Contract inked for first-ever Taiwan-flagged SOV

first_imgØrsted will deploy the SOV for operation and maintenance (O&M) at its Greater Changhua offshore wind farms. The developer is building the 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind project, some 35 to 60 kilometres off Changhua County. Ørsted will complete the construction of the 1 and 2a offshore wind farms between 2021 and 2022. Ta San Shang Marine, a joint venture of Taiwan’s Ta Tong Marine Group (TTM) and Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), will deliver the SOV in early 2022. The vessel will use the Port of Taichung as its base port to serve the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms. The first Taiwan-flagged SOV will accommodate up to 60 technicians, plus the crew. It will feature a motion-compensated gangway, dynamic positioning system and a 3D motion-compensated crane. According to Ørsted, the SOV design fits the complicated and harsh environment in the Taiwan Strait. center_img Furthermore, the vessel will be prepared for fossil fuel-free operation. It will also have an optimized hull design and a battery-hybrid setup to help reduce fuel consumption and decrease carbon footprint, Ørsted said. Ørsted has signed a 15-year charter contract with Ta San Shang Marine for a service operation vessel (SOV). The contract will see the shipping company building the first Taiwan-flagged SOV in the world. The offshore wind developer also holds the rights for building another 920 MW at Greater Changhua 2b & 4 sites. The 2b & 4 project should be up and running in 2025, subject to the developer’s final investment decision, due in 2023.last_img read more

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Korean tour guide nabbed for ‘faking’ own kidnapping

first_imgThe 38-year-old Yoo Jin-Woon admits staging his own “kidnap for ransom” modus to get money from his mother. AKEAN FORUM The Regional Anti-Kidnapping TaskForce caught Yoo around 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 28. KALIBO, Aklan – A South Korean tourguide, who “kidnapped” himself to get money from his mother, was nabbed inBarangay Camanci Norte, Numancia, Aklan.  “Nobody harmed him. He confessed to usthat he was only ‘joking’ to his mother in Korea, and (he) is in dire need ofmoney,” Acebuche said. The 38-year-old Yoo Jin-Woon of JinjuKyungong, South Korea staged his own “kidnap for ransom” modus, police said.         Acebuche said they conducted athorough investigation and found out that the Korean national was “hiding” inthe province with his Filipina girlfriend, also a tour guide, whom he met inAngeles City, Pampanga. Two months ago, they decided to stay in the hometown ofhis girlfriend in Numancia. Yoo asked $5,000 from his mother onSept. 24 for his “freedom,” the police added.  The PNP-AKG was alerted of Yoo’s“kidnapping” when the South Korean Embassy asked for help on Sept. 27.    “He sent pictures to his mother inKorea that he was tied and kidnapped by alleged abductors,” said Major NestorAcebuche of the Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group(PNP-AKG)-Visayas.  The South Korean national admitted hemade up the “kidnap” plan to sustain his needs. Yoo was charged with unjust vexation.The court recommended a P3,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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Two wounded in Calatrava shooting

first_imgBACOLOD City – Two persons were shot in Barangay Bantayanon, Calatrava, Negros Occidental. Residents Nestor Jabaybay, 58, and Rodrigo Villadar, 44, sustained gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. Tagged suspect was 30-year-old resident Junjun Entapan, it added.According to police investigators, Jabaybay and Villadar were having a birthday drinking spree at the house of the former when Entapan fired at the victims using a .45-caliber pistol around 8:30 p.m. on June 3. The victims were rushed to the San Carlos City Hospital for medical treatment.center_img The motive in the incident however was not immediately established. Officers of the Calatrava municipal police station conducted a manhunt operation against the suspect, who fled after the incident./PNlast_img

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One arrested, two stolen cars recovered after Jennings County chase

first_imgJennings County, in. — The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department recovered two stolen vehicles and arrested an Indianapolis woman Saturday.The report says around 4:30 p.m. police observed a vehicle disregard a stop sign at State Road 7 and County Road 300 North. When deputies initiated a traffic stop the vehicle fled. After reaching speeds of over 70-miles-per-hour she into a farm field west of U.S. 31 off County Road 500 North.When the car stopped Myriah Sheppard, 30, of Indianapolis, and a white male exited and ran. Sheppard was captured and the male was able to getaway. At the scene, police found vehicles that had been reported stolen from the northern part of the county on June 3, 2018.Sheppard faces multiple charges. Police are still searching for the male suspect.last_img

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Three and easy for Saints

first_imgSouthampton brought their worst losing streak of the 21st century to a comprehensive end as they impressively dispatched of Everton. Pelle saw a goal chalked off after Long was adjudged to have fouled Jagielka, before the fans rounded on referee Moss when Long was kicked by an unaware Jagielka. It was a clear penalty yet the official pointed for a corner. The supporters’ anger was palpable but justice was done from the resulting set piece as James Ward-Prowse’s cross was turned into his own net by Lukaku. It was a deserved lead Pelle attempted to extend, striking wide and then turning a Ryan Bertrand cross into the side-netting. A Samuel Eto’o block prevented a Ward-Prowse corner being glanced home early in the second half, although it was now Everton edging proceedings. Muhamed Besic struck wide and Eto’o scuffed an effort, while a Steven Naismith cross just evaded Jagielka as Saints sat deep and waited to counter. Tim Howard had to dart off his line to stop Long racing through in one such attack, before Saints’ second goal arrived in the 65th minute. Clyne sent in an excellent cross to the back post, where Long knocked on the crosses and Pelle slotted home from close range. Howard could do not get in the way of the Italian’s strike, but denied a Jose Fonte header soon after with a wonderful save. Everton pushed for a way back into the match and, after Barkley and Besic had efforts, Forster produced an outstanding save to stop Lukaku curling home from 25 yards. However, the deficit only grew further. Yoshida was the unlikely scorer, directing home a lovely Davis cross with his shoulder in the 82nd minute. Bertrand and Davis came close to adding extra gloss towards the end of a match which saw 20-year-old academy graduate Dominic Gape brought on for his debut, while Forster showed his class in stoppage time to once more thwart Lukaku. It was Southampton’s first win since November 8 and one which may have come earlier was it not for some poor officiating from Jon Moss. In truth, Lukaku’s own goal went some way to saving the referee’s blushes, having come from a corner inexplicably awarded when Phil Jagielka booted Shane Long rather than the ball. It meant Southampton’s last three goals at home to Everton had been scored by the visitors – an unwanted statistic brought to an end in the second half when Pelle notched from close range. Things got better still for Saints when Yoshida bundled home a fine Steven Davis cross, as Everton slumped to a third consecutive away defeat in the Premier League. It was an impressive win for Saints given their lengthy list of absentees, which saw five inexperienced academy graduates being named amongst the substitutes and Harrison Reed handed his first Premier League start. It was an experience that did not appear to faze the 19-year-old, whose wonderful clipped ball put Long through on goal early on. The Ireland international looked set to get away a shot before being sent sprawling by Sylvain Distin, yet referee Moss waved play on despite the linesman flagging for a foul. The frustration inside St Mary’s was audible and went up a notch when Nathaniel Clyne sent in a cross for Pelle, only for the unmarked Italy international to head over from close range. Toby Alderweireld was doing his best to keep Belgium team-mate Lukaku quiet at the other end and Reed was breaking up the play impressively, with Fraser Forster in the way when Ross Barkley found space to get away a fierce drive. The astonishing start to life under Ronald Koeman recently came to a dramatic end, with Tuesday’s embarrassing Capital One Cup exit to third-tier Sheffield United a fifth successive defeat in all competitions. That loss had repercussions far beyond denting confidence as suspension and injury problems mounted, yet Saints rallied to see off Everton 3-0 thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s own goal and second-half efforts from Graziano Pelle and Maya Yoshida. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Two-headed golatender working wonders for UW

first_imgWhen the USA Hockey Foundation announced the finalists for the Patty Kazmaier Award, it wasn’t surprising to see that two Badgers placed among the 10. Senior forward Sara Bauer, who won the award last season and senior defender Meaghan Mikkelson represent two of the best the Wisconsin women’s hockey team has to offer.”Obviously, I’m honored to be placed in the top 10 level with all those great players,” Mikkelson said. “We just said congratulations to each other. … Obviously, we’re happy for each other, but we’re focused on this weekend’s [series] against North Dakota.”The fact that both an offensive and defensive player garnered recognition shows how prolific Wisconsin’s offense is (averaging more than four goals per game) and how stingy the defense is (allowing only one goal per game).The one facet of the Badgers’ success not represented by a Kazmaier finalist is the goaltending. As Wisconsin prepares for its first playoff series against North Dakota, the goaltending will have be top-notch as it has been all season long. The duo of Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour has split time in goal all season, and both have performed very well.”That’s something that separates us from a lot of teams is our goaltending,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “That’s just another reason why we’re strong defensively — our goaltenders are strong. So I think we have a lot of confidence in them, and we trust that they’ll do their job.”The numbers don’t lie. Dufour leads the conference in save percentage, winning percentage and goals-against average, while Vetter is second or third in each category. Dufour set a UW record last weekend with her seventeenth career shutout.”Well, I didn’t really know until I tied [former record-holder Meghan Horras],” Dufour said. “It’s obviously a good thing. … It feels good, but it’s not only about that — I have my teammates to [help out].”It’s interesting to compare last postseason to what could happen this year. En route to winning the national championship last season, the Badgers encountered a rather peculiar problem. Instead of having one great goalie, the team had three. Going down the stretch late in the season, Dufour, Vetter and former Badger Meghan Horras all fought for time between the pipes.And all three produced. Unfortunately for Dufour, she became the one left out despite putting up solid numbers. While Dufour sat on the bench, Horras and Vetter shared time before Vetter stole the spotlight and became a brick wall during the playoffs and was the starting goalie in the championship game.”Obviously, last year was rough for me,” Dufour said. “But I came out and wanted to do my senior year a lot better. Obviously, I don’t want that to happen again, so I’m doing everything possible to do my part, work hard, and hopefully I’ll get my chance.”This season there are no such problems. Head coach Mark Johnson will do what he’s done all season long — let them each feed off each other’s energy and let them split time. If one player starts outperforming the other, like Vetter did to both Horras and Dufour last season, then perhaps that might change.”[Vetter and Dufour] are competing with each other and pushing each other,” Mikkelson said. “It was a really unique situation last year having three outstanding goalies. … That’s not something a lot of teams have.”While Bauer and Mikkelson get the recognition as some of the best players in the country, two of the best goalies ever to skate for the women’s team just go about their normal routine. They simply take the ice when called upon and try to stop any puck sent their way. They’ve done it all season, and now they need to make sure they keep it up.”I got a petition in to the NCAA to see if we can use them both at the same time. … I’m not sure that’s going to get passed,” Johnson laughed. “But they’ll both get a chance to play this weekend against North Dakota.”last_img read more

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6 of the Best – Pixiu Gaming’s Tony Plaskow

first_img This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Tony Plaskow, Founder of Pixiu Gaming.Continue reading to discover a duo of best betting fortunes, which personal sporting memory is held dear and a love of un-PC comedies.Best HolidayI always tell people my favourite holiday was when I went on a sports tour with my school when I was 15. Along with my best mate we were the youngest members of the squad and we toured Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore for 3 weeks playing cricket and hockey. Everywhere we went we were treated amazingly well. The food and the extraordinary sights and sounds of the places we visited was truly amazing. It was also the first time I had been away from my parents, which probably helped!Best FilmI am stickler for un-PC comedies, so it has to be Blazing Saddles.Best Book I only read autobiographies and about the Holocaust (I know, rather solemn, sorry). One of the best of them is called ‘The Holocaust’ by Laurence Rees.Best AlbumI would (still!!) have to say Joshua Tree – it is nothing short of extraordinary and still sounds as good as ever. Every track is special….Best Sporting ExperienceI have played and watched sport all my life, so my playing one is easy as I scored a century on my debut for Hertfordshire when I was about 15. Watching, I am an Arsenal season ticket holder, so I would have to say seeing Tony Adams score against Everton at Highbury to seal the league title in 1998 (I am that old) – I still get goosebumps when I see that! Oooh Oooh Tony, Tony Adams!!!Best Bet I have 2! I used the odds comparison site I co-founded, easyodds, to back Sakhee to win the 2001 Arc at 25/1 with NetBetSports (long-defunct!!!) when all the other bookies had gone 6’s. Sakhee hosed up and they paid me out instead of claiming palpable error.The other saw me get in on an inside job in a 2002 Champions League Qualifier between Dynamo Tirana and Brondby. I was with someone who got word to back the Danish side to win either 4 or 5 nil at odds upto 100/1. By the time I got on with a Caribbean bookie it was 40/1. It was 2 nil to Brondby until an 87th minute goal, and a very dubious 89th minute converted penalty made it 4 nil. Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns July 27, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Ohio State vs. Oklahoma: Argue here for who deserves Playoff spot more

first_imgOhio State closing statementNick Saban vs. Urban Meyer, people. Ohio State is the only team with enough talent on both sides of the ball, other than Clemson, that can entertain beating Alabama.  Verdict Several publications will attack this question in their final round of bowl projections, and Sporting News went with the Buckeyes — but it’s a toss-up.That’s not to say Oklahoma can’t win the argument, but it’s going to be very hard to turn down the Buckeyes in this situation. The only thing giving us pause is the Tua-Kyler factor, but head-to-head we think Ohio State would beat Oklahoma. We’ve heard the phrase “four very best teams” enough to believe the committee could be swayed in that direction. The final College Football Playoff pairings will be decided on Sunday, but the biggest argument has already started in earnest.Will No. 5 Oklahoma or No. 6 Ohio State take the last spot in the four-team Playoff? MORE: Sporting News Week 14 Power RankingsOf course, that jumps to a conclusion. No. 5 Oklahoma meets No. 9 Texas in the Big 12 championship at noon ET on Saturday. The Buckeyes play No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten championship game at 8 p.m. that night.  This scenario assumes No. 1 Alabama knocks off No. 4 Georgia in the SEC championship game, No. 2 Clemson beats Pitt in the ACC championship game and both the Sooners and Buckeyes win their respective title games.A look at both teams’ Playoff resumes, and which one has the best bet to make the Playoff: Case file   Both are tough blue bloods in Power 5 conferences, and each made the Playoff the last two seasons, in part, because of the strength of a head-to-head victory against the other. One team can’t simply out-brand the other one, especially since both teams have high-flying offenses with Heisman Trophy-contending quarterbacks at the helm.Oklahoma, led by coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Kyler Murray, leads the FBS with 50.3 points per game. Ohio State, led by coach Urban Meyer and quarterback Dwayne Haskins, ranks seventh with 43.3 points per game.  Let’s break down the case for and against each team.  Oklahoma’s argument The offense isn’t just good; it’s well-rounded and can be unstoppable. The Sooners and Buckeyes are No. 1 and No. 2 in total offense, but Oklahoma ranks in the top 10 in passing offense and rushing offense:  SchoolTotalPassRushOklahoma583.7319.4264.3Ohio State543.9356.0187.9The Sooners lost one game this season to Texas — a 48-45 shootout in a rivalry contest — but Oklahoma can correct that mistake against the Longhorns in the Big 12 championship game. The Sooner took care of business in road wins at Iowa State and West Virginia, and a victory against Texas would add a top-10 victory.Ohio State’s argumentOhio State dominated the top defense in the nation in a 62-39 victory against Michigan on Saturday. Oklahoma doesn’t have a victory better than that. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten East for the second consecutive season, including wins at Penn State and Michigan State.Ohio State managed that despite a three-game suspension for Urban Meyer and the loss of defensive end Nick Bosa, who was considered the best player in the country at the time. If it truly comes down to “who you play,” then Ohio State has an excellent case. When you look at Oklahoma, you know what to think about the most. Do we have to say it again?  The defense.MORE: OSU reminds committee it’s Playoff materialRebuttal against Oklahoma  Oklahoma fired its defensive coordinator after the loss to Texas, and the Sooners have given up 40 or more points in each of their last four games, not including that loss to Texas.The Sooners are 104th in total defense (449.0 ypg), which is much worse than Ohio State (399.5), which ranks 63rd. How much of a reward does that style of play deserve?Rebuttal against Ohio State Ohio State lost 49-20 at Purdue on Oct. 20, a loss that the committee simply can’t overlook. The Buckeyes beat beleaguered Maryland 52-51 and  Nebraska 31-26, teams that have combined to go 9-15. The win against Michigan is impressive, but any notion that this team is head-and-shoulders above the Sooners simply isn’t true.   About those defenses. Are they really that different? Chalk Oklahoma’s pass defense difference up to playing against better quarterbacks, too.TeamTotalPassRushOhio State398.9237.6161.3Oklahoma449.0286.6162.4MORE: Oklahoma has valuable second chance vs. TexasOklahoma closing statementAdmit it, you want to see Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray in Miami. Do we need to plant a flag to make our point?  last_img read more

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Angels Offseason Options: Lance Lynn

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros (This is the latest in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)LANCE LYNN, RHP, New York YankeesThe basics: Although Lynn missed the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, he’s still been one of the more durable pitchers in baseball. In the six full seasons he’s pitched, he’s averaged 31 starts, with a 3.57 ERA. He will be 32 next season.2018 season: Lynn was one of the players caught up in the industry’s collective unwillingness to commit to free agents over 30 last year, and he ended up signing with the Minnesota Twins halfway through spring training. He had a 4.77 ERA with the Twins and Yankees, who acquired him in July.Contract status: Lynn is a free agent, after making $12 million in 2018. Why he makes sense: The Angels need durability, and Lynn offers that. He’s pitched 175 innings five times. His troubles last season might have stemmed from missing half of spring training, which he’s not likely to do again. Also, his peripherals weren’t as bad as some of his other numbers would indicate. Lynn struck out a career-best 9.2 per nine innings last season. Statcast numbers also suggest that that the quality of contact he allowed should have led to better results. His ERA went from 5.22 in the first half to 4.13 in the second half, much of which he pitched in Yankee Stadium and the hitter-friendly American League East. His fielding independent pitching (FIP) was 3.84. Those numbers all suggest he could be a good bounce-back candidate, especially if the Angels can buy low on him and get him for a one-year deal for something around $9 million or $10 million.Why he doesn’t: Lynn is still going to be 32 and coming off his worst season, so there’s a chance he’s not going to bounce back and he’s instead going to be the pitcher he was. The Angels might choose to go for one big-ticket pitcher, instead of settling for multiple lesser ones.Previous players: C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Patrick Corbin, LHP CC Sabathia, UT Daniel Descalso, RHP Julio Teheran, LHP Gio Gonzalez, UT Marwin Gonzalez, LHP J.A. Happ, LHP Will Smith, 3B Mike Moustakas, OF Jon Jay.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone last_img read more

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