Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’

first_imgTNT needs to ‘learn to adjust’ after another foul-laden game, says Racela Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and 2005 world champion before serving a ban between 2006-10, won silvers behind Bolt in Beijing in 2015 and Moscow two years previously, and last year became the oldest man to win a 100m Olympic medal when he took silver in Rio, also behind his Jamaican nemesis.Bolt’s teammate Yohan Blake, world 100m champion in 2011 after the false start, and Gatlin’s compatriot Christian Coleman, who has the season’s fastest time of 9.82sec, should be in the running.And Canadian Andre de Grasse, South African Akani Simbine and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut all have a realistic chance of bagging a medal should they safely negotiate heats and keep enough in reserve from Friday’s heats for Saturday’s semi-final and final.“I love competition, I thrive on competition and I want people to run fast to push me,” warned Bolt, who set the current world record of 9.58sec when he won world gold in Berlin in 2009, his winning times in the last two championships being 9.79 and 9.77 respectively.“I’m the underdog, for some reason,” Bolt said. “That’s what I keep reading. That’s what my team keeps telling me… I’ve got to prove myself once more.“My last race was 9.95, which shows I’m going in the right direction. The two rounds (of heats and semi-finals) always help me. I’m always going forward.“At a championships it’s about who keeps their nerve. I’ve been here before. It’s time to go. It’s ‘go’ time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes to win the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships, in Moscow, Russia. The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport along the way is saying goodbye. His runs through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at next week’s world championships are expected to produce golds yet again, along with leaving people to wonder who could possibly take his place. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Usain Bolt is confident he can produce one more magical Midas touch when he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships.In eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100m relay finals, Bolt has only suffered one hiccup: when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT Eleven world titles to go along with eight Olympic golds: Bolt has the experience of dealing with multi-round big-event racing.It would be a brave person to bet against the 30-year-old Jamaican, no matter how sluggish, relatively speaking, his season has been so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHe has had only three outings, all over 100m, and only once dipped under the 10-second barrier, in Monaco last month (9.95sec).“If I show up at a championships I’m fully confident,” Bolt maintained. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ “My coach (Glen Mills) is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100 percent.”While labelling himself “for some reason, the underdog”, Bolt fired out a warning shot at potential rivals by saying he wanted to bring the curtain down on his individual exploits as a sprinter who was “unbeatable, unstoppable”.Bolt suffered a rare defeat in the 100m by two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin at the Rome Diamond League meet in 2013, losing out by a hundredth of a second.And the multi-medalled American, now 35, will be in the field in the British capital and a nailed-down contender for a podium place.Bolt Gatlin’s nemesisADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Live the thrill

first_imgSummer getaways usually involve lush green hill stations, cocktails by the beach or swanky hotels. But how about trekking in the cold desert of Ladakh? Yes, it’s time to move beyond the regular sight-seeing and set off on a real adventure. “You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to,Summer getaways usually involve lush green hill stations, cocktails by the beach or swanky hotels. But how about trekking in the cold desert of Ladakh? Yes, it’s time to move beyond the regular sight-seeing and set off on a real adventure. “You don’t have to be an adrenaline junkie to enjoy adventure sports. Families too, are looking for such exciting holiday options, provided the trip is well organised,” says Keyur Joshi, COO, Makemytrip.Ride the tideFor an eventful vacation, head for whitewater rafting and camping on the shores. “You would feel an ultimate rush while floating through the scenic waterways,” says Suchi Smita of the whitewater action at Mori, which is a small village in Uttarakhand, located on the banks of Tons river. The proximity of Mussorie and Shimla is another attraction for the tourists visiting this side.Camping in surrounding forest and villages of Manali in Himachal is a bonus adventure for rafting enthusiasts who visit the Beas river in the region. While Indus and Zanskar rivers at Ladakh offer best stretches for a challenging raft trip, camping and rafting at Rishikesh are a safer bet. No wonder it’s a popular weekend getaway for families. Rishikesh also offers adventure sports such as rappelling and cliff jumping.Take to the waterRafting at Rishikesh is on till end of May,however, rivers such as Mori, Beas and Indus are accessible till themonth of June. One should carry shorts, t-shirts and floaters forrafting while track suits and sneakers for camping.View from the topIf you’re looking for an elevated experience, literally, and nature’s solitude, then a Himalayan sojourn is the answer. Ladakh (also known as little Tibet), the land of jagged peaks offers some of the most interesting treks. The lunar terrains of Leh and sand dunes of Nubra valley make your trekking efforts worth it and even more.Unlike the surreal beauty of Himalyas, treks in Himachal promises to be a cultural diaspora, with spotlight on popular Dhauladhar and Pirpanjal ranges. The quaint life of locales is charming and simple. The high altitude trek in the Kanchendzonga range (8,586 meters) of Sikkim and the tribal treks in Tawang, Dirang and the Tenga valley of Arunachal Pradesh are also some of the star treks. The trekking program should be organised by a registered travel agency. “We conduct an easy three-day trek to strenuous 20+day trek, offering complete arrangements from travel either by road or rail to all the necessary equipments, a trip leader and porters,” says Mandeep Dhillion, director of Synapses Adventures (www.synapses.in).Take a hikeThe best time to trek in Himalyas is from April to mid June, and then in September and October. One should be able to walk for at least 5-6 kms in the plains. A basic medical check up isadvisable, especially for first timers.Sea, I got you!Yes, it’s your chance to get upclose and personal with the marine species and beautiful, colourful coral reefs. Scuba diving is a treasured adventure sport for marine life enthusiasts. First time divers can also expect a spectacular view, provided the weather is good for visibility underwater. “The clear crystal water and pristine lagoons of Lakshadweep Islands are a safe option for diving newbies,” says a diving expert. Andaman Islands with its large schools of tropical fish, large pelagics, turtles and popular Manta Rays are a diving paradise. The island also boasts of liveboard diving. “The Havelock Islands at Andaman has excellent sites for divers such as Elephanta Beach, Inglis Island, and Buffalo Island,” shares Dhillon.Take the plungeThe diving season begins from mid-Januaryto mid-May with flat seas, excellent visibility and easy accessibilityto all the sites. August to November is also excellent time for diving.advertisementlast_img read more

HapagLloyd Ups Volume of Euro Bond Offering

first_imgzoom German shipping major Hapag-Lloyd has increased the volume of its euro bond offering from EUR 300 million to EUR 450 million due to high demand, the company informed.The proceeds will be used to redeem Hapag-Lloyd’s existing 7.75% and 7.50% senior euro notes due 2018 and 2019.The senior notes are issued with a maturity of seven years and a coupon of 5.125%. The emission price was 100%, the company added.“The successful placement is proof of the confidence Hapag-Lloyd enjoys on the capital markets as one of the world’s leading liner shipping companies,” Nicolás Burr, Chief Financial Officer of Hapag-Lloyd, said.“Now we can replace two existing notes with significantly more favorable notes, which will lower our interest burden,” Burr added.The notes will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Damen Docks Its 1st Ship at Floating Dock C in Curaçao

first_imgDamen Shiprepair Curaçao (DSCu), taken over by Damen in February 2017, has commissioned its large floating C dock.The 230 by 45 metres Panamax-class dock is one of two floating docks that arrived at the Caribbean island of Curaçao in April 2018 as part of a USD 40 million investment program for DSCu. The yard is located on the route to the Panama Canal and features two graven docks and almost 2 kilometers of quayside.After the final tests had been carried out in the morning of November 2, the C Dock was submerged onto the equalized seabed. DSCu Nautical department, with the help of local KTK pilots and tugs subsequently docked the first commercial ship, a 63,400 dwt bulker, thus putting the C dock into service.“This marks a special milestone and we are very proud of this,” Lodewijk Franken, DSCu’s managing director commented.“It is highly rewarding to see the yard’s infrastructure today, following an intensive period of improvements, and to have the first ship in our C dock.” The smaller D dock – which had been docked inside the C dock since their Atlantic crossing – has been floated-out late October to be moored alongside the repair quayside. It is currently having electric power connected after which the pumps and valves can be tested. It is expected to be put into service in November also.The two drydocks are aimed at bolstering the ship repair capacity at Damen’s Curaçao-based yard.Image and Video Courtesy: Damenlast_img read more