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first_imgAlgerian shipping company ENTMV Algérie Ferries has ordered a new roll-on/roll-off passenger (RoPax) ferry in China. The company signed the final contract for the construction of the newbuilding with China’s Guangzhou Shipyard International (GSI) last month.As informed, Danish OSK-ShipTech A/S will design the vessel and is currently working on the approval design.The new RoPax will be 200 meters long, 30 meters wide and will be able to accommodate 1,800 passengers, 180 crewmembers and more than 600 cars. It will be propelled by four main engines with a service speed of 24 knots.The new ferry will sail between Algeria and a series of larger cities in Southern Europa such as Marseille and Barcelona.Currently, Algérie Ferries’ fleet comprises a total of six vessels.last_img read more

first_img Continuing our Countdown to Cheltenham, and with only eight days to go, SBC has been quizzing major operators on what we should expect from the four day event.SBC caught up with Amy Jones, UK PR & Mischief Maker at Paddy Power, who revealed that the Irish are tipped to win big at the Prestbury Cup, and that the bookmaker doesn’t plan to lose any sleep over the threat of a Wednesday wipeout. SBC: Paddy Power recently recruited Colm Meaney to send a message to the English racing fans … how has this campaign helped boost engagement with punters?Amy Jones: The Prestbury Cup (or UK vs Ireland at Cheltenham) has grown in profile in recent years with such strength in depth being sent over by the Irish trainers and we enjoy getting behind the Irish challenge. Betting should be fun and we hope the campaign will evoke this spirit, especially during Cheltenham week!It’s also a way of creating competition in our two main areas, and creating a conversation around the Festival. As an Irish brand, we of course love to poke fun at the Brits and what better way to do it.SBC: Could we see the Irish win big at this year’s Cheltenham Festival?Amy Jones: Ireland are currently 8/15 to win the Prestbury Cup which tells the story of just how strong the Irish challenge is, and has been for the last couple of years. Messrs Mullins, Elliott and De Bromhead all send a very strong team over to spearhead the Irish challenge. Willie Mullins is the 1/1 favourite to be the Top Trainer at the Cheltenham festival and Henry De Bromhead is punters choice having been backed into 10/1 from 20/1.SBC: Three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Paddy Power? and how does Paddy Power plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday wipeout’?Amy Jones: We feel talk of a ‘Wednesday wipeout’ have been overplayed. We do of course look ahead at the forecast starting prices on each day and Wednesday is undoubtedly the most daunting for the bookmakers with the big three Irish bankers Envoi Allen, Tiger Roll and Appreciate It all in action. If those three go in we’ll have a losing day but it’s a long week with plenty more battles so we won’t lose too much sleep over it.SBC: Data has suggested that this year’s Cheltenham Festival has attracted – on average – 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year. Why do you think this is?Amy Jones: Cheltenham gets bigger, more competitive and more anticipated every year so it’s no surprise to see increased interest in ante-post betting this year. A wide open Champion Hurdle, a hotly contested Champion Chase and a defending champion in the Gold Cup have added intrigue to the action. The additional appeal of 5 places for Paddy Power bettors in all Cheltenham handicaps has definitely spiked interest.SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year?Amy Jones: Al Boum Photo currently heads our market at 7/2. The Gold Cup is hard to win once, let alone back to back, so there will be plenty lining up to take him on but he was an impressive winner last year and arrives off the back of an identical preparation so he will be a tough nut to crack if in the same form. He’s probably the horse in the field with the fewest question marks.          SBC: And finally. what role will request a bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival? Amy Jones: Due to the competitive nature of racing at Cheltenham the week is always awash with promotions to help punters to find a winning bet. Requesting a bet is definitely the fastest growing area of our offering in recent years. Engaging customers through social channels has always been important to us and our ‘Whatoddspaddy’ offers allow our customers to build or request their own bet. I think it definitely adds to the satisfaction of a win if you request and land your own bespoke bet. ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgFor all her brilliance and experience and that bloody-minded determination of a champion, there were two things Serena Williams simply could not overcome at Wimbledon on Monday.One was Round-of-16 opponent Sabine Lisicki, who produced the performance of a lifetime to clinch a stunning upset – 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.The other was age. Williams’ astonishing form throughout 2013, good enough for a 34-match winning streak of imperious dominance, was such that she had begun to seem timeless. Yet it must be remembered that Williams is now 31 years old and the exception rather than the rule in what is increasingly a young woman’s game.While all her advantages in terms of technique and power and court smarts are too much for most of her out-matched opponents to deal with, those capable and brave enough to stick to a certain plan may increasingly find positive traction against her.Lisicki was game to try to wear Williams down, confident she could stick around long enough for the American’s legs and spirit to get weary. She moved Williams around Centre Court, attacking Serena’s ferocious forehand with wide slicing serves and whipping groundstrokes deep into each corner.It was a tactic that looked ultimately destined to fail when Williams took a 3-0 lead in the deciding set, before Lisicki dug deep once more for a final revival that saw her reel off six out of seven games. At the end, Lisicki sunk forward to her stomach, sobbing in delight and disbelief at the finest moment of her career. The 23-year-old German reached the 2011 semifinals at Wimbledon, and this win continued her extraordinary streak of having beaten the reigning French Open champion at Wimbledon on four occasions.But nothing was bigger than this, a triumph over a living legend who was seeking to match the longest winning streak on the women’s tour since the turn of the century. Serena’s sister Venus Williams won 35 straight in 2000. “I am shaking,” said Lisicki. “I am so happy. Serena is such a tough opponent and it is an amazing feeling to win this match.” Williams had no excuses and found some gracious words for Lisicki at the net and some more during her post-match press conference.“It’s not a shock,” Williams said. “She plays really good on grass and has a massive serve. Sabine played really well, she always plays really well at Wimbledon.“Every time I step on the court I am the favorite so I have grown to get used to that. You know it is not going to be an easy match against her. I need to do better. She played a super-aggressive game. When you have absolutely nothing to lose you can play with so much freedom and you can be so loose.”At certain times in her career Williams’ conditioning has been called into question, but that had nothing to do with this loss. All those years on tour might have taken a step off her speed, but throughout this year she has kept in exceptional shape.This was a defeat as simple as an inspired opponent and the cruel sands of time. Even after 16 Grand Slam titles Serena is not done yet, not by a long shot, though this was a reminder that in the coming months and years her age may be a tougher foe than most of her supposed rivals.last_img read more