Aeolus Energy Group (AEG) has awarded Ventower Industries with a contract for the fabrication of training towers to be installed at its two new offshore wind training facilities in Massachusetts and Maryland, US.With its initial training facility to be located in Massachusetts, AEG will assist in preparing a new workforce for constructing and maintaining offshore wind farms in the US, the company said.The first facility is expected to be constructed, staffed and ready to begin training workers by the spring of 2019.According to AEG, both facilities will have all the necessary equipment, such as access towers, pools and classrooms to train to the Global Wind Organization (GWO) standard.“Our goal is to prepare an American workforce for the opportunities in offshore wind. AEG itself expects to add thousands of jobs of all kinds to our business in the coming years,” said Elia Golfin, CEO of AEG.“We look forward to working with the local community, veterans service organizations, unions, local colleges and universities even technical high schools to give students and workers a path to a career in offshore wind.”AEG recently announced plans to construct a fleet of offshore wind farm vessels and port facilities, expected to create over 4,000 jobs in the coming years.
Following the award of a contract for the Hywind Tampen project, Kvaerner has joined forces with DOF Subsea to deliver marine operations for the floating wind farm in Norway.Kvaerner’s contract for the Hywind Tampen project is worth about NOK 1.5 billion (approx. EUR 146 million).In addition to engineering, procurement, and construction of the floating concrete substructures, Kvaerner will also deliver marine operations for Equinor and its Gullfaks and Snorre partners. This will be performed as an integrated subcontract to the main contract and executed in a 50/50 joint venture with DOF Subsea.The marine operations part of the contract involves full project management, engineering, assembly site management, mooring system installation, units tow-to-field and installation of the floating wind turbine units at the Tampen area.DOF Subsea said it would deploy several state-of-the-art construction vessels during the project phases, including the 2011 built Skandi Skansen.Kvaerner stated that its project will start immediately and be completed during autumn 2022.The company will do the initial construction of 11 concrete hulls in the drydock at its facility at Stord in Norway, and then tow the bottom structures to the site at Dommersnes in the Vindafjord, where the construction will be completed.The wind turbines will then be installed on top of the concrete hulls at Gulen Industrihamn in western Norway, which has been chosen earlier for the assembly of the floating wind turbines.Hywind Tampen will comprise 11 8MW turbines based on the Hywind technology developed by Equinor. With the capacity of 88MW, it will be able to meet around 35% of the annual power demand of the Snorre A and B, Gullfaks A, B and C oil & gas platforms.
Share Share LocalNews Dominica officially launches International Year of Co-operatives 2012 by: – December 8, 2011 9 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: dcsll.orgPresident of the Dominica Cooperative Societies League Mr. Cletus Joseph says the organization is positioning itself to assist small cooperatives in their development thrust.He was addressing the official launching of International Year of Cooperatives 2012, an event held in collaboration with the ministry of social services”.Joseph told the ceremony which was held at the Fort Young Hotel Wednesday night, that the cooperative has made several changes to accommodate that process.“We will put together actions to assist the fellow cooperatives’ on the island. We know what their struggles are and we intend to bring them up to the maximum levels of efficiency and effectiveness in other to be relevant to their membership,” he said.Meantime minister responsible for Cooperatives Gloria Shillingford says the activity is significant because cooperative moments play a pivotal role in the development of any nation.“The genesis of the movement began just as an idea. Today we see that the trend setters were correct and their dreams are manifested in cooperatives like the National Cooperative Credit Union…we can see all the benefits that have been derived from people working together to achieve a common goal,” she explained.Trade Minister Dr. Colin McIntyre who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the event said the cooperative movement stands out as a highly recommended model in Dominica, as advances that can be achieved in social and economic development when individuals pull their resources in a cooperative effort to tackle development issues within their country.“For us in Dominica, the cooperative movement has been a vehicle for moving both our urban and rural committees to higher levels of development and for improving the quality of life of our citizens,” he explained.McIntyre said government fully subscribes to the view that entrepreneurship is an important strategy for alleviating poverty.The event was launched under the theme “Encouraging Entrepreneurship Though Cooperatives”.Dominica Vibes News
The Batesville JV Football team beat South Dearborn 26-18 in an exciting come from behind victory.Bryson Bonelli threw 3 TD passes on the night. Brady Hornberger caught 31 and a 36 yard passes for touchdowns. Jacob Meer caught the other one for a 24 yard TD. Will Meer ran in a 1 yard TD then followed that up by running in the only 2 point conversion of the night. The offensive line dominated the 2nd half of the game with Ryan Thayer, Nick McConnell, Quinn Steinkamp, Trent Roell, and Nate Deputy leading the way for the hard running of Will Meer and Josh Mobley. The defense got strong play from McConnell, Troy Hornberger, and Alex Siefert. Playing well and also having key interceptions were Sam Robben, Hornberger, and Cooper Wilhelm who had a goaline pick and ran it back 60 yards. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tony Gausman.
Northern Ireland’s perfect start to Euro 2016 qualifying came crashing down in Romania after Paul Papp ended their brave resistance with a second-half brace. Press Association The visitors’ first chance followed almost immediately, Lafferty burrowing into the box before Brunt slid a low shot just wide of the far post. Romania went again and should have scored when Alexandru Chipciu spurned a glorious double chance in the 17th minute. He looked certain to convert a perfect cross from six yards but his crisp volley rebounded off the underside of the crossbar. The ball then bounced over a disorientated Carroll and fell invitingly for a second attempt, but this time Chipciu headed gently back to the grateful keeper. Hughes and McAuley were fighting fires in the centre, clearing, intercepting and heading away a raft of crosses and through balls, while Niall McGinn was struggling to cover McLaughlin on the right. Lucian Sanmartean has been fancifully likened to the great Gheorghe Hagi but a wonderful run in the 32nd minute only improved the 34-year-old’s credentials. Collecting the ball just inside the opposition half he charged past Corry Evans and made his way to the edge of the area where he weaved his way past McAuley and McLaughlin before cutting the ball across goal for Bogdan Stancu to slot home. But the striker lost his footing at the crucial moment, fluffing his connection completely from five yards and allowing Chris Baird to mop up. Goal threat at the other end was virtually non-existent but the willing Lafferty did serve a warning just before the break, muscling through on the left and working Ciprian Tatarusanu at his near post. Stancu paid the price for his earlier miss, hooked at half-time in favour of Claudiu Keseru. Keseru had been on the field seven minutes when his measured pass put the overlapping Razvan Rat one on one with Carroll. He attempted a delicate chipped finish but Carroll guessed right, standing tall and smothering the shot with his chest. Sanmartaen should have won a penalty just after the hour, dribbling into the area again and tumbling to the floor after McGivern left his foot out. But the referee was unimpressed or unsighted and play moved on. O’Neill attempted to shore things up by replacing McGinn with the defensively minded Sammy Clingan, but the resistance finally came to an end 16 minutes from time. Rat played provider, whipping in an awkward cross from left wing that McAuley could only fling a trailing leg at. The ball landed nicely for Papp and he left Carroll no chance from 10 yards. That knocked the stuffing from Northern Ireland and it was no surprise to see a second goal five minutes later, Papp again arriving in the right place to nod home Sanmartaen’s cross at the far post. There was no coming back now, with Billy McKay’s late arrival as a second striker merely window dressing. Despite taking maximum points from their first three matches, including away wins in Hungary and Greece, Michael O’Neill’s men were under siege for the entirety of the encounter. Yet their backs-to-the-wall defence looked as though it would yield a vital draw until right-back Papp struck in the 74th and 79th minutes to seal a 2-0 win for the new Group F leaders. The result was well deserved for the hosts, who also hit the crossbar, missed a sitter from point-blank range and had a convincing penalty appeal turned down, but Northern Ireland will still feel disappointed. They put in a monstrous defensive effort at the Arena Nationala, led by captain for the night Gareth McAuley and assisted by tireless shifts from Aaron Hughes, Chris Brunt and Oliver Norwood. Kyle Lafferty, having scored in his previous three matches, also ran himself to a standstill in an isolated forward role. The first half was a story of relentless, yet ultimately fruitless, one-way traffic. From kick-off Romania punted the ball towards left-back Ryan McGivern, the first in a series of attacks aimed down the flanks. McGivern and right-back Conor McLaughlin both ply their trade in League One, with Port Vale and Fleetwood respectively, and there was a concerted attempt to expose them. There were few breaks for the back line either, with Lafferty alone up front and unable to hold up possession for any length of time. It still took 15 minutes for Romania to test Roy Carroll, out-of-favour Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches producing a nimble bicycle kick that the Notts County stopper gathered at the second attempt.
Lloris is the only Frenchman in Tottenham’s first-team squad but Pochettino insists his goalkeeper is ready for the match at White Hart Lane. “I didn’t need to ask because when he saw me, he said ‘I want to play’,” Pochettino said. “It was very difficult for him and for all of the French players and the English players too. They were here training on Monday in the morning and you could feel that they were very sad to play.” Pochettino added: “For Hugo it was a very tough two weeks. When you are captain it is a big responsibility. “But he is strong, has a good mind with an unbelievable character. He’s ready to play Sunday and wants to play for the people.” Pochettino played for Paris St Germain between 2001 and 2003, making 70 appearances for the club, and he also lived in the city for three years. A close friend of the Argentinian’s was near the Stade de France on the night of the attacks but escaped unharmed. “Yes I had a friend who was very near to the Stade de France. He was close but he was OK,” Pochettino said. Mauricio Pochettino has no concerns about Hugo Lloris’ frame of mind for Sunday’s derby against West Ham after the Tottenham captain told his head coach: “I want to play.” Lloris captained France against England during a moving occasion at Wembley on Tuesday, which came just four days after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he will check whether his French players feel able to play this weekend, expressing particular doubt about Laurent Koscielny, whom he thought was unrecognisable during the friendly against England. “It’s not only difficult because I lived in Paris. If at some time you were a tourist in Paris, you translate your mind into the moment that happened with the people. “I think all humans feel the same, the same pain and the same feelings.” As well as Lloris, Spurs had a large English contingent at Wembley including Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Kyle Walker and Ryan Mason. Pochettino also attended the match as a guest of Roy Hodgson’s and revealed his decision to go was based on providing support for his players. “We spoke between ourselves that if England play against France, we need to be at the stadium to give support and solidarity,” Pochettino said. “Our support is very important, and after for the players and the teams. It’s important to show that we are not scared.” Pochettino added: “It is not difficult (to support) because our relationship with the players is very close. Sometimes you just need a hug. “We are human and sometimes you don’t need words, you only need to touch the people. “You know you have to be sensitive, all people are different and need different things. Some players you need to spend time with and speak about things. “Others need one minute, 10 minutes, one hour – it is how you feel and the empathy you feel with different people.” Press Association
Mohammed Wagih Azzam President of the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC), Mohammed Wagih Azzam, has lauded Nigeria for finally putting the Velodrome Complex to use after 16 years of inactivity.History will be made today (Friday) as the state-of -the -art cycling arena located inside the Moshood Abiola Stadium will for the first time since its construction 16 years ago, play host to the maiden Africa Track Cycling Championship, aka African Cup.An excited Azzam said that with the facility, track Cycling has come stay, as he urged Nigeria to take full advantage of the arena and join the global track cycling bug. The Egyptian said Nigeria has the men and women that can launch her on the global arena, noting that natural strength of the African will always come handy.He also commended President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria, Giadomenico Massari, CAC members, Dr Emmanuel Igbinosa and Coach Mohammed Bashiru for their contributions.Meanwhile, the cycling arena has come to life with the arrival of eight African countries for the maiden Africa Cup, which also serves as preparation for the forthcoming All Africa Games.Host Nigeria has since been joined by Egypt, Morocco, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Benin Republic, Ghana and Burundi. Already the teams have been putting acts together as they familiarize themselves with facilities in the Velodrome.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AJ MACLEAN/Herald photoThe No. 13 Wisconsin men’s hockey team opens up WCHA play this weekend with a series at St. Cloud State. The Badgers (1-1-0) are 12-7-1 when they open the WCHA season on the road.With last weekend off after opening their season against St. Lawrence two weeks ago, the Badgers should be rested and healthy for this weekend’s series.The Huskies (1-1-0) have a new coach at the helm after the resignation of Craig Dahl, who amassed 338 wins in his 18 years at SCSU. Former assistant coach Bob Motzko took over for Dahl, who stepped down before the season began.A new coach may bring some new luster to a club that has struggled to get wins the last few years. After making the NCAA tournament for four straight years, the Huskies haven’t been back since the 2002-2003 season, and they haven’t been to the WCHA Final Five since their ’01-’02 campaign. The team finished last season a disappointing nine games under .500, their worst record since 1995-96.”Obviously their record hasn’t been great the last two years, but the team is ready to play every night. They play real hard, they’re physical,” captain Adam Burish said. “They have a bunch of tough, grinder type of players that if you’re not ready to play, they’ll run you through the wall, and they’ll steal two points from you.”Despite its struggles, St. Cloud brings with it a physical defense led by junior captain Casey Borer. He and Justin Fletcher should be the difference-makers on defense, hoping to improve on a team defense that finished eighth in the WCHA last season.St. Cloud could see some improvement in goal this season as well with the addition of Bobby Goepfert, a transfer from Providence. Goepfert joins the duo of Tim Boron and Jason Montgomery in net. Boron stood out for the Huskies last season with a .904 save percentage and a 3.00 goals against average.He split time with Goepfert in goal in the Huskies’ first series of the year against Northern Michigan, as Goepfert came away with the lone win with the teams splitting the series.The Badgers will match St. Cloud’s physical defense and solid goaltending. A team defense that was first in the WCHA last season brings back its entire defensive corps.In goal, the Badgers will look to Brian Elliott to take over for the departed Bernd Bruckler. Elliot looked solid in the games he started last season, going 6-2 with a .945 save percentage in eight starts. He also played well in his first two starts as the Badgers’ number one netminder.”There’s definitely a flow to that and it’s confidence. There’s a rhythm there,” said head coach Mike Eaves of his junior goaltender. “He’s in the flow of things. Brian played the two games, and he’s had this week here to get back and face more pucks. Hopefully he’ll get that rhythm and flow early this weekend.”The only question for the Badgers this weekend is whether the offense will play up to its potential. Wisconsin returned 98 percent of its scoring from last season, a squad that finished fourth in the WCHA with 3.36 goals per game, but mustered just four goals against St. Lawrence.With offensive threats on almost every line, starting with junior Robbie Earl, the Badgers have the opportunity this season to make some noise offensively.”That’s one of the things going into the season that we’re confident about is we have the ability to score goals,” Burish said. “We’ve got the personnel that can score a lot of goals this year.”Last season and even in the first series of this year, the Badgers, with offensive weapons such as Earl, last season’s points leader Joe Pavelski and Ryan MacMurchy, have not lived up to some people’s expectations. But for them, it may only be a matter of time.”Offense is about getting into a flow,” Eaves said. “We need to get into that and we would like to get into that offensive. I think we have more weapons. We just need to get those weapons warmed up, tuned in and ready to go.”This weekend, the Badgers will get to test their mettle against a tough conference foe. With a strong defense leading the way, goaltending and offense will make the difference.”We just have to stick to the details, match their physical, aggressive type [of play], and just capitalize on our scoring chances,” Earl said. “We have the offense to do that, and that’s what we need to do.”
Austin Dunn, currently USG Director of University Affairs, eagerly awaits the announcement. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanEdwin Saucedo, current Financial Director of USG Program Board, and Austin Dunn share a joke before the start of the meeting – Brian Chin | Daily TrojanDaniel Million, flanked by friends, can’t help but grin after hearing the good news. Million will work towards organizing Diversity Fest and opportunities for students to find their place within campus life. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanJosh Lurie embraces with friends, elated and relieved. As a senator, Lurie has promised to improve sustainability initiatives and relations between greek organizations and USC administration. – Brian Chin | Daily TrojanEmily Lee (middle) smiles at the good news. Her platform included advocating for better residential life and increasing academic support. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanKate Oh ran on a platform aiming to better support resources for students. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanPhones were out and social media was abuzz amid the announcements. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanSaucedo and Dunn leapt for joy and hugged at the break of the announcement. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanA flurry of friends congratulated Saucedo and Dunn after the announcement as media crowded around for photos. – Brian Chin | Daily TrojanDiana Jimenez, Executive Director of USG Program Board, congratulates Saucedo. The two served as Program Board’s primary executive directors during the 2015-2016 year. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanSaucedo and Dunn pose for photos. – Brian Chin | Daily Trojan
The checklist wasn’t long, but in order to keep the optimism flowing around Gary Andersen’s Wisconsin program, the checklist had to get crossed off — at least before the Badgers would head west next weekend.Ever since Andersen arrived and hosted better press conferences and took his team to a water park and was enthusiastic about being the Wisconsin head football coach, the optimism around the program sprouted like liana.It was about as much optimism a program could muster following an 8-6 season and another orientation sequence of assistant coaches. A starting performance similar to the 2012 opener against Northern Iowa — a tooth-and-nail, 26-21 struggle just to illuminate the win column — would turn grins into groans. Certain things needed to happen for that optimism to withstand, and thus far, they have.The checklist started with fall camp, mastering the new 3-4 defense, choosing a starting quarterback, refilling positions of the departed just like any other school, etc. Check.The next step was last Saturday’s victory over UMass, the day of debuts for Andersen, his assistants and plenty of newbies on the field. A Wisconsin shutout victory — check.And finally, the most recent phase was crossed Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin’s 48-0 drubbing of FCS opponent Tennessee Tech. The defense proved its Week 1 shutout was no fluke, Joel Stave proved Andersen correct in selecting him as the starting quarterback and the offensive line proved they are no slouch from the history of big boys before them. Check, check, check.Pen running dry from incessant check marks, that pre-fall optimism can now remain, at least for another week.But quickly the pessimist sees little value in stomping the wilting flowers of UMass and Tennessee Tech that traveled into Camp Randall to begin the season. They may not resemble the highest quality of college football, and the Badgers may have paid their way into the stadium, but this Wisconsin team needed straightening. They needed to make some checks on that list.Naming a starting quarterback is one thing, but to get that quarterback some confidence and reacquaint him with Camp Randall was another. Implementing a new defense is one thing, but doing so in shutout fashion, with a secondary blanketed in new faces was another. Not everything is hammered out, but enough has been done to keep that optimism around. The updated checklist from fall camp to Saturday shows Wisconsin is about as ready as it could be to take on Arizona State.In a sense, the gears have seemed set on Sun Devils from early on. Wisconsin wasn’t going to have trouble with either of the floundering programs they’ve matched up against this season. The Badgers have now won 28-straight times against nonconference opponents in Camp Randall. Chris Borland said that a pair of shutouts were exactly what was supposed to happen against “these opponents.”“No one wants to go out and win 70-to-nothing every game. That’s not very fun,” senior safety Dezmen Southward said following the game. “You want to be challenged and I think Arizona State will present that. We’ll be ready and I’m sure they will be, too.”Gary Andersen seems like he has been ready, too. Even before the UMass game Andersen was concerned that his team didn’t get enough days of practice in intense heat like the Badgers are bound to find next week in Tempe, Ariz. But when asked about that heat again Saturday, Andersen replied without a worry that the sun will be down and the heat won’t be an issue. Having made his way through two victories and a wide-ranging checklist, there’s no surprise there.The check marks made against Tennessee Tech, coupled with those made against UMass show just how vital the opening games of the season were for the Badgers. Travelling to Arizona likely became a whole lot easier knowing that there are fewer and fewer capacities to worry about — a list now trimmed to the ever-inconsistent kicking game or a few wrinkles in the passing game, as nominated by Andersen.So while the outlook for Sept. 14 couldn’t have changed much, the idea that Wisconsin is progressing should keep that optimism far from fading.The end result from Saturday could be viewed as a 48-point mockery and loss of $500,000 through a contract with the visiting Golden Eagles, or it can be viewed as a key point on the progression trail leading up to Wisconsin’s first substantial opponent of the season, one they’ve seemingly been targeting all along.On Saturday, we saw the passing game and we saw the running game. We saw a successful 2-minute drill and we saw the defense dominate. We even saw a debut victory for the Andersen-endorsed red helmets.We saw Wisconsin make enough marks on that checklist. And next week, we’ll see what that all means.Sean is a senior majoring in Journalism and Communication Arts. Has Wisconsin helped you remain optimistic? Let him know with a tweet to @sean_zak or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.