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first_imgEleven teams were affected, and the tests were reexamined and found to be false positives. The lab says all “individuals impacted have been confirmed negative and informed.”NFL-ATTENDANCEMiami Dolphins to allow up to 13,000 fans at home opener, Ravens won’tUNDATED (AP) — The Miami Dolphins will allow up to 13,000 socially distancing fans to attend their home opener against Buffalo on Sept. 20. The decision divided political leaders and upset the Bills’ coach. The same plan will be followed for the University of Miami’s home opener against UAB at the Dolphins’ stadium on Sept. 10. Crowd size will be about 20% of the stadium’s 65,326-seat capacity. Groups of spectators will be spaced 6 feet apart. When the season starts, 53 teams will no longer be eligible for inclusion in the Top 25 because they have postponed their seasons. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSLefty impressive in Tour Champions debutRIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson sizzled in his first round on the PGA Tour Champions.Mickelson had five straight birdies on the back nine and finished with 11 overall in a 10-over 61 that gives him a one-stroke lead over David McKenzie. Lefty decided to make his over-50 debut this week after missing the cut at The Northern Trust and getting eliminated from the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs. Brown fired after sweepPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have fired coach Brett Brown just a day after his seventh season ended in a postseason sweep.The 76ers were 43-30 this season and had woefully underachieved in a year when they were expected to be serious contenders in the Eastern Conference. Injuries played a key role in their struggles.The move was expected after the sixth-seeded Sixers were swept by the Boston Celtics.Brown had guided the 76ers back from the bottom of the NBA. The Sixers failed to win more than 19 games in his first three seasons while management stripped the roster and prepared for a rebuild. But the 76ers made the playoffs the last three years, going 146-91. Andy Greene opened the scoring at the 6:06 mark, his first playoff goal in a decade. It remained 1-0 until Jean-Gabriel Pageau (pa-ZHOH’) and Anders Lee scored in the first nine minutes of the third. Devon Toews (deh-VAHN’ tayvz) added an empty-netter shortly after Carter Hart was replaced by an extra attacker with about eight minutes left.NHL-NEWSGrubauer, Johnson out indefinitelyUNDATED (AP) — Colorado Avalanche goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Erik Johnson are out indefinitely as the team tries to bounce back from its Game 1 loss to Dallas in the second round. Grubauer appeared to pull something three minutes into the second period of the opener Saturday night and needed assistance to get off the ice. Johnson left later in the period after a collision with Stars forward Blake Comeau. The second-round pick from national-champion LSU was expected to start this season.Last week, Browns starting linebacker Mack Wilson sustained a serious knee injury and cornerback Kevin Johnson lacerated his liver when he was fallen on.In other NFL injury news:— The Patriots have re-signed veteran Nick Folk, giving rookie fifth-round draft pick Justin Rohrwasser some competition for the job. Folk finished last season as New England’s kicker after Stephen Gostkowski played just four games before going on injured reserve in October. Folk brought steadiness to the job, connecting on 14 of 17 field goals and all 12 of his extra points in seven games.— Raiders receiver Tyrell Williams will try to play through this season after tearing a labrum in his shoulder during practice last week. Williams finished his first season as a Raider with 42 catches for 651 yards and six TDs but his production waned after the first four weeks due to injuries. Game 5 is Wednesday.The Miami Heat have reached the second round for the first time in four years.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) scored 23 points as the fifth-seeded Heat completed a first-round sweep of the Pacers, 99-87. Tyler Herro had 16 points and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) added 14 with 19 rebounds for Miami.Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) had 25 points and Myles Turner added 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Pacers, who have dropped four straight postseason series to the Heat since 2012.Miami’s bench outscored Indiana’s depleted reserves 38-3. Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhks) three-run homer gave the Jays a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning of a 6-4 win over the Rays. Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr. also homered and Thomas Hatch worked two scoreless innings for the win, three days after getting his first big league victory against the Rays. Tampa Bay got home runs from Yoshi Tsutsugo (YOH’-shee soo-SOO’-goh) and Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs).The Rays had won 11 of 12 heading into the series.Elsewhere around the majors:— The Twins were 3-2 winners over the Indians as Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) fanned seven while limiting Cleveland to a run and five hits over five innings. Solo homers by Cesar Hernandez, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) put Minnesota ahead 3-0. Also around the NHL:— The Red Wings have signed forward Robby Fabbri (FAB’-ree) to a $5.9 million, two-year contract. Fabbri had 32 points in 61 games last season for the league-worst Red Wings. MLB-SCHEDULEJays split with splitUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have cooled off the Tampa Bay Rays by splitting a four-game set in St. Petersburg. — Seahawks defensive end Branden Jackson was back at the team facility Monday, two days after he suffered a head injury in a team scrimmage. The fifth-year defensive end appeared to collide helmet to helmet with offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi and seemed to be unconscious before he landed on the turf.COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLClemson tops preseason pollUNDATED (AP) — Clemson is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25. Ohio State was a close No. 2 to Clemson, which starts atop the rankings for the second straight season. Alabama is No. 3, Georgia is fourth and defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma is fifth. Defending national champion LSU is No. 6. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEMiddleton comes alive in 4th quarter; Bucks take 3-1 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Khris Middleton finally found his shot this afternoon, and his hot hand put the Milwaukee Bucks in control of their NBA first-round series. Oklahoma has evened its series with Houston by winning for the second time in three days.Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) scored a career playoff high 30 points and the Thunder rallied from 15 points down in the third quarter to beat the Rockets, 117-114. Chris Paul scored 26 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 18 and 12 rebounds for the Thunder, who won despite allowing 23 3-pointers.Houston made its first eight 3-pointers to start the third quarter. The Rockets led 93-80 until the Thunder closed the third period on a 12-0 run.James Harden had 32 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds for the Rockets. Eric Gordon scored 23 points and Danuel House added 21 for the Rockets, who continue to play without guard Russell Westbrook because of a quad injury.NBA-76ers-BROWN — Javier Baez drilled a two-run homer and David Bote (BOH’-tee) added a solo shot and four RBIs as the Cubs ripped the Tigers, 9-3. Winning pitcher Alec Mills gave up three runs over seven innings while striking out seven. — Jesus Aguilar (AG’-yoo-lahr) provided a two-run double while the Marlins scored six times in the fourth inning of an 11-8 win against the Nationals. Aguilar had three RBIs and Jon Berti belted a two-run homer and Pablo Lopez held Washington to three unearned runs over five innings.MLB-NEWSMets resume play TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets will resume play with a doubleheader against the Marlins on Tuesday. — The Blue Jays have acquired struggling slugger Daniel Vogelbach from the Seattle Mariners for $100,000. The 27-year-old Vogelbach was a first time All-Star last season but was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Aug. 19 after hitting .094 with two home runs and four RBIs in 18 games this season. NFL-FALSE POSITIVESLab blames 77 false NFL COVID-19 positives on contaminationUNDATED (AP) —The lab used by the NFL for COVID-19 tests says an isolated contamination caused 77 “most likely false positive results.” In a statement, BioReference Laboratories says the test results on Saturday were contaminated during preparation at its lab in New Jersey. The Mets are able to resume their schedule after no additional members tested positive for COVID-19 since the team learned of two infections that caused four games to be postponed last week. The Mets will make up their weekend Subway Series against the crosstown Yankees with doubleheaders on Friday and Sunday at Yankee Stadium and a single game on Sept. 3 at Citi Field.In other major league news:— Thursday’s scheduled Astros-Angels game in Houston will be played on Tuesday as part of a doubleheader due to the potential impact that Tropical Storm Laura may have on the Gulf Coast. In addition, Wednesday’s game has been moved to the afternoon. — Indians manager Terry Francona will miss the club’s three-game series against Minnesota this week while he continues to deal with health issues. Francona underwent another surgery on Friday to address a gastrointestinal condition that has bothered him for nearly a year. First base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will continue to fill in for the 61-year-old Francona, who has missed 17 games this season. A late flurry from the Bucks forward led a 121-106 victory and a three-games-to-one lead over the Magic.Missing eight of his nine shots in the first three quarters, Middleton scored 18 of his 21 points in the final period and finished with 10 rebounds. He scored 11 points during an 18-2 run that put Milwaukee ahead by 19.Middleton was shooting just 28% in the series before getting hot in the final period.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) had 31 points, 15 boards and eight assists, shooting 12 of 14 from inside the paint.Orlando wasted a strong performance by Nikola Vucevic (voo-CHEH’-vihk), who had 31 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSIslanders blank FlyersTORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders are the lowest seed remaining in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they were good enough to open their second-round series with a win against the No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 29 shots and the Islanders opened their second-round series with a 4-0 win over the Flyers. Varlamov has posted consecutive playoff shutouts after failing to record one since 2011. He was at his best while Philadelphia took the first nine shots of the second period.Varlamov is the first Islander to record back-to-back shutouts. The Baltimore Ravens won’t have any fans at home games for the first part of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team had outlined a plan to accommodate a crowd of 7,500, but decided against it “based on the recommendations of public health experts.” NFL-NEWSBrowns rookie safety Delpit carted off with practice injury BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit was carted off the practice field with a right Achilles’ injury. He’s the latest Cleveland player to go down in what has been a tough training camp so far. Delpit was seen pounding the ground in frustration before being taken inside the team’s facility. Associated Press Update on the latest sports August 24, 2020 K.J. Choi was joined in a group at 7 under by Rocco Mediate, Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic. Choi is playing his second Tour Champions event.VIRUS OUTBREAK-USAIN BOLTBolt quarantines as he awaits test resultUNDATED (AP) — Jamaican world record holder and Olympic multi-gold medalist Usain Bolt says on social media he’s awaiting the result of a coronavirus test and is quarantining himself as a precaution. The 34-year-old retired sprinter says on his Instagram account that he did a test for COVID-19 on Saturday and because he works he is trying to be responsible and stay in isolation. Bolt added he has no symptoms.last_img read more

Women’s basketball looks to improve conference record in Arizona

first_imgFreshman guard Desiree Caldwell looks for the basket against Fresno State Nov. 28 at the Galen Center. (Josh Dunst/Daily Trojan) “Our kids practice hard,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “That’s why you win games. Kids talk, and you get after it and you just have to keep competing so hopefully we can keep it going.” The Wildcats and the Sun Devils are currently No. 7 and No. 5 in the Pac-12 standings, respectively. Even though the teams have not been playing at the level they were hoping to coming into this season, they are both eight games above .500. The Trojans have a quick turnaround this week as they prepare to play the Arizona Wildcats and the No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils over a three-day span. After already losing to the Bruins earlier this season, the Trojans came into Saturday’s game with a chip on their shoulder. With great performances all around, the Trojans managed to pull off their first conference win in a 72-67 victory to extend their overall record to 11-6. Coming into the season, the USC women’s basketball team was projected as one of the top teams in the Pac-12, after they finished 20-11 overall and 9-9 in conference play last year. The Women of Troy started off the season living up to expectations by winning ten out of their first eleven games, only to lose five straight matchups to start conference play. In what seemed to be a lost season, the Trojans are looking to turn things around after beating crosstown rival UCLA. “If we play like this the rest of the way, we’ll be very competitive,” Trakh said following the UCLA game. Mazyck had her breakout game last week against the Bruins, scoring 26 points and shooting 100 percent from the free throw line in all 40 minutes of play. In her senior year, the Trojans hope that Mazyck can repeat her success from previous seasons to lead the team to their first NCAA tournament appearance since the 2013-2014 season.center_img “This was my last USC-UCLA game,” Mazyck said. “Our pride was on the line. It’s hard to be positive when you’ve been losing, but we stayed positive and got positive results.” The Wildcats will look to even their conference record when they host USC, while the Sun Devils aim to extend their recent success after upsetting No. 9 Oregon State in a double-time thriller on Jan. 20. If the Trojans hope to beat both these teams, they will have to rely on senior guard Aliyah Mazyck and junior guard Minyon Moore to repeat their successes from Saturday. Against the Wildcats, the Trojans will have to pay attention to redshirt sophomore guard Aari McDonald, Arizona’s star player. In 18 games this season, McDonald has had a total of 449 points, 113 rebounds, and 45 steals. She is a force to reckoned with on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. As for the Sun Devils, they bring in key freshman guard Iris Mbulito. Also playing 18 games this season, Mbulito leads all Arizona State players in points, free throw percentage, and steals, with 265, .838, and 25, respectively. Moore was on fire in her last five games,, averaging 39.4 minutes played, 14 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Against the Bruins, Moore had one of her best games, playing all 40 minutes and finishing with a double-double. The Women of Troy hope to win two more conference games this weekend when they travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats this Friday at 6 p.m. and the Sun Devils this Sunday at 12 p.m.last_img read more

Nigeria Olympic Day Run Thrills Ghana, NOC/NSPAC

first_imgNigeria Sports for All Commission has praised the fitness clubs and individuals that trooped out in their hundreds to observe the 2017 Olympic Day Celebration held on Saturday 24th June 2017.Chairman of the commission, Henry Amike, said Nigerians have by their action proved that they love healthy lifestyle which can only be guaranteed through fitness and physical exercises. Amike, a former Nigerian international read the goodwill message from the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach to the appreciable crowd that gathered at the National Stadium, Lagos before taking the flag-off at 7:30 am.He pleaded with Nigerians to always be in contact with the Secretary General of the Nigeria Sports for All Commission, Augustine Odigie in order to be carried along with the day-to-day activities of the body.Meanwhile, the Ghana Sports for all Commission has commended the Nigeria Olympic Committee through the Nigeria Sports For All Commission for the peaceful conduct of the just concluded 2017 Olympic Day celebration.Secretary General of the Ghana Sports For All Commission, Mrs Agnes Abefe who was in Lagos for the celebration made the commendation after witnessing the event. Trilled by large turnout of participants despite the rains, Abefe praised the NOC for their leadership role in the development of Sports in the country by empowering the youths through the activities of the Nigeria Sports for all commission.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling rescue fantasy managers

first_img Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Following an explosive weekend last time around, with plenty of players almost cracking the three figure barrier, SBC’s League of Legends saw more modest results this weekend.As we approach the festive period where the games come thick and fast, Manchester City strengthened their position atop the Premier League, while Arsenal and Manchester United also earned wins, with the other clubs competing for the top four having to settle for draws.A situation that also manufactured its way into this weekend’s fantasy football, with Tony Kelshaw taking full advantage of some stuttering scores to charge into the top ten with 70 points.  Lukas Fabianski set the tone, with a clean sheet earning the Swansea shot stopper nine points, Raheem Sterling top scored with 13, and captain Dele Alli saw his six points doubled to 12 as ‘Salford Reds’ finish in eighth with 739 overall.Just behind, on the same points, is Konstantinos Digonis, whose 65 point haul also saw him leapfrog his way into the top ten.  Tottenham’s Harry Kane (captain) top scored for his side with 16 points, suitably backed up by Sterling (13 points) and Swansea full back Kyle Naughton (nine).A little further back in 12th, on the cusp of this weekends top score and the top ten, is Algosport CEO Leigh Herdman who charged to 68 points.  Again it was Kane (captain, 16), Sterling (13) and Fabianski (nine), securing the main bulk of the points, backed up by Mohamed Salah (seven) and Richarlison (six).A full round of midweek fixtures closes November for the Premier League, with Everton and West Ham due to meet at Goodison Park in a massive clash at the bottom of the table.Fresh of the back of their four goal heroics at home, Southampton travel to table toppers Manchester City, with Watford due to host second placed Manchester United.Elsewhere, struggling and managerless West Bromwich Albion welcome Newcastle, who have four straight defeats, to The Hawthorns, and Huddersfield Town take a trip to The Emirates to face Arsene Wenger’s side. StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

African nations seeks ways to stop flow of refugees to South Africa

first_img10 November 2014A three-day Migration Dialogue conference was organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tanzania from 7 November 2014, to respond to the ever-evolving and complex dynamics of migration flows from the Horn of Africa, through Kenya and Tanzania to South Africa.Some 24 senior representatives from the governments of Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia, and from IOM and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), met in Zanzibar to discuss the migration challenges facing the region and how to address them. The event was funded by Japan, as part of IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project.International migratory movements in Africa have become more complex and mixed in recent years, with flows comprising asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants. The exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa (mainly Ethiopia) to South Africa is a central issue.Each year, thousands of mainly young Ethiopians risk their lives in an attempt to reach South Africa, where they hope to establish better lives for themselves and their families. Migrants often sacrifice their life savings to pay smugglers amounts of up to $4 000 (about R45 000) to facilitate the journey.Human smuggling has become a thriving multi-billion dollar industry, which feeds off people’s desperation to improve their lives. Migrants are loaded into trucks by smugglers or left in “safe” houses in the jungle in Tanzania for days or weeks without food or water. Kenya and Tanzania are significant transit countries and many migrants are intercepted by the authorities en route.“Migrants are above all human beings and have the same human rights as anyone else. They should not be exposed to situations in which their lives are threatened. But the root causes of migration from the Horn to South Africa must be addressed by the governments concerned in order to come up with sustainable solutions to this migration crisis,” said Damien Thuriaux, IOM’s chief of mission in Tanzania.The meeting followed a 2010 regional conference on refugee protection and international migration, during which 13 African states met to discuss mixed movements and irregular migration from the East, Horn and Great Lakes sub-regions to Southern Africa.IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project has returned over 220 detained Ethiopian migrants this year so far, and is planning to return a total of up to 800 by the end of the year. Since 2009, IOM Tanzania has helped over 2 500 Ethiopian detainees to return home.Source: APOlast_img read more

Adarsh scam: Vilasrao Deshmukh bent rules for ex-army chiefs

first_imgThe Adarsh Housing society in Mumbai.Union rural development minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has made the sensational disclosure that he had bent rules to give memberships to former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N. C. Vij in Mumbai’s controversial Adarsh housing society.In a 15-page affidavit filed before the two-member inquiry panel headed by retired Bombay High Court judge J. A. Patil, Deshmukh said, “I approved the proposal to relax the domicile norms/conditions in case of Generals Vij and Kapoor. This decision was fully justified and fitting, considering their eminence and their distinguished service to the nation.”Bending the rules enabled the two generals to get membership of the society and qualified them for a flat in the housing complex.Deshmukh, who is a former Maharashtra chief minister, had also held the urban development portfolio in the state cabinet.He had earlier been quoted as saying that he had only played a peripheral role in the Adarsh allotments.His admission before the Justice Patil commission on favouring Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij could prove tricky for the UPA which had probably felt that the Adarsh scam would not return to haunt them after Ashok Chavan was made the fall guy and asked to resign as chief minister.The CBI too was asked to probe the housing scam as the scam erupted.The Patil commission was set up to probe irregularities in Adarsh housing society. Last year, the media reported violations of building and environment rules which were overlooked by the Congress-led government in Maharashtra to allow the construction of the high-rise Adarsh society complex in the city’s Colaba area.advertisementIn his affidavit, Deshmukh acknowledged that he did not entertain any other request for membership to get a flat in the Adarsh complex. The matter relating to Gen Kapoor and Gen Vij was “approved as a special case” and would not be treated as a precedent, the former chief minister said in the affidavit.Click here to EnlargeDeshmukh justified his decision to relax the society’s membership rules for the two generals because they had served in the state for a “considerable period of time”. While Gen Vij had served in Maharashtra for 10 years, Gen Kapoor’s stint lasted for seven years, he said.However, legal luminaries have asked whether armed forces personnel stationed in a command posting can be described as those ‘serving in a state’ for domicile purposes since they are sent to all parts of the country, depending on the unit they have joined.Deshmukh’s affidavit does not clarify this point.The Union minister’s affidavit also states that the Adarsh society land belonged to the Maharashtra government and was never reserved for defence personnel or Kargil war heroes.”The records maintained with the office of the Collector of Mumbai clearly show that the land belonged to the state government and the ownership of the land was never an issue at any stage so far as I am concerned,” he told the commission.The Adarsh society land was not reserved for housing defence personnel or Kargil war heroes either under the development plan for Greater Mumbai or under any of the policies of the state government, the union minister added. However, he claimed, the land was in the Army’s possession.Click here to EnlargeIn presenting the affidavit, Deshmukh appeared to be abdicating his supervisory responsibility by blaming the state machinery for decisions taken on the controversial Adarsh society during his tenure as Maharashtra chief minister.The affidavit begins with a long explanation on the functioning of the state government machinery and how a chief minister takes decisions.For instance, it says that the files put up before the chief minister sets out the clear views or opinion formed by the administration on a proposal.The chief minister is not required to personally scrutinise or cross verify every fact stated in the proposal.In the past chief ministers have been hauled up by the Supreme Court for their supervisory lapses on construction projects.Deshmukh also denied that the state’s revenue department was asked to put up a proposal for allotment of land to Adarsh society at the insistence of the then Shiv Sena MLC Kanaihyalal Gidwani.This was one of the several charges activist Santosh Daundkar had made in an affidavit before the inquiry Commission.”The suggestion that I ordered the allotment of land to Adarsh in an irregular and/ or improper manner to favour Gidwani is fully mischievous,” he stated, but said that he might have met Gidwani during his tenure.advertisementIt has been alleged that Deshmukh approved a proposal to grant additional floor space index (FSI) to Adarsh by taking over adjacent land reserved for BEST depot and converting it to residential type.However, the union minister defended his decision by saying that the decision to change the land use of a plot reserved for BEST to residential was just and in accordance with law. The notification was done in 2006.The due process of law was followed and it was done in public interest, he said. BEST’s interest was also protected and there was no loss to the government exchequer as Adarsh society paid Rs 6.40 crore for acquiring the rights of the plot, he said. BEST never opposed his government’s decision, Deshmukh claimed.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Japanese Lines to Order Up to 20 LNGPowered Car Carriers

first_imgzoom Prompted by the upcoming environmental regulations set to enter into force in 2020, Japanese car manufacturer Toyota Motor Corporation is said to be turning to LNG-powered ships to transport its cars across the globe.According to a report from Japanese daily Nikkei, the company is backing an investment in up to 20 LNG-powered car carriers with the capacity to carry 7,000 vehicles each. The order, priced at USD 1.83 billion, would be split between three car carrier owners entrusted with shipping Toyota’s cars; NYK Line, K Line and Toyota’s Toyofuji Shipping, the daily reported.A specific timeline for the orders was not given, as the move is believed to be still in its initial stage.However, once the ships are delivered, they are expected to replace existing vessels on North American routes.Japanese yards such as Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Imabari and Japan Marine United have been identified as potential builders of the new ships, Asiasis reported.Neither Toyota Motor nor Toyofuji Shipping was available for comment at the moment of publishing of this article.The plans have emerged weeks after a naming and launching ceremony for Toyofuji Shipping’s new 3,000-vehicle car carrier vessel Trans Harmony. The ship will be sailing on the company’s Asia routes, once delivered in January next year.Data from VesselsValue shows that the company also has one more newbuilding on order at compatriot Naikai Setoda Shipbuilding also set for delivery by the end of this year.Based on Toyofuji’s website info, the company has 17 car carriers in its fleet, their age ranging from 1986 to 2011.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more