicle, the I-PACE, in Austria but has said it wants to build such models in Britain if conditions such as support from government and academia are met.Automakers are racing to produce greener cars and improve charge times in a bid to meet rising customer demand and fulfil air quality targets but Britain lacks sufficient manufacturing capacity, an area ministers have said they want to build up.JLR, which builds just under a third of Britain’s 1.7 million cars, has said half of all its new models will be available in an electric version by the end of the decade, requiring new skills among its staff.
US President Donald Trump ©, first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump, using a fidget spinner, walk off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Airforce base, Maryland. Photo: AFPAs of Sunday night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple’s 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP.The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session.Before reaching the capital Melania and Barron descended the steps of Air Force One alongside President Trump at Joint Base Andrews, with the youngster—decked in a tee-shirt that read ‘The Expert’—playing with a fidget spinner.Melania’s parents had joined them for the short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump had spent the weekend at his golf course.After arriving at the White House Melania tweeted a picture from a window looking on to the South Lawn and the Washington Monument.“Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday” she wrote.Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win.During the week at least, Trump had been living alone in the vast, private quarters of the White House as he fends off the flood of reporting over Russia having allegedly meddled in the 2016 US election with the aim of helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.The first lady has mostly kept a low profile since her real estate mogul husband became president.Arguably, her biggest public outing came last month when she and Trump visited the Middle East and Europe on a trip that the White House later praised as a resounding success.