German shipyard claims a first with jack-up vessel for offshore wind installations

first_imgThe order, signed yesterday in Hamburg, comes from Dutch-based marine contractor Van Oord, which works on dredging, offshore and marine engineering projects worldwide, and includes an option for a second ship of the same type. No details of the purchase price were released. The Sietas jack-up vessel will offer a loading capacity of up to 6,500 tdw and can work safely in depths of up to 45m. The ship, 139m long and 38m wide, will have a 5.7m draught and will be capable of travelling at a speed of 12 knots. It will be equipped with an offshore crane with an outreach of 30m, capable of lifting 900 tonnes and of operating at a height of up to approximately 120m above water level. Sietas said the time from development to delivery to Van Oord in September 2012 would be just 21 months. The construction phase was scheduled to last one year, the company said. “We are delighted to have won this order, as it provides us with an entry point into the growth market that is the offshore wind industry. Naturally, it also gives us great pride to have beaten off tough competition from the Netherlands, China and the United Arab Emirates,” said Rüdiger Fuchs, CEO of the Sietas Group. Sietas said its bid, including the ship and crane, plus development and construction, represented an attractive turnkey solution from a single source. The new-build order was an important step on the path to putting the Sietas shipyard back onto a firm business footing, the company said.last_img read more

Hold the front page

first_imgIn case you didn’t notice, April Fools’ Day brought something special to the mass media this year. The news famine generated by a four-day holiday pulled the topic of civil legal policy from the dusty corners of the classified ad sections to the dazzling sunlight of the front pages. It was intriguing to see how outlets who think legal aid begins and ends with Dale Farm and Abu Hamza dealt with the story. The Mail helpfully used images from Ally McBeal (pictured) and Kavanagh QC to illustrate a guide to litigants in person. The Guardian illustrated an earnest warning about ‘advice deserts’ with a stock shot of circuit judges processing through the Royal Courts of Justice. The BBC’s headline that legal aid changes ‘spark solicitor warnings’ made Obiter wonder why no solicitors bothered to make these warnings when the cuts were first announced. And Anthony Gold’s David Marshall, who had offered his services to any media needing expert opinion, tells us he received several calls from the press on 1 April – mostly for comments on a police officer’s personal injury claim for tripping over a step. Unfortunately, making the news agenda on the day of the cuts will do nothing to reverse them. It felt like reading a front-page obituary for a celebrity who died two years ago.last_img read more

Tumbe, Cutters wrestle for sixth spot

first_imgRUGBY LEAGUE BY BENJAMIN KOITAKA WHO will make the cut? Is it going to be Jiwaka Provincial Government Waghi Tumbe or the much-improved West New Britain Provincial Govt Kimbe Cutters when they go straight into this week’s top six decider in the PNG National Rugby League final round of matches to end the season proper. Both clubs have recorded three wins, two draws and five losses each and are sitting on eight points –separated by points differential. But their greatest challenge of the year is this weekend when they continue to hunt for another additional two points to surge into the finals play-offs. The West New Britons will face Mendi Muruks in their do-or-die clash while slow-starters Tumbe will be up against second-placed Agmark Rabaul Gurias. They will be depending on match between Gurias and Muruks to have any chance of making the top six playoffs It was a disappointing loss for the Cutters who went down to Port Moresby Vipers (16-32) in their home game at the Humphreys Oval in Kimbe, West New Britain on Saturday. Tumbe ran riot over cellar dwellers Gulf Isou to also climb to sixth spot. Predictably, Enga Mioks who are on seven points could make a surprise entry into the top six if they can be able to beat Goroka Lahanis by not less than two points if Tumbe and Cutters are scoreless in their respective games after the final hooter. Waghi Tumbe head coach Dusty Mockley said they are determined to win their final game. “We had a slow start but things changed a little this time,” he said. “Gurias will come with every possible chance to deny us but our job is to defend them and get this final win to make the cut.” Mockley said they had records playing in the finals and that experience will boost them and get the upper hand on the players. “We have records playing in the finals, and for us, we will come with full strength to grab a rare opportunity and play one more time next week,” he said. Reigning champions Lae Snax Tigers, Rabaul Gurias, Hela Wigmen, Port Moresby Vipers and Mendi Muruks have already secured the top five spots.last_img read more

Biney is 1st Black woman to make Olympic speedskating team

first_imgMaame Biney (1) reacts after winning women’s 500-meter A final race during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, in Kearns, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)KEARNS, Utah (AP) _ Maame Biney became the first Black woman to qualify for a U.S. Olympic speedskating team with a pair of victories in the 500 meters.The 17-year-old native of Ghana cruised to victory in the first 500 final at the short track trials on Saturday, beating Olympians Lana Gehring, Jessica Kooreman and Katherine Reutter-Adamek.“I can’t believe it, aww geez,” she said after squealing with joy. “It’s a really good feeling, but it has to set in first because it takes me a while. I’m like, `Holy cow.”’Before the second final, her father sitting in the stands held up a sign reading: “Kick some hiney Biney.”She sure did.Biney set a blistering pace in taking an early lead that widened as the wild and wooly race went on. She crossed the finish line on the hockey-sized rink and began clapping and then pumping her arms so hard she lost her balance and fell.She went down laughing all the way.“When I realized that I made the Olympic team, I started cheering like crazy and then I made my epic fall,” she said.Biney will be the second Black speedskater on a U.S. Olympic team. Shani Davis was 19 when he qualified for the short track team in 2002. He later switched to long track and won four medals, including two golds.Now 35, Davis will try to make the long track team at its trials next month.On the men’s side, J.R. Celski qualified for his third Olympic team despite a crash in the early rounds of the men’s 500. He rebounded to win the C final, finishing well ahead of the other three skaters.“I really couldn’t get control of myself after the first fall,” he said. “I fell into the pads a little awkward, kind of hurt myself a bit but fortunately my trainer and I took care of it.”In the second final, Celski finished second to John-Henry Krueger, who qualified for his second individual event in South Korea. He made the team Friday by winning the 1,500.“Last night I made sure not to get too excited and try to keep my composure,” Krueger said. “My goal was to keep a steady speed but to keep my track tight and make sure no one could pass.”Joining Krueger and Celski on the men’s team is 21-year-old Olympic rookie Aaron Tran, who won the first 500 and finished last among four in the second final.Tran attended the same middle and high schools six years apart from Celski in their hometown of Federal Way, Washington.“He’s a great role model, a great leader,” said Tran, who first met Celski when he came to their middle school for an assembly.Lana Gehring, already on the Olympic team in the 1,500, finished second in the first 500 and last among four in the second final.The men’s and women’s 1,000 will be contested Sunday at the Utah Olympic Oval.Thomas Hong, who was born in South Korea, and Ryan Pivirotto still have shots to make the men’s team, which will be comprised of five skaters.Former Olympians Kooreman and Reutter-Adamek, along with Kristen Santos, remain in contention for the women’s team, which only has three spots available.last_img

PGA Championship celebrates 100 as Tiger Woods goes for 15

first_imgIn this Aug. 15, 1999, file photo, Tiger Woods kisses the Wanamaker trophy after winning the 81st PGA Championship at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Ill. Woods tied for sixth at the British Open, and now goes to the PGA Championship with a chance to win his first major in 10 years. (AP Photo/Michael S. Green, File)The PGA Championship has all the trappings of a big celebration this year.Thanks to a Sunday afternoon on the other side of the Atlantic, it feels even bigger.This is the 100th edition of the only major championship restricted to professionals, and it’s a farewell to the muggy heat of summer. The PGA Championship is leaving its August date after some 40 years and moving to May. Jordan Spieth was always sure to get plenty of attention as he gets a second crack at trying to complete the career Grand Slam, a feat achieved by only five other players, never at the PGA Championship.And now Tiger Woods is in focus like never before.Just the sight of his name atop the leaderboard in the final round of the British Open, even if it was there alone for only about 30 minutes, was enough to turn cynics into cheerleaders. Woods has gone 10 years, five surgeries and one divorce since his last major. He started the year with uncertainty about his health and his swing. He reaches the final major without a victory, but with a game that suggests another trophy — even the biggest variety — might not be far off.He finished one shot behind at the Valspar Championship in March. He finished three shots behind at Carnoustie.“I think that I went from just hoping to be able to play the tour,” Woods said. “Now that I feel that I can the play the tour, I certainly can win again. I’ve had an opportunity to win a couple times this year. I had a great chance at Valspar early in the year, and even a week ago (at the British Open) I had a great shot at it. Yeah, my game has gotten better and good enough where I feel like I can win again.”The PGA Championship returns to Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, and a victory for Woods would be his fifth Wanamaker Trophy, tying the record held by Jack Nicklaus and Walter Hagen, and his 15th major championship.Bellerive is a course Woods doesn’t know very well, and he’s not alone.It last hosted the PGA Championship in 1992 when Nick Price won the first of his three majors. Bellerive also was the site of the BMW Championship in 2008, which Woods missed while recovering from knee surgery. Only 13 players from that event are in the field for the PGA.Woods was last at Bellerive for the tournament it didn’t host — the American Express Championship in 2001, canceled because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. That was the only time Woods played the course, a Tuesday practice round with Mark Calcavecchia in which a PGA Tour security official was filling him in on the attacks as he played. Woods drove 17 hours home to Florida by himself the next day.“Pretty much everything was a blur,” he said when asked about his recollections of the golf course.Justin Thomas is the defending champion and one of the few players who has seen Bellerive, back in June as part of his media promotion tour. Based on its spot on the schedule, the PGA Championship rarely allows time for players to get a preview.The British Open ended on July 22, and players like world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka went straight to Canada, and then Ohio for a World Golf Championship. Woods was in Switzerland on a holiday.“I contemplated going over to Bellerive for a day and checking it out,” Rory McIlroy said. “But I told myself I’ve never done it before for a PGA and I’ve won it a couple times and I played well. So why would I change what I’ve always done.”Spieth was in Spain after the British Open for his bachelor’s party and said he would see Bellerive when he arrived on Monday. He has heard a little about it and said he expected “a normal PGA.”Just what is normal?“It’s like a long, narrow, you’ve still got to shoot 10 to 14 under type of thing,” Spieth said. “The PGA reminds me of a few tour stops, like Congressional, and maybe a little bit like Akron. It’s not as tricky, just really cool golf courses you’re only going to see once every 10 years. A long, difficult PGA Tour course with longer rough.”Bellerive already has been the scene of one career Grand Slam.That’s where Gary Player won the 1965 U.S. Open to become the fourth player to sweep the four professional majors. Spieth gets his second try. He won the British Open last summer, headed to Quail Hollow and could feel the attention on his bid to join the most elite group in golf. The feeling was fleeting. He was 11 shots behind going into the weekend and never got much closer.This year feels different, perhaps because expectations are lower. Spieth still hasn’t won a tournament since Royal Birkdale last summer. He lost a share of the 54-hole lead at Carnoustie two weeks ago, although he felt his game — especially the short game — finally rounding into form.“I played a better Sunday at the British Open this year than last year, minus a couple of holes,” he said, referring to his birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch on the back nine when he won the claret jug in 2017. “I felt better about my game this year. I just didn’t end up with the trophy, and therefore, it doesn’t create the same buzz.”Spieth turned 25 last week. He is getting married this year. He is in no rush.“I’m more big picture,” he said. “This (PGA) course changes every year. At some point, I’m going to be in form on a course that is good for me and the stars will line up and I’ll have to executive coming the stretch. And it could be this year.”Otherwise, it will be in May. That will be the new month for the PGA Championship, which allows it to move to courses in the South, while shutting out venues like Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and Hazeltine in Minnesota.It no longer will be the fourth major on the schedule. The PGA of America hopes that its championship will get enough new energy that it won’t be considered the least of the four majors. Not everyone feels that way, least of all Thomas.“I’m perfectly content with grabbing my fourth of the four majors, if you will, every year,” Thomas said.Spieth might want it even more, considering what’s at stake.So, too, would Woods.last_img read more

The World Cup remains a blot on football’s greatest curriculum

first_img Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future 30/06/2018 Ivan San Antonio @sanantheone El Mundial, un borrón en el currículum de Messi A STRANGE BODY  Russia could have seen the last of Lionel Messi in international football. Qatar 2022 is slowly appearing on the horizon and the No.10 will be 35 then. Predicting his evolution is as difficult as thinking that, even if he does play it, something will have changed for him to have a chance to win his first World Cup. Bloody World Cup! What a grotesque way to dirty the greatest curriculum in the game!  Messi, Catalan in Argentina and Argentina in Catalonia, left the pithc at the Kazan Arena with the same face as always, the same one he wore in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Leo was the youngest Argentina player in 2006, he fought for his place, he earned the captain’s armband, runs everything and should be made to feel at home.  But not. He never felt like he was at home. Messi has never noticed the warmth that he receives at Camp Nou, nor complicity on the pitch from those that have grown along with him. Not once has he flowed in the Argentina shirt as he does in the Barcelona strip. The 10 on his back, the armband or the Argentine passport don’t mean anything. They don’t add anything. The biggest love stories aren’t built on material gifts.  RELATED STORIES Coach Jorge Sampaoli changed his system for the umpteenth time against France. And he could change it as many times as Argentina play games with Messi. There won’t be any improvement. The victories are circumstantial, the same as the losses. The problem is not the set up, nor the players selected. To find the reason why Leo looks like he’s in a strange body when playing for Argentina, you have to rewind 18 years, back to when he was 13, when his destiny changed and football took him to Barcelona. That day, everything changed and Barça’s success would be balanced by Argentina’s failings. Because both things are intimately connected.  LAST WORLD CUP? IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 18:07 CEST How many knocks of this stature is one person — who since he was young has been obliged to win a World Cup — capable of taking? Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, where football is a religion, but he became a man in Barcelona. It was also surrounded by the Mediterranean that he was crowned as the best player in the history of the game, a symbolic prize which is only argued about where he was born. And all because of a tournament that is played every four years, a tournament that is whimsical and unpredictable. The hell Messi has to go through every four years is all because of Diego Maradona and his two goals against England in 1986. Bloody World Cup!  Messi at his most human as Argentina crash out of World Cuplast_img read more

Lang Lang’s day for charity

first_imgThere are days within a local community that bring everyone together and on Saturday at the Lang Lang showgrounds, the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Hayley Wildes last_img

Whitecaps FC name Reynold Stewart as associate Head Coach in Kootenays

first_imgVancouver Whitecaps FC recently announced that Reynold Stewart has been appointed as associate head coach of the Kootenays Academy in Nelson supporting current Kootenay associate Head Coaches Sam Heap and Drissa Bouare and Whitecaps Academy Centre Associate Head Coach Brett Adams. Stewart moved to the Kootenays to attend University in 2016 after a successful career on the pitch. Originally fromTsawwassen, Stewart was on the 2004 Super Y League team that made it to the North American Championships in Florida.He went on to play for the Whitecaps USL PDL team in 2012 and 2014. During that time he also joined Douglas College where he was twice named player of the year before transferring to UBC where he was named Canada West Player of the year and helped them to two national championships.    Stewart has been working for over two years in the Kootenay centre under Adams in a part time role.   “Reynold has achieved a lot of success in the game and he has worked hard with me over the past two years in developing as a coach,” notes Adams. “With our programs and partnership with Nelson Youth Soccer growing, this is a perfect time and opportunity to bring Reynold into a more active role, allowing us to work more closely with the community, clubs, local players, and partners.”In his new role as Associate Head Coach Stewart will support the growth of the West Kootenays Academy as well as supporting the Whitecaps technical contract with Nelson Youth Soccer Association” “I’m very excited to continue to develop my relationship with the Whitecaps, as a former player and now coach, adds Stewart.  “ I look forward to the challenge and deepening our clubs relationship with the community.Whitecaps FC Academy Centres are a network of regional Whitecaps FC training hubs linked through key staff, curriculum, and standards that provide professional supplemental training for serious, motivated players. The Kootenay Academy recently sent female teams to a Prospects Tournament in Seattle, where the squads experienced impressive results.For more information on the Whitecaps FC Kootaneys academy programs  visit whitecapsfc.com/academy.last_img read more

Leafs clinch Murdoch Division Title with OT win over Bruins

first_imgThe infraction not only cost the Leafs a man on the ice for two minutes, but Thompson for the rest of the game as the penalty carries a game misconduct.In the third the Leafs caught a break when Smoler was also ejected from the game following a five-minute head contact penalty.Hunt, running his consecutive point streak to 13 games, was able to tie the game for Nelson before Cooper snapped home the winner in the extra frame.Nelson finished the game out shooting the Bruins 43-30 with Josh Williams registering the win in goal.Former Leaf Quinn Yeager took the loss for the Bruins between the pipes.Nelson concludes its five-game home stand Saturday when Castlegar visits the NDCC Arena.The Rebels lost 6-5 in overtime to Spokane Braves.Castlegar rallied from a 5-2 deficit, scoring three times in the third period.However, Trail Thompson scored the winner in the second overtime to pull the Braves to within five points of fourth-place Grand Forks in the race for the final Murdoch Division playoff spot.BLUELINES: Captain Sawyer Hunt has registered 20 points during his 13-game streak. . . . Hunt joins Zach Morey, Josh Williams and Nicholas Wihak as Nelson grads playing their final home game when Nelson hosts Grand Forks. . . . Williams currently holds down top spot in KIJHL goalie stats, tied with Levi Mitchell of Creston Valley with a 1.80 goals against average. Williams leads the league in wins with 20. For a time, Friday night at the NDCC Arena, it appeared the Nelson Leafs were willing to simply back into the Murdoch Division Title.After 40 minutes, potential first-round playoff opponent, Grand Forks Border Bruins held a slim 2-1 lead against the Green and White.However, this Leaf team is not like some squads from the past.After Leaf Captain Sawyer Hunt tied the game in the third period, Ryan Cooper sent the home crowd away happy by scoring the game-winning goal in overtime sparking Nelson to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins.The victory, the sixth straight, clinched the Murdoch Division Title for the Leafs — the first for the Heritage City franchise since 2014.Nelson opened the scoring in the first period when affiliate call up, Marty Ingram scored an unassisted goal early in the opening frame. It was Ingram’s first goal of the season for Nelson.The Bruins erased that lead when Riley Smoler scored twice in the second period on the power play — the go-ahead marker coming after Leaf defenceman Dash Thompson was whistled for a checking-from-behind penalty.last_img read more