zoom Leonhardt & Blumberg and Asiatic/Atlantic Lloyd, two German-based shipping companies, have joined Hanseatic Unity Chartering (HU), a joint chartering and marketing platform of Borealis Maritime, Bernhard Schulte and Reederei NORD.The duo officially joined HU on July 1.As informed, Leonhardt & Blumberg are bringing 55 container vessels into the joint chartering activities and Asiatic/Atlantic Lloyd a fleet of 27 boxships and two bulk carriers.The chartering personnel of the two companies will move into the offices of HU, located in Hamburg and Singapore.HU has now a fleet of a total of 233 vessels for worldwide trading, comprising 206 containerships ranging from 700 TEU to 9,400 TEU and 27 bulkers from 33,000 dwt to 93,000 dwt.“It is the aim to continue the successful path of Hanseatic Unity Chartering offering better services … in form of “one stop marketing” for a diversified fleet … This shall also lead to a more efficient utilization of the vessels and thereby increased energy savings,” HU said in a statement.The accession of the two new partners has been reported to the competition authorities in Germany.
Kit Harrington aka Jon Snow in Game of ThronesFacebook/ Game of ThronesHBO’s Game of Thrones will stop airing in May 2019 and it will leave millions of fans in a dizzy asking for some more drama. Filming the last episodes were also not easy for the cast and crew of this acclaimed fantasy TV series. Kit Harington recently talked about his feelings and how he cried after reading the last pages of the script.Game of Thrones season eight entered into production a long time ago. Several stars of the show have talked about their feelings towards the end of it and how much they are going to miss playing their respective characters. As it turned out, Kit Harington was apparently the last person to read the end. He recently told Stephen Colbert on his show, The Late Show that he apparently was too lazy to read the script but when he did, he cried a lot.”We had a table read and I was the one person who hadn’t read the episodes,” Kit explained. “Everyone else had them like, three days before and read them and… I think I told everyone it was because I didn’t want to know what happened but I think it was just laziness that I didn’t read them.”Kit Harington further revealed that when he got to read the script, the showrunners were pretty excited to know his reactions. After reading Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6’s script, Kit, who plays Jon Snow, was pretty shocked and surprised for the change in the events.”And then I blubbed my eyes out. I cried. I cried, yeah,” he added.Kit Harington also talked about having a child and extending his family. He and his GoT co-star Rose Leslie got married last year. The couple met during season three and have been together ever since. While talking to The Sunday Telegraph’s Watch via DailyMail, Kit talked about his future family as his work with Game of Thrones is finally over. Actors Kit Harington and Rose Leslie attend the premiere of HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ season 7 at Walt Disney Concert Hall on July 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images”I met my wife in this show so, hopefully, it gave me my future family and my life from here on in.” Kit added: “It has changed my life completely. You could not ask for a better job than to be an actor in Game of Thrones.”Kit Harington will return as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 8 in April.
VVS Laxman’s retirement came all of a sudden in 2012ReutersAmidst all the debate that took place around the absence of Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant from the Indian ICC 2019 World Cup squad, what stood out most was Rayudu’s tweet. But even more interesting was the retweet by another out-of-favour Indian cricketer – Pragyan Ojha.The left-arm spinner last represented India in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell series against West Indies in late-2013. Interestingly, he was the man-of-the-match in his last Test. Ojha retweeted the comments of Rayudu and added his own views to it.Now, Ojha didn’t reveal who are those ‘Hyderabadi cricketers’ that have been in ‘similar situations.’ But does he have a point when he suggests that cricketers belonging to this proud city have had a raw deal?If we look at the most prominent cricketers from Hyderabad, one can find grievances that all of them can have. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there is any systematic bias against these cricketers. However, let’s first look at these prominent names and their possible complaints.Mohammad AzharuddinIt is very difficult to have sympathy for this legendary batsman from Hyderabad. After all, many would say it were his own actions that led to his career ending in disgrace. While the courts may have acquitted him and there are not any official sanctions against the former India captain, he still carries the taint of match-fixing. However, he can carry the grouse of not being allowed to play his 100th Test and being forced to end his career with 99. Of course, that is a partisan view.VVS LaxmanOne of the most aesthetically pleasing players in the world and a true match-winner, Laxman’s exit from the team was very, very surprising (pun intended). In 2012, he was picked in the Indian Test side to face New Zealand in a two-match home series. But all of a sudden, VVS announced his retirement. Speculation was rife that he had been told by the selectors that this would be his last series and he responded by ending his career himself. How much truth there was in these rumours, we don’t know. But it has to be said that Laxman’s form had declined substantially in the last year of his career and his place in the team was under doubt. But for hard-core fans of the batting wizard, that won’t be any consolation. Pragyan Ojha (L) put out a tweet suggesting Hyderabadi players getting a raw dealBCCIPragyan OjhaNow we come to the main aggrieved party. Does Ojha have reason to feel hurt by the selectors? He certainly does. The Orissa-born cricketer had become a regular member of the Indian Test team by late 2010 and was acting as a deputy to Harbhajan Singh. But for some reason, Indian selectors convinced themselves that he cannot do well on non-Asian pitches. Every time India needed a second spinner outside the sub-continent, they went to Amit Mishra – be it the South Africa tour of 2010-11 or England tour of 2011.Ojha, in order to prove his worth on non-friendly pitches, played a season of county cricket for Surrey in 2011. Even the former India captain Sourav Ganguly was impressed with his performances in English conditions. But the selectors kept ignoring him and when they decided to replace Ashwin during the South Africa tour of 2013, they went to Ravindra Jadeja and not Ojha.But even before that, the left-arm spinner was getting a raw deal from his team. After emerging as India’s best bowler in the four-Test series against England in 2012, he was dropped for the first two matches of the next series – vs Australia. Imagine the highest run-scorer from a series getting dropped for the first half of the next series. It seems impossible but this is exactly what Ojha faced.His problem got compounded when the ICC decided to crack down upon suspicious bowling actions and he too had to undergo remodelling. But since then, Ojha has made a comeback but without the selectors giving him another opportunity. So, one can understand why he feels aggrieved. Among all the Hyderabadi cricketers, it’s this one who has been treated most unfairly by the selectors and team management.
Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt looks like Meghan Markle and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be putting carving their own paths on hold. And this change in plans may be thanks to baby Archie.Reportedly the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have already given their “blessing” for their son to be given a title, a royal expert has claimed. But baby Archie will have to wait a while before he is given the title of “Prince.”Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie on May 6. But apparently, the Royal baby was not given an official title, despite suggestions he might have become the Earl of Dumbarton, as a nod to one of Prince Harry’s subsidiary titles. Equally the baby boy could have been Lord Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, instead, he will be known as Master Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.Speaking on Sunrise, Royal Editor Rob Jobson, claimed Meghan and Prince Harry had already given their blessing for their son to become ‘Prince Archie’, but will have to wait for Prince Charles to become king.When asked if the Queen has to approve on the name, the expert replied in the affirmative. But he also said that since baby Archie is so low in the hierarchy and might never be King, it doesn’t really matter. Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAsked if the Queen would have had to sign off on the name ‘Archie’, Mr. Jobson replied: “Yes, she would, but the reality is this little lad is so far down the pecking order, he’s never going to be king, so it doesn’t really matter. It seems that Royal baby Archie has the right to the title of ‘His Royal Highness’ once Prince Charles becomes king because he would be the grandson of a reigning monarch through the male line. The chances of Prince Charles ascending the throne aren’t outrageous, but even if he does, baby Archie’s claim to the throne is still much lower in the hierarchy. The rule relates to a royal decree created by the Queen’s grandfather, who wanted to limit the number of grand titles within the Royal Family.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t seem to be worried about Royal titles for their baby, but it looks like they aren’t against one either. You can check out the video here: