first_imgHLPFI reported on July 4 that Roerborg had been launched at the Ferus Smit shipyard.Roerborg is the last in a series of three sister vessels to be delivered to Wagenborg. Together with Reestborg and Reggeborg, Wagenborg claims that Roerborg is the largest vessel it has ever owned, measuring nearly 170 m in length and 20.4 m in width.Roerborg is complete with an “eco bow”, as well as a relatively low engine capacity.The ships are designed with a fully open hatch box and two 60 m long holds. They have removable pontoon tween decks, which can also be used as separation bulkheads.The vessels have Ice Class 1A notation and are equipped for worldwide sailing including navigation of the St Lawrence Seaways, Panama Canal and Suez Canal.All of the new vessels will be suitable for carrying general cargoes, such as steel, forest products, breakbulk and bulk cargoes. www.ferus-smit.nllast_img read more

first_imgAlex Ovechkin’s hat trick and shootout tally allowed the Washington Capitals to overcome 3-1 and 4-3 third period deficits to win, 5-4, in Ottawa on Thursday night in the Caps season opener. Evgeny Kuznetsov had three helpers and Braden Holtby made 28 saves, several of which came at key junctures in the hockey game.Simply put, when your star players are your star players, you often win.With that, here are nine thoughts on the Caps victory over a very good Senators team that was missing its best player in defensemen Erik Karlsson.I predicted 50 goals for Ovi this year after he changed his offseason training and slimmed down. The Gr8 was super in this affair with 11 shot attempts, 3 goals plus a shootout tally. He also hit the post in period two. The Gr8, Kuzy, and Jakub Vrana were a very good line and when #13 keeps his legs pumping he opens up space on the ice for his teammates.Brett Connolly has a good shot and he buried his 1st of the season from the high danger area. It was a great keep in and pass by Matt Niskanen at the offensive blue line and Lars Eller made a great feed to #10 on that goal. I really liked the way Eller went to the net and created space for Connolly to score.It’s not often your goalie plays well giving up four goals, but the Holtbeast was strong in the cage. The 1st Sens marker was eerily reminiscent of the weird lamp lighters Toronto scored in the playoffs last season. Braden made several big stops, including a gem on Johnny Oduya early on. His best of the night was likely the shoulder save when Ottawa was on the power play in overtime.Ottawa had five power plays to just one for the Caps, yet Washington out shot attempted them 62-56. Nine of the Senators 32 shots on goal came on the power play. Simply put, the Capitals were very good at even strength and the season opening performance in terms of puck possession is encouraging.Washington won this game thanks to four even strength goals and a perfect 5 for 5 on the penalty kill. Holts was stellar in net while the team was shorthanded and the Caps did well with their clears. Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were super in shorthanded situations. Devante Smith-Pelly also did well on the PK stepping in for the suspended Tom Wilson (out for the first four games).Three of the four Ottawa goals were off of bad turnovers (Carlson, Niskanen, and Smith-Pelly). Better puck management is paramount going forward. There were forced passes in the neutral zone and pucks sent up the middle of the ice in the defensive end. Both of those are no no’s. In the words of famed Charlestown Chiefs goalie Dennis Lemieux, “You don’t do that, never, never…”Coach Barry Trotz rode his top players in the season opener. The top two lines each played right around 20 minutes. On the back end, Trotzy rode his top 4D hard. Orpik played 24:47 while Dmitry Orlov and Niskanen were each over 25 minutes. Carlson logged 27:45 to lead the club in ice time. I thought Orlov was fabulous in this contest and it’s amazing how much his game has progressed since he has been paired with Minnesota Matt. The third pairing of Aaron Ness and Taylor Chorney were right around 11 to 12 minutes of ice time.The referees were Chris Lee and Frederick L’Ecuyer and the power plays were 5 to 1 for Ottawa. The league is supposed to be cracking down on certain things (slashing) yet Washington’s only man advantage was the result of Ottawa having too many dudes on the ice. Those are the facts. It was a bit of a head scratching game from a zebras perspective. Anyone seen Oliver Stone lately??!!Tyler Graovac only logged 6:22, a team low, and was a minus one. He didn’t get any PK time either. I’d expect that Nathan Walker goes into the lineup on Saturday night for the 7 pm home opener against Montreal. Congrats to Nathan on being the 1st Australian hockey player to make it to “The Show!”last_img read more

first_imgJEREMIAH HARDRICK of Allderdice rushed for 122 yards and one touchdown to help “The Dice” to a 26-21 win over Brashear in a battle for first place in the City League. (Photo by William McBride)The most famous curse in the world of sports is the Curse of the Bambino, and it was a superstition evolving from the failure of the Boston Red Sox baseball team to win the World Series in the 86-year period from 1918 to 2004.This misfortune began after the Red Sox sold player, Babe Ruth, sometimes called the Bambino, to the New York Yankees in 1919.The Pittsburgh Pirates have been suffering under the “Bream Curse,” since 1992. Sid Bream, playing then for Atlanta, and a former Pirate, slided the sweeping tag of Mike LaValliere to win the game and knock the Pirates out of the 1992 National League Championship Series.last_img read more

first_imgAfter retiring from professional hockey following a few seasons in the East Coast Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League, MacLeod, a mechanical engineer, joined the Generals after hearing about the club from a friend.Bentley, playing in the four-team Chinook Hockey League with Stony Plain Eagles, Innisfail Eagles and Fort Saskatchewan Chiefs, won the regular season with a 14-3-0-1 record.The Generals defeated Innisfail 4-3 in a grueling seven-game semi final before knocking off Stony Plain 4-1 to clinch the final and advance to the Allan Cup.”As far as getting the chance to get back to the tournament and capitalizing on all our chances, we did exactly what we had to do,” MacLeod said.”We had four lines contributing every night.”At the Allan Cup, Bentley won its pool going undefeated.The Generals defeated Shelbrook Elks 3-1 in Friday’s semi final before shocking South East Praire in the final.”After we found out we would see South East P rairie again, it was pretty hard to sleep,” MacLeod said.”A lot of nerves ran through me thinking of how we didn’t score a goal against them last year.””When they scored the first goal. A few nerves were running through us. Can we do this? We stick to the game plan. And got a few bounces as did South East Prairie.”MacLeod, who scored twice in the tournament, graduated from Nelson Minor Hockey before playing for Beaver Valley Nitehawks of the KIJHL.He joined Penticton of the BCHL before being traded to Camrose Kodiaks during his final season of junior hockey.MacLeod then spent four years on a NCAA hockey scholarship at Michigan Tech where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.Nelson Senior Maple Leafs were part of the Western International Hockey League, playing in three Allan Cup Finals in 1965, 1986 and 1987.The WIHL folded in the late 1980s. It took 12 months but Alex MacLeod and the Bentley Generals finally exacted some revenge.A year after the South East Praire defeated the Generals to win the 2015 Allan Cup, Bentley was able to turn the table, defeating the Thunder in their own backyard 4-3 in overtime to win their third Allan Cup — Canadian Men’s Senior AAA Hockey Championship — in franchise history. Bentley won the Allan Cup Championship in 2009 and 2013.”Watching the puck go into the net was almost surreal in overtime,” MacLeod told The Nelson Daily.”It took like 3-4 seconds to realize it was in.””Then shaking their hands and taking the championship from them in their rink was insane,” the son of Allan MacLeod and Deb Naka said.”Probably the best way to win it after losing the heartbreaker last year in Newfoundland. Now all the boys are saying one thing. Defend the title.”The Generals trailed 3-2 in the third period. Ian Schultz tied it up with a powerplay goal with 10:22 remaining. Carter Rigby ended it 15:47 into the extra period with his second goal of the game.”When we tied it up we all knew we could beat them,” MacLeod explained.”It just came down to who wanted it more. Who would take hits to make plays. Who would block shots. Sacrifice their body for the team.”The Allan Cup is the oldest national championship in the country dating back 107 years as the best Senior hockey teams in Canada battled it out for the coveted prize.This is the second season MacLeod has played for the Generals.last_img read more

first_imgThe squad in alphabetical order is: The new Irish Show Jumping team manager Rodrigo Pessoa has named his squad for the opening five-star European Division 1 Nations Cup of the season at Lummen in Belgium, which takes place on Friday April 28th. Galway’s Michael Duffy (22) with Belcanto Z – owned by Alan BurnellSligo’s Richard Howley (24) with Chinook – owned by Mr & Mrs AitkenheadLimerick’s Paul Kennedy (23) with Cartown Danger Mouse (ISH) – owned by Jane KennedyCo Down’s Dermott Lennon (49) with Loughview Lou-Lou (ISH) – owned by Judith SossickTipperary’s Denis Lynch (40) with Echo De Laubry – owned by Royne ZettermanSpeaking after announcing his five squad members, Rodrigo Pessoa said:“We are looking forward to starting our 2017 Super League campaign. We are using a mix of young and experienced riders in Lummen and are hoping for a good result.”Although Lummen is a European Division 1 Nations Cup, Ireland will not be competing for points at the Belgian venue. A new Nations Cup format for 2017 will see teams guaranteed invitations to six European Division 1 shows, with their four best results counting towards the league standings.The six points-scoring Nations Cup shows selected for Ireland are: La Baule (May 11th-14th), Rome (May 24th-28th), Rotterdam (June 22nd-25th), Falsterbo (July 13th-16th), Hickstead (July 27th-30th), and Ireland’s home Nations Cup at the RDS in Dublin on August 9th-13th, where teams will compete for the Aga Khan trophy.Ireland finished as runners-up on the 2016 Nations Cup league table to maintain their position for the coming season as one of eight European Division 1 teams, along with Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, France, Italy and newly-promoted Spain.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgGalway United are delighted to announce the signing of Tadhg Ryan.The 20-year-old goalkeeper moves to Eamonn Deacy Park from Premier League outfit Huddersfield Town, where he spent almost four years.Ryan has penned a deal with Galway United until the end of the 2018 season, subject to international clearance.The Limerick native progressed through the under-18 and under-21 ranks at Huddersfield Town before becoming a regular in the under-23 team.Ryan received his first taste of senior football at the end of 2016 when he spent three months on loan with Radcliffe Borough.Speaking to shortly after pen-to-paper, Ryan cited Keegan’s style of play and persistence to get the promising keeper’ on board as the main reasons for signing with Galway United for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season.“Myself and Shane have spoken about his style of football, how he likes to play out from the back, which I like to do as well. His style of football and my style of football compliment each other. We agree on a lot of things.“A goalkeeper should be capable of playing out from the back and also being able to keep the ball out of the net, obviously that’s your number one job. I’m excited to get going and the aim is to play good football this season. We’ll make it a good one.“It’s all about performance and results. These are games that matter to people in the club and the city and county. Each game will be vital and I’m looking forward to playing with that type of pressure.“Game time is so important, especially for a young goalkeeper. You need to play as many games as you can and learn the trade as young as you can. Game time is number one and obviously doing well in those games.“I’ve just done half a season with Huddersfield under-23’s, pre-season is not only for fitness, it also helps to get to know the lads and their style of football.“The past four years at Huddersfield, I’ve worked really hard. I think I was the top one percent physically in terms of gym work and power. All that hard work that I’ve done, I’m ready to show everybody in the country how good I am.“Our first pre-season game against Limerick will be good, I’m looking forward to that, come crunch time, when the season starts, hopefully we’ll all be raring to go.”Galway United manager Shane Keegan had previously targeted Ryan, he could not hide his delight at finally concluding a deal for the highly rated young goalkeeper.“I think it’s a real coup. I think Tadhg has tremendous potential and he could be a huge addition for us.“We initially spoke to Tadhg during the transfer window last season, only for him to pick up an injury. We’ve been talking now for the best part of a month, he’s been extremely mature and professional in the approach he’s taken.“He’s taken quite a leap to agree to a termination of his contract at Huddersfield, he was just hungry to get going and playing games at first team level. He was adamant that he wanted to be here for the first day of pre-season. His attitude through this whole process has been superb.“Tadhg is unbelievably hungry to get involved in a first team environment. For all the development players get over there, you really can’t beat first team football, where winning is all that matters on a Friday night.“He has been brought up as the modern goalkeeper, he was clipping pin-point passes, he’s got super hands. He’s a player you look and think isn’t the biggest, but yet he seems to have a tremendous spring and a real willingness to come and claim the ball. It’s certainly an exciting one.”print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgDerry v Kilkenny, TBCCarlow v Louth, 2pm, IT CarlowFermanagh v Leitrim, TBCAntrim v Limerick, 2pm, All SaintsBallymena, print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Tyrone v Armagh, 5pm, Healy Park, OmaghSunday 3rd MarchLidl Ladies NFL – Division 1 – Round 4 Saturday 2nd March Monaghan v Cork, 2pm, Grattan Park, InniskeenDublin v Westmeath, 2pm,  DCU St Clare’sLidl Ladies NFL – Division 2 – Round 4     Clare v Laois, 2pm, Doonbeg, Cavan v Waterford, 2pm, Maghera, Virginia Kerry v Wexford, 1pm, Beaufort, Killarney  Lidl Ladies NFL – Division 3 – Round 4Roscommon v Down, 12pm, Dr Hyde ParkKildare  v Offaly, Manguard Plus, 2pm, HawkfieldLongford v Meath, 3pm, Glennon BrothersPearse ParkSligo v Wicklow, TBCLidl Ladies NFL – Division 4 – Round 4center_img Lidl Ladies NFL – Division 1 – Round 4 Mayo v Galway, 5.15pm, Elvery McHale Park,Castlebar Donegal v Tipperary, 4pm, ConvoyLidl Ladies NFL – Division 2 – Round 4last_img read more

first_imgThis weekend sees the final event in the Spring VR series with a special “Luck of the Irish “ themed virtual race. Athletes can choose from seven duathlon distances, four run and four cycle only events. With options for adults and kids to get involved there is fun for all the family with a live prize giving on Monday 25th May on the Castle Triathlon Series Facebook Page. Click Here to View On Saturday afternoon the first of a series of panel interviews will take place live on the Castle Triathlon Facebook Page from 4-5pm featuring Castle Triathlon’s Brian Adcock, Philip Hatzis Head Coach Tri Training Harder, Joanne Flanagan Irish Aquabike Champion and Stephen Donnelly, Lough Cutra Gauntlet Champion 2019. The panel will be moderated by Joanne Murphy of Tri Talking Sport. Be sure to tune in to the live show for insight, inspiration and a chance to win some great prizes, and don’t forget to join the Virtual Challenge this weekend.  Sign up here and support the Castle Triathlon Series’ chosen charity MacMillan Cancer Support.  Register now on the link HERE and bring the luck of the Irish to your racing fun this weekend.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Lough Cutra Castle Triathlon was supposed to take place this weekend kickstarting the 2020 open water triathlon season in Galway, but like so many other events in Ireland and indeed across the world the event was cancelled due to COVID19.  Quick off the mark to support their athletes and provide a fun, fitness, focus to help motivate and encourage them to keep up their training, Castle Triathlon Series launched their first ever Virtual Race Series taking place over three weekends celebrating athletes across the world whilst linking in with their host nations of the UK, France and Ireland. last_img read more

first_imgTOTTENHAM ace Dele Alli is closing in on a new long-term deal, according to reports.The midfielder has been holding talks to extend his current contract that expires in the summer of 2022.5 Dele Alli returned to Tottenham training on Friday following his injuryCredit: Getty – ContributorBut despite having over three years left on his deal, Spurs are set to offer him a bumper pay-rise to fight off interest from other clubs.Sky Sports claim an agreement has already been met after the player signalled his intentions to stay at the club.It will come as a massive boost for Spurs who could face a fight to hold onto their big-name stars as they face the prospect of being knocked out the Champions League at the first hurdle.Spurs are also hoping to commit Harry Kane to a new contract.5 The playmaker could play a part against Manchester City on MondayCredit: Getty – Contributor5 Dele Alli is closing on signing a new contract with TottenhamCredit: Getty Images – Getty5 Dele Alli has not featured for Spurs since September 26Credit: News Group Newspapers LtdBREAKING: @dele_official close to signing new long-term contract at @SpursOfficial – Sky sources #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 26, 2018 most read in footballBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormGREAT SCENERonnie Whelan celebrates with grandson as Liverpool lift Premier League trophyLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesRED LETTER DAYKeane and Neville urge Man Utd to invest big after securing Champions League5 Dele Alli’s current contract expires in the summer of 2022Credit: Getty Images – GettyAll of Premier League match week 10 previews including Tottenham’s trip to Manchester CityMeanwhile Alli is closing in on a return to action after recovering from a hamstring injury.He last played on September 26 but returned to first-team training on Friday with the view of playing a role against Manchester City on Monday night.Boss Mauricio Pochettino said: “It is good news but we need to careful,”We are happy that he started (to train) today with the group. We hope he will be available for Monday but we are not sure if he’ll be in the squad.”last_img read more

first_imgRay Maota The Y chromosome (on the right) ispresent only in male DNA.(Image: Science Photo Library) A forensic scientist examines clothingfor DNA.(Image: Center for Genetics and Society)MEDIA CONTACTS• Luthando TyhalibongoMedia Relations Officer, UWC+27 21 959 2625A kit that can help identify male rapists has been developed by researchers under the leadership of Prof Sean Davidson at the forensic DNA laboratory at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).The Y chromosome research at the UWC’s Department of Biotechnology, which led to the kit, could also help exclude innocent men mistaken as perpetrators.DNA is the abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid, a chemical found in almost every cell in the human body which carries genetic information passed on from one generation to the next.Dr Eugenia D’Amato, a research scientist at the UWC’s DNA forensic lab, said: “The findings and results had been welcomed by the international forensics community and had been hailed by UWC as a feather in its cap and a giant step forward for justice and rape victims in South Africa.”The research took three years to complete and started with the isolation of genetic information in the Y chromosome, present only in male DNA. The research results have enabled the narrowing down of the aggressor to a range of father, son and brother.Davidson said: “Forensic pathologists could pick up male DNA more easily in a rape case, and this made it more useful in identifying the rapist, with investigators able to narrow down the range of possible aggressors.“The technology is also good at excluding innocent men.”Similar kits previously available in the US and Europe could not be used by the South African police (SAP), so this prompted local research. The overseas kits didn’t incorporate the genetic diversity of African populations and were therefore unsuitable for testing on South African individuals.The SAP uses kits that identify both male and female DNA, and this new kit will supplement them.Davidson said: “The UWC research team looked at local regions with high gene variability between individuals, and the kit they developed was thoroughly tested against South Africa’s different population groups.”Although the kit is not yet commercially available, the UWC will publish a database of African populations’ genetic profiles shortly.A DNA profile is a unique set of numbers obtained from a person’s DNA and acts as a kind of personal identification number. Profiling can also be used to show how people are related and to identify human remains.Y-DNA research“Identification of spermatozoa is the biological evidence most often sought in specimens from rape victims,” according to Forensic Science International.“Absence of spermatozoa usually terminates biological investigations, and the victim’s testimony can be contested.”This basically means that when a rape victim is examined by a doctor, sperm from the perpetrator is the first thing that they look for and its absence on the victim could put the case in jeopardy.Forensic Science International is a journal that publishes different scientific disciplines connected to the forensic sciences such as biochemistry and toxicology.Association with TutuThe UWC was established in 1959, first taking the name of the University College of the Western Cape.The university held a seminar on Y-DNA on 10 March 2011 to explain how its findings can help solve criminal cases.The seminar was attended by international experts from the University of Porto, Oxford University, University of Buenos Aires and the University of Berlin. All experts presented results of their research related to African populations.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has been chancellor of the university for nearly two decades, said at his send-off on 9 March 2011: “I have been chancellor of this splendid university for longer than you can care to remember and it has been a great privilege to be associated with this outstanding institution.”last_img read more