Abu Dhabi Companies Order Barge for North Sea OWF Construction

first_imgAbu Dhabi-based Quality Marine Services (QMS) and Zakher Marine International (ZMI) have taken delivery of the first of three offshore barges being built in a shipyard in China, with the second one slated to be deployed on North Sea offshore wind projects. The unnamed shipyard in China has been building the three barges for the two companies under a contract worth USD 350 million (approx. EUR 312 million).ZMI’s General Manager Musadaq Al Yacoub said that the second barge is expected to be sent to the North Sea, where it will work on the construction of offshore wind farms, as well as in the oil and gas sector, according to WAM – the Emirates News Agency.Following the arrival of the first barge in Abu Dhabi last week, Ali El Ali, Executive Director of ZMI, said that these barges have been designed and built to operate in stringent weather conditions in both the Middle East and Europe, and can undertake large scope of work.last_img read more

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USACE Seeking Land Near the Mississippi River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues seeking land from willing landowners near the Mississippi River.The Corps is actively seeking land suitable for use as a permanent dredged material placement site.On average, the St. Paul District dredges 1 million cubic yards of material each year. This is roughly enough material to fill up US Bank Stadium or Lambeau Field.In order to ensure the navigation channel remains open for commerce, USACE needs to find permanent placement sites.To keep costs down for the tax payer, the Corps looks for sites that are in close proximity to where they are dredging (to save in transportation costs) and are environmentally suitable, reported USACEThe nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy.last_img read more

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Crunchy Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard Sauce.

first_imgFood & DiningLifestyle Crunchy Coconut Shrimp with Maui Mustard Sauce. by: – April 26, 2011 Photo: Howard L. PuckettMake more than you think you’ll need of this fabulous-tasting dish. Coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice give these shrimp an explosion of island flavor. Spice up this traditional dish with a sweet-and-spicy sauce and your friends will be asking for seconds.Ingredients18 unpeeled, large fresh shrimp1 cup coconut milk2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro2 tablespoons fresh lime juice1 cup all-purpose flour3/4 cup beer1 (7-ounce) package sweetened flaked coconut1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbsPeanut oilSaltMaui Mustard SauceMaui Mustard Sauce Ingredients and Preparation1/3 cup pineapple preserves1/3 cup apricot preserves1/4 cup stone-ground mustardStir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill.Coconut Shrimp PreparationPeel shrimp, leaving tails on. Butterfly shrimp by making a deep slit down the back of each from the large end to the tail, cutting to, but not through, inside curve of shrimp.Stir together coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice in a large bowl. Add shrimp, tossing gently to coat. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Drain shrimp from mixture (do not pat dry).Whisk together flour and beer in a small bowl. Combine coconut and breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Dip shrimp into beer batter; dredge in coconut mixture, pressing onto shrimp. Place shrimp on baking sheet; freeze 20 minutes.Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven, and heat to 350°. Cook shrimp, in batches, 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towels, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Serve immediately with Maui Mustard Sauce.by Coastal LivingSource: Yahoo Shine Share Share 40 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

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Egypt: Cairo’s Tahrir Square sees rival groups clash

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Hundreds of people armed with knives and machetes have clashed with pro-democracy activists in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egyptian state TV says. Footage showed stones being thrown by both sides in the square. At least two people were reportedly injured. The people who entered Tahrir wanted to force the activists continuing a sit-in out of the square, reports say. Tahrir Square was the epicentre of protests that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down last month.‘Return to normality’ “Hundreds of men carrying knives and swords entered Tahrir,” the AFP news agency quoted a report on Egypt’s state TV as saying. The TV channel showed footage of hundreds of people involved in a stand-off and throwing stones at each other. “A group of gangsters attacked us with stones, they seemed to be wanting us to leave the square,” Gamal Hussein, one of the pro-democracy protesters, later told Reuters. Later on Wednesday, army officers were seen removing demonstrators’ tents and asking them to leave the square.Groups of activists have continued to gather in Tahrir Square even after Mr Mubarak’s departure. They are demanding a complete break with the Mubarak regime. But critics say it is time for life to return to normal in the Egyptian capital. Insecurity has been rife across Egypt after police disappeared from the streets of major cities during the mass protests. On Tuesday, at least 13 people died and 140 were injured in clashes between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo. Egypt’s military, currently governing the country, has struggled to keep control of the situation. Tweet News Egypt: Cairo’s Tahrir Square sees rival groups clash by: – March 9, 2011center_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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Pine Tar

first_imgWhen a Yankee pitcher was recently caught with pine tar on his neck, it really was a chuckle!  Evidently, he is a slow learner because that is the second time he has been caught with pine tar.  At least in the old days pitchers would try to hide all their illegal pitching aids.  Joe Niekro always hid sandpaper somewhere in his uniform, and who knows all the locations his older brother, Phil, used to use.  Phil even used tobacco juice to make the ball dip.It is now legal for a pitcher to wet his fingers to get a better grip on the baseball.  Rosin has always been legal.  Evidently, some pitchers feel that they can’t made the ball “dance” to the plate unless they use something illegal.  Sandpaper causes the ball to rotate differently because of the roughened surface.  I was never totally sure what some of these liquids and gels were supposed to do to the ball’s flight.  Obviously, it would allow the release from the pitcher’s hand to go differently than dry fingers.  What it did after that has always been debatable.Too bad a pitcher today has to have a perfect baseball to throw.  If you want to scuff it, throw it in the dirt and then use that ball again.  As you know, the umpire always throws out a new ball when one hits the dirt.last_img read more

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Sprint Series of Oklahoma opens at Ardmore

first_imgBy David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. – Sprint Series of Oklahoma drivers and officials are gearing up for a double-header weekend at Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore this Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers from across Oklahoma and north Texas have expressed their in­tentions on competing in one or both events that kick off the 2018 race season for the SSO. Friday’s feature will pay $700 to win while Saturday’s main event pays $750 to win. Both events are complete shows with no automatic transfers from Friday to Saturday; both nights pay a mini­mum of $250 to start the feature.Friday night grandstand admission prices are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 6-12. All pit passes are $30. Saturday spectator admission is $20 for adults and $15 for kids while pit passes are $35.Gates open both nights at 5:00 p.m. with race action slated for 7:30 p.m.Two-time and defending series champion Andy Shouse will be back and looking for a three-peat championship in 2018Touring regulars Joe Wood Jr., Cody Whitworth, Loyd Clevenger, Chris Kelly, Josh Toho, Mike Scott, Blake Scott, Eric Matthews, Jerry Jumper, Dillon Laden, Justin Mowery, 2018 rookie of the year Tristan Oakes and Tanner Conn are all expected to be on hand.Several drivers from the North Texas area have indicated their intentions on making the trip to Ardmore including Sterling Hoff, Chad Koch, Kevin Ramey, Taylor Courtney, Chip Graham, Mi­chael Day and Robert Vetter.Rain and saturated track conditions forced cancelation of the March 3 scheduled opener at Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker.Seventeen dates are on this year’s schedule for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma, presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products/Hoosier Racing Tires Southwestlast_img read more

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Girls on the Run Maine, DEFY programs to begin in September

first_imgELLSWORTH — September is set to be a big month for local fitness efforts in Ellsworth with Girls on the Run Maine and the Down East Family YMCA starting a few annual programs.On Monday, Sept. 2, DEFY will begin its September fitness schedule. Among the Y’s offerings this year are the preschool “Wiggle your Waggles” (open to all Y day cares and just $1 apiece for children ages 3-5) from 10:30-11 a.m. on Mondays and a new cardio kickboxing class from 6:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays.The following Monday, Sept. 9, Girls on the Run Maine will begin its 2019 campaign with its first session of the year at DEFY. The program, which offers lessons “designed to build girls’ self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are,” will be held every Monday and Tuesday through mid-November.Registration for Girls on the Run is available online via the Maine chapter’s website. For more information about the program, contact Kim Formby at FormbyK@Gmail.com.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

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Wisconsin host exhibition with Platteville Sunday

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoFor most coaches, early season exhibitions have relatively little meaning, but that is not the case with women’s basketball head coach Lisa Stone, who will be reliving an old conference rivalry this Sunday when the Badgers host the Pioneers of UW-Platteville.One of the first stops in Stone’s coaching career began at UW-Eau Claire, a fellow Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference member with UW-Platteville. There, Stone guided the Blugolds to an astonishing 277 and 59 record over 12 years, an .824 winning percentage.he Division I all-time mark is an .839 set by Pat Summit of Tennessee — not bad company.For Stone, scheduling these games is a way for smaller schools like Platteville to not only get the experience of playing a Division I team but also to give back to their conference.”Having been a part of that, I am an advocate of their conference,” Stone said. “It benefits the WIAC schools. It is a great venue to spectate, not only in Division III, but in Division I. The men are doing it, the women are doing it and I only think it’s going to grow in popularity.”Last Saturday the men’s team took on a different WIAC foe in UW-River Falls and will host a Division III opponent next Monday when they face Lawrence.Whether the Badgers are playing Marquette or UW-Parkside, Stone looks forward to these match-ups as a way for all Wisconsin teams to showcase their best.”To see some of the state’s best athletes, I think it’s a great showcase,” Stone said.The state of Wisconsin will definitely be well represented by both teams as a total of 25 of the 31 players on both teams hail from Wisconsin.UW-Platteville comes in after a year that saw it go .500 with a 13-13 record, but it has a very experienced returning group that will not be intimidated by the environment in Madison.”They have five seniors that are trying to make this a special year and what a way to start — to have an experience to play against Wisconsin in the Kohl Center,” Stone said.Also returning are six of their seven leading scorers from a year ago, including all-conference honorable mention forward Holly Kaiser, who paced the Pioneers with 13.7 points per game last season.However, the Pioneers will have to deal with a Badger team that has four seniors of their own. Three of those seniors make a living down low on the block, but in the new “swing” style offense Stone has implemented, all the post players have seen increased opportunities to make plays beyond the free throw line.”[The post players] have tremendous roles,” Stone said. “Within this offense they are going to step out. We need productivity inside and the five post players we have, have great blue collar work ethics and they are relentless in wanting to get better and with that good things will come.”This Wisconsin team has had an excellent off-season and four weeks of practice thus far. According to Stone, the extra hours in the gym and time watching film have really paid off.”This is the first year that I have felt that our team is as ready as they are,” Stone said. “In my mind we are ahead of any team I have had since I have been at Wisconsin.”As for the aforementioned rivalry between Stone and UW-Platteville, it has been more of a one-sided affair as Stone has an all-time record against Platteville of 23-2. She looks to continue that dominance at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

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Protest voting espouses a defeatist political mindset

first_imgAfter months and months of hearing this or that on both sides of the campaign, election day is finally upon us — for better or for worse. And it is our duty to vote.This country was founded as a democratic republic so that the citizens could have a say in their nation’s actions and leaders. Yet many are stating their disapproval of the system in a much more public way,  through a harmful tactic known as protest voting. Protest voting occurs when voters consciously decide to vote outside of traditional party lines. This means that instead of voting for either Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton or Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in this election, voters take a third stance by voting outside of major party lines. Many of these protest ballots are a result of dissatisfaction with party politics, especially if voters feel like they have been wronged by America’s political system. This often substantiates the existence of third-party candidates. Prominent third-party candidates in this election are Libertarian candidate Gov. Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Both of these politicians have garnered considerable clout in this election because of the polarizing nature of the major party candidates are.  Despite their increasing popularity, third-party candidates (or blank ballots) do not help our country in any way. Protest voting is harmful to the democratic process in a number of ways. Its most obvious impact is that it takes away votes from the major party candidates. While those who vote third-party are aiming to reduce the number of votes for one of the candidates, they also throw away their support for the other candidate. One of the most famous examples of the effect of third-party voting is Ralph Nader’s role in the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. Though Nader won maybe 3 percent of the popular vote, he was the deciding factor in the close competition. Another classic example of the third party failing is the 1992 election, where President George H.W. Bush was running for a second term against Democratic candidate Bill Clinton and Independent candidate Ross Perot. Though Perot was reportedly leading in many states, he did not get a single electoral vote. This is because he was merely a distraction; his votes were so spread out across the United States that he took away from the votes for either Bush or Clinton without earning himself a true stake in the race. This is likely what will happen with the third-party candidates in the 2016 presidential election, especially because there are multiple. The Washington Post says it best: “By withholding a vote from whoever [voters] perceive as the lesser of two evils,” they are practically voting for the candidate they are trying to avoid. Moreover, the United States is not set up to support third-party candidates. The electoral system guarantees this in its winner-takes-all philosophy. Most of the states are drawn this way, and after everyone votes, the candidate with the most votes gets all of the electoral votes. Third-party candidates will never achieve this. They cannot accumulate the minimum number of votes to ensure an electoral win. Many of the candidates and parties are unqualified, and no one has ever won a presidential election outside of the Democrats and Republicans. For example, the Green Party, the party Stein is representing, has never had a single representative in Congress, meaning it has never won an election. Former President Theodore Roosevelt ran for the position again as an outsider, against the man he chose to succeed him, and his campaign under the Progressive Party drove him to second place — ultimately losing the election. This is the closest America has ever come to nominating a third-party president, and he only got that far because he had already served as commander-in-chief before as a major party candidate.Protest voting ends up doing more harm than good. By not voting completely for a major party, the voter trying to protest the system or the candidates creates a system where votes count for more than they should — directly going against what our founding fathers created with an electoral system. Voting for a major party candidate will, in fact, create a more cohesive election and, with any luck, a more cohesive race in four years.Shweta Tatkar is a junior majoring in global health. “Point/Counterpoint” runs  Wednesdays.last_img read more

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Week in Sports: Eric Dungey hurt, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and more

first_imgWorld Indoor Lacrosse Championship PreviewOn Sept. 18, the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship kicked off. Preliminary games are being held in Onondaga Arena, the Village Pavilion and the War Memorial. The tournament closes out at the Carrier Dome on Sept. 27 for the finals and semifinals.More: World Indoor Lacrosse Championship preview: Canada, Iroquois and USDavid Salanitri | Staff PhotographerFreshman quarterback Dungey hurt on targeting playSyracuse freshman quarterback Dungey, who guided Syracuse to two straight wins and a 24-10 lead before his injury, was hit by a Central Michigan linebacker and forced to leave the game. He has an “upper-body injury” and his timetable is unknown.More: Eric Dungey exits SU’s win against Central Michigan after taking hit to the headThis post will make you feel oldThe Orange hasn’t started a football season 3-0 since George H. W. Bush was in office and gas was under $1.50 a gallon. Those, and more great statistics in this post.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: The last time Syracuse was 3-0…Syracuse survives overtime scare against Central MichiganSyracuse took a 24-10 lead into halftime and seemed to have the game tucked away. But a Cooper Rush heave found the arms of a Central Michigan receiver with seven seconds to go and tied the game, forcing overtime.More: Syracuse makes up for 2nd-half meltdown in 30-27 overtime win over CMUSyracuse Volleyball finds stability at libero positionA libero logjam in 2014 cleared up this season and made way for Belle Sand. Sand has established herself as SU’s go-to for the position and has played every set for the Orange this season at libero.More: Belle Sand showing capability at libero position for Syracuse Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TRlast_img read more

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