Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has awarded ABB with a contract to equip a wind farm service operation vessel (SOV) which once built will operate on the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm in the UK.The ABB technology, with the power distribution system Onboard DC GridTM at its core, will allow integration of batteries to the 83-meter SOV’s hybrid power system.Onboard DC GridTM enables integration of energy sources, such as batteries and fuel cells, and empowers the efficiencies associated with variable speed generator operation, ABB said.In addition to Onboard DC GridTM, the ABB scope of supply includes tunnel thrusters, generators, transformers, batteries, ABB Ability™ Marine Advisory System – OCTOPUS and ABB’s Remote Diagnostics Services.ABB will also provide its Power and Energy Management System (PEMS), which allows battery power to act as backup for running generators.“LDA is positioning itself at the forefront of the wind farm service sector in vessel performance and efficiency,” says Hervé Lapierre, Head of Newbuilding Department at LDA. “Wind farm service requirements are still evolving, meaning that SOVs built for this market, in addition to being cost-effective, need to also be innovative and flexible.”Onboard DC GridTM solution enables variable speed technology to dynamically optimize system energy use in line with the load situation, which results in a 20% cut in fuel consumption, ABB said.The vessel, designed by Salt Ship Design, will be built at Turkey’s Cemre Shipyard with the expected delivery in 2021. Like its predecessor, ordered in 2017, the second LDA vessel will be on contract with Ørsted. The first SOV will also come equipped with the ABB kit.“The second order from LDA feels like a validation of the performance, cost efficiency and safety that ABB delivers through its ‘Electric. Digital Connected’ approach,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports.The 1,386MW Hornsea Two will be built 89km from the Yorkshire coast and is scheduled for commissioning in 2022 when it will become the largest operating wind farm in the world.
Handball players of ‘Izviđač’ from Ljubuški are the new U-17 champions of BIH, reports sportsport.baIn their final match, which was played in the sports hall in Živinice, Izviđač defeated Bosna Visoke with 27:23 and thus they took the cup to Ljubuši.In the match for the third place Konjuh defeated Borac m:tel with 23:20. The fifth team is Sloga from Doboj, followed by Radnički from Goražde and Žepče.The final matches of the tournament were played in Živinice and numerous experts noted the huge potential of U-17 teams of BIH.
The Port St. Lucie Police Department has arrested a 30-year-old man who reportedly set a woman’s house on fire after they got into a dispute at another location.The incident occurred Saturday at a home on the 400 Block of SW Crawfish Drive in PSL.Authorities say Richard Caldwell and the woman were at a bar when they got into a dispute, the woman then left the bar with friends to return home but when she arrived, she found Caldwell inside of her home.That’s when the woman asked Caldwell to leave. Caldwell reportedly told the woman “you’re going to regret this,” while holding a a bottle with lighter fluid.The woman then decided to leave the home. When she returned, she found her home engulfed in flames.Caldwell later returned to the scene while authorities were present and a K-9 detected fire accelerant on his shoes and in his vehicle.He was arrested and is now facing arson and burglary charges.
England international Gemma Clews has tightened her grip on the Delamere Comboy Scratch Trophy with her fourth consecutive victory – winning every year since it started. Her latest victory, on her home course at Delamere Forest, Cheshire, was achieved with remarkable golf. She was 12-under for 36 holes, with two rounds of 67 and she won by two shots from girl international Lily May Humphreys. What’s more, she beat the best-ever field to play in the event, which is the first of the season’s prestigious women’s 36-hole scratch tournaments. It has been paired with the Formby Leveret to create a 72-hole event which attracts world ranking points – and top players. “This is my best win,” said Clews, 22, who signed off with an eagle three on the 36thhole. “It’s definitely special to win this one because of the support the club gives me. It means a lot.” She set off in great style with a bogey-free morning round, which included four birdies and an eagle on the par five 11th, where her three-wood shot finished 5ft from the hole. It gave her a two-shot lead over Humphreys at the halfway stage, but Clews was unaware of the state of play until she’d passed the 14thhole on her second round. Her afternoon round contained her only dropped shots of the day, with a double bogey five on the short fourth, but they were soon forgotten as she amassed six birdies and that closing eagle. “I knew I probably needed to make a birdie and I just tried for the eagle,” said Clews, who rolled in a 25-footer. “I thought if Lily had shot better, then fair play to her.” Humphreys, (Stoke by Nayland) matched Clews in the afternoon with a six-birdie 67, which she added to her opening 69. The 15-year-old is the English U16 girls’ champion. Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay), a past English girls’ champion, was third with rounds of 73 71. Click here for full scores The Leveret will be played on 1 April at Formby Ladies’ Golf Club, Lancashire. Four other paired events have been created during the season to attract WAGR points. Click here for more information Caption: Gemma Clews (© Stills Photography) 27 Mar 2017 Gemma makes it four wins in a row
During the last several days the Steelers have been holding OTAs over at the south side. One of the purposes, if not the prime purpose of the get-together is to work out the body, the mind and to rekindle the “fireplace” of competition. The “field general” of the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, will not be in attendance, at least at this current session of organized team activities. Okay, so these activities are voluntary and he doesn’t have to be there. But make no mistake, his being there in the war room, making the rounds, shaking the hands of his soldiers and giving them a pre-minicamp, pre-training camp, preseason pat on the back, could be nothing but a positive for the team.Organized team activities are great for the team, if not that good for the individual. Last year, the All-Pro safety for the Steelers, Troy Polamalu, skipped the OTAs to allegedly work out on his own. However, Polamalu missed a slew of games and was more of a cheerleader than a competitor for the 2009 season. From 2006-2009, the star safety has missed 19 games, while competing in 45. That means in four seasons he has missed three games more than the equivalent of a 16-game season. During the 19 games that he missed I am reasonably sure that his injuries were legitimate. There was also a void left in the Steelers defensive backfield that was difficult, if not impossible, to fill as a result of his absence.But in the same token, during his absence from the field of play, did his trademark mane fly around just as vigorously off the gridiron when he made numerous trips to the local ATM? He continued to collect a paycheck even though the Steelers defensive backfield was infected and affected by his absence. Oh, everyone says that Polamalu is injured more frequently because of his tenacity and reckless style of play. I agree with that assessment of his performances but someone has to pull him aside and whisper in his ear that if making one play causes him to forego the remainder of the season that it is okay to allow a few of his DB mates to pull their weight and make a few plays, too. It is impossible to be a prima donna from the sidelines. The 2009 season should be a lesson for Pittsburgh. Depth, depth, and more depth at every position is the only way that the Pittsburgh franchise will restore and maintain the winning tradition to which they are accustomed. There had better be a few players on the sideline that are able to put their fingers in “the dikes of injuries” if the Steelers are going to exit the funk of the 2009 season.Injuries combined with personal improprieties will oftentimes be the death knell for the cohesive sprit and the competitive fire of any team, in any sport. If one or a selected group of players on any team is perceived to be of considerably more value than the remainder of their peers on that team, that is where the chasm of division often begins. When players who are well paid and sometimes overpaid perform and are allowed to perform under different standards than their colleagues, the dividing line can become a demilitarized zone in the clubhouse or locker room. How can overpriced and overpaid athletes be allowed to attend to every minor scrape and wound as if it is life threatening by being allotted all of the recuperation time that they need while all others are expected to suit up and perform, regardless of the circumstances?Also, when negative behavior of certain athletes is tolerated more by some than others because of their value, then that too can be a morale killer.Take the case of another Pittsburgh star player, wide receiver Santonio Holmes. According to espy.com news services, “Holmes, who is facing a civil lawsuit in Florida in which a woman accuses him of throwing a drink at her, says he didn’t do anything and expects the matter to be dealt with quickly.” “[Holmes] proceeded to inform the plaintiff that he was an NFL football player and that he could not face criminal charges. Subsequently, [Holmes] offered to give the plaintiff money because he was an NFL star and could not get into trouble,” the complaint alleges, according to the report. I don’t care who you are, whether you are charged with an offense or not. No one has the right to throw a drink in anyone’s face, period.That is one of the things that concerns me. Some of these fellows think that money can cure all ills. Well ya big dummies, if that was so all the people with loot would be disease free and only us “po” folks would be destined to end up on the slab of the local undertaker. However in many cases, instead of wealth being a facilitatory of healing, newfound wealth can cause normal personalities to become distorted and perverted. Egos may become super-inflated, causing irreparable damage to an individual and all those around him in his public or private life. When athletes glance around the locker room as they work hard during the beginning phases of the upcoming campaign, there should not be question marks as to who may be attending and who isn’t. During a war, the soldier who volunteers puts the welfare of his fellow soldier on him. With any voluntary team workouts, coming together on your own to be with your teammates may speak volumes about who you are as an athlete and a person.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412-378-9834.) OTAs otherwise known as organized team activities. NFL teams have these let’s get acquainted events to start the competitive engines in low gear.
Submitted by NW EcoBuilding Guild “New Urbanism” is on the minds of many leaders in Thurston County, with new downtown housing developments and four mixed use “master plans” for district redevelopment taking shape in Tumwater, Lacey and Olympia. So much that it’s the subject of an upcoming Symposium in the quarterly Vision to Action series: “Green Urbanism: The Sustainable Antidote to Sprawl,” to be held Saturday October 26, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at South Puget Sound Community College’s LEED-Platinum Natural Resources Building.The Symposium will host Rex Burkholder, a new urbanist leader from Portland, Oregon as keynote speaker. Burkholder is the former Deputy President of the Metro Regional Council, a blogger and a bicycle advocate, who will relate Portland’s experience with growth management to the new Sustainable Thurston Plan. He’ll be followed by a panel of local development, neighborhood and environmental leaders.They will discuss elements of the draft plan which makes protecting the environment through compact urban development a top priority strategy. Event organizers think that thousands of new residents expected to come to Thurston County in coming years offer a major opportunity to redevelop our urban corridors and make a greener, healthier, more prosperous community.“Developing new downtown housing and mixed residential/commercial areas around the sound will result in a more vibrant, economically thriving community. It can also be safer for kids on bikes, greener and more climate friendly – if we seize the opportunity. But can we get past our differences and agree?” That’s the challenge the forum puts forth, according to Chris van Daalen, educator with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and organizer of the Vision2Action Symposium series.The event is designed not only to highlight strategies in the Sustainable Thurston plan, but also to test the water for a broad agreement among business, neighborhood and environmental leaders to move forward on the plan. That could mean revisions to development codes and incentives to make investments more attractive, and resolving long-standing issues over waterfront development, environmental protection and who pays for growth.Yet, there seems to be a moment of opportunity. The Guild and event cosponsors invite anyone with an active stake in the community to attend and be part of this vision-to-action conversation.Panelists will include Karen Messmer former Olympia City Council Member now with the Olympia Safe Streets Campaign; Mark Kitabayashi of the Thurston County Realtors Association, and Peter Guttchen, a local neighborhood leader. Carol Richmond, a Member of the Olympia Planning Commission will set the local context for the discussion with a visual presentation of examples of sustainable urban design, issues and opportunities. The presentations will be followed by lively, interactive “café style” discussions to co-design and build a brighter future.The Event is put on by a diverse partnership of sponsors, lead by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild with support from Thurston County. Co-sponsors include the Thurston Climate Action Team, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County Realtors Association, and Olympia Federal Savings. Rounding out the line-up of sponsors are the City of Olympia, the City of Tumwater and the Thurston Regional Planning Council.For more information, visit www.Vision2Action.us or call (360) 789-9669. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0
HIGHLANDS – Henry Hudson Regional High School Junior Alex Braswell has marched in many parades, but the St. Patrick’s Day parade this Saturday in his hometown is probably the first when he’s marching in the same parade twice!Alex, the son of Carla and Ken Braswell, is the drum section sergeant for the high school’s marching band. He’s active in many other activities at school, so naturally wants to continue his tradition of marching with the Admirals.But he’s also a drummer with the Richmond County Pipes and Drum band of Staten Island. Since his family is originally from there and he’s marched with them before, he wants to be part of that group when it parades down Bay Avenue here.So the only thing to do, Alex reasoned, is march with both groups.The Admirals, consistent standouts in any parade in their sharp blue and white nautical-style uniforms, are near the front of this year’s line of march. The Richmond County contingent is towards the end of the parade, which is featuring close to 100 different groups. So with a bit of advance planning, Alex can fulfill his wish to do both.Once the Admirals step off at Huddy Park, Alex will be playing his drums as usual. When the parade reaches the end of the route, near Bahrs’s Restaurant and the terminus of South Second St., Alex has arranged for a vehicle to be there, arranged for a place to make a hurried change of dress from nautical uniform to kilts, and then a quick ride back to Huddy Park to join the drum and pipes group.Tuesday, the drummer will be part of the Richmond County contingent once again at the New York St. Patty’s day parade. And he’s already marched in the Rumson parade last week, and both the veterans and Mardi Gras parades in New York in earlier seasons. Marching Tuesday in New York will spoil Alex’s school attendance record, his mother concedes, but points out he’s in several advanced program classes, has an excellent attendance record, and on special occasions, the marching experience is beneficial enough to make his school absence excusable.The teen has a natural ability with drums, it seems. Although he’s had a lot of help from a friend, Albert Mongello, who is a music teacher, and his high school music director Jeffrey Starr, Alex taught himself how to play once another neighbor and friend, Rich O’Neil, gave him a set of drums. Tom Elliott was music director at Hudson at the time, and encouraged Alex in his pursuit of music.Among the close to 100 marching units are several Pipe and Drum bands, including the Monmouth County, Union County and Middlesex County Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, the Ocean County Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, and other contingents from Staten Island and Essex County. Wind and Sea Restaurant owners Bob Higgins and Danny Shields, childhood friends, Irish descendants and natives of the Bayshore, are the grand marshals for this year’s event, with Joe Burke, who was project manager for the Highlands project in the Sandy Ground Project to build playgrounds honoring the Newtown Conn. Victims, will be St. Brendan the Navigator.The parade steps off at 2 p.m. at Huddy Park.— By Muriel J. Smith
Adams, whose son Greg was a household name during his NHL career with the Vancouver Canucks, started his career as a rookie in the 1956-57 Western International Hockey League season after playing junior with the Lethbridge Native Sons.Adams played in 49 games that season for the Maple Leafs and helped the Green and White to the Savage Cup title in 1961.The Leafs honoured Adams by dressing goalies for the opening ceremonies from every age group in Nelson hockey.Staff and management at Mallards Source for sports would also like to pay tribute to one of the real characters in Nelson hockey with Team of the Week honours.The Adams’ goalies includes, in no specific order, Adam Maida, Brayden Pompu, Derrick Te Boekhorst, Curt Doyle, Jarred Martin, Ben Kelsch, Tenzin Mint and Brady Stocks.Gus Adams is survived by his lovely wife Darlene children Greg, Tracey, Jamie, Jeffery, Gus Jr. and many grandchildren. During the Leafs’ home opener the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League franchise reached back in the hockey archives to honour one of the great netminders in Nelson history, Gus Adams.The former Nelson Senior Maple Leaf backstop recently passed away at his home on the North Shore.