Capital Gas, owned by Greek shipowner Evangelos Marinakis, has signed a letter of intent with Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries for the construction of up to ten LNG carriers.The LNG carriers would range between 170,000 and 180,000 cbm and would include a firm order for four units and two options containing three ships respectively, based on the data from Asiasis.If the deal gets finalized, the first four ships from the batch will be handed over to Marinakis in 2020 and 2021.The signing of the LoI has resulted in HHI’s stock price jump by 5 percent today.Marinakis-led vessel operator Capital Ship Management Corp has been involved in several sectors including containerships, tankers and bulkers, and the latest deal is seen as the company’s debut on the LNG market.Greek owners seem to be insatiable when it comes to Korean-built newbuilding tonnage. Over the past few days we have seen also Greek shipping companies including Angelicoussis Shipping Group and Top Ships place orders at the Korean Big Three builders.Specifically, data from Asiasis shows that Top Ships has book the construction of two 158,000 dwt tankers at HHI scheduled for delivery in early 2020, bringing its ordering tally to four ships.World Maritime News Staff
JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. – State troopers will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Jackson County between midnight and 2:00 a.m. Sunday.The exact location was not immediately released but police say it will be determined by arrest and crash data. Police offer the following tips in an effort to make Indiana roadways safer:Plan ahead and use a designated driverDon’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages.If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages and make sure all your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the nightTake the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive drunk.If you see someone driving in a manner you suspect of being impaired call 911.
Although their 100 per cent home record remains intact after nine matches it was given a severe examination by Liverpool in a 2-1 win on Boxing Day. That moved City into second place in the Barclays Premier League, just a point behind Arsenal, and with Crystal Palace visiting on Saturday there is a chance for them to go top ahead of the Gunners’ Sunday encounter at Newcastle. Defender Pablo Zabaleta has acknowledged the second half of the season is when Manchester City have to step up their game. “It was a massive win. We played against a very strong side in Liverpool and it was really important to get three points and keep the team winning their home games. I think we did a good job,” Zabaleta said. “We have to push even more now. We know December and January is one of the key points for the big teams to make a difference because we play many games and you need to try to keep winning. “At the moment we are doing well, are one point behind the leaders and that is why Crystal Palace is also a key game. “We are very comfortable and we feel good and have huge confidence. “Sometimes there is talk we need to improve our performances away from home but we had a good win at Fulham and now our next game is at home to Crystal Palace so we need to have a good rest and be fit for that game.” City will look to use their dominance at home to overpower Palace but that was far from the case against Liverpool, who were happy to go toe to toe with their hosts. On another day Manuel Pellegrini’s side could have lost as Raheem Sterling had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside and Luis Suarez had claims for a late penalty waved away. The fact City were able to restrict the Premier League’s leading scorer’s chances in front of goal was a key factor in their victory. “They have fantastic players, especially up front with Luis Suarez – who is probably the best striker at the moment, Sterling and (Philippe) Coutinho,” Zabaleta said. “They also try to play good football from the back and I think they did well but at the end we took big chances and it was great to score two goals. “When you play against the best players, you always try to keep them quiet. “If we look at the overall performance of Suarez I think we kept him very quiet and that is why we need to give credit to the back four.” Nine straight wins means the Etihad is a formidable place for opposition teams to go, but Pellegrini is conscious they need to avoid complacency. The Chilean is not happy his side have to play so soon after the Liverpool match and his players unusually underwent a recovery session immediately after the game before all being taken back to the team hotel to prepare for Saturday. “What I think we must have at least 72 hours from this game to another,” he said. “All the other teams at the top of the table apart from Manchester United (and City) play 72 hours after. “These days we play so closely the rest of the teams must be the same, although not a winter break, no.” Pellegrini said of the Palace clash: “Palace are a different challenge but maybe everyone thinks we are going to beat them because it is an easy game. “All the teams in relegation positions provide tough opposition. “We must now try to recover as soon as we can and we will see what happens on Saturday but I don’t think it will be an easy game. “We will start talking about not making a mistake and thinking it will be an easy game.” Press Association
Garry Monk says he is “hopeful” of landing the permanent manager’s position at Swansea. Press Association Monk confirmed on Thursday that he has spoken with club chairman Huw Jenkins ahead of the final two league fixtures against Southampton this weekend and Sunderland in 10 days’ time. “We’ll see. Of course I am hopeful,” Monk said, when asked if he thought he would get the job. “It is something I really enjoy doing, I’ve learnt a hell of a lot in a short space of time, and once you get a taste of it you don’t want to let it go. “I trust the board and the chairman and everyone that they will make the right decision for the club. “I have spoken to the chairman. It was a review of what I have done this season and stuff like that, and going forward, how I feel about things and what I would do. You would have that chat anyway. “We just had a general chat, a chat on how the season had gone, the things I had gone through, what I thought about the future and what he thought. “I think there is a board meeting planned before the end of the season when they will chat and discuss things and make a decision.” Monk has enjoyed a lengthy career with Swansea, and it would come as a major surprise if he is not handed the reins to take things forward. Swansea put their former club captain in charge after they parted company with Michael Laudrup almost three months ago. The club described Monk’s head coaching appointment as being “for the foreseeable future” and speculation has now intensified that he will secure a long-term deal after Swansea’s Barclays Premier League survival was secured by their 4-1 demolition of Aston Villa five days ago. Moving clear of the 40-point barrier, though – Swansea currently have 39 league points – is Monk’s main objective. “With everything that has gone on this season, if we get past that total (40 points), no-one can ever question us,” he added. “We’ve had tough times and we haven’t performed as well in certain games, but ultimately we’ve done our job. “I said at the start of all this that I would do it properly. I would do it as if I am planning for the future and taking the club forward. “I think if I wasn’t doing that, it wouldn’t put me in a good situation. I have spoken to the chairman about the future, possible targets, positions you would want to strengthen within the squad. “I’ve said from the start that what I want from when a kid walks through the door, from five or six-years-old, to the first team is that everyone understands what it means to play for this club and what it stands for. “The main thing for me is that everyone understands that when they put that shirt on what they are representing. “I can only give my views on the club, which I gave to Huw, and they have to remain between me and Huw.”
Trainer Jim Dreaper believes Los Amigos has a “real chance” of victory in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday. The Dreaper name is synonymous with the Easter Monday highlight, with Jim’s legendary father Tom saddling a record 10 winners of the race, including Fortria (1961), Arkle (1964) and Flyingbolt (1966). Los Amigos has made just one appearance this season, winning at Fairyhouse at the end of January, and his trainer does not expect a step up to a marathon distance of over three and a half miles to be a problem. Dreaper said: “On Los Amigos’ best form he has a real chance. “We don’t know about the extra distance. He’s never tried it before, but he got three miles fine and we’re hopeful everything will be OK. “He’s fresh and seems well and that should stand to him. “He’s had an easy season while some of the others have been busy.” Press Association
(REUTERS) – The Belgian Football Association has expressed interest in hosting the 2023 edition of the women’s World Cup to join nine other member associations in the bidding process, the sport’s world governing body FIFA said on Monday.Belgium’s decision follows the FIFA Council agreeing to increase the number of participating teams for the 2023 event from 24 to 32 and the subsequent reopening of the bidding process.By registering interest, Belgium joins the race alongside Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea which is interested in a joint bid with its North Korean counterpart.“All ten MAs (member associations) have received the overview of the bidding process (including updated high-level hosting requirements) and will have until Sept. 2, 2019 to confirm their participation,” FIFA said in a statement here“Furthermore, up until the deadline for bid submissions, any member association wishing to join an existing bid will be permitted to do so provided that it also submits a bidding registration to FIFA.”The tournament’s expansion was pledged by FIFA president Gianni Infantino at the close of this year’s edition in France, which was won for a record-extending fourth time by the United States.Interest in the women’s game has arguably never been higher, with broadcast records broken all over the globe in the June-July showpiece. Almost 59 million people watched France beat potential 2023 hosts Brazil in the last 16, becoming the most viewed women’s soccer match of all time.FIFA will dispatch bidding and hosting documents next month and the deadline for bid submission is Dec. 13. The hosts are expected to be appointed in May next year.
At the end of the season, there may be as many as six or seven teams from the Big Ten receiving berths in the NCAA tournament this March.The success and the overall competitiveness of the conference can be thanked by coaches who have not entered the “sophomore slump” as head coaches but have excelled in bringing their programs back from the cellar of the Big Ten.Both Minnesota’s Tubby Smith and Michigan’s John Beilein have both turned their programs around, not only making the conference more competitive, but also bringing their squads back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in several years. The last time the Wolverines made a tournament appearance was in 1998 and Minnesota has not played in the Big Dance since 2005.With the sophomore success of both coaches, it leaves big shoes to be filled with Indiana head coach Tom Crean to see if he can rebuild the Hoosiers into the Big Ten powerhouse they once were.Crean has had a bigger challenge than the previous two coaches that have entered the conference. In both scenarios, it just took a good coach and a few new recruits to help rebuild the programs. In Indiana’s case, it has to deal with NCAA sanctions and rebuilding the program from the ground up.Going into the season, the Hoosiers’ basketball program was scared when former Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson broke NCAA recruiting rules and caused the program to incur both internal and NCAA punishment, which hurt Crean’s ability to recruit talent and keep the senior leadership he had on the team.But, despite all of the allegations and the problems his team faced, he had to move on.“We still have to live with some of the results of the things that have happened,” Crean said during Big Ten media day this fall. “Other than that, it has nothing to do with us.”When Crean took the job at Indiana after almost a decade coaching at Marquette, he knew what he was getting into. But, having played several Big Ten teams in the past and coaching in the area, he was well-equipped to help his team back to the top of the conference.“After nine years at Marquette, I think I have a pretty good handle on what it means to be in a major-league conference, what it means to go against major coaches and all the great players we face all the time,” Crean said. “The Big Ten takes a back seat to no one in that respect because of the power that the league has had for so long.”Before the season even began, Crean lost four scholarship players, leaving him with just three players on scholarship and eight returning in total. Needless to say, having a diminished roster put the Hoosiers in an even deeper hole than they thought.Despite going just 6-18 so far this season and 1-11 in the conference, Crean has seen some of his players grow into the roles they were forced into. Junior Devan Dumes is averaging 13.8 points per game after transferring from Vincennes junior college last season and starting out at Eastern Michigan his freshman year.While Crean might not be having a good season this year, he has the experience of building programs into national contenders. At Marquette, he was able to not only get the program to move from Conference USA to the Big East to get more exposure, but also was able to reach the 2003 Final Four on the shoulders of now Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, Steve Novak and Travis Diener. He also was able to bring in their current roster of Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, Lazar Hayward and Wesley Matthews, who have been able to lead their team to towards the top of the Big East.When Wisconsin plays Indiana tonight, the Badgers may dominate. But, as Crean is able to add recruits and get some senior leadership (he currently has one senior on his roster), the Hoosiers will surely retake their place in the Big Ten mix.Ben is a senior majoring in history and journalism. Feel bad for Crean? Think he is going to bring Indiana back? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments Published on November 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ The sloppy performances — the wins in which Syracuse barely scrapes by — are blending together for SU head coach Jim Boeheim. ‘Sooner or later, teams are going to make shots,’ Boeheim said. ‘(William & Mary) is a very good shooting team. I thought our defense was better in some ways tonight than it has been. But sooner or later, teams are going to make shots.’ Sunday, William & Mary made shots. And it almost sent SU to a wake-up call of a loss in non-conference play. Despite trailing with as little as 2:38 left in the contest, No. 10 Syracuse (4-0) held on late in a 63-60 victory over the Tribe (0-3) in front of 17,933 inside the Carrier Dome. But the win once again left Boeheim with many of the same questions from the Orange’s first three victories. Again, there was poor first-half play from SU. Again, open shots weren’t made, even as they were handed to SU by the Tribe’s matchup zone. And again, many of the veterans struggled to stay consistent. ‘It’s not what you win by,’ Boeheim said. ‘It’s how you play. We’re not playing good basketball. We haven’t played good basketball.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text SU looked like it might reverse its trend of poor first-half play in the opening minutes of the game. The Orange got out to leads of 12-2, 20-9 and 28-18. But scoreless droughts and carefree defense would follow all of those leads, allowing William & Mary back into the contest. There was a near six-minute drought after the first 10-point lead. Then, the Tribe’s Quinn McDowell hit three 3-pointers in a row, two of which came from the exact same spot and drew Boeheim’s outrage. By the half, it was 32-30. ‘The shots will fall eventually,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said. ‘We’re not worried about that. And once they do start falling, that’s going to add another dynamic to our team.’ But they didn’t start falling in the second half. This time, the poor first-half play carried over into the second. A pair of alley-oop dunks looked to be the turning point early, as SU appeared the dominant team. But the Tribe wouldn’t give in, going on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 45-45. During that run, the Orange reverted back to its sloppy play. Scoop Jardine was rejected by the rim on a reverse layup attempt. Rick Jackson missed a close jumper. They were two of the four veterans — along with Brandon Triche and Joseph — Boeheim said need to start giving the Orange more quality minutes for SU to be successful moving forward. ‘Our veteran guys have to step up and play better,’ Boeheim said. ‘And then our other guys will go in and play OK. But we have to get those four guys playing a little better.’ This was a William & Mary team that came to the Dome off two straight 24-point losses at Virginia and Richmond. The Tribe had averaged 50.5 points per game on 36 percent shooting in those two games. But pretty soon, the Tribe found itself ahead against a top-10 team. ‘We just let it slip,’ Jackson said. ‘We gave up some shots, some wide-open 3s. They’re a team that lives and dies by the 3. For us to be up 10 or 12 and for them to shoot 3s, they’re going to be right back into the game.’ Boeheim looked up at the scoreboard after calling timeout with 6:33 left. William & Mary 54, Syracuse 52. He could only scratch his head. The worst statistical team his Orange has played all season had just taken the lead, this time way too close for comfort. Syracuse failed to recover immediately, and it wasn’t until the very end when this victory was secure thanks to two William & Mary mistakes. The first came as Jack McDowell stepped out of bounds with the Tribe trailing 62-60. And after Kris Joseph made 1-of-2 free throws, a Tribe turnover finally meant a Syracuse win. But to Boeheim, the win only meant more of the same. Little progress. More frustration. And the same state of his basketball team. ‘Right now, the reality is that we’re not a very good basketball team,’ Boeheim said. ‘Which is what I said three games ago. I don’t think I changed my mind today.’ email@example.com
Published on March 2, 2014 at 4:06 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The growth of Tyler Roberson has occurred behind closed doors.Practicing with C.J. Fair and Jerami Grant, the seldom-used freshman forward has gradually improved this year. But most fans hadn’t seen it.Before No. 4 Syracuse’s (26-3, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) 75-56 loss to No. 12 Virginia (25-5, 16-1) on Saturday, Roberson looked hesitant in his limited minutes. But against the Cavaliers, he put together his best performance of the season, albeit in garbage time.“He’s put a couple practices together and he’s a talented kid,” SU shooting guard Trevor Cooney said. “He’s good offensively, he’s good defensively, but he hasn’t had those meaningful minutes.”Roberson finished with five points on 2-of-3 shooting in the final three minutes of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd with Grant’s health status up in the air due to a sore back, it’s possible Roberson will see more significant minutes when the Orange hosts Georgia Tech on Tuesday.“Coach let him know to be ready,” SU point guard Tyler Ennis said, “and I thought he did a great job coming in. He was really aggressive scoring the ball and getting in there on rebounds.“So we’ve just got to look at positives. And without Jerami, Tyler’s going to have to step up.”Roberson has shown some flashes in other games, most notably a thunderous two-handed dunk in transition against Duke on Feb. 1. And teammates agreed that his confidence has appeared to grow throughout the season.While it’s unlikely that he’ll become a rotation player this late in the year, there’s no question the Orange could need him down the stretch this year between Grant’s injury and the foul trouble Rakeem Christmas and Baye Moussa Keita have been unable to avoid lately.Said Ennis: “We’re going to need him. He’s just got to continue to produce when he gets minutes.” Comments
Published on August 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Part of the Syracuse team was split into five groups and participated in five team-building activities at Fort Drum on Wednesday morning. The activities were led by the troops from the base, and here is a video and description of each one.Spider webIn the “spider web” activity, players were tasked with crossing through a makeshift human-size web. Each player in the group of 6-8 players had to go through one of the holes, but no two players could go through the same hole, and the players couldn’t touch the net. If they did, that player had to start over which would slow down the team’s time. Most trials left the net swaying back and forth with each player blaming the next for forcing them to have to start over.In the video below, the group gets through in four seconds after a false start on their first try — the second-fastest time of the day.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaving Randy The drill that some players appeared to struggle with the most was the rescue of Randy, a 165-pound dummy that had suffered a make-believe spinal injury in combat. The players had to put his body on a wooden plank and carry it 200 meters and back while also rolling a tire the same distance. There was also a pole involved with the transportation of Randy, and the pole, wooden board and tire had to be touching at all times. Once the players first touched the equipment, the troop running the drill started his timer. The team in the video below had the best time of the day at 3:12.Memory exercise The group had 15 seconds to study a layout of military equipment on a picnic table. The Fort Drum soldier then led the group through a physical drill and the players returned to another picnic table and were given a minute to recreate the same layout with the same equipment, testing their memory and attention to detail.Self-suspensionUsing straps connected to wooden beams, the object in this activity was for the players (who were split into two teams) to suspend themselves in the air. They had to use at least three straps, and the team had to have each of its members hold themselves up for a minute straight.Blindfold courseFor this activity, three players were blindfolded and tied together while a fourth led them through a roped course. The guiding player wasn’t allowed to use words, a way to mimick what it may be like when you have to be quiet or still in combat.In the video below, freshman cornerback Juwan Dowels uses a clap to get his group to stop, a high bird call for them to go left and a low “hoo” to go right. After the drill, the troop leader commended Dowels’ creativity.“You did a good job,” the troop said. “Obviously we can’t be yelling ‘ah, ah, ah’ in Afghanistan. But you did a good job.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse enjoys team-building activities instructed by Fort Drum troopsCustis works with the tight ends and other offensive observations from the 2nd practice at Fort DrumDefensive backs emphasize red-zone defense and other defensive observations from the 2nd Fort Drum practice Comments