Wagner admits Huddersfield shopping list expandingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner admits his shopping list is expanding.The Terriers are in dire need of a goalscorer in their bid to survive a second season in the Premier League and additional firepower is likely to be Wagner’s number one priority.“You can trust me, I try to do this job as well as I can as a manager and if the window is in front of you, you have to prepare yourself as best you can,” he said.“I have a list and a pen and sometimes I put some more names on the list. I do what every manager does at this time of the season.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ceballos meets with Real Madrid president Florentino over Arsenal plansby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDani Ceballos has held talks with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez regarding his future while on-loan with Arsenal.The Spanish youngster joined the Gunners on a season-long loan this summer and has enjoyed an impressive start to life in north London.El Desmarque says Ceballos met with Perez this week to discuss his future and remains “hopeful” that a deal can be agreed to allow him to join Arsenal on a permanent basis. Ceballos is said to be prioritising a permanent move to Arsenal and has asked Perez to meet with the Gunners in January to discuss a deal.However, he is concerned that Perez may scupper the deal and insist on keeping the highly-rated playmaker. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Here at College Spun, believe it or not, we pass on a number of potential posts every day. Sometimes they’re too edgy. Sometimes they’re too confusing to figure out. Sometimes we just flat out run out of time. Here’s everything we passed on today, for one reason or another.1. AJ McCarron’s wife, Katherine Webb, is pissed at people on social media calling her too thin in the below photo. This isn’t really our territory any longer, but it’s interesting.2. The Harvey Updyke Twitter account, which we can’t independently verify the authenticity of, tweeted that Auburn had banned it. It’s about time.What a bunch of babies pic.twitter.com/3gqIrDeQf2— Harvey Updyke (@Harveyrolltide) February 11, 20153. A lesbian couple in Alabama got married – wearing Crimson Tide gear. We were a bit late to the party finding out the news.Melissa and Kimberly Martin got married Monday morning in Montgomery (If you couldn’t tell they’re big Alabama fans) pic.twitter.com/2H9ZCUcyFA— Kim Chandler (@StatehouseKim) February 9, 20154. FSU running back Karlos Williams has been tweeting some weird, cryptic stuff about a relationship he’s in. Back in October, he was under investigation for domestic violence. We’ll hold off on speculating what’s going on.Now I’m lying to my children and putting make believe shit in their heads. Ok. I’m bad father now.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 10, 2015Don’t have the time for someone else’s Bs when I have my own going on. Ppl so call care about you and your family but they only cause drama.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015#stressed— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015I wouldn’t shed a tear. For you I have nun to spare.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015I guess all good things come to an end. Should have seen this coming. Oh well process and move on. #Live&Learn— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 2015Victim????? Bih please.— Karlos Williams Sr. (@Karlos_Sr) February 11, 20155. Ole Miss wideout Laquon Treadwell made a lame joke about Tupac. 6. Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews went after a Twitter troll after he criticized her for promoting TruBiotics.7. Ohio State’s Brutus the Buckeye is lucky he didn’t break his face in the below video.In case u missed it-Brutus came 2 Cams 5th BDay Party-What He Did was EPIC! #UrMascotCantDoThis #AirBrutus @Court0385 pic.twitter.com/Mz1zVGSev8— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 10, 20158. Katherine Webb’s sister, Laurie Webb, lightly joked with a friend about Cam Newton’s laptop-stealing days at Florida.9. Maryland is “turning back the clock” against Indiana tonight – to 2002. We understand that the two schools played for the 2002 national title, but that seems a little ridiculous.We pulled some of our favorite 2002 throwback gear. Can’t wait to see yours! Men’s basketball vs. Indiana 9pm tonight pic.twitter.com/MVX1ELspfA— UMD Archives (@UMDArchives) February 11, 201510. Porn star Mia Khalifa, on top of being a Florida State football fan, is apparently a Duke basketball fan. Giddy up.“@CaMeRoNdO: Dukes working your squad @miakhalifa” Duke IS my bball squad— Mia Khalifa (@miakhalifa) February 10, 2015 Also Check Out: Wednesday’s Cheat Sheet
Twitter/@IllinoisLoyaltyThe long and winding college basketball career of Illinois forward Darius Paul is in serious jeopardy. After returning to the Illini following a season-long suspension for two failed drug tests, reports came out this morning that Paul had been sent home from the team’s European tour. As it turns out, Paul was arrested during a stop in France.BREAKING: Darius Paul was arrested in Deauville, France early Friday morning; charged with vandalism, public intoxication, resisting arrest— Bret Beherns (@WCIA3Bret) August 15, 2015In the release about Paul being sent home, head coach John Groce said that the forward’s status would be reevaluated when the team returned to Champaign.Darius Paul screwed up his 2nd chance. Sent home from #Illini basketball European trip after getting in trouble again pic.twitter.com/tjPpUue3WP— Ryan Baker (@RyanBakerMedia) August 15, 2015Paul has not played Division I basketball since 2012-13, when he averaged 10.4 points per game for Western Michigan. While nothing has been decided, it is difficult to imagine Paul playing for the Illini this season following this arrest.
COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: The South Carolina Gamecocks run onto the field before their game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)South Carolina junior wide receiver Pharoh Cooper didn’t play his best in the first half of the Gamecocks’ contest against UCF this past Saturday, muffing a punt and dropping a surefire touchdown pass. But in the second session, Cooper turned it on, running for a 29-yard score to give the Gamecocks the lead. He also hauled in a 35-yard touchdown to put South Carolina up two scores just before the fourth quarter started.After the game, Cooper took to Twitter to address the criticism he received for his early play. Apparently, fans were tweeting some negativity at him during the first half.LOL to all these negative tweets about me .. Ima always come through for my team baby ! Believe dat !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 I’m just human ..we all make mistakes ..— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 Nonetheless..great team win today !! Let’s get ready for next week ! #GamecockNation— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 But it’s okay.. I expect Yall to be mad .. Cause that’s not what’s expected of me ..! Forever gonna fight for my team ! I promise !— Pharoh Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) September 26, 2015 While Cooper certainly handled it well, it’s never acceptable for fans to criticize players for their play on the field. Unfortunately, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
YouTube/Jim HarbaughThe war of words between Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and the SEC continues. After Jim Harbaugh blatantly subtweeted about the SEC “whining” over his upcoming spring football team trip to IMG Academy, the conference’s commissioner Greg Sankey has responded. From AL.com:“I’m not going to reduce what is an important conversation to some childhood use of Twitter,” he said. “This is an important issue.”It doesn’t sound like the SEC will be able to block Harbaugh from doing what he wants this spring, so he’ll win this round. Even if the conference successfully changes spring football rules, Harbaugh’s not going to stop pushing the boundaries, no matter what schools and leagues it annoys.[AL.com]
Harry Maguire would be a good signing for Manchester United if they can lure him from Leicester City, says Wayne Rooney.Maguire is reportedly a target for United, as well as Premier League rivals Manchester City, but the Foxes are said to value the England international at £80 million ($97.3m), which would be a world-record fee for a defender.Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Leicester have already turned down two offers for the England international, who missed training on Monday, although James Maddison joked on social media his team-mate’s absence was due to an upset stomach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? United’s need for defensive reinforcements was exacerbated on Tuesday when it was confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that Eric Bailly could be out for five months after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.Reports in Spain have suggested United are interested in Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti, but the club’s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney has backed Maguire to be a success at Old Trafford.”I think Harry’s a good player and over the last few years he’s improved as a player,” Rooney said to ESPN FC.”He’s gotten better, and he’s been a main player for Leicester City, but also for England. I think he’d be a good signing if they can get him.” While Maguire may arrive at Old Trafford ahead of the transfer deadline on August 8, Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away.Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola confirmed this month he is working on a deal for the midfielder, who has been touted as a target for Real Madrid and former club Juventus.”It’s obviously down to the club, to the board, to the manager, but I think also to the player,” Rooney added when asked about the World Cup winner.”If the player wants to stay, he’ll stay and prove what a good player he is.”Behind the scenes, I’m sure they’re working on whether to keep him or whether to let him go.”
ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes run to the field before play against the USC Trojans during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 3 of the college football season is already underway thanks to Hurricane Florence causing some scheduling chaos. This Saturday, there are several big games on the docket.Ohio State-TCU and Auburn-LSU are arguably the two most intriguing games. They could have College Football Playoff implications down the line.ESPN’s panel of experts made picks for those two games, as well as Boise State-Oklahoma State and Washington-Utah. They released those predictions today.The breakdown for the four games is below.All 17 panelists took Auburn over LSU.Fourteen of 17 experts chose Ohio State over TCU.Sixteen of 17 like Washington over Utah.Boise State-Oklahoma State is the most “even” game. Ten panelists picked the Broncos, while seven took the Cowboys.Here’s a look at a few of the score predictions for the weekend.You can check out all of ESPN’s picks here.Auburn and LSU will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS, while Boise State-Oklahoma State will be at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The other two games are at night.Ohio State-TCU will be on at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, while Washington-Utah gets going at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)On Saturday afternoon, Ohio State traveled to Maryland to take on the Terrapins. It wasn’t supposed to be a difficult contest, but this season has been anything but ordinary for the Buckeyes.Ohio State looked rattled early in the contest and gave up touchdowns runs of 81 and 75 yards in the first quarter of play. The team settled down a bit after that, but the Buckeyes enter halftime trailing 24-17.It’s been a rough season for the Buckeyes and it’s not getting any better today.As his team ran into the locker room, Urban Meyer stopped for a quick interview. Unsurprisingly, Meyer was upset with his team’s first half performance.His message was simple.Urban Meyer – “Just awful.”Yep.— Brett Payne (@BrettPayne23) November 17, 2018Ohio State needs a comeback win if the Buckeyes want to remain in the Big Ten title hunt. A loss today would give Michigan a spot in the Big Ten title game against Northwestern.Can the Buckeyes turn it around?
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A former ACC head football coach has reportedly landed a new head coaching gig.Mike London, who led Virginia’s football program from 2010-15, will reportedly be the next head coach at William & Mary.Football Scoop is reporting that London has landed the job:Multiple sources with direct knowledge tell FootballScoop Mike London has the job and will be announced later today. Mike London is the new head football coach at William & Mary.Legendary William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock is retiring after the season.London, 58, was previously an assistant coach at Maryland and the head coach at Howard.An official announcement on the hiring could be coming today.Stay tuned.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – SEPTEMBER 17: UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters do a flyover before a game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas State Bobcats at Razorback Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Bobcats 42-3. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)College football’s early signing day is wrapping up, with almost all of the country’s top recruits making their commitments official.Of course, the top of the recruiting rankings is dominated by the usual suspects – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, etc.One surprising SEC program has one of the most-impressive classes in the country, though.That school: Arkansas.“Signing Day’s biggest surprise? That would be Arkansas at No. 12, ahead of FSU, Auburn and Florida. How did they nab likely best class in school history? With John Chavis moonlighting as an electrician and the annoying little brother from The Blind Side,” Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel tweeted.Signing Day’s biggest surprise? That would be Arkansas at No. 12, ahead of FSU, Auburn and Florida. How did they nab likely best class in school history? With John Chavis moonlighting as an electrician and the annoying little brother from The Blind Side. https://t.co/xKRS2MEfWc— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 19, 2018Arkansas had a disappointing 2018 season, going 2-10 and finishing last in their own division, but if the recruiting can continue like this, the Razorbacks will begin to surge up in the conference.
Pac-12 after brunch? League exploring games kicking off at 9 a.m. PT in 2019 https://t.co/6FPjxmhP2C— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) July 24, 2019This is certainly an unconventional approach, but with the Pac-12 kind of in a tough spot time zone wise, it might be worth a shot.Besides, what is better than waking up and having a college football game already on?On the flip-side, tailgating for a 9 a.m. kickoff would be quite rough for fans. Hey, no one said this idea was perfect. LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 02: A general view of the stadium during the game between the Washington Huskies and the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 2, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)The Pac-12 has dealt with issues regarding the kickoff times of its games in recent years, and the conference is eyeing an outside-the-box solution: 9 a.m. kickoffs.College football fans on the East Coast have complained that Pac-12 games start and end too late. Meanwhile, West Coast Pac-12 fans are tired of not being able to have any early afternoon kickoffs because of the time difference.Commissioner Larry Scott said this week the league has spoken with Fox about putting a Pac-12 game in the noon ET/9 a.m. PT slot as early as this fall.“We’ve discussed it recently. That would be new and out of the box for our conference but I’ve tried to put everything on the table. There’s a lot of frustration from fans in certain markets to the late night kicks,” Scott told NBC Sports. “I’d like to see one or tow games this season that are 12 noon (ET) kicks be Pac-12 games and see what markets might respond positively to that.”
Next Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgeryThree-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.advertisement Reuters LondonMarch 6, 2019UPDATED: March 6, 2019 18:48 IST Andy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndy Murray may play doubles at Wimbledon following hip surgery in JanuaryMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on his career”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray saidAndy Murray is looking to make a comeback to the tennis circuit and possibly play doubles at Wimbledon after he revealed he is now pain free following hip resurfacing surgery in January this year.Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray said before his first round exit at the Australian Open in January that the tournament could be his last as a professional due to severe hip pain, with the surgery aimed at improving his quality of life.”I want to continue playing for sure. I have no pain in my hip anymore,” Murray told Sky News.”The rehab is slow but going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it’s possible I’d love to compete again.”All of the surgeons that I’ve spoken to have been very honest about that and we just have to wait and see.”Murray had also hoped to play at this year’s Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice. But the 31-year-old said he might consider playing doubles, like American Bob Bryan did after a similar procedure, as it put less stress on the hip.”I think for singles, most likely it would be [too soon to play at Wimbledon]. I can’t say for sure,” Murray added.”But doubles, I mean Bob Bryan was back playing at the Australian Open after 5-1/2 months so Wimbledon comes pretty much 5-1/2 months after I’d had my operation.”I communicate with him daily about starting the rehab that he was doing and things that worked and didn’t.”advertisementMurray also said he would give himself “seven or eight months” before taking a call on whether he would continue playing competitively.”By then I’ll know definitively this is as good as it’s going to get. That’s kind of the time frame that I’ve set myself in my head that if things aren’t going well,” he said.”It takes time for muscles and things to heal properly and me to get used to moving around with it. But I’d say that would be a fair amount of time before I’d be able to say definitively this isn’t good enough or this actually feels great.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Andy Murray
India support staff selection: 16 interviewed for physio job, 12 for strength and conditioning coachThe selection process of the support staff began on Monday and the ‘five wise men’ have interviewed 14 candidates for batting position including incumbent Sanjay Bangar.advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiAugust 21, 2019UPDATED: August 21, 2019 23:30 IST Support staff attends to Indian skipper Virat Kohli (IANS Photo)The process to pick the support staff of the Indian cricket team continued on Wednesday when the selection committee interviewed 16 aspirants eyeing the physio’s job and 12 for the position of strength and conditioning coach.The support staff will be appointed for a period of two years beginning from the series against South Africa till the end of the 2021 T20 World Cup to be held in India.The team is set to get a new physio and trainer after Patrick Farhat and Shankar Basu expressed their unwillingness to continue.Among those who appeared for trainer’s post was Rajnikanth, who is associated with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.Sudarshan VP, who was India team’s strength and conditioning coach for a brief period and was also associated with National Cricket Academy, too was interviewed.Noted sports orthopedic doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala and Ranadeep Moitra, a former first-class cricketer and a strength and conditioning coach, assisted the five-member selection panel led by former India wicket-keeper MSK Prasad.The selection process of the support staff began on Monday and the ‘five wise men’ have interviewed 14 candidates for batting position including incumbent Sanjay Bangar, 12 aspirants for bowling coach position including the current coach Bharat Arun.They also interviewed nine candidates including incumbent R Sridhar and former South Africa player Jonty Rhodes for the fielding coach’s role.Twenty five candidates have applied for the post of administrative manager position and are set to be interviewed on Thursday, when the entire process will concluded.Incumbent Sunil Subramaniam, who allegedly misbehaved with official of the Indian High Commission in West Indies, will also appear for the interview on Thursday.advertisementHowever, he is unlikely to be picked again.It is also understood that the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri will assist the selectors when the interviews for the administrative manager’s position will be held.A source said that after the process is over, the selection panel will give their recommendations to the CEO, who in turn will give it to the Committee of Administrators.The announcement will happen only after the recommended names are vetted by the legal team for potential conflict of interest. The announcement of the support staff will be made on Thursday.Last week, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, former player and coach Anshuman Gaikwad and former women’s captain Shantha Rangaswamy had reappointed Ravi Shastri as the team’s coach till the end of 2021 T20 World Cup.Also Read | IND vs WI 1st Test: I will play Rohit and Ashwin over Vihari and Kuldeep, says SehwagAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Indian cricket teamFollow NCAFollow physio Patrick FarhartFollow Support staff
This 1949 Barn Find Coupe Was Resurrected As a 638-Horsepower Hellraiser As for the exterior of the car, well, just look at this magnificent machine. Styled to resemble the original car, the 935 Clubsport is a wolf sans all sheep’s clothing. It’s not for the street or your local autocross. This is a track weapon. Most of the exterior is comprised of a “weight-optimized” aluminum-steel construction. There’s also a number of panels built of a carbon-kevlar weave to help drop the 935 Clubsport’s overall weight to just 1,380 kg — that’s 3,036 lbs to us Americans. In 1976, Porsche delivered the 935 to the world, a car that would enthrall its drivers, fans, and competitors for years to come. The factory turbocharged, race-ready 911 did not just solidify Porsche’s race car engineering prowess, but brought Stuttgart the overall win at the 1979 24hrs of Le Mans, as well as another 123 race wins. Suffice it to say, the 935-mantle was, and is, a badass – one that’s ripe to be reimagined using the best of Porsche’s latest technology. Meet the new Porsche 935 Clubsport.PorscheBuilt around Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS, the new 935 Clubsport is a twin-turbocharged, 700 horsepower racer meant to not just thrill drivers, but to humiliate race tracks across the globe. Unlike its predecessor, however, the 935 Clubsport retains the road car’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, though the gears themselves have been strengthened for the heavy track use the car is intended for. The car’s shifters, though, are behind the hand grips of the race-ready steering wheel built of carbon fiber and leather, and features the sort of racing buttonry you’d expect from Porsche’s GT-Class racers. Keeping the driver safe is a full, race-spec roll-cage with integrated 6-point racing harnesses, an FIA-approved seat, a fire suppression system, and a removable roof escape hatch for those times the doors aren’t available for egress. Adding to its racing credentials, the 935 Clubsport also has racing air jacks that can pop the car up, and slam it back down, for when you need to pit, change tires, refuel, and get back out onto the track quickly. The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer You’d imagine that with that list of race-ready componentry the 935 Clubsport would be indeed “ready” to race at the next 24hrs of Le Mans. You’d, however, be wrong. The 935 Clubsport is a track toy and as such, not homologated for any race series in the world. It’s a rich person’s plaything. A plaything with 700 hp and a cage, but a plaything nonetheless. However, you likely won’t ever see one because Porsche is only be building 77 935 Clubsports, each coming with a sticker that reads near $1 million. But to put that in context, the original 935 that won the 24hrs of Le Mans, and also piloted by Paul Newman, sold not too long ago for $4.4 million. So, a cool $1 million doesn’t seem all that unreasonable. And though it may not have the racing pedigree of the original, we cannot deny the new 935 Clubsport is a car we’d very much like to wallop in France, California, or Florida on each’s most famous race tracks.Not quite enough Porsche news for you? Learn about the brand’s newest 911 in all its open-top glory. A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart Editors’ Recommendations 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now
Some $401.9 million has been provided to continue work in four parishes, under phase two of the government’s Rural Road Rehabilitation Project.The allocation, which is set out in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of the House, aims to rehabilitate approximately 47 kilometres of road and supporting infrastructure in sections of Clarendon, Trelawny, Manchester and St. Catherine.These corridors include: just over 22 kilometres of roadway from Sour Sop Turn to Danks, and Danks to Mears Bridge (Trout Hall) in Clarendon; 16 kilometres of road linking Stettin with Highgate Hall in Trelawny; and the 8.8 kilometre Williamsfield to Greenvale road.Jointly funded by the Government of Jamaica and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the project, which commenced in April 2008, has seen implementing agency, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, undertaking several activities up to the end of February 2013.These include: completion of land acquisition surveys; approval of 407 of 507 parcels of land by the National Land Agency (NLA), for acquisition; and commencement of negotiations with the property owners for the acquisition of the lands.Activities slated for execution during 2013/14 include: surveying of 198 parcels of land for acquisition between Danks and Trout Hall in Clarendon, and commencement of the land acquisition process for 98 parcels between Sour Sop Turn and Chapelton in the parish and awarding the contract to effect road works along that corridor; and relocation of 139 utility poles.The project, which has been extended twice, is slated for completion in June 2014.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporter
zoom State-of-the-art fishing vessel Taurus has entered service under the survey of Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS).The ship was built to the dual RS/DNV class and registered under the flag of the Russian Federation. The ordering customer and shipowner is ZAO TAURUS of Murmansk.The Taurus is intended for fisheries, i.e. stern trawl, and in accordance with that the vessel is equipped with facilities for the processing, packing, freezing, and warehousing of caught fish.Automated lines make it possible to butcher and freeze cod, produce fillets and canned fish with minimum manned operation. Production processes are monitored online from the office of the owner company in Murmansk.The ship is 63.85 m long, 13.5 m wide and will be driven by an engine having a power 4,500 kW. The new trawler was built by ULJANIK shipyard in Pula, Croatia.At present, the outfitting of a sister ship Mirakh for ZAO Murmanseld-2 is under way at the yard. This trawler delivery is planned for July 2014.RS, April 14, 2014
zoom Scotland’s largest container port, the Port of Grangemouth, has embarked on a major investment program this month to increase the terminal’s capacity for storing containers.The port’s owner, Forth Ports Limited, is investing in surface upgrading works on an area of some 6,325 square metres.The investment is designed to increase the busy container terminal’s total capacity to 12,000 TEUs, a 50% increase since 2005.The resurfacing at the terminal will see the construction of a heavy duty concrete pavement and other works which will create additional storage lanes for laden containers in addition to improved equipment access to landside and shipside operations.This work is expected to be completed and ready for business in October 2015 and represents the second phase of a five year investment plan to improve the storage capabilities of the terminal. It is expected that the capacity will grow by a further 10% over the 5 year period in line with market demand.In addition to this upgrade, the port has commissioned a feasibility study to assess the viability and cost of deepening the shipping channel within the port to enable it to bring larger, heavier container ships and bulk vessels to the quayside. This deepening project, which would see the dock water depth taken from 7.5 metres to over 10 metres, is expected to entail a multimillion pound capital investment and would take around three years to complete.Both projects have been commissioned in response to changes in the container shipping market where there is a trend towards larger capacity feeder vessels which require deeper water to access the port’s quaysides.“This is an important investment for the business which will further secure Grangemouth’s position as Scotland’s largest container terminal. We have analysed the shipping trends and identified the growing demand to accommodate larger vessels from around the world. Through this investment, we will ensure that the Port of Grangemouth remains front and centre for Scotland’s importers and exporters,” said Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive of Forth Ports.
zoom The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship.”SEA Europe, IndustriAll Europe and the NGO Shipbreaking Platform have joined the EESC in supporting the incentive that will make sure ships are recycled in a safe and environmentally sound manner.“European ship recycling companies are competitive with regards to sustainability and should be encouraged by an enabling public policy that will push ship owners towards the use of these facilities as well as enhance R&D towards more cost effective solutions in Europe,” Christophe Tytgat, Secretary General of SEA Europe, said.The aim of a financial incentive is to make sure that ship owners use the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities and do not simply circumvent the EU Ship Recycling Regulation by flagging out to a non-EU ship registry.The EESC opinion supports a financial incentive that recognises the responsibility of the ship owner through the ‘polluter pays principle’ and builds the cost of responsible recycling into ship operating costs.“The social and environmental impacts of shipbreaking on the beaches of South Asia can no longer be viewed as an externality and should be accounted for in shipping companies’ individual accounts. Introducing a financial incentive at the EU level is feasible and in line with established legal principles,” Ingvild Jenssen, Policy Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.
zoom ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), Calor and Orkney Islands Council have signed an agreement to collaborate in the Caledonia LNG project.The aim is to develop the infrastructure, storage and technical support needed to enable safe liquefied natural gas (LNG) operations for customers in the north of the UK and North Sea, including bunkering.The partners parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on November 22 to investigate opportunities to supply LNG for marine and land-based applications.“The Memorandum of Understanding is a clear indicator that ExxonMobil, Babcock International Group, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) and Calor are determined to leverage their history and expertise with LNG to work with Orkney Islands Council to maximise the possibilities for customers,” Luca Volta, LNG Venture Manager at ExxonMobil Marine Fuels, said.“We will also draw upon our extensive global marine network to provide our customers in northern UK and the North Sea with LNG bunker fuel.”The recent decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to implement a global 0.50% sulphur cap on vessel emissions in 2020 is likely to increase demand for compliant low-sulphur fuel options, which could include LNG.ExxonMobil will explore the potential for its global marine network to deliver LNG bunker fuel to customers in the region as well as providing technical support and expertise to enable safe LNG bunkering operations.Babcock International Group will provide storage, handling and distribution of LNG, while BSM would supervise the building, management and operation of the marine craft and related assets for the project.Calor will investigate opportunities to supply LNG to industrial and automotive sector customers and Orkney Islands Council would provide port services and security.