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first_imgRoyal IHC has held a steel cutting ceremony for the 2,300m³ Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger LESSE.The event took place at IHC’s partner yard, the MTG Dolphin Shipyard in Varna (Bulgaria) earlier this week.The newbuild was ordered by Baggerbedrijf de Boer – Dutch Dredging last May.The vessel is the third project, built in cooperation and by order of Royal IHC for Dutch Dredging, following the previous success of TSHDs ALBATROS and MAHURY.According to the shipyard, the vessel – being built under the class of Bureau Veritas – will be 80m long with a breadth of 15m.The next milestone for this vessel will be the keel laying ceremony in January 2018.last_img

first_imgOfficers of the Passi City policestation took the items for safekeeping./PN It was not immediately clear who ownedthe weapon. The 64-year-old resident RupertoProvindido said his grandson found the ammunition around 7 p.m. on Jan. 12. Provindidothen reported the discovery to the police.center_img ILOILO City – Two rifle grenades werefound in a forested area of Barangay Man-it, Passi City. last_img

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Pirlo bags UEFA coaching badge Budapest has been chosen to stage the Europa League final in the 2021/22 season at the Puskas Arena, European football body UEFA said on Monday. It is the first time the Hungarian capital will stage a single leg final of a men’s European club competition. UEFA’s executive committee also chose the Juventus stadium in Turin, Italy to host the women’s Champions League final in 2022 and the PSV Stadium at Eindhoven in Netherlands in 2023. Helsinki will host the annual men’s Super Cup match between the Champions League and Europa League winners in 2022 and Kazan in Russia in 2023, UEFA said. Reuters/NAN.Tags: JuventusPSV StadiumPuskas ArenaUEFA Europa Leaguelast_img read more

first_imgIreland have left their fly-half slot blank for Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against France, with Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan competing for the position. Jackson, who endured a mixed afternoon when deputising for the injured Jonathan Sexton against Scotland, has suffered a hamstring strain that has placed his participation in slight doubt. The uncertainty over the 21-year-old’s fitness and the presence of the in-form Madigan has prompted coach Declan Kidney to delay naming his selection for the number 10 jersey and who will supply cover from the bench. Sexton was set to be recalled but it has been decided to give him a further week in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury. “Paddy’s chances of pulling through are very good and he should be good to train on Thursday,” Kidney said. “We’ll make the choice between Paddy and Ian then. I was told just a moment ago that it will be better to give Jonathan Sexton another week to recover.” In total there are three confirmed changes to the starting XV defeated by Scotland, among them Fergus McFadden’s selection on the right wing after Craig Gilroy failed to recover from his groin strain. Cian Healy is restored at loosehead prop after completing his suspension for stamping against England on February 10, replacing Tom Court. Lock Mike McCarthy has recovered from the knee ligament damage sustained in the loss to Stuart Lancaster’s Grand Slam-chasing team, so Donncha O’Callaghan drops down to the bench. Donnacha Ryan continues in the second row after passing a fitness test on his bruised shoulder, but substitute prop Declan Fitzpatrick has been ruled out with a calf strain and his replacement has yet to be announced. Ireland team: R Kearney (Leinster); F McFadden (Leinster), B O’Driscoll (Leinster), L Marshall (Ulster), K Earls (Munster); AN Other, C Murray (Munster); C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M Ross (Leinster), M McCarthy (Connacht), D Ryan (Munster), P O’Mahony (Munster), S O’Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster, capt). Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), D Kilcoyne (Munster), AN Other, D O’Callaghan (Munster), I Henderson (Ulster), E Reddan (Leinster), AN Other, L Fitzgerald (Leinster). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Crystal Palace have announced the signing of striker Andrew Johnson on a short-term deal. The 33-year-old, who scored 85 goals in 160 appearances during his first spell with the club, will take on a coaching role with the academy as well as strengthening Neil Warnock’s striking options. Johnson was available as a free agent after leaving QPR at the end of last season. center_img “I am delighted to be coming back to a club that I love and have a real soft spot for,” Johnson said on the club’s website. “I would like to thank the gaffer and the chairman for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to helping this football club have continued success in the Premier League. “I have also been given an opportunity to help the youngsters in a coaching capacity, something I am really looking forward to getting involved in.” Johnson joined Palace from Birmingham in 2002 and went on to become a fans’ favourite as he helped the club win promotion in 2004. He then scored 21 goals in the top flight the following season, bringing him his first call-up for England, but he could not prevent Palace from suffering relegation. He left the club for Everton in 2006 for a fee of £8.5million. Johnson, who has earned eight England caps, has 149 senior goals in more than 450 appearances. last_img read more

first_imgSEOUL: The Table tennis world team championships have been delayed to early next year amid lingering concern about the COVID-19 outbreak across the world, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced on Saturday.The ITTF executive committee met on Friday to discuss the latest situation for international table tennis amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After deliberations with key stakeholders, the executive committee reached the outcome that the Hana Bank 2020 World Team Table Tennis Championships in Busan will be staged between Feb. 28 and March 7, 2021. IANSAlso Watch: The Mores: Lets Talk Lifestyle & Fashionlast_img

first_img“Won’t be playing today due to an injury caused during practice. Will be backing the team for today’s all-important match,” Srikanth had tweeted ahead of the clash.In Srikanth’s absence, Sameer fought for an hour and 11 minutes in the men’s singles tie before losing 17-21 20-22 against Olympic champion Chen Long as India slumped to 0-2 deficit.Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, who recently made a comeback after recovering from a shoulder injury, and Chirag Shetty were then given the task of taming the world no 7 pair of Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong but the Indian men’s doubles pair lost 21-18 15-21 17-21 to allow China take an unassailable 3-0 lead.Saina Nehwal then went down 12-21 17-21 to All England Champion Chen Yufei in a 33-minute women’s singles match, while World no 3 women’s doubles pair of Chen Qingchen and Jia Yifan beat Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki 21-12 21-15 as India sunk without a trace. India had reached the quarterfinals in the 2011 and 2017 editions of the Sudirman Cup. China: India crashed out of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championships after losing 0-5 to 10-time champions China in the second and final group match, here Wednesday. After going down 2-3 to Malaysia in their opening Group 1D match, India needed an extraordinary effort to get across the mighty Chinese but the shuttlers yet again produced a below-par performance to go down in a lop-sided contest.The gap between India’s mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy and Chinese combination of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping was evident once again as they went down 5-21 11-21 against the world no 2 pair to trail 0-1.Sameer Verma, whose straight-game loss to Lee Zii Jia proved to be vital against Malaysia on Tuesday, once again took the court after Kidambi Srikanth suffered an injury during practice sessions here. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to a battle of perception, USC coach Lane Kiffin is probably going to lose. And he’s probably going to lose about 11 out of 10 times.It comes with the territory of being Lane Kiffin, in large part.Most USC fans have never exactly instilled a ton of faith in the Trojans’ second-year coach. He’s a good playcaller and a sharp recruiter — at the very best. Or so it goes.It was open season on Kiffin following the Trojans’ 43-22 loss at the hands of Arizona State last week in Tempe, Ariz. Though it was only September of his second season with USC, the speculation as to his future with the program began. The criticisms snowballed. A hit the interwebs.But nobody has flinched. Kiffin is accustomed to the scrutiny. It came when he served as USC’s co-offensive coordinator in 2005 and 2006. It came when he worked for Al Davis in Oakland. It came when he coached in the Southeastern Conference.And five games into his second season at USC — his “dream job” — he is being scrutinized more intently, more frequently than at any point before.It’s a fight he just can’t win.Reporters have grumbled about his post-game spin. Cardinal-and-gold backers have moaned about a perceived indifference. Opposing fans have, well, jeered.“Obviously [we’re] very pleased to get the win, to get to 4-1,” Kiffin said Saturday. “The most important thing all week was to rebound from our first loss of the season and get to 4-1 going into the bye week.”Few, however, conceded Kiffin’s remarks about the Trojans’ overall record thus far.Last weekend none of USC’s wins in 2011 appeared particularly impressive. Minnesota, which lost to USC 19-17 in its season opener, fell to Michigan 58-0. Utah, which many considered to be the team’s quality win of the season, lost 31-14 at home to Washington. And Syracuse was upended by Rutgers 19-16 in double overtime.Add to the fact Arizona is now 1-4, USC’s strength of schedule doesn’t appear all that strong.For a Kiffin-coached team that has won 80 percent of its games nearly halfway through the season, optimism is not exactly oozing out of the USC program most have come to define as mediocre and average at this point in the season.Despite a record-setting display from junior quarterback Matt Barkley, who threw for 468 yards, eclipsing Carson Palmer’s single-game mark, most of the talk centered on USC defensive inabilities.“It’s definitely an honor and it feels great,” Barkley said of his performance. “But at the same time, it doesn’t even feel like it at all because it was such a tight game and it was going back and forth.”USC gave up 41 points against the Wildcats, one week after similarly surrendering 43 at Arizona State. Against the Sun Devils, the Trojans were burned by big plays. On just the fourth play from scrimmage, junior running back Cameron Marshall scored on a 70-yard touchdown run. Even senior linebacker Shelly Lyons later scored on a 41-yard interception return.When hosting Arizona, USC prevented the big play, not allowing a gain of more than 27 yards. But consequently, it conceded short completions en route to giving up 37 first downs, a school record, along with 554 yards of total offense.Against Arizona State, it also lost the turnover battle, finishing minus-four. Against Arizona, it finished plus-one. Seemingly, it was inconsequential, as the Trojans won by just a seven-point margin.Under normal circumstances, USC would be two wins away from being bowl eligible. It would be a half-game removed from first place in the Pac-12 South with a chance to play in the inaugural conference title game. Instead, it’s fighting to remain relevant and Kiffin is fighting the perception that the program has hit the metaphorical iceberg.His attempts, however, have been largely fruitless.On a day where there were plenty of positives, Barkley’s record-breaking numbers, junior safety T.J. McDonald’s two interceptions and a combined 399 receiving yards from sophomore Robert Woods and freshman Marqise Lee, a school record, a few glaring pimples stood out.A defense that looked confused once again, a bizarre decision to go for it on fourth-and-one with a 14-point lead late in the fourth quarter.Kiffin wants you to believe USC is close. He’ll talk ad-nauseam about Barkley and Woods, about Lee and about a young team that is still growing.But fans are naturally impatient. They’re accustomed to winning and winning handily. This is USC, after all.You can cite record-breaking performances and feel-good stories. Neither, however, allows Kiffin to captivate a fanbase that has become increasingly frustrated.Some things are too tough to ignore. USC has given up 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time in school history and that’s an awfully tough thing to spin. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article email Joey at or visit read more

first_imgARLINGTON, Texas >> Josh Ravin has appeared in five games in his brief major league career, pitching to 22 batters out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. Somehow he has been the pitcher of record in three of those games.As much as anything, that speaks to the entertainment value of the 2015 Dodgers. They like to keep it interesting, waiting until the late innings to reveal whether or not fans should have left early to beat traffic.For eight innings Tuesday, the Dodgers failed to entertain. A 23-year-old pitcher for the Texas Rangers, Chi Chi Gonzalez, had hitters flailing at 87-mph fastballs until the final inning. Then Howie Kendrick drew a walk and Justin Turner, using one of teammate Joc Pederson’s bats, hit a home run to tie the game 2-2.Ravin took over in the bottom of the ninth inning and threw three pitches to Robinson Chirinos. Chirinos crushed the third one through the thick Texas air, 401 feet over the left-center field fence for a home run. Game over, Rangers win 3-2, safe to go home.“I definitely thought we had it,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “As soon as JT hit that home run I thought, ‘here we go’.”The Dodgers scored three runs in the two games in Texas — not nearly enough to win and certainly not enough to beat Gonzalez. The rookie right-hander was making his fourth start and had allowed only one run to that point in his career.To the Dodgers, he was a bit of a mystery. Gonzalez allowed four hits, walked one batter and struck out two over the first eight innings. When the Rangers’ infield deployed a shift, the Dodgers seemed to find it.“The whole game he was just pounding in,in,in,in,” Turner said of Gonzalez. In the ninth inning, “(Adrian Gonzalez) had a good at-bat. Howie (Kendrick) had a good at bat. He was near 100 pitches and probably a little tired.” Turner’s home run gave the Dodgers hope.It didn’t last long.Chirinos’ home run came on a 1-1 count. Catcher A.J. Ellis called for a fastball outside. “If you go back and look, it was probably right over the plate,” Ravin said.Dodgers starter Brett Anderson deserved a better fate. The left-hander pitched eight innings for the first time since May 2011. That was partly out of necessity. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the bullpen was short-handed, but he wouldn’t say which pitchers were unavailable. The Rangers tagged Anderson for only two runs — on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning and an infield single with a runner on third base. Prince Fielder nearly cost the Rangers a run trying to score from second base on a hit to left field in the first inning. But he tripped rounding third base (to his teammates’ amusement) and scrambled safely back to the base. If Fielder hadn’t fallen down, Grandal said, “he was definitely out.”Instead, the bases were loaded. Anderson walked the next batter, Joey Gallo, to force in a run.That simple twist of fate might have meant the difference between a win and a loss. Had Fielder been thrown out at the plate, Turner’s ninth-inning home run might have given the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.Instead, it served as a reminder of the Dodgers’ offensive struggles. All three of their runs in the series were driven in by home runs, a habit that’s been alternately powerful and costly.The Rangers’ attack Tuesday featured a bunt hit, a hit-and-run, and a 90-foot RBI grounder from their 275-pound designated hitter — the kind of small-ball tools that have killed the Dodgers often this year.Mattingly said the team’s game plan won’t change.“If you don’t get guys on (base) you don’t give yourself a chance to win,” he said.The Rangers visit Dodger Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday. The Dodgers will need aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke to win both games in order to split the unusual four-game series.Kershaw and Greinke might well be out of the game by the time each is decided. Still, Grandal remained optimistic that the Dodgers can forge a split. The Dodgers are 25-10 in their home park and have typically hit better at home than on the road.“(The Rangers) have got to hit the ball way harder than that to hit at the field in L.A.,” he said.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgGuardiola thinks Paris Saint-Germain’s world-record £198 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona last August set the bar for the current transfer market.“We have spent a lot of money, I’m not denying it,” he said. “The problem is we had to spend a lot to change the oldest squad in the Premier League. That doesn’t happen in one transfer window. We needed more time.“Normally we try to be stable with the wages of the players because I think it is good for the team and stability of the club.“It’s £50 million today but years ago it was £20 million. In the past, what the club did, was at that price. Maybe in the future more clubs will spend more than £100 million on one player, like some teams already have. I think the prices next summer will be higher than this winter.”City remain stretched in attack, with Sergio Aguero their only fit senior centre forward as Gabriel Jesus continues to recover from knee ligament damage.Guardiola, though, has no intention of trying to sign another out-and-out striker, saying Raheem Sterling can move in from the wing if needed, as he did when City won 2-1 at Manchester United in December.“We have the two strikers and we do not need another one in that position,” the City boss explained. “Other players can play there in different circumstances. To buy a striker who can only play there: that is not going to happen.“Raheem can play there. He did at Old Trafford and in the United States in pre-season.“He showed me that he can handle that pressure without problems. He’s more of a winger, a No 10, but we are not going to buy a striker.”Share on: WhatsApp City pulls out of Sanchez deal, Man. United waitManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has suggested Manchester City gave up on trying to sign Alexis Sanchez because of the player’s high wage demands.Sanchez looked set to leave Arsenal for the Etihad Stadium until Premier League leaders City ended their pursuit on Monday, leaving the way clear for second-placed Manchester United to move in.The Chile forward has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford, worth a reported basic weekly wage of £365,000 ($506,000, 414,000 euros) with image rights and bonuses taking that above £500,000.City’s highest-earning players, by comparison, are on around £220,000 a week, and Guardiola did not feel that offering a significantly higher wage to a new signing would benefit the squad as a whole.It is understood the City manager was also unsure about bringing in Sanchez, whom he worked with at Barcelona, mid-season; having failed to secure a deal last August he would have preferred to wait until the summer, when the player’s Arsenal contract was set to expire.“In my time at Barcelona, my time at Bayern Munich and now here, I never pushed the club to say I want those players when the club believes and says that the price is too much,” Guardiola said Friday.“I respect that decision and I move forward to look for another solution because the stability of the club is the most important thing.”– ‘Spent a lot of money’ –Guardiola, whose table-toppers play Newcastle on Saturday, has spent heavily in reshaping City’s squad since his arrival from Bayern in July 2016.Last summer alone, he spent more than £200 million on five players, with around £120 million of that going on three full-backs, in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo.City’s Premier League rivals have also been willing to pay significant sums for high-quality players, though, with Liverpool buying centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for £75 million earlier this month, and Manchester United paying £89 million for Paul Pogba at the start of last season.last_img read more