ERIN DEATH: GARDAI QUIZ MORE PEOPLE IN INVESTIGATION

first_imgGARDAI have quizzed more people in their investigation into the death of Erin Gallagher, the 13-year-old Ballybofey girl who took her own life nine days ago.The teenage bullying victim had also suffered a number of sexual assaults 18 months ago, the Irish Mail on Sunday reported her mother Lorraine as saying.Gardai had investigated that incident and action was taken. The Irish Sun also reported on Sunday that Gardai have spoken to two young adults – aged 17 and 20 – about allegations that they had also bullied Erin.Lorraine Gallagher told both newspapers that she wanted Erin to be the last victim of bullying – both physical and online.She said Gardai had retrieved a suicide note from her home but she had not yet seen it.Donegal Mayor Frank McBrearty has appealed for calm in the Twin Towns to allow the authorities to investigate a widening number of allegations.  ERIN DEATH: GARDAI QUIZ MORE PEOPLE IN INVESTIGATION was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ERIN DEATH: GARDAI QUIZ MORE PEOPLE IN INVESTIGATIONlast_img read more

Track & Field Competes At Big Four Duals

first_imgAMES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams turned in four individual performances that rank in the top-10 all-time at Drake during Saturday’s Big Four Duals in Ames, Iowa. The annual dual meet pits the Bulldogs against their three in-state rivals in Iowa, Iowa  State and UNI.Despite the strong individual performances, Drake was defeated by its three foes while Iowa State claimed three team wins in both the men’s and women’s competitions.In the distance events, Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) turned in the third fastest 3,000-meter time in school history to win the event with a time of 9:37.89. Huston led the race from start-to-finish and was never challenged in defeating the field by nearly eight seconds. The men’s 3,000 meters saw Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) make his indoor season debut by finishing third in the event in 8:22.11, the eighth fastest 3,000-meter time in program history.The men’s team also had a first-place finisher in the 400 meters as Bas Van Leersum clocked a 48.47 finish, the fifth fastest indoor 400 meters in program history.The women’s team hurdlers racked up the points with four finishers in the finals led by Mary Young’s (Urbandale, Iowa) second-place finish in 8,65. Young also finished seventh in the 200 meters and ran a leg of the 4×400-meter relay that finished fourth.The jumps were also productive for the women’s side as Taryn Rolle finished second in the triple jump with a mark of 39-9.25 that ties for the second longest jump in school history. Current record holder Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) also jumped 39-9.25 to finish third. In the long jump, Bell was second at 18-8.5 while Rolle was third.The men’s jumps were highlighted by Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Colo.) clearing 6-6.75 to finish second.The Bulldogs return to action Jan. 29-30 at the Jack Jennett Invitational in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Big Four DualsJan. 23, 2016Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center Drake Women’s Team ScoresUNI, 86Drake, 66 Iowa State, 96Drake, 62 Iowa, 79Drake, 66 Drake Women’s Individual Results 60 Meters (Finals)6. Taryn Rolle, 7.897. Rai Ahmed-Green, 7.94 60 Meters (Prelims)6. Taryn Rolle, 7.927. Rai Ahmed-Green, 7.97 200 Meters5. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.607. Mary Young, 25.9011. Destani Welch, 26.93 400 Meters8. Virginia Hill, 58.3910. Victoria Coombe, 1:02.28 800 Meters4. Meghan Kearney, 2:14.247. Laura Gann, 2:15.0313. Shelby Varney, 2:33.34 Mile8. Cassie Aerts, 5:02.8211. Bailee Cofer, 5:06.1413. Taylor Scholl, 5:26.44 3,000 Meters1. Emma Huston, 9:37.899. Cassie Aerts, 10:29.0910. Bailee Cofer, 10:32.82 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)2. Mary Young, 8.655. Destani Welch, 9.036. Virginia Hill, 9.078. Victoria Coombe, 9.48 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)3. Mary Young, 8.805. Destani Welch, 9.157. Virginia Hill, 9.268. Victoria Coombe, 9.39 4×400-Meter Relay4. Hill, Kearney, Young, Ahmed-Green, 3:49.46 High Jump4. Jaclyn Aremka, 5-55. Taylor Patton, 5-5 Pole Vault3. Christina LeMunyon, 10-2 Long Jump2. Kayla Bell, 18-8.53. Taryn Rolle, 18-8 Triple Jump2. Taryn Rolle, 39-9.253. Kayla Bell, 39-9.25 Shot Put6. Danielle Griesbaum, 28-3.57. Kayla Bell, 25-8.75  Big Four DualsJan. 23, 2016Ames, Iowa – Lied Recreation Center Drake Men’s Team ScoresUNI, 98Drake, 59 Iowa State, 104Drake, 61 Iowa, 95Drake, 61 Drake Men’s Individual Results 60 Meters (Finals)3. Pierce Vincent, 6.836. Aaron Chier, 7.047. Demetrius Shelton, 7.06 60 Meters (Prelims)4. Pierce Vincent, 6.905. Demetrius Shelton, 7.026. Aaron Chier, 7.039. Kendall Owens, 7.1112. Myles Campbell, 7,44 200 Meters4. Pierce Vincent, 21.8711. Aaron Chier, 22.4612. Demetrius Shelton, 22.5817. Nihad Ejubovic, 23.1019. Myles Campbell, 23.72 400 Meters1. Bas Van Leersum, 48.479. Hudson Priebe, 51.1210. Dominc Lombardi, 51.2811. Nihad Ejubovic, 52.66 600 Yards11. Alec Bognar, 1:18.49 800 Meters8. James Saxton, 1:56.579. George Webb, 1:56.9111. John Freeman, 1:59.97 Mile10. Rob McCann, 4:19.5512. Ali Jandal, 4:24.6414. Chris Kaminski, 4:36.06 3,000 Meters3. Reed Fischer, 8:22.1113. Chris Kaminski, 9:16.07 60-Meter Hurdles (Finals)7. Hudson Priebe, 8.35 60-Meter Hurdles (Prelims)8. Hudson Priebe, 8.4210. Dominic Lombardi, 8.5911. Bas Van Leersum, 8.7014. Tyler Zak, 9.16 4×400-Meter Relays4. Priebe, Lombardi, Van Leersum, Saxton, 3:18.719. Chier, Campbell, Vincent, Owens, 3:28.1610. Webb, Erickson, Bognar, Ejubovic, 3:32.67 High Jump2. Ryan Cook, 6-6.754. Forest Moses, 6-2.75 Pole Vault6. Adam Perkins, 13-1.58. Tyler Zak, 9-8 Long Jump11. Tyler Zak, 19-3.512. Johnathan Osifuye, 11-6.75 Triple Jump3. Ethan Turner, 44-86. Sean Buczek, 43-9 Shot Put9. Michael Dolan, 39-1.7510. AJ Erb, 38-10.5 Weight Throw7. Michael Dolan, 49-3.510. AJ Erb, 28-9 Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group F

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP FITALY Coach: Marcello Lippi # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperGianluigi Buffon28 January 1978 (aged 32)100Juventus2GoalkeeperFederico Marchetti7 February 1983 (aged 27)4Cagliari3GoalkeeperMorgan De Sanctis27 March 1977 (aged 33)3Napoli4DefenderSalvatore Bocchetti30 November 1986 (aged 23)3Genoa5DefenderLeonardo Bonucci1 May 1987 (aged 23)1Bari6DefenderFabio Cannavaro (captain)13 September 1973 (aged 36)132Juventus7DefenderGiorgio Chiellini14 August 1984 (aged 25)28Juventus8DefenderDomenico Criscito30 December 1986 (aged 23)5Genoa9DefenderChristian Maggio11 February 1982 (aged 28)3Napoli10DefenderGianluca Zambrotta19 February 1977 (aged 33)92Milan11MidfielderMauro Camoranesi4 October 1976 (aged 33)53Juventus12MidfielderDaniele De Rossi24 July 1983 (aged 26)52Roma13MidfielderGennaro Gattuso9 January 1978 (aged 32)71Milan14MidfielderClaudio Marchisio19 January 1986 (aged 24)3Juventus15MidfielderRiccardo Montolivo18 January 1985 (aged 25)12Fiorentina16MidfielderAngelo Palombo25 September 1981 (aged 28)15Sampdoria17MidfielderSimone Pepe30 August 1983 (aged 26)13Udinese18MidfielderAndrea Pirlo19 May 1979 (aged 31)65Milan19ForwardAntonio Di Natale13 February 1979 (aged 31)31Udinese20ForwardAlberto Gilardino5 July 1982 (aged 27)39Fiorentina21ForwardVincenzo Iaquinta21 November 1979 (aged 30)35Juventus22ForwardGiampaolo Pazzini2 August 1984 (aged 25)6Sampdoria23ForwardFabio Quagliarella31 January 1983 (aged 27)18Napoli PARAGUAY Coach: Gerardo Martino # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJusto Villar30 June 1977 (aged 32)71Real Valladolid2GoalkeeperAldo Bobadilla20 April 1976 (aged 34)18Independiente Medellín3GoalkeeperDiego Barreto16 July 1981 (aged 28)2Cerro Porteño4DefenderDenis Caniza (captain)29 August 1974 (aged 35)95León5DefenderPaulo da Silva1 February 1980 (aged 30)67Sunderland6DefenderCarlos Bonet2 October 1977 (aged 32)60Olimpia7DefenderJulio César Cáceres5 October 1979 (aged 30)59Atlético Mineiro8DefenderDarío Verón26 June 1979 (aged 30)27UNAM9DefenderClaudio Morel Rodríguez2 February 1978 (aged 32)25Boca Juniors10DefenderAureliano Torres16 June 1982 (aged 27)25San Lorenzo11DefenderAntolín Alcaraz30 July 1982 (aged 27)5Club Brugge12MidfielderÉdgar Barreto15 July 1984 (aged 25)47Atalanta13MidfielderCristian Riveros16 October 1982 (aged 27)45Cruz Azul14MidfielderEnrique Vera10 March 1979 (aged 31)25LDU Quito15MidfielderVíctor Cáceres25 March 1985 (aged 25)25Libertad16MidfielderJonathan Santana19 October 1981 (aged 28)21Wolfsburg17MidfielderNéstor Ortigoza7 October 1984 (aged 25)3Argentinos Juniors18ForwardRoque Santa Cruz16 August 1981 (aged 28)66Manchester City19ForwardNelson Valdez28 November 1983 (aged 26)38Borussia Dortmund20ForwardOscar Cardozo20 May 1983 (aged 27)29Benfica21ForwardÉdgar Benítez8 November 1987 (aged 22)12Pachuca22ForwardRodolfo Gamarra10 December 1988 (aged 21)2Libertad23ForwardLucas Barrios13 November 1984 (aged 25)0Borussia Dortmund NEW ZEALAND Coach: Ricki Herbert # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperMark Paston13 December 1976 (age 33)22Wellington Phoenix2DefenderBen Sigmund3 February 1981 (age 29)14Wellington Phoenix3DefenderTony Lochhead12 January 1982 (age 28)28Wellington Phoenix4DefenderWinston Reid3 July 1988 (age 21)2Midtjylland5DefenderIvan Vicelich3 September 1976 (age 33)66Auckland City6DefenderRyan Nelsen (captain)18 October 1977 (age 32)40Blackburn Rovers7MidfielderSimon Elliott10 June 1974 (age 35)62Unattached8MidfielderTim Brown6 March 1981 (age 29)25Wellington Phoenix9ForwardShane Smeltz29 September 1981 (age 28)29Gold Coast United10ForwardChris Killen8 October 1981 (age 28)31Middlesbrough11MidfielderLeo Bertos20 December 1981 (age 28)33Wellington Phoenix12GoalkeeperGlen Moss19 January 1983 (age 27)15Melbourne Victory13MidfielderAndy Barron24 December 1980 (age 29)11Team Wellington14ForwardRory Fallon20 March 1982 (age 28)6Plymouth Argyle15MidfielderMichael McGlinchey7 January 1987 (age 23)5Motherwell16MidfielderAaron Clapham1 January 1987 (age 23)0Canterbury United17MidfielderDavid Mulligan24 March 1982 (age 28)25Unattached18DefenderAndrew Boyens18 September 1983 (age 26)15New York Red Bulls19DefenderTommy Smith31 March 1990 (age 20)3Ipswich Town20ForwardChris Wood7 December 1991 (age 18)8West Bromwich Albion21MidfielderJeremy Christie22 May 1983 (age 27)21Tampa Bay22MidfielderJeremy Brockie7 October 1987 (age 22)17Newcastle Jets23GoalkeeperJames Bannatyne30 June 1975 (age 34)3Team Wellington SLOVAKIA Coach: Vladimír Weiss # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperJán Mucha5 December 1982 (aged 27)14Legia Warszawa2GoalkeeperDušan Kuciak21 May 1985 (aged 25)2FC Vaslui3GoalkeeperDušan Perniš28 November 1984 (aged 25)1Dundee United4DefenderRadoslav Zabavník16 September 1980 (aged 29)42Mainz5DefenderMarek Čech26 January 1983 (aged 27)38West Bromwich Albion6DefenderMartin Petráš2 November 1979 (aged 30)38Cesena7DefenderMartin Škrtel15 December 1984 (aged 25)37Liverpool8DefenderJán Ďurica10 December 1981 (aged 28)35Hannover 969DefenderPeter Pekarík30 October 1986 (aged 23)19Wolfsburg10DefenderKornel Saláta4 January 1985 (aged 25)3Slovan Bratislava11MidfielderMarek Hamšík (captain)27 July 1987 (aged 22)30Napoli12MidfielderStanislav Šesták16 December 1982 (aged 27)29Bochum13MidfielderMarek Sapara31 July 1982 (aged 27)24Ankaragücü14MidfielderJán Kozák22 April 1980 (aged 30)22Timişoara15MidfielderZdeno Štrba9 June 1976 (aged 34)20Skoda Xanthi16MidfielderMiroslav Stoch19 October 1989 (aged 20)10Twente17MidfielderKamil Kopúnek18 May 1984 (aged 26)7Spartak Trnava18MidfielderVladimír Weiss30 November 1989 (aged 20)7Bolton Wanderers19MidfielderJuraj Kucka26 February 1987 (aged 23)5Sparta Prague20ForwardRóbert Vittek1 April 1982 (aged 28)69Ankaragücü21ForwardFilip Hološko17 January 1984 (aged 26)37Beşiktaş22ForwardMartin Jakubko26 February 1980 (aged 30)21Saturn Moscow23ForwardErik Jendrišek26 October 1986 (aged 23)13KaiserslauternPREVIOUS: GROUP E << • >> NEXT: GROUP Glast_img read more

Shamed for her looks, woman ends life

first_imgA 21-year-old woman, who was married just six months ago, allegedly committed suicide in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district after being repeatedly taunted by her husband over her “dark complexion”, the police said on Tuesday.Mangibai jumped into a well outside her house in Banskhoyara village on Monday, station house officer Balveer Singh said. Mangibai’s husband, Dinesh Lodha, has been booked under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) of the IPC. Her father, Devlal, told the police that she got married in April but her husband used to humiliate her over her “dark complexion”, the officer said citing the FIR registered.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini: Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

Ilocos, Stallion draw, still winless

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Fil Nigerian striker Chima Uzoka gave Ilocos the lead before Stallion equalized through Jess Melliza as the two clubs picked up a point for the draw.The result meant the two clubs remain in the bottom of the table with Stallion in seventh with four points, a point ahead of cellar-dweller Ilocos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStallion resumes its search for a first win when it visits JPV Marikina on Wednesday at Rizal Memorial Stadium, while Ilocos travels to Metro Manila to face Kaya at University of Makati in the first of back-to-back matches against the Makati club. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Team PH faces tougher odds Ilocos United and Stallion Laguna remained in search of a first victory after battling to a 1-1 stalemate last Sunday in a Philippines Football League clash that was cut short by poor pitch conditions at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.The match was called off at halftime due to deteriorating conditions of the field caused by heavy rains.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

A Late Take-Off

first_imgEarlier this month, Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer opened its first assembly plant in the US, the biggest market for planes. In contrast, India, which is celebrating the centenary of the first flight in the country, remains the only bric (Brazil, Russia, India, China) nation without its own commercial aircraft manufacturing capability. Considered sophisticated and demanding, aircraft making is a barometer for a country’s industrial prowess.Mahindra Airvan GV8 at the Aero India show in February.A high-powered National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) committee hopes to change that shortly. By June 2011, the committee will submit a feasibility report on making a 90-seater regional aircraft. Mumbai-based private firm Mahindra Aerospace and its partner, Bangalore-based National Aeronautics Laboratory (NAL), are expected to announce shortly the commercial launch of a five-seater aircraft they are jointly developing. An aircraft, Airvan GV8, sported the Mahindra brand name at Aero India in February. Mahindra had acquired its Australian manufacturers in 2009. “There is now a momentum in the aerospace sector as the Indian industry is mature enough to handle complex projects,” says V. Sumantran, NCAD member and executive vice chairman of Hinduja Automotive.There are two big reasons for the increased pace of action in the industry. First, the Indian aviation sector is booming. In the last two months, just one private company-Indigo-and the defence sector have been placing orders for aircraft worth $28 billion to foreign companies. The white paper by business consultants AT Kearney said the aerospace and defence budget of the country is expected to cross $100 billion over the next 10 years. Secondly, since 2005, an offset clause introduced by the government mandates foreign aircraft OEMS, such as Boeing and Airbus, outsource a minimum of 30 per cent of a $60 million-plus defence contract to India based companies. Mahindra is setting up a manufacturing unit in Karnataka to make components for the aviation and defence sector. The white paper says that the Tata group already has initial orders of $500 million from the offset clause. It is establishing manufacturing set up in Andhra Pradesh.advertisementEngineering giant Larsen and Toubro also wants to be a part of the nacd while others such as Chennai based MRF and Delhi-based Lumax have announced plans to manufacture aircraft components. Even by the most optimistic estimates, the NCAD’S commercial plane won’t fly before 2017 but a start has been made. “The program will only accelerate from here on,” says Sumantran.last_img read more

President Xi ‘hates’ doping, vows tough stance for Beijing 2022

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Chinese athletes who use performance-enhancing drugs will receive criminal punishments and jail terms as of this year, the official Xinhua news agency reported in December.In 2017, a Chinese doctor told German media that there had been a systematic doping programme in China during the 1980s and 1990s across a range of sports.Bach this week visited Beijing 2022 facilities, including the downhill skiing competition site, and said progress on venue construction was “very impressive”.“For every venue we have visited here, we could see what the use for it would be after the Olympic Games so that the Chinese people can then really enjoy winter sports.”Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics and will be the first city to have staged both a Summer and Winter Games.ADVERTISEMENT International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before proceeding to their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared that he “hates” doping, laying out a tough stance against cheating at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.Doping has overshadowed the Games in recent years, with Russia’s Olympic committee barred from last year’s competition in Pyeongchang because of performance-enhancing drugs.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jeff Horn claims: I never denied rematch offer vs Manny Pacquiao PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Doping has also tainted China’s sporting record in the past decade, with some athletes stripped of Olympic medals.Meeting with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in Beijing, Xi said he personally objected to doping and that China has “a clear and very strong policy” on the use of drugs in sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I myself hate it,” Xi said at Thursday’s meeting, according to the official Olympic website.“I would prefer to have clean Chinese athletes than a gold medal, or any medal at all.”last_img read more

MR Charter Market Took an Unexpected Hit in Q2

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Ardmore Shipping  The medium range (MR) product tanker market sustained an unanticipated blow from a number of one-time events in the second quarter of 2018, Anthony Gurnee, Chief Executive Officer of Ardmore Shipping, said in a conference call.These events included lower demand at the Atlantic Basin as a result of localized factors in the key consumer markets in Brazil, Mexico and West Africa, largely political issues, according to Gurnee, followed by high oil and bunker prices as well as weak crude tanker market.As a result of the unprecedented downturn of the crude oil taker market, fueled by geopolitical tensions and tonnage oversupply, crude tanker owners have started taking a portion of the product tanker cargoes to ease their woes.“Crude tanker market weakness resulted in some encroachment to product tanker trades, particularly Aframax newbuildings competing with LR2s,” he said. “Having said that, we feel that the impact of crude tankers on MR trade is limited, probably well under 1% of overall supply.” However, despite the quarter being unexpectedly tough, Gurnee believes that moving ahead the outlook is positive as MR supply growth remains at all-time lows.“We’re forecasting 23 MRs to deliver over the remainder of 2018, with 29 delivered year-to-date, and this is compared to the 5-year historical average of 112 per year. Scrapping has increased with 31 MRs scrapped year-to-date, indicating a run rate of approximately 50 to 60 per year, and as a consequence, MR fleet growth net of scrapping is expected to be well below 1% in 2018 and into 2019,” Gurnee  explained.Furthermore, demand fundamentals remain solid in terms of oil consumption growth and export-oriented refinery capacity development.“Atlantic Basin cargo volume should return to normal levels in the second half as the short-term factors play themselves out. Refined product inventories are well below 5-year averages, and with refinery throughput set to increased by further 2 million barrels a day in the third quarter to all-time highs, the conditions are in place for an increase in CPP trading activity,” he added.Ardmore also believes that the IMO 2020 sulphur regulations will have a positive impact on the market as of next year boosting ton demand and demand growth for product tankers.Ardmore Shipping Corporation reported a net loss of USD 13.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, sinking further into the red from last year’s USD 4 million, mostly driven by challenging charter market conditions.Spot and pool MR tankers earned an average of USD 12,086 per day, while chemical tankers earned an average of USD 12,816 per day for the six months ended June 30, 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more