Greg Adkins (I wanted to call him “Joe”) opened up his comments on spring ball with a real stunner of a statement recently.“I don’t think we ever got real good at anything running the football last year,” said Adkins. Ray Charles could have told me that.But there’s help on the way. Larry Williams has been the most-talked about JUCO recruit that could help buoy an offensive line that needs to be buoyed. Adkins said he’s cautiously optimistic about Williams’ development.“For Larry being here basically four practices,” said Adkins. “He’s where a lot of these guys were at this point last year. Fundamentally and technique-wise he’s got a ways to go. He certainly has a gifted skill set we have to develop and harness. He’s learning a new language as we go.“I think Larry’s situation is one that we’ve got to continue to harp on all the little things because he doesn’t know anything, so every day is a learning curve for him. But I like his attitude and I like where he’s at.” If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Jamie Vardy scored on his 250th Leicester City appearance as the Foxes ended an 18-year wait for a Premier League win at Chelsea in a 1-0 triumph.The former England striker had been starved of service until clinically finishing a brilliant Leicester counter early in the second half, which ultimately proved enough to clinch a first win at Stamford Bridge since 2000.It was a hugely frustrating afternoon for Maurizio Sarri’s side, who controlled large periods of the game and saw Eden Hazard – one shy of 100 competitive goals for the Blues – hit the crossbar in the first half as well as Marcos Alonso strike the post in the 91st minute when clean through. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Chelsea, who lost a league match at home for the first time under Sarri, consequently head into Christmas 11 points behind leaders Liverpool, while rumours that Leicester were planning on sacking Claude Puel may subside after this much-needed win.The Blues’ play was sharp if lacking in incisiveness early doors, although David Luiz was desperately close to meeting Pedro’s flick on from a Willian corner.1-0 to #lcfc@Madders10 @vardy7 #CheLei pic.twitter.com/mzxhsZi4Ij— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 22, 2018Leicester had an almighty let-off when Hazard pounced on Harry Maguire’s poor control and rifled an effort against the crossbar.Neither team had a shot on target until the 41st minute with Kepa Arrizabalaga’s strong hand keeping out Wilfred Ndidi’s stinging 30-yard drive.Willian tamely struck at Kasper Schmeichel after a fine team move, while Jorginho’s well-hit half-volley forced the Leicester keeper into action again as Chelsea finished the half strong.The Blues were caught cold six minutes after the break, though. Leicester launched a counter-attack that led to James Maddison slipping in Vardy to emphatically fire past Kepa when one-on-one.Schmeichel was sharp to keep out Hazard’s left-foot effort from a tight angle, and at the other end Kepa’s spill from Marc Albrighton’s cross needed swift action from Cesar Azpilicueta to deny Vardy.Leicester’s goal lived a charmed life in the closing stages with Antonio Rudiger heading wide from point-blank range and Alonso fluffing his lines by striking the left post when one-on-one.What does it mean? Relief for Puel, but Blues’ title hopes stungPuel has faced rumours this week that squad disharmony and a return of one league win in six could lead to his sacking, but a big triumph here is a much-needed early Christmas present. There will be little festive cheer for the hosts, though, who are 11 points off the top and stewing over a first home defeat since April.Christmas party time for VardyLeicester fans love to affectionately sing ‘Jamie Vardy’s having a party’ and he had cause for celebration with a typically clinical counter-attacking goal. The Foxes had done little to provide chances for Vardy until his goal, but when it came he did not disappoint. Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell also impressed for the away side.Kante paying a high priceThere is arguably no better defensive midfielder on the planet than N’Golo Kante. But Sarri’s insistence on playing the France international in an advanced position to slot Jorginho deeper in his midfield is not bringing the best out of the former Leicester star. On a few occasions, Kante found himself high up the pitch but lacking the attacking quality to break the Foxes’ rear-guard.Key Opta Facts- Chelsea have failed to find the back of the net in two of their last four home Premier League games, as many as in their previous 21.- Jamie Vardy has scored 13 goals in his last 15 Premier League appearances. – Leicester midfielder James Maddison has created 41 goal-scoring chances in the Premier League this season, more than any other English player. What’s next?The festive season kicks into gear with Chelsea making the hop across London aiming to bounce back at Watford on Boxing Day, while the Foxes will look for another unlikely win at home to Manchester City. read more
Pep Guardiola has defended his decision to start Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the bench as Manchester City fell further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.De Bruyne came on to score a fortuitous 85th-minute goal on Saturday, but the damage had already been done. Jeffrey Schlupp’s first-half goal cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener and an Andros Townsend wonder strike was added to by Luka Milivojevic’s penalty.The result means City are four points behind Liverpool at the summit, with back-to-back trips to Leicester City and Southampton to come before they host Jurgen Klopp’s side on January 3. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Aguero, who replaced Nicolas Otamendi as Guardiola chased the game at 2-1, and De Bruyne started the midweek Carabao Cup triumph at Leicester City following recent lay-offs, while Guardiola watched John Stones turn in a mixed performance at the base of his midfield in Fernandinho’s injury-enforced absence.”When you win I am a genius, when you lose I am not good,” City’s manager told a post-match news conference.”I don’t know what would happen if Kevin starts or Sergio starts. Dinho is injured, yesterday he felt that problem. John played so good in Leicester [in the unfamiliar position] so I wanted to give another option for [defending] long balls.”He played good except for one ball. I admire and give credit to people who try and adapt to positions they are not used to.”With a hectic and now pivotal period to come in his team’s title defence, Guardiola denied he was being overly cautious with two of his prized assets.”Of course he could have played – I decide to play the other ones,” he said of De Bruyne, whose action has been limited by a pair of medial knee ligament injuries this season, although the Belgium star now has two goals in as many appearances.”Gabriel [Jesus] scored two goals in the last game here versus Everton. Sergio needs more time to get rhythm.”Kevin’s condition is better. We put in six or seven players with fresh legs. That is going to happen in the future.”When you have a lot of games, everyone has to play. The guys who played did absolutely everything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Former Manchester United forward Michael Owen feels that the departure of Jose Mourinho has been a breath of fresh air around the club, and that the more relaxed atmosphere was reflected in Saturday’s drubbing of Cardiff City.A double from Jesse Lingard added to Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial’s goals as United ran riot in a 5-1 victory in south Wales.That win meant Solskjaer, who replaced the sacked Mourinho on an interim basis, enjoyed the perfect start on the bench for the Red Devils, who also cut the deficit behind fourth-placed Chelsea to eight points. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Mourinho’s final months at United were marred by reported rifts with players and poor results, and Owen believes that his sacking has given the club a new lease of life.”It’s not that you don’t want to put a huge amount of praise on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’s obviously had an immediate impact, but he can’t have done much in such a short period of time.” Owen said to BT Sport. “It’s basically the shackles are now off and people can express themselves, people are actually smiling within the club now.”That makes all the difference to anybody’s performance.”Wayne Rooney also praised the Norwegian’s impact, while also alluding to the toxic atmosphere that accompanied Mourinho’s last days.”They looked a bit restricted. The players have got a lot of ability, and today we’ve seen that,” he said.”Playing for Manchester United, it’s a lot of pressure and a lot of things were happening around the team, around the manager, which is never easy to deal with as a player.”I think the players have just got that freedom. Ole has given them that as well. You’ve seen what they can do. I think today was a fantastic day for the club.”United continue their Premier League campaign on December 26, hosting Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita are set to hand Liverpool a double injury boost ahead of the Reds’ Boxing Day clash with Newcastle.The pair are expected to be passed fit for Wednesday’s game having shaken off ankle and foot injuries respectively.Alexander-Arnold will return to full training on Monday having missed his side’s last two games. The 20-year-old watched Friday’s win at Wolves from the away end at Molineux, and has made good progress from the ankle problem sustained against Napoli earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The news comes at a good time for Jurgen Klopp, who has used James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne at right-back in Alexander-Arnold’s absence. Milner started there against Wolves, while Clyne impressed against Manchester United in what was his first league start of the season.The prognosis on Keita, too, is a positive one. The Guinean midfielder was taken off at Wolves having sustained cuts to his foot and ribs in separate incidents, but there is unlikely to be any lasting damage. Keita is due to report for training as normal on Monday having been assessed by the club’s medical staff.Klopp gave his players Sunday off as they prepare for back-to-back home games this week. After taking on Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle on Boxing Day, Liverpool entertain Arsenal on Saturday, looking to maintain, or perhaps extend, their four-point gap to Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.The Reds, of course, travel to the Etihad Stadium on January 3 in what promises to be a thrilling, and pivotal, encounter.Klopp will consider making changes to his starting line-up for the Newcastle game, with Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Gini Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri all pushing for starts as Liverpool look to record an eighth straight league win. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is the most “decisive” player in the world after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Belgium boss Roberto Martinez.A talismanic figure at Stamford Bridge has often drawn comparisons to the very finest performers on the planet.He is considered to have fallen short in the past, with his goal return and ability to dictate proceedings on a regular basis called into question. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Hazard has, however, starred for club and country in 2018 to position himself towards the top of the pecking order in the Premier League and further afield.Martinez believes the 27-year-old is delivering the finest form of his career to date, with only iconic figures at Barcelona and Juventus bettering him over a prolonged period of time.He told The Times: “At international level, I have only seen a player playing at the very top consistently. “If you take Ronaldo and Messi away, I don’t think you can find another player as decisive. “Eden has won the league at Lille, a team that didn’t have the right to win it.“And he has won the league at Chelsea in two different projects. “He’s been the leader of a nation at a World Cup who got the bronze medal. “The consistency is there, and he is at the best moment of his career right now.”Hazard has contributed eight goals and nine assists to the Chelsea cause this season, having been eased into domestic action on the back of his efforts in Russia over the summer.He was, however, powerless to prevent the Blues from suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Leicester in their most recent outing.Maurizio Sarri has thrown in the title towel on the back of that result, with a top-four finish now considered to be the best his side can hope for.Whether that proves enough to keep Hazard at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, with an ambitious figure having drawn plenty of interest from Real Madrid and made no secret of his admiration for the Blancos.
Timothy Weah has confirmed he will leave Paris Saint-Germain on loan in order to gain more first-team experience.The United States international broke into the PSG squad at the end of last season, but has struggled to hold down a place in the current campaign and has not been in the matchday squad since August.He has only played three games in all competitions this season and hopes a loan move will help him improve as a player and put him in a better position to be a PSG regular next season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? The 18-year-old forward announced his intention to leave on loan in a long Instragram post, thanking his followers and PSG’s fans for their support.”I just want to take the time to talk to everyone about the decision my family and I made about going on loan this winter,” Weah wrote.”First of all, I want to thank the fans for their constant support, as well as the coaching staff and my team-mates for making me feel part of the family. These few months were great even though I did not play much, I was always grateful for the opportunities I had at the beginning of the season because it opened many doors for me this winter.”I love you and I know you will go to the end and you will take the cup this year, God is with you all. I will miss the fans as well as the energy you bring to each game. I love you and God bless you. I hope that after these six months, I will be ready to return to the Parc des Princes and give everything to make you proud to be Parisian.”Weah has been linked with a loan move to Scottish champions Celtic, with Brendan Rodgers eager to find a replacement for striker Moussa Dembele who left at the end of the summer transfer window.Should Weah move to Scotland, the teenager would be eligible to play for Celtic in the Europa League, with the Bhoys facing Valencia in the round of 32.
PASADENA, CA – NOVEMBER 22: General view of the opening play between the USC Trojans and the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Last month, former four-star quarterback Devon Modster announced his transfer from UCLA football.Modster, a member of UCLA’s 2016 class, was a blue-chip recruiting win for the Bruins. He chose the school after flipping from Arizona.247Sports ranked him as the No. 306 player in the country. He was the No. 13 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 43 player in California.The Devon Modster transfer decision from UCLA football was made official back on Sept. 21.He announced the move on Twitter:“First and foremost I would like to thank my teammates for always grinding with me day in and day out, creating memories that I will cherish for a lifetime. I would like to thank Coach Mora for giving me the opportunity to play and attend such a prestigious school! Also I’d like to thank the Bruin Fans who continued to support my teammates an I throughout these years. I’d like to thank Coach Kelly and the strength coaches for allowing me to continue to play the game I love, BUT I’ve decided to leave UCLA and pursue other opportunities.“Best of luck to the Bruin Families!”Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a four-star freshman, started most of the season, while Michigan transfer Wilton Speight has come on in a few games, and replaced Thompson-Robinson after an apparent injury during UCLA’s win over Arizona.Modster has since enrolled at Palomar College, a junior college in San Marcos, Calif., and recently took a visit to Boise State. His brother Sean Modster is a senior wide receiver for the Broncos. From 247Sports:Modster wanted to watch his brother in action but also meet up with coach (Zak) Hill (QB coach) and gauge if the Broncos had interest.“I was able to sit down with coach Hill and he’s an awesome guy,” Modster said. “We talked for a while and I asked him if they’re looking for a quarterback who can come in mid-year.“He said they liked my film and want a guy who can stay in the pocket and make all the throws but can also run as well. He said they’re still evaluating what they want to do and he would let me know by December if they were going to take an older guy or if they want a young guy out of high school.”He also mentioned a few other schools that are involved with him. NC State was the biggest name, but it sounds like Modster is probably Group of Five-bound, as he wants a situation in which he can step right in and play.“San Jose State and Nevada have reached out,” Modster said. “I’ve also talked to San Diego State a little as well. Angus McClure is at Nevada now and he was our DL coach when I was at UCLA so we’ve talked a few times and that would be a good option for me.“I talked to coach (Blane) Morgan (QB coach) at San Diego State and I’ve heard a little from North Carolina State too. Right now I’m just doing research and looking for schools who start a senior quarterback or a school where they don’t have a lot of depth. I only have two years left so being able to compete for playing time right away is pretty important.”If one of those Mountain West teams lands him, it could be a coup. Modster played in five games as a redshirt freshman for the Bruins last season, and his numbers are impressive. He completed 51-of-79 passes for 671 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions. Ultimately, however, it didn’t seem like he was a fit with Chip Kelly’s offense after the coaching change.[247Sports]
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin BurkhardtFOX Sports college football analyst Joel Klatt has a top 10 team on “upset alert” heading into Week 9 of the regular season. He believes it’s a “classic” trap game.Penn State, the No. 6 team in the country following the Nittany Lions’ home win over Michigan, is taking on Michigan State in East Lansing this weekend.James Franklin’s team is coming off a huge home win and now it has to play a tough Spartans team on the road. That could spell trouble.“This is a terrible spot for Penn State…think about what it takes out of you to win back-to-back games against ranked teams…and by the way, they got away with a win against Michigan. Michigan was really the better team in the second half,” explained Klatt, per Saturday Tradition. “Now you’ve gotta turn right back around and go on the road against a defensive power. This is likely to be a low-scoring affair, you’re likely to start running out of some energy, you go on the road. This is a classic trap game where Michigan State has history against Penn State…I’m a bit nervous for Penn State this week. I think a win in any form – win by 3, by 2, whatever, it doesn’t matter – if they can get out of this week with a win, that is a huge plus for Penn State.”You can view his full comments below:Michigan State has had Penn State’s number in recent years, and @PennStateFball is coming off back-to-back tough wins. @joelklatt of @CFBONFOX breaks down the challenges @MSU_Football will pose this weekend once again for the Nittany Lions: pic.twitter.com/Y9gcX8I9DW— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 23, 2019ESPN’s Football Power Index also has the Nittany Lions on upset alert. The FPI is giving Michigan State a roughly 30 percent chance of winning this game.Penn State and Michigan State are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC.
6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The vessel is capable of a top speed of 20 knots (25 if you spring for the beefier GTS model). For you land folk, that’s just under 30 miles per hour. While that may not seem like a “breakneck” clip, keep in mind this is a 165-foot long behemoth. For trips across the Atlantic Ocean, the GTT can sustain 17 knots. Plus, a hybrid propulsion system coupled with a rooftop solar panel array allows it to remain at anchor overnight with zero emissions and in total silence.Dynamiq is an ultra-luxury, Monaco-based shipbuilder. They’re credited as the first-ever manufacturer to design an entire category of all-aluminum, sport cruising superyachts capable of greater than 20-knot speeds and a 3,000-mile range. The entirely new class of yacht was dubbed Gran Turismo Transatlantic (hence “GTT”).The price tag? The “entry-level” GTT 165 starts at €24,400,000 (approximately USD $29.6 million). While that doesn’t include taxes, delivery fees, or the European models in the brochure, it still feels like a steal. Don’t forget to set aside an extra quarter-mil for a proper “dinghy.” 1 of 3 The Adastra Trimaran Is a Luxury Adventure Yacht Unlike Any Other Behold the World’s Most Adventure-Ready Electric Motorcycle 1 of 3 Next Previous Previous Next There are boats, and there are yachts. And then there are superyachts. Most mortal men would be happy with a Bayliner and a cooler full of Sierra Nevada. Others (we’re talking social media moguls and anyone ever profiled on American Greed) need more — a lot more. Enter Dynamiq.The Dynamiq GTT 165 Foiling Superyacht is a 165-foot pleasure craft for the 1 percent of 1 percenters — a ship whose manufacturer peppers its marketing literature with words like “uncompromising.” It’s hard to disagree. The GTT line, the flagship entry in Dynamiq’s eye-popping line-up of yachts,is available in a 5- or 6-cabin layout with a 65-foot sundeck, a high-tech cinema lounge with a 75-inch outdoor TV, a beautiful bar, a Jacuzzi, and either a gym or spa —your call.More than just a pretty face, the GTT 165 also packs a boatload (get it?) of clever, high-tech gadgetry under the hood. Dynamiq worked with hydrodynamic specialists to create a first-of-its-kind hull. The design features two underwater foils that lift that yacht out of the water as it increases its speed. As this decreases contact with the surface of the water, it simultaneously decreases drag and boosts fuel efficiency. The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski Editors’ Recommendations Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat
zoom A gas cylinder exploded on Sunday at a shipbreaking yard, owned by Shital Enterprise, located in Sitakunda Upazila, the Chittagong district of Bangladesh, injuring eight workers at the site who were preparing for work.The workers are reported to be in critical condition, according to local media.The NGO Shipbreaking Platform told World Maritime News that the accident has been confirmed by the organization’s local colleagues and trade unions.The explosion is said to have been caused by a leak from a gas cylinder that burst into flames after one of the workers lit up a cigarette in the enclosed area filled with gas, violating safety procedures. Other reports indicate that the fire erupted amid workers’ attempts to light up the gas-filled area.“The recent explosion at Shitol Enterprises, which seriously injured eight workers, is one of many fatal and severe accidents that have already occurred this year in the Chittagong shipbreaking yards. Explosions of gas cylinders happen very frequently and are a sign of both substandard safety measures and a lack of training of workers who are unaware of hazards and proper procedures,” the Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger said in a statement to World Maritime News.“Often, accident also involve children and young workers – whose presence in the yards is illegal under Bangladeshi and international law. I am wondering how many more accidents we have to document before the authorities decide to hold a yard manager accountable for putting peoples’ lives in danger – and for how long European ship owners still want to profit from this dirty business?,” the statement adds.The blast comes in less than two weeks from another blast reported in August, when one worker died and two were injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a ship breaking yard in the Chittagong district. The workers were cutting iron sheets inside the yard on August 25, when a gas cylinder burst and exploded.The shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh are notorious for their lack of adhering to proper safety regulations as workers at majority of shipbreaking yards in the country are not equipped with the necessary safety gear resulting in various types of accidents, often fatal.Between April and July 2015, the NGO Shipbreaking Platform documented at least six fatal accidents in the shipbreaking yards in Bangladesh.Shital Enterprise has yet to respond to request for comment sent by World Maritime News.World Maritime News Staff
Ulstein’s largest offshore construction vessel yet, yard number 302, named Island Venture, has entered the final stage of her sea trials.Island Venture, being built by Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft for Island Offshore/Edison Chouest Offshore, has been thoroughly tested at sea trials this week, and after the final tests are finished, the vessel will return to the yard by the end of the week to be completed.“The sea trial has so far gone as expected. Some challenges will always emerge on sea trials, but we are now well underway with the DP tuning. With hard work, further testing and class punch towards the delivery, we will manage to complete our mission. “This is the largest ship and one of the most advanced projects so far. I believe we will manage to deliver this time as well thanks to our dedicated employees and suppliers that are currently working night and day to complete the vessel,” Ulstein Verft’s project manager Per Svein Brekke said.Expected to be delivered in Q4 2015, the Island Venture is an SX165 design developed by Ulstein Design & Solutions. The vessel was launched from Ulstein’s dock hall on August 25, 2015.Image: Ulstein
New Delhi: The power sector in Delhi has seen a steady decline in regulatory assets to Rs 8,377 crore over the last five years, helping the AAP government keep tariffs under check, an official said on Sunday.The transformation of the Delhi’s power sector is best captured by the fact that tariff rates have continuously reduced in the last five years and are now the cheapest in the country, with round the clock power supply in all parts of Delhi, Delhi Dialogue and Development Commission Vice-Chairman Jasmine Shah said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”At the same time the power discoms’ financial health has improved, as measured by regulatory assets,” Shah said. Regulatory assets include receivables from customers. The gap between expenses shown by power discoms and the revenue recovered from consumers would accumulate as regulatory assets (RAs) over the years. Since 2008-09, the combined RAs of the three discoms in Delhi- BYPL, BRPL and TPDDL shot up drastically from Rs 937 crore to Rs 11,406 crore in 2014-15, an officer of Delhi government’s power department said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government came to power in Delhi in February 2015. The RAs have registered a steady decline over the last five years from Rs 11,406 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 8,377 crore in 2018-19, showing a decline of Rs 3,029 crore in that period, said the officer. The combined RAs of the three discoms were Rs 9,349 crore (2015-16), Rs 8,919 crore (2016-17), Rs 8,776 crore (2017-18) and Rs 8,377 crore in 2018-19. “It’s important to understand that Delhi government’s power subsidy scheme for lower and middle-income electricity consumers is not a standalone initiative, it is the result of the power reforms in entirety that includes considerably bringing down regulatory assets and interventions like reducing losses, Shah said. The Delhi government has fully subsidised monthly consumption of up to 200 units of electricity and extended 50 per cent subsidy to consumers in the range of 201-400 units. “Ultimately it’s a result of sheer political will and something that can be replicated in all parts of the country if the same will exists,” Shah said. The Power department official said the reforms included bringing efficiency in power supply as well as its distribution. “Large investment were made in the distribution infrastructure (transformers etc.) to reliably connect all parts of Delhi to the grid. Several measures have been taken that have made Delhi’s DISCOMS today as the most efficient ones in India,” he said. The financial health of discoms is majorly affected by the cost of power purchase and the factors that affect it. Several initiatives by the Delhi government and its SLDC (State Load Dispatch Centre) have brought this under control, he said. Due to upgradation of transmission infrastructure, average transmission and collection (AT&C) losses have substantially reduced in the last five years. “For example, for BRPL, AT&C losses reduced from 17 per cent in 2013-14 to 8 per cent in 2018-19. Presently discoms in Delhi have among the lowest T&C losses in India, ” he claimed. Additionally, the Delhi government played a major role in enabling discoms to enter into purchasing agreements for 2,000 MW of renewable power at the lowest rates in the country of about Rs 2.6 per unit, the officer said. These will kick in from 2020 onwards and will further bring down the power purchase cost, added the official.
A new online auction will give one person the chance to join Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, William Shatner and others on stage with a walk on role at the The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare event on September 25 in LA!You will take part in rehearsal onstage, eat dinner with the cast, take part in the performance and enjoy 2 tickets to the event!The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles presents its 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica. The evening will feature a star-studded cast including Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and William Shatner. Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks. Simply Shakespeare is one of Los Angeles’ most anticipated annual fundraising events and features a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song.For more than two decades, the folks at Simply Shakespeare have convened once a year to offer “a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song.” This year, they’re adding a former Beatle to the mix.Since 1985, The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. SCLA continues to build community through its innovative outreach programs including “Will Power to Youth,” an academic enrichment program that combines hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth. The program has been nationally recognized for its effectiveness in reducing high school dropout rate and delinquency. More importantly, it instills a lasting sense of creativity and competency in the youth who participate.The auction runs until September 11, and can be accessed via CharityBuzz.
OTTAWA – Resurrecting the per-vote subsidy for federal political parties would cost the public treasury about $44 million annually over the next four years, a new report says — an expense the Liberal government said Tuesday it has no plans to incur.A new report from the parliamentary budget officer calculates the potential cost of reintroducing the subsidy, which was introduced in 2004 by the Liberals when corporate donations were banned. By 2015, however, the Conservatives had phased out the subsidies.The report follows a private member’s bill introduced last fall by Bloc Quebecois MP Michel Boudrias that, if passed, would restore public funding for registered political parties in the form of a quarterly allowance of 44 cents per vote cast in the most recent general election.The bill also proposes lowering the annual individual donation limit to political parties to $525 from the current maximum of $1,575.In the midst of controversy over so-called cash-for-access fundraisers, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in late 2016 that he was willing to consider other options for resolving the problem, including reducing the donation limit and reinstating the per-vote subsidy for political parties, thereby reducing their need to raise large sums of money.However, Liberal insiders later said those options were eventually rejected — and the party eventually announced new rules it says will ensure there’s more transparency surrounding political fundraisers and that they’re no longer private events.The findings by parliamentary budget officer Jean-Denis Frechette show the cost of reviving the per-vote subsidy would be “quite a significant investment,” said Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.“So, as it stands right now, I think we’re pretty comfortable with how parties are financed … It’s not something that we’re probably going to be pursuing.”Boudrias defended his bill in a statement Tuesday following the report’s release: “Public financing would reduce the influence of private interests on parties and elected officials,” he said. “The defence of democracy doesn’t have a price.”The legislation also proposes changes to maximum tax credits that individuals would be able to claim for political donations — an adjustment the parliamentary budget office estimates would increase government tax expenditures by about $2 million per year.Canada has a total ban on corporate or union donations, and requires that all contributions be disclosed publicly.
A special feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference 2019 will be the presentation of a report that will highlight the implementation of recommendations made at Conference 2017.The upcoming conference will be held from June 16 to 20 under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on June 5 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said that reporting on the 2017 conference “must be honest”.“I have, therefore, indicated that we will not only be sharing what was completed but will be sharing what hasn’t been and what still needs energy or what might still not be relevant,” she said.Senator Johnson said it is important to have continuity and to complete what “we had said that we would be doing”.The Senator cited the Adopt-a-Clinic Initiative launched in 2017 and said that despite a strong level of commitment in the number of clinics that would be adopted, the numbers did not materialise.The Initiative seeks to attract and identify stakeholders who will adopt the facilities and provide the requisite basic needs and resources that better enable those institutions to deliver improved quality services to persons in the communities where they are located.Signature features of the conference will include the MarketPlace exposition of Jamaican goods and services; Government At Your Service – a fast-tracked one-stop shop at the conference; and a range of hospitality and cultural activities. The upcoming conference will be held from June 16 to 20 under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on June 5 at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, said that reporting on the 2017 conference “must be honest”. Story Highlights A special feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference 2019 will be the presentation of a report that will highlight the implementation of recommendations made at Conference 2017.
This was announced by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at a workshop dubbed: ‘Time for Growth: Unlocking the Power of the SME’, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, on Wednesday (July 3). Story Highlights “The Government is now unveiling a new facility. We’re seeking to go to $600 million [in funds to lend entrepreneurs]. We’re going to start with $400 million that will be given to the EX-IM Bank to lend in the micro, medium and small enterprise sector, largely focusing on our manufacturers,” he said. Owners of micro, small and medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) will soon be able to access loans for their businesses with help from the Government, at 4.75 per cent, one of the lowest interest rates that will be available on the market. Owners of micro, small and medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) will soon be able to access loans for their businesses with help from the Government, at 4.75 per cent, one of the lowest interest rates that will be available on the market.This was announced by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, at a workshop dubbed: ‘Time for Growth: Unlocking the Power of the SME’, at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew, on Wednesday (July 3).“The Government is now unveiling a new facility. We’re seeking to go to $600 million [in funds to lend entrepreneurs]. We’re going to start with $400 million that will be given to the EX-IM Bank to lend in the micro, medium and small enterprise sector, largely focusing on our manufacturers,” he said.Mr. Green said local manufacturers have complained that the current interest rates are high, and this is a major reason the Government has looked into offering these loans at special interest rates.“Based on the discussions we had with the manufacturers, and based on the internal discussions with our MSME unit, we’re now looking to unveil that new facility at 4.75 per cent, which would be the lowest rate that the Government has ever put into the sector,” Mr. Green pointed out.“We’re doing that mostly to send a signal that it can be done, but we will never have enough money as a government to lend to the sector, so the banks now have to come on board,” he added.The ‘Time for Growth: Unlocking the Power of the SME’ workshop was held with the objective of highlighting the major roadblocks entrepreneurs are facing when they seek to access capital for growth and development.It also featured a breakout session aimed at creating a conversation among MSMEs and various facilitators, with the goal of gathering key insights on their perspective on accessing finances and the movement towards reforming the financial ecosystem.The event was hosted by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Bankers Association.
He said that the organisation will also provide technical support for institutional and capacity-building in key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) through training, among other inputs. IMF Resident Representative, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, advised that the IMF will continue to monitor the progress of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP) and macroeconomic stability for an additional two years. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will maintain operations at its Jamaica office beyond November, when the country officially concludes its current arrangement with the organisation. Story Highlights The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will maintain operations at its Jamaica office beyond November, when the country officially concludes its current arrangement with the organisation.Resident Representative, Dr. Constant Lonkeng Ngouana, said while it is the norm for the IMF to close its local office when its programme with a country ends, the decision to maintain the Jamaica office for an additional two years speaks to the strength of the Fund’s relationship with the country.Dr. Ngouana indicated that the partnership between Jamaica and the IMF will continue, adding that the IMF will provide technical support for institutional and capacity-building in key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) through training, among other inputs.He was addressing the Rotary Club of St. Andrew’s weekly meeting at Hotel Four Seasons on Tuesday (July 16).Meanwhile, Dr. Ngouana commended the steps being taken by the Government to ensure that the gains recorded under the ERP are preserved.These include work to establish the proposed independent Fiscal Council; reforming the Bank of Jamaica’s mandate to focus on inflation-targeting; advancing work on the proposed policy framework for natural disasters, and strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.“Those are the types of initiatives that will ensure that once Jamaica exits from the Fund’s financial support, the reform momentum and… the hard-won gains due to the sacrifice by all Jamaicans… are preserved when the programme expires,” Dr. Ngouana added.Jamaica’s latest relationship with the IMF started in 2013 when the country entered into a four-year US$932-million Extended Fund Facility (EFF).This arrangement ended in 2016 when it was replaced by a US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement.Dr. Ngouana’s tenure in Jamaica concludes in August and he will be replaced by another representative.
Story Highlights Jamaica will host its first Witness Care Conference from July 19 to 20, which will seek to address the stigma surrounding witness care in the island, and to encourage greater participation of witnesses in court. Ms. Chambers said that when persons have a clear understanding of how courts function, they are better prepared to participate in court processes as either witnesses or jurors, and that witness care involves several processes, including the facilitation, support and protection of witnesses. “The ultimate goal of the conference is to highlight for persons the facilities that are currently in place to make the process of participating in court proceedings secure and easy,” Programme Manager for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, Tania Chambers, told JIS News. Jamaica will host its first Witness Care Conference from July 19 to 20, which will seek to address the stigma surrounding witness care in the island, and to encourage greater participation of witnesses in court.“The ultimate goal of the conference is to highlight for persons the facilities that are currently in place to make the process of participating in court proceedings secure and easy,” Programme Manager for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, Tania Chambers, told JIS News.Ms. Chambers said that when persons have a clear understanding of how courts function, they are better prepared to participate in court processes as either witnesses or jurors, and that witness care involves several processes, including the facilitation, support and protection of witnesses.“The conference came about through wide discussions on justice reform at the institutional level, such as the courts and the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions. It will also provide an opportunity for State entities to collaboratively look at how the process of witness care in Jamaica can be improved and current gaps addressed,” she said.Ms. Chambers noted that key speakers for the two-day conference will include: Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn; Canadian Jurist, Hon. Douglas R. Campbell; Trinidad and Tobago Child Court Administrator, Carlene Cross, and Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison.“The second day of the conference will facilitate a Practitioner’s Workshop, as we have several organisers, both private and public, which are engaged in the types of processes that we want to see developed in our Jamaican justice system under the rubric of witness care. The outcome of their deliberations on strategies for Jamaica will be compiled by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) in a research, policy and strategy document,” Ms. Chamber pointed out.The conference will be held at the University of the West Indies Faculty of Law and is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with funding from Global Affairs Canada.
The programme, which commenced earlier this year, involves collaboration with the ACI Financial Markets Association (ACIFMA), and coincides with Jamaica’s signing of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) FX Global Code. Story Highlights The Code provides a common set of guidelines to promote the integrity, transparency and effective functioning of foreign exchange markets. Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the Foreign Exchange (FX) Global Code Certification Programme now being offered for financial services industry professionals. Jamaica stands to benefit significantly from the Foreign Exchange (FX) Global Code Certification Programme now being offered for financial services industry professionals.The programme, which commenced earlier this year, involves collaboration with the ACI Financial Markets Association (ACIFMA), and coincides with Jamaica’s signing of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) FX Global Code.The Code provides a common set of guidelines to promote the integrity, transparency and effective functioning of foreign exchange markets.Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) President, Jerome Smalling, and Cambio Association of Jamaica (CAJ) President, Heather Ferguson Fearon, signed the Code during a brief ceremony at the at Bank of Jamaica’s (BOJ) downtown Kingston offices on Monday (July 29).Executive Director of the Jamaica Institute of Financial Services (JIFS), which spearheads the programme’s delivery, Darlene Jones, said it is tailored to provide a cadre of certified professionals to enhance the country’s buoyant foreign exchange industry and support growth.She said that the programme is designed to equip industry personnel with “practical working knowledge” in keeping with the Code’s principles.She noted that the emphasis is on the application of high standards of integrity, conduct and professionalism “with the understanding of why adherence of the market participants to the Code is important”.Ms. Jones said that the first programme cohort of some 20 industry professionals sat certification exams in June, after completing approximately three months of training. Recruitment is under way for the second cohort, who will commence training in September.Noting that persons will need to renew their certification annually, Ms. Jones said the expectation is that the programme will eventually become mandatory for all financial market professionals.She advised that the JIFS is also in discussion with the ACIFMA to introduce Certification in FX Dealing, which will enable candidates to acquire knowledge of the structure and operation of foreign exchange and money markets.The FX Global Code’s adoption is among the foreign exchange market reforms initiated by the central bank in 2017 to enhance the efficiency and transparency of Jamaica’s financial market.ACIFMA is a leading global trade association representing the interests of the professional financial markets community.Established in 1955, the organisation is focused on enhancing best market practice and supporting market participants to adhere to principles of ethical conduct.