I-League I-League: DSK Shivajians to not be a part of the top division Last updated 2 years ago 03:25 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AIFF Media I-League Shivajians The Pune-based outfit have communicated their decision to not participate in the I-League to the Indian FA… It’s not so good times for the Punekars as DSK Shivajians becomes the third team from the city to have opted to not ply their trade in the I-League after Pune FC and Bharat FC.It is reliably learnt that DSK Shivajians have communicated their decision to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) earlier this month.The club made it into the top division league through a Request for Proposal (RFP) scheme which gave them immunity from relegation for three seasons. In the first year, they finished ninth and last year they could only make it to the seventh slot. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Players too expressed their disappointment to the club management for the non-clearance of dues during the course of last season. The club’s academy staff too had gone on strike for their wages.The AIFF stated that it would look into the matter of on-payment of dues however, that hasn’t helped either.DSK Shivajians recently received the award for Best Home-match organizer of the I-League 2016-17 season jointly with Bengaluru FC at the AIFF awards in June.It must be noted that Bharat FC too had made the cut into the I-League through the direct entry scheme but shut shop after having spent over the top in their debut campaign which led to the management deciding to not invest in football anymore.Pune FC were disillusioned with the roadmap for Indian football as the AIFF continued to give more importance to the ISL over the I-League. Running a team in the I-League meant having no source of revenues, the issue of broadcasting rights and the absence of a concrete blueprint for Indian football going forward which were the primary reasons that compelled the club’s owners to cease their investment in the first team.Meanwhile, attempts made to contact Neel Shah, CEO of DSK Shivajians, were unsuccessful.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Port operator Associated British Ports (ABP) has announced a new agreement which sees Thor Shipping & Transport commit 10 years to the Port of Hull.In addition, ABP has invested GBP 6 million (around USD 7.7 million) into Thor’s 10-acre leased terminal, allowing substantial infrastructure improvement works and an additional 2.5 acres of container storage space.As part of this investment, a hybrid GBP 3.5 million Liebherr harbor crane will arrive in March 2019 to bolster eco-friendly operations, the port said.Since July 2014, Thor has trebled its tonnage through the two-berth terminal on King George Dock. It has a regular container and breakbulk service from its own shortsea operator – Sunline – connecting the UK with the East Coast of Sweden twice a week.The company also facilitates vessels three times a week to Zeebrugge and a breakbulk liner service every fortnight from Finland and Iceland.“This agreement shows that both ABP and Thor are confident in committing to support the Humber region for a substantial amount of time, so much so, it’s double the length of the previous contract agreed in 2014,” Chris Green, ABP Port Manager for Hull and Goole, commented.This year, Thor hopes to see its strongest performance yet and expects to handle one million tons of cargo. In addition to containers, Thor’s other core business concerns steel and timber which boost the efficiency of the operation and reduce carbon footprint.“We look forward to continually building upon our international trade and transport links, helping to put the Humber on the map as a key gateway for trade. It will enable us to realise and sustain future growth opportunities,” Thomas Bryan, Thor Shipping and Transport Managing Director, said.