July 12-13ITU World Triathlon Hamburg Many of the world’s best triathletes hit the ground running in London from Saturday 31 May for the PruHealth World Triathlon London – the fourth event in the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series. The men and women’s elite races take place back-to-back over the sprint distance from 14:30 GMT on Saturday afternoon, 31 May, and are free to view for spectators.In addition to the elite races, over 5000 amateur athletes will have the opportunity to race at the London 2012 Olympic venue and an elite international paratriathlon event will take place as the sport prepares for its Paralympic debut in Rio in 2016.The elite men’s race will feature the three medallists from London 2012, with Spain’s Javier Gomez currently holding pole position in the ITU World Triathlon Series rankings. Britain’s Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, will want to upset Gomez’s winning streak, but there are other strong challengers that have emerged this season to ensure an enthralling battle on Saturday.Olympic champion, Alistair Brownlee said “Hyde Park has special memories for me and if we can attract anything like the sorts of crowds we’ve seen previously then it’s going to be a fantastic spectacle with two sprint races back to back on one afternoon.”Britain’s Jodie Stimpson sits at the top of the women’s world rankings despite a foot injury in the previous round in Yokohama, Japan, which required five stitches. Helen Jenkins lies third in the rankings, ensuring that British interest will be high.Jenkins said “I’ve been really pleased with how this year has gone so far and I’m just really pleased to be able to train and race. My training isn’t geared to sprint races particularly, but my plan is to enjoy this one with the home support and see what happens.” April 5-6Barfoot & Thompson World Triathlon Auckland London has hosted a major international triathlon every year since 2009. It is hoped that 50,000 people will be attracted to watch free live sport in Hyde Park this weekend.Triathlon enjoyed unprecedented growth last year with an 18% increase in participation reported by British Triathlon. The PruHealth World Triathlon London provides a special opportunity for over 5,000 amateur athletes to follow in the elite’s footsteps and experience competing at a London 2012 Olympic venue during the weekend.Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, welcomed the event to London. He said “I am delighted to welcome thousands of the world’s best triathletes to London for this thrilling sporting spectacular. The triathlon continues the legacy of the 2012 Games in bringing top flight international events here benefiting our economy as well as promoting the capital around the globe.”UK Sport’s Director of Major Events and International Relations Simon Morton said “UK Sport has been supporting the Triathlon World Series at London’s Hyde Park since 2009 and each year we see the iconic course lined with passionate supporters.He added, “With so many world class British athletes across all three elite races, this year’s event promises to be just as exciting as ever, and we’re delighted that it is part of our Gold Event Series.”Event Director, Robert Puestow said “Hyde Park is a truly world class international sporting venue and we’re delighted to be back for the fifth time. There is something for everybody, with the exciting elite races, the opportunity to watch for free and for amateurs to race at the Olympic venue.”Spectators are invited to watch the elite events at 08:00 (international paratriathlon), 14.30 (elite women) and 16.05 (elite men) within Hyde Park on Saturday 31 May.Saturday 31 May 201408:00 – 10:00 Paratriathlon10:45 – 12:45 Sprint Relay Challenge14:30 – 15:30 Elite Women16:05 – 17:05 Elite MenSunday 1 June 201407:00 – 19:00 Open Race Triathlon (Individual & Relays)The PruHealth World Triathlon London 2014 event is the fourth outing for this year’s 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series: Related August 23-24Vattenfall World Triathlon Stockholm www.WorldTriLondon.comwts.triathlon.org June 27-29ITU World Triathlon Chicago May 17-18ITU World Triathlon Yokohama August 26 – September 1TransCanada Corp. World Triathlon Edmonton May 31 – June 1PruHealth World Triathlon London April 26-27ITU World Triathlon Cape Town
The two-day event kicked off with a welcome from Emile Hoogsteden, director containers, breakbulk and logistics at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, and attendees had the choice of workshops focusing on Incoterms, avoiding the legal pitfalls in project cargo, or a discussion about the supply chain, led by Jurgen Huygh, head of outbound logistics and business control at transformer manufacturer, CG Power Systems Belgium.According to Huygh clients are no longer buying just a transformer but are purchasing a total solution, and the transport of the product is increasingly becoming the most critical part of this solution.“These customers trust that we, as shippers, know how our products can be best transported,” said Huygh, explaining that CG Power Systems is therefore opting to handle the transport of its transformers in-house.“This doesn’t mean that we do not use forwarders at all. We use forwarders for very complex cases, or if we have to ship to countries where we don’t have the knowledge. In Western Europe, we have the knowledge, but for other locations, Malawi for example, I would not handle this transport myself as I do not have the knowledge and will not take the risk.“In these cases would I use a general forwarder? Absolutely not. I would select a specialised forwarder with local contacts in those countries.”Insourcing was not, however, the favoured solution by other shippers speaking at the event, including Harry van den Heuvel from Wärtsilä Marine Solutions and Bénédicte Crosnier from rail transport company Alstom.Although, Wärtsilä’s van den Heuvel added that the role of project forwarders would evolve, and stressed that companies will need to differentiate themselves in order to survive.www.projectcargosummit.com
BERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich won and stepped closer to a record-extending seventh straight Bundesliga title yesterday, and the bottom three teams all lost to extend the relegation fight into another week.Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, and Franck Ribery scored for Bayern to beat last-place Hannover 3-1 at home to stay ahead of Borussia Dortmund. Two rounds remain after this weekend.Hannover would have lost by more had goalkeeper Michael Esser not produced a fine performance to keep Bayern at bay, but the side has only mathematical hopes of avoiding the drop after its 22nd defeat from 32 games.Lewandowski and Goretzka gave Bayern a deserved 2-0 lead, but Hannover were given a lifeline early in the second half when Jerome Boateng was penalised through VAR for handball despite being able to do little about it.“It was a ghost penalty,” Hannover coach Thomas Doll acknowledged.Halftime substitute Jonathas scored the spot kick in the 52nd then was booked for bundling over Sven Ulreich as he went to retrieve the ball. It was to prove costly for the Brazilian forward as he was booked again when his hand caught Joshua Kimmich in the face in a challenge. Jonathas was sent off after less than 10 minutes on the pitch.Ribery sealed the result for Bayern in the 84th, and there was further good news for the home side in the final minutes when Arjen Robben went on for his first league appearance since November.“It should have been 4-0 at the break, then you have peace,” Bayern coach Niko Kovac said. “Then out of the blue, you have what counts as a penalty today. It was none from my point of view, but we did our homework.” SLIM HOPES Like Hannover, second-to-last Nuremberg are likely to be demoted after losing at Wolfsburg 2-0. But the two teams’ slim hopes were kept alive thanks to Stuttgart losing at Hertha Berlin 3-1.Stuttgart, which hold the relegation playoff place, remained six points above Hannover and five above Nuremberg. Hannover and Nuremberg must win their remaining two games to maintain any hope of catching Stuttgart.Also, Hoffenheim and Borussia Moenchengladbach drew 2-2. Hoffenheim would have taken the home side’s fifth place with a win but had to be content with remaining seventh.