Singapore Charts Offshore Wind Path

first_imgSingapore has identified offshore wind as one of the longer-term targets in the recently published Marine & Offshore Engineering Industry Transformation Map.The global offshore wind market is projected to exceed USD 130 billion by 2023 and there is an opportunity for Singapore’s oil and gas companies, hit by a prolonged downturn, to venture into this new area, according to Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran.The government plans to help the companies interested in diversifying into new industries such as the offshore wind by connecting them with stakeholders and resources, and supporting business partnerships with companies in overseas markets.One of the examples of previous projects was the collaboration between the government agency IE Singapore and the local company NauticAWT which, with IE Singapore’s assistance, completed its first offshore wind project in China, and is now exploring similar business opportunities in other parts of Asia, Iswaran said.Singapore-based oil and gas companies are already looking into ways to enter the offshore wind market, with the latest example being the offshore vessel operator Pacific Radiance.last_img read more

Cancer survivors encourage men to get screened early

first_img 43 Views   one comment Share Tweet LocalNews Cancer survivors encourage men to get screened early by: – October 11, 2011 Patrick Henderson Members of the Dominica Cancer Society, three of whom are cancer survivors, are encouraging men to get screened early in an effort to avoid dying from prostate cancer.The month of October is being observed in Dominica as Cancer Awareness Month and this year the Dominica Cancer Society is placing emphasis on prostate cancer as statistics indicate an increased number of deaths from the disease.A founding member of the Men’s Support Group and a cancer survivor Patrick Henderson explained that he was spurred by the death of his brother to get himself checked and while the biggest fear for men is the rectal examination it can save them from aggravation and pain in the long run.“We have a duty as cancer survivors to keep encouraging our men to get tested. It does not take much, it could save you a lot of aggravation in the long run; the earlier that you can catch it, the better for you; don’t be scared of the rectal examination. This is the biggest fear I think of our men now the rectal examination, most men you talk to have difficulty with it, it takes less than a minute and it is a little uncomfortable but it’s nothing to be concerned about,” he said.According to Henderson, he is focused on a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as informing is friends and other men about the disease.“I have focused a lot on healthy living, healthy lifestyle enjoying life to the fullest, not giving up on my sports and also trying to talk to friends and men that I meet about getting checked. I remember going to a game in Riviere Cyrique and meeting some former basket ballers and I had not seen them in a while and we were chatting and I said you know I had surgery for prostate cancer and they said boy, and I said you must get yourself checked. They said boy I don’t want anybody to put their hand in my behind you know,” he said.Mr Henderson further appealed to men who are cancer survivors to join the Men’s Support Group and help them overcome the challenge of prostate cancer.“I also ask that our men out there who are cancer survivors that they join the cancer society and that they join the men’s group because we’ve been trying to get men to come forward and do something about prostate cancer but it seems to be a big challenge.”Henderson also admonished all men “to come forward, get tested, get more information about prostate cancer; visit your doctor, talk to your doctor and get the rectal examination done, get the p.s.a checked and do whatever it takes to ensure that you are on top of your prostate health.”Meantime, another founding member of the Men’s Support Group as well as a cancer survivor Neville Graham he is testimony to the fact that early detection can save lives.He also encourages all men to get screened and be more concerned about their health.“I can testify to the fact that early detection does save lives because I am here today as a cancer survivor because of early detection. Generally men are careless with their health and I say to my friends that life normally hands you a number of choices right, you can be a macho man and die at forty, fifty or you could be a real man and live your three score and ten and more,” he said.The Cancer support group meets every Thursday at the Princess Margaret Hospital to offer support to cancer patients who are receiving treatment as often many of them do not have family members to remain with them at the hospital during treatment. Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Brits look to Caribbean for pension property

first_img Share Share 38 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Brits look to Caribbean for pension property by: – January 3, 2012 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: blogs.telegraph.co.ukLONDON, England — A surge in interest has been reported for Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) approved property in the Caribbean from disgruntled Brits unhappy with their pensions.It’s not hard to see why the Caribbean is becoming a real draw not just for investors looking further afield for growth potential beyond European borders but also a relatively safe haven for their cash.There are some fantastic deals available on Caribbean property, which allow even those on average incomes to invest in property in prime locations on the Caribbean islands. It is even possible to use a SIPP to fund the entire purchase and benefit from guaranteed rental.Developers of 5-star resorts on Islands such as St Vincent are reporting occupancy levels of between 80 and 90% in 2011, with 40% occupancy already secured for 2012. This compares to this time last year where no advance bookings had been made.This spectacular improvement is largely down to endorsements from sporting celebrities and the opening up of resort holiday agencies in the US. Buccament Bay on St Vincent has also just been awarded PADI 5-Star status by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors adding to its appeal for holiday makers.The Caribbean has also been one of the world’s major recipients of foreign direct investment, alongside this the recently announced $45m airport terminal in Antigua will bring jobs growth and tourists in even greater numbers. To cater for the expected increase in tourism, the Caribbean is undergoing a period of major modernisation of infrastructure to cope with the developing needs of an economy that has boomed despite the slowdown being experienced in the US and Europe.Jon Ainge Director of International Property Success commented, “I believe Caribbean property offers investors an unprecedented opportunity to benefit not only from great mortgage deals, but also another place to invest hard earned cash sitting in a pension and earning very little. In the current climate the Caribbean offers far more than sun, sea and sand to those seeking to get away from it all — and that includes the gloom in Europe at the moment.” Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Cricket News ICC suspends Zimbabwe from international cricket for violating its constitution

first_imgThe ICC Board heard from both the Sports and Recreation Committee representatives of the Zimbabwe Government and Zimbabwe Cricket before making their decision. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We do not take the decision to suspend a Member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference. What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked.“The ICC wants cricket to continue in Zimbabwe in accordance with the ICC Constitution,” Manohar said. The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non-compliant. London: The ICC on Thursday suspended Zimbabwe Cricket with immediate effect for violation of global body’s constitution which doesn’t allow any government intervention. The current elected members of Zimbabwe board were suspended by government agency Sports and Recreation Committee (SRC) which was violation of articles 2.4 © and (d).“Zimbabwe Cricket has been suspended with immediate effect. The ICC Board unanimously decided that Zimbabwe Cricket, an ICC Full Member, is in breach of Article 2.4 © and (d) of the ICC Constitution which imposes an obligation on Members to provide a process for free and democratic elections and to ensure that there is no government interference in its governance and / or administration for cricket respectively,” the ICC said in a statement.As a consequence of suspension, ICC funding to Zimbabwe Cricket will be frozen and representative teams from Zimbabwe will not be allowed to participate in any ICC events. The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to office within three months, and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Credit bill hits young borrowers

first_imgA new bill signed into law by President Barack Obama Friday attempts to regulate the credit card industry and protect consumers, but places restrictions on college students that some say are overprotective and could be harmful in the long run.The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act, which passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with large majorities, attempts to prevent credit card companies from taking advantage of consumers and is expected to have a large impact on the way college students open and use credit cards. Specifically, the Credit CARD Act prevents credit card companies from offering gifts on or near college campuses in exchange for applications, and requires any colleges to make public any agreements they may have with credit card companies. “Colleges should not be encouraging their students to sign up for products with high interest rates and fees that can get them bogged down in debt,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who voted in favor of the bill, said in a press release. “Young consumers often do not have the knowledge and experience to manage their credit wisely and as a result can get into deep financial trouble that can stay with them for decades.”The bill also stipulates that anyone between the ages of 18 to 21 looking to open a credit card either prove they can pay their own expenses or have a parent or guardian co-sign for the card and assume joint liability. If a parent or guardian co-signs for the card, that parent must also approve all changes to the credit limit.With credit card use increasing among young people, many believe the Credit CARD Act will help students avoid incurring unnecessary debt. Others, however, worry that the decrease in the availability of credit at a time when students are relying on it most will lead young people to find other ways to finance their education and their lifestyles. Some are also concerned that the bill decreases the sense of financial responsibility in young people. Mark Calabria, director of financial regulation studies for the Cato Institute, a non-profit public policy research foundation, said he was concerned about the effects the bill will have and said he believes some middle ground could have been reached. One problem with the bill, Calabria said, is that it will make college students less financially sophisticated.“You really aren’t getting at the ability for people to learn how to manage credit,” Calabria said. “Regardless of your age, there will always be a day that will be your first day or your first year having a credit card. And it’s like anything else … if you’ve never had one you don’t know how to use one in a broad sense. So the question is, just because this person’s 25 rather than 21, are they really that much more sophisticated about it, or that much more knowledgeable about it if they haven’t experienced it?” A recent study published by student lender Sallie Mae showed that students are having more trouble handling their credit card debt than ever before. The study, which surveyed students who had applied for a private loan through Sallie Mae, found that only 17 percent of students who reported using a credit card paid of all their cards each month. Of the graduating seniors surveyed, the average debt was $4,100.The study also found that one-third of credit card users did not discuss their credit card use with their parents. Proponents of the bill hope that requiring this section of the student population to communicate with their parents will decrease the average amount of debt and encourage responsible use of credit cards. Gail Cunningham, vice president for public relations at the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, supported the bill, saying that requiring parent involvement will help ease students in to using a credit card. “[Students after college] are just older and they’ve had access to credit so hopefully they’ve responsibly used it,” Cunningham said. “What I like about the bill is that the parents can go online any time of the day or night and review the student’s spending and if they’re not playing by the rules they can remove him as an authorized user. So, to me it’s the best of both worlds — they have access to credit, the opportunity to manage it responsibly and get a few years under their belt of maturity before they get their own card.”While students said they understood the reason for the new requirements, and agreed there was a problem with college students overspending, some did not agree with the bill.Isaac Muscanto, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television critical studies, said he was glad he already had a credit card and would not need to give his parents joint ownership. He said he found the new regulations to be too protective of students.“It’s natural students are going to put themselves at risk, but at 18 that is their responsibility,” Muscanto said.Ron Hill, a freshman majoring in cinema-television production, said he is considering getting a credit card to use for emergencies that may arise when he gets to college. Though Hill said he did not think he would be affected much by the bill, he did not entirely agree with it.“My generation does have a problem with controlling their spending and credit cards can dangerous for someone my age,” Hill said. “Clearly a credit card is not something that should be entered into lightly, and parents should be involved with their children’s spending on some level — I’m just not sure this bill is the right way to go about it.”Lauren Dawson, a sophomore majoring in international relations, already has her own credit card, but said she doesn’t think the regulations will change much in the long run.“College students are graduating with higher and higher levels of credit card debt because they are using them improperly. I don’t think having parents’ oversee the card would change anything, though,” Dawson said.Like many students, Calabria said he thought that a compromise could have been met with the bill, and that a cap on credit extended to students might have been a better solution.Will Price, a sophomore majoring in engineering, agreed that the bill was not the right solution.“It sounds like they are well-intentioned, but I think it’s a restriction of freedom,” Price said.last_img read more

BSA holds police seminar

first_imgAmid concerns and claims of unprofessional police interactions in the past few years, students, faculty and law enforcement officers gathered at a Black Student Assembly meeting Monday evening to discuss police accountability and student rights.Candid · Officers from the Department of Public Safety, Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol answer questions. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanHeld in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall, more than 50 people attended and participated in the conversation.The topic centered on educating students on how to interact with the police when they are stopped on and around campus.“It’s critical and important to know what to do when you interact with law enforcement and go about effectively voicing your redress,” said Dept. of Public Safety Chief John Thomas.Various law enforcement agencies, such as the Los Angeles Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff, were represented at the meeting, which was co-sponsored by the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs and the USC Department of Public Safety.When Chief Thomas asked if anyone in the room had ever been stopped by law enforcement, particularly by a member of LAPD, several students raised their hands.Last May, 79 LAPD officers broke up a predominantly African-American student party which led students to claim racial profiling and use of excessive force. This resulted in students hosting forums and sit-ins during the last few weeks of the 2012-13 school year.When explaining how to address being stopped by a member of law enforcement, the officers said that it is important to follow the instructions of the officer and then ask the necessary questions later.In addition, all the officers stressed that one of the most important elements is keeping lines of communication open with the agencies.“Don’t ever feel like you need to do something spectacular like write long letters and memos,” said Lt. Kerry Carter of the Los Angeles Sheriff Department. “All you really need to do is report it.”All of the agencies said that they can be reached in person, by email, phone and even on Facebook. The panelists also told students that when they are in the process of reporting an officer, students should make it clear that they would like to formally file a complaint.“As community members you have a lot of power — with great power comes great responsibility,” said Officer Dave Love of LAPD. “I encourage you to make the complaint when necessary. But I also encourage you to write a letter when an officer does something good.”In addition, officers told students that they should be treated with professionalism in order to build better ties between residents and law enforcement.“People are owed an explanation, but to some officers they feel that if telling you why it weakens the position,” said DPS Captain Ed Palmer, who formerly worked at LAPD for 28 years. “It doesn’t weaken the officer’s position, it actually strengthens community ties.”Briana Savage, a sophomore majoring in international relations, found the panel particularly valuable because she was a student not familiar with the local law enforcement.“This event was … educational,” said Briana Savage, who is originally from the East Coast. “I commend the panel for shedding light on the shortcomings within the various departments instead of masking the issues.”Overall, officers stressed the importance of students’ voices, especially among students who have had negative experiences with law enforcement.“Don’t think that your voice is not heard,” said Veta Fleeton of the California Highway Patrol. “Don’t just talk to someone about it. Talk to someone who can do something about it.”last_img read more

New BBCOR formula poses stiff challenge

first_imgIt is an iconic movie scene for any sports fan. The star of The Natural, Roy Hobbs, steps to the plate wielding his famous bat “Wonderboy” that he’s used since high school. Hobbs hits a long foul ball. As he jogs back to the plate, he notices “Wonderboy” has split in two. Hobbs hesitates, stunned.Discovering his swing · Since switching to a 35-inch, 32-ounce bat earlier this month, junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa has gone on a tear at the plate, hitting .426 with five home runs and 22 RBIs. His .364 average leads the Trojans. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan Think it’s a bit overdramatized? It’s not.Any baseball player will tell you their most cherished piece of equipment is their glove, but bats are a close second. Just ask USC junior first baseman Ricky Oropesa. As Oropesa tells it, he can “pick up a bat and just know.”But as of March 8, Oropesa, who is sixth on USC’s all-time home run list with 38 long balls and was named a 2011 preseason first-team All-American, was hitting just .250. He had yet to hit a home run, had recorded five RBIs and had struck out nine times.Oropesa is not one to make excuses, but he had one.He didn’t have his bat. Or, more specifically, he wasn’t allowed to use it. At all levels of amateur baseball, players use metal bats, which are considered safer and more durable than wood because they do not break and splinter.From a hitting perspective, metal is considered superior because the bat actually compresses on impact, causing the ball to “shoot” off much faster than it does off wood. Additionally, metal bats are not subject to the variations of natural wood, where certain parts of the bat simply hit the ball harder than others, giving a larger “sweet spot” that extends across most of the barrel.When metal bats were first introduced to college baseball in 1974, batting averages jumped eight points. After 11 years, averages were up 40 points.To combat rising batting averages and home run tallies, the NCAA has twice limited the length-to-weight ratio of a bat. In 1986, it was minus-5, then in 1997 was reduced to minus-3, meaning a bat could not be more than three inches longer than its weight in ounces.Each time, stats quickly decreased, only to climb back to previous levels. Pitchers also became increasingly endangered by the speed at which balls were hit back at them, often in excess of 100 miles per hour.In 2008, the NCAA announced it was revolutionizing the way it regulated bats by limiting the amount of power using the Ball-Bat Coefficient of Restitution, which measures rebound-ratio of a ball bouncing off the bat.“The new BBCOR formula provides a better measure of the bat’s performance and therefore allows the rules committee and bat testing laboratories to better predict field performance based on lab tests,” the NCAA said in a statement. “The goal is that non-wood bats that meet this new standard will perform similarly to wood bats.”The NCAA set the limit for the BBCOR at 0.50, which is roughly the same as the best wooden bats. Almost none of the metal bats used at the time matched the limitation, and certainly none used at the collegiate level. As a result, bat companies had to go through a lengthy certification process that cost upward of $10,000. Most college players use a 33-inch, 30-ounce bat, although some prefer bats an inch and an ounce shorter or longer.But Ricky Oropesa’s bat of choice is 35 inches long and weighs 32 ounces, and as the only player who uses that size, it is rare a bat company would choose to certify a 35-inch bat.Oropesa, as a result, was forced to start the season using a 34-inch, 31-ounce bat. That difference might not sound like much, but for a player like Oropesa it was significant.“It was like I had a twig in my hand,” Oropesa said of the smaller bat. “I was so uncomfortable, so unconfident at the plate.”After countless calls from the USC coaching staff, Nike did certify a 35-inch, 32-ounce bat. Oropesa got his new bat March 10, and the difference was clear.Oropesa has hit .426 since, raising his average to a team-leading .364. His slugging percentage has risen from .386 to .582 and his on-base percentage from .313 to 426. He has added 22 RBIs and has hit five home runs in 16 games.But that still doesn’t mean Oropesa is happy with the new BBCOR bats.“Honestly I’d rather hit with wood,” the slugger said. “They perform the same and I just like them better.”Though the new metal bats still have more “pop” than wood, the sweet spot has been reduced to that of a wood bat, forcing hitters to “square it up” and hit the ball with the sweet spot.“It’s still metal,” said USC interim coach Frank Cruz. “So it still hits harder than wood. It’s just harder to do than it was before.”last_img read more

Hoey best of the Irish at European Masters

first_imgHoey will resume from 1-over par, which is a shot better than Paul Dunne while European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke is on 8-over.There’s a four-way share of the lead on 6-under.Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will both be in action later this evening for the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston.last_img

Padres get Clevinger, Marlins acquire Marte at deadline

first_img First Published: 1st September, 2020 05:55 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 1st September, 2020 05:55 IST Padres Get Clevinger, Marlins Acquire Marte At Deadline San Diego acted boldly once again. Miami actually strengthened its roster. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Lance Lynn and Dylan Bundy stayed put. San Diego acted boldly once again. Miami actually strengthened its roster. Mike Clevinger, Starling Marte, Archie Bradley and Todd Frazier were on the move. Lance Lynn and Dylan Bundy stayed put.Baseball’s pandemic-delayed trade deadline was quite a day.The contending Padres got Clevinger in a multiplayer trade with Cleveland, bolstering their rotation Monday in a rare deadline deal between contenders. The surprising Marlins reeled in the dynamic Marte for their outfield. There was a lot of talk about pitchers Lynn and Bundy, but Lynn stayed in Texas and the Angels held onto Bundy.The trade deadline is normally July 31, but it was pushed back when the start of the season was delayed because of the coronavirus. With the shortened season and financial uncertainty brought on by the pandemic, there was talk that it might be an unusually quiet day. But there was plenty of activity instead, spurred in part by the 16-team playoff format for this year.“It felt like a normal deadline in a lot of ways,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Tons of activity and phone calls and things like that. I think that in the end, you know, with the Padres notwithstanding, I think that there probably wasn’t quite as much aggressiveness.”Shooting for its first playoff appearance since 2006, San Diego acquired Clevinger in its fifth trade since Saturday. The cost was a package of young players that included outfielder Josh Naylor, right-hander Cal Quantrill and catcher Austin Hedges, adding to the Indians’ depth for their pursuit of the AL Central title.Clevinger hopes to join his new team in time for its series opener at Anaheim on Wednesday.”Definitely something special brewing here and I think it’s going to be something special for coming years, not just this year,” Clevinger said.Miami is normally a seller at the deadline. But the Marlins are in the postseason mix with a .500 record after dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, and help is on the way.The Fish sent pitchers Caleb Smith and Humberto Mejia and a player to be named to the Diamondbacks for Marte, who is batting .311 in 33 games this year. Miami also traded Jonathan Villar to Toronto for a player to be named, but Isan Díaz is working out again and could return to the Marlins soon.“Our club has fought so hard for the first 30 games for what they endured,” president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. “We want to do everything on our part to put us in a position to make it to the playoffs.”(Image Credit: AP) LIVE TV COMMENTcenter_img Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW USlast_img read more