Offshore Wind Brings Two More Companies to Lowestoft

first_imgRed Nine, a company providing solutions in the inhospitable and remote locations for the oil and gas sector, has set up an office at the OrbisEnergy hub at Lowestoft in Suffolk, UK, in order to offer its services to the offshore wind sector.Red Nine believes that setting up its first UK office in the OrbisEnergy building will help broker solutions to colleagues in the offshore wind sector.Alan Leech, Red Nine Director and Consulting Engineer, said: “OrbisEnergy is a key location for developing offshore renewables. We have years of experience offshore, in oil & gas, but moving to OrbisEnergy will help us diversify and develop into the offshore renewables industry with a real emphasis on providing cost-optimised solutions. We will start with a two-man office, but plan to grow.”Red Nine Director Alan LeechRed Nine is one of the two businesses that recently opened an office at OrbisEnergy. Namely, Norwich-based Vissim Renewables, a provider of monitoring systems for ships, personnel and assets ranging from wind farms to military missile ranges, also decided to set up an office at the hub.The company hopes to use the new location to set up a marine control suite which will be used for training for up to six people, but can also be used as a standby control suite for clients if their own has problems.“This is an ideal coastal location – because we can rub shoulders with others in the offshore wind world, and it is as close as you can get to the wind energy environment,” Managing Director, Glyn Grayson, said.Glyn Grayson with colleagues James Offord and Rachel MorrisOrbisEnergy, opened in 2008, is an industry incubator owned by Suffolk County Council and managed by enterprise agency Nwes.The hub, home to 160 tenants, is close to a number of developing offshore wind farms.last_img read more

Two thirds of Kiwis want child abuse inquiry

first_imgNewstalk ZB 16 January 2012A poll released by Family First shows two out of three New Zealanders support a child abuse commission of inquiry. 1,000 people were surveyed for the poll, which asked if a commission into wider causes of child abuse and family violence should be established by the Government. National Director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie says the issue of child abuse needs the high priority focus a commission would give. He says a child’s right to be safe has been ignored, and an inquiry would need to look at things such as family dysfunction, long-term welfare dependency, and post-natal care. This comes after the non-accidental death of two-month-old triplet Hinekawa Topia. Newstalk ZB Newslast_img read more

Family Planning: No to parent notification for abortions

first_imgStuff 17 September 2015A Taranaki mother’s fight for parents to be told if their daughter is having an abortion isn’t supported by Family Planning.There are fears making it mandatory will breach all confidentiality between a young woman and health professionals trying to help.Hillary Kieft, of Stratford, has presented a petition to Parliament calling for abortion law changes that will make it mandatory for parents of a child under the age of 16 to be told before their daughter has an abortion.Kieft’s own daughter, who was 15 at the time, was taken for an abortion in Hawera in 2010 that was arranged by her school and it wasn’t until a year later when she attempted suicide that Kieft found out what her daughter had been through.On Thursday Family Planning were called to the Justice and Electoral select committee to make a submission on the petition, which they’re strongly opposed to because of the privacy and confidentiality breaches it would involve.Family Planning chief executive Jackie Edmond said the law as it stands is outdated and needs fixing but that doesn’t extend to making parent notification for under-16s mandatory or compulsory post-abortion counselling as mooted by Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox.“We wouldn’t support mandatory counselling because a lot of people are happy with the decision they’ve made. There’s little benefit to forced counselling”.But Edmond admitted abortions were part of a “broken system” as they currently fell under justice rather than the Ministry of Health. read more

Pentagon denies trying to underplay injuries from Iran attack

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Pentagon said onFriday there had been no effort to play down or delay the release ofinformation on concussive injuries from Iran’s Jan. 8 attack on a base hostingUnited States (US) forces in Iraq. United States soldiers are seen at the site where an Iranian missile hit at Ain al-Asad air base in Anbar province, Iraq. REUTERS/JOHN DAVISON US President Donald Trump, DefenseSecretary Mark Esper and others throughout the US government said Iran’s attackon bases in Iraq, in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian general, had notkilled or injured any US service members.center_img That is no longer true, the Pentagonnow acknowledges. But US military leadership in Washington only became aware onThursday that 11 US service members were flown out of Iraq due to concussivesymptoms, Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.(Reuters)last_img read more

Rennes want Chelsea to include Tomori in Mendy’s offer

first_imgRennes are pushing Chelsea to include Fikayo Tomori in their offer for Edouard Mendy. The two clubs have agreed a £25million fee for the goalkeeper. But while the details are being finalised, Rennes are now hoping to receive Tomori in return as they look to squeeze a little more out of the west London club, says Telefoot. Tomori, who has been linked with a loan move away from Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea following the arrival of Thiago Silva earlier this summer.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Loading… center_img read also:Chelsea set to send Tomori out on loan to Everton Tomori has also been linked with a loan move with Everton but now Rennes are hoping to bring him in. As a result of the late negotiations, Mendy has returned to training with the French club as he looks to keep up his fitness levels ahead of his switch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

CARICOM lauds ‘impressive’ Caribbean athletes

first_imgCARIBBEAN Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque, has lauded the exemplary performance of the athletes of CARICOM Member States, stating that the Community was “immensely proud.”In a congratulatory message to them on the just concluded Rio Olympics, the Secretary-General said the “phenomenal Usain Bolt’s completion of the trio of gold medals for the third consecutive Olympic places him among the pantheon of great Olympians.”His colleagues, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake assisted in ensuring the third gold medal was well earned in the sprint relay, he added.The CARICOM Secretary-General commended the significant victories of Elaine Thompson whose triumphs in the women’s 100 and 200 metres were the first in those events since 1988.He said Jamaican Omar McLeod scaled great heights in capturing the 110 metres hurdle crown, a first for Jamaica, while the Bahamian Shaunae Miller completed a sweep of the women’s sprint events for the Community, with her dramatic victory in the 400 metres.Congratulations are in order for all our medallists and other finalists in this hugely competitive global event. The performance at these Games underlined the tremendous skills and talent that reside in the Community’s youth and demonstrates that we have the capacity to lead the world in any sphere providing that we apply the necessary discipline, commitment and focus.Well done to all our competitors and may you continue to strive to achieve even greater feats!, the statement concluded.Usain Bolt and Vinicius celebrates winning the men’s 100m final at the just completed Rio Olympic Games.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe timing of the Americas qualifying tournament makes player selection difficult. Nations must submit 26-man rosters on March 11 and can make changes through March 20. The MLB season does not start until March 26, so some clubs will not have made final roster decisions.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GOrtlieb wins 1st World Cup, Brignone extends overall leadLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Austria’s Nina Ortlieb edged Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy by one hundredth of a second Saturday to win a women’s World Cup super-G in Italy. It was her first career victory.The win for the daughter of 1992 Olympic downhill champion Patrick Ortlieb came one week after she earned her first podium result in a downhill. February 29, 2020 Signs outside of stadiums from Fukuoka in southwestern Japan to Sapporo on the northern island of Hokkaido were set up to tell fans that Nippon Professional Baseball was holding the games without spectators due to the coronavirus.The Japan Race Association also took the step of holding its horse races without spectators.On Sunday, officials of the Japan Sumo Association will meet to discuss whether to hold the March 8-22 spring tournament in Osaka with or without spectators.Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, one of the world’s largest races with an estimated 38,000 runners, has been restricted to elite runners due to the outbreak.OLYMPICS-US BASEBALL More MLB players available for Olympic baseball qualifyingNEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. may get some better players for its second attempt to qualify for the Olympic baseball tournament.Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to make players not likely to be on 26-man major league rosters available for the Americas qualifying tournament, to be played in Arizona from March 22-26.When the U.S. stumbled in its first chance to qualify, at the Premier12 tournament in November, only players not on 40-man big league rosters were eligible for selection and the 28 Americans at the Premier12 combined for a career 2.1 Wins Above Replacement, according to Baseball Reference.The change makes the roster rule similar to the one in place the last time baseball was included in the Olympics and could also benefit other nations with players under contract to big league organizations. For the 2008 Games in Beijing, players were eligible if they were not on 25-man big league rosters as of June 26 — about seven weeks before the Aug. 13 Olympic opener. Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-JAPANESE SPORTSJapan sporting events at empty stadiums amid virus outbreakTOKYO (AP) — Japanese sporting events were held without spectators on Saturday in a move aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus.The Chiba Lotte Marines hosted the Rakuten Eagles with no spectators in the stands at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba Prefecture on Saturday, one of six preseason baseball games played at empty stadiums.The Yomiuri Giants, Japan’s oldest and most popular team, played Saturday night’s game against the Yakult Swallows at an empty Tokyo Dome. The Giants regularly draw capacity crowds at the 55,000-seat stadium in central Tokyo. Kentucky has won seven in a row and can secure at least a share of the regular season SEC title with a victory over the Tigers, who won the first match-up 75-66 on Feb. 1. Since that loss the Wildcats have won five times by a total of 31 points. Kentucky’s streak is its longest this season and has been led by guard Immanuel Quickley, who has averaged 21.5 points during the run.Maryland is coming off one of the most remarkable comeback victories in the Big Ten this year, a 74-73 win Wednesday at Minnesota. The Terrapins are 15-0 at home. They beat the Spartans 67-60 on the road two weeks ago.Also on Saturday, No. 7 Duke will be looking to bounce back from its double-overtime loss at Wake Forest when it visits Virginia. The Blue Devils have won three straight on Virginia’s home floor and swept the eventual national champions in two regular season meetings last season. Virginia is surging with five straight wins and has locked up no worse than fourth place in the ACC this year.There are two intriguing games in the Big 12 that feature teams that are likely locks for the NCAA Tournament against teams that have some work to do. The first happens in Lubbock, where Texas takes on No. 22 Texas Tech in a game that could help to solidify the Longhorns’ at-large resume. The second happens in Morgantown, where Oklahoma plays No. 20 West Virginia. Elsewhere, top-ranked Kansas visits Kansas State in the first meeting between the schools since their game in Lawrence ended in a brawl that spilled into the stands.OLYMPICS-US MARATHON TRIALS Virus threat to Olympics casts shadow over marathon trialsATLANTA (AP) — The nation’s top distance runners compete in Atlanta Saturday for spots on the U.S. Olympic marathon teams. The top three men’s and women’s finishers in the afternoon trials will earn spots on the team that will compete in the Summer Olympics in Japan.The course weaves through some of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods. The Olympic cauldron used in the 1996 Games in Atlanta is to be lit for the occasion for the first time in more than two decades.Runners are trying to put aside concerns about the coronavirus and the possibility that it could force the cancellation of the Tokyo Games, which open July 24.The Olympic marathon is scheduled to be staged in Sapporo, a couple hours from Tokyo. The event was moved to protect the runners from the heat in Tokyo. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESeveral key matchups on the Saturday scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Three games on the Saturday top-25 men’s basketball schedule match ranked teams. The first is No. 16 Penn State at No. 18 Iowa at noon, Eastern time. No. 15 Auburn visits No. 8 Kentucky later in the afternoon and No. 9 Maryland hosts No. 24 Michigan State at night. Associated Press Brignone extended her lead in the overall standings to 153 points from the absent Mikaela Shiffrin. The American three-time overall champion is taking a break from the sport since the death of her father. Corinne Suter was third and remained in the lead of the super-G season standings.last_img read more

Students 3D-print prosthetic hands

first_imgFive-year-old Jonny Maldonado was born with a tiny hand and just two fingers. People with his condition have only one option — an expensive 15-pound claw-like prosthesis — and young patients outgrow their prosthetics too quickly to make it a viable treatment.However, thanks to groundbreaking 3-D printing technology and the hard work of the USC Freehand Project, Jonny was fitted with a custom-made “super-hand” that lets him play baseball and ride a bike just like other kids.The Freehand Project, which was founded last September by senior mechanical engineering major Alison Glazer and alumna Kara Tanaka, utilizes 3-D printers to create prosthetic hands for kids like Jonny. Tanaka was inspired to start the club after hearing about the work done by e-NABLE, a network of volunteers who deliver 3-D printed hands all around the globe. She approached Glazer, the president of the 3-D printing club 3D For Everyone, to unite Tanaka’s medical background with 3D4E’s engineering expertise.“This project invited other people — we had artists, architects — people who were looking for a different entry into 3-D printing,” Tanaka said. “Everybody’s coming in and bringing in a little bit of what they know, and together they’re building a bigger project.”Using schematics provided by e-NABLE, the club has already supplied dozens of hands to Syria and Haiti. They have also joined forces with local children’s hospitals to custom build prosthetics for children in Los Angeles. Encouraged by their success, 3D4E incorporated Project Freehand as a permanent branch of their club this semester.Maddie McCarthy, director of operations at 3D4E, said the Freehand Project has received support from AIO Robotics, a startup founded by three USC Ph.D. students.“We were fortunate enough to partner with [AIO]. We were lucky enough to get two of their printers,” McCarthy said. “The more printers we get, the more people we can help and reach.”At the end of each semester, after printing the hands, the Freehand Project delivers them to e-NABLE director of programs, Maria Esquela, who coordinates troops of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts in Baltimore, Maryland, to assemble the hands.However, things don’t always go as planned. From snowstorms causing chaos last winter to a wave of protests this spring that erupted after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died in police custody and led the government to declare a state of emergency in Baltimore, the Scouts have worked hard to deliver the hands to Syrian children intact and on-time.“It was difficult to get across Baltimore because Baltimore was in a state of civil disturbance,” Esquela said. “My daughter and I drove past tanks and people with machine guns and heavy body armor.”In spite of the difficulties, Esquela praised the Freehand Project and the Scouts for volunteering their time to help out children in need.“This project transformed us, and it made us connect with a team that was bigger,” Esquela said. “It became a very powerful thing for us to feel like we were able to connect with a team that was trying to help people.”The club has grown tremendously since it began. Last year, 3D4E only had around 30 members, and now there are over 70 students involved in the Freehand Project alone. Moving forward, the team hopes to expand and connect with more partners in Southern California. They are now printing hands for children in Sierra Leone.McCarthy recalled one of her most memorable experiences working with the Freehand Project, which occurred when the group custom-printed hands for children in Los Angeles.“Each 3D4E team member was actually able to put the hand on the child that they printed it for. This was my first time seeing the hands in use,” McCarthy said. “Watching a kid pick up something with his new hand was probably one of the most amazing moments I’ve ever experienced.”last_img read more

Which college football conference reigns supreme?

first_imgCollege football fans like to think that their conference is the best in the league, but there can only be one division that truly reigns supreme. This week, the Badger Herald breaks down the top five conferences in college football and determines who really is the best in the land.5: Big 12The Big 12 began the season 7-3 with losses coming from Texas, West Virginia and Baylor. Following Texas and West Virginia’s losses they were both dropped from the top 25, leaving only Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.With Oklahoma and Oklahoma State emerging as the only real college playoff contenders, the Big 12 is dealing with a serious lack of depth. They will hold their first ever conference title game this season, which they hope will help them get a team into the College Football Playoff after being left out two of the last three seasons.Current season stats for the Big 12 4: Pac 12 The Pac 12 has started off hot, with its teams winning 12 of the 13 games they’ve played. The record is a bit misleading though because many of its teams played easy week one matchups. Conference front-runner USC looked anything but impressive in there opener against Western Michigan and it remains to be seen if Washington can repeat the success it had last year or if it will resort back too its old losing ways.Aside from these two teams the Pac 12, doesn’t really have another title contender, although teams like Stanford and Washington State may be poised for breakout years.Current stats for the Pac 123: ACCACC teams had a 10-4 record opening weekend. The conference took a big hit though, with Florida State not only losing in its opener to Alabama but also losing its Heisman candidate Deondre Francois to a season ending knee injury. Reigning national champion Clemson lost Deshaun Watson to the NFL but the perennial powerhouse seams to have retooled as they looked very convincing in their 56-3 rout of Kent State.Depth though is what the ACC lacks with Louisville beating Purdue in unconvincing fashion and Virginia Tech still largely unproven. It remains to be seen whether Lamar Jackson, as incredible as he is, can carry Louisville with their many holes defensively.Current stats for the ACC2: SECSEC teams had an opening weekend record of 12-2 with the most impressive being Alabama’s dismantling of previously third-ranked Florida State. Aside from the undisputed top team in the country there is no clear front runner to contend for a title.With six teams in the top 25 though someone will almost surely step up to challenge the Crimson Tide. The most storied conference in college football may not be as strong as it usually is but it would be a mistake to underestimate the proven track record of the SEC.Current SEC stats 1: Big TenThe Big Ten began the season with a record of 11-3. With four top 10 teams who are all legitimate title contenders the Big Ten is far and away the strongest conference in the country.Ohio State has emerged as the early favorite but Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan have all shown that they aren’t far behind with convincing week one performances.The winner of the Big Ten is a virtual lock to make the College Football Playoff and even getting a second team in isn’t out of the question considering the strength of the conference this year.Current Big Ten statslast_img read more

COLUMN: Tourney finalists a blueprint for Trojans

first_imgAnother March Madness is in the books as the college basketball season wraps up Monday night with a championship matchup of perennial powerhouses: North Carolina and Gonzaga. While it is a bit disappointing that the Pac-12 isn’t represented in the final tilt, West Coast basketball will be represented with the Zags. Hopefully, Gonzaga will be able to handle North Carolina’s assault on the offensive glass and dispel the absurd notion once and for all that West Coast basketball is soft.While a physical Gonzaga performance would be welcome on Monday, that is just a tangential objective. Either team winning this title would be a win for college basketball purists. Both the Tar Heels and Bulldogs represent the way college basketball teams should be built, with senior-laden leadership and talented upstarts coalescing and improving as the season progresses. All the teams in this year’s Final Four represent a similar model: one phenomenal strength — whether that is offensive rebounding, lockdown defense or 3-point shooting — plus a few decent NBA prospects and a veteran team that has experience playing together and palpable chemistry.Much like the teams in last year’s spectacular championship game, the best tournament teams this season were those who followed this model, which prizes player development over finishing first in the recruiting rankings. While every few years there may be a Duke or Kentucky team that overwhelms the competition with sheer talent, the best way to stack the deck in one’s favor for annual success is the way this year’s finalists build their programs.This bodes well for USC, which is following a similar trajectory and currently reaping the rewards of player development, continuity and consistency. The Trojans had their deepest run in the tournament in almost a decade this year. Had a couple plays gone differently, they could have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.The men’s basketball team certainly has some areas it needs to improve on in order to join the upper echelon of teams both in the Pac-12 and nationally, but this year’s success was a further affirmation of head coach Andy Enfield’s vision for his program. The way to win in college basketball is the way the Trojans have proceeded recently. Teams need to recruit top-100 or overlooked local and international talent, but not necessarily top-10 recruits who are surefire lottery picks the next year. They need to have a robust player development program that helps raw talent make leaps in their shooting strokes, physical strength and decision-making skills. The Trojans have done this the last few years with the likes of Julian Jacobs, Nikola Jovanovic, junior guards Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart and sophomore forwards Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu. While Jovanovic, Jacobs and Stewart weren’t vaunted recruits, they still had aspects of their game that had massive potential. All three developed tremendously from their freshman to junior seasons across the board. While the full development wasn’t realized for Jovanovic or Jacobs, the results will be clear next year for Stewart. The difference between him as a freshman and a senior will be immense.The same can be said for McLaughlin, who was the first top recruit Enfield and company landed. He has improved aspects of his game each year, and his impact on the game is leaps and bounds better than it was a few years ago. While there are still areas he needs to improve, like late-game free-throw shooting and decision making, having him as a point guard is a major advantage compared to a talented young freshman who lacks experience and poise.Metu’s growth from freshman year to sophomore year was explosive, and while he may be tempted to leave this spring, he could really benefit from another year in the Trojan program. The same could be said of Boatwright, who showed more explosiveness and strength around the rim in his injury-shortened sophomore year.The two problems with Enfield’s model are his lack of bruising, interior physical recruits and a propensity for many of his players to leave early. Neither Boatwright nor Metu is completely ready for the NBA, and neither were Jacobs and Jovanovic. Whatever the cause may be, the program needs to improve its player retention in order to make the leap even farther.If the entire Trojan team returned next year, and the freshmen had a year to get better with the new class coming in, USC would be a top-10 program — just as they would have been last year had everyone returned. The key to becoming a UNC-type program is convincing fringe prospects to return and better develop their games. This is by no means an easy task, but neither is winning a national title, and it is absolutely essential to get there.The second area the Trojans need to improve in is recruiting some physically imposing post players. Jordan Bell of Oregon is the perfect example of a type of player the Trojans need. While he may have entered the national discussion because of his superb tournament performance, he was a household name to Pac-12 fans long before. There is no replacement for big men who can anchor the defensive glass and consistently alter shots.As it is now, the Trojan basketball program is in phenomenal shape, but it can improve. Hopefully, the team will continue to tweak and improve so that in a few years’ time, Trojan fans can expect to be tuning in to watch their talented, veteran-led team on the first Monday night in April.Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,”  runs Mondays.last_img read more