Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Suh Hoon of Republic of Korea The White HouseNational Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke by phone today with Republic of Korea National Security Advisor Suh Hoon. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Suh reaffirmed the strength of the U.S.-ROK Alliance, their shared commitment to coordinate closely on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. They also conferred on a variety of shared foreign policy priorities including addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and combating climate change. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate, climate change, covid-19, Democracy, Government, Korean, pandemic, security, United States, White House
In its latest idle fleet update, Alphaliner reports that all vessels in the 4,000-5,100teu panamax sector are employed for the first time since the last market peak in July 2011. However, the outlook is far from rosy for the owners of these ships as the winter slack season approaches.The challenge ahead for panamax ships was underscored yesterday by an announcement from the G6 alliance that it will merge two of its Asia-US east coast services, via the Panama Canal and run in co-operation with Zim Line, into one from early November. This will render 10 panamax ships, hitherto deployed on the separate NYE and SCE loops, surplus to requirements.According to Alphaliner, this radical G6/Zim capacity cull will remove around 4,800teu of slots from the market, which equates to around 5% of weekly capacity on the trade.The G6 is the first carrier bloc to show its hand in terms of service withdrawals for this year’s slack season, until now blanked sailings have been the tool used to compensate for softer demand. By Mike Wackett 14/10/2014 It was a better-than-expected peak season this year that spurred tonnage demand and drove the number of idled containerships down, with, according to Alphaliner, just 1.1% of the world’s total of cellular tonnage laid up as of 6 October.The 131 idled ships, equating to 202,000teu, represented the lowest level of unemployed containerships since August 2011, with carrier-owned tonnage recorded at just nine vessels – a level not seen since before the financial crisis of September 2008.Indeed, recent demand from carriers for panamax ships has given an overdue shot in the arm to the container charter market. For example, the Hamburg shipowners’ and ship agents’ New ConTex index hit a year-high last week, propelled by the 4,250teu sector, which held firm above a level of $10,000 per day.Until now, panamax shipowners have “enjoyed”a welcome year-on-year 18% spike in daily hire rates, albeit that the current level of around $10,000 per day is still only around one-third of the hire rate being paid by charterers in the spring of 2011 – following the recession when the world was in restock mode and tonnage was scarce.Of the 10 panamax vessels no longer required by the G6 during its merger of the Asia-USEC services, four are subject to time-charters with only short periods remaining, with the balance either carrier-owned or on long-term charter. It looks likely therefore that at least four will swell the ranks of the idled tonnage fleet.It follows that, unless the vessels are young, fuel-efficient and boast a wide beam – thus giving a good intake of containers, many more panamax ships will join their ranks before the northern hemisphere’s winter season draws to a close.
LONDON, (Reuters) – Roger Federer was handed the Sunday night prime time slot for the opening match of his 16th ATP Finals but fluffed his lines in an error-strewn 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat by Kei Nishikori. After Kevin Anderson had beaten Dominic Thiem in the day’s supporting act, the crowds packed into the O2 Arena and settled in for another Federer masterclass.What they got instead were 34 unforced errors flying off the Swiss great’s frame as his timing fell apart, and the sight of a tetchy Federer falling out with the umpire.Having dug in early on to stay with Federer, Nishikori ended up running away with the match to inflict a first straight sets defeat in the ATP Finals round-robin stages on the 20-time Grand Slam champion. To sum up Federer’s night, he received a warning from umpire Damian Steiner in the 12th game of the opening set when he bashed a ball into the crowd.“He thought I was angry. I wasn’t. Now I’m angry because I lost,” Federer, who will face Thiem on Tuesday in a match he will need to win to revive his hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the event for a 15th time.Thiem was outplayed by South African debutant Anderson in the first set of the opening match in Lleyton Hewitt group. The Austrian made a match of it in the second set and was involved in a gripping tiebreak but went down 6-3 7-6(10).Federer was far from his best but still looked to have Nishikori where he wanted him during the early exchanges in a match dubbed the “Uniqlo derby” after his recent switch to the same Japanese clothing supplier as his opponent.It looked bleak for Nishikori when he served at 5-6 and fell behind 0-30 with a woeful volley but he wriggled out of trouble with the aid of one improvised backhand bunt that caught Federer on his heels and resulted in the Swiss hitting the ball high into the stands more in frustration than anger. While he played down the subsequent warning afterwards, Federer was not himself in the tiebreak, going down 6-1 with a flurry of errors before clawing back to 6-4.A netted forehand offered Nishikori the opener though.Nishikori double-faulted to hand Federer the first break of the match at the start of the second set but Federer gifted back the advantage in the next game when he again had words with the chair umpire after taking too long to challenge a call. Federer lacked his usual panache and dropped serve again to trail 4-2 and Nishikori calmly held at 5-3 for victory — his first over Federer since 2014.“I’m glad to win, it is never easy to play with my idol, it is always a big challenge against him, so it was great to win today,” world number nine Nishikori, who will face Anderson next, said on court.“I had to change something against him, I lost twice against him in two months. I played good tennis, using the forehand more and more aggressive and it came together in the second set.”Wimbledon runner-up Anderson was arguably the day’s most impressive performer as he became the first South African since Wayne Ferreira in 1995 to qualify for the ATP Finals. He repelled a fierce Thiem fightback, saving a couple of set points in the second set tiebreak before clinching a debut win with his 13th ace — celebrating by inviting the crowd to join in a verse of “happy birthday” to his watching wife Kelsey.The Gustavo Kuerten Group, featuring world number one and tournament favourite Novak Djokovic, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and American debutant John Isner, begins on Monday.