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IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years

first_imgIEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Global supplies of renewable electricity are growing faster than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by a resurgence in solar energy.The International Energy Agency (IEA) found that solar, wind and hydropower projects are rolling out at their fastest rate in four years. Its latest report predicts that by 2024 a new dawn for cheap solar power could see the world’s solar capacity grow by 600GW, almost double the installed total electricity capacity of Japan. Overall, renewable electricity is expected to grow by 1,200GW in the next five years, the equivalent of the total electricity capacity of the US.“This is a pivotal time for renewable energy,” said the IEA’s executive director, Fatih Birol. “Technologies such as solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind are at the heart of transformations taking place across the global energy system. Their increasing deployment is crucial for efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, reduce air pollution, and expand energy access.”The Guardian reported earlier this month that a renewable energy revolution could end the world’s rising demand for oil and coal in the 2020s, decades ahead of forecasts from oil and mining companies.Renewable energy sources make up 26% of the world’s electricity today, but according to the IEA its share is expected to reach 30% by 2024. The resurgence follows a global slowdown last year, due to falling technology costs and rising environmental concerns. However, Birol warned that the role of renewables in the global energy system would need to grow even faster if the world hopes to meet its climate targets.The IEA expects solar energy to play the biggest role in jumpstarting fresh growth in global renewable energy because falling costs are already below retail electricity prices in most countries. The cost of solar power is expected to decline by a further 15% to 35% by 2024, spurring further growth over the second half of the decade.More: Renewable energy to expand by 50% in next five years – reportlast_img read more

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Interview with Rear Admiral Chuck Michel, Director of JIATF-S

first_img This is the example of a successful inter-agencies operation… By Dialogo May 14, 2012 Four months into the launching of Operation Martillo, over 15 nations working together have persistently targeted illicit trafficking along Central America’s waters, disrupting more than 30 metric tons of drugs and detaining over 50 people. In an interview with Diálogo, during the Central American Security Conference (CANSEC 2012) in April, the director of U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) said that the success of Operación Martillo lies in the tightness of its partners: “If there is a weak partner, that’s where the traffickers are going to go. It’s absolutely essential for all of us to stand together.” Diálogo: How is JIATF-S involved in Operation Martillo? Rear Admiral Chuck Michel, Director, JIATF-South: Operation Martillo is really a regional effort and it’s the first time we try to employ all the expertise, and all the relationships and all the history of all the regional partners to try to work together, to try to achieve a strategic effect against transnational criminal organizations that operate in the region. JIATF-S facilitates Operation Martillo, but we really don’t own Operation Martillo. Operation Martillo is owned by various stakeholders: that includes all the militaries and law enforcement partners that participate throughout the region and beyond. We have substantial contributions from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Canada and a number of other partners. Diálogo: How are the European partners participating? Rear Adm. Michel: Our European partners are absolutely critical in providing ships, aircraft, intelligence and logistical support… everything you would need to run this operation. Our Dutch partners in particular are running a key part of Operation Martillo through the Central Caribbean to sense if the traffickers who are being pressured in Central America shift to the Central Caribbean. The French, under Vice Admiral Loic Raffaelli, out in Martinique, are also running an operation that is part of Operation Martillo through the Eastern Caribbean to try to achieve the exact same effect. The United Kingdom contributes through intelligence support and ships. Diálogo: How about the countries that have fewer resources? Rear Adm. Michel: There is a place and a role for everybody throughout the region to participate. Regional partner nations and U.S. participants have a renewed commitment to address Transnational Organized Crime (TOC). We’ve seen improvements in communication sharing between nations and law enforcement activities and we’ve had an increase in the number of interdictions and seizures involving two or more nations in one way or another. No single nation or agency operating alone is capable of defeating TOC. Regardless of how small one country’s efforts or resources may seem, taken collectively, every effort enhances the region’s capacity to counter illicit trafficking. Diálogo: Are there contingency plans for nations that may become affected if, as a consequence of the efforts put in Central America, the trafficking routes shift to the Eastern Caribbean countries? Rear Adm. Michel: One of the key parts of Operation Martillo is that it has a very robust assessment process. That processes has to involve not only the United States but also everybody throughout the Hemisphere. They all have to have their antennas up and their ears open to sense when traffickers shift their patterns. It is absolutely vital to sense those patterns as early as possible to be able to shift resources as necessary. For example, as General Fraser said, as we put pressure against the drug traffickers in Honduras, they’re not likely to become honest citizens and get a real job, they are going to move somewhere else and we need to sense that change and try to be as nimble as they are, so we can shift our resources in whatever direction we need to shift in. Traffickers are nimble but they are not omnipotent, they don’t own the planet. Whenever they shift, they still have to put infrastructure, they still have to move that product to another location, they still have to corrupt that government official or do all the prep work they need to do. They can’t shift on a dime easily. Diálogo: Is Martillo an open-ended operation, or does it have a time frame to accomplish certain goals? Rear Adm. Michel: This operation has no firm end-date; it changes when the traffickers change their behavior. We will continue to put pressure on them until they change their business patterns. How long will that take? Nobody knows. Diálogo: Which are the main achievements so far since Operation Martillo started? Rear Adm. Michel: Since January 15, 2012, partner nations and U.S. law enforcement activities have seized 32 metric tons of cocaine, a pretty substantial amount. We have seen a significant reduction in air trafficking, somewhere between 60 and 70 percent. I can say with a pretty good degree of confidence that something significant has happened in air trafficking, I can’t tell you fully why it happened but something has happened. We are going to have to monitor that as to what the traffickers are doing… Are they stockpiling? Are they moving to other modes we are not aware of? They are very versatile, very well funded adversaries. Diálogo: You have underscored that this is a multinational effort, where most of the success stories involve more than one country… Rear Adm. Michel: Since we began Operation Martillo, four out of five operations or 80 percent are multinational operations. For example, the go-fast boats typically depart from Colombia, are sensed down in Colombian waters, chased across into Panamanian waters or near Panamanian waters… so they may go outside territorial waters, be chased down by U.S. people, handed off to a Panamanian interceptor who will do the take down. Just that involves Colombia, the United States and Panama. Diálogo: General Fraser mentioned that there were talks about a six-month period to assess the results. Where do you expect to be at the end of six months? Rear Adm. Michel: Hopefully in six months we will see a measurable change in trafficking patterns. On the air side, we have already seen it. On the maritime side, I want to see clearer changes in trafficking patterns than we currently see right now. I’d love to see some measurable changes on land, for example, reduction in homicides and crime rates that are related to the cocaine flow as it moves through there… that will be a welcomed addition. And there are probably other factors that we can measure, like taking down drug trafficking networks, indictments, arrests. So as we continue rolling on with Operation Martillo this is very much a work in progress and it is a learning experience for us and all the rest of the partners and we hope to be able to hone those skills over the next six months. We want to continue to keep the pressure on the traffickers. That’s what I want to achieve in six months. last_img read more

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Scary Is How You Act, Not Look, Disability Advocates Tell Filmmakers

first_img– Advertisement – Disability rights advocates said the whole matter could have been avoided if more disabled people were in the entertainment industry, be it in front of the camera or behind the scenes. “If there were writers, directors or other crew members with disabilities, they, might have seen it and said ‘Huh, maybe this is an issue,’” said Lauren Appelbaum, vice president of communications for RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting the stigmatization of people with disabilities.There is more leeway, and less potential to offend, when villains are clearly fantastical creatures, unreal figments of imagination, like the Shadow Monster in “Stranger Things.”Still, the question for many remains why clearly human or human-esque villains need to have visual signifiers connoting evil at all. Many of the scariest horror film characters have been able-bodied. Like Samara, the unstoppable long-tressed dead girl in “The Ring,” or Jack Nicholson’s possessed writer in “The Shining.” Or — shudder — Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men,” with his creepy, pasty pallor and Dorothy Hamill bob. But even such depictions tread a fine line, threatening to lapse into the timeworn indictment of mental illness, à la Norman Bates in “Psycho.”“Monstrosity is something in all of us,” Smith said, “not something out there in a bodily form different than our own.” The Joker. Lord Voldemort. All manner of scarred Bond villains and superhero antagonists. Dr. Poison. Freddy Krueger. The Phantom of the Opera. Shakespeare’s hunchbacked, butcherous Richard the Third. One in four adults in the United States have a physical or mental impairment that sharply limits activities; a recent study found that less than 2 percent of characters with speaking parts in top movies from 2018 were disabled. While advocacy groups are working with studios to change that, critics say disabled characters still fall too often into predictable buckets, among them the villain or the victim that provides uplift for all, which some have nicknamed “inspiration porn.”“Disabled people either play villains or happy snowflake angel babies,” said Maysoon Zayid, a comedian, writer and actor who has cerebral palsy. “We’re either charitable, inspirational, never do naughty things in our life. Or we’re murdering babies because we lost an eye in a dart accident.” Advocates are conscious of the criticism that the world has become too hypervigilant, and that the blowback against “The Witches” is another example of political correctness hammering away at artistic expression. Certainly what’s deemed acceptable has changed over time. There was scant criticism of Anjelica Huston’s ghoulish Grand High Witch in the 1990 film version, or for the 1980s character of Sloth, the monster in “The Goonies” (though, spoiler alert, he ended up being a good guy).Yet even as stereotypical portrayals of other marginalized groups are increasingly recognized as problematic, the disfigured villain has proved harder to rout. In the forthcoming Bond film “No Time to Die,” Rami Malek and Christoph Waltz both play criminals who have facial disfigurements.“Obviously, we don’t want a culture where everyone’s outraged about everything,” said Ashley Eakin, a writer and director who has Ollier disease and Maffucci syndrome, which affects the growth and formation of bones. “For so long, disability has been underrepresented, so if we only see disfigurement in a villain or character with no redeeming qualities, that’s an issue.” – Advertisement – People with limb differences, including paralympians and a “Great British Baking Show” semifinalist, posted photos of their hands and arms on social media with the hashtag #NotAWitch. While Hathaway and Warner Bros. apologized, many saw the damage as already done. Here, yet again, was a villain with a disability, one of the oldest, and, for many, most damaging, storytelling tropes still around.“This isn’t about being overly sensitive, a ‘snowflake’ or being too politically correct,” Briony May Williams, the British baking competitor, wrote on Instagram. “This is about showcasing limb differences as ugly, scary, gross and evil.”center_img For as long as there have been stages and screens, disability and disfigurement have been used as visual shorthand for evildoing — a nod to the audience that a character was a baddie to be feared. But disability rights advocates say this amounts not just to lazy storytelling but stereotyping, further marginalizing an already stigmatized community that is rarely represented onscreen. That “The Witches” is a family film, they say, made it worse.“Playgrounds are where kids are sometimes the cruelest, and kids absorb what they learn, be it through stories we tell or what they learn from their parents,” said Penny Loker, a Canadian visible difference advocate and writer. “They have carte balance to be cruel to people. I was called a monster, and I was called whatever the name of the monster was from the movie that was popular at that time.”People with disabilities have had some success in challenging the stereotype. In 2018, spurred by a campaign for accurate portrayals of disabilities, the British Film Institute announced it would no longer fund films whose villains have scarred or disfigured faces. Warner Bros. has pleaded ignorance, saying it worked with the film’s artists to create a fresh interpretation of what Dahl described as “thin curvy claws, like a cat,” never intending for viewers to feel represented by the “fantastical, nonhuman creatures” onscreen. Hathaway, in her apology, said she had not associated her character’s hands with limb differences, and if she had, the depiction wouldn’t have happened at all. In Zayid’s view, there are limited circumstances under which it’s OK for a villain to be disabled or disfigured. One is when a disabled actor is playing the character, she said, so long as the disfigurement is not what makes them evil. The other is when the evil person being portrayed is a person who has a disability in real life, and even then, Zayid maintains, only a disabled actor should be cast.Using disability or disfigurement as shorthand for evil goes back centuries in Western culture, said Angela Smith, director of disability studies at the University of Utah. In both lore and real life, physical differences have been read as warnings of danger, symbols of evil, or evidence of sinning or witchcraft. The eugenics movement tapped into this, measuring deviations from assumed norms, Smith said, and the presupposition that disability is something negative in need of fixing continues to inform modern medicine.It’s also a long standing trope in fairy tales and fantasy and horror stories. Monsters are given characteristics — the way they talk, behave, look or move — that are meant to seem threatening or grotesque, Smith noted. This carries onscreen, where physical differences are often revealed dramatically as visual shorthand for evilness or immorality: think of Freddy Krueger’s brutally burned face in the “Nightmare on Elm Street” films. All of which, Smith said, subtly shapes perceptions about an already marginalized community, whether “The Witches” intended to or not.“Popular films like this send very clear messages: that disabled bodies are wrong or evil, that they don’t belong in ‘normal’ society or public view, that it is ‘natural’ to be disgusted by difference,” Smith wrote in an email. – Advertisement – When “The Witches,” starring Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, was released last month, a collective groan went up from people with disabilities.The movie, based on a Roald Dahl children’s book, depicted Hathaway with hands that were wizened and disfigured, with two fingers and a thumb on each. The studio said her hands were meant to resemble cat claws, but they looked a whole lot like split hands, or ectrodactyly.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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UK roundup: PIC, Hounslow Pension Scheme, Mercer, People’s Pension

first_imgThe Dynochem UK Pension Scheme has completed a buyout with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC).The full insurance buyout covers around 100 members and £15m (€18.2m) of liabilities.The buyout was required after the sponsor’s private equity owners sold the engineering software provider.As a condition of the sale, the scheme was required to wind up, transferring its liabilities to the insurance sector. In other news, the London Borough of Hounslow Pension Scheme has begun a search for investment consulting services.The fund said it required services and advice on asset allocation, investment strategy, manager selection and the monitoring and reporting of investment managers.It also requires a named adviser for the life of any contract.Interested parties should respond to the fund by 7 April.Elsewhere, Mercer, the global consultancy, has created a global pensions buyout index, focusing on the UK, Ireland and North America.The index provides benchmarks from 18 third-party insurers and aims to highlight how the cost of insuring defined benefit pensions differs between markets, and changes over time.While conducting research to create the index, Mercer found insurance costs in the UK were the highest when compared with Canada, Ireland and the US.The cost of insuring £100m of obligations in the UK would be 23% higher than the accounting liabilities, compared with 17% in Ireland, 8.5% in the US and 5% in Canada.Finally, The People’s Pension, a defined contribution master trust set up for the rollout of auto-enrolment, has seen its 500,000th member join the scheme.The member, who joins from a family-owned company operating a chain of public houses, demonstrates the significant growth of the fund since it opened in November 2011.The pension scheme is run on a not-for-profit basis and is wholly owned by B&CE, the former construction workers pension scheme, set up in 1942.last_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: Suns AFL coaches buying and selling

first_imgSuns head coach Stuart Dew has bought a house in Burleigh Waters.GOLD Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew has splashed $1.35 million on a family home at Burleigh Waters.Property records reveal Dew and wife Sarah Cumming took ownership of the four-bedroom house last month. His house features an open-plan design with a high ceilings, butler’s pantry, outdoor entertaining area and pool.Dew is a dual premiership-player for Port Adelaide and Hawthorn. GOLD Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew and wife Sarah Cumming have bought a house at Burleigh Waters. GOLD Coast Suns coach Stuart Dew and wife Sarah Cumming have bought a house at Burleigh Waters. Nick Malceski his selling his Burleigh Heads house. Photo: Regi VargheseIt comes as Suns NEAFL coach Nick Malceski, who played in the premiership-winning Sydney Swans team of 2012, lists his Burleigh Heads house on the market.Malceski also played two seasons with the Gold Coast Suns before retiring at the end of the 2016 season.His four-bedroom house is on the market at $1.693 million. MORE NEWS: Margot’s family home snapped up by early buyer MORE NEWS: Why this house is going viral Suns NEAFL coach Nick Malceski is selling his Burleigh Heads house. Stuart Dew and his partner Sarah Cumming arrive ahead of the 2018 Brownlow Medal at Crown Entertainment Complex on September 24, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Entertain outside. The living areas in Suns NEAFL coach Nick Malceski’s Burleigh Heads house. “A unique combination of character and class, this immaculately presented Burleigh beach house offers the ultimate lifestyle,” the listing states.“Situated only 200ms to the iconic Burleigh beach, this magnificent four-bedroom home showcases contemporary finishes and delicate period features, desirable northly aspect, expansive room proportions and abundant outdoor entertainment areas.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59last_img read more

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Architect’s touch prompts doubled sale price

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAn epic waterfront family home01:47A SOVEREIGN Islands mega-mansion is on the market for $6,375,000 after a Gold Coast architect worked his magic.The residence at 38 Brittanic Crescent had a complete rebuild..“It’s very resort, very luxurious,” said marketing agent Lisa Halpin of Savills Gold Coast.“The family who own it had it redone by Bayden Goddard.”The residence is described as “timelessly elegant yet thoroughly contemporary”.Glass and timber feature throughout.CoreLogic property records show the sprawling residence last sold for $3.05 million in 2007, when the interior presented vastly different.It’s now on the market for $6,375,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThere are seven bathrooms.And five bedrooms.The five-bedroom, seven-bathroom residence features views across the hinterland and mountains, sophisticated kitchen, luxurious lounge, media room, upper level with a private entrance, executive office and master suites with bespoke dressing room, balcony and ensuite.38 Brittanic Crescent, Sovereign Islands.Outside, a full outdoor kitchen with Teppanyaki commercial grill, BBQ, fire pit and swimming pool overlooks a 15 metre pontoon on the 1007sq metre block.Other touches include a three-metre foyer entrance with water feature, CBUS music system and nickel and leather door handles.“Indulging every personal extravagance, luxury, absolute comfort and aesthetic excellence,” the listing reads.last_img read more

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Teekay Tankers, TIL See The Light in Merger amid Q2 Losses

first_imgThe announced merger between Teekay Tankers and Tanker Investments Limited (TIL) comes at a crucial point of the shipping cycle, the two companies stressed while announcing net losses for the second quarter of 2017.Seasonal weakness and increasing tanker deliveries drove down tanker rates resulting in further headwinds to an already weak tanker market.Tanker Investments reported a net loss of USD 5.8 million for the second quarter of 2017, against USD 12.6 million in 2016. The company’s half year results saw a plunge to USD 2.6 million net loss from a USD 31 million profit in the first half of 2016.Teekay Tankers also swung to a loss in the second quarter posting GAAP net loss of USD 37.5 million, and adjusted net loss of USD 7.1 million in the second quarter of 2017. When compared to last year’s figures, the fall is considerable as Teekay Tankers had reported USD 31.6 million adjusted profit for the quarter.For the first half of the year, Teekay posted USD 33 million in losses against last year’s USD 63 million in income.Teekay Tankers has declared a cash dividend of USD 0.03 per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.“The proposed merger with Tanker Investments Ltd. is strategically very important for Teekay Tankers,” said Kevin Mackay, Teekay Tankers’ President, and Chief Executive Officer.“The 18-vessel Tanker Investments Ltd. fleet will provide Teekay Tankers with greater scale to continue servicing its customers, while also allowing us to renew our fleet on an opportunistic basis at the right point of the cycle. We believe this merger is in the best interests of Teekay Tankers’ shareholders as it is immediately accretive to the company’s earnings per share, reduces our average fleet age by one year, and reduces our cash break-even rate. Importantly, the merger is expected to increase Teekay Tankers’ liquidity and reduce our financial leverage.”As explained by TIL’s CEO William Hung, with over 35 percent of Teekay’s fleet booked on fixed-rate charters and a strong balance sheet, along with USD 200 million of pro-forma liquidity, the combined company will be well positioned during the period of weaker tanker rates.Both companies expect the tanker market to remain weak well into the third quarter before rebounding into stronger winter period. However, a strong improvement in tanker rates is not expected until the second half of 2018 following an expected slowdown in tanker fleet growth and better oil market fundamentals.In May 2017, Teekay Tankers agreed to acquire TIL and its fleet of 18 mid-sized conventional tankers in a share-for-share merger. Closing of the merger, which remains subject to various conditions, including approval from both TIL shareholders and TNK Class A common shareholders, is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2017.Teekay Tankers currently owns a fleet of 40 double-hull tankers, including 20 Suezmax tankers, 13 Aframax tankers, and seven Long Range 2 (LR2) product tankers, and has three contracted time charter-in vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Nags Head Beach Nourishment Progressing North

first_imgThe Town of Nags Head, North Carolina, yesterday (July 16th) presented an update on the current beach nourishment operations.As reported, the construction has been progressing north from the submerged pipeline located near Mile Post 16 (about the 7100 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, just north of Jennette’s Pier).However, the subline near Mile Post 15 (about the 5800 block of South Virginia Dare Trail) has been repaired, and, as a result, construction has just returned to the area just south of the Village Beach Club.The city officials added that work will continue to progress south for approximately another 4,000 feet; after that area has been completed, construction will return back to the subline near Mile Post 16.As mentioned before, construction progresses 5,000 feet on each side (north and south) of a submerged line that connects to a dredge offshore. Once the construction is complete, work will then move to another submerged line and the process will begin all over again.Installation of sand fencing and sprigging to stabilize the newly placed sand has started just south of the Juncos Street public beach access. The stabilization project will progress south to the town line at Mile Post 21 and then flip and progress north from Juncos Street.Completion of the beach nourishment project is set for late August or early September.Nags Head beach nourishment project is one of the largest locally-funded projects of its kind in the United States. This $34.7 million scheme was awarded to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) back in 2018.last_img read more

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Jermain Defoe could be fit to face Stoke

first_img Press Association Boss Sam Allardyce has challenged rising star Duncan Watmore to earn his Masters degree on the pitch after graduating with honours off it. The 21-year-old striker, who was awarded a first-class honours degree in Economics and Business Management earlier this year, was handed a first senior start for the Black Cats against Southampton in the Premier League on November 7 and has made a series of eye-catching contributions as a substitute in recent weeks. Allardyce admits that Watmore, who was released by Manchester United as a youngster and rebuilt his career in non-league football with Altrincham as he combined football with his studies, still has a lot to learn, but is hopeful there is more to come. The 61-year-old, who visibly shuddered at team-mate Defoe’s comparison with a young Gareth Bale earlier this week, said: “He’s obviously just starting his resurrection, if you like. “He’s been a footballer at Manchester United; he got released. He went to Altrincham, did his degree and Sunderland picked him up, and his whole academic and football education has blossomed, so he is back in the Premier League. “He’s finished his degree, so he doesn’t have to worry too much about studying, and now he can focus on his football 100 per cent trying to achieve a Masters degree in the Premier League because if you play in the Premier League, it equates to a Masters degree in terms of academic qualification. “You play in the Premier League because of your football intelligence more than anything else.” Watmore, who has made seven appearances so far this season – all but one of them as a substitute – and scored two goals, will hope for further involvement when in-form Stoke head for the Stadium of Light on Saturday. Stoke defender Philipp Wollscheid is a doubt with a sore pelvis. Marc Muniesa has overcome his hamstring injury and could come into the starting XI should the German be ruled out. Midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is fit despite coming off in the win over Southampton because of a hamstring problem but veteran goalkeeper Shay Given is out with a long-term knee injury. Defoe, whose goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory at Selhurst Park, is battling to make the squad after the ankle injury he suffered in the game proved to be less serious than was first feared, and he could be joined by Fabio Borini, who missed out at Palace, also with an ankle problem. However, defender Billy Jones is suspended following his fifth booking of the season on Monday, while midfielder Liam Bridcutt has joined Sky Bet Championship Leeds on loan. Striker Jermain Defoe could be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Stoke despite limping out of Monday night’s win at Crystal Palace.last_img read more

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