World Cup 2019: Batsmen underestimate Yuzvendra Chahal, feels Sachin TendulkarYuzvendra Chahal bagged the important wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell as India bowled out Australia for 316 while defending 352 at The Oval on Sunday. commentary India Today Web Desk LondonJune 10, 2019UPDATED: June 10, 2019 10:06 IST Yuzvendra Chahal was once again the pick of the Indian spinners in their second World Cup game (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuzvendra Chahal finished with 2 wickets of 62 runs in 10 overs against AustraliaChahal has 6 wickets in 2 games so far at an average of 18.83India toppled Australia from 3rd place in the points table after Sunday’s 36-run victoryIndia leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been in tremendous form in the World Cup so far having picked up 6 wickets in the two matches against South Africa and Australia.Chahal followed up on his good show against South Africa with two wickets against Australia in India’s second match which they won by a big margin of 36 runs in London to move up to 3rd place in the points table.Chahal, who had picked 4 wickets against the Proteas in the first game, bagged the important wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell, both of whom tried to go after the spinner but completely failed in their attempts. Chahal was miserly with the ball once again as he finished with 2 for 62 from his 10 overs.MUST WATCH: Laughs, antics, fun banter – This Chahal TV episode has it all courtesy the very funny Gabbar – @SDhawan25Do not miss this one – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahal #TeamIndia #CWC19Full Video link here https://t.co/PSY2vYJieJ pic.twitter.com/ZCOLcZ1fZpBCCI (@BCCI) June 10, 2019Talking about the leg-spinner after the game, former India captain Sachin Tendulkar said batsmen tend to underestimate Chahal and pay the price for it later on.”Yuzvendra Chahal bowled beautifully again. He’s had fair amount of success against Maxwell. Many guys underestimate him, they feel he bowls just stump to stump. But even when it comes to that in lesser helpful conditions, he’s got tremendous control over his flight and the length that he hits.”Very rarely you will see Chahal pushing the ball through. He’s only pushing the ball through when he’s trying to bowl the flipper. Today was a great example when he got Warner out. Warner was beaten by the length. He stepped out to play the big shot but then he realised he’s not got to the pitch of the ball.advertisementChahal strikes. Warner departs after scoring 56 runs.Australia 133/2 after 24.4 overs pic.twitter.com/kur3aDyTlpBCCI (@BCCI) June 9, 2019″And that is the ability of Chahal, you know the arm speed is exactly the same, but he releases the ball bit later than normal and that is what deceives batters,” Tendulkar told India Today in an exclusive interview after India’s victory.After opting to bat first, India rode on a stupendous 117 from opener Shikhar Dhawan and useful fifties from Rohit Sharma (57) and Virat Kohli (82), to post the highest total by any team against Australia at World Cups.After that, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shone with the ball with 3 wickets each while Chahal bagged two as India bowled out Australia for 316 in 50 overs and topped the defending champions from third place in the 10-team points table with 2 wins from as many games.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Sachin Tendulkar surprised with David Warner’s slow batting vs IndiaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar questions Australia tactics in failed run chase vs IndiaAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar wants Shikhar Dhawan to break his record in ICC tournamentsAlso Read | Apologised to Steve Smith on behalf of crowd, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Yuzvendra ChahalFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India vs AustraliaFollow World Cup 2019 No data available! advertisement scorecard graphs view more view less Next
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England (50.0) England beat India by 31 runs Match Ended ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 111 (109) Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL) view full scorecard England ENG India IND India 337/7 3/55 (10) ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Match 38 306/5 You all wanted Rishabh Pant to play, there he is at No. 4: Rohit Sharma’s epic reply to journalistRohit Sharma was at his cheeky best during the post-match press conference on Sunday and had all the journalists in splits with his reply to a question on Rishabh Pant. Super Over Scorecard vs (50.0) England ENG Jonny Bairstow (ENG) J. Bairstow (ENG) 337/7 (50.0) 102 (109) graphs 5/69 (10) Mohammed Shami (IND) M. Shami (IND) Series Status: Player Of The Match: Jonny Bairstow – Top Bowlers Top Bowlers No data available! Rohit Sharma (IND) R. Sharma (IND) Top Batsmen Top Batsmen advertisement Match Ended view more view less Liam Plunkett (ENG) L. Plunkett (ENG) Toss: ENG elected to bat India IND ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 306/5 commentary (50.0) Rohan Sen BirminghamJuly 1, 2019UPDATED: July 1, 2019 10:16 IST Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma had kept India in the hunt with their third-wicket partnership (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant were part of a 52-run stand for the 3rd wicketRishabh Pant was playing his maiden World Cup game on SundayPant had replaced the injured Vijay Shankar in the playing XI for the England gameRishabh Pant’s inclusion in the Indian playing XI on Sunday against England was met with a lot of cheer among fans as the maverick cricketer finally got a chance to showcase his talent in the World Cup with a 29-ball 32.India failed to chase 337 against England and suffered their first loss of the tournament in 7 matches but it was Pant’s knock which caught everybody’s attention as he played some of his trademark shots to show the world what he is really capable of doing.Pant had replaced the injured Vijay Shankar in the playing XI for this game. India had tried out Shankar at No.4 for a couple of games but the all-rounder failed to impress with scores of 29 and 14 against Afghanistan and West Indies in the last two games.Pant on the other hand, immediately made an impact with his bat. He came out after Virat Kohli’s dismissal when India was struggling to keep up with the asking rate and along with Rohit Sharma, added 52 runs for the third wicket to bring the team back in the run chase.Rohit was dismissed for 102 after which Pant and Hardik Pandya joined forces to score 28 runs which kept India in the hunt. But Pant departed trying to hit a big shot off Liam Plunkett’s bowling in the 40th over, only managing to find Chris Woakes on the leg-side boundary line who took a superb catch to send back the 21-year-old.Rohit was asked about Pant in the post-match press conference and whether he was surprised to see him bat at No.4 ahead of the in-form Hardik Pandya. The Indian vice-captain gave a hilarious reply to the journalist’s question leaving the room in splits.advertisement”Not really (surprised) because you all wanted Rishabh Pant to play right? Right from the time we left India, you all kept on asking where is Rishabh Pant. There he is at No.4,” Rohit joked with the journalist.Looking at Pant’s knock, former India captain Sachin Tendulkar also praised the young Delhi cricketer.”Rishabh went out and made a big statement. But also number of elements that one would have to look at, if there is an injury on the field then who comes and completes those overs (hinting at Vijay Shankar).”What I saw of Rishabh, he’s always been a dynamic player, always been aggressive. I call him a dynamite,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.Also Read | Rishabh Pant made a big statement with his batting: Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | Nasser Hussain, Sourav Ganguly slam MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav over lack of intentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Rishabh PantFollow India vs EnglandFollow World Cup 2019 Next
Next Asian News International ManchesterSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 12:53 IST Max Waight was gifted a signed Australia Test jersey by James Pattinson in Manchester (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMax Waight dreamed of watching the Ashes in England after Australia won the World Cup in 2015He started taking care of neighbour’s garbage bins for money in order to save for his tripAfter 4 years of saving money, Max is finally in England with his family living his dreamThe oldest cricketing rivalry between England and Australia has a fan following like no other and to showcase his love for the team from Down Under, a 12-year-old boy, Max Waight, saved four years of ‘hard-earned’ pocket money to watch the ongoing series in England.”I sat next to Steve Waugh, Justin Langer, and Nathan Lyon. Justin Langer showed me the plan book which was amazing to see all his notes and talking to Steve Waugh was amazing too,” cricket.com.au quoted Max as saying.”Steve Smith and Pat Cummins are my favourites. I got to talk to them about how they prepare and play the game. It was very enjoyable,” he added.The kid had seen Australia lift the World Cup in 2015 on their home soil and it was then that he wanted to travel to the UK to watch his favourite team take on England in the high-voltage series.But travelling to England was not that simple. His father, Damien, promised him that if he could raise AUD 1500, he would end up taking Max to the UK. Raising AUD 1500 was not easy for the kid, but he and his mother came up with a plan of taking out the neighbours’ rubbish bins on the weekends for the charge of just AUD 1 per household.The kid then wrote a letter to all his neighbours, offering his waste management services and he attracted customers in no time. The whole process went on for four years and he kept on taking the bins out on weekends. He took breaks when he was unable to take out the garbage bins or was ill.advertisementWhen he was unable to do so, his parents and younger brother did the job to keep the process going. And at last, when the kid accumulated the required money, his father kept the promise and booked the tickets for the entire family to go to England to watch the ongoing fourth Ashes Test in Manchester.”When I said it, I had to follow through. If he saved up the money I was not going to let him down,” cricket.com.au quoted Damien as saying.”You do not fast forward in your mind at the start and think you are going to do it but it is good that we are here. It is an amazing experience, we have got our whole family and another close family that we are friends with. We are just making memories,” he added.Max and his brother travelled to Old Trafford on the team bus and Max was seen sitting next to Australia coach Justin Langer.In the ongoing fourth Test of the Ashes, Australia declared their first innings at 497/8 after Steve Smith’s double ton. England were reduced to 23/1 at the close of play on day two of the Test.Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test: Magnificent Steve Smith puts Australia in command on day 2For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow James Pattinson 12-year-old boy picks garbage for 4 years to fulfill dream of watching AshesMax Waight, a 12-year-old boy, from Australia is currently living his dream of watching his favourite cricket stars in action during the ongoing 4th Ashes Test in Manchester.advertisement
Next Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer, Sridharan Sriram named batting and spin bowling coachRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have appointed former India trainer Shanker Basu as new strength and conditioning coach while Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 19, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 19:24 IST Shanker Basu returns to RCB as trainer (File Photo: @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSShanker Basu was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015Sridharan Sriram had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket teamRCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coachFormer India trainer Shanker Basu was on Thursday appointed as strength and conditioning coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore for the next season of the Indian Premier League.Basu thus made a return to the RCB dugout after his successful stint with the national team ended with India’s semifinal exit from this year’s ICC ODI World Cup in the UK.He was with the RCB before joining the national team in 2015 and is regarded as one of the best trainers in India.Besides Basu, former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram has been appointed as the batting and spin bowling coach of the IPL franchise.Sriram, who played eight ODIs for India, had also served as spin bowling coach of the Australian cricket team.He parted ways with Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) prior to IPL 2019 to join Kings XI Punjab.RCB also appointed Australia’s Adam Griffith as the bowling coach, while South Africa’s Evan Speechly has been named as the team’s physiotherapist.Besides, the Bangalore franchise has named Malolan Rangarajan as its head of scouting while Major Soumyadeep Pyne will be the team manager.RCB had earlier named former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as its Director of Cricket Operations and Australian Simon Katich as the team’s head coach.Also Read | Watch: Sachin Tendulkar analyses Steve Smith’s Ashes batting formulaAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Shanker BasuFollow RCB
WWE superstars Roman Reigns and Becky Lynch to co-star in animated movie RumbleWill Arnett, Terry Crews and Geraldine Viswanathan will star in the animated film alongside WWE wrestlers Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns.advertisement India Today Web Desk CaliforniaSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 12:30 IST WWE superstar Roman Reigns (Courtesy by @WWERomanReigns)HIGHLIGHTSRumble, directed by Hamish Grieve, is expected to be released in the summer of 2020The upcoming film is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletesSaid Mireille Soria, President of Paramount Animation, has revealed the reason behind teaming up with WWEWorld Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has announced partnership with Paramount Animation to co-produce the upcoming animated film called ‘Rumble’. The project also includes the roles for WWE Superstars Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns who will be voicing characters in the film.Apart from WWE Superstars, Will Arnett, Terry Crews, and Geraldine Viswanathan are also in fray as leading the voice cast for the film.The upcoming project, as described by the press release, “is set in a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes. Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a lovable underdog monster into a wrestling champion.”Said Mireille Soria, President of Paramount Animation, has revealed the reason behind teaming up with WWE and said, “Rumble is steeped in the world of wrestling, and what better partners to help bring this world to life than WWE? They bring a pedigree and institutional excellence that is unmatched, and we couldn’t be happier to collaborate with them on this special film. We are thrilled to have a seasoned and dynamic cast in place to breathe life into this exciting story and can’t wait to bring it to audiences.”While talking about starting his acting career, Reigns said in a recent interview with ComicBook.com, “It’s a contagious environment. I think any time when that many people come together with one vision … I think that type of camaraderie is awesome. I’m definitely into it. The fact that I don’t have to kill myself, throw my body around is definitely a plus as well. But the problem is I still love wrestling”advertisementWWE Studios, which is currently partnering with Netflix on the feature film “The Main Event”, has already developed several wrestling-related titles and other studios including the MGM biopic “Fighting With My Family”.’Rumble’, directed by Hamish Grieve, is expected to be released in the summer of 2020.Also Read | Yogeshwar Dutt slams umpiring post Bajrang Punia’s controversial lossAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow WWEFollow WWE Superstars Next
10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul The Maserati Quattroporte: Luxury You Can Sort of Almost Imagine Affording There are plenty of people for whom travel is a near-constant part of daily life, whether it’s for work, or for a lucky few, pure pleasure. However, many of us only step on a plane a couple of times a year, and don’t necessarily want to spend big bucks on a pair of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones for those few times. If that sounds like you, we recommend checking out the i7 active noise canceling headphones from NoiseHush.The i7 are light and comfortable, with plenty of padding on top, and silky sheaths of leather around the ear pads. Their style is similar to Bose’s QuietComfort 15, which you’ve likely seen on every flight you’ve taken. That’s by design, which means they’ll blend right in without screaming “budget.” In fact, the only thing that does scream budget on these cans is the price tag, which can drop down as low as $66 online.Noise canceling isn’t premium, especially for upper register noise, but they do well cutting out the low end, meaning engine hum will melt away. As for the sound quality, music is accurate and clean, with a bright flare to the upper register, and a nice little helping of smooth bass below. Dialog for movies and TV shows is clear, and there’s good overall balance to the sound, though it does lean a little on the light side and can distort if pushed too hard.Accessories in the box include a hard shell carrying case, a removable mic cable with a single-button mic piece, and both airplane and quarter inch adaptors — a nice collection for the money. Other features include on board volume control, swivel ear pads, and the ability to play with or without power.We can’t lie, these ‘phones won’t come close to favorites like the Phiaton Chord MS 530, or the Audio-Technica AC9 when it comes to overall performance — but priced around $240 less than either of those options, they’re cheap enough to break out twice a year and never lose a wink of sleep. The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached
The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Editors’ Recommendations How to Support the Teachers in Your Life 1. Rocky’s Original Hiker 2. Rocky’s Original Hiker 3. Rocky’s Original Hiker 4. Rocky’s Original Hiker While everyone is busy with the newest and the latest, there’s a shoe manufacturer flying under the radar in Ohio that is making believers out of their old school is the new school approach. Rocky specializes in boots for all walks of life, and they’re sticking to their guns by bringing back classics such as the Rocky Original Hiker and the Red-Laced Hiker. Rocky Graphic Designer, Josh Blanton, gave me insight into their history, pride in their new handcrafted limited edition collection being made in America, and what makes Rocky the best boot that money can buy.How did Rocky get its start?The story of Rocky is one of small-town pride and the passion for producing quality products. Brothers William (Bill) and F.M. (Mike) Brooks took a leap of faith during the Great Depression and moved their families from Columbus to Nelsonville to start a shoe factory in Southeastern Ohio. In search of opportunity, the brothers set up shop in a rent-free factory with lent equipment and the William Brooks Shoe Co. was born.After a change in ownership and many difficult years for shoe manufacturers in the U.S. the company fell in the hands of F.M.’s son, John Brooks. It was supposed to be just like any other mom and pop shop on Main Street, but John’s son and former Rocky CEO, Mike Brooks, had much bigger ideas…By the late 1970s, Mike decided it was time for the company to have its own brand name. Looking for a rugged, outdoorsy name, he chose Rocky – and with that name the Rocky brand was born!Still headquartered in Nelsonville, Ohio, the Rocky® brand continues to be a world leader who designs, develops, manufactures and markets premium quality, rugged Outdoor, Work, Western, Duty and Military footwear as well as Outdoor and Work apparel and accessories. Innovation, quality, and durability are hallmarks of the Rocky® brand name. The Rocky goal to provide quality outdoor and occupational footwear has not changed since the doors opened over 80 years ago.What does having that “Made in America” stamp of approval mean to Rocky?For us, being able to handcraft this collection entirely in the United States of America is about pride in our products and a tribute to our proud history. But there’s more to it than that for us, as these boots helped make the company what it is today.The boots are handcrafted in Wynne, Arkansas using world-renowned Vibram® outsoles from Brookfield, Massachusetts, and the laces are from nearby Portsmouth, Ohio. Rocky actually used the original last that the boots were built on over 30 years ago, which was rediscovered by Jones & Vining™ exclusively for this collection. To add to the American-made components, the boots arrive in a custom-made ZACE USA x Rocky denim shoe bag, all of which were handsewn here in Ohio. ZACE USA proudly handcrafts USA-made denim products.Why bring back Rocky’s Original Hiker and Red-Laced Hiker?For us, this was an opportunity to return to our roots. These timeless, award-winning styles laid the foundation for where Rocky is today. In the 1970s, the Oblique Toe was groundbreaking in the footwear market, and to this day it has been copied by countless companies but never replicated. The timeless design of these styles echoes the proud tradition and heritage of Rocky.What’s the story behind the oblique toe shape?The story of the design, in my opinion, is a testament to its success. Former CEO Mike Brooks designed the oblique toe after an old shoemaker had told him that you should be able to move your toes inside a boot like you were playing a piano. Trying to develop something that was innovative for the market that was largely round toe, Mike began looking at the foot and saw an opportunity to create a toe shape that naturally worked with the foot – thus the oblique toe was developed. The revolutionary design was recognized with the American Designer’s Award and the rest is history.How have your fans responded to Rocky’s campaign to return to their roots?Locally we have experienced a remarkable sense of community pride that we are returning to our roots and bringing back styles that hark back to the classics. It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t have a fond memory involving these styles – whether it was their childhood or a family member that always wore them – which to me is the most rewarding aspect of this project. We’ve had the remarkable opportunity of having people share their personal stories and images with us of their Original Rocky Hikers and it’s evident that the connection transcends merely footwear – it was a lasting memory.What is it about the Rocky brand that separates you from the rest?In my opinion, we separate ourselves in that even though we have grown exponentially since our founding, we are still at the core a family business. We pride ourselves on being able to continue to make a positive difference in lives of our associates as well as our community. We proudly give back to our local community through our Rocky Community Improvement Fund (RCIF). Since it was created in 2009, RCIF has contributed over $280,000 to various charities and non-profits in Appalachia.Rocky separates itself in regards to products by consistently evaluating and addressing the needs of our customers by providing innovative solutions. The beauty of Rocky is that we truly have product offerings for all walks of life – whether it is for the adventurer, blue-collar worker, farmer, hunter, service member, or public service member – Rocky has a boot for you. The common thread among all of them is their expectation of quality in their footwear and the confidence it gives them to succeed.Rocky encourages its customers and fans to share their adventures in their Rocky footwear by using the hashtag, #rockyheritage. For whatever adventure you encounter: never forget who you are, where you came from, and what made you great. It’s evident that no matter how much has changed in the past 83 years, Rocky hasn’t forgotten their roots. 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14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations The Barbershop Renaissance and Men’s Grooming Revolution, According to Fellow Barber’s Sam Buffa Why Every Man Should Care About Slow Fashion Sturdy and handsome, a good leather jacket is one of those iconic wardrobe pieces that probably belongs in every guy’s closet. But with so many having steep price tags, they are often out of reach. Fashion-industry vet Andrew Pollard is out to change that with his new line LTH JKT, which offers leather jackets in three styles from $550 to $695. They are sold exclusively on the brand’s website. Pollard recently shared the details behind this newly launched venture…What prompted you to start LTH JKT?I have been in the fashion industry for over 25 years and I’ve always loved wearing a leather jacket and how it makes me feel. I realized in my search that there wasn’t a single place that I could go to find one that fits with my style, that’s high quality, and that doesn’t empty my bank account. I saw an opportunity to start a company synonymous with leather jackets – to become that quintessential leather jacket brand. What are some of your favorite men’s styles and why?I love the classics – especially jackets that are simple and well made. For the launch, we designed three silhouettes for men: The Biker, The Cafe Racer and The Bomber. I felt at least one if not all of these iconic styles would appeal to most guys, as they certainly do to me. The inaugural collection has a restrained attitude, highlighted in subtle ways by the different qualities of leather, colors and details that keep them fresh and modern.Where are the jackets made?We own the factories in India where our jackets are made. Our manufacturing partners have been in business for over 30 years, they’re considered one of the world’s best leather manufacturers. We utilize the most advanced technologies available and comply with the highest social and environmental standardsWho is your “typical” customer?We like to say that these aren’t just for anybody – they’re for everybody. Our guy values expression, and wants to feel like he is part of a crew where members can give one another a simple nod of recognition, yet are encouraged to be themselves. There’s a great thing about a leather jacket that most people forget, it’s that the highlight isn’t the other clothes you’re wearing – it’s you.What are the long-term plans for the collection?Ultimately, we want to expand our collection and add other leather goods. Our long-term goal is simple: to offer people direct access to timeless, luxurious leather jackets – at a price they can easily try on. Our mission to democratize the fashion industry drives everything we do.Why do you think the leather jacket has become such an iconic item?There’s something electrifying about wearing a leather jacket. They possess a compelling power and inspire a feeling unlike any other – an effortless confidence and grounding in ones’ individuality. A well-crafted jacket isn’t just an accessory piece or a final touch to an outfit…it is the outfit. I believe a leather jacket says quite a lot, so you don’t have to.Aside from prices, what sets LTH JKT jackets apart?We obsess over the highest quality materials and the details of design and fit. Our sensibility is refined, yet always accessible. We value the feeling of strength a jacket provides, but also the vulnerability that it allows you to experience beneath that confidence. We like to say, put on a jacket, put down your guard.What would you say to someone who is hesitant to order a jacket online?You have so much to gain! There is nothing to lose – ordering online is simple, and with free shipping you get the jacket in a few days. And if you don’t like it you send it back no questions asked, plus your money back. But the best thing about buying a jacket online is you get to try it on, on your terms, because you are at home. You get to test it with your entire wardrobe and often find that more authentic you in the process.
Editors’ Recommendations If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Why should she be the only one enjoying a little #selfcare? You, too, can practice the Danish lifestyle concept of hygge (aka rest and relaxation) with Birchbox’s curated Off The Clock Limited Edition Box. Kick back and indulge in some dude-friendly comfort with this assortment grooming goodies delivered right to your door for just $55. It’s completely stress-free. In fact, go ahead and make it a weekly me-time ritual. You’ll want to treat yo’ self to all these soothing, feel-good products.Here’s what’s included in the box:Anthony Deep Pore Cleansing ClayRefresh and recover from the environmental stressors of the day with this mask from Anthony. Apply a thin layer to your skin and just relax for ten minutes while the Kailin and Bentonite clay gently draw up dirt, oil, and sweat from your pores.PLANT Apothecary Calm Down Body WashSuds up and calm down with this moisturizing body wash. Infused with ginger and lavender essential oils, this formulation will quiet your overstressed mind, ease anxiety, and help you sleep better. Lather, rinse, and watch your troubles go down the drain.Level Naturals Eucalyptus + Lime Bath BombsLike a Sloe Gin Fizz, these all-natural bath bombs will maximize your tub time, sans hangover. The added botanical extracts and jojoba seed oil will nourish and hydrate your bod. Did you know taking a bath can ease muscle pain, calm arthritic pain, and reduce cold symptoms?Lucky Bastard Cabin CandleStop burning the candle at both ends. Instead, turn your man cave into a rustic cabin with this warm scented, single wick candle and unleash the soothing smell of the great outdoors.Lucky Bastard The Gentlemen’s Lip BalmThink of this lip balm is a soothing self-care stick you can take with you on the road. Comfort your dry, cracked lips and keep them protected with SPF protection.Marlowe 003 Body LotionYou may think you that you’re not into body lotion until you try this one. Green tea and passionflower fruit extracts make up this non-greasy, fragrance-free formula. Slather it on to repair your dry skin.Bombas Merino SocksPut your feet up and let your tired dogs breathe in this ultra-comfortable pair of wool socks that will keep you comfortable in all seasons.If you enjoy all these products, check out what else Birchbox is offering for men.Get the Box The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard Understanding Diets and Dieting with Shawn Wells 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic
Fossil knows what it’s doing when it comes to smartwatches, a point proven with its newest Q Explorist HR and Q Venture HR models, which combine plenty of technology with strong designs that retain the iconic Fossil look. These new fourth-generation watches fix one of the issues we had with the older Q Explorist, and with other similar smartwatches — they didn’t quite have the tech ability to replace a good fitness tracker.Before we get to the tech, let’s look at the differences between the Q Explorist HR and Q Venture HR. It’s all in the design and style. The Q Explorist is the larger of the two watches with a 45mm stainless steel case and a 22mm strap size, while the smaller Q Venture HR has a 40mm case and an 18mm strap. There are five different designs for the Q Venture HR, with stainless steel or gold bodies and leather or metal link straps, or four different Q Explorist HR designs to choose from. Fossil Q Venture HR in Brown Leather. 1 of 5 Fossil Q Venture HR in Brown Leather. Unfortunately, Fossil is still forced to use the aging Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor, which means performance will likely be very similar to older models. Qualcomm has not announced a replacement wearable chipset yet, leaving Fossil with little choice on what chip to use now. Google’s Wear OS is also onboard, making the watches compatible with either Android or iOS devices. There’s also the usual array of sensors — ambient light, a gyroscope, an altimeter, and an accelerometer — plus a microphone to take hands-free calls or interact with Google Assistant.While Fossil can’t do much about the processor, it has been able to work in some new battery technology. Don’t expect it to have increased beyond 24 hours of basic use; but do look for fast charging, as Fossil says the battery will be ready for a day’s worth of use after less than an hour on the charger. We don’t know the exact details on this yet, but it sounds like a decent development. Each watch has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage space.Depending on the style you choose, expect to pay between $255 and $275 for the new Q Explorist HD and Q Venture HR watches, and all are listed on Fossil’s online store now. Not a bad price when you consider some of the best watches under $500.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Fossil Q Venture HR in Brown Leather. Editors’ Recommendations What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Fossil Q Venture HR in Brown Leather. Previous 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functional The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men Take a look at the pictures to see the variations, and pay attention to the jewel-encrusted bezel and lugs on the all-metal Q Venture HR models, and the dimpled bezel on the Q Explorist HR. The crown and button designs appear very similar to the third-generation models. Each watch has an extensive collection of more than 36 different watch faces to customize the look. This may sound excessive; but swapping the watch face is not only fun, but helps the watch fit in with more outfits for everyday wear.How about all this new technology? All the Q Explorist HR and Q Venture HR watches have a heart rate sensor on the back (hence the HR being added to the name), and a series of watch faces that show your heart rate, plus GPS inside for use without a smartphone, NFC for contactless Google Pay payments, and a high enough level of water resistance to make them suitable for swimming. All this, combined with Google Fit, makes the new Fossil watches considerably more comprehensive fitness trackers than ever before. 1. Fossil Q Venture HR. 2. Fossil Q Explorist HR. Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Fossil Q Venture HR in Brown Leather. Next
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to receive a new US$30-million coastal surveillance system to boost its operational capabilities.This follows Cabinet’s approval of the award of a contract to the France-based Thales Group to supply the ‘Coast Watcher 100’ as one component of the Maritime Domain Awareness Capability initiative of the Government.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the disclosure during a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House on Wednesday (February 13).He informed that payment will begin before the end of 2018/19 and continue over the next two financial years.In the meantime, Mr. Reid informed that Cabinet has approved the award of a US$1.22-million contract to IMCA Jamaica Limited for the supply and installation of a new standby generator and accessories for the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).
Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the new Anti-Litter Act will place greater emphasis on compliance, to minimise the illegal disposal of waste.Speaking with JIS News, the Minister said further amendments are to be made to the Act, following recommendations made by Cabinet.“When I took the document to Cabinet, there were some concerns about compliance and making it work. It is one thing to have the fines, but we must put the systems in place to make it work. A number of recommendations were made,” the Minister said.Among the recommendations made is greater involvement by stakeholders to ensure compliance with the Act.“Cabinet asked us to go back and get the cooperation of the Local Authorities and involve a wider cross section of the country, including the police, to get their support, and we have done that,” the Minister said.Mr. McKenzie pointed out that the new Anti-Litter Act will impose stronger penalties, including higher fines for illegal dumping.“We will continue to review the legislation to increase penalties. We have made significant increases to some of the fines,” he noted.The Minister said the document, which is still being reviewed, will be submitted to Cabinet shortly for approval.“I am hoping that in the new fiscal year, it will be tabled in Parliament, debated and passed,” Mr. McKenzie said.
Players in the local book industry are upbeat about the future and anticipate an expansion in the sector. Publishing Director of the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Kelly Magnus, said the sector is on the cusp of growth, fostered by changes in printing technology. “I think that now we are going to see the next big wave because of digital publishing, which allows a broader range of publishers and even authors to publish their work themselves and the kind of diversity that this will generate will stimulate reading even more,” she stated. Ms. Magnus was speaking to JIS News at the second annual Kingston Book Fair held recently at Devon House, St. Andrew. She noted that after Independence and during the 1970s and 1980s, the industry experienced a spike, which saw a number of local companies beginning to publish books. This, she said, saw a “shift in the tide from the European publishers, who were dominating the market”. Now, she told JIS News, the industry is poised for a another phase of growth, with the BIAJ taking a lead role in promoting reading, literacy and increasing awareness of local offerings, through creative and engaging means. The organisation, which represents writers, publishers, booksellers and related entities in Jamaica’s book industry, has also begun a thrust through which members supply books to hospitals, children’s homes and places of safety. The book fair, which received good support from the public, saw scores of book lovers strolling the south lawns of Devon House, to view and purchase the latest literary works displayed by more than 20 exhibitors and merchants. Patrons were treated to readings, launches and signing of books, spot prizes, craft making demonstrations, cultural performances and activities for children. Underscoring the importance of books in the retention of culture, Ms. Magnus, who was the chairperson for the event, noted that they allow persons to capture, preserve and promote different aspects of our way of life the potential of which, can be leveraged. The festival, she noted, “gives us an opportunity to showcase the power of books” through the expression of the arts.The Book Fair was the penultimate of 24 events in the Kingston Book Festival held from March 2 to 10 under the theme: ‘Celebrating the Arts’.This year’s package featured a partnership with agencies including the Jamaican Association of Dramatic Artists, National Library of Jamaica, Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, and the National Gallery, and featured readings from a number of local writers.Exhibitors included the Jamaica Information Service, Jamaica Library Service, Jamaica Reading Association, Jamcopy, Kingston Bookshop, Carlong Publishers, LMH Publishers, Novelty Traders, University of the West Indies (UWI) Press, UWI Bookshop, Bookophilia among others.By Andrine Davidson, JIS Reporter
Some 179 Jamaicans were fittingly recognised for their outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the awards ceremony. Major Lewin, who spoke to JIS News after collecting the award, told JIS News that she was sad, proud and honoured that her mother was recognised. Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin,daughter of late musicologist Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin, OJ, CD is expressing gratitude to the Government and people of Jamaica for recognising her mother with the country’s fourth highest national honour.Dr. Lewin was the only awardee in category of Order of Merit, at the National Honours and Awards Ceremony held on Monday, October 21, on the lawns of King’s House n St. Andrew.Already a member of the classes of the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, the late cultural icon and prolific folklore researcher,was recognised posthumously for her distinguished service in the fields of Folk Music Research and Performance and Music Education.Major Lewin, who spoke to JIS News after collecting the award, told JIS News that she was sad, proud and honoured that her mother was recognised.She said that her mother would have accepted the award “with the usual graciousness and style that she has always exhibited,” noting that she would have been grateful.“I am sorry that she is not here to receive it herself and … I am pretty sure that where she is now, she is fully clothed with God and she is living on immortally in her work so I am sure that she is quite happy in general,” she said.Some 179 Jamaicans were fittingly recognised for their outstanding contributions to nation building through service in various fields, at the awards ceremony, which was presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen.Awards were presented in the categories of Order of Merit; Order of Jamaica; Order of Distinction, Commander and Officer ranks; the Medal of Honour for Meritorious Service; and Badge of Honour for Meritorious, and Long and Faithful Service.The Rev. Dr. Garnet Brown was among six Jamaicans to receive the Order of Jamaica, the fifth highest honour. He was honoured for exceptional and exemplary service in Agriculture.In an interview with JIS News, Rev. Dr. Brown said he felt “fulfilled” about the recognition. “It is good to know that (after) devoting your life to serving your country (it is recognised). To me, serving my country is tantamount to serving God and also there are so many unsung heroes, so to be chosen, I feel fulfilled,” he said.The other recipients of the Order of Jamaica were: Kenneth Benjamin for his outstanding contribution to the restoration and expansion of Hope Zoo; Easton Douglas, for exceptional contribution to public service; Hugh Beresford Hammond, for his exceptional and dedicated contribution to the Jamaican music industry; Oliver Jones for his sterling contribution to the insurance industry, public service and voluntarism; and the Rev. Ashley Smith for his exemplary service to theology and education.Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, who has given over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament, was among the 34 persons, who were conferred with the Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (CD).A very humble Dr. Ferguson dedicated the award to members of his constituency in Eastern St. Thomas who supported him over the years.Other awardees in the category include: Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester, for outstanding contribution to the health sector; Professor Carolyn Cooper, for sterling contribution to education; the Hon. Mr. Justice Donald McIntosh, for distinguished and dedicated service to the judiciary; Orrett Rhoden, for outstanding contribution to the development of classical music in Jamaica; Professor Verene Shepherd, for outstanding service to education in particular history and gender studies; Audley Shaw, for over 20 years of distinguished service to Parliament; and Lorris Jarrett, for dedicated public service.In an interview with JIS News, Professor Cooper said it was a wonderful feeling to be honoured and recognised for her work in education, particularly popular culture.“When you are going through and doing the work, you don’t realise how much you have done but on an occasion like this when you are forced to reflect, you feel very good because, it has been an accumulation of hard work. So I am very happy to be honoured by my country while I am alive to enjoy it,” she said.Former Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sheila Campbell Forrester also told JIS News that she was pleased by the fact that she was able to serve her country for several years.“I hope that I have left a legacy behind for especially the young people to follow and I thank God for directing my path all these years,” she said.Meanwhile, 45 other persons received the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Officer (OD) for their outstanding work in the areas of community service, journalism, music, medicine, agriculture, education, industry and commerce, public service, sports development, law enforcement and defence, and the foreign services.Among them were: Beryl Weir for outstanding contribution to women and gender affairs; Dr. Neville Graham for outstanding and distinguished service to the field of medicine; Richard Patrick ‘Charlie Chaplin’ for distinguished service to Jamaica’s music industry; Simon Crosskill for distinguished contribution to sports and sports commentary; Clare Forrester for journalism, media and communications; Wilford ‘Billy’ Heaven for outstanding contribution to national development; Vin Martin for his invaluable contribution to Jamaicans in the Diaspora; and Volier Johnson for outstanding contribution to the performing arts.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left), presents Dr. SheilaMeanwhile, 52 awards of the Badge of Honour for Gallantry and Meritorious and Faithful Service were conferred. Among the awardees was Senior Production Coordinator at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Seaton Richards for Meritorious Service.Special Corporal Jermaine Burgher was the only Jamaican, this year, to be conferred with the Medal of Honour for Gallantry, for courageous effort in saving or attempting to save the lives of others.While travelling on a bus to Half-Way Tree in June 2012, Special Corporal Burgher was shot three times by a male passenger during a robbery. Injured and in the face of great danger to himself and in the protection of other passengers, he challenged and overcame the gunman.Meanwhile, 40 members of the uniformed service, including the Jamaica Defence Force, Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Department of Correctional Services and the Jamaica Fire Brigade, received medals of honour for meritorious service. Story Highlights Major (Ret’d) Johanna Lewin,daughter of late musicologist Dr. the Hon. Olive Lewin, OJ, CD is expressing gratitude to the Government and people of Jamaica for recognising her mother with the country’s fourth highest national honour.
The Bill aims to address the needs of children involved in violent incidents, providing some alternative for them outside of the formal justice system. Turning to other legislative measures, Minister Chuck cited steps being taken to amend the law to enable a single judge adjudicating cases of human trafficking. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Ministry is looking to table the Child Diversion Bill in Parliament in January 2018.He said the Bill will go to Cabinet in short order for approval.The Minister was speaking at a press conference at his Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew on December 13.The Bill aims to address the needs of children involved in violent incidents, providing some alternative for them outside of the formal justice system.Turning to other legislative measures, Minister Chuck cited steps being taken to amend the law to enable a single judge adjudicating cases of human trafficking.He gave assurance that all “the Ministry’s (legislative) Bills are being dealt with expeditiously”.As it relates to the establishment of the Human Rights Institute, he said that “this is actively under consideration and will be dealt with in the early part of next year”.Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck said the Ministry is aiming to complete the payment of compensation to victims of the 2010 security forces operation in West Kingston by the end of the year.The Government has approved payment of approximately $200 million to aggrieved persons.Minister Chuck said that about 418 payments have been approved, which are to be deposited to bank accounts once the requisite documentations are completed and the taxpayer registration number and identifications are provided.Persons are being asked to visit Restorative Justice centres in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, which “will be utilised to ensure beneficiaries get their compensation on time”. Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the Ministry is looking to table the Child Diversion Bill in Parliament in January 2018. Story Highlights
To modernise operations of the National Water Commission (NWC), the entity is seeking to install a five-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston. A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to carry out the pilot, with plans to install 5MW systems in other NWC facilities if it proves successful. An advertisement is now out inviting bids for the floating barge. Story Highlights This was noted by President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on January 11. To modernise operations of the National Water Commission (NWC), the entity is seeking to install a five-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system at the Mona Reservoir in Kingston.This was noted by President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on January 11.The President said the move is aimed at improving the economic viability and operational efficiency of the company.A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to carry out the pilot, with plans to install 5MW systems in other NWC facilities if it proves successful. An advertisement is now out inviting bids for the floating barge.“We want to put up at least 10MW of renewables, which will impact not only the NWC but will fall in line with the sustainable development goals that have been established and to which the country is committed,” he said.The President indicated that the strategy to be employed will involve placing solar panels on a floating barge, which will be used to harness energy from the sun to help reduce the company’s energy bill.“The consultants to do the study should be submitting their bids this month. And that study, I presume, should take three to four months. So, once it is deemed to be viable, I’m sure that procurement should start this calendar year,” he said.
Story Highlights The Workers’ Monument located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Pechon Street in downtown Kingston will be upgraded with an image that fittingly honours those persons who fought during the labour movement 80 years ago. The announcement was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, during her address at the annual Commemoration and Remembrance Ceremony at the monument on Tuesday (May 15). The Workers’ Monument located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Pechon Street in downtown Kingston will be upgraded with an image that fittingly honours those persons who fought during the labour movement 80 years ago.The announcement was made by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, during her address at the annual Commemoration and Remembrance Ceremony at the monument on Tuesday (May 15).“We will be establishing a committee, with representation from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) and my Ministry, to determine the way forward in terms of completing this monument,” she informed.She noted that the memorial was restored during Labour Day 2017 and the committee will make a final determination “on what the image will be that will be placed at the top of this monument”.The Workers’ Monument, erected during Labour Day observances in 1977, symbolises the power of unity and the way forward to build a better Jamaica.It serves as a reminder of the struggle of the Jamaican workers in the 1930s for better wages and more rights. The fight of the workers served as a catalyst for the movement towards Independence, which Jamaica was granted in 1962.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, in her address, said the Ministry is pleased with its relationship with employers and trade unions, for the objective of preserving the legacy created by those who fought for Jamaican workers to have better wages and more rights.“As Minister with responsibility for labour and on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I extend my heartfelt thanks to the tripartite partners and wish to use this opportunity to reaffirm my commitment and that of the Government in ensuring that the established social dialogue platform, from which we proudly work together as one, will be preserved and used to the benefit of all Jamaicans,” she said.The Commemoration and Remembrance Ceremony included a floral tribute and a minute of silence in honour of those who fought during the workers’ protests 80 years ago.It forms part of Workers’ Week, being observed from May 14 to 23 under the theme ‘Preserving our Legacy: Unfolding Progress’.Workers’ Week will culminate on Labour Day, Wednesday, May 23, under the theme ‘Ramp It Up… Fix It Up’.Activities will focus on constructing ramps in schools to enable physically challenged persons to access these buildings, and upgrading health centres to enhance the environment for medical staff and clients.The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is spearheading Labour Day activities through partnerships with the Ministries of Education, Youth and Information; Health; Local Government and Community Development; and Labour and Social Security as well as Municipal Corporations islandwide.
Piraeus-based dry bulk and petroleum shipping company NewLead Holdings has entered into a contract of affreightment for one of its dry bulk vessels, the 1990-built Panamax Newlead Markela.The contract is for the transportation, anticipated to be completed within a twelve month period, of approximately 704,000 tons of aggregates over eleven consecutive voyages.The Newlead Markela will be trading in the Arabian Gulf and the first shipment is scheduled to commence during March 2015.NewLead recently expanded its fleet from two to ten vessels, five dry-bulk carriers and five tankers, as part of the company’s growth strategy.The latest addition to the fleet were five bitumen tankers, which NewLead bought and leased in January.With the latest additions, the company lowered the average age of the fleet from almost 18 years to 7.4 years.“We have succeeded in securing solid employment of the Newlead Markela for the year 2015 while the dry bulk market is at historical lows. We continue to optimize the employment of our fleet and enhance the revenues and cash flow of the company,” Michael Zolotas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NewLead, said.“Our strategy for 2015 is to continue to grow our fleet while taking advantage of market opportunities.”Newlead has approximately 43.2% and 45.4% of its operating days covered for 2015 for the dry bulk and tanker vessels, respectively, with the bulker Newlead Victoria and the tanker Nepheli on a period time charter until June 2018 and July 2015, respectively, and the rest of the company’s fleet trading on the spot market.
Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards Group is shipping a total of 22 vessels from several Damen shipyards, marking a big day for Damen, as well as for BigLift’s heavy-lift vessel, Happy Star, which is carrying the vessels. This transportation is Damen’s largest transportation of stock vessels to date.Damen has already sold a number of the vessels being transported. Amongst these are two Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 to be used at North Sea offshore wind parks. The transport is a welcome opportunity to accommodate the requirements of clients on the west coasts of Africa and Europe looking for smaller tugs and pontoons. According to Damen, the scope of the transport was derived with a close eye on the needs of clients in Scandinavia, Western Europe and Africa. Rimmert Berlijn, Damen Service Coordinator Heavy Lift, explains: “We took a lot of time to carefully consider what vessel types we would transport, and in what numbers, in order to best serve the requirements of a wide range of clients.”Upon arrival in Europe later this month, the completed vessels will be ready for immediate sale and can swiftly be put into operation.Images: Damen