Celtic hit out at lack of action against Rangers’ Morelos

first_imgCeltic have reacted with surprise to the Scottish FA’s (SFA) decision not to take action against Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos for his conduct in the Old Firm derby on Saturday.Morelos was involved in three flare-ups, with Scott Brown, Ryan Christie and Anthony Ralston, during a 1-0 win for Steven Gerrard’s men at Ibrox.Referee John Beaton said he saw the incidents but decided not to act – ruling out the possibility of retrospective action. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? In a strongly worded statement, the Scottish Premiership champions outlined their disappointment and said they have requested a meeting with SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.It read: “Celtic Football Club is surprised that there will be no disciplinary action taken by the Scottish FA regarding the incidents during the match on December 29, which have been widely addressed in the media. “It is reported that no action was taken because the match referee saw all of the incidents in question. “Given that the referee took no action at the time, this tends to suggest that such conduct, which in one instance led to a Celtic player, Anthony Ralston, being injured, is acceptable in Scottish football. That cannot be right.”On the day, Celtic did not play well enough to win the match, something we accept. However, this issue goes beyond the result of the match.”Celtic is not the only club this season to raise concerns regarding the standard of officiating at matches in Scotland, concerns which have also been shared by many commentators on the game.”In order to fully understand what is going on, Celtic, our supporters, Scottish clubs and the general Scottish football public need transparency in these matters, and we therefore call on the Scottish FA to allow the referee, John Beaton, to explain these decisions publicly as well as any match officials involved in other similar circumstances.”In the meantime, we have requested a meeting with Scottish FA Chief Executive, Ian Maxwell, and the Association’s Head of Refereeing.”last_img read more

World’s 2nd LNG-Powered Boxship Joins TOTE Maritime

first_imgzoom The world’s second containership to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Perla Del Caribe, has been delivered to the US-based shipping company TOTE Maritime.Built by General Dynamics NASSCO, a part of General Dynamics, the ship was delivered two months ahead of schedule and is the sister ship of the world’s first LNG-powered containership, the Isla Bella.As part of a two-ship contract, which TOTE and NASSCO signed in December 2012, the 764-foot long Marlin Class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by LNG.“The Isla Bella is already serving the people and communities of Puerto Rico and we are excited to introduce the Perla Del Caribe into the trade next month,” Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE, said.The Isla Bella was delivered to TOTE in October 2015 and has since been operating between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.last_img read more

DR of Congo militia group comes forward to enter disarmament process

A group of around 250 members of a renegade militia in the troubled Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have come forward to enter the country’s disarmament and reintegration process, the United Nations mission in the country (MONUC) said today.The group, part of the so-called Mayi-Mayi militia that linger from the country’s devastating civil war, was armed with around 100 rifles, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers and four machine guns in bad condition, MONUC added.Since last November, tens of thousands of people have fled fighting and reported human rights abuses in Katanga, as the DRC’s army attempted to flush out militias in the province.Meanwhile, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported today that three months after the launch of the 2006 Action Plan for the DRC, which aims to provide relief aid and promote stability in country, the international community has met just 13 per cent of identified needs, delivering only $90 million of the $682 requested. “It is depressing to see that funding is still so low, given that the United Nations has declared 2006 the Year of the DRC,” said Ross Mountain, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in the country. “Underfunding can be as deadly as the armed conflict that the country is experiencing,” he warned.Despite the democratization process that is underway in the DRC, including plans for the first free and fair elections in the country’s history, at least 10 million Congolese continue to suffer from the consequences of a decade of conflict, Mr. Mountain said.He urged previous donors to double their contributions and new donors “to step up and help out in addressing one of the greatest tasks facing the humanitarian community today.” read more