Sif Receives Order for Saint-Nazaire Offshore Wind Project

first_imgSif Holding has received an order from Eiffage Métal to deliver 80 monopiles and the primary steel for 80 transition pieces for the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project in France.Sif will manufacture the monopiles and store them at its MV2 facility, as well as deliver the primary steel for the transition pieces to Smulders Hoboken.The Dutch company plans to deliver the 77KTon of steel in 2020-2021.“The Saint- Nazaire project has been on our radar screen for quite a while. It was already in our orderbook as a project under exclusive negotiations,” said Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif.“We are happy and proud that the project kick-off is finally there and we can start production for this milestone project, which will contribute to the ambitious French offshore wind plans. We thank Eiffage for their trust in Sif and look forward to a fruitful continuation of the cooperation with them and their subsidiary Smulders Hoboken.”The consortium including DEME and Eiffage Métal won an engineering, procurement, construction, and installation (EPCI) contract for the project’s 80 foundations in August.The Saint-Nazaire project is being developed by Eolien Maritime France (EMF), a consortium of EDF Renouvelables and Enbridge, some 12km off the coast of Loire-Atlantique.The 480MW wind farm will feature 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines scheduled to be operational in 2022.last_img read more

Kliff Kingsbury leaves USC for NFL job

first_imgGoing pro· Former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was briefly hired as a USC offensive coordinator. (Photo from Bleacher Report/Twitter)USC offensive coordinator  and quarterbacks coach Kliff Kingsbury is leaving the team to take the head coach position with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Fox Sports. Kingsbury, who was hired on Dec. 5, will depart without coaching a single game for the Trojans.Kingsbury replaced Tee Martin as offensive coordinator 10 days after being fired from his position as head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury’s alma mater. The 39-year-old coach accepted the position at USC despite reports of significant interest from NFL teams.However, in the last week, Kingsbury’s future with the program was subjected to serious doubt. Reports that NFL teams wanted to interview Kingsbury for their head coaching positions resurfaced, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann blocked the Cardinals and New York Jets from interviewing Kingsbury, ESPN reported. NBC’s Pro Football Talk reported Saturday that Kingsbury could use the small buyout in his contract to leave the program and be free to interview with NFL teams. However, Swann then modified his stance and allowed NFL teams to talk to Kingsbury.Kingsbury interviewed with the Jets on Monday, according to The Athletic. NFL Network subsequently reported that Kingsbury was being interviewed by the Cardinals Tuesday morning — hours later, Kingsbury made the jump to the NFL, leaving USC’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach positions vacant once more.Although Kingsbury’s Red Raider teams struggled on the defensive end, he was widely pegged as the perfect candidate to improve a Trojan offense that underachieved in 2018. His sudden departure might be hard to fathom in the moment, but Swann and Helton will need to resume their search for a new talented offensive mind.Utah State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach David Yost is a potential candidate. The Aggies rode a prolific offense to a 10-2 record in 2018, as their 47.5 points per game ranked second in the nation. At USC, Yost would fill the same role as at Utah State while making an upward move to one of the blue-blood football programs in the country. Fans may question Yost’s accomplishments because they came at the expense of non-Power 5 opponents, but Utah State was competitive in matchups with ranked teams Michigan State and Boise State. In addition, the performance of Aggies sophomore quarterback Jordan Love would be encouraging for USC fans looking for growth from freshman signal-caller JT Daniels.Fresno State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kalen DeBoer is another possible solution because of his ability to improve struggling offenses. When DeBoer took over at Eastern Michigan in 2014, the Eagles ranked No. 124 in total offense. By DeBoer’s final season in 2016, the Eagles ranked No. 35. Similarly, Fresno State ranked No. 127 in offensive efficiency in 2016, the year before DeBoer arrived, but it finished last season at No. 35.last_img read more

Apple Announces the iPad: WiFi, 3G, iWorks and an E-Book Store ($499 and Up)

first_imgTags:#Apple#Features#news#web frederic lardinois SoftwareAll the standard apps like the calendar and email apps have been redesigned for the larger screen. The new interface, from what we have seen so far, looks extremely crisp and has been greatly simplified to accommodate the multi-touch interface.Runs iPhone Apps (With Really Large text) According to Apple, almost every current iPhone application will run – unmodified – on the iPad. Judging from the images we have seen so far, however, the iPad just scaled these apps up to the large screen, which doesn’t necessarily look that well. Games, though, seem to look extremely well on the large screen. Apple simply scales the graphics up.Apple plans to release a new SDK today that will make it easy for developers to make use of the large screen.Native Apps: NYTimes and Electronic ArtsAmong the apps Apple demoed today was a newspaper application from the New York Times, which has already developed a native application for the iPad. Electronic Arts, too, demoed a racing game on the iPad that makes use of the iPad’s accelerometer. Major League Baseball also announced a native app today. iWork: Office Apps for the iPadBesides the new e-book store, Apple is also launching a version of iWork for the iPad, which features a new version of KeyNote, Numbers and Pages. All the apps have been redesigned for the smaller screen and the multi-touch interface. Slides, for example, can now be rearranged with just a few simple gestures, and images can be rotated by simply using the same gestures users are already familiar with from the iPhone.The iWork apps will sell for $9.99 each. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Image credit: GDGT3G ConnectivitySome versions of the iPad in the U.S. will come with 3G connectivity over AT&T’s network.One plan, which will come with 250 MB of data will cost $14.99 per month; the unlimited plan will cost $29.99 per month. These plans will come without contracts and can be activated right from the device.For the rest of the world, Apple is still working on making deals. The iPad, however, will come unlocked and users will be able to just put in their own SIM cards.Hardware The iPad will weigh 1.5 pounds and feature a 9.7-inch IPS display (the same size as a Kindle). The device will feature all the standard wireless networking features like 802.11n, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. The device will be powered by a 1 GHz Apple A4 chip and come with anywhere between 16GB and 64GB of flash storage.Other hardware features include an accelerometer, compass, a speaker, microphone and a 30-pin connector.The battery, according to Apple, will last for about 10 hours and the device will be able to remain in standby mode for one month.Unsurprisingly, the iPad will sync with iTunes over a standard Apple 30-pin USB connection.Just like the iPod touch and the iPhone, the iPad features volume control on the side and a home button.Apple is also making a keyboard dock and a stand. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting MapsDuring the presentation, Jobs also highlighted the maps application, which, thanks to the large interface, looks very nice, and also features Google’s StreetView imagery. Before the event, there were quite a few rumors that Apple was going to announce its own mapping service, but judging from this, Apple will continue to use Google’s maps. Image credit: GDGTiBooks App and iBooks StoreAs rumored, Apple also launched its own e-book reader today. This new application, named iBook, includes a built-in iTunes-like e-book store. Apple already has deals with five publishers, including HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and Penguin.Books can include images and video. Apple hasn’t announced any standard prices for these books yet, though some of the ones that appeared on screen were priced around $14.99. E-books will come in the ePub format, which could mean that the app could theoretically be able to read files from the Sony and B&N e-book stores, too. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Photos, Music and VideosThe iPad will also feature an iPhoto-like application with integrated maps and advanced slideshows.Unsurprisingly, the iPad will also feature an iPod, which can display iTunes LP album art and videos. Image credit: GDGTMac, iPhone and App StoreSteve Jobs opened today’s presentation by talking about the iPod ecosystem. According to Apple, the company just sold its 250 millionth iPod. Jobs also announced that Apple now has 284 retail stores that had 50 million people come through their doors last year.Developers have now created over 140,000 applications for the iPhone platform and consumers have downloaded over 3 billion apps.Regarding the Mac platform, Apple announced that it ended its holiday quarter with $15.6 billion in revenue from the Mac platform. Most of the computers Apple now sells are laptops. Jobs stressed that Apple is now the world’s largest mobile devices company.Before talking about the tablet, Jobs also recapped Apple’s history in the laptop business. Specifically, Jobs wondered if there was space in the market for devices that fit between a laptop and a smartphone – a device you could use for watching videos, enjoying music, playing games and reading e-books.Jobs also took a jab at netbooks, which, according to him, aren’t really good at doing anything.See also: Our follow-up analysis of this news on our iPad topic page. Plus 5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple just announced the launch of the iPad, Apple’s rumored tablet computer. Judging from what we have seen so far, the iPad is basically a very large iPod touch with a modified interface. According to Steve Jobs, the device will be far better than an iPhone or netbook for browsing the web. The iPad will also feature most of the standard apps we have become used to on the iPhone platform, including maps, contacts and a calendar. Apple also announced a new e-book store and a version of iWork for the iPad.Price and AvailabilityThe lowest-end version of the iPad with 16GB of storage will retail for $499. The 32GB will cost $599 and the 64GB version will sell for $699. The higher-end versions with 3G connectivity will cost $130 more.The Wi-Fi versions of the iPad will go on sale in 60 days, and the 3G models will go on sale in about 90 days.last_img read more

Easy for Puneri Paltan

first_imgA superb all-round performance by Puneri Paltan saw it register a comfortable 37-25 victory over Haryana Steelers in the fifth ProKabaddi League (PKL) here on Tuesday.Sandeep Narwal (nine points), Rajesh Mondal (seven points) were the main contributors but it was a team effort that led Pune to victory.Paltan raiders chipped in with 15 points whereas the defence contributed 17 points. For Haryana, Surjeet Singh was the sole performer as he ended up with 9 raid points.Puneri Paltan is now third in Zone A with 42 points from 11 matches. Haryana Steelers remain second with 49 points after 16 matches.Puneri Paltan led 2-0 in the first minute after scoring a raid and tackle point. Wazir Singh made a successful raid in the second minute to open Haryana Steelers’ account.Both teams were neck and neck after five minutes with score level at 4-4. Rajesh Mondal made a successful raid in the 9th minute to give Puneri Paltan 7-4 lead. Steelers made it 7-7 in the 10th minute.In the 17th minute, Deepak Hooda made a successful raid to give Puneri Paltan 10-9 lead, which it extended to 16-10 after inflicting an all out in the 18th minute.Haryana Steelers scored two points in a minute at the start of the second half to trail 12-17. Puneri Paltan looked in control of the match as it led 20-13 after 25 minutes.Haryana looked hapless and completely out of sorts as they couldn’t match Paltan’s intensity.In another match Patna Pirates beat Bengaluru Bulls 36-32.last_img read more

Former Maharashtra minister Kripashankar Singh quits Congress

first_imgFormer Maharashtra minister Kripashanker Singh on Tuesday quit the Congress, saying he did not agree with party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370. The former Mumbai Congress president said that he will reveal his political stand at an “appropriate time” and added that he is not joining the BJP.“I quit the Congress because I do not agree with the party’s stand to oppose abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.Mr. Singh served as Mumbai Congress chief and was also a minister in the Congress-NCP coalition government for 15 years. A Mumbai court last year discharged Singh in a disproportionate asset case for want of sanction to prosecute him. He had come under ED and CBI scanner in the case.last_img read more

Asian Games: Jwala Gutta pulls out, Ashwini left without partners

first_imgJwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games with an injury.Jwala Gutta has pulled out of the Asian Games following a knee injury while Ashwini Ponnappa faces a crisis of partners for the mega event.Ponnappa will be without her regular partners in both events – women’s doubles and mixed doubles. Tarun Kona, who was to partner Ashwini in mixed doubles, has been dropped from the contingent.Four other shuttlers – Aparna Balan, Rituparna Das, Kona and Arun Vishnu – too have been struck down. Ashwini’s new partners are yet to be finalised. Jwala aggravated her injury in right knee during a training session on Monday.”My physio advised me to take two weeks rest. I was playing with a sprained By Avishek Roy in New Delhi knee and on Monday I aggravated it during training. I have been playing with taping all this while,” said Jwala.”It was a tough decision. The Asian Games is very important to me but there are important events lined up in next couple of years and I cannot afford to take any risk. I spoke to Ashwini and she understood the problem. I will be looking to make a comeback with the European circuit.”Ashwini, meanwhile, is not clear with whom she will play in doubles. “We can’t do much when injury happens. It is a setback. I thought I will, at least, have my regular partner Tarun in mixed doubles. But it was so unfortunate to find that Tarun’s name has been dropped from the contingent. I don’t know how to go about it,” she said. Though Ashwini’s former partner Pradnya Gadre is in the squad, the former will prefer combining with P V Sindhu.advertisement”I am just looking at different possibilities at the moment. The final decision has to be in the interest of the team. I will be comfortable with Sindhu. She has a good smash and she played in doubles in Thomas and Uber Cup recently,” she added.The final decision will rest with chief coach Pullela Gopichand. A top Badminton Association of India (BAI) official said the ministry had asked them to cut down on a few players. “They asked us which players have the possibilities of winning medals. There is no mixed doubles in team event. We can do with the current list.”last_img read more

Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him

first_imgIshant Sharma’s inspired spell of bowling left England reeling as the Indian speedster snared the eight five-wicket haul of his Test career on the third day of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday.Ishant credited his time with English county side Sussex for his performance with the ball, saying that the stint gave him the much-needed confidence and experience ahead of the current tour of England.Ishant took 5 for 51 runs, including the wickets of Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all in one over, which was his second five-wicket on on English soil to help India bowl out England for 180 in the second innings.”Playing county cricket has helped me a lot. I was disappointed a bit (on missing out IPL) but I figured whatever happens it’s for your good. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it a lot. I played for Sussex and bowling with Duke ball was good,” Ishant told reporters at the post day’s press conference last night.Also read – Can India win England’s 1000th Test? Key stats and numbers”The good thing was I had overs behind me. I played four matches for Sussex, and a few One-Day matches too, but I bowled nearly 250 overs in that.”It feels nice to represent your country, come abroad and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one. I bowl hard but my wickets’ column doesn’t (always) become bigger. It feels nice to work hard as a bowler,” he added.advertisement Ishant Sharma played county cricket for Sussex before the England tour (Getty Images)Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger.Also read – Ishant Sharma revives Lord’s 2014 memories with inspired Edgbaston spellTwo balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.Ishant changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing.When asked about the ploy, Ishant said it was a pre-meditated plan.”In the first innings, we wanted to take the ball away from the left-handers. I started over the stumps but when the ball started to do things I came around.Also read – We need to get Virat Kohli out early, says Sam Curran”Bowling coach told me to come around the stumps straightway. It becomes a difficult angle for the batsmen. When I start to swing the ball, it becomes very difficult for the left-handers,” he said.Accused of being a “defensive bowler” for post of career, Ishant’s defends himself saying that he just bowls according to the situation of the match.”I don’t know where the label (of being a defensive bowler) came from. I try to bowl depending on the situation. I just go with my gut feel and situation of the game,” he said.Also read – Virat Kohli booed at Edgbaston, responds with epic Test hundred”At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attackingly. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly,” Ishant added.India ended day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for a historic win in England’s 1000th Test match. Virat Kohli will be resuming the innings unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18).Ishant is confident of an Indian win with Kohli still there at the crease, even though many have raised questions on the visitor’s batting line-up.Also read – Virat Kohli takes a few hours, buries the demons of 2014 England tour”He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is,” he said.”The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. Hopefully, they don’t need me, and Virat and DK will do the job.”India were reduced to 78 for five at one stage, before Kohli and Karthik held fort until stumps to raise visions of victory.”It gives us a lot of confidence because Virat has scored 150-odd in the last innings. DK got out cheaply in the first innings, but you can see that he has positive intent,” Ishant said.advertisement”Losing five wickets doesn’t mean much because we got their batsmen out quickly as well. Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership.”I think the tough period is gone. The wickets in England aren’t very helpful to be honest, and it is all down to sun god. If sun is out there is no problem. It is problematic only when it is cloudy and then swing starts,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more