Royal 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.
Toby Alderweireld would like to make his loan move to Southampton permanent, despite reported interest from the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham. The 26-year-old’s September arrival from Atletico Madrid appeared quite the coup, especially as the season-long loan gave Saints the option to make the move permanent for just £6.8million. Alderweireld’s impressive performances have made that fee look all the more paltry, but parent club Atletico could cancel that buy-out clause by paying Saints £1.5million That, along with growing interest in his services, muddies the water somewhat, but the Belgium international would be keen to stay at St Mary’s. “If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here,” Alderweireld, set to return against Chelsea after nine weeks out with a hamstring complaint, told the BBC. “It’s not up to me. Atletico could decide that they want me back. I have two years left there so it is difficult for me to answer the question. “I’m enjoying the Premier League, I’m enjoying playing for Southampton – I love the club and I love the fans. I am enjoying it here and my mind and focus is on Southampton.” Press Association
(BBC) – CONOR McGregor has put rivalries aside by “praying for the recovery” of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father.Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, who is also Khabib’s coach, is in a critical condition in their native Russia.The 57-year-old is reported to be in a medically induced coma after suffering complications with pneumonia.McGregor criticised Khabib this week but tweeted: “Very saddened on hearing this news. A true martial genius!”McGregor was beaten by Khabib at UFC 229 in October 2018 and the pair have often been linked with a rematch. Khabib remains unbeaten after being unable to fight Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.Having been treated initially in his native Dagestan, army veteran Abdulmanap was flown to a military hospital in Moscow when his condition worsened.The former wrestler has not just coached Khabib, 31, for most of his life but several other world champions across different combat disciplines, including current UFC fighter Islam Makhachev.In a statement, UFC president Dana White said: “Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov is a true martial artist who lives a life of pride, honour and respect.“I’m saddened to hear about his current state. My thoughts are with Abdulmanap and the Nurmagomedov family as he continues to fight.”
0Shares0000Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side thrash Schalke 7-0 on TuesdaySWANSEA, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Pep Guardiola remains coy about Manchester City’s chances of winning the quadruple, but his side face Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday standing just 16 games away from a clean sweep of all four major trophies.Guardiola’s team moved closer to the unprecedented silverware haul on Tuesday as they advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-0 demolition of Schalke in the last 16, second leg. City have already won the League Cup, beating Chelsea in last month’s final, but that has not quenched Guardiola’s thirst for more success.A victory at second-tier Swansea would see City move into the FA Cup semi-finals, with the Premier League title race set to go down to the wire.City are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool and although the reigning champions would be knocked off top spot if the Reds win at Fulham on Sunday, they will have a game in hand.In a bid to keep the pressure off his players, Guardiola has tried to talk down the possibility of City winning all four trophies, something that no team in the history of the English game has managed.“I said so many times, and I know you are generous and thank you so much guys, but every time you make that comment we lose a competition, so I think you provoke me in that way so, the next one we will see,” joked Guardiola recently when asked about the prospect of a quadruple.Swansea, currently mid-table in the Championship, are not expected to pose a major threat to City, but sterner tests lie in wait in what promises to a be a dramatic finale to the season.The Champions League has provided some painful moments for Guardiola, who won the tournament twice as Barcelona boss but has not lifted the trophy since 2011.– Traditional powers –Pep Guardiola celebrates as goal hero Riyad Mahrez looks onYet with English clubs constituting half of the eight teams in the Champions League quarter-finals, there are few opponents remaining who can intimidate City, especially with traditional powers such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich having already exited the competition.Even so, given the magnitude of the achievement City are chasing, the hype surrounding his team at present appears muted.The last — and, so far, only — English club to win the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League was Manchester United under Alex Ferguson in 1999.Guardiola himself achieved the equivalent in Spain with Barcelona in 2008-09.Yet, Guardiola has done such a good job of playing down expectations in almost every scenario in which City have found themselves this season that the issue of a possible quadruple has barely been on the news agenda.On the occasions that he has been asked about such a possibility, Guardiola has claimed that, to be considered among Europe’s elite, City first have to ensure they are regularly competing in the latter stages of the big competitions.“The big clubs, that is the big difference, as I said many times –- what is the best clubs in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona — these are the best three teams in the last decade in Europe,” said the Spaniard.“Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there, because they are the best.“It’s difficult to imitate them, being in the competition, it doesn’t matter which one –- until the last stages.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)