The Friday Flyer – November 15th 2013

first_imgIt is not known whether MOL Caledon was carrying any containerised project cargo, but the potential of the port for boxes filled with such cargoes looks good.The USD2.4 billion facility, some 32 km down the River Thames from Central London, is aiming to handle 3.5 million containers a year, which leads to a natural question. Unless the total volume of containers into, out of, or transhipped through the UK grows by some 3.5 million containers annually, which port is going to have to give up its box traffic?Given the very long lead time in the planning and completion of ports, it is clear that the plans for this port were set in motion before the 2008 crisis. Let’s hope that its opening might help the ailing UK economy on its road to recovery.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Broekman Project Services, located in the Port of Rotterdam, which offers a total solution for handling and assembly of project cargoes – www.broekman-group.com/bps                In the corporate world A survey of key players in the international shipping industry has revealed that vessel operating costs are set to rise by 3 percent in 2013 and 3.2 percent in 2014, with crew wages and P&I insurance set to increase most significantly as the global economic environment shows signs of recovery.Toll Group has negotiated its second issuance of US Private Placement (USPP) notes for the equivalent of USD250 million, anticipated to be drawn down in December 2014 while LOC Group has secured a minority external investment from Bridgepoint Development Capital (BDC).In the upcoming Christmas and New Year period, curfews are being implemented in Queensland and Western Australia, limiting oversized vehicles on state roads.Terex Cranes is tracking recent reports of counterfeit Terex crawler models originating from China, with the CC 2500-1 lattice boom crawler crane (pictured top right) the model of choice for copycat manufacturers. “If the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” the company warns.XPO Logistics has rebranded its international freight forwarding division, Concert Group Logistics (CGL), to XPO Global Logistics.Tiong Woon Corporation has released strong results for the quarter ended September 2013 (Q1 2014), with turnover rising 3 percent year-on-year over Q1 2013 to USD35.9 million and gross profit jumping 30 percent to USD11.91 million over the same period. Turnover from the group’s Heavy Lift and Haulage division rose by 6 percent year-on-year to USD36 million.Reduced volumes of high and heavy cargo and seasonally lower demand for maritime services negatively affected Wilh Wilhelmsen Holding ASA’s (WWH) total income and result for Q3 2013 as operating profit stood at USD96 million, down from USD260 million 12 months previously. Revenue for Q3 2013 fell by 18.7 percent year-on-year to USD873 million.        Capacity developments ASCO has invested GBP2.6 million (USD4.16 million) in two new Sennebogen 6130 mobile harbour cranes (MHC) at its offshore supply base in Peterhead, UK while Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has received an order for a Terex Gottwald G HMK 5506 mobile harbour crane and three Terex CS 45 KS reach stackers from Hans Lehmann KG.        Notable shipmentsVolga-Dnepr Airlines is helping to keep the lights on in Jamaica after transporting a 28-tonne turbine rotor from Houston, USA to Montego Bay, Jamaica for air charter broker Chapman Freeborn to supply power to homes, hospitals and government facilities in the northern part of the country. The airline also used one of its IL-76TD-90VD aircraft to deliver an aircraft engine cowling from Germany to Switzerland.The Freight Company was on track when it transported five rail track laying machines (pictured top right) from the Saphli railway station in Chumphon, southern Thailand, to the port of Laem Chabang.Wasa Logistics recently completed a complex multimodal project shipment, successfully delivering three over-dimensional gas tanks (pictured second right) from Decin in the Czech Republic to Kokkola, Finland.Almajdouie Logistics transported an oil quench tower, a water quench tower and a C3 splitter (pictured bottom right) from Jubail Industrial Port to the Sadara project site in Saudi Arabia.        Network News AT Logistics has become the latest member of Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) Networks.It’s a hat trick for the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as it appoints BNM Freight Forwarders Co Ltd as its third and final representative in Tanzania.Brisbane headquartered International Project Logistics has become the newest member of the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN), representing Australia.In the November 1, edition of the Friday Flyer, HLPFI published a picture of the Heavy Lift Group (HLG) executive committe in error. The picture should have shown the six new members that were appointed at its 53rd conference.        People and places John Reinhart (picture top right) has been named the new executive director and chief executive officer of the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) after stepping down from Maersk Line.Nikola Hagleitner (picture second right) has been confirmed as the head of DHL Industrial Projects, as previously reported by HLPFI.Air Charter Service (ACS) has promoted Justin Bowman to vice chairman of the group. Bowman has worked with ACS since its inception in 1990.Thorco Shipping has opened a new office in Santiago, Chile, trading as Thorco Shipping Chile.All about EvieTwo elements of the opening of the DP World’s London Gateway struck Evie this week. There was no escape from the mainstream media about the event. The BBC sent adventurous reporters all over the port. Brave souls climbed the gantry cranes to observe the goings-on at the new Essex gateway. Evie did wonder at the purpose in sending a radio reporter up a gantry higher than the London Eye to interview the operator. Without a view to look at, this was as entertaining as watching a ballet on the radio. The second point had to be that the inaugural cargo included wine from South Africa. Frankly, if that is all the cargo that moves across the port, she’d be a happy gal!last_img read more

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First of a Kind funding awarded for 25 rail innovation projects

first_imgBCRRE Vortex IoT  Optimised railway operations Cogitare Esoterix Systems Ltd Illuminated and heated low-energy concrete slabs for station platforms, which automatically switch on in freezing conditions to help prevent passengers from slipping on ice. A footbridge made entirely from fibre reinforced polymer, which is designed to be significantly easier to install than an equivalent steel bridge to help reduce network disruption and local environmental damage. Unipart Rail  £400 000 grant to support final production design and testing  by the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook of a hydrogen power pack intended to minimise the loss of passenger saloon space. CoCatalyst Seatfrog Ops Train Swap Improving resilience through a surface water flooding decision support system Innovative and efficient system for processing toilet waste, reducing cost and maintenance requirements. Enabling passengers to quickly and remotely update their seat reservation to a different service. Integrated optical fibre sensing (OptRail-PRO)  £400 000 to support Porterbook, Eminox, Bosch Rexroth and DG8 in retrofitting a Bombardier Class 170 Turbostar DMUs leased to East Midlands Railway with with Eminox SCRT technology to evaluate whether this can reduce CO, particulate, hydrocarbon and NOx emissions to make mid-life diesel engines more environmentally sustainable. Hydrogen-based steam turbine system to provide zero emission power for existing freight locomotives. Track-to-train communications to Transport for Wales Using sensors and pattern-recognition technologies to identify cracks in axles, helping to reduce returns to depot. JBA Consulting Next generation composite poles for a 5G enabled railway Low environmental impact composite  footbridge High speed cryogenic blasting for rail cleaning to alleviate low adhesion LoCe: less oil, cleaner exhaust Rail Innovations Ingram Networks  Cleartrak on-train testing  High speed cryogenic cleaning system for tracks to prevent low adhesion and slow running of trains. Steamology Motion Installation of lightweight composite poles along railways to improve wi-fi speed, consistency and connectivity. iProov Prototype zero emissions Trac Rail Transposer (TRT-e) Railway optical detection & obstructions – tunnel & station monitoring A direct connection between renewable energy generation and overhead electrifcation systems. IRIS: information system for railway station staff Span wire clamping system to enable rapid, low-cost overhead line equipment headspan renewals with minimum network disruption. LAMINAR Data gathering to ensure the maintenance of optimum rail alignment. Train axle crack monitoring Using thermal radiometry camera technology to measure temperatures of mechanical systems on moving trains, sending automatic alarms in the event of over heating. Dynamic capacity management Minimising disruption of overhead line renewals via novel headspan assemblies Sensors and data analysis tools to detect and identify intrusion and obstructions on the track, and send real-time situational alerts to the rail control centre to prompt further investigation.  Riding Sunbeams InnoTamp Porterbrook Leasing Zero emission rail freight power rcm2 Spraying a small amount of water from the train when slippery rails are detected to improve traction and braking, and prevent subsequent services from being affected. Thermal radiometry for the remote condition monitoring of railway vehicles Integrating multiple sources of real-time data for use by rail workers to help them improve services and respond to incidents. Resi-Glaze Illumin heated concrete platform coper slabs Fugro BCRRE and Porterbrook have been awarded funding to support the design and testing of a hydrogen fuel cell power pack as part of the HydroFlex project.UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have announced the 25 projects which are to share £9·4m of funding under the 2020 round of the First of a Kind rail industry innovation programme.‘These high quality projects illustrate the appetite of UK organisations to develop new and exciting innovations for rail transport that improve customers’ user experience, that optimise railway efficiency, and are environmentally sustainable’, said Ian Campbell, Executive Chair of Innovate UK. TAMON – Perpetuum Sheffield Hallam University Optimised and cost-effective maintenance Associated Utility Supplies This project seeks to develop a first of a kind surface water flood forecasting and early warning system for Network Rail using technology and data to map the surface water flood likelihood in real time, ahead of the event and forecast rainfall intensity. Far-UK A zero-emissions machine which removes and replaces rails. Trainserv software user trial and preparation for commercialisation Optic fibre sensors to monitor the condition of switches and crossings. Customer experience Lab-based study into cost-effective 10 Gbps+ trackside to train communications infrastructure, to be tested on an 8 km heritage railway in Leicestershire, . Garrandale  HydroFLEX raft production An information system for frontline station staff to enhance communication and enable them to help passengers in making travel decisions and planning more effectively. Daybreak Environmental sustainability Ticketing that adjusts to travel patterns and rewards particular choices, using a monthly subscription that will help customers to save money on a large upfront fee. Resilient glazing to ensure passenger safety on trains and a potential CO2 emissions saving. Associated Utility Supplies  Liverpool John Moores University University of Sheffield  ProjectLead organisationDescription Improved railway operations through train-mounted water addition Hive Composites  iProov, WorldReach Software and eurostar are to establish a walk-through ’facial biometric corridor’ at London St Pancras International to allow passengers to complete ticket checks and border exit processes without needing to come into contact with people or hardware.last_img read more

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Credit union performs above expectations

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LocalNews Credit union performs above expectations by: – April 28, 2014center_img Share 13 Views   no discussions President of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League, Dexter Ducreay (file photo)Notwithstanding challenges that credit unions have faced from the loss of investment from British American, CLICO investments and the difficult macro-economic environment, the movement has performed above all expectations, the president of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League (DCSL), Dexter Ducreay has revealed.Speaking at the League’s 58th annual general meeting at the Garraway Hotel on April 25, Ducreay said the financial statements of the credit unions show that the movement’s performance for 2013 has improved when compared to 2012.“Total assets increased by 7% and member’s equity increased by 15% as compared to 2012. During the year 2013, credit unions encouraged their members to increase their shareholdings”.“As a result, member’s share capital increased by 18% as compared to 2012. This is a clear demonstration that the credit union business model is solid,” he said.He appealed to the credit unions to continue to strengthen their balance sheets “so that we as a movement can withstand future internal and external financial shocks that may be on the horizon”.Moreover, Ducreay urged members to take advantage of the opportunities created from the movement of the OECS economic space.“It is imperative that the movement entertains a discussion which should be held among credit unions or within credit unions as to how it is going to survive within that space or take advantage of the opportunities that may be derived from such a single economic space”.He added that members must not be complacent as competitors in the financial sectors are continuously exploring way and means to increase their market shares.“It is critical that we continue to design products that improve the living standards of our members by focusing on the three magic words ‘members matters most,” Mr Ducreay noted.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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MPA Receives Accolade at World Ports Sustainability Awards

first_imgIn addition, more than 50% of the total fill materials for reclamation in phases 1 and 2 are recycled, such as using materials from the dredging of fairways and basins within the project site. Reusing these materials, which would otherwise be disposed, generates savings of more than S$2 billion in fill material costs. Prior and during reclamation works, MPA conducted environmental impact assessments and adhered to strict environmental quality objectives to protect Singapore’s marine biodiversity. Cooperating with volunteers and non-governmental organisations, MPA also implemented a S$6 million programme in 2013 to relocate corals affected by the development of Tuas Port. The accolade recognises the efforts of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) in ‘aligning and integrating port and community objectives for the betterment of both’. These efforts include developing community engagement programmes and managing the externalities of port expansion in urban environments. Author: Baibhav Mishra When fully completed by the 2040s, Tuas Port will be the world’s largest container port at one single location, capable of handling up to 65 million twenty-foot equivalent units per annum. Consolidating all existing container-handling facilities at Tuas will significantly reduce inter-terminal haulage operations and, hence, greenhouse gas emissions. Image used for representational purposes only (Image Courtesy: MPA Singapore) Singapore’s next-generation Tuas Port has won the award in the category ‘Community Outreach & Port City Dialogue: Port Development and License to Operate’ at the International Association of Ports and Harbors’ World Ports Sustainability Awards. Sea News, June 25 Er Tham Wai Wah, MPA’s Chief Engineer and Senior Director (Engineering and Project Management), said, “Tuas Port represents a bold vision for Singapore. As a responsible hub port, this award affirms our commitment to balance environmental protection with port development. It is our ambition for Tuas Port to become a beacon for sustainability, safety and efficiency.”last_img read more

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Could Boston Be a Possible Trade Partner with the Indians for Carrasco or Salazar?

first_img Matt Loede Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoDanny SalazarIndiansRed Sox Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img If the Indians have an area of strength right now on their roster that they could potentially deal from, it would be that of their starting pitchers.In less than a month the MLB Winter Meetings will be taking place in Nashville, Tennessee, and that could be the place the Tribe looks to wheel and deal at a time when things are frantic and just about everyone important in baseball is in one place.One team the Indians will likely get interest from is Terry Francona’s old club – the Boston Red Sox. The Sox could have interest in one of two Indians starting pitchers – Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar.Scott Lauber wrote today in the Boston Herald that the Red Sox, who are coming off a bad season by their standards at 78-84, are going to be in the market for a starting pitcher, and while David Price will be teams’ number one target, it might be easier for the Sox to deal with the Indians instead.Carrasco, who inked a 4-year deal with options last season with the team, was 14-12 last season with a 3.63 ERA. In his Indians six-year career he’s 33-38 with a 4.08 ERA.He’s become the starter many in the Indians organization have thought he would be the last two seasons, going 22-19 the last two seasons.As for Salazar, he is just 25 years old, and last season didn’t start the year with the club, but ended the season going 14-10 with a 3.85 ERA.In parts of three seasons with the Tribe Salazar is 22-21 with a 3.66 ERA. Salazar also put up 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings in the 2015 campaign.If the Red Sox and Indians were to deal, oddly enough the Indians would be dealing with a former rival, as the Red Sox hired former Detroit Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski, who is the teams new VP of Baseball Operations.The big question is who or what would a team like Boston be able to return back to the Indians if they were willing to deal a pitcher like Carrasco or Salazar.The Indians could use a right-handed bat, and it seems like the team seems determined to make their roster better for 2016. They also may have to deal with the recent surgery for outfielder Michael Brantley, and if they are going to need to address that.If Carrasco and Salazar are truly up for grabs it will be interesting to see how far the Red Sox or any other team would be willing to go to grab them.last_img read more

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Mudahkan Identifikasi Penumpang, Bandara Dubai Rencanakan Bangun Smart Tunnel

first_img“Ini adalah yang pertama di dunia dan menjadi sistem biometrik yang memungkinkan calon penumpang untuk berjalan melalui terowongan tanpa melakukan apapun. Mereka bahkan tidak lagi perlu menunjukkan paspor. Terowongan dengan teknologi pengenalan wajah yang di sematkan ini bisa menyelesaikan prosedur masuk dalam waktu 15 detik,” ujar Al Felasi.General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs melakukan koordinasi dengam maskapai Emirates untuk proyek Smart Tunnel sebagai bagian dari inisiatif akselerator pemerintah. Sistem terowongan pintar ini menggunakan teknologi pengenalan iris pada mata, penumpang harus berdiri di depan terowongan sebelum melalui pengenalan wajah.Terowongan ini berwarna putih, dengan desain lantai digital berwarna hijau yang berubah warna menjadi merah saat penumpang berjalan menelusurinya hingga prosedur selesai.“Ini adalah proyek masa depan dan kami memiliki satu terowongan yang dipresentasikan di Gitex. Kemudian kami akan pergi ke bandara untuk memeriksa fitur terowongan dan melihat apa yang dapat kami tambahkan sebelum melaksanakan proyek ini,” kata Al Felasi.Namun untuk pembuatan terowongan ini di bandara Dubai belum jelas kapan akan dilakukan. Dia hanya mengatakan proyek tersebut akan mencakup mobil listrik Tesla untuk mengangkut penumpang ke bandara dan mendaftarkan berkas mereka selama perjalanan ke bandara.Baca juga: Pangkas Durasi Security Check, Ini yang Dilakukan Beberapa Bandara dan Maskapai“Mobil tersebut akan mengumpulkan informasi penumpang, termasuk bobot barang bawaan, dalam perjalanan ke bandara dan akan mengantarkan boarding pass ke mobil itu sendiri. Itu semua dilakukan oleh smartphone, “tambahnya.Saat penumpang tiba di bandara, barang bawaan otomatis melewati sistem cerdas tanpa perlu membawanya. Penumpang kemudian bisa melanjutkan melalui smart tunnel untuk menyelesaikan prosedur kontrol paspor dalam beberapa detik.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Smart Tunnel Bandara Dubai di Uni Emirat Arab dikenal luas sebagai salah satu tempat transit dan tersibuk di dunia. Dalam konteksi untuk memudahkan pelayanan kepada pengguna jasa penerbangan, otoritas bandara kini sedang merencanakan untuk mengadopsi solusi baru untuk memudahkan identifikasi penumpang. Solusi ini wajar disebut baru, pasalnya yang digunakan adalah konsep terowongan pintar (smart tunnel) yang bisa mempercepat identifikasi melalui sistem pengenalan biometrik.Baca juga: Agar Proses Imigrasi Lebih Cepat, Yuk Manfaatkan Autogate di Bandara Soekarno-HattaKabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari gulfnews.com (9/10/2017), General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs di Dubai (GDRFA) memperkenalkan teknologi baru ini pada hari pertama acara Gitex 37 di World Trade Center. Mayor Khalif Al Felasi Assistant General Director of Smart Services di GDRFA mengatakan Smart Tunnel akan menjadi masa depan untuk mengendalikan dan memindai paspor baru di Dubai.last_img read more

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Singapore Airlines Borong 39 Unit Boeing ‘Wide Body’ Senilai US$13,8 Miliar

first_imgBaca juga: Singapore Airlines dan Grab Integrasikan Layanan Ridesharing di Satu AplikasiBulan Oktober ini, Boeing sendiri ternyata meluncurkan seri yang pertama dari pesawat Boeing 787-10 di fasilitas Final Assembly-nya yang ada di South Carolina.Minggu lalu, saat Trump menjadi tuan rumah untuk kehadiran Perdana Menteri Yunani Alexis Tsipras di Gedung Putih, Ia mengatakan bahwa negara Eropa tersebut sedang mencari cara untuk membeli pesawat tambahan dari Boeing dan pemerintah Amerika Serikat akan membantu dalam proses pembeliannya.Baca juga: Singapore Airlines Pamerkan Desain Interior Mewah di Airbus A380 TerbaruSebenarnya, kesepakatan yang dilakukan bersama Singapura terjadi saat Boeing berada ditengah perselisihan perdangangan dengan manufaktur pesawat asal Kanada, Bombardier. Saat itu juga produsen kedirgantaraan Amerika Serikat menuduh pesaingnya menjual jet single board Series C baru dengan harga yang jauh lebih rendah di pasar Amerika Serikat.Hal ini mengakibatkan Departemen Perdagangan Amerika Serikat lebih berperihak pada Boeing dan menempatkan tarif 300 persen pada Bombardier yang akan membuat jet di fasilitasnya di Alabama. Baru-baru ini, Airbus sebagai pesaing terbesar Boeing di industri pesawat terbang mengumumkan bahwa mereka akan mengambil saham mayoritas dalam program Seier C tersebut.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related (Yahoo Finance) Singapore Airlines, maskapai penerbangan kedua terbesar di dunia dalam aspek permodalan, dikabarkan baru-baru ini telah mengadakan kesepakatan untuk membeli armada pesawat baru dari Boeing dengan nilai total mencapai US$13,8 miliar. Kesepakatan ini ditandatangani di Gedung Putih pada Senin (23/10/2017).KabarPenumpang.com melansir dari laman finance.yahoo.com (24/10/2017), Singapore Airlines secara keseluruhan membeli 39 unit pesawat jenis wide body untuk penerbangan jarak jauh, terdiri dari 20 unit Boeing 777-9 dan 19 unit Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, yang kedua perusahaan dibuat di basis produksi di kota Seattle. Sampai saat ini Boeing sendiri sudah memiliki pesanan untuk 30 Dreamliner. Rencananya tahun depan, pesanan pertama Boeing 787 Dreamliner untuk Singapore Airlines akan mulai dikirimkan.Karena merupakan pesanan dengan nilai fantastis, penandatanganan pembelian di Gedung Putih secara langsung disaksikan Presiden Amerika Serikat Donald Trump dan Perdana Menteri Republik Singapura Lee Hsien Loong. Betapa tidak, proyek pesanan Singapura ini sangat menyenangkan Trump, mengingat akan menciptakan 70.000 lapangan kerja baru di AS. Dalam momen penandatanganan, dari pihak Singapore Airlines hadir CEO Singapore Airlines Goh Chon Phong dan Kevin McCalister, Presiden dan CEO Boeing Commercial Airplanes.last_img read more

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Ishida among eight for NFL Europe

first_imgSecond-year quarterback Kentaro Namiki, a Waseda University coach, will join three others with the Cologne Centurions while former sumo wrestler and Onward Skylark offensive lineman Masakazu Goda will make his debut with the Berlin Thunder. Ishida, who is said to have the best shot at becoming the first Japanese player to make it in the NFL, in currently on the injury-reserved list. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Linebacker Rikiya Ishida is among eight Japanese players on three teams who has made the roster to play in NFL Europe for the opening day of the 2005 season next month, the affiliate of the NFL said Tuesday.Ishida, a former Kwansei Gakuin University student who will be playing for the third straight year in the NFLEL, will be one of three Japanese players with the Amsterdam Admirals making the trip to the Netherlands to start the season on April 2. center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Kei Nishikori loses to Novak Djokovic in first round at Madrid Open

first_img KEYWORDS It was Djokovic’s first victory over a top-20 opponent in almost a year. The Serbian has been having ongoing elbow problems and came off a six-month layoff in January.On Monday, Nishikori squandered a number of chances in the first set and a backhand miss allowed Djokovic to get a key break point in the 12th game, which Djokovic converted with a forehand winner.The second set was a tightly contested affair with both players showing improved accuracy, but Nishikori sent his backhand long in the 10th game to hand Djokovic the match.“The main reason I lost is because I couldn’t win the key points,” Nishikori said after the match.“If I had, the tide might have turned. Djokovic played really well in the second set.”Nishikori has only beaten the 12th-ranked Djokovic twice in their 14 career meetings, including an upset win in the U.S. Open semifinals in 2014.Nishikori, who was sidelined last August with a season-ending injury, had reached the Madrid Open quarterfinals at every edition since 2013. He lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2014 final when a back injury forced him to retire in the third set.Djokovic admitted the match could have gone either way. He also said it was strange facing a player of Nishikori’s caliber in the first round.“Of course, I’ve played Kei on big occasions, in many of the big tournaments, finals and semifinals,” Djokovic told atpworldtour.com. “It was different to play him in the first round. It was a big test for both of us.“I’m glad that match went my way, but it could have gone his way as well. It was a very few points that really decided a winner today. I managed to play the right shots in the important moments.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Kei Nishikori, Novak Djokovic, Madrid Masters MADRID – Kei Nishikori lost to former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Monday in a tight two-setter in the first round of the Madrid Open, going down 7-5, 6-4.Nishikori, ranked 20th in the world, fought hard to avoid an 11th straight defeat against the 10th-seeded Djokovic in his opening match in the clay-court tournament staged at the Caja Magica, but it was Djokovic who came out the winner.center_img RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori plays a shot from Novak Djokovic in their first-round match on Monday. Djokovic won 7-5, 6-4. | REUTERS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams to miss regular season

first_imgFAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas running back Jonathan Williams will miss the regular season with a foot injury.Williams hurt his left foot during a scrimmage on Saturday. Coach Bret Bielema said Monday that surgery is needed to insert a screw in the foot and Williams will have a slight chance of returning for a bowl game if the Razorbacks make it to one.“I really believe when he does return he’ll probably be a better football player, a more talented football player, a more developed football player than he’s ever been before,” Bielema said.Williams is the 10th leading rusher in school history with 2,321 yards on the ground, including 1,190 last season when he led to the Razorbacks to a 7-6 record and Texas Bowl win over Texas.He briefly considered leaving Arkansas for the NFL last season, but he announced his return prior to a 31-7 win over the Longhorns in the bowl game.Williams and Alex Collins entered this season as the only major college football teammates to each rush for more than 1,000 yards last season.Bielema said Williams watched the Razorbacks practice Monday following an upper-body workout on his own, and that his surgery would happen soon.He said Williams was injured late during Saturday’s scrimmage when two defensive linemen landed on his foot from behind.Bielema also said Williams, who was projected as a third-round pick following last season, had insurance against catastrophic injury and loss of value in the NFL draft —though he expects the running back to recover in time to show scouts he’s fully recovered.Williams, who was on the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, had 11 carries for 66 yards during the scrimmage, including a 36-yard run.Collins added a 43-yard touchdown run in the practice, and talented freshman Rawleigh Williams added a 66-yard touchdown run. The two, along with junior Kody Walker, will now have to fill the void left by Jonathan Williams’ injury.“If there’s one team in college football that could take a hit at the running back position, it’s probably the Arkansas Razorbacks,” Bielema said. “We’ll obviously regroup and do what we’re doing, but it’s not a setback in any way, shape or form. It’s an opportunity for others to take a step forward, and I’m excited about that.”last_img read more

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