Alewijnse’s Electrical Package for De Beers’ New Mining Vessel

first_imgAlewijnse has secured a contract to supply complete electrical package on board De Beers Marine Namibia’s newest Additional Mining Vessel 3 (AMV3).Alewijnse is working with the Damen Shipyard Mangalia in Romania, where the vessel is being built.The AMV3 is a complex vessel and the build involves partners from the mining industry as well as the maritime sector.This involves a 300-tonne crawler machine which deploys a mechanical arm that moves in a horizontal arc, dredging material from the seafloor immediately below the hull at depths of around 130m. A large onboard processing plant then sifts the dredged gravel on board the ship, removing the diamonds and sealing them in metal canisters.Another large and complex system is the seven thruster, DP2 dynamic positioning system that will be powered by six generators of 3,230 ekW each.The first steel was cut for the vessel in May 2019 and now Alewijnse is preparing to start work on board.A team of over 200 skilled technicians will work on the project until December 2020, and the vessel is due to begin work off the coast of Namibia in 2022.Alewijnse project manager Catalin Androne said: “We look forward to starting on board. This is a new type of vessel for us and our first time at the Mangalia yard so we will be learning a great deal as we proceed, but it’s always good to be working with Damen. The time allowed for the works is very tight, but we are quite used to that! Good coordination and effective planning will be the keys to success and our own steelwork team will also be a valuable asset.”“We won this contract based on our reputation and years of experience on special projects,” said Petrica Craciun, sales manager at Alewijnse Marine Galati, “And we have worked with the Damen Group on challenging one-off projects before. This will be our first time at Damen Shipyards Mangalia but once again we will have the opportunity to demonstrate our know-how, flexibility and our capabilities beyond conventional ships and into sophisticated, special-purpose vessels.”last_img read more

Council web filter blocks marriage site as ‘hate’

first_imgOtago Daily Times 23 Aug 2012An automated web content filter for the Dunedin City Council’s internal network has deemed a Family First New Zealand website on traditional marriage a “hate” site, and blocked access for staff. The block on the “Protect Marriage” website, which promotes marriage between a man and a woman, has outraged Family First NZ director Bob McCoskrie, who says it is discriminatory and the result of an agenda being pushed either by someone at the council, or at the content filter company. “It’s part of a culture war that is going on at the moment. Activists are working hard to eliminate all opposing debate on this important family issue – as we experienced with the unprecedented hacking of our website when first launched.” The council says there was no conscious decision to block the site. Mr McCoskrie said the lobby group was contacted by a city council staff member who, he said, was “stunned” when they tried to access the website to sign the group’s petition against a Labour Party Bill to legalise gay marriage, and was told the site was deemed “hate” and that the web page “contravenes Dunedin City Council’s acceptable usage policy”. “The staff member’s response was that ‘if the concept that marriage should be between a man and a woman is offensive, then I despair for the future of this country’. We agree,” Mr McCoskrie said.Council communications and marketing manager Graham McKerracher said the council did not control the filtering process, which was done by a United States company. When the company was employed, the council gave it broad categories of offensive content it wanted limited in its internal network. The company’s filter automatically scanned sites for words or phrases that placed sites in those categories and sites deemed offensive were automatically blocked. Mr McKerracher could not say why the Protect Marriage site was blocked. But a block meant the site, or someone leaving a comment on the site, might have used language determined by the filter to be offensive, resulting in the site being put on a banned list. Comments could not be left on the site and he was confident none of the administrators or owners of the site had previously done anything that could be construed as offensive or “hate” related, Mr McCoskrie said. “My challenge to them is to produce the evidence.” Council staff were still able to access gay marriage websites, and at least two other websites blacklisted by web filters at other companies. “It is highly hypocritical and inconsistent that one side of the debate can be blocked, but not the other. This is discrimination at its worst and [the council] seems to be initiating their own version of hate speech laws.” Mr McKerracher said if sites promoting gay marriage had not been picked up by the same filter it was because no offending words or phrases that placed them in a category that was blocked were identified. He said any staff member who wanted to fill out the petition could do so at home. read more

Wenger issues Arsenal warning

first_img Press Association Arsenal had given champions United a guard of honour on to the Emirates pitch but Van Persie was booed throughout by fans who cheered him during eight years at Arsenal. “When he was here he didn’t get this kind of reception,” said Wenger. “They loved him, so today it was a bit disappointed love. He took his penalty very well and I knew when he decided to take the penalty that there was an 80% chance that he would score because he was our penalty taker and I know well that he does that very well. He does many things very well.” Van Persie refused to celebrate converting the spot kick and Wenger revealed his former striker spent some time in the Arsenal dressing room after the match, joking: “Our food is better in our dressing room than their dressing room”. Opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson, meanwhile, saluted Van Persie for staying cool as Arsenal fans tried to unsettle him with volleys of boos. “He kept his nerve, that was important,” said Ferguson. “It was a difficult time for him, the chanting from the fans does not help, but he kept his cool.” Ferguson insisted United were the team looking most to win the game although he admitted Arsenal started strongly in a first half he believed saw referee Phil Dowd have his own problems. Ferguson said: “I thought the referee found it difficult and the game was running away from him, he found it difficult to control. Once we started getting some momentum going and a bit of heart, we looked like the team to win.” Van Persie scored from the penalty spot to equalise a second-minute strike from Theo Walcott as Manchester United held Arsenal to a 1-1 draw. With Chelsea beating Swansea it saw the Gunners drop to fourth spot with just three matches remaining. Wenger said: “If we win our other games it will be enough. I am convinced we will be there (in the top four) but there is no room for dropping points. But the other teams are in the same position.” center_img Arsene Wenger warned his players they cannot drop any more points in their quest for Champions League qualification after Robin van Persie returned to the Emirates stadium to break Arsenal hearts amid a constant chorus of boos.last_img read more

Stomach surgery sidelines Walcott

first_img Press Association Walcott was withdrawn from the Arsenal XI to face Stoke last weekend after feeling pain in his stomach, and the Gunners confirmed that he needs surgery. Walcott will miss England’s crunch qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland as well as Arsenal’s games against West Brom, Swansea and Napoli. An Arsenal statement read: “Theo Walcott will have a minor procedure on his abdomen in Germany on Wednesday which will keep him out of action until after the next international break.” Walcott’s injury is a blow for Arsenal, who have come to rely on the winger even more this season following the absence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to have the 24-year-old back for the game against Norwich on October 19, however. Wenger said: “Theo will be out for a few weeks. He has developed some damage to his posterior abdominal wall. It’s not a hernia, but it’s a little structural problem in his abdomen. “He will have the procedure in Germany on Wednesday and, because it’s so minor, we can begin his rehab immediately. We are pleased it’s being dealt with quickly and he shouldn’t miss too many Arsenal matches. But he will miss the forthcoming international matches with England.” Walcott’s injury is arguably of bigger importance to England, however. Walcott has become an instrumental part of Roy Hodgson’s starting XI of late, starting the last five games for the Three Lions. England need to win their final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland next month to guarantee qualification for Rio 2014. center_img Arsenal winger Theo Walcott has been ruled out for three weeks because he needs stomach surgery.last_img read more

Melo appears in domestic violence court after receiving criminal mischief charge

first_img Published on June 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Syracuse sophomore center Fab Melo made his first appearance in Syracuse City Court’s domestic violence court Wednesday after receiving a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge in May. Melo and his defense lawyer Gary Sommer met with Assistant District Attorney Melinda McGunnigle and City Judge Stephen Dougherty in court this afternoon, according to a June 29 article in The Post-Standard. Melo is facing a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief after he was accused of breaking the turn signal on his then girlfriend’s car during an argument on May 30. Sommer informed Dougherty that Melo was in counseling, and McGunnigle asked the judge to remind Melo there was an order of protection directing him to have no contact with the victim. Dougherty also advised Melo to continue his counseling, according to the article. The brief meeting ended when Dougherty adjourned the case to Aug. 31. Melo was scheduled to appear in court twice earlier this month, but each of the previous appearances were postponed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more

RED HOT: Cooney rescues Syracuse, burns Cornell with career-best 7 3s

first_imgEach time Trevor Cooney hit a 3, he acted like nothing happened. Each time he hit a 3, he casually jogged down the floor and went into a defense stance. Each time he hit a 3, his teammates stood and cheered.He drilled seven 3s in total. Only once did he crack a smile. And it was faint.Cooney shot 7-of-8 from downtown and 10-of-12 overall. He finished with a career-high 27 points and guided No. 8 Syracuse (1-0) to an 82-60 comeback win over a pesky Cornell (0-1) team on Friday night in front of 24,788 at the Carrier Dome.“He is such a great shooter,” Syracuse guard Michael Gbinije said, dragging out each word for emphasis. “In my opinion one of the greatest shooters in the country.”Cooney shot 26.7 percent from 3 last year, and looked out of his element for most of the season. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said the reason Cooney didn’t see much time last year was because of his offense, not his defense. He couldn’t get into a rhythm and many fans wrote him off before the end of his first season of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut this year, after one game, he’s shooting 87.5 percent from downtown. Each trey silkier than the last.Syracuse trailed 36-24 with two minutes to go in the half. Cornell’s Nolan Cressler had 20 points, and SU was in danger of losing just its fifth season-opener in Boeheim’s 38-year career.Cooney had other ideas.He whizzed through the Cornell defense, brushing off Rakeem Christmas’ left shoulder after a double screen. Cooney planted his left foot and then his right, catching a pass from Gbinije and released the ball milliseconds after it entered his hands.Splash.On the very next play, Gbinije found Cooney again, and again Cooney drilled it. The Orange trailed by only six entering the break after falling into a 12-point hole earlier in the half.“Those were two monster shots,” Boeheim said.Boeheim said Cooney has always been a good shooter. Playing sporadic minutes off the bench didn’t bode well for someone who needs reps. But this year, with Brandon Triche and James Southerland gone, Syracuse needs a shooter.Cooney said he started feeling it once he hit his first few shots. He attributed much of his success to Gbinije and starting point guard Tyler Ennis. Gbinije finished with five assists in his Syracuse debut and Ennis added seven in his first collegiate game.“Once I got the first couple going, teammates started finding me and setting screens and I was able to get open and knock those down,” Cooney said.The guard scored 14 points in the first half, but his production didn’t slow down in the second stanza. Ennis dribbled into the left side of the paint early in the second half. He swiveled his torso and hit Cooney in stride.The rest was just a formality. Cooney started running to the other end before the ball even fell through the net.The basket gave Syracuse a 42-40 lead — its first since the score was 16-15 — and forced Cornell to call a timeout. Cooney glided off the court, getting love from his teammates and the fans.But he wasn’t quite done. Cooney hit two treys in the next two minutes. On the second one, he finally cracked a smile, high-fiving Baye Moussa Keita as he backpedaled downcourt. He found openings where none were supposed to exist, nailing 3s from improbable angles.“He shoots like that every day,” Ennis said.But never before in games. Cooney has never shot like that at Syracuse. With 12 minutes left in the half, Cooney flaunted another improved element of his game. He deflected an errant pass from Darryl Smith and sent it the other way. Cooney scampered after and corralled the loose ball, took three dribbles and threw it down with authority.Two possessions later, he hit a contested fadeaway jumper that was simply ludicrous. Cooney popped out from the corner, dribbled and unleashed a high-arcing shot.He sprawled onto his back, falling into the scorers’ table. Part of his arm disappeared underneath the blue curtain.And then came Cooney’s curtain call. Fans cheered for close to 30 seconds as he trotted off the court in the same casual manner in which he carried himself all game.The fadeaway capped a 20-4 run that turned a Syracuse deficit into a 64-48 lead. SU’s first half struggles were long gone.On a day where Syracuse needed a spark, Cooney provided one. He was the sharpshooter the Orange needed to carry it out of its rut.“He was a game-saver for us,” forward C.J. Fair said. “Without his 3s, I don’t think we pull this game out. He came up big when we needed him.” Comments Published on November 8, 2013 at 8:55 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

FIFA Unveil Blueprint For New Peace Plan After Sierra Leone Visit

first_imgThe government through the Minister of sports will ensure the smooth and uninterrupted operations of the SLFA.The Task-force also made further deliberation with the major football stakeholders in Sierra Leone Football and recommends that the FIFA member Association Committee should, establish without delay the timeframe for these activities.A review of the SLFA statutes and the implementation of the Code of Ethics.The date by which the SLFA Extraordinary Congress should be held. Wold football’s governing body, FIFA, has introduced a new peace plan at the end of a two-day visit to Sierra Leone in a bid to end the much publicised rift presently rocking football in the country.The local league in Sierra Leone has been on hold for three years under African football’s only woman FA president, Isha Johansen. Her reign has been marred by disputes with rival members as well as a power struggle that has been a permanent fixture since 2014 and one that got worse following the surprise postponement of the FA’s Congress in Makeni in 2015.After almost a year of the new intervention from FIFA, a mediation team from the association has unveiled numerous recommendations, after concluding its findings on Friday, so as to put an end to the ongoing crisis.In a communique made known by the task force, that includes the Minister of Sports Ahmed Khanou, the Chairman Taskforce Musa Bility, SLFA’s representative Drucil Taylor and Fifa Director of member Associations Veron Mosengo-Omba, the following decisions were reached:The SLFA should adopt the FIFA code of ethics, with FIFA supporting this process.The members of the judicial bodies elected on the 23rd March 2017 should undergo integrity checks conducted by FIFA as defined by FIFA Ethics Committee.An extraordinary congress to be held with two items to be discussed on the agenda (A) to adopt the new SLFA Code of Ethics (Based on FIFA code of Ethics), (B) to revise the SLFA statutes and include integrity checks requirements for potential candidates.Following the Extraordinary Congress, the SLFA shall organise Ordinary Congress in order to select their Electoral Board in preparation for the SLFA elections and to present any relevant statutory reports. The government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Sports undertakes to enforce its ban on betting on local football matches and to support any sanctions that may be taken by FIFA and SLFA against those who are found guilty of match-fixing. RelatedSierra Leone Kicked Out of AFCON 2019 QualifiersDecember 3, 2018In “AFCON”FIFA Ban Ex-Sierra Leone Captain And Three Others For LifeApril 25, 2019In “FIFA”FIFA Club World Cup Plans RevealedOctober 24, 2018In “FIFA”center_img The Match-Fixing Commission should hand over to FIFA all files and evidence linked to match-fixing in Sierra Leone football. Fifa will then decide how to proceed. The date of the new SLFA Ordinary Congress and the date of the Elective Congress.Instruct the FIFA General Secretariat to be at the disposal of the FIFA’s Task Force so that the proposed solutions (such as the revision of the SLFA statutes and the integrity checks) can be implemented.Mandate the FIFA Member Association Division and the competent FIFA departments to propose immediately how the SLFA’s match fixing inquiry can be completed.instruct the FIFA general Secretary to accompany and support the Sierra Leone Football Association and the Sierra Leone towards the achievement of all the above-mentioned  proposals.As earlier indicated by FIFA, Johansen will remain president until a new one is elected though her status as a presidential candidate is in doubt after charges were recently levelled against her by the anti-corruption body. The body also called for her to step down immediately alongside the FA’s secretary-general. She is expected to appear in court on October 30.Isah Johansen is a CAF executive committee member and holds positions in other committees of both the African body and FIFA.last_img read more

GGEA is aiming to revolutionise player development in Call of Duty

first_imgOpTic Gaming‘s holding company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, has created GG Esports Academy (otherwise known as GGEA) in an attempt to reinvent how amateur players are developed in the Call of Duty esports scene. Bryan Yale, GGEABryan Yale, a former cybersecurity consultant who is heading up the project, spoke to Dexerto about the newly-formed venture and what his goals are in the long-term. Explaining exactly why GGEA has been built, he said it “is about matching unique talents in the world of esports with pro organizations. We want to utilize the minor league systems to develop amateur talent that will eventually feed into the major tournaments. In essence, we are esports talent development.”GGEA entered the Call of Duty scene ahead of this weekend’s CWL New Orleans Open with two teams, entitled GGEA.Blue and GGEA.Orange – but the organisation won’t stop there. “The goal is to have six salaried Call of Duty teams at any one time, all from outside of the ‘pro level’ – the CWL Pro League,” he said.“We’re not interested in having a spot at the top level, and instead want to focus on our teams’ progression at open events.” So while having six teams suggests GGEA wants the best chance of landing in money-making placements, Yale insists that they’re actually interested in developing the skills of emerging Call of Duty players. He went on to reveal that “if either of Orange or Blue end up qualifying for the Pro League in New Orleans then we’d sell them on” because they’re in the scene to “develop talent and make the level of the scene better.”So, what type of player qualifies to represent GGEA? The team behind the scenes is “looking for players and teams that are on the cusp of breaking into the top-flight. More specifically, ones that have shown they have something but that there is just something missing that we’ll identify and work on.” Yale also revealed that GGEA is looking for talent from around the world – not just locally in North America.Working closely with its sister company OpTic Gaming, GGEA was also created to provide an academy solution for the organisation’s newest ventures into esports: Overwatch and League of Legends. There is no word on when it will actually venture into those games just yet, though. The organisation’s Twitter description reads “Coming soon” and it has no website at this moment in time.GGEA’s first outing at CWL New Orleans Open ended with a Top 20 finish with Orange and a Top 24 finish for Blue, which is a promising start for the organisation.Esports Insider says: This is a refreshing take on the development of Call of Duty talent, and we’re excited to see how this goes and moreover which other esports GGEA moves on to in the near future.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson shares unique connection to team’s 4th-round pick

first_imgWhile Jennings ended his collegiate career on the gridiron with 54 catches for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns, it was another sport that he shares with his future quarterback, Russell Wilson.Wilson, who congratulated Jennings via Twitter, was also Jennings’ youth basketball coach alongside his father. Related News “What’s crazy is how God works!,” Wilson wrote. “From my dad and I coaching you and my sister [Anna Wilson] in basketball when y’all were young and us all going to the same school together to now!”What a blessing!”Gary!!! @_Gman12What’s crazy is how God works! From my dad and I coaching you and my sister @a_willy03 in basketball when y’all were young and us all going to the same school together to now!What a blessing! #GoHawks 🙏🏾— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 27, 2019Jennings responded saying, “God is good!!”God is good!!— Gary Jennings (@_gman12) April 27, 2019Shortly after Jennings walked across the draft stage, he hopped on a conference call to detail their relationship.”I went to Collegiate K through 8, and he was in high school at the time,” Jennings said, via ESPN. “It was a K-through-12 school. Growing up in that school, I used to see him play quarterback. He was an amazing quarterback back in the day. I saw him run back and forth across the field, and someone was always wide open. They basically won state every year he was there.”​ Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin’s career may be over due to injuries, report says Jennings estimated he was in fourth grade when he played on the team​ featuring the Wilson family.”He was a scrapper,” Jennings said of Russell Wilson. “I was young at the time. He was a great basketball coach.”It was YMCA, so I don’t know if it was that competitive. We couldn’t even press, I don’t think. It was cool because he was a star player at the school, and he had a chance to be able to coach.”center_img NFL Draft 2019: D.K. Metcalf drafted by Seahawks at No. 64 after fall from first round The NFL Draft is full of heartwarming stories and inspiring relationships. But, one unique connection came out of the Seahawks’ fourth-round pick Saturday.Seattle selected Gary Jennings, a wide receiver out of West Virginia, with the No. 120 overall pick. last_img read more

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson says team’s offense this year will be ‘totally different’

first_imgRavens coach John Harbaugh made headlines earlier this week by suggesting Jackson might run the ball more than 139 times in 2019, but Jackson countered that notion Thursday on “The Rich Eisen Show.”“Absolutely. I put on weight,” Jackson said (via when asked if he could replicate the last season’s rushing production. “But I don’t think I’ll be running as much as I did last year. There were a lot of (run-pass options) and a lot of sudden changes in last year’s game. This will be totally different.” Related News Andrew Luck injury update: Colts QB (calf) remains off field but is ‘getting some work’ Jackson declined to go into detail about Baltimore’s new-and-improved offensive approach though.“I can’t talk about it,” Jackson said. “Each and every day we’re looking better and better in what we’re doing, whether it’s RPO, running the ball with our backs, or the pass game, it’s all looking incredible right now. But you’re going to have to see when it’s game time. Practice is going to be practice; games are going to be games.”Should we “take the over” on @Lj_era8 rushing attempts this #NFL season, like John Harbaugh suggested?The @Ravens QB wasn’t exactly giving away the game plan:— Rich Eisen Show (@RichEisenShow) August 1, 2019Jackson has completed 99 of his 170 career NFL passing attempts for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions. It’s safe to say that the Ravens will try to even things out and monitor the volume of his rushes moving forward, as he was among the league leaders in fumbles (12) in 2018. He fumbled in nine games last season.”I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in May. “That’s not what this offense is about.” It appears Baltimore could have some serious changes on the way offensively, according second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson.Jackson, 22, set a single-season NFL record for quarterback rushing attempts last year, with 147. He reached that mark despite starting only seven games as a rookie (though he played in all 16).center_img Broncos’ Drew Lock calls debut against Falcons a ‘learning game’ Baltmiore traded Joe Flacco to the Broncos to make room for Jackson to shine and added Mark Ingram to the backfield this offseason. It also signed star safety Earl Thomas to a four-year deal to bolster its defense.Jackson adding a new dimension to his game could help the Ravens win the AFC North for a second consecutive season and push them deeper into the playoffs. They were eliminated by the Chargers in the first round last postseason.last_img read more