Vandalism could close the doors of Strabane Rugby Club

first_imgNews Vandalism could close the doors of Strabane Rugby Club Google+ The Honorary Secretary of Strabane Rugby Club has said it could be forced to close after vandals spiked its ground with broken glass.The pitch at Bradley Way has been unplayable since the weekend, when smashed bottles were found driven into the turf.The club has already had to abandon one fixture.Robert Dirllon said he fears it “could finish” the club:[podcast][/podcast] Twitter By News Highland – April 5, 2012 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleCouncil says it’s wrong to suggest it has failed to submit info on a zoning reviewNext articleToland’s Bar extensively damaged in overnight fire in St Johnstone News Highland Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Pinterest Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+last_img read more

INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials

first_img Share this article View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trials View post tag: INS View post tag: Defense View post tag: completes View post tag: Defence Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya (former Russian carrier Gorshkov) has completed its sea trials with flying colours and managed to achieve a top speed of 32 knots, reports The Hindu.Last year, the aircraft carrier was subjected to extensive trials for the first time. While a substantial scope of the ship’s equipment and aviation trials were completed by Sevmash shipyard during this period, the main propulsion plant trials to full power could not be completed due to defects encountered on boiler section. It was a major setback as the delivery of the ship was pushed by a year.Now, the ship will set sail for the White Sea where further speed and aviation trials will be performed.The contract for modernization of aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov (renamed into INS Vikramaditya) for Indian Navy was tied in 2004. It became the largest export contract in Russian-Indian military technical cooperation. Initially, modernization was evaluated as $616 mln, and the ship was planned to join the Indian Navy in 2008. However, due to increased scope of works, the ship’s delivery date was again postponed for late 2013.More than 400 subcontractors were involved in the project, including 10 Indian companies which supplied communication systems, protective coating, a telephone exchange, life rafts, pumps, hygiene and galley equipment, and many more.The 284 metre-long and 60-metre-high INS Vikramaditya has a displacement of 45,000 tons, and an endurance of 13,500 nautical miles (25,000 km) at a cruising speed of 18 knots. When delivered, the INS Vikramaditya will be a 90-per cent new ship and will remain in service for 40 years.[mappress]NavalToday Staff, July 30, 2013 View post tag: trialscenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic July 30, 2013 View post tag: sea View post tag: Vikramaditya INS Vikramaditya Completes Sea Trialslast_img read more

Noble Corporation narrows second quarter loss

first_imgOffshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation reduced its quarterly loss as its revenues grew during the second quarter of 2019, but the company was affected by a charge related to the Paragon Offshore spinoff. Noble Houston Colbert; Source: Noble Corp.Noble on Thursday reported a net loss attributable to the company for the second quarter 2019 of $152 million, on total revenues of $293 million. In the second quarter of 2018, Noble’s net loss was $628.1 million on total revenues of $258.4 million.Results for the second quarter included a charge totaling $100 million related to the Paragon Offshore litigation; a net gain totaling $34 million relating to the release of reserves for tax positions following the settlement of the examination of the company’s U.S. tax returns for the years ended December 31, 2010, and 2011.Excluding these items, the company would have reported a net loss of $86 million.With regard to the Paragon Offshore litigation charge, which was recorded as a general and administrative expense, the company said it continues to believe that it acted properly and that Paragon was adequately funded at the time of the August 2014 spinoff. However, the matter involves complex factual issues, and there is inherent risk and uncertainty in this type of litigation, Noble said.Commenting on the company’s quarterly performance, Julie J. Robertson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Noble Corporation, stated, “Total fleet operating days in the second quarter were 13 percent better than the first quarter due to the addition of the Noble Johnny Whitstine and the completion of a reactivation program on the Noble Sam Croft.“The increase in operating days raised our total fleet utilization to the highest level since the industry downturn began, with the jack-up fleet reaching an industry-best 98 percent in the quarter, while our floating rigs, excluding three-cold-stacked units, improved to 89 percent.” ‘Steady recovery apparent’ According to the rig owner, utilization of the company’s floating rig fleet, consisting of eight drillships and four semi-submersibles, continued to strengthen with second quarter utilization improving to 67 percent compared to 60 percent in the first quarter. Excluding three cold-stacked floaters, active fleet utilization for the second quarter was 89 percent compared to 80 percent in the prior quarter. The improvement was due largely to a full quarter of operations for the drillship Noble Sam Croft, which completed a reactivation project during the first quarter of 2019.Utilization in the second quarter of the company’s jack-up fleet improved to 98 percent compared to 93 percent in the first quarter, driving an 11 percent advance in revenues. The increase was attributable to the beginning in April of operations on the Noble Johnny Whitstine offshore Saudi Arabia, and a full quarter of operations on the Noble Tom Prosser offshore Australia.These improvements were partially offset by fewer operating days for the Noble Houston Colbert following the conclusion in June of a contract offshore Qatar. The rig is currently in transit to the UK North Sea where it is expected to start an estimated seven-month contract later this year. Also, project commissioning and customer requested upgrades continue on the recently acquired jack-up Noble Joe Knight. The rig remains on schedule for a September 2019 start of a three-year contract offshore Saudi Arabia.The company reported a total contract backlog of $2.1 billion at June 30, 2019, including approximately $1.33 billion contributed by the floating rig fleet and approximately $820 million by the jack-up rig fleet.Addressing industry conditions, Robertson noted, “Steady recovery remains apparent with the industry’s marketed contracted utilization for both jack-up and floating rigs individually reaching 81 percent at the close of June 2019, up from 74 percent and 76 percent for jack-ups and floating rigs, respectively, at the same time in 2018. Increasing customer demand for premium jack-ups is evident in regions such as Mexico, Southeast Asia and Australia, while a step-up in exploration activity is contributing to a build in the number of contracted floating rigs, including those deployed on deepwater programs.“Through the first six months of 2019, ten deepwater exploration campaigns concluded with announced discoveries, setting a pace that could result in the strongest annual performance since the 22 discoveries in 2016.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Baseball Hall of Fame: Ted Simmons, Marvin Miller first two in 2020 class

first_imgTed Simmons and the late Marvin Miller will be honored in Cooperstown next July after their election to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee.The committee’s vote was announced Sunday night at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Simmons was long considered Hall-worthy for being one of the top catchers of his time. He played 21 seasons (1968-88) for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, compiling 50.3 career bWAR and eight All-Star Game selections in an era that included fellow Hall of Fame backstops Johnny Bench, Carlton Fisk and Gary Carter. Simmons collected more hits than those three with 2,472, and he also slugged 248 home runs.FAGAN: Less ballot clutter means longer looks for HOF candidatesHe played in the postseason twice, with the Brewers in 1981 and 1982. He reached the World Series with Milwaukee in ’82; the Brewers lost to the Cardinals in seven games.Simmons, now a scout for the Braves after holding various front-office and coaching positions around MLB dating to 1992, told that a modern approach to examining his career helped get him into the Hall three decades after his retirement as a player.New HOFer Ted Simmons: “If it weren’t for the analytics people, my career as a potential Hall of Famer probably would have been shut down and forgotten a long time ago.”— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) December 9, 2019Miller, who died in 2012 at age 95, likewise has had strong outside support for induction. His leadership of the Players Association from 1966-82 helped bring free agency and multimillion-dollar player contracts to baseball, although with that came multiple work stoppages and decades of acrimony between players and team owners. Player strikes in 1972 and 1981 shortened MLB seasons, and there was a strike during spring training in 1980. Owners locked out the players during spring training in 1973 and 1976.His successor as executive director, Donald Fehr, maintained a hard line in negotiations with management, and a players’ strike in 1994 helped to wipe out the final third of the regular season and the entire postseason.The Modern Era Committee is a 16-member panel composed of Hall of Fame players, MLB team executives and media members. The 2020 ballot also included Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, the late Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Lou Whitaker. Candidates needed 12 votes (75 percent) for election.Voting results from the 16-person Modern Era Committee’s Hall of Fame balloting (12 votes needed for election):Ted Simmons 13Marvin Miller 12Dwight Evans 8Dave Parker 7Steve Garvey 6Lou Whitaker 6Results not released for remaining candidates— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 9, 2019Murphy tweeted a gracious response to the vote: Thank you all! Nancy and I and our family can’t thank you enough for all of your support for the HOF. Very happy for Ted and Marvin Miller. I was lucky to be Ted’s teammate for 3 years. And Marvin Miller battled for us players relentlessly. Congratulations to both!— Dale Murphy (@DaleMurphy3) December 9, 2019Bench, meanwhile, saluted Simmons for his election:The definition of a catcher, tough and durable. He stood above others with clutch hitting for power & average. I couldn’t be happier! Proud to have him join us in Cooperstown. Welcome to the @baseballhall Ted Simmons!— Johnny Bench (@JohnnyBench_5) December 9, 2019MLBPA figures and player agents hailed Miller’s election while also lamenting Hall of Fame politics from previous decades:Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today issued the following statement:— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) December 9, 2019The @baseballhall righted a wrong today, but it’s no reason to celebrate. Marvin was poorly treated by many in the game during previous incarnations of the committees created to keep him out.I do find it intersting that early union leader Ted Simmons enters w/ Marvin.— Greg Bouris (@bourisg) December 9, 2019From Scott Boras: “Marvin Miller and the Hall of Fame are a perfect union. The integrity of the Hall has been fortified. Finally baseball’s greatest visionary is in his rightful home.”— Boras Corporation (@borascorp) December 9, 2019The Baseball Writers’ Association of America is voting on a separate slate of candidates for the 2020 Hall of Fame class. The results of that voting will be announced in January.last_img read more

Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Windows

first_imgWindowsFor the time being, tax credits are likely to be available for some window replacements (those with glazing that meets IRS requirements) and a few other window attachment options.The best place to go to get unbiased information on window replacement options is the Efficient Windows Collaborative.Remember that you might not need to replace your windows unless they are actually falling apart, if they are unsafe, or if they no longer operate. If your windows are sound and function well, consider other window attachment options.2. Low-e storm windows deliver a lot of performanceNewer, airtight storm windows with low-e coatings can rival the performance of just about any window replacement. Interior units are easy to install, although exterior units do a much better job of protecting your existing windows. And now you can buy low-e storms with high solar heat gain for colder climates and low solar heat gain for warmer ones. Double- and triple-tracked storms come with operable screen panels so you can easily operate your windows for natural cooling.For that same size window (30″ by 60″), you can get a low-e storm window, installed, for about $60 for interior plastic single fixed panel (not low-e) to $160 for exterior low-e triple-tracked storm windows.3. Window films can be temporary or permanentThere are two primary types of window films: more permanent, surface-applied films and the stretch-plastic that you install temporarily to interior window trim. Surface-applied films are now rated by the National Fenestration Rating Council and have a wide range of performance properties: U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, and visual transmittance. Standard solar control window films run about $80 installed while spectrally selective films are about $125 per typical window.The stretch-plastic seasonal film kits you tack onto window trim can be installed relatively airtight for better thermal comfort and reduced heating in cold climates and typically run about $15 at any local building supply or hardware store.4. Exterior roller shades keep the sun outIf keeping the heat out is your main concern, the most effective window treatment options are exterior; you keep the sun out before it gets in. While retractable awnings and even fixed awnings tend to be a bit pricey, economical exterior roller shades are available for as little as $25 per window.New information resource on window attachmentsWhile the best place for clear, unbiased information and guidance on replacing windows is the Efficient Windows Collaborative, there is a new resource dedicated to information and guidance on window attachments. The site includes information on products to purchase as well as a Q&A forum where you can post any question, including questions (and then get answers) for your particular situation.Special note: What about lead-based paint?While most window attachments can be installed without any sort of lead-based paint disturbance or legally-required management, don’t let the issue of loose and peeling lead-based paint slide as you work on any aspect of your home(s), but particularly windows. For more information on managing the lead-based paint hazard, see EPA resources. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE All cost estimates presented here are ballpark numbers obtained from discussions with remodelers and manufacturers or actual purchase. What Should I Do With My Old Windows?Historic Preservation and Green RenovationInsulated Storm Windows?Replace That Window?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance?7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Options There are many reasons to replace windows, but energy efficiency is not the best reason. Replacing the windows in an older house is one of the most expensive energy upgrades you can make. To improve performance of existing windows, consider storm windows, window films, and exterior roller shades before buying replacement windows.But which option is the best bang for the buck?1. Replacement windows — the most expensive optionYou have three options when replacing windows: full window replacement, insert windows (the old sashes come out and a whole new window inserts into your old window frame), and sash replacement (primarily for double-hung windows, this option requires jamb liners into which new sashes are installed). A typical full window replacement (a window 30 inches wide and 60 inches tall) will run about $400 to $600; insert replacements cost about $300 to $400, and sash replacement kits cost around $250 to $300. RELATED ARTICLESlast_img read more

Maintool can now make any watch into a smartwatch

first_imgHow Wearables Will Take Health Monitoring to th… Tags:#Apple#apple smartwatch#Apple Watch#Classi#Maintool#smartwatches#Swiss watches#wearables You Think Your Employees WANT to Wear That Devi… Cate Lawrence Related Posts center_img In the increasingly crowded market place of smart watches, a small niche of companies is offering an alternative to the standard designs by offering smart watch bands as an alternative to smartwatch faces.One of these is Madrid- and Paris-based startup Maintool, who have created the Classi watch band, a wearable which enables users to make their regular watches “smart.”I met with co-founder and CEO Hussain Ahamed and Community Manager Jody Serrano to learn more.“We’re giving you the chance to keep your own watch but still benefit from the same functionalities as some of the best wearable technologies,” Ahamed said.The smart watch band can be attached to any watch face. It offers a range of functionalities: sensors within the watch band measure heart rate, track footsteps and calories burned (pedometer), skin and ambient temperatures, alert through discrete vibrations and communicate with apps for iOS and Android. You can navigate to your destination hands-free and send out for help with the push of a button. Classi also has a phone loss prevention feature and will vibrate strongly if you forget your phone.Serrano notes that “Many times, people can’t tell the difference between a Classi strap and a regular watch strap. We switched out the microUSB port we used in our first prototypes for a custom magnetic charger, which greatly reduced the thickness of our watch straps. The new size makes our technology even more discreet.”Enter the smart watchbandSales of Swiss watches are on the incline with global wearable tech devices overtaking them in Q4 of 2015, according to figures released by market researcher Strategy Analytics.This marked the first time the wearable tech devices have overtaken their luxurious counterparts. Much of the credit is attributed to the Apple smartwatch. Further, a 2015 report by Deloitte into the Swiss watch industry revealed a lack of appreciation of the challenges to the industry by smart watches with only 25% of Swiss watch executives considered smartwatches to be a competitive threat.In response to the challenge of the economic outlook of the industry, 41% of respondents expressed pessimism with most attributing the economic challenges to weakened demand in China and Hong Kong and the strength of the Swiss franc. It suggests an industry that is in denial with Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics stating:“The Swiss watch industry has been very slow to react to the development of smartwatches. The Swiss watch industry has been sticking its head in the sand and hoping smartwatches will go away.”However, the upward trend of smart watches has begun to decline. IDC’s second quarter wearable sales report for 2016 revealed a 27 percent decline in smart wearables and during this time Apple had a significant decline in wearable sales. Sales dropped from 3.6 million in the same quarter last year to 1.6 million this year, a 56 percent downturn. Perhaps it’s time for smart watchbands to strike.Maintaining that Swiss watch heritageAhamed believes that their smart watchband can actually preserve the heritage factor of the Swiss watch industry, noting that their conversations with Swiss watch makers have been positive:” The CEOs and board members are acknowledging that they didn’t get on board with quart [Mechanical movements are typically chosen over quartz movements for luxury watches because of the level of quality and craftsmanship]. They admit ‘We’re Swiss so we’re going to be slow but we’re interested and we’re taking notice’. The beauty of Classi is that you’re not changing your industrial model. Instead you’re allowing consumers to change to our strap.”He also contends that:“Every watch has a personality, we want people to be able to express themselves and their personal style. Smart watches don’t have a lot of personality, there’s so much more to the watch than something that just tells the time, for a lot of people it’s about the design, the brand, the culture, Smart watches today destroy this. Classi has intergenerational appeal and we believe that for the first time, this is a product that our parents and grandparents will actually wear.”It’ll be interesting to see how sales of smart watch bands fare. They could be key to bridging the gap between a very traditional industry of dedicated craftspeople and future focused technology. 4 Ways Big Data & VR Are Changing Professi… The Key to Mass Adoption of Wearableslast_img read more

Prasad Proud Of Team’s First Effort

first_imgSeven of Australia’s nine debutants took to the field in the first match against New Zealand, with the side proving too strong for the Kiwis, claiming a four touchdown win. Speaking to following the game, Prasad said that to make the start that his side did and get that first win on the board was an ‘unreal feeling’. “The team was a bit nervous heading into it, it was unreal, it was good to get a good start,” Prasad said. “We’ve got nine debutants in the team, for them to go out like they did today was awesome.”Prasad knows what it’s like to be the debutant, having only made his first national team last year when he represented Australia in the Mixed Open division at the 2011 World Cup. To be now named co-captain with Kylie Hilder is something that is special to both players. “Lambo and I were both in the room when Mick announced it and getting it (the captaincy) off Ryan Pollock, that means a lot because he led us all through World Cup and getting it after he led us the way he did at World Cup was just unreal, I’m just so proud.”The new look team has had a short lead in time for the series, and despite so many new people in the team has bonded well. “We were a bit slow to begin with but Trent Touma is a bit of a clown, so he’s doing really well to get the team vibe together but we hang out in Lambo’s (Kylie Hilder’s) room most of the time and the team clown comes in.”The Australian Mixed Open team will aim to take out the division tomorrow afternoon when it meets New Zealand at the Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex at 4.00pm. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways: Websites: Facebook – Twitter – (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets) YouTube – read more

US pending home sales rose a slight 02 per cent in November

first_imgWASHINGTON – Slightly more people signed contracts in November to buy homes — with pending sales rising just 0.2 per cent as the housing market copes with a dwindling supply of properties on the market.The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its index of pending home sales was 109.5 in November. The modest increase follows a 3.5 per cent increase in October.More Americans are shopping for homes as the economy has improved. The low 4.1 per cent unemployment rate has helped lift demand from would-be homebuyers, as the slow recovery from the 2008 financial crisis has built up momentum after years of steady but unspectacular gains. Yet the demand has done little to bring more home-sellers into the market, causing a shortage of listings that has pushed up prices and spawned a rush to buy in many metro areas.In November, the number of signed contracts rose in the Northeast and Midwest but slumped in the South and West.Pending sales contracts are a barometer of future purchases. Sales are typically completed a month or two after a contract is signed.The pending sales index has improved just 0.8 per cent over the past year, as would-be buyers are finding that fewer homes are being listed for sale.The number of homes listed for sale has dropped nearly 10 per cent over the past year, the Realtors said earlier this month. Many homeowners are choosing to build up their equity or find themselves unable to afford another house if they sell their current residence. This dynamic has contributed to a 6.2 per cent jump in home prices over the 12 months, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index.With home prices rising faster than incomes, it’s leading to the risk that people seeking homes could be priced out of the market. This, in turn, has caused homes to remain on the market for fewer days.Some of the financial pressures from rising home prices have been minimized by cheaper borrowing costs.Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said last week that the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages averaged 3.94 per cent, down from 4.30 per cent a year ago.last_img read more

New England senators seek to designate National Lobster Day

first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration.They’ve introduced a resolution to again designate Sept. 25 as National Lobster Day to honour the economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions of lobsters.The resolution is being led by Maine’s U.S. Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins, who say it honours not only the lobsters but also the people who harvest, ship and cook them.Rhode Island’s U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he expects the full Senate to again unanimously approve it as a fun, tasty way to honour lobstermen and their catch.Maine led the nation in American lobster landings in 2016 with 132 million pounds (60 million kilograms) valued at nearly $540 million, followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.last_img read more