The decision of the South African Competition Commission to block the merger of the container businesses of K Line, MOL and NYK is “not expected to have a significant impact” on the consolidation of the Japanese carrier trio, according to Alphaliner.It said that, notwithstanding a likely intention to appeal last week’s ruling, the proposed One Network Express (ONE) could decide to quit the South African market when it commences operations next April, with minimal damage to its business.However, with spot freight rates on the Asia to South Africa route having surged to a seven-year high, the new entity could be be reluctant to walk away from an increasingly lucrative trade.Alphaliner said that of the three carriers, only K Line and MOL offered container services to South Africa, and ONE’s combined market share was relatively low compared to its competitors.For example, on the key Asia-South Africa tradelane, K Line and MOL’s share of the capacity on the route is just 12%, compared with the dominance of Maersk Line and MSC’s combined share of over 50%.The two Japanese carriers operate within a vessel-sharing agreement (VSA) with Evergreen, Cosco and PIL on this trade, offering two weekly services deploying 13 ships of 4,200-5,600 teu, of which the Japanese lines contribute five vessels.MOL also offers a South Africa-Asia northbound service via a slot charter with Maersk and MSC and is a vessel-providing VSA partner with Maersk, Safmarine and DAL on a liner service linking Europe with South Africa.In last week’s ruling, the SA commission said it had “considered the impact of the proposed transaction” on the provision of container services and, moreover, “the impact of the proposed transaction on the adjacent market of the car carriers”, the business of which is not included in the merger.“The commission also found that the proposed transaction creates a platform for coordination in the car carrier market which has a history of collusion involving the merging parties,” it said.It concluded that “there are no efficiencies” and “no public interest issues” that “outweigh the anti-competitive effects arising from the proposed transaction”.Alphaliner expects that the Japanese carriers will make a strong case to appeal the decision, but for now the trio are refusing to discuss the issue, clearly not wanting to prejudice the outcome.However, one source told The Loadstar the three lines were “not unduly concerned” about the South African ruling and that plans were “well on track” to merge the businesses.Ideally however, he admitted, it would be better if ONE could get the green light from the South African authorities.Indeed, the Japanese lines will want to avoid a “contagion effect” of knock-backs from other regulators around the world, which would have a serious impact on the business of ONE.A decision is still awaited from US regulators after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) last month decided it could not rule on the merger proposals and referred the matter to the US Department of Justice. By Mike Wackett 28/06/2017
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Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsWith hurricane season in full swing, the question of travel insurance is at the top of many vacationers’ lists. Tammy Whiting has a great list of 10 things to consider about adding on insurance. What are your insurance purchasing habits? Go vote in this week’s #AskIt!Are you an aspiring Aladdin or Jasmine? Auditions are coming up on October 1 in New York City – possibly for a revamped version of the show on the Disney Fantasy! Here’s this week’s special offers. Most every week of the year, Disney Cruise Line releases special offers for Florida Residents and U.S. Military Personnel. There are also frequently IGT/OGT/VGT rates available for all guests to book. These offers are extremely limited in availability, and all come with certain restrictions, but the prices are amazing! You can book these online, on the phone, or with your travel agent. These are the current offers available this week: Share This!Sponsored by Storybook DestinationsAhoy, mateys! I’m Heather, and I’ll be bringing you the up and coming on all things Disney Cruise Line. Welcome back again this week. Let’s see what’s new in the DCL world!Ports of Call Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Star Wars: The Last JediBlack PantherA Wrinkle In TimeAvengers: Infinity WarSolo: A Star Wars Story Incredibles 2 Ant-Man and The WaspChristopher RobinFor future reference, films debut on Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Films do vary by ship. Show times are available in your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationStart spreading the news….the Disney Magic is back in New York! She returned on September 20, and will be sailing from here until November 24 when she will head out on a 6-night Eastern Caribbean repositioning cruise to San Juan. During her time in New York, the Magic will embark on a mixture of itineraries including Canada, the Bahamas, and for the first time for Disney Cruise Line, Bermuda. If you are going to be sailing out of New York on any of these great itineraries, or are considering it, here’s a few quick highlights of sailing from here:The Magic will port at the New York Port Terminal on the West Side, either at Pier 88 or Pier 90 (depending on the date). Overnight parking is available at the cruise terminal for $40/night.If you’ll be flying in, there are three major airports that are all relatively easily (easily used loosely in terms of NYC traffic) accessible by car or public transportation: John F. Kennedy International (JFK), LaGuardia International (LGA), and Newark International (EWR). There are a huge selection of hotel options in Manhattan the the surrounding area for any pre- or post-night stays. You can add nights on to your cruise reservation through DCL at the New York Marriott Marquis, and also get transfers to/from this hotel with DCL (for an additional fee).There is always something to do in the city that never sleeps – but if it’s your first visit, you don’t want to miss some of the major tourist landmarks like Central Park, the Empire State Building, the many great museums like the Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Trade Center Memorial, and the Statue of Liberty to name just a few!There is just as much to eat as there is to do in NYC! Whatever cuisine you can think of, you can find. For the most authentic experience though…it’s gotta be a “dirty water dog”, a pretzel, and a bag of nuts from a cart on the street! The views during sail away are just spectacular – wave hello to Lady Liberty before sailing under the Verrazano Bridge. Coming back from your cruise is always a bit sad, but you can beat a bit of the blues by getting up early to see a lit up Manhattan skyline welcome you back – there’s nothing else like it!Check out the NYC port cam on September 27 to get a glimpse of the Magic when she returns from Canada!I personally am super excited to be sailing on the greatest ship in the fleet from the greatest city in the world in a couple of weeks — anyone else cruising from New York this fall??Special thanks to Scott Sanders of The DCL Blog for assistance on this article.Thanks for joining me again this week. “Sea” you next time!The Disney Cruise Line Preview is brought to you by Storybook Destinations. Storybook Destinations specializes in Disney travel, is consistently highly rated by our readers, and is owned by our own blogger extraordinaire, Tammy Whiting. Storybook also offers free subscriptions to TouringPlans to clients with qualified bookings.
Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… When those people post updates – and they are selected as someone you want to hear from more frequently – you will immediately be alerted to join the conversation. Less relevant people will not signal as often or immediately. It’s kind of like being able to predict frequency and then assign a value to the number of times your annoying Aunt Betty calls you to tell you again about the neighbor’s cats. In this way, you are judging just how close you want to be to Aunt Betty – and her cats – regardless of how close Aunt Betty wants to be to you. It’s a subtle move by the engineers at Facebook. Facebook is also changing its news feed, moving away from the rather clumsy “Most Recent” and “Top News” tags. Tags:#Digital Lifestyle#Facebook#Identity#Messaging Services#New Media#NYT#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos douglas crets Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook made significant changes to how it delivers your friends’ news and updates today by releasing a ticker feature and a news feed format that arranges missed updates in a newspaper-style format. The move is an improvement in relevancy of information feeds in social profiles and it demonstrates an intelligent system for delivering information and encouraging interaction on the world’s largest social network.Facebook released two formats for receiving updates while on the social network. This was at a time when the release of other key features was beginning to create information overload. One format is an updates ticker that allows for joining real-time conversations based on customized selection options. The other is a news aggregator, which functions as a newspaper, to keep users informed of the most important events and posts they have missed while they have been away.The ticker is the most simple and straightforward feature. It makes it very easy for you to select whom you want to receive news from, and how often you want to hear from them. Facebook has made it so that if you are one of those people who spends a few weeks away from Facebook at a time, the next time you log on, you will see all the most important things you missed while you were away, arranged like it was a magazine or newspaper, with big pictures and easy to navigate buttons.The rollouts today bring some solutions that calm the information storm fired up after the company rolled out Subscriptions recently.Once it became possible to follow anyone (if they enabled the feature), the noise to signal ratio went haywire. Suddenly, it was Aunt Betty updates to the nth power. With this new feature, I can pretty much customize my feed so that everything makes sense, and I am not overwhelmed by noise. Finally, it appears that a social network with over 750 million users has finally figured out how to act socially. Image via Facebook. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott pic.twitter.com/W7VuNTyWiZ— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.
YouTube/TheTennesseeShowAs a part of a panel at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta today, ESPN’s Lee Corso has been revealing some interesting details about his role on College GameDay. Earlier, we shared Corso’s reason for picking against Auburn: the school won’t let him wear Aubie’s head for his pick. Corso is also now barred from wearing gear from his alma mater, Florida State, for a very different reason. You can blame Bill Murray for the fact that Corso will no longer dress as Chief Osceola. Lee Corso says he hasn’t been allowed to put on Seminoles mascot gear on Gameday since Bill Murray stole spear and threw it at Clemson game.— Heath Cline (@heathradio) August 3, 2015Here is video from that GameDay, which also featured the former Saturday Night Live star tackling the then-77 year old Corso.This ban has to be tough for Corso, a class of 1957 Florida State alumnus.[Extra Mustard]
New Delhi: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has “respectfully disagreed” with Sunil Gavaskar’s critical observations on India captain Virat Kohli and the selection committee, saying integrity is “a far more important quality” than stature for a selector. In his syndicated column, batting great Gavaskar had questioned the process of continuing with Kohli as the captain of the side without a review meeting, which is the norm, and called those part of the MSK Prasad-led selection panel “appearing to be lame ducks” and lacking in stature to work with the team management. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Entering the World Cup as one of the overwhelming favourites, India’s campaign ended in the semifinals with a loss to New Zealand. India, though, won seven of their nine matches in the mega event, and Manjrekar, now a commentator, also pointed to that stat. “Respectfully disagree with Gavaskar Sir with his views on Indian selectors & Virat being retained as capt. No, Ind did not put in a ‘much below par WC performance’, they won 7 lost two. Last one very narrowly. And integrity a far more important quality as selector than stature,” Manjrekar tweeted. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Coming to terms with the World Cup heartbreak, Kohli will now lead the Indian team in a three-match T20I, three-match ODI and a two-match Test series in Florida and the West Indies. In his column, Gavaskar had questioned why Kohli was an automatic choice for captaincy following the team’s exit in the World Cup, saying that the selection committee should have reviewed his leadership and the team’s performance. Gavaskar said it was “incumbent” on the selectors to call a review meeting before picking the squads for the West Indies tour, and hoped the next panel will have players of stature who will “not be bullied” by the team management.