RES Continues O&M for ORE Catapult’s Blyth Met Mast

first_imgRES has signed an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s offshore met mast situated approximately three nautical miles off Blyth.RES will be delivering scheduled and unscheduled maintenance plus 24/7 remote operations for the structures, equipment and instrumentation systems. This will include all work on the mast together with project management, data management and provision of offshore logistics.The company will also support the installation and maintenance activities relevant to research and development projects developed by ORE Catapult and tested on the structures of the met mast.Filippo Di Salle, General Manager AO&M for RES Support Services, said: “By winning a competitive tender process we have demonstrated to our client that our experience and expertise in providing O&M services to the wider offshore wind industry matched with excellent health & safety track record and good value for money is very difficult to beat.”This contract follows a previous three year contract term where RES provided the support services to ORE Catapult to operate and maintain the Anemometer Hub.Graham Campbell, Head of Projects & Assets at ORE Catapult, said:“We look forward to continuing our relationship with RES going forward, ensuring that the operations and maintenance activities carried out at our met mast are of a consistently high standard.”last_img read more

Ocean Yield Buying New Handysize Bulker with Long-Term Charter

first_imgNorway-based shipping company Ocean Yield has reached an agreement to acquire one Handysize dry bulk newbuilding, scheduled for delivery by the end of September 2019.Ocean Yield said that the unit would be purchased at a price of USD 18 million net of pre-paid charter hire.The vessel has a 10-year bareboat charter to a company owned and guaranteed by Interlink Maritime Corp, an owner and provider of dry bulk vessels to agricultural and industrial commodities companies.Interlink will have certain options to either sell or acquire the vessel during the charter period.Including this vessel, Ocean Yield will own six vessels on long-term charter to Interlink Maritime, that owns a fleet of 28 Handysize vessels.last_img

Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 73 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dowasco increases water and sewerage tariffs, in response to to fiscal constraints by: – April 7, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Share Bernard Etinoffe, Photo credit: GIS NewsA 15 % increase in water and sewerage services, is what Dominica’s water company DOWASCO announced Thursday, as a measure to address growing financial problems.The increase is the first DOWASCO has made since 1998. The new charges have been made effective April 01 2011, but consumers will see it reflect for the first time on their May bills.The monthly water rate for domestic metered customers will be $10.12 per 1000 gallons and a consumer will be charged $20.30 per residential unit. DOWASCO says the increase is affordable.A customer paying $18.18 minimum per 1000 gallons of water for instance, will now pay $21.52, Bernard Etinoffe, General Manager of DOWASCO explained.    A customer paying a flat rate of $42.00 monthly will now pay $48.60 for water consumption.  The minimum charge for sewerage services for domestic customers is $20.20 monthly and commercial and industrial metered customers will be charged a minimum of $45.00 or 45% of the water they consume.  That price can co up to $3000.00 based on water use and generation of waste, Etinoffe disclosed.DOWASCO had told its workers some of them could be sent home and others may see reductions in their wages, as the company tries to cope with money problems. That decision has not yet been taken, and Etinoffe, has not stated whether that intention will be materialized.He said however, there are other measures being proposed to stabilize DOWASCO’s finances.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Carey proves time was right for move to Late Model division with top rookie award

first_imgBryce Carey raced to national IMCA Late Model rookie of the year honors this season. He is pictured with IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)NASHUA, Iowa – A veteran of the IMCA Modifed and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions has na­tional rookie of the year honors to show for his first IMCA Late Model campaign.Bryce Carey of Nashua, Iowa, was a regular at Marshalltown Speedway, Independence Motor Speed­way and Benton County Speedway, while starting and ending his season with Deery Brothers Summer Series outings.“I had raced three years in a Stock Car and three years in a Modified. We had been competitive and I decided it was time to go to a Late Model,” he explained. “I think the Late Model is a premier divi­sion, one of the better classes you can be in in dirt track racing.”Carey bought a 2013 Wallybilt from Curt Martin, benefitting from the expertise of the former na­tional and Deery champion, the chassis builder and house driver Ben Seemann.“When we struggled with setup, those guys helped us make the changes,” he said. “The biggest part of the learning curve was having the spoiler and the wider tires. Late Models seem longer in front so being able to see out of the cockpit different.”The nephew of long-time driver LaVern Carey, he had a couple other experts in his corner.“I work for Corey Dripps, who is one of the best Modified drivers around, and he has shared a lot of setup advice,” Carey said. “And Andy Eckrich at Precision Performance has helped a lot with suspension. We’ve learned a lot from them, too.”He got some unexpected and unwelcome time off mid-season but still scored the rookie of the year award.“We were running for rookie of the year but had to sit out almost a month and a half (July 2 to Aug. 11) because of motor problems,” Carey said. “It was nice when we got those fixed. There were definitely some anxious moments as the rookie points got closer.”Starts-26Wins-0Top Fives-1 HIS CREW: Father Ron and brothers Nick and Tyler. HIS SPONSORS: Wallybilt Race Cars of Waterloo; Scott Olson and Wide Open Race Engines of Blairsburg; and BSB Manufacturing of Wellington, Kan.last_img read more

Nathan Ake seals £40m Man City deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake.Pep Guardiola’s side have agreed an initial £40 million deal with the Cherries – who were relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season – and which could rise to £41 million. Confirmation of the Dutch centre-back’s arrival comes just a day after City announced their first deal of the summer transfer window in the form of Valencia winger Ferran Torres.“City have been the best side in England over the course of the last decade,” Ake said on his move.“Coming here is a dream for me. This is a top side full of world-class players. Everywhere you look in this squad there are big names with international pedigree.“Pep is a manager admired across the world – what he’s done in the game speaks for itself. The success he’s had is unbelievable and the style of football he plays really appeals to me.“I know I’m going to have to work hard to get into the side, but that’s what I’m here to do. I’ll do whatever I can to make an impact and help the team win silverware.” The Holland international has since undergone a medical and also agreed personal terms with City.Tags: Aymeric LaporteFerran TorresManchester CityNathan AkePep Guardiolalast_img read more

Scudamore defends TV rights deal

first_img Sky and BT Sport have combined to hike up the Premier League’s British screening costs by 70 per cent in a new deal to run from 2016 to 2019. Three years ago the rights were sold for a combined total of £3.018billion, an average of £6.53m per game. “We have an asset here, clearly it’s an asset that people value, and we’ve marketed it in a way and put it up for sale and people have paid what they’ve paid for it.” Sky will pay £4.176billion for the lion’s share of the rights including the coveted Sunday evening slot, while BT Sport will pay £960million. BT Sport will have the Saturday evening package, however, instead of the Saturday lunchtime slot. Boss Scudamore admitted Premier League bosses felt the meteoric rise in revenues would prove unsustainable the last time rights were sold, in 2012. The Premier League will spend the majority of 2015 selling the competition’s new global television rights, and the overall revenue could spiral beyond £8billion. Scudamore still believes there is scope for further growth worldwide, but scotched talk of the Premier League surpassing the NFL as global sports’ biggest broadcasting cash cow. “The law of economics says you can’t go on putting 70 per cent on ever-bigger numbers, you just can’t do it, it’s impossible,” said Scudamore. “And we actually thought it was probably impossible sitting here three years ago, but it’s actually proven not to be. “But there is a point where it has to become impossible. “That doesn’t mean to say, though, that the Premier League, when you add it all in on a global basis, can’t continue to grow way beyond this particular deal. “I think today we’ve probably sneaked past Major League Baseball, but believe you me, I don’t think it is only a matter of time before we go past the NFL.” The Premier League remains confident this latest rights deal will not be derailed by Virgin Media’s ongoing complaint with broadcast regulator Ofcom. Scudamore admitted the Premier League will re-examine ticket prices but will not order clubs to make cuts. “Anything the clubs get together and want to do, we would welcome,” he said. “The clubs know priority number one is to put on a show attractive enough to keep stadia full.” Richard Scudamore has defended the Premier League as a British institution in the wake of selling domestic television rights for a staggering £5.136billion across just three years. Sky has almost doubled its investment to retain five of seven packages, including the new Friday night slot, with the Premier League set to net around £113,000 a minute from domestic television revenue. Chief executive Scudamore believes the Premier League is as much-loved across the globe as the BBC and the Royal Family, asserting the competition’s right to sell to the highest bidder despite the astronomical sums. “To my core, I believe this is a success story,” said Scudamore. “And I believe it’s a great UK export, it attracts a whole lot of positive feelings about the UK. “If you go and do any international survey, things like the Premier League, the BBC, the Queen: they are things that people feel are good about the UK. “Our own Prime Minister is quite happy to travel the world and talk about what a good thing the Premier League is. “And we’re proud that our clubs and the league is looked at in that way. “If you had your house and you were about to sell it tomorrow you would probably want to sell it for as much as someone was willing to pay for it. Press Associationlast_img read more

Supreme Court to Allow Trump Administration to Proceed With Border Wall

first_imgOn Friday, the Supreme Court will allow Trump administration to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct parts of a wall along the southwestern border that the government claims is “necessary” to protect national security.With the recent approval of the Defense Department money to be spent, a court battle will play out over whether or not the government had the authority to discuss if funds that were not appropriated for the wall.The Supreme Court recently voted 5-4 to allow the funds to be used while the court appeals goes underway.Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan of the liberal wing, voted that they would have blocked the funds for now. The fourth member, Justice Stephen Breyer, wrote separately to say that he would have given the approval for the government to use the funds to finalize the terms for contractors, but block the funds from being used for the actual construction. The Supreme Court’s order is a significant win for Trump, who is expected to use the ruling as a main talking point on the upcoming campaign trail. On Friday, President Trump tweeted out his approval of the ruling:“Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”last_img read more

Strategising to win – athlete Claudrice McKoy is fully focused on CARIFTA Games improvement

first_imgEVERY failure is a stepping stone to success, and Chase Academy’s Claudrice McKoy is currently looking ahead as she prepares to perform at this year’s CARIFTA Games, returning after a not-so-good performance at the event last year.Last year the National Schools Championships record-holder was among Guyana’s CARIFTA Games lineup, in the youth category, but like many on the 15-man team she was unable to medal. More so McKoy was not at all proud of the timings she produced in the events.A distance runner, endurance and strategy play a big part in how McKoy maps out her race tactics, and she believes it was her strategy that failed her last year when she competed in the Girls’ Under-18 1500m and open 3 000m, finishing sixth in both events.“How I ran the 1500m race was that I started extremely hard, and I followed the person who had won the year before. I thought this was the person I had to look out for, so I kept running down this person, but in the end when I realised it, the Jamaicans ended up picking up and because I started off hard I had nothing left at the end.” McKoy explained when we caught up with her training at the National Park earlier this week under coach Julian Edmonds.The Running Brave’s athletics club athlete added, “I’ve learnt a lot (since then). I learnt that never again to go out that hard, and that I have to learn to judge the race better.Her timings came in at over five minutes in the 1500m and in the 3 000m it took her almost 11 minutes. Though she had participated at other regional events, it was her first time being at the prominent CARIFTA Games, so although she was disappointed about the performance she’s already looking ahead at all the opportunities she will have to redeem herself in the coming years.“Even when I’m at home I would sit down in my bed draw the track, look at where I’m supposed to relax, where I’m supposed to accelerate and just visualise it, and get it in my head, so that when I go out there, I look at the track and know what I’m supposed to do where.” she expressed.As it pertains to medalling prospects this year, she’s keeping her eyes on the prize.“I just want to keep calm and when I go out there just think about winning,” she said.Continuing past the struggles is nothing new to the Inter-Guiana Games multiple silver medallist. Running is something she has been doing almost all her life, recalling her days of competing even during her nursery school days.When she moved over to F. E. Pollard Primary School, McKoy had continued to run at school sports always hoping to make it, to compete at the esteemed Nationals, but always ending just short.It wasn’t until she was eleven years old, during her first year at Central High that she made it to Nationals. That first year was everything that she had hoped it would be.“I felt great because at primary school I had always wanted to make it to Nationals; I had always wanted that experience.” She said.McKoy went on to eventually join a club, hone her skills, and last year she not only attended the meet, but left a mark by clinching a few records.She’s now hoping to one day see similar improvements as she continues preparations for the CARIFTA Games.last_img read more

GFF eager to get back into action – Forde

first_img… Federation to set up Working Group to initiate smooth post-COVID-19 transitionWAYNE Forde, president of Guyana Football Federation (GFF), said his executive committee is eager to see the sport return to the playing field.With the aim of having a seamless transition post-COVID-19, GFF is putting together a Working Group to formulate plans for the eventual return of on-field action.“We are all very eager to get back to the playing of football but it is absolutely important that we focus on the real reason the entire world has paused over these few months – and that reason is to minimise the loss of human life to COVID-19,” Forde said in a statement yesterday.Forde, who is serving his second and final term at the helm of the world’s most-played sport in Guyana, noted that he’s “always mindful of the signals I send out to the fraternity during these difficult time. Yes, football is important but not as important as the precious gift of life.”“As it relates to our football resumption plans, we have been creating a playbook with different scenarios for the restart of organised football nationally,” the GFF boss noted.According to Forde, developing a National Senior Men’s tournament that can be completed in 2020, playing the GFF Super-16 Cup as well as seeing an Intra-Association women’s tournament will be part of the agenda.The GFF also plans to have short, compact Intra-Association, U-15, U-17 & U-20 Boys, either at the Association level or as part of the Inter-academy competition programme.Affixing dates to the plan is the biggest challenge for the GFF, taking into account the unpredictable shifting in the cases of COVID-19, as Forde related that they’re “essentially making educated guesses as to when the return to some semblance of normal life will occur.”Meanwhile, general secretary of the federation, Ian Alves, said plans are at an infancy stage; they will be tailored to suit the situation that currently exists and updated along the way.Competitive football in Guyana is currently at a halt, with all on-field action suspended until further notice.Ever since the known cases of the coronavirus emerged in Guyana, the federation has been proactive in taking measures to guard against the spread, the foremost decision being the reduction of operations at the Secretariat to a minimal.Forde said that while the fraternity is disappointed that no football is being played; stakeholders understand the need to exercise caution and adhere to the stipulated guidelines issued by health authorities.Any decision on when it is safe for football to resume would be done in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: After disappointing 3-0 end to season, Badgers looking to rebound in a big way

first_imgAfter a disappointing end to their 2016-17 season, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is looking at an uphill battle during the 2017-18 season.For starters, UW lost arguably one of the most talented classes of players they ever had in 2017. After Ann-Renee Desbiens, Mellissa Channell, Jenny Ryan, Sarah Nurse, Sydney McKibbon and Mikaela Johnson all graduated in the spring, the Badgers would find themselves down their first line on the defensive side, and almost their entire second line on the offensive side.Not to mention, Wisconsin lost one of the best goaltenders ever seen in the program’s history. Desbiens made keeping pucks out of the net look easy, and as she kept racking up the honors, it almost looked impossible to replace her.While losing seven players might not seem that detrimental, the Badgers would be dealt another devastating blow when summer rolled around. Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark both got called up to play for their respective Olympic teams, Pankowski for the USA and Clark for Canada.Pankowski and Clark were the first and third highest scorers for the UW respectively, and their presence was a key element in transitioning this team into the 2017-18 season. With both of them gone, UW would need to rebuild their first two lines, which is rare in college hockey.These losses might explain why UW — who ended last season at No.1 in the WCHA — was ranked No.2 in the WCHA coaches preseason poll. In fact, coaches believed these losses would be so devastating that the Badgers would even lose the WCHA championship title, which they have held for the past three years.Women’s hockey: Badgers fall short but leave impressive legacyEven though the season came to a bitter end, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team still has so much Read…The schedule this year also poses it’s own challenge, because the Badgers will head to Washington D.C. in November to play Northeastern and Boston University — two very strong East Coast teams. Wisconsin does not usually get the chance to play an East Coast team during the regular season, and this could pose a whole new threat for the Badgers.These games came into play due to the recent hole filled by the departure of the North Dakota women’s hockey team from the WCHA. After financial issues plagued the college, it was decided the university would cut their women’s hockey program.North Dakota was always a great opponent for the Badgers, and their loss is a devastating loss for the WCHA, who lost one of the most talented teams in their division. North Dakota was one of Wisconsin’s largest rivals in women’s hockey, and usually became a fearsome opponent during play-off time.With the absence of the North Dakota team, the WCHA needed to fill team’s schedule in any way that they possibly could, and one of the ways that they chose to do this was by opening up their regular season schedule to their East Coast counterparts. Wisconsin is playing two of the best East Coast teams when they go to D.C., making their schedule that much more challenging.With the absence of Pankowski and Clark, UW has a challenging year ahead of them. This year’s freshman class is one of the largest in UW history, and a majority of the roster this year consists of underclassman.Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right timeThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie Read…On top of this, Wisconsin also has some unusual changes to their schedule. Usually, Wisconsin has the honor of hosting rival and main competition Minnesota during the first half of the season, with the Badgers then traveling to Minneapolis during the second half of the season.This year, Wisconsin goes to Minnesota first, and the Badgers will end their season with the border battle. Another strange thing is how early this game happens in the season. The matchup between the two teams in Minneapolis is currently scheduled for the end of October, rather than the end of November as it usually is.Of course, one of the biggest changes this season is not on the schedule —it is on the ice. Desbiens was one of the greatest assets that Wisconsin had on its side, and trying to fill in her skates is not an easy job.Women’s hockey: Rookie netminder proves she can fill big skates of her predecessorsAs current University of Wisconsin women’s hockey netminder Ann-Renée Desbiens advances into her final season of eligibility, speculation arises as Read…Of course, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson knew that this was a problem he was eventually going to have to deal with, and if there is one person who knows how to make lemonade out of lemons, it is Johnson. When Desbiens missed four games last season due to a concussion, Johnson was quick and getting then freshman netminder Nikki Cece in between the pipes so she could get some practical experience.Cece showed a lot of promise during her time in net for the Badgers, and even managed to gain her first shut-out during her short tenure as goaltender. It was clear Johnson knew what he was doing when he began recruiting these players almost two years ago.This year might be a rough one for Wisconsin, who will be a rather young team trying to learn as they begin their regular season. While it might be irrational to expect them to be as successful as the 2016-17 team was, there is a great chance this team will still pave the way for a successful season in 2017-18.last_img read more