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IMO: World Expects Bold Goals on Cutting Emissions from Shipping

first_imgThe whole world would be watching the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2018, looking for something of real substance when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping, IMO’s Secretary-General Kitack Lim pointed out.“Next year really will be a time when the world will expect IMO Member States to deliver a clear vision as the first stage of the approved roadmap. I urge you, be bold; set ambitious goals that really will make a difference. You have a real opportunity here to do something of lasting significance. Make the most of it,” Lim said while speaking at the 30th Assembly session at IMO Headquarters in London.IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is set to adopt an initial GHG strategy in April 2018.More than 1,500 delegates from IMO Member States, international governmental and non-governmental organizations have registered to attend the session that meets from November 27 to December 6.Lim outlined the key elements of the new “Strategic Plan for the Organization” for 2018 to 2023, which is expected to be adopted by the Assembly.“The seven strategic directions point us now towards more effective rule-making and implementation processes by integrating new and advancing technology to respond to our challenges, among others, to increase ship safety, including addressing new emerging technologies such as autonomous vessels, our contribution to combat climate change, engagement in ocean governance, mitigation of cyber-crimes, and facilitation of international trade, whilst continuing to take due consideration on the human element factor,” Lim said.The rapidly increasing pace of change in every sphere raised a fundamental issue, since technology will move far quicker than the regulatory process, he added.“Digital disruption will arrive in the shipping world very soon; and, when it does, IMO must be ready,” Lim said. “For me, this means the regulatory framework for shipping must be based firmly around goals and functions rather than prescriptive solutions. This is the only way to ensure that measures adopted by IMO are not rendered obsolete by the time-lag between adoption and entry-into-force.”The IMO as a whole needed to become more effective, more nimble and more adaptive, Lim pointed out, drawing attention to his determination to push forward a “Knowledge based Organization” concept, embracing data in the Secretariat’s work and in the decision-making processes.“For IMO, we need to have more detailed and deeper analysis of statistics and data so that we can really understand underlying trends and causal factors behind shipping casualties; and we must make sure that additions and amendments to the regulatory framework are also based, wherever possible, on relevant statistics, studies and analysis. This would pave the way for better regulation, one that not only takes into account the work carried out to reduce administrative burdens, but to avoid disproportionate requirements, as well as addressing obsolete and unnecessary ones,” he noted.IMO’s work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals was also stressed.last_img read more

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New York College to Offer Offshore Wind Training Programs

first_imgThe State University of New York (SUNY) Maritime College has received USD 230,000 from the New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s office to promote offshore energy workforce development and training programs in New York.The grant funding supports the creation of an Offshore Energy Center which will offer training programs for wind-operations technicians, dynamic positioning training and certification courses for offshore vessel operators.The center’s courses will be offered on campus and online, to make the courses accessible to students, working professionals and others.”This center will assist our nation’s push to renewable energy,” said Capt. Eric Johansson, professor of Marine Transportation at Maritime College. “New York State is working diligently to ensure that offshore wind is developed in the most responsible and cost-effective way possible. Maritime College is proud to support that effort.”SUNY Maritime College received the funding as part of a USD 15 million state investment and the first phase of the state’s Climate Jobs NY, a component of the Clean Climate Careers initiative established last year.The first American offshore wind farm, the 30MW Block Island Wind Farm, opened in 2017 in Rhode Island and more are expected to be built in coming years, increasing the demand for a highly trained wind workforce.The State of New York has established a goal of developing 2.4GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. The New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan will guide the state in reaching this goal, with the first auction for some 800MW of offshore wind capacity expected to be announced in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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IMCA North Star Series opens with three Memorial Weekend dates

first_imgSLAYTON, Minn. (May 18) – Murray County Speedway hosts first-night action when the IMCA North Star Touring Series opens with three events during the Memorial holiday weekend.The fourth annual tour is at Slayton on Friday, May 22; at Arlington Raceway on Saturday, May 23; and at Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls on Sunday, May 24.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are in action each evening.Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. at Murray County. Racing follows 7:15 p.m. hot laps. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students ages 11-15 and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult.More information is available by calling 507 220-3511 and at the www.murraycountyspeedway.net website.Arlington also makes up features, including the Sprint Series of Minnesota event, rained out last weekend. Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 4:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.The track website is www.arlingtonraceway.com. Information is also available by calling 507 380-6998.Redwood Speedway opens the pits at 4 p.m. and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Admission for spectators is $12 for adults, $8 for teenagers and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult.More information is available at www.redwoodspeedway.com.Pit passes are $25 each evening. All three tracks will also post updates on Facebook.The series was originally scheduled to open May 14 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa. That program was postponed due to weather and will now be held June 4.IMCA Late Models also run that evening, for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national and All­star Performance state points.Select North Star Touring Series events will be broadcast through IMCA.TV this year.last_img read more

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Ireland stun Windies in opener

first_img Ireland’s 100 came up in the 19th over and the century stand for the second wicket was the next milestone, reached with a Joyce boundary. The former Middlesex and Sussex man was dropped in the 27th over, Bravo getting a hand to the ball on the long leg boundary but seeing it slip from his grasp and over the rope. Joyce’s 50 came up in the following over, off 39 balls – but the 106-run partnership ended soon after when Stirling was caught behind off Samuels, with Ireland 177 for two in the 28th over. Stirling’s effort spanned 84 deliveries and contained three sixes and nine fours. Joyce was joined by O’Brien and the pair made good progress until the former departed for 84, off 67 balls and including two sixes and 10 fours, when he was caught by Bravo. That dismissal, at 273 for three and in the 40th over, sparked a mini-collapse as four Ireland wickets fell for 18 runs. Andy Balbirnie was caught by Bravo for a run-a-ball nine, Gary Wilson found Chris Gayle and was on his way for a single – giving Jerome Taylor a third scalp – then Kevin O’Brien was then run out without scoring. However his brother Niall ensured the wobble did not develop into anything more serious, seeing Ireland home. O’Brien finished unbeaten on 79, from 60 deliveries including 11 boundaries, while John Mooney (six not out) was with him as the target was reached. Next up for Ireland is a match against United Arab Emirates in Brisbane on February 25, while Pakistan await the West Indies in Christchurch on Friday. The West Indies, put into bat, totalled 3 04 for seven from 50 overs, with a 154-run partnership for the sixth wicket between Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) the highlight of their innings. However, Paul Stirling (92), Ed Joyce (84) and Niall O’Brien (79 not out) impressed with the bat to ensure victory for Ireland, who wobbled as they neared their target but got over the line with 25 balls to spare. Ireland have won their opening World Cup match, defeating the West Indies by four wickets in their Pool B match in Nelson. Press Association The West Indies were uninspiring with the bat until Simmons and Sammy came together at 87 for five in the 24th over . Chris Gayle hit 36 from 65 balls and Dwayne Smith (18), Darren Bravo (nought), Marlon Samuels (21) and Denesh Ramdin (one) all struggled to make an impression – with George Dockrell taking three wickets for 50 runs. However, the run rate improved notably when Simmons and Sammy were at the crease – the pair shared in a stand of 154 in 127 deliveries, with the final 20 overs producing 198 runs. Sammy became the sixth wicket to fall when, in the 44th over, he holed out to Dockrell. His 89 runs came from 67 balls and contained four sixes and nine fours. That dismissal brought Andre Russell to the crease and he maintained the momentum in the closing stages of the innings, hitting an unbeaten 27 off 13 balls. Simmons brought up his team’s 300 with two balls of the innings remaining but his innings ended with the next ball. Dockrell again provided the catch as the Trinidadian’s innings ended on 102, from 84 balls and containing five sixes and nine fours. Ireland started brightly with their run chase, with captain William Porterfield and Stirling putting on 71 for the first wicket. Porterfield fell for 23 when he edged a Gayle delivery to Ramdin but Stirling looked in good form, moving to his half-century from 49 balls. last_img read more

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Bellew vows to end Haye’s career in December 17 rematch

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – British heavyweight Tony Bellew has vowed to end the boxing career of former WBA world champion David Haye in their December rematch in London.The pair will meet on December 17 at the O2, the same arena where Bellew beat Haye in March.“I’ll be victorious and end Haye’s career. Another loss to me closes the curtain on the Hayemaker,” former WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew told the BBC after the date was confirmed.Haye, 36, was fined £25 000 ($32 000) for his conduct in the build-up to the previous fight, with intense news conferences and heated trash-talk between the big men.Bellew stopped Haye, who had suffered an Achilles tendon injury, in the 11th round of their first fight.“Bellew somehow won the lottery in our first fight, but believe me, he won’t win the lottery twice,” declared Haye on Friday.(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis)last_img read more

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West Genesee’s Bove ties for 10th at state golf championships

first_imgIn cold, windswept conditions more similar to autumn than summer,, Bove shot another 76, with three birdies on holes 5, 7 and 13 somewhat negated by six bogeys and a double bogey on 15.Still, the total of 152 would put Bove in a tie for 10th place, best among Section III golfers, three strokes ahead of Gruninger’s 155.Somers’ Nathan Han won the individual state title going away, his rounds of 71 and 70 putting him at 141, one under par, seven strokes clear of Evan Sitts (Oneonta), Alex Kyriacou (Suffern) and Shane Devincenzo (Port Jefferson), so Bove was only four strokes out of the runner-up spot.Colella was only one shot worse in his final round, with a 79, and he moved up a bit, to a tie for 22nd. Jones improved five strokes to a 79 and moved up to a tie for 38th with MPH’s Grant Lewis as Maglisco struggled to an 87.Combined, Section III was able to claim second place alone in the team standings, at 1,104, with Section I (1,058) pulling away for top honors.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story That left Bove tied for 11th place with Fayetteville-Manlius’ Adam Butch, five shots off the lead shared by Nathan Hahn (Section I, Somers) and Nolan Crowley (Section II, Saratoga Springs)  and two behind Manlius-Pebble Hill’s Johnny Gruninger, who had a 74.Meanwhile, Marcellus golfer Shawn Colella put together a 78, including a birdie on hole 14, that left him tied for 25th place, with Westhill getting an 83 from Anthony Maglisco and Skaneateles seeing Tynan Jones shoot an 84.All of them helped Section III to second place in the team standings at 550, just 16 strokes back of Section I as the final round got underway Monday morning. This time around, it wasn’t enough just to compete in the boys golf New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships for a talented quartet of area stars.Working together, they aimed to push Section III to the top of the team standings while still in pursuit of individual goals on Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones course in Ithaca.West Genesee’s Nick Bove moved to the fringes of individual state title contention in Sunday’s opening round. With a birdie on the 10th hole, Bove put together a five-over-par 76,center_img Tags: Boys golfMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more

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Catena Media seeks new leader as Robert Andersson departs with immediate effect

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Henrik Persson EkdahlIssuing a corporate statement, Stockholm-listed industry affiliate network Catena Media has informed that Chief Executive Officer Robert Andersson has departed as leader with immediate effect.The company has moved to install Henrik Persson Ekdahl as ‘acting Chief Executive’. Ekdahl a former Betsson AB Executive and current partner at Malta-based venture capital firm Optimizer Invest sits as a board advisor for Catena Media governance.Optimizer Invest are a key backer of Catena, a leading industry affiliate network that has expanded its all-around services and portfolio through aggressive M&A.Catena governance has not disclosed the reasons behind Andersson’s departure, simply issuing a short statement detailing the change of corporate leadership.Kathryn Moore BakerKathryn Moore Baker, Chairwoman of Catena Media, commented on the update: “Catena Media has been through several growth stages in a short period of time. Robert Andersson’s assignment was to take the company through an IPO and later to introduce it to Nasdaq Stockholm’s main market, which he did with great results. Now, a new phase starts, which marks a new era in Catena Media’s success going forward. We are very pleased that Henrik Persson Ekdahl will take over as acting CEO. It sets the tone for what we want to achieve in the future. We will continue with our strong growth strategy and look for a permanent CEO in due time.”Robert Andersson had been appointed CEO of Catena Media in May 2015, taking over operational leadership responsibilities from enterprise co-founders Erik Bergman and Emil Thidell.Under Andersson’s guidance, Catena would undertake its aggressive European M&A expansion seeking to become the outright industry leader in player referrals and lead generation.Andersson’s two-year tenure as CEO of Catena would see the company execute a number of high profile affiliate acquisitions including popular casino review portals’ AskGamblers.com (€15 million April 2016), CasinoUK (£10 million – December 2016) and Slotsia Sweden (€5 million May 2016).During H1 2017, Catena governance would secure a maximum €100 million bond issue, detailing that the funds raised would be used to further its M&A expansion and improve its industry network capabilities.At present, Catena governance has not specified how long Ekdahl will serve in the interim role,  however, the firm confirms that it is actively seeking a replacement of Andersson as its corporate leader.last_img read more

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Yorkshire appoints Richard Flint as a ‘Welcome Advisor’

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020 EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Sky Bet Chairman Richard Flint is set to become a key non-executive director advising Yorkshire Tourism’s flagship ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ campaign.Flint will take up the post immediately following the end of his two-year stint as the Chair of the CBI for Yorkshire and Humber.Recognised as one of the UK’s leading Tech CEOs, during his 17-year tenure leading Sky Bet Flint transformed a small Harrogate-based igaming unit into a market leader employing 1500 staff whilst maintaining a turnover of £700 million.Leading Yorkshire’s biggest tech enterprise, Flint has further overseen the development of Sky Bet’s Leeds HQ and its supporting Sheffield ‘digital hub’.Furthermore, supporting the region’s talent development and future workforce, Sky Bet maintains a number of Yorkshire tech training schemes and engineering programmes.Confirming Flint’s appointment, Welcome to Yorkshire Chairman Peter Box said:“Richard’s reputation precedes him, and you only have to look at his career achievements so far to know he’ll be a brilliant addition to the team. He brings a huge skill set, a great vision and a progressive and dynamic approach. We’re delighted to welcome him on board.”Having left day-to-day leadership of Sky Bet in 2019, Flint currently serves as Chairman of online dog food brand ButternutBox in addition to further advisory roles.Speaking of Yorkshire as his ‘adopted home’, Essex-born Flint is a keen cyclist of the Dales and names Fountains Abbey as his favourite place.“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to grow a business and to bring up our family in Yorkshire, and I am looking forward to spreading the word about all that our wonderful region has to offer as a place to visit,” said Flint. “I am also excited to join such a diverse and multi-talented Board.”last_img read more

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Man United parade trophy to mark Ferguson’s retirement

first_imgA victory parade to mark Manchester United’s 20th league title and Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement has drawn thousands of fans on to the streets.Many supporters gathered at the club’s Old Trafford stadium as the open-top bus tour got under way.The parade travelled towards the city centre and arrived at Albert Square, where the bus was greeted by more fans.Sir Alex, who is retiring at the age of 71 after 26 years in Manchester, has won 38 trophies at Old Trafford.Speaking from the bus, the septuagenarian Scotsman thanked fans for their support over the years and for the reception he received at his final home game, United’s 2-1 win against Swansea City on Sunday.He said it had been “a day I will never forget – it was wonderful”. “It was something all my family enjoyed and the grandkids will never forget it.”‘Moment in history’The bus left the stadium via Sir Matt Busby Way – the road named after another celebrated United manager – at about 18:30 BST.Fans lined every part of the route from the stadium to the square, with police by 19:00 refusing entry to any more fans after the plaza and the surrounding streets filled to capacity.Some supporters ignited red flares, several climbed lamp posts for a view of the bus and others were seen leaning from windows and standing on rooftops. Many people travelled from far and wide to attend the parade, with some coming from as close as Stretford and others from as far away as South Africa.Famara Bojang from London said he had “come to the parade today as I wanted to be part of this moment in history”, while Darren Reid from Barrow-in-Furness said he had been to “every parade since 1999, but I’m obviously here this time to say goodbye to Fergie”.Ryan Giggs, who has played a part in virtually all of Sir Alex’s 38 trophies, said he was happy the manager – who joined the club from Aberdeen in November 1986 – was leaving with another piece of silverware to his name.He said: “It has been tough, especially for the players who have known him for a long time. We are delighted that we were able to end on a high and won the league in his last season.”During the celebrations in Albert Square, Manchester band The Courteeners played and United defender Rio Ferdinand led the crowd in singing songs about the club’s players.last_img read more

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Saint Martin’s University: 9th in Nation Among Private, Non-Doctoral-Granting Institutions for…

first_imgFacebook111Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s University Saint Martin’s University has been designated a Military Friendly school for 2019-2020 by VIQTORY and ranked ninth in the nation within the category of private, non-doctoral-granting institutions. The Military Friendly Schools list is designed to provide a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families about the higher education institutions that give the best opportunities to veterans and their spouses. VIQTORY creates the Military Friendly Schools list each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly Schools survey from participating institutions.“Supporting those men and women who have sacrificed for their families and our country is an honor, and we are proud of the military service personnel who are the real “Saints” in our community,” said Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, Ph.D., dean of enrollment.The 2019-2020 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.“We are honored to have been selected for our decades-long academic support of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s well-being and security,” said Cruz Arroyo, associate dean for administration for Saint Martin’s University – Joint Base Lewis-McChord Campuses. “We don’t take this honor lightly, and we’ll continue earning this highly regarded designation on a daily basis.”For more information about the resources and programs that Saint Martin’s offers to support the military community, both at its Lacey and JBLM campuses, visit the military community page on the Saint Martin’s website.VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, and Military Friendly® brands.Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 13 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 26 majors and ten graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.last_img read more

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