© Sjankauskas As a result, the port has massive congestion in its yard: today, some 40,469 teu of containers remain in the area, against its total capacity of some 49,000 teu.However, the customs authority said it was planning to “engage its full manpower so it can release all types of containers from the port yard to lower congestion”.The government has also doubled rail cargo capacity on the Chittagong-Dhaka-Chittagong route to ensure a smooth supply of essential goods from the port. Usually, three to four cargo trains operate on the route daily, this has now gone up to six to eight.Bangladesh Railways eastern region official Omar Faruk said that while passenger train services remained suspended throughout the country, cargo trains were running smoothly, without any delays, and carrying an increased number of containers from the port.Exporters, however, are facing increasing numbers of cancelled orders. Since Friday, most of the 4,000 apparel factories, except those which still have orders, have been closed to avoid the spread of coronavirus among the four million garment workers, the majority of which are female.But as the virus spreads, and shows no sign of weakening, dozens of buyers have either cut or suspended orders for millions of pieces of apparel items, worth nearly $3bn, so far.“One after another, several hundred thousand apparel workers will face a problem,” said Dr Rubana Huq, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.Last week in a video message she urged international apparel buyers to support the garment industry of Bangladesh, adding: “This is a disaster that neither humanity nor commerce can afford.”Senior vice president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Mohammad Hatem told The Loadstar knitwear makers were facing order cuts of close to $1bn.“But we are keeping factories closed as part of an effort to contain the spread of the virus,” he said. The government has declared a Tk50bn ($595m) bailout package to help the export-oriented sectors to cope with the fallout of the Covid-19.Apparel sector officials said most of the factories would face closure in absence of work. Some may need to lay off staff.Few exports will mean that the decision to cut passenger flights will not significantly hamper cargo movements, Since yesterday, the only passenger air connectivity between Bangladesh is to China. Civil Aviation Authority officials said the flight suspension would continue until 7 April, when a further decision will be taken after review.However, all regular cargo flights and special cargo flights will remain in operation.The government has also blocked shore passes for all vessel crews from abroad. Crew-changing has also been suspended for an indefinite period. If any crew needs to go home for an emergency, they must first undergo a 14 day-isolation period.Early last week, the government suspended issuing ‘no objection’ certificates for vessels coming in for dismantling, also until 7 April. Five such vessels were sent to deepsea isolation for two weeks. By Bangladesh correspondent 30/03/2020 Bangladesh’s key seaport, Chittagong, is facing heavy congestion in its yard as a government-decreed national holiday restricts the flow of goods.The government has declared a 10-day general holiday between 26 March and 4 April, barred people from going outside from home and halted all types of commercial activities except emergency services.Chittagong is continuing operations amid the virtual lockdown in an attempt to avoid vessel congestion and the creation of a shortage of essential goods in the domestic market.However, Bangladesh Customs is releasing only essential commodities, such as food grains, pharmaceuticals and coronavirus prevention-related materials from the port yard, as only a limited number of its officials are still working.
Email Share on Facebook Pinterest Share A new study analyzed over 2,500 reported encounters with autonomous entities after taking “breakthrough” doses of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The findings were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.DMT is a Schedule 1 psychedelic drug known to produce lucidity, hallucinations, time distortions, and spiritual experiences.“Among the most vivid, intriguing, memorable, and sometimes disconcerting experiences that people report after taking a high dose of inhaled or intravenous DMT are those of encountering seemingly autonomous entities or beings,” study authors Alan K. Davis and his team say. These reports range from encounters with God to contact with alien species. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Davis and his colleagues conducted a study to uncover common aspects of these reports and to better understand how these experiences come to be interpreted as encounters with self-governing entities.Researchers surveyed 2,561 adults who reported having previously encountered an autonomous entity after inhaling a very strong dose of DMT. No subjects had been previously diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. The subjects were an average of 31 years old and 77% were male. Questionnaires asked participants for a brief written account of their most memorable encounter with an entity and then asked them a series of questions addressing details of the experience and their interpretation of the event.Researchers coded the responses via content analysis to come up with recurrent themes.The analysis revealed that subjects assigned various labels to the entity. As the authors describe, “The most commonly endorsed were “being,” (60%) “guide,” (43%) “spirit,” (39%) “alien,” (39%), or “helper” (34%).” Most subjects reported having experienced positive emotions during the experience, such as joy (65%), trust (63%), love (59%), and kindness (56%). Other common feelings were surprise (61%), friendship (48%), and fear (41%), while less common feelings were sadness (13%), distrust (10%), and anger (3%).The vast majority of participants reported positive changes following the encounter, including improvements in well-being and life satisfaction (89%), attitudes about life (88%), life’s purpose (82%), and social relationships (70%).Furthermore, the experiences appeared to have had a profound influence on respondents, extending beyond the initial encounter. A total of 72% felt that the entity continued to exist beyond their meeting and 80% reported that the encounter had changed their “fundamental conception of reality”. Only 9% believed that the entity existed entirely within themselves, while 96% upheld the belief that the entity was “conscious” and “intelligent” and 54% believed that it had “agency in the world.”Most (69%) respondents reported that a “message, task, mission, purpose or insight” was communicated to them through the experience. As the authors reason, the numerous reports of psychological insights may suggest the therapeutic potential of DMT. “Given that some of these reports involved positively valenced messages or insights about love and safety/reassurance, it is also plausible that these experiences affected the ratings of enduring positive effects of the DMT experience (e.g. desirable changes in mood, behavior, attitudes, and beliefs),” the authors say.Still, the researchers caution that their findings may underestimate the harmful effects of DMT, since people with negative experiences with the drug may have been less likely to participate in the survey.The study, “Survey of entity encounter experiences occasioned by inhaled N,N-dimethyltryptamine: Phenomenology, interpretation, and enduring effects”, was authored by Alan K. Davis, John M. Clifton, Eric G. Weaver, Ethan S. Hurwitz, Matthew W. Johnson, and Roland R. Griffiths.
GOLF BY OLIVIA HILL PGA MEDIA Reigning SP PNG Open champion Daniel Gale returns to the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club in 2019 to defend his title following a breakout year as a rookie professional. Winning his maiden ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia tournament in Papua New Guinea in 2018, the region has been a happy hunting ground for Gale who’s path to last year’s SP PNG Open included Monday qualifying and subsequently winning the 2018 Morobe Open on the Ladbrokes Pro-Am Series. “It’s really kick-started my career,” said Gale of his SP PNG Open win. “I had no status, no tour card and was relying on Monday qualifying or a walk up start, which I got for this tournament last year. “TO be able to go ahead and win, especially with a bit of expectation on my shoulders after winning the Morobe Open the week before and to do it in the fashion that I did; winning by 9 shots, it was pretty special. “To know that no matter how the rest of the year went, I was playing all of the big events this year was great.” The win has propelled Gale onto the world stage, earning the New South Welshman a two year exemption on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and the 22-year-old has certainly made the most of it. Recording a host of strong results including a ninth place finish at the Australian PGA Championship and a match-play start at the tri-sanctioned ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth tournament, Gale has proven himself to be a strong competitor. “This year was my first time playing the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth and I’ve watched that event on TV for the last few years thinking it was such a cool tournament,” Gale said. “To actually make the top-24 and be in the match-play, I was just thinking, I’m there. Playing the big events like the Australian Open, Australian PGA Championship and the Victorian Open and playing in the same field as top-50 players in the world, knowing I’m competing with and potentially beating them as well is awesome. “At the Australian PGA Championship I finished tied ninth and beat a strong quality field so definitely winning this (the SP PNG Open) last year really boosted my confidence.” Returning to Royal Port Moresby Golf Club with a year of professional golf under his belt, Gale believes he is a strong chance of defending his title despite the strong field assembled for the tournament. “I definitely think so, there’s no reason that I can’t go back-to-back. It’s a new year,” Gale said. “The golf course will probably be in different condition compared to last year so I’ll have to adapt to that. The way I played the golf course last year, I know how to play it and score well around here so my game plan won’t change much.” With rains falling in Port Moresby ahead of the tournament, Gale is expecting course conditions to differ compared to previous years but still believes it takes smart, strategic play to win. “I’ve seen photos that it has been really wet,” Gale said. “If it’s wet it’ll work in my favour as well because I’m a pretty long hitter. You’ve got to do everything pretty well here but definitely you have to ball strike it pretty solidly around this golf course. “The greens are quite small and sort of a bit of a dome shape so you’ve got to hit your spots, hit your numbers and hit a lot of fairways because if you get in the trees you’re chipping out sideways and most of the time you don’t have a shot.” Receiving a warm welcome back to Papua New Guinea, Gale is happy to be back at one of his favourite events on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia calendar. “When I arrived at the airport yesterday there was a guy with a camera already waiting, that was pretty cool,” Gale laughed. “I’m getting the vibes from last year. Yesterday I went down to the caddy shack to try and find my caddy from last year and they were all saying ‘hey Daniel, welcome back, great to have you back’. “I’ve received a really good welcome back and it’s great to be here. I’ve got good memories and I’m looking to try and emulate those again.”
Gennady Stolarov Photo: Moscow “Spartak”Russian media “Sport-Express” commented on the previously reported information that the former striker of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) club Moscow “Spartak” Gennady Stolarov could continue his career in Riga “Dinamo”.The possibility of such a variant was previously reported by the channel “Hockey without spectators” of the communication platform “Telegram”. The current Dinamo coach Pēteris Skudra knows the hockey player well. The parties are now waiting for the issue between the player and his current club to be resolved, as Dinamo is ready to offer Gennady much more modest financial terms, ”the channel source reveals.I have found out that initially Spartak did not break the contract with Stolarov. In July he was paid a salary but was not allowed to train with the team. He was offered less compensation, the attacker disagreed. I just wrote that in a few days you will have to pay not 25, but 50 percent, with him immediately terminated the contract. It is not a fact that Stolarov will go to Riga. This is one of the options. Another is the Chinese club from Mitichchi, “said Shevchenko.In the last season of 2019/2020, Stolarov represented the ranks of Moscow’s “Spartak”, standing out in 44 regular tournament matches with only three assists. Before the season, the attacker represented the Moscow region “Vityaz”, gaining 15 (5 + 10) performance points in 59 matches.The upcoming KHL season will already be the thirteenth attacker’s career. Stolarov has also represented such teams as Nizhny Novgorod’s Torpedo, where he served as captain, Nizhnekamsk’s Neftehimik, Moscow’s CSKA, Cherepovets’ Severstal, Moscow’s Dynamo and Nursultan’s Barys.It has already been reported that “Dinamo” currently has full contracts with goalkeepers Stanislav Galimov and Ilya Proskurjakov, defenders Morgan Elisa, Matthew Mayon, Robert Mammach, Kristaps Sotnieks, Ondrzej Vitasek and Kristaps Zilis, as well as with strikers Daniel ,.Source: Dinamo could be joined by an attacker on the Spartak denial list