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Taiwan Mulls Making Local Vessels Mandatory for Some Offshore Wind Activities

first_imgTwo Taiwan government agencies are considering making the use of Republic of China (ROC) flag vessels mandatory for certain offshore wind farm construction activities, according to Asia Wind Energy Association (AWEA).The Bureau of Energy (BOE) in Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is expected to convene a meeting of developers, contractors and vessel operators later this month to solicit information on the vessel specifications required for offshore wind construction and the availability of qualified ROC flag vessels.The BOE anticipates that a “maritime construction consulting platform” will develop out of this meeting. The contours of this platform do not appear to have been finalized yet, but the BOE apparently is considering appointing certain industry experts who would issue opinions whether ROC flag vessels meeting OWF construction specifications are available in the market. Developers and contractors presumably would be expected to follow the experts’ opinions.At the same time, the Maritime Port Bureau (MPB) in the Ministry of Transportation and Communications is also considering restrictions on the use of non-ROC flag vessels for offshore wind construction, as well as a possible liberalization of the requirements for a vessel to fly the ROC flag.The Regulations on Entry Applications for Non-ROC Flagged Construction Vessels (EH F-14P4K ifi.l.fM*Af’MR-S) may be amended to require any foreign flag vessel coming to Taiwan for offshore wind construction activities to first apply for a classification survey from Taiwan’s CR Classification Society. The MPB may also require that developers and contractors use ROC flag construction vessels unless no qualified ROC flag vessels are available. Finally, the MPB may require that certain offshore support vessels, survey vessels and cable laying vessels be ROC flag vessels, as the MPB believes that a sufficient number of these types of vessel are available in Taiwan.Taiwan law currently does not require that any offshore construction activities be conducted only by ROC flag vessels. Restrictions exist on the use of Peoples Republic of China (PRC)-built and PRC flag vessels, but not on other foreign vessels.Some owners and operators of ROC flag vessels have complained that foreign developers and contractors have contracted for foreign flag vessels for offshore wind construction when qualified ROC flag vessels are available, AWEA said.Foreign developers and contractors have responded that ROC flag vessels do not meet necessary specifications, are not available, or are priced higher than foreign flag vessels.last_img read more

‘No Napoli offer for Everton’

first_img Everton’s father and agent have made no secret of interest from Napoli in recent days, but Romildo Bolzan Jr asserted the 24-year-old was still very much Gremio’s player. “There are no offers right now,” he told CalcioNapoli24. “There was a conversation between the player’s representatives and Napoli more than a month ago, but it didn’t progress.Advertisement Loading… “Generally speaking, a European club buys 100 percent of a player’s economic rights. “Therefore we must work on the basis of 100 percent and then negotiate with each party. “That means Gremio will no longer have 50%, they’ll be able to get more.” read also:Everton willing to spend big on Napoli midfielder Allan Romildo was referring to the fact Gremio do not own all of the player’s economic rights, which are shared with various third parties, although they do possess a majority stake. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gremio’s President has declared that ‘there are no offers right now’ for Brazil winger Everton Soares, who has been linked with Napoli. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

UEFA fully committed to helping women’s football bounce back, says  Čeferin

first_img read also:UEFA reel out new COVID-19 rules for Nations League “We remain fully committed to our long-term vision for the women’s game set out in Time for Action,” added Čeferin, referring to the five-year strategy for women’s football launched by UEFA at the Women’s Champions League final in Budapest last year. “We have already secured all the funding needed to implement the strategy over the next four years. This means that we will still be investing more in the female game than ever before,” said Čeferin, emphasising that women’s football is a critical pillar of UEFA’s overall strategy, Together for the Future of Football. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 After successfully concluding the 2019/20 Women’s Champions League in Spain, UEFA is more determined than ever to fulfill its long-term strategy for women’s football in Europe. Speaking after Olympique Lyonnais’ victory in the 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, president Aleksander Čeferin has underlined the determination of European football’s governing body to put women’s football back on the front foot. Despite the huge and rapid strides made by the women’s game in recent seasons, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the fragility of a sport still in the early stages of building a sustainable future at grassroots and elite levels. “The consequences of COVID-19 will be felt by football for some time, but it is at times like these that UEFA’s support is more important than ever for safeguarding the long-term future of women’s football in Europe,” said Čeferin.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King RemakeStunning Wedding Outfits From All Around The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Cricket News India in Australia: Sachin Tendulkar’s arrival, Rahul Dravid’s epic and Virat Kohli’s heartbreak

first_imgNew Delhi: Australia is considered the ultimate battleground when it comes to visiting teams. The fast and bouncy nature of wickets, the hostile crowds and an opposition that go for the kill every single time, overseas batsmen find it a daunting task.Read More | Not sure Virat Kohli’s Indian side best in last 15 years: Steve WaughHowever, despite the conditions, there have been several batsmen who have overcome the odds and stamped their class in Australia. India have had several batsmen who have attained legendary status due to their exploits Down Under. Virat Kohli’s side are bidding to become the first Indian side to win a Test series in Australia. Ahead of the tour, here are some memorable knocks by India’s batsmen in Tests.Read More | Lower order batting contributions key for success in Australia: Kohli1)      Sachin Tendulkar, 114, Perth 1992The ‘Master Blaster’ had already acquired a reputation when he slammed 148 in the Sydney Test. However, this knock at Perth put him on a different pedestal. Australia, up 3-0 in the five-Test series, put up 346 on the board thanks to a century from David Boon. In response, on a pitch becoming quicker and with the bowlers extracting plenty of bounce, Tendulkar counter-attacked in style to smash a century in tough conditions. Although India had lost the match by 300 runs, Tendulkar’s knock gave India plenty to cheer about.Read More | Virat Kohli and the Adelaide love affair: A match made in heaven2)      VVS Laxman, 167, Sydney 2000India were hammered in the first two Tests in Adelaide and Melbourne. Heading into the Sydney Test, India were staring down the barrel after being bowled out for 150. Australia smashed 552/4 declared with Justin Langer hitting a brilliant 223. VVS Laxman showed his mettle and played some sublime strokes to thrill the Australian spectators. He dominated all the bowlers on his way to 167. Although India lost the match by an innings and 141 runs and the series 3-0, Laxman’s knock was the first of many memorable knocks against the Australians.3)      Rahul Dravid, 233 and 72*, Adelaide 2003Australia were on top of their game at the start of the 21st century. Ricky Ponting blasted 242 to help the hosts reach 556. India were reduced to 85/4 before Rahul Dravid stepped up and played a knock for the ages. He shared a 303-run stand with Laxman and his partnerships with the tail helped India come closer to the target. His 233 was his highest score and he became only the second player since Ravi Shastri to score a double ton in Australia. Ajit Agarkar’s 6/41 bowled Australia out for 196, giving India a target of 230. In deteriorating conditions, Dravid once again steered the ship admirably to help India chase down the target and win by four wickets. This was India’s first win in Australia after 22 years and gave them immense belief.Read More |Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legend4)      Virat Kohli, 115 and 141, Adelaide 2014It was like Virat Kohli vs Australia in an emotionally-charged Test in Adelaide. David Warner’s blazing 145, combined with Michael Clarke’s 128 and Steve Smith’s 162 helped Australia reach 517/7 declared. Kohli’s magnificent 115 helped India reach 444 while Warner blasted 102 in the second innings to set India a target of 364. Kohli was helped this time by Murali Vijay and at 242/2, India seemed on course to chase the target down. However, Vijay’s dismissal on 99 and a lower-middle collapse saw India squander the advantage. Kohli was still there on 141 but his dismissal saw India lose the game of 48 runs. It was one of the most heart-breaking losses for India but the knock stamped Kohli’s class.5)      Virender Sehwag 195, Melbourne 2003It was a knock that redefined aggression and audacity. On a challenging track in Melbourne, Virender Sehwag sustained some blows to the helmet at the start of a fiery spell by Brett Lee and survived a run-out. Once he had weathered the storm, Sehwag tore the Australian bowling apart. The right-hander peppered the Melbourne Cricket Ground with some magnificent hitting and his 195 included 25 fours and five sixes. He attempted to reach a double century with a six but fell short of the milestone. Although India lost the match, Sehwag had given aggression a totally different term. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Nikias’ letter warns about rave dangers

first_imgPresident C. L. Max Nikias warned students to think twice before attending raves in an e-mail sent Wednesday.Nikias advised students to be “cognizant of your choices and to make wise decisions during your time here at USC.”In the letter, Nikias mentioned that several venues near campus­­ ­— including the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Los Angeles Sports Arena and the Shrine Auditorium — routinely hold raves. These events, Nikias said, “present serious risks to all who attend.”The Shrine | Daily TrojanThe letter went on to list some of the common effects of the drug ecstasy, which is frequently linked to the rave scene.“Ecstasy, which is common at raves, produces a number of adverse reactions that may include disorientation, anxiety, paranoia, panic attacks and hallucinations,” Nikias wrote. “These reactions, even in mild forms, can create a ripple effect of dangers that lead to catastrophic consequences.”The letter comes about two months after a USC freshman fell from the sixth floor of Birnkrant Residence Hall after attending Hard Haunted Mansion, a rave at the Shrine Auditorium.LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon told the Los Angeles Times that based on a police investigation report, it appeared the student had consumed alcohol, marijuana and ecstasy during the rave on Halloween night.This summer, a 15-year-old girl died at the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Coliseum. The girl did not meet the minimum age requirement of 16 to attend the rave, and doctors told family members that she had ecstasy in her system, according to the Times. More than 185,000 people attended the two-day event, and approximately 120 people were taken to emergency rooms, according to the Times.The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission plans to meet next week to decide if it will allow the Electric Daisy Carnival to occur this June.Pasquale Rotella, the owner of Insomniac Inc., one of the two companies that holds raves at the Coliseum, issued a statement in response to Nikias’ letter.“Insomniac’s events aim to cultivate and enrich the human mind and spirit through the arts — a goal that is perfectly in tune with USC’s own mission statement,” Rotella said. “We are eager to meet with President Nikias to provide more information to him and to address his concerns.”Insomniac Inc. is hosting another rave, Beyond Wonderland, on March 19 at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino.Denzil Suite, USC’s associate vice president of Student Affairs, said Nikias’ letter to the student body was intended to raise awareness about raves.“I think it was prompted purely out of concern for the well-being of the students,” Suite said. “Some students attend raves and he just wanted to make sure they are making good choices if they decide to do so.”Linda Dahl, a sophomore majoring in political science and history, said that although the message seems well-intentioned, she thinks USC should not implicitly link drugs and raves.“The intent of the message is good, but just because you go to a rave doesn’t mean you have to do ecstasy,” Dahl said.Dahl said that it would be better if USC discouraged drug use in general.Some students do not believe the message will change the minds of those who attend raves.“If you are a raver, then you’ll go to a rave no matter what,” said Michael Cheng, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering.Carol Jun, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said she believes the message will raise awareness, but not alter students’ decisions to attend raves.“[The people who go to raves] already know about the drugs and they still go to them,” Jun said. “[The message] raises awareness, but I don’t think it will reduce the number of people who go to raves.”Suite said he believes the message was not meant to change students’ decisions about raves, but to inform students about how to make healthy decisions.“It’s easy when students are in an environment like this to succumb to the moment,” Suite said. “By giving this information we hope that students will make good personal choices if they decide to attend.”last_img read more

Week 14 DraftKings Picks: NFL DFS lineup advice for cash games

first_imgMORE WEEK 14 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFLEX Curtis Samuel, Panthers @ Browns ($4,000). We managed to get a cheap flex without getting too thin here. Samuel’s pricing hasn’t adjusted to his surge in work and the injuries to both Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess. Samuel has seen 13 targets over the past two games and the Panthers are demonstrating an urge to feature last year’s early-round selection.D/ST Cardinals vs. Lions ($2,300). We’re going for basement pricing on a defense hosting a bottom-10 offense in yards over the season and the past three games. Matt Stafford has thrown the fifth-most picks and taken the seventh-most sacks. This should work out just fine. This week’s Sunday morning updates helped get us on the three of the top five players in targets since Week 11.Week 14 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerNFL Week 14 DraftKings Cash LineupFor DraftKings’ NFL Week 14 Sunday slate featuring 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. ET games.QB Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Panthers ($5,800). Carolina ranks 26th in yards allowed per pass attempt over the past three games. They are staggering into Cleveland just as Mayfield averaged above 20 DK per game over the span. Even for a rough outing in actual quarterbacking last week, Mayfield still hit 3X, so he’s a good option here.SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: RB Jeffrey Wilson, Niners vs. Broncos ($3,800). Wilson’s usage in Sunday’s contest and Kyle Shanahan’s indications afterward all portend well for the latest Niners lead back hitting that 3X at about 11 DK this afternoon.PREVIOUS: RB Phillip Lindsay, Broncos @ 49ers ($6,300). The rookie leads everyone in rushing yards over the past two weeks while landing just 10th in carries over the span. The Broncos roll in as near-TD favorites and project to feed their lead back again. And all that will happen while we snag about $3K off the positional ceiling at RB1.​WEEK 14 DFS CASH LINEUPS: FanDuel | YahooSUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: RB Jaylen Samuels, Steelers @ Raiders ($3,700): Further confirmation of Samuels’ usage over Steven Ridley as the lead back adds another reason to feel comfortable with the cap-saving route at RB, to then spend up at WR/TE. The Steelers ride into Oakland as double-digit favorites with the week’s third-highest implied total.PREVIOUS: RB Sony Michel, Patriots @ Dolphins ($5,900). Michel keeps getting close to 20 touches when the Patriots hold positive game script. The Dolphins are greater than TD-underdogs, so fire him up at sub-$6K if going mid-tier at RB2.SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: WR Davante Adams, Packers vs. Falcons ($8,400): Getting Jaylen Samuels in moved some techtonic plates that made getting up to Davante Adams and Zach Ertz worthwhile, and Wilson at RB2 also gives us that extra cap. Per Pro Football Focus data, Adams has seen top-five target volume since Week 11.PREVIOUS: WR Adam Humphries, Bucs vs. Saints ($4,900). With Marshon Lattimore and the revived Eli Apple outside, the slot has become the trendy method of attack against the Saints in DFS. And New Orlean’s No. 32 DK unit against WRs doesn’t deter overall. It also helps that Humphries banked another nine targets with D-Jax out on Sunday and Humphries has scored in three consecutive games.WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steleers @ Raiders ($8,200). We’re on that 52-point total projected for Steelers-Raiders, and we will count on both teams scoring enough to get volume-friendly game flow rolling right through the second half in Oakland. Both AB and JuJu rank top-five among WRs in targets over the past four weeks, and for this lineup, we’ll want to save the $800 by targeting JuJu.WR Keenan Allen, Chargers vs. Bengals ($7,400). No receiver’s seen more targets over the past four weeks than Keenan Allen. He’s heating up in December yet again and DK still hasn’t pulled him into the $8Ks. So, I’m not overthinking this.WEEK 14 DFS GPP LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsSUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: TE Zach Ertz, Eagles @ Cowboys ($6,400). Dallas allows the third-fewest DK points to receivers but the 11th-most tight ends. Philly saw this as an ideal place to target Dallas a few weeks ago, when Ertz reeled in 14 receptions.PREVIOUS: TE Jared Cook, Raiders vs. Steelers ($5,200). Cook ranks fourth in both targets and DK points among tight ends since Week 10. It’s encouraging that the Raiders offense woke up on Sunday and hooked their TE up with seven receptions and another TD. Our DraftKings Week 14 cash lineup is going to be AFC West heavy this week. With many good matchups in the division, we’re looking to ride the Chargers and fade the Raiders. To do so, we paid up a bit at receiver, and this was made possible by getting some good value on mid-priced running back. That should help differentiate our lineup and give us as chance to compete in NFL DFS cash game contests in Week 14.Last week went quite badly for us, and our season average dropped to 150 DK points, via the cash game log. We’ll be looking to shake off one of our worst performances of the season to attack DK again on the Sunday featured classic slate.last_img read more

Home building slowest since ’97

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The weather was blamed for part of the setback. November and December had been unusually mild while more normal winter weather returned to much of the country in January, depressing building activity. However, economists said the depth of the decline showed that housing was still facing major problems after a five-year boom that ended last year with falling construction and declining sales of both new and existing homes. David Seiders, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders, said that builders were slashing sales prices and offering other incentives such as upgraded kitchens and free decks to move homes. “The use of incentives has not abated,” he said. “The percentage of builders trimming prices has been increasing and the use of nonprice incentives is expanding as well,” he said. The housing report showed that applications for new building permits, considered a good barometer of future activity, fell in January for the 11th month out of the past 12, dropping by 2.8 percent to an annual rate of 1.568 million units. WASHINGTON – Housing construction plunged to the lowest level in nearly a decade last month as the housing industry continued to struggle with a severe slowdown. Meanwhile, wholesale prices dropped by 0.6 percent in January, the biggest amount in three months, providing fresh evidence that inflation pressures are easing. Construction of new homes and apartments plunged by 14.3 percent in January, pushing total activity down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.408 million units, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The decline pushed activity to the slowest pace since August 1997 with construction in January 37.8 percent below the pace of a year ago. The steep decline last month followed two months of construction increases that had raised hopes that perhaps the worst of the housing slump was over. last_img read more