The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture sectors.Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition.Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors.Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets.Under the leadership of NSRI chairman, Peter Blake, the newly elected board members should ensure the organisation continues to foster strong links with the UK supply chain and academia to address the technology needs of the current and future energy mix.Blake, commented: “With our new board in place, our main focus for 2018 is to ensure that we continue to help companies and developers overcome the barriers of diversification to make their mark in the wider offshore sector. While oil and gas is likely to hold strong and dominate the global energy supply for years to come, subsea companies also need to look at how they can adapt and expand their presence across multiple markets.”
Andros Townsend has said that he fully expects to stay at Tottenham.QPR have been interested in bringing the winger back to Loftus Road since he impressed while on loan there two seasons ago.However, Harry Redknapp does not believe Townsend will be made available before this month’s transfer deadline and the Rangers boss is currently looking at other targets.And Townsend, who faces a battle to hold down a first-team place at Spurs, has been given no indication that he is surplus to requirements.“The club want me here and I want to be here, so that’s all I can say at the minute,” The Sun quote him as saying.“I’m a Spurs boy. I’ve been at the club since the age of eight so as long as I’m in the team, as I have been over the last few weeks, I’m not looking to go anywhere.“The last six or seven windows have been the same, with my name linked with other clubs.“But unless the club come and tell me they want me to leave then I won’t be going anywhere. I’m fighting for my shirt.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) extended the deadline because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in many parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres.Payments will be issued only if eligible producers certify before the updated May 17 deadline. The MFP provides payments to producers of corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, dairy, hogs, fresh sweet cherries and shelled almonds. FSA will issue payments based on the producer’s certified total production of the MFP commodity multiplied by the MFP rate for that specific commodity.“Trade issues, coupled with low commodity prices and recovery from natural disasters, have definitely impacted the bottom line for many agricultural producers,” said Richard Fordyce, FSA administrator. “The MFP payments provide short-term relief from retaliatory tariffs to supplement the traditional farm safety net, helping agricultural producers through these difficult times. Weather conditions this fall, winter and early spring have blocked many producers from completing harvest of their crops, and we want to make sure producers who want to finalize their MFP application have an opportunity.”Producers can certify production by contacting their local FSA office or through farmers.gov. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue launched the trade mitigation program to assist farmers suffering from damage because of unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. FSA implemented MFP in September 2018 as a relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets to help American farmers compete globally. To date, more than $8.3 billion has been paid to nearly 600,000 applicants.The MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act and is administered by FSA.
Farman Basha is the country’s top para-lifter for years now but the de-recognition of the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has smashed his medal hopes at the London Games.Basha has three paralympic qualifiers lined up in the next few months but with the world body refusing to let Indian para-athletes participate in international events, it is unlikely that he will get an opportunity to compete in London.The 37-year-old Basha narrowly missed a bronze medal at the Beijing Games in 2008 and said he always harboured hopes of returning with a medal from London next year.The sports ministry suspended the PCI earlier this year and the world federation did not allow the Indian body to field players in international competitions.”I was ranked in the top six para-lifters in the world but I haven’t competed in any international event this year, which meant that my ranking has dropped,” Basha told Mail Today from Bangalore.Three paralympic qualifying tournaments are scheduled in the next four months but the two- time Olympian is not sure whether he’ll get an opportunity in any of those competitions.”There are two para events in Sharjah in October and December but I don’t think I’ll be able to compete in any of those. Besides, there’s the powerlifting Asia Cup in Malaysia in February and the chances of any resolution by then also looks bleak,” Basha, the 2007 Arjuna awardee said.”While the international athletes get good facilities and always have more than one coach accompanying them, we don’t get even the basic amenities.” PCI secretary general Ratan Singh said they have approached the sports ministry and even conducted elections as per government guidelines but things haven’t moved much.advertisement”We have very less time with the London Paralympics a few months later and we did approach the sports ministry. The International Paralympic Committee has refused to accept the entries of our athletes and they can’t even get good training abroad,” Ratan told M AIL T ODAY . Another problem the powerlifters are facing is that they have just one coach who, sources say, is not willing to move out of Nagpur where he lives. Despite several requests to appoint an able- bodied coach, Vijay Munishwar continues to be the lone coach.”He is reluctant to move out of Nagpur for training and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) at best has offered to conduct training in Gandhinagar but he doesn’t even want to travel there,” said a source.
SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The former Lyceum star said he was nervous and overly excited at the same time to begin the game and that played a role to him getting off to rough start.Call it superstition but his spellbinding show in the second half may have been also due to the fact that he actually changed his sneakers during halftime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Perez wore Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half where he struggled with just two points and then, went with the Nike Kobe AD Exodus in the last two quarters, where he just took over.Columbian rookie CJ Perez wearing the Russell Westbrook Why Not Zer0.2 in the first half against San Miguel Beer. PBA IMAGES🎥 CJ Perez mag-isa, DINAKDAK na sa fastbreak!#PBALabanKungLaban pic.twitter.com/4h3X8OCG2K— PBA (@pbaconnect) January 18, 2019While Perez announced his arrival in the PBA, another guard in Kevin Alas of NLEX reintroduced himself also on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Rajon Rondo returns to Lakers practice, LeBron James back next week Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? CJ Perez’s much-anticipated PBA debut did not disappoint after he led Columbian Dyip to a stunning win over the perennial all-Filipino champions San Miguel Beermen in the 2019 Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.Perez, the top overall pick in last month’s draft, dazzled with 26 points, 24 of which came in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Alas appeared in his first game in 10 months after being sidelined with an ACL injury.The 27-year-old Alas returned in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State.” He played 29 minutes off the bench and contributed 12 points, four assists and one steal.NLEX guard Kevin Alas returns in the PG 2.5 “Fresno State” against Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESRain or Shine had a triumphant season debut after beating NLEX behind a total team effort. Among those who helped the Elasto Painters in the win was veteran big man Beau Belga, who hooped in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” and backed it up with an all-around game.Belga had a near triple-double effort of nine points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 96-87 victory.Rain or Shine big man Beau Belga in the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” against NLEX. PBA IMAGESADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments