Norwegian oil services company Aker Solutions has invested in floating wind power technology company Principle Power Inc., forming an alliance that brings its offshore oil and gas field engineering expertise into a renewable energy market.Aker Solutions has a track record in developing offshore oil and gas fields, with particular capabilities in floating facilities. The partnership will help bring Principle Power’s technology – a floating foundation for offshore wind turbines, known as WindFloat – to a broader market, Aker Solutions explained on Wednesday.“We see a major opportunity in offshore floating wind where demand is growing in the transition to a low-carbon future,” said Aker Solutions Chief Executive Officer Luis Araujo.“Combining our capabilities with Principle Power’s technology will help advance floating solutions for offshore wind, reducing costs and risks for customers and spurring further growth in the sector.”“Partnering with Aker Solutions will strengthen our leading market position and accelerate the wider development of the offshore wind industry, with floating wind acting as a key industry enabler at a time when demand is increasing globally,” said João Metelo, chief executive officer of Principle Power.According to Aker Solutions, offshore installed capacity for wind power is expected to more than double by 2022 from 2016 levels amid a global push to use fuels with lower carbon emissions following the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce carbon dioxide as a way to tackle climate change.This goes hand in hand with Aker Solutions’ push into sustainable energy solutions. The company has commercially available carbon capture, utilization and storage technology, an essential tool in helping to meet global emissions targets. It also has capabilities in natural gas, a fuel that complements the global shift to more renewable power.Aker Solutions said that Principle Power’s WindFloat foundation allows wind turbines to be placed at offshore sites with some of the most abundant wind resources, irrespective of water depths. Installation, operation and maintenance of the WindFloat foundation lower the risks, costs and environmental impact compared with competing technology.Aker Solutions purchased an initial 5 percent stake in Principle Power and will increase this to 10 percent by the end of this year. It has the option to increase ownership further at a later stage.The companies are not disclosing the value of the transaction.
ONE News 7 Sep 2012University students have long been stereotyped as promiscuous – and new research shows it to be true. A study in the New Zealand Medical Journal has found having multiple sexual partners was common and only half of university students used a condom the last time they had sex. The University of Otago research surveyed the sexual health of 2922 students aged 17 to 24 from universities nationwide. It found 20% of respondents reported at least three partners in the last 12 months. Around 10% reported having sex with between 10 and 20 people and 3% reported more than 20 sexual partners. Out of those surveyed 32% had been drinking when they last had sex. Almost half of the respondents reported at least three sexual partners in their lives.The study said condom use was “uncommon and inversely associated” with the number of recent sexual partners. “The prevalence of risky sexual behaviours in this population raises concern about the number of students at risk of sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies,” it said.In 2009, New Zealand’s chlamydia rate was three to four times higher than Australia and the UK, it said. In total, 155 people, or 11%, reported having sex that resulted in an unintentional pregnancy. Of those, 74% of women and 72% of men said the pregnancy was terminated but 19% of men did not know the outcome of the pregnancy. “One in 20 students had, or contributed to, at least one unintentional pregnancy,” it said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/sex-study-casts-light-students-promiscuity-5067347
Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has said he grew up having a club jersey as a boy. Loading… “It was one of the old blue ones but definitely no name on the back. You have to pay to put names on the back and there was no money to pay for that! I just got the United top. Read Also:Ighalo pockets £8k per goal, £9k per win as bonuses at Man Utd “It was a blue one but a long time ago. I can’t remember as I was very, very young.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 And the new crowd favourite laughed at the suggestion he would have had letters printed on the back of the top. “I had a United jersey but no player name on the back,” he told Inside United, the official club magazine.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Most Praised Historical Movies8 Shows That Overstayed Their WelcomeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Here Are The Secret Origins Of Famous Foods
Super Eagles target and QPR attacker Eberechi Eze, who has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, has claimed that he dreams of playing football ‘at the highest level’. In an interview with Sky Sports, the 21-year-old Eze started out at the academy of Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal, before having stints with Fulham, Reading and Millwall. Eberechi Eze is one of the stars in the current QPR team The attacking midfielder moved to QPR in 2016 and has become a regular member of the first-team after a brief loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers. Till date, Eze has featured 103 times for QPR, scoring 18 goals and setting up 13 more. The forwrd has been in fine form in 2019/20, having bagged 12 goals and 8 assists in the EFL Championship. This kind of form has put the youngster on the radars of Tottenham. The Sun reported that our scout Brian Carey was in attendance to watch Eze in action in QPR’s 3-1 win against Preston in March. Eze’s performances have shown that he is a cut above the rest at QPR. And now the youngster has expressed his desire to play at the highest level.Advertisement Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Most Beautiful Women Of The XX CenturyWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?6 Reasons Sharks Are Afraid Of Dolphins7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes “The most important thing is what I’m doing on the pitch and as long as I continue to focus on that, everything else will fall into place. I want to play at the highest level,” added Eze, who has been in scintillating form, the same cannot be said about QPR. The former Premier League side find themselves well away from the playoff positions. And with just a year left on the 21-year-old’s contract, there is a distinct possibility that they could decide to cash in on him should a suitable offer come in. Eberechi Eze’s contract runs out in 2021 Read Also: Ronaldo celebrates boyhood club Nacional Eze, for his part, did claim that he was enjoying life with the Championship outfit and is very happy at the club. However, his desire to play at the highest level and QPR’s inability to provide that might work in our favour, should the club decide to make a move for the Nigerian-born midfielder this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Press Association Ireland made a bright start to the game and within 16 minutes, home keeper Danijel Petkovic had been forced to makes saves from Sean Murray twice and Anthony Forde. However, as the half wore on, Montenegro started to work their way into the game, although McDermott was largely untroubled and the first half ended goalless. The hosts returned in determined fashion and went close four minutes after the restart when Stefan Mugosa had a shot blocked, although Petkovic was called upon once again two minutes later as Aiden O’Brien took aim at the other end. McDermott had to deny Mugosa in a lively start to the second half, and he found himself the busier of the two keepers as he repelled another effort from Vladimir Jovovic with time running down. Luka Djordjevic might have won it for the Montenegrins 13 minutes from time but for another save by McDermott, who then kept out attempts by Jovovic and Djordjevic with the home side throwing every they had at the Irish. O’Brien had a chance to snatch three points deep into injury-time, but Petkovic ensured his side emerged with at least some reward for their efforts. The 20-year-old made a string of second-half saves to deny the Montenegrins victory in Podgorica and keep alive Ireland’s hopes of making it out of Group 6 in their bid to reach the finals of the European Under-21s Championship. Noel King’s men remain level on points with Montenegro behind group leaders Germany, although having played a game more. Goalkeeper Sean McDermott was Ireland’s hero as he turned in a stubborn display to help secure a hard-fought 0-0 draw in Montenegro.
Press Association Everton’s new record signing Romelu Lukaku insists he owes Chelsea a debt of gratitude but feels Goodison Park is the best place for him to become a better footballer. “I don’t have hard feelings against Chelsea. They gave me the opportunity to come to England and gave me high hopes of playing football,” he said. “I trained with world-class players and worked under world-class managers and without them I wouldn’t be here. “But last year was a very good year and after a short period of time I had the feeling it was the best place to grow as a young footballer. “The manager has been very influential. He is someone who knows football, someone who can develop me as a player and make us better as a team – and that is something I need as a young footballer. “I needed to be in the place where it felt right and here I have the confidence of all the technical staff, the trust of the supporters as well and I can grow and develop. “I have a very good relationship with the players and staff so for me this is the place where I belong.” Martinez said the deal, which eclipses the £15million deal for Lukaku’s compatriot Marouane Fellaini when he moved from Standard Liege in 2006, had been almost a year in the planning. But the successful completion meant the club had sent out a strong message. The 21-year-old Belgium international completed a club-record transfer deal of £28million after signing a five-year contract with the Toffees. Lukaku, who played just 15 times in three years at Stamford Bridge, spent last season on loan at Everton and that was a decisive factor in him choosing to make the move permanent as he felt he received the support and belief which was lacking at Chelsea. “It is not just one of those important days for the season but it is a very significant day in the history of our football club,” said Martinez. “The feeling in the dressing room was to get him back on a permanent basis to get some continuity and grow into a very successful team. “That is why we are so delighted. It is not something which has happened overnight, there has been a lot of work and support from the chairman and the board has been very important in being able to see Rom back at the club. “It is fair to say Romelu was our number one target to bring in and the pursuit was relentless but it had to be a record transfer and it is worth every single penny and effort we put behind it. “At 21 he has already scored over 30 goals in the Premier League and in my eyes the target is for him to become one of the best world-class strikers. “To have a footballer of Rom’s calibre on a permanent basis it means there had to be a lot of long-term planning and work behind the scenes but, more importantly, his potential his huge.” Lukaku admitted he had an inkling in Everton’s final match of last season he would be returning. “For me I decided very quickly I wanted to come back here because it was a good step for me,” said the striker. “Expectations for myself are very high but when you have a manager who wants to push you and the team it is a perfect environment for a young player to grow. “I am 21, it is time to have a stable career as well so it was important to be somewhere where you are there to win titles. “I think I can improve in every aspect of the game. My goalscoring record says a lot but if I want to win titles I have to get better in everything.” Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes the deal is good for all concerned. He told a press conference in Holland televised by Sky Sports News: “He wanted to play for Chelsea but wanted to be the first-choice striker. That’s very difficult to promise. “Everton made an important offer and financial fair play is something that is always behind the thoughts of the board…this leaves Chelsea in a great position. “The important thing is he’s happy and things work well for him, he’s a good kid.” Lukaku admits he did not have any contact with Mourinho immediately before his departure. “I spoke with my agent and then from that moment on I left it up to him as I was on holiday,” he said. “I made my decision and then didn’t speak too much about it.” Asked whether he had spoken to the Portuguese at all, he added: “No – I think he was busy with the game tonight (against Vitesse Arnhem). “Things happen and sometimes it’s not meant to be. Chelsea is a big club and sometimes it is difficult for young players to come through. “I want to have a good career and I didn’t want to spend 10 years on the bench, I wanted to make the best out of every year. “This is a club with a lot of ambition and the right place to be. “You don’t have to have regrets in football. Choices have to be made. “Mr Martinez will be one of the top managers in the world and for me to work under him now is the best thing that could happen for me.”
LONDON, (CMC) – Former West Indies Test batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was in sight of yet another half-century as he helped prop up Lancashire on the second day of their County Championship Division One clash against Yorkshire here Saturday.The veteran left-hander was unbeaten on 43 at the close as Lancashire, trailing by 150 runs on first innings ended on 141 for four.Struggling on 81 for four, Lancashire were rallied by Chanderpaul who has so far added 60 in an unbroken fifth wicket stand with South African Dane Vilas, who was unbeaten on 22.Chanderpaul has faced just 64 balls in just under an hour-and-a-half at the crease, and stroked seven fours.Playing at Headingly in Leeds, the 42-year-old suffered a rare failure in the first innings when he fell for just three as Lancashire slumped to 123 all out after opting to bat first on Friday.Seamer Ben Coad snatched six for 25 to destroy the innings.Resuming from their overnight 93 for two, Yorkshire were eventually bowled out on Saturday for 273, with opener Adam Lyth top-scoring with exactly 100.At Hove, Barbados-born England all-rounder Chris Jordan scored 37 as Sussex piled up a massive 579 for eight declared in their first innings.The right-hander put on 91 for the seventh wicket with South African David Wiese (66) to further propel the innings after Sussex had resumed the day in a strong position of 339 for three.Luke Wells, on 139 overnight, fell early in the morning after adding just 16.
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Holders Manchester City took a big step towards a return to the League Cup final with a 3-1 win over Manchester United in their semi-final, first leg at Old Trafford yesterday.City outclassed their neighbours in the first half, going in 3-0 at the break before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side regrouped and avoided what could have been a more emphatic defeat.United suffered a blow before the kickoff with central defender Harry Maguire failing a fitness test and Phil Jones was handed a rare start.City boss Pep Guardiola opted to play without a recognised striker, giving Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva licence to push forward centrally. With Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on the wings, the approach worked superbly against a flimsy-looking United defence.It was a brilliant strike from Bernardo Silva to put City ahead in the 17th minute, the winger cutting in from the right before unleashing a superb shot into the far, top corner. The busy Portugal international then created City’s second, collecting a poor headed clearance from Victor Lindelof and dancing past a challenge before threading the ball to Riyad Mahrez who rounded goalkeeper David de Gea and slotted home.City then punished United on a counter-attack, which ended with De Bruyne leaving Jones on the floor and blasting goalwards before De Gea’s parry ricocheted off United midfielder Andreas Pereira into the net.United looked more solid after the introduction of midfielder Nemanja Matic at the break and got a foothold in the tie through a 70th-minute goal from Marcus Rashford. The England striker was picked out by a perfectly-weighted pass from Mason Greenwood and coolly slipped the ball past keeper Claudio Bravo.“We could have gone in four or five up at halftime, we had the chances. They pressed us higher in the second half, we got tired but overall we are happy,” said Bernardo Silva.“I enjoyed my role – because it worked and we won. Pep wanted one more man in the middle.” Leicester City face Aston Villa in the first leg of the other semi-final today.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Steve Addazio last experienced Big East competition more than a decade ago when he coached the Syracuse offensive linemen and tight ends from 1995 to 1998.Now 14 years later, as the second-year head coach at Temple, he gets another chance. And he thinks the Owls deserve to play there.“I think it’s special,” Addazio said during the Big East coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “There’s no question; we’re extremely excited to be in here. We should be in the Big East, we’re in a position to be in the Big East and we’re going to have an opportunity here to recruit through the Big East.”The return to the Big East is special for both Addazio and the Owls, which will open its conference season on Saturday afternoon against South Florida. Temple last played in the Big East in the 2004 season, when it was asked to leave the conference for failing to meet criteria regarding attendance, facilities and other factors. Temple spent 2005 and 2006 as an independent before spending five seasons in the Mid-American Conference.For Addazio, the MAC provided plenty of good competition, just not at the consistency of the Big East.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The top-end teams in the MAC are outstanding teams,” Addazio said. “It just doesn’t have the same (consistency) top to bottom. The Big East has some elite teams, and even when you’re coming down, you’re still playing some fantastic football teams.”In their last Big East stint, the Owls often struggled to stay competitive. Temple went 1-12 in conference play over its last two seasons, with a lone 34-24 win over Syracuse. The team’s fortunes didn’t exactly improve after leaving the conference, though, as Temple went 0-11 in 2005 — losing its 11 games by a combined 391 points.The 2005 season was the last for former Temple head coach Bobby Wallace, who went 19-71 in seven seasons at Temple with a 10-39 mark in Big East play. Wallace now coaches at North Alabama and maintains that he enjoyed his time at Temple, despite the struggles.Wallace breaks up his time at Temple into two distinct segments. For the first few years, he saw slow and steady improvement, with his team winning four games in each of three consecutive seasons from 2000 to 2002.The student makeup of the Philadelphia campus was shifting from commuter-based to residential, aided by school initiatives to make Temple more student-friendly. The team’s increased performance paralleled the increase in campus connectivity, Wallace said.“There was a lack of facilities at first, on campus,” Wallace said. “But then they started adding dorms, and different things like restaurants and cleaners. There was a real improvement, and we got better as a team.”But it was too late for Wallace and the Owls, who were informed in 2001 that they would be asked to leave the conference. The team was forced to play its last few Big East seasons not knowing where its home would be in the future.Recruiting became a struggle, and Wallace found himself focusing on junior colleges as his recruiting base. The team’s talent level fell and performance plummeted in a hurry.“When we got demoted from the Big East, things went south pretty quick,” Wallace said. “We had a vague idea where we were going, not knowing whether we were going to play football or not. We went the junior-college route (for recruiting) the last few years, and that was not the answer.”Temple found its level in the MAC, though, and things slowly started to improve under new coach Al Golden. The Owls increased their win total every year from 2006 to 2009, culminating with a nine-win season in 2009 and Eagle Bank Bowl appearance against UCLA.Golden left for Miami (Fla.) after the 2010 season and Addazio took over. Under its new head coach, Temple quickly notched a nine-win season and New Mexico Bowl victory in 2011. Back from the abyss, the Owls embark this weekend on a new opportunity to prove themselves against BCS-conference opposition.Despite the learning curve, the Owls pose a test for conference opposition in terms of familiarity. Leading into most conference games, teams prepare for each other using game film acquired in prior years. This year, Big East teams won’t have that same luxury when playing Temple.For South Florida coach Skip Holtz, it’s an added test as he prepares his team for Saturday.“It makes it a little bit harder,” Holtz said during the teleconference. “You can watch things on film, but you don’t have a very good idea of how your players measure up with theirs. This is just the first game, so you don’t have a lot of information to draw on.”After a season-opening victory over crosstown rival Villanova, the Owls have dropped two consecutive decisions to Maryland and Penn State.Addazio doesn’t expect things to be easy for Temple as the team transitions to a higher level of competition. He knows that wins in the MAC may not translate to wins in the Big East, and he wants to make sure his team is prepared for that.“We have to learn week in and week out to play our very best,” Addazio said. “There are no games that you’re walking into saying, ‘If everything goes the way it’s supposed to, we can probably get that game.’ They don’t exist. What you’re in is just a complete dogfight each week, which is the way it’s supposed to be.”Game of the WeekConnecticutat No. 22 Rutgers, Saturday, noon, ESPNUThe Scarlet Knights return home to put their perfect record on the line against the Huskies. Rutgers is coming off a bye week after back-to-back road wins over South Florida and Arkansas. Jawan Jamison leads the RU ground game with 491 yards, helping support a stingy defense that ranks 21st in the country averaging 310 yards allowed per game.Paul Pasqualoni’s Connecticut defense has performed even better, allowing an average of 242.6 yards per game, currently atop the Big East and sixth in the country. The Huskies completed their nonconference slate at 3-2 after a 24-17 win over Buffalo last Saturday and look to make a quick statement in conference play against Rutgers. Comments Published on October 3, 2012 at 2:26 am Contact Kevin: firstname.lastname@example.org
USC launched a pilot crowdfunding program earlier this month for faculty, staff and students to fund their projects.The program, dubbed Ignite USC, is a combination of the famed Trojan Family network and crowdfunding websites such as Kickstarter. It aims to serve as a way for students and faculty to raise funding for meaningful projects that might not otherwise get exposure.Drip drip · Cardinal and Gold Goes Green, one of the two featured projects for Ignite USC, aims to increase the number of water refueling stations around campus to reduce the usage of plastic water bottles. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanDonations to projects will be counted toward the university’s campaign to raise $6 billion in funds. Projects will receive 100 percent of donations earned.“We liked that model, specifically for higher education,” said Tracey Vranich, vice president for advancement services at USC. She mentioned that companies like Kickstarter take a percent commission for services while Ignite USC eliminates that element.“It’s a great way to get people involved in a grassroots sort of way,” she said.The USC Provost’s office will be overseeing the site, and is currently testing the idea with two featured projects.The first, Cardinal and Gold Goes Green, is an initiative to add to the number of water refueling stations around campus in an effort to reduce plastic water bottle usage. The second is MED SRG, a non-profit that aims to ship excess surgical supplies to established nonprofits around the nation that perform surgeries in developing countries.Both projects have already made headway towards their respective goals in the few days since Ignite USC’s launch.MED SRG founders and 2014 USC graduates Chris Shafer and Anish Parekh are both excited about the new initiative, saying it is integral to the young nonprofit’s future success. Their company specifically aims to help nonprofits that work internationally in places where medical supplies are incredibly rare.“We’re putting our heart and soul into this campaign, and we really hope the Trojan Family is going to recognize both the program and our project,” Shafer said.MED SRG already has an administrative and logistical framework, and the co-founding pair hope to begin the practical aspect of collecting boxes and shipping supplies with the funding raised through Ignite USC.Similarly, Cardinal and Gold Goes Green also has a framework in place aimed at their goal of reducing waste. Their project is backed by the USC Environmental Studies Program and the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies.Michael Young is a part of the team for Cardinal and Gold Goes Green. He believes Ignite USC is a great way for the community to get involved.“USC is a big enough community that we could have a serious impact,” he said. “I can see [Ignite USC] growing and creating lots of change on campus.”Vranich said that the Provost’s office will be looking for compelling projects that have a direct tie to the university to feature on a potentially monthly basis. The success of the two current projects will inspire growth of the site.Parekh believes that the site has potential to grow the USC community as well.“On a larger scale, I think Ignite USC is really cool because it is going to concentrate the entrepreneurial spirit we have at USC, and create a community of startups,” Parekh said.