Offshore Wind Innovation Hub Website Goes Live

first_imgThe Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH) has launched its new website which includes an evidence-based identification of UK offshore wind innovation priorities, supply chain growth opportunities and a view of the funding landscape.The Hub, and its first programme the Offshore Wind Innovation Exchange (OWIX), is backed by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and delivered jointly by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.The Hub’s website will act as the focal point for the UK offshore wind industry and the public sector – providing government and industry with evidence-based and validated information on the key innovation priorities within the sector and impact these can have.It will also provide information on the national and international funding programmes available for technology development and will build consortia of organisations who can collectively address the innovation priorities identified.“The OWIH has an important role to play in helping the UK’s technology-based businesses seize the tremendous opportunities in the offshore wind market,” Dr Stephen Wyatt, Research & Disruptive Innovation Director at ORE Catapult, said.”It will ensure that the UK’s world-class technologies and services remain at the forefront of innovation and are promoted internationally, further growing the UK’s leading global position in offshore wind. The OWIH and OWiX are critical tools in drawing new disruptive technologies into the sector from the UK’s most innovative companies, and in bringing industry together to align behind the sector’s innovation priorities.”last_img read more

Is There Room for Consolidation in the Dry Bulk Industry?

first_imgConsolidation through mergers and acquisitions has been a very prominent trend in the container shipping industry, and more recently the tanker sector. Liner majors such as Maersk Line, Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM have already availed of the opportunity to bolster their fleets and reap the benefits.Nevertheless, there are opposite opinions when it comes to consolidation in the dry bulk shipping industry.“At least five fleet consolidations will take place within the next twelve months,” Robert Bugbee, President of Scorpio Bulkers, said while speaking in a panel discussion on the dry bulk shipping industry organized by CapitalLink.At least three of these are expected to take place by June, Bugbee added, without specifying details of the companies that might turn to such a move.As explained, the consolidation is ready to happen in the dry bulk as well, especially taking into account the fact that providers of capital have expressed their preference of giving capital to larger companies rather than smaller market players. As a result, a number of companies in the market are considering joining forces and have launched discussions with counterparts and investment bankers.On the other hand, Polys Hajioannou, Chairman and CEO of Safe Bulkers, doesn’t believe there will be much consolidation in the dry bulk sector.“Each company has is own ideas and policies, and I don’t see many companies out there that could come together and make a meaningful contribution through consolidation,” Hajioannou said.The example of Fredriksen Group acquiring Quintana last year was an exception and had a good timing, according to Hajioannou. However, the deal is not likely to usher in a trend in the industry, he explains.The forecasts are being made as the dry bulk sector emerges from the historically low point in the shipping cycle driven by higher demand for dry bulk cargo originating from China and Brazil. The fundamentals on the supply side have also reached a good point, especially due to the yard availability constraints that are expected to keep ordering activity at bay.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Felony Charges Filed In Shooting That Claimed Teen

first_img13-year-old Craig Roberts died after an accidental shooting on March 11.Felony charges have been filed in connection to the shooting death of a Greensburg boy on March 11.13-year-old Craig Roberts died of an apparent accidental shooting at a home on North Carver Street.Authorities claim the shooting occurred while the teenagers stepfather, Jason L. Forshee, 34, of Greensburg, was cleaning a rifle. Forshee allegedly walked away and Craig’s younger brother accidentally  shot the gun.Forshee has been charged with Neglect of a Dependent (class A felony) and Dangerous Control of a Child (class C felony). He bonded out of the Decatur County Jail after an arrest warrant was issued Friday.last_img read more

Onika Fraser sets new record in Teachers Over-40 discus throw

first_imgWEST Demerara’s Oneka Fraser of District 3 has set a new record in the Teachers’ Over-40 discus throw. Her district will enter the final day of competition at the National Schools Championships safe in the knowledge that they have been putting up a sturdy defence of their title in the Teachers’ competition of the event. They ended the day in the lead with 214 points at the Guyana National Stadium.As their teachers continued to excel in the field and on the track, District 3 continued to rake in the points and enter today’s competition as the only district to pass the 200-point mark. Their nearest competitors, South Georgetown (District 13), have just 177 points, while following not too far behind are Bartica (District 7) with 153.5 points and North Georgetown (District 11) with 152 points.North West (District 1) have 143 points, closely challenged by East Georgetown (District 12), with 129 points and Upper Demerara/Kwakwani (District 10) with 101 points.With double digit points are Corentyne (District 6) 93 points, East Bank Demerara (District 14) 87 points, and East Coast Demerara (District 4) 56 points.In addition to Fraser who copped some of the big wins for District 3 were Kevin Paul in the sprints, and Alexander Clarke in the distances and Oneka Fraser out on the field.Fraser flung the discus 22.97m to erase the seven-year-old 22.44m record that Neibert Hale set in 2009. She outdid both Cindy Bourne (17.62m), and Nima Flue-Bess (17.11m).In the male teachers 21-30, Paul and Clarke took the sprint and distance doubles respectively. Paul yesterday clocked 23.5 seconds in the 200m to add to his win in the 100m on Wednesday.In the 200m, District 11’s Floyd Phillips celebrated second-place after clocking a time of 24.1 seconds, while Roy Haney picked up six points for District 10 when he ran 24.5 seconds for third.Clarke won the 1500m in a time of 5:14.8s surpassing the 5:15.0s that District 6’s Cleon Smartt clocked to gain second place. Another 30 seconds away Andrew Campbell finished in third.There was also the Teachers’ Over-40 200m, won by District 3’s Kharlyn Henry in a time of 35.6 seconds.last_img read more

USC creates new task force to address sexual violence

first_imgThe Office of Equity and Diversity announced the launch of the Sexual Misconduct Prevention Task Force, a group consisting of five committees to address the issue of campus sexual assault and gender violence on Wednesday.New home · The Center for Women and Men plans to relocate to the Engemann Student Health Center (above) in October 2014. – Razan al Marzouqi | Daily TrojanThe launch, announced by email, follows a March letter to the USC community from Ainsley Carry, vice provost for student affairs.“Student safety is our highest priority, and USC wants all members of our community to have an environment free from sexual assault and misconduct,” Carry said in his March 25 letter. “We desire to enhance communication to achieve this priority.”Though it is headed by Jody Shipper, Title IX Coordinator and executive director of the Office of Equity and Diversity and Ekta Kumar, director of the Center for Women and Men, the task force will be mainly student-run. Title IX is a federal provision barring gender discrimination in an education environment.The five committees of the task force are student programming; clinical and advocacy procedures; communications; sexual assault policy; and inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender-based misconduct.Ilene Rosenstein, director of student counseling services, will lead the clinical and advocacy procedures committee; Lynette Merriman, associate provost for support and advocacy, will lead the communications committee; Kelby Harrison, director of the LGBTQ Center, will lead the inclusivity, LGBTQ and gender-based misconduct committee; and Shipper will lead the sexual assault policy committee.Kumar will coordinate the student programming committee in addition to managing the task force as a whole. She said that she has already received over 20 emails expressing interest in the committee, and that other coordinators she has spoken to have received similar levels of student interest.“We’re getting a lot of student interest in it, which is good,” Kumar said.“I think the whole point of the task force is to get students involved in this kind of work, and for their voices to be heard,” Kumar said. “And so that is why we separated it in five areas, to have a comprehensive approach.”Though planning is its early stages, the five committees will collaborate with each other in managing and implementing student-led initiatives.“Everyone who’s leading a committee, all of us will be touching base with one another, so there will be communication with different people who are running the subcommittees,” Kumar said.Last week, USC hosted a national conference of university leaders to discuss issues related to sexual misconduct. Thirty-five universities sent representatives to the conference to discuss issues of prevention, bystander awareness education, education programs and legislation regarding college sexual assaults.Such legislation includes the yes means yes law. California became the first state in the nation this week to institute an affirmative definition of consent. SB 967, popularly known as the yes means yes law, requires that people who engage in sexual activity give affirmative, unambiguous and voluntary consent to sexual acts. All California universities who use financial aid funding from the state must conform to the law.Kumar said input from the conference encouraged the development of the task force.“It reinforced the fact that we’re doing this and helped us recognize that we’re ahead of the wave,” she said.last_img read more

Doral Moore shines at center in 3rd year at Wake Forest

first_imgMost human beings do not measure up to 7-foot-1, 280-pound Doral Moore.Someone seeing him play basketball for the first time might find the plays he makes larger than life. But the things Moore can do on the floor don’t shock his teammates anymore.“We get used to it,” said Olivier Sarr, Wake Forest’s freshman center. “He just dunks on everybody … He will catch it up at the top of the backboard and dunk on everybody.”Moore, a junior from Atlanta, will bring that raw power to the Carrier Dome on Sunday when he and Wake Forest (9-15, 2-10 Atlantic Coast) take on Syracuse (16-8, 5-6). In a six-point Demon Deacons’ win against SU on Jan. 3, Moore scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots. He didn’t shine at Wake Forest right away. It took top-level coaching, learning from star teammates and a look in the mirror to turn Moore into the player he is now.“I’ve grown the most this year,” Moore said. “… Put the right amount of effort in to be successful.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore’s height doesn’t really make sense to him. He said his mother is about 5-foot-11 and his father is 6-foot-3. On Sunday, Moore will face off, at least in part, against SU’s 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu, one of the only players in the ACC taller than Moore.“It’s always fun to play somebody bigger than me,” Moore said. “You’re not used to it.”Moore came to Wake Forest as a top-100 recruit in the class of 2015, but he didn’t come into his own until this season. It took tutelage from one of the best college basketball players ever, along with advice from a first-round pick in last year’s NBA Draft, for the lightbulb to go off in Moore’s head.After playing his senior year at the powerhouse Montverde (Florida) Academy, Moore had his suitors — including John Calipari and Kentucky. But the center knew who he wanted to play for: Danny Manning.Wake Forest’s head coach was a two-time first-team All-American at Kansas in the late 1980s and was the Naismith and Wooden Player of the Year in his senior year. The Los Angeles Clippers selected the 6-foot-10 Manning with the first overall pick in the 1988 NBA Draft.“He’s one of the best to ever do it,” Moore said. “He’ll get me where I need to go if I listen.”But in Moore’s first two years on campus, he underwhelmed. In his freshman season, he averaged 3.8 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. His sophomore year, the averages dropped to 2.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.Last season, though, the emergence of John Collins — Moore’s classmate and teammate at WFU — into a second-team All-American and eventual first-round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks gave Moore an idea of the player he wanted to be.“He just wanted it more than everyone else and went and took it,” Moore said. “So I just had to do the same thing.”Collins told Moore that he has the size and potential to be a professional basketball player. The keyword Collins repeated to Moore was “attack.” He just had to get after it.When Moore assessed the roster coming back for the Demon Deacons this season, he knew it was his turn. Along with Collins’ departure was the early departure of forward Dinos Mitoglou to play professionally in Greece. The only other legitimate height on the roster would come from the self-proclaimed “tall and thin” Sarr.Moore would have to be the man in the middle for Wake Forest.So he came back and turned up his effort. Manning and Moore both emphasized that footwork was a major area he needed to improve.“We’re sticklers on that,” Manning said.The results have been promising for the Demon Deacons. Moore is averaging more than 10 points, nine rebounds and two blocks a game so far this season. His work with the Wake Forest coaching staff has gotten him part of the way to where he wants to be.“Even though I worked hard, I had to work even harder to put up the numbers,” Moore said. “…At the end of the day, you have to want it more than the other team.”Moore said he and Collins still text occasionally, and the 7-footer knows where he wants to end up. He’s finally realized that it’s about more than just raw size and athleticism. Moore has discovered what he feels is the secret to taking the next steps in his career.He’s almost averaging a double-double right now, but Moore doesn’t think that’s enough. He sees no reason that he can’t put up 15 points and 20 rebounds every night if he works hard enough.“That’s what makes certain players great and certain players average,” Moore said, “because they can either stay at the same level or they can try and raise it as best as they can.” Comments Published on February 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FA Cup Match-Ups

first_imgAt 3, Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich travel to Southampton, Manchester City welcome Sheffield Wednesday to the Etihad, and Aston Villa face Championship strugglers, Blackpool. 23 years on from their famous defeat of Arsenal, Wrexham aim to topple another top tier side in Stoke. At 3.30, Louis van Gaal’s first taste of FA Cup football comes as Manchester United travel to League One’s bottom side, Yeovil. And Chelsea take on Watford at 4 o’clock. There’s a repeat of last year’s final as the FA Cup third round continues this afternoon – with holders Arsenal entertaining Hull in the 5.30 kick-off. Three games kicked off at one, with Alan Pardew’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace away to Conference Premier side Dover, who are yet to concede in this season’s tournament. In other FA Cup action, QPR are playing host to Nigel Clough’s Sheffield United, and Sunderland are taking on Leeds. last_img read more

Chelsea signs one year deal with Eto’o

first_imgChelsea are set to sign Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala on a free transfer.The 32-year-old will join the Premier League club on a one-year-deal.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho moved for Eto’o after seeing two bids rejected for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney.Earlier this week, it emerged Rooney was not prepared to force a move by handing in a formal transfer request, effectively ending the Blues’s hopes of signing the England striker.Four-time African Footballer of the Year Eto’o was a key part of Mourinho’s Champions League-winning Inter Milan side in 2010, and he then became the highest-paid player in the world when he moved to Anzhi in 2011.Anzhi have also sold Brazil winger Willian, 25, to Chelsea after their billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov decided to significantly reduce the club’s budget. Eto’o started his career at Real Madrid but was loaned out to Leganes and Real Mallorca before making a permanent move to Mallorca in 1999.The striker, who was part of the Cameroon team that lifted the African Nations Cup in 2002, won the Copa del Rey before making the switch to Barcelona in 2004 .During his time at the Nou Camp, he won the Champions League twice – in 2006 and 2009 – scoring in both finals, as well as winning the Spanish league three times.In 2009, Barcelona paid Inter Milan £40m plus Eto’o for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the striker went on to win the Champions League again in his first season under Mourinho at the San Siro.He joined Anzhi, where he reportedly earned £167,825 a week, in 2011.last_img read more

Prince Ali to challenge Sepp Blatter for Fifa presidency

first_imgFifa vice-president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the leadership of world football’s governing body.The Jordanian Prince, 39, will stand as a candidate at Fifa’s presidential election on 29 May, where Blatter, 78, will seek a fifth term of office.Prince Ali said: “It is time to shift the focus away from administrative controversy and back to sport.”The headlines should be about football, not about Fifa.”Prince Ali said he had been encouraged to stand by colleagues.”The message I heard, over and over, was that it is time for a change,” the head of the Jordanian and West Asian Football Federations said. “The world game deserves a world-class governing body – an international federation that is a service organisation and a model of ethics, transparency and good governance.”Fifa exists to serve a sport which unites billions of people from all over the world, people of differing and divergent political, religious and social affiliations, who come together in their enjoyment of ‘the world’s game’.”Last month, former England captain Gary Lineker described the way Fifa was running world football as “a farce” after the governing body became embroiled in allegations of World Cup bidding corruption.Ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned last month in protest over the handling of his report into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in Russia and Qatar.Fifa cleared both bidding teams of corruption following a series of allegations and said the tournaments would be staged in the countries chosen. Meanwhile, BBC Sport revealed that secret talks between Fifa officials and Blatter, who has been president since 1998, took place over his future as leader of football’s governing body.Former diplomat Jerome Champagne, 56, who joined Fifa in 1999, is the only other challenger to have confirmed his intention to challenge for the presidency.Candidates wishing to declare their interest must do so before 29 January.last_img read more

How to bet on the Super Bowl: A beginner’s guide to odds, spreads, prop bets & more

first_imgIt’s Super Bowl week, and everyone is gearing up for the Big Game on Sunday. Thousands of fans and media members are descending on south Florida for Super Bowl 54, and office workers around the country are already beginning to craft their excuses for missing work the following Monday.With the Supreme Court clearing the way for legal sports betting across the United States in May 2018, tens of thousands of people who have never stepped foot in Las Vegas will be looking to bet on the Super Bowl for the first time, too. What is a prop bet?If this is your first time betting on the Super Bowl, you might be blown away by the cornucopia of prop bets available. There are hundreds of prop bets to choose from, depending on the sportsbook, and you can wager on national anthem props, broadcast props, halftime show props, commercial props, and more. The most popular Super Bowl prop bet is typically the length of the national anthem. You can wager on how long it will take Demi Lovato to finish the “Star-Spangled Banner” and not feel like a degenerate, as there are usually hundreds of thousands of dollars riding on this outcome. You can also bet on whether she will miss a word in the anthem, and how long she will hold the word ‘Brave’ at the end. Halftime show props have become more popular since ‘Left Shark’ became a cultural phenomenon five years ago, and there are over a dozen prop bets for Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s performances on Sunday. You can bet on what the halftime show entails, and whether or not other celebrities are involved in the action, too. Below is a guide of what to expect given the hundreds of Super Bowl bets that are currently available. MORE: Get the latest Super Bowl 54 odds & betting trends at Sports InsiderSuper Bowl 54 odds, explainedKansas City Chiefs (-1) vs. San Francisco 49ers, O/U 54The most common way to bet on football is by betting on the spread. The Chiefs are a one-point favorite over the 49ers, and that means they will have to win by more than a point for a bet on Kansas City to pay off. If Kansas City wins by a single point, the result would be a push and everyone who bet on San Francisco +1 or Kansas City -1 would get their money back. Any other result would see either Kansas City or San Francisco cover the number at these betting odds.We’ve seen significant action on the point total in this game, and that is generally the second-most popular bet in an NFL game. When you bet on a point total or the “over/under,” you are betting on the total number of points scored in a game.The total has been set at 54 for Super Bowl 54, and that means you are betting on the teams to combine for at least 55 points if you are betting on the over. If you are betting on the under, you are hoping that both teams combine for 53 points or less.SUPER BOWL 54 PREDICTIONS:Straight up | Against the spread | SN staff picksHow does live betting work?While the game is going on, there are numerous opportunities to live bet the Super Bowl. In addition to betting on updated spreads and totals, you can bet on who will win the game with moneyline bets. Those bets are as easy as they sound. The odds will change with each play or at each commercial break, and you can simply wager on which team will hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the evening.There are other things you can bet on during live wagering, too. You can bet on the next team to score, the next player to score, and sometimes you can bet on whether the next play will be a run or a pass. Options change throughout the game, so download your sportsbook’s app to keep up to date. MORE: How do Super Bowl squares work?Second half bettingHalftime isn’t just the time to grab some food and a refreshment or two and enjoy the show. At halftime, additional betting odds open at online sportsbooks, and you can wager on what will happen in the second half. There are options for betting on the first team to score in the second half, the team to win the second half, and much more.MORE SUPER BOWL PROPS:Commercials | Halftime | Broadcast | National anthemlast_img read more