Estonia’s Eesti Gas orders LNG bunkering vessel from Damen

first_imgImage courtesy of Eesti GasEstonian energy company Eesti Gaas said Tuesday it has ordered a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering vessel with a capacity of 6,000 cbm.The 99.8m long vessel will be built by the Dutch shipyard Damen Group and will be delivered in September 2020.It will provide LNG bunkering for the growing number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the North-East region of the Baltic Sea and onshore clients, according to a statement by Eesti Gaas.Eesti Gaas will operate this LNG bunker vessel under a long-term charter from its parent company and owner of the vessel, Infortar AS.The technical management for the vessel will be provided by the region’s shipping company Tallink Grupp.“By creating a mobile LNG-fuelling infrastructure, the LNG bunker vessel incentivises the construction and use of new LNG-fuelled vessels in the Baltic Sea Region and, therefore, has the potential to reduce Co2 emissions annually by more than 66,000 tons,” Eesti Gaas said.The LNG bunkering vessel will feature dual-fuel engines and ice class 1A, according to the Finnish-Swedish ice-class regulations. This will allow the vessel to operate all year round, including in the region’s challenging ice conditions.The two type-C LNG tanks that will be installed onboard the vessel will be partially exposed, which ensures good access and easy upgrade options as the LNG consumer market develops, Eesti Gaas said.The vessel is a part of the new mobile LNG infrastructure in the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. This project is co-funded by the EU through the CEF Transport programme.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa signs Hornsea Two bank guarantee line

first_imgLocated in the North Sea and owned by Danish utility company Ørsted, the farm will consist of 165 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines. “This deal is a continuation of Siemens Gamesa’s focus on sustainability in finance and strengthens it at a difficult time for all of society, in which we must go that extra mile in supporting medical research. It is very gratifying to be able to make a contribution,” said Thomas Spannring, acting CFO of Siemens Gamesa. BNP Paribas lead managed the deal, in which BBVA, Mizuho, and Santander also participated. The installation of the 165 direct drive wind turbines at the Hornsea Two project site 89 kilometers off the British east coast is expected to start in 2021. The funding is tied to ESG (environment, social, and governance) criteria. Under this agreement, Siemens Gamesa will pay a premium in the event that it fails to achieve the defined ESG targets; otherwise, the premium will be paid by BNP Paribas, together with BBVA and Santander. Siemens Gamesa has signed a bank guarantee line for up to EUR 600 million to cover the construction of components for the 1.4 GW Hornsea Two offshore wind farm.center_img Once commissioned in 2022, Hornsea Two will become the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The nacelles for Hornsea Two will be produced at Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Cuxhaven, Germany, while the majority of the blades will be made at the factory in Hull, UK, where the pre-assembly work will also be carried out. Towers are expected to be partly sourced from UK suppliers. Hornsea Two In either case, the established premium on the deal will be used to finance a cancer research project directed by Eduardo López Collazo, Scientific Director of Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research in Madrid, Spain, that seeks to identify sources of metastasis in breast cancer with a view to preventing tumour cells from spreading. last_img read more

SC allows Mary Jane Veloso to testify vs recruiters

first_imgShe was again spared late 2015 as theIndonesia’s Attorney General Office decided to forego a third round ofexecutions due to its economic slowdown./PN In a verdict by the high court onFriday, Veloso could give her testimony before the Philippine Consular Officeand Indonesian officials in a bid to convict alleged recruiters Ma. CristinaSergio and Julius Lacanilao for human trafficking. The SC’s verdict was a reversal of anearlier decision by the Court of Appeals, which rejected the appeal of theconvicted Filipina worker to let her testify against her alleged illegalrecruiters. The Filipina said she was tricked by herrecruiters into smuggling illegal drugs into Indonesia. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) hasallowed incarcerated overseas Filipina worker Mary Jane Veloso to testifyagainst her alleged illegal recruiters from her detention in Indonesia. “The Court said that to disallow thewritten interrogatories will curtail Mary Jane’s right to due process,” saidthe SC. “Her imprisonment in Indonesia and the conditions attached to herreprieve denied her of any opportunity to decide for herself to voluntarilyappear and testify before the trial court in Nueva Ecija where the cases of therespondents of illegal recruitment were pending.” Meanwhile, overseas Filipino workersgroup Migrante said that the decision to allow Veloso’s written testimony wouldbe a precedent to future cases. Veloso was sentenced to execution byfiring squad after she was convicted of drug trafficking for being caught with2.6 kilograms of heroin in her luggage at Yogyakarta airport in 2010. “The Supreme Court has allowed thetaking of the testimony of convicted drug trafficker Mary Jane Veloso againsther recruiters by way of deposition in Indonesia,” said the SC’s PublicInformation Office (PIO). “It shall also serve as a precedent foroverseas Filipinos who may in troublesome circumstances later find themselvesvictims of human trafficking and illegal recruitment,” Migrante said in astatement. Veloso was supposed to have beenexecuted on April 29, 2015, but it was postponed to allow her to testifyagainst her alleged illegal recruiters in the Philippines. last_img read more

James “Jim Bob” Eadler

first_imgA smiling face, whom never met a stranger in the community, James “Jim Bob” Robert Eadler age 84 passed away Friday May 19, 2017 in Osgood. He was born on June 14, 1932 the son of Robert and Mildred (Francis) Eadler in Ripley County. He spent his entire life “growing up” in the area!He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War. Jim Bob married the love of his life Daisy Dean Paul and she preceded him in death on July 14, 1992. Most people in the area have been involved at some point in one of his conversations, or joking around on various topics. He worked as a custodian at Jac-Cen-Del during the 70’s and into the early 80’s, then spent a few years working at the Ripley County Bank. In the late 80’s he began the final chapter in his work career at the U S Post office in Osgood. He was always willing to help wherever he could.He is survived by brothers Bernard “Benny” (Theresa) Eadler and Roger (Priscilla) Eadler both of Osgood; one sister, Mary Jane (Ronnie) Horn of Versailles also survives. He was preceded in death by one sister, Cheryl “Susie” Chaney.Jim Bob wanted to make it clear there will be no services, just take a minute and go fishing!Arrangements By: Neal’s Funeral Home www.nealsfuneralhome.net________________________________________last_img read more

Ellsworth/Sumner football optimistic despite season-opening loss

first_img Latest Posts Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020center_img ELLSWORTH — As the Ellsworth/Sumner football players shook hands with Mattanawcook Academy following Friday night’s home game, the tones from both sides could hardly have been more different.While the visiting Lynx hooted and hollered as they headed toward the stadium’s north end zone, the Eagles let out sighs of frustration after a season-opening defeat.Ellsworth/Sumner had just suffered a 58-8 loss to Mattanawcook, and that final score didn’t sit well with the Eagles. They were far from perfect, but a series of mental mistakes — seven turnovers and multiple penalties, for instance — had prevented them from playing the Lynx much closer than they otherwise could have.Ellsworth/Sumner quarterback Connor Crawford throws a pass during the second half of a high school football game against Mattanawcook Academy on Sept. 2 in Ellsworth. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEGHAN SCHULTZYet head coach Duane Crawford, whose team was all too familiar with blowout losses against Mattanawcook from its meetings with the Lynx in previous seasons, saw that as a positive. As such, he had an encouraging message for his dissatisfied team.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“You know what I saw tonight? I saw a team that’s really close to figuring it out,” Crawford told his players. “Think about how many chances we had. The mistakes I saw and the other coaches saw, those are fixable mistakes. Let’s work on fixing them.”Although Mattanawcook began the game with a 14-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, that could hardly have been attributed to a poor performance from Ellsworth/Sumner’s defense. In both instances, the Lynx took over deep in Eagles territory after Ellsworth/Sumner turned the ball over to them good field position. They scored touchdowns both times.Despite those early touchdowns, Ellsworth/Sumner still showed signs of making this contest competitive early on. The Eagles responded to Mattanawcook’s second score with a long touchdown drive, one that ended with a touchdown run from Jacob Shorey and a successful 2-point conversion that made the score 14-8 with 3:58 left in the first quarter.“Mattanawcook has a good team, and they deserved this win, but I don’t feel like they outmuscled us or beat us up too much,” Crawford said. “It’s disappointing when you beat yourselves in certain areas, but as a coach, you know you can get those things turned around.”Unfortunately for Ellsworth/Sumner (0-1), the team continued to make the same mistakes throughout the game. Even when it looked as if the Eagles would finally get a second touchdown as they reached the red zone with just over a minute left in the second half, Mattanawcook (1-0) returned an interception 100 yards for a score of its own.After each of Ellsworth/Sumner’s players and coaches had gathered in the south end zone, senior lineman Keith Jordan spoke up. He wanted the Eagles, who were scheduled to have Monday off for Labor Day, to hold a 5 p.m. practice instead. Other players agreed; this type of loss wasn’t acceptable, and they wanted to rectify the mistakes that made the score look more lopsided than it really was.“I saw so much improvement tonight compared to what we did last week [in the preseason game] against MDI,” assistant coach Toog McKay told his players. “We’re very close — very close, guys — to taking that next step, and we’re getting better as the season goes on. That’s all you can ask for.”Ellsworth/Sumner’s next game will be on the road against the Orono Red Riots (1-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. The Eagles lost to the Red Riots 36-12 last season.“We’ll see how we improve over the week, but I really think we’re going to be competitive [against Orono],” Crawford said. “It’ll be a big test, but we have to learn from tonight and get ready for it.”Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated Ellsworth/Sumner’s first opponent last year. The Eagles opened the 2015 season against Orono. Bio Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

Portugal wins sets up group decider with Swiss

first_imgCRISTIANO Ronaldo came off the bench to inspire Portugal to a win over Andorra that keeps their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification alive.With Group B leaders Switzerland beating Hungary 5-2, Portugal needed victory to set up a final-day showdown with the Swiss.Ronaldo, on at half-time, drove home after the hour, with Andre Silva sealing the points from close range.Portugal will qualify as group winners if they beat Switzerland on Tuesday.Switzerland will travel to Portugal with a three-point advantage, but Portugal have a better goal difference.Ronaldo is one booking away from a suspension and that perhaps influenced the decision of coach Fernando Santos to start with the Real Madrid forward on the bench.If Portugal fail to win on Tuesday, they will enter the play-offs, while Switzerland, who have nine wins from nine matches, need only a point to qualify.(BBC Sport).last_img read more

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NAWIS Insists on Collins as its Representative on AFN Board

first_imgCollins was attacked and battered by some unnamed individuals during the AFN board elections, which took place at the Abuja National Stadium alongside those of other National Sports Federations.But it was not just the attack, there was a connivance to substitute Collins name with that of Obajimi, when the latter did not take part in the elections held in Abuja earlier.“This is the handiwork of those provoked by the enthusiasm and willingness of Rosa Collins to make a positive impact in AFN. Hence they attacked and battered her during the National Sports Federation Elections.“But it is instructive that NAWIS had held the election of her representative on the National Sports Federation Boards as stipulated by Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development guidelines.“The election was supervised Bode Durotoye, a Deputy Director in the Ministry, who was assigned to do that by the Ministry.“It was Rosa Collins who won the election and her name was forwarded to the Ministry.“But, to our dismay, Rosa Collins name was substituted with that of Gloria Obajimi who was out of the country when NAWIS held its election of representatives and therefore did not participate.“Moreover, she (Obajimi) was however very much aware of the election, but she did not participate,’’ Suleiman said in the statement.She said it was rather unfortunate that while NAWIS duly obeyed the guidelines which did not permit voting for someone who was absent, some individuals were now trying to allow undemocratic actions to prevail.“We can all recall that the Honourable Minister of Sports had earlier emphasised that transparency and democracy must prevail in the National Sports Federation Elections, and NAWIS duly adhered to this.“So, it is Collins’ right to claim the mandate given to her by NAWIS through a democratic election,’’ the NAWIS secretary-general said.The Association then called on the Minister of Youths and Sports to reprimand all those involved in the manipulation and substitution of Collins’ name with that of Obajimi.“The injustice must be adequately addressed. Nigeria must depart from injustice and lack of progress in sports.“NAWIS reaffirms that Rosa Collins is the person duly elected to represent it and its members on the AFN Board.“We also call on well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the beating and battering of Collins, and join us in ensuring she is allowed to further contribute her quota to sports development in Nigeria,’’ the NAWIS secretary-general said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigerian Association of Women In Sports (NAWIS) thursday said it was unflinching in its support for Rosa Collins as its representative on the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).In a statement signed by Prof. Marian Suleiman, the NAWIS Secretary-General, the Association protested moves by some individuals to substitute Collins name with that of Gloria Obajimi as its representative on the board.It totally condemned the maltreatment and injustice meted out to Collins “by some unprogressive individuals who were bent on seeing that AFN remains stagnant’’.last_img read more

Why I’m Not Excited by Nigeria  at Winter Olympics

first_imgThey say logic in Nigeria works in reverse to what happens in the progressive world and for me, nothing explains this better than countries like Nigeria and Togo participating in this year’s winter Olympics in PyeongChang. As far as Nigerian sports go, the euphoria that has surrounded the four ladies representing Nigeria can only have been matched by the popularity of the Super Eagles in a World Cup tournament where they have progressed beyond the group stage and there is a real chance of them reaching the quarter-finals. Just six months ago, no one in Nigeria knew about the existence of this quartet. Today, they are a fairytale for all: fans and sponsors alike. I can accept this as a brilliant self-promotional gimmick by the ladies. But to pass it off as a patriotic adventure just does not cut ice with a bad belle guy like meLet me illustrate what this piece is about with two analogies. Firstly, I swim for exercise and have done so at the same sports club for about 15 years. Recently I arrived at the pool and saw that someone had erected two water polo goalposts. I asked what that was about and was told they wanted to introduce water polo to the club. I was amused. We wanted to practise water polo when we did not even have a swimming team, let alone one that could compete.My second is about when the legendary Singaporean leader, Lee Kuan Yew, visited Ghana in January 1966. At a dinner where he was a guest of the famous Kwame Nkrumah, the former Ghanaian president gushed about the prospects of post-colonial Ghana and the brilliance of a 30-year-old compatriot, also a guest, who had achieved a first in Classics from Oxford University and was the vice chancellor of the University of Ghana. Indeed Yew said he found the young man to be bright, but wondered why a country that was overwhelmingly dependent on agriculture would send its brightest minds to study Classics!Let me start by addressing the patriotism issue. Maybe these ladies are born-again, but the fact as we know it from the admission of at least two of them, is that these are athletes who not too long ago were competing for places in the national teams of the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Had they succeeded, there would be no Nigerian team at the winter games today.As for being models for achieving the impossible, how about we aim to win gold in the 100m of the summer games first? Does that not look like an impossibility for us at this time? How about we aim to be a leading nation in the sports for which we at least have a chance – like the sprints, wrestling, boxing, long and triple jumps etc. How about the patriotic sponsors of this marketing spectacle put some money behind real Nigerian sports so we can actually become competitive in a way that our country can be respected.I can actually see non-Africans being amused by this, but I can’t see them respecting us for it. The famed Jamaican bobsled have already secured the patent for the novelty. The world knows it does not snow in Africa; the world knows that as long as Africans romanticise about events like this they would always dream of a life away from Africa; the world knows this that the fallout of this can only be the deepening of immigration concerns in the west.Like my water polo aficionados, the novelty of this adventure will pass in Nigeria and the winter games will become what it should be for us – a non-event. Even if some copycat patriots rise up in the future, they cannot be world class. It takes much more to be at the top tier of any sport in today’s world, and even if you find a Nigerian crazy enough to commit their lives from a very early age to winter sports, chances are that the flag they will hoist at the games would be more blue and red than green white green.We must not confuse the quest to do the impossible with the quest for the unreasonable. However I’d be surprised if these ladies do not become celebrities with fat contracts and contacts in Nigeria. They deserve that for their marketing savvy and industry. But that is where it ends for me. The reality is that we have real athletes in our country who have devoted their lives to the Nigerian dream. Support them, celebrate them, don’t rubbish them as this unwittingly does.I imagine this would be an unpopular piece, but I really do not mind being on the less favored side of this debate. They say the only race that understands how we approach things is the black race. How we can make a great show or this and make it a model for our children and still expect to succeed at anything locally, beats the hell “outta” me.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Ghana drawn with South Africa in Group C

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana have been drawn in Group C alongside South Africa in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.The two nations are joined by Sudan and the winner of the Mauritius and Sao Tome and Principe play off match which will be decided in October 2019.The Group stage of the qualifiers for the 2021 tournament, which will be hosted by Cameroon, will begin in October 2019 and end in November 2020.The top 2 teams from the 12 groups plus the top 3 third placed teams will join the just country for the 24 team tournament.View the full draw below:last_img