Jumbo testing bio-fuel use during offshore decommissioning project

first_imgDutch offshore heavy lift, installation, and transportation firm Jumbo will test the use of bio-fuel oil aboard one of its vessels during an upcoming offshore decommissioning project. Jumbo has teamed up with sustainable marine biofuel company GoodFuels for the project.“Starting with an initial project, the partnership paves the way for a fossil fuel to renewables energy transition in the offshore support sector – removing infrastructure for fossil fuel production, while simultaneously accelerating the energy transition during that process,” Jumbo said in a statement on Monday.According to the statement, Bio-Fuel Oil is fully derived from forest residues and waste oil products, and is “expected to deliver 80-90% well-to-propeller CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, and contains no sulfur oxide (SOx) emissions – all without any requirement for engine modifications.”“By testing the Bio-Fuel Oil, we are taking a major step towards a sustainably powered fleet,” Wout Janssens, Director Operations & Engineering at Jumbo said.Under the project, GoodFuels’ logistics partner VARO Energy will be supplying Bio-Fuel Oil to Jumbo’s offshore vessel, Fairplayer, ahead of its departure to the North Sea. Jumbo did not provide further info on the decommissioning project itself.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Liverpool the real test for Arsenal’s Emery evolution

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Handed an unforgiving start as Arsenal’s first new manager for nearly a quarter of a century, Unai Emery has quickly put defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea behind him with a 13-game unbeaten run to earn the respect of the Gunners’ support.However, the real test of how far Emery’s Arsenal have evolved since being outclassed by City on the opening weekend of the season comes when Liverpool travel to the Emirates on Saturday.Arsenal have won 12 of those 13 games unbeaten, the only slip coming at Crystal Palace last weekend when they conceded two penalties in a 2-2 draw.Yet, they haven’t faced any of the Premier League’s top six from last season in that run, with defeats of Watford and Everton their only victories over sides in the top half of the table.Emery still seems to be searching for the right balance, while also getting two star centre-forwards in Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang into the side.Lacazette and Aubameyang have already combined for 14 goals between them this season and their firepower has so far got Arsenal out of trouble, particularly late in games with Emery’s men yet to enjoy a half-time lead in the Premier League.It is to Emery’s credit that his changes have often impacted the game positively for his side, and that Arsenal only trail league leaders City and Liverpool by four points heading into this weekend.The priority for Arsenal this season remains a top four finish and a return to the Champions League rather than a title challenge, and Emery is well on course for that goal.– Liverpool cure top six travel sickness –However, the Spaniard can look to his opponents this weekend for inspiration in what Arsenal could look like as the finished product. Jurgen Klopp has taken almost three years to find the right blend between attack and defence despite reaching two European finals with Liverpool, one of which he lost to Emery’s Sevilla in the Europa League two years ago.Until now, a realistic tilt at the title has been undermined by defensive deficiencies.In this fixture last season, Liverpool blew a two-goal lead by conceding three times in five minutes in a thrilling 3-3 draw.One of the major culprits for Liverpool’s collapse that night, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, has played just two Premier League games for the club since, while within weeks Virgil van Dijk was bought for a world record fee for a defender.To have any chance of keeping pace with City in the quest for Liverpool’s first Premier League title for nearly three decades, Klopp needed to drastically improve results on the road against top six opposition.That point at the Emirates as good as it got against the Premier League elite last season. In total Liverpool conceded 15 goals in five games and were beaten at City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea.Already there has been an upturn in fortunes with victory at Spurs last month and Daniel Sturridge’s stunning late strike earning a well-deserved point at Chelsea.Unfortunately for Liverpool, City show no sign of letting up.They too won at Spurs on Monday, held Liverpool at Anfield last month and outclassed Arsenal in a baptism of fire for Emery on the first weekend of the season.In most other seasons, a point at a rejuvenated Arsenal would be seen as a good result, but in trying to just keep pace with City, Liverpool need another statement win on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Williams beaten at Miami Open

first_imgKEY BISCAYNE, Florida (AP):Serena Williams had been eliminated from the tournament for less than 20 minutes when she climbed into her white Mini Cooper with the chequerboard top and pulled out of the players’ parking lot, fastening her seat belt as she drove.A hasty departure, for sure.Williams’ 20-match winning streak at Key Biscayne ended yesterday with a 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-2 loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round of the Miami Open.Williams was bidding for her ninth title in the event and her fourth in a row. But after a gruelling first set that lasted nearly an hour, the 21-time Grand Slam champion faded on a sweltering afternoon.This is the first time she hasn’t reached the Key Biscayne quarter-finals since 2000, when she lost in the fourth round to Jennifer Capriati.”I did the best I could,” she said during a postmatch news conference that lasted less than three minutes before she cut it off. “I can’t win every match. These players come out and play me like they’ve never played before in their lives. I have to be 300 per cent every day.”Williams, 34, will retain the No. 1 ranking, but she hasn’t won a tournament since earning her 69th title at Cincinnati last August.”She’s still No. 1, and she still plays great,” Kuznetsova said. “I don’t see much to be depressed about.”The No. 15-seeded Kuznetsova won with defence, extending points until Williams would make a mistake. The Russian finished with only 18 unforced errors to 55 for Williams.In addition, Williams’ serve was uncharacteristically unreliable. She hit 13 aces but also had nine double faults and was broken six times.PHYSICALLY FINEWilliams said the 91?F temperature – a record for the date – didn’t faze her.”Physically, I’m fine,” she said. “I don’t know, I guess I didn’t move today. Maybe that was one of the things that didn’t work out for me.”Kuznetsova, 30, won Key Biscayne 10 years ago and is into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2009.”I’m too old,” she told the crowd. “I’ve been many times on this court. I love being back here, and I’m really happy with my performance.”Also sidelined were No. 3-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 4 Garbine Muguruza. Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, committed only 12 unforced errors and defeated Muguruza7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). No. 19 Timea Bacsinszky eliminated Radwanska 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.In men’s play, No. 6 Kei Nishikori beat No. 27 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-2, 6-2.Williams lives 90 minutes from Key Biscayne and has long considered the event her home tournament. But the stadium was two-thirds empty for her match, partly because of weather so uncomfortable some spectators draped towels over their heads seeking refuge from the sweltering sun.last_img read more

North Carolina well represented at Cheyenne

first_imgCHEYENNE, Wyoming >> It was a smiling Eli Vastbinder who got off of his second bull at Frontier Park on Thursday, and an eight-second bull ride was critical for Garrett Smith at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on Friday.Vastbinder, from Statesville, N.C., rode Smith, Harper and Morgan Rodeo’s bull named Kill Switch for 83.5 points, the exact same score that he received on his first bull on Wednesday. With the two rides, the 25-year-old cowboy moved to the top of the leaderboard in the overall …last_img

Marshawn Lynch has a message for the Oakland City Council — it doesn’t last long

first_imgClick here if you’re having trouble viewing these videos on a mobile device.Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words.See? Told you. But his reticence is no issue when it comes to his beloved hometown of Oakland, as the City Council learned Wednesday night.Yes, that was Lynch, former Oakland Tech, Cal and Raiders running back addressing the council wearing sandals, shorts, hoodie and a backpack to advocate for the A’s proposed ballpark at Howard Terminal.The two-minute time limit was …last_img

17 selected for AgriPOWER, Ohio Farm Bureau’s leadership training program

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentSeventeen farmers and agribusiness professionals have been selected for the 2018-2019 AgriPOWER Institute, Ohio Farm Bureau’s elite training program designed to help participants become community leaders and advocates for agriculture. The yearlong program consists of multiple two-to-three-day training sessions that focus on public policy issues facing agriculture and the food industry. Class X members are Megan Dresbach of Circleville, Katie Esselburn of Shreve, Kayla Finton of Coshocton, Doug Franz of Mt. Gilead, Amy Hamilton of Hillsboro, Amanda Hill of Marion, Jacob Hoelscher of Osgood, Sarah Ison of Moscow, Bailey Morrell of Wooster, Vicky Popp of Cincinnati, Trish Preston of Canal Winchester, Ashley Rose of New Vienna, Aubry Fowler-Shaw of Thornville, Sara Tallmadge of Loudonville, Lindsey Walls of Defiance, Laramie Wells of Russellville and Jonathan Zucker of Marion.Throughout the year, Class X participants will learn about public policy matters important to their communities as well as the state of Ohio, nation and world. Participants will develop important skills necessary to become effective leaders and advocates, including spokesperson and media training, etiquette training, social networking, communications and more. One of the sessions will take place in Washington, D.C. to give participants a better understanding of national and global issues and another out of state so they can learn about differences and similarities in agriculture state to state.“What an amazing impact this program has had in developing leaders over the past 10 years who truly make a difference not only in the ag industry but their local communities,” said Melinda Witten, AgriPOWER director.Partnering with Ohio Farm Bureau on AgriPOWER Class X are AgCredit of Mt. Gilead, Brown County Farm Bureau, Certified Angus Beef, Clermont County Farm Bureau, Coshocton County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Mid-America, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, Ohio Soybean Council, Pickaway County Farm Bureau, Shoup Brothers Farm, Southern Ohio Agricultural & Community Development Fund and Wayne County Farm Bureau.For additional information about AgriPOWER, visit ofb.ag/agripower.This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.Editors: A high resolution photo is available to accompany this story. Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Pune builder D.S. Kulkarni’s brother detained at Mumbai airport

first_imgThe Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune Police on Tuesday took into custody Makarand Kulkarni, the brother of fraud accused Pune developer D. S Kulkarni (DSK), after the latter was detained at Mumbai airport.Mr. Kulkarni and DSK, along with other relatives, are named in the charge sheet filed by the police in the alleged ₹2,043 crore scam by the DSK Group.While DSK, his wife, son and other relatives are in jail, the Pune Police had issued a lookout circular against Mr. Kulkarni, a partner and promoter in a number of DSK Group companies.He was finally detained at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport by the Mumbai Police, who alerted their Pune counterparts on Tuesday morning.“Accordingly, a Pune Police team left for Mumbai to bring Mr. Kulkarni back and initiate the process for his formal arrest. He will be produced before a local court after completion of medical formalities,” a senior official said.The fraudDSK and his wife, Hemanti, are in judicial custody at the Yerwada Central Jail since March last year and are accused of defrauding thousands of investors across Pune, Mumbai, and Kolhapur. At least five FIRs have been lodged against the developer and his family in the three cities since October 2017.Since then, EOW officers have been probing two schemes floated by the group: a fixed deposit (FD) scheme promising lucrative gains; and the Aadhi Ghar, Nantar Paise (first get the house, then pay the money) scheme in which deposits were taken from customers and the group promised to pay EMIs on bank loans till the possession was granted.More than 8,000 people, most of them senior citizens, are said to have invested in the FD scheme.After local courts and the Bombay High Court repeatedly turned down their bail pleas, the EOW had finally arrested DSK and his wife from a New Delhi hotel in February last year.In the months that followed, the EOW arrested the builder’s sister-in-law Anuradha Purandare, his son Shirish, and his brother’s daughter Sai Vanjape and her husband Kedar. Company officials Dhananjay Pachpor and Vinaykumar Badgandi were also arrested. All are at present lodged under judicial custody in Yerawada Jail.last_img read more

Border Roads Organisation to use plastic to build roads along Sino-India border

first_imgThe Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has started a pilot project to build roads using plastic waste and environment-friendly technology, primarily along the Sino-India border, said a senior official on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Harpal Singh, Director General, BRO said here that “six roads in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura have been identified for construction using waste plastic material and work on this pilot project has commenced”.Tripura has a border with Bangladesh while the other five States share border with China.“This (pilot project) will enable environmental friendly disposal of waste plastic which is otherwise a major cause for concern,” he added.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last Independence Day speech, had given a call to curb the use of single-use plastic.Lt. Gen. Singh said on Wednesday that directions have issued to adopt “environmental friendly techniques of construction in remote border areas of the country”.The BRO constructs roads in many areas that are in ecologically sensitive zones where restrictions have been imposed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the use of construction materials like local aggregates and sand, he said.“To overcome this problem, BRO has adopted innovative modern technology involving use of non-toxic chemicals, polymers, enzymes etc for soil stabilisation to construct road pavements without depending on conventional materials like stone aggregates and sand,” Lt. Gen. Singh added.“Geosynthetic and technical textile materials” are also being used for “slope stabilisation on a large scale and for construction of pavements”, he said.last_img read more

Six reasons why Smriti Irani row is a slap on the education system

first_imgSmriti IraniThe new Human Resources Development minister Smriti Irani has been slammed by a section of the Indian polity and on social media for discrepancies in her educational qualification. The technical problems in her resume, as pointed out by a former sports minister with a BA degree, and the brouhaha around it are slaps on the face of the Indian education system.Here are six reasons why:1) An Indian degree is the most useless piece of document when it comes to measuring a person’s capabilities.2) We do not want to give Irani marks on her ability to cram up, but should rather laud her acumen to resolve the nation’s core issues of human resources and development.3) Degrees are not equal to Competence for HRD minister. Look at the track record of recent HRD ministers. Kapil Sibal had a law degree and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi had a PhD. They did not fare too well as HRD ministers.4) There’s a sharp mind behind that voice, both on and off the television screen. As a spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party, she has given enough evidence that she is intelligent, quick-witted and always well-prepared for a debate, even if the topic is on the ban of cow slaughter.5) She’s a college dropout, but a successful TV actress. She has worked hard to get there.6) Personalities who never finished school – Rabindranath Tagore, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and former Brazilian president Lula da Silva – to name a few.last_img read more

In The Spotlight – Kristin Boss

first_imgIn the twenty-second edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open player, Kristin Boss, speaks about what it means to her to play at the 2011 World Cup and the biggest influence on her Touch Football career. Name: Kristin BossNickname: OzAge: 26Affiliate: Easts RoostersOccupation: Rehab ConsultantPosition: Wing Debut for Australia: Mixed Open Trans Tasman Series, 2009Career highlights so far: Easts Touch – Vawdon Cup champions 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006. State Cup champions 2005. Sydney Mets – NTL Champions 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010. Elite Eight Champions 2011New South Wales Under 20’s State of Origin winners 2002.Australian Women’s Under 20’s Youth World Cup Champions 2003.Australian Mixed Open Trans Tasman winners 2009, 2010.How you got involved in Touch Football: Started playing at school and loved it.Favourite player: I couldn’t pick just one.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: It’s my biggest achievement and playing at the highest level is something that I’m very proud of.Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Nadina Teskera introduced me to Touch at rep level and is a great competitor with an amazing work ethic and attitude.Favourite sporting moment: Australia making the Soccer World Cup a few years back.What do you know about Scotland: Not a whole lot. Castles and bagpipes! Looking forward to finding out more!Any superstitions: No.Funniest Australian teammate: Zoe Dacey-Aiken aka ZADAFavourite quote: Sometimes your actions speak so loud I cannot hear what you are saying.Any travel plans for after World Cup: Bits and pieces throughout Europe, Greek Islands for sure!Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 32 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more