ADS Crude Carriers to Start Fitting Scrubbers on Its VLCCs

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The newly established tanker owner and operator ADS Crude Carriers is about to fit scrubbers on board its very large crude carriers.   The company was set up in April this year in Cyprus, with a fleet of three VLCCs, built in Japan as sister vessels. The VLCC owner and operator plans to expand its fleet with more acquisitions.“After a period of start-up activities and building up the initial fleet of VLCC’s, the company will focus on streamlining the operations to maximize shareholder returns. In addition, the project of installing scrubbers on board the vessels for the purpose of reducing emissions and operating costs will be started.”All three ships have been delivered to the company and have secured employment, the company said in its first business results.The vessel Front Page, to be renamed ADS Eagle, was delivered to the company on July 20 and went directly to a charter as FSO west of Nigeria. The duration of the charter is between 150 and 210 days.ADS Stratus was delivered on August 9, 2018 and is on its way to an approximately 40-day spot charter for transport of crude oil. Finally, ADS Serenade was delivered on September 13, 2018 and will be trading in the spot market.The vessels have been put under commercial management of Frontline Management and technical management of OSM Ship Management AS.On August 28, 2018 ADS Crude Carriers Plc was accepted for trading at the Oslo Stock Exchange’s Merkur Market.last_img read more

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Appointments for Human Rights Commission Announced

first_imgA former mayor of Bridgewater has been named the new chair of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Ernest Bolivar is one of six individuals recently appointed to three-year terms on the commission, Michael Baker, Minister responsible for the Human Rights Act, announced today, Aug. 10. “Nova Scotia is fortunate that such dedicated people have agreed to take on this major responsibility,” said Mr. Baker. “They come from varied backgrounds and regions, which means they will bring unique perspectives to the important work of the commission.” Mr. Bolivar succeeds former chair James Dewar. Mr. Bolivar is the past president of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities and the Nova Scotia Association of Police Boards, past chair of the Bridgewater board of school commissioners and a past executive member of the Resource Recovery Fund board. He was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to community. Five commissioners have also been appointed: — Ron Dawson of Dartmouth was appointed for his second term. He previously served as a commissioner for a two-year term from 2001-03. He is a former regional director for the RCMP Public Complaints Commission in the RCMP’s Prairie regional office. He was a regional director for the Department of Indian Affairs with responsibility for social development and then for the department’s executive secretariat. He is a past deputy director for operations for the Alberta solicitor general. — Prem Dhir is an author and retired teacher who lives in Truro. He is a past president of the Multicultural Association of Colchester County and the Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia. He remains an active member of the management committee for the annual Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival and currently serves as president of the Nova Scotia Community Links Association. He has received the Pettigrew Recreation Leadership Award from the Municipality of Colchester. — Eunice Harker of Sydney served for a number of years as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board and consulted on immigration and international labour issues. She was a member of the working group that developed the board’s guidelines on gender-based persecution. These guidelines set a global precedent in women refugee protection. She has worked as program officer with Amnesty International and has a background in special education. She has been a researcher for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a grievance officer for the Research Council Employees Association, a private consultant on discrimination in the workplace, and a mediator in the province’s restorative justice program. — David Samson, of Louisdale, served as superintendent of schools in Richmond County for 20 years. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Division of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. He is a former member of the board of governors of St. Francis Xavier University and the University College of Cape Breton. He began his educational career as a teacher at Isle Madame District High School in Arachat. — Narayana Swamy of Bedford was first appointed to the commission for a three-year term in July 2002. He is a past president of the Indo Canadian Association of Nova Scotia and helped to found the annual Nova Scotia Multicultural Festival. He was a founding member of the federal government’s Multicultural Business Advisory Committee. Mr. Swamy has operated his own businesses in Nova Scotia which included property management and accounting. Commissioners of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission are responsible for policy and have the authority to approve settlements of complaints, discontinue matters, or refer them to a board of inquiry for an independent hearing. Commissioners are not appointed to represent particular groups but uphold all the protected characteristics set out in the Human Rights Act. Staff of the commission investigate complaints of discrimination and promote settlement at all stages of the complaint process. Public outreach and training by staff complement the commission’s mandate to promote equality for Nova Scotians. “Nova Scotians can be assured that the human rights commission will continue to promote positive change and respect for difference,” said Mr. Baker.last_img read more

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Iran Misses OIC Meeting in Morocco: Is Rabat or Tehran at…

Rabat – Rabat hosted the 14th Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Member States (PUIC) from March 11-14. Delegations from the Middle East and Africa attended, but Iran was notably absent.Iran did not give an official explanation for its absence, but media reports claimed that the Moroccan government did not allow two diplomats who formerly worked at the Iranian embassy in Rabat to participate. The diplomats had been in Rabat before Morocco cut ties with Iran in May 2018.The Moroccan government allegedly requested that only an Iranian delegation, led by Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, enter Morocco. The Iranian delegation, however, rejected that any of its delegates be excluded and chose not to participate altogether.The Turkish delegation raised questions about Iran’s absence, to which Mouhamed Khouraichi Niass, the secretary-general of the PUIC answered that it was out of his control. A source in the Parliament later denied the reports to a Moroccan media outlet, saying that Iran chose not to participate on its own.Meanwhile, at the OIC parliamentary session, Moroccan delegates did not comment on the Iranian delegation’s absence. The meeting reportedly did not go as smoothly as expected with Iran’s absence.Read Also: Iran Sentences Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 Years, 148 LashesMorocco and Iran currently do not share diplomatic relations.In May 2018, Morocco cut diplomatic ties with Iran. Morocco said that Iran gave financial and military support to the Polisario Front through its proxy, Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and militant group.Rabat and Tehran had experienced an on-and-off relationship for years prior.In 2009, Morocco broke ties with Iran after the Persian country threatened Bahrain’s territorial integrity and was spreading Shiism in Morocco. Morocco saw Iran spreading Shiism as interference in its domestic affairs.The relations between the two countries continued to be unstable, although they had mended their bilateral ties in 2014.Resolving differences through dialogueAt the opening of the 41st meeting of the PUIC Executive Committee—held as part of the 14th session PUIC meeting on Monday—Moroccan House Speaker Habib El Malki urged the OIC member states to set aside their differences and work on resolving them through dialogue.“We must leave the controversial issues aside and resolve differences with dialogue and conviction,” El Malki said.El Malki stressed that the OIC should adopt internal dialogue to overcome their differences and that “having different views is the essence of democracy, which should bring benefits to people despite their differences.”The meeting discussed several topics including the activities of the political affairs and foreign relations committee and economic and environment affairs committee.Established in June 1999, the PUIC includes 54 parliaments and 22 regional and international organizations. read more

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Ban deeply saddened by deadly intercommunal clashes in Nigerian city

1 December 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his deep sadness at the inter-communal violence in the Nigerian city of Jos which has resulted in the loss of life, the displacement of people and the destruction of property over the past several days. The deadly Christian-Muslim clashes have reportedly left several hundred people dead and several thousand displaced in the most populous country in Africa.“The Secretary-General is encouraged by the Nigerian Government’s response to efforts to bring the situation under control and to restore normalcy,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“He stresses the readiness of the United Nations to contribute to efforts to help those affected,” the statement added.Mr. Ban also extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Nigeria as a whole. read more

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UN chief announces panel of inquiry into Gaza flotilla incident

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a panel of inquiry into the Gaza flotilla incident on 31 May. “This is an unprecedented development,” said the United Nations chief, who has been engaged in intensive consultations for the past two months on setting up a panel concerning the flotilla, which had departed from Turkey earlier that month and was bound for Gaza. The former New Zealand prime minister, Geoffrey Palmer, will serve as chair of the panel and the outgoing President of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe, will be vice-chair. The panel will have two additional members, one each from Israel and Turkey, and will begin its work on 10 August. It is expected to submit the first progress report by mid-September. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky clarified that the panel, which will be based at UN Headquarters in New York, is not a criminal investigation. “It has been tasked with making findings about the facts, circumstances and context of the incident, as well as recommending ways of avoiding similar incidents in the future,” he told reporters, adding that it is specifically tasked with reviewing the reports of national investigations into the incident. He added that it will be up to the Secretary-General, once he receives the report of the panel, to decide what further steps to take. Mr. Ban thanked the leaders of Israel and Turkey for their “spirit of compromise and forward-looking cooperation,” adding that he hoped today’s agreement will impact positively on the relationship between the two countries as well as the overall situation in the Middle East.In addition to the panel announced today, the UN Human Rights Council has a three-member fact-finding mission investigating violations of international law resulting from the May incident. The team – comprising Judge Karl T. Hudson-Phillips of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Desmond de Silva of the United Kingdom and Mary Shanthi Dairiam of Malaysia – was set up last month and is expected to report to the Council in September on its work. 2 August 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the launch of a panel of inquiry into the Gaza flotilla incident on 31 May. read more

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Hamilton business owner killed in Acapulco

A controversial Hamilton businessman has been killed in Mexico. According to reports, Ronald Burridge has died in Acapulco, but while it hasn’t been confirmed, those close to Burridge say he was murdered.Sean Leathong has more. 00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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Global fashion top players join forces in environmental pact

ROME — Thirty-two leading companies in the fashion and textile industry have given themselves a set of shared goals under a “Fashion Pact” aimed at reducing the environmental impact of their business.The pact focuses on three key areas: global warming, biodiversity and reduction of the use of single-use plastics in the oceans.Ferruccio Ferragamo, president of Salvatore Ferragamo, said major players were joining forces for the first time to face “the largest environmental challenges of our century.”Others who signed on include Adidas, Hermes and Nike. The initiative will be presented at the G7 meeting starting in Biarritz on Saturday.Remo Ruffini, the CEO of Moncler, said: “We’re proud to join the Fashion Pact in the name of a common good that is always greater than any single interest.”The Associated Press read more

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North American stock markets higher in latemorning trading oil gains ground

Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index posted a triple-digit advance led by the energy sector in late-morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also surged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 106.83 points at 16,378.48.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 275.38 points at 26,311.48. The S&P 500 index was up 30.58 points at 2,918.52, while the Nasdaq composite was up 108.50 points at 7,965.38.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.20 cents US compared with an average of 75.18 cents US on Wednesday.The October crude contract was up 44 cents at US$56.22 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was up 3.6 cents at US$2.26 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$1.40 at US$1,547.70 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 2.20 cents at US$2.58 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

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Southwest Airlines orders 5 fullflight simulators from CAE to train pilots

by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2016 4:54 am MDT MONTREAL – Southwest Airlines has ordered five CAE full-flight simulators for training crews to fly Boeing 737 passenger jets.The order by the Dallas-based airline was the largest of several announced Tuesday by CAE, a Montreal-based company that provides a variety of training services and equipment to customers around the world.CAE says the sales agreements were worth a total of more than $200 million, including 14 full-flight simulators.Other purchasers included Uzbekistan Airlines, Avenger Flight Group and Sofia Flight Training, which each ordered one flight simulator. Six other flight simulators were ordered by undisclosed customers.CAE said the orders brought the total FFS sales for fiscal 2015-16 to 53. It also signed two training agreements for commercial pilots with undisclosed European airlines. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Southwest Airlines orders 5 full-flight simulators from CAE to train pilots read more

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Somalia cannot afford to repeat pattern of division paralysis – UN political

In his opening remarks at the two-day High-Level Partnership Forum (HLPF) on Somalia held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman explained that Somalia simply “cannot afford to repeat the pattern of division and paralysis.” “Overall, Somalia is in a better state than it has been in a generation,” Mr. Feltman said, adding that in a world of relentless crises, conflict and human suffering, Somalia has stood out as different – a positive narrative in the making. “Of course this does not mean plain sailing,” he said, underscoring that “some of Somalia’s old shadows still haunt us.” Yet, gains have been the result of a strategic, effective partnership among Somalia’s federal leadership that gave Somalis and those in the international community faith and confidence. For instance, the Secretary-General’s visit to Mogadishu last month along with the President of the World Bank and other regional partners was yet another sign of broadening and deepening international engagement in Somalia, he said. Joining the UN political chief in Copenhagen are top officials including Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, representatives of Puntland and the Interim Jubba Administration, and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, among others.HLPF Copenhagen aims to maintain the momentum in the political transition process, within the framework of the Somali New Deal Compact, a document endorsed by the Somali Government and international partners at the Brussels Conference in September 2013.The Compact is seen as a road map for promoting State-building and peace-building priorities in Somalia between 2014 and 2016. “The Compact we will renew today remains the right tool to marshal our efforts for long-term peace and development,” said Mr. Feltman.Supporting Somalia in its comprehensive approach to counter-terrorism is imperative. The campaign against Al-Shabaab has advanced, in no small part to Somali security forces and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), he said.On the progress in partnership for transparent finance through the Financial Governance Committee, Mr. Feltman explained that it was critical to build confidence in Somalia’s economy at home and abroad. “Much more needs to be done. But international economic investment is already significant and growing,” he added. Spurts of violence over the past few weeks in the country are unfortunately not new, said Mr. Feltman as he urged the President and other officials to resolve the current crisis in a way that ensures political stability through to 2016.He also welcomed the role of the regional Intergovernmental Authority of Development (IGAD), of which Somalia is a founding member, in facilitating the search for a lasting solution. For their part, international partners must live up to the principles pledged, and fulfil commitments of the New Deal Compact to “ensure that our investment and commitment in Somalia is matched by results on the ground.” “We also must redouble our efforts to improve the lives of ordinary Somalis, remembering that some 3.2 million remain in need of humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Feltman said. read more

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At UNbacked forum Africas least developed countries pledge to transform their economies

At a Ministerial Meeting co-organized by the Government of Italy and the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), high-level participants discussed ways in which inclusive economic growth can be accelerated, thus contributing to sustainable development.Government representatives from 29 countries as well as experts, including from the United Nations system and other international organizations, think tanks and the private sector, stressed the key drivers of “graduation” from the LDC category. This included enhancing capacity to produce products and services, the importance of good governance, food security, access to modern energy and infrastructure development.The meeting was held on the margins of the Expo Milano 2015, the universal exhibition that Italy is hosting from May to October 2015 on the theme Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life.In a Ministerial declaration participants stressed that least developed countries (LDCs) must be prioritized in the upcoming Third International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and at the UN special summit in September on the post-2015 development agenda. In the declaration, they underscored that it is essential that commitments to overseas development assistance are met, in addition to enhancing investment promotion, market access and access to technology. For development to be rapid and sustainable, they also stressed stronger national ownership and leadership.“We must ensure sufficient resources to facilitate needed infrastructure development to foster resilient communities and empower poor and marginalized rural households for inclusive and sustainable development in the LDCs” said High Representative for Least Developed Countries, LLDCs and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Chandra Acharya.“There is great potential in these countries,” he continued, stressing that transformation in LDCs will not only help eradicate poverty and hunger, but can ensure that they can be important contributors to food security and global peace and prosperity. “There is a great global premium on sustainable development of LDCs. It promotes international peace, prosperity and order.”Ministers highlighted the importance of graduation from the LDC category in line with the overarching goal of the 2011 Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for the LDCs, which calls for at least half of those countries to meet the criteria for graduation from the category by 2020. The IPoA is an ambitious set of targets which is due to be reviewed at a mid-term meeting next year. It was emphasized that graduation from the LDC category is a major milestone, which should lead them back towards broad-based growth, human development and better resilience.Least Developed Countries represent the poorest and weakest segment of the international community. They comprise more than 880 million people (about 12 per cent of world’s population), but account for less than 2 per cent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) and about 1 per cent of global trade in goods.The LDC category was officially established in 1971 by the UN General Assembly with a view to attracting special international support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the UN family. Since then, only 4 countries have graduated from the category. However, recent progress with respect to economic and social indicators in a number of countries around the world has enabled more LDCs to reach the thresholds for graduation. read more

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Business as usual for UK engine makers in August as summer shutdown

UK engine output rises 15.8% in August, with 112,777 units produced.Boost for home and export markets, with demand up 15.1% and 16.3% respectively.Year-to-date volumes remain steady at 1,562,503, down 3.4% on 2014.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “Engine manufacturing enjoyed a boost in August, as factories came back online following the traditional summer shutdown in July. A shift in holiday schedules meant the industry’s seasonal pause in production arrived a month earlier than usual, resulting in bigger fluctuations in output. However, with more than 1.5 million engines produced in the year-to-date, and significant investment in new plants set to be realised this autumn, the prospects for future month-on-month growth look promising.”Download this data as a Word doc.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Committee launches employee wellness survey

From left: Janet Jameson, Susan Mifsud, Janice Boudreau, Lynn Hunter-Hope, Paula Wake, Diana PanterBrock’s new health and well-being committee has launched a survey to get input on its wellness program.The survey asks employees how they would like to see sessions delivered regarding the “eight dimensions of wellness,” which include emotional, intellectual and spiritual wellness, and which ones they value more. Each person who fills out the survey will be in the running for “wellness dimension” prizes.“We’re hoping to learn from people who we can get this program information out to everyone, and how they would most like to see it delivered to them,” committee chair Lynn Hunter-Hope said.Members of the health and well-being committee are:Lynn Hunter-Hope, Recreation ServicesJanet Jamison, Campus StoreDiana Panter, Office of the RegistrarPaula Wake, Facilities ManagementJanice Boudreau, Human Resources & Environment, Health and Safety (ex officio)Susan Mifsud, Human Resources & Environment, Health and Safety (ex officio)Committee members are pleased to hear any suggestions or feedback.The survey is located at www.brocku.ca/hr-ehs/environment-health-safety/health-wellbeing, or download the PDF. read more

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Things starting to heat up for Ohio State mens golf Teek Kelly

The Ohio State men’s golf team is set to compete for the program’s 24th Big Ten title in the 2015 Big Ten Golf Championships this weekend in Newburgh, Ind., at the Victoria National Golf Club.The five-man squad consists of sophomore Clark Engle, redshirt-junior Grant Weaver, redshirt-senior Logan Jones, junior Tee-k Kelly and senior Boo Timko.While the Buckeyes started the spring season with three straight match play losses, Kelly said OSU is starting to turn its season around.“Our spring season always starts out a little slow, but ever since the middle of March we’ve been playing really well. We finished top five in our last five events of the spring,” Kelly said. “We’ve been playing some good golf and we feel like we’re getting better every time we step on the course.”Kelly has consistently excelled throughout the season, averaging 73.42 strokes per round. A native of Wheaton, Ill., Kelly has been a key contributor to the Buckeyes since his freshman year.In his freshman campaign, Kelly participated in all 12 tournaments and notched a 75.31 average, with three top-20 finishes.In 2014, the then-sophomore was one of only two Buckeyes who played in all 36 rounds, averaging 73.92 strokes. Kelly also contributed 32 points to the team tally and finished in the top three among Buckeyes in nine of 12 events.The now-junior has been competing in golf competitively since he was 9 years old and has collegiate golf in his blood.“Golf is deep in my family tradition,” Kelly said. “I’ve been around the sport of golf my whole life. My mom was a collegiate golfer for the University of Tulsa and my little brother will be playing for Florida Gulf Coast University as a freshman next fall.”Kelly’s mom, Blue, was a member of the Tulsa golf team from 1986-90 and was a part of the 1988 NCAA Championship squad.The Buckeyes are ranked at No. 54 in the Golf Stat rankings and as Kelly enters the 2015 Big Ten Championship, he was quick to emphasize that the team is motivated to come out on top.“Things are heating up now because our game is starting to get good,” Kelly said. “We don’t think we are the underdogs, but everyone else thinks we are. We know how good we are, we are just going to go down there, do what we do and hopefully pull out a big win.”The Big Ten Championship is set to be played in four rounds with the first two played on Friday as 36 continuous holes. With at least a 10-hour day on Friday and a long weekend ahead of him, Kelly said patience and confidence are going to be key aspects for him.“Patience is a big thing because you never know what’s going to happen next,” Kelly said. “You have to have a swagger, an inner belief in yourself. You have to know how good you are, that you’ve practiced and prepared enough to play well.”Kelly went on to explain that in golf, the game is much as much mental as it is physical.“You have to learn how take yourself away from it for a little bit and focus in certain spurts,” Kelly said. “You have to learn how to escape from the moment a little bit and kind of relax because you can’t be so mentally focused for 10-straight hours, you’ll get burnt out.”The tournament is set to start Friday with the first tee times scheduled for 7 a.m. Round three tee times are set for Saturday at 9 a.m., and round four is set for Sunday at 8 a.m. read more

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Ohio State volleyball looks to pull upset over No 6 Penn State

OSU junior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) defends a hit by Michigan State on Oct. 24 at St. John Arena. Credit: Taylor Cameron / Lantern photographerWith a No. 17 ranking in tow, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a chance to reverse a losing streak more than a decade old.The Buckeyes (16-6, 7-3) are set to travel to No. 6 Penn State (20-3, 8-2) to face a Nittany Lions team that has a history of dominance at home.Over the past 10 seasons, the Nittany Lions women’s volleyball program has lost just five matches at home, including postseason play. And the Buckeyes’ last win in State College, Pa., came more than a decade ago on Oct. 20, 2004, in a five-set match.However, Buckeye senior setter Taylor Sherwin said she believes that the Buckeyes can end their losing streak this week.“They are a great team and it’s going to be a battle out on the court,” Sherwin said.Senior outside hitter Erin Sekinger said the team this year has a type of confidence that was lacking in years past.“I feel like our team has the confidence this year to walk into that gym and feel like we can beat them,” Sekinger said. “It all depends on how we take their atmosphere.”The Nittany Lions will be led by Big Ten Setter of the Week senior Micha Hancock and Big Ten Freshman of the Week outside hitter Ali Frantti. Hancock is first in service aces in the Big Ten with 1.06 per set and second in the Big Ten in assists per set with 11.38.Defensively, Penn State ranks first in all Big Ten categories except for hitting percentage by opponent, as they’re second to Michigan State. It ranks first in kills by opponent at 10.08 per set, assists by opponent at 9.51 per set, service aces by opponent at 0.45 per set, blocks by opponent at 1.51 per set and digs per opponent at 10.81 per set.After Tuesday’s contest, the Buckeyes are scheduled to head back to St. John Arena for their next three matches as they’re set to face the same Nittany Lions team and Big Ten newcomers Maryland (9-12, 2-8) and Rutgers (7-16, 0-10). The Buckeyes are scheduled to play Penn State on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights on Nov. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. read more

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There comes a time when you dont match up to international standard

first_imgWILLIE JOHN MCBRIDE scored his first and last try for Ireland in his final game in green, against France, at Lansdowne Road.“I kept that trick up my sleeve until the last,” remarked the Ireland and Lions legend.France are in town this weekend to play Ireland in a clash that many hoped would be a Six Nations title decider.A combined five losses from six games means pride will be the main motivator for both sides. Ronan O’Gara, a fiercely proud man, will not be around to influence proceedings.His axing from the Irish squad means that, in all likelihood, he has played his last game in the green jersey.McBride told TheScore.ie, “Ronan is coming up to 36 now. He is still a good player and has been a tremendous servant to Irish rugby.“I’ve always been a great admirer of him.” McBride added: “There comes a time when what you’ve got doesn’t match up to the international standard. Nobody knows that more than me.”Another cycleMcBride, who played 63 times at second-row for Ireland, believes the current squad has been bedivilled with injuries but were, nonetheless, disappointing against Scotland.He said, “The current cycle has turned around but we’ve had a few good years. Declan Kidney is introducing a few younger players, which is good to see, but it might take them a couple of years to mature.” McBride (left) talks to Declan Kidney and Gert Smal in 2009. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)One of the younger players that McBride has been impressed with is Ulster outhalf Paddy Jackson, who looks set to wear the Irish 10 jersey against the French.He commented, “He’s a good little player. It is not easy to come back [against Treviso] and take the kicks after a rough day of it in Scotland.“He didn’t kick all of them [over] but he kicked the ones that mattered.”McBride added: “He’ll need more experience before we get to see what he can really offer. I quite like him; he’s got a lot of promise.”Perfect 10: Ronan O’Gara’s finest moments in an Ireland shirtlast_img read more

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Geek deals 20 Off Logitech Z906 51channel 3D surround sound system

first_imgA common theme you will see in high-end PC systems is one of multimedia. With 1080p or higher resolution displays, Blu-ray drives, HDMI inputs, and other neat features becoming more and more common, it’s clear that manufacturers are trying to insert the traditional PC into new, non-traditional roles around the house.For the most part, PCs can be great multimedia devices. They certainly have the flexibility to function in a number of different roles and the cost of such added features is dropping every day. However, there is one area that many PC designers overlook: audio.As great as a Blu-ray movie on a spacious 1080p display is, it is still only part of the new HD experience. HD also applies to the audio in much of our multimedia these days and even your plain old MP3’s are woefully under-served by the decidedly lackluster speakers included with your PC.Logitech has always been a first choice in solving that problem and their newest speaker set is the best solution yet. Their Z906 system comes packing 5 surround sound speakers, a 165W 8-inch subwoofer, and 3D surround capability for the most immersive sound experience possible at this price. Digital inputs ensure accurate sound reproduction from any number of sources, whether it be your PC, game console, Blu-ray player, or just about anything! You should have no trouble connecting all your devices either, with 6 inputs available for any devices you desire.They also covered all the little details, with an easily adjustable control console, wireless remote, wall-mountable satellite speakers, and more. Logitech’s top notch customer service is also included with the 2 year warranty.Visit LogicBuy for the Logitech Z906 5.1-channel 3D surround sound systemlast_img read more

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Know Your Sport Take our weekly quiz

first_img Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like sport? PA Friday 4 Nov 2016, 5:00 PM INPHO Kildare You scored out of ! http://the42.ie/3062837 Share By Steve O’Rourke 1. Gareth Bale scored Real Madrid’s fastest ever Champions League goal on Wednesday. How many seconds did it take? 108 37 PA Oakland Raiders Nov 4th 2016, 5:00 PM INPHO Aidan O’Shea Answer all the questions to see your result! Brendan Harrison Jacksonville Jaguars Share your result: England INPHO PA A brick wall PA 2. Which Mayo player did not win an All-Star this year? 109 27 Comments 111 Share Meath Share24 Tweet Email1 3. Jamie Heaslip’s score against which country was this week nominated for Try of the Year? Italy Share 57 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article You scored out of ! Bronze Top of the pile, you really were paying attention this week. A bee PA Share Share your result: Daryl Horgan Wooden Spoon Laois Brian Gartland San Francisco 49ers 8. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series this week ending a wait of how many years?center_img The questions just didn’t suit you this time. Maybe try again next week. 27 David Clarke 5. Helalia Johannes won the women’s Dublin City Marathon on Sunday. What country was she representing? 9. Beauden Barrett was named as out-half as the All Blacks get set for Ireland in Chicago. In what county did he play Gaelic football as a child? Dublin Turkey Tweet Know Your Sport? Take our weekly quiz How closely were you paying attention to the sports headlines this week? Kenya PA 10. Half-way through the NFL season, only one team has failed to win a game. Who is it? Kerry INPHO 47 Offaly Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Tyrone Tweet Tweet You scored out of ! Gold Short URL Namibia Meath Share your result: PA 6. Who scored Dundalk’s goal in their Europa League loss to Zenit on Thursday? Share your result: France Herpes Tweet Silver 24,713 Views 7. Naomh Ciaran claimed the Ladies Leinster Intermediate Club Championship this week, but what county are they from? Scotland Evans makes the catch of the year but the Falcons still rout the Bucs‘There’s a lot of avenues I can take, there’s a lot of paths I can head down’ PA INPHO Ethiopia PA Lee Keegan Patrick McEleney You scored out of ! 4. British heavyweight Dereck Chisora compared himself to what this week? Andy Boyle A butterfly 110 Cleveland Brownslast_img read more

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Report US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

first_imgNEW YORK — The U.S. abortion rate declined to its lowest level since 1973, and the number of abortions fell by 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, according the latest national survey of abortion providers conducted by a prominent research institute.The Guttmacher Institute, which supports legal access to abortion, said in a report being issued Monday that there were about 1.06 million abortions in 2011 — down from about 1.2 million in 2008. Guttmacher’s figures are of interest on both sides of the abortion debate because they are more up-to-date and in some ways more comprehensive than abortion statistics compiled by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.According to the report, the abortion rate dropped to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44 in 2011, well below the peak of 29.3 in 1981 and the lowest since a rate of 16.3 in 1973.Guttmacher and other groups supporting abortion rights have been apprehensive about the recent wave of laws restricting abortion access that have been passed in Republican-controlled legislatures. However, the report’s authors said the period that they studied — 2008 to 2011 — predates the major surge of such laws starting with the 2011 legislative session.The lead author, Rachel Jones, also said there appeared to be no link to a decline in the number of abortion providers. According to the report, the total number of providers dropped by 4 percent, to 1,720, between 2008 and 2011, and the number of abortion clinics declined by just 1 percent to 839.last_img read more

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