U.S border agent suspected of sexual assault arrested during armed standoff

first_imgOfficials in Tuczon, Arizona have taken a U.S border patrol agent into custody after an investigation led them to believe that the agent sexually abused several children over an extended period of time.Dana Thornhill was arrested Thursday night after fleeing the Sierra Vista area and barricading himself inside of a church with a weapon for several hours.Sierra Vista Police Lt. Sean Brownson told reporters that both his officers and investigators with U.S. Homeland Security, worked together to surveille Thornhill, and suspected that he was involved in the “continuous” abuse of multiple children in the Sierra Vista area.“We felt strongly at this time that he should not be walking the streets based on what types of crimes he had committed, the sexual assaults on children, and then the fact that they were continuous over multiple years,” Brownson said.Authorities also reported that as they moved to arrest Thornhill, he became increasingly aware that he was being surveilled and that’s when he fled to a church he had access to because of his previous affiliation with them.“It became pretty apparent that he was aware that law enforcement was watching him, and he was concerned that he was going to get arrested,” Brownson said.Investigators also recovered his disassembled handgun, ammunition, as well as his Border Patrol credential from inside the church.While authorities would not go into further details on the victims, they did report that during an authorized search of Thornhill’s home, they found additional evidence linking him to the crimes.Thornhill is now faces two counts of sexual conduct with a minor, and two charges of sexual assault. In the state of Arizona,  felony charges against a minor can carry sentences of up to life in prison.last_img read more

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What’s in a nickname _ Super Bowl or bust?

first_imgSeattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, left, and cornerback Richard Sherman warm up with their teammates at the start of NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are scheduled to play in the Super Bowl XLVIII football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — They don’t have a secret handshake, decoder rings or their own clubhouse. But even Groucho Marx, who refused to join any club that would have him, would have loved to get into the “Legion of Boom.”It’s not just the coolest club — with the coolest nickname — in the NFL at the moment. It’s also the most exclusive.You don’t have to be an All Pro-caliber cornerback or safety, as Seattle’s Richard Sherman or Earl Thomas are, but it helps. Membership is limited to the four starters, four backups and three assistant coaches who work in the Seahawks defensive backfield — the back end of the best defense in the league this season.Once accepted, you get bragging rights, a T-shirt and a floor mat to lay in front of your locker. It may not sound like much, but …“Be honest,” said Seattle’s Byron Maxwell, who stepped into a starting corner role when front-liner Brandon Browner was suspended indefinitely for substance abuse. “When you were little, if you heard the name ‘Legion of Doom,’ right away you’d say, ‘That’s a group I want to be part of.’”Yet there’s a group even the members of the “LOB” long to join. It’s the short list of great defensive squads with great nicknames that terrorized opponents AND went on to win Super Bowls.The best-ever moniker, “Monsters of the Midway,” belonged to arguably the best defense ever, the 1985 Chicago Bears. The 1986 Giants “Big Blue Wrecking Crew” probably should have won more than one. Ditto, perhaps for Miami’s “No-Names,” who won theirs the season after Cowboys coach Tom Landry described them this way — “A bunch of no names I really don’t know anything about” — and then beat them in the 1972 Super Bowl.In this Jan. 20, 1980, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Wendell Tyler (26) is thrown for 4-yard loss by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert (58) as Steelers; L.C. Greenwood (68), Gary Dunn (67) and Joe Greene (75) during first quarter of Super Bowl XIV at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/File)Two of the longest-lasting, Pittsburgh’s  “Steel Curtain” and Dallas’ “Doomsday Defense” both won more than one in the 1970s.But just as long is the list of those that didn’t.The Vikings’ “Purple People Eaters” appeared in four of the first 11 Super Bowls, and wound up losing every one. Denver’s “Orange Crush” of late 1970s fame brought the franchise to their first championship, but went home empty-handed. So did Miami’s second entry, the “Killer Bs,” so named because the last names of six of the unit’s 11 starters began with that letter. Two more, the Rams’ “Fearsome Foursome” and the Jets’ “New York Sack Exchange” never made it to a championship at all.The eight current members of the “LOB” are young enough to rattle off the names of a few of their celebrated predecessors, but either don’t know their fates or don’t believe in omens. Truth be told, they’re all too consumed right now trying to fashion a legend of their own. The one thing all of them agree on is the founding member.“I did a radio interview a year or two ago talking about styles of play,” safety Kam Chancellor recalled, “and I was saying, ‘When we go to attack guys, we want to lay the boom on ’em.’ Fans who were listening started coming up with names for us. There was a bunch of ’em, I looked ’em over and said, ‘Not this one, not this one, or this one.’“But when someone said ‘Legion of Boom,’” he added, “I had to admit, it was pretty catchy. ‘Legion’ sounded pretty important, and the ‘boom’ was how we played, so we ran with it.“The really important part is that we, as a unit, were already connected. The brotherhood was already there. The trust, the drive, the passion was already there,” Chancellor said, “and ‘Legion of Boom’ turned out to be the icing on the cake.”So it was Chancellor, then, that came up with the T-shirts and mats.“No,” Chancellor laughed. “I got to give Sherm the credit for that. He’s the one that went the extra mile.”You might think the “LOB” unit within a unit would make the rest of the defense jealous.“No,” said linebacker Heath Farwell. “Just the opposite. They earned it. Those guys are an inspiration. The way they practice, the way they push each other to get better every day, it’s the kind of thing the rest of us can feed off.”But a moment later, Farwell changed his tune.“OK, I have to admit: the nickname really is pretty cool. We — the linebackers — tried calling ourselves ‘The Regulators,’” he added, “but so far it hasn’t stuck.”Thomas thinks that’s because nicknames have to happen organically.“You don’t give yourself one. You just don’t,” he said. “It has to come from somebody else, and it has to reflect something about you. … All of us in the (defensive backfield) love flying around and lowering the boom, so as soon as we heard it, we all just said, ‘Yeah, it’s a good fit.’”The Thomas who plays for Denver — that would be Demaryius Thomas, the Broncos’ 6-foot-3, 230-pound wide receiver — reluctantly agreed.“They call themselves the ‘Legion of Boom’ for a reason,” he said. “They are very physical. Everybody hits and makes tackles. Everybody plays aggressively.”But would they be just as fearsome by any other name? The question was put to backup corner Walter Thurmond.“How about ‘Nation of Domination?’” he replied.“Nah, Thurmond added a moment later, “we didn’t really consider any others.”___Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] and follow him at Twitter.com/JimLitke.last_img read more

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HEALTH: DONEGAL PARENTS URGED TO GET VACCINATION BOOSTER FOR KIDS

first_imgCharlie McHale with his mum Mary Rose Carr as he gets his pre school booster from Practice Nurse Ursula Molloy, with Gary McFadden, Donegal County Senior Football Player; Bernie McNulty, Assistant Director Public Health Nursing for Immunisation in Donegal and GP Dr. Eamon Coyle.Parents across Co Donegal are reminded to ensure that their children get the school vaccination booster to protect their children against potentially serious infections before the summer.The vaccine a child receives in school will depend on their age.The school booster vaccines include Diphtheria Tetanus, Whooping cough, Polio, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. The Tetanus vaccine will prevent infection if a child gets a cut while at sports or at a summer camp. The MMR vaccine will prevent measles, mumps and rubella. And the outbreak of Measles in Galway is a timely reminder that all children need two doses of the MMR vaccine for full protection.Dr Anthony Breslin, Specialist in Public Health in the North West said, “With European Immunisation week starting on 22 April the HSE is reminding parents to review their child’s immunisation record and if there are any vaccine missing get the child immunised at school or at their GP. Vaccines are safe and effective.”For information on all vaccine preventable diseases and the Irish Childhood Immunisation Schedule visit www.hpsc.ieIn addition, the website of the National Immunisation Office, www.immunisation.ie is a very useful online resource with accurate and timely information on all immunisation issues in Ireland. HEALTH: DONEGAL PARENTS URGED TO GET VACCINATION BOOSTER FOR KIDS was last modified: April 16th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalHSEvaccination boosterlast_img read more

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Travel Alert: Inishowen road closed due to works

first_imgThe Regional Road (R244) Carndonagh to Gleneely Road from Carrickafoden Crossroads to Cashel is closed during the daytime for the next two weeks.Donegal County Council has announced the temporary closure for essential works.The road is closed from 7am to 7pm from Monday 22nd July to Friday 2nd August 2019. An alternative route has been designated for drivers from Carndonagh – Culdaff – Gleneely. (R238 – R244)Donegal County Council has apologised for any inconvenience caused.Travel Alert: Inishowen road closed due to works was last modified: July 23rd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Pitch in and help clean-up South Africa

first_imgGarden waste is dropped off at the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility, where it is chipped and cut into small bits. This is then sent to be converted into compost. (Images: Lorraine Kearney)South Africa recycles 22% of all its plastic products, with 47 000 informal jobs created through saving waste from landfills, according to Anton Hanekom, the executive director of Plastics SA.Hanekom was speaking to representatives of the parliamentary portfolio committees on the environment, trade and industry, and small business. The officials undertook a study tour on 18 September of the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility and Tuffy Manufacturing, in Cape Town, to get a better understanding of the value of recycling.The tour was an element of the annual National Clean-up and Recycle Week, which ran from 14 to 19 September. Brand South Africa was a partner on the tour and a stakeholder in clean-up week through its Play Your Part initiative. Play Your Part is a national campaign that prompts all South Africans to contribute to positive change. The clean-up week, with the social media hashtag #CleanUpSA, was a perfect example of this. It encourages all South Africans to separate their waste, recycle and keep their environments clean.The week culminated in the 30th International Coastal Clean-up Day on 19 September. On this day, millions of volunteers worldwide clean up coastlines and waterways. Every year, thousands of kilograms of almost every imaginable type of waste is removed along the world’s shorelines, and – according to Plastics SA – South Africa is recognised as one of the leading participants. Deon Kotze, the senior foreman at the Kraaifontein Integrated Waste Management Facility, explains to the parliamentarians how the facility works.FOUR STEPS TO SUCCESSPlastics SA, an NPO, is the umbrella body for the South African plastics industry. It represents the whole value chain in the industry, from raw material to recyclers to fabricators. Hanekom explained to the parliamentarians its four pillars, which would ultimately result in a cleaner environment and more jobs and skills:Zero plastics to landfill: The goal was no plastic waste going to landfill. This had obvious environmental implications, but it was also important because plastic was valuable. “Even used plastic has value,” said Hanekom. “Most of South Africa’s good quality, clean used plastic is exported to China, where it is used to create products.”Growth and increasing capacity: In South Africa, we used 27kg of plastics per person; in the US, this was 140kg per person, meaning there was plenty of opportunity to grow the industry, particularly through exports into Africa beyond SADC. Linked to this was the idea of replacing imports, Hanekom explained. “We import a lot of finished products. We are looking at how to replace these, make these locally. We need to ask the question: ‘Am I not exporting a job when I buy imported products?’” Developing local capacity through building black industrialists was key to filling these gaps in the value chain.Innovation: This builds on from the second pillar. “Thirty years ago, we created world performers, such as the Kreepy Krauly, but we have lost that initiative and creativity. So innovation is our third focus. We are working with universities to create and innovate. Linked to this is skills development. We need to prepare for the future by building the skills today.”Working together: Partnerships with all three levels of government as well as other role players need to be built to jointly tackle these issues and move forward. “We can’t solve these problems on our own; [we] need to work together,” said Hanekom.One of the more startling finds is that South Africa recycles more than 280 000 tons of plastic packaging a year. (Image: Plastics SA)KEY FINDINGSHanekom unpacked some of the key findings of the Plastix 911 survey of the plastics recycling industry in 2014, saying 1.4 m tons of plastics from domestic production and imported materials were converted in South Africa in the year. A total of 315 600 tons of plastics were diverted from landfill in 2014, an increase of 9% over 2013. The diversion from landfill rate was 22.5%, up from 20% in 2013.Plastics going to landfill decreased by 3.2% in 2014. Formal employment in the sector increased by 34% to 6 037 workers; informal employment increased to 47 420 – this meant that 53 457 jobs were sustained in the plastics recycling sector, an increase of 11.4% over 2013.It is an important industry, and is defined as a priority sector by the government. Plastics manufacturing contributes approximately 1.6% to South Africa’s gross domestic product and 14.2% to the manufacturing sector.Turning to job creation, Hanekom said the association trained more than 3 000 people a year in various skills for the industry. Its focus was to create more opportunities in small industries, and thus create more jobs. At present, there were an estimated 1 800 converters in the country – companies that turned plastic into product – and about 221 recycling companies. Most of these were small, medium and micro enterprises.“There is value in the waste,” Hanekom pointed out. “For example, PET bottles are either recycled back to bottles, or they are broken down into fibres, which are then used for things such as duvet inners, jacket linings, T-shirts, fleecy tops and shoes.”But there was a lack of clean, useful waste to recycle, making separation at source a big drive for the association. “Households should have two bags of waste – one that goes to landfill, that cannot be reused, the other for all other waste, which should be collected and professionally separated, before it is sent into the recycle stream.”Education and incentive were critical to recycling. The public needed to be made aware of recycling, and they needed to be encouraged to do so. It would create jobs and save the environment, he concluded.South Africa converts 1.4 tons of virgin material into plastic products each year. ( Image: Plastics SA)FAST FACTSSouth Africa diverts about 315 600 tons of plastic from landfills every year, and recovers 33% of all plastics packaging material.South Africa converts 1.4-million tons of plastics a year to make plastic products. And 280 000 tons of plastic packaging is recycled every year. On the way to zero plastic to landfill, 5-million plastic bottles are recycled every year.There are about 47 000 informal jobs in the recycling sector, with waste collectors making about R200 a day selling waste to recyclers.South Africa converts 1.4 tons of virgin material into plastic products each year. Of this, 350 000 tons are diverted from landfill, meaning this waste is collected and recycled. Roughly 22% of plastics that is converted in South Africa has been recycled.For more information on how you can play your part by joining clean-up initiatives, finding drop off sites, or hints and tips on how to recycle, visit: Plastics SA, Clean-up South Africa, Recycling Day South Africa or My Waste.last_img read more

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Wawrinka is ready to rumble in Chennai

first_imgStanislas Wawrinka may have slept through the entry deadline for the Aircel Chennai Open starting January 3 and finally got into the draw as a wild card, but the Swiss is all geared up for the first ATP tournament of the year.The runner-up at the last Chennai Open, Wawrinka is now ranked 21th on the ATP computer and hopes to seal the title this time. But he is going to take it one step at a time.”It’s always tough to play the first tournament of the year but at the same time it is great to get back to match play after the off season. Chennai is great preparation for the Australian Open,” Wawrinka told M AIL T ODAY . At a time when people complain about the tennis season being too long, Wawrinka says nothing much can be done about the short break. ” No, it’s ( break) never long enough but that’s the calendar and you have to deal with it and it is the same for all players,” says the man who paired with Roger Federer to win the doubles gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.Talking about the off-season, Wawrinka said he likes to be with his family.”It’s just relaxing with my friends and family and baby daughter. I eat a lot of good food and sleep a lot. There is no better way to unwind than spend time at home in my own bed, which I miss throughout the year,” he says.Looking at the year ahead, Wawrinka says he is not going to put pressure on himself. ” I just want to compete more and better myself from the previous year. I will work on certain areas of my game and just get better results than last year. You can’t put too much pressure on yourself,” is his mantra.advertisementAt a time when people complain about the rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal getting boring, Wawrinka says there can be more variety.” New challengers will always come. Every match is tough and more and more young kids are coming through the challenge for every position. But Roger and Rafael are great for the sport,” says Wawrinka.Wawrinka says he is excited about 2011: “It is very exciting and I am very much looking forward to it. I can’t wait, and hopefully I can do better in Chennai now.” Asked to assess Somdev Devvarman, Wawrinka is frank.”He’s a good player and did well last year. The field is strong every year so each match is tough. And it will be great to see Leander and Mahesh back – so good for India and the tournament. They are dangerous,” is his view.In 2010, Wawrinka had a 36-19 win-loss record as he earned $ 862,678. With Peter Lundgren as his new coach, the year ahead looks exciting for the 25-year-old Swiss.last_img read more

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Astronaut Sunita Williams and crew reach International Space Station

first_imgRecord-setting Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts on Tuesday successfully docked their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) for a four-month long stay during which they will conduct over 30 scientific missions.46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS after two days in orbit.”Everything is perfect,” Malenchenko radioed Russia’s Mission Control Center in Korolev after docking with the space station.Their Russian spacecraft — Soyuz TMA-05M — docked automatically with the Rassvet module at around 10:21 IST.The crew took off to the ISS successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday for a four-month long mission to the space station.This is the second space mission for Williams. She also holds the record of the longest spaceflight — 195 days — for woman space travellers.The crew which will return home in mid-November is expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts also plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.Williams and her crewmates will join the three others already living on the space station: commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, his cosmonaut colleague Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have all been in space since May.The six crew members will work together for about two months.Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on September 17. Before they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams.advertisementThe launch and docking of Expedition 32 coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first docking of an American spacecraft with a Russian spacecraft.An Apollo spacecraft from Kennedy Space Centre and a Soyuz 7K-TM vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome launched on July 15, 1975, and docked two days later.Williams and her colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy period that includes two spacewalks, the arrival of Japanese, US commercial and Russian re-supply vehicles, and an increasingly faster pace of scientific research.Video cameras on the exterior of the space station captured spectacular views of the Soyuz pulling up to the orbiting lab with the bright blue Earth in the background.Williams lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for six months in 2006.Williams, whose father hails from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1998.She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She received a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.”I’m just looking forward to seeing the full capability of the space station, it’s an experiment, not only the things that we’re doing inside but also all the engineering that has gone into allowing us to dock new vehicles, do space walks, Russian and US. So, it’s a pretty complicated vehicle now and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Williams said recently.Meanwhile, in orbit high above the Earth, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba focused on cleaning the exhaust and intake ducts of the Starboard Crew Quarters yesterday to prepare them for the arrival of new crewmates, NASA said.Acaba also swapped out batteries on EarthKAM camera in the Window Observational Research Facility inside the Destiny laboratory.EarthKAM is a student-operated photography experiment that allows middle school students to programme a digital camera aboard the station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom.Over the weekend, the station residents, besides continuing preparations for the arrival of their crewmates and performing some regular maintenance duties, will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members, NASA said.last_img read more

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a month ago​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esports

first_img​Arsenal keeper Leno moves into esportsby Ian Ferrisa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal keeper Bernd Leno has reportedly made the move into esports by setting up his own FIFA 20 team, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.According to Bild, the stopper has put together a squad made up of two professionals and three up-and-coming players to compete for Leno eSports. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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2 days agoFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five players

first_imgFerdinand: Man City winger Sterling among world’s top five playersby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRio Ferdinand says Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is one of the top five players in football.The 24-year-old netted his first Champions League hat-trick in Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Atalanta.”We are running out of great words to say about him,” England and Manchester United legend Ferdinand said on BT Sport.”He is a young English player who has played a lot of games. He is still improving and adding more to his game. He has a striker’s nose to get into certain areas.”He is in the top five players in the world now. Definitely! I don’t care who you mention. The effect he is having, the goals he is scoring, it is impossible to keep him out.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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HHLA Chairwoman Elbe Dredging Must Happen

first_imgzoom Dredging of the river Elbe must take place, Angela Titzrath, Chairwoman of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik (HHLA) said, reacting to the the decision of the German Federal Administrative Court that the dredging plan needs revisions due to environmental concerns.The court declared on February 9, 2017, that the existing plan to adjust the navigation on the Lower and Outer Elbe River is “partially illegal and not enforceable because of the violation of the habitat protection law”, further delaying its implementation.“Following the lengthy proceedings and in light of the stark competition between the major European ports, I would have hoped for a ruling that did not result in a further delay to the dredging of the river Elbe,” Angela Titzrath said.“We, therefore, expect those involved in the proceedings to eliminate the existing uncertainties as quickly as possible. The dredging of the navigation channel must take place quickly to ensure that the Port of Hamburg remains competitive,” the chairwoman added.“It is in the interests of the city and its citizens that all responsible parties now work closely with one another. HHLA deems a goal-orientated dialogue involving political representatives, the relevant authorities at the port, associations and companies to be beneficial,” Titzrath concluded.According to the plan, around 130 kilometers of the river would be dredged, enabling boxships with a 14.5-meter draught to reach the port, against 13.5 meters at present.Opposers to the plan are the country’s environmental organizations including NABU, BUND and WWF, which claim that the project has a negative impact on plant species and ecology of the water.Separately, Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority, commenting on the court’s decision, explained: “We will concentrate on the questions of possible fluctuations of the salinity of the Elbe and habitat protection impact assessment. The requirements of the additional compensation areas are to be taken into account in the planning too.” Additionally, Ingo Egloff, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, pointed out: “We regret the repeated time delay in implementing the measure. Important is that for shipping on the Elbe and operations in the Port of Hamburg nothing will change. Up to now, we have been able to handle the largest containerships; this will be so in the future too. There will be no deterioration.”last_img read more

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