Russia’s natural gas producer Novatek and compatriot nuclear energy firm Rosatom have signed an agreement to join forces on an LNG-fueled icebreaker fleet.The parties plan to establish a long-term partnership to jointly develop, finance and implement a project to create a LNG-fueled icebreaker fleet.The units would support Novatek’s Arctic projects in frozen areas along the Northern Sea Route. The agreement also includes building port fleet and supply vessels.“We already have successful experience of working with Rosatom providing ice-breaker support for the LNG carriers of our Yamal LNG project,” Leonid Mikhelson, Novatek’s Chairman of the Management Board, said.“This agreement will facilitate the further development of an icebreaking fleet and support the growth of cargo traffic along the Northern Sea Route that is very important for our company and for Russia’s economy as a whole,” Mikhelson concluded.
France’s Dunkirk liquefied natural gas import terminal accommodated a total of 37 LNG carriers during the first five months of the year. Dunkerque LNG, the operator of the facility said that these are the record high numbers for the facility that was commissioned on January 1, 2017.“This intense level of activity is due to a complex combination of factors linked to the supply of and demand for LNG on global markets as well as the appeal of the Dunkirk LNG terminal in the market of north-west Europe,” Pierre Dumont, sales manager at Dunkerque LNG, said.Year-to-date, 40 liquefied natural gas tankers have docked at the facility, the statement reads. This figure should be compared with the 17 unloading and reloading operations of 2018.“The huge influx of LNG at our terminal is attributable, in part, to the supply of and demand for LNG on the global market,” Dumont said.Supply is higher than expected due, in particular, to the production of LNG that was early and greater than initially foreseen at the Yamal LNG plant: an overproduction that the Russians chose to channel primarily and for now towards European markets.At the same time, the United States successfully started up new production capacity and European imports from historical suppliers of LNG (Qatar, Nigeria, Norway and Algeria) also increased, Dunkerque LNG said.“However, the increase in supply occurs at a time when demand in Europe is stable and demand from Asia is rising more slowly than expected, particularly in China,” Dumont notes.He added that LNG producers have been forced to find the best possible outlets or supply their LNG volumes while taking into account the new market conditions.
Most of the violations recorded weredriving without the use of helmets or seatbelts, driving without licenses anddrivers who fail to carry and present their official registration orcertificate of registration. ILOILO – The police provincial office(IPPO) here ticketed a total of 4,082 traffic violators from Aug. 10 to Oct. 3under its “Oplan Hilway Dalan.” Vilela instructed chiefs of police todeter traffic incidents by manning the highways. A police officer of the Estancia Municipal police station issues a citation to motorists violating local ordinances. From Aug. 10 to Oct. 3, the Iloilo police ticketed a total of 4,082 traffic violators across the province. ESTANCIA POLICE The IPPO recorded around 2,210 trafficaccidents since January, 63-percent higher than figures in the same period lastyear. “I directed the chiefs of police toremove those unregistered vehicles plying the streets, drivers withoutlicenses, and vehicles that are no longer road safety,” Vilela said. “One of my priority thrusts isrelentless law enforcement so we will continue our operations daily,” saidVilela.(With a report from PNA/PN) Under “Oplan Hilway Dalan,” provincialcops conduct checkpoints and intensify the enforcement of ordinances. Vilela said violators were issuedtickets and were fined, as prescribed by Republic Act 4136 or the LandTransportation and Traffic Code. A week after Vilela assumed office onSept. 1, he posed a 24-hour challenge to his chiefs of police to ticket atleast 10 traffic violators per police station. The exercise was able to issuecitations to 497 traffic violators. IPPO director Colonel Roland Vilelanoted the prevalence of traffic accidents in the province which killed 72people since January this year.
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Two people witnessed the incident, one of whom is a City of Largo employee.Tracy and Laky have been charged with criminal mischief. Two Florida men apparently took the spirit of Christmas a bit too far up.According to the Largo Police Department, 28-Shay Tracy and 27-year-old Alex Laky recently decided to climb a 35-foot Christmas tree in Largo’s Central Park early Friday morning.Two men arrested for climbing 35-foot Christmas tree at Largo Central Park, police say https://t.co/ms7SAk9rJX— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) December 13, 2019 The police report states the suspects threw and broke ornaments, causing $250 in damage during the 4 a.m. incident.Just why?!?! @abcactionnews https://t.co/2u7wC1I2MK— Lauren St. Germain (@LaurenWFTS) December 13, 2019
The Latest: Louisville furloughs 45 athletic staffers Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Louisville has furloughed 45 athletic department staffers for at least 60 days and eliminated 40 other support positions in the latest budget moves resulting from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Vince Tyra also announced 4% pay cuts for staffers earning more than $100,000 in the next year, with those earning below that figure taking 2% salary cuts. The newest salary cuts do not include head coaches, senior staff or the AD, whose salaries were reduced 10% earlier this month. Tom Moore will get the chance to ring the famous bell at Lord’s cricket ground, signalling the start of a day’s play, as a reward for his fundraising efforts that have become a national rallying point. The job is typically given to former cricketers or figures in the sport.The offer was made to Moore, a cricket fan, by England captain Joe Root – a fellow Yorkshireman.“I’d love you to give us a team talk at some point as well,” Root said in a video conversation with Moore, “and get all the lads in the right frame of mind.”The Twitter account of Lord’s posted a message to Moore, saying he is “an inspiration to us all.”With the aid of a walking frame, Moore walked 100 laps of his garden in eastern England to support workers in Britain’s National Health Service. He wanted to complete the mission before his 100th birthday on April 30, and his family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds. The event was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held in July 2022 to accommodate the one-year postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics.While those games will continue to be known as “Tokyo 2020,” the World Games decided to go with a more accurate moniker.The organizing committee also unveiled a new website.___The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May. The U.S. Tennis Association is warning folks: “No Bryan Brothers chest bumps.”That was among the suggestions from the USTA on Wednesday, when it offered return-to-play guidelines to help players and people running tennis facilities know when — and how — the sport should resume at the amateur level as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease.The USTA thinks it will be safe to again play tennis “in some cities and states sooner than in others.”One of the recommendations is to maintain social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other people — and, therefore, to avoiding playing doubles, because it “could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity.”The group that runs the U.S. Open went on to add: “If you do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact, no Bryan Brothers chest bumps and no whispering to each other from a close distance to strategize.” American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have won 16 Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles together and celebrate wins by jumping simultaneously and bumping chests.All professional tennis has been suspended at least until mid-July. The U.S. Open is still scheduled to begin main-draw play in New York on Aug. 31.___The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama has unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Olympic-style competition for sports and events that are not on the Summer Games program will now be known as The World Games 2022. Associated Press April 22, 2020 Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills. The Hornets staff is monitoring players and helping them with their conditioning remotely during the lockdown, but Borrego cautions the league needs to be “very careful” not to rush back too soon because “nobody wants to get hurt or injured in this time.”Borrego says when players return to practice, they’ll be monitored individually by the training staff to determine their physical condition.___The spring prep sports season is officially over in South Carolina. Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a “force majeure” provision, which would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The NFL began its new business year March 18 and allowed teams to begin virtual offseason programs Monday. The draft begins Thursday night, with the 2020 schedule expected to be released in early May.Smith says it’s clear under the new CBA what happens if NFL games are canceled, and the union will follow that labor deal depending on developments.“We’re bound by a contract that we call the collective bargaining agreement,” Smith said. “And certainly it has provisions in it that are different than other sports.”___ The date change is a result of the Tokyo Games being rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, because of the coronavirus. Swimming Canada will hold its open water trials April 17-18, 2021, in the Cayman Islands. Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson says that while swimmers are unable to train now, he’s hoping they will resume in this fall.___A 99-year-old World War II veteran who has raised more than 28 million pounds ($34.5 million) for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic has been invited to perform one of British sport’s quaintest traditions once the crisis is over. ___The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs.The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league.The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1. The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision.___The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow.The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible. There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1.The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Gov. Henry McMaster and state education superintendent Molly Spearman announced Wednesday that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year in early June. That means any chance of high school athletes continuing to play spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse ended with the decision.Schools have been shut down since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prep coaches and athletes held out hope that if schools were opened, they could continue playing. Instead, all competitions, including spring football workouts, were called off.___Canada has rescheduled its Olympic swimming trials for April 7-11, 2021, in Toronto.It will be shortened to five days instead of seven, which was the original plan for this year. Selection and nomination policies for the team chosen from the trials will be developed with the Canadian Olympic Committee. France is under lockdown until May 11.___The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.” Wednesday’s moves bring the total of cuts to $5 million including previous moves, but the furloughs, reductions and new pay cuts do not include coaching staffs. “We have around 325 employees including all the coaching staff, so this is more impactful to the non-coaching staff,” Tyra said in a teleconference. “We had some really long-term employees that were impacted by today’s decision, so it’s a heart-felt process.” Louisville will honor the contracts of eliminated staffers through June 30, allowing them to file for unemployment. Several vacancies won’t be filled because of a hiring freeze while another staffer is retiring. The furloughs take effect in 30 days, and Tyra said the 60-day window allows the option to bring some staffers back early or extend others.Tyra warned of the staff moves Monday as the department announced 15% cuts in sports budgets.___
Two-unit conversational Spanish and French classes have been added to the spring schedule of courses, allowing students to take a class that focuses more on speaking Spanish or French than learning the grammatical rules, Undergraduate Student Government leaders said.Native tongue · Nathalie Burle, a language professor in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, teaches a French class in Taper Hall. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan The classes, Conversational Spanish (SPAN 280x) and Intermediate Conversational French: Culture, Society, and Communication (FREN 235x), are described as a “discussion of short films, cultural and literary texts and other activities designed to improve conversation skills,” according to the spring 2011 schedule of classes.Liz Trower, USG senior director of communications, said this is a huge victory in what has been a three-year push for improved two-unit classes.“This actually is part of what has been a much longer initiative in USG to improve two-unit courses,” Trower said. “This is the first major victory and hopefully it will pave the way for improvement in other two-unit courses.”When Andrew Matson, chief justice pro tempore of the USG Judicial Council, was the assistant director two years ago, he brought up the issue of two-unit classes.“We took an all-levels approach to bring in more two-unit courses to USC,” Matson saidA survey was sent out two years ago to students to gauge interest in two-unit courses. USG said it received an overwhelmingly positive response to the addition of a two-unit conversation language courses.Matson said when he became the director of academic affairs for USG, he was in close communication with administrators, the Office of Academic Records and Registrar, as well as the sitting vice provost to continuously push for two-unit courses.However, Ravi Agarwal, USG director of academic affairs, said it was difficult to actually add the courses to the course list.“The biggest obstacle is time,” Agarwal said. “We can see the student demand, but conveying that demand to administrators and convincing them has also been a big issue and kind of a challenge for us as well. There are a lot of steps involved that require a lot of coordination.”These classes are being offered for Spring 2011 and will not be for credit for Spanish or French majors.“We not only hope to get more two-unit classes in the Spanish department,” Agarwal said, “But we hope to basically take what the [foreign language department] has done and help other departments do the same and offer similar classes in other languages.”
From the thrills of Tyler Donovan’s diving, game-clinching touchdown in Vegas and the feel-good Senior Day win over Michigan to the lows of back-to-back losses to Illinois and Penn State and a near-miss loss in the Outback Bowl, the 2007 Wisconsin football season was a wild experience. Almost like being on a thrill ride at an amusement park, wouldn’t you say, Paul Hubbard??I would agree fully with that,? the senior wide receiver said. ?We?ve been up and down throughout the entire season. We?ve had a lot of injuries to key players that we?ve lost throughout the season. Our team morale has been up and down like a roller coaster, just the way our play has been.?The Badgers started the season with high expectations and a No. 5 overall ranking. Escaping with victories in close calls on the road against UNLV and at home against rival Iowa gave voters impetus to drop Wisconsin in the polls, but the Badgers stayed in the top 10, coming in at No. 9.After a litany of teams ranked ahead of UW lost, the Badgers were back to fifth. Still, even as UW climbed the polls, with a defense seemingly averse to creating turnovers and unable to crack spread option attacks and an offense that would be without top backup running back Lance Smith for all road games because of a unique university-imposed suspension, you just knew the dip was coming.Click, click, click, click ? whoosh.Unlike a roller coaster, the screams coming from Badger fans weren’t out of excitement. In their first Big Ten road game, the Badgers’ flaws were exposed and the defense was sliced apart by the Illini’s lightning-fast spread option. Juice Williams and Rashard Mendenhall combined to rush for 267 yards and two touchdowns. Aside from the game, UW also lost senior wideout Luke Swan for the season with a torn hamstring. Wisconsin plummeted in the national rankings after the defeat, falling 14 spots to No. 19.The descent continued in ugly fashion the very next week, as the Badgers turned in their least inspired effort of the season in a 38-7 shellacking at the hands of the Nittany Lions of Penn State. The game wasn’t even as close as the lopsided final indicated, and after the loss, head coach Bret Bielema was disappointed in his team’s effort. Players would also later admit to letting the previous week’s defeat beat them mentally a second time.After two wins stabilized the season, it was time for the ride to continue.For a while, it looked like the Badgers were about to throw the nation for a loop, stealing Ohio?s signature marching band formation ?O.?Wisconsin hung with the then-No. 1 team in the country for three quarters in what would have been one of the more improbable upsets in the history of the program.Down to Zach Brown, the third-string tailback when the season started and a true freshman starting the first game of his career against the nation?s top run defense, the Badgers wrestled the lead away from the Buckeyes in the third quarter on a touchdown pass to fullback Chris Pressley. But as the fourth quarter wore on, the Buckeyes reasserted their dominance, sending the Badgers spiraling off to their third loss of the season.In that way, the close call in the Outback Bowl made sense. It was a fitting culmination to an unpredictable season of missed opportunities.And just when it looked like they were going to mount a game-winning drive in the final moments, there was the final twist, as Donovan’s pass intended for Hubbard found unfriendly arms at the goal line, ending what could be called nothing short of an erratic season.?We did things well, we didn?t do things well at some times,? tight end Andy Crooks said. ?It was kind of all over the place.?Wild rides are good if you?re hoping for some thrills and looking to lose your stomach, but the goal going forward for Bielema and the Badgers is winning championships ? Big Ten and grander. To do that, they must make sure future seasons? rides are much less like a spin around Space Mountain.