Two More Sovcomflot Tankers Wrap Up NSR Voyages

first_imgTwo large-capacity Sovcomflot tankers using cleaner-burning LNG as a primary fuel, Mendeleev Prospect and Lomonosov Prospect, have completed voyages eastbound along the Northern Sea Route (NSR).Lomonosov Prospect reached Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost end of the NSR, on October 16, 2019, while Mendeleev Prospect arrived at the same destination three days later, on October 19. Both vessels, bound for China with a cargo of crude oil from the Port of Primorsk, have crossed the full length of the NSR using only cleaner-burning fuel, according to SCF.The units completed their respective voyages from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnev in just over 7 days, covering the distance of more than 2,000 nautical miles. With favourable ice conditions along the entire route and precise route planning, both vessels travelled the entire length of the NSR without icebreaker escort.“It is gratifying to emphasize that there is an ongoing demand for cargo transit along the Northern Sea Route during the period of summer navigation. Using LNG fuel allows for a significant reduction of the tanker’s emission footprint, which is critical given the fragility of the Arctic ecosystem,” Igor Tonkovidov, CEO of Sovcomflot, said.“The transit voyage from Cape Zhelaniya to Cape Dezhnev went smoothly. While in passage along the high-latitude route, the tanker ran exclusively on LNG. The tanker fuel system and other components have proved to be highly reliable,” Mark Lyudnik, the Master of Mendeleev Prospect, added.Sovcomflot is steadily introducing LNG as a fuel for large-capacity cargo shipping in the Arctic. In October 2018, Lomonosov Prospect crossed the NSR westbound, testing the operation of the ship engines and controls of the fuel systems using LNG during the voyage. In 2019, three of Sovcomflot’s LNG-fuelled tankers crossed the NSR eastbound and one such tanker westbound.The company currently has six LNG-fuelled oil tankers in operation, all delivered in 2018-2019.last_img read more

Match became a ‘circus’ – O’Connor

first_imgLeinster head coach Matt O’Connor was pleased his side were able to negotiate the “circus” of a red card, penalty tries and uncontested scrums during their 36-3 Heineken Cup victory at home to the Ospreys. Press Association The Pool One winners picked up two penalty tries during the round-six clash at the RDS as the 14-man Ospreys, hampered by second row Ian Evans’ red card in the 20th minute, suffered their fifth European defeat of the season. Man-of-the-match Cian Healy and replacements Jordi Murphy and Isaac Boss also touched down for Leinster, whose hopes of gaining a home draw in the quarter-finals hinge on other pool results over the weekend. “The result did (go the way we wanted). There wasn’t too much disappointment about the performance. Once the red card was given it turned into a little bit of a circus,” O’Connor said. “The circus didn’t impact on our ability to score tries, but it certainly changed the intensity of the contest and took away a bit of the structure we were trying to bring into the game, but you can’t do much about that.” The “circus” centred around Evans’ dismissal by referee Romain Poite for stamping on the head of a grounded Mike McCarthy during a first-half Ospreys maul. O’Connor’s side had a short build-up to this game, having beaten Castres away last Sunday, and the Australian said the gap between rounds five and six was tough on his charges. “There was a red card, there were uncontested scrums, there was 14 blokes on the field, there were the penalty tries,” he said. “It was all over the show, but I think the scheduling of it has to be looked at. “The five-day turnaround doesn’t help in relation to professional athletes performing and preparing as well as they can for a game of that magnitude.” Before the Ospreys encounter, Leinster would have faced Toulouse away at the quarter-final stage. O’Connor said he would not be too thrilled going to Toulouse, but will await the rest of the weekend’s European action. He added: “I wouldn’t enjoy it too much. They are a great side. They have great European pedigree and their squad is full of French internationals. It is a tough ask. “They showed that against Saracens at the weekend. They might not be at their best at the moment, but they are still incredibly tough to break down and beat in France.” Ospreys head coach Steve Tandy said Evans’ dismissal was a decisive incident, but was unsure whether French referee Poite made the correct decision. “We’re not sure., like a lot of observers. Perhaps in some ways as a forward pack, we were reckless there in terms of going forward and tried to deal with something,” he said. “It has taken a lot of replays (with the TMO), five or six, to make a decision and I don’t know if it was that clear and obvious. It was clearly a swing in terms of the game and momentum.” The Ospreys, who were level with Leinster at that point at 3-3, fought bravely to keep the hosts at bay and there was a spell of uncontested scrums as they looked to minimise the loss of Evans and injuries to Ryan Jones and hookers Richard Hibbard and Scott Baldwin. “We were (in the game),” Tandy added. “I thought Leinster were dangerous from the off, though, great tempo and they did have us stretched. We were scrambling around, but created a couple of good moments. “We often have those ding-dong moments with Leinster where we hang in there and then as the game goes on they capitalise. And a few injuries as well, what could go wrong, did go wrong. We can’t take away from the fact we were playing a quality side and they put us to the sword.” last_img read more

Imeh, Otu Hold Key to their Teams’ Success in Enugu

first_imgNCC TENNIS LEAGUEJoseph Imeh, at the moment the hottest player on the Nigerian tennis circuit and Thomas Otu, the immediate past national champion, will have to make vital contributions in the NCC Tennis League semifinal tie taking place at the Enugu Sports Club this weekend if their teams are to reach the finals where a jackpot of N7 million awaits the champion team.Imeh and Otu playing from the Blue and White Groups respectively are yet to lose a match in the League after 10 singles matches. They have always contributed two points from the singles and paired a team mate to win the doubles and the mixed doubles. With both players in very good form, tennis followers will have a huge tennis treat when they meet on Saturday Nov. 18 and Sunday Nov. 19.The tie will however be decided by the quality of the backup singles players and the ladies singles. Here, Team Muller’s Emmanuel Idoko who lost to Otu in three sets at the Governor’s Cup in Lagos has a slight edge over Emmanuel Paul, the No.2 player for Team Ndoma–Egba. In the ladies, the expected matchup will be between Ronke Akingbade of Team Muller and Aanu Aiyegbusi of Team Ndoma-Egba.Last year Aiyegbusi, playing for Team Offikwu, recovered from a set and 1-5 down to beat Akingbade, then of Team Leadway, in the decider in Kaduna. Both players obviously have something to prove and the tennis fans who are storming Enugu from all parts of the South East will have a tennis feast in the hands.Organisers have also promised that many spectators will go away with some goodies like smart phones – which will be won through raffle draws, recharge cards and tennis caps.Matches are expected to start at 10 am on both daysShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women of Troy place third in first tournament

first_imgStrong finishes from the two most experienced members of the No. 1 USC women’s golf team led to a third- place finish at the 2010 Texas A&M Fall Preview.Focused · Senior Lizette Salas was the top finisher for the Women of Troy at the Texas A&M Fall Preview, finishing third with 6-under-par. Salas is one of two starters returning for USC who led the team to a third place finish and only seven strokes behind tournament winner Alabama. – Photo Courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe season-opening tournament, held at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas — the site of the women’s 2011 NCAA championship tournament — featured a revamped lineup for the Women of Troy, a team that has had to replace three of five starters. With only senior Lizette Salas and sophomore Cyna Rodriguez returning from last year’s NCAA runner-up roster, the Women of Troy needed their three new members to immediately contribute.Their contributions led to a team score of 8-under-par 856 (289-282-285), seven strokes back from No. 4 Alabama at 15-under-par 849 (286-280-283) and six strokes behind No. 16 LSU at 14-under-par 850 (287-283-280).“Obviously, I wish that we could go in and win,” USC coach Andrea Gaston said. “I think it gave us a nice opportunity to acclimate and bring new players into the lineup.”The team was led by three-time All-American Salas, who finished third at 6-under-par 210 (70-70-70). Salas played consistently well throughout the tournament, as evidenced by her consecutive rounds of 70, but perhaps never better than her two birdie, 16-par final round. Her consistency will be counted on by Gaston this year to lead a talented but young roster.One shot behind Salas was junior transfer Lisa McCloskey at 5-under-par 211 (74-70-67), whose final round was the team’s strongest of the tournament. McCloskey’s final round shot her up the leaderboard to a fourth-place finish. The two-time All-American at Pepperdine had a final round of five birdies, 13 pars  and no bogeys in her first tournament for USC. A pair of top-10 finishes is a nice start to the season for the two oldest members of the Women of Troy, who will be counted on to fill the void left by last season’s departures.Freshman Rachel Morris tied for 18th at even-par 216 (73-72-71). Morris improved every round of her collegiate debut and finished with a birdie on the final hole of the tournament.“Rachel played great,” Salas said. “She came in the top 20, which is really good for a first tournament.”Sophomore Cyna Rodriguez slipped after a promising start to the tournament to tie for 30th at 4-over-par 220 (72-74-80). She took a quadruple bogey on the sixth hole of the final round and never quite recovered. Rounding out the Women of Troy was freshman Sophia Popov, also making her collegiate debut. Popov tied for 67th at 12-over-par 228 (75-76-77).Overall, Gaston said she was pleased with the early season performance of the team, especially the new members.“I certainly felt like there were a lot of good things that happened this week,” she said. “But we always come away feeling like we could do better than how we finished.”For the team, that means constant competition for spots as it looks to improve on its third-place finish. With junior Inah Park, also a member of last year’s NCAA runner-up roster looking to return to the competitive roster for the tournament no roster spot is safe. “We’ll continue to work hard and more than anything try and identify any of our weaknesses and try to get better throughout the season,” Gaston said.The Women of Troy resume competitive play Sept. 24 at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship at the  Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club in Nashville, Tenn.last_img read more

Nektan sanctions lower priced offload of Respin US asset

first_img London AIM-listed mobile gaming services provider Nektan Plc has offloaded its US-specific mobile casino property ‘Respin’ to private enterprise Alternative Investment Partners, completing a £300,000 cash transaction.Updating the market, Nektan leadership details that it has sold its 57% equity in the US brand, at a lower price than originally anticipated, stating that the firm wishes to halt its ‘stateside cash-burn’.Nektan had previously priced its Respin asset at £2 million cash consideration, with a further £300,000 working capital attachment. However, today’s confirmed transaction sees Nektan leadership settle for a £300,000 cash deal, with Alternative Investment Partners committing to £800,000 in working capital provisions.In its update, Nektan stated that it had settled for a lower transaction due, “to the original proposed purchaser not being able to complete the transaction in the required time period and the new purchaser renegotiating the terms”.In a statement, Nektan CEO Lucy Buckley, said: “We are very excited about this new partnership with AIP who specialise in investing in fast growing technology businesses.“The majority sale of our US subsidiary allows Nektan to retain a material stake in the emerging US market without funding it on an ongosing basis. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Respin as we firmly believe in our US mobile casino product. As previously announced, Respin has steadily been gaining traction in the US, signing deals with some of the biggest land-based casinos in the world and we are excited about the macro trends in the market.“Removal of the cash burn of the US business will allow Nektan to focus on the profitability of its core European business and continue to grow the company globally. Achieving EBITDA break-even during the first half of FY19 was a key milestone for the Company and reaching full-year EBITDA break-even remains a key focus and is on track.” Share StumbleUpon Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Joe Pavelski free agency rumors: Veteran center expected to sign three-year deal with Dallas

first_imgAfter 13 years of calling San Jose home, Joe Pavelski is on his way to Dallas.According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the 34-year-old center is expected to sign a three-year contract with an AAV of $7 million. Pavelski led the Sharks with 38 goals and completed his eighth year with at least 60 points last season en route to a Western Conference Finals appearance.  As @TheFourthPeriod reported, it’s believed to be a three-year deal for Pavelski with an AAV around $7M:— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2019A former seventh-round pick by the San Jose, the Plover, WI native will receive the highest AAV of his career and join Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn on the Stars’ roster of high-priced forwards. The reported value of the contract would absorb more than half of Dallas’ available cap space as they look to improve upon a 2018-19 campaign that resulted in a wild card playoff berth, which ended at the hands of the St. Louis Blues in the Westerns Conference Semifinals.NHL free agency tracker 2019: Full list of signings, best available playersThe Sharks decided to put most of their free agency money towards giving Erik Karlsson his eight-year, $92 million contract and with Kevin Lebanc and Timo Meier set to become restricted free agents there wasn’t enough in the budget to keep Pavelski.last_img read more

Illinois loses basketball game, top scorer Ayo Dosunmu in matter of seconds

first_imgOne of the wildest endings of the year— Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) February 12, 2020MORE: March Madness bracket previewDosunmu was eventually helped off the floor by team staff, putting no weight on his left leg. Few details on the severity of the injury were available immediately following the contest.Brad Underwood says Ayo Dosunmu is with the medical staff and his family right now in his postgame radio interview.“We’ve had very little contact with him at this point.” #Illini— Gavin Good (@itsallG_O_O_D) February 12, 2020Underwood said on radio they don’t know anything about Ayo’s status yet. But says he’s with his family and the doctors right now. FWIW, Brad’s tone didn’t sound very encouraging. Praised the quality of medical staff at Illinois.— Dave Wischnowsky (@wischlist) February 12, 2020Dosunmu, a 6-5 sophomore, is Illinois’ engine, averaging almost 16 points per game this season. He scored 17 in the loss to the Spartans to go along with nine rebounds. That’s when a series of disastrous events struck the hosts.First, Illinois allowed a putback dunk with that gave Michigan State a one-point edge with 6.6 seconds left. Then, leading scorer Ayo Dosunmu suffered a scary leg injury trying to beat the buzzer at the other end. He remained on the floor in pain as time expired and the handshake line began. No. 22 Illinois entered Tuesday’s matchup with Michigan State having lost consecutive games to ranked opponents by single-digits. After trailing the Spartans by 17 at halftime, though, it appeared prepared to turn a corner.The Fighting Illini roared back to take a 69-68 lead in the waning seconds of regulation on their home floor. They needed one more defensive stop to secure victory.last_img read more

‘Trophies matter’, says Mourinho ahead of Man Utd-Liverpool clash

first_imgJose MourinhoManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho says success is best measured in trophies as he prepares to take his injury-hit Manchester United squad to high-flying Liverpool on Sunday.Liverpool are top of the Premier League before the weekend round of matches but have yet to win a trophy under the management of Jurgen Klopp, who has been in charge since October 2015.The 18-times English champions have won just one prize in the past 12 years — the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish in 2012 — despite featuring in two European finals.Mourinho won the Europa League and FA Cup in his first season at Old Trafford but ended last season empty-handed and his team are lagging 16 points behind Klopp’s side in this season’s title race.“I think trophies matter, yeah,” said Mourinho. “I think it matters, especially when you have the potential to fight for trophies and when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophies.“I think sometimes just to say it is not very intelligent. But when you have the potential you have nothing to hide.“I don’t read much but I think they (Liverpool) have said that their objective is to win the Premier League,” he added.Even though Klopp has yet to win silverware at Anfield, Mourinho acknowledges that the Liverpool manager has built a team in his own image, full of attacking intent.By contrast, the United manager believes he is still a long way from having a team that reflects the way he wants to play.“A football team is not just about spending the money,” said Mourinho. “A football team is a little bit like a house. A house is not just about buying your furniture. You have to do work on the house and when it’s ready you buy the furniture. “You spend money on the best possible furniture and then you are ready to live in an amazing house.”– Injury toll –Mourinho faces taking a depleted squad to Anfield on Sunday, with several players battling to recover from the injuries that kept them out of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat in Valencia.Defender Victor Lindelof and forward Alexis Sanchez will definitely miss the game as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries.Anthony Martial, Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Marcos Rojo will be assessed to ascertain whether they can return against Liverpool.Goalkeeper David de Gea and midfielder Nemanja Matic, who were rested against Valencia, will return, but United’s manager remains unsure how many players he will have to choose from.“In Valencia, only De Gea and Matic were available to play and didn’t travel by decision,” he said.“Apart from that, the other players who didn’t travel were not fit to play in Valencia. All of them had injuries and they were not ready.“All of them didn’t train yesterday again and today there will be a little introduction to training — I don’t want to say test — to see the answer, to see if we can increase it a little bit tomorrow to have them available for Sunday. I hope that some will be available but for sure some will not be.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Fort Pierce and St. Lucie County beaches reopened

first_imgBeaches in St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce were officially reopened Tuesday with some restrictions.The beaches will be open 7- days a week from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for recreational activities as long as social distancing practices are being followed.Visitors will be allowed to walk, jog, fish, surf, swim, snorkel, kayak, and paddle board while maintaining a safe distance away from others not living in their same household.Other activities such as sunbathing, sitting on the beach, picnicking, camping, and playing volleyball, football, or Frisbee are prohibited. Visitors are also not allowed to have coolers, tents, blankets, umbrellas on the beach and are restricted from gathering in groups larger than ten.Beaches in Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, Golden Sands, Wabasso, Tracking Station, and Round Island, along with the east end of Beachcomber Lane, South Beach, Humiston Beach, Sexton Plaza Beach, Conn Beach, and Jaycee Beach also reopened on Tuesday according to our news partners at WPTV, and will follow the same guidelines.Palm Beach and Martin counties have opted to keep their public beaches closed, however, Palm Beach County will reopen community pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, parks, golf courses, and boat ramps on Wednesday.Social distancing practices will be mandated in all areas.last_img read more

Tumwater’s 4th of July: Parade, Festival, Road Closures, Services, and Fireworks

first_imgFacebook42Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The City of TumwaterCelebrate this 4th of July in Tumwater! Events for Independence Day are listed below.Independence Day Parade – Monday, July 4, 11:00 a.m.The parade will be led by Grand Marshal Dave Vernon, representing the theme, “Make a Difference!” The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. The parade is closed to new entries.Parade Road Closures and Restricted Vehicle AccessTraffic on Linderson Way and West Lee Street will be restricted to emergency access only, beginning at approx. 8:30 a.m. on July 4. If you need access to these streets after 8:30 a.m. and prior to 12:30 p.m., please make advance arrangements for your vehicle in the event that you need to travel.From approx. 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., vehicular access to and from property along the parade route will be restricted due to street closures. The parade route begins at the corner of Capitol Boulevard SE and Lee Street, moves south on Capitol Boulevard to Israel Road, then turns west (right) onto Israel Road and continues past City Hall, ending at the intersection of Linderson Way. A parade route map is available online at Family Festival & Thunder Valley Fireworks ShowHeld at the Tumwater Valley Golf Course Driving Range. Festival gates open at 6:00 p.m. Event features music, food vendors, games, and much more.Thunder Valley Fireworks Show begins at 10:15 p.m. and is accompanied by music on site. Festival entry is free; event parking is $10 per car. No alcohol, pets, personal fireworks, or BBQs allowed.Fireworks SafetyAlthough personal fireworks are allowed within the City limits, consider alternatives to personal fireworks this year to celebrate Independence Day-the City hosts a full day of festivities, including a professional fireworks show. If you do use personal fireworks, please remember:Ignition or discharge of safe and sane fireworks is allowed within the City of Tumwater on July 3 and 4, between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. only.Patrol officers will enforce these regulations. Violators can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000.You can find more fireworks information online at Note: Pioneer Park will be closed all day on Monday, July 4, 2016. Fireworks are prohibited in all City parks. City offices will be closed on Monday, July 4 in honor of the holiday.For more information about activities, please contact Tumwater Parks and Recreation at (360) 754-4160. More details available online at read more